Amvet Post 0911 N.J.

September 11 Remembrance Service  Somers Point NJ

AMERICAN Legion 352 Riders

   AMVETS Post911 HonorGuard

AMVET post 911 member Pat Moschetto  Singer at the event

Somers Point City Council Member Jim Toto

 Congrssman Frank Lobiondo

 New York Firefighter George McNally

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 Barbara Lathrop of Eagleswood Township presents two vests on behalf of the Vested Interest Fund to the Somers Point Police Department. With her from left are Mayor Jack Glasser, AMVETS Post 911 former Cmdr. Fred Vineyard of Egg Harbor Township, Cmdr. Jim Donahue of Ocean City, and Officers Rick Dill, Mark McElwee, Samuel Clerico, Dan Bryan and Gina Sambucci.

SOMERS POINT – Stepping in harm’s way is part of a police dog’s job. Now the city’s two K-9s have some protection, thanks to the Vested Interest Fund of the Associated Humane Societies.

AHS board member Barbara Lathrop came before City Council Thursday, May 24 to present two bulletproof and stab-proof vests for K-9s Sonny and Ozi through their respective handlers, Officers Mark McElwee and Rick Dill.
Lathrop, of Eagleswood Township, said the program began in 1994 as the result of the shooting death of Solo, a K-9 in the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department. Since then, donations to the fund have provided more than a thousand vests for dogs throughout the country. They are provided at no cost to the city or the officers, she said.
“Somers Point is a lovely shore community, but they also have a police department that has a job to do. And dogs can only add to the protection of the community. Police dogs are a valuable asset,” Lathrop noted.
She said that to get a vest, all an officer has to do is contact the Humane Society’s Newark office
“Somers Point is to be congratulated for having the wisdom to recognize the value of police dogs in a community. They protect not only your police officers who work with them, but they protect your community and your citizenry,” said Lathrop.
Mayor Jack Glasser thanked Lathrop and the people who donated money for the vests, saying they are a great tool for law enforcement.”
AMVETS Post 911 in Somers Point had two representatives on hand to thank Lathrop for the donation. Cmdr. Jim Donahue said the post was happy to donate to the fund.
“We know as a nonprofit how tough it is, and these folks rely on donations to continue their good work,” Donahue said. “AMVETS Post 911 raised the money for one of the dogs, and local business people raised the money for the other dog,” he said.
“When the dog is out there, they can come under fire and a number of things can happen – and these vests have been proven to protect the dogs. We think that is pretty important.”
City Council unanimously passed a resolution Thursday in support of the Vested Interest Fund and the efforts of AMVETS to bring the vests to the city through past Cmdr. Fred Vineyard of Egg Harbor Township. It was noted that the vests would have cost the city $2,000.
“This is something we really appreciate,” said City Council President Sean T. McGuigan.
Somers Point Police Chief Michael Boyd and members of the department also expressed their appreciation.
“We continue to say thank you Jim and Fred for their support since the program was re-established in 2009. The entire Somers Point community is extremely supportive of our K-9 program, but Fred and Jim and the AMVETS go above and beyond with their support. We can’t thank them enough,” Boyd said.
For information about the Vested Interest Fund and Associated Humane Societies see

 by Shaun Smith

NewJersey State Commander Jim Spreng presenting Sally Hasting, President of the Somers Point NJ Historical Society with a $1,200 check to purchase a flag pole for the new Richard Somers Park in Somers Point NJ.  Also Mike Francis, AMVET member and Congressman LoBiondo veteran representative presented a  American Flag to Sally Hasting that flew over the National Capitol
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The flag pictured below is to remind us that while we enjoy freedom we have young men and women in harms way protecting us and our rights,
 by fighting the war on terrorism. Please remember than in your thoughts and prayers.
We must thank them, their families, and those that went before

Poem by May Landing teen wins national AMVETS anti-drug, alcohol abuse contest


Posted: Wednesday, August 21, 2013 12:01 am

Mays Landing resident Taylor Troehler has been writing almost as long as she has been able to pick up a pencil. Now, she has received the first of what she hopes will be many accolades in a long literary career.

Troehler recently was named the national winner of the AMVETS against Drug and Alcohol Abuse essay/poem contest in the ninth-12th grade category for her poem, "I Don't Need," in which she discusses why she avoids drugs.

A voracious consumer of books and poetry as a kid, Troehler said creating pieces of her own was a natural progression.

"At some point, I don't even know when, I decided maybe I should try to write some of this myself," the 17-year-old said. "Lo and behold, I had a pretty good talent for it."

Troehler heard about the contest through her father, Bill, who is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and a member of AMVETS Post 911 in Somers Point.

Troehler's poem was picked from a group made up of the top submissions from each of the 40 AMVETS Departments nationwide.

She was awarded a $200 gift card and, more importantly, validation as a young artist.

The Cedar Creek High School senior has written hundreds of poems and stories. Most of her work is in journals, but occasionally she will fill one up before she can get a new one, and ideas will continue on scraps of loose paper.

Patricia Adams, Troehler's mother, has catalogued her work since she first began. Even from a young age, she said, Troehler was single-minded in her pursuit of writing.

"Any time she wants a gift, she asks for pens and a journal," said Adams, who keeps a portfolio of Troehler's work. "That's all she wants."

Troehler was notified of her win before the members of Post 911 at its meeting Aug. 3.

Post Commander Jim Donohue, who himself had heard about her being named the winner just the day before, called her before the group to announce the honor, and a spontaneous standing ovation erupted.

Donohue has known Troehler through her father since she was a kid, and said he was impressed with her even before her success in the contest.

"I think Taylor is extremely bright," he said. "I think that she's motivated, from what I can see in my brief conversations with her and talking to her dad. She's someone who I think can do what she wants to do, academically or in business."

Troehler's discipline extends far beyond her prolific work on the page. She works part-time at both Best Buy and Shore Veterinarians, which she hopes to continue through the school year.

She is a member of the Thespian Society at Cedar Creek and has played its mascot, the pirate R.J., for three years, although she says she's likely retiring from the job.

Troehler's work ethic, she says, comes largely from a compulsion to keep busy. It is in her nature to juggle several projects at once, and that makes writing the perfect outlet for her creative impulses.

"I like the feeling of accomplishment, even if it's just a couple projects here and there," she said. "I don't like sitting around for too long. I like feeling like I have something to do."

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