- Category: Schools
Sandy Hook, NJ - For the sixth consecutive year, the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium/New Jersey Sea Grant’s (NJMSC/NJSG) Education Program will offer Happiness is a Horseshoe Crab: Evening Edition, a popular family-oriented experience that enables participants to learn about horseshoe crabs as they make their annual ritual migration to the beaches to spawn. The program will take place Saturday, June 5th at 6:30 p.m. on Sandy Hook.
Happiness is a Horseshoe Crab: Evening Edition focuses on the prehistoric creature’s connection to the spring tides and includes a fully-guided excursion of Sandy Hook Bay. It’s intentionally scheduled at night and close to the full moon in early June, during the height of the crab’s spawning season. Since horseshoe crabs prefer the cover of darkness, program participants should expect to find horseshoe crabs navigating their way around the shallow waters and shorelines of Sandy Hook’s bay beaches.
“The program provides a perfect way for families to share a fun evening out that also offers an excellent educational opportunity to learn about horseshoe crabs in their own environment, “said Jessica Staats, NJMSC/NJSG Education and Outreach Coordinator. “That’s what makes this program so memorable and popular year after year. It’s an amazing educational experience that gives children and parents alike a chance to interact with a living fossil.”
Families can register for this special program or learn more about it by visiting njmsc.org/Education/FSP.htm. Pre-registration for the popular program is required and early registration is highly recommended.
The New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium/New Jersey Sea Grant is an affiliation of colleges, universities and other groups dedicated to advancing knowledge and stewardship of New Jersey’s marine and coastal environment. NJMSC/NJSG meets its mission through its innovative research, education and outreach programs. For more information about NJMSC/NJSG, visit njmsc.org.
- Category: Arts & Culture
Red Bank, NJ - Original works of art by ArtVentures, a New Jersey based art group, will be on display at the Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank throughout May and June. Over 40 distinctive creations consisting of paintings in watercolor and acrylics, and soft art of hand woven fiber, are being featured as part of the hotel’s ongoing showcase of local artists’ works.
The seven ArtVentures artists are Lise Kusner, Gerda Liebmann, Edy Ottesen, Annette Margulies, Tyrrell Masse, Maggie Simplot, and Leona Tenebruso-Shultes, www.artventures.us. Their creations range in styles from representational to lyrical abstract. These professional artists are active members of the arts and cultural community in Monmouth County and surrounding counties in New Jersey. Their works are sold internationally, nationally and in particular throughout the tri-state area.
Kevin Barry, Project Manager for the Oyster Point Hotel, commented on the show noting “The Oyster Point is delighted to host an exhibit of these exceptional artists. Since the launch of the hotel’s Art Showcase a year ago we have brought over one hundred fifty works of art from six outstanding artists to the forefront of the community’s attention. We look forward to continuing this exciting initiative which celebrates the creative spirit in our local area.”
- Category: Schools
Middletown, NJ - As an ninth grader, Mariah Stewart’s Dad took her to a premier of what would soon become an Emmy-winning documentary on the plight of very young Ethiopian mothers who are cast out of their families and communities, estranged from their babies and left to live alone all because of a common and very curable complication of childbirth. The documentary details the women’s journey or A Walk to Beautiful (as the film is entitled) to a far away charity hospital where they receive an operation that cures their condition and essentially restores their life. Mariah was deeply affected by the film as the unfortunate young women were just about her age.
MHSS senior Mariah Stewart arranged for the filmmaker to show his Emmy-award winning film “A Walk to Beautiful” to her high school. She hopes to encourage her fellow student to aid the plight of many outcast Ethiopian women (the subject of the documentary) via her community service project called “Community Squared.”
Three years later, Mariah, a gifted student and Commended National Merit Scholar, had the privilege of interning for the show’s production company, Engel Entertainment Inc. in Manhattan, during the summer between her junior and senior year at Middletown’s High School South (MHSS). As part of her intern responsibilities, she helped create transcripts for TV shows aired on Discovery, Health and the History channel; but her most cherished duty was researching distribution outlets for A Walk to Beautiful. She hoped to communicate to women in developing countries that a cure exists for this childbirth injury.
- Category: Monmouth County
MANALAPAN, NJ - Join the Monmouth County Library System in celebrating Jewish American Heritage month this May, a national month of recognition of the more than 350-year history of Jewish contributions to American culture.
Come watch actress Renee Taylor’s one woman show An Afternoon with Golda Meir about Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir. Come enjoy Klezmer music performed by the Avi Maza Orchestra, come hear a lecture by TV and radio personality and best-selling author Rabbi Shmuley, and come learn about the history of Jewish communities in Monmouth County.
By Congressional resolution and Presidential proclamation, May is Jewish American Heritage Month. This month-long celebration aims to raise the national consciousness regarding contributions Jewish Americans have made to our country’s heritage.
“We invite Monmouth County residents to join the Library System in celebrating the richness of Jewish life in America, and to discover the many contributions made by those of the Jewish faith to the American experience,” said Renee B. Swartz, chair of the Monmouth County Library Board of Commissioners.
Events will be held throughout the month at four branches: the Monmouth County Library Headquarters at 125 Symmes Drive, Manalapan; the Ocean Township Branch at 701 Deal Road, Ocean; the Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch at 1001 Route 35 in Shrewsbury, and the Marlboro Library Branch at 1 Library Court and Wyncrest Drive, Marlboro.
All events are free. The events are as follows:
- Category: Local News
Start the recovery process: register for assistance
FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County residents whose properties sustained damage as a result of the severe storms and flooding that began on March 12 are urged to register for disaster assistance as soon as possible. Assistance is available to businesses as well.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) established a Disaster Recovery Center at the Monmouth County Park System’s Henry Hudson Trail Activity Center, 945 Route 36, Leonardo. The office will open tomorrow to begin processing claims.