- Category: Arts & Culture
RED BANK, NJ - Phoenix Productions, the award-winning community theatre organization, will present the full-scale musical revival of The Wizard of Oz for two weekends at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank and one weekend at the Strand Center for the Arts in Lakewood. Performances will begin April 20th and conclude May 6th.
Joe Ronga of Point Pleasant Beach, Dan Peterson of West Long Branch, Madelyn Monaghan of Little Silver, and Joseph York of Asbury Park star as the Cowardly Lion, the Scarecrow, Dorothy, and the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, coming to the Count Basie Theatre and the Strand Center of the Arts beginning April 20th.
The Wizard of Oz is a heartwarming tale of magic and fantasy, good and evil, and family and friendship. Based on L. Frank Baum’s novel and the 1939 film, this musical adaption of The Wizard of Oz was originally produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in London in 1987 with music by Harold Arlen and lyrics by E.Y. Harburg. The score is full of tunes from the timeless film such as “We’re Off To See the Wizard”, If I Only Had A Brain”, “The Merry Old Land of Oz”, and - of course - “Over The Rainbow”.
- Category: News
MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Middletown Township is bucking the downward trend when it comes to retaining an excellent credit rating.
Moody’s Investor Service has affirmed Middletown Township’s excellent bond rating of Aa2.
The good news comes at a time when other towns and cities across New Jersey are leading the nation in bond-rating downgrades.
“Moody’s affirmation of our excellent bond rating confirms that Middletown is making the right decisions in these challenging economic times,” said Mayor Anthony Fiore. “However, we know the job is far from done. We will continue to seek ways to mitigate the unprecedented fiscal challenges that Middletown and every municipality are facing.”
Affirmation of the Middletown’s excellent rating is credited to new management approaches and numerous financial improvements including reassessment of assessed valuation, budget reductions, staff reductions, and increased surplus. Additional strengths that factor into the rating include a low debt burden with rapid amortization, sufficient liquidity and reserve levels, and a sizable tax base, said Township Administrator Anthony Mercantante.
Recent economic challenges that continue to be successfully mitigated through the township’s prudent management practices include adherence to the governor’s tax cap, decreased state aid, an influx of negative tax appeals judgments following the 2009 revaluation, increased health care costs, and emergency expenditures related to the 2010 Blizzard and Hurricane Irene, said Mercantante.
Moody's Investors Service is a leading provider of credit ratings, research, and risk analysis. Organizations with Aa2 Ratings are considered to be of high quality and very low credit risk. In investment, a bond credit rating assesses the credit worthiness of a corporation's or government debt issues. It is analogous to credit ratings for individuals.
- Category: News
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The United Methodist Churches of Atlantic Highlands and Navesink will host Holy Week Services.
Join us as we begin Holy Week with Palm Sunday: April 1, 2012.
We will celebrate with word, meditation and special music in Navesink at 9:00 AM and in Atlantic Highlands at 10:30 AM. Following the 10:30 a.m. service we will have our annual egg hunt. Come and join the festivities. Children will be singing and Processing in so please meet in the Quiet room at 10:25 am.
On Maundy Thursday, April 5, at 7:30 PM we will gather in the Navesink Sanctuary, much like the disciples gathered with Jesus in the Upper Room for the Passover celebration. We will explore the celebration of Passover and then Jesus’ invitation to serve others as we come to the table for the Last Supper. The evening will include meditation and special music by our choir and two guest soloists.
On Good Friday, April 6th, there will be an AACC Ecumenical Service at Faith Fellowship on Route 36 at Noon. At 7:30 PM we will gather in the Atlantic Highlands Sanctuary for a service entitled Watch the Lamb. We welcome two guest soloists to lead us in meditation as we focus our eyes on the cross and Christ’s powerful message of sacrificial love.
On Easter Sunday, April 8th We invite you to begin your morning celebration at the Gazebo in the Atlantic Highlands Harbor at 6:30 AM for our Ecumenical Sunrise Service.
We will continue our celebration of the Resurrection in the Navesink Sanctuary at 9:00 AM for meditation, special music by our chancel choir and communion. At 10:30 AM in the Atlantic Highlands Sanctuary we will gather for a family friendly service of dramatic meditation, special music by our chancel and children’s choir, and communion.
The United Methodist Church of Atlantic Highlands is located at the corner of 3rd and E. Garfield avenues in Atlantic Highlands.
The United Methodist Church of Navesink is located at 112 Navesink Avenue, Navesink.
For more details visit: www.umcahn.org
- Category: Monmouth County
MADISON, NJ - Most New Jersey voters say that politicians should avoid name-calling and be respectful of their opponents. According to the most recent poll by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind™, 87% say politicians should lay off the name-calling. Just 10% say it’s OK for pols to make a strong point by calling their opponent a name.
But given a choice of 14 names, not all names are equal: 23% of Garden State voters say calling an opponent “dishonest” is never acceptable. And 24% say “corrupt” is never acceptable. And only 25% say “radical” is never acceptable. But half (50%) say “unpatriotic” is never allowed. Two-thirds (67%) say “fascist” is never acceptable.
Topping the “never acceptable” list are “ignoramus” (78%), “jerk” (83%) and, the winner, “numb-nuts” (84%).
“People really do want civility in political discourse,” said Peter Woolley, a political scientist and director of the poll. But he added, “The problem is that civility doesn’t sell any advertising, and it doesn’t necessarily energize voters. People want a spark.”
In general, Republicans are more lenient about name-calling than Democrats. For example, while a majority of Democrats (57%) say it’s not acceptable to call an opponent “unpatriotic,” only 38% of Republicans agree. A third of Democrats (34%) say “hypocrite” is off-limits, but only two of five Republicans (22%) agree.
- Category: Monmouth County
‘Food for fines’ at county libraries
“There is a dire need in our county to feed the hungry,” Freeholder Director John P. Curley said. “Today, most of the new people in need of assistance are formerly working, middle class families who lost their jobs or are underemployed, and the demand on the FoodBank has increased dramatically. I urge all Monmouth County residents who are able to assist during this food drive to do so.”
The main collection points will be the 13 county library branches, including the Eastern Branch in
“When the FoodBank started 25 years ago it distributed 100,000 pounds of food,” said Carlos M. Rodriguez, executive director of the FoodBank. “Last year, we supplied more than 260 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters with almost 7 millions pounds of food. We have experienced a 71 percent increase in demand for emergency food since the start of the recession. The need is here.”