- Category: News
MIDDLETOWN – Nearly 1,500 pounds of supplies and snacks donated by locals are on their way to Afghanistan to USMC 1st Lt Nicholas Abbate.
The Middletown Support the Troops Program was reactivated in March to collect supplies for the township native and his 80-plus infantry unit. “The immediate outpouring of support from the community was impressive,” said Mayor Gerard P. Scharfenberger. “Cases of ramen noodles, Girl Scout cookies, drink mixes, teas, toiletries and batteries were among the items donated by businesses, community groups, schools and families from Middletown and surrounding towns.”
Middletown shipped nearly three-quarters of a ton of supplies to 1st Lt Nicholas Abbate thanks to the efforts of many volunteers, community organizations, and individual donations. The Township Committee thanked the programs key supporters during the April meeting.
Two pairs of military-issue boot socks for every marine was included in the shipment thanks to the collaborative efforts of Middletown Elks 2179 and Lawrence Fuchs, a long-time resident who served nearly four years in the Marine Corps. The Elks Veterans Committee worked with Fuchs at his request to acquire the socks along with cases of snacks and toiletries. The Army & Navy Trading Hut, Keyport, provided the socks at a discounted rate in support of the collection drive. Fuchs, who has lived in Middletown since 1962, also supports the Marine Scholarship Foundation and Middletown Arts Center.
- Category: News
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - It’s spring, and time for the Atlantic Highlands Annual Townwide Garage Sale. This year’s sale will be on Saturday, May 15, with raindate May 16.
Residents who wish to sell items must register at Borough Hall by May 1. The Borough will create a map of all participating homes and distribute it on the day of the sale in front of Borough Hall.
Don’t miss this easy, stress-free way to get rid of your unwanted items and make a few dollars too.
At this year’s event, the Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club’s Ms. Race Committee will have a table selling used and donated nautical items. All proceeds will go to 180 Turning Lives Around (www.180nj.org), a local non-profit dedicated to ending domestic violence. If you would like to donate any nautical items, please drop them off on the morning of the sale at the AHYC’s Ms. Race Committee table at the harbor near the gazebo/tennis courts. For questions, contact the AHYC.
Registrants, after the sale, your unsold items can earn money for our elementary school’s Spring Clothing Drive. Please leave your unsold items at the curb, and AHES PTO volunteers will collect them that evening. The following items are acceptable if bagged in black plastic trash bags: clothing, coats, small toys, handbags and belts, linens, curtains, pillows and towels. Shoes are accepted also; please bag them separately from other items. For Clothing Drive questions, call Roberta Jackson at 732-496-9649 or AHES PTO at 732-291-2020 x1230.
The garage sale runs from 9am-4pm. You must register with the Borough to be included in this event. For more information, please visit www.ahnj.com/ahnj/Recreation or call the Borough at 732.291.1444.
- 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.