- Category: Monmouth County
Ocean Township, NJ - On Saturday, September 25, 2010, Prevention First will host the 11th Anniversary of Chess Fest in Convention Hall in Asbury Park. ChessFest is a family fun event and one of the many important programs that supports Prevention First’s mission of keeping children healthy, safe and drug-free. This year’s event is planned to benefit the more than 200 children and adults who are expected to participate. Since its inception eleven years ago, the focus of ChessFest has been on local children, attracting youth from Monmouth and surrounding counties. The primary goal of this event is for children to develop an interest in an activity that engages their mind and lowers the chances that they will engage in substance abuse or violent behavior. Chess helps children learn valuable life lessons including strategic thinking, delayed gratification and conflict resolution skills. More than just an enjoyable game, chess is a healthy activity that aids in the development of logic, reasoning and problem-solving abilities, memory and concentration, visualization skills, critical thinking, patience and determination.
Instruction will be given for those children who do not know how to play the game, and free chess sets and boards will be distributed from the New Jersey State Chess Federation to the first 100 children to register. Chess masters and experts from around the area will play simultaneous chess games with children participating in the event for awards and trophies.
Onlookers are invited to join the festivities and watch the featured event, the “Human Chess Game,” which will begin at 12:30pm. This unique and fun game features children and chess masters as actual playing pieces on a life-sized chessboard!
- Category: Arts & Culture
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The morning sun as it rises over the paddock. The sleekest of thoroughbred racers at ease, enjoying breakfast or a bath. The anticipation at the bugle’s blow, and the faces in the crowd — from famous celebrities to the folks next door — who make it all possible to take in a day of world-class racing on the Jersey Shore.
The energy, beauty and community of a season at Monmouth Park Racetrack is captured by official track photographer Bill Denver in “Racing at the Shore,” a solo exhibit of images going on display at the Blue Bay Inn in Atlantic Highlands. The exhibit kicks off with an opening reception on Thursday, September 16, a benefit for the Jockey Through Life Scholarship Fund at Brookdale Community College. (photo credit: BILL DENVER/ Equi-Photo)
For more than 25 seasons, Bill Denver of Equi-Photo has documented that scene as official photographer for Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport. And, beginning with a special cocktail reception on Thursday, September 16, the veteran lensman will offer a unique look inside the daily life of this iconic Monmouth County attraction, with an exhibit of recent photography entitled Racing at the Shore.
- Category: News
MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Township officials adopted an amended $64.7 million budget that reflects ongoing efforts to cut costs and keep the tax rate stable by cutting spending an additional $400,000.
“This year’s budget reflects a reduction of 40 staff positions, a salary freeze and across-the-board reductions in departmental operating budgets,” said Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger. “In sum, the Township’s amended budget represents a 2.67% increase in total property taxes in an extraordinarily difficult economic year.”
Under the amended budget, the municipal tax rate will increase 4.6 cents to 39.75 cents per $100 of assessed value. This equates to approximately $17 per month for the average Township home assessed at $435,000.
“This year, municipal taxes represent just 23% of a resident’s tax bill, with 62% being levied for schools and 15% for the county,” concluded Scharfenberger.
The adopted budget addresses nearly $10 million in lost revenue, including:
- $1.6 million cut in state aid.
- $1.4 million obligation for retroactive pay under resolved labor contracts.
- $1 million in increased health care costs and nearly $1 million in deferred excess claims from 2009.
- $900,000 for extraordinary snow and storm clean-up.
- $1.8 million in deferred pension payments mandated by the state.
- $1 million in property tax appeal refunds.
- $400,000 in lost recycling revenue.
The amended budget can be viewed on line at www.middletownnj.org
- Category: Monmouth County
Comic book charity effort will benefit Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center
EATONTOWN, NJ--September, 2010 - The Monmouth Mall will be “invaded” by spandex-clad heroes, monsters, funny-talking animals, space men and an assortment of other colorful comic book characters on Saturday, September 11 as “Superheroes for Hospice” takes over the shopping center.
The effort, which will benefit the Saint Barnabas Hospice and Palliative Care Center of West Orange, features appearances by a host of notable writers and artists who will be signing autographs. The free event is designed to offer comic book fans a chance to enjoy their hobby in a casual setting. There will be comic books of all genres and from several decades available for sale.
Special guests include Marvel and DC Comics artist Paris Cullins; Howard Bender, caricaturist and comic book artist for Marvel, DC, and Archie; Mark Voger, caricaturist, writer-cartoonist and author of the book "Hero Gets Girl! The Life and Art of Kurt Schaffenberger;" Glenn Whitmore, colorist for DC and Archie Comics, Jeff Shultz, artist of Archie Comics, Paul Castiglia, Archie editor-writer and co-creator of Mecha Manga Bible Heroes; Thomas Hall, writer and co-creator of Robot 13, KING and Mecha Manga Bible Heroes; and Ken Branch, comic book artist for Marvel, DC and Valiant as well as a trading card artist for Topps and sketch card artist.
"Projects like 'Superheroes For Hospice' are like a superhero’s alter ego, not flashy, but still an important part of the story," says Spiro Ballas, SBHPCC’s Senior Volunteer Coordinator. "Fundraising enables us to provide care to those without insurance as well as additional support such as extra home health aide time. It's also just a fun event. People can meet comic book artists and writers and pick up something new for their collections, all for a good cause."
- Category: Monmouth County
Lots to do, see and enjoy and the storm will be gone
FREEHOLD, NJ – It looked as though the unofficial last weekend of the summer had been thrown a curveball with the threat of Hurricane Earl, but the National Weather Service is forecasting a beautiful Labor Day weekend in Monmouth County.
Local tourism and emergency management officials are delighted with the forecast and are expecting the storm to be well-passed the Monmouth coastline by sunrise on Saturday.
“Weather reports are telling us that we can expect a great, long weekend in Monmouth County,” said Glenn Mason, coordinator of the county’s Office of Emergency Management. “Visitors and residents should be ready to enjoy their weekend. Our office will continue to watch the weather and respond accordingly to any storm related incidents or conditions that occur.”
Lifeguard crews along Monmouth County’s 27 miles of ocean shoreline anticipate being open to swimming for the three-day weekend. On Friday, September 3, many of the county’s ocean waters were closed to swimmers in response to high surf conditions and the increased incidence of rip currents.
“We always remind beachgoers to swim in an area protected by a lifeguard,” said Michael Fowler, lifeguard supervisor at the county’s Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park. “This weekend is no exception. There may be some residual rough surf, but the lifeguards up and down the coast know the water and work to protect people from any dangerous conditions.”