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IMAGE Red Bank Elks Lodge Hosts 43rdAnnual Basketball HoopShoot® Competition—Free to Local Youth
Sunday, 21 December 2014
RED BANK, NJ - Elks believe that sporting activities for youngsters provide spirited competition, develop character, and help make new friendships. So the Red Bank Elks Lodge is inviting the local area youth to our free basketball HoopShoot®... Read More...
Become a Volunteer Docent in 2015 with MC Park System
Sunday, 21 December 2014
TINTON FALLS— The Monmouth County Park System is looking for volunteers to become docents at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. Are you 21 years of age or older and enjoy interacting with people? You may have what it takes to step... Read More...
Freeholders Approve 2014 Open Space Grants to Towns
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Program celebrates 12 years of support for municipal projects FREEHOLD, NJ – Last night, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders approved grants totaling $2.5 million from the 2014 Monmouth County Open Space Trust Fund to improve and... Read More...
Monmouth County Library Branch Closures
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Temporary closures in West Long Branch and Howell MANALAPAN, NJ – Two Monmouth County Library branches will have temporary closure over the next few weeks: West Long Branch Library, 95 Poplar Ave., is already closed and will remain closed until... Read More...
Holly Jolly Fuel Prices
Sunday, 21 December 2014
Drivers land on Santa’s ‘nice’ list as gas prices fall to five-year low The Week Holiday cheer has come early for the motoring public, with the average for retail gasoline at its lowest level in more than five years. Friday’s national... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Business Executive Fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 20 December 2014
About five years ago, Todd Neva, now of Hancock, Michigan, began having trouble lifting his daughter from her carseat. Over time, this muscle... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - December 19, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Friday, 19 December 2014
It breaks my heart to see yet another article on how my dear #GuyFieri has made Food Network nearly unwatchable: http://bit.ly/1DA59Fm Want to see... Read More...
IMAGE Our Forefathers Knew Better
by George Hancock-Stefan
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
When one does a comparison between the 17th and 20th centuries in regards to the goodness of humanity, one comes with two different views.  The... Read More...
IMAGE Review - Top Five
by David Prown
Wednesday, 17 December 2014
The other day I was scanning moviefone.com to get a sense of new releases for this weekend. Never heard of Chris Rock's "Top Five" and tried to get a... Read More...
IMAGE Skewed View - December 16, 2014
by Tom Brennan
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Got 60 grand?  Well, you can use it to pay down your debt or buy Burt Reynold's Smokey & The Bandit TransAm: http://usat.ly/1G9j9n6 Parenting... Read More...

Upcoming Events

New Jersey and New York – In response to Super-Storm Sandy, Clean Ocean Action (COA) launched a long term volunteer initiative to help the communities and millions of citizens left devastated in the wake of the storm. Today, over 1,000 registered volunteers and 20 organizations were connected to a number of community needs around New York and New Jersey by COA through a program called “Waves of Action.”

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Volunteers from Massachusetts carry a wood beam on the beach in Long Branch

“In the aftermath of Sandy, volunteers are ready and eagerly looking to help. Many of the impacted municipalities, businesses, and families are working hard to put their lives back together and may not have the time or energy to recruit and/or direct volunteers,” said Tavia Danch, Clean Ocean Action Education Coordinator. “Clean Ocean Action is organizing the day of service ‘For the Shore’ to streamline the process of connecting people with projects.”

Clean Ocean Action sought out members of the community and organizations to become “project leaders” by registering their project online and facilitating the volunteers that respond.  Types of projects included: beach, town, and park clean-ups; food and toy drives; and home clean out and repair.  There is also a donation drive hosted by the Moonachie First Aid and Rescue Squad asking for gift cards to hardware stores.

Over 40 volunteer projects took place across Cape May, NJ, to Hampton Bays, NY.  Volunteers were in Bergen, Hudson, Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic, and Cape May Counties in New Jersey and in Kings, Nassau, and Suffolk Counties in New York.

“Seeing so many volunteers coming together to reach out and help those in need is the driving force for us to continue assisting those in need during this most difficult time in their lives,” noted Doug Colfer, Waves of Action Volunteer in Middletown.

“Burners without Borders is excited to work with Clean Ocean Action to make an impact on the Hurricane Sandy Clean Up efforts. There are projects in the works for additional locations, and we are thrilled by the opportunity to support other communities in the recovery process,” said Brenda Zimmerman Union Beach and Marsh Clean-Up Project Leader.

“Cattus Island County Park in Toms River has been closed indefinitely, but will now have a chance to reopen ahead of time because of the big push from volunteers through Waves of Action,” stated Joanna Marino, AmeriCorps Watershed Ambassador and Cattus Island County Park Project Leader.

In Hudson County, “Waves of Action” attracted the attention of Calling all Crows (www.callingallcrows.org), a 501 (c)3 non-profit organization that works for a future when the success of live music is measured not only by ticket sales, but by the impact of fans and musicians mobilizing together to make a difference in the world.  A past supporter of Clean Ocean Action, Calling All Crows volunteers joined in by cleaning out houses in Hoboken.

What Super-storm Sandy destroyed in only 36 hours will take months and years to restore. Sustaining and supporting these communities over the long term is important.   Clean Ocean Action will call on its network of organizations, businesses, citizens and municipalities from Cape May to Montauk - along the Jersey Shore and the South Shore of Long Island for help.  Future “Waves of Action” days in 2013 will progress with the needs of communities and will keep the momentum going for continued improvement of the shore through debris clean ups, sustainable development plans, and projects to improve water quality.

Ed Elzer, Middletown House Cleanup Project Leader from United Methodist Committee of Relief, explained that they are an all-volunteer, faith-based group focused on “not only relief, but recovery.”

“We established the Waves of Action program to provide a longer-term, sustainable strategy to help heal our coastal communities and protect the quality of our region’s ocean,” stated Cindy Zipf, Clean Ocean Action Executive Director, “Today is just the beginning, going forward we hope to encourage communities to go green to save big blue with gardens, green spaces and improved infrastructure.”

For more information visit www.fortheshore.org or contact Clean Ocean Action at (732) 872-0111.  For a complete list of projects and meeting locations visit http://fortheshore.org/2012/11/05/volunteer/.

December 8 Highlights:
--Chadwick Stokes Urmston of the band State Radio helped over 50 volunteers in Hoboken clean out houses.
--Over 70 volunteers helped clean Jones Beach.  Volunteers found a book called "What Happened," a satellite radio, CDs, photos, and lottery tickets.
--Volunteers from as far as Mississippi and Massachusetts participated in Waves of Action.