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IMAGE Volunteers Sought for Family & Children’s Service’s Thrift Boutique
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
PHOTO: (l-r) Thrift Boutique volunteers Diane Trillo, Lorraine Weinberg and Eva Turco Long Branch, NJ – Family & Children’s Service... Read More...
Monmouth Civic Chorus Announces 2014-1015 Season
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Handel’s Messiah at Count Basie Theatre with Carols from New CD RED BANK, NJ - Artistic Director Dr. Ryan Brandau will lead the 2014-15 season of... Read More...
Keyport Indians Cornhole Fundraiser
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
KEYPORT, NJ - The Keyport Indians Football & Cheerleading Team is holding a Cornhole Tournament Fundraiser on Saturday, September 6th at... Read More...
IMAGE Brookdale’s Education Open Golf Outing Set for Sept. 18
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
FARMINGDALE, NJ – The Brookdale Community College Foundation’s 35th Annual Education Open Golf Outing will be held on Thursday, Sept. 18 at Eagle... Read More...
March of Dimes Offers Tips for Pregnant Women and New Parents
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
Don’t Get Caught Unprepared For an Emergency SAYREVILLE, NJ  – Pregnant women evacuating their homes in advance of an emergency should be... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Review - Boyhood
by David Prown
Wednesday, 27 August 2014
I have a sense I saw previews about the film “Boyhood” quite a while ago and looked quite engaging.  But where the heck in this world am I... Read More...
IMAGE Sinsations or Sonsations
by George Hancock-Stefan
Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Driving on Route 36, towards the Parkway, on the right side of the road, one sees the advertisement for a new club called Sinsations. One has to... Read More...
IMAGE Weird Looking Night Heron Offspring
by Joe Reynolds
Monday, 25 August 2014
Just before dusk, a stout, short-necked, and smoky colored bird glided past me and into the tidal wetlands near Raritan Bay. “What do we have... Read More...
IMAGE Multiple Sclerosis Becomes Counselor's Asset
by Daniel J. Vance
Sunday, 24 August 2014
During most of the '70s, Kathe Skinner, now a 65-year-old licensed marriage family therapist in Colorado Springs, Colorado, couldn't figure out what... Read More...
IMAGE Review - 100 Foot Journey
by David Prown
Sunday, 24 August 2014
I am quite sure I never saw a preview for the new movie "100 Foot Journey". However any movie starring Helen Mirren always gets my attention and a... Read More...

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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.