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9th Annual Shore Walk Now for Autism Speaks - Oct 11th
Thursday, 02 October 2014
LONG BRANCH, N.J. – The New Jersey Chapter of Autism Speaks, the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, today announced that... Read More...
IMAGE 90.5 The Night Celebrates 40 Years
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
LINCROFT, NJ - On the 1st of October, 90.5 The Night Brookdale Public Radio marks its 40th Anniversary of radio broadcasting by kicking off a... Read More...
16th Annual Interdisciplinary Forum on the Vietnam Era
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
Holmdel, N.J. – On Friday, October 17, 2014 from  8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation will hold its... Read More...
New Jersey Fisherman Encouraged to Access Federal Fishery Disaster Relief Funds
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
WASHINGTON, DC — Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) encouraged New Jersey fishermen affected by Superstorm Sandy to apply for... Read More...
Monmouth University Polling Institute Ranked in Top 7% by Polling Analyst Nate Silver
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
West Long Branch, N.J. - The Monmouth University Polling Institute (MUPI) is ranked among the top 7% of all pollsters in the nation after... Read More...

Columns

IMAGE Who’s Minding the Store?
by Woody Zimmerman
Thursday, 02 October 2014
On November 1, 1950, two Puerto Rican independence activists, Oscar Collazo and Griselio Torresola, attacked guards at the Blair House in Washington,... Read More...
IMAGE The Hangover
by Anne Mikolay
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
Let's talk about my hangover. Shall we? Let me begin by saying this: my hangover has absolutely nothing to do with liquor or Bradley Cooper's 2009... Read More...
IMAGE The Fast Changing World
by George Hancock-Stefan
Wednesday, 01 October 2014
Sometime last year, I shopped at one of the large stores in the Monmouth Mall.  I bought a suit and the gentleman selling me the suit was so... Read More...
IMAGE What’s Living in Raritan-Sandy Hook Bays?
by Joe Reynolds
Sunday, 28 September 2014
On Sunday, September 28, volunteers with the Bayshore Regional Watershed Council, an all-volunteer environmental group dedicated to restoring Raritan... Read More...
IMAGE Wakefield Gets SA Chapters Running
by Daniel J. Vance
Saturday, 27 September 2014
My featured person this week, Margery Wakefield, of Lansing, Michigan, has had lifelong struggles with schizophrenia, a mental health disability. For... Read More...

Upcoming Events

Thu Oct 02 @ 3:15PM - 03:45PM
School Age Programs Grades K and up
Thu Oct 02 @ 4:00PM - 04:30PM
Preschool Story Time Ages 3 – 5
Thu Oct 02 @ 6:30PM - 07:30PM
What’s On Your Plate? Family Nutrition
Fri Oct 03 @11:00AM - 12:30PM
Jersey City Revisited
Sat Oct 04 @ 9:00AM - 11:00AM
Free Rabies Clinic for Dogs ONLY

esu_queens_speech_1PHOTO: The English Speaking Union welcomed Evelyn Giovene to its Christmas party and enjoyed her dramatic presentation of Princess Elizabeth’s first radio address. Left to right: Event Chairman Robin Blair, Miss Giovene and  ESU Scholar Theresa Ciccone.

RUMSON, NJ - The members and guests were dressed in their Holiday best as they mixed and mingled at the Monmouth County Branch of the English-Speaking Union’s Traditional English Christmas Dinner held at the Rumson Country Club on December 15th . The roast beef and Yorkshire pudding were followed by a most wonderful sticky-toffee cake specially made by the Chef from an English recipe discovered by Robin Blair, Chairman of the event.  The silent auction item was an elegant white phalaenopsis orchid beautifully bedecked for the holidays from Foggia’s Florist in Oceanport.

The evening’s entertainment was a reading by Evelyn Giovene of the first radio broadcast done by Queen Elizabeth on October 13, 1940 many years before she became Queen.  At the time, she was fourteen years old, and the Second World War was raging in Europe.  Thousands of English children had been evacuated from London and other cities to rural areas in England and to all of the countries of the Commonwealth. Princess Elizabeth, with her sister Princess Margaret beside her, delivered a message of sympathy and encouragement to all of those displaced children. Miss Giovene, a finalist in the ESU’s Shakespeare Competition last year and now a student at Princeton University, brought the speech to life.   ESU Past President Shirley Adler was one of those London children evacuated in 1940.   It was a poignant moment as Shirley described her experiences after Miss Giovene completed Princess Elizabeth’s speech. All of this was followed by Christmas Carols led by the ESU’s most recent Scholar, Theresa Ciccone. Mrs. Ciccone is an English teacher at Monmouth Regional High School and an adjunct at Kean University. As the ESU’s teacher scholar, she studied contemporary literature and creative writing as part of the Scottish Universities’ International Summer School at the University of Edinburgh.

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PHOTO: ESU President Richard Biernacki and Chairman Robin Blair stand with the holiday bedecked orchid, which was the evening’s silent auction item.

Coming up for the Monmouth County Branch of the English Speaking Union will be the ESU’s Shakespeare Competition for high school students held at the theatre at Brookdale Community College on Saturday, March 2 and the annual Scholar’s Tea, which will be held at Bingham Hall in Rumson on Sunday, April 7th.  New faces are always welcome. For more information on the Monmouth County Branch of the English-Speaking Union, contact ESU President Richard Biernacki, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   732-787-2217