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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

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