excerpts from press reports 

HIGHLANDS- Windansea Restaurant will be hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner for Highlands residents with the help of an anonymous donor, and the OLPH food pantry from noon to 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Reservations can be made by calling Lisa at 732-693-9746. Seating times are noon, 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 4:30p.m.

LONG BRANCH- The Long Branch Elks will be hosting a free Thanksgiving dinner for anyone who wants a warm meal with friendly faces. Noon to 3 p.m. Thursday. 150 Garfield Ave.

LOWE'S STORES -As part of continuing efforts to support communities affected by superstorm Sandy, Lowe’s will provide more than 22,000 free grab-and-go, heat-and-serve Thanksgiving meals for residents of the communities hardest hit by the storm.

Lowe’s will provide Boston Market family-style meals. Each meal includes fresh roasted turkey or ham, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet corn and rolls. The fully cooked dinners will be distributed at 35 Lowe’s stores in New York and New Jersey on a first-come, first-served basis beginning 11 a.m. today until supplies run out.

Each store location will have approximately 500 meals to provide the local community. In addition, all Lowe’s employees in these stores will receive a meal as a thank you for their dedication before, during and after the storm. More than $1 million worth of food will be distributed during today’s events.

In addition, Table Talk Pies of Worcester, Mass., donated more than 43,000 pies to be included in the meals.

MANALAPAN- Working in conjunction with the Samaritan Center of Manalapan, Hartigan’s Grille will be providing Thanksgiving dinner for individuals and families in need of assistance in the Manalapan/Englishtown area. The event will take place Thursday. There will be two seatings, the first at 4:30 p.m. and the second at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will feature a home-cooked Thanksgiving menu using fresh ingredients. Make your reservation by calling 732-851-7500.

OCEAN GROVE- Thanksgiving meal at St Paul’s United Methodist Church, 80 Embury Ave., on Thanksgiving Day. Call 732-775-1125, ext. 110, to make a reservation.

RED BANK- First Presbyterian Church, 255 Harding Road, will be holding a noon to 3 p.m. sit-down and take-out/delivery service to areas that need it on Thanksgiving Day.