One resident receives first place honors

EAST WINDSOR – Three Monmouth County residents came up winners in the 2016 statewide senior citizen art contest coordinated by Mercer County’s  Division of Cultural Heritage and Office on Aging.

Michael Ferrara of Hazlet, Sol Hara of Ocean Township and Sharon Steinhorn of Marlboro were recognized among the more than 200 entries in the professional and nonprofessional categories.

“It is great to see these talented artists recognized at the State level for their truly exceptional work,” said Freeholder John P. Curley, liaison to the Monmouth County Division on Aging, Disabilities and Veterans’ Affairs. “Every year, our seniors show great enthusiasm as they bring a lifetime worth of experience to life through their artwork. We are proud of all our artists.”

Ten winners from Monmouth County’s Senior Citizen Juried Art Contest competed in the State competition. All were first-place winners in Monmouth County’s Senior Art Contest and Exhibition held this summer. Photographs of all the winning artwork is posted on the Monmouth County website at

The entries in the State’s Annual New Jersey Senior Citizens Art Contest were on display this month at Meadow Lakes Senior Living, 300 Meadow Lakes in East Windsor. A reception recognizing all of the statewide winners will be held Oct. 28.  

For information about Monmouth County’s Division on Aging, Disabilities and its other event and activities, stop by the County’s office at 3000 Kozloski in Freehold or call 732-431-7450.