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Twin Lights to Celebrate the Ultimate ‘High Five’
Highlands, NJ — A good statistician can make numbers say almost anything. However, some numbers simply speak for themselves. This August, the Twin Lights National Historic Site will welcome its five millionth visitor. The site officially opened to the public 55 years ago, and since then the breathtaking view, unique architecture—and the chance to scale the historic North Tower—has consistently drawn around 100,000 people a year.
When will the lucky 5 Millionth Visitor arrive?
1908 visitors: As this old postcard shows, long before the official count started, the Twin Lights served as a beacon for local tourism.
Sunday, August 7th…which also happens to be National Lighthouse Day. In fact, every visitor to the Twin Lights that day will be feted as the “five millionth”—with a commemorative certificate, free one-year Twin Light Historical Society membership, instant discount at the Museum Gift Shop, and lighthouse goody bags for kids.
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HOLMDEL, NJ - The New Jersey Lions, a local Minor League Football franchise, has embarked on their fourth season of professional football. The Lions play their home games at St. John Vianney High School on Line Road in Holmdel.
The Lions roster is full of former gridiron stars from Middletown HS North and Middletown HS South. Paul Castillo, Jr. is a co-owner and head coach of the squad and has led the Lions to a 29-9 record in the past three years. Standouts on his team are Jeffrey Castillo, also a co-owner (MHSN), Ron Tefteller - (MHSS) Makahi Burns (MHSN), Jeremy Reiley (MHSS) and Mike Meehan (MHSN).
The Lions will be playing their final pre-season scrimmage this Saturday, June 25th when they square off against the New York Predators at St. John Vianney HS. Kickoff will take place at 7 PM. (see attached flyer for details). The regular season will begin on July 16th in a home contest against the BK Mariners.
With the NFL on hold, come out and witness an exciting brand of football featuring your heroes from the past. A 10 game slate features opponents from Pennsylvania, New York and Virginia.
For more information, including the complete schedule and the team roster, go to www.njlionsfootball.com
- Category: Arts & Culture
WALL, NJ - Joan B. Myers' current show is a combination of fine art and photojournalism pertaining to the Decline of Fort Hancock at Sandy Hook. The show features interior photographs of Officer’s Row, and the Officer’s Club. Exterior photographs continue to tell the story.
Photo by Joan B. Myers
Myers says one of her favorite exterior photographs is of a sunset, which filled her with an immediate sense of warmth. However, this feeling was short-lived when heavy winds took over. “The white caps began rolling ashore, as the swirling snow blew across the parade field. What if the bay took the road from me? What if my car failed me? I began to panic, not a soul in site; at least one I could see,” says Myers.
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MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Middletown Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau will offer Children Safety Seat Checkpoints this Summer beginning Friday, July 1 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Police Headquarters, 1 Kings Highway. Police officers trained as child passenger safety technicians will be available to assist motorists with proper child safety seat installation as well as proper positioning and harnessing of a child. Free and open to the public. No appointment necessary. In the event of severe weather, rain dates will be announced. The program is funded through a grant from the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Call 732-615-2045 for more information. Additional checkpoints will be held on:
- ·Friday, July 15 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.,
- ·Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
- ·Wednesday, August 17 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
- ·Saturday, August 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
- ·Friday, September 2 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 16 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
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Hazlet, NJ – At 10pm on June 4, 2011, if you had passed the Raritan High School football field, you would have seen one word illuminated, “HOPE.”
On June 4th through 5th, Raritan High School hosted the American Cancer Society, “Relay for Life.” Relay For Life is a two-day event where participants set goals and raise money for cancer research, celebrate those who are struggling with cancer and remember those who have lost their battle with the disease.
Event Chair, Andrew LaBarbera said, “For my first time organizing a Relay for Life event I couldn’t be more proud of the goals we’ve met,” he said, “Coming into this event we had a goal to raise $40,000, but we had over 63 teams, 1,000 participants and it’s been projected that we’ve raised over $60,000.00!”
The two-day relay included a Survivor Luncheon, Celebration Ceremony and Luminaria Ceremony. The luncheon featured Carol Rech, a stage 3c breast cancer survivor from Middletown, New Jersey and Hazlet’s own Patti Dickens, a breast cancer survivor. Dickens is the founder of R.A.I.N.E. (Reaching All In Need Everyday), who had 9 teams participate and she kicked off the “Survivor Celebration Lap.”
The Luminara Ceremony, co-coordinated by Marianne Ruane, featured live music by Hazlet resident Mat Kiley and Middletown resident Maggie Ruane. Father Dave of St. Mary’s Church provided words of hope and Joan Antonino read the poem “One Little Candle,” as candles were lit in remembrance and honor of family and friends of participants of the relay. “It was very touching to see all of the lights lit and at the same time experience the love radiating from the participants of the ceremony,” said Marianne Ruane, “LaBarbera provided us with the tools for an incredibly heartfelt ceremony and we couldn’t have asked for a more dedicated and compassionate event chair – he made this night possible.”
Of the event, Bradley Bennett a representative from the American Cancer Society was quoted as saying, “There is no doubt in my mind that none of it would have been possible without the tremendous efforts put in by the event chair, Andrew LaBarbera. He got our committee motivated, our volunteers organized and had a grand vision for not just what this Relay would be for 2011 but what it can be for next year and for years to come.”
For more information about Relay for Life, visit https://www.relayforlife.org/relay