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Chocolate Pretzels and More at Valentine’s Day Bake Sale

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Neptune Library patrons are in for a real treat this upcoming weekend before Valentine’s Day. As they browse for some new reads or stop by for a quiet place to study, they can also satisfy their sweet tooth at the same time as the Valentine’s Day Bake Sale will take place Sat., Feb. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Chocolate pretzels, brownies and dessert loafs are only a few of the homemade goods that will be featured with all proceeds going to the library’s tween and teen programming. Amanda Franco, Reference Librarian and Tween/Teen Coordinator, will…

All I Want for Christmas

  By DENISE HERSCHEL With only a few days left until Christmas, visions of toys are dancing in the heads of little ones who can’t wait for the arrival of the jolly old man dressed in red. Hoping that he will bring them their every heart’s desire, it seems that plenty of kids have been compiling their wish list all year long. Preschool students at the Early Childhood Center in Neptune have their Christmas letter to Santa ready-to-go and were willing to discuss what they hope he brings them this year. Preschooler Iver Delmundo, who said that Santa lives in…

Walk the Streets of Bethlehem at Neptune Church

  By DENISE HERSCHEL With Christmas commercialism at an all-time high, there is a Neptune church that has dedicated itself to showing the “real reason for the season” for the past five years. West Grove United Methodist Church is once again presenting “The Streets of Bethlehem and Live Nativity” to the local community as visitors of Bethlehem are allowed to experience the “sounds, sights, and excitement” of that first night. The event runs Sat., Dec. 9 and Sun., Dec. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. “Each year, West Grove UMC transforms it’s Fellowship Hall and church grounds into a re-creation of…

Friends of Bradley Beach Library Hosting Jewelry Sale

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The official holiday shopping season has begun and helping and the Friends of the Bradley Beach Library is ready to find that perfect gift for a beloved teacher or family member. The group is holding its holiday jewelry sale Fri., Dec. 1 and Sat., Dec. 2  at the Bradley Beach Library’s Community Room, the sale runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. According to Lenore Decovsky, jewelry sale coordinator and Friends of the Bradley Beach Library member, the fundraising event typically attracts well over one hundred attendees who are looking for gifts at…

Psychic Fair Raises Money for Bradley Beach Library

  By DENISE HERSCHEL For the past four years the response to the Friends of the Bradley Beach Library’s Psychic Fair has been widespread with attendees even venturing from as far as the New York City area to have their futures be told. This year’s fair on Thurs., Oct. 12 from 6 to  10 p.m, promises to be just as well-attended with eight experienced psychics from Monmouth and Ocean Counties as part of the four-hour fundraiser. Event chairwoman Kathie Deak, a member of the Friends group, said that all who come will be treated “to a fun evening” with wine tasting and…

In Bradley Beach: Annual Craft and Vendor Show Sept. 30

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The Ladies Auxiliary of the Bradley Beach Fire Department is celebrating its fifth year for the annual Fall Craft and Vendor Show this month on  Sat., Sept. 30  from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All of the  proceeds from the event will be used to support the volunteers of the Bradley Beach Fire Department and according to Pam Cicerelle, an Auxiliary Member for more than 25 years, the event began five years ago at the borough firehouse. “But in the past three years we have been at Riley Park on Main Street because there is more traffic there…

New Bradley Beach Residents Can Pick Up Welcome Pail at Library

  By DENISE HERSCHEL New to Bradley Beach? Stop by the library and pick up your Welcome Pail. The pails are being offered by the Friends of the Bradley Beach Library. The group’s mission has always been to raise funds for programs, supplies and capital improvements among other areas. And, as volunteers and advocates of the Bradley Beach Library, the group’s 39 active members are always on-the-go, whether it be to help out with a book sale, an afternoon tea or a summer walkathon fundraiser. Their newest venture, the Welcome Bag Project, was recently launched in collaboration with the Bradley…

In Tinton Falls: Still Time to Sign Up for Summer Reading Program

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Although school has been out for almost a month and summer vacation is in full swing, there is still time for kids in the borough of Tinton Falls to sign up for the summer reading program at the Tinton Falls Library. According to Ruth Santulli, Youth Services Library Assistant at Tinton Falls Library, approximately 135 children registered for last year’s program and she hopes even more will join this year. “The Vacation Reading Club (VRC) began June 1 and ends on August 12,” Santulli said. “Our program is limited to Tinton Falls patrons but children outisde…

Tinton Falls Library Activities

  By DENISE HERSCHEL With the school year coming to a close and the summer season just around the corner, the Tinton Falls Library has planned activities and events to keep everyone entertained and engaged for the next several months. One of the newest programs to be offered at the borough library will be a workshop series entitled “Build a Better Life.” Set for Thursday evenings on June 8, July 6, and August 3, the adults-only classes will focus on decluttering and organization with possible expansion into meal planning (body) and wellness (mind) in the near future. Coordinated by Alison…

Thousands of Books Available at Ocean Book Sale

  By DENISE HERSCHEL There are always thousands of books available in all categories from fiction and biography to classic literature and history at the annual Friends of the Township of Ocean Public Library sale. This year’s event takes place Wed., April 19 and Thurs., April 20 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day. Held twice a year, once in the spring and once in the summer, the Friends-sponsored event never disappoints as regulars flock to add more books to their home library and new attendees browse for a few good reads. “We seem to get the most people…

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