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Summer is Time for Reading at Asbury Park Public Library

  By DENISE HERSCHEL For many children, the end of the school year and the beginning of the summer season translates into three months of no reading, no writing and no arithmetic. But for Linda Keane, children’s librarian at Asbury Park Library, summer break shouldn’t represent a book-free one. She believes quite the contrary and supports “the time in which kids get the chance to fall in love with reading.” “Summer vacation is when children have this chance. Studies have shown that children who are allowed to choose books they really like are the ones who both read the most…

Family Fun Day at Neptune Church

  By DENISE HERSCHEL West Grove United Methodist Church in Neptune is holding it’s second annual Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 6 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Expected to be a part of the afternoon’s festivities are pony rides, face painting, a photo booth, carnival type games and live music by the praise band New Song. Also included is picnic style food such as hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks. In addition, there will be also be wellness screenings for diabetes and blood pressure by Neptune Rehab. All of the activities and food are free with the public…

Write a Poem, Win a Prize; Neptune library sponsoring contest

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The month of April has been designated as National Poetry Month and as part of the celebration Neptune Library is sponsoring a poetry contest for township residents in grades six through twelve. The theme of this year’s contest, “Libraries Are a Place of Unlimited Possibilities,” is in conjunction with National Library Week, April 12 – April 18. “We have held a poetry contest in the past with success. We want students to be creative with their poems and to incorporate this year’s library theme into their poems. Libraries are a place where knowledge is gained,” said…

Art Exhibit and Wine Tasting Raises Funds for Library

  By DENISE HERSCHEL It’s been a decade since Bradley Beach artist and Friends of the Bradley Beach Library President Joan Cicchi had an idea — showcase local artists work at a library exhibit to the public while raising funds for the library. Thirty artists and 100 attendees were involved in that first show in 2005. Now 10 years later, more than 60 artists and 300 people are expected to be a part of the annual Bradley Beach Library Art Exhibit and Wine Tasting event at the library on Sun., March 8 from 2 to 4 p.m. “The art show…

Now at the Bradley Beach Library: Zen Meditation Program

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The Bradley Beach Library has offered reading groups, support groups, and now it has added a Zen Meditation group. Introduced several months ago, the weekly group has developed a following with anywhere from five to 10 individuals regularly attending. Sharlene Edwards, assistant library director, said the idea to begin such a group was the brainchild of Bradley Beach resident and library patron Elaine Held who took her Buddhist vows about seven years ago. “Elaine approached me about bringing her Zen Meditation group here. She agreed that it would be free and open to the public. I…

Tinton Falls Flag Raising Ceremony Honors Veterans

  By DENISE HERSCHEL More than 30 people including Tinton Falls Mayor Jerry Turning and members of the Tinton Falls Senior Club recently attended a flag raising ceremony honoring the service of borough veterans who have passed away. At a tribute to Veteran’s Day, the service flag of the late William Trainor was raised over Tinton Falls borough hall where the flag will fly for approximately three months before it is retired. Trainor’s flag is the second one to fly in the borough since the ceremony’s inception last year when the service flag of Carl Rudinski was raised on November…

Hard Times for Neptune’s Madonna House

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The Madonna House in Neptune has been serving local communities and beyond for the past 27 years providing children’s clothing, formula, diapers, bedding, toiletries, and other necessities to those in need. But now after several decades of tireless giving, the non-profit organization may have to close it’s doors. Financial constraints have forced its founder and director, Rebecca Blonski, to possibly consider closing the Madonna House in the foreseeable future. According to Blonski, the Madonna House has three privately held mortgages for their property. “Our total amount is approximately $223,000.00. One of the mortgages is a balloon…

Blue Service Helps Those Dealing with Loss

  By DENISE HERSCHEL The hustle and the bustle of the holiday season is officially upon us as shoppers scurry to find the best deals and plans for the neighborhood Christmas party are finalized. With all of the festivities surrounding the season it is often easy to forget that the holiday is not always a joyous one for all. It can be a time of rememberence for the loss of loved ones or the loss or a job or a home. For the third year, the Hamilton United Methodist Church in Neptune is offering a Blue Christmas service as a…

In Bradley Beach: Reading is a Family Affair

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Since 1994, November has been recognized as “National Family Literacy” month, a united initiative to encourage not only reading in children but prioritizing it as a family affair. As part of the national celebration, Bradley Beach Library is hopping aboard the literacy train with an upcoming event, “Together is Better: Family Literacy Night.” Scheduled for Tues., Nov. 25 from 6 to 8 p.m. the night will feature games, snacks, and activities focusing on reading fun. Sharlene Edwards, assistant library director, said this is the first year that Bradley Beach Library is partaking in the month-long event.…

Bradley Beach Book Bike to Bring Books to Residents

  By DENISE HERSCHEL As the Bradley Beach Memorial Day parade helps kick start the official summer season this weekend, crowds can expect to see not only the typical parade fanfare such as marchers, floats and firetrucks but the debut of what is soon to be another borough favorite: the “Book Bike.” Manned in the parade by Sharlene Edwards, library program coordinator, the “Book Bike” may very well be the talk of the town as it will be the first time residents will be able to have access to the library on a “roaming basis.” Edwards said she will ride…

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