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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…

Buy a Poppy; Help Our Veterans

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Every May millions of red crepe paper poppies are distributed throughout the United States as a symbol of the sacrifice of service made by veterans. This year, as every year for 64 years, the American Legion and its auxiliary of Neptune Post 346 are participating in the program. The American Legion Auxiliary Poppy program began in 1921 and “Poppy Days” are a familiar tradition in almost every American community, said Doreen Gallagher, past unit president and past county president of American Legion Auxiliary United 346 in Neptune. “The distribution of the bright red memorial flower to…

Move and Improve Neptune Has $50,000 Grant, Seeks Volunteers

  By DENISE HERSCHEL They can be found out and about working at the seasonal farmer’s market in the township or helping to identify and measure walking routes in the town. One of their most well-attended projects was assisting Neptune High School and Neptune Middle School students with picking up cigarette butts in the township’s parks in an effort to make Neptune a healthier place. They are all members of Move and Improve Neptune. The group’s commitment is to have residents “make the healthy choice the easy choice,” acccording to Dawn Thompson, who is Neptune Township Recreation Director. Thompson and…

Those Last Minute Valentines

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays where the onslaught of shoppers is typically last minute. And the majority of them are male…or at least to the casual observer’s eye this is what it appears to be. You will spot them gathered in the card aisle at the nearest drugstore the day of the event. Some may have a smile on their faces and others may look perplexed. But either way they will walk out of the store with at least a card or two in hand for loved ones. But to be fair to those…

Bradley Beach Thanks Residents for Being Good Neighbors All Year

  By DENISE HERSCHEL As the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy approaches, many at the Shore can’t help but recall the devastation caused by this once-in-a-lifetime hurricane. And like all the communities along the Jersey Shore, Bradley Beach borough residents found it was often “good neighbors” helping each other that made those long, trying days easier to cope. Inspired by the upcoming Sandy anniversary, Bradley Beach Library Director Janet Torsney and Bradley Beach library member Anthony DiMaio decided they wanted to find a way to salute those who were “good neighbors” not only during the storm but during the…

From Ocean Grove with Love: United Methodist Women raise funds for missions

  By DENISE HERSCHEL Marilyn Shotwell, who has lived in Ocean Grove for 65 years, vividly recalled her time spent as a young girl in Sunday school. One of the morning’s speakers was a missionary who had traveled the world aiding others in need. And from that moment, Shotwell was hooked. Intrigued by the mission stories, she knew as a 10-year-old girl that one day she too hoped to spread the word of the missionaries or perhaps became one herself. And although Shotwell did not become a missionary she did study nursing eventually becoming a registered nurse helping others in…

Tinton Falls Camp Program Offers Movies and Day Trips

  By DENISE HERSCHEL TINTON FALLS – Trying to find a way for your child to be happy and busy this summer without he or she repeatedly announcing “ “I’m bored” can be a daunting task. With the unlimited energy and the limited attention span of most youngsters, it can be difficult to reel them into activities. The borough of Tinton Falls has put together a summer program which addresses such a dilemma. With a long-standing recreational summer camp the young residents can manage to find their vacation filled with trips, sports and art activities. “Our camp has been in…

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