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Rev Up Romance for Valentine’s Day

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI Valentine’s Day grabs the hearts of people all around the globe, and here at the Jersey Shore it’s no different. Area restaurants and shops have responded to the call for romance by making it a special day for those in love, falling in love or hoping to fall in love. But first a brief history of the romantic holiday and why we continue to celebrate it. The day is named in honor of Saint Valentine of Rome who legend has it was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers, who were forbidden to marry, and for…

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…

Mayors List Their Hopes for New Year

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI and DON STINE As we publish our final edition of 2017 (on newsstands from Thurs. Dec. 21 through the first week of 2018) we asked the mayors in our readership area what wishes and goals they have for the coming year. Asbury Park Mayor John Moor offered up some lofty goals for his city beginning with maintaining and increasing affordable housing. “And continue development in the southwest,” he added. Addressing another ongoing issue he said he wants to negotiate with iStar developers for lot by lot development in the Waterfront Redevelopment Area and the abolishment…

Silverball Museum Owner Will be Honored

  The Arc of Monmouth will honor entrepreneur and parent-advocate for autism awareness Rob Ilvento at Winter Glow 2017 on Fri., Dec.1 at Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club, Farmingdale. All proceeds benefit the 1,600 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities served by The Arc in Monmouth County. “We are thrilled to recognize Rob Ilvento for his longtime support of the autistic and I/DD community, as both a business leader and dedicated father,” said Holly Annarella Flego, Colts Neck, chair of this year’s event. Ilvento founded the Silverball Museum on the Asbury Park boardwalk in response to his daughter’s love…

Neptune Bar Hosts Display of Autistic Artist

  By JOANNE L. PAPAIANNI A Monmouth County man with autism has been selling his paintings in the shore area for several years and a local bar is hosting an event for him. Peter Price, 25, who sells his work on a donation basis, will exhibit several pieces at Sprengel’s Sports Bar in Neptune on Sat., Dec. 9 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Marilyn Price, Peter’s mother, said he has always had an interest in drawing. “I remember him always grabbing paper plates and drawing on them. He has had no formal training, but seems to improve every day,” she…

Springsteen Tickets Up for Auction

  The Monmouth County SPCA is holding an auction for two tickets to see the Bruce Springsteen on Broadway show Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. The show is sold out but the SPCA is offering the tickets as a fundraiser. The auction closes Dec. 4 at  7:00 p.m. Bid on a pair of orchestra seats at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Bid on the tickets by contacting the SPCA or via this link.

Coastal Habitat Reschedules Event Honoring 3 Community Leaders

  Due to an unforeseen issue with operating in the new ReStore space in Asbury Park the Hearts and Hammers celebration scheduled for Oct. 19 has been postponed to Nov. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. At the event  Coastal Habitat for Humanity will recognize three extraordinary community partners. Each of this year’s honorees have been relentless in helping the organization continue to realize its mission of building strong, safe, and self-reliant neighborhoods. “Our community partners are critical to the sustainable impact Coastal Habitat makes in Southern Monmouth County,” said Heather Schulze, executive director.  The Coaster, Pat, and Theo have all been dedicated, long-term supporters. …

Coastal Habitat Honors Community Leaders

  Coastal Habitat for Humanity will recognize three extraordinary community partners at the charity’s 2017 Hearts and Hammers Celebration Oct. 19. Each of this year’s honorees have been relentless in helping the organization continue to realize its mission of building strong, safe, and self-reliant neighborhoods. “Our community partners are critical to the sustainable impact Coastal Habitat makes in Southern Monmouth County,” said Heather Schulze, executive director.  The Coaster, Pat, and Theo have all been dedicated, long-term supporters.  These three civic leaders embody the spirit of our organization and the Hearts & Hammers Awards.  As we mark the 5th Anniversary of Superstorm…

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