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SANDY HOOK: JOIN THE 100TH BIRTHDAY BLITZ

sandy hook 070415 1Amateur naturalists, “citizen scientists” and other volunteers are invited to participate in a “BioBlitz” census of species on Sandy Hook, September 23 and 24.

This year, the National Parks Service observes the 100th anniversary of its founding — and as part of the year-long celebration, the federal agency will coordinate more than 100 “BioBlitz” initiatives at parks and other protected lands across the nation.

Out on the Sandy Hook peninsula, administered by the NPS as a unit of the Gateway National Recreation Area, the past several Septembers have seen a local BioBlitz effort coordinated with the Hook-based nonprofit American Littoral Society — and for 24 hours beginning Friday, September 23, “citizen scientists” from all walks of life are invited to be a part of this important annual wildlife census.

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ON THE GREEN: WEATHER TO FROLIC IN

sb dolphins 081916 1sb dolphins 081916 2Visitors to the Sea Bright municipal beach were treated to the sight of a dozen or so dolphins feeding just offshore last Friday.

Whether the dolphins will stick around is unknown, but Monday kicks off what looks to be a week of sunny skies, peak temperatures in the low 80s and cool nights, according to the National Weather Service.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: PARAKEET FOUND

parakeet 080516Did you lose a parakeet? A resident of Allen Place in Red Bank found this young, “very friendly” one earlier this week, says borough animal control officer Henry Perez, who learned about it Friday.

If it’s yours or belongs to someone you know, contact Perez at 848-207-6066 (Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: ORPHANED OPOSSUMS SAVED

rb opposums 080416 1Henry perez 080416Two baby opossums that survived when their mother was killed by a passing vehicle on Madison Avenue in Red Bank early Thursday morning were taken to Garden State Veterinary Specialists in Tinton Falls by borough animal control officer Henry Perez.

Because opposums are marsupial, the pouched offspring often survive such incidents, Perez said. And the outlook for the babies is positive, he said. After receiving initial care from the vet, they’ll be turned over to volunteer “rehabbers” and eventually released in the wild, he said (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: A GAME-CHANGER NAMED SANDY

Karen SandyAs an Ocean County-based resident of the Jersey Shore, Karen Sandy (pictured) had a front row seat to the devastation and displacement wrought by a certain Superstorm with whom she reluctantly shared a name. As an animal lover, the longtime community volunteer also knew that the epic natural disaster impacted the lives of wild creatures and domesticated pets, every bit as much as it did the people of the tri-state region.

It was a visit to Popcorn Park Zoo Animal Rescue and Sanctuary, the Forked River facility operated by Associated Humane Societies of New Jersey, that inspired Karen Sandy to create Zach to the Rescue, a story for young readers that touches upon themes of life-changing loss, readjustments, and the healing power of new friendships. Just released earlier this month as the author’s first published work, the book receives its first Monmouth County showcase event this Sunday, July 31, at one of the most animal-friendly venues on the greater Red Bank green: the Paws for a Cause annex of Frame to Please.

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RED BANK: RETHINKING ALL OF MARINE PARK

rich nicoletti 060816 2Longtime Red Bank clay courts tennis pro Rich Nicoletti on the site of the dormant riverfront facility earlier this month. The Monmouth Boat Club is in the background. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

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This time of year, scuffing footwork and the thwok of tennis balls would normally be heard most summer mornings down by the Navesink River in Red Bank’s Marine Park, widely considered nirvana among aficionados for its unusual red clay courts.

It was certainly that for Rich Nicoletti, who grew up in an apartment above what’s now the Downtown nightclub just up the hill, and spent decades as the tennis pro at the borough-owned facility.

“These tennis courts were a gem,” said the retired sports journalist, who at 73 estimates he’s spent fully one-quarter of his life at the site. “It was beautiful.”

But 86 years after they opened, the courts may have seen their last match.

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RED BANK: COUNCIL ADVANCES RIVER CRUISES

The Red Bank Primary School Chorus entertained the council audience with two songs, including this variation on a Woody Guthrie tune. (Video by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Red Bank’s Marine Park could once again be the point of departure for commercial cruises on the Navesink River, following council action Wednesday night.

Details on that action, and other news from the council’s semimonthly meeting, are just around the read more corner.

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SHREWSBURY: MINI HORSES BOOKED AT LIBRARY

Erica Todd miniature horsesHorse owner Erica Todd, at center right, returns to Shrewsbury with some miniature friends from the equine kingdom.

Did you know that June is the Month of the Horse here in New Jersey — a designation made official back in 2000 by Garden State Governor (and daughter of Hunterdon County’s “horse country”) Christie Whitman?

Look closely at the Great Seal of the State of New Jersey and you’ll note that our equine friends have been getting top billing as far back as 1777 — a position of honor that speaks to “not only horse racing and breeding, but also for show competitions, trail riding, and providing the state with revenue, jobs, and open space, all necessary for maintaining the quality of life in the Garden State,” in the words of Monmouth County Library Commission chair Renee Swartz.

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RED BANK: FIRE BURNS DOG-FILLED CONDO

RB FIRE 060116 7Flames were visible from the courtyard side of the unit, above. Below, resident Kevin Tuohy, in striped shirt, speaks with a neighbor while one of the rescued dogs sits in a crate nearby. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

RB FIRE 060116 2Two humans and six canines escaped without injury from a fire in a Red Bank condo Wednesday afternoon.

Police responding to the 4:08 p.m. alarm at the Hilltop Terrace condos on Spring Street escorted Kevin Tuohy, a retired Little Silver police officer, from the burning apartment after an adult female said to have been his daughter had already escaped with several dogs, authorities said.

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RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN WELCOMES THERAPY DOG

Violet with VictoriaIt’s late in the school year, but the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School community welcomed its newest member to class this week: a therapy dog named Violet.

A two-month-old golden retriever/poodle mix, Violet will serve primarily as a companion for students in the Multiply Disabled program, which features a self-contained classroom for students who require special education and related services, according to a school announcement.

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ON THE GREEN: BREAK IN RAIN FORECAST

rb runners 050416 2Young runners charge through the rain on Spring Street in Red Bank Wednesday. 

Thursday’s outlook isn’t as wet, with just a slight chance of precipitation, but rain is forecast to return Friday, when as much as an inch may fall on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

ON THE GREEN: GLOOMY SKIES LINGER

turkey vultures 050216turkey vultures 050216 3A half-dozen or so turkey vultures have been visiting Madison Avenue in Red Bank this week, taking turns enjoying the heat emitted by home chimneys when not scavenging for carrion.

Did they bring the gloomy weather we’ve been having this week? Occasional showers Wednesday morning are expected to turn into steady rain in the afternoon, according to the Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

LINCROFT: BIG (AND LITTLE) DOGS ON CAMPUS

Parker-SPCA-Dog-Walk-4-25-15The Monmouth SPCA’s Dog Walk and Pet Fair returns to the Brookdale campus Saturday. Local rockers the Wag, below, will be there to set tails a-wag. (Photo below by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

the wag 062114Back for its 22nd annual edition — the third since finding a “new leash on life” as a springtime event — the Monmouth County SPCA Dog Walk and Pet Fair commandeers the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College for a colorful five-hour festival Saturday.

A benefit for the programs and services of the MCSPCA, the “Paws for a Cause” walk is just the centerpiece of a slate of activities for adults, kids and canines, bolstered by some 100 vendor booths, adoption and microchip clinics, a 50/50 raffle, food trucks, face painting, “pupparazzi” photos, “cutest tricks” contest and even a “Canine PUPtials” wedding chapel.

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LINCROFT: 4-H HOSTS YOUNG ANIMAL EXPO

4HKids are invited to pet baby animals, play games and make crafts during a Young Animal Expo at Thompson Park on Saturday, May 7. Presented by The Monmouth County 4-H Association’s Livestock Club and the Monmouth County Park System, the free event runs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The County 4-H and the Park System have also announced the dates for the 2016 Monmouth County Fair, with this year’s event scheduled for July 27 – 31. 

SHREWSBURY: PURR’N POOCH AWARDS GRANTS

Purr'n Pooch boxer PatPaulPhotoNew Life Boxer Rescue of Kenilworth is among 10 regional animal rescue and rehab nonprofits to be recently awarded grants by the locally based Purr’n Pooch Foundation. (Photo by PatPaulPhoto)

Press release from The Purr’n Pooch Foundation

Since its founding in 2010, the Shrewsbury-based, volunteer-run Purr’n Pooch Foundation for Animals has awarded more than $100,000 to non-profit animal rescue and welfare organizations, ensuring that organizations helping animals in need are getting proper funding and help from outside sources.

Recently, the Foundation announced the awarding of grants to 10 non-profit organizations — including three based in Monmouth County: All Fur Love Animal Rescue of Freehold, Cat Assistance Network, Inc. of Allenhurst, and Mid-Atlantic Bulldog Rescue of Belmar. Donations are used for day-to-day operations, emergency relief, spay/neuter efforts, veterinary care, equipment, construction, vehicle purchases, educational programs and special projects.

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