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LINCROFT: PARK IT HERE, FOR MUSIC ‘N ART

BlueTrainLive musical performances by acts including Peter V and Blues Train (above), plus displays of art by Grace Modla (below) and others, are on the bill this Saturday and Sunday, during the Creative Arts and Music Festival at Thompson Park.

Grace ModlaIt doesn’t tend to get the sort of advance press accorded parking-lot-packing events like Red Bank’s Riverfest and recent Beer Wine and Food Fest — but if you’re on the lookout for a casual, comfortable mid-spring weekend’s event in a setting that offers plenty of breathing room, free parking, free admission and a chance to join in the arty fun, you’d do well to check out the Creative Arts and Music Festival, the 2016 edition of which sets up at Thompson Park for a two-day stay, beginning at 11 a.m. this Saturday, April 30.

A presentation of the folks at the Monmouth County Park System, the rain-or-shine event spotlights the sights and sounds of some of the county’s most creatively oriented citizens, including an indoor stroll-through expo of some 20 visual artists and crafters. Also included: a slate of 14 musical acts on two stages (and in a variety of styles), with a schedule inside the park’s Theater Barn programmed by the nonprofit organization Musicians on a Mission.

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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. 

LINCROFT: HERE COMES SUMMER 2016

Mon Co Parks directoryPress release from Monmouth County Park System

This summer, go on Butterfly Walks, play Zombie Laser Tag, and enjoy an Ice Cream Sundae and Boat Tour with the Monmouth County Park System. Other upcoming offerings include an Evening Watercolor Workshop, Summer Solstice Paddle, and Graveyard of Ships Kayak Tour.

Check out the Park System’s summer issue of its Program Directory for these and other upcoming arts & crafts, nature, recreation and sports programs.  Available in most county parks on Friday, April 29, the Summer 2016 Program Directory lists all Park System special events and programs offered during June, July and August at local sites including Thompson Park and Sunnyside Equestrian Center (Lincroft), Bayshore Waterfront Park (Port Monmouth), Tatum Park and Deep Cut Gardens (Middletown).

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LINCROFT: EARTH ROOM TO KENNEDYS

643_TheKennedysfinal1It’s called the Earth Room Concerts series — mainly “because of the attractive stained glass in the sanctuary where concerts are held,” but also in a way that the new slate of programming at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County takes a more expansive worldview of the kinds of music currently in regular rotation on Shore area stages.

Designed to “fill a local gap” by bringing nationally known folk and singer/ songwriter artists to Monmouth County — acts that are more commonly seen and heard at festivals and venues in NYC and North Jersey — the series fulfills its mission from the get-go in its inaugural show this Saturday evening, April 23, when the UUCMC Meetinghouse gives the greater Red Bank audience its first-ever local look at an acclaimed modern folk duo that’s been enchanting listeners on both sides of the Atlantic for decades: the husband/wife team known as The Kennedys.

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LINCROFT: CBA COLTS SIGN UP FOR DIVISION I

CBA Colts signing dayChristian Brothers Academy seniors Aidan Conaghan (St. Bonaventure Soccer), Jonathan Dooling (George Washington Cross Country), Blaise Ferro (Northern Arizona Cross Country), Will Lutkewitte (Cornell Track & Field), Josh Martinez (Manhattan Track & Field) and Nick Trigani (Wake Forest Track & Field) signed their National Letters of Intent last week. 

Press release from Christian Brothers Academy

During an April 13 ceremony inside the school’s library, six Christian Brothers Academy student-athletes inked their commitments to the Division I collegiate level. These six Colts join the 15 student-athletes who signed in November, and the three who signed in February, bringing CBA’s future Division I athlete count to an impressive 24 students.

Even more impressively, eight athletes from the CBA Cross Country and Track & Field programs have signed with Division I colleges since then. Seniors Brian Dengler (Bucknell), Paul Knepple (Richmond) and Mike Zupko (Princeton) signed their letters in November.

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SHREWSBURY: ESSAY WINS FOR ST. LEO KIDS

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Press release from Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter, NSDAR

Three students from Saint Leo the Great School in Lincroft scored first-place finishes in the 2016 essay contest conducted by the Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Each year, the DAR invites students in grade levels five through eight with local public, private, parochial schools and registered home study programs, to participate in an essay writing competition. For 2016, 14 schools participated with 528 essay entries on the topic of  “A Colonial Family’s Reaction to the Stamp Act.”

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BCC HOSTS COLLEGE FAIR, OPEN HOUSE

SpringOpenHouseFrom press materials issued by Brookdale Community College

On April 21 and 24, Brookdale Community College  will host two separate events for high school students, career-changers and residents of all ages; designed to present comprehensive information on continuing education in a one-stop setting.

Representatives from more than 200 colleges and universities will be on hand at the Spring 2016 Monmouth County College and Transfer Fair, set for Thursday, April 21 inside the Robert J. Collins Arena at BCC. Between 6 and 8:30 p.m., county high school students and their parents are invited to meet face-to-face with college representatives and learn about available academic programs, financial aid opportunities, campus life, the application process and more. Current Brookdale students are also invited to meet with representatives from potential transfer schools during the free public event, sponsored by the Monmouth County Guidance Directors Association and Brookdale.

Represented institutions include schools from across the northeast, the south and the Midwest, including Rutgers, Penn State and Michigan State universities, as well as the University of Miami, Virginia Tech and the University of Arizona (go here for a full list of participating schools).

Monmouth County high school guidance counselors will also host a “Help Table” at the fair offering guidance to students about the college selection process. Robert Franek, senior vice president at the Princeton Review and lead author of the book “Colleges That Create Futures,” will provide a keynote address at 6 p.m. For more information please contact your local high school guidance office or call Brookdale Recruitment Services at (732)224-1857.

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LINCROFT: STEM PROGRAM FOR GIRLS AT BCC

Press release from Brookdale Community College

Female engineering students and faculty will welcome local Girl Scouts to the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College on April 23, for an interactive program designed to interest girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers.

The program, held for the third consecutive year, is sponsored by the Brookdale STEM Institute, the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. It will feature an informal engineering competition requiring the Girl Scouts to build a functioning “roller coaster” out of raw materials such as cardboard tubes and paper cups.

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LINCROFT: CBA CHESS WINS NATIONALS

CBA ChessPress release from Christian Brothers Academy

The Chess Team from Christian Brothers Academy won its first-ever national title at the National High School Chess Championships, held April 1-3 in Atlanta, GA.

CBA’s championship team of Daniel Draganoff, Chris Giordano, Chris Wall, Luke Drennan, and Daniel Giammanco won the U1900 section, combining to score 20 points in 7 rounds of play. Each player of the winning squad logged a total 28 hours of playing time over the course of the three-day championship.

Individually, Draganoff finished in a tie for second, winning 6 of his 7 matches. Giordano and Wall both finished in a tie for ninth place, each winning 5 of their 7 matches.

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LINCROFT: THE DOGS ARE BACK IN TOWN, @ BCC

the wag 072713Live music…by who else but The Wag?…provides a soundtrack to a day of pet owner services, games, raffles, demos and clinics, as the annual Dog Walk and Pet Fair hits the Brookdale campus on April 30.

Press release from The Monmouth County SPCA 

On Saturday, April 30, the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College will go to the dogs once again, as the Monmouth County SPCA hosts the 22nd  annual Spring Dog Walk and Pet Fair.

The event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and presented in partnership with Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, is the organization’s largest and most successful fundraiser event, attracting over 2,000 people and their pets each year. Proceeds directly help us to provide care and find “forever homes” for the thousands of homeless animals that pass through the MCSPCA’s shelter every year.

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LINCROFT: ART ‘FACING RACISM’ AT BCC

Facing racism BCCThe Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education (Chhange) at Brookdale Community College will host a public reception for its new “Facing Racism” exhibit on April 10 in Lincroft. (Photo by Brookdale Community College) 

Press release from Brookdale Community College 

On Sunday, April 10, The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education (Chhange) at Brookdale Community College will host an opening reception for its new art exhibit, presented under the theme “Facing Racism.” art exhibit on Sunday, April 10 from 12 to 2:30 in Lincroft.

Scheduled from 12 to 2:30 p.m. in BCC’s Bankier Library, the event highlights an exhibit composed of more than 200 interpretive “faces,” created by students from 19 area elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and special needs schools over the last two months.

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LINCROFT: CBA ALUMNI RAISE MAD MONEY

Press release from Christian Brothers Academy

bouncing bball_irFor many, March is a time synonymous with school pride, college basketball, and bracket-style competition. With this in mind, Christian Brothers Academy launched the school’s first ever bracket-style tournament to raise funds for the school’s annual operating budget.

The “CBA March Madness Giving Challenge” pitted every graduating class in school history against one another. Alumni were prompted to “Accept The Challenge” and amass points through donating and rallying their classmates to do the same. Points were earned for both individual participation and cumulative donations by class, once they surpassed certain designated amounts.

During the week, alumni were kept in the loop with email and social media updates on class point totals. After the first 48-hour round, the top sixteen classes advanced, narrowing down each day to Friday’s final four classes. The Class of 1984 was crowned champion after Friday’s final four round, followed by the Classes of 1982, 2000 and 1979.

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LINCROFT: BARD BIRTHDAY BASH AT BCC

BCC Shakespeare-GroupLocal actors stage a performance of William Shakespeare’s “Love’s Labour’s Lost” at Brookdale Community College in 2013. The school’s Performing Arts Center is inviting everyone to get into the act, during the sixth annual Shakespeare Read-A-Thon in April.

Press release from Brookdale Community College

On Thursday, April 21, Brookdale Community College will celebrate the 452nd birthday of William Shakespeare, with the sixth annual Shakespeare Read-A-Thon at the Lincroft campus.

Between 6 to 8 p.m., residents of all ages are invited to dress as their favorite Shakespearean character and join friends, family and fellow community members in a collaborative reading from the Bard’s works, held inside BCC’s Performing Arts Center.

This year’s program will celebrate the women of Shakespeare, shining a spotlight on the most memorable moments involving female characters such as Lady Macbeth, Rosalind, Juliet, Miranda and Desdemona. Individual and group readings of Shakespeare’s plays and sonnets are encouraged. Spectators are welcome as well.

“This annual celebration encourages people to try out their reading and acting skills, but more so to conquer their apprehension over Shakespeare’s language,” said Brookdale English Professor James Cody. “It shows that Shakespeare can be fun.”

Refreshments will be served during the April 21 event, for which parking in Lot 1 is recommended. For more information, contact Professor James Cody at jcody@brookdalecc.edu or call (732)224-2681.

LINCROFT: WATER ON THE TABLE, AT BCC

Press release from Brookdale Community College

Carleton MontgomeryAccording to a December 2015 report by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), only 55 percent of New Jersey’s waters fully support one of the department’s five designated uses of water resources: water supply, recreation, aquatic life, shellfish harvest and fish consumption. The other forty-five percent support none.

What does this mean to our daily life here in the Garden State? How do watersheds function? What do we need to do to protect our supply of drinking water? And could what happened in Flint, Michigan also occur here?

On the evening of Wednesday, April 13, Brookdale Community College invites all members of the community to hear answers to these and other questions, during a free panel discussion on local drinking water, water quality and the potential risks to statewide water supplies.

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