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LINCROFT: RUGBY CLUB SHUFFLES THE DECK

MonmouthRugbyThe Thompson Park home of the Monmouth Rugby Football Club is the setting for a special Shamrock Shuffle morning of race events on March 20, benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Press release from Monmouth Rugby Football Club

Whether you choose to Run, Walk or Shuffle, you’ve got a golden opportunity to be part of a fundraising team effort on Sunday March 20, when the Monmouth Rugby Football Club hosts its second annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run and 1 mile Fun Run for kids.

Hosted at the Club’s home-turf playing field — Thompson Park on Newman Springs Road — the day gets underway at 9 am with a registration and packet pickup session in advance of the 10 am 5K Race/Walk. Kids 12 and under can take part in the Fun Run at 11:30 am, and an award ceremony takes place at noon, with all registrants receiving a “race day swag bag.”

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LINCROFT: A FREEDOM RIDER VISITS BCC

bernard-lafayette_JPEGNoted civil rights activist the Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. will give a free talk at Brookdale Community College on February 23. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr.)

Press release from Brookdale Community College

On the morning of Tuesday, February 23, noted activist and author the Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. will meet with local students and discuss his experience as a core leader of the 1960’s civil rights movement, during a free talk at Brookdale Community College.

Lafayette’s talk, scheduled for 11:30 am and titled “Your Life: A Celebration of Peace and Social Justice Yesterday and Today,” is open to all members of the public. It will be held in the Student Life Center building on the BCC campus.

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LINCROFT: BCC HOSTS MINORITY CONFERENCE

Fidel MMI conference BCCBrookdale Community College faculty member Fidel Wilson speaks at the 2015 Minority Male Initiative workshop. Registration is now open for this year’s conference, which returns to campus for its second annual edition on Friday, February 19.

Press release from Bookdale Community College

“Each year, more and more males of color are enrolling in college with the goal of earning a degree and starting a rewarding career,” said Fidel Wilson, assistant professor at Brookdale Community College. “But gaps still remain, both in the classroom and in the workforce.”

On Friday, February 19,  BCC and the Monmouth/Ocean County Pan Hellenic Council will host the second annual “Minority Male Initiative” conference on the college’s Lincroft campus.

Hosted inside the Warner Student Life Center building, the free conference, titled “Finding a Career That Suits You,” will offer career-oriented workshops designed specifically for local high school seniors and current Brookdale students. It is co-sponsored by Meridian Health and Brookdale’s Educational Opportunity Fund program. The conference is open to local high school seniors and Brookdale students, and unique scholarship opportunities are available for eligible attendees.

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LINCROFT: ARE YOU READY FOR SOME WINTER?

winterfestWhen life gives you winter, make Winterfest — the second annual edition of which returns to Lincroft’s Thompson Park this Saturday afternoon (pictured is a scene from the inaugural, snow-free Fest in 2015).

Winter may have made a much-delayed appearance, all at once and with a vengeance, in a way that immediately overstayed its welcome. But to the good people of the Monmouth County Parks System, the season of bare trees and bundled-up people is something to celebrate in all its sleek and spartan beauty. So when the low winter sun comes up on Thompson Park in Lincroft this Saturday, it will look down on the newly minted ritual known as Winterfest.

Going on between the hours of 1 to 5 pm, it’s the second annual edition of the event that’s designed to “banish the winter blues,” while spotlighting the many features and assets of the county’s flagship recreational facility — and this time, they’ve remembered to bring the snow.

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LINCROFT: SNOW DAY IN THE PARK

Snow Park SystemWith a belated blast of white stuff in the forecast — anywhere from an inch to two feet, depending on which social media pal you trust about such things — the folks at the Monmouth County Park System have issued a reminder that our many nearby public facilities are standing by for snowy-weather service over the coming days, “whether you’re looking to fly down the sledding hill, strap on your cross-country skis, or lace up your ice skates.”

The groomed trails at the county’s flagship Thompson Park in Lincroft are open to cross-country skiers as weather permits — and marked, ungroomed trails are available for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at three county locales in Middletown Township: Hartshorne Woods Park, Huber Woods Park, and Tatum Park.

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LINCROFT: BCC SEEKS ASPIRING CHEFS

BCC11-scholarshipPress release from Brookdale Community College

The Joe Romanowski Culinary Education Foundation (JOCEF) is currently accepting applications for 2016-2017 scholarships. Monmouth and Ocean County residents enrolled in the culinary or baking programs at the Culinary Education Center at Brookdale Community College are eligible. After completing a written application and essay, selected finalists will move on to a hands-on cooking demonstration.

Scholarships will be awarded to students of the Culinary Education Center, the collaboration between Brookdale Community College and the Monmouth County Vocational School District. Funds for JOCEF scholarships are raised through donations and JOCEF”s annual “Recipe for Success” gala fundraiser.

On Monday, March 14, the gala will be held at the Navesink Country Club in Middletown. The event features tastings from over 25 of the Jersey Shore’s finest restaurants, a chance auction, 50/50, wine pull raffle, the opportunity to taste rare wines by the glass and a display of food prepared by scholarship recipients and students at the Culinary Education Center in Asbury Park.

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LINCROFT: A HANDS-ON PROGRAM AT BCC

BCC Student Life CenterPress release from Brookdale Community College

Community members interested in a new career are invited to attend an information session for a new massage therapy training program at Brookdale Community College, to be held on Thursday, February 4 at 6 p.m. The session will be held inside the Student Life Center building on BCC’s Lincroft campus.

Running from February to October 2016, the hands-on training program will prepare students to become licensed massage therapists in the state of New Jersey. Courses are taught by industry professionals, and include 100 hours of supervised clinical training.

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LINCROFT: A CHORUS OF APPROVAL

Chorale_Group_wo_conductorThe Shrewsbury Chorale is looking to corral some new voices — and for the next two Tuesday evenings, the public is invited to join in the chorus of community.  

It’s one of those local treasures whose activity in the community extends back nearly 60 years, as the Shrewsbury Chorale prepares to embark upon its 59th season of choral classics and popular repertoire, presented in settings that have ranged from the modestly-scaled historic churches of Monmouth County to the National Cathedral in Washington, DC and Carnegie Hall.

For the next couple of Tuesdays, the community arts organization gets back to its roots, extending an invitation to all interested singers to join in a pair of open rehearsals hosted at the Chorale’s regular Tuesday evening rehearsal venue, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County in Lincroft.

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LINCROFT: WALK, TALK AT THE MEETINGHOUSE

UUCMCNJThe Unitarian Universalist Meetinghouse offers an opportunity for quiet reflection on New Year’s Day — and some spirited dialogue every Sunday morning thereafter.  

The resolutions that we make on New Year’s Eve may constitute some bold and fearless talk — but in the cold light of New Year’s Day, it’s not always so easy to walk that walk. Fortunately, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County offers all members of the community the opportunity to start 2016 off on a good foot or two, by “walking the labyrinth” for some moments of quiet reflection and meditation as you begin another journey around the sun with the best of intentions and hopes for the months ahead. The (temporary) labyrinth will be installed inside the Earth Room at the Unitarian Meetinghouse between the hours of 3 to 6 pm on Friday, and there will be light refreshments served up in the nearby Community Room, with all attendees invited to contribute a dessert to this free and all-welcome event.

While New Year’s Day comes and goes in a flash, the UUCMC’s Sunday Dialogs events remain a year-round happening at the West Front Street place of worship — and the long-running lecture series on timely topics will be wasting no time getting down to the matter at hand here in 2016, as the Meetinghouse welcomes guest speaker Russell Binaco to the lectern this Sunday morning, January 3.

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LINCROFT: EXPRESS GREETINGS AT CBA

tim mcloone holidayIn what has become an annual tradition at Christian Brothers Academy, over 40 students from CBA and Trinity Hall helped spread some holiday cheer on Thursday, December 17 during the annual Holiday Express Christmas Party. Students and faculty joined Tim McLoone (at keyboard) and the bandmembers and support team of Holiday Express for a day of Christmas fun and dancing, all to help adults with special needs and disabilities enjoy this special time of year. (More photos after the story break)

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LINCROFT: ROCKER BRINGS EARLY XMAS TO CBA

FallonCBAAs a last minute surprise before winter break, The Gaslight Anthem’s lead singer Brian Fallon (holding CBA shirt) came to Christian Brothers Academy to speak with over 100 students.

Press release from Christian Brothers Academy

Christmas came early for the creative writing students at Christian Brothers Academy when Brian Fallon, lead singer of The Gaslight Anthem, held a special guest lecture. The Red Bank-born songwriter, on the cusp of beginning a national tour, took some time to speak with students after a truly impressive ask on social media.

Fallon coming to CBA started as a conversation between students in Mr. Cusick’s creative writing class about who would make for a great guest speaker. Fallon’s name came up as many students were fans of the local rocker’s band. With the idea of asking nicely through social media, the students took to Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #FallonToCBA and inspiring fellow students, alumni, and even several media outlets to draw a spotlight to the cause. Several days and several hundred Twitter interactions later, Fallon (@thebrianfallon on Twitter) made his acceptance known, tweeting: “Dear @CBALincroft – get ready!!!!!!!!!!!!! The people have spoken!”

On Thursday, December 17, the dream became a reality, with Fallon arriving at the Lincroft campus to speak to over 100 students.

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LINCROFT: BIG WORDS ON CAMPUS

Tim_SeiblesAward-winning poet Tim Seibles (above) and best selling author/graphic novelist Mat Johnson (below) wrap up this season’s Visiting Writers program at Brookdale tonight.

mat_johnsonA poet and a graphic novelist walk into a room — and for tonight’s final entry in the fall 2015 series of Visiting Writers events on the Lincroft campus, Brookdale Community College sets up a double-header event that hits the holiday-break interlude on a high note.

Featured is Tim Seibles, whose five volumes of verse have won him accolades from his peers (and, in the case of Fast Animal, placed him squarely in the running for no less an honor than the National Book Award).

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LINCROFT: CBA FOOD DRIVE TOPS 20K ITEMS

CBAThrough the generous efforts of students, faculty, staff and their families, the 2015 Christian Brothers Academy Thanksgiving Food Drive amassed a tally of 20,191 items to help benefit those in need. Campus Ministry director Tim Sewing noted that many food pantries and benefit organizations find their stocks significantly depleted following the holiday rush, and the annual CBA effort has helped fill that gap. As has been custom, the student body was awarded an extra day off for the holiday weekend, with the announcement made during the Academy’s Thanksgiving Prayer Service, a completely student-run service in which the entire school participates. 

LINCROFT: ON THE GREEN FOR GOOD CAUSES

curchin open 111015 5curchin open 111015 7Once a year, the CPAs at the Curchin Group in Lincroft take off their green eyeshades and get a little silly, setting up a miniature golf course among their cubicles and offices. And as always, the 10th annual edition of the Curchin Open, held earlier this month, was also highly beneficial for two charities — in this case, Lunch Break and Monmouth Day Care Center, both of Red Bank, which will share in the record $16,500 raised from attendees. 

redbankgreen was there to document the fun, which included a packed clubhouse bar, a buffet and games. Be sure to click the “read more” for additional photos. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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LINCROFT: SPACE TRAVELER TO SPEAK AT BCC

olsen2Press release from Brookdale Community College

Community members of all ages are invited to a special presentation by Greg Olsen, when the entrepreneur, scientist and civilian space traveler visits Brookdale Community College on Thursday, December 3.

The  7 pm presentation, hosted by Brookdale’s Physics and Astronomy Club and STAR Astronomy in Red Bank, is free and open to all. Olsen, a research scientist and tech industry innovator who became the third private citizen to orbit the earth in 2005, will speak at the Student Life Center building on the Lincroft campus.

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