CLIPPINGS: POSTER BOY FOR LUNCH BREAK

CLIPPINGS_220 An online auction of images by rock photographer Mark Weiss of Rumson begins Wednesday to benefit Lunch Break, the Red Bank soup kitchen.

The auction, which includes images of Ted Nugent, Sammy Hagar, Ozzy Osborne and Paul Stanley, as well as 20 others, will be conducted on Charitybuzz through October 15.

Lunch Break’s fifth annual gala, by the way, is October 20 at the Navesink Country Club in Middletown.¬†For more information about the gala or the auctin, contact Petra Vanderven at pvanderven@lunchbreak.org or 732-747-8577, extension 3106. (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause. And check out all the Clippings from the Green here.)

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MIDDLETOWN MAKES TOP 100

welcome-to-middletownA Money Magazine perennial biennial: Middletown. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Middletown, NJ, unlike its myriad namesakes up and down the East Coast, can boast of certain things that make it particularly noteworthy in the small-town America category. In between its oft-congested nerves of commerce, Routes 35 and 36, lie acres of cherished open space; a burgeoning arts center pulses; a high school football team that hangs championship banners regularly; and, still, a cinematic landmark sells cigarettes to touristy film wonks.

It’s for these diverse reasons and more that plenty of people, including high-profile folks like Bon Jovi and Debbie Harry, choose to call it home. Others, like legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, choose to stay forever.

“There’s people who are filthy rich and there’s working class,” said Tim McCarty, who’s lived in Middletown for 15 years. “It’s not pretentious in any way.”

The editors at MONEY Magazine seem to think Middletown (population: 69,000) is pretty OK, too. The magazine named Middletown No. 89 on the 100 Best Places To Live list in its August edition.

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