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brian kirk 061612The tents will be pitched, the dress will be casual, and Brian Kirk will sound the season’s keynote, at the annual Jersey Shore Partnership Summer Celebration this Monday evening at Fort Hancock.

They call themselves The Sand on the Beach People — a privately funded initiative dedicated to “raising the awareness of state and federal officials and the general public to the need for safeguarding the shoreline through beach restoration and other shore protection methods.”

Born out of the devastating coastal storms of the early 1990s — and with a resolve strengthened all the more by Superstorm Sandy — the Jersey Shore Partnership is serious about its mission. None of which is going to stop the JSP from having its share of seasonal fun, as the big tent is pitched for the annual host “friend raising/fundraising” Summer Celebration this Monday evening, June 8.

Going on between 5:30 and 9:30 pm (and with a rain date of Tuesday, June 9), the gala affair assembles a collection of local dignitaries, public/private sector VIPs and philanthropic-minded individuals in a scenic Fort Hancock setting overlooking Sandy Hook Bay. But leave the tux and gown at home — the dress is casual, and the overall vibe is beachy, thanks in large part to veteran beach-bar entertainers Brian Kirk and the Jirks.

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fireworksFrom left, Regional Hospital President for Monmouth County Tim Hogan is joined by John Lloyd (president and C.E.O, Meridian Health), Tom Gravina (chairman, Riverview Foundation Board), Domenic DiPiero and his father, Domenic DiPiero Sr. (event host), and State Senator Joe Kyrillos during last year’s Family Fireworks on the Navesink.

Press release from Riverview Medical Center Foundation

Declaring that “it’s never been such a blast to support your local hospital,” the Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the Second Annual Family Fireworks event on the Navesink River.

This fun-filled family event in support of Riverview Medical Center Foundation will be held at the beautiful DiPiero Family home, on the picturesque Navesink River, on Friday, June 27. Beginning at 6:30 pm, the evening will include a BBQ buffet, an array of food trucks, inflatable rides, games, and a breathtaking view of the fireworks show at 9:15 pm.  This is an event for the entire family, with parents and grandparents encouraged to bring their children.

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SandyHookCelebrationMonmouth University and Tim McLoone are among the people and institutions to be honored at the Jersey Shore Partnership Summer Celebration, scheduled for June 9 on Sandy Hook.

Press release from Jersey Shore Partnership

The Jersey Shore Partnership will host its annual friend raising/fundraising Summer Celebration on Monday evening, June 9, in a huge open tent at Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook overlooking Sandy Hook Bay.

Jersey Central Power & Light president Jim Fakult will be the dinner chair, and state Senator Joe Kyrillos and his wife Susan Doctorian are honorary co-chairs of the prestigious event.

Local restaurateur Tim McLoone will be honored with the Tom Gagliano Leadership Award for his commitment to the Jersey Shore. Monmouth University will receive the Outstanding Partnership Award for the University’s collaborative relationship with the Partnership in working toward a more sustainable and resilient coastline. New Jersey American Water will receive the Outstanding Industry Award for the company’s commitment to working with community partners to develop solutions to local environmental issues. The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey will be recognized with the Outstanding Non-profit Industry Award for its ongoing support of its membership in the post-Sandy recovery.

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IMG_9553Joseph Kyrillos meets famous New Jersey natives William “Count” Basie (Lydia Lu) and fellow public servant Grover Cleveland (Emma Wachtel), during the NJ State Senator’s recent visit to Rumson Country Day School.

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

It was one of the most special days of the school year calendar at Rumson Country Day School — “IRP Day,” when fourth grade students of the Lower School at RCDS dressed in character as some of  New Jersey’s most famous natives — and presented a special program for parents, fellow students and honored guests that included NJ State Senator Joseph Kyrillos.

IRP stands for Independent Research Project — and for their project in honor of New Jersey’s 350th birthday, the fourth graders each selected a person who has been an important part of Garden State history.

The students prepared research papers on their chosen subjects, who ranged from U.S. Presidents to musicians and even popular children’s book author Judy Blume. They also decorated posters, and transformed into character for the video portion of the project, with each class creating a movie of students reciting their own original monologues.

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