RED BANK: GETTING FED, AND HELPING TO FEED

red bank lunch break 042020.JPGThe kitchen at Lunch Break remains busy preparing grab ‘n go meals as well as meals for delivery to the homebound. (Photo courtesy of Lunch Break. Click to enlarge.)

[UPDATE: The Parker Family Health has paused its monthly food distribution, so that entry has been removed from this list.]

With job and income losses in the COVID-10 crisis, food insecurity is spreading, and Red Bank-area charities are stepping up to help ensure no one goes hungry.

At Lunch Break in Red Bank, for example, volunteers have distributed 65 percent more meals and 56 percent more groceries since March 16 than in the comparable 2019 period, said executive director Gwen Love.

Here’s a starter list of charitable efforts to feed the hungry in Red Bank, with links to make monetary donations. This list will be updated periodically.

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RUMSON: RCDS HOSTS SPCA FUNDER

Monmouth County SPCA Officer Becker and Chief Licitra joined police therapy dog Hunter for a visit to the Pre-K classroom at Rumson Country Day School last week.

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

On Thursday, April 12, the Student Council at The Rumson Country Day School held a fundraising Casual Dress Day to benefit the Monmouth County SPCA. Students donated $5 to participate in the special day, and were asked to wear orange to raise awareness for the cause. The total raised for the day was $1,600.

RCDS seventh grader Sheridan Sainato, a youth ambassador of the MCSPCA, was the catalyst for the fundraiser, with her volunteer work and passion for the cause having been recently recognized by the Eatontown-based organization.

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M’TOWN: LOCAL SPCA TO HOLD V-DAY BRUNCH

MCSPCA brunchPress release from Monmouth County SPCA

The Monmouth County SPCA has announced that their annual Valentine’s Day Brunch will be held at the beautiful and exclusive Navesink Country Club in Middletown Township, on Sunday, February 12.  Last year’s event sold out and raised over $38,000 for the animals in their care.

This year’s event will feature a variety of new and exciting attractions including a “Tunnel of Love” photo booth, jewelry chance auction and chance basket items plus much more with­ underwriting opportunities still available.

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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: 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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MIDDLETOWN LIONS, LIBRARY BOOST LITERACY

MTPL LIonsPress release from the Friends of the Middletown Township Public Library

On Wednesday, March 2, the Friends of the Middletown Township Public Library will team up with the Middletown Lions Club to host Read Across America Day: A Celebration of the Wonderful World of Dr. Seuss at Middletown Public Library. Going on between 4 to 7 pm, the free event is open to kids of all ages.

Children and their parents are encouraged to attend this fun, lively and interactive local event in Read Across America Day, an annual nationwide initiative that encourages the love of reading, and that pays tribute to the beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. The event will feature musical entertainment by Disc Jockey Steve Munger of No Limit Entertainment; balloon designing by Rick Jones of White Knight Balloons; face-painting by Christine Conrad of Middletown High School South; button-making; snacks, beverages and dessert cake; free souvenirs; and facilitated group reading circles.

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LINCROFT: NEW LEASH ON MCSPCA EVENT

WagTyronneAbbyDoodleMiddletown band the Wag takes the air, and canine aerialists Tyronne and Abbydoodle take a curtain call, as the Monmouth SPCA’s Dog Walk and Pet Fair returns to the Brookdale campus for its 21st edition.

It’s one of the most eagerly anticipated early-autumn events on the greater Red Bank Green — repositioned, for the second year, as a middle-of-spring event. Returning for its 21st edition on Saturday, the annual Monmouth County SPCA Dog Walk and Pet Fair commandeers the campus of Brookdale Community College for a colorful five-hour festival (10 am – 3 pm).

Co-sponsored by Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, the fundraising walk is simply the centerpiece of a slate of activities for adults, kids and canines, highlighted by vendor booths, adoption and microchip clinics, 50/50 drawing, food, face painting, doggie agility ring, “pupparazzi” photos, “cutest tricks” contest and even a “Canine PUPtials” wedding chapel. There’s live entertainment as well — including the return of a faithful favorite act, and what promises to be the final Dog Walk appearance by one of the most crowdpleasing acts on the pet-fair circuit.

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FAIR HAVEN: A VERY MEWY CATSMAS

SallyWmsPeteCatRumson-based cat care consultant Sally Williams visits River Road Books on Friday, as part of a festive feline-themed event that also includes a reading from the latest adventure of Pete the Cat.

Call it a sign of these digitally enabled times if you will, but CATS only just seem to be coming into their own after all those eons of patient catnapping — and to prove it, River Road Books will be hosting an afternoon event that’s all about our furry friends this Friday, December 12.

Scheduled for the hours of 3 to 5 pm, the event boasts an appearance by a local resident with a particular expertise in cats and their caretakers — Rumson-based Sally Williams, whose cat behavioral consulting business The Contented Cat offers a range of services that include adoption counseling, environmental enrichment, positive reinforcement and yes, kitty Reiki. The Monmouth SPCA volunteer and blogger will speak about her “cat whispering” career, on a day that also features a drop-in by an especially famous feline.

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WEEKEND: A WALK, A BUMP, A PADDLE, A KRALL

Little Silver artist Mike Ciccotello at work creating a mural at Red Bank’s Salon Concrete, where his paintings will be on display with a show opening Saturday night. Diana Krall, below, returns to the Count Basie on her Glad Rag Doll tour, part of the Jazz at the Basie series. (Click to enlarge)

Friday, October 4:

krall-14b742a60245ed7ab16d252ae50f9da000b154ed-s6-c30RED BANK: Fans who recall Natalie Merchant from her gold- and platinum-plated tenure as frontwoman of the rock band 10,000 Maniacs might be pleasantly surprised by the silvery hair she’s sported on her current tour — as well as by her fronting an ever-changing array of symphony orchestras from town to town. When the singer takes to the Count Basie boards at 8 pm, she’ll be joined by the New Jersey Chamber Symphony for a concert that draws from her recent hit release, ‘Leave Your Sleep’ — a lushly arranged set of literary inspirations and expansive musical visions. Take it here for tickets.

NAVESINK: The bumper crop of Broadway shows in 1938 included not only ‘On Borrowed Time — currently onstage in a splendidly designed, handsomely realized production at Two River Theatre —but another folksy fantasy of life, love and devotion in a small town. Traditionally staged without props or scenery, Thornton Wilder’s classic ‘Our Town’ lends an avant-garde edge to its cross-section slice of sentimental Americana. Beginning tonight, the community troupe Stone Church Players presents the first of six performances at All Saints’ Memorial Church (the historic “Old Stone Church” at the crossroads of Navesink and Monmouth Aves). Michael McClellan directs a cast of 17 players in the show that continues weekends through October 13; take it here to reserve.

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SEA BRIGHT STARTS CHIPPING IN

cat-microchipPiewacket, a six-year-old ragdoll cat, was one of a dozen pets that were microchipped Saturday in Sea Bright as part of the borough’s new trap-neuter-release program. The partnership with the Monmouth County SPCA will continue throughout the year as workers round up homeless cats, vaccinate and microchip them in order to keep the borough’s feline population under control. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

ON CONSIGNMENT: OWNER GOES FOR SECONDS

eliaAnn Marie Elia arranges the stock at her Fair Haven store. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

When Ann Marie Elia opened her first business, All Things Consignment, in West Long Branch two decades ago, it was a tough start for the self-described “clothes and jewelry junkie.”

“Twenty years ago, people looked down on you for shopping at a consignment shop,” Elia said. “Now, it’s so hip.”

So hip, in fact, that Elia is in the middle of an apparent consignment boom along the Navesink. Elia opened her second All Things Consignment location on River Road, next door to Shutters Cottage Home, in October, and hers is one of two that recently opened in Fair Haven — just a microcosm of a regional trend she’s seen, she said.

“I’ve never seen so many pop up in one year,” Elia, 45, said. “It’s the times.”

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SEA BRIGHT CAT LAW NEARLY READY, AGAIN

sb-cat-500x375Sea Bright is expected to formally adopt its trap-neuter-release ordinance in two weeks. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Sea Bright’s cat control ordinance is quickly approaching its ninth life.

But before it gets thrown in the bureaucratic litter box, local officials say they have ironed out every last kink possible in a proposed ordinance that would implement a partnership program to trap, fix and release the borough’s feral cats. Really.

“We’re done,” Councilwoman Dina Long said. “We’re finally done.”

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SEA BRIGHT TWEAKS CAT HERDING LAW

sb-catA cat hanging out in Sea Bright. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Sea Bright is moving forward on its cat control ordinance, despite warnings from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service that the borough could face heavy fines for implementing a trap-and-release program.

Borough officials hope to have a program in place before the start of breeding season, which typically begins around February and can last for ten months.

“There are a lot of kittens roaming around right now,” Councilwoman Dina Long said. “Now we have to catch them.”

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M’TOWN WOMAN GETS ANIMAL ABUSE CHARGES

call-in-the-authoritiesBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A woman from the Navesink section of Middletown was charged with animal abuse today, after allegedly dragging her dog down a street with her car, according to the Asbury Park Press.

Stephanie Sciscione, of Locust Avenue, told authorities that her terrier was too dirty to put in her car, so instead dragged the dog, Marlin, by its leash and down her street yesterday afternoon, the Press reports.

She was charged with two counts of animal abuse this morning,  Monmouth County SPCA Chief Law Enforcement Officer Buddy Amato told the Press.

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MEET JACK, FROM LOUISIANA

jackLinda McCaffery, of Waverly Place, adopted Jack, a mixed terrier rescued from the Gulf Coast, last week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Walking to Linda McCaffery’s doorstep this week, on one of those uncomfortable, steamy afternoons, it didn’t take long to notice her porch was the warmest spot on the block.

It had nothing to do with the heat or humidity, but the radiant smile McCaffery flashed when introducing her new companion.

“This is Jack, from Louisiana,” she said while rubbing her hand along the black scruff of a wide-eyed three-year-old mixed terrier.

Life, she says, can’t be better now that she found her new friend.

It’s a serendipitous relationship McCaffery, of Waverly Place, has with Jack.

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SEA BRIGHT’S CRACKIN’ DOWN ON CATS

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Felines like the one shown here, near the popular cat club of the Shrewsbury River, are to be rounded up, fixed and tagged in an effort to control the cat population in Sea Bright. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The Monmouth County SPCA is rolling out a new program to bring feral cat populations under control. And is there a better place to start it than Sea Bright, where at times it seems like the number of wild cats rivals the number of residents?

The borough, which got serious about cracking down on its cat problem when it formed a “cat committee” last year, will be the subject of a pilot “trap-neuter-release” program administered by the county SPCA.

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