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End of Summer PartyThe annual End of Summer Party (above) marks a big-tent bid of adieu for the Sandy Hook Foundation next Friday…while NFL great Boomer Esiason (below) visits Broad Street for a cocktail party fundraiser at Garmany.

Boomer EsiasonA late-summer sendoff out on the Hook…a BBQ kickoff to the gridiron season on the home-team turf…a star-studded celebration of life and fashion at a signature retailer…and a show of support for a hometown resource. All dedicated to raising funds for worthy causes, and all happening in the post-Labor Day interlude to come.

This coming Labor Day Monday, September 5 represents the deadline to reserve your ringside seat for the End of Summer — as declared by the nonprofit Sandy Hook Foundation in its annual casual-attire outdoor benefit gala, which returns on September 9 to the North Beach area of the Hook for a seasonal sayonara that commences at 6:30 pm. With tickets beginning at $150, proceeds benefit the Foundation’s ongoing preservation efforts as well as seasonal activities like the popular Free Beach Concert series, in addition to the environmental awareness and educational campaigns of the Fort Hancock-based American Littoral Society. Promised are “dancing under the stars” to live music from Swift Technique; a buffet dinner featuring seafood raw bar furnished by The Lusty Lobster, and an “amazing auction” of exclusive-experience getaway packages. Take it here for further details; here for tickets, and around the bend for more good deeds and good times.

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American Littoral SocietyPress release from American Littoral Society

Just this past February, a spill occurred in the Arthur Kill area, during which a rail car leaked approximately 1,500 gallons of crude oil into the regional waterways. To the people of the American Littoral Society, the incident served as a perfect example of why we need trained eyes on the water.

On Saturday, May 7, the Oceanic Free Library in Rumson will be the setting for a free free Spill Spotters Network workshop, in which attendees  will learn how to help protect coastal wildlife and habitat when an oil spill or other pollution event hits our waters.

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Oceanic LibThe Seabright Lawn Tennis and Cricket Club is the setting for a roof-raising fundraiser, on behalf of Rumson’s Oceanic Free Library and scheduled for September 14.

When last we looked in on Rumson’s Oceanic Free Library, the venerable borough landmark was actively prosecuting a “Raise the Roof!” capital campaign — an endeavor dedicated to funding some needed refurbishments and refreshments of the library building, through fundraising vehicles that ranged from a Cupcake Wars challenge, to an afternoon tea with superstar decorator Mario Buatta.

On Sunday, September 14, it’s “anyone for tennis” — or perhaps a spot of cricket — as the Seabright Lawn Tennis and Cricket Club  (Tennis Court Lane in Rumson) hosts an evening benefit event for the library’s cause. Scheduled from 5 to 7:30 pm, it’s an event that promises wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres, plus silent auction, 50/50 and an end-of-summer opportunity to enjoy the scenic setting of the grass-court club founded in 1877.

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Mario_Buatta_and_fabricsSuperstar interior decorator Mario Buatta stops into the greater Green for Tea this Friday, in a fundraiser for Rumson’s Oceanic Free Public Library.   

His notable projects have included the Presidential guest residence at Blair House; sprawling estates for captains of industry and major popstar royalty; the 98-room Beaux Arts behemoth Carolands in California. His name carries such heft in design circles that he sets tongues a-cluck for the things that he hasn’t done, even more than for what he has. But when superstar interior decorator Mario Buatta visits Rumson on Friday, May 2, he’ll be hard at work on one of the more challenging projects to cross his desk of late, even while enjoying An Afternoon Tea in the presence of a group of appreciative supporters. Going on at Rumson Country Club, the event’s a benefit for the Oceanic Free Library; specifically the “Raise the Roof!” capital campaign funding some needed refurbishments and refreshments of the venerable borough landmark’s building at Ridge Road and Avenue of Two Rivers.

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oceanic-libLolly Ekdahl, Debra Williams and Nanette Reis at the newly renovated Oceanic Free Library in Rumson. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)


The unassuming building at the corner of Ridge Road and Avenue of Two Rivers, with its boxy, fire-red brick facade and smallish patch of pavement for visitor parking, doesn’t quite do its innards justice.

Especially nowadays.

Perhaps you’ve blown past it on your way to burger night at the Fromagerie, or you’re a snowbird who hasn’t stopped in for a while. It might be hard to figure this is a place where you can read an autographed print version of Benito Mussolini’s autobiography — under supervision — or a digitized bio of Il Duce on a Kindle. Or a place to buy locally-made jewelry and student art. Or to take a laptop and pull in free wi-fi while you watch sleepy Rumson go by.

This is the revamped and renovated Oceanic Free Library, fresh off a multi-month overhaul.

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