LITTLE SILVER: BRANDT PHOTOBOMBS AGAIN

Rick Brandt during an interview in January. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

ELECTION 2019Already under suspension by the volunteer fire department for improper use of photos in his campaign, the Republican challenger for mayor in Little Silver is in another flap over photos, this time with the school district.

Rick Brandt, who’s up against incumbent Mayor Bob Neff in the GOP primary next month, has also drawn the ire of the organization that manages the town’s most historic property.

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LITTLE SILVER ENVIRO DAY RETURNS

Press release from Little Silver Environmental Commission

On Saturday, March 25, the Borough of Little Silver once again presents its annual Environmental Day, an opportunity for residents to cut down on waste and clutter around their households, while learning about green solutions and other earth-friendly topics.

Hosted at the Women’s Club of Little Silver (111 Church Street), the four-hour event is scheduled to run between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., with a variety of services offered free of charge — including paper shredding, electronic waste collection, and a used clothing drive. In addition, the public is welcome to attend a compost workshop, a beekeeping discussion, and a planting demonstration by Bob Sickles of Sickles Market, scheduled for 11:45 a.m.

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LITTLE SILVER: MU PROF JOINS PARKER BOARD

Parker_HomesteadThe nonprofit organization governing the ongiong restoration of the historic Parker Homestead (above) has named Monmouth University faculty member and historian Melissa Ziobro (below) to its Board of Trustees.

Press release from Parker Homestead-1665

ziobroThe Parker Homestead-1665 has named Melissa Ziobro to its Board of Trustees. A Specialist Professor of Public History at Monmouth University in West Long Branch, Ziobro currently teaches courses in Public History, Oral History, and Museums and Archives Management.

Her service to the University includes administration of the Monmouth Memories Oral History Program. Earlier this year Ziobro began recording the oral history of Parker Homestead by interviewing Robert Sickles Sr. — nephew of Julia Parker, who deeded the property to Little Silver — about his memories of Julia and life on the Homestead.

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LITTLE SILVER: SAFE AT HOMESTEAD


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A collection of baseball cards from 1909, including two feauring Ty Cobb, found among the possessions of a former Parker family member will be on display Sunday.
(Photo by Liz Hanson. Click to enlarge)

Spring 2016 offers local residents and New Jersey history buffs several chances to tour the Parker Homestead, the National Historic Site (one of the oldest standing residences in the Garden State) that marked its 350th anniversary in 2015.

On the afternoon of Sunday, April 17, the public will be able to view the progress of the ongoing interior restoration effort, with tours offered between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m. Meanwhile, the old Parker property will host one of Little Silver Borough’s fire trucks, for a special “Touch-A-Truck” session that allows kids to get up close and hands-on with this hard-working piece of emergency response equipment. Families are encouraged to bring a camera for photo ops with borough firefighters, during the event dedicated to the memory of longtime LSFD volunteer Doug Parker.

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LITTLE SILVER ENVIRO DAY IS MARCH 19

LS enviroOn Saturday, March 19, the Borough of Little Silver presents its annual Environmental Day, as an opportunity for residents to cut down on waste and clutter around their households, and to learn about green solutions and other earth-friendly topics.

Hosted at the Women’s Club of Little Silver (111 Church Street), the four-hour event is scheduled to run between 9 am and 1 pm, with a variety of services offered free of charge — including paper shredding, electronic waste collection, and a used clothing drive. In addition, the public is welcome to attend a compost workshop, a beekeeping discussion, and a set of informational displays on topics of environmental and local historical interest.

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RUMSON: SUMMER’S BACK, AND SO’S THE FAIR

canterbury fair 1St. George’s-by-the-River in Rumson hosts the Canterbury Fair rain-or-shine on Saturday. (Photos courtesy of St. George’s. Click to enlarge)

canterbury fair 2For 66 years, it’s served as a low-key kickoff to the summer-to-come, as well as a lookback to the past.

Now, with the run-up to summer 2015 in full swing, it’s again time for the Rumson event known as Canterbury Fair.

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LITTLE SILVER: HISTORY IN THE FUNDING

Bob_Sickles,_owner_Sickles_Market,__Robert_Sickles_Tori_Sickles,_Marketing_ManagerNick_Dawes,_Antiques_Roadshow_expertThree generations of the Sickles family — Bob, Robert and Tori — were present on September 13, when Sickles Market hosted a first of its kind, farm-to-table fundraiser for the ongoing restoration of the 17th century Parker Homestead, as well as for the programs of the Monmouth County Historical Association. Guest auctioneer Nicholas Dawes of TV’s ANTIQUES ROADSHOW (inset) raised $36,000, and the silent auction at the “As It Grows” event raised over $11,000. More than 250 guests enjoyed a casual, food-station style affair catered by the David Burke Restaurant Group, with raw bar by Lusty Lobster, wines by 4JGs Vineyards, and a farmstead cheese table provided by co-sponsor Sickles Market.

CHEF BURKE GOES FARM-TO-TABLE

AmaPatTramaBurkeSB2012Superstar chef David Burke — pictured at right, with former Ama Ristorante owner Pat Trama during post-Sandy relief efforts in Sea Bright — has created a special menu for As It Grows, a September 13 benefit gala for Little Silver’s historic Parker Homestead. (File photo) 

Press release from Parker Homestead 1665                

Come celebrate the American Farm at one of America’s oldest farmsteads — The Parker Homestead in Little Silver — on Saturday, September 13 at 6:30 pm. The event, titled “As It Grows . . ,” will feature a tribute to the local bounty of New Jersey with a one-time-only, farm-to-table menu created by celebrity chef David Burke 

The event, which will include music, dancing and a live auction conducted by Antiques Roadshow star Nicholas Dawes, will benefit The Parker Homestead – 1665, which is leading efforts to preserve the home, and The Monmouth County Historical Association, preserving Monmouth County history for last 115 years.

In addition to locally grown produce, meats, cheeses and specialty food products the event will feature New Jersey wines grown and harvested by 4JGs vineyards in Colts Neck. There will also be a rare, collectable wines donated from private wine collectors available at the Premium Wine Bar.

Dance music will be provided by Rip Tide and the Bobby Lynch Band. A silent auction and a live auction filled with unique items will be led by Dawes, from Heritage Auction Galleries in NYC.

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FAMILY FUN FOR THE PICKING, AT PARKER’S

parker-homestead-2007-500x375The historic Parker Homestead in Little Silver will be the setting for two Community Blackberry Picking events, scheduled for July 19 and 26.

Press release from Parker Homestead 1665

One of New Jersey’s oldest standing dwellings invites local families to put down the smartphones and pick up some blackberries  — during a First-Ever Community Blackberry Pick at Little Silver’s Parker Homestead.

Up to 50 families will be able to participate on a first come first come basis, during each of two sessions scheduled for Saturday, July 19 and Saturday, July 26. Picking times are between 8 am and 12 pm each day, and rain dates for both events are scheduled for the following Sundays (July 20 and 27).

Little Silver residents will be provided priority registration, starting now through Saturday, July 12. Space permitting, non-residents may register beginning Sunday, July 13.  Parker Homestead trustees and volunteers will provide containers or “pickers” can bring their own. Comfortable working clothes and shoes and a broad brimmed hat are recommended. Ice chilled bottled water and favorite Sickles and Parker family recipes will be available to families.

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