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August 31, 2012
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Corporate Resource Alliance (CRA), a New Jersey contact and referral group for business executives, is hosting a golf outing to benefit Embrace Kids Foundation, Thursday, Sept. 13, at Pebble Creek Golf Club, 40 Route 537 East, Colts Neck.

Embrace Kids Foundation supports the nonmedical needs of children with cancer or blood disorders, such as sickle cell disease. The foundation provides direct assistance and the resources that would not be available otherwise to help support families and hospital-based programs. All of the services provided are free.

The fee per golfer is $165, a total of $600 a foursome, and includes a continental breakfast, a barbecue lunch, golf contests and door prizes. Lunch only is $35. Registration begins at 7 a.m. The shotgun start with scramble format starts at 8 a.m.

To register or for questions, contact Andy at 732-238-8290 or email at atp225@comcast.net

Any donations and door prizes are appreciated.



Don’t miss this one last time to join America’s Greatest Generation and friends at historic Gibbs Hall for the 12th and final Center for World War II Studies & Conflict Resolution Swing Era Dinner Dance.

The former Fort Monmouth location will host the sentimental event Friday, Sept.14. Every age is welcome to celebrate a time when all were young. Forties-style dress is encouraged – among the regular guests will be numerous veterans in uniform.

In the event tradition, continuous music throughout the evening will keep everyone “in the mood” and the dance floor full. Join in dancing the night away to Moonlight Serenade, You’ll Never Know and Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree. Jitterbug to In the Mood and String of Pearls while paying tribute to the Greatest Generation.

“On behalf of the Center and Brookdale Community College, we want ‘Thank You for the Memories’ – to all those who have supported this annual patriotic event,” said Paul Zigo, center director.

Reservations should be made as soon as possible by calling 732-224-2746. Tickets are $65 per person with special discounts for tables of eight, 10 and 12 at $60 per person.



Garden Club R.F.D. will meet at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 18, at the historic Little Red Schoolhouse, located on the corner of Middletown Lincroft and Dwight roads.

Celebrating 71 years in existence, the club meets monthly September through June. Prospective members can learn about gardening, horticulture and design from members and guest speakers while getting acquainted with others who share their interest in gardening and/or floral design.

The September meeting will feature a presentation on bog gardens by Jason Austin of Rare Finds Nursery, Jackson. There will be a follow-up workshop on Sept. 25, during which members can purchase plants and design their own bog garden. Those interested in attending a meeting are asked to contact Jacquie at 732-706-9314.

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Family Promise will host its Third Annual Cardboard Box City (CBC) on Friday, Sept. 28, as a way to promote awareness of the plight of homeless families while the organization raises funds for its programs.

To connect with the experience of homelessness, CBC “residents” will sleep in their own cardboard boxes on the grounds of the Monmouth Church of Christ, Tinton Falls, and wait in line for a meal of soup and bread. There will be speakers, activities and entertainment for participants. Prizes will be given to the participants who raise the most money and to the most creative dwelling.

Cardboard Box City is open to youth groups from local congregations, schools and Scout troops (youth to adult ratios 5:1), as well as families with children (children must be supervised by an adult).

Participants supply their own dwellings – large refrigerator or washer/dryer boxes which can be picked up at appliance stores – and decorate them to represent home sweet home.

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Participants raise $100 or more to secure a spot for their box. Family Promise is seeking sponsors for this unique and inspirational event. “The need for food, shelter and comprehensive counseling for families temporarily without homes continues to grow in Monmouth County. We count on the funds raised by Carboard Box City No. 3 to help these parents and children to regain their homes and their dignity,” said Tracy Boyer, the organization’s executive director.

Family Promise is the only shelter for homeless families in Monmouth County. With the ongoing high unemployment rate, homelessness continues to be a very real situation for too many families. The organization has a success rate of 75 percent for helping families move out of shelters and into housing.

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The Middletown Township Public Library will host a practice SAT exam on Saturday, Sept. 8, beginning at 9:30 a.m.

A Kaplan Testing Center proctor will administer a free practice SAT exam for high school students in grades 11-12. Scores will be mailed to the students’ homes. Test-takers are asked to bring two No. 2 pencils.

Space is limited, so registration is required and may be completed by visiting online at www.mtpl.org or calling 732-671-3700, Ext. 320.

The exam will take place in the library’s computer lab at 55 New Monmouth Road.

Funding for the library’s public programs comes from the support of the Middletown Township Public Library Foundation, Inc.



The Art Society of Monmouth County will feature a demonstration by artist Jill Kerwick at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center, 128 Ocean Ave., at the corner of Seacrest Road.

Kerwick will demonstrate her collage techniques and her style of painting. Her paintings are whimsical and known for her “dolls” in the paintings. She received her Master of Arts degree from New York University and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Moore College of Art & Design.

The event is free and open. Her website is JillKerwick.com.



Known for its annual Run with Dennis, the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund will host its fourth annual Toast to Dennis from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, at the riverfront home of Kim and Ron Jaeger in Rumson.

“This year, guests can take part in live and silent auctions,” said Marion Zilinski, mother of Dennis and co-founder of the fund. “We will also have an exciting reverse auction of two companion dogs for veterans, which will benefit K9s for Warriors. I’m delighted to announce that we have a very special auctioneer, Big Joe Henry of New Jersey 101.5.”

The donations raised by this wine and food event will benefit the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund. The fund was created and founded in 2006 to honor local resident First Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II, United States Army, who was killed in action while deployed in Iraq on Nov. 19, 2005. Information about the event is available via the charity’s website www.runwithdennis.org.

“This year our selection of wine, food and auction items is outstanding, and we hope to attract a larger crowd than ever before,” said retired N.J. State Trooper Kevin Burke, a resident of Little Silver, who is again chairing the event committee.

Former White House Chef John Grifo is participating for the fourth year and will prepare an extensive tasting menu with an array of fresh seafood and hors d’ oeuvres. Grifo has been honored as one of southern N.J.’s top 25 chefs by Atlantic City magazine.

Burke notes that sponsorships and contributions are still available for the live and silent auctions. Additional volunteers are still welcome.

Tickets are $125 per person.  Valet parking will be provided.

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Additional information and tickets are available by contacting Christine Burke Eskwitt at 732-688-8079 or cburkeassociates@comcast.net.

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Congregation B’nai Israel is inviting people to join Rabbi Jeff Sultar, Cantor Marla Barugel and Choir Director Rob Fire for services beginning Saturday, Sept. 8, and continuing through Wednesday, Sept. 26.

In preparation for the holidays, Sultar will lead a Selichot study session at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8. His topic will be “Lust, Murder and Redemption: A Day in the Life of King David.” The rabbi will discuss the biblical story of David and Bathsheba, to look for insights into what to do and what not to do, in order to achieve teshuvah/repentance and forgiveness in our lives. Refreshments will be served at 9 p.m. and at 9:30 p.m., the Selichot service of forgiveness and repentance will begin.

The following day, Sunday, Sept. 9, the congregation will meet for services at the Congregation B’nai Israel Cemetery, located on Riverdale Avenue in Tinton Falls.

Erev Rosh Hashanah services will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16. On Monday, Sept. 17, the first day of Rosh Hashanah, services will begin at 9 a.m. Children services and junior congregation will begin at 10:30 a.m. All children must be registered in advance. At 5:30 p.m, in Marine Park, Red Bank, Sultar and Barugel will lead the community in the Tashlich service wherein one’s sins are symbolically cast into the water. Mincha and Ma’ariv services will follow at the synagogue at 6:15 p.m.

On the second day of Rosh Hashanah, Tuesday, Sept. 18, services will begin at 9 a.m. with children’s services and junior congregation starting at 10:30 a.m. The shofar will be sounded on both days of Rosh Hashanah.

On the eve of Yom Kippur, Tuesday, Sept. 25, Kol Nidre Services will begin at 6 p.m. The following day, Wednesday, Sept. 26, Yom Kippur services will begin at 9 a.m. Children’s services and junior congregation will begin at 11 a.m. At 4:30 p.m., the synagogue will offer a community Yizkor service, followed immediately by Mincha/Neilah services. At 7:16 p.m., the shofar will be sounded followed by a congregational break-fast. The community is invited to share in these services and the break-fast.

Founded in 1922 and celebrating its 90th anniversary this year, Congregation B’nai Israel is an egalitarian, conservative synagogue located at 171 Ridge Road in Rumson. The synagogue, which hosts religious services, cultural events as well as adult and youth education, serves more than 300 families in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

For high holy day tickets, information on children’s services, and to make reservations for the community break-fast, please contact the synagogue office at 732-842-1800, Ext. 206, or send an email to President Francine Semaya at flsemaya@gmail.com.



The Eastern Branch Library of the Monmouth County Library System will continue its free acoustic concerts at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, with singer/songwriter Kevin John Allen.

Allen will perform a concert of acoustic country, reggae and down-home American music. The Monmouth County musician has written more than 200 songs, and recorded the CDs Dark Songs Written on Black Guitars and his latest, Life’s Lonely Rodeo.

As described in a New York Times review, Allen is “an old weathered songwriter working in the veins of Americana, country, reggae and down-home American music. A lifetime playing, writing and traveling around touching folk’s hearts with songs, a carny ride through life… Music to make you laugh, cry, love, think and dance.”

The Eastern Branch Library is located at 1001 Route 35. For more information about the concert, call 1-866-941-8188. For more information on programming at the Monmouth County Library, visit www.monmouthcountylib.org.

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