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October 19, 2012
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Visitors to Dorbrook Recreation Area, Route 537, will have a free chance from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, to try the Monmouth County Park System’s 25-foot rock climbing wall during Climb Time.

Climbers must be 42 inches or taller and between 40 and 250 pounds.

For more information about the park system, visit www.monmouthcountyparks.com or call 732-842-4000.

For people with hearing impairment, the park system TTY/TDD number is 711.



Brookdale Community College will make chemistry fun with a Halloween-themed Chemistry Carnival from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, in the Navesink rooms of the Warner Student Life Center.

Families with kids of all ages are invited to take part in the hands-on action. The event is free, but attendees are each asked to bring a can of food to donate to a local food bank. Park in lot 7.

Now entering its eighth year at Brookdale, the annual event kicks off this year’s American Chemical Society’s weeklong celebration. This year’s national theme is “Nanotechnology: The Smallest BIG Idea in Science.”

Kids will learn the simple chemistry behind nanotechnology and participate in hands-on activities and enjoy Halloween chemistry demonstrations.

In addition to tables/booths and action-filled demonstrations, a karate show is scheduled from 2:30 to 3 p.m. with students from Art Beins Karate, Howell & Freehold to be joined by Brookdale students. Long Branch High School students are among the area students also participating in the Chemistry Carnival.

Roseann McCarthy, a chemistry teacher at Ocean Township High School, and Lois Lyons, a chemistry teacher at High Tech­nology High School, masterminded the first carnival eight years ago.

“We are thrilled to see the growing interest in what has become a Halloween tradition,” said Eric Goll, BCC associate professor–chemistry.

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Additional information about the Chemistry Carnival is available by emailing egoll@brookdalecc.edu.



Middletown’s Halloween Hullabaloo will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, Poricy Park, 345 Oak Hill Road.

This spooktacular evening, presented by the Middletown Recreation Department, Middletown Arts Center and Poricy Park Conservancy, includes candy, costume contests, cartooning with the Doodle Dude, haunted hayrides and a magic show.

Costume contests for several age groups and groups of two or more begin at 5 p.m. Hayrides start at 5:30 p.m. followed by an awe-inspiring magic show at 6 p.m. Admission is free and the event will be held weather permitting. Call 732-842-5966 for message in the event of inclement weather.

The Halloween Hullaballoo is part of Poricy Park’s Phantasmic Fall Series. The series also includes Halloween Haunt from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 and Haunted History Walks on Sunday, Oct. 28 and Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Visit www.poricypark.org or call 732-842-5966 for series details.



Jersey Shore Premiere Events is hosting a red carpet business networking event at 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at Buona Sera, 50 Maple St. Part of the proceeds will benefit Lunch Break, the local soup kitchen.

Guests will have numerous opportunities to network with more than 200 local business owners and public officials, win prizes, promote their business or cause in a red carpet interview, all while helping a great charity.

Special guests include Jamie Otis from ABC’s Bachelor Pad and The Bachelor, members of Oxygen’s Jersey Couture cast, with others to be announced. Otis also will be the red carpet host and guest MC. Video will be provided by Alan Bloom Productions and entertainment by Instinctive DJs.

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Sponsors include Servpro of Freehold/ Middletown, VanNortwick Properties, ShoreVacations.com and Ecco Awnings. More vendor and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Tickets are $10 ($9 in advance) and include a lavish dinner buffet.

Additional information about the event is available by contacting Chris Fotache at cfotache@jersey-net.com or 732-245-0412. Updates will also be posted at www.jerseyshorepremiere.com

The event is a reminder to support our local communities and small businesses at large, as entrepreneurs and local community efforts are what make our hometowns great.

Jersey Shore Premiere Events is an organization founded by Rosa Davis and Chris Fotache, whose mission is to bring small business owners together to pool resources and ideas in order to strengthen communities and help businesses grow.


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RED BANK – The 65th annual Halloween Parade will be held on Sunday, Oct. 21. Lineup starts at 1 p.m. at the corner of East Bergen Place and South Street.

Judging for prizes will be between 1:30 and 2 p.m. The parade starts at 2 p.m., travels down Broad Street and ends in the White Street Parking Lot.

The rain date is Oct. 28.

Participants are encouraged to enter a small float or group by Oct. 15 by emailing the Department of Recreation at Recreation@redbanknj.org or calling 732-530-2782.

The department is soliciting prizes to be awarded at the event. We are seeking gift baskets, restaurant certificates, hotel packages, theater tickets, concert tickets, sporting event tickets and memorabilia, and any other exciting offerings from local business and community organizations.

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