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January 25, 2013
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The Band of the Two Rivers is looking for new members.

Remember your high school band? The Band of the Two Rivers is like that, but doesn’t march. It is a concert band. The band was formed in 1997 and has grown to 20-25 players. It has performed before audiences in Atlantic Highlands, Eatontown, Fair Haven, Fort Monmouth, Little Silver, Middletown, and Red Bank.

No audition is required. Rehearsals are held 7:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays at the Fair Haven Youth Center, behind the police station, Fisk Street. Rehearsals are slated to being Feb. 13.

Please contact Steve Knowlton at 732-747-7011 for further information and the rehearsal schedule.



Don Pope needs 25 heads of cabbage, 20 pounds of onions, green peppers, radishes, celery, some mayo and a secret blend of spices for his prize-winning coleslaw that will be featured on Saturday, March 9 when the Holmdel Community Church hosts its annual turkey dinner benefit.

More than 400 guests will enjoy hot roasted turkey with mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, cranberry relish and a variety of delicious homemade desserts in the church’s Fellowship Hall, located at 40 W. Main St.

There will be four seatings for the dinner: 4, 5, 6, and 7 p.m.

Tickets cost $15 for adults and $8 for children under 12. Takeout meals are also available for $15 each. Seating is limited and reservations are necessary. Contact Sharon Wessel to order tickets by calling 732-431-2372 or by emailing her at swe456ssel@aol.com.

Funds from this year’s dinner will be used for outreach efforts in Asbury Park. Questions may be directed to this year’s turkey dinner coordinator, Eric Knies at 732-595-6295 or 732-495-4478.



The Art Society of Monmouth County will feature a demonstration by Bob Heyer, watercolor artist, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Middletown Public Library, New Monmouth Road.

Heyer has been a well-known and honored watercolor artist for many years. He will demonstrate his watercolor techniques.

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Admission is free and refreshments will be served. The demonstration is open to the public.


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This year Mayor Gerard P. Scharfenberger has set his open office hours for the first and third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until noon at Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway.

Visitors are seen on a first-come basis.

Residents can also contact the mayor’s office at 732-615-2024 during regular business hours or through the township’s website at www.middletownnj.org.


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Middletown’s 22nd annual Youth Job Fair will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at High School North, at 33 Tindall Road.

The event, which is organized by Middletown Community Affairs Council, will bring together Middletown youth and employers to explore the possibility of full-time and part-time job placement at no cost to the student or employers.

Employers interested in participating can contact Mitch Gotesky at 732-915-2445 or John Giordano at 732-996-7495.



Pilgrim Baptist Church of Red Bank will host its annual Jersey’s for Jesus Pre-Super Bowl Celebration at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 27.

The celebration will feature the music and performing arts ministries of Pilgrim Baptist Church and special presentations.  Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite team jersey (any sport) for the celebration.  A community fellowship reception will follow.

All are welcome.

For further information, please contact the church office at 732-747-2343.

The celebration is sponsored by S.W.A.T., a community outreach ministry of the church.


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The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library invites lovers of libraries, books and bargains to the Fourth Annual Used Book Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2.

Those who want an earlier look at the sale items can go at 9 a.m. to pay a $10 admission fee at the library, 84 West Front St.

There will be a huge selection of current bestsellers, classics, fiction and nonfiction, DVDs, CDs, and a separate room for the Children’s Book Sale.  A bag sale during which attendees can fill a provided bag for $5 will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p. m. Monday, Feb. 4.

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The kickoff to the sale will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, during a preview reception. Admission for the preview will be $20 but free for members of Friends of RBPL. Membership will be available at the door. During the event there will be wine and appetizers, live music by local musician Jim Crawford, raffle items and, of course, first dibs at the book sale.

All proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library.

For more information, please call the library at 732-842-0690.



Monmouth United reached its goal of raising $100,000 at its successful “United to the Restore the Shore” benefit concert at Asbury Park’s famed Stone Pony.

The money raised in Monmouth County on Dec. 30 has been earmarked by the New Jersey Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund to help local families.

Justin Braz, president of the New Leaders Council of New Jersey and an event organizer, said his group was proud to partner with the other organizations involved with the benefit concert to help raise funds to restore the shore.

“The NLC is dedicated to developing New Jersey’s future leaders and look forward to continuing our efforts to bring people together to support our communities,” Braz said.

Bennett said that for those who may have missed the concert, the opportunity to help still exists either through donations or through the purchase of “Restore the Shore” T-shirts that are available for sale. The cost is $25 and includes shipping. Checks can be mailed to the New Leaders Council at 103 10th Avenue, #1, Belmar, NJ  07719.

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