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March 15, 2013
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Bird expert and historian Robert DeCandido, Ph.D., will share his knowledge of the “Owls of New York, New Jersey and Long Island” in his program of the same name, to be presented at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at the Church of the Nativity on Ridge Road.

The public is welcome; admission is free.

In the tristate region, 12 species of owl have been documented and about six species breed here, including three species in New York City. DeCandido will discuss the current status of the owls of the metropolitan area with frequent reference to historical accounts to gain a perspective on the many changes that have occurred from 1880 to the present. Included will be many photographs made during his numerous field trips throughout the area, peppered with the history and changes in abundance of the nesting and overwintering owls of the tristate region.

DeCandido spent the last decade in two worlds. In the Far East he is a raptor migration scientist who monitors migrants in Thailand, Malaysia and Nepal during their fall migration. He is also an urban ecologist, studying the birds of prey of New York City. Along with photographer Deborah Allen, he has studied the night migration of birds from atop the Empire State Building and was the first person to document nocturnal migration of ospreys and the night hunting behavior of peregrine falcons. He also has studied the nesting of American kestrels and has discovered that New York City may have more nesting pairs of kestrels (about 60) than any other city in North America.

Further information can be obtained by visiting the organization’s website at http://www.monmouthaudubon.org, or via e-mail at info@monmouthaudubon.org.



As part of its Historically Speaking lecture series, Monmouth County Historical Association is welcoming Maxine Lurie to speak from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 24, at the Monmouth County Historical Association Headquarters at 70 Court St.

During the fall Rutgers University Press published New Jersey: A History of the Garden State, co-edited by Lurie and Richard Veit.  It is the first overview of the state in nearly 35 years. During the lecture on March 24, Lurie will discuss why and how the book was produced, its major themes and how it can help us understand the fascinating and complex place where we live.

Lurie has taught at Marquette, Rutgers and Seton Hall universities and retired from Seton Hall in 2010.  An early American historian, she has taught and written about New Jersey history for 25 years. She is also the author of a number of scholarly articles published in magazines.

Lurie’s lecture is open to the public and admission is free. Her most recent book will be available for sale. Refreshments will be served.

Those planning to attend are asked to call 732-462-1466.

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Monmouth County Historical Association is accessible to people with disabilities. If there are any special needs that require accommodation, please contact the association at 732-462-1466, Ext. 16 within 24 hours of the presentation.



The Little Silver Environmental Day will be held from 9 am. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Women’s Club of Little Silver, 111 Church St.

Electronics waste, used clothing collection, composting workshop, rain barrel promotion, rain garden presentation, nature trails information and local “green” volunteer opportunities will be available.

All are welcome.

Additional information, including a schedule of events and how to preorder rain barrels and composters, is available by visiting www.littlesilver.org and scrolling to the end of the page for link to details.



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The Master Gardeners of Monmouth are inviting the public to join them at 2 p.m. March 20 – the first day of spring – at the Little Silver Public Library, 484 Prospect Ave.

Rutgers Master Gardener Bernard Dickman will discuss Managing Wildlife in the Garden. The program will include information on preventing deer, woodchucks, rabbits and other critters from eating garden plants.

The Master Gardeners of Monmouth County is a volunteer group of dedicated gardeners who aim to expand the public’s knowledge through horticultural, environmental and community service.



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The Little Silver Recreation Foundation is holding its 2013 Rec Rack sale on Saturday, March 16, and will be accepting donations of sports equipment on Friday, March 15.

Gently used or outgrown sports equipment is being sought for the sale. Those who wish to donate items may do so from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 15, at the Little Silver Woman’s Club, at the intersection of Rumson Road and Church Street. People donating goods will get a coupon for 20 percent off their entire purchase at Saturday’s sale.

Those looking to equip themselves or their families with sporting goods can do so from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the club.

Proceeds from the sale will support the Little Silver Recreation Foundation. The mission of the LSRF is to enhance the recreational activities for all residents of Little Silver by providing diverse recreational programs and opportunities.

Additional information is available by visiting www.littlesilverrf.org.



This year the Rumson Garden Club once again will award The Rita Morgan Boyle Memorial Scholarship.

This scholarship will be presented to a Rumson resident who plans to attend or is attending an accredited college and has a demonstrated interest in any area of horticulture, landscape design, or environmental studies, i.e., conservation, marine sciences or earth science.

The applicant is required to write an essay outlining his or her interests and accomplishments as well as academic studies and extracurricular activities. Essays may be mailed to the Rumson Garden Club, Attn: Scholarship Chairman, P.O. Box 121, Rumson, NJ 07760 or emailed as an attachment to ahhintelmann@gmail.com

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The deadline for applications is May 1.

For any questions, please contact Amanda Hintelmann, scholarship chairwoman, at ahhintelmann@gmail.com or 732-741-7172.



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With spring around the corner, and the Two-River area still recuperating from the effects of Super Storm Sandy, the Rumson Garden Club and the Rumson Shade Tree Commission are co-hosting a talk by Bruce Crawford on post-storm gardening at 6:30 p.m. Monday March 25, at Bingham Hall.

Bruce Crawford, director of Rutgers Gardens, will discuss the landscape damage suffered during the storm and suggest remediation as well as ideas for new plantings. His PowerPoint lecture will cover tree, shrub and turf damage and how to offset the storm’s harmful effects. After the free, hour-long talk, Crawford will be available for questions.



The public is invited to the annual meeting of the Monmouth Center for World Religions and Ethical Thought (MCWRET) from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, 1475 W. Front St.

Liz Congdon, co-coordinator of MCWRET, will present “Middle East Adventures in Dialogue,” through which she asks the question: “Why ever did I travel to Beirut, Lebanon as well as Tblisi and Batumi in the Republic of Georgia for interfaith dialogue when I can do that right here at home?”

Congdon, who is also the pastor of the First Baptist Church in Trenton, reflects on this quest as she shares highlights and lessons learned from her two weeks there in January. She will focus on dialogue between American Baptist and Muslim women and the cutting edge ministry she discovered there.

The MCWRET 2013 programs also will be discussed at this annual meeting.

All are welcome. Admission is free.

For more information please contact the office of the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House at 732-747-0707, Congdon at 609-954-1450 or visit MCWRET website at www.interfaith-mcwret.org.



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The Monmouth County Federation of Republican women will be holding its spring luncheon and officer installation during its annual meeting from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 23, at the Lincroft Inn, 700 Newman Springs Road.

Among the officers being installed are Jane Frotton of Atlantic Highlands as recording secretary, Monmouth County Freeholder Serena DiMaso of Holmdel as corresponding secretary and as directors, Freeholder Lillian Burry of Colts Neck, Kathy Cody-Bjelka of Lincroft, Jo Joel and Tristan Nelsen, both of Middletown and Lillian Nemcik of Holmdel.

The event, which will feature door prizes is $35 for members and $45 for nonmembers $45. Sponsorships are $50.

The reservation deadline is March 16.

For membership or luncheon information contact Eve at 732-612-3798 or email HershkowitzE@OptOnline.net.


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