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May 3, 2013
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As surely as spring brings crocuses and daffodils, the need for spring-cleaning brings the Annual Town-Wide Garage Sale in Atlantic High­lands. All are welcome to come to the sale that will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18.

The town-wide sale is an area tradition, and dozens of households are expected to participate this year. It is open to the public. Visitors can explore Atlantic High­lands for bargains on goods of all kinds – from housewares and furniture to jewelry and collectibles.

Upon arriving in town, visitors should drive down First Avenue to borough hall, where volunteers will hand out maps showing participating homes. Then the treasure hunt begins.

While in town, visitors can stroll down First Avenue and stay for lunch at one of Atlantic Highlands’ renowned restaurants.

Rain date is Sunday, May 19.

Atlantic Highlands residents who wish to be sellers must register at borough hall by Friday, May 3, to be included on the map.

For more information, please visit www.ahnj.com/ahnj/Recreation or call the borough at 732-291-1444, Ext. 690.



The Bayshore Watershed Council and NY-NJ Bay­keeper are having from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, a cleanup of Compton’s Creek wetlands, located along Church Street, near the old fish factory in the Belford section of Middletown Township.

There is on-street parking along Church Street, between Port Monmouth Road and Broadway. The wetlands and creek are on both sides of the road.

Those participating are asked to wear long pants, sturdy shoes and gloves while joining the effort to protect the environment by helping remove litter from beaches, creeks, and wetlands.

For more information, contact Amy Testa at Testa@nynjbaykeeper.org


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Middletown Township Public Library, in conjunction with the Monmouth Conser­va­tory of Music, will present a classical concert from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 20. There will be a string orchestra, piano and solos.

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The free concert will take place in the library’s community room. No registration is required but space is limited so attendees are urged to come early.

Funding for the program comes from the MTPL Foundation, Inc.

The Middletown Township Library is located at 55 New Monmouth Road.



Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) will welcome Dr. Mathilde Benveniste at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, to speak about the Jewish Com­munity of Salonika, Greece, one of Europe’s oldest and most prominent Jewish communities.

The program, cosponsored by the CBI Adult Education committee, Red Bank Hadassah and cchange (Center for Holo­caust, Human Rights and Genocide Education) is free and open to the public.

Benveniste, an inventor of telecommunications technology and a consultant on intellectual property, was born in Salonika, now known as Thessaloniki. She has extensively researched her family history and the history of the Jews of Salonika.

Through lecture and PowerPoint presentation, Benveniste will share the history of the Jews of this region, which historians date back to the 2nd century.

She will also share her personal history, which includes her ancestor’s arrival in Salonika, in the late 15th century after they were expelled from Spain during the Inquisition, and her family’s survival during the Holocaust when Benveniste’s parents were among only 4 percent of Salonika’s Jews who survived the war.

Following the presentation, refreshments will be served.

Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP to CBI Executive Director Henry Silberman at 732-842-1800, Ext. 203 or henry.silberman@cbirumson.org.

Founded in 1922, Congregation B’nai Israel is affiliated with United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. Located at 171 Ridge Road, Rumson, at the corner of Ridge and Hance Roads, the synagogue serves more than 300 families from many towns in Monmouth and Ocean counties.

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An afternoon parade and entertainment awaits the community of Little Silver at the Rec Annual Spring Sports Parade at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4.

Recreation baseball, softball and lacrosse teams will parade through the town center from the firehouse to Boro Field where they will assemble in front of the new annex building and the grand opening ceremonies will take place.

The event has evolved into a Little Silver community day with several local groups participating. Mayor Bob Neff and members of the council will preside over the ceremony. Since the late Mayor Suzanne Castleman and ate Council­man Jon Bitman were very instrumental in the planning of this new building, Castle­man’s daughter, Anne Connell, and Jon’s wife, Dale Bitman, will cut the symbolic ribbon officially opening the building which houses bathrooms, concession stand, and storage areas for the police department and recreation department.

Refreshments will be free including hot dogs, lemonade, candy, and ice pops.

Children will be challenged with races through several huge inflatables and an obstacle course designed by Fresh Personal Trainers.

For kids who need to cool down from all the activities, they can get dunked in the famous dunking machine built by Tom Caruso of the Ye Olde Pie Shoppe.

Parents of students in grades 7-8 and high school students are needed as volunteers. Additional information is available by contacting DougGlassmacher@gmail.com.

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