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July 12, 2013
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The Atlantic Highlands High School Class of 1958 will hold its 55th-year reunion on Saturday, July 27, at the Shore Casino. The dinner-dance will begin at 4 p.m. and the cost is $50 per person. Members and friends of the class can make reservations by contacting Peter E. Donoghue at 732-291-3386 or mailing them to the class as 49 Mount Ave., Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07716.


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The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will present at 7:30 Wednesday, July 17, Michael McCann’s “…there used to be a railroad.”

McCann’s talk explores the state’s once-extensive network of Fallen Flag Railroads (including the Central and its Atlantic Highlands ferry terminal).

McCann’s work with the New Jersey Green Acres program necessitated examining thousands of frames of historical aerial photography. Those photographs sparked his interest in the lost treasures of New Jersey history, from amusement parks and industries to railroads and more. He has created historical talks on several subjects, including “…there used to be a railroad.”

He will talk about engines en route to Morris County’s Mount Hope iron mines; hauling coal and freight on the Central of New Jersey and Lehigh Valley Lines; the railroad route that was sanctioned by President Lincoln over the objection of the U.S. Army, and the tracks laid overnight to bring a dying President Garfield to the one-time summer capital by the sea, Long Branch.

The talk will be presented at the Strauss Mansion, 27 Prospect Circle.

The free event is sponsored by the Atlantic Highlands Historical Society and is open to the public. Refreshments will be served.



Youngsters, age 4 and older, are invited to join Club MAC with Miss Maria and friends at the Middletown Arts Center. Attendees will be able to spend fun-filled summer afternoons and evenings doing arts activities.

Upcoming Club MAC Kids Night Out evenings will be 6 to 9 p.m. Fridays, July 12 and Aug. 16. The theme for the summer is Peace, Love, & Art. Admission is $25 per child and will include tie-dye and spin art and groovy games. Pizza, drinks and snacks will be provided.

Those attending the MAC’s summer camp or for parents just seeking a few hours in the afternoon to run some errands, Club MAC is held 3 to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays for $7 per hour in the MAC’s art and music room. The weekly schedule is: Movie Mondays for children to watch a movie, enjoy popcorn and play charades; Tropical Tuesdays to enjoy fruit smoothies, limbo/hula hoop and a Hawaiian dance party; Wacky Wednesdays to play oversized games and enjoy snacks; Carnival Thursdays to make sand art, play carnival games and enjoy cotton candy; and Campout Fridays when participants can bring their favorite pj’s, make s’mores and tell stories.

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Club MAC is also hosting arts activities at Middle­town’s Free Summer Concerts at the Middletown Arts Center at the Great Lawn at 36 Church St.

Additional information and preregistration are available by calling 732-706-4100.


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The Middletown Township Historical Society will meet 7:30 p.m. Monday, July 15, at the MacLeod-Rice House, at Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road, Leonardo. The featured speaker, Glenn LeBoeuf, will give his presentation on “FDR and the Women Who Loved Him.” Glenn’s compelling presentations are both informative and entertaining. Visitors are welcome and refreshments are served.


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The Gatsby Lawn Party, a charity event for The Foundation to Save the Jersey Shore, will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 12, at 700 Navesink River Road, Navesink.

The J Gatsby Private Band, an assembly of world-class rock star musicians, will join together for one special performance for this charity event. The musicians have played with some of the most prominent music legends of our times. Mark Rivera has been the noted saxophone player for Billy Joel for more than 20 years. Joe Vitale joins in from Eagles, Amanda Homi is from Jackson Browne and more.

Tickets begin at $150 and include performance shows, food, wine/beer, silent/live auctions, live music and dancing. Optional meet-and-greet tickets are $250. The dress is summer chic or Gatsbyesque.

Additional information is available at the website GatsbyLawnParty.com or on Facebook at Facebook.com/ GatsbyLawnParty.

The Foundation to Save the Jersey Shore will receive the proceeds that will go directly or indirectly to individuals and businesses adversely impacted by Super Storm Sandy.


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Amanda’s Easel/180 Turning Lives Around, Inc. is offering free healing arts workshops at the Middletown Arts Center 6 to 7 p.m. on Thursday evenings July 18 and 25 and Aug. 1 and 8 for anyone impacted by Super Storm Sandy age 5 and up.

The “Creative Coping” workshops are designed by the Amanda’s Easel Creative Arts Therapy Program to help families learn ways to reduce stress and gain healthy coping skills using art. The goal of this community workshop is to engage children, adults, and families in activities that foster hope and connection in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. This program is made possible by a grant from the Robin Hood Foundation.

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Walk-ins are welcome, but preregistration is appreciated at Amanda’s Easel’s Creative Coping Program, 732-787-6503 or the Middletown Arts Center, 732-706-4100.


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All students and teachers who attended Middletown High School in Leonardo from 1911 thru 1958 are invited to attend the 83rd annual alumni reunion to be held at Jacques Banquet Hall (formerly Buck Smith’s), at 500 Palmer Ave.

The reunion will be held on Friday, Sept. 27. Doors will open at 11:30 a.m.

Those wishing to attend are asked to call John O’Brien at 732-671-1936 or email him at jns45obrien@verizon.net.



The First Baptist Church of Red Bank, on the corner of Maple Avenue and Oakland Street, will be holding its Summer Vacation Bible School 9 a.m. to noon July 29 to Aug. 2. Community children, ages 4 through 5th grade, can spend the week of fun under the care of the loving staff and leaders of this church. First Baptist provides the Bible School – called “Kingdom Rock” this year – without charge.

Sessions begin promptly at 9 a.m. and are led by talented senior youth and feature music and skits to build the spirit of glee for the morning. Afterward, children break into smaller groups for games, crafts and an adventure room drama teaching important truths found in the Bible. Snacks will be provided.

The Grand Finale is at 7 p.m. Friday night, August 2, in the main hall where the children will sing the songs they have learned.

Give your child a summer week packed with fun and new friends in a loving environment. For more information or to register for this free program visit www.fbcredbank.com or call 732-747-0671 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.



Molly Maguire’s Blackpoint Inn, 132 E. River Road, is hosting an event from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, July 13, in support of the NY/NJ Baykeeper organization.

A raw bar, hosted by Lusty Lobster, will be available and Oyster Bay wines will be featured as well. The River Road Band will entertain beginning at 9 p.m.

There will be a $10 voluntary donation cover; proceeds will be donated to NJ/NY Baykeepers.

Oysters are vital to the ecological integrity of the Hudson-Raritan Estuary, which is why Baykeeper works on restoring oyster beds in New York and New Jersey.

Additional information about NJ/NY Baykeepers is available by visiting nynjbaykeeper.org/.


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