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July 19, 2013
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The Martha Mary Guild of St. Mary’s Church, 1 Phalanx Rd., is holding a clothing and linen sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 6; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7. The sale features men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories and linens at bargain prices.

The sale will be held in Madonna Hall, located behind the church, and in the parish hall.



The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County will present “18th Century Jews of Monmouth County,” a slide show at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1, featuring the story of the Solomon, Hart, and Judah families who were Monmouth County merchants and farmers of the late 1700s and early 1800s.

The program is presented in complement with the museum’s current exhibit “The Land was Theirs: The Story of the Jewish Farmers of Monmouth County.” The program is free; donations will be greatly appreciated.

The Jewish Heritage Museum is located at 310 Mounts Corner Drive. It is a 501(c) (3) organization and is handicapped accessible. Additional information is available by calling the museum at 732-252-6990 or visiting www.jhmomc.org.



The New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Museum & Education Center, will present a talk from 1 to 2:30 pm. Saturday, July 27 about “Modern Vietnam: A Fulbright Scholar’s Perspective” by Melissa Genovese. She will speak about her experiences as a Fulbright Scholar in Vietnam, detailing how Vietnam has come a long way since the fall of Saigon in 1975.

Genovese lived and worked from August 2011 to July 2012 in Nam Dihn, Vietnam, teaching English at Nam Dinh University of Technology Education. During this time, she was able to experience and learn about present-day Vietnam and its fast-paced movement towards modernization. Her presentation offers perspectives on modern Vietnam.

Genovese grew up in Howell and received her bachelor’s degree in history and secondary education from Rowan University in 2010. She was a recipient of a Fulbright award to Vietnam in 2011. Since returning home, she has made a mission of sharing her experiences in hopes of creating a better understanding of and future for the two countries.

Museum admission is $7 for adults, $5 for senior citizens and students and children 10 years old or younger are free. Veterans and active military personnel also get free admission. Additional Information is available at www.njvvmf.org.



A family square dance will be held from 7:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 26 and Aug. 23, at the Croydon Hall Senior Center, 900 Leonardville Rd. Couples and singles are welcome. The donation is $4. Children younger than 18 are free and must be accompanied by a parent. Refreshments will be provided. No dancing experience is needed. The caller will teach newcomers all they need to know.

The family square dance is sponsored by the Middletown Ramblers Square Dance Club, which invites people to come and see why square dancing is a great way to stay in shape, have fun and meet lots of friendly people.

For more information and directions, call Betty at 732-291-1188 or check the website at www.middletownramblers.org.



A cherished and anticipated tradition of every summer, the 144th Annual Camp Meeting Week begins on Friday, July 26 and continues through Sunday, Aug. 4. Sponsored by the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association (OGCMA), this 10-day pilgrimage offers sun-up to sun-down opportunities for Christian worship and prayer, religious education and exploration, and recreation and renewal along the beautiful New Jersey Shore.

The Ocean Grove Camp Meeting is located at Pilgrim and Ocean pathways.  All activities are open to the public and are handicapped-accessible. For more information, call 732-775-0035 or visit www.oceangrove.org

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Sunrise prayers start at 6 a.m. daily at Thornley Chapel, and continue throughout the day on the Boardwalk, at Bishop James Tabernacle, the Youth Temple and the Great Auditorium.



Aslan Youth Ministries will honor longtime supporters Bill and Beverly Van Winkle of Little Silver as part of its 14th annual Island Nights benefit 5:30 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Rumson Country Club, 163 Rumson Road, Rumson. Tickets are $125 and can be purchased at www.aslanyouth.org.

This year’s event celebrates California’s famed Catalina Island and will feature boat rides, California cuisine, wine pulls, music and dancing, as well as a putting contest and exciting auction items.

“We are looking forward to another exciting event where friends can enjoy themselves while making a real impact on the lives of local at-risk children,” said Craig Bogard, CEO of Aslan Youth Ministries.

Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting John Fix, COO of Aslan Youth Ministries at 732-741-7824 or emailing to john@aslanyouth.org.

Each year, Island Nights raises funds to support the mission of Aslan Youth Ministries, a local nonprofit which provides relationship-driven programs that impact and empower at-risk youth in Red Bank, Long Branch, Asbury Park and Haiti. Aslan’s programs include one-on-one mentoring and tutoring, Bible classes and recreational activities. For 38 years, Aslan has been helping children reach deeply within to overcome their limitations and, with God’s help, find the strength to endure and succeed.



Little Silver artist Roberta Carter Clark will demonstrate her technique of watercolor portrait painting with a live model at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 27, at the Monmouth County Eastern Branch Library.

As a busy portrait painter, Clark has been with Portraits, Inc. in New York City since 1974 and her commissioned portraits are in the private collections of hundreds of families throughout the United States and England. More portraits are in public and corporate collections, including universities, hospitals and banks.

Clark has taught portrait and figure painting workshops from California to Texas and Hilton Head to Florida with many points between. Her paintings have received awards at national exhibitions, including The American Watercolor Society, Allied Artists, Midwest Watercolor Society and the Adirondacks National Exhibition of American Watercolors.

Clark is the author of How to Paint Living Portraits and Painting Vibrant Children’s Portraits, and is a member of the Guild of Creative Art, the Ocean County Artist’s Guild, the American Watercolor Society and the Transparent Watercolor Society.

The event is free and open to all. The Eastern Branch Library is located at 1001 Route 35. Additional information on the program is available by calling the library at 1-866-941-8188. For more information on programming at the Monmouth County Library, visit the webpage at www.monmouthcountylib.org.



Holiday Express, the nonprofit organization of volunteer musicians and vocalists who bring music, food, gifts and friendship to hundreds, is looking for the donation of items that can be put into the thousands of gift bags it distributes each year. Members of the organization will be visiting more than 16,000 people in need this holiday season. That means volunteers will give out more than 16,000 gift bags in November and December.

Every person the group visits receives a gift bag filled with personal care items, blanket, hat, gloves, scarf, playing cards, and other items. In most cases, this will be the only gift they will receive for the holidays.

Individuals or groups – including Scouts, neighborhoods, churches or companies – can donate products to include in these gift bags. Items needed include body wash, non-aerosol deodorant, shampoo, lotion for babies and adults, lip balm, single toothbrushes, coloring books, crayons, Beanie Babies, stuffed animals, and playing cards. All items should be new and not hotel/small sizes. Donors may want to concentrate on collecting one item.

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Items can be dropped off through the end of July at the Holiday Express warehouse, 968 Shrewsbury Ave., from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 9 a.m. to noon Fridays. Additional information about donations, collections and volunteering is available by calling 732-544-8010.


Donoghue Scholarships Awarded to Four Area Students


HIGHLANDS – Atlantic Highlands resident Chloe Tracy, a senior at Henry Hudson Regional School, has been awarded a music scholarship by the Eric P. Donoghue Scholarship Foundation.

The scholarship is the fourth given to an area student this year. Scholarships also have been awarded this year to Bridget Foley of Atlantic Highlands, a Red Bank Catholic High School senior, and to Middletown High School North seniors Emily Hochheiser of Belford and Jamie Waggner of Middletown’s Fairview section.

This year’s scholarships bring to a total of 27 given out by the foundation in honor of the late Eric Donoghue in the 10 years since his death. The grants were awarded by former Mayor Peter E. Donoghue and Louise Donoghue, Eric’s parents.

The scholarship program was instituted in 2003, the year Eric Donoghue died at age 32. Scholarships are awarded to area seniors who plan on pursuing music in college and thereafter and is financed entirely through the generosity of hundreds of friends and area residents.

Tracy is a flutest who also plays guitar and piano and is a singer, an actress and a composer. She has performed with the Henry Hudson a cappella choir, Hudson Harmony and had leading roles in three musical productions. She has played in the marching, concert and stand bands and was awarded the Theatre and Music Academic awards last year. She is also very active in various clubs and in sports, captaining the varsity field hockey team. She will attend Rowan University, aiming to major in musical theater and minor in music. Her goal is to perform on Broadway or to become a music teacher.

Waggner is a singer who has performed in the Middletown North a cappella choir, the All-State and All-Shore choruses and three high school musicals. She will attend Rowan University where she will pursue a degree in music education for voice with the intention of teaching.

Hochheiser is a pianist and bass guitarist, a member of the Rock’n Music Academy House Band and has played at the Stone Pony and Wonder Bar in Asbury Park. She will attend Ramapo College, majoring in psychology and minoring in music with plans to become a music therapist.

Foley is a singer, a member of the Red Band Catholic Chamber Choir, student manager of her school’s music department and a cantor and contemporary choir member at Mary, Mother of God Roman Catholic Church in New Monmouth. She is a former student at St. Agnes School in Atlantic Highlands, where she sang in the children’s choir under Eric Donoghue’s direction.

Eric Donoghue was an accomplished musician, composer and piano teacher. He was the organist at St. Agnes Catholic Church in Atlantic Highlands at the time of his death and had previously played at the First Presbyterian Church of Atlantic Highlands. He was raised in Atlantic Highlands, was a 1989 graduate of Henry Hudson Regional and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston.

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