About Town

June 7, 2012
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A group of musicians are uniting and giving back their gifts to benefit The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 24, at Asbury Lanes, 209 Fourth Ave.

The goal is to raise awareness about the resources that are available, to encourage communication, and that it is OK to ask for help when feeling like you do not fit in or left out.  Suicide is the third leading cause of death of young people ages 15-24, and is most commonly caused by depression, which is 100 percent treatable. The MHA continues to advocate locally and on a statewide level for additional resources for youth suicide prevention.

Recently inducted into the 2012 New Jersey Hall of Fame for his services and contributions to music, the newly awarded Grammy winner, Vini “Maddog” Lopez, of the original E-Street Band, will jam with the kids and be an emcee that evening. Bands featured are: Ardvark Smile; Athletics; The Bad News; Bonafide; Dirty Bird; GBand; Hello, FreakShow; ISpaceWalk­Some­­times; The Vagrants Fragrance; and more.

Tickets for general admission are $15 per person for bowling, dancing and rock ‘n’ roll. and 100 percent of the proceeds will benefit the programs of the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County.

The Bank Family is the event sponsor. Additional information on sponsorships is available at www.mentalhealthmonmouth.org or by visiting MHA Monmouth on Facebook.


The 4th annual Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce Car Show will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 16, along First Avenue. The rain date is June 17. Vehicle registration begins at 9 a.m.

The free, community-oriented event is open to the public. The show will feature vehicles from various years, makes and models, cash prizes, goodie bags for car entrants, gift certificate prizes, musical entertainment, automotive vendors, and Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce vendors.

Registration forms can be found at www.Atlantic Highlands.org or by the Atlantic Highlands Chamber Facebook page. Regis­tration forms can also be found at various businesses in Atlantic Highlands, or emailing Leia at CarShow@AtlanticHighlands.org. Registration on the day of the show costs $20.

Among the local musicians who have volunteered their talents to this show are headliner That Band and Mike Melore and The Wintjen Band, Jenny Woods, Jeff and Elaine, Kevin John Allen and the Jersey Cowboyz, the Patty Tracy Duo (Patty and Al-Vis), and singer/guitarist Mikey B.

Many First Avenue businesses will be offering food and drink specials for the event.


Local author and noted athlete John McDermott will read from, discuss, and sign copies of his first book, Legend in His Own Mind, at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road.

McDermott is a self-proclaimed “basketball junkie.” Legend in His Own Mind recounts his basketball career, his journey through addiction and recovery, as well as his experiences as a husband and father.
McDermott introduces a litany of family members, friends, and treatment providers and a host of others in a colorful, honest, and no-holds-barred manner. Now retired, McDermott coaches teens in the Crazy Johnny Memorial Basketball League.

The book talk will take place in the library’s Community Room. The event is free and open to the public; all are welcome. No registration required. Copies of Legend in His Own Mind will be offered for sale.

Funding for this program comes from the support of the Middletown Township Public Library Foundation, Inc.

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The Middletown Police Department will hold child safety seat checkpoints this summer to help the township’s youngest residents buckle up for safety.

Police officers, trained as child passenger safety technicians, will assist motorists with proper child safety seat installation as well as proper positioning and harnessing of a child.

Checkpoints will be held at police headquarters, 1 Kings Highway. No appointment is necessary. In the event of severe weather, rain dates will be announced.Checkpoints are free and open to the public.
The program is funded through a grant from the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety.

State law requires that all children under the age of 8 years or less than 80 pounds in weight must be seated in a child restraint system.

Seat checkpoint will be held at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Fridays, June 29, July 20, Aug. 3 and Aug. 24. A Saturday checkpoint will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 28.

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Township Mayor Anthony Fiore will meet with visitors in the main lobby from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, at the Middletown Township Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road. Those wishing to schedule an appointment may do so by calling the mayor’s secretary, Maureen Raisch, at 732-615-2024. Funding for the library’s public programs comes from the generous support of the Middletown Township Public Library Foundation, Inc.

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The Middletown Township Historical Society will feature Dan Lieb of the New Jersey Historic Divers Association at its meeting at 7:30 p.m. Monday, June 18, at the MacLeod-Rice House, Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road, Leonardo. Lieb will talk on U-Boat Activity Off the New Jersey Coast in World War II.

Dan, who is an accomplished diver and key organizer of the New Jersey Shipwreck Museum at InfoAge in Wall, will review how close to our shore enemy U-Boats operated and tell about the toll taken off the New Jersey coast. It is a phase of the war that is little known and often subject of rumors and half-truths. The U-Boat was the original weapon of terror in the 20th century, while the New Jersey shore was a place of some of its horrific losses.

Visitors are welcome. Refreshments are served. Additional information is available by contacting Randall Gabrielan at monmouthhistory@comcast.net


Molly Maguire’s Black Point Inn is holding “Ulysses Demystified” at 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, which is the 108th observance of James Joyce’s Bloomsday.

Bloomsday is named for Leopold Bloom, the main character in Jame Joyce’s book Ulysses, which is set on June 16, 1904 in Dublin, Ireland.

The event at Molly Maguire’s will feature Michael O’Maille, a professor and historian who is a native of Connemara in County Galway, Ireland.

Irish fare and drink specials will be served at the restaurant, located at 132 East River Road.

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Canvas Studio Art has announced its summer lineup of Canvas Camps summer arts programs for kids and teens.

Theme-based Canvas Camps offer children, ages 6 through teens, a variety of experiences and the opportunity to spend time this summer developing their artistic self-expression with offerings from papermaking and jewelry-making to ancient architecture and drawing from nature.

Canvas Camps will begin June 25 and run through Aug. 31. Each one-week session will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Other Canvas Camps include: Pili’s piñatas; found art; clay creatures; alabrijes; drawing and painting; scratching the surface; puppet-mania; printmaking explorations; jewelry 101; still-life oil painting; jewelry design; making mobiles; studying the masters; mosaic with stained glass; portfolio development; and restore, repair and re-purpose jewelry workshop.

Canvas Camps are held in studio space located at 62 Carton St. Students receive support in their artistic pursuits from professional artists and art instructors chosen for their energy and experience with children.

Additional information is available by visiting www.canvasstudio­art.com or calling 732-383-7927.

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