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October 25, 2013
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The Atlantic Highlands Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary Steak Bake is back by popular demand.

The event will be from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at Westside Field House. The cost is $35 per person and includes wine, beer and soda. The event is not a BYOB event.

Proceeds of the steak bake will support the Atlantic Highlands Fire Department.

Tickets can be purchased from any auxiliary member, at the Salon @ 68 at 68 First Ave. or by calling Mickey Rast at 732-433-8510.


Colts Neck

There’s no doubt you’ll be asked to give a lot over the holidays, but there are ways to help the less fortunate without spending more than you’ve planned for. One way to accomplish this is to get involved with Operation Christmas Child, the international holiday outreach of Samaritan’s Purse.

In conjunction with Colts Neck Community Church Chick-Fil-A has opened its doors to New Jersey residents to pick up Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes.

Stop in Tuesday, Nov. 5 to pick up your shoe box to support Operation Christmas Child at:

Chick-fil-A Howell location on 4881 Route 9

Chick-fil-A Freehold Mall

Return the shoe box on Tuesday, Nov. 12

Operation Christmas Child is an easy way to help young boys and girls all over the world just by packing items in a shoe box!

For over 10 years, Miracle Torregrossa and Joy Farrar have coordinated the Operation Christmas Child shoebox outreach at Colts Neck Community Church.

“I always try to put in some toiletry articles, washcloths, toothpaste, toothbrush, soap and then fun things for them. The older kids I would give school supplies because that’s really hard to come by in a lot of countries,” said Torregrossa.

“If you have never participated, you can find ideas for what to put inside along with how to pack the shoe box on the Samaritanspurse.org website.  I like to hit the dollar stores for small toys along with checking my stockpile for soaps, toothbrushes, toothpaste, crayons, pencils, etc.  You can have the kids draw a picture and a put a photo of them in the box, too!  Anything you do will make a difference to these kids,” said Farrar.



Rhea Landig, executive director of the nonprofit organization Species Alliance, will screen the film, “Call of Life,” at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, the Monmouth County Audubon Society meeting.

The meeting will be held at the Church of the Nativity on Ridge Road. The public is welcome; admission is free.

“Call of Life” is the first feature-length documentary film to fully investigate the growing threat to Earth’s life-support systems from the loss of biodiversity. If current trends continue, scientists warn that half or more of all plant and animal species on Earth will become extinct within the next few decades. “Call of Life” investigates the scope, the causes, and the predicted effects of this unprecedented loss of life, but also looks deeper, at the ways in which both culture and psychology have helped to create and perpetuate the situation. The film not only tells the story of a crisis in nature, but also in human nature, a crisis more complex and threatening than anything human beings have ever faced before.

Landig is the executive director of the organization responsible for the production of the film. Formed in 2005, its mission is to raise public awareness of the impending mass extinction and the threat to Earth’s life support systems due to this loss of biodiversity. Through its films, website and outreach, the organization seeks to ignite a new sense of community empowerment and purpose, in order to stimulate creative and effective changes in public policies and human behavior that will assure a healthy future for all life on Earth.

After the screening, Landig will remain for a Q-and-A session about the film.

For more information, visit the organization’s website at www.monmouthaudubon.org, or email info@monmouth audubon.org.


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The Garden Club of Fair Haven will meet at noon Wednesday, Nov. 6 at Bingham Hall, 40 Bingham Ave. Rumson.

Nancy Kitchen, a renowned floral designer whose work has included flower arrangements at the White House, will be the featured speaker. Her lecture and demonstration will be on “Feasting Table Designs – From Family to Special Occasions.”

Residents Outline Wishes for Route 35 Shopping Complex

The Garden Club of Fair Haven meets monthly on the first Wednesdays of each month at the Fair Haven Youth Center on Fisk Street.

For those interested in learning more about horticulture, gardening and flower arranging, beautifying the town and servicing the community to foster interest in gardening should contact Debbie Harris, membership chair, at 732-741-3506 or email gcfhnj.org.


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“Starve a Vampire… ‘Feed’ Your Neighbor’ blood drive will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Knights of Columbus building, 200 Fair Haven Road.

Walk-ins are welcomed; for an appointment call Maureen at 732-747-9339 or Ken at 732-890-0639 or visit donate.cjbcblood.org.

Supplies of blood are dangerously low.



The Climate Change Action Team will show at 6 pm Sunday, Oct. 27, the film “Chasing Ice” at the Unitarian Meetinghouse, 1475 W. Front St.

The film is about one man’s mission to gather evidence of our warming planet.

Photographer James Balog deployed time-lapse cameras across the Arctic to capture a multi-year record of the world’s glaciers, compressing years into seconds to reveal ancient mountains of ice in motion as they disappear at a breathtaking rate.

The showing is free and open to the public.

Light refreshments will be served.


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An eyewitness to the effects of human rights violations against children in Uganda will tell his personal story at Brookdale Community College from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28.

The talk will follow a screening of the film “Invisible Children” in the Navesink Room of the Warner Student Life Center on the Lincroft Campus.

The talk is sponsored by the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education (cchange).

The mission of the Invisible Children organization is to bring about the permanent end to the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA). Led by Joseph Kony and known for its brutality, the LRA has been accused of horrific human rights violations including murder, abduction, child-sex slavery and forcing children to become child soldiers. Merchandise from the Invisible Children organization will be available for purchase to help support the cause. Items include bags, scarves, T-shirts and jewelry.

Admission is $5 and free for students and cchange members. Parking is in Lot 7. To reserve a seat, visit www.change.org or call 732-224-1889.



A hymn festival leads off the 2013-14 Tower Hill Concert Series sponsored by The First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank, 255 Harding Road.

The festival, planned for 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, celebrates “Glory to God,” the newly published hymnal of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A).

The hymnal is the product of nine years of research, including a review of more than 10,000 congregational songs. It makes available a wealth of hymns and spiritual songs that have arisen since publication of the 1990 hymnal. The audience will join the Tower Hill Choir, Calvin Ringers, brass, and the church’s celebration team in singing familiar hymns and newer sacred songs from the hymnal.


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In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Pilgrim Baptist Church of Red Bank, 172 Shrewsbury Ave., will be hosting at 11 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 27, its Pink-Out Praise & Worship Service.

The service will feature a presentation by Dr. Denise Johnson-Miller, director, of the Breast Cancer Surgery Program at Jersey Shore Medical Center. Attendees are encouraged to wear the color pink in support of those individuals and families impacted by various forms of cancer.

The Voices of Praise, Youth Choir and Cherub Choir will provide the ministry of music for the service.

All are welcome.

Additional information is available by calling 732-747-2343.


Preschool Teaches Anti-Bully Lesson

Tower Hill School held a bully prevention and doll-making workshop, The Words Remain Inside: Bullying Stops Here!, to 4-year old preschoolers on Oct. 18.

Creators and supporters of bully prevention programs at Tower Hill School: From left, Susan deBrigard, Tower Hill School director, Ed Zipprich, Red Bank councilman, Laraine Gaunt, founder/director, It’s OK to  be Different, and Timothy Bellavia, author/founder, “We Are All The Same Inside.”

Creators and supporters of bully prevention programs at Tower Hill School: From left, Susan deBrigard, Tower Hill School director, Ed Zipprich, Red Bank councilman, Laraine Gaunt, founder/director, It’s OK to be Different, and Timothy Bellavia, author/founder, “We Are All The Same Inside.”


Rock Review: Rockit Science

The new workshop is a spin-off of the popular “We Are All The Same Inside”  book and accompanying Sage doll. In the workshop, students create a doll with the outside skin as well as the interior organs, but use a permanent marker with hurtful words. The dolls are then collected and washed with detergent and presented. The results show that despite all the detergent and fabric softener the words remain inside, thus displaying the concept and a project-based approach to combat bullying that reinforces dignity for all.


Stephen Sarles Appointed Vice Principal of RFH


RUMSON – In 1998, Stephen Sarles began his high school teaching career providing part-time instruction in Latin at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and at Red Bank Regional High School.

Stephen Sarles

Stephen Sarles

He moved on to other assignments, including a full-time position at RBR where he was honored as “Teacher of Year” in 2005 and became the school’s first coordinator of baccalaureate studies.

But RFH stayed in his mind as a great place to work.

“I had a tremendous experience at RFH and it was a great way to begin my teaching career,” said Sarles. “I learned numerous lessons from the staff and from my supervisor that helped me become successful as an educator.”

Sarles will soon be traveling full circle by returning to RFH in the role of vice principal.

The RFH Board of Edu­cation approved his appointment on Oct. 1. He is expected to assume his duties in late November or early Decem­ber, filling the vacancy created when Chris Lanzalotto became the school’s director of athletics and student activities.

Sarles has three years of administrative experience, having served as supervisor of world cultures in the Ocean Township school dstrict. In this position, he oversaw the world language department for grades one through 12 and the social studies department for grades six through 12.

After graduating from Somerville High School in Somerset County, Sarles attended the University of Missouri and completed a double major in classical archaeology and Latin.

He earned his Master of Arts degree in classical archaeology at Florida State University. While at FSU he worked on two archaeological excavations – at Cetamura in Italy and at the Agora in Athens, Greece – and also began his teaching career as an instructor in classical mythology and Roman archaeology.

At RBR, Sarles provided instruction in all levels of Latin as well as AP art history, classical mythology, and Greek and Roman art and archaeology.

“I am truly excited to be returning to RFH,” said Sarles. “So many people speak highly of RFH to me, which indicates that even though many of the names and faces have changed it is still providing the same positive experience that I enjoyed 15 years ago.”

Sarles has been a Monmouth County resident for the past 15 years and currently resides in West Long Branch.


Cues for Kids Billiards Tournament to Benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters


EATONTOWN – Players Billiards, located at 613 Hope Road, will host a tournament from 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth & Middlesex Counties (BBBSMMC).

All skill levels are welcome to participate in the tournament that will feature a 6-ball Scotch Doubles format for ages 10 and up. The cost to play is $25 per person and includes pool, food, beverages, raffle and a trophy for the tournament winner. There also will be a chance auction to raise additional funds for the agency.

Professional billiard player and ESPN commentator, Dawn Hopkins, is the organizer of the event and William Hill of Players Billiards is hosting the tournament at Players.

“We are looking forward to this new and different event to raise both funds and awareness of our organization and its mission,” BBBSMMC Executive Director William Salcedo said. “You don’t have to be a good pool player, just have a desire to have fun and help make a difference in the life of a child in our community.”

Proceeds from the tournament will benefit the mentoring programs offered by BBBSMMC to fulfill the agency’s mission to provide children with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

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