About Town: Week of April 18

April 18, 2014
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Strauss Mansion, the Queen Anne-style home rumored to be haunted, will be open to the public at 10 a.m. Monday, May 5, as part of the Atlantic Highland Library’s Monday Mix.

The Strauss Mansion is a 21-room house built in 1893 by Adolph Strauss, a wealthy New Yorker, as a summer residence. He and a group of friends built large houses in Atlantic Highlands, on the concentric circles of streets at the top of the hill above Sandy Hook Bay. The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society bought the property in 1981 for use as a museum, library, and headquarters.

The self-guided tour is free but donations will be appreciated. Brochures will be available and a member of the historical society will be on hand to answer questions.

Meet on the front porch of the Strauss Mansion, 27 Prospect Circle. For more information, contact Friends of the Library at ahfriendsofthelibrary@gmail.com.


NJ Sharing Network and the Church of St. Catharine Parish Nurses will be hosting an informational session on organ and tissue donation from 1:30 to 3 p.m. May 4.

Attendees will learn how to save lives and restore health for thousands in need while offering hope and healing at a time of loss. Topics include how the donation process works and support through end-of-life decisions.

Presenters will include Wayne Fletcher from the NJ Sharing Network and Ken and Melissa Christopher, parishioners at St. Catharine. Fletcher is a family support coordinator with a master’s of divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. The Christophers will share their story of kidney donation between a husband and wife that changed their lives less than two years ago.

Registration is available by calling Gay Viggiano at 732-671-3347. The Church of St. Catharine is located at 108 Middletown Road.


A Child’s Place (ACP) invites the community and all ACP alumni to celebrate its 40th year anniversary from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Saturday, May 3, at its school campus at 1409 W. Front St. Festivities will include food and entertainment. Admission is free.

“It is amazing how many alumni attend ­ from those who were students here when the school began to recent alumni still in elementary school,” said Linda Littenberg, owner of A Child’s Place. “That is because this is not just a school ­ it’s a community that stays with our children all their lives.”

ACP features three programs: half-day class for 3, 4 and 5-year olds; all-day class for 4 and 5 year olds; the primary class, a full-day, multiage kindergarten and first grade for 5, 6 and 7 year olds which meets the New Jersey state standards for kindergarten and first grade. All programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Tuition assistance is available.  For more information, visit www.AChildsPlaceSchool.com.


The Little Silver PTO is hosting its annual rummage sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 26, at the Little Silver Woman’s Club on Church Street and Rumson Road.

Available items include furniture, bedding, clothes, toys, books and more at bargains prices. Baked goods also will be sold.
Proceeds benefit Point Road and Markham Place schools.

Those interested in donating items may drop them off between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, at the club.


The township is looking for residents to participate Saturday, June 21, in the Middletown 350 Parade and Time Capsule Celebration.

Community and school groups, families and businesses located in Middletown are invited to participate in the special parade designed to celebrate the township’s founding in 1664.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. at Middletown High School North on Tindall Road and ends at the Middletown Arts Center on Church Street where the Time Capsule Celebration will be held.

The free celebration will include entertainment, food vendors, family activities and burial of the Middletown time capsule on the arts center’s grounds. The 50-year time capsule will be surrounded by an anniversary plaza, designed with personalized bricks that are being sold by the Middletown Arts Center and will be installed later this year.

Preregistration is required to participate in the parade. Participation for community groups, schools and families is free. There is a $50 participation fee for businesses.

Registration is available online via the Community Pass website at https://register.communitypass.net/Middletown.

Additional information is available by calling 732-615-2260 or visiting www.middletownnj.org/middletown350.


In celebration of National Poetry Month, The Middletown Township Public Library will be hosting “Robert Frost: The Most American of Poets,” a reading and lecture by Carl Calendar, Ph.D., the dean of English at Brookdale Community College.

The event will take place 7 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the Community Room at the 55 New Monmouth Road library.

While most readers associate the poet Robert Frost with New England, he actually lived in San Francisco for the first decade of his life and only reluctantly accepted his move to New Hampshire. The lecture will combine the intriguing details of Frost’s life with a reading of some of his most famous poems with comments by Calendar.

Calendar is a former Fulbright scholar and post-graduate fellow at Princeton and Exeter College, Oxford. He is well-known in New Jersey colleges for his workshops on critical thinking.


Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County (LVMC) will be holding its World of Literacy Fundraising Dinner from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday, May 2, at Navesink Country Club, 50 Luffburrow Lane.

Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County, a nonprofit organization, provides tutoring and other educational services to adults desiring increased literacy skills in either Basic Literacy or English as a Second Language (ESL).  LVMC believes that the ability to read and write is critical to personal freedom and the maintenance of a democratic society.

Tickets are $125 and include dinner and live entertainment and are available by calling 732-571-0209 or visiting www.lvmonmouthnj.org.


The Oceanport Garden Club will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 24, at the Oceanport United Methodist Church, 50 Main St.

The theme for the artistic design will be “Please Dress for Tea,” a design of one’s choice using a 20-by-30 inch background. Accessories are permitted.

Following the meeting and lunch, Master Gardener Bernard Dickman will speak on “Managing Wildlife in the Garden.” All are welcome.

Any questions please call Penny Gabriel, membership chairman, at 732-229-8274.







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