About Towns for Jan. 24 – 31

January 24, 2014
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The Colts Neck Reformed Church will be hosting a blood drive from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, for the Central Jersey Blood Center in Fellowship Hall.

Those with questions about eligibility are asked to call the Central Jersey Blood Center at 732-842-5750.

There is always a shortage in the blood supply. Those who want to help make a difference are asked to sign up by calling the church office weekdays at 732-462-4555.


The Garden Club of Fair Haven will present “New Plants & Trends in Horticulture” with Christopher Rubino of Monrovia Growers at noon Wednesday, Feb. 5, at the Fair Haven Community Center, Fisk Street.

Rubino will review exciting new cultivars, plus reintroductions of some old-time favorites and as the best new products throughout the industry.

Those attending will learn what’s trending in flowering shrubs, ornamental grasses, edibles, annuals and perennials from one of the leading growers in country.

A native of Buffalo, N.Y. and a graduate of Cornell University, Rubino has a diverse and extensive background in the horticulture industry including retail nursery sales, landscape

design, installation and maintenance, golf course maintenance, horticultural laboratory research. He travels extensively to domestic and international gardens looking for new and improved plants to introduce to American gardens.

Club meetings are held monthly on the first Wednesdays of each month at the Fair Haven Youth Center on Fisk Street.

Those interested in learning more about horticulture, gardening, flower arranging, beautifying the town and serving the communitythrough gardening are welcome to contact Debbie Harris, membership chair, at 732-741-3506 or email GCFHNJ.ORG.


Graduating seniors have until 5 p.m. Friday, April 11, to submit their applications and essays to qualify for one of two  scholarships offered by the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Foundation.

The $2,500 scholarships will be awarded to high school seniors from New Jersey who plan to further their education either at a college or university or trade/technical school.

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Winners will be notified in early May and will be awarded the scholarship on Monday, May 26, during the Memorial Day Ceremony held at the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial.

In addition to the scholarship application and proof of acceptance to a college or trade school, all applicants must submit an essay about his/her visit to the New Jersey Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial, located off the Garden State Parkway at Exit 116 in Holmdel.

Applications may be mailed or delivered to the NJVVM Scholarship Program, 1 Memorial Lane, P.O. Box 648, Holmdel, NJ 07733 or faxed to 732-335-1107.

Those postmarked prior to the April 11 due date, but received after the deadline, will not be accepted.


John Cecil, vice president of New Jersey Audubon, and Don Donnelly, Audubon’s stewardship project director and forester, will evaluate the state’s proposed management program to make about 600,000 acres of state-owned forests more sustainable when they speak at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at Brookdale Community College.

They will be speaking to the joint membership meeting of the college’s Environmental Club, the Monmouth Sierra Club, and the N.J. Friends of Clearwater. The meeting is open to the public.

The presentation is hosted by Brookdale’s Environmental Club to encourage students to be involved in statewide and national debates on important environmental issues.  At the Lincroft meeting, a pizza and subs buffet begins at 6 p.m.; the presentation begins at 6:30 p.m.


The community room at the Embury Methodist Church is the site of a “Build Little Silver with Legos” event from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Church Street church.

The fun-filled family event, presented by the Little Silver Historical Society, is back for the fourth year.

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Thousands of Lego bricks will be at attendees’ disposal to help create Little Silver as it’s never been seen before. The 12-foot-by-18-foot scale map of Little Silver will come alive with the help of participants who may choose from 25 buildings to create their own masterpiece.

For “bragging rights,” eight to 10 of the final creations will be displayed in the front windows of the Little Silver Post Office Museum through the month of February.

Preregistration is available at Byford & Mills, 38 Church St. The fee per family is $25. Parents must accompany children to this family event. Spectators are welcome to attend at no charge.


Mayor Stephanie C. Murray generally holds open office hours from 9 to 11 a.m. the fourth Thursday of each month at Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway.

Visitors are seen on a first-come basis.

Residents can also contact the mayor’s office at 732-615-2024 during regular business hours or through the township’s website at www.middletownnj.org.


The Pilgrim Baptist Church (PBC) of Red Bank will host on Sunday, Feb. 2, its 4th Annual Jersey’s for Jesus Super Bowl Celebration.

The celebration will feature the PBC Music & Performing Arts Ministries, as well as special video presentations.

Participants are invited to wear their favorite Jersey – football, basketball, baseball, hockey, college, high school, P.A.L. etc. – for the event.

The celebration begins at 10:45 a.m. at the 172 Shrewsbury Ave. church; doors will open at 10 a.m. A special reception will be held after the service.

The event is being sponsored by the Community Outreach Ministries of PBC.

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

All are welcome.

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