About Towns: March 28 – April 4

March 28, 2014
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James Genovese, an Atlantic Highlands-based Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in stress management, will be holding a free seminar from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5, at the Atlantic Highlands Library.

The goal of “Break the Grip of Life Stress:  Seven Steps to Regain Control of Your Day” is to help people reclaim control over their lives and to feel empowered rather than helpless.  The seminar features practical tips and information, including: seven proven strategies for thriving in a stressful environment; five effective techniques to instantly lower your stress; proven techniques to help you manage your anger; and the biology of stress reactions and how to control them.

Registration is required and may be completed by calling the library at 732-291-1956.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the Atlantic Highlands Library, Monmouth County Branch.


The Atlantic Highlands Fire Department has kicked off its third annual Harley Davidson Motorcycle Raffle and has limited ticket sales to 300 at $100 each for the 2014 Harley FLHR Road King-Rushmore Series, valued at $18,989.

The winning ticket will be drawn on July 3 during the department’s annual fireman’s fair at the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Yacht Harbor.

In addition to the chance of winning, each ticket sold includes a 10 percent off coupon for the purchase of all licensed Harley Davidson merchandise or parts, excluding motorcycles, at Harley Davidson of Ocean County, Route 70 in Lakewood.

Interested parties are urged to purchase tickets early and are reminded that last year many potential buyers were turned away.

Proceeds of the raffle will benefit the all-volunteer fire department.

For ticket sales and additional more information, email ahfdbikeraffle@verizon.net or call 732-291-1444, ext. 3605.


The Jersey Shore Rose Society will be holding a rose pruning workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 5, at Wampum Park, Route 35 and West Street.

Participants of the free workshop will be able to get over their fear of pruning roses by practicing on the society’s rose bushes. Attendees are asked to bring their own garden gloves and pruners. American Rose Society consulting rosarians will be on hand to assist.


Bob DeCandido, Ph.D., will present his program,  “Birds of Thailand,” during the 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, of the Monmouth County Audubon.

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

Thailand is a little known birding destination to people on this side of the Atlantic Ocean. However, as in any sub-tropical country, there are many interesting birds to be seen.

DeCandido’s talk will focus on 10 years of bird migration research in southern Thailand at Southeast Asia’s premier watch site for southbound birds. He will share many photos of raptors including six Accipiter species – the highest number of accipiter species at any raptor watch site in the world.

DeCandido has spent the last decade in two worlds. In one world, the Far East, he is a raptor migration scientist who monitors migrants in Thailand, Malaysia and Nepal. In his other world he is an urban ecologist studying the birds of prey in New York City. Along with photographer Deborah Allen, he has studied the night migration of birds from atop the Empire State building and was the first person to document the nocturnal migration of ospreys and the night hunting behavior of peregrine falcons.


Fair Haven Baseball will have its opening day parade on Saturday, April 5.

The parade lineup will begin 8:45 a.m. at McCarter Park and will leave at 9 a.m. for the march to Fair Haven Fields.

Activities after the parade will include a ribbon cutting of the new FH No. 4 baseball field, national anthem, inflatable rides, carnival games, Wiffle ball, hot dogs, cotton candy, music and team pictures.


The Knights of Columbus Council 3187 will be hosting a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at the Knights Hall at 200 Fair Haven Road.
The proceeds raised from the event will be donated to The Arc of Monmouth to help fulfill its mission of providing support and services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Pancake breakfasts are a part of the Knights of Columbus Council 3187’s continued mission to support local charitable organizations.
“We are blessed to be a part of such an active council,” said Mile Svikhart, president of Knights of Columbus Council 3187. “We take great pleasure in supporting The ARC of Monmouth through sponsoring such events as the pancake breakfast and the Shake the Can drive, which will be held in April. Our continued commitment to supporting local charities remains a shining example of how together, as Knights, we can a make a positive, meaningful difference in our community.
Breakfast includes pancakes, bacon or sausage, fruit, coffee, tea and juice. The cost is $7 per person; children under 3 are free.
“You will be eating breakfast that morning anyway, so why not do so by helping a good cause,” said John Booth, member of Knights of Columbus Council 3187 and event volunteer. “If you do not have plans, or even if you do, head over to the Knights of on Sunday and fill your belly for a good cause.  Who knew helping could be as easy as having breakfast?”


The Little Silver Garden Club is holding a meeting at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Little Silver Women’s Club on Church Street.

Liz Hanson, club member and apiarist (beekeeper), will give an overview of beekeeping at the Church Street meeting venue then all will segue to her nearby home to learn more about the care and environmental practices that affect the bee world.

Further information regarding the April meeting and garden club activities is available by contacting Katharine McCleary at 732-747-4891.


The Navesink Garden Club has invited Dianne Dickinson to present a program entitled Sustainable Garden Practices during its meeting Tuesday, April 15, at The Atrium, 40 Riverside Ave.

The meeting and presentation are free and open to the public.

The presentation, Choices Make Changes, will cover many areas of green gardening, including up-cycling organic techniques, using less fertilizer, pesticides and other sustainable garden practices.

Dickinson, an avid gardener, is the president of the West Trenton Garden Club. She is employed as an investigator with the state Department of Environmental Protection. She holds a B.S. in biology, a master’s in management and studies in extended sustainability from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

Dickinson has a copyright pending on her book with the same title as her presentation.

Additional information about the Navesink Garden Club and its programs is available by contacting membership chair Judy Alberse at 732-708-1023 or judinks@comcast.net. The organization’s website is located at www.navesinkgardenclub.org.


Eileen Moon, author of “Legendary Locals of Red Bank,” will be speaking about her new book from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29, at the Art Alliance of Monmouth County, 33 Monmouth St.

The book discusses the unique individuals and groups, past and present, who have had a lasting impact on the Red Bank community.








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