- Category: Arts & Culture
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - This year’s Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival will be offered in three different towns on three different dates, with the opener of the series coming to Middletown on the grounds of the Middletown Arts Center on July 23rd, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The Festival continues to be free and open to the public and offers three stages of music, featuring headliner Ron Sunshine and His Orchestra. The Festival is a rain or shine event, offering kid’s activities, crafters, delicious food, and for the first time, a craft beer and wine garden.
The Middletown Arts Center is located at 36 Church St., adjacent to the Middletown Train Station, which offers plenty of free parking. Jazz and Blues lovers may also arrive at the Festival via a convenient NJ-Transit North Jersey Coastline Train, and leave the car at home.
The Festival grounds open at 11 a.m. The schedule for the main stage performing groups is as follows: Noon-1:00 - Colts Neck Swing Band / 1:20-2:20 - The Cobra Brothers / 2:35-3:35 - Nine Below Zero / 3:50-4:50 - Mike Barris & Friends with Jennifer Jordan, Tom Bender and Doug Clark / 5:10-6:10 - Kimon & The Prophets / 6:30-8:00 - Ron Sunshine & His Orchestra.
- Category: News
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad is has wrapped up five nights of helping local residents with scrapes and scratches at the Atlantic Highlands Fireman’s Fair.
The all-volunteer emergency medical service and rescue organization provided crews, ambulances, an all-terrain vehicle and a water-rescue unit during the five-day event, should attendees get injured while having fun.
Atlantic Highlands First Aid & Safety Squad's ambulance and all terrain vehicle stand ready to respond at the Atlantic Highlands Fireman's Fair.
“Part of the squad's mission is making sure there is a sufficient EMS team on hand at all major events in town,” said AHFAS chief Richard Huff. “We train to respond to all sorts of emergencies and our team has several members with large-scale event EMS experience.”
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Swim Lessons Prepare Kids and Families for Summer at the Shore
Red Bank, NJ – Over 150 first-time swimmers, including youth, teens and adults, learned swimming and water safety last week as part of the Y’s Learn-to-Swim Week, June 20-24, at the Y’s Family Health & Wellness Center in Red Bank. The 5-day program was offered to residents at a reduced fee ($15 for five lessons) to assist area families in preparing children for being safe around the water during the summer months. Learn-to-Swim Week is a national YMCA initiative designed to introduce the aquatic environment to beginners, teach basic learn-to-swim skills and increase water safety awareness for families.
Youth swimmers, ages 5-8, learn swimming and water safety skills at the Y, June 20-24.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fatal drowning remains the second-leading cause of unintentional injury-related death for children ages 1 to 14, and more than half of all drownings among children ages 1-4 are pool related. For every child who dies from drowning, another four receive emergency department care for nonfatal submersion injuries.
To combat these statistics, the Y is committed to providing swimming and water safety instruction to all children and adults in the community.
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MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Middletown Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is pleased to announce the return of the 2011 Summer Concert Series. Concerts will be held at Normandy Park from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. every other Thursday beginning July 7.
The series begins Thursday, July 7th with the patriotic sounds of the 63rd Army Band. The Beth Anne Clayton Band will take to the stage on Thursday, July 21. The Mahoney Brothers will bring their impersonations of modern music greats to Middletown with their Jukebox Heroes Show on Thursday, August 4.
The Middletown Concert Series is held in partnership with the Middletown Township Cultural and Arts Council . All concerts are free to the public. The 63rd Army Band provides musical entertainment gratis upon request. The Beth Anne Clayton Band performance is sponsored by TD Bank. Comcast Cable is sponsoring the Mahoney Brothers performance.
Normandy Park is located on Nutswamp Road. In the event of inclement weather the concerts are moved to Middletown South High School. Limited on-site parking is available. For more information, contact Parks & Recreation Office Monday-Friday at 732-615-2260.
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Twin Lights to Celebrate the Ultimate ‘High Five’
Highlands, NJ — A good statistician can make numbers say almost anything. However, some numbers simply speak for themselves. This August, the Twin Lights National Historic Site will welcome its five millionth visitor. The site officially opened to the public 55 years ago, and since then the breathtaking view, unique architecture—and the chance to scale the historic North Tower—has consistently drawn around 100,000 people a year.
When will the lucky 5 Millionth Visitor arrive?
1908 visitors: As this old postcard shows, long before the official count started, the Twin Lights served as a beacon for local tourism.
Sunday, August 7th…which also happens to be National Lighthouse Day. In fact, every visitor to the Twin Lights that day will be feted as the “five millionth”—with a commemorative certificate, free one-year Twin Light Historical Society membership, instant discount at the Museum Gift Shop, and lighthouse goody bags for kids.