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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – Each year the proceeds from the Front Porch Club’s Chilifest 2010 go to a wonderful local cause. This year their charity of choice is a non-profit group, GoSprouts.org, and their Learning Garden project on the grounds of Atlantic Highlands Elementary School for the 2010/2011 school year.
GoSprouts.org, formed by Atlantic Highlands residents, Laurie Brekke and Hope Hanlon, will design & build a garden and outdoor classroom while working with teachers at the school to weave the garden into various subjects of the standard curriculum. Mrs. Hanlon, a former teacher, says, “We’d like to utilize the garden & outdoor classroom to enhance traditional curriculum disciplines with hands-on-learning [in a garden setting] where children actively participate with their teachers and enjoy nature”.
The Front Porch Club’s Chilifest 2010 is scheduled for Saturday, October 2 at 3:00pm (rain date is Oct. 3rd). Admission is $25.00 per person. Chili entrants and children under the age of 12 will be admitted free.
The proceeds from Chilifest 2010 will help GoSprouts.org create this wonderful Learning Garden. In turn, the proceeds will benefit the children attending Atlantic Highlands Elementary who will soon be able to enjoy the garden while working on their studies. Mrs. Brekke says, “There is nothing more important than getting our kids out into nature & providing them with strong environmental ties early on as well as teaching them the importance of sustainability and healthy eating, which are tenets that will last them a lifetime”.
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RED BANK, NJ - The Rally for our 30th Anniversary Red Bank CROP Hunger Walk took place this past Monday at the First Baptist Church in Red Bank with a welcome from Rev. Tyrone Choate to the more than 80 attendees, most of whom were soaked by a rare thunderstorm as they heard about the one billion in our world who are chronically hungry and who have to walk in all kinds of weather for their basic needs. CROP Teen Leaders from area high schools presented a short skit about the brains, heart & courage it takes to stand up and help hungry neighbors in our local towns and around the world.
With our 30th Walk we hope to go over a 2 million dollar mark for our 30 years of walking in the Red Bank Area. Our goal this year is to raise $130,000 to assist local and global partners and to collect over 8,000 pounds of food to distribute to area pantries.
Sunday Oct. 17th. Walk with the Crowd That Walks to End Hunger One Step At A Time!
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RED BANK, NJ - This street festival anticipates a great time had by one and all and is fashioned after the 56 year old Galway Oyster Festival which celebrates the opening of the Oyster season.The event is scheduled for September 26th, 12-7 PM, in Downtown Red Bank in the White Street Parking Lot, with entrances on White Street and Monmouth Street. It will be a huge food and music festival which will showcase Red Bank’s excellent restaurants as well as entertain thousands with great, live music! It will also be a family friendly event.
Headlining at the Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival is the fabulous Irish rock band “2U – The World’s 2nd Best U2 Show” along with Peter Karp and Sue Foley, McLean Avenue, Brian Kirk and the Jirks, Robert Ender and more…
These talented musicians will be performing on two stages with a mix of Irish music, blues and rock and roll.
The event will also be a culinary feast! There will be tons of GUINNESS and fresh OYSTERS plus 25 of Red Bank’s favorite restaurants will be serving a variety of specialty menu items including everything from Mini-Ruebens to Lobster Rolls.
Wine and lighter beers will also be available for purchase.
Proceeds from the Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival will benefit the Jane H. Booker Cancer Center at Riverview Medical Center, The Cancer Institute of NJ Foundation
and Red Bank RiverCenter.
Admission is $5.00 for anyone over 13.
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ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The morning sun as it rises over the paddock. The sleekest of thoroughbred racers at ease, enjoying breakfast or a bath. The anticipation at the bugle’s blow, and the faces in the crowd — from famous celebrities to the folks next door — who make it all possible to take in a day of world-class racing on the Jersey Shore.
The energy, beauty and community of a season at Monmouth Park Racetrack is captured by official track photographer Bill Denver in “Racing at the Shore,” a solo exhibit of images going on display at the Blue Bay Inn in Atlantic Highlands. The exhibit kicks off with an opening reception on Thursday, September 16, a benefit for the Jockey Through Life Scholarship Fund at Brookdale Community College. (photo credit: BILL DENVER/ Equi-Photo)
For more than 25 seasons, Bill Denver of Equi-Photo has documented that scene as official photographer for Monmouth Park Racetrack in Oceanport. And, beginning with a special cocktail reception on Thursday, September 16, the veteran lensman will offer a unique look inside the daily life of this iconic Monmouth County attraction, with an exhibit of recent photography entitled Racing at the Shore.
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MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Township officials adopted an amended $64.7 million budget that reflects ongoing efforts to cut costs and keep the tax rate stable by cutting spending an additional $400,000.
“This year’s budget reflects a reduction of 40 staff positions, a salary freeze and across-the-board reductions in departmental operating budgets,” said Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger. “In sum, the Township’s amended budget represents a 2.67% increase in total property taxes in an extraordinarily difficult economic year.”
Under the amended budget, the municipal tax rate will increase 4.6 cents to 39.75 cents per $100 of assessed value. This equates to approximately $17 per month for the average Township home assessed at $435,000.
“This year, municipal taxes represent just 23% of a resident’s tax bill, with 62% being levied for schools and 15% for the county,” concluded Scharfenberger.
The adopted budget addresses nearly $10 million in lost revenue, including:
- $1.6 million cut in state aid.
- $1.4 million obligation for retroactive pay under resolved labor contracts.
- $1 million in increased health care costs and nearly $1 million in deferred excess claims from 2009.
- $900,000 for extraordinary snow and storm clean-up.
- $1.8 million in deferred pension payments mandated by the state.
- $1 million in property tax appeal refunds.
- $400,000 in lost recycling revenue.
The amended budget can be viewed on line at www.middletownnj.org