- Category: Arts & Culture
Manasquan, NJ - Algonquin Arts Theatre will continue their annual Rising Stars music performance and competition on Wednesday, November 17th with two concert times to choose from- 2pm and 7pm. This event will showcase eleven classical music students comprised of both vocalists and musicians, selected through a competitive audition process that spans across all twenty-one counties in New Jersey.
These final eleven performing artists will have the opportunity to perform on stage for their friends, family, and community at the Rising Stars concert. This year’s Rising Stars program has been generously supported by The Frank & Lydia Bergen Foundation. Following the concert, each finalist will have the unique opportunity to have lunch with two professional classical music mentors and learn more about their craft. The mentors this year are Maestro David Wroe, an international music conductor, and Brett Colby, an international operatic tenor.
Maestro David Wroe has experience both as a Music Director and as a recipient of guest conducting engagements with a variety of respected international orchestras. Mr. Wroe is the Music Director of the Westfield Symphony Orchestra of New Jersey, Teatro Grattacielo of New York City, a regular conductor at New York City Opera, and Principal conductor at New York University. He has earned awards such as a citation in the United States Congress for community commitment and was a finalist in the 1st Bernstein International Conducting Competition.
- Category: News
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Residents lined up early Saturday in the municipal parking lot at borough hall. They brought cardboard boxes and paper bags filled with old files and personal paperwork to be shredded onsite by an industrial-sized mobile shredder truck.
"This is a great service and you couldn't ask for better weather." said Carl Nolan as he stood in line chatting with neighbors.
Michelle Clark, of 3rd Avenue agreed, "This is very convenient." Residents lined up to have personal files and confidential papers shredded onsite at Atlantic Highlands Borough Hall. There was a steady stream all morning.
The truck worked steadily from 9:00 a.m. until it was full to the brim. A contractor and two municipal workers loaded the documents into a large gray trash bin. The bin was then sucked up into the truck, emptying its contents inside on a shredder and packing the shredded material in the back. The truck needed to halt operation once while the bed was tilted back to make room for more documents.
- Category: News
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ -- Long-time resident Bernard J. Frotton has been honored by the borough with a planting of a tree in Veterans Park.
Frotton, a former borough councilman, was recognized with the planting of a Kwanza cherry by the town's Shade Tree Commission. The planting and accompanying ceremony was organized by Louise I. Donoghue, commission chairman, emceed by Mayor Frederick J. Rast III and held on Oct. 29.
Mayor Frederick J. Rast III (left) and Louise I. Donoghue, Shade Tree Commission chairman, join Bernard J. Frotton and his wife, Jane (right), as the Frottons plant a tree in Mr. Frotton's honor in Veterans Park. PHOTO BY PETER E. DONOGHUE
Mrs. Donoghue described Frotton as the "Renaissance man of Atlantic Highlands" in recognition of his many years of public service. In addition to serving on the Borough Council, Frotton is a former member of the Shade Tree and Recreation commissions, is the borough's former code enforcement officer and is the former commander of C. Eugene Allen American Legion Post 141 and the organizer of the town's annual Memorial Day parade for decades.
- Category: News
Award Presented on November 16 at New Jersey League of Municipalities Conference
Atlantic Highlands, NJ – Sustainable Jersey representatives announced today that the Borough of Atlantic Highlands has met the rigorous requirements to achieve Sustainable Jersey certification. Atlantic Highlands is one of 67 New Jersey municipalities that have attained certification since the program began in 2009. Atlantic Highlands will be honored at the Sustainable Jersey awards luncheon on Tuesday, November 16 at the Sheraton Hotel in Atlantic City with Mayor Frederick J. Rast III accepting the award.
“I am very proud of our Green Team for putting together such a comprehensive report that culminates years of hard work by former and current volunteers and professionals,” said Mayor Rast. “Our small community is one that recognizes what beauty we have and the importance of our natural resources. We should all participate, in some way, in making sure our natural resources are here for the future.” “Our Green Team, which is chaired by 12 year resident Jennifer Marston should be commended for doing such a great job,” said Mayor Rast. “I am so excited for our community,” said Mrs Marston who offered congratulations to the Borough and to other Green Team members which include former Mayor Helen Marchetti, 5 year Ocean Boulevard resident Gail Woods, Environmental Commission Chairman Jim Krauss and Borough Administrator Adam Hubeny.
- Category: News
[UPDATE: Clarify State employment titles]
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D., was recently appointed Director of the Office for Planning Advocacy, formerly the Office of Smart Growth. He was hired in August as Director of Office of Smart Growth while he was campaigning for re-election to his third term on the Township Committee. The offices changed last month.
Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D.
Barbara Thorpe, 74, of the Lincroft section in Middletown says the mayor's new position "is not anything the electorate was made aware of. There was no mention of it in any newspapers." Thorpe feels the election outcome might have been affected if the voters knew about the new job taken mid-campaign.
Mayor Scharfenberger, who holds a Ph.D. in archeology, is a part-time adjunct professor at Monmouth University and has earned his living as an archeologist; including stints with The Louis Berger Group, Richard Grubb and Associates, and GAI Consultants, Inc. during his tenure on the local governing body.
He was approached by Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno in early August to head the new office, said Dr. Scharfenberger, because of his experience as an archeologist and his knowledge in land use issues and in dealing with the New Jersey Department of Transportation and Department of Environmental Protection. He began work during the week of August 16, 2010, and manages a staff of 11. Scharfenberger said his duties include "asking questions about policy, overseeing planners and GIS specialists. To help spur economic growth and revitalize the economy by, for example, reusing commercial properties" among many others.
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