- Category: Monmouth County
FREEHOLD, NJ – There are all sorts of reasons why May is a great month to visit
The Monmouth County Division of Tourism can help you get started. The best resource is the county’s Calendar of Events at www.visitmonmouth.com. Just a simple click or two will get you a bountiful list of fun and festivities. You can also call 800-523-2587 to have a packet of information mailed to you, or stop by
From bird watching to farm markets and sidewalk sales to Memorial Day parades there will be music, art, live performances and a Civil War encampment during the merry month of May.
Sunday, May 1 is the last day of “Weekend in Old Monmouth,” where 40 of
Local farm markets kick off their season in Atlantic Highlands on Friday, May 6. Belmar’s farmer’s market is each Saturday, beginning May 7. For other town farm markets, check the county’s tourism calendar at visitmonmouth.com.
- Category: Arts & Culture
Belmar, NJ - The Belmar Arts Council (BAC) announces the opening of an exhibit entitled, “Art Expressing Heartbreak, Healing, and Hope,” featuring artwork from the Children’s Art Therapy Program at Riverview Medical Center.
The artworks are powerful expressions of the child’s experience with illness and death.
The Exhibition will be displayed May 15 through June 4, 2011. The opening reception is on Sunday, May 15, from 3-5 pm, at The Boatworks, the Belmar Art Council’s headquarters located at 608 River Road. Information about the BAC can be obtained online at www.BelmarArts.org .
The reception is open to all. During the reception there will be art activities for children in attendance. Additionally, for adults there will be informational sessions focusing on: “What the child with a sick family member needs.”
Riverview’s Art Therapy Program has served children and their families with an illness or death in the family for over 30 years. The program, recently featured on CBS news with Dr. Max Gomez, provides groups for children ages 4 1/2 to 13 years of age. The program,
funded in part by donations, is offered at no cost to the family. For more information about the art therapy program, please call 732-530-2382.
- Category: News
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Monmouth County Library will officially welcome the Atlantic Highlands Library as the
“We are so pleased that the people of Atlantic Highlands have chosen to expand our long association by becoming a branch of the library,” said Renee B. Swartz, chair of the Monmouth County Library Commission. “We will always be mindful of the faith you have demonstrated in our institution and honored that you entrusted the operation of the Atlantic Highlands Library to the Monmouth County Library Commission.”
Atlantic Highlands Library Director Marilyn Scherfen with patron at the borough library.
The Atlantic Highlands Borough Council last year voted to join the
“It is with great enthusiasm that we welcome Atlantic Highlands as our newest Monmouth County Library branch,” said Freeholder Burry, who is the Freeholders’ liaison for the Library System. “Atlantic Highlands is home to my daughter and grandchildren, and I know first-hand what a wonderful community it is. The presence of a Library branch there only makes it more special.”
- Category: Arts & Culture
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Paintings and drawings created by Monmouth County Arts High and Middle School students will be on display at the Atlantic Highlands Public Library, located at 48 Avenue C in Atlantic Highlands during the month of May 2011.
The exhibit features work completed by gifted and talented students who participated in the Monmouth County Arts High and Middle School program. The program, which is now in its 8th year, offers advanced arts classes in creative writing, dance, instrumental music, vocal music, acting and visual arts to public and private school students in Monmouth County. Students, admitted to the program through audition are released from their schools one afternoon each week to participate in the various courses which are taught by professional artists.
This program has been made possible in part by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/ Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts and the New Jersey Cultural Trust.
- Category: Monmouth County
Middletown, NJ – Fifty-one students from 11 Monmouth County schools represented The Community YMCA and joined 500 of their peers from New Jersey at the annual YMCA Youth & Government Conference, held April 8 through April 10 at the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton.
Students in The Community YMCA’s program received top honors, including this year’s Outstanding Delegation award. In addition, the efforts of The Community Y’s students were honored individually. Alicia Lai of Holmdel High School was named Outstanding Press Delegate and was given the special accolade of being invited to participate in the prestigious Conference on National Affairs. Shannon Pace of Red Bank Regional High School was recognized as Outstanding Lobbyist. Brian Gilbride of Thompson Middle School, received the Outstanding First Year Delegate Award for the middle school component of the program, the Junior Legislators. Krissy Antone, Bayshore Middle School, and Caitlin Loh, Thompson Middle School, were each awarded the title of Outstanding Stateperson for the Junior Legislator Program.
The annual conference is part of the YMCA’s Youth & Government program, designed to expose middle and high school students from New Jersey to the inner workings of our state legislature. The weekend long conference takes place each year at the New Jersey Statehouse, where students are given the opportunity to simulate the NJ senate and assembly within the actual building where our representatives create the laws and codes that govern us. Locally, the program is part of The Community YMCA’s civic engagement initiative, to teach teens about government and give them the opportunity to take an active role in strengthening their community.