- Category: Monmouth County
Nonprofit publishes inaugural “2011-2012 Vision Connection”
“There are over a quarter of a million visually impaired residents in our state,” says NJBCA staffer Marisa Medina. “That’s nearly 300,000 people seeking equipment like magnifiers or money readers, specialized training, and opportunities to socialize with other visually impaired people.”
In any given week, NJBCA receives dozens of calls and emails from visually impaired residents. Those seeking educational opportunities or peer support are welcome to attend the nonprofit organization’s free programs, but others now have direct access to resources through the Vision Connection. “There is a lot of help out there,” says
About New Jersey Blind Citizens Association, Inc. (NJBCA) www.njbca.org
Now entering its 101st year of service, NJBCA’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for the blind and visually impaired through education, socialization, and by fostering an environment of hope and purpose. NJBCA provides free programs to help clients gain independence and confidence to lead self-sufficient and productive lives. At
- Category: Monmouth County
Trenton, NJ - First Lady Mary Pat Christie has been named the Honorary Chair of the Girl Scouts 100th Anniversary year-long celebration in New Jersey. Founded by Juliette Gordon-Low, who coordinated the first Girl Scout Troop in Savannah, Georgia, the organization will mark its 100-year milestone on March 12, 2012.
“For 100 years, the Girl Scouts have empowered, challenged and inspired young girls in New Jersey, across the nation and around the globe,” said Mrs. Christie. “As a former member and current Girl Scout mom, I recognize the important role the organization provides in helping each scout find and develop her individual potential and learn important life skills through leadership and service activities. Girl Scouts instill a sense of personal pride and achievement for participants and I am honored to be part of this centennial commemoration.”
Approximately 145,000 girls and adults are current members of the Girl Scouts in New Jersey. Alumnae of the program total in the hundreds of thousands in the Garden State and total over 50 million in the United States.
- Category: News
MIDDLETOWN, NJ - The Middletown Soccer Club U17 Girls Soccer Team was recognized by the Middletown Township Committee at the July meeting for winning the NJ Youth Soccer U17G State Cup. The team also won the prestigious JAGS Invitational, and were semi-finalists in the equally prestigious Needham College Showcase in Boston, Mass.
The team has been together since 2003. They’ve competed in tournaments and leagues throughout the years in New Jersey New York, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. The team has been ranked in the NJ top 20 for 3 consecutive years – 2009, 2010, and 2011. They also won the NJ State Cup Semi-finalist in 2010. Go Team!
- Category: Arts & Culture
FREEHOLD, NJ – The Red Horse Art Gallery, a gallery which features the artwork of artists with disabilities, located in the Freehold Raceway Mall, will hold a “Meet the Artists” reception on Thursday, August 4th, 2011 to recognize and celebrate the artistic talents of artist Christopher Miller, student artists from the Work Opportunity Center and artists from the South Brunswick Senior Center. This reception will be held from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on August 4th. Light refreshments will be served. The exhibit will run from August 1st through September 23rd.
The Red Horse Gallery is a program of The Arc of Monmouth, in collaboration with VSA New Jersey. It offers exhibits and open house gatherings for artists with disabilities and believes that “creativity has no limitations”. Art classes are offered to individuals with disabilities through grants from the Monmouth County Arts Council and other funding sources. VSA New Jersey is a part of the international VSA arts network, an affiliate of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
The Arc of Monmouth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, serving more than 1,400 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities with education, vocational training, residential services, health care, supported employment, recreation, individual and family supports and advocacy.
To learn more about The Arc of Monmouth please call 732-493-1919 or visit www.arcofmonmouth.org.
- Category: News
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Rev. Michael Riley will tackle the stewardship of pain Sunday in a sermon entitled "Taking Care."
The new pastor's message at the 10 a.m. service at the First Presbyterian Church will focus on how we handle the pain and suffering of our lives, depending on our relationship with the Lord.
Riley also will continue his "mystery bag" children's sermon series when youngsters try to "stump the pastor" by placing a personal "treasure" in a brown paper bag. The pastor then picks one bag and creates a children's message from its contents.
In addition to being the church's pastor, Riley is a columnist, staff writer and editorial writer at the Asbury Park Press. His weekly Press column, "Only Human," appears on Fridays.
The 121-year-old, handicapped accessible church is located at Third and E. Highland Aves. and offers extra parking in a new municipal lot next to the Christian Education building at 17 E. Highland Ave.
Child care for four-year-olds and younger is provided during the worship service.