- Category: Monmouth County
LEONARDO, NJ - Five Hundred and seventy-two road racers (496 for the 15K and 76 for the 3-miler) competed in the 20th annual Indian Trails Races presented by the Sandy Hookers Triathlon Club at Croydon Hall in the Leonardo section of Middletown on a windy, sunny morning of April 3. The event’s flier informs the course to be, “One of the most beautiful in the state with breathtaking views.”
Michael Dixon finishes first in 15K - Photo by U.S. Candids
Michael Dixon, 28, of Fanwood was first in from the course that starts in an eastern direction on Leonardville Road continues for 9.3 miles on adjacent streets throughout hilly Navesink and returns to the finish line located just outside the Croydon Hall gymnasium, at a record-setting, blistering time of 49:46 (49 minutes and 46 seconds). This is 18 seconds faster than his also record-setting time of last year of this event. Somerset’s William Hubert, 25, was a distant second at 53:01 and third place went to Rich Burke, 43, of Morristown at 53:14.
Start of Indian Trails Race - Photo mediaform jasonkim photograph
“No, the entire race I was out in front all by myself,” said Dixon when asked if there were anyone he had to catch in order to be the leader. “Just the motorcycle was in front of me,” the champion further offered. He was referring to the lead vehicle driven by Greg Drury, a Sandy Hooker. “This is one of the most challenging courses especially for a 15K,” he said and explained: “There are three long (and he emphasized ‘long’) hills.” He said,“ the weather was great, we did have headwinds at times, but the temperature was near perfect for running.”
Runner-up Hubert informed that he knew he could never catch the leader so he concentrated on coming in second. “There was a pack of three or four of us going back and forth for the lead but with about two miles to go I was able to get out in front and keep it.” The runner-up agreed with the champion about the weather: “A little windy here and there but overall just great.”
- Category: News
ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - Atlantic Highlands Community Events Committee (AHCEC), a benevolence organization benefiting Atlantic Highlands, will present a $1250 donation to an Atlantic Highlands cadet with the NWS Earle Division of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps. Qualified cadets from Atlantic Highlands and other areas will attend two weeks of training with the British Royal Navy. Kim Spatola, AHCEC chairwoman, will present the check to Lt. Richard Baumann, commanding officer of the NWS Earle Division, at their fund-raiser this Saturday.
“The NWS Earle Division of Sea Cadets has a close, enduring partnership with the residents and businesses in Atlantic Highlands,” said Baumann. “Several of our cadets are town residents, and each year we hold our major fund-raiser at the Monmouth Masonic Lodge in Atlantic Highlands. In addition, local Foodtown founder and Navy captain Joe Azzolina organized our division at NWS Earle.”
“We are delighted to assist a deserving young person in such an educational experience,” said Spatola. “Other young people in the Atlantic Highlands community hearing about this may be motivated to attain similar levels of achievement.”
NWS Earle Division’s All-You-Can-Eat Italian Dinner will be held at the Monmouth Masonic Lodge, 14 East Garfield Avenue, from 4-8 PM Saturday, April 9. The dinner, a full sit-down feast, is entirely managed by the unit. Cadets, parents and officers – all volunteers – prepare food, wait tables, and clean up. All proceeds benefit the division’s cadet trip to Scotland this summer.
- Category: Arts & Culture
Multimedia Show to feature works by local and national artists exploring themes of spiritual light and darkness
Red Bank, NJ – Red Bank Community Church today announced the opening of an art exhibit entitled “Sinners and Saints” on Saturday, April 16 at 3:00 PM. Everyone is invited to attend this free event.
Dirty Laundry by Sharon Seargent, Canada, chalk pastel
The exhibit will present works that explore the theme of spiritual duality: good and evil, light and darkness, order and disorder. Included in the exhibit will be paintings, photography, sculpture and installations.
- Category: Monmouth County
Clean Ocean Action Beach Sweeps is one of the longest running cleanup programs in the nation and, after 25 years of sweeping success, has resulted in the removal nearly 4.5 million pieces of trash. More importantly, more than 83,000 citizens, the small and the tall, have been educated about the harmful effects of litter and are motivated to make a difference. “The Beach Sweeps are an amazing opportunity for citizens and visitors to give back to their local marine environment,” said
The Beach Sweeps is much more than picking up trash. Volunteers are also given data cards to record the quantity and types of debris they find. The information collected at the Sweeps helps identify pollution problems, aids legislators in enacting laws to protect our marine environment, and informs local and international efforts to combat marine pollution.
Clean Ocean Action encourages participation from volunteers of all ages, individually or from businesses, families and organizations. Groups of 10 or more are requested to pre-register by calling (732) 872-0111, or by registering online at www.cleanoceanaction.org. Pre-registration for individuals or groups less than 10 is not required. Volunteers should bring gloves, dress for the weather, apply sunscreen, and wear closed-toed, hard-soled shoes.
- Category: News
MIDDLETOWN – The Township Committee has scheduled three regional neighborhood meetings this year to give residents an opportunity to speak informally with township officials about life in Middletown. All meetings begin at 7 p.m. Township Committee members and township staff will be in attendance. No formal action will be taken. Meetings will be held on:
- Tuesday, April 12, Bayshore Middle School, 834 Leonardville Rd, Professional Dev. Rm, 2nd floor
- Tuesday, April 26, Thompson Middle School, 1001 Middletown Lincroft Rd , Gym
- Thursday, May 5, Thorne Middle School, 70 Murphy Road, Gym
In addition to Neighborhood Meetings, residents have the opportunity to discuss issues related to township government with Mayor Anthony Fiore during his Open Office Hours held on the first and third Monday of each month (excluding federal holidays) from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. No appointments are necessary. Residents are seen on a first-come, first served basis. Residents can make public comments during regularly scheduled Township Committee meetings generally held on the first and third Monday of each month at 8 p.m.
Residents can also reach Mayor Fiore by calling his office at 732-615-2024. Township Committee members can be reached through the Clerks’ Office at 732-615-2015. Written comments and inquiries can be sent to Township Committee members and staff any time through the website at www.middletownnj.org.