- Category: Monmouth County
Free Workshop at Brookdale
Lincroft, NJ- Do you know what’s happening – or about to happen in your town? Exercise your right to know; become a government observer and keep elected officials accountable and help ensure community issues are handled with transparency.
The League of Women Voters of Monmouth County will sponsor a free workshop on this topic Tuesday, August 10 at 7:00 p.m. It will be held at the Brookdale Community College Lincroft main campus, 765 Newman Springs Road in the MAS (Main Academic South) building, room 100. Parking is most convenient in lots 5 or 6.
Guest speaker will be Claire French, Monmouth County clerk. Participants will learn how to observe, how local meetings are conducted and how to access information. Learn how to keep tabs on local government, how to keep an eye on taxes, your property values and your child’s education. Find out what elected officials are planning and how and when to make your voice heard and counted.
Experienced citizen reporters Fenton and Barbara Hudson, Ocean Township, will share information on how they observe and report back to their community. Learn how to do the same and hone personal skills in the process.
“Today there are fewer newspapers, radio and television stations reporting on local news. With so many problems facing us at the national level, it is easy to overlook what is happening in our backyards until it is too late,” commented Louise Usechak, County League Co-President.
- Category: Arts & Culture
RED BANK, NJ – He’s the past, present and future of jazz; a sought-after session ace whose tenor reedwork has been an integral part of legacy tribute projects dedicated to Mingus, Monk and Miles — as well as a bandleader with an intuitive grasp of modern performance styles. Whatever your point of entry, Wayne Escoffery has it covered .
Acclaimed tenor saxophonist Wayne Escoffery comes to Red Bank on July 30 and 31, as the Summer Jazz Café series continues at Red Bank’s Two River Theater.
A veteran of the Lonnie Plaxico, Ben Riley and Tom Harrell bands, the swinging saxmaster and his combo take it to Red Bank this weekend, as the next featured act in the 2010 Summer Jazz Café series. The July 30 and 31 sets are presented by New Jersey’s own Jazz Arts Project within the spacious yet cozy “black box” room of the Two River Theater.
Inside the modern performing arts facility — located just steps from NJ Transit’s public transportation station and an array of popular restaurants, with plenty of free off-street parking — Jazz Café patrons can enjoy coffee, tea and delectable treats at candlelit cocktail tables, while enjoying sounds from some of the most dynamic players on the regional scene.
Jazz Café continues on the weekend of August 6 and 7, when drummer, bandleader, producer and nightclub owner Cecil Brooks III closes down the joint in grand style. All performances in the Jazz Cafe series are at 8:00 p.m. Reserve by calling the Two River box office at (732)345-1400, or via the venue’s website at tickets.trtc.org.
- Category: Monmouth County
More New Jersey drivers than ever admit to sending text messages from behind the wheel, with 25% now saying that they have done so in the past few years, a 20% increase from last year, when 21% said that they had done so. In 2008, only 15% of drivers said that they had sent a text while driving. According to a recent study by Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind Poll, co-sponsored by the state’s Division of Highway Traffic Safety, despite this increase in texting and high levels of speeding among young people and commuters, New Jersey drivers say that their neighbors in New York are the worst behind a wheel.
In previous years, increases in texting were sparked by drivers under the age of 30, but this is no longer the case. While the youngest drivers are more likely to text than any other age group (56% of drivers under age 30 say that they’ve sent a text while behind the wheel), the increase in this year’s study can be attributed to drivers aged 30 to 60. In this year’s study, 37% of drivers 30 to 44 years of age say they’ve sent a text while driving, up 9 points from last year, and 17% of drivers 45 to 60 years of age say they’ve done so, up from 12% in 2009. Among drivers between 30 and 60 years of age, the number who admit to texting while driving has increased dramatically since 2008.
“These figures reflect how much texting has become part of our lives, so much so that we’re even doing it in the driver’s seat,” said Dan Cassino, the director of experimental research for the PublicMind poll, and a professor of political science at Fairleigh Dickinson University. “As more people get used to texting, more are going to do it while driving, so these numbers are probably going to keep going up for some time.”
- Category: News
Area resident answers the president’s call to service
VINTON, Iowa - Highlands, NJ resident Lyndsay Senerchia is serving on her final project with the AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps) North Central Region. Senerchia and her team are serving with Project Homecoming in New Orleans, LA until July 23rd rehabilitating homes that were devastated in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Work includes demolition, hanging drywall, laying tile, building cabinets and installing them, laying siding, and supervising volunteer groups.
Senerchia, the daughter of Anthony and Nancy Senerchia, graduated in 2004 from Middletown High School South, and has completed 5 projects with her NCCC team. Other projects included being construction workers for disaster recovery, training and participating in wildland firefighting, being tour guides for a wildlife sanctuary, being sawyers and improving timber stands, and assisting with other various assignments. Throughout their service, they have traveled to Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Lake Charles, Louisiana; Coralville Lake, Iowa; Spearfish, South Dakota; and now, their final destination of New Orleans, Louisiana.
Senerchia says, “This has been an overall amazing experience. In AmeriCorps NCCC I have had many ups and downs and I would not have changed anything. The experiences that I have had and the friends that I have made have impacted my life in positive ways.”
Specific accomplishments for the team include: renovated rooms in over 20 houses, cleared 534,400 lbs of debris, sorted 1,360 lbs of clothing, inventoried 3,850 lbs of food, removed 47,406 lbs of tree brush, transplanted/planted 52 trees, removed 3.6 acres of invasive plants, completed prescribed burns on 28.2 acres of land, removed 1,712 lbs of trash, cleaned 29 large animal facilities of excrement and animal carcasses, scrubbed 29 bird cages, removed over 5,120 pounds of urine soaked hay, gave tours to 1060 people, removed 1,560 lbs of noxious weeds, fed over 1200 lbs of raw meat to big cats, designed and built 5 structures for tigers and lions, painted a 9 x 24 foot mural, and numerous other tasks were completed as well.
- Category: Arts & Culture
RED BANK, NJ – The New York Times branded her “the most accomplished interpreter of popular material performing today.” Her career has taken her everywhere from big-band bandstands to Carnegie Hall — and her vocal skills have graced recordings by legends ranging from Mel Torme to KISS! Even with credentials like those, Marlene Verplanck is quick to point out that one of her greatest claims to fame is the world-renowned commercial jingle for Campbell’s soup.
Acclaimed vocal jazz virtuoso Marlene VerPlanck comes to Red Bank on July 23 and 24, as the Summer Jazz Café series continues at Red Bank’s Two River Theater.
The Songbook specialist and her combo bring their “Mmm-mmm Good” stuff to Red Bank this weekend, as the next featured performer in the 2010 Summer Jazz Café series, presented by New Jersey’s own Jazz Arts Project within the spacious yet cozy “black box” room of the Two River Theater.