FEM South Beach Urban to host Italian Ice Social

South Beach at Long Branch is hosting an Italian Ice social on Thursday, September 1, from 3-4 p.m. at the corner of 350 Ocean Avenue and North Bath Avenue.

Area residents and tourists are invited to enjoy a variety of delicious flavors under the breeze of windmill palm trees on the South Beach at Long Branch oceanfront property. As an added bonus, special giveaways will be distributed to children.

“We want to celebrate the end of a wonderful summer,” stated Mimi Feliciano, CEO and Co-Founder of FEM Real Estate. “

South Beach at Long Branch is a 47-unit luxury condominium project that is rising on 1.69 oceanfront acres between Ocean Avenue and Ocean Boulevard, at the intersection of North Bath Avenue in Long Branch, N.J. The property is situated at the southernmost point of the city’s Beachfront South redevelopment area, just two blocks from Pier Village, a mixed-use oceanfront development, with additional proximity to West End. The location is 7.4 miles from Exit 105 of the Garden State Parkway, and 0.8 miles from the New Jersey Transit train station. Ferry stops are 8.8 miles away.


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Family & Children’s Service Gala

Long Branch, NJ, Aug. 18, 2016 – FCS (Family & Children’s Service), Monmouth County’s oldest, private, nonprofit social service agency

Caption Members of the FCS Leading Lights Gala Committee

is proud to honor former FCS Board chair Mary Ann McDonald and long-time community partners Bruce Thompson and Thompson Memorial Home, and Gloria Nilson at its 2016 Leading Lights Gala, Saturday, October 29th at Navesink Country Club in Middletown, NJ.  The Leading Lights Gala, named for the beacons used in navigation to indicate safe passage for vessels entering shallow or dangerous waters, is the agency’s largest annual fundraising event. Money raised helps support essential FCS programs and services, including adult protective services, home care, homeless prevention services and literacy and nutrition programs for children in underserved communities.

“Much like Leading Lights, FCS helps the most vulnerable in our community navigate daily challenges and live their lives safely with as much dignity and independence as possible,” says FCS CEO Delly Beekman. “Similarly, the individuals we are honoring this year are also Leading Lights in the community. They have been instrumental in advancing the agency’s Mission and Vision to provide compassionate care, intervention and education to people during challenging times in their lives. We are proud to recognize them in this way.”

The 2016 Gala committee, led by honorary co-chairs Paul and Judy Stach, has planned an enjoyable evening for all. In addition to dinner and dancing to the music of Tim McCloone and The Shirleys, guests will also enjoy a live and silent auction featuring a variety of donated luxury items, including original oil paintings, fine jewelry, catered dinner parties, tickets to professional sporting and entertainment events and vacation packages.

To receive an invitation to the Leading Lights Gala, contact FCS Director of Development Diane Gribbin at 732-22-9111 ext. 134 or email at dgribbin@fcsmonmouth.org. To learn more about sponsorship, underwriting and ad journal opportunities that help fund the FCS mission and recognize the honorees, please visit the FCS website at www.fcsmonmouth.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fcsmonmouth.

About Family & Children’s Service

Family & Children’s Service (FCS) strengthens, protects and preserves the dignity and independence of people in need. With 106 years of history, FCS is the oldest, private nonprofit social service agency in Monmouth County and a leading volunteer organization. Our Mission is to provide compassionate care, intervention and education to support people at challenging times in their lives. We accomplish this through more than a dozen programs focused on the needs of multiple at-risk populations,

including: Adult Protective Services; Jersey Assistance for Community Caregivers (JACC); Healthy Buddies, an intergenerational childhood obesity prevention program; Home Care Services and Homecare Grant Assistance; Medicare Application Assistance Program (MAAP); Operation Sleighbells, a holiday giving program for children; Reading Buddies; an in-school childhood literacy program; Representative Payee, a financial management program for the mentally, developmental and physically disabled; Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP); Statewide Respite Care, State Health Insurance Program (SHIP), a Medicare counseling service; Telephone Reassurance and the Thrift Boutique. Learn more at www.fcsmonmouth.org.

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Funeral and viewing for Kevin Hoy

Viewings for Kevin Hoy will be at Woolley’s Funeral Home on Sat. and Sun. 2-4 & 7-9 Funeral on Monday 10am at Long Branch Covenant Church, 355 Joline Ave., Long Branch.

Jenna Bush Hager’s powerful message for Power of Pink

Long Branch —  The 21st Annual Power of Pink Luncheon was held July 21 at the Guggenheim Library at Monmouth University. The Women’s Council for the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center hosts this exceptional event each year, an event that benefits the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center.

Jenna Bush Hager, contributing correspondent for NBC’s “Today” show and author, was the featured celebrity guest speaker at the event. Daughter of former President George W. Bush, Hager shared with the audience about how cancer had touched her life and her family’s.

“Life is a precious gift,” she told the audience. She shared with the crowd the story of Robin Bush, the daughter of George H.W. Bush. When Robin was nearly four years old, she was diagnosed with leukemia, a death sentence for children in 1953. She explained that the loss of her life was incredibly difficult on her grandparents. But her message was not one of grief, but helping others in their time of need.

She strayed from the topic of cancer to share a lesson she has learned in her own life. She spoke about the plot of her novel, The New York Times best -seller “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope,” which she wrote after time she spent during 2006 in Latin America as an intern for UNICEF. The book is about a 17-year-old single mother that she met there. The mother has AIDS, but is doing everything in her power to protect her baby from a world of neglect that she had to live through.
She spoke about how important it is to do good deeds and have a positive effect on others, no matter how small the impact is, telling her audience that she became a teacher because she knew she wanted to have a profound effect on others, and in her own way, help change lives.

The 2016 Power of Pink luncheon also honored physician Thomas Hackett, D.O., Chief of Gynecologic Oncology at Monmouth Medical Center.

“Each year, Power of Pink provides us with an opportunity to celebrate the important work of the Leon Hess Cancer Center and take pride in the outstanding care that is provided every day,” said Monmouth Medical Center president and CEO Bill Arnold.  “Cancer care is always evolving and we work hard to stay on the cutting edge and bring the best treatment options available to our patients. And yet we all know that outstanding equipment and programs mean nothing without an outstanding team of physicians, nurses, clinicians, and support staff to ensure that each patient receives the best, most personalized care available. The 2016 Power of Pink honoree, Dr. Tom Hackett is highly respected by his colleagues, Monmouth Medical Center leadership and staff and most importantly, his patients.”

Dr. Hackett earned his medical degree at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – New Jersey School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford. He completed a residency at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego and a fellowship at the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center at Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine in Hershey. He is a member of the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The Power of Pink Luncheon raises funds for the Leon Hess Cancer Center at Monmouth Medical Center for the advancement of treatments and quality of care delivered to cancer patients. The Women’s Council was founded in 1995 when cancer survivor Bonnie Levin and concerned women in the Two River area identified the need to inform women about the importance of early detection of cancer and the progress being made in cancer research. Since The Women’s Council’s inception, nearly $3 million has been raised.

Volunteers sought for BioBlitz

Sandy Hook — The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday with more than 100 BioBlitzes around the country and the American Littoral Society is asking for help to make the 2016 Sandy Hook BioBlitz a success.
Gateway National Recreation Area and the American Littoral Society are teaming up again this year to host a BioBlitz at Sandy Hook on September 23-24. A BioBlitz is a biological inventory where volunteers work alongside scientists and expert naturalists to find and identify as many species as possible over a short time period. It is a celebration and exploration of biodiversity.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to work alongside scientists and expert naturalists to conduct biological surveys and provide a snapshot of biodiversity in the park. Volunteers are also needed to assist at the “Base Camp” with general information, registration, food preparation, GIS, photography, and social media.

You can also join in interpretive programs that will be held throughout the two-day event to explore the marshes of Plum Island, discover the plants and animals living in Sandy Hook Bay, view the Sandy Hook night sky, and experience the park’s maritime holly forest.

All events are free and open to the public. Additional information and registration is available at the event website bioblitz16.ciesin.columbia.edu/home

Eatontown cracking down on impaired driving

Eatontown – New Jersey’s largest annual drunk driving crackdown has begun. Law enforcement officers from Eatontown will be participating in the 2016 Labor Day Statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.
Beginning this week and running through September 5, local and state law enforcement officers will conduct sobriety checkpoints and roving patrols, looking for motorists who may be driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” is a national campaign designed to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking and driving through high-visibility enforcement backed up by public educational efforts including national radio and television advertisements, posters, banners and mobile video display signs. The campaign looks to curtail impaired driving during the busy summer travel season, including the Labor Day holiday period.

“Many people believe that after a few drinks they’re still safe to drive,” said Gary Poedubicky, Acting Director of the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety.  “Even one drink can impair your judgment and reaction time, putting not only yourself, but everyone on the road, in danger.”

“There is a zero tolerance message for this campaign. If drivers are caught operating their vehicle while impaired they will be arrested,” he added.

In 2013 alcohol-impaired fatalities accounted for 27 percent of New Jersey’s motor vehicle fatalities. As part of the initiative, the Division of Highway Traffic Safety provides grants to local law enforcement agencies throughout the state to run the two-week campaign.

Law enforcement agencies participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 2016 crackdown offer the following advice:

• If you plan to drink, designate a driver, someone who will not drink alcohol, before going out.
• Take mass transit, a taxi or ask a sober friend to drive you home.
• Spend the night where the activity is held.
• Always buckle up, every ride, regardless of your seating position in the vehicle.  It’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
• If you’re intoxicated and traveling on foot, the safest way to get home is to take a cab or have a sober friend or family member drive you to your doorstep.

Fall golf lessons begin September 5

Ocean Township — It’s not too late to learn to play golf or improve your game this season. Beginning the week of Sept. 5 adult beginner and intermediate players can learn from a pro at William F. Larkin Golf Course at Colonial Terrace.
Beginner classes will be held once a week for six weeks on Tuesday evenings and Thursday and Saturday mornings.

PGA Pro Dale Shankland,

Intermediate classes will take place once a week for six weeks on Wednesday evenings and Friday and Saturday mornings.
All classes are taught by PGA Pro Dale Shankland, a veteran instructor with more than 40 years of experience teaching youth and adults. Shankland has authored and co-authored books about golf and was named a Top Teacher by Golf Magazine.

The fee for the six weeks of instruction is $45 for Ocean residents, $55 for non-residents.

Register online at www.oceantwp.org or in person at the Department of Human Services office, 601 Deal Road. For more information call 732-531-2600

William F. Larkin Golf Course at Colonial Terrace, Ocean Township’s beautiful municipal regulation 9-hole golf course, offers more than 2,600 yards of golf in a spectacular setting conveniently located near Route 35. Hours are 7 a.m. to dusk, seven days a week, weather permitting.

The facility offers reasonable fees, just $19 on weekdays for Ocean Township residents and $22 on weekends. Non-residents pay $24 weekdays and $27 on weekends, with discounts for junior and senior golfers, both residents and non-residents. For more information and to reserve a tee time or lesson, visit ColonialTerraceGolf. org or call (732) 775-3636.