Old Guard Summer Birthdays

Long Branch Old Guard members Pete Mistretta (left) and Marcel Sassola celebrated their June and July birthdays at this week’s regular Wednesday meeting at the Long ranch Senior Center.

Pete handles the weekly Pinochle contests while Marcel keeps the club’s books as Treasurer.

Meeting are each Wednesday at 10:30 and anyone wishing to become new members can just drop by and enjoy a coffee and treat. Membership is for area men who are retired or working part time who would enjoy the friendship and socializing.

Among the activities the club enjoys are guest speakers, seasonal local golf play, year round bowling, plus the weekly pinochle card game right after the meetings. The Senior Center is at 85 Second Avenue in Long Branch.

Culinary Center to host open house

Asbury Park — Residents interested in a career in the culinary or pastry arts are invited to a free open house at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4 at the Culinary Education Center, 101 Drury Lane, Asbury Park.

Photo by Brookdale Community College. Students prepare dinner and desserts for the dining public at the Culinary Education Center in Asbury Park in December 2015. The center will host an open house on Aug 4.

Representatives will be on hand to discuss the center’s various certificate and associate degree programs, available internship opportunities and careers in the culinary and pastry arts fields. Refreshments will be served.

“This is a great opportunity to learn more about the culinary field and the nationally accredited programs offered through the Culinary Education Center,” said Brookdale Community College culinary arts chair Michelle Zuppe. “Come see why our alumni are working in some of the region’s best restaurants and even making a name for themselves on national TV.”

To RVSP or for more information call Linda Morris at 732-224-2258 or email lmmorris@brookdalecc.edu.
The Culinary Education Center is a collaboration between Brookdale Community College and the Monmouth County Vocational School District.

Sciencetellers at Sea Bright Library

The Sea Bright Library will present Sciencetellers on July 18, 3 p.m.Sciencetellers combines storytelling and exciting science experiments into a theatrical learning experience. They’ve been delighting children and their families with  interactive, energetic programming since 2004.

Participants will hear storytelling and see experiments that will make things fly, bounce and soar.

The Sea Bright Library is located in the Sea Bright UM Church on Ocean Avenue.

Adopt A Pet for the week of July 14-20

Here are some of the cats, dogs and birds looking for Forever Homes:

Our Lady of Mount Carmel feast held

Long Branch — Christ The King Parish-Holy Trinity Church is celebrating Our Lady of Mount Carmel Feast this week.

On July13, a Spanish Mass was celebrated.

On Thur., July 14, 7:30 p.m., Msgnr. Sam Sirianni celebrates the Mass in English, and on the next day, July 15, Fr. Javier Diaz celebrates it in Italian.

On Sat., July 16, a Rosary will be held at 4:15 p.m., followed by a Mass at 5 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church. A procession through the streets and to the Parish Hall will follow.

At 6:45, parishioners and restaurants will bring their Italian Dishes of eggplant parmesan, baked ziti, sausage and peppers, and meatballs. There will also be Spanish, Brazilian and Portuguese specialty food.

“This celebration is a testimony to the warm and vibrant community that is Christ the King Parish,” said Chairwoman Mickie Gagliano.


Former mayor teaches local politics course

Long Branch — What do  state, county and local governments have to do with you?
Here’s a few issues you may have encountered or heard discussed:
1) 23% Gas Tax
2) Underfunded State Pension & Transportation Funds
3) $350 Public Nuisance Fines
4) Parking Meters popping up everywhere
5) Paying to go to the beach
“As former Asbury Park Mayor, I know the logic and/or lack thereof regarding these issues. Join me for an in depth, revealing and behind the scenes study of government on the State, County and Local levels,” says Professor Ed Johnson of Brookdale Community College.
This fall, beginning Sept. 6, Johnson will teach POLI 115, State County and Local Government, Tuesdays 6-8:45 p.m.
For more information, visit www.brookdalecc.edu.

Water main break in Oceanport shuts streets

There were hordes of emergency vehicles racing through Oceanport on Tuesday afternoon to the area of Oceanport Ave & Port Au Peck Ave where a geyser of a water main break had erupted.

A large perimeter was erected around the area redirecting traffic for a big part of the day. If there are any complaints of water quality call New Jersey American Water.

Emergency crews and NJAW workers assess area.

OTHS welcomes Schroth Sports Day

Ocean Township — On Wednesday, June 1, LADACIN Network’s Schroth School students arrived at Ocean Township High School for the first Schroth Sports Day event to be held at the high school.

Schroth School students were greeted by welcome signs the OTHS students had made and kicked off the day with a parade around the athletic field and track. The morning began with sports activities such as parachute games, basketball, soccer, kite flying, t-ball, and bicycle and relay races. In the afternoon, the OTHS students assisted with bubbles and tattoos. To close out the day, Chris Siciliano, Mayor of Ocean Township, joined the high school students in presenting sports medals to their very special visitors during a moving musical closing ceremony.

LADACIN Network provides services to children and adults with complex physical and developmental disabilities or delays. For more information about LADACIN and the Schroth School, contact Luisa Vroman at 732-493-5900 ext 266 or go to www.ladacin.org.

WLB Recreation Summer Schedule

West Long Branch — The West Long Branch Recreation Commission has announced some upcoming events for the summer.

Summer camp has already started at Shore Regional High School and will run until August 5. The program is from 9 a.m.– 3 p.m. and campers can still register.

The Fourth of July will bring fireworks at dusk at Franklin Lake and prior to that Jersey Jukebox will perform at 7 p.m.

Other concerts at the Lake are Challenge X-cepted on July 15;   Motor City Revue on July 29;  Steve Lawlor/Marc Muller’s Summer Music  Show on August 12; and  Beatlemania Stage Show on August 26. All concerts start at 7 p.m.

A Drive-In Movie night is planned for August 27  at Sorrentino Park and “Movie Under the Stars” will be in September at the WLB Community Center.

Oceans of Rhythm dances into Oceanfest

By Neil Schulman
Long Branch — It’s a festival within a festival. The 23rd annual Oceans of Rhythm Festival, held during Oceanfest, will feature music, dancing and entertainment ranging from tributes to Prince to traditional music of Senegal.

Basha Alperin, founder of Zeybra, which puts on the event each year with support from the city, says that they have always welcomed, and continue to welcome, spectators and participation.

“It was important to have activities all ages could have fun with, whether it was the little kids or the seniors,” she said. “Some of our followers are in their 80s and they still get up and dance.”

Oceans of Rhythm has undergone various formats over the years, with everything from theater shows to processions to the beachfront. But for the last several years, it’s been held during the Oceanfest celebration, bringing a variety of dancers, musicians and other entertainers to put on international, family-friendly performances.

This year’s show takes place at 4 p.m. on July 4.

Yakar Roots and Rhythm, the internationally renowned Sengalese group, will have a special branch there this year, M’Bolo, dedicated to song and music. The name of the group means “coming together,” which Alperin says is the purpose of the festival.
“It’s a coming together of music, the drums, the people,” she said.

Another group, presenting Brazilian dance, will be M’Zume, based in Long Branch. Also playing will be the Oceans of Rhythm Ensemble.

In the spirit of coming together, people are encouraged to take part, join in the dancing.

“It doesn’t matter how good you are; just have fun with it,” Alperin said.

The event will also feature music played in tribute to Prince. Alperin said that one of the purposes of music and dance is to remember.

“It’s coming together, trying to forget about our differences,” she said.