West End comes alive with candy eggs, chocolate bunnies, happy faces

Long Branch – Seashore Day Camp and School and the Long Branch Chamber of Commerce held the annual Easter Egg Hunt at West End Park last Sunday.
“Sometimes we get rained out and have to postpone this to another day,” said Seashore director John Villapiano. “But today is beautiful, and I’m happy to see everyone here!”

His Seashore crew spread out the bales of hay, then Coach John threw handfuls of pastel candy eggs into the air. Of course, the coveted golden egg was also hidden in the hay for one lucky egg hunter in each age group.

“We couldn’t have asked for a better day,” said Chamber director Nancy Kleiberg who, along with Lisa George, was kept busy handing out prizes to hunt winners.

The groups started from 2-3 years old on up to 12, all with their own event. Everyone went away with something, if not the grand prizes of a chocolate Easter Bunny for finding the golden egg or the most eggs, they all were able to keep their eggs.

All were excited and happy.

Winning for the most eggs in the two-year-old division with 34 eggs (parents were encouraged to help) was Aaron Diaz.

Emma Choi found the golden egg

Seven-year-old Scarlett Davis won her age class with 12 eggs

Devin DeMarzo found 16 eggs in his five-year-old division.

Devin DeMarzo found 16 eggs in his five-year-old division.

Three-year-old Alexa Knappher won the three-year-old division

Five-year-old Annajane Reaves shows with her big brother found the golden egg

Six-year-old Lilly Powers (right), shown with her family, found the golden egg


Senior Citizen Police Academy

Long Branch — The Long Branch Police Department is proud to offer Senior Citizens Police Academy (SCPA) Class #2 on Wednesdays this April. The next class will be April 12, 12pm.
The LB SCPA is designed to provide members of the community with a greater understanding of the Long Branch Police Department and its operations. The LB SCPA will consist of four weekly lectures given by guest speakers. Participants will receive in-the-field, hands-on experiences that may include ride-a-Iongs, firearms, K-9 demonstrations, tours of the Long Branch Police Department, and motor vehicle stops.

The department’s goal is to make the LB SCPA an informative and enjoyable experience for all participants. They say graduates of the LB SCPA will gain knowledge and awareness of the services offered by the Long Branch Police Department. It is also an opportunity for the Police Department to learn from participants through discussion and interaction with speakers, instructors, and other classmates.

The overall objective is to further strengthen police-community relations, so as to ensure that Long Branch continues to be a great community to live, work, and raise families.

To participate, you must be at least 60 years old and an active member of the Long Branch Senior Center.

You need to complete and turn in an application to the academy prior to the class, and be able to commit to attending all four classes.

There is no change to participate.

Sessions will be held April 5, 12, 19 and 26, noon-1:30 p.m. at the Long Branch Senior Center, 85 Second Avenue.

The Long Branch Police Department conducts a spring and fall session of The Long Branch Senior Citizens Police Academy. Each session is four weeks in length, with classes meeting every Wednesday for about an hour, beginning at noon. The fourth week of the Academy is a graduation ceremony, where SCPA participants will be recognized.

Topics that may be covered include:
• LBPD table of organization
• LBPD operational procedures
• Legal System Overview
• Constitutional/Criminal law
• Gangs
• Dangerous drugs
• Firearms
• Domestic Violence/Elder Abuse
• Special Needs Registry
• MOCERT/K-9 Demonstrations
• Homicide Investigations
• Use of Force
• Traffic Enforcement- Motor Vehicle Stops
• Tours
• Personal Safety
• Meet/Greet City Council
• Graduation Ceremony

Seashore Sends In The Clowns THIS SATURDAY For Benefit Performance Celebrating Life Of Pat Cashin

No clowning around. Fifteen of the most acclaimed, accomplished, award-winning clowns, who have been in acts around the globe, will perform at Seashore Day Camp and School’s 404 Broadway Campus in Long Branch this Saturday, April 8 at 7p.m. as part of a benefit show called Laughs For The Left Behind.

Celebrating the life and career of world renowned clown and Seashore regular Pat Cashin, who passed away last summer, the tribute is being held to benefit his family.

Headlining the event will be actor, clown, comedian and Tony Award winner Bill Irwin, who has appeared on Broadway, Off Broadway, television and film.

This special show also features clowns, who have sommersaulted over elephants at Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey and been in acts with Big Apple Circus, Disney’s Epcot Center and venues as far away as Paris, London and Istanbul. It includes ventriloquists, jugglers and balloonists. In addition, it highlights performers, who have won award after award. These entertainers have been nominated for Emmys, have appeared on The Late Show, on The Today Show and in the Blue Man Group. They also have set Guiness World Records, launched clown programs in hospitals and established the non-profit Foundation For Laughter for school children, underserved communities and those who are chronically ill.

The roster includes Irwin, Kevin C. Carr, Joey Klein, Archie Cobblepot, Hilary Chaplain, Greg DeSanto, Mark Glindick, Jeff Gordon, Barry Lubin, Dick Monday, Tiffany Riley, Drew Richardson, Michael Rosman, the Eepybirds, Circus Stella’s Rescue Dogs and more.

Tickets are going fast. They can be bought online for $20 for general admission, $50 for VIP seating with gift package or $25 at the door. To purchase, click www.LAF.ticketleap.com/tribute.

Pat was a local performer, who was world renowned. He never got too famous to come to Seashore and perform. We enjoyed having his kids in our school…his wife was also an alumni,” Seashore Director and Principal John Villapiano said. “We could always count on Pat. He played Santa, the Easter bunny and just performed whenever he could. Pat was a great guy, who is greatly missed by the Seashore family and we are glad to participate in his tribute.”

Seashore Day Camp and School, in Long Branch, will host Laughter For The Left Behind Saturday, this Saturday, April 8 at 7p.m. to benefit the family of renowned clown and Seashore regular Pat Cashin, who passed away last summer. The tribute will feature Tony winning and Emmy nominated performers, clowns, jugglers and ventriloquists, who have appeared in the USA and abroad. For tickets, visit www.LAF.ticketleap.com/tribute.

Not Just for Kids Anymore! Relax with the 20/30 Coloring Club at the Long Branch Public Library

When is the last time you took an hour out of your day to relax, imagine and be creative? Come to the Long Branch Free Public Library and experience the latest trend in relaxation: adult coloring! Coloring is an activity we think of as being for kids. However, it can be beneficial for adults. Studies show coloring can have a calming effect on the adult mind and help to promote overall wellness.

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The adult coloring scene is exploding! Many adults enjoy coloring to pass the time to relax, de-stress, be creative and have fun – and best of all – no talent is needed! There’s no right or wrong way to color a picture – each design has infinite possibilities. Since 2012, more than 3 million adult coloring books have been sold, with limitless designs available including flowers, doodles and mandalas. Some designs work well with big markers and crayons while very intricate designs might require using extra-fine pens and very sharp pencils.

This childhood pastime helps your mind go free as your daily stresses disappear into a creative wonder of mindless, calming art. So sit back, color inside the lines (or not), take a deep breath and let this inexpensive form of art therapy transform your stress into calm and creativity.

Bring your own coloring books or borrow one of ours. The library will provide free supplies to color your masterpiece while you relax and meet new people.

The 20/30 Club is library programming targeted toward ages 18 -39. The group will meet the third Saturday of every Month from 2:00-3:00pm on the lower level of the library. For more information, please call Nekesha Marshall at 732-222-3900, Ext. 2310 or send an email to NMarshall.LBPL@gmail.com.


Upcoming dates: April 15th, May 20th at the Main Branch, Lower Level, from 2:00 – 3:00pm

Main Library, 328 Broadway, Long Branch, NJ

732.222.3900 www.longbranchlib.org

Peter Pan Jr. soars into Maple Place

By Neil Schulman
Oceanport — This weekend, you’ll believe a boy can fly at Maple Place School, as the students present “Peter Pan Jr.”

The cast of Peter Pan practices for opening night with a dress rehearsal.

Peter Pan Jr. will be performed Fri., March 31, 7 p.m., Sat., April 1, 7 p.m., and Sun., April 2, 2 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.


Playing the title role of Peter is Griffin Barfield, a seventh grader. Among those joining him on stage are Drew Macioch as Wendy, Aaron Sigmond-Warner as Hook, Jonah Sussman as Smee, Kevin Barfield as Michael, John Ruane as John, Walter Hunter as Mr. Darling, Abby Kopec as Mrs. Darling, and Ravenna Gemini as Tiger Lily.

Some of them are fifth graders new to the Maple Place School plays; others are eighth graders who have been part of every production.

Directing the show is music teacher Erica Bach, who, for the last ten shows has worked with DJ Brown to put on elaborate productions. Bach and Brown met when they were students at Monmouth University, and he commutes from New York each year to work with the students.

Other teachers who make the show possible are art teacher Kelly Jakubowski, who designs the sets; and Patty Cooper, who is in charge of costumes. Also assisting is Adrienne Petrillo, who attended Maple Place and was in the Shore Theater.

“It’s exciting to be back,” said Petrillo, who serves as stage manager.

As for the students, they find the experience very meaningful.

“It means a lot to be in the show,” said Aaron Sigmond-Warner. “With Mrs. Bach and Mr. Brown, each year you do it and it means more.”

“I always look forward to it,” said Melanie Watts. “It’s my favorite part of the year.” She said it’s great to work with so many other people who share the same talents.

Jonah Sussman, who’s been involved all four years, said that it’s always exciting to see how things come together.

“I think it’s cool how over four years you can really learn all the ins and outs,” he said. “It’s also just fun to go to.”

For Griffin Barfield, it’s a learning experience. “The play just brings out another side of you that you never knew.”

Based on the Disney film and J.M. Barrie’s enchanting play, Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. is a modern version of the timeless tale about a boy who wouldn’t grow up.

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Volunteers take over Long Branch oceanfront

By Patty Booth O’Neill
Long Branch — Over 100 volunteers showed up last Saturday to plant 10,000 sea grass plants on the beach from Brighton Ave. in West End to Pavilion Ave.

“We are so happy with the turnout today,” said Danna Kawut Program/Special Events Coordinator for Long Branch. “Last year it was frigid, and only 20 people showed up. This year the weather helped and so did getting the word out.”

Armed with bundles of plants and a long broom-handle-like tool to poke eight inch holes in the sand, volunteers from different organizations, such as Long Branch school students, the Monmouth University Surf Club, families, Boy Scouts, Surfers Environmental Alliance (SEA) and the City’s Environmental Commission, prepared to hit the sand.

“We could not have done this without help from the city. They supported us in every way,” said Richard Lee, Director of Surfers Environmental Alliance. “Adam Schneider was behind us and helped every way he could.” He emphasized his words by pointing at a city dune buggy buzzing along the beach filled with dune grass plants.

Lee spoke to the crowd on the proper way to plant sea grass and sent everyone on their way, estimating it would take about three hours to finish the task. “Usually it takes a lot longer. I’m just so happy and thankful for the turnout,” he said.

Annual Business Awards Dinner most successful to date

By Lisa George
Photos by Andrea Phox
and The LINK News

The Board of Directors would again like to congratulate Patty O’Neill from the Link News and John F. Kiely Jr. & John M. Kiely from the Kiely Family of Companies as this year’s recipients of the Louis G. Libutti Award. We are happy to announce that this year’s 83rd Annual Business Awards Dinner was our most successful to date.

Patty Booth O'Neill, Pat and Adam Schneider and Valerie Keddy Schiafone

Kiely family

The Chamber would like to thank all who attended for their continued support, and especially our sponsors without whom this event would not be possible.  Our generous sponsors for this year’s dinner were: Monmouth Medical Center, Ansell, Grimm & Aaron, Giordano, Halleran & Ciesla, P.C., Ocean Place Resort & Spa, 1st Constitution Bank,

Kearny Bank, Ronstan Paper & Packaging, Investors Bank, Jersey Central Power & Light and Littler.

We were happy to welcome old & new friends to help us celebrate and recognize the great things that are happening within the City of Long Branch.

I would also like to thank our Chamber Director, Nancy Kleiberg for organizing this huge event for the past 29 years!

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The Chamber, along with Seashore Day Camp would like to announce that we again will be having the West End Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, April 9 at 11 a.m. in West End Park.

Easter at the Pier will take place on Saturday, April 15th from 1-3pm in Pier Village.

We host a morning networking event on the first Wednesday of every month called The Breakfast Club.  This month we welcome our Speaker/Sponsor Cindy Newman fromMorgan Stanley, come join us on April 5 at Amy’s Omelette House from 8-9 a.m.

Our evening networking this month will be hosted by Shore House which is an organization that helps people living with mental illness to regain their lives through education, employment and socialization.  This event will take place on April 26 from 5:30 to 7:30 at 279 Broadway Suite 400, Long Branch.

This year’s Oceanfest at Long Branch will be held on Tuesday, July 4 on the Oceanfront Promenade. We are pleased to announce that this year’s Fireworks Display will be bigger and better than ever, and there will be plenty of food, shopping and entertainment for the whole family.

There is no other place to be on the Fourth of July than the City of Long Branch.

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Monmouth Civic Chorus offers scholarships

The Monmouth Civic Chorus announced its annual scholarship auditions for vocally talented New Jersey high school seniors planning to pursue higher education. Auditions will be held on Saturday, April 29, in Red Bank by appointment only. The application deadline is April 22 and the application fee is $10.
For information or an audition appointment, call 732-933-9333, e-mail scholarship@monmouthcivicchorus.org or visit monmouthcivicchorus.org and click About and Scholarships.

At least $2,500 in scholarship funds will be available to be awarded to students of outstanding vocal promise. Contestants must be prepared to perform two selections from the standard vocal repertoire (opera, operetta, art songs, oratorio or Gilbert and Sullivan), with at least one selection in Italian, French or German. Show music is not acceptable.

Contestants will be judged on technique, choice of material, poise and musicianship. An accompanist will be provided if needed. Anyone interested in donating to the MCC Scholarship Fund should call 732-933-9333.

Last year, three vocally talented students were each awarded $1,000 – Elizabeth Finnen of Pompton Plains, Alina Eva Flatscher of Princeton, and Kevin Jasaitis of Point Pleasant.  Alexis Peart of Titusville received an honorable mention.