Studio West Dance Academy Announces Charity Gala Showcasing Performers From The…

first_imgFacebook108Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Studio West Dance AcademyThe cycle of art includes vision, creation, connection.  It begins with an individual artist and a moment of inspiration.  In the days, weeks, and months that follow… the creation grows.  Finally, it is ready to be shared with an audience of supporters.  Studio West Dance Academy’s directors, MC Zechmann and Stephanie Wood have expanded this loop to include caring for our community.Each spring, for the last five years, they have held ‘Dance to Make a Difference’, an evening that features dance companies from across the Puget Sound, with a goal of raising money for those in need.  In 2012, they raised $1425.00 for the Hands On Children’s Museum and in 2011 they were able to donate $2500.00 to Mercy Corps and Northwest Harvest.This year’s ‘Dance to Make a Difference’ takes place on Saturday, February 16th at the Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts at SPSCC.   And all of the net-proceeds will benefit SafePlace, “the only advocacy agency and confidential shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Thurston County.”Says SafePlace’s Development Director Thomasina Cooper “SafePlace is honored to be the beneficiary of the Dance to Make a Difference.  The generosity of businesses like Studio West and community members who attend events like the dance have a huge impact at SafePlace.  Not only do the funds support critical services offered 24/7 like our hotline and in-person sexual assault response, but more importantly, sends a message that people in our community support those surviving sexual and domestic violence.  This message makes a world of difference to the individuals and families who seek our services.”‘Dance to Make a Difference’ gathers performers from all over the South Puget Sound area.  This year Studio West Dance Theatre will be joined by Ballet Northwest, Southwest Washington Dance Ensemble, and Washington Contemporary Ballet.Says MC Zechmann, “It’s a chance for the students to come together from all over and meet other dancers, watch other performers as well as see the different choreography styles.  In addition to this awesome dance collaboration, we hope this gala shows our young performers they can make a difference.”Helping dancers see beyond their own experiences is an important piece of the puzzle as well.  For Zechmann and Wood, the mission of their business goes beyond training dancers – they see the importance of nurturing the whole student.  Dance to Make a Difference is one of the ways in which they do so.“It’s important to us that our dancers contribute to the world around them.  We like the dancers to see that they can take what they love, what they are passionate about, and use it to help those around them in their community.  For the attendees, this event will be an elegant philanthropic evening, filled with live music, delicious appetizers, vino and of course a beautiful dance performance ” adds Wood.So while it may be billed as an opportunity to benefit a non-profit, the benefit circles back around to the dancers as well.  And so the link continues – from artist to audience to community.To see Studio West and all the dancers, as well as support SafePlace, you can purchase tickets to ‘Dance To Make A Difference’ by visiting Gala takes place on Saturday, February 16th at the Kenneth J Minnaert Center for the Arts at SPSCC and tickets for the appetizers, wine, live music and dance range $30-$40.  Doors open at 6 pm and performances on the main stage begin at 8 pm.last_img read more

Volunteers Needed for 2014 Homeless Census on January 23

first_imgSubmitted by Thurston CountyCountywide count includes homeless resource events in Olympia and Yelm.Volunteers are needed to help with the annual homeless census in Thurston County on Thursday, January 23. Along with the call for volunteers to help with census and survey activities, this year’s census also needs volunteers for two homeless resource fair events where families and individuals struggling with homelessness can get hot meals, warm clothing and coats, other survival commodities, and where they can connect with social services. The homeless resource fair events in Olympia and Yelm and the other census activities are part of an annual nationwide “point in time” census that determines who is homeless, why and what resources are needed to help people get back to independence.The annual Thurston County Homeless Census is coordinated by the City of Olympia, which has a contract with Thurston County to do the census. The results of the census are used to help guide federal, state and local funding decisions for local shelters, transitional housing, and related supportive services. The Thurston County HOME Consortium oversees the annual census and uses the data to help make recommendations for the multi-jurisdictional administration of the county’s housing programs. The consortium is comprised of elected officials from Bucoda, Olympia, Lacey, Rainier, Tenino, Tumwater, Yelm, and Thurston County and is an advisory board to the Thurston County Board of Commissioners.“Over the past several years we have invested millions of dollars in community-based programs and projects that have helped hundreds of homeless families and individuals get back into housing and resume their lives,” said Thurston County Commissioner Karen Valenzuela, who also is a member of the HOME Consortium. “Unfortunately, the results of our annual homeless census reveal that each year new people fall into homelessness due to job loss, unmet health needs and other challenges. We need the best possible data to ensure that our limited funding goes to proven programs and best practices.”The results and data from the county’s annual homeless census also serve as a critical checkpoint for the county’s 10-Year Homeless Housing Plan, which seeks to cut the number of homeless in Thurston County in half by 2015. “Across Thurston County, planners will use data from this annual count along with data from the homeless system of housing and services to improve the system as a whole. The count is an important part of our annual evaluation and improvement process,” said Theresa Slusher, who coordinates the network of service and shelter providers in Thurston County.Olympia City Councilmember Jim Cooper, who also serves on the Thurston County HOME Consortium, will be one of the many volunteers helping with this important census on Thursday, January 23. Cooper said, “This count is important because we need to know who the homeless are before we can figure out how to help them get back on their feet. And this is very important in Olympia because most of the existing resources are concentrated here. When our homeless safety net fails, it hurts our homeless citizens, but it also impacts our downtown and neighborhoods.”In years past, census volunteers have included individuals from local schools and colleges, non-profit organizations, faith communities, businesses, elected officials, and even some volunteers struggling with homelessness themselves. If you are interested in volunteering with the Thurston County Homeless Census or at the Homeless Connect resource fair events in Olympia or Yelm, contact Homeless Census Coordinator Anna Schlecht at (360) 753-8183 or Volunteers Needed! 2014 Thurston County Homeless CensusWHEN: Thursday, Jan. 23WHERE: – Thurston County Homeless Census—locations throughout Thurston County– Olympia Homeless Connect event—First Christian Church at 701 Franklin St. SE– Yelm Homeless Connect event—Yelm Community Service Center at 624 Crystal Springs Road NW Facebook0Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Applications Available for 2017 Arts Walk Cover Art

first_imgFacebook17Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaThe Olympia Arts Walk selects one artist for each Arts Walk event (two artists per year) whose artwork is featured on the cover of the event map and in event related publications. A jury panel will recommend two artists – one for spring and one for fall – to be commissioned by the City of Olympia to each create a new, original work of art for the cover of the Arts Walk 2018 maps. Night Spirits by Kristen Etmund graces the cover of the Arts Walk map in 2014. Photo Courtesy of City of OlympiaArtists 18 and older who have officially participated in Olympia’s Arts Walk within the last two years are invited to submit images of current work. Official participants are ones that have been listed in an Olympia Arts Walk map individually or in group show. The selected artists will each be awarded $600 to create a new work. Selected artists agree to sign a contract with the City regarding purchase and provide a business license to receive payment.Application Deadline: November 30, 2017Apply Online: To apply fill out an online application at the City of Olympia Parks, Arts, and Recreation registration site by following this link, and follow instructions for uploading images of your work.last_img read more

Agness Underwood: ‘Tough as Nails’ Trailblazer Extraordinaire

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Hailey O’HaraHailey O’Hara is a junior at Olympia High School. Photo courtesy: Hailey O’HaraThe sheet would carefully be drawn away to reveal the mangled body of the victim. A second of horrified silence would fill the room, and panic would follow: many a news reporter would race out the door, story and notebook utterly forgotten, sprinting pell-mell to a nearby bush to throw up; others would completely shut down, their gaze glassy and their mouths stretched wide in horror. Not Mrs. Agness Underwood. While reporters around her would be struggling to keep bile from rising towards their throats, Underwood would be dropping cynical jokes, never once revealing a glimmer of emotion. At one particular murder case, when investigating the murder of a famous actress named Thelma Todd, Agness reportedly joked “Can you imagine what any of these guys would have given to be under a sheet with Thelma Todd?” There was a reason Underwood was one of the first well known woman crime reporters: she was tough, she was wickedly clever, and she was willing to annihilate the glass ceiling, should it ever keep her from success. In short, Agness Underwood was a full blown knockout, a trailblazer no one seems to know about.Should trailblazers like Agness Underwood be remembered?“Often, society or perhaps your own family, or social circle, tries to tell you what you can and can’t do, but you have to follow your own heart”. Kristina Lotz, Publisher of Thurston Talk states. Lotz continues by saying “When I was an undergraduate, I took a journalism class as part of my English Major. At the time, journalism was still very much a male dominated career and my teacher, a man, begged me to stay in and focus on journalism. But I was young, shy, and intimidated by everyone. So I didn’t”. Would this outcome have been different if Lotz was exposed to individuals like Agness? This is the reason trailblazers are so important: they pave the way for others.“I wish I had seen more women scientists” Vivika Swanson, one of the leaders of the feminist club at Olympia High School adds. The mere act of seeing someone similar to you pursuing a dream you want to pursue is nothing less than colossal. “I have two girls, and I want them to see women who do not always conform, who do not always fit in the box,” Stacy Udo, Olympia High School’s librarian says.Swanson seems to agree, stating “I wish I saw more women in leadership roles and positions of power, taking up space”. Does Mrs. Underwood not fit all these requirements? How many lives (even in the most subtle of ways) could have been altered, simply by having obtained knowledge of an individual like Agness? Lotz closes by saying “if it’s your dream, pursue it. Don’t let someone tell you you can’t make a living”.Underwood was born December 17, 1902. By the time she was six, her mother had passed away, and she was surfing through relatives and even foster families for nine years, until finally dropping out of high school her sophomore year, and leaving for LA. From the beginning, she was a scrapper. Despite her lack of education, Underwood was sharp, fierce, intelligent, and possessed an iron grip work ethic. Underwood began her journalist career in 1926 as a switchboard operator. Even the simple job of managing a switchboard set her soul on fire. From that point on, her passion became clear. Underwood advanced quickly through the business, and became one of the top crime reporters in her field. She was never phased by a dead body, or traces of blood, and would go to almost any length to obtain a story. By 1946, she was appointed city editor of her newspaper, a position she retained for seventeen years, longer than any other editor ever retained at that time (of any gender). Underwood was a fierce, story wielding trailblazer in the newsfield, who rightly deserves to be remembered as the trailblazer she is.Featured photo credit: Diane Waistelast_img read more

Legislature Funds Two Projects to Enhance Art, Education, and Economic Development…

first_imgFacebook124Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of YelmThe Yelm community will see the iconic Water Tower come back to life as 125-foot-tall art piece that stands over the center of town and — at the same time — the City will start the beginning stages of developing a South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) satellite branch and business incubator space, thanks to grant funding through the Washington State Legislature.The City of Yelm Water Tower wil be brought back to life. Photo courtesy: City of Yelm“We are grateful for our legislators who worked with us to find the most appropriate funding source in the final budget adopted by the Legislature,” City Administrator Michael Grayum said. “Both of these community projects are important for preserving Yelm’s past and building our future.”The State allocated $200,000 in the 2019-2021 Capital Budget to fund the conceptual building design, architectural renderings, community engagement, and cost estimate for a multi-story, mixed-use community building to serve as a business incubator to serve rural parts of Thurston and Pierce counties.“This project builds on the collaboration and partnership between the City, Yelm Community Schools, and SPSCC to help young people and adults complete their education and have the necessary tools to be successful in the workplace,” City Administrator Michael Grayum said.The City has made it a priority to improve public infrastructure and create new services for the Yelm community, most notably purchasing an existing building to revitalize Yelm City Hall along with the purchase of an adjacent half-acre of commercial property. Since the purchase, Councilmembers Colt, Stillwell, and Wood have been working with City staff and regional partners to explore developing the property into a dedicated space that provides education, training, and technology to catalyze the startup and expansion of small business enterprises and support underserved populations.“Ever since we purchased the land, we have been wanting to utilize it in a way that benefits our community,” Councilmember Colt said. “Creating an innovative education service center is a way for us to invest in our citizens in multiple ways — providing a dedicated space for secondary education, technology training, and breaking down barriers local businesses face to continue strengthening our local economy.”The Washington State Capital Budget also appropriated $300,000 to a separate non-profit organization to restore Yelm’s water tower, in addition to the more than $150,000 the legislature previously dedicated to the project in the previous budget. The decommissioned tower was put on the state Department of Archaeology & Historic Preservation in 2017 and is maintained by “Save the Yelm Water Tower,” the nonprofit who advocated for and received the state funding. The organization imagines the tower being lit by LED lighting that will have an array of different features and colors to coincide with the holidays and other special events.“I’m thrilled that “Save the Yelm Water Tower” was able to apply for and receive nearly half-a-million dollars to fund the water tower restoration project,” Councilmember EJ Curry said. “It’s going to be beautiful when it’s done — with those colorful lights and the landscaping we are planning to have. That historic tower will be a community asset forever.”last_img read more

Kante nutmegging Milner certainly one of the best scenes of European Super Cup

first_imgAdvertisement bqyNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs7krWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ej8w( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 86Would you ever consider trying this?😱b7xCan your students do this? 🌚3h66Roller skating! Powered by Firework Liverpool won the European Super Cup with beating their Premier league rivals Chelsea in the penalty shootout. One of the best moments of the match was N’Golo Kante nutmegging James Milner in the midfield. The match was certainly very much entertaining for the football fans. Chelsea were beaten by Manchester United with a margin of 4-0 at Old Trafford in the opening match of the Premier league in this season on Sunday.Advertisement The football pundits did not give Chelsea any chance to compete in this match against the heavy weight Liverpool side. However, the Blues dominated in the first half of the match and the main reason behind that was N’Golo Kante. N’Golo Kante’s presence at the nidfield created a whole lot of difference in the Chelsea side.Advertisement The star French midfielder easily nutmegged James Milner. Kante played an influential role in the first goal of Chelsea. He recovered the ball from midfield and passed it towards Christian Pulisic. Christian Pulisic gave it to Olivier Giroud who scored the first goal of the match for the Blues. The Blues were dominating in the first half against their arch rivals because the midfield general of Chelsea, N’Golo Kante was bossing the midfield.United commence Saul pursuit, City look elsewhere for alternativeAdvertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

High Expectations for a 40th Birthday

first_imgSomeone once advised me to set my expectations low so I would never be disappointed.  Not being one to subscribe to that theory, I often imagine that holidays, vacations and birthdays will be family events full of laughter, appreciation, thankfulness and peace.  So when I recently celebrated a milestone birthday, I expected it to be a day filled with kind words, no tears, no fighting and no complaining.   Of course, being a parent now for eight years I should have known better.The morning started off perfectly, the kids quickly got ready for school and we had an enjoyable pancake breakfast prepared by my husband.  Then the kids decided that they wanted to give me my presents before they left for school because they couldn’t wait to see what I got … and this is where the day took a turn for the worse.Present number one was a bottle of sunscreen … wait I promise the gifts do get better.  Present number two was skimpy bikini (picked out by my husband) that I immediately thought I would never have the courage to wear outside of my bathroom.  Still, the fact that he thought I could pull off the look got me wondering if I could and so I contemplated for a moment keeping the bathing suit.  But, quickly my daughter brought me back to reality.  After looking at the swimsuit and the catalog that came with it she says, “Mommy you don’t look like the models in the catalog.”  My judgment clouded by my high expectations for a feel-good day, I asked why.  “Because those models are sexy,” she replied. From that moment I knew the bathing suit was going back to the store.Nevertheless, with the sunscreen and bikini as clues, I had an idea where this birthday gift theme was going.  Next, I unwrapped a brochure that revealed a sandy beach, palm trees and crystal clear ocean.  It was a five-day trip to Aruba.  In order to keep this gift a surprise to me, my husband hadn’t told my kids about it.  So, when my 5-year-old son realized what it was, his face quickly lit up and he let out a big “YEESSS, we are ALL going to Aruba!”  Unfortunately, the real surprise for him (and my daughter) was  that Mom would be taking this trip with three of her friends – no children (and no husband) were included. Tears and cries of agony quickly followed this revelation, making it very hard for me to jump up and down and celebrate my soon-to be-had five days of freedom … that would have to wait till they went to school.Once off to school, I did enjoy a nice quiet day.  I can’t even remember exactly what I did, but I know it did not involve laundry, food shopping, cleaning or work.  I do remember that the time went too quickly.  That evening we celebrated with a family dinner out that included the usual bickering, a spilled drink and two unfinished kids meals.Once in bed, my daughter looked up at me and sweetly said, “Mommy at least you don’t have to worry about being old anymore because the day is almost over.”  Sadly, I told her that tomorrow I would be even older.  Comfortingly she replied, “But you only think about how old you are on your birthday and I don’t think you look old at all.”   I’m not sure if she said it to make me feel good or if she really meant it, but it was the perfect ending to a day that ultimately met my high expectations.last_img read more

New Holmdel Library Perks Include Spaciousness And Atmosphere

first_imgDowd may be relieved to learn on her next trip two drive-up library book drops are installed in the front parking lot. By Jay Cook |HOLMDEL – Attention Monmouth County residents who haven’t stepped inside a library in a while. You’ll want to renew your card.After months of construction and years of planning, a brand-new, light-drenched spacious library officially opened its doors Monday inside the bustling “metroburb” Bell Works building in Holmdel.After occupying the small, windowless basement of Town Hall for 36 years, the new Holmdel Library and Learning Center – a $1.7 million, open-concept library – is now situated in the heart of Holmdel’s most distinguished draw for businesses and residents.“We now have a destination library in a destination building,” said Donna Mansfield, programming director for the Monmouth County Library System. “We couldn’t be more pleased.”Mansfield, who also serves as the chief librarian at the county library headquarters in Manalapan, had long looked forward to its opening. For 17 years she managed a software development group for AT&T and Lucent Technologies inside the same 2 million-square-foot building until her retirement in 2001.Characteristics like the “industrial look” and “fresh furniture” stood out to Mansfield as she toured the space for the first time.Three generations of family flock to the children’s section at the rear of the library on Monday afternoon.“That building had been such a big part of my life and for many of the people in Monmouth County,” she said. “It’s really going to attract people not only because there’s a new and fresh concept, but for its history and the relationship so many have had with the building.”Preparing the library for the opening on Monday afternoon took months, but did happen on schedule according to estimations from Holmdel officials. The collection of more than 51,000 items were first transferred from the former library at Town Hall to Bell Works on Dec 6., about a month after the Nov. 1 ribbon cutting held by Monmouth County, Holmdel and Bell Works officials.The 18,000-square-foot center boasts 60 bookshelves and about four times more space than its predecessor at 4 Crawfords Corner Road. With secluded sections for private reading, laptop bars along windows looking inside and outside Bell Works and a children’s section in the back, the modern space has the room to accommodate everyone.“It creates that environment where you are in a public space but you’re also in your own space,” Holmdel Mayor Greg Buontempo said at the Nov. 1 ribbon cutting. “It was a concept we worked hard to achieve.”Holmdel residents Neha Aggarwal, 28, and her mother, Raj, walked through the library a few hours after it opened on Monday evening and, by their account, so far, so good.“It’s a really open place,” said Neha Aggrawal, “and it seems very new with lots of space for studying.”The overall size stood out to her when she first walked in, she said, saying she noticed “just how big it is and the way it’s set up – there’s a very modern look to it. Almost like how a museum is set up.”Felipe Pastor made a visit on Monday and took some time to inspect the Thomas Alva Edison handmade radio on display inside a glass case. The radio was awarded to a former Bell Laboratories employee as a 16-year-old in 1921 and his family donated it to Holmdel for inclusion in the library.“I find it absolutely remarkable that this building is still alive,” Pastor said, adding that “having a public library in a place like this is makes it probably the most incredible library around.”Also a Holmdel homeowner, Pastor said he was pleased to know his tax dollars went to good use. “I think it’s public money well invested with having the library here,” he said.The newest branch of the county’s library system will not only be open to county residents, but employees working in Bell Works will also have access.Not everyone was a fan, though. Paul and Mary Dowd, Holmdel residents of over five decades, were frank about their opinion of the new space. It’s now the third library they’ve used in Holmdel.“Are you going to ask me if I like this or not? Because I don’t,” Mary Dowd said.As a senior, she said the long walk just to find the library, along with a dearth of handicap accessibility features outside the building made the trip to return a book more difficult than it should’ve been. Dowd said she preferred the former library at Town Hall considering its distance from the parking lot, as well as an elevator.“It’s not convenient for us even though we live a little more than a mile away,” she said. “It’s just not.” With a few children’s programs kicking off the grand opening earlier this week, Mansfield, the programming coordinator, said the branch would look into technology, science and history programs down the road. A schedule for children’s events has been set for January and a complete list can be found online.The library is located at 101 Crawfords Corner Road inside Bell Works. If entering the building by foot from the front entrance, make an immediate left turn and walk about 100 feet to the library entrance. Hours of operation are Monday and Wednesday, 1 to 9 p.m.; Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m. The library is closed on Sundays.The library will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 15.For more information, visit or call the Holmdel branch at 732-946-4118.This article was first published in the Dec. 21-28, 2017 print edition of the Two River Times.last_img read more

Local Primary Candidates Announced

first_imgBOROUGH OF ATLANTIC HIGHLANDSBorough CouncilRoy Dellosso (D) Charles Lero (D)Vote For TwoRichard Colangelo (R)Penelope Morris (R)James Murphy (R)Brian Boms (R) Highlands’ municipal government is nonpartisan. Petitions for elected office are not due until Sept. 4. Two borough council seats are up for election. BOROUGH OF LITTLE SILVERBorough CouncilLaura Clark (D)Stephanie Keenan (D)Arthur “A.J.” McNally (R)Christian Smith (R)MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIPTownship CommitteeFull TermTricia Maguire (D)Anthony Perry (R)One Year Unexpired TermDanielle Walsh (D)Rick Hibell (R) BOROUGH OF MONMOUTH BEACHMonmouth Beach’s form of government, a Board of Commissioners, elects to four-year terms. The borough’s last election was held in May 2017. BOROUGH OF OCEANPORTBorough CouncilNo nomination made (D)No nomination made (D)William Deerin (R)Michael O’Brien (R) HOLMDEL TOWNSHIPTownship CommitteeBarbaraSinger(D)Thomas Critelli (R) RED BANK BOROUGHMayorPasquale “Pat” Menna (D)No nomination made (R)Borough CouncilHazim Yassin (D)Kate Triggiano (D)Michael Clancy (R)Allison Gregor y (R) BOROUGH OF FAIR HAVENMayorNo nomination made (D)Benjamin J. Lucarelli (R)Borough CouncilFull Term Carolyn J. Williams (D)Cameron Spector (D)Elizabeth M. Koch (R)James P. Banahan (R)One Year Unexpired Term Evan Hughes (D)Jacqueline Rice (R) By Jay Cook |Registered Republican voters in Atlantic Highlands will have a choice to make for the best candidates in the June 5 primary race for municipal office.But in other Two River towns, Democratic and Republican party candidates are running mostly unopposed. In some cases, no Democrats at all have stepped forward to run in the primaries.The winners of the local primary elections will run under their party’s banner in the Tuesday, Nov. 6 general election, a midterm election which is generating national interest because all 435 seats in the Unites States House of Representatives and 34 seats of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be up for a vote.In the April 2 filings, it was revealed there will be a changing of the guard in Shrewsbury Borough. Longtime Republican councilman and mayor Donald Burden, whose mayoral term concludes at the end of this year, will not be seeking re-election. Burden, a Shrewsbury resident for 42 years, has been on the borough council since his first oath of office in 2003.It is one of the many ways Burden has contributed to his small town of approximately 4,100 people. Burden has been a steward of Shrewsbury’s rich Colonial American history and has led the Shrewsbury Historical Society since 2004. He has also served as a member of the Shrewsbury Schools Board of Education, the borough’s Shade Tree Commission and has been a library commissioner with the Monmouth County Library Commission since 2013.The primary election filings show that borough councilman Erik Anderson will be seeking the mayor’s seat as a GOP candidate, while the Shrewsbury Democrats will put David Dragonetti up for the position.Of the 11 Two River-area towns with primary elections in June, Atlantic Highlands will host the only contested race. While the two options for Democratic candidates have been chosen, the borough Republicans are fielding four candidates for the mid-summer race. The small, bayside community tucked up against the Sandy Hook Bay recently had its borough council turn into a Democratic majority after Thomas Hayden and John Crowley won elections in November.For the third consecutive mayoral election, Red Bank Mayor Pasquale “Pat” Menna will not only not face a primary challenge, but he’ll also have a clear path to another term unless an independent candidate arises in the coming months. Menna was last challenged in 2006 when he ran for mayor against John P. Curley, currently a Monmouth County Freeholder. The local Republicans haven’t put a challenger to Menna since then.Historically, Monmouth County has primarily been a Republican-leaning county, and that shows in the Two River area. Three of the 11 municipalities will not feature any Democratic candidates filing to compete in their municipal primaries – those include Colts Neck, Oceanport and Rumson. There are no Democrats on the governing bodies in Colts Neck or Rumson. The only Democrat on Oceanport’s governing body is Mayor Jay Coffey.Middletown Township boasts the only race where none of the primary candidates selected have actually been elected to office. Anthony Perry filled a vacancy left by Stephen Massell in November and Rick Hibell was sworn in earlier this year after Gerry Scharfenberger resigned from the township committee after being elected to fill a vacancy on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Middletown GOP candidates aren’t typical incumbents and will face challenges in November from Tricia Maguire, who unsuccessfully ran for township committee last year, and Danielle Walsh, currently on Middletown’s Board of Education.Candidates listed in boldface are incumbents. Every petition filed for the June primary was verified by the respective municipal clerk’s office in each municipality. BOROUGH OF HIGHLANDS COLTS NECK TOWNSHIPTownship CommitteeNo nomination made (D)No nomination made (D)J.P. Bartolomeo (R) Frank Rizzutto (R) BOROUGH OF RUMSONBorough CouncilNo nomination made (D)No nomination made (D)Mark Rubin (R) John Conklin (R)SEA BRIGHT BOROUGHBorough CouncilMarc Leckstein (D)No nomination made (D)William J. Keeler (R) No nomination made (R) SHREWSBURY BOROUGHMayorDavid Dragonetti (D)Erik Anderson (R)Borough CouncilAmanda Ngo (D)Carol Loeffler (D)Donald Eddy (R) Jeffrey DeSalvo (R)last_img read more

Lions Club Raising Funds to Build Playground

first_imgThe American with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant play system will be the first of its kind in central New Jersey and include fully accessible climbers, activity panels, xylophones, drums, water features, sounding poles, and much more. The all-inclusive playground will offer a unique sensory experience for blind, visually impaired and autistic children. For more information, visit COLTS NECK – Colts Neck Lions Club celebrated its largest fundraising achievement to date by providing a check to County Freeholder Lillian Burry from the Friends of Monmouth County Parks System. With the support of the local community, the Lions Club raised over $122,000 that will be used to build a state-of-the-art playground for the blind and visually impaired. The construction of the playground, which will be an addition to the current Challenger Place playground at Dorbrook Park, will kick off with a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for the summer of 2019, with an expected completion date by the end of the year. last_img read more