‘Weekend in Old Monmouth’ Tour May 4-5

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A pair of mules pulls a wagon at Longstreet Farm in Holmdel.  Photo: Allan Dean

FREEHOLD, NJ – “Weekend in Old Monmouth” is this weekend and it will feature 45 historic sites throughout Monmouth County, including many shore locations that are now open. Hours for most sites are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5.

The 2013 tour includes six new locations: Keyport Fire Museum in Keyport, Monmouth Battle Monument at the Monmouth County Courthouse in Freehold, Old Yellow Meeting House in Upper Freehold, Red Bank Woman’s Club in Red Bank, the Borough of Roosevelt and Wilson Hall at Monmouth University in West Long Branch.

The tour booklet is available on the county’s Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com. On the tour dates, each tour stop will also have maps and booklets available.

The tours also represent several historic themes, including shore, faith, the Revolutionary War, military and preservation. Other elements on the tour also include lighthouses, Victorian homes, agriculture, industry, education and science.

“The sites on the tour are usually independent of one another, but this special tour event coordinates the hours of operation so history buffs can travel by foot, bicycle or car to enjoy and take in many of the county’s rich historic places all in one weekend,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the county’s Historical Commission, coordinator of the weekend event.

 

Tour Site, Municipality

All Saints Memorial Church, Middletown
Allaire Historic Village, Wall
Allen House, Shrewsbury
Ardena School Museum, Howell
Burrowes Mansion Museum, Matawan
Centennial Cottage, Ocean Grove, Neptune
Christ Church, Shrewsbury
Covenhoven House, Freehold
Dr Cooke’s Medical Office, Holmdel
Eatontown Museum, Eatontown
Eden Woolley House, Ocean
Old First Church, Middletown
First Presbyterian Church, Rumson
Friends Meeting House, Shrewsbury
Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove
Holmes-Hendrickson House, Holmdel
InfoAge Science Center (Camp Evans), Wall
Jewish Heritage Museum, Monmouth County, Freehold
Keyport Fire Museum, Keyport
Longstreet Farm, Historic, Holmdel
MacKenzie House, Howell
Marlpit Hall & Taylor-Butler House, Middletown
Monmouth Battlefield Monument at Courthouse, Freehold
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Manalapan
Monmouth County Historical Assoc. Museum, Freehold
Joseph Murray Farmhouse, Middletown
National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt
Oakley Farm House, Freehold Township
Ocean Grove Historical Museum, Ocean Grove
Old Yellow Meeting House, Upper Freehold
Red Bank Woman’s Club, Red Bank
Roosevelt Borough
St. Catharine’s Church, Spring Lake
Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Middletown
Seabright Lawn Tennis & Cricket Club, Rumson
Seabrook-Wilson House, Middletown
Shrewsbury Historical Museum, Shrewsbury
Strauss Mansion Museum, Atlantic Highlands
Old Tennent Church, Manalapan
Twin Lights Lighthouse, Highlands
Village Inn, Englishtown
Old Wall Historical Society, Wall
Walnford, Historic, Upper Freehold
Wilson Hall at Monmouth University, West Long Branch
West Freehold School Museum, Freehold Township

‘Weekend in Old Monmouth’ Tour May 4-5

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A pair of mules pulls a wagon at Longstreet Farm in Holmdel.  Photo: Allan Dean

FREEHOLD, NJ – “Weekend in Old Monmouth” is this weekend and it will feature 45 historic sites throughout Monmouth County, including many shore locations that are now open. Hours for most sites are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5.

The 2013 tour includes six new locations: Keyport Fire Museum in Keyport, Monmouth Battle Monument at the Monmouth County Courthouse in Freehold, Old Yellow Meeting House in Upper Freehold, Red Bank Woman’s Club in Red Bank, the Borough of Roosevelt and Wilson Hall at Monmouth University in West Long Branch.

The tour booklet is available on the county’s Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com. On the tour dates, each tour stop will also have maps and booklets available.

The tours also represent several historic themes, including shore, faith, the Revolutionary War, military and preservation. Other elements on the tour also include lighthouses, Victorian homes, agriculture, industry, education and science.

“The sites on the tour are usually independent of one another, but this special tour event coordinates the hours of operation so history buffs can travel by foot, bicycle or car to enjoy and take in many of the county’s rich historic places all in one weekend,” said Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, liaison to the county’s Historical Commission, coordinator of the weekend event.

 

Tour Site, Municipality

All Saints Memorial Church, Middletown
Allaire Historic Village, Wall
Allen House, Shrewsbury
Ardena School Museum, Howell
Burrowes Mansion Museum, Matawan
Centennial Cottage, Ocean Grove, Neptune
Christ Church, Shrewsbury
Covenhoven House, Freehold
Dr Cooke’s Medical Office, Holmdel
Eatontown Museum, Eatontown
Eden Woolley House, Ocean
Old First Church, Middletown
First Presbyterian Church, Rumson
Friends Meeting House, Shrewsbury
Great Auditorium, Ocean Grove
Holmes-Hendrickson House, Holmdel
InfoAge Science Center (Camp Evans), Wall
Jewish Heritage Museum, Monmouth County, Freehold
Keyport Fire Museum, Keyport
Longstreet Farm, Historic, Holmdel
MacKenzie House, Howell
Marlpit Hall & Taylor-Butler House, Middletown
Monmouth Battlefield Monument at Courthouse, Freehold
Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Manalapan
Monmouth County Historical Assoc. Museum, Freehold
Joseph Murray Farmhouse, Middletown
National Guard Militia Museum, Sea Girt
Oakley Farm House, Freehold Township
Ocean Grove Historical Museum, Ocean Grove
Old Yellow Meeting House, Upper Freehold
Red Bank Woman’s Club, Red Bank
Roosevelt Borough
St. Catharine’s Church, Spring Lake
Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Middletown
Seabright Lawn Tennis & Cricket Club, Rumson
Seabrook-Wilson House, Middletown
Shrewsbury Historical Museum, Shrewsbury
Strauss Mansion Museum, Atlantic Highlands
Old Tennent Church, Manalapan
Twin Lights Lighthouse, Highlands
Village Inn, Englishtown
Old Wall Historical Society, Wall
Walnford, Historic, Upper Freehold
Wilson Hall at Monmouth University, West Long Branch
West Freehold School Museum, Freehold Township

Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund Kick Off Fundraiser at Highlands Cumberland Farms

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PHOTO: Cumberland Farms executives and staff joined together with Highlands and Monmouth County officials to ring in the start of the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund Fundraiser.

Highlands, NJ  – Cumberland Farms executives and city officials joined together to raise a ceremonial first cup of coffee in support of the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund at the Cumberland Farms Bay Avenue store in Highlands, NJ.

Among those in attendance were Regional Manager Don Vanderfin, Area Sales Manager Michael Alp and Store Manager Charlie Foley of Cumberland Farms, along with Councilwoman Tara K. Ryan and Councilman Christopher Francy of Highlands, NJ. Director of the Board of Chosen Freeholders Thomas A. Arnone, Deputy Director of the Board of Chosen Freeholders Serena DiMaso, and Monmouth County Freeholder John P. Curley, also attended the event.

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Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund Kick Off Fundraiser at Highlands Cumberland Farms

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PHOTO: Cumberland Farms executives and staff joined together with Highlands and Monmouth County officials to ring in the start of the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund Fundraiser.

Highlands, NJ  – Cumberland Farms executives and city officials joined together to raise a ceremonial first cup of coffee in support of the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund at the Cumberland Farms Bay Avenue store in Highlands, NJ.

Among those in attendance were Regional Manager Don Vanderfin, Area Sales Manager Michael Alp and Store Manager Charlie Foley of Cumberland Farms, along with Councilwoman Tara K. Ryan and Councilman Christopher Francy of Highlands, NJ. Director of the Board of Chosen Freeholders Thomas A. Arnone, Deputy Director of the Board of Chosen Freeholders Serena DiMaso, and Monmouth County Freeholder John P. Curley, also attended the event.

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$1.25 Million in Recovery Grant Awards for 26 Superstorm Sandy-Impacted School Districts

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Education today announced grant awards to assist school communities as they recover from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. These funds, made possible through a $1.25 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Education’s Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program, are available to districts to fund short- and long-term education services designed to restore safe learning environments for their students.

“Our communities have exhibited tremendous resilience in the face of the after-effects of Super Storm Sandy and they should be commended for all they have done to support our students and their education,” said State Education Commissioner Cerf.  “These funds from the U.S. Department of Education will help support the continuous recovery of school communities in New Jersey and we are grateful these grants were made available.”

School districts or charter schools were able to request reimbursement of expenditures in support of activities intended to restore a sense of safety and security, activities intended to assist students in understanding the impact of the Superstorm and stabilizing their lives, and activities that assist school districts and charter schools in managing the practical problems created by Superstorm Sandy.

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$1.25 Million in Recovery Grant Awards for 26 Superstorm Sandy-Impacted School Districts

TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Department of Education today announced grant awards to assist school communities as they recover from the effects of Superstorm Sandy. These funds, made possible through a $1.25 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Education’s Project School Emergency Response to Violence (SERV) program, are available to districts to fund short- and long-term education services designed to restore safe learning environments for their students.

“Our communities have exhibited tremendous resilience in the face of the after-effects of Super Storm Sandy and they should be commended for all they have done to support our students and their education,” said State Education Commissioner Cerf.  “These funds from the U.S. Department of Education will help support the continuous recovery of school communities in New Jersey and we are grateful these grants were made available.”

School districts or charter schools were able to request reimbursement of expenditures in support of activities intended to restore a sense of safety and security, activities intended to assist students in understanding the impact of the Superstorm and stabilizing their lives, and activities that assist school districts and charter schools in managing the practical problems created by Superstorm Sandy.

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Middletown Girl Scout Troop Creates National Awareness of Mammograms

FARMINGDALE, NJ – A Girl Scout troop of six 11-year olds created a public service announcement that will appear on WABC, New York. The PSA, titled “Do It for Your Daughter” encourages women to schedule mammograms. Junior Troop 1701 from Middletown, New Jersey, created the 30- and 90-second videos to earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award. The Bronze Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. The PSAs were produced by Kaz Bielen, a professional who has directed award-winning commercials.

The PSAs begin appearing on television in New York City today. The schedule for the first two days of broadcast is included below. Click here to view Troop 1701’s 90 second PSA or tune to WABC during the following shows (all times are subject to change):

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Middletown Girl Scout Troop Creates National Awareness of Mammograms

FARMINGDALE, NJ – A Girl Scout troop of six 11-year olds created a public service announcement that will appear on WABC, New York. The PSA, titled “Do It for Your Daughter” encourages women to schedule mammograms. Junior Troop 1701 from Middletown, New Jersey, created the 30- and 90-second videos to earn their Girl Scout Bronze Award. The Bronze Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout Junior can achieve. The PSAs were produced by Kaz Bielen, a professional who has directed award-winning commercials.

The PSAs begin appearing on television in New York City today. The schedule for the first two days of broadcast is included below. Click here to view Troop 1701’s 90 second PSA or tune to WABC during the following shows (all times are subject to change):

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No More High Energy Bells and Whistles

anne_mikolay_2012_120After an all too brief, two year relationship, my washing machine and I have parted ways. In fact, the high energy, allegedly super efficient model passed away today after a quick, sudden illness.

The first hint that something was amiss with my machine was the water slowly trickling from beneath it. Ever the pro-active consumer, I consulted the trouble-shooting pages of my owner’s manual and followed the directions to clear the filter. The operation was successful! No more leaks!

Then came the smell, though a far more appropriate word is “stink.” I opened the washing machine door of my stackable, high energy model one morning and nearly feinted from what greeted my sniffer. Had something crawled into my machine, died, and decayed?? I wondered. Thankfully, a hasty check inside the machine proved that ghastly assumption incorrect, so I did what every confused homeowner does: I consulted friends on facebook, who advised rinsing the inside of the machine with a solution of two parts white vinegar to one part water. I did, and the stink vanished – for a few days, only to return in full offensive force. Additional facebook consultations suggested a product called Affresh, specifically designed to clean the mold that forms in high energy washers. I used Affresh as directed. Problem solved! No more stinkies! Then the hot water cycle rebelled.

Suddenly, whenever I used the washer’s hot water cycle, steam emerged from the machine along with a new smell akin to burning rubber. Well, I thought, that can’t be good! The cold water cycle, however, presented no problems; thus, I cheated fate and did a few loads of laundry in cold water. Alas, all cheaters get caught somehow; a new clanking/clunking sound was my punishment for gambling. I’m no expert in high energy home appliances, but I’m pretty sure they aren’t supposed to shake, rattle, and roll. Enough was enough! I put in a service call.

A very efficient (and honest!) repairman arrived at my home, and after a ten minute or so diagnostic review, delivered the bad news. The machine could be fixed, he said, but the parts in question were no longer warrantied. The total cost of a new drum and motor thingie (okay, so I’m not that proactive) was $150.00. Not too bad, but the labor, the repairman warned, was another matter entirely. Since my washing machine is a stackable unit, two repairmen would be required to lift the dryer off the machine before removing the very heavy drum from within the washer. The task, I was warned, was a three hour minimum job at a cost of $75.00 per hour per man. Holy spinning agitator, Batman, but that’s a heck of a lot of cash! The new parts were only guaranteed for a month; if the problem recurred, I would be right back where I started from. As the repairman correctly pointed out, I could probably purchase a brand new washer for less than the cost of repairing this one.

Thus, my high energy, stackable, fancy schmancy washing machine bit the dust after only two years! In case you’re wondering, my departed washing machine (may it rest in peace wherever junk is laid to rest), was made by a very popular home appliance manufacturer, and when purchased, was touted as the best, most efficient model in that company’s line of contemporary washers. I believe that’s what me fellow Irish folk call a bunch of malarkey.

I’ve learned my lesson. New and complicated isn’t always better. Tomorrow, I’m marching right out to Sears to purchase a  reliable Kenmore washer, something simple and basic, without all those deceptive bells and whistles!

No More High Energy Bells and Whistles

anne_mikolay_2012_120After an all too brief, two year relationship, my washing machine and I have parted ways. In fact, the high energy, allegedly super efficient model passed away today after a quick, sudden illness.

The first hint that something was amiss with my machine was the water slowly trickling from beneath it. Ever the pro-active consumer, I consulted the trouble-shooting pages of my owner’s manual and followed the directions to clear the filter. The operation was successful! No more leaks!

Then came the smell, though a far more appropriate word is “stink.” I opened the washing machine door of my stackable, high energy model one morning and nearly feinted from what greeted my sniffer. Had something crawled into my machine, died, and decayed?? I wondered. Thankfully, a hasty check inside the machine proved that ghastly assumption incorrect, so I did what every confused homeowner does: I consulted friends on facebook, who advised rinsing the inside of the machine with a solution of two parts white vinegar to one part water. I did, and the stink vanished – for a few days, only to return in full offensive force. Additional facebook consultations suggested a product called Affresh, specifically designed to clean the mold that forms in high energy washers. I used Affresh as directed. Problem solved! No more stinkies! Then the hot water cycle rebelled.

Suddenly, whenever I used the washer’s hot water cycle, steam emerged from the machine along with a new smell akin to burning rubber. Well, I thought, that can’t be good! The cold water cycle, however, presented no problems; thus, I cheated fate and did a few loads of laundry in cold water. Alas, all cheaters get caught somehow; a new clanking/clunking sound was my punishment for gambling. I’m no expert in high energy home appliances, but I’m pretty sure they aren’t supposed to shake, rattle, and roll. Enough was enough! I put in a service call.

A very efficient (and honest!) repairman arrived at my home, and after a ten minute or so diagnostic review, delivered the bad news. The machine could be fixed, he said, but the parts in question were no longer warrantied. The total cost of a new drum and motor thingie (okay, so I’m not that proactive) was $150.00. Not too bad, but the labor, the repairman warned, was another matter entirely. Since my washing machine is a stackable unit, two repairmen would be required to lift the dryer off the machine before removing the very heavy drum from within the washer. The task, I was warned, was a three hour minimum job at a cost of $75.00 per hour per man. Holy spinning agitator, Batman, but that’s a heck of a lot of cash! The new parts were only guaranteed for a month; if the problem recurred, I would be right back where I started from. As the repairman correctly pointed out, I could probably purchase a brand new washer for less than the cost of repairing this one.

Thus, my high energy, stackable, fancy schmancy washing machine bit the dust after only two years! In case you’re wondering, my departed washing machine (may it rest in peace wherever junk is laid to rest), was made by a very popular home appliance manufacturer, and when purchased, was touted as the best, most efficient model in that company’s line of contemporary washers. I believe that’s what me fellow Irish folk call a bunch of malarkey.

I’ve learned my lesson. New and complicated isn’t always better. Tomorrow, I’m marching right out to Sears to purchase a  reliable Kenmore washer, something simple and basic, without all those deceptive bells and whistles!