News Transcript Datebook, Dec. 26


• Marlboro resident Barbara Kenas will appear on the NJTV program “Here’s the Story” at 8 p.m. Dec. 26 to tell the story of Anita Landesberger, who was murdered in Auschwitz on March 7, 1944 at the age of 7. Kenas wrote about her connection to Landesberger in a guest column in the News Transcript earlier this year. Filmmaker Steve Rogers subsequently interviewed Kenas about Landesberger. The episode of “Here’s the Story” in which Kenas will appear is called “Not Forgotten.”

• Speaker and local expert Jason Denesevich will lecture on “A Year at Sandy Hook” at the Monmouth County Audubon Society meeting at 8 p.m. Jan. 9 at Tower Hill Church, 255 Harding Road, Red Bank. The public is welcome; admission is free. Denesevich has been birding in New Jersey for 15 years and has studied migration patterns at Sandy Hook for the past five years. Details: or email [email protected]

• The Italian Americans Cultural Society of New Jersey will host a special new year’s 2019 annual membership drive open to the general public. Individuals who pay the $60 annual membership on or before Jan. 10 will attend the organization’s next dinner meeting at Christie’s Italian Restaurant, 2420 Route 9 South, Howell, on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. for free (a $35 value). This one-time special offer will net the membership fee for 2019 to $25. Interested individuals may contact Mike Arato at 917-709-8008 or Rob DeSalvatore at 732-984-8482. Visit for more information and a membership application.

• A “Wondrous Winter Walk” will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. Jan. 31 at the Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center, Howell, meet in the parking lot. Tag along with a Monmouth County Park System naturalist and explore the serenity that is nature in the wintertime. Free. Details: 732-842-4000.

• The Manalapan Township Committee will hold its annual reorganization meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 2 at the municipal building. Barry Jacobson will be sworn in as a member of the Township Committee. Members of municipal boards, committees and commissions will be appointed for 2019. The meeting is open to the public and all residents are invited to attend.

• The Deep Cut Orchid Society will hold its annual orchid show and sale from Feb. 7-10 at Dearborn Market, 2170 Route 35 South, Holmdel. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 7-9 and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Feb. 10. There will be free guided tours and educational and orchid-themed workshops for enthusiasts of all levels. Orchid experts will be on hand to answer questions. Admission and parking are free.

• New Jersey Blood Services will conduct a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 30 at Dunkin Donuts, 285 Gordons Corner Road, Manalapan. All blood types are needed. To donate blood or for information about how to organize a blood drive, call 1-800-933-2566.

• The Jewish Home for Rehabilitation and Nursing, Freehold Township, a new skilled rehabilitation and nursing facility serving the Jewish community, is hosting a free monthly support group called The Jewish Caregiver’s Experience. The group meets at 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month. Caregivers of all ages seeking support, resources and a Jewish perspective on managing their responsibilities are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served. Details: Avrum, 732-202-1000, ext. 4012.

• Temple Beth Ahm, 550 Lloyd Road, Aberdeen, will host a meet and greet on Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to come and learn about the synagogue. Refreshments will be served. Details: Email [email protected] or call 732-583-1700.

• The Manalapan-Englishtown Community Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse has launched its Project Zero website at Project Zero is the alliance’s initiative to reset the narrative in Englishtown and Manalapan regarding substance abuse. The website contains information about where residents can go for assistance.

• New Jersey Blood Services is in need of volunteers to work blood drives in Ocean and Monmouth counties. Tasks include assisting donors with registration, watching donors for post-donation reactions and responding to their needs. Details: Jan Zepka, 732-616-8741.

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