News Transcript News Briefs, March 6

The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County, Freehold Township, will present “50 Children: The Rescue Mission of Mr. And Mrs. Kraus” by Dr. Erwin Tepper at 2 p.m. April 28. Admission is $8 for museum members and $10 for non-members. This is a program about a group of 50 Jewish children, 25 boys and 25 girls, who in 1939 were brought out of Europe’s inferno by a philanthropic organization, Beth Sholom. The organization ensued with a Philadelphia attorney, Gilbert, and his wife Eleanor. Through great difficulties with all the governments involved, these children were brought to the United States, according to a press release. Dr. Erwin Tepper, a resident of Monmouth County and one of the 50 children, will be the guest speaker. To make a paid reservation (non-refundable), call 732-252-6990 or visit


CentraState Healthcare Foundation hosted its 57th annual Celebration Ball at South Gate Manor, Freehold, on Feb. 2. More than $250,000 was raised to benefit Rutgers/RWJ Family Medicine Residency Program at CentraState in the new Freehold Family Health Center. This annual event honored the VNA Health Group, Special Strides and Joseph Iantosca for their commitment to CentraState Healthcare System and the community. The event was co-chaired by Dr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Friedenberg, Rob Kash, and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Mattia, with more than 300 guests in attendance. The new Freehold Family Health Center will provide access to health care through an academic community partnership that is responsive to the cultural and linguistic diversity of populations in the service area, providing holistic family-centered care, according to a press release. Top sponsors were Aetna Better Health of New Jersey, OceanFirst Bank and OceanFirst Foundation, Princeton Radiology, the Jewish Home for Rehabilitation and Nursing, the Medical and Dental Staff of CentraState Medical Center, and UMH Properties/Monmouth Real Estate Investment Corporation.


In partnership with Fulfill (formerly The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties), United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties is offering free tax preparation at a Financial Success Center in Freehold. Households earning $55,000 or less, or individuals earning $35,000 or less, are eligible for free tax preparation. Appointments are available now through April 18 at FSC Freehold, Meridian Community Resource Center, Freehold Raceway Mall, First Floor Macy’s wing, Tuesday through Friday, noon to 7 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. To make an appointment, dial 211 and press 27 at the prompt, or schedule online at Households earning $66,000 or less may file taxes online for free at


“Life in the Soil: Dig Deeper” is the theme for the 2019 conservation poster contest
sponsored by the Freehold Soil Conservation District and the New Jersey Association of
Conservation Districts. Students in second through 12th grade in Middlesex and Monmouth counties are encouraged to learn about the importance of soil, according to a press release. Almost all of the minerals and nutrients people need for life and to keep them healthy come from fields, gardens, trees and pastures. By creating a poster, students can highlight their artistic talents while exploring their connections to the natural world. Prizes include $100, $75 and $50 cash awards. All first place district level posters will be submitted to the state level competition where one grand champion poster will be chosen and reproduced onto a pocket folder and distributed statewide. Entry forms are available at, by calling 732-683-8500 or by emailing The entry deadline is
March 15.


Three Monmouth County 4-H members recently attended the State 4-H Small Animal Educational Symposium held in Clayton, Gloucester County. “The State 4-H Small Animal Educational Symposium is an annual event, now in its sixth year, that offers 4-H’ers an opportunity to advance their knowledge and skills in topics related to poultry, reptiles, small animals, cavy (guinea pigs) and rabbits. In addition, the event provides a venue to meet 4-H members from around the state,” said Jeannette Rea Keywood, liaison to New Jersey 4-H Youth Development Program Small Animal Project Advisory Council. The Monmouth County 4-H members joined nearly 75 4-H participants representing 13 counties. The Monmouth County participants were Salvatore Montecalvo and Vincenzo Montecalvo from Marlboro, and Isabella Schwank from Spring Lake, according to a press release. “We are excited that 4-H members from Monmouth County had an opportunity to take part in this valuable educational experience and we look forward to them sharing what they learned with 4-H’ers in our county,” said Matthew Newman, Monmouth County 4-H agent. Activities and events held at the symposium included a 4-H Rabbit Hopping Exhibition and the 4-H Small Animal Project Art Show. Workshop topics included rabbit management, tattooing, diseases, showmanship, conditioning, breeds and more, according to the press release.


The Manalapan-Englishtown Community Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse will host its fifth annual Project Zero 5K fun run/walk on April 27 at the Manalapan Recreation Center, Route 522. The event will raise awareness and money for the alliance’s efforts to educate the community about the dangers and consequences of drug abuse and alcoholism. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and the race will begin at 9:30 a.m., rain or shine. The registration fee is $20 for participants over 18 and $50 for families of three or more until April 19. Youths under 18 can register for $15. The fees increase after April 19. There are team rates available, call the Manalapan Health Department for more information. All race participants who register prior to April 19 are guaranteed a race T-shirt. The event is designed to be fun, but recognition medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in four categories: men, women, girls 14 and under, and boys 14 and under. With support of the local running group Gone Running, all runners will be timed. To register, contact the Manalapan Health Department at 732-446-8345 or or visit the township website at and download a registration form. All fees must be paid with a check or cash or online at