Monmouth County News Briefs, Jan. 13

Michael Adelberg, author, editor, novelist, essayist and scholar, will present “Rebellion
Before Revolution: Pre-War Tremors in Monmouth County” on Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in a virtual
presentation presented by the Monmouth County Historical Association and co-sponsored by the Monmouth County Library.

Adelberg’s presentation is part of the library’s Historically Speaking: A Virtual Lecture Series and will be conducted on Zoom.

Registration and internet access are required to attend, and registration is available at the library’s Upcoming Events list at or @MonCoLibrary. Information on how to access the lecture will be emailed after registration.

Adelberg’s research has been recognized by the New Jersey Historical Commission, the New Jersey Studies Academic Alliance and the David Library of the American Revolution, according to a press release. Among his novels is “The Razing of Tinton Falls,” published in 2011.


Recognizing the bravery and commitment of volunteer firefighters and first responders, New Jersey American Water has announced its 2021 grant program for volunteer fire departments and emergency responders (e.g., ambulance and first aid squads) located within the company’s service areas.

Grants may be used to cover the costs of personal protective equipment, communications gear, first aid equipment, firefighting tools, vehicle maintenance and other materials that will be used to support volunteer firefighter and emergency responder operations, according to a press release.

To apply, organizations must complete the online application, located at, under News & Community, Community Involvement.

The maximum grant amount awarded to any organization is $2,000 and the deadline to
apply is March 12. Find more information and apply online at Grant recipients will be notified at
the end of March.


COVID-19 vaccinations are now available for residents and staff of Chelsea Senior Living communities, The vaccination program for assisted living residences was originally scheduled to begin in December, but was delayed due to a shortage of vaccine caused by a late application by the New Jersey Department of Health, according to a press release. Receiving the vaccine will be voluntary. The vaccine, given in two injections a month apart, will be administered by trained pharmacists from CVS, which is handling vaccines for thousands of long-term care residents and staff nationwide.


January is National Mentoring Month and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Coastal and Northern New Jersey (BBBSCNNJ) is inviting community members to celebrate by becoming a volunteer Big Brother or Big Sister to a local child.

BBBSCNNJ provides one-to-one mentoring for youths ages 6-18 throughout 10 counties in New Jersey. Volunteer Big Brothers and Sisters spend quality time with their Littles each month, enjoying free or low-cost activities during which the child may learn new skills, explore new interests, or expand their experience beyond their family and neighborhood, according to a press release.

In light of current challenges, BBBSCNNJ case managers continue to conduct volunteer training, match meetings and interviews virtually or in adherence to safety guidelines. BBBSCNNJ created 100 new Big-Little matches in 2020. To learn more, visit and follow the agency on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.


Congregation B’nai Israel, Rumson, will host a screening of the BBC Imagine production, “Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy” on Zoom on Jan. 31 at 11 a.m. The film explores the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical.

“Broadway Musicals: A Jewish Legacy” showcases the work of some of the nation’s pre-eminent creators of musical theater, including Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II, Kurt Weill, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim and many others.

This event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required to obtain the Zoom link. Register at the event page at For more information, call 732-842-1800, ext. 203.


Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (D-NJ) has announced that New Jersey will receive more than $591 million to combat the transmission of COVID-19.

The state will receive $511.24 million for COVID-19 testing and contact tracing and $80.26 million for vaccination activities, according to a press release.

The funding will be distributed as part of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act Congress passed in December. Pallone expects additional funds for vaccine distribution will be made available to the state in the coming months.

As chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, Pallone authored the health provisions of four bills in the House of Representatives to combat the coronavirus that became law, according to the press release.

They include the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, the Coronavirus Aid Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, and an omnibus appropriations and COVID-19 relief package.