Monmouth County News Briefs, Feb. 3

Brookdale Community College administrators have announced they will not increase tuition and fees for the next academic year.

Dr. Henry Cram, chairman of the Board of Trustees, said, “The trustees recognize the severe and far-reaching financial hardships caused by COVID-19. By keeping tuition and fees unchanged for this upcoming academic year, we hope to help students and families who are struggling with the cost of higher education.”

Brookdale President David Stout said, “This tuition freeze will help the members of our community access an affordable college education of the highest quality with well-established pathways leading to bachelor’s degrees and desirable careers.”

Brookdale is the county college of Monmouth County. Brookdale offers AA, AFA, AS and AAS degrees in 68 academic programs including options, four Academic Credit Certificates and eight Academic Credit Certificates of Achievement.

Most of the credit and non-credit programs are offered at Brookdale’s main campus in the Lincroft section of Middletown, and at branch campuses in Freehold Township and Wall Township, and regional locations in Neptune, Hazlet and Long Branch.  Brookdale also offers online courses. For more information, visit


The Monmouth County Park System is seeking entries into its upcoming “Of the Earth” exhibit. The exhibit, to be held from March 5 through April 24 at the Gallery in the Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Lincroft, will feature works inspired by the themes of earth and nature.

This can include art created from the elements of the earth, such as natural found assemblage to works of clay; or a more traditional art approach, such as landscape painting or botanical drawing. Anything that fuses the worlds of nature and art is eligible.  Local artist Melissa Bronwen Pyle is the guest judge, according to a press release.

Additional information and an entry form are available at The entry deadline is Feb. 22.


Congregation B’nai Israel, Rumson, will host a lecture on Zoom called “George Segal, His Art, Yogi Berra & Chickens” at 11 a.m. Feb. 7. Segal (Nov. 26, 1924 – June 9, 2000) was an American painter and sculptor from New Jersey associated with the Pop Art movement, according to a press release.

The lecture will answer the question of how Yogi Berra, chickens and Daumier, a famous realist artist of the 19th century, relate to George Segal, an artist-sculptor of the 20th and 21st centuries, a Jewish artist from New Jersey.

The lecture and images will be presented by Sandy Gordon, Course Coordinator for Art History at Quest/City College of New York for 19 years, as well as a lecturer for Osher, New York University, Elderhostel, the Chautauqua Institution and more.

This event, which is sponsored by the synagogue’s Cultural Programming Committee, is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required for this program in order to get the Zoom link. Register at the Event page at


Hackensack Meridian Bayshore Medical Center, Holmdel, was named a top general hospital and received an “A” safety rating by the Leapfrog Group.

The highest performing hospitals on the Leapfrog Hospital Survey are recognized annually with the Leapfrog Top Hospital award. Top Hospitals have better systems in place to prevent medication errors, higher quality on maternity care and lower infection rates, among other qualities. Hospitals that are eligible to receive a Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade must have received an “A” in the most recent round of scoring to be eligible, according to a press release.

“Bayshore Medical Center has long been a trusted name here in northern Monmouth County and due to the extraordinary efforts of our medical staff and team members, we are elevating that recognition statewide,” said Frank Citara, chief hospital executive, Bayshore Medical Center.

“The care and safety of our patients and their families is second to none and the work of our team members to improve each day is unparalleled. This recognition is a reflection of every individual who works here at the hospital. Our commitment to providing our community with the best healthcare possible will always remain our top priority and this recent recognition only underscores that promise,” Citara said.


Nancy Grbelja of Millstone Township was elected chairwoman of the Monmouth County Library Commission at its 2021 reorganization meeting, succeeding Frank Wells of Union Beach in the position. Grbelja is the current deputy mayor of Millstone Township.

Barbara McMorrow of Freehold Township was named the commission’s vice chairwoman. Mary Ann Musich, a member of the Township Committee in Manalapan, was reappointed to a five-year term on the board by the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners in January and was named secretary-treasurer.

Atlantic Highlands Councilman Brian Boms also serves on the seven-member board, and Marcy McMullen of Holmdel was recently named to her first five-year term on the board, which currently still has one vacancy, according to a press release.

The commissioners oversee the headquarters library in Manalapan, the 12 branch libraries and 12 member libraries. All branches of the library are currently open with limited services, hours and capacities. For a complete list of hours and services offered, visit