Monmouth County News Briefs, April 21

The Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey has launched a new free resource for renters, landlords and homeowners who have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

With support from the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund and the New Jersey Affordable Housing Trust Fund – Innovation Fund, the network has launched a new website, a toll free number and a text alert system that is available for New Jersey residents to find answers, the most current information, resource directories and to seek assistance, according to a press release.

Through the website, residents will be able to send questions and concerns through an online form or call a toll free number to be connected to a certified housing counselor or other helpful resources. The site will cover the latest housing news and information specific to renters, landlords, and homeowners, according to the press release.

Residents seeking housing counseling service or information can visit, call 888-691-3002 or email

To stay updated on the latest housing news and resources in the state, residents can text “housing help” to 313131. Translation services are also available.


Congregation B’nai Israel, Rumson, will host an historical lecture on Zoom titled “The
Fraught Path to Inclusion: Newport’s Jewish and African-American Communities in the Revolutionary Era” on April 29 at 7:30 p.m.

The lecture will explore how two very different communities – the African-American
community and the Jewish community – struggled with integration into the
social and religious world of colonial Newport, R.I., according to a press release.

The lecture will be presented by Benjamin L. Carp, the Daniel M. Lyons Associate Professor of American History at Brooklyn College.

This is the congregation’s first Professor Jack Needle Memorial lecture, in memory of a beloved congregant, teacher and scholar of American and Jewish history who passed away on July 31, 2019.

The April 29 event is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Register at the Event page at


Classic Radio Road Show will present three radio plays from the Golden Years of Radio, live on Zoom, May 1, beginning at 7:30 pm.

“Two Weeks With Pay,” a favorite episode of “The Bickersons,” will be accompanied by an episode of a show made famous by Lucille Ball, “My Favorite Husband.” Rounding out the program is a humorous left hook called “Miss Tithinwither at the Prize Fight,” according to a press release.

Send an email to to register for the Zoom show.

“Two Weeks With Pay” will star real-life husband and wife Duane and Laurie Noch, the founders of Classic Radio Road Show.

“My Favorite Husband” was a radio show that ran from 1948-51 starring Lucille Ball, which evolved into the TV sitcom “I Love Lucy.” Classic Radio Road Show veteran Gwen Ricks Spencer plays the lovely Liz and first-timer Alberto Bonilla co-stars as George.

Classic Radio Road Show mainstay Marcia Finn straps on the boxing gloves to play Miss Tithinwither in a short play that first aired on the Rudy Vallee variety program in 1935. Miss Tithinwither, an ardent pacifist, ends up calling a fight and gets caught up in the action.

Other recorded radio plays still offered free at are “Our Miss Brooks,” “Roadside,” “The Dreamer” and “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” according to the press release.