Monmouth County News Briefs, April 28

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Monmouth County Commissioner Lillian G. Burry will present a virtual program about historic Colts Neck on April 30 at 10:30 a.m. The program is presented by the Monmouth County Library and is available at no cost, but with registration required. Registration is available at the upcoming Events column on the library’s website,

Burry is a former mayor of Colts Neck and the author of the book, “A Tour of Historic Colts Neck.” The book cites the 13 localities in the township which are designated as official historic sites and includes a map for visitors who want to tour the sites or learn more of the history about each one, according to a press release.

Burry’s presentation will include descriptions of each of the historic sites as well as her reasons for writing the book and recognizing each site for its role in Colts Neck and Monmouth County history.


The Monmouth County SPCA has announced a $7,500 grant investment from the newly named, Petco Love, to support its work for animals in Monmouth County and beyond, according to a press release.

Petco Love is a nonprofit organization leading change for pets nationally by harnessing the power of love to make communities and pet families closer, stronger and healthier, according to the press release.

Since its founding in 1999 as the Petco Foundation, it has empowered organizations with nearly $300 million invested to date in adoption and other lifesaving efforts. And, it has helped find loving homes for more than 6.5 million pets in partnership with Petco and more than 4,000 organizations, like the MCSPCA, nationwide, according to the press release.

“We are so grateful to receive a $7,500 grant investment from Petco Love to help aid animals in need. The Monmouth County SPCA is dedicated to saving animals in Monmouth County, as well as struggling shelters in our area and beyond. It is our belief that all animals deserve a second chance regardless of their past and we are happy to have the resources to provide that second chance for them,” said Ross Licitra, executive director of the Monmouth County SPCA.


The Brookdale Community College Foundation is holding a Scholarship Summer Bash at 5:30 p.m. July 19, the college’s 54th “birthday.”

This event supports the foundation’s mission of helping students achieve their dream of earning a college degree, according to a press release.

The Summer Bash will be held on the Lincroft campus in the Donald D. Warner Student Life Center and outdoor patio area. Co-chairs for the event are Karen Escobedo, Candy Langen-Sattenspiel and Carol Stillwell.

The college will be honoring frontline healthcare workers to recognize the work they are performing daily during an unprecedented time.

The community is invited to join the college in showing appreciation to Bayshore Medical Center, Frank Citara; CentraState Medical Center, John Gribbin; Jersey Shore University Medical Center, Vito Buccellato; Monmouth Medical Center, Eric Carney; Riverview Medical Center, Timothy Hogan; and all five medical centers’ COVID response team members.

The Scholarship Summer Bash supports Brookdale students who do not qualify for financial aid. This year the fund awarded more than $800,000 in scholarships and grants to support students’ success, according to the press release.

Individual tickets are $200 and live streaming event tickets are $100. For tickets or more information, email [email protected]