Monmouth County News Briefs, June 23


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The Jewish Heritage Museum of Monmouth County has announced that after being closed to the public since March 2020, it has reopened. Hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment only. Admission is $5 for non-members and $3 for museum members.

For this first stage of reopening, full vaccination and masks will be required, according to a press release. For more information, call 732-252-6990 or email Reservations may be completed on the website at

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The Jewish Heritage Museum is in the Mount’s Corner shopping center, 310 Mount’s Corner Drive, Freehold Township (corner of Route 537 and Wemrock Road). The museum is on the second floor of the historic Levi Solomon Barn at the rear of the complex. The museum is handicapped accessible and assistive listening accessible.


The current 13u Mudcats baseball team is looking to transition into a tournament only team starting in the Fall 2021 season. The Mudcats have been a successful team in USABL’s American Division league play with a winning percentage of .778 since the Fall of 2018.

The Mudcats recently completed their second season on the 60/90 field with a regular season record of 15-2-1. The team’s directors believe now is the time to become a tournament only team.

The team’s directors are looking to create a roster of 14 to 15 dedicated and talented baseball players. The Mudcats will be competing in a combination of, but not limited to, Diamond Nation, Perfect Game and USABL tournaments. All expenses are divided evenly among the players on the roster, according to a press release.

For more information, email


Discover a variety of fish, crabs and other sea creatures when the Monmouth County Park System hosts “Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay.”

Held at Bayshore Waterfront Park in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown from 11 a.m. to noon on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from June 21 through Aug. 27, this program invites area residents to join park system naturalists as they seine the water and identify the aquatic creatures that are caught, according to a press release.

Designed for individuals and families, this free program is open to all ages (under 18 with adult). Participants should meet on the beach near the parking lot. Closed-toe shoes are required. This offering is weather permitting.

For more information about “Seining Along Sandy Hook Bay” or the Monmouth County Park System, visit  or call 732-842-4000.


The Monmouth County Historical Commission has announced the recipients of the county’s 2021 Historic Preservation Awards. The awards are presented to individuals or organizations who have taken on restoration and preservation projects for historic buildings in Monmouth County.

“Preserving historical sites takes a lot of time, dedication, patience and resources,” said Monmouth County Commissioner Lillian G. Burry, the liaison to the Monmouth County Historical Commission.

“These projects show a sincere commitment to preserving our cultural heritage in Monmouth County and to making sure it is preserved for years to come. They deserve our gratitude and praise for their hard work,” Burry said.

The Source Farmhouse Brewery in Colts Neck is recognized for its owner, Philip Petracca’s restoration of the historic Schanck barn, an excellent example of historic adaptive re-use, according to a press release from the county.

The original structure was built by Lafeyette Schank in 1800. His father, militia Capt. John Schanck, was an intimate friend of the Marquis. The property passed down from generation to generation before being purchased in 2017.

David and Maggie Tripold of Tinton Falls are being recognized for restoring the Arthur Wilson House, which the borough rescued from possible demolition.

The Tripolds acquired the house in 2011 with plans to make it their home, although it was barely habitable at that time. The Tripolds put in 4,500 hours of restoration work before they were able to move into the house in the fall of 2018, according to the press release.

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