Supporters for Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore raised more than $77,000 to help local girls develop leadership skills and achieve their potential at a charity golf event held on June 21 at Deal Golf and Country Club.
Presented by Investors Bank and OceanFirst Bank, the annual Girl Scout Golf Classic brought together nearly 100 golfers and supporters to benefit the area’s largest nonprofit charitable organization devoted to girls, according to a press release.
More than 50 local businesses and individuals sponsored the charity event in a show of support for the essential role Girl Scouts continues to play in the wake of the COVID pandemic, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore CEO Eileen Higgins said.
Proceeds from the Golf Classic will fund a variety of leadership experiences for girls in need, including outdoor day camp this summer at the council’s two campuses, Camp Amity Acres in Waretown and Camp Sacajawea in Howell.
Additionally, Higgins said, funds will support membership fees for families who may be facing financial difficulties.
Currently, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore serves approximately 9,000 girls in Monmouth and Ocean counties and is supported by a team of 4,000 volunteers, according to the press release.
The New Jersey State Museum, Trenton, will reopen for public visitation in mid-July. Closed in March 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, the museum will open for member early access starting July 20. The public is welcome back on July 24, according to a press release.
A mask will be required for all visitors over the age of 2 and social distancing is encouraged. The main museum building will be open from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (galleries begin closing at 4:30 p.m.), Tuesday through Sunday; and the Auditorium galleries are open Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum is closed to the public on Mondays and state holidays.
On July 24-25, visitors are invited to enjoy discounted planetarium shows, curator-led gallery tours, hands-on activities outdoors on the museum plaza, and story time on the lawn for the museum’s youngest guests and their families, according to the press release.
Visit www.statemuseum.nj.gov for planetarium show titles and descriptions.
The short-term exhibition “Fine Feathered Friends: Birds as Mainstay and Muse,” which had opened just before the museum closed, will be open for viewing. Also continuing on view will be “Preserving the Pinelands: Albert Horner’s Portraits of a National Treasure,” which features photographs of New Jersey’s Pinelands along with Pinelands-related artifacts and specimens, according to the press release.
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission will begin the issuance of parking placards for use by home care service employees including nurses, nurse aides, homemaker-home health aides, personal care assistants, hospice workers, social workers, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech-language pathologists.
The placards can only be obtained by application from the home health business or agency directly to the NJMVC. Directions are available at NJMVC.gov, according to a press release.
“The NJMVC is pleased to support the state’s home health agencies and their caregivers in better access to parking, especially in congested urban areas and places where parking is limited,” NJMVC Chief Administrator Sue Fulton said.
“As the population ages, more and more New Jerseyans are receiving care at home. It is critically important for home health workers to be able to park legally, safely and efficiently to provide that care,” she said.
Placards are yellow in color and will hang from the rearview mirror of a vehicle.
Placard use allows for daytime or overnight parking normally reserved for municipal residents, municipal parking lots and college/university parking lots; and parking at meters for up to 24 hours with no penalties.
Placards cannot be used for parking in parking spots that are labeled for individuals who have a disability, according to the press release.
Monmouth County Clerk Christine Giordano Hanlon is advising residents to apply for passports well in advance of any planned travel since the U.S. Department of State is experiencing unprecedented passport processing delays.
According to the most recent update on July 2, the current Federal Passport Agency
service times are as follows:
• Routine service – Up to 18 weeks from the day an application is submitted to
the day a new passport is received; the 18-week estimate accounts for up to 12
weeks of processing time and six weeks for mailing;
• Expedited service (for an additional $60) – Up to 12 weeks from the day an
application is submitted to the day a new passport is received; the 12-week
estimate accounts for up to six weeks of processing time and six weeks for
Residents can apply for a passport at one of the county clerk’s passport offices in
Freehold Borough, Neptune and Eatontown. The offices are currently operating on an
Passport forms must be filled out prior to arrival and can be downloaded online at MonmouthCountyClerk.com or on the U.S. State Department website at
travel.state.gov. For more information about the passport application process, visit MonmouthCountyClerk.com
LADACIN Network will hold its 40th anniversary Rosebud Gala on July 31 at 6:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel. This year’s gala will recognize LADACIN’s 2020 honorees and the 2021 honorees.
Willis Towers Watson and World Insurance Associates, LLC, will be honored as the Rosebud Gala Corporate Honorees in recognition of their long-time support of LADACIN Network and of its mission.
The Humanitarian Honorees are Denise Walker, a devoted supporter of the agency for many years, the Brick Presbyterian Church, which has been providing food baskets to the agency’s families in need since 1979, and Ron Taylor, who has been supporting the agency and volunteering his time since 2018, according to a press release.
LADACIN Network provides a continuum of care to infants, children and adults with complex physical and developmental disabilities or delays. LADACIN serves more than 3,500 individuals and families in 14 locations throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties.
For information about the 40th anniversary Rosebud Gala, contact Cathy Claps at 732-493-5900, ext. 263, or visit www.ladacin.org