Monmouth County News Briefs, Aug. 25


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Mazza Recycling recently introduced a feral cat colony to its Tinton Falls facility in partnership with the Monmouth County SPCA (MCSPCA). The designated area of Mazza Recycling’s 55-acre facility houses a secluded cat shed, food, water and bedding that will provide a safe haven for the dozens of homeless cats currently living on site at the recycling center.

The MCSPCA, which is based in Eatontown, began a partnership with Mazza Recycling at the start of the summer through its Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program, according to a press release.

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The MCSPCA has taken a leadership role in implementing a program specifically addressing the burgeoning feral cat population in a humane way. Feral cats are trapped, spayed or neutered, and returned to the community to live in managed colonies, according to the press release.

Kittens and “friendly” stray cats are put up for adoption at the MCSPCA, immediately reducing the population of feral cats in the community. Mazza Recycling is the first corporation in Monmouth County to take part in the MCSPCA program and to use the resources at its disposal to build a home for ferals, according to the press release.


The creations of eight fiber artists will be on display in the Monmouth Museum’s Main Gallery as a new exhibit, 8 Uncommon Threads. The show opened on Aug. 21 and will run until Nov. 7. The museum is on the Brookdale Community College campus in Lincroft.
The eight artists whose work is represented in thes exhibition are Ellen Piccolo, Madeleine Appell, Margaret Walsh, Joyce Crupi, Kirsten Fisher, Shari Werner, Martha McDonald and Susan Byrnes, according to a press release.
The artists use the medium of fabric and incorporate the elements and principles of design in their quilts. This group of women meets regularly to critique and encourage one another. Focusing on color, form, line, shape, space, texture and value, they aim to create quilts that are intuitive, experimental and expressive, according to the press release.
In addition to the Main Gallery exhibit, the museum will have on display its collection of sewing bird clamps.
Most popular in the 1850s through the 1890s, a sewing bird is a table clamp that supports a bird on its top. The lower body of the bird is stationary while the upper body is hinged, and there is a spring in the tail. When the upper and lower tail ends are pinched together, the beak opens, allowing the edge of a fabric to be placed in it, according to the press release.

The Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce, Wall Township, will host its 2021 Biz Expo, open to the public at no charge, on Sept. 23 from 5-7:30 p.m. at Pat’s 30 Acres, an outdoor venue, 4103 W. Hurley Pond Road, Wall Township.

New features include a networking garden with a live band and additional onsite parking. The member rate for a 6-foot table is $150; for non-members the cost is $375 and includes chamber membership for 2021 and 2022, according to a press release.

For more information, or to inquire about sponsorships and table reservations, call Danielle Kidney at 732-280-8800 or email


LADACIN Network held its 40th Anniversary Rosebud Gala at the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel on July 31. The fundraising event benefitted LADACIN Network’s programs and services for individuals with disabilities.

Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres, live music by a jazz duo provided by Jack Goodman Orchestras, an auction and a program that paid tribute to the Rosebud Honorees from 2020 and 2021, thanking them for their continued efforts and contributions to the agency. The event raised more than $155,000, according to a press release.

This year Willis Towers Watson and World Insurance Associates LLC were honored as the Rosebud Gala Corporate Honorees in recognition of their longtime support of LADACIN Network and of its mission.

The Humanitarian Honorees were 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 the press release.

Co-chairing the event were LADACIN Network Board Vice President Victor Sbailo, Barnegat, and Margaret Winkelman, Howell. Carl Craft, of WRAT-FM, served as master of ceremonies.

LADACIN serves more than 3,500 individuals and families in 14 locations throughout Monmouth and Ocean counties. For information about LADACIN, contact Luisa Vroman at 732-493-5900, ext. 266.

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