Monmouth County News Briefs, May 4

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The Monmouth County Department of Human Services, Division of Social Services, has been awarded $75,000 through the Community Access Service grant from the New Jersey Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.

The Monmouth County Division of Social Services applied for the grant to help expand access for county residents who may be deaf or hard of hearing when applying for public benefits through the division with adaptive computer equipment, according to a press release.

“The computer equipment that will be purchased with the grant funding will be highly beneficial to our residents who are deaf or hard of hearing,” said Commissioner Deputy Director Susan M. Kiley, who is the liaison from the Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners to the Division of Social Services.

“These computers will provide the needed interactive WebEx systems for close captioning and access to visual sign language interpreter services,” Kiley said.

The division will install 10 WebEx Desk Video computer systems, which will provide immediate videoconference capability during intake interviews through close captioning and/or coordination with an American Sign Language interpreter. The division has worked closely with the Monmouth County Information Technology Services Department to analyze the CISCO computer technology.

For more information about the Monmouth County Division of Social Services, call 732-308-3770 or go to


The Monmouth County Board of County Commissioners has announced a job shadowing program, a partnership between county departments and the Monmouth County Career Center, which is part of the Monmouth County Vocational School District, according to a press release.

Students will observe the daily activities and routines of an experienced county employee, who will help guide them into a career path after high school. During the program, students will go to their prospective home school in the morning, then go straight to the county department they are working with. The program will run four days per week and on one day of the week, students will return to the Career Center for supplemental academics, according to the press release.

“The job shadowing program is an excellent opportunity for our students to transition into the workforce and receive on-site training,” said Charles R. Ford Jr., superintendent of the Monmouth County Vocational School District.

The Monmouth County Vocational School District helps to prepare students for an evolving workplace and lifelong learning, and furthers their education through specialized academics. The Career Center Program is set on a share-time basis in which students attend their home school for academic instruction, according to the press release.

For more information about the Monmouth County Career Center job shadowing program, call 732-409-7292.


The Guild of Creative Art’s “Garden Theme” exhibit, featuring multi-media artwork by all levels of the Guild’s membership, will be held from May 7 through June 1 at 620 Broad St., Shrewsbury.

In 2021, 32 artists submitted 51 works to display in a colorful exhibit in the Guild’s main gallery, and 18 artists submitted 29 for the “mini show” in the reception area, according to a press release.

The range of media included acrylic, etching, mixed media, mosaic, oil, pastel, pen and ink, photography (analogue and digital), photo collage, sculpture, stained glass and watercolor.

A reception with refreshments will be held on May 14 from 4-6 p.m. Guild hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Guild is closed on Monday, except for classes. Admission is free; on-site parking free. A face covering is encouraged.


Dove Hospice Services of New Jersey is seeking volunteers who are willing to make a difference with individuals who are experiencing the challenge of end-of-life.

Dove Hospice Services is looking for individuals who can dedicate a small amount of time each month to provide companionship-friendly visits, life review, play cards, sewing, knitting or craft projects, music enrichment, pet therapy and office or administrative assistance, according to a press release.

Dove Hospice Services is expanding its “We Honor Veterans” program and is seeking motivated veterans who are interested in providing compassion, support and outreach to fellow veterans and their families.

Visits can be made to individuals living in facilities or private homes. Ongoing training is provided. Volunteers must be 18 or older and a COVID vaccine is required. For additional information, contact Michelle Rutigliano at 732-405-3035.


The immersive story of one of George Frideric Handel’s most beloved oratorios will be featured when the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus presents “Israel in Egypt” on May 22 at 4 p.m.

The story of the plagues of Egypt, the flight of the Israelites and their victory over Pharaoh’s army is told in striking choruses, stunning solos and moving instrumental passages. The choir of more than 60 voices will be accompanied by a professional Baroque chamber orchestra, according to a press release.

” ‘Israel in Egypt’ paints with every texture and color in Handel’s choral palette,” Artistic Director Dr. Ryan Brandau said. “Vigorous, florid polyphony juxtaposes massive, declamatory block chords; and lilting, elegant movements influenced by Baroque dance stand alongside stern canons in the older Renaissance style.”

The performance will take place at the Parish of St. Mary, 1 Phalanx Road, Colts Neck. Tickets are $35 for adults, $32 for seniors, $30 for groups and $15 for students. Tickets and additional information are available at or by calling 732-933-9333.