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The Storytellers Mosaic of Monmouth County will be there. So will the St Rose of Lima Hispanic Choir, the Takajum Dance Company and Tim Rohrer, author of Tips 4 Inclusion.

They will all be part of the lineup of performances and hands-on activities expected at the 2022 World Diversity Day Children’s Festival on May 21, according to a press release.

The event, for school-age children (5-10) and their families, is free, open to the public and will take place from 1-4 p.m. outdoors at Lake Topanemus Park, Pond Road, Freehold Township.

“Children and their parents will be able to explore diverse cultures, abilities and identities in an accepting, fun-filled atmosphere,” said Rick Aaronson of Manalapan, who tapped volunteers from community, faith-based, cultural and social justice organizations to plan the day.

Festival sponsors include Bethel AME, Bayard Rustin Center for Social Justice and the Dortheimer Holocaust Remembrance Fund, according to the press release.

In addition to storytellers, choirs, dancers and authors, the festival will feature crafts, book readings, a Nigerian village display, basketball drill demonstrations, and other interactive programs and activities.

“We will also be providing free snacks and handing out fun giveaway items,” Aaronson said.

Tickets are not required, but are available through Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2022-world-diversity-day-childrens-festival-tickets-321081191487


Manalapan police have reported the theft of two vehicles and the attempted theft of a third vehicle in one day.

On May 3 at 8 a.m., a Manalapan resident reported that an unknown individual stole an unlocked vehicle that had the key fob inside, while the vehicle was parked at a Hidden
Pond Court residence. The vehicle is valued at about $40,000.

On May 3 at 10 a.m., a Manalapan resident reported that an unknown individual stole a vehicle that was parked at an Equinox Lane residence. The vehicle is valued at about $140,000.

On May 3 at 11 a.m., a Manalapan resident reported that sometime during the overnight hours of May 2-3, an unknown individual attempted to steal a motor vehicle that was parked in the driveway of a Briar Hill Drive residence. The individual subsequently fled the scene.


U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona has announced the 58th class of U.S. Presidential Scholars, recognizing 161 high school seniors for their accomplishments in academics, the arts, and career and technical education fields.

One student named as a U.S. Presidential Scholar is Emily Gao, who is a student at Marlboro High School.

The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic and technical excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as a demonstrated commitment to community service and leadership, according to a press release.

Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored more than 7,900 of the nation’s top-performing students. The Presidential Scholars Class of 2022 will be recognized for their outstanding achievement this summer with an online recognition program, according to the press release.

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