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Monmouth County News Briefs, June 1

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Tickets for the TVG.com Haskell Stakes, Monmouth Park’s showcase race, are now on sale.

The 55th edition of the $1 million Grade 1 Haskell Stakes on July 23 headlines a stakes-filled card that includes the Grade 1 United Nations, the Grade 3 Monmouth Cup, the Grade 3 Molly Pitcher, the Grade 3 WinStar Matchmaker and the Wolf Hill Stakes, according to a press release.

First race post time on Haskell Day is noon.

All tickets for Haskell Day (except for the Dining Club Buffet and Lady’s Secret Cafe) may be purchased on seatgeek.com/Monmouth or by visiting the reserved seating booth on the second floor of the Grandstand on any live racing day.

General admission at Monmouth Park on Haskell Day is $20.

In the Clubhouse, Haskell Day ticket prices are as follows: Sections A and B are $30; a complete box of four seats is $200, a complete box of six seats is $300, and a complete box of eight seats is $400.

In the Grandstand, tickets for Sections 1 and 2 are $25. Tickets are $15 for Sections 3 through 5F. A Grandstand box of four seats is $200, a Grandstand box of six seats is $300, and a Grandstand box of eight seats is $400.

In the Skyview Terrace (Balcony), tickets for sections 7 through 9 are $10. In sections 10 through 18 they are $5.

Front individual picnic tables, seating eight and including admission and a program, are $350. Back individual picnic tables, seating eight and including admission and a program, are $250.

Reservations for the Dining Club Buffet (excluding admission) are available only through the Monmouth Park Open Table website at https://www.monmouthpark.com/restaurant/diningclub/. Those tickets are $75.


Dove Hospice Services of New Jersey is seeking volunteers with a generous heart who are willing to make a difference with individuals 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 in a private home. Ongoing training is provided. Volunteers must be 18 or older and a COVID vaccine is required. For more information, contact Michelle Rutigliano at 732-405-3035.


Most people recover from COVID-19 within two weeks. Yet some do not. For some, about 10% according to recent estimates, long-term health issues like extreme fatigue, brain fog, shortness of breath, joint pain, anxiety and heart palpitations remain for weeks or even longer. This is referred to as long haul COVID.

As a result, Hackensack Meridian Health is now hosting a support group for individuals who have long haul COVID to meet virtually, twice a month, so patients with lingering symptoms know they are not alone, according to a press release.

The long haul support group provides an opportunity for individuals to share personal experiences, feelings and coping strategies in a secure setting overseen by medical professionals.

For more information, or to sit in on a session, email Mary.McGeever@hmhn.org or call 551-795-1675.


Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore closed out a successful 2022 Cookie Season despite facing challenges due to the nationwide supply chain issues that affected their baker.

More than 7,400 girl-led cookie businesses thrived with online and in-person booths and navigated the challenges of nationwide supply chain issues, according to a press release.

This year, Girl Scouts in Monmouth and Ocean counties sold cookies in person and online to
sell almost one million boxes of cookies.

For more than 100 years, the Cookie Program continues to be the largest entrepreneurial skill development program in the world. Every Girl Scout Cookie purchase fuels local Girl Scout adventures throughout the year, according to the press release.

When faced with the issue of delayed cookie deliveries for in-person cookie sales, girl
entrepreneurs showed their resilience and focused on marketing their online business, helping thousands of girls reach their goals to raise funds for community programs and outdoor adventures. 100% of the net profits from Girl Scout cookie sales stays in local communities, according to the press release.

Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore will donate excess cookie inventory to food pantries in
Monmouth and Ocean counties. The donation program allows Girl Scout customers to buy
cookies and then donate them to important local causes including food pantries, programs that serve people who are homeless and to senior centers.

To support cookie donations, contact Carla Scarabino at cscarabino@fsun.org


The Triumph Brewing Company in Red Bank and the Greater Red Bank Women’s
Initiative Immigration Committee recently hosted a fundraiser for the Summer of Dreams.

The Summer of Dreams is an educational and cultural experience that connects Brookdale Community College Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students with their heritage, according to a press release.

This year, five Brookdale students will participate in the three-week program in Mexico that consists of classes, museums and family gatherings. Upon their return, the students will write a paper recounting their experiences. These papers will be published in one of the
college’s publications.

Students who have participated in similar programs have said it was a life-changing experience for them. Many of the participants came to the United States as very young
children and because of their immigration status they never saw their families again nor
know of their cultural heritage, according to the press release.

The Summer of Dreams has given the participants a new perspective on who they are and
a new feeling of what they can contribute to their American families and the culture at
large, according to the press release.

The students participate in fundraising activities. They need approximately $3,575 for room, board, educational activities and $575 for a fee payment to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for a one-time travel permit.

To assist the students, contact Yartiza Ortega by email at yortega1@my.brookdale.edu to find out more about the Summer of Dreams.

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