Shakespeare event

winners announced

The Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank was host to the English Speaking Union Shakespeare Competition Feb. 5. More than 30 high school students from throughout the area battled for the honor to compete in the nationals at Lincoln Center in New York City.

Each student was asked to prepare and perform a Shakespearean monologue and a sonnet of 14 lines of their choice. Participants were judged on understanding of the monologue, communication to the audience, and overall presentation.

The judges included Dr. John Burke, director of theatre arts, Monmouth University; David J.V. Meenan, director of the Count Basie Theatre; Mimi Hughes, chairperson of the English Speaking Union; and Joe Barrone, Brookdale Community College.

The three-hour competition culminated in five finalists who are: in fifth place, Jeremy King, a sophomore at Central Regional High School, Bayville; fourth-place winner, Kevin Pertusiello of Hazlet, a senior at Raritan High School; third-place winner Bonnie Stryker of Middletown, a senior at Red Bank Regional High School, Little Silver; second-place winner Kirstin Snyder of Millstone Township, a senior at Red Bank Regional High School; and grand-prize winner, Tiffini Davis of Englishtown, a junior at Monmouth Regional High School, Tinton Falls.

The English Speaking Union also sponsors lectures by award-winning speakers on such subjects as King Arthur, Shakespeare, the new Euro currency, and sponsors scholarships for English teachers to study at the University of London and Oxford University.

in brief

Workshop offers tips

on business start-up

Millstone Township Community Education will sponsor "Business Start-up Workshop" from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. March 18 at the Millstone Township Middle School library. Topics will include the legal forms of ownership, such as corporation, S-corporation, partnership, registering your business, bookkeeping, taxation forms, payroll and more. The workshop will be presented by William Nunnally, a Small Business Development consultant.

The fee is $45. For more information or to register, call (732) 446-2990, ext. 12.

Crafters sought for

annual harvest fest

Crafters and vendors are needed for Allentown’s annual Harvest Festival scheduled for Oct. 14-15. For an application, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Fall Festival Committee, P.O. Box 643, Allentown, NJ 08501.

5K and youth races to

benefit Allentown H.S.

The Redbird Ramble 5K and Youth races will take place March 26 at Allentown High School. Proceeds will benefit the Allentown High School Athletics Water Our Fields Fund. The 5K race will begin at 9 a.m., with the youth races (age 10 and under, 50-450 yards) scheduled for 10 a.m.

The fee for the 5K is $15 (includes T-shirt) if registered by March 20; after March 20 the fee is $18 (T-shirts as supply lasts). The fee for the youth race is $5 (includes T-shirt).

Awards will include merchandise prizes to first-place through third-place winners, overall male/female, and three deep in each of the following categories: age 10 and under; 11-14; 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; and 70 and above.

Millstone women to

sponsor casino night

The Millstone Township Women’s Organization will sponsor its annual Casino Night fund-raiser March 25 at the American Hotel, Freehold. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a buffet dinner, with gambling from 7:30-11 p.m. and a gift auction to follow. Tickets are $25 per person, which includes dinner and $25 in chips. Details: (732) 866-4374 (adults only).

Crafters and vendors

needed for street fair

Vendors and crafters are needed for the first Hightstown Street Fair scheduled for May 6-7 in the parking lot next to Peddie Lake. The event will be sponsored by Businesses for a Better Hightstown. Details: Lisa, (609) 371-1888.

Local students earn

honors in contest

The International Association of Lions Clubs Multiple District 16-B has announced the winners of its Peace Poster Contest, and they include two local students.

Third-place honors went to Lane Zhovtaya, who attends eighth grade at the Solomon Schechter Academy, Howell. Lane earned a $50 savings bond and was sponsored by the Howell Lions Club.

Kim Welle of Upper Freehold Town-ship was among the students who received honorable mention. Kim was sponsored by the Allentown Lions Club.

District 16-B encompasses Burlington, Mercer, Monmouth and Ocean counties with 42 clubs and 1,398 members. For more information, call (800) 554-6675.

Riding club season

to open on March 26

The Garden State Horse and Carriage Society will hold its first event of the year, "Poker Playing Fun Ride and Drive," from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 26 at Lebanon State Forest.

Riders/drivers will pick up playing cards at various locations on the trail and the best hand wins. The trail consists of 6 to 7 miles of lightly traveled dirt roads. Starting times will be assigned.

The entry fee is $20 if registered by March 20; after March 20 the fee is $25. For an entry form and information, call Candy Thomas at (732) 866-4137 or Ellen Weisfeld at (732) 928-7477. Please call during evening hours.

Program will focus on

child car seat safety

"Infant and Child Car Seat Safety," a Gold Award project presented by third-year senior Cadette Girl Scout Jacquelyn Stewart, will be held from noon to 1 p.m. March 11 in the Millstone Township Middle School cafetorium.

There will be a brief presentation and short video on the importance of car seat safety, and a qualified representative will be available to answer any questions. Free information and brochures will also be available.

ALS support group to

meet on March 11

The ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) Support Group, Greater Philadelphia Chapter, will meet from 1-3 p.m. March 11 at the Lawrenceville Municipal Building, Route 206.

The meeting is open to anyone interested in learning more about ALS. For more information, call Cathe Frierman at (609) 394-3556.

Items for the In Brief column may be mailed to the Examiner at P.O. Box 5001, Freehold 07728 or faxed to (732) 780-4192.