In Brief

Adopt A Pet seeking home for blind chow

Sharon Gaboff of Millstone Township, the director of Adopt A Pet, has been helping animals in need for more than a decade.

The most recent animal to benefit from Gaboff’s love and patience is Princess, a blind 1-year-old chow chow. Rescued from a shelter, Princess is totally blind and had to undergo surgery on what was left of her eyes.

Adopt A Pet has placed Princess, who is housebroken, with two families, but for various reasons the adoptions did not work out and the dog was returned to Adopt A Pet, Gaboff said.

The dog will remain with Adopt A Pet for as long as it takes for her to be adopted, Gaboff said, adding that a trainer has offered his services to make sure Princess adapts to her new home.

In addition to a loving family being sought to adopt Princess, Adopt A Pet is seeking donations to help pay for her $725 eye operation. For more information write to Help Princess, care of Adopt A Pet, P.O. Box 6384, Freehold 07728 or call (732) 462-5184.

Garden club to hold hands-on workshop

The Allentown Garden Club will hold its next meeting on April 27 from 7-9 p.m. at the Timothy Center for Gardening (formerly the Vegetable Garden) on Route 130, Robbinsville. Barb Serinese and Liz Trible will lecture on colorful annual combinations. Participants are invited to bring containers for planting, gloves and a hand shovel. Annuals may be purchased for the hands-on workshop.

The club meets from 7-9 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month. Meetings are open to the public and new members are welcome to attend. Contact Lisa Strovinsky for more information at (609) 259-1886.

Town-wide yard sale slated in Roosevelt

The Roosevelt PTA will hold its annual town-wide yard sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6-7. In addition to the yard sale, May 6 will also feature the PTA plant sale and the Roosevelt Public School sixth-graders’ bake sale. The PTA will provide a detailed map of the location of all yard sales and the types of goods being sold.

Auditions

Proteus Productions

, Howell, is holding auditions for singers and dancers, ages 6-16, for its "Kids’ Cabaret," scheduled to be presented April 29 at The Theatre, 6545 Route 9. For more information, call Andy at (732) 730-8505.

The Pennington Players

will hold auditions from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 29 and May 6 for its July production of Children of Eden, a musical based on the stories from Genesis, at the Kelsey Theater Complex, Mercer County Community College, Old Trenton Road, West Windsor. All roles are open for all races and ethnicities, ages 8-80. Rehearsals will begin May 15 at the Kelsey Theater; performances will be held at the Washington Crossing State Park Open Air Theater, Titusville. Come prepared with a resume, photo, song, one-minute monologue and be dressed to move. Video auditions will be accepted until May 1. To make an audition appointment, call (609) 737-7529 or (215) 945-2449. For instructions on video submissions, call (215) 945-2449.

Manalapan Battleground

Prep Orchestra is holding open auditions for the following sections: string, wind, brass and percussion. Auditions are open to musicians age 9 through adult. Registration is $50 per person, $100 per family. For more information, call Angela McCurdy at (732) 792-9723.

Premier Theatre Company

will hold auditions at 7 p.m. May 11-12 and at 11 a.m. May 13 for adults, male and female (age 21 and older), and teen-agers (15 and older) for the musicals Carousel, Damn Yankees, Mame, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Annie, A Grand Night for Singing, Tommy and My Fair Lady. Auditions will be held at the Henderson Theatre, 850 Newman Springs Road, Lincroft. Those auditioning should bring 16 bars, with sheet music, of a prepared song that best shows their range. An accompanist will be provided. A movement combination will be taught; be prepared to dance. All roles are open.

Anyone interested in working with the company in a non-performance capacity (sets, lights, ushering, painting, publicity, marketing, costumes, etc.,) should contact Premier at this time. For more information, call (732) 223-7122.

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Lectures on health to be offered in Millstone

Millstone Township Community Education will sponsor a series of lectures on health-related topics presented by CentraState Health Awareness Center at various locations in the Millstone Township School District.

"Mood Food" will be presented from 7:30-8:30 p.m. April 13. Organizers will encourage participants to taste-test foods that may help them feel better, sleep better and think better, using people’s own biochemistry.

"Food Choices and Health Risk Reduction" will be held from 7:30-8:30 p.m. May 4. The lecture will address proper food choices that help guard against disease.

"Osteoporosis" will be presented from 1-2 p.m. May 24. The afternoon session will discuss how foods and fiber can promote stronger bones and help prevent injuries.

The events are open to all, and participants may attend one or all sessions; the fee is $12 per session. For more information or to register, call (732) 446-2990.

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 08501.

Items for In Brief may be faxed to the Examiner at (732) 780-4192.

AUDITIONS

Proteus Productions

, Howell, will hold open auditions for its upcoming productions of Ghosts of the Loyal Oaks, Raised in Captivity and Jersey Girls. Auditions will be held from 6-8 p.m. April 9 at The Theatre, 9 North Plaza, Route 9, Howell.. Needed are African-American women, ages 35-45; Caucasian women, ages 25-45; and Caucasian men, ages 25-45. For more information, call Andy at (732) 730-8505.

Monmouth County

Park System will hold auditions for two stage appearances at the 26th annual Monmouth County Fair this summer. The fair will be held July 26-30 at the East Freehold Park Show-grounds, Freehold Township. Auditions are open to county residents in fifth through 12th grades. Auditions for those who sing or play a musical instrument, solo or in groups, will audition on May 2; dance auditions will be held May 7. For an application and list of rules call (732) 542-1642. Application deadline is April 14.

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Insurance firm brings local resident on board

Marc V. Buro of Upper Freehold Township, a former official in the New Jersey State Department of Banking and Insurance, has been named vice president of product and program development for the National Atlantic Insurance Com-panies, parent corporation of the Profor-mance Insurance Co. in Freehold.

Buro will work to expand the scope of National Atlantic Companies product offerings by developing new business initiatives and insurance programs and by spearheading the company’s efforts to enter new states.

Buro also was director of legislative affairs for the State Department of Banking and Insurance for three years; served as a policy adviser for the New Jersey State Assembly Banking and Insurance Committee; and was an aide to former U.S. Congressman James Courter.

Millstone resident is 4-H Alumni of the Year

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Monmouth County announced that Marilyn Kothe of Millstone Township has been awarded the Monmouth County 4-H Alumni of the Year Award.

Kothe has served as 4-H Foods and Nutrition Club leader, as well as a livestock leader. She was a 4-H member as a child and her three daughters have also participated in the program.

For the past nine years, she has served as chairman of the 4-H food booth at the Monmouth County Fair, which is the 4-H association’s major fund-raiser. Kothe is the transportation coordinator for the Millstone Township Board of Education.

Free workshop offers composting tips

Millstone Township Community Education will sponsor a free "Community Connection" composting workshop from 7-9 p.m. April 6 at the Millstone Township Elementary School cafeteria.

Local master composters Rich Hill and Patti Ferriola will discuss how to reduce waste and improve your soil while managing yard trimmings and organic food scraps in an environmentally beneficial way. Walk-ins are welcome to attend.

Group planning tennis at Rocky Brook Park

A group of local residents is organizing a just-for-fun tennis club for intermediate singles and doubles on Fridays from 9-11 a.m. at Rocky Brook Park, Sweetmans Lane, Millstone Township. For more information, call Donna at (732) 431-1354 or Jeanne at (732) 446-9755.

Farmland preservation workshop to be held

The State Agriculture Development Committee will host a special half-day workshop for farmland owners from 9 a.m. to noon April 11 to explain new developments in the Farmland Preserva-tion Program that greatly expand opportunities for participation, Agriculture Secretary Art Brown announced.

The workshop will be held at the National Conference Center at the Ramada Inn, East Windsor, in conjunction with American Farmland Trust’s annual national conference on the purchase of agricultural conservation easements.

The workshop will explain how the Farmland Preservation Program works, the traditional and new preservation options, how farms are evaluated and valued, the benefits of entering the program and how to get started in the preservation process.

The SADC administers New Jersey’s Farmland Preservation Program. To register for the free workshop, call the SADC at (609) 984-2504 by March 31.

Standardbred horse organization to meet

The Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey will meet at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at the Millstone Com-munity Center, Route 524, Clarksburg section of Millstone. For information or directions, call Tony Romano at (7342) 866-1848.

Art gallery to sponsor food drive, drawing

The Artful Deposit Gallery, with locations in Bordentown and Allentown, will sponsor a food drive for Womanspace of Mercer County. Nonperishable food items will be accepted at the Bordentown location only, 201 Farnsworth Ave., between 4-8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the first three weeks of April. Other drop-off times can be arranged.

All donors will be eligible to participate in a drawing for a signed, numbered, limited-edition print by impressionist Joseph Dawley. The piece, "Children’s Party," will be professionally framed and include a certificate of authenticity.

For more information or to arrange other delivery times, call (609) 298-6970.

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

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• The Mourning After

, a professionally led support group for those who have lost a loved one, will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 31 at the American Hotel, Freehold. There are no fees. Details: Bernice or Bob at (732) 577-1076.

• Fried oyster and

chicken salad dinner will be served family-style April 2, beginning at noon, at the New Egypt Volunteer Firehouse, Main Street, New Egypt. The cost is $15 for adults, $7 for children ages 5-12 (under age 5 are free). Take-out dinners are $16. Details: (732) 758-2350.

• BEAM

(Becoming Educated and Motivated about special education) of Monmouth County will sponsor a recreation and summer camp fair at 6:45 p.m. April 3 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan. Representatives from Special Olympics, Girl Scouts, Jacob’s Hands, Monmouth County Park System, and more will participate. Details: (732) 792-0594.

• Depression After Delivery

, a self-help support group, will meet at 7 p.m. April 3 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan.

• Single-Minded

(formerly Beyond Transitions) will meet at 7:30 p.m. April 4 at the Monmouth County Library Head-quarters, Manalapan. Details: (732) 617-1287.

• Panic disorders support

group will meet at 7 p.m. April 5 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan. Details: (732) 972-8571.

auditions

The Marlboro Players

need male dancers ages 17-21 for the summer production of Gypsy. Show dates are July 28-29 and Aug. 3-5. For more information, call (732) 972-7217.

Monmouth County

Park System will hold auditions for two stage appearances at the 26th annual Monmouth County Fair this summer. The fair will be held July 26-30 at the East Freehold Park Show-grounds, Freehold Township. Auditions are open to county residents in fifth through 12th grades. Auditions for those who sing or play a musical instrument, solo or in groups, will audition on May 2; dance auditions will be held May 7. For an application and list of rules call (732) 542-1642. Application deadline is April 14.

Audition notices may be faxed to the Examiner at (732) 358-5200.

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Farmland preservation workshop to be held

The State Agriculture Development Committee will host a special half-day workshop for farmland owners from 9 a.m. to noon April 11 to explain new developments in the Farmland Preser-vation Program that greatly expand opportunities for participation, Agriculture Secretary Art Brown announced.

The workshop will be held at the National Conference Center at the Ramada Inn, East Windsor, in conjunction with American Farmland Trust’s annual national conference on the purchase of agricultural conservation easements.

The workshop will explain how the Farmland Preservation Program works, the traditional and new preservation options, how farms are evaluated and valued, the benefits of entering the program and how to get started in the preservation process.

The SADC administers New Jersey’s Farmland Preservation Program. To register for the free workshop, call the SADC at (609) 984-2504 by March 31.

Local woman to serve on victims’ board

Sue Kozel of Upper Freehold Town-ship, owner of SK Visions, has been appointed to serve on the executive board of New Jersey’s first Crime Victims’ Rights Summit, tentatively scheduled for April 5 at the Eatontown Sheraton.

For the past 10 years, Kozel has developed media strategies for crime victims’ rights and legislative ideas for members of the state Legislature and candidates seeking state or federal offices.

Additionally, she serves as a trustee for Amanda’s Easel, an art therapy program jointly operated by the Friends of Amanda Foundation and the Women’s Center of Monmouth County, Hazlet.

Standardbred horse organization to meet

The Standardbred Pleasure Horse Organization of New Jersey will meet at 7:30 p.m. April 5 at the Millstone Community Center, Route 524, Clarks-burg section of Millstone. For information or directions, call Tony Romano at (7342) 866-1848.

Art gallery to sponsor food drive, drawing

The Artful Deposit Gallery, with locations in Bordentown and Allentown, will sponsor a food drive for Womanspace of Mercer County.

Non-perishable food items will be accepted at the Bordentown location only, 201 Farnsworth Ave., between 4-8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays during the first three weeks of April. Other drop-off times can be arranged.

All donors will be eligible to participate in a drawing for a signed, numbered, limited-edition print by impressionist Joseph Dawley. The piece, Children’s Party, will be professionally framed and include a certificate of authenticity. For more information or to arrange other delivery times, call (609) 298-6970.

Items for In Brief may be faxed to the Examiner at (732) 780-4192.

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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.

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.