Top Fuel vs. Funny Car in match race at Raceway Park

Nitro Cars will be making their first appearance at Raceway Park in more than 15 years on Sunday as part of the Old Bridge race track’s annual March Meltdown.

Making the Nitro Cars reappearance even more exciting will be the rare and seldom seen match-up, a Top Fuel Dragster against a nitro-powered Funny Car in a winner-take-all $10,000 contest.

Bobby Lagana Jr., of Scarsdale, N.Y., will be behind the wheel of his family-owned Top Fuel Dragster, while Sparta’s Terry Haddock will be the wheelman of the Nitro Fish Pontiac Funny Car for the match-up.

The nitro match-up is part of a four-way feature which includes a four-second, 315 mph Jet Dragster match race between Jessica Willard and Toby Ehrmantraut; an eight-car blown and nitrous powered Pro Modified eliminator; and an Ultra Quick 8 eliminator race.

Gates will open at 9 a.m. on Sunday with the feature event starting at 2 p.m. Tickets will be sold the day of the race at the gate. General admission is $12 with an additional $8 to enter the pit area. Parking is free.

Library offers scholarship for library sciences

The board of trustees of the Middletown Township Library has announced the availability of the Conover-Wihtol Scholarship for no less than $500 for graduate study in library science.

The scholarship fund was established in memory of Edith B. And Karl F. Wihtol, both longtime residents of Middletown and dedicated friends to the library.

The first consideration for eligibility will be given to the residents of Middletown, but in the absence of qualified applicants from the township, New Jersey residents will be considered. Applicants must possess a bachelor’s degree or be in the final semester of undergraduate studies. The applicant will also be expected to provide evidence of acceptance for graduate work at an American Library Association-accredited school of library science.

Application forms are available from the Middletown Public Library, 55 New Monmouth Road. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 30.

For additional information call the library at (732) 617-3700.

Travel club plans trip to Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

The Glenwood Senior Citizens Travel Club, Matawan, will sponsor a six-day trip to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, including Pigeon Forge, from May 21 through May 26. The cost will be $399 per person, double occupancy. The fee includes transportation, accommodations for five nights, eight meals, gratuities, sightseeing and five shows.

For additional information and reservations, call Renee Kaplow at (732) 583-6261.

Aberdeen board plans ‘birding’ workshop April 1

The Aberdeen Township Environ-mental & Shade Tree Advisory Board will sponsor a "birding" workshop on Saturday, April 1. It will be conducted by naturalist Scott Barnes and Linda Mack of the Audubon Society. Participants should meet at 9 a.m. at the parking lot on Lakeshore Drive near the basketball court They should wear comfortable clothing, sturdy footwear and bring binoculars.

Holmdel Historical Society planning dinner April 9

The Holmdel Historical Society will hold a covered-dish dinner and installation of new officers at the Holmdel Community Center, Crawfords Corner-Everett Road, at 5 p.m. April 9. Society President Gerald Ceres will show slides of historic Holmdel. The price is $10 per person, $8 for seniors. Checks should be made payable to the Holmdel Historical Society and sent to Peggy Lasky, 12 Blue Hills Drive, Holmdel 07733. Responses must be received by April 1. For more information, contact Peggy Lasky at 946-2723.

Boat safety class offered March 20, 22 in Rumson

Coast Boating School, 502 Normandy Drive, Mantoloking, will be conducting a personal watercraft/safe boating course, on March 20 and 22 at Forrest Dale School, Rumson. For additional information, call (732) 842-8884.

Purim Ball on tap at Jewish Center March 25

The Purim Ball, an event of the Jewish Federation of Greater Monmouth Coun-ty’s Young Adult Constituencies, will be held at the Marlboro Jewish Center at 8 p.m. on March 25. Participants may dress in black tie or costume. The evening will includes a cocktail hour, buffet dinner (dietary laws will be observed), music, dancing and a presentation about the Jewish Federation.

The cost of the evening is $75 per person. For additional information about this event, call Tarash at the Federation’s Morganville office at (732) 970-3005.

Jewish Film Festival

continues at temple

The Jewish Film Festival of Temple Beth Ahm, Aberdeen, continues its third and last offering of the season on March 18 at 8 p.m. with two films, The Jews of Poland and Married With a Star. Professor Jack Needle of Brookdale Community College Holocaust studies will introduce the films and lead a discussion. The temple’s adult education committee has chosen Jewish life in Europe during and before World War II as the year’s Film Festival theme. A fee of $3 for those over age 13 will cover the cost of refreshments.

For additional information, call the office of Temple Beth Ahm at (732) 583-1700.

Aberdeen firehouse plans bus trip March 25

Aberdeen Township Hose and Chemical Co. No. 1 Ladies Auxiliary is planning a bus trip to Atlantic City on March 25. The bus will depart from the firehouse, 490 Lloyd Road, Aberdeen, at 9 a.m. and will leave the casino at 5 p.m.

The cost is $20. Each person will receive $15 in coin at the casino. For additional information call (732) 566-4172.

Aberdeen seniors slate bus trip to Atlantic City

The Aberdeen Senior Club, 699 Cliffwood Ave., the Cliffwood section of Aberdeen, will sponsor a bus trip to Show Boat in Atlantic City on April 19, leaving at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $15 per person; participants will get back $17 in coins and a $3 food voucher. For additional information call Joe Pauciello at (732) 583-2273.

Hazlet Rec offering

children’s dance class

The Hazlet Recreation Commission, 1776 Union Ave., Hazlet, is offering the eight-week class "Children’s Creative Movement Dance Class," beginning Thursday, March 16. Classes will be held at the James J. Cullen Center in Veteran’s Memorial Park, Union Avenue, Hazlet.

Classes are for 3- and 4-year-olds and will be held from 11-11:45 a.m.

The instructor for the class is Grace Rubino. Cost of the program is $35. Registration is currently being taken at the recreation office. There is a $5 charge for registrations taken after March 20. Payments accepted by check only. For additional information call (732) 739-0653.

Holy Family PTA is sponsoring a fish fry

Holy Family School PTA is sponsoring a fish fry catered by Argyles of Kearny on March 31 at Holy Family School cafeteria, Route 36, Hazlet. From 5-5:30 p.m., take-out only will be available; eat-in/take-out will be available from 5:30-7 p.m.

Tickets are $9 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Dinner includes fish and chips, coleslaw and tartar sauce. Free dessert included for eat-in only. Soda available. Advance ticket sales only.

Cut-off date is March 16. For additional information and tickets, call the school at (732) 671-2251.

Hazlet club to hold

St. Paddy’s dinner

The Cullen Center Senior Citizen Club of Hazlet will host a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on March 17 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Lakeside Manor, Route 36.

State Sen. John O. Bennett (R-12) and Mayor Michael Sachs will be on hand to assist with the installation of officers.

The club is also planning a spaghetti dinner for noon to 4 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. April 7 at the Cullen Community Center. Tickets are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, and $2 for children. For more information, call Grace Scher at 264-7608.

First Aid Auxiliary plans March 23 meeting

The Holmdel First Aid Auxiliary will hold the regular March meeting on March 23 at 7:45 p.m. in the First Aid Building on Crawfords Corner Road, next to the post office. This meeting will include discussions for the future fund-raisers for this spring and the organization will need everyone to vote. Both men and women can join the auxiliary from Holmdel as well as surrounding towns. There is no cost to individuals.

Members who cannot attend are asked to call Edith (732) 975-9014.

Heavenly Treasures offers Easter baskets

Heavenly Treasures has reopened after a bad weather break. The store is located in the basement of the Reformed Church of Keyport, between Division and Osborn streets. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday. Special items include stuffed animals and Easter baskets.For additional information call the church at (732) 264-1198.