Community Bulletin Board

• "Choosing a Long-Term

Care Facility" will be presented by the John L. Montgomery Medical Home at 7 p.m. April 26 at Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Symmes Drive, Manalapan. There is no charge.

• Panic disorders

support group will meet at 7 p.m. April 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 at Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan. Details: (732) 972-8571.

• Free Pap tests

will be conducted by the Monmouth County Board of Health from 3-6 p.m. April 27 at the John L. Montgomery Home, 115 Dutch Lane Road, Freehold Township. An appoint-ment is required. Call (732) 431-7456.

• 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. April 28 at the American Hotel, Freehold. There are no fees. Details: Bernice or Bob, (732) 577-1076.

• Gamblers Anonymous

will meet from 8-9:30 p.m. April 28 at Grace Lutheran Church, Park Avenue at Main Street, Freehold. There are no fees.

• Battleground Historical

Society will meet at 8 p.m. April 28 at the Village Inn, 2 Water St., Englishtown. John Peppe, an interpreter for Monmouth Battlefield State Park, will discuss Revolutionary War firearms. The public is invited to attend.

• Cub Scout Pack

454, whose members are Scouts with special needs, will hold a car wash from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 29 at the Freehold Elks Lodge, 73 E. Main St., Freehold. Donation is $5 per vehicle.

• Young Widows/Widowers

, a social group beyond bereavement for ages 30-52, will meet for dinner at 7:30 p.m. April 29 at Crown Palace, Route 79, Marlboro. New members are welcome to attend. R.S.V.P. to Egda, (732) 747-4823.

• America’s Most

Wanted Jewish Singles will meet for a house party at 8 p.m. April 29 at a private residence in Manalapan. Admission is $12; R.S.V.P. is required. Call (732) 446-9570.

• Knights of Columbus

Freehold Council 1672 will hold its monthly breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon April 30 at 70 E. Main St., Freehold. All tips will be donated to The Challenged Children’s Fund. The cost is $4 per adult, $3 per child under age 12. Details: (732) 845-4520.

• Master Gardeners

of Monmouth County will hold a plant sale in conjunction with the Spring Festival at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 30. Members will be selling hanging baskets, notecards, birdhouses and other items. Details: (732) 431-7260.

• Day of Recollection

will be sponsored by the Marian Center from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 1 at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church, Route 9 at West Second Street, Howell. Lunch will be served. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Clement Machado from EWTN. There is no fee, but registration is requested; call (732) 363-0022.

• A blood drive

will be conducted by Central Jersey Blood Center from 6:30-9 p.m. May 1 at the Freehold Township Fire Company No. 1, routes 527 and 537, Smithburg section of Freehold Township. Details: (732) 842-5750.

• Depression After

Delivery, a self-help group, will meet at 7 p.m. May 1 and May 15 at Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Symmes Drive, Manalapan. Details: (732) 294-5874.

• FEMALE

, a national organization that supports women taking time out from employment to raise children at home, will meet at 7:30 p.m. May 1 at Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan. The group offers support, moms’ nights out, play groups and more. Details: Kendall, (732) 679-3054.

• Single-Minded

(formerly Beyond Transitions) will meet at 7:30 p.m. May 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 at Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan. Details: (732) 617-1287.

• BEAM (Becoming

Educated And Motivated about special education) will meet at 6:45 p.m. May 3 at Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan. Representatives from The Arc, NJ Protec-tion and Advocacy, Developmental Dis-abilities Council, Coalition of Inclusive Education, Cerebral Palsy of Monmouth and Ocean, and the Learning Resource Center will attend. Details: (732) 792-0594.

• Families of Aging

Parents Support Group, sponsored by CentraState Health-care System, will meet from 7-8 p.m. May 3 at Monmouth Crossing, 560 Iron Bridge Road, Freehold Township. Facilitator is K.C. Jorgensen, clinical social worker and program manager of Monmouth Cros-sing’s special care unit for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementia-related conditions. Details: (732) 303-8600.

• Prime Timers of

Marlboro Jewish Center will meet at 8 p.m. May 3 in the Chai Building, Topanemus Road, Marl-boro. New members are welcome.

• Write On!

, a workshop for writers of all genres, will be held from 9:30-11:30 a.m. May 4, 11, 18 and 25 at Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan.

• "How to Beat

the High Cost of College," a free workshop, will be presented by William Lynch, a consumer advocate and authority on college funding, at 7 p.m. March 4 at Colts Neck High School, Route 537 and Five Points Road, Colts Neck.

• "Building a Winning

Family," a free series presented by the Jewish Learning Center, will be presented at 7:30 p.m. May 4, 11 and 18 at the Marlboro Library, Wyncrest Road. To register, call (732) 536-9406.

• Community Benefit

Luncheon to benefit Freehold Area Habitat for Humanity will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 5 at First Presbyterian Church of Freehold, Main Street and Brinckerhoff Avenue. The menu will consist of sandwiches and choice of salad bar or homemade soup, plus beverage and homemade dessert. Suggested donation is $5. Details: (732) 462-0234.

• A spaghetti dinner

and flower sale will be sponsored by Boy Scout Troop 180, Manalapan, on May 6 at Neff Chapel, Old Tennent Church, Tennent section of Manalapan. Seatings will be at 4:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per adult, $5 per senior or child (ages 3-10). Details: (732) 972-9305.

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nvestment club slates open house on May 10

The 15-member Shore Investment Trust Club of Monmouth (SITCOM) is hosting a meeting May 10, 7-9 p.m. at the Matawan Public Library, Main Street.

The club is looking for interested individuals to join. The club members meet monthly at the Matawan post office to discuss stock selection strategies and to invest as a club in the stock market.

Before deciding on a purchase, club members research stocks that have piqued interest and report back to the group.

SITCOM’s goal is to educate members on the fundamentals of long-term sound investing and develop and maintain a portfolio of stock which will appreciate in value over time.

The club was established in 1994 and is affiliated with the New Jersey Council of the National Association of Investment Clubs. For more information, call Alan Schnoll at (732) 583-8518.

In Brief

Open house planned at Solomon Schechter

Solomon Schechter Academy of Ocean and Monmouth will hold an open house at 7:30 p.m. May 11 at the school, 395 Kent Road, Howell.

The school includes grades kindergarten through eight and features secular and Jewish studies integrated throughout the day. For more information, call Eileen Wechter or Rivka Budelman, (732) 370-1767.

Garden club plans trip to topiary gardens

The Olde Monmouth Garden Club is sponsoring a trip to Ladew Topiary Gardens in Monkton, Md., on May 20. The bus will leave the Monmouth County Court House parking lot at 8 a.m. and return at approximately 7 p.m. Lunch will be available on your own at the Carriage House.

The 22 acres of colorful gardens include a formal rose garden, a cottage garden, a water garden, a berry garden, and topiary – trees and shrubs trained and trimmed into ornamental shapes.

There will also be a tour of the Ladew house, with its English antiques, paintings, photography, sketches and fox-hunting memorabilia.

The cost is $30. Call Virginia Krzy-zanowski, (732) 431-4118.

Lunch with stars to aid breast cancer research

A benefit Soap Opera Luncheon with Cameron Mathison (Ryan, All My Children) and Ingo Rademacher (Jax, General Hospital) will be held from noon to 4 p.m. May 7 at the Excelsior, Manalapan.

The event will include lunch, autographs, auction and photographs. Proceeds will benefit the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Foundation, New York.

Tickets are $125 per person. For more information, contact Stars, P.O. Box 195, Adelphia 07710-0195, or call (732) 294-1682.

Republican clubs to host candidates night

A Republican U.S. Senatorial Candidates Night will be presented from 7-9 p.m. May 10 at the Freehold Gardens Hotel, Gibson Place, Freehold Township. Co-sponsored by the Republican clubs of Colts Neck, Freehold, Freehold Township, Manalapan and Marlboro, the event will begin with a half-hour "meet and greet," followed by the presentation and a question-and-answer session. Refreshments will be served.

Items for the In Brief column may be faxed to the News Transcript at 780-4192.

In Brief

Holocaust survivor to

speak in Manalapan

Congregation Sons of Israel, Manalapan, will sponsor a program by Holocaust survivor Clara Kramer at 7:30 p.m. May 2 at the temple, Gordons Corner Road.

At the age of 15, Kramer was hidden by a Polish family underground. She maintained a diary of her ordeal, which is on display at the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Kramer is president of the Holocaust Resource Center of Kean University, Union. For more information, call (732) 446-3000.

‘Angel of Mercy’ to be

topic of discussion

Angel of Mercy

by Lurlene McDaniel will be discussed by teen and pre-teen readers at 3:30 p.m. May 16 at Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Symmes Drive, Manalapan. Copies of the book are available at the library’s circulation desk. Details: (732) 431-7242.

Friends of library plan

luncheon for May 11

The Friends of the Monmouth County Library Association will hold its 10th annual spring luncheon at 12:30 p.m. May 11 at the library’s headquarters, Symmes Drive, Manalapan.

The luncheon will feature Italian cuisine provided by Twin Oaks Caterers. Theresa Siegert, soprano, will sing Italian songs and light opera for entertainment. There is a $12 donation per person. Tickets may be purchased at the library or by calling Frances Donowitz, (732) 462-1939.

Freehold H.S. class

of 1990 plans reunion

Freehold Borough High School Class of 1990 will hold a 10-year reunion Nov. 24 at the American Hotel, Freehold. For more information, call Kerri Martin, (212) 744-5383 or Brenda Callahan, (732) 446-5113, or e-mail Boro1990@aol.com.

Walkathon will benefit

Habitat for Humanity

Sponsor sheets are available for the ninth annual walkathon to be held June 4 to benefit Freehold Area Habitat for Humanity.

The walk will begin at 1:30 p.m. at the Manasquan Reservoir, Howell. The event will be held rain or shine.

Walkers with $100 in sponsors will earn a Habitat cap or T-shirt. Funds raised will be used to finish house No. 12, currently under construction in Freehold. To obtain a sponsor sheet, call (732) 308-3400.

Course offers advice

for adoptive parents

For people who have recently adopted or are planning to adopt a child, CentraState Healthcare System’s Health Awareness Center is offering its "Adoptive Parents’ Infant Care" class from 7-9 p.m. on Thursdays, May 4 through June 1.

The five-week course will address the adoptive parents’ unique needs that are not covered in newborn and childbirth classes.

The cost is $68 per single or couple. Class size is limited, and preregistration is required; call the Health Awareness Center, (732) 308-0570.

New members welcome to join Phase II singles

Phase II, a singles club for people 50 and over, meets on the second and fourth Monday at 7 p.m. at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Symmes Drive, Manalapan. New members are welcome to attend. For further information, call Dolly, (732) 772-0572 or June (732) 370-0532.

In Brief

Church to host 2-day Weekend Extravaganza

The Morganville United Methodist Church will host a Weekend Extravaganza May 12-13 at the church, 215 Conover Road at Route 79. A Nearly New Rum-mage Sale and a Mother’s Day Baked Goods and Flower Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 12. and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 13. On May 13 from 8-11 a.m. there will be an all-you-can-enjoy pancake breakfast. Details: (732) 946-4247.

Freehold Twp. will sponsor dinner-dance

Freehold Township Parks and Recreation will sponsor a "Summer Sizzler" from 7-11 p.m. July 15 at Battleground County Club, Tennent section of Manalapan. The event will feature a champagne fountain and cash bar, a complete dinner, dancing to the music of Jeff Hofstein’s Good Vibrations, photos by a professional photographer, and a few surprises. The cost is $80 per couple. For reservations, call Arlene at (732) 294-2191.

AAUW will honor five senior girls on May 11

The Freehold Area Branch of the American Association of University Women will honor five high school senior girls at the branch’s May 11 meeting in the media center of Freehold Township High School.

The senior girl with the highest average at each of the five high schools in the Freehold Regional High School District will receive a certificate and a monetary award of $200. Funds for these awards come from the annual used book sale the branch holds in June.

The awards ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m., followed by a program on stress relief presented by Peggy Rae of Celestial Creations. Members of the public are invited to attend. For more information about AAUW, call Maizie Frenkiel, (732) 446-7992, or Sue Richman, (732) 780-9832.

Music contest open to New Jersey residents

Applications for the annual statewide New Jersey Music Competition sponsored by the Friends of Music and Art of Hudson County are now being accepted through May 27. The auditions are scheduled to be held June 3.

The competition is open to residents of New Jersey and those studying in New Jersey institutions and who are majoring in classical music, vocal or instrumental.

Contestants must be between the ages of 16 and 25. The winner of the competition will receive an award of $500 and the opportunity to give a solo recital at a future concert of the Friends in Jersey City. Applications may be obtained by calling (201) 963-1216.

Marines to meet in Freehold on May 1

The Cpl. Philip A. Reynolds Detachment U.S. Marine Corps League will hold its regular monthly meeting at 8 p.m. May 1 at the Freehold Elks Club, 73 E. Main St. All former Marines are invited to attend. For information, call Commandant Paul Santiago, (732) 833-2340, or George Maury, (732) 462-4240.

In Brief

‘Fairy Tale Trail’ reset for April 22

Freehold Township Parks and Recreation has rescheduled its "Fairy Tale Trail," which had been scheduled for April 15. The event will be held on April 22 from noon to 3 p.m. at Liberty Oak Park, Freehold Township. For more information, call (732) 294-2191.

Essay, poster contest winners announced

Freehold Soil Conservation District has selected the winners of the 2000 Conservation essay and poster contests. The theme for both contests was "Keeping My Watershed Clean and Healthy."

In the essay contest, Robyn Appel, a student at Colts Neck High School, won first place for grades 9-12. Five students from the Eisenhower Middle School, Freehold Township, were named winners: for grades 7-8, Nicole Sanchez won second place and Ria DasGupta took third-place honors; and for grades 4-6, Charlie Winkler won first place, Evan Blank took second place and Desiree Vanni won third place.

In the poster contest, two Eisenhower Middle School students were winners: Jamie Gumann won first place for grades 7-8, and Christopher Favale took first place for grades 4-6. Robert Uzzolino of the Monmouth County 4-H club took second-place honors for grades 4-6. For grades 2-3, there were two winners from the Marshall Errickson School, Freehold Township: Jessica Canose took first place and Colin Gorman won second place.

Manalapan H.S. offers scholarships

Manalapan High School is offering four scholarships for Manalapan-Englishtown students attending Manalapan High School: the Mitchell Lee Sheptinsky Scholarship, with a due date of May 11; the Mark Lederman Scholarship, due date May 11; the Policemen’s Benevolent Association Scholarship, due May 12; and the Manalapan High School Booster Club Scholarship, due May 19. For more information, contact Mrs. Piccola in the guidance office.

Spaces still available for YMCA yard sale

The YMCA of Western Monmouth County, Freehold Township, will sponsor a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 13 on the grounds of its facility on East Freehold Road. Spaces are still available. Details: (732) 462-0464, Ext. 21.

Manalapan Players name new director

Paul Chalakani has been appointed director of the Manalapan Community Players, who are sponsored by the Manalapan Parks and Recreation Department.

A longtime resident of the Jersey Shore, Chalakani has worked as an actor, director, producer and educator in various venues, including Monmouth University, Ocean County Community College, and his own company, The Atlantic Stage Company.

Chalakani and organizers of the Manalapan Community Players are planning a summer production to be held in July and August.

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.

Club members will attend conference

Members of the GFWC Molly Pitcher Woman’s Club of Freehold will be entering the Fifth District Achievement Day and Spring Conference of the New Jersey Federation of Women’s Clubs craft show.

The April 25 showing at Mike Doolan’s, Spring Lake Heights, will feature needlework, craft items, photography, flower arrangements and baking.

Jean L. Herberger, club president, will report on the accomplishments of the club for the year. A luncheon will be served and awards will be presented during the afternoon.

District first-place winners will enter into the State Annual Convention competition to be held on May 8 at the Parsippany Hilton, Parsippany.

The presiding officer at the spring conference will be Sharon Cartwright, Fifth District vice president, and the keynote speaker will be Mary Ellen Brock, first vice president of the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs, Kinnelon, who will speak on the topic "Are We Related?"

Howell chorus opens performance season

The Howell High School 2000 concert season opened on March 30 with a 110-voice chorus under the direction of Steven Gosewisch, performing "Cantate!"

The concert opened with three different settings of the Psalm text Cantate Domino, representing 1,400 years of musical composition from Gregorian chant to very modern.

This year’s program featured works by some of the greatest composers of the 20th century: Leonard Bernstein’s "Chichester Psalms," Ralph Vaughn Williams’ "Mystical Songs" and Howard Hanson’s "Song of Democracy."

The Madrigal Chorus presented several pieces from the Renaissance in their new performance format; the lords and ladies have paired up to create a new sound.

Dr. Christine Sezer, Howell Middle School North, guest conducted one of the chorus’ selections, as this is the last year the chorus will be composed of Sezer’s former students.

Salon sets fund-raiser for Marlboro family

Salon Easy Street, Marlboro, will sponsor a fund-raiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 30 at the salon, Route 9. All proceeds will benefit the Zuppa family of Marlboro who have lost their home and all their possessions due to mold spore contamination. The cut-a-thon will feature an appearance by Mr. Cookie Face; a homemade baked-goods sale; Closettec customized closets; customized doll house; deluxe hair essentials basket; gift certificates; and more. Haircuts (wet cuts only; no blowouts) will be available on a walk-in basis only. The cost will be $15 for adults, $10 for children.

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• "Story Behind the

Story," a panel discussion on how to write and publish a story, will be sponsored by Sisters In Crime and Garden State Horror Writers at 7 p.m. April 13 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan.

• American Association

of University Women, Freehold Area Branch, will meet at 7:30 p.m. April 13 at Freehold Town-ship High School. There will be a discussion on eldercare. Details: Maizie Frenkiel, (732) 446-7992, or Sue Richman, (732) 780-9832.

• Monmouth Camera Club

will meet at 8 p.m. April 13 at Colts Neck Reformed Church, Route 537. The topic will be "Composition: Technique, Style or Art?" Members include beginners and advanced photographers; guests are welcome to attend. Details: (732) 946-9593.

• A Day of Recollection

will be sponsored by the Marian Center from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 14 at St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church, Route 9 at W. Second St., Howell. Lunch will be served. There is no charge, but registration is requested. (732) 363-0022.

• FOG (Followers

of God), a youth group for those in grades five through eight, will meet at the First Presbyterian Church of Englishtown, 50 Main St., from 6:15-8:30 p.m. April 14. The meeting is open to all youth in those grades. Details: (732) 845-9475 or (732) 946-1177.

• Easter egg hunt

will be sponsored by Southard Grange No. 218 at 2 p.m. April 15 at the Southard Grange, Route 9, Howell. There will be two age groups: 1-5 years and 6-8 years. There will be free drinks and snacks. Details: (732) 901-0388.

• A pancake breakfast

will be sponsored by Adelphia Fire Company from 8 am. to noon April 16 at the firehouse, Route 524. The cost for the all-you-can-enjoy breakfast is $4.50; children under age 8, $2.50.

• Circle of Jewish

Friends, a singles group for ages 25-39, will meet for lunch at Fred & Murry’s Kosher Deli, Freehold, from noon to 2 p.m. April 16. The cost is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. For reservations, call Shelley at (732) 683-9300.

• HUGS (Help Us

Grieve Someone), a confidential bereavement support group, will meet at the First Presbyterian Church of Englishtown, 50 Main St., at 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. April 17. All are welcome. Details: (732) 446-9506.

• "Breaking the Diet

Cycle," a free program, will be held at 7:30 p.m. April 17 at Monmouth County Library Headquar-ters, Manalapan.

• "Good for Your

Body, Good for Your Golf," a free program, will be held at 7 p.m. April 18 at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters, Manalapan.

• Flashlight Egg Hunt

will be held at 8 p.m. April 18 at Kateri Environmental Center, Wickatunk section of Marlboro. The event is for anyone age 5 or older. Tickets are $5; pre-registration is required. Details: (732) 946-9694.

• Tenebrae (a service

of darkness) will be presented by the Senior Choir at 7:30 p.m. April 20 at First United Methodist Church of Freehold, 91 W. Main St. Details: (732) 462-1745.

• Boy Scout Troop 454

, a troop for Scouts who are challenged by a special need, will hold a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 22 at the Wonder Bread Store, Freehold Shopping Center, Route 9. Details: (732) 308-0650.

Freehold Twp. offers tickets to ‘Attitude’

Freehold Township Parks and Recre-ation has a limited number of tickets available for the June 24 performance of World Wrestling Federation’s "Attitude" at Mad-ison Square Garden, New York City. The cost is $65 per person and includes round-trip transportation. The charter bus will leave Liberty Oak Park at 5:45 p.m. for the 8 p.m. show.

Details: Arlene, (732) 294-2191.