Friday, April 5, 2013
Children are asked to audition for the Wizard of Oz, Jr, and all ages invited to auditon for Seussical.
Auditions for the Our Gang Player’s performances of “Wizard of Oz, Jr.” and “Seussical,” will be held Wednesday, April 10 at Stafford Township Intermediate School. Children and adolescents in grades 1 through 8 are invited to attend the Wizard of Oz, Jr. auditions, from 5:30 p.m. until 7:45 p.m., but those auditioning for major roles must be prepared to sing a song.Callbacks for this are set for April 11. From 7:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., all ages will be given the opportunity to audition for “Seussical.” Callbacks for this show are set for April 12. A $60 registration fee is required of those wishing to audition. For more information, visit http://www.ourgang.org/Pages/News.html
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Author Dan Fagin spoke with Toms River Patch about his book chronicling a dark time in the township's history
Toms River may not seem like a prime example of a town struggling with industrial pollution. But, over 60 years ago, the Jersey Shore town became home to Ciba-Geigy's chemical plant. In 1971, industrial waste was dumped at the nearby Reich Farm. Both were labeled as Superfund sites, believed to have caused increased instances of cancer in township children. "The town itself is a town like so many others," said Dan Fagin, who explores the township's dark history with pollution and its health effects in his new book, "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation." Fagin will discuss the recently released book, and its highly anticipated account of Ciba-Geigy's decades-long impact on Toms River, when he appears at the Toms River branch of …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Event will take place March 17.
Storyteller David Emerson will spin yarns about ancient Celtic lands in his “David MacCaffrey” character for a St. Patrick’s Day appearance at the Little Red Schoolhouse Museum in Waretown. The presentation “The Shannachie of Glenndunbun Ballybeg: Traditional Celtic Tales” will begin at 2 p.m. in the Waretown Historical Society’s little museum at 182 Wells Mills Road. General admission is $5. Waretown Historical Society members will be admitted free. Because seating is limited, reservations are required. Call Joan Field at 609-693-4177 to reserve tickets.
Monday, February 18, 2013
Proceeds go to two schools and Shore 2 Recover.
A fundraiser for two schools and Shore 2 Recover will be held from 5 p.m. to midnight March 2 at Martell's on the Point Pleasant Beach boardwalk. The admission fee of $25, for non-stop live music and complimentary dinner buffet, will be donated as follows: $20 to Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School in Seaside Heights and Memorial School in Union Beach and $5 to Shore2Recover’s rebuild program. Shore 2 Recover was founded by Toni Pecunia, a resident of Point Pleasant whose home was partially-flooded by the storm, according to the organization's website. The organization has donated funds to various needs, including helping Sandy-impacted families and to St. Paul's kitchen in Bay Head that has been feeding free, hot meals to affected families …
Sunday, February 17, 2013
Films must be submitted by March 20.
Original film productions from high school and college students are being accepted by the Ocean County Library for its upcoming Student Film Festival. Works submitted will be shown at a red carpet event at Toms River's library branch at 6 p.m. on Saturday, April 27, according to a news release. Films — which can be in the categories of animation, commercial, documentary, full feature, news, sports short, public service announcement, short feature, experimental, and music video — must be submitted by March 20 and can be no longer than 20 minutes. "The festival’s judging panel is comprised of film media educators, artists, librarians and various film industry enthusiasts," the library said in a statement. "Judging criteria is based on …
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Show Scheduled for Saturday February 9 at OCC.
A theater company formed to bring the arts to Toms River will raise funds for Sandy relief efforts with their production of Broadway For The Beach 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at the Ocean County Arts and Cultural Center on the Ocean County College Campus in Toms River. "We wanted to do something easy and give people a good escape and fun night out," said show producer Sean Openshaw. "Art is an escape for people where they can forget about their troubles for one-and-a-half hours." Twenty-four Exit 82 Theatre Company members, ages 17 to 35, and other local performers will perform two acts of show tunes, some solo pieces and some full-on dance numbers, according to Openshaw. "The storm impacted so many in the community in so many different ways…
Sunday, January 13, 2013
'Sandy Blows' concert draws a big crowd, big local acts
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- Daniel Nee
Sunday, January 13
After Superstorm Sandy blew through Long Beach Island, many a homeowner crossed the causeway a week later to find bay-soaked carpets, displaced boats and waterlogged cars. But for the Ship Bottom Fire Department, the storm took an even heavier toll: about $400,000 worth of equipment lost. Island volunteer fire departments - which have faced hurdles in the past decade thanks to a reduction in the year-round island population as real estate prices skyrocketed - have held on and are credited with countless rescues during the height of the storm. On Saturday night, it was time for the community to give back. Crowds packed the Surf City Fire Company building on Long Beach Boulevard to hear a number of bands perform for 10 hours straight - from …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Stafford's mayor thanked Alec Baldwin for a $250,000 donation to rebuild Beach Haven West Community Center at the last council meeting of 2012.
Mayor John Spodofora thanked actor Alec Baldwin for his recent $250,000 donation to help rebuild the Mill Creek Community Center at Thursday’s meeting. Baldwin’s philanthropic foundation, the AB Foundation, made the donation to rebuild the Stafford Township center earlier this month after learning about the situation through Governor Chris Christie's office. In an earlier reported statement, Baldwin said, “I realized these facilities that are hubs, that are centers of community activity like the Mill Creek Community Center, serve this incredible function.” Baldwin added that he wanted his donation to do something that might otherwise be overlooked. Spodofora said he is still communicating with Baldwin via email. “We are discussing him …
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Jersey Shore area organizations nominated for fifth-annual JerseyArts.com 'People's Choice' awards.
Which towns have the best theater, art museums and plays in New Jersey? You have until Jan. 22 to decide. Several Jersey Shore area institutions were among those nominated for the fifth-annual JerseyArts.com "People's Choice" awards. Online voting runs through Jan. 22. Discover Jersey Arts is a partnership between the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and ArtPride New Jersey Foundation to increase awareness of and participation in the arts in the Garden State. Other participating organizations include the New Jersey Theatre Alliance, South Jersey Cultural Alliance, and New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism. Even if you don't see your favorite listed, you can still try and write yours in. That's what MPAC general manager suggests. …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
121212 Concert beneficiary connected with county services through county's social services department, OceanFirst Foundation
Ocean County charity organizations are slated to receive a combined $1.9 million in aid from the Robin Hood Foundation to help their efforts assisting victims of Hurricane Sandy. The Robin Hood Foundation is the beneficiary of donations from Wednesday night's 12.12.12 Concert for Sandy Relief. At Wednesday's preboard meeting of the Ocean County Board of Freeholders, Freeholder Director Gerry P. Little said the New York-based foundation has awarded grants to a variety of county organizations, from Hometown Heroes to O.C.E.A.N. Inc. to Homes for All, from the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties to Community Services, which delivers hot meals and a variety of services to senior citizens. "Right after the storm, the Ocean First Foundation …