year : 2016 909 results

Cedar Drive Academic Bowl Team Shines Brightly At Competition

By Tony Senk Some of the brightest students at Cedar Drive Middle School recently put their academic skills on display at an academic tournament held at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology at Sandy Hook, and, as they have in years past, they represented their school admirably, as the school’s highest-ranked team brought home a third-place trophy. “All members of our academic team performed very well, considering it was the first competition for many of the students,” said ...

Painting The Church With Prayer

Is it possible to paint a church with prayer? How does it spread? Does it stick? How long does it last? Does it cost anything? What happens when it rains? The paint on the front of the historic Holmdel Community Church on Main Street in Holmdel has been flaking and peeling, with bare wood exposed. The church dates to 1705, and it was looking as if it hadn’t been painted since back then. Church leaders contracted with O’Sullivan Painters, who came by with a crew to put on a fresh coat of ...

Donald Brown Returns To RBC To Share A “Natural High”

By Lori Draz On Thursday, November 10, Red Bank Catholic (RBC) welcomed home one of its very successful alumni, former NFL running back Donald Brown (RBC ’05). He returned to his alma mater to host an assembly for the students, where he talked about making smart choices. Mr. Brown is a celebrity role model for Natural High, a national 501 (c) 3 non-profit drug prevention program designed to inspire and help young people discover and pursue their “natural high” so they have a reason to ...

Middletown Partners With American Legion Post 338 For WWI Monument Restoration

Middletown Township is gearing up to restore a local World War I monument with help from American Legion Post 338. American Legion Post 338 has made a $1,000 donation to help fund repair of the circa 1930 monument, located on Church Street in Belford, announced Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, Ph.D. The donation was presented to the township at the October township committee meeting by Commander Ron Stark and legion member Tom Garretson. Both men are also members of the township’s Veterans Affairs ...

“Lead U” Assemblies At Knollwood School

As part of the commemoration of Veterans Day, Knollwood School fourth through eighth graders attended assemblies on November 7 presented by “Lead U,” which was created in 2016 by JD Wilson, a U.S. Air Force veteran and former classroom teacher, to empower students to embrace their leadership potential. Wilson, along with fellow Air Force veteran Bill Gaskins and Lead U co-founder Dan Effenberger, conducted the Knollwood assemblies, which focused on leadership, respect for veterans, and the ...

Historic Havens: Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury

By Lori Draz In the spirit of the season, Historic Havens turned its eye on a location that has a history of joyful celebrations. Shrewsbury’s elegant and glorious Shadowbrook Estate was an easy choice, as the property is enjoying a renaissance under the new ownership of partners Jim Kourgelis, Mark Spinelli, George Kourgelis, Mike Kourgelis, Carl Carfello, and Chris Gourmos, who also currently own and operate the Venetian in Garfield and Seasons in Washington Township. These new owners ...

Meet The Spinnaker Honorees

By Lori Draz The Journal magazine is enormously proud that we and owner/publisher Louis Francis Mercatanti have been chosen to receive the prestigious Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce (EMACC) Spinnaker Award for Community Service. We are equally honored to be among the company of such influential honorees. As we look forward to the awards event, to be held on January 26 at The Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury, we thought you’d like to get to know the other honorees a little better. Each ...

Oak Hill Students Achieve Success

For students at Oak Hill Academy in Lincroft, the fall was a busy time. Not only were students attending classes, playing on sports teams, and enjoying Halloween; they were also involved with the many extracurricular offerings at the school. In fact, over a two-week period, these Oak Hill students were rewarded for their efforts with many awards. It began on October 21, when the school once again competed at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST) Academic Jeopardy Tournament. ...

District Awarded $15K Grant From Special Olympics

After submitting its application among an unprecedented number of school districts from throughout the state, the Holmdel Township School District has been selected to receive a three-year, $15,000 Play Unified grant from Special Olympics New Jersey to support the district’s efforts in developing and providing inclusive sports programs. Holmdel’s grant application was co-authored by the district’s four principals in collaboration with Director of Special Services Meryl Gill and Supervisor ...

Fair Haven Green Team

The Fair Haven Borough Council recently approved a resolution in support of Fair Haven’s participation in the Sustainable Jersey Municipal Certification Program. Sustainable Jersey is a nonprofit organization that provides tools, training, and financial incentives to support communities as they pursue sustainability programs. The Fair Haven Environmental Commission has formed a Green Team to lead in the borough’s efforts towards achieving the Sustainable Jersey Certification through a ...