“Images of Christ Church Shrewsbury: Then and Now,” a free exhibit of photographs, artworks, postcards, and historic papers related to one of Monmouth County’s most notable landmarks, is available for public viewing from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays (except July 4) through July 20.  Located in the Christ Church Parish House, 380 Sycamore Avenue, the exhibit is presented by the parish in conjunction Dorn’s Classic Images. Children are welcome and a special activity for schoolchildren is available.

 In June of 1738, a charter was issued to Christ Church that incorporated the parish as a member of the Anglican Communion, authorized by the New Jersey Provincial Assembly, the colonial arm of the British Crown, whose monarch at the time was King George II.  This year marks the 275th anniversary of the charter, a document that remains in the possession of the parish at the corner of Sycamore Avenue and Broad Street (Route 35), Shrewsbury. The exhibit features segments about the charter, photos dating to1869, and a special section, “Then and Now,” that pairs old photos of the church with matching contemporary ones.

 “The Christ Church parish has been a presence in the borough and the county for over 310 years,” said parish historian Robert M. Kelly, Jr. “The iconic 1769 church building, seen every day by thousands of travelers, is emblematic of the treasure trove of history in our very midst. The images in the exhibit depict the evolution of the church over time, but also suggest the growth and change in the surrounding community.” For more information, contact, visit, or call (732) 741-2220.

 Students, Author Raise Funds for “The Sandy Ground Project: Where Angels Play”

In mid-June, Dee Shockley, author of the recently-released children’s book, “The Horrible, Horrible Hurricane” came to the Shrewsbury Borough School for a book signing. During an earlier school fundraiser for Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts, students at the school sold over 100 copies of the book, aimed at helping youngsters understand weather disasters, and raising over $800. The author’s visit was also to thank the students for their efforts.

Also on hand on June 11 was Mr. Bill Lavin, president of the New Jersey Firemen’s Mutual Benevolent Association (NJFMBA). The organization has been raising funds to build 26 playgrounds in storm-ravaged towns throughout the tri-state area, each in memory of one of the victims of the shooting massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Ms. Shockley donated the proceeds from the Shrewsbury Borough School fundraiser to The Sandy Ground Project. In total, she donated $3,000 to the NJFMBA, which is building 10 playgrounds in New Jersey, 10 in New York, and six in Connecticut.

The first playground was built in Sea Bright. Other New Jersey locations include Ocean City, Normandy Beach, Long Branch, Union Beach, Point Pleasant Beach, and Belmar. Each playground, which has the blessing of the victims’ families and has special features unique to each victim, is expected to cost between $50,000 and $100,000. Some playgrounds already have received funding from various organizations, but additional funds are needed.           To donate and/or obtain more information, visit

Navesink Garden Club Re-Plants Sea Bright

Members of the Navesink Garden Club recently joined forces with Fair Haven, Shrewsbury, and Rumson garden clubbers to install over 70 plants on the narrow median along Ocean Boulevard north of the Municipal Center in Sea Bright. Kathleen Panepinto, Bernice Maguire, Dian Woodroffe, Joanne Mallon, Pam Marhan, Hope Hanlon, prospective member Janine Voell, and Leslie Tuthill joined others to make the work go swiftly.

The group then planted perennials and annuals in flower boxes and brick planters in front of the Sea Bright Police Station, “after shoveling out a mini-mountain of sand.” Navesink Garden member Winn Cuffari donated a dozen red geraniums, the focal point of that endeavor. The geraniums are accompanied by white bacopa, blue ageratum and dark purple petunias for a red-white-blue theme.  To continue the patriotic color theme, the ground planters contain ilex crenata (Japanese holly), dark purple perennial salvia, silvery white needle-leaved dusty-miller, and red petunias.  Two day lilies that survived the sea and sand in the brick planters were left there.

The Navesink Garden Club meets the third Tuesday of the month in September, October, November, January, March, April, and May at The Atrium, 40 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank.  There is a gardening presentation at each meeting. Meetings are open and free to the general public. The club is a member of The Garden Club of New Jersey, Inc. and the Central Atlantic Region and National Garden Clubs, Inc. Members come from Colts Neck, Marlboro, Holmdel, Middletown, Fair Haven, Red Bank, Little Silver, Leonardo, Manalapan, Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Eatontown, Brick, Tinton Falls, Brielle, Elberon, Hazlet, Long Branch, Neptune, Lincroft, Rumson, Navesink, and Shrewsbury. For more information, contact membership chairperson Katherine Pojawa at (732) 772-0488. Visit the Navesink Garden Club website

 Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore Award $40,000 in Grants

In late May, the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore awarded 40 grants of $1,000 each to area high school students at their annual Brother Peter Mannion Grant Awards Dinner at Doolan’s Shore Club in Spring Lake Heights. Attendees included parents, relatives, and friends, as well as representatives of the board of trustees of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick of the Jersey Shore. Recipients from our area included:

Red Bank Catholic High School: Meghan Swan, Bernadette Hogan, Meredith Sheehan, Molly McHugh

St. Rose High School: JP O’Malley, Sean Wheat, Joe Gowan, Brandon Burke, Elizabeth Sheprow, Colleen Ryan, Tessa Murphy, Rose Beattie