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LINCROFT: Ex-NFL-ERS TAKE IT TO THE HOOP

It was average Joes vs football pros on the hardwood last Friday night as local amateur and school basketball teams faced off against a “dream-team” consisting of past and present NFL players – all in the name of charity. The Hoops for Hope event, created by local son turned NFL player Lonnie Allgood and held at Brookdale Community College’s Collins Arena, consisted of a series of quick exhibition games and other activities to raise money for Dreams for Kids and the YMCA’s Strong Kids program, dedicated to providing underprivileged kids with a healthy lifestyle.

N.J. seeks to grant $1.27B to higher ed: Monmouth, Ocean schools would receive $47.4 million

Gov. Chris Christie’s administration has submitted a list of more than $1.27 billion in higher-education construction projects to the Legislature for its approval, including $47.4 million for schools in Ocean and Monmouth counties. The list of 176 projects announced Monday night was derived from among more than 250 applications filed by colleges around New Jersey — public and private, four-year universities and two-year community colleges, including Ocean County and Brookdale community colleges, Beth Medrash Govoha and Georgian Court University.

Brookdale to host Law Enforcement Career Fair

A Law Enforcement Career Fair and tribute to first responders will take place at Brookdale Community College on May 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Student Life Center on the Lincroft campus. The event is free and open to the public. Representatives from at least 25 federal, state, county and local law enforcement agencies will be present to promote careers in the respective agencies, a few of which are presently hiring, according to a press release from organizers. Among the agencies that will be represented are the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA); Bureau of Alcohol…

Sunday, May 5th at Brookdale Community College; NJ premiere of Karl Jenkins’s vocal composition, “The Peacemakers”

On Sunday, May 5th, Brookdale Concordia Chorale will be joined by the Concordia Youth Chorale in the NJ premiere of Karl Jenkins’s vocal composition, The Peacemakers. The concert will be held in the Performing Arts Center at Brookdale Community College at 7:00 PM. Neighboring-community residents are invited to attend this free concert that is dedicated to peace. By weaving together words and texts of iconic figures like Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Mandela, Mother Teresa, Anne Frank, St. Francis of Assisi, the Persian mystic poet, Rumi…

Building the future: N.J. colleges get $1.3B for construction projects

The grants range from $101,060 for technology upgrades to classrooms at Rowan University, to $86.3 million to transform a New Jersey Institute of Technology building into a hub for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In all, 176 higher education capital construction projects worth $1.3 billion have been approved, in what Gov. Christie called the first concerted contribution to New Jersey’s higher education infrastructure in decades. “Today, we begin a new era of opportunity for New Jersey’s colleges and universities,” the governor said in a statement tonight.

“Testing” Out Test-Optional Colleges

Are the SATs really fair? How about the ACTs? Are they impartial across socio-economic, race, and gender lines? These are questions that many college applicants consider when going through the admissions process. What about students whose test scores may be lower than their grades? According to Lisa Bleich, President of College Bound Mentor, test optional schools are, “a great way for a student to be judged on their academic achievement over the course of high school rather than on just one test.” Take, for example, a student with strong grades who really wanted to go to Boston College.

Traffic Plan Reaps Result From Monmouth County Job Fair

Traffic Plan reaps results from the Monmouth County 2013 Job Fair hosted at the Brookdale Community College Recreation and Event Center on April 19, 2013. “The event was a wonderful success for us,” said Carolyn M. Kiely, President and Owner of Traffic Plan. “We have had much interest shown in our business by event attendees since the show.” Kiely continued, “The job fair is a great networking opportunity for businesses and job candidates to connect.” The April 2013 Monmouth County Job Fair is a partnership with the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders,

Scannapieco Notches 900th Win as Brookdale Softball Head Coach

The Brookdale Community College softball team is having one of those special seasons. The Jersey Blues are the nation’s top-ranked Division III team, sporting a 46-3 record. In a doubleheader on April 19, the season became even more memorable. When the Jersey Blues swept against Cumberland County College, 16-1 and 15-0, they earned head coach Bo Scannapieco his 899th and 900th career wins at the Lincroft college. Now in his 27th year as the Brookdale skipper, Scannapieco has built up a résumé that is second to none and has already put the Jackson native in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Hall of …

A Message in a Bottle and Trash on the Beach

A message in a bottle, a plastic bottle filled with sand, a flip flop, building materials, dog poop and lots of plastic were among the items found on the sand in Point Beach and Point Borough on Saturday. Skyler Kummer, 8, a Point Borough resident, found a message in a bottle during the Saturday morning Beach Sweeps at Maxson Avenue beach in the Borough. The message was sent on Oct. 9, 2012 by Robert Peters from a Spring Lake beach. Skyler notified Peters of the find and he said he had been hoping it would be found in South Africa rather than so close to home.

Brookdale seats new trustee

A veteran businessman and restaurateur was sworn in Thursday night to serve on Brookdale Community College’s board of trustees as an appointee of Gov. Chris Christie. Gary S. Tolchin, 53, of Marlboro took his place on the 12-member board at its monthly meeting at Brookdale’s main campus in the Lincroft section of Middletown. Tolchin, appointed to the board by the governor on April 3, replaces trustee Richard M. Maser of Red Bank, who had been appointed by then-acting Gov. Donald T. DiFrancesco in 2002. Maser’s term expired on Oct. 31, and he had continued serving on the board until his replacement was sworn in.

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