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Brookdale to host STEM initiative for women panel discussion

The Northern Monmouth County Branch of the American Association of University Women will present a panel discussion as part of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math initiative April 8 at Brookdale Community College. AAUW is a national grassroots organization dedicated to empowering women as individuals and as a community. One of their focuses is STEM education and trying to break the barrier that separates women from male-dominated careers in these fields. The panel discussion, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Life Center, Twin Lights 1, will feature Brookdale professor Sue Monroe,

Marlboro breast cancer survivor co-hosts suburban sneaker trade event

One year ago, Susie Howard’s stage-three breast cancer threatened to kill the stay-at-home mother before she had a chance to leave a lasting legacy for her two sneaker-crazed sons. “I remember sitting in a chair, getting chemo (and) thinking ‘I might die,’ ” said the 47-year-old Marlboro resident, who received her horrifying diagnosis in January 2012. The scariest part was “the thought that maybe I wouldn’t be around to see my kids get married and have kids and stuff.” Despite doctors who told Howard she would be dead before the end of 2012, her cancer was declared in remission six weeks ago.

Love oysters? Love Dave Matthews Band (Photos)

This week it was announced that Dave Matthews Band, the very popular improvisational rock band, has given a grant of more than $16,000 to the NY/NJ Baykeepers group to help save thousands of baby oysters growing in a New Jersey bay. Researchers have gathered enough data to be able to say that an oyster-restoration program wrecked by Hurricane Sandy will work and this grant, which has been given through Dave Matthews Band’s Bama Works Fund, will help reestablish the research on a Navy pier. The NY/NJ Baykeeper group will use the grant to rebuild and relocate an aquaculture building destroyed by the storm. According to Meredith…

Tune those guitars – it is time to jam

Brookdale’s public radio station 90.5 the Night is hosting their 16th annual ‘Brookdale Guitar Show’ on Sunday, April 14 in the Donald D. Warner Student Life Center. Doors will open at 10am on the Lincroft campus, located at 765 Newman Springs Road, and tickets are currently on presale now for $10 and at the door for $12. On the bill for attendees are an abundant of clinics on everything from tuning your guitar to starting up and managing your personal band. More than 30 vendors, including BC Guitars, Bob’s Guitar Hospital, Guitar Heads and High Strung Studios, will have their tents pitched for fans and fellow musicians to come and ask any questions…

Opening Reception: Cotillion

Visit Brookdale Community College for the opening reception of Cotillion, the AFA Student Art Show, featuring works by Brookdale’s second-year fine art students. The reception will take place in the Center for Visual Arts Gallery from 5 to 7 p.m. The work will be on display until April 17. 765 Newman Springs Road.

Volunteer Lawyers for Justice to Hold Free Legal Aid Clinic for Sandy

Clinics Part of VLJ’s New Disaster Legal Response and Preparedness Program. Volunteer Lawyers for Justice (VLJ) will hold free legal aid clinics at Brookdale Community College in Hazlet for New Jersey residents dealing with legal issues directly related to Superstorm Sandy. The clinics are part of VLJ’s new Disaster Legal Response and Preparedness (DLRP) Program, which also includes extended representation and a statewide hotline. Brookdale Community College is located at OneCrownPlaza in Hazlet, and the clinics will be held on Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the following dates: April 5 and 19; and May 3, 17, and 31

‘Cuisine on the Green’ Coming to Southern Ocean County

Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) has announced a new program called Cuisine on the Green, the new Ocean County Culinary Arts Training Center, located at the Atlantis Golf Club in Little Egg Harbor. The Culinary Arts Training Center offers adult students the opportunity to pursue their career goals in the culinary profession. Students receive real-world experience in restaurant operations and culinary production techniques through the daily operation of the full-service restaurant and banquet facility, open to the public, located on the premises.

Brookdale Guitar Show is April 14

The 16th annual Brookdale Guitar Show will take place April 14 at the Lincroft Campus of Brookdale Community College. Doors open at 10 a.m., and the event continues until 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased in advance online at www.brookdaleguitarshow.com. Tickets are $12 at the door. A major fundraiser for Brookdale Public Radio, this event will take place at the Donald D. Warner Student Life Center, with outdoors entertainment by Chris Buono, Johnny Stompbox & the Stompers, Jerry Topinka & Sean Connolly, Thomas Wesley Stern and Vextion.

The Big Read continues in April at the Monmouth County Library

The Monmouth County Library continues its series of programs for The Big Read , sponsored by The Center for Holocaust, Human Rights & Genocide Education (Chhange) at Brookdale Community College and endowed by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. In April, the topics will center on the morality of the death penalty, the tragedy of Alzheimer’s, and the decision during World War II to send Japanese-American to internment camps. The Library is honored to have Keiko Wright, the director of the documentary Hiro, as a presenter for the showings of her film at Library Headquarters and Eastern Branch.

Monmouth Teen Arts Festival: A Celebration of the Arts

Monmouth Arts wrapped up another successful Teen Arts Festival (March 21 & 22, with an opening reception held on teh 20th). This year’s festival, which focused on the theme of ArtHelps–a Monmouth Arts initiative to connect the arts with the continuing recovery effort from superstorm Sandy– brought students from all over the county to the beautiful campus of Brookdale Community College in Lincroft, New Jersey. Monmouth Arts Executive Director Mary Eileen Fouratt had this to say,”This year’s festival was especially poignant because so may schools and students in this area were affected by the storm.

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