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
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.
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 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 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.
Brookdale Community College’s softball team won more games than anyone in the country last spring (49), but the Jersey Blues had little to show for it. They lost to eventual champion Gloucester County College in the Region 19 finals, handing veteran head coach Bo Scannapieco the most agonizing losses of his career. “I thought we had the best team in the country,” he said. “We just didn’t get there. We were good enough. Sometimes it happens.” As he surveys the 2013 season and his club’s 14-1 start, the Jersey Blues’ head coach pointed out “talent-wise, we’re right there.”
Monmouth County will again offer employers and jobseekers the opportunity to connect at the Monmouth County Job Fair scheduled for April 19. The event is free for employers to reserve a table and for jobseekers to attend. The 2013 Monmouth County Job Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 19 at the Brookdale Community College Recreation and Events Center, 765 Newman Springs Road (Route 520), Lincroft. According to a press release, last year’s job fair attracted more than 100 employers and an estimated 1,200 jobseekers.
As the number of Holocaust survivors grows smaller, the responsibility of others to tell the stories of the horrors of the genocide looms larger. These stories and the messages within are carried on both by younger generations of survivors and by teachers in classrooms across New Jersey, one of five states to mandate Holocaust education for students in kindergarten through the 12th grade. Dr. Paul B. Winkler, executive director of the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education, is confident in future generations’ ability to preserve the atrocities of the Holocaust through living memory telling the story of a single person who made it …
Monmouth County and a number of area towns received subpoenas from the state Attorney General’s Office as part of its ongoing investigation into possible “pay-to-play” law violations by executives of Birdsall Services Group (BSG). Subpoenas requesting all records, documentation, bids, contracts, communications and other information relating to the Eatontown based engineering firm were sent to Eatontown, Holmdel, Tinton Falls and Long Branch in late summer 2012, according to various officials. According to county spokeswoman Laura Kirkpatrick, BSG is currently contracted for 10 Monmouth County projects, totaling close to $1.6 million.
The Monmouth Museum is hosting an exhibit of etchings and monoprints by Bruce Waldman, a printmaker, graphic artist and illustrator.
Waldman has been teaching at the School of Visual Arts in New York City for more than 25 years. His prints are in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York; the New York Historical Society; The Royal Collection, London; and the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. “One of the things that especially attracted me to the printmaking process in general — and etching in particular…