Friday, December 14, 2012
On the corner of Jersey Avenue and Shore Drive sits a Christmas Tree with a simple message: With hope, Union Beach will rebuild.
James Butler drove through Union Beach in shock the day after Sandy left the Bayshore community in shambles. As he took in the damage, he saw what he thought might be an artificial Christmas Tree jutting out of the mounds of debris and muck near the intersection of Jersey Avenue and Shore Drive. A few days passed before he mentioned on his private Facebook account that he was thinking about setting it up the next time he drove by. His friends encouraged him to do so, but it wasn't until he experienced the power of hope that he set up the tree. "I was gutting a widow's house that I know. She had lived there for thirty or forty years and she was going through belongings of her husband who passed away many years ago. It was just tough," he …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
The K-8 school lost its library during Sandy.
The Matawan-Aberdeen Chapter of Hadassah is collecting new or very gently used books to help restore the library at the Memorial School in Union Beach. New or very gently used books appropriate for students in kindergarten through eighth grade can be brought to the Matawan Aberdeen Public Library. A collection box is located near the reference desk. According to Library Director Kimberly Paone, donations will continue to be collected throughout the holidays. "They lost everything," she said. "It's just great to be able to help them rebuild."
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
From shark attack victims and Spanish influenza victims to hero firefighters and powerful political leaders, a stroll through Rose Hill Cemetery reveals the area's unique history.
The Matawan Historical Society hosted the second annual Rose Hill Cemetery Tour this weekend, guiding numerous attendees through the cemetery's winding hills and historical significance. The tour was led by Al Savolaine, a Matawan resident and member of the Historical Society. Savolaine, known as 'The Cemetery Man,' has now spent three years researching the lives of the people buried in the cemetery in order to create this tour. Rural burial grounds, like Rose Hill, gained popularity when church cemeteries became overcrowded. In fact, Savolaine pointed out, cemeteries were the first public parks and were often visited by locals looking to take a walk or share a picnic on a Sunday afternoon. Rose Hill Cemetery has gained notoriety as the …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Muslims For Life will hold their second annual nationwide blood drive, with two donation locations in Old Bridge
One unit of blood at a time, Muslims for Life are working toward exceeding their goal of collecting 12,000 units of blood in honor of the victims of Sept. 11. Local blood drive organizer Abdul Nasir explained that Muslims for Life is a national initiative that for the second year in a row is running blood drives across the country. In 2011, they were able to exceed their goal of 11,000 by 803 units, according to the Muslims for Life website. "Last year we surpassed our target and this year we are going to go way beyond our target," Nasir said. "We want to do something to save some lives." Two blood drives will take place in Old Bridge this weekend. The first will be on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Senior Center in the Old…
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Here's a shout-out to some local places that are learning how to reach new patrons on Middletown Patch
Do you want to enhance your presence online this year and reach new customers for your local business? For free? Every local business gets a space on Patch. We've already done the legwork to create it for you. If you haven't seen it, we'd be happy to show it to you. If we missed you, we're ready to add you. And if you claim it, you have more control over how your business is presented online. These folks have recently claimed their listings on Middletown Patch: McCabe Dentistry Ama Ristorante Tuscana Compact Auto Body Dosil's Scuba & Surf A Patch listing gives your business a voice on Patch. Find it and click on the"claim it" button to become an active user. Your friends, neighbors and potential new customers get a better sense of who you …