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District 7500 Service Event – Rise Against Hunger


Rise Against Hunger is driven by the vision of a world without hunger. Our mission is to end hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.


In 1998, envisioning a world without hunger, Ray Buchanan — a United Methodist minister — founded Stop Hunger Now. In 2017, Stop Hunger Now rebranded to become Rise Against Hunger. After enlisting as a U.S. Marine during the Vietnam War, Ray Buchanan quickly recognized that accomplishing a mission required “commitment to something larger than yourself.”

Driving Rise Against Hunger’s work is the recognition that ending hunger is more than just feeding people, which led Rise Against Hunger to focus its feeding programs in areas where we can have a real impact and expand its hunger-fighting programs beyond meal packaging and distribution.

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Manahawkin Comic Book Show Returns to Ocean County Sunday, Oct. 1

Comic book and science fiction fans take note, the Manahawkin Comic Book Show will be held 10 am to 4 pm Sunday, Oct. 1 at the Holiday Inn, 151 Rt. 72 East Manahawkin.

Admission is only $3 per person and children 12 and under are free. There will be free comic packs for the first 100 people at the show and a cash drawing at noon and 2 p.m. The show will feature comics from the silver age up to the modern era. More than 20 vendor tables with toys and other collectibles will be present.

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Mary’s Place by the Sea to host 4th Annual Oceanfront Bash Friday, October 6, 2017

Mary’s Place by the Sea is pleased to announce its fourth annual Oceanfront Bash, scheduled for Friday, October 6th at Buona Sera Palazzo in Ocean, New Jersey. This annual event is the fundraiser of the year for Mary’s Place by the Sea, an organization that provides a place for women with cancer to heal: mind, body and soul. Since its founding in 2009, Mary’s Place has hosted over 8,000 women as “guests”.

Each year, the annual bash draws over 200 Mary’s Place by the Sea supporters, for an evening of cocktail-style dining, live music and dancing, open bar and gift auctions.

“Mary’s Place Oceanfront Bash! Wonderful food, music, fun and – probably the most important thing – a mission where we help women going through one of the most difficult journeys of their lives. This evening will be a wonderful way to support the many women facing cancer, who need your help,” said Chair of the Board of Trustees for Mary’s Place, Mary Ann LaSardo.

The Oceanfront Bash is an evening dedicated to honoring individuals who have made a lasting impact on the non-profit organization. This year, Mary’s Place will recognize four honorees. Continue reading Mary’s Place by the Sea to host 4th Annual Oceanfront Bash Friday, October 6, 2017


Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will discuss the results of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station Radiological Exercise during a public meeting scheduled for 1 p.m., Friday, Sept. 29.

The discussion will focus on the exercise scheduled for Sept. 26. The public meeting will be held at the Ocean County Office of Emergency Management located at the Ocean County Airport, Route 530, here.

The biannual exercise tests the response of nuclear plant workers as well as municipal, county, and state agencies to a simulated emergency at the nuclear power plant.

According to Sheriff Michael G. Mastronardy, Emergency Management Coordinator, the Ocean County Office of Emergency Management along with 17 Ocean County Municipal Offices of Emergency Management will test their ability to respond to an emergency event at the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generation Station in Lacey Township during the exercise. The 17 municipalities are all located within a 10-mile radius of the Nuclear Plant.

“The Ocean County Office of Emergency Management participates annually in drills that focus on the nuclear power plant,” Mastronardy said. “This year’s exercise will be monitored and reviewed by FEMA. The federal agency will look at the actions taken by the participants and will review it for both efficiencies and any deficiencies they may find.”


The 18th Annual Holiday Job Fair will be coming to the Ocean County Mall on Saturday, Sept. 23.

Co-sponsored by the New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the job fair is scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. in the Center Court of the Ocean County Mall.

“Businesses start preparing for the holiday season early,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, who is also liaison to the Ocean County Workforce Development Board. “The job fair not only helps out retailers, but it is a great resource for individuals looking for a job.” Continue reading ANNUAL HOLIDAY JOB FAIR TO COME TO THE OCEAN COUNTY MALL


The 45th Annual Long Beach Island Commemorative 18 Mile Run will take place on Sunday, October 8 and begins at 10:30 a.m. in Holgate, the southernmost point of LBI. Participants will run north on Long Beach Blvd. for 18 miles and finish at Barnegat Light State Park.

The event is sponsored by St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ, in cooperation with the LBI Jewish Community Center. Applications are now being accepted and registration will continue until race day.

Since 1973, the 18-Mile Run has been held in memory of the 11 Israeli Olympic athletes who were slain at the Munich Olympics on September 5, 1972. “The killing of those innocent athletes was one of the most horrific acts of terrorism the world had ever seen,” said race director Mike Thompson.

Due to the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the race will also continue to be dedicated to those who lost their lives in America on that unforgettable day. St. Francis Community Center and the Jewish Community Center will continue commemorating both events. Mile markers, bearing the names of the victims of both tragedies, will be posted along the race course, in memoriam.

Buses will be provided for registered runners, and will begin leaving for the starting line at 8 a.m. Buses will continue to run from the finish line to the Community Center. The finish line closes at 2:15 p.m. All runners are invited to a recognition luncheon at the Community Center immediately following the race.

Applications are available at St. Francis Community Center, 4700 Long Beach Blvd., Brant Beach, NJ, 08008, and can be downloaded by visiting or on

For more information on the special activities planned for the 18-Mile Run weekend, and other year-round events and programs at St. Francis Community Center, please call (609) 494-8861, or visit the above-mentioned web site


The Lacey Township Municipal Alliance, along with the L.T.H.S. AADA, will sponsor a Halloween Costume Parade & Coloring Contest, Saturday, October 21 from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the Lacey Township Middle School, Denton Ave., Forked River.

Pre-registration by Thursday, October 19th is $7.00 for toddlers through 6th Grade.  Admission includes tickets for two hot dogs, a box drink, a trick or treat bag, and other goodies.  Registration after October 19th, or at the door, is $10.00 per child.  Additional drinks and hot dogs will be available for purchase.  Adults and siblings not participating are free.

The picture for the Coloring Contest will be sent home through the schools.  It will also be available at the Lacey Recreation Office and Lacey Library.   Winners of the coloring contest will be announced that day.

Come join us for pumpkin decorating, games, cupcake decorating, crafts, prizes, a costume parade, plus much more!   Pumpkins available to the first to the first 175 participants.  DJ Mike will provide entertainment.

For further information, call the Recreation office at 609-693-1100, ext. 2203.

UWMOC’s Women United Hosts Casino Night

United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties’ Women United is hosting a Casino Night on Thursday, October 12, 2017 from 6 to 10:30 p.m. at the Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury, located at 1 Obre Place in Shrewsbury, NJ. The event is sponsored by the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, Patricia and Carl Howard, OceanFirst Bank and Optum360.

Enjoy an evening of your favorite casino games, buffet dinner, open bar and an exciting gift auction, featuring a weekend getaway at Minerals Resort & Spa and The Perfect Broadway Package including show tickets, dinner and car service. “This is a great event where you can make a difference in your community while having fun and possibly taking home a prize or two,” said Kelly Fliller, Co-Chair of Women United. The event will benefit United Way of Monmouth and Ocean Counties’ work in Early Grade Reading. “Funds raised at Casino Night will enable us to support more programs that help children read to learn—instead of learning to read—by the fourth grade,” Kelly said. Continue reading UWMOC’s Women United Hosts Casino Night


The Ocean County Office of Senior Services is again offering  one-on-one assistance in comparing Medicare Prescription Drug Plans for 2018 on the Medicare Plan Finder.

“We are continuing our outreach in order to educate Ocean’s Medicare enrollees regarding the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Part D,” said Ocean County Freeholder Director Joseph H. Vicari, Chairman of Senior Services. “The program is complex and changes each year so we want to make certain that all Medicare enrollees are able to navigate it and make the choice that is best for them.” Continue reading ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE IN IN NAVIGATING MEDICARE PART D