Sunday, October 2nd 1:30-3:00pm
Mermaid Tea Party–It’s your classic tea party with an undersea twist! Enjoy snacks and “tea,” make a craft, and more! Dress in your best mermaid outfit and join us for a magical afternoon. Pre-registration is required. Ages 4-10. $15 per person. Continue reading Jenkinson’s Aquarium Events for October 2016
Saturday, September 10th 9:00-10:00am—Animal Adventures: Parrots–This series of programs is designed for those budding animal lovers. These programs take place on scheduled Saturdays and may feature crafts, games, stories, and live animal visits. Pre-registration & sneakers are required. $10.00 per child per session. Ages 5-10. Continue reading Jenkinson’s Aquarium September 2016 Events
Amid all the excellent books libraries have to offer, eyes may need a rest and gravitate to artwork hung proudly in the building. This artwork, including paintings and drawings created by Ocean County Arts High School students, will be on display at the Point Pleasant Boro Branch of the Ocean County Library, 834 Beaver Dam Road, Point Pleasant, for the month of August, 2016. Continue reading ARTS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT WORK ON EXHIBIT AT PT. PLEASANT LIBRARY
Freeholder John C. Bartlett, Jr. announces that the Ocean County Department of Parks & Recreation will be conducting a “Travelin’ Tennis Program”. These tennis classes include instructions, use of tennis rackets and balls. Pre-registration is mandatory, rain days cannot be rescheduled. The fee is $14.00 per child and all classes are held Mondays through Thursdays. Continue reading Kids Travelin’ Tennis Lessons
A 2011 Point Pleasant Borough High School graduate and Point Pleasant, New Jersey native is serving in the U.S. Navy aboard the guided missile destroyer, USS Ross.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Geoffrey George is a logistics specialist aboard the forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided missile destroyer operating out of Rota, Spain. Ross is one of four destroyers home ported in Rota.
A Navy logistics specialist is responsible for managing all the supplies needed to keep the ship mission ready and the equipment operating correctly.
“One of my collateral duties is to help keep the ship safe and train my shipmates in anti-terrorism techniques and firing high power weapons,” said George.
Commissioned in June of 1997, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, Ross, measures approximately 500 feet and is powered by four gas turbines that allow the destroyer to achieve over 30 mph in open seas. It was named in honor of Medal of Honor recipient Capt. Donald K. Ross. He was awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroism during the attack on Pearl Harbor.
This ship has been fitted with the Aegis ballistic missile defense (BMD) capability that enables the ship to conduct long-range surveillance, tracking, and engagement of short and medium-range ballistic missiles.
According to Navy officials, destroyers are tactical multi-mission surface combatants capable of conducting anti-air warfare, anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare, as well as humanitarian assistance. Fast, maneuverable, and technically advanced, destroyers provide the required warfighting expertise and operational flexibility to execute any tasking overseas.
Assigned to U.S. 6th Fleet, sailors are on watch throughout the European region and are important assets supporting the European Phased Adaptive Approach to enhance the security of that area of the world from ballistic missile threats originating in the Middle East.
In addition to Ross, three other BMD capable ships are forwarded deployed in Rota: USS Porter, USS Carney and USS Donald Cook. Having four destroyers based in Rota gives the U.S. 6th Fleet flexibility to send these ships to a variety of locations for a range of missions, while at the same time providing a large umbrella of protection for European allies.
Approximately 30 officers and 300 enlisted men and women make up the ship's company. Their jobs are highly specialized and keep each part of the cruiser running smoothly, according to Navy officials. The jobs range from washing dishes and preparing meals to maintaining engines and handling weaponry.
“I’m really enjoying living overseas and exploring other countries,” said George.
Challenging living conditions build strong fellowship among the crew, Navy officials explained. The crew is highly motivated, and quickly adapt to changing conditions. It is a busy life of specialized work, watches, and drills.
As a member of one of the U.S. Navy’s most relied upon assets, George explained that he and other Ross sailors know they are part of a legacy that will be last beyond their lifetimes.
“The Navy has given me a great job and opened up tremendous potential job opportunities," added George. "Also, it's provided me the training to defend my family and my country."
Ocean County residents can take advantage of securely disposing personal papers and documents through the county’s free Residential Document Shredding Program beginning in April.
“In 2015, a total of 94 tons or 188,000 pounds of documents were collected and shredded during our collection dates,” said Freeholder Gerry P. Little, who serves as liaison to the Ocean County Department of Solid Waste Management. Continue reading OCEAN COUNTY’S FREE RESIDENTIAL DOCUMENT SHREDDING PROGRAM BEGINS IN APRIL
For years Ocean County Library has provided the community with books and reference services.
Now you can come to the library to explore your creative side.
Many library branches will help you channel their creative side by taking part, along with over 100 libraries, businesses and community groups, in the second annual NJ Makers Day on Friday, March 18 and Saturday, March 19.
NJ Makers Day emphasizes technology, fine arts and crafting, while providing guidance and materials that allow the community to explore the DIY world. Continue reading Making And Creating At Your Library: Ocean County Library Hosts NJ Makers Day
New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s “Stages Festival” will celebrate its 19th year of bringing professional, Broadway-quality programs to Ocean County Library and presents them to the public, free of charge.
The program was created in 1981 to encourage New Jersey residents to attend their local professional theaters by making the experience affordable, accessible and fun. Since its inception the program has served over 190,000 people of all ages.
The Alliance will present eight programs by four New Jersey theater companies at 14 Ocean County Library branches during March. Continue reading NJ’s Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival Returns to 14 OCL Branches
Saturday, February 6th
Chinese New Year —It is the Year of the Monkey! Join us in honoring our monkey friends with crafts, activities, keeper chats and more!
Friday-Sunday, February 12th -14th
Family Date Night–Watch our website for details!!!
Saturday, February 13th 9:00-10am
Animal Adventures: Frogs
This series of programs is designed for those budding animal lovers. These programs take place on scheduled Saturdays and may feature crafts, games, stories, and live animal visits.
Continue reading Jenkinson’s Aquarium February Events
Ocean County Library will present a variety of events through January and February honoring the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: The Making of a Holiday”, a short documentary containing rare footage about the origin of the holiday, will be screened 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18 at the Plumsted branch, 119 Evergreen Road, New Egypt, 609-758-7888.
“Betty and Coretta”, a 2013 film depicting the widows of Malcolm X and Dr. King, will be screened and discussed at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4 at the Lacey branch, 10 East Lacey Rd., Forked River, 609-693-8566. The film stars Mary J. Blige and Angela Bassett. Continue reading Martin Luther King Jr. events coming to the Ocean County Library