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The Season: Giving is Contagious

By Greg Kelly

With the nation’s economy now in a very good phase, it’s time to give back to those who are truly in need this holiday season. In good times and bad — generosity is always necessary.

And besides, your efforts at giving can “jumpstart a cascade of generosity through your community.” According to a report from the Greater Good Science Center, “giving is contagious. When we give, we don’t only help the immediate recipient of our gift. We also spur a ripple effect of generosity through our community.”

The following Monmouth County-based charitable/volunteer/service organizations (along with some worthy arts groups) help the needy as well as the community at large. When it comes to giving be sure to remember them this holiday season.

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Posted: December 13th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, December 14-16, 2018:

By Greg Kelly

Courtesy of Teddy Bears by the Shore

Friday, Dec. 14

  • Holiday Doo Wop at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • “Art” at Holmdel Theatre Company – MORE INFO
  • Scrooge (Spring Lake) – MORE INFO
  • The Nutcracker by ARB at Two River Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • “The Emperor’s New Duds” by Center Players (Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • Holiday Spectacular & Train Display at InfoAge (Wall Twp.) – MORE INFO
  • Santa Claus at Sickles Market (Little Silver) – MORE INFO
  • August Wilson’s King Hedley II at TRT (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • “Holiday Model Train Display” at Monmouth Museum (Lincroft) – MORE INFO

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Posted: December 13th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, December 7-9, 2018:

By Greg Kelly

Courtesy of Teddy Bears by the Shore

Friday, Dec. 7

  • Christmas Lantern Tours at Allaire Village – MORE INFO
  • Scrooge (Spring Lake) – MORE INFO
  • A Christmas Carol: The Musical at Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan) – MORE INFO
  • Holiday Spectacular & Train Display at InfoAge (Wall Twp.) – MORE INFO
  • August Wilson’s King Hedley II at TRT (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • “The Outsiders” by Shore Players at SRHS (WLB) – MORE INFO
  • Wreath Making Class at Sickles Market (Little Silver) – MORE INFO
  • Colonial Holiday Bazaar (Shrewsbury) – MORE INFO
  • Historic Lantern Tour at Allen House (Shrewsbury) – MORE INFO

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Posted: December 5th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, November 30-December 2, 2018:

By Greg Kelly

Courtesy of Teddy Bears by the Shore

Friday, Nov. 30

  • A Christmas Carol: The Musical at Algonquin Arts Theatre (Manasquan) – MORE INFO
  • Scrooge (Spring Lake) – MORE INFO
  • Luann de Lesseps at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • August Wilson’s King Hedley II at TRT (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • “Holiday Model Train Display” at Monmouth Museum (Lincroft) – MORE INFO
  • “Magic of Lights” at PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel) – MORE INFO
  • Atlantic Cinemas Movie Night (Atlantic Highlands) – MORE INFO

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Posted: November 29th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, New Jersey, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, November 30-December 2, 2018:

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, November 23-25, 2018:

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By Greg Kelly

Friday, Nov. 23

  • Happy Thanksgiving Weekend!
  • Santa Claus at Sickles Market (Little Silver) – MORE INFO
  • Journey to Oz at Two River Theater (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Star Wars: A New Hope in Concert at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • “Magic of Lights” at PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel) – MORE INFO

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Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, November 16-18, 2018:

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, Nov. 16

  • Holiday Open House at Sickles Market (Little Silver) – MORE INFO
  • “Magic of Lights” at PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel) – MORE INFO
  • Free Tax Workshop for Small Business Owners (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • The Drowsy Chaperone at Monmouth U. (WLB) – MORE INFO
  • “Peter & The Starcatcher” by Spotlight Players (Matawan) – MORE INFO
  • Annie the Musical at Axelrod PAC (Deal) – MORE INFO
  • “The Emperor’s Nightingale” by RFH Tower Players (Rumson) – MORE INFO
  • Hunchback of Notre Dame at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO

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Posted: November 14th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, November 16-18, 2018:

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, November 9-11, 2018

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, Nov. 9

  • Hunchback of Notre Dame at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • The Drowsy Chaperone at Monmouth U. (WLB) – MORE INFO
  • The Beatles’ White Album: An International Symposium at Monmouth U. (WLB) – MORE INFO
  • “Peter & The Starcatcher” by Spotlight Players (Matawan) – MORE INFO
  • Annie the Musical at Axelrod PAC (Deal) – MORE INFO
  • “Dice” An Evening of One-Act Plays at JSAC (Ocean Twp.) – MORE INFO
  • The Castoffs (Howell) – MORE INFO

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Posted: November 8th, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, November 9-11, 2018

Bob Hugin for US Senate in 2018

By Greg Kelly, MonmouthBeachLife

The borough of Monmouth Beach has a notable history of connections with United States Senators. At least two have lived there.

Bob Hugin

The first, Alexander G. Cattell, represented NJ in the U.S. Senate from 1866 to 1871. The other, William W. Barbour, was a U.S. Senator for NJ from 1931 to 1943. Both men were Republicans.

Cattell was one of the area’s first major developers as part of the Monmouth Beach Association. He owned a large house on Ocean Avenue. Barbour, a borough native born in July 1888, also served as Rumson’s mayor. He was the son of Colonel William Barbour, who was also an original developer of MB.

A little more digging showed me that the daughter of Senator H. Alexander Smith (a Republican who served NJ from 1944 to 1959) was married at the St. Peter’s Church of Galilee in town. She married a member of the Dominick family, which would produce its own senator, Peter H. Dominick, a Republican who served Colorado from 1963 to 1975. And one more — the uncle of Senator Nicholas F. Brady (a US senator for NJ during 1982) owned a large house on Ocean Avenue in MB.

So Monmouth Beach knows something about US senators.

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Posted: November 2nd, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: 2018 Elections, Monmouth County News, New Jersey | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments »

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, November 2-4, 2018:

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, Nov. 2

  • Roy Orbison: Hologram Tour at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Annie the Musical at Axelrod PAC (Deal) – MORE INFO
  • Jersey Shore Restaurant Week – MORE INFO
  • “You Can’t Take It with You” by Holmdel Theatre Company – MORE INFO
  • “Whodunit?” At Grange Playhouse (Howell) – MORE INFO
  • “Wolf at the Door” by NJ Repertory Company (Long Branch) – MORE INFO
  • Atlantic Cinemas Movie Night (Atlantic Highlands) – MORE INFO

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Posted: October 31st, 2018 | Author: | Filed under: Greg Kelly, Greg's List, Monmouth County News, Things to do in Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, November 2-4, 2018:

Greg’s List: Things to Do in Monmouth County This Weekend, October 19-21, 2018:

By Greg Kelly

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Friday, Oct. 19

  • Tri-State Theatre Festival (Spring Lake) – MORE INFO
  • The Psychedelic Furs at Count Basie Theatre (Red Bank) – MORE INFO
  • Silent Film Spooktacular (Freehold) – MORE INFO
  • Kawasaki MX Race of Champions at Raceway Park (Englishtown) – MORE INFO
  • Sandy Hook Lighthouse Tours – MORE INFO
  • Haunted Allaire! at Allaire Village– MORE INFO
  • “Creatures of the Night” Hayrides (Middletown) – MORE INFO

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