Archive for September, 2008

At the Chairman’s Table

More than 75 people attended “At the Chairman’s Table,” a dinner that benefited the expansion of the Ocean County Library’s Brick branch expansion, Friday Sept. 26.


The dinner featured some of Frank Sinatra’s favorite recipes from his favorite restaurant, Patsy’s Italian Restaurant in New York City.  Patsy’s executive chef Sal Scognamillo, whose grandfather opened the restaurant in 1944, shared intimate anecdotes about Sinatra.


Singer Sal Manzo entertained the diners with songs made famous by “The Chairman of the Board.”


The dinner was prepared by Chef Ian Smith and students from the Ocean County Vocational Technical School Culinary Arts Program.


Photographs from the dinner can be viewed at the Flickr site:



DATE: 9/18/08

CONTACT:    Freda Lehman, 732-928-4400 X12


PARANORMAL INVESTIGATING: Capturing Ghosts’ Pictures & Voices


JACKSON What are Ghosts? How does one investigate paranormal phenomenon? See pictures of ghosts and hear ghost voices. Learn about key haunted sites in New Jersey. L’Aura L. Hladik, Founder and Director of the New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society, has been ghost hunting since 1993. Her interest in the paranormal goes back to her own childhood experiences living in a haunted house. She has traveled to famous haunted sites such as The Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana and Beardsley Castle in New York. She has explored New Orleans, LA; Bachelor’s Grove & Resurrection Cemetery in Chicago, IL; and sites in Savannah, GA. Ms. Hladik has appeared on local television and radio shows such as CN8 and NJ 101.5 FM.

L’Aura, who recently published her book, “Ghost Hunting: New Jersey,” will appear at the Jackson Branch of Ocean County Library on Thursday, October 30, 2008 at 7:00 pm.

This exciting program is free and open to the public.  Registration for the program is required and begins October 16.   Please register in-person, by phone 732-928-4400 or online at



Allaire Quilters at Jackson 10/28


 CONTACT: Virginia Morningstern, 732-928-4400 x 18 

 Bog Iron Quilters of  Allaire

Step back in history as members of the Allaire Auxiliary present this program about the Allaire quilt collection, styles of quilts, materials used and Allaire Village today. Join us on Tuesday, October 28, 7:00pm at the Jackson Branch of the Ocean County Library.  This program is free and open to the public. You may register at or call the library at 732-928-4400.



OCL hosts reading of the US Constitution

The Toms River branch held a public reading of the United States Constitution on Constitution Day, September 17th .    The reading celebrated the  221st anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution.


Readers included library staff members and members of the community, including judges of the New Jersey Superior Court John A. Peterson and E. David Millard, Ocean County Freeholder Gerry Little, Camille Lopez of Catholic Charities, Mike Redpath of the TR-BID, Lucy Greene and Barbara Morgan of the Ocean County Chamber of Commerce, and members of the League of Women Voters. 


The American Constitution is the world’s oldest written constitution and it has been a model of many other constitutions adopted around the world. Archibald Cox, Harvard professor of constitutional law and past Solicitor General of the U.S. said:  The original Constitution still serves us… because the framers had the genius to say enough, but not too much.”

Unravel the Secrets of Ancient Egypt Jackson 10/18


 CONTACT: Virginia Morningstern, 732-928-4400 x 18


Unravel the Secrets of Ancient Egypt

 Enter the fascinating world of mummies, pharaohs, and pyramids. Discover what it was like to live in ancient Egypt and what really killed King Tut.  Join us on Saturday, October 18, 2:00 pm at the Jackson Branch of the Ocean County Library as we learn about Tut and the glory of the Egyptian civilization – a civilization that began 5000 years ago. This program is free and open to the public. You may register at or call the library at 732-928-4400.



Celtic Music @ Jackson 10/13

CONTACT:    Jo Anne Morales,






JACKSON, NJThe Jackson Branch of the Ocean County Library invites you to enjoy an evening of Irish and Scottish music and dance, Monday, October 13, 2008 at 7 pm.


Learn about Bagpipes, the Sword dance, highland dress and much more. Members of the Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch will present the program. The Atlantic Watch performs in parades and local functions and has marched in the New Orleans Mardi Gras, Bermuda, Scotland and Hawaii.


The program is free and open to the public. To register, visit our website at or call the Jackson Branch at 732-928-4400.

Toms River to host Sicilian dance troupe

Kick up your heels! Celebrate Columbus Day in style with traditional Sicilian singing and dancing.

Li Novi Burgisi, one of the oldest folkloric groups in Sicily, will perform a collection of Sicilian songs and dances starting at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10th at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street. The troupe was invited to the U.S. by the Ocean County Columbus Day Parade Committee to celebrate Columbus Day.

Li Novi Burgisi was formed in 1961 by Anthony Alessi, and led by him until 1998. The current president, Filippo Falautano, has been with the group for over ten years. Since the troupe’s debut, approximately 1,000 performers have contributed their talent and skills to it.

The group’s costumes are reproductions of original garments worn by the middle class to attend weddings and other important events. With great historical accuracy, their performances depict “slices of everyday life” in the 18th century—from the fields to the seas, from religious life to serenades, courtships, and weddings.

Li Novi Burgisi has appeared on Italian television and has performed live throughout Europe, in Canada, the United States, and in Tunisia. They recently won first place in a competition at an international festival in Malta.

For more information or to register for this free program, please call the library at 732-349-6200 or visit our website at

TR to host National Issues Forum

The Toms River branch of the Ocean County Library, 101 Washington Street, will sponsor a National Issues Forum: The Energy Problem – Choices for an Uncertain Future at 6 p.m. Thursday Oct. 2.


National Issues Forums bring citizens together for a constructive and nonpartisan process of dialogue and deliberation around public issues such as energy and the environment.  This forum will bring together adults and high school and college students for discussion about this vital topic.


A neutral moderator will describe the nature of the issue and various approaches to the topic, including:


1.      “Unreliable Sources: our dependence on foreign oil”

2.      “Emissions Warning – get out of the fossil fuel predicament”

3.      “Curb Our Appetite – reduce our demand for energy”


Participants in the forum will then have the opportunity to engage in discussion and deliberation on the approaches.


This event is cosponsored by The League of Women Voters, Ocean County Library and the Toms River High School South Environmental Club.


Participants are asked to pick up reading materials before the start of the forum at the library’s second floor information desk and to register by calling 732-349-6200 extension 5201 or at the Web site  


Light refreshments will be served during sign-in, 5:30-6:00 p.m.

Friday’s Fall Fiesta at Lakewood

The Lakewood branch started Hispanic Heritage Month off in grand fashion with a Fabulous Fall Fiesta Friday, Sept. 12.


There must have been about 200 people there celebrating the month and enjoying themselves.  There was dance music, games for the children, prizes and lots of great food!  Sparks was there, dancing the night away.


The branch partnered with Libros y Mas for this wonderful after-hours party.




CONTACT:    Jo Anne Morales,





JACKSON Jackson Branch of Ocean County Library and the American Library Association in a partnership with RadioShack will be presenting an educational seminar on Thursday, October 23, 2008 at 2:00 pm. which is designed to help the community prepare for the upcoming digital television (DTV) transition. At this seminar, a RadioShack DTV expert will help answer any questions you may have.  Some topics to be covered are: What is the DTV transition? Will I be affected? What do I have to do? How do I get a coupon for a converter box? How do I set up my converter box?  For more information and to register for this free program go to our website or call 732-928-4400

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