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Manchester to present Parkinson’s Disease program 5/18

Ocean County Library’s Manchester branch, 21 Colonial Dr., will present “Living an Active Life with Parkinson’s Disease” 2 p.m. Monday, May 18.

Living with Parkinson’s Disease may slow a person down but it doesn’t have to stop people, according to health and fitness specialist Ron Hyland.

Hyland will lead a seminar on how people can stay active and fit while dealing with the ups and downs of the disease. Exercise, nutrition and safety tips will be discussed.

The program is free and open to the public but registration is required. To register, telephone the branch at 732-657-7600 or go to the library website www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

Angeltones to perform a concert in Stafford

MANAHAWKIN –   Join us for a walk down Memory Lane as The Angeltones sing 50’s pop music at the Stafford branch of the Ocean County Library 2 p.m. Saturday, May 30th.

The Angeltones is one of the most sought-after female vocal groups in the tri-state area. The group has a distinctive style and has perfected the harmonies of pop songs that we know and love from the 1950’s.

Some of the songs they will perform were originally recorded by the Ronettes, the Marvelettes, the Chiffons, Doris Troy, the Shirelles, the Shangri-Las, the Crystals, and Little Eva.

The Stafford branch is located at 129 N. Main St. in Manahawkin. This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Stafford Library, is free, and open to the public, but registration is required.

Register in person, by calling the branch at (609) 597-3381, or online at www.theoceancountylibrary.org.  If you have any questions, call the branch for specific information.

OCL supports public art in Toms River

Several members of the Ocean County Library Foundation were present for the unveiling of Seward Johnson’s 20 sculptures Friday. Here they are gathered around “Out of Sight,” one of two pieces on display at the Toms River branch.

Several members of the Ocean County Library Foundation were present for the unveiling of Seward Johnson’s 20 sculptures Friday. Here they are gathered around “Out of Sight,” one of two pieces on display at the Toms River branch.

The Toms River Business Development Corporation unveiled 20 sculptures by Seward Johnson this afternoon in the municipal courtyard, 33 Washington Street.

The outdoor sculptures are located throughout the downtown area.

“This extraordinary collection of Seward Johnson’s works, with it whimsical and realistic life-sized characters, will grace our streets throughout the summer,” according to a brochure by the Downtown Toms River Community Art Project.

The project was first proposed by Marshall Kern, implemented by countless volunteers and made possible by several sponsors, including the Ocean County Library Foundation.

The library and its foundation has long been a sponsor of public art with many exhibitions displayed at the headquarters branch and its 20 other locations.

A second sculpture, “No Mommy, That One” graces the lawn in front of the Toms River library branch.

A second sculpture, “No Mommy, That One” graces the lawn in front of the Toms River library branch.

The sculptures are so lifelike that one can be excused for imagining Toms River mayor Tom Kelaher  advising “Monet, Our Visiting Artist” on a landscape he is painting.

The sculptures are so lifelike that one can be excused for imagining Toms River mayor Tom Kelaher advising “Monet, Our Visiting Artist” on a landscape he is painting.

Prom gown giveaway on TV tonight

Check out tonight’s episode of “Chasing News” at 10 pm on My 9 (channel 9) and Fox 29 for a special segment concerning the Ocean County Library’s annual prom dress giveaway program.

Mancini Hall was filled with prom dresses on Friday and Saturday which were distributed for free to area teens.

Reporter Tamara Laine stopped by the Toms River Branch to meet OCL staff coordinating the project and Miss Ocean County 2015 Kyra Seeley.

Tamara interviewed Toms River Branch Manager/Chief Librarian Zarita Mattox and Berkeley Branch Manager Erin DeLucia for the segment. Erin began the distribution program six years ago when she was a Young Adult librarian in Lakewood. That first year she distributed 25 gowns. This year more than 700 gowns were given away at five OCL branches.

Tamara confirmed this afternoon that the segment will air during this evening’s show which starts at 10 pm.

Asian Tea Experience served up at LEH

Judith Krall Russo served up tea at the Little Egg Harbor branch.

Judith Krall Russo served up tea at the Little Egg Harbor branch.

Thirty-nine people attended the Asian Tea program at the Little Egg Harbor branch Saturday, May 2nd. While guests tasted Japanese sweets using chop sticks [nori cookies, sesame bars, sour apple candies, sugar glazed rice cookies and mochi], costumed presenter Judith Krall Russo described a Japanese tea ceremony where matcha tea was heated, whisked, then served to guests in disposable espresso cups. A Chinese tea ceremony followed with two types of tea and almond pocky, or fortune cookies, for tasting.

Thanks to the Friends of the Little Egg Harbor branch for providing the program and refreshments from the Asian Supermarket in Pleasantville, to SerendipiTea for the Oolong and Genmachi teas, Habitat for Humanity for the loan of tea cups and pots, Lisa Ferrara’s TAB young adults for the butterfly origami at each place setting, and Pinelands Regional Junior High School students for the book display cranes in nests and flowers in boats origami.

Patrons were pleased with the program, taste testing, book display and chance to exchange experiences. At least six adults joined the Friends!

Canine psych 101: Why does my dog do that?

MANCHESTER –Bark Busters dog trainer Paul Pagano will explain why dogs behave the way they do and how we can better communicate with them 2 p.m. Monday, May 11 at the Manchester branch.

Have you ever wondered why your dog follows you around the house, barks at the mailman even though he sees him every day, or runs to the front door and barks and jumps on visitors?  In this fun and interesting presentation we will discuss the basic motivations behind canine behavior so you can better understand your own dog, whether it be a 5 pound terrier or a 150 pound mastiff.

Questions focused on understanding canine behavior will be addressed. Please do not bring your dog.

Please register for this free program which is open to adults, teens and tweens. Call 732-657-7600 or go online to http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

The Manchester branch is located at 21 Colonial Drive.

Manchester to teach class about Vine video media site

MANCHESTER–  The Manchester library branch, 21 Colonial Drive, will offer a guided tour of the online short form video networking service Vine 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 12.

The free service lets users record and edit up to six-second-long looping video clips and “re-vine,” or share others’ posts with followers.

Participants will learn how to search for videos pertaining to a wide variety of interests and watch them right on your cell phone, tablet or other Internet capable device. They will also be shown how to create their own Vine account.

This adult workshop is part of the library’s ongoing series on social media websites. The class is free but registration is required. Register by calling 732-657-7600 or by going online to http://www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

Prom gown giveaway visited by 2 celebrities Friday afternoon

Miss Ocean County Kyra Seeley, 18, of Middlesex looks over the prom dress rack at Mancini Hall at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library.

Miss Ocean County Kyra Seeley, 18, of Middlesex looks over the prom dress rack at Mancini Hall at the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library.

Kyra Seeley, Miss Ocean County, and Fox News reporter Tamara Laine stopped by Mancini Hall Friday afternoon to look over the prom gowns Ocean County Library was distributing for free to area teens.

Laine also interviewed Toms River branch manager Zarita Mattox and Erin DeLucia. Erin began the distribution program six years ago when she was a Young Adult librarian in Lakewood. That first year she distributed 25 gowns. This year more than 700 gowns were distributed in five branches.

Many thanks to the local residents who donated the gently used gowns, shoes and accessories to help fulfill the dreams of area teens.

Berkeley Branch Manager Erin Delucia, left, joins Toms River Branch Manager and Chief Librarian Zarita Mattox, center during an interview with Fox News reporter Tamara Laine of Chasing New Jersey.

Berkeley Branch Manager Erin Delucia, left, joins Toms River Branch Manager and Chief Librarian Zarita Mattox, center during an interview with Fox News reporter Tamara Laine of Chasing New Jersey.

Fox News reporter Tamara Laine tries on one of three prom dresses during her segment that will appear on Chasing New Jersey on My 9 and Fox 29 at 10 pm on Monday or Tuesday.

Fox News reporter Tamara Laine tries on one of three prom dresses during her segment that will appear on Chasing New Jersey on My 9 and Fox 29 at 10 pm on Monday or Tuesday.

OCL wraps up prom gown giveaway Saturday

OCL's four-month prom gown giveaway ends this Saturday.

OCL’s four-month prom gown giveaway ends this Saturday.

“Oh my God,” said Tiana Johnson-Sender, Manchester High School, when she walked into Ocean County Library’s Mancini Hall Thursday afternoon to select a gown for her high school prom.

“I can’t get over how many gowns there are,” she said. “I didn’t expect people to donate so much.”

The hall at the library’s Toms River branch had hundreds of gowns, shoes, handbags and accessories that it offered the teens for free.

“This is a great thing they’re doing here,” she said. “With the high prices of gowns it helps you out. For some girls it’s way too expensive to go to the prom.”

“Everyone from the library has been so nice,” said Christine Reeves. Her daughter Leanna, Pinelands Regional High School, was looking for just the right dress.

“Everyone has been helpful and supportive of the girls as they decide which gown to take,” said Christine, “and they are honest in their assessments.”

“I’d want people to be honest with me if I were choosing,” said Joanne Halloran, Teen Services librarian “If I feel it’s not flattering I’d like them to choose a better one. And sometimes a girl wants an opinion from someone other than Mom, so they ask me.”

Halloran greeted the teens and their mothers when they entered Mancini Hall and helped them wrap the gowns they selected.

This was the sixth year Ocean County Library hosted the prom gown giveaway.

This year’s gown collection began January 5th with a request to the public for donations of gently used, clean gowns and accessories. The public responded by donating more than 500 gowns and hundreds of pairs of shoes.

“The whole Young Adult team, about 20 people, worked together for months to make this happen,” said Halloran. “There was sorting and organizing to do. We distributed gowns to five branches and even those members of the YA team whose branches did not have a distribution point helped with setting up the racks and create fitting rooms in the other branches.”

The prom dress giveaway was started by Erin DeLucia at the Lakewood branch in 2010. Twenty-five gowns were distributed in that two-day event. DeLucia was the Lakewood branch’s Teen Librarian that year. She is now branch manager of the Berkeley branch and was recognized as this year’s Librarian of the Year.

This year the gowns were distributed in five branches (Lakewood, Little Egg Harbor, Manchester, Barnegat and Toms River.)

Jeannie Collacott, Teen Service Coordinator, estimates more than 700 gowns will be distributed this year throughout the Ocean County Library system, free of charge, to the teens.

The distribution will conclude tomorrow, May 2, at the Toms River branch.

Stephanie Van Sickle, Brick Township High School, was looking for s sparkly and bright gown for her prom.

Stephanie Van Sickle, Brick Township High School, was looking for a sparkly and bright gown for her prom.

Tiana Johnson-Sender, Manchester High School, said of the prom gown giveaway, “This is a great thing they’re doing here.” Her search was for a gown that was “not too puffy.”

Tiana Johnson-Sender, Manchester High School, said of the prom gown giveaway, “This is a great thing they’re doing here.” Her search was for a gown that was “not too puffy.”

Isabelle Concepcion (left) and Adriana Paratore (right) selected gowns for their homeschool formals.

Isabelle Concepcion (left) and Adriana Paratore (right) selected gowns for their homeschool formals.

Leanna Reeves, Pineland Regional High School, and her mom Christine Reeves were looking for a gown that was “flowy.”

Leanna Reeves, Pineland Regional High School, and her mom Christine Reeves were looking for a gown that was “flowy.”

Sisters Lauren Yabis and LaLaine Yabis, Toms River High School North, were searching for gowns for their prom. LaLaine wanted something long and elegant. Lauren was looking for a long, backless gown.

Sisters Lauren Yabis and LaLaine Yabis, Toms River High School North, were searching for gowns for their prom. LaLaine wanted something long and elegant. Lauren was looking for a long, backless gown.

Teen librarians Carolyn Aversano, Jackson, and Joanne Halloran, Toms River, were on hand to help teens choose the best prom gown.

Teen librarians Carolyn Aversano, Jackson, and Joanne Halloran, Toms River, were on hand to help teens choose the best prom gown.

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You can never have too many shoes. Nearly 200 pairs were donated for the prom gown giveaways. Thank you for all the donations!

You can never have too many shoes! Nearly 200 pairs were donated for the prom gown giveaways. Thank you for all the donations! You have contributed to the dreams of several hundred teens in Ocean County.

Dave DeLuca celebrates Sinatra @ Little Egg Harbor

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Dave Deluca drew in a crowd of 80 Frank Sinatra fans for the Friends of the Little Egg Harbor Library General Membership Meeting on Tuesday.

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Little Egg Harbor Township Police Detective Maino was also on hand to tell audience members about the Portable Medicine Drop Box.

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