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Celebrate OCL’s anniversary with concerts from the 60 ‘s

Dave DeLuca performing at the Little Egg Harbor branch in April

Dave DeLuca performing at the Little Egg Harbor branch in April

TOMS RIVER –  Ocean County Library is celebrating its ninetieth anniversary this year in a fun and unique way: by highlighting each of the decades it has served our residents, and June celebrates the 1960s.

What better way to remember the 60’s than with the music of New Jersey’s own crooner, Frank Sinatra, as emblematic of the decade?

Dave DeLuca, who has been performing more than 30 years, will sing the songs of a maturing Sinatra, like “The Best is yet to Come,” “Summer Wind,” “It was a Very Good Year,” and “That’s Life.”

The 1960s were pivotal in Sinatra’s career and marked by key changes like breaking away from Capitol Records to form his own label, Reprise Records. He also landed his own television show, produced and starred in films, and took Las Vegas by storm.

The Ocean County Library invites everyone to join them and celebrate their anniversary with Dave DeLuca during four performances in June. The performances all begin a 7 p.m.:

Jackson, 2 Jackson Dr., 723-928-4400, Mon. June 8

Beachwood, 126 Beachwood Blvd., 732-244-4573, Mon. June 15

Island Heights, 121 Central Av., 732-270-6266, Mon. June 22

Lacey, 10 E. Lacey Rd., Forked River, 609-693-8566, Mon. June 29.

Three other groups will perform musical concerts that will help residents rock the house and bring them back to more carefree days.

BJ & the Band will perform the best R&B music from the 60s at 7 p.m. Wednesday June 24 at the Little Egg Harbor branch, 290 Mathistown Rd., 609-294-1197.

The Jersey Four will present a tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Season 7 p.m. Saturday June 27 at Long Beach Island, 217 S. Central Ave., Surf City, 609-494-2480.

And local band Strictly 60’s will perform Pop and Rock songs of the 1960s at 2 p.m. June 27 in Manchester, 21 Colonial Dr..

All of the concerts are free but registration is required. To register, telephone the branch or visit the library’s website www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

BJ & the Band performed at the Manchester branch's 25th anniversary earlier in May.

BJ & the Band performed at the Manchester branch’s 25th anniversary earlier in May.

Recognizing Teen depression, suicide warnings and how to help

TOMS RIVER –  Four branches of the Ocean County Library will present “Recognizing Teen Depression, Suicide Warnings and how to help” in May and June.

The programs, part of the Tools for Teens series, are designed to help a person recognize and respond to signs of depression and other common behavioral concerns. Special focus will be given to risk factors and warning signs for suicide as well as resources that are available to help.

The programs start promptly at 6:30 p.m. at the following branches:

Lacey, 10 East Lacey Rd., Forked River, Monday, May 18, 609-693-8566.

Toms River, 101 Washington St., Tuesday, May 26, 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514.

Tuckerton, 380 Bay Ave., Monday, June 1, 609-296-1470.

Brick, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd., Tuesday, June 9, 732-477-4513.

The programs are presented by Turning the Tides of St. Barnabas Health Center and funded through a Youth Services Commission Grant for Ocean County Library’s Tools for Teens series.

Free Continuing Education Credits are available for educators and professionals who attend this program.

The programs are free and open to the public. Registration is recommended. To register, telephone the branch, stop by the branch in person, or log onto the library website www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

Berkeley hosts student art exhibit & reception

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The Berkeley branch hosted “Art Through the Seasons” last night and students from the Berkeley elementary schools displayed their artwork throughout the library. The artwork will remain on display throughout April.

The branch also held an artists’ reception last night. The students’ families were able to appreciate their child’s artwork.  Some of the children also gave a dance and song performance. 

The event was sponsored by the Berkeley Township art teachers and the Berkeley Township Education Association. The event was held in loving memory of our friend and art teacher Karen Ratushny. 

Those schools included the Bayville School, H & M Potter, Clara B. Worth, and the Berkeley Township Elementary School. 

About 563 people attended this event.

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“Over Our Dead Bodies” author/mortician to speak @ Toms River library

TOMS RIVER—Fourth generation undertaker turned author Todd Harra will speak about the book he co-wrote “Over Our Dead Bodies” 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ocean County Library Toms River Branch, 101 Washington St.

“Over Our Dead Bodies: Undertakers Lift The Lid” was co-written with Ken McKenzie and is a collection of the quirky, bizarre and humorous anecdotes borrowed from funeral directors across the United States.

The book is a collection of real stories from morticians and funeral directors that shows the lighter side of our mortality. From police interventions during a funeral riot, to the phenomenon of funeral crashers who show up only for a free meal, it gives a glimpse into the more surreal and whimsical side of the funeral industry.

“Over Our Dead Bodies” is a sequel to the duo’s 2010 book “Mortuary Confidential: Undertakers Spill The Dirt.”

This program is free and open to the public. To register, visit the Ocean County Library’s website www.theoceancountylibrary.org or call 732-349-6200.

“Mi Casa Tu Casa” performed at Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School Wednesday

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre castmembers (left to right) Allicia Rivas, Chris Kent, Jane Keitel and Michael Aquino peformed in "Mi Casa Tu Casa" Wednesday afternoon at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School.

Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre cast members (left to right) Allicia Rivas, Michael Aquino, Jane Keitel, and Chris Kent  performed in “Mi Casa Tu Casa” Wednesday afternoon at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School.

The Upper Shores branch of the Ocean County Library hosted Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre’s bilingual production of “Mi Casa Tu Casa” Wednesday for children and families at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School, Seaside Heights Wednesday.

More than 200 people filled the school’s auditorium.

The four-member cast blended music and folktales where a humble mouse could charm a lovely cockroach, a young girl could find beauty in her new  home in American, and the feather of a Thunderbird could bring prosperity to a person who believes.

Musicians Michael Aquino (electric guitar) and Jane Keitel (keyboard)  accompanied storytellers Allicia Rivas and Chris Kent through the hour long program, a presentation of the New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s annual Stages Festival.

The annual festival brings professional theater companies to local neighborhoods in March, delighting children, families and other adults with Broadway-quality programs.

This marks the eighteenth year Ocean County Library has partnered with Stages Festival. It presented eight different productions at 13 branches this year. The programs are presented by the library free of charge.

Guitarist Chris Kent accompanies a skit as a young girl learns about diversity in her new home in America.

Guitarist Michael Aquino accompanies a skit as a young girl learns about diversity in her new home in America.

Ocean County Library Branch Manager June Schneider welcomes more than 200 people to Wednesday's performance by Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre of "Mi Casa Tu Casa."

Ocean County Library Branch Manager June Schneider welcomes more than 200 people to Wednesday’s performance by Dreamcatcher Repertory Theatre of “Mi Casa Tu Casa.”

Electric guitarist Chris Kent.

Electric guitarist Michael Aquino.

Storyteller Allicia Rivas listens to a story during Wednesday's performance of "Mi Casa Tu Casa."

Storyteller Allicia Rivas listens to a story during Wednesday’s performance of “Mi Casa Tu Casa.”

According to legend, a feather from the Thunderbird will bring a person prosperity in the coming year.

According to legend, a feather from the Thunderbird will bring a person prosperity in the coming year.

Musician Jane Keitel played the keyboard during Wednesday's "Mi Casa Tu Casa" performance.

Musician Jane Keitel played the keyboard during Wednesday’s “Mi Casa Tu Casa” performance.

The humble raton (Michael Aquino, center) woos la cucaracha (Allicia Rivas, left.)

The humble raton (Chris Kent, center) woos la cucaracha (Allicia Rivas, left.)

A little dance party with the children and storytellers ended Wednesday's "Mi Casa Tu Casa."

A little dance party with the children and storytellers ended Wednesday’s “Mi Casa Tu Casa.”

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Ocean County Library thanks the cast and crew members for presenting such a wonderful performance of "Mi Casa Tu Casa" at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School Wednesday.

Ocean County Library thanks the cast and crew members for presenting such a wonderful performance of “Mi Casa Tu Casa” at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School Wednesday.

Diabetes primer to be presented @ 3 OCl branches in April

TOMS RIVER –  Nearly 30 million Americans, more than nine percent of the country’s population, have diabetes, according to Monmouth Medical Center.

Do you know if you have it?

The Center for Healthy Aging, in cooperation with the Pharmacy Department at Monmouth Medical Center’s Southern Campus, will present the basics of diabetes with Certified Diabetes Educator Irene McNamara at three Ocean County Library branches in April.

She will discuss the signs and symptoms of diabetes as well as its prevention and treatment options.

Attendees who have fasted for two or more consecutive hours will have the option of having a complimentary blood glucose screening.

Light, healthy refreshments will be provided.

The programs are free but registration is required. To register, telephone the branch or go to the library’s website www.theoceancountylibrary.org.  They will be presented at these library branches:

2 p.m. Monday April 13 at Jackson, 2 Jackson Drive, 732-928-4400,

10 a.m. Tuesday April 14 at Brick, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd., 732-477-4513,

2 p.m. Monday April 20 at Manchester, 21 Colonial Drive, 732-657-7600.

Diabetes is a disease in which the body does not properly process food for use as energy, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. When a person has diabetes his or her body either does not make enough insulin or cannot use its own insulin as wall as it should, resulting in a buildup of sugar in one’s blood.

It can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lower-extremity amputations. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.

Martha Washington program @ 3 OCL branches

TOMS RIVER –  In her Grande Dames of the American Revolution series, actress and historical re-enactor Maggie Worsdale will present a program about Martha Washington.

The presentation, to be held in three Ocean County Library branches, is part of the library’s National Women’s History Month recognition.

Martha Dandridge Custis Washington was called Lady Washington by American soldiers who fought in the Revolution because of her kindness to them and concern for their health during the war.

The presentations will be held:

2 p.m. Saturday March 7 at the Point Pleasant Borough branch, 834 Beaver Dam Rd., 732-295-1555,

7 p.m. Monday March 9 at the Beachwood branch, 126 Beachwood Blvd., 732-244-4573, and

7 p.m. Thursday March 26 at the Brick Branch, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd., 732-477-4513.

The programs are free to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch or go to the library Web site: www.theoceancountylibrary.org , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

SCORE business startup seminar @ Toms River branch

TOMS RIVER  – Thinking of opening your own business, but don’t know where to start?

Members of the Ocean County Chapter of SCORE #150, a nonprofit association of volunteer business counselors, can help.  Local business owner and member Glenn Harris will present a free seminar on the mandatory keys for success in starting your own business 6:30 p.m. Monday March 2 at Toms River.

Topics to be covered include competence in the industry or field, persistence, minimum requirements in writing a business plan, competition and financial literacy.

This program is free and open to the public but registration is required.   Register in-person, by telephone 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514 or online at www.theoceancountylibrary.org .

13 OCL branches presents NJ Theatre Alliance’s Stages Festival in March

TOMS RIVER –   New Jersey Theatre Alliance’s “Stages Festival” will present eight programs at 13 Ocean County Library branches and two local schools in March.

These programs will mark the 18th anniversary of the library’s partnership with the Alliance.

The festival brings professional, Broadway-quality programs to communities throughout March and Ocean County Library presents them to the public free of charge.

Throughout the years the performances have touched people of all ages and this year will be no different.

Preschoolers can enjoy programs like “Stone Soup and Other Tales” and “If You Give a Pig a Pancake.” Seniors and families will be entertained by “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” and educated by “Tales from the Garden.”

The presentations are free and meet many of the Common Core Curriculum Standards.

Registration is required for each of the presentations. Telephone the branch to register.

“If You Give a Mouse a Cookie,” presented by Centenary Stage Company, is an adventurous, fun-filled performance complete with slap-stick comedy. In this family program an innocent milk-and-cookie snack time goes from mishap to calamity to catastrophe faster than the twitch of a whisker.

The performance will be held 3:30 p.m. Fri. March 13 at Lakewood, 301 Lexington Ave., 732-363-1435.

“Stone Soup and Other Tales,” presented by Pushcart Players, is a charming blend of carefully selected folk tales from around the world. Supporting the literacy movement’s emphasis on the joy of reading, this dynamic and participatory program is not to be missed by young viewers and families.

The performance will be held:

2 p.m. Sat. March 7 at Stafford, 129 N. Main St., Manahawkin, 609-597-3381,

3:30 p.m. Wed. March 11 at Plumsted, 119 Evergreen Rd., New Egypt, 609-758-7888,

2 p.m. Sat. March 14 at Barnegat, 112 Burr St., 609-698-3331,

11 a.m. Sat. March 21 at Lacey, 10 E. Lacey Rd., Forked River, 609-693-1197.

6:30 p.m. Mon. March 23 at Brick, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd., 732-477-4513.

“If You Give a Pig a Pancake,” presented by Centenary Stage Company, shows what happens when a young girl accommodates the demands of a quirky piglet after eating pancakes.  Their adventure is just beginning as they take a bubble bath, tap dance, take a photo, mail a letter, build and decorate a tree house, and of course, go back for more pancakes.

The performance will be held 11 a.m. Sat. March 7 at Waretown, 112 Main St., 609-693-5133.

“Tales from the Garden,” presented by The Growing Stage, is a fun-filled journey through the rich history of the Garden State and examines the unique roles New Jersey has played in American history.

It will be performed:

6:30 p.m. Thur. March 26 at Berkeley, 30 Station Rd., 732-269-2144,

6:30 p.m. Mon. March 30 at Toms River, 101 Washington St. 732-349-6200 or 609-971-0514.

“Red Riding Hood and Other Stories,” presented by Pushcart Players presents classic tales such as “The Princess and the Pea,” “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” and “Little Red Riding Hood” in music and is told with a contemporary spin.

It will be performed:

6 p.m. Tue. March 10 at Little Egg Harbor, 290 Mathistown Rd., 609-294-1197,

7 p.m. Thur. March 12 at Manchester, 21 Colonial Dr., 732-657-7600,

6 p.m. Tue. March 31 at Pt. Pleasant Beach, 710 McLean Ave., 732-892-4575.

“Mi Casa Tu Casa,” presented by Dreamcatcher Repertory Company, is a bilingual blend of music and folktales for the entire family. Musicians and storytellers are your guides on this unique journey through time, place and imagination.

It will be performed 3 p.m. Wed. March 25 at the Hugh J. Boyd Elementary School, 1200 Bay Boulevard, Seaside Heights. Telephone 732-793-3996.

“New Kid,” presented by the George Street Playhouse, is a play that addresses racism, prejudice, peer pressure and conflict resolution. It prompts its audience to explore issues of moving to a new place, being the outsider, and making and keeping friends.

It will be performed 6:30 p.m. Mon. March 16 at the Island Heights Grade School, 115 Summit Ave., 732-270-6266.

The George Street Playhouse will also present “Austin the Unstoppable,” 2:30 p.m. Sat. March 28 at Long Beach Island, 609-494-2480. This fun, upbeat musical engages audiences in the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise by celebrating how positive change can occur through the power of love, hard work, and support.

2 OCL branches will discuss heart health

TOMS RIVER –  Since a Presidential proclamation was first signed in 1964,February has been recognized as American Heart Month.

In recognition of the annual observance, two Ocean County Library branches have partnered with The Center for Healthy Aging at Monmouth Medical Center, Southern Campus to discuss heart disease prevention strategies and treatments.

Community Outreach Pharmacist Barbara Greenberg Schwartz will discuss the top five heart medication classes and their functions. She will also answer questions about the heart medications people in the audience take.

Heart healthy snacks will be provided. Participants are encouraged to wear red to the events.

The events will be held:

2 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 24 at Manchester, 21 Colonial Dr.,  732-657-7600,

10 a.m. Wednesday March 25 at Brick, 301 Chambers Bridge Rd., 732-477-4513

The programs are free and open to the public but registration is required. To register telephone the branch or go to the library’s website www.theoceancountylibrary.org , click on the “Events & News” icon, then click on “Calendar of Events.”

42.2 million Americans ages 60 and above have one or more forms of cardiovascular disease.


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