Nominees sought for

African-American prize

The N.J. Historical Commission is accepting nominations for its 2003 Mildred Barry Garvin Prize. The Garvin Prize, an award of $1,000, is given for outstanding efforts in making students aware of and interested in African-American history. The late Mildred Barry Garvin was a member of the New Jersey General Assembly and the Historical Commission. Legislation she sponsored established the commission’s Afro-American History Program in 1984. Teachers, counselors or school librarians who have helped students learn about the African-American past and how it relates to New Jersey are eligible. Nominees can be engaged in K-12 education in a public, private, parochial or charter school. Nominations must be postmarked by Nov. 3. For a nomination form and information, write to Giles R. Wright, Director, Afro-American History Program, N.J. Historical Commission, P.O. Box 305, Trenton 08625-0305; call (609) 292-6062.

High school district will

host college fair Oct. 17

The Freehold Regional High School District will welcome approximately 160 colleges and universities to the district’s annual college fair. The event has outgrown the high school facilities, and this year will be held at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, Oct. 17 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Families of upperclassmen in the entire region are invited to attend.

Pine Creek Railroad

schedules fall events

Tickets are on sale for Pine Creek Railroad’s spooky nighttime run, "Haun-ted Halloween Express." This special run of the railroad will operate Oct. 11, 12, 18 and 19 every half-hour from 7-10 p.m. Riders will hear the story of the wreck of Pine Creek No. 97 and find out what really happened 100 years ago. The event may not be appropriate for young children. Tickets are $5 and are on sale at the Pine Creek Railroad, Allaire State Park, 4265 Route 524, Wall Township.

The daytime Halloween Express and Fall Foliage Days will be held Oct. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 and 27. Trains will leave every half-hour from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The train fare is $2.50 per person, and no advance tickets are required for Fall Foliage Days, which will feature costumed staff, face painting, a holiday photo display, picnic areas, and trails for strolling beneath the autumn leaves. Details: (732) 938-5524 or visit online at

Mensa membership test

to be given in Freehold

The Central New Jersey Chapter of American Mensa, The High IQ Society, will offer membership tests at the Freehold Intermediate School, 280 Park Ave., Freehold Borough, on Oct. 19 from 8:30-10:30 a.m. No prior registration is required. The test is composed of two tests of questions involving logic and deductive reasoning. An individual who scores at or above the 98th percentile on one of the tests qualifies for membership. There is a $30 test processing fee due at the time of the examination. Mensa’s more than 140 local chapters sponsor events that range from the rigorously intellectual to just plain fun, according to Mensa officials. For more information, call Martha McKeon at (732) 494-5826 or e-mail