Notes Around Town

The Sierra Club, Jersey Shore Group, announces an open coffee house with folk and Irish music. The event will take place on Oct. 1 from 8-11 p.m. at St. James Memorial Episcopal Church at 69 Broad St. (Route 71) in Eatontown.

The suggested donation is $10 per person. For more information, or to volunteer to help, contact Marinel at Baykoof944@aol.com or at (732) 780-8678, or visit the Web site at http:/njsierra.enviroweb.org/~njshore/

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On Oct. 9, the Alzheimer’s Association in Point Pleasant Beach will hold Memory Walk 2004, a national fund-raiser for Alzheimer’s disease, and the association’s largest community fund-raising event of the year.

The 3-mile, noncompetitive walk, which includes entertainment, celebrities, food and prizes will begin at 9 a.m. at Little Silver Park in Point Pleasant Beach.

For more information contact the association at (201) 261-6009.

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The Central New Jersey Coalition for Peace and Justice is helping to spread the word among its members, supporters, and contacts that the Unitarian Community of Monmouth County is showing the movie “Outfoxed” at the Universalist Unitarian Meeting House, 1475 West Front St., Lincroft, on Sept. 24. The film focuses on news coverage by the Fox News Network.

All are welcome. The showing will start at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but please call the UUCMC office at (732) 747-0707 to reserve a seat. Light refreshments will be served.

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At the 51st annual Dinner of the Monmouth County Planning Board recently, the Wikoff Building on Maple Avenue in Red Bank was one of the local planning projects recognized.

The rehabilitation project was honored for its adaptive reuse of a former fuel and feed warehouse into an office building.

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U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6th) recently introduced legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives honoring the life and musical contributions of renowned jazz pianist and band leader, William “Count” Basie.

Pallone’s legislation marks the 100th anniversary of Count Basie’s birth in Red Bank. Count Basie and the Count Basie Orchestra dominated the swing era in jazz and set the standard for jazz musical ensembles.

Pallone was joined in this resolution by the original co-sponsors, Reps. Charles Rangel (D- NY) and Karen McCarthy (D-Mo.).

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Animal lovers are invited to join the 11th annual Monmouth County SPCA Pet Walk and Fair at Marine Park in Red Bank on Oct. 2 (rain date Oct. 3). Registration is from 8:30-10 a.m. and the event ends at noon.

A minimum pledge of $25 is required in order to participate and prizes will be awarded for the most pledge money collected.

Please call the SPCA at (732) 542-0040 to obtain a brochure/pledge sheet that has all of the details.

All dogs are welcome in the park that day, but please, no other pets.

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St. James Elementary School in Red Bank is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year, commencing its celebrations with a special commemorative Mass on Sept. 26, at 2:30 p.m. in the church. The school is honored to have Bishop Smith as a concelebrant of the Mass and special guest at the reception afterward.

Other special guests include priests, sisters, faculty and alumni of St. James. All St. James School families, alumni and parishioners are invited.

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Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank has received a 2004 Compass Award for outstanding patient service improvement.

The Compass Award recognizes organizations that demonstrate a continuing commitment to using patient satisfaction data to improve the quality of health care for the patients they serve.

Press Ganey Inc., a national performance measurement organization, chose Riverview for the award.

Riverview has previously been honored with the award in 2002 for outstanding performance improvement in its Emergency Department and Outpatient Services. This year, Riverview’s Inpatient Behavioral Health unit was honored for patients’ overall satisfaction with the unit’s service and care.

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Red Bank Regional High School’s Source Foundation announced its annual fund-raiser will be held this year at the home of Red Bank Mayor Edward J. McKenna Jr. The event, which will take place on Oct. 7 from 5:30-8:30 p.m., is a community outreach to raise funds in support of the many services provided for students by The Source. Ticket donations are $100 with all proceeds going toward innovative programming at The Source.

Contact the school for more information at (732) 842-8000.

The Sea Bright Beautification Committee will present “Fall: Putting the Garden to Bed” by the Master Gardeners of Monmouth County at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19, at the J.W. Ross Sea Bright Library, 1097 Ocean Ave. To reserve a place, call (732) 758-9554.

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A special presentation by Arthur Schwartz, New York food critic, cookbook author and, until recently, radio personality, will kick off the Culinary Adventure to be hosted by CPC Behavioral Healthcare Oct. 25 at the Old Orchard Country Club in Eatontown. Schwartz fans who are missing his daily radio show “Food Talk” on WOR can see his presentation starting at 5:30 p.m. and during the food tasting, featuring the specialties of several area restaurants, that will follow.

Carol Dedrick, of Red Bank, Pat Geiss, Little Silver, and Jane Guadagno, West Long Branch, are co-chairs. To purchase tickets for the Culinary Adventure, call (732) 842-2460. Tickets for Arthur Schwartz only are $35, and tickets for the tasting party only (6-9 p.m.) are $65. A combo ticket is $90.

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A program on how to get the most from watching the upcoming pre-election debates will be jointly presented by the Northern Monmouth County Branch of the American Association of University Women and the greater Red Bank Area League of Women Voters at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Eatontown Community Center, 58 Broad St. M.E. Brennan and Zena Gurman of the League of Women Voters will present background information and tips on what to consider while listening to the candidates’ positions. They also will address how to prepare for the debates and what issues may be of particular interest to women. The public is invited to attend, and there is no charge. For more information, call (732) 233-4902.

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On Saturday mornings, Oct. 2-30, the Monmouth County Park System is sponsoring “Walk Through the Parks,” a series of brisk walks from 9-10:30 a.m. through a selection of county parks. Participants can exercise, socialize or just enjoy the scenery. Participants are urged to wear study shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. The cost is $15 for all five sessions or $5 for an individual session. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, call the park system at (732) 842-4000.

The scheduled of walks is as follow: Oct. 2, Dorbrook Recreation Area, Colts Neck; Oct. 9, Huber Woods Park Trail, Locust section of Middletown; Oct. 16, Shark River Park, Neptune; Oct. 23, Thompson Park, Lincroft; and Oct. 30, Manasquan Reservoir, Howell.

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The Monmouth County Council of Girl Scouts will hold its annual “Taste of the Holidays” fund-raiser from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Old Orchard Manor in Eatontown. Tickets to the event, which will feature delicacies from the area’s finest restaurants as well as a tasting of fine wine, are $50 each. To purchase tickets, call Nancy Cummons at (732) 938-5454, ext. 37.