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Former Manalapan High School and Rutgers University basketball standout Ed Zucker will offer personal instruction this summer for any player who is interested in improving his or her basketball skills. Zucker can be reached at 732-221-5937 or by email at ezsports@verizon.net.

The New Jersey Section of the American Water Works Association will hold its second annual Run For Water to benefit Water For People on July 24 at Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Route 33, Manalapan. The event will start at 8:30 a.m. and feature a 5K race, a half-mile run/walk and a toddler dash. Check-in and registration will begin at 8 a.m. For additional information, visit www.njawwas.org.

Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard, the first member of the Lakewood BlueClaws ever to play in the major leagues, will return to Lakewood on Sept. 2 to have his uniform number 29 retired by the team. The first 2,000 fans to enter the stadium on Sept. 2 will receive a special Ryan Howard mini-BlueClaws commemorative jersey. For ticket information, call 732-901-7000, option 3.