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Celebrate Thanksgiving early this year

November 18, 2011

Want to get into the Thanksgiving spirit before next Thursday? Allaire Village has the perfect solution.

The Historic Village at Allaire will host a 19th Century Thanksgiving celebration, when authentically clad villagers will experience the “new” holiday on Sunday, Nov. 20, from noon to 3 p.m.

The restored iron works company town will be decorated for the occasion. A service will be held in the Allaire Village Chapel at 1 p.m., with a service based on the year’s harvest.

Visitors will also be invited to the Manager’s House, where interpreters will demonstrate how a Thanksgiving feast was prepared in the early 19th Century.

While the scent of roasting turkey wafts through the village, there will be hands-on demonstrations of cider pressing, and opportunities to join in some 19th century games. Artisans will be in their shops to demonstrate and explain the arts of blacksmithing, carpentry and tinsmithing.

The General Store and Bakery will also be open for holiday shopping, and will be decorated for the festivities.

For more information, call the village office at 732-919-3500, or visit its website. 


Memorial run raises $9,000 for local scholarships

November 10, 2011

The Justin Cruz Memorial Run kicked off last Sunday morning, and raised around $9,000 for local scholarships.

The annual 5K run and 2-mile walk benefits the Justin Cruz Scholarship Foundation, named in memory of organizer Michele Cruz’s son, Justin. Justin was a college-bound athlete from Wall Township when he died at the age of 17 in a one-vehicle accident in October 2005, when he lost control of his truck and went off the road.

Ms. Cruz and her husband, Warren, established the foundation in his name to ensure his memory would not be forgotten. Each year, it awards college-bound Wall students that have a love of soccer with scholarships to use to aid in their higher education.

Most recently, the foundation awarded six scholarships to Wall Township students on July 6, what would have been Justin’s 23rd birthday.

For more information about the foundation, visit its website. Here are some photos from the run:

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Fun Run to return for 20th year on Nov. 19

November 4, 2011

Sueanne Goss, The Coast Star

 The Old Mill School Annual Fun Run [last year’s pictured above] will return for its 20th year later this month.

After 20 years, the Old Mill School Annual Fun Run is till kicking.

The run will return Saturday, Nov. 19, at 9 a.m., rain or shine.

The scenic, 2-mile walk/run will take participants around the neighborhood of Old Mill School. Last year’s successful event brought more than 750 participants, represented by students, faculty and parents from the four elementary schools, as well as other members of the community.

This year, there is an added bonus — there will be a raffle after the race. Each chance is only $1, and there will be many prizes donated from each grade. Read more…

Jim Murphy to discuss Hank Williams at Wall Library

November 4, 2011

Tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 5, New Jersey’s own Jim Murphy will lead a free program to educate attendees about legendary country musician Hank Williams.

Mr. Williams’ life and music will be discussed by Old Time Country Music Hall of Famer Mr. Murphy.

Mr. Murphy, of Jim Murphy and the Pine Barons fame, will present “Vignettes from the Life of Hank Williams” at 2 p.m. tomorrow at the Wall Public Library, 2700 Allaire Road. He will be accompanied by a dobro guitar player. Mr. Murphy, a resident of Brick, is New Jersey’s first Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame member. Read more…

Old Mill Road construction begins again

October 28, 2011

Underground utility construction work on Old Mill Road was expected to start again Friday, Oct. 28, according to the Wall Township Police Department.

Work on the road will take place Monday through Friday from around 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The utility work will be on the section of Old Mill Road between Sea Girt Avenue in Wall Township and Ocean Road in Spring Lake Heights.

There will be periodic closures of sections of Old Mill Road during the construction process. Residents and motorists are advised to use alternate routes of travel or follow posted detours during construction.

Wall Police honored

October 20, 2011

During last week’s meeting of the Wall Township Committee, several Wall Township Police Officers were honored for going above and beyond the call of duty. For the full story, pick up the Oct. 20 edition of The Coast Star.

Here are some photos from the ceremony:

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Design Line joins chamber

October 17, 2011

Design Line Kitchens, located at 2127 Highway 35 in Wall, recently joined the Southern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce. The business held a celebration with chamber officials as well as Wall Township Mayor Ann Marie Conte.

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For more information about Design Line Kitchens, call 732-449-6760 or visit its website.