This Week’s News Notes
We have been taking a few days at a time this fall to do some traveling around the Garden State.
Recently Nancy and I visited the “Grounds for Sculpture” in Hamilton just outside Trenton.
This 35-acre sculpture park and museum is located on the site of the former New Jersey State Fairgrounds.
The beautifully landscaped grounds and historic, renovated buildings feature changing exhibitions of contemporary sculpture.
We went on to visit the towns of Lambertville and Frenchtown, located along the Delaware River.
They are known for their antique shops, architecture and fine restaurants.
We completed the loop around Hunterdon County by stopping in Flemington; home of more outlet stores than I could count.
There is so much to see and enjoy right here in New Jersey.
The most fascinating thing I learned on this recent trip is that Interstate 95 stops in New Jersey!
Yes, the main north -south highway on the east coast ends after entering New Jersey from Pennsylvania just above Trenton.
You won’t find I-95 on any New Jersey map again until it re-appears north of Perth Amboy and then enters New York at the George Washington Bridge.
Instead of federally funded Interstate Highways we have our infamous toll roads: the Garden State Parkway, the Atlantic City Expressway and the New Jersey Turnpike.
The Avalon Free Public Library at 251 26th Street will be closed until they re-open in the new library facility on 32nd Street.
The tentative opening date of the new facility is Nov. 19.
Currently, there is an amnesty on all books returned from now until mid-November.
You may leave books at the book-drop in the vestibule of the 26th Street library until the week of November 7, when the book-drop will be moved to the new location.
Volunteers are needed to help shelve books in the new Avalon Library.
Volunteers can work one hour or all day, or many days.
Please call the library at 967-7155 to sign up.
Lunch and beverages will be served to all volunteers.
The annual Election Night Pork and Sauerkraut Dinner with all the fixings will be held at the Our Saviour Lutheran Church on Nov. 8.
Seatings are at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. and admission is by ticket only.
Children under six are free.
Tickets for children between 6 and 12 are $5 and adults are $10.
Tickets are now available from Randy and Sari Bauer and may be reserved by calling 368-5812 or at the church office.
Get your tickets early because they go fast.
The MASH Branch of the Burdette Tomlin Memorial Hospital Auxiliary will meet for lunch at Sand Barrens Golf Club in Swainton, on Nov. 10.
Social hour starts at 11:30 a.m. and lunch is at 12:15 p.m.
Nadean Wristbridge, manager of emergency management will be the guest speaker.
The Avalon Rescue Squad is offering free CPR/AED training to the public.
This training is geared towards individuals with minimal or no experience.
It is recommended for citizens in communities where Public Access Defibrillators have been placed.
Due to overwhelming response from the public, additional classes have been scheduled for Nov. 10 and Nov. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Avalon Fire House, 31st Street and Dune Drive.
The American Heart Association accredits this training.
Space is limited so advanced registration is required.
Please call 368-5288 to register or for more information.
Mark it on your calendar; Nov. 11 is Veterans’ Day.
The American Legion, Stephen C. Ludlam Post 331 invites all residents of Seven Mile Beach to participate in a day of remembrance for our veterans.
There will be a service starting at 11 a.m. at the 21st Street.
Stone Harbor will have a service at the American Legion Post Building at 117th Street and Second Avenue in Stone Harbor. It starts at 12:30 p.m.
There will be an open house following the ceremonies and all are welcome.
Refreshments will be served.
Avalon Home and Land Owners Association or AHLOA has invited Harry deButts, director of Avalon’s department of public works and Dr. Stuart Farrell of Stockton State College to talk about the state of Avalon beaches and future plans for the north end.
In addition Harry deButts will talk about steps the homeowner should take for an emergency evacuation.
The meeting will be held in the Avalon Borough Council Chamber at 10 a.m. Nov. 12.
The Avalon Museum will present “Paradise Lost” on Nov. 12 at 6 p.m.
Have a delicious buffet dinner then enjoy an interesting program with Rachel Rodgers, curator/director of the Cape May County Historical Museum.
Rachel will present pictures of places and buildings of Cape May County from times that few of us still remember, a real paradise lost.
Tickets are $30 and are available at the Museum or Sturdy Savings’ Avalon Branch.
This evening usually sells out, so early reservations are recommended.
The Garden Club of Stone Harbor will meet on Nov. 14 at 9:30 a.m. in the Women’s Civic Club on 96th Street and the beach.
Garden Club member Judy Heitz will demonstrate “Making Gingerbread Houses”.
Last month many club members traveled to the Philadelphia Academy of the Fine Arts and also enjoyed a special lunch at DiBruno’s Cheese Shop.
Thanks to Susan Zapf, Vicki Bartke and Jean Chamenko for planning a great outing.
Join the Stone Harbor Book Club on the third Thursday of each month to review a book.
They meet in the library of the Stone Harbor Elementary School at 3:30 p.m.
Their book for Nov. 17 is “Beyond The Ouija Board” by Arlette Michaelis.
Michaelis was a teenager in Belgium during WWII.
She lives locally and will be at the meeting with artifacts from her life in Belgium.
AT THE AVALON SENIOR CENTER
The Avalon Senior Center welcomes all seniors from Avalon, Sea Isle and Stone Harbor.
Sue Keen, 967-5924, can answer any questions you may have about their activities or events. Here are a few of their many activities.
Spanish classes taught by Jeanne Sykes will begin again on Nov. 9.
They are held every Wednesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m.
There is an open Bridge game every Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Intermediate Bridge Classes are held Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
Register for lessons by calling Theresa Montgomery at 967-7002, or Sandy Burns at 368-1979.
Free Art Workshop. Paint, sketch or bring your own project.
Open to adults all ages, every Tuesday starting at 9:30 a.m.
The next Monday monthly Cooking Classes is Nov. 14 from 1 to 3 p.m.
You must call 967-5924 to register in advance.
Bingo is every other Wednesday, next on Nov. 16 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Book Club meets on the first Tuesday at 1 p.m.
Avalon’s annual lighting of the Christmas tree will take place at 5 p.m. on Nov. 25 at the 21st Street Circle.
The Seven Mile Singers will lead the singing of Christmas carols.
At 6 p.m. everyone will gather at Community Hall to welcome Santa Claus, and at 7 p.m. there will be a holiday movie.
Tracking the progress of our regularly scheduled boards and councils: Tonight: Avalon Council work session at 7:30 p.m., Nov. 8 Avalon Planning and Zoning Board regular session at 7 p.m.
Don’t forget to send me your information at least two weeks before your event to meet the deadline.