Monmouth County News Briefs, Nov. 2

The American Red Cross is asking people of all blood types and those who have never donated blood before to make an appointment to donate blood or platelets to help prevent the blood supply from falling ahead of the holiday season.

According to a press release, people of all blood types are needed, especially platelet donors and those with blood type O.

Book now using the Red Cross blood donor app, visit, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Everyone who comes between November 1st and November 22nd will receive a $10 e-gift card via email to a retailer of their choice. Details are available at

A blood donation card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required upon check-in.

Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where permitted by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds, and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood.

Students and other donors under the age of 18 must also meet certain height and weight requirements, according to the press release.

Isolated by its remote control Location, freezing temperatures and the stormy Southern Ocean make Antarctica a land of extremes. The continent’s climate is closely linked to Earth’s systems.

Join Citizens for Informed Land Use (CILU) and local physicists Janet and Larry Jackel on a photographic journey of their 2019 National Geographic trip to the Antarctic Peninsula, a wildlife sanctuary and important breeding ground for species that spend most of their lives in the sea , according to a press release.

The presentation will take place on November 21st at 7:30pm at the Holmdel Community Center, 6 Crawfords Corner Road, Holmdel. The presentation is free and open to the public. Registration is recommended but not required.

Contact Karen at [email protected] to sign up. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Janet Jackel is currently a member of the Holmdel Green Team, the Holmdel Environmental Commission and President of the Friends of Holmdel Open Space.

Larry Jackel’s career at Bell Labs and AT&T shifted from experimental physics to machine learning. According to the press release, he currently works as a consultant in the field of robotics and machine learning.

The non-profit Count Basie Center for the Arts, Red Bank, has announced its $20 million “Forever For Everyone” endowment campaign.

According to a press, Grammy-nominated, multi-platinum singer-songwriter-producer Charlie Puth, a former Count Basie Center Academy of the Arts student who recently kicked off his “One Night Only” tour at the venue, became honorary chairman appointed publication.

“Bringing arts education to children is important to me, which is why I’m proud to serve as Honorary Chair of the Basie Center’s Forever for Everyone Foundation campaign,” said Puth.

The Count Basie Center has announced a scholarship in Puth’s name that is available to students interested in attending a Count Basie Center Academy program. For more information, see

The foundation aims to raise $20 million to enable the organization to continue offering scholarships to Basie Center Academy programs. promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in the performing arts; to fund the Basie Center’s goals for strategic growth; and establishing an emergency fund for the upkeep of its campus, including its 96-year-old historic theater, according to the press release.

According to the press release, philanthropists and longtime supporters of the Count Basie Center, Carol Stillwell and Valerie Montecalvo, will jointly lead the campaign.

For more information or to contribute to the endowment campaign, visit

Sexual violence is never survivor’s fault and 180 Turning Lives Around (180) stands with all survivors.

The private non-profit organization provides support and advocacy to victims of sexual violence after a highly emotional and traumatic experience with the support of its Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) volunteers, according to a press release.

The confidential Victim Advocates, in partnership with nationwide law enforcement agencies and the Forensic Nurse Examiners program, provide emotional support and support to victims and their significant others while accompanying them for timely and sensitive hospital medical evaluations, police and grand jury trials.

180 is conducting a mandatory 40-hour SART training course for new volunteers from January 17th to February 9th. Basic requirements for volunteers to apply include being at least 18 years old, having access to reliable transportation, holding a valid driver’s license, being willing to work on-call shifts, participating in an interview process, and undergoing fingerprinting and background checks.

Bilingualism is helpful. Prior knowledge or training in sexual violence is not required. To obtain an application, contact Kate Gerahty at [email protected] or 732-264-4360 ext. 3308. Application deadline is January 6th.


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