Free Tax Prep Offered
A series of Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties sponsored free tax prep is being offered through April 18 to families whose incomes are below $54,000 and for individuals earning $30,00 or less. Officials advise that families with incomes under $53,930 may qualify for up to $8,529 in Earned Income Tax Credit [EITC] credit or refund on their 2016 taxes. In the immediate area free tax prep is being offered 1- 7 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays next to Payless Shoes in Monmouth Mall; from 1 to 6 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Community Affairs and Resource Center, located at 913 Sewall Ave. Walk-ins are also welcome at the FoodBank’s 3300 Route 66 headquarters, with appointments available via 2-1-1 or 732-643-5888. For more information, visit www.foodbankmoc.org.
Brookdale Community College’s Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education [CHHANGE] will offer Muslim Women in Our Community 7 p.m. March 22 in its Student Life Center, 765 Newman Springs Rd. Led by Fatima Jaffari, a diverse panel Muslim women will address the stereotypes they face. On April 2, CHHANGE debuts Anne Frank: A History for Today, an international showcase developed by the Anne Frank House and sponsored in North America by the Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect. The exhibit will run through June 1, with a noon to 1:30 p.m opening VIP tour followed by a 2 to 3 p.m. public viewing. Other viewings of the exhibit can be organized via www.chhange.org.
Trinity’s Racial Justice Project will offer From Selma to Stonewall: A First in Series Dialogue 6:30 p.m April 4 at Trinity Episcopal Church gymnasium, located at 503 Asbury Ave. The documentary, by civil rights activist Rev. Gil Caldwell and writer Marilyn Bennet, is ‘an exploration of the similarities, differences, and conflicts between the black civil rights and gay rights movements’ by the duo as they explore the landmarks. The screening will be followed by a Q&A featuring Rev. Dr. Tommie Lee Watkins Jr., an openly gay Episcopal priest in Alabama who was interviewed in the film. For more about the film, click here. To RSVP, click here.
Sheriff’s Office Creates Teen Cert Program
Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden has launched a Community Emergency Response Team [CERT] explorer post program, the first of its kind in New Jersey. The National Homeland Security program will train teens to assist in preparing for, responding to, and recovering from emergencies or disasters under the direction of the Office Of Emergency Management. The program is open to Monmouth County residents between the ages of 14 and 20 and adults over 21 who might be interested in serving as adult leaders. An information session will be held 7 p.m. April 7 at the Public Safety Center, located at 2500 Kozloski Road, Freehold. The 22 hour training will covers basic medical aid, light search and rescue, firefighting, CERT organization, disaster preparedness, disaster psychology and a final simulation exercise. To RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arc of Monmouth Walk/Run Returns to Asbury Park
Step Up for The Arc fundraising walk/run will return April 8 from Convention Hall on the Asbury Park boardwalk. Held to support Monmouth County individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, a 5k race kicks off at 8:30 a.m. and traverses south through Ocean Grove to Bradley Beach and back. The walk, led by Tillie the Clown, sets off at 11 a.m., with an after-party beginning at noon inside Convention Hall. Sponsored by the Lodges of the 17th Masonic District, live music and entertainment by Wait Till Friday and DJ Nicky, is coupled with a free barbecue featuring hot dogs, sausage and peppers, chili, and homemade chicken soup. For more information, visit www.arcofmonmouth.org/walk.
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