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Sylvia’s Children Invites You to Bring Christmas Magic to African Children

For nearly 15 years each holiday season, U.S. travelers have embarked on the trip of a lifetime to a remote village in the East African nation of Uganda, on a volunteer visit led by New Jersey-based nonprofit Sylvia’s Children ( Their mission: to help bring Christmas cheer to more than 1,000 Ugandan children attending [...]

August 26th, 2017|News and Press|

Calling All Vendors For 2017 Chester Spring Brew Fest

Presented by the Chester Merchants Association, the first-ever Chester Spring Brew Fest will take place next month with nearly 10 featured craft beers. Organizers of the festival are currently putting out the call for all interested vendors looking to participate in the two-day inaugural beer festival in historic downtown Chester. In addition to vendors [...]

May 2nd, 2017|Events|

Calling All Owners of Historic Holmdel Homes For Annual Historic House Tour

The organizers of the second annual Historic Holmdel House Tour are putting out the call early for owners of historic homes and other historical properties in Holmdel who would like to showcase their property in this year’s guided tour. Scheduled for December 2, the Historic Holmdel House Tour gives those from around the area, [...]

April 11th, 2017|News and Press|

Freehold Sunrise Optimist Foundation Presents 2017 Carmen J. Rivello Friend of Youth Golf Classic, May 22

The Freehold Sunrise Optimist Foundation will once again host its Carmen J. Rivello Friend of Youth Golf Classic, its annual charity golf tournament, on Monday, May 22. The annual golf outing will take place at the Knob Hill Golf Club (1 Shinnecock Drive) in Manalapan Township, well known as New Jersey’s premier semi-private golf [...]

April 11th, 2017|Events|

Middletown Student Samuel Shapiro, 16, Wins Sunrise Optimist Club’s Oratorical Contest with Extraordinary Essay

Samuel Shapiro, a 16-year-old sophomore student at Mater Dei Prep in Middletown, has been announced as this year’s winner of the Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold’s Oratorical Contest. Shapiro was hand selected by judges after blowing them away with his five-minute-long speech driving home the importance of optimism in society, in the workplace, and [...]

April 11th, 2017|News and Press|

2017 Aitkin Farmers’ Market Searching For All Local Live Talent to Perform

Grand Opening Set for Saturday, May 29th at Historic Butler Building AITKIN, MN. – One of Aitkin’s most popular weekly attractions will return this Memorial Weekend, Saturday, May 29, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the parking lot of the historic Butler Building (301 Minnesota Avenue North). The Farmers’ Market, now in its fourth [...]

April 4th, 2017|Events|

Restore Judy Garland’s 1925 Debut Opera House

Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Aitkin, MN, and help us restore the building where Judy Garland (aka Baby Gumm) performed in 1925 -- the Aitkin Opera House! We are bringing the Opera House BACK TO LIFE to relive “Over the Rainbow” and other Judy Garland classics. 50% of the renovation is done…another $999,000, and [...]

March 24th, 2017|News and Press, Press Release, Supporters|

Ten of New Jersey’s Best Wineries Announced for 2017 Waretown Spring Wine Festival

WARETOWN, N. J. – The 2017 Waretown Spring Wine Festival, one of New Jersey’s top annual attractions for the last three years, has put out the list today of its participating wineries for this year’s festival. Its list of featured wineries includes those often ranked among the best from throughout the Garden State for [...]

March 24th, 2017|Events, News and Press|

Holmdel Historical Society Clean-Up at St. Catharine’s Church Yields Hidden Gems

The Holmdel Historical Society (HHS), which researches, preserves and interprets the history and architectural history of Holmdel, had its first successful church clean-up on February 15 with 20 people participating. Historic clothing, unique farm implements and historic ledgers were just some of the items uncovered by the clean-up crew. The day ended with a pizza [...]

February 21st, 2017|News and Press|

Chester Spring Brew Fest 2017

Chester Spring Brew Fest May 20-21, noon to 5 pm, in historic Chester, NJ. 175 Main Street, Chester In the Gazebo Park Pre-Buy Tickets:$15 Day of Event: $25 2-Day Tickets Pre-Buy: $25 2-Day Tickets Day of Event: $35 Reminiscent of America's old-time mercantile district, Chester is a trip down memory lane [...]

February 2nd, 2017|Events, News and Press, Press Release|

Sylvia Returns From Visiting Children in Uganda

It’s been 13 years since Holmdel-based nonprofit Sylvia’s Children, founded and operated by longtime Holmdel resident and professional marketing, events and sponsorship expert Sylvia Allen, began hosting trips to the East African nation of Uganda, bringing along a select number of ‘voluntourists.’ Over the last few years, these trips have expanded to include medical professionals, [...]

January 24th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Local Optimist Club to Sponsor Oratorical Contest for Students

The Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold is encouraging area students to speak their minds about the topic “What the World Gains From Optimism” as part of the Optimist International Oratorical Contest for the 2016-2017 year. The Optimist Club will judge the local students’ speeches based on content and presentation to determine the top two winners.  [...]

January 24th, 2017|News and Press|

Holmdel Historical Society Announces Restoration of St. Catharine’s Church

The Holmdel Historical Society (HHS), which researches, preserves and interprets the history and architectural history of Holmdel, last night voted to move forward on its first order of business – a full restoration of the old St. Catharine’s Church. In a unanimous vote, led by HHS President Peter Manieri and Vice President Sylvia Allen, the [...]

January 15th, 2017|News and Press|

Upcoming 2017 Wine Festivals in New Jersey

Mark your calendars. Two of New Jersey’s most popular wine festivals are once again returning this year. The third-annual Waretown Spring Wine Festival will return on Saturday, April 22rd and Sunday, April 23th in the Waretown Recreation and Lake Area, located at 182 Wells Mill Road. The yearly two-day event will feature tastings from a [...]

January 13th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold Hosts Annual Souper Bowl Sunday, Feb. 5

The hit 90s TV series “Seinfeld” made the phrase “No soup for you!” a part of our cultural language, but on Feb. 5, you won’t need to worry about that. There will be plenty of soup! The Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold will once again hold its popular Super Bowl Sunday event – cheekily and [...]

January 5th, 2017|Events|

Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold Returns with Fifth Year of Annual Stock Market Challenge Jan 19th

The Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold will once again hold its Annual Stock Market Picking Contest, now in its fifth year, it has been announced today. The annual challenge will kick off on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and last for five weeks, every Thursday evening at the CentraState Medical Center. [...]

January 3rd, 2017|Events|

Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold Hosts A Night Of Comedy, Jan. 20

The Sunrise Optimist Club of Freehold, along with The Sunrise Optimist Foundation, will present A Night of Comedy, starring a number of New York area comedians, on January 20, 2017, it has been announced today. The comedy night will take place at the Freehold Senior Center (116 Jackson Mills Rd.) at 8 p.m., with doors [...]

January 3rd, 2017|Events|

Holmdel Historical Society Announces First Meeting of 2017, Set for January 10th

The Holmdel Historical Society (HHS), which recently announced a full revitalization as an organization, has announced its first meeting in the new year. Following a highly successful kickoff meeting and pot-luck dinner in December, the Holmdel Historical Society, which researches, preserves and interprets the history and architectural history of Holmdel, one of the oldest sites [...]

December 30th, 2016|News and Press|

Historic Holmdel Christmas House Tour A Success!

Saturday December 3 turned out to be a gorgeous day for the first annual Historic Holmdel house tour! 60+ people enjoyed visiting the Holmdel Community UCC, the village of Holmdel where they saw a former harness factory, Dr. Cooke's office from 1823, the Samuel Ogborne House from 1740, and the 1699 Kouvenhoven house. Some of [...]

December 9th, 2016|Events|

Historic Christmastime Holmdel House Tour

  Upcoming Events Historic Holmdel Christmas House Tour December 3rd, 10 am - 4 pm Visit seven beautifully restored historic properties, from the early 1600's to late 1800's including a church from 1704, a doctor's office from 1804, a pre-revolutionary home from 1740 and a traditional Dutch home from 1699. Park [...]

November 2nd, 2016|Events, News and Press|

Help fund Sylvia’s Children Christmas Party!

The 1200 children at the Mbiriizi Primary school in Uganda are looking forward to their Christmas when the school year ends in 15 days. They are excited not by Game Boys, Legos or iPads, but by simple gifts that bring warmth and dignity. Last year each child got a new blanket. This year each girl [...]

October 26th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Historic Christmastime Holmdel House Tour to Benefit Local Charity Doing Work Overseas for Ugandan Orphans

With Holmdel being one of the oldest sites of European settlement in the Garden State, it’s no surprise that many of its homes date back to the 1600s. But one doesn’t often get the opportunity to experience that history pre-dating the Revolutionary War. December 3, 2016 10 am - 4 pm Order Tickets Online! Order [...]

October 21st, 2016|Events|

Aitkin’s 3rd Annual Harvest Moon Brew Fest Provides Chance to Taste 65 Beer Selections

One of Northern Minnesota’s most talked about events, the Harvest Moon Brew Fest will once again return to Aitkin’s historic Butler Building with the opportunity to sample 65 beer selections this year. This year’s rain-or-shine Harvest Moon Brew Fest, hosted by Glacial Lakes Home Brewers and produced by Allen Consulting, will take place in the [...]

August 25th, 2016|Events|

Nine Minnesota Medical Professionals selected for Medical Trip to Uganda

Sylvia’s Children, a New Jersey-based non-profit dedicated to supporting and improving the living conditions for more than 1,000 children at the Mbiriizi Advanced Primary School in the village of Mbiriizi, Uganda, has today announced it has selected nine medical personal (nurses and teachers) from an impressive list of 35 applicants to go on its 2016 [...]

October 27th, 2015|News and Press|

Sylvia’s Children Gallery Exhibit Opens November 2 at Pollack Gallery, Monmouth University

Sylvia’s Children, a 501(c)3 organization headquartered in Holmdel, NJ, will be featured for six weeks in the Pollak Gallery at Monmouth University. Entitled “Progress” it will be an update to the previous exhibit held in 2010. Experience the village of Mbiriizi in Uganda, Africa. This exhibit tracks the progress of the Mbiriizi Advanced Primary School [...]

October 15th, 2015|Events|

Dina D’Ambrosi Announces Candidacy for Holmdel BOE

Dina D’Ambrosi, Holmdel, has announced her plans to run for the upcoming Holmdel Board of Education elections to be held November 3, 2015. Her platform revolves around her slogan which is “Lifelong Holmdel resident dedicated to serving our children and our community”. Dina brings a combination of professional experiences that cover both the business and [...]

September 8th, 2015|News and Press|

Sylvia’s Children Helps Ring In Christmas in July for Over 1,000 Children in Uganda

Sylvia’s Children, a New Jersey-based non-profit, committed to improving the lives for more than 1,000 children in Mbiriizi, Uganda, will be helping to bring in the Christmas cheer…in July! Every year around November, volunteers from around the country embark on a trip to the Ugandan village to help bring Christmas joy to the children at [...]

July 21st, 2015|News and Press|