Sep 22, 2023

Meet the Mayor, Administrator on June 1

By Eric Englund | on May 12, 2023

Stafford Branch,

Ocean County Library

129 North Main St. (Route 9)

Manahawkin (609-597-3381)

The last Friends of the Stafford Library monthly program prior to the summer break will feature Stafford Township Mayor Greg Myhre and Township Administrator Matthew von der Hayden on Thursday, June 1 at 10 a.m.

"Many projects have taken place in the township during the first six months of the new year," said Cynthia Freedman, program coordinator. "Some are carryovers from 2022, such as dredging, sewer replacement, road widening and resurfacing. New in 2023 is the redesign of the Bay Avenue downtown location and others. As we get closer to the meeting, there will probably be more to discuss." Interested attendees can register online at or by calling the branch at 609-597-3381.

The Friends are accepting donations for their next book sale, scheduled for Friday, May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lower-level meeting room. Event coordinator Virginia Schwing-Dziura said fiction and nonfiction as well as CDs and DVDs are welcome. Textbooks and encyclopedias cannot be accepted.

Donations may be brought to the branch during business hours. Hardcovers and paperbacks sell for $1 each; coffee-table sizes range from $3 to $5. Proceeds help the group support library programs.

"This is a good time to stock up on your summer reading materials," she said.

The group is taking reservations for a Sunday matinee performance of "Grumpy Old Men" at Surflight Theatre in Beach Haven on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. Dinner at the Engleside Inn follows. The cost is $70 per person.

Entree choices are marinated chicken breast, Atlantic salmon filet, grilled pork rack chop and penne pasta with vodka sauce. For reservations, call Barbara Liberti at 609-597-8801 or Dianne Mann at 609-488-2157. Checks made out to the Friends can be dropped off at the branch.

Seniors with an eye for nutrition can learn to create tasty, healthful, affordable smoothie bowls on Tuesday, May 16 at 11 a.m. Amy Paradise, a local mother, former educator and two-time cancer survivor, will provide culinary guidance and will whip up samples. Attendees are encouraged to bring their appetites to do some taste-testing and take home recipes of budget-friendly ingredients, easy prep and quick cleanup. Some ingredients might contain potential allergens.

The coloring club for adults meets on Thursday, May 25 at 2:30 p.m. Participants can spend the afternoon creating art, listening to soothing music and relaxing with like-minded adults. Materials are provided, but participants are welcome to bring their own coloring projects and coloring tools.

That evening, the adult anime club meets at 7. Fans of this Japanese form of animation can meet other fans, watch anime and share artwork.

On Tuesday, May 30 at 1 p.m., the Ocean County Health Department will offering flu and COVID-19 vaccines. Visit for more information or call 732-341-9700 . Attendees are asked to bring their COVID vaccine record card or have the docket app to show their last dose vaccination.

The String of Purls knitting/crochet group meets Thursday, June 1 at 1 p.m. and Saturday, June 3 at 10 a.m. For beginners, bring size 9 knitting needles and light-colored 4-ply cotton or acrylic yarn. To crochet, bring the same yarn, and size "I" crochet hook.

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension Ocean County Master Gardener team will help answer any gardening and plant questions on Monday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring in an insect or plant sample for ID, diagnosis and remedies.

The branch will be closed on Sunday, May 28 and Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day.

— Eric Englund

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Stafford Branch, Ocean County Library 129 North Main St. (Route 9) Manahawkin (609-597-3381) — Eric Englund