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Monmouth U. Big Event Brings Community Service To Surrounding Towns

LONG BRANCH: Each year for the past 18 years Monmouth University students have held a Big Event of services volunteered by students in the spirit of community service. On Saturday, October 24 teams from MU visited several sites to assist recognized them for their commitment and for their service commitments, with all forms of help, from cleaning, to lawn and garden care, to removing leaves and brush.

The work briefly was by student volunteers were up and in the MAAC gym from where the Start signal was called out.

Monmouth President Grey Dimenna was at the gym in support of the program. He called the program "...obligations to the community of which they are a part themselves.

"It's part of life after Monmouth", he said. "not just the degree you earn, but the commitment, the helping out that is part of citizenship, of the future."

"You are awesome to have come out this morning."

The assemblage was more than 500 students from 13 sororities and 3 fraternities, and to another dozen made up teams, friendships with purpose. Having been alerted and therefore contacted the school of social studies for volunteers.

Two of the sites in Long Branch, of the half dozen or so in the city, were the Long Branch Middle School, where teacher Jonathan Trzeszkowski directed them to the school community garden area in need of preparing for winter, removing this year's foliage and prepping for the Spring.

At First Baptist Church on Pearl St. and Bath Avenue, Senior Pastor Dr. Robert D. Prescott-Ezickson t and welcomed the Monmouth students and directed their efforts to the several needs as he thanked them for their commitment. One of the young men told how he has done similar work for his church back home.

The idea was giving freely where it is needed and the purpose. For the community.

Students Team With Scouts To Clean Deal Lake

Deal Lake is bordered by the several towns that make up its Commission. The lake has been the focus of keeping the environment safe and clean.

The goal is to keep the environment up to snuff and help is provided often through volunteers.

Among these are students from Monmouth University and its Big Event, an annual drive in support of the communities nearby and across the county.

On Saturday, October 28 a Big Event group visited lakeside and carried of a dozen leaf bags or more of waste and garbage that got left behind by visitors or by passers-by who just toss things and create a lot of rubbish.

Just as the university team was about to call it a day, Boy Scouts from Oakhurst Trop 71 arrived with nets and tools to sweep trash out of the water, adding to the great job the students had accomplished.

Busy hands and lots of elbow grease made for a most productive of cleaning and beautifying the Deal Lake appearance. A job well done!

Lake Takanassee Cleanup

More hands means more gets done. At least that was the motivation for the students at Monmouth University's Big Event to join with the Whale Pond Brook Watershed Association to team up. Their mutual goal for their Fall event of environment protection and recapturing and cleanliness of the Lake Takanassee site of the water trail from upstream.

For the Whale Pond Brook team, they focused at the lake as it flows under Ocean Avenue to the Atlantic where the fresh water feeds to the ocean The brook flows through from Tinton Falls in the west, Eatontown and Ocean Township next, then West Long Branch and Long Branch, also flowing through the university campus.

In the photo with the MU team are Councilman John Pallone and son John, and Janice Grace, both from Whale Pond. Adding to the workers were Boy Scouts from Long Branch Troop 148.

Whale Pond Assn. Faith Teitlebaum was there and Win and Mary Ross who keep in contact with Faith by Facebook. Win is the great grandson of the Ross family that owned the stone hut - Ross Hut - upstream by Norwood Avenue. Mary had with them a photo album of the great grandparents which Win held for all to see.

The Monmouth County Clean Community folks were on site also with truck support. Lake Tak was in good hands.

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