In the latest installment of Saint Mary’s Justice Fridays, two students from the Office for Civic and Social Engagement (OCSE), Markie Harrison and Maggie Carswell, presented “Rebuilding Together: Community in Action,” a program aiding in the rehabilitation of low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners in the South Bend area. The OSCE serves as liaison between the College and students for volunteer opportunities and works to promote justice and compassion through these opportunities, Harrison said.Carswell brought to attention the College’s mission statement, which states, “the College is an academic community where women develop their talents and prepare to make a difference in the world.” She said the mission of the OSCE is to fulfill this by having various volunteer programs for students to join, including Rebuilding Together.“Every year, we will send some Saint Mary’s students into the city of South Bend to help rehabilitate some homes,” Carswell said. Carswell said volunteers clear out and rebuild low-income homes to help stabilize and revitalize neighborhoods at no cost to the owners.Harrison said the St. Joseph’s County chapter of Rebuilding Together sets aside a day for volunteers to clear out and rebuild houses every spring. This includes any repairs the house may need and making the house livable so the homeowners have a healthy and safe place to live. Harrison said she remembered how rewarding it was to work on a veteran’s house for last year’s Rebuilding Together day. “I think we spent about six hours that day helping,” Harrison said. “He was so grateful. He was so enjoyable to be around, and you could really see the change and the impact we made in just a few hours. It was a really amazing opportunity.” Carswell said the volunteering opportunity allowed her and other Saint Mary’s students to assist members of their community with different needs. “We helped out a very elderly lady who was a hoarder,” Carswell said. “Her situation was very difficult. The electricity had been turned off; she could barely move around her house. She bathed in the cold sink water. It wasn’t a healthy situation.”Carswell said just one day of giving made a remarkable difference in the hoarder’s life.“We helped her clean out her home,” Carswell said. “It was amazing to see how within a day how much her home had cleared out. She was able to finally sit on her couch or move around the house without tripping on things.”Carswell said she was particularly moved by the response of one woman, Lynn Joyce Dolson after volunteers came to work at her house.“I helped her paint her house and scrape wallpaper down,” Carswell said. “I remember her saying, ‘I’m going to sleep in my house tonight so I can wake up and see my house.’ She was really grateful.”Carswell said the day’s impact was immeasurable for many recipients of help during the day of Rebuilding Together.“I remember reading one story about one of the homeowners,” Carswell said. “The husband had to go to work for the day so they worked on his house. When he came back from work, he actually drove by his house because he didn’t recognize it. That’s how much of a transformation we can make.”Carswell said this year’s Rebuilding Together plans to fix-up 19 homes, including fixing 16 roofs and replacing seven furnaces. It will take place April 11.Tags: Justice Fridays, OCSE, Office for Civic and Social Engagement, Rebuilding Together
Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 View Comments Side Show Star Files Based on the true story of conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, Side Show is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame during the Depression era, but denies them love. The tuner features songs such as “I Will Never Leave You” and “Who Will Love Me As I Am?” It’s official! As previously speculated, after successful runs in both San Diego and Washington, D.C., director Bill Condon’s re-imagined staging of Henry Krieger and Bill Russell’s Side Show is transferring to Broadway. The musical will begin performances on October 28 at the St. James Theatre. Opening night is set for November 17. Erin Davie and Emily Padgett will reprise their roles as Violet and Daisy Hilton, respectively, on the Great White Way. Further casting and creative team will be announced later. The original Broadway production, directed by Robert Longbottom, opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on September 19, 1997. The show closed after 91 performances and received four Tony nominations, including a shared nomination for co-stars Alice Ripley and Emily Skinner. This marked the only time in Tony history where two people were co-nominated for the Best Actress award. Related Shows Davie’s Broadway credits include The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Grey Gardens, Curtains and A Little Night Music. Padgett has appeared on the Great White Way in Legally Blonde, Grease and Rock of Ages. Emily Padgett
By Wendy DePedro Recent weeks have highlighted the strength and resiliency of thousands of Monmouth County residents as they found ways to cope with the aftermath of Sandy and levels of stress in their lives that some could have never imagined.As the days of our recovery process turn into weeks and move into months, some in our community may need additional help with emotional healing. Dealing with the emotional consequences may help reduce the possibility of long-term problems. So important are the techniques for managing stress and anxiety and advice on staying connected to others.Sometimes just asking “do you have someone you can talk to; or have you considered talking to someone about the difficulties you might be incurring” can lead someone in the right direction of feeling better and able to cope. Once that need for additional assistance is identified, whether it is by the individuals themselves or by family members and friends, it is important to know that after Sandy there are resources to help with emotional recovery.In Monmouth County there are a number of organizations along with county and state offices that are leading the way and providing needed resources.For an initial response to determine the emotional needs of impacted individuals there is a team on the ground in Monmouth County through the NJ Hope and Healing campaign that can be reached at 877-294-HELP (4357).Catholic Charities Diocese of Trenton has reactivated its Office of Disaster Response. Their toll-free number is 1-800-652-2080. Anyone from Monmouth, Ocean, Burlington or Mercer counties affected by Hurricane Sandy can contact the program. Visit www.catholiccharitiestrenton.org. Services are expected to include: disaster case management, financial assistance, trauma counseling, and financial counseling and donation management. Services are being provided at Monmouth Counseling Services, 145 Maple Ave., Red Bank.The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (MHA) has a team of 70 local therapists/counselors who are volunteering their time to provide free counseling to any local residents in need. Individuals who need help can call the Mental Health Association at 732-542-6422. MHA intake staff will then link that person directly to one of the mental health professionals on the list. Services are provided free of charge and arrangements for home visits or a convenient location in the community are an option. Visit www.mentalhealthmonmouth.org.United Way of Monmouth County has launched Rebuild Monmouth, which is coordinating and overseeing the countywide volunteer effort and long-term recovery assistance including all their affiliated organizations. Visit www.uwmonmouth.org. They also have an information and referral service for all questions about basic needs like food, housing and health care to legal services, drug treatment, jobs assistance, child care, mental health services, transportation, financial assistance and a lot more. Just dial 2-1-1 or call toll free 877-NJ2114U (877-652-1148), or visit www.nj211.org. It’s free and totally confidential.Monmouth County Division of Mental Health and Addictions for local mental health information and referral. They can be contacted at 732-431-7200. MCDMA is facilitating a one-hour session for the general public from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, on the topic of “Emotional Healing from Sandy: Healthy Coping Skills and Available Resources” at the new Monmouth Connection offices, 3544 Route 66, Neptune.For up-to-date county disaster information you may visit www.visitmonmouth.com.It is also important to note that many people know that they need help but do not know how to go about seeking assistance. In some situations they may be hesitant, believing that they should be able to handle these newfound challenges on their own. The effects of traumatic events can be shortened and resolved when numerous supports are available to individuals and their loved ones.Seeking support is not a sign of weakness but an opportunity to build resilience, not only to cope with current challenges but also to build the strength necessary to move on with whatever else comes in the future. Depending on the need, please call the resources listed above.At the Mental Health Association and our nationwide affiliate Mental Health America we believe “there is no health without mental health.” The resources are vast in our county and your local communities, please use them. Emotional health resources are readily available in Monmouth County Wendy DePedro is the executive director of the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County.
The L.V. Rogers Junior Bombers travelled to the South Okanagan over the weekend to get a taste of action on the High School Field Hockey season.The squad, consisting of players from Grades 8-10, finished the Junior Field Hockey Festival in Oliver with a 3-4-1 record.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to salute the squad with Team of the Week honours.The team includes, Isabel Curston, Elissa Centrone, Emma Chirico, Zoe Baxter, Mae Gillespie, Ashleigh McLean, Ella Peloso, Skyla Short, Nicola Anderson, Rayne Fulgin, Marissa Price, Jessica McLeod, Ariel Fulgin, Sienna Morningstar and Coach Bruce Walgren. Great opportunity to face high school teams outside West KootenayThe tournament format had teams playing six players on the pitch with games running 20-minutes halves. “This is a great opportunity for the new and some experienced players to practice running and passing the ball on a less crowded field,” said coach Bruce Walgren.”This was a marathon tournament for the Juniors as they played eight games in two days.”LVR scored wins over Maple Ridge while suffering losses to Stanley Humphries of Castlegar and KLO and Dr. Knox of Kelowna.The Bombers tied J. Lloyd Crowe of Trail.Goals scorers included Jessica MacLeod, Elissa Centrone with two, Zoe Baxter, Grade 8 Skyla Short from a penalty shot, Isabel Curston and Marisa Price. Johanna Brochhagen played well in goal for the Bombers.”Noteable highlights from the tournament were the multi goal performances by Zoe Baxter, Elissa Centrone, Marissa Price and Jessica Mcleod,” said Walgren.”Great defense by Isabel Curston, Emma Chirico, Ashleigh Mclean, Rayne Fulgin, and Nicola Anderson, very impressive mid field work by Ella Peloso, Sienna Morningstar, Ariel Fulgin and Skyla Short.Next up for Bombers is a Senior Game on Monday against Stanley Humphries of Castlegar at the Pass Creek field.Both Junior and Senior teams are in action on Tuesday against J. Lloyd Crowe.