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5 Things You Need to Know Today in Little Silver and Oceanport: May 22

In which I force a child to wear a garbage bag as rain gear and officially become my mother.

The power of plastic: Get out the Tilex because by tomorrow you'll need to squirt some on yourself to get rid of some of the mildew that's going to collect in your nooks and crannies from all the rain this week. Today's rain isn't forecast to be as relentless as yesterday's and hopefully I won't be forced to make my 9-year old son sprint to his carpool next door wearing a garbage bag like I did yesterday. I literally tore a hole at the bottom and pulled it down over his head to cover his sweatshirt and backpack, pinning his arms at his side. So, it's official, I have become my mother. Now if I force a child to wear Baggies on his feet to keep them dry you can just start calling me "Joan."

Freeze out cancer: There might not be any hope of sun today but that doesn't mean we have to rule out cold treats to help us slog through the rain while supporting a great cause. Tonight is Rita's night to benefit pediatric brain tumor research. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Eatontown store on Route 35, 20 percent of all purchases go to support pediatric brain tumor research through The Kortney Rose Foundation, created by Oceanport resident Kristen Gillette in honor of her daughter Kortney Rose.

Ugga wugga meatball: Make sure your shadows are sewed on good and tight, the Theater Club will present Peter Pan tonight at 6:30 performed by fourth grade students.

21st century thinking: Remember how Dustin Hoffmann's character in The Graduate was advised that the wave of the future was coated in plastics? Now that seems so last century because today, technology is where it's at. But it's not staying there for long. It's doubly hard for public schools to keep up with and maintain rapidly changing tools while budgets and aid are constantly shrinking. The Education Foundation of Little Silver will hold an information session for interested members of the community at Pop's Garage in The Grove West in Shrewsbury tonight at 8:00. Enjoy some yummy drinks and appetizers and learn how the EFLS funds 80 percent of classroom technology and raised over $44,000 this year to purchase eight new SMART boards. But they can't do it without lots of help so go eat some guacamole and see what you can do.

Rule follower: I noticed last week in my Little Silver neighborhood after garbage collection that the new company handling trash pick up left behind items that weren't in cans. I asked Little Silver Borough Administrator Helen Gormley if there were new rules that accompany the new company. When I further explained that the items left behind were boxes, she immediately told me that that is a recyclable item and that M&S Waste Services was right not to pick those up with regular trash as the borough could be fined. So, beware that M&S is adhering a little more closely to collection restrictions and recycle all your Zappos and Amazon boxes accordingly. You'll just have to wait until the end of the month when the recycling yard is reopened to properly dispose of them.

Shannon K. Winning May 22, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Oh Joan, this was a good one.

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