News Transcript News Briefs, June 5

All restaurants throughout Monmouth County are invited to participate in the first Grown in Monmouth Restaurant Week, which will run from July 28 through Aug. 4.

“We decided to create a restaurant week that will promote our local businesses and our local farmers at no cost to them,” Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said. “The only ‘rule’ is that these restaurants must feature a dish made with ingredients that are grown in Monmouth County. The rest is up to them and we can’t wait to see what creative dishes these chefs come up with.”

Restaurants participating in the Grown in Monmouth Restaurant Week must feature at least one dish that is made with ingredients that have been grown in Monmouth County. There are no requirements for pricing or menu selection, according to a press release from the county.

The county’s Division of Economic Development is available to assist restaurants with connecting with local farms.

Those interested in participating in the first Grown in Monmouth Restaurant Week may sign up by contacting the Division of Economic Development at 732-431-7470 or email


Look for turtles, egrets, herons, ospreys and other wildlife in their natural habitat during a boat tour of the Monmouth County Park System’s Manasquan Reservoir. Led by a park system naturalist, these 45-minute tours leave from the Visitor Center, Windeler Road, Howell.

Tours are offered at the top of the hour from 2-5 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, May 4 through Sept. 2. Wednesday afternoon tours are offered at 2, 3 and 4 p.m. from July 3 through Aug. 28. Evening tours are offered on the first Friday of each month June through August; call 732-751-9453 as times vary for the evening tours.

All tours are dependent on the weather and the reservoir’s water level. The fee is $6 per adult and $4 per child age 12 and under. Life jackets are required and provided. Tickets are available in the lower level of the Visitor Center. Tours can be arranged for organized groups. For more information about the boat tours, call 732-751-9453.