Congrats to Neptune Recreation Zumba Instructor!
Congrats to Neptune Recreation Zumba Instructor Suzanne Parchment (center both pictures) for recently being recognized by Zumba International for its Unsung Hero program. The program honors Zumba Int’l members around the world for their outstanding contributions to their communities, and for their ability to inspire others.
Suzanne helps people, both near and far, by encouraging fellow Zumba-goers to support worthy causes. This fall alone, through Suzanne’s lead, they donated feminine hygiene products for women to a local pantry serving the community, supported a Zumbathon™ charity event in honor of a local mother (and Zumba enthusiast) who passed away from breast cancer, and bought items needed for Midwives for Haiti, following the devastation of Hurricane Matthew. Suzanne sets the example by donating her proceeds, instructor talent, time, and items to the causes as well. When we see Suzanne’s caring acts of kindness, we are inspired to give more, too.
Congrats, Suzanne, for your kind heart, and your incredible love for others! Be sure to catch one of Suzanne’s classes offered through Neptune Recreation, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:15pm at Summerfield School. Classes are $5.00. Come join the party!
Neptune Santa Event
Neptune Township celebrated the holiday season with a DJ, Donuts, and Dancing with Santa Party on Saturday, December 3. The fun included active games, pictures with Santa, tattoos, coloring, refreshments, DJ music, and dancing! Thanks to Santa’s special friend Larry Fisher, helpers from the Mayor’s Youth Advisory Cabinet, and to Robert, Laria, Verita, and Nadine from the Neptune Recreation Committee. Thanks to Summerfield School, the Neptune Board of Education, and Student Council members Jalil Hamilton, Folashade Jaiyeola, Somai Jaiyeola, Kezia Joyner, Jaclyn Lore-Edwards, Nick Lore-Edwards, Maiielis Meija, Amaiya Roundtree, Bianca Tugman, and Catherine Crelin.
Joining in on the fun were Mayor Kevin McMillan, Neptune Township Committeemen Robert Lane and Nick Williams and Assemblyman Eric Houghtaling.
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Neptune Township Sailors Win Mayor’s Trophy Regatta
Kids Crush the Cops 42-3 in Neptune Township Softball Fundraiser!
The Neptune Township Municipal Alliance to Prevent Alcoholism and Drug Abuse would like to extend a huge thank you to all who helped make the eleventh annual Cops vs. Kids softball game on June 1, 2016 such a success! The weather was beautiful, the game was fun, and revenge was in full swing!
It was a great event—from pre-event sponsorship to the last at bat. The Kids more than doubled their victory from last year, crushing the Cops, 42-3! The coveted “Prevention Cup” Trophy will remain housed at Neptune High School until next year’s game when the Cops will have to try to reclaim it!
Thanks to everyone who supported the game, and in turn, helps us spread our prevention message to the community. Be sure to catch our next Cops vs. Kids fundraiser!
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Neptune Township Brings Fitness on Your Phone to the Parks
Visit Neptune parks with your smartphone and you can get a great workout. How about enjoying this unseasonably nice weather while working out your core, your lower body, upper body and improving your flexibility too? Neptune Township Recreation and Public Works Departments recently installed QR (Quick Response) Fit Trail signs at many Neptune parks.
“Seven parks throughout the township now offer QR Fit Trail sign service,” said Kevin McMillan, Township Committee liaison to Recreation. “Technology is such a part of our lives; why not use it to get fit as well?” The parks with single QR Fit Trail Smart Boards include: Bradley Park, Division Street Park, Beverly Way, Bert Willis, Loffredo Field, the Fred Boenig Little League Fields at Jumping Brook, and Sunshine Village Park.
With QR Fit Trail signs, smartphone owners can use a free QR Code scanner of their choice, scan one of the four codes per sign, and gain access to a series of short exercise videos, hence, “Fitness on Your Phone”!
The videos show free guided exercises from a certified fitness instructor and the videos change out monthly, giving visitors a new experience all the time! People of all fitness levels can take part and no other equipment is needed for these workouts. The image above is one of the QR Fit Trail signs. The signs are constructed of durable aluminum and are 2 feet x 3 feet in size.
“Neptune Township purchased the signs with grant money through a CDC initiative to Move & Improve Neptune,” said Neptune Recreation Director Dawn Thompson, “We installed two adult fitness workout stations (in Bradley Park and Sunshine Village Park) last year (picture below), and these new QR Fit Trail signs are just another example of how we want to encourage everyone to enjoy our parks and keep moving to stay healthy.”
Sunshine Village features a Welcome station, and 5 other stations, ideal for the loop trail there. Each of the five stations has four exercises on them - one for Core Body, one for Lower Body, one for Upper Body, and one for Flexibility. The park user can go through the trail one day, following all of the exercises for Upper Body, and then come through another day, and go through the Flexibility trail all with the same signage. The single sign Fit Board (which is installed in the other 6 parks) incorporates these same 21 codes, but instead of being placed on 6 different signs, they are condensed into one larger sign for smaller parks.
Our parks are open from dawn to dusk. Have fun and get fit!!
Neptune Township Parks and Recreation Sites