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A “different dynamic” than that of the regular season pervades the Maroon & White girls’ basketball team camp now underway at Red Bank Regional High, one of the participating coaches tells Rich Chrampanis of the new video-based website Shore Sports Zone.

With top players from across the state and recruiters from some 30 colleges present in Little Silver, scholarship hopefuls are getting good exposure, and a leg-up from teammates who’ve already committed to particular schools, says RBR girls’ coach James Young, who organized the showcase.

The camp wraps up Thursday. Here’s the lineup:

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ellen gunn 073014Ellen Gunn in the stairwell at 16 Monmouth Street, where her new ballet studio is set to take the space being vacated by Dancing Foot Yoga. (Click to enlarge)


16 monmouth 072914It sounds counterintintuitive in these yoga-crazed times: a yoga studio calling it quits, only to be replaced by a ballet studio.

But that’s what’s happening on the third floor of 16 Monmouth Street in Red Bank, where pre-yoga-fad stalwart Dancing Foot Yoga is saying ‘namaste’ for the last time while a classically-trained ballerina is moving in – and hoping to revive a tradition of ballet instruction developed just two doors away.

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Pop music hearththrob Jon Bon Jovi brings his side project, Kings of Suburbia, to the stage of the Count Basie Theatre in a benefit performance for the  Parker Family Health Center Center on Shrewsbury Avenue Wednesday night. Even the LiveStream proceeds will be donated. Here’s a promo video posted on his Facebook page earlier this week. Will you be there? Watch it from home? (Click to enlarge)


The trailer for ‘In Transition 2.0,’ a documentary screening at Red Bank Public Library Thursday evening.

If you’re the sort of person who’s been looking for a hyper-local way to address some of the truly game-changing issues of the day, the volunteers at Transition Monmouth (aka the Greater Red Bank Transition Mullers) have an illuminating and informative way to spend your Thursday evening.

An independently organized part of a global initiative known as the Transition Network, the Red Bank-based nonprofit is dedicated to the creation of “local, self sufficient, and sustainable communities” — a collection of “re-localized” neighborhoods that respond to the global challenges of climate change, economic hardships and dwindling supplies with attention to renewable energy, locally sourced food supplies, and availability of resources.

Headed by Little Silver resident Sarah Klepner — a community activist who helps program the monthly Social Action Film Series at Lincroft’s Unitarian Meeting House — Transition Monmouth is actively seeking interested neighbors who’d like to learn more about this grass-roots effort, and how it all fits in with the planetary big picture. On July 31, Klepner and company invite all residents of the greater Green to the Red Bank Public Library, for a free screening of the documentary featurette In Transition 2.0.

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Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of July 11 to July 25, 2014.


Report of Theft in the area of The Shadowbrook, Obre Road on 7/12/14. Victim reports property taken from vehicle by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $1200.00. Ptl. Derek Myers investigating.

Report of Theft in the area of Boston Market, Broad Street on 7/13/14. Victim reports property taken by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $80.00. Ptl. Tracy Polk investigating.

Report of Theft in the area of Alameda Court on 7/14/14. Victim reports property taken by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $1000.00. Ptl. Matthew Clark investigating.

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Walter C Loren FisherPhotographer, naturalist and New Jersey history expert Walter Choroszewski goes looking for fossils — and finds more than one kind of classic rock — when he visits the Middletown Library on Wednesday evening. (photo by Loren Fisher)

It’s an epic saga, etched in rock, that begins with the dinosaurs — and arrives full circle, in a manner of speaking, at the classic-rock era of the Jersey Shore. It’s the history of the Garden State, told as you’ve probably never heard it before, by Walter Choroszewski. When the photographer, author and NJ historian visits Middletown Township Public Library on Wednesday, July 30, he’ll be treating young listeners of ages 6 and up to a “New Jersey Rocks!” presentation that spans the big “Freeze-Out” of the Ice Age, and stands in the footprints of the giants who walked the jungleland of JurAsbury Park.

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HOT-TOPIC_02Two Red Bank residents were among five New Jerseyans – all said to be members of a gang – who pleaded guilty ad were sentenced for heroin trafficking in North Carolina last week, according to a report by Star News Online.

From the Star News:

The group was arrested March 30, 2012, after a two-month Wilmington Police Department investigation that began with a tip from a confidential informant, according to the release. An investigation revealed that members of the United Blood Nation gang from New Jersey had contacted local members of the gang…

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gretchen rellGretchen Rell in a 2011 photo on her Facebook page. She described the bird she’s holding as a survivor of a pigeon shoot. (Click to enlarge)

HOT-TOPIC_03A volunteer animal rescuer who kept hundreds of dead birds and other animals in her mother’s Little Silver home pleaded guilty to animal cruelty Monday, according to NJ.com.

At a hearing in Superior Court in Freehold, Gretchen Rell, 56, an Ocean Township resident, admitted she neglected the birds and was responsible for their deaths.

As part of an agreement with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office, a second charge of cruelty contained in an indictment handed down by a grand jury in May was dismissed, the news site reports.

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AUTHORITIES_MTOWN1-2014Two guests were arrested late Sunday night following a melee involving an estimated 300 people at a wedding reception in Middletown, police reported.

Here’s an account of the incident prepared by MTPD spokesman Lieutenant Steve Dollinger:

On July 27, 2014 at approximately 10:30 pm a large fight broke out at a wedding reception being held at Jacques Reception Hall located on Palmer Avenue in Middletown. Sergeant First Class William Colangelo and Patrolman Frank Mazza were working the reception as an off-duty assignment when they were alerted to a fight taking place.

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maroon whiteArea high school athletes play in front of top college coaches, as Red Bank Regional Girls Basketball coach James Young conducts the sixth annual Maroon and White Basketball Camp, beginning this Tuesday at the RBR gymnasium. 

As the home court of the basketball Buccaneers, the gym at Red Bank Regional High School will be seeing plenty of action when the 2014-2015 academic year gets underway this fall. But for three days each summer, the bleachers are filled with coaches representing the women’s athletic programs of more than 50 Division I, II and III colleges — and the court hosts as many as 200 athletes, from high schools throughout New Jersey, as they compete in an event that serves as a showcase for such east coast schools as Rutgers, Fordham and Seton Hall Universities.

Now in its sixth annual edition, the Maroon and White Girls’ Basketball Camp allows high school players to hone their skills in a competitive environment — and we do mean competitive, as this year’s camp boasts the participation of the state Tournament of Champions winners from Newark’s Shabazz High School. As an NCAA certified event, the camp also offers students “exposure for college play and scholarship opportunities,” in the words of RBR girls’ basketball coach and Maroon and White camp supervisor James Young.

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AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of July 17 and July 24, 2014. This information is unedited.


Theft occurring at W. Front Street—park on 7-17-14. Victim reported that unknown

person(s) stole a Cannon Digital Camcorder, which was hanging on fence. Ptl. Benjamin Springer.

Theft occurring at Tower Hill Drive between 7-16-14 and 7-17-14. Unknown person(s) stole a Garmin GPS unit from parked vehicle. Ptl. John Camarca.

Theft occurring at Windward Way between 7-16-14 and 7-17-14. Unknown subject(s) entered parked vehicle and stole a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses and a pair of Kaenon sunglasses. Lt. Robert Kennedy

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rb weather 072814 1rb weather 072814 2After an early-morning drenching accompanied by lightning and thunder, two views taken at 8:30 Monday morning from the same spot in Red Bank – one west toward the train station, the other north, across Monmouth Street –  suggest we’re in for a changeable day.

The National Weather Service forecasts a mostly sunny day, with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms, and a high of about 84 degrees. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)


072614 Parker berries17072614 Parker berriesThe second of two community blackberry harvests drew dozens of eager pickers to Sickles Farm in Little Silver Saturday including the little one above, who couldn’t wait to get his mitts on his mother’s picks. The event doubled as a fundraiser for the restoration of the Parker Homestead, the historic home and barns that adjoin the blackberry patch. More photos below. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

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