MTPL LIonsPress release from the Friends of the Middletown Township Public Library

On Wednesday, March 2, the Friends of the Middletown Township Public Library will team up with the Middletown Lions Club to host Read Across America Day: A Celebration of the Wonderful World of Dr. Seuss at Middletown Public Library. Going on between 4 to 7 pm, the free event is open to kids of all ages.

Children and their parents are encouraged to attend this fun, lively and interactive local event in Read Across America Day, an annual nationwide initiative that encourages the love of reading, and that pays tribute to the beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss. The event will feature musical entertainment by Disc Jockey Steve Munger of No Limit Entertainment; balloon designing by Rick Jones of White Knight Balloons; face-painting by Christine Conrad of Middletown High School South; button-making; snacks, beverages and dessert cake; free souvenirs; and facilitated group reading circles.

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Press release from The Foundation of Fair Haven

FH tikiGrab your best Hawaiian shirt, and come have some summer-style fun during the frosty days of February — when The Foundation of Fair Haven hosts an encore edition of last year’s successful Tiki Haven Luau event on Saturday, February 27.

Back by popular demand, the fundraiser for future Fair Haven Days takes place from 6:30 to 10:30 pm inside the hall of the Knights of Columbus – Red Bank Council 3187 at 200 Fair hHaven Road. Attendees age 21 and over are invited to shake off the cold; enjoy an evening that features traditional luau food (such as pulled pork and delicious fixins’ prepared by our outstanding food crew and local restaurants), music, a 50/50 raffle, auctions, and games (including a chance to try out the limbo).

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latino_commiteeofficialWorking to plan the annual Andrew Kroon Memorial Fashion Show are (left to right) Rita Banfield, SOURCE intern Quinn Batcho, SOURCE Youth Development Specialist Regina Cochrane, Michelle Lane, SOURCE intern Salcia DeJesus, and SOURCE Director Suzanne Keller.  Not pictured are committee members Anita Caamano, Linda Ensor, Beatriz Oesterheld, Rose Powers and Dede Rumph.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Founded as a School-Based Youth Services Program whose mission is to remove all obstacles that impede students’ academic success, The SOURCE at Red Bank Regional High School has done much to make dreams come true for the young people of the community. Ten years ago, the foundation inaugurated another successful stepping-stone to connect qualifying Latino students with access to a college education, through the establishment of the Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Named in memory of the son of Mary Jane and Rick Kroon of Rumson (a noted environmentalist and global traveler who passed away in 2005 at age 24), and operating under the auspices of The SOURCE at Red Bank Regional (RBR), the Andrew Kroon scholarship is funded in part each year through a fashion show and gift auction event that presents its 2016 edition on the afternoon of Sunday, February 21.

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Shannon CorsiPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven High School

Shannon Corsi, a 17-year-old senior at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, has been awarded third prize in the sixth annual Grammy Foundation and MusiCares “Teens Make Music” contest, for her song “Trailblazer.”

Shannon received two tickets to the 58th Annual Grammy Awards to be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 15. And, as one of the top three prizewinners, Shannon will

attend the Grammy Awards Backstage Experience, a special tour that takes place while artists rehearse on February 12.

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Jazmin GrahamThe Red Bank Regional VPA orchestra accompanied Jazmin Graham as she sang the Nora Jones ballad “Don’t Know Why,” during the annual Black History Month program at the school.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Every February, Red Bank Regional High School celebrates Black History Month with a heartwarming program for its student body. Sponsored by the school’s Multi-cultural Club and History Club, the event spotlights the talents of RBR Visual and Performing Arts Academy students in highlighting the timeless contributions of African Americans to American society.

At the 2016 event held last week in the RBR auditorium, Principal Risa Clay greeted her students by explaining the reason we celebrate this month, stating that “it is imperative that Americans learn the complete history of the United States. All students should study and celebrate the history of all people. It is by knowing and learning about others that we continue to grow and learn from each another and better understand each other.”

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Daniel_Blumenkrantz_(Ranney_School),_Joseph_Romanowski_(Owner,_Goldtinker®),_and_Christopher_Weiland_(Ranney_School)Since its inception in 1970, Goldtinker Jewelers has made it a policy to be involved in community-based charities — and on February 4, owner Joe Romanowski (pictured at center, between Ranney School students Daniel Blumenkrantz and Christopher Weilan) hosted the first Diamond Heart Gala event in the 47 year history of the business. Romanowski and co-owner son Peter welcomed numerous customers, clients, fellow merchants and professionals from the Red Bank business community to the Valentine’s-themed event, a successful fundraiser for K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital of Neptune City.  Attendees who purchased and/or donated to the cause entered to win an exclusive Goldtinker Diamond Heart necklace, while enjoying specialty cocktails and Greek and Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres catered by Anemos Greek Cuisine of Manalapan. “We are so fortunate to have high quality care so close to home,” said Romanowski of the beneficiary for the first in what will be planned as an annual event. “I am so proud and honored that our Gala can leave a tangible impression on such a trusted organization that really treats each child as their own.” 


rbcs girls 020516After the conclusion of their school-record 10-4 regular season last week, the girls’ basketball team of the Red Bank Charter School presented an oversized thank-you card to their final opponent, Calvary Christian of Old Bridge. The note congratulated the Lions on their team play and sportsmanship.

“Several of their girls gave our girls notes last time we played them, so we thought it would be nice to do something for them,” said charter school coach Vern Ford. 


MonmouthRugbyThe Thompson Park home of the Monmouth Rugby Football Club is the setting for a special Shamrock Shuffle morning of race events on March 20, benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Press release from Monmouth Rugby Football Club

Whether you choose to Run, Walk or Shuffle, you’ve got a golden opportunity to be part of a fundraising team effort on Sunday March 20, when the Monmouth Rugby Football Club hosts its second annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run and 1 mile Fun Run for kids.

Hosted at the Club’s home-turf playing field — Thompson Park on Newman Springs Road — the day gets underway at 9 am with a registration and packet pickup session in advance of the 10 am 5K Race/Walk. Kids 12 and under can take part in the Fun Run at 11:30 am, and an award ceremony takes place at noon, with all registrants receiving a “race day swag bag.”

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Press release from English Speaking Union of Monmouth County

On March 1, some 35 high school English and Drama teachers from Monmouth, Ocean, Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset counties will congregate at Two River Theater, for a full-day workshop in Teaching Shakespeare. The 9 am to 5 pm session, a partnership between The English-Speaking Union and the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC,  gives teachers the tools they need to bring Shakespeare to life in their classrooms.

Sponsored jointly by The Monmouth County and the Princeton branches of The English-Speaking Union, with generous support from Two River Theater Company, this workshop is just one of many educational activities being held worldwide in 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

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signingdayofficialOn National Signing Day, February 3, three student athletes from Red Bank Regional High School committed to play college ball. The students whose outstanding contributions helped shape the best football season RBR experienced in three decades, are (seated left to right in photo) wide receiver Sadiq Palmer, Red Bank (University of Massachusetts); defensive back Teddy Mitchell, Red Bank (Sacred Heart University); and defensive end Sean Naiman, Little Silver (Bucknell University). 


bernard-lafayette_JPEGNoted civil rights activist the Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. will give a free talk at Brookdale Community College on February 23. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr.)

Press release from Brookdale Community College

On the morning of Tuesday, February 23, noted activist and author the Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. will meet with local students and discuss his experience as a core leader of the 1960’s civil rights movement, during a free talk at Brookdale Community College.

Lafayette’s talk, scheduled for 11:30 am and titled “Your Life: A Celebration of Peace and Social Justice Yesterday and Today,” is open to all members of the public. It will be held in the Student Life Center building on the BCC campus.

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Rumson spelling beeSeventh-grader Josie Schneider (center) celebrates victory with her mother Andrea Huber, and Forrestdale School Spelling Bee Emcee Keith Laviola.

Press release from Rumson School District 

On January 26, seventh-grader Josie Schneider claimed the first place finish at the annual Forrestdale School Spelling Bee. Josie attained victory with the correct spelling of her Championship word, “sedimentary.”

Fifth-grader Charlie Patton was first runner-up in the competition, entering the championship round with his correct spelling of the word “antonym.” In all, 27 students in grades four through eight, all of whom had prevailed in their individual classroom spelling bees, participated in the schoolwide event.

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Rumson teachersPress release from Rumson School District 

Prior to the start of its January 27 meeting, the Rumson Board of Education on January 27 honored  Bridget Albrizio and Brittaney Flynn (pictured above) as Teachers of the Year. Albrizio is a second grade teacher at Deane Porter School, and Flynn teaches at Forrestdale Middle School.

Board of Education President Colleen O’Connor spoke about the honorees, emphasizing their dedication and proven leadership as well as their love of teaching and impact on their students.

“Bridget strives for and succeeds in consistently teaching at the highest level of excellence,” O’Connor said of Albrizio, adding that Flynn is “a proven leader” who “has gone above and beyond countless times.”

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Knollwood spellerKnollwood School fifth-grader Jacob Brown, claimed first place in the school’s Annual Spelling Bee on January 26,  with his correct spelling of the word “nonplus.” The ten year old son of Melanie and Jason Brown competed against grade-level spelling champs Aaron Bernstein (8th grade), Alex Fratto (7th grade), PJ Rawlins (6th grade), and Sammi Samuels (4th grade). Next up for Jacob is county-level competition in the Regional Spelldown, held March 14 at Monmouth University. 


Press release from The Community YMCA

ed zebrowski rhonda andersonLast Thursday, January 28, The Community YMCA Family Health and Wellness Center in Red Bank was the scene as the CYMCA kicked off its Annual Campaign with a little help from the good citizens of “Oz.” Dressed as characters from the classic movie The Wizard of Oz, employees and volunteers stressed the importance of working together to help others on their path, and encouraged the community to support the nonprofit charity so it can provide programs and services to families in need.

Annual Campaign Chairman Ed Zebrowski (pictured, dressed as The Cowardly Lion, with President and CEO Rhonda Anderson) said the nonprofit’s goal is to raise $512,200 during the seven-week campaign period, by reaching out to Y members, friends and the community. Zebrowski was pleased to report that volunteers and employees have already secured $272,591 in pledges, achieving 53% of the campaign goal.

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