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RED BANK: A WEIGHTED LOTTERY, AND A WAIT

rbcs lottery 042816 2CPA Scott Landau holds a ball he drew from a rotating drum as charter school business administrator Theresa Shirley records its number Thursday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03For the first time in its 17-year history, the Red Bank Charter School conducted a lottery engineered to give socioeconomically disadvantaged children a better shot at winning seats Thursday night.

But for parents hoping to enroll their children, the so-called weighted lottery, meant to address a lack of diversity that critics contend make Red Bank the “most segregated school district in the state of New Jersey,” now gives way to another kind of wait.

That’s because, in effect, there are no openings.

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LINCROFT: 4-H HOSTS YOUNG ANIMAL EXPO

4HKids are invited to pet baby animals, play games and make crafts during a Young Animal Expo at Thompson Park on Saturday, May 7. Presented by The Monmouth County 4-H Association’s Livestock Club and the Monmouth County Park System, the free event runs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The County 4-H and the Park System have also announced the dates for the 2016 Monmouth County Fair, with this year’s event scheduled for July 27 – 31. 

RED BANK CATHOLIC HOSTS ANNUAL CARNIVAL

RBC_Version_Carnival_Postcard_2016Back in February of 2010, Red Bank Catholic High School science teacher Ashleigh Kennedy received the news that her daughter Kasey was afflicted with a serious medical condition — a diagnosis that saw the four-year old approached by Make-A-Wish® New Jersey, the nonprofit organization dedicated to fulfilling the dreams and wishes of Garden State children with life-threatening medical conditions.

As Kennedy recalls, Kasey’s wish was to NOT take her wish — but rather to raise funds to grant wishes for other children battling as she was. The young girl’s selfless decision inspired the school’s students to establish RBC Making Wishes Come True, a club dedicated to helping Kasey fulfill her wish by organizing an annual fundraising carnival. Five years after the first successful carnival, the event is still growing in popularity — and on Saturday, May 7, the parking lot of adjacent St. James Elementary School (30 Peters Place, between Broad Street and Maple Avenue) will one again serve as the site of the fun(d)raising fair, with all proceeds dedicated this year to a local charity for kids to whom a wish granted could make a big difference.

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LITTLE SILVER: TOUCH-A-FIRE-TRUCK SUNDAY

ls firetruck 101814Little Silver’s historic Parker Homestead plans to honor the borough’s volunteer fire department Sunday. LSFD memorabilia will be on display inside the historic farmhouse, which will also be showing off some recent renovations, and a fire truck will be present for kids to climb into and around. Abundant sunshine and warm temperatures are forecast. The event runs from 1 to 4 p.m.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

SHREWSBURY: BIG LAUNCH FOR LI’L TECHIES

Press release from Monmouth County Library

A new tech tool, Playaway Launchpad, has been introduced in the Children’s Department of the Monmouth County Library.

Available in all 13 library branches — including the Eastern Branch on Broad Street/ Route 35 in Shrewsbury — these child-friendly tablets are pre-loaded with ten high-quality, ad-free learning apps grouped by age and grade level. Each simple-to-use bright orange tablet has a 7-inch high-definition touch screen, and is durable enough to withstand heavy use by little hands. Each has a unique theme, which may include princesses, animals, dinosaurs, transportation, art and more, in subject areas that help build English language arts, math, and science skills.

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RED BANK: RIVER RANGERS ARE GO FOR 2016

River RangersPress release from Navesink Maritime Heritage Asociation

For the twelfth consecutive season, the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association has announced that its River Rangers canoeing program for children ages 10 to 14 is open and taking registrations for summer 2016.

River Rangers explore our local rivers in colorful wooden canoes over the course of five days. It’s an activity that helps young people learn boating and teamwork skills, gain new friends, and obtain an understanding of the local maritime environment and wildlife. Participants will also enjoy paddling, swimming, and learning something of the on-water and under-water life while having fun.

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RED BANK: WEIGHTED CHARTER LOTTERY OK’D

rbcs 032216 1The lottery drawing is scheduled for April 28 at the charter school, on Oakland Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Though its highly controversial proposal to double enrollment was rejected, the Red Bank Charter School has won state approval to conduct a weighted entrance lottery.

Charter school Superintendent and Principal Meredith Pennotti confirmed Tuesday that New Jersey Education Commissioner David Hespe had reversed course on one aspect of his February 29 decision and approved the use of a lottery structured to give socio-economically disadvantaged kids better odds of joining the 200-student school.

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RED BANK: HUNTING CONDITIONS EGGCELLENT

rb egg hunt 031916 21rb egg hunt 031916 7Escorted as in the past by borough police, the Easter Bunny arrived at Eastside Park in Red Bank Saturday afternoon for an annual Easter Egg Hunt that attracted hundreds of kids, parents… and even a confused robin or two.

Check out our photos after the “read more.”  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: OFFICIALS DO LUNCH AT DAY CARE

MDC_8Left to right:  U.S. Dept. of Agriculture administrator Diana Limbacher joined New Jersey Department of Agriculture officials Rose Tricario and Tanya Johnson in a lunchtime conversation with children at Monmouth Day Care Center.

Based on a press release from New Jersey Department of Agriculture

During the observance of Child and Adult Care Food Program Week, Red Bank’s Monmouth Day Care Center hosted several special guests at the MDCC facility on Drs. James Parker Boulvard. Rose Tricario (Director of Food and Nutrition for the New Jersey Department of Agriculture) and Diana Limbacher (Deputy Regional Administrator, U.S. Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Service) commemorated CACFP) Week with a March 14 visit to Monmouth Day Care Center, where the program feeds breakfast, lunch and snacks to 120 children each day.

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RED BANK REC HOSTS FUN FOR TATERS, TOTS

Zoo_trip_flyerEven as the Easter Bunny preps for the fast-paced frolic that is the annual Easter Egg Hunt at Red Bank’s Eastside Park (going on at high noon this Saturday, March 19), the folks at Red Bank Parks and Recreation have a couple of other springtime goodies for the finding, if local residents know where to look.

The hours are counting down for the March 15 deadline to register for a Spring Break Family Trip, to Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange. Scheduled for the morning and early afternoon of Wednesday, March 30, the bus excursion offers local children and their adult caregivers an opportunity to visit the park and nature center that’s been a favorite of New Jersey families for generations. A per-person cost of $22 includes round trip transportation (attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch, as the park’s food facilities are currently closed due to renovations). Space is limited and time is running out, so click the graphic for details on signing up — and read on for more.

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RUMSON: IRISH SPIRIT ON PARADE

rumson st pat 031316 40rumson st pat 031316 34Bedecked in silly hats and shamrocks, hundreds of residents of the Greater Red Bank Green lined the route of the fourth annual St. Patrick’s Parade in Rumson Sunday. We’ve got dozens of photos, below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: SEASONAL PHOTO CONTEST DEBUTS

JONATHAN BALANZARLIDIA CARRANZA (1)Photos by a Red Bank Middle School student, Jonathan Balanzar, above, and an adult, Lidia Carranza, right, were the winners in the first of a new series of seasonal photo contests sponsored by the borough’s Parks and Recreation Department, director Charlie Hoffmann announced at Wednesday night’s council meeting.

The photos will hang in the department’s offices at borough hall and be posted on the new version of the town website now under development, he said. The deadline for the spring edition of the contest, which is open to all Red Bank residents, is May 30.

Meantime, here’s a colorful photo op: the annual Easter Egg Hunt, which is scheduled for noon on Saturday, March 19 at Eastside Park on Harrison Avenue.  (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: MISSION HOUSE WINS OK

st crispin's 030316Architect Ned Gaunt’s rendering of the proposed St. Crispin’s Social Ministry House on the St. Anthony of Padua campus. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

At a hearing packed with supporters, and without a peep of objection, Red Bank’s zoning board gave unanimous approval Thursday night to a plan by St. Anthony of Padua parish to build a new social services facility on Herbert Street.

“They’ve obviously been very beneficial to the town,” said board member Sean Murphy, citing the church and its volunteers. “Unfortunately, the need is growing, but we’re very fortunate to have them.”

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