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RBR: ROSS, FIVE MORE TO JOIN HALL OF FAME

dean ross 030714Red Bank business owner Dean Ross, seen here in 2014, is among six alumni tapped for induction into RBR’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

Six graduates of Red Bank Regional High School or its predecessor, Red Bank High School, have been named for induction into the school’s Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame this week.

Included are three people who work in human health; a financial advisor; an Army captain; and a local retailer.

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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)

RFH: SOURLIS ENDS 30-YEAR WINNING CAREER

George-Sourlis-610x343 (1)Rumson-Fair Haven girls’ basketball coach George Sourlis, the Shore Conference’s all-time winningest coach, announced his retirement Wednesday. Sourlis ends his 30-year leadership of the Lady Bulldogs after five state championships, 14 sectional titles and a record of 653-198, including a 22-7 tally in his final season.

In an interview with NJ.com, Sourlis credited his players, assistant coaches and school administration for the team’s success, which he said has been “not because of George Sourlis and George Sourlis alone. We’ve been fortunate that we’ve been able to withstand the test of time.” (Photo courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

SHREWSBURY: ESSAY WINS FOR ST. LEO KIDS

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Press release from Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter, NSDAR

Three students from Saint Leo the Great School in Lincroft scored first-place finishes in the 2016 essay contest conducted by the Shrewsbury Towne-Monmouth Chapter, National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Each year, the DAR invites students in grade levels five through eight with local public, private, parochial schools and registered home study programs, to participate in an essay writing competition. For 2016, 14 schools participated with 528 essay entries on the topic of  “A Colonial Family’s Reaction to the Stamp Act.”

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SEA BRIGHT: JERSEY GIRL’S SHORE FOOD TOUR

deb smith 033016 3Deborah Smith, author of “The Jersey Shore Cookbook,” outside Ama in Sea Bright last week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

morsels mediumThe flavors of the Jersey shore really burst into fullness in the summer, helping to draw millions of visitors to our sun-splashed sands.

Somehow, though, it seems no one had thought to ask the most iconic beachfront restaurants for their top recipes, with the idea of sharing them in book form.

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LITTLE SILVER: SAFE AT HOMESTEAD

PH Cobb set A collection of baseball cards from 1909, including two feauring Ty Cobb, found among the possessions of a former Parker family member will be on display Sunday. (Photo by Liz Hanson. Click to enlarge)

Spring 2016 offers local residents and New Jersey history buffs several chances to tour the Parker Homestead, the National Historic Site (one of the oldest standing residences in the Garden State) that marked its 350th anniversary in 2015.

On the afternoon of Sunday, April 17, the public will be able to view the progress of the ongoing interior restoration effort, with tours offered between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m. Meanwhile, the old Parker property will host one of Little Silver Borough’s fire trucks, for a special “Touch-A-Truck” session that allows kids to get up close and hands-on with this hard-working piece of emergency response equipment. Families are encouraged to bring a camera for photo ops with borough firefighters, during the event dedicated to the memory of longtime LSFD volunteer Doug Parker.

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ON THE GREEN: AUTHOR! AUTHOR! AUTHORS!

Jersey Shore CookbookFrom guided tours of the great restaurants, landmark buildings and vivid VIPs in our local communities, to the resting places of the most storied European monarchs, the month of April is a Book Fair of opportunity for anyone interested in a cracking-good nonfiction read — and the days and nights ahead offer readers numerous opportunities to meet and chat with the people who bring you the books, at locations all around the greater Green.

It’s a slate of events that kicks off this Thursday, April 7, in the surprising setting of Sea Bright’s Ama Ristorante — a venue that comes into sharper focus with the revelation that the 6 p.m. event is a cocktail-hour reception for The Jersey Shore Cookbook: Fresh Flavors from the Boardwalk and Beyond. Author (and founder of Jerseybites.com) Deborah Smith will be on hand to sign preview copies of the soon-to-be-released volume, a collection of recipes from some of the Shore’s most popular restaurants and eateries (Ama included). Also featured is an insider’s guide to navigating the local foodscape, as well as “the effects of Superstorm Sandy on nearly every establishment in the book and what it took to come back after the devastation.” Attendees at the two-hour reception will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a complimentary beverage, a demo by Ama Executive Chef Charles Lesbirel, plus a $15 gift card — and tickets ($50 per person; $75 per couple) can be reserved at (732)530-9760.

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RUMSON: NJ HALL OF FAME ROLLS INTO TOWN

NJ Hall of Fame MobileForrestdale School sixth graders (from left to right) John Barry, Cakie Dym, and Hunter Leonard learn about notable figures from their home state at the New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum.

Press release from Rumson School District

Rocker Jon Bon Jovi’s jacket. A Les Paul guitar. A Green Bay Packers helmet representing longtime Coach Vince Lombardi. These were just a few of the items viewed by sixth graders at Forrestdale School in Rumson, when they visited the New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum.

“Everyone Needs a Hero” is the slogan of the Mobile Museum, which made a stop at the school on March 14. A 53-foot double-expanded trailer featuring 850 square feet of exhibition space, the Mobile Museum is a moving capsule of the almost 100 New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees’ contributions to history.

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LINCROFT: A FREEDOM RIDER VISITS BCC

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: A PAGE-TURNER OUT OF HISTORY

pam-jenoffPress release from Congregation B’nai Israel

Novelist Pam Jenoff served as Vice Consul for the US State Department in Krakow, Poland and is an expert on Poland and the Holocaust.  On the morning of Sunday, February 28, Pam Jenoff speaks at Congregation B’nai Israel in Rumson about the role her State Department experiences played in shaping many of her novels.

Jenoff’s internationally best-selling debut novel The Kommandant’s Girl was based on actual events and was cited by Publisher’s weekly for its “luminous simplicity….”and hailed as “a breathtaking debut. “  This poignant Holocaust story – a suspenseful “page-turner” – is on the reading list of several area Book Clubs.  Jenoff’s talk will be followed by book sales and author signings.

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FAIR HAVEN: OLD BUILDINGS TO BE JOINED

810 River Road elevation 120915 2Architect Matt Cronin’s design would link the two River Road buildings shown below with a new glass-filled central section. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

fh 810 812-14 riv rd 120815A plan to connect a pair of 150-year-old structures in Fair Haven with a window-filled central addition elicited unanimous praise from the planning board Wednesday night.

ForeFront Incorporated, a web tech firm headquartered in a stately Victorian two doors away, intends to use the conjoined buildings as expansion office space, company principal Michel Berger told the board.

With a patio, yoga space and “mom’s room,” it’s designed to attract millenial coders and developers to his company, where the average employee is 24 years old, Berger said.

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SHREWSBURY: BOROUGH’S ‘STORY’ UPDATED

burden gefken 112315 3Mayor Don Burden and co-author Rick Geffken at the Shrewsbury Municipal Complex. The Bonanno Farm on Sycamore Avenue, preserved under an easement, is visible in the background. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

story of shrewsbury 112315 2The 350-year history of Shrewsbury Borough, a vestige of a vast township that once extended from Raritan Bay to Little Egg Harbor, has a new chapter.

With the tiny borough getting ready to celebrate the 90th anniversary of its incorporation in 2016, two avid amateur historians — Rick Geffken and Mayor Don Burden — last month debuted a new edition to the definitive history of the town, adding in information on the past half-century of rapid transformation.

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RED BANK: A VERY GOOD YEAR FOR FRANK FANS

PicopoFloydDeanaJersey guys Joe Piscopo and Uncle Floyd Vivino join Dino’s daughter Deana Martin for a special Sunday afternoon Sinatra Centennial Birthday Bash.

In case you haven’t heard, December 12 marks the 100th anniversary of the humble Hoboken debut of Francis Albert Sinatra — the beyond-iconic “Chairman of the Board” whose birthday is the second most celebrated such affair on the twelfth-month calendar page.

It’s an occasion that’s being observed in swinging style from “New York, New York” to “”LA Is My Lady” and every casino cocktail lounge, piano bar and pizzeria in between — with a certain house right here in Red Bank a crucial part of the proceedings.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR’S 1975 VICTORY RECALLED

RBR 120875A photo from the Red Bank Register’s December 8, 1975 coverage of the championship game, and a team photo from the 1976 yearbook, below. (Click to enlarge)

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Forty years.

It’s been that long since Red Bank Regional was a state football champion.

On Saturday night, the undefeated Buccaneers (11-0) have an opportunity to end the drought when they face the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional Bulldogs (9-2) for the NJSIAA Central Group 3 title in Piscataway.

While the Bulldogs have racked up trophies — a win Saturday would be their third consecutive state championship — the Bucs haven’t tasted football glory since 1975.

But what glory it was. As reported by the now-defunct Red Bank Register, that season’s Central Jersey Group II  title game was something of an epic battle. RBR and Hightstown “tore at each other like fighting roosters” for four quarters before the Bucs emerged with a 46-44 win — their 28th straight victory.

The game is still regarded as “one the best games ever played in the history of New Jersey playoff football,” according to a “10 Things You Need to Know” about this year’s game published earlier this week by NJ.com.

Wednesday’s Asbury Park Press ran an article in which an RBR player and two coaches reminisced about the game — with a detour to Vince Lombardi’s grave in Middletown.

Below is the Register’s coverage the day after RBR’s victory, including an article by Rich Nicoletti, perhaps better known to some redbankgreen readers as the longtime keeper of the red clay tennis courts in Red Bank’s Marine Park.

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RED BANK: BASIE PLANS MASSIVE EXPANSION

Basie expansion 1 102615An architect’s rendering of the expanded Count Basie Theatre includes additions on the east and west sides of the existing structure. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

just_in1Red Bank’s Vaudeville-era Count Basie Theatre is in for a massive, $20 milion expansion that will turn it into a “creative campus” dedicated to the performing arts in coming years, officials said Monday.

Incorporating adjoining properties acquired in recent years, theater officials plan to “move toward our longtime vision of an entire city block dedicated to the performing arts,” Tom Widener, chairman of the theater’s board of trustees, said in an announcement released Monday morning.

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