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RBR PHOTO MAJORS TOPS IN CAMERA CONTEST

RBR photo winnersIn early May, photography majors from the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School took part in the Ocean County Camera Club Photo Contest. Among the 50 winners in 450 entries are (left to right) RBR students Bridget Kelly, Cat Ishimasa (Honorable Mention in the Monochromatic category), Sam Havens (First Place in the Photographers Choice/Monochromatic category), Anya Carney, Juliet Slattery, and Kathleen Flynn. Photos by Bridget and Anya (whose entry can be seen at center of picture) will be displayed in a show at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. next October.

LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR PRIMARY VOTING

Election_2016_PlainThe deadline to register to vote in the June 7 New Jersey Primary Elections is Tuesday, May 17.

Residents of the Greater Red Bank Green may register at their respective town halls during regular business hours, or at the Monmouth County Voter Registration Office, 300 Halls Mills Road, Freehold Township, which will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. to accommodate last-minute registrations in person. 

RED BANK: WHO’S UP FOR BASIE AWARDS?

MHSS American Idiot Ayo OladejiThe Middletown South production of Green Day’s “American Idiot” (above) score big in musical nominations — while RBR’s Patrick Monaghan (at right below, with Davis Bush) earned a dramatic acting nomination for “Amadeus.”  (Photo above by Ayo Oladeji)

Amadeus Davis Bush Pat MonaghanIt’s Red Bank’s own homegrown answer to the Tonys, the Obies, and any other major accolade for live stage performance. What else but the BASIES, the awards that honor tomorrow’s talents today — or rather this Wednesday, May 18, when the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank once again celebrates excellence in dramatic and musical productions among Monmouth County high schools, with the presentation of the 11th annual Basie Awards.

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LITTLE SILVER: RECENT CRIMES AND ARRESTS

AUTHORITIES_LS-2016-v2Crime and arrest reports, unedited, for the month of April, 2016, as provided by the Little Silver Police Department.

April 2- John Sullivan, 18, of Little Silver, NJ, and a male juvenile, 17, of Red Bank, NJ, were arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Seven Bridges Rd. for Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance With Intent To Distribute, Possession of Marijuana Under 50 Grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. P.O. Joseph Glynn, Jr. made the arrest.

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LITTLE SILVER: NEW RBR FITNESS CTR. A HIT

Del Dal Pra RBR fitness ctrPictured with RBR athletic Director Del Dal Pra and Coach Nick Giglio are the RBR athletes who had gathered to work in the new fitness facility after school.  

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

This school year saw the debut of a spacious new 2,700 sq. ft. fitness center at Red Bank Regional High School, a much desired addition that came to fruition through a a financial commitment by the Board of Education to fund the construction, and from community donations to furnish the space. The BUC Backer Foundation and BUC Backer Booster Club fundraised over $75,000 to provide state-of-the art equipment, and the addition cost  of $1,070,000  was funded under the district’s capital improvement fund.

The new facility allows for 60 to 70 students to work out comfortably; since its opening this past fall, its utilization has seen about that number on any given afternoon. During the day, physical education classes visit the facility to instruct students how to use the equipment.  Lesson plans are being written to incorporate use of the facility into next year’s curriculum.

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FAIR HAVEN: STUDENTS FLOAT FILTER CONCEPT

lubin tucker 042616R-FH juniors Tyler Lubin, left, and Noah Tucker at the Fair Haven Dock. Below, a map of Navesink River waters showing areas where shellfish harvesting is banned or suspended. (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Navesink suspension acreage 011016Alarmed by an increase in fecal coliform in their beloved Navesink River, two Fair Haven high school students are driving a campaign to head off the pollution.

Noah Tucker and Tyler Lubin, both 17-year-old juniors at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional, are trying to raise funds for the purchase of storm-sewer filters, and to win the right from upstream towns to install them.

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RBR STUDENTS PROTEST RESPONSE TO PRAYER

rbr protest 050916 2According to one account, hall monitor Joel Gray, below, was placed on administrative leave after engaging Jazmin Graham, center above, in prayer. She said she had sought Gray’s counsel. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Joel Gray 3For the second school day in a row, Red Bank Regional students staged a demonstration Monday afternoon to protest the school’s purported suspension of an aide for engaging students in prayer.

To date, there’s been no official confirmation of any type of action against 32-year-old hall monitor Joel Gray. Tom Pagano, the interim superintendent at the Little Silver school, declined to discuss Gray’s status with redbankgreen late Friday, citing the privacy of personnel matters. Gray himself has not returned phone messages.

But as they had on Friday, more than a dozen students, placards in hand, stood at the corner of Harding Road and Ridge Road Monday shortly after dismissal, chanting their support for a school employee they say has been mistreated by the administration. Read More »

LITTLE SILVER: TWO NIGHTS AT THE OPERA

RBROperaPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

The vocal majors of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School are proud to present an operatic double feature on Friday, May 20 and Saturday, May 21.

Presented in the auditorium of the RBR building at 101 Ridge Road in Little Silver, the program begins at 7 p.m. with Orfeo ed Euridice, by 18th century composer Christoph Willibald von Gluck. Performed in Italian with English subtitles, the opera also features a ballet by RBR VPA dance majors.

The second show, a modern comic adaptation of Seymour Barab’s 1956 opera A Game of Chance, will be presented in English. Both shows will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra.

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RBR FREE PRE-SCHOOL ADDS AFTERNOONS

RBR Little BucsPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

The best pre-school opportunity in the area just doubled its capacity, as the Red Bank Regional High School Little Bucs Preschool program will add an afternoon class next fall. The program is operated free of charge to residents in the RBR sending-school towns of Little Silver, Red Bank and Shrewsbury as well as surrounding towns, in conjunction with the high school’s Early Childhood Development Program.

Running from 11:50 a.m. to 1:25 p.m., the newly added afternoon session takes place in a professional early education classroom located within the RBR school building. The classroom is self-contained, and has an exit door which opens onto a patio for outdoor activities. Drop off and pick up will take place at the front door of Red Bank Regional, and the ratio of student teachers to pre-schoolers in the program will be one-to-one.

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ON THE GREEN: BREAK IN RAIN FORECAST

rb runners 050416 2Young runners charge through the rain on Spring Street in Red Bank Wednesday. 

Thursday’s outlook isn’t as wet, with just a slight chance of precipitation, but rain is forecast to return Friday, when as much as an inch may fall on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RBR STUDENT ATHLETES SIGN FOR FUTURE

RBR signingWhile there is an official fall and winter signing day for Division I athletes, many other student athletes wait for May to decide where they wish to continue their education and athletic careers, including this group of student athletes from Red Bank Regional High School. Pictured back row, left to right are Ricky Wild of Belmar (Football, St. Anselm College), Jacob Curtis of Little Silver (Men’s Soccer, Monmouth University), Andrew DeRose of Shrewsbury (Men’s Outdoor Track, Rochester Institute of Technology), Tom Hinz of Allenhurst (Wrestling, SUNY Cortland), Brian Fagan of Little Silver (Men’s Lacrosse, Pace University), Michael Calao of Little Silver (Men’s Soccer, Loyola University), Righteon Johnson of Red Bank (Football, Kean University). Pictured front row left to right are Victoria Pierce of Shrewsbury (Rowing, College of the Holy Cross), Rachel Weir of Neptune City (Women’s Soccer, Penn State- Brandywine), Shea Cody of Shrewsbury (Women’s Cross Country, Pace University) and Katie Peter of Avon, (Field Hockey, Endicott College). Not pictured is Ryan Gilmartin of Little Silver (Men’s Lacrosse, Mt. Saint Mary’s College).

ON THE GREEN: GLOOMY SKIES LINGER

turkey vultures 050216turkey vultures 050216 3A half-dozen or so turkey vultures have been visiting Madison Avenue in Red Bank this week, taking turns enjoying the heat emitted by home chimneys when not scavenging for carrion.

Did they bring the gloomy weather we’ve been having this week? Occasional showers Wednesday morning are expected to turn into steady rain in the afternoon, according to the Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

LITTLE SILVER: RBR WRITERS WIN MEDALS

RBR national scholar winnersFour Creative Writing majors at Red Bank Regional’s Visual and Performing Arts Academy recently won coveted National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, distinguishing themselves as top student writers in the country.  Pictured with their teacher Dr. Gretna Wilkinson (center) are: Skylar Eber (silver medal), Mya Nunnally (silver); Jordan Fleming (gold), and Willow Martin (silver). 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Creative Writing majors in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPA) at Red Bank Regional High School once again earned a bounty of awards in the prestigious National Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.

Four RBR students won national awards, with Jordan Fleming of Red Bank winning a gold medal. Silver medals went to Skylar Eber (Bradley Beach), Willow Martin (Little Silver), and Mya Nunnally (Red Bank).

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