Forty members of the National Spanish Honor Society at Red Bank Regional High School spent their afternoon stuffing stockings filled with sweet treats for American troops stationed in the Middle East. Accompanying the stockings will be home-made cards by the students expressing their sentiments to the soldiers. “It is so difficult for our troops to spend their holiday away from family and loved ones,” explained Society Advisor Lisa Boyle, who was inspired to put together the project when she recently met the girlfriend of a soldier in the 32nd Infantry, currently stationed in Afghanistan. “The students wanted to send them a special treat so they know we are thinking of them and ever appreciative of their sacrifice for us at home.”
Press release from Fair Haven School District
Anthony Sciametta, a 2011 graduate of Knollwood School in Fair Haven, has joined the special “ranks” of those commemorated with a photo on the “Wall of Honor.”
Commissioned and designed in 2011 to honor graduates serving their country in the armed forces, the “Wall of Honor” is featured in a main hallway at Knollwood School. Anthony’s photo was unveiled at a ceremony held on the afternoon of December 16.
A 2015 graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, where he ran four seasons of Cross Country track and was named Captain of the team as a senior, Anthony received the “U.S. Army Top Future Soldier Award” as Central Jersey’s most outstanding recruit. Anthony enlisted in the Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in 2015 during his senior year at RFH, and graduated from Basic Training at Fort Benning, GA on December 11, in the presence of his parents Denise and Charlie and his twin sister Stefani. He was assigned to the 1st Brigade Combat Team, First Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, at Fort Drum, NY and traveled there immediately after his graduation.
Local veterans saluted as the Red Bank Charter School choir sang ‘The Star-Spangled’ at a Veterans Day commemoration in downtown Red Bank Wednesday. Mayor Red Bank Menna told a small crowd gathered at the Veterans Monument at Monmouth Street and Drummond Place that the annual event honored “the unstinting service and selfless loyalty” given by generations of men and women who have served in the military.
At right, the duo known as Williams Honor sang an original song, and below, charter school eighth-grader Jonathan Rivera played bagpipes to open and close the ceremony. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
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For more than 70 years, it stood at the ready, protecting lower New York Harbor and the northern Jersey Shore from invasion by sea. Between its founding in 1898 and its decommissioning in 1974, the United States Army base at Fort Hancock was a center of activity at the northern tip of Sandy Hook — and today its landmark buildings await decisions on their preservation and ultimate repurposing.
This Friday, June 26, members of the public are welcome to attend the first in a series of four meetings of the Fort Hancock 21st Century Federal Advisory Committee, hosted inside the Visitors Center at Thompson Park, Newman Springs Road in Lincroft. Committee members will be joined by representatives of Gateway National Recreation Area, the federal Landmark District that includes the entire Sandy Hook peninsula. Scheduled to commence at 9 am, the meeting will include a regularly scheduled public comment period that begins at 11:30.
Memorial Day Commemoration, Monday, 11 a.m., Veterans’ Monument, 51 Monmouth Street, corner of Drummond Place. The event follows a 10 a.m. ceremony hosted by the volunteer fire and first aid squads at borough hall, 90 Monmouth Street.
Fair Haven’s Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday at 9 a.m., beginning at Knollwood School, on Hance Road, and ending at Memorial Park, River Road.
For the members of Middletown Reformed Church, it still seems like yesterday when the shocking news started to hit the tight-knit community, shaking it to the core. Though ten years has passed, the impact of Lieutenant Dennis W. Zilinski’s death has not diminished. A beloved member of the congregation and youth group at the church, the intense pain of Dennis’ passing in 2005 is still so fresh to many, it seems.
While the news of his death was devastating to his family, friends, and the community-at-large, those who loved and cared for him established the Lieutenant Dennis Zilinski Youth Group Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2006 to honor his memory and to pay tribute to the way in which his lived his life — a life that embodied the values of service to God and Church, service to country, service to his family and service to his community. Established through the leadership and dedication of Jo-Ann LoSapio and her son Christopher, the scholarship fund committee hosts fundraising events to support scholarships to youth group members who are entering college, furthering their higher education or entering the military.
On Saturday, May 16, the Middletown Reformed Church Youth Memorial Scholarship Committee will host “Dancing With Dennis,” an event which will raise money for youth scholarships, honor the lasting legacy of Lieutenant Zilinski, pay tribute to veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan and recognize members of Gold Star Mothers. The event, which will be held from 6-10 pm at VFW Post 2179 in Port Monmouth, ill feature a buffet dinner and cash bar.
A 120-ton, 16-inch cannon from the battleship USS New Jersey sat in the rail yard in Red Bank Saturday awaiting transport to Battery Lewis in Middletown’s Hartshorne Woods Park.
The gun, similar to one formerly in place at Battery Lewis, is to be hauled by truck to the park on March 30 for temporary, and eventually permanent, installation at the site, which was part of the Navesink Military Reservation during World War II, after which the guns were removed.
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Red Bank Charter School fourth-graders sang, and local officials paid tribute to those who’ve served in America’s wars with a ceremony at the Veterans Monument on Monmouth Street on Tuesday, Veterans Day.
Michael Rodriguez, former Exalted Ruler of the Red Bank Elks, told the audience that the event was an acknowledgement of “those who live among us and those who live only in memory,” including soldiers and sailors unaccounted for. (Click photos to enlarge)
For the sixth year, the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund will present its annual Toast to Dennis on Saturday, September 6. Scheduled from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, the event will be hosted at the riverfront home of Kim and Ron Jaeger in Rumson.
The donations raised by the wine and food event will benefit the fund that was created and founded in 2006 in order to honor local resident First Lieutenant Dennis W. Zilinski II, United States Army, who was killed in action while deployed in Iraq on November 19, 2005. Information regarding the event is available via the charity’s website www.runwithdennis.org. All proceeds raised on behalf of the fund are used to support programs that assist our wounded soldiers and their families, and to provide scholarships in Dennis’s name to his alma mater, Christian Brothers Academy.
In its assembled glory, it’s a formidable force — and its many crack commando units and surgical-strike teams allow it to perform missions that range from a Dixieland septet and harp-flute duo, to a Son Tropical big band and diplomatic corps of Woodwind Ambassadors. When The United States Army Field Band takes the stage of the Count Basie Theatre on Monday, July 28, it will be in the form of the organization that has thrilled and inspired audiences “from Boston to Baghdad” for over 60 years.
Scheduled for 7:30 pm, the concert finds the 60-plus members of the Field Band (under the command of Colonel Timothy J. Holtan) performing a selection of American music — from patriotic and military evergreens, to big-band pop standards and a selection of styles from this nation’s awesome sonic spectrum — in the way that “fosters the support of the American people for members of the armed forces and supports diplomatic efforts around the world.” And, as a thank-you for that support, they’ll be performing absolutely free of charge.
Newly elevated Captain Mike Clay, left, and Lieutenant Errico Vescio chat before being sworn to their new ranks Wednesday night. Below, Michael Frazee reciting the oath of lieutenant. Clay’s been on the squad since 1986; Vescio joined in 1999, and Frazee in 1996. Both Vescio and Frazee are Red Bank natives. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
A new captain – former Lieutenant Mike Clay – four new lieutenants and six new sergeants were sworn to their ranks at a packed borough council meeting. Chief Darren McConnell, who’s held his post for just three months, said the promotions were aimed at putting the future leadership of the department in place.
But the mass elevation also may signal the beginning of the end of a long tradition in American policing: homegrown cops.
Press release from the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County
Presented at 3 pm in the Middletown Arts Center, the event is the first military outreach initiative of 2014 for the local MHA, as the Shrewsbury-based organization continues to expand efforts to address the mental health needs of returning service members, veterans, and their families. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online or at the Middletown Arts Center Box Office.
As the 23rd Secretary of the United States Air Force, Deborah Lee James is the USAF’s highest-ranking civilian and only the second female in history to hold the position. She is also a proud graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, Class of 1976.
James, who was sworn in by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on January 24, is responsible for the organization, training and welfare of more than 690,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Air Force personnel and their families. She is also in charge of equipment, and oversees the more than $100 billion budget of the USAF.