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RUMSON: K KIDS TAKE CHARGE OF PROJECT

Press release from Rumson School District

DP_Community_Helpers_PhotoSome chose police officers and firefighters. Others favored letter carriers, doctors, nurses, and teachers — while veterinarians proved to be a very popular choice.

Recently, Rumson School District kindergarteners embarked on an exploration of the importance of these and other “community helpers.” With each student encouraged to select the community helper that interested them, and that they wanted to learn more about, the project allowed them to work independently and search for answers to questions they created, on their own.

Teachers such as Ms. Feeney were on hand to guide, coach and facilitate the students as needed, helping them find books and online resources, and encouraging them to stretch their ideas and reflections. Students expressed excitement over their being allowed to choose which helper they could research, and what type of information they wanted to learn.

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RBR LEADERS MEDAL IN ANNUAL CONFERENCE

fcclaofficialPictured  are the fifteen Red Bank Regional High School students who competed in last month’s 2016 Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Fall Leadership Conference in Edison. RBR earned two gold, two silver and three bronze awards in categories that included baking, fashion, ecological picture frame and banner creations, and community service, for which the students conducted a food drive at an RBR football game which collected over 500 pounds of food for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Pictured with the banner that brought them a bronze medal are (left to right, standing with their teacher Sue Eads): Tessa Listo, Karyssa Ellis, Jenna Holly, Molly O’Mara, Abby Beebrick, Sophie Pauso, Summer Smith, Claire Lynch, CeCi McCormick, and Isabel Nalbandian; (kneeling) Allie Van Orden, Ashley Lemmon, Lauren Beebrick, Lauren Keale, Megan Dingelstedt. 

RUMSON: AN OPEN HOUSE AT DEANE-PORTER

deane-porter-schoolPress release from Rumson School District

On the morning of Wednesday, February 1, 2017, interested parents and their children are invited to attend a Preschool Open House session at Deane-Porter School, the public primary school serving Rumson borough residents.

Scheduled for 9:15 a.m., the hour-long session will allow adult attendees to pick up a registration packet for enrolling their child in the 2017-2018 school year. Children and their parents/guardians will be able to visit classrooms, and kids will be invited to take part in some of the offered activities.

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BIG TURNAROUND FOR RFH SNOWFLAKE DRIVE

global_womens_empowerment_1Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven High School 

The Global Women’s Empowerment Club at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School recently held a successful Snowflake Drive to benefit 180 Turning Lives Around. Over $400 worth of gift cards and over 400 items were donated to the Holiday Boutique run by the  Monmouth County-based 180, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence in our community.

The donated items helped local families experience holiday cheer despite financial circumstances resulting from domestic violence.

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RBR HELPS LOCALS, TROOPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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Pictured above with a mountain of donated gifts from Red Bank Regional staff and parents are (left to right) BUC Backer  member Judy Noglows, RBR SOURCE Youth Development Specialist Lori Lopez, SOURCE Liaison Claire Harbeck Izzo, and SOURCE Director Suzanne Keller. Below, RBR teacher Cassandra Dorn displays some of the many presents collected by staffers and students for the Tinton Falls nonprofit Linkages.

linkages2016Press releases from Red Bank Regional High School

The Red Bank Regional (RBR) School District conducts numerous community service activities during the holidays, from helping homeless families in Monmouth County, buying livestock to address world hunger, creating holiday cards for kids in hospitals and sending stockings stuffed with sweets to our troops in the Middle East.

But at the same time they also look inward — and through a partnership between the in-school program The SOURCE and the BUC Backer Foundation, RBR helps fill wishes for families within our own school who would otherwise not know such happy holidays.

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SHREWSBURY RESIDENT JOINS BCC BOARD

latonya-brennanPress release from Brookdale Community College

Shrewsbury resident Latonya Brennan was sworn in as the newest member of the Brookdale Community College Board of Trustees during the board’s monthly public meeting in Lincroft on December 20.

An insurance and risk management professional specializing in education, Brennan has previously worked with the New Jersey School Boards Association and the New Jersey Schools Insurance Group. She is also a past president of the Associate Business Members of the New Jersey Association of School Business Officials.

Brennan currently serves as area vice president for Arthur J. Gallagher and Co. Risk Management Services in Princeton. She is among a select group of insurance professionals to hold a Certified School Risk Management designation.

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RUMSON SISTERS SHARE TEAM EXPERIENCE

malen-and-maraSisters Malen and Mara Grubagh each played an instrumental role in the success of the RFH Dance Team (pictured below) this season.

rfh-dance-teamPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

There was a lot to cheer about recently as the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School football team enjoyed a record-breaking championship season. Sharing in the excitement, and thrilled to be experiencing it together, were sisters Malen and Mara Grubaugh of Rumson.

Mara, a fifteen-year-old sophomore at RFH, is a member of the RFH Dance Team — while eighteen-year old Malen, who has Down syndrome and attends the Somerset County-based Midland School, is the team’s first-ever manager.

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A PERFECT FALL, FOR RUMSON SPORTS

forrestdale-boys-soccerThe Boys Soccer team at Forrestdale School booked an undefeated 10-0 season for fall 2016, winning their division and conference title — a first-place performance matched by the Girls Soccer squad.

Press release from Rumson School District

The fall sports teams at Forrestdale School dominated the field hockey and soccer fields this year, living up to its mission of “igniting potential”.

The Boys Soccer Team finished their perfect season as undefeated division and conference champs, with a record of 10-0. This is only the second undefeated division and playoff championship in the history of the Rumson middle school team, with the lossless 1999 season occurring when Forrestdale Boys Soccer was still a club team.

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LINCROFT: AN EXPRESS STOP AT CBA

cba-holiday-expressTim McLoone leads the Holiday Express musicians in a December 15 appearance at Christian Brothers Academy, where the big band entertained a group of special needs young people.

Press release from Christian Brothers Academy 

On Thursday, December 15, the McKay Gym at Christian Brothers Academy was once again transformed into a rocking holiday event hall, as part of Tim McLoone’s Holiday Express Christmas Party.

“This is the best day of the year,” said Tim Sewnig, Director of CBA’s Campus Ministry, of the event held each year to help young adults with special needs get in the Christmas spirit. The Academy hosts several holiday season fundraisers each year — a winter coat drive, collection for children with pediatric cancer, and Thanksgiving food drive to name a few — but this event has a special place amongst them.

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RUMSON: TEAMWORK WINS BIG, AT RCDS

rcds-forensicsSophia and Kathryn, two students at Rumson Country Day School, learned the fundamentals of teamwork, confidence building and public speaking, during the school’s recent Forensics Festival.

On Saturday, December 3, some 45 students from five schools competed at the annual Forensics Festival hosted at The Rumson Country Day School, vying for top honors in  categories that included dramatic pairs, storytelling, and humorous interpretation of literature.

Two RCDS sixth graders named Sophia and Kathryn were among the participants who secured a finalist award, both of them crediting “working with a supportive partner” for their win in the dramatic pairs competition. For Kathryn — a new student at the school this year — the Forensics Festival represented an “opportunity to work closely with a partner and make new friends,” while smoothing the sometimes difficult experience of transitioning to a new school.

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LEGRAND BRINGS MESSAGE OF HOPE TO RBR

eric-legrand-rbrInspirational speaker Eric LeGrand (center) is pictured during his recent visit to Red Bank Regional, surrounded by just a few of his fans. Left to right: Ella Brockway; Richard Bakalian; Dontrell Alston; Jalen Willis; Luke Jurek; Tyrese Morris; Al Zager, ESQ (Class of 1966); Risa Clay (Principal, RBR); Dr. Bill Setaro (Class of 1966); Evenel Garriao. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

“My head coach told me to pray,” recalled Eric LeGrand of the fateful day in 2010, and the play that changed his life forever. “I thought my life was over.”

Speaking from the stage of the Red Bank Regional High School auditorium, the former Rutgers football star recounted in a soft-spoken voice the moment of impact to his head, when he suddenly could no longer take a breath. He described the blur of the next few days, when he would wake intermittently to a room full of doctors and later to an empty room filled with noisy machines. Then, finally one day he opened his eyes to the delight of smiling loved ones and teammates.  He remembers being excited that the former coach of the NFL’s Giants came to visit him — and he considers himself fortunate for not initially knowing the magnitude of his condition at the time, having broken his C3 and C4 vertebrae.

On Tuesday, December 7, RBR welcomed the motivational speaker who, after being paralyzed from an injury sustained during his junior year, went on to work as a sports broadcaster, support a foundation dedicated to curing paralysis, and lead a most inspirational and consequential life. LeGrand’s visit was made possible in part by a grant from the Red Bank High School Class of 1966.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR SEEKS HALL OF FAMERS

rbr-athletic-hall-of-famePictured from left to right are Red Bank Regional Athletic Hall of Fame Committee members Lou DeGeorge, Nick Pizzulli, Christina Emrich, Del Dal Pra, Bill Galatro, and Charles Taylor.  The committee is currently seeking nominations to its inaugural class by May 1, 2017.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

For the first time in its storied 100-year history, the Red Bank Regional High School District is establishing an Athletic Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Committee will seek to induct individuals (including student athletes, and coaches) and teams who have made significant contributions to the school’s athletic program, with nominations accepted through May 1, 2017. The inaugural induction ceremony is scheduled to take place in October of 2017.

Alumni nominees need to have graduated over 10 years ago, and faculty nominees must be retired. Nominations, including posthumously nominated candidates, are welcome from former coaches, faculty, students and alumni, and can span the history of the old Red Bank High School and the present-day Red Bank Regional.

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RED BANK: TURF HOLDING UP, SAYS SICKELS

rb-basie-turf-120516-5Rubber-crumb exposure at midfield and the sidelines, below, of the football field at Count Basie Fields is not indicative of the type of turf failure reported elsewhere, says the borough administrator. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb-basie-turf-120516-6Failing artificial-turf playing fields made by an industry-leading manufacturer are not an issue in Red Bank, according to borough Administrator Stanley Sickels.

three-day investigative exposé by NJ.com earlier this week reported that hundreds of turf fields across the United States were beginning to deteriorate long before the eight-to-ten-year life expectancy touted by the Canadian manufacturer, FieldTurf. The company knew about the failures but hid them as it continued to sell the fields, at prices often exceeding $500,000, the report alleged.

But the fields installed by the company at Count Basie Fields here are holding up well, Sickels told redbankgreen.

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RUMSON: LANGUAGE PANEL THINKS GLOBALLY

world_language_panel_presentersLeft to right: presenters Mark Jeffers, Gianna Maita, and Sue Finley are pictured at the second annual “World Language in Our Community” panel discussion, hosted at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

On November 28, five distinguished guests participated in the second annual “World Language in Our Community” panel discussion, hosted at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. This year’s panelists were Sue Finley, Taylor Forry, Mark Jeffers, Gianna Maita, and Greg Thomas.

Student attendance was optional, and – in a repeat of last year — there was a “standing room only” crowd. The panelists shared their career and life experiences as they related to world languages and cultures, and participated in a follow-up question and answer session.

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RED BANK: DISTRICT CALLS FOR CHARTER END

rbcs 032216 2The charter school’s five-year renewal request is pending with the state Department of Education. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03The Red Bank school district has quietly but officially called for the non-renewal of the Red Bank Charter School‘s official sanction, district Superintendent Jared Rumage confirmed Tuesday.

In an October 13 letter to the New Jersey Department of Education, Rumage told acting Commissioner Kimberley Harrington that the existence of the charter school “greatly inhibits the ability of our schools to meet our goals” and imposes an “unfair financial burden” on both borough and state taxpayers.

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FAIR HAVEN: STOP-IT COP STOPS AT SCHOOL

Press release from Fair Haven School District

sgt-tom-richSergeant Tom Rich, an internationally recognized internet safety expert known as the STOPit Cop,” shared his message with students and parents at Knollwood School on November 29.

At two daytime rallies for students (in grades 4 and 5, and grades 6 through 8) – as well as an evening session aimed at adults – Sergeant Rich (pictured) shared the consequences of misusing technology, social media, and popular apps such as Snapchat and Yik Yak. Using his own cell phone and an interactive presentation, he demonstrated how students can make their devices safer, during the presentations that were made possible by the Fair Haven PTA.

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NAVESINK: BACTERIAL HOTSPOTS IDENTIFIED

rally-navesink-113016Zach Lees of Clean Ocean Action talks about tracking bacteria along storm sewers upland from Red Bank’s Marine Park Wednesday night.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Aided by a trio of specially trained sniffing dogs, environmental detectives have zoomed in on particular locations in three towns that may be at least partly responsible for a recent spike in bacteria levels in the Navesink River, they reported Wednesday night.

At the final Rally for the Navesink event of 2016 organized after a ban on shellfish harvesting from 566 acres of the river last February, a coalition of groups identified specific sites where leaking sanitary sewer lines or septic systems in Red Bank, Fair Haven and Middletown may be contributing bacteria from human waste.

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FAIR HAVEN KIDS GET ‘THE BLUES’

schuman_hans_image4-1Hans Schuman, executive director of the music education group JazzReach and drummer for the group’s Metta Quintet, was among the musicians who gave a special presentation on Blues music to students from Fair Haven and Red Bank.

Press release from Fair Haven School District

On November 17, third graders from Sickles School in Fair Haven got a lesson in “learning the blues,” in an exciting event at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.

Accompanied by music teacher Vince Mottern and chaperones, the students attended “Yes Indeed!,” a program (presented by the musical education group JazzReach) that explores the evolution of the blues genre, as well as its impact on American music and history.

After a live performance of blues and jazz music by members of the Jazz Reach Metta Quintet, the Sickles students and their teachers – along with the Red Bank Primary School students and teachers also in attendance – participated in a Q&A session with the musicians as well as musical demonstrations.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR PRESENTS ‘THE CRUCIBLE’

crucible-rbrBeginning December 1, Red Bank Regional stages Arthur Miller’s American classic play ‘The Crucible,’ including from left cast members Skyler Post, Jay Izzo, Erin McEvoy, Maximum Portman, Samuel Zatorski, and Luke Pearlberg.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Beginning Thursday, December 1, the Theatre Company at Red Bank Regional High School will present Arthur Miller’s play The Crucible as its fall dramatic production.

Set during the time of the infamous Salem Witch Trials of the Massachusetts Bay Colony — and first brought to Broadway in 1953 — the Tony winning drama by the author of Death of a Salesman traced some stark parallels to the anti-Communist “witch trials” of postwar America, and is regarded as a classic that continues to present a bold message whenever and wherever fear runs rampant, neighbor is pitted against neighbor, and the nature of truth itself is called into question.

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LITTLE SILVER KIDS EXPLORE DISABILITIES

wheelchairsGetting around with the use of a wheelchair, and managing everyday tasks with disability-simulating mitts, were two of the activities explored by Point Road School students during Celebrating Different Learning Abilities Day.

Press release from Little Silver School District

handsOn a recent Friday, third grade students at Little Silver’s Point Road School took part in the school’s 10th Annual Celebrating Different Learning Abilities Day. The event was created to educate students about disabilities, as well as to help raise awareness and acceptance of individual differences.

The third grade classes rotated through five rooms, where they learned about different disabilities. In each room the students participated in hands on activities that were specifically designed to give them a glimpse of what it would be like to live with various Physical, Learning, Developmental, Hearing and Vision related disabilities.

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RED BANK: P.R. BATTLE OVER CHARTER SCHOOL

rbcs 032216 2The charter school’s five-year renewal request is pending with the state Department of Education. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03The two sides in the recently renewed tussle over the future of the Red Bank Charter School crossed swords in the form of press releases Monday.

First, the Latino Coalition of New Jersey issued a release decrying the school’s use of nearly $40,000 to pay an outside firm for public relations.

That was followed by a press release, issued by that firm on the school’s behalf, questioning the coalition’s standing.

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LINCROFT: CBA INDUCTS HALL OF FAMERS

cba_hof_2016Christian Brothers Academy alumni and faculty recently inducted to the school’s Hall of Fame include (left to right) Sean Duffy Class of ’70, Nicholas LaBrocca ’03, Lawrence Goldman ’84, and Timothy Sewnig. Two championship teams were also named to the ranks of the Academy’s greats. (photo by Larry Levanti/CBA Advancement)

Press release from Christian Brothers Academy

Four deserving individuals and two memorable teams were formally inducted into the Christian Brothers Academy Hall of Fame on Saturday night.

Hosted by the CBA Alumni Association, the fourth annual gala was held at Doolan’s Shore Club in Spring Lake Heights. Led by master of ceremonies Paul Molzon (Class of ’72), each inductee and both teams were introduced to the CBA community with a short video, followed by the awarding of a commemorative trophy and a thank-you speech.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR TEEN HONORED BY NJ YMCA

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

nicholasofficialIn a ceremony last month, the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance honored Red Bank Regional High School senior Nicholas Villalobos-Best at the organization’s 16th Annual Recognition Celebration.

The Union Beach resident (pictured at center) was among the more than 20 students recognized at the ceremony; a group of teens and pre-teens who, in the words of NJ YMCA State Alliance President Diane Mann, “have demonstrated their character values by volunteering in a variety of ways to serve others through the Y.”

Nicholas was nominated for this accolade by YMCA Community Outreach Director Joann Rountree, who supervised him in the Teen Achievers Initiative, a college readiness club. She explained that Nicholas mentored his peers and always volunteered for activities, including speaking at aYMCA Board Meeting and fundraiser events.

Nicholas was first introduced to the YMCA as a grateful recipient of their Family Success Center.  Four years ago, Nicholas and his family lost everything in Super Storm Sandy. The YMCA’s Family Success Center, along with other charities, helped his family find the resources and networks to assist in their recovery effort.

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