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LINCROFT: GUN REPORT PROMPTS LOCKDOWN

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Conflicting reports of an armed person at Brookdale Community College led to a brief lockdown of the Lincroft campus Wednesday evening, according to several news organizations.

According to New Jersey 101.5, the lockdown was triggered when one student reported that another had walked onto the campus carrying a BB gun.

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RED BANK: SUMMER SCENE AT THE STATION

luis 072516 1SUMMER-SCENESTrains didn’t look like this, or run on electricity, when the Red Bank train station was built in 1875. But while technology has evolved over the past 141 years, the station itself has maintained its Victorian charm, thanks to the efforts of preservationists and periodic refurbishment work, as in the four-year, $1.6-million facelift that concluded in 2014, when it was named for late Mayor and Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. O’Hern Sr.

In this week’s Summer Scenes photo, Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado captures the old and the new at the station, as well as the sensation of moving and staying, in beautiful light, both natural and man-made (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: A SUMMER STREET SCENE

summer scene 1SUMMER-SCENESAs seen from the roof of the Globe Court parking deck in Red Bank: the intersection of East Front Street and Globe Court, awash in summer sunlight.

This photo marks the debut of a summer-long photography internship at redbankgreen for Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado, a Red Bank Middle School student. Luis came to our attention after his photo of baby birds in a nest won the Spring edition of the borough Parks and Rec department’s photo contest. That photo was taken with a cellphone with a cracked screen, but Luis has since graduated to a new SLR, thanks to a birthday gift from his parents.

Tune in every Monday this summer for a new photo by Luis.  (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)

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RUMSON: BATCHLER BACKERS DEMAND ACTION

batchler 071216Former R-FH head football coach Bryan Batchler at Tuesday’s board meeting. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Five months after former Rumson-Fair Haven Regional football coach Bryan Batchler was cleared of criminal wrongdoing over alleged inappropriate contact with a student, several dozen supporters demanded Tuesday night that he be reinstated.

Batchler, who has been on paid administrative leave from teaching for eight months and was stripped of his coaching job in February, told redbankgreen that Superintendent Pete Righi is now trying to oust him, via a tenure-revocation case, from the job he’s held since 2008.  Read More »

RBR’S GIGLIO NAMED APP COACH OF THE YEAR

Del Dal Pra Nick GiglioRed Bank Regional head football coach Nick Giglio (right, with RBR athletic director Del Dal Pra) has been named Coach of the Year by the Asbury Park Press.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

First he was named Football Coach of the Year. Then, Coach of the Season. Most recently, Red Bank Regional High School’s football head coach Nick Giglio was honored as Coach of the Year, among all area Shore Conference high school sports teams, by the Asbury Park Press.

In a development that he called “a total surprise and a total honor,” Giglio was formally presented with the award on June 13 by Giants football legend Eli Manning, during the annual Jersey Shore Sports Banquet.

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RBR ALUMNI GAME HELPS CURRENT ATHLETES

RBR alumni gameLeft to right: Red Bank Regional coach and alumnus Jeff Mauro and RBR athletic director Del Dal Pra receive a check for $5,000 from former Buc footballer Jim Palumbo. Also displayed is an autographed photo montage of the players who took part in the school’s first Alumni Game.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On May 14, 2016, Red Bank Regional High School held its first football Alumni Game at Count Basie Field — a contest that rematched the RBR players with their oldest rivals in the Shore Conference, Long Branch High School.

Over 2,000 people attended the match, making it the most well attended alumni game in recent history. While the game did not go well for the Bucs, who lost 24- 0, the current and future RBR athletes were the true winners, as $5,000 of the proceeds were donated to RBR for its new fitness room.

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RBR STUDENTS WIN ART CONTEST HONORS

MDCArtawardsofficialDiana Leon Flores of Red Bank, a student at Red Bank Regional High School, was the grand prize winner in the Monmouth Day Care Center Journal art contest in the high school category. Her art submission represents the Goldsmith Foundation ad in the MDC art journal this year, a major fundraiser for the non-profit day-center in Red Bank. In addition to Diana, the other two grand prize winners were fourth grader Denise Cuanteneos Rosas, Red Bank Primary School (primary school category) and seventh grader Matthew Blankley, Red Bank Charter School (middle school category).  All three grand prize winners were photographed by Danny Sanchez for this year’s journal. Pictured with Diana, center, and her teacher, Barbara Beckett, are three of the other ten RBR Students whose artwork was selected to represent the ad sponsors of the journal.  They are (left to right): Amy Ortega Morales, Red Bank and Theresa Decker, Shrewsbury. Not pictured are the remaining RBR contest winners: Elise Bessetti, Nydasia Birch, Devin Cooper, Samantha La Rocca, Guadalupe Rodriguez, Nasira Jones, and Indi Chism. Of the 13 Monmouth County schools that submitted art to the contest, RBR had the most winning entries than any other school.

RUMSON: RIVER HEALTH ISSUES DRAW CROWD

CINDY ZIPF 062816Clean Ocean Action founder Cindy Zipf addresses a packed Bingham Hall in Rumson, where the topic was degradation of the Navesink River. Below, a map showing areas where shellfish harvesting is prohibited. (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Navesink suspension acreage 011016An alarming rise in bacterial pollution levels of the Navesink River drew more than 100 people to the historic Bingham Hall in Rumson on a humid summer night Tuesday.

Among many questions to be addressed were what’s causing a rise in fecal coliform levels, and how can it be stopped?

“We all know what the smoking gun is: stormwater runoff,” Christopher Obropta, a specialist in water resources with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension.  Read More »

RED BANK: COUNCIL ADVANCES RIVER CRUISES

The Red Bank Primary School Chorus entertained the council audience with two songs, including this variation on a Woody Guthrie tune. (Video by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Red Bank’s Marine Park could once again be the point of departure for commercial cruises on the Navesink River, following council action Wednesday night.

Details on that action, and other news from the council’s semimonthly meeting, are just around the read more corner.

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RUMSON: FORRESTDALE HONORS CLASS OF ’16

Forrestdale ChoirAbove: Forrestdale School music teacher Barbara Leutz leads the Eighth Grade Choir in “The Climb,” during graduation ceremonies at RFH High School. Below: Student Government Association President Peyton Ming addresses his fellow grads.

Press release from Rumson School District

Peyton MingDiplomas were awarded to 104 rising high school freshman students, as graduation exercises for Forrestdale School’s Class of 2016 were held at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on the evening of June 16.

In his “Greetings from the Class” address, Student Government Association President Peyton Ming urged his classmates to “Have a plan, take responsibility, take chances, and ask for help when you need it.” SGA Treasurer Rylie Spiegel, in her Presentation of the Class Gift, announced that the Class of 2016 will use funds they have raised to restore a vintage aerial map of the Borough of Rumson, which will hang in the lobby of Forrestdale School.

Music Teacher John Lebitsch led the Graduation Ensemble in performances of “Pomp and Circumstance” (processional) and “Sugar Creek Overture” (recessional). The eighth grade choir, directed by Barbara Leutz, performed “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus.

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RUMSON: NAVESINK POLLUTION ON AGENDA

rb navesink 071915A view of the Navesink River from the Red Bank Public Library. Below, a map of showing where shellfish harvesting is banned or suspended. (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Navesink suspension acreage 011016Eighteen months after the the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection suspended shellfish harvesting in 566 acres of the Navesink River because of unacceptably high levels of fecal coliform, Clean Ocean Action plans to host a public meeting on the issue.

The Rumson event will offer an overview of the DEP’s rationale for the January, 2015 downgrade, attributed in park to stormwater runoff, and mark the release of a Clean Ocean Action report on bacterial pollution in the river, according to a press release by the Sandy Hook-based nonprofit. Read More »

RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN JUNIORS LAUDED

RFH juniorsPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Juniors at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School were recognized by the Board of Education and administration prior to a scheduled meeting on the evening of June 14.

The annual Junior Awards ceremony honors students who have been selected for prestigious awards based on outstanding achievements. A list of the students honored at this year’s ceremony appears after the break.

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Y HELPS RED BANK KIDS GET IN THE SWIM

CYMC swim Casey MansfieldCommunity YMCA swim instructor Casey Mansfield (above right) helped third graders from Red Bank schools feels safe and comfortable in the water, including Madeline Ortiz-Morales of Red Bank Primary School (above) and Christopher Hernandez of Red Bank Charter School (below).

Press release from The Community YMCA 

CYMCA swimThird grade students of Red Bank Primary School and Red Bank Charter School gained valuable swimming and water safety skills in the annual Third Grade Swim program, presented by The Community YMCA.

The water safety initiative, which concluded this week, was developed to give all third graders the opportunity for no-cost swimming and water safety lessons as part of their school day. The Third Grade Swim program began in 2011, and has helped approximately 600 children learn how to be safe in and around water. This year’s program included four 45-minute swim lessons covering basic stroke development, paddling, treading and floating skills.

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FAIR HAVEN KIDS CELEBRATE TRANSITION DAY

Fair Haven Transition DayIt’s an “enduring and endearing tradition” that scores of Fair Haven students have participated in throughout the years — and this past Monday, the third graders at Viola L. Sickles School hopped onto their bicycles or boarded the “big red trolley”  as they celebrated their move to nearby Knollwood School during Transition Day. A song and memory-filled Parent Show, an informative tour of their new school, and a special performance by members of the Knollwood glee club, band and orchestra were enjoyed by the incoming fourth graders, with the highlight of the day the traditional rolling journey that saw the kids cheered on by district administrators, eighth grade peer leaders and teachers from both schools.

RED BANK: CHARTER SCHOOL GRADUATES 20

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rbcs graduation 061516 2Gustavo Azcatl-Rosas, one of 20 members of the Red Bank Charter School class of 2016, accepts an academic excellence award at the school’s commencement Wednesday.

The event was held in Riverside Gardens Park overlooking our beautiful Navesink River. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)