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ON THE GREEN: GOOD TIMES, GOOD CAUSES

basie fields 052516 1Count Basie Field (above) is the setting for a day of “play ball” and picnicking organized by Lunch Break this Saturday…while Middletown’s New Monmouth Diner calls in the classic cars (below) for a Monday evening fundraiser.

Diner car showFrom the files of redbankgreen‘s All Good section come several reminders that the season for doing good doesn’t take a vacation during these dwindling doggy days of summer — and that the mornings and evenings ahead continue to offer still more ways to walk, run, cruise, or even head-first slide into serving the greater good.

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LINCROFT: A BIG LIFT FOR CBA STUDENTS

CBA weightliftersThe start of the academic year may be approaching fast, but a pair of student athletes from Christian Brothers Academy — rising junior and wrestling/ jiu-jitsu competitor Christian Recanatini (left) plus rising sophomore and basketball/ lacrosse team member Tim Murray (right) —  found a great way to get psyched up for a semester of accomplishment, when they joined CBA Strength and Conditioning Coach Steve Bare (center) to compete in a USA Weightlifting meet in Andover, NJ. The trio racked up some impressive honors in the intense outdoor heat, with Recanatini awarded Bronze honors for the Junior 69kg class, and Murray achieving Gold for the Junior 105kg class. Coach Bare was awarded Silver in the senior 94kg class, and qualified for the USA Weightlifting 2016 u25 National Championships.

RED BANK: SHADE TO BE MADE IN PARKS

basie shade 081116 3Lunchtime at Count Basie Fields, where a bit of shade is hard to find. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03It was pretty much roasting at Red Bank’s Count Basie Fields last Thursday morning as a dozen or so day campers huddled under a pop-up tent. On site supervisor Rose Sestito’s cellphone, the Weather Channel app registered a “feels like” reading of 100 degrees.

It was even hotter out on the rubberized artificial turf where the kids had just been playing, said a sweat-soaked counselor, cooling his heels inside the snack bar while a bunch of his colleagues crowed beneath the shade of rare tree on the sprawling facility’s grounds.

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RFH CHEERS JAEGER TO OLYMPIC SILVER IN RIO

jaeger rfh 081316 7jaeger rfh 081316 4An audience of about 100 kids and adults showed up at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional to watch and cheer as alumnus Connor Jaeger — class of 2010 — swam in the 1500-meter men’s freestyle final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil Saturday night. Competing in his second consecutive Olympics, Jaeger finished second in the event, but gave proud local fans a thrill in the process. “Knowing that you guys are here has a huge impact,” 2000 Olympics swimmer Tom Wilkens, a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, told the crowd before the race.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: GARMANY GIVES BACK WITH A BOOM

Boomer EsiasonPress release from Belfer Communications

On Friday, September 9, NFL star Boomer Esiason comes to Garmany for an exciting game-changing inaugural fundraising event, “Garmany…Boom!”

Scheduled for Friday, September 9, the event celebrates life, fashion and raising awareness for Cystic Fibrosis through the Boomer Esiason Foundation, the nonprofit project established by the famed quarterback and broadcaster (pictured here outfitted by Garmany for his Showtime series Inside the NFL).

A four-time Pro Bowl player and 1988 NFL MVP, the former Jets QB will be joined at Garmany by two more players-turned-TV commentators, both with formidable stats in New York/ New Jersey pro ball: longtime Giants quarterback Phil Simms, and veteran Jets linebacker Bart Scott.

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RFH TO CHEER JAEGER BID FOR OLYMPIC GOLD

connor jaeger 081712Connor Jaeger, seen here at a community event welcoming him home from the 2012 Summer Olympics, is slated to compete in the 2016 edition in Rio. (Photo by FranWaldmann. Click to enlarge)

(Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High)

HOT-TOPIC_03A native of Fair Haven and a member of the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Class of 2010, swimmer Connor Jaeger made waves on the hometown front when he qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team with a first-place finish and time of 14:47.61 in the 1,500 meter freestyle race.

On Saturday, August 13, the son of Bernadette and Eric Jaeger is scheduled to go for the gold, as he vies in the 1,500 meter event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. While the eyes of a worldwide audience will be focused on the competition down in Brazil, the staff of Connor’s alma mater will be offering fans, classmates and other locals a unique chance to join “Team Jaeger” in a supportive crowd setting.

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RED BANK: SOCCER SIGN-UP DEADLINE NEARS

rb rec 082915 6rb rec 082915 2Attention future World Cup athletes: there’s one week left to sign up for Red Bank Rec’s fall soccer program, which is open to kids of all experience levels aged 3 to 8th grade. Registrations may be made online or in person at the parks and rec office at 90 Monmouth Street. For additional info, call 732-530-2782. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

SHREWSBURY: SURF’S UP AT COUNTY LIBRARY

rb paddle day 091414 2Navesink River Rowing and the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association will be among the organizations speaking about recreational activities on our local waters, during a “Sun, Sea and Surf Expo” at the Eastern Branch Library on July 21.

Press release from Monmouth County Library

Surf’s up at the library this month, as the Monmouth County Library‘s Eastern Branch features a Sun, Sea and Surf Expo on Thursday, July 21. Beginning at 4 p.m., the library on Broad Street/ Route 35 will offer film screenings, guest speakers, informational displays and other programs on the many recreational options available on our local shores and waters — from surfing to rowing, canoeing and more.

The  July 21 event will be preceded by two free screenings of “Chasing Mavericks,” a 2012 feature film (starring Jonny Weston, Gerard Butler and Elizabeth Shue) about the surfers who seek out and conquer the biggest waves on the planet. The movie shows in the library’s Meeting Room at 2 p.m. on Saturday, July 16, with an encore 2 p.m. showing on Monday, July 18.

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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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RED BANK BUCS’ DEL PRA NAMED A.D. OF YEAR

Del Dal Pra AD of yearRed Bank Regional Athletic Director Del Dal Pra is pictured with RBR student athletes Joel Rivera of Union Beach (Indoor Track and Outdoor Track), Hayley Rienzo of Deal (Bowling and Softball),  and Thomas Lloyd of Shrewsbury (Student Athletic Trainer). 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

In a year during which Red Bank Regional High School has experienced several sport championships in football, girls’ cross country, girls’ swimming and girls’ tennis, it is only fitting that the 2015-2016 session concludes with the recognition of RBR’s Athletic Director Del Dal Pra as Jersey Sporting News’ pick for Athletic Director of the Year.

Del Dal Pra came to RBR eight years ago. During that time he has been able to establish feeder teams to the high school program with the Little Bucs Program. He succeeded, in partnership with parent groups, to finally put lights on the football stadium.  This year, he helped fulfill a long-standing school-wide need and opened a state-of-the art fitness center, something which will benefit the health of RBR students for years to come.

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RUMSON: KIDS TRI, TRI, TRI

Rumson kids tri 061216 3Rumson kids tri 061216 16The seventh annual Kids Triathlon for Bob Kelleher drew some hard-charging young athletes to Victory Park in Rumson for swim-bike-run competitions for kids aged 14 and under Sunday.

The event, held in memory of late First Aid squad member and triathlete Bob Kelleher, benefits the volunteer squad and the borough recreation program.

Race results will be posted here. redbankgreen has more pix after the jump. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

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LITTLE SILVER: OLD-STYLE BASEBALL RETURNS

Monmouth Furnace Base BallIt’s a contest of old-school sporting skills when the Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club meets the Chesapeake Nine in a Sunday afternoon game at Sickles Field.

Forget the recent rulebook revisions governing base-running during double play situations. Send the DH to the bench; leave the protective helmets in the equipment locker — and if you’re pitching today, be prepared to hurl a complete game, or even work every game on the team’s schedule.

When the Monmouth Furnace Base Ball Club takes to the diamond at Little Silver’s Sickles Field this Sunday, the team will be playing by a somewhat different set of rules than the ones that currently apply to professional-league competition.

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RED BANK: TWEET THIS PHOTO

luis santamaria 060816Red Bank Middle School seventh grader Luis Santamaria shows off his photo of baby birds waiting to be fed in their nest before he was honored by the borough council Wednesday night.

The photo was one of four selected as winners in the latest round of seasonal photo contests sponsored by the borough’s Parks and Recreation Department, and earned Luis a certificate as well as a portfolio review by professional photographers Liz and Bob McKay of McKay Imaging Photography on Monmouth Street.

Luis told redbankgreen he takes lots of photos, and for this one, got as close as he could to the birds without disturbing them and snapped the shot with his cracked-screen cellphone. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)