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R-FH TEENS HEAR PROS OF LANGUAGE SKILLS

buckley sistito de bonte maitaPanelists Dekker Buckley, Amy Sestito, Claudia De Bonte, and Gianna Maita made a presentation on “World Language in Our Community” at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional on January 12th.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

On January 12, a “standing-room only” crowd of students at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School were treated to an illuminating presentation by the school’s World Language Department.

Students who elected to attend during Study Hall Period were able to share in the insights of four special guest panelists, who spoke on the topic of “World Language in Our Community,” with an emphasis on the many benefits of studying world languages.

Serving as panelists were Dekker Buckley, who serves as Vice President-Director, Latin American Zone, for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies; Claudia De Bonte, a New Jersey-based attorney who worked in France for Polo Ralph Lauren/Poloco; Gianna Maita, an RFH Class of 2011 graduate with proficiency in French, Italian, Spanish, and Afrikaans, and Amy Sestito, co-founder of the groundbreaking and award-winning parenting magazine The Family Groove.

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RED BANK: COLLEGE STUDENT EYES CHINA

mario williams 113015Mario Williams, seen here at the Danish Café in Red Bank, has his sights set on a semester in China. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Mario Williams was a student at Red Bank Regional a couple of years back when, on a tour of Kean University, he learned the school had a campus in mainland China. Almost immediately, he sensed that he had to go.

“I got the bug that day,” he told redbankgreen this week. Even after graduating from RBR and matriculating at the College of St. Rose in Albany, the idea stayed with him. And after transferring to Kean almost a year ago for financial reasons, “I started asking about it as soon as I got here.”

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RFH TEACHER GETS NEA GRANT FOR CUBA TRIP

gaussRumson-Fair Haven Regional Spanish teacher Christina Gauss (center) will be traveling to Cuba this January, as part of an education project funded by a grant from the NEA.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Christina Gauss, a faculty member at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, is the recipient a Learning and Leadership Grant from the National Education Association, that will allow her to travel to Cuba in January 2016.

The awarding of the $2,000 Grant to the RFH Spanish teacher was based on her proposal entitled “Cuba: One Year Later,” in reference to the time that has passed since U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced their “normalization” plan. The grant will allow Gauss and fellow educators to participate in a Witness for Peace Delegation in Cuba, hosted by the People to People Organization.

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RUMSON MAN LANDS RHODES SCHOLARSHIP

By JOHN T. WARD

Evan Soltas 112315 2A 22-year-old Rumson resident was among 32 Americans chosen Saturday for a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University in England.

A senior economics major at Princeton— and former redbankgreen summer intern — Evan Soltas (seen at right) said he plans to use the two-year opportunity, worth $100,000, to refine his pursuit of economic truths and falsehoods underlying government policies.

“I’m still in shock, like, 48 hours later,” he told redbankgreen on Monday. “I’m totally thrilled, but in the moment, there was something of a panic attack. You don’t really believe it.”

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RED BANK: “UNSTINTING SERVICE” HONORED

vets day 2015 111115 1williams honor 111115Local 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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VETERANS DAY CEREMONIES 2015

vets-111110fh 2 111112The monument to war veterans at Monmouth Street and Drummond Place in Red Bank, above, and Memorial Park in Fair Haven, at right, are once again host sites for  Veterans Day commemorations Wednesday.

Click “read more” for town-by-town events on the Green. (Click photos to enlarge)

RUMSON: FISHMAN TALKS TURKEY, AT CBI

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The nation of Turkey has featured prominently in recent news (as recently as yesterday, when US media editorialized that this past weekend’s election solidified the authoritarian ambitions of President Recep Erdogan, and that the regime’s tactics of intimidation and suppression cast a blow against democracy in the ally country). Stories of ethnic strife and government turmoil contrast with the country’s struggle to absorb an unprecedented influx of Syrian refugees.  How has Turkey’s Jewish minority fared during this dramatic period of upheaval in theMiddle East?

On Sunday, November 22, 2015 at 11:15 am at Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) in Rumson, Professor Louis Fishman, an Assistant Professor of History at Brooklyn College, visits Congregation B’nai Israel to present a program about current events in Turkey. His topic is Turkish Jews: Between citizens and the “other.” The lecture is open to the public, and all are invited to attend the 11:15 am event.

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LITTLE SILVER TEEN GOES GLOBAL IN GHANA

JuliaatschoolRed Bank Regional junior Julia Nijnens of Little Silver is pictured above amid the many friends she made in a community service trip to Ghana over the summer. Below, the recently selected Global Leadership Adventure Ambassador snuggles two of her new Ghanaian friends. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

juliawithbabesEver since she was in third grade, Julia Nijnens wanted to visit Ghana. Her fascination began when the Little Silver resident wrote a class essay on the country, and revisited the same subject for a fifth grade geography project, this time delving into its sanitation problems.

For two and a half weeks this past summer, Julia — now a junior at Red Bank Regional High School — was able to realize her dream, by performing a community service project in Ghana with her brother Jouke through the Global Leadership Adventure program.  Julia and Jouke are well seasoned travelers, as their parents, both Dutch nationals, have taken their children to over 30 countries when visiting relatives in Europe each year. Her work, leadership and motivation recently earned her the esteemed honor of GLA Ambassador, and throughout the school year, she will perform various duties to promote global leadership and volunteerism for the organization and mentor future volunteers.

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RED BANK CHARTER HOSTS UGANDAN GUESTS

ChangeALifeUganda-RBCSVisitFather Lawrence Kizito Kimbowa (left) of the nonprofit Change a Life Uganda meets with Red Bank Charter School principal Meredith Pennotti (second from left), during his visit to the school on October 5.

Press release from Red Bank Charter School

On Monday, October 5, the students and staff of Red Bank Charter School welcomed a pair of special guest speakers, Father Lawrence Kizito Kimbowa and Jean Semler. Both guests were in Red Bank as representatives from Change a Life Uganda, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of orphaned and disadvantaged children and their families in the Ugandan communities of Migyera and Nabbingo.

Addressing a classroom audience, Father Lawrence shared his personal history as a Ugandan child refugee during a civil war, as well as the impact that one family made on his life when they sponsored his education — an outreach that led in turn to his life-long mission to continue the gift of education to children of rural villages at the St. Lawrence School in Migyera.

With help from Semler and Dave Thelen, Change A Life Uganda was founded with the aim of allowing many more Ugandan children access to a school education.

The important visit coincided with the weeks-long planning of the annual RBCS International Day, to be held on October 22 — a special event designed to create awareness of global issues and conversations that shape understanding of our common global community.

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LINCROFT: NYT JOURNOS MAKE A ‘PATH’ TO BCC

Kristof-WuDunnPulitzer-winning journalists (and matrimonial partners) Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn visit Brookdale Community College on Wednesday, for a discussion keyed to their latest book (and affiliated PBS documentary), A PATH APPEARS.

They’re most immediately famous as the first husband-and-wife partnership to jointly win the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism; a pair whose achievements in the realms of reporting, media management and business can fill a book — and whose own co-authored books include China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power; Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia; and Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

Here in 2015, the team of Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn is back on the bookshelves, with the (just out in paperback) nonfiction study A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity; an affiliated PBS documentary series of the same name, and an itinerary of personal appearances that takes them to the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College on Wednesday evening, September 30.

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IN MEMORY

Memorial07_irBelow are details about local memorial services planned to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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MEMORIAL DAY 2015 COMMEMORATIONS

rb memorial 052614 5Red Bank, above, and Fair Haven, below, return with traditional Memorial Day events Monday. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK:

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

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.

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RED BANK: BRINGING IN THE BIG GUN

ft hancock gun 2battery lewisA 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.

More information may be found here. (Click to enlarge)

 

 

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RUMSON: PULITZER WINNER SPEAKS AT CBI

BretStephensphotoPress release from Congregation B’Nai Israel

On the morning of Sunday, May 3, Congregation B’nai Israel in Rumson welcomes the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Bret Stephens, for a discussion about Israel, Iran and Global Jihad.

Stephens, the Wall Street Journal’s foreign-affairs columnist and deputy editorial page editor, is responsible for the international opinion pages of the Journal. and is a member of the paper’s editorial board. Following the 11 am lecture, Stephens will answer questions and sign his new book, America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder. Books will be available for sale.

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RED BANK REGIONAL LEADS AT MODEL UN

modelun2015Left to right: Red Bank Regional High School students Lauren O’Brien, Victoria Ovanesian, Jack Anderson, Kristen Wimmer and Brianna Napoli were among those who held leadership positions during the 2015 Model UN Conference in Hershey, PA.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School 

This past January, a group of students from Red Bank Regional High School participated in the YMCA Model United Nations Conference, held in Hershey, PA. Several of the RBR students held leadership positions, while others were recognized with several awards.

Victoria Ovanesian (17, Little Silver) held the esteemed position as chair of the Arab League, while Jack Anderson (17, Little Silver) was invited as an alternate to the highly selective Conference of National Affairs. Kristen Wimmer (15, Little Silver) was recognized as the Outstanding First Year Delegate for the Social & Humanitarian Committee. Lauren O’Brien (17, Red Bank) was honored as the Premier Diplomat for the European Union, and Brianna Napoli (17, Interlaken) received the Outstanding Country Award for her representation of Egypt.

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