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LINCROFT: BCC OK’S BUDGET, HIKES TUITION

brookdale-mainsignPress release from Brookdale Community College

The Board of Trustees of Brookdale Community College voted on January 18 to adopt an $80,368,751 operating budget for the 2017-18 school year, along with a 4 percent tuition increase.

The budget, which includes new multi-year contracts for Brookdale’s faculty and administrative unions, will be forwarded to the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders for final review and approval by the Board of School Estimate.

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LINCROFT: A BIG (AND LITTLE) ART HAPPENING

HOLY COW LIFE SIZED VINTAGE ART GLASS COW MOSAIC SCULPTURE BY SHELITA BIRCHETT BENASH 2015

Shelita Birchett-Benash’s recycled art-glass mosaic sculpture “Holy Cow!” (above) is among the works on display, beginning Saturday at Monmouth Museum’s 38th Annual Juried Art Exhibition — while a “Member Miniatures” installation (below) commandeers the museum’s Nilson Gallery. 

miniatures-monmouth-museum-bIt happens about this time each January; a celebration which — for local art aficionados at least — serves as some semblance of luminous therapy, here in the drab and drear foothills of the calendar year.

It’s the Annual Juried Exhibition at Lincroft’s Monmouth Museum, the 38th edition of which takes over the building’s Main Gallery for an eclectic panorama of painting, printmaking, photography and sculpture that launches with a free reception and awards ceremony this Saturday, January 14 from 4 to 6 p.m.

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LINCROFT: FREE WELDING TRAINING FROM BCC

welding-bccStudents hone their welding skills during a free training program hosted by Brookdale Community College in 2015. (Photo by Brookdale Community College)

Press release from Brookdale Community College 

Jobless men and women can train in an in-demand trade at no cost, as Brookdale Community College co-hosts a free welding training program for area residents beginning in February.

Offered in partnership with Ocean County College, The 166-hour program is open to unemployed individuals with a high school diploma or equivalency degree. Training, which takes place from February 7 to March 30 at OCC’s campus in Toms River, will cover a wide range of hands-on skills and basic industry knowledge, including arc welding, welding fabrication, blueprint reading, resume writing and job search skills.

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LINCROFT: BCC SEEKS 2017 HONOREES

brookdale-mainsignPress release from Brookdale Community College

The Alumni Association of Brookdale Community College is seeking nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award and the college’s annual Honorary Degree award, both of which will be conferred at the college’s commencement in May.

All residents are encouraged to nominate a candidate or candidates they believe to be worthy of recognition, with the deadline for nominations set for Monday, January 30.

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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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LINCROFT: A BIG BAND MILESTONE AT BCC

brookdale-big-bandVocalist Barbara Baron, above, and bassist and Fair Haven resident Gary Mazzaroppi, below, will help the Brookdale Big Band mark the college’s golden anniversary Saturday.

garymazzaroppi_242x350This time last year, the Brookdale Big Band, a crowd-pleasing organization founded by faculty members of Brookdale Community College, took to the stage of BCC’s Performing Arts Center to mark a musical milestone: the 30th anniversary of the inaugural BBB concert in 1985.

When founder-conductor Joe Accurso and company return to the PAC bandstand this Saturday night, they’ll be celebrating an even more glittering occasion: the upcoming 50th anniversary of BCC, the school that rang its first classroom bell in 1967 on what had been until then a horse farm.

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ON THE GREEN: AUTHOR! AUTHOR! AUTHOR!

amy-ellis-nutt-julie-otsukaPulitzer winner Amy Ellis Nutt (above left), National Book Award finalist Julie Otsuka (right), and historical novelist James L. Haley (below) are among the celebrated wordsmiths appearing in the coming days at events in Shrewsbury, Fair Haven and Lincroft.

james-l-haleyThere’s a Pulitzer Prize winner who trained in the trenches of Jersey journalism. A novelist whose credits include a PEN/Faulkner Award and a National Book Award nomination. And a celebrated historian turned master purveyor of “ripping yarn” page-turners.

Apparently the Greater Red Bank Green hasn’t gotten the memo that books are dead, because the joy of reading, and the highly anticipated appearances of some high-profile authors, are alive and well in the coming days and nights.

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ON THE GREEN: AN ABUNDANCE OF ART SHOWS

scherfen multi, 11/19/10, 3:51 PM, 8C, 8424x11700 (192+300), 150%, Custom, 1/30 s, R86.0, G78.5, B98.2The work of watercolorist Michael Scherfen, whose study of the Sandy Hook Lifesaving Station is seen here, is showcased in a special art event at Middletown’s Old Stone Church. Metalsmith Frederick Marshall, an example of whose work is seen below, keynotes a new series of Visiting Artist presentations at Brookdale Community College. 

domino_set_frederick_marshalSome artsy occurrences, from now through the week’s end, in and around the Greater Red Bank Green in the days and nights ahead…

The new academic year at Brookdale Community College signals the start of another slate of events in the Visiting Artist program, now in its fourth season on the Lincroft campus.

Normally hosted in the evening hours, the series returns Thursday with a unique noontime presentation that spotlights the work of jewelry designer and metalsmith Frederick Marshall. The public is welcome as the Montclair-based artist and educator drops in at the school’s Center for Visual Arts (CVA) Gallery, for a discussion of his artistic process that spotlights examples of his award-winning work in sterling silver, brass and 22-karat gold.

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LINCROFT: BCC TO HOST FALL OPEN HOUSE

brookdale_campus_2Press release from Brookdale Community College

On Sunday, November 6, Brookdale Community College will hold its annual Fall Open House inside the Collins Arena on the Lincroft campus.

Between the hours of 12 to 3 p.m., high school students, career-changers and residents of all ages are invited to meet with Brookdale staff, ask questions and explore more than 50 degree and career training programs offered through the college.

For the first time, attendees will also be able to take customized “academic tours” and meet with representatives from Brookdale’s four Academic Institutes: Business and Social Science; Health Sciences; Humanities; and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

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LINCROFT: HAUNTED HOUSE CREAKS OPEN

A promo video for the Haunted Theater, which once again invades the Brookdale campus for three weekends beginning this Friday. 

hauntedtheater2015-4We’ve said it before, but while it sometimes seems that the shambling zombies and vamping bloodsuckers of a walk-thru haunted house can’t hold a candle to the horrors of the real world, we do take a strange comfort from the annual appearance of those hooded goblins and snooded ghouls.

So it is here on the Greater Red Bank Green, where Brookdale Haunted Theater creaks open its doors this weekend on what’s become one of the more bizarre local rituals of the calendar year.

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LINCROFT: BCC HOSTS FOOD TRUCK FEST

brookdale-mainsignPress release from Brookdale Community College

Community members of all ages are invited to a day of music, food, prizes and family-friendly games and activities during the first ever 90.5 The Night Food Truck Festival, held Saturday, Oct. 15 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College.

The free event, hosted by Brookdale Public Radio, will feature more than 12 area food trucks, including Empanada Guy, Mary Queen of Pork, Surf and Turf Truck, House of Cupcakes and the Tasty Trolley.

Live music acts include Sharif, Waiting for Henry and Anthony D’Amato.

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LINCROFT: BCC RECEIVES $900K GRANT

BCC_new_picturePress release from Brookdale Community College

The faculty, staff and students of Brookdale Community College will team up to create a suite of interactive learning materials for educators across the country, under a new $899,899 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The grant program, running through August 2019, is designed to address the rising costs of traditional college textbooks and provide new, more interactive resources for faculty and students, according to Brookdale engineering and technology professor Michael Qaissaunee.

“In my 20 years of teaching, I’ve seen the rapid evolution of students, spiking textbook prices and significant changes in college course materials,” said Qaissaunee, who will lead the grant program.

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SANDY HOOK: ZERO WASTE, MAX FAMILY FUN

Lisa Bagwell PizzaRecycled-materials sculptures by Lisa Bagwell are among the art works featured during the Zero Waste Arts Fest, going on September 17 and 18 at Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook.

Press release from Monmouth County Arts Council

On Saturday, September 17 and Sunday, September 18, the Monmouth County Arts Council invites the public to take part in a weekend of free family fun — in which the arts intersect with the wonders of our local environment — during the inaugural Zero Waste Arts Fest (ZWAF).

Going on from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the historic Fort Hancock area of Sandy Hook, ZWAF represents a partnership  between Monmouth Arts and Gateway National Recreation Area Sandy Hook Unit. The event also marks the culminating phase of a larger Gateway to the Arts grant project, a $20,000 award that Monmouth Arts received from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) in 2016, to honor both the 50th anniversary of the NEA and the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service.

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LINCROFT: CLEARWATER FLOWS AGAIN

Dawg Whistle Paul Whistler Vini LopezShore music legends Paul Whistler and Vini Lopez team up as Dawg Whistle, while fellow famed musicmakers Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger (below) suit up for the Weeklings, when the 41st annual Clearwater Festival returns to the Brookdale campus this weekend.

Burtnik BurgerIt’s all about the message, when you get right down to it, one of care and respect and vision for this coastal place where we make our home. But when the Clearwater Festival returns to Lincroft for a frankly amazing 41st annual edition this weekend, attendees might be forgiven for thinking that it’s equally about the music — an attraction that’s drawn the participation of some pretty awesome figures over the years.

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LINCROFT: A BARNBURNER OF A MUSIC FEST

David-Bryan-Brad-Whitford-Matt-OReeBon Jovi band members David Bryan (left) and Matt O’Ree (right, with Aerosmith’s Brad Whitford pictured at center) are among the top-shelf classic rockers hitting the BCC campus — with Trevor Hall (below) representing rock’s next-gen freshman class — for a Rock the Farm Music and Food Truck Festival benefitting the nonprofit CFC Loud N Clear Foundation.

0627_TrevorHallIt doesn’t carry the hallowed-ground cachet of Max Yasgur’s legendary farm outside Woodstock, NY — and, truth be told, it’s been a long time since Brookdale Community College was anything resembling a farm — but when the Rock the Farm Music and Food Truck Festival sets up this Saturday afternoon, August 27, the sprawling Lincroft campus will be transformed into a world-class destination for fans of classic rock and other local-organic sounds.

Back for its third annual edition, the nine-hour extravaganza will once more be dedicated to raising funds and awareness on behalf of CFC Loud N Clear Foundation, the Monmouth County-based nonprofit that provides free counseling and support services to families affected by addiction. Here in 2016, it’s an event that’s poised to make a much bigger, more impactful noise than in previous seasons, thanks to the participation of some genuinely awesome figures from the FM wavelengths, vinyl bins, and possibly your bedroom wall circa 1973.

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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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ON THE GREEN: BROOKDALE BUS LINES MERGED

rb bus 112115Commuting to Brookdale Community College in Lincroft via New Jersey Transit bus will no longer require a transfer in Red Bank under a new route alignment announced Tuesday. According to the report, the 833 and 835 routes will be merged into a new route numbered 838, “providing commuters from Freehold, Sea Bright, Rumson, Fair Haven and eastern Red Bank with a ‘one-seat’ ride to the Lincroft campus” by eliminating a transfer, according to the Asbury Park Press.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: SUMMER PARK ACTIVITIES

rb rgp yoga 091615 3Yoga, Pilates and zumba share a Wednesday night rotation schedule in Riverside Gardens Park. Below, vocalist Layonne Holmes joins the New Standard for a free concert there Thursday night. 
Layonne Holmes New Standard

Whether you’re on stay-cation — or simply navigating your way through daily life here in on the Greater Red Bank Green — there’s no denying that July offers a fairly awesome menu of open-air entertainments and recreational options. We’ve got a rundown of outdoor events — mostly free of charge — designed to entice you out of the house in the coming midsummer nights and days.

It all starts tonight, July 12, as Shore Flicks returns to Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens with an 8:15 p.m. screening of the gleefully anarchic animation “Minions.” Bring a canned food donation with those folding chairs and beach towels, and enjoy some ice cream from the newly opened Gracie and the Dudes stand in the park. Take it to our redbankgreen roundup for details on the entire summer screening schedule and weather-related updates. Then take it around the bend for more fun and adventure beneath the summer sun and stars.

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LINCROFT: BCC HOSTS AUTO TECH OPEN HOUSE

BCC auto techPress release from Brookdale Community College

Residents interested in a career in automotive service and technology are invited to a free open house on Tuesday, August 9 on the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College.

During the session that begins at 6 p.m., attendees will be offered a guided tour of Brookdale’s automotive training facility, which includes a 12-bay training lab, professional grade classrooms with hydraulic lifts and industry-standard tools and equipment.

Certified Brookdale instructors will be on hand to discuss the college’s various automotive training programs, including a two-year degree program offered in partnership with General Motors (GM).

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LINCROFT: TAKING ‘MEASURE’ OF SHAKESPEARE

Shakespeare BCCKate Bader (center) performs a scene from “Titus Andronicus” during last year’s Shakespeare on the Lawn presentation on the campus of Brookdale Community College. The summer series returns on Thursday evening with “Measure for Measure.” (Photo by Brookdale Community College) 

Summer-Shakespeare-300x271Ask any Shakespearean scholar you happen to see: the historic incubator and natural habitat of the Bard’s classic tragedies, comedies and histories has little to do with stuffy theater boxes, scratchy formalwear, and snoozing patrons of the arts. Rather, it’s an experience that’s best realized in the open air — with un-amplified voices, improvised solos by Mother Nature’s minions, and an audience of engaged, enthusiastic (and ever so spirited) folks from all walks of life.

It’s a tradition maintained locally each year on one of the greatest, greenest spaces of the Greater Red Bank Green — and, beginning this Thursday evening, Shakespeare on the Lawn returns to the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College for a 15th annual edition, with a new look at William Shakespeare’s tragicomic “problem play” known as “Measure for Measure.”

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR TEENS, ALUMS HONORED

AndrewKroonScholThe Red Bank Regional students selected as winners of this year’s Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship Award are pictured with members of the selection committee. Left to right: Manuel Sandoval Valverde and Wendy Galdamez; committee members Dan Levine, Coni Lefferts and Chris Rumph; and Javier Veliz.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

At the 16th annual Source Foundation Awards Reception, Red Bank Regional High School Source Director Suzanne Keller introduced the school-based youth service program’s mission as “removing all obstacles that impede a student’s success”  — and on the evening of June 2, several community members were recognized for doing just that.

Motivational speaker Matthew Stevens was honored for his work with Source clinician Sean Macon’s Boys 2 Men program, in inspiring father and son relationships as well as a “dress for success” motivational program.

Three other community volunteers — Jessica Kostenblatt of the Monmouth County Mental Health Organization, Monmouth University student Gianna Cusanelli, and RBR alumnus Luke Roskowinski — shared the Community Partnership award for answering a sudden need that developed in the RBR community.

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LINCROFT: BCC HOSTS CYBERSECURITY CAMP

The Governor's Cyber Aces Championship was held at Brookdale Community College on Saturday, March, 22, 2014/Photos by Russ DeSantis Photography and Video, LLC

Participants in the Governor’s Cyber Aces Championship are pictured at Brookdale Community College in 2014. The Lincroft campus will host a new slate of no-cost cybersecurity workshops in July and August, with deadline to register June 17. (Photo by Russ DeSantis)

Press release from Brookdale Community College

Brookdale Community College is accepting applications for its new GenCyber Jersey Blues program, a free, two-week cybersecurity training camp opening this July on the college’s Lincroft campus.

Funded by grants from the National Security Administration and National Science Foundation, the program is open to local high school students, and provides enrollees with an introduction to the fundamentals of cybersecurity.

There is no cost to apply or attend, and applicants are not required to have any prior cybersecurity or computer programming experience. Students of all backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

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LINCROFT: BROTHERHOOD FOR BREAKFAST

Interfaith Prayer BreakfastOn May 18, Brookdale Community College was the setting as Red Bank’s Pilgrim Baptist Church and its community partners hosted the Inaugural Shore Region Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, celebrating the rich ethnic, cultural and religious community of the shore region. The event featured music, inspirational messages and prayers from corporate and community leaders, and presented the Community Trailblazer Award to Garden State MOSAIC for its work promoting religious understanding among youth through cross-cultural groups. For further information about the breakfast or the Community Wellness Initiatives of Pilgrim Baptist Church, call (732)757-2257.

LINCROFT: $30K IN SCHOLARSHIPS FROM JOCEF

JOCEF 2016winners10Joe Romanowski Culinary Education Foundation scholarship winners include (back row, left to right) Tyler Berman, Chris Ross, Deandre Forman, Ehrich Ballard, Erin Cotterell, Kendall Szpakowski; (front row) Emily Yasi.

Young residents of Red Bank and Middletown were among the recipients, as the Joe Romanowski Culinary Education Foundation (JOCEF) awarded $30,000 in scholarship funds to seven students currently enrolled at the Culinary Education Center, a collaboration between Brookdale Community College and the Monmouth County Vocational School District.

In an emotional awards ceremony at the Culinary Education Center, students were presented checks by JOCEF board members including Maggie Romanowski, Chris and Debbie Mumford and Karen Farrell.

Proceeds from JOCEF’s third annual “Recipe for Success” gala in March 2016 funded the scholarships. The not-for-profit foundation was established in the memory of Joseph Romanowski, who mentored and nurtured many of the Jersey Shore’s finest up-and coming chefs.

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