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LINCROFT: EXPRESS GREETINGS AT CBA

tim mcloone holidayIn what has become an annual tradition at Christian Brothers Academy, over 40 students from CBA and Trinity Hall helped spread some holiday cheer on Thursday, December 17 during the annual Holiday Express Christmas Party. Students and faculty joined Tim McLoone (at keyboard) and the bandmembers and support team of Holiday Express for a day of Christmas fun and dancing, all to help adults with special needs and disabilities enjoy this special time of year. (More photos after the story break)

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LINCROFT: ROCKER BRINGS EARLY XMAS TO CBA

FallonCBAAs a last minute surprise before winter break, The Gaslight Anthem’s lead singer Brian Fallon (holding CBA shirt) came to Christian Brothers Academy to speak with over 100 students.

Press release from Christian Brothers Academy

Christmas came early for the creative writing students at Christian Brothers Academy when Brian Fallon, lead singer of The Gaslight Anthem, held a special guest lecture. The Red Bank-born songwriter, on the cusp of beginning a national tour, took some time to speak with students after a truly impressive ask on social media.

Fallon coming to CBA started as a conversation between students in Mr. Cusick’s creative writing class about who would make for a great guest speaker. Fallon’s name came up as many students were fans of the local rocker’s band. With the idea of asking nicely through social media, the students took to Twitter and Facebook, using the hashtag #FallonToCBA and inspiring fellow students, alumni, and even several media outlets to draw a spotlight to the cause. Several days and several hundred Twitter interactions later, Fallon (@thebrianfallon on Twitter) made his acceptance known, tweeting: “Dear @CBALincroft – get ready!!!!!!!!!!!!! The people have spoken!”

On Thursday, December 17, the dream became a reality, with Fallon arriving at the Lincroft campus to speak to over 100 students.

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LINCROFT: CBA FOOD DRIVE TOPS 20K ITEMS

CBAThrough the generous efforts of students, faculty, staff and their families, the 2015 Christian Brothers Academy Thanksgiving Food Drive amassed a tally of 20,191 items to help benefit those in need. Campus Ministry director Tim Sewing noted that many food pantries and benefit organizations find their stocks significantly depleted following the holiday rush, and the annual CBA effort has helped fill that gap. As has been custom, the student body was awarded an extra day off for the holiday weekend, with the announcement made during the Academy’s Thanksgiving Prayer Service, a completely student-run service in which the entire school participates. 

LINCROFT: SIGNING DAY FOR CBA SENIORS

Press release from Christian Brothers Academy

Fifteen senior student-athletes at Christian Brothers Academy — a collection of Colts representing swimming, wrestling, track, cross country, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, and crew — formalized their commitments to continue their educations and athletic careers at colleges and universities across the country, in a ceremony held last week in the Academy library.

“On behalf of CBA, I would like to express just how proud we all are of our exceptional student-athletes here today,” said Vito Chiaravalloti, athletic director. “What’s most impressive is not that they are talented enough to continue their athletic careers, rather that they have placed a priority on their studies, giving themselves the opportunity to attend some of the best colleges in the nation.  These young men truly embody what it means to be a student-athlete.”

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A GALA ‘LUNCH’ FOR RED BANK NONPROFIT

LunchBreakPress release from Lunch Break of Red Bank

On the evening of Monday, October 19, the Red Bank-based nonprofit Lunch Break will host its sixth annual gala, “Under One Roof,” celebrating 32 years of dedicated service to the community.

Taking place from 6 to 10 pm at Navesink Country Club in Middletown, the event will celebrate the successful completion of the capital campaign that once again brought all of Lunch Break’s services together under one roof.

Several individuals and groups will be honored at this special event for their steadfast commitment to the mission of Lunch Break. This year’s honorees will be Trudy and Charlie Parton, who will receive the Norma Todd Service Award; Foodstock NJ, the recipient of the Beacon of Service Award; Christian Brothers Academy, honored with the Charitable Youth Award; and Lunch Break’s Homebound Volunteers, who will collectively be honored with the Heart to Hand Award.

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RED BANK 8TH GRADERS ARE ACADEMY BOUND

RBMS_AcademiesTwenty-one eighth graders from Red Bank Middle School have been accepted into the prestigious Red Bank Regional High School academies for next year. They are Desiree Marshall, Creative Writing and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID); Nicholette Glenn, Creative Writing; Michelle Hernandez, Creative Writing; Hannah Nishiura, Creative Writing; Stacy Osorio, Early Childhood Development and AVID; Maria Jimenez, Finance and Early Childhood Development; Jesus Rodriguez, Finance and Engineering; Luis Flores, Finance and Engineering; Cyntaia Birch, AVID; Victoria Sibrian, Early Childhood Development; Camarra Britain , Information Technology; Kady Aguilar, Information Technology and AVID; Gabriela Ortiz, Creative Writing; Rafael Martinez, Informational Technology and Engineering; Manuel Rosario, Vocal; Avian Goldwire, Drama; Tamia Waddy, Drama, Creative Writing and AVID; Chris Marshall, Interactive Media; Adeline Monfil, Information Technology and AVID; Ashley Talerico, AVID and Cristo Luna, AVID. In addition, Jose Campa received the Conte 1st Generation Scholarship to attend Christian Brothers Academy.

RED BANK: BASIE ‘FX’ THE FUTURE OF FILM

Lambert-StampThe Sony Pictures Classics rockumentary LAMBERT AND STAMP is screened as part of statewide student film competition Project FX, with finalists in the High School and College categories showcased at the Count Basie this Sunday, April 19.

They hail from places like Middletown High School South, Christian Brothers Academy and Brookdale Community College — and for a few minutes at least, they’re peers on a par with such Jersey-bred filmmakers, movers and shakers as Kevin Smith, John Sayles, Danny De Vito — even Tom Edison and his Black Maria studio.

The revolution that placed pro-grade videography and editing tech into the hands of aspiring filmmakers everywhere — and the social media mechanism that allows neighborhood auteurs to have their work be viewed by mass audiences — is at the heart of Project FX, the Count Basie Theatre’s statewide film competition for students of New Jersey high schools and colleges.

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MIDDLETOWN: HONORING A FALLEN HERO

zilinskiPress release from Middletown Reformed Church

For the members of Middletown Reformed Church, it still seems like yesterday when the shocking news started to hit the tight-knit community, shaking it to the core. Though ten years has passed, the impact of Lieutenant Dennis W. Zilinski’s death has not diminished. A beloved member of the congregation and youth group at the church, the intense pain of Dennis’ passing in 2005 is still so fresh to many, it seems.

While the news of his death was devastating to his family, friends, and the community-at-large, those who loved and cared for him established the Lieutenant Dennis Zilinski Youth Group Memorial Scholarship Fund in 2006 to honor his memory and to pay tribute to the way in which his lived his life — a life that embodied the values of service to God and Church, service to country, service to his family and service to his community. Established through the leadership and dedication of Jo-Ann LoSapio and her son Christopher, the scholarship fund committee hosts fundraising events to support scholarships to youth group members who are entering college, furthering their higher education or entering the military.

On Saturday, May 16, the Middletown Reformed Church Youth Memorial Scholarship Committee will host “Dancing With Dennis,” an event which will raise money for youth scholarships, honor the lasting legacy of Lieutenant Zilinski, pay tribute to veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan and recognize members of Gold Star Mothers. The event, which will be held from 6-10 pm at VFW Post 2179 in Port Monmouth, ill feature a buffet dinner and cash bar.

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CBA HOLDS OFF RESURGENT RBC

Shore Conference Tournament top-seed Christian Brothers Academy hosted 16th-seed Red Bank Catholic in Lincroft Thursday night. But after a second-half scoring surge by the Caseys, the Colts came away with a 63-49 win. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

RED BANK BOXER RANKED 4th IN NATION

PhotoGrid_1420860673732Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Saleem Kelly of Red Bank recently returned from Nevada, where the competed in the 2015 USA Boxing Junior Open and Youth National Championships in Reno. The Red Bank Regional High School Junior finished third in the tournament, and is currently ranked number four in the nation for his age and weight category.

He qualified for the nationals after winning the New Jersey state title with a perfect record, winning both the New Jersey Golden Gloves and Diamond Gloves for his weight category. He went to the nationals with a perfect state record; his current lifetime fight record now stands at 15 – 1, his only loss being his semifinalist finish in the national tournament.

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A ‘TOAST FOR DENNIS’ IN RUMSON

NJ WAR DEADPress release from Christine Burke Associates

For the sixth year, the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund will present its annual Toast to Dennis on Saturday, September 6. Scheduled from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm, the event will be hosted at the riverfront home of Kim and Ron Jaeger in Rumson.

The donations raised by the wine and food event will benefit the fund that was created and founded in 2006 in order to honor local resident First Lieutenant Dennis W. Zilinski II, United States Army, who was killed in action while deployed in Iraq on November 19, 2005. Information regarding the event is available via the charity’s website www.runwithdennis.org.  All proceeds raised on behalf of the fund are used to support programs that assist our wounded soldiers and their families, and to provide scholarships in Dennis’s name to his alma mater, Christian Brothers Academy.

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LINCROFT: FULL YELLOW JACKET

The buzz is about the jazz foursome Yellowjackets as they take the stage of the Henderson Theatre at Christian Brothers Academy for a Friday night fundraiser concert.

For the third year running, the close of the academic session at Christian Brothers Academy is being soundtracked not just to the stately strains of “Pomp and Circumstance,” but with a jazzy end note that points the way to creative projects to come.

This Friday night, June 27, the 350-seat Henderson Theatre at CBA hosts a special benefit concert by the Grammy winning Yellowjackets, an instrumental combo that’s been building buzz in jazz fusion circles for a generation.

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LINCROFT: MONMOUTH RUGBY ROLLS SEVENS

MonmouthRugbyRed Bank’s Monmouth Football Rugby Club — in blue, seen scrumming with the striped shirts of the like-named Monmouth Rugby Club of Wales in a file photo — host their second annual Showdown at the Shore extravaganza this Saturday, at Thompson Park.

If you’ve spent any appreciable amount of time on redbankgreen over the past seven years, you’ve no doubt thrilled to our ongoing and comprehensive coverage of the Monmouth Football Rugby Club, that long-established, hard-playing squad of (men and women) scrummers who make their home at the private Wilde Rover club on Shrewsbury Avenue. From tough tussles on the field, to turbulent times in the air, the rugged ruggers of the 41-year-old sporting organization have made for colorful copy, and even more colorful pictures.

This Saturday, June 21, the lads and lasses of Monmouth Rugby play host to the biggest event of the year — the second annual Showdown at the Shore, a day of play that draws over 40 teams (hailing from six states) to a competitive slate of matches in men’s, women’s and high school divisions. Set to take place on the five back fields of Lincroft’s Thompson Park (with the school-age scrum going on at nearby Christian Brothers Academy), the mega-match is being described by club president Nick Lynch as “a great day for rugby in the area…with rugby being an Olympic event for 2016, there is a much larger following now for local matches.”

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WEEKEND: 60 MORE HOURS OF WINTER FUN

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Above: A cast of local high school students brings A LITTLE SHAKESPEARE: AS YOU LIKE IT to young theatergoers at Two River…while below, Ms. Lauryn Hill appears to have cancelled her (already previously rescheduled) Homecoming appearance at the Count Basie. (cast photo by Ozzie Rodriguez)

laurynFriday, February 7:

RED BANK: If we’ve learned anything from Shakespeare’s As You Like It, it’s that springtime comes in turn to even the bleakest of wintry landscapes. So, with that warming thought in mind — well, that and the caveat that all events described herein are subject to change due to “no enemy but winter and rough weather” — we sally forth once more, where no groundhog dare tread.

While Two River Theater Company carries on with its vibrant and tuneful mainstage production of the Bard’s cross-dressing comedy, a talented troupe of high school performers have put together an intriguing bonus feature inside TRTC’s “black box” Marion Huber space. Adapted and directed by Jason McDowell-Green, A Little Shakespeare: As You Like It is a 75-minute version of the play, aimed at audiences age 9 and up, and designed “to fulfill the not-so-secret grand ambition of Artistic Director John Dias: to have some Shakespeare resonating in every corner of our theater, and to get everyone in our community turned on to the thrill of his exquisite language.” Red Bank Regional students Alicia Moeller and Patrick Monaghan are the lovestruck leads Rosalind and Orlando — and they’re joined in the cast by fellow RBR actors Halle Butler, Raquel Diaz and Alyssa Rogers, plus Michaela Farrell of Red Bank Catholic, and student players from several other Monmouth County high schools. Public performances, for which the actors will also be performing a score of original music by Shanna Jones, are Friday at 7 pm, and Saturday at 12 and 4 pm. Take it here for tickets ($15) and bios of the cast members — or here for tickets to the grownup version of the show that continues this weekend through February 16. 

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WEEKEND: BOOK SHOPPING, RUNNING, ART…

The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library three-day book sale kicks off Friday night with a reception, hits its stride Saturday, and concludes with a fill-a-bag coda on Monday. (Click to enlarge)

Friday, February 1

SHREWSBURY: Shrewsbury’s branch of the Monmouth County Library will host Dr. Janice Thomas from Brookdale Community College at 11 a.m. To kick-off the First Friday for Seniors series, Thomas will put on a presentation outlining her trip to India during which she learned about the culture and education system. 1001 Route 35 North.

MIDDLETOWN: Athlete Kyllian Warman returns to her Middletown roots to discuss how she was able to achieve her 2012 New Year’s resolution of running 2012 miles– and plans to run 2013 miles this year – at the Main Library at 2 p.m. Tying into this, she will also share the ways she sets goals and overcomes obstacles. 55 New Monmouth Road.

LINCROFT: Christian Brothers Academy starts its annual art show and sale by hosting a preview celebration from 7 to 11 p.m. The event will feature wine and hors d’oeuvres by Merri Makers, plus live music. The $60 admission also includes reentry to the weekend’s art and antique show. RSVP online here. Newman Springs Road.

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