duffy-gaunt-butler-fhSuzanne Duffy, Laraine Gaunt, and Suzanne Butler at the “It’s OK to Be Different” assembly, which helped kick off the “Week of Respect” at Sickles School in Fair Haven.

Press release from Fair Haven School District

At Viola L. Sickles School in Fair Haven, the subject of respect – like reading and writing — is taught all year long. During this year’s state-mandated Week of Respect, Sickles  students participated in meaningful activities designed to reinforce lessons about kindness and acceptance.

A kickoff event was held on Friday, September 30, and featured the “It’s OK to Be Different” assembly presented by the program’s creator and director Laraine Gaunt. An educator whose now-grown children once attended Sickles School, Gaunt introduced “It’s OK to Be Different” in 1978 to teach young children respect for all individuals and to promote understanding and tolerance.

“It’s OK to Be Different” is a year-long initiative at Sickles School and complements the tenets of the Responsive Classroom Philosophy already in place at all grade levels – “Be a Buddy, Not a Bully” (Pre-K and Kindergarten), “Understanding Disabilities” (First Grade), “Respect for Different Learners” (Second Grade), and “Celebrating Cultures”  (Third Grade).

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bricks-4-kidz-fair-havenSickles School third graders get a hands-on lesson with a Bricks 4 Kidz model building project as Media Specialist June Sustick looks on.

Press release from Fair Haven School District

Kindergarten through third grade students at Viola L. Sickles School in Fair Haven recently enjoyed a unique learning experience thanks to Bricks 4 Kidz, an enrichment program designed to teach children STEM concepts through hands-on learning using LEGO® bricks.

Director Melina Stock visited Sickles School on September 26-30 for an instructional “in-school field trip.” This consisted of active building sessions for individual classes with the goal of creating finished models.

Working with a Bricks 4 Kidz original design and LEGO technic bricks, the students built their mechanical masterpieces – colorful sailboats for first through third graders (with varying levels of challenge based on grade level) and shiny red apples with bright green stems for Kindergarten students.

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joe-mcgovern-familyKnollwood School graduate Joseph McGovern Jr.,USMC is pictured with his parents Joseph Sr. and Theresa, after the ceremonial unveiling of his photo on the school’s “Wall of Honor.”

Press release from Fair Haven School District

joe_mcgovernA ceremony was held on September 26 to honor Joseph (Joe) McGovern Jr., who graduated eighth grade at Knollwood School in Fair Haven in 2012. Joe’s photo has been added to the school’s “Wall of Honor” display featuring graduates who are proudly serving their country in the armed forces.

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CINDY ZIPF 062816Cindy Zipf is pictured addressing a crowd at Rumson’s Bingham Hall on recent pollution issues in the Navesink River. The Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action returns to the borough on October 18, for a free public lecture event sponsored by the Rumson Garden Club.

From press materials furnished by Rumson Garden Club; Monmouth Conservation Foundation

The middle of October will see two free public-welcome discussions — one in Rumson, one in Fair Haven — that aim to furnish the public with updated information on the effort to address the pollution problem in the Navesink River, as well as provide tips on ways that individual residents and business owners can pitch in to help improve the quality of our area’s waterways.

On the morning of Tuesday, October 18, the Rumson Country Club is the setting for a special lecture entitled “Watershed Mindfulness: We Are All Connected to the Sea;” presented by Rumson Garden Club and featuring as guest speaker Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of the Sandy Hook-based nonprofit Clean Ocean Action (COA).

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Press release from Fair Haven Business Association

The Halloween season may be a feast for Dracula and his pals that go bump in the night — but on Saturday, October 22, local residents are being urged to “Starve a Vampire, Feed Your Neighbor,” during a Blood Drive hosted at the Knights of Columbus – Red Bank Council 3187, and presented in partnership with the Fair Haven Business Association.

Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., donors are invited to come to the KofC’s facility at 200 Fair Haven Road, in an effort to help Central Jersey Blood Center meet the needs of our community.

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artie-bennettChildren’s author Artie Bennett (above) brings his tales of butts and burps to Oceanic Library next week…while Hester Young (below; photo by Francine Daveta) brings her thriller THE GATES OF EVANGELINE to River Road Books on Thursday, September 22.

hester-young-francine-davetaOne has carved out a niche career by explaining various bodily functions to beginning readers. The other aims to scare it all out of you, via her debut novel in the Southern Gothic Thriller vein. In the run-up to the release of Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography “Born to Run” (and his golden-ticket appearance at the Freehold Barnes & Noble), a couple of very different authors are speaking, selling and signing copies of their works at two favorite haunts for bibliophiles.

Her debut novel, “The Gates of Evangeline” is being called a “spooky tale perfect for longer fall nights” — and even as she prepares to release a sequel in autumn 2016, Hester Young makes time to visit Fair Haven’s River Road Books on Thursday evening, September 22. It’s there that the Boston-born, Jersey-based teacher/ mother/ author will read from “Gates,” the first in a planned trilogy of tales starring one Charlotte “Charlie” Cates, a reporter (and bereaved parent) whose investigation into a cold-case mystery in Louisiana is spurred by her recurring dreams of children in danger. There’s no charge to attend Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. event, but seating and signing copies of “The Gates of Evangeline” can be reserved by calling River Road Books at (732) 747-9455.

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The area’s longest-running community carnival returns as the 57th annual Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair gets underway Friday night. (Photo and video by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

fh fair 082413 9Generations on the Greater Red Bank Green have known it as a bittersweet occasion — a last dance with the devil-may-care pleasures of the season before that inevitable pivot to thoughts of “back to school” and “where’s my sweater?”

The Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair is all of that and more, and when this oldest (and, many agree, greatest) of all local carnivals puts down stakes for a 57th annual edition that begins Friday evening, it will hold as many different meanings (and represent as many vivid memories) as there are people who have thrilled to its rides, vied for its prizes and stood in line for an order from its celebrated seafood café.

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rb nno 1 080712Bounce houses are part of the evening’s activities, as police departments in three local boroughs (Red Bank, Fair Haven, Little Silver) invite families to take part in the National Night Out initiative on Tuesday.

It began 32 years ago as a simple promotion in which police departments across the nation encouraged residents to keep their porch lights burning as a show of solidarity against crime. It evolved in many communities into a public-welcome event that mixed family-fun activities with a serious message of safe streets (and made a celebrity out of a trenchcoat-wearing dog named McGruff).

Here in the charged election-year atmosphere of 2016 — where statistical declines in violent crime are countered by news stories involving the horrifically high-profile deaths of police officers and civilians — the annual occurrence known as National Night Out takes on a newfound significance, as an opportunity for police departments, public officials and community members to meet and maintain the dialogue.

On the evening of Tuesday, August 2, both Red Bank and Fair Haven continue their now-traditional participation in the nationwide initiative — and this year, they’ll be joined by a third municipality on the greater Red Bank green: the bordering borough of Little Silver.

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nookietown-500x322Author V.C. Chickering visits River Road Books on Thursday for a signing appearance keyed to her debut novel, “Nookietown.”

It’s an erotically charged, sharply humorous, playfully provocative tale that’s already been optioned for a TV adaptation, despite the fact that it represents the author’s first foray into full-length fiction. And it’s been likened to no less a phenomenon than the “Fifty Shades” franchise — minus the BDS&M, plus humor.

When V.C. Chickering visits Fair Haven’s River Road Books Thursday evening, she’ll be reading from and signing copies of her acclaimed new novel “Nookietown” — and perhaps reinforcing the point that the fanciful place known as Nookietown could be as nearby as the bedroom communities we call home.

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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.


mimi-cross danny sanchezIf it seems just a few months ago that the Shore singer-songwriter turned author Mimi Cross was in town promoting a newly published novel — well, you’re correct. As reported here on redbankgreen in January, the two-time Asbury Music Award winner was looking forward to a personal appearance at Fair Haven’s River Road Books — a launch party for her debut as a published novelist, in celebration of the young adult title Before Goodbye.

Even as she geared up for that milestone occasion, however, the veteran of several self-released albums revealed to us that she had a second completed novel in the publication pipeline — and on Thursday, Cross returns to River Road for another book launch party; this one keyed to her latest full-lengther, Shining Sea.

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Brendan BarryBrendan Barry signs his Letter of Intent to play Division 1 basketball for Dartmouth College as (left to right) father Rich, RFH Basketball Coach Chris Champeau, mother Colleen, and sister Aidan look on.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Brendan Barry has made it official. The all-time leading point scorer for Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Basketball signed his letter of intent to play Division One basketball at Dartmouth College on the morning of April 28, in the lower library at RFH.

Basketball coach Chris Champeau, family members, and well-wishers were on hand to witness the event that caps a brilliant four-year varsity career at RFH – 1,812 points, 431 assists, 306 rebounds, 277 successful three-point shots, and 258 steals in 107 games.

A three-year starter, Barry now holds the RFH records for most career points, assists, and steals. During this past season, Barry averaged 25.7 points and led his team to a 23-win season.

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AudreyVernickChildren’s book author Audrey Vernick (above) helps River Road Books celebrate Independent Bookstore Day Saturday afternoon, two days after Aaron Zwas (below) shows us how to ‘Transition to Independence.’

Aaron ZwasIn case you haven’t marked your calendar accordingly, this Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day — a day when we toast the success and spirit of your friendly neighborhood (non-chain, mom and/or pop) purveyor of dreams for lovers of the printed page.

Here on the Greater Red Bank Green, it’s a role that’s been filled for the past decade by River Road Books, the Fair Haven corner shop that’s taken the lead among area booksellers when it comes to meet-and-greet opportunities with authors of all persuasions. And the store has a spring bounty lined up in coming weeks.

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Press release from Fair Haven Parent-Teacher Association

It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Fair Haven PTA — and when the organization hosts its annual luncheon event on Saturday, April 30, it will be a “Rendezvous on the River” with a decidedly Parisian flavor.

A benefit in support of the ongoing and future programs that the PTA sponsors and the community have come to love and expect, the luncheon and auction event will be hosted on the beautiful Shrewsbury River, in the elegant setting of the Riverhouse at Rumson Country Club.

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Impact_photo_April_4_2016Press release from Impact 100 Jersey Coast (Photo by Cady Metzger)

The bar was set high. The final numbers are in. The goal: 100 local women each give $1,000. The result: 145 women step up to provide a $145,000 transformational grant to one Monmouth County nonprofit.

“Never underestimate the power of women,” said Deidre O’Brien Spiropoulos, President and Cofounder of Impact 100 Jersey Coast. “Not only did we meet our goal of 100 women by March 31st, but we exceeded it with 145 women each contributing $1,000.” One hundred percent of membership funds go directly to the grant which will benefit a local nonprofit.

Impact 100 Jersey Coast was founded by Spiropoulos of Fair Haven and Heather Burke of Middletown. Together they reached out to other local women who made up the founding member team: Kate McMahon of Ocean Township, Bonnie Torcivia of Fair Haven, Rowena Crawford-Phillips of Navesink, Maggie LaRocca of Rumson, Aimee Remey of Locust, Paige Metzger of Little Silver, Paulette Roberts of Little Silver, Bridget Riepl of Oakhurst and Jenny Turner Clarke of Rumson.

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alex perkinsPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Alex Perkins, a senior at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, captured a silver medal at the NASTAR National Championship held at Steamboat Ski Resort in Colorado in late March.

This is Alex’s first time to the podium at a NASTAR National Championship, and the first time competing at a national level for the 18-year old son of Debbie and Bill Perkins of Fair Haven.

Alex claimed the second place finish in his age group of 18-20, with a time of 21.475. Alex qualified for this National competition with a gold medal victory at the NASTAR Eastern Regional Championship, held at Okemo Mountain in Vermont this past January.

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Press release from River Rats Sailing

Spring has arrived, and now is the time for parents to enroll their youngsters in summer programs. Learn more about a long time favorite, River Rats Sail Training, at the River Rats Open House on Sunday, April 17.

Scheduled from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Fair Haven Community Center on 35 Fisk Street, the event is open to any child who can swim, and who wants to learn how to sail. Classes are often fully subscribed early in the registration process, so anyone interested in enrolling a child should plan to attend the April 12 Open House.

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Jersey Shore CookbookFrom guided tours of the great restaurants, landmark buildings and vivid VIPs in our local communities, to the resting places of the most storied European monarchs, the month of April is a Book Fair of opportunity for anyone interested in a cracking-good nonfiction read — and the days and nights ahead offer readers numerous opportunities to meet and chat with the people who bring you the books, at locations all around the greater Green.

It’s a slate of events that kicks off this Thursday, April 7, in the surprising setting of Sea Bright’s Ama Ristorante — a venue that comes into sharper focus with the revelation that the 6 p.m. event is a cocktail-hour reception for The Jersey Shore Cookbook: Fresh Flavors from the Boardwalk and Beyond. Author (and founder of Jerseybites.com) Deborah Smith will be on hand to sign preview copies of the soon-to-be-released volume, a collection of recipes from some of the Shore’s most popular restaurants and eateries (Ama included). Also featured is an insider’s guide to navigating the local foodscape, as well as “the effects of Superstorm Sandy on nearly every establishment in the book and what it took to come back after the devastation.” Attendees at the two-hour reception will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a complimentary beverage, a demo by Ama Executive Chef Charles Lesbirel, plus a $15 gift card — and tickets ($50 per person; $75 per couple) can be reserved at (732)530-9760.

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Press release from Fair Haven Girl Up Club

On Saturday, May 7, the Fair Haven Girl Up Club is hosting a glamorous Hollywood-themed Father-Daughter Fundraiser Dance for girls and dads of all ages in Monmouth County. Hosted from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Red Bank Elks Lodge (40 West Front Street), the event starts with a half-hour meet and greet “mocktail” hour outside (weather permitting) on the Navesink River waterfront. A fully catered buffet dinner will be served around 8:30 p.m., and the evening will also include fabulous raffle prizes.

The Girl Up initiative is an adolescent United Nations Jr. Foundation campaign where girls stand up for girls in need; empowering girls around the world to strive for education and transform their world. Girl Up Clubs like the one in Fair Haven volunteer their time and resources to try and help girls in places that pose daily difficulties in just being born a girl.

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Alex PerkinsPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Alex Perkins, a senior at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, has once again claimed gold at the 2016 NASTAR Eastern Regional Championship, held in Okemo, Vermont on January 30 and 31.

The 18-year-old Fair Haven resident had the fastest finish among his age category of 18 to 20 year-old male skiers in Saturday’s championship race – which featured Olympian and World Cup Championship skier A.J. Kitt as pacesetter. Alex’s finish gave him the second fastest par time (20.17) of all skiers under the age of 21 who competed in the event.

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