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M’TOWN: TEACHER DUMPED OVER TRUMP VIDEO

In the February 28 edition of his cable show,“Last Week Tonight,” comedian John Oliver urged viewers to “make Donald Drumpf again.” 

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_02A Middletown High School South history teacher has been forced to resign for showing students a video of comedian John Oliver skewering Republican presidential candidate Donald Drumpf… er, Trump.

According to various news reports, including the New York Post and NJ.com, the forced resignation of Joe Ventre drew protests from supportive students and parents at the school’s board of trustees meeting Wednesday night.

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RED BANK: RBR PRINCIPAL AIRS HEALTH ISSUE

risa-clayRisa Clay in 2010, when she was named principal at Red Bank Regional High. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi. Click to enlarge)

Red Bank Regional Principal Risa Clay is speaking out — about a health issue that has limited her ability to speak.

In a essay posted on the school website last week, Clay opens up about the physical and emotional challenges of dysphonia, a a neurological disease of the vocal cords that she’s been battling for the past six years.

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SHORE SPORTS ZONE CAPS FOOTBALL ’15

Red Bank Regional’s Sadiq Palmer was among the three finalists for Zoneman of the Year as Shore Sports Zone marked the close of the 2015 high school football season with a banquet in Eatontown Thursday night. Who won? Check out the highlight reel. (Video by Shore Sports Zone.)

LITTLE SILVER: STUDENT TO RATE WALKWAYS

theo cheevers 071015 1Theo Cheevers at Church Street and Rumson Road, site of a recent sidewalk reconstruction. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

donegoodlogoWhere exactly in Little Silver are there sidewalks, and what condition are they in? How might crosswalks be improved?

A young borough man has decided to tackle those questions this summer. And while the effort sounds, um, pedestrian, local government officials are looking forward to his findings.

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RED BANK: OLD YEARBOOKS GET PIXELATED

rbhs 1956A screengrab of a “popularity poll” page in the 1956 Red Bank High School yearbook. And hey, do you recognize the graduate shown below? (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rbr gradHistory lovers and those prone to the siren song of nostalgia: prepare to fall into a rabbit hole.

The Red Bank Public Library has digitized the yearbooks of the former Red Bank High School and its successor, Red Bank Regional High, from a broad swath of the 20th century.

Forty editions of the annual known as the Round Table and, later, the Log, chronicling changes in hairstyles, fashions and media from 1922 to 1980, can now be downloaded, paged through and word-searched via the Internet, minus the musty aroma.

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A TIE WON’T DO: RBC BUSTS TIE-DYE RECORD

rbc tie dy 031815 1 rbc tie dy 031815 13Four-hundred-fifty-four students and teachers at Red Bank Catholic gathered in groovy casualwear Wednesday morning in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the “largest gathering of people wearing tie-dye.”

The event was a fundraiser, via $10 t-shirt sales, for the Make A Wish Foundation of New Jersey and dreamed up by senior Kaitlin Rogers of Allenhurst, above. The previous record was 250, she said; RBC’s must still be certified by Guinness.

The school’s annual carnival for Make A Wish, which enables wish fulfillment for young children with serious medical conditions, will be held this year on Saturday, May 16.

More pix below… (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: HIGH SCHOOL THESPIANS OF OLD

  rbhs theater 020615 4rbhs theater 020615 3Now playing in the lobby display case at Red Bank borough hall: photos of Red Bank High School thespians, believed to have been taken in the 1950s.

The exhibit, the latest in a series of works by RBHS photography teacher Anthony Trufolo, was assembled by volunteers from the public library, and spotlights kids in rehearsal, getting ready backstage and hitting their marks at showtime.

We’ve got lots more after the ‘read more.’ Do you know any of these folks? (Photos of photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: GRID STARS OF OLD

rbpl football 091014 1rbpl football 091014 2Photos of Red Bank High School football players, coaches and cheerleaders from the 1940s and ’50s give the lobby display case at borough hall a distinctly autumnal feel.

The exhibit, put together by volunteers from the public library, showcases images taken by RBHS photography teacher Anthony Trufolo. The last display, assembled in June, featured prom pix from Trufolo’s collection. Library director Elizabeth McDermott says the next one, scheduled for January, will spotlight theatrical productions at the school, which merged into a regional school district in 1975. 

Do you know any of these folks? (Photos of photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

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RED BANK: PROM PIX POSTED, OLD-SCHOOL

rb proms 060414 2 Photos from Red Bank High School proms of the 1950s in a display at borough hall. (Photos of photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb proms 060414 5“This was when young women wanted to look pretty, instead of sexy,” said Red Bank court clerk Fran Pastoriza, as she studied a newly installed display of photos just outside her office Wednesday.

“They wanted to look like movie stars, not the sexpot-of-the-day,” she said.

“Oh man, she is beautiful,” said Jerome ‘Bird’ Hicks, as he studied an elegant young woman – ignoring the fact that the woman already had a date. “I am in love.”

Their sentiments were prompted by the an array of pictures from Red Bank High School proms from the 1950s now in the lobby display case at borough hall.

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RBR STUDENTS REDUCE COLLEGE APP STRESS

sophia gutchinov 2Sophia Gutchinov, above, survived the challenges of the college-application process. Siani Henriques, below, is contending with them now. (Photo below by Isabel Halloran. Click to enlarge)

By ISABEL HALLORAN
Red Bank Charter School Intern

Siani HenriquesSophia Dadap, of Red Bank, is a 16-year-old senior at RBR who has done everything she can to make herself attractive to colleges.

 A creative writing major, Sophia has built up her applications by serving as the editor-in-chief of the school newspaper. She been been active in many clubs, participates in the National Honor Society, plays sports, does volunteer work and tutors.

Sophia says it’s best to stick with activities like these for all four years of high school to show your commitment and dedication to learning, and show how diversified you are, which colleges like to see.

Still, Sophia has found the process of applying for colleges  time-consuming and challenging.

“The applications are stressful because it can be expensive, having to pay to put an application in at a school,” she says.

She is not alone. Locals seniors are finding that applying for college is hard in many ways.

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RFH: PREPPING FOR COLLEGE WITH CREPES

rfh_cooking_club (2)Seniors Leela Srinivasan, Meredith Apicella and Jackie Bruckmann  from Rumson-Fair Haven High School at a meeting of the new cooking club make crepes in the St. George’s kitchen in Rumson. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

The newest addition to Rumson-Fair Haven High School’s extracurricular club list might never have gotten off the ground were it not for a tray of burned pizza rolls.

“I was making pizza rolls,” senior Jackie Bruckmann tells PieHole. “I put them in the oven, and they burned so quickly I said to myself, ‘Oh my God. I’m going to college soon and I need to learn how to cook.’”

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