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LITTLE SILVER: MILESTONE FOR RELAY EVENT

Two Rivers Relay for LifePress release from Red Bank Regional High School

On Friday, May 20, Red Bank Regional High School will be the setting once more, as the school’s Little Silver campus hosts the tenth annual edition of the Two Rivers Relay for Life.

A fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs for the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life is a community-driven project that involves students, residents and employees from Red Bank, Shrewsbury, Little Silver, Fair Haven, Rumson, Oceanport, Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach. RBR has hosted the signature fundraising event for the ACS since its inception.

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A (PINK) SPORTS PARADE IN LITTLE SILVER

Press release from Little Silver Recreation

LS softballThis Saturday, April 30, Little Silver Recreation will present a Spring Sports Parade event, starting at 1:00 p.m. Lacrosse, softball, and baseball players from the borough’s programs will march wearing their team uniforms from the Little Silver Fire House to the Borough Fields, and will be led by members of the Little Silver Police and Fire Departments.

The parade will be followed by a ceremony presided over  by Mayor Robert Neff, who will present the “Little Silver Spirit Award” to Kathleen Hoffman, who is retiring after coaching for over 15 years. Coach Hoffman has supervised all girls’ recreation sports programs in the borough, including lacrosse, which she was instrumental in starting eight years ago. Also being honored will be “Breast Cancer Survivors” whose continued good health will be celebrated.

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LITTLE SILVER: CHANNEL 11 COMES TO RBR

RBR Channel 11RBR Interactive Media student Haley Watson (left) was interviewed by WPIX Channel 11 reporter Lisa Mateo (right), while cameraman Dave Kimmel filmed the piece for a segment aired during WPIX coverage of the New York Car Show.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The Interactive Media classes at Red Bank Regional High School had the cameras turned on them recently, when WPIX 11 Morning News visited RBR to film a segment about distracted driving awareness.

WPIX 11 correspondent Lisa Mateo reported on Mr. Carl Grillo’s students, who were busy filming this year’s #RBRHSDBD Safe Teen Driving Campaign Public Service Announcement on distracted driving. The on-air reporter also graciously agreed to a cameo appearance in the student-made PSA.

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LITTLE SILVER: SAFE AT HOMESTEAD

PH Cobb set A collection of baseball cards from 1909, including two feauring Ty Cobb, found among the possessions of a former Parker family member will be on display Sunday. (Photo by Liz Hanson. Click to enlarge)

Spring 2016 offers local residents and New Jersey history buffs several chances to tour the Parker Homestead, the National Historic Site (one of the oldest standing residences in the Garden State) that marked its 350th anniversary in 2015.

On the afternoon of Sunday, April 17, the public will be able to view the progress of the ongoing interior restoration effort, with tours offered between the hours of 1 and 4 p.m. Meanwhile, the old Parker property will host one of Little Silver Borough’s fire trucks, for a special “Touch-A-Truck” session that allows kids to get up close and hands-on with this hard-working piece of emergency response equipment. Families are encouraged to bring a camera for photo ops with borough firefighters, during the event dedicated to the memory of longtime LSFD volunteer Doug Parker.

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LITTLE SILVER: FIN FORD FREESKIS TO WIN

Finbar FordOn April 9 through 13, the top junior freeskiers from across the country will meet at Copper Mountain in Colorado — and an 11 year old fifth-grader from Little Silver’s Markham Place School will be among them.

Over the last six months, Finbar Ford has competed against the best freeskiers on the East Coast. His performance in skier halfpipe and slope-style has earned him a coveted spot at the upcoming 2016 USA Snowboard and Freeski Association (USASA) Nationals.

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RBR’S MONAGHAN AN OUT-LOUD WINNER

Patrick MonaghanPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

On March 17, Red Bank Regional High School senior Patrick Monaghan of Little Silver came in second in the very competitive New Jersey Regional Poetry Out Loud State Championship. This was the second visit to the competition’s stage for the celebrated RBR thespian, who has won the Regional competition for the past two years.

For his performance at the College of New Jersey, Patrick performed William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 29: When, in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes as well as two other selections: Or by Thomas Sayers Ellis and Ode to the Midwest by Kevin Young.

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RBR TECH STUDENTS WIN TOP HONORS

FBLA_StatesWinnersThe Academy of Information Technology Students from Red Bank Regional High School were dominant in the State Future Business Leader Completions, held on February 18 in at Harrah’s Conference Center in Atlantic City. Pictured above are (left to right, front row): Devin Long (1st place in Networking Concepts); Zach MacLean, Andrew DeRose, Young Chen, Josh Goldsmith, and (back row) Bobby Villaluz, James Szwede, Chloe Sharpe, Nick Polis, Nicole Ortiz, Harry Jain, and Andrew Schembor (missing from photo: Makoto Brown). The students are now eligible to compete in the national competition, taking place June 29 to July 2 in Atlanta. 

RBR BOARD HONORS COMMENDED SCHOLARS

Joseph Ferguson Gabriella RecaldeRed Bank Regional seniors Joe Ferguson and Gabriella Recalde were recently recognized by the Board of Education for their honors of National Merit Commended Scholar and National Hispanic Scholar, respectively.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

At its February meeting, the Red Bank Regional High School Board of Education honored a pair of RBR seniors as its commended scholars. Joseph Ferguson of Little Silver was honored as a National Merit Commended Scholar, while  Gabriela Recalde of Millstone was named as a National Hispanic Scholar (NHRP) through the National Hispanic Recognition Program.

This National Merit award is based on the commended student’s performance on the 2014 Preliminary Sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test, and represents the top 5 percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2014-2015 competition. The National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) identifies and celebrates students who score within the top 2.5 percent among Hispanic and Latino PSAT/NMSQT takers. Out of over 225,000 high school juniors self-identifying as Hispanic/Latino, only 5,000 are selected as NHRP Scholars.

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RBR AWARDS LETTERS TO ACADEMIC STARS

officialacademicvarsitylettersofficialPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

At its February board meeting, the Red Bank Regional (RBR) Board of Education honored its highest achieving academic stars with their very own Varsity Letter. The tradition began many years ago when the school district sought to encourage and honor academic excellence the same way it honors its top athletic achievements, with a varsity letter. In order to earn an Academic Varsity Letter, students must maintain a straight A in every marking period of the preceding year (September of 2014 through June of 2015 in this case).

According to Red Bank Regional High School Guidance Director Dawn Kaszuba,The overall GPA average for this group was 98.04. They are not content to get the 90, but rather strive to achieve their very best…in many ways.

“In addition to being great students, these kids are also peer tutors, athletes and overall well-rounded and committed members of the RBR community.”

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LITTLE SILVER: BIG TENT, BIG ST. PAT’S PARTY

Little Silver Fire St. Pat'sIt’s become as sure a signifier of the St. Patrick’s Day season as leprechauns, shamrocks and wearin’ o’ the green. On Saturday, March 12, and for the eighth consecutive year, the members of the Little Silver Fire Company Station 23-1 will once again host an all-ages fundraiser event that’s become a fast favorite of folks all over the greater Green.

Going on between the hours of 3 and 10 pm in the field adjacent to the firehouse at 480 Prospect Avenue, the fun takes place under a big heated tent, with plenty of Irish food and beer/wine open bar (plus kid-friendly beverages and food faves) to further ward off any lingering seasonal chill.

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RBR CELEBRATES CHINESE NEW YEAR

Risa_and_LionRed Bank Regional Principal Risa Clay welcomed the students of The Jersey Shore Chinese School, and the star of their Lion Dance, at the Chinese New Year celebration at RBR on January 31, ushering in the Year of the Monkey. (Photo by Chimin Hu)

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On January 31, the Red Bank Regional High School community welcomed The Jersey Shore Chinese School students to their school, to usher in the Year of The Monkey. RBR Chinese students emceed the festive celebration, in sharing the Chinese cultural education experience with their peers.

The program was a feast of color, pagentry and skill. Chinese students displayed their talents with the Chinese yo-yo; beautifully festooned dancers performed an elegant folk dance, while others manipulated the serpentine dragon in his traditional dance. RBR Principal Risa Clay courageously fed the red envelope to the Lion, which signifies warding away evil spirits and bringing good luck.

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RED BANK REGIONAL SERVES UP HOPE AT JBJ

RBR culinarystudentsGianni Perfetto, Brandon Trani, and  Sarah Lashovitz, all of Little Silver,  were among the culinary Students from Red Bank Regional High School who served as guest chefs during their Hope is Delicious dinner fundraiser for the JBJ Soul Kitchen.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On the evening of January 26, the talented culinary students of Red Bank Regional High School assumed the responsibilities for cooking, serving and seating restaurant patrons, at the third annual Hope is Delicious Dinner fundraiser to benefit the JBJ Soul Kitchen. As in the past two years, the event sold out within hours of its posting.

On the menu was a mouthwatering panko crested eggplant pirogue finished with sautéed shrimp in petite diced vegetable cream sauce. A tossed romaine salad dressed with red wine vinaigrette accompanied the main course of braised boneless chicken thighs in a shallot wine sauce, with a side dish of Mediterranean style couscous and oven roasted cauliflower. The pièce de résistance was an Italian mascarpone espresso chocolate chip ice box pie.

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LITTLE SILVER ENVIRO DAY IS MARCH 19

LS enviroOn Saturday, March 19, the Borough of Little Silver presents its annual Environmental Day, as an opportunity for residents to cut down on waste and clutter around their households, and to learn about green solutions and other earth-friendly topics.

Hosted at the Women’s Club of Little Silver (111 Church Street), the four-hour event is scheduled to run between 9 am and 1 pm, with a variety of services offered free of charge — including paper shredding, electronic waste collection, and a used clothing drive. In addition, the public is welcome to attend a compost workshop, a beekeeping discussion, and a set of informational displays on topics of environmental and local historical interest.

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RBR STUDENT ART BENEFITS CHARITY

vibesblindCaroline Pearce’s photograph “Vibes” (above) and Nora Fraser’s watercolor “Blind” (below) are among the works by students from the Red Bank Regional High School Visual and Performing Arts program, featured at the Amanda’s Easel Art Auction and charity event on February 26. During the event, hosted from 6:30 to 8 pm at the school building (101 Ridge Road in Little Silver), auctioneer Peter Costanzo will offer over 40 pieces in various media, with all proceeds dedicated to Amanda’s Easel, the art therapy program operated by the Monmouth County-based nonprofit 180 Turning Lives Around. There is a suggested donation of $2 (or $1 for attendees under age 18).

A MOVING BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM AT RBR

Jazmin GrahamThe Red Bank Regional VPA orchestra accompanied Jazmin Graham as she sang the Nora Jones ballad “Don’t Know Why,” during the annual Black History Month program at the school.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Every February, Red Bank Regional High School celebrates Black History Month with a heartwarming program for its student body. Sponsored by the school’s Multi-cultural Club and History Club, the event spotlights the talents of RBR Visual and Performing Arts Academy students in highlighting the timeless contributions of African Americans to American society.

At the 2016 event held last week in the RBR auditorium, Principal Risa Clay greeted her students by explaining the reason we celebrate this month, stating that “it is imperative that Americans learn the complete history of the United States. All students should study and celebrate the history of all people. It is by knowing and learning about others that we continue to grow and learn from each another and better understand each other.”

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