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RED BANK: DISTRICT KEEPS PRESSURE ON PLAN

jared rumage 082814Red Bank Superintendent Jared Rumage, above, said PARCC test results show that students gain skills as they progress through the middle school. Below, charter school Principal Meredith Pennotti at the forum her school hosted Tuesday. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

meredith pennotti 020216Twists in the proposed Red Bank Charter School expansion saga in recent days have prompted the borough school district to dial up its attack on the plan.

District Superintendent Jared Rumage said a change in the timeline of the plan’s proposed rollout “amplifies [the] disconnect” between the charter school and the community.

In addition, academic test data released this week shows that district eighth-graders are not only competitive with those at the charter school, but outscored them, he said.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? A SMOOTHIE IN A BOWL

020316freshica4The Acai PB&J bowl from Freshica’s Juice Bar, owned by Jessica Dalmedo, below. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

020316freshica3It might seem counter-intuitive to put a juice bar in the same building as a luncheonette known for its porkroll, egg, and cheese sandwiches, but Jessica Dalmedo, owner of Freshica’s Juice Bar says it works.

Sharing space with Fairwinds Deli on River Road in Fair Haven for almost four years, Freshica’s counter takes up a portion of the dining area. At lunchtime, you’re likely to see a construction worker downing a sub as you are a gray-flannel suit or someone coming from the gym. Less expected: the number of children from the preschool next door taking sippy-cup-sized swigs of kale- and spinach-infused juices.

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RBR TRIO SIGNS FOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL

After a coaching change at Syracuse University, Red Bank Regional standout receiver Sadiq Palmer reassessed his offers to play college football. He was one of three members of the Buc team that had its best season in a generation to sign for college play on Wednesday. Shore Sports Zone was there to talk to the scholar-athletes about their futures.

FAIR HAVEN: POLICE REPORTS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of January, 2016.

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• 1/1/16- Patrol was dispatched to a Hance Road address for reported property damage. Ptl. William Lagrotteria took the report.

• 1/1/16- Patrol was dispatched to a Fair Haven business for vehicle damage by valet staff. Ptl. Eric Patton took the report.

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LITTLE SILVER: COP’S CONVICTION UPHELD

By JOHN T. WARD

steven solariA former Little Silver police officer now serving time for an attack on a handcuffed man in the borough police station did not get an unfair sentence, a New Jersey appeals court panel ruled Tuesday.

Steven Solari , 42, right, was sentenced to five years in prison in 2014  and ordered to forfeit his $91,000-a-year job and any future prospect for public employment after his conviction on four counts of official misconduct, simple assault and witness tampering.

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RED BANK: CHARTER TRIES SILENCE WITH PR

rbcs 020216 6Charter school Principal Meredith Pennotti with a school cofounder, Michael Stasi, center, and trustee Roger Foss, in blue tie. Below, charter school parent and middle school employee Diana Archila addresses the crowd as charter school spokesman Kevin King looks on. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

archila king rbcs 020216After what’s been called “a PR disaster” involving its proposed plan to double enrollment, the Red Bank Charter School shifted into corporate communications mode Tuesday night.

Over the course of a two-hour forum that drew a fired-up, overflow crowd in its new STEM lab on Monmouth Street, school officials, with one exception, refused to answer questions, rebut criticisms or even state positions on their own proposal plan, instead sitting silently and letting critics have their say.

And for reporters, school officials deferred all questions to a polished corporate spokesman who stayed rigorously on-message.

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RUMSON: BATCHLER CUT AS FOOTBALL COACH

Bryan Batchler 120715 1Former Rumson-Fair Haven Regional head football coach Bryan Batchler led the team to its third straight state sectional football championship in December. (Image courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Six weeks after he was put on leave for undisclosed reasons, Bryan Batchler is expected to be replaced as head football coach at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional, redbankgreen has learned.

Batchler, who led the Bulldogs to their third consecutive state sectional title with a win over Red Bank Regional on December 5, was placed on leave by Superintendent Pete Righi just nine days later. Righi has repeatedly declined to say what prompted the suspension or provide any details about the situation, citing the confidentiality of a personnel matter.

Now, however, the school needs to find a coach for the upcoming season, Righi said in a prepared statement Tuesday.

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RED BANK: BUONA SERA, JIMMY JOHN’S OK’D

21 w front 082614The former Wayne’s Market on West Front Street is slated to open as a Jimmy John’s franchise owned by Gaslight Anthem bassist Alex Levine, at left below, and Matt Schaffert, right. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

levine schaffert 020116The owners of two Red Bank restaurants left Monday night’s planning board meeting with unanimous approvals, one to expand and the other to open.

Buona Sera, at Maple Avenue and Monmouth Street, won an OK for a plan for a 1,200-square foot addition that might accommodate up to 50 standing customers. And Jimmy John’s Deli, a sandwich franchise co-owned by a member of the rock band Gaslight Anthem, got a thumbs-up to open in the former Wayne’s Market space on West Front Street.

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RUMSON: POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Rumson Police Department for the period of December 1, 2015 to January 31, 2016.

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12/16/15 Grace Maggiulli arrested Valerie Valentini, 59, of Long Branch for COC [Contempt of Court]. Mrs. Valentini was released after posting $391 bail.

12/20/15 S/O Michael Berger arrested Anthony Rizzica, 44, of Staten Island for DUI following an MVA at Rumson Road and Sailors Way. Mr. Rizzica was released pending court.

12/29/15 S/O Michael Berger arrested Lisa Latourette-Persha, 40 of Highlands, for COC. Mrs. Latourette-Persha was released after posting $240 bail. Read More »

GET READY FOR A SMOOCHFEST

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Remember those great old Valentines that used to run each year in the classified sections of newspapers? Getting one was a thrill. But just sitting and reading them was a delight, too — a window on the ways people saw their relationships, and a great showcase of love, lust, affection, pathos and laugh-out-loud humor.

On February 14, redbankgreen will launch its first-ever Valentine’s page, which we’re calling Smooch. It’s a place where lovers, swooners and others aglow with amore can send their beloved a special message while proclaiming their love to the world.

But unlike the Valentine’s messages newspapers used to print, this one’s both mess-free and interactive, and comes with nice prizes.

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RED BANK CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

AUTHORITIES_RB-2016-v2The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of January 21 to January 28, 2016. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief reported on 1-22-16 at Chapin Ave. Boro Employee reported that unknown person(s) damaged a street sign. Sgt. Heather Pubylski

Theft occurring on 1-26-16 at Shrewsbury Ave. Victim reported that four teenage males approached her while walking and snatched pharmacy bag she was carrying which contained two prescriptions. Ptl. David Smith.

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WELCOME TO SMOOCH!

SMOOCH_415x300_SOCIALWelcome to Smooch, redbankgreen‘s first-ever interactive Valentine’s page!

Smooch is where lovers, swooners and others aglow with affection can send their beloved a special message for publication on this page on Valentine’s Day.

But unlike the Valentine’s messages newspapers used to print, this one’s interactive, and comes with prizes.

That’s right. It’s interactive: if the object of your affection claims your Smooch by matching his or her email address with one you’ve submitted at the time of your Smooch purchase, you’ll BOTH be entered into drawings for $200 worth of dining and shopping in downtown Red Bank, courtesy of Red Bank RiverCenter! (See complete rules below).

But even without that, a Smooch is fun way to proclaim you love, in your own words — whether your mood is tender, funny or sexy or all three at once.

So, are you ready to give somebody a great big Smooch? Scroll down and order one in seconds!

JUST PUT YOUR LIPS TOGETHER, AND… TYPE

Travis 012616 2Bob and Lisa Travis of Little Silver share a recent smooch at Jamian’s. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

Smooches come in two sizes/orientations:

Sample horizontal in-story

The Horizontal Smooch will be published right here in this column on Valentine’s Day, with a way for your intended recipient to claim it, instantly. And it costs just $10.

Want one? Just fill in the message box below (you’ll have 200 characters to wax poetic), and then enter your beloved’s email address. That second step is optional, but participating give you BOTH a shot at $200 worth of shopping and dining in downtown Red Bank, courtesy of Red Bank RiverCenter.

Then, click “Add to Cart,” which takes you to a page where you can pay for your Smooch with a credit card or via PayPal.

Smooch message (200 char. max)
Your beloved’s email

Sample squarish in-story

The Squarish one goes for a mere $15. It’ll appear in the far right column on Valentine’s Day, with a way for your intended recipient to claim it, instantly.

Want one? Just fill in the message box below (you’ll have 200 characters to wax poetic), and then enter your beloved’s email address. That second step is optional, but participating give you BOTH a shot at $200 worth of shopping and dining in downtown Red Bank, courtesy of Red Bank RiverCenter.

Then, click “Add to Cart,” which takes you to a page where you can pay for your Smooch with a credit card or via PayPal.

Smooch message (200 char. max)
Your beloved’s email

RED BANK: CHARTER SCHOOL SLATES FORUM

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HOT-TOPIC_03The Red Bank Charter School plans to hold an open forum and press conference on its controversial expansion plan Tuesday at 7 p.m., the school announced Sunday.

“The press conference will provide clarity on a recent application amendment, after which the forum will be opened for community comment,” according to a press release.

The event will be held at 135 Monmouth Street, above, a building in which the school recently leased space for a STEM lab and to accommodate the expansion, if approved by the New Jersey Department of Education. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)