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RED BANK: RIVERVIEW UNVEILS CANCER WING

riverview-oncology-101516riverview-oncology-110216-1A new 29,000-square-foot oncology center, including the dramatic 3,700-square-foot lobby above and at right, debuted at Red Bank’s Riverview Medical Center Wednesday night, helped into existence by a $3 million donation by Carol Stillwell of Colts Neck. Philadelphia firm BTK Architects designed the $35 million project, which includes two new TrueBeam linear accelerators for radiotherapy and 22 beds for inpatient care.

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RED BANK: OYSTERFEST IS A PEARL OF A PARTY

rb oysterfest 092715 10The Guinness Oyster Festival returns Sunday for a “shuck and awe” day of food, beverage and entertainment that includes Tinton Falls pop singer Taylor Tote and band, below. (Top photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

taylor_tote_band_-_social_media_low_res_dsc_7778c-2As open-air diversions go in Red Bank, it’s the undisputed pearl of the season. And making its seventh annual stand, the Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival returns to the White Street municipal parking lot Sunday for an event that, as the name suggests, pairs the fabled allure of the briny bivalve and dozens of other culinary seductions with the “Irish aphrodisiac” known as —Guinness.

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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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RED BANK MAYOR’S BALL RETURNS MAY 6

anderson menna 050115Mayor Pasquale Menna, right with Carol and John Anderson at the first Mayor’s Ball, in 2015. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Press release from Red Bank Mayor’s Ball Committee 

Mayor Pasquale Menna will be the host — and former Mayor Edward J. McKenna Jr. will serve as master of ceremonies — when the Red Bank Mayor’s Charity Ball returns to The Oyster Point Hotel for its second annual edition on Friday, May 6.

The event, which begins at 7 p.m., will honor retired public works supervisor and zoning board member Jesse Garrison (Humanitarian Award), the Count Basie Theatre (Cultural and Arts Award), the Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department (Historical Legacy Award), Philip J. Bowers & Co. (Urban Development Award), and Riverview Medical Center (Manufacturing and Technology Award). Red Bank RiverCenter, the Special Improvement District founded in 1991, will be recognized as it marks its 25th Anniversary.

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RED BANK: RIVERVIEW PENALIZED

rivvu lights 120815 2The entrance to Riverview Medical Center as seen earlier this month. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Red Bank’s Riverview Medical Center was ranked among the worst hospitals in the nation at preventing illnesses and injuries in their facilities, according to a government report issued last week.

As a result, Riverview and three other Monmouth and Ocean county hospitals will lose one percent of their Medicare reimbursements for the fiscal year that started in October under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

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RED BANK: A G.N.O. WITH BFF’s

girls night outGirls of most ages are invited to gather in downtown Red Bank this Thursday for the latest in a series of Girls Night Out events designed to spotlight the town’s most engaging shops and eateries. (Photo by Susan Ericson)

It happens but twice each year in Red Bank — and it happens for the final time here in 2015, when on Thursday, October 15, more than 40 borough-based restaurants, retailers, entertainment venues and service businesses invite women from all around the greater Green to the latest in an ongoing series of Girls Night Out events.

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RED BANK: THE WORLD’S OUR OYSTER SUNDAY

oysterfest 2012 1The Guinness Oyster Festival returns to the White Street lot in Red Bank Sunday. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

rb oysterfest 3 092312Consider the oyster: a fabled food-of-love aphrodisiac to many, and a must-to-avoid mollusk to others. A naturally nurturing jewel-box to hunters of precious pearls, and mere hapless-prey packaging to the otter, The Walrus and The Carpenter.

But whether you shuck ’em or shun ’em, there’s no doubting that the briny bivalve has a certain star-quality luster as the centerpiece of some increasingly popular post-Labor Day events — particularly when paired with the “Irish aphrodisiac” known as —Guinness. And here on the banks of the Navesink, the coming of autumn signals the oyster’s turn to shine as the featured attraction of the Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival, the sixth annual edition of which returns to the White Street municipal parking lot Sunday. Read More »

RED BANK: HOSPITAL EYES MORE REAL ESTATE

rb 91 & 95 e front 041515Riverciew has deals to buy 91 East Front Street, at left above, and 95 East Front, center. It already owns 103 East Front, seen at far right. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

taxesRiverview Medical Center is planning to increase its holdings of Red Bank real estate, redbankgreen has learned.

The expected acquisition by the hospital of two East Front street buildings could lead to growth in the roster of untaxed property in a borough where officials have complained the burden is unfairly falling on homeowners and other property owners.

Because of that possibility, Mayor Pasquale Menna said the deal means borough and hospital officials need to talk.

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RED BANK: RIVERVIEW ADDITION WINS OK

riverview plan 040615The proposed 3,700-square-foot addition, at right above, will serve as a new entrance to the hospital’s oncology services area. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

With a wary eye on increasing competition in the cancer treatment area, Red Bank’s Riverview Medical Center won approval for an expansion of its sprawling East Front Street facilities Monday night.

And as is often the case in town, a sticking point was parking.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? BILLION-DOLLAR GRUB

RiverviewCafeteriaNot many cafeterias  offer a view as pleasing as Riverview Medical Center’s. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

red-bank-riverviewAfter popping by the maternity ward at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank to welcome a new member to the family Thursday, PieHole found itself in need of both sustenance and What’s For Lunch fodder.

Emerging from the elevator on the way way out, we saw the sign: “Cafeteria.”

Bingo.

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LITTLE SILVER: A MINI MED SCHOOL GRAD

SarahHaddowRBR Senior Sarah Haddow of Little Silver recently graduated from the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson “Mini Medical School” program, held at Neptune High School.  

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

At the age of seventeen, Little Silver resident and Red Bank Regional High School senior Sarah Haddow had already decided that wanted to become a pediatric nurse. Through her experiences with little children, she had discovered that she loved to help them when they were not feeling well, and most enjoyed making them smile.

The energetic dancer, cheerleader, peer-leader and honor student had already explored this career path through a number of different avenues, beginning with her junior-year participation in a co-operative health occupation program with the Monmouth County Vocational School. At RBR, she became Vice President of her Health Occupation Students of America Club (HOSA), training in CPR and first aid, and taking second place at a regional HOSA competition. During the weekends, she volunteered at Riverview Medical Center.

On November 12, Sarah reached another milestone when she graduated from the “Mini Medical School” program sponsored by Rutgers Robert Woods Johnson Medical School.

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RED BANK: THE GIRLS HAVE THEIR NIGHT OUT

101614gno29101614gno22Looking for all the world like the trendiest bag ladies you’ve ever seen, more than 200 women signed up for this year’s edition of Girls Night Out, held Thursday and sponsored by Red Bank RiverCenter and Riverview Medical Center. Discounted food and drink at a long list of restaurants, discounts in many stores and goodie bags were just some of the festive attractions. The warmer-than-usual weather was perfect for the ladies to walk around and enjoy the musical entertainment on the streets. Look below for more pictures. Were you there?   (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: MAJOR ENERGY SAVE FOR RMC

riverview-100409Press release from Riverview Medical Center
In an innovative and proactive approach to providing exceptional care, Riverview Medical Center has successfully completed an energy conservation plan improving patient comfort. This program greatly reduces the hospital’s annual energy consumption and carbon footprint while also ensuring the reliability of vital hospital equipment for years to come.

Through New Jersey’s Clean Energy Program, Riverview Medical Center enrolled in the Pay for Performance (P4P) plan which grants financial incentives to large buildings for reducing their energy consumption by 20 percent. After partnering with Tozour Energy Systems, Riverview implemented a number of energy conservation measures to achieve this goal.
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RED BANK: THIS TOWN IS YOUR OYSTER…FEST

oysterfest-2010-1The Guinness Oysterfest returnS to downtown Red Bank Sunday for an afternoon of sunshine, food, music and eary-fall good spirits.

rb oysterfest 2 092312Although there are those who choose to shun it rather than shuck it, there’s no denying that the oyster has long been celebrated for its aphrodisiac properties. And when the bivalve’s paired with the brackish brew that’s been called “the Irish aphrodisiac” – —Guinness – well, what’s not to love?

Whether you’re a fishy aficionado or strictly landlubber’s menu, there’s much to sink your teeth into this Sunday, when the Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival returns to the White Street municipal parking for for a fifth annual edition. Presented by Red Bank RiverCenter and produced by RUEevents, it’s a seven-hour fleadh of food, music and stout that benefits a pair a pair of regional cancer treatment nonprofits — the Jane H. Booker Cancer Center at  Riverview Medical Center, and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of NJ — in addition to helping fund the ongoing events and programs of the RiverCenter partnership.

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LITTLE SILVER: AFRICAN MISSION HITS HOME

DCIM100GOPRORed Bank Regional senior Samantha Sidun of Little Silver (left) is pictured in Ghana with her Global Leadership Adventures mentor Ashley Randall and fellow volunteer Lindsay Harris, at the foot of the compost toilet they constructed to improve the health and environment of the local people.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

For two weeks in July, Red Bank Regional High School senior Samantha “Sam” Sidun of Little Silver worked with fellow American teenagers to construct compost toilets in the agricultural village of Dzita in Ghana. She was inspired to join the Global Leadership Adventures (GLA) group after hearing about the program from a friend at RBR who had joined the program last year. But as Sam explains, she was also drawn to the idea of actually doing something to promote world health. Sam financed the trip in part from money she raised over two years in babysitting and a summer job at a local beach club.

For the two week trip, a group of 18 teenagers were divided into two groups, each tasked to construct a compost toilet. In their downtime, they were able to learn about the Ghanaianculture and government and meet the locals at a soccer tournament or the local swimming lake. Many things strongly impressed Sam, like the symbols in everyone’s homes to ward off evil spirits, juxtaposed with Christian Church services which were five hours long.

“The point of the mission was healthcare and sustainability,” Sam explains. “Many households do not have sanitary systems, and as a result, dysentery kills more children than AIDS and malaria.”

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RMC FOUNDATION NAMES SIX TO BOARD

RMC boardNew foundation board trustees of Riverview Medical Center include (clockwise from top left): Hilary DiPietro, Charels E. Komar, Shawn Reynolds, Benedict J. Torvicia Jr., Danielle Sherwood and Jonathan Schultz.

Press release from Riverview Medical Center

Thomas J. Gravina, chairman of Riverview Medical Center Foundation, is proud to welcome six new members to the Board of Trustees. The newly elected Foundation Board of Trustees include: Hilary DiPiero, Charles E. Komar, Shawn Reynolds, Danielle Sherwood, Jonathan Schultz, and Benedict J. Torcivia, Jr.

“We are thrilled that these individuals have accepted positions on the Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees,” says Thomas J. Gravina, chairman. “These new trustees will join an elite group of leaders who have chosen to invest their time and skills in Riverview to help make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.” Read More »

DRIVER PEPPER-SPRAYED IN ROAD DISPUTE

A Middletown man spent some time in the emergency room at Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank Monday after getting pepper-sprayed in a road rage incident, borough police said.

Michaelangelo D’Amico , 21, is believed to have tailgated Pamela Antonucci-Pizzi, 36, after she cut him off in traffic while both were traveling southbound on Route 35 in Middletown around 11:30 a.m., said Red Bank police Captain Darren McConnell, the department spokesman.

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AMPING UP THE ‘RED’ IN RED BANK

Just a week after Valentine’s Day, hearts were celebrated in Red Bank Thursday night not for love or romance, but for health, as Buona Sera Ristorante once again hosted “The Red Dress Event,” presented by Meridian CardioVascular Network to bring awareness to the risk of heart disease.

Women decked in their best little red dresses came out to enjoy cocktails, music and gorgeous designer gowns crafted by Vera Wang, Oscar De la Renta, Marc Jacobs, and Donna Karan, on display directly from New York Fashion Week’s ‘The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection.’ The celebrity fashion show itself played on  flat screens in the background as the dance floor turned into a swirling sea of red skirts and flashing lights.

redbankgreen‘s Danielle Tepper was there to capture the action.

MENNA CHALLENGES RED BANK TO GET FIT

Mayor Menna’s Wellness Challenge kicked off Tuesday with free screenings in the municipal courtroom. (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

As part of a statewide campaign to promote healthier lifestyles, Mayor Pasquale Menna is getting Red Bank involved in an ongoing project to keep his administration and borough residents fit and feelin’ good.

The Mayor’s Wellness Campaign, an initiative of the New Jersey Health Care Quality Institute, is partnered with the New Jersey State League of Municipalities. It works to “equip mayors with the tools to develop and implement active-living initiatives in their communities with the ultimate goal of improving health and reducing the skyrocketing health care costs that come with the obesity problem in New Jersey,” according to the website.

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PAINTING, AND CLOTHING, THE TOWNS PINK

A profusion of pink explodes from local wardrobes this time of year, as evidenced by these pix from the 2011 Girls’ Night Out party in Pink Bank. (Click to enlarge)

It started six years ago, in a place called Pink Bank.

It quickly caught on in the nearby communities of Pink Haven (Fair Haven, that is) and Pink (Monmouth) Beach. And in 2012, you’ll find it happening everywhere from Pinkbury (Shrewsbury), Pinkson (Rumson) and Little Pink (Little Silver), to Pinkdel (Holmdel), Atlantic Pinklands (Atlantic Highlands) and possibly other coordinates on your G-Pink-S.

Beginning Friday, May 4, and continuing through May 12, Riverview Medical Center invites residents of the greater Green to participate in a campaign that’s designed to encourage women aged 40 and older to schedule an annual mammogram — as well as to fund mammography services to our uninsured and underserved neighbors — with a pledge to Paint the Town Pink.

If, as it’s been said, it takes a village to turn a town pink, then this year’s nine-day campaign promises to be “bigger and pinker than ever,” with a gala reception, celebrity appearances, large-scale public events, and the centerpiece of the schedulE: the mass “pinking” of homes all over this side of the Garden State Pinkway.

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FIVE BUSTED FOR RED BANK BREAK-INS

riverside-concession-2Two burglaries at the Riverside Gardens Park concession stant a crackdown on loitering in the park, borough officials said. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Red Bank police closed the book on a quartet of burglary cases over the past two weeks, including a double break-in at a park concession stand.

Five suspects were arrested in total, for burglaries that committed over the last two weeks, police said. All suspects were locals.

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AS PROMISED, RIVERVIEW TO PAINT IT BLACK

line-workerA contractor removed the pink line from the middle of Broad Street Saturday; below, the stripe as it appeared on June 1. (Above photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

pink-stripe-060111The faded-but-still-pink line running down Broad Street in Red Bank has become a sure sign: Paint the Town Pink was here. A long time ago, even.

The pink traffic line, part of Riverview Medical Center and RiverCenter‘s annual campaign to promote breast cancer awareness, has tended to last well beyond the week of PR-heavy activities within the borough. In fact, much of the the stripe from the 2010 edition was still present when a new one was laid down for this year’s event, which concluded almost six weeks ago.

But responding to criticism from towns that participate in the annual event — Red Bank, Fair Haven and Monmouth Beach — Riverview says it’s de-pinking the roads.

In Red Bank, the line is already gone, and Fair Haven’s is soon to follow.

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LITTLE SILVER BRAWL SENDS ONE TO E.R.

authorities2bBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

An early-morning brawl involving eight to 10 teens Saturday in a residential section of Little Silver sent one man to the hospital and led to another being charged with assault, Little Silver police said.

The altercation, which occurred outside a party at a Lippincott Road home at about 1:35 a.m. Saturday and required assistance from neighboring towns, also left others with minor injuries, Police Chief Dan Shaffery said.

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THE WEEK IN REARVIEW

pink-linePink striping down River Road in Fair Haven in celebration of Pink Week, which continues this week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

You’ll notice the redbankgreen masthead’s looking a more on the red side than green these days. That’s because last week kicked off Pink Week, Riverview Medical Center and Red Bank RiverCenter’s annual push for breast cancer awareness, detection and treatment.

We’re not here just for supportive graphics, but on this Monday morning to keep you abreast (couldn’t help it) of what that’s all about, and other news from the end of April. Click on.

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