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RUMSON SCHOOLS CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY

Rumson Arbor Day 2Forrestdale and Deane Porter students participate in the ceremonial planting of a tree as Rumson Borough Shade Tree Commission Chairman Stephen Barrett looks on.

Press release from Rumson School District  

Students at two Rumson schools celebrated Arbor Day with a Legacy Project planting and a poem, as well as a ceremony held at Deane Porter School on the morning of April 29.

The celebration was attended by all students in Pre-K and Kindergarten, two student representatives from each first through third grade class, and Student Government Officers as well as Homeroom Representatives from grades four through eight at Forrestdale School. Dignitaries on hand included Rumson Borough Mayor John Ekdahl, Rumson Borough Shade Tree Commission Chairman Stephen Barrett, and Board of Education members.

For the Legacy Project, students in grades Pre-K through eight participated in a “Bucks for Barks” fundraiser organized by the Student Government Association. Donations totaling $6,281.00 were used to purchase trees that were planted on the school grounds by students in each grade level.

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RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN STAR SIGNS WITH IVY

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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RUMSON SCHOOLS HOST KID’S LIT STARS

Press release from Rumson School District

Amy Marie StadelmannIn an effort to get kids reading this summer, the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip RV will visit Deane-Porter Elementary and Forrestdale Schools on Wednesday, May 4. From 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., students and families will have the opportunity to participate in their very own “pop-up” reading festival, meet some of their favorite authors and illustrators, and engage in fun reading activities.

Scheduled to make the trip to Rumson this Wednesday are six authors and illustrators of popular titles and series from Scholastic, the major publisher of books and educational materials for children and young adults. They are Max Brallier (who, under the pen name Jack Chabert, writes the Eerie Elementary series), Gavin Brown, Kristin Earhart (the Misty Inn series), Dan Poblocki (the Mysterious Four series and other spooky novels), Amy Marie Stadelmann (the Olive & Beatrix series), and Judy Blundell (who, as Jude Watson, has authored several popular Star Wars titles for  tween and teen readers).

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RUMSON: SPECIAL GUEST FROM ISRAEL

Avraham NeguisePress release from Congregation B’nai Israel

In celebration of Israel Independence Day, Congregation B’nai Israel will host a special guest speaker on the evening of Thursday, May 12. The 7 p.m. event will feature Dr. Avraham Neguise on the topic of “Israel Today: My Story, Our Mission.”

Born in Ethiopia, Dr. Neguise was elected to the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) in 2015, where he continues his mission of championing diversity and education.  He will provide a political update on events in Israel and changes in Israeli society.

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RUMSON: CALLING ALL SPILL SPOTTERS

American Littoral SocietyPress release from American Littoral Society

Just this past February, a spill occurred in the Arthur Kill area, during which a rail car leaked approximately 1,500 gallons of crude oil into the regional waterways. To the people of the American Littoral Society, the incident served as a perfect example of why we need trained eyes on the water.

On Saturday, May 7, the Oceanic Free Library in Rumson will be the setting for a free free Spill Spotters Network workshop, in which attendees  will learn how to help protect coastal wildlife and habitat when an oil spill or other pollution event hits our waters.

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RUMSON: TALKING INSIDE THE FISHBOWL

Fishbowl_ForrestdalePress release from Rumson School District

On April 11, Forrestdale School held its annual Fishbowl event, organized and led by Forrestdale’s own Peer Mentors and Top Dawgs. These 8th grade students have been honing their leadership skills throughout the school year by planning events for all grade levels.

During this event, parents and students joined together in order to hear one another’s perspectives on key issues facing adolescents today. The format encouraged participants to actively listen, instead of simply waiting for their turn to speak, without interruptions or distractions.

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RUMSON: SEVEN UP FOR SIGNING DAY

RFH signing dayOn April 13, seven student athletes from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School took part in a National Signing Day event inside the RFH Lower Library, surrounded by proud coaches and family members. The students and their programs are Bram Bruno (University of Pennsylvania, Crew), Brendan Edwards (University of Delaware, Crew), Maren Gierlatowicz (University of Miami, Crew), Jeremy Johnson (Elizabethtown College, Lacrosse), Caroline Kostecky (Gettysburg College, Soccer), Zachary Rataski (Johnson and Wales University-Miami, Track and Field), and Brianna Worobel (Skidmore College, Soccer).

RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN TALENTS BENEFIT ACS

Mia SourlisRumson-Fair Haven sophomore Mia Sourlis performs “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz, at the annual RFH Talent Show.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Nonstop fun and top-notch performances were featured at the annual Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School talent show. The event was held on the evening of April 7, and all proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society.

While the audience relaxed and enjoyed the entertainment, the judges — including English teacher Stefania Flecca and RFH Music Director Bill Grillo — had a tough decision to make. Choosing first, second, and third place winners from among the eighteen amazing acts was not an easy feat.

First prize was awarded to a group including Paddy Ahimovic and Matt Bavuso for their performance of “Ziggy Stardust” by David Bowie. Katie Person claimed second prize with her dance performance to “Sinner,” and third prize went to Anthony Cinko and Tristan Kilper performing “Nothin’ on You” by B.o.B. and Bruno Mars.

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ON THE GREEN: AUTHOR! AUTHOR! AUTHORS!

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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RUMSON SCHOOLS WELCOME AREA STUDENTS

Press release from Rumson Borough School District 

Since 1938, the Rumson Borough School District has maintained an honored and respected tradition of academic excellence, and is considered to be one of the top-rated school districts in the area.  Many of our students enter the Rumson family as three or four year olds; growing as a family of learners and citizens through their primary, intermediate, and middle school years, and on to many of the top colleges and universities in the country.

The Board of Education supports the acceptance of non-resident tuition students for the 2016-2017 school year. A limited number of seats are available to non-resident students in grades K-5. Interested parties must apply by visiting the district’s website at www.rumsonschool.org. While enrollment is offered on a rolling basis, applications are recommended to be received by April 29, 2016.

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RUMSON: A WARRIOR POSE FOR PETS

BrodieBrodie, the cat for whom the animal cancer nonprofit Brodie Fund is named, is the scheduled special guest for a fundraising morning of yoga and meditation, April 23 at Rumson Presbyterian Church.

It’s being billed as an opportunity to “spend time in Downward Facing Dog, Cat Pose and all your other favorite Asanas, while raising money to help pets fighting cancer.” On the morning of Saturday, April 23, the nonprofit Brodie Fund presents a special yoga and meditation session, hosted inside Wilson Hall at First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, and dedicated to the Fund’s efforts to help families pay for cancer treatments for their beloved dogs and cats.

Yoga instructor Rebecca Zaccagnino joins Brodie Fund founder Sally Williams (plus special guest, Brodie the Cat himself) for a class that’s scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. The class ends with a meditation, and attendees are invited to enjoy locally made muffins, homemade granola bars, fruit, water, coffee, tea and chat afterward.

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RFH IS IN THE (SOUL) KITCHEN, IN RED BANK

RFH Soul KitchenRumson-Fair Haven students who volunteered at JBJ Soul Kitchen on March 16 are (front row, left to right) Linda Wien Murray, Cassie Fallon, and Tori Hyduke, and (back row, left to right) Lauren Grumbach, Becky Unsinn, Michaela Lake, Katie Kane, Christy Jadevaia, Julia Marascio, and Jenna Sandoli.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Members of the Cooking Club at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School served as volunteers at the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation’s JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank on Wednesday, March 16.

Working with the nonprofit community restaurant’s Front-of-House Manager Dolly Bonilla, the RFH students cleaned off and set tables, as well as organized menus for that evening’s crowd. They were also given a tour of the facility’s garden, which provides fresh organic ingredients for meals, by gardener Robin Grossman. Perhaps most importantly, the students learned more about what the Soul Kitchen really means to the local community.

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RFH FUTURE STARS SING FOR HOMELESS TEENS

Night of Future Bdwy Stars copyPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Night of FUTURE Broadway Stars, a very exciting musical event benefitting homeless youth in Asbury Park, will rock the auditorium at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. The prgram spotlighting outstanding performers from seven high schools in Monmouth County will also feature talented young students from Rumson’s Kick Dance Studio and Asbury Park’s Lakehouse Music Academy.

In this unique “Kid Helping Kids” event, teens will once again use their talent, passion and beautiful voices to show homeless youth in New Jersey they are not alone. Last year over 400 people attended Night of FUTURE Broadway Stars at RFH, raising over $30,000 for Covenant House and the homeless teens they serve.

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RUMSON: NJ HALL OF FAME ROLLS INTO TOWN

NJ Hall of Fame MobileForrestdale School sixth graders (from left to right) John Barry, Cakie Dym, and Hunter Leonard learn about notable figures from their home state at the New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum.

Press release from Rumson School District

Rocker Jon Bon Jovi’s jacket. A Les Paul guitar. A Green Bay Packers helmet representing longtime Coach Vince Lombardi. These were just a few of the items viewed by sixth graders at Forrestdale School in Rumson, when they visited the New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum.

“Everyone Needs a Hero” is the slogan of the Mobile Museum, which made a stop at the school on March 14. A 53-foot double-expanded trailer featuring 850 square feet of exhibition space, the Mobile Museum is a moving capsule of the almost 100 New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees’ contributions to history.

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RUMSON: HOOPS EVENT BRINGS FUTURE BUCS

Hoops for HorizonsThe three day interval of March 3-5 marked the annual Albert E. Martin Jr. Hoops for Horizons event at Rumson Country Day School; a fundraiser for the private school’s Horizons Summer Enrichment Program and a tournament in which six squads of “Future Bucs” from Red Bank were invited by RCDS athletic director Paul Campanella to take part. Hailing from Red Bank Middle School and (as with the four players pictured above) Red Bank Charter School, the two girls’ teams and four boys’ teams participated in the 15th edition of the yearly three-day tournament. Also on the court were four teams of young men (ages 18-29) from Red Bank, two of which met in the finals to deliver the borough its second consecutive championship. Named for the late Albert E. Martin Jr., a Red Bank Regional student who took part in the charity event each year, Hoops for Horizons funds a summer academic and recreation program that serves more than 135 at-risk children from the Red Bank community each year. (Photo courtesy of David Prown)