r-fhPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven High School

It’s another winner for the Tower Players of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, as the hilarious farce “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight” makes its way to the stage.

Performances are set for Friday, November 18 and Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m., with a matinee on Sunday, November 20 at 1 p.m.

Outrageous fun for audiences of all ages, the show tells the story of Sir Gawain (Calvin Bruno), a knight in King Arthur’s court who is compelled to complete a brave deed each year. Because of her long-standing feud with Merlin the Wizard (Arnold Muralt), evil witch Morgan LaFaye (Rachel Makstein) has threatened to destroy Camelot if the court cannot produce the bravest knight in the kingdom. Since Sir Gawain has not yet completed his brave deed, he is called upon by King Arthur (Michael Bogardus) to challenge and defeat the formidable Green Knight (Cameron Spector) — but unfortunately for Sir Gawain, he is as “un-brave” as they come. He accepts the challenge, however, and begins his journey to prove himself and win the hand of his true love, Elaine (Sara Safarian).

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rumson-bike-license-platesPress release from Rumson School District

On October 7, Rumson families participated in the district’s first annual “Walk or Bike to School Day,” as the district partnered with the Rumson Police Department and PTO to encourage students to “walk or bike to ignite!” The tagline for the event promoted the district’s new branding message which was launched for the 2016 – 2017 school year, “Rumson Schools, Igniting Potential.”

Students who participated were greeted by Forrestdale and Deane-Porter staff members, awarded stickers as they arrived, and found their designated spot in the “Bike Parking Lot.”  At the conclusion of the day, prior to the ride home, the PTO  provided students with a healthy snack and reusable bottle water fill station.

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violet_-_therapy_dog_with_kids_at_deane-porterStudents at Deane-Porter School greet their new reading buddy, Violet, Rumson-Fair Haven’s therapy dog.

Press release from Rumson School District

Often, children who have difficulty reading, fear the judgment they receive and become self-conscious while practicing the skill aloud. A reading program involving a dog as a listener has the potential to change that.

Recently, students at Rumson’s Deane Porter and Forrestdale schools welcomed a very special regular guest, as Violet, the official therapy dog of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, joined several RFH students in English Language Arts classes at the two borough schools.

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CINDY ZIPF 062816Cindy Zipf is pictured addressing a crowd at Rumson’s Bingham Hall on recent pollution issues in the Navesink River. The Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action returns to the borough on October 18, for a free public lecture event sponsored by the Rumson Garden Club.

From press materials furnished by Rumson Garden Club; Monmouth Conservation Foundation

The middle of October will see two free public-welcome discussions — one in Rumson, one in Fair Haven — that aim to furnish the public with updated information on the effort to address the pollution problem in the Navesink River, as well as provide tips on ways that individual residents and business owners can pitch in to help improve the quality of our area’s waterways.

On the morning of Tuesday, October 18, the Rumson Country Club is the setting for a special lecture entitled “Watershed Mindfulness: We Are All Connected to the Sea;” presented by Rumson Garden Club and featuring as guest speaker Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of the Sandy Hook-based nonprofit Clean Ocean Action (COA).

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100514 beast blessing11Reverend Ophelia Laughlin blesses a dog, during a past St. Francis Day event at St. George’s-by-the-River in Rumson. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

It began several years back as a simple observance of St. Francis Day; a “pet blessing” ceremony conducted in the spirit of the patron saint of those furry, finned, feathered and variously phylum’d creatures with whom we share this planet and, often, our lunches.

But such was the response to the annual Blessing of the Animals at St. George’s-by-the-River, that the Episcopal church in Rumson soon found itself  accommodating some 200 dogs, cats, hamsters, turtles, birds, goldfish and numerous other species; up from “30 to 40” at the event’s onset — even flirting for a time with a monthly pets-welcome service in the church’s Parish Hall.

On Sunday, October 2, the historic house of worship on Waterman Avenue again welcomes pets of all shapes, sizes and breeds to be blessed individually by the clergy — with dog owners requested to keep their pets leashed, and even those without an animal companion welcome to attend the service that commences at 2 p.m. Call St. George’s at (732)888-1194 for additional information — and read on for more about another St. Francis observance here on the greater Green; one that’s grown this year to encompass a separate satellite event.

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From press materials furnished by VNA Health Group

It’s a seasonal tradition that’s been going on for a quarter of a century — and on the afternoon of Sunday, October 9, the Visiting Nurses of NJ/ VNA Health Group marks the silver anniversary of its annual Halloween Fest fundraiser with a return to Scothigh Farm, the traditional host venue at 142 Bingham Avenue in Rumson.

Reservations close next Wednesday, October 5 for the “Costumes Welcome” event, which is presented by VNAHG Children’s Auxiliary — and which boasts a gamut of activities that include pumpkin picking,  a petting zoo, pony rides, clowns, live music, arts and crafts, magic show, and Spooky Maze, plus food and refreshments and more.

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vic rallo 032816 2Staff from Vic Rallo’s Surf BBQ will be the judges for a Traditional Chili Cook-Off, hosted at the Rumson Fire Station on Saturday, October 22.

Purveyors of the most celebrated chili recipes often use the image of a firehouse (or a multi-alarm blaze) as a selling point for their customized take on the spicy South-of-the-Border stew — so it’s only appropriate that when the Oceanic Free Library hosts its latest benefit event on October 22, it will be a Traditional Chili Cook-Off that takes place inside the nearby Rumson Fire Station at 140 East River Road.

The public is invited to stop in at the station between the hours of 3 to 6 p.m., for a sampling of homemade chili recipes, prepared and presented by as many as 30 local contestants — all of them vying for prizes (and borough-wide bragging rights) in a hot ‘n heavy competition that promises to hit the spot for a great local cause.

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Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

The Fall Showcase Concert at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, a highly anticipated annual event, will take place in the school’s auditorium on Thursday, October 20.

“The RFH student-musicians are excited to perform and show off their talents for the fall season,” said RFH Music Director Bill Grillo. “This is a terrific event for the whole family.”

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[Photo temporarily removed.] Members of the French Honor Society at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional staged a bake sale to raise funds for a flood-ravaged Louisiana school district.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

French students at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School are starting the school year off on a healing note, by raising funds for a Louisiana School district.

Heavily impacted by flooding from a hurricane this past August, the Livingston Parish School District accepted an offer of assistance from the French Honor Society. The unnamed hurricane produced three times more rain in Louisiana than Hurricane Katrina, and students have just recently returned to school – with six school buildings “platooned” and many others featuring makeshift classrooms.

Students in French classes at RFH have hit the ground running with bake sales and other fundraising activities organized by the RFH French Honor Society.  Also planned is a video produced by the French students in conjunction with the RFH Film Club. The video will feature RFH students who were impacted by Superstorm Sandy sharing words of encouragement for the affected children.

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r-fhPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

On the evening of Thursday, September 29, Rumson-Fair Haven High School Foundation will hold its first-ever Ladies Night Out event at the Rumson Country Club. Mothers of RFH students and their female friends are all welcome to this casual celebration, to raise funds for the programs supported by the Foundation.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the event will be a relaxed, fun evening celebrating the fantastic women of R-FH, and including hors d’oeuvres as well as the beautiful views from the Riverhouse at the Country Club. Beverages will be available for purchase.

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artie-bennettChildren’s author Artie Bennett (above) brings his tales of butts and burps to Oceanic Library next week…while Hester Young (below; photo by Francine Daveta) brings her thriller THE GATES OF EVANGELINE to River Road Books on Thursday, September 22.

hester-young-francine-davetaOne has carved out a niche career by explaining various bodily functions to beginning readers. The other aims to scare it all out of you, via her debut novel in the Southern Gothic Thriller vein. In the run-up to the release of Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography “Born to Run” (and his golden-ticket appearance at the Freehold Barnes & Noble), a couple of very different authors are speaking, selling and signing copies of their works at two favorite haunts for bibliophiles.

Her debut novel, “The Gates of Evangeline” is being called a “spooky tale perfect for longer fall nights” — and even as she prepares to release a sequel in autumn 2016, Hester Young makes time to visit Fair Haven’s River Road Books on Thursday evening, September 22. It’s there that the Boston-born, Jersey-based teacher/ mother/ author will read from “Gates,” the first in a planned trilogy of tales starring one Charlotte “Charlie” Cates, a reporter (and bereaved parent) whose investigation into a cold-case mystery in Louisiana is spurred by her recurring dreams of children in danger. There’s no charge to attend Thursday’s 7:30 p.m. event, but seating and signing copies of “The Gates of Evangeline” can be reserved by calling River Road Books at (732) 747-9455.

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Tyler Lubin Noah Tucker 062816Rumson-Fair Haven Regional students Tyler Lubin, left, and Noah Tucker will present their research at a public discussion of Navesink River pollution, hosted at Oceanic Library on September 22. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

The state of the Navesink River — a centerpiece of local life here on the greater Red Bank Green, and the subject of numerous news stories here in 2016 — will be the topic on the evening of Thursday, September 22, when Rumson’s Oceanic Free Library hosts a public-invited panel discussion and Q&A session on the recent environmental issues affecting the waterway.

As reported here and in numerous other recent stories on redbankgreen, unacceptably high levels of bacterial pollution prompted the state’s Department of Environmental Protection to issue a ban on the harvesting of shellfish from a significant area of the river — and spurred inquiries that included a public meeting presented by Clean Ocean Action (COA), a special conference of local mayors, and even an effort to employ canine helpers in determining sources of contamination.

The situation also commanded the attention of a couple of juniors at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School — and next Thursday at 6:30 p.m., Tyler Lubin and Noah Tucker will be sharing the research that they’ve assembled over the course of the summer, during the third and latest in a series of free community forums at the library.

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End of Summer PartyThe annual End of Summer Party (above) marks a big-tent bid of adieu for the Sandy Hook Foundation next Friday…while NFL great Boomer Esiason (below) visits Broad Street for a cocktail party fundraiser at Garmany.

Boomer EsiasonA late-summer sendoff out on the Hook…a BBQ kickoff to the gridiron season on the home-team turf…a star-studded celebration of life and fashion at a signature retailer…and a show of support for a hometown resource. All dedicated to raising funds for worthy causes, and all happening in the post-Labor Day interlude to come.

This coming Labor Day Monday, September 5 represents the deadline to reserve your ringside seat for the End of Summer — as declared by the nonprofit Sandy Hook Foundation in its annual casual-attire outdoor benefit gala, which returns on September 9 to the North Beach area of the Hook for a seasonal sayonara that commences at 6:30 pm. With tickets beginning at $150, proceeds benefit the Foundation’s ongoing preservation efforts as well as seasonal activities like the popular Free Beach Concert series, in addition to the environmental awareness and educational campaigns of the Fort Hancock-based American Littoral Society. Promised are “dancing under the stars” to live music from Swift Technique; a buffet dinner featuring seafood raw bar furnished by The Lusty Lobster, and an “amazing auction” of exclusive-experience getaway packages. Take it here for further details; here for tickets, and around the bend for more good deeds and good times.

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jaeger rfh 081316 6Connor JaegerOlympic swimmer Connor Jaeger, whose participation in the Summer Olympics in Rio drew a crowd to Rumson-Fair Haven Regional earlier this month (above), is slated to make a homecoming appearance at the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair Wednesday night.

Fans of the silver medalist in this year’s 1,500-meter freestyle event (and competitor in the 2012 games in London) are invited to meet Jaeger in front of the firehouse between 7 and 9 p.m.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)


The_Women_by_Ellen_Gavin“The Women” by Ellen Gavin (above) and “Pear Box” by Mary Beth Ober (below) are among the works represented at the annual Canterbury Art Show, the three-day “Tapestry of the Arts” that returns to St. George’s Church this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Pear_Box_by_MaryBeth_OberIt’s a local tradition of relatively recent minting, despite the historic setting and a name that evokes the lore and legend of centuries. But when the Canterbury Art Show…a Tapestry of the Arts event returns to St. George’s by the River Episcopal Church in Rumson for a fifth annual edition (the third since making a well-received move to Labor Day weekend), it will take its place as one of most eagerly anticipated harbingers of “local” summer on the Greater Red Bank Green.

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Mrs._Brister,_Mrs._Miller,_Mrs._Alter_-_Grow_NJ_Kids_Program-_RumsonL-R: Mrs. Brister, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Alter review materials related to Grow NJ Kids, a statewide program that the Rumson School District recently subscribed to.

Press release from Rumson School District

As part of an effort to enhance our Preschool program and offerings, the Rumson School District is pleased to announce a collaboration with the New Jersey Departments of Children and Families, Education, Health, and Human Services.

The district’s vision is to establish a program with two goals: improve our early childhood education practices and develop the highest quality preschool program. To accomplish these goals, Rumson has enrolled in the Grow NJ Kids program, which provides districts with support in enhancing program quality and vision for continuous improvement.

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jaeger rfh 081316 7jaeger rfh 081316 4An audience of about 100 kids and adults showed up at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional to watch and cheer as alumnus Connor Jaeger — class of 2010 — swam in the 1500-meter men’s freestyle final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil Saturday night. Competing in his second consecutive Olympics, Jaeger finished second in the event, but gave proud local fans a thrill in the process. “Knowing that you guys are here has a huge impact,” 2000 Olympics swimmer Tom Wilkens, a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, told the crowd before the race.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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connor jaeger 081712Connor Jaeger, seen here at a community event welcoming him home from the 2012 Summer Olympics, is slated to compete in the 2016 edition in Rio. (Photo by FranWaldmann. Click to enlarge)

(Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High)

HOT-TOPIC_03A native of Fair Haven and a member of the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Class of 2010, swimmer Connor Jaeger made waves on the hometown front when he qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team with a first-place finish and time of 14:47.61 in the 1,500 meter freestyle race.

On Saturday, August 13, the son of Bernadette and Eric Jaeger is scheduled to go for the gold, as he vies in the 1,500 meter event at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. While the eyes of a worldwide audience will be focused on the competition down in Brazil, the staff of Connor’s alma mater will be offering fans, classmates and other locals a unique chance to join “Team Jaeger” in a supportive crowd setting.

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Press release from St. George’s Episcopal Church

Sailing_out_to_Sea,_Mike_Quon,_2-10-16Presenting its fifth anniversary edition in 2016, the annual Canterbury Art Show…a Tapestry of the Arts returns to St. George’s by the River Episcopal Church for a premier local exhibition and sale of juried and non-juried artwork.

The three-day event will take place Labor Day Weekend at the historic church property, located at 7 Lincoln Avenue in Rumson. Event dates are Friday through Sunday, September 2-4, with a preview and Meet the Artists reception on Thursday, September 1 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Hundreds of attendees and art patrons have enjoyed the Canterbury Art show since its inception in 2011. Each year, over 600 works by artists from all over New Jersey and beyond (including Fair Haven favorite Mike Quon, whose “Sailing Out to Sea” is pictured here) are featured, with 38 new artists participating for the first time this year, according to event chair Coni Lefferts. Proceeds from the sale directly benefit St. George’s-by-the-River and its outreach grants to more than 30 local agencies serving the needy of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

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Forrestdale ChoirAbove: Forrestdale School music teacher Barbara Leutz leads the Eighth Grade Choir in “The Climb,” during graduation ceremonies at RFH High School. Below: Student Government Association President Peyton Ming addresses his fellow grads.

Press release from Rumson School District

Peyton MingDiplomas were awarded to 104 rising high school freshman students, as graduation exercises for Forrestdale School’s Class of 2016 were held at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on the evening of June 16.

In his “Greetings from the Class” address, Student Government Association President Peyton Ming urged his classmates to “Have a plan, take responsibility, take chances, and ask for help when you need it.” SGA Treasurer Rylie Spiegel, in her Presentation of the Class Gift, announced that the Class of 2016 will use funds they have raised to restore a vintage aerial map of the Borough of Rumson, which will hang in the lobby of Forrestdale School.

Music Teacher John Lebitsch led the Graduation Ensemble in performances of “Pomp and Circumstance” (processional) and “Sugar Creek Overture” (recessional). The eighth grade choir, directed by Barbara Leutz, performed “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus.

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