RAISING TEENS: THE SEQUEL

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RBR Source program director Gilda Rogers and parent Karen Lloyd discuss plans for last year’s ‘Surviving the Teen Years’ event, which will be reprised next week.

By LAURA KOSS

Teens can deplete medicine cabinets just a pill or two at a time. To parents, it often goes unnoticed, much like the booze-filled water bottles and fruit smoothies kids might be drinking.

Teens drive around with friends stuffed in the trunks of their cars to bypass a law that limits the number of passengers they’re allowed to have in their cars. It’s called “trunking.”

And as if texting secrecy doesn’t worry parents enough, now “sexting” is making life miserable for teenage girls who send nude photos via camera phone to their boyfriends. After the breakup, everyone gets a copy. Then they end up on the Internet. And stay there.

These pitfalls of teenage life have parents scrambling for ways to help their vulnerable kids navigate away from potential risks. Problem is, many parents just don’t know what where to turn for guidance.

To help, Karen Lloyd, parent of two teenage sons and chairperson of the Shrewsbury Alliance, helped organize a panel of area professionals for an “evening of frank discussion on the most important and enigmatic people in your life — your teenagers.”

‘Surviving the Teen Years: Everything You Wanted to Know About Your Teen… But Were Afraid to Ask,’ returns to Red Bank Regional High School for its second year next Thursday, March 26, from 7-9p.

The event is free and all parents are invited to attend, whether or not they live in the school district.

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GALLERIA PLANS PARKING GARAGE, OFFICES

GallerialotWith a parking deck topped by two floors of offices, Galleria Park would connect to the existing building via a two-level footbridge. Below, a view of the proposed structure from West Front Street. (Click to enlarge)

The nation's economy may be stalled and the real estate market on life support, but the owners of the Galleria

Red Bank apparently see opportunity in their asphalt-covered soil.

GalleriagaragenorthThey've submitted plans to the Red Bank planning department for a structure to be built at the corner of Shrewsbury Avenue and West Front Street that would nearly double the footprint of the 120,000-square-foot shopping and office mecca.

On that 2.7-acre parcel — a parking lot that is home to the Galleria-sponsored Farmers' Market in summer and autumn — would rise a 4.5-level, 102,000-square-foot parking garage topped by a 39,000-square-foot, two-story office building. The structure would connect to the existing Galleria by an enclosed footbridge.

Dubbed 'Galleria Park,' the project is likely to set off alarms among motorists whose commute through the often-congested intersection of Shrewsbury Avenue and West Front Street is often slowed to a crawl.

It may also displease those who'd like to see more 'park' and less building at the corner. The developers are seeking variances that would put the structure close to the sidewalks on two sides.

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IN oRBit: A DOWNTOWN KIND OF YEAR

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As the music director for The Downtown, Chris Masi is responsible for wrangling seven nights and two stages worth of live entertainment every week at the Red Bank hotspot.

So it’s understandable that the expanded and reimagined club’s one-year anniversary almost caught him off guard.

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Not us. redbankgreen and its sibling site, Red Bank
oRBit
, have been keeping tabs on the Downtown’s doings, from the first sneak peek inside the work-in-progress building, to regular coverage of the acts that make the place pop — including Arlene’s World Famous Rock and Roll Karaoke Band, who do their Thursday night thing upstairs tonight.

Downstairs at The Downtown, Masi and friends will present “a big ‘ole All Star Jam Session” featuring contributions from many of the performers who’ve found friendly harbor there on the banks of the Navesink.

It’s a one-shot special event, and you’ll read about it only in the pixelated pages of Red Bank
oRBit
.

Also in oRBit today: details about the Asbury Park screening of a short film based on a story by 19th-century city resident Stephen Crane, and a pop-in on an exhibit of Mike Bell paintings that will crinkle your Batcape.

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THE LICK OF LOVE

Tiffany2 Tiffany tied up on Broad Street, and in the arm of his owner, J.R. Naeder, below. (Click to enlarge)

So J.R. Naeder sees redbankgreen taking photos of his dog, Tiffany, tied to a lampost on Broad Street in Red Bank yesterday and comes out from Starbucks, where he’d been relaxing, to tell us what a “chick magnet” she is.

JRWe’d noticed. In the course of about two minutes, a half dozen young women had stopped to pet and blow on the  8-month-old pup’s nose.

Not that Naeder’s interested in that sort of thing, of course; he’s got kids of his own older than many of the  women who coo over his 4.2-pound pooch.

His point is that women find Tiffany irresistible, he says.

And, as if on cue, along comes Margaret Odell of Little Silver, who lights up at the sight of Tiffany. Naeder thrusts the dog into her arms and, well…

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INDICTMENT IN STABBING OUTSIDE SCHOOL

LockdownThe December stabbing of a woman outside the primary school during classes led to a brief lockdown of the River Street facility for security purposes.

A man who authorities say repeatedly stabbed his estranged girlfriend outside the Red Bank Primary School in December was indicted Wednesday on attempted murder and related charges, the Monmouth County Prosecutor‘s office announced.

Twenty-three-year old Red Bank resident Jorge Vargas-Mancilla remains in custody on $750,000 bail following the December 3 incident, in which school principal Rick Cohen and a guidance counselor were threatened with a long kitchen knife when they tried to stop the attack, the prosecutor contends.

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FIELD OF ‘THANKS, BUT NO THANKS’

NewturfRBC freshmen after a scrimmage at Count Basie Field last September.

Hey, Red Bank, wanna sell your stadium?

That was the gist of a letter sent recently to the borough board of education by Tim Fallon of Shrewsbury, acting in his capacity as an adviser to Red Bank Catholic High School on matters of long term strategy.

But the idea was summarily shot down by the board, which owns the field, at its meeting last night. After a brief discussion in which no members spoke in favor of the idea and several opposed it, president Peter Noble said he would instruct board attorney Richard McOmber to tell Fallon, “Thanks, but no thanks.”

redbankgreen beat McOmber to it.

“I just wanted to see if my idea had any traction,” Fallon told us, after we informed him about the discussion. “I guess it doesn’t.”

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RED BANK SCHOOL TAX SET TO DECLINE

Rbboe031709Schools Superintendent Laura Morana, far right, watches a student learning demonstration last night with, from left, board members Marjorie Lowe and Rosemarie Kopka and business administrator Annie Darrow.

Looks like Red Bank taxpayers will get some relief this year. Enough, in fact, to buy a celebratory round at the Dublin House.

Using what schools Superintendent Laura Morana says is a "data driven" approach to all aspects of curriculum and staffing demands, the borough board of eduction last night unveiled a 2009-2010 budget that would shave $7 off the yearly tax bill for a Red Bank homeowner with a house assessed at the average $407,000.

Actually, that's only the portion of the budget dedicated to general operating expenses, which voters will get to weigh in on next month. Factor in savings from reduced debt service, and the drop from the current year's bill comes  to $21.

"Our approach to the budget is pretty strategic," Morana tells redbankgreen. "It's our use of data make the most important decisions. If we maximize its use, the whole community will benefit."

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IN oRBit: FESTIVAL SEATING ONLY

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TeenArts
Continuing a busy couple of weeks of art news, today’s edition of Red Bank
oRBit
offers up a reminder on the Monmouth County Arts Council‘s annual Teen Arts
Festival
at Brookdale Community College, an event that officially opens tonight with a
reception at the BCC Center for Visual Arts.

We’ve also got first-looks at
the 2009 TriCity Arts Tour, that umbrella event in which the most creative
minds in Red Bank, Long Branch and Asbury Park team up for a weekend’s worth
of whatnots and wonderment.

Tomorrow we’ll be taking you to downtown Asbury for a sneak preview of a fun
new gallery show, a weekend short film premiere AND the latest round of
Collide-A-Scope offerings.

Then in the weeks to come we’ll have all you need
to know on the next round of film festivals, stage openings, guest speakers
and interviews with some pretty surprising talents.

All of it exclusively in
the pixelated pages of Red Bank
oRBit

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STILL AT THE LEARNING STAGE

Sweeney2She writes, she directs, she sings: Suzanne Sweeney leads her actors in warm-up vocal exercises before a recent rehearsal for this weekend’s show.

By LAURA KOSS

Sitting alone in an otherwise empty auditorium, Suzanne Sweeney watches from the fourth row as, yet again, a student on stage over-emotes.

“Feel the pain in your eyes and slowly roll to the ground,” Sweeney calls out. “Not like you’ve been shot!” 

The student tries again. This time, after a perfect take, Sweeney whispers to herself, “Yes, yes, that’s it.”

It’s a small but satisfying moment for Sweeney, an English and drama teacher at Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School who has directed school plays for more than 20 years — or so she thinks. Heading into this week’s staging of “Into the Woods,” she’s lost track, she says.

“I don’t know,” she laughs. “I just keep coming back every year.”

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TWO CHARGED AFTER ASSAULT AT RBR

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A Red Bank Regional student suffered a severe concussion and two others are in custody after an assault at the school around midday today, Little Silver police report.

The victim, a 16-year-old Red Bank male, was treated and released from Riverview Hospital at 2:25p, according to Sgt. Dan Shaffery.

His alleged assailants, 15- and 16-year-old Red Bank boys, are being charged this evening with second degree aggravated assault and are scheduled to be taken to the Monmouth County juvenile lockup, says Shaffery.

Shaffery says that a rumor that the incident involved a stabbing at the school is “absolutely untrue,” and that there is no evidence of a weapon having been used. Rumors of a bloody scene at the location of the assault are also completely unfounded, he says.

“We heard what you heard,” Shaffery tells redbankgreen. “But the first thing we did was rule out the use of weapon. This thing just grew legs and ran.”

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METROPOLITAN TURNS TO RENTAL MARKET

Metropolitan1208The aim is to boost occupancy in the luxury building, a spokeswoman says. A sign at the entrance (below) now touts lease deals. (Click to enlarge)

Red Bank's Metropolitan condo project, having failed to attract buyers both through conventional sales methods and a much-ballyhooed auction, is now renting out units.

Leasing activity at the three-story, 37-unit Wallace Street building kicked off Sunday to a "tremendous" response and "excellent rental activity," says Christa Segalini, a spokeswoman for the project.

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IN oRBit: WISHING PINKY WELL

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Today's edition of Red Bank oRBit has a report on compulsively productive local artist Andrea 'Pinky' Adubato, who sustained a serious incomplete spinal cord injury while hiking in New Mexico over four months ago.

Known for her distinctive pet portraits, murals and splashes of color on everything from cars to her Red Bank house, the painter has been staying with family in the Land of Enchantment while she continues an arduous program of physical therapy — and husband Gene Goellner has been shuttling back and forth to Albuquerque as he assists with her care.

Meanwhile, a group of local friends has been busy organizing a fundraiser in her benefit, scheduled for April 2 in Sea Bright — and they can use the help of anyone who'd like to help Pinky get well enough to make the trip back
home.

We've got the details, as well as an update on Rivercenter's Dine Downtown promotion, only in
today's oRBit.

(Photo courtesy of Bobbie Kingsley)

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GOLDMAN GETS CLINTON, TRENTON BACKING

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State legislators yesterday rallied in support of Tinton Falls resident David Goldman‘s efforts to repatriate his 8-year-old son, Sean, from Brazil.

And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was reported to have phoned Goldman over the weekend in Brazil, where he had gone to voluntarily submit to a psychological examination.

The call followed a meeting between President Barack Obama and Brazilian

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva at the White House on Saturday at which the topic of the Goldman case was reported to have come up in private discussion.

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FAIR HAVEN SCHOOL TAX MAY RISE

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Driven by rising salary and benefit costs, the school tax in Fair Haven would increase by about 2.6 cents per $100 of property valuation, according to a report in today’s Asbury Park Press.

A proposed $13.26 million spending plan introduced by the Board of Ed Monday calls for $11.03 million to be raised from borough property owners, an increase of $558,000 from last year’s spending plan, the Press reports.

The district, which includes the pre-k through grade 3 Sickles School and grades 4-8 Knollwood School, provides education to about 1,000 students. A separate tax is imposed by the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High district.

From the Press:

“This budget is exactly the same as last year in the things we have control over,” Board President Andrea Bakst said. “It is not adding anything programmatically.”

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AFTER OVERHAUL, DUBLIN HOUSE IS READY

Dub doorA heated tent awaits the throng of full-time and part-time Irishmen for today's St. Patrick's Day celebration at the Dublin House. Below, a view of the recently completed first-floor bar. (Click to enlarge)

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Patrons of today's St. Patrick's Day celebration at the Dublin House in Red Bank are in for an eyeful if they haven't popped in since last year.

A top-to-bottom renovation of the historic structure that houses the Monmouth Street establishment — a project that began four years ago and continued without shutting the business down — has just been completed, says co-owner Eugene Devlin.

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REPORT: CURLEY READYING ANOTHER RUN

Img_4979John Curley in his former domain, Red Bank.

Former Red Bank council member John Curley is gearing up for a second run for a seat on the Monmouth County Freeholder board, a post he narrowly fell short of after a recount last year, according to a report in PolitickerNJ.com.

The political-news site says Curley is taking aim at Democratic incumbent Barbara McMorrow, teeing her up for supporting the hiring of Glenn Mason as the county’s $75,000-a-year emergency management coordinator.

Mason, of Hazlet, was running mate to Fair Haven’s Amy Mallet, the Democratic who squeaked past Curley in last November’s election. Mason came in fourth in a race in which Curley’s running mate was GOP incumbent Lillian Burry.

Here’s Curley on the hiring, via the article:

“I think Director McMorrow stated she would take politics out of county hiring practices,” said Curley, “and here this is a blatant disregard, particularly when you consider the freeholder board’s layoffs of people who have been there for years. When you put a political crony in a job as important as emergency management, ‘despicable’ is the word that comes to mind.”

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FROM THE POLICE DESK

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Unedited entries from the Red Bank Police Department activity log for the week of March 06, to March 13, 2009.

Criminal Mischief occurring between 3-5-09 and 3-6-09 at Evergreen Terrace. Victim reported that unknown person(s) scratched windshield on parked vehicle. Ptl. Michael Campanella.

Theft occurring on 3-7-09 at Broad St. Victim reported that while dancing unknown subject(s) pick pocketed his wallet from pants pocket, stealing cash. Ptl. Beau Broadley.

Theft occurring at W. Front St. on 3-9-09. Victim reported that entry was gained into residence and stolen was a Mac book Lap Top Computer. Ptl. Michael Campanella.

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IN oRBit: AN ARCTIC BLAST

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We may be on the verge of spring, but at the Two River Theater Company, winter’s got one more hand to play.

Today’s edition of oRBit has the details on Melissa Arctic, the springtime musical
adapted from Shakespeare’s classic The Winter’s Tale.

As TRTC Artistic
Director Aaron Posner tells it, it’s a show that has everything — from a RBR
senior
and two local fourth graders in the cast to a deaf co-star, a
real-life husband/wife combo and an award-winning composer moonlighting as
an actor.

The play starts previews in Red Bank tomorrow — and the story’s here
today, only in Red Bank oRBit.

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COAST LINE ON-TIME RECORD NEAR WORST

DebarkingPassengers arriving at Red Bank in 2006.

Service on the North Jersey Coast Line rail line that serves the Red Bank area was second-to-worst among seven New Jersey Transit lines for on-time arrivals, today's Asbury Park Press reports.

The coast line was "almost tied" with the Northeast Corridor line, which handles Amtrak traffic as well as local service, for worst, according to a Press analysis of monthly on-time data.

From the article:

"It doesn't surprise me. You get used to it being constantly late. You almost ignore the schedule," said Pasquale Cirullo of Middletown, interviewed after he got off the train Wednesday in Red Bank. "I'm used to it not getting to New York when the schedule says."

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STATE FUNDS RB’S PRESCHOOL EXPANSION

TotsStudents in teacher Jessica Sevillano’s class last month. The program for 3- and 4-year-olds is housed at the middle school because of space considerations.

The Red Bank school district will get enough money from the state next year to quadruple the size of its fledgling preschool program for 3- and 4-year-olds, today’s Asbury Park Press reports.

From the Press:

The borough schools received an additional $692,914 in state aid, a 33 percent increase over last year’s aid…

That money will fund operation of Red Bank’s preschool program at the primary school and three satellite locations in the borough at the Community YMCA, Monmouth Day Care and Tower Hill school. All four will teach the district’s Tools of the Mind curriculum and have met state standards for teacher certification and facilities.

The funding will allow for an increase in program enrollment to 60 students, from the present 15, according to Superintendent Laura Morana.

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GOLDMAN CASE AFFECTS BRAZIL-U.S. TIES

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Today’s Washington Post reports that the prolonged custody battle being pursued by David Goldman of Tinton Falls has become “a delicate diplomatic problem.”

In fact, the Post reports, in its lead paragraph:

When Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva meets with President Obama on Saturday in Washington for the first time, the most closely watched issue between their two countries might not be energy, the environment or hemispheric security but the custody of an 8-year-old boy.

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GRIM AND GRIMMER: LOCALS WEIGH IN

Corzine031009Gov. Jon Corzine during his budget address to the Legislature on Tuesday. (Photo by Tim Larsen)

Is there a New Jerseyan anywhere who savors the words “state budget?” In these economic times, the phrase is apt to turn even the darkest mood more dour.

Which perhaps explains why, when asked by redbankgreen for their thoughts on Gov. Jon Corzine’s plan to narrow the $7 billion budget gap, more than half the people we spoke to on the streets of downtown Red Bank Wednesday said they hadn’t tuned into or read news or analysis of the plan.

Still, we were intent on taking the temperature of the citizenry, so we asked people for their thoughts on either the Corzine plan — which would eliminate the property tax deduction for one year and dramatically cut the number of homeowners getting the annual Homestead Rebate — or the general condition of state government finances.

Their answers appear after the jump. Meantime, here’s the text of Corzine’s speech to the Legislature Tuesday, and here’s the budget in brief: Download Abbrevbudget

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