DI SOMMA: DEMS LIED. ‘THERE IS NO WARRANT’

HOT-TOPIC_03Red Bank council candidate Sean Di Somma tells redbankgreen that no warrant was ever issued for his arrest for running a stop sign in Dallas almost three years ago, contrary to an assertion by the Monmouth County Democrats.

Di Somma, a Republican, said he confirmed that there was no warrant with the Dallas police Thursday night, hours after Democratic party head Vin Gopal issued an unsigned press release claiming that “an active warrant has been issued for his arrest since 2011 in the State of Texas for a speeding issue.”

“There is no warrant,” Di Somma said Friday morning. “Dallas police verbally confirmed to me that there is no warrant.”

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AT RCDS, A NEW HEAD OF SCHOOL

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

The Rumson Country Day School announced recently that Whitney C. Slade will become the seventh Head of School in its 87-year history. Mr. Slade will succeed Chad B. Small—who is in his 25th year as RCDS Head of School—for the 2014–2015 school year. Mr. Slade is currently in his 16th year as head of St. Michael’s Country Day School in Newport, Rhode Island.WSlade2

“The RCDS Board of Trustees voted unanimously to offer Whitney Slade the position, and we couldn’t be more pleased that he accepted,” says John Devlin ’83, who chaired the school’s nine-person search committee. “Competition for the best talent was particularly fierce this year, and we know Whitney was a finalist at a number of schools across the country. RCDS was on the top of his list when he began this process, and at the end of the process he was on the top of ours. How often do things work out that way?”

Mr. Slade, who is originally from Marblehead, Massachusetts, is a graduate of Tufts University. He received his Masters in Education from Harvard University in 1986. He and his wife, Ellen, a reading specialist, are avid sailors. They have two grown children.

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RED BANK: DEMS FLAG DI SOMMA WARRANT

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A long-dormant Red Bank election season erupted in finger-pointing Thursday as Democrats accused Republican newcomer Sean DiSomma of ducking an arrest warrant over a traffic violation in Texas two years ago.

DiSomma, right, called the airing of the matter “dirty politics from dirty politicians.”

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LITTLE SILVER: COP GUILTY ON SIX COUNTS

HOT-TOPIC_02Suspended Little Silver police officer Steven Solari was guilty of six counts, but not guilty of aggravated assault on a arrestee at the borough police station almost four years ago, NJ.com reported Thursday afternoon.

From the report:

A jury found Little Silver police officer Steven Solari, accused of punching a handcuffed man in 2009, guilty on four counts of official misconduct, one count of simple assault and one count of hindering his own apprehension on Thursday.

The jury found him not guilty on two counts of aggravated assault, one count of tampering with a witness and one count of obstructing the administration of the law.

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RED BANK: DEAD FISH LEFT ON BRIDGE

bridge fish 102413Seen on the Route 35/Cooper’s Bridge between Middletown and Red Bank at midday Thursday: four dead fish. Apparently, whoever caught them couldn’t even bother to throw them back into the Navesink River. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: ONE-WAY PROPOSAL ADVANCES


Garfield Place would run one way west from Grant Place to the rear of the former Rassas auto dealer’s lot, located at the southeast corner of Garfield and Broad Street. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A proposal to make a Red Bank street that runs past the proposed Walgreen’s site into a one-way got a positive reception at the borough council Wednesday night.

Backed by a petition that was said to have “100-percent support” from homeowners along the affected streets, the pitch called for Garfield Place to become a one-way heading west from Grant Place until it meets the edge of the former Rassas auto lot, where Walgreen’s has proposed building a 14,2000-square-foot pharmacy.

From there to Broad Street, Garfield would remain a two-way.

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FAIR HAVEN: A WALK IN THE WOODS

fh fields tour 1 102313fh fields tour 5 102313Seven-year-old Anna Gredell, above, took careful notes as Jeff Dement (center in photo at right) of the American Littoral Society detailed elements of a holly leaf at the Fair Haven Fields Natural Area Wednesday afternoon.

The occasion was one of several ‘tree walk and talk’ tours that the society, in conjunction with local conservationists, offers each year at the 40-acre borough-owned preserve. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

TO THE TROOPS WITH CARE, FROM RFH KIDS

Large GroupRumson-Fair Haven Regional High School students and volunteers from the Long Branch Housing Authority are hoping to top last year’s impressive total of 52 Care Packages sent to U.S. Troops in Afghanistan.

By MARY ANN KAMPFE, RFHRHS Public Relations

The Character Education Club at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School is once again “rallying the troops” for the sake of our troops overseas.

The Annual Care Package Drive is now underway at RFH, and the student volunteers hope to collect enough donated items to surpass last year’s impressive record.

“The Care Packages are always eagerly anticipated and greatly appreciated by U.S. troops stationed in Afghanistan,” said Jason Lippart, RFH Freshman Guidance Counselor and Advisor to the Character Education Club. “Sending out even more boxes out this year would be terrific for the troops and would also mean the world to our hardworking students and other volunteers.”

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PRIVATE OPERATORS EYE RED BANK COURTS

rb tennis ct 2 091113The clay courts overlooking the Navesink River at Marine Park, closed since Hurricane Sandy, could go under private management. The adjacent lavatories, meantime, are to be demolished and replaced with new facilities on higher ground. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A year after Hurricane Sandy sent the Navesink River surging, Red Bank’s cherished red-clay tennis courts at Marine Park remain closed and weed-strewn, to the heartbreak of players.

“They’re a treasure to Red Bank,” said Dan Ciaglia, who says he’s played at the courts “three, four, five times a week in the summer for the past 30 years.”

Since Sandy, Ciaglia said, he’s played various hard courts, but considers the clay courts special not only for the surface and location, but for “the little community of people” who play there.

Now, as borough officials plan to relocate adjacent lavatories to higher ground in the park, they’re also sorting through informal proposals that could put the courts under private management.

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RUMSON: OXFORD REHAB HOUSE SPARKS IRE

rumson council 102213An overflow crowd jammed Rumson’s council chambers to air concerns about an addiction recovery house in town. Below, Barbara Russell returns to her seat after speaking with borough Attorney Marty Barger. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

barger russell 102213Rumson residents packed a borough meeting Tuesday night to demand action regarding Oxford House, an addiction-recovery residence where a tenant died of a suspected drug overdose 10 days ago.

Seated on the floor and standing in the hallway outside the bimonthly meeting of the town’s governing body, neighbors teed up Oxford House for setting up a residence at 61 South Ward Avenue without notice and for a self-governance model they say isn’t working.

“They’re sitting on the porch and they are drinking,” in violation of Oxford’s own bylaws governing locally chartered houses, Washington Avenue resident Barbara Russell said of the house’s nine residents.

Having recently completed alcohol and drug treatment programs and then allowed to live together without supervision, Oxford’s young clients are naturally “going to come out and have a party,” said Russell, who described herself as a recovering alcoholic for 26 years.

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RED BANK: SMOKE ON THE WATER AT THE Y

cymca alarm 102313A smoke condition prompted an evacuation of the Community YMCA in Red Bank at around 6 a.m. Wednesday, sending wet swimmers and other exercisers outdoors. An unconfirmed report attributed the smoke to food burned in a microwave oven. (Click to enlarge)

AN EYEWITNESS TO THE INVISIBLE, AT BCC

invisible-childrenThe documentary film INVISIBLE CHILDREN is screened as part of an October 28 program at Brookdale Community College designed to call attention to ongoing human rights violations in Uganda.

An eye witness to the effects of  human rights violations against children in Uganda will tell his personal story at Brookdale Community College on Monday, Oct. 28. The talk will follow a screening of the film “Invisible Children” from 7 to 9 pm in the Navesink Room of the Warner Student Life Center on the Lincroft Campus.  The talk is sponsored by the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education (cchange).

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A TWO RIVER DOUBLE FEATURE FOR THE ‘SOUL’

Martin MoranActor, author and playwright Martin Moran brings his two autobiographical solo shows — ‘The Tricky Part’ and its followup, ‘All the Rage’ — to Two River Theater beginning this weekend in a special engagement entitled ‘A Map of the Soul.’

By TOM CHESEK

When the figurative curtain comes up on the next mainstage offering from Red Bank’s Two River Theater Company, there will be not one but two new productions commandeering the Rechnitz auditorium — both of them one-man showcases, and both of them drawn from the life experiences of their creator and star, Martin Moran.

The actor who’s entertained Broadway crowds in such merry diversions as “Monty Python’s Spamalot” garnered an Obie award and some significant critical acclaim in 2004, when he stepped in front of an Off Broadway audience with a highly personal, frankly confessional piece entitled “The Tricky Part.” Adapted from his own memoir of the same name, it seized upon an emotionally scarring experience from the author’s youth — a years-long sexual relationship with an adult counselor at a Catholic boys’ camp — recasting it as the impetus for a “journey to forgiveness” that would come to define much of Moran’s adult life.

Nearly ten years later, Moran would stand again before Off Broadway audiences (and reunite with his “Tricky Part” director, Seth Barrish) with a new piece called “All the Rage” — a spirited meditation on rage and reaction and compassion that sprang from Q&A sessions with his audiences at the earlier play.

“A Map of the Soul” is the title given to Moran’s current project at Two River, an engagement that combines 19 performances of “Tricky” with seven shows of “Rage.” Kicking off with a round of previews that begin this Saturday night, October 26, it’s a demanding schedule that finds the Denver-born Moran delivering both pieces as a double-feature theatrical experience on November 3, 10 and 17.

The Drama Desk at redbankgreen spoke to Martin Moran about hard work, long journeys, and challenging choices.

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SHOOTING FOR ELKS, AT SOCCER COMPETITION

DavidEdgarWithWinners2David Edgar, Exalted Ruler of Red Bank Elks Lodge #233, congratulates the winners of last year’s Soccer Shoot Competition. The annual tourney for teens and tweens returns to Count Basie Park this Sunday, October 27.

Press release from Red Bank Elks Lodge #233

Elks believe that sporting activities for youngsters provide spirited competition, develop character, and help make new friendships. So the Red Bank Elks Lodge is inviting the local area youth to our Soccer Shoot Competition on Sunday October 27th.

This free, goal-kicking competition is open to local area fifth-, sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade boys and girls, of all skill levels, including those with special or physical needs.

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RBR CELEBRATES WEEK OF RESPECT

weekofrespRBR freshman Creative Writing Majors performed inspiring works at student classes during the Week of Respect activities.  Pictured above are (left to right) Madison Zeller, Shrewsbury, Grace Cody, Shrewsbury, Corey Van Huff, Neptune City, Emma Wright, Little Silver, and Anthony Jimenez Hernandez, Red Bank.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On October 7 through 11, Red Bank Regional High School celebrated the state-mandated Week of Respect with inspiring poetry, songs, and outreach. In a statement, RBR Principal Risa Clay remarked, “Although the state requires that all schools set aside a week in October to celebrate respect, it is important to remember that our school community practices these values all year long.”

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WALGREEN’S MOVES; NEIGHBORS NOT SO MUCH

walgreen's 2 102113Borough engineer Christine Ballard, left, of T&M Associates, answers neighbors’ questions about the Walgreen’s proposal during a break in Monday night’s hearing. Below, a plan shows the flow of delivery trucks in yellow. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

walgreen's 1 102113A Walgreen’s pharmacy proposed for Red Bank got moved a few feet since it was first pitched to the borough planning board, company representatives said Monday night.

It also got a bit of an architectural makeover to make a long, windowless wall less forbidding. Both changes were intended to address concerns of nearby residents.

But questions from both neighbors and board members persisted about why the store, at 14,200 square feet, has to be so large. And the answer that kept coming back was: it’s smaller than the “typical” Walgreen’s.

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RED BANK: HALLOWEEN PARADE HITS 66

Another perfect autumn day framed Sunday’s 66th annual Red Bank Halloween Parade. Photographer Peter Lindner was there to capture its wide variety of colors and cheer. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Mouse over to pause.)

RED BANK: PIZZA ALL FIRED UP AT BIAGIO

biagio 2Anthony “Tito” Vega stokes the fire at Biagio Wood Fired Pizza. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

With at least a half-dozen places to grab a pizza in downtown Red Bank, a pizzeria has to differentiate itself if it’s going to stand out.

Step inside Biagio Wood Fired Pizza on Broad Street and you get a sense right away that there’s something different going on. An enormous red oven stands in the center, glowing with flaming logs.

Biagio initially stoked our interest with its arugula-topped pizza, which helped redefine for us the universe of appropriate pizza toppings. To get the lowdown on the fire-breathing oven, Piehole caught up with Biagio pizzaiolo, Alberto “Tito” Vega.

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RED BANK: ZIPPRICH WEDS PARTNER

zipprich nicolaides 110607Ed Zipprich, left, and J.P. Nicolaides on election night in 2007. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Red Bank Councilman Ed Zipprich wed his longtime partner J.P. Nicolaides in one of the first-day marriage ceremonies for same-sex couples early Monday, the website PolitickerNJ reports.

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R-FH STUDENTS SET TO MIX IT UP AT LUNCH

Peer Leadership Pic Oct 2012Student Peer Leaders at Rumson-Fair haven Regional High School met last year to discuss the Mix It Up at Lunch” event and other activities associated with friendship and respect. Similar activities are planned for this year as well. (click to enlarge)

Students at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School will once again join more than one million others across the country by taking part in the 12th annual “Mix It Up at Lunch Day” on October 29.

RFH has participated in the event, designed to help break down social and racial barriers, since its inception in 2002.

‘Mix It Up at Lunch Day’ is a great way to meet students who you’ve never met before and make new friends,” said Jeremy Susser, a Senior at RFH and a member of the Peer Leaders student organization.

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RED BANK: CALM AND CASUAL

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MODEL-CITIZEN_07CFormer Rumson resident Kerry Planer was bolting from the Alex and Ani New Age jewelry store on Broad Street in Red Bank on a recent fall afternoon when spied by your Model Citizen correspondent.

For a woman out buying last-minute gifts for the bridesmaids in her wedding just days away, Kerry appeared astonishingly calm.

In fact, everything she wore purred “casual.” Perfectly fitted skinny jeans. Black-and-white striped tee with bright pink shoulders. Nude flats. Classic tortoise-shell, cat’s-eye sunglasses.

“I’m a jean-and-t-shirt kind of woman,” Kerry says.  “I love the minimalist look of throwing on a white shirt, jeans, flats and draping a beautiful scarf around my neck.”

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