CURTAIN UP ON PHOENIX FUNDRAISER FRIDAYS

Phoenix2013Clockwise from top left: scenes from the recent Phoenix Productions stagings of ANYTHING GOES, DAMN YANKEES, and THE MUSIC MAN. The 2013 season continues in November with Irving Berlin’s WHITE CHRISTMAS.

Press release from Phoenix Productions

Phoenix Productions, the Red Bank-based non-profit community theatre organization, has announced a new program to benefit other non-profit organizations. Dubbed ”Fundraiser Fridays”, the program allows non-profit organizations to purchase tickets for Phoenix shows at a substantially discounted rate to resell at face value and pocket the difference.

Organizations can thus promote and raise money for their causes while bringing their employees, patrons and supporters an evening of high-quality theatre at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.

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CARNIVAL SETS THE STAGE FOR R-FH VS. RBR

IMAG0602Participants enjoy last year’s inaugural RFH Homecoming Carnival, which was held in the school’s gym due to rain. This year’s event is scheduled for October 4 from 5-8 pm on the school grounds.

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School has announced that its second annual Homecoming Carnival will be held adjacent to Borden Stadium on the RFH school grounds on Friday, October 4 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Homecoming Carnival is open to the general public as well as RFH students. The Carnival will offer a variety of fun activities for all ages including an inflatable moon bounce, obstacle course, basketball challenge, wrecking ball, Euro bungee, dunk tank, and carnival games. Also featured as part of the festivities will be glitter and henna tattoo artists, a balloon artist, a stilt-walker, music, and more.  Food will be available for purchase at the newly renovated RFH Dawghouse concessions facility.

Admission to the Homecoming Carnival is $5.00, with the exception of RFH students with SGA cards who will not be charged. If inclement weather occurs, the Homecoming Carnival will be held in the high school’s gymnasium.

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ASSAULT TRIAL OF LITTLE SILVER COP BEGINS

HOT-TOPIC_01A Little Silver cop charged with assaulting a handcuffed man in the borough police station almost four years ago went on trial in Freehold Tuesday, the Star-Ledger reports.

In her opening statement, Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Melanie Falco told the jury that Patrolman Steven Solari “punched the handcuffed man multiple times because he would not pose for a photo after his arrest,” the Sledger reported.

Solari is also alleged to have told an EMT not to take arrest subject Sean Casey to a hospital, though his head was bleeding, until  paperwork had been completed. Later, Solari committed witness tampering when he tried to get an EMT who witnessed the assault to cover it up, the state alleges.

But defense lawyer Edward Bertucio “told the jury that Solari and his partner were dealing with a well-known, violent man who had a history of getting out of control,” according to the Sledger. “Bertucio said the trial would show that Solari was doing what he was trained to do and that there were other motivating factors, including people trying to take his job, which led to his arrest.”

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SEA BRIGHT TO TAKE IT BACK TO THE BEACH

sb mount sandy 3 112112‘Mount Sandy’ and the small mountain of storm debris are gone from the beach, where Sea Brighters will gather on October 29. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

How does one mark the anniversary of a once-in-a-lifetime storm that destroyed one’s home or business?

In Sea Bright, residents and merchants will note the year-ago devastation of Hurricane Sandy on October 29 with a quiet potluck dinner and a bonfire on the beach to demonstrate their own resilience and determination to recover, recreation director Kathy Morris tells redbankgreen.

“It’s going to be very low-key,” Morris said, “just a place for us to meet, greet and chat.”

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RED BANK: SPREADING “WORD OF CURD”

cheese (3)Cheese Cave customer John Lewer, right, picks up his eponymous sandwich for lunch. Below, owner Stephen Catania. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

cheese (1)October is American Cheese Month. And no: despite the name, it’s not a time to celebrate the dayglow orange plastic-wrapped square that we center onto a buttered Wonder Bread to make grilled cheese sandwiches.

Rather, it’s intended to promote artisan cheeses that are made here in America,  Stephen Catania of Red Bank’s Cheese Cave tells redbankgreen‘s PieHole.

With specialty cheese shops promoting  a different cheese every day of the month at a discount, “it’s a way for local merchants to spread the word of curd,” Catania said.

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RED BANK: HUNGER ON THE TABLE

christie colicchio 093013Governor Chris Christie joined restaurateur Tom Colicchio, right, and an interviewer on stage at the Count Basie Theatre Monday afternoon for a discussion of the politics of combatting hunger. The four-hour afternoon program, called ‘Soul of Hunger,’ also brought together panelists from food pantries and supermarkets and featured a screening of the documentary, ‘A Place at the Table.’ (Click to enlarge)

ROOM TO GROW FOR LITTLE BUCS AT RBR

RBR_HIGH_SCHOOLPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

A few openings are still available for the Red Bank Regional (RBR) Little Bucs Preschool Program, which operates in the preschool lab in the high school building at 101 Ridge Road in Little Silver.  The pre-school program takes place three mornings a week from Wednesday through Friday.  Opening day is October 9 and the program ends in early June.  The program accepts three and four-year olds from the RBR sending school towns of Little Silver, Red Bank, Shrewsbury and neighboring towns. It is run primarily as a community service and includes a small fee of $100 for the school year, which is charged to defray costs associated with special projects or semi-annual field trips to such destinations as Huber Woods and Holmdel Park. Anyone interested in inquiring about this year’s program can contact the preschool director and RBR teacher, Susan Eads, at 732-842-8000 ext. 331, or email her at seads@rbrhs.org.

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