MINI-GRANT FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL VIDEO CLUB

RBBEFKopkaGrant2Recently the officers of the not-for-profit community organization Red Bank Borough Education Foundation awarded their first Rosemarie Kopka mini-grant to the video editing club program a Red Bank Middle School. Pictured from left are RBBEF Secreatry, coucilman Ed Zipprich; vice president Susan Berke; president Doug Winning, and, accepting the award on behalf of the Middle School, Board of Education president Ben Forest. The RBBEF is also holding a 50/50 Raffle to help raise funds for future projects at our schools, with online tickets available here.

MTPL NAMES PROVISIONAL DIRECTOR

The Middletown Township Public Library and the Township of Middletown recently announced the appointment of Kim Rinaldi as Provisional Library Director, beginning on February 24, 2014.

Ms. Rinaldi comes to the Middletown Township Public Library after having served as the Library Director of the Margaret E. Heggen Free Public Library in Washington Township.  During her tenure there, Ms. Rinaldi managed 26 employees and a $2.5 million annual budget.  Ms. Rinaldi has also served as the Director of the Brielle Public Library and as a Senior Librarian at the Ocean County Library, Long Beach Island Branch in Surf City, New Jersey.

Ms. Rinaldi holds a Masters in Library and Information Science from Texas Womens College and has extensive experience in library administration, budgeting and project management.  Ms. Rinaldi is credited with outsourcing material cataloging and processing at the Margaret E. Heggan Free Public Library, reducing annual operating costs by $150,000.00.  Ms. Rinaldi, who will earn an annual salary of $95,000,  also managed a successful $2 million library building project.

SEA BRIGHT MAN GUILTY OF SANDY FRAUD

By JOHN T. WARD

A Sea Bright man pleaded guilty to ripping off the Federal Emergency Management Administration via hotel charges he didn’t deserve, authorities announced Tuesday.

Bill Nagle, 52, of Center Street, admitted to a Superior Court judge in Freehold that he defrauded FEMA of more than $12,000 under a Transitional Shelter Assistance program, according to a press release by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.

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RED BANK: WALGREEN’S MOVES STORE

walgreen's 121613Walgreen’s developer Marc Steinberg talks with neighbors about the proposed store’s traffic flow at a December hearing. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The builder of a proposed Walgreen’s pharmacy in Red Bank has changed the location of the would-be store, moving it a dozen feet in order to avoid a variance request on one of the plan’s most controversial aspects.

The store would also shrink by about 1,100 square feet, according to revised plans filed with the borough in anticipation of a hearing scheduled for Wednesday night.

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RED BANK: POTHOLE-NECK ON WHITE STREET

rb potholes 021814Never a joy to negotiate, the narrow east end of White Street at Broad in Red Bank was reduced to a single lane Tuesday morning by orange cones warning of potholes. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK’S LAST CONSTABLE DIES AT 99

people-in-the-newsSaul Diamond, the last person to hold the position of Red Bank constable, died Sunday at his home at Riverview Towers, on Riverside Avenue.

He was 99 years old.

Diamond’s obituary in the Asbury Park Press says he served as borough constable from 1969 to 2000, when the post was abolished and its duties transferred to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s office.

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RED BANK: ICE-FILLED CRATERS ABOUND

rb pothole 021714rb pothole 021714 2 Weeks of abuse in the form of heavy snow, thawing and refreezing have left numerous craters in the streets of Red Bank, where orange barrels are now appearing to divert motorists. One is in the middle of the westbound lane on Reckless Place, at Broad Street, above, and another is in the center of East Bergen Place near Hudson Avenue, at right. The borough maintains a hotline to which motorists can report potholes: 732-530-2691. (Click to enlarge)

RBR RECOGNIZES ITS COMMENDED SCHOLARS

RBR scholarsNational Merit Scholars Leah Roberts (Little Silver), Sara Halloran (Red Bank), Sofia Dadap (Red Bank) and Halle Butler (Little Silver) are pictured with (back row) RBR Guidance Supervisor Dawn Kaszuba, and (end) RBR Principal Risa Clay.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Recently, the Red Bank Regional Board of Education recently honored Halle Butler and Leah Roberts, both of Little Silver, and Sofia Dadap and Sara Halloran, both of Red Bank, for being named National Merit Commended Scholars. These awards are based on the students’ performance on the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test. The National Merit Scholars represent the top 5% of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2012-2013 competition.

RBR Guidance Supervisor Dawn Kaszuba states of the students’ accomplishment, “This distinction is a testament to the commitment to excellence and hard work of these four young ladies. Interestingly, this year’s commended scholars are all a part of the VPA (Visual & Performing Arts Academy) program.”

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RBR CELEBRATES BLACK HISTORY MONTH

On Thursday, February 20, Red Bank Regional High School celebrates Black History Month with the return of inspirational alumnus Ronald Dukes, bringing a message of hope and motivation to students in two separate assemblies (8:43 am and 9:56 am) inside the RBR auditorium.

African American history will also be celebrated with student performances in music, dance, prose and poetry, along with other planned programming.

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WEEKEND NEWS: TWO FIRES, HIT & RUN

mtown fire map 021714Two residential fires less than 24 hours apart kept Middletown volunteer firefighters busy over the weekend. (Click to enlarge)

A pair of house fires in Middletown and a hit-and-run accident of a pedestrian in Sea Bright occurred over the weekend, according to news reports.

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RED BANK: EARLY BIRDS GET THE… CHILLS

rb basie sale 021714 2The annual Presidents’ Day ticket sale at Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre, with ducats for a host of shows available for $10 each, drew its usual waiting line in spite of temperatures in the teens Monday morning. The earliest, including borough resident Carl Colmorgen, arrived around 6:30 am., though the box office doesn’t open until 10 a.m. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: BURGLARY, CONTEMPT, LEWDNESS

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of February 6 to February 13, 2014. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:

Theft occurring on 1-6-14 at Maple Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole cell phone from locker. Ptl. Heather Pubylski.

Theft occurring on 2-10-14 at E. Newman Springs Rd.—Car Dealership. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole an I Pod touch from center console of vehicle. Ptl. Shane Dengel.

Burglary occurring at Linden Place residence on 2-11-14. Victim reported that unknown person(s) broke into apartment and stole items such as Polo Boots, Sneakers, food and movies. Sgt. Michael Frazee

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RUMSON DANCERS KICK IT FOR MS SOCIETY

kickdanceKick Dance Studio invites the public to join them at a “Kick for a Cause” event on Sunday, February 23. (photo by Caroline Keating)

Press release from Kick Dance Studios

Families from across Monmouth County are invited to attend Kick Dance Studio’s Annual Kick for a Cause Performance, “Dress for MS” on Sunday, February 23rd, with four performances (12 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:45) at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

For six years, Kick Dance Studios has been hosting Kick for a Cause Performances to benefit various charities, inspired by their students and families. This year, the group chose to donate all ticket sales to the National MS Society as a show of support for a mother of one of its dance team students who has been stricken with MS, a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. With the help of organizations like the National MS Society, new treatments and advances in research can give hope to people affected by the disease.

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K of C HOSTS SPECIAL NEEDS SOCIAL

The Knights of Columbus Council 3187 has announced that they will be holding their third annual Special Needs Social on Thursday, February 20th, hosted by special needs ambassadors from the Center for Vocational Rehabilitation (CVR), and presented from 6 to 8pm at the Knights Hall in Fair Haven.

During the event, which is funded by the Jay Dooley Memorial Foundation (JDMF) and held as part of an ongoing collaborative initiative to increase the socialization opportunities for people with special needs in central New Jersey, In addition to live music, dancing and light refreshments, KellyKares will be providing sensory-friendly activities and games.

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OUR BEAUTIFUL, MOON-KISSED RIVER

rb moon 021414A decorative orb on the railing of the Route 35 Cooper Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown greets the full moon rising over the Navesink River on Valentine’s Day, 2014. Turns out the February full moon is traditionally known as the ‘snow moon.’ Enjoy, folks. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

PIEHOLE: VALENTINE’S TIPS, DISH AND PHO

cocktailPieHole checks in with area bartenders for some Valentine’s Day cocktail suggestions. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

PIEHOLE logoredbankgreen’s PieHole is all about local food and drink. If you haven’t liked us on Facebook yet or followed us on Twitter, you may have missed some of these recent stories . . .

• Ladies, if your date starts looking for cheap beer and Redheaded Sluts, that’s a bit of a red flag. Bartenders from Jamian’s, David Burke Fromagerie and Murphy’s Tavern share dating insights and favorite Valentine’s Day cocktails.

• We note the positive flu-recovery benefits of a diet high in pho, from Red Bank’s Phol Le.

PieHole caught up with Dish chef Anthony Ferrando to talk about his short ribs and his favorite pizza place in town.

Follow the links to the stories, and check out PieHole’s Facebook page or follow its Twitter feed @RedBankPieHole for up-to-the-minute postings.

MIDDLETOWN: PHONES OUT FOR EIGHT DAYS


Some 25 telephone landlines in the Shady Oaks over-55 condo community in Middletown remained out of service Friday, eight days after a weather-related outage, Verizon tells redbankgreen. “Verizon’s repair crews are working to restore the service and then implement a long-term solution to ensure uninterrupted service for these customers,” a company spokesman said.

A resident tells redbankgreen that he and others finally heard from the company via their cellphones – after our inquiries. “Now, Verizon reps are knocking on doors” of the affected residents, he said. Hey, call – or email anytime. (Click to enlarge)

PIEHOLE: LOVE ON THE ROCKS… OR NEAT

cocktailPieHole checks in with area bartenders, including Heather Vena and Robb McMahon of Murphy’s Tavern in Rumson, on good libations for either side of dinner. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

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Valentine’s Day falling on a  Friday gives couples on the Green license to linger a little longer tonight, perhaps bookending dinner with a cocktail or two.

PieHole surveyed a few area mixologists for Valentine’s Day lessons on love and libration.

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RED BANK: MAPLE COVE SAVED… FOR NOW?

rb rosi cove library 021214The placement of the proposed border between the library parking lot and adjoining riverfront property was a subject of debate, but all of Maple Cove will remain on the open space inventory. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03The battle to save the cove is over, apparently.

The Red Bank borough council officially abandoned a plan to remove Maple Cove and a nearby riverfront property from the town’s roster of open spaces Wednesday night.

The unanimous move appears to close the book on a controversial issue that helped vault activist Cindy Burnham onto the governing body in the last election.

Not that it can’t be undone, says Burnham, the lone Republican on the six-member council.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? PHO-BIOTICS FOR FLU

Takeout Chicken Pho from Pho Le in Red Bank.  (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

Last week found PieHole in the grip of the grippe. When we finally emerged from the covers, we needed something not only restorative but with flavor that would agree with our still-finicky tastebuds.

Enter Red Bank’s only Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Le, and it’s $8 Chicken Pho.

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WEEKEND: VALENTINES AND OTHER FISH TALES

AsULikeItMiriam A. Hyman and Jacob Fishel in ‘As You Like It’ at the Two River Theater, above.  Scott Szegeski’s print impressions of vintage “fish surfboards” at Salon Concrete. (Top photo by T.C. Erickson)

Friday, February 14:

sg-prints-14RED BANK: Valentine’s Day — that interlude of cabernet and clinking cocktail glasses; of candlelight coronas, candy kisses and cardboard cupids — also sounds a keynote for the final weekend of As You Like It, the Shakespeare play on stage at Two River Theater.

Michael Sexton’s take on the Bard’s characteristically convoluted “comedy of cross-dressing heroines and triumphant heroes” comes complete with some of the author’s funniest gags and laugh lines, some solid comic turns (by Brendan Titley and former Cosby Show regular Geoffrey Owens), and a double-dynamite lead role by Miriam A. Hyman as the exiled beauty Rosalind and her flannel-shirted alter ego, Ganymede. Throw in some savvy use of song (put forth with gusto by J.D. Webster) and you’ve got a fine point of entry to the Shakespearean perspective on romance, mating, and gender politics. Take it here for tickets to the last round of shows 8 pm Friday; 3 and 8 pm Saturday; 3 pm Sunday).

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RED BANK: TRASH PICKUP MAY GO PRIVATE

rb garbage truckTrash pickups by borough employees could end this year. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank residents could see the end of local government trash pickups this year.

In a move that contemplates a switch to private cartage, the borough council authorized a solicitation of bids for garbage and recyclables collection and disposal at its bimonthly meeting Wednesday night.

The vote on the measure was 5 to 1, with Councilwoman Juanita Lewis dissenting.

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LETTERS FOR RBR’S ACADEMIC ATHLETES

RBR acad athletesRBR celebrates its Academic Athletes, who earned a coveted Varsity letter for achieving an A in every subject from the preceding year. RBR awards these letters in the traditional of how schools celebrate athletic excellence.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Brain muscle and hard work earns Red Bank Regional High School’s top academic achievers their very own varsity letter to sew on a varsity jacket.  The tradition began many years ago, when the school district sought to encourage and honor academic excellence the same way it honors its top athletic achievements — with a varsity letter.

At a recent Board meeting, RBR Guidance Supervisor, Dawn Kazsuba told a packed audience of proud parents, “In order to earn an Academic Varsity letter, students must maintain a straight A in every marking period of the preceding year. Any one of these students will tell you that is not an easy task. It requires hours and hours of study, preparation and dedication.”

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