SEA BRIGHT TO PUT COP ON CROSSWALK BEAT

sb ocean ave 011614The tiny borough plans to deploy a police officer devoted to enforcement of pedestrian safety laws. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_01Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long admits it: she has wigged out on motorists who don’t stop for pedestrians in crosswalks on the town’s main drag.

“I’ve been known to yell at cars on Ocean Avenue,” she tells redbankgreen. “When I see somebody blow through a crosswalk, especially if there’s a child waiting to cross, I’ll be like, ‘what is wrong with you? Do you not see the kid standing in the crosswalk?’ I have been known to do that.”

Now, the tiny oceanfront borough, though it is starved for cash as it continues to rebuild from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, is taking action.

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3rd GRADE BUILDERS GET HANDS-ON IN FH

photoThird grade students created their own amusement park through an Exploratory Investigations Program introduced recently at Viola L. Sickles School.

Press release from Fair Haven School District

Third grade students at Viola L. Sickles school in Fair Haven recently brought hands-on learning to a new level, by building their own amusement park through a program designed by Bricks 4 Kidz.

The third-graders were the first Sickles students to participate in an Exploratory Investigations Program designed to supplement the curriculum, and provide additional opportunities for learning and exploration.

The Bricks 4 Kidz project marks the first appearance at Sickles School for the program, designed to teach children the principles of engineering and architecture using Lego® bricks.

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BCC PROGRAM TRAINS 50+ ADULTS FOR JOBS

Press release from Brookdale Community College

Brookdale Community College announced that it is the recipient of a $15,000 two-year grant from The Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, to assist adults age 50 and older complete a degree or certificate programs in healthcare and social services.

The program is sponsored by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), and is part of a national initiative to train 10,000 baby boomers for new jobs in high-growth, high-demand occupations.

As part of the grant, Brookdale will establish an Encore Center for the Adult Learner on its Lincroft campus. The center will bring together current offerings for adult students and streamline the process for returning adults through one single point of contact. Included in the center will be such services as a Career Interest Inventory and Skills Assessment, and online workshops on topics that include using social media for the job search, resume writing and interview skills.   The Center will coordinate existing services and offer an adult-friendly environment of support and assistance.

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RED BANK: DISHING WITH DISH CHEF FERRANDO

anthony ferrando 020614Dish chef Anthony Ferrando tells PieHole readers where to get the best pizza in a town with a lot of options.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumUnder the weather of another snowstorm – and another bout of cabin fever – PieHole went to downtown Red Bank looking for some culinary inspiration.

We sat down with chef Anthony Ferrando of Dish, on White Street, to ask if he might suggest a few interesting meals for the home cook. We ended up getting that and a whole lot more, including some insights into his favorite food stops in town.

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ELKS HOST TRTC’s ‘EXPLORATION OF JUSTICE’

GreasonSharonGildaMonmouth University professor Walter D. Greason, former Red Bank council member Sharon Lee, and Frank Talk’s Gilda Rogers are among the guest panelists discussing “The Fight for Equality in Red Bank in the 1950s and Today,” during a February 10 event at the Red Bank Elks Lodge.

Press release from Two River Theater Company

“The Fight for Equality in Red Bank in the 1950s — and Today” is the topic of a free panel discussion event on Monday, February 10, presented by Two River Theater Company and hosted at the Red Bank Elks Lodge #233, 40 West Front Street.

The 7 pm panel is the first in a series of Inside Two River humanities programs that will focus on race, the Civil Rights movement, and evolving issues of equality under the umbrella title Exploration of Justice. Panels will take place monthly in connection with Two River Theater’s production of Trouble in Mind, written by Alice Childress —the first African-American woman to have a play professionally produced in New York City. The play, directed by Jade King Carroll, will run April 5 through 24.

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RETRO FASHION OUT, ASIAN EATERY PENDING

43 broad 020414Backward Glances’ owner cited rising rents and diminishing cool as factors in her decision to leave Red Bank. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508After 28 years in Red Bank, vintage clothing and accessories boutique Backward Glances has departed for Asbury Park.

Also in this edition of redbankgreen Retail Churn: an Asian restaurant hopes to open in English Plaza, just a few doors away from a new hair salon that’s readying for its debut.

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GATOR BALL HONORS RCDS HEADMASTER

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

chadsmallThe man who has served as Headmaster at The Rumson Country Day School for the past quarter of a century will be the subject of a special tribute, during the private school’s GatorBall fundraiser on Saturday, February 8.

Dr. Chad B. Small (pictured), who will be concluding his long service at RCDS with the end of the 2013-2014 school year, will be honored during the 6 pm gala by the school’s parent community, organizers of the annual GatorBall, which will be hosted inside the school’s Blake Auditorium.

This year’s theme, An Evening of Elegance Celebrating Excellence, is described as “an opportunity for the parent community to celebrate the excellence of RCDS, then and now,” with the goal “to inspire the RCDS community to embrace the school’s mission, and take an active role in supporting it, both financially and through outstanding school spirit.”

Profits raised in past GatorBall events have gone to fund a state-of-the art musical keyboard lab, moveable display boards for student art, Smart Boards for the Upper School, a new piano for the Music department, guest speakers and athletic field improvements.

REFORM TEMPLE HOSTS STUDENT ART EVENT

Press release from Monmouth Festival of the Arts

The Monmouth Reform Temple in Tinton Falls — site of the Monmouth Festival of the Arts (MFA) — will once more be the setting for a Student Art Competition and Art Workshops on Sunday, February 9.

All junior year student artists from Monmouth and Ocean counties are invited to participate, free of charge, in the annual event. Winners receive first, second and third place prizes of $100, $75 and $50. Art competition judges include professional artists Patricia Hutchinson, Amy Faris, and Bob Mataranglo, and a reception for family and friends will take place between 4 and 5 pm, when the winners are announced.

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RED BANK: ICY CONDITIONS LINGER

RB snow 020414 1Ice, slush and puddles made walking and driving in downtown Red Bank dicey Tuesday. More snow was forecast for Wednesday night. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RB snow 020414 2Commuters face possibly hazardous driving conditions Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service said freezing rain could lay up to a quarter-inch of ice on roads and sidewalks by 9 a.m.

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SHREWSBURY: CHECKS STOLEN IN BURGLARY

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of January 24 to January 30, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY1-2014Report of Burglary in the area of 1151 Broad Street on 1/24/14. Victim reports unknown subject(s) disabled and damaged lock to business and removed payroll checks. Ptl. Jessica Boyd investigating.

Report of Forgery in the area of AG Bailey Check Cashing, Broad Street on 1/24/14. Victim reports known subject forged signature and presented check to be cashed without consent or knowledge. Ptl. Jessica Boyd investigating.

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RED BANK: THEN AGAIN, THERE ARE SNOWMEN

rb snowman 020314 3This guy, on Spring Street, had an umbrella embedded in his head, so he’s set for the rain and sleet forecast for Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Below, a giant snowman at Tower Hill Avenue and Spring Street featured crushed Budweiser cans for buttons. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

rb snowman 020314 6One upside of Monday’s snowstorm, as with most, was the sudden proliferation of snowmen across the Green.

redbankgreen‘s walk through central Red Bank Monday afternoon put us in the company of some cheerful if somewhat flaky gentlemen. Check out our photos, below.

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RED BANK: WINTER STREETS GET UGLY FAST

rb snow 020314 10Looks pretty on the traffic light at Broad and Front streets in Red Bank, doesn’t it? Not so much, however, at street level a block away, at East Front and Wharf Avenue, below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

rb snow 020314 12The third – or was it the eighth? – snowstorm of 2014 dropped a white blanket on the Red Bank area that quickly lost its charm Monday.

redbankgreen took late afternoon walk through central Red Bank, camera in hand. Check out our photos, below.

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FOR RFH COACH SOURLIS, A SWEET 600

sourlis600Rumson-Fair Haven Girls Basketball coach George Sourlis celebrates his recent milestone 600th career win, with wife Nikie and members of the RFH Lady Bulldogs. (HoopGroup)

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

George Sourlis, Head Coach for  Girls’ Basketball at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, reached a landmark on Friday, January 24 with his 600th win for the school. The Lady Dawgs prevailed over Holmdel High School in a Class A Central Division game, with a score of 44-38.

The RFH players celebrated the milestone win with balloons spelling out the number 600 and t-shirts imprinted with the number — as well as a commemorative basketball, which they presented to their coach.

Sourlis, who has more wins than any other girls’ coach in Shore Conference history, is currently in his 28th season at RFH. With Sourlis as Head Coach, the Lady Bulldogs have earned 14 Sectional State Titles (ten of them consecutive), 16 Shore Conference Division Titles, five State Group Titles, and five appearances in the semi-finals of the Tournament of Champions.

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STUDENTS FROM THE GREEN MAKE DEAN’S LIST

Students from all around the greater Red Bank green — not just the borough, but Fair Haven, Little Silver, Middletown, Rumson, and Shrewsbury — were named to the fall 2013 semester Dean’s List for their respective schools.

At The College of New Jersey in Ewing, some 34 local students made the list by meeting the requirements of 12 or more credits for the semester, and a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. They include Red Bank seniors Matthew Erickson (major in Management), Cecilia Muscarella (Early Childhood), Kayla Riddleberger (English) and Justin Wagner (Computer Science); juniors Jessica Gonzalez (Education) and Alexander Spence (Civil Engineering); as well as sophomores Madeline Liskiewicz (Psychology) and Anna Mitarotondo (Open Option — Arts and Communication).

Also named to the list were Fair Haven junior Eileen Goepfert (major in Spanish) and two residents of Little Silver: sophomore Sarah Perry (Psychology) and freshman Elise Schoening (Open Option — Humanities and Social Sciences).

Middletown students named by TCNJ include seniors Casie Fitzgerald (major in  Secondary Education), Kelly-Ann Gesuelli (Chemistry/ACS — Research), Danielle Hungerbuhler (Spanish), Katarina McKee (Mathematics Second) and Elizabeth O’Brien (Early Childhood — iSTEM); juniors Cally Connelly (Criminology) and Jessica Glynn (Political Science); sophomores James Tomasullo, Colleen Dean (both Finance), Dylan Kret (Communication Studies), Lauren Hymanson (Open Option — Science), Cole Playter (Psychology), Justin Sorrenti (Civil Engineering) and Jenna Vitale (Interactive Multimedia); in addition to freshmen Sarah Conger (Special Education), Kristen Hassenkamp (Psychology) and William Recanatini (Accountancy).

TCNJ also recognized Shrewsbury seniors Emily Cotenoff (Psychology), Alexa Tortoriello (Early Childhood) and Sally Milnes (Communication Studies); juniors Rebecca Havens (Special Education) and Olivia Porada (Music Performance), as well as sophomore Theresa Soya (Communication Studies).

Click for more area names from the Dean’s Lists at Cornell University, Merrimack College, Quinnipiac College, Salve Regina University, the University at Albany, the University of Hartford, the University of New Haven, the University of Rhode Island, and the University of Vermont.

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RED BANK: KICKING, SWINGING LEAD TO CUFFS

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014A Long Branch woman was arrested early Sunday after she kicked in the door of a Red Bank house and assaulted two of its occupants, police said.

Chrissandra Lester, 26, bashed in the door of a Locust Avenue residence at about 1:18 a.m. and proceeded to punch the unidentified residents repeatedly in the face, causing lacerations and bruises, according to a police report.

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RED BANK: MEASURABLE EVIDENCE OF WINTER

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Another fast-falling snow blanketed the Red Bank area Monday morning, covering Broad Street in traffic-slowing slush, above, and putting a shoveler to work in English Plaza, at right.

The forecast: four-to-eight inches by midafternoon, when the snowfall is expected to taper to flurries and temperatures drop toward the mid-20s, according to the National Weather Service . (Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: EFFU EYES MEADOWLANDS TOURNEY

effu 020214 5effu 020214 3Stephen Dunne hauls in a touchdown pass, above, and a runner heads upfield, below, during the season-ending game for Red Bank’s Eastside Flag Football Union, played at Count Basie Field on Sunday, hours before the Super Bowl kicked off at the Meadowlands.

As it did last year, EFFU plans to send a team to the New York Giants Snow Bowl, a flag football tournament held at MetLife Stadium to raise money for the New Jersey Special Olympics. The Red Bank squad raised $13,000 last year.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

MIDDLETOWN WOMAN, 20, DIES IN CRASH


The accident occurred on Oak Hill Road near Princeton Street, police said.

A 20-year-old Middletown woman died in a single-vehicle crash on Oak Hill Road in the township early Saturday, according to news reports.

Police Detective Lieutenant Stephen Dollinger told the Asbury Park Press that Katherine Arliss was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee near Princeton Street when the accident happened around 12:40 a.m.

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LIBRARY OFFERS INCOME TAX PREP HELP

For the past two decades, taxpayers seeking help with their income tax returns have found help at the Monmouth County Library. Beginning Tuesday, February 4, volunteers from the AARP Tax Aide program will offer free tax preparation assistance at all County Library branches, including the Eastern Branch on Broad Street (Route 35) in Shrewsbury.

This service, which is also offered at the County Library locations in Manalapan and Wall, is available for low-and middle-income taxpayers with simple returns, through the tax filing deadline date of April 15.

Hours for tax prep assistance services in the months of February and April are Mondays 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, Tuesdays 9:30 am to 1 pm; Wednesdays 1 pm to 7:30 pm; Thursdays 9:30 am to 1 pm; Fridays 9:30 am to  pm; Saturdays 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, and Sundays 1 pm to 3:30 pm.

Hours in March are Mondays 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, Wednesdays 1 pm to 7:30 pm; Thursdays 9:30 am to 5 pm; Saturdays 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, and Sundays 1 pm to 3:30 pm.