RED BANK: FIREHOUSE AUCTION FIZZLES

rb liberty auction 032514No bidders emerged at Tuesday’s auction, conducted by attorney Sean Byrnes, left, and Administrator Stanley Sickels. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_01A discontinued Red Bank firehouse failed to spark interest at the minimum bid when it went on the block Tuesday morning.

The auction of the former home of the Liberty Hose Company, vacated late last year over needed upgrades that the borough says it cannot afford, was over in five minutes, as no voice bids or sealed bids were made.

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COUNTRY MUSIC FEST COMING TO RED BANK

marine park stage 053113The mainstage-and-second-stage setup of RiverFest and other events at Marine Park will be replaced by two equal-sized stages for the Red Bank Country Music Festival, featuring Maggie Rose, below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

maggie roseGet out the pointy leather boots and brush up on yer twang: Red Bank’s goin’ country in June.

A new event called the Red Bank Country Music Festival will set up camp in Marine Park for two days in late June, taking over a slot on an outdoor events calendar filled last year by Sippin’ on the River.

While Sippin’ won’t be back this year, its pioneering wet-your-whistle spirit will live on, as the country-themed food-and-music event will feature wine and beer sales, only the second such event in recent history to allow alcohol consumption in a borough park.

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RED BANK REC GETS THE JUMP ON NEW SEASON

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David Prown of Prown’s Home Improvement will be providing free equipment for young Red Bank residents who take part in the spring season sports programs of Red Bank Parks and Recreation, every Sunday from this weekend through the end of May. Read on for details. (2011 file photo by Dustin Racioppi)

For school-age kids, saying there’s “nothing to do” is no longer an option — not with Soccer, Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Track and Field, Lacrosse, and Camp on the schedule for the coming months. And for those who say they’ve “got no gear” — well, it turns out that’s no longer an excuse either.

Even adults who are in need of working off some of that winter wonderweight will be hard pressed to find reasons why not, as Red Bank Recreation announces a full seasonal slate of programs for borough residents of all ages.

It’s a season that begins this weekend, with the March 29 start of Developmental Lacrosse League activities — to say nothing of the looming registration deadlines for several of the other programs and services offered. There’s still time for Red Bank boys and girls to join players from all local towns in a “Count Basix” Spring Lacrosse Clinic, designed for both beginners and more advanced players of one of America’s fastest growing youth sports. Coaches from United Lacrosse will be on hand at Count Basie Field on Henry Street for eight Saturday sessions that commence on Saturday morning and continue through May 24 — a “fun and energizing environment” that hosts sessions for players in grades 5 to 8 between 10 and 11:30 am, with grades K through 4 taking the field from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

Participants can bring their own equipment (helmet, stick, gloves, shoulder pads, arm/elbow pads and mouthpiece for boys; protective eyewear, stick and mouthpiece for girls) or it can be provided by the program. Cost for the Count Basix lacrosse clinic is $45-$55 for Red Bank residents depending on age group, and $150-$200 for non-residents. Call (732)530-2783 to get in on the action this weekend — and click READ MORE for the rundown on all other seasonal programs from Red Bank Rec.

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RED BANK: EFFU TOP FUNDRAISER AT TOURNEY

effu 032214Red Bank’s Eastside Flag Football Union (EFFU) was the top fundraising team of 135 that participated in the Snow Bowl tournament to benefit the New Jersey Special Olympics at the Meadowlands over the weekend.

The squad raised $19,765 and picked up free passes to a Giants preseason game this summer, when it will be honored with others at halftime.

As for the field action, the EFFUers made it to the to semifinals in the over-35 division, squeezing in some family and tailgating time in between the second and third games of three on Sunday.

Yep, you’re allowed to cheer, folks: “EFFU! EFFU! EFFU!”  (Click photo to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN: JUST LET IT BE SPRING ALREADY

fh new sod 032414It’s spring. What are we to make of this talk of a “coastal monster” of a storm, or “blizzard bomb,” or whatever the weather worrywarts are calling it?

The latest consensus forecast appears to be that our region might take a “glancing blow” from a brewing northeaster Tuesday night, with a few inches of snow, but “a worst-case scenario of an epic blizzard [is] still not off the table,” says Slate.

We’re with the Fair Haven cops: Stay off the new sod, snow. In fact, stay off the old sod, too. (Click to enlarge)

RFH ALUM GOES TO HEAD OF THE CLASS

DavidQuigleyPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

David Quigley, a 1984 graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven High School and a member of the RFH Hall of Fame, has been named Provost and Dean of Faculties for Boston College. He will assume his new role for the school, a private Jesuit research university located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, on June 1, 2014.

Quigley was inducted into the RFH Hall of Fame in 2008, and his commemorative plaque notes that his personal history reflects a commitment to scholarship and teaching. While at RFH, he was actively involved in the school newspaper The Tower Tribune, contributing articles for all four years and serving as Editor-in-Chief during his senior year.

Quigley, who succeeds Interim Provost Joseph Quinn, arrived at Boston College in 1998 as an assistant professor of history. He has held a number of academic leadership positions there, including Associate Dean for First-Year Students, the Founding Director of the Institute for the Liberal Arts, and Interim Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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OPEN HOUSE FOR YOUNG MAGICIANS IN M’TOWN

Teens who are interested in the art of magic now have a local opportunity to learn how to perform illusions and work with professional magicians, thanks to a new Venturing Crew.

The newly-formed Young Magicians Venturing Crew #123 will hold a free Open House on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, starting 7:30 p.m. at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 250 Harmony Road, Middletown, N.J. This event is open to teens ages 14-20. Parents are also invited to attend. The first crew meeting will be held at the same location on April 23, also at 7:30 p.m.

Members of the International Brotherhood of Magicians Ring 123 are sponsoring this new, co-ed youth Venturing Crew to train and mentor teens and young people who are either interested in learning more about magic, including aspiring professional magicians. Seasoned magicians will teach Crew members a variety of illusions and tricks, help them explore the art of showmanship, and how to plan and host magic shows.

Parents and adults who love magic will have the opportunity to become involved as mentors, leaders and volunteers.

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CLIPPINGS: A RITE OF SPRING IN RED BANK

CLIPPINGS_220Vine video shot outside Prown’s Home Improvements on Monmouth Street in Red Bank on March 23, 2014. Prown’s owner and children’s advocate David Prown tells Clippings he gives away donated sports equipment to Red Bank kids every Sunday in spring. In addition, he says, “people bring me lots of things, from clothes to toys to housewares to find good homes for.” Stuff he doesn’t give away directly gets placed on the curb, and “it ALWAYS goes,” he says. Interested in donating or getting something? Call Prown at 908-902-2203. (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to enlarge)

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LITTLE SILVER: MINOR INJURY IN TRAIN V. CAR

ls car v train 032214One person suffered minor injuries when a NJ Transit struck a car in the grade crossing at White Road in Little Silver around 2:30 Saturday afternoon, police said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RBR: MUST-SEE VIDEO

Highly-infectious video posted on YouTube Friday by Amanda Tanai and Natalie Christ, students at Red Bank Regional. High school sure is way more fun than it used to be, huh?

PIEHOLE: SFINGE, SPICES & GLOBE BURGER

globe_burger (2) This week in PieHole: we drop in at the Globe for some lunch (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

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…

 

 

WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? GLOBE BURGER & HOOPS

globe_burgerPieHole takes in some March Madness at the Globe. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

Ah, the Globe. Home to arguably the best burger in Red Bank and beyond. Moreover, you’ll almost certainly get to enjoy that burger without having to rub elbows at the bar with someone who’s just had his Maserati valet-parked on Broad Street, making the company as good as the food.

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FAIR HAVEN: BACK FROM DEATH, WITH THANKS

jay campbell 032014Jay Campbell, center, chats with MONOC paramedics Mike Welsh, left, and Marcelo Aguirre during his visit to the Fair Haven First Aid Squad Thursday night. Below, Campbell poses with his family and the emergency responders who teamed up to save him from cardiac arrest earlier this year.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

jay campbell 032014 2The bug had been making its way through the Campbell residence in Fair Haven when Jay Campbell told his wife he wasn’t feeling well and was heading to bed early that Sunday evening in January.

So a short time later, when Leslie Campbell heard a gurgling sound, she raced to grab the pail she’d used to get her son through the illness. But the instant she reached the bedroom and saw her husband lying with his mouth agape and his eyes rolled upward, she knew something far more terrible than the flu had gotten hold of him.

Minutes later, 59-year-old Jay Campbell was, by the metrics of medicine, dead. But two young cops – responding to an “open-line” call in which the 911 dispatcher could only hear the sound of a woman shouting the name ‘Jay’ – began what became a rapid-response team effort to bring him back to life.

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WEEKEND: IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING

ice-boat-011011-500x375It’s an open house icebreaker when the nation’s longest-established ice boat club welcomes the public in from the cold for a Saturday of tours and presentations. Below, Bobby Bandiera brings the Rock ‘N Soul Revue back to the Basie for a Brill-iant bow to the hitmaking “American Troubadors.” 

Friday, March 21:

BobbyBandieraHallmarkIIok_zpsc164352eRED BANK: Taking the old recruitment slogan, “Join the Jovi and See the World” to heart, Bobby Bandiera has done his share of  globetrotting as touring guitarist with Bon Jovi. But when the veteran of more than 40 years’ worth of local barband gigs puts in to Shore, he tends to “relax” by staying audibly visible everywhere from the barstool in the corner at your favorite hometown watering hole to the Count Basie Theatre, where he intermittently assembles the jukebox Justice League known as the Jersey Shore Rock ‘N Soul Revue for a special salute to the “American Troubadors.”

When the 11-piece “Basie House Band” reconvenes Friday night at 8 pm, Bandiera and bandmates (including star-quality songbird Lisa Sherman, and Joe Jackson’s longtime bassist Graham Maby) will be paying trib to the great songwriter-performers of what’s commonly called the “Brill Building” era of late 50s-early 60s pop – a teenaged Tin Pan Alley that spawned some of the earliest and most immediately exhilarating work of Carole King (“The Loco-Motion”), Neil Diamond (“I’m a Believer”) and Burt Bacharach (“Baby It’s You”). Tickets ($25 – $99) can be reserved right here.

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RED BANK: GATE MAIN ISSUE IN CHURCH PLAN

rbpb 032014 3Hudson Avenue resident William Hartigan discusses the church’s plan for fencing at Thursday night’s planning board meeting with neighbor Kevin Moss. Below, a rendering of the proposal. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

211 broad 032014The proposed conversion of a steepled Red Bank church into an office complex – with provision for a dramatically shrunken Sunday worship space – drew a full house to the planning board Thursday night.

Nearly all the concerns and objections to the plan for the First Church of Christ, Scientist house of worship on Broad Street were focused on one element: a gate on the Hudson Avenue side of the property.

Allowing for the gate, instead of sealing off access to Hudson, would surely result in more traffic on the residential street, neighbors said.

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RBR STUDENTS ARE NJ CYBERPATRIOT CHAMPS

RBRcyberAcademy of Information Technology students at Red Bank Regional recently clinched the New Jersey CyperPatriot State championship. Pictured above are (seated, left to right): Cris Sochaki, Zach Carrano, Tyler Birn, Josh Even, Christian Bonomo; (standing) RBR AOIT teacher Jeremy Milonas, Alex Dannecker, Louis DiOrio, Tucker Machard, Ryan Terpak, Mark Eulner, RBR AOIT teacher Mandy Galante. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School 

Students from the Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) at Red Bank Regional High School once again proved victorious in a major cybersecurity competition, by clinching the New Jersey CyberPatriot State championship. The cybersecurity team from RBR also finished in second place — behind the MIT-sponsored Massachusetts team — in the regional competition of northeastern states.

The ten students composing the NJ championship team are Tyler Birn (Red Bank), Zach Carrano and Tucker Machard (both Little Silver), Josh Even and Mark Eulner (both Shrewsbury), and Christian Bonomo, Alex Dannecker, Louis DiOrio, Chris Sochaki and Ryan Terpak (all Union Beach). Tucker Machard is a senior; Christian Bonomo is a sophomore, while the rest of the team are juniors.

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COUNTY MHA SCREENS PTSD DOC IN M’TOWN

Press release from the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County 

On the afternoon of Sunday, March 30, the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County invites the public to a screening of the award winning documentary feature Between Iraq and a Hard Place.

Presented at 3 pm in the Middletown Arts Center, the event is the first military outreach initiative of 2014 for the local MHA, as the Shrewsbury-based organization continues to expand efforts to address the mental health needs of returning service members, veterans, and their families. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online or at the Middletown Arts Center Box Office.

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RED BANK: SWAPPING PEWS FOR CUBICLES

211 broad 031114211 broad 2 031114On the Red Bank Planning Board agenda Thursday night: the First Church of Christ, Scientist, at 211 Broad Street wants to turn a good portion of its worship space into offices for rent.

The plan also calls for an addition to an existing one-story wing and other changes at the site, which would be rebranded as “Two Eleven Broad,” with about 1,500 square feet dedicated for church use. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: PURGE THAT IMPOTENT PAPRIKA

spice_and_tea_exchange (3)Bianca Montalbano of the Spice & Tea Exchange gives PieHole some tips on spring cleaning our spice cabinet. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

spice_and_tea_exchangeFor many home cooks across the Green, the end of winter marks the time to tackle some spring cleaning in the kitchen.

But it’s not just about organizing the pantry for the new season and purging the freezer of those unidentifiable foil-wrapped, freezer-burnt leftovers. If you’re serious about seasoning, it’s also time to think about replacing some of the aged spices in your spice cabinet.

PieHole checked in with Lisa Prepon and Bianca Montalbano of the Spice & Tea Exchange in Red Bank to get some help with spring cleaning our spice rack.

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SEA BRIGHT: CELL TOWER GENERATES STATIC

sb muni lot 011014The proposed 160-foot tower would be sited in the municipal parking lot. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

HOT-TOPIC_03Sea Bright is facing an “ultimatum” over it’s long-discussed but never-built solution to spotty cellphone service, NJ.com reports.

Telecom giant Verizon has told the borough it will pull out as a planned user of a proposed cell tower if it doesn’t build it soon, the Star-Ledger’s website says.

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SPRING ARRIVES. HALLELUJAH.

rb wires 031814WE MADE IT! The winter of 2014, with its seemingly endless snowfalls, ends Thursday with the vernal equinox at 12:57 p.m. Thursday, according to the Old Farmers Almanac. The National Weather Service says temperatures on day one should rise into the low 50s, and skies will be mostly sunny, as they were when a crew of utility workers tackled a job at Monmouth and West streets in Red Bank earlier this week. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

STUDENTS IMAGINE, CREATE A HEALING SPACE

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Rumson-Fair Haven student volunteers worked with designer Liz Balogh of Lin’s Linens, to transform the living space of an area cancer patient.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Members of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School recently put their talents to work,to brighten the living space of an area woman being treated for cancer.

The students worked with the non-profit organization Lin’s Linens, Inc., which supports female cancer patients by re-decorating a room within their homes to encourage rest and healing. With the help of area interior designers and numerous volunteers, Lin’s Linens, Inc. is able to create an inviting new space within the time span of just one weekend at no cost to the recipient.

Students participating in the project included seniors Chelsea Chinery, Matthew (Matt) Dell, Matthew (Matt) Hervilly, Rachel Knochenhauer, Enzo Lucarelli, Kate Sherman, and Jacob (Jake) Sillen  and sophomores Sheridan Camarata, Christian Capanelli, Jacqueline (Jackie) Kho, and Kiera McKay.

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RED BANK: EFFU EYES SNOW BOWL RETURN

SNOW BOWL 2013For the second year in a row, Red Bank’s Eastside Flag Football Union (EFFU) is heading to the Meadowlands Sunday for the Snow Bowl tournament to benefit the New Jersey Special Olympics.

The squad raised $13,000 last year; so far this year, its 15 members who’ll be outfitted with jerseys courtesy of the Dublin House – have bagged more than $18,000 en route to a target of $20,000. Interested in putting them across the goal line? Donate here. The video above is from the 2013 effort. (Click photo to enlarge)

FAMOUS JERSEYANS PAY A VISIT TO RCDS

IMG_9553Joseph Kyrillos meets famous New Jersey natives William “Count” Basie (Lydia Lu) and fellow public servant Grover Cleveland (Emma Wachtel), during the NJ State Senator’s recent visit to Rumson Country Day School.

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

It was one of the most special days of the school year calendar at Rumson Country Day School — “IRP Day,” when fourth grade students of the Lower School at RCDS dressed in character as some of  New Jersey’s most famous natives — and presented a special program for parents, fellow students and honored guests that included NJ State Senator Joseph Kyrillos.

IRP stands for Independent Research Project — and for their project in honor of New Jersey’s 350th birthday, the fourth graders each selected a person who has been an important part of Garden State history.

The students prepared research papers on their chosen subjects, who ranged from U.S. Presidents to musicians and even popular children’s book author Judy Blume. They also decorated posters, and transformed into character for the video portion of the project, with each class creating a movie of students reciting their own original monologues.

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