NJ CYBER ACES COMPETE AT BCC

Press release from Brookdale Community College

Eighty men and women of various ages and backgrounds will compete in a face-to-face competition at Brookdale Community College on March 22, for a chance to train for a career in cybersecurity at the New Jersey Cyber Aces Academy at Brookdale.

The 2014 New Jersey Governor’s Cyber Aces State Championship will take place from 7:30 am to 5 pm, inside the Warner Student Life Center on the Lincroft campus. Top scorers will be invited to apply for a spot in the second academy cohort.

The state championship is organized by Cyber Aces, a national non-profit organization working to discover and develop talent and build pathways to critical cybersecurity jobs.

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RED BANK: SFINGE, ZEPPOLI OR ONE OF EACH?

larosa (2)Peter LaRosa gives PieHole a delicious history lesson on St. Joseph’s Day sfinges and zeppolis. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

Monday’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations may have been mostly about the beer and a bit about the corned beef, but Wednesday is St. Joseph’s Day, and that is all about the food. More specifically, it’s about the pastries: the sfinge and the zeppoli.

PieHole checked it with Peter LaRosa, who along with his brother, Sal, owns LaRosa’s Pastry Shop in Shrewsbury. LaRosa explained the difference between the sfinge and the zeppoli – each of which goes by more than one spelling, depending on dialect – and filled our ears with the history and tradition of St. Joseph’s Day like a pair of cannoli.

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RED BANK: BOARD DEFENDS LIBRARY LAYOFFS

rbpl board 022714 1The library board of the trustees at a meeting in February. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Responding to “misinformation” and “half-truths… stretched beyond their limits” surrounding layoffs of half the staff at the Red Bank Public Library last week, the library’s board of trustees is pushing back.

In a question-and-answer document prepared by six of eight board members and obtained by redbankgreen, the trustees say that personnel costs accounted for 95 percent of the library budget before the layoffs, which affected six of the 11 staff members.

The layoffs were part of a library “reorganization” that “eliminates our deficit, allows us to right-size the Library for the budget, and sustains the Library for the future,” the trustees say in the Q&A. “The solution implemented [at a board meeting following the layoffs] on March 13 was just one step in a much larger process that began in 2013 when it became clear that even with stringent cuts in expenditures last year, the Library was living beyond its means.”

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SHREWSBURY: TWO REPORTS OF ID THEFT

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of March 7 to March 13, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY1-2014Report of Identity Theft in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue on 3/7/14. Victim reports unknown subject tried to withdraw funds from bank account. Ptl. Tracy Polk investigating.

Report of Identity Theft in the area of Allen Street on 3/8/14. Victim reports unknown subject(s) withdrew funds from bank account. Damages totaling $800.00. Ptl. Matthew Clark investigating.

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HONORS FOR RBR TRAINER, STUDENT

ChristinaandcaitieRBR athletic trainer Christina Emrich is pictured with her student athletic trainer Caitlin Brinkman, at the ATSNJ’s annual banquet awards dinner.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School 

Red Bank Regional High School athletic trainer Christina Emrich of Tinton Falls was recently honored with the Athletic Trainers’ Society of New Jersey (ATSNJ)’s Distinguished Service Award, during their annual banquet on March 2 in West Windsor, NJ.

Making her evening extra special was the further recognition bestowed upon her student athletic trainer, Caitlin Brinkman of Little Silver. Ms. Brinkman received the organization’s Vito Recine High School Scholarship.

“It was an absolutely amazing feeling to be able to share the evening with Caitlin,” said Emrich. “I was so excited that she won the scholarship because it is a testament to all of her hard work and being able to bounce back after suffering a bad injury in her own sports play.”

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RCDS PLACES 2nd IN GARDEN STATE DEBATE

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

Imagine a place where middle school students are encouraged to argue. On Saturday, March 1, Rumson Country Day School students were among 32 teams that participated in the Garden State Debate Tournament, held at Clifton T. Barkalow School in Freehold.

All public charter, independent and parochial middle schools are invited to participate. The following schools participated in the tournament: Clifton T. Barkalow Middle School (Freehold); Joseph R. Bolger Middle School (Keansburg); The Hun School (Princeton); Mother Teresa Regional School (Atlantic Highlands); Our Lady of Sorrows (Hamilton); Red Bank Charter School (Red Bank); Stone Bridge Middle School (Allentown) and The Wilberforce School (Princeton).

Competing for trophies in the categories of Best Speaker, Top Team and Best Overall School, RCDS came in second overall for percentages of wins. The students learned to debate on opposing sides of four issues, and posed well-researched arguments in the following topics: “Ukraine should join the European Union;” “Delay Obamacare;” and “Immunizations should not be mandated.”

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ST. PADDY’S: CHECKING IN ON THE EARLY SHIFT

redbankgreen made a lightning round of visits to four bars with Irish names on their doors – Molly Maguire’s and Murphy‘s in Rumson, Brannigan’s and the Dublin House in Red Bank –  late Tuesday afternoon to see what they were having on St. Patrick’s Day, 2014. Let’s see: there was some soda bread, a slice of pizza, and some corned beef sandwiches… (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: CIGARETTE SPARKS FENCE FIRE

rb fire 031614Volunteer firefighters on the scene of a yard fire at 62 Washington Street in Red Bank Sunday night. Fire Chief Tommy Welsh tells redbankgreen the fire, reported at around 7:30 p.m., burned a wooden fence, apparently after a discarded cigarette ignited some leaves on the ground. The fire was quickly knocked down, with no damage to the house, Welsh said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RFH GRAD APPOINTED SEC’Y OF AIR FORCE

Debbie_James-1030RPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

As the 23rd Secretary of the United States Air Force, Deborah Lee James is the USAF’s highest-ranking civilian and only the second female in history to hold the position. She is also a proud graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, Class of 1976.

James, who was sworn in by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on January 24, is responsible for the organization, training and welfare of more than 690,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Air Force personnel and their families. She is also in charge of equipment, and oversees the more than $100 billion budget of the USAF.

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PIEHOLE: MARCH MEANS BRISKET AND ICE

lighthouse (1) This week in PieHole: The Lighthouse’s Italian ice machines whirr back into action after chilling out for the winter.  (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…

 

 

RED BANK: A LITERALLY COOL, ICY SPRING

lighthouseFriday is opening day for Red Bank’s Lighthouse Italian Ice. Owner Kevin Valerio gives PieHole the scoop. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

lighthouse (3)Like a neon-lit crocus busting through the asphalt island at the juncture of Bridge Ave and Rector Place in Red Bank, the annual re-opening of Lighthouse Italian Ice is a sure sign that this awful winter is almost behind us.

Closed since Halloween, Lighthouse reopens Friday. PieHole stopped by to check in with owner Kevin Valerio to get the scoop on opening day.

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RED BANK: TASTY RED SNAPPER SUSHI

sogosushi (2)A great selection of rolls to choose from among the lunch specials scratched our itch for brown rice sushi at Sogo Sushi. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

Sogo Sushi on Monmouth Street in Red Bank is known for its brown rice sushi. The very slight nutty taste and more robust texture of the brown rice make for a deliciously unique accompaniment to the usual sushi fare.

It’s also a bit addicting, and so we headed to get our fix for this week’s What’s For Lunch.

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WEEKEND: RIGHT HERE IN RIVER CITY

MusicManGroup_718x370The cast of THE MUSIC MAN brings the Broadway evergreen to ‘Two River City’ for five concert-style performances this weekend. Below, Jersey music Jedi master Glen Burtnik leads an all-Shore team of guests to the Basie stage on Saturday, for a SUMMER OF LOVE salute to the sounds of the original Woodstock festival. (Above photo courtesy NJPAC)

Friday, March 14:

glenburtnik-4-kurdzukjpg-907ec69606a7eef9RED BANK: “Seventy Six Trombones.” “Marian the Librarian.” “Til There Was You.” “Ya Got Trouble” (right here in River City). If you’ve seen but one golden-age Broadway classic performed by a class of drama-club kids, a community of earnest amateurs or a summer-stock touring troupe, it was probably The Music Man, the 1957 Tony winner in which traveling con man Professor Harold Hill brings an outlandish scheme — and, in the process, a healthy dose of life, love, laughter and music — to the stodgy folk of a circa-1912 Iowa small town. What you probably haven’t seen is a Music Man brought to you by an African American cast and director — and this weekend, Two River Theater Company offers up five chances to catch a talent-packed production that’s being presented in cahoots with Newark’s NJ Performing Arts Center.

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RED BANK: KICKING TIRES AT THE FIREHOUSE

rb liberty 2 031314rb liberty 1 031314Red Bank Administrator Stanley Sickels, at right, leads prospective bidders on a tour of the former Liberty Hose firehouse on White Street in Red Bank Thursday afternoon in advance of an auction the property scheduled for scheduled for Tuesday, March 25, at 10:30 a.m. Minimum bid is $475,000; bidding requirements are here, and the building is being sold “as-in,” Sickels said. For 103 years, the building was home to the Liberty Hose Company, which now shares space with the first aid squad on Spring Street.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: OPEN TAP FLOODS VACANT HOUSE

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

CRIMES:
Theft occurring on 3-7-14 at E. Newman Springs Rd. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole license plate off of parked vehicle. Georgia Plate PQN7299. Sgt. Robert Clayton

Attempted Theft occurring at Newman Springs Rd. on 3-8-14. Victim reported seeing a black male subject enter parked vehicle. Upon approaching suspect he left. Glove compartment ransacked. Nothing reported missing at this time. Sgt. Robert Clayton.

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A BLIP IN TIME, FOR RED BANK REGIONAL

blipcheckRed Bank Regional Education Foundation President Paul Noglows (center) presents a symbolic check for $23,533 to Principal Risa Clay and RBR Superintendent Jim Stefankiewicz, to finance the new digital multi-media program known as Buccaneer Live Information Portal (BLIP).

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

At a recent meeting of the Red Bank Regional Board of Education, Paul Noglows, President of the RBR Education Foundation (RBREF) presented RBR Superintendent Jim Stefankiewicz and Principal Risa Clay with a $23,533 check to finance a school multi-media, digital display system.

Known as the Buccaneer Live Information Portal or B.L.I.P., the system enables the student body to receive multi-media information via three large LCD screens in key locations of the school building. The digital platform allows material to be easily uploaded through a computer server or broadcast in real time.

“We can live stream video that our TV Production class creates for morning announcements or special programs,” Dr. Stefankiewicz explained. He added, “We can keep our students informed with current events, or stream pictures of important moments that occur throughout school life including athletics, academic competitions and visual and performing arts programs. The possibilities are endless, as long as we can access it via a computer server.”

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COUNSELING FOR THE SANDY AFFLICTED

Press release from the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County

Most survivors of trauma return to normal in a relatively short period of time. However, some people will have stress reactions that do not go away on their own. Those that go untreated tend to only become worse. Time. coupled with counseling and support services, are the best way to get the survivors back to normal.

Because of a generous grant from the Hurricane Sandy NJ Relief Fund, the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (MHA) will be able to continue to meet the mental health needs of Sandy impacted families and individuals through June 2015.

Free counseling, information and referral services for those who may still be struggling with trauma related stress reactions due to Hurricane Sandy will now be provided in Red Bank, at the Red Bank Resource Network (RBRN), 101 – 103 Shrewsbury Avenue.

Residents of Shrewsbury Borough can also take advantage of counseling services provided at the MHA main offices, 119 Avenue at the Common, Suite 5.

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RED BANK: LIBRARY LAYOFFS SPARK OUTRAGE

sira williams 031214Laid-off children’s librarian Sira Williams embraces colleague Jane Eigenrauch after Wednesday night’s council meeting. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_02Hours after more than half the staff of the Red Bank Public Library was laid off, supporters packed a borough council meeting Wednesday night demanding a financial fix that would maintain the 77-year-old institution’s hours, programming and jobs.

Taking turns at a microphone to recall their own childhood days at the library or of watching their children learn to read there, a string of speakers pressed the council on how the library could find itself facing an estimated $131,000 operating deficit this year, and what the governing body planned to do about it.

“I can’t believe a town as wonderful as ours is facing this crisis,” said Sally Gordon or Windward Way, noting that Red Bank’s cultural assets led to its selection by Smithsonian Magazine as the third-best town in America in 2012. “I urge you, because you have the knowledge and the power, to figure out how we can get past this crisis.”

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EXPECT DELAYS AT OCEANIC BRIDGE

oceanic bascule 071408Motorists and others using the Oceanic Bridge between Rumson and Middletown may encounter delays as work crews do maintenance on the bascule section, the Monmouth County engineering department announced Wednesday. The work is expected to entail intermittent openings of the bridge for up to 10 minutes at a time between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, the agency said. (File photo from 2008 by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

AN OPEN HOUSE, FOR BCC COMMUNIVERSITY

SLC_autumn_1000x380Press release from Brookdale Community College

On Wednesday, March 26, Brookdale Community College’s New Jersey Coastal Communiversity will hold its spring open house inside the Warner Student Life Center, located on the Lincroft campus of BCC.

Between the hours of 4:30 to 6:30 pm, prospective students will be able to speak with Communiversity representatives about local access to bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in business, education, public safety, information technology, liberal arts and health sciences.

The NJ Coastal Communiversity, led by Brookdale, is a six-member alliance of New Jersey higher education colleges and universities offering selected associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees and graduate certificates in Monmouth County.

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RBR’S SOURCE HAS THE HOUSE ADVANTAGE

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The SOURCE, the School Based Youth Services Program at Red Bank Regional High School, will be the beneficiary when the RBR SOURCE Foundation presents a Casino Night on Saturday, March 29. McLoone’s Pier House at Pier Village in Long Branch will be the setting for the special event, taking place from 7 to 11 pm.

The SOURCE’s mission is “To remove all obstacles that impede the success of young people in the community.”  This is accomplished by offering services to students and their families including; individual, group and family counseling, preventative medical and dental care, academic support, scholarship opportunities, and recreational and cultural events.

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