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FAIR HAVEN MAN TO HEAD RED BANK SCHOOLS

rbps 022813Jared Rumage, below, was named to head the two-school district, including the primary school, above. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter a seven-month search, Red Bank has found a new schools superintendent, and he lives one town over.

Jared Rumage, 42, of Fair Haven, was named to head the two-school district at a meeting of the board of education Tuesday night. He replaces Laura Morana, who retired in September after seven years at the helm.

Rumage, the principal at the Iselin Middle School in Woodbridge Township, will face some heavy lifting when he starts work on July 1. Amid rapidly rising enrollment in a district in which some 90 percent of the students qualify for free or reduced-cost lunches, the board of education this week approved a budget that will sock borough taxpayers with a 10-percent tax increase, or an average $231 more per household this year.

“This is the situation he’s walking into,” board President Ben Forest tells redbankgreen. “The number one challenge is going to be resources, how to do a lot with a little.”

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FAIR HAVEN: WOMEN AT (AND OUT OF) WORK

DrMaryGattaAuthor Dr. Mary Gatta visits River Road Books on Thursday evening, for a discussion of the challenges faced by unemployed women in the current workforce system.   

As a senior scholar at Washington, DC-based Wider Opportunities for Women (WOW), and an adjunct professor at Rutgers University, Dr. Mary Gatta has been a go-to authority for some time on the challenges that women in the workforce face, in an age of downsizing, outsourcing, furloughing, income disparities and a Great Recession that doesn’t know when to quit. But it wasn’t until the academic went “undercover” as a client of a NJ One Stop Career Center, that she gained the first-hand perspective informing each page of All I Want Is a Job!: Unemployed Women Navigating the Public Workforce System, her new book from Stanford University Press.

On Thursday, May 1, the author visits River Road Books for a discussion and signing session centered around the book, a report that chronicles the struggle to navigate the often frustrating complexities of the public workforce system — and the ongoing struggle to survive — through interviews with unemployed women of all ages and backgrounds, along with the “street-level bureaucrats” who service them.

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RED BANK: $1400 IN FILET MIGNON STOLEN

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of April 17 to April 24, 2014. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:
Criminal Mischief occurring between 4-16-14 and 4-17-14 at Cedar Street. Victim reported that unknown person(s) cracked windshield on parked vehicle. Ptl. Paul Perez.

Theft occurring at Catherine St. on 4-18-14. Victim reported that unknown subject stole medication and cash from residence. Ptl. Sean Hauschildt.

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SHREWSBURY: THEFTS AT DD, TRADER JOE’S

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of April 11 to April 23, 1014.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY1-2014Report of Theft in the area of Trader Joes, Broad Street on 4/13/14. Victim reports property taken by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $12,300.00. Ptl. Matthew Clark investigating.

Report of Theft in the area of Trafford Street on 4/18/14. Victim reports laptop removed from vehicle by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $400.00. Sgt. Adam Cerminaro investigating.

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SPORTSCASTER GIVES THE SCORE TO RBR TEENS

ChrisCarlinandcoChris Carlin (in blue shirt, sixth from left) is pictured with Red Bank Regional teacher Sandra Ploe, Breana Whittington, Lauren DeMarco, Jack Navitsky, teacher Christina Emrich, teacher James Young, Sadiq Palmer, and Katie Carroll. The sports broadcaster was welcomed by students and staff from RBR’s Academy of Sports Medicine and Management.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Sports TV and radio celebrity Chris Carlin recently visited Red Bank Regional High School to meet with students of the Academy of Sports Medicine and Management (ASM&M), and to discuss his amazing career as well as the ins and outs of both sports radio and TV production.

Showing videos of his TV programs to the classroom, Carlin observed that TV employs many more people than radio, where the announcer is more of a one-man show. He informed the students, “My job requires doing about five to six hours of homework a day; as I have to know every piece of minutia for this industry.”

During the presentation, Carlin gave the some sage advice on pursuing a career in these very competitive industries, stating, “I can’t stress this enough, unless you have some incredible talent, you need to work really hard to get where you want to go.”

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RED BANK: HYDRANT FLUSHING BEGINS

brown-waterBrown water alert: Red Bank’s annual spring hydrant flushing begins Tuesday night on the West Side and continues nightly, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m., according to an announcement on Fair Haven’s website. The process will be repeated nightly as crews mwork their way east, concluding Friday morning in the neighborhood of Fair Haven served by the Red Bank’s municipal water system.

RED BANK: FIREHOUSE SOLD, USE UNKNOWN

morgans 042914With his brother, Michael, looking on, John Morgan gives borough Administrator Stanley Sickels a deposit for the firehouse purchase. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

liberty hose 070612Red Bank’s former Liberty Hose Company firehouse may soon have the second owner in its 103-year history.

Brothers Michael and John Morgan, owners of several prominent downtown properties, acquired the two-story, red brick structure at an auction that drew no other bidders or onlookers other than redbankgreen Tuesday morning.

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TRTC NAMES SEASON OF PREMIERES, CLASSICS

RubenDavidLeeJessStoneTony winner Ruben Santiago-Hudson, FRASIER creator David Lee, and Jessica Stone are among the star-quality directors working with Two River Theater Company in the just-announced 2014-2015 season.

“Didn’t we just do this?” joked Two River Theater Company founder Robert Rechnitz, as he stepped up to the podium in the sleek auditorium named for his wife Joan and himself. The TRTC founder joined artistic director John Dias, managing director Michael Hurst and special guests on Monday evening, for an event that’s become a much-anticipated ritual in Red Bank — the unveiling of the upcoming season at Two River’s branded Bridge Avenue arts center.

Spanning centuries-old classics and modern milestones from both sides of the Atlantic — and fulfilling its stated mission of “leading, not following public taste,” with an unprecedented three world premieres — the 2014-2015 slate of mainstage productions stands as one of the company’s most ambitious yet; a schedule that had Rechnitz praising the acclaimed regional theater as “a school, slyly disguised as a place of entertainment…we want to fill the place, but on our terms, and yours.”

Take it just around the corner, for the details on the season that kicks off on September 13.

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LINCROFT: WORLD VOICES, HEROES AT HOME

Kitty GenoveseThe infamous 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese will be remembered as part of the Evening of International Psychology and Poetry Performances program Wednesday night at Brookdale Community College.  

Each year for the past couple of decades, faculty members at Brookdale Community College have teamed for a project with an unusual name: the Evening of International Psychology and Poetry Performances, the 19th annual edition of which takes place inside BCC’s Warner Student Life Center on April 30.

A forum for students and educators to share poetic work that “reflects courage, wisdom, or temperance,” the free public event has historically showcased readings in both English translation and a variety of original languages. And when the 7 pm program commandeers the SLC building’s Navesink Room on Wednesday, it will celebrate the spirit of the “everyday heroes” who walk among us.

At the same time, the event will mark a grim anniversary, with special appearances by two men with a living connection to one of the most infamous tragedies in modern American history.

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RED BANK: SNAIL GETS NEW SHELL

cinnamon snail 1 051213You can call it karma or just good fundraising, either way the Cinnamon Snail’s Kickstarter campaign for a new truck was a success for Red Bank’s Adam Sobel. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumLast week PieHole spoke with Red Bank’s viceroy of vegan cuisine, Adam Sobel, who was looking to raise $82,000 to help fund a new food truck through Kickstarter. Sobel explained to PieHole that without a second truck to vend his vegan victuals, much-needed repairs on his current truck could force the business to close up shop for up to a month.

With a few hours still left on the campaign’s clock, Sobel has passed his target and raised almost $85,000.

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FAIR HAVEN: SCHOOLS HEAD UNDER FIRE

fh schools 2 042814Superintendent Nelson Ribon, center above, fielded pointed questions from parents, including one, below, who compared him to a CEO who had lost the respect of his employees. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

fh schools 1 042814Fair Haven school Superintendent Nelson Ribon found himself in the crosshairs of about 100 mothers and a handful of students Monday night.

Joined by about a dozen men, the women and kids challenged Ribon and the school board over the possible elimination of two full-time kindergarten teaching jobs, a plan to expand the half-time kindergarten program next September, and pending decisions on the jobs of more than two dozen teachers.

“Teachers are afraid to talk,” a woman who has four children in the district schools told Ribon during a two-hour Q&A at Knollwood School. “They’re fearful for their jobs, and that’s not what Fair Haven is about.”

“We’re asking you to reconsider” a plan to replace the two kindergarten full-timers with four part-timers, said another, echoing a sentiment voiced several times.

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BCC TO HONOR ‘EVERYDAY HEROES’

Press release from Brookdale Community College 

KittyGenovese2This spring marks the 50th anniversary since a 28-year-old girl named Kitty Genovese (pictured) was stabbed, sexually molested and killed outside her Queens apartment, while 38 observers failed to call for help. On Wednesday evening, April 30, Genovese’s brother William — along with Robert E. Sparrow, the last living attorney involved in the trial — will speak at Brookdale Community College  as students, faculty, and psychologists come together to honor 30 everyday heroes within and outside the campus. The awards are part of the 19th Annual Evening of International Poetry Performances.

Known as the World’s Quiet Hero awards, the honors are affiliated with the Heroic Imagination Project led by Dr. Philip Zimbardo, best known for his social psychology experiment at Stanford Prison.  Honorees are selected based upon Zimbardo’s definition of a hero; “a regular person doing an extraordinary thing.” Zimbardo believes there are many heroes in our communities, and that everyday heroism must be acknowledged.

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LINCROFT: MONMOUTH TAKES RUGBY CUP

mfrc 042614Team captain Evan Fitzgerald scoring the game-winning try as Red Bank-based Monmouth Rugby Football Club beat Buffalo, 28-25, and took the Empire GU championship at Thompson Park in Lincroft Saturday. More details about the match are here.

Monmouth plays next weekend in New York City against New Haven RFC, winner  of the New England Rugby Union, in the first round of the Division 2 national championship tournament. (Photo by Jack Heidelberger. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: JULIO RETAKES THE BASIE STAGE

Julio IglesiasTo All the Crowds He’s Loved Before: Julio Iglesias returns to Red Bank, for a Tuesday night concert at his area venue of choice on Monmouth Street.

We could make our point purely through numbers and statistics — more than 300 million albums sold, multiple major awards, more units moved than any other Latin recording artist — but what use are numbers against the logic of sheer romance; particularly when it’s the ongoing love affair of the Red Bank audience with one of its perennial favorite visitors, Julio Iglesias? The Spanish-born crooner, law school grad, former pro footballer and master of aural sex returns to the Count Basie on Tuesday, April 29, for another encore in his continuing tour behind a well-received album of revisited greatest hits — and not even his own sons’ pop success has managed to dim the spotlight of the now-septuagenarian singer.

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RED BANK: HAND-TO-MOUTH AT FOOD FEST

Scenes from Sunday’s Red Bank International Flavour Festival, where some downtown restaurants showed off their menus, diners induclged, and a guy dressed as a strip of bacon wandered amid the crowd of thousands. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

What did you think of the festival? Any favorite dishes? Suggestions for improvement? Please leave a comment below.

CLIPPINGS: HISTORIC CHURCH IN SPRING

CLIPPINGS_220Clippings took a stroll around the grounds of Christ Church in Shrewsbury on April 19, 2014, soaking in some springtime color and some history at the same.  (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

The church, which was built between 1769 and 1774, is one of the oldest structures in Monmouth County. Does a treasure like this make you feel connected to the past? What is the value of that? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.

Check out all the Clippings from the Green here.

Gerda Liebmann bio

RED BANK: TAKING A STAND ON FLAVOUR

Thousands of festivalgoers filled Red Bank’s White Street parking lot Sunday for several hours of upright, alfresco dining at the third annual International Flavour Festival. Walking, talking and dancing also figured in, often with food and drink in hand. (Photos by Susan Ericson, Trish Russoniello & John T. Ward. Mouseover to pause.)

MONMOUTH COUNTY SHREDS IT AT MARINE PARK

Got bags and boxes and drawers full of outdated and unwanted paper documents, financial records and other sensitive but space-invading files? On the afternoon of Saturday, May 3, all Monmouth County residents are invited to bring their confidential materials to Red Bank’s Marine Park, where the County of Monmouth will host the first of four spring 2014 Paper Shredding events.

Between the hours of 9 am and 1 pm, county residents can bring up to 100 pounds of paper materials to the mobile shredding truck stationed in the parking lot of the park, at the foot of Wharf Avenue. Materials will be shredded on premises, and residents are encouraged to arrive as early as possible, as “the shredding event will stop once the shredding truck is full.” Documents should be free of large binder clips; staples and paper clips may be left on documents.

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RED BANK: TWO RIVER TAKES A LOOK AHEAD

john-dias-2Two River Theater Company artistic director John Dias takes the podium once more for the annual new season announcement, with the public invited to hear the details of the upcoming 2014-2015 slate of mainstage productions in a Monday night preview party.

For the past several springtimes at their branded Bridge Avenue artspace, the creative team at Red Bank’s Two River Theater Company has made an event out of the announcement of mainstage productions for the upcoming season that kicks off in September. This Monday evening, April 28, John Dias will once again host a public-invited preview party event inside the building’s Rechnitz auditorium, during which the TRTC artistic director and some special guests will unveil the slate of shows in the 2014-2015 season. It’s a schedule in which the identity of one production has already been made public — Camelot, the Tony-winning 1960 Lerner-Loewe musical treatment of the legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, and a hard-earned Broadway hit that starred Richard Burton, Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet. The TRTC production is expected to boast a kingly degree of attached star power, with still more surprises in store as the 7:30 pm presentation unfolds.

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RED BANK: TASTY LICKS, AT FLAVOUR FEST

BurtnikRiblerBeatle Bones and Smokin’ Stones: Glen Burtnik’s Beatles Tribute and Marc Ribler’s Rolling Stones Tribute (above) join the conceptual coverband Mashwork Orange (below) among the musical headliners adding savour to the International Flavour Festival, Sunday on White Street.

Mashwork_OrangeCombining many of the best-liked attributes of the old Red Bank Food Festivals and the latter-day Oysterfests, the Red Bank International Flavour Festival returns for a third annual world tour in the White Street municipal parking lot this Sunday, April 27. A fundraiser for borough-based entities Red Bank RiverCenter, Monmouth Day Care Center, and Parker Family Health Center, the happening from promoter RUE Events teams the culinary kung fu of some 25 Red Bank restaurants and food purveyors (take it here for a rundown) with a strolling smorgasbord of vendors that include beer and wine for purchase. Adding sonic spice to the affair is the enhanced musical menu of headline-worthy acts on two stages; a shuffle-mix that spans showband salsa (Ray Rodriguez and Swing Sabroso), Scottish marches (Atlantic Watch Pipes and Drums), Shore partyband perennials (Kirk and the Jirks, The Nerds), and the gotta-see-it-to-believe-it conceptual coverband Kubrickery of Mashwork Orange. The Beatles and The Stones are duly represented as well — as channeled by music-biz masters and sought after songwriter/ session cats Glen Burtnik (Beatlemania, Styx), Bob Burger and Marc Ribler.

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PIEHOLE: MEAT, VEGANS AND BURRITOS

Stew Goldstein at Monmouth Meats with a special cut of pork loin for the grillPieHole has been checking in with area butchers to learn what they bring home for their grills. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

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RED BANK: LIBRARY TO GET SLICE OF RBIFF PIE

rbiff sign 042414The Red Bank International Flavour Festival has added the financially strapped borough library to its beneficiaries after library supporters quickly signed up 19 volunteers – including a number of borough employees  to help out at Sunday’s event, says Amanda Lynn, program manager at Red Bank RiverCenter.

Already slated to share in profits were the Parker Family Health Center and the Monmouth Day Care Center.

RBIFF is expected to draw thousands of food and music lovers to the White Street lot between noon and 7 p.m. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)