Skip to content

A town square for an unsquare town

redbankgreen

Standing for the vitality of Red Bank, its community, and the fun we have together.

RBR INDUCTS FIVE INTO ALUMNI HALL OF FAME

gregmontgomery-352x500-9927709An NFL football pro who became a high profile mental health advocate, a decorated Iraq War veteran, and a community volunteer known as “Red Bank’s Mom” are among the five distinguished alumni of Red Bank Regional High School who will be inducted into RBR’s Hall of Fame. The annual ceremony takes place this Friday, April 25, with a program that commences at 9 am in the school auditorium.

Entering the Hall of Fame for 2014 is Greg Montgomery, the Class of 1983 athlete who made the Bucs teams as both a baseball pitcher and a middle linebacker. A weightlifting back injury steered him to a specialty in punting and placekicking, and it was as a punter that he earned a scholarship to Penn State in ’83, transferring to Michigan State (alma mater of his quarterback father Greg Sr.) in ’84 and making the MSU All Time team before moving on to a nine-year NFL career (1988-97) with the Houston Oilers, Detroit Lions and the inaugural roster of the Baltimore Ravens.

While the All Pro specialist averaged 43.6 yards per punt during his seasons on the field (finishing his career with 22,831 total yards) his final year found him “in a professional camp, I was the best punter on the planet and had absolutely no confidence.” Suffering with depression and the ongoing intense pain from what turned out to be a broken vertebrae, the onetime Little Silver resident was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder — and in the years since his retirement from the gridiron has emerged as a leading advocate for the mental, physical and financial health of pro football veterans; blogging regularly on the topic, appearing on TV, and participating in a documentary film in between his services as an in-demand punting expert and consultant.

Joining Montgomery in the 2014 Hall of Fame are Tiffaney M. Harris (Class of 1989), long time Red Bank School District staff member and community volunteer; Dr. James Burden, D.M.D. (Class of 1991), dental practitioner who serves as mobile dentist to the elderly and infirm; and Brian Steckroth (Class of 1998), US Naval Academy Graduate, All-American and decorated combat veteran. The inductee group also includes faculty honoree Seymour Siegler, Ed.D., a biology teacher and guidance counselor at Red Bank High School from 1957-72, and a co-founder of the Holocaust Museum at Brookdale Community College.

During Friday morning’s induction ceremony, several RBR Buccaneer student newspaper writers will read the biographies they each wrote on the Distinguished Alumni, who will also give brief remarks. Following the ceremony, the Alumni will be treated to a special brunch prepared by RBR’s Culinary Art students in the RBR media center. RBR Visual & Performing Art students will provide musical accompaniment, and the alumni will also be presented with special proclamations by municipal and state officials immediately following the luncheon.

The annual Hall of Fame inductions are presented by the nonprofit Red Bank Regional High School Education Foundation (RBREF) as a way of honoring RBR graduates who have enjoyed long distinguished careers in their profession, and as community leaders and volunteers. Additionally, the special student guests invited represent those with promise to become future distinguished alumni.

Remember: Nothing makes a Red Bank friend happier than to hear "I saw you on Red Bank Green!"
Partyline
RED BANK: NEW MURAL BRIGHTENS CORNER
RED BANK: Lunch Break founder Norma Todd is depicted in a mural painted this week on the front of the newly renovated social service agency.
TULIPS TOGETHER
Spring tulips taking in the sunset outside the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank Monday evening.
RIVER RANGERS RETURN
River Rangers, a summer canoeing program offered by the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association, returns this summer for up to 20 participa ...
DOUBLE DYLAN IN RED BANK
Trucks for a production company filming what one worker said was a Bob Dylan biography have lined Monmouth Street the past two days with cre ...
AFTER THE RAIN
A pear tree branch brought down by a brief overnight storm left a lovely tableau on the sidewalk in front of Red Bank's Riverside Gardens Pa ...
CONE OF UNCERTAINTY
Asked by a redbankgreen reporter why these cones were on top of cars, the owner of the car in the foreground responded: “That’s ...
RAIL RIDER’S VIEW
A commuter's view of Cooper's Bridge and the Navesink River from North Jersey Coast Line train 3320 out of Red Bank Tuesday morning.
PUT ME IN COACH!
Red Bank T-Ball kicked off at East Side park on Saturday morning. The brisk weather proved to be no deterrent to the young players, ranging ...
IT’S A SIGN!
Once proudly declaring its all-but-certain arrival in Spring 2019, the project previously known as Azalea Gardens springs to life again with ...
SPRINGTIME MEMORIES OF CARL
The Easter Bunny getup and St. Patrick’s Day hat that belonged to longtime Red Bank crossing guard and neighborhood smile-creator Carl ...
RED TRUCKS AT RED ROCK
A small dishwasher fire at Red Rock Tap and Grill was put out quickly by firefighters overnight, causing minimal damage. Red Bank Fire Depar ...
CREATIVE COVER UP
The windows of Pearl Street Consignment on Monmouth Street were smashed when a driver crashed their car through them injuring an employee la ...
THEY’RE BACK!
Ospreys returned to the skies over Red Bank this week for the first time since they migrated to warmer climes in late fall. With temperature ...
SPRING IS SPRUNG
RED BANK: Spring 2024 arrives on the Greater Red Bank Green with the vernal equinox at 11:06 p.m. Tuesday.
RED BANK’S FINEST – AND NEWEST
Red Bank Police Officer Eliot Ramos was sworn in as the force’s newest patrolman Thursday, and if you’re doing a double take thinkin ...
EASTER EGG MAYHEM AT THE PARK
An errant whistle spurred an unexpectedly early start to the Spring Egg Hunt on Sunday, which had been scheduled to begin at eggsactly 11am ...
PRESEASON DOCKWORK
RED BANK: With winter winding down, marina gets ready for boating season with some dockwork on our beautiful Navesink River.
CORNED BEEF AND DISCO FRIES?
It’s Friday, and smart Lent-observing Leprechauns know the pot of gold at the end of Red Bank’s rainbow is actually the deliciou ...
SURFBOARD DITCHED
It’s a violation of etiquette in surfing to ditch your board.  (it could hit another surfer and hurt them). But someone appears to ha ...
ELSIE, TAKE ME WITH YOU!
Soaked by pouring rain with the temperature hovering in the low 40’s, this sign in the window of Elsie’s Subs on Monmouth Street ...