RFH: SECKLER GRABS SSZ GAME BALL

Rumson-Fair Haven running back Lucas Seckler’s 85-yard touchdown gallop in  the Bulldogs’ 41-6 win over Holmdel Friday night earned him more than 5,000 online votes and a  Shore Sports Zone play-of-the-week game ball Wednesday. Middletown North tight end/linebacker Troy Thompson also earned one as the week’s top overall performer, according to SSZ voters.

RFH enters the postseason Friday night with a first-round Central Jersey Group 2 game at home against A.L. Johnson of Clark, while Middletown North is on the road against Jackson Memorial in Group 4, both at 7 p.m. Friday. Count on SSZ to capture all the sizzling action on video.

RUMSON: FUN AT THE (BOOK) FAIR

V__EFD6Rumson PTO Book Fair attendees — and Clifford the Big Red Dog — enjoy a conch shell concert by Forrestdale School Music Teacher John Lebitsch, during the recent event.

Press release from Rumson School District  PTO

“I like books,” said Clara Winters, a first grader at Deane Porter School, when asked why she was excited to attend this year’s Rumson School District Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) Book Fair.

Judging by the number of excited youngsters clutching brand new books in anticipation of taking them home to enjoy, Clara was in good company.

The 2014 Rumson PTO Book Fair, held in the gymnasium of Deane Porter School from October 15 to 22, featured an astounding number of compelling titles to pique the interests of Pre-Kindergarteners through eighth graders at Deane Porter and Forrestdale Schools. Thousands of books and related items were available for immediate purchase, including a selection of titles for adults and young adults.

This year’s attendees were urged to make way for their new purchases by donating gently used titles to the Bridge of Books Foundation. Bridge of Books provides an ongoing source of books to underprivileged and at-risk children throughout New Jersey in order to support literacy skills and foster a love of reading. The generosity of the Rumson school community resulted in the donation of 20 cartons filled with books.

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RFH: 11 ATHLETES COMMIT TO COLLEGES

The ink, laughter and some tears flowed as 11 Rumson-Fair Haven student-athletes, including nine young women, committed to various colleges, where they’ll continue playing tennis, baseball, lacrosse and more starting next September. Shore Sports Zone has the full scoop, on video.

LITTLE SILVER, LINCROFT: HOLIDAYS NOW

reindeerReal live reindeer are present and accounted for, as Sickles Market inaugurates the season with a Holiday Open House event on Friday, November 14.

Ask anyone whose job it is to stock the shelves of the Seasonal aisle at the chain pharmacy — or who’s been forced to listen to the piped-in music at the chain pharmacy. The holidays are here and NOW, and no amount of patient, tasteful restraint or social-media finger-wagging is going to stop this train.

Which brings us to this Friday, November 14, and the Monmouth Museum, where the main gallery hosts a reception for All Aboard! Railroads & The Historic Landscapes They Travel, a group show guest-curated by lensman Michael Froio, and spotlighting the work of eight photographers who collectively celebrate the transformative role of the railroad in the American landscape over the past 150 years. Vintage travel and advertising posters (on loan from the Private Collection of Bennett Levin) are also on display, with the reception running between 3 and 5 pm, and the exhibit continuing during regular museum hours through January 4, 2015.

Also on view will be a returning holiday-season favorite — the Monmouth Museum Model Train Display, a long-running feature that “will make its comeback with new, improved trains and updated network of track.” And if that doesn’t sound the whistle on the express to the season of lights, the Friends of Monmouth Museum will be unveiling their annual Holiday Tree, decorated for 2014 with train and railroad-related memorabilia. Check the Museum website as well for info on the annual Holiday Gift Gallery, set to commence on November 21.

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RED BANK: LIBRARY HOSTS FUNDRAISER

111114 rblibrary16111114 rblibrary23Seven months after a mass resignation of board members in a budget dispute, the Red Bank Public Library hosted a wine-tasting fundraiser to signal it is back on track to eventual full restoration of hours of operation and services Tuesday night.

The event, hosted by the Foundation for the Red Bank Public Library, featured culinary offerings from a number of borough eateries and treateries, including Faustini Wines, the Melting Pot, Readie’s Café and Sugarush cupcakes.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: INVISIBLE RIVER

rb fog 3 111214Fog enshrouded the Navesink River at the Red Bank Public Library Wednesday morning. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

AUTUMN 2014: LEAVING LITTLE SILVER

ls leaves 111114ls leaves 111114 2Gorgeous autumn color lined Willow Avenue in Little Silver above and below Tuesday afternoon.

Morning fog with possible drizzle is expected to give way to mostly sunny skies Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service forecast. Of note is the possibility of snow overnight Thursday into Friday. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

LITTLE SILVER: MUCH MORE ADO, AT RBR

MuchadoaboutnothingBenedick (Patrick Monaghan, Little Silver) kneels before his Beatrice (Katherine Kennedy, Avon), as the Red Bank Regional VPA drama majors rehearse their lead roles in the school production of Shakespeare’s MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, opening November 20 at RBR.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

It’s a bit more than three years since William Shakespeare’s classic couple Beatrice and Benedick — a pair of combatants in “a merry war” known as Much Ado About Nothing — were last seen onstage around the greater Red Bank Green. But while the occasion (the season opener for the professional Two River Theater Company) and the talent (Tony-nominated superstar director Sam Buntrock; Obie-winning leading man Michael Cumpsty; Tony-nominated leading lady Kathleen Meisle) set the bar high for all who dared to follow, that’s hardly the sort of thing to deter the students of the Visual and Performing Arts program at Red Bank Regional High School.

Beginning on the evening of Thursday, November 20 and continuing for two more performances through November 23, the VPA drama majors present the Bard’s circa-1600 comedy of battling sexes, courtship intrigues and (eventually) reconciled lovers as their fall dramatic production on the RBR Theatre.

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LITTLE SILVER: TRAFFIC TIE-UP

ls traffic 111114Southbound traffic on Branch Avenue in Little Silver was backed up into Red Bank shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday. The slow crawl was evident on the northbound side, too, as motorists wended their way around an opening in the road for utility work. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

RUMSON: TEATIME WITH REBECCA, THAT DOLL

Rebecca-Settee-3American Girl character Rebecca Rubin invites kids ages 6 and up to a special Tea Party at Rumson’s Congregation B’nai Israel.

As the Jewish Daily Forward put it in 2013, “today’s most famous Jewish character is 18 inches tall” — and on November 16, Rebecca Rubin casts a big profile as the special guest of honor for an American Girl Tea Party event at  Congregation B’nai Israel in Rumson.

For the 11:45 am event that commemorates Jewish Book Month, children ages 6 and up are being invited to “bring your favorite doll to meet Rebecca Rubin” at a get-together that includes a light lunch, beverage, dessert, crafts and puzzles. While the tea party is a week away, seating is limited, and attendees are being urged to RSVP  no later than this coming Wednesday, November 12.

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SOUP’S ON, AND GOOD TO GO

111014 zaitooni 2Laudy Hage of Zaitooni Deli with a quart of her popular lentil soup. Below, the vegan Mediterranean eggplant soup from Healthy Habits Natural Foods. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

111014 soup healthSoup is hot this time of year, as a go-to meal for dinner, a spicy, flavorful lunch, or a soul-warming remedy for what ails you.

It’s also an affordable takeout item to grab when that holiday rush kicks in.

PieHole is here to give you a round-up of restaurants and delis on the Green that have soup simmering and ready to be ladled into containers just for you. Carnivore, vegetarian or vegan, we’ve got you covered.

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RED BANK: REMEMBERING THOSE WHO SERVED

rb veterans 111114 3 rb veterans 111114 4Red Bank Charter School fourth-graders sang, and local officials paid tribute to those who’ve served in America’s wars with a ceremony at the Veterans Monument on Monmouth Street on Tuesday, Veterans Day.

Michael Rodriguez, former Exalted Ruler of the Red Bank Elks, told the audience that the event was an acknowledgement of “those who live among us and those who live only in memory,” including soldiers and sailors unaccounted for. (Click photos to enlarge)

RETAIL CHURN: EAT, WEAR AND INVEST

jim lin 110314Jim Lin, owner of Oriental Empire, said customers of his Ocean Township restaurant urged him to open one in Red Bank. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508In this edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn, we’ve got details on these recent developments in ever-churning downtown Red Bank:

• Oriental Empire, a restaurant offering a mix of Asian cuisines, opened last month at 54 English Plaza.

• A former sales associate at the recently departed Nirvana is opening her own women’s clothing store on Broad Street.

• A restaurant called Hansel & Griddle plans to open on West Front Street.

• A nail salon changes hands and rebrands.

• The space formerly occupied by office supply retailer Staples is turning into office space for a securities brokerage.

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SHREWSBURY: SAY CHEESE… AND MUSH!

kim_levin_photoImages of Alaska — and of the people and dogs who call it home — are on display at a reception for Little Silver lenswoman Kim Levin.

Animal lovers and book lovers from the greater Red Bank Green may already know Kim Levin as the Little Silver-based picture-book creator and self-styled “phoDOGrapher” whose many publication credits include Cattitude and Why We Love Dogs — and whose images have appeared worldwide on everything from calendars to cocktail napkins; in People magazine and Modern Dog; and on her own line of Molly & Fig greeting cards and gift items.

Back in June, the pet portraitist had the chance to indulge another passion, and spent her summer vacation traveling through Alaska, Vancouver and the Yukon. What she brought back were some stunning images of the Alaskan landscape, its people, and their state treasure: the iconic Huskies that run the 1,049-mile Iditarod race each winter.

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LINCROFT: PUTTING $15K INTO PLAY

curchin open 110514 9curchin open 110514 10For the second straight year, the Curchin Open, an annual indoor golf event held in the Lincroft offices of the CPA firm Curchin Group, netted $15,000 for charity as players navigated a course of holes set up between cubicles and along hallways.

This year’s beneficiaries of the fundraiser were the Samaritan Center at the Jersey Shore and HABcore Inc. Click the ‘read more’ for additional photos. (Click to enlarge)

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VETERANS DAY CEREMONIES 2014

rb memorial day 2008The monument to war veterans at Monmouth Street and Drummond Place in Red Bank is once again host to a Veterans Day commemoration. Click “read more” for town-by-town events on the Green. (Click photos to enlarge)

RED BANK: A CORKER OF A BENEFIT, FOR RBPL

Susan Haugenes Kim LevinSusan Haugenes — pictured here jamming with hyperlocal luminaries The Haven — entertains during a Tuesday night Wine Tasting Benefit for the Red Bank Public Library. (Photo by Kim Levin)

It was about a year ago that the nonprofit Foundation for the Red Bank Public Library — in an effort to re-stabilize the beleaguered biblioteque during a challenging interlude in its long history — uncorked a fundraising vehicle of rare and winning vintage: a Wine Tasting Benefit that paired the holiday-season recommendations of Rumson’s own “Cork Maven” Kristi Nero with the complementary curd suggestions of Cheese Cave proprietor Stephen Catania.

On Tuesday, November 11, the festive sounds of popping and pouring will reverberate throughout the normally hushed corners of the historic Eisner Library building, when the Wine Tasting event returns for a second annual edition. Scheduled to run between 7 and 9:30 pm, the event will spotlight a selection of Faustini Wines from the winery’s Red Bank tasting room, in happy partnership with artisanal cheeses from the borough-based Cave. Also on hand will be hors d’oeuvres, sweets, a 50/50 raffle and locally sourced live music.

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RED BANK GOES ORANGE AND BOOGIES, KINDLY

rb dfk 110914 1rb dfk 110914 5Who turned out for Red Bank’s contribution to a worldwide ‘Dance for Kindness,’ held on Broad Street Sunday? Among the several hundred orange-clad participants were Amanda Gorfain of Red Bank and her mother, Joanna Leddin of Fair Haven, who rehearsed with others for about three weeks. “It was something we could do together, and a no-brainer to support kindness,” said Gorfain. “Who doesn’t want to be part of a flash mob at the exact same moment that they are doing this all over the world?”

We’ve got tons of photos, plus a neat video, after the “read more.” (Photos by Susan Ericson and John T. Ward.)

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RED BANK CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of October 30 and November 6, 2014. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief occurring on 10-31-14 at Branch Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) spray-painted graffiti onto tires of parked vehicle and also threw eggs at the vehicle. A second incident of graffiti reported on Branch Ave. Report of spray painted graffiti onto grass and steps of residence. Ptl. Garrett Falco.

Theft occurring at Shrewsbury Avenue at restaurant on 10-31-14. Victim reported that she had inadvertently left her wallet on counter and when she returned the wallet was missing. Wallet contained cash. Ptl. Kristin Altimari.

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RED BANK OPENS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS

bball_irThe Borough of Red Bank’s Parks and Recreation Department has announced a partnership with Jersey Fusion Basketball to present a Sports Performance Training (SPT) program for Red Bank boys and girls of high school and middle school ages. The free basketball training program offers an opportunity to sharpen and acquire new skills, in advance of the high school tryouts that begin November 24-26 this year.

The program is free to all Red Bank residents attending grades 7 to 12 at the following schools: Red Bank Regional High School, Red Bank Middle School, Red Bank Charter School, and St. James School. Sessions will be held from 6 to 8 pm at Red Bank Regional this Friday, November 14, and again on Friday, November 21. Red Bank residents can register in advance by simply sending a reply email to MCrystian@redbanknj.org.

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MIDDLETOWN: ONE DEAD IN CRASH AND FIRE

[Update, November 11, 2014: Middletown police have identified the victim as Walter Burke, 43 from the Hillside section of the township.]

By JOHN T. WARD

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014One person died in a single-vehicle crash on Navesink River Road in Middletown early Sunday morning, police said.

The vehicle caught fire in the accident, which occurred at about 3:18 a.m. along the 700 block of the road, said Detective Lieutenant Stephen Dollinger, spokesman for the township police department.

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RED BANK: SECOND SHOOTING IN TWO NIGHTS

rb shooting 110814 2Police were still on the scene of the River Street shooting at 2 p.m. Saturday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Yet another shooting involving a parked vehicle rocked the West Side of Red Bank Saturday, the second such attack in little more than 24 hours, and the third in seven months.

But unlike the Thursday night incident, in which a man and a woman were shot and critically injured as they sat in a pickup truck, it’s unclear if anyone was in the car, let alone shot, when it was riddled with bullets on River Street shortly after midnight noon Saturday, police said.

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RED BANK: MINSTREL IN THE GALLERY

Ian-Anderson-2014-TourOne of rock’s truly stand-alone (even stand-on-one-leg) figures returns to Red Bank this Sunday, as Jethro Tull mastermind Ian Anderson delivers both The Best of Tull and his most recent solo album.

In the shuffling madness of the Locomotive Breath, a stranger from across the pond arrived at station stop Red Bank eleven years ago — prepped to bring an intimate evening of song and story to the stage of the Count Basie Theatre, and preceded by a newspaper interview that dared to offer pointed opinions on President George W. Bush, Prime Minister Tony Blair, the Iraq incursion, and the American penchant for flag-waving in general.

That bit of commentary got the longtime linchpin of prog-rock pioneers Jethro Tull booed at the Basie and other dates on his fall 2003 tour — but apparently undaunted and undampened in spirit, Ian Anderson would return multiple times to the Monmouth Street landmark that’s become a comfortable cradle for his rather unique blend of baroque pop stylings, bop jazz accents, British folk blues, and hypercurrent references. This Sunday night, November 9, the bearded bard is back on the Basie boards, for a program that promises to chase “The Best of Tull” with a thorough examination of his newest, self-released solo effort, Homo-Erraticus.

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