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SANDY HOOK: A NEW YEAR’S REFRESH

sandyhook-npsThe beaches and walkways of Sandy Hook’s northern tip in winter are the subject of the 39th annual New Year’s Day Beach Walk, hosted by the local chapter of the American Littoral Society.

Somewhere between the stale aftertaste and inevitable comedown of New Year’s Eve — and the litany of resolutions that begins with a groaning “never again” — there exists an opportunity for locals to truly hit the “refresh” button on the lifestyle routine. Even if you’re stopping just short of taking the Polar Bear plunge, you’ve still got a chance to take in a couple of lungfuls of bracingly frosty air and truly experience some extraordinary scenery, courtesy of the Sandy Hook-based regional chapter of the American Littoral Society.

Named in honor of the Society’s late director who initiated the annual tradition, the 39th Dery Bennett Memorial New Year’s Day Beach Walk commences at 11 am on Thursday, January 1st from 18 Hartshorne Drive (aka Building 18) in the Fort Hancock area of the Hook. Littoral Society naturalists conduct the free, public-welcome walk that proceeds from the Society’s headquarters, out to North Beach and beyond — and, while at the tip of the Hook, the group will attempt to communicate with Northeast Chapter coast walkers, across the Bay in New York.

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HUBBARD’S BRIDGE: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

hubbard's 123014hubbard bridge 122714 5Beginning next Monday, or thereabouts, Hubbard’s Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown will be closed to traffic for four months as a new span, at left above, is completed, Monmouth County officials said this week. The existing steel structure, right, installed as a temporary fix a decade ago, will be dismantled for future use elsewhere, officials have said. (Click to enlarge)

See detour information and bridge factoids below, courtesy of Monmouth County (except for the cheeky last one). 

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TRN TOPS RBC IN WOBM FINAL

Mike Nyisztor had 16 points, including a pair of three-pointers in the fourth quarter, to pace Toms River North to a 50-45 win over Red Bank Catholic in the championship game of the boys division of the WOBM Christmas Classic in Toms River Tuesday night.  RBC came back from a seven-point deficit to take a 40-39 lead in the fourth quarter, but Nyisztor drained back-to-back threes to spark a 7-0 run. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

RBR CAPS HOME TOURNEY WITH OT STUNNER

Red Bank Regional, hosting a tournament in memory of Albert Martin, the student-athlete who died in 2012, pulled off a stunning tourney closer when it beat the defending state Tournament of Champions title holder St. Joe’s of Metuchen Tuesday night. Sadiq Palmer scored seven of his 16 points in overtime as the Bucs ended the Falcons’ 29-game wining streak by a score of 59-54. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

 

RAH-RAHS FOR RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN HS

RFHPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Based on an extremely successful fall sports season, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School has achieved a high ranking in the 12th Annual ShopRite Cup 2014-15 Fall Standings.

RFH is ranked at Number Two among all Group 2 schools, and stands at Number Four among all public schools in New Jersey. The Top Five Group 2 high schools in the ShopRite Cup Fall Standings, in order, are Haddonfield (34 points), Rumson-Fair Haven (31 points), Collingswood (16 points), Madison (16 points), and Kinnelon (15 points).

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RED BANK: FEEDING A HUNGRY MULTITUDE

121214 feast4Laura Pena, center, and helpers prepared a feast for 1,200 guests in the kitchen of Saint Anthony’s Church. Below, every little container of salsa verde was filled by hand.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

121214 feast2What does it take to feed some 1,200 hungry Hispanics at a religious feast following a long procession through Red Bank?

If the event is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we’re talking many trays filled with slow-roasted, fall-off-the-bone, juicy spiced pork infused with pineapple.

The aroma from the kitchen of Saint Anthony’s Church on Bridge Avenue certainly got a multitude of mouths salivating.

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MIDDLETOWN: WOMAN STRUCK AND KILLED

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014A 75-year-old Middletown woman died Monday evening when she was struck crossing Route 35, township police said Tuesday.

Nadra Sourial was stuck as she crossed the highway from east to west at the intersection of Harmony Road at about 6:10 p.m., according to Captain Steve Dollinger.

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LITTLE SILVER: CORNER RAZED. NOW WHAT?

ls willow dr 122214wicker-rose-texaco-lsThe former site of Wicker Rose furnishings, foreground below, and a Texaco station on Willow Drive near Branch Avenue in Little Silver was cleared of its vacant structures earlier this month. Property owner Ray Smith tells redbankgreen that that buildings “needed to go, and now the property is cleaned up and ready for development.”

And what’s he got planned for the site? Smith says he’s “weighing several options” but has no definite plans yet. What would you like to see there? (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

LITTLE SILVER: EX-TROOPER’S PENSION CUT

AUTHORITIES_LS1-2014A former State Trooper from Little Silver who was criminally prosecuted for falsifying audit reports has had his pension reduced, NJ.com reports.

Glenn Mannino, 52, a former sergeant and assistant unit head of the Criminal Justice Information System Control Unit, was sentenced last May to one year of probation, conditioned upon 50 hours of community service, three months after he pleaded guilty to tampering with records regarding audits of the computer system, which provides crime records to law enforcement agencies throughout New Jersey.

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BYRNE’S 23 HELP PUT RBC IN WOBM FINALS

In a game that went back-and-forth, the Red Bank Catholic boys’ basketball squad pulled off a 60-57 win over Freehold Township in the WOBM Christmas Classic at Toms River North High School Monday. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights as Liam Byrne poured in 23 points for the Caseys.

The victory put RBC in the tournament championship game to be played against Toms River North at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

LITTLE SILVER: KEEPING VIGILANT ON HIV

AIDS DayRed Bank Regional students welcomed the coordinators of Project REAL to their GSA club meeting on World AIDS Day.  Pictured are (left to right) Cecelia Gunderson, James Fogerty, Project REAL’s Tank Teachworth, Siobhan Hansen, Project REAL’s Eric Wuthrick, and Skylar Eber.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Coordinators of the Asbury Park-based drop-in center Project REAL (Real Empowerment on All Levels) recently visited Red Bank Regional High School to acquaint students with the safe and social space for LGBTQ youth and their allies. On World AIDS Day, Eric Wurthrick and Tank Teachworth met with students of the Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) and encouraged them to spread the mission of the facility to their classmates and other friends.

“AIDS is not always associated with high school students, but 13 to 24 year old males represent the fastest rising HIV infected population. So that is why Project REAL was founded,” the gentlemen told the GSA club members who meet at RBR’s SOURCE Program. The SOURCE is RBR’s School Based Youth Services Program, and another safe place for high school students to meet during and directly after the school day.

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SHREWSBURY CHORALE WELCOMES NEW VOICES

Press release from The Shrewsbury Chorale

Do you like to sing? The Shrewsbury Chorale, a 50-member mixed chorus under the direction of Anthony LaGruth, invites all interested local singers to participate in Open Rehearsals on the nights of January 6 and 13, 2015.

Scheduled to run from 7:45 to 10 pm, the Tuesday evening sessions take place at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, 1475 West Front Street in Lincroft.

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HOST RBR ADVANCES WITH WIN OVER SHORE

Red Bank Regional, hosting a tournament in memory of Albert Martin, the student-athlete who died in 2012, racked up a big 68-49 hoops win over Shore Regional Sunday. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

The Bucs will face the St. Joseph (Metuchen) Falcons in the tournament final at Little Silver on Tuesday.

M’TOWN SOUTH GIVES COACH 300TH OVER RBC

Stephanie Kracz racked up 27 points as Middletown South’s girls’ basketball team notched a 59-45 victory over Red Bank Catholic in semifinal action of the WOBM Christmas Classic in Toms River Sunday. The victory marked a milestone for Coach Tom Brennan: his 300th win. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

South will now face defending tournament champion Manasquan for the title on Tuesday.

RED BANK: ROWE TO SPEAK AT MLK BREAKFAST

Pastor RowePress release from The Community YMCA

Pastor Jacquelyn Rowe of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Red Bank will be the keynote speaker at the 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast hosted by The Community YMCA and The YMCA of Western Monmouth County.

The annual YMCA event, which honors the legacy of the civil rights leader, will take place Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, 8 to 10 am, at Branches, 123 Monmouth Road, West Long Branch.

This year, the service project for the breakfast will support Project Homeless Connect of Monmouth County, a charity that works to provide various health and human services for homeless residents, or those who are on in danger of becoming homeless. Donations of gloves, mittens and scarves will be collected at the breakfast.

The memorial event will include musical selections and the winner of an essay contest among YMCA high school participants.

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RED BANK: SEEKING YOUNG SHAKESPEAREANS

From press materials furnished by Two River Theater Company

For the next production in a series presented under the title A Little Shakespeare,Two River Theater Company is seeking students in grades 9 through 12 — not just actors, but stage managers, designers and crew — for a staging of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream that’s scheduled for next spring.

The TRTC team is also seeking “a few actors in grades 6-8” for roles in the production of the Bard’s kinetic comedy of forest fairies, passionate young nobles and somewhat self-deluded amateur actors — a funny and fantastic favorite that was previously seen at Two River in a gag-infused “grownup” version several seasons back. Auditions will take place at the theater during the week that begins on Sunday, January 4, and rehearsals will begin in late January.

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LITTLE SILVER: STRETCH OF HARDING TO CLOSE

ls harding rd 122814ls harding rd 122814 2Harding Road between Prospect Avenue and Ridge Road in Little Silver was expected to be closed starting at 8 a.m. Monday for sewer work, according to the borough website. The roadway is expected to reopen in the mid-afternoon Wednesday. (Click to enlarge)

WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? ROAST BEEF ON A ROLL

willow deli sandwichAt under five bucks, the roast beef sandwich from Willow Deli negates the bad parking lot feng shui. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

The Willow Deli is located on Willow Drive between downtown Little Silver and the Little Silver train station, and we can’t think of any deli on the Green we’ve driven past more often without ever having stopped in for a bite.

Perhaps something about the positioning of the parking lot at the apex of the curve on Willow hinted of bad feng shui and put us off our feed every time we’ve thought about grabbing a sandwich there.

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RBCS ANNOUNCES LOTTERY DEADLINE

Press release from Red Bank Charter School

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In a recent announcement, Red Bank Charter School (RBCS), a non-profit, non-partisan, K-8 public school, named 4 pm on January 13, 2015 as the deadline for Red Bank families to submit an application for the 2015-2016 school year.

The lottery is held every January, and is open to all children who are Red Bank residents.  Parents who wish to have their child(ren) entered into the admissions lottery must submit an application to the school. There are no other admission criteria other than residency. Siblings of RBCS students are automatically granted a spot for enrollment, but must also submit an application. Children whose numbers were not selected are invited to be placed on the student waiting list for admission to the school.

RBCS enrollment cannot exceed 200 students in Pre-K through grade 8 with 20 children in each class. There is one class for each grade level, taught by a teacher and adjunct team. All teachers and adjuncts at RBCS are certificated teachers.

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TINTON FALLS: COUNTY PARKS SEEKS DOCENTS

Ft MonmouthPress release from Monmouth County Parks System

The Monmouth County Park System is looking for volunteers to become docents at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. Are you 21 years of age or older and enjoy interacting with people? You may have what it takes to step into this exciting volunteer position. Volunteer docents welcome visitors and answer questions about the facility.

Those interested in becoming a docent are invited to attend an orientation sessions from 9-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 13 at the Recreation Center.  Once trained, docents will be asked to volunteer during the week from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

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RED BANK ELKS ANNOUNCE HOOPSHOOT

2013-Hoop-Shoot-Logo1Press release from Red Bank Elks Lodge

Elks believe that sporting activities for youngsters provide spirited competition, develop character, and help make new friendships. So, the Red Bank Elks Lodge #233 is inviting local area youth to our free basketball HoopShoot contest, a free-throw competition, on Sunday December 28 at St. Anthony’s of Padua, Bridge Avenue and Herbert Street in Red Bank.

Scheduled for 1 pm, the competition is open to boys and girls in three age categories: 8 to 9, 10 to 11, and 12 to 13 (ages as of April 1, 2015). Scoring is based on each contestant shooting 25 free throws.

The top-scoring boy and girl will each win a trophy and the opportunity to represent the lodge at the district level competition in January.

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RED BANK COPS “HAVE AN IDEA” OF SHOOTERS

rb community 122314Residents packed a hastily organized community meeting on the recent shootings Tuesday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_01Red Bank police believe they know who’s behind a recent spate of West Side shootings, including one Monday night, but are hamstrung by a lack of evidence sufficient to obtain search warrants, Chief Darren McConnell said Tuesday night.

“Do we have an idea who’s doing this? Yes, we do,” McConnell told a packed community meeting at borough hall, less than 24 hours after the latest gunfire, on West Westside Avenue, “but we can’t prove it yet.”

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MIDDLETOWN: WHO’S BEEN BUSTED

Recent arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014Scott Rubman, age 45, from Heights Terrace in Middletown, NJ, arrested on November 21, 2014 by Corporal Lawrence Seymour for Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest. He was held on $10,000.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Daniel Kwiatek, age 29, from Monmouth Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on November 21, 2014 by Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia for Simple Assault and on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Ridgefield Park Municipal Court. He was held on $5,750.00 bail.

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RED BANK: COMMUNITY MEETING SLATED

just_in1A string of shootings on the West Side, including one Monday night, has prompted Red Bank officials to schedule a community meeting for Tuesday night.

From an announcement sent out by the borough at noontime Tuesday:

Mayor Pasquale Menna and Police Commissioner Arthur Murphy have scheduled a Community Meeting for 7pm tonight, Tuesday, December 23, 2014 in the Council Chamber/Courtroom on the first floor of the Municipal Building at 90 Monmouth Street to address concerns about a recent incident on West Westside Avenue.  Police Chief Darren McConnell will be available to address the situation.

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