LITTLE SILVER: DIVAS AND LEGENDS AT RBR

RBR danceThe Red Bank Regional (RBR) Visual & Performing Arts Academy dance majors proudly present their Winter Concert DIVAS AND LEGENDS on Thursday, December 18, with an encore matinee on December 20.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The Visual and Performing Arts Academy dance majors at Red Bank Regional High School proudly present their Winter Concert, Divas and Legends, at 7 pm on Thursday, December 18. An encore matinee performance will also be presented at 2 pm on Saturday, December 20, with all performances hosted at the auditorium of RBR, 101 Ridge Road in Little Silver.

The show features all 41 RBR dance majors, with 19 works choreographed by the student dancers in a plethora of styles, including, modern, classic, jazz, contemporary and hip hop. The concert concludes with the entire dance ensemble performing to the Senior Class’s choreographed piece, “All I want for Christmas Is You,” with music by Diva and Legend Mariah Carey.

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RED BANK: BUC BACKERS STOP HERE

Buc BackersThe Ladies Luncheon Committee of the RBR Buc Backers includes (standing, left to right): Committee Co-Chair Carmelina MacPherson, Red Bank; Ida Keiper, Shrewsbury; Lu White, Union Beach; Dulce Feito Daly, Little Silver; Joyce Fernandes of Shrewsbury; (seated) Committee Co-Chair Patti Forsman, Jean Van Loon, and Cathy Balto, all from Little Silver.

Press release from Red Bank Regional Buc Backer Foundation

The Ladies’ Luncheon Committee of the Red Bank Regional (RBR) Buc Backer Foundation invites the public to don their favorite hats, and join them at their annual Luncheon event on Sunday, January 25, 015. Scheduled from from noon to 3:30 pm, the popular event features fabulous chance auction gifts, a three-course lunch, champagne punch and the magnificent water views of the Navesink from the balcony of the Oyster Point Hotel.

All proceeds from the siganture seasonal event benefit Red Bank Regional High School, and early ticket orders are strongly encouraged, as the event sells out every year.

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RED BANK: FREE PARKING, STROLLING SANTAS

rb parking 121112Kiss the kiosks goodbye for the next two weeks:. Visitors to downtown Red Bank will get a pass on having to pay for parking starting Thursday and running through December 25. The annual moratorium applies to lot and curb spaces, according to Red Bank RiverCenter.

The downtown promotion agency will host an “open house” throughout the business district Thursday night, featuring store sales, refreshments, carolers, and the Barbizon Holiday Mannequins. New this year: strolling Santas, available to grace your selfies. (Photo by John T. Ward; click to enlarge)

MIDDLETOWN: WIRY CHARACTER SIGHTED

mtown wire figure 121014The odd presence of a sketchy figure, seen leaning against a utility pole on Hubbard Avenue near West Front Street in Middletown Wednesday afternoon, seems to cry out for explanation – and puns. Got one?  (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

HOLIDAY FOOD TRADITIONS? DO TELL!

120314 davis rhubarb cakeRhubarb coffee cake baked in the kitchen of Red Bank resident Sue Davis. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

morsels mediumLike Tevye, in ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ PieHole has tradition on its mind this holiday season.

We’re calling on all home cooks and bakers to share with us the holiday food traditions that grace your table every year.

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SHREWSBURY POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of November 21 to November 28, 2014.

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Report of Theft in the area of Avenue of the Commons on 11/25/14. Victim reports property taken by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $422.00. Ptl. Derek Myers investigating.

Arrests

Sharryn Czeslaw, female age 50 of Eatontown was arrested on 11/23/14 for Shoplifting in the area of Broad Street by Ptl. Jessica Boyd.

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RED BANK: BOND INTRO LEGIT, O’HERN SAYS

menna o'hern seal 010114Borough Attorney Dan O’Hern, right, with Mayor Pasquale Menna earlier this year. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03A push by Red Bank’s Democrat-controlled council to pass a $2.2 million water-meter-replacement bond by the end of the year can move forward, according to borough Attorney Dan O’Hern.

O’Hern tells redbankgreen that Mayor Pasquale Menna’s belated “tiebreaker” vote to introduce the bond last week was permissible, even though the mayor is allowed under state law to vote only in the event of a council tie. The council vote was two in favor and one opposed, with one abstention.

But the abstention, by soon-to-depart Councilwoman Juanita Lewis, was tantamount to a “no,” O’Hern said Monday, citing recent cases involving Newark and Hoboken.

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FAIR HAVEN SCOUTS ATTAIN TOP AWARD

RFH girls scoutsPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Madison McManus, Caroline Peters, and Ginger Wardell recently achieved the highest honor in Girl Scouts by earning the Gold Award. The three are members of Girl Scout Troop 1930 in Fair Haven, as well as seniors at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

First introduced in 1980, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Scout between the ages of 14 and 18 can earn; an honor achieved by just five to six percent of those who are eligible.

“The Gold Award project involves at least 80 hours of work, and that is quite a significant accomplishment for high school students who have so many other demands on their time,” said Nancy Peters M.D., Leader of Girl Scout Troop 1930.

To earn the award, each girl needed to identify an issue affecting her community, devise a plan for helping to resolve it or educate others about it, and lead a team in completing a project that will have lasting effects.

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RED BANK: SETTING SEITZ ON NATURE

Rocks_Beach_Arubarszrsz“Rocks Beach Aruba” is among photographer Colin Seitz’s beautiful scenes of nature — in unnaturally beautiful black and white — on display starting Friday at McKay Imaging Gallery.

“More than one year ago, Colin Seitz walked through our door seeking, among other things, a show in our gallery,” explain Robert McKay and Elisabeth Koch-McKay, the visionary husband-wife photographer team behind downtown Red Bank’s McKay Imaging gallery. “We told him that his work was really quite beautiful, but that we wanted to see a lot more of it!”

Taking that as a cue, Seitz spent much of the next year out-of-doors, building up a body of work centered around the natural landscape, as rendered in richly detailed black and white — a decision that, in the words of the Brick-based lensman, “enables me to emphasize the magnitude of the scene without oversimplifying it with color.”

True to their word, the McKays have given Seitz the wall-space real estate (and the prime-time shopping season scheduling) for his first solo show of silver photographic prints.

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FAIR HAVEN: KNOLLWOOD ATHLETES HONORED

knollwoodThe first-place winners of the MCISCCL Invitational Meet of Champions from Knollwood School are (back row, left to right) Coach Chris Stephan, Lisa Sandoli, Olivia Rehder, Julia Tambaro, Jackie Hanson, and Coach Christina Jarosinski, and (front row, left to right) Caroline Coleman, Lindsay Boyle, and Sarah Landy.

Press release from Fair Haven School District

The Fair Haven Board of Education recently honored the boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams and the field hockey team at Knollwood School, in acknowledgment of their outstanding seasons.

Athletes and coaches enjoyed a pizza and cake party at Knollwood School on Wednesday, November 19. Students were called up individually and given certificates of achievement, while their proud parents and coaches looked on.

The boys’ and girls’ cross-country teams achieved spectacular success in their first seasons of competition, each finishing undefeated with a 7-0 record. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams were named 2014 MCISSL League Champions.

In addition, seven students from each team competed in the prestigious 2014 MCISCCL Invitational Meet of Champions featuring over 200 runners from around the state. The Knollwood girls claimed the first-place finish, and the Knollwood boys claimed the second-place berth in their competition.

The field hockey team enjoyed a stellar season as well under Coach Jane Sieg, with a record of 12 wins and just one loss. The team, consisting of girls in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade, was named the 2014 American League Champion.

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SEA BRIGHT: STREETS INUNDATED AGAIN

SB FLOOD 120914 1SB FLOOD 120914 2In a scene reminiscent of the early hours of Hurricane Sandy, a paddleboarder made the most of opportunity and took to the streets of Sea Bright Tuesday morning. “The wind is rough,” he told redbankgreen as he worked his way past the Sea Bright Supermarket.

Many of the borough’s side streets were flooded in the convergence of a wind-driven downpour and Shrewsbury River high tide, as were stretches of Ocean Avenue, which remained open to traffic.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

 

RUMSON: DRIVER RESCUED FROM FLOODING

RUMSON flood 120914 1 A car sits in the center of Waterman Avenue, its emergency lights still flashing, moments after its driver was rescued Tuesday morning. Below, a pickup truck abandoned near the boat ramp on Avenue of Two Rivers. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

RUMSON flood 120914 2One motorist was rescued and another abandoned his inundated truck as the worst flooding to hit Rumson since Hurricane Sandy swamped low-lying areas of Rumson, police Chief Scott Paterson said Tuesday.

Borough police rescued an unidentified female motorist from her car after it became stuck in floodwaters on Waterman Avenue at about 11 a.m. Paterson tells redbankgreen.

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FAIR HAVEN: A VERY MEWY CATSMAS

SallyWmsPeteCatRumson-based cat care consultant Sally Williams visits River Road Books on Friday, as part of a festive feline-themed event that also includes a reading from the latest adventure of Pete the Cat.

Call it a sign of these digitally enabled times if you will, but CATS only just seem to be coming into their own after all those eons of patient catnapping — and to prove it, River Road Books will be hosting an afternoon event that’s all about our furry friends this Friday, December 12.

Scheduled for the hours of 3 to 5 pm, the event boasts an appearance by a local resident with a particular expertise in cats and their caretakers — Rumson-based Sally Williams, whose cat behavioral consulting business The Contented Cat offers a range of services that include adoption counseling, environmental enrichment, positive reinforcement and yes, kitty Reiki. The Monmouth SPCA volunteer and blogger will speak about her “cat whispering” career, on a day that also features a drop-in by an especially famous feline.

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NEW TECH FOR LITTLE SILVER STUDENTS

Press release from EFLS

The Education Foundation of Little Silver (EFLS) today announced the purchase of state-of-the-art technology items, including Chromebooks, SmartBoards, camcorders and more, for the Little Silver public school system. The purchase was made possible thanks to the “Little Silver’s Got Talent” fundraiser held last spring.

In addition, the parent-based foundation announced that the 2015 campaign will feature a newly-revised grant-submission process that will enable community members to directly fund teacher-submitted technology grant requests.

The $65,000 raised in 2014 will be used to purchase SmartBoards and styluses; Chromebooks; digital voice recorders; camcorders; wireless mice; NXT Intelligent Bricks (used to build intelligence machines or robots), as well as to replace theater and performing arts equipment that is many decades old.

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SEA BRIGHT: FLOODS MAY CLOSE OCEAN AVE.

just_in1Sea Bright officials may close Ocean Avenue along the length of the borough due to flooding from Tuesday’s heavy rains, police Chief John Sorrentino tells redbankgreen.

At 9:45 a.m., Ocean Avenue was impassable due to flooding in the 300 block – about halfway between the Rumson and Highlands bridges — as well at the Monmouth Beach border, Sorrentino said.

In addition, side-streets on the Shrewsbury River side of the narrow borough are experiencing “the usual” flooding, he said.

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RED BANK: SHARING A COMMUNITY’S STORIES

Camelot_press_photo_4A special performance of CAMELOT on December 13, captioned for Spanish-speaking audience members, is among a slate of free events designed for Monmouth County’s Latino community at Two River Theater. (Photo by T.C. Erickson)

Press release from Two River Theater Company

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, has announced a series of free events and productions for Monmouth County’s Latino community and Spanish-speaking audiences throughout the month of December. Tickets to the three events on December 13 and 21 are free of charge to Latino and Spanish-speaking patrons.

The special schedule begins with a free event presented under the name Nosotros: A Community Gathering and Sharing of Stories. Hosted inside Two River’s Marion Huber Theater on the afternoon of Saturday, December 13, the 4 pm event is hosted by playwright Tanya Saracho (a writer for television’s Looking and Girls) and Jerry Ruiz (director of Two River’s annual Crossing Borders festival of new Latino plays), as part of a project in which they will collaborate with Two River on creating an original play inspired by Monmouth County’s Latino community.

Saracho and Ruiz invite members of the community to share stories from their lives at the gathering, with no theatrical or public speaking experience necessary to participate. For more information or to reserve a spot, patrons should call (732)345-1400 (English) or (732)936-8843 (Spanish).

There’s more in store this month at Two River — including specially captioned performances of Two River Theater Company‘s current musical production Camelot, and this year’s upcoming all-ages family show.

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RED BANK: ALE HOUSE OPENS; CATCH IS NEXT

120614 robinsons1The Robinson Ale House on Broad Street had a soft opening last week.  (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

retail churn smallRestaurant tycoon Tim McLoone’s new venture, the Robinson Ale House, opened quietly in downtown Red Bank last Friday.

Coming eight months after McLoone took over the lease and liquor license of the longtime Broad Street eatery Murphy Style Grille, the soft opening kicks off a big week of restaurant debuts downtown.

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LINCROFT: MUSEUM STOP FOR MODEL TRAINS

Benjamin-Riley-1024x683The traditional holiday train display returns to the Monmouth Museum, in tandem with an ‘All Aboard’ photo display of railroad landscapes. (Photo by Benjamin Riley)

Holiday traditions come and go, but when a longstanding local signifier of the season threatens to drop out of sight, it can upset the equilibrium of community life.

Happily, the annual Model Train Display has returned to the Monmouth Museum right on schedule for the season — complete with new trains and a fully updated network of track — and it’s joined by an exhibit that celebrates the role of the railroad in the development of the United States, as well as the train whistle’s continued siren-call to generations of American artists.

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RUMSON: WARMING UP A CHILLY NIGHT

120714 rumson xmas4Tim McLoone, flanked by Rudolph, Santa and Frosty, rocked the gazebo in Victory Park. Rudolph also made the rounds in the crowd, below.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

120714 rumson xmas11 Victory Park was awash in lights and music as Tim McLoone and the Shirleys headed up Rumson’s Christmas tree lighting Sunday night.

Mayor John Ekdahl nominated a second-grader from the Deane Porter School to perform the task of pushing the button to light the tree and the Tower singers from Rumson-Fair Haven High School offered a selection of holiday tunes while Linda Walton’s catering company helped the crowd ward off the night’s chill with hot chocolate and home baked cookies.

Were you among those singing-in the holiday season? Check below for more pictures.

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RED BANK: SANTA & KIDS HUDDLE IN THE RAIN

rb tree lighting 120614Santa Claus and friends attempted to find some shelter from the rain as Red Bankers gathered for the annual West Side Tree Lighting at the pocket park on Shrewsbury Avenue Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Ben Forest. Click to enlarge)

LITTLE SILVER: CAROLS FOR THE SEASON

ls christmas 120714 1ls christmas 120714 3Students from the Markham Place and Point Road Schools in Little Silver caroled through six holiday songs – including “Little Drummer Boy,” “African Noel” and “The Spirit of Hanukah” – as the community gathered for the annual Christmas tree lighting at borough hall Sunday. A dog named Jameson was dressed for the chilly occasion, too. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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FAIR HAVEN: WAITING FOR SANTA

120514 fhsanta13There was no shortage of pizza as kids awaited Santa, who arrived with an assist by the Fair Haven Volunteer Fire Department. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

120514 fhsanta12A drizzly night didn’t stop the hearty kids and adults of Fair Haven from coming out to greet Santa Claus Friday night.

Leaving his sleigh at the North Pole until Christmas Eve, jolly old St. Nick got a lift to the annual Christmas tree lighting from the Fair Haven Volunteer Fire Department.

More pictures await, just around the corner…

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RED BANK: SON & FATHER BUSTED IN RAID

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014A raid on a Red Bank house last week resulted in the arrests of four people, including a borough man and his father, on drug charges, police said Monday.

Acting on a warrant obtained as part of a monthlong investigation into suspected narcotics sales, police arrested 35-year-old Milo Rainey Jr. on charges of possessing, with intent to distribute, cocaine, crack and marijuana, Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

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SEA BRIGHT: FIRE DESTROYS APARTMENTS

sb fire 120714 1The blaze caused significant water damage to Seabreeze Wines & Spirits on the ground floor. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

sb fire 120714 2A resident escaped safely and volunteer firefighters suffered a few cuts and scratches as fire destroyed several apartments above a Sea Bright liquor store late Sunday night.

Firefighters responded to the alarm shortly before 11 p.m. to find “full-blown fire out the windows” of the second floor, fire Chief Joe Eskridge tells redbankgreen.

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CASEYS JOIN DAWGS AS STATE CHAMPS

rbc delbarton 120714 9rbc delbarton 120714 7Nick Lubischer cuts back en route to a 52-yard touchdown for Red Bank Catholic as the Caseys dominate Delbarton in the Non-Public, Group 3 football championship game at MetLife Stadium in the Meadowlands Sunday night. redbankgreen has complete video highlights courtesy of  Shore Sports Zone.

In winning its first state championship since 1976, RBC joins podium-topping Rumson-Fair Haven, which won its division’s top prize for the second consecutive year on Saturday.