RED BANK: TENNIS COURTS MAY GET BOUNCED

RB TENNIS CTS 020715 1The courts, which adjoin the privately owned Monmouth Boat Club, center, haven’t been playable since Hurricane Sandy. Below, the principals of Jetsun Enterprises – Anthony Jude Setaro, Michael Hernandez and Doug Booton – want to develop the site for new recreational uses. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

jetsun 022315Red Bank’s 74-year-old red-clay tennis courts, out of action since they were damaged by Hurricane Sandy 28 months ago, may be turned into a dog run, at least short-term.

Longer-term, a trio of thirty-something locals hopes to transform the courts, which overlook the Navesink River from Marine Park, into a multiuse recreational facility that would, they say, put money into the town’s coffers.

Either way, the courts may have seen their last volley of tennis.

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RUMSON: MAN INDICTED IN GENERATOR CASE

hot-topic rightFailure to come through with a generator purchased by a Rumson homeowner got an Ocean County man indicted Monday, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Mark E. Herrneckar, 51, of Toms River, faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR OBSERVES BLACK HISTORY

P1230351In his keynote address during Red Bank Regional’s Black History Month observance, Red Bank Middle School Vice Principal Julius Clark advised students that their success is of their own making — and not to let society’s stereotypes define them or be an excuse for failure.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The diversity and talents of the Red Bank Regional High School student body were on full display during the annual celebratory assembly for Black History Month. Students from various groups within the school contributed their time and skills to enlighten their peers on the importance of celebrating Black History.

Principal Risa Clay explained the origins of Black History Month, an observance initiated by Harvard historian Dr. Carter G. Woodson during the month of February — the birthday month of both Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln.

“(Dr. Woodson’s) initial goal was to honor these two great leaders,” said Principal Clay. “His other goal was to infuse African American history into American history so that all Americans would learn the complete history of the United States.”

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FAIR HAVEN: JOCULARITY SPELLS SUCCESS

addie copePress release from Fair Haven School District

Addie Cope, a fifth-grader at Knollwood School, is the winner of the school’s second annual Spelling Bee, held on February 2 — a competition that the ten year old student  won by correctly spelling the word “jocularity.”

The daughter of Fair Haven residents Carolyn and Jonathan Cope will now participate in the 31st annual Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune Spelldown, to be held at Monmouth University in West Long Branch on March 16-17. Spelldown will feature spelling champions aged eight through fourteen from Middlesex, Monmouth, and Ocean counties. The winner will move on to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

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HOCKEY: RBC WINS SECOND TITLE IN A ROW

Facing a team that was minus its top two scorers, Red Bank Catholic shredded St. John Vianney, 8-0, to win its second consecutive Shore Conference Tournament at the Middletown Ice World. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

RED BANK: BOW TO THE MACMASTER

natalieGrammy winning fiddler Natalie MacMaster brings her Visions from Cape Breton to the Basie stage, in a Thursday night concert appearance.  

Here on the greater Red Bank Green, where the season of St. Patrick’s Day tends to extend for several weeks in either direction, the Count Basie Theatre has traditionally done its part to whet the appetite for the March festivities with some savvy schedulings in February. This coming Thursday, February 26, the venue that’s brought area audiences the world’s finest Irish tenors, Riverdancers, tin whistlers and uilleann pipers offers a look and a listen at one of the best Celtic fiddlers in the business — Natalie MacMaster.

The niece of the late and legendary “King of the Jigs” Buddy MacMaster actually hails from that other Emerald Isle — Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia; a preeminent bastion of Celtic culture in North America, and the inspiration for Visions from Cape Breton, a touring show that mixes the Grammy winner’s “fiddling fireworks” with ” foot-tapping rave-ups, heart-rending ballads, and world-class step dancing.”

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ON THE GREEN: MISPLACED OPTIMISM?

rb kayak 022115With the highly variable weather seen on the Greater Red Bank Green in recent days – bitter cold, snow, rain and a rapid snowmelt with temperatures in the mid-40s – the owner of the kayak seen on Broad Street in Red Bank Saturday might be forgiven for not knowing what’s next.

Well, what’s next is a forecast better for iceboating than kayaking, as peak daytime temperatures remain below 30 degrees for the next few days, with the exception of Wednesday, when they’ll top off at about 36 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Nighttime temps aided by wind-chills, will again be frigid. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

RFH BULLDOGS SWIM TO FIRST TITLE

RFH swimPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

On February 12, the Boys Swim Team at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School captured the program’s first Group C Central championship, when the third-seeded RFH Bulldogs bested number one seed Lawrence High School with a score of 95-75 to claim the historic win.

The Bulldogs reached the final round against Lawrence by defeating number six seed Cranford High School in the second round, and number two seed Governor Livingston High School in the semifinal round.

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RBR STUDENTS ‘BRING IT’ TO SENIOR AUDIENCE

bringitlarger_-_CopyPictured (left to right in back row), during their visit to Care One at King James, are Bring It Volunteer Student Traveling Performance Company members Pieter Lootsma, Little Silver; Bobbie Davis, Shrewsbury; Jillian Lamanno, Little Silver; Chase Hintelmann, Little Silver; Jose Rojas, Red Bank; (front row) Danielle Wolf,  Shrewsbury; Alex Sosa, Millstone; Kiera Lee, Bradley Beach; Kathryn Flynn, Little Silver; Ashley Houck, Red Bank; Katelyn Johnson, Little Silver, and Tess Hintelmann, Little Silver. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Chase Hintlemann had just begun his freshman year at Red Bank Regional High School as a Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) drama major, when he was also “moonlighting” on the famous stage of the Count Basie Theatre, in a Phoenix Productions staging of Damn Yankees. It was during the “Shoeless Joe from Hannibal Missouri” musical number on the show’s opening night, when he suddenly felt his knee give out.

The resulting injury kept this energetic athlete and performer homebound for a time and frustratingly bored. (“I had to sit in a knee bending machine for four hours a day”) — and it was during that period of extended convalescence that he began to think about starting a student volunteer traveling performance company, to bring entertainment to those who were similarly unable to leave their residences. As a VPA student, he knew a huge variety of gifted performers, all of them with talent to share — and a desire to Bring It.

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RED BANK: MANHATTAN BAGEL CLOSES

m bagel 022015The store, in the City Centre strip mall, was one of 39 to be closed by Manhattan Bagel. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallRegular customers bade goodbye Red Bank’s Manhattan Bagel store  as the store fell to a corporate axe Friday.

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RED BANK: FORECAST CALLS FOR RAIN

Rain A tribute to the BeatlesThe four “Mock Tops” known as RAIN make it shower Beatles hits and deep album delights in a Sunday matinee at the Basie.  

Sunday, it seems, is prime time for the Beatles — and even if the fans who thrilled to the Fabs’ milestone first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show over 50 years ago have a hard time making it to prime time these days, the Count Basie Theatre has us all covered.

At 3 pm on February 22, the Basie presents a special EarlyBeatle encore starring Rain, the acclaimed and internationally touring “MockTops” tribute that “has mastered every song, gesture and nuance of the legendary foursome,” in the course of going places the Liverpuddlian Lads never dared (such as a respectable run on Broadway). It’s a regular stop on the road, and a comfort-zone showcase for the act about which the Huffington Post said, “Rain is about the closest you’ll come to seeing The Beatles live ever.”

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IN GOTHAM: HOLY SOUR MASH, BATMAN

Arty Homes GothamGotham’s Arty Homes helped PieHole navigate the Red Bank bar’s eclectic cocktail menu. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumLate on a winter afternoon with a bitterly cold wind howling down Broad Street in Red Bank, PieHole stopped in at Gotham. A few loyal readers mentioned to us the new bar’s vast whiskey selection, and it seemed like a good time and place to warm up with a Manhattan before heading home for dinner.

It was just at the early side of Happy Hour, and a half-dozen patrons, mostly well-dressed couples catching a pre-dinner cocktail, hung around at the bar, but otherwise there was not much of a crowd.

We grabbed a seat and spied at least three American rye whiskeys behind the bar: Michter’s, Bulleit and Dad’s Hat. Most area bars don’t stock even a single rye whiskey, and PieHole typically settles for Canadian Club when ordering a Manhattan, so this was a nice selection indeed.

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RED BANK: LAUGHING ROOM ONLY

Gaffney CollinsFunnyman Mike Gaffney appears in a Saturday night Laugh Out Loud fundraiser at Two River Theater — while veteran Bobby Collins holds down the shtick at Count Basie’s place.

Saturday night in Red Bank’s “Theater District” finds the laughs flowing freely, with a good portion of the funny business dedicated to the serious mission of one of Monmouth County’s hardest-working nonprofits. It begins at 7:30 pm inside the lobby and main auditorium at Two River Theater (where the new play Guadalupe in the Guest Room continues in previews at the Marion Huber “black box” space), with the annual appearance of the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Show for 2015.

Co-headlined by standup circuit stalwarts Mike Gaffney (a seminfinalist on the most recent season of Last Comic Standing), Gina Brillon (Chelsea Lately, The View), Ryan Reiss and (NYC cabbie turned creative director of A-List Comedy) Jimmy Failla — in addition to other talent TBA — the fundraiser is a lighthearted public calling-card for 180 Turning Lives Around, the organization dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence in the local community and beyond. One hundred percent of proceeds go to 180 from the 8:30 pm show and the 7:30 pm reception featuring a wine and beer cash bar. Tickets ($40 per person) can be reserved via PayPal or by calling (732)264-4360.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? KUNG PAO, INDEED

teak kung pao 021115A dish of kung pao chicken at Teak in Red Bank. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Lunch at Teak in Red Bank on a recent frigid afternoon offered a double dose of satisfying warmth.

PieHole grabbed a table bathed in nearly blinding sunlight in the solarium-like front room overlooking Monmouth Street. That took the chill off the old bones, pronto.

Finishing the job from the inside out, though was a heaping dish of kung pao chicken, with flavor and substance by the megawatt.

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ON THE GREEN: BRRRRR….

rb temp zero 022015At the risk of stating the obvious: it’s cold outside. This screengrab from the National Weather Service website showed a temperature of zero, with a wind-chill of minus 21 degrees, shortly before 7 a.m. Friday on the Greater Red Bank Green. The NWS has a wind-chill advisory in effect until 11 a.m. Daytime temperatures are expected to peak at about 17 degrees. (Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: GUNMAN ROBS PEDESTRIAN

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of February 12 to February 19, 2015. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Robbery occurring on 2-13-15 at West Bergen Place—Liquor Store. Unknown male displayed handgun and stole cash and a cell phone. Fled on foot. Ptl. Cevin Albert [Clarification: Police Chief Darren McConnell says this robbery, of a pedestrian, occurred near the West Bergen Place entrance to the Montgomery Terrace Apartments, and that the victim called police from outside Yogi’s Liquors, at West Bergen and Leighton Avenue. The gunman, who fled into the apartment complex, was described as a black male, about 5 foot 11, 150 or 160 pounds, wearing black pants, a black North Face jacket, black Nike sneakers and red-rimmed glasses.]

Criminal Mischief occurring between 2-12-15 and 2-13-15 at West Front St. Church. Unknown actor(s) broke three spotlights knocking them off of a post. Ptl. Benjamin Springer

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CBA HOLDS OFF RESURGENT RBC

Shore Conference Tournament top-seed Christian Brothers Academy hosted 16th-seed Red Bank Catholic in Lincroft Thursday night. But after a second-half scoring surge by the Caseys, the Colts came away with a 63-49 win. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

LINCROFT: RUN, WALK AND SHUFFLE

Thompson RugbyThe Thompson Park hometurf of the Monmouth Rugby Football Club is the setting for a special Shamrock Shuffle morning of race events on March 15, benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.

You can Run your way to helping out a veteran. You can accomplish the same goal with a Walk. You can even Shuffle your way to glory, but the important thing is that you come out on Sunday, March 15, when the Monmouth Rugby Football Club hosts the Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run and 1 mile Kids’ Fun Run.

It’s all happening at the Club’s home field playing venue, Thompson Park on Newman Springs Road in Lincroft — and it all gets underway at 9 am with a registration and packet pickup session in advance of the 10 am 5K Race/Walk. Kids 12 and under can take part in the Fun Run at 11:30 am, and an award ceremony takes place at noon, with all registrants receiving a “race day swag bag.”

Then at 12:30, the St. Patrick’s Day themed after-party kicks off at the private Wilde Rover clubhouse on Shrewsbury Avenue, with live music, Guinness, corned beef and cabbage, plus raffle prizes for both kids and adults.

Proceeds from the event will go to support the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit organization that offers a variety of programs, services and events for wounded veterans of the military actions following the events of September 11, 2001, as well as for their family members.

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RED BANK: A ST. PAT’S CRAWL FOR HOME

Event organizer and producer Marvin Hyer Jr. of Man Cave Events — the company that’s brought a charity-fundraising Valentines Day Crawl to the watering spots of Red Bank for the past two years —  has announced the introduction of a St. Patrick’s Day themed bar crawl to Red Bank.

Scheduled to take place between the hours of 1 to 10 pm on March 14, the “LepreCrawl” will benefit the Shrewsbury-based housing assistance nonprofit HABcore Inc., as well as Hearts & Hands Disaster Recovery, an organization (founded by a group of Red Bank Catholic grads) established to provide assistance to homeowners who were profoundly affected by Hurricane Sandy or other disasters.

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RFH WINS BATTLE OF RIDGE ROAD II

Avenging a last-second loss to Red Bank Regional three weeks ago, the Bulldogs of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional won the second Battle of Ridge Road Thursday night, topping the Bucaneers 50-42 in Little Silver. Morgan Maguire led the Dawgs with 14 as they advanced in the Shore Conference Tournament. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

SANDY HOOK: IT’S ALWAYS FOWL WEATHER

SHB January 30 2011Pictured are just some of the guests enjoying the Hook (at seasonal rates) to be spotted on Saturday’s Winter Water Fowl and Seal Walk, hosted by the local chapter of the American Littoral Society. (Photo by NatureOnTheEdgeNYC)

Those of us who are under the impression that the Sandy Hook peninsula doesn’t truly come alive until Memorial Day Weekend are guilty of overlooking the scores of literal “snowbirds” and other denizens who dig the park’s winter-weather wonders. This Saturday morning, February 21, the regional chapter of the American Littoral Society invites all-seasons strollers, hardy naturalists and cabin-fever sufferers to join their staff for a Winter Water Fowl and Sea Walk.

It’s one of many “off season” activities hosted by the nonprofit conservation group at its year-round home on the Hook, and it commences at 9 am from 18 Hartshorne Drive (aka Building 18) in the Fort Hancock area. Participants will proceed on foot to the estuaries and ponds where seals and seabirds are likely to make themselves seen.

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RED BANK: DOGS, TENNIS & POLICING

RB DOG DAYS 073013 20Having held a Dog Days of Summer monthly event for two summers in a row, borough officials are now contemplating a year-round facility for dogs to play in. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Should Red Bank establish a place for dogs to play? And if so, where?

And what should become of the borough’s red-clay tennis courts in Marine Park?

Those are among the questions on the table at a meeting scheduled for next week.

Another meeting, scheduled for later this week, concerns crime and community relations.

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FAIR HAVEN KIDS RAISE $7.5K WITH ‘HOOPS’

20150206_115816Student cheerleaders and basketball players are pictured with “local celebrities” from the Fair Haven Fire and Police Departments at the conclusion of the Hoops for Hearts event, held at Knollwood School on February 6.

Press release from Fair Haven School District

Sixth graders from Knollwood School cheered as their classmates took on local “celebrities” — law enforcement officers and firefighters — during a fast-paced “Hoops for Hearts” Championship Basketball Game on February 6. The “celebrities” achieved victory, but the real winner was the American Heart Association.

The first fundraiser of its kind at the school, Hoops for Hearts netted an astounding $7,560 — more than double the goal amount of $3,500 — to benefit the AHA. Approximately 119 Knollwood sixth-graders participated in the event, organized by first-year Physical Education and Health Teacher Kim Lagrotteria.

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