HOCKEY: RBC EARNS SHOT AT ANOTHER TITLE

With an amazing on-his-ribs goal by Lenny Coviello and 39 stops by goalie Brandon Rozzi, Red Bank Catholic topped Middletown North, 5-3, at the Red Bank Armory on Wednesday to advance to the Shore Conference ice hockey finals. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

The defending champion Caseys will face St. John Vianney Saturday, 7:30 p.m. at Ice World in Middletown for the 2015 cup. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

RED BANK: TOTE’S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG

TaylorSinger-songwriter Taylor Tote — seen working on “Superman” in the studio — debuts her new EP and video on the stage of Two River Theater, this Friday night. (Photo ©Right Stuff Studios)

You’ve likely seen her out in front of her former band Aardvark Smile, appearing at local music festivals like the Red Bank Riverfest — and since going her own way she’s shared some prominent regional stages with the likes of Southside Johnny, John Cafferty and Val Emmich, and sang the National Anthem at Madison Square Garden. This Friday, February 20, it’s all about the singer and songwriter known as Taylor Tote, as she takes it to Two River Theater for a Taylor-made showcase performance.

It’s a record release party for the Asbury Music Award nominee and aspiring superstar who’s poised to swift-boat that “other” Taylor off her Billboard perch — a full-band set that also boasts a first public peek at her music video “Superman” (a teaser for which can be viewed here). There’s a free gift for all ticket purchasers, too — no, not a Tote bag, but a complimentary copy of the EP.

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RED BANK: CINNAMON SNAIL ROLLS TO A STOP

cinnamon snail 061514 2The Cinnamon Snail has been a fixture at the Red Bank Farmers’ Market in recent years. Below, chef Adam Sobel in his mobile kitchen. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

adam-sobelThe Cinnamon Snail, the nationally lauded vegan food truck that calls Red Bank home and is a top draw at the town’s Farmers’ Market, is putting it in park later this month.

Chef Adam Sobel announced in a recent Facebook post that the mobile restaurant, featuring a robust menu “designed to shatter the misconceptions” about vegan cuisine, has failed in repeated efforts to renew its permit to sell on the streets of New York City, its primary location, after it expires on February 28.

As a result, Sobel wrote, the curbside operation will close down at the end of the month, though it could be resurrected as a brick-and-mortar restaurant.

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ON THE GREEN: WARMER WEATHER, BRIEFLY

ls icicle 021715Rising from the single digits, temperatures should peak in the low 30s Wednesday, with mostly sunny skies melting off some the ice and snow left behind on Tuesday, including these icicles hanging from an awning in Little Silver. After a possible dusting of overnight snow, Thursday may bring a return to temperatures in the teens, according to the National Weather Service. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RUMSON: TEMPLE WELCOMES FILMMAKER

Press release from Congregation B’nai Israel

Carole BasriOn Tuesday, March 10, Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) in Rumson will welcome guest speaker Carole Basri for a special event. A lawyer, filmmaker and expert on international relations, with a particular interest in Iraqi history, Basri will speak about the ethnic cleansing policies of the Middle East, beginning with the Jews and including the recent ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) persecution of Christians, Kurds, Yazedis and Shiite minorities. She will also show clips from her documentary films.

The 7 pm program is open to the public and refreshments will be served. Admission is free for members of CBI, Red Bank Hadassah and chhange. The non-member fee is $5. Advance registration for the program is requested by March 5 at cbirumson.org.

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RUMSON: CBI CALLS FOR POETRY ENTRIES

Press release from Congregation B’nai Israel

National Poetry Month is just around the corner in April, and the library committee at Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) will once again be hosting Café Pinsky 2015: The Poet Next Door, an evening of readings by local Jewish poets.

Named for Long Branch native Robert Pinsky, who served as the U.S. Poet Laureate from 1997-2000, the free event will take place on Monday, April 27, 2015 at 7 pm.  In addition to poetry, the evening will feature music, light refreshments, coffee and tea. All are welcome to attend.

Published and unpublished local Jewish poets are invited to enter up to two poems each to the Library Committee by  Monday, March 30, 2015. There is no entry fee.

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MIDDLETOWN MAN DIES IN CRASH

hubbard ave mapThe accident occurred at Shadow Lake Drive and Hubbard Avenue. (Map by Google Maps. Click to enlarge)

A Middletown man was killed Tuesday morning when he car struck a utility pole as he suffered a medical episode, township police reported.

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R-FH STEAMROLLS ST. ROSE, 72-35

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional’s boys cruised to an opening-round win in the Shore Conference Tournament Tuesday. It was the only game played in either bracket as morning snow cancelled school across most of the Shore Conference. Getting the game in on Tuesday gives the Bulldogs a critical day of rest as they get set for a showdown with Red Bank Regional on Thursday night in Little Silver. Watch all the highlights and post-game reaction at Shore Sports Zone.

FAIR HAVEN: $8,000 WATCH REPORTED STOLEN

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the period of January 1 to January 31, 2015.

AUTHORITIES_FH21/1/15 A resident of Oxford Ave., reported an Identity Theft, the theft totaled $800. Det. Schneider is investigating.

1/2/15 William A. Crawford Jr, 22, Long Branch, was placed under arrested and charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia following a traffic stop by S/O Brooks Robinson.

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SHREWSBURY POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of February 6 to February 13, 2015.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY2-2014Report of Theft by Deception in the area of Adams Way on 2/7/15. Victim reports unknown subject(s) cashed checks under false pretense. Damages totaling $500.00. Ptl. Matthew Clark investigating.

Report of Criminal Mischief in the area of White Street on 2/10/15. Victim reports property damaged by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $100.00. Ptl. Joseph Barnicle investigating.

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ON THE GREEN: DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS

rb cold 021615A bicyclist takes advantage of the empty sidewalk along Broad Street in Red Bank in the bitter cold Monday morning. A fresh blanket of snow fell overnight into Tuesday morning, with another two inches expected by noon, according to the National Weather Service. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

We’ll update this list of weather-related cancellations from the top as we get them:

• Monmouth County Offices will have a delayed opening of 10:30 a.m.

• Red Bank Regional is closed due to hazardous weather conditions. All after-school athletics and other activities cancelled.

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RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN GIRLS EARN TITLES

Winter_Track_Sect_ChampsThe Girls Winter Track Team from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School has reigned victorious, earning the school’s first State Group II State Relay Championship for Winter Track and scoring its fourth consecutive Central Jersey Group II Sectional Title.

The historic State Group II Relay Championship was the result of a first-place finish at the State Relays in January, where 24 teams competed and RFH bested Holmdel by three points. RFH medaled in five of six races, with senior Janie DeVito competing in three of those events. Senior Hannah Anderson ran two of the races as did junior Morgan Steinhacker, who clinched the 4 X 400 relay with her outstanding anchor leg.

At the State Sectional Championship on February 8, the RFH girls earned their fourth straight Central Jersey Group II title.

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FAIR HAVEN: TEACHER PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE

Warning: video featuring Basil Henning, also seen below in a 2014 photo, includes graphic language. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

basil henning 2014A Fair Haven middle school teacher has been placed on administrative leave following a complaint over satirical web videos in which he appeared.

Superintendent Nelson Ribon announced in a Sunday night letter to parents and teachers that Knollwood School Spanish teacher Basil Henning had been placed on administrative leave. No reason was given for the action, and Ribon declined to comment to redbankgreen Monday, citing rules concerning personnel matters.

But Henning’s administrative leave followed complaints by at least one parent about videos in which Henning plays a foul-mouthed Jets fan who keeps up a constant patter about hookers, oral sex and other adult matters in addition to football.

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RED BANK: A COMPELLING A CAPPELLA

Sing-Off-2014-groupThe 2015 touring stage show from the NBC TV series THE SING-OFF takes it back to Basie’s place for a Friday night showcase of vocal artistry, performed live “without a net.”

Even as it’s come to capitalize upon a wave of popular interest in stage shows based on hit TV programs, the Count Basie Theatre has demonstrated just how diverse such shows can be. For every live appearance by a psychic, ghost hunter, dog whisperer, cake boss or skinnygirl with a handheld mic and a video clip screening, there’s a talent-competition entertainment that really delivers old-school bang for the buck — prime among them The Sing-Off, the touring roadshow of which returns to Red Bank this Friday night, February 20.

Scheduled for 8 pm, it’s a truly hi-def highlight that stars an ensemble of returning favorites from the top-rated NBC-TV a capella contest — Season Four finalists Voiceplay, who co-starred in a Count Basie engagement almost a year to the day from this Friday’s booking. They’ll be joined by Season Two fan-faves Streetcorner Symphony — as well as a third group of recent finalists TBA — for an “ultimate a cappella experience” that promises “versions of this year’s chart topping hits as well as favorite arrangements from the TV show” and other surprises.

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LITTLE SILVER: HONORING ACADEMIC STARS

academicletters_-_CopyAt its January board meeting, the Red Bank Regional (RBR) Board of Education honored its highest achieving academic stars with their very own Varsity Letter. The tradition began many years ago when the school district sought to encourage and honor academic excellence the same way it honors its top athletic achievements. In order to earn an Academic Varsity Letter, students must maintain a straight A in every marking period of the preceding year (September of 2013 through June of 2014 in this case).

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RUMSON 6TH GRADER RULES IN GEO-BEE

Geo BeeSixth-grader Peter O’Connor has been announced as first-place winner of the annual Geography Bee, held at Forrestdale School in Rumson on February 4. As the result of in-class competitions held prior to the event, 18 students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades were selected to participate.

Peter, the 12 year old son of Margot and Joe O’Connor of Rumson, achieved victory with his correct answer of “Canada” to the question, “Which country is the setting for Jack London’s classic novel ‘The Call of the Wild’, which takes place during the Klondike Gold Rush in the Yukon?” Second-place winner was eighth-grader Sam Eckstein.

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ON THE GREEN: BITTER COLD

1 DEGREEYes, it was 1 degree above zero, with winds up to 21 miles per hour knocking it down to 18 below zero, on the Greater Red Bank Green at 5:30 a.m. Monday.

With the National Weather Service forecasting daytime temperatures to peak at 19 degrees, and wind chills of 19 below zero, staying home and making hot cocoa sounded like a good choice for Presidents’ Day, for those who have the option. (Click to enlarge)

 

CHURN: ON TIME FOR RED, BUT LATE FOR BLU

la orquidea 021315La Orquidea opened for business Thursday, just in time for the Valentine’s Day rush. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn small This edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn notes the passing of a torch on Red Bank’s West Side.

The longtime former home of Johnny’s Jazz Market, vacant since the death of butcher Ralph “Johnny Jazz” Gatta four years ago, finally has a new tenant. And the proprietor of the new Shrewsbury Avenue shop, called La Orquidea, is someone who may be familiar to patrons of another former Red Bank favorite, the River’s Edge Café.

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M’TOWN: INTIMATE CLASSICS, REVERENT JAZZ

JoelDeWittJohnGronertViolinist Joel DeWitt (left) presents a program of chamber duets at Middletown Library on Monday evening…while drummer John Gronert (right) is among the cats taking part in a February 19 jazz service at Lincroft Presbyterian.  

The post-Valentine days and evenings offer discerning music lovers a chance to get all intimate with their preferred sounds — be it a chamber recital at the bibliotheque, or the return of a rather unique public-invited Jazz Service at a local place of worship.

This coming Monday, February 16 sees the Community Room of the Middletown Township Public Library welcoming back an artist who’s frequently made himself at home in that cozy venue, for the latest in a series of MTPL-produced classical music offerings. Violinist Joel DeWitt teams with pianist Brian Gilmore, for a 7 pm session spotlighting masterful duets by Mozart, Debussy and Prokofiev. It’s an hour-long program, for which no advance registration is necessary (and admission is of course fabulously free).

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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 February 5 to February 12, 2015. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Theft occurring at Broad Street—grocery store on 2-5-15. Victim reported that an IPhone was stolen from restroom by unknown person(s). Ptl. Garrett Falco.

Theft occurring at Maple Avenue—gym on 2-5-15. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole his black shower kit containing a watch, ring and cash from locker room. Ptl. Shane Dengel.

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RED BANK: YOUTH RUGBY RECRUITING

MonmouthRugbyBoysPress release from Monmouth Rugby Football Club
As the spring rugby season approaches, the U-19 boys and girls teams of the Monmouth Rugby Football Club (MRFC) are preparing for their games across Monmouth County. MRFC is a non-profit rugby football club founded in 1973 that operates out of Red Bank.

The youth rugby programs, which are open to all Monmouth County boys and girls under 19, begin their season in March. The boys team — the Monmouth Maulers — is entering its fourth spring season as a team, while this spring marks the first full year for the U-19 Renegades girls team.

The Renegades and Maulers are recruiting now for the spring season. Coaches Kristen Loupassakis and Carlos Oliveira run the practices, which are held Monday and Wednesday afternoons in Long Branch beginning mid-February.

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FOR LUNCH: SUPER GOLDEN TO THE RESCUE

021015 supergolden2Soups delivered by Super Golden Chinese Restaurant saved lunchtime for a hungry group of women at the Jon Lori Salon, including Pam Guzzo, below.  (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

021015 supergolden1Eyeing the cookie jar in the coffee station at Jon Lori Salon in Fair Haven, stomach rumbling, PieHole realized that scheduling back-to-back appointments left no time for lunch.

Pam Guzzo, a brilliant hair stylist and friend with supersonic hearing, handed me a folder full of menus.

“We’re ordering lunch,” she said, “what are you in the mood for?”

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LINCROFT: FAMILIES INVITED TO DIG A SHOW

DiggingWhole3Brookdale Community College student actors Adam von Pier of Fair Haven, Emily King of Colts Neck, Marissa Williams of Red Bank and Frank Mendoza of Middletown rehearse DIGGING THE WHOLE, the interactive family musical opening at BCC’s Performing Arts Center on February 27. 

Press release from Brookdale Community College

Beginning on the morning of Friday, February 27 and continuing through March 8, the Performing Arts Center at Brookdale Community College will present the interactive, family friendly musical Digging the Whole.

Written by Mark Schaeffer and featuring music and lyrics by Rita Z. Asch, the 1988 play tells the story of Slag Heap, a soda-drinking, TV-watching character who builds a new home for himself in the middle of the woods. One evening Slag Heap is visited by Raccoon, Deer, Owl and Oak Tree, who put him on trial for littering, disturbing the peace, attempted murder and other crimes against nature.

While the woodland creatures serve as judge, prosecutor, bailiff and court clerk, the audience is recruited to serve as jury. At the conclusion of the play, audience members must decide whether Slag Heap is innocent or guilty.

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MIDDLETOWN: NINE FACE DWI CHARGES

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

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014Steven Ciufo, age 38, from Shoal Harbor Court in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on January 25, 2015 by Patrolman Adam Colfer on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Hazlet Municipal Court. He was held on $236.00 bail.

Paul Summey, age 32, from Terry Lane in Tinton Falls, NJ, arrested on January 25, 2015 by Police Officer Stephanie Geisel on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Michael Simonelli, age 19, from Hosford Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 26, 2015 by Patrolman Brian McGrogan for Simple Assault. He was held on $2,500.00 bail with a 10% option.

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