LINCROFT: BCC INTROS FREE LECTURE SERIES

Catherine_W_pointmadefilmsFilmmaker Catherine Wigginton Greene will present a free screening of her documentary I’M NOT RACIST…AM I? at Brookdale Community College on February 24, as part of the Spring Lecture Series.

Press release from Brookdale Community College

Beginning on the evening of Tuesday, February 24, Brookdale Community College will inaugurate a new series of free movie screenings and expert lectures on such topics as race, civil rights and privacy in the digital age.

The series kicks off at 7 pm with a screening of Catherine Wigginton Greene’s acclaimed documentary I’m Not Racist…Am I?. The film documents the interactions of a diverse group of teenagers over the course of a year, as they confront issues such as culture, identity and institutional racism. The director will host an interactive discussion with the audience following the screening.

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LINCROFT: KIDS ON CAMPUS AT BCC

peytonlistThe Guest List: Disney Channel series JESSIE co-star Peyton List comes to the campus of Brookdale College on Sunday, as special attraction at a day-long “Kidabaloo.”  

“Are your kids going crazy stuck inside in the cold weather?” ask the producers of Kidabaloo, the daylong “explosion of fun, laughter and excitement” that commandeers the Collins Arena (on the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College) this Sunday, February 8.

A presentation of the Unterberg Children’s Hospital at Monmouth Medical Center, this first-ever event pairs a panorama of all-seasons, all-ages activities with a spacious indoor setting — BCC’s Robert J. Collins Arena, a venue with enough run, hop and tumble room to accommodate everything from remote control car races and live animals, to moon bounces and a demonstration by the team from Olympiad Gymnastics.

There’s more in store between the hours of noon to 5 pm — including face painting, balloon animals and costumed characters by Chubby Penguin Parties; arts and crafts; a visit with the Frost Buddy Ice Princesses at Sparkle Diva Studios; video games in the Gamin’ Ride truck, and lessons in cupcake decorating, juggling and tightrope walking. There’s also an event stage, where Kidabaloo welcomes a special guest star from the TV’s Jessie.

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RUMSON: A LUCKY FIRST IRISH SODA BREAD

013015 Irish soda bread3Debbie Bagnell, the winner of last year’s Irish Soda Bread competition at the Oceanic Public Library in Rumson. Below, a slice of her bread. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

013015 Irish soda bread1“It was so surreal. I felt like it was part of a movie scene. There were men in kilts and bagpipes,” says Debbie Bagnell.

A self-described cooking-and-crafting hobbyist and homemaker says, Bagnell was recalling the day her Irish Soda Bread won first place at Oceanic Public Library‘s first annual baking competition in Rumson.

The win was a bit flukey.

“I had no intention of entering,” she said. “I had never baked an Irish Soda Bread before.”

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RED BANK: NEWEST COP LEARNING THE BEAT

rb k9 020415 1 Looking a little sleepy at the end of his first day on the job, Hunter relaxes with his handler, Patrolman Stan Balmer. Below, the pair with the new vehicle that will be assigned to them once it’s rigged up. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb k9 020415 2The newest member of the Red Bank police department got a tour of the town Wednesday, acquainting himself with the streets and train station. At day’s end, a bit sleepy-eyed, he took a leak behind the police station.

His name is Hunter, he’s 20 months old, and he’s the first official police dog in the borough’s history.

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RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN TEENS TOUR ST. JOHN’S

stjohnA group of students from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School — including Katie Eskwitt, John Esposito, Katherine Hill, Campbell Lee, and Julia Mosby — recently learned the stories behind the artwork and architecture of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. During the January 15 tour led by the Cathedral’s Docent, the group climbed more than 124 feet through spiral staircases in order to reach the top of the Cathedral, the largest in the U.S. and fourth-largest in the world. Among the highlights were discovering facts about the stained glass windows and sculpture, studying the grand architecture of the Cathedral while standing on a buttress, and enjoying the rooftop view of Manhattan. The students were accompanied by their Advanced Placement (AP) Art History teacher Kate Okeson for the excursion, in which they also viewed a large-scale installation by Chinese contemporary artist Xu Bing.

RUMSON: HOOPS SCORES AGAIN FOR RB YOUTH

Hoops for HorizonsPress release from Rumson Country Day School

The 13th annual Hoops for Horizons 3-on-3 basketball tournament will kick off at The Rumson Country Day School on Thursday, March 5; running through Saturday, March 7 with all funds raised benefitting the Horizons Student Enrichment Program. The charity event will be held in honor of Albert E. Martin, Jr., the Red Bank Regional High School basketball player who died suddenly in December 2012. A Horizons graduate, Albert played in the Hoops tournament every year to give back to the program that made a difference in his life.

All boys and girls grades 5 and up are welcome to participate in the Albert E. Martin, Jr. Hoops for Horizons tournament. According to Horizons Executive Director Lori Hohenleitner, nearly 200 basketball players of all ages played in last year’s tournament, which raised nearly $75,000 for Horizons; a tremendous boost for the program which relies fully on private funding.

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RED BANK: GETTING CHILL WITH BUBBLE TEA

013115 bubbletea2Fabiana Villegas holding a vial of boba, above, and her “anatomy of bubble tea” wall drawing, below.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

013115 bubbletea3The latest attempt to satisfy the thirsts and sweet tooths – teeth? – of visitors to downtown Red Bank is a tea shop offering cold beverages with a chewy finish.

The new Chill Bubble Tea Bar, at 15 White Street, blends drinks that combine several types of tea and fruit juices with “boba,” or tapioca, that’s been infused with fruit flavor to deliver an intense, chewy mouthful that proponents claim is healthy stuff.

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RED BANK: IMPRACTICAL MAGIC

jokersThe Impractical Jokers of TV’s Tenderloins troupe dig in for a three-show stand at the Basie, including TWO sold-out shows on Saturday and a going-fast addition on Sunday night.

It’s a TV format that goes back at least to Allen Funt and his vintage hit series Candid Camera — but just when you might have thought the Prank/ Punk/ Jackass genre had run its course came Impractical Jokers, the TruTV series that quickly became a basic-cable bonanza by turning a trite-and-true trope on its cauliflowered ear. In other words, while scores of innocent passersby get caught up in the demeaning, dirty, sometimes dangerous scenarios cooked up by the producers (primarily in and around the greater NYC area), it’s the show’s hosts who truly bear the brunt of the various injuries, indignities, and inglorious public spectacles — mostly by having no idea of what’s about to transpire until the cameras are rolling.

The Jokers are the members of the comedy troupe The Tenderloins (Joe Gatto, James “Murr” Murray, Brian “Q” Quinn and Sal Vulcano) — improv specialists who first caught the national attention span via the magic of their own low-budget YouTube sketches. It’s a deceptively simple recipe for success that’s already won them a fourth season of prime-time shows (Thursdays at 10 pm) — and it’s testament to their appeal that the ‘loins touring live show quickly sold out not one but two Saturday performances at the Count Basie Theatre, necessitating the scheduling of a third this Sunday, February 8.

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LOCAL WOMAN DEAD IN MURDER-SUICIDE

[CORRECTION: Reports from New Orleans, cited in this article, said that Sara Lamont had moved into an apartment late last year with the man who police say killed her. The Lamont family disputes that, saying Sara had her own apartment, according to Father Alberto Tamayo.]

By JOHN T. WARD

sara lamont linkedinA 25-year-old Tinton Falls woman studying law in New Orleans was shot and killed by her boyfriend before he turned the gun on himself sometime over the past weekend, according to a report by NOLA.com.

Sara Lamont, described as a “brilliant” student specializing in sports law, was killed by her 28-year-old boyfriend and classmate, Wajih Mazloum, in the apartment they’d shared for the past year, according to the report. Another roommate discovered their bodies Sunday morning.

“Everybody’s just in shock, a lot of people in tears,” said Father Alberto Tamayo, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Red Bank, where Lamont was a congregant, a reader and choir member.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR HONORS TOP SCHOLARS

commendedscholarswebRed Bank Regional Principal Risa Clay (left) and RBR Guidance Director Dawn Kaszuba are pictured with three scholars recently honored by the Board of Ed: seniors Ariel Balaban, Cassie Jain and Nicole Povey (not pictured are commended scholars Niki Buechel and Kyla Robinson). 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

At its board meeting on January 28, the Red Bank Regional Board of Education honored several Red Bank Regional High School seniors who were named National Merit Commended Scholars, based on the students’ performance on the 2013 Preliminary Sat/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying test.

Commended were Ariel Balaban and Niki Buechel (both of Little Silver), as well as Mary Cassandra (Cassie) Jain of Red Bank, and Nicole Povey of Shrewsbury, all of whom represented the top 5 percent of the more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2013-2014 competition.

Another Shrewsbury student, Kyla Robinson, was named a National Achievement Scholar. That program, established in 1962, recognizes the top scoring African American students on the same test. It honors the top 3 percent of the more than 160,000 students who entered the 2015 National Achievement Program.

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FAIR HAVEN: A LUAU IN ‘TIKI HAVEN’

Missing the sun? Yearning for some tropical fun? The Foundation of Fair Haven invites you to come to the first-ever Tiki Haven Luau event, a fundraiser to support future Fair Haven Days activities (in addition to an excellent way to shake off some of those winter blues and blahs).

Beginning at 6:30 pm on Saturday, February 28, the hall of the Knights of Columbus Council 3187 will be the setting for an evening of food, beer and wine, music, dancing, auctions and fun summer games, all with the admission ticket of $50 per person. There will also be specialty drinks for sale, plus a Grand 50/50 Cash Raffle — and while all attendees are welcome to come dressed in their finest Hawaiian wear, the only requirement is to have fun.

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RBC GIRLS END NEPTUNE’S UNBEATEN STREAK

Sophomore JosIe Larkins had 18 points to lead the Red Bank Catholic Caseys to a victory at home against previously unbeaten Neptune Tuesday. The Scarlet Fliers had a 24-20 halftime lead paced by Desiree Allen and Marajiah Bacon, but Larkins and senior Alex Barazotti sparked RBC to a quality win. Shore Sports Zone has full highlights and post-game reaction.

FAIR HAVEN: SHELTER FROM THE STORM PLOW

FH SNOW 020315 2FH SNOW 020315 1Bonnie Graziano of Fair Haven doesn’t know why her husband, Chuck, planted a line of baby Leyland Cypress trees along the edge of their Harding Road property in winter – and Chuck was not available for immediate comment. But the plywood bulwark he built to protect them from heavy snow tossed their way by snowplows held up during last week’s nonblizzard and appeared still to be doing its job Tuesday morning. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

MIDDLETOWN: A ‘RABBIT’ RUN IN NAVESINK

Rabbit HoleDavid Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer winning drama RABBIT HOLE makes its local debut this weekend in a staging by the Middletown-based Monmouth Players.

rabbit hole logoAs the area’s longest continuously operating theatrical troupe — established over 60 years ago, in a time long before the arrival of professional companies like Two River Theater — the Monmouth Players made their mark as purveyors of comic specialties from the likes of Neil Simon, or lightweight mysteries from the typewriter of Agatha Christie and that ilk.

But while the Navesink-based company hasn’t exactly knocked the Doc (refer to their 2013-2014 “Season of Simon”), the players, under the stewardship of husband-wife team Paul and Lori Renick, continue to rethink the boundaries of what a small-town community playhouse can do.

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RED BANK: TRTC SHOW HONORED WITH GRANT

Joe and JoeJoe Iconis and Joe Tracz, creators of the new musical BE MORE CHILL, have been honored along with Two River Theater by a grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The show begins its world premiere run May 30 at Two River Theater. 

Press release from Two River Theater Company

Two River Theater Company, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, is proud to announce that the Doris Duke Chaitable Foundation has awarded the theater a generous grant of $125,000 to support its upcoming production of Be More Chill, a new musical written by Joe Iconis and Joe Tracz, with choreography by Chase Brock and direction by Stephen Brackett. The grant will also support an ongoing relationship between Two River Theater and the team of Iconis and Tracz.

Two River is one of only five theaters in the country awarded this honor in the first round of the DDCF’s new, two-round Theatre Commissioning and Production Initiative, which supports large-scale work by American playwrights and encourages long-term relationships between theaters and writers.

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ON THE GREEN: ‘SNOW BIG DEAL?

rb snow 020215 1Snow was rapidly accumulating on sidewalks and streets across the Greater Red Bank Green Monday afternoon, in apparent contrast to earlier forecasts by the National Weather Service. This guy riding his bike on Broad Street in Red Bank didn’t appear to mind, though.

At 4 p.m., here was the latest outlook from Weather Underground:

Through the rest of this afternoon, scattered snow showers will continue to develop and move through the region. Localized accumulations of less than an inch are possible. Northwest winds will increase and temperatures will fall deeper below freezing. Please be cautious if driving into this evening.
(Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

ON THE GREEN: CANCELLATIONS AND SUCH II

rb cold 020215Sidewalks and roads were getting slippery as temperatures fell across the Greater Red Bank Green early Monday afternoon, soon after snow and rain turned them slushy. According to the National Weather Service, intermittent snowfalls in the afternoon won’t amount to much accumulation, but travel conditions may be hazardous. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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

• Brookdale Community College, all locations: All classes and activities that begin before 10:30 a.m. are canceled. Employees are to report to work at 10 a.m.

• Shrewsbury school:10:30 a.m. opening. Preschool cancelled.

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RED BANK: COPS HAVE ‘PERSON OF INTEREST’

rb assault 020215 2The two victims were in a house set back from the street behind a screen of greenery on East Bergen Place. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

just_in1The two men found badly beaten and semiconscious in a Red Bank house Monday had apparently been assaulted sometime Sunday night or early Monday morning, police said.

Police Chief Darren McConnell told redbankgreen at 2 p.m. that detectives were interviewing one “person of interest” in the case but not looking for any other suspects as they sought to learn the circumstances in which the two men were assaulted.

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RED BANK: TWO MEN SEVERELY BEATEN

rb assault 020215 1The two victims were in a house set back from the street behind a screen of greenery on East Bergen Place. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

just_in1Two men were found “severely” beaten and semiconscious in a Red Bank house Monday morning, police said.

Little information was available at 12:30 p.m., as police cars and ambulances lined the street, between Branch Avenue and South Street.

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RED BANK: ‘MOOD’ SWINGS AT THE BASIE

“I’ve Got a Gal in Kalamazoo” and other Greatest Generation jukeboxers are brought to Lindy-hopping life at the Count Basie Saturday afternoon.  

Ive-Got-A-Gal-In-Kalamazoo-no-mics-300-520x327There’s the Andrews Sisters’ rollicking reveille, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy;” Bing Crosby’s hopped-up “Swingin’ on a Star;” Benny Goodman’s pounding epic “Sing! Sing! Sing!;” and Glenn Miller’s signature slow-dance “Moonlight Serenade.”

While they might date from the era of USO shows, network radio and your great-grandma, they represent the music of youth — the soundtrack for a country tested by the Great Depression and a Second World War but ready to seize its moment on the global stage.

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FAIR HAVEN: CRAVIN HAVEN TAKES A BREAK

013015 cravin haven2Cravin Haven, a luncheonette  in the Acme shopping center in Fair Haven, is closing as of Monday for a month of renovations, according to the message on its Facebook page. Co-owner Anthony Mazzucca says the plan is for a reconfiguration and possible rebranding. But catering will still be available, he says.  (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

SEA BRIGHT: APARTMENTS RAZED FOR PARK

sb anchorage 013115sb pole 110512Sea Bright’s Anchorage Apartments, left uninhabitable by the converging waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Shrewsbury River in Hurricane Sandy, were demolished Saturday.  Using Green Acres funding, the state plans to buy the complex, at the anchorage of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge, and turn it into a 1.2-acre park. At right: during the October, 2012 hurricane, a utility pole became lodged in one of the first-floor units. (Photo above by Kenny Katzgrau. Click to enlarge)

 

 

ON THE GREEN: A WET, THEN COLD GROUNDHOG

pux_2010Punxsutawney Phil is unlikely to see his shadow Monday, also known as Groundhog Day in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, and beyond. He certainly wouldn’t see it here on the Greater Red Bank Green, where an earlier forecast of snow was nixed – it was 43 degrees in Red Bank at 6 a.m. But rain was expected to persist through early afternoon and change to snow after 2 p.m. Temperatures are expected to plummet throughout the day, according to the National Weather Service.

UPDATE: The rodent is reported to have seen his shadow, so we’re in for six more weeks of winter, according to the legend. (Photo illustration by Trish Russoniello)