spinnakerLeft to right: Red Bank Regional Supervisor Pete Grandinetti and RBR drama teacher Joe Russo were honored by the Eastern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce with their Spinnaker Award in the category of arts and culture.  

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Two staff members at Red Bank Regional High School were recently honored by the Eastern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce with their Spinnaker Award, in the category of arts and culture. RBR Supervisor Pete Grandinetti and Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Academy drama teacher Joe Russo were presented with the honor at the Chamber’s 86th annual dinner, “in recognition of their support and cultivation of the arts in the community.”

Russo has been an award-winning drama teacher with RBR since the inception of the VPA academy. This accolade comes at the denouement of his career, as Mr. Russo retires after 32 years guiding RBR’s talented drama students.

Initially a fellow faculty member who was also involved with the theater and stagecraft, Grandinetti became the supervisor of the school’s VPA program four years ago. He also retires from RBR this year, after 15 years of employment with the district.

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rb green van 013015This delightful vignette seen outside the former Douglass Auto Electric repair shop at the corner of Maple Avenue and Drs. James Parker Boulevard in Red Bank Friday seems the perfect accompaniment to this breaking weather forecast…

The Greater Red Bank Green could be in for a bit more snow accumulation overnight into Monday morning. There appears to be agreement among the National Weather Service, Weather Underground and the Weather Channel that we’ll see less than an inch of snow overnight and again Monday, but that ice as a result of intermittent rain could make the morning commute hazardous. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)


12yearsMichael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o and Chiwetel Ejiofor appear in the Oscar-winning 12 YEARS A SLAVE, one of several recent films screening for free this month at Middletown Library.

While February is of course Black History Month, that shortest and some-say-cruelest of calendar pages also serves as a lead-in to the annual Academy Awards; a chance to catch up with some things you’ve missed, on the way to handicapping this year’s current field of (disappointingly white, to many observers) horses. When the ongoing series of free movie screenings continues apace at Middletown Township Public Library this week, it’ll inaugurate a worth-another-look slate of recently released features — a couple of them illuminative of the African American experience, with the rest of the stories drawn from precincts that range from South Asia and the Great White North, to just this side of the afterlife.

It all begins at 2:30 pm on Monday, February 2, when MTPL hosts a free showing of the historical drama that took home the Oscar for Best Picture in 2014 — 12 Years a Slave, director Steve McQueen’s adaptation of the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup, a free black man kidnapped and pressed into servitude in antebellum Louisiana. Chiwetel Ejiofor offers a star turn as Northup in the harrowing and unflinching feature, with strong support from Lupita Nyong’o (AA for Best Supporting Actress), vividly villainous Michael Fassbender, and an array of actors that includes Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Benedict Cumberbatch and American Horror Story‘s Sarah Paulson.

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In the first game of a doubleheader in Little Silver, the Lady Bulldogs of Rumson-Fair Haven ran away from Red Bank Regional, 53-34 on Saturdday. With great play inside and outside the paint, future Villanova Wildcat Grace Stant had 24 points for RFH. Check out the Shore Sports Zone highlights.

Then it was time for revenge, as the Bucaneers topped the Bulldogs 47-45 in the boys’ game. Eddie Hendrex had 13 points and made a key defensive stop on the final play of the game to give the Bucs a win in the Battle of Ridge Road. SSZ’s coverage of this great contest includes post-game reaction.