RED BANK: OLD YEARBOOKS GET PIXELATED

rbhs 1956A screengrab of a “popularity poll” page in the 1956 Red Bank High School yearbook. And hey, do you recognize the graduate shown below? (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rbr gradHistory lovers and those prone to the siren song of nostalgia: prepare to fall into a rabbit hole.

The Red Bank Public Library has digitized the yearbooks of the former Red Bank High School and its successor, Red Bank Regional High, from a broad swath of the 20th century.

Forty editions of the annual known as the Round Table and, later, the Log, chronicling changes in hairstyles, fashions and media from 1922 to 1980, can now be downloaded, paged through and word-searched via the Internet, minus the musty aroma.

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RBC GIRLS HEAD TO STATE LACROSSE SEMIS

After falling behind 2-0, the Red Bank Catholic girls’ lacrosse squad surged to a 15-9 win at home over Robbinsville to advance in the South Jersey Group 2 title tourney Tuesday. Shore Sports Zone has the game highlights.

The Caseys will host West Deptford in the semifinal round at Count Basie Fields on Thursday.

RED BANK: STREET ART GETS QUALIFIED OK

rb mural 050115Street artist Elle, at left, with Metrovation’s Amanda Cheslock as Elle created a mural at the Anderson Building on May 1. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Red Bank’s transit hub may be getting a fresh splash of color from a well-known street artist.

Actually, three splashes, though it’s already got one: an on-the-spot piece that went up a bit prematurely earlier this month, at least by borough government standards.

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RBR ENCOURAGES AN ‘A’ IN EXCITING WAYS

sourceThe SOURCE director Suzanne Keller presented Red Bank Regional senior Riana Katz of Red Bank with a Chromebook laptop for scoring six A grades in the third marking period. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Fifty students from Red Bank Regional High School were recently treated to an Italian dinner at New Corner Pizzeria in Red Bank as part of a special “Encourage an A” academic incentive sponsored by The SOURCE, the in-school program at RBR.

Now in its 12th year, the incentive program presents gifts to students who earn A grades for the third marking period.

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RUMSON: CLOSING OUT A HISTORIC CAREER

IMG_1497Monmouth County Historical Association president Linda Bricker greets C. Glenn May, during a recent ceremony honoring his 30 years of service with the MCHA.

Press release from Monmouth County Historical Association

Close to 100 employees, board members, volunteers and friends were in attendance on May 12, during a ceremony honoring C. Glenn May upon his retirement after 30 years with The Monmouth County Historical Association, most recently as Senior Education Coordinator.

The event was held at the Rumson home of trustee Mark and Andrea Aikens. The couple welcomed everyone to their home; introducing MCHA president Linda Bricker (who served as mistress of ceremonies), Association director Dr. Evelyn C. Murphy, Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian Burry, as well as many other representatives of the board, staff and volunteers.

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RED BANK PUTTING COURT PLANS INTO PLAY

rb tennis 042515 4The courts haven’t been playable since they were swamped by the Navesink River during Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Three proposals for the future of Red Bank’s red clay tennis courts in Marine Park are scheduled for public airing later this month.

The borough council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, May 28, at the Red Bank Middle School for presentations of the three plans. Two of them include ambitious real estate development and river-oriented activities, while the third aims to keep the site as a tennis facility.

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LINCROFT: SPEAKING OF THE HARTSHORNES…

Press release from Monmouth County Historical Association

On the evening of Wednesday, May 27, The Monmouth County Historical Association welcomes historian Joseph W. Hammond for a free,  public-welcome talk on the Hartshorne family of Middletown, and the history of their large estate called Portland — a piece of property so vast that at one time it encompassed all land east of Atlantic Highlands between the Navesink River and Sandy Hook Bay, including Sandy Hook itself.

Part of the MCHA’s Historically Speaking Lecture Series, the 7 pm program will be hosted inside the Visitor Center at Thompson Park, the flagship headquarters of the Monmouth County Parks System at 805 Newman Springs Road in Lincroft.

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RFH TEAMS COMPETE IN ROBOT CHALLENGE

RobotThe members of “Team Mystery Gang” (Helena Van Hemmen, Jenny Greener, Leigh Forsyth) and “Team Transformers” (Matt Ramirez, Reed DiCenso, John Phelan, Jack Rallo) were among the teams from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional competing in the recent NJ Coast IEEE Robot Challenge.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Seven teams made up of students from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School competed — with one RFH team achieving a third place finish — during the recent New Jersey Coast IEEE Robot Challenge, hosted at the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College.

“Team Starlords,” composed of seniors JC Liang, David Mancuso and Liam Packer, was the top RFH finisher among more than 40 teams representing 15 New Jersey high schools. During the five-hour event on Saturday, May 2, each team was required to build a robot using a kit. The teams were judged on their robots’ performance in a race, and also on oral and written reports. The 28 RFH students who took part in the competition, the goal of which is to make students aware of the requirements and workplace challenges facing today’s professional engineers, were sponsored by the school’s Scientific Frontier Club.

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RUMSON GIRL ADVANCES IN JUNIOR OLYMPICS

Nicolette DeVito 051815Nicolette DeVito of Rumson placed first in the long jump and third in the 100-meter dash for girls 13 and 14 years old at the USA Track & Field Junior Olympics in Somerset on Sunday.

She will now advance to the USAT&F Regionals in each event in June.

Nicolette, who began running just two years ago and long jumping last year, is a seventh-grader at Forrestdale School, where she’s on the track team. She also loves lacrosse and plays for United Lacrosse in Little Silver.

LITTLE SILVER: MR. ZOOK’S OPUS

rbccspringconcertposter2015Red Bank Regional music teacher Kristopher Zook conducts a multi-generational assembly of voices in the world premiere of his original work VOICES OF CHANGE, Thursday at RBR. 

It’s an ambitious work that represents the human journey in song; one that draws from the words of poets, philosophers and public figures from Confucius, Ben Franklin and Winston Churchill, to Mother Teresa, Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama. It’s Voices of Change, an original oratorio composed by Red Bank area music educator Kristopher L. Zook — and it will be heard by a public audience for the first time this Thursday, May 21.

A presentation of the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School, the oratorio will be conducted by RBR faculty member Zook during the world premiere concert at the school auditorium. For the 7 pm event, the composer will be joined by a chamber orchestra, an allstar assembly of high school choirs and festival choirs, and special guest soloists from Kean University and NYC’s Metropolitan Opera.

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NEW BRIDGE OPENS JUST IN TIME FOR SUMMER

hubbard's 051815 3The first few cars of eastbound traffic head toward Red Bank over the the new West Front Street bridge between Red Bank and Middletown Monday morning. Below, Red Bank Marina owner Steve Remaley with Red Bank Councilman Mike DuPont.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

dupont remaley 051815Slightly over budget but on time, the new West Front Street bridge linking Red Bank and Middletown opened Monday morning, replacing a clanging “temporary” structure amid forecasts that it might last for 75 or more years.

Though cosmetic work on the bridge will continue for several weeks, the opening – on the cusp of the summer season, and with a temporary closure of the nearby Oceanic Bridge about to begin – marked a victory against a ticking clock, Freeholder Tom Arnone told redbankgreen.

“It was all-hands-on” to get the bridge open after a five-month closure, he said.

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RED BANK AREA SCHOOLS DOMINATE BASIES

BasiesStudent performers from over a dozen area schools are the stars of the show at Wednesday’s tenth annual Basie Awards.

Broadway has its well-established Tonys; Off Broadway its Obies — and every other branch of show business its various Grammys, Emmys, and Academys. And when the 10th annual Basie Awards roll out the red carpet in front of the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank Wednesday night they’ll be doing what they’ve done so well: honoring tomorrow’s talents in the performing arts, both on stage and behind the scenes.

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HUBBARD’S BRIDGE: NOT DONE, BUT READY

hubbard 051715 2 hubbard 051715 1As seen in these photos taken Sunday afternoon, the new Hubbard’s Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown still has a punchlist of unfinished details, such as the installation of decorative lamps, as seen at right. Still, the span is slated to open Monday with a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting on the Middletown side, Monmouth County officials said Friday.

Above is a view from the Middletown side, including a new “overheight vehicle” warning drivers of trucks and other large vehicles of the 10-foot, 11-inch trestle clearance on the Red Bank side that has claimed many a truck roof (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RBR BUC BACKERS AWARD $75K+ IN GRANTS

thebigcheckRBR Buc Backer President Paul Noglows presents Red Bank Regional Supervisor Peter Grandinetti with a very large check (symbolically and figuratively) for a special console to better operate the lights used during theatre performances and other school programs. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The Red Bank Regional (RBR) Buc Backer Foundation is composed of an active group of passionate parents who raise money and perform functions to support all aspects of student life at Red Bank Regional High School.  The fruits of their fund-raising efforts were recently exemplified by the granting of over $75,000 in eight teacher or administrator requested grants to the school district.

“Throughout the year, we raise funds to benefit all aspects of student life in supporting academic success, as well as athletic, artistic and extracurricular development,” explains RBR Buc Backer president Paul Noglows. “Many of these items just couldn’t be met within the constraints of RBR’s fiscally tight, tax-payer supported budget. So for instance, while the Board of Education did finance the construction of a new fitness room through their capital budget, we helped furnish that space with a $50,000 grant for sports equipment.”

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RFH: SWIKART’S ALL ABOUT THE ASSISTS

With the girls’ lacrosse squad of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional heading into the second round of the South Jersey Group 2 playoffs as the top seed, midfielder Jillian Swikart is clearly a standout. She scored seven goals as the Lady Bulldogs cruised to a third consecutive Shore Conference Tournament championship last week.

But Swikart – who managed the boys’ basketball team this winter – tells Shore Sports Zone that she gets more satisfaction from assists than from scoring herself. Watch for yourself.

The team faces Somerville in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.

RBC ADVANCES IN SCT BASEBALL TOURNEY

Red Bank Catholic edged Toms River South, 4-3, at Count Basie Fields to advance in the Shore Conference Tournament Saturday. The Caseys will face top-seed Colts Neck in the quarterfinal round. Shore Sports Zone has the highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

NEW BRIDGE OPENS TO FOOT TRAFFIC & BIKES

hubbard 051615 2 hubbard 051615 3 An unofficial count put runner Julie Buffardi of Red Bank, above, as the fourth pedestrian to cross the new Hubbard’s Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown after it was opened to pedestrians and bicyclists Saturday afternoon.

The span is slated to open Monday with a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting on the Middletown side, Monmouth County officials said Friday.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

NEW BRIDGE TO OPEN MONDAY… OR SOONER?

HUBBARD 051515 hubbard  plan 2008After nearly five months of detours affecting thousands of commuters, the new Hubbard’s Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown is slated to open Monday with a 10 a.m. ribbon cutting on the Middletown side, Monmouth County officials said Friday.

A worker on the site told redbankgreen that the new span – shown at right in red, just north of the “temporary” bridge it replaces – may open to traffic on Sunday. But Red Bank police Chief Darren McConnell that he was unaware of any plans for an early opening.  (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: MARKET OPENS SUNDAY

rb farm mkt 061514 12 rb farm mkt 061514 16A week later than its customary Mother’s Day opening, the Red Bank Farmers’ Market returns Sunday to kick off its 16th run through summer and fall.

Among the returning vendors – but not right away – is the nationally regarded Cinnamon Snail vegan food truck, which recently lost its rights to do curbside business in New York City over permitting issues. The Snail’s return to the farm market was uncertain, but a post on the farm market’s Facebook page says the truck is expected to be back “later this month.”

Pets are no longer allowed at the market, which is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Galleria, at West Front Street and Shrewsbury Avenue.(Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

SEA BRIGHT: FINDING GOLD(FISH) AT THE FAIR

sb fair 051415 2sb fair 051415 1 A gaggle of girls celebrated their goldfish prizes at a stand at the Sea Bright Firemen’s Fair on opening Thursday. The event, which features a Ferris wheel, continues through Sunday in the former Peninsula House lot on Ocean Avenue. All proceeds go to benefit Sea Bright Fire Rescue and the borough’’s recreation repartment. More info here. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

AUTHORITIES_RB3The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of  May 7 to May 14, 2015. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Theft occurring at Carmen Place residence on 5-7-15. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole cash from bedroom dresser. Ptl. Sean Hauschildt.

Criminal Mischief occurring at Carmen Place residence on 5-7-15. Victim reported that unknown person(s) keyed parked vehicle. Ptl. Kristin Altimari

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RED BANK: WTF? UPS ITS OWN CHALLENGE

unterman orderingJason Unterman keeping the lunch tab low at Jr’s Burgers in Red Bank. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumWhether it’s sticking to locally-sourced produce or trying to avoid gluten, it’s not uncommon for people to set food-related goals.

As previously reported by PieHole, Jason Unterman has imposed another kind of limit on himself: eating at a different lunch spot somewhere on the Greater Red Bank Green every week, and trying to keep the tab under $10. But the developer at Red Bank-based Defined Logic has managed to lead his colleagues on more than 200 such outings, and has the blog to prove it.

Now, with some changes to the endeavor he calls WTF? –  for Where’s the Food? – Unterman met with PieHole at Jr’s Burgers on West Front Street recently to share some of the wisdom he’s gleaned after all those restaurant meals.

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LITTLE SILVER TO OPEN COMMUNITY GARDEN

ls garden 051315 1Little Silver gets down and dirty Saturday with the opening of its community garden, located on Harrison Avenue behind the Parker Homestead on the approach to Sickle’s Market. With a ribbon cutting ceremony scheduled for 10 a.m., the borough joins neighboring towns of Fair Haven, Red Bank and Shrewsbury as a place with a centralized growing spot for its residents.

Plot holders are charged $50 for the season, and four ADA-compliant plots were still available earlier this week. For more information, email littlesilvercommunitygardens [at] gmail.com. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

LITTLE SILVER: FIRE DAMAGES HOME

lsfd 051415The fire as it appeared on arrival by borough volunteers, above, and from the same angle about 35 minutes later, below. (Photo above by Chief Peter Giblin, below by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

ls fire 051415 3Fire caused extensive damage to a Little Silver home late Thursday night.

Volunteer firefighters answered the 10:59 p.m. alarm to find the exterior deck and rear first floor of the house at 3 Laurie Drive “fully engulfed,” fire Chief Pete Giblin told redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: THIS IS OUR FOODSTOCK

rbms watermelon 081414Homegrown watermelons aren’t promised, but the grounds of Red Bank Middle School will once again the setting for Foodstock, the annual community party and food drive presented on Saturday by Lunch Break. (Archive photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

foodstock_flyer_2015It’s a 100,000-Pound Challenge, and no,it’s not a townwide weight-loss promotion, but an endeavor give our community’s neediest neighbors access to some healthy calories.

Organized by the borough-based nonprofit Lunch Break, the 2015 edition of Foodstock brings the community food drive back to Red Bank Middle School Saturday for a morning and afternoon of refreshments, live entertainment and children’s activities.

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