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RED BANK: BACKUP WATER SUPPLY ON TABLE

rb water well 102215 1Construction underway last month on a lime feeder room at the DPU complex on Chestnut Street. The new well would be to located at the building’s far corner. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Red Bank may soon be getting a new water source, though officials hope not to need it.

The borough council has scheduled a single-issue special meeting Monday night to consider whether to authorize its engineering consultant, T&M Associates, to draw up plans for a new, 750-foot well at the Chestnut Street public utilities complex.

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LITTLE SILVER: HARRASSMENT SUIT SETTLED

carolyn kossack 090612Superintendent Carolyn Kossack, seen here in 2012.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03The Little Silver Board of Education has approved a proposed settlement of a lawsuit against Superintendent Carolyn Kossack alleging same-sex sexual harassment and wrongful termination.

The case involved allegations by JoAnn Riley, of Edison, who claimed she was just four months into her job as a $105,000-a-year special services supervisor when she was abruptly fired.

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RED BANK: WRITE PLACE, WRITE TIME

project write nowProject Write Now invites the public to an unveiling of its expanded Bridge Avenue space on December 1, capping a Giving Poetry Tuesday celebration of the community’s words and voices.

It’s a unique little event that unfolds over the course of a late-autumn weekday in Red Bank, taking place at various locations around town (train station, library, hospital, classroom), and involving the participation of people ranging from Mayor Pasquale Menna and volunteer emergency responders to staffers from Lunch Break and students from the borough’s schools.

It’s Giving Poetry Tuesday, a “celebration of Red Bank’s voices” that finds people from all walks of local life taking part in a collaborative community poetry reading between the hours of 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1. Organized by Project Write Now, the initiative is an engagingly interactive lead-in to the borough-based nonprofit’s main event: an evening open house unveiling of its new, expanded studio space at 25 Bridge Avenue.

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SANTA’S COMING TO SHREWSBURY BORO

Santa ShrewsPress release from Shrewsbury Recreation

Santa will be making his annual visit to Shrewsbury families on Sunday, December 13, from 3 until 6 pm. He will gladly spend a few minutes chatting with your children, posing for pictures, and delivering a small gift.

Those families wishing to participate in this annual tradition are asked to drop off their gifts at the Shrewsbury Fire Department (783 Broad Street) on Saturday, December 12 between noon and 6 pm.

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RFH TEACHER GETS NEA GRANT FOR CUBA TRIP

gaussRumson-Fair Haven Regional Spanish teacher Christina Gauss (center) will be traveling to Cuba this January, as part of an education project funded by a grant from the NEA.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Christina Gauss, a faculty member at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, is the recipient a Learning and Leadership Grant from the National Education Association, that will allow her to travel to Cuba in January 2016.

The awarding of the $2,000 Grant to the RFH Spanish teacher was based on her proposal entitled “Cuba: One Year Later,” in reference to the time that has passed since U.S. President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro announced their “normalization” plan. The grant will allow Gauss and fellow educators to participate in a Witness for Peace Delegation in Cuba, hosted by the People to People Organization.

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RED BANK: BIG SHOW POWERS UP SEASON

112715holidayexp44112715holidayexp47Thousands of revelers enjoyed the music, warm weather and fake snow as Holiday Express kicked off another holiday season at the Red Bank Town Lighting Friday night. redbankgreen was there as Santa and Mrs. Claus, Bobby Bandiera and Miss Teen New Jersey set the crowd dancing. Check out our photos by clicking “read more” below. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)
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MIDDLETOWN: RUNNING OFF THE TURKEY

nav-111-704x454Continuing a late-autumn tradition, Jersey Shore Running Club hosts the Navesink Challenge, the 15th annual edition of which hits the leaf-laden hills and dales of Middletown on Sunday, November 29. (photo from runjersey.com)

It happens this time each November; a recreational event that occurs long after the last of the extended-summer excursions on the greater Green, and yet too early for the first Polar Bear Plunge of the new year. It’s the annual Navesink Challenge — and even those who aren’t serious competitive runners can appreciate this stand-alone outdoor activity that doesn’t come equipped with funny sweaters, caroling kiddies, and complimentary cups of hot chocolate.

When the Jersey Shore Running Club presents the 15th edition of its late-autumn race day this Sunday, November 29, it will take once more to the wooded and leaf-laden trails of Bodman Park, located off Navesink River Road in Middletown — and it will give once more to a great local cuase: the programs of the Middletown Youth Athletic Association.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? CRISPY FISH AND CHIPS

112515chowda1Fish and chips from Chowda House. Below, the always helpful Tish Mancia at the takeout counter.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

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The Chowda House, just across Bridge Avenue from the Red Bank train station, makes some fantastic clam chowder, which also happens to be the hottest takeout item on the menu, waitress Tish Mancia tells PieHole.

But the fish and chips, we’re told, is the second-most ordered item — and according to many PieHole readers, the best fried fish in the area.

We take claims such as this seriously, and went to investigate for ourselves.
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RED BANK: HORSES, HARMONIES AND MORE

112914 horseride3Why go buggy navigating the malls, when you can enjoy Red Bank from an old-fashioned horse and carriage?

As surely as Black Friday nips at the heels of Thanksgiving Thursday, so too does Small Business Saturday get an electrified head start with the first flash of Friday night’s Town Lighting extravaganza in downtown Red Bank.

And when the shop-local showcase promotion returns Saturday, it will herald a day of special holiday-themed features that continue every weekend through December 20 — a slate of Santa sightings, scavenger hunts, horsey rides, harmonizing performers, mobile mannequins and more; all designed to enhance the hustle and bustle of the shopping experience here in the business blocks of the area’s undisputed Capital of Christmastime.

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BUCS STILL PERFECT; BULLDOGS STOPPED

Undefeated Red Bank Regional continued its winning ways on Thursday, taking its traditional Thanksgiving Day game at home against Long Branch, 35-12. Alim Godsey and Sadiq Palmer had two two touchdowns apiece for the Buccaneers.

Meantime, Rumson-Fair Haven Bulldogs fell to Shore Regional at home, 20-14.

Shore Sports Zone has all the video highlights of those two games and more

The Bucs (11-0) and the Bulldogs (9-2) will meet in Piscataway on December 5 for the Central Jersey Group 3 championship.

 (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

RBR SEEKS VOLUNTEERS FOR FASHION SHOW

ScholarshipstudentsLeft to right: Monica Urena, Jocelyn Rojas, Mariela Reyes, Veronica Perez, Itzel Perez and Carlos Aparicio were among the Red Bank Regional students who were present at last year’s Latino Scholarship Fashion Show, and who benefitted from the fundraiser which greatly supplements their college tuition. Volunteers are sought to help run the 2016 show, which takes place on Sunday, February 21 at the Oyster Point Hotel.

“I have my Associates Degree in Psychology and Political Science because I love the community and want to help the people in it. None of this would have been possible without the Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship.” Brookdale graduate, Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) alumna and current New Jersey City University Undergraduate student, Itzel Perez.

“Immigrants come to this country to find their dream and to better themselves…. If not for these people, I don’t know where I would be.” Brookdale graduate and RBR alumnus Andres Perez 

“I benefited from this wonderful, wonderful opportunity, and thank you for making my academic journey possible.” RBR alumnus, Brookdale graduate and current New Jersey City University undergraduate Carlos Aparicio.

These are three of dozens of grateful Red Bank Regional High School immigrant students who realized their dream of attending college, only because of the generous scholarship provided by the Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship for over a decade. One of the main events that support the fund is the Andrew Kroon Memorial Fashion Show, which takes place on Sunday, February 21, 2016, at the Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank. It features fabulous gift baskets, a 50-50 raffle, an accessories boutique and local shop fashions modeled by RBR students.

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AN EXPEDITION FOR FAIR HAVEN KIDS

google fhPress release from Fair Haven School District

Thanks to a partnership between Google and the Fair Haven School District, students from Viola L. Sickles and Knollwood Schools enjoyed a recent a “virtual reality” field trip experience, courtesy of an event showcasing Google Expeditions. The schools were among the first chosen for beta testing, from a wait list of approximately 6,500 schools.

Google Expeditions associates visited both schools on November 17 to introduce Expeditions to students in grades one through eight. Expeditions is a program that Google has created — using a cardboard viewing device, smartphones, and the Google Expeditions app — to create a virtual experience of places and activities. Google views Expeditions as the “next level” in learning, since students can actively engage in the lesson.

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RED BANK: LIGHTS UP ON HOLIDAY SEASON

holiday-express-2010-2Tim McLoone (below) and Holiday Express sound the keynote for another silver-bells season on the sidewalks of Red Bank with a free concert and Town Lighting ceremony Friday night. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge) 

timmclooneHe’s the leader of the band and founder of the winter-wonderland wall of sound known as Holiday Express. As such, Tim McLoone is also the conductor of a festive freight-train that each year carries its message of community and caring to the places that almost no one wants to think about — not even during the holidays.

And every Black Friday evening, McLoone is a conductor of electricity — when he and the big band sound the keynote and flip the switch on a season of sights and Santa-fied activities that make Red Bank the area’s undisputed Capital of Christmastime.

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RED BANK: YOUR 15 MINUTES HAVE ARRIVED

rb white meter 112415One of the new 15-minute meters on Broad Street, near White Street(Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

LicPlate1Street meters, off-street meters, permits, kiosks, an app: now, add one more element to the Red Bank parking mix.

The borough recently installed nine white meters on downtown streets to enable shoppers to park for just 15 minutes, at 25 cents a pop.

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FAIR HAVEN: KICK-STARTING SEASON’S SPIRIT

KickDanceHolidayGivingPress release from Kick Dance Studios

In a partnership designed to help local families in need this holiday season, KICK Dance Studios is teaming up with Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation (LGEF) to host Black Friday Shop-N-Drop Parties at its Fair Haven location, 611 River Road.

From 2 to 4 pm on November 27, boys and girls ages 4 to 11 can boogie down to Taylor Swift in a dance off, complete with costumes and prizes, or participate in a Lego build off. Each of these activities is perfect for both boys and girls. The cost is $25 per dancer (or $50 per family), and all proceeds going to the Fair Haven-based Life Guard foundation and its programs of support for community members who are facing severe economic hardships.

It’s a continuation of a partnership that saw Kick Dance help support LGEF with a Thanksgiving food drive, collecting much-need food items for Thanksgiving baskets to give to local families this holiday season. Dancers collected items like grocery store gift cards, canned goods, stuffing and mashed potatoes, and other Thanksgiving food for families in need.

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RED BANK: BIG SMILES FOR LITTLE NEIGHBORS

LunchBreakEvery year, the Red Bank-based nonprofit Lunch Break provides toys, books, clothing, gift cards and other items to local needy children and their families through the annual Adopt A Family Holiday Toy Program — and here in 2015, over 2000 children have registered for the endeavor about which Lunch Break says, “through the delivery of Christmas toys, where there might not be any otherwise, together we can break the cycle of poverty.” So far, kind donors have sponsored nearly 200 children — and additional donors are needed to bring smiles to he other 1,800 children hoping for a toy this holiday season. All children, regardless of financial status, race, or religion are deserving of a holiday toy, which can mean everything to them. A new toy provides fun and brings a sense of pride in having something of their very own — so click here to donate and help bring a big smile to a little child in need.

LITTLE SILVER: RBR WARNS OF BOOZE & DRUGS

rbr v cn 091815 3RBR quarterback Jack Navitsky on the run against Colts Neck in a home game in September. (Photo courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

By JOHN T. WARD

just_in1Heading into a championship football game early next month and hoping to “avert a tragedy,” Red Bank Regional officials are warning students about drug and alcohol use following several incidents of severe intoxication at home games this season.

In a “letter to parents” posted on Twitter by principal Risa Clay and on the school website late Tuesday afternoon, interim Superintendent Thomas Pagano wrote that Little Silver police, as well as school security personnel and administrators “have had to intervene and assist intoxicated students who had consumed alcohol either prior to or during football games on school grounds” this season.

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LINCROFT: ON THE GREEN FOR GOOD CAUSES

curchin open 111015 5curchin open 111015 7Once a year, the CPAs at the Curchin Group in Lincroft take off their green eyeshades and get a little silly, setting up a miniature golf course among their cubicles and offices. And as always, the 10th annual edition of the Curchin Open, held earlier this month, was also highly beneficial for two charities — in this case, Lunch Break and Monmouth Day Care Center, both of Red Bank, which will share in the record $16,500 raised from attendees. 

redbankgreen was there to document the fun, which included a packed clubhouse bar, a buffet and games. Be sure to click the “read more” for additional photos. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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SHREWSBURY POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of November 12 to November 22, 2015.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY2Crime Reports

Criminal Attempt reported by a female in the area of 830 Broad St on 11/12/2015. Ptl. Tracy Polk investigating.

A report of Credit Card Fraud was reported by a male at Police Headquarters on 11/12/2015. Ptl. Ralph Latham investigating.

A report of Forgery/Theft was made by a male at Police Headquarters on 11/12/2015. Ptl. Tracy Polk investigating.

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RUMSON MAN LANDS RHODES SCHOLARSHIP

By JOHN T. WARD

Evan Soltas 112315 2A 22-year-old Rumson resident was among 32 Americans chosen Saturday for a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University in England.

A senior economics major at Princeton— and former redbankgreen summer intern — Evan Soltas (seen at right) said he plans to use the two-year opportunity, worth $100,000, to refine his pursuit of economic truths and falsehoods underlying government policies.

“I’m still in shock, like, 48 hours later,” he told redbankgreen on Monday. “I’m totally thrilled, but in the moment, there was something of a panic attack. You don’t really believe it.”

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RED BANK: WEEKLY BULK PICKUPS OK’D

delisa 090315Residents will now be able to put their bulk waste out with regular household trash once a week. But there are rules. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Red Bank residents will no longer have to wait weeks — or the entire winter — for so-called bulk waste pickup days.

Under a change approved by the borough council Monday night, those old mattresses, sofas and other large items can go to the curb once a week, rather than once a month between April and November.

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RBR TACKLES HUNGER AT THE BIG GAME

RBR_football_food_driveRed Bank Regional students Liam Joyce, Jack Navitsky and Devon Barnes (all from Shrewsbury) display the food collections made in honor of the big Thanksgiving Day football Game of RBR versus Long Branch. Anyone attending the game will receive free admittance if they bring non-perishable food  items at the game entrance.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

A new tradition will meet the old, as football fans who donate a non-perishable food item will receive free admission to the football game between Red Bank Regional High School and Long Branch High School this Thanksgiving. The traditional matchup — one of the longest-running in the Shore area — will take place on Thanksgiving Day, November 26. Kickoff is at 10 am at RBR, and all who donate—parents, children, students, RBR fans, Long Branch fans — will get in for free.

All the food collected will be donated to the Salvation Army of Red Bank, an organization that assists people in over 30 area towns, explained English teacher Cassandra Dorn, who helped initiate RBR’s fifth Football Food Drive.

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RUMSON: “A LOVE AFFAIR WITH TREES”

Press release from Rumson Garden Club

On Tuesday, December 8, the Rumson Garden Club hosts Rutgers Gardens director Bruce Crawford in a special public lecture entitled “A Designer’s Love Affair With Trees.”  Scheduled for 6 pm at Bingham Hall (40 Bingham Avenue in Rumson, the free lecture is open to the public.

An adjunct professor in the Landscape Architecture Department at Rutgers University, Crawford supervises the official botanic garden at the school’s New Brunswick campus. In addition to managing, designing and developing the 180 acres of the Rutgers Gardens, he teaches and shares his love of fun and unusual plants with students, garden clubs, Master Gardeners, community groups and Rutgers Gardens visitors.

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RED BANK: WINTER WIZARDRY, PROG SPRING

SteveHackettFormer Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett (above) brings a career-retrospective tour to the Count Basie Theatre tonight, while the back-from-Siberia Wizards of Winter (below) share a holiday prog-rock opera on Saturday, November 28.

wizardsPROG! Your friendly neighborhood indie-rock music snob can tell you that this most technique-happy of subgenres is one of the Four P’s (with Punk, Pop, and Psych) that make their collectible-vinyl world go ’round — and on this week of Thanksgiving, our Count Basie Theatre bridges the seasons of Fall and Fa-La-La, in bombastically bookending “progressive rock” style.

It begins this very night, November the 23rd, with a rare area gig by a rock-guitar virtuoso who made his name with Genesis, back during that British band’s highly theatrical, fantasy-infused era of epic-length storysongs and mini-rock operas. Staying on with the group for two albums following the departure of original frontman Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett would follow suit right on the cusp of the Phil Collins-led trio’s breakout into pop-chart world domination. Hackett, however, had his own proggy path to pursue, through dozens of solo albums, collaborations (including a surprise trip to the Billboard Top 20 with the short-lived supergroup GTR) and tributes to the baroquely busy glory days of his old band — and for his 8 pm stop on a big North American tour, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer presents a program that juxtaposes a 40 year cross-section of his solo work (from 1975’s Acolyte to 2015’s Wolflight) and a selection of Genesis chestnuts that include generous portions of that classic lineup’s magnum opus The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Aiding and abetting Hackett will be vocalist Nad Sylvan, plus Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums), Roine Stolt (bass) and Rob Townsend (saxes and flutes). Take it here for tickets ($25 – $75) — and turn the record over for more.

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RED BANK: TREE GETS PARKED & TRIMMED

rb christmas tree 112215rb tree 112315A crane lowered this year’s Red Bank Town Tree into place in Riverside Gardens Park Saturday, as seen in this reader photo taken from the Riverview Towers high-rise.

At right, trimming of the tree got underway Monday morning.

The 30-foot tree was donated by the D’Innocenzio family of Middletown, according to Red Bank RiverCenter, which arranged for the donation and installation.  (Photo at right by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)