LITTLE SILVER: FIVE BUCS FOR THE WIN

RBRAthletessignDuring a recent signing session at Red Bank Regional High School, six RBR Bucs student athletes signed up to play college sports at the schools they will be attending next year. Pictured are (back row, left to right) Jon Pierce of Shrewsbury, Susquehanna University Lacrosse; Madison Wood of Little Silver, Fairleigh Dickinson University Girls Lacrosse; Claudio LoBriaco of Shrewsbury, Swarthmore College Baseball; (front row, left to right)  Lauren Sapone of Little Silver, Dartmouth Cross Country and Track, and Nicholas Massa of Shrewsbury, Manhattan College Baseball.

RUMSON DADS, DAUGHTERS ARE THERE TO HELP

fatheranddaughtermissionLast month, Red Bank Regional freshman Mara Campolattaro and her father helped organize a humanitarian mission, during which a group of seven Rumson daughters and dads brought fresh water to an impoverished village in the Dominican Republic. (photos by Tim Orr)

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

For years, Mara Campolattaro of Rumson had asked her dad, eye surgeon Dr. Brian Campolattaro, to take her on one of his trips to Latin America, where he performed mission surgery as a pediatric ophthalmologist with the ILAC (Institute for Latin American Concern) organization. When Mara — a freshman at the Red Bank Regional High School Visual and Performing Arts Academy — turned 14, he acquiesced, inviting her on a humanitarian mission to the Dominican Republic.

The Campolattaros soon got inspired to invite six of Mara’s Rumson friends — Paige Borden, Caroline Healey, Hannah Horan, Annabel Morris, Maddie Orr and Olivia Turi, all freshmen at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School — as well as their dads. The girls named themselves and the mission “HereToHelp,” and with the assistance of the ILAC, the team set about identifying a village that was in need of their energies.

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SHREWSBURY: BOROUGH’S ‘STORY’ UPDATED

burden gefken 112315 3Mayor Don Burden and co-author Rick Geffken at the Shrewsbury Municipal Complex. The Bonanno Farm on Sycamore Avenue, preserved under an easement, is visible in the background. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

story of shrewsbury 112315 2The 350-year history of Shrewsbury Borough, a vestige of a vast township that once extended from Raritan Bay to Little Egg Harbor, has a new chapter.

With the tiny borough getting ready to celebrate the 90th anniversary of its incorporation in 2016, two avid amateur historians — Rick Geffken and Mayor Don Burden — last month debuted a new edition to the definitive history of the town, adding in information on the past half-century of rapid transformation.

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SHREWSBURY POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of November 23 to December 3, 2015.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY2Crime Reports

Theft reported by a female in the area of Obre Place on 11/23/2015. Caller reporting 5 laptops taken sometime between 7/30/2015 & 11/20/2015. Det. Sgt. James Ramsey investigating.

A report of Assault was reported by a female at Police Headquarters on 11/24/2015. Ptl. Joseph Barnicle investigating.

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FAIR HAVEN: JOYS IN THE ‘HOOD

shop-the-neighborhood-flyerThe vocals/ keyboard and guitar duo of Emma Singleton and Rogan McGarvey joins other young musicians in performance as Fair Haven hosts a first-ever Shop the Neighborhood event this Thursday.

FH Holiday Stroll logoIt’s called Shop the Neighborhood — and here on the Greater Red Bank Green, the midweek offering from the folks at the Fair Haven Business Association represents something shiny and new in December’s merry mix.

Taking place this Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m., the promotion finds a majority of the borough’s retail businesses — all of them located along a strollable stretch of River Road — keeping special extended hours as an “added festive event for older kids and adults.” A range of giveaways, raffles and special discounts will be featured by the community’s shops, eateries and service providers — and as added incentive, the FHBA will be running complimentary “HollyTrolley” shuttle service to participating locations.

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LITTLE SILVER: A WALK IN THEIR SHOES

RFH shoesPress release from Red Bank Regional High School

Parents who arrived at the most recent Buc Backer Foundation meeting at Red Bank Regional High School were greeted by an unexpected sight: a queue of shoes, lining the walls and snaking around the halls to their meeting room.

The shoes, as the parents soon found out, were part of a presentation that was designed by the founder of the nonprofit Attitudes In Reverse (AIR), to create a haunting but poignant statement on the topic of suicide.

The display featured some 233 pairs of shoes, representing the number of young people in New Jersey who took their lives in just the two years between 2010 and 2012. The project was coordinated by the Buc Backer Foundation in conjunction with The SOURCE, RBR’s School Based Youth Services Program.

Suicide has grown to be the second cause of death for young people aged 15 to 24 in the United States. Every 15 minutes someone commits suicide, while every 40 seconds someone attempts it.  According to the AIR website, “Unless you have walked IN THEIR SHOES you would never know the overwhelming feeling of sadness, anxiety and hopelessness that cause hundreds of young people to end their lives.”

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FAIR HAVEN ENVISIONS FUTURE OF SCHOOLS

FH schoolsFair Haven Police Sergeant Jesse Dykstra, Knollwood School eighth grader Joey Laughinghouse and Sickles School Library Media Services Specialist June Sustick discuss goals for the future of the school district.

Press release from Fair Haven School District

Fair Haven community members collaborated in a unique way at a recent Strategic Planning Workshop tied to the future success of the school district. The workshop entitled “Defining Action Steps” was held on December 1 at Knollwood School, and facilitated by Dr. Charles Ivory and Dr. Gerard Woehr of the nonprofit Education Information and Resource Center (EIRC).

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RED BANK: INTRO TO CODING FOR TWEENS

kenny katzgrau 083113Web developer Kenny Katzgrau says even fourth-graders can begin to code after a bit of instruction. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

The idea of computer code may be daunting to many adults. But kids are quick to pick up on the logic underlying the dominant technologies of our time, says Red Bank resident and web developer Kenny Katzgrau, who will lead an Intro to Coding class for kids aged 10 to 14 years old at the borough Public Library this Thursday afternoon. 

The primary goal of the 90-minute session, says Katzgrau, is to spark interest in what can be a hobby or the basis of a lucrative career.

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RED BANK: BIZ INCUBATOR SEEKS IDEAS

studio red bank 103015 2Studio Red Bank team members Gordon Forsyth, Erin Largey and Rob Arace. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Got an idea for a business, but don’t know how to bring it to life?

Defined Logic, a Red Bank company that specializes in leveraging digital technology for large and medium-sized enterprises, recently launched an incubator to help Monmouth County residents test the viability of their dream businesses, even if they’re barely a gleam in the eye.

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LINCROFT: BIG WORDS ON CAMPUS

Tim_SeiblesAward-winning poet Tim Seibles (above) and best selling author/graphic novelist Mat Johnson (below) wrap up this season’s Visiting Writers program at Brookdale tonight.

mat_johnsonA poet and a graphic novelist walk into a room — and for tonight’s final entry in the fall 2015 series of Visiting Writers events on the Lincroft campus, Brookdale Community College sets up a double-header event that hits the holiday-break interlude on a high note.

Featured is Tim Seibles, whose five volumes of verse have won him accolades from his peers (and, in the case of Fast Animal, placed him squarely in the running for no less an honor than the National Book Award).

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RFH STUDENTS GET REAL-WORLD EXPERIENCE

rfh peruRumson-Fair Haven juniors Mariah Parsons, Megan Volker, and Abby Drummond are pictured with new friends, during their volunteer stint at an orphanage in Peru.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Between October 31 and November 11, two groups of students and chaperones from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School took a closer look at the culture and languages of two far-off lands — by traveling to China and Peru, as part of World Language Immersion trips organized by RFH faculty member Michel Salazar.

Making the trip to Peru were 30 students and six chaperones – including Salazar, RFH Principal Dr. Tracy Handerhan, and World Language Teachers Christina Gauss, Daniella Goodarz, Seth Herman, and Yannell Maglione. The student contingent included sophomores Juliana Balaban-Kroll, Sebastian Buckley, Julia Handerhan, Brian Incremona Jr., Leo Maita, and Emma Singleton; juniors Abigail Drummond, Olivia Flippo, Julia Gagliano, Giavana Hanna, Mariah Parsons, Emily Ross, Jane Russo, Natalie Santos, Brittany Schmell, Paige Venancio, Isabella Vernon, Megan Volker, and Emily Weis; and seniors Emily Boak, Tess Chandler, Heather Culver, Kelly Danaher, Jordanna Drazin, Maren Gierlatowicz, Meghan O’Connor, Jenna Sandoli, Katherine Sustick, and Christina Tardiff.

RFH students traveling to China included sophomores Jessica Browne, Jenna Hawke, Nicholas Longo, Henry Manelski, Peter Maris, Camryn Pecyno, Lily Perrine, John Presti, Emma Singleton, and Christopher Steinhacker; juniors Katherine Amendola, Amanda Keighron, Julia Klem, Emily Oberlander, Avery Wall, and John Woods III; and seniors Sharon Brownstein, Colin Courchesne, Kevin Gallagher, Willis Manelski, Gabrielle Ramirez, and Isabelle Slavin. The 22 students were accompanied by four chaperones – RFH English Teacher Kathryn Borsuk, Superintendent Dr. Peter Righi, and World Language Teachers Rebecca Wang and Matthew Yang.

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FAIR HAVEN WELCOMES NEW PRINCIPAL

Press release from Fair Haven School District

AmyAfter serving as Assistant Principal for the Rumson School District since 2013, Amy Romano will soon be featured in a new role as principal of Knollwood School in Fair Haven. Romano’s hiring was made official at the November 18 meeting of the Fair Haven Board of Education, and she will step into her new assignment in January 2016, at the conclusion of winter recess.

Romano has served as Assistant Principal in the neighboring Rumson School District since 2013.

Prior to her post in Rumson, Romano (pictured with Fair Haven Superintendent of Schools Nelson Ribon at the November 18 meeting) taught various grade levels for ten years in the Plainfield and Howell school districts. She served as Lead Teacher in the Howell schools for two years, coaching teachers on instructional strategies and curriculum. Romano also stepped in as Principal of Rumson’s Forrestdale School, during the maternity leave of current Principal Jennifer Gibbons.

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R-FH ENDS RBR’S DREAM WITH THIRD TITLE

rfh v rbr 120515 2rfh v rbr 120515 4Quarterback Michael O’Connor, above, led Rumson-Fair Haven Regional to its third straight state football championship as the Bulldogs ended Red Bank Regional’s undefeated string 21-0 at Rutgers in Piscataway Saturday night.

Shore Sports Zone has all the video highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

WITH THIRD TITLE, R-FH ENDS RBR’S DREAM

Defense carried the day as Rumson-Fair Haven Regional defeated Red Bank Regional 21-0 for the NJSIAA Central Group 3 championship at Rutgers in Piscataway Saturday night.

On the offensive side, Bulldogs running back Bryan Hess scored two touchdowns and quarterback Michael O’Connor scored the third in what O’Connor later told Shore Sports Zone was a “ground and pound” campaign. But the Dawg defense also pounded the Bucs, keeping star wide receiver Sadiq Palmer out of the end zone and forcing turnovers.

For the Bulldogs, it was the third straight state championship; for the Bucs, the end of an improbable 11-0 season as they tried to capture their first state title since 1975. Shore Sports Zone was there to capture all the highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

AUTHORITIES_RB3The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of November 19 to December 3, 2015. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief occurring on 11-21-15 at the White Street Parking Lot. Victim reported that unknown person(s) keyed the rear passenger side of parked vehicle. Ptl. Ashon Lovick.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 11-26-15 at English Plaza Parking Lot. Victim reported that passenger side mirror was broken on her parked vehicle by unknown subject(s). Ptl. Jorge Torres.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 11-29-15 at White Street business. Owner reported that unknown person(s) broke the store front window. Ptl. David Smith Read More »

SEA BRIGHT: ALL-WELCOME WEEKEND AT UMC

Sea Bright United MethodistSea Bright United Methodist is the place to be this weekend for the official dedication of the relocated Sea Bright Public Library on Saturday, plus a Christmas Cantata and free community dinner on Sunday. 

Even as the people of Sea Bright got to work putting their beloved borough back together in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, the loss of the town’s permanent public library continued to leave a hole in the heart of community life.

While the library’s circa-1976 J.W. Ross Cultural Arts Center building — razed amid some controversy in early 2014, as reported here on redbankgreen — sustained relatively light damage in comparison to other hard-hit neighboring structures, the decision was made to temporarily relocate rather than restore. This past summer saw the “small, friendly” Sea Bright Library open its doors inside the host walls of United Methodist Church at 1104 Ocean Avenue — and this Saturday, the borough officially cuts the ribbon, in an all-welcome event that boasts a bonus helping of seasonal cheer.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? FAST FOOD, GREEK STYLE

112715greekeats1A plate of rotisserie chicken at Greek Eats comes with pita bread and a variety of  sides. A gyro, below, loaded with fillings, including french fries.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

112715greekeats6That old line about having fast food “your way” can definitely be applied to the newest restaurant on Newman Springs Road on the Shrewsbury-Red Bank border.

Greek Eats, located in a high-ceilinged, industrially-styled space on the former site of Memory Bowling, is the brainchild of George, Charlie and Taso Lyristis, brothers and owners of Teak and the Bistro in Red Bank.

But if decor and the fun, blue-eyed logo — a protector against the evil eye —  don’t pull you in, the opportunity to grab some authentic Greek grub certainly should.

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RED BANK: CAR HITS HOUSE; DWI CHARGED

rb car v house 120415Residents of 144 Spring Street in Red Bank got a jolt at about 12:15 Friday morning when a vehicle plowed into their house, at the corner of Elm Place, causing extensive structural damage but no injuries. Borough police and fire volunteers responded, getting help from Middletown’s special services in shoring up the foundation, said police Chief Darren McConnell.

The driver, 53-year-old borough resident Don Rotolo, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, said McConnell.  (Reader photo Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: GARMANY STAFF TAKES IT ALL OFF

Garmany shave-offIt’s an initiative that began at the top of the previous month, when the entire male staff of the Broad Street landmark Garmany of Red Bank made a solemn pledge to spurn the razor — and this Saturday, December 5, “No Shave November” officially comes to a close, when the high-end clothier hosts a Shave-Off Saturday Holiday Event in honor of its late founder, Laureano “Larry” Garmany.

The 2015 holiday season marks the first since the July passing of the Cuban immigrant whose name adorns the 40,000 square foot former Steinbach department store — and who famously brought high-end retail (and lured no less a name than Tiffany & Co.) to a small town not so long ago derided as “Dead Bank.” Between the hours of noon and 6 pm, the men of Garmany take it all off (with the help of a “gentleman’s pop-up shaving salon” established for the occasion by The Art of Shaving), in a promotion supporting the work of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

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RED BANK: ZONERS ZAP RAYRAP PLAN

bill brooks 120315 2Resident Bill Brooks studies a RayRap exhibit prior to the zoning board hearing. Below, a rendering of the proposed six-unit condo building that would front on Harding Road at Hudson Avenue. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rayrap condos 090815After a half-dozen hearings over 16 months and numerous revisions, a plan for 22 condos and townhouses on the edge of downtown Red Bank failed to win zoning board approval Thursday night.

Board members told developer Ray Rapcavage that though they appreciated his flexibility in accommodating the concerns of nearby residents, he hadn’t gone far enough.

“It’s just too dense,” said board chairwoman Lauren Nicosia, whose motion to reject the plan was backed by all but one other board member. Read More »

RUMSON: POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Rumson Police Department for the period of October 1 to December 1, 2015.

AUTHORITIES_RUMSON3[SEE UPDATE BELOW]

Arrests

10/6/15 S/O Michael Berger arrested Robin Tunny, 58, of Sea Bright, for COC [Contempt of Court]. Mrs. Tunny was released ROR by Sea Bright municipal court.

10/10/15 S/O Michael Berger arrested Heriberto Cruz-Rios, 43, of New Brunswick, for DUI. Mr. Cruz-Rios was released pending court.

10/18/15 Richard Torres arrested Deisy Aguiar, 53, of Middletown, for DUI. Mrs. Aguiar was released pending court. Read More »

RED BANK: A VERY GOOD YEAR FOR FRANK FANS

PicopoFloydDeanaJersey guys Joe Piscopo and Uncle Floyd Vivino join Dino’s daughter Deana Martin for a special Sunday afternoon Sinatra Centennial Birthday Bash.

In case you haven’t heard, December 12 marks the 100th anniversary of the humble Hoboken debut of Francis Albert Sinatra — the beyond-iconic “Chairman of the Board” whose birthday is the second most celebrated such affair on the twelfth-month calendar page.

It’s an occasion that’s being observed in swinging style from “New York, New York” to “”LA Is My Lady” and every casino cocktail lounge, piano bar and pizzeria in between — with a certain house right here in Red Bank a crucial part of the proceedings.

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RED BANK: COLLEGE STUDENT EYES CHINA

mario williams 113015Mario Williams, seen here at the Danish Café in Red Bank, has his sights set on a semester in China. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Mario Williams was a student at Red Bank Regional a couple of years back when, on a tour of Kean University, he learned the school had a campus in mainland China. Almost immediately, he sensed that he had to go.

“I got the bug that day,” he told redbankgreen this week. Even after graduating from RBR and matriculating at the College of St. Rose in Albany, the idea stayed with him. And after transferring to Kean almost a year ago for financial reasons, “I started asking about it as soon as I got here.”

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR’S 1975 VICTORY RECALLED

RBR 120875A photo from the Red Bank Register’s December 8, 1975 coverage of the championship game, and a team photo from the 1976 yearbook, below. (Click to enlarge)
rbr bucs 1975

Forty years.

It’s been that long since Red Bank Regional was a state football champion.

On Saturday night, the undefeated Buccaneers (11-0) have an opportunity to end the drought when they face the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional Bulldogs (9-2) for the NJSIAA Central Group 3 title in Piscataway.

While the Bulldogs have racked up trophies — a win Saturday would be their third consecutive state championship — the Bucs haven’t tasted football glory since 1975.

But what glory it was. As reported by the now-defunct Red Bank Register, that season’s Central Jersey Group II  title game was something of an epic battle. RBR and Hightstown “tore at each other like fighting roosters” for four quarters before the Bucs emerged with a 46-44 win — their 28th straight victory.

The game is still regarded as “one the best games ever played in the history of New Jersey playoff football,” according to a “10 Things You Need to Know” about this year’s game published earlier this week by NJ.com.

Wednesday’s Asbury Park Press ran an article in which an RBR player and two coaches reminisced about the game — with a detour to Vince Lombardi’s grave in Middletown.

Below is the Register’s coverage the day after RBR’s victory, including an article by Rich Nicoletti, perhaps better known to some redbankgreen readers as the longtime keeper of the red clay tennis courts in Red Bank’s Marine Park.

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RED BANK: JBJ AND FRIENDS FEED THE SOUL

Henderiks FerraroStar chefs Diane Henderiks and Michael Ferraro are in command on December 8, when JBJ Soul Kitchen hosts a special four-course fundraiser.

Hope Is Delicious, as they say over at Jon Bon Jovi Soul Kitchen, the pay-what-you-will community restaurant established by the Middletown-based guitarslinger/ frontguy/ actor and globetrotting humanitarian. This Tuesday evening, December 8, the impulse to “feed the holiday soul” is as contagious as it is delicious, when a pair of celeb chefs make some noise with the pots and pans during a special fundraiser event for the ongoing programs of the JBJ Soul Foundation.

Served between 6:30 to 9 pm, the four-course dinner will spotlight the culinary creations of Michael Ferraro, executive chef and co-owner of NYC’s Delicatessen, and a young veteran of the city’s top kitchens whose resume includes the Four Seasons and the Beacon. A familiar face on many foodie-friendly TV shows (including Bar Rescue and Beat Bobby Flay), the specialist in international comfort cuisine teams up for the occasion with New Jersey’s own Diane Henderiks, the pro caterer and nutrition consultant whose Chef Inspired Healthy programs appear weekly on The Daily Meal Video Network.

Seating is necessarily limited for Tuesday’s special event, and seating is still available at $150 per person. Reserve by emailing heather@jbjsoulfoundation.org.