tim-grinch-band-rblightingAt stake: the dignity of at least two area mayors. (Click to enlarge)

The Battle of Ridge Road will pit maroon against purple in a high-stakes football game between Red Bank Regional and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional high schools this weekend.

But in the aftermath, the mayors of at least two towns will end up dressed dressed in electric green.

That’s because the top elected officials in Fair Haven, Rumson, Little Silver, Red Bank and Shrewsbury have a group wager on the outcome of the NJSIAA Central Group 3 championship game  between the undefeated RBR Buccaneers (11-0) and the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional Bulldogs (9-2): those from the sending towns of the losing team must dress up as the Grinch at a Holiday Express event, Little Silver Mayor Bob Neff tells redbankgreen.

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Miracle34thEach tells a tale of Christmas set in a Macy’s department store. One is earnest and uplifting, and involves a real Santa mistaken for a fake one. The other is less so, and centers on an elf no one would ever mistake for the real thing.

Both make their way to the Greater Red Bank Green this weekend.

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rbr v cn 091815 2Quarterbacks Jack Navitsky of Red Bank Regional, above, and Mike O’Connor of Rumson-Fair Haven, below, lead their teams into a “once-in-a-lifetime” championship showdown Saturday. (Photos courtesy of Shore Sports Zone. Click to enlarge)

rfh o'connorIt may be the ultimate Battle of Ridge Road, but Saturday’s NJSIAA Central Group 3 championship football game between Red Bank Regional and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional means both teams must hit the road, traveling to Rutgers in Piscataway.

Sure, “some folks will be in purple, and others in maroon,” but the game offers a chance for a “total community” event, says RBR alumnus and Little Silver resident Rick Brandt. He’s organizing a pre-game tailgate party at which supporters of both the RBR Buccaneers (maroon) and the R-FH Bulldogs (purple) are welcome to mingle and break bread.

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two river theater posterAn all-female cast of area high school students brings a special “Little Shakespeare” version of “Pericles” to life at Two River Theater this week.

Even as the all-male cast of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum continues to make merry on the mainstage of Two River Theater, the Red Bank institution’s black-box Marion Huber performance space gears up for a special presentation of a centuries-old classic with a distaff twist.

Running an extended schedule of school shows and public performances now through December 12, William Shakespeare’s Pericles offers an abridged version of the circa-1607 tragical history tour as the latest in Two River Theater Company’s annual student-actor project known as “A Little Shakespeare.”

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CBAThrough the generous efforts of students, faculty, staff and their families, the 2015 Christian Brothers Academy Thanksgiving Food Drive amassed a tally of 20,191 items to help benefit those in need. Campus Ministry director Tim Sewing noted that many food pantries and benefit organizations find their stocks significantly depleted following the holiday rush, and the annual CBA effort has helped fill that gap. As has been custom, the student body was awarded an extra day off for the holiday weekend, with the announcement made during the Academy’s Thanksgiving Prayer Service, a completely student-run service in which the entire school participates. 


Many communities around the area feature a special day for their residents — and on June 25, 2016, Little Silver residents are invited to celebrate all of the amazing people, businesses and organizations in their home town, when the inaugural Little Silver Day kicks off with a Saturday afternoon of live music, children’s events, food, adult beverages and a spectacular ending that will light up the night sky.

The event, which will be held from 3 to 9 pm at the borough’s fields between the library and the Markham Place School behind Borough Hall, will be free to Little Silver residents, with nominal fees charged for food and beverages to help support the staging of the event. Volunteer committees have been formed, and plans are well underway for this community event. Little Silver hopes it can become an annual event that will take on added significance in several years, when the borough celebrates its centennial in 2023.

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setzer-photoBrian Setzer (above) and his swingin’ Orchestra sound the keynote on a week’s worth of music at Basie’s place; a smorgasbord of sounds that includes appearances by Travis Tritt, The Duprees, and the Difford-Tilbrook partnership that brought you Squeeze (below).

Glenn Tilbrook & Chris Difford at Union Chapel on 8 November 2014.

Glenn Tilbrook & Chris Difford at Union Chapel on 8 November 2014.

Over at the Count Basie Theatre — where the coming of December heralds a packed schedule of Christmastime confections, right up to the doorstep of New Year’s — the twelfthmonth’s earliest days and nights offer up a buffet that includes music both seasonally standard and all-seasonssecular, in addition to the sort of golden oldies that comprise a sacred songbook in themselves. Arriving in town this Wednesday, December 2 atop a hybrid sleigh that’s fuel-injected with a little bit of each, Grammy-getter Brian Setzer returns with his big-axe Orchestra on an annual Christmas Tour that finds the onetime Top Cat of The Stray Cats suiting up for a set that tumbles selections from his three albums of Yuletide yippee with Stray Cat signatures (“Rock This Town,” “Sexy + 17”) and vintage jukebox juggernauts from the likes of Eddie Cochran, Bill Haley and more. It’s a big show that breaks down all humbug resistance with its rockabilly-roadrace pace and the frontman’s road-tested panache in the role of guitar-slinging retro leader of the 18-piece big band. Tim Lowman, the high-energy one-man blues-shock band known as Low Volts, opens the 7:30 pm festivities, so fly here for tickets ($58 – $118) — and flip the record over for more.

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shrews accident 120115A schoolbus carrying students to Red Bank Regional High was one of three vehicles involved in an accident at Broad Street and Newman Springs Road in Shrewsbury at about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday. No students were injured, according to police Lieutenant Bob Turner. One occupant of another vehicle was transported to Riverview Medical Center on complaints of pain, he said.   (Reader photo. Click to enlarge)



rb water plant 102215Borough Administrator Stanley Sickels, center, and DPU supervisor Bob Holiday check out construction on a lime feeder room at the DPU complex on Chestnut Street in October. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)


HOT-TOPIC_03Working against a ticking clock, Red Bank’s engineering consultant got the go-ahead Monday night to design a new backup supply well for the borough-owned water utility at the Chestnut Street public works complex.

But the $82,500 contract was authorized amid rumblings that it may be among the last granted to T&M Associates under the Democratic majority that has controlled the borough council for a generation.

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Recent crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

​​​AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2Jonah Fernandez, age 26, from Reading Road in Edison, NJ, arrested on November 15, 2015 by Patrolman Kent Thornton for Aggravated Assault. He was released after posting $5,000.00 bail set by Judge James Berube.

Thomas May, age 44, from Harmony Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on November 14, 2015 by Patrolman Nicholas Haines on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

Gene Gallo, age 44, from Waterman Avenue in Sea Bright, NJ, arrested on November 14, 2015 by Patrolman John Mele on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $600.00 bail.

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Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

sethrainessThe staff of Red Bank Regional High School recently invited author, educator and advocate Seth Rainess to speak on the topic of supporting students who self-identify as Transgender or Gender Non-conforming. As the Trans-family Group Facilitator with the Jersey Shore PFLAG (Parents and Families of Lesbians & Gays) organization, Rainess is uniquely qualified to discuss this subject from both his professional and educational background (with masters’ degrees in Psychology and Rehabilitation Counseling), as well as through his own personal journey with transitioning.

Rainess, who has addressed a number of schools in Monmouth County, also spoke with the RBR Gay-Straight Alliance, the student organization advised by Stacy Liss, clinical supervisor for RBR’s School Based Youth Service program The Source. Several students received copies of Real Talk for Teens: a Jump-Start Guide to Gender Transitioning and Beyond, the Rainess-authored book that was written to help youth and families address transitioning, which is the process that transgender people may go through to align their body with their gender identity.

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Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

For over a decade, the Red Bank Regional High School Foundation has observed a warm tradition of honoring its most distinguished alumni, in which RBR’s students celebrate their lives in prose and music at a special ceremony and luncheon reception. The Foundation is seeking nominations from the public for this worthy honor, which takes place at the high school on Friday, April 26, 2016.

Nominees need to have attended RBR or its predecessor, Red Bank High School, at least 15 years ago. They should be role models to our young people, have distinguished themselves in their careers, and/or served their communities with honor and significant commitment.

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