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SMOOCH_415x300_SOCIALWelcome to Smooch, redbankgreen‘s first-ever interactive Valentine’s page!

Smooch is where lovers, swooners and others aglow with affection can send their beloved a special message for publication on this page on Valentine’s Day.

But unlike the Valentine’s messages newspapers used to print, this one’s interactive, and comes with prizes.

That’s right. It’s interactive: if the object of your affection claims your Smooch by matching his or her email address with one you’ve submitted at the time of your Smooch purchase, you’ll BOTH be entered into drawings for $200 worth of dining and shopping in downtown Red Bank, courtesy of Red Bank RiverCenter! (See complete rules below).

But even without that, a Smooch is fun way to proclaim you love, in your own words — whether your mood is tender, funny or sexy or all three at once.

So, are you ready to give somebody a great big Smooch? Scroll down and order one in seconds!

JUST PUT YOUR LIPS TOGETHER, AND… TYPE

Travis 012616 2Bob and Lisa Travis of Little Silver share a recent smooch at Jamian’s. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

Smooches come in two sizes/orientations:

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The Horizontal Smooch will be published right here in this column on Valentine’s Day, with a way for your intended recipient to claim it, instantly. And it costs just $10.

Want one? Just fill in the message box below (you’ll have 200 characters to wax poetic), and then enter your beloved’s email address. That second step is optional, but participating give you BOTH a shot at $200 worth of shopping and dining in downtown Red Bank, courtesy of Red Bank RiverCenter.

Then, click “Add to Cart,” which takes you to a page where you can pay for your Smooch with a credit card or via PayPal.


Smooch message (200 char. max)
Your beloved’s email


Sample squarish in-story

The Squarish one goes for a mere $15. It’ll appear in the far right column on Valentine’s Day, with a way for your intended recipient to claim it, instantly.

Want one? Just fill in the message box below (you’ll have 200 characters to wax poetic), and then enter your beloved’s email address. That second step is optional, but participating give you BOTH a shot at $200 worth of shopping and dining in downtown Red Bank, courtesy of Red Bank RiverCenter.

Then, click “Add to Cart,” which takes you to a page where you can pay for your Smooch with a credit card or via PayPal.


Smooch message (200 char. max)
Your beloved’s email


RED BANK: CHARTER SCHOOL SLATES FORUM

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The Red Bank Charter School plans to hold an open forum and press conference on its controversial expansion plan Tuesday at 7 p.m., the school announced Sunday.

“The press conference will provide clarity on a recent application amendment, after which the forum will be opened for community comment,” according to a press release.

The event will be held at 135 Monmouth Street, above, a building in which the school recently leased space for a STEM lab and to accommodate the expansion, if approved by the New Jersey Department of Education. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RFH TOPS RBR AS BARRY LEADS

Rumson-Fair Haven’s Brendan Barry scored 27 points as the Bulldogs used strong defense in the 4th quarter to hold off Ridge Road rival Red Bank Regional in Rumson Saturday. Matt Reardon had 17 for the Bucs and Teddy Sourlis 12 for the Bulldogs, who have now won 12 straight games.  Shore Sports Zone has those highlights and more here.

LITTLE SILVER: ARTISTS AND ORCHIDS REPORT

Cafe sign by Nancy EllenAmong the works on display  at Sickles Market Saturday are mixed-media, coastal-themed wall hangings by Yolanda Fleming, above. Orchids fill the greenhouse,on Sunday. (Above photo by Nancy Ellen Photography) 

orchidLocals know the greenhouse area at Sickles Market in Little Silver as a place where the concept of sunnier, greener seasons truly takes a stand against the outside-world onslaught of winter and its slippery discontents.

The warm vibes beneath the bubble of the Sickles greenhouse commence this Saturday with the return of Artists’ Day — an annual event (formerly Artists’ Weekend) that showcases the work of a dozen different creative community members amid the flora of the garden center. Read More »

WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? A SUB WITH A SIDE OF JOY

012716butlers6The honey maple turkey sandwich on a roll from Butlers. Below, owner Paul Stout. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

012716butlersmkt1It doesn’t matter if your mood is not so bright when you walk through the doors of Butler’s Market in Rumson. Owner Paul Stout has a warm and friendly smile to greet you and make you feel better.

Reopened last June after two-plus years of unsatisfying retirement for its proprietor, the deli’s food is in some ways as good as it used to be, and in many ways, much better.
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RED BANK: COUNCIL OKS STEP ON PARKING

rb white st 070915 3The planning board was directed to evaluate the borough-owned White Street lot for its “suitability” for a parking garage. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD
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After months of silence on the issue, a possible parking garage in downtown Red Bank finally got its wheels on what could be a long up-ramp to reality Wednesday night.

Despite misgivings voiced by Councilwoman Cindy Burnham that doing so might attract “an overload of engineers,” the borough council unanimously agreed to have the the planning board determine whether the municipal lot on White Street “satisfies the criteria for designation as a noncondemnation redevelopment area.”

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LINCROFT: BCC HOSTS MINORITY CONFERENCE

Fidel MMI conference BCCBrookdale Community College faculty member Fidel Wilson speaks at the 2015 Minority Male Initiative workshop. Registration is now open for this year’s conference, which returns to campus for its second annual edition on Friday, February 19.

Press release from Bookdale Community College

“Each year, more and more males of color are enrolling in college with the goal of earning a degree and starting a rewarding career,” said Fidel Wilson, assistant professor at Brookdale Community College. “But gaps still remain, both in the classroom and in the workforce.”

On Friday, February 19,  BCC and the Monmouth/Ocean County Pan Hellenic Council will host the second annual “Minority Male Initiative” conference on the college’s Lincroft campus.

Hosted inside the Warner Student Life Center building, the free conference, titled “Finding a Career That Suits You,” will offer career-oriented workshops designed specifically for local high school seniors and current Brookdale students. It is co-sponsored by Meridian Health and Brookdale’s Educational Opportunity Fund program. The conference is open to local high school seniors and Brookdale students, and unique scholarship opportunities are available for eligible attendees.

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LINCROFT: ARE YOU READY FOR SOME WINTER?

winterfestWhen life gives you winter, make Winterfest — the second annual edition of which returns to Lincroft’s Thompson Park this Saturday afternoon (pictured is a scene from the inaugural, snow-free Fest in 2015).

Winter may have made a much-delayed appearance, all at once and with a vengeance, in a way that immediately overstayed its welcome. But to the good people of the Monmouth County Parks System, the season of bare trees and bundled-up people is something to celebrate in all its sleek and spartan beauty. So when the low winter sun comes up on Thompson Park in Lincroft this Saturday, it will look down on the newly minted ritual known as Winterfest.

Going on between the hours of 1 to 5 pm, it’s the second annual edition of the event that’s designed to “banish the winter blues,” while spotlighting the many features and assets of the county’s flagship recreational facility — and this time, they’ve remembered to bring the snow.

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RED BANK: PANEL BLASTS ‘SEGREGATION’

rbcs 121515 3The 17-year-old charter school has said a weighted lottery that takes racial and economic factors into account would be used in the expansion. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03The panel charged with a hurry-up examination of the proposed Red Bank Charter School expansion teed up the institution for segregation in its report, unveiled at a borough council meeting Wednesday night.

“According to New Jersey Department of Education enrollment data, Red Bank Borough is home to the most segregated school district in the state of New Jersey, with deep disparity” in racial makeup, primary language skills and economic backgrounds, the report said.

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RED BANK: COPS HONORED AS LIFESAVERS

shea doremus albert 012716donegoodlogoThe Red Bank borough council honored three police officers — from left, Tanner Shea, TD Doremus and Cevin Albert — as lifesavers Wednesday night for their roles in the rescue of a senior citizen from smoke-filled apartment at the Wesleyan Arms apartments on January 1.

Seventy-nine-year-old Michael Malloy was asleep when a lighted cigarette set his mattress on fire, authorities said. The officers, responding to a medical call, heard his cries for help and then crawled through the smoke-filled unit to rescue him and ensure no other victims were present, said Councilman and Police Commissioner Mike Whelan. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.) 

HOCKEY: RBC GOES THROUGH THE ROOF IN WIN

An unusual pass through the roof trusses sparked a three-goal surge in the final 1:22 of play as Red Bank Catholic topped Rumson-Fair Haven on the ice at the Red Bank Armory Wednesday. After Will Catalono put R-FH in the lead with six minutes to go, Kyle Amato tied things up, and then the Caseys’ Evan Hoey sent a pass that went through the roof supports and fell down to Alec Mintz, who delivered the game winner. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

A WELLNESS FAIR FOR R-FH STAFFERS

Wellness FairPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

A “Wellness Fair” for staff members was held at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on the afternoon of January 21. The first of its kind at R-FH, the event featured 50-minute “breakout sessions” with activities and information centered on physical and emotional well-being. A variety of health-related presentations were offered in the RFH gymnasium as well.

Wellness Committee Staff Members Frank Gripp, Lauren Grumbach, Anna Higgins, Andrew Hudson, Linda Nill, and Lauren Thieme organized the Fair for their colleagues, with the event made possible through the generosity of local health practitioners and businesses, as well as staff members who donated their time and shared their expertise.

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TINTON FALLS: ARC HAS NEW EXEC DIRECTOR

Press release from The Arc of Monmouth

Linda Mayo ArcOfMonmouthIn an announcement earlier this week, The Arc of Monmouth named Linda Mayo, MSW, MS as its new executive director, following the recent retirement of Mary E. Scott. Mayo was selected by a search committee consisting of five board members and one served individual of The Arc of Monmouth, the borough-based nonprofit support organization for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

“Linda brings over two decades of leadership and experience in non-profits to The Arc, with all the necessary skills and vision to build on the fine legacy of Mary Scott and move the organization forward,” said Board President Joyce Quarles.

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RED BANK: LOCAL SMOKE BBQ PLANS OPENING

delfini 091615 1Local Smoke BBQ plans to fire up its smoker in a building last rented by Delfini. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Nearly two years after deciding that downtown Red Bank wasn’t for him, a highly regarded barbecue master plans to open a restaurant on the edge of town.

Local Smoke BBQ, which bailed from a possible Broad Street deal in 2014, will now set up its smoker in the former Delfini Gourmet Catering space at the corner of West Front Street and Rector Place/Shrewsbury Avenue, owner Steve Raab tells redbankgreen’s Retail Churn.

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RED BANK: TWO WATER BONDS ON AGENDA

rb water meter 120815 2A wireless water meter installed on a newly constructed home on Oakland Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

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With two clocks ticking down to the same deadline, Red Bank officials expect to introduce a pair of bond ordinances Wednesday night in hopes of avoiding restrictions on water usage and new connections to the water system.

One would authorize $1.9 million in new debt to replace nearly every water meter in town. The other would bond $1.83 million pay for a new water well to supply the borough-owned water utility.

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RED BANK: BARRIS TO JAZZ UP A STEAMY NIGHT

Mike_Barris_Performs_at_Art_Alliance_Red_Bank_NJ_December_2010Noted music scholar, journalist and guitar ace Mike Barris is scheduled to play as Reckless Steamy Nights return this Friday to the Woman’s Club of Red Bank.

It’s a time of year when any perceived steaminess is probably just one’s breath fighting its way into the arctic air. But over at the old Anthony Reckless estate (home of the Woman’s Club of Red Bank), things are heating up with the first in a new season of Reckless Steamy Nights music events.

The intimate, house-party style concerts — a long-running monthly series that takes a holiday hiatus each November and December — remains a genuine “best kept secret” within a fast-changing nightscape of borough life, a presentation of the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation that raises spirits even as it raises funds for a scholarship program of the JSJBF.

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RBR STUDENTS EARN SCOUTING’S TOP HONOR

zack forest michael maier jrRed Bank Regional students and Red Bank Troop 67 scouts Zackary Forest and Michael Maier Jr., were recently conferred with the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest achievement in Boys Scouts.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Michael Maier, Jr., and Zackary Forest, both of Red Bank and both seniors at Red Bank Regional High Schoo, have grown up together in Boy Scouts. So it is fitting that the two recently earned scouting’s highest achievement of Eagle Scout in their Troop 67. Both young men are enrolled in RBR Academy of Pre-Engineering and are active in their school and community.

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SHREWSBURY: CYMCA ANNOUNCES NEW VEEP

Press release from The Community YMCA

Barry MartinThe Shrewsbury-based Community YMCA, one of the area’s leading nonprofit organizations, is pleased to announce the appointment of Barry Martin as the new Vice President of Health, Wellness and Camping.

In his leadership role at the CYMCA, the Little Silver resident will direct operations of the Y’s flagship Health and Wellness facility in Red Bank and Camp Zehnder, a 140-acre outdoor day camp in Wall Township. Working with a team of about 300 employees and volunteers, he will focus on increasing membership and program participation, maintaining service excellence and building community relationships to support the Y’s cause.

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RED BANK: PANEL TO AIR CHARTER ‘CONCERNS’

rbcs panel 012216 2A standing-room crowd filled the middle school auditorium for Friday night’s hearing on the charter school expansion. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03A panel commissioned to review the proposed expansion by the Red Bank Charter School is expected to express “concern” about the plan’s impact on borough taxpayers, Mayor Pasquale Menna told redbankgreen.

Menna, who appointed the so-called blue-ribbon commission and participated in its closed-door meeting Monday night, said the body’s report will also air misgivings about what he termed the “strong and overwhelming” disparity between the charter school and the local school district in terms of demographic makeup.

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RED BANK: EISNERS PLEDGE $50K TO LIBRARY

rbpl 1 032714Through his foundation, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner below, has pledged $50,000 to the library that bears his family’s name. (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

(Press release from the Red Bank Public Library)

michael eisnerThe Eisner Memorial Red Bank Public Library started 2016 with a nice surprise: a letter notifying Director Elizabeth McDermott of a five-year, $50,000 donation to the Foundation for the Red Bank Public Library from the Eisner Foundation.

This is the largest donation yet received by the library foundation, with $10,000 being donated annually for five years.
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RBR OFFERS BACCALAUREATE PROGRAM

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

IBThe stress of the college application season is just about winding down, as students now anticipate learning where they are accepted — and, ultimately, which school they will attend. But next year at this time, the newly minted college freshmen will be dealing with other challenges, such as transitioning to the academic demands of higher education.

Recently, three students from Red Bank Regional High School were interviewed about a program they were participating in; one which they believe will serve them well once they transition to college. The students (pictured left to right: Manny Sanchez, Claire Toomey and Ray Bernard) offered their thoughts on the school’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program; first made available during the 2009-2010 school year to to upper classmen at RBR — one of only four schools in Monmouth County (and one of only 12 in the entire state of New Jersey) that offers this rigorous and internationally renowned program.

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RED BANK: BASIE ISSUES ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS

Press release from Count Basie Theatre

When the red carpet is rolled out for the 11th annual Basie Awards on May 18, the Count Basie Theatre will do more than issue its customary honors for excellence in area high school theater and performing arts. The ceremony will also be the setting for the awarding of four arts impact scholarships — the Moser-Taboada Arts Impact Scholarship, the Monmouth Medical Center – Barnabas Health Arts Impact Scholarship, the Monmouth County Freeholders’ Basie Scholarship for Continuing Education and the new Siciliano Landscape Company Arts Impact Scholarship. 

The Monmouth County Freeholders’ scholarship will be awarded to a student attending a New Jersey-based college in the fall — and Basie board members are urging all interested students to prepare their applications now.

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RED BANK: A PLUG FOR KEEPING PLUGS CLEAR

rb hydrant 012516In the aftermath of this weekend’s blizzard, Red Bank volunteer firefighters dug out a fire hydrant on Maple Avenue at Waverly Place Monday afternoon.

The fire department asks that residents help keep hydrants clear of snow to aid quick access in emergencies.  (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)