HOCKEY: RBC 5, FREEHOLD TOWNSHIP 1

Evan Hoey’s hat trick paced Red Bank Catholic to a home win at the Red Bank Armory Ice Complex Wednesday night. The Caseys raced to a 3-0 lead before Max Halvorsen got the Patriots on the board late in the first.  Hoey closed out the scoring with a shorthanded goal in the third period. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

RED BANK: MARCHERS REJECT CHARTER PLAN

rb march 011316 1Protesters marched from the middle school to borough hall in freezing weather. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Red Bank residents hoping to slow or halt a proposed doubling of enrollment at the Red Bank Charter School got help from the borough council Wednesday night.

After an estimated 200 parents, children, district employees and others marched in frigid weather from the middle school to borough hall, the council adopted a resolution asking the state Department to delay a decision on the charter school endeavor.

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LITTLE SILVER: NEW FACES ON RBR’S FIELD

lacrossecoachesofficialRed Bank Regional recently named new head coaches to their girls’ and boys’ lacrosse teams.  Pictured with the RBR Athletic Director Del Dal Pra (center) are Kevin Main, boys lacrosse, and RBR alumna Brook Connell, the new girls’ lacrosse head coach. (Photo by Ella Brockway)

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Come springtime, two new faces will be commanding the sidelines for the Lacrosse programs at Red Bank Regional High School. Kevin Main and RBR alumna Brook Connell were announced on December 16 as the new head coaches for the 2016 Bucs boys’ and girls’ teams, respectively.

“I’m excited to have both Kevin and Brook onboard,” stated RBR Athletic Director Del Dal Pra. “We think that they can both bring great stability to our boys’ and girls’ lacrosse programs, not only at the high school level but also at the feeder system.”

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FAIR HAVEN CO. IN THE FABRIC OF COMMUNITY

cozmeena_1Press release from Cozmeena Enlightened Living

To Lisa Luckett, founder of Cozmeena Enlightened Living, the Fair Haven-based business is “a metaphor of the beauty and grace my kids and I received after the loss of my husband on 9/11…My children and I have been showered with love and support that continues to this day. Cozmeena is my way of giving back for all we have received.

“I want to share with people tangible, tactile ways to feel better again,” she continues. “Knitting is one of them.”

Described as a “lifestyle brand centered around knitting for those experiencing hardship,” Cozmeena Enlightened Living has expanded its outreach efforts in the local community. This past holiday season, Cozmeena was approached by Cathy Alescio and Marie Noglows, after the Fair Haven residents spent time volunteering at the Asbury Park facility of Covenant House and saw a need to comfort the organization’s homeless, runaway and at-risk youth. More than 30 Cozmeena knitters created “infinity” and straight-fringed scarves for hundreds of children and adults served by Covenant House, and presented the scarf donations to the Covenant House staff on December 11. In addition, the team of knitters created scarves for dozens of people served by the AIDS and homeless shelter The Center in Asbury Park, as well as Mary’s Place by the Sea, the Ocean Grove-based respite center for women undergoing treatment for cancer.

The effort is now being expanded to encourage others in New Jersey to join, and here in 2016 Cozmeena will act as the distribution arm for the seven New Jersey Covenant House programs, with a planned move to the New York programs as the project expands. The organization will serve as a distribution center for knitters and knitting ministries, helping them to organize and connect creators with people in need.

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RED BANK: ELVIS IS EVERYWHERE, MAN

elvisDouble Trouble: Mike Albert and Scot Bruce (above) represent two different eras of Elvis Presley’s legacy, as the King’s eleventh annual Birthday Bash returns to the Basie on Friday night…while Elvis Costello (below) is in concert and on screen for a Thursday night showing of his “live” film DETOUR.

costello detourAs Scot Bruce tells it, Red Bank is “a great place to play;” the kind of town in which “The King is alive and well.” The veteran entertainer ought to know, since he makes it a point every year at this time to pull the tour bus up to the Count Basie Theatre for one of the greater Green’s most cherished winter rituals — the Elvis Birthday Bash, the eleventh annual edition of which takes to the Basie boards this Friday, January 15.

Before Taking Care of THAT Business, however, the Count’s crib makes room for an Elvis of another time and place: Elvis Costello, the Brit-born singer and songsmith who’s matured into a musicologist of remarkable depth and staying power, since exploding onto the scene as a bespectacled and attitude-infused punk-era troubador in 1977. The artist formerly known as Declan McManus (who’s made multiple in-person visits to the Monmouth Street landmark, as has his jazz-chanteuse spouse Diana Krall) will appear this time on the screen, during an exclusive area exhibit of the new concert film Detour: Live At the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall this Thursday, January 14. Recorded during a hometown stop on his recent  international tour, the 100 minute feature shows Costello in an intimate “living room” setting; accompanied by guitar, piano and occasional ukelele (plus framed by projected images of vintage family photos).

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RBR FALLS TO LONG BRANCH

Long Branch guard Anthony Velazquez delivered a game-winning layup with 15 seconds to go in the Green Wave’s 48-47 win at Red Bank Regional in Little Silver Tuesday. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights of those two games and more. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

LINCROFT: BCC SEEKS ASPIRING CHEFS

BCC11-scholarshipPress release from Brookdale Community College

The Joe Romanowski Culinary Education Foundation (JOCEF) is currently accepting applications for 2016-2017 scholarships. Monmouth and Ocean County residents enrolled in the culinary or baking programs at the Culinary Education Center at Brookdale Community College are eligible. After completing a written application and essay, selected finalists will move on to a hands-on cooking demonstration.

Scholarships will be awarded to students of the Culinary Education Center, the collaboration between Brookdale Community College and the Monmouth County Vocational School District. Funds for JOCEF scholarships are raised through donations and JOCEF”s annual “Recipe for Success” gala fundraiser.

On Monday, March 14, the gala will be held at the Navesink Country Club in Middletown. The event features tastings from over 25 of the Jersey Shore’s finest restaurants, a chance auction, 50/50, wine pull raffle, the opportunity to taste rare wines by the glass and a display of food prepared by scholarship recipients and students at the Culinary Education Center in Asbury Park.

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MERCHANTS MINGLE FOR LITTLE SILVER DAY

PrintPress release from Culinary Communications

Little Silver residents and business owners who are interested in becoming contributing sponsors of the inaugural Little Silver Day are invited to attend a cocktail party on Friday, February 5, to meet with event organizers and discuss sponsorship options.

During the event, going on between 7 to 11 pm at the borough firehouse on Prospect Avenue, local merchants will have the opportunity to meet members of the event’s steering committee, and learn more about this summer’s inaugural Little Silver Day, a festival of food, fun and fireworks for all borough residents.

Scheduled for Saturday, June 25, Little Silver Day will feature an afternoon of live music, children’s events, food and adult beverages, and will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display that will light up the night sky (the rain date is Sunday, June 26). The event, which will be held at the borough’s fields behind Borough Hall and between the library and the Markham Place School,  is expected to attract about 1,000 locals, and will be free to Little Silver residents (with nominal fees charged for food and beverages to help support the staging of the event).

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RED BANK: COUNCIL TO SEEK CHARTER DELAY

rbms 121715 5Parents and kids packed the Red Bank Middle School auditorium last month to protest a planned expansion of the Red Bank Charter School. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03For the second time in a month, members of the Red Bank school community plan to rally again Wednesday night to oppose a proposed doubling of enrollment at the Red Bank Charter School.

This time, they’re planning to march from the middle school to borough hall for a semimonthly council session, where a resolution will be introduced asking the state Department to tap the brakes on the charter school endeavor.

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RED BANK: MEET THE NEW DEPARTMENT HEADS

cliff keen 122315Cliff Keen, above, is the new director of public utilities, and Charlie Hoffmann, below, runs parks and rec. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

charlie hoffmann 122115Recent months have brought some new faces to Red Bank government.

In particular, three departments that residents have regular interaction with, and occasional strong opinions about, are under new leadership: parks and recreation; planning and zoning; and public utilities.

Here’s a quick intro to the new directors.

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COLTS NECK TOPS RED BANK CATHOLIC

Lloyd Daniels scored  28 points for Colts Neck as the Cougars beat Red Bank Catholic, 53-46, in Red Bank Monday night. Colts Neck has won seven straight games to improve to 7-1 on the season. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

RED BANK: LADIES LUNCH FOR BUCS

ladiesluncheonThe ladies of the RBR BUC Foundation invite the public to their Ladies Garden Party Luncheon on Sunday, January 31, at the Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank from 12 to 3:30 pm.  Early ticket orders are encouraged as the event sells out every year. Pictured planning the annual Ladies Garden Party Luncheon for the Red Bank Regional BUC Foundation are (left to right, standing)  Committee Co-Chair Lisa Sheehan, Lee White, Cathy Balto, and (left to right, seated) Committee Co-Chair Dulce Feito-Daly, Committee Co-Chair Joyce Fernandez, Tricia Dougan, Maryann Armond, and Teresa Jahns-Hottman.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School Buc Backers Foundation

The ladies of the Red Bank Regional (RBR) BUC Backer Foundation invite the public to don their favorite hats and head to the annual Ladies Garden Party Luncheon, scheduled for Sunday, January 31 at The Oyster Point Hotel. Going on from noon to 3:30 pm, the popular event features fabulous chance auction gifts, a three-course lunch, mimosas — and of course, the magnificent water views of the Navesink from the balcony of the hotel at 146 Bodman Place.

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R-FH FOUNDATION HOSTS ‘APRES-SKI’ EVENT

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Foundation

The Rumson-Fair Haven High School Foundation, a non-profit organization of parents and faculty which supports educational programs at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, announced Saturday, January 30 as the date for its second annual winter fundraiser. Organized around an “Apres-Ski Party” theme, the fundraiser is scheduled for the hours of 7 to 10 p.m. at Knights of Columbus Red Bank Council 3187, 200 Fair Haven Road in Fair Haven.

“This event is a great way for parents to connect with other parents and meet the R-FH staff in a fun, relaxed setting while at the same time supporting some fabulous programs which will benefit our children, said R-FH Foundation president Kathryne Singleton. “ We are extremely proud of all the innovative, exciting projects we’ve supported over the years, and our donors make them possible!”

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SEA BRIGHT: HARRY’S ENDS ERA ON HIGH NOTE

011016harrys4Lynne Perry-Szwede, behind the bar, reminisced with Mary Orr, above, while Feli Donato and Mike Sakowski took a last turn at the pool table at Harry’s Lobster House. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

011016harrys2In the end, it was more about the sounds than the food as musicians and music lovers jammed Harry’s Lobster House in Sea Bright Sunday night.

With no specific plans in the near future, longtime owner Lou Jacoubs said he’d decided to retire and close the Ocean Avenue restaurant, which had been in operation for 83 years.

“I’m 65 years old,” he said. “It’s been good, but it’s time to go.”
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RED BANK: STAR-POWERED STEPPING

DWTS 16A cast of terpsichorean talents takes to the Basie boards for two Wednesday shows, as ‘Dancing With the Stars Live!’ rolls into town.

One can easily make the case that they’re the real stars of ABC TV’s Dancing with the Stars: the dedicated choreographers, instructors and professional performers charged with the task of making the C-list celebrity likes of Rumer Willis and Bindi Irwin (and Bristol Palin, Tom DeLay, Tucker Carlson, Jerry Springer…) dazzle like Ginger and Fred.

With more than 20 seasons and 300-plus episodes in the books, the prime-time phenom has seen its share of drops, drama, and drastic injury-related substitutions. But when the touring production known as Dancing With the Stars Live! takes to the boards of Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre for two shows this Wednesday, the franchise will reside in the hands and light-fantastic feet of the folks who lend poetry to its motion.

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MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

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

​​​AUTHORITIES_MTOWN-2016-v2Paul Maclear, age 45, from Palmer Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 17, 2015 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield on a Non-Support warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court. He was held pending a court date.

Michelle Tropp, age 24, from Maplewood Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on December 17, 2015 by Patrolman Adam Colfer for Possession of Heroin, Unlawful of Possession of Alprazolam and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was released pending a court date.

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LITTLE SILVER: BRIDGE CLOSING PLANNED

LS detour plan 010916Commuters who travel between Little Silver and Oceanport via Oceanport Avenue are in for some changes to their routine.

Beginning on or about January 12, the Oceanport Avenue bridge will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays for several weeks of repairs, according to Oceanport police. Detours via the nearby Goosenck Bridge will be in effect. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

PILGRIM BAPTIST, REFORM TEMPLE HONOR MLK

MLK PrinzA free screening of a documentary on Rabbi Joachim Prinz (left, with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.) is among the events scheduled during a weekend-long MLK Day observance, presented jointly by Monmouth Reform Temple (Tinton Falls) and Pilgrim Baptist Church (Red Bank).

Press release from Monmouth Reform Temple

Continuing a recently established tradition, Monmouth Reform Temple of Tinton Falls and Pilgrim Baptist Church of Red Bank join forces for a weekend-long slate of activities honoring the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The observance begins on Friday night, January 15 with MRT Shabbat services at 7 pm, featuring special guest Dr. Everett McCorvey, chair of the Opera Department at the University of Kentucky and Director of the National Chorale. Dr. McCorvey grew up in segregated Montgomery, AL alongside Dr. King’s children, and has risen to national prominence as a soloist, conductor, and educator.

The weekend will culminate with a noon MLK service at Pilgrim Baptist Church led by Pastor Terrence Porter on Monday, January 17 at noon. Rabbi Mark Kline and Cantor Gabrielle Clissold of MRT will participate in the service, along with a joint performance by the PBC and MRT choirs. All events are free and open to the public.

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MIDDLETOWN PL HOSTS ‘TRASH TO TREASURE’

Press release from Friends of the Middletown Township Public Library

Trash_To_Treasure_SaleOn Saturday, February 6, Middletown Township Public Library will be the setting for a First Annual “Trash To Treasure” Sale event, hosted by the Friends of MTPL inside the library’s Community Room. Going on between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., the event is open to the public and will feature over 20 tables of eclectic merchandise, including attic treasures, collectibles, jewelry, antiques, clothing, art, novelty items, baked goods and much more.

Tables are available for $25 to Middletown residents and to cardholders of the library who would like to sell merchandise. Table fees will benefit the non-profit organization Friends of the Middletown Township Public Library. There are a limited number of tables available, and registration must be completed with payment made by January 21. Registration is available by visiting the reference desk of the library., and more information is available by calling the library at (732)671-3700 or by emailing Friends of MTPL president Lori Anne Oliwa at LoriAnne@TheWriteAngles.com.

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RFH CRUISES ON BARRY’S 29

Rumson-Fair Haven’s Brendan Barry delivered 29 points to grab MVP honors for the second straight year as the Bulldogs handed Gill-St. Bernard its first loss of the season, 66-49, in the Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase in Long Branch Saturday.  Collin McDevitt nailed three straight three pointers in the third quarter to spark a double digit lead. RFH is now 5-1 since Barry has returned from wrist surgery in early December.

Shore Sports Zone has this juicy video highlight and more from all the games here.

SEA BRIGHT: HARRY’S LOBSTER CLOSING

082715harrys1082715harrys6After 82 years in business, Harry’s Lobster House in Sea Bright is closing Sunday, when owner/chef Lou Jacoubs and longtime manager Lynne Perry-Szwede will host a goodbye party.

Jacoubs declined immediate comment, except to say that he expects to lease the Ocean Avenue space to another restaurant under a new name. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: NEW ‘REASON’ FOR OLD FRIENDS

rechnitz stunkel 010616 2Ken Stunkel, left, and Two River Theater founder Bob Rechnitz are first-time, eighty-something playwrights getting the big-time treatment. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)  

By TOM CHESEK

hot-topicWhen the 2015-2016 season resumes at the Two River Theater in Red Bank this weekend, it will find the celebrated company once again departing from familiar Broadway-tested properties like A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum and Seven Guitars to the latest in an ongoing slate of world premiere dramas by relatively “new” playwrights.

This time out, the play is called Lives of Reason, and the rookie playwrights are a couple of eighty-something colleagues named Bob Rechnitz and Ken Stunkel.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? WHITEFISH ON BIG BAGEL

121715bagestation4A sesame-seed bagel teeming with whitefish salad, lettuce and tomato from the Bagel Station, seen below. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

121715bagelstation2Red Bank has seen its fair share of restaurants come and go over the years. Loyal customers wax poetic about eateries long gone.

Bagel Station on Monmouth Street, across from the train station, has managed to keep its doors open for 28 years now. Rolling with the times, the breakfast and lunch spot is as relevant as any of the newcomers to town, and more affordable than many.

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RED BANK CRIME & ARREST REPORTS


AUTHORITIES_RB-2016-v2The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of December 10, 2015 to January 7, 2016.
This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief occurring on 12-12-15 at Maple Ave. Store Manager advised that unknown person(s) threw a metal object at store front window breaking same. Ptl. Tanner Shea

Criminal Mischief occurring between 12-11-15 and 12-14-15 at Monmouth Street. Victim reported that unknown person(s) damaged the fence and streetlight in the rear of the building. Ptl. Benjamin Springer

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NEPTUNE GIRL SCORES 30 IN WIN AGAINST RBC

Neptune’s Desiree Allen scored 30 points and hauled down 13 rebounds as the Scarlet Fliers scored a quality road win against Red Bank Catholic Thursday. The Caseys rallied from 11 down with a 13-0 run that gave them a 34-32 lead, but Allen took over in the fourth with 13 points. Maureen Coakley had 16 for the Caseys. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)