RED BANK: DADS GET THE FIRST DANCE

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rb father daughter 022016 9Accompanied by their fathers, a dozen young Red Bank ladies took to the dance floor for the borough recreation department’s first Father-Daughter Dance at the Senior Citizens’ Center Saturday night.

Initiated by new parks & rec Director Charlie Hoffmann, the event was catered by New Corner Pizza, with flowers donated by Dean’s Florist. A team of girls from the Red Bank Regional High Key Club provided decorating and photography services.

Hoffmann says he’s planning an event dubbed the “Mother-Son Heroes Brunch” around Mother’s Day, so stay tuned. Meantime, we’ve got more photos from Saturday’s event below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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LINCROFT: A TRUE TALE OF BLOOD BROTHERS

yarrott benzThe public is welcome as author Yarrott Benz inaugurates the spring Visiting Writers series at Brookdale Community College with a Tuesday night discussion of his moving memoir, ‘The Bone Bridge.’

bone bridgeThe story of the brothers Benz may in fact be “the only case like it in history.” Diagnosed back in the 1970’s with aplastic anemia — a life-threatening condition in which the bone marrow doesn’t produce the platelets needed for blood to clot normally — Charley Benz became bound to the person who was identified as the sole compatible donor: his younger brother Yarrott.

Thus began a tale of experimental procedures, complex emotions, soul-searching and self-sacrifice that has only recently been revealed to the world at large, in the acclaimed memoir The Bone Bridge: A Brother’s Story.

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RED BANK: ‘IDOL’ SINGER WOWS FANS

Constantine Maroulis 021916‘American Idol’ contestant-turned-mentor Constantine Maroulis set a packed house of hearts aflutter when he played a show at Taste in Red Bank Friday night.

Backed by the Rock of Ages band and fresh off an ‘Idol’ appearance the night before, Maroulis performed songs by Queen, Rick Springfield, Bryan Adams and others. NJArts.net has a write-up. (Photo by Art Petrosemolo. Click to enlarge)

RUMSON: LOVED ONES DO LUNCH, AT SCHOOL

Loved OnesLove was in the air, as the Rumson Parent Teacher Organization presented its annual “Lunch with a Loved One” at Deane Porter School on February 15. The PTO provided bottled water, home-baked treats, fruit and granola bars, gluten-free and peanut-free snacks as students in Kindergarten through third grade enjoyed a luncheon celebration with a special person in their life. The luncheon was held in the Deane Porter gymnasium and cafeteria, both of which were festooned with hearts in keeping with a Valentine’s Day theme. “Families and schools belong together, and Lunch with a Loved One allows us the opportunity to come together for a fun event,” said Deane Porter School Principal Shari Feeney.

RBC GIRLS KNOCKED OUT OF SC TOURNAMENT

Red Bank Catholic’s girls fell to Manasquan, 47-36, in the quarterfinals of the Shore Conference Tournament at Brookdale Community College Saturday.  Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights. 

Manasquan will next take on the Lady Bulldogs of Rumson-Fair Haven on Monday in Toms River.  

R-FH GIRLS ADVANCE TO SCT SEMIS

Stephanie Lesko scored 12 points for Rumson-Fair Haven as the Lady Bulldogs routed Neptune, 52-26, in the Shore Conference quarterfinals at Brookdale Community College Saturday. Shore Sports Zone caught the action.

Second-seed R-FH is scheduled to face Manasquan in the semis Monday in Toms River.

RED BANK: FIREHOUSE EATERY PLAN FILED

40 white st 021816 2Architect Mike Simpson’s drawings show outdoor dining areas in front of and beside the former firehouse. Below, the building’s interior in 2014. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

40 WHITE 092314 2Already on fire with new restaurants, Red Bank’s downtown dining market could get hotter soon.

The new owners of the former Liberty Hose Company firehouse on White Street hope to convert the 105-year-old building into a restaurant, with two luxury apartments upstairs.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? MEDITERRANEAN FUSION

021716greekamole1A Mediterranean chicken salad platter from Greekamolé, which is owned by Jimmy Elenis, below. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

021716greekamoleElenisThree months after the debut of Greek Eats, a fast-food restaurant modeled on Chipotle Mexican Grill, Shrewsbury has a second entry in the market for quick Greek eats.

But the latest addition, Greekamolé at 1130 Broad Street, takes a broader international view, commingling Greek, Moroccan, Israeli and Latino flavors.

“I wanted to do something that wasn’t done,” owner Dimitrios ‘Jimmy’ Elenis tells PieHole. “I wanted to do greens and grains. That’s what you find people eating in the Mediterranean countries.”
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RED BANK: TWO RIVER WALKS A TIGHTROPE

A promo video for ‘Ropes.” Below, actor Varín Ayala. (Click to enlarge)

Varin_AyalaTo walk a tightrope is to travel in a way that’s as fraught with peril as it is delicately balanced — a daredevil method of getting from point A to point B, even if it remains indisputably the most direct path available.

In Ropes, the drama by Mexican playwright Bárbara Colio that begins previews at Red Bank’s Two River Theater Saturday, a trio of brothers walk a high-tension line between an unattainable ideal of family life on one end and, on the other, the reality of the strained relationships between themselves and their father, a world-renowned tightrope artist who abandoned them as children.

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MTOWN NORTH TOPS RFH ON ICE, 8-6

Down 5-1 in the second period, Rumson-Fair Haven eventually drew even with Middletown North in the Handchen Cup final on the ice in Wall Thursday night. But led by Bobby Hampton, who had two goals and two assists, North skated off with an 8-6 win and the cup, and now turns its attention to a state championship tournament.(Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

RED BANK: FOOD, FUN, FUNDRAISING AT MDCC

MDCC-Banner-sm copyPress release from Monmouth Day Care Center

On the evening of Friday, April 15, Monmouth Day Care Center (MDCC) will host its first annual Casino Night fundraiser event inside its Red Bank facility.

Scheduled between the hours of 7 to 10 pm, the Casino Night will feature food tastings from local restaurants, drinks, prizes and casino-style games (blackjack, craps, roulette, poker) sponsored by local businesses. All proceeds will benefit the non-profit MDCC and its 47-year commitment to providing a quality early childhood program to the children of the greater Red Bank community, regardless of socio-economic background.

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RED BANK: PAINT & SIP FOR HOOK & LADDER

Paint and SipOn the evening of Saturday, March 19, the volunteers of Red Bank’s Navesink Hook and Ladder Company No. 1 invite the public to “uncork the inner artist you didn’t think existed” and join in a Paint & Sip Fundraiser for the firehouse, located at 7-9 Mechanic Street.

During the adults-only, B.Y.O.B. event scheduled for 7 to 9 pm, participants will take part in a fun beginner-level acrylic painting party, led by a local artist from My Creative Canvas. There’s no prior art experience or drawing talent required; the canvases will already be sketched out for you, and budding painters will be instructed step-by-step how to create their own canvas, leaving with “a finished one-of-a-kind masterpiece of your own and a new talent you’ll want to grow.”

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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 February 4 to February 18, 2016. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Theft occurring between 2-7-16 and 2-10-16 at E. Bergen Place. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole a Mountain Bicycle from front porch. Ptl. Garrett Falco.

Criminal Mischief occurring between 2-9-16 and 2-10-16 at Catherine Street. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) smashed her driver’s side window out. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy

Criminal Mischief occurring on 2-12-16 at W. Sunset Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) threw a brick through front window of residence breaking same. Ptl. Shane Dengel

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RED BANK: HOMAGE, SWEET HOMAGE

Abba ManiaThe members of Abba Mania bring their top-touring tribute to the Scandinavian pop conquerors back to the Basie, in a week that also boasts spot-on salutes to The Beatles and Janis Joplin.

Tribute acts! For dedicated music fans of the baby-boomer era, the alarming loss of one AM/FM legend after another is tempered only the demand for a newer, bigger breed of hard-touring sonic soundalikes. It’s an experience that’s shockingly “Even Better Than the Real Thing” in many cases, when stacked up against the stooping shoulders and flattening voices of those aging 60s-70s-80s survivors — and for venues like our Count Basie Theatre, it’s a crowd-pleasing and seat-filling brand of fun fantasy that manifests itself three ways from here to next Sunday.

From Broadway to birthday parties, the epochal 1970s hits of international pop sensations ABBA have never even come close to going out of style – and with the savvy Swedes having stuck Beatle-like to their guns regarding any prospect of reunion, the market for maximum mamma-mia has been the province of acts like Abba Mania, the theater-scale tribute show that takes the Basie stage this Saturday, February 20, for what promises to be a “respectful and enjoyable” sound-and-fashion sojourn through such polyester pacesetters as “Voulez Vous,” “Dancing Queen,” “Winner Takes It All,” “Super Trouper” and then some. Take it here for tickets ($25 – $39) to the 8 pm show — and take it to the other side of the record for more.

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RED BANK: HORSE-ERA HOUSE GETS CAR LOT

286 broad 021716The circa-1875 office building at Broad Street and East Bergen Place. The driveway to the right belongs to the adjoining property. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The prospective buyer of a historic, high-profile Red Bank property won approval Wednesday night to make an alteration: the addition of a small parking lot out back.

The planning board unanimously approved the creation of a 12-space lot in the rear yard of 286 Broad Street, at the corner of East Bergen.

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RUMSON: BATCHLER WON’T BE PROSECUTED

batchler-610x343Former R-FH head football coach Bryan Batchler. (Photo courtesy of Shore Sports Zone. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Ousted Rumson-Fair Haven football coach Bryan Batchler has been cleared of criminal wrongdoing for what his attorney said were allegations of an inappropriate relationship with student.

“The evidence was insufficient to support criminal charges,”acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said in a prepared statement reported by the Asbury Park Press  Wednesday. “However, we referred the matter to the New Jersey Department of Education Investigations Unit for any administrative investigation or other action within their jurisdiction to conduct.”

“Essentially, Coach Batchler was falsely accused of criminal conduct and the prosecutor’s office didn’t even find that there was probable cause to believe that any criminal conduct was committed,” Batchler’s attorney, Mitch Ansell, said in a statement.

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LITTLE SILVER ENVIRO DAY IS MARCH 19

LS enviroOn Saturday, March 19, the Borough of Little Silver presents its annual Environmental Day, as an opportunity for residents to cut down on waste and clutter around their households, and to learn about green solutions and other earth-friendly topics.

Hosted at the Women’s Club of Little Silver (111 Church Street), the four-hour event is scheduled to run between 9 am and 1 pm, with a variety of services offered free of charge — including paper shredding, electronic waste collection, and a used clothing drive. In addition, the public is welcome to attend a compost workshop, a beekeeping discussion, and a set of informational displays on topics of environmental and local historical interest.

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LINCROFT: UNITY THRU HOT CHILI, COOL JAZZ

Lincroft PresbyterianPress release from Lincroft Presbyterian Church

While some people celebrated Valentine’s Day with a card, a romantic dinner, gold-foiled chocolates in a heart-shaped box or a bouquet of beautiful red roses, members of Lincroft Presbyterian Church, took the matters of love straight to the heart, and hosted two successful recent events: a February 6 Chili Cook-Off, and a February 11 Unity in Diversity Jazz Service to benefit two neighbor organizations, immediately prior to the day of love.

The two events raised more than $1,500 for 180 Turning Lives Around and Family Promise of Monmouth County, which offer the only places of sanctuary in Monmouth County for families facing domestic violence or homelessness.

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ON THE GREEN: WARMING CHAMBERS

radiancechamberensembleThe Radiance Chamber Ensemble brings a ray of sunshine to the Middletown Library Sunday with a free program that celebrates winter’s frosty pleasures.

As last weekend’s positively polar plunge confirmed, winter is still very much a thing in this neck of the Greater Red Bank Green. But if the season of the single digits boasts of any truly elegant pleasures, it’s the ability to warm oneself in front of a chamber-music hearth while the outside world goes slipping and cursing about its business.

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MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

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

​​​AUTHORITIES_MTOWN-2016-v2Christopher Mendez, age 22, from The Fellsway in Ocean, NJ, arrested on February 4, 2016 by Patrolman Antonio Ciccone on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Philip Dovico, age 67, from Willis Place in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on February 4, 2016 by Corporal Richard Raike on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

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RBR STUDENT ART BENEFITS CHARITY

vibesblindCaroline Pearce’s photograph “Vibes” (above) and Nora Fraser’s watercolor “Blind” (below) are among the works by students from the Red Bank Regional High School Visual and Performing Arts program, featured at the Amanda’s Easel Art Auction and charity event on February 26. During the event, hosted from 6:30 to 8 pm at the school building (101 Ridge Road in Little Silver), auctioneer Peter Costanzo will offer over 40 pieces in various media, with all proceeds dedicated to Amanda’s Easel, the art therapy program operated by the Monmouth County-based nonprofit 180 Turning Lives Around. There is a suggested donation of $2 (or $1 for attendees under age 18).

RUMSON: SCHULTE NAMED BULLDOGS COACH

jerry schulte 021616New head football coach Jerry Schulte at Tuesday’s R-FH board of ed meeting, where his appointment was approved. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

[Correction: This post has been updated to correct an error regarding Coach Schulte’s prior jobs. ]

By JOHN T. WARD

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Without so much as a murmur from the sparse audience, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional’s board of education named a new football coach Tuesday night — while remaining mum on the ouster of the last one.

Jerry Schulte, who spent the last decade running the defense for the high-achieving Bulldogs, was chosen by the board to replace Bryan Batchler, who was put on administrative leave in December for unexplained reasons and was later removed as coach.

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RED BANK: MORE FUNDS COMING, SAYS BECK

jen beck 012216 5Senator Jen Beck addressing a hearing on the charter school proposal at the Red Bank Middle School last month. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03The Red Bank school district can expect additional funding from Trenton under the latest Christie Administration budget, state Senator Jen Beck said Tuesday afternoon.

How much? It’s unclear, but it won’t be enough to offset the “devastating” impact that a proposed doubling of enrollment by the
Red Bank Charter School
 would have on the district, Beck told redbankgreen.

Morevover, Red Bank won’t be sharing in a new pot of money created by the administration to help districts that host charter schools shoulder costs, Beck said.
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RED BANK: PEDESTRIAN OK AFTER HIT & RUN

AUTHORITIES_RB-2016-v2By JOHN T. WARD

A Red Bank pedestrian was taken to the hospital with non-serious injuries after a hit-and-run accident Monday night, said police Chief Darren McConnell.

And a short while later, a motorist walked away from a rollover accident, apparently without injury, he said.

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