ON THE GREEN: COASTAL FLOODING CONTINUES

sb flooding 020916LS seven bridge flooding 020916Coastal flooding was widespread on the Greater Red Bank Green Tuesday morning. Trucks and cars powered through deep water on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright, above, and flooding closed Seven Bridge Road just north of Paag Lane in Little Silver, right. And once again, the Navesink River flooded the Monmouth Boat Club in Red Bank, below.

The National Weather Service forecasts tidal inundations won’t be as extensive in the Tuesday night and Wednesday morning high tides.  (Photos above and right by Bob Kern. Photo below by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

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SHREWSBURY POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of January 20 to January 31, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY-2016-v3Crime Reports

A report of Criminal Mischief was reported by a male in the area of Broad St. on 1/20/2016. Ptl. Ryan Cullinane investigated.

A report of Theft of Services was reported by a male in the area of Newman Springs Rd. & Shrewsbury Ave. on 1/21/2016. Ptl. Daniel DeCristofaro investigating.

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A MOVING BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM AT RBR

Jazmin GrahamThe Red Bank Regional VPA orchestra accompanied Jazmin Graham as she sang the Nora Jones ballad “Don’t Know Why,” during the annual Black History Month program at the school.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Every February, Red Bank Regional High School celebrates Black History Month with a heartwarming program for its student body. Sponsored by the school’s Multi-cultural Club and History Club, the event spotlights the talents of RBR Visual and Performing Arts Academy students in highlighting the timeless contributions of African Americans to American society.

At the 2016 event held last week in the RBR auditorium, Principal Risa Clay greeted her students by explaining the reason we celebrate this month, stating that “it is imperative that Americans learn the complete history of the United States. All students should study and celebrate the history of all people. It is by knowing and learning about others that we continue to grow and learn from each another and better understand each other.”

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RED BANK: GEM OF A GALA FOR K.HOV KIDS

Daniel_Blumenkrantz_(Ranney_School),_Joseph_Romanowski_(Owner,_Goldtinker®),_and_Christopher_Weiland_(Ranney_School)Since its inception in 1970, Goldtinker Jewelers has made it a policy to be involved in community-based charities — and on February 4, owner Joe Romanowski (pictured at center, between Ranney School students Daniel Blumenkrantz and Christopher Weilan) hosted the first Diamond Heart Gala event in the 47 year history of the business. Romanowski and co-owner son Peter welcomed numerous customers, clients, fellow merchants and professionals from the Red Bank business community to the Valentine’s-themed event, a successful fundraiser for K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital of Neptune City.  Attendees who purchased and/or donated to the cause entered to win an exclusive Goldtinker Diamond Heart necklace, while enjoying specialty cocktails and Greek and Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres catered by Anemos Greek Cuisine of Manalapan. “We are so fortunate to have high quality care so close to home,” said Romanowski of the beneficiary for the first in what will be planned as an annual event. “I am so proud and honored that our Gala can leave a tangible impression on such a trusted organization that really treats each child as their own.” 

ON THE GREEN: SNOW IN FORECAST, AGAIN

rb snow 020516 3snow forecast 020816A forecast of up to three inches of snow on the Greater Red Bank Green didn’t quite pan out Monday — we got flurries that amounted to zip. But, undeterred, the National Weather Service is now forecasting up that to five inches of snow may fall between Monday night and early Wednesday morning, with the “most likely” snowfall total pegged at about two inches, as seen in the forecast map at right (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: A CARD OF THANKS

rbcs girls 020516After the conclusion of their school-record 10-4 regular season last week, the girls’ basketball team of the Red Bank Charter School presented an oversized thank-you card to their final opponent, Calvary Christian of Old Bridge. The note congratulated the Lions on their team play and sportsmanship.

“Several of their girls gave our girls notes last time we played them, so we thought it would be nice to do something for them,” said charter school coach Vern Ford. 

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 January 28 to February 4, 2016. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief occurring on 1-30-16 at Central Avenue. Victim reported that 9 parked vehicles were damaged, having their windows smashed out by unknown subject(s). Ptl. Benjamin Springer

Criminal Mischief occurring on 1-31-16 at the Galleria Parking Lot. Victim reported that unknown person(s) keyed parked vehicle. Ptl. Ashon Lovick

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RED BANK: TALKING ‘BOUT JERSEY ARTISTS

evelyn-leavensThe late Red Bank artist Evelyn Leavens (above) is among the creative people showcased in ‘New Jersey Artists Through Time,’ a new book by Middletown-based author and artist Tova Navarra that inaugurates a series of events at Red Bank Public Library.

NJ Artists Thru TimeA quick flip through the newly published New Jersey Artists Through Time reveals a number of creative people whose lives and work were well known here on the Greater Red Bank Green. There’s the late lifelong Red Banker Evelyn Leavens, profiled here a few years back; Jim Gary, legendary maker of dinosaurs from repurposed auto parts; Mike Quon, painter of stylized local landmarks; plus Riccardo Berlingeri, Grace Graupe-Pillard, Judy Martin, Bob Mataranglo, and George Tice.

They’re all there, sharing space with the likes of superstar sculptor George Segal, celebrated printmaker Jabob Landau, and Emmy-winning courtroom artist Ida Libby Dengrove, in the first such study to come along in over 50 years. The books is just the latest of more than 30 published titles for its Middletown-based author — artist, photographer, educator, journalist, former Asbury Park Press art critic and registered nurse Tova Navarra — and the subject of the first in a new series of free ‘Author Talks’ events at Red Bank Public Library, this Wednesday.

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RED BANK: SWAMPED AT THE BOAT CLUB

RB SWAMPED CAR 020816rb swamped truck 020816It seems someone neglected to check the tide charts when leaving a red pickup truck in the parking lot shared by the Monmouth Boat Club and North Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club in Red Bank. This reader photo, snapped at 7:40 a.m. Monday shows a red vehicle swamped by the Navesink River. The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning (Reader photo above. Photo at right by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

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

​​​AUTHORITIES_MTOWN-2016-v2Christie Shannon, age 26, from Manchester Court in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on January 21, 2016 by Lieutenant John Kaiser on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Marlboro Municipal Court. She was released on her own recognizance.

John Tufaro, age 28, from Linden Street in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 21, 2016 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski for Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute and Tampering with Physical Evidence. He was held on $55,000.00 bail set by Judge James Berube.

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ON THE GREEN: MORNING SNOW EXPECTED

FH runner 020616Commuters on the Greater Red Bank Green could be in for a messy Monday. The National Weather Service has forecast a snowfall between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m, that’s expected to lay one to three inches of snow on the northern New Jersey shore. A coastal flood warning is also in effect for low-lying areas through 10 p.m.

Above, the effects of a snowfall on Friday surrounded a runner on Rumson Road in Fair Haven Saturday afternoon.  (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

LINCROFT: RUGBY CLUB SHUFFLES THE DECK

MonmouthRugbyThe Thompson Park home of the Monmouth Rugby Football Club is the setting for a special Shamrock Shuffle morning of race events on March 20, benefitting the Wounded Warrior Project.

Press release from Monmouth Rugby Football Club

Whether you choose to Run, Walk or Shuffle, you’ve got a golden opportunity to be part of a fundraising team effort on Sunday March 20, when the Monmouth Rugby Football Club hosts its second annual Shamrock Shuffle 5K Run and 1 mile Fun Run for kids.

Hosted at the Club’s home-turf playing field — Thompson Park on Newman Springs Road — the day gets underway at 9 am with a registration and packet pickup session in advance of the 10 am 5K Race/Walk. Kids 12 and under can take part in the Fun Run at 11:30 am, and an award ceremony takes place at noon, with all registrants receiving a “race day swag bag.”

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RED BANK: SPEAKING OF SHAKESPEARE

Press release from English Speaking Union of Monmouth County

On March 1, some 35 high school English and Drama teachers from Monmouth, Ocean, Mercer, Middlesex, and Somerset counties will congregate at Two River Theater, for a full-day workshop in Teaching Shakespeare. The 9 am to 5 pm session, a partnership between The English-Speaking Union and the world-renowned Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC,  gives teachers the tools they need to bring Shakespeare to life in their classrooms.

Sponsored jointly by The Monmouth County and the Princeton branches of The English-Speaking Union, with generous support from Two River Theater Company, this workshop is just one of many educational activities being held worldwide in 2016 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.

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RBC UPSET ENDS RFH 13-GAME WIN STREAK

Rumson-Fair Haven’s Brendan Barry scored 20 in the fourth quarter as the Bulldogs surged from a 12-point deficit to take a 0ne-point lead in the final minute. But the Bulldogs just couldn’t put Red Bank Catholic away Saturday. Evan Madigan’s jumper in the closing seconds sealed the 56-55 road win for RBC and ended a 13-game Bulldogs win streak. Shore Sports Zone has the highlight reel.

MIDDLETOWN: A RETRO CHINESE NEW YEAR

020216houseofchong6Shrimp lo mein, left, and shrimp in garlic sauce at House of  Chong. Edward Chong, below.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

020216houseofchong1Chinese new year begins Monday, and diners with a yen for a little time travel along with well-made Asian cuisine might set their GPS for House of Chong in Middletown.

The restaurant, located in the Union Square Mall, has been serving Cantonese and Szechuan-style Chinese delicacies since 1976, owner Edward Chong tells us. His parents first opened House of Chong in Brick in 1969, and though that restaurant is now closed, the Middletown eatery remains a family affair — and something of throwback.
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RED BANK: DISTRICT KEEPS PRESSURE ON PLAN

jared rumage 082814Red Bank Superintendent Jared Rumage, above, said PARCC test results show that students gain skills as they progress through the middle school. Below, charter school Principal Meredith Pennotti at the forum her school hosted Tuesday. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

meredith pennotti 020216Twists in the proposed Red Bank Charter School expansion saga in recent days have prompted the borough school district to dial up its attack on the plan.

District Superintendent Jared Rumage said a change in the timeline of the plan’s proposed rollout “amplifies [the] disconnect” between the charter school and the community.

In addition, academic test data released this week shows that district eighth-graders are not only competitive with those at the charter school, but outscored them, he said.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? A SMOOTHIE IN A BOWL

020316freshica4The Acai PB&J bowl from Freshica’s Juice Bar, owned by Jessica Dalmedo, below. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

020316freshica3It might seem counter-intuitive to put a juice bar in the same building as a luncheonette known for its porkroll, egg, and cheese sandwiches, but Jessica Dalmedo, owner of Freshica’s Juice Bar says it works.

Sharing space with Fairwinds Deli on River Road in Fair Haven for almost four years, Freshica’s counter takes up a portion of the dining area. At lunchtime, you’re likely to see a construction worker downing a sub as you are a gray-flannel suit or someone coming from the gym. Less expected: the number of children from the preschool next door taking sippy-cup-sized swigs of kale- and spinach-infused juices.
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ON THE GREEN: A WET, SLUSHY BLANKET

rb snow 020516 2rb snow 020516 4A soggy blanket of snow on the Greater Red Bank Green made for a pretty scene at the Red Bank train station, above, and some slushy stepping on Chestnut Street Friday morning, right. It also triggered a snow day for many area students, including those at the Red Bank district and charter schools.

The National Weather Service forecasts the snowfall will taper off around 10 a.m., leaving two-to-four inches, as temperatures settle into the mid-30s.  (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

MIDDLETOWN: SOMETHING’S NOT NORMYLE

Bill Normyle Anna Cibrian Bad SeedThe creepy janitor (Bill Normyle) has a proposition for sweet and innocent Rhoda (Anna Cibrian) as the Monmouth Players present the 1950’s suspenser ‘The Bad Seed,’ starting Saturday at Navesink Arts.

Following a December detour into holiday-themed comedy, the Monmouth Players resume their 2015-’16 “Season of Suspense” in signature style this Saturday with the first of eight performances of a drama that thrilled Broadway audiences more than 60 years ago — right around the time that the players were beginning their incredible run as the area’s longest continuously operating theatrical troupe.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR STUDENT ATHLETES SIGN

signingdayofficialOn National Signing Day, February 3, three student athletes from Red Bank Regional High School committed to play college ball. The students whose outstanding contributions helped shape the best football season RBR experienced in three decades, are (seated left to right in photo) wide receiver Sadiq Palmer, Red Bank (University of Massachusetts); defensive back Teddy Mitchell, Red Bank (Sacred Heart University); and defensive end Sean Naiman, Little Silver (Bucknell University). 

LINCROFT: A FREEDOM RIDER VISITS BCC

bernard-lafayette_JPEGNoted civil rights activist the Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. will give a free talk at Brookdale Community College on February 23. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr.)

Press release from Brookdale Community College

On the morning of Tuesday, February 23, noted activist and author the Rev. Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr. will meet with local students and discuss his experience as a core leader of the 1960’s civil rights movement, during a free talk at Brookdale Community College.

Lafayette’s talk, scheduled for 11:30 am and titled “Your Life: A Celebration of Peace and Social Justice Yesterday and Today,” is open to all members of the public. It will be held in the Student Life Center building on the BCC campus.

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ON THE GREEN: KEEP THOSE SHOVELS HANDY

blizzard 012416 8snowforecast 020416 copyTwo weeks after a blizzard dropped two feet of snow on the Greater Red Bank Green, the powder is likely to return Friday.

The National Weather Service has issued an advisory that warns over rain turning to snow around 1 a.m. and continuing until about noontime, with accumulations of up to four inches forecast in our area. Meantime, impacts on rush hour commutes are expected.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: HE’S LIVE, JIM!

Shatners_World-770-525x306Pop-cultural icon comes to the stage of the Count Basie Theatre this Friday night. 

Unlike the planet-dominating Skynet of the Terminator movies, it’s unclear as to exactly when William Shatner became self-aware. But from the moment it happened, this world has not been the same. And for about 90 minutes Friday night, the Red Bank area audience will be offered an opportunity to plug into the old-soul consciousness and galaxy-spanning ego that lords over Shatner’s World.

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