FAIR HAVEN KIDS DO LUNCH WITH VIPS

The atmosphere was fun and festive, during the annual “Lunch with a VIP” event at Fair Haven’s at Viola L. Sickles School.

Press release from Fair Haven School District

“Lunch with a VIP” is a yearly event that provides students the opportunity to connect with a loved one during the school day, in a highly celebratory atmosphere. This year’s VIP luncheon was held at Viola L. Sickles School between March 28 and 3, with students from first, second, and third grades sharing tables with the Very Important People in their lives.

During the hour-long celebration sponsored by the Fair Haven Parent Teacher Association, Sickles students and their VIPs enjoyed fun activities and created lasting memories. A questionnaire for VIPs was provided to encourage lunchtime discussion about “favorites” – including color, song, and holiday movie. A photo booth and professional photography by Lara Robby were featured to capture a special moment in time.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? CLUCKIN’ GOOD CHICKEN

A grilled Buffalo chicken and bleu cheese sandwich from Cluck-U Chicken. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

The Anchor Bar in Buffalo, New York, did the culinary world a big favor when it invented what has become a widespread favorite, Buffalo wings. Just about every eatery on the Greater Green, it seems, has a variation of the recipe on the menu, but Cluck-U Chicken in Red Bank stays pretty close to the original.

Queuing up behind a lunchtime crowd in the City Centre strip mall restaurant, PieHole eavesdropped on customers placing orders while formulating its own plan to taste a few items.

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RED BANK: ALL’S FAIR AT SPRING EVENT

The spring edition of the Red Bank Street Fair returns this Sunday, when the downtown is transformed into a merry midway for the benefit of the PBA Local 39. (Photo by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

[CORRECTION: The original version of this post reported that the spring Street Fair benefits the volunteer fire department, when in fact it’s for the Police Benevolent Association. The fire department fair is held in the fall. redbankgreen regrets the error.]

It’s a strolling/rolling smorgasbord of eat-on-the-go “fair fare,” a merry midway of rides, games and activities for the kiddies, and a bustling bazaar of retailers, crafters and service merchants. Even if the majority of vendors aren’t local, proceeds go to the worthiest of hyper-local causes: the charitable works of Red Bank Police Benevolent Association Local 39.

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RED BANK: EASTER EGG HUNT HOPS TO BASIE

This year’s edition of the Red Bank Easter Egg hunt, traditionally held at Eastside Park, will be held Saturday at Count Basie Fields to make it easier for more families to attend, according to Parks and Rec Director Charlie Hoffman.

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YA AUTHOR VISITS FAIR HAVEN SCHOOL

Press release from Fair Haven School District 

On March 27, award-winning Young Adult fiction author Jordan Sonnenblick visited Knollwood School, and made presentations to students in sixth through eighth grades.

Sonnenblick is well-known for exploring the complicated themes of friendship, family, and real- life tragedy while still managing to be hilariously funny. His books convey a genuine understanding of life as a teenager. Titles include Zen and the Art of Faking It, Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip, Are You Experienced? and Falling Over Sideways.

After Ever After, the sequel to Sonnenblick’s Drums, Girls and Dangerous Pie, was the 2011 Middle Grades winner of the American Library Association’s Children’s Literature Award.

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RUMSON: GATOR DEBATERS MAKE THEIR CASE

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

Chris Hall stood up straight with his shoulders back and eyes on the audience as he approached the podium to deliver his opening statement at the Jersey Shore Debate Tournament, held at Deane-Porter Elementary School on Saturday, March 11.

Hall, an eighth grader from The Rumson Country Day School, was named “Top Speaker” among the 11 students on the RCDS debate team, which competed against about 50 other students from seven schools in the area.

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LINCROFT: A NOVEL SETTING FOR FOLK FANS

Toronto-based folk musicians the Young Novelists (above) and Pittsburgh’s Brad Yoder (below) play the Unitarian meetinghouse Saturday night.

In just one year as a regularly scheduled feature on this planet, the Earth Room Concert Series at Lincroft’s Unitarian Universalist Congregation has managed to make a big noise — in its own relatively quiet, intimately scaled fashion.

Internationally known touring and recording artists who otherwise couldn’t stake a claim at any of the Jersey Shore’s many concert halls, rock clubs and coverband bars have found snug harbor — and connected with passionate audiences of folk/ roots/ Americana music fans — within the welcoming walls of the UUC’s West Front Street meetinghouse.

This Saturday evening, the series that’s spotlighted the talents of singing spouses (the Kennedys), sisters (the Nields), surviving partners (Tracy Grammer) and stalwart solos (Matt Nakoa) introduces the Greater Red Bank Green to another couple of musically minded marrieds: the Toronto-based group known as the Young Novelists.

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SHREWSBURY POLICE BLOTTER

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Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of March 25 to March 31, 2017. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

Crimes

Report of Theft in the area of Mac Cosmetics, Broad Street on 3/24/17. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed merchandise. Damages totaling $1,513.00. Ptl. Daniel DeCristofaro investigating.

Report of Theft by Deception in the area of Broad Street on 3/27/17. Victim reports unknown subject(s) forged and deposited multiple checks. Damages totaling $5,416.65. Ptl. Daniel DeCristofaro investigating.

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RED BANK: CYMCA KICKS OFF 2017 CAMPAIGN

Press release from The Community YMCA

“Helping Kids Soar to New Heights” is the theme of the 2017 Annual Campaign, coordinated by The Community YMCA and launched with a Wednesday evening event at the nonprofit organization’s Family Health and Wellness Center on Maple Avenue, Red Bank.

The April 5 public event served as the official kickoff to an 8-week community fundraising initiative that seeks to generate $550,400 in support. The funds will help children and families who are in need of financial assistance to take advantage of such Y programs as affordable childcare, swim lessons, counseling and summer camp. Funds will also help underwrite mission-driven and community initiatives such as the Y Achievers college-readiness program, water safety programs and free memberships to Red Bank children in grades pre-K-8.

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RED BANK: CLANCY DISAVOWS DIVISIVE TEXT

Michael Clancy in 2015. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Red Bank Republican Chairman Michael Clancy on Wednesday disavowed a text message that a party loyalist had termed a “disgusting” slap at the borough’s immigrant community.

Amid renewed calls for his resignation from the borough Human Relations Advisory Committee, Clancy sent redbankgreen a statement in which he expressed a “deep empathy for immigrants and children of immigrants, who live in fear of deportation.”

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RED BANK: EIGHT WOMEN, A WAR AND LOVE

Previews for ‘The Women of Padilla’ start this weekend at the Two River Theater. Below, playwright Tony Meneses.(Click to enlarge.)

In a 2015 redbankgreen interview, Tony Meneses confessed he “had a sense from the start that I was never gonna make money as a playwright, that it had to mean something more to me than that.”

The Guadalajara-born, Brooklyn-based dramatist was speaking about Guadalupe in the Guest Room, a comedy-drama with a personal slant that made its fully staged world premiere at Red Bank’s Two River Theater.

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LITTLE SILVER: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

2017_authorities_cherrytop_ls3Crime and arrest reports for the month of March, 2017, as provided by the Little Silver Police Department. This report is published unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

March 2– Michael Gavan, 31, of Shrewsbury, NJ, was arrested on Prospect Ave. for an active Contempt of Court warrant out of the Asbury Park Municipal Court in the amount of $101.00. Det. Sgt. Greg Oliva made the arrest.

March 3– A victim reported Burglary after discovering that their vehicle had been broken into while parked at a business on Conover Pl. P.O. Andrew Smith and Det. Sgt. Greg Oliva investigated.

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RED BANK: ANOTHER SOAKING IN FORECAST

After drenching rains last week, the Greater Red Bank Green is in for more Wednesday night through Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. As much as two inches of rain is expected. But first: some sunshine and temperatures approaching 60 degrees Wednesday. These plants along River Road in Red Bank won’t mind either way. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: VISCOMI DOUBLE-BARRELS CLANCY

Sue Viscomi at a 2015 board of education meeting. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

[Correction: The date of a controversial text was incorrectly reported in the original version of this article. References to it below have been corrected.]

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03A Red Bank Republican loyalist blasted party Chairman Michael Clancy Tuesday, one day after she was bypassed in favor of a political newcomer to run for borough council this year.

Sue Viscomi, who serves on the board of education, also took aim at Clancy for what she said was a “dumbfounding” and “disgusting” text she claims he sent to her and three GOP council members last month in February asking for a list of undocumented alien students so he could “mail it to ICE,” referring to the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.

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RED BANK: EYES ON THE ROAD, PLEASE

Put down the cellphone and pay attention: that’s the message to motorists that Red Bank police hope to underline this month as they conduct a special distracted-driving enforcement detail.

Why? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2014, 3,179 people were killed and an estimated 431,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.

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RED BANK PRIMARY HOSTS SOME FRESH VIPs

On Friday, Red Bank Primary School hosted a VIP contingent — that’s Very Impressive Produce — as the school was recognized as the winner of the state Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Press release from NJ Dept. of Agriculture

On Friday, March 31, New Jersey Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition Division Director Rose Tricario and USDA representatives presented Red Bank Primary School with the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program VIP (Very Impressive Produce) Award.

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RED BANK: PARTIES TAP COUNCIL CANDIDATES

This year’s council candidates include Democrats Ed Zipprich, left, and Michael Ballard, center, and Republican Linda Schwabenbauer, right. Missing is Schwabenbauer running mate Dana McArthur. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The primary races for two Red Bank council seats will be uncontested in June, with the Democrats and Republicans having firmed up their two-person tickets Monday.

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RBR CODERS SCORE HIGH AT STOCKTON

Red Bank Regional sent six teams and 17 students to the only computer coding competition this year at Stockton University, taking 2nd and 3rd place finishes, as well as one of two honorable mention. Pictured with Stockton’s mascot Talin are (back row, left to right): Dylan McRae, Makoto Brown, Dylan Reitsma, Bobby Villaluz, Jack McNally, Kyle Neary, Ford Zacks, Kyle Scheider, Andrew Schembor, Tyler Lewis, and Damanbir Sahi, plus (front row, left to right): Jared Prezwodek, Jake Glauber, Josh Goldsmith, Max Mason, Harry Jain, and Ian Birn.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The Academy of Information Technology (AOIT) at Red Bank Regional High School always searches for opportunities for their students to compete on the specialized knowledge they learn in their technology academy.  The AOIT found such an opportunity for its students to compete in computer coding on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, in the second annual Computer Science Teachers Association South Jersey (CSTA-SNJ) computer science competition at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ.

The competition included 130 students from 12 New Jersey High Schools. While a team from Toms River took the first place honors, RBR dominated by taking three of the five top placements.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of March 15 to March 31, 2017. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Theft: On 3-15-17 in the area of Dr. James Parker Blvd the victim reported a glass tip jar was removed from the business. The victim described the suspect as a black male, light complexion, wearing a red RBR hoodie and grey sweatpants. The tip jar contained approximately $80.00-$100.00 cash. Sgt. David Hicks.

Criminal Mischief: On 03-19-17 in the area of Bridge Ave the victim reported damage to a motor vehicle. The vehicle had deep scratches caused by an unknown object on all four sides of the vehicle. Ptl. Nicholas Maletto.

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LINCROFT: THEY’RE SPEAKING HIS LANGUAGES

Linguist David J. Peterson discusses his creation of the Dothraki and Valyrian languages for ‘Game of Thrones’ at Brookdale Community College this Thursday. (Click to enlarge)

In an age when many of the planet’s lesser-spoken dialects are feared to be on the verge of dying out, it might surprise you to note that the art of language invention is on the rise — and that a thirty-something guy from California named David J. Peterson is surfing the crest of this man-made wave.

A cult celebrity, thanks largely to his work on TV’s Game of Thrones, for which he crafted the Dothraki and Valyrian languages, and the Marvel Universe franchise — where his Dark Elf dialogue made beautiful music in Thor: The Dark World — Peterson has been sparking renewed interest in constructed linguistics through YouTube videos and personal appearances. And this Thursday, the man who can truly claim to have “the best words” will have the podium when he comes to Brookdale Community College. in Lincroft

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RED BANK: PREPARING FOR THE NEXT ONE

Three days after a raging fire that destroyed a home and injured five people, including four firefighters just one block away, members of the Red Bank volunteer fire and first aid squads conducted a previously scheduled training exercise simulating multiple emergencies Sunday.

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