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RED BANK: DALPRA TO HEAD PARKS & REC

Louis ‘Del’ DalPra at Red Bank Regional in 2009. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njFormer Red Bank Regional High athletic director and coach Louis ‘Del’ DalPra was named director of the borough’s parks and recreation department Wednesday night.

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LITTLE SILVER: DALPRA RETIRING FROM RBR

louis del dalpra 2010 Louis ‘Del’ DalPra on the sidelines in 2010. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank Regional’s man of many caps, Louis ‘Del’ Dal Pra, is retiring.

This time, unlike his last attempt to leave a decade ago, it’s for real, he said.

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RED BANK: DAL PRA PUTS ‘OUR KIDS’ FIRST

Del Dal Pra at Count Basie Park, where the stadium football field was prepped for installation of a new surface last week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njEarly on in his new job as Red Bank parks and recreation director, Louis ‘Del’ Dal Pra suspected he’d have to make changes that would tick some people off.

Two encounters this spring convinced him he had no choice.

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RBR HOSTS SPECIAL ‘UNIFIED SCHOOL’ GAMES

Pictured at the recent Buccaneer Unified Club Sports (BUCS) game in which both regular and special education, intellectually disabled students played together as teammates are (standing, left to right) Nick Arnone, Lauren Keale, Zoey Kallerher, Michael Eulner, Stephen Navitzky; (kneeling) Sarah Keale and Diana Santamaria Delgado.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

This past year, Red Bank Regional High School Athletic Director Del DalPra was able to secure a $3,500 grant from the Special Olympics Organization with the aim of becoming a Special Olympics Unified School.

RBR joins over 4,300 middle and high schools in the United States which have adopted this program, in which able-bodied kids play side by side with special education children who are intellectually disabled. According to the Unified Olympic website, “Unified Sports is also an integral part of the Special Olympics Unified Strategy for Schools, which was founded in 2008 and funded through the U.S. Department of Education to use Special Olympics as a way to build inclusion and tolerance in schools.”

The winter basketball program included eight special education students from the school’s “self-contained” program, and 18 regular education students. All were equal participants in the program and all had an equally great time playing a competitive basketball game every Tuesday night over the past two months. The name of the team, BUCS, is an appropriate acronym for Buccaneer Unified Club Sports.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR SEEKS HALL OF FAMERS

rbr-athletic-hall-of-famePictured from left to right are Red Bank Regional Athletic Hall of Fame Committee members Lou DeGeorge, Nick Pizzulli, Christina Emrich, Del Dal Pra, Bill Galatro, and Charles Taylor.  The committee is currently seeking nominations to its inaugural class by May 1, 2017.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

For the first time in its storied 100-year history, the Red Bank Regional High School District is establishing an Athletic Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame Committee will seek to induct individuals (including student athletes, and coaches) and teams who have made significant contributions to the school’s athletic program, with nominations accepted through May 1, 2017. The inaugural induction ceremony is scheduled to take place in October of 2017.

Alumni nominees need to have graduated over 10 years ago, and faculty nominees must be retired. Nominations, including posthumously nominated candidates, are welcome from former coaches, faculty, students and alumni, and can span the history of the old Red Bank High School and the present-day Red Bank Regional.

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RBR HOSTS FORUM ON ATHLETIC RECRUITMENT

jack-renkens-at-game-2Nationally noted speaker Jack Renkens of Recruiting Realities returns to Red Bank Regional on November 10, for a free public-welcome talk on “What Every Family Needs to Know about the College Athletic Process.”

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On the evening of Tuesday, November 10, national college athletic keynote speaker Jack Renkens of Recruiting Realities makes a scheduled return to Red Bank Regional High School to detail the strategies and realities of college athletic recruitment. The public is invited to attend this free event, going on at 7 pm inside the auditorium of the school at 101 Ridge Road in Little Silver.

A company press release describes the program as follows: “Parents have an opportunity to hear the truth about college athletic recruiting, the role of their high school coach, the impact of today’s social media and where parents fit in the process.”

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LITTLE SILVER: CALLING ALL ’75 BUCS CHAMPS

Bucs state champs 120875 p21The Red Bank Register provided extensive coverage of Red Bank Regional’s 1975 state championship win over Hightstown. Below, 10 members of the 1975 team with RBR athletic director Del Dal Pra. (Click to enlarge)

1975teamThey went 11-0 that year, and extended their winning streak to 28 games. But the capper of the 1975 football season for the Red Bank Regional Buccaneers was a hard-won, 46-44 victory over Hightstown for the Central Jersey Group II state championship.

“Those who were there are already calling it the greatest high school football game ever played in this state,” the Red Bank Register reported in the opening paragraph of a story about the contest.

Now, 40 years later, the Little Silver school is hoping to bring the players together again.

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RUMSON: FORRESTDALE HONORS CLASS OF 2015

ForrestdalePress release from Rumson School District

The graduation ceremony for Forrestdale School’s Class of 2015 was held at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on the evening of June 17, during which Rumson Board of Education President Colleen O’Connor and Deane-Porter School Principal Shari Feeney awarded diplomas to 118 students.

SGA Secretary Ryan Champeau, presenting the Class Gift, announced that the Class of 2015 would be providing a Bulldog mat for the entryway of Forrestdale School. Speakers included District Assistant Principal Amy Romano, Forrestdale School Principal Jen Gibbons, and SGA President Maxwell Connery, who recalled his time at Forrestdale School as a new student by observing that “I was made to feel included immediately, and then I came to realize what is unique about Forrestdale…we are free to be who we are thanks to an environment of acceptance.”

Forrestdale Music Teacher John Lebitsch led the Graduation Ensemble in performances of the Processional (Pomp and Circumstance) and the Recessional (Stargate VI).

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RBR SEEKS DONATIONS FOR FITNESS CENTER

Classof_-_CopyThe Red Bank Regional High School Athletic Director Del Dal Pra receives a generous donation from members of the Red Bank High School Class of 1960, toward the completion of a new 3,000 square foot fitness center. The RBR Buc Backer Foundation recently granted $50,000 to finance half the cost of the much-needed new facility, and the Red Bank Regional School District is welcoming community donations of funds and necessary fitness equipment.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

For decades, the weight room adjacent to the legendary field house/ gymnasium at Red Bank Regional High School was akin to a poor stepchild; antiquated, undersized and poorly furnished.  That will soon change as the Board of Education, through their capital improvement account, was able to fund the construction of a nearly 3,000 square foot fitness center; accessed directly behind the field house structure that has hosted many athletic events (including indoor track meets) through the years.

Construction on the fitness center began this spring and will continue throughout the summer, with an anticipated opening in the fall of 2015. The center will be utilized by the entire school through gym classes that every student must take, as well as for training of RBR’s athletes — and while the construction of the fitness center for $928,000 was funded by the Red Bank Regional School District, the Board of Education hopes to furnish the space with donations from the community.

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