RED BANK: EFFU DRIVING TOWARD NEW GOAL

rb effu 080914 3rb effu 080914 2Red Bank’s Eastside Flag Football Union (EFFU), the defending state champions in fundraising for the annual Snow Bowl tournament to benefit the New Jersey Special Olympics, is in the final stretch of its 2015 campaign. As of Thursday morning, EFFU had raised $16,000 toward its goal of $25,000, with three days left. Last year’s tourney-topping net was $19,765. Want to help put the team over the goal line? Take it here(Photo by Tom Labetti. Click photo to enlarge)

A TIE WON’T DO: RBC BUSTS TIE-DYE RECORD

rbc tie dy 031815 1 rbc tie dy 031815 13Four-hundred-fifty-four students and teachers at Red Bank Catholic gathered in groovy casualwear Wednesday morning in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record for the “largest gathering of people wearing tie-dye.”

The event was a fundraiser, via $10 t-shirt sales, for the Make A Wish Foundation of New Jersey and dreamed up by senior Kaitlin Rogers of Allenhurst, above. The previous record was 250, she said; RBC’s must still be certified by Guinness.

The school’s annual carnival for Make A Wish, which enables wish fulfillment for young children with serious medical conditions, will be held this year on Saturday, May 16.

More pix below… (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: FREE CHRISTMAS EATS

church dinner Continuing a tradition of nearly 30 years, the First Baptist Church, above, offers a Christmas Day dinner. JR’s Burgers, below, will offer free meals on Christmas Eve. (Click to enlarge)

jrs burgersAt least two Red Bank operations will be feeding those in need of a hot meal for Christmas.

On Wednesday, Christmas Eve, from 6 to 8 p.m., JR’s Burgers on West Front Street will be giving out free burgers, sodas and fries.

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SHARED KITCHEN EASES STORM’S AFTERMATH

081814 via 45 walton kittrickLynn McKittrick and Linda Walton utilizing the kitchen of Via45  for their catering business, the Whistling Onion. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

081214 via45 front“What are we going to do? Where do we go from here?” Linda Walton asked her partner, Lynn McKittrick, after their Sea Bright restaurant, the Riverfront Café, was decimated by Hurricane Sandy.

“Together, we ran the business.” Walton said. “Lynn ran the restaurant while I ran a catering business,” the Whistling Onion, which had started in 1991 with McKittrick working out of a private kitchen, catering rooftop parties in New York.

Later, the Riverfront Café served as home to both the restaurant and private catering businesses.

After the storm, “the realization set in that I still had my business, while Lynn had nothing,” Walton said. “The right thing to do was making her a partner in the catering business.”

But where?

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RED BANK: EFFU BASKS IN GIANT SPOTLIGHT

rb effu 080914 1rb effu 080914 3Red Bank’s Eastside Flag Football Union (EFFU) made a return trip to the Meadowlands on Saturday to reap its reward as the top fundraising team – out of 135  in the Snow Bowl tournament to benefit the New Jersey Special Olympics back in March. The squad spent the day tailgating, watching the Giants and Steelers warm up for a preseason game, and got to see their team name in lights for raising $19,765. More pix here(Photos by Tom Labetti. Click photo to enlarge)

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RED BANK: POND CLEARED FOR TROUT SEASON

rb mohawk pond 033014 2rb mohawk pond 033014About a dozen members of Monmouth County sportsmen’s clubs turned out in a cold drizzle to clear debris and phragmites from Red Bank’s Mohawk Pond Sunday morning, in anticipation of this week’s annual restocking of the pond with trout by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.

Afterward, participants watched a pair of ospreys soar above the pond and a admired a blue heron, right, as it fed a the pond’s western edge. According to the state, the pond is slated to receive a total 960 rainbow and brown trout this season, which opens Saturday at 8 a.m. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: EFFU TOP FUNDRAISER AT TOURNEY

effu 032214Red Bank’s Eastside Flag Football Union (EFFU) was the top fundraising team of 135 that participated in the Snow Bowl tournament to benefit the New Jersey Special Olympics at the Meadowlands over the weekend.

The squad raised $19,765 and picked up free passes to a Giants preseason game this summer, when it will be honored with others at halftime.

As for the field action, the EFFUers made it to the to semifinals in the over-35 division, squeezing in some family and tailgating time in between the second and third games of three on Sunday.

Yep, you’re allowed to cheer, folks: “EFFU! EFFU! EFFU!”  (Click photo to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN: BACK FROM DEATH, WITH THANKS

jay campbell 032014Jay Campbell, center, chats with MONOC paramedics Mike Welsh, left, and Marcelo Aguirre during his visit to the Fair Haven First Aid Squad Thursday night. Below, Campbell poses with his family and the emergency responders who teamed up to save him from cardiac arrest earlier this year.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

jay campbell 032014 2The bug had been making its way through the Campbell residence in Fair Haven when Jay Campbell told his wife he wasn’t feeling well and was heading to bed early that Sunday evening in January.

So a short time later, when Leslie Campbell heard a gurgling sound, she raced to grab the pail she’d used to get her son through the illness. But the instant she reached the bedroom and saw her husband lying with his mouth agape and his eyes rolled upward, she knew something far more terrible than the flu had gotten hold of him.

Minutes later, 59-year-old Jay Campbell was, by the metrics of medicine, dead. But two young cops – responding to an “open-line” call in which the 911 dispatcher could only hear the sound of a woman shouting the name ‘Jay’ – began what became a rapid-response team effort to bring him back to life.

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RED BANK: EFFU EYES SNOW BOWL RETURN

SNOW BOWL 2013For the second year in a row, Red Bank’s Eastside Flag Football Union (EFFU) is heading to the Meadowlands Sunday for the Snow Bowl tournament to benefit the New Jersey Special Olympics.

The squad raised $13,000 last year; so far this year, its 15 members who’ll be outfitted with jerseys courtesy of the Dublin House – have bagged more than $18,000 en route to a target of $20,000. Interested in putting them across the goal line? Donate here. The video above is from the 2013 effort. (Click photo to enlarge)

RED BANK: EFFU EYES MEADOWLANDS TOURNEY

effu 020214 5effu 020214 3Stephen Dunne hauls in a touchdown pass, above, and a runner heads upfield, below, during the season-ending game for Red Bank’s Eastside Flag Football Union, played at Count Basie Field on Sunday, hours before the Super Bowl kicked off at the Meadowlands.

As it did last year, EFFU plans to send a team to the New York Giants Snow Bowl, a flag football tournament held at MetLife Stadium to raise money for the New Jersey Special Olympics. The Red Bank squad raised $13,000 last year.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: A CALENDAR ABOUT, AND FOR, KIDS

prown's calendar 2014The cover of the 2014 Prown’s calendar features a shot of the attendees on the 1964 Police Athletic League bus trip.  (Click to enlarge)

For five years now, two venerable institutions of the Green, Prown’s Home Improvement and Dorn’s Classic Images have been putting their heads together to create a calendar that keeps the past alive and helps out a charity or two.

The 2014 edition continues the tradition and includes 14 classic black-and-white photos of Red Bank kids. The images were selected from the Dorn’s collection, curated by George and Kathy Dorn Severini.

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INTRODUCING: CLASS ACT

CLASS-ACT_MIDDLETOWNToday, redbankgreen introduces a new occasional feature called Class Act.

Class Act reports news about local young people who’ve moved on to college and beyond to continue their education. We’ll be grouping them by town of residence and posting periodically. The first one is about Middletown residents who recently graduated from college, and one who’s still there, doing some esoteric research.

The feature is one of several new ones we’ll be rolling out on our all-new All Good page, which is dedicated to “news from a brighter future,” with special emphasis on the achievements and good works of kids, volunteers, charitable organizations and others who embody the spirit of a better world for all of us.

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NEW LOOK, NEW FEATURES, RIGHT HERE…

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Welcome to redbankgreen 3.0.

The newest version of this seven-year-old authentically local news and information site comes with changes both cosmetic – as you’ve probably already noticed – and substantive.

The cosmetic is self-evident. The substance is hinted at above: PieHole and All Good are the names of new pages that we hope will satisfy particular needs in your life. And there’s some new fun stuff, too.

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RED BANK: MUSICAL BROTHERS BIKE FOR KIDS

Brothers Roberto and Angelo Giambra pass through Red Bank Monday morning en route to New York City from their home in Wilmington, North Carolina. Italian natives who moved to the United States in 1996, they embarked on June 5 to raise awareness of the charity Save the Children, distributing several thousand flyers along the way.

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RED BANK: DONORS GIVE RIVERVIEW $5M

The gift is the latest in a series of million-dollar donations to the Red Bank hospital’s foundation. (Click to enlarge)

Spotlight-avoiding donors have dropped $5 million into the coffers of Riverview Medical Center‘s foundation, the latest in a recent series of big-dollar contributions to the Red Bank facility.

Here’s the announcement, issued late Monday afternoon:

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RED BANK: STOCKING LUNCH BREAK’S PANTRY

With kids from the Rockit Youth Music Program providing a soundtrack, volunteers sorted donations at the Red Bank Middle School for a Lunch Break food drive Saturday. The event, marking the organization’s 30th anniversary, targeted a goal of  30,000 pounds of food. (Photos by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: ST. ANTHONY’S RUMMAGE SALE

Maritza Serrano, left, and Mary Ellen Harris (with dog, Claire) helped run the rummage sale at St. Anthony of Padua in Red Bank on Saturday. Proceeds from the sale were slated to aid the church’s social concerns ministry, which helps fund needs such as rent and utility bills, summer youth programs and books for Brookdale Community College students. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

PHOENIX: ‘ANYTHING’ FOR A LAUGH, AND LOVE

Clockwise from center: Jennifer Grasso, Kelsey Susino, Torie-Marie Gigante, Carly Nelson and Taylor Wallace are Reno Sweeney and the Angels, as the shipboard romp ANYTHING GOES marks the maiden voyage for a new season of Phoenix Productions musicals. (Photos courtesy Phoenix Productions)

By TOM CHESEK

The way Gary Shaffer sees it, “this is the best time of year to do a show — you work all winter, then suddenly it’s spring. People are energized and ready to come out and be entertained.”

If it’s mid-April in Red Bank, it simply must be time for a new season of musical entertainments from Phoenix Productions, the borough-based troupe that’s made a 25-year habit of putting on shows at that classiest of “community theater” venues — the Count Basie Theatre.

With pretty much the entire tri-state region endeavoring to shake off an epic winter of our collective discontent — and the irritating remnants of Sandy still being winkled from the Shore’s cracks and crevices — producer Tom Martini and company have rightly deduced that ours is a community in need of a little levity, a dose of laughter and a love song or two. The result is a 2013 season that favors a set of four feelgood Broadway classics over some of the edgier fare (Sweeney Todd, Rent, Miss Saigon) put forth by the Phoenix phalanx in recent years — a season that kicks off in style  Friday, April 19.

The vessel for this maiden voyage of 2013 is none other than Anything Goes, Cole Porter’s rousing romp of romance and rhythm on the high seas, and a crowdpleaser that director Shaffer describes as “a good, solid show with a funny book –and the cherry on top is the Cole Porter songs.”

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BOONDOCKS LOBSTER SHACK WILL BE BACK

Hundreds of food lovers turned out at the Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank Thursday night for a fundraiser to help Kelly Ryan rebuild her Hurricane Sandy-damaged restaurant, Boondocks Fishery. The Navesink Business Group organized the event, with participation by restaurants under the Red Bank Flavour umbrella.

Ryan, who had already raised $8,000 toward her $30,000 goal on indiegogo, told redbankgreen that sheetrock went up in her lobster shack – located on the Navesink River adjacent to Marine Park –  earlier Thursday, and she’s shooting to reopen May 14.

The Oyster Point, too, was knocked out by the October 29 storm, returning to normal operations in February. (Click to enlarge)