RED BANK: HOFFMANN LEAVING REC JOB

Charlie Hoffmann with parks attendant Celestine Woods at Riverside Gardens Park in 2018. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Charlie Hoffmann, who has directed Red Bank’s parks and recreation department for the past five years, is leaving town.

The announcement of his departure at the council’s semimonthly meeting Wednesday sparked a “pile-on” of praise for Hoffmann’s work, which included organizing everything from sports and cultural offerings to this weekend’s Spring Egg Hunt.

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RED BANK: EX-CHARTER TEACHER CHARGED

[See update below] A former Red Bank Charter School teacher faces “multiple” charges of sex-assaults of elementary school children, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office announced Saturday.

The school’s top official said the teacher resigned just three days after he was hired.

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RED BANK: BASIE LANDS $100K NEA GRANT


Press release from Count Basie Theatre

The Count Basie Center for the Arts has been approved for a $100,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support mindALIGNED, the organization’s collective impact initiative in the areas of professional  development for educators,  creative teaching strategies, artist residencies and arts experiences.

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RED BANK: REMOTE LEARNING GETS BOOST

The funding will pay for 500 Chromebooks, according to the announcement. (Photo by  John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

Press release from the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund 

The New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund announced November 20 that it will provide $187,000 to Red Bank Borough Public Schools to help students stay connected via remote learning.

Red Bank is one of nine districts across the state sharing more than $2.6 million from the NJPRF to help bridge the digital divide exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, which has forced many New Jersey school districts to switch to remote learning.

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LITTLE SILVER: ANOTHER REVERSAL FOR RBR

Fewer than 240 of the 653 students who might have attended classes did so Tuesday Moore said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njWhipsawed students, parents and teachers at Red Bank Regional High are in for another schedule change starting Thursday.

With COVID-19 cases rising and absenteeism high, the Little Silver school will again suspend in-school instruction at least through December 11, Superintendent Lou Moore announced Wednesday.

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LITTLE SILVER: IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL FOR RBR

The Red Bank Regional building has been idle since November 2. (Photo by  John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

this just in redbankgreenAfter four weeks of all-remote instruction, Red Bank Regional High plans to resume in-person classes Monday, Superintendent Lou Moore said in an announcement Wednesday.

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RED BANK: WRITE-IN TO ACCEPT SCHOOL WIN

Only two candidates formally sought three seats on the borough school board. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A write-in candidate expects to join the Red Bank Board of Education when it reorganizes January 5.

And as telegraphed by early results from the November 3 election, a newcomer has displaced Red Bank Regional High board’s president.

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ON THE GREEN: AT-HOME CLASSES EXTENDED

Red Bank Regional students won’t be back on the Little Silver campus for classes before November 30 at the soonest. (Photo by  John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

this just in redbankgreenRed Bank Regional High will stick with all-remote schooling through Thanksgiving because of rapidly spreading COVID-19, Superintendent Lou Moore said in an announcement Wednesday evening.

Separately, a plan to resume a ‘hybrid’ of in-school and at-home instruction for Red Bank’s primary and middle school students as soon as Thursday has been scrapped because of the resurging virus.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR REMOTE TWO MORE DAYS

red bank regional rbrredbankgreen hot topicAmid rising COVID-19 counts, Red Bank Regional High will remain on remote instruction for at least two more days, school officials announced Monday.

“We learned today that a number of individuals at RBR have tested positive for COVID-19,” Superintendent Lou Moore wrote on the district website in late afternoon. 

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RED BANK: RBC SHUTDOWN REPORTED

The high school, based on Broad Street, shares a parish campus with St. James School and church. (Photo by  John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

this just in redbankgreenRed Bank Catholic High School has shut down in-person instruction and canceled Friday night’s football game “due to COVID-19 exposure,” according to a published report.

The school has suspended all athletics and extracurricular activities through November 19 and will shift to virtual instruction, according to a report Thursday night by Shore Sports Network.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR ADDS WEEK TO CLOSURE

Superintendent Lou Moore in March, 2019. (Photo by  John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicRed Bank Regional High will be off-limits to students and staff through next week over concerns about COVID-19, Superintendent Lou Moore announced Wednesday afternoon.

While there continues to be “no evidence of community transmission” of the virus on the Little Silver school’s campus, a defacto closure now in effect is being extended one week “to minimize the risk of possible spread,” Moore wrote on the school’s website.

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RED BANK: NEWCOMER LEADS RBR PRESIDENT

The administration building on the Red Bank Regional campus in Little Silver. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Newcomer Stephanie Albanese appears to have displaced incumbent president John Garofalo from the Red Bank Regional High board of education in Tuesday’s election.

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Monmouth County clerk’s incomplete vote tally showed Albanese (seen at right) leading Garofalo, 1,352 votes to 649.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR REPORTS TWO MORE CASES

Four students have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days. (Photo by  John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicTwo more students at Red Bank Regional High have tested positive for COVID-19, Superintendent Lou Moore said in an announcement Monday evening.

That brings the total in the past week to four, though Moore said in the notice that the most recent cases involved two siblings who “did not contract the virus at” the Little Silver school, and “there is no evidence of community transmission of the virus within the school.”

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LITTLE SILVER: TWO CASES TAKE RBR ONLINE

An addition under construction at Red Bank Regional as seen last week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

this just in redbankgreenTwo positive COVID-19 tests among students in two days have prompted Red Bank Regional to switch to all-virtual classes Monday, Superintendent Lou Moore disclosed late Friday.

But sports practices and games may continue, Moore wrote in an announcement sent to the school community Friday night.

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RED BANK: NIGHT OUT LIGHTS UP BASIE FIELDS

For the second year in a row, Red Bank police hosted their annual National Night Out Against Crime community barbecue at Count Basie Fields Tuesday night.

This years’s edition was held two months later than usual, however. It also featured temperature checks of attendees at the entry gate, as well as lots of facial coverings – all, of course, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But dozens of families enjoyed games and free food, courtesy of the police department and other organizations. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: RESOURCE CENTER REOPENS

Press release from Family Resource Associates

A new school year means new beginnings as Family Resource Associates (FRA) reopens its doors. The nonprofit organization, which serves people of all ages who have developmental or acquired disAbilities, has received guidance from the State of New Jersey and is planning to start reopening its facilities in October. FRA is expected to offer two classes per day, alternating between its two locations in Red Bank and Brick, which will allow them to fully monitor the health and safety of its students and staff.

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ON THE GREEN: COVID CASES IMPACT SCHOOLS

A student being screened for elevated temperature on September 14. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

[CORRECTION: Red Bank’s action was prompted by a positive test of an adult, not a student, Rumage said.]

By JOHN T. WARD

One person each at the middle schools in Fair Haven and Red Bank have tested positive for COVID-19, the respective district superintendents reported over the weekend.

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LITTLE SILVER: ‘AT LEAST’ 58 ISOLATED BY RBR

A sign outside Red Bank Regional on Tuesday. (redbankgreen photo. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

this just in redbankgreenAt least 58 students and teachers at Red Bank Regional High are now in quarantine over concern about COVID-19, Superintendent Lou Moore disclosed late Friday.

The total, which includes 55 students and three staff members, marks a sharp increase to close out a week that began with one student testing positive and the cancellation of in-person learning for two days.

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LITTLE SILVER: TWO STUDENTS QUARANTINED

In-person instruction is scheduled to resume Thursday following a two-day closure, said Superintendent Lou Moore. (redbankgreen photo. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

this just in redbankgreenSibling students at Red Bank Regional High are in quarantine as the Little Silver campus prepares to reopen Thursday after a two-day closure, according to Superintendent Lou Moore.

In addition, eight RBR students who came in contact with a non-RBR student who tested positive for COVID-19 will be “excluded from in-person programs and extracurricular activities until October 12,” Moore said in an announcement posted on the school’s website Wednesday night.

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