WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? HOT DOGS IN SEA BRIGHT

rooney hot dogs 082715Hot dogs from the cart of Frances Rooney, below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

mrs rooney 082715It’s noontime on a gorgeous, late-summer day in beautiful downtown Sea Bright, and PieHole is hungry.

What’s for Lunch? Plenty, and more to choose from every month, it seems, on this back-from-the-brink spit of sand. You’ve got pizza, seafood, Japanese and more, at places ranging from beachware casual to near elegance, all within a one-mile stretch of Ocean Avenue.

But it’s not just food we’re craving. We’re nursing a palpable, please-don’t-ever-end yearning to make this day of blue skies and soft breezes just keep going and going. Sitting down indoors just seems… criminal.

So, hello, Mrs. Rooney.

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RED BANK: PROWN MADE HONORARY ROTARIAN

2015_Honorary_Rotarian(L-R): Red Bank Rotary Club committee members Joseph Greca and Michael Toscano and Past President Denise Benbrook selected David Prown as Honorary Rotarian at a club meeting earlier this summer. (Photo by Anthony Micale)

Press release from Red Bank Rotary Club

During the June 25 meeting of the Red Bank Rotary Club at Navesink Country Club in Middletown, Red Bank business owner and youth advocate David Prown was named an Honorary Rotarian in recognition of his outstanding community service and volunteer leadership.

Starting in 1988 and for each year since, the Red Bank Rotary has sought to present an Honorary Rotarian Award to a non-Rotarian in the area, recognizing someone who best exemplifies the true spirit of Rotary’s motto: “Service Above Self.”  For many years, third-generation local business owner Prown has demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring that the youth in greater Red Bank have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. He has passionately volunteered his time (on average 2-4 hours a day, every day) and talent in a most unpretentious and often unsolicited manner, thereby exhibiting the true ideals of unselfish service to those in need.

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FAIR HAVEN: CHIEF HANGING UP HIS HAT

darryl breckenridge 081715Darryl Breckenridge is winding down a career of 35 years with the police in his hometown. He’s seen below at a 2012 Veteran’s Day commemoration with World War II veteran Ray Taylor.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

taylor breckenridge 111112He was only four-and-a-half years old, but Darryl Breckenridge remembers the day he decided to become a policeman.

There was a knock on the family’s front door in Fair Haven, and when he looked up, “I saw that policeman’s hat” through the topmost pane, he told redbankgreen this week.

Wearing “that hat” was police Chief Carl Jaubecy, who let young Darryl sit in his lap as he offered the boy’s mother a job as a school crossing guard.

“That was it,” said Breckenridge, who’s now closing out a 35-year career in law enforcement, the last 10 as chief himself. “From that day, I knew I was going to do it.”

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RED BANK: GOODBYES AND HELLOS

art murphy 061414Councilman Art Murphy, who resigned last week, seen here in 2014. Below, George and Gladys Bowden, who were honored for decades of volunteer work. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

bowden 081215It was a night for farewells and greetings at a packed Red Bank council meeting Wednesday night.

Elected officials and residents bid goodbye to a longtime councilman and a retired couple who put in many years of preservation and beautification work.

And they welcomed a new member of the police department while cheering on on a seven-year veteran of the force on her promotion to sergeant.

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RED BANK: BROAD STREET BIDS GOODBYE

rb garmany 072915The casket bearing the remains of longtime borough merchant Laureano “Larry” Garmany, who died Saturday at age 62, arrives for funeral services at Saint James Roman Catholic Church in Red Bank Wednesday morning. Garmany’s namesake clothing store on Broad Street is visible in the background. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: CLOTHIER LARRY GARMANY, 62

larry garmany 110107 3Larry Garmany outside his Broad Street store in November, 2007. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Laureano “Larry” Garmany, a high-end clothier whose sizable investments in downtown Red Bank helped fuel its recovery from economic torpor back to prosperity in the 1990s, died Saturday.

No cause of death was given in an obituary published late Monday, but friends said the 62-year-old Colts Neck resident suffered a stroke early on the day he died.

Garmany, a Cuban immigrant-turned-retailer, bet heavily on Red Bank when it was widely derided as “Dead Bank,” and continually upped his stake in the town. His crowning achievements: transforming the vacant former Steinbach’s department store on Broad Street into a 40,000-square-foot clothing store bearing his name, and luring Tiffany & Co. to be its next-door neighbor.

Closing existing stores in New York City and Summit, “he took all his marbles so to speak and put them into one basket at a time when things weren’t looking so good for Red Bank,” former Mayor Ed McKenna said Monday. “His faith in our ability to resurrect the town was, for me personally, a real show of confidence, and made me feel better about the vision we had for bringing Red Bank back.”

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RUMSON: WORKOUT IN MEMORY OF HENNE

robert henne 032014In honor of Robert Henne, right, a 23-year-old Fair Haven special police officer who died in March, the borough PBA plans a heavy-duty Crossfit “hero workout” challenge on Saturday, July 18.

The daylong outdoor event featuring a 1,000-meter row, sled pull and more – is to be held at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High, where Henne played football and was a member of the track team.

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LEGISLATURE HONORS RBR ADMINISTRATOR

PeterGPeter Grandinetti, long-time supervisor of Red Bank Regional High School’s Four-Year Academies, retired in June with many accolades including a proclamation from the New Jersey State Legislature.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

It is often remarked that people will change their profession or “reinvent themselves” several times during their working life. Peter Grandinetti did so in a way that saw him travel full circle — from his start as an educator, to success in the world of business, and finally to a celebrated career as a leader in the greater Red Bank area’s education community.

On June 30, Grandinetti retired after 14 years from his position as supervisor of the Four-Year Academy programs at Red Bank Regional High School. Along the way he garnered many accolades, including a career-capping resolution from the New Jersey Legislature.

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RED BANK ROTARY INSTALLS NEW LEADERS

Rotary_-_DeNofaandBenbrookNewly installed president Michael DeNofa accepts the Charter for the Rotary Club of Red Bank from Past President Denise Benbrook, at the organization’s recent officer installation luncheon.

Press release from Rotary Club of Red Bank

In a recent luncheon at Navesink Country Club in Middletown, The Rotary Club of Red Bank marked its 95th annual officer installation ceremony, by swearing in Michael DeNofa as the organization’s new president. The owner of Shrewsbury-based IOP Communications, Inc. will lead the Rotary for a one-year term that began on July 1.

A Rotary member since 2012, and a business leader with 20 years experience as founder of a full-service printing and promotional branding firm, DeNofa also brings a record of public service to his new post, having served as a Councilman in the Shrewsbury Borough for seven years.

Also installed as Red Bank Rotary Club officers for 2015-2016 were President-Elect Kenneth Scaggs, Vice-President Walter Perry, Treasurer Robin Fitzmaurice, Secretary Dr. Steven Sanfilippo, Recording Secretary Warren Tockerman, Past President Denise Benbrook, and Sergeant-At-Arms James Mullevey.

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SHREWSBURY: ON TOP OF THE WORLD AT 102

carlotta niles 1Centenarian Carlotta Niles with the balloon she rode in France on her 102nd birthday, above, and back at home in Shrewsbury, below. (Photos by Betsy Ford and John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

carlotta niles 061715 2Two years ago, reflecting on her first 100 years of life, Shrewsbury’s Carlotta Niles told redbankgreen that she was pretty much through with foreign travel and hot-air ballooning.

But on May 27, Niles celebrated her 102nd birthday in a gondola high above France’s Loire Valley.

“I was physically able, so I thought, ‘Oh, I’d better go,'” she said Wednesday, as she flipped through a collection of photos from the adventure. “It’s scads of fun.”

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RUMSON DISTRICT NAMES NEW SUPER

Rumson superPress release from Rumson School District

Dr. John E. Bormann, Ed. D., has been announced as Superintendent of the Rumson School District. A special Rumson Board of Education Meeting, during which all members voted unanimously in favor of his appointment, was held on June 9 at Forrestdale School.

A two-time recipient of the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award,  Dr. Bormann (at left in photo) was selected from a field of 32 candidates, and will be responsible for Deane-Porter School (Pre-K through third grade) and Forrestdale School (fourth through eighth grade). His official start date is August 1, and his contract runs through June 30, 2020.

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RED BANK: LONGTIME BARBER DIES

domenick sama 061015A longtime fixture of downtown Red Bank died Monday.

Domenick Sama, who owned and operated Domenick’s Barber Shop, on East Front Street, died at his home in Red Bank, according to an obituary posted online. He was 93 years old.

The shop, run by an immigrant from Italy and veteran of the U.S Army during World War II, was “a simple, old-fashioned gathering place, a step back in time, where an excellent haircut could be had and lively conversation could be exchanged in familiar surroundings,” according to the obit.

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FAIR HAVEN DANCER BROADWAY BOUND

Claire CiardielloPress release from Kick Dance Studios

Thirteen-year-old Claire Ciardiello of Fair Haven, New Jersey has been accepted into the prestigious Broadway Dance Center’s (BDC) Junior Training Program this summer. The program, which runs for three weeks, provides dancers ages 13 to 17 the opportunity to immerse themselves in the Center’s legendary training program in the heart of Manhattan’s theater district. During the training, dancers will work with experienced BDC instructors alongside professional dancers, training in ballet, jazz, lyrical jazz, contemporary jazz, musical theater, funk, hip-hop, breaking, tap, and more.

Claire has been dancing since she was young, developing her love for ballet at age three, and continuing to expand her dance repertoire throughout the years. She trains at Kick Dance, a dance studio with locations in Fair Haven and Rumson — and whose owner Vanessa Berry is herself an alumna of the Broadway Dance Center.

RUMSON HONORS ‘TEACHERS OF THE YEAR’

Rumson teachersEighth Grade ELA teacher Lori Zucker of Forrestdale School, and First Grade teacher Holly Nixon of Deane-Porter School were recently named Teachers of the Year by the Rumson Board of Education.

Press release from Rumson School District

At its April 29 meeting held at Forrestdale School, the Rumson Board of Education honored Holly Nixon and Lori Zucker as its “Teachers of the Year” for 2015. The two educators received accolades from the Board and members of the administration, with family, friends, and colleagues in attendance.

A First Grade teacher at Deane-Porter School, Nixon has taught at both Deane-Porter (Pre-K to Third grades) and Forrestdale (Fourth through Eighth grades) Schools during her 14 years with the Rumson School District. She received her undergraduate degree from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and attained her M. Ed. from Kean University in Union, New Jersey. A mother of four children — all of whom attended grade school in the district — she has been a resident of Rumson for the past 22 years.

An eighth grade English Language Arts (ELA) teacher, Zucker is a 10-year member of the Forrestdale School faculty. She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and her M. Ed. from Teachers College/Columbia University in New York City. She began her teaching career at John Adams Elementary School in North Brunswick, New Jersey, and spent 10 years working in educational publishing before returning to the classroom. She lives in Oakhurst with her husband, two children, nephew and dog.

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RED BANK: CROSSING GUARD NOSE CALENDAR

carl colmorgen 052115If there’s an occasion, count on Red Bank school crossing guard Carl Colmorgen to dress for it. Well known for his seasonal hats, Colmorgen marked Red Nose Day, an effort to combat childhood poverty, as he crossed students of Red Bank Catholic and St. James to school Thursday morning. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

RUMSON: SHINING LIGHT ON LUMINARIES PAST

roberta van anda 051315 2 Roberta Van Anda in her Rumson study, above, and her newly published book, below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rumson legendsRoberta Van Anda is moving out of Rumson soon, capping more than 60 years of borough residence in which she was a longtime school board member, a wife, a mother and writer of a town newsletter.

She’s leaving as a newly published book author. Her “Legendary Locals of Rumson,” one in a nationwide series focused on particular locales, debuted this month. And it fulfills Van Anda’s long-held desire to tell her contemporaries, and perhaps future borough residents, about the contributions made to the community by predecessors whose names may have vanished over the years.

“I’m just so excited to bring some of these people out of the shadows of history,” she told redbankgreen recently.

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RUMSON: CLOSING OUT A HISTORIC CAREER

IMG_1497Monmouth County Historical Association president Linda Bricker greets C. Glenn May, during a recent ceremony honoring his 30 years of service with the MCHA.

Press release from Monmouth County Historical Association

Close to 100 employees, board members, volunteers and friends were in attendance on May 12, during a ceremony honoring C. Glenn May upon his retirement after 30 years with The Monmouth County Historical Association, most recently as Senior Education Coordinator.

The event was held at the Rumson home of trustee Mark and Andrea Aikens. The couple welcomed everyone to their home; introducing MCHA president Linda Bricker (who served as mistress of ceremonies), Association director Dr. Evelyn C. Murphy, Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian Burry, as well as many other representatives of the board, staff and volunteers.

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RED BANK: PARK IT HERE, JAZZ LOVERS

johnny jazz park 051115 1John Gatta wields giant scissors as he dedicates the new park named for his late brother, Ralph ‘Johnny Jazz’ Gatta Jr. (seen below), as Councilwoman Linda Schwabenbauer applauds. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

ralph johnny jazz 2006 1For 47 years, while cutting meat and selling boxes of rice and cereal, Red Bank butcher Ralph ‘Johnny Jazz’ Gatta Jr. preached the gospel of an American musical art form he deeply loved, and wanted his customers to hear as he heard it.

On Monday night, borough residents showed they had heard, and had been touched by both his love of jazz and his generosity as a grocer.

At a brief ceremony tinged with fondness, humor and a bit of live jazz, the site at the corner of Shrewsbury Avenue and Drs. James Parker Boulevard was named in honor of the late jazz-enthralled butcher.

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RBR’S PRINCIPAL CLAY HONORED WITH AWARD

carcofficialLeft to right: Red Bank Regional Principal Risa Clay is pictured celebrating her being honored as a Partner in Education by the Community Affairs and Resource Center with her colleagues, RBR Interim Superintendent Tom Pagano, SOURCE Director Suzanne Keller, and SOURCE academic specialist Joseph Cerbone. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On the evening of April 24, Red Bank Regional High School principal Risa Clay was honored by the Community Affairs and Resource Center (CARC) with their Partner in Education Award, during the organization’s fifth annual Black & White Gala reception at the Sheraton Eatontown Hotel.

Mrs. Clay, who is bilingual in English and Spanish, was honored for her work with RBR’s Latino students who are served by the SOURCE, the school based youth service program which she established 15 years ago. She also created an award winning- model program for English Language Learning (ELL) instruction and success. The program was responsible for RBR’s continued very high attendance and graduation rates among its ELL students, many of whom were able to afford college through a scholarship program she established with a private benefactor, The Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship, and a program with Brookdale College.

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RED BANK: PARK TO GET JOHNNY JAZZED UP

rb jazz 082214 2ralph johnny jazz 2006 1Anyone who ever had the pleasure of getting an earful of bebop – and a history lesson in jazz – while picking up a pound of ground chuck at the now-gone Johnny’s Jazz Market in Red Bank should consider stopping by the pocket park on Shrewsbury Avenue at Drs. James Parker Boulevard tonight at 6:30 p.m.

That’s when borough officials will officially rename the park for the late butcher and irrepressible jazz maven Ralph ‘Johnny Jazz‘ Gatta Jr., who ran the shop for almost 50 years – always with his beloved jazz playing in the background.

Gatta, a lifelong borough resident, died in 2011. The park is the site of a series of summer jazz concerts hosted by the borough.  (Photo above by Trish Russoniello; below, by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

 

 

RED BANK: MAN FORCES HIMSELF TO SPEAK UP

Ryan Lascelles 050815 2Ryan Lascelles on the lookout for someone to buttonhole in downtown Red Bank, and talking with Irina Kohut of Keansburg, below, about a painting she’d just made.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Ryan Lascelles 050815 1No, that’s not a headline out of the Onion. Ryan Lascelles is trying to outgrow a lifetime of social anxiety through an unusual experiment: by forcing himself to initiate conversations with at least three strangers a day for a month.

The 23-year-old Little Silver resident launched his endeavor last week in downtown Red Bank. And as luck would have it, the very first fish he hooked turned out to be none other than redbankgreen.

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SHREWSBURY: CYMCA PRESIDENT HONORED

rhonda andewrsonPress release from The Community YMCA

Rhonda Anderson, President and CEO of The Community YMCA, has been honored with the Professional Achievement Award by the Central Jersey Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.

The award was presented on April 25, during the club’s 51st Annual Founders’ Day Luncheon at the Sheraton in Eatontown.

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RBR SENIOR SHARES PRINCETON AWARD

Copyright 2015 Natasha Esguerra Photography | www.natashaesguerra.comRed Bank Regional senior Morgan Brunson (holding certificate) was among the New Jersey high school students honored by Princeton University, at the 2015 Princeton Prize in Race Relations ceremony on April 15. (Photo by Natasha Esguerra)

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Each year, Princeton University recognizes New Jersey high school students whose efforts have had a significant, positive effect on race relations in their schools or communities — and at the 2015 Princeton Prize In Race Relations Ceremony and Reception, a Red Bank Regional High School senior was among the Central/Southern NJ Region students so honored.

At the April 15 ceremony on the porch of Princeton’s John Maclean House, Red Bank resident Morgan Brunson earned a certificate of achievement for organizing, hosting and performing in a black history month dance assembly. In addition to her commendation, Morgan was also asked to attend the national Princeton Prize Symposium in Race Relations, held at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Sociology on April 25th.

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LINCROFT: BCC TO HONOR PROWN

david prown 042615Red Bank’s David Prown will receive an honorary degree from Brookdale Community College for his contributions to the local community during BCC’s commencement ceremony. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Based on a press release from Brookdale Community College.

Two Monmouth County activists, two distinguished alumni and more than 2,000 local students will be honored during the 45th annual commencement ceremony at Brookdale Community College, scheduled for May 10 15 on the Lincroft campus.

Commencement speakers David Prown and David Goldman will receive honorary degrees from the college for their contributions to the Monmouth County community.

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