RED BANK: LOGGING INTO SCHOOL AT YMCA

While their parents work, the Vaclavik children – Juliana, John and Victoria – log in to their remote classes at the new Y Academy at the Red Bank YMCA.

Press release from the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County

When local districts announced they would start the 2020-2021 school year with a blend of in-person and remote learning for students, working parents like Dr. John Vaclavik and his wife Barbara of Fair Haven were worried. They were trying to figure out how they could balance the new hybrid learning model for their four children in grade school and continue with their professional careers.

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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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RED BANK: TEACHERS, VEEP GET SPOTLIGHT

Red Bank teachers Carol Boehm, left, and Kristen Maiello with nurse Cathy Reardon, right. (Photo by Red Bank Borough Schools. Click to enlarge.)

[Press release from Red Bank Borough Schools Superintendent Jared Rumage]

 

In March of 2020, we were preparing to celebrate several incredible educators but the health pandemic and ensuing school closure forced us to hit the pause button. Of course, late is better than never and these educators deserve to be recognized for the outstanding work they do for our students. Each exemplifies the “Red Bank Borough is Best in America” (#RBBisBIA) mindset, which is deeply rooted in our school district’s culture. We strive to be the Best In America so we can be certain we are the Best for Red Bank. Moreover, we all know an organization is only as strong as its people. Luckily, here in Red Bank we have some distinguished exemplars.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR AIMS FOR THURSDAY

School officials are awaiting “further guidance” from the health commission, said Superintendent Lou Moore. (redbankgreen photo. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

this just in redbankgreenRed Bank Regional High hopes to reopen Thursday following a report that a student tested positive for COVID-19, Superintendent Lou Moore said in an announcement posted on the school’s website Tuesday afternoon.

At the same time, “eight RBR students participating in a club basketball tournament in Wall came in contact with a non-RBR student who has tested positive for COVID-19,” Moore said.

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LITTLE SILVER: COVID PROMPTS RBR CLOSURE

RED BANK REGIONAL LOU MOORESuperintendent Lou Moore in March, 2019. (Photo by  John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

this just in redbankgreenRed Bank Regional High will switch to all-remote instruction Tuesday following a student’s positive test for COVID-19, Superintendent Lou Moore said in an announcement Monday night.

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RED BANK: FIRST LESSONS OF NEW YEAR

Day one of the new school year at Red Bank Middle School began with several lessons before students even reached their classrooms Monday.

Among them: stand six feet apart while waiting your turn to enter the building. Then, stand on the red dot while a touchless scanner takes your temperature.

With in-person instruction at 50-percent capacity, four days a week, “we feel confident we can provide a safe environment” in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, Superintendent Jared Rumage said at a board of ed meeting last month. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: ILLUMINATING THE TOWN’S PAST

Marjorie Cavalier in Red Bank with the replacement Port of Red Bank sign she championed. The old sign  was already in bad shape in 2011, as seen at right in the photo below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A weather-beaten historical marker in Red Bank’s Marine Park was replaced last month, after some gentle lobbying by a recently retired teacher and history buff.

But Marjorie Cavalier, who pushed for replacement of the illegible ‘Port of Red Bank’ sign, isn’t finished. She’s now turned her attention to development of an app to help illuminate borough’s past. Read More »

RED BANK: CLUB OFFERS LEARNING SPACE

red bank boys girls club 031220The Boys &  Girls Club on Drs. James Parker Boulevard in Red Bank. (Photo by  John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

[Press release]

With area school districts offering partial- and full-remote schedules this fall, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County (BGCM) has opened Remote Learning Centers during the school day at its Asbury Park and Red Bank locations to assist children with their remote education.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR REOPENING DELAYED

Work on an expansion of the school as seen in July. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

this just in redbankgreenRed Bank Regional High has had to postpone its partial reopening, set for Thursday, over a lack walk-thru body temperature sensors, the school said in an announcement Tuesday evening.

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RED BANK: SCHOOL SUPPLIES DISTRIBUTED

Community  members lent a hand Saturday as Pilgrim Baptist Church of Red Bank held its annual Backpacks & School Supplies Pick-Up Day. 

More than 400 backpacks full of items for the upcoming school year were distributed. Coordinated by Tyra Priester of Pilgrim, the event was a collaborative effort of Pilgrim, Lunch Break, the Boys & Girls Club of Red Bank and the Red Bank Police Department.

The distribution is scheduled to continue Wednesday, September 9, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Pilgrim. (Click to enlarge.)

 

FAIR HAVEN: ‘TRANSITION’ CUSTOM ROLLS ON

Delayed three months by the COVID-19 pandemic, Fair Haven’s ‘Transition Day’ rolled down Third Street Thursday afternoon.

As per custom in the borough, where an estimated 75 percent of kids regularly bike to school, a group of rising fifth-graders and teachers from the Knollwood Middle School rode across town to Viola Sickles elementary. There, they picked up the incoming fourth-grade class and rode back, parade-style, for an orientation.

Along the way, the riders – including a suit-wearing Superintendent Sean McNeil – were cheered and showered with streamers and confetti.

“It’s the best,” McNeil told redbankgreen. “I think this was exactly what we needed right now, because everybody’s got these tricky school openings, and so it’s nice to get to a place of normalcy and remember what we’re doing this for.”

See more photos below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR HALL OF FAMER DIES

Greg Montgomery Jr., a former pro football punter, mental health advocate and 2014 inductee into the Red Bank Regional Hall of Fame, died August 23, according to an obituary published Thursday by the Grand Rapids Press in Michigan. He was 55 years old.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR’S ‘SOURCE’ FACES CUTS

RED BANK REGIONAL HIGHThe Source provides counseling and other services to hundreds of students and families annually, supporters say. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njThe in-school social services program dubbed The Source at Red Bank Regional High School faces extinction if a plan to eliminate state funding is not reversed, supporters said.

Under cuts to 91 school-based support programs statewide, the Source would lose about $277,000 in annual state funding, they said. That’s the full amount provided by the state, and its removal will have “devastating consequences,” Superintendent Lou Moore wrote in an announcement to the RBR community Friday.

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RED BANK: KNIGHTS SEEK COAT DRIVE FUNDS

red bank, nj, cathy reardonRed Bank Primary School nurse Cathy Reardon with coats donated in 2018. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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Expecting its “most demanding year year yet,” the Red Bank-based Knights of Columbus council #525 is seeking community support for a four-year-old Coats for Kids program.

Under a national Knights of Columbus program, the Red Bank-based council acquires new winter coats at a deep discount.

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RED BANK: SCHOOLS ‘READY TO ROLL’

The traffic flow at the middle school will be reversed to enhance social distancing during student drop-off and pick-up, Rumage said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njWhile some 180 school districts throughout New Jersey are pursuing plans for all-virtual instruction, Red Bank’s is on track to open September 14 under a plan that puts students into classrooms two days a week, Superintendent Jared Rumage said Tuesday.

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RED BANK: SCHOOL REOPENING PLANS AIRED

red bank middle school 032220Students would receive in-school instruction just two days a week under the plan unveiled Wednesday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank school officials have begun nailing down a COVID-19-era reopening plan while “standing on shifting ground,” in the words of a board of education member.

On Wednesday, the district unveiled “the most likely scenario for September” in the form of a plan that calls for a mix of classroom and at-home learning.

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VIRUS UPDATE: MONMOUTH TOPS 10K CASES

Case growth in Red Bank, Fair Haven and Little Silver. (Monmouth County data. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njMonmouth County has now surpassed 10,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, the freeholder board announced Thursday.

But four months into the pandemic, the county’s caseload and fatalities have slowed dramatically from the worst of the crisis in early April.

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RED BANK: FREE COVID-19 TESTS SLATED

Pilgrim Baptist Church is one of six sites in Monmouth County that will offer the tests. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)hot topic

[UPDATE: The COVID-19 testing scheduled for August 7  has been cancelled due to weather.]

Red Bank-area residents will be able to get free, no-appointment COVID-19 tests starting next month under a program co-funded by Monmouth County and a philanthropic organization.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR SCRAPS GRADUATION PLAN

Superintendent Lou Moore with Sophie Wright during a “senior day” event held in June. (Photo courtesy of Ciara Kelly. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

this just in redbankgreenRed Bank Regional High has scrapped its planned in-person graduation ceremony after a senior tested positive for COVID-19, school officials announced Tuesday.

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