ON THE GREEN: MEETINGS MOVE ONLINE

Fair Haven Board of Ed members sat well-spaced at a meeting carried live on YouTube last week. (YouTube screen grab. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Fair Haven’s board of ed held its first-ever virtual meeting last Wednesday.

With five members seated well apart from one another in the Knollwood School gym to minimize the possible transmission of the COVID-19 virus, the board had a quorum. Four other members participated via the Zoom conferencing app. And the public, barred from appearing in person, chimed in via the chat function on YouTube, where the meeting was live-streamed.

Among the most frequent comments: “we can’t hear you.”

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ON THE GREEN: SPRING ARRIVES EARLY

With spring in the air, a couple took a stroll down Markham Place in Little Silver Sunday.

The vernal equinox occured at 11:50 p.m. Thursday, marking the earliest start to spring in 124 years, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. And it debuts with summer-like conditions on the Greater Red Bank Green Friday, with temperatures peaking near 76 degrees, according to the National Weather Service

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR STAFFER VIRUS-POSITIVE

red bank regional 031220 1Red Bank Regional became the first school in New Jersey to close when it shut down for a “deep cleaning” March 10. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A Red Bank Regional High School staff member has tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus that’s infecting Americans in growing numbers.

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VIRUS IMPACTS: BOROUGH RESCINDS ORDER

A sign on the door of the Welsh Farms convenience store on East Front Street in Red Bank. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

The following are dispatches from the Greater Red Bank Green as we settle into the widespread shutdowns and upheavals of everyday life prompted by the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Included: Red Bank’s emergency order; grab ‘n go meals for kids; Catholic Mass dispensations; liquor deliveries; a coffee shop’s open-door policy, and Fair Haven’s next council session.

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RED BANK: STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED; SEATING AT BARS & RESTAURANTS BANNED

red bank catch 19 031520Customers gathered outside Catch 19 restaurant on Broad Street Sunday afternoon. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

[See clarification below]

By JOHN T. WARD

this just in redbankgreenRed Bank officials declared a “local state of emergency” Sunday night in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, ordering bars, restaurants and other large facilities to cease operations at the end of the day Monday.

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RED BANK: DISTRICT, CHARTER NOW CLOSED

red bank middle school njRed Bank schools plan to roll out a “home learning” program in lieu of classroom time. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Ending short-lived holdouts, Red Bank’s district and charter schools will be closed Monday as they join the widespread shift to online instruction prompted by the global COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

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RED BANK: BOROUGH IN SHUTDOWN MODE

red bank borough hallPublic employees will continue working, but borough hall and other facilities will be closed to the public. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

Public access to Red Bank’s borough government buildings will be halted starting Monday to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

In an announcement posted on the borough website Friday afternoon, the administration said all public employees will continue to work, serving the public by email. telephone and mail.

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VIRUS IMPACTS: COUNTY HALTS ACCESS

monmouth_county_library_eastern_branch_in_shrewsbury_njThe Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury will close, but county parks and golf courses will remain open, under the freeholder’s plan.

Monmouth County officials announced an eight-day shutdown of all public buildings starting Saturday to deal with the looming COVID-19 pandemic.

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RED BANK: SCHOOLS AT ‘LOW RISK,’ STAY OPEN

RED BANK primary schoolRed Bank’s schools provide multiple services to their families and “cannot be compared to neighboring towns,” said Superintendent Jared Rumage. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njWhile Little Silver and Shrewsbury schools quickly abandoned a joint local plan to remain open in the face of the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Red Bank’s will be open Friday, said Superintendent Jared Rumage.

But the pre-kindergarten-thru-8th-grade district intends to send students home early while administrators await “an official directive” on attendance from Trenton, he said.

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LITTLE SILVER: SCHOOLS CLOSED AFTER ALL

this just in redbankgreenBy JOHN T. WARD

Reportedly prompted by “parent response,” Little Silver closed its two schools Thursday, just a day after announcing it would remain open along with those in the other sending districts for Red Bank Regional High.

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LITTLE SILVER TEEN PRESUMED VIRAL; RBR SENDING SCHOOLS TO REMAIN OPEN

Red Bank and other RBR sending districts have opted to remain open, even as the high school is in shutdown. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA Red Bank Regional High student has a presumed positive case of the COVID-19 coronavirus, becoming the second person on the Greater Red Bank Green directly impacted by the global pandemic.

Still, the pre-kindergarten-to-8th-grade sending districts of Little Silver, Shrewsbury and Red Bank will remain open, even as the high school is on indefinite shutdown, district officials said in a joint statement Wednesday evening.

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RBR GOES ONLINE FOR INDEFINITE SHUTDOWN

red bank regional addition 013020No reopening date has been set for the RBR campus in Little Silver, where some windows are boarded up for a construction project. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank Regional High’s shutdown in the face of  concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus will continue “until further notice,” Superintendent Lou Moore announced Wednesday.

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RBR TO REMAIN CLOSED ANOTHER DAY

red bank regional rbr“The more you do the better,” Superintendent Lou Moore said. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

[This post has been updated with additional information from the superintendent.]

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank Regional High will remain closed for a second day Wednesday as it continues an “deep cleaning” to address concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus, Superintendent Lou Moore said Tuesday.

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SHREWSBURY: Y LAUNCHES ANNUAL CAMPAIGN

Christian Buckman 031020 .jpgY board member Christian Buckman, chairperson of the Annual Community Campaign, encourages Red Bank YMCA members to support the fundraising effort.

[Press release from the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County]

Providing families affordable childcare, increasing youth access to water safety skills and reducing isolation among seniors are three ways the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County helps to strengthen the community.

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of February 15 to February 28, 2020. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. 

CRIMES

Report of Theft in the area of Buttonwood Drive on 2/18/20. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed property. Ptl. Michael Zibrin investigating.

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RED BANK: WINTER MARCHES TOWARD SPRING

red bank marine park ice 022920A thin layer of ice – an infrequent sight this unseasonably warm and almost snowless winter – covered a puddle in Marine Park in Red Bank Saturday morning.

The first work week of March will bring more springlike conditions, with sunshine and a peak temperature in the high 50s Monday, according to the National Weather Service

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RUMSON: LUNCH BREAKERS BAKE A WINNER

Lunch Break children’s cooking class students Emily and Jack Pearsall with, from left, Oceanic Free Library Board President Carolyn Miller; Cups & Cakes owner Denise Kelleher; and Cups & Cakes pastry chef Maggie Condon.

It wasn’t just the luck o’ the Irish that helped the Lunch Break children’s cooking class take first place in the Oceanic Free Library’s Irish soda bread-making competition.

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RED BANK: MAN ADMITS CHILD SEX CRIMES

A Shrewsbury man admitted he sexually assaulted seven juveniles in Red Bank and two other towns over the course of a decade, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said in an announcement Tuesday.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR HONORS SCHOLARS

RBR SCHOLARS 022520.JPGRBR students gathered at the recent awards program, where they were awarded varsity letters for scholarship.

At Red Bank Regional, Varsity Letters are awarded for scholarship as well as athletic achievement.

The Red Bank Regional Board of Education recently honored over 70 students for academic distinction.  The largest number of honorees received an RBR Academic Letter, similar to the Varsity Letter given to student-athletes.

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RED BANK: FORECAST HAS SPRING IN ITS STEP

Red Bank West front impatiens Impatiens on West Front Street in Red Bank seemed to signal an early spring last week.

This week’s weather on the Greater Red Bank Green will indeed be more springlike than wintry, with warmish temperatures and drizzles in the forecast, according to the National Weather Service. Check it out below. (Photo by Trish Russoniello.  Click to enlarge.)

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