IN MEMORY

Memorial07_irBelow are details about local memorial services planned to commemorate the 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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TINTON FALLS: A CARDBOARD-BOX CAUSE

family promiseFrom press materials by Family Promise of Monmouth County

cardboard boxWhile Monmouth County is considered one of the more affluent counties of the Garden State, the issue of family homelessness remains a very real problem here and throughout the area. Beginning on the evening of Friday, September 25, a local place of worship will serve as host location for an interactive fundraising event designed to raise awareness of this often little-discussed cause — by giving participants the opportunity to experience spending the night living inside a cardboard box.

Sponsored by the nonprofit Family Promise of Monmouth County — and presented “rain or shine” on the grounds of Monmouth Church of Christ (312 Hance Avenue in Tinton Falls) — the fundraiser begins at 5 pm, and offers participants an opportunity to raise a minimum of $100 in pledges and contributions, by sleeping overnight as a resident of “Cardboard Box City.”

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TINTON FALLS: A SPECIAL SERVICE FOR 9-11

RabbiKlineRabbi Marc Kline of Monmouth Reform Temple (at left, with torah) recently joined 150 Reform Rabbis and the national NAACP in a 40 day, 860 mile march from Selma, AL to Washington, DC. Tracing the route of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1965 march on its 50th anniversary, “America’s Journey For Justice”  was designed to “take a stand against the bigotry that proliferates” and “the segregation that…currently rears its ugly head unabashed in our country.” Rabbi Kline, who led the 2000 march that resulted in the Confederate flag’s removal from the South Carolina Statehouse dome, will lead a special “visual Shabbat” service at MRT on the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks.

Press release from Monmouth Reform Temple

In remembrance of the events of September 11, 2001,  invites all members of the community to a special visual Shabbat service on the fourteenth anniversary of that day — an opportunity to “come to reflect, come to remember, come for feeling and wholeness.”

Scheduled for 7 pm inside the Temple at 332 Hance Avenue, the contemplative service (which “may not be appropriate for children under 13”) is part of MRT’s “Seeds of Spirituality: A Visual Approach to Prayer” series; a ritual offering that “allows the worshipper to experience beautiful visual imagery directly connected to Shabbat prayers, enhanced by evocative musical settings of our prayer text,” in the words of Cantor Gabrielle Clissold.

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TINTON FALLS: NEW PRESIDENT AT MRT

officersZach Gilstein, Holmdel, was recently installed as the new President of Monmouth Reform Temple in Tinton Falls. He is pictured (center) with former MRT President Jay Wiesenfeld, Lincroft, (left) and MRT Rabbi Marc Kline (right).

RED BANK AREA CHURCHES HOST BAND NIGHT

Groundskeeper AnimaudioGroundskeeper (left) and Animaudio (right) are just two of the local bands participating in the first joint Spring Connection Band Night partnership between three area churches Friday night.

Press release from Park Church

Three area places of worship — First Baptist Church of Red Bank, Park Church and Tower Hill Church — are bringing their middle and high school youth groups together for the first ever Spring Connection Band Night on Friday, May 29.  The concert and the after-party are at Park Church, 31 Park Road in Tinton Falls.

Scheduled to begin at 7 pm, the event is free with a donation of a non-perishable food item to help the Red Bank based nonprofit Lunch Break. All middle school and high school age students of Monmouth County are invited to attend the concert, which features such local bands as Groundskeeper, Animaudio, Dogwood Laine, Good Vivations and more.

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TINTON FALLS: MRT CELEBRATES MITZVAH DAY

AlexlemonadeAs part of Mitzvah Day in the community, the Fourth Grade school children of Monmouth Reform Temple set up an Alex’s Lemonade Stand to collect money for cancer research. Working the stand are Kyle Little (Little Silver), Marisa Seckular (Middletown), Jake Schwartz (Shark River Hills), Agatha Hershey (Rumson), Alexa Tuller (Lincroft), Ava Schwartz (Shark River Hills), Dylan Nifoussi (Little Silver) and Ethan Smith (Rumson).

Press release from Monmouth Reform Temple

On May 17, an army of over 200 Monmouth Reform Temple (MRT) members of all ages went forth into the community to perform “mitzvot”  — a commandment from God to do good in the world on MRT’s “Mitzvah Day.”  They tilled the soil behind the temple building in creation of a community garden to feed the poor, and ventured out to paint a Habitat for Humanity home. They knitted caps and blankets for preemies, and made templates for shoes for Ugandan children.

Students in the fourth grade raised money for pediatric cancer research by setting up an Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and students in kindergarten through second grade visited the Kensington Court assisted living center singing Jewish folk songs and dancing to entertain the residents. At the end of their performances, the children presented the residents with colorfully decorated flower pots and brilliant flowers to brighten their rooms. Another group of students visited the Chelsea assisted living center doing arts and crafts with the residents. A different group cleaned the trail along the Henry Hudson Trail in the Highlands.

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RED BANK: KAYAKER’S DEATH INSPIRES ALERT

maple cove sign 050615david civileA new water-safety sign was installed Wednesday at Red Bank’s Maple Cove, a popular Navesink River put-in spot for kayakers and canoeists.

With the help of Councilwoman Cindy Burnham, the sign was donated by the parents of David Civile, right, a 26-year-old Tinton Falls man who disappeared while kayaking in the Shrewsbury River off Little Silver in November, 2010. His remains were found two years later.

Signs donated by the David P. Civile Foundation for Boating Safety Awareness have also been installed in Little Silver, Fair Haven, Rumson and elsewhere in Monmouth County.

Read  more about the foundation’s efforts here. (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: BIKE LIGHT GIVEAWAY PLANNED

rb bike 042915 2It’s a mitzvah for local cyclists, says the temple member who dreamed it up. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

donegoodlogoIn an effort to improve pedaling safety, a local Jewish congregation is planning a giveaway of bicycle lamps in Red Bank next week.

As one of two Tikkun Olam, or “repairing the world,” social action events planned for May, members of Monmouth Reform Temple in Tinton Falls plan to install front-and-rear bike lights for all comers on Monday, May 11, at St. Anthony of Padua Church on Bridge Avenue.

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TINTON FALLS: SOCIAL ACTION EVENTS AT MRT

Press release from Monmouth Reform Temple

Tikkun Olam, the Jewish tenet of “Repairing the World,” will be on full display in May during two major social action events planned by the Monmouth Reform Temple (MRT) in May. On Monday, May 11, MRT members will join congregants at Saint Anthony of Padua Church (121 Bridge Avenue in Red Bank), to launch the Shine A Light program to install bicycle lights for members of the Red Bank community.

The program was the brainchild of MRT member Dean Ross, who seeks to improve the safety on the roads for the nighttime bicycling community. The Red Bank businessman explains, “We have had a few accidents, and some near misses in Red Bank with residents on bicycles at night who do not wear reflective clothing or have any kind of light and motorists don’t see them until they are just upon them.”

He adds, “This is what Judaism is about, getting other people involved to help others.”

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? POUR HOUSE REUBEN

pour_houseJust one of a huge selection of daily specials at the Pour House, the Hot Pastrami Reuben is affordable and satisfying. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumAs downtown Red Bank becomes more and more a shopping destination for one-percenters and a food court for homesick Staten Islanders on the jones for steaming piles of red sauce and garlic, the 99 percent who actually live here occasionally need to get creative and cross into neighboring towns for a good lunchtime fix.

And so it was that PieHole headed across the border to Tinton Falls for lunch at our current favorite oasis of reasonably priced eats and lack of pretension: the Pour House.

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LOCAL WOMAN DEAD IN MURDER-SUICIDE

[CORRECTION: Reports from New Orleans, cited in this article, said that Sara Lamont had moved into an apartment late last year with the man who police say killed her. The Lamont family disputes that, saying Sara had her own apartment, according to Father Alberto Tamayo.]

By JOHN T. WARD

sara lamont linkedinA 25-year-old Tinton Falls woman studying law in New Orleans was shot and killed by her boyfriend before he turned the gun on himself sometime over the past weekend, according to a report by NOLA.com.

Sara Lamont, described as a “brilliant” student specializing in sports law, was killed by her 28-year-old boyfriend and classmate, Wajih Mazloum, in the apartment they’d shared for the past year, according to the report. Another roommate discovered their bodies Sunday morning.

“Everybody’s just in shock, a lot of people in tears,” said Father Alberto Tamayo, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Red Bank, where Lamont was a congregant, a reader and choir member.

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TINTON FALLS: COUNTY PARKS SEEKS DOCENTS

Ft MonmouthPress release from Monmouth County Parks System

The Monmouth County Park System is looking for volunteers to become docents at the Fort Monmouth Recreation Center, Tinton Falls. Are you 21 years of age or older and enjoy interacting with people? You may have what it takes to step into this exciting volunteer position. Volunteer docents welcome visitors and answer questions about the facility.

Those interested in becoming a docent are invited to attend an orientation sessions from 9-10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 13 at the Recreation Center.  Once trained, docents will be asked to volunteer during the week from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

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RED BANK: COATS, BABY ITEMS NEEDED

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Winter coats for people of all ages — and essentials for infants — are among the most-wanted items this season, as local businesses and nonprofits distribute food, clothing and toiletries to the neediest neighbors in our community.

This Thursday, December 11, has been designated as the date for a Winter Coat Drive on behalf of Red Bank-based Lunch Break; hosted by Health in Hand Chiropractic and sponsored by One Warm Coat. Between the hours of 8:30 am and 6 pm, coats can be dropped off at the office of Dr. Chris Storti (410 Pine Street in Middletown, off Route 35 North), with other cold-weather necessities — hats, scarves, gloves and mittens — appreciated as well.

From now through the winter season, the management of Resources Real Estate has announced a partnership with Jersey Cares and Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (pictured) to collect coats for families in need throughout New Jersey, as part of their 19th Annual Jersey Cares Coast Drive. The four Resources locations have been designated as official collection sites where members of the community can drop off their “gently used” coats. Donors can stop in at any time during regular business hours to the offices in Red Bank (4A West Front Street; Monday-Friday 10-6; Saturday-Sunday 10-4) or Rumson (112 East River Road; Monday-Friday 9-5; Saturday-Sunday 10-4). Donations will also be accepted at the Resources locations in Atlantic Highlands (65 First Avenue) and Monmouth Beach (36-3 Beach Road).

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TINTON FALLS: EXPRESS NAMES NEW DIRECTOR

Lorrie_Head_shot_DFS-217[3]Press release from Holiday Express

Since 1993, Holiday Express has relied on more than 1,500 volunteers and only four full-time paid employees to deliver music, food, gifts, and financial support to those with the greatest need for the gift of human kindness during the Holiday season and throughout the year. To help make it all possible, the non-profit organization has announced the hiring of Lorrie Klaric as the new Executive Director.

Klaric, who starts immediately, will be replacing Donald Pignataro who announced his retirement in the fall and has served successfully as the organization’s Executive Director since 2006.  Pignataro will remain as the Executive Director until the end of the year to allow for a smooth transition of leadership.

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RUMSON: OF PAWS AND CLAWS

20141115103803_00001Members of the RFH Paws and Claws Club prepare to deliver donated towels and linens to the Humane Society in Tinton Falls.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Just in time for the winter months, animals at the Associated Humane Society shelter in Tinton Falls were provided with warm bedding thanks to a recent fundraiser.

Recently, the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School organization Paws and Claws held a towel/linen drive, during which RFH homerooms collected a total of approximately 150 clean and gently-used bedding essentials for the shelter, which had been extremely low on these supplies.

Club Officers, along with their Advisor Lauren Thieme, delivered the items to the Humane Society.

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RED BANK: KAYAKER’S MOM URGES VEST USAGE

rb kayak safety 112414One of the signs that Joan Civile has offered to the town as part of a campaign inspired by the death of her son, David, below. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

david civileFour years after a Tinton Falls man disappeared while kayaking in the Shrewsbury River off Little Silver, his mother is on a campaign to ensure nothing like that happens again.

David Civile was 26 years old, “in great shape,” and excited about the kayak he’d purchased just three weeks earlier, his mother, Joan Civile, told the Red Bank council Monday night. The November morning that he put in at Little Silver Point Road, he’d just purchased waterproof pants.

“He just thought he was safe,” she recalled. “He said, ‘Mom, I’m in a river. If it’s bad, I’ll just come back.'”

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RED BANK: SUSPECT CHARGED IN MUGGING

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014Red Bank police charged a Tinton Falls man Tuesday for a violent street robbery last month.

Kaire Hatcher, 22, of 53 Steven Avenue, was charged with robbery and assault in the alleged attack, which occurred on West Street on October 15, according to a police report.

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RED BANK: TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE AVERTED

rb rr xing 102614A shutdown of the North Jersey Coast Line grade crossing at Broad Street in Red Bank that was originally expected to take nearly three and a half days was completed in less than two, officials said, averting anticipated traffic jams on Monday. As of 3:30 p.m. Sunday, the work was completed, and crew members were waiting for asphalt to cure, one said, with an expected reopening at midnight.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

 

RED BANK: RR XING TO CLOSE FOR WEEKEND

rb rr xing 102314A three-plus-day shutdown of Broad Street at the North Jersey Coast Line grade crossing begins at 10 p.m. Friday for what New Jersey Transit calls routine inspection and maintenance. The shutdown, lasting until Tuesday morning, is expected to cause traffic havoc throughout the weekend, but particularly on Monday; rail commuters are also being warned to expect delays. Here’s redbankgreen‘s full story on the closure, in case you missed it. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

 

AREA TOWNS BRACE FOR TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE

HOT-TOPIC_01Red Bank and neighboring towns could be in for a day or more of truly bad traffic next Monday – and rail commuters may be in for headaches as well.

New Jersey Transit plans to close the heavily traveled railroad crossing at Broad Street/Route 35 to vehicular traffic starting Friday night for an estimated three-plus days of round-the-clock inspections and repairs on its North Jersey Coast Line track, a spokeswoman said.

In addition, rail traffic in both directions will be funneled onto a single track pair near the location, rather than the usual two, a move that is expected to cause mass transit delays, said spokeswoman Nancy Snyder.

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TINTON FALLS: HELP DURING HIGH HOLY DAYS

HighHolyDayFoodCollectionDuring its most holy season of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the members of  Monmouth Reform Temple of Tinton Falls ingathered food to benefit communities in need. Standing next to the tower of collected items are MRT Sisterhood members Jill Austin, Trudy Goldsmith, Bobbie Goldstein, Cheryl Gaudette, and Peggy Baker.

IN MEMORY

Memorial07_irRed Bank Elks Lodge #233, 40 West Front Street. will hold a 9/11 memorial event in Riverside Gardens Park at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 13. The public is invited, and light refreshments will be served afterward.

WHATS FOR LUNCH: SOUP’S ON

090114 cjmcloones1The oversized Reuben lunch platter with  fries, above, and French onion soup, below, from CJ McLoone’s.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

090114 cjmcloones2The calendar flips to September, and just like that, thoughts of bathing suits and salads are gone, replaced by hankerings for sweaters, coats and heartier lunches.

A soup-and-sandwich pairing is a favorite for many who want a little more than just a quick bite, and to this soup lover, it doesn’t matter that it’s still hot outside: September is the start of soup season.

CJ McLoone’s on Shrewsbury Avenue in Tinton Falls offers a soup of the day, oversized burgers, and many typical sandwich options.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? FOLLOW SMOKE SIGNALS

dom procipioNew owner Dom Procopio grew up working at Dom’s Cherry Street Deli. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumSome deli owners might be content with a few balloons or some bunting to announce their new ownership.

While Dom’s Cherry Street Deli on Shewsbury Avenue in Tinton Falls does indeed sport a small “under new ownership” sign out front, PieHole appreciates that the new owner has chosen to help announce there’s a new guy in town with a smoker out front, wafting plumes of pecan wood smoke down Shrewsbury Avenue.

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REFORM TEMPLE WELCOMES NEW RABBI

BernardKlineWiesenfeldPictured left to right are Monmouth Reform Temple’s new Rabbi Marc Kline (center) with his wife Lori Bernard and the MRT President Jay Wiesenfeld of Lincroft. 

Press release from Monmouth Reform Temple

After a year-long search, the Monmouth Reform Temple selected Rabbi Marc Kline to lead the Tinton Falls congregation. Rabbi Kline, who most recently served as the Rabbi at Temple Adath Israel in Lexington, Kentucky, began his tenure at MRT on July 1. Rabbi Bob Ourach served as MRT’s interim spiritual leader for over a year during this search.

A native of Las Vegas, NV, the graduate of the University of Arkansas law school became re-immersed in his faith at a Reform Temple while working at a Little Rock law firm. He began to take on a more involved role in the congregation and was encouraged to become, what he terms, “a second career rabbi.”

Rabbi Kline graduated from the Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion in 1994 with a Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters, and was ordained as a Rabbi the following year. His first major service in a Jewish Congregation brought him to South Carolina, where he forged a close alliance with interfaith clergy and even co-led the 2000 march on the South Carolina Capital to remove the controversial Confederate flag.

The event was described as the largest march on a Southern capital (with over 40,000 people) since the Civil Rights era. He states of that experience, “I remain deeply indebted to the ministers who became my dear friends and teachers. They taught me what it meant to serve a congregation and a community in a meaningful and relevant way.”

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