LITTLE SILVER: RBR NAMES 6 TO HALL OF FAME

Pictured left to right are the 2017 inductees for the RBR Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame: RBR teacher Cassandra Dorn; Red Bank Middle School Vice Principal James T. Pierson; Dr. Erin Curtis, Optometrist; Sergeant Joey Fields, Red Bank Police Department; Dr. Carol A. Penn, physician family medicine, and Ramona Johnson, special education teacher, Newark NJ public schools.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On the morning of April 28, an annual highlight of spring took place once again at Red Bank Regional High School,when the BUC Backer Foundation inducted six RBR graduates into its Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame.

State Senator Jennifer Beck, Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna, Red Bank Councilman Michael Whelan, Shrewsbury Mayor Donald Burden, and Little Silver Councilman Daniel O’Hern were among the friends, family members and community neighbors who gathered in the school’s theatre to celebrate the contributions of this year’s honorees. The inductees were introduced by the RBR Buccaneer Newspaper students, who wrote bios on the alumni for a commemorative journal, and musical accompaniment was provided by the piano majors of RBR’s Visual and Performing Arts Academy. The festivities continued with a celebratory luncheon catered by the RBR culinary students.

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AN EARTH DAY ARMY AT FAIR HAVEN FIELDS

On Earth Day, April 22, an army of more than 60 volunteers descended upon Fair Haven Fields for a day of activity that included removal of trash and invasive vines, a clean-up of Dery’s Pond, and plantings of more than 50 seedlings in the Tree Nursery. Pictured left to right in the back row are borough councilman Christopher Rodriguez; Markus Onni (Den Leader, Cub Scouts Pack 127); Shervyn von Hoerl (Cubmaster, Pack 127); Carol Lang;  Matt Lang (Den Leader, Pack 127), and Chris Kopacko, with a group of Cub Scout and youth volunteers pictured at front. A follow-up volunteer day at the Fields will be announced for fall. 

RUMSON: RALLY ‘ROUND THE NAVESINK

Clean Ocean Action founder Cindy Zipf speaks at Bingham Hall during a June 2016 public meeting on degradation of the Navesink River. The nonprofit COA returns to the Rumson community center on April 27, for a followup forum on water quality monitoring and boat pumping stations.  (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

In 2016, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection condemned over 565 acres of shellfishing habitat due to bacterial pollution. In response, the nonprofit Clean Ocean Action established Rally for the Navesink — the name for an alliance of 32 locally based organizations, as well as for the series of events that the COA has conducted over the course of the past year.

On the evening of Thursday, April 27, Rally for the Navesink returns to historic Bingham Hall in Rumson — scene of a well-attended public forum in June of last year — for a “Find It, Fix It” presentation that seeks to provide information on pumping station facilities for boat owners, in addition to putting out a call to concerned citizens who wish to assist in the community-wide monitoring of water quality in the river.

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SANDY HOOK: GRASS PLANTERS WANTED

No fooling: on Saturday, April 1st, the folks at the Sandy Hook-based American Littoral Society will be planting dune grass — and everyone is invited to lend a hand.

Between the hours of 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the Society will coordinate a “rain or shine” volunteer event in conjunction with their Beach Grasses in Classes program, involving students from area schools who raise and plant dune grass. The grasses play a big role in helping to stabilize beaches along the storm-battered coast; protecting the dunes that serve as barriers against flooding, and helping to prevent major erosion events.

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FAIR HAVEN: EARTH DAY VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT

On Earth Day, April 22, residents of Fair Haven and other neighboring communities (Little Silver, Rumson and Red Bank) are invited to join members of the borough’s Natural Area Committee and Shade Tree Commission in a team opportunity to “care for a treasure that improves all of our lives.”

That treasure is the Fair Haven Fields Natural Area, the approximately 40 acre recreational facility whose trails regularly hosts a wide range of open-air activities for community members of all ages (in addition to the occasional warm-weather movie night). And beginning that Saturday morning, the community has a chance to give back to a resource that keeps on giving year-round.

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LINCROFT: MOCO PARKS SEEKS GREEN THUMBS

On Wednesday, April 5, the Monmouth County Park System hosts a Gardening and Pruning Workshop for prospective volunteers in the Visitor Center at Thompson Park. Offered from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., the workshop is open to ages 14 and up and is the perfect preparation for participating in the Park System’s Drop-In Volunteer Days. To reserve space and get more info on this and additional gardening workshops in Monmouth County, call Tracy Shiffman, Coordinator of Volunteers at (732)842-4000 ext. 4283.

MIDDLETOWN: PARK DOCENTS NEEDED

The Visitor Center at Lincroft’s Thompson Park is the setting of a special training session for County Park System volunteers, on March 26.

Press release from Monmouth County Park System

The surroundings include some of the most fascinating natural and historical treasures in the greater Red Bank area — and the experience is great for anyone who enjoys interacting with people, as well as helping to promote the many public assets that make Monmouth County a special place to call home.

On the morning of Sunday, March 26, the Monmouth County Park System invites volunteers ages 18 and up to a special training session at its headquarters inside the Visitor Center at Thompson Park, Lincroft. Scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the session will outline the responsibilities of seasonal docent/ receptionist openings at six local parks and activity centers.

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RED BANK: PBC VOLUNTEERS SHARE THE CARE

On Wednesday, January 25, Pilgrim Baptist Church of Red Bank hosted its “Project Community Cares” event in support of the Monmouth County Point-In-Time Survey of the homeless population.  The event featured a winter coats and clothing giveaway, health screenings, meals, resource information and more, with Monmouth County residents who have been under-served and marginalized also given the opportunity to register for social services that are available throughout the Bayshore area. Pictured are the volunteers of Pilgrim who participated in the event. (not pictured: agency volunteers and allied health care personnel who serve throughout the day).  For further information about Pilgrim’s Community Outreach initiatives, please call (732)747-2343.

SHREWSBURY: Y HOSTS MLK ESSAY CONTEST

richard-t-smithPress release from The Community YMCA

High school students who are currently participating in programs at The Community YMCA or the Western Monmouth County YMCA are invited to enter an essay contest honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The contest, which has an entry deadline of Thursday, January 5, will present its winning entries at the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast on Monday, January 16.

Hosted at Branches Catering in West Long Branch, the 28th annual event co-sponsored by the Shrewsbury-based CYMCA will include readings by the two winning essayists, each of whom will be awarded a $500 scholarship sponsored by Investors Bank and Monmouth County Chiefs of Police Association. Richard T. Smith (pictured), President of the New Jersey State Conference of the NAACP, will be the keynote speaker at the breakfast, scheduled from 8 to 10 a.m.

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RBR LEADERS MEDAL IN ANNUAL CONFERENCE

fcclaofficialPictured  are the fifteen Red Bank Regional High School students who competed in last month’s 2016 Family Career Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Fall Leadership Conference in Edison. RBR earned two gold, two silver and three bronze awards in categories that included baking, fashion, ecological picture frame and banner creations, and community service, for which the students conducted a food drive at an RBR football game which collected over 500 pounds of food for the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties. Pictured with the banner that brought them a bronze medal are (left to right, standing with their teacher Sue Eads): Tessa Listo, Karyssa Ellis, Jenna Holly, Molly O’Mara, Abby Beebrick, Sophie Pauso, Summer Smith, Claire Lynch, CeCi McCormick, and Isabel Nalbandian; (kneeling) Allie Van Orden, Ashley Lemmon, Lauren Beebrick, Lauren Keale, Megan Dingelstedt. 

BIG TURNAROUND FOR RFH SNOWFLAKE DRIVE

global_womens_empowerment_1Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven High School 

The Global Women’s Empowerment Club at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School recently held a successful Snowflake Drive to benefit 180 Turning Lives Around. Over $400 worth of gift cards and over 400 items were donated to the Holiday Boutique run by the  Monmouth County-based 180, a private nonprofit organization dedicated to ending domestic and sexual violence in our community.

The donated items helped local families experience holiday cheer despite financial circumstances resulting from domestic violence.

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RBR HELPS LOCALS, TROOPS FOR THE HOLIDAYS

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Pictured above with a mountain of donated gifts from Red Bank Regional staff and parents are (left to right) BUC Backer  member Judy Noglows, RBR SOURCE Youth Development Specialist Lori Lopez, SOURCE Liaison Claire Harbeck Izzo, and SOURCE Director Suzanne Keller. Below, RBR teacher Cassandra Dorn displays some of the many presents collected by staffers and students for the Tinton Falls nonprofit Linkages.

linkages2016Press releases from Red Bank Regional High School

The Red Bank Regional (RBR) School District conducts numerous community service activities during the holidays, from helping homeless families in Monmouth County, buying livestock to address world hunger, creating holiday cards for kids in hospitals and sending stockings stuffed with sweets to our troops in the Middle East.

But at the same time they also look inward — and through a partnership between the in-school program The SOURCE and the BUC Backer Foundation, RBR helps fill wishes for families within our own school who would otherwise not know such happy holidays.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR SENDS HOLIDAY CHEER

cardsforkidsofficialTaking a break from studies to create homemade cards for children who will be spending their holidays in hospitals are (left to right) Red Bank Regional High School students Nicole Gaillard, Saloni Ajami, Sammie Feder, Shelley Banfield, Charlotte Jansky, Dannielle Wolf, RBR teacher Jennifer Casaine, Kay Franzese, Jael Cross, and Ash Riegler. RBR teacher Cassandra Dorn (not pictured) assists with the program, part of a nationwide Cards for Hospitalized Kids initiative that has sent cards to over 100,000 hospitalized children throughout the United States. 

LINCROFT: CBA, TRINITY HALL RAISE $7,500+

cba-sadd-food-drive-2016Students from Christian Brothers Academy (Lincroft) and Trinity Hall (Tinton Falls) teamed up to prepare and serve dinner to more than 240 attendees last Tuesday, raising over $7,500 in the process. 

Press release from Christian Brothers Academy

On December 6, the Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) chapters of Christian Brothers Academy and Tinton Falls-based Trinity Hall teamed up once again for their 10th annual “Dinner for the Troops.”

Convening in the CBA cafeteria, students handled all the preparations and cooking for 240 guests, while raising over $7,500 in the process. All funds raised will go towards supporting servicemen and servicewomen stationed overseas. The evening also featured guest speaker Sgt. Melissa Leist, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, who shared her thoughts on military service.

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RED BANK: DeFAZIO TO RETURN AS FIRE CHIEF

lauterwasser defazio 050716donegoodlogoRetired Red Bank police captain Pete DeFazio, at right above, is slated to serve as chief of the borough’s volunteer fire department for 2017, following his election by members Tuesday night.

His swearing-in, scheduled for January 1, will begin DeFazio’s third tour as chief, a post he held in 1987 and 1993. A member of the Relief Engine Company on Drummond Place, DeFazio retired from the police department in 2010, after 35 years on the force. He’ll succeed Chris Soden, of the Union Hose Company, in a tradition that rotates the top job among the borough’s six fire companies.

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RED BANK: A 24TH NIGHT OF HOLIDAY DAZZLE

rb-town-lighting-112516-4rb-town-lighting-112516-7For the 24th straight year, the feel-jolly sounds of Holiday Express served as the soundtrack to a Town Lighting ceremony that drew thousands of visitors to downtown Red Bank Friday night. Were you among those who braved the drizzle for the dazzle? Check out our photos to see who you might recognize. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR TEEN HONORED BY NJ YMCA

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

nicholasofficialIn a ceremony last month, the New Jersey YMCA State Alliance honored Red Bank Regional High School senior Nicholas Villalobos-Best at the organization’s 16th Annual Recognition Celebration.

The Union Beach resident (pictured at center) was among the more than 20 students recognized at the ceremony; a group of teens and pre-teens who, in the words of NJ YMCA State Alliance President Diane Mann, “have demonstrated their character values by volunteering in a variety of ways to serve others through the Y.”

Nicholas was nominated for this accolade by YMCA Community Outreach Director Joann Rountree, who supervised him in the Teen Achievers Initiative, a college readiness club. She explained that Nicholas mentored his peers and always volunteered for activities, including speaking at aYMCA Board Meeting and fundraiser events.

Nicholas was first introduced to the YMCA as a grateful recipient of their Family Success Center.  Four years ago, Nicholas and his family lost everything in Super Storm Sandy. The YMCA’s Family Success Center, along with other charities, helped his family find the resources and networks to assist in their recovery effort.

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VETERANS DAY CEREMONIES 2016

vets day 2015 111115 1Servicemen and women will be among the local resident who gather at the monument to war veterans at Monmouth Street and Drummond Place in Red Bank for a Veterans Day commemoration Friday. Click “read more” for town-by-town events on the Green. (Click photos to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: SEVEN GIRLS, OFF TO HELP

2015-ilac-mission-1Seen here on their 2015 trip, seven Red Bank Regional and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional girls plan to return to the Dominican Republic Wednesday. They are, from left, Hannah Horan, Caroline Healey, Paige Borden, Mara Campolattaro, Olivia Turi, Annabel Morris and Maddie Orr. (Photo by Tim Orr Photography. Click to enlarge.)

donegoodlogoA year after helping to build a water line to a remote village in the Dominican Republic, seven seven sophomore girls from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional and Red Bank Regional high schools plan to travel to the Caribbean nation again Wednesday.

The girls, who travel with their fathers and pay their own way, raise all of the funds for their humanitarian missions themselves, according to Mara Campolattaro, one of the participants. All the money raised goes directly to funding projects for things like supplies, local expertise and transportation on the island, she said.

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TINTON FALLS: EXPRESS SEEKS HOLIDAY ELVES

townlightingThe Holiday Express band performs at one of its annual Town Lighting public concerts in downtown Red Bank.The humanitarian organization behind the big traveling band is putting out the call for volunteer “warehouse elves” at their Tinton Falls facility.

Every year for the past several decades, Holiday Express founder and co-frontman Tim McLoone leads his big traveling band in a special keynote to the most festive of seasons, as the assembled musicians and singers preside over Red Bank’s annual Town Lighting ceremony with a free open-air, public-welcome concert.

The “Black Friday” tradition is merely one of the more visible manifestations of the musical humanitarian organization that performs dozens of concerts at places that exist well below most people’s radar — the nursing homes, rehab centers, homeless shelters, psychiatric facilities and other locales whose audiences are made up of what McLoone calls the “adult orphans” among us.

While the veteran musician, businessman and entrepreneur observes that the Holiday Express orchestra is the aspect of the organization that “makes the most noise,” he’s quick to point out that the energizing engine is backed up by a formidable freight-train of volunteer support personnel, drivers, techies, and donation/gift processing workers at the nonprofit’s Tinton Falls warehouse facility (938 Shrewsbury Avenue in Tinton Falls). And, effective immediately, the Express is putting out a call for just such a crew of “warehouse elves” — a call that includes, for the first time, an online sign-up.

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RED BANK UMC BAGS BIG ROLE IN KIT PROJECT

umcommunities_at_the_wesleyan_housing_mission_teamUnited Methodist Communities President / CEO Larry Carlson and Vice President of Housing Cindy Jacques (rightmost and second from right), join Housing Mission Team Leader Gertrude Kehleay (third from left) and associate team members (left to right) Deede Bolger, Monique Degivenchy, Tanya Sweet Preston, Kerileigh Sherman, Jeanette Edghill, Dee Carmichael, and India Santos.

Press release from United Methodist Communities

New Jersey managed to escape Hurricane Hermine earlier this season, and now Hurricane Matthew. Imagine for a moment that you’ve had to flee you home due to a natural disaster, like Superstorm Sandy, or because of crisis, war, and conflict. Now imagine you’ve received a Health Kit containing basic necessities: a hand towel, washcloth, comb, nail file or clippers, soap, toothbrush, adhesive bandages, plastic bag and toothpaste.

Knowing these nine items can change the outlooks and lives of vulnerable people all over the world, all five of United Methodist Communities’ affordable housing campuses (The Wesleyan, Red Bank; Wesley by the Bay, Ocean City; Covenant Place, Plainfield; Bishop Taylor, East Orange; and PineRidge of Montclair) chose United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) Health Kits for a mission project. The team also felt motivated to show compassion and affirm human worth and dignity.

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RED BANK: LUNCH BREAK NAMES NEW TRUSTEES

rick-brandtPress release from Lunch Break Inc.

In a recent announcement, Red Bank-based nonprofit Lunch Break named Rick Brandt (pictured) to the nonprofit’s Board of Trustees. At  27 years of age, the lifelong resident of Little Silver is both the newest and the youngest member of the board, and will be involved with several of their committees.

Other new members joining the Lunch Break Board are Trudy Parton (Little Silver), Stuart Sendell (Rumson) and Juanita Lewis (Red Bank).

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FAIR HAVEN: STARVING DRAC, FOR A CAUSE

Press release from Fair Haven Business Association

The Halloween season may be a feast for Dracula and his pals that go bump in the night — but on Saturday, October 22, local residents are being urged to “Starve a Vampire, Feed Your Neighbor,” during a Blood Drive hosted at the Knights of Columbus – Red Bank Council 3187, and presented in partnership with the Fair Haven Business Association.

Between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m., donors are invited to come to the KofC’s facility at 200 Fair Haven Road, in an effort to help Central Jersey Blood Center meet the needs of our community.

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LINCROFT: A DAY OF FREE DENTAL CARE

Dr Mitchel FriedmanPress release from Newman Springs Dental Care

The tenth annual edition of Dentistry From The Heart, Newman Springs Dental Care’s gift of a free day of dentistry, will be held on Thursday, October 13. During the day-long event, dental volunteers will provide examinations, digital x-rays, blood pressure and Velscope (advanced oral cancer) screenings. A choice of an extraction, filling or cleaning will be provided to those 18 years and older who arrive at the Lincroft practice.

Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and is first come, first served. The first 120 adults are guaranteed to be seen.

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