RED BANK: BURNED BREAKFAST

rb fire 112215 4rb fire 112215 1A reported structure fire with an entrapped resident at the recently opened West Side Lofts luxury apartments in Red Bank turned out to be an unattended frying pan (seen at right) left on an active stove early Saturday morning.

Volunteer firefighters  responded to the 6:08 a.m. alarm and aired out the second-floor unit after retrieving its lone occupant, who appeared uninjured. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: “UNSTINTING SERVICE” HONORED

vets day 2015 111115 1williams honor 111115Local veterans saluted as the Red Bank Charter School choir sang ‘The Star-Spangled’ at a Veterans Day commemoration in downtown Red Bank Wednesday. Mayor Red Bank Menna told a small crowd gathered at the Veterans Monument at Monmouth Street and Drummond Place that the annual event honored “the unstinting service and selfless loyalty” given by generations of men and women who have served in the military.

At right, the duo known as Williams Honor sang an original song, and below, charter school eighth-grader Jonathan Rivera played bagpipes to open and close the ceremony. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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VETERANS DAY CEREMONIES 2015

vets-111110fh 2 111112The monument to war veterans at Monmouth Street and Drummond Place in Red Bank, above, and Memorial Park in Fair Haven, at right, are once again host sites for  Veterans Day commemorations Wednesday.

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RBR STUDENT HITS THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL

ElijahwithBookerRed Bank Regional junior Elijah Nishiura of Red Bank is pictured with Senator Corey Booker at a political event. Elijah is clocking his third election campaign as a student intern, and is working on local and state level campaigns simultaneously this election season.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

 On November 3 — in this local election year that lacks the fanfare of a presidential or even a gubernatorial race — many Americans will decline to vote. That drives 16-year old Red Bank Regional High School junior Elijah Nishiura wild.

“Issues like college affordability, women’s health services, how we get a job, how we survive, (are) all determined by politics,” says Elijah.  “And if you are not informed and vote, you can’t complain about it.”

Elijah is counting the days until he can vote, which will not occur until the 2018 Gubernatorial election (unfortunately, he misses the 2016 Presidential election next year). But until that time, he will contribute in other ways. In fact, he has been preparing for the upcoming November election for months; interning in two separate election campaigns. Two to three times a week after school, he mans the phones in the Asbury Park campaign office defending an incumbent election. On the weekends, he helps set campaign strategy for an insurgent assembly election, walking the neighborhoods with his Monmouth County candidates.

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LITTLE SILVER TEEN GOES GLOBAL IN GHANA

JuliaatschoolRed Bank Regional junior Julia Nijnens of Little Silver is pictured above amid the many friends she made in a community service trip to Ghana over the summer. Below, the recently selected Global Leadership Adventure Ambassador snuggles two of her new Ghanaian friends. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

juliawithbabesEver since she was in third grade, Julia Nijnens wanted to visit Ghana. Her fascination began when the Little Silver resident wrote a class essay on the country, and revisited the same subject for a fifth grade geography project, this time delving into its sanitation problems.

For two and a half weeks this past summer, Julia — now a junior at Red Bank Regional High School — was able to realize her dream, by performing a community service project in Ghana with her brother Jouke through the Global Leadership Adventure program.  Julia and Jouke are well seasoned travelers, as their parents, both Dutch nationals, have taken their children to over 30 countries when visiting relatives in Europe each year. Her work, leadership and motivation recently earned her the esteemed honor of GLA Ambassador, and throughout the school year, she will perform various duties to promote global leadership and volunteerism for the organization and mentor future volunteers.

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LITTLE SILVER: A CAMPUS SPRUCING-UP AT RBR

backporch_-_CopyThe presidents of the Red Bank Regional BUC Backer Foundation display images of new signage and landscaping designs created for an ambitious multi-phase Campus Beautification Project.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Upon approaching Red Bank Regional High School from either Harding Road or Ridge Road, travelers encounter a series of signs reading “Have…You…Got…It?” The question is soon answered by the last sign: “Buc Pride!” …which leads to the front entrance with an even larger sign announcing, “Welcome to BUC Nation, Home of the Buccaneers!”

The eye-catching signage is the first installment in what the new leadership of the BUC Backer Foundation (BBF) plans for the RBR campus; a beautification campaign that will include seasonal plantings, new landscaping designs and signs proclaiming RBR’s status as one of the area’s top-rated schools.

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RUMSON TEEN’S A HALLOWEEN ANGEL

abby_shawThey say that a person’s choice of Halloween costume reflects a lot about who they are on the inside — but while Abby Shaw doesn’t appear at first glance to be sporting an angel’s wings or a superhero’s cape, the 13 year old Rumson resident has figuratively suited up each of the past five Halloween seasons, on a do-good mission of her own devising.

Since the fall of 2011, during her days as a fourth grader at Forrestdale School, Abby has operated her own charitable enterprise, through which she collects donated Halloween costumes and distributes them to area kids in need.

Five years on, Abby’s Costumes for Kids Collection may not rank among the world’s most internationally recognizable nonprofit entities — but the smiles that have resulted from one kid’s hard work and positive energy have cured many cases of the trick-or-treat blues, and shown how a deceptively simple idea can capture a community’s imagination.

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RED BANK: VAN ZANDTS NEW TO BASIE BOARD

van zandt2Middletown’s own local guy made good, musician-actor-producer-activist Steven Van Zandt, is pictured outside the Count Basie Theatre in a 2008 file photo. Van Zandt, his wife Maureen and five other area residents were named as the newest members of the Basie’s boards of trustees and directors. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Entertainers Maureen and Steven Van Zandt are among seven area residents who have been elected as the newest members of the boards of trustees and directors for the Count Basie Theatre. The couple, who were previously named recipients of the Basie’s inaugural Vanguard Awards, join a roster of new board members that also includes Kainos Capital partner Sarah Bradley, marketing professional Robert Chandler, Grunin Foundation director Jeremy Grunin, River Capital Group chairman Mario Monello, and Meadowbrook Industries owner-president Peter T. Roselle.

For Steven, it’s the latest manifestation of a long association with the historic venue, where he performed (back in its days as the Carlton Theatre) a now-legendary 1977 concert in which he subbed for an ailing Southside Johnny as frontman of the Asbury Jukes, the Stone Pony house band that he co-founded in the early days of that Shore circuit landmark.

The longtime Springsteen lieutenant, bandleader, songwriter, actor (The Sopranos, Lillyhammer), human rights activist, radio personality and producer — whose latest project is a well-received new album from Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Darlene Love — teamed with the Boss and fellow E Streeters for a 2008 benefit show at the Basie, and joined Maureen in helping coordinate a recent performance by Rockit for Kids, the Basie’s in-house “school of rock program,” in conjunction with the 2014 Vanguard Awards ceremony.

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RUMSON: HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS (T)HERE TO HELP

HereToHelpA group of seven high school students from Red Bank Regional and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional will be joining their fathers on a humanitarian mission to the Dominican Republic in November. Pictured clockwise from top left are Olivia Turi, Maddie Orr, Paige Borden, Hannah Horan, Annabel Morris, Caroline Healey, and Mara Campolattaro.

For fourteen years, Dr. Brian Campolattaro, a Rumson resident and professor at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in Manhattan, has performed vision restoring surgery in the Dominican Republic. His daughter, Mara, a student at Red Bank Regional High School, has always wanted to help — and this year came up with the idea for a special mission that would allow both father and daughter to volunteer their energies there in the second-poorest country in the western hemisphere. When she shared the idea with her friends, they and their fathers eagerly came on board.

On November 4, Mara will be part of a group of seven girls from RBR and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School who will make the trip to the Dominican Republic, accompanied by their dads. They won’t be spending any time at the beach, however — instead, the father-daughter teams will be constructing an aqueduct to bring clean water to a remote village that is in desperate need.

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LITTLE SILVER: BANG THE DRUM FOR MUSIC ED

FergusonRed Bank Regional senior Joseph Ferguson attained his Eagle Scout Rank by supervising the construction of 10 cajons (simple drums) for Thurgood Marshall Elementary School in Asbury Park. He is pictured with the cajons, and the school’s music teacher Micki Stukane. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

As a senior in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPA) at Red Bank Regional High School, Joseph Ferguson of Little Silver has used every opportunity to make his passion for music part of his life, both in and out of school. A piano major, he plays the keyboard in RBR’s jazz band, and doubles as a percussionist in the concert band. He also volunteers his music talents with the summer band camp program at his alma mater Markham Place Middle School, and played in the pit band for school musical productions. Joe earned membership in the Tri-M Music Honor Society, and outside of school has entertained at restaurants and parties.

So when it came time for this member of Little Silver’s Boy Scout Troop 126 to choose an Eagle Scout project, Joe looked to music to help him achieve the highest level in scouting. He discovered the inspiration during a visit to an Asbury Park music store, where he encountered a “build it yourself” kit for a cajon, a six-sided, box-shaped South American percussion instrument played by slapping the front or rear faces (usually thin plywood) with the hands and fingers.

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LINCROFT: A NEW DOCK FOR CLEARWATER

Seeger-KillianClearwater Festival founder Bob Killian, seen here with folk legend Pete Seeger, makes two anniversary appearances this weekend. (Photo by Mike Berry)

Updated from previous post on redbankgreen‘s All Good page.

It began back in the mid-1970s as a free festival of music, food and environmental awareness at Sandy Hook.

Inspired by the work of the iconic folk singer and pioneer activist Pete Seeger and his Hudson River excursions with the sloop Clearwater — and founded by Bob Killian, a Shore-based singer and songwriter best known for his hyperlocal anthem “I Like The Jersey Shore” — the all-volunteer Clearwater Festival has soldiered on through the years in several locations, most recently at Long Branch’s Pier Village.

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SANDY HOOK: A BLITZ IN TIME

BioBlitzAmateur naturalists, students and other volunteers are invited to assist a team of scientists in a “BioBlitz” census of species on Sandy Hook, beginning September 18.

Press release from National Parks Service

For 24 hours beginning Friday, September 18, citizen scientists will perform a “BioBlitz” operation, swarming the Sandy Hook Unit of Gateway National Recreation Area and counting as many species as possible. At the same time, free fun and educational activities will take families and individuals into the coves and trails of this seven-mile peninsula on the New Jersey coast.

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SHREWSBURY CHORALE HEARS YOUR VOICE

Press release from Shrewsbury Chorale

Do you like to sing? Shrewsbury Chorale invites all interested local singers to participate in our Open Rehearsals on September  22 and 29, 2015, from 7:45 to 10 pm. We practice weekly on Tuesday evenings at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, 1475 West Front Street in Lincroft.

The Chorale is a mixed chorus serving Monmouth County for almost 60 years. As we begin our new season, we welcome  Mark C. Cook as our interim conductor. Mr. Cook is a familiar face to our audiences. He has performed admirably as our accompanist for the past four years. Mr. Cook has accompanied soloists and choral ensembles throughout the United States and Europe. Currently, he serves as Organist/Music Director for the Church in Brielle. We are fortunate to be able to employ his many talents in this new capacity of interim Conductor/Accompanist.

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RBR VOLLEYBALLER PAYS IT FORWARD

GabbyRed Bank Regional sophomore Gabby Lopez spent her summer vacation as a coach for programs that included Little Silver summer softball, and Red Bank Future Bucs volunteer volleyball. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Prior to participating in the Red Bank Future Bucs youth sports program last summer, Gabriella (Gabby) Lopez of Red Bank was completely unfamiliar with the sport of volleyball. She soon grew to enjoy the high-energy game and became dedicated to mastering it — and when she became a student at Red Bank Regional High School, she tried out for and won a place on the RBR freshmen volleyball team, despite spraining her ankle days before.

The rising RBR sophomore had always taken part in sports through middle school, and always enjoyed working out in the gym doing cardio, weight-training and high-intensity kick-boxing. What Gabby also discovered was that she loved helping others learn and enjoy sports.

Gabby volunteered to coach softball in her town’s recreational league this summer, as well the Little Silver recreational summer softball clinic. She took on a summer job as a camp counselor at the Red Bank Salvation Army, guiding younger children through recreational activities. Despite her busy schedule, on Sunday nights throughout July and August, Gabby coached the Red Bank Future Bucs’ volunteer volleyball program, which is organized by Red Bank Community youth leaders David Prown and Enrico Ciabattoni.

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LINCROFT: CLEARWATER COMES TO BCC

Seeger-KillianThe works of legendary folk musician and activist Pete Seeger (left) and Clearwater Festival founder Bob Killian (right) are celebrated during the 40th anniversary edition of the annual free music and environmental education event, coming to Brookdale Community College for the first time on Saturday, September 12. Killian returns to Monmouth County for the occasion, as well as a September 13 event honoring Seeger’s legacy, at the Unitarian Meetinghouse in Lincroft. (Photo by Mike Berry)

From press materials furnished by New Jersey Friends of Clearwater

It began back in the mid-1970s, as a free festival of music, food and environmental awareness; hosted at the Fort Hancock area of Sandy Hook and sponsored by the organization then called Monmouth County Friends of Clearwater. Inspired by the work of the iconic folk singer and pioneer activist Pete Seeger and his Hudson River excursions with the sloop Clearwater — and founded by Bob Killian, a Shore-based singer and songwriter best known for his hyperlocal anthem “I Like The Jersey Shore” — the all-volunteer Clearwater Festival has soldiered on through the years in several locations, most recently at Long Branch’s Pier Village.

On Saturday, September 14, the re-branded New Jersey Friends of Clearwater presents the milestone 40th annual edition of the summertime event; a one-day happening that unfolds at a brand new host venue: the Larrison Hall Commons area at Lincroft’s Brookdale Community College. Dedicated to the pioneering efforts of Seeger (who passed away last year at age 94) and Killian (whose return to Monmouth County for the occasion is a highlight of this year’s festival), Clearwater 2015 is an eight-hour burst of activity (11 am – 7 pm) that promises three stages’ worth of live music, kids’ activities, arts and crafts vendors, environmentally themed informational displays, and plenty of free parking on the sprawling BCC campus.

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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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M’TOWN PD SEEKS RESPONSE VOLUNTEERS

Press release from Deputy Chief Stephen Dollinger, Middletown Township Police Department

The Middletown Police Department is currently recruiting volunteers to serve on its Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT). In affiliation with 180 Turning Lives Around, and with the assistance of the response team volunteers, the Middletown Police Department continues to make available this service to victims of domestic violence during the initial stages of a highly emotional and traumatic experience.

The Monmouth County-based nonprofit 180 will be conducting an intensive 40-hour mandatory training course for DVRT volunteers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, October 6-29.  Scheduled from 6 pm-9:30 pm, the training sessions will be held at Wall Township Police Headquarters, 2700 Allaire Road. Applications are currently being accepted, with the deadline to submit an application September 25.

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RED BANK: RWJ SUPPORTS SANDY COUNSELING

Press release from Mental Health Association of Monmouth County

Families and individuals whose lives were impacted by Hurricane Sandy will be provided with free mental health and expert information and referral services through July 2016, thanks to a generous grant awarded to the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently awarded a grant in the amount $199,821 to sustain and expand mental health and social services in Monmouth County, related to the ongoing effects of the October 2012 “superstorm.” The MHA will continue to provide those services locally at the Red Bank Resource Network, now located at 103 Drs. James Parker Boulevard in Red Bank.

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RUMSON: BLITHEWALD RAZED

76 buena vista 081815rumson fire 042015 2Five months after a devastating fire, the Rumson mansion known as Blithewald was demolished Monday.

The 132-year-old home, on Buena Vista Avenue, was undergoing extensive redecoration for use as a designer showcase for the monthlong VNA Stately Homes by the Sea when it burned down in April. Investigators ruled the cause of the blaze accidental. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: LUNCH IS ON THE PILGRIM KIDS

PBC youthAs part of a community outreach initiative, the Youth Ministry at Pilgrim Baptist Church of Red Bank recently purchased and packed approximately 160 bag lunches for the less fortunate in the Shore region. Pictured are some of the young people who participated in the project, which was sponsored by the Seacoast Baptist Association. For additional information regarding children’s, youth and young adult ministries at Pilgrim, please call (732)747-2343.

RUMSON: FIRE DESTROYS BACKYARD PLAY SET

rumson fire 072815Rumson firefighters, slowed somewhat by a Cat construction vehicle parked in the driveway, quickly doused a fire that fully engulfed a custom-designed wooden play set in the backyard of a newly completed home at 10 Sailers Way Tuesday evening, Fire Chief Kevin McCarthy tells redbankgreen.

The cause of the blaze could not be determined but is not considered suspicious, he said. Monmouth County property records indicate the home is owned by Anthony Diaco. Rumson, Oceanic and Fair Haven volunteers responded to the 6:49 p.m. alarm, McCarthy said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

SANDY HOOK: CALLING ALL BIO-BLITZERS

bio-blitzPart public science project, part beat-the-clock fun competition, the second annual Bio-Blitz invites all members of the community to help take a snapshot of the diversity of plant and animal life on Sandy Hook.

Press release from American Littoral Society

It’s part contest (racing against the 24-hour clock), part educational event, part scientific endeavor, and all fun — it’s the second annual Bio-Blitz, and starting right now the American Littoral Society is inviting the public to take part in a major undertaking on September 18 and 19, designed to “create a snapshot” of Sandy Hook’s biodiversity.

By identifying as many species as possible during that 24-hour period, the Littoral Society can paint a picture of 2015 Sandy Hook, and the breathtaking array of plants, fish, birds, bugs, reptiles and furry creatures who make their summer home on the peninsula. Collected over time, this data can lead to valuable information about the effects of climate change and habitat degradation on the species that utilize this area. This will also be a unique opportunity to teach the public about the biodiversity that exists along New Jersey’s coast — particularly the unique mix of species that’s found only within the Gateway National Recreation Area.

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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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SHREWSBURY: CYMCA NAMES NEW LEADERSHIP

Press release from The Community YMCA

At its 141st annual meeting, held Wednesday, June 17 at Rumson Country Club, The Community YMCA Board of Directors elected Joseph Oriolo chairman and chief volunteer officer. Oriolo replaces Patricia Whittemore, who led the board for two years.

The Shrewsbury resident has been a member of the Y board since 2008, and most recently served as vice chairperson. He also served as chairman of the Y’s Governance Committee.

“We are grateful for Patty’s leadership and we are pleased to welcome Joe as chairman and chief volunteer officer,” said President and CEO Rhonda Anderson. “He will continue to lead us forward to help increase our visibility as a cause-driven organization that strengthens the lives of over 20,000 people we serve in Monmouth County and beyond.”

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RED BANK: BACK IN THE ARMS OF SAMARITANS

bucky moran 052615Bucky Moran at home earlier this week. Below, Moran gets a hug from one of his saviors, Paramedic Lori Corson. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

bucky moran 052715The last thing Richard ‘Bucky’ Moran remembers prior to his heart attack  last month was asking a motorist to move his car from the City Centre Shopping Center in Red Bank, where he works part-time.

So he knew nothing of the Edison Township fireman who, while driving by, saw Moran crash to the pavement and pulled over to start doing CPR. He didn’t know about the Red Bank policeman who happened to be coming out of a store at the mall, and had a defibrillator in his patrol car. He was unaware of the deputy fire chief who also pulled over and contributed the CPR effort, during which Moran was revived but “coded” again at least three times. And he’s a complete blank about the EMTs and paramedics who intubated him and blasted him with twice the standard amount of juice to get his ticker working again.

But on Wednesday night, the retired mail carrier and current school crossing guard got to meet, and hug, many of his Good Samaritans, at a packed-room meeting of the borough council.

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