RED BANK: DEER RESCUED FROM FROZEN RIVER

Video of the rescue as the boat goes out a second time and brings in a deer. Below, the two deer in the channel they created as they tried to escape. (Video and photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

deer 022815 3One deer was rescued and another drowned after they fell through the ice on the Navesink River off Red Bank Saturday afternoon.

The dramatic rescue of a doe followed an all-out effort by local fire and first aid volunteers assembled on the dock of the Oyster Point Hotel, on the Red Bank side.

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RED BANK: FIREFIGHTERS FREE TRAPPED HAWK

rb hawk 012915 1The bird makes a break for freedom under the watch of a decoy owl. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb hawk 012915 5Red Bank volunteer firefighters rescued a juvenile hawk trapped in an open-air tower Thursday morning just as the animal appeared near starvation, an amateur ornithologist said.

The bird, a Cooper’s Hawk, had apparently been up under the peaked roof of the tower at the Medieval-style Courts of Red Bank office complex for days, having somehow bypassed steel netting installed just last fall to keep out pigeons.

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A DAY OF SERVICE AT RED BANK CHARTER

attach.mscPress release from Red Bank Charter School

At 7:30 am on any other national holiday, children are nestled under covers, and sleepy from a bit of extra play, TV or reading before bed the evening before. Working and stay-at-home parents in charge of their children on holidays or sick days might also be doing the same.

Monday, January 19 found the roads around Red Bank quiet, but the Red Bank Charter School in full swing. Cars lined up to drop off their back-packed and uniformed students as if it were any other brisk Monday in January. But every single RBCS student, staff, faculty member arrived knowing that this day was to be a day of service learning in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his sacrifice for equality.

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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: BUC BACKERS STOP HERE

Buc BackersThe Ladies Luncheon Committee of the RBR Buc Backers includes (standing, left to right): Committee Co-Chair Carmelina MacPherson, Red Bank; Ida Keiper, Shrewsbury; Lu White, Union Beach; Dulce Feito Daly, Little Silver; Joyce Fernandes of Shrewsbury; (seated) Committee Co-Chair Patti Forsman, Jean Van Loon, and Cathy Balto, all from Little Silver.

Press release from Red Bank Regional Buc Backer Foundation

The Ladies’ Luncheon Committee of the Red Bank Regional (RBR) Buc Backer Foundation invites the public to don their favorite hats, and join them at their annual Luncheon event on Sunday, January 25, 015. Scheduled from from noon to 3:30 pm, the popular event features fabulous chance auction gifts, a three-course lunch, champagne punch and the magnificent water views of the Navesink from the balcony of the Oyster Point Hotel.

All proceeds from the siganture seasonal event benefit Red Bank Regional High School, and early ticket orders are strongly encouraged, as the event sells out every year.

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FAIR HAVEN SCOUTS ATTAIN TOP AWARD

RFH girls scoutsPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Madison McManus, Caroline Peters, and Ginger Wardell recently achieved the highest honor in Girl Scouts by earning the Gold Award. The three are members of Girl Scout Troop 1930 in Fair Haven, as well as seniors at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

First introduced in 1980, the Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award a Scout between the ages of 14 and 18 can earn; an honor achieved by just five to six percent of those who are eligible.

“The Gold Award project involves at least 80 hours of work, and that is quite a significant accomplishment for high school students who have so many other demands on their time,” said Nancy Peters M.D., Leader of Girl Scout Troop 1930.

To earn the award, each girl needed to identify an issue affecting her community, devise a plan for helping to resolve it or educate others about it, and lead a team in completing a project that will have lasting effects.

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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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RED BANK: LAUTERWASSER TO BE FD CHIEF

rbfd chiefs 120214 1Chief-elect Joe Lauterwasser, right arrives at the First Aid building Tuesday night with his prospective first deputy, Chris Soden, left, and second deputy Pete DeFazio, center. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03If there’s one constant that defines the Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department, it’s family.

That was evident on Tuesday night, when the 143-year-old department’s annual election night celebration was dominated by names and faces that would have been familiar to attendees generations ago.

“We’re based on tradition,” said ex-chief George Lauterwasser (2002) as he awaited the arrival of the chief-elect, his 30-year-old son, Joe, at the First Aid building on Spring Street with dozens of other volunteers. “We keep it up with the kids. We’re old school.”

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LITTLE SILVER: A MINI MED SCHOOL GRAD

SarahHaddowRBR Senior Sarah Haddow of Little Silver recently graduated from the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson “Mini Medical School” program, held at Neptune High School.  

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

At the age of seventeen, Little Silver resident and Red Bank Regional High School senior Sarah Haddow had already decided that wanted to become a pediatric nurse. Through her experiences with little children, she had discovered that she loved to help them when they were not feeling well, and most enjoyed making them smile.

The energetic dancer, cheerleader, peer-leader and honor student had already explored this career path through a number of different avenues, beginning with her junior-year participation in a co-operative health occupation program with the Monmouth County Vocational School. At RBR, she became Vice President of her Health Occupation Students of America Club (HOSA), training in CPR and first aid, and taking second place at a regional HOSA competition. During the weekends, she volunteered at Riverview Medical Center.

On November 12, Sarah reached another milestone when she graduated from the “Mini Medical School” program sponsored by Rutgers Robert Woods Johnson Medical School.

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SHREWSBURY: CYMCA SEEKS HOLIDAY HELPERS

cymcaCommunity YMCA Counseling and Social Services team members Danielle Bossert, Christina DeAngelis and Heather Soto with wrapped presents for the Adopt-A-Family Program in 2013.

Press release from The Community YMCA

Needy families in Monmouth County will be able to have an enjoyable holiday, through a pair of seasonal programs coordinated by The Community YMCA —  Adopt-a-Family, and Giving Tree.

Local residents and businesses are invited to join the CYMCA’s Shrewsbury team in making the holidays brighter, by donating toys, books, clothes and other gifts for area families. The families are served through the Y’s Counseling and Social Services branch, which provides support services and counseling to children and families who are victims of abuse, neglect, in the foster care system or have special needs.

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RED BANK: REMEMBERING THOSE WHO SERVED

rb veterans 111114 3 rb veterans 111114 4Red Bank Charter School fourth-graders sang, and local officials paid tribute to those who’ve served in America’s wars with a ceremony at the Veterans Monument on Monmouth Street on Tuesday, Veterans Day.

Michael Rodriguez, former Exalted Ruler of the Red Bank Elks, told the audience that the event was an acknowledgement of “those who live among us and those who live only in memory,” including soldiers and sailors unaccounted for. (Click photos to enlarge)

VETERANS DAY CEREMONIES 2014

rb memorial day 2008The monument to war veterans at Monmouth Street and Drummond Place in Red Bank is once again host to a Veterans Day commemoration. Click “read more” for town-by-town events on the Green. (Click photos to enlarge)

LITTLE SILVER GETS FALL MAKEOVER FROM RBR

taylorTaylor Cuozzo of Little Silver, an art major at Red Bank Regional’s Visual and Performing Arts Academy, is shown painting a giant pumpkin on the window of Groomingdales’ pet salon in Little Silver. Her entire class participated in the day-long window-painting event for the fall season in collaboration with the Little Silver Business and Professional Association.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Every fall, Red Bank Regional High School Visual and Performing Arts Academy teacher Claudia O’Connor and Ye Old Pie Shoppe Owner Eileen Caruso coordinate their annual window painting project in downtown Little Silver. Nearly a dozen businesses participate in the project that results in clever windowscapes of pumpkin patches, and graveyard themes.

The students plan and execute their designs, which Mrs. O’Connor oversees and approves. The event takes an entire school day, with the students taking breaks for snacks and lunch appreciatively provided by the business owners whose windows they are adorning.

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RED BANK: SMOKE ALARM ‘SAVED HER LIFE’

rb fire 102214 9Joan Raymond, at right above, outside her fire-damaged home, and getting a hug from a friend on her neighbor’s heat-blistered porch, below. (Video and photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb fire 102214 8October is National Fire Protection Month, one of those designations meant to save lives that many of us find too easy to tune out.

For Joan Raymond of Red Bank, however, a small piece of fire safety equipment meant the difference between being alive and dead Wednesday morning.

“I’m a heavy sleeper,” Raymond said, hours after fire tore through Madison Avenue house. And if not for a talking smoke alarm chriping the word “fire,” Raymond said, mimicking its voice, “I wouldn’t be here.”

“That smoke alarm saved her life,” said Fire Chief Tommy Welsh. “She’s alive because of that thing, no doubt about it.”

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RED BANK: WOMAN ESCAPES HOUSE FIRE

As firefighters arrived, an electrical line lay sparking in the driveway to the left of the burning house. (Video and photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb fire 102214 2A smoke alarm awoke a Red Bank woman shortly before fire engulfed her house early Wednesday morning.

Joan Raymond, of 23 Madison Avenue, said the smoke alarm, intoning a prerecorded “fire,” went off shortly after midnight, and she went downstairs to find her front porch in flames. She exited through the back door.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR SENIOR TOPs IN CLASS

JorgeRed Bank Regional senior Jorge Benavides is the school’s first student to complete Teen Outreach Program training, and to co-facilitate a class.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

“It’s a safe place to let out our opinions and views, where there is mutual respect and we do not judge one another,” states Jorge Benavides of Red Bank.

A senior at Red Bank Regional High School, Jorge is referring to the Teen Outreach Program, or TOP — and as the first RBR student to co-facilitate the nationally acclaimed program in his school, the 17 year old speaks with authority on the subject.

Developed by the Wyman Center, TOP “promotes the positive development of adolescents through a combination of curriculum-guided group discussion and community service learning.” Examples of past RBR community service included a walk for suicide prevention, aiding the victims of Hurricane Sandy and a program supporting the LGBT community.

Freshman participants are recruited for TOP by The SOURCE, RBR’s School Based Youth Services Program. Offering weekly sessions during their lunch and study hall time for most of the school year, the program also runs a section for sophomores and upper classman who chose to continue their participation.

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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.

MIDDLETOWN TEEN GIVES VOICE TO A CAUSE

bandpiconeAllison LaRochelle, Middletown, and Tristan Garrity, Red Bank, perform with their Jersey Shore rock/blues group Crimson Sky. The two musicians also lend their musical abilities to aid victims of domestic violence, at a monthly yoga class.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

By most measures, Allison LaRochelle is a very accomplished young artist. The vocal major at Red Bank Regional High School‘s Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPA) has studied voice from the age of seven, and has been an active part of the Count Basie’s Rockit! youth performance program since its inception. Her powerful, Janis-Joplinesque voice has prompted such descriptions as “a mature woman trapped inside a teenager’s body.”

The Middletown senior is also the lead singer and co-songwriter for her locally based band, Crimson Sky. The rock/blues band has recently made it to the final round in the Stone Pony’s Rock-to-the-Top Contest, with the final competition occurring in January of this year.

She is also an excellent student, having earned entrance into the National Music, English and National Honor Societies. The member of RBR’s Chamber Choir recently joined the Harp ensemble, and has also been selected to the prestigious All Shore Choir.

Even with all that on her plate, one of the most rewarding gigs Allison LaRochelle has ever undertaken came about unexpectedly, when she attended a yoga class conducted by Eleonora Zampatti — a unique class known as Ode to the Moon, developed to bring awareness to the often-taboo topic of domestic violence, with class donations benefiting the Monmouth County-based nonprofit 180 Turning Lives Around.

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RUMSON-FH TEENS TAKE BITE OUT OF HUNGER

attach.mscIf you enjoy a Beasty Bulldog or a Dawg Pound during the RFH Character Education Club fundraiser, you have the sandwich creators to thank — (from left) sophomore Taylor Glassman, junior Tommy Johnston, and senior Tara Sulak.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Redefining “The Sandwich Generation,”a group of charity-minded students at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School have cooked up a tasty fundraiser to benefit local food banks.

Now through November 19, the Character Education Club at RFH is running their new “Take a Bite out of Hunger” initiative, during which local merchants and students will be selling student-designed sandwich creations and donating a portion of the proceeds to “Students Change Hunger 2014!”

The “Students Change Hunger 2014!” campaign, running from September 15 through November 21, challenges all New Jersey Schools to collect as much food as possible for their local food bank. The proceeds from “Take a Bite out of Hunger” will benefit the Food Banks of Monmouth and Ocean counties.

In addition to lots of good eating, healthy competition will be taking place on a few fronts. Locals Foodery on East River Road in Rumson and Sickles Market on Harrison Avenue in Little Silver are each hoping to sell the higher number of sandwiches and be declared the champ. At RFH, it will be freshmen and sophomores squaring off against juniors and seniors in the October sandwich selling initiative.

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RUMSON: PURPLE PRIDE AT PUMPKIN TIME

RFHKindergarten student Aidan Giblin and second grader Cameron (Cami) Hendrickson of Rumson greet the Bulldog mascot at Family Fall Festival 2014.

Press release from Rumson School District

Music and laughter filled the air on September 26, as purple-clad youngsters ran hurriedly about the grounds of Deane Porter School, during the Rumson School District’s third annual Family Fall Festival.

A powerful display of “Purple Pride,” the event (cooked up by hardworking parent and student volunteers) featured bounce houses, carnival games with prizes, drills and games courtesy of CrossFit Triple Threat in Red Bank, basketball fun with “Coach Cal” and “Coach Shempy,” and airbrush tattoos by “Party on with Natalie.”

The large crowd enjoyed refreshments such as flavored ices and cotton candy, a variety of fare from Freshica’s in Fair Haven and Locals Foodery in Rumson, and hot dogs from the cart of Mrs. Reidy. Also featured were a candy and treat tent and a display of Bulldog-themed merchandise for sale.

The musical soundtrack accompanying the frenzy of activity was provided by DJ Tommy Lynch,  and even the RFH Bulldog mascot got in on the action, busting some dance moves and receiving hugs from happy youngsters.

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RED BANK: CHIMNEY FIRE DAMAGE LIMITED

rb fire 286 spring 100514Red Bank volunteer firefighters “did a fantastic job” in quickly quelling a chimney fire at 286 Spring Street reported at about 9 p.m. Sunday, said Chief Tommy Welsh. The homeowner apparently overloaded the fireplace with wood, he said. Fire damage was limited to a small area of the roof, and the firefighting effort produced minimal water damage, Welsh said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

MIDDLETOWN PD SEEKS DVRT VOLUNTEERS

Press release from Middletown Township Police Department

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

180 will be conducting an intensive 40-hour mandatory training course for Domestic Violence Response Team (DVRT) volunteers on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings, from Tuesday, October 14 through Thursday, November 6. All training sessions are scheduled from 6 to 9pm, and will be held at Wall Township Municipal Complex, 2700 Allaire Road. Applications are currently being accepted.

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LINCROFT: FREE DENTAL SERVICE WITH A SMILE

dentalStaff and volunteers at Newman Springs Dental Care are all smiles at last year’s Dentistry From the Heart Day. The eighth annual edition of the free community service is scheduled for October 23 at the Lincroft practice.

Press release from Newman Springs Dental Care

The eighth 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 23rd. 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 AM and is first come, first served. The first 140 adults are guaranteed to be seen.

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