RED BANK LIGHTS UP THE NIGHT & SEASON

112814 holexp17Tim McCloone and Holiday Express rocked in the holiday season Friday night with an appreciative but cold throng of revelers.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

112814 hotchocolateThey all showed up in Red Bank Friday night to ring in the holiday season: Frosty, the Grinch, Santa and the Mrs., and especially the ringleader, Tim McCloone.

Starting the well-attended street party off with favorites “All Alone on Christmas” and “Frosty the Snowman,” Holiday Express got the masses singing and moving to the beat for the annual night-after-Thanksgiving town light-up. Red Bank’s volunteer fire department handed out cups of hot chocolate to help defrost frozen fingers while festive lights were turned on to brighten the streets and sidewalks.

Were you one of the bundled up in the crowd? Click below to see who else showed up for the party.

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SANTA EXPRESS ARRIVES ON TIME

112814 santa6Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived at the Red Bank train station from Little Silver to a crowd of excited children and adults. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

112814 santaMore than 100 children and adults waited for Santa and Mrs. Claus to make their way to the Red Bank train station from Little Silver Friday night.

Dozens more disembarked from the annual Santa Express, sponsored by the Galleria of Red Bank, to entertainment by the Kathryn Barnett School of Dance and the Pipes and Drums of the Atlantic Watch. Many then made their way east along Monmouth Street in a parade to the Holiday Express Concert and town light-up.

Were you among them? Look below to see if you made this years photo album. And if you missed Santa, click here for more opportunities to see Jolly Old St. Nick.

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RBR ENDS SEASON AT 5-5 WITH LOSS TO LB

Red Bank Regional’s varsity football team quintupled last year’s win total, ending the season with a 5-5 record, but the closer was downbeat as the Bucs fell to Long Branch, 28-14, in their traditional Thanksgiving matchup. Siddique Palmer had a big game for RBR, but the Bucs couldn’t contain Dahmiere Willis, who racked up 295 yards and three TDs enroute to the single season Shore Conference rushing record of 2,589 yards.

Shore Sports Zone has those video highlights and more, including a thrilling come-from-behind win by Middletown South over Middletown North. South will face Jackson Memorial for the state Group 4 championship at Rutgers next Saturday.

RFH SLIPS IN MUD BOWL

It was a cold, wet affair as Rumson-Fair Haven and Shore Regional met in the first “Devil-Dawg Bowl” in West Long Branch Wednesday night. Turnovers were key. A Dawgs fumble on fourth and short in the final quarter set up the game’s longest run, a 23-yard romp by Doug Goldsmith to seal a 13-0 win for Shore. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

Both schools play for sectional titles on December 6th at Kean University.  Shore Regional (10-1) takes on South Hunterdon at 10 a.m. while RFH (8-3) is the nightcap, taking on Delaware Valley at 7 p.m.

The Devil-Dawg Bowl is expected to be the start of a new tradition for RFH, replacing a longtime Thanksgiving rivalry with Red Bank Catholic.

RED BANK: CASEYS HEADED TO MEADOWLANDS

rbc hahn 112114HOT-TOPIC_03Red Bank Catholic QB Eddie Hahn racks up some running yards as the Caseys trampled  St. Joe’s of Montvale, 44-14, at Count Basie Fields Friday night. Rich Chrampanis of Shore Sports Zone has complete video highlights on our Sports page.

The Caseys will play for the non-public Group 3 state  title in two weeks at Met Life Stadium against the winner of Saturday’s St. John Vianney – Delbarton game. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

RBC BEATS ST. JOE’S, HEADS TO STATE FINAL

A year after falling to St. Joe’s of Montvale in the playoffs, Red Bank Catholic’s football squad is headed to its first state title game since 1980. The Caseys pummeled the defending champion St. Joe’s, 44-14,  in a non-public Group 3 state semifinal on a cold Friday night at Count Basie Fields. Rich Chrampanis of Shore Sports Zone has the highlights.

The Caseys will play for a state title in two weeks at Met Life Stadium against the winner of Saturday’s St. John Vianney – Delbarton game. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

RFH GIRLS, ALREADY CHAMPS, AIM HIGHER

Fresh off capturing the Group 2 State Championship Saturday, Rumson-Fair Haven’s field hockey team notched a 6-0 win over Shore Regional in the play-in game of the Tournament of Champions at Rider University Tuesday. 

Madison Maguire banged in four goals, highlighted by a first-half hat trick, with Lily Croddick and Abigail Donohue also scoring. Shore Sports Zone has the highlights.

RFH advances to a matchup with #1 seed and unbeaten Eastern on Wednesday at 6:30 pm in Lawrenceville.  The Bulldogs are the  with a 24-0-2 record. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

RFH ADVANCES IN QUEST FOR SECOND TITLE

With a domineering 35-7 win over A.L. Johnson at home, the defending state champion Rumson-Fair Haven Bulldogs advanced in their quest for a second straight title Friday night.  Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights, including more stellar play from sophomore quarterback Mike O’Connor.

The Dawgs are at home again Friday night against Cinnaminson in a game to determine who goes on for the 2014 state title.

RBC VAPORIZES BISHOP EUSTACE, 62-7

Coming off a stunning overtime loss a week earlier, Red Bank Catholic’s football squad put the pedal down and never let up as the Caseys demolished Bishop Eustace at home Friday night, 62-7.  Rich Chrampanis of Shore Sports Zone has the highlights.

The Caseys are at home next Friday night against the winner of St. Joe’s of Montvale v. Camden Catholic for the non-public Group 3 state semifinals.

RFH VIES FOR STATE TITLE ON EBNER’S BIG D

Rumson-Fair Haven’s  field hockey team plays for a state championship on Saturday, and a big part of the squad’s best season in school history is six-foot-one Catie Ebner. Rich Chrampanis’ new video-based website, Shore Sports Zone, has a profile of the Villanova commit on the eve of the Lady Bulldogs’ Group 2 final against Madison. The title game will be played at Bordentown Regional at noon. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

RBC FALLS TO JACKSON IN OT UPSET

In a stunner that ended the Caseys’ 40-game Shore Conference winning streak, Red Bank Catholic lost to Jackson Memorial, 33-27, in OT at Jackson Friday night. Rich Chrampanis of Shore Sports Zone, a video-based local sports website covering Monmouth and Ocean counties, has extensive highlights, also including wins by Red Bank Regional and Rumson-Fair Haven.

RFH GIRLS ONE WIN AWAY FROM STATE CROWN

Fresh off its Shore Conference Tournament championship, Rumson-Fair Haven’s field hockey team crushed Manasquan, 7-0, at home in the Central Jersey Group 2 semifinals Wednesday. Rich Chrampanis’  video-based website, Shore Sports Zone, has the highlights, including a monster scoring blast by Madison Maguire.

The Bulldawgs will be at home Saturday for the state championship game. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

RED BANK: IT’S SCHWABENBAUER & ZIPPRICH

Election_2014_Plainrb dems 110414Councilmembers Ed Zipprich, center, and Juanita Lewis with former Councilman Ivan Polonsky, right, at Democratic HQ Tuesday night. Linda Schwabenbauer, below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

linda schwabenbauer 082714Linda Schwabenbauer only got into the Red Bank council race in August, and didn’t start campaigning until mid-September.

Though she’s lived in town for 10 years, the Republican also had the handicap of being an unknown political entity.

“I’d never heard of her,” said former mayor and local Democratic party sage Ed McKenna, “and I don’t know anyone who had.”

And yet, even as her opponents – and perhaps some supporters – struggled to pronounce her name, Schwabenbauer came away as the leading vote-getter in Tuesday’s election, edging incumbent Ed Zipprich by nine votes and knocking out incumbent Democrat Juanita Lewis, according to the GOP.

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ELECTION RESULTS FROM ACROSS THE GREEN

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FAIR HAVEN: Incumbent Republican Susan Sorensen won re-election to the borough council, but Aimee Humphreys pulled off a rare win for a Democrat in outpolling incumbent Republican Jerome Koch. The Monmouth County Clerk’s website had it as Sorensen with 38 percent of the vote, Humphreys with 34 and Koch, 28.

Mayor Ben Lucarelli was re-elected without a ballot opponent.

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RED BANK: GOP APPEARS TO ADD TO ’13 GAIN

Election_2014_Plainrb gop 110414 1Republican Linda Schwabenbauer, left, with state Senator Jennifer Beck and running mate Sean Di Somma, far right, as returns were tallied Tuesday night. Below, Ed Zipprich, seen at right through a ladder at Democratic headquarters with his husband, J.P. Nicolaides and former Mayor Ed McKenna, at left. (Photo above by John T. Ward, below by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

110414 election1One year after narrowly regaining a toehold on Red Bank government, Republicans will soon have a second representative on the six-member council.

Or so it appeared late Tuesday night.

GOP newcomer Linda Schwabenbauer and Democratic incumbent Ed Zipprich were neck-and-neck in the race for two council seats. And though the two parties differed on vote totals, both candidates appeared to have outpolled Zipprich running mate Juanita Lewis by about two dozen votes.

The clear loser, for the second year in a row, was Republican Sean Di Somma, who conceded defeat early in the evening.

Mayor Pasquale Menna, a Democrat, was elected to a third four-year term. He was unopposed on the ballot.

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LIVE: HOUSE RACES ACROSS THE STATE

Beginning shortly after 8 p.m. Tuesday, NJ Spotlight and NJ News Commons will begin posting results for congressional races across the state. For up-to-the minute results, click on a district; you can zoom in and move the map around.

These results are preliminary as precincts report. The colors on the map indicate which party is leading by district: red for Republicans and blue for Democrats. An asterisk (*) indicates an incumbent.
For results for in the race for U.S. Senate and the statewide ballot questions, click here (Map courtesy of NJ Spotlight and NJ News Commons)

RED BANK: ELECTION DAY 2014

RB 2014 ballotRed Bank voters will choose two council members from among four candidates. (Click to enlarge)

Election_2014_PlainWill voters tick down along party lines? Mix & match?

Election season 2014 culminates Tuesday with four candidates on the ballot for two Red Bank council seats, plus an incumbent mayor running unopposed.

redbankgreen will have results as soon as they’re available after polls close at 8 p.m. Meantime, here’s a refresher on the process.

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RFH GIRLS TAKE FIELD HOCKEY TOURNAMENT

Rumson-Fair Haven’s Peyton McCauley tallied a pair of first-half goals and the Bulldawgs defense took care of the rest in a 2-0 win that ended Shore Regional’s remarkable 15-year domination of the Shore Conference Tournament Sunday.  Rich Chrampanis’ new video-based website, Shore Sports Zone, has the highlights.

Both teams will continue in state tournament play, with RFH scheduled to Delran Monday. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

RFH BEATS RARITAN WITH SENSATIONAL PLAYS

Rumson-Fair Haven quarterback Mike O’Connor streaked 90 yards for a TD and wideout Murray McHeffey pulled in a couple of sensational diving catches as the Dawgs moved to 5-2 on the season with a 27-7 win at home against Raritan Friday night. Shore Sports Zone has the game highlights, as well as a longer  reel of five great games from the evening right here.

RED BANK: Q&A WITH SEAN DI SOMMA

Election_2014_QAdi somma 102814Republican council candidate Sean Di Somma. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

In Tuesday’s election for Red Bank council, incumbents Juanita Lewis and Ed Zipprich, both Democrats, face Republicans Sean Di Somma and Linda Schwabenbauer. Here are Di Somma’s answers to questions sent to all four candidates by redbankgreen.

Name: Sean Patrick Di Somma

Age: 32

Where did you grow up? Bergen County, NJ

How long have you been a resident of Red Bank? Almost 3 years

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RED BANK: Q&A WITH JUANITA LEWIS

Election_2014_QA juanita lewis 101308Democrat Juanita Lewis has been on the council since 2009. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

In Tuesday’s election for Red Bank council, incumbents Juanita Lewis and Ed Zipprich, both Democrats, face Republicans Sean Di Somma and Linda Schwabenbauer. Here are Lewis’s answers to questions sent to all four candidates by redbankgreen.

Name: Juanita Lewis

Age: 48

Where did you grow up? I was born and raised in Red Bank.

How long have you been a resident of Red Bank? All of my life, except when I went to college, graduate school and when I worked overseas for one year.

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RED BANK: Q&A WITH PASQUALE MENNA

Election_2014_QApasquale menna 102814 2Pasquale Menna, a Democrat, was elected mayor in 2006 after 18 years on the borough council. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

In Tuesday’s election, Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna is running unopposed for a third four-year-term.Here are his answers to questions sent to all borough candidates by redbankgreen.

Name: Pasquale Menna

Age: 60

Where did you grow up? Italy, Montreal, Canada and Red Bank.

How long have you been a resident of Red Bank? Since 1964.

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RED BANK: Q&A WITH LINDA SCHWABENBAUER

Election_2014_QAschwabenbauer 102814Republican council candidate Linda Schwabenbauer. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

In Tuesday’s election for Red Bank council, incumbents Juanita Lewis and Ed Zipprich, both Democrats, face Republicans Sean Di Somma and Linda Schwabenbauer. Here are Schwabenbauer’s answers to questions sent to all four candidates by redbankgreen.

Name: Linda Schwabenbauer

Age: 49

Where did you grow up? Downingtown, PA

How long have you been a resident of Red Bank? Since May of 2005 – just shy of 10 years

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RED BANK: Q&A WITH ED ZIPPRICH

Election_2014_QA zipprich 011111Democrat Ed Zipprich has been on the council since 2009. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

In Tuesday’s election for Red Bank council, incumbents Juanita Lewis and Ed Zipprich, both Democrats, face Republicans Sean Di Somma and Linda Schwabenbauer. Here are Zipprich’s answers to questions sent to all four candidates by redbankgreen.

Name: Edward Zipprich

Age: 54

Where did you grow up? In a small town similar to Red Bank in Staten Island, NY

How long have you been a resident of Red Bank? 17.5 years

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RED BANK: GOP CALLS FOR TELE-DEBATE

Election_2014_wDebatesrb candidates 102814 3Republicans Linda Schwabenbauer and Sean Di Somma had a full-house audience at River Street Commons to themselves Tuesday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The two Red Bank council candidates challenged the Democratic incumbents to a debate Wednesday, one day after a meet-the-candidates event at which the Dems were no-shows.

GOP contender Sean Di Somma called the absence of Juanita Lewis and Ed Zipprich “sad and shameful,” adding that they’d “pulled a fast one on Red Bank residents” by canceling at the last minute.

Zipprich told redbankgreen earlier on Tuesday that he was attending to a family medical issue, and Lewis told the Westside Community Group that she couldn’t make their Tuesday event because she was “pulled away on business,” said event moderator Amy Goldsmith.

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