Tim_SeiblesAward-winning poet Tim Seibles (above) and best selling author/graphic novelist Mat Johnson (below) wrap up this season’s Visiting Writers program at Brookdale tonight.

mat_johnsonA poet and a graphic novelist walk into a room — and for tonight’s final entry in the fall 2015 series of Visiting Writers events on the Lincroft campus, Brookdale Community College sets up a double-header event that hits the holiday-break interlude on a high note.

Featured is Tim Seibles, whose five volumes of verse have won him accolades from his peers (and, in the case of Fast Animal, placed him squarely in the running for no less an honor than the National Book Award).

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olsen2Press release from Brookdale Community College

Community members of all ages are invited to a special presentation by Greg Olsen, when the entrepreneur, scientist and civilian space traveler visits Brookdale Community College on Thursday, December 3.

The  7 pm presentation, hosted by Brookdale’s Physics and Astronomy Club and STAR Astronomy in Red Bank, is free and open to all. Olsen, a research scientist and tech industry innovator who became the third private citizen to orbit the earth in 2005, will speak at the Student Life Center building on the Lincroft campus.

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mon musThe annual Holiday Gift Gallery returns to the Monmouth Museum with a Friday evening reception.

While the Santa Express has yet to hit the tracks of the Greater Red Bank Green, one of the season’s earlybird vehicles of hyperlocal holiday cheer makes its annual appearance beginning this Friday evening, when the Monmouth Museum hosts the opening of its annual Holiday Gift Gallery in Lincroft.

It’s introduced with a free reception from 6 to 9 pm at the Nilson Gallery of the museum, located on the campus of Brookdale Communiy College, the traditional setting for the NJ Emerging Artists series of exhibitions, and an appropriate place in which to feature a one-of-a-kind selection of artworks, crafts, jewelry, ceramics and seasonal decorations handmade by some of the Garden State’s most creative people.

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BBB-30-years-1Top-tier jazz bassist and Fair Haven resident Gary Mazzaroppi (below) is among the sought-after players helping the Brookdale Big Band celebrate its 30th anniversary, with an 8 pm concert this Saturday, November 14.

From press materials furnished by Brookdale Community College

garymazzaroppi_242x350It was founded by faculty members of Brookdale Community College in 1985, as a crowd-pleasing vehicle that showcased the talents of a revolving lineup of acclaimed jazz and swing musicians from Monmouth County and across New Jersey. Thirty years later, The Brookdale Big Band is still in full swing — and this Saturday, November 14, the BBB celebrates three decades of high-energy entertainment with a special anniversary concert in the BCC Performing Arts Center on the Lincroft campus.

Scheduled for 8 pm, the concert promises a program of jazz standards from the great organizations of the 1940s and 50s (Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Benny Goodman and Red Bank’s own Count Basie); delivered by a top-notch collection of 18 area players that includes longtime BBB vocalist Barbara Baron, renowned Broadway trumpeter Joe Mosello, and a sought-after musician’s musician whose standup bass has walked with legends — Fair Haven’s Gary Mazzaroppi.

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TalasnikDonPollardSci-fi author and former Brookdale Community College faculty member William Jon Watkins (below) makes a BCC homecoming on Tuesday night, as part of the Visiting Writers Series. Sculptor Stephen Talasnik visits November 12. (Top photo by Don Pollard)

william_john_watkins_mxA homecoming hero who sculpts works of imagination in prose and poetry — and a visiting visionary who spins stories out of bamboo — are among the new and returning faces on campus as Brookdale Community College continues its fall 2015 slate of special-guest Writers and Artists events.

It begins Tuesday night, when science fiction specialist/ once-and-future poet William Jon Watkins beams back to BCC (where he served on the school’s founding faculty before retiring) for a reading and discussion hosted inside the Warner Student Life Center building. Read More »


FallOpenHouse-14Press release from Brookdale Community College

This fall, and for the first time, Brookdale Community College will host two open house events, featuring expanded offerings for adult learners, career-changers and residents returning to the classroom.

Brookdale’s college-wide Fall Open House, open to high-school students, prospective college students and residents of all ages, will be held from 12 to 2 pm on Sunday, November 15 at Brookdale’s Collins Arena on the Lincroft campus.

Brookdale’s new Adult Open House, designed specifically for residents age 24 and over, will be held on Tuesday, November 17 from 4:30 to 7 pm, inside the Brookdale Student Life Center.

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Climb_photoTrainees in the Jersey Central Power and Light Power Systems Institute training program scale new heights in their career ambitions. The public is invited to a free informational session on the program, hosted at Brookdale Community College on November 11.

Press release from Brookdale Community College

Community members are invited to a free information session for a professional training program offered by Jersey Central Power and Light (JCP&L) and Brookdale Community College on Wednesday, November 11.

During the session, scheduled for 6 pm at BCC’s Lincroft campus, attendees can meet with JCP&L and Brookdale officials and learn about the recently reinstated Power Systems Institute training program, which prepares students for careers in the electric utility industry.

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hauntedtheater3Prepare to diorama as the staff of Brookdale Haunted Theater creaks open the doors of their live-action eeks-cursion beginning Friday night.

hauntedtheater4While it sometimes seems that the shambling zombies and vamping bloodsuckers of a walk-thru haunted house can’t hold a candle to the horrors of the real world, we do take strange comfort from the annual appearance of those hooded goblins and snooded ghouls.

And here on the Greater Red Bank Green, where we embrace our hometown traditions, one of the weirdest rituals of the calendar year returns this Friday, when Brookdale Haunted Theater rises once more for the first of two pre-Halloweekends of pop-up chills.

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schombergRenowned sculptor and former Brookdale Community College professorA. Thomas Schomberg with his most famous commission, Philly’s statue of Sly Stallone’s ROCKY character. 

It’s one of the truly iconic sculpted figures of our modern era — and as befits the media-driven age we live in, the subject isn’t a deity from ancient mythology, nor a Biblical figure, celebrated general or deep-pocketed solid citizen: it’s a bronze likeness of Sylvester Stallone, gloved fists pumping in an evocation of the role that made him a star, underdog boxer Rocky Balboa.

The statue situated just off the famed “Rocky Steps” of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is but the most famous commission (one of two, actually; the two-ton Rocky has a twin at the San Diego Sports Museum) for A. Thomas Schomberg, an internationally renowned sculptor, educator and, for a time in the 1970s, faculty member at the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College. Schomberg returns to BCC as special guest for a 7 pm talk on Monday, October 12 — part of “We/Re/E-merge,” a new exhibition of works by current and former Brookdale personnel that opens with a free public-welcome reception this Friday, October 9.

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Kristof-WuDunnPulitzer-winning journalists (and matrimonial partners) Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn visit Brookdale Community College on Wednesday, for a discussion keyed to their latest book (and affiliated PBS documentary), A PATH APPEARS.

They’re most immediately famous as the first husband-and-wife partnership to jointly win the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism; a pair whose achievements in the realms of reporting, media management and business can fill a book — and whose own co-authored books include China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power; Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia; and Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

Here in 2015, the team of Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn is back on the bookshelves, with the (just out in paperback) nonfiction study A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity; an affiliated PBS documentary series of the same name, and an itinerary of personal appearances that takes them to the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College on Wednesday evening, September 30.

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Press release from Monmoth County Arts Council

8cb44e05-02fd-413a-903f-4acfa7b97e7dFor its annual Celebration of the Arts fundraiser, the Red Bank-based Monmouth County Arts Council celebrates the recently established MoCo Arts Corridor initiative — and honors a trio of dedicated individuals from around the greater Red Bank Green — in an event presented under the banner “The Arts Mean Business.”

Scheduled for Friday, October 23 at Edgewater Beach & Cabana Club in Sea Bright, the 7-10 pm occasion features a silent auction, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and buffet dinner, all enhanced by performances and exhibits spotlighting the work of several Monmouth County artists — and all dedicated to the ongoing support of such MCAC programs as the Teen Arts Festival, ArtHelps, and the Arts Education Awards.

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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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nick_joerling-teapot-2A ceramic teapot by North Carolina artist Nick Joerling is among the items featured in the new “Clay Directions” exhibit beginning Tuesday at Brookdale Community College. 

With the coming of September, activity around the sprawling Lincroft layout of Brookdale Community College centers around a new academic semester. But for one BCC faculty member, thoughts stray to the fall of 2014, and a sabbatical that brought her to the creative enclaves of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

It was there in the arts-friendly communities of Asheville, Spruce Pine and other western North Carolina locales that art professor Lori Uffer fell in love with the region’s “long and extremely rich tradition of fine arts and crafts” — going on to write two books documenting her travels, and creating the online gallery Clay Directions. Beginning Tuesday and continuing through September 17, BCC’s Center for the Visual Arts (CVA) hosts a companion exhibit to the website, showcasing the works of dozens of Blue Ridge creative folk.

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2015-LIBRARY_VIEW_shrunkPlanned upgrades for Brookdale’s Lincroft campus include new seating alcoves, landscaping and art installations, as pictured in this design rendering of the college’s Bankier Library. (Photos courtesy of Partner Engineering and Science) 

Press release from Brookdale Community College

Officials of Brookdale Community College have approved a $1,986,000 renovation project that will create a new “pedestrian thoroughfare” on the Lincroft campus.

The project, funded by the state and Monmouth County through the Chapter 12 capital improvement program, will transform the college’s existing rear walkway into the “Campus Gateway Path,” featuring decorative pavement, new landscaping, fencing, seating alcoves, art installations and ornamental lighting. The renovations will stretch from the Performing Arts Center on the north end of the Lincroft campus, to the Collins Arena on the south end. Improvements will also be made to the entrance and walkway of the Monmouth Museum, with all phases of the project expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

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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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autotech_workingStudents in Brookdale Community College’s automotive technician program work on a sedan at the college’s Lincroft training facility. (Photos by Brookdale Community College)

Press release from Brookdale Community College. 

Residents interested in a career in automotive service and technology are invited to a free information session on the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College on Monday, August 24.

Scheduled from 1 to 3 pm, the session will offer attendees a chance to learn about growing career opportunities in the automotive technician field, which is expected to add more than 60,000 new jobs by 2022, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Professionally certified Brookdale instructors will be on hand to discuss the college’s wide range of hands-on automotive training programs, including a two-year degree program offered in partnership with General Motors (GM).

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Press release from Brookdale Community College

In response to the recent tragedy in Charleston, South Carolina, the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education (Chhange) at Brookdale Community College will host a special community progarm about racism and bias, on the evening of Wednesday, July 22.

Scheduled for 7 pm on the college’s Lincroft campus, “Unmasking Racism: Moving Forward Together” will feature an open discussion hosted by Detective David D’Amico, who has investigated bias crimes with the Office of the Monmouth County Prosecutor for more than 13 years.

A certified cultural diversity trainer and a commissioner with the Monmouth County Human Relations Commission, D’Amico will discuss the local and national impacts of racism and bias. Residents of all ages are invited to join D’Amico and Chhange in an effort to combat racism and suggest potential solutions the nation’s recent conflicts.

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WintersTaleThe annual Shakespeare on the Lawn (represented here by last year’s production of  WINTER’S TALE) returns to Brookdale Community College this Thursday with the tragical history tour that is TITUS ANDRONICUS.

Titus-Poster-1Presented to audiences in such plein-air settings as the original Globe Theatre, the works of William Shakespeare have always carried echoes of nature’s gleeful chaos, even under the most climate-controlled of conditions. And every year at about this time, an army of thespians takes to the patios, parks, lawns and beaches of this land to bellow the Bard’s iambic pentameter beneath the setting sun and stars.

It’s a tradition that has a long track record in the annual Summer Shakespeare Ensemble productions at Brookdale Community College, now in their 14th season.

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quonWorks by Fair Haven-based artists Mike Quon (“Boardwalk” above) and Jill Kerwick (below) are on display during this week’s HONORING SUMMER II exhibition at Brookdale College’s CVA Gallery.

Jill_Kerwick_photoSchool may be out around the greater Green, but on the sprawling Lincroft layout of Brookdale Community College, a select group of local creative people is willingly being kept “after class” for a chance to salute the too-short season of sun and fun, in a supportive (and climate controlled) setting.

On display as of today, June 24, and opening officially with a public-welcome reception this Friday evening, June 26, the group show Honoring Summer II commandeers BCC’s Center for Visual Arts (CVA) Gallery in a display that includes dozens of paintings, photography, mixed media and other visual artwork from 12 area artists — among them Fair Haven favorites Mike Quon (whose colorfully stylized studies of local scenes and landmarks have proven very popular among Monmouth County art aficionados) and Jill Kerwick.

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SourceScholarshipscroppedThe 2015 SOURCE Scholarship winners from Red Bank Regional High School include (left to right) Lance Vanglahn, Leidy Fabiana Villegas, and Jorge Benevides, all of Red Bank. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Its mission is “to remove all obstacles that impede the success of young people in the community.”  At its recent 15-year anniversary awards reception, the SOURCE program at Red Bank Regional High School celebrated many of the ways in which it has done precisely that.

SOURCE Director Suzanne Keller welcomed the many community partners, RBR students and their parents to the 15th anniversary event, stating that over $40,000 of scholarship money was awarded to RBR students through these partnerships and the fundraising efforts of the dedicated SOURCE Foundation.  Ms. Keller also credited RBR’s Principal Risa Clay for having the vision in establishing The SOURCE, RBR’s School Based Youth Services Program 15 years ago.

One of the programs established by Mrs. Clay and the SOURCE five years ago was the Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship Award, which enables Hispanic students who have achieved academic success despite great obstacles, to attend Brookdale Community College.  Two of those students, Itzel Perez and Carlos Aparicio, who took advantage of the scholarship and graduated from Brookdale College, were also celebrated.  Both have distinguished themselves at Brookdale and are currently pursuing their baccalaureate degree at New Jersey City University in Jersey City.  They were gratified to learn that their benefactor, The Kroon family, would be extending their support toward their continuing education.

Carlos Aparicio brought tears to the collective eyes of the audience when he told Mr. Kroon, “Like Batman or Superman, you are my childhood hero; that is what you mean to me. I benefited from this wonderful, wonderful opportunity, and thank you for making my academic journey possible.”

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Wagner Taffin Mueler EspositoClockwise from top left: Seen during the recent “Night of the Arts” at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional were freshman Julia Wagner with her 1st Place-winning pastel; junior Max Taffin with his 2nd Place winning sculpture; senior Lauren Mueller painting into a design she created on wood; senior John Esposito demonstrating his illustration technique.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

On the evening of May 28, the annual “RFH Night of the Arts” spotlighting the spring concert and student art exhibit took place at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. This year’s event featured artwork and musical performances by RFH students who were honored at the Monmouth County Teen Arts Festival, held this past March at Brookdale Community College.

Attendees at “RFH Night of the Arts” enjoyed the spring concert including performances by the school’s Concert Band, Jazz Orchestra, Chorus, and String Ensemble, as well as solo acts. The RFH Jazz Choir performed for the opening of the Teen Arts Festival, while the Jazz Orchestra received the prized “Top of the Top” designation for the third consecutive year. Based on their performance, a jazz ensemble comprised of RFH students including Paddy Ahimovic and Christopher Fahey was invited to perform at the Monmouth County Art Education Awards ceremony, and RFH art students Taylor Blewett, Becca Ley, and Lauren Mueller were named “Top of the Top” in visual arts.

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Press release from Brookdale Community College

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the welding industry is expected to grow by 15 percent between 2010 and 2020, adding an estimated 50,000 new positions — and on June 16, The Center for Career Development (CCD) at Brookdale Community College will host an information session for a new, grant-funded welding training program.

Scheduled for 10 am on the Lincroft campus, the free 150-hour training program is sponsored by the New Jersey Community College Consortium’s Ready to Work New Jersey program, and funded in whole by the U.S. Department of Labor. Attendees will learn about growing career opportunities in the welding industry and the benefits of earning a professional certification through the CCD program.

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Marc WillsonSmall business expert and consultant Marc Willson visits Brookdale Community College — and makes free house calls to area businesses — during a week of free events and services that kick off with a BCC workshop on June 8.

Press release from Brookdale Community College

The America’s Small Business Development Center (ASBDC) New Jersey at Brookdale Community College, in collaboration with the Navesink Business Group and the Eastern Monmouth County Chamber of Commerce, is providing Red Bank and neighboring towns a tailored, no-cost, high-impact program for their small business communities.

The kickoff workshop event will occur on June 8 at the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College, from 6 to 8:30 pm (with a networking session beginning at 5 pm). The June 8 workshop will address strategies for business growth and will be led by retail and restaurant expert Marc Willson, who consults to State of Virginia, Main Street New Jersey, and multiple small businesses and large corporations.

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RobotThe members of “Team Mystery Gang” (Helena Van Hemmen, Jenny Greener, Leigh Forsyth) and “Team Transformers” (Matt Ramirez, Reed DiCenso, John Phelan, Jack Rallo) were among the teams from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional competing in the recent NJ Coast IEEE Robot Challenge.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Seven teams made up of students from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School competed — with one RFH team achieving a third place finish — during the recent New Jersey Coast IEEE Robot Challenge, hosted at the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College.

“Team Starlords,” composed of seniors JC Liang, David Mancuso and Liam Packer, was the top RFH finisher among more than 40 teams representing 15 New Jersey high schools. During the five-hour event on Saturday, May 2, each team was required to build a robot using a kit. The teams were judged on their robots’ performance in a race, and also on oral and written reports. The 28 RFH students who took part in the competition, the goal of which is to make students aware of the requirements and workplace challenges facing today’s professional engineers, were sponsored by the school’s Scientific Frontier Club.

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david prown 042615Red Bank’s David Prown will receive an honorary degree from Brookdale Community College for his contributions to the local community during BCC’s commencement ceremony. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Based on a press release from Brookdale Community College.

Two Monmouth County activists, two distinguished alumni and more than 2,000 local students will be honored during the 45th annual commencement ceremony at Brookdale Community College, scheduled for May 10 15 on the Lincroft campus.

Commencement speakers David Prown and David Goldman will receive honorary degrees from the college for their contributions to the Monmouth County community.

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