RED BANK: STEWARTS DONATE YEAR’S HARVEST

Comedian Jon Stewart and wife Tracey Stewart have donated this year’s harvest from their Colts Neck farm to Red Bank’s Lunch Break to help the nonprofit meet the rising demand for food assistance in COVID-19 crisis. (Video and photo courtesy of Lunch Break. Click to enlarge.)

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ON THE GREEN: BROOKDALE BUS LINES MERGED

rb bus 112115Commuting to Brookdale Community College in Lincroft via New Jersey Transit bus will no longer require a transfer in Red Bank under a new route alignment announced Tuesday. According to the report, the 833 and 835 routes will be merged into a new route numbered 838, “providing commuters from Freehold, Sea Bright, Rumson, Fair Haven and eastern Red Bank with a ‘one-seat’ ride to the Lincroft campus” by eliminating a transfer, according to the Asbury Park Press.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RBC MUTES PALMER PARTY

After being held scoreless for two quarters, Red Bank Regional’s Sadiq Palmer finally notched his 1,000th career point Tuesday, finishing the night with 12 against rival Red Bank Catholic and joining an elite club of 15 RBR hoopsters to pass that milestone. But the Caseys got the homecourt win, 51-40, on strong play by junior Terrence Calandrillo, who scored 15.  Shore Sports Zone was there with its video cameras to catch the action.

RBR BOYS END COLTS NECK WIN STREAK

Red Bank Regional’s Ben Sprauer sank two free throws with 10 seconds to go to help RBR score a 48-45 win at Colts Neck Thursday. RBR sophomore Devin Cooper led all scorers with 20, and Sadiq Palmer fouled out just one point shy of 1,000, which he’ll go for next Tuesday against Red Bank Catholic. Meantime, check out these great highlights and post-game reaction from Shore Sports Zone.

COLTS NECK TOPS RED BANK CATHOLIC

Lloyd Daniels scored  28 points for Colts Neck as the Cougars beat Red Bank Catholic, 53-46, in Red Bank Monday night. Colts Neck has won seven straight games to improve to 7-1 on the season. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

RBR HALTS RBC STREAK WITH 24-21 HOME WIN

With both teams coming in at 5-0, the Red Bank Catholic at Red Bank Regional football clash stoked expectations Friday night. And the crosstown rivalry delivered the drama.

In this snippet from Shore Sports Zone highlights, Bucs QB Jack Navitsky breaks loose for a 58-yard touchdown run with 5:57 to play in the fourth quarter, sealing the Bucs’ 24-21 victory.

The win was the first by the Bucs against the Caseys since 2oo4. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

DAWGS, CASEYS & BUCS POST BIG WINS

rfh v matawan 091815rbc v lb 091115How did your high school football team do Friday night? Check out the monster video reel on our Sports page to see highlights from victories by Rumson-Fair Haven (above), Red Bank Catholic (right) and Red Bank Regional (below). (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

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R-FH, RBC & RBR POST CONVINCING WINS

How did your high school football team do Friday night? Pretty darn well, if you’re talking about Rumson-Fair Haven, Red Bank Catholic or Red Bank Regional, as this monster highlight reel from Shore Sports Zone  shows.

Playing at home, the R-FH Bulldogs topped the Matawan Huskies 17-0 in a game with a scoreless second half. Quarterback Michael O’Connor connected with sophomore receiver Elijah McAllister for a 16-yard touchdown pass: check it out at the start of the reel.

Fast-forward to 5:50 if you’re in a rush to see how Eddie Hahn and the 2014 state champion RBC Caseys played against St. Joe’s of Metuchen. A week after putting the Caseys in the capable hands of backup QB Colin Shaughnessy, Hahn returned from injury for his first appearance of the season by tossing three TDs, including a 49-yarder to Mike Wilen, who also ripped an 80-yard TD run against the Falcons.

Then zap ahead to 9:40 to see highlights of Colts Neck at RBR, where a Matt Reardon interception sparked an offensive blitzkrieg that ended with a 30-0 blowout win for the Bucs, their second straight. QB Jack Navitsky and WR Sadiq Palmer had another standout game. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

CBA ICES DON BOSCO FOR STATE CROWN

Baseball powerhouse Don Bosco Prep came into the Non-Public “A” state championship game at Toms River East on Sunday game with a 29-0 record and a national ranking. But Christian Brothers Academy, led by pitcher Luca Dalatri, were unfazed. Dalatri threw a complete game, striking out 12, and added a solo homer in the fifth as the Colts stopped the Ironmen cold, 7-0. Shore Sports Zone has all the action and post-game reaction from the Colts.

The win gave the Colts their fifth championship of the season, and the second in three days, after their shutout win over Red Bank Catholic for the Shore Conference Tournament title on Thursday. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

CBA TOPS RBC FOR SCT BASEBALL CROWN

In a game rescheduled twice for rainouts, Joe Gargana and Kenny Campbell combined on a four-hit shutout as Lincroft’s Christian Brothers Academy blanked rival Red Bank Catholic, 4-0, to win its second straight Shore Conference baseball title at Toms River North Thursday evening. Shore Sports Zone has all the action and post-game reaction from the Colts.

It was the second straight shutout in as many days for the CBA pitching staff after Mike Garvey and Luca Dalatri blanked Bishop Eustace in the state semifinals. Up next: Don Bosco Prep, with a state championship on the line. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)


RBC TO FACE CBA IN SCT BASEBALL FINAL

Playing as the visiting team on their home diamond, Red Bank Catholic’s Caseys beat Jackson Memorial, 4-1, in the Shore Conference Tournament Wednesday. Shore Sports Zone has the highlights and post-game. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

The Caseys will face top-seed Christian Brothers Academy in the final Monday at Blue Claws Stadium in Lakewood.

RBC TOPS COLTS NECK IN SCT QUARTERS

Eighth-seed Red Bank Catholic held off a rally to beat top-seed Colts Neck, 16-8 in the quarterfinals of the Shore Conference Tournament baseball Wednesday. Shore Sports Zone has the highlights.

Next up for the Caseys: Jackson Memoral on Wednesday, May 27 at Count Basie Fields. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

RBC ADVANCES IN SCT BASEBALL TOURNEY

Red Bank Catholic edged Toms River South, 4-3, at Count Basie Fields to advance in the Shore Conference Tournament Saturday. The Caseys will face top-seed Colts Neck in the quarterfinal round. Shore Sports Zone has the highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

RFH: GIRLS CLINCH SCT LACROSSE TITLE

Number-one seed Rumson-Fair Haven’s girls dominated Shore Regional, 17-5, enroute to a third consecutive Shore Conference Tournament lacrosse championship at Monmouth University Monday.

Jillian Swikart scored seven goals and Brittany Bruno added six as the Lady Bulldogs broke a 4-4 tie to embark on a 13-1 run. Shore Sports Zone has the game highlights and post-game reaction.

RFH: GIRLS HEAD TO SCT LACROSSE FINALS

The number-one seed Rumson-Fair Haven Lady Bulldogs earned a trip to the Shore Conference Tournament lacrosse finals with a 16-11 win over Colts Neck at Ocean Township Saturday. Brittany Bruno had five goals and Elizabeth Scarrone added four. The Lady Bulldogs will face Shore Regional at Monmouth University for the championship on Monday at 4 p.m. Shore Sports Zone.

RBC FALLS TO COLTS NECK IN FIRST LOSS

On the diamond at  Count Basie Fields, the Red Bank Catholic Caseys experienced their first loss of 2015 Tuesday as the Colts Neck Cougars erased a 4-1 deficit with six unanswered runs to secure a 7-4 win. Shore Sports Zone has the highlights and post-game reaction. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

RBC FALLS TO COLTS NECK

Colts Neck came back from a 12-point second-quarter deficit to beat Red Bank Catholic and complete a season sweep of the Caseys in Red Bank Thursday. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

RBR RIDES TO WIN OVER COLTS NECK

Red Bank Regional is an unexpected participant in a three-way tie for first in the Class B North boys’s basketball division after a 55-46 win over Colts Neck at Little Silver Thursday. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

RBR PLAYER HAULS IN SSZ GAME BALL

Red Bank Regional defensive back Teddy Mitchell won this week’s Shore Sports Zone game ball for this pick and touchdown against Colts Neck last weekend as the Bucs rolled to a 38-6 win. Mitchell had an interception in each of the two big wins RBR has posted to open the 2014 season. Check out Shore Sports Zone, a new video-based local sports website, for blanket coverage of Monmouth and Ocean county sports.

RBR JUMPS TO 2-0 WITH WIN OVER COLTS NECK

After just two games this season, Red Bank Regional’s varsity football team has doubled last year’s win total. The second win came on the road Saturday afternoon again Colts Neck, as the Bucs rolled to a 38-6 final score on some big defensive play. Rich Chrampanis of Shore Sports Zone, a new video-based local sports website, has those Saturday highlights and more.

SCHOOL’S IN AT FAIR HAVEN LODGE

smart-startGene and Debbie Trotta outside the former Masonic lodge on River Road in Fair Haven, which is now home to their pre-school, Smart Start. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Its prominent brick frame rising to a spire, it had once been home to a church and later a Masonic lodge, but for the last two decades it was little more than a shell of Fair Haven’s past.

To Gene Trotta and Debbie Trotta, the River Road landmark was crying out for something.

“I looked at it for 20 years, and I always said it was meant to be a school,” said Gene.

The Trottas admired the century-old building while they went to work down the street, to the Cedar Avenue preschool they started in their late 20s, a one-floor spot with just a couple classrooms and not a hint of the history or distinct architecture they coveted on River Road.

Then, as Debbie tells it, a little bit of fate interceded, and by the time the school year started, the Colts Neck couple was busting out boarded-up windows, spreading spackle and applying a finish to original chestnut wood floors.

“Everything’s original in here,” Gene said.

Except for the owners, who have fulfilled their vision to run Smart Start Preschool within the historic walls of 786 River Road.

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GUN WAVER AMONG M’TOWN ARRESTEES

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

mtown-cop-carsOne man was arrested for waving a gun and threatening to use it, another was arrested for stealing from a food store and two were cuffed after a fight on Middletown Avenue.

They’re all part of this week’s crime roundup provided by Middletown police.

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