RED BANK: MAN FORCES HIMSELF TO SPEAK UP

Ryan Lascelles 050815 2Ryan Lascelles on the lookout for someone to buttonhole in downtown Red Bank, and talking with Irina Kohut of Keansburg, below, about a painting she’d just made.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Ryan Lascelles 050815 1No, that’s not a headline out of the Onion. Ryan Lascelles is trying to outgrow a lifetime of social anxiety through an unusual experiment: by forcing himself to initiate conversations with at least three strangers a day for a month.

The 23-year-old Little Silver resident launched his endeavor last week in downtown Red Bank. And as luck would have it, the very first fish he hooked turned out to be none other than redbankgreen.

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