RED BANK: DAL PRA PUTS ‘OUR KIDS’ FIRST

Del Dal Pra at Count Basie Park, where the stadium football field was prepped for installation of a new surface last week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njEarly on in his new job as Red Bank parks and recreation director, Louis ‘Del’ Dal Pra suspected he’d have to make changes that would tick some people off.

Two encounters this spring convinced him he had no choice.

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RED BANK: COPTER STARS AT NIGHT OUT

Hundreds of Red Bank residents turned out for the annual police-sponsored National Night Out Against Crime festival at Count Basie Park Tuesday night.

In addition to free food and games, this years’s edition featured the dramatic arrival of a New Jersey National Guard Black Hawk helicopter, which kids of all ages swarmed over.

The stop was the second of the night on the Greater Red Bank Green for the Lakehurst-based chopper, following an appearance at Little Silver’s National Night Out at Markham Fields.

Check out the photos below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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TRAVEL SOCCER TRYOUTS FOR RED BANK FC

If you’re a soccer- (sorry, football) obsessed boy or girl between the ages of 8 and 14, the borough-based Red Bank Football Club invites you to take part in a morning of tryouts for the upcoming season, this Saturday, May 17. It’s not necessary to be a resident of Red Bank to join in the fun — all you need to do is bring your cleats, shin guards, water, and team spirit to the football stadium field at Count Basie Park on Henry Street,  from 9 am to 12 pm.

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SHOOTING FOR ELKS, AT SOCCER COMPETITION

DavidEdgarWithWinners2David Edgar, Exalted Ruler of Red Bank Elks Lodge #233, congratulates the winners of last year’s Soccer Shoot Competition. The annual tourney for teens and tweens returns to Count Basie Park this Sunday, October 27.

Press release from Red Bank Elks Lodge #233

Elks believe that sporting activities for youngsters provide spirited competition, develop character, and help make new friendships. So the Red Bank Elks Lodge is inviting the local area youth to our Soccer Shoot Competition on Sunday October 27th.

This free, goal-kicking competition is open to local area fifth-, sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade boys and girls, of all skill levels, including those with special or physical needs.

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