RFH BARRY GRABS DEBUT SSZ GAME BALL

Rumson-Fair Haven guard Brendan Barry became the first recipient of a Shore Sports Zone Game Ball in high school hoops Wednesday, two days after he set a Boardwalk Showcase record with 34 points against Point Pleasant Beach at Long Branch High School.  Barry captured the voting from fans.  Every Sunday, SSZ lists the top performers from the week and lets the fans choose the most deserving player.

redbankgreen SPORTS PAGE POWERS UP

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redbankgreen is pleased to introduce a new page. Headed “redbankgreen Sports powered by Shore Sports Zone,” it’s where you’ll find local sports news, much of it in the form of highly polished video reporting by Rich Chrampanis, founder of the independent website Shore Sports Zone, which is also debuting this week.

Chrampanis, who grew up in Middletown and graduated from Christian Brothers Academy (’88), is a veteran at this. After graudating from St. Bonaventure, he spent two decades in television sports coverage as an on-air reporter, anchor and producer. After 14 years at piloting the sports desk at WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chrampanis moved his family to Little Silver earlier this year to create Shore Sports Zone. With detailed school pages and timely video coverage, Chrampanis hopes to make the site the top resource for fans of high school sports in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

We at redbankgreen hope to help him put it across the goal line while offering our readers something we haven’t had in the eight years this site has been around. So tune in here for hyperlocal sports coverage, and get the bigger picture at Shore Sports Zone.

We hope you find both our sports page and Shore Sports Zone informative and entertaining. Let us know what you think.

BOSS FANS FLOCK TO MIDNIGHT DISC DROP

Diego Allessandro and dozens of other fans waited in line at Jack’s for the register to start ringing up midnight sales of the new Springsteen album. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Dan Laden’s been at the front of the line before when new  Bruce Springsteen records have hit the stores.

But being the first, as he was at Jack’s Music Shoppe Monday night for the market debut of “Wrecking Ball,” isn’t about bragging rights, he tells redbankgreen.

“It’s hard to explain,” said Laden, who as the owner of Garden State Auto Repair in Little Silver has worked on Springsteen’s cars for 15 years. “It’s a matter of respect for Bruce.”

A sense of spiritual indebtedness was one of several forces that fans said compelled them to show up shortly before midnight in 28-degree weather to buy an album that would still be available the next morning.

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BOSS TO WRECK A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP

Once again, new product from Bruce Springsteen will get a midnight debut at Jack’s Music, where boxes of vinyl LPs awaited sale last week. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

At Jack’s Music Shoppe on Broad Street in Red Bank, they’re still dining out on the time that Bruce Springsteen showed up for a late-night release of one of His records.

That was in April, 2001, for the launch of ‘Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Live in New York City.’ Rolling in from his home in Rumson, or maybe the one in Colts Neck, Springsteen mingled with fans, posed for photos and signed autographs for 90 minutes, staying until the last sale was rung up.

With just about every Springsteen record release since then, speculation about an encore stirs, nudged along by the scheduling of midnight drops. The last one was in November 2010, with the issuance of a remastered ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town‘ and companion making-of video.

Hey, is it the store’s fault if diehard fans postpone their beauty sleep on the expectation of an appearance?

Tonight, the must-buy-now impulse again mixes with what-if-He’s there? yearning with the hardcopy release of Springsteen’s newest collection, ‘Wrecking Ball.’

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