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PeterGPeter Grandinetti, long-time supervisor of Red Bank Regional High School’s Four-Year Academies, retired in June with many accolades including a proclamation from the New Jersey State Legislature.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

It is often remarked that people will change their profession or “reinvent themselves” several times during their working life. Peter Grandinetti did so in a way that saw him travel full circle — from his start as an educator, to success in the world of business, and finally to a celebrated career as a leader in the greater Red Bank area’s education community.

On June 30, Grandinetti retired after 14 years from his position as supervisor of the Four-Year Academy programs at Red Bank Regional High School. Along the way he garnered many accolades, including a career-capping resolution from the New Jersey Legislature.

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BasiespressLong-time Red Bank Regional High School faculty member Joe Russo was honored at the 2015 Basie Awards with the Basie Lifetime Achievement Award in Arts Education. The school’s first and only drama teacher and theater director retires this year, following a distinguished 32-year career with RBR’s Visual and Performing Arts Academy. Pictured are: RBR art teacher Claudia O’Connor, senior Justin Giegerich, senior Noah Beller, Joe Russo, junior Patrick Monaghan, senior Eliana Swartz, Katherine Kennedy, and RBR tech teacher Carl Grillo. Monaghan and Kennedy also won Basie Awards for Best Actor and Actress in a drama, during the May 20 ceremony in Red Bank.


AnythingGoesCo-starring in the Red Bank Regional production of Cole Porter’s ANYTHING GOES are (left to right) Eliana Swartz, Davis Bush, Dana Brown and Justin Giegerich. Performances are Thursday through Sunday, March 26-29.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

As the Spring 2015 student production at Red Bank Regional High School, the Academy of Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) and the Red Bank Regional Theatre Company will present Cole Porter’s timeless musical comedy Anything Goes. Going up Thursday through Saturday, March 26-28 at 7 pm (with a 3 pm matinee on Sunday, March 29), the production marks the last in a distinguished career for retiring RBR drama teacher and production director Joe Russo.

Taking place on a raucous London-to-New York ocean liner cruise in 1934, Anything Goes presents the age-old tale of boy-meets girl with ensuing complications that include stowaway stockbrokers, merry mobsters and bible-thumping burlesque queens. The vintage musical-comedy revue was fortified for its Broadway revival with a collection of enduring Cole Porter songs that include “You’re the Top,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” and the signature song, “Anything Goes.”

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spinnakerLeft to right: Red Bank Regional Supervisor Pete Grandinetti and RBR drama teacher Joe Russo were honored by the Eastern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce with their Spinnaker Award in the category of arts and culture.  

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Two staff members at Red Bank Regional High School were recently honored by the Eastern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce with their Spinnaker Award, in the category of arts and culture. RBR Supervisor Pete Grandinetti and Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Academy drama teacher Joe Russo were presented with the honor at the Chamber’s 86th annual dinner, “in recognition of their support and cultivation of the arts in the community.”

Russo has been an award-winning drama teacher with RBR since the inception of the VPA academy. This accolade comes at the denouement of his career, as Mr. Russo retires after 32 years guiding RBR’s talented drama students.

Initially a fellow faculty member who was also involved with the theater and stagecraft, Grandinetti became the supervisor of the school’s VPA program four years ago. He also retires from RBR this year, after 15 years of employment with the district.

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