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ls-lego-500x375A unique local tradition returns Saturday when families assemble to “Build Little Silver with LEGOs” at Embury Methodist Church. (File photo by Dustin Racioppi)

Some American municipalities lay claim to their Zombie Walks; their Shad Festivals; their bug-eating, wife-carrying, turkey-bowling, Flax Scutching competitions that serve to distinguish one dot on the map from another.

Here on the greater Green, one seemingly small-scale event looms large enough to serve as a major signifier of community pride and family togetherness — a role that it’s fulfilled for the past five years.

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photoThird grade students created their own amusement park through an Exploratory Investigations Program introduced recently at Viola L. Sickles School.

Press release from Fair Haven School District

Third grade students at Viola L. Sickles school in Fair Haven recently brought hands-on learning to a new level, by building their own amusement park through a program designed by Bricks 4 Kidz.

The third-graders were the first Sickles students to participate in an Exploratory Investigations Program designed to supplement the curriculum, and provide additional opportunities for learning and exploration.

The Bricks 4 Kidz project marks the first appearance at Sickles School for the program, designed to teach children the principles of engineering and architecture using Lego® bricks.

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brittninesAbove: Britt Savage and the Nines recall those 1980s nights of 75-cent ‘kazis and roses for the ladies, when they reunite for a throwback Friday at the Downtown… while below, Ziggy Shock turns Fair Haven’s K of C hall into the best kept secret on the Shore music scene. 

Friday, January 24:

ziggy-shock-would-be-johnny-cashRED BANK: With recent overnight temps threatening to put the Greenland into the greater Green, being “dressed to the nines” has tended to mean wearing nine extra layers of unfashionably lifesaving thermals.

But for just one cold dark night, clubgoers of all ages can wayback to those 1980s summers when the drinking age was 18, closing time was 3 a.m. — and the mega-barbands ruled a clubscape dotted with fortress-like institutions like the Tradewinds, Fountain Casino and Club Xanadu. Tonight, the Downtown welcomes what might just be the first-ever Red Bank appearance by one of the era’s most fervently followed cover combos — the Nines, featuring vivacious vocalist Britt Savage. Now based in Nashville, the in-demand session singer (and 1992 grand prize winner on TV’s Star Search) reunited with her classic band lineup — guitarist Adam Roller, bassist John Rogers, drummer Mick Gormaley, and Bill Dellicato subbing for the late keyboardist Bobby Gordon — for a July 2013 show in Asbury Park that brought in so much love, they up and did it again during the recent Light of Day music festival. Britt and the boys will be taking it upstairs at the double-wide Downtown for several sets of VICE-vintage favorites that could reasonably include everything from “She Blinded Me with Science” and “Kids in America” to some radio-ready originals from Britt’s recent Music City projects. And you can take it right here for a full interview with this most noble of Savages, or take it just around the corner for more frosty fun at the jiggle end of January.

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