LITTLE SILVER: ANOTHER REVERSAL FOR RBR

Fewer than 240 of the 653 students who might have attended classes did so Tuesday Moore said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njWhipsawed students, parents and teachers at Red Bank Regional High are in for another schedule change starting Thursday.

With COVID-19 cases rising and absenteeism high, the Little Silver school will again suspend in-school instruction at least through December 11, Superintendent Lou Moore announced Wednesday.

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VIRUS: MURPHY NOTES HOSPITAL TREND

Hospitalizations for COVID-19 continue to rise in New Jersey, data show. (New Jersey Health Department graphic. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

Though New Jersey’s rate of COVID-19 transmission has been easing in recent weeks, that data conceals a harsh reality, Governor Phil Murphy said at his regular briefing Wednesday.

At 1.08 percent, the rate of COVID-19 transmission is at its lowest point since September 16, but “it still means that each new case is leading to more than one other new case,” he said. “This virus is still spreading.”

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VIRUS: MONMOUTH HOSPITALIZATIONS RISE

hot topic red bank njMonmouth County hospitals were treating 344 COVID-19 patients as of Monday, the county freeholders reported. Of those, 48 patients were in intensive care and 32 were on ventilators.

In its daily news release Tuesday, the county reported an increase of 309 confirmed COVID-19 cases in its 53 municipalities from Monday, for a total 20,626 since the start of the pandemic in March.

Separately, the New Jersey Health Department website indicated that, as of Tuesday, 816 Monmouth County resident deaths had been attributed to COVID-19, up 5 from Monday. Another 92 deaths were considered “probable,” according to the agency’s pandemic dashboard.

Ninety deaths statewide were added to the pandemic’s toll  Tuesday, bringing the total to 15,254, the agency reported.

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RED BANK: DECEMBER WEATHER ARRIVES

After a day of drenching rain, Riverside Gardens Park in Red Bank shone with holiday spirit Monday night.

The final month of 2020 – yes, finally – begins Tuesday with hints of winter: partly sunny skies and temperatures falling by about 10 degrees, to the low 40s, by early evening, according to the National Weather Service

Check out the extended forecast below. (redbankgreen photo. Click to enlarge.)

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LITTLE SILVER: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Little Silver Police Department for August, September and October, 2020. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

August 3- Bradley Chaney, 31, of Belford, NJ, was arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Willow Dr. for an active Contempt of Court warrant out of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. P.O. Jack Massaro made the arrest.

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RED BANK: PLAYING-IN-THE-PARK WEATHER

New Red Bank resident Andy, who declined to give his last name, passed time playing ‘I Wish You Love‘ on saxophone in Eastside Park while his home aired out after a dishwasher mishap Thursday evening.

The post-Thanksgiving interlude will bring pleasant weather for playing in parks, with partly sunny skies Friday, ample sunshine Saturday and Sunday, and daytime peak temperatures in the mid-50s, according to the National Weather Service.

Check out the extended forecast for the Greater Red Bank Green below. (Video by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

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LITTLE SILVER: IT’S BACK TO SCHOOL FOR RBR

The Red Bank Regional building has been idle since November 2. (Photo by  John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

this just in redbankgreenAfter four weeks of all-remote instruction, Red Bank Regional High plans to resume in-person classes Monday, Superintendent Lou Moore said in an announcement Wednesday.

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COVID-19 WATCH: HOSPITALIZATIONS CLIMB

Monmouth County hospitalizations of patients with COVID-19 have been rising steeply in recent weeks. (Monmouth County government data. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njWith COVID-19 hospitalizations rising rapidly, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy implored residents to curtail their traditional Thanksgiving gatherings this week.

“We know that there are those who are so yearning for normalcy that they’re willing to risk their family’s health for a big Thanksgiving,” he said at his regular briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic Monday. But “we urge you to think beyond this holiday,” he said.

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RED BANK: THANKSGIVING FORECAST MIXED

Rain continues over the Greater Red Bank Green Monday morning before a cold front passes through the region later in the day, according to the National Weather Service

And skipping ahead to Thursday: what’s the outlook for Thanksgiving? Mixed: morning fog, then showers showers likely before 1 p.m, followed by mostly cloudy skies and temperatures peaking in the low 60s.

Check out the extended forecast below. (NWS graphic.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: WRITE-IN TO ACCEPT SCHOOL WIN

Only two candidates formally sought three seats on the borough school board. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A write-in candidate expects to join the Red Bank Board of Education when it reorganizes January 5.

And as telegraphed by early results from the November 3 election, a newcomer has displaced Red Bank Regional High board’s president.

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ON THE GREEN: AT-HOME CLASSES EXTENDED

Red Bank Regional students won’t be back on the Little Silver campus for classes before November 30 at the soonest. (Photo by  John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

this just in redbankgreenRed Bank Regional High will stick with all-remote schooling through Thanksgiving because of rapidly spreading COVID-19, Superintendent Lou Moore said in an announcement Wednesday evening.

Separately, a plan to resume a ‘hybrid’ of in-school and at-home instruction for Red Bank’s primary and middle school students as soon as Thursday has been scrapped because of the resurging virus.

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RED BANK: COVID-19 CASES EXCEED 500

Hundreds lined up for free virus tests offered by Immediate Care in Red Bank’s White Street parking lot Saturday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations climbing sharply across the United States and around the world, the case total in Red Bank since the start of the pandemic eclipsed 500 Tuesday.

Monmouth County government data show the the latest 100 cases among borough residents were recorded in only 17 days.
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LITTLE SILVER: RBR REMOTE TWO MORE DAYS

red bank regional rbrredbankgreen hot topicAmid rising COVID-19 counts, Red Bank Regional High will remain on remote instruction for at least two more days, school officials announced Monday.

“We learned today that a number of individuals at RBR have tested positive for COVID-19,” Superintendent Lou Moore wrote on the district website in late afternoon. 

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RED BANK: COOLER WEATHER AHEAD

Gusty winds Sunday night largely spared the Greater Red Bank Green of power outages, according to Jersey Central Power & Light. And while it will remain a bit breezy through Monday night, no damaging winds are expected, according to the National Weather Service

Coming in behind the cold front: a string of sunny or partly sunny days and cooler temperatures. Check out the extended forecast below. (Weather.gov image. Click to enlarge.

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RED BANK: RAIN AND SUN IN FORECAST

red bank harris park leaves 111220Golden leaves lay across Harris Park in Red Bank during on-and-off rain Thursday evening.

The Greater Green is in for a mix of autumn conditions over the next few days, with more rain early Friday yielding to sunshine in the afternoon and Saturday, with showers possible again Sunday , according to the National Weather Service

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: SUMMERY WEATHER CONTINUES

Expect the past weekend’s sunshine and daytime temperatures in the 70s to continue Monday on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the National Weather Service

But there’s a potential Monday night and Tuesday night for fog, which may be dense Tuesday night. Heavy rainfall is expected on Wednesday and Thursday.

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by Trish Russoniello.  Click to enlarge.)

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LITTLE SILVER: HOLZAPFEL, BRENNAN IN LEAD

Little Silver Republican Mike Holzapfel, an incumbent, and running mate Kevin Brennan appeared to be pulling away from Democrats Stephanie Keenan, also an incumbent, and Joan Gotti in the race for two council seats as of Friday morning.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR ADDS WEEK TO CLOSURE

Superintendent Lou Moore in March, 2019. (Photo by  John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicRed Bank Regional High will be off-limits to students and staff through next week over concerns about COVID-19, Superintendent Lou Moore announced Wednesday afternoon.

While there continues to be “no evidence of community transmission” of the virus on the Little Silver school’s campus, a defacto closure now in effect is being extended one week “to minimize the risk of possible spread,” Moore wrote on the school’s website.

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RED BANK: NEWCOMER LEADS RBR PRESIDENT

The administration building on the Red Bank Regional campus in Little Silver. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Newcomer Stephanie Albanese appears to have displaced incumbent president John Garofalo from the Red Bank Regional High board of education in Tuesday’s election.

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Monmouth County clerk’s incomplete vote tally showed Albanese (seen at right) leading Garofalo, 1,352 votes to 649.

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LITTLE SILVER: RACE TOO CLOSE TO CALL

By JOHN T. WARD

The race for two seats on the Little Silver council remained too close to call early Wednesday.

As of 7:30 a.m., Stephanie Keenan, a Democrat with seven months of council experience, led all candidates with 1,193 votes, and first-term incumbent Republican Mike Holzapfel was only 10 votes behind.

But their running mates were still in the the running as Monmouth County election officials continued counting mail-in and in-person ballots.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR REPORTS TWO MORE CASES

Four students have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days. (Photo by  John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicTwo more students at Red Bank Regional High have tested positive for COVID-19, Superintendent Lou Moore said in an announcement Monday evening.

That brings the total in the past week to four, though Moore said in the notice that the most recent cases involved two siblings who “did not contract the virus at” the Little Silver school, and “there is no evidence of community transmission of the virus within the school.”

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