Derek Castro’s toddler brother just couldn’t wait to congratulate him and the rest of the Red Bank Middle School boys soccer team, dashing into Derek’s arms from the audience as they were honored by the council for their third consecutive Shore Athletic League championship Wednesday night . (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
By JOHN T. WARD
Coming off what Superintendent Jared Rumage called “the most successful year ever in the history of Red Bank Middle School sports,” district officials have also harvested some gold about the relationship of athletics and academics, they said recently.
Players from the Red Bank Middle School girls’ basketball team, seen here with coach Amy Campbell and boys’ coach Issac Nathanson, won plaudits at the borough council meeting Wednesday night for nabbing their first Shore Athletic League championship in 24 years last month. Read More
Sporting neckties that many of them learned to tie just an hour earlier, the members of the Red Bank Middle School boys’ soccer team appeared at the borough council meeting Wednesday night, when they were lauded for a second consecutive undefeated season.
From the neighbor’s house to the White House, there’s no denying that big rig trucks, emergency equipment and other heavy-duty machines hold a special appeal for kids of all ages — and when the opportunity presents itself to climb into the driver’s seat, it’s a rare treat indeed.
Ask the staff of Red Bank’s Monmouth Day Care Center and they’ll surely agree that the safely supervised combination of kids and trucks is a winning formula — and when the Touch-a-Truck event returns to the parking lot of Red Bank Middle School this Saturday morning, it will mark the eighth annual appearance of a successful FUNraising vehicle that’s well worth waiting for.
By JOHN T. WARD
The boy hadn’t been showing up at school, so a Red Bank police officer was dispatched to the family’s home to make sure everything was OK one day in January.
Nothing was amiss when Patrolman Michael Zadlock arrived. But the boy’s single-parent mother said she simply couldn’t get her son to go to school, and so she would reluctantly leave the pre-teen at home when she went off to work, Zadlock said.
The final installment of our Summer Scenes series finds photographer Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado down on the banks of the Navesink River once again. He shot this photo through the boat storage racks of Irwin Marine at Union Street and Boat Club Court in Red Bank.
“Yes, I am drawn to the river,” says Luis, who spent part of the summer rowing with Navesink River Rowing. “The river is just an open space, like there’s no trees or, most of the time, people. And sunsets look great because you can kind of see the reflection of the sunset or what’s on the other side of the river on the water.”
redbankgreen thanks Luis for his wonderful photos, and wishes him the best as he enters eighth grade at Red Bank Middle School. His other Summer Scenes photos may be viewed here. (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)
As the lazy days of summer 2016 wind down, Summer Scenes brings you this placid view of the Navesink River lapping softly at the shore at the home of Navesink River Rowing in Red Bank.
The photo is the latest in the Summer Scenes series. The others may be viewed here. (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)
His photo shows the rear of 2 East Front Street — known for its pedestrian passageway linking the downtown with Union Street and Marine Park — and the shingled rear of Seldin’s Trinkets and Jewelry, at 2 West Front. Brick, wood, delicate clouds and a vapor trail combine to create a visually engaging scene.
The photo is the six in the Summer Scenes series. The others may be viewed here. (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)
The latest photo in our Summer Scenes series by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado captures a spectacular interplay of sunlight and clouds above our beautiful Navesink River, as seen from Marine Park in Red Bank.
The photo is the fifth in the series. The others may be viewed here. (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)
“I liked how everything was looking, like how bright it was,” he says. “It seemed to me like it will be a great photo.”
This shot is the fourth in Luis’s series of Summer Scenes. If you missed the others, you can catch up here. (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)
This shot is the third in the series. If you missed the others, you can catch up here. (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)
Trains didn’t look like this, or run on electricity, when the Red Bank train station was built in 1875. But while technology has evolved over the past 141 years, the station itself has maintained its Victorian charm, thanks to the efforts of preservationists and periodic refurbishment work, as in the four-year, $1.6-million facelift that concluded in 2014, when it was named for late Mayor and Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. O’Hern Sr.
In this week’s Summer Scenes photo, Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado captures the old and the new at the station, as well as the sensation of moving and staying, in beautiful light, both natural and man-made. (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)
This photo marks the debut of a summer-long photography internship at redbankgreen for Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado, a Red Bank Middle School student. Luis came to our attention after his photo of baby birds in a nest won the Spring edition of the borough Parks and Rec department’s photo contest. That photo was taken with a cellphone with a cracked screen, but Luis has since graduated to a new SLR, thanks to a birthday gift from his parents.
Tune in every Monday this summer for a new photo by Luis. (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)
The photo was one of four selected as winners in the latest round of seasonal photo contests sponsored by the borough’s Parks and Recreation Department, and earned Luis a certificate as well as a portfolio review by professional photographers Liz and Bob McKay of McKay Imaging Photography on Monmouth Street.
Luis told redbankgreen he takes lots of photos, and for this one, got as close as he could to the birds without disturbing them and snapped the shot with his cracked-screen cellphone. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
Ah, to be a kid again: off for the whole summer, enjoying the warm sunshine, not giving a thought to… YIKES! Like some sort of devious enticement, this watermelon was growing in flowerbed near the entrance to the Red Bank Middle School as seen last week.
Meanwhile, the juiciest stretch of summer is also evident in the peaches growing outside an office at the corner of Broad Street and Irving Place in Red Bank, as seen above right and below.
Julius Clark, above left, a math teacher, basketball coach and – he hopes – a future principal of the Red Bank Middle School, where he’s worked for 10 years.
Krishna Kanuga, above right, a native of India who became hooked on teaching while getting his master’s degree in science at Rutgers, and has now teaches physics at Red Bank Regional (which of course is actually in Little Silver), where he’s worked for 13 years.
Kathleen Boylan, right, of the Red Bank Charter School, who began her teaching career in the Little Silver district before she and her husband – former Stokaboka owner Mike Boylan – had twin boys. She’s been at RBCS since 2011, where she teaches math to grades six through eight.
They were honored at Wednesday night’s meeting of the Red Bank mayor and council. Let’s hear it for the teachers, folks… (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
The Red Bank Middle School class of 2013, at their graduation ceremony, above, heard from 2009 graduate Mohammed Ors, who earned a full-ride scholarship to Harvard, below. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)
By SARAH KLEPNER
They stood in the front rows, facing a roomful of families. When they had all arrived, they did let out a collective cheer and together spun around to face the stage and their futures.
And there won’t be, or shouldn’t be, too much time for chilling out in the next four years. So said guest speaker Mohammed Ors, a 2009 RBMS graduate who’s heading to Harvard University on a full academic scholarship.
“I remember wanting to slack off when I went to high school,” Ors told the graduates. “But you can’t. The easy years are over. Now, you have to work hard. That’s the point of my speech: you need to dig deep now to get where you want to go.”
With kids from the Rockit Youth Music Program providing a soundtrack, volunteers sorted donations at the Red Bank Middle School for a Lunch Break food drive Saturday. The event, marking the organization’s 30th anniversary, targeted a goal of 30,000 pounds of food. (Photos by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)
By LOLA TODMAN
Red Bank Charter School Intern
Bright lights and an anxious crowd. Players overwhelmed with pressure, almost wishing it was over before it starts, but thinking about the rush of victory and the accolades that follow.
This is what it feels like for players competing in the Count Basie Cup, the annual pair of soccer games that pit teams from the Red Bank Charter and Red Bank Middle schools, and take place under the lights tonight at Count Basie Fields.
Monmouth Day Care Center drew over 200 families to its third annual Touch a Truck fundraiser, held at the Red Bank Middle School Saturday. Sixteen vehicles (a fire truck, limo, speedboat, bulldozer and more) were giddily honked and climbed as kids explored the machinery parked throughout Red Bank Middle Schools parking lot. Tickets were $10 per family and went toward the nonprofit MDCC’s operating costs and a scholarship fund. Were all about kids, so we wanted to do something for the kids in our community, said Heidi Zaentz, the centers executive director. (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)