For the past decade, Red Bank Regional High School has made the prestigious New Jersey Monthly list of Top 100 High Schools in New Jersey. The magazine’s website made the list public on September 1, with RBR sharing this year’s spotlight with eight other Monmouth County High Schools: Rumson-Fair Haven, Middletown High School South, Holmdel, Marlboro, Shore Regional, Colts Neck, Wall and Manalapan.
In a statement, Principal Risa Clay was “thrilled” to have once again been selected for the prestigious list; going on to attribute the school’s consistent high marks to “a talented and dedicated staff that supports our students in their quest for advancement.”
“Our exemplary Visual and Performing Arts Program delivers one of the most outstanding arts education in the state,” the principal continued. “We offer a multitude of AP and IB courses coupled with solid supports for all students. Most recently, we introduced a policy of open enrollment allowing students who have the desire to take the most challenging courses offered at RBR.’’
Continuing a recently established tradition, New Jersey Monthly magazine honored the Garden State’s most generous companies with its second annual Great Oak Awards. Among the 64 New Jersey companies named as 2015 finalists is Rumson’s Salt Creek Grille, which was recognized for its annual fundraising program for charities meeting children’s needs.
For the past 12 years, the popular waterfront restaurant’s co-owner Steve Bidgood (pictured) has selected a different charity as Salt Creek Grille’s charity of the year. In January a flag bearing the charity’s logo is flown from the flagpole at the base of the Oceanic Bridge all year long for public awareness. In April the annual Salt Creek Grille Wine and Martini Tasting Fundraiser is held to raise money for its charity, with 100 percent of all funds raised going directly to the designated charity. Twelve charities have benefitted, and over $825,000 has been raised to date.
This past April’s Wine and Martini Tasting — the top grossing event to date — raised nearly $115,000 toward pediatric brain cancer research for The Kortney Rose Foundation, helping the Monmouth County based nonprofit hit its million-dollar mark in cumulative donations to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).
Mr. Cupcakes is one of two new cupcake purveyors in Red Bank, making three in total. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
The batter’s going to start flying in Red Bank.
Just months after Chris Paseka and Jesse Bello-Paseka opened cupcake-centric Sugarush on Front Street, two new niche bakeries plan to open in town, waging, if nothing else, a serious cupcake competition in town.
A recent view down Broad Street in Red Bank. (Click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
In addition to Democratic bent and hyperlocal news sources, Red Bank and Maplewood can add one more item to the list of things they have in common: garnering the most attention from New Jersey Monthly’s readers in the magazine’s annual “Best of Jersey” poll.
Red Bank businesses came away with three No. 1 votes in the shopping category, but also showed well in other classes and earned a bunch of nods as runners-up. Maplewood, in Essex County, dominated the poll, getting the most votes for six shopping categories.
Overall, Red Bank and the redbankgreen coverage area had a strong presence in the magazine’s feature story this month.