LITTLE SILVER: RBR REWORKS HEARING PLAN

Contractors installing a new roof at RBR last week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank Regional High has rescheduled a planned live, in-person budget hearing previously slated for Wednesday night.

In a note posted on the district website late Wednesday morning, Superintendent Lou Moore said the meeting would be rescheduled for May 6, and will be held electronically “to respect everyone’s right to participate.”

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR SETS IN-PERSON HEARING

RED BANK REGIONAL BOE 032019Members of the public arriving for an RBR budget hearing in March, 2019. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank Regional High, the first school in New Jersey to shut down over concerns about COVID-19, plans to hold a live, in-person board of ed meeting Wednesday night.

The session at the Little Silver school appears to conflict with Governor Phil Murphy’s “stay-home” order issued last month.

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RED BANK: DISTRICT, CHARTER NOW CLOSED

red bank middle school njRed Bank schools plan to roll out a “home learning” program in lieu of classroom time. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Ending short-lived holdouts, Red Bank’s district and charter schools will be closed Monday as they join the widespread shift to online instruction prompted by the global COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

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RED BANK: SCHOOLS AT ‘LOW RISK,’ STAY OPEN

RED BANK primary schoolRed Bank’s schools provide multiple services to their families and “cannot be compared to neighboring towns,” said Superintendent Jared Rumage. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njWhile Little Silver and Shrewsbury schools quickly abandoned a joint local plan to remain open in the face of the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Red Bank’s will be open Friday, said Superintendent Jared Rumage.

But the pre-kindergarten-thru-8th-grade district intends to send students home early while administrators await “an official directive” on attendance from Trenton, he said.

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LITTLE SILVER: SCHOOLS CLOSED AFTER ALL

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Reportedly prompted by “parent response,” Little Silver closed its two schools Thursday, just a day after announcing it would remain open along with those in the other sending districts for Red Bank Regional High.

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LITTLE SILVER TEEN PRESUMED VIRAL; RBR SENDING SCHOOLS TO REMAIN OPEN

Red Bank and other RBR sending districts have opted to remain open, even as the high school is in shutdown. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA Red Bank Regional High student has a presumed positive case of the COVID-19 coronavirus, becoming the second person on the Greater Red Bank Green directly impacted by the global pandemic.

Still, the pre-kindergarten-to-8th-grade sending districts of Little Silver, Shrewsbury and Red Bank will remain open, even as the high school is on indefinite shutdown, district officials said in a joint statement Wednesday evening.

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RBR GOES ONLINE FOR INDEFINITE SHUTDOWN

red bank regional addition 013020No reopening date has been set for the RBR campus in Little Silver, where some windows are boarded up for a construction project. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank Regional High’s shutdown in the face of  concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus will continue “until further notice,” Superintendent Lou Moore announced Wednesday.

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RBR TO REMAIN CLOSED ANOTHER DAY

red bank regional rbr“The more you do the better,” Superintendent Lou Moore said. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

[This post has been updated with additional information from the superintendent.]

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank Regional High will remain closed for a second day Wednesday as it continues an “deep cleaning” to address concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus, Superintendent Lou Moore said Tuesday.

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VIRUS UPDATE: YMCA SEEKS TO LIMIT SPREAD

red bank ymcaThe organization says its procedures “will continue to evolve” along with news about the coronavirus. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

[See update below]

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank’s YMCA is asking members whose children attend schools that have closed due to coronavirus concerns not to visit the facility.

Here’s a quick overview of precautionary measures being taken on the Greater Red Bank Green in light of COVID-19:

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RBR CLOSING FOR DAY OVER VIRUS CONCERN

red bank regional rbr The school will take a day to give the facility a “deep cleaning,” the superintendent announced. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank Regional High will be closed Tuesday because of a student’s connection to a Little Silver man reported to be infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus, Superintendent Lou Moore announced Monday.

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RED BANK: SOCCER SIGN-UP DEADLINE NEARS

rb rec 082915 6rb rec 082915 2Attention future World Cup athletes: there’s one week left to sign up for Red Bank Rec’s fall soccer program, which is open to kids of all experience levels aged 3 to 8th grade. Registrations may be made online or in person at the parks and rec office at 90 Monmouth Street. For additional info, call 732-530-2782. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RUMSON: KIDS TRI, TRI, TRI

Rumson kids tri 061216 3Rumson kids tri 061216 16The seventh annual Kids Triathlon for Bob Kelleher drew some hard-charging young athletes to Victory Park in Rumson for swim-bike-run competitions for kids aged 14 and under Sunday.

The event, held in memory of late First Aid squad member and triathlete Bob Kelleher, benefits the volunteer squad and the borough recreation program.

Race results will be posted here. redbankgreen has more pix after the jump. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: TWEET THIS PHOTO

luis santamaria 060816Red Bank Middle School seventh grader Luis Santamaria shows off his photo of baby birds waiting to be fed in their nest before he was honored by the borough council Wednesday night.

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)

RED BANK: BOYS, THEIR MOMS, A DOG & MORE

rb mother son 050716 balmer hunterrb mother son 050716 4Red Bank Patrolman Stan Balmer and the police department’s K-9, Hunter, above, were among the role-model guests at the borough parks and recreation department’s first Mother-Son event, held Saturday at the Senior Citizens Center. Balmer recounted that a knife-wielding man dropped his weapon recently only after Hunter was brought into the situation. 

Also offering presentations were 90-year-old World War II veteran Lou Parisi, of Loch Arbor, below; a borough firefighter; and a massage therapist. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: SEASONAL PHOTO CONTEST DEBUTS

JONATHAN BALANZARLIDIA CARRANZA (1)Photos by a Red Bank Middle School student, Jonathan Balanzar, above, and an adult, Lidia Carranza, right, were the winners in the first of a new series of seasonal photo contests sponsored by the borough’s Parks and Recreation Department, director Charlie Hoffmann announced at Wednesday night’s council meeting.

The photos will hang in the department’s offices at borough hall and be posted on the new version of the town website now under development, he said. The deadline for the spring edition of the contest, which is open to all Red Bank residents, is May 30.

Meantime, here’s a colorful photo op: the annual Easter Egg Hunt, which is scheduled for noon on Saturday, March 19 at Eastside Park on Harrison Avenue.  (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: DADS GET THE FIRST DANCE

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rb father daughter 022016 9Accompanied by their fathers, a dozen young Red Bank ladies took to the dance floor for the borough recreation department’s first Father-Daughter Dance at the Senior Citizens’ Center Saturday night.

Initiated by new parks & rec Director Charlie Hoffmann, the event was catered by New Corner Pizza, with flowers donated by Dean’s Florist. A team of girls from the Red Bank Regional High Key Club provided decorating and photography services.

Hoffmann says he’s planning an event dubbed the “Mother-Son Heroes Brunch” around Mother’s Day, so stay tuned. Meantime, we’ve got more photos from Saturday’s event below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: MEET THE NEW DEPARTMENT HEADS

cliff keen 122315Cliff Keen, above, is the new director of public utilities, and Charlie Hoffmann, below, runs parks and rec. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

charlie hoffmann 122115Recent months have brought some new faces to Red Bank government.

In particular, three departments that residents have regular interaction with, and occasional strong opinions about, are under new leadership: parks and recreation; planning and zoning; and public utilities.

Here’s a quick intro to the new directors.

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RED BANK: REC SOCCER GETS A BOOST


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Saturday was shirt pickup day at Count Basie Fields for Red Bank Rec soccer, and players were treated to a clinic put on by players from the national champion Brookdale Community College women’s soccer team. Rec director Tamila Bumback tells redbankgreen that enrollment in the teams for children in grades three through eight has doubled from last fall, to 80 players, and a few spots remain open. The Red Bank teams play in the Northern Monmouth Soccer Association. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RUMSON: KIDS TRI, AND SUCCEED

rumson kids tri 061415 41rumson kids tri 061415 30The sixth annual Kids Triathlon for Bob Kelleher drew some 180 youngsters to the Navesink River in Rumson for swim-bike-run competitions for kids aged 14 and under Sunday.

The event, held in memory of late First Aid squad member and triathlete Bob Kelleher, benefits the volunteer squad and the borough recreation program.

Race results are here. And redbankgreen has 48 more photos from the event, just after the jump. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

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LITTLE SILVER PIVOTS ON $1.5M TURF PLAN

ls sickles park 080414 4The ballfields at Sickles Farm Park will remain grass for now. Below, audience members passed around a turf sample.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

ls turf 080414Little Silver isn’t ready for artificial turf at Sickles Farm Park, the borough council informally agreed Monday night.

After hearing comments from residents divided over the initiative, the council decided not to pursue a $250,000 Monmouth County Open Spaces grant toward an estimated $1.5 million project cost. Not this year, at least.

“I don’t see the benefit of going to the county with half the community opposed,” said Councilman Donald Galante.

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LITTLE SILVER MULLS ARTIFICIAL TURF

HOT-TOPIC_03Coming up at Monday night’s meeting of the Little Silver borough council: a presentation on the possibility of installing artificial turf at Sickles Field.

The recreation committee is slated to outline the pros and cons of pursing an Open Spaces grant from Monmouth County to cover some of the costs of a such a project, recreation Director Doug Glassmacher tells redbankgreen.

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