RED BANK: A RE-THINK PIECE AT BORO HALL

Amy Goldsmith of Clean Water Action.

Press release from Clean Water Action

On the evening of Tuesday, May 9, the nonprofit organization Clean Water Action will host a public-welcome presentation on its award-winning ReThink Disposable initiative, during the meeting of the Red Bank Environmental Commission.

Amy Goldsmith, NJ Director of National Clean Water Action and a Red Bank resident, will make the presentation at the commission’s 7 p.m. meeting inside Borough Hall.

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RED BANK REC KICKS IT INDOORS FOR 2014

From press materials furnished by Red Bank Recreation

There’s just one day before the January 3 sign-up deadline for Red Bank Recreation’s 2014 Indoor Soccer programs — and, according to RB Rec director Memone P. Chrystian, there are numerous ways for kids and adults of all ages to get involved with this  popular wintertime activity.

frankcocchiRegistrations are currently being accepted for participants in the 2014 season of “Games Only” play that commences on Sunday, January 12 and runs through March 23. It’s a ten-week slate of 50 minute games, hosted inside the gymnasium at Red Bank Middle School on Sundays (except for the holiday weekend dates of January 19 and February 16). Games are organized in four grade level groups for young players — Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd, 3rd and 4th, 5th through 8th — as well as a division for High School players, introduced for the first time this year by popular demand.

“Every year we get a flood of people who want to register in the last days leading up to the start of the program,” explained Chrystian in an emailed announcement. “Please ask them not to wait…anyone who registers after January 3 will have to go on a waiting list.

Registrations are also still being taken for this year’s Indoor Soccer “Work with a Trainer” sessions, conducted by professional soccer trainer Frank Cocchi of The Next Level Ball Mastery Program (pictured) and hosted in the Middle School gym on Saturday afternoons beginning January 11.

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NATIONAL NIGHT OUT: RED BANK

rb-nno5rb-nno2Red Bank’s National Night Out celebration, a sun-soaked evening held in the borough hall parking lot, featured many fixings of a community coming together: a walk around town, tours of the police station, games, a handshake with a cop or two and char-grilled burgers.

Cops did it all Tuesday night. They flipped burgers, ran fingerprints, put the “drunk goggles” on golf cart-drivers and monitored the speed of young flamethrowers tossing a baseball.

Images from the evening’s festivities after the ‘read more’ button. (Photos by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

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A NIGHT OUT FOR RED BANK, FAIR HAVEN

natl-night-out-20101Scenes from the 2010 National Night Out in Red Bank. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

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It’s one night of the year where the badge and blue shirt come to represent something a little less  fear-inducing, when the local fuzz trades in authority to bond with those it protects over burgers and dogs.

National Night Out, the community outreach program that spans police departments coast-to-coast, gets going in select towns on The Green Tuesday night, a fitting lead into the lazy days of summer’s end when many families are preparing for another school year.

“It’s good to get everyone out. It shows the kids they don’t have to be afraid to interact with the police,” said Stephen Schneider, a patrolman in Fair Haven. “We’re not just out there writing tickets and telling them to put their helmets on. We’re there for everybody.”

Besides, who can resist a sanctioned chance to dunk a cop with a fastball?

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CODA FOR TWO MUSIC SHOPS ON MONMOUTH

summitSummit Music has cleared out, and across the street, Honey Child Music has shut its doors. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Within days of each other, two Red Bank music education shops shut their doors last week, dealing a double blow to Monmouth Street’s reputation as a place where kids learned the basic chords that might someday land them on the stage of the nearby Count Basie Theatre. rcsm2_010508

Summit Music, which in recent months shifted from instrument sales and drum repairs to kid-focused instruction by joining forces with the national School of Rock chain and Little Rockers, quietly cleared out of its space, at 52 Monmouth Street, just before Memorial Day.

Maureen Tieri, who’s owned Summit the last three years, could not be reached for comment.

Diagonally across the street from Summit, longtime children’s music shop Honey Child Music went dark after losing the lease on the space at 73 Monmouth.

The departures leave Monmouth Music, at 30 Monmouth Street, as the sole instrument and instruction shop on a street that boasted three.

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NO-SHOWS NIX RED BANK COUNCIL SESSION

rb-quorumThe council couldn’t hold its regular meeting Wednesday night because of a lack of a quorum. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Red Bank’s regular council meeting Wednesday night was, in the words of Mayor Pasquale Menna, a “legal nullity,” which is just a fancy way to say there would be no meeting at all.

Councilman Ed Zipprich is out of the country. So is Councilwoman Kathy Horgan. Councilwoman Sharon Lee was out of the state. And Councilwoman Juanita Lewis was stuck in Piscataway.

“So, consequently we cannot open this meeting,” Menna said.

Not that the governing body was going to do much anyway.

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