Former Red Bank fire chief Wayne Hartman tolled a bell in memory of 343 New York City fireighters who who died at the World Trade Center. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)


On a swath of Riverside Gardens Park lawn emblazoned with a temporary memorial, Red Bank residents and others gathered Saturday morning to remember the 2,996 lives taken on American soil on September 11, 2001.

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“Medicated” Pete McHeffey is one of the Downtown All-Stars of Red Bank teaming up to raise funds for veterans in a special Wednesday evening event on Front Street.

They’re called the Downtown All-Stars of Red Bank LLC — “a collective of local musicians and performing artists bound together to raise both funds and awareness.” You know them as the folks who entertain regularly at venues that range from your favorite neighborhood watering hole to the summertime sidewalks of Street Life, and in some instances they’re “the people that you meet when you’re walkin’ down the street.”

But every so often these artists convene like some jukebox Justice League, to address a cause dear to their hearts and musician’s souls — and this Wednesday evening, the occasion is a concert and CD release party for those who’ve served in the United States military.

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Press release from Red Bank Borough Education Foundation

rbbef_casino_night_2016Test your luck — and help the Red Bank public schools at the same time — when the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation hosts its Casino Night on Friday, September 30.

Scheduled from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Red Bank Elks Lodge #233 (40 West Front Street in Red Bank), the event will fund STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) projects at the borough’s schools. The STEAM curriculum is a priority for schools throughout the country, and the Education Foundation has made it its mission to promote these studies at the Red Bank public schools.

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Press release from Red Bank Borough Education Foundation

casino_night_flyerTest your luck — and help the Red Bank public schools at the same time! The Red Bank Borough Education Foundation will host a Casino Night on Friday, October 23, from 7 to 10 pm at the Red Bank Elks Lodge #233, 40 West Front Street in Red Bank.

Money raised from the event will fund STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) projects, including the formation of a STEAM lab at the Red Bank Primary School in honor of Rosemarie Kopka, according to Education Foundation president Susan Berke. Kopka, who passed away in April of this year, was a longtime resident of Red Bank, the driving force behind the formation of the Education Foundation, and the first woman to serve on the Red Bank Board of Education.

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TROUBLE_press_1It’s opening weekend for the Two River Theater Company production of TROUBLE IN MIND, above. Below, the kids from Rockit! polish Janis Joplin’s PEARL as part of the annual Brookdale Guitar Festival. (TRTC photo by T. Charles Erickson) 

Friday, April 11 – Sunday, April 13: 

view_image.aspRED BANK: Although the late Alice Childress is known these days primarily as author of the young adult novel A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But a Sandwich, among her many firsts and foremosts was becoming the first African-American woman to have one of her plays produced in New York. She also became the first female playwright to win an Obie Award, for a 1955 play entitled Trouble in Mind.

On Friday night at 8 pm, Two River Theater Company opens a new production of the comedy-drama directed by the acclaimed Jade King Carroll, associate director for the recent Broadway Streetcar Named Desire. It’s a “backstage” portrait of a multi-racial theatrical troupe, a play-within-a-play about a Southern lynching, and the fireworks that fly when the show’s black leading lady (Brenda Pressley of TRTC’s In This House) questions the inaccuracies and stereotypes being perpetuated by her white director (fellow Two River returnee Steven Skybell).

Surprisingly resonant today, the oft-overlooked play costars Tony winner Roger Robinson (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone), with McKinley Belcher III, Jonathan David Martin, Brian Russell, Hayley Treider, Amirah Vann — and Robert Hogan, the octogenarian character ace of stage and screen interviewed here on redbankgreen, when he starred in Two River’s recent On Borrowed Time. The show continues with performances at 3 pm and 8 pm Saturday, as well as 3 pm Sunday; take it here for schedule details and tickets ($20-$65). Then stick around after Sunday’s matinee show (or drop in free of charge at 5:30 pm), when director Carroll is joined by Pressley, TRTC Artistic Director John Dias, and her longtime associate, Tony winning actor-director Ruben Santiago-Hudson, for a panel discussion on “Modern African American Theater (1950s to Today),” presented as part of Two River’s “Exploration of Justice” slate of special events.

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DavidEdgarWithWinners2David Edgar, Exalted Ruler of Red Bank Elks Lodge #233, congratulates the winners of last year’s Soccer Shoot Competition. The annual tourney for teens and tweens returns to Count Basie Park this Sunday, October 27.

Press release from Red Bank Elks Lodge #233

Elks believe that sporting activities for youngsters provide spirited competition, develop character, and help make new friendships. So the Red Bank Elks Lodge is inviting the local area youth to our Soccer Shoot Competition on Sunday October 27th.

This free, goal-kicking competition is open to local area fifth-, sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade boys and girls, of all skill levels, including those with special or physical needs.

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Done3Attention motorcyclists: If you’re a rider who’s interested in supporting military veterans — or if you’ve ever wondered how to maintain your best poker face while riding into a strong headwind — the morning and afternoon of Sunday, August 28 may reveal the answers. [UPDATE: Event rescheduled for Saturday, September 3, because of Tropical Storm Irene]

That’s when Red Bank Elks Lodge #233 joins with some of its brother lodges in Long Branch, Jamesburg and Old Bridge for a fundraising Poker Run.

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