hot-topic right[Editor’s note: This is an updated version of an earlier post, incorporating information supplied at 5:30p by the Little Silver Police Deapartment]

Four non-student teenagers were arrested on trespassing charges today after they entered Red Bank Regional High with the intent of setting a gripe with a student, Little Silver police said.

No weapons were involved, no one was injured, according to police.

The Asbury Park Press reports that an RBR student mistakenly allowed the four into the locked building’s cafeteria late this morning.

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peter-roskowinski_1Peter Roskowinski will show students how to make great Italian meals while a language teacher makes the experience bilingual. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)


School seems less of a drag when you substitute reading, writing and arithmetic with cooking, wine making and learning Italian, doesn’t it?

That’s one benefit of being an adult student in the greater Red Bank area: all the fun classes at Red Bank Regional Adult School, which opens its fall semester next week. Registration is underway.

One of the highly anticipated new classes is a traveler’s dream called “Mangia—Speak and Eat Italian.” While restaurateur and former RBR Board of Education member Peter Roskowinski teaches how to cook Italian, a linguist will be teaching how to speak it. Roskowinski said he’ll his students how to whip up an authentic Italian dinner, mostly from scratch, yet quick and easy. In the meantime, his partner, Amy Wood, will translate English terms into Italian.

“It will be a total encompassing class with the Italian language,” Roskowinski said. “And everybody eats, so everybody has something in common. It should be a lot of fun.”

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drum2_irAfrican dance instructor Audrey Davis visited Red Bank Regional’s dance majors for a quick lesson on the history of African drums and dance Tuesday.

The dance program’s theme this school year is the evolution of jazz dance in America. Davis is scheduled to return for another lesson at RBR today. (Click to enlarge; photos by Dustin Racioppi)


rbr_bucs1Football practice under the big bulbs last night at RBR, getting ready tonight’s big game against Spotswood. (Click to enlarge)


It’s not often that Red Bank Regional students get a sanctioned opportunity to hang out on weekend nights on school grounds screaming and pumping their fists wildly.

This weekend is one of those times. RBR sports kick off with the Maroon and White Under The Lights Weekend as the school’s football and soccer teams invite their potential victims over for games in front of hundreds of crazed fans.

RBR athletic director Louis ‘Del’ Dal Pra says the reason for the nocturnal event, which occurs just once a season, is quite simple.

“What we’re doing is trying to get some school spirit — create a ‘Friday night lights’ atmosphere,” Dal Pra said.

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The new Future Buccaneers Basketball League wrapped up its first summer season at Red Bank Regional High Thursday night.

The league, for incoming seventh- and eighth-graders, consists of boys’ and girls’ teams built in equal numbers of players from Red Bank, Little Silver and Shrewsbury — RBR’s sending districts.

Each team had coaches from at least two towns.

The aim of the league, says co-organizer David Prown, is to forge cross-border friendships among kids, many of whom can be expected to wind up as classmates at RBR and other area high schools.

“It’s definitely a warm-and-fuzzy sort of program,” says Prown, who put the league together with recreation directors Ray Soya of Shrewsbury and Doug Glassmacher of Little Silver.

“The idea is to get kids thinking about high school and the bigger world.”

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RundownRBR players try to catch a Jackson Liberty player in a rundown in the NJSIAA Group III Central quarterfinal on May 22. The Bucs won and later advanced to the championship game, but came up short of the trophy.

What a season it was for Red Bank Regional sports.

The boy’s baseball team, led by pitching standout Jake Kalish, won the B North division and made it all the way to the NJSIAA Group III Central championship before falling to West Windsor-Plainsboro North. The team also made it to the quarterfinals of the Shore conference tournament. The girls’ softball team also won the B division and made it to the state section semifinals. The girls’ and boys’ lacrosse squads each made it to the state Group III quarterfinals. The boys’ tennis team qualified for both state and Shore conference tournaments for the first time in a long time.

Forty-four-year-old Louis Dal Pra, a Red Bank resident who last fall became the school’s athletic director, isn’t taking the credit. But he wants the local “movers and shakers” to know that RBR, which has had a reputation as something less than a sports powerhouse, is on its game.

redbankgreen bagged del Pra recently for a recap interview. We sat in the golf cart he uses to get around the RBR campus, and which he positioned strategically so he could keep his eye on a baseball game while talking.

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