LITTLE SILVER: NEFF TROUNCES BRANDT

bob neff little silverMayor Bob Neff embraces his wife and twin daughters as early results were announced at a backyard party. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

ELECTION 2019Little Silver Mayor Bob Neff easily won the first, not to mention oddest, Republican primary the borough has seen in decades Tuesday.

By more than a 2-1 margin, Neff held off a challenge from first-time candidate Rick Brandt in a race in that saw Brandt banned from firehouses and schools over his campaign’s unauthorized use of photos.

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LITTLE SILVER: CAMPAIGN SIGNS SPARK IRE

Ingrid Garcia says this video she recorded shows Little Silver GOP Chairman Stuart Van Winkle harassing her and her husband in their shop. (Video by Ingrid Garcia. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

ELECTION 2019The mom-and-pop owners of a Little Silver auto detailing shop say they have come under attack by supporters of Mayor Bob Neff in recent days for supporting his challenger in next week’s Republican primary election.

Exhibit A, they say, is a video showing them in a tense confrontation last Thursday with local GOP Chairman Stuart Van Winkle.

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LITTLE SILVER: BRANDT SKIPS GOP FACE-OFF

little silver mayor bob neff Mayor Bob Neff was the sole mayoral candidate at the event at Markham Place School. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

His campaign signs may be everywhere in town, but the challenger in Little Silver’s first mayoral primary in memory was a no-show at the Republican candidates’ forum Tuesday night.

Rick Brandt’s absence occurred less than a week after he was banned from school property for events at which children are present over his unauthorized use of photos, redbankgreen has learned.

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LITTLE SILVER: BRANDT PHOTOBOMBS AGAIN

Rick Brandt during an interview in January. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

ELECTION 2019Already under suspension by the volunteer fire department for improper use of photos in his campaign, the Republican challenger for mayor in Little Silver is in another flap over photos, this time with the school district.

Rick Brandt, who’s up against incumbent Mayor Bob Neff in the GOP primary next month, has also drawn the ire of the organization that manages the town’s most historic property.

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LITTLE SILVER: BRANDT ON THE OUTS WITH FD

rick brandt little silve nj fireRick Brandt on the scene of a June, 2017 condo fire in Little Silver. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

ELECTION 2019A Republican candidate for mayor in Little Silver is in hot water with the volunteer fire department in which he’s a member.

Rick Brandt, who’s challenging incumbent Mayor Bob Neff in the GOP primary, is under suspension by the department for improper use of imagery, redbankgreen has learned.

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LITTLE SILVER SAYS THANKS TO COACHES

Press release from Little Silver Recreation

It’s an occasion when basketball coaches can leave their clipboards at home, and baseball coaches don’t have to lug any equipment to the party. The annual Little Silver Recreation Coaches Appreciation Dinner is a wonderful, fun-filled evening for the town’s volunteer coaches to get together, have a bite to eat, enjoy a few cocktails, and reminisce about the coaching experiences they have had over the years.

The evening of Friday, February 24 was filled with exactly that, as coaches, spouses, and community members gathered at the Little Silver Women’s Club to celebrate the last twelve months of success and look forward to the upcoming spring and summer seasons.

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REGISTER NOW FOR TWO RIVER LITTLE LEAGUE

9u-trll-east-teamThe season of wintry weather may have descended upon the local baseball diamond, but January means thoughts of “Play Ball!”, as the first month of the calendar year represents registration time for Two River Little League.

trll-logoCome spring time, recreation baseball and softball will be in full swing as TRLL begins its fourth season. Founded in 2013, the league welcomes young residents of Red Bank, Little Silver, Shrewsbury, Fair Haven and Rumson.

Participation in the league has grown each year, and in 2016 the league had its first tournament champion when the 9U TRLL East team (above) won the highly competitive NJ District 19 baseball tournament.

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RED BANK: A CUPFUL OF $$$ FOR LUNCH BREAK

the_white_road_cupFriendly competitors from Little Silver and Shrewsbury took part in the 15th annual White Road Cup game last Friday, with the flag football contest raising $10,000 for the borough-based nonprofit Lunch Break.

Press release from Culinary Communications

The recent Black Friday marked the 15th Anniversary of the White Road Cup, the annual flag-football fundraiser that pits players from Little Silver against their neighbors from Shrewsbury Borough.

First played in 2002, the event has grown to become a festive, well-attended community tradition, featuring contests for children, men, and women. These hard-fought games are exciting for all (and of course, bragging rights are important), but the true winner is Lunch Break. This year over $10,000 was raised for the organization, which helps to put food on the table for thousands of families in need (the charity flag football event raised $10,000 in 2015 as well).

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RED BANK: LUNCH BREAK NAMES NEW TRUSTEES

rick-brandtPress release from Lunch Break Inc.

In a recent announcement, Red Bank-based nonprofit Lunch Break named Rick Brandt (pictured) to the nonprofit’s Board of Trustees. At  27 years of age, the lifelong resident of Little Silver is both the newest and the youngest member of the board, and will be involved with several of their committees.

Other new members joining the Lunch Break Board are Trudy Parton (Little Silver), Stuart Sendell (Rumson) and Juanita Lewis (Red Bank).

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MERCHANTS MINGLE FOR LITTLE SILVER DAY

PrintPress release from Culinary Communications

Little Silver residents and business owners who are interested in becoming contributing sponsors of the inaugural Little Silver Day are invited to attend a cocktail party on Friday, February 5, to meet with event organizers and discuss sponsorship options.

During the event, going on between 7 to 11 pm at the borough firehouse on Prospect Avenue, local merchants will have the opportunity to meet members of the event’s steering committee, and learn more about this summer’s inaugural Little Silver Day, a festival of food, fun and fireworks for all borough residents.

Scheduled for Saturday, June 25, Little Silver Day will feature an afternoon of live music, children’s events, food and adult beverages, and will conclude with a spectacular fireworks display that will light up the night sky (the rain date is Sunday, June 26). The event, which will be held at the borough’s fields behind Borough Hall and between the library and the Markham Place School,  is expected to attract about 1,000 locals, and will be free to Little Silver residents (with nominal fees charged for food and beverages to help support the staging of the event).

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LITTLE SILVER GETS ITS OWN DAY

Many communities around the area feature a special day for their residents — and on June 25, 2016, Little Silver residents are invited to celebrate all of the amazing people, businesses and organizations in their home town, when the inaugural Little Silver Day kicks off with a Saturday afternoon of live music, children’s events, food, adult beverages and a spectacular ending that will light up the night sky.

The event, which will be held from 3 to 9 pm at the borough’s fields between the library and the Markham Place School behind Borough Hall, will be free to Little Silver residents, with nominal fees charged for food and beverages to help support the staging of the event. Volunteer committees have been formed, and plans are well underway for this community event. Little Silver hopes it can become an annual event that will take on added significance in several years, when the borough celebrates its centennial in 2023.

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HYPERLOCAL HOOPS

rick-brandtRick Brandt, of Little Silver, started a two-day basketball clinic featuring local talent. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Rick Brandt and his younger brother, Rob, don’t have dreams of making millions on the basketball court. They don’t think they’ll even play another serious game of basketball in their lives.

They’re simple guys who grew up in Little Silver with a somewhat simple — and unlikely — goal.

“If we can be David Prowns when we get older, that’s what we want,” Rick Brandt, 21, said.

For those of you scratching your heads, one must know David Prown to understand why the Brandt brothers see him, not LeBron James or Mark Sanchez (Rick is a huge Jets fan), as their role model.

Prown, of Red Bank, is immersed in local youth and sports, taking hours out of every day to organize athletic events and cultural outings for kids. The Brandts want to be immersed, too.

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