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forrestdale-ilabThe second phase of the Innovation Lab at Forrestdale School has been designed with input from inspired students, teachers, administration and members of the community.

Press release from Rumson School District

The Innovation Lab at Forrestdale School has completed Phase 1 of its design and construction. Part of a collaborative effort between administration and teachers, the first phase was made possible through a generous donation from the Rumson Education Foundation.

Currently the home of the technology/STEM classroom, which all Forrestdale students are enrolled in, the lab includes a student activity learning area that could be configured in countless possible arrangements in order to meet the needs of the students’ technology and STEM-based activities, as well as a state-of-the-art, touch-screen teacher and student display, and other technologies.

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CINDY ZIPF 062816Cindy Zipf is pictured addressing a crowd at Rumson’s Bingham Hall on recent pollution issues in the Navesink River. The Executive Director of Clean Ocean Action returns to the borough on October 18, for a free public lecture event sponsored by the Rumson Garden Club.

From press materials furnished by Rumson Garden Club; Monmouth Conservation Foundation

The middle of October will see two free public-welcome discussions — one in Rumson, one in Fair Haven — that aim to furnish the public with updated information on the effort to address the pollution problem in the Navesink River, as well as provide tips on ways that individual residents and business owners can pitch in to help improve the quality of our area’s waterways.

On the morning of Tuesday, October 18, the Rumson Country Club is the setting for a special lecture entitled “Watershed Mindfulness: We Are All Connected to the Sea;” presented by Rumson Garden Club and featuring as guest speaker Cindy Zipf, Executive Director of the Sandy Hook-based nonprofit Clean Ocean Action (COA).

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r-fhPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

On the evening of Thursday, September 29, Rumson-Fair Haven High School Foundation will hold its first-ever Ladies Night Out event at the Rumson Country Club. Mothers of RFH students and their female friends are all welcome to this casual celebration, to raise funds for the programs supported by the Foundation.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the event will be a relaxed, fun evening celebrating the fantastic women of R-FH, and including hors d’oeuvres as well as the beautiful views from the Riverhouse at the Country Club. Beverages will be available for purchase.

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Shore House copyLeft to right: Shore House board members Dr. Lou Storey and Hank Sandlass are pictured with board president Susan Sandlass and Dr. Stephen Theccanat, as the locally based community resource prepares for its Beacon of Hope fundraiser this Sunday, May 22.

Press release from Shore House

The locally based community resource Shore House celebrates five years of building hope for people living with mental illness, during a Beacon of Hope fundraising event on Sunday, May 22.

Scheduled for 5:30 p.m., and hosted in the Riverhouse at Rumson Country Club, the event will honor Susan and David Fowler, as well as The Two River Community Bank, in recognition of their support and dedication to Shore House’s mission since its inception. The program will include cocktails by the river, in addition to a live auction featuring opportunities to support Shore House through purchasing wonderful vacation packages, unique tours and events.

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Press release from Fair Haven Parent-Teacher Association

It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Fair Haven PTA — and when the organization hosts its annual luncheon event on Saturday, April 30, it will be a “Rendezvous on the River” with a decidedly Parisian flavor.

A benefit in support of the ongoing and future programs that the PTA sponsors and the community have come to love and expect, the luncheon and auction event will be hosted on the beautiful Shrewsbury River, in the elegant setting of the Riverhouse at Rumson Country Club.

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Jersey Shore CookbookFrom guided tours of the great restaurants, landmark buildings and vivid VIPs in our local communities, to the resting places of the most storied European monarchs, the month of April is a Book Fair of opportunity for anyone interested in a cracking-good nonfiction read — and the days and nights ahead offer readers numerous opportunities to meet and chat with the people who bring you the books, at locations all around the greater Green.

It’s a slate of events that kicks off this Thursday, April 7, in the surprising setting of Sea Bright’s Ama Ristorante — a venue that comes into sharper focus with the revelation that the 6 p.m. event is a cocktail-hour reception for The Jersey Shore Cookbook: Fresh Flavors from the Boardwalk and Beyond. Author (and founder of Jerseybites.com) Deborah Smith will be on hand to sign preview copies of the soon-to-be-released volume, a collection of recipes from some of the Shore’s most popular restaurants and eateries (Ama included). Also featured is an insider’s guide to navigating the local foodscape, as well as “the effects of Superstorm Sandy on nearly every establishment in the book and what it took to come back after the devastation.” Attendees at the two-hour reception will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a complimentary beverage, a demo by Ama Executive Chef Charles Lesbirel, plus a $15 gift card — and tickets ($50 per person; $75 per couple) can be reserved at (732)530-9760.

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rumson fog 121015 1Fog blanketed the greens and fairways of Rumson Country Club in Rumson Thursday morning.

In the weather outlook for Thursday: partly cloudy skies and temperatures peaking at about 59 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)


View of the BayBayside tables await guests at last year’s End of Summer Party on Sandy Hook. The annual fundraiser hosted by the Sandy Hook Foundation returns to the North Beach area of the peninsula this Friday evening, as one of several events of interest in the coming days.

An earlybird kickstarter for the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day celebration…a late-summer sendoff out on Sandy Hook…and a no-time-like-the-present “Shop and Sip” socializer on behalf of the Middletown Library…all dedicated to raising funds for year-round fun on the greater Green, and all on tap in the September days and nights to come.

This Friday morning, September 11, sees the first in a series of special events keyed to the annual Rumson Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on March 13, 2016, as Rumson Country Club hosts an “Erin Open” golf outing that commences with a “shambles format” shotgun start at 8 am. On-site registration begins at 7 am, and there’s an invitation to convene at the club’s River House for a post-Open  cocktail reception and barbeque luncheon (featuring awards ceremony, auction and door prizes) that begins at 12:30 pm. Tickets for the reception and luncheon are $75, and information on event registration and sponsorship opportunities can be had by emailing info@rumsonstpatricksdayparade.org — while more community get-togethers in a “Done Good” vein await, after the break.

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NancySeidenstein_PattyMicale_MarthaLear_MollieGiamonco_DawnCalderon_KimGuadagnoLieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, HEARTSOUNDS author Martha Weinman Lear and legendary radio personality Joan Hamburg were among the more than 230 attendees who shared their support for the Meridian Health Women’s Heart Fund, during the fund’s 9th Annual Spring Luncheon on May 15. The event at the Rumson Country Club raised a record-breaking $45,000 for such ongoing heart programs as Meridian CardioVascular Network and Meridian Health’s Community of LifeSavers partnership with the American Heart Association. The afternoon included a raffle, silent auction, networking hour and informative presentations by guest speakers and Meridian nurses. Pictured from left are event chair Nancy Seidenstein, outgoing board chair Patty Micale, author Martha Weinman Lear, incoming board chair Mollie Giamanco, Jersey Shore University Medical Center Chief of Cardiology Dawn Calderon, D.O., and Lt. Gov. Guadagno.


High school and college rowers had a gorgeous day on our beautiful Navesink River when they gathered for the fifth annual Rumson Boat Race out of Victory Park in Rumson Saturday morning. The event drew men’s and women’s varsity eights from Rutgers, Villanova, and 2014 Dad Vail Regatta champions Drexel University. It also helped raised funds for equipment used by rowing athletes at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)




Rumson Race DrexelThe rowing team from Drexel University gets set to compete during a past edition of the Rumson Boat Race. The champions of the annual Dad Vail competition return to the Navesink River for this year’s edition of the event, on September 27.

Its past editions have been marked by the occasional unpredictability of the river Navesink — but on Saturday, September 27, the Rumson Boat Race returns to the waters off Victory Park for a fifth annual edition.

The collegiate rowing event — a competition that was spurred into being by the announced (but withdrawn) relocation of the high-profile Dad Vail Regatta to Rumson — will draw teams that include Men’s and Women’s Varsity 8+s from Rutgers, Villanova, and the 2014 Dad Vail Champions, Drexel University. Teams will race for the Governor’s Cups on the Navesink River, giving a boost in support of the blossoming rowing culture in the community — and in the process providing funding for the equipment used by rowing athletes at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

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Mario_Buatta_and_fabricsSuperstar interior decorator Mario Buatta stops into the greater Green for Tea this Friday, in a fundraiser for Rumson’s Oceanic Free Public Library.   

His notable projects have included the Presidential guest residence at Blair House; sprawling estates for captains of industry and major popstar royalty; the 98-room Beaux Arts behemoth Carolands in California. His name carries such heft in design circles that he sets tongues a-cluck for the things that he hasn’t done, even more than for what he has. But when superstar interior decorator Mario Buatta visits Rumson on Friday, May 2, he’ll be hard at work on one of the more challenging projects to cross his desk of late, even while enjoying An Afternoon Tea in the presence of a group of appreciative supporters. Going on at Rumson Country Club, the event’s a benefit for the Oceanic Free Library; specifically the “Raise the Roof!” capital campaign funding some needed refurbishments and refreshments of the venerable borough landmark’s building at Ridge Road and Avenue of Two Rivers.

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Monmouth Conservatory of Music executive director Vladislav Kovalsky will be honored at an April 27 event, in which a guest list of local dignitaries salute the MCM on its golden anniversary.

Press release from Monmouth Conservatory of Music

The Rumson Country Club will be the setting as the Monmouth Conservatory of Music hosts its 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Gala on Sunday, April 27.

Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande will present a special recognition award to the Conservatory’s Executive Director, world renowned pianist and a Steinway Artist Vladislav Kovalsky. Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna will also make a presentation at the event, and Lillian Burry, Director of the Monmouth County Freeholders, will also be in attendance.

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d-castleman1A sign outside Little Silver Borough Hall recognizes the death of Donald Castleman, husband of Mayor Suzanne Castleman. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)


Donald Castleman, the husband of Little Silver Mayor Suzanne Castleman, passed away at his home Tuesday, according to an obituary in the Asbury Park Press.

The cause of his death was not reported in the obituary.

At 82 years old, Castleman’s death came just two months before the couple would have celebrated their 55th anniversary.

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