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CBI, HAZON OFFER FOOD FOR THOUGHT

nigel-savagePress release from Congregation B’nai Israel

There is a growing interest in the integration of Jewish traditions and values with education about food and the environment — and on Sunday, April 6,  Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) in Rumson will host one of the most important thinkers on Judaism and the environment.

Nigel Savage, founder and Executive Director of Hazon, will lead a 9 am discussion about the relationship between Jewish texts and practices and the food we eat. Following his presentation, the audience will be invited to participate in small group discussions, facilitated by Savage, about the topic of sustainability as it relates to Judaism. Free and open to the public, the program will be followed by a kosher, organic, farm-to-table brunch.

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A DIALOGUE ON THE POPES AND THE JEWS

carol_rittnerPress release from Congregation B’nai Israel

Jewish-Catholic relations, from Pope John XXIII to Pope Francis I, will be the topic on Wednesday, April 2, when Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) in Rumson hosts guest speaker Dr. Carol Rittner, a Catholic nun and a Distinguished Professor of Holocaust and Genocide Studies at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey.

The 7 pm lecture, which is co-sponsored by CBI, the Church of the Nativity of Fair Haven (Nativity) and the Center for Holocaust Human Rights & Genocide Education (CHHANGE) in Lincroft, will include comments from Reverend Robert J.W. Schecker, Pastor of Nativity, and Rabbi Jeff Sultar, spiritual leader of CBI.

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RFH ALUM GOES TO HEAD OF THE CLASS

DavidQuigleyPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

David Quigley, a 1984 graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven High School and a member of the RFH Hall of Fame, has been named Provost and Dean of Faculties for Boston College. He will assume his new role for the school, a private Jesuit research university located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, on June 1, 2014.

Quigley was inducted into the RFH Hall of Fame in 2008, and his commemorative plaque notes that his personal history reflects a commitment to scholarship and teaching. While at RFH, he was actively involved in the school newspaper The Tower Tribune, contributing articles for all four years and serving as Editor-in-Chief during his senior year.

Quigley, who succeeds Interim Provost Joseph Quinn, arrived at Boston College in 1998 as an assistant professor of history. He has held a number of academic leadership positions there, including Associate Dean for First-Year Students, the Founding Director of the Institute for the Liberal Arts, and Interim Dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

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STUDENTS IMAGINE, CREATE A HEALING SPACE

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Rumson-Fair Haven student volunteers worked with designer Liz Balogh of Lin’s Linens, to transform the living space of an area cancer patient.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Members of the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School recently put their talents to work,to brighten the living space of an area woman being treated for cancer.

The students worked with the non-profit organization Lin’s Linens, Inc., which supports female cancer patients by re-decorating a room within their homes to encourage rest and healing. With the help of area interior designers and numerous volunteers, Lin’s Linens, Inc. is able to create an inviting new space within the time span of just one weekend at no cost to the recipient.

Students participating in the project included seniors Chelsea Chinery, Matthew (Matt) Dell, Matthew (Matt) Hervilly, Rachel Knochenhauer, Enzo Lucarelli, Kate Sherman, and Jacob (Jake) Sillen  and sophomores Sheridan Camarata, Christian Capanelli, Jacqueline (Jackie) Kho, and Kiera McKay.

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FAMOUS JERSEYANS PAY A VISIT TO RCDS

IMG_9553Joseph Kyrillos meets famous New Jersey natives William “Count” Basie (Lydia Lu) and fellow public servant Grover Cleveland (Emma Wachtel), during the NJ State Senator’s recent visit to Rumson Country Day School.

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

It was one of the most special days of the school year calendar at Rumson Country Day School — “IRP Day,” when fourth grade students of the Lower School at RCDS dressed in character as some of  New Jersey’s most famous natives — and presented a special program for parents, fellow students and honored guests that included NJ State Senator Joseph Kyrillos.

IRP stands for Independent Research Project — and for their project in honor of New Jersey’s 350th birthday, the fourth graders each selected a person who has been an important part of Garden State history.

The students prepared research papers on their chosen subjects, who ranged from U.S. Presidents to musicians and even popular children’s book author Judy Blume. They also decorated posters, and transformed into character for the video portion of the project, with each class creating a movie of students reciting their own original monologues.

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RCDS PLACES 2nd IN GARDEN STATE DEBATE

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

Imagine a place where middle school students are encouraged to argue. On Saturday, March 1, Rumson Country Day School students were among 32 teams that participated in the Garden State Debate Tournament, held at Clifton T. Barkalow School in Freehold.

All public charter, independent and parochial middle schools are invited to participate. The following schools participated in the tournament: Clifton T. Barkalow Middle School (Freehold); Joseph R. Bolger Middle School (Keansburg); The Hun School (Princeton); Mother Teresa Regional School (Atlantic Highlands); Our Lady of Sorrows (Hamilton); Red Bank Charter School (Red Bank); Stone Bridge Middle School (Allentown) and The Wilberforce School (Princeton).

Competing for trophies in the categories of Best Speaker, Top Team and Best Overall School, RCDS came in second overall for percentages of wins. The students learned to debate on opposing sides of four issues, and posed well-researched arguments in the following topics: “Ukraine should join the European Union;” “Delay Obamacare;” and “Immunizations should not be mandated.”

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RFH GRAD APPOINTED SEC’Y OF AIR FORCE

Debbie_James-1030RPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

As the 23rd Secretary of the United States Air Force, Deborah Lee James is the USAF’s highest-ranking civilian and only the second female in history to hold the position. She is also a proud graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, Class of 1976.

James, who was sworn in by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at the Pentagon on January 24, is responsible for the organization, training and welfare of more than 690,000 active duty, Guard, Reserve and civilian Air Force personnel and their families. She is also in charge of equipment, and oversees the more than $100 billion budget of the USAF.

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WEEKEND: RIGHT HERE IN RIVER CITY

MusicManGroup_718x370The cast of THE MUSIC MAN brings the Broadway evergreen to ‘Two River City’ for five concert-style performances this weekend. Below, Jersey music Jedi master Glen Burtnik leads an all-Shore team of guests to the Basie stage on Saturday, for a SUMMER OF LOVE salute to the sounds of the original Woodstock festival. (Above photo courtesy NJPAC)

Friday, March 14:

glenburtnik-4-kurdzukjpg-907ec69606a7eef9RED BANK: “Seventy Six Trombones.” “Marian the Librarian.” “Til There Was You.” “Ya Got Trouble” (right here in River City). If you’ve seen but one golden-age Broadway classic performed by a class of drama-club kids, a community of earnest amateurs or a summer-stock touring troupe, it was probably The Music Man, the 1957 Tony winner in which traveling con man Professor Harold Hill brings an outlandish scheme — and, in the process, a healthy dose of life, love, laughter and music — to the stodgy folk of a circa-1912 Iowa small town. What you probably haven’t seen is a Music Man brought to you by an African American cast and director — and this weekend, Two River Theater Company offers up five chances to catch a talent-packed production that’s being presented in cahoots with Newark’s NJ Performing Arts Center.

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WEEKEND: MOODY BLUE & MINTY GREEN

stPatsThe second annual Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes to the borough streets on Sunday. Below, the Moody Blues.

Friday, February 28:

MoodysRED BANK: From the harmonies of their early, raw recordings to the dramatic sweep and ambitious scope of their orchestral masterpieces – to their repeated reunions, and a new century of crowdpleasing tours – one might be tempted to call them the British Beach Boys.

But the Moody Blues have done what they’ve done without all the meltdowns, litigation, and endless appearances on the county fair circuit of their American cohorts. And this weekend, the longtime trio of Justin Hayward (guitar), John Lodge (bass) and Graeme Edge (drums) comes to Red Bank for two consecutive nights (Friday and Saturday, 8 pm) at the Count Basie Theatre, on a Timeless Flight Tour that promises to mix those lush album-era radio classics (“Tuesday Afternoon,” “Question,” “Ride My Seesaw” and the game-changing “Nights in White Satin”) with more recent vintage oldies (“Your Wildest Dreams,” “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere”) and highlights from solo projects past. Leaving the symphony orks at home, the core Moodies are joined by an auxiliary corps of young musicians on keyboards, flute and extra drums. Tickets ($50 – $145) can be reserved right here.

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ONE FOR THE RECORD BOOKS AT RFH

RFHiwamaRFH junior Marcus Iwama celebrates his win in the 132-pound weight class at the Regional Wrestling Championship in Toms River on March 1.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

On a day that is sure to go down in Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School history, four student-athletes earned outstanding achievements in basketball, indoor track and field, and wrestling.

On Saturday March 1, RFH senior basketball player Jack Herrmann became the 18th student in the school’s history to join the 1,000-point club. Herrmann achieved his 1,000th point during a match-up against American History High School in Newark. Herrmann is the first basketball player in 16 years from the RFH boys team to achieve this honor.

On the same day, senior Jacqueline Gottuso took seventh place in the 3200 event at the NJSIAA/Track and Field Meet of Champions at the Bennett Center in Toms River with a time of 4:59.

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RCDS HEADMASTER SALUTED AT GATOR BALL

RCDSaFrom left: RCDS Board President Shawn Reynolds, Christine Reynolds, Headmaster Chad Small, RCDS Board Vice President Danielle Devine Greene ’79 and Gregory Greene.

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

Family and friends of The Rumson Country Day School community came out to celebrate Headmaster Chad B. Small’s last year at the school, during the RCDS Gator Ball on Saturday, February 8.

Gator Ball is the Parent Council’s signature fundraising event of the year, and benefits a wide variety of educational programs for RCDS students. The black-tie event, which was held at the school’s completely transformed Blake Gymnasium, included entertainment by the popular Monmouth County band Brian Kirk & The Jirks, as well as silent auctions and a live auction led by Nick Dawes from the PBS television series Antiques Roadshow. Among the items auctioned was a final chance to serve as RCDS “Headmaster for a Day” with Headmaster Small, before the school year ends.

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TOWER PLAYERS PRESENT ‘EVITA’ IN MARCH

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Eva Perón — the former actress and second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón, who made a meteoric rise from the slums to the Presidential Mansion in the years following the Second World War — once famously said “My biggest fear of all is to be forgotten.”

The late First Lady of Argentina left behind an enduring legacy in those few short years between 1946 and her death in 1952 at the age of 33. Driven by ambition and blessed with intelligence and charisma; she was adored by her people and called a “saint” for her work as a champion of the poor. A the same time, she was also distrusted by her country’s military officers, and reviled by the aristocracy.

The woman called “Evita” became a fighter for women’s rights, and one of the most powerful women in the world — but her own greed, unbridled ambition, and fragile health made her one of history’s most tragic figures. More than thirty years after her death, the Tony award-winning musical Evita introduced a new generation to one of the most endlessly fascinating characters of the 20th century — courtesy of a sweeping, epic score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice that gave the world “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.”

As complex and as full of surprises as Eva Perón herself, Evita comes to the stage of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School in March, as the spring musical production of the RFH Tower Players on March 21, 22, and 23.

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A ‘PURIMPALOOZA’ AT CBI RUMSON

PurimPress release from Congregation B’nai Israel

It’s been called “the most enjoyable of all Jewish holidays” — and this March, Congregation B’nai Israel in Rumson is inviting all family, friends and neighbors to “put on a costume or mask, grab a noisemaker, and head to CBI to join in the Purim fun. ”

A festival recorded in the biblical book of Esther, Purim commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people living in the ancient Persian Empire from a plot by Haman, an evil ruler, to destroy them.

On Saturday evening, March 15 at 7:30 pm, Rabbi Jeff Sultar and Cantor Dov Goldberg will be leading a full Purim Service and Megillah Reading. Rabbi Sultar explained, “everyone is welcome to come to this service…and being Purim, it will feature costumes and silliness but it will not specifically be a family service.”

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RFH GIRLS CLAIM GROUP II CROWN

rfhgirlsBThe victorious RFH lady dawgs celebrate their third consecutive NJSIAA Group II Championship with coaches Catherine Satzke (front row, far left), Bob Keough (back row, left) and Tim McLoone (back row, right).

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

The Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School girls indoor track and field team captured its third consecutive NJSIAA Central Group II Sectional Championship on Friday, January 31 at the The Bennett Center in Toms River, New Jersey.

As a result of their performances, ten members of RFH girls track and field and two members of RFH boys track and field advanced to the NJSIAA State Group Championship.

RFH Head Coach Tim McLoone attributes this season’s success to his team’s extraordinary depth as well as the upperclassmen’s unselfish dedication to mentoring the younger runners.

“Hardworking and competitive girls like this make coaching easy,” said McLoone. “They are mature and determined in their approach to both training and racing, and this is the result.”

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RFH INTROS BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAM

The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, recognized worldwide as one of the most effective programs available to schools, is currently being implemented at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

The program, also known as OBPP, is designed to improve peer relations and provide students with the safest and most positive environment in which to learn and develop. Created for students aged five to 15, it is being administered to ninth graders at RFH by Student Assistance Counselor Suzanne Fico assisted by School Nurse Linda Nill and Special Education Teacher Kevin James.

OBPP has been proven to reduce incidents of bullying among students, prevent the development of new problems, and promote better relations among the student body.

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HOOPS FOR HORIZONS SCORES FOR RB YOUTH

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

Hoops for HorizonsThe 12th annual Hoops for Horizons 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will kick off at the Rumson Country Day School on Thursday, March 6 and run through Saturday, March 8, with all funds raised benefitting the Horizons Student Enrichment Program.

For a second year, the charity event will be held in honor of Albert E. Martin, Jr., the Red Bank Regional basketball player who died suddenly in December 2012. A Horizons graduate, Albert played in the Hoops tournament every year to give back to the program that made a difference in his life.

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RUMSON DANCERS KICK IT FOR MS SOCIETY

kickdanceKick Dance Studio invites the public to join them at a “Kick for a Cause” event on Sunday, February 23. (photo by Caroline Keating)

Press release from Kick Dance Studios

Families from across Monmouth County are invited to attend Kick Dance Studio’s Annual Kick for a Cause Performance, “Dress for MS” on Sunday, February 23rd, with four performances (12 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:45) at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

For six years, Kick Dance Studios has been hosting Kick for a Cause Performances to benefit various charities, inspired by their students and families. This year, the group chose to donate all ticket sales to the National MS Society as a show of support for a mother of one of its dance team students who has been stricken with MS, a chronic, often disabling disease that attacks the central nervous system. With the help of organizations like the National MS Society, new treatments and advances in research can give hope to people affected by the disease.

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RBR HOSTS ADULT FORUM ON HEROIN EPIDEMIC

TimeToActMonmouth County professionals and citizens involved with the February 20 forum “Time to Talk…Time to Act” include (left to right): Jennifer McCarron, RFH intern; Suzanne Fico, RFH Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC); Jacqueline O’Hara, Nurse Practitioner Intern; Lori Todd, RBR SAC; Kathleen Booth, Red Bank Catholic SAC;  Ben Day, RFH Community Alliance; Enza Massa, RFH Social Worker; Virginia Carreira, Nurse Practitioner, Long Branch High School; Donna DeStefano, RFH Community Alliance; Nikki Barreca, Shrewsbury Community Alliance.

Over the past six months, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office has been sounding the alarm on the insidious heroin epidemic that is addicting and killing our young people, regardless of the community in which they live. As a follow-up to that awareness campaign, area school districts and drug alliance organizations are sponsoring an adult forum “Time to Talk…Time to Act” at Red Bank Regional High School on Thursday, February 20. The 6:30 pm program will take place inside the RBR auditorium .

All parents and adults are encouraged to attend the two-hour presentation, during which information on heroin addiction will be presented by medical professionals. Additionally, the personal stories of young people in recovery and the parents of people whose lives have been impacted by this highly addictive and deadly drug will be featured.  A panel of professionals will then inform the public on the resources and treatment options available to help prevent addiction, identify it and promote recovery. A Q&A session will follow the presentations.

This event is jointly sponsored by the School Districts of Fair Haven, Little Silver, Red Bank, Red Bank Catholic, Red Bank Regional, Rumson, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional, and Shrewsbury, as well as the Rumson-Fair Haven Community Alliance and the Shrewsbury Community Alliance.

NEW CLUB COOKING UP FUN AT RFH

RFHcooking5Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

On a recent evening, the aroma of vegetarian dishes filled the kitchen of St. George’s By the River Episcopal Church in Rumson. The clattering of pots and pans and the friendly banter of the students was interrupted by directions of “Mackenzie, check on your rice!,” and “Leela, lower the flame!”

When Leela Srinivasan, Jacquelyn (Jackie) Bruckmann, and Meredith Apicella cooked up the idea last year to begin a new club at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, they dedicated themselves wholeheartedly to publicizing the venture and drumming up interest.

As a result of their hard work, 17 RFH students now participate actively in the creation of delicious meals and the exploration of exciting cuisines.

RFH Head Librarian Linda Wien Murray is the Advisor to the Cooking Club, now in its first year at RFH. Murray, who earned a degree in pastry at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City, also supervised a program of cooking classes for Brookdale Community College from 1998 – 2003.

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GATOR BALL HONORS RCDS HEADMASTER

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

chadsmallThe man who has served as Headmaster at The Rumson Country Day School for the past quarter of a century will be the subject of a special tribute, during the private school’s GatorBall fundraiser on Saturday, February 8.

Dr. Chad B. Small (pictured), who will be concluding his long service at RCDS with the end of the 2013-2014 school year, will be honored during the 6 pm gala by the school’s parent community, organizers of the annual GatorBall, which will be hosted inside the school’s Blake Auditorium.

This year’s theme, An Evening of Elegance Celebrating Excellence, is described as “an opportunity for the parent community to celebrate the excellence of RCDS, then and now,” with the goal “to inspire the RCDS community to embrace the school’s mission, and take an active role in supporting it, both financially and through outstanding school spirit.”

Profits raised in past GatorBall events have gone to fund a state-of-the art musical keyboard lab, moveable display boards for student art, Smart Boards for the Upper School, a new piano for the Music department, guest speakers and athletic field improvements.

FOR RFH COACH SOURLIS, A SWEET 600

sourlis600Rumson-Fair Haven Girls Basketball coach George Sourlis celebrates his recent milestone 600th career win, with wife Nikie and members of the RFH Lady Bulldogs. (HoopGroup)

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

George Sourlis, Head Coach for  Girls’ Basketball at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, reached a landmark on Friday, January 24 with his 600th win for the school. The Lady Dawgs prevailed over Holmdel High School in a Class A Central Division game, with a score of 44-38.

The RFH players celebrated the milestone win with balloons spelling out the number 600 and t-shirts imprinted with the number — as well as a commemorative basketball, which they presented to their coach.

Sourlis, who has more wins than any other girls’ coach in Shore Conference history, is currently in his 28th season at RFH. With Sourlis as Head Coach, the Lady Bulldogs have earned 14 Sectional State Titles (ten of them consecutive), 16 Shore Conference Division Titles, five State Group Titles, and five appearances in the semi-finals of the Tournament of Champions.

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STUDENTS FROM THE GREEN MAKE DEAN’S LIST

Students from all around the greater Red Bank green — not just the borough, but Fair Haven, Little Silver, Middletown, Rumson, and Shrewsbury — were named to the fall 2013 semester Dean’s List for their respective schools.

At The College of New Jersey in Ewing, some 34 local students made the list by meeting the requirements of 12 or more credits for the semester, and a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. They include Red Bank seniors Matthew Erickson (major in Management), Cecilia Muscarella (Early Childhood), Kayla Riddleberger (English) and Justin Wagner (Computer Science); juniors Jessica Gonzalez (Education) and Alexander Spence (Civil Engineering); as well as sophomores Madeline Liskiewicz (Psychology) and Anna Mitarotondo (Open Option — Arts and Communication).

Also named to the list were Fair Haven junior Eileen Goepfert (major in Spanish) and two residents of Little Silver: sophomore Sarah Perry (Psychology) and freshman Elise Schoening (Open Option — Humanities and Social Sciences).

Middletown students named by TCNJ include seniors Casie Fitzgerald (major in  Secondary Education), Kelly-Ann Gesuelli (Chemistry/ACS — Research), Danielle Hungerbuhler (Spanish), Katarina McKee (Mathematics Second) and Elizabeth O’Brien (Early Childhood — iSTEM); juniors Cally Connelly (Criminology) and Jessica Glynn (Political Science); sophomores James Tomasullo, Colleen Dean (both Finance), Dylan Kret (Communication Studies), Lauren Hymanson (Open Option — Science), Cole Playter (Psychology), Justin Sorrenti (Civil Engineering) and Jenna Vitale (Interactive Multimedia); in addition to freshmen Sarah Conger (Special Education), Kristen Hassenkamp (Psychology) and William Recanatini (Accountancy).

TCNJ also recognized Shrewsbury seniors Emily Cotenoff (Psychology), Alexa Tortoriello (Early Childhood) and Sally Milnes (Communication Studies); juniors Rebecca Havens (Special Education) and Olivia Porada (Music Performance), as well as sophomore Theresa Soya (Communication Studies).

Click for more area names from the Dean’s Lists at Cornell University, Merrimack College, Quinnipiac College, Salve Regina University, the University at Albany, the University of Hartford, the University of New Haven, the University of Rhode Island, and the University of Vermont.

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RFH CLUB OFFERS HOPE TO WORLD’S WOMEN

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

RFH womenSpreading awareness of issues affecting women around the globe and making a difference in their lives is the mission of Global Women Empowerment, a new club at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

Three women in developing countries have already benefitted from activities organized by the club, which was founded by RFH juniors Hope Haywood and Alexandra Siwulec, along with Advisor and RFH Social Studies teacher Christie Ferraris.

Their kickoff fundraiser, a screening of the film Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity, raised $149. The funds were loaned to two female entrepreneurs in developing countries through KIVA, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect individuals through lending in order to alleviate poverty.

Recently the club raised $1,054 by selling bracelets with the message “Education is Empowerment.” These funds were used to allow Daisy, a teenager living in Uganda, to attend high school for one year.

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RUMSON STUDENTS GRADUATE WITH BAs

Margaretmary Falcetano of Rumson graduated recently from Flagler College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree during a December commencement ceremony at the college campus in St. Augustine, FL. Fellow borough resident and Social Science major Kelsey Robbins was also the recipient of a BA degree, from Castleton College in Castleton, VT.

CLASS-ACT_RUMSON-209x220In other Class Act news involving students from Rumson and Fair Haven, Thomas Belluscio made the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. The Rumson resident achieved the academic requirement of a 3.0 or higher grade point average.

At James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, sophomore Casey Bartel of Rumson made Dean’s List for the semester, with the Health Sciences major joining Fair Haven students Hayley Fox (sophomore majoring in Communication Studies) and Kelsey Kazmac (senior majoring in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies) in the achievement.

RFH ROWING RAFFLE SCORES A COUPE

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

image001-2Rumson-Fair Haven (RFH) Rowing has launched a raffle in support of the new High School program — with the grand prize a 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA four-door coupe, “nicely equipped” with Mercedes’ Multi-Media package.

The RFH Rowing Parent Booster Club is organizing the raffle, and limiting the number of tickets sold to 1,000. Each ticket is valued at $100, and all proceeds will benefit the High School Rowing program.

The Grand Prize winner will be selected in a drawing on March 1 between 6 and 9 pm at Bingham Hall. located on Bingham Road in Rumson.  The winner does not need to be present at the drawing in order to claim the prize.

The winning ticket will cover the cost of the car, sales tax, and motor vehicle fees. The color of the car can be chosen by the winner from among those available through Ray Catena Mercedes for the CLA coupe.

“All the winner will need to do is decide on a color and pick up the car,” said Parent Booster Club President Mark Wallhauser. “And everyone who purchases a ticket is supporting a wonderful new program at RFH.”

The Grand Prize coupe has been on display and will continue to be shown at various sporting events held at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. During the first few weekends in February, it can be viewed at the RFH Rowing Site next to Victory Park in Rumson. It will also be on display at Nauvoo Grill Club on Fair Haven Road in Fair Haven on February 1.

RFH Rowing received Board of Education approval in November 2013 and held its official kick-off meeting in December. It is open to all RFH students and consists of boys’ and girls’ Junior Varsity and Varsity Teams. Over 75 students have already signed up for the program, which will begin competing during the Spring 2014 season.

A Gala Dinner Dance for RFH Rowing is also in the works and is set for February 1 from 6:30 – 11 p.m. at Nauvoo Grill Club. The charge for this fund-raising event is $65 per person and $100 per couple.

For more information on the raffle, or to purchase a ticket, contact RFHrowingbooster@gmail.com or visit the RFH High School Rowing Parent Booster Club page on Facebook. For additional details about the Gala Dinner Dance, or to make reservations, contact Lauren Vernon at (646)491-1273.