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SPECIAL GUESTS AND FESTS, AT LOCAL SCHOOLS

australiaChildren’s book author-illlustrator and award winning educator Timothy Bellavia comes to Tower Hill School in Red Bank, as part of a special presentation for students on Friday, October 18.

A discussion of what high school athletes and parents should know about college athletics. An annual autumn festival with an engaging environmental angle. An anti-bullying workshop for young children that employs a unique teaching device. Just a few of the activities presented by and for students in the schooldays to come, all around the greater Green.

LITTLE SILVER: On Thursday, October 17, Red Bank Regional High School invites all parents and athletes from the Shore Conference to a presentation on the college athletic recruitment process, conducted by former high school/ college coach and athletic director Jack Renkens of Recruiting Realities. Scheduled for 7 pm in the RBR auditorium, the free, public-welcome forum is designed to “detail the facts about the college athletic recruitment, while clarifying popular misconceptions and will detail the role that high school coaches, social media and even parents play in the process.”

A former high school, college coach and athletic director, Renkens has written several books on the subject of athletics program recruiting, and has spoken at high schools across the United States for the past 16 years. RBR athletic director Del Dal Pra, who invited Mr. Renkens to speak at the school, states, “This is a great presentation for all parents and athletes to see, particularly as they embark on their high school athletic career. It provides them with helpful information on the possibility of playing sports at the collegiate level and attaining college scholarships.”

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CARNIVAL SETS THE STAGE FOR R-FH VS. RBR

IMAG0602Participants enjoy last year’s inaugural RFH Homecoming Carnival, which was held in the school’s gym due to rain. This year’s event is scheduled for October 4 from 5-8 pm on the school grounds.

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School has announced that its second annual Homecoming Carnival will be held adjacent to Borden Stadium on the RFH school grounds on Friday, October 4 from 5 to 8 p.m.

The Homecoming Carnival is open to the general public as well as RFH students. The Carnival will offer a variety of fun activities for all ages including an inflatable moon bounce, obstacle course, basketball challenge, wrecking ball, Euro bungee, dunk tank, and carnival games. Also featured as part of the festivities will be glitter and henna tattoo artists, a balloon artist, a stilt-walker, music, and more.  Food will be available for purchase at the newly renovated RFH Dawghouse concessions facility.

Admission to the Homecoming Carnival is $5.00, with the exception of RFH students with SGA cards who will not be charged. If inclement weather occurs, the Homecoming Carnival will be held in the high school’s gymnasium.

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RCDS: SMALL BEGINNINGS, BIG ACHIEVEMENTS

rcdsNick Dawes of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is the celebrity guest auctioneer at a gala for the Rumson Country Day School’s Horizons Rumson program, scheduled for November 2 at Rumson Country Club.

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

On Saturday, November 2, Horizons Rumson will celebrate 18 years of providing local at-risk students with summer academic and recreational enrichment at the Rumson Country Day School (RCDS), thanks to the vision of RCDS Headmaster Chad Small.  Themed Small Beginnings…Broader Horizons, the Gala event, co-chaired by Maggie Riker and Lynn Spector, will honor Chad Small and his wife Susan for his leadership role in founding the program.

Held at the Rumson Country Club, the evening will feature dinner, dancing and a live auction run by celebrity auctioneer Nick Dawes, of PBS’ Antiques Roadshow.  All proceeds will benefit the Horizons Student Enrichment Program, which strives to overcome the educational achievement gap through summer educational opportunities for low-income children, primarily from Red Bank.

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RUMSON: RECENT COLLEGE GRADUATIONS

CLASS-ACT_RUMSONNews about students from Rumson…

• Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY announced that Rumson’s Thomas Gabriel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Management in May of 2013.

• Also in May, Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) graduated borough resident Peter Koenig from the Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck. Fellow Rumsonite Lucia Santos  graduated from FDU’s Florham campus in that same month.

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CRAZEE ABOUT SOMETHING COLD AND SWEET

4:50 p.m. Among the dozen or more ice cream junkies seated outside Crazee’s Institute of Fine Ice Cream and Nuts in Rumson at this hour were Duncan Straine, 6, and his brother, Hugh, 8, of Fair Haven, with a scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough and a milkshake, respectively.

The kids spent the day at their beach club unwinding after a rough school year and running through sprinklers in the park.

A cashier said the West River Road stand was busy, as expected, and that almost 300 people had been served since 11 a.m.

“Today was extra special because it was the last day of school around here, too,” she said. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

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UNEASY PEACE LIVES ON IN OLD GRAVEYARD

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By EVAN SOLTAS

While it gets attention from a few devoted visitors, there’s a distinct sense that the Rumson Burying Ground has been largely forgotten by the public.

Cars whip by on Rumson Road, but time here isn’t measured in minutes and seconds. One sees its passage in the dark stains on headstones, in the termite tubes that have slowly consumed one of the site’s remaining wood grave markers, and in the haunting inscriptions that date back to 1722.

Captain Hartshorne Price, died 1849.

Eleazer Parmly, died 1842.

Huldah Borden, died 1883.

For all its stillness, however, the graveyard at the corner of Conover Lane has been dragged – not for the first time – into the modern world by a dispute over its maintenance.

Dead men may tell no tales, but here, they are not entirely silent.

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GRIN AND BEAR IT: SLICK ROADS EXPECTED

black-snowmanA group of Rumson teens decided we’ve seen enough white lately, and built a snowman on River Road, using spray paint to add detail. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi. Click to enlarge)

We’re in for an ugly couple of days, according to the weatherbot at the National Weather Service.

A region extending from the northern New Jersey coast down to Maryland is the subject of a winter storm watch effective Monday evening into Wednesday morning.

The storm is expected to drop up to two inches of snow by Tuesday morning. But its main feature will be the variety of nastiness falling from the sky.

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SUPREME COURT TRIMS RUMSON DWI PENALTY

authorities3A woman who was sentenced in Rumson municipal court to six months in prison for a DWI conviction won a curtailment of the sentence from the New Jersey Supreme Court Wednesday.

Through a  series of appeals culminating at the state’s highest court, defendant Eileen Ciancaglini argued that the municipal court judge who heard the case was wrong to consider a prior conviction for refusing to take a breathalyzer test in imposing the sentence in 2008, and the Supreme Court agreed.

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A DIFFERENT KIND OF BEER RUN

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By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Every Saturday, precisely at 10:17a, and in a location often not revealed until the night before, a questionable bunch assembles. They are small-business owners, retirees, cops, attorneys. Most are in running shoes, and all clutch cans of beer.

The size of the group varies from week to week, but is typically between 12 and 15 strong. They greet each other, crack a few jokes. No real names allowed — guys like Brave Dave, Dead Man Walking, G.I., Butt Naked and Nearly Dead have the only publishable monikers. Women, or ‘bimbos,’ as they’re endearingly referred to, aren’t allowed either, except on special occasions.

After a few minutes skylarking, the group sets off running on a trail that could lead anywhere, but always ends where attendance is required: a bar.

This is “a drinking club with a running problem,” the self-proclaimed “Hell’s Angels of Hashing,” but best known in esoteric circles all over the world as the Rumson Hash House Harriers.

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RUMSON’S PABST BLUE POET

britt2Rumson native Britt Melewski will be published in Liebamour magazine’s spring edition. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A few days before Thanksgiving, Britt Melewski walked down to his favorite bar, Murphy’s Tavern in Rumson, and ordered his drink of choice, a Pabst Blue Ribbon in a can. It was a celebratory libation, he said, for writing his best work to date.

The thickest part of March

Will be a Monday drawn in snow

The simplicity of the poem, and its possibilities, is exactly what Melewski has learned in his years developing as a poet.

“There’s a lot more to poetry than getting drunk and writing something down,” Melewski said.

Those words, sneering and satirical, have something of a Dylan Thomas quality to them, and Melewski, after a retreat to the West Coast to study the art of verse, is back in Rumson and working his way toward what he hopes will be a career as a published poet.

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CBS DROPS IN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF JERSEY

roccaMo Rocca interviewed Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl back during shorts weather for an upcoming piece for CBS Sunday Morning. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

New Jersey, it seems, is always on the defensive. There’s the ‘Jersey stinks‘ stigma, and while we have the small luxuries of pork roll sandwiches and not having to pump our own gas, the Garden State can’t quite get past the perception that it’s a dump with mafia ties and is a breeding ground for ultra-tanned, fist-pumping troublemakers.

In reality, all one really has to do is stop looking at photo galleries glamorizing the bronzed figureheads and TV shows celebrating jaw-dropping indulgence and take a trip to a place without a boardwalk or parkway rest stop.

Like, say, Rumson.

CBS News did, and on an upcoming Sunday morning plans to air a piece showcasing all this affluent community has to offer: shoreline tranquility, a bustling business district, horse-and-carriage rides, speed-boating on the Navesink — you know, the typical wintertime stuff.

But the story is not that CBS made this discovery a half-year ago, nor was it interviewer Mo Rocca‘s yacht club-ish outfit, a pink Oxford and baby blue shorts.

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AFTER THE STORM IN FAIR HAVEN & RUMSON

As the wind and snow relented Monday morning, plows, shovels and snowblowers got heavy use in Fair Haven and Rumson.

redbankgreen‘s Dustin Racioppi trudged through the streets to snap shots of residents digging out from the season’s first major storm.

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MINOR ACCIDENT, MAJOR CONCERNS

taxi-accidentAn accident at the intersection of Ridge and Fair Haven roads is the latest reminder how dangerous the intersection can be, officials said. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Fair Haven Fire Chief Jim Cerruti spends more time than he’d like at the intersection of Ridge and Fair Haven roads.

He and his volunteer crew were out there again Tuesday afternoon for a fender-bender that, while there were no injuries involved, highlights safety concerns that Cerruti says haven’t been addressed with any kind of action.

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PASSING THE KETCHUP

ketchupAt about six feet tall, this bottle does not actually fit in the fridge. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

So you’re driving down Rumson Road taking in the winter scenery, admiring the holiday festoonery as it gets you all atwitter for Old Saint Nick’s arrival.

But then the thought of cookies hot out of the oven is unexpectedly replaced by a desire for a pile of French fries, and you’re not quite sure why.

Could it have something to do with that humongo bottle of ketchup on the side of the road, opposite Holy Cross School? And what exactly is it doing there, anyway?

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RIVER WATCH: NO TWO DAYS ARE THE SAME

Several times a week enroute to and from her day job in Eatontown, artist Gerda Liebmann would stop at the northern end of the Oceanic Bridge in Middletown to take photos of the Navesink River.

Time and again over the course of the year, she positioned her camera in pretty much the exact same way and snapped a few frames looking east toward Sea Bright.

“I always said, ‘this is so beautiful,’ until one day I said, ‘I must stop and take pictures,'” Liebmann tells redbankgreen.

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BURNING Q: WHAT’S IN THE MAYOR’S OFFICE?

rumson-boro-hallRumors of a wet bar and a Viking stove are mistaken, but there is a fireplace. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It’s been more than a year since employees and officials moved into Rumson’s pristine new borough hall on East River Road, but there are still a few punch-list items needed to close the book on the project.

Among them: a runner to protect the wood of a staircase leading from the lobby to the second floor. Meantime, strips of blue painter’s tape warn visitors not to go upstairs.

But the off-limits treatments have led some residents to wonder just what’s up there, and may be fueling rumors that Mayor John Ekdahl’s office is a lavish one, complete with wet bar, Viking stove and working fireplace.

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RUMSON: SAME FACES

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By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Incumbent Republicans Joan DeVoe and Joe Hemphill maintained the status quo for Rumson by winning another election tonight, securing an all-Republican council.

Democratic challengers Michael Steinhorn and Philip Wagner put up a little fight, but voters seem OK with how things work.

“I feel elated that people have continued to show confidence in me,” DeVoe said. “I’ve heard them, will continue to listen to them and keep their interests in the front of my mind.”

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CANDIDATE Q&As: RUMSON

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Earlier this month, redbankgreen emailed questionnaires to local candidates for public office in towns with contested elections on November 2. We began running the replies last Friday, starting with those from Middletown, where four candidates are vying for two seats on the five-member Township Committee. We continued on Monday with answers from three of the four candidates for two council seats in Sea Bright.

Today we feature Rumson, where four candidates are seeking two spots on the borough council. Only the two Republicans, however, responded; no reply was received from Democratic challengers Michael Steinhorn and Philip Wagner.

Here’s the Rumson ballot: rumson-ballot-2010

Tomorrow, the series concludes with Red Bank.

DeVOE: TRASH ISSUE REQUIRES RESEARCH

r_devoeName: Joan P. DeVoe (Republican, incumbent)

Age: I feel that age is irrelevant

Occupation: Rumson councilwoman

Length of residence in town: Rumson resident 40 years

General Questions:

1. What do you see as the top three issues in town?

Privatization of Garbage Pick-up, Recreation Dept. and Field Usage, Budget Growth

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HEMPHILL: WE HAVE TO WATCH COSTS

r_hemphillName: Joseph Kelly Hemphill (Republican, incumbent)

Occupation: General contractor

Age: 63

Length of Residence in town: 63 years

General Questions:

1. What do you see as the top three issues in town?

The top 3 issues in town are: Taxes, Wages/Pension Control, The Town’s Infrastructure/Services/Parks

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NEW RUMSON MARKET, SAME OLD FEEL

rumson-marketFormer Rumson Market owner Bill Alcaro, left, chats with new owner Jerry St-Cyr Thursday at the newly-renovated landmark. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It had been nearly a year since Bill Alcaro stepped foot inside Rumson Market Place, the East River Road business he owned for 22 years until back surgery forced him to sell it.

When he left, it still had old refrigerators and creaky wood floors. It was, as borough resident Terry Schaefer Severance put it, “a classic old Rumson neighborhood market.”

On Thursday, when Alcaro walked in for a cup of coffee, he saw the old neighborhood market revitalized — new refrigerators, new floors and all.

“Place looks great,” he said. “It’s beautiful.”

Questions loomed what would happen to the market after Alcaro sold it, but they’re answered now: the Rumson Market is back in business, with an updated look but the same small-town feel.

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LOOKING FOR SAVINGS IN GARBAGE

fh-trash-canFair Haven and Rumson are looking into privatizing its garbage pickup. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Fair Haven and Rumson are looking at ways to save money, starting with the trash.

And in one town, the savings would cost jobs.

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RUMSON CUTS FAIR HAVEN FROM REC SPORTS

img_5139111409The change affects kids in the rowing program at Victory Park, above, and a lacrosse program. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Citing capacity issues, Rumson has dropped Fair Haven from its recreation sports partnership, a move that isn’t sitting well with coaches and parents from both riverside towns.

At Tuesday night’s council meeting, Rumson’s governing body caught an earful from miffed residents who accused the borough of making a hasty decision and pleaded for officials to work harder to continue what some called the most successful recreation partnership in the area.

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