RUMSON: BIG FUNDING FEAT AT ANNUAL EVENT

Michael's Feat Salt CreekMembers of the Michael’s Feat Board of Directors and Advisory Board are pictured with Salt Creek Grille owner Steve Bidgood at the recent benefit for the local charity. Standing, left to right: Peggy Bertorelli, Patty Reiff, Tracy Bean, Kaitlyn Reiff, Bidgood, Amy Krok, Greg Acquaviva, Tom Reiff, Cristina Olsen, Rebecca Reiff, Kristin Belger, Susan Hudome. Sitting: Adam and Dana Puharic and Tara Cadet. (Photo by Tom Zapcic Photography)

Press release from Culinary Communications

In a sold-out event hosted at Salt Creek Grille on April 27, the 13th Annual Wine and Martini Tasting Fundraiser raised $52,000 for Michael’s Feat, a local charity that provides support to families carrying and caring for seriously ill newborns.

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RUMSON MARKS TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

Press release from Rumson School District

In honor of the recent Teacher Appreciation Week, the Rumson Parent-Teacher Organization treated the staff to a week-long celebration. The week included breakfasts, lunches, a cookie swap, and a Wellness Event, all planned for the hard-working teaching staff at Deane-Porter and Forrestdale Schools.

The Wellness Event was certainly the staff favorite, as there was something for everyone to enjoy, including tarot card readers, massage therapists, golf swing analysis, refreshments and a fantastic selection of raffle items.

Students in the Forrestdale Spirit Club surprised all teachers with hand written cards honoring all that they do, while the Administrative Team recognized teachers with a small gift, starter herb seeds and this note: Teachers plant seeds of knowledge in their students. Take some time to plant your own garden and reflect on how many seeds of knowledge you have planted over the years in your students.  Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!

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RUMSON KIDS GO “OLD SCHOOL,” SCREEN FREE

Press release from Rumson School District

Studies show that children who watch less TV are more likely to read well and to be physically fit…and that each week, American children spend more time in front of a screen than they do in school!

During the Week of May 2, students at Forrestdale and Deane-Porter Schools participated in Screen-Free Week, a nationwide event sponsored by Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and celebrated by schools, families, and other civic and community groups each year.

During Screen-Free Week, millions of children and adults pledge to be screen-free for at least one full day. Instead of watching TV or playing video games, children are encouraged to read, play, think, create, get physically active, and spend more time with friends and family.

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RUMSON SCHOOLS CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY

Rumson Arbor Day 2Forrestdale and Deane Porter students participate in the ceremonial planting of a tree as Rumson Borough Shade Tree Commission Chairman Stephen Barrett looks on.

Press release from Rumson School District  

Students at two Rumson schools celebrated Arbor Day with a Legacy Project planting and a poem, as well as a ceremony held at Deane Porter School on the morning of April 29.

The celebration was attended by all students in Pre-K and Kindergarten, two student representatives from each first through third grade class, and Student Government Officers as well as Homeroom Representatives from grades four through eight at Forrestdale School. Dignitaries on hand included Rumson Borough Mayor John Ekdahl, Rumson Borough Shade Tree Commission Chairman Stephen Barrett, and Board of Education members.

For the Legacy Project, students in grades Pre-K through eight participated in a “Bucks for Barks” fundraiser organized by the Student Government Association. Donations totaling $6,281.00 were used to purchase trees that were planted on the school grounds by students in each grade level.

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RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN STAR SIGNS WITH IVY

Brendan BarryBrendan Barry signs his Letter of Intent to play Division 1 basketball for Dartmouth College as (left to right) father Rich, RFH Basketball Coach Chris Champeau, mother Colleen, and sister Aidan look on.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Brendan Barry has made it official. The all-time leading point scorer for Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Basketball signed his letter of intent to play Division One basketball at Dartmouth College on the morning of April 28, in the lower library at RFH.

Basketball coach Chris Champeau, family members, and well-wishers were on hand to witness the event that caps a brilliant four-year varsity career at RFH – 1,812 points, 431 assists, 306 rebounds, 277 successful three-point shots, and 258 steals in 107 games.

A three-year starter, Barry now holds the RFH records for most career points, assists, and steals. During this past season, Barry averaged 25.7 points and led his team to a 23-win season.

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RUMSON SCHOOLS HOST KID’S LIT STARS

Press release from Rumson School District

Amy Marie StadelmannIn an effort to get kids reading this summer, the Scholastic Summer Reading Road Trip RV will visit Deane-Porter Elementary and Forrestdale Schools on Wednesday, May 4. From 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., students and families will have the opportunity to participate in their very own “pop-up” reading festival, meet some of their favorite authors and illustrators, and engage in fun reading activities.

Scheduled to make the trip to Rumson this Wednesday are six authors and illustrators of popular titles and series from Scholastic, the major publisher of books and educational materials for children and young adults. They are Max Brallier (who, under the pen name Jack Chabert, writes the Eerie Elementary series), Gavin Brown, Kristin Earhart (the Misty Inn series), Dan Poblocki (the Mysterious Four series and other spooky novels), Amy Marie Stadelmann (the Olive & Beatrix series), and Judy Blundell (who, as Jude Watson, has authored several popular Star Wars titles for  tween and teen readers).

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RUMSON: SPECIAL GUEST FROM ISRAEL

Avraham NeguisePress release from Congregation B’nai Israel

In celebration of Israel Independence Day, Congregation B’nai Israel will host a special guest speaker on the evening of Thursday, May 12. The 7 p.m. event will feature Dr. Avraham Neguise on the topic of “Israel Today: My Story, Our Mission.”

Born in Ethiopia, Dr. Neguise was elected to the Israeli Knesset (Parliament) in 2015, where he continues his mission of championing diversity and education.  He will provide a political update on events in Israel and changes in Israeli society.

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RUMSON: CALLING ALL SPILL SPOTTERS

American Littoral SocietyPress release from American Littoral Society

Just this past February, a spill occurred in the Arthur Kill area, during which a rail car leaked approximately 1,500 gallons of crude oil into the regional waterways. To the people of the American Littoral Society, the incident served as a perfect example of why we need trained eyes on the water.

On Saturday, May 7, the Oceanic Free Library in Rumson will be the setting for a free free Spill Spotters Network workshop, in which attendees  will learn how to help protect coastal wildlife and habitat when an oil spill or other pollution event hits our waters.

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RUMSON: TALKING INSIDE THE FISHBOWL

Fishbowl_ForrestdalePress release from Rumson School District

On April 11, Forrestdale School held its annual Fishbowl event, organized and led by Forrestdale’s own Peer Mentors and Top Dawgs. These 8th grade students have been honing their leadership skills throughout the school year by planning events for all grade levels.

During this event, parents and students joined together in order to hear one another’s perspectives on key issues facing adolescents today. The format encouraged participants to actively listen, instead of simply waiting for their turn to speak, without interruptions or distractions.

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RUMSON: SEVEN UP FOR SIGNING DAY

RFH signing dayOn April 13, seven student athletes from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School took part in a National Signing Day event inside the RFH Lower Library, surrounded by proud coaches and family members. The students and their programs are Bram Bruno (University of Pennsylvania, Crew), Brendan Edwards (University of Delaware, Crew), Maren Gierlatowicz (University of Miami, Crew), Jeremy Johnson (Elizabethtown College, Lacrosse), Caroline Kostecky (Gettysburg College, Soccer), Zachary Rataski (Johnson and Wales University-Miami, Track and Field), and Brianna Worobel (Skidmore College, Soccer).

RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN TALENTS BENEFIT ACS

Mia SourlisRumson-Fair Haven sophomore Mia Sourlis performs “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz, at the annual RFH Talent Show.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Nonstop fun and top-notch performances were featured at the annual Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School talent show. The event was held on the evening of April 7, and all proceeds were donated to the American Cancer Society.

While the audience relaxed and enjoyed the entertainment, the judges — including English teacher Stefania Flecca and RFH Music Director Bill Grillo — had a tough decision to make. Choosing first, second, and third place winners from among the eighteen amazing acts was not an easy feat.

First prize was awarded to a group including Paddy Ahimovic and Matt Bavuso for their performance of “Ziggy Stardust” by David Bowie. Katie Person claimed second prize with her dance performance to “Sinner,” and third prize went to Anthony Cinko and Tristan Kilper performing “Nothin’ on You” by B.o.B. and Bruno Mars.

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ON THE GREEN: AUTHOR! AUTHOR! AUTHORS!

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 SCHOOLS WELCOME AREA STUDENTS

Press release from Rumson Borough School District 

Since 1938, the Rumson Borough School District has maintained an honored and respected tradition of academic excellence, and is considered to be one of the top-rated school districts in the area.  Many of our students enter the Rumson family as three or four year olds; growing as a family of learners and citizens through their primary, intermediate, and middle school years, and on to many of the top colleges and universities in the country.

The Board of Education supports the acceptance of non-resident tuition students for the 2016-2017 school year. A limited number of seats are available to non-resident students in grades K-5. Interested parties must apply by visiting the district’s website at www.rumsonschool.org. While enrollment is offered on a rolling basis, applications are recommended to be received by April 29, 2016.

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RUMSON: A WARRIOR POSE FOR PETS

BrodieBrodie, the cat for whom the animal cancer nonprofit Brodie Fund is named, is the scheduled special guest for a fundraising morning of yoga and meditation, April 23 at Rumson Presbyterian Church.

It’s being billed as an opportunity to “spend time in Downward Facing Dog, Cat Pose and all your other favorite Asanas, while raising money to help pets fighting cancer.” On the morning of Saturday, April 23, the nonprofit Brodie Fund presents a special yoga and meditation session, hosted inside Wilson Hall at First Presbyterian Church of Rumson, and dedicated to the Fund’s efforts to help families pay for cancer treatments for their beloved dogs and cats.

Yoga instructor Rebecca Zaccagnino joins Brodie Fund founder Sally Williams (plus special guest, Brodie the Cat himself) for a class that’s scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. The class ends with a meditation, and attendees are invited to enjoy locally made muffins, homemade granola bars, fruit, water, coffee, tea and chat afterward.

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RFH IS IN THE (SOUL) KITCHEN, IN RED BANK

RFH Soul KitchenRumson-Fair Haven students who volunteered at JBJ Soul Kitchen on March 16 are (front row, left to right) Linda Wien Murray, Cassie Fallon, and Tori Hyduke, and (back row, left to right) Lauren Grumbach, Becky Unsinn, Michaela Lake, Katie Kane, Christy Jadevaia, Julia Marascio, and Jenna Sandoli.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Members of the Cooking Club at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School served as volunteers at the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation’s JBJ Soul Kitchen in Red Bank on Wednesday, March 16.

Working with the nonprofit community restaurant’s Front-of-House Manager Dolly Bonilla, the RFH students cleaned off and set tables, as well as organized menus for that evening’s crowd. They were also given a tour of the facility’s garden, which provides fresh organic ingredients for meals, by gardener Robin Grossman. Perhaps most importantly, the students learned more about what the Soul Kitchen really means to the local community.

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RFH FUTURE STARS SING FOR HOMELESS TEENS

Night of Future Bdwy Stars copyPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Night of FUTURE Broadway Stars, a very exciting musical event benefitting homeless youth in Asbury Park, will rock the auditorium at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. The prgram spotlighting outstanding performers from seven high schools in Monmouth County will also feature talented young students from Rumson’s Kick Dance Studio and Asbury Park’s Lakehouse Music Academy.

In this unique “Kid Helping Kids” event, teens will once again use their talent, passion and beautiful voices to show homeless youth in New Jersey they are not alone. Last year over 400 people attended Night of FUTURE Broadway Stars at RFH, raising over $30,000 for Covenant House and the homeless teens they serve.

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RUMSON: NJ HALL OF FAME ROLLS INTO TOWN

NJ Hall of Fame MobileForrestdale School sixth graders (from left to right) John Barry, Cakie Dym, and Hunter Leonard learn about notable figures from their home state at the New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum.

Press release from Rumson School District

Rocker Jon Bon Jovi’s jacket. A Les Paul guitar. A Green Bay Packers helmet representing longtime Coach Vince Lombardi. These were just a few of the items viewed by sixth graders at Forrestdale School in Rumson, when they visited the New Jersey Hall of Fame Mobile Museum.

“Everyone Needs a Hero” is the slogan of the Mobile Museum, which made a stop at the school on March 14. A 53-foot double-expanded trailer featuring 850 square feet of exhibition space, the Mobile Museum is a moving capsule of the almost 100 New Jersey Hall of Fame inductees’ contributions to history.

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RUMSON: HOOPS EVENT BRINGS FUTURE BUCS

Hoops for HorizonsThe three day interval of March 3-5 marked the annual Albert E. Martin Jr. Hoops for Horizons event at Rumson Country Day School; a fundraiser for the private school’s Horizons Summer Enrichment Program and a tournament in which six squads of “Future Bucs” from Red Bank were invited by RCDS athletic director Paul Campanella to take part. Hailing from Red Bank Middle School and (as with the four players pictured above) Red Bank Charter School, the two girls’ teams and four boys’ teams participated in the 15th edition of the yearly three-day tournament. Also on the court were four teams of young men (ages 18-29) from Red Bank, two of which met in the finals to deliver the borough its second consecutive championship. Named for the late Albert E. Martin Jr., a Red Bank Regional student who took part in the charity event each year, Hoops for Horizons funds a summer academic and recreation program that serves more than 135 at-risk children from the Red Bank community each year. (Photo courtesy of David Prown)

RFH ‘EMPTY BOWLS’ FILLS FOODBANK COFFERS

DSCN0111Enjoying the fare and fun during the Empty Bowls fundraiser event at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional are (left to right) Bill Handerhan and his daughters Sara and Julia.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

The community came out in force for the annual Empty Bowls fundraiser hosted by Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. Held in the RFH Cafeteria on the evening of March 3,

the event raised $2,900 for the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties – equaling roughly 8,700 meals for the organization that alleviates hunger though child nutrition programs, a mobile pantry, a senior food program, and nutrition education.

Empty Bowls is named for the situation faced by local families struggling to put food on the table. Each year the event is open to the public, and features beautiful original artwork in the form of colorful bowls created by RFH ceramics students. Just ten dollars purchased one of the ceramic bowls, as well as soup, bread, and dessert.

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RUMSON: A TRADITION MINTED ON THE GREEN

030815 rumson st pats parade31The bagpipes will blow and the leprechauns will leap when the fourth annual Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade commences this Sunday afternoon.

030815 rumson st pats parade2It seems like one of those traditions that’s been a part of community life for generations, but the Rumson St. Patricks Day Parade is but a wee chiseler of just four years of age.

Still, the minty-fresh event has very quickly taken a place of prominence here on the Greater Red Bank Green as a signifier of a year-round local love affair with Celtic culture, even as those Shamrock Shakes may come and go. Read More »

RUMSON: GET YOUR DUCKS IN A ROW

duck Two Rivers ExhibitionDecoys, shorebirds and wildlife art (above) are the stars of the show…and artist-author David Rhodes (below) is the special guest exhibitor…as the annual Two Rivers Exhibition returns to Rumson’s Forrestdale School on Saturday. 

David RhodesIt’s one of those best-kept-secret events that keep local life here on the greater Green so worthy of continued exploration — and for enthusiasts of a certain sort of niche craft, it’s an excursion that sure beats getting up before dawn and shivering the morning away in some lonesome duck blind.

Back for its third annual edition this Saturday, March 12, the Two Rivers Exhibition of Sporting Collectible Art  commandeers the all-purpose room of Forrestdale School (60 Forrest Avenue in Rumson) between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., for a one-stop occasion in which some of the finest carvers of decoys and shorebirds from New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland will compete for Best in Show honors (entries to be judged on anatomy, originality, likeness to species, and proper flotation). Also offered will be wildlife-themed art (watercolor, acrylic, oils, photographs, metal, pottery and more), artist demos, antique decoy appraisals, silent auction, 50/50 raffle, and lunch menu — a must-see “if you love birds, are interested in learning about the history of decoys or simply enjoy nature and delight in seeing all the beauty it has to offer.”

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RUMSON STUDENT HEADS TO STATE GEO BEE

Peter_O'ConnorPress release from Rumson School District

To fish in Lake Winnipesaukee and ski near Franconia Notch, you would travel to which state? Sea kayakers can explore hundreds of islands off the Dalmatian coast of which European country? The Forbidden City where the Chinese emperors lived is located within what present-day city?

These are among the questions that have been asked of middle school students competing in Geographic Bees at schools throughout New Jersey — and for the second consecutive year, Rumson student Peter O’Connor has been crowned the Geographic Bee champion at Forrestdale School. The 7th grader, son of Joe and Margot O’Connor, has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he will be eligible to compete as a semifinalist in the 2016 New Jersey National Geographic State Bee, to be held Friday, April 1 at the Tohill Theater on the campus of Rowan University in Glassboro.

Peter has also qualified for the New York Regional Finals of the National History Bee, which takes place on April 2. He independently took an online test for that competition, and in late January found out he qualified.  In 2015, Peter won the New York Regional Final, then went to Louisville, KY for the National Finals and finished in the top 30 in the country.

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RFH DRAMA STUDENTS TO PERFORM AT NYU

BystanderPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

The Bystander: A Portrait of Apathy, a proposal submitted by Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School English teacher Suzanne Sweeney, has been accepted by the New York

University Forum on Educational Theatre. Students from Sweeney’s current RFH drama class will perform the play about teen harassment and bullying on April 24, as part of the event that will take place at NYU on April 21-24.

The Bystander: A Portrait of Apathy was submitted by Sweeney to the Forum on Educational Theatre, also known as FOET, in the fall of 2015 as a youth theatre production. Proposals need to adhere to a timeframe of 30 to 60 minutes and resonate with the three focus areas for the forum: drama in education, applied theatre, and theatre for young audiences/play production. The proposed production was accepted after what FOET describes as “a comprehensive international peer review process.”

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RUMSON: PARENTS LEARN ABOUT ANXIETY

Dr Alison BlockPress release from Rumson School District 

Types of Anxiety. What Determines “Normal.” Distinguishing between Thoughts and Feelings. Dealing with Phobias. And the phenomenon of “Almost-Anxiety.” These were the topics of discussion, when some 45 parents of Rumson School District students attended another session of “Parent Acaemy” at Forrestdale School on the night of February 18.

The parents joined guest speaker Dr. Alison Block for a lecture on “Recognizing Anxiety in Elementary and Middle School Children,” with school officials including  Superintendent Dr. John Bormann, School Psychologist Spencer Austin, School Counselors Jenn Crow and Jessica Piernik, and Supervisor of Student Services Vera Ridoux, also in attendance.

“What I would like is for all of you to leave here with a model to help you understand anxiety in your child, as well as steps you can take to address it,” said Dr. Block, a licensed psychologist and well-known cognitive behavioral therapist, and the Director of the Health Psychology Center in Little Silver. “Kids are great at telling us how they feel, but what we need to examine is what they are thinking when they feel this way.”

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RUMSON: LOVED ONES DO LUNCH, AT SCHOOL

Loved OnesLove was in the air, as the Rumson Parent Teacher Organization presented its annual “Lunch with a Loved One” at Deane Porter School on February 15. The PTO provided bottled water, home-baked treats, fruit and granola bars, gluten-free and peanut-free snacks as students in Kindergarten through third grade enjoyed a luncheon celebration with a special person in their life. The luncheon was held in the Deane Porter gymnasium and cafeteria, both of which were festooned with hearts in keeping with a Valentine’s Day theme. “Families and schools belong together, and Lunch with a Loved One allows us the opportunity to come together for a fun event,” said Deane Porter School Principal Shari Feeney.