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RUMSON KIDS, SENIORS MIX AND MASK

attach.mscCostume contest winner Carolyn Ott (center) meets Forrestdale School sixth-graders Sally Wingertzahn (left) and Brennan Stabler (right) during the Rumson Senior Citizen’s Club Halloween Luncheon, held at the First Presbyterian Church on October 26. The event is one of many student/senior activities offered throughout the school year by the club, information on which (including other activities like a holiday Toys For Tots drive and bus trips) is available by contacting the church.

FREE DOC FILM AT RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

On the evening of Thursday, November 12, the feature-length documentary film Beyond Measure will be given a free, public-invited screening inside the auditorium of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. The follow-up to the groundbreaking Race to Nowhere: the Dark Side of America’s Achievement Culture will be presented at 7 pm, in an event hosted by the RFH School District, and by the Rumson Borough and Fair Haven Borough School Districts.

Admission is free, but seats must be reserved in advance by visiting the RFH web site, and clicking the link on the Home Page.

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RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN TEENS BAG $ FOR NEEDY

RFH bag 2Displaying the announcement created for their successful “Bag a Lunch” fundraising initiative at Rumson-Fair Haven High School are Team Captains Griffin Feinberg, JC Liang, AJ Kelly, Caitlin Luby, and Willie Freeman.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven High School

Members of the Chinese, French and Spanish National Honor Societies at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School recently asked RFH students to “bag a lunch and help a bunch.”

As a result, $430.15 was raised on October 14th for Table to Table, a charitable organization providing meals to New Jersey families in need.

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RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN BAGS A SPECIAL HELPER

Quinton CoplesNY Jets linebacker Quinton Coples is scheduled to play a special guest role in this year’s “Bag a Lunch” fundraising initiative, at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

On Tuesday and Wednesday, October 13 and 14, the Chinese, French, and Spanish National Honor Societies at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School will sponsor their fourth annual “Bag a Lunch” fundraiser; an initiative benefitting Table to Table, a charitable organization that provides meals to impoverished families throughout New Jersey.

Students wishing to participate will be provided with brown paper lunch bags during lunch period on October 13. Their donations – usually the amount they would spend on a single lunch – will be returned in the brown bags to the RFH “Bag a Lunch” Team Captains during lunchtime on October 14.

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RUMSON TEEN’S A HALLOWEEN ANGEL

abby_shawThey say that a person’s choice of Halloween costume reflects a lot about who they are on the inside — but while Abby Shaw doesn’t appear at first glance to be sporting an angel’s wings or a superhero’s cape, the 13 year old Rumson resident has figuratively suited up each of the past five Halloween seasons, on a do-good mission of her own devising.

Since the fall of 2011, during her days as a fourth grader at Forrestdale School, Abby has operated her own charitable enterprise, through which she collects donated Halloween costumes and distributes them to area kids in need.

Five years on, Abby’s Costumes for Kids Collection may not rank among the world’s most internationally recognizable nonprofit entities — but the smiles that have resulted from one kid’s hard work and positive energy have cured many cases of the trick-or-treat blues, and shown how a deceptively simple idea can capture a community’s imagination.

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RUMSON: HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS (T)HERE TO HELP

HereToHelpA group of seven high school students from Red Bank Regional and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional will be joining their fathers on a humanitarian mission to the Dominican Republic in November. Pictured clockwise from top left are Olivia Turi, Maddie Orr, Paige Borden, Hannah Horan, Annabel Morris, Caroline Healey, and Mara Campolattaro.

For fourteen years, Dr. Brian Campolattaro, a Rumson resident and professor at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary in Manhattan, has performed vision restoring surgery in the Dominican Republic. His daughter, Mara, a student at Red Bank Regional High School, has always wanted to help — and this year came up with the idea for a special mission that would allow both father and daughter to volunteer their energies there in the second-poorest country in the western hemisphere. When she shared the idea with her friends, they and their fathers eagerly came on board.

On November 4, Mara will be part of a group of seven girls from RBR and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School who will make the trip to the Dominican Republic, accompanied by their dads. They won’t be spending any time at the beach, however — instead, the father-daughter teams will be constructing an aqueduct to bring clean water to a remote village that is in desperate need.

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RUMSON RESIDENTS GO OARS-IN FOR RACE

Rumson Boat RaceOver 130 college rowers and coaches from West Point, Drexel, Rutgers and Villanova enjoyed the hospitality of some 30 local families, and took part in a successful sixth annual edition of The Rumson Boat Race that was successful on every count, thanks to some very generous sponsors, volunteers, host families, and athletes. The crews and their boats arrived at the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Rowing Center adjacent to Victory Park and enjoyed dinner at Bingham Hall, while crew supporters attended a Coaches Reception at the home of Allan Trent. Kimberly Newsome of Resources Realtors received special thanks from the event’s housing coordinator Linda Edwards when additional accommodations were needed on short notice, and the event helped raise funding for the equipment used by the RFH Rowing athletes.

RUMSON: SOCCER STAR INSPIRES RFH PLAYERS

christie ramponePress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Three-time Olympic Gold Medalist and two-time FIFA Women’s World Cup Champion Christie Rampone recently provided an unforgettable experience for local soccer players with dreams of their own.

Rampone made an appearance at a scheduled practice for the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School girl’s soccer team at Meadowridge Field East in Rumson on September 28. During an informal motivational session, Rampone described participation in high school soccer as a “privilege.”

“There are a lot of things I wish I would have known when I was in high school, and one of them

is that roles are constantly changing and you need to keep an open mind,” said the 40-year old Rampone, who plays for the Piscataway-based Sky Blue FC Club team, and is the only “99-er” – referring to a player on the highly regarded U.S Women’s National Soccer team that won the 1999 World Cup – still on the field.

“Always give 100% even if you are not playing the position you thought you would, and remember that confidence comes from within…you can’t rely on your coaches to give it to you.”

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LATE SUMMER FUNRAISING, ‘ROUND THE GREEN

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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RUMSON: ALL ROADS LEAD TO CANTERBURY

canterbury fair 1The annual Canterbury Art Show returns to St. George’s Church this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Works by painter Lee Jamieson, including one below, are included. (Above photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge.)

Lee_Jamieson,_Holy_Canola!Returning to St. George’s by the River Episcopal Church in Rumson for the fourth consecutive year — and making its sophomore stand on Labor Day weekend — the annual Canterbury Art Show… a Tapestry of the Arts event commandeers the historic landmark house of worship for a three day event that’s become something of a best-kept secret among locals, and a harbinger of the season beyond the beach-traffic throngs.

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RUMSON: CBI GOES ‘ABOVE AND BEYOND’

Above&BeyondCongregation B’nai Israel’s “Lunch and a Movie” series continues on Thursday, August 13, with a screening of producer Nancy Spielberg’s documentary feature ABOVE AND BEYOND.

Press release from Congreagtion B’Nai Israel

Would you risk everything…your future, your citizenship, even your life…to help a brother in need?

In 1948, just three years after the liberation of the Nazi death camps, a group of Jewish American pilots answered a call for help. In secret and at great personal risk, they smuggled planes out of the U.S., trained behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia, and flew for Israel in its War of Independence. As members of Machal (“volunteers from abroad”), this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war; they also embarked on personal journeys of discovery and renewed Jewish pride.

Directed by Roberta Grossman and produced by Nancy Spielberg — sister of Academy Award winning producer-director Steven Spielberg, whose many modern classics include Schindler’s List — the documentary feature Above and Beyond tells their story. On Thursday, August 13 at 11:30 am, Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) will screen the film as the latest in its series of “Lunch and a Movie” events.

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RFH STUDENTS HONORED BY BOARD OF ED

AJRFH junior Andrew J. (A.J.) Kelly (third from left, with his father Phillip, mother Melissa, and grandfather James) received the Dwight D. Eisenhower Outstanding Leader of Character Award and the St. Michael’s College Book Award.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

The achievements of dozens of standout scholars, athletes and performing artists were honored by the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Board of Education, in a June 16 ceremony at the school’s auditorium.

Special honors went to senior Andrew Maris, commended for achieving the status of Semi-Finalist in the Final Round of the Presidential Scholarship Competition, and to junior A.J. Kelly, who was selected for both the Dwight D. Eisenhower Outstanding Leader of Character Award, and the St. Michael’s College Book Award.

A complete list of honorees appears after the break.

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RUMSON: FORRESTDALE HONORS CLASS OF 2015

ForrestdalePress release from Rumson School District

The graduation ceremony for Forrestdale School’s Class of 2015 was held at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on the evening of June 17, during which Rumson Board of Education President Colleen O’Connor and Deane-Porter School Principal Shari Feeney awarded diplomas to 118 students.

SGA Secretary Ryan Champeau, presenting the Class Gift, announced that the Class of 2015 would be providing a Bulldog mat for the entryway of Forrestdale School. Speakers included District Assistant Principal Amy Romano, Forrestdale School Principal Jen Gibbons, and SGA President Maxwell Connery, who recalled his time at Forrestdale School as a new student by observing that “I was made to feel included immediately, and then I came to realize what is unique about Forrestdale…we are free to be who we are thanks to an environment of acceptance.”

Forrestdale Music Teacher John Lebitsch led the Graduation Ensemble in performances of the Processional (Pomp and Circumstance) and the Recessional (Stargate VI).

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RUMSON: ON THE ROAD TO CANTERBURY FAIR

The_Ruthie_n'_Junie,_Belford,_NJ_by_Michael_ScherfenMore than 90 artists — including Michael Scherfen, whose award winning painting “The Ruthie ‘n Junie, Belford NJ” is pictured above — are expected to participate in this year’s Canterbury Art Show in Rumson. The annual event returns to St. George’s Church in September, with advance tickets now available.

Returning for the fourth consecutive year to St. George’s by the River Episcopal Church in Rumson — and relocated once more to Labor Day weekend — the annual Canterbury Art Show…A Tapestry of the Arts event brings one of the area’s largest exhibitions and sales of juried and non-juried artwork back to the banks of the greater Green.

Hundreds of attendees and art patrons have enjoyed the show, in which more than 600 works by artists from all over New Jersey and beyond are displayed each year. All proceeds from the Art Show directly benefit St. George’s-by-the-River and its Outreach Grants to more than 30 local agencies serving the needy of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, including Lunch Break, Parker Family Health Clinic, Family Promise, HABcore, The Center in Asbury Park, and more.

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AWARDS CELEBRATE ACHIEVEMENTS OF RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN CLASS OF 2015

20150608_202800Alexandra Siwulec, valedictorian for Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Class of 2015, is pictured at the annual Awards Program with RFH Principal Dr. Tracy Handerhan.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

The Annual Awards Program for graduating seniors was presented at  on the evening of June 8. Over 80 awards were presented to members of the RFH Class of 2015, including Valedictorian Recognition, Departmental Achievement Awards, Student Life Awards, and Honorary Awards and Scholarships.

RFH Principal Dr. Tracy Handerhan presented the Valedictorian Achievement Award to Alexandra Siwulec. The Valedictorian for the Class of 2015 also received the American Association of University Women 2015 Book Award, Catalyst STEM Award, Holy Cross Church Scholarship Award, U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, and Superintendent’s Award.

A leader of several extracurricular clubs and activities, and a talented pianist who participated in the Golden Key Music Festivals in Vienna and New York City, Alexandra plans to attend the University of Pennsylvania, where she will major in biophysics and minor in Latin as part of the College of Arts and Sciences and Vagelos Molecular Life Sciences Program.

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RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN ‘NIGHT OF THE ARTS’ SPOTLIGHTS AWARD-WINNING TALENTS

Wagner Taffin Mueler EspositoClockwise from top left: Seen during the recent “Night of the Arts” at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional were freshman Julia Wagner with her 1st Place-winning pastel; junior Max Taffin with his 2nd Place winning sculpture; senior Lauren Mueller painting into a design she created on wood; senior John Esposito demonstrating his illustration technique.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

On the evening of May 28, the annual “RFH Night of the Arts” spotlighting the spring concert and student art exhibit took place at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. This year’s event featured artwork and musical performances by RFH students who were honored at the Monmouth County Teen Arts Festival, held this past March at Brookdale Community College.

Attendees at “RFH Night of the Arts” enjoyed the spring concert including performances by the school’s Concert Band, Jazz Orchestra, Chorus, and String Ensemble, as well as solo acts. The RFH Jazz Choir performed for the opening of the Teen Arts Festival, while the Jazz Orchestra received the prized “Top of the Top” designation for the third consecutive year. Based on their performance, a jazz ensemble comprised of RFH students including Paddy Ahimovic and Christopher Fahey was invited to perform at the Monmouth County Art Education Awards ceremony, and RFH art students Taylor Blewett, Becca Ley, and Lauren Mueller were named “Top of the Top” in visual arts.

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RUMSON DISTRICT NAMES NEW SUPER

Rumson superPress release from Rumson School District

Dr. John E. Bormann, Ed. D., has been announced as Superintendent of the Rumson School District. A special Rumson Board of Education Meeting, during which all members voted unanimously in favor of his appointment, was held on June 9 at Forrestdale School.

A two-time recipient of the Governor’s Teacher Recognition Award,  Dr. Bormann (at left in photo) was selected from a field of 32 candidates, and will be responsible for Deane-Porter School (Pre-K through third grade) and Forrestdale School (fourth through eighth grade). His official start date is August 1, and his contract runs through June 30, 2020.

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RUMSON: KIDS TRI, AND SUCCEED

rumson kids tri 061415 41rumson kids tri 061415 30The sixth annual Kids Triathlon for Bob Kelleher drew some 180 youngsters to the Navesink River in Rumson for swim-bike-run competitions for kids aged 14 and under Sunday.

The event, held in memory of late First Aid squad member and triathlete Bob Kelleher, benefits the volunteer squad and the borough recreation program.

Race results are here. And redbankgreen has 48 more photos from the event, just after the jump. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

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RUMSON: SUMMER’S BACK, AND SO’S THE FAIR

canterbury fair 1St. George’s-by-the-River in Rumson hosts the Canterbury Fair rain-or-shine on Saturday. (Photos courtesy of St. George’s. Click to enlarge)

canterbury fair 2For 66 years, it’s served as a low-key kickoff to the summer-to-come, as well as a lookback to the past.

Now, with the run-up to summer 2015 in full swing, it’s again time for the Rumson event known as Canterbury Fair.

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RUMSON KIDS SHARE TALENTS AT ART SHOW

Deane Porter art showAppreciating the creations at the Deane-Porter School Art Show are second-graders Clementine and Clara Lilley (left to right).

Press release from Rumson School District

Talented students shared their finest creations at the Deane-Porter School Art Show on the evening of May 13, when art lovers young and old were treated to an exhibit featuring brilliant work from all students in Kindergarten as well as first, second, and third grades.

The works of art included Monet-inspired landscapes, cool color penguins, symmetrical butterflies, crazy pumpkins, self-portraits as king or queen, and texture trees (Kindergarten); Chinese New Year dragons, Kandinsky-inspired concentric hearts, painted and printed weaving, and snowman with percolator app (First Grade); coil pots, Kachina masks, Audubon-inspired cardinals, and Faith Ringgold cityscapes (Second Grade); slab pottery, Greek columns, and Matisse-inspired landscapes (Third Grade).

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RFH ENGINEERS CREATE, INVENT AND LEARN

RFH engineersEarlier this year, six freshmen from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School took part in an inaugural Mini Engineering Academy program at Neptune High School, where the aspiring engineers worked in teams to build hydrogen-powered cars, visited the township’s “green” elementary school, studied solar cells, and explored the aerodynamic qualities of surfboard design. Pictured are Reed DiCenso and Jack Rallo (front row left to right) and Chris Steinhacker, Aidan Eustace, Matthew Ramirez, and Tyler Whetzel (back row left to right).

 

RUMSON: A GREAT HONOR FOR SALT CREEK

DSC_2897Press release from Salt Creek Grille

Continuing a recently established tradition, New Jersey Monthly magazine honored the Garden State’s most generous companies  with its second annual Great Oak Awards. Among the 64 New Jersey companies named as 2015 finalists is Rumson’s Salt Creek Grille, which was recognized for its annual fundraising program for charities meeting children’s needs.

For the past 12 years, the popular waterfront restaurant’s co-owner Steve Bidgood (pictured) has selected a different charity as Salt Creek Grille’s charity of the year. In January a flag bearing the charity’s logo is flown from the flagpole at the base of the Oceanic Bridge all year long for public awareness. In April the annual Salt Creek Grille Wine and Martini Tasting Fundraiser is held to raise money for its charity, with 100 percent of all funds raised going directly to the designated charity. Twelve charities have benefitted, and over $825,000 has been raised to date.

This past April’s Wine and Martini Tasting — the top grossing event to date — raised nearly $115,000 toward pediatric brain cancer research for The Kortney Rose Foundation, helping the Monmouth County based nonprofit  hit its million-dollar mark in cumulative donations to The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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RUMSON: PADDLING FOR KEVIN

jerry conway 060913Jerry Conway, seen here in 2013, coordinates the annual Paddling for Kevin fundraiser, dedicated to the recovery of Middletown resident Kevin Kret, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a 2009 skateboard accident and remains in a coma.

Paddleboarders and kayakers are invited to take part in the June 20 event, which has raised more than $30,000 since 2011. It begins at Rumson’s Victory Park at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 20. Participants will paddle a 12-mile course out to Sea Bright and back to Red Bank before returning to Rumson.

Donations may be made by check to the International Brain Research Foundation and mailed to Paddling for Kevin Kret, c/o Jerry Conway, 744 Nut Swamp Road, Red Bank NJ 07701.

RFH BOYS STOPPED IN TOURNEY OF CHAMPS

Rumson-Fair Haven’s boys’ lacrosse team hit the wall at Bridgewater-Raritan Regional on Saturday, falling 7-0 to Summit in the state Tournament of Champions. Shore Sports Zone has the action on video. For the Bulldogs, the game marked the end of an historic season, as they became the first Shore Conference team to win a boys lacrosse state championship.