RED BANK: SPAGHETTI WITH SANTA

red bank, nj, salvation army, santa clausred bank, nj, salvation army, santa clausVolunteers at the Salvation Army Corps in Red Bank hosted about a dozen borough senior citizens for a spaghetti-and-meatballs Christmas supper with Santa Claus Tuesday evening.

Assistant Commander Mhairi Sweaton said the post hopes to make the event an annual one and grow the number of attendees, with particular emphasis on hosting seniors who may be shut-ins. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: ANOTHER KETTLE CLASSIC

Two Red Bank Charter players hugging after they lost their game, above. Below, Ashley Houck of  Charter driving on a Seashore Academy defender. (Photos by Lola Todman. Click to enlarge)

By LOLA TODMAN

The Red Kettle Classic is a day-long series of elementary-school basketball games taking place from early in the morning each December at the Salvation Army gym in Red Bank.

This year’s edition, the eighth annual, held Saturday, featured boys’ and girls’ teams from Holy Cross and Forrestdale schools in Rumson; Knollwood School in Fair Haven; Seashore Academy in Long Branch; and Red Bank Charter School and St. James School in Red Bank.

In the large-school division, the Holy Cross boys beat Forrestdale, and on the girls’ side, Knollwood won for the fourth time in eight years over Forrestdale.

Here’s redbankgreen‘s report on the two small-school games.

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SALVATION ARMY FOOD PANTRY RUNS LOW

Major Elizabeth Rogan inspects what’s left on the shelves of the Salvation Army food pantry Thursday. (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

The Red Bank Salvation Army is in “dire” need of immediate donations for its food pantry, according to the officer in charge of the Newman Springs Road facility.

“It came to my attention yesterday,” Major Elizabeth Rogan told redbankgreen Thursday. “It looks like we’re not that empty, but we are, because there’s not a lot of the main staples that we need. I don’t want to be down to absolutely nothing.”

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KETTLE COMPETITION HEATS UP

girlsAction from the 2010 girls’ championship game between Forrestdale and Knollwood. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

The Salvation Army Red Bank Corps building on Newman Springs Road is the setting for the seventh annual “high squeal factor” Red Kettle Classic youth basketball tournament Saturday.

Featuring the boys and girls teams of Knollwood Middle School, Forrestdale Middle School, Red Bank Charter School, St. James School and Holy Cross School, as well as the Red Bank Youth Team, the tourney is sponsored by United Teletech Financial.

First game tip off at 8:45 a.m., with concessions, free megaphones and admission just one dollar for students (or free with donation of nonperishable food item).

Game participants will receive complimentary tournament T-shirts, goody bags, participant certificates, and possible selection to the coveted “All-Tournament Team” made up of game MVPs. Call (908)902-2203 or email for more info.

Salvation Army Jane H. Booker Community Center, Newman Springs Rd., Red Bank • 8:30am/ $4 adults, $1 students

DOIN’ GOOD, IN DOLDRUM DAYS

beatlemania1Alan LeBouef (at right, as Paul) leads the Stars of BEATLEMANIA in a fab fundraiser for the Red Bank Rotary Club, at Two River Theater.

Done2In case you haven’t noticed, it’s the January Doldrums for sure. And with most of us variously tapped out, snowed in or plowed under, the conventional wisdom holds that you  simply don’t schedule much of anything in the way of fundraiser events here in the season of slush.

That said, a handful of brave businesspeople and nonprofits are apparently ignoring the memo, offering a variety of constructive reasons to venture gingerly down the sidewalk and out of the house — and maybe just maybe do a little bit of the Done Good deed in the process.

A roundup of suggested January jaunts follows forthwith.

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DRIVING IN THE HOLIDAYS

toy-drive1The Rumson Department of Public Works held its 11th annual toy drive Friday and Saturday. DPW Director Mark Wellner said the department normally collects an average of 700 toys each year, but by Saturday morning was on track to bringing in more toys than ever before. “We’re hoping for a thousand. That’s our goal,” he said. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

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LADY KNIGHTS TAKE THIRD STRAIGHT KETTLE

girlsAction from the girls’ championship game between Forrestdale and Knollwood, above, and the boys’ final between St. James and Forrestdale, below. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

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The Salvation Army gymnasium on Newman Springs Road in Red Bank echoed to the sounds of the sixth annual Red Kettle Classic basketball tournament for local elementary and middle school teams this weekend.

David Prown, who organized the event with sponsorship from United Teletech Financial, reports that “a monster” Lady Knights team from Fair Haven’s Knollwood School defended its title and beat Rumson’s Forrestdale School Bulldogs, 37-17, on Saturday.

The Lady Knights captured the kettle for the third year in a row.

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SLIDING FROM ONE STYLE TO ANOTHER

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Music lovers filled the pews of the Salvation Army chapel in Red Bank last Wednesday night for its 10th annual Trombone Night.

Featuring trombonists from the New Jersey Symphony, Montclair Citadel Brass Band and the Salvation Army’s premier New York Staff Band, the ensemble, um, slid from classical to swing to gospel music with ease.

The evening also featured a barbecue and honors for New Jersey Special Olympics athletes.

Photos by Peter Lindner; click to enlarge