RED BANK SCHOOLS: LUDWIKOWSKI

carrie ludwikowski 091015Carrie Ludwikowski. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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Six candidates are vying for three three-year terms on the Red Bank Board of Education in the November 3 election. To help voters compare the candidates in terms of personal background and positions on key issues, redbankgreen emailed them identical sets of questions late last week. Here’s what incumbent Carrie Ludwikowski had to say in response.

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RED BANK SCHOOLS: ROSEMAN

ann roseman 091015Ann Roseman. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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Six candidates are vying for three three-year terms on the Red Bank Board of Education in the November 3 election. To help voters compare the candidates in terms of personal background and positions on key issues, redbankgreen emailed them identical sets of questions late last week. Here’s what incumbent Ann Roseman had to say in response.

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RED BANK SCHOOLS: STONE

fred stone 091015Frederick Stone. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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Six candidates are vying for three three-year terms on the Red Bank Board of Education in the November 3 election. To help voters compare the candidates in terms of personal background and positions on key issues, redbankgreen emailed them identical sets of questions late last week. Here’s what incumbent Frederick Stone had to say in response.
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RED BANK SCHOOLS: STOUT

dick stout 091215 2Richard Stout, Jr. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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Six candidates are vying for three three-year terms on the Red Bank Board of Education in the November 3 election. All six have been invited to participate in a forum sponsored by the Monmouth County League of Women Voters and the Red Bank Middle School PTO at the middle school at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, October 15. For more information about the event, call 732-768-0594.

To help voters compare the candidates in terms of personal background and positions on key issues, redbankgreen emailed them identical sets of questions late last week. Here’s what Richard Stout Jr. had to say in response.
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RED BANK SCHOOLS: KATZ

irwin katz 101215Irwin Katz. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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Six candidates are vying for three three-year terms on the Red Bank Board of Education in the November 3 election. To help voters compare the candidates in terms of personal background and positions on key issues, redbankgreen emailed them identical sets of questions late last week. Here’s what Irwin Katz had to say in response.

 

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RED BANK: GOP ‘CANDIDATE’ BLASTS… GOP

irwin katz 040307.jpgCamera-shy then as now, Irwin Katz hides behind a sign at his short-lived Monmouth Street store in 2007. Below is the August 10 GOP Facebook post that angered Katz. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

RB GOP school board post 081015One of three candidates on a Republican-recruited slate for the Red Bank school board tells redbankgreen he wants nothing to do with party, whose officials he calls “a bunch of liars, gangsters and thieves.”

Irwin Katz said he was talked into running without any mention of the GOP’s involvement, which he said he resents in a race that he believes should be non-partisan. But now that he’s on the November 3 ballot, he’ll stand as an independent, as intended, he said Wednesday.

“I’m going forward, for hell or high water,” Katz said. “Now my Irish is up.”

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RED BANK: BOE MEMBER SLAMS TAX NOTICE

rb schools 081115Board of ed member Sue Viscomi, left, criticized the borough’s handling of the tax adjustment notice. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

taxesAfter an adjustment by borough officials that nearly doubled an expected increase in the local school tax last month, a member of the Red Bank Board of Education fired back Tuesday night.

Sue Viscomi, who heads the board’s finance committee, said borough taxpayers may have been misled into believing the board approved a 12.74-percent spike in the local school portion of the tax, when in fact it adopted a budget reflecting a 6.95-percent increase in April.

“I personally think it’s irresponsible, what the town did with our tax bill,” she said at a board workshop meeting Tuesday night at the middle school. “We did not vote for a 12-percent increase.”

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RED BANK: TAX BILLS SOAR ON ADJUSTMENT

rb tax 080115 2Though the Red Bank board of ed adopted a budget with a 6.95-percent tax increase, a recalculation based on new data boosted that to 12.7 percent. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

taxesA drop in aggregate Red Bank property values as a result of appeals has sent the local school tax soaring, redbankgreen has learned.

Borough homeowners and other property owners found out about the 12.74-percent spike in the local school portion of the tax when they received their bills late last week, more than three months after the board of education adopted a budget indicating a 6.95-percent increase.

Included with the bills, and posted on the borough website,, was a “message to Red Bank taxpayers” that did not explain why the increase was so much higher than previously reported.

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RED BANK: A YEAR LATER, STRINGS RESOUND

rb strings 061814 4Student musicians preparing to rehearse at the middle school last June, above, and performing at the borough sidewalk sale a month later. (Photo above by John T. Ward, below by Wayne Woolley. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb strings 072614A year after budget cuts appeared to doom the strings program at the Red Bank primary and middle schools, the band is back.

As part of the the borough-based Monmouth Conservatory of Music’s 50th Anniversary Gala Concert, strings players from the two-school district will take the stage of the vaunted Count Basie Theatre for a song Saturday.

But the appearance signals more than mere survival of a music program that was on the verge of disappearing when $80,000 was cut from the district 2014-’15 budget, advocates said. Rather, it marks the culmination of a community-wide effort to restore the program and position it for the future.

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RED BANK: CROSSING GUARD NOSE CALENDAR

carl colmorgen 052115If there’s an occasion, count on Red Bank school crossing guard Carl Colmorgen to dress for it. Well known for his seasonal hats, Colmorgen marked Red Nose Day, an effort to combat childhood poverty, as he crossed students of Red Bank Catholic and St. James to school Thursday morning. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: SCHOOL TAX UP NEARLY 7 PERCENT

suzanne viscomi 042815Suzanne Viscomi, of the board’s finance committee, speaking at Tuesday night’s meeting. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03The typical Red Bank homeowner will pay $100 more this year to support the borough school district, following the board of education’s adoption of the 2015-’16 budget Tuesday night.

The $24.85-million spending plan, which one board member opposed, calls for a 6.95-percent local tax increase.

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LITTLE SILVER: SCHOOL JOBS DEBATED

LS PtRd Sch 010312The two-school district includes the Little Silver Point Road School, above. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Under pressure from parents, the Little Silver Board of Education will look for “compromise” on a proposed elimination of two school library jobs, president Christian Smith said Thursday night.

Smith’s comment came after more than two hours of discussion over the role of librarians – media specialists, in contemporary terms – and a recommendation by Superintendent Carolyn Kossack that the posts give way in the coming school year to other priorities. Namely, the teaching of so-called STEM subjects: science, technology, engineering and math.

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LITTLE SILVER: SCHOOL CUTS IN SPOTLIGHT

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03A decision by the Little Silver school district to terminate its two media specialists at the end of the year has stirred some passion that may get aired out this week.

Superintendent Carolyn Kossack told parents and teachers in an April 2 letter that the two-school district had decided to eliminate the positions of media specialists at the Markham Place and Point Road school libraries and replace them with Science, Technology Engineering & Math (STEM) teachers.

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RED BANK: KEEPING THE IRISH IN MIND

carl colmorgen 031715Red Bank school crossing guard Carl Colmorgen, well known for his seasonal hats, gets into the spirit of Saint Patrick’s Day on Broad Street Tuesday morning by showing he’s got a bit of leprechaun inside him. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: SCHOOL CLOSINGS

The following schools have announced closings and delayed openings as of 5:50 a.m. Thursday because of the expected snowstorm. 

HOT-TOPIC_03• Brookdale Community College: Delayed opening.

• Fair Haven schools: closed.

• Little Silver schools: closed

• Red Bank borough schools: closed

• Red Bank Catholic/St.James: closed

•  Red Bank Charter School: closed

• Red Bank Regional: closed.

•Rumson borough schools: closed

• Rumson Country Day School: closed.

• Rumson-Fair Haven Regional: closed

• Shrewsbury School: closed

• Tinton Falls school: closed

In addition…

• The Community YMCA in Red Bank is closed.

 

ON THE GREEN: DELAYED SCHOOL OPENINGS

The following schools have announced delayed openings as of 5:45 a.m. Monday because of icy road conditions. 

HOT-TOPIC_03• Brookdale Community College: Delayed openings at all locations.

• Fair Haven schools: 90-minute delayed opening.

• Little Silver schools delayed openings: Point Road School 10 a.m., Markham Place 10:05.

• Red Bank borough schools: two-hour delay.

• Red Bank Catholic/St.James: delayed opening.

•  Red Bank Charter School: delayed opening.

• Red Bank Regional: Two-hour delay.

• Rumson Country Day School: 90-minute delayed opening.

• Rumson-Fair Haven Regional: Period 1 starts 9:15 a.m.

• Shrewsbury School: 10:30 opening, morning preschool cancelled.

• Tinton Falls school: delayed opening.

 

FAIR HAVEN: TEACHER REINSTATED

fh boe 022515At a packed meeting, above, the board of ed voted to reinstate teacher Basil Henning, below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

basil henning 2014Fair Haven’s school board reinstated a sixth-grade Spanish teacher Wednesday night, 10 days after he was placed on administrative leave over crass satirical web videos in which he appeared.

Following a recommendation by Superintendent Nelson Ribon, the board ended the administrative leave of Basil Henning, a tenured teacher whose paid removal, announced in an unusual Sunday night email to parents, was prompted by at least one parent’s complaints.

Henning is free to return to work Thursday morning, though an investigation continues, Ribon told redbankgreen following the meeting, at the Knollwood School.

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ON THE GREEN: DELAYS AND CANCELLATIONS

rb cold 021615A bicyclist takes advantage of the empty sidewalk along Broad Street in Red Bank in the bitter cold Monday morning. A fresh blanket of snow fell overnight into Tuesday morning, with another two inches expected by noon, according to the National Weather Service. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

We’ll update this list of weather-related cancellations from the top as we get them:

• Monmouth County Offices will have a delayed opening of 10:30 a.m.

• Red Bank Regional is closed due to hazardous weather conditions. All after-school athletics and other activities cancelled.

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FAIR HAVEN: TEACHER PLACED ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE

Warning: video featuring Basil Henning, also seen below in a 2014 photo, includes graphic language. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

basil henning 2014A Fair Haven middle school teacher has been placed on administrative leave following a complaint over satirical web videos in which he appeared.

Superintendent Nelson Ribon announced in a Sunday night letter to parents and teachers that Knollwood School Spanish teacher Basil Henning had been placed on administrative leave. No reason was given for the action, and Ribon declined to comment to redbankgreen Monday, citing rules concerning personnel matters.

But Henning’s administrative leave followed complaints by at least one parent about videos in which Henning plays a foul-mouthed Jets fan who keeps up a constant patter about hookers, oral sex and other adult matters in addition to football.

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RED BANK: SHOE DONOR GETS A BIG HAND

dean ross 110514 2rb doc shoppe 092114 3Dean Ross, owner of the Doc Shoppe shoe store in Red Bank, gave away 629 pairs of new shoes to borough schoolchildren over two Sundays in September, events that drew lines of families down Broad Street. On Wednesday night, Mayor Pasquale Menna and the borough council honored Ross, seen above with his wife, Sharon, for his generosity. The giveaway “really thrilled and touched a lot of people,” Councilman Ed Zipprich told Ross.

“I got more hugs and high-fives those days,” Ross said. “It was worth it.”

Ross, himself a product of the borough school system, tells redbankgreen he’s not finished. With about 100 pairs of surplus shoes, he said he plans to double back to the borough schools to see who he missed – and hopes to find a donor to throw in gloves for the kids, too. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

RED BANK: OTHER SHOE DROPS SUNDAY

rb doc shoppe 092114 8rb doc shoppe 092114 10The big Red Bank shoe giveaway of 2014, which began last Sunday with the Doc Shoppe handing out 250 pairs of free shoes to borough kids, resumes this Sunday at 8 a.m., when store owner Dean Ross, his employees and a team of volunteers expect an even bigger turnout than this week. “I think maybe people who had reservations about coming will feel less intimidated,” said Ross.

Any borough resident who’s a student is eligible, though last Sunday redbankgreen saw Ross give a pair to a two-year-old, based on her future learning potential. The event wraps up at 11 a.m. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: SHOE GIVEAWAY DRAWS A CROWD

rb doc shoppe 092114 9rb doc shoppe 092114 6Free shoes for any Red Bank student who wants a pair? As reported by redbankgreen earlier this month, that was the offer by Doc Shoppe owner Dean Ross, himself a product of the borough school system. And Sunday morning, the giveaway got underway with a long line of families waiting for the Broad Street store to open. By 9:30, Ross, his employees and a team of volunteers had sent dozens of kids ranging in age from 2 to 16 with a new pair of shoes, as well as a toothbrush donated by dentist Hector Morales-Medina.

“This is awesome,” said borough schools Superintendent Jared Rumage, who gave out water to those in line. “It’s just so genuine.”

Ross plans to repeat the giveaway next Sunday from 8 to 11 a.m. Meantime, check out the photos below to see who benefitted. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: FREE SHOES. NO STRINGS.

rbpms-walk-zoneDo you walk to school or take the bus? Doesn’t matter. Any child who lives in Red Bank is eligible for a free pair of shoes from Doc Shoppe owner Dean Ross, below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

dean ross 030714Here’s an offer you don’t see every day: free shoes for kids.

Dean Ross, owner of the Doc Shoppe on Broad Street, is planning to give away hundreds of pairs of shoes to Red Bank children later this month.

Why? Because kids need them, he’s got them, and he wants to help parents in a town he loves.

“This is where I went to school,” says the alumnus of the Mechanic Street School, the River Street School and the old Red Bank High School (’69).

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SEA BRIGHT: TAXES, FIREHOUSE PACK COUNCIL

sb council 080514 1Mayor Dina Long, center above, helped move tables to accommodate an overflow crowd Tuesday night. John Lamia, below, was sworn to fill the unexpired term of Read Murphy. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

john lamia 080514A boatload of critical issues came crashing ashore in Sea Bright Tuesday night, as officials and residents wrestled with soaring taxes, where to put a Sandy-wrecked firehouse and more.

Dozens of residents packed a bimonthly borough council with their concerns: a bulkhead ordinance that would require some property owners to raise the level of protection adjoining their homes along the Shrewsbury River; a plan to build a 150-foot tall cell tower just feet from the ocean beach behind borough hall; the timing of repairs to the seawall.

Two matters in particular drew concerted heat: a proposal to rent land for use as a temporary fire station from a former mayor in arrears on taxes, and a 10-percent increase in tax bills, reflecting a whopping 17-percent increase to cover the cost of sending borough kids to Shore Regional High School in West Long Branch.

That one, and other issues, reflected longstanding frustrations.

“Twenty-five years ago, when I first came on the council – it was a subject then,” said Councilman Jack Keeler. “It hasn’t changed.”

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RED BANK: BUSKING FOR THE PROGRAM

rb strings 072614Red Bank primary and middle school strings players performing at the borough Sidewalk Sale on Saturday included, from left, Hannah Ludwikowski, Claudia Garcia, Parker Ludwikowski, Mae Woolley, Sarah Perry and Lillian Woolley. 

Parents of strings students have joined forces with the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation to raise the $85,000 required for restoration of the strings program, which was terminated recently over budget issues. (Photo by Wayne Woolley. Click to enlarge)