MORE DEGREES, HONORS FOR AREA STUDENTS

It’s Grad Season at colleges and universities across the country, and young people from all over the greater Red Bank Green are among the many thousands of Class of 2014 members who received their degrees in May and June.

STUDENTS FROM RED BANK

Allyson Amato, graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Sarah Babcock, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Individualized Study from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Dennis Chambers, degree in Theater Studies from the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.

Lauren Fisher, Certificate of Advanced Study from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

Alexander Gallo, graduated with a degree from Rider College in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Erin Gaynor, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Hartford in Hartford, CT.

Kristine Elizabeth Harjes, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics-Mathematics from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. Harjes also is the recipient of The Alton Dennis Law Award for Excellence in Economics.

Nicole Mastrodomenico, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio and East Asian Studies from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.

Emily Nolan, graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Eric Poandl, degree in Television and Radio from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.

Mark Russoniello, Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology from Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, ME.

Gregory Salvaggio, graduated with a degree from Rider College in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Continue reading for a list of grads from Fair Haven, Little Silver, Middletown, Rumson, and Shrewsbury.

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LINCROFT: MAKE YOUR PRESERVATION

Di-Ionno-Headshot_Full-001-featuredStar-Ledger journalist Mark DiIonno is the guest speaker for a Wednesday evening reception “Celebrating Past, Present and Future,” at the county Park System’s Thompson Park headquarters.

“Celebrating Past, Present and Future” is the broad-reaching theme  — and New Jersey’s 350th birthday year is the occasion — as the Thompson Park homebase of the Monmouth County Park System hosts a special opening reception in advance of Thursday’s 2014 NJ History and Historic Preservation Conference at Brookdale Community College.

On Wednesday evening, June 4, an assembly of historians, academics, civic dignitaries and preservation-minded members of the general public will convene inside the Thompson Hall administrative building at the county park on Newman Springs Road, for a 5:30 pm event that should be of interest to anyone who’s interested in the rescue and renovation of such historic sites as Red Bank’s T. Thomas Fortune House, and Little Silver’s Parker Homestead. A benefit for the nonprofit New Jersey History Advocates, the event boasts the participation of a uniquely Jersey voice — that of Star-Ledger ace reporter Mark DiIonno.

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LOCAL NILSON OFFICE HOSTS ALEX’S EVENT

Alex'spic2012_026While an unidentified photobomber looks on at left, kids enjoy snow cones at last year’s Alex’s Lemonade Stand event in Shrewsbury. The ninth annual edition comes to the office of Gloria Nilson and Co. this Saturday.

The Shrewsbury office of Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate offers up a refreshing roadside treat this Saturday, May 31, when the firm’s sales associates host their ninth annual Alex’s Lemonade Grand Stand Event, to raise money for childhood cancer causes.

Scheduled for the hours between 11 am and 3 pm, the event will benefit the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which was created to honor the spirit and fundraising efforts of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). To date, the foundation has raised more than $50 million, funding more than 150 research projects nationally.

Along with lemonade, hot dogs and potato chips, the Shrewsbury office’s Grand Stand will feature family friendly activities for children of all ages, including music, face painting, Cowboy Larry’s Wild Wild West Show and Covered Wagon, and more.

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RED BANK AREA TOWNS SALUTE HEROES

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The Veterans Monument on Monmouth Street is the scene of an annual Memorial Day observance on Monday, one of several going on around the Green.

From Red Bank to Rumson; Shrewsbury to Sea Bright; Little Silver, Middletown and Fair Haven, Memorial Day is more than just a paid day off and a chance to fire up the grille. The various municipalities, first responders and volunteer organizations of the greater Green will be honoring the service of those who sacrificed all for their country, in a series of hometown events that take place this Monday morning.

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HELP FLOWS TO SHREWSBURY VOLUNTEERS

njamerBob Wentway (left), vice president of Shrewsbury Hose Company No.1, accepts a check from a representative of New Jersey American Water Company, toward the purchase of two new hose nozzles. In a statement, the company thanked the utility for its support of all Monmouth County volunteer first responders.

SHREWSBURY: RECONNECTING WITH BELL LABS

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It was Standing Room Only, when Jon Gertner came to the Green for a presentation on his book THE IDEA FACTORY: BELL LABS AND THE GREAT AGE OF AMERICAN INNOVATION…and on May 7, the author returns for an encore. (File photo by Trish Russoniello) 

In a 2012 feature that appeared here on redbankgreen, author Jon Gertner described Bell Labs as a facility that “operated like a national laboratory… a place that believed in the rich exchange of ideas.”

For his last appearance at a local library, the science, tech and business journalist found himself with an overflow crowd that forced a relocation to a municipal courthouse — where it was still an SRO affair. But then, Gertner’s The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation deals with some extraordinary subject matter — New Jersey’s (and Monmouth County’s) significant contributions to the ways in which information is collected, stored and transmitted in the 21st century, as well as Nobel-lauded work on the nature of the universe itself. And when the editor at Fast Company visits the Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch on Wednesday evening, he’s sure to draw some extraordinary attendees — many of them with a connection to a place of which Fair Haven’s own Bob Lucky was quoted as saying, “We had these people who were bigger than life back then…we don’t seem to have them anymore.”

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SHREWSBURY: KICKING IT OLD MONMOUTH

FriendsAllenChristPresbClockwise from top left: the Shrewsbury Borough landmarks of the Friends Meeting House, Allen House, Old Christ Church and  First Presbyterian Church are among the historic homesteads, community centers and houses of worship on the Weekend in Old Monmouth Tour, going on Saturday and Sunday all about the greater Green and beyond.  

If it’s the first Saturday and Sunday in May, this must be the Weekend in Old Monmouth — and if you’re sufficiently curious about the rich history of the place where you live, there’s never been a better time to take a closer look at the area’s many historic places, some of which you’ve surely passed by countless times on your way to someplace a bit less charming. A series of free, self-guided tours of some 45 homes, meeting halls and houses of worship in Monmouth County, the seventh annual event (brought to you by the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and the Monmouth County Historical Commission) runs four color-coded tour routes on May 3 (10 am – 5 pm) and May 4 (12 – 5 pm) — with all stops on the tour synching up their visitation hours, and waiving any admission fees for the duration of the Weekend.

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RED BANK: SELFIES KICK OFF ARTFUL WEEKEND

Mirrored_Bob300A selfie by Bob McKay is among the works on display in the group show FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE opening Friday at Gallery 135 in Red Bank.

Leave it to Gerda Liebmann – the Swiss-born, internationally exhibited multimedia artist (and redbankgreen Clippings correspondent) – to discern the beauty in so tawdry a device as the cellphone selfie.

Liebmann, who established Gallery 135 in the second-floor space shared by Red Bank Community Church, has employed this maybe-misunderstood signifier of 21st century life – and its cousin in succinct cinema, the Vine – as the basis for her new group show, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. Opening with a reception at 7 pm on Friday, the multimedia installation “will give viewers the opportunity to reconnect with the special intimacy and self-revelation that self-portraits uniquely offer,” she says.

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SHREWSBURY: BALALAIKAS RINGING OUT

barynyaYou call that a balalaika? Now THIS is a balalaika…and Elina Karokhina and Mikhail Smirnov of the Barynya troupe are not afraid to use it, when the traditional Russian music act comes to the Eastern Branch of the county library on Thursday evening.

With the Secretary of State meeting with “his Russian counterpart” every other news cycle, you could say that Russia is currently on the American cultural radar screen more than it’s been in a generation — and over at the Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch, the radar’s pulsing with an incoming act that’s got the Hotline heating up as never before. The musicians and dancers of the NJ-based Barynya troupe have long brought traditional sounds and steps to regional audiences, in contexts that range from full ensembles to intimate trios and duos, with the core of master musicians — virtuoso lead balalaika player Elina Karokhina, instrumentalist and educator Alex Siniavsky, guitarist-accordionist Mikhail Smirnov, and Leonid Bruk, he of the giant contra (bass) balalaika — conjuring highly danceable spells that carry echoes of everything from mandolin-fired bluegrass to supercharged surf rock.

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RBR SENIOR ART SHOW COMES TO THE GUILD

Fiona_greeneFiona Green’s photograph Trapped (above) and Amber Czesnolowicz’s colored pencil Up, Up and Away (right) are among the works by Red Bank Regional students on display at Shrewsbury’s Guild of Creative Art, beginning April 22.

amber_czesnolowicz_-_ballon_ridePress release from Red Bank Regional High School

The talented senior Studio Art and Photography Majors at Red Bank Regional High School have collaborated to present a joint show entitled “Exposure and Brush Strokes” at the Guild of Creative Art (The Guild) this spring. The show will debut on Tuesday, April 22, and last through Wednesday, May 7.

Presenting their work, which includes pencil drawings, mixed media, oil and acrylic paintings to film and digital photography, are studio art majors Amber Czesnolowicz (Middletown), Nicole Farello, (Red Bank), Victoria Garcia, (Red Bank), Anja Merz, (Red Bank) and Alaena Punzi, (Little Silver), in addition to commercial photography majors Kelsey Capestro (Bradley Beach), Maria Montgomery (Little Silver), Fiona Greene (Union Beach), and Erin Sacharanski (Union Beach).

The public is invited to meet the young artists at their Gala reception on Friday, April 25, from 6 to 8 pm. The Guild is located at 620 Broad Street (Route 35) in Shrewsbury.

WEEKEND: ALL YOUR EGGS, MANY BASKETS

TROUBLE_press_1It’s opening weekend for the Two River Theater Company production of TROUBLE IN MIND, above. Below, the kids from Rockit! polish Janis Joplin’s PEARL as part of the annual Brookdale Guitar Festival. (TRTC photo by T. Charles Erickson) 

Friday, April 11 – Sunday, April 13: 

view_image.aspRED BANK: Although the late Alice Childress is known these days primarily as author of the young adult novel A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But a Sandwich, among her many firsts and foremosts was becoming the first African-American woman to have one of her plays produced in New York. She also became the first female playwright to win an Obie Award, for a 1955 play entitled Trouble in Mind.

On Friday night at 8 pm, Two River Theater Company opens a new production of the comedy-drama directed by the acclaimed Jade King Carroll, associate director for the recent Broadway Streetcar Named Desire. It’s a “backstage” portrait of a multi-racial theatrical troupe, a play-within-a-play about a Southern lynching, and the fireworks that fly when the show’s black leading lady (Brenda Pressley of TRTC’s In This House) questions the inaccuracies and stereotypes being perpetuated by her white director (fellow Two River returnee Steven Skybell).

Surprisingly resonant today, the oft-overlooked play costars Tony winner Roger Robinson (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone), with McKinley Belcher III, Jonathan David Martin, Brian Russell, Hayley Treider, Amirah Vann — and Robert Hogan, the octogenarian character ace of stage and screen interviewed here on redbankgreen, when he starred in Two River’s recent On Borrowed Time. The show continues with performances at 3 pm and 8 pm Saturday, as well as 3 pm Sunday; take it here for schedule details and tickets ($20-$65). Then stick around after Sunday’s matinee show (or drop in free of charge at 5:30 pm), when director Carroll is joined by Pressley, TRTC Artistic Director John Dias, and her longtime associate, Tony winning actor-director Ruben Santiago-Hudson, for a panel discussion on “Modern African American Theater (1950s to Today),” presented as part of Two River’s “Exploration of Justice” slate of special events.

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LITTLE SILVER’S GOT TALENT, IN SHREWSBURY

Point_Road_School_with_FlowersPress release from the Education Foundation of Little Silver

The Education Foundation of Little Silver (EFLS) will hold its annual fundraiser, Little Silver’s Got Talent, on Friday, March 21 at the Shadowbrook in Shrewsbury.  Last year’s event, Dancing with the Stars, was a huge success, raising $60,000 for Little Silver’s school system.

This year, talented Little Silver residents have come forward to strut their stuff for the sake of technology in the classroom. for both Markham Place (middle school) and Point Road (elementary school).  While the school system focuses on funding foundational technology like our servers and network, the EFLS funds transformational equipment and software like SMART boards, SimCEO, special needs educational programs, and many other important items.

The event will feature talented amateurs, as well as teachers who will sing, dance, and share their talents — all competing for first place in the “talent show of the year.”

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RBR HOSTS ADULT FORUM ON HEROIN EPIDEMIC

TimeToActMonmouth County professionals and citizens involved with the February 20 forum “Time to Talk…Time to Act” include (left to right): Jennifer McCarron, RFH intern; Suzanne Fico, RFH Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC); Jacqueline O’Hara, Nurse Practitioner Intern; Lori Todd, RBR SAC; Kathleen Booth, Red Bank Catholic SAC;  Ben Day, RFH Community Alliance; Enza Massa, RFH Social Worker; Virginia Carreira, Nurse Practitioner, Long Branch High School; Donna DeStefano, RFH Community Alliance; Nikki Barreca, Shrewsbury Community Alliance.

Over the past six months, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office has been sounding the alarm on the insidious heroin epidemic that is addicting and killing our young people, regardless of the community in which they live. As a follow-up to that awareness campaign, area school districts and drug alliance organizations are sponsoring an adult forum “Time to Talk…Time to Act” at Red Bank Regional High School on Thursday, February 20. The 6:30 pm program will take place inside the RBR auditorium .

All parents and adults are encouraged to attend the two-hour presentation, during which information on heroin addiction will be presented by medical professionals. Additionally, the personal stories of young people in recovery and the parents of people whose lives have been impacted by this highly addictive and deadly drug will be featured.  A panel of professionals will then inform the public on the resources and treatment options available to help prevent addiction, identify it and promote recovery. A Q&A session will follow the presentations.

This event is jointly sponsored by the School Districts of Fair Haven, Little Silver, Red Bank, Red Bank Catholic, Red Bank Regional, Rumson, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional, and Shrewsbury, as well as the Rumson-Fair Haven Community Alliance and the Shrewsbury Community Alliance.

STUDENTS FROM THE GREEN MAKE DEAN’S LIST

Students from all around the greater Red Bank green — not just the borough, but Fair Haven, Little Silver, Middletown, Rumson, and Shrewsbury — were named to the fall 2013 semester Dean’s List for their respective schools.

At The College of New Jersey in Ewing, some 34 local students made the list by meeting the requirements of 12 or more credits for the semester, and a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. They include Red Bank seniors Matthew Erickson (major in Management), Cecilia Muscarella (Early Childhood), Kayla Riddleberger (English) and Justin Wagner (Computer Science); juniors Jessica Gonzalez (Education) and Alexander Spence (Civil Engineering); as well as sophomores Madeline Liskiewicz (Psychology) and Anna Mitarotondo (Open Option — Arts and Communication).

Also named to the list were Fair Haven junior Eileen Goepfert (major in Spanish) and two residents of Little Silver: sophomore Sarah Perry (Psychology) and freshman Elise Schoening (Open Option — Humanities and Social Sciences).

Middletown students named by TCNJ include seniors Casie Fitzgerald (major in  Secondary Education), Kelly-Ann Gesuelli (Chemistry/ACS — Research), Danielle Hungerbuhler (Spanish), Katarina McKee (Mathematics Second) and Elizabeth O’Brien (Early Childhood — iSTEM); juniors Cally Connelly (Criminology) and Jessica Glynn (Political Science); sophomores James Tomasullo, Colleen Dean (both Finance), Dylan Kret (Communication Studies), Lauren Hymanson (Open Option — Science), Cole Playter (Psychology), Justin Sorrenti (Civil Engineering) and Jenna Vitale (Interactive Multimedia); in addition to freshmen Sarah Conger (Special Education), Kristen Hassenkamp (Psychology) and William Recanatini (Accountancy).

TCNJ also recognized Shrewsbury seniors Emily Cotenoff (Psychology), Alexa Tortoriello (Early Childhood) and Sally Milnes (Communication Studies); juniors Rebecca Havens (Special Education) and Olivia Porada (Music Performance), as well as sophomore Theresa Soya (Communication Studies).

Click for more area names from the Dean’s Lists at Cornell University, Merrimack College, Quinnipiac College, Salve Regina University, the University at Albany, the University of Hartford, the University of New Haven, the University of Rhode Island, and the University of Vermont.

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LIBRARY OFFERS INCOME TAX PREP HELP

For the past two decades, taxpayers seeking help with their income tax returns have found help at the Monmouth County Library. Beginning Tuesday, February 4, volunteers from the AARP Tax Aide program will offer free tax preparation assistance at all County Library branches, including the Eastern Branch on Broad Street (Route 35) in Shrewsbury.

This service, which is also offered at the County Library locations in Manalapan and Wall, is available for low-and middle-income taxpayers with simple returns, through the tax filing deadline date of April 15.

Hours for tax prep assistance services in the months of February and April are Mondays 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, Tuesdays 9:30 am to 1 pm; Wednesdays 1 pm to 7:30 pm; Thursdays 9:30 am to 1 pm; Fridays 9:30 am to  pm; Saturdays 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, and Sundays 1 pm to 3:30 pm.

Hours in March are Mondays 9:30 am to 7:30 pm, Wednesdays 1 pm to 7:30 pm; Thursdays 9:30 am to 5 pm; Saturdays 9:30 am to 3:30 pm, and Sundays 1 pm to 3:30 pm.

BATTER UP FOR TWO RIVER LITTLE LEAGUE

P1200923Two River Little League president Chris Kelly (second from left, with t-shirt) is pictured in a file photo with TRLL board member John Caruso, Red Bank Regional athletic director Del Dal Pra, TRLL vice president Memone P. Crystian, and TRLL board member Bob Oakes.

From press materials furnished by Red Bank Recreation

Winter may still have the greater Red Bank green in its icy clutches — but for the organizers of the Two River Little League, it’s “put me in, coach…there’s new grass on the field.”

There’s still time for boys and girls to sign up for the newly created league, with the deadline for registration on January 31 — and a special public information session for Red Bank kids and parents scheduled for 7:30 pm this Friday, January 24, at Borough Hall on Monmouth Street.

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COUNTY FIRE ACADEMY GRADUATES 42

Class 100-TylerEvan D. Tyler of the Shrewsbury Hose Company (third from left) was the recipient of the Class 100 Ronald Fitzpatrick Award, at the Monmouth County Fire Academy’s graduation ceremony on January 14. Congratulating him are County Freeholders John P. Curley, Lillian G. Burry, and Serena DiMaso.

Press release from Monmouth County Fire Academy

Evan D. Tyler of the Shrewsbury Hose Company was the recipient of an annual award, as the Monmouth County Fire Academy graduated 42 firefighters from the Firefighter I program last week. Graduates were divided into two classes, with Class 100 graduating on January 14 and Class 101 graduating on January 15. Both ceremonies were held at the Fire Academy on Route 33 in Freehold.

Tyler was one of two graduates to earn the Ronald Fitzpatrick Award, given to one member of each graduating class, and named in honor of a Fire Academy instructor who died in 2003. Timothy J. Smigelsky of Howell’s Ramtown Fire Company was the award recipient for Class 101.

Monmouth County Fire Marshal Henry Stryker III congratulated the graduates and urged them to continue their training with advanced courses offered at the Fire Academy.

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WEEKEND: HOME TURF ADVANTAGE

lacombe_jacques2Above: Conductor Jacques Lacombe carries the baton to the Basie for the year’s first visit by the NJ Symphony Orchestra, with the internationally acclaimed cellist Daniel Müller-Schott along for the ride…while below, Judith Krall-Russo brings the Downton-y delights of the Edwardian Manor to the MTPL. 

Friday, January 10:

krallrussoLINCROFT: You say you’re feeling cabin feverish after being housebound throughout much of our recent epic weather wackiness? You say you’re still unsure about how best to re-assimilate into mainstream society? Fortunately there’s a way to “stay home” while venturing beyond the garden gate, as the 24th annual winter edition of the Jersey Shore Home Show commandeers the Robert J. Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College for the Shore area’s premier expo of home improvement contractors, vendors and manufacturers. Kicking off Friday between the hours of 4 and 8 pm, the event offers up a strolling smorgasbord of product showcases and demos — a brick ‘n mortar bazaar of everything from spas to sponges, bath stalls to burglar alarms, flagpoles to floor coverings, stonework to solar panels, windows to water treatments, and every helpful/ healthful thing between. Whether you’re a diehard DIY’er or a domestic dilettante, you can get pleasantly lost in this midway of merch and services, checking out the latest super-absorbent shammy or water-repellant shingle. You could even get a back rub — and for the first time, you can get your tickets ($8 adults, $6 seniors, free for age 17 and under) online. The Home Show continues Saturday (11 am – 8 pm) and Sunday (11 am – 5 pm), with free parking in BCC’s parking lots 6 and 7.

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FOR EAGLE SCOUT, IT’S ABOUT GIVING BACK

scout pic 592For his Eagle Scout project, RBR senior and Shrewsbury resident Matthew Kowalski designed and supervised the construction of this storage shed for the Shrewsbury Community Garden.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The Shrewsbury Community Garden was established a year ago by dedicated volunteers to beautify their community. The gardeners would bring all their own equipment tools to work the gardens; some would get lost or rust outside.  Now, thanks to a volunteer project coordinated and supervised by Red Bank Regional student Matthew Kowalski for his Eagle Scout Rank, the volunteers have a new shed to house their equipment.

Matt planned the project for nine months, meeting with the Garden Committee for their input on the design and materials.  After school, Matt and his fellow Troop 50 volunteer scouts and adult leaders constructed the shed in one month’s time. He also relied on his scout advisor and an assistant scoutmaster with construction experience for guidance.

TOWNS TEAM UP FOR TWO RIVER LITTLE LEAGUE

P1200923Several of the people who were instrumental in establishing the Two River Little League (TRLL) — a new chapter of Little League International encompassing Fair Haven, Little Silver, Red Bank, Rumson and Shrewsbury — are (left to right):  TRLL Board Member John Caruso; TRLL President Chris Kelly; Del Dal Pra, Athletic Director Red Bank Regional High School; TRLL Vice President/Softball Memone P. Crystian, and TRLL Board Member Bob Oakes. (click to enlarge)

From press materials furnished by Marianne Kligman

The towns of Fair Haven, Little Silver, Red Bank, Rumson and Shrewsbury have formed a new charter as part of Little League International.  Known as the Two River Little League, boys and girls ages 9 to 16 can begin signing up January 1 to play baseball and softball this spring. The registration period extends through February 1, and can be accessed at each town’s website. or by visiting the recreational department for each town for registration forms. Younger children ages 5 to 8 will continue to play with their town’s recreational leagues in the existing Peninsula League.

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WEEKEND: FOOD, FISHING, AND FUNDRAISING

authorsAuthors May Becker, Susan E. Davis and Lisa Borders appear at libraries and bookstores around the greater Green on Saturday afternoon. Below, Michael Morch, Jennifer Grasso, Laura Gepford and Ian Brown-Gorrell head up the cast in Phoenix Productions’ staging of ‘White Christmas.’

White_Christmas_4bThe days and weeks leading up to Thanks Thursday and Black Friday buy us a little more time to approach the holiday season at our own pace… a chance to chill in the outdoors with a few more hours of autumn sun, or to head home and curl up with some comfort food and a good book.

Friday, November 15:

RED BANK: Or, you could just cut to the chase and surrender to Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the season-closing musical entertainment from Phoenix Productions on the stage of the Count Basie Theatre. Come for tonight’s opening performance at 8 pm, and you’ll get more than just a jaunty romance-in-rhythm packed with Berlin blockbusters like “Happy Holiday,” “Blue Skies” and the title tune — you’ll get a shot at the traditional Phoenix 50/50 raffle and, as is traditional on Opening Night, you’ll get a first look ahead to the borough-based troupe’s 2014 season. Show continues through November 24; take it here to reserve tickets — and here for our feature on some exciting new developments at the Phoenix fun factory.

RUMSON: He’s fronted the 21st century edition of Blood Sweat & Tears; subbed for Belushi in The Original Blues Brothers Band; shared stages with everyone from Boy George to B.B. King, and toured the region’s roadhouses with his own Hudson River Rats (an upstanding organization that boasts legendary drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie). You might recall blues-rock belter and ace harmonicat Rob Paparozzi from those open-air Red Bank Jazz & Blues Fests of yore — but when Rob and Friends take it indoors to Barnacle Bill’s for some Friday night sets, they’ll be tearing the roof from the joint with a harpin’ helpin’ of houseparty hospitality, and the kind of star quality that keeps paparazzi flashbulbs a-poppin’.

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SHREWSBURY POLICE BLOTTER

call-in-the-authoritiesActivity reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of April 13 to April 18, 2013.

• Report of Theft in the area of Broad Street on 4/13/13. Articles taken by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $640.00. Ptl. Ryan Cullinane investigating.

• Report of Theft in that area of Avenue at the Commons on 4/16/13. Article taken by unknown subject(s).  Upon further investigation Joseph J. Mangone, male age 21 of Matawan was arrested and charged with the theft. Investigated by Ptl. Mary Ellen Jennings and Detective James Ramsey.

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SHREWSBURY BLOTTER

Activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of March 30 to April 5, 2013.

call-in-the-authoritiesArrests

Robin J. Seward, female age 49 of Asbury Park was arrested 3/30/13 for Contempt of Court in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue by Ptl. Ryan Cullinane.

Thomas J. Reiley, male age 28 of Pompton Plains was arrested on 3/31/13 for Contempt of Court in the area of Broad Street by Ptl. Ryan Cullinane.

Steven A. Rhoden, male age 57 of Long Branch was arrested 4/1/13 for Contempt of Court in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue by Ptl. Ralph Latham.

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SHREWSBURY SEES RED ON DRUGS & BULLIES

Shrewsbury Borough School embarks on its annual anti-drug-abuse and anti-bullying effort this week. (Photo by Rebecca Desfosse. Click to enlarge)

By REBECCA DESFOSSE

It’s a week of red at the Shrewsbury Borough School as the Shrewsbury Community Alliance hosts a slate of  events to combat drug abuses and bullying.

Dubbed ‘Red Ribbon Week, the effort focuses on substance abuse and bullying- prevention awareness. Red ribbons will be placed around the school and students will participate in activities with the message to take a stand against drugs and bullying.

Each year, the school and the alliance work together pm Red Ribbon Week, one of the oldest and largest drug prevention campaigns in the country. The week honors the cause for which DEA Agent Enrique “KikI” Camarena, who was killed in the line of duty in 1985, gave his life. The red ribbon has become a symbol for thousands of Americans to show that they are united against a drug-free youth.

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FERRARO BECOMES SHREWSBURY’S TOP COP

Chief Lou Ferraro and his wife, Eda, gret well-wishers after his swearing-in Monday night. (Photo by Rebecca Desfosse. Click to enlarge)

By REBECCA DESFOSSE

Joined by his family, friends and fellow officers, Lou Ferraro took the oath of office as Shrewsbury’s chief of police at Monday night’s council meeting. He had served as acting police chief since John Wilson announced his retirement early this year.

A 22-year department veteran and lifelong resident of Shrewsbury, Ferraro started his career as a patrolman and worked his way up the ranks as detective, detective sergeant and lieutenant. He assumes the role of top cop with an extensive list of commendations and a broad education in law enforcement under his belt, highlighted by time spent at the FBI National Academy.

About his new job, Ferraro told redbankgreen, “I am honored to be serving the town that I grew up in.”

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