LITTLE SILVER: RBR WARNS OF BOOZE & DRUGS

rbr v cn 091815 3RBR quarterback Jack Navitsky on the run against Colts Neck in a home game in September. (Photo courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

By JOHN T. WARD

just_in1Heading into a championship football game early next month and hoping to “avert a tragedy,” Red Bank Regional officials are warning students about drug and alcohol use following several incidents of severe intoxication at home games this season.

In a “letter to parents” posted on Twitter by principal Risa Clay and on the school website late Tuesday afternoon, interim Superintendent Thomas Pagano wrote that Little Silver police, as well as school security personnel and administrators “have had to intervene and assist intoxicated students who had consumed alcohol either prior to or during football games on school grounds” this season.

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LITTLE SILVER: STUDENT TO RATE WALKWAYS

theo cheevers 071015 1Theo Cheevers at Church Street and Rumson Road, site of a recent sidewalk reconstruction. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

donegoodlogoWhere exactly in Little Silver are there sidewalks, and what condition are they in? How might crosswalks be improved?

A young borough man has decided to tackle those questions this summer. And while the effort sounds, um, pedestrian, local government officials are looking forward to his findings.

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LOCAL WOMAN DEAD IN MURDER-SUICIDE

[CORRECTION: Reports from New Orleans, cited in this article, said that Sara Lamont had moved into an apartment late last year with the man who police say killed her. The Lamont family disputes that, saying Sara had her own apartment, according to Father Alberto Tamayo.]

By JOHN T. WARD

sara lamont linkedinA 25-year-old Tinton Falls woman studying law in New Orleans was shot and killed by her boyfriend before he turned the gun on himself sometime over the past weekend, according to a report by NOLA.com.

Sara Lamont, described as a “brilliant” student specializing in sports law, was killed by her 28-year-old boyfriend and classmate, Wajih Mazloum, in the apartment they’d shared for the past year, according to the report. Another roommate discovered their bodies Sunday morning.

“Everybody’s just in shock, a lot of people in tears,” said Father Alberto Tamayo, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Roman Catholic Church in Red Bank, where Lamont was a congregant, a reader and choir member.

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RBR SUB INDICTED FOR SEX WITH TEEN

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014A former Red Bank Regional substitute teacher, hall monitor and coach was indicted for an alleged sexual relationship with an underage student that involved sex at his Red Bank home, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s announced Friday.

Darnell Lewis, 37, faces a four-count indictment handed down by a grand jury charging him with three counts of sexual assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said in a prepared statement.

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RBR SUB CHARGED WITH SEX WITH STUDENT

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014A former Red Bank Regional substitute teacher and coach was arrested and charged with having sex with an underage student at his Red Bank home, authorities said Monday night.

Darnell Lewis, 37, faces charges of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child after it was learned he engaged in intercourse with a 16-year-old girl at his home on Leighton Avenue, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said in a prepared statement.

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RBR ROCKED BY ANOTHER STUDENT DEATH

just_in1A Red Bank Regional student died Monday night, one day after concluding her run as a cast member in the school’s production of “42nd Street.”

The death of sophomore Grace Giffen, 16, marks the third time in two years that the school community has been affected by a student death.

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RED BANK: RIYADH’NA’S SPIRT LIVES ON

Lynese Rawlins, left, and Candace Smith celebrate their selection as winners of scholarships in memory of their late classmate, Riyadh’na Farrow as RBR Principal Risa Clay looks on. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

Her classmates vow: Riyadh’na Farrow will live on through us.

Family, friends, neighbors and classmates of Riyadh’na, the Red Bank Regional senior who died suddenly at age 18 last September, gathered Saturday at Red Bank’s Count Basie Field to both remember her and honor her memory by helping her classmates move ahead in life.

Riyadh’na was recalled as beautiful, soul- focused and yet quick to laugh.

“Though she’s not here physically, every time someone laughs or smiles, its as if she were still here,” said her friend, Candace Smith.

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RBR: HOW NOT TO DROP OFF YOUR KID

Red Bank Regional graphics students Damian DeSena and Jessica Olivera produced this video – for parents who “have never gotten that memo” – on morning drop-off no-nos at the Little Silver school. According to the school handbook, students should be dropped off at either the main entrance or the student parking lot near the media center entrances. (Click to enlarge)

SCHOOL RECALLS BIGHEARTED ALBERT MARTIN

Isaac Coates and Garret Sickels reflect on their classmate and teammate Albert Martin, who died suddenly Monday. (Photo by Rebecca Desfosse. Click to enlarge)

By REBECCA DESFOSSE

Moving through the crowded hallways at Red Bank Regional, on the football field or in the paint on the school’s basketball court, Albert Martin cut an imposing figure.

In reality, though, he was six-foot-four and 220 pounds of “teddy bear,” a young man “just coming into his own” as a student and athlete, one with a future full of promise, his fellow students, coaches and others recalled Tuesday.

Less than 24 hours after collapsing during a basketball scrimmage, tearful members of the school community struggled to come to terms with the Red Bank 17-year-old’s sudden and thus-far-unexplained death.

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STUDENT’S DEATH PROMPTS RASH OF RUMORS

By JOHN T. WARD

An 18-year-old senior at Red Bank Regional died suddenly at home early Monday morning, and authorities were racing to dispel rumors that she had been murdered, a police spokesman tells redbankgreeen.

Riyadhna Farrow (right, click to enlarge), was pronounced dead shortly after emergency personnel were summoned to her family home at the Montgomery Terrace Apartments at around 1:30 a.m., said Captain Darren McConnell.

Officers arriving on the scene found the girl unresponsive and attempted to revive her with CPR, McConnell said.

There were no signs of foul play, and authorities don’t believe Farrow took her own life, he said.

“It looks to be from natural causes, but we don’t yet know from what,” McConnell said. “The medical examiner has ruled it’s not a homicide, pending toxicology and small-tissue test results, and its not being looked at as a suicide, either.”

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