Press release from Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee

Jack C HowleyThe Fourth Annual Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2016, beginning at 1 pm. The day will be complete with music, bag pipe bands, floats, marching bands from area high schools, Irish Step Dancers, classic cars, veteran groups, scouting organizations, non-profit organizations, schools, novelty acts, and area business and civic groups.

Mayor John Ekdahl and members of the borough council enthusiastically welcomed the announcement of this recently established local tradition, first organized in 2013. As she has since the event’s inception, JoAnn Pileggi of Fox 29 News Philadelphia will serve as Master of Ceremonies, and named as the 2016 Grand marshal is Jack C. Howley (pictured), president of Howley Financial Group, LLC and a founding board member and supporter of the Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade committee.

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Press release from The Community YMCA

sea lane shippingLocal residents and businesses are invited to help make the holidays brighter for struggling families in Monmouth County, by giving to The Community YMCA’s annual holiday gift drive.

Coordinated by the Y’s Counseling and Social Services branch, the gift drive helps to ensure that many of county’s neediest children and their families can experience the joy and surprise of the holiday season, in the words of coordinator Christina DeAngelis.

According to DeAngelis, in 2015 the Y was able to distribute nearly $60,000 in gifts to 407 children and 180 families served by the Y’s Counseling and Social Services branch — thanks to the generous support of the community, and of businesses like Sea Lane Shipping of Red Bank, whose employees are pictured participating in the initiative for the fifth consecutive year.

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Press release from The Community YMCA

Wm O GeorgeAt its upcoming Y Cares Annual Benefit, the Shrewsbury-based Community YMCA will honor the Middletown Township School District and its Superintendent of Schools, William O. George III, Ed.D, for their commitment to youth development.

During the event, hosted on Saturday, September 26 at the CYMCA’s Camp Arrowhead facility in Marlboro, the school district will be presented the Community Partner Award, while Dr. George (pictured) will be acknowledged with the Distinguished Citizen Service Award.

The Y Cares Benefit will begin at 5:30 pm with cocktails in the Carr Pavilion featuring music by Carl Gentry, a graduate of Middletown schools. Dinner by Merri-makers Caterers will follow, along with dancing to the music of Tim McLoone and The Shirleys. The evening will include silent and live auctions, in addition to a 50/50 cash raffle.

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CYMCAPress release from The Community YMCA

On the evening of Saturday, September 26, The Community YMCA will be hosting its Y Cares Annual Benefit, an event dedicated to the Y’s ongoing community programs and initiatives at its Monmouth County facilities, including the Family Health and Wellness Center in Red Bank.

Board members Bryan Kuderna and Remsen Straub (pictured left to right, with CYMCA President and CEO Rhonda Anderson) have been named co-committee chairmen for the event, a fundraiser for the Y Cares financial assistance program for kids and families in need of free and reduced program and membership fees, as well as community initiatives such as water safety programs for at-risk youth.

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Press release from The Community YMCA

At its 141st annual meeting, held Wednesday, June 17 at Rumson Country Club, The Community YMCA Board of Directors elected Joseph Oriolo chairman and chief volunteer officer. Oriolo replaces Patricia Whittemore, who led the board for two years.

The Shrewsbury resident has been a member of the Y board since 2008, and most recently served as vice chairperson. He also served as chairman of the Y’s Governance Committee.

“We are grateful for Patty’s leadership and we are pleased to welcome Joe as chairman and chief volunteer officer,” said President and CEO Rhonda Anderson. “He will continue to lead us forward to help increase our visibility as a cause-driven organization that strengthens the lives of over 20,000 people we serve in Monmouth County and beyond.”

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cymca swimYMCA swim instructor Evan Marx assists Aaron Jean-Louis during a Learn to Swim class in June 2014.

Press release from The Community YMCA

As part of a national YMCA effort to increase water safety awareness and prevent drowning, the Community YMCA is committed to providing more Monmouth County youth and adults access to water safety lessons through the Learn to Swim Week program.

From Tuesday, June 23 through Saturday, June 27, The CYMCA invites Monmouth County residents who have little or no swimming ability to take part in Learn to Swim Week. The program, which includes five lessons for a fee of $15, offers lessons for ages 6 months (with parent/caregiver) to adults. The Y’s water safety initiative also includes a week of free water safety and swim lessons for all third grade students in Red Bank, to help prepare them for a safe summer around water.

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rhonda andewrsonPress release from The Community YMCA

Rhonda Anderson, President and CEO of The Community YMCA, has been honored with the Professional Achievement Award by the Central Jersey Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs, Inc.

The award was presented on April 25, during the club’s 51st Annual Founders’ Day Luncheon at the Sheraton in Eatontown.

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y kidsOn Saturday, April 25, The Community YMCA is hosting a free community event to inspire more kids to keep their minds and bodies active. Healthy Kids Day, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, will feature physical games, arts & crafts, healthy snacks and more to motivate and teach families how to develop a healthy routine at home.

Celebrated at nearly 1,300 Y facilities across the country — including the CYMCA’s Family Health and Wellness Center at 166 Maple Avenue — Healthy Kids Day aims to get more kids moving and learning, so they can keep up the habit all summer long; a critical out-of-school time for kids’ health and achievement. When kids are out of school, they can face hurdles, or gaps, related to learning, water safety, and safe places to play, that prevent them from reaching their full potential. Each year, the Y helps over 9 million youth nationwide “hop the gap” and achieve more, providing a safe to place to learn, stay healthy and build friendships.

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risaclayRed Bank Regional principal Risa Clay was honored by the Pilgrim Baptist Church’s Commemorative Celebration Committee with its Community Leadership Award, on Martin Luther King Day.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Risa Clay, principal of Red Bank Regional High School, was honored on January 19 by the Pilgrim Baptist Church Commemorative Celebration Committee with its Community Leadership Award, during its annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Commemorative Celebration.

The event, which also honored Linda Ambis of The Community YMCA, featured the participation of religious leaders from Monmouth Reform Temple and several other area church congregations, in addition to Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna and Police Chief Darren McConnell. Reverend Bernadette Glover from St Paul Baptist Church in Montclair was the event’s special guest speaker, and the Red Bank Regional High School Choir performed throughout the three-hour event along with other area youth groups.

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ymca1Red Bank’s Community YMCA Health and Wellness Center on Maple Avenue hosts an Open House event on January 10, part of a statewide initiative to promote positive personal change and good health.

Press release from The Community YMCA

It seems nearly everyone has a “New Year’s resolution,” but statistics indicate that less than a quarter of these resolutions are kept.

Creating personal change takes effort, and support. To encourage individuals and families to make their resolutions a reality, YMCAs across the state have come together to host an Open House event at their local facilities on January 10 — including the Health and Wellness Center of the Red Bank-based Community YMCA.

Families and individuals of all ages are invited to the January 10 event, going on between 9 am and 3 pm. Tours of the facility will be available, and for those who decide to sign up for a membership during the open house, the Y is offering the month of January for free.

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Pastor RowePress release from The Community YMCA

Pastor Jacquelyn Rowe of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Red Bank will be the keynote speaker at the 26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast hosted by The Community YMCA and The YMCA of Western Monmouth County.

The annual YMCA event, which honors the legacy of the civil rights leader, will take place Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, 8 to 10 am, at Branches, 123 Monmouth Road, West Long Branch.

This year, the service project for the breakfast will support Project Homeless Connect of Monmouth County, a charity that works to provide various health and human services for homeless residents, or those who are on in danger of becoming homeless. Donations of gloves, mittens and scarves will be collected at the breakfast.

The memorial event will include musical selections and the winner of an essay contest among YMCA high school participants.

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cymcaCommunity YMCA Counseling and Social Services team members Danielle Bossert, Christina DeAngelis and Heather Soto with wrapped presents for the Adopt-A-Family Program in 2013.

Press release from The Community YMCA

Needy families in Monmouth County will be able to have an enjoyable holiday, through a pair of seasonal programs coordinated by The Community YMCA —  Adopt-a-Family, and Giving Tree.

Local residents and businesses are invited to join the CYMCA’s Shrewsbury team in making the holidays brighter, by donating toys, books, clothes and other gifts for area families. The families are served through the Y’s Counseling and Social Services branch, which provides support services and counseling to children and families who are victims of abuse, neglect, in the foster care system or have special needs.

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aishaCommunity YMCA members Aisha Bhoori of Middletown and Sahar Akbarzai of Old Bridge are coordinating a school supply drive through the YMCA to help give kids in Red Bank and Afghanistan a great start to the new school year.

Press release from The Community YMCA

Now through August 15,  The Community YMCA is hosting a school supply drive to help give kids from as near as Red Bank — and as far away as Afghanistan — a great start to the new school year. The drive is part of the Y’s new national Togetherhood initiative, that encourages Y members to give back and support their neighbors through community service projects.

Y members Sahar Akbarzai of Old Bridge and Aisha Bhoori of Middletown, both recent high school graduates, expressed an interest in a school supply drive, and through Togetherhood, were able to lead the effort. Both have established their own nonprofit organizations — the Hope Foundation of Afghanistan and Dreamers Without Borders, respectively — to provide support to children in war-torn Afghanistan.

Akbarzai, whose family is from Afghanistan, and Bhoori, whose family is from Pakistan, are grateful for the donations of school supplies that will be shared with the Afghan children. “It’s wonderful to see a community come together and donate their time to help another community on the other side of the world,” Akbarzai said.

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SummerSlamStudents at Summer Slam, the month-long high school transition program for rising freshmen at RBR, participate in a hula-hoop dance courtesy of the Community YMCA.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The phrase “lazy days of summer” does not apply to Red Bank Regional High School — at least in the mornings when the school is abuzz with various programs to maintain and sharpen student skills for September.

The largest program is Summer Slam, with over 90 students representing all sending towns of the regional school district.  This year marked Summer Slam’s 14th year of operation in preparing incoming freshmen for the very different world of high school. The program runs throughout the month of July, for four mornings a week. It is operated by the Source, RBR’s School-Based Youth Services program, and supervised by the Source Director Suzanne Keller. Ms. Keller is also the director of the RBR Freshman Academy, which provides continuity for the school’s newest students once they begin their high school careers.

Ms. Keller states of the program, “Summer Slam is primarily an academic program to prepare our kids for the rigors of high school and bridge the skill slide that research shows occurs during school vacations. It is also a great opportunity for kids to meet their classmates from other towns, so they will know just a few more faces, including their teachers, when the doors officially open for their first year of high school.”

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rb cymca 1 060414 rb cymca 2 060414Elliott Wright, Claudia Garcia, Anthony Burden and Hannah Ludwikowski leap into the pool at the Community YMCA as part of the Red Bank facility’s annual summer learn-to-swim program last week. At right, Treasure Woods, Anthony Burden and Hannah practice their kicks. The program offered free water safety instruction for all third-graders at Red Bank Primary and Charter Schools. (Photos by Dan Natale. Click to enlarge)



SwimWeekThe indoor pool at The Community YMCA’s Red Bank facility will be the scene for affordably priced, all-ages Learn to Swim programs, beginning June 23.

Press release from The Community YMCA

Swim season is fast approaching, and The Community YMCA is committed to helping children and adults feel safe and comfortable in and around water. The Y is pleased to offer Learn to Swim Week, a national YMCA initiative designed to introduce the aquatic environment to beginners, teach basic learn-to-swim skills and increase water safety awareness for families. The four and five-day programs are great for beginners of all ages, with little to no swimming ability.

The four-day water safety program runs from June 24-29, and the community program fee is $12 for the week. This program is for pre-school and youth ages 3-10. The five-day program is held from June 23-27, and the program fee is $15 for the week. The program includes lessons for all ages 6 months to adult.

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ymcaplaygroundIt took a team of 200 volunteers less than eight hours to build a new playground at The Community YMCA on Saturday, November 2.

Press release from The Communty YMCA

A dream is now a reality for children in Red Bank, as their drawings were turned into a new playground on Saturday, November 2. In less than eight hours, a play space was built at The Community YMCA’s Family Health and Wellness Center with the help of more than 200 volunteers from The Community YMCA, Good Neighbor Pharmacy and the non-profit KaBOOM!. The new playground —which was made possible by funds donated by Good Neighbor Pharmacy and matched by its parent company, AmerisourceBergen — will serve hundreds of children in the community for years to come.

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PhtAquaSwimLessonsPre-K children whose families reside in Red Bank can have access to activities such as swim classes, under a newly expanded program at The Community YMCA.

Press release from The Community YMCA

The Community YMCA is expanding their Healthy Kids membership to include pre-kindergarten students. The healthy living initiative gives all Red Bank youth a special free membership and access to family activities at the Family Health and Wellness Center, located at 166 Maple Avenue in Red Bank.

The program provides opportunities for children to stay active and develop healthy habits by spending time at the Y. This marks the fourth year that this no-cost membership has been offered to all Red Bank  schoolchildren up to 8th grade.

“We have had much success with the Healthy Kids Membership for the last four years,” said Rhonda Anderson, The Community YMCA President and CEO.  “Expanding the program to include pre-k is a natural progression, one that I’m sure will help many families feel confident that their children are in a safe place where they can learn, grow and thrive,” she added.

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Clint Black’s portrait at Murphy Style Grill Wall. Black returns to the area where he lived as an infant when he headlines the Count Basie Saturday.


Pay a visit to Red Bank’s Murphy Style Grill and you’ll encounter muralist Andrew Sabori’s Wall of Fame panorama featuring famous people from New Jersey. Take a closer look and you’ll probably wonder why — nestled in with familiar homegrown heroes like Jack Nicholson, The Chairman and The Boss — you’ll find the black-hatted country music superstar Clint Black.

Although he forged his traditionalist sound in the honkytonks of his Houston hometurf — and despite venturing forth into much of the world from his present Nashville base of operations — Black can claim a pedigree on the greater Red Bank green, where he was born 50 years ago and, according to some sources, where his family briefly resided prior to young Clint’s first birthday.

On Saturday, July 28, the platinum-plated singer, songwriter, producer and occasional actor makes a Red Bank homecoming of sorts, when he headlines The Y’s Goin’ Country for Kids — a benefit for The Community YMCA and a show that finds the Count Basie Theatre  also playing host to another local boy gone country: Little Silver native Greg Trooper.

It’s a road stop that holds special significance for Black, whose 25-year recorded catalog has garnered him more than a dozen number one hits, a trophy case of awards and his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Having met all the Nashville milestones (and dueted with everyone from Waylon Jennings to Monty Python’s Eric Idle), the AMA Favorite New Artist of 1990 entered the new millennium with some of the most intriguing music of his career. He’s also co-starred in a series of family-friendly Flicka flicks, guested in movies and countless TV shows, composed original music for the upcoming stage extravaganza Aussie Adventure, and continues to serve as honorary chair for the nonprofit research and awareness organization International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF).

Scroll on down for our interview with the Man Named Black, and tune in Friday for our interview with show-opener Greg Trooper of Little Silver.

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