B-BALL TRUE TO YOUR SCHOOL

v-park-bballA couple of Rumson teenagers inspect the newly installed plexiglass backboard and basketball hoop at Victory Park. The borough also repainted the court, from black to green and purple, to reflect local school colors. The court was done in time for the annual summer hoops series “Thursday Night Lights,” an adult basketball recreation program that gets started July 7. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

SPRING 2011: A PLEIN DAY

painterArtist Julie Fornaci made a trip from her Bergen County home to the waterfront at Victory Park in Rumson Monday for some plein air painting on our beautiful Navesink. Fornaci is one of ten New Jersey artists taking part in a workshop put on by Fair Haven’s Lauren Andreach, who does three week-long workshops a year through the Middletown Arts Center. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

RUMSON HOLDS ITS OARS IN ON CREW SWITCH

hot-topic rightBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

At the request of some 50 residents and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High students,  the Rumson council on Wednesday revisited its controversial decision to take back the spring rowing program from the school.

And the council isn’t backpaddling on this one.

“We’re still going to move it” to the borough recreation department, where it began four years ago, said Mayor John Ekdahl.

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WIND AND WAVES SWAMP RUMSON REGATTA

regatta2Competitors in the second race of the day found themselves getting wetter than anticipated near the Oceanic Bridge. (Photo by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The first collegiate rowing regatta on the Navesink River in decades was cut short Saturday morning after wind-driven waves swamped sculls in the second race.

In a sport where weather rules, these things happen, said Dan Edwards, who organized the event.

“It’s not unusual,” he said. “It happens all the time. It’s just part of the sport.”

Still, Edwards deemed the regatta a wild success.

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SUMMER ARRIVES ON A TIDE OF SMILES

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Ahhh, hot and sparkling at the Jersey Shore: This is the payoff, isn’t it, for all those blasted snowstorms we endured over the winter?

For those who were otherwise engaged, the summer solstice occurred at 7:28a Monday, marking the start of a season that, for those of an outdoorsish bent, is as important to one’s mental health as it is to the regional economy.

To mark the day, redbankgreen‘s Dustin Racioppi and Trish Russoniello roamed the Green, cameras in hand, and captured some juicy slices of life, from people at play to a high school graduation to some of the many ways folks find to stay cool between Red Bank and Sea Bright.

Enjoy the pix, folks. And here’s to a terrific summer.