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The Community YMCA Launches Holiday Gift Drive Program Helps Make the Holiday Season Merry for Needy Families Local 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 the county’s neediest children and their families can experience the joy and surprise of the holiday season”, said Colleen Verriest, Vice President of Counseling & Social Services. “Strengthening families is at the heart of all we do at The Community YMCA,” Verriest said. “The donated gifts bring great happiness to the children and families who we serve, many of whom are victims of abuse, neglect, in the foster care system or who have special needs.” In 2015, the Y was able to distribute more than $64,000 in gifts to 428 children served by the Y’s Counseling and Social Services branch, thanks to the community’s generous support. “There are many ways to support the holiday gift drive”, said Coordinator Danielle Formica, noting that all gifts are personally delivered to the families and are tax-deductible. For more information on how you can donate, call Formica at 732.544.4544, ext. 520.

"Toast to Dennis- A Night of Remembrance” Raises $225,000 to Support Returning Veterans

Nearly 300 people attended the 8th annual Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski Memorial Fund gala “A Toast to Dennis – A Night of Remembrance” held on September 23, 2016 at the Eagle Oaks Golf and Country Club. The event celebrated the life and memory of Zilinski, as well as honored those from Monmouth County who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks. A sit-down dinner, dancing with music by The Infernos and a reverse auction were part of the festivities and were held to assist the Fund in sponsoring service dogs for warriors suffering from PTSD and/or traumatic brain injuries. A total of $225,000 was raised from the event including six attendees who sponsored a service dog for $15,000 each. Other donations allowed the organization to sponsor two more service dogs bringing the total to date to 38. Distinguished honorees were Randy and Maureen McDonald of Red Bank, Joseph and Miriam Tort of Rumson and Quentin and Ellen Walsh of Sarasota, Fla. for their dedication and continued support of the mission and continued growth of the Lt. Dennis W. Zilinski II Memorial Fund.

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Santa Stop at Sickles Market This holiday season Santa Claus is making a stop at Sickles Market! On Friday, December 16, 2016 Santa will be stopping at Sickles Market with the kind and sweet Mrs. Claus, as well as some of his real live magical reindeer from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.! So gather your wish lists and put on your best Christmas sweaters to have your photo taken with Santa on this special day! The photo opportunities will be held in Sickles Market’s greenhouse, where there will be gorgeous winter blooms including amaryllis, poinsettias, cyclamen, and hydrangeas perfect for setting the holiday mood in the home. Additionally, the Christmas Shoppe will be fully decked out with traditional and trendy Christmas ornaments with several trees decorated in various themes to help spark your imagination! For more information, visit



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The Foundation of Fair Haven held their first annual Trucktoberfest at Fair Haven Fields on October 29, 2016. By expanding and upgrading their annual Oktoberfest to include family-friendly food trucks, live music, business vendors and crafts, kids’ activities, as well as fun for the adults, the Foundation was able to offer something for every age. Live music was provided by the Pat Roddy Band; The Mike Duffy Band; and The Haven. The food trucks included delicious fare from Tony’s Sausage, Lusty Lobster, Maine Streamers, Chilangos, the Lighthouse, Maddalena’s, and Philly Pretzels Company. A beer and wine garden was available to satisfy the adults. Families were able to participate in pumpkin bowling, pumpkin toss, Corn Hole along with the Fair Haven Recreation Department’s Halloween Egg Hunt and the Boy Scouts Haunted Walk. There was also a family-friendly hay ride to enjoy. Trucktoberfest’s major sponsor was Jersey Central Power & Light, who sponsored the hay ride and kiddie games.

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Little Dreamers Play CafÈ 2153 Highway 35 Store #5, Sea Girt, NJ | 848.469.8733 Parents are still pinching themselves to make sure they are awake because this play cafè is a dream come true. Parents can bring their kids, ages 0-5, for some mommy and me time, a little adventure and learning. The cafè is stocked with beverages; light snacks and provides parents with take-out menus for the pickiest of eaters. Weekly mini-events like brunches and pizza parties are hosted to keep your schedule filled with activities and social experiences to help your little ones strengthen their confidence and independence. Extra Perk: Adults can work and workout at this cafè. Fitness classes are coming soon.

Mama Bears Play CafÈ 2145 Route 35, Holmdel, NJ | 732.858.6161 Help your kids celebrate being kids at this brand new hip play spot. The venue is big enough to house a coffee bar stocked with all your favorite syrups and fancy cafè concoctions, a separate infant activity center and even a salon for your child's American Girl Doll. You'll feel like you took a day trip to NYC. Extra Perk: There is an extensive menu for coffee aficionados and Mama Bear's barista provides the hottest brew trend to hit cafès, the pour over method. *Hope Daniels is a Rumson, NJ resident and founder of A New Mom In Town blog – you can read all about her parenting adventures at

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‘Tis the season to be jolly! The Monmouth County Park System is making that easy by offering fun, familyfriendly programs including a Holiday Sing-Along and a Visit with Santa. For more programs, visit www. monmouthcountyparks. Creative Arts Center Student/Instructor Show & Sale December 3 & 4 from 11:00 to 4:00 p.m. Thompson Park Creative Arts Center, Lincroft Join us for this event featuring original artwork of our students and instructors. Kick off your holiday shopping or find that perfect accent piece for your home. Cash or check only please. Admission and parking are free. Ribbons & Canes, Historical Holiday Candy & Craft December 3 & 4 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Historic Walnford, Upper Freehold Explore the origins of some of our holiday traditions. We’ll share information about the sweet treats associated with Christmas while you make a simple paper stocking to hold your candy. FREE! The Sounds of Christmas December 4 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel Enjoy wistful music as Larry Mosser and Mary Nagen play Christmas carols on the hammered dulcimer and fiddle. FREE! Christmas Sing-Along December 10 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel Visit with Rick Garland as he plays the piano in the Longstreet farmhouse for an old-fashioned sing-along. FREE! Visit with Santa December 17 & 18 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. Historic Longstreet Farm, Holmdel Enjoy an old-fashioned Victorian Christmas at the farm. Children can visit with Santa, then take a walk to the farmhouse and have a cup of cider. Be sure to bring your camera. FREE!

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PROVIDED BY DR. MARY ANN YEHL, MEDICAL DIRECTOR IMMEDIATE CARE MEDICAL WALK-IN OF RED BANK Whether you have occupational health services. a fever, a sore throat Frequent causes for urgent care visit, include the following or a twisted ankle, conditions: Ear Infections, Bladder Infections, Influenza, knowing your options Cough/Cold, Stomach Flu, Respiratory Illness, Asthma, for medical care can Allergies, Fever, Minor Burns, Minor Rashes and Skin help ease the stress Infections, Sports Injuries, Trips and Falls, Cuts/Minor of a sudden illness or Lacerations, Sprains, Animal/Insect Bites, Fractures, Minor injury. Understanding Dislocations and Back Pain. the differences between As with many urgent care centers, Immediate Care accepts a a visit to primary care, variety of insurance options, often with a lower patient co-pay urgent care and the than treatment in the emergency room. Urgent care centers emergency department is key. We all know life-threatening also provide cost-effective service to patients with no insurance emergencies require a visit to the emergency department, and – making urgent care an affordable and convenient choice. that wellness visits require a primary care appointment; but for It’s important to remember that urgent care is not a everything in between, there is urgent care. substitute for emergency care. An emergency condition is one Urgent care provides a convenient option for patients that can permanently impair or endanger the life of the patient, with a non-life-threatening illness or injury that require and patients with these conditions should dial 911 immediately. immediate care. This could mean treating patients during To learn more about urgent care, call Immediate Care Medical times their primary care provider is unavailable or providing Walk-In of Red Bank at 732.933.4100. Our offices are open seven medical care for patients without a primary care physician. At days a week, and our staff will be happy to answer any questions Immediate Care Medical Walk-In of Red Bank, we also offer you may have. x-ray and laboratory services, vaccines, and a variety of walk-in

Monmouth Civic Chorus Brings Holiday Favorites to Red Bank The sounds of the season will fill the air when the award-winning Monmouth Civic Chorus performs Joy to the World on Sunday, December 18, 2016, at 4:00 p.m. at the historic Count Basie Theatre, located at 99 Monmouth Street in Red Bank. Following last year’s rousing premiere of a Christmas Suite by MCC’s Artistic Director Dr. Ryan James Brandau, the chorus will perform an expanded edition of the Suite featuring newly added carols. Concert-goers will enjoy an array of holiday favorites including O Holy Night, Auld Lang Syne, Have

Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Deck the Halls, all artistically arranged for chorus and orchestra by Brandau. Intertwined throughout the Suite will be classical stalwarts from Handel’s beloved Messiah and Bach’s magnificent Christmas Oratorio. Tickets for premium seating are $45 adult, $40 senior, $35 group (10 or more), $10 student. Tickets for regular seating are $30 adult, $27 senior, $25 group, $5 student. Tickets and information are available at www. or by calling 732.933.9333.

Red Bank Holiday Happenings FREE Parking Enjoy FREE parking throughout town from December 12 through 25, 2016 - and of course all day every Sunday and every day after 6:00 p.m. all year long. Holiday Harmonies Every Saturday now through December 24, 2016, enjoy musical entertainment on the sidewalk on Saturdays, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at various locations in the Red Bank Business District. Pictures with Santa Visit The Galleria at 2 Bridge Avenue each weekend now through December 24, 2016 from 12;00 to 4:00 p.m. and visit with Santa



Claus and have your pictures taken! Packages available. Classic Horse & Wagon Rides Take a FREE horse and wagon ride through the Red Bank Business District and enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season on Saturdays now through December 24, 2016 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. Town Menorah Lighting Join in at the Red Bank Train Station for the annual Menorah Lighting on December 27, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. For more Red Bank events, visit

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HOLIDAY SEASON As we approach the final chapter of 2016, the countdown has already begun for the most wonderful time of the year, as well as checking off your holiday gift list. Delivering a tiny box to a loved one during the holidays will always follow with a smile, a big one! The spectacular group of jewelry experts at J. Vincent Jewelers in Colts Neck have some suggestions for the perfect gift for the holiday season.

A watch is always a great gift, our G Shocks are perfect for any age. A durable watch that everyone will admire on your wrist.

No one can ever go wrong with a pair of dazzling diamond studs or perhaps a classic center of my universe diamond pendant. They are always go to items to complete her diamond collection.

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The Humane Society of the United States encourages pet lovers to reach out and support their local shelters and rescue groups during this holiday season. Approximately 3,500 animal shelters across the United States serve the estimated 6 to 8 million homeless animals who need refuge each year, and many more animals find themselves in need of the services provided by local rescue groups. Here are ten ways to celebrate. Pick the activity, and you don’t have to stop at just one that appeals to you. Then ask your friends, coworkers, classmates, and family to join you in celebrating the people who help make life better for the animals and people in your community. 1.

Share your love. Tell the world how you feel about your local shelter or rescue by sharing their posts and pictures online.

2. Get to know your local shelters and rescue groups. Locate the facilities in your area at You may be surprised how many groups nearby are helping animals. 3.

Learn before you leap. Before you adopt, do your research. You’ll be much less likely to become

frustrated if you understand the challenges and rewards of adopting a pet beforehand. 4.

Say “thanks!” Take a minute to express your gratitude to the people who work at your local shelter or rescue groups. If you’ve adopted a pet, provide an update and picture.


Get crafty. Combine fabric, yarn, recyclables, and imagination to bring much-needed fun into the lives of local shelter and rescue pets. There’s no end to the toys you can make!

6. Become a fan. “Like” the individual groups in your community on Facebook, Twitter, and provide a shout out on Instagram. 7.

Make wishes come true. Shelters and rescue groups always need towels, toys, and other supplies. Check their websites for wish lists or call them to find out what’s in short supply.

8. Volunteer. Even if you can’t adopt a pet just now, you can help make life better for homeless animals by volunteering with your local shelter or rescue organization.


Help at your own home. Outfit your cats and dogs with collars and proper ID (a microchip and ID tags) at all times. As soon as you bring them into your family, have all of your pets spayed or neutered. Keep your cats indoors where you can keep them safe (though it’s great to take them on walks if they are comfortable on a harness and leash), and keep dogs on leashes when off your property.

10. Help your shelter save more lives. You and your family might consider fostering an animal who may not thrive in a shelter environment. This in turn will open more space to save additional lives. By supporting your local shelter or rescue, you will join a network of hundreds of thousands of people working to make the world safe and more humane for all living creatures. You’ll make the jobs of everyone working for animals a little easier by lending a hand and spreading the message of responsible pet ownership and animal protection.

Spread Some Love & Donate to the MCSPCA this Holiday Season provide the basic necessities of shelter, food and medical care, but what every animal needs is a home where he/she is cherished and loved.

The holiday season brings to mind the comforts of home - family, a true sense of belonging, contentment and security. The animals at the Monmouth County SPCA are waiting for homes to call their own. Staff and volunteers


You can help find caring families for homeless and abandoned pets this holiday season. Your donation today will provide the resources to support adoption programs that save lives programs that give shelter, lifesaving medical care and spay/neuter services to animals who deserve a second chance.


Your continued generosity will help provide a home for the holidays to pets in need. Please join us in working to find every animal in need a loving home for the holidays. There is no greater gift we can give them. On behalf of the animals who will be served by your generosity, thank you! Your contribution will make a real and lasting difference. From our home to yours, best wishes for a warm and happy holiday season.

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Winter Wonders at the Monmouth Museum

The Monmouth Museum is presenting the exhibition Winter Wonders during this Holiday Season through December 31, 2016. The onset of winter inspires many emotions – the beauty of snow and ice, the joy of the holidays and the bleakness of long dark days, all contribute to common experiences during this season. During this time when Jack Frost makes his presence known we are treated to many wonder inspiring sights. And like any visitor who stays too long, as the frigid season drags on we are often desperately and collectively

contemplating, “I wonder how we will get through this?”

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“This past winter while walking through Madison Square Park at dusk, I spotted two small dogs being walked wearing parkas. I’ve always loved winter from an artistic perspective. I believe there is something beautiful and ominous about snow, and how in winter the earth and the sky fade into one gray mist. After my quick amateur picture of the dogs, my imagination flew into illustrating a charming winter’s eve scene, yet still giving the viewer that sense of apprehension and wonderment,” said artist Claudia Griesbach-Martucci.

During the winter holidays and school vacation breaks, the WonderWing and the Becker Children’s Wing at the Monmouth Museum offer special activities. For the Van Gogh or Picasso in your family, special monthly themed crafts are made in the Green Arts Studio where kids of all ages can access their creative side using recyclable materials. The Museum’s Discover and Exploration Series explores cool science facts, trivia, the arts and more! This is a Docent-led interactive 20-minute program that is perfect for the young scientist in your family! Preschool Story and Craft times are offered in the WonderWing, and family friendly films are shown on the big screen in the Becker Wing Media Center where there is also an exchange library of children’s books.

In this year’s Museum Holiday Exhibition entitled “Winter Wonders”, visual depictions of frozen scenery, holiday scenes and winter activities will be displayed along with the ever popular Winter Wonderland Model Train Display for children of all ages! In addition to the art work and model trains in the Main Gallery, a myriad of talented local artisans is showcased in the Nilson Gallery’s Holiday Gift Gallery, with

For more information about the Monmouth Museum exhibits and programs, visit www.

Prepare for New Jersey’s Newest, Premier Film Festival

This December 16 through 18, 2016 at the Two River Theater in Red Bank, delve into the world of independent cinema at New Jersey’s newest Premier Film Festival! With over 14 hours of film, Monmouth Film Festival will feature independent films, narrative, documentary, and student - short and feature length - from all over the state, country and across the globe. Featured films include documentaries “Swim Team” (2016) and “Jackson” (2016),


narrative drama, “Colby” (2016), comedy “The Rainbow Kid” (2015), and horror/ thriller, “Shortwave” (2016).

more! Also attend the Industry Film Panel (December 17th), and awards ceremony (December 18th).

The festival is proud to hold its inaugural event at the Two River Theater in Red Bank. The Two River Theater is the epicenter of the Arts, providing Plays and Educational Programs for audiences of NJ, United States and beyond. It has been designated as a major impact organization with the support of not only the National Endowment of the Arts but local support from celebrities Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen. The main Rechnitz Theater seats 350 patrons, centered around a thrust stage; built so as the furthest seats are no more than 36 feet from the stage.

For General admission, tickets range from $12 to $15 depending on whether or not one is eligible for senior/small child or military discount. As for specific events, the networking event starts at $5 per person and the industry panel is $10 a person. All access VIP and Day passes are also available so the more you watch, the more you save! For the complete film schedule and tickets, visit​

Other festival events include the industry networking event (December 16th) where our partnered companies such as Backstage and iPitchtv will be represented by industry members including casting directors, agents and


Monmouth Film Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designed to promote and connect filmmakers from all over the state and country. The festival is more than an opportunity for artists to have their work showcased. It is a forum for educational opportunities through workshops, networking, Q&As and special panels with industry guests who provide insight, growth and inspiration.

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The REF Board of Directors, left to right: Alyssa Anderson (Treasurer-Elect), Jennifer Olan, Teresa Sperber (Vice President), Helena Bruno, Bettina Crux-Snodgrass (Treasurer), Mary Pat Moriarty (President), Kristen Hall (Event Co-Chair), Curran Scoble (Event Co-Chair), Katie Thompson, Amy McCooey, Jennifer Carroll, Lisa Dumont, and Maria Moschitta. Missing: Anna Ingrassia (Secretary) and Kara Mankiewicz.


he Rumson Education Foundation (REF) hosted its annual “Celebration for Education” fundraiser on November 19, 2016 at the Rumson Country Club’s main clubhouse. The theme of this year’s event was “A Speakeasy Casino Night” which featured blackjack, roulette and craps tables. Over 250 guests enjoyed Prohibition Era inspired cocktails, an open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, a live and silent auction, a Roaring Twenties-themed photo booth, games and prizes.

Members of the Antique Motoring Club of Monmouth County who displayed their impressive array of beautiful vintage autos to greet arriving Speakeasy guests. Members of the Antique Motoring Club of Monmouth County who displayed their impressive array of beautiful vintage autos to greet arriving Speakeasy guests.

Casino Family Sponsors Wayne and Jamie Greenleaf with Leslie and Bryan Gronau



Event co-chairs Kristen Hall and Curran Scoble noted that guests also enjoyed custommade Prohibition Era party favor cookies donated by Cups & Cakes Bakery in Rumson. They gratefully acknowledged the generous major events sponsors of the evening. These included Invitation Sponsor Monmouth Medical Center/RWJ Barnabas Health; Flapper & Dapper Photo Booth Sponsor The Pucci Family; 21st Amendment Sponsor Let’s Go Racing Stables; Roaring Twenties Sponsor Notorious Pink Rosé; Casino Program Sponsor Crazees Ice Cream; and Live Auction Sponsor Tallen Technology Rentals. The co-chairs added that a very important fundraising element of the event was the REF business and family ad journal made possible thanks to photographers Marnie Doherty, Stacy

Lyle and Lewis Sasaki, who donated their time and talents for complimentary sittings for all the family ad patrons. Lucky winners during the evening were able to “cash” in their winnings for chance auction tickets featuring fifty unique gift baskets each valued between $150-$450 generously donated by local businesses, school families, and community members. Four priceless opportunities that were a part of the Live Auction included a private dinner party for 12 with Chef James Avery, owner of The Bonney Read and Gordon Ramsay’s sous chef on the hit television show, Hell’s Kitchen; a chance for the winner’s children to be honorary team members for the day on the Rumson-Fair Haven Boys & Girls Varsity Basketball Teams hosted by Boys Varsity Coach Chris Champeau and Girls Varsity Coach Dave Callahan; a VIP experience at the Rumson Tree Lighting featuring a family fire truck ride to the event plus an on-stage appearance for the winner’s children with Tim McCloone and members of Holiday Express; and the chance for the winner’s children to throw a pie in the face of School Superintendent Dr. John Bormann and his administrative team. Talk about being a good sport! Several other auction opportunities were available. Since its inception, the REF has raised and granted over $2 million to fund innovative projects, initiatives and equipment that enrich the curriculum and learning environment with the Rumson Public School District. REF President Mary Pat Moriarty said, “The REF Board of Directors truly looks forward to hosting this fundraiser because it gives us a special opportunity to recognize our generous benefactors and bring together our parent community to kick off the fundraising initiatives for the school year. The overwhelming success of this year’s event allowed us to raise the funds necessary to complete Phase II of the Innovation Classroom. Having Dr. Bormann and his Administrative team at the event gave our donors the chance to hear first-hand how instrumental their support is and how their donations empower the District’s commitment to providing an exemplary education for every student in the Deane Porter and Forrestdale Schools.” Event Co-chair and REF Board member Kristen Hall said, “The REF’s annual Celebration for Education was a roaring success. Over 250 guests dressed in their best prohibition chic ensembles enjoying an evening of glitz and glamour to support the completion of the Innovation Classroom Initiative.”

Roaring Twenties Sponsor Craig Hetherington and Heidi Breiland with Live Auction supporter, Executive Chef James Avery, owner of The Bonney Read with his wife, Diana Avery, and Megan and Thomas Collard

Left to right: Supervisor of Curriculum Vera Ridoux, Business Administrator Debra Allen, Supervisor of Special Education Michael Snyder, Deane Porter Principal Shari Feeney, Superintendent and the event’s Live Auctioneer Dr. John Bormann, Forrestdale Principal Jennifer Gibbons

Flapper & Dapper Photo Booth Sponsor, Eileen and Joseph Pucci with Jamie and Jeff Barth.

Tim and Shannan Carter with Cyndi and Jeff Bratteson

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What’s On Your Gift List?

Michelle Figel, Spirits Unlimited in Shrewsbury store manager and Frank Helmka, owner, are ready to help you with your holiday list.

The gift giving season is here and one sure crowd pleaser is the gift of wine, beer and spirits. There are many stores that sell liquor, but Spirits Unlimited in Shrewsbury (near Trader Joe’s) will make your “shopping life” much easier due to owner, Frank Helmka and store manager, Michelle Figel. Michelle amazes customers with her deep, almost encyclopedic knowledge of the stock. You may see her flying around the store, pulling wine from all different shelves, to create a custom basket or fill a special order. She has been in the industry for over twenty years, and a team member with Frank for the last sixteen. She is involved in all aspects of the operation and when asked about her favorite part of the job, her face lit up. “Definitely working with customers. I have a ton of steady customers, all having different tastes and prices ranges.” But whether you are a first time visitor or a repeat client, you are in for a pleasant experience. Frank mentioned that this is a family undertaking and his goals are to build strong community relationships and to offer unique wines. “In addition to the popular wine labels, we specialize in esoteric wines from smaller cult wine companies. I have personal relationships with the vendors and we meet often to try new, harder to find wines.” Frank and Michelle also go to wine shows and private wine tastings to constantly learn more. They welcome questions and ideas and constantly fill special orders. Custom gift baskets, beautiful boxes, novelty figurine bottles, or single bottles all make a special gift. If you can’t decide, then think about tying a gift certificate to the wine accessories available. Are you planning a holiday party? Is your organization contemplating a wine and beer tasting? Spirits Unlimited in Shrewsbury will make it seamless and free delivery is available to help ease the process. Another great reason to visit is the variety of price points. See their advertisement on page 2 of Community Magazine (CM) for many ways to save. Once you use a coupon one time, you are issued a VIP card which never expires. In addition, weekly specials of 20 % off are offered Medical Monday for doctors and staff, Senior Wednesday (60 and older), Thirsty Thursday for college students, and Teacher Friday. Frank just added a new way to stay informed. Text “winespirits” to 56977 to join the Wine Club and you will receive alerts about hard to find wines and special discounts. Frank, Michelle and the staff look forward to meeting you and helping you find the perfect gift!


Little Silver Garden Club Learns Ikebana Design At Little Silver Garden Club’s November 10th meeting, the Little Silver Garden Club welcomed designer Marina Kerber, who demonstrated three styles of Japanese ikebana floral arrangements. Kerber, who studied at the Sogetsu School of ikebana design, discussed the history of ikebana as well as the basic principles of three ikebana styles during her demonstration lesson. Speaking while she deftly arranged fall flowers and branches, Kerber first created a design in the moribana style, which uses a shallow container. Next came a design in the nageire style, using a tall container. Finally, she demonstrated freestyle, which follows basic principles but is less constrained and more creative. Members received a handout summarizing the basic principles and asked questions about the process. Upcoming activities for the Little Silver Garden Club will focus on creating holiday-themed arrangements for use in Little Silver Borough offices and businesses, as well as decorating the boxes at the Little Silver Train Station. The Club’s outreach to the primary school through its Evergreens program, and its monthly visits to the Meridian Care facility in Shrewsbury continue throughout the year. Regular meetings will resume on January 12, 2017. All meetings are held at the Little Silver Women’s Club (located at Church Street at Rumson Road) at 9:30 a.m. and visitors are always welcome. For further information, call Club president, Diane Primavera at 732.643.8546 or vice president, Kathy Heller at 732.938.4609.

Holiday Tree Lightings Little Silver Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Borough Hall Rumson Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. Victory Park, Rain or Shine Sea Bright Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Public Beach/Municipal Parking Lot *Menorah Lighting as well






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VISIT DETOUR ART GALLERY, located at 24 Clay Street in Red Bank now through January 14, 2017 featuring Holly Suzanne Rader – Killer Queen Collections Art Show. For more information, go to exhibitions/the-killer-queen

KICK CANCER OVERBOARD presents RockIt! on Sunday, December 18, 2016 from 3:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Buona Sera Palazzo at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church Cultural Center, located at 1033 West Park Avenue, Ocean. Four course buffet suggested donation is $50 per adult/$25 per child (11 & under). RSVP ASAP to kickit@kickcanceroverboard. org or 732.571.1960.

HURRY! Want to know where to get your Manolo Blahnik’s before the holidays? Go to Garmany’s G2 outlet pop up sale next to Tiffany’s located at 105 Broad Street in Red Bank. Now through December 10,2016.

ENLIGHTEN YOURSELF and go to a December workshop sponsored by SBDC at Brookdale Community College. Learn all about social media and using Twitter and Instagram on Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. For more information and more classes, contact the SBDC at or call 732.842.8685.



LET’S DONATE the coats we don’t wear to those who need them! Go to the Winter Coat Drive sponsored by Shrewsbury Heritage House, and to benefit Lunch Break. Now through January 31, 2017. Drop coats off at 848 Broad Street in Shrewsbury or call for a pick-up at 732.842.3434

SELFIES WITH SANTA! Breakfast and pictures with Santa at the Danish Café at 2 Bridge Avenue in Red Bank on December 4, 10, 17 and 18, 2016. Reservations needed! Times are 9:00 to 9:45 a.m., 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. or 11:00 to 11:45 a.m. This great event sells out FAST, so call 732.268.7365 today!

A FIRE AND ICE EVENT TO BENEFIT Clean Ocean Action will be held on December 10, 2016 from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Windows on the Water at Surfrider Beach Club in Sea Bright. For tickets, visit

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VISIT the 2016 Rooftop Weihnachtsmarkt European Holiday Market at Asbury Festhalle Biergarten on weekends now til December 24, 2016 from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. – weather permitting. Featuring 30 curated vendors with artisanal gifts, specialty foods, handcrafted toys and tons of holiday cheer.

OR VISIT the Asbury Park Holiday Bazaar, which will take place every Saturday & Sunday, now through December 18, 2016, from 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., in the Grand Arcade of Convention Hall. The Bazaar will feature local and regional artists and vendors selling unique gifts and handcrafted goods including jewelry, accessories, clothing, art, photography, home goods, vintage, food and much more! Visit www.asburyparkbazaar. com for more information.

OR, YOU CAN RING IN YOUR NEW YEAR on Saturday, December 31, 2016 with Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes at Count Basie Theater!

want to find your HEART and SOUL? Visit Count Basie Theater, located at 99 Monmouth Street in Red Bank, on Friday, December 16, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. for a souled out Christmas Show starring Darleen Love and special guests La Bamba and the Hubcaps. Darlene Love and friends will be bringing the holiday spirit to the stage. Performing both Christmas classics and Love’s own greatest hits. Her Billboard hits include: "He’s A Rebel," "The Boy I’m Gonna Marry," "Wait ‘Til My Bobby Gets Home," "He’s Sure the Boy I Love" and the #1 holiday classic "Christmas Baby Please Come Home," a song that she performed annually with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Symphony Orchestra on The Late Show with David Letterman for 29 years. LaBamba & The Hubcaps will be home for the holidays to get you up on your feet. Philadelphia born Richie "LaBamba" Rosenberg's musical roots stem from the Jersey Shore sound. He has toured the world and recorded with Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Little Steven and Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes, as well as countless others. LaBamba and The Hubcaps teamed up with Jon Bon Jovi for a Special Olympics TV event at the Whitehouse. For over 20 years LaBamba has enjoyed a prominent career on Late Night television with Conan O'Brien, seen nightly on TBS with Jimmy Vivino & The Basic Cable Band. Whether performing with LaBamba's Big Band or LaBamba & The Hubcaps it is the thrill of performing live that continues to drive LaBamba's career and love for music. This event benefits Little Kids Rock. For more information, call 732.224.8778 or visit

Let’s make this holiday season one to remember… I wish you all a peaceful, happy and healthy holiday season! DECEMBER 2016


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6th Annual Butterfly Ball On Saturday, February 25, 2017 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the Ocean Place Resort and Spa in Long Branch, guests will gather for The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s 6th Annual Butterfly Ball “DANCING FOR OUR STARS.” This fun-filled event provides an opportunity for attendees to enjoy an evening of fine food, drink and entertainment while raising funds for and increasing awareness of The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s mission of providing Hope & Help for Children with Cancer in NJ. Brian Kirk and the Jirks will provide the music and guests will be able to bid on many unique auction items. Monica Vermeulen, Founder/CEO stated, “This is an evening not to be missed. We have many exciting things planned for the Ball. A new and exciting component will be our ‘DANCING FOR OUR STARS’ competition, where our performers will be dancing to raise money for the ‘Stars’ of The Ashley Lauren Foundation – Our Children!

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Our dancers will be paired with professional dancers and will have to earn the most votes pre-event and at the event to win the People’s Choice award. Then they will be judged on performance ability at the event to win the Judges Award. It will be lots of fun cheering on your favorite dance couple along with cheering on our amazing Ashley Lauren Foundation children.” The goal of The Ashley Lauren Foundation is to ease the journey when pediatric cancer is diagnosed by providing direct financial assistance (household bills, medications not paid through medical insurance, traveling expenses to and from hospitals, funeral expenses, etc.); material assistance (food, clothing, household items); emotional support (for the entire family); four major seasonal parties for the children and their families (Spring Party at the Boardwalk, Summerfest, Harvest Party, Holiday Party); advocacy; “Making Dreams Come True” Program; birthday brigade (gifts, cake, balloons delivered personally to each child); special outings; hospital parties; holiday gifts for the children and anything else that is needed to make their lives easier and bring smiles to their faces. Watch for more upcoming details about the 6th Annual Butterfly Ball and the dance competition at www. For more information about how you can get involved in The Ashley Lauren Foundation’s upcoming parties for the children (Harvest Party in November and Christmas Party in December), call 732.414.1625.

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Make a Gingerbread House December 8, 2016 Hosted by Kim Megill of Wilton Cake Decorating from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Class limited to 10 children. $45 per child. All supplies included. Children under 12 need to be accompanied by an adult. KidzArt Holiday Workshop December 10, 2016 Need a fun activity for the kids while you wrap up your Holiday errands? Draw, make and paint clay holiday ornaments from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. $38 per child. To register, call KidzArt at 732.872.2357. Book Reading & Signing December 10, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. December 14, 2016 at 3:45 p.m. Local actress and writer Siobhan Fallon Hogan will read her new children’s book “Suzy the Scene”. Illustrator Lori Oakes will explain how the book illustrations were made and the process behind her drawings. Cupcake Decorating December 21, 2016 Hosted by Kim Megill of Wilton Cake Decorating from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. Class limited to 10 children. $35 per child. All supplies included. Children will bring home 10 cupcakes. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Oceanic Free Library is located at 109 Avenue of Two Rivers in Rumson. For more information or to register, call 732.842.2692 or visit

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HOLY CROSS SCHOOL’S 75TH ANNIVERSARY GALA Principal Mr. William Belluzzi and PTA President (and Holy Cross Alumna) Beth Camillone

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Holy Cross School PTA hosted its annual gala on November 19, 2016 at Navesink Country Club with a special theme this year. The Catholic elementary school is celebrating its 75th year of providing exemplary Catholic education. Attendees enjoyed a beautifully decorated venue, silent auction, cocktails, passed hors’ d’oeuvres and buffet dinner. PTA President, and Holy Cross Alumna, Beth Camillone welcomed the crowd, thanked them for supporting the school and reminded them, “It’s all about the kids!” The gala continued with great music and dancing by the band Project Orange. Principal William Belluzzi, who came to Holy Cross in 2012, states, “This year’s gala was a spectacular event. Each year, through the hard work of so many volunteers, the PTA provides many valuable extras in technology, assembly programs, afterschool activities and other needed supplies and equipment, all of which add to the special character of Holy Cross School. I am very grateful for all they do.” The Gala was the kick off of a year-long celebration of the school’s 75th anniversary. Future events include a special Mass on January 29, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. in the beautifully renovated and expanded Holy Cross Church.

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Left to right: Sixth grader Sydney Carrol sold gourmet dog biscuits, which are a product of her own company, Buffalo Bark. She was accompanied by her younger sister.

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Left to right: Library Director Nanette Reis and staff member Theresa Caracappa model fun sweatshirts which were designed and printed by seventh grader Oliver Butters.

OCE A NIC FREE LIBR A RY PRESENTS ITS A NNUA L HOLIDAY BOU TIQUE By Susa n Mur ph y Oceanic Free Library held its sixth annual Holiday Boutique on November 17, 2016 featuring local craftspeople and artists. Participating vendors displayed wonderful items for sale such as jewelry, pottery, fine art, photography, home décor items, candles, farm fresh eggs, locally-sourced honey, homemade pickles, painted glassware, holiday items, and much more. One of the highlights was sixth grader Sydney Carrol who sold organic dog treats. She already has a big following on Etsy! Another was the fun sweatshirts designed and printed by seventh grader Olive Butters which read “Straight Outta Rumson.” Shoppers were able to get a jump-start on their holiday shopping, and the library received 20% of all sales at the end of the day. Light refreshments were served. The event was a huge success and shoppers offered rave reviews to the vendors for their unique, tasty, and creative wares. Everyone had a wonderful time!

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Potter and artist Mary Leather offered a wide selection of her work.

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RU MSON SCHOOL DISTRICT PA RTNERS W ITH CHH A NGE AT BROOK DA LE Partnering w ith Chhange to build tolerance Exciting News! Forrestdale School is partnering with Chhange Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education center at Brookdale in order to provide 7th and 8th grade students with several fantastic educational opportunities. The focus of the Chhange Center is to empower individuals, providing proactive tools to address injustice in their local and global communities. This opportunity was made possible through a generous grant from the Rumson PTO. The partnership with Chhange will allow for teachers and students to experience year-long professional development and enrichment opportunities designed to assist the district with the continued effort to embed tolerance in our school culture and our students. Throughout the year staff and students will participate in in-class presentations, assemblies and for staff, professional development focusing on the integration of lessons of tolerance using Holocaust survivor stories as the basis. These opportunities cover topics such as using children’s diaries as primary sources in classrooms, bringing human history to life with local survivor’s personal narratives, photographs and archival items, dramatic interpretation of survivor stories as well as participating in the the Anne Frank Exhibit and Art Installation during the spring.



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RBC Athletes Commit to Continue Athletic Careers at Collegiate Level ON NOVEMBER 9, 2016 - eleven Red Bank Catholic studentathletes officially signed to continue their athletic careers at the collegiate level. Signing to play basketball were Josie Larkins for University of Vermont and Tia Montagne for LIU Brooklyn. Caseys playing lacrosse are Emily Holtz for Monmouth University, Olivia Farrington for Villanova and Erika Recanzone for Florida Southern. Two gymnasts who will be acro-tumbling are Claudia DiBenedetto for Quinnipiac and Sierra Garcia for University of Oregon. Four RBC baseball players will continue their careers as well. Dominic Caraballo will be playing for Rider University, Anthony De Rosa for Rutgers University, Brian Sheehy for Mercer College and Aaron Ahn will be a midshipman playing for the United States Naval Academy.

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SJVHS National Letter of Intent Signing Day SAINT JOHN VIANNEY HIGH SCHOOL (SJVHS) participated in the NCAA Letter of Intent Signing Day on November 9, 2016. Eleven SJVHS student-athletes signed letters of intent to continue their education and athletics in college. The following are the student-athletes: Bailey Foreman (Field Hockey, St. Louis University); Kim Evans (Basketball, Seton Hall

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Ranney Students Accepted into All-Shore Honors Chorus THREE RANNEY UPPER SCHOOL students have been accepted into the 2017 New Jersey All-Shore Honors Chorus: Senior Evan Schultz of Colts Neck, Junior Jack Wingertzahn of Rumson, and Sophomore Ava Jacoby of Long Branch. These students will take their places among the 114 top vocalists from Monmouth and Ocean County area high schools when rehearsals begin in January. A concert is scheduled for Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Red Bank Regional High School.



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RBC Announces 2017 Hall of Fame Class Haitian Artist Tebo (center) with RFH seniors Madeline and Theo de Quillacq, who served as Student Ambassadors during his recent visit to RFH.

HE RADIATES POSITIVE ENERGY and endless creativity, and his biggest dream is to help young people with talent realize their own potential. His name is David Thebaud – or Tebo, as he is best-known in his native Haiti – and he arrived at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on November 14, 2016 to meet once again with his biggest supporters. As he did during his previous visit in 2014, Tebo spoke with students in French and Art classes at RFH. The students learned about Tebo’s creative process, life in present-day Haiti, and the challenges facing his art school, ELT. The students were especially eager to know more about ELT, whose full name in Creole – Espwa lavi pou Timoun – translates into “Hope for Children’s Lives.” Tebo, who co-founded ELT in 2002 with assistance from the Haitian People’s Project, explained the challenges of running the school. “In Haiti, there are no public schools,” Tebo said. “And only schools that are politically connected receive any kind of support. ELT is not a politically connected school, and therefore not supported – everything I do, whether it is creating and selling my artwork or participating in conferences, is done to support ELT and improve the lives of my students.” Tebo said that twenty students are currently enrolled in ELT School. The limited number is not due to lack of enthusiasm but to lack of funds. “Many days I work from six in the morning until six at night with just a short break for prayers and a meal,” Tebo said. “But when your focus is on taking care of others, what you are doing will end up inspiring and benefitting you as well.” Tebo thanked the RFH students for their ongoing support of ELT and the Haitian people through fundraisers including candy sales and the annual “Hoops for Haiti” charity basketball event to benefit the Haitian People’s Project. “Hoops for Haiti” has been held at RFH each November since 2013, and has raised over $2,500. “We Haitians have a great appreciation for our American friends, and we want you to know that everything you do is helping us to build not only a better Haiti but a better world,” he said. After meeting with the students, Tebo attended an informal “meet and greet” and artwork exhibit at Canvas Art Studio on River Road in Rumson. Featured at Canvas and available for purchase were pieces created by Tebo and members of his cooperative as well as bracelets made by ELT students. All proceeds were given to the Haitian Peoples Support Project to benefit the ELT School. In the wake of Hurricane Matthew, the Haitian people are currently in even more desperate need of clean water, food, and other supplies. For more information about ELT School and the Haitian People’s support project, visit



RED BANK CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL proudly announces the 2017 Class of the Red Bank Catholic Athletic Hall of Fame. For over 85 years, outstanding Casey athletes, teams and coaches have represented and brought honor to Red Bank Catholic. Through the RBC Athletic Hall of Fame, Red Bank Catholic honors them in return. The 2017 RBC Hall of Fame Inductees are: Gary Beach (’68 - Track and Cross Country), Tom McBride (’68 - Basketball/Baseball), Sheila Kelly Sharemet (’74 - Track, Cross Country, Basketball), Denise Taylor Laguer (’78 – Track & Field), Bob Scrabis (’85 - Basketball), Jay Nerenberg (’88 - Tennis), Donald Brown (’05 - Football), Jessica DePalo (’01 Basketball), Coach Lou Montanaro (Football Coach ’76-’98), Maureen Hopkins Sutphen (Gymanstics Coach '00-'11), the 1953 Boys Golf Team, the 19941996 Girls Cross Country Teams, Msgr. Casey Award of Honor - Sister Percy Lee Hart (Principal '70-'80) The 2017 Class of the RBC Athletic Hall of Fame will be inducted on June 17, 2017 with a program to be held in the RBC Vincent J. Eck Student Center. Event details and ticket information will be available January 2017 at

Ranney School Varsity Field Hockey player Caroline Epstein of Rumson made the New Jersey 2016 Prep B Field Hockey AllStars. Caroline, a senior, earned a spot on the first team.

CBA ATHLETES COMMIT TO DIVISION I COLLEGES LEFT TO RIGHT: Drake Anzano (Cross Country & Track, Princeton University, Toms River); Joseph Boyle (Cross Country, LaSalle University, Avon by the Sea); Nicholas Casner (Lacrosse, Sienna College, Wall); Noah Yuro (Cross Country, University of Richmond, Howell); Christopher Gotterup (Golf, Rutgers University, Little Silver): and Not pictured - Brendan Bodisch (Track, Bucknell University, Middletown). Photo credit: Larry Levanti/CBA Athletics.

SIX CHRISTIAN BROTHERS ACADEMY ATHLETES committed to continuing their academic and athletic careers at Division I colleges on Wednesday, which marked the first day of the National Letter of Intent early signing period. Colts representing the Academy’s cross country, golf, lacrosse and track teams signed with their chosen institution on Wednesday, with five of those athletes taking part in the ceremony after school at CBA. “On behalf of the entire CBA community, we are so proud of these young men on this momentous occasion in their educational journey,” Director of Athletics Vito Chiaravalloti said. “They have represented our Academy with dignity and pride both in the classroom and in their sport. For them, this day is a celebration of a tremendous amount of hard work, dedication to their talents, and the many sacrifices they have made to be successful.” Drake Anzano (Cross Country & Track, Princeton University); Brendan Bodisch (Track, Bucknell University); Joseph Boyle (Cross Country, LaSalle University); Nicholas Casner (Lacrosse, Siena College); Christopher Gotterup

(Golf, Rutgers University); and Noah Yuro (Cross Country, University of Richmond) join the list of CBA Colts who have become Division I athletes. Anzano, Boyle and Yuro have been a part of a Colts cross country program that has won the New Jersey Meet of Champions in each of the last three years and they have contributed to the national record 350-straight dual meet victories. Anzano won the track Non-Public A state title in the 800m and 1600m events and the Meet of Champions 1600m event last spring as well. Bodisch, who did not attend the ceremony due to CBA senior retreats, was on the 4x400m team that won both the Non-Public A state title and the Shore Conference Championship last spring. Gotterup signed with Rutgers after proving he may be the best high school golfer in the state during his junior season. Gotterup, who was named to’s first team all-state, won the Monmouth County and Shore Conference Championships after leading the Colts to an undefeated regular season. Finally, Casner led Colts Lacrosse in goals during his junior season, on his way to being named first team allShore by the Asbury Park Press. “These men truly define what it means to be a ‘studentathlete,’ placing emphasis on their studies so that they may attend some of the finest universities in our nation,” Chiaravalloti continued. “I know they will continue to be successful beyond CBA and we wish them the best of luck in their futures.”

RBR Students Sign to Play College Sports on National Signing Day Mason O'Mara (left), 17, of Shrewsbury, and Kevin Paz, 17, of Little Silver, signed on National Signing Day to play college sports next year. Mason O’Mara will play baseball for George Mason University and Kevin Paz will play Lacrosse for Wagner College. DECEMBER 2016


U.S. veterans at the Lead U assembly featuring Bill Gaskins, JD Wilson, and Dan Effenberger (l. to r.).

“Lead U” Inspires, Enlightens Knollwood Students KNOLLWOOD SCHOOL STUDENTS in grades four through eight attended assemblies presented by “Lead U” on November 7, 2016. Lead U was created in 2016 by JD Wilson - a US Air Force veteran and former classroom teacher - to empower students to embrace their leadership potential. The assembly at Knollwood featured Wilson and fellow Air Force veteran Bill Gaskins, as well as Lead U cofounder Dan Effenberger. Held a few days in advance of the Veteran’s Day holiday, the presentation focused on qualities of leadership, respect for veterans, and the many sacrifices associated with deployment. Wilson served with U.S. security forces in Iraq from 2006 to 2010. Gaskins served with U.S. security forces from 1992 through 2013, and was deployed three times to five bases including one in Iraq. A dog training/handling specialist, he trained 624 dog teams during his career. “Life in the military entails so much more than what is shown in games and in popular culture,” said Gaskins. “The reality is that I left behind my two-year-old daughter and my wife, who is a Kindergarten teacher. I missed out on doing a lot of things that dads are supposed to do.” Gaskins told the students that he does not consider himself a hero. “I truly wanted to do what I had to do, and that is because I wanted to keep all of you safe… I wanted to make sure that you would continue to have a good life.” In a highly effective demonstration, two students at each assembly were selected by Gaskins and Wilson to “gear up” in the heavy protective items currently worn by U.S. soldiers in Iraq. The required gear can weigh up to 63 pounds, and the temperature in Iraq is often higher than 130 degrees Fahrenheit. “Think about the soldiers who are out there right now, who are our friends – they are putting on this gear, and they are doing it for you,” Wilson said. In another instructive exercise, the students “built” a successful leader by naming qualities they considered essential. These included hardworking, confident, determined, independent, loyal, helpful, kind, and mature. Wilson told the assembled students that “every single one of you has the quality and characteristics inside of you to be a leader. I want you to think about one quality that makes you a leader, and I want you to embrace it,” he said. “For example, you may think of yourself as hardworking -- but how do you show it?” In conclusion, the students were presented with a follow-up challenge – writing letters to members of currently deployed U.S. troops using patriotic stationery and addresses provided to their teachers by Lead U. “Especially as Veteran’s Day approaches, we need to remember and show respect for our leaders who are veterans,” said Wilson. “Whatever you can write and share will be very much appreciated, I can guarantee it.”



FOURTH GRADERS READ TO KINDERGARTEN & FIRST GRADERS AT RED BANK CHARTER RANNEY SCHOOL FOURTH GRADERS visited Red Bank Charter School on November 16, 2016 to read to Kindergartners and first graders as part of a community outreach project. After reading one or more books, the students drew pictures together about the stories they had read. The same group of fourth graders are participating in the Global Read Aloud project this year, which involves students from all over the world listening to the same read-aloud books at the same time. Ranney’s classes read PAX by Sara Pennypacker, and connected with students in Waukesha, Wisconson through Kidblog and SKYPE. The students are also participating in Global Read Aloud's Give Back project to help raise funds to purchase books for children in need in Guatemala.

Teachers from both schools, from left to right: Michele Fogerty (RB), Brenda Conni (RB), Jeri Robinson (Ranney), Eileen Keenan (Ranney), Cindy Bass (Ranney), Colleen Shandrey (RB), Shermane Delgado (RB), Siobhan Woods (RB), Julisa Frasier (RB), and Katelyn Cooper (RB)

FEMALE STUDENTS PURSUE S.T. E. M. STUDY in RBR Academy of Engineering RIGHT: Some of the female students availing themselves of this challenging curriculum in S.T.E.M. are pictured left to right: Kara Forest, Red Bank; Rebecca Sullivan, Shrewsbury; Shelley Banfield, Shrewsbury; Tara McDermott, Little Silver; Salma Zuniga-Rojas, Belmar; Natalie Gunderson, Neptune City.

FOR OVER 15 YEARS, the Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) has provided an engineering program academy as a rich curriculum option for its students. RBR’s Academy of Engineering program is modeled on curriculum developed from Project Lead the Way (a non-profit organization that develops educational S.T.E.M programs in conjunction with industry). Since its inception it has more than doubled its enrollment with over 120 students enrolled this year, of which nearly 20% are female. This fairly represents the percentage of women who graduate college with engineering degrees; however, RBR is one of the few schools that give students a real f lavor for the industry prior to attending college. RBR’s program is a set of sequenced courses that students take in lieu of their 90 minute block for electives every day. Freshman and sophomores take introductory courses in engineering and computer design. Upper classman can then choose among courses (all honors) in: computer integrated manufacturing, aerospace or biotechnical engineering, civil engineering and architecture, and engineering design and development. While the program is still heavily represented by males, it always includes a steady contingent of females who have discerned just what this unique program has to offer. Freshman Rebecca Sullivan, Shrewsbury, comments, “I have been interested in engineering for a while. In seventh grade I heard from my friends about what was going on in the academies.

I looked on the website and learned about it and realized just how lucky I was to have this academy available to me.” She adds, “It has more than exceeded my expectations. I love it. It is really fascinating how it provides a basis in everything we use and know. In class the other day, we learned some basic information and then we just started creating a cable car after doing sketching and annotating objects.” Most of the girls who are enrolled in the Academy of Engineering do share one thing, a strength and love of math and science. Several of the girls are set on a career in engineering while others see it as a great program that will help them with anything they pursue. Some girls have already had remarkable real-life examples to guide them on their path to a career choice. Freshman Tara McDermott of Little Silver, is already thinking about a career in electrical engineering since her brother has a great job as an electrical engineer designing special suits for entertainers. Her mom is also a computer engineer, providing an indisputable role model for females in a male-dominated industry. Similarly, Kara Forrest’s brother is an RBR Engineering Academy graduate who continued to study engineering in college. For her aspirations, Kara believes she would like to pursue environmental engineering and possibly join “Engineers without Borders”, which builds irrigation systems and brings electricity to areas of the world still lacking in these basic necessities.

RBR CELEBRATES ITS STUDENTS ROOTS DURING HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH LEFT TO RIGHT: Multi-Cultural Club advisor Odilia Lligui, RBR MultiCultural Club students Corey Van Huff, Neptune City, Tyler Brunson, Red Bank, VPA student Jose Francisco Rojas, Red Bank, RBR Principal Risa Clay, RBR Multi-Cultural Club student Skylar (Kyle) Eber, and MultiCultural Club adviser and keynote speaker Karina Tedeschi.

In October, the Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) held its traditional celebration in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month arranged by the Multi-Cultural Club with performances by the RBR Visual & Performing Arts Academy. Principal Risa Clay welcomed her students in English while RBR senior Corey Van Huff, Neptune City, translated in Spanish, “Here at RBR we are proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and recognize the achievements of a culture that is prominently represented in our school and community.” DECEMBER 2016


FOR R E ST DA L E SCHOOL I N NOVAT ION L A B PH A SE I I: DE SIGN E D W IT H I N PU T F ROM I NSPIR E D ST U DE N TS, T E ACH E R S, A DMI N IST R AT ION A N D COM M U N IT Y The Forrestdale Innovation lab has completed Phase 1 of its design and construction. Phase 1 was a collaborative effort between administration as well as teachers and was made possible through a generous donation from the Rumson Education Foundation. It includes a student activity learning area that could be configured in countless possible arrangements in order to meet the needs of the students’ technology and STEMbased activities, a state-of-the-art, touch-screen teacher and student display, and other technologies. The lab is currently the home of the technology/STEM classroom, which all Forrestdale students are enrolled in. Planning of Phase 2 of the project is nearly complete thanks to the efforts of teachers, the administration, community members and, most importantly, students of Forrestdale school. The Rumson Education Foundation is continuing to support this project through continued fundraising during this school. This is inclusive of their main fundraising event which was held on November 19, 2016 at the Rumson Country Club. Phase 2 includes a wide variety of supplies that will give students the necessary materials to design, create and problemsolve while applying the engineering design process. The lab will be comprised of several different zones where a variety of activities can be going on simultaneously. They include the Student Activity Area, the 3D Print Area, the Student Tinker Area, the Student Imagine Area (or the lounge) and the Project Storage Area. The zones and how they function were determined based on students’ feedback and suggestions after they used the lab in technology class following the completion of Phase 1.

The Innovation Lab will also be the home of the BCB Network, which uses state-of-the-art technology that broadcasts a live TV show to the students and staff of Forrestdale. Chris Macioch, Technology/STEM Teacher, will instruct students and staff in the use of the lab’s equipment. After witnessing its success following Phase 1, Mr. Macioch said he is excited to share the lab’s potential with the entire Forrestdale community as its development continues.

CE L E BR AT I NG DI F F E R E N T L E A R N I NG A BI L I T I E S DAY I N L I T T L E SI LV E R On November 4, 2016, Point Road School hosted the 10th Annual Celebrating Different Learning Abilities Day for third grade students. The event was created to educate students about disabilities as well as to help raise awareness and acceptance of individual differences. The 3rd grade classes rotated through five rooms where they learned about different disabilities. In each room the students participated in hands on activities that were specifically designed to give them a glimpse of what it would be like to live with a particular disability. The featured disabilities include Physical, Learning, Developmental, Hearing and Vision. In the Physical Room students simulated hand, arm and leg impairments as well as used wheelchairs and crutches. In the Vision Room visually impaired athletes and a Seeing Eye Dog were presenters. Students were blindfolded and counted coins, poured a “mock breakfast” and attempted to smell and identify scents. In the hearing Room, students were taught sign language, learned how speech and sound correlate and simulated an “unfair spelling test” due to hearing loss. In the Developmental Room, students utilized adaptive devices for communication, tried occupational therapy equipment and worked on team building and communication exercises. Finally, in the Learning Room, students learned about perception, visual differences and utilized online simulations to increase their understanding of learning disabilities. This year the event was organized by Point Road School Counselor Julie Ford and Parent Coordinator Diane DiYanni. Special thanks to all of our parent volunteers, the Little Silver PTO, Friends of Different Learners and the third grade teachers who continue to help make Celebrating Different Learning Abilities Day such a success.

“Bar Scene” by RFH senior Jack Kreutzberg

“An Experiment in Loneliness” by RFH senior Maggie Boyce-Blanchard

A pencil drawing by RFH sophomore Klayton Dal Pra


R F H H A S A N NOU NCE D A N I N IT I AT I V E T H AT W IL L SHI N E A N E V E N BR IGH T E R SPOT L IGH T ON ST U DE N T A RT WOR K The RFH National Art Honor Society (NAHS) and the RFH Multiple Disabilities (MD) Program have teamed up to provide beautiful frames for the display of creations by RFH students. Featured will be paintings and photography by NAHS and MD students. The collection will be rotated regularly and be featured prominently throughout the school building on an ongoing basis. In addition, photographs of works by RFH art students at all levels will be enlarged and placed above the student's locker areas. “This project has brought warmth and enhanced the school climate,” said Special Services teacher Jennifer Dellett. “Our goal is to have all three floors at RFH filled with stimulating artwork by the end of the school year.” The purchase of forty frames was made possible by a grant from the RFH Education Foundation. The grant request was written and submitted by Dellett and Art teacher Kristen Lanfrank. For those who would like a closer view of the fabulous artwork, a “Community Art Opening” is planned for the spring of 2017. At this event, students involved in the program will provide community members with a tour of RFH and a discussion of all the art and images on display.

FA I R H AV E N SCHOOL S HOST H A L LOW E E N E V E N TS In Fair Haven, the Halloween fun begins before the school day ends. At Viola L. Sickles School, preKindergarten through third grade students provided thrills and chills with the traditional Halloween parade in McCarter Park. This was followed by “HOCUS POCUS” – a new theatre-in-the-round event created and hosted by Music Teacher Vince Mottern. Mottern narrated “HOCUS POCUS,” a story with a mysterious ending as a coven of witches – Sickles School Principal Cheryl Cuddihy and Sickles staff members – performed their parts. The witches’ spoken lines were “prompts” for the assembled students to sing delightfully haunting songs. Thanks to the talent and exuberance of the performers, a ghoulishly good time was had by all.

Vocal Music Teacher Vince Mottern and Principal Cheryl Cuddihy prepare for “Sickles-style” Halloween fun.

Fourth and fifth graders at Knollwood School participated in a parade as well, showing off their frightfully creative Halloween finery. The performance of a dance to “Monster Mash” delivered wicked fun for students, staff members, and onlookers alike. Local law enforcement officers visited both schools to provide safety tips and glow sticks.

K NOL LWOOD ST U DE N TS S A LU T E N AT ION ’S V E T E R A NS Knollwood School’s first Veteran’s Day Flag Ceremony took place on November 9. 2016. Separate 15-minute-long tributes were held by all grades from fourth through eighth. Each featured the playing of “Taps” and a recitation of the “Pledge of Allegiance.” Students wishing to honor a special veteran were able to purchase small commemorative flags sold for one dollar a piece by members of the Knollwood Student Council. $565.00 was raised and donated to the Wounded Warrior Project. The Veteran’s Day Flag Ceremony was organized by Student Council members and their advisor, eighth grade Math, Science, and Literacy teacher Nicole Bryant. “Student Council was honored to commemorate our nation’s veterans and looks forward to making the Veterans Day Flag Ceremony a yearly tradition,” said Bryant. “The event was made possible by the support of administration, faculty, staff, the community, and Knollwood’s wonderful students.”


First grader Orla Caffrey, of Fair Haven, with her grandmothers Maureen Walsh of Florida (right) and Rose Marie Caffrey of Holmdel (left).

Sixth grader Michael Campanella, of Rumson, with his grandfather, Holy Cross alumnus Michael Campanella, of Tinton Falls.

The halls of Holy Cross School were filled with smiles, as students from Kindergarten through grade 8 welcomed their grandparents and loved ones to school. The day began with a standing-room-only Mass in the beautifully restored and expanded Holy Cross Church. At the end of the liturgy, the 2016-17 Student Council officers were installed with a candlelighting ceremony and a blessing by Holy Cross Pastor, Fr. Michael Manning.

delicious treats and coffee, provided by the class parents for the grand guests. Students had a chance to do special projects with their grandparents or ask them prepared questions to learn more about their lives.

After Mass, despite torrential downpours, grandparents, teachers, and students ran through the raindrops to the school for classroom visits. Each classroom provided a spread of

The day concluded with a musical production by the Kindergarten through grade 3 classes. They recited original poems taught by music teacher Miss Lisa Marie Yavarone and rehearsed dutifully by their teachers. Hits of the calendarinspired program included “L-O-V-E,” for February, “Lift High the Cross” for March, and “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” for April.

INTER NATIONA LLY RENOW N V IOLIN V IRTUOSO HOLDS WORK SHOP FOR RBR INTER-DISTRICT STRING STUDENTS Every year, the Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) invites its sending school string students to join their big brothers and sisters for an Inter-District String Concert. On October 21, students from Red Bank Middle School and Markham Place in Little Silver, spent the entire day at the high school and were treated to a special workshop conducted by a renowned virtuoso and crossover violinist and music educator Christian Howes. Mr. Howes focuses on having the students improvise musical pieces and to explore different music genres with their strings. Mr. Howes has served as an associate professor of music at the Berklee School of Music in Boston and founded an on-line music learning site to help classically trained musicians to explore their creativity and develop their improvisation skills Bringing those lessons to RBR he explains, “My mission is to challenge their creativity and self-expression. I encourage them to look behind the curtain on how music is constructed, demystify music theory and to celebrate multi-cultural traditions of music. For instance, we explored reggae, blue grass, and rock and roll.” RBR strings teacher Jeffrey Boga first met Christian Howes at



a professional developmental conference. He was delighted Mr. Howes could find time in his schedule to conduct the RBR InterDistrict String workshop as well as the culminating concert of over 65 students who had never played together before. He comments, “I was happy to hear that many students were able to see string instruments in a different way after experiencing Christian Howes performing all genres on his acoustic and electric violins. They said that they were inspired to take the skills that they already have to make and share music.”

In October, renowned musician and Educator Christian Howes of Ohio, was the guest artist who conducted an all-day workshop and culminating inter-string concert which brought together middle school musicians from Red Bank and Little Silver along and RBR high school string players.

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“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” - George Santayana


recently had the privilege of meeting one such masterpiece. Like discovering great art, some of life’s simple pleasures are discovering our neighbors, learning their backgrounds, finding out how we are similar, and celebrating our differences. John R. Green, an awardwinning Executive Producer of Special Programming at ABC News, and Anthony LaBate, a designer of unique jewelry for La’Bate Jewelry, live in Holmdel. It’s not every day you can walk into a beautifully appointed home, with its eclectic array of fine art and furniture - and still feel it’s a warm and friendly space. The lifesized toy stuffed giraffe, horses and lion certainly helped! The big hugs and warm greetings were not surprising and fit perfectly in the whimsical setting.

John and Anthony have traveled the world and decided nine years ago that Monmouth County was where they would settle and eventually raise children. For the last four years they have been raising their twins in Holmdel. Anyone lucky enough to meet the now four-yearolds, Francesca and AJ, will completely



Carpet show every year is a highlight. Having grown up watching that event and wondering what it would be like to be there, it’s exciting. Nothing like it in terms of Hollywood celebrity, the attention it gets from all over the world. It’s very unifying.” As an avid sports fan, he also found great satisfaction in covering Super Bowls, World Series and The careers and adventures of NBA finals, sharing, “To be able to be on each of these men could fill books. the sidelines when you’re just a run of John is a multiple Emmy, Peabody the mill fan” was a particular thrill. Other rare opportunities came about due to and Dupont Award winner, whose resume includes coverage of news, as his fluency in Spanish and French. One well as entertainment specials: the of his favorite assignments was traveling to Cuba in 1998 to cover Pope John Paul’s annual red carpet event “Countdown to the Oscars”; Queen Elizabeth’s visit where he served as producer and translator. While there, he relayed how Diamond Jubilee at Buckingham Palace; “Megastunts - Highwire Over he interviewed the 101 year -old Gregorio Fuentes, the inspiration for Hemingway’s Niagara”; Ground Zero; Earthquake Haiti; Good Morning America; 20/20; classic, The Old Man and the Sea, adding, the new “Game Changers”, and so “How thrilling was that!” His French led much more. Since many of the ABC him to jump on the Concorde to Paris within hours of Princess Diana’s death stories focus on tragedies, I asked John where he stayed for a month translating if there were stories that gave him joy to cover. He thought for a moment, and working on the investigation. John’s and said, “Glamour-- and excitement. humanity shone through even when Being able to produce the Oscar’s Red asked if anyone deeply affected him. understand why John and Anthony are so proud of them. Their amazing vocabularies and earnest, pleasant demeanors could melt your heart. The dads have demanding careers and yet there is no question their priority and their passion are to provide Francesca and A.J. with a stable, loving, fulfilling home.


Anthony LaBate holds his signature piece - the Francesca cuff – at his New Jersey launch party at Gotham in Red Bank on November 17, 2016.

It turns out Matt Damon is one of his favorite celebrities. They met on GMA. Matt was there to promote a movie and he chose to sit in the main Green Room instead of a reserved private one. There, he met a teenage guest who struggled with obesity and learned she was promoting a camp to help others. John witnessed Matt Damon approach the young girl and genuinely become fascinated with her story, saw Matt offer to visit the camp and John concluded, “That is a great guy.” Over the years, John collaborated frequently with news anchor Robin Roberts and one of the most moving specials was “Robin’s Journey,” documenting the ABC anchor’s battle with cancer. John’s legendary energy is now channeled into a new venture with Robin. He is the Executive VP of Programming & Development for “Rock n’ Robin Productions,” managing daily operations and the editorial and creative content for every type of show imaginable for networks, cable and online audiences. When asked about a “dream project” he would like to create, he mentioned his love for musical theater and his desire to present live musical theater for a wide television audience. In actuality, he already is fulfilling his true, more serious dream, and that is to cover stories about cancer research, treatment, prevention and early detection. As a survivor of cancer, John experienced firsthand the toll the disease takes. “Yes it’s great to do journalism when it entertains people, it’s great to do television that entertains - that can also be therapeutic - but really giving hardcore information that can help people live healthier or extend their lives, or get treatments that they need, especially with a life

threatening illness like cancer, that to me feels like the purpose I went into journalism.” To that end, he and Robin just launched “Cutting Edge of Cancer” for WebMD. The passion for cancer research also is reflected in Anthony’s career creating unique jewelry. Anthony finds inspiration all around him and his signature piece is the Francesca cuff, named for his mother who miraculously battled back from stage four lung cancer. Its butterfly motif in diamonds and colorful gems symbolize hope, and a portion of the proceeds is donated to cancer research. His appreciation for precious stones and designing began at a very young age. Imagine his Brooklyn grade school teacher’s surprise when Anthony completed the assignment to bring a sample mineral to class and showed up with his father’s triple diamond ring! His designing talents were first focused more on high fashion evening wear and bridal gowns. After working in Paris, he returned to New York and started Francesca Couture. He gained further acclaim when he created a $300,000 diamond encrusted wedding gown for a private client, even making it into “Ripley’s Believe It or Not.” (The diamonds were eventually used for jewelry.)

John R. Green with Robin Roberts

ethically sourced stones. They are hand forged in India and are lovingly and thoughtfully designed by Anthony. “Each stone - just like a stitch - has a story, which I find fascinating and inspiring.” The jewelry has caught the eye of Andy Cohen, host of Bravo’s nightly series “Watch What Happens: Live” and a lot of the “Housewives”. More locally, the irrepressible Anthony showcased his lines at a launch party in Red Bank at Gotham last month. Over one hundred guests poured over his creations, while mingling, enjoying food, drinks and a DJ. On the spur of the moment, Anthony took the microphone. He quickly organized a “Mannequin Challenge” and the loud upbeat partiers stopped - and struck a pose. This joy for life and playful spirit is reflected in his creations and in his child rearing philosophy.

Throughout my time with them, Anthony and John reflected on family life, while simultaneously laughing, dressing the children, gathering snacks and taking turns for the twins’ bathroom runs. All this is possible because they met through a mutual friend and have been together over fifteen years. They enjoyed a commitment ceremony in Copenhagen in 2003 and a Holmdel backyard wedding in 2014. The twins, And excitement seems to find and each other, bring joy and laughter Anthony. You may recall the story of a every day. Anthony and John hope for a passenger who left behind a case filled safe future for their children, free of fear with $200,000 worth of jewels in a cab. and with no limits on their aspirations or The good-hearted taxi driver returned self-worth. Interviewed separately, both it to - yes, Anthony! When the couple dads expressed the overriding hope that moved to Holmdel, Anthony retired. Francesca and A.J. will be kind and will Not surprisingly, Anthony is now out of know kindness. Their evening game of retirement and has “traded stitches for “I love you because…” is a very positive stones” with the launch of his La’Bate stepping stone, and the twins certainly have very kind and special parents to jewelry line ( Each piece is unique and contains only guide them. DECEMBER 2016



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