Red Bank Charter School Hosts Luau

RED BANK, N.J. ­ June 29, 2010 ­ Red Bank Charter School, a non-profit, non-partisan, K-8 public school, today announced that its recent Luau on the Navesink River event raised more than $8000 towards the purchase of a new outdoor message board for the school.
Our Charter Community Organization, which sponsored the Luau event, plays an invaluable role not only in raising money for the school but in maintaining the warm sense of community for which Red Bank Charter School is so well known,” said Meredith Pennotti, principal. “We’re so grateful for the participation of all its members and for the wonderful local merchants who donated items for our chance auction and food for the dinner. All of us in the Red Bank Charter School family thank them for their extraordinary contributions to our Luau event.”
Restaurants and merchants supplying food for the Luau dinner included Boondocks Fishery & Grill, Danny’s Steak House & Seafood, Edible Arrangements, Gaetano’s Restaurant, Gianni.s Pizzeria of Red Bank, Local Smoke BBQ, Monticello Bistro, Readie’s Fine Foods, and Sickles Market. Businesses and organizations contributing auction items included 90.5 The Night, A Time To Kiln, Aloha Grove, Bobbie Kingsley Photography, Clearview Cinema, Cool School, DS&D, Front Street Trattoria, Frozsurt & The Language School, Funk & Standard, Honey Child Music, Jay and Silent Bobs, Kidegories, Liberty Science Center, Long Branch Bungalow Hotel & Tavolo, Lulu Rose, Monmouth Museum, Monticello, Nails Plus, Promenade Beach Club, RBCS Foundation, Red Bank Frameworks, Residence Inn, Shaka, Ship Ahoy Beach Club, Soap Market, Sparkling Lady, Stroller Strides, Sue Barr Photography, Sweetest Sin, Ten Thousand Villages, The Bee, The Sea Grass Cottage, Toymasters, Tropicana Casino and Resort, and Two River Theater. Individual and family contributors of goods and services included Patti Balderas, Anna Barfield, Darree Clark, Bob Cronin, the Gosden family, Mike Havay, Dee Holiday, Steve Houck, the O’Donnell family, the Riddle family, Adrienne Welch, Bruce Whitaker, and Pat McCrink Whitaker.
Red Bank Charter School’s second annual Luau on the Navesink River, which took place May 22, featured a night of dining, live music, and a chance auction supported by donations from local businesses. Local restaurants and markets donated all the food for the meal, while the menu showcased and advertised all the local contributors.

Navesink River Road Reopened

Limited lane closures can be expected in the weeks ahead 

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The westerly portion of Navesink River Road that was washed out by the March rains was reopened to vehicular traffic today. While some work still needs to be completed on the project, the road will remain open during that final phase of the work.

“After a number of disappointing delays beyond the county’s control, I am pleased to report  that the road is open,” said Freeholder John P. Curley, liaison to the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering, which is performing the work in-house. “Our concern was to reopen the road to vehicular traffic as soon as possible and to ensure Navesink River Road is open in time for the big fireworks display this weekend in Red Bank. We have achieved that goal.”

Heavy rains in March had caused a culvert running under Navesink River Road to collapse, forcing the closure of the road between Route 35 and Hubbard Avenue.

The county’s engineering, bridge and highway crews are performing the work in-house, alleviating the expense and the time it would have taken to go out for public bidding to hire a private contractor and engineering consultant. Despite the delays, the county project will be completed more expeditiously and with a substantial cost savings.

Navesink River Road adjacent to Poricy Brook Pond serves as an earthen dam with two pipes running underneath. During the March storms, as the height of the pond rose, it put pressure and velocity on the water passing underneath the road, undermining the supporting soil and unsettling the road. Water drains from Poricy Brook Pond to Swimming River farther south.

The damaged pipes were 50 years old and constructed of corrugated steel pipes 60 inches in diameter. They were side by side under the road. Those pipes were replaced with concrete pipes and improved fortification which will be stronger and is expected to last longer.

The project took longer than expected due mainly to problems with the utilities and water lines. Two water main breaks and an unexpected change in the scope of the work by the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) led to the delays.

The county is awaiting final approval of plans for a gabion wall to be built on the downstream side of the spillway. The wall will hold soil back at the point where the pipes penetrate the earthen dam. Even without it, the road is stable for normal road conditions. That approval is expected soon.

Public Works and Engineering Director John W. Tobia said the unfinished work will have minimal impact on traffic except for limited lane closures to complete the remaining construction phase.

“I know the closure caused minor inconveniences for many people who live in that area and I want to thank them for their patience during the construction,” Curley said.

Singers Invited to Summer Sing

Mendelssohn’s Elijah

HOLMDEL, NJ – The Monmouth Civic Chorus invites singers to a Summer Sing of Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn. The Sing is on Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. at the air-conditioned Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 112 Middletown Road, Holmdel NJ 07733.  The admission fee of $5 at the door includes refreshments and score loan.

Elijah is a masterpiece, last performed by the Monmouth Civic Chorus in 2000. The music is full of warmth and grandeur as it tells the story of the Biblical prophet. Choral music lovers will recognize classic choruses like “He watching over Israel” and “Lift thine eyes.” The Sing includes guest soloists and piano accompaniment, under the baton of MCC Artistic Director, Dr. Mark Shapiro.

Singers are invited to audition for the 2010-11 season, which features Handel’s ever-popular Messiah, Bach’s majestic B Minor Mass, and a musical portrait of Bach’s life and work. Audition appointments are available on Tuesday evenings beginning in September. Singers may sit in on a rehearsal and get acquainted before they audition. For membership information, call 732-933-9333 or visit


Blues Rally Late to Defeat Marlins, 8-5

Neptune, NJ  – The Ocean Sports Academy Marlins looked destined to win this contest over the East Morris Blues from start to finish. However due to a few resilient Blues players, this would not be the case as East Morris won 8-5.

The Marlins were led mostly by the home runs of Mike Chiaravalloti (Bloomfield, NJ/Iona College). He had a 3-Run Home Run in the 1st and solo home run in the 4th.  But these would not be enough because of the East Morris rally in the top of the 8th. Heading into the 8th, the Blues were down 5-2 and their prospects looked bleak. But helped by 2 walks and a hit by pitch, their comeback had begun.  Dan Moreno (Cranford, NJ/Ramapo College), Nick Natale (Livingston, NJ/St. Petersburg College, FL) and Andrew Obergfell (Cranford, NJ/Drew University) combined for 6 RBIs in the frame. Obergfell contributed 3 of the 6 RBIs on a game winning double down the left field line that cleared the bases.

The Winning pitcher for East Morris was Moreno, who would help his own cause later in the game with a 2 RBI double. He pitched a scoreless 7th and 8th for the Blues. 

The teams resume their schedules this Thursday. The Marlins take on the Langan Baseball Falcons while the Blues play the Freehold Clippers.

Drilling Moratorium Is the Right Thing to Do

I take exception to several statements by Chris Fotache in his recent letter on the BP oil spill.  He said that the moratorium “is like banning all commercial flights after a plane crash”.  Actually, we often do ground all aircraft of the same type until we can determine the cause. There are currently 33 wells being drilled in the Gulf and all of them use the same safety system and the same kind of blowout preventer that failed on the Deepwater Horizon.  More importantly, no one knows how to stop the current flow except for a relief well, which takes several months to drill, and then, there is no guarantee that it will be successful.  We have stretched our resources to the limit, in an attempt to clean up this mess.  How could we possible contend with another?

Another flaw with comparing this to a plane crash is that a plane crash does not cause extensive environmental damage.  This disaster has caused the greatest environmental damage in our nation’s history.

The judge who struck down the moratorium has financial interests in 14 energy companies, including Transocean and KBR, a subsidiary of Haliburton.  Clearly he should have recused himself.  This is a gross conflict of interest.

Mr. Fotache also says that we can only reduce our dependence on foreign oil by extracting domestic oil.  Wrong!  We need to reduce our dependence on all fossil fuels.

First, they are a finite resource.  No matter how much we drill, or how much we mine, eventually they will run out.  And burning them contributes to climate change.  We need to drastically increase our research and production of renewable energy.

William C. Stevenson
Red Bank, NJ

Macfie to Preach at Atlantic Highlands Presbyterian July 4th

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ –  The Rev. Barbara A. Macfie will be the guest speaker Sunday, the Fourth of July, at the First Presbyterian Church. She will also administer Holy Communion during the 10 a.m. worship service.

Her Independence Day sermon is entitled “Just Do It.”

The David Nunez-directed adult choir will wrap up its season until September by singing “Eternal Father” and “The Lord Bless You and Keep You,” and “Taste and See” as its Communion anthem.

Hymns during the worship service will be “Morning Has Broken,” “Just As I Am, Without One Plea” and “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee.”

Rev. Macfie has been an ordained Presbyterian minister for eight years and is a counselor who concentrates her efforts on her private practice at Phoenix Counseling Center, Metuchen, where she lives. She has also filled in at various New Jersey churches.

She is a graduate of Monmouth University’s Psychological Counseling Program and holds a degree from Princeton Theological Seminary. Prior to seminary, she served as a U.S. Army chaplain’s assistant in Germany, Saudi Arabia and Fort Monmouth.

Rev. Michael Riley, minister, author and Asbury Park Press columnist, will return to the pulpit for three consecutive Sundays, July 11, 18 and 25. Rev. Macfie will next preach at the church on Sunday, Aug. 1.

All area residents, including children, are welcome at the 120-year-old, handicapped accessible church at Third and E. Highland Aves. Child care is provided during all Sunday worship services.

NJ Pest Controllers Provide Tips to Avoid Mosquitoes

NEW JERSEY – “Entomologists tell us that mosquitoes have been around for more than thirty million years,” says Leonard Douglen, the Executive Director of the New Jersey Pest Management Association. “That’s reason enough to take them seriously, not just for their annoying bites, but as transmitters of several serious diseases.”

As far back as the early 1900s, New Jersey took mosquitoes seriously as word began to spread that they were the source of Yellow Fever and, later, diseases that included Malaria, Dengue Fever, and Encephalitis.

“The outbreak of West Nile Fever in 1990 reawakened public awareness of the need for effective mosquito control,” said Douglen. “It has spread to forty-six states since then where reports of West Nile Fever have been verified. In 2007, it was responsible for 115 deaths according the Centers for Disease Control.” It is a form of Encephalitis.

“In 1956, New Jersey established the State Mosquito Control Commission,” said Douglen. It is located at the Department of Environmental Protection. “NJPMA has worked closely with DEP since its inception,” said Douglen, noting that all pest management professionals are licensed and certified by the DEP.

To prevent major outbreaks of mosquito populations, the Mosquito Control Commission maintains a Mosquito Airspray Program. It reviews municipal and county mosquito control programs to ensure they are in compliance with state and federal regulations and policies.

“It should be everyone’s policy to take steps to ensure that mosquitoes cannot breed around their home,” said Douglen. Since mosquitoes breed wherever water can gather, he offered the following steps that should be taken:

Roof gutters should be cleaned annually because leaves from nearby trees can clog them. They should be checked in the spring or whenever one encounters too many mosquitoes because they can produce millions each season.

Turn over wading pools when they are not in use. Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used. Mosquitoes can breed in the water that collects on swimming pool covers.

Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish. Water gardens, if allowed to stagnate, can produce large mosquito populations during the spring and summer months. Change the water in bird baths every three or four days.

Dispose of ceramic pots, plastic containers, and anything that can contain water. Drill holes in the bottom of outdoor recycling containers left out of doors. Rid your property of discarded tires, tin cans, and plastic containers where water can gather..

Examine your property for areas where puddles can gather after a rain storm. Use landscaping to eliminate standing water. Mosquitoes can breed in any puddle that lasts more than four days.

To avoid mosquitoes getting indoors, check window and door screens. Make necessary repairs.

“On a personal level,” said Douglen, “it’s a wise idea to wear mosquito repellants if you or a child spends time outdoors. These products contain DEET with different levels, but keep in mind children should be protected at lower levels.”

“Clothing provides good protection,” says Douglen, “but a quick spray with a repellant will provide even more.

“Million of years have created several species of mosquitoes,” Douglen noted, “but all come equipped with chemical, visual, and heat sensors to find a blood meal. The fact that humans exhale carbon dioxide and sweat provides mosquitoes with the means to find them. Just moving around is enough to attract them and, since we are warm-blooded, they can find us if they get close enough.”

Douglen advises against spraying over-the-counter pesticides too much. “Pest management professionals routinely use as little pesticide as necessary to eliminate a pest population, but people tend to use far too much and to do so indiscriminately to rid themselves of even a single insect pest. Less is best.”

Founded in 1941, the New Jersey Pest Management Association is affiliated with the National Pest Management Association and its members hold joint membership. The Association maintains a website at

Police Warn of “Cherry Picking” Car Burglars

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The Middletown Township Police Department would like to warn residents about   “Cherry Picking”. Cherry Picking is the practice of walking through neighborhoods and trying the car doors of numerous vehicles until the actor(s) find one that was left unlocked. Once the subject finds an unlocked vehicle he or she will rummage through the contents of the car and will remove valuable items such as money, laptop computers, GPS units, cell phones, Compact Disks, etc.

After stealing from one vehicle they move on to the next one and the process continues. Very often dozens of vehicles are broken into in the same night. Police advise that most thefts from vehicles occur in this fashion and it is extremely rare for an actor to actually break a window or car door to gain entry.

Although Middletown Township remains one of the safest communities in the country for towns of a similar size, the Police Department would like to encourage all residents to remove valuables from their vehicles upon exiting and to lock their doors as well. If it is not possible to remove the items from the vehicle, the Police Department recommends keeping the items out of the sight of people who may pass by the car. The practice of “Cherry Picking” is not unique to Middletown Township and occurs statewide amongst towns and cities of all sizes.

Residents are also encouraged to call the police and report any suspicious activity in their neighborhoods.

Middletown Police Offer Child Safety Seat Checkpoint July 10

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – The Middletown Police Department’s Traffic Safety Bureau will hold a child car seat safety checkpoint on Saturday, July 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Police Headquarters, located on the corner of Route 35 and Kings Highway. Police officers trained as child passenger safety technicians will assist motorists with proper child car seat installation as well as proper positioning and harnessing of a child. Checkpoint is free and open to the public. No appointment necessary. In the event of severe weather, a rain date will be announced. Checkpoints will be offered periodically through Labor Day. The program is funded through a grant from the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Call (732) 615-2045 for details.


‘Canes and Fish Split Sunday Doubleheader

TOMS RIVER, NJ (June 27, 2010) – The Toms River Hurricanes and Ocean Sports Academy Marlins split a pair on Sunday afternoon. The Marlins took the 1st game by a score of 7-6 and the Hurricanes won game 2, 4-3.

Game 1

The Marlins trailed for much of the game, however after 9 innings they found a way to come out on top. Behind a 6 run 8th inning, the Marlins won the game.  The game tying hit belonged to Brendon Ford (Holmdel, NJ/Scranton University). His 3-RBI double tied the game at 6.  Ford scored the winning run later that inning on a throwing error.  Winning pitcher for Ocean Sports Academy was Andrew Holt (Toms River, NJ/Richard Stockton College).  Toms River was led by the 2-RBIs from Billy Hoermann (Toms River, NJ/Rutgers University). The losing pitcher was Hurricane pitcher Austin Mc Aulif (Rumson, NJ/NJIT), who pitched during the 6 run 8th inning.

Game 2

The Hurricanes made sure of a split in game 2. After trailing 2-0 at the start of the top of the 6th, a 4 run outbreak gave Toms River the lead for good.  Anthony Montalbano’s (Edison, NJ/Swarthmore College, PA) 3-RBI triple was the key play of the frame.  He would also score in the inning on a single from Brian Schroeder (Iselin, NJ/St. Peter’s College).  The winning pitcher for Toms River was Edward Ras (Millstone, NJ/Seton Hall University).

Both teams resume their seasons Tuesday. The Marlins take on the East Morris Blues while the Hurricanes face off with the Protocall Starz.