Good News Abounds in Middletown

mt girls u13 soccerPHOTO: The Middletown Soccer Club U13 Girls Team was recognized for winning the 2015 NJYSA Presidents Cup

MIDDLETOWN –The December Township Committee meeting was brimming with accolades and good news. The governing body issued 10 oaths of office to police officers, two Life Saving Awards and one Distinguished Citizen Award. They recognized two sports teams on their wins, and an Eagle Scout for his literacy project. They also accepted a special gift from Old First Church this holiday season. Continue reading Good News Abounds in Middletown

Good News Abounds in Middletown

mt girls u13 soccerPHOTO: The Middletown Soccer Club U13 Girls Team was recognized for winning the 2015 NJYSA Presidents Cup

MIDDLETOWN –The December Township Committee meeting was brimming with accolades and good news. The governing body issued 10 oaths of office to police officers, two Life Saving Awards and one Distinguished Citizen Award. They recognized two sports teams on their wins, and an Eagle Scout for his literacy project. They also accepted a special gift from Old First Church this holiday season. Continue reading Good News Abounds in Middletown

Incredible Transformation for MCSPCA Puppy Flint

mcspca flint marko 1TINTON FALLS, NJ – The Monmouth County SPCA is dedicated to the well-being of all animals, so when two month old puppy Flint Marko was carried into the MCSPCA, he was surely being passed into the best of hands.

Flint was in critical condition when he arrived at the MCSPCA. His body was covered in pustules, causing him to whimper at the slightest touch. His front leg was severely deformed from malnourishment and from being kept in a cage for the majority of his short life.  The wonderful staff and volunteers of the Monmouth County SPCA immediately started doing everything they could to make Flint comfortable.

Continue reading Incredible Transformation for MCSPCA Puppy Flint

Incredible Transformation for MCSPCA Puppy Flint

mcspca flint marko 1TINTON FALLS, NJ – The Monmouth County SPCA is dedicated to the well-being of all animals, so when two month old puppy Flint Marko was carried into the MCSPCA, he was surely being passed into the best of hands.

Flint was in critical condition when he arrived at the MCSPCA. His body was covered in pustules, causing him to whimper at the slightest touch. His front leg was severely deformed from malnourishment and from being kept in a cage for the majority of his short life.  The wonderful staff and volunteers of the Monmouth County SPCA immediately started doing everything they could to make Flint comfortable.

Continue reading Incredible Transformation for MCSPCA Puppy Flint

RBR Placed on the College Board’s Sixth Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success

425 School Districts across the U.S. and Canada Are Honored

Little Silver: — Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) is one of only 425 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the Sixth Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP (Advanced Placement) course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Reaching these goals indicates that a district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the opportunity of AP. To be included on the Sixth Annual Honor Roll, RBR had to, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher since 2013.  RBR was one of only 36 schools in New Jersey that earned this distinction and one of two high schools in Monmouth County, the other being Manasquan School District.

RBR Guidance Director Dawn Kaszuba comments “The RBR community’s commitment to rigor, opportunity and support at all levels makes such achievements possible. I could not be more proud of what our students have been able to achieve as a result of their own determination and motivation as well as the focused efforts of their teachers, school counselors and families.”

RBR Principal Risa Clay adds, “It is through our school’s continued commitment to student success and expanded access to course offerings that we earned this wonderful accolade. We offer extraordinary supports including but not limited to teacher accessibility, tutoring, both peer and staff, and AVID. We applaud our staff for their courage to step away from traditional approaches and perspectives and for having the courage to forego a purely numeric approach thus allowing students to realize their aspirations.”

National data from 2015 show that among black/African American, Hispanic, and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half of students are participating. The first step to delivering the opportunity of AP to students is providing access by ensuring courses are available, that gatekeeping stops, and that the doors are equitably opened so these students can participate. RBR is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

“That the committed teachers and administrators in this district have both expanded AP access and also helped their students achieve high levels of performance on AP Exams shows they’re delivering opportunity in their schools and classrooms, and it is a real testament to their belief that a more diverse population of young people is ready for the challenge of college,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president of AP and Instruction. “Congratulations to these teachers and administrators, and to their hard-working students.” Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with a variety of initiatives and strategies to determine how to simultaneously expand access and improve student performance.

In 2015, more than 3,800 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process, with many colleges and universities in the United States offering credit in one or more subjects for qualifying AP scores.

Inclusion on the Sixth Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2013 to 2015, looking across 34 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.

Districts must:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
  • Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2015 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2013 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

When these outcomes have been achieved among an AP student population in which 30 percent or more are underrepresented minority students (black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native) and/or 30 percent or more are low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch), a symbol has been affixed to the district name to highlight this work.

The complete Sixth Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found at: https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-district-honor-roll-6th-annual.pdf.

Red Bank Regional is a comprehensive public high school located in Little Silver, New Jersey that offers many specialized curriculum opportunities and small learning communities with concentration of studies in four-year academies including Finance, Applied Technology and Engineering, the Visual & Performing Arts. In addition to many Advanced Placement courses, it offers challenging courses in the International Baccalaureate program as well as dual credit courses with several universities. The highly recognized AVID college preparatory program helps prepare students for more challenging coursework.  RBR also offers 26 Varsity, 15 JV and 9 Freshman athletic teams; RBR maintains over 38 clubs in many diverse areas.

RBR Placed on the College Board’s Sixth Annual AP® District Honor Roll for Significant Gains in Student Access and Success

425 School Districts across the U.S. and Canada Are Honored

Little Silver: — Red Bank Regional High School (RBR) is one of only 425 school districts in the U.S. and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the Sixth Annual AP® District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP (Advanced Placement) course work while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams. Reaching these goals indicates that a district is successfully identifying motivated, academically prepared students who are ready for the opportunity of AP. To be included on the Sixth Annual Honor Roll, RBR had to, increase the number of students participating in AP while also increasing or maintaining the number of students earning AP Exam scores of 3 or higher since 2013.  RBR was one of only 36 schools in New Jersey that earned this distinction and one of two high schools in Monmouth County, the other being Manasquan School District.

RBR Guidance Director Dawn Kaszuba comments “The RBR community’s commitment to rigor, opportunity and support at all levels makes such achievements possible. I could not be more proud of what our students have been able to achieve as a result of their own determination and motivation as well as the focused efforts of their teachers, school counselors and families.”

RBR Principal Risa Clay adds, “It is through our school’s continued commitment to student success and expanded access to course offerings that we earned this wonderful accolade. We offer extraordinary supports including but not limited to teacher accessibility, tutoring, both peer and staff, and AVID. We applaud our staff for their courage to step away from traditional approaches and perspectives and for having the courage to forego a purely numeric approach thus allowing students to realize their aspirations.”

National data from 2015 show that among black/African American, Hispanic, and Native American students with a high degree of readiness for AP, only about half of students are participating. The first step to delivering the opportunity of AP to students is providing access by ensuring courses are available, that gatekeeping stops, and that the doors are equitably opened so these students can participate. RBR is committed to expanding the availability of AP courses among prepared and motivated students of all backgrounds.

“That the committed teachers and administrators in this district have both expanded AP access and also helped their students achieve high levels of performance on AP Exams shows they’re delivering opportunity in their schools and classrooms, and it is a real testament to their belief that a more diverse population of young people is ready for the challenge of college,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s senior vice president of AP and Instruction. “Congratulations to these teachers and administrators, and to their hard-working students.” Helping more students learn at a higher level and earn higher AP scores is an objective of all members of the AP community, from AP teachers to district and school administrators to college professors. Many districts are experimenting with a variety of initiatives and strategies to determine how to simultaneously expand access and improve student performance.

In 2015, more than 3,800 colleges and universities around the world received AP scores for college credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process, with many colleges and universities in the United States offering credit in one or more subjects for qualifying AP scores.

Inclusion on the Sixth Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on the examination of three years of AP data, from 2013 to 2015, looking across 34 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.

Districts must:

  • Increase participation/access to AP by at least 4 percent in large districts, at least 6 percent in medium districts, and at least 11 percent in small districts;
  • Increase or maintain the percentage of exams taken by black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students; and
  • Improve or maintain performance levels when comparing the 2015 percentage of students scoring a 3 or higher to the 2013 percentage, unless the district has already attained a performance level at which more than 70 percent of its AP students are scoring a 3 or higher.

When these outcomes have been achieved among an AP student population in which 30 percent or more are underrepresented minority students (black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native) and/or 30 percent or more are low-income students (students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch), a symbol has been affixed to the district name to highlight this work.

The complete Sixth Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found at: https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-district-honor-roll-6th-annual.pdf.

Red Bank Regional is a comprehensive public high school located in Little Silver, New Jersey that offers many specialized curriculum opportunities and small learning communities with concentration of studies in four-year academies including Finance, Applied Technology and Engineering, the Visual & Performing Arts. In addition to many Advanced Placement courses, it offers challenging courses in the International Baccalaureate program as well as dual credit courses with several universities. The highly recognized AVID college preparatory program helps prepare students for more challenging coursework.  RBR also offers 26 Varsity, 15 JV and 9 Freshman athletic teams; RBR maintains over 38 clubs in many diverse areas.

Year End Review Shows Library Covered Horses to History

MANALAPAN, NJ – The variety of programs, classes, concerts and other events offered by the Monmouth County Library was highlighted at the year end meeting of the Monmouth County Library Commission recently, showing a comprehensive list of everything from horses to jazz which have been available to all members.

“I’ve said many times that the Monmouth County Library well deserves the title of being the busiest library system in New Jersey,” said Commission chairperson Renee Swartz, in reviewing the reports from directors. “And after reviewing the variety or programs offered here and the most enthusiastic way they have been received, I would be certain it is also the most eclectic.”

The library has advanced technologically and offers iPad circulation access by staff members to check users out at the program, an e-mail link to an online catalog, document scanners at the library branches, and Kit Keeper, book discussion kits for self-service bookings. Anticipated for completion in 2016 are Phase 2 of Sirsi, the Integrated Library system, a government depository to enhance patron searchers to federal and state documents available for printing, and a Playaway Launchpad for children, a learning tablet with pre-loaded interactive apps.  

Programming Coordinator Donna Mansfield, who recently was named Branch Manager for the Manalapan branch of the library system, a position she will assume in January, presented a comprehensive overview to the library commissioners and praised the work of librarians in each of the branches for their ingenuity and enthusiasm in promoting or producing programs for all age levels and interests.

In highlighting the events held at headquarters, located on Symnes Drive, Mansfield noted the annual International Pi Day (March 14) with Albert Einstein attracted a multi-generational audience which enjoyed the mix of history and science at the library, part of the world-wide celebration of the date, 3/14 which equals pi, the Greek letter which symbolizes the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

On a lighter note, there were 22 different events in support of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, including a visit from author Charles Nurnberg, a tea at the Eastern Branch library in Shrewsbury, a play, Alice, An Adventure in Wonderland, presented by the Eagle Theater at Headquarters, and numerous skits, book displays, parties and games honoring Carroll’s works through the library system.

For the musically minded, Mansfield continued, there were nine jazz concerts and nine other concerts, including a Tribute to Fleetwood Mac, the most attended of all the musical events, and another by Tim MCLoone & The Shirleys. The centennial salute to Frank Sinatra last week was also widely attended and received with great acclaim, Mansfield said.

The report also showed the library hosted visits from President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln and President and Mrs. US Grant in the form of a play by professional re-enactors, as well as visits from Civil War enactors who captured the music of the era is vocal and musical interpretation.

Lectures on a variety of subjects were also presented during the year, Mansfield continued, including three interactive talks with Dr. David Martin, head of the Friends of the Monmouth Battlefield, and local historian and member of the Monmouth County Historical Commission Joseph Grabas, who spoke on the 350th anniversary of the signing of the Monmouth Patent.

Historian, college professor and retired military officer Paul Zigo also presented a program on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in the Pacific Theater, a program jointly sponsored by the NJ Alliance for Learning and Preserving the History of WWII in Asia (NJ-ALPHA). Also of particular interest for history buffs was continuation of the World War I Centennial Film Series through four different films, and a lecture on the Hindenburg disaster at Lakehurst in 1937.

For guests who enjoy live theater, there was a re-creation of the Grand Review of the Armies on the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, a program made possible through a grant from the N J Council for the Humanities and the NJ Civil War Heritage Association. The library was also able to enjoy a preview of a Civil War documentary, along with commentary from the write producer of the film and the composer of the music it included. Other plays, the Pulitzer prize-winning Talley’s Folly, as well as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, were also favorites among the programs offered in 2015.

In between, there were dance demonstrations, yoga and t’ai chi, art lectures informational programs on Social Security, Medicare and taxes.

Horse Month, a state-wide celebration of the Garden State’s official animal, was celebrated throughout the library system with numerous displays, equine books of interest for all ages highlighted, and even a visit from two horses to at least three of the libraries. A program on equestrian fashion and a film, Riding My Way Home, were also offered during June’s activities.

Staff also worked behind the scenes on a number of programs and innovations, including the Food for Fines program, during which the library office collected five and a half tons of food for the Food Bank in lieu of fines owed for overdue books and CDs. The library also participated in the Monmouth County Employee Annual Charitable Giving, the Monmouth County Fair, Adult &Teen Summer Reading and several special programs, including the I Love my Library Campaign.”

   “I couldn’t be more pleased with the broad spectrum of work and innovative ideas the library staff produces every year,” said Freeholder Lillian Burry, the Board of Freeholders liaison to the Library. “Thousands of people visit our libraries every day, because they already know there is something there for everyone. But I encourage anyone who has not visited any of our libraries to set aside an hour or several hours and stop in to see what is offered. It isn’t just books, and here with our Monmouth County Library employees, it isn’t even books, CDs and tapes. It’s plays, concerts, classes, activity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, games, special activities for teenagers and toddlers, and so much more.”

Year End Review Shows Library Covered Horses to History

MANALAPAN, NJ – The variety of programs, classes, concerts and other events offered by the Monmouth County Library was highlighted at the year end meeting of the Monmouth County Library Commission recently, showing a comprehensive list of everything from horses to jazz which have been available to all members.

“I’ve said many times that the Monmouth County Library well deserves the title of being the busiest library system in New Jersey,” said Commission chairperson Renee Swartz, in reviewing the reports from directors. “And after reviewing the variety or programs offered here and the most enthusiastic way they have been received, I would be certain it is also the most eclectic.”

The library has advanced technologically and offers iPad circulation access by staff members to check users out at the program, an e-mail link to an online catalog, document scanners at the library branches, and Kit Keeper, book discussion kits for self-service bookings. Anticipated for completion in 2016 are Phase 2 of Sirsi, the Integrated Library system, a government depository to enhance patron searchers to federal and state documents available for printing, and a Playaway Launchpad for children, a learning tablet with pre-loaded interactive apps.  

Programming Coordinator Donna Mansfield, who recently was named Branch Manager for the Manalapan branch of the library system, a position she will assume in January, presented a comprehensive overview to the library commissioners and praised the work of librarians in each of the branches for their ingenuity and enthusiasm in promoting or producing programs for all age levels and interests.

In highlighting the events held at headquarters, located on Symnes Drive, Mansfield noted the annual International Pi Day (March 14) with Albert Einstein attracted a multi-generational audience which enjoyed the mix of history and science at the library, part of the world-wide celebration of the date, 3/14 which equals pi, the Greek letter which symbolizes the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter.

On a lighter note, there were 22 different events in support of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, including a visit from author Charles Nurnberg, a tea at the Eastern Branch library in Shrewsbury, a play, Alice, An Adventure in Wonderland, presented by the Eagle Theater at Headquarters, and numerous skits, book displays, parties and games honoring Carroll’s works through the library system.

For the musically minded, Mansfield continued, there were nine jazz concerts and nine other concerts, including a Tribute to Fleetwood Mac, the most attended of all the musical events, and another by Tim MCLoone & The Shirleys. The centennial salute to Frank Sinatra last week was also widely attended and received with great acclaim, Mansfield said.

The report also showed the library hosted visits from President and Mrs. Abraham Lincoln and President and Mrs. US Grant in the form of a play by professional re-enactors, as well as visits from Civil War enactors who captured the music of the era is vocal and musical interpretation.

Lectures on a variety of subjects were also presented during the year, Mansfield continued, including three interactive talks with Dr. David Martin, head of the Friends of the Monmouth Battlefield, and local historian and member of the Monmouth County Historical Commission Joseph Grabas, who spoke on the 350th anniversary of the signing of the Monmouth Patent.

Historian, college professor and retired military officer Paul Zigo also presented a program on the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in the Pacific Theater, a program jointly sponsored by the NJ Alliance for Learning and Preserving the History of WWII in Asia (NJ-ALPHA). Also of particular interest for history buffs was continuation of the World War I Centennial Film Series through four different films, and a lecture on the Hindenburg disaster at Lakehurst in 1937.

For guests who enjoy live theater, there was a re-creation of the Grand Review of the Armies on the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, a program made possible through a grant from the N J Council for the Humanities and the NJ Civil War Heritage Association. The library was also able to enjoy a preview of a Civil War documentary, along with commentary from the write producer of the film and the composer of the music it included. Other plays, the Pulitzer prize-winning Talley’s Folly, as well as Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, were also favorites among the programs offered in 2015.

In between, there were dance demonstrations, yoga and t’ai chi, art lectures informational programs on Social Security, Medicare and taxes.

Horse Month, a state-wide celebration of the Garden State’s official animal, was celebrated throughout the library system with numerous displays, equine books of interest for all ages highlighted, and even a visit from two horses to at least three of the libraries. A program on equestrian fashion and a film, Riding My Way Home, were also offered during June’s activities.

Staff also worked behind the scenes on a number of programs and innovations, including the Food for Fines program, during which the library office collected five and a half tons of food for the Food Bank in lieu of fines owed for overdue books and CDs. The library also participated in the Monmouth County Employee Annual Charitable Giving, the Monmouth County Fair, Adult &Teen Summer Reading and several special programs, including the I Love my Library Campaign.”

   “I couldn’t be more pleased with the broad spectrum of work and innovative ideas the library staff produces every year,” said Freeholder Lillian Burry, the Board of Freeholders liaison to the Library. “Thousands of people visit our libraries every day, because they already know there is something there for everyone. But I encourage anyone who has not visited any of our libraries to set aside an hour or several hours and stop in to see what is offered. It isn’t just books, and here with our Monmouth County Library employees, it isn’t even books, CDs and tapes. It’s plays, concerts, classes, activity on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, games, special activities for teenagers and toddlers, and so much more.”

Red Bank Library Hosts Free ESL Classes – Winter 2016

RED BANK, NJ – Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County in partnership with the Red Bank Public Library is offering a free 10-week class in English as a Second Language (ESL) for those who want to learn English or improve their English.

WHEN: Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
January 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 3, 10, 17
Please bring a notebook and a pencil or pen to each class.

WHERE: Red Bank Public Library
84 West Front Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
732-842-0690 www.redbanklibrary.org

Clases de Ingles Gratis
Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County y La Biblioteca de Red Bank ofrecen clases GRATIS de ingles por 10 semanas.
CUANDO: semanal en los siguientes jueves:
enero 14, 21, 28
febrero 4, 11, 18, 25
marzo 3, 10, 17
Por favor traiga un cuaderno y un lapiz o boligrafo para cada clase.

HORA: 7:00 a 8:30 p.m.
DONDE: La Biblioteca de Red Bank
84 West Front Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
732-842-0690 www.redbanklibrary.org

For more information call Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732—571-0209 or visit them at www.lvmonmouthnj.org

Red Bank Library Hosts Free ESL Classes – Winter 2016

RED BANK, NJ – Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County in partnership with the Red Bank Public Library is offering a free 10-week class in English as a Second Language (ESL) for those who want to learn English or improve their English.

WHEN: Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
January 14, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 18, 25
March 3, 10, 17
Please bring a notebook and a pencil or pen to each class.

WHERE: Red Bank Public Library
84 West Front Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
732-842-0690 www.redbanklibrary.org

Clases de Ingles Gratis
Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County y La Biblioteca de Red Bank ofrecen clases GRATIS de ingles por 10 semanas.
CUANDO: semanal en los siguientes jueves:
enero 14, 21, 28
febrero 4, 11, 18, 25
marzo 3, 10, 17
Por favor traiga un cuaderno y un lapiz o boligrafo para cada clase.

HORA: 7:00 a 8:30 p.m.
DONDE: La Biblioteca de Red Bank
84 West Front Street
Red Bank, NJ 07701
732-842-0690 www.redbanklibrary.org

For more information call Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County at 732—571-0209 or visit them at www.lvmonmouthnj.org