- Category: Arts & Culture
Red Bank RiverCenter holds open auditions for musicians and entertainers for popular summer program.
RED BANK, NJ – For the eleventh year in a row, Red Bank’s summer music and performing arts series, StreetLife, will return to the sidewalks of Red Bank.
For the 2011 series, RiverCenter is inviting talented adults and teenagers (16 years and older) to audition for this summer’s program on Tuesday, March 29 at the Count Basie Theatre Rehearsal Studio, 99 Monmouth Street - 2nd Floor, Red Bank, from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. RiverCenter is seeking musicians and entertainers, such as mimes, clowns, magicians, jugglers, etc. to participate in the program. Each performer is asked to bring 3-to-4 minutes of prepared material highlighting his or her skills, a biography and references, if available. Please note past StreetLife performers do not need to re-audition. If you are interested in performing again please contact RiverCenter for a StreetLife Returning Performer application. Dates are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Nancy Adams, Executive Director for Red Bank RiverCenter says, “We are thrilled to be presenting this very successful program again this summer. Many visitors come in to town on Saturday nights to see the performers and to enjoy a night out in Red Bank. We are proud to be able to offer a venue for the musicians and entertainers to perform. ”
- Category: News
A structure fire at East Square Manor, 1 Portland Road in Highlands destroyed 5 condominium units Thursday evening. At 6:20 p.m. a neighbor called 911 to report a fire at the complex. Within minutes, Highlands Fire Chief Pete Lynch was on scene and called a second alarm for the fire, which activated mutual aid from Atlantic Highlands, Sea Bright and Middletown.
Fire destroys 5 units in Highlands. photo by Michael J. Lomenzo
Highlands Engine 1777 and Highlands Ladder set up tower operations and JCP&L shut off all utilities. Shortly after the battle was started, fire personnel were pulled back from the building when the water supply from the engine failed. Water was quickly restored and firefighter resumed dousing the blaze.
At 6:50 p.m., a partial structure and chimney collapse in unit 23 caused personnel to be pulled out of the building. There was significant fire damage to units 21, 22, and 23 in the complex. Units 20 and 24 sustained smoke and water damege. The fire was under control by 8:00 p.m.
View video clip of firefighters pumping water from tower truck onto roof. (quicktime movie) video by Michael J. Lomenzo
Firefighters from Atlantic Highlands and Highlands rescued 2 cats and a large bird from one of the units, according to Highlands Fire Captain Charles Welles.
The Red Cross and Animal Control assisted residents and their pets.
Atlantic Highlands, Highlands and Port Monmouth First Aid Squads were on scene. Also responding were ladder trucks from Atlantic Highlands and Sea Bright and engines from Atlantic Highlands, Sea Bright, Navesink and Middletown Community Station 4
The Monmouth County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze.
- Category: News
Books Sandwiched In featured speaker Jack Graybill at the March 7 meeting. In his children’s book The Monster Gets a Hug and a Kiss, Mr. Graybill tells how Merry and her daddy put their heads together to get rid of the monster in her closet. Based on a true story, The Monster Gets a Hug and a Kiss portrays one child overcoming her fear in a delightful story for readers.
Jack Graybill speaks to Books Sandwiched In at the Atlantic Highlands Public Library.
- Category: News
HIGHLANDS, NJ - The Highlands Fire Department will be hosting their second ever Post St. Patrick’s Day Parade Party Fundraiser at the Firehouse Station 17-1 on Saturday, March 19, 2011 immediately following the Highlands St. Patrick’s Day parade. Parade begins at 2:00pm sharp; the parade is sponsored by the Highlands Business Partnership.
The firehouse is located at 17-1 Shore Drive, Highlands NJ.
Ex-Chief Rebecca Kane said “This is a great way for our residents and neighboring communities to meet each other. We have such a special town filled with so many wonderful people; I do hope that everyone comes out to enjoy the day”
The celebration will run from 3:00pm through 8:00pm.
The Highlands Fire Department will be providing an authentic Irish Fare as well as beer. Mugs are $10.00 that includes three drink tickets.
Should you feel the luck of the Irish you can win one of our “Pot of Gold” 50/50’s that will be going on all throughout the day.
Music will be provided by “Tara” an authentic Irish Duo from County Cavan, Ireland as well as the Ocean County Emeralds Society.
- Category: News
HIGHLANDS, NJ - On Tuesday, March 1, 2011, the Highlands Elementary Board of Education adopted their tentative 2011-2012 budget and authorized its submission to the Acting Executive County Superintendent of Schools. Dr. George, Interim Superintendent of Schools reported, “This Board of Education developed the 2011-2012 budget in accordance with the District’s Mission Statement to ensure that each student has the opportunity to become an independent and critical thinker on the path to becoming a life-long learner.” Through fiscally prudent budgetary practices, the District’s budget will decrease $99,128, or 2.7% from the 2010-2011 budget. The District has worked diligently for the past several months to identify cost saving measures, while preparing to develop a fiscally sound budget according to the mandates developed by the NJ Department of Education.
These efforts include entering into shared services agreements with the Hazlet Township School District to operate the business office, which will save the District over $60,000 annually. The current arrangement for interim superintendent services saves the District an additional $6,000 each month. Other cost saving measures contributed to a total budget reduction of $99,128. These combined savings will assist the District in providing the taxpayers of Highlands with a budget that is fiscally responsible, yet able to support the rigorous academic programs provided for our students.
“Our Board is dedicated to meeting the needs of all of our students through a comprehensive educational program, while minimizing the impact on our taxpayers,” stated Karen Horner, Board of Education President.
On Wednesday, February 23, 2011, the New Jersey Department of Education released State aid figures for the 2011-2012 school year. Each school district in the State received a 20% return of the State aid cut in the prior year. “The Highlands Borough Board of Education has dedicated the full $38,401 in State aid increase to direct tax relief for our residents,” said Karen Horner, Board of Education President. A combination of the additional State aid and budgetary reductions will allow the District’s tax rate to remain stable with a projected minimal increase from 56 cents to 57.2 cents.
Next year’s operating budget is $3.6 million, a decrease of 2.7% from the current budget and almost $221,000 lower than last year’s 2009-10 budget. “We are going to operate next year with a budget that is almost 3% less than 2009-2010, while not compromising the integrity of the education provided to our students,” explained Dr. William O. George, Interim Superintendent of Schools.