RED BANK ROUND-UP by Laura Kolnoski

Walgreen’s Seeking to Occupy Rassas Location

Proponents and opponents are already lining up as word spread last month that Walgreen’s Pharmacy filed an application with the borough to take over the space that was the former home of Rassas Buick on Broad Street for 64 years before it closed in April.  At the June 12 Borough Council meeting, traffic and safety issues were cited as potentially problematic issues that might arise during the hearing process. Some members of the business community, however, have expressed support of such use for the vacant and highly visible location at the Route 520 entrance to Red Bank. Stay tuned.

 Fitness in the Park Classes Ongoing

Free fitness classes for those who live and work in Red Bank are being held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through September 25 at Riverside Gardens Park. The classes include Yoga, Zumba, Tai Chi, and Pilates. Participants should bring a towel or mat. The classes are being provided by the YMCA in partnership with the Mayor’s Wellness Campaign and the Department of Parks & Recreation.  In case of inclement weather, call the YMCA at (732) 741-2504, ext. 10 for possible cancellations.

Red Bank Charter School’s “Evening With the Arts”

Student’s creative and artistic abilities were showcased during the annual “Evening with the Arts” at the Red Bank Charter School (RBCS), on May 30. The evening included poetry, theatre and music, including the RBCS School Rock Band, which performed classic rock. “These students demonstrate their commitment by volunteering their time during recess,” said Principal Meredith Pennotti, who also recognized fourth grade teacher Matt Strippoli and music, fine and performing arts teacher Rebecca Dorn for their dedication to the arts programs at the school. “RBCS believes in the importance of creative expression through the arts, music and theatre and continues to maintain the budget necessary to fund these programs,” she added.

A “Restore the Shore” display featured a banner of hope, a man-made Ferris wheel, life- sized puppets, sculptures, sketch art, photography, and murals. For more on “Evening with the Arts” and RBCS, visit www.redbankcharterschool.com. The Red Bank Charter School, founded in 1998, is a K-8 public school serving children in Red Bank. The current enrollment is 180 students with over 40 faculty and staff.

 Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County Members’ Univision Appearance

Twelve girls from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County (BGCM) were recently surprised by Univision’s 2012 “Nuestra Belleza Latina” titleholder Barbara Turbay with a trip to New York City for makeovers. The girls were featured in a May next episode of “Nuestra Belleza Latina” on Univision (Channel 41). “Nuestra Belleza Latina” (Our Latin Beauty) is a beauty pageant competition produced by Univision.

Ms. Turbay surprised the BGCM girls with a limousine to whisk them off to the city for a fun-filled day.  The girls, alongside the eight 2013 “Nuestra Belleza Latina” finalists, received makeovers sponsored by Maybelline and Univision. Each girl had their hair and makeup done and had an outfit specifically styled to their taste and personality. Throughout the day, the artists, staff, and “Nuestra Belleza Latina” finalists provided the girls a chance to discuss self-esteem and inner beauty with positive, strong female role models, according to BGCM Development Director Connie Leonard. After their makeovers, the girls participated in a photo shoot with the finalists, then headed to Time Square to shoot a commercial for Maybelline.

The girls, ages 13-18, are members of BGCM’s SMART Girls, a healthy lifestyle and self-esteem encouragement program. Many are also members of College Bound, a college preparedness, mentor, and scholarship program. Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County provides safe places for young people, especially those in need, where they can receive programs and services to help them realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens. Visit www.bgcmonmouth.org for more information.

 Mark Your Calendar!

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 StreetLife!

The sidewalks of Red Bank are alive with free music and entertainment in the business district from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday nights throughout the summer as Red Bank RiverCenter presents “StreetLife,” now in its 13th year. Performances continue from July 6 through August 31. New this year is an “Art on the Street” featuring live demonstrations.

59th Annual Sidewalk Sale ~ Shop, Rock & Stroll

It’s the weekend that bargain-hunters wait for all year! Red Bank’s 59th Annual Sidewalk Sale will take place 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 26 and Saturday, July 27 and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 28. Borough retailers will offer clearance items, reduced prices, and discounts. The sale is on along Broad Street, Monmouth Street, White Street, Front Street, Wharf Avenue, Bridge Avenue and Maple Avenue.

Farmer’s Market

The Galleria Farmers Market, at the corner of Bridge Avenue and West Front Street, offers fresh, locally-grown produce from some of New Jersey’s finest farmers and showcases unique crafts and other vendors. The market is open 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Sunday through November 17. It has grown significantly over the years and serves approximately 1,000 people per Sunday.