Thick fog settled on the Green Thursday morning, enshrouding the Christmas tree at Riverside Gardens Park in Red Bank. The Weather Channel forecasts the haze will lift by late-morning, replaced by gray skies, and temperature peaking in the low-60s. (Click to enlarge)
Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of November 23 to November 29, 2013.
Report of Vehicle Burglary on 11/25/13 in the area of Dorchester Way. Victim reports items removed from unlocked vehicle by unknown subject(s). Ptl. Mary Ellen Jennings investigating.
Report of Theft at Anthropology, Broad Street on 11/26/13. Victim reports merchandise taken by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $1,246.00. Ptl. Mary Ellen Jennings investigating.
• At Red Bank’s La Esquina, the tacos, tamales, tortas and more aren’t just Mexican – they’re Mexico City-style Mexican. Elias Ayala, who owns the shop at the corner of Bridge and Oakland with his father, explains the difference.
• The owners of Red Bank’s Danish Café, always striving to introduce denizens of the Green to the culture of Denmark, host a Danish Breakfast with Santa this Saturday for kids who like a bit of chocolate and some ho-ho-hos with their morning meal.
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By JOHN T. WARD
Lucky Break Billiards, the Red Bank pool hall that shut itself down after becoming entangled in bureaucratic red tape over beer and wine consumption, will reopen Thursday.
Hall owner James Hertler tells redbankgreen he got the green light to reopen Wednesday from Mayor Pasquale Menna.
“The gist of it was that there was no complaint” by anyone that Hertler could challenge in court, Hertler said Menna told him. “My takeaway was that we’re good to go.”
Recent crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.
Jusino Wilfredo, age 43, from Vermeer Drive in South Amboy, NJ, arrested on November 14, 2013 by Patrolman Anthony Gigante on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,500.00 bail.
Sarah Piersol, age 31, from Snyder Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on November 14, 2013 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski for Driving While Intoxicated. He was released pending a court date.
Michael Cebtanni, age 20, from Vermont Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on November 15, 2013 by Patrolman Adam Colfer for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.
Zach Alexander (Red Bank), Hollie Baines (Little Silver) and Deborah Dutcher (Rumson) are among the local vocalizers paying tribute to the Chairman of the Board during the 7th annual Sinatra Birthday Bash, this Friday at Count Basie’s place.
By TOM CHESEK
It’s got a collection of some of the greatest songbook and seasonal standards ever put to sheet music, driven by the “freight train” of Red Bank’s very own orchestral jazz band. It boasts the participation of nearly a dozen pop, jazz, and cabaret vocalists from all around the region — from weekend warriors to polished pros.
It’s a salute to “Ol’ Blue Eyes” that offers up a first local look at the winner of the 2013 Sinatra Idol competition — and it’s even packing a secret weapon: a first-person, real-world, one-degree-of-separation connection to the legendary Rat Pack itself.
For the 2013 edition of the Sinatra Birthday Bash, conductor-arranger-ringmaster Joe Muccioli promises “our biggest, most ambitious show ever” — an affair that teams the 18-piece Red Bank Jazz Orchestra with a cast of 11 guest bandstand singers, and the assembled skills of the Red Bank Regional High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Kristopher Zook.
In the seventh annual tribute to Jersey’s own Francis Albert Sinatra — born 98 years ago, on December 12 — the man called “Mooche” will be serving up the expected cavalcade of Sinatra signatures, drawn from the iconic singer’s awe-inspiring 60-year career. The December 6 concert, set for 8 pm at the Count Basie Theatre, also sports a new angle — “a little holiday cheer thrown into the mix,” a fitting theme for the second most famous birthday celebration in December.
You’ll find unshelled nuts prominently displayed at most grocery stores around the Green. But PieHole, redbankgreen‘s food page, found a store where you can get almonds, pecans, walnuts and more for as little as one-third what you’d pay somewhere else.
By JOHN T. WARD
The review took less than 15 minutes.
By contrast, a hearing on whether to allow the newly opened Carlo’s Bake Shop, of Cake Boss fame, to have two tables with eight chairs went on for 90 minutes, mainly because of objections over the impact on a parking lot out back.
Burglary occurring at Bridge Ave. a vacant residence between 11-16-13 and 11-20-13. Victim reported that unknown person(s) kicked the rear door to residence in gaining entry. Basement was flooded with one foot of water. Ptl. Jhonatan Quispe.
Criminal Mischief occurring at West Bergen Place on 11-21-13. Victim reported that juveniles threw eggs and syrup onto parked vehicle. Ptl. James DePonte.
Criminal Mischief occurring on 11-22-13 at Maple Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) spray painted graffiti onto his mailbox and storage Pod. Ptl. Jorge Torres.
By JOHN T. WARD
The agenda calls for the board to hear testimony on three high-profile plans:
• The controversial Walgreen’s application for a 14,200-square-foot store at the former Rassas Buick car lot on Broad Street.
Above: Juke Joint Jonny brings the real-deal folk blues to a season-ending Steamy Night at the Woman’s Club…while below, the real live author Dave Cicirelli brings his FAKEBOOK saga home to the M’town Library. (click to enlarge)
Friday, November 29:
RED BANK: Black Friday is many things to many folks — but here in the area’s capital of Christmas and holiday hootenannies, it’s all about the Friday Night Lights, as the wondrous Wall of Sound that is Holiday Express flips the switch on a new season of events, activities and jinglebell commerce in downtown Red Bank. The annual free outdoor concert commences at 7 pm at Broad and Canal streets; take it here for our feature story with the details on tonight’s festivities (including the return run of the Santa Express train).
RED BANK: If the Town Lighting crowds aren’t your scene, habitual stay-at-homes can be both housebound and social — during the final installment of 2013 for Reckless Steamy Nights, the monthly series of intimate house party concerts presented by the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation inside the Woman’s Club of Red Bank (a.k.a. the old Anthony Reckless estate, Broad Street between Reckless and Leroy Place). Tonight between the hours of 8:30 and 11 pm, the JSJBF sends you out into the bracing chill of the holiday season, with warm fuzzy feelings kindled by Juke Joint Jonny, the Newark-native specialist in acoustic folk blues whose whiskey-stinging/ whiskey-smooth style can make an inviting roadhouse out of the most stately old manor. It’s a special “Dennis’ 60th Birthday Party,” and it’s BYOB, with a $10 donation requested at the door (proceeds benefit the JSJBF scholarship programs); call (732)933-1984 for more info.
By JOHN T. WARD
Six years into a personal gut job, Cole Porter had transformed himself from a heavy-smoking, overweight electrician and handyman into… well, as his wife, Megan, put it, in a comically theatrical voice, “Cole Porter, you are ironman!”
Ironman as in triathlete: swimmer, biker, runner. He’d gone all-in, and with such infectious energy that she followed his lead, as their two young daughters later did, too. It was something they all did together now. Even Faye, at age 10, had already completed an adult sprint tri.
At age 38, though, Porter had decided he would focus on cycling for the coming year. And onlookers that sunny September morning in Fair Haven should not have been fooled by all his laughing and chatting at the starting line – so much in fact that a race official asked him, please, sir, can we have your attention? That was just Porter being his irrepressible self. Inside, he carried a determination to win.
And, as if right on script, as the pack of whirring racers completed the first lap of the first race, Porter was in the lead when he spotted his three “girls” standing on the sidewalk.
Megan raised her camera and snapped a photo as he approached. He was smiling that smile that had captivated her from the day they met.
Seconds later, there was a crash.