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LITTLE SILVER: ANTENNA PLAN ADVANCES

ls tower 070615A new tower would be almost 30 feet taller than the existing antenna behind borough hall. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Little Silver officials endorsed a proposal Monday night for the possible construction of a new telecommunications antenna that could rise to 90 feet above the heart of town.

And the plan, which might have generated fierce pushback in the early days of cellphone proliferation, didn’t generate so much as a beep of opposition.

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RUMSON: BEFORE THE NEW BRIDGE, A DIG

rumson dig 070715 2Rumson-sb bridge 012313A crew from Richard Grubb & Associates, under contract to Monmouth County, was out doing archaeological work just east of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge Tuesday morning. The property, which will be used in the approach to a replacement bridge across the Shrewsbury River, was once the site of a mansion, built in 1890 by Mrs. John G. Neeser, that was later owned by longtime Mayor and United States Senator and William Warren Barbour. According to county spokeswoman Laura Kirkpatrick, the aim of the monthlong dig is to determine if any artifacts from the late 19th century or prior might be buried there, with a number of five-foot-by-five-foot holes dug and refilled by the end of each day.

Construction of of the new span – seen in white in the concept plan above right  may begin by 2018, Kirkpatrick said.  (Photo above by John T. Ward, at right by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

MIDDLETOWN: CRIMES & ARRESTS

Recent crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN1Michael Ryan, age 27, from Main Street in Belford, NJ, arrested on July 1, 2015 by Patrolman Adam Colfer for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana, Possession of Hash, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Obstructing the Administration of Law. He was released pending a court date.

Sean Hanrahan, age 28, from Hunter Point Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 1, 2015 for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana, Possession of Hash, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Obstructing the Administration of Law. He was released pending a court date.

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LITTLE SILVER: OFFICE BUILDING PLANNED

ls smith site 070615A warehouse-style office building is planned for the vacant lot on Willow Drive near Branch Avenue. Below, council members examining developer Ray Smith’s plans Monday night. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

LS council 070615After years of contamination, bankruptcy and idleness, one of Little Silver’s most troubled properties may finally be getting a makeover. But first, the owner wants a zone change.

A plan for a “warehouse-style” office structure to be built on Willow Drive by commercial real estate broker and developer Ray Smith got a warm reception from the borough council during the workshop portion of its meeting Monday night.

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LINCROFT: A BLOODY GOOD BIT OF BARD

WintersTaleThe annual Shakespeare on the Lawn (represented here by last year’s production of  WINTER’S TALE) returns to Brookdale Community College this Thursday with the tragical history tour that is TITUS ANDRONICUS.

Titus-Poster-1Presented to audiences in such plein-air settings as the original Globe Theatre, the works of William Shakespeare have always carried echoes of nature’s gleeful chaos, even under the most climate-controlled of conditions. And every year at about this time, an army of thespians takes to the patios, parks, lawns and beaches of this land to bellow the Bard’s iambic pentameter beneath the setting sun and stars.

It’s a tradition that has a long track record in the annual Summer Shakespeare Ensemble productions at Brookdale Community College, now in their 14th season.

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RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

AUTHORITIES_RB3The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of June 25 to July 2, 2015. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Theft reported on 6-25-15 at Broad Street—business. Reports of unknown person(s) shoplifting expensive cosmetics, that being body and face creams over the past 10 months.  Ptl. Ashon Lovick.

Theft occurring between 6-25-15 and 6-26-15 at Hudson Avenue. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole a necklace from parked car.  Ptl. Kristin Altimari.

Theft reported on 6-27-15 but occurring between 5-14-15 and 5-21-15. Victim’s husband reported that while his wife was hospitalized at Riverview Medical Center, unknown person(s) stole credit cards and driver’s license from wallet.  Ptl. John Camarca. Read More »

MIDDLETOWN: WINNERS, SINNERS AND LOSERS

St VincentMelissa McCarthy and Bill Murray are neighbors thrown together by necessity in ST. VINCENT, one of the free movies screening in July at Middletown Library. 

The free Movie Mondays (and select Fridays) series of screenings continues through July in the climate controlled Community Room at Middletown Township Public Library — a summertime slate that focuses once again on some features of very recent vintage; nearly all of which saw release within the past twelve months.

The Monday matinees resume at 2:30 pm today, July 6 with Melissa McCarthy as a single mom who’s forced to enlist her drinking, gambling, entirely disagreeable next door neighbor (Bill Murray) as adult caregiver to her son — thereby initiating a scenario of illicit kicks and heartwarming bonding — in St. Vincent. The week is bookended with the latest in a recently established series of New Film Fridays, with Jennifer Lawrence and all-star supporting cast in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 — penultimate installment in the four-part “trilogy” adapted from Suzanne Collins’ phenom sci-fi series (and prelude to Part 2, scheduled for release this November).

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SEA BRIGHT: WHALE OF A DAY AT THE BEACH

sb whale 070515Reader Betsy Lunney photographed a whale feeding in the Atlantic off the Sands Beach Club in Sea Bright Sunday afternoon. Nearby, a reported shark sighting off Driftwood Beach Club prompted police to issue a warning to bathers at about 4:30 p.m., but the warning was cancelled around 8 p.m. with a message that the shark was actually a sunfish. (Photo by Betsy Lunney. Click to enlarge.)

SEA BRIGHT: IRON COWBOY WRAPS 29TH TRI

iron cowboy 070415 7iron cowboy 070415 9Iron Cowboy” James Lawrence, who’s on a 50-day campaign to do 50 triathlon-length workouts in 50 states to call attention to the obesity epidemic, completed his 29th on Saturday, arriving at the Beachwalk motel in Sea Bright at 10:18 p.m, more than 15 hours after his day began.

“He’s like a machine,” said borough Councilman Charlie Rooney, who escorted Lawrence by boat as the Utah man began his day with a 2.4-mile swim in Sandy Hook Bay. Rooney and other cyclists also accompanied Lawrence on a 112.29-mile bike ride. The day ended with a 26.2-mile marathon-length run for Lawrence and members of the Sandy Hookers Tri Club.

Is he nuts? “I’m very aware of my mind and my body,” Lawrence told redbankgreen. “This is very purposeful.”

 See redbankgreen’s story from earlier this week for full details and information on how to help the cause. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

SANDY HOOK: IRON COWBOY MOTORS ON

iron cowboy 070415 1iron cowboy 070415 2Continuing his quest to complete 50 triathlon distances in 50 states in 50 days, a groggy “Iron Cowboy” James Lawrence got ready to enter Sandy Hook Bay with members of the Sandy Hookers Tri Club Saturday morning, the 29th day of his journey. “Every day, they wake me up, drag me out and throw me in a body of water,” he joked. “This is the worst case of Groundhog Day I’ve ever seen.”

The Utah man, who holds the Guinness Book records for most half- and full tri distances in a year 22 and 30, respectively – is seeking another one to raise awareness about the perils of obesity.

His Independence Day agenda included a 1.2-mile swim, a 112.29-mile bike ride and a total 26.2 miles of running, ending with a jog into downtown Sea Bright at about 7 p.m. See redbankgreen’s story from earlier this week for full details.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: READY TO (NOT?) FLY AGAIN

hobbymasters 070115 1 hobbymasters 070115 2Back in the indoor skies at Red Bank’s Hobbymasters store: a giant post-World War I replica biplane that was returned to its post of 30 years Wednesday after a two-month restoration by the Jersey Coast Sport Fliers.

Built for radio-controlled flight, but never flown, by Richie Smith, a onetime store employee who died last year, the eye-catching aircraft, with a wingspan of more than six feet, is a customer favorite, says store owner Alan Placer.

“People who know it from when they were kids now bring their kids in to see it,” he said.   (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

REPORT: BON JOVI STIFFED M’TOWN ON O.T.

bon jovi 101911Bon Jovi, seen above in Red Bank in 2011. Below, a gate to his home. (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

[See UPDATE below]

By JOHN T. WARD

bon jovi house 2008A campaign fundraiser at which pop star Jon Bon Jovi “serenaded” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was held in Red Bank Monday night because Middletown balked at providing police protection for the event at the pop star’s mansion, according to a report.

The conservative Washington Free Beacon claimed Wednesday that the township refused to staff the event at Bon Jovi’s Navesink River Road home because he hasn’t ponied up for $14,000 in police overtime expenses still owed for security provided for a 2008 fundraiser held there for then-Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama.

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RUMSON: POLICE BLOTTER

rumson-pdCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Rumson Police Department for the months of May and June, 2015.

AUTHORITIES_RUMSON3Arrests

5/3/15 S/O 2 Morse arrested Timothy J. Hill, 40, of Little Silver for DWI, in the area of Rumson and Seven Bridges Road in Little Silver. Hill was released pending court.

5/10/15 S/O 2 Morse arrested Lea C. Brantly, 30, of Rumson for DWI, in the area of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge. Ms. Brantly was released pending court.

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RED BANK: DO YOU MISS THE FIREWORKS?

In 2010, KaBoom became three-day event, increasings costs that were not matched by donations from viewers and sponsors. But it sure was fun. Here’s a replay of that year’s spectacle.

HOT-TOPIC_01It’s kind of a red-meat question, one that seems to come up at every backyard barbecue on the Greater Green this time of year: Is Red Bank better off without its longtime fireworks show?

By tradition, the borough’s Independence Day fireworks were held on July 3. The show, branded KaBoom in its last years, was billed as the fourth-largest Independence Day fireworks celebration in America in terms of the number and size of shells lofted into the sky above the Navesink River.

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RED BANK: ROCKET HITS THE ROAD

nsib&yc rocket 022815 1 nsib&yc rocket 022815 2 It may have been damp and sweltering out, but a vessel built for gliding on ice went for a ride over the weekend.

Over asphalt, that is, not frozen water. Still, the Rocket, the 127-year-old ice yacht owned and lovingly restored by Red Bank’s North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club, traveled to Wooden Boat Magazine’s Wooden Boat Show in Mystic, Connecticut, where it captured the award for Best in Show among restored vessels.

Back in the frigid days of March, the Rocket, built in 1888, raced on its home Navesink for the first time in 80 years against the Jack Frost, which belongs to the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club(Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)