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RED BANK: IS THIS MIKE ON?

Comedian Mike Birbiglia brings his custom blend of standup, theater and spoken-word to the boards of the Count Basie Friday night.

To call Mike Birbiglia a “standup comic” is like calling that smartphone you waited in line for a “phone” — yeah, it most certainly does phone stuff, but on the other hand, hey.

While other young comedy veterans seem to sleepwalk through their act after so many years on the road, Birbiglia hit comic paydirt with Sleepwalk With Me, a monologue on the comedy lifestyle and its discontents that he adapted as a one-man, Off Broadway smash in 2008. A 2010 companion book scored big on the New York Times Best Seller list; a 2011 Sleepwalk album went all the way to Number One on the Billboard Comedy Charts — and in 2012, the native of Shrewsbury (Massachusetts, that is) wrote, directed and starred in a screen version that collected film-fest honors from Sundance to Nantucket. All that, plus his frequent-favorite appearances on This American Life with Ira Glass, make the man a veritable King of Most Media.

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RED BANK: ECOTOUR FEATURES GREEN IDEAS

092714 ecowalk5Michael Paul Raspanti in his garden. Below, Judy Marlow’s clothes dryer was good for laughs. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

092714 ecowalk7Energy efficiency, organic gardening and rain barrels were the talk of the town on Red Bank’s Green Home Tour Saturday, but composting was the star.

Every home on the four-mile, walkable tour practiced some form of composting, though each with a different method.  Michael Paul Raspanti has a unique underground compost area in his yard on Brown Place, for example, while Lou Di Mento of Alston Court uses an Earth Machine system for his.

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RED BANK: LUNCH BREAK GETS $1 MILLION

lunch break 092914The donation will ensure completion of a major expansion of the soup kitchen now underway, officials said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

just_in1Red Bank’s Lunch Break soup kitchen has landed a $1 million donation from a philanthropist who asked not to be publicly identified, the organization announced Monday.

The donation, already in the bank, pushed Lunch Break to 80 percent of its $5 million capital campaign to pay for a sizable expansion of its facility on Drs. James Parker Boulevard.

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RED BANK: 10th AVE. BURRITO EYES FIXX

fixx 091914The West Front Street bar is to get a facelift and interior renovations, according to plans on file.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank’s Fixx appears set to become an outpost of Belmar’s 10th Ave. Burrito Company.

Plans approved by the borough planning office call for the West Front Street nightclub to become a 108-seat restaurant with two bars.

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RUMSON: ART FOR THE HAITIAN PEOPLE

Thebaud SurprisArtists David Thebaud (left) and Myke Joseph Surpris (right) visit Canvas Studio Art in Rumson on October 3, for the opening of an exhibit dedicated to the art school they co-founded in Haiti.

It has been more than four years since a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck and devastated the Caribbean country of Haiti and left thousands of people dead, injured and homeless. Since that time, a group of talented and committed Haitian artists, through a cooperative called ELT Art School, have been providing art classes and hot lunches to more than 60 children who survived the trauma of that event.

On Friday, October 3 from 3-6 pm, Canvas Studio Art at 126 East River Road in Rumson will host an opening reception for two of the founders of the ELT Art School, artists Myke Joseph Surpris and David Thebaud. To raise funds for the school, Surpris and Thebaud will be exhibiting and selling about 50 pieces of Haitian artwork made by them and other artists in the cooperative. Smaller pieces created by children from the ELT Art School will also be on display. The public is invited to attend the opening reception, meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments.

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FAIR HAVEN: HARVESTFEST BRINGS ‘EM IN

092714 knollwood harvest7092714 knollwood harvest12Fair Haven reaped another in an annual series of enjoyable Harvestfests at the Knollwood School Saturday. Orange cotton candy, a petting zoo and a contest for the most artistic pumpkin contest set the mood for the day. We’ve got more photos after the jump… (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: A TWO-FISTED FOOD FESTIVAL

SUNRISE OVER RED BANK

rb sunrise 092914A colorful sunrise greeted early risers on the Green Monday morning, as seen from Madison Avenue in Red Bank. After a weekend of crisp blue skies, the National Weather Service says the week will start off partly sunny, with a high near 75.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

LINCROFT: SINGH FOR YOUR LUNCH

Kabir-Singh-1000x750Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh comes to the Student Life Center at Brookdale Community College for the latest in a continuing series of Laugh at Lunch events.

Personally, we find very little that’s funny about cafeteria pizza — but “Laugh at Lunch,” the long-running series of celebrity comedy matinees at the Student Life Center at Brookdale Community College, may be one of the Best Kept Secrets in local entertainment circles.

Presented by the Student Life and Activities committee, the monthly standup sets have brought some of the nation’s best up-and-coming talents (and more than a few seasoned veterans of shows like Chelsea Lately) to the Lincroft campus for noontime gigs that are offered up free of charge to anyone with a valid student ID. On Tuesday, September 30, Student Life puts forth the first LAL event of the semester, when busy West Coast-based club comic Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh brings his rapid-fire observations on dating, sex and stereotypes to the SLC’s Navesink Room.

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RUMSON: ONCE AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD

twin lights rideWith routes passing through Rumson, Middletown and Fair Haven, the 2014 Twin Lights Ride takes in some of the greater Red Bank Green’s most scenic sites.

One guy’s “good sleeping weather” is another’s prime pedal time — and the Twin Lights Ride offers committed cyclists a real reason for getting a jump on the best and brightest of the day. Back for its thirteenth annual edition, the yearly endurance rally that came together in the wake of 9/11 racks up some formidable mileage through some of the more scenic panoramas of Monmouth County, — beginning and ending in sight of the historic hilltop beacons that lend their name to the event.

A presentation of Bike New York, the event on the morning of Sunday, September 28 offers four distinct routes — with the 30 mile “This Little Light of Mine” course rolling through scenery that ranges from Middletown’s Many Mind Creek, to the panoramic vistas of the Oceanic Bridge and the stately homes of Rumson and Little Silver. From there the routes get increasingly hardcore, with the 55 mile “White Lightning” looping around the Earle Naval Weapons Depot; the 75 mile “Blinded by the Light” venturing down the Shore as far as Brielle, and the 100 mile “All of the Lights” heading out as far as the Turkey Swamp Wildlife Area.

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IT’S LIGHTS-OUT AS RFH, RBC ROLL TO WINS

The lights go out in Rumson, but Charlie Volker his fellow Dawgs light up the home field for Rumson-Fair Haven against Monmouth Regional. Meanwhile, Red Bank Catholic’s special teams prowess helped the Casey’s crush Neptune at Count Basie Field. Rich Chrampanis’ new video-based website Shore Sports Zone, has the highlights from these Friday-night games and three others in Monmouth and Ocean counties. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone .)

LITTLE SILVER: DEAD-BIRD HIDER SENTENCED

gretchen rell selfieGretchen Rell with a bird she called “Monty” in a selfie posted on her Facebook page in January. (Click to enlarge)

HOT-TOPIC_03A volunteer animal rescuer who stockpiled hundreds of dead birds and other animals in her mother’s Little Silver home was sentenced to five years probation, the Monmouth County Prosecutor announced Friday.

Gretchen Rell, 56, an Ocean Township resident,  had previously admitted to neglecting the birds and being responsible for their deaths.

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RED BANK: OTHER SHOE DROPS SUNDAY

rb doc shoppe 092114 8rb doc shoppe 092114 10The big Red Bank shoe giveaway of 2014, which began last Sunday with the Doc Shoppe handing out 250 pairs of free shoes to borough kids, resumes this Sunday at 8 a.m., when store owner Dean Ross, his employees and a team of volunteers expect an even bigger turnout than this week. “I think maybe people who had reservations about coming will feel less intimidated,” said Ross.

Any borough resident who’s a student is eligible, though last Sunday redbankgreen saw Ross give a pair to a two-year-old, based on her future learning potential. The event wraps up at 11 a.m. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

SHREWSBURY: POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of September 20 to September 25, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY1Report of Burglary in the area of Patterson Avenue on 9/21/14. Victim reports unknown subject(s) entered premise without consent. Ptl. Derek Myers investigating.

Report of Fraud in the area of Sickles Place on 9/22/14. Victim reports unknown subject(s) opened accounts without consent. Ptl. Joseph Barnicle investigating.

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