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ON THE GREEN: SCHOOL CLOSINGS

The following schools have announced closings and delayed openings as of 5:50 a.m. Thursday because of the expected snowstorm. 

HOT-TOPIC_03• Brookdale Community College: Delayed opening.

• Fair Haven schools: closed.

• Little Silver schools: closed

• Red Bank borough schools: closed

• Red Bank Catholic/St.James: closed

•  Red Bank Charter School: closed

• Red Bank Regional: closed.

•Rumson borough schools: closed

• Rumson Country Day School: closed.

• Rumson-Fair Haven Regional: closed

• Shrewsbury School: closed

• Tinton Falls school: closed

In addition…

• The Community YMCA in Red Bank is closed.

 

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RED BANK READY FOR STORM, SAYS DPU HEAD

rb snow 012115 2Plows will roll out of the borough DPU yard on Chestnut Street starting at about 3 a.m. Thursday, says a borough official. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

As recently as Tuesday morning, “we were begging for salt,” Red Bank utilities head Gary Watson tells redbankgreen.

But by the end of the day, his department obtained a load of salt – just enough, Watson expects, to get the town through the snowstorm forecast for Wednesday night into Thursday, when 6 to 10 inches are expected to fall.

“We’re OK for this event,” Watson said Wednesday afternoon, moments after wrapping a meeting at which plowing assignments were given out.

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CHURN: RED GOES DARK, SOUTH MOON RISES

red restaurant 030215 1The first-floor restaurant at red, now closed for remodeling, will reopen under a new name in coming months. The upstairs nightclub remains open on Friday and Saturday nights. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Calling his Red Bank restaurant “red” 12 years ago turned out not to be the smartest choice in the era of the search engine, Dan Lynch admits with a laugh.

But that’s not why he shut down the Broad Street restaurant for a first-floor makeover and rebranding last Saturday, he tells redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.

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RUMSON: IT’S ANOTHER TEQUILA TWILIGHT

rb bird 1 061313Under the musical direction of Jeff MacPherson — seen here with a dove friend at his Red Bank home in 2013 — a flock of local musicians, including Pat Guadagno, below, pays tribut to the Eagles with the annual Twilight Concert at St. George’s in Rumson Saturday. 

patguadagnobobfestaThe season-spanning month of March, with its slow but inexorable forward-march toward the promise of longer days and languid twilights, has quietly nurtured a tradition that doesn’t always make the short-list of events here on the Greater Green. But savvy Shore area music fans know to mark it on their calendars.

Returning to St. George’s by the River Episcopal Church in Rumson for its 19th annual edition, the 2015 Twilight Concert commandeers that local landmark for an evening of rock-for-a-good-cause on Saturday.

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RED BANK: CAR CRASHES INTO CHICKEN JOINT

rb crash 030315 1Two employees reported non-serious injuries after a car jumped the curb and plowed through the storefront of the Cluck U chicken restaurant on Water Street in Red Bank shortly before noon Tuesday, according to police Chief Darren McConnell. The driver was identified as Liv Wilson, 71, of Holmdel. No summonses were immediately issued, and the crash is under investigation by Patrolman Matthew Ehrenreich of the RBPD traffic safety unit.

The City Centre strip mall, in which the restaurant is located, has seen this type of crash before, including one involving Jersey Mike’s Subs last October and another involving Cluck U in 2009, in which a customer was injured.

The building remains structurally sound, McConnell said. (Photo by Carl Colmorgen. Click to enlarge)

 

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RED BANK: RESCUED DEER SAVED – AGAIN

DEER 022815 14The doe allowed caretakers to swaddle it in blankets for several hours Saturday evening, above. Below, the doe struggling to escape the frigid Navesink that afternoon; the deer at left drowned. (Photo above by Stan Balmer, below by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

deer 022815 9A deer saved in a dramatic rescue from the frigid waters of the frozen Navesink River Saturday was released later that night – but only after veterinary professionals suggested it be euthanized, redbankgreen has learned.

Second Deputy Fire Chief Pete DeFazio said personnel at the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls told him and other emergency volunteers that the hospital had no facilities for the deer, which while uninjured, was cold and immobile, and would probably be euthanized.

“I said, ‘why, after we went to all this trouble, would you euthanize it?'” DeFazio told redbankgreen Monday evening. “How can you kill this thing after all we went through to save it?”

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RED BANK: THE LOOKS OF LOVE, AT THE BASIE

BacharachSpankClassic pop composer Burt Bacharach brings 50-plus years of make-out music to the Basie stage on Friday… after SPANK! delivers some Fifty Shades of parody on Wednesday. 

Call it Jet-Set Pop; a smoothly stripped-down and swinging sonic signifier of a (real or imagined) time when the wars seemed colder, the winters somehow warmer, and the way of getting where you’re going — whether by 727, Galaxie 500, lunar module or Merry Prankster bus — was half the glamor and excitement in itself.

Songs like “The Look of Love,” “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” “What the World Needs Now,” “This Guy’s in Love With You” and “I Say a Little Prayer” traded in the syrupy mush of Easy Listening (and the Legion hall polka-party of Mitch Miller and Lawrence Welk) for a cosmopolitan cocktail of West Coast Cool Jazz, bachelor-pad lounge and transistor-radio soul. And who better to bridge that sprawling generation gap and both sides of the Atlantic than the youthful, dashing, insanely talented composer-performer Burt Bacharach?

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RED BANK: SCONCE IN A BLUE MOON

rb moonrise 030215Or something like that. Hey, we’re just having a little bit of fun with the moonrise over Wallace Street in Red Bank and a lighting fixture on the vacant former Smith Barney building Monday evening… (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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STUDENT SUSPENDED FOR SCHILLING TWEETS

adam nagelThe profile photo of the Twitter user identified as “the Sports Guru,” who Curt Schilling said posted offensive comments about his daughter, is the same one used on Facebook by a Brookdale student named Adam Nagel. Both accounts have since been removed.  (Click to enlarge)

[See update below regarding student’s affiliation with the radio station.]

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_02Brookdale Community College suspended a student Monday after retired baseball great Curt Schilling outed him as one of at least two Twitter posters who tweeted sexually offensive statements about Schilling’s daughter last week.

The student, who was not identified by the school, was among two or more Twitter users who suggested they would sexually assault Schilling’s daughter, Gabby, after her father announced that she would be attending college Salve Regina University in Rhode Island and pitch for the softball team.

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MIDDLETOWN: MOVIE MAYHEM MATINEE

Tom-Cruise-Edge-of-TomorrowBegin Again: The Tom Cruise sci-fi suspenser EDGE OF TOMORROW screens for free at Middletown Library, kicking off a month of Movie Monday matinees. 

With the “what-were-we-thinking” hiccup of the Academy Award season now a fast-fading memory, Middletown Township Public Library continues its ongoing series of free movie screenings with another month-long slate of recent feature film releases; another chance to catch up with both the multiplex blockbusters and the arthouse curios that slipped between the sprockets.

It’s been called “the best video game you’ll never be able to play;” a smash-up sci-fi epic that unspools like a “Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers” story pitch. Riding a recent wave of futurama action roles, Tom Cruise stars as an awkward and reluctant warrior whose bum luck in the heat of battle — he’s repeatedly killed in action, only to be time-looped back into the fray — finds him forever poised at the Edge of Tomorrow. Kick-ass mentor Emily Blunt molds Cruise into a fighting machine capable of taking on the alien nasties, and Doug Liman directs the 2014 thriller that screens in MTPL’s Community Room today, March 2 at 2:30 pm — with much more to come.

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ON THE GREEN: DELAYED SCHOOL OPENINGS

The following schools have announced delayed openings as of 5:45 a.m. Monday because of icy road conditions. 

HOT-TOPIC_03• Brookdale Community College: Delayed openings at all locations.

• Fair Haven schools: 90-minute delayed opening.

• Little Silver schools delayed openings: Point Road School 10 a.m., Markham Place 10:05.

• Red Bank borough schools: two-hour delay.

• Red Bank Catholic/St.James: delayed opening.

•  Red Bank Charter School: delayed opening.

• Red Bank Regional: Two-hour delay.

• Rumson Country Day School: 90-minute delayed opening.

• Rumson-Fair Haven Regional: Period 1 starts 9:15 a.m.

• Shrewsbury School: 10:30 opening, morning preschool cancelled.

• Tinton Falls school: delayed opening.

 

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RED BANK: DEER RESCUED FROM FROZEN RIVER

Video of the rescue as the boat goes out a second time and brings in a deer. Below, the two deer in the channel they created as they tried to escape. (Video and photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

deer 022815 3One deer was rescued and another drowned after they fell through the ice on the Navesink River off Red Bank Saturday afternoon.

The dramatic rescue of a doe followed an all-out effort by local fire and first aid volunteers assembled on the dock of the Oyster Point Hotel, on the Red Bank side.

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RED BANK: ROCKET & JACK FROST AWAIT WIND

nsib&yc 022815 1 nsib&yc 022815 2With more than a foot of ice beneath their runners, the world’s two premier ice yachts had everything they needed to race on the Navesink early Saturday – except for wind.

The Rocket, the 127-year-old prized possession of Red Bank’s North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club, was set to race the Jack Frost, which belongs to the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club. The two yachts met last year for their first matchup in decades. And if the wind comes up before 3 p.m. Saturday, or sometime Sunday, “there will be no goodbyes” as the two teams head out onto the ice, said Red Bank’s John Oakley.

The club cannot allow the general public to access the river via its property because of liability issues, but the best viewing of a race would be from Marine Park anyway, said Oakley. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

 

 

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RED BANK: A BASIE HOMECOMING

ScottyBasieNYVScotty Barnhart and the Count Basie Orchestra make a too-rare and much-appreciated return to the historic venue that bears the name of the fabled Kid from Red Bank this Sunday, with the New York Voices making themselves heard.

“I called him the Chief,” said Count Basie Orchestra conductor Bill Hughes from the stage of the Count Basie Theatre, during a 2004 salute to the late and legendary William “Count” Basie. “He was ‘Bill’ to the well-to-do; ‘Count’ to the common folk… and to the pimps and hustlers he was simply BASIE.”

The baton’s since passed to trumpeter and bandleader Scotty Barnhart, but when the Basie Orchestra returns to Red Bank this Sunday, March 1, it’ll be picking up where it left off: celebrating the legacy of the fabled “Kid from Red Bank” in a too-rare match-up with another long-running institution that bears his brand.

Scheduled as a 3 pm matinee (or “3 O’Clock Jump,” in the pioneer swing pianist’s parlance?), the March 1 concert teams the CBO with a relatively young musical organization that bridges the perceived gap between the 1930s-’40s golden age of American jazz, and the globally savvy sounds of the new millennium — New York Voices.

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RED BANK: WILLIAMS’ STORY NOT IMPROBABLE

brian williams 121612NBC News anchor Brian Williams onstage at the Count Basie Theatre in December, 2012. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Was news anchor Brian Williams robbed at gunpoint while selling Christmas trees in Red Bank in the late 1970s, as he has repeatedly claimed – including once before a packed house at the Count Basie Theatre?

That question, and some speculation by local old-timers, threw fuel on an already-raging firestorm about the truthfulness of the NBC News helmsman and former Middletown resident, who was later suspended by the network earlier this month for misrepresenting facts about an incident in Iraq.

Brian Donohue, an nj.com writer and commentator, did some legwork on the Red Bank piece of the story. And while he and his colleagues failed to unearth any specific evidence supporting Williams’ claim, he found plenty to refute the rose-colored reminiscences of locals who said it could not have happened because stuff like that just didn’t happen in Red Bank in the 1970s.

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