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RED BANK: WITH MALLETS AFORETHOUGHT

Greg_512Marimba master Greg Giannascoli returns to the Basie stage this Saturday, as the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra mark its 66th anniversary with Fanfare and the Fourth.

Long before Red Bank was looked upon as a center for culture and the arts; decades prior to the rebranding of the venerable Carlton vaudeville house as the Count Basie Theatre, there was the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra — and the organization now under the baton of conductor Roy D. Gussman is still going strong in the new century, celebrating 66 years as a community treasure and getting ready to embark upon an all new season with a Saturday night concert on November 1.

For this momentous occasion, Gussman and the MSO put out the call to an engaging instrumentalist whose 2010 solo spot with the orchestra has become the stuff of legend — classical marimbist Greg Giannascoli. A member of the Juilliard School faculty and a virtuoso of the melodically malleted, harmonically hammered percussion instrument (still something of a novelty on symphony stages), Giannascoli returns to Red Bank for a program that promises to bring the Tchaikovsky, the Copland…and the Ewazen?

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MIDDLETOWN: PROSTITUTION CHARGES FILED

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

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014Joseph Brucato, age 39, from Wilson Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on September 24, 2014 by Patrolman Thomas Foster for Driving While Intoxicated. He was released pending a court date.

Richard Lecomte, age 27, from Kimberly Court in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on September 24, 2014 by Corporal Lawrence Seymour for Harassment. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

James Postiglione, age 49, from Chestnut Street in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on September 24, 2014 by Patrolman Jason Caruso for Theft. He was held on $5,000.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

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RED BANK: GOP CALLS FOR TELE-DEBATE

Election_2014_wDebatesrb candidates 102814 3Republicans Linda Schwabenbauer and Sean Di Somma had a full-house audience at River Street Commons to themselves Tuesday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The two Red Bank council candidates challenged the Democratic incumbents to a debate Wednesday, one day after a meet-the-candidates event at which the Dems were no-shows.

GOP contender Sean Di Somma called the absence of Juanita Lewis and Ed Zipprich “sad and shameful,” adding that they’d “pulled a fast one on Red Bank residents” by canceling at the last minute.

Zipprich told redbankgreen earlier on Tuesday that he was attending to a family medical issue, and Lewis told the Westside Community Group that she couldn’t make their Tuesday event because she was “pulled away on business,” said event moderator Amy Goldsmith.

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MIDDLETOWN: WHEELS AND WOODS

Woods HollowThe rollercoaster wooded trails and fields of the county’s Tatum Park are once more the setting for the annual Woods Hollow Bike Races, this Saturday morning.

It’s pretty much the last of the yearly outdoor recreational events before the turnback of the clocks — and while there’ll still be plenty of open-air public activities to come on the greater Green, chances are they’ll be enticing attendees with cups of hot chocolate from here on in.

Right now, with the local foliage season at its most colorful, there are few better leaf-spotting locales than the Monmouth County Parks Systems’ Tatum Park in Middletown — and no better excuse to get acquainted with Tatum than the Woods Hollow Classic Mountain Bike Race, the 19th annual edition of which takes to the rollercoaster wooded trails and open fields of the park this Saturday, November the First.

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RED BANK SCORES IN GAS VALVE BATTLE

An NJNG crew packs it in after being ordered by police to stop work on a nearly completed gas regulator valve replacement on Monmouth Street in October, 2012. Below, a Monmouth Street valve that was struck by a falling tree during Hurricane Sandy. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb gas valve 103112Remember the flap over the regulator valves that New Jersey Natural Gas Company moved above-ground along storefronts over the objections of Red Bank officials and merchants two years ago?

They’re unsafe, borough officials said. They’re ugly, too, said business owners and officials at RiverCenter, the downtown promotion agency. Mayor Pasquale Menna called them “monstrous carbuncles” forced upon the town by an “arrogant” utility company.

They’re also illegal, according to a state appellate panel ruing issued Tuesday.

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RED BANK: NO DEBATE AS DEMS ARE NO-SHOWS

Election_2014_wDebatesrb candidates 102814 1The River Street Commons had a full house for the event, hosted by the Westside Community Group. Alecia Wilkerson, below, asked a question from the audience. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb candidates 102814 2The two Republican candidates for Red Bank council in next week’s election had an open field as neither of their opponents showed up for a debate Tuesday night.

Incumbent Democrat Ed Zipprich was out of town on a family medical issue, and fellow incumbent Democrat Juanita Lewis was “called away on business,”  Westside Community Group president and event moderator Amy Goldsmith said the candidates told her.

That gave Republican challengers Sean Di Somma and Linda Schwabenbauer control of the floor at the 18th annual candidates’ night, held as always at the River Street Commons. Di Somma made frequent reference to the absences, and at one point gave away their chairs to audience members who had packed the former school gym.

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RED BANK: GREEN SPACE RISES IN OLD CHURCH

211 broad 102114 2The underside of the church roof, above, will remain exposed to the new second floor and mezzanine. Below, the church’s steeple also will be retained.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

211 broad 102114 1The pews and organ are gone. But touches of what made the former First Church of Christ, Scientist in Red Bank a place of worship remain as the 62-year-old structure is transformed into an office building with the decidedly secular name of “211 Broad Street.”

The giant clerestory windows have been preserved, though their arched tops are now at eye-level on a second floor erected in what had been open sanctuary space. The original wood dentil molding has been retained. And there’s a small round window, hidden for years behind the organ, that will deliver light and views previously available only to the occasional maintenance worker.

Most prominently, there’s the steeple. For passersby, its storybook patina-green spire will continue to soar toward the heavens – though by this time next year, some office occupant who gazes upward will be able to get an eyeful of its guts.

“It’s like architectural sculpture,” developer Bob Silver, of Bravitas Group, said of the intricate lacing of timbers. “We never even considered taking it down.”

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SHREWSBURY POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of October 18 to October 23, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY2-2014Arrests

Report of Theft by Deception in the area of United Supply, Newman Springs Road on 10/18/14. Unknown subject(s) removed merchandise. Damages totaling $898.18. Ptl. Tracy Polk investigating.

Report of Theft and Forgery in the area of Bank of America, Shrewsbury Avenue on 10/18/14. Victim reports unknown subject(s) forged documents to withdraw funds. Damages totaling $4,924.87. Ptl. Angel Marrero investigating.

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RED BANK: MUSICAL THEATER IS KING

Dias 101The Victoria G. Mastrobuono Library at Two River Theater is the setting as Two River artistic director John Dias, right, delivers a talk on the American art form of Musical Theater, in advance of November’s production of CAMELOT.

With a formidable resume of credits that include Joseph Papp’s iconic Public Theater and his own celebrated productions, John Dias brought a real connection to the upper echelons of the American stage, upon becoming artistic director of Two River Theater Company a few seasons back. And as evidence of the respect in which Dias is held by his peers, his productions have brought TRTC’s Bridge Avenue auditorium audience members that have included Joel Grey, Bernadette Peters, Philip Seymour Hoffman, David Hyde Pierce, Alan Rickman and TCM’s Robert Osborne, to name but a few.

The Two River A.D. has also brought a set of welcome new traditions to Red Bank, from his opening-night toasts to his illuminating and invaluable program notes for each new production. This Thursday evening, October 30, he’ll be hosting the latest in a recently minted series of engaging discussions — this one centered around the theme Musical Theater 101.

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RED BANK: ROBBERS ASSAULT VICTIM IN BED

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of October 16 to October 23, 2014. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Theft occurring at Water St. on 10-19-14. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole a bicycle from sidewalk in front of store. Bike described as gold colored GT Slammer BMX bike. Ptl. Dawn Shields.

Robbery occurring at River Street on 10-19-14. Victim reported that while sleeping in bedroom, three unknown males entered bedroom. Perpetrators proceeded to assault the victim and then stole cash and two cell phones. Suspects left the residence and fled on foot. Sgt. David Hicks.

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RED BANK: GHOSTS AT THE COUNT’S CASTLE

the-shiningCome play with us: the Count Basie Theatre Cinema Society presents a Creature Double Feature on Wednesday, with showings of GHOSTBUSTERS and THE SHINING.

Wanna hear something really scary? For the latest in the new series of Cinema Society screening events, the Count Basie Theatre gives a nod to the impending Eve of All Hallows, with a Creature Double Feature drawn from that most mortifying of decades — the 1980s.

It all begins in a lighter vein at 6 pm this Wednesday, October 29, with Ghostbusters, the 1984 horrorcom hit with Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and the late Harold Ramis as ectoplasmic exterminators up against some big-league demonic forces. A multi-generational favorite and a true relic of the MTV era, the flagship of the franchise (soon to reportedly spawn a threequel) still holds its own with a bevy of eye-popping practical FX that include Slimer and Mr. Stay-Puft.

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CLIPPINGS: LITERALLY!

CLIPPINGS_220Katie Corr, a hair stylist at Glen Goldbaum 72 in Red Bank, was “very young” when she started to do hair, but still loves it, she says – “especially when the clients leave the salon feeling much better then when they arrived.”

“It’s not just the hair,” she says. “Clients talk about their lives… sometimes I feel like a therapist.”

She’s seen here with client Lisette Lynch.

Video by Gerda Liebmann. Check out all the Clippings from the Green here.

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FAIR HAVEN: A PARADE FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES

fh halloween 102614 2fh halloween 102614 3Fair Havenites gathered for their traditional Halloween parade from Knollwood School to the firehouse Sunday as creative costumes drew smiles every step of the way. And the make-believe wasn’t only for kids.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: WEST SIDERS MARCH IN PROTEST

rb march 102514 4rb march 102514 2About three dozen protesters marched through Red Bank Saturday morning to object to rising property taxes, a proposed spray park at Bellhaven Nature Area, borough hiring practices and what they termed police “aggressiveness.”

Organizer Freddie Boynton said the event, spotlighting concerns of West Siders, was not meant to be partisan, though it called for “new leadership” at borough hall.  “There’s a lot of frustration on this side of town,” said Boynton, a retired DPW employee. “We’re not being treated like the rest of the town is.”  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)