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RED BANK: BACK ON THE BLOCK

Block PartyThe Red Bank Community Block Party returns for the annual West Side neighborhood reunion with a slate of events that include a Friday night preview and a Saturday night after-party.

As reported here on redbankgreen, it started as a get-together among a group of longtime Red Bank friends – West Side friends, specifically – who wanted to see each other in a happier sort of setting than just the occasional funeral.

Five years on, the Red Bank Community Block Party has grown from a best-kept-secret affair to one of the most anticipated hometown events of the summer months. And, when the party gets going this weekend, it will extend not only beyond its staked-out block of Drs. James Parker Boulevard, but even beyond the borders of a single Saturday.

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RED BANK: ‘KITCH ORGANIC’ EYES LEIGHTON

best-groceryVacant for four years, the shop would get an interior and exterior sprucing up, with a raised-bed vegetable and herb garden out back. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

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A former West Side building at the center of a long-running controversy involving booze, noise and angry neighbors could become the home of Red Bank’s first take-out-only organic restaurant.

Plans on file with the borough planning office call for a business called Kitch Organic to take over the former home of Best Liquors, at 75 Leighton Avenue – and bring a clean-slate approach to an eyesore building with some bad karma.

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RED BANK: CHOCOLATIER SIGNS FOR BROAD

65 broad 073014A Chocolate Works franchise has leased 65 Broad Street. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508The rapid transformation of downtown Red Bank into an epicurean destination continues with the planned addition of another dessert-and-treats option.

A Manalapan woman signed a lease this week to open a Chocolate Works shop at 65 Broad Street, near the corner of Wallace Street.

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RED BANK: WHIZ KIDS BELLY UP TO THE BAR

073014 jamians2 Rick Norman is Jamian’s quizmaster on Tuesday nights.(Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

073014 jamians3For the second week in a row, thirsty brainiacs packed the patio bar at Jamian’s Food and Drink in Red Bank Tuesday night, not only for the cut-rate nachos and Miller Lites but for a chance to show off their smarts.

It’s Trivia Tuesday at the Monmouth Street watering hole, and for those patrons with the answers, it’s fun. For others, it’s more of a delicious groan fest and camaraderie. Nothing, it seems, makes you feel better about defeat than a burger, fries and cold beer.

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NAVESINK RIVER: SHOVE OFF, MATEY

hubbards 073014 1A rowboater used an oar to push off from a floating boom as he struggled to turn a rented boat around underneath the new Hubbards Bridge under construction between Red Bank and Middletown Wednesday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

LITTLE SILVER: SPOTLIGHTING H.S. HOOPSTERS

A “different dynamic” than that of the regular season pervades the Maroon & White girls’ basketball team camp now underway at Red Bank Regional High, one of the participating coaches tells Rich Chrampanis of the new video-based website Shore Sports Zone.

With top players from across the state and recruiters from some 30 colleges present in Little Silver, scholarship hopefuls are getting good exposure, and a leg-up from teammates who’ve already committed to particular schools, says RBR girls’ coach James Young, who organized the showcase.

The camp wraps up Thursday. Here’s the lineup:

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RED BANK: EXIT YOGA, ENTER BALLET

ellen gunn 073014Ellen Gunn in the stairwell at 16 Monmouth Street, where her new ballet studio is set to take the space being vacated by Dancing Foot Yoga. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

16 monmouth 072914It sounds counterintintuitive in these yoga-crazed times: a yoga studio calling it quits, only to be replaced by a ballet studio.

But that’s what’s happening on the third floor of 16 Monmouth Street in Red Bank, where pre-yoga-fad stalwart Dancing Foot Yoga is saying ‘namaste’ for the last time while a classically-trained ballerina is moving in – and hoping to revive a tradition of ballet instruction developed just two doors away.

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RED BANK: BIG NIGHT FOR BON JOVIALS

Pop music hearththrob Jon Bon Jovi brings his side project, Kings of Suburbia, to the stage of the Count Basie Theatre in a benefit performance for the  Parker Family Health Center Center on Shrewsbury Avenue Wednesday night. Even the LiveStream proceeds will be donated. Here’s a promo video posted on his Facebook page earlier this week. Will you be there? Watch it from home? (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: THINK GLOBAL, ACT RE-LOCAL

The trailer for ‘In Transition 2.0,’ a documentary screening at Red Bank Public Library Thursday evening.

If you’re the sort of person who’s been looking for a hyper-local way to address some of the truly game-changing issues of the day, the volunteers at Transition Monmouth (aka the Greater Red Bank Transition Mullers) have an illuminating and informative way to spend your Thursday evening.

An independently organized part of a global initiative known as the Transition Network, the Red Bank-based nonprofit is dedicated to the creation of “local, self sufficient, and sustainable communities” — a collection of “re-localized” neighborhoods that respond to the global challenges of climate change, economic hardships and dwindling supplies with attention to renewable energy, locally sourced food supplies, and availability of resources.

Headed by Little Silver resident Sarah Klepner — a community activist who helps program the monthly Social Action Film Series at Lincroft’s Unitarian Meeting House — Transition Monmouth is actively seeking interested neighbors who’d like to learn more about this grass-roots effort, and how it all fits in with the planetary big picture. On July 31, Klepner and company invite all residents of the greater Green to the Red Bank Public Library, for a free screening of the documentary featurette In Transition 2.0.

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SHREWSBURY: THREE CHARGED WITH DUI

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of July 11 to July 25, 2014.

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Report of Theft in the area of The Shadowbrook, Obre Road on 7/12/14. Victim reports property taken from vehicle by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $1200.00. Ptl. Derek Myers investigating.

Report of Theft in the area of Boston Market, Broad Street on 7/13/14. Victim reports property taken by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $80.00. Ptl. Tracy Polk investigating.

Report of Theft in the area of Alameda Court on 7/14/14. Victim reports property taken by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $1000.00. Ptl. Matthew Clark investigating.

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MIDDLETOWN: DINOSAURS OF ROCK RETURN

Walter C Loren FisherPhotographer, naturalist and New Jersey history expert Walter Choroszewski goes looking for fossils — and finds more than one kind of classic rock — when he visits the Middletown Library on Wednesday evening. (photo by Loren Fisher)

It’s an epic saga, etched in rock, that begins with the dinosaurs — and arrives full circle, in a manner of speaking, at the classic-rock era of the Jersey Shore. It’s the history of the Garden State, told as you’ve probably never heard it before, by Walter Choroszewski. When the photographer, author and NJ historian visits Middletown Township Public Library on Wednesday, July 30, he’ll be treating young listeners of ages 6 and up to a “New Jersey Rocks!” presentation that spans the big “Freeze-Out” of the Ice Age, and stands in the footprints of the giants who walked the jungleland of JurAsbury Park.

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RED BANKERS SENTENCED FOR HEROIN IN N.C.

HOT-TOPIC_02Two Red Bank residents were among five New Jerseyans – all said to be members of a gang – who pleaded guilty ad were sentenced for heroin trafficking in North Carolina last week, according to a report by Star News Online.

From the Star News:

The group was arrested March 30, 2012, after a two-month Wilmington Police Department investigation that began with a tip from a confidential informant, according to the release. An investigation revealed that members of the United Blood Nation gang from New Jersey had contacted local members of the gang…

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LITTLE SILVER: BIRD HOARDER PLEADS GUILTY

gretchen rellGretchen Rell in a 2011 photo on her Facebook page. She described the bird she’s holding as a survivor of a pigeon shoot. (Click to enlarge)

HOT-TOPIC_03A volunteer animal rescuer who kept hundreds of dead birds and other animals in her mother’s Little Silver home pleaded guilty to animal cruelty Monday, according to NJ.com.

At a hearing in Superior Court in Freehold, Gretchen Rell, 56, an Ocean Township resident, admitted she neglected the birds and was responsible for their deaths.

As part of an agreement with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office, a second charge of cruelty contained in an indictment handed down by a grand jury in May was dismissed, the news site reports.

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