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RUMSON: PRIVATE TRASH PICKUP PLANNED

rumson trash 012215 2A municipal trash crew at work on Forrest Avenue last week. Below, Mayor John Ekdahl says the timing is good for privatization. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

ekdahl 102213Four years after a proposal to privatize Rumson’s trash pickup got trashed by residents, the borough is trying again. And this time around, Mayor John Ekdahl is getting no flak, he says.

The main reason, he said, is that the latest plan, unveiled at the borough government reorganization on January 1, won’t have any adverse impact on jobs.

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MIDDLETOWN: ARREST REPORTS

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

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014Nelson Dannecker, age 24, from Port Monmouth Road in New Jersey, NJ, arrested on January 13, 2015 by Patrolman Michael Reuter on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $1,000.00 bail.

Rodney Farr, age 18, from Clark Avenue in Union Beach, NJ, arrested on January 13, 2015 by Detective Keith Hirschbein for Theft. He was released pending a court date.

Joseph Kinsella, age 18, from Harmony Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 14, 2015 by Patrolman Charles Higgins for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana. He was released pending a court date.

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ON THE GREEN: FREEZE FOLLOWS NONBLIZZARD

snow 012715 15A view west on River Road in Fair Haven Tuesday as snowfall in the blizzard that wasn’t ended. Area schools were scheduled to reopen Wednesday on delayed starts as temperatures hovered in the single digits, when factoring in wind chills. Some roads will be slippery, local officials caution. Temps are expected to peak at about 32 degrees during the day, according to the Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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FAIR HAVEN: NOVELIST ON RETURN VISIT

KatieCoyleAuthor and Fair Haven native Katie Coyle makes a homecoming sojourn to River Road Books this Thursday for a reading and signing keyed to her novel ‘Vivian Apple at the End of the World.’

When the debut young-adult novel by Katie Coyle first saw print, it was in the United Kingdom under the title Vivian Versus the Apocalypse.

For its stateside publication, though, the young-adult adventure tale has been rebranded as Vivian Apple at the End of the World — a situation not unlike Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which the Fair Haven native cites as the book that supercharged her own literary ambitions into being.

The 2004 graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School — since transplanted to San Francisco — makes a homecoming appearance here on the Green Thursday night when she stops in at River Road Books for a 7 p.m. reading and signing session timed to the book’s appearance under the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt imprint.

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GREEN: NONBLIZZARD STILL NEEDS SHOVELING

snow 012715 9snow 012715 2The blizzard that wasn’t  still left a mess ‘o snow. And even with the lifting of a statewide travel ban Tuesday morning, non-binding requests by local officials that residents stay off the roads appeared well-heeded. A noontime spin through the Greater Red Bank Green found county roads mostly clear, but local streets somewhat difficult to navigate.

By 1 p.m., the snowfall had ended, the sun was burning through a haze, and temperatures appeared headed to a balmy 30 degrees – if the forecast can be trusted. And local residents took to their shovels and sleds, just as they would after any snowstorm. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: ‘BLIZZARD’ NOW A ‘WINTER STORM’

Blizzard 012715 2 Blizzard 012715 3Winds whipped the flags at Elks Club #233 at about 4:15 a.m. as a heavily hyped “blizzard” dropped the first half-foot of a previously expected two feet of snow on the Red Bank region Tuesday.

But weather forecasters downgraded the event early Tuesday from a blizzard to a ‘winter storm,’ and now expect just three-to-five more inches of snow as snowfall tapers off by 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: NO JOE’S A NO-SHOW

Blizzard 012715 5No Joe’s Café was as quiet as all other businesses in downtown Red Bank at 4 a.m. Tuesday, despite having touted a plan on its Facebook page and a sign in its window to stay open for 24 hours during the blizzard to serve emergency responders and snowplow operators. There was no immediate explanation for the change, but it reminded us of an old bit by comedian Steven Wright. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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ON THE GREEN: UM, WHERE IS IT?

blizzard 012615 5 blizzard 012615 6It was cold, eerily quiet and snowfall-free in downtown Red Bank at about 7 p.m. Monday. But don’t be fooled, says the weatherbot. Even as redbankgreen was taking its evening constitutional, the National Weather Service was issuing this statement:

7 PM Update: While portions of the region are seeing a lull in the precipitation currently, snow bands from the main system are just now starting to move into the region. Once these heavier bands move in through the evening, the snow is expected to continue through the overnight hours into tomorrow morning.

Please continue to take this storm seriously. We haven’t yet begun to see the worst conditions.

Well, alright then. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

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ON THE GREEN: NEVER MIND BREAD. BUY WINE.

While other residents of the Greater Red Bank Green were in panic mode in the bread aisles of supermarkets, some were preparing for the looming blizzard by stocking up on their favorite beverages. NJ.com’s Brian Donohue caught up with some of them at Spirits Unlimited in Middletown, home of the famous “evil clown” sign.

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RED BANK TO BARRICADE DOWNTOWN STREETS

RB ENGLISH PLAZA 122810For days after the December 26, 2010 blizzard, the English Plaza parking lot in Red Bank, above and below, remained closed, in part because of vehicle strandings. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

RB ENGLISH PL 122910Apparently hoping to head off a repeat of problems seen in the 2010 blizzard, Red Bank officials said they would barricade downtown streets to traffic Monday night.

According to an alert issued by the borough early Monday afternoon, officials plan to seal off the English Plaza and White Street municipal lots at 10 p.m. and to shut down Broad Street at 1 a.m. Tuesday, early into a storm that forecasters expect to last about 30 hours and drop more than two feet of snow on much of the Northeastern United States.

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ON THE GREEN: PREPARING FOR WHITE-OUT

blizzard 012615 4blizzard 012615 3A man laid down rock salt in Red Bank, a woman loaded up on the stuff in Little Silver, and plows stood at the ready in Sea Bright as the Greater Red Bank Green braced for a blizzard Monday. A hazardous weather alert from the National Weather Service warned of white-out conditions, high winds, coastal flooding and a possible two feet or more snow over a 30-hour period through 6 p.m. Tuesday. The general consensus on safety: don’t drive if you don’t have to. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: NO WINTER DANCE FOR BUDDY

BuddyThe Count Basie Theatre has announced that BUDDY, the touring jukebox musical scheduled to come to town on Tuesday, has been rescheduled to April 4 at 3 pm, with all ticket sales for the January 27 engagement honored.  

It was very nearly 56 years ago that the Winter Dance Party rock and roll tour headlined by Buddy Holly ended in disaster, when the small plane containing the singer-songwriter and two of his chart-topping tourmates — Richie Valens (“La Bamba”) and The Big Bopper (“Chantilly Lace”) — crashed in an Iowa cornfield; a tragedy that came to be known as The Day the Music Died. Since that time, the legend of the bespectacled Texan who reigned so briefly and brightly on the Billboards has only grown — bolstered by a catalog of forward-looking recordings that include “Rave On,” “Peggy Sue” and “That’ll Be the Day.”

Having been paid tribute by nearly every rocker of the past half century (as well as portrayed on screen by Marshall Crenshaw and the inimitable Gary Busey), Charles Hardin Holley was more than just a big-beat pioneer — his life and legacy also inspired what’s widely credited as the first modern “jukebox” stage musical: Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, a UK-spawned hit that’s run nonstop for over 25 years, with a North American touring production that comes to the Count Basie Theatre this Tuesday, January 27 (UPDATE: rescheduled to April 4 at 3 pm).

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RUMSON: PETS WELCOME AT CHURCH SERVICE

100514 beast blessing11Reverend Ophelia Laughlin blesses a dog at St. George’s-by-the-River’s annual St. Francis Day event last October. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

StGeorgeThe Vatican may be fuzzy on whether animals get into heaven, but an Episcopal church in Rumson says they’re certainly welcome at services.

St. George’s-by-the-River will start offering a monthly worship next month at which all pets are welcome, associate pastor Reverend Jeff Roy tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of January 15 to January 22, 2015. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief occurring between 1-15-15 and 1-16-15 at Locust Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) keyed her parked vehicle on both sides entire length. Ptl. Michael Zadlock.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 1-18-15 at Union St. Victim reported that unknown person(s) shattered both the rear window and driver’s side rear window on parked vehicle. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy.

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BLIZZARD: CANCELLATIONS AND SUCH…

riverside 122810 2Scenes from the December 26, 2010 blizzard that paralyzed Red Bank for days. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

We’ll update this post at the top as new cancellations come in.

globe ct 122810• Rumson: No trash collection Tuesday. No school, either. And parks are closed at dusk today.

• Red Bank: The Count Basie Theatre presentation of ‘The Buddy Holly Story,’ scheduled for Tuesday night, has been moved to a matinee performance on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 3pm. All tickets will be honored.

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