• Imported Italian Tomatoes We get an earful from Jimmy DiBartolo of restaurant wholesaler Quick Stop Food & Paper about tomatoes and sauce.
• Keep neurotoxins off your plate. We share a few pointers we picked up from Master Gardener Carolyn Heuser’s presentation on organic vegetable gardening.
Friday, February 28:
RED BANK: From the harmonies of their early, raw recordings to the dramatic sweep and ambitious scope of their orchestral masterpieces – to their repeated reunions, and a new century of crowdpleasing tours – one might be tempted to call them the British Beach Boys.
But the Moody Blues have done what they’ve done without all the meltdowns, litigation, and endless appearances on the county fair circuit of their American cohorts. And this weekend, the longtime trio of Justin Hayward (guitar), John Lodge (bass) and Graeme Edge (drums) comes to Red Bank for two consecutive nights (Friday and Saturday, 8 pm) at the Count Basie Theatre, on a Timeless Flight Tour that promises to mix those lush album-era radio classics (“Tuesday Afternoon,” “Question,” “Ride My Seesaw” and the game-changing “Nights in White Satin”) with more recent vintage oldies (“Your Wildest Dreams,” “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere”) and highlights from solo projects past. Leaving the symphony orks at home, the core Moodies are joined by an auxiliary corps of young musicians on keyboards, flute and extra drums. Tickets ($50 – $145) can be reserved right here.
By JOHN T. WARD
This edition of Retail Churn reports on these developments:
• A Fair Haven shoe store specializing in Dr. Martens boots hopes to kick some butt in downtown Red Bank – and keep the lights on after other stores close.
• Two high-profile Broad Street restaurants have quietly gone idle.
• A fitness center for kids plans to open next month on Wallace Street.
Wildlife conservationists are looking for help to save the precariously leaning Navesink River home to an osprey nest before it falls over, according to a report on newsworks.org.
The pole, a decommissioned channel marker between Fair Haven and Middletown, was nearly toppled during Hurricane Sandy, according to the report, based on a blog post by Ben Wurst, habitat program manager for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.
Suspended Little Silver police officer Steven Solari was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday in a case in which he was alleged to have attacked a handcuffed man in the borough police station.
Solari, 40, also was ordered to forfeit his $91,000-a-year job and any future prospect for public employment under the sentence handed down by Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, the Asbury Park Press reports.
Criminal Mischief occurring on 3-1-14 at Catherine St. residence. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) attempted to gain entry and broke glass window of door. No entry gained. Ptl. Michael Zadlock.
Criminal Mischief reported on 3-1-14 at West St. Victim reported that during the past three weeks incidents of criminal mischief have been occurring by unknown person(s). Report of fluorescent bulbs being broken and thrown on front lawn, bottom lock of apartment was tampered with and two garbage cans were stolen. Ptl. Jorge Torres.
By JOHN T. WARD
In Eileen Moon’s eyes, “personality drives progress.” And as the author of “Legendary Locals of Red Bank,” a newly published book of historical and contemporary profiles, Moon encountered personality galore.
People like Sigmund Eisner, for example, an immigrant who, starting with a single sewing machine, not only built the nation’s largest uniform factory, but helped his employees buy homes, cementing a sense of community.
“It takes a strong personality, and a vision, and a risk-taker sometimes, to change what is into some new evolution of that,” says Moon.
By JOHN T. WARD
Sea Bright residents and business owners have a new source for information about civic life, and it didn’t cost the town a nickel.
The auction of a former firehouse on White Street in Red Bank has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 25, at 10:30 a.m. The original March 18 sale date was changed to meet public notice requirements, borough officials said. Minimum bid is $475,000; bidding requirements are here. For 103 years, the building was home to the Liberty Hose Company, which now shares space with the first aid squad on Spring Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
The snowstorm-that-wasn’t did leave a couple of inches of frozen white stuff on the Green Monday, prompting the need for an application of sand in a parking lot off Clay Street in Red Bank. For Tuesday, expect cloudy skies with a high temperature of about 31 degrees, according to the Weather Channel. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
The Rocket, the prized possession of Red Bank’s North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club, weighs more than a ton, and requires ice a foot thick to support its weight. Ditto for the Jack Frost, which belongs to the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club. There is only one other vessel their size in the world, and it’s in a museum.
Ice that thick being rare, the two 120-plus-year-old behemoths, capable of speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, rarely sail. And they had not raced head-to-head in a century, the Times reports.
But then right conditions arrived over the weekend, and the members of the NSIB&YC postponed an open-house event scheduled for Saturday and made a beeline to Barrytown, New York.
A man works a snowblower on Broad Street in Red Bank Monday morning following a snowfall that started later and ended sooner than forecast, leaving just a couple of inches on the ground, rather than the six-to-eight inches we’d be warned of. The Weather Channel says another inch may fall by afternoon. Then: bitter cold, as temperatures fall to the single digits overnight, according to the National Weather Service.(Click to enlarge)
Dori Cohen Kershner with a customer at Wooly Monmouth in 2011. Kershner announced the closing of her 10-year-old Red Bank knitting store over the weekend in a post on her website, saying the recent birth of her second child had made her realize she wanted to focus on family life. (Click to enlarge)