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RED BANK: VAN ZANDT IN THE VANGUARD

van zandtMiddletown’s own “Little” Steven Van Zandt — photographed outside the Count Basie Theatre in 2008 — is one of the inaugural recipients of the Basie’s Vanguard Awards, honoring lifelong devotion to the arts in New Jersey. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

When the students of Rockit! at the Basie take the famous stage of the Count Basie Theatre on Friday for their annual summer concert, A Tribute to Woodstock and The Age of Aquarius, they’ll be sharing the boards with a genuine Rock and Roll Hall of Famer — Middletown’s own contribution to E Street history (and King of Most Media) Steven Van Zandt.

The musician, arranger, producer, actor, writer, director, human rights activist, and international radio DJ will be taking time out from his myriad of projects to accept one of the Basie’s inaugural Vanguard Awards, honoring lifelong devotion to the arts in New Jersey. He’ll be joining his wife Maureen Van Zandt, Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian Burry and Monmouth County Arts Council executive director Mary Eileen Fouratt during a ceremony at the August 22 event.

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SHARED KITCHEN EASES STORM’S AFTERMATH

081814 via 45 walton kittrickLynn McKittrick and Linda Walton utilizing the kitchen of Via45  for their catering business, the Whistling Onion. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

081214 via45 front“What are we going to do? Where do we go from here?” Linda Walton asked her partner, Lynn McKittrick, after their Sea Bright restaurant, the Riverfront Café, was decimated by Hurricane Sandy.

“Together, we ran the business.” Walton said. “Lynn ran the restaurant while I ran a catering business,” the Whistling Onion, which had started in 1991 with McKittrick working out of a private kitchen, catering rooftop parties in New York.

Later, the Riverfront Café served as home to both the restaurant and private catering businesses.

After the storm, “the realization set in that I still had my business, while Lynn had nothing,” Walton said. “The right thing to do was making her a partner in the catering business.”

But where?

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FAIR HAVEN: RESIDENT, 67, BUSTED FOR DRUGS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the period of July, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_FH2_2014July 7: Buff Anderson, 19, Fair Haven, was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Defiant Trespass.  Ptl. William Lagrotteria was the arresting Officer.

July 7: Jason Demitro, 24, Hollywood FL., was charged with Theft by Deception and also issued a borough ordinance for Soliciting Without a Permit. This was in reference to a report made on May 30, 2014 by a Harvard Rd. resident for an auto repair scam. Det. Schneider signed the complaints after he competed his investigation.

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RED BANK: INJURED MAN RESCUED FROM ATTIC

rb rescue 082014 2Rescuers removing the victim in a stokes basket through a roof hatch, as seen through a window on Ladder 91, above, and lowering him for transport to a hospital, below. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb rescue 082014 1Red Bank police and volunteer firefighters executed a tricky rescue Wednesday morning when they extricated an injured man from under the roof of the primary school.

The victim, whose identity was not immediately available, apparently fell inside the peaked attic in a section of the school while conducting an annual inspection of the alarm system, authorities on the scene said.

“It’s like a maze and trusses and rafters in there,” said one cop.

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LINCROFT: INDOOR VOICES PLEASE

jacquie-lee-nbc-630x359 copyTHE VOICE singing sensation Jacquie Lee joins the Rock and Roll Chorus for a special Saturday night concert at Brookdale’s Collins Arena, dedicated to ongoing post-Sandy relief efforts in Union Beach.

She made a nationwide splash last year on The Voice, when the 16-year old was hand-picked by Christina Aguilera to join her team on the NBC competition series. Before Jacquie Lee was through, she’d surged past all but one of her fellow contestants (Tessanne Chin) — and made fast Twitter fans of eminently droppable names like Jennifer Hudson and Lady Gaga.

Drop Jacquie Lee’s name around the Count Basie Theatre, and you’ll hear congratulations, exultations — but little in the way of surprise, since the graduate of the Basie-based Rockit! program already had all observers convinced that hers was a rare and rocketing talent. Having gone on to release a Top 20 iTunes single (“Broken Ones”) and taken to the touring circuit with Chin and some of their fellow Voice finalists, the Colts Neck teen returns to the greater Green this Saturday, August 23, as headliner of a special benefit concert event at Brookdale Community College.

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RED BANK: WAGGING DOG DAYS GOODBYE

081914rbdogs9081914 rbdogs8Call it doggie speed dating or just a canine social, but the season-ending edition of Dog Days of Summer on Monmouth Street in Red Bank once again brought out man’s best friend by the dozens Tuesday night. We’ve got more photos just through the dog door below.

Another mixer, Halloween-themed, is tentatively planned for late October. We’ll post details when we have them.   (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: HEARING SET FOR MARKET & HOMES

Developer Ray Rapcavage’s plans call for a market, above, as well as condos and townhomes at Red Bank’s five corners, below. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb rapcavage 081614Almost a year after it was first reported by redbankgreen, an ambitious plan for a greenmarket and 20 homes on the edge of downtown Red Bank is about to get a public airing.

Developer Ray Rapcavage’s project, calling for a two-story market, 10 condos and 10 townhouses bounded by Harding Road, Hudson Avenue and Clay Street, is scheduled to go before the zoning board Thursday night.

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SEA BRIGHT: FOWLER TEES IT UP ON BEACH

Pro golfer Rickie Fowler, who’s having a scorching hot year on the links, paid a visit to the beach in Sea Bright Tuesday, showing off his swing to admiring fans by knocking some biodegradable balls into the Atlantic Ocean. 

Rich Chrampanis of Shore Sports Zone was there, camera and microphone at the ready. Check out his interview, and watch for a redbankgreen-Sports Zone collaboration starting in September. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone .)

RED BANK: WOMAN BUSTED TWICE IN 3 DAYS

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of August 7 to August 14, 2014. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:

Attempted Burglary occurring on 8-6-14 at Hudson Ave. residence. Victim reported that upon returning home noticed that the screen from rear window in house was removed. No entry was gained. Sgt. Juan Sardo.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 8-7-14 at Tilton Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) smashed rear window in parked vehicle. Ptl. Tanner Shea.

Theft occurring at Catherine St. residence on 8-9-14. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole two prescription bottles filled with medication from apartment. Sgt. David Hicks.

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RED BANK: PARTY OUT BACK AT STATION PLACE

rb station pl 081914 1rb station pl 081914 2For weeks, it’s looked like a giant version of Thomas Edison’s ‘Black Maria,” a hulking four-story monolith of funereal blackness taking up half a block of Monmouth Street in Red Bank. But things are a lot less dour on the other side of the Station Place apartment complex under construction, as the photo at right shows. Developer Roger Mumford tells redbankgreen the project will be completed by late November, when leasing will begin. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: COCKTAILS FOR A CAUSE

TasteCocktailsThe popular lounge at Taste is the setting for a Wednesday evening of food and drink specialties dedicated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Monmouth.

Red Bank Cocktail Week may have come and gone, but this Wednesday evening the popular bar at Taste in the Galleria will mix up a special one-night-only promotion, designed to help one of eastern Monmouth’s longest-established youth-oriented nonprofits fund its ongoing slate of recreational and cultural programs for area kids.

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RED BANK: THE JUICIEST PART OF SUMMER

rbms watermelon 081414 rb peach 1Ah, to be a kid again: off for the whole summer, enjoying the warm sunshine, not giving a thought to… YIKES! Like some sort of devious enticement, this watermelon was growing in flowerbed near the entrance to the Red Bank Middle School as seen last week.

Meanwhile, the juiciest stretch of summer is also evident in the peaches growing outside an office at the corner of Broad Street and Irving Place in Red Bank, as seen above right and below.

School reopens September 4, by the way.  (Click to enlarge)rb peach 2

CHAMPS IN 2013, R-FH TRIES TO STAY HUNGRY

How do you top an 11-1 season that ended with a NJSIAA Group II State Championship? After the best football campaign in school history, the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional Bulldogs are starting anew, having lost 32 players to graduation. But the roster still boasts running back Charlie Volker, who steamrolled to more than 2,100 yards and 27 TDs last year, and under Coach Bryan Batchler, the theme this year is “stay hungry.”

Rich Chrampanis’ new video-based website Shore Sports Zone pops in on a Bulldogs practice for this season preview. And stay tuned for a redbankgreen-Sports Zone collaboration starting in September. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone .)