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RED BANK: GOURMET MAC ‘N CHEESE COMING

20 broad 041714Mac Attack Cheesery plans to take over the Broad Street space now occupied by Boardwalk Burgers. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508The restaurantization of downtown Red Bank continues.

Mac Attack Cheesery, a five-month-old Montclair eatery specializing in “gourmet” grilled cheese sandwiches and macacroni-and-cheese entrees, plans to open a second store, on Red Bank’s Broad Street, a partner tells redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.

The lease agreement for 20 Broad, currently the home of Boardwalk Burgers, comes just weeks after Local Smoke BBQ bailed on plans to open there, citing concern over red tape at town hall.

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RED BANK: WOMAN’S KILLER GETS 27 YEARS

viridiana-beltran-gomezThe estranged husband of a Red Bank woman found murdered alongside the Garden State Parkway in 2011 was sentenced to 27 years in prison Thursday, NJ.com reports.

Superior Court Judge Richard English told Oscar Prior-Ramirez, 34, of Eatontown, that he must serve 85 percent of his sentence before he’s eligible for parole. The judge noted that Prior-Ramirez also has a U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detainer, and so may be deported to Mexico upon his release, according to the report.

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RED BANK: MORE ‘TROUBLE,’ BUT WORTH IT

TroubleInMindBrenda Pressley takes center stage as Willetta, a 1950′s African American actress at work on a play-within-a-play, as TROUBLE IN MIND continues through the weekend at Two River Theater. (Photo by T. Charles Erickson) 

You don’t need much if any direct experience with the Business of Show to reckon that the process of putting something on the stage — the tectonic shift of strong egos, the conflicts and the compromises, the whole backstage pageant — can often be way more compelling than the show itself.

It’s a concept that was grasped beautifully by the late Alice Childress in Trouble in Mind, the comedy-drama that opened last week at Red Bank’s Two River Theater and continues through the weekend (including a 3 p.m. matinee Easter Sunday) in a dynamite production directed by Jade King Carroll.

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4/18: KATHY GRIFFIN LIGHTS UP RED BANK

dish-112613-kathy-02Kathy Griffin goes double-deep dish this Friday night, when the flame-haired comic with the celeb-roasting style adds a second standup session to her scheduled gig at the Count Basie. 

She’s got a trophy case full of accolades — two Emmys, a Grammy, a GLAAD Vanguard honor, and a Life Award from The Trevor Project — but Kathy Griffin didn’t get where she is by making air-kiss fake nice with Hollywood, or the don’t-ask-don’t-tell protocols of a fast-changing (but still somewhat timid) American society.

Fueled by a merch table’s worth of hit TV series, books and albums, the 20-year veteran standup made the leap from the rowdier comedy clubs to the more respectable theater-venue circuit several seasons back — although when Griffin comes to Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre for two Friday night shows, audiences should expect no softening, dimming or blunting of the comedian’s patented flamethrower assault on entrenched attitudes, politicians, organized religion, or the “D Listers” of a showbiz establishment with whom she continues to carry on a passionate love/hate relationship.

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RED BANK: BOAT ENGINE STOLEN

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of April 10 to April 17, 2014. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:

Theft occurring between 4-15-14 and 4-16-14 at 56 Shrewsbury Ave. residence. Unknown person(s) removed a Tohatsu 9.8 boat engine from beneath a deck outside of residence. Ptl. Garrett Falco.

ARRESTS:

Miguel Ortiz, age 29 male of Red Bank was arrested on 4-16-14 in the area of Monmouth St. for COC [Contempt of Court] by Ptl. Tanner Shea.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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Can you identify the subject of this week’s Where Have I Seen This? Take a guess! Please send your answer to wherehaveiseenthis@redbankgreen.com.

Last week, you may recall, we showed you three domed metal lids with foot pedals encased in concrete and brick.

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FAIR HAVEN CRIME AND ARREST REPORTS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of February 1 through March 31, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_FH2_201402/08- Rudolph Kastner, Age 50, Rumson, was arrested by Sgt. Jesse Dykstra for a warrant issued out of Rumson Borough for failure to comply with a court order. Subject posted bail before being released.

02/08- Gabrielle Zomro, Age 26, Rumson was arrested by Ptl. Dwayne Reevey for Driving While Intoxicated.  Ms. Zomro also received summonses for Speeding and Reckless Driving. Subject was released pending a Fair Haven Court appearance.

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RED BANK: NEW LIBRARY TRUSTEES NAMED

rbpl 1 032714Beth Hanratty, below, was named chairperson of the reconstituted board. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

[Correction: Mayor Menna tells redbankgreen that while Beth Hanratty was appointed to fill the unexpired term of board President John Grandits, she was not appointed board president, as reported below. The newly constituted board is expected to elect new officers at its May 1 meeting. redbankgreen regrets the error.]

By JOHN T. WARD

beth hanratty 040714How’s this for a job offer? The work is unpaid. It requires running an institution that at the moment has just lost its director, faces a purported-though-disputed funding shortfall and has possibly too many full-time employees – including two whose jobs recently became a political hot potato.

Oh, and most of the people who last held the position submitted a joint “take-this-job-and-shove-it” resignation letter just last Saturday.

But just four days after that mass exodus by members of the Red Bank Public Library Board of Trustees, Mayor Pasquale Menna appointed four replacements to the board Wednesday evening. Read More »

RED BANK: McLOONE GRABS DOWNTOWN SPOT

26 Broad 030212Tim McLoone, below, plans to open a yet-to-be-named burger restaurant in the former Murphy Style Grille on Broad Street, above. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

timmclooneBy his own admission, and as his wife gently reminds him, Tim McCloone did not give it a lot of thought six weeks ago when he embarked on a plan to open a restaurant in downtown Red Bank.

Among other locations, he’s already got eateries on the boardwalks in Long Branch and Asbury Park; recently took over CJ Montana’s in Tinton Falls, rebranding it as CJ McLoone’s; and is readying new places in Hoboken and Hillsborough.

Oh, and last week, he landed approvals to rebuild McLoone’s Rum Runner, his flagship Sea Bright restaurant, which was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.

So where does his plan to open a restaurant in the Broad Street space long held by Murphy Style Grille fit in strategically?

“I’m not thinking strategically, or I would not do this,” McLoone told redbankgreen with a laugh Tuesday, one day after he signed a lease for the space. “I’m devoid of strategy.”

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RED BANK: REPLICA SHIP TO DOCK IN JUNE

Onrust 1The Onrust, a replica of the first deck-covered ship built in colonial America, will berth for two days at Marine Park. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

They were the tractor-trailers of their day, hauling cargo from port to port in an era when inland roads were all but nonexistent.

Seventeenth-century sailing ships such as the Onrust plied the waters surrounding New Amsterdam, carrying produce and other goods from port to port.

“It’s how everything moved,” according to Michael Humphreys, a board member with the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association. “There were no roads worth traveling,” and hacking one’s way through the woods could get a visitor killed by an unwelcoming Native American, he said.

In June, the NMHA will bring a replica of the Onrust to rust-colored banks of Red Bank. But don’t say the name as it appears: the word is pronounced “AHN-roost.”

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SPRING 2014: A TOO-FAMILIAR CHILL

rb freeze 01614rb temp 041614The National Weather Service was right about that freeze warning, as residents of the Green awoke to find a dusting of snow and scrapable ice on their windshields Wednesday.

The warning remained in effect until 9 a.m. Wednesday, after which daily highs are expected to be in the upper 40s through Friday. Or so says the NWS; the weather app at right had a warmer forecast. (Click to enlarge)

 

SPRING 2014: FREEZE WARNING? PLEASE, NO…

rb spring st 041414Abundant signs of spring to the contrary, the National Weather Service has issued a freeze warning effective from 2 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday. So swaddle your sensitive and early-blooming vegetation, bundle up, and prepare for more grumbling about the endless winter. (Click to enlarge)

 

LITTLE SILVER: SHELL TAKES EX-EXXON SPOT

ls shell 041314The former Exxon station at Branch Avenue and Willow Drive in Little Silver, vacant for several years, is about to reopen as a Shell station. Owner Rafi Awan could not be reached for comment, but a borough employee said the station had applied for a certificate of occupancy and appeared ready to open.

The intersection once boasted four filling stations. Only a Citgo station remains. (Click to enlarge)

SEA BRIGHT: MCLOONE’S OK’D TO REBUILD

sb mcloone's 110512McLoone’s Rum Runner in Sea Bright, destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, will be rebuilt at its Ocean Avenue location abutting the Shrewsbury River and reopen before summer 2015, according to a report by Word On the Shore. Under plans approved by the planning board last week, the new version of the restaurant will be elevated 10 feet, according to the report. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

SPRING 2014: KITE-FLYING IN LINCROFT

kiters 3 041414kiters 2 041414Eight-year-old twins Will and Kate Wrede, above, and 10-year-old brother Andrew, right, took advantage of a warm, gusty afternoon and a nearly empty parking lot on Half Mile Road in Lincroft for some kite-flying Monday. Tuesday’s outlook is much less conducive to flying kites: showers are expected throughout the day and overnight, according to the National Weather Service. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)