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AUTHORITIES_MTOWN1-2014Two guests were arrested late Sunday night following a melee involving an estimated 300 people at a wedding reception in Middletown, police reported.

Here’s an account of the incident prepared by MTPD spokesman Lieutenant Steve Dollinger:

On July 27, 2014 at approximately 10:30 pm a large fight broke out at a wedding reception being held at Jacques Reception Hall located on Palmer Avenue in Middletown. Sergeant First Class William Colangelo and Patrolman Frank Mazza were working the reception as an off-duty assignment when they were alerted to a fight taking place.

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maroon whiteArea high school athletes play in front of top college coaches, as Red Bank Regional Girls Basketball coach James Young conducts the sixth annual Maroon and White Basketball Camp, beginning this Tuesday at the RBR gymnasium. 

As the home court of the basketball Buccaneers, the gym at Red Bank Regional High School will be seeing plenty of action when the 2014-2015 academic year gets underway this fall. But for three days each summer, the bleachers are filled with coaches representing the women’s athletic programs of more than 50 Division I, II and III colleges — and the court hosts as many as 200 athletes, from high schools throughout New Jersey, as they compete in an event that serves as a showcase for such east coast schools as Rutgers, Fordham and Seton Hall Universities.

Now in its sixth annual edition, the Maroon and White Girls’ Basketball Camp allows high school players to hone their skills in a competitive environment — and we do mean competitive, as this year’s camp boasts the participation of the state Tournament of Champions winners from Newark’s Shabazz High School. As an NCAA certified event, the camp also offers students “exposure for college play and scholarship opportunities,” in the words of RBR girls’ basketball coach and Maroon and White camp supervisor James Young.

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AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of July 17 and July 24, 2014. This information is unedited.


Theft occurring at W. Front Street—park on 7-17-14. Victim reported that unknown

person(s) stole a Cannon Digital Camcorder, which was hanging on fence. Ptl. Benjamin Springer.

Theft occurring at Tower Hill Drive between 7-16-14 and 7-17-14. Unknown person(s) stole a Garmin GPS unit from parked vehicle. Ptl. John Camarca.

Theft occurring at Windward Way between 7-16-14 and 7-17-14. Unknown subject(s) entered parked vehicle and stole a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses and a pair of Kaenon sunglasses. Lt. Robert Kennedy

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rb weather 072814 1rb weather 072814 2After an early-morning drenching accompanied by lightning and thunder, two views taken at 8:30 Monday morning from the same spot in Red Bank – one west toward the train station, the other north, across Monmouth Street –  suggest we’re in for a changeable day.

The National Weather Service forecasts a mostly sunny day, with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms, and a high of about 84 degrees. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)


072614 Parker berries17072614 Parker berriesThe second of two community blackberry harvests drew dozens of eager pickers to Sickles Farm in Little Silver Saturday including the little one above, who couldn’t wait to get his mitts on his mother’s picks. The event doubled as a fundraiser for the restoration of the Parker Homestead, the historic home and barns that adjoin the blackberry patch. More photos below. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

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army field bandThe largest rhythm-keeping force in the free world, the US Army Field Band deploys to the stage of the Count Basie Theatre on Monday, for a free public concert.

In its assembled glory, it’s a formidable force — and its many crack commando units and surgical-strike teams allow it to perform missions that range from a Dixieland septet and harp-flute duo, to a Son Tropical big band and diplomatic corps of Woodwind Ambassadors. When  The United States Army Field Band takes the stage of the Count Basie Theatre on Monday, July 28, it will be in the form of the organization that has thrilled and inspired audiences “from Boston to Baghdad” for over 60 years.

Scheduled for 7:30 pm, the concert finds the 60-plus members of the Field Band (under the command of Colonel Timothy J. Holtan) performing a selection of American music — from patriotic and military evergreens, to big-band pop standards and a selection of styles from this nation’s awesome sonic spectrum — in the way that “fosters the support of the American people for members of the armed forces and supports diplomatic efforts around the world.” And, as a thank-you for that support, they’ll be performing absolutely free of charge.

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alanis.jpg.size.xxlarge.letterboxSerial Grammy winner Alanis Morisette returns to the greater Green this Sunday, for an unplugged concert at the Count’s place.

To music fans that have helped her move more than 60 million units of sales worldwide — at least half of them via her 1995 blockbuster Jagged Little PillAlanis Morissette is the multiple Grammy winner (and onetime Canadian teen-pop star) who exploded onto the alt-rock landscape with “You Oughta Know;” who duetted in short order with everyone from Ringo Starr to Tricky, and who more or less taught us a new meaning of the word “Ironic.”

To Red Bankers — or at least those borough-based viewers of the Kevin Smith askewniverse — Alanis Morisette is nothing less than God, the supreme being that she portrayed for the last act of Smith’s controversial 1999 epic Dogma. On the evening of Sunday, July 27, God herself returns to  Red Bank for an “intimate and acoustic” sermonette on the stage of the greater Green’s most glittering cathedral of entertainment, the Count Basie Theatre.

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Parker HoVintage berry-picking baskets await fulfillment, as the historic Parker Family Homestead invites the community to a second session of blackberry gathering fun in Little Silver.

While we’re not suggesting that the loving restorations of Monmouth County’s historic places are watched over by benevolent spirits, Little Silver’s Parker Homestead has had its share of happy coincidences — witness the accidental uncovering of a Colonial five-foot high fireplace, big enough for several people to stand in — just as the hard work of cleanup and repair was really getting underway. Then there was the recent discovery of a cache of vintage wooden berry-picking baskets, just as preparations were being made for a first-ever Community Blackberry Pick.

Local families were invited to “put down the smartphones and pick up some blackberries” during the first scheduled pick on July 19 — and on Saturday, July 26, up to 50 groups will be able to participate (on an earlybird-gets-the-berries basis), as a second session takes place between the hours of 8 am and 12 pm, with a rain date of Sunday, July 27.

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

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014Christian Caldaro, age 27, from Statesir Place in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on July 13, 2014 by Patrolman Brenden Santiago for Criminal Trespass. He was $5,000.00 with 10% set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Brent Heck, age 35, from Thompson Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 12, 2014 by Patrolman Jason Troshane on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Jersey City Municipal Courts. He was released after posting $4,150.00 bail.

William Ruiz, age 44, from Wallington Avenue in Wallington, NJ, arrested on July 12, 2014 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield for Driving While Intoxicated. He was released pending a court date.

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rumson deer 072214A redbankgreen reader spied this unusual piebald white-tailed deer in Rumson earlier this week, declining to be more specific about its location. A genetic mutation that occurs in less than one percent of the deer population causes the pinto-pony look, though it sometimes produces an even rarer all-white albino deer, according to the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife. (Click to enlarge)



elijah nishiura 072314Red Bank Regional sophomore Elijah Nishiura, center, chats with Environmental Commission chairwoman Laura Bagwell, left, and Carl Alderson, a marine resources specialist at NOAA, after the council voted to restore the rotting library bulkhead, below.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)


rb lib bulkhead 2 071013A hotly opposed proposal to rebuild the bulkhead at the Red Bank Public Library won approval from the borough council Wednesday night, though the new structure may now incorporate elements of a so-called living shoreline favored by environmentalists.

Then again, the matter could be headed to court if the hybrid approach fails appease the library’s next-door neighbors, whose lawyer continued to imply that he’d sue if anything less than an abrupt wall along the library’s Navesink River frontage is constructed.

“The merits of the living shoreline are neither here nor there,” Michael Vitiello, the attorney for the Corinthian Cove condos, told the council before it voted on the issue. “My clients feel that if you remove the bulkhead… we are no longer going to have lateral support for our earth.”

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rb-sidewalk-sale-10-072713It’s the 60th annual edition of a local  favorite – and the organizers of the Red Bank Sidewalk Sale have a special stroll down memory lane built in to this year’s three-day event. 

rb sidewalk sale 8 072713While Red Bank remains an ever-evolving entity — sometimes at a brisker clip than a lot of longtime locals are prepared to digest — one summertime signifier of community life has been soldiering on, uninterrupted, for a frankly amazing 60 years. And in 2014, the Red Bank Sidewalk Sale marks its diamond anniversary  with a three-day thriftarama that takes a look back at some of what’s made this town so great and unique.

Think about it: back in 1955, President Ike was dispatching the first U.S. advisors into an obscure place called Vietnam. The Brooklyn Dodgers were gearing up to finally make “next year” a here-and-now reality. School-age kids were promised trips to that new Disneyland place, if they’d just hold still for the equally new polio vaccine. Folks from nearby communities such as New Shrewsbury flocked to the Carlton Theatre to see James Dean light up the screen in East of Eden. And the Red Bank Register reported that the town fathers were planning a study of the ongoing downtown parking issues (let’s hear one for continuity).

Those decades of borough history won’t be trampled underfoot, as scores of shoppers take to the sidewalks of Broad, Monmouth, Front and White streets in search of figurative “diamonds” — that bargain in a box, that folding-table find, that street-rack steal. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Red Bank Rivercenter celebrates the occasion with a “trip down memory lane” — and a rolling out of the welcome mat for some exciting new additions to the Sidewalk Sale scene.

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hubbard  plan 2008A rendering from 2012 shows the new bridge, now under construction, in red, just to the north of the existing span. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

This just in from the Monmouth County engineering department Wednesday afternoon:

Beginning tonight, from 10 p.m. until 4 a.m., the bridge on West Front Street over Swimming River will be closed for the delivery and setting of the beams for the new bridge.

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