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AREA TOWNS BRACE FOR TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE

HOT-TOPIC_01Red Bank and neighboring towns could be in for a day or more of truly bad traffic next Monday – and rail commuters may be in for headaches as well.

New Jersey Transit plans to close the heavily traveled railroad crossing at Broad Street/Route 35 to vehicular traffic starting Friday night for an estimated three-plus days of round-the-clock inspections and repairs on its North Jersey Coast Line track, a spokeswoman said.

In addition, rail traffic in both directions will be funneled onto a single track pair near the location, rather than the usual two, a move that is expected to cause mass transit delays, said spokeswoman Nancy Snyder.

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FAIR HAVEN: JERSEY MOMS GO BLOG

AmyByrnes TeiciaGaupp CristieRitzKingAmy Byrnes, Teicia Gaupp and Cristie Ritz King are the special guests on Thursday, as River Road Books hosts the women of Jersey Moms Blog. 

Here’s what might just be a first for River Road Books, the resolutely indie bookstore that’s regularly welcomed in-person appearances by a hard-copy host of authors in the mystery, history, young adult, self-help, romance and children’s genres.

This Thursday evening, October 23, the local propagators of the printed page host a trio of writers — none of whom apparently have a printed book to promote. In fact, these three women have made their names as bloggers, that peculiar subculture of humanity that some dead-tree diehards blame in part for turning their world topsy-turvy.

While there’s no word as to whether the featured guests will be signing tablet and smartphone screens with a silver Sharpie, they’ll be happy to read from their works and discussing the virtual-world vehicle that’s brought their words to thousands of faithful readers: Jersey Moms Blog.

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RED BANK: PAIR MUGGED ON BRIDGE AVENUE

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of October 9 to October 16, 2014. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief occurring between 10-9-14 and 10-10-14 at Chestnut Street —Borough Garage. Unknown person(s) damaged pad lock to tool room. Ptl. Jhonatan Quispe.

Theft occurring on 10-12-14 at West Front Street restaurant/bar. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole an Apple I Phone 6. Ptl. Shane Dengel

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SHREWSBURY POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of October 11 to October 17, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY2-2014Arrests

John Lawrence, male age 52 of Lake Como was arrested on 10/11/14 for Contempt of Court in the area of Sycamore Avenue by Ptl. Jessica Boyd.

Geneva Kelly, female age 50 of Asbury Park was arrested on 10/11/14 for Contempt of Court in the area of Broad Street by Ptl. Jessica Boyd.

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FAIR HAVEN CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

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

AUTHORITIES_FH2_201409/02/14-William Cusa 3rd, 20, Rumson, turned himself in on an outstanding traffic warrant out of Fair Haven Borough. Bail was paid in full before his release. Ptl. Dwayne Reevey was the arresting Officer.

09/03/14-Rudolph Kastner, 50, Fair Haven, was placed under arrest for two active warrants out of Sea Bright. Subject was arrested and released R.O.R pending a new court appearance in Sea Bright Borough. S/O Robert Henne was the arresting Officer.

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RED BANK: FACES ON PARADE

hol-72663hol-0087Autumn delivered a gorgeous day and the marchers brought their best scary, funny and pretty faces to Sunday’s annual Red Bank Halloween Parade.

We’ve got close to 100 photos. See anyone you know? You might want to look twice, just to be sure. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

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SEA BRIGHT: SANDY FLEECE GETS MAN 5 YEARS

HOT-TOPIC_02A Matawan contractor was sentenced to five years in state prison for taking deposits for Hurricane Sandy related work he never started or completed in Sea Bright, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said in an announcement Saturday.

John Martocci, 59, was sentenced Friday on two counts of third degree theft by deception by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge John Tassini.

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RFH BACK TO WINNING FORM WITH VOLKER

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional’s varsity football team pulled off a 28-21 win at Manasquan Saturday in a game that saw the return of powerhouse running back Charlie Volker after a couple of missed weeks due to injury.  The Shore Sports Zone highlight reel shows Volker, a Princeton commit, tearing it up for 267 yards and tight end  Kenny Farrare hauling in the game-winning TD pass with 16 seconds left to play – a contender for the play of the week. Check in with SSZ to vote, and for great high school sport coverage across Monmouth and Ocean counties. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone .)

RED BANK: IT’S ALL JAKE FOR ALBUM DROP

Jake TavillRFH senior Jake Tavill celebrates the release of his debut solo recording INDIGO CHILD — and on a school night, yet — during a Sunday night multi-bill upside The Downtown.

When we first met Jake Tavill in the paperless pages of redbankgreen, he was an 11 year old actor platooning in the role of Young MacDuff — and under the direction of the usually wordless wizard of mischief TELLER, no less — in Two River Theater’s bloody-good production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

Now a 17 year old senior at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, the native Rumsonite has focused in recent years on making music — honing his keyboard skills, finding his singing voice, and writing songs that draw inspiration from the work of classic rockers, bluesmen and R&B masters who made their mark long before he was born. As detailed here in a recent redbankgreen profile, the result was Indigo Child — a fully fleshed and professionally recorded set of songs that our Music Desk described as “loaded with funky beats, horn arrangements and mellow vocals.”

This Sunday evening, after the last of Red Bank’s Halloween Parade revelers has scurried back to home and hearth, Jake Tavill commandeers the second floor of The Downtown for an album release party that includes several of his fellow local musicians, and the live debut of the really-big Indigo Child Big Band.

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RUMSON: PREDAWN FIRE DAMAGES HOME

rumson fire 101814 2Firefighters cut through the roof of the house, below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rumson fire 101814 1A predawn fire drove a Rumson family out of their home early Saturday.

The fire, at 3 Sycamore Lane, off Ridge Road, was reported shortly after 4 a.m., and the residents had escaped safely by the time firefighters arrived, said Rumson Fire Chief Bob Halligan.

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RED BANK: COMMENTARY AND CLASSICS

The Romantic Piano with David Dubal 5.30.13Emmy winning broadcaster, producer, educator and keyboardist David Dubal is the guest on Sunday, October 19, as the latest in the Monmouth Conservatory of Music’s free series of public-welcome performances.

Even as the White Street Municipal Parking Lot throngs with Halloween Parade participants on Sunday afternoon, right across the way preparations are being made for the latest entry in what remains one of the genuine best-kept-secrets of local cultural life — the free and always fascinating series of public-welcome concerts at Monmouth Conservatory Of Music.

Beginning at 4 pm, the October 19 edition of the long-running offering welcomes a particularly intriguing guest artist on October 19: David Dubal, the radio host, essayist, music professor and pianist whose encyclopedic expertise and engaging interview skills have netted him a Peabody, a Deems Taylor Award, and an Emmy (if not yet a Grammy).

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RED BANK: THE GIRLS HAVE THEIR NIGHT OUT

101614gno29101614gno22Looking for all the world like the trendiest bag ladies you’ve ever seen, more than 200 women signed up for this year’s edition of Girls Night Out, held Thursday and sponsored by Red Bank RiverCenter and Riverview Medical Center. Discounted food and drink at a long list of restaurants, discounts in many stores and goodie bags were just some of the festive attractions. The warmer-than-usual weather was perfect for the ladies to walk around and enjoy the musical entertainment on the streets. Look below for more pictures. Were you there?   (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK FIRM SLAPPED WITH $2M FINE

HOT-TOPIC_02A financial consultant said to be have been based in Red Bank was fined $2 million after he defrauded investors and spent $100,000 of their funds on online gambling, football tickets, casino hotel rooms, dining, shopping and travel, law enforcement authorities announced Friday.

Evan Korchav, of Jersey City, and his firm, White Cedar Group, were also barred by the state Bureau of Securities from doing finance-related business in New Jersey acting state Attorney General John Hoffman said.

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RED BANK: A HALLOWEEN HIKE FOR THE AGES

halloween 2011 10 Listen up, citizens of Gotham: the Red Bank Halloween Parade hits the street this Sunday for its 67th annual edition, filled with witches and goblins of all ages, and some spectacular floats, too. (Photos by John T.Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By TOM CHESEK

halloween 2011 5The year was 1948, and the place was Red Bank, New Jersey — where just a couple of months earlier, “Auld Lang Syne” bandleader Guy Lombardo’s speedboat took the trophy race in the National Sweepstakes Regatta on the Navesink. As the summer heat turned to October chill, thoughts were turning to the looming Dewey-vs.-Truman Presidential election; to a World Series that entered a fortunate few homes for the first time by the miracle of television; and to an altogether different hometown event: the Red Bank Halloween Carnival.

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RED BANK: ANDERSON SAILS TO APPROVAL

metrovation anderson 101614An architect’s rendering of the proposed Anderson Storage building, as seen from Bridge Avenue. Below, zoning board member Jesse Garrison, left, congratulates developer Chris Cole after the vote. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

garrison cole 101614The second plan to transform the Red Bank’s former Anderson storage building in a decade cruised to approval Thursday night.

The earlier approval, obtained in 2006 and never followed up on, was to convert the long-vacant, 27,000-square-foot structure into 23 condos. This one calls for a four-story addition and other changes to produce a 48,600SF office structure with a stores and a restaurant on the ground floor, a greenhouse on the roof, and a small shop made of shipping containers in the rear parking lot.

The new plan had some tailwind created by its predecessor.

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