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RED BANK: THUNDER IN THE FORECAST

celtic-thunderThe assembled voices of Celtic Thunder take it to the Count Basie stage on Thursday, for a “Very Best of” extravaganza engineered to keep our collective Irish up in April.

It’s technically not a St. Patrick’s Day event, not even one of those post-Pat’s curtain calls and codas that keep the Wearin’ o’ the Green fresh for one more wash cycle. But when the show known as The Very Best of Celtic Thunder comes to the Count Basie Theatre this Thursday night, April 2, it’ll serve as the unofficial opening volley in a calendar-wide cultural celebration that keeps the greater Red Bank Green in a forever-fleadh humor.

Spotlighting the core vocal group of the international touring Thunder phenomenon — and backed by the full faith and fury of an 8 piece live band plus “Mythology” Dancers, “married with that huge Celtic Thunder signature sound, dramatic lighting and imposing set that audiences and fans everywhere have come to expect” — the 8 pm extravaganza “aims to combine all Celtic Thunder classics, fan favorites and hit songs into a formidable stage show.”

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CHURN: SHREWSBURY TO GET FAST GREEK EATS

89 ns rd 033015Greek Eats has signed to take the corner space, at right above, at the three-store 89 Newman Springs Road, now under construction. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508For about five years, Red Bank restaurateur George Lyristis has been developing an idea for a casual fast-food restaurant based on his ethnic heritage, he tells redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.

Well, the time has come to make the concept real, he says. With the sale of their Zoe Bistro in Little Silver, effective Wednesday, Lyristis and his brothers Charlie and Taso are planning to open a new place called Greek Eats in Shrewsbury in coming months.

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RED BANK: GOP TAPS NEWCOMERS FOR RACE

taylor whelan 033015 1Mark Taylor, left, and Mike Whelan, center, with GOP Chairman Sean Di Somma outside borough hall Monday night. Democrats Mike DuPont and Art Murphy, below, on election night 2012. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

dupont murphy 110612Red Bank Republicans, hoping to leverage gains in the last two municipal elections, have set their sights on control of the borough council for the first time in 25 years.

And as in the last election, when all-but-unknown Linda Schwabenbauer emerged as the top vote-getter in a field of four candidates, they’re putting their bets on political newcomers.

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RED BANK: THE PLAYWRIGHT’S THE THING

RubenTonyMadeleineTwo River Theater welcomes five playwrights to the stage — including, from left, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Tony Meneses and Madeleine George — to discuss what it takes to bring a script from paper to production, in a free event Wednesday.   

They’re the people from whom it all springs — the bravura performances, the award-winning costumes and sets, the audience-dazzling technical effects — although a good half the time you won’t even find them lurking around the catering tables on opening night.

But if playwrights privately grouse that they often get even less respect than a Rodney Dangerfield rap record, there exists in Red Bank at least one local cubby of culture where the Word is given its due. And on Wednesday, a diverse and distinguished group of dramatists will gather to discuss the never-easy process through which the scripted idea becomes a fully realized moment.

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RED BANK CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

AUTHORITIES_RB3The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of March 19 to March 26, 2015. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Theft occurring at Chapin Ave. on 3-20-15. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole an I-Phone, credit card and debit card from desk area. Inv. Jorge Torres.

Attempted Burglary reported on 3-22-15 at Alston Court residence. Victim reported that unknown person(s) attempted to gain entry, but failed. Observed pry marks on exterior sliding glass doors and bilko doors leading to basement. Also there was a screen cut on rear window of residence. No entry gained. Sgt. David Hicks.

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RED BANK: LIBRARY AVERTS PREDICTED CRISIS

rbpl 1 102113Dire forecasts made by library board members who resigned a year ago have not panned out, officials say. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

[Article updated with post-publication comment below]

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Nearly one year after a mass resignation by trusteees over budget issues that they said imperiled its future, the Red Bank Public Library hasn’t collapsed into the river it overlooks.

Nor has it been swamped by red ink. In fact, the institution is doing quite well, says its new director, Elizabeth McDermott, who recently accepted the job on a permanent basis – after first rejecting it – largely because of the turnaround she helped guide.

“The building didn’t fall down,” McDermott told redbankgreen earlier this month, following a meeting at which the board approved a new $1 million budget. “In fact, we’re growing.”

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RED BANK: SOMEONE’S IN THE KITCHEN

JBJThe JBJ Soul Kitchen on Monmouth Street is the setting for a special Spring Into Healthier Cooking event starring chef-nutritionist Diane Henderiks.

jbj menuProclaiming that “the warmer weather is finally here!” (and that “it’s time to put the cold weather and comfort foods behind us”), nationally noted nutritionist Diane Henderiks commandeers the kitchen — Jon and Dorothea Bon Jovi’s JBJ Soul Kitchen, that is — for a special Tuesday evening event during which “America’s favorite culinary nutritionist shares her expertise, tips and secrets of how to cook healthy without sacrificing flavor.”

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CHURN: SUSHI, GOWNS, YOGA & CHOCOLATE

toki 032515Toki Japanese Cuisine takes over the former home of the Broadway Grille, at Broad and Monmouth streets. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508This edition of Retail Churn is chock full o’ news, including:

• the opening of a sushi restaurant in the heart of downtown Red Bank

• the closing of a specialty clothing store

• a change of plans for a chocolatier

and more, right around the corner…

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HUBBARD’S BRIDGE: IT’S GETTING THERE

hubbards bridge 031715hubbard  plan 2008Parapets similar to those on the nearby Route 35 Cooper’s Bridge were being installed on the new Hubbard’s Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown last week, as seen from the existing temporary steel span, which has been closed since the start of the year but remains open to pedestrians and bicyclists.

Despite the harsh winter, the Monmouth County Engineer’s office still expects the new bridge, which spans the Swimming River at West Front Street, to be completed by May 16, a spokeswoman tells redbankgreen. (Photo above by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: INDIE THEATER, UPSIDE THE BASIE

basie marquee 1 090213Those in the know count the upstairs rehearsal room as another cool space at the Basie. Below, Lorraine “The Wisdomkeeper” Stone. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

wisdomkeeperObservers of the Red Bank arts scene could tell you that some of the most interesting stuff often happens one flight above street level (think of a place like McKay Imaging Gallery) — and the same notion applies to the Count Basie Theatre, where the landmark building’s second-floor “Studio 99″ rehearsal space represents a hidden-in-plain-sight venue for events that are intimately scaled in relation to the venerable venue’s famous auditorium.

It’s a place that’s hosted past offerings from Dunbar Repertory Company, the African American community stage troupe founded by Brookdale Community College faculty member (and participant on the Basie board) Darrell Lawrence Willis Sr. This Sunday, Studio 99 presents the first of three “professional staged reading” theatrical presentations from the Dunbar fold in spring 2015.

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RED BANK: BEFORE THE ALBUM DROP

JESSE_MALINSinger-songwriter Jesse Malin makes an in-store performance and signing appearance at Jack’s Music Shoppe this Sunday — an event at which fans can pick up a pre-release copy of his new album, NEW YORK BEFORE THE WAR.

As one of the last area outposts of that bulwark-against-boredom that is the neighborhood indie record store, Jack’s Music Shoppe continues to hold down the fort on the tradition of the live, in-store appearance — and this Sunday, March 29, the downtown landmark will be hosting a special acoustic performance by NYC-based singer-songwriter (and onetime D Generation frontman), Jesse Malin.

It’s a rare up-close-and-personal opportunity to catch the rock troubador before he departs these shores for a spring/summer European tour — and it’s also a chance for fans to get their hands on Malin’s new album New York Before The War, two whole days prior to its official release date.

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RED BANK: LONG-VACANT BUILDING SOLD

67 broad 031415After a seven-year vacancy, 67 Broad Street has a new owner, who says he hopes to have a tenant in by summer. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508A gaping, long-term and somewhat mysterious vacancy in the heart of downtown Red Bank appears to be nearing an end.

Jeweler Joe Romanowski, who owns two stores on Broad Street, has purchased the building at 67 Broad, next door to his Poor Cat Designs boutique, redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn has learned.

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RED BANK: TREE ENSHROUDED IN… PLASTIC?

hudson tree 032615Why was there a plastic sheet hanging in a tree on Hudson Avenue in Red Bank Thursday morning? We haven’t the foggiest. So here’s your chance to write your own caption… (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

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MIDDLETOWN: ARREST REPORTS

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

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2Jeffrey Kowal, age 18, from Rutledge Drive in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on March 10, 2015 on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $1,000.00 bail.

Wayne Carhart, age 36, from Church Street in Belford, NJ, arrested on March 10, 2015 by Patrolman Michael Reuter on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Holmdel Municipal Court. He was held on $2,000.00 bail.

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RED BANK: MORE PAID PARKING OK’D

rb monmouth st 031015The plan enables the town to charge for parking on parts of Bridge Avenue and Monmouth Street that have long been subject to two-hour parking limits, which merchants say were not enforced. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Over the objections of business owners and nearby residents, the Red Bank council approved a controversial plan to expand the paid parking zone in the central business district Wednesday night.

The go-ahead came on a rare tiebreaker vote by Mayor Pasquale Menna after a 3-3 deadlock among council members, one of whom, Council President Art Murphy, moved and voted in favor of the plan by phone.

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