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rb paddle day 091414 13rb paddle day 091414 5They lined up for a chance to kayak, row and sail our beautiful river when Paddle the Navesink Day returned after a one-year absence Sunday. Navesink River Rowing, the Monmouth Boat Club, Navesink Maritime Heritage Association and other organizations provided participants with hands-on recreational and educational experiences. More photos after the jump… (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)     


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AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of September 4 to September 11, 2014. This information is unedited.


Criminal Mischief occurring at Monmouth St. business on 9-5-14. Victim reported that unknown person(s) deployed graffiti on the side of building. Ptl. Kristin Altimari.

Theft occurring on 9-5-14 at Maple Ave business. Victim reported that he placed wallet on counter, walked away. Upon returning wallet was missing. Contained cash and debit card. Ptl. John Camarca

Theft occurring on 9-7-14 at Pinckney Road. Victim reported that unknown person(s) entered parked car and took a gym bag containing a bathing suit and hearing aid. Ptl. John Camarca.

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rb walgreens 091514Rcsm2_010508Contrary to speculation in a redbankgreen article back in March, when we reported that Walgreens was “reviewing” whether to go ahead with its controversial plan for a Red Bank store, the pharmacy giant is… going ahead with its plan for a Red Bank store.

Demolition began Monday on the former Rassas Buick showroom at 395 Broad Street, opposite the SuperFoodtown market. Monmouth County records show that Aaron Rassas sold the longtime home of his family auto dealership to a company affiliated with Walgreens’ developer Mark Development on July 31 for $3.35 million. Information about the store’s expected opening date was not immediately available.

Rassas Pontiac, which opened at 21 Mechanic Street in 1930, relocated to the Broad Street site in 1949 and operated there continuously until it shut down in early 2013. There’s some more history here. (Photo by Michael McMahon. Click to enlarge)


Pink-Martini1Pink Martini — fronted by vocalist China Forbes and maestro-impresario Thomas Lauderdale — returns to the Count Basie stage for a Tuesday night toddy on September 16.

Like their confectionary cocktail namesake, Pink Martini is a deceptively cartoon-colored concoction that carries a serious kick; a cross-cultural mixology of flavors and influences that leaves those who partake with an afterbuzz that’s equal parts “what just happened” and “let’s do it again.”

The brainchild of bespectacled pianist, maestro and impresario Thomas Lauderdale, the ten-piece “little orchestra” recently marked its tenth anniversary as a globetrotting provider of soundtracks to events that range from The Cause (civic happenings, political fundraisers) to just-because (free outdoor concerts, and numerous guest collaborations with symphonies on six continents). The conceptual combo that Lauderdale described as “if the United Nations had a house band in 1962″ brings its multilingual bouillabaisse of classical, jazz and songbook-pop spicings back to the stage of the Count Basie Theatre on Tuesday, September 16.

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AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014A six-year-old Red Bank girl and her mother suffered minor injuries when they were hit by a car as they crossed Shrewsbury Avenue Saturday morning, police said.

Cecila Tecalero, 28, and her daughter, Dulce Marie Trejo, were crossing Shrewsbury at West Bergen Place also known as Drs. Parker Boulevard – with traffic when they were struck in the crosswalk at around 10:28 a.m., police said in a prepared statement.

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DonWilliams_03approved_hiresCountry singer-songwriter Don Williams rolls his tour bus up to the Count Basie for a Monday one-nighter on September 15.

Although he’s scored numerous chart-topping C&W hits, won countless CMA Awards and even gotten himself inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, he’s arguably better known as a song-scribe for performers that have ranged from Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kenny Rogers, to Pete Townshend, Robert Palmer and Eric Clapton. He’s even done at least one Farewell Tour and Final Farewell Concert, before pulling a Favre and hitting the road and the recording studio once more. But rather than demand their money back, appreciative fans of Don Williams have continued to cherish the lanky stranger’s brand of laid-back (because of “nothing to prove”), Americana-inflected country pop.

Back on the road after some health-related cancellations a couple of years ago, the artist branded “The Gentle Giant” makes a very rare NJ appearance on Monday, September 15, when that endlessly rolling tour bus eases into a tight but accommodating Pearl Street berth outside the Count Basie Theatre. It’s there that Williams performs an 8 pm concert, gigging behind his most recent release And So It Goes on Sugar Hill Records (not the same label that brought you The Treacherous Three, The Funky Four or The Furious Five).

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jeff barb bauerWindsurfer Jeff Bauer shows them all how it’s done, as New Jersey Windsurfing and Watersports Fun Day returns to the bay side of the Sandy Hook peninsula on Sunday. (Photo by Barbara Bauer)

Local Summer is alive and well on the Monmouth County coastline, where a curiously cool and comfy season draws to a close with an ever-growing array of post-Labor Day outdoor activities. One of the most consistent (if slightly under-the-radar) signifiers of September returns this Sunday to Sandy Hook Bay, where the annual New Jersey Windsurfing and Watersports Fun Day looks to introduce a new generation of enthusiasts to a range of recreational activities that can be enjoyed on our many local waterways.

A presentation of the all-volunteer New Jersey Windsurfing & Watersports Association, the day commences at 10 am with expert instruction in windsurfing, as well as the increasingly popular stand-up paddleboarding and its zen cousin, SUP Yoga. While attendees needn’t have any experience in any of these activities, swim skills are required, and participants younger than 18 years of age are asked to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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rbpl football 091014 1rbpl football 091014 2Photos of Red Bank High School football players, coaches and cheerleaders from the 1940s and ’50s give the lobby display case at borough hall a distinctly autumnal feel.

The exhibit, put together by volunteers from the public library, showcases images taken by RBHS photography teacher Anthony Trufolo. The last display, assembled in June, featured prom pix from Trufolo’s collection. Library director Elizabeth McDermott says the next one, scheduled for January, will spotlight theatrical productions at the school, which merged into a regional school district in 1975. 

Do you know any of these folks? (Photos of photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)


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rb accident 091114 2Emergency responders on the scene, above. Below, a State Police helicopter raises a cloud of dust at Count Basie Field while taking off for Neptune with one of the victims onboard. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)


[This article was updated at 8:45 a.m. Friday to include the names and relationship of the victims and the driver, as well as the woman's condition.]

rb accident 091114 1An 85-year-old Red Bank woman was in critical condition after she and her four-year-old great-grandchild were struck by a vehicle while crossing Newman Springs Road Thursday night.

The child, Cashmir Lahsir Hicks, was not seriously injured in the accident, which occurred when the pair jaywalked across the busy four-lane roadway after making a purchase at the Burger King near Shrewsbury Avenue shortly before 8 p.m., said police Chief Darren McConnell.

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rbpl-book-saleAfter a preview party Friday evening, the two-day Red Bank Public Library book sale gets underway Saturday morning. Below, ‘The City and the Shore’ come alive as graphic artist Mike Quon open an exhibit of his works at Middletown Library.

QuonSeptember means time for a shout-out to the Red Bank Public Library — and, rather than shushing some of the more enthusiastic shouters, the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library are encouraging all citizens of the greater Green to come out to support this community resource during a used book sale that stands among the area’s most anticipated such annual events.

Much more than just a casual card-table-and-cashbox affair, the sale kicks off with a special preview party at the library on Friday evening, when, for an admission charge of $25 (free to member Friends), attendees can enjoy first dibs on the selection of books, CDs, DVDs and more — as well as wine, appetizers, raffles and a performance by Red Bank’s own jazz legend trio, the Al Wright Unit.

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Sound SchoolLindsay Wood as Maria joins the Phoenix troupe in bringing ‘The Sound of Music’ to the Basie boards beginning this Friday — while Moliere’s ‘The School for Wives’ receives a bold new production design, as Two River Theater opens an all-new season with a Saturday night preview.

One is that family favorite that you grew up on, the one where “the hills are alive,”while the other is a new take on a theatrical classic that’s nearly old as them thar hills.

While Red Bank’s world-class professional Two River Theater Company and Red Bank’s community players Phoenix Productions would seem to approach their art from totally different places, there’s a common mission to give the audience a production that’s awesome to behold: a show that makes for the centerpiece of a memorable night out.

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vanilla ice kusaA screengrab from KUSA-TV’s report Tuesday showing Vanilla Ice in an ice cream truck of Ben Douglass’ design. Below, a detail of Douglass’ drawing. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)


douglass vanilla iceA Red Bank graphic artist was frosted this week to learn that that the makers of Bud Light used his work without permission at a marketing event featuring rapper Vanilla Ice.

Ben Douglass, art director at the Broad Street design shop Spitball Advertising, said freelance t-shirt artwork he did depicting a fictional “Vanilla Ice Ice Cream Truck” was transformed into an actual ice cream truck used by the beer maker at its “Whatever, USA” event in Crested Butte, Colorado last weekend.

After Douglass accused Anheuser-Busch, on Facebook page and Twitter, of stealing his work, the claim went viral, gaining thousands of shares and comments, many in support of artists citing widespread theft of copyrighted work. It also got attracted a television newscast in Crested Butte as well as pixelated ink on Fortune.com.

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rb trash 091114The impact of a switch on jobs will be considered, borough officials said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)


HOT-TOPIC_03Bids are in, and Red Bank officials will now turn their attention to the question of whether it makes financial sense for the borough to get out of the garbage pickup business, Councilman Mike DuPont said Wednesday night.

Officials said five cartage companies submitted bids late last month in a process authorized by the council last February. The governing body’s finance committee, which DuPont heads, will now evaluate the bids “to see if we can get savings” from a switch to private cartage, he said.

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Memorial07_irRed Bank Elks Lodge #233, 40 West Front Street. will hold a 9/11 memorial event in Riverside Gardens Park at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 13. The public is invited, and light refreshments will be served afterward.