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RED BANK: ANDERSON MAKEOVER RETURNS

rb anderson bldg 051214 1The former Anderson storage property on Monmouth Street abuts the North Jersey Coast Line. Below, an architect’s rendering of the remodeled building. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

anderson bldg 073114 4Two years after scuttling plans that would have transformed the long-vacant Anderson Brothers warehouse in Red Bank into luxury condos, developer Metrovation is back, minus the living units.

A plan to instead turn the three-story, red-brick structure into two floors of office space above street-level stores and a restaurant is scheduled to be heard by the borough zoning board Thursday night.

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RED BANK: CAR STOLEN FROM HOSPITAL LOT

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of September 11 to September 18, 2014. (This report arrived after the publication of the blotter for the period of September 18 to September 25.) This information is unedited.

CRIMES:

Theft occurring at N. Bridge on 9-2-14. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole a UPS package which was delivered to residence and placed on porch. Contained Computer supplies and clothes. Ptl. John Camarca

Theft reported on 9-11-14 which occurred at residence located at Evergreen Terrace. Victim reported that between 8-9-14 and 8-19-14 while away from residence unknown person(s) broke into home and stole lap top computer and wallet. Wallet contained cash and credit cards. Ptl. Kristin Altimari.

Theft occurring on 9-13-14 at Bodman Place—parking lot. Victim reported that an unknown person entered parked vehicle and stole an I Pod, Purse, Digital Camera and clothing. Ptl. Stanley Balmer. Read More »

RED BANK: COPS WARN OF PHONE SCAM

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The Red Bank Police Department issued this notice early Wednesday afternoon:

WARNING: GREEN DOT PHONE SCAM

In the recent weeks, Red Bank Police Department has received a large number of reports from victims of a telephone fraud operation. These frauds have been documented on the news and are occurring throughout the nation.

In the scam, the victim is contacted by a person representing themselves as an employee of a business. In many of the scams, the callers have been identifying themselves as representatives of JCP&L (power company) however other business names and agencies have been used as well. The caller tells the person that they are late on paying their power bill and their power will be shut off if they do not pay immediately. The caller then directs the victim to purchase Green Dot MoneyPak cards.

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RED BANK: RUN-IN METERING MULLED

rb 15-min pkg 092614 2Among the nine spots under consideration is the one nearest Starbucks on Broad Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

park itRed Bank officials are weighing a proposal to cap parking at nine downtown spaces at 15 minutes.

Under the idea, pitched by by the downtown promotion agency RiverCenter, shoppers who just want to grab a cup of coffee or run a quick errand might be likelier to find a spot on the street for that purpose, said Councilman Art Murphy.

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NAVESINK: BRIT FARCE, SCOTTISH PLAY

NavArtsStoneChurchThe venerable venues of the Navesink Arts Center (long ago, the original Middletown Library) and the “Old Stone Church” at All Saints are the scene for a new season of community theater this weekend.

Between its rustic old landmarks, the mist-shrouded banks of Many Mind Creek, and the hillside trails of the Hartshorne Woods, the Navesink section of Middletown Township seems a natural draw here in the season of the Great Pumpkin Latte — and among its many autumnal delights is the annual kickoff to a new interlude of intriguing community theater; both from the area’s longest-established stage troupe, as well as from a relative upstart with a history-steeped connection.

It all begins this Friday, October 3, when the Stone Church Players return with a new take on a classic that’s old as the ruddy moors — William Shakespeare’s Tragedy of Macbeth. The allegedly accursed “Scottish Play” has been blamed for as many freak backstage accidents as it has elevated thespian careers — but while the Bard’s blood-drenched drama of murderous ambition and ill-met-by-moonlight madness seems a perfect fit for All Saints’ Memorial (the historic “Old Stone Church” at the crossroads of Navesink and Monmouth Avenues), the producers have cooked up a cauldron of surprises for theatergoers.

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RED BANK WINS ‘GREAT’ DOWNTOWN VOTE

broad st rb 061512A view along Broad Street from 2012. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03The votes are in, and Red Bank is the most popular downtown in central New Jersey, according to the state chapter of the American Planning Association.

In online voting, the borough outpolled Asbury Park by just 35 votes, out of nearly 6,900 cast, with Somerville close behind in the three-way contest.

The designation is another feather in the cap for the borough, which was named the third-best small town in America by Smithsonian Magazine in 2012. It’s also something Red Bank RiverCenter can leverage in its efforts to fill store vacancies and bring in shoppers, said executive director Jim Scavone.

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RED BANK: CAR GETS JACKSON POLLOCKED

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of September 18 to September 25, 2014. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:

Criminal Mischief occurring between 9-17-14 and 9-18-14 at W. Sunset Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) damaged the side view mirror on parked vehicle. Ptl. Paul Perez.

Criminal Mischief reported on 9-21-14 at the parking lot of Chestnut St. and West St. Unknown person(s) poured a can of red paint onto parked vehicle. Ptl. Kristin Altimari.

Theft occurring between 9-22-14 and 9-23-14 at Chapin Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole cash and a pair of Apple I Phone earphones from parked vehicle. Ptl. Tanner Shea

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RED BANK: LIBRARY MAY RESTORE SATURDAYS

rb library 092214The resumption of Saturday service is expected to occur as early as this weekend, officials said. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Moving to reverse one of the more controversial actions of its predecessors, members of the recently reconstituted board of the Red Bank Public Library are expected to clear the way for a resumption of Saturday operations this week.

A special meeting of the board has been scheduled for Thursday evening, solely for the purpose of voting on the proposal. That would allow the facility to be open as soon as this Saturday, acting director Elizabeth McDermott tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: IS THIS MIKE ON?

Comedian Mike Birbiglia brings his custom blend of standup, theater and spoken-word to the boards of the Count Basie Friday night.

To call Mike Birbiglia a “standup comic” is like calling that smartphone you waited in line for a “phone” — yeah, it most certainly does phone stuff, but on the other hand, hey.

While other young comedy veterans seem to sleepwalk through their act after so many years on the road, Birbiglia hit comic paydirt with Sleepwalk With Me, a monologue on the comedy lifestyle and its discontents that he adapted as a one-man, Off Broadway smash in 2008. A 2010 companion book scored big on the New York Times Best Seller list; a 2011 Sleepwalk album went all the way to Number One on the Billboard Comedy Charts — and in 2012, the native of Shrewsbury (Massachusetts, that is) wrote, directed and starred in a screen version that collected film-fest honors from Sundance to Nantucket. All that, plus his frequent-favorite appearances on This American Life with Ira Glass, make the man a veritable King of Most Media.

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RED BANK: ECOTOUR FEATURES GREEN IDEAS

092714 ecowalk5Michael Paul Raspanti in his garden. Below, Judy Marlow’s clothes dryer was good for laughs. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

092714 ecowalk7Energy efficiency, organic gardening and rain barrels were the talk of the town on Red Bank’s Green Home Tour Saturday, but composting was the star.

Every home on the four-mile, walkable tour practiced some form of composting, though each with a different method.  Michael Paul Raspanti has a unique underground compost area in his yard on Brown Place, for example, while Lou Di Mento of Alston Court uses an Earth Machine system for his.

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RED BANK: LUNCH BREAK GETS $1 MILLION

lunch break 092914The donation will ensure completion of a major expansion of the soup kitchen now underway, officials said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

just_in1Red Bank’s Lunch Break soup kitchen has landed a $1 million donation from a philanthropist who asked not to be publicly identified, the organization announced Monday.

The donation, already in the bank, pushed Lunch Break to 80 percent of its $5 million capital campaign to pay for a sizable expansion of its facility on Drs. James Parker Boulevard.

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RED BANK: 10th AVE. BURRITO EYES FIXX

fixx 091914The West Front Street bar is to get a facelift and interior renovations, according to plans on file.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank’s Fixx appears set to become an outpost of Belmar’s 10th Ave. Burrito Company.

Plans approved by the borough planning office call for the West Front Street nightclub to become a 108-seat restaurant with two bars.

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RUMSON: ART FOR THE HAITIAN PEOPLE

Thebaud SurprisArtists David Thebaud (left) and Myke Joseph Surpris (right) visit Canvas Studio Art in Rumson on October 3, for the opening of an exhibit dedicated to the art school they co-founded in Haiti.

It has been more than four years since a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck and devastated the Caribbean country of Haiti and left thousands of people dead, injured and homeless. Since that time, a group of talented and committed Haitian artists, through a cooperative called ELT Art School, have been providing art classes and hot lunches to more than 60 children who survived the trauma of that event.

On Friday, October 3 from 3-6 pm, Canvas Studio Art at 126 East River Road in Rumson will host an opening reception for two of the founders of the ELT Art School, artists Myke Joseph Surpris and David Thebaud. To raise funds for the school, Surpris and Thebaud will be exhibiting and selling about 50 pieces of Haitian artwork made by them and other artists in the cooperative. Smaller pieces created by children from the ELT Art School will also be on display. The public is invited to attend the opening reception, meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments.

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FAIR HAVEN: HARVESTFEST BRINGS ‘EM IN

092714 knollwood harvest7092714 knollwood harvest12Fair Haven reaped another in an annual series of enjoyable Harvestfests at the Knollwood School Saturday. Orange cotton candy, a petting zoo and a contest for the most artistic pumpkin contest set the mood for the day. We’ve got more photos after the jump… (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: A TWO-FISTED FOOD FESTIVAL

A Guinness in one hand, a lobster or a lobster roll in the other: this vignette repeated itself as redbankgreen roamed the packed midway of the Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival under sunny skies Sunday. The crowd in the White Street parking lot kept the oyster shuckers and tap-pullers busy. Were you there? (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)