Thousands of revelers enjoyed the music, warm weather and fake snow as Holiday Express kicked off another holiday season at the Red Bank Town Lighting Friday night. redbankgreen was there as Santa and Mrs. Claus, Bobby Bandiera and Miss Teen New Jersey set the crowd dancing. Check out our photos by clicking “read more” below. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)
Continuing a late-autumn tradition, Jersey Shore Running Club hosts the Navesink Challenge, the 15th annual edition of which hits the leaf-laden hills and dales of Middletown on Sunday, November 29. (photo from runjersey.com)
It happens this time each November; a recreational event that occurs long after the last of the extended-summer excursions on the greater Green, and yet too early for the first Polar Bear Plunge of the new year. It’s the annual Navesink Challenge — and even those who aren’t serious competitive runners can appreciate this stand-alone outdoor activity that doesn’t come equipped with funny sweaters, caroling kiddies, and complimentary cups of hot chocolate.
When the Jersey Shore Running Club presents the 15th edition of its late-autumn race day this Sunday, November 29, it will take once more to the wooded and leaf-laden trails of Bodman Park, located off Navesink River Road in Middletown — and it will give once more to a great local cuase: the programs of the Middletown Youth Athletic Association.
As surely as Black Friday nips at the heels of Thanksgiving Thursday, so too does Small Business Saturday get an electrified head start with the first flash of Friday night’s Town Lighting extravaganza in downtown Red Bank.
And when the shop-local showcase promotion returns Saturday, it will herald a day of special holiday-themed features that continue every weekend through December 20 — a slate of Santa sightings, scavenger hunts, horsey rides, harmonizing performers, mobile mannequins and more; all designed to enhance the hustle and bustle of the shopping experience here in the business blocks of the area’s undisputed Capital of Christmastime.
Tim McLoone (below) and Holiday Express sound the keynote for another silver-bells season on the sidewalks of Red Bank with a free concert and Town Lighting ceremony Friday night. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
He’s the leader of the band and founder of the winter-wonderland wall of sound known as Holiday Express. As such, Tim McLoone is also the conductor of a festive freight-train that each year carries its message of community and caring to the places that almost no one wants to think about — not even during the holidays.
And every Black Friday evening, McLoone is a conductor of electricity — when he and the big band sound the keynote and flip the switch on a season of sights and Santa-fied activities that make Red Bank the area’s undisputed Capital of Christmastime.
By JOHN T. WARD
Street meters, off-street meters, permits, kiosks, an app: now, add one more element to the Red Bank parking mix.
The borough recently installed nine white meters on downtown streets to enable shoppers to park for just 15 minutes, at 25 cents a pop.
By JOHN T. WARD
Heading into a championship football game early next month and hoping to “avert a tragedy,” Red Bank Regional officials are warning students about drug and alcohol use following several incidents of severe intoxication at home games this season.
In a “letter to parents” posted on Twitter by principal Risa Clay and on the school website late Tuesday afternoon, interim Superintendent Thomas Pagano wrote that Little Silver police, as well as school security personnel and administrators “have had to intervene and assist intoxicated students who had consumed alcohol either prior to or during football games on school grounds” this season.
Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of November 12 to November 22, 2015.
Criminal Attempt reported by a female in the area of 830 Broad St on 11/12/2015. Ptl. Tracy Polk investigating.
A report of Credit Card Fraud was reported by a male at Police Headquarters on 11/12/2015. Ptl. Ralph Latham investigating.
A report of Forgery/Theft was made by a male at Police Headquarters on 11/12/2015. Ptl. Tracy Polk investigating.
By JOHN T. WARD
A 22-year-old Rumson resident was among 32 Americans chosen Saturday for a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship to Oxford University in England.
A senior economics major at Princeton— and former redbankgreen summer intern — Evan Soltas (seen at right) said he plans to use the two-year opportunity, worth $100,000, to refine his pursuit of economic truths and falsehoods underlying government policies.
“I’m still in shock, like, 48 hours later,” he told redbankgreen on Monday. “I’m totally thrilled, but in the moment, there was something of a panic attack. You don’t really believe it.”
By JOHN T. WARD
Under a change approved by the borough council Monday night, those old mattresses, sofas and other large items can go to the curb once a week, rather than once a month between April and November.
Former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett (above) brings a career-retrospective tour to the Count Basie Theatre tonight, while the back-from-Siberia Wizards of Winter (below) share a holiday prog-rock opera on Saturday, November 28.
PROG! Your friendly neighborhood indie-rock music snob can tell you that this most technique-happy of subgenres is one of the Four P’s (with Punk, Pop, and Psych) that make their collectible-vinyl world go ’round — and on this week of Thanksgiving, our Count Basie Theatre bridges the seasons of Fall and Fa-La-La, in bombastically bookending “progressive rock” style.
It begins this very night, November the 23rd, with a rare area gig by a rock-guitar virtuoso who made his name with Genesis, back during that British band’s highly theatrical, fantasy-infused era of epic-length storysongs and mini-rock operas. Staying on with the group for two albums following the departure of original frontman Peter Gabriel, Steve Hackett would follow suit right on the cusp of the Phil Collins-led trio’s breakout into pop-chart world domination. Hackett, however, had his own proggy path to pursue, through dozens of solo albums, collaborations (including a surprise trip to the Billboard Top 20 with the short-lived supergroup GTR) and tributes to the baroquely busy glory days of his old band — and for his 8 pm stop on a big North American tour, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer presents a program that juxtaposes a 40 year cross-section of his solo work (from 1975’s Acolyte to 2015’s Wolflight) and a selection of Genesis chestnuts that include generous portions of that classic lineup’s magnum opus The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. Aiding and abetting Hackett will be vocalist Nad Sylvan, plus Roger King (keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums), Roine Stolt (bass) and Rob Townsend (saxes and flutes). Take it here for tickets ($25 – $75) — and turn the record over for more.
A crane lowered this year’s Red Bank Town Tree into place in Riverside Gardens Park Saturday, as seen in this reader photo taken from the Riverview Towers high-rise.
At right, trimming of the tree got underway Monday morning.
The 30-foot tree was donated by the D’Innocenzio family of Middletown, according to Red Bank RiverCenter, which arranged for the donation and installation. (Photo at right by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)
Theft occurring on 11-10-15 at Newman Springs Rd.—Salvation Army. Victim reported that unknown person(s) removed a bike rack off of parked vehicle in lot. Ptl. Benjamin Springer
Theft occurring on 11-12-15 at the Red Bank Train Station. Victim reported that he sat down on a bench and fell asleep. When he awakened he found his navy blue nylon computer briefcase missing. Contained in brief case was wallet, a lap top computer fan and charger. Sgt. Juan Sardo.
Some hardy roses added splashes of magenta to the sidewalk along West Front Street in Red Bank Saturday, and Sunday’s sunset, seen from Pinckney Road at right, offered a glorious array of pink, gold, blue and more.
Speaking of autumn, Thanksgiving week began with temperatures just above freezing Monday morning, with a forecast of sunny skies and a high temperature of only about 43 degrees. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
Volunteer firefighters answering the 8:30 p.m. alarm found the street outside 19 Azalea Court “filled with smoke” on arrival, and the family who lived there safely outside, he said.
The occupants of the house, at the northern end of Sickels Park, were said to have evacuated safely. As of 9:15 p.m., firefighters had cut at least one hole in the home’s roof, as seen at right. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)