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RED BANK: DUCK PAIR TAKES TO BROAD STREET

rb fowl 022615 1 rb fowl 022615 2Arianna Deleks, an employee at Char Steakhouse, shoos a pair of ducks onto the sidewalk on Broad Street in Red Bank Thursday afternoon. Deleks said the ducks showed up two days ago and keep wandering into traffic, and she’s worried they’ll get hit by a car.

“It’s so sad that they’re here,” she said, when they should be down on the nearby Navesink, which is frozen. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RUMSON SCREEN STAR’S CHARACTER THERAPY

SiobhanFallonHoganMovie-TV actress (and Rumson mom) Siobhan Fallon Hogan returns to the stage of Two River Theater this Saturday with her sold-out solo show, ‘Acting Out.’

Hers is a face you’ve likely encountered in and around her home on the Greater Red Bank Green, where she’s apt to be sighted at one of the schools her kids attend — as well as many of the staple sites of local community life.

A quick safari through the channel guide can match that face with a whole streaming smorgasbord of well-known movies and TV shows, from Seinfeld (she was Elaine’s roommate Tina), Men in Black (she was the alien farmer’s wife) and Forrest Gump (she played Dorothy the school bus driver), to Danish director Lars Von Trier’s arthouse oddity Dogville, and under-appreciated items like New in Town with Renee Zellweger. Not to forget a stint as a cast member on Saturday Night Live.

Expect to see a bit more of her. Beginning this May, Siobhan Fallon Hogan, a Rumson resident of 10 years, will be a regular presence on Wayward Pines, the Fox TV “event thriller” limited series (starring Matt Dillon, Terrence Howard and an ensemble supporting cast) from producer M. Night Shyamalan. Before that, though, Fallon Hogan returns to the stage of Red Bank’s Two River Theater — where several years back she debuted an original one-woman show entitled The Salty Sea PTA — with an all new showcase for her multi-tasking character skills.

Written by its star and entitled Acting Out!, the all-new comic solo quickly sold out its two scheduled performances on Saturday, with an encore presentation now added for Thursday, March 12. The Drama Desk at redbankgreen managed to catch up with the beyond-busy actor, mom and playwright, prior to a brief but well-deserved beach vaykay — and between a weathery year of shooting in Canada, and a run of rehearsals here on the icy banks of the Navesink.

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RED BANK: PROPOSED LAW EYES DOG NEGLECT

rb dogs 061714 14The ordinance, championed by Mayor Pasquale Menna, below, addresses tethering of dogs and other issues. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

pasquale menna 052614Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna wants to put more teeth into the borough’s protection of dogs.

The mayor, whose canine companion of 14 years died last month, introduced a proposed ordinance Wednesday night that he said would make it easier to prosecute those who neglect dogs by leaving them tied up for hours, or with heavy tethers, or when the weather is “extraordinarily cold or extraordinarily warm.”

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RED BANK: METER PLAN FACES PUSHBACK

rb monmouth 022415 1Merchants along the western stretch of Monmouth Street say paid parking would hurt business. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03A proposal to expand paid parking in central Red Bank ran into both expected and unexpected opposition Wednesday.

Expected: The ire of affected store owners.

Unexpected: Democratic Councilman Ed Zipprich joining his frequent sparring partner, Republican Councilwoman Cindy Burnham, in opposing the introduction of a measure to enable the change.

“I’m really infuriated by this pay station business,” David Prown, of Prown’s Home Improvements, told the council. “My experience tells me this is a done deal.”

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ON THE GREEN: ICEBOATING WEATHER

rb iceboats 022514 2Wednesday’s sunset on our beautiful, frozen Navesink River at the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club in Red Bank, where a cluster of iceboats sat the ready. The Greater Red Bank Green could see up to an inch of snow by early afternoon as temperatures stay below 25 degrees Thursday, the National Weather Service forecasts. And the outlook is good for iceboating, with the freeze expected to linger into Sunday. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

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FAIR HAVEN: TEACHER REINSTATED

fh boe 022515At a packed meeting, above, the board of ed voted to reinstate teacher Basil Henning, below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

basil henning 2014Fair Haven’s school board reinstated a sixth-grade Spanish teacher Wednesday night, 10 days after he was placed on administrative leave over crass satirical web videos in which he appeared.

Following a recommendation by Superintendent Nelson Ribon, the board ended the administrative leave of Basil Henning, a tenured teacher whose paid removal, announced in an unusual Sunday night email to parents, was prompted by at least one parent’s complaints.

Henning is free to return to work Thursday morning, though an investigation continues, Ribon told redbankgreen following the meeting, at the Knollwood School.

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RED BANK AGENDA: CABS, DOGS & PARKING

rb monmouth 022415 2Parking in front of these businesses and others on Monmouth Street and Bridge Avenue would no longer be free if an ordinance up for introduction Wednesday wins approval. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

[This article has been updated since it was originally posted to reflect the contents of proposed ordinances.]

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03The agenda for Wednesday night’s bimonthly meeting of the Red Bank Council is a busy one, with a handful of proposed changes to borough laws.

Here’s what’s on the draft agenda.

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RUMSON: EVERYTHING’S JUST DUCKY, THANKS

TwoRiversEx2014Decoys, shorebirds and wildlife art from the region’s top carvers and artists are on display and for sale during the annual Two Rivers Exhibition, coming to Forrestdale School on Saturday. 

For enthusiasts of such craft, it’s the real deal — particularly if you find the guys from Duck Dynasty either too dag-nasty, or simply a bunch of quacks.

When the New Jersey Waterfowl Carvers Association hosts its annual Two Rivers Exhibition of Sporting Collectible Art in Rumson on Saturday, it will once again represent the finest one-stop collection of hand-carved decoys, shorebirds and related wildlife art created by some of the region’s best sculptors – including John Hanson, Dennis Jenny, Keith Salkeld, David Thibault, Rob Wilson – all of it on display and on sale.

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RED BANK: LIVE, AND IN LIVING QUAD

PinkIt’s not Roosevelt Stadium in the 1970s, but when The Pink Floyd Experience returns to the Count Basie this Friday, they’ll illuminate “the dark side of the room” with a laser-precise tribute to four Floydian favorites.

When Pink Floyd played Jersey City’s long-gone Roosevelt Stadium in those pre-Meadowlands days of Summer 1973, they served up a live recreation of Dark Side of the Moon on a quadrophonic sound system that was specially installed for the occasion. And when Quad was briefly a thing in home entertainment centers, Floyd’s breakthrough LP was among the first albums to be rejiggered for “people with four ears.”

Here in 2015, the touring force of nature that is The Pink Floyd Experience just can’t quit the quad — and when that “celebration of the music, the themes, and the theatrical experience of a truly innovative band” makes its dependably annual appearance at the Count Basie Theatre on Friday, February 27, they’ll be bringing a Four Sides of Floyd stage show that focuses laser-like on “four complete album sides off of four beloved classic Pink Floyd albums.” It’s an enterprise backed by some $2.5 million in gear that includes spectacular lights, flying pig, collapsing Wall, and, you guessed it, quadrophonic sound.

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CHURN: JEWELERY & CLOTHING SHOPS OPEN

evan piscitelli 022015Jeweler Evan Piscitelli in his new Red Bank shop, Thrill Her Diamonds. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508This edition of Retail Churn offers a belated welcome to a jewelry store that opened in downtown Red Bank in December.

Also in this Churn: a new women’s clothing boutique; a new stock brokerage; and an update on the Red Bank Walgreens.

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RED BANK: TENNIS COURTS MAY GET BOUNCED

RB TENNIS CTS 020715 1The courts, which adjoin the privately owned Monmouth Boat Club, center, haven’t been playable since Hurricane Sandy. Below, the principals of Jetsun Enterprises – Anthony Jude Setaro, Michael Hernandez and Doug Booton – want to develop the site for new recreational uses. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

jetsun 022315Red Bank’s 74-year-old red-clay tennis courts, out of action since they were damaged by Hurricane Sandy 28 months ago, may be turned into a dog run, at least short-term.

Longer-term, a trio of thirty-something locals hopes to transform the courts, which overlook the Navesink River from Marine Park, into a multiuse recreational facility that would, they say, put money into the town’s coffers.

Either way, the courts may have seen their last volley of tennis.

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RUMSON: MAN INDICTED IN GENERATOR CASE

hot-topic rightFailure to come through with a generator purchased by a Rumson homeowner got an Ocean County man indicted Monday, according to Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

Mark E. Herrneckar, 51, of Toms River, faces up to five years in prison if convicted.

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RED BANK: BOW TO THE MACMASTER

natalieGrammy winning fiddler Natalie MacMaster brings her Visions from Cape Breton to the Basie stage, in a Thursday night concert appearance.  

Here on the greater Red Bank Green, where the season of St. Patrick’s Day tends to extend for several weeks in either direction, the Count Basie Theatre has traditionally done its part to whet the appetite for the March festivities with some savvy schedulings in February. This coming Thursday, February 26, the venue that’s brought area audiences the world’s finest Irish tenors, Riverdancers, tin whistlers and uilleann pipers offers a look and a listen at one of the best Celtic fiddlers in the business — Natalie MacMaster.

The niece of the late and legendary “King of the Jigs” Buddy MacMaster actually hails from that other Emerald Isle — Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia; a preeminent bastion of Celtic culture in North America, and the inspiration for Visions from Cape Breton, a touring show that mixes the Grammy winner’s “fiddling fireworks” with ” foot-tapping rave-ups, heart-rending ballads, and world-class step dancing.”

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ON THE GREEN: MISPLACED OPTIMISM?

rb kayak 022115With the highly variable weather seen on the Greater Red Bank Green in recent days – bitter cold, snow, rain and a rapid snowmelt with temperatures in the mid-40s – the owner of the kayak seen on Broad Street in Red Bank Saturday might be forgiven for not knowing what’s next.

Well, what’s next is a forecast better for iceboating than kayaking, as peak daytime temperatures remain below 30 degrees for the next few days, with the exception of Wednesday, when they’ll top off at about 36 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. Nighttime temps aided by wind-chills, will again be frigid. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

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RED BANK: MANHATTAN BAGEL CLOSES

m bagel 022015The store, in the City Centre strip mall, was one of 39 to be closed by Manhattan Bagel. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallRegular customers bade goodbye Red Bank’s Manhattan Bagel store  as the store fell to a corporate axe Friday.

“Manhattan Bagel has gotten me through a lot of hangovers,” borough resident Aaron Lancaster told redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn as another customer gave an employee a hug. Read More »

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