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RED BANK: HEARING OPENS ON MARKET PLAN

rb rayrap 082114 4Audience members reviewing the site plan for a market, condos and townhomes at Red Bank’s five corners, detailed below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb rayrap 082114 1 A proposed greenmarket and 20 homes on the edge of downtown Red Bank began what could be an extended series of hearings Thursday night.

The zoning board heard descriptive testimony for developer Ray Rapcavage’s project, dubbed ‘Renaissance Village,’ which calls for a two-story commercial building on Harding Road, 10 condos on Clay Street and 10 townhouses on Hudson Avenue.

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RED BANK: BOROUGH BUILDING RAZED

106 monmouth 082114106 monmouth 080814Almost two weeks later than last expected, a borough-owned building next to Red Bank’s town hall on Monmouth Street was razed and cleared away Thursday. A former residence acquired as part of the town’s move from the former borough hall at 32 Monmouth in the mid-1990s, the structure was used in recent years as police gym. The borough is expected to expand the borough hall parking lot into its footprint. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN: A WEEKEND OF SIGHT ‘N SOUND

TheWagWhile the annual Fireman’s Fair turns up the late-summer heat beginning Friday evening, The Wag closes out the season of free concerts on Saturday night, on the borough’s municipal dock. 

It’s the most bittersweet of all summerfun events: the annual Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair, that eight-day extravaganza of sights, sounds and delicious smells that transforms River Road into a festival of lights each August — while at the same time sounding a keynote for the season of back-to-school supplies and summer-love goodbyes.

The oldest (and, many agree, greatest) of all Shore area carnivals puts down stakes for the 55th consecutive year beginning this Friday, August 22, and continuing nightly (with the exception of Sunday, August 24) through Saturday, August 30. Expect all the old favorites to return once more to the fairgrounds surrounding the borough’s firehouse — from the kiddie-ride corridor, midway and “big kid” rides (Zipper, Wipeout, Rainbow), to the fire truck tours, Super 50/50 and “Out Back” snack bar grille. The famous fresh seafood kitchen and dining room — an attraction for which folks start lining up right about now — completes the picture, with funds raised dedicated to the operations of the borough’s century-old volunteer fire department. And, as always, all vendors, volunteers and food prep personnel are hometown neighbors.

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RUMSON: SUEDE TO THE RHYTHM

CherrySuedeSocial media-savvy Canadian band Cherry Suede takes it to Molly Maguire’s in Rumson for their sole area appearance, this Saturday night.

The tour itinerary includes Montreal, Toronto, Philadelphia and…Rumson?

Last we checked, the tony Two River borough hadn’t green-lit the construction of any big-city concert hall or Sunset Strip-style rock club. But to the Canadian band Cherry Suede, such details are immaterial in a world where the rules of the music biz are “so last century.” Co-fronted by Randy Young and Randy Scott, the Ottawa-based outfit boasts a foundation of classic-rock sounds — and a fanbase constructed the new-fashioned way; by using social media tools to zero in on the places where interest in the band’s music runs high.

Next step? Take the music directly to the people — and thus does Cherry Suede take the intimate stage of Molly Maguire’s Gastropub for an acoustic set on Saturday night, August 23.

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RED BANK: VAN ZANDT IN THE VANGUARD

van zandtMiddletown’s own “Little” Steven Van Zandt — photographed outside the Count Basie Theatre in 2008 — is one of the inaugural recipients of the Basie’s Vanguard Awards, honoring lifelong devotion to the arts in New Jersey. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

When the students of Rockit! at the Basie take the famous stage of the Count Basie Theatre on Friday for their annual summer concert, A Tribute to Woodstock and The Age of Aquarius, they’ll be sharing the boards with a genuine Rock and Roll Hall of Famer — Middletown’s own contribution to E Street history (and King of Most Media) Steven Van Zandt.

The musician, arranger, producer, actor, writer, director, human rights activist, and international radio DJ will be taking time out from his myriad of projects to accept one of the Basie’s inaugural Vanguard Awards, honoring lifelong devotion to the arts in New Jersey. He’ll be joining his wife Maureen Van Zandt, Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian Burry and Monmouth County Arts Council executive director Mary Eileen Fouratt during a ceremony at the August 22 event.

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SHARED KITCHEN EASES STORM’S AFTERMATH

081814 via 45 walton kittrickLynn McKittrick and Linda Walton utilizing the kitchen of Via45  for their catering business, the Whistling Onion. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

081214 via45 front“What are we going to do? Where do we go from here?” Linda Walton asked her partner, Lynn McKittrick, after their Sea Bright restaurant, the Riverfront Café, was decimated by Hurricane Sandy.

“Together, we ran the business.” Walton said. “Lynn ran the restaurant while I ran a catering business,” the Whistling Onion, which had started in 1991 with McKittrick working out of a private kitchen, catering rooftop parties in New York.

Later, the Riverfront Café served as home to both the restaurant and private catering businesses.

After the storm, “the realization set in that I still had my business, while Lynn had nothing,” Walton said. “The right thing to do was making her a partner in the catering business.”

But where?

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FAIR HAVEN: RESIDENT, 67, BUSTED FOR DRUGS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the period of July, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_FH2_2014July 7: Buff Anderson, 19, Fair Haven, was arrested for Disorderly Conduct and Defiant Trespass.  Ptl. William Lagrotteria was the arresting Officer.

July 7: Jason Demitro, 24, Hollywood FL., was charged with Theft by Deception and also issued a borough ordinance for Soliciting Without a Permit. This was in reference to a report made on May 30, 2014 by a Harvard Rd. resident for an auto repair scam. Det. Schneider signed the complaints after he competed his investigation.

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RED BANK: INJURED MAN RESCUED FROM ATTIC

rb rescue 082014 2Rescuers removing the victim in a stokes basket through a roof hatch, as seen through a window on Ladder 91, above, and lowering him for transport to a hospital, below. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb rescue 082014 1Red Bank police and volunteer firefighters executed a tricky rescue Wednesday morning when they extricated an injured man from under the roof of the primary school.

The victim, whose identity was not immediately available, apparently fell inside the peaked attic in a section of the school while conducting an annual inspection of the alarm system, authorities on the scene said.

“It’s like a maze and trusses and rafters in there,” said one cop.

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LINCROFT: INDOOR VOICES PLEASE

jacquie-lee-nbc-630x359 copyTHE VOICE singing sensation Jacquie Lee joins the Rock and Roll Chorus for a special Saturday night concert at Brookdale’s Collins Arena, dedicated to ongoing post-Sandy relief efforts in Union Beach.

She made a nationwide splash last year on The Voice, when the 16-year old was hand-picked by Christina Aguilera to join her team on the NBC competition series. Before Jacquie Lee was through, she’d surged past all but one of her fellow contestants (Tessanne Chin) — and made fast Twitter fans of eminently droppable names like Jennifer Hudson and Lady Gaga.

Drop Jacquie Lee’s name around the Count Basie Theatre, and you’ll hear congratulations, exultations — but little in the way of surprise, since the graduate of the Basie-based Rockit! program already had all observers convinced that hers was a rare and rocketing talent. Having gone on to release a Top 20 iTunes single (“Broken Ones”) and taken to the touring circuit with Chin and some of their fellow Voice finalists, the Colts Neck teen returns to the greater Green this Saturday, August 23, as headliner of a special benefit concert event at Brookdale Community College.

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RED BANK: WAGGING DOG DAYS GOODBYE

081914rbdogs9081914 rbdogs8Call it doggie speed dating or just a canine social, but the season-ending edition of Dog Days of Summer on Monmouth Street in Red Bank once again brought out man’s best friend by the dozens Tuesday night. We’ve got more photos just through the dog door below.

Another mixer, Halloween-themed, is tentatively planned for late October. We’ll post details when we have them.   (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: HEARING SET FOR MARKET & HOMES

Developer Ray Rapcavage’s plans call for a market, above, as well as condos and townhomes at Red Bank’s five corners, below. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb rapcavage 081614Almost a year after it was first reported by redbankgreen, an ambitious plan for a greenmarket and 20 homes on the edge of downtown Red Bank is about to get a public airing.

Developer Ray Rapcavage’s project, calling for a two-story market, 10 condos and 10 townhouses bounded by Harding Road, Hudson Avenue and Clay Street, is scheduled to go before the zoning board Thursday night.

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SEA BRIGHT: FOWLER TEES IT UP ON BEACH

Pro golfer Rickie Fowler, who’s having a scorching hot year on the links, paid a visit to the beach in Sea Bright Tuesday, showing off his swing to admiring fans by knocking some biodegradable balls into the Atlantic Ocean. 

Rich Chrampanis of Shore Sports Zone was there, camera and microphone at the ready. Check out his interview, and watch for a redbankgreen-Sports Zone collaboration starting in September. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone .)

RED BANK: WOMAN BUSTED TWICE IN 3 DAYS

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of August 7 to August 14, 2014. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:

Attempted Burglary occurring on 8-6-14 at Hudson Ave. residence. Victim reported that upon returning home noticed that the screen from rear window in house was removed. No entry was gained. Sgt. Juan Sardo.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 8-7-14 at Tilton Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) smashed rear window in parked vehicle. Ptl. Tanner Shea.

Theft occurring at Catherine St. residence on 8-9-14. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole two prescription bottles filled with medication from apartment. Sgt. David Hicks.

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RED BANK: PARTY OUT BACK AT STATION PLACE

rb station pl 081914 1rb station pl 081914 2For weeks, it’s looked like a giant version of Thomas Edison’s ‘Black Maria,” a hulking four-story monolith of funereal blackness taking up half a block of Monmouth Street in Red Bank. But things are a lot less dour on the other side of the Station Place apartment complex under construction, as the photo at right shows. Developer Roger Mumford tells redbankgreen the project will be completed by late November, when leasing will begin. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)