With a seemingly non-stop parade of showbiz attractions making their entrances and exits to and from the famous stage of Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre, maintaining such a busily dizzying schedule can be a juggling act in itself. Here in a week that’s seen the scrubbing of one slated event — the comedic classical musicians Igudesman and Joo — and the lightning-fast sellout of next Friday’s concert by Dire Straits founder Mark Knopfler, the show goes on, with the plate-spinning speed and mind-boggling eclecticism of a vintage Ed Sullivan telecast.
It’s one of the truly iconic sculpted figures of our modern era — and as befits the media-driven age we live in, the subject isn’t a deity from ancient mythology, nor a Biblical figure, celebrated general or deep-pocketed solid citizen: it’s a bronze likeness of Sylvester Stallone, gloved fists pumping in an evocation of the role that made him a star, underdog boxer Rocky Balboa.
The statue situated just off the famed “Rocky Steps” of the Philadelphia Museum of Art is but the most famous commission (one of two, actually; the two-ton Rocky has a twin at the San Diego Sports Museum) for A. Thomas Schomberg, an internationally renowned sculptor, educator and, for a time in the 1970s, faculty member at the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College. Schomberg returns to BCC as special guest for a 7 pm talk on Monday, October 12 — part of “We/Re/E-merge,” a new exhibition of works by current and former Brookdale personnel that opens with a free public-welcome reception this Friday, October 9.
By JOHN T. WARD
Recent crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.
Christopher Ditursi, age 50, from Deepdale Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on September 25, 2015 by Patrolman Joseph Alhemeyer on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court. He was held pending a court date.
Shakie Johnson, age 18, from Shephard Avenue in East Orange, NJ, arrested on September 24, 2015 by Patrolman Brady Carr on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $1,000.00 bail.
Red Bank Councilman Mike DuPont was squeezed out of his post as Belmar’s borough attorney Tuesday, four days after a court ruling found shortcomings in his handling of a ballot question there, APP.com reported Tuesday.
The website of the Asbury Park Press reported that DuPont resigned at the request of Mayor Matthew Doherty, “after a Superior Court judge ruled that the borough didn’t properly vote on placing an explanatory statement for a bond question on the Nov. 3 ballot.”
Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of September 26 to October 2, 2015.
Report of Criminal Mischief in the area of Windingbrook Way on 9/29/15. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed street sign and discarded in wooded lot. Ptl. Joseph Barnicle investigating.
Report of Shoplifting in the area of Acme, Broad Street on 10/2/15. Victim reports merchandise taken by unknown subject(s). Ptl. Joseph Barnicle investigating.
By JOHN T. WARD
Just three weeks shy of their fourth anniversary in the business, Kathy and Mike Maguire are closing their Rumson restaurant, Molly Maguire’s Gastropub.
The Tuesday night finale is in preparation for sale of the East River Road establishment to restaurateur Victor Rallo, owner of the nearby Undici, on West River Road, and Birravino, in Red Bank, Kathy Maguire said Monday.
Customers found the restaurant closed without notice Monday night. Below right, chef David Burke with chef Pat Trama during post-Sandy relief efforts in Sea Bright. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
Star chef David Burke has closed his Rumson restaurant, Fromagerie.
Callers and visitors to the fine-dining establishment, which Burke acquired nine years ago, were given no reason for the closing in a message posted on the restaurant website Monday.
Glamour magazine book editor Elisabeth Egan (above) visits River Road Books on Thursday to read from and sign copies of her recently published A WINDOW OPENS…while fellow first-time novelist Barrie Levitt Knee arrives later this month to promote her debut book PLAIN JANE (below).
Two new novels; two stirring stories of contemporary women at a crossroads of life-choices. Both written by authors who are new to book-length fiction, and both the subject of special events at Fair Haven’s River Road Books here in October, a month when we shake the sand from those “beach reads” and find something a little more fireside-appropriate.
But don’t break out that Snuggie just yet, as one of the visiting authors might just inspire you to take it outdoors for one more cool-weather marathon.
A tantrum-throwing tempest named Joaquin may have blown past the Greater Green, but over at Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre, a robust gust of activity promises to carry us over the wacky-weather hump — or is that Humperdinck? — in signature style.
It starts with gales of laughter on Tuesday, when Bo Burnham makes an inaugural trip to those fabled Basie boards that have hosted so many kingpins/queens of comedy legend.
Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Rumson Police Department for the period of August 1 to October 1, 2015.
8/13/15 Daniel Campanella arrested Julia Mannion, 21, of Fair Haven in the area of Hartshorne Lane, for Driving Under the Influence.
8/14/15 Daniel Campanella arrested Paul Ritchie, 45, of Monmouth Beach in the area of Ridge Road and Bingham Avenue, for DUI.
8/20/15 S/O Michael Berger arrested John Le, 48, of South Plainfield in the area of Bingham Avenue and South Cherry Lane, for Contempt of Court. Read More
Democrat Michael Ballard, left, with Republicans Mark Taylor and Michael Whelan with moderator Amy Goldsmith before the forum. Below, resident Jean Cash asks a question. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
“For 25 years, Red Bank has been subject to one voice, one leadership,” Michael Whelan said at the annual West Side Community Group candidates’ night, held at River Street Commons. “When someone has been in power for 25 years, it breeds complacency. What is the incentive to lower property taxes if you’re going to win year after year?”
It’s a big-tent happening that exists very much in the October moment, from the traditional German food and selection of bier, to the sense of old-world revelry that dares to make merry in the face of the encroaching chill. But at the same time, Fair Haven’s Oktoberfest event is one in which the warm good vibes ripple throughout the calendar year; touching every aspect of the borough’s quality of life.
Back for a fourth annual edition, and presented by the nonprofit Foundation of Fair Haven, the “rain or shine” evening returns to the outdoor area 786 River Road (the municipal lot adjacent to Smart Start Preschool) for a four-hour fest that runs from 6:30 to 10:30 pm. Despite the location, it’s a grownup affair for those 21 and over; a chance to sample a smorgasbord of seasonal brews and sangria while enjoying diversions that include, in the words of Foundation president and borough councilwoman Susan Sorensen, “authentic Oktoberfest food, a great local band, RipTide, providing music — and, back by popular demand, Pong Tournament.”
Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of September 19 to September 25, 2015.
Report of Theft in the area of Beechtree Lane on 9/19/15. Victim reports property taken by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $329.00. Ptl. Derek Myers investigating. Property later recovered by this department.
Report of Identity Theft in the area of Yale Boulevard on 9/21/15. Victim reports unknown subject(s) fraudulently obtained and used credit without consent. Ptl. Ralph Latham investigating.