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ON THE GREEN: UM, WHERE IS IT?

blizzard 012615 5 blizzard 012615 6It was cold, eerily quiet and snowfall-free in downtown Red Bank at about 7 p.m. Monday. But don’t be fooled, says the weatherbot. Even as redbankgreen was taking its evening constitutional, the National Weather Service was issuing this statement:

7 PM Update: While portions of the region are seeing a lull in the precipitation currently, snow bands from the main system are just now starting to move into the region. Once these heavier bands move in through the evening, the snow is expected to continue through the overnight hours into tomorrow morning.

Please continue to take this storm seriously. We haven’t yet begun to see the worst conditions.

Well, alright then. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

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ON THE GREEN: NEVER MIND BREAD. BUY WINE.

While other residents of the Greater Red Bank Green were in panic mode in the bread aisles of supermarkets, some were preparing for the looming blizzard by stocking up on their favorite beverages. NJ.com’s Brian Donohue caught up with some of them at Spirits Unlimited in Middletown, home of the famous “evil clown” sign.

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RED BANK TO BARRICADE DOWNTOWN STREETS

RB ENGLISH PLAZA 122810For days after the December 26, 2010 blizzard, the English Plaza parking lot in Red Bank, above and below, remained closed, in part because of vehicle strandings. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

RB ENGLISH PL 122910Apparently hoping to head off a repeat of problems seen in the 2010 blizzard, Red Bank officials said they would barricade downtown streets to traffic Monday night.

According to an alert issued by the borough early Monday afternoon, officials plan to seal off the English Plaza and White Street municipal lots at 10 p.m. and to shut down Broad Street at 1 a.m. Tuesday, early into a storm that forecasters expect to last about 30 hours and drop more than two feet of snow on much of the Northeastern United States.

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ON THE GREEN: PREPARING FOR WHITE-OUT

blizzard 012615 4blizzard 012615 3A man laid down rock salt in Red Bank, a woman loaded up on the stuff in Little Silver, and plows stood at the ready in Sea Bright as the Greater Red Bank Green braced for a blizzard Monday. A hazardous weather alert from the National Weather Service warned of white-out conditions, high winds, coastal flooding and a possible two feet or more snow over a 30-hour period through 6 p.m. Tuesday. The general consensus on safety: don’t drive if you don’t have to. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: NO WINTER DANCE FOR BUDDY

BuddyThe Count Basie Theatre has announced that BUDDY, the touring jukebox musical scheduled to come to town on Tuesday, has been rescheduled to April 4 at 3 pm, with all ticket sales for the January 27 engagement honored.  

It was very nearly 56 years ago that the Winter Dance Party rock and roll tour headlined by Buddy Holly ended in disaster, when the small plane containing the singer-songwriter and two of his chart-topping tourmates — Richie Valens (“La Bamba”) and The Big Bopper (“Chantilly Lace”) — crashed in an Iowa cornfield; a tragedy that came to be known as The Day the Music Died. Since that time, the legend of the bespectacled Texan who reigned so briefly and brightly on the Billboards has only grown — bolstered by a catalog of forward-looking recordings that include “Rave On,” “Peggy Sue” and “That’ll Be the Day.”

Having been paid tribute by nearly every rocker of the past half century (as well as portrayed on screen by Marshall Crenshaw and the inimitable Gary Busey), Charles Hardin Holley was more than just a big-beat pioneer — his life and legacy also inspired what’s widely credited as the first modern “jukebox” stage musical: Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, a UK-spawned hit that’s run nonstop for over 25 years, with a North American touring production that comes to the Count Basie Theatre this Tuesday, January 27 (UPDATE: rescheduled to April 4 at 3 pm).

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RUMSON: PETS WELCOME AT CHURCH SERVICE

100514 beast blessing11Reverend Ophelia Laughlin blesses a dog at St. George’s-by-the-River’s annual St. Francis Day event last October. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

StGeorgeThe Vatican may be fuzzy on whether animals get into heaven, but an Episcopal church in Rumson says they’re certainly welcome at services.

St. George’s-by-the-River will start offering a monthly worship next month at which all pets are welcome, associate pastor Reverend Jeff Roy tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of January 15 to January 22, 2015. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief occurring between 1-15-15 and 1-16-15 at Locust Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) keyed her parked vehicle on both sides entire length. Ptl. Michael Zadlock.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 1-18-15 at Union St. Victim reported that unknown person(s) shattered both the rear window and driver’s side rear window on parked vehicle. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy.

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BLIZZARD: CANCELLATIONS AND SUCH…

riverside 122810 2Scenes from the December 26, 2010 blizzard that paralyzed Red Bank for days. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

We’ll update this post at the top as new cancellations come in.

globe ct 122810• Rumson: No trash collection Tuesday. No school, either. And parks are closed at dusk today.

• Red Bank: The Count Basie Theatre presentation of ‘The Buddy Holly Story,’ scheduled for Tuesday night, has been moved to a matinee performance on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 3pm. All tickets will be honored.

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ON THE GREEN: BRACING FOR A BLIZZARD

bread 012515The bread shelves at the SuperFoodtown in Red Bank were nearly bare Sunday afternoon as locals stocked up in anticipation of a blizzard expected to sock the region Monday and Tuesday.

The National Weather Service expects light snow Monday morning, but has a blizzard warning in effect from noon Monday through 6 p.m. Tuesday, with whiteout conditions and accumulations expected to total 18 to 28 inches, with higher drifts as a result of strong winds.

As of 6 p.m. Sunday, Red Bank had cancelled trash and recycling pickups scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, and was reminding residents to get their vehicles off the street once snow starts falling. Details here.

Be sure to check with redbankgreen and our Facebook page for updates, including closings and reschedulings. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

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RED BANK: PLOWING THE NORTH 40

GUBBAY 012415“I’ve been dying for a real snow,” Adrian Gubbay told redbankgreen as he cleared slush in front of a neighbor’s house on Madison Avenue in Red Bank Saturday morning. The overnight snowfall gave Gubbay his first opportunity to use an old family tractor he’d restored in recent months. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

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ON THE GREEN: IT GETS UGLY FAST

rb snow 012415 5rb snow 012415 4It looked pretty for a while. But an overnight snowfall – the first significant one of the season – that left two inches of white on the Greater Red Bank Green had been turned by rain into serious slush by 5 a.m. Saturday in downtown Red Bank.

The National Weather Service forecast is for a rain throughout the day Saturday, heavy at times, turning to snow showers overnight but with little or no accumulation. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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LINCROFT: SPEAKING FOR THE FISHES

TimDillinghamAmerican Littoral Society exec director Tim Dillingham (pictured here with piping plover pal) is the special guest speaker, during a public-invited event hosted by the Brookdale Community College Environmental Club on Monday evening.

If Dr. Seuss’s character The Lorax speaks for the trees, then in Tim Dillingham the native species of our coastal waterways have an articulate advocate who’s proud to “represent the fish.”

As Executive Director of the American Littoral Society since 2003, Dillingham has been a vocal and visible steward for the mission of the environmental organization first founded in that pre-Earth Day era of 1961 — whether donning suit and tie as a gubernatorial appointee to high-level advisory councils and panels, or wading into the region’s waters to conserve the ecological connections between horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds. On Monday evening, January 26, the director ventures inland for a visit to the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College, where he’ll assess the health of New Jersey’s ocean environment — and the always-uneasy relationship between inhabited coastlines and uninhibited seas — in a free, public-invited meeting.

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RED BANK: BROTHERS REOPENING DELAYED

brothers 012215A notice on the door at Brothers Thursday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The work required to reopen HOT-TOPIC_03Brothers, damaged earlier this month by a water leak, will keep the Red Bank bar and pizzeria closed for at least another month, an owner tells redbankgreen.

“The good news is we were approved by our insurance company” on a damage claim, Ralph Ventre said Friday. “The bad news is it’s going to take four-to-five weeks to make the repairs.”

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ON THE GREEN: SNOW AND RAIN IN FORECAST

rb ice 012215Snow may blanket more than just our beautiful Navesink River, as seen from Maple Avenue in Red Bank Thursday. The National Weather Service says we could get up to three inches between late Friday night and Saturday morning, with the precipitation turning back to rain as temperatures rise to about 38 degrees during the day. (Weather Underground and the Weather Channel put it at up to five inches.) Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny, but there could be more accumulating snow Sunday night and Monday.   (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

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CHURN: A COUNTDOWN CLOCK & A BULL’S EYE

rb blue 011015 2The website of Blu Bistro features a digital clock ticking off the seconds to the opening date. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn small This edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn finds acres of wallboard transforming spaces on the loosely defined West Side of Red Bank these days.

That means lots of new businesses on the horizon in coming months – or in the case of one new restaurant, days, hours, minutes and seconds.

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