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RED BANK: SUPER SELFIES, AT GALLERY 135

Mirrored_Bob300“Selfie” expressions by McKay Imaging owners Robert McKay (“An Opening,” above) and Elisabeth Koch-McKay (“I Love Lucy,” below) are among the works on display in the group show FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE, opening with a Friday night reception at Gerda Liebmann’s Gallery 135 in Red Bank.

I_Love_Lucy300Leave it to Gerda Liebmann — the Swiss-born, internationally exhibited multimedia artist (and redbankgreen Clippings correspondent) — to discern the beauty in so tawdry a device as the cell-phone Selfie. Gerda, who established Gallery 135 in the second-floor space shared by Red Bank Community Church, has employed this maybe-misunderstood signifier of 21st century life (and its cousin in succinct cinema, the Vine) as the basis for her new group show, Fearfully and Wonderfully Made. Opening with a reception at 7 pm on Friday, April 25, the multimedia installation “will give viewers the opportunity to reconnect with the special intimacy and self-revelation that self-portraits uniquely offer,” through a display of works by Liebmann, Ellen Martin, Robert J. Vanderbei, and the visionary husband-wife team behind the neighboring McKay Imaging gallery, Robert McKay and Elisabeth Koch-McKay. Combined with a collection of Vine vids from Australia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Japan and Kuwait, the effect is to rescue the art of the self-portrait from the “narcissism and exhibitionism” of the typical Facebook fish-lips snapshot. Fearfully and Wonderfully Made continues through the weekend, with additional exhibit hours on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 3 pm. Call Gerda at (732)687-3580 for more info — and Read More for the arty facts about some more extraordinary exhibitionism going on this weekend.

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RED BANK WINS HOTEL HEIGHT CHALLENGE

gasiorowski 072512Attorney Ron Gasiorowski, above, has repeatedly challenged a proposed six-story Hampton Inn on the site of a former filling station, below.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

hampton 1 031812The long-running saga of a proposed Hampton Inn at Red Bank’s northern gateway took a turn this month with a win by the borough in court.

In an April 7 decision, Superior Court Judge Thomas Scully in Freehold rejected a challenge to a 2012 zoning change that raised the building-height limit at the proposed hotel site, at the foot of the Route 35 Cooper Bridge.

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The decision, unless overturned on appeal, is expected to clear the way for the hotel’s developer, Rbank Capital, to return to the planning board with the most significant hurdle to the plan nullified.

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RED BANK: BUDGET IN SPOTLIGHT

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bankers with an interest in how much their local government costs them can find out where the money goes at a presentation Thursday night.

That’s when borough hall department heads explain their 2014 funding requests to the public at an annual event inaugurated by Councilman Mike DuPont in 2007.

On the table is the 2014 proposed $21 million spending plan, which town officials said is $218,000 smaller than 2013′s. About $12.6 million of that is to be covered by the local property tax.

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Still unknown, however, is what property owners will pay, though preliminary estimates show the owner of a home assessed at the town average – currently estimated at $387,440 – paying $64.77 more this year.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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Can you identify the subject of this week’s Where Have I Seen This? Pull up a seat and ponder. Then send your answer to wherehaveiseenthis@redbankgreen.com, please.

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SHREWSBURY: BALALAIKAS RINGING OUT

barynyaYou call that a balalaika? Now THIS is a balalaika…and Elina Karokhina and Mikhail Smirnov of the Barynya troupe are not afraid to use it, when the traditional Russian music act comes to the Eastern Branch of the county library on Thursday evening.

With the Secretary of State meeting with “his Russian counterpart” every other news cycle, you could say that Russia is currently on the American cultural radar screen more than it’s been in a generation — and over at the Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch, the radar’s pulsing with an incoming act that’s got the Hotline heating up as never before. The musicians and dancers of the NJ-based Barynya troupe have long brought traditional sounds and steps to regional audiences, in contexts that range from full ensembles to intimate trios and duos, with the core of master musicians — virtuoso lead balalaika player Elina Karokhina, instrumentalist and educator Alex Siniavsky, guitarist-accordionist Mikhail Smirnov, and Leonid Bruk, he of the giant contra (bass) balalaika — conjuring highly danceable spells that carry echoes of everything from mandolin-fired bluegrass to supercharged surf rock.

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COMMUNITY YARD SALES RETURN

rbtys 050512 1Shots from the 2012 editions of the townwide yard sales in Red Bank, above, and Fair Haven, below. (Click to enlarge)

fhtys 050512 2Like blooming flowers and trees, the next two weekends promise riches for sellers and buyers alike in three communities on the greater Red Bank Green.

First up, this Saturday: the Lincroft Village Green Association holds its 10th annual Lincroft Community Yard Sale at homes throughout that corner of Middletown from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A week later comes both the seventh annual Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale, a a fundraiser for the public library, and the Fair Haven Townwide Yard Sale.

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RED BANK: RR STATION DETOUR TO BEGIN

rb rr xg 042214As reported by redbankgreen earlier this month, the intersection of Bridge Avenue and Monmouth Street in Red Bank will be closed to traffic for about two weeks starting Thursday morning for replacement of the NJ Transit railroad crossing. Expect detours, borough officials said. (Click to enlarge)

MIDDLETOWN: FAT-FREE FILM AT THE LIBRARY

Hungry-for-Change copyNo empty calories here: Middletown Township Public Library is the setting for a free Wednesday night screening of HUNGRY FOR CHANGE, the doc feature that aims to blow the pop-top off the mega-billion dollar diet industry.

It’s the documentary that THEY didn’t want you to see; the one the industry just HATES — and for just this once, those claims might not be so much sour persimmons. Released in 2012, Hungry For Change takes a produce-squeezing hard look at the food, diet products and weight-loss industries — a veritable Axis of Eatville consuming billions of dollars in the service of a body-image ideal that’s downright unnatural for the majority of humans. Packed with “interviews with best selling health authors and leading medical experts, plus real life transformational stories with those who know what it’s like to be sick and overweight,” the advocacy documentary film by James Colquhon and Laurentine ten Bosch screens Wednesday evening at Middletown Township Public Library, in a 7 pm event that’s free of charge, to the public at large.

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MIDDLETOWN: CONTEMPT ABOUNDS

Recent crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014Teresa Burger, age 34, from Buckingham Circle in Middletown, NJ, arrested on April 9, 2014 by Patrolman Lawrence Seymour on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Shrewsbury, Red Bank and Freehold Municipal Courts. She was released after posting $2,750.00 bail.

Jessica Gibbon, age 18, from Holmdel Road in Holmdel, NJ, arrested on April 8, 2014 by Patrolman Ricardo Cruz on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $300.00 bail.

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RED BANK: PLANNERS SPAR OVER FACADES

joe romanowski 111513 2A plan by Joe Romanowski to remove the vestibule of his new Goldtinker store on Broad Street won approval. So did Tommy’s Coal-Fired Pizza’s request to permanently enclose seasonal seating area at the Galleria, below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

tommy's 042114The  Red Bank planning board approved a restaurant expansion, a downtown facade change and the renovation of what Mayor Pasquale Menna called a “cancerous eyesore” Monday night.

Along the way were some unusual flashes of passion among board members.

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MIDDLETOWN: CHOPIN SPREE

GerdLucianPianist Gerd Nowaczyk — pictured at left, with flautist and Monmouth Symphony associate conductor Lucian Rinando — performs a solo concert at Middletown Township Public Library on Tuesday afternoon.

“Whoever planned the library must have had a great knowledge and love for music,” the Monmouth Conservatory of Music exec director Vladislav Kovalsky said of Middletown Township Public Library, in a 2008 interview here on redbankgreen. “It seems to go against all laws of acoustics and building materials, but it’s been a wonderful place for music.”

Over the past several years, the Red Bank-based MCM and the MTPL have continued to make beautiful music together, via an ongoing series of free afternoon and evening chamber concerts in the library’s Community Room — a slate of offerings designed to bring many of the region’s first-quality classical performers to a broadly based, all-ages audience. The series continues at 3 pm this Tuesday, April 22, with an encore by acclaimed keyboard artist (and Conservatory faculty member) Gerd Nowaczyk.

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SEA BRIGHT: BOONDOCKS MAY DOCK HERE

sb station 012513Kelly McRyan, below, hopes to convert the former auto repair garage above into a takeout seafood restaurant.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

kelly boondocks 042813Red Bank’s Boondocks Fishery may soon have a sibling operation in Sea Bright.

Owner Kelly McRyan is eyeing the former site of Sea Bright Service Station at the foot of the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge as a second location for her popular riverfront eatery, she tells redbankgreen.

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CLIPPINGS: FOREVER FAIR IN FAIR HAVEN

CLIPPINGS_220The historic business district of Fair Haven, as seen on April 16, 2014. It’s one of America’s great little downtowns, don’t you agree? (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

Check out all the Clippings from the Green here.

Gerda Liebmann bio

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RED BANK: GOURMET MAC ‘N CHEESE COMING

20 broad 041714Mac Attack Cheesery plans to take over the Broad Street space now occupied by Boardwalk Burgers. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508The restaurantization of downtown Red Bank continues.

Mac Attack Cheesery, a five-month-old Montclair eatery specializing in “gourmet” grilled cheese sandwiches and macacroni-and-cheese entrees, plans to open a second store, on Red Bank’s Broad Street, a partner tells redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.

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The lease agreement for 20 Broad, currently the home of Boardwalk Burgers, comes just weeks after Local Smoke BBQ bailed on plans to open there, citing concern over red tape at town hall.

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