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SHREWSBURY: AUTUMN ON THE LINE

shrews tree 102014Even with utility lines running through its center, this maple tree on Patterson Avenue in Shrewsbury radiated autumn color earlier this week – and a giant front-yard spider web added a nice Halloween touch.

After a couple of rainy days, the Green is in for a mostly sunny weekend, with temperatures reaching into the mid-60s starting Friday, according to the National Weather Service. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK AND THE GREEN: HOUSE ADVANTAGE

parker-homestead-2007The 17th-century Parker Homestead in Little Silver is just one of the historic homes on the greater Green taking center stage this weekend. The T. Thomas Fortune House, below, is another. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

rb fortune house 100614 1In a season when we’re all a bit more cognizant of old, dark houses, a birthday celebration designed to call attention to one of Red Bank’s most endangered historic structures — the T. Thomas Fortune House — kicks off a weekend that also offers some rare opportunities to step back in time.

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RED BANK: SMOKE ALARM ‘SAVED HER LIFE’

rb fire 102214 9Joan Raymond, at right above, outside her fire-damaged home, and getting a hug from a friend on her neighbor’s heat-blistered porch, below. (Video and photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb fire 102214 8October is National Fire Protection Month, one of those designations meant to save lives that many of us find too easy to tune out.

For Joan Raymond of Red Bank, however, a small piece of fire safety equipment meant the difference between being alive and dead Wednesday morning.

“I’m a heavy sleeper,” Raymond said, hours after fire tore through Madison Avenue house. And if not for a talking smoke alarm chriping the word “fire,” Raymond said, mimicking its voice, “I wouldn’t be here.”

“That smoke alarm saved her life,” said Fire Chief Tommy Welsh. “She’s alive because of that thing, no doubt about it.”

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RED BANK: STAND-UP SEX STUFF

amy-schumerOne of the hottest comics on the scene, Amy Schumer takes it inside the Count Basie Theatre for a Friday night comedy concert.

She’s been noted for her “girl next door” looks — as well as for her “wash your mouth out with soap” language. And when Amy Schumer takes it to the boards of the Count Basie this Friday night, October 24, she’ll do so from the enviable vantage point of one of the top comics on the current stand-up landscape; a sizzling young talent whose star’s very much on the ascendant.

Fueled by massive interest in her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer — a genuinely superior skit show sparked into being by her hit standup special Mostly Sex Stuff, and some memorable appearances on the cable network’s annual roasts — Schumer’s live gigs have evolved into theater-scale affairs since her first national exposure on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2007.

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RED BANK: WOMAN ESCAPES HOUSE FIRE

As firefighters arrived, an electrical line lay sparking in the driveway to the left of the burning house. (Video and photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb fire 102214 2A smoke alarm awoke a Red Bank woman shortly before fire engulfed her house early Wednesday morning.

Joan Raymond, of 23 Madison Avenue, said the smoke alarm, intoning a prerecorded “fire,” went off shortly after midnight, and she went downstairs to find her front porch in flames. She exited through the back door.

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RED BANK: IN FOR A DRENCHING

rb clouds 102114 2rb clouds 102114 1Storm clouds rolling in over downtown Red Bank, above, and South Street, below, before unleashing a brief downpour Tuesday afternoon. The National Weather Service forecasts sporadic showers for the rest of the day. It’ll be wetter on the Green on Wednesday, when there’s a 90 percent chance of rain, with up to half an inch accummulation, according to the forecast. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: MESSIN’ WITH THE KIDS

BluesBrothersPointingI Got Everything I Need, Almost: the glory days of Aykroyd and Belushi live again at the Basie on Thursday night, courtesy of the Blues Brothers Revue and its officially sanctioned stage show.

“Have you ever heard of a wish sandwich? A wish sandwich is the kind of a sandwich where you have two slices of bread and you — heeheehee — wish you had some meat…”

It’s been 35 years since a couple of enthusiastic amateurs named Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi donned black suits, white shirts, hats and shades — and joined up with a band of legendary pros (including Steve Cropper and Donald “Duck” Dunn of Booker T and the MGs) for a little hi-concept side project they branded The Blues Brothers.

Releasing a surprisingly good (and even more surprisingly top-selling) album called Briefcase Full of Blues, the Saturday Night Live co-stars proved themselves ready for rock-radio prime time via canny covers of hits (Sam and Dave’s “Soul Man”) and highlighted obscurities (The Chips’ “Rubber Biscuit”) — a platform that launched them into the Blues Brothers movie, a big budget blockbuster of music and mayhem that also served as the duo’s demolition-derby escape vehicle from the relatively low-paid fame of late-night TV.

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RED BANK: VEHICLE HITS STOREFRONT

rb crash 102114Glass littered the floor at Jersey Mike’s Subs in the City Centre strip mall on Water Street in Red Bank after a vehicle jumped the curb and crashed into the storefront at about 8 a.m. Tuesday. Store manager Steve LaCicero was inside at the time, but the store wasn’t yet open. “If he hadn’t hit the pillar, he would have driven into the store,” LaCicero said. Information on the identity and condition of the driver was not immediately available.

In 2009, a customer at the Cluck U Chicken shop a few doors away was injured when an SUV crashed through the facade.

 

RED BANK: DEMS GET PRICKLY OVER BALLOONS

rb gop balloons 101914Legos with legs were among the parade participants who accepted GOP balloons from candidate Linda Schwabenbauer, below. (Photo above by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

schwabenbauer 101914A Menna Administration official and a Republican council candidate clashed at Sunday’s Red Bank Halloween Parade over campaign balloons.

GOP contender Linda Schwabenbauer said she believed she was exercising a First Amendment right and had borough authorization when she gave away about 200 balloons bearing her name and that of running mate Sean Di Somma to children and adults before the start of the parade.

But Parks and Recrecreation department director Memone Crystian told her to stop, threatening to call the police if she continued, she said.

Administration officials dispute the claim that they’d OK’d a balloon distribution, and contend they have the law on their side in asking Schwabenbauer to stop.

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AREA TOWNS BRACE FOR TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE

HOT-TOPIC_01Red Bank and neighboring towns could be in for a day or more of truly bad traffic next Monday – and rail commuters may be in for headaches as well.

New Jersey Transit plans to close the heavily traveled railroad crossing at Broad Street/Route 35 to vehicular traffic starting Friday night for an estimated three-plus days of round-the-clock inspections and repairs on its North Jersey Coast Line track, a spokeswoman said.

In addition, rail traffic in both directions will be funneled onto a single track pair near the location, rather than the usual two, a move that is expected to cause mass transit delays, said spokeswoman Nancy Snyder.

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FAIR HAVEN: JERSEY MOMS GO BLOG

AmyByrnes TeiciaGaupp CristieRitzKingAmy Byrnes, Teicia Gaupp and Cristie Ritz King are the special guests on Thursday, as River Road Books hosts the women of Jersey Moms Blog. 

Here’s what might just be a first for River Road Books, the resolutely indie bookstore that’s regularly welcomed in-person appearances by a hard-copy host of authors in the mystery, history, young adult, self-help, romance and children’s genres.

This Thursday evening, October 23, the local propagators of the printed page host a trio of writers — none of whom apparently have a printed book to promote. In fact, these three women have made their names as bloggers, that peculiar subculture of humanity that some dead-tree diehards blame in part for turning their world topsy-turvy.

While there’s no word as to whether the featured guests will be signing tablet and smartphone screens with a silver Sharpie, they’ll be happy to read from their works and discussing the virtual-world vehicle that’s brought their words to thousands of faithful readers: Jersey Moms Blog.

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RED BANK: PAIR MUGGED ON BRIDGE AVENUE

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of October 9 to October 16, 2014. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief occurring between 10-9-14 and 10-10-14 at Chestnut Street —Borough Garage. Unknown person(s) damaged pad lock to tool room. Ptl. Jhonatan Quispe.

Theft occurring on 10-12-14 at West Front Street restaurant/bar. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole an Apple I Phone 6. Ptl. Shane Dengel

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SHREWSBURY POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of October 11 to October 17, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY2-2014Arrests

John Lawrence, male age 52 of Lake Como was arrested on 10/11/14 for Contempt of Court in the area of Sycamore Avenue by Ptl. Jessica Boyd.

Geneva Kelly, female age 50 of Asbury Park was arrested on 10/11/14 for Contempt of Court in the area of Broad Street by Ptl. Jessica Boyd.

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FAIR HAVEN CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

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

AUTHORITIES_FH2_201409/02/14-William Cusa 3rd, 20, Rumson, turned himself in on an outstanding traffic warrant out of Fair Haven Borough. Bail was paid in full before his release. Ptl. Dwayne Reevey was the arresting Officer.

09/03/14-Rudolph Kastner, 50, Fair Haven, was placed under arrest for two active warrants out of Sea Bright. Subject was arrested and released R.O.R pending a new court appearance in Sea Bright Borough. S/O Robert Henne was the arresting Officer.

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RED BANK: FACES ON PARADE

hol-72663hol-0087Autumn delivered a gorgeous day and the marchers brought their best scary, funny and pretty faces to Sunday’s annual Red Bank Halloween Parade.

We’ve got close to 100 photos. See anyone you know? You might want to look twice, just to be sure. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

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