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RED BANK BROAD-TO-RIVER: JUST MORE TALK?

2004 ebner planA 2002 proposal, above, by property owner Robert Ebner to open the view from Broad Street to the Navesink hit a dead end. (Photo below by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

broad river 012815 3Is downtown Red Bank finally going to get its long-coveted river view at the north end of Broad Street? Or is recent buzz about a possible plan just more blue-sky talk?

A widely shared dream for generations, the so-called Broad to the River concept envisions opening up a panorama of the Navesink from the main downtown corridor.

At this point, however, the chatter appears to be little more than an attempt to revive an idea that’s hit a brick wall repeatedly over much of the last century.

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RED BANK: MUM’S THE WORD

SONY DSCThe “mask theater” troupe Mummenschanz brings its world-renowned signature style of performance art to the Count Basie stage on Saturday.  

It’s not exactly mime, or dance, or puppetry – although it certainly incorporates delightful elements from all of those disparate disciplines. While it can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages, it’s never been pitched as children’s theater. And though it bears a healthy resemblance to everything from prop comedy to avant-garde performance art, even those labels don’t quite zero in on what it is that Mummenschanz does.

Call it “mask theater” – or better yet, just call it Mummenschanz, as audiences around the world will instantly get the reference. And this Saturday, the greater Red Bank Green will get its chance, when the internationally touring troupe takes the stage of the Count Basie Theatre for a single 8 pm show.

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RED BANK CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of January 22 to January 29, 2015. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Theft occurring on 1-28-15 at 21 Monmouth Street – Café. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole her I Phone from table. Ptl. Kristin Altimari.

ARRESTS

Samantha Dietrich, age 27 female of Shrewsbury was arrested on 1-28-15 in the area of N. Bridge Ave. for Poss. of CDS, Marijuana, under 50 grams by Ptl. Sean Haushchildt.

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RED BANK: FIREFIGHTERS FREE TRAPPED HAWK

rb hawk 012915 1The bird makes a break for freedom under the watch of a decoy owl. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb hawk 012915 5Red Bank volunteer firefighters rescued a juvenile hawk trapped in an open-air tower Thursday morning just as the animal appeared near starvation, an amateur ornithologist said.

The bird, a Cooper’s Hawk, had apparently been up under the peaked roof of the tower at the Medieval-style Courts of Red Bank office complex for days, having somehow bypassed steel netting installed just last fall to keep out pigeons.

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RED BANK: JBF MAKES IT A DOUBLE

MimiNowakProjectThe Mimi Nowak Project raises the roof at the Red Bank Woman’s Club for a Reckless Steamy Friday Night on January 30 — while the Jazz and Blues Foundation returns to raise some funds on February 6. (Photo by Sarah Pritchard)

Music fans who’ve been faithful houseguests for Reckless Steamy Friday Nights have a double-shot of good times coming their way in the week ahead — keynoted by the return of the long-running series of monthly house parties hosted inside the historic Red Bank Woman’s Club at 164 Broad Street (and presented by the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation) this Friday, January 30.

Running between 8:30 and 10:30 pm, the event represents an intimate audience with The Mimi Nowak Project, the purveyor of classic blues and rock songs that pairs vocalist Nowak with a five-piece band of likeminded souls (keyboardist Bob Stasiak, guitarist Steve Sadowski, sax and flute man Dan Kiely, drummer Paul Levinsky, bassist Joey Van Winkle) that competed in the regional finals of the 2014 International Blues Competition. It’s a best-kept-secret attraction that’s uniquely Red Bank — and it’s BYOB, so drop on in; have a look around the historic home and simply enjoy an experience you’ll not likely duplicate anywhere else. Admission ($10) is dedicated to the JSJBF Scholarship Fund as well as the Woman’s Club — and the Jazz and Blues folks return to the old Anthony Reckless house on February 6 for a bluesy bonus feature.

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RED BANK: MORE KIOSKS, YES; APPS, MAYBE

rb kiosk 121812Wiring for kiosks along Monmouth Street was installed when the street was refurbished two years ago. Kiosks on Bridge Avenue would be solar-powered. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

LicPlate1Red Bank is about to get more parking kiosks, under action by the borough council Wednesday night. But it’s also looking into mobile apps that could make them unnecessary.

The council authorized spending $135,308 for 13 new kiosks, to be installed along Monmouth Street from Maple Avenue west to Bridge Avenue, and along a stretch of Bridge.

At the same time, officials said they would look into the possibility of integrating one or two  apps with the system: one that would allow an arriving motorist to find an open parking spot, and another to pay for it from the comfort of the car.

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RUMSON: PRIVATE TRASH PICKUP PLANNED

rumson trash 012215 2A municipal trash crew at work on Forrest Avenue last week. Below, Mayor John Ekdahl says the timing is good for privatization. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

ekdahl 102213Four years after a proposal to privatize Rumson’s trash pickup got trashed by residents, the borough is trying again. And this time around, Mayor John Ekdahl is getting no flak, he says.

The main reason, he said, is that the latest plan, unveiled at the borough government reorganization on January 1, won’t have any adverse impact on jobs.

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MIDDLETOWN: ARREST REPORTS

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

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014Nelson Dannecker, age 24, from Port Monmouth Road in New Jersey, NJ, arrested on January 13, 2015 by Patrolman Michael Reuter on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $1,000.00 bail.

Rodney Farr, age 18, from Clark Avenue in Union Beach, NJ, arrested on January 13, 2015 by Detective Keith Hirschbein for Theft. He was released pending a court date.

Joseph Kinsella, age 18, from Harmony Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 14, 2015 by Patrolman Charles Higgins for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana. He was released pending a court date.

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ON THE GREEN: FREEZE FOLLOWS NONBLIZZARD

snow 012715 15A view west on River Road in Fair Haven Tuesday as snowfall in the blizzard that wasn’t ended. Area schools were scheduled to reopen Wednesday on delayed starts as temperatures hovered in the single digits, when factoring in wind chills. Some roads will be slippery, local officials caution. Temps are expected to peak at about 32 degrees during the day, according to the Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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FAIR HAVEN: NOVELIST ON RETURN VISIT

KatieCoyleAuthor and Fair Haven native Katie Coyle makes a homecoming sojourn to River Road Books this Thursday for a reading and signing keyed to her novel ‘Vivian Apple at the End of the World.’

When the debut young-adult novel by Katie Coyle first saw print, it was in the United Kingdom under the title Vivian Versus the Apocalypse.

For its stateside publication, though, the young-adult adventure tale has been rebranded as Vivian Apple at the End of the World — a situation not unlike Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which the Fair Haven native cites as the book that supercharged her own literary ambitions into being.

The 2004 graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School — since transplanted to San Francisco — makes a homecoming appearance here on the Green Thursday night when she stops in at River Road Books for a 7 p.m. reading and signing session timed to the book’s appearance under the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt imprint.

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GREEN: NONBLIZZARD STILL NEEDS SHOVELING

snow 012715 9snow 012715 2The blizzard that wasn’t  still left a mess ‘o snow. And even with the lifting of a statewide travel ban Tuesday morning, non-binding requests by local officials that residents stay off the roads appeared well-heeded. A noontime spin through the Greater Red Bank Green found county roads mostly clear, but local streets somewhat difficult to navigate.

By 1 p.m., the snowfall had ended, the sun was burning through a haze, and temperatures appeared headed to a balmy 30 degrees – if the forecast can be trusted. And local residents took to their shovels and sleds, just as they would after any snowstorm. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: ‘BLIZZARD’ NOW A ‘WINTER STORM’

Blizzard 012715 2 Blizzard 012715 3Winds whipped the flags at Elks Club #233 at about 4:15 a.m. as a heavily hyped “blizzard” dropped the first half-foot of a previously expected two feet of snow on the Red Bank region Tuesday.

But weather forecasters downgraded the event early Tuesday from a blizzard to a ‘winter storm,’ and now expect just three-to-five more inches of snow as snowfall tapers off by 3 p.m., according to the National Weather Service. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: NO JOE’S A NO-SHOW

Blizzard 012715 5No Joe’s Café was as quiet as all other businesses in downtown Red Bank at 4 a.m. Tuesday, despite having touted a plan on its Facebook page and a sign in its window to stay open for 24 hours during the blizzard to serve emergency responders and snowplow operators. There was no immediate explanation for the change, but it reminded us of an old bit by comedian Steven Wright. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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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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