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nsib&yc rocket 022815 1 nsib&yc rocket 022815 2 It may have been damp and sweltering out, but a vessel built for gliding on ice went for a ride over the weekend.

Over asphalt, that is, not frozen water. Still, the Rocket, the 127-year-old ice yacht owned and lovingly restored by Red Bank’s North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club, traveled to Wooden Boat Magazine’s Wooden Boat Show in Mystic, Connecticut, where it captured the award for Best in Show among restored vessels.

Back in the frigid days of March, the Rocket, built in 1888, raced on its home Navesink for the first time in 80 years against the Jack Frost, which belongs to the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club(Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)





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

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014Paige Gaglianese, age 22, from Bayview Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on June 8, 2015 by Patrolman Jason Andrews on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $2,500.00 bail.

Michael Vanalstyne, age 30, from Coffey Lane in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on June 8, 2015 by Patrolman Kent Thorton for Simple Assault and Criminal Mischief. He was transferred to the Keansburg Police Department for bail to be set.

Matthew McKee, age 29, from Pedee Place in Middletown, NJ, arrested on June 9, 2015 by Patrolman Brian McGrogan for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, and Aggravated Assault. He was released after posting $15,000.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

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bon-jovi-101911Bon Jovi, seen here at the opening of Red Bank’s JBJ Soul Kitchen in 2011, was back in town to host the former first lady and secretary of state Monday night. Below, an uncredited photo of Clinton posted on the Twitter feed of former New York Governor David Paterson. (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Hillary Clinton 062915Jon Bon Jovi “serenaded” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a $1,000-a-head campaign fundraiser in Red Bank Monday night, according to PolitickerNJ.

Actually, the report says pop-rocker, who has a home on the Navesink River in Middletown, “serenely serenaded” Clinton at the no-media-allowed event, held at the riverfront Molly Pitcher Inn.

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tower-hill-Liberty-It’s a grand old flag for sure, and on Sunday,its raising forms the centerpiece of the annual Liberty Extravaganza at First Presbyterian Church on Tower Hill. 

Independence Day weekends in Red Bank have tended toward the quiet side in the years since the last KaBoom of the big fireworks events. But up at Tower Hill Church, a long-running old-school local tradition continues to make a glorious noise; one that continues for a 27th annual edition this Sunday, July 5.

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climbing wallIt’s Climb Time in Lincroft this Tuesday afternoon, as the Monmouth County Park System moves its portable mountain to the grounds of Thompson Park for a free instructional session.  

From river kayaking and bayside seining to fossil hunting, horseback riding and some challenging hillside hiking, the local facilities of the Monmouth County Park System have always offered a variety of experiences — but until very recently, mountain climbing hasn’t exactly been part of the recreational menu.

This Tuesday afternoon, June 30, the county’s flagship Thompson Park in Lincroft will serve as the scene for a free, three hour introduction to the basics of climbing — supervised by park personnel, and hosted within the safe and controlled environment of the Park System’s portable 25-foot climbing wall.

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Now almost halfway through a push to complete 50 triathlon distances in 50 states in 50 days, James Lawrence discusses his aims in the above video.

HOT-TOPIC_03James Lawrence, a record-smashing triathlete who bills himself as the Iron Cowboy, plans to bring his campaign to complete 50 Ironman-distance triathlons in 50 states in 50 days to the Greater Red Bank Green on Saturday, July 4.

Yes, you read that correctly: 50 tris in 50 days in 50 states. Insane, right?

“Yeah, pretty much,” says Doug Rice, founder of the Sandy Hookers Tri Club, which is coordinating the Jersey leg of Lawrence’s epic endurance effort.

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rb library 1 040913HOT-TOPIC_03Continuing its recovery from a period of shrinkage, the Red Bank Public Library will add seven hours to its weekly operations starting July 6. The West Front Street facility will open at 10 a.m. Mondays, three hours earlier than at present, and close at 9 p.m. on Wednesday, four hours later than the present close.

The change was enabled by the resolution of budget issues and the recent hire of several part-time workers, said library Director Elizabeth McDermott. The institution will be open 38 hours per week, still well short of the 54 hours of operation five years ago, she said. Saturday operations, which had been curtailed, were partially restored last October. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)


Please TouchStella the Stegosaurus gets hands-on with Monmouth Museum visitors, as the found-objects sculpture by the late Jim Gary forms the centerpiece of a special PLEASE TOUCH! show for visually impaired art aficionados. 

She’s stood vigilant on the grounds of the Monmouth Museum for ages; her colorful steel skeleton delighting thousands of young visitors to the interactive exhibits at the Lincroft landmark. Welded from repurposed auto parts by the late Colts Neck-based sculptor Jim Gary (and named by a young contest winner), Stella the Stegosaurus is a permanent fixture for sure — but beginning this Sunday, the dynamic dino becomes the star centerpiece of an unusual new hands-on exhibit.

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branch ave 062615just_in[Update: This post has been updated to reflect a change in the dates of the closure.] Monmouth County plans closings of Branch Avenue between Hudson Avenue in Red Bank and White Road in Little Silver for two nights beginning Tuesday, local officials said.

The closures, to allow for milling and paving of the road, are to be in effect from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Parking on Branch will be prohibited during the closings. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)


AUTHORITIES_RB3The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of June 18 to June 25, 2015. This information is unedited.


Criminal Mischief occurring between 6-18-15 and 6-19-15 at West Bergen Place residence. Victim reported that unknown person(s) threw rocks at parked vehicle and cracked windshield and broke rear driver’s side window. Ptl. Shane Dengel.

Theft occurring between 6-19-15 and 6-20-15 at 50 Locust Ave.—apartment. Victim reported that unknown subject stole his I Phone and cash from apartment. Ptl. Benjamin Springer

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white st 072413The borough-owned White Street lot, which may offer relief to downtown parking woes. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)


LicPlate1Taking heat from a restaurateur, Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna said Wednesday night that the long-awaited “next step” toward a possible parking garage downtown is coming within the next two weeks.

Menna’s pledge also came as the town council, on a 4-2 vote, agreed to extend by six months a moratorium on fees imposed almost exclusively on new restaurants that need parking variances to open.

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KevinJamesmarcMaronTop-of-their-game comedy kingpins Kevin James (Saturday; two shows) and Marc Maron (Sunday) bring their crowd-tested mojo to the stage of the Count Basie Theatre on a busy weekend of laughs.

So you’ve just made serious news-cycle headlines by booking the President of the United States on your garage-based podcast. Or, you’ve watched as your big-screen starring vehicles have racked up nearly a billion bucks in worldwide box office. If your name is Kevin James or Marc Maron, however, you’ll never truly ditch the itch to return to the live-audience roots that set it all in motion — and this weekend, the Count Basie Theatre hosts two of the hottest names in comedy, as they keep their very different standup skills honed before appreciative crowds at the area’s premier theater-scale Chuckle Hut.

This Saturday, June 27 finds the amiable star of TV’s King of Queens (and cinematic franchises that include Paul Blart, Mall Cop and Grown Ups) leaving the Segway in the wings and treading the Basie boards for a pair of shows that spotlight the largely family-friendly, New York working-dude brand of observational humor that’s formed the foundation of his phenomenal showbiz run. continues to Tickets to the 7:30 pm show ($49 – $89) are still available here. Then take it here for tix to Saturday’s 9:30 pm event, or take it around the bend for something completely different.

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rb vigil 062415 13 rb vigil 062415 5Several hundred participants gathered on Red Bank’s West Side Wednesday night for a vigil in response to the murders of nine churchgoers in Charleston, South Carolina last week.

Beginning with a march from Pilgrim Baptist Church to Ralph ‘Johnny Jazz’ Park, participants sang and heard calls for an end to violence from a handful of local church leaders. And in the final moments, they shared the flame of a “unity candle.”

Click “read more” below for full photo coverage. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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quonWorks by Fair Haven-based artists Mike Quon (“Boardwalk” above) and Jill Kerwick (below) are on display during this week’s HONORING SUMMER II exhibition at Brookdale College’s CVA Gallery.

Jill_Kerwick_photoSchool may be out around the greater Green, but on the sprawling Lincroft layout of Brookdale Community College, a select group of local creative people is willingly being kept “after class” for a chance to salute the too-short season of sun and fun, in a supportive (and climate controlled) setting.

On display as of today, June 24, and opening officially with a public-welcome reception this Friday evening, June 26, the group show Honoring Summer II commandeers BCC’s Center for Visual Arts (CVA) Gallery in a display that includes dozens of paintings, photography, mixed media and other visual artwork from 12 area artists — among them Fair Haven favorites Mike Quon (whose colorfully stylized studies of local scenes and landmarks have proven very popular among Monmouth County art aficionados) and Jill Kerwick.

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tommy's tavern 062315Tommy and Yvette Bonfiglio, below, expect to open Tommy’s Tavern + Tap on Ocean Avenue within the next month. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)


bonfiglio 062315When Tommy Bonfiglio first toured the property that was long the home of Sea Bright’s post office, he was so fixated on an idea that he barely noticed the building at all.

“I only wanted the land,” on which he envisioned putting up an 18-room hotel and restaurant overlooking the Shrewsbury River, Bonfiglio told redbankgreen on Wednesday. Because of that tunnel vision, he never even stepped inside the two-story building fronting on Ocean Avenue, which he expected to tear down because of damage from Hurricane Sandy.

But when he realized he’d have to run a gauntlet of environmental permitting that could take years, he decided to examine the building out front. What he found shocked him.

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