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DonWilliams_03approved_hiresCountry singer-songwriter Don Williams rolls his tour bus up to the Count Basie for a Monday one-nighter on September 15.

Although he’s scored numerous chart-topping C&W hits, won countless CMA Awards and even gotten himself inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, he’s arguably better known as a song-scribe for performers that have ranged from Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings and Kenny Rogers, to Pete Townshend, Robert Palmer and Eric Clapton. He’s even done at least one Farewell Tour and Final Farewell Concert, before pulling a Favre and hitting the road and the recording studio once more. But rather than demand their money back, appreciative fans of Don Williams have continued to cherish the lanky stranger’s brand of laid-back (because of “nothing to prove”), Americana-inflected country pop.

Back on the road after some health-related cancellations a couple of years ago, the artist branded “The Gentle Giant” makes a very rare NJ appearance on Monday, September 15, when that endlessly rolling tour bus eases into a tight but accommodating Pearl Street berth outside the Count Basie Theatre. It’s there that Williams performs an 8 pm concert, gigging behind his most recent release And So It Goes on Sugar Hill Records (not the same label that brought you The Treacherous Three, The Funky Four or The Furious Five).

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jeff barb bauerWindsurfer Jeff Bauer shows them all how it’s done, as New Jersey Windsurfing and Watersports Fun Day returns to the bay side of the Sandy Hook peninsula on Sunday. (Photo by Barbara Bauer)

Local Summer is alive and well on the Monmouth County coastline, where a curiously cool and comfy season draws to a close with an ever-growing array of post-Labor Day outdoor activities. One of the most consistent (if slightly under-the-radar) signifiers of September returns this Sunday to Sandy Hook Bay, where the annual New Jersey Windsurfing and Watersports Fun Day looks to introduce a new generation of enthusiasts to a range of recreational activities that can be enjoyed on our many local waterways.

A presentation of the all-volunteer New Jersey Windsurfing & Watersports Association, the day commences at 10 am with expert instruction in windsurfing, as well as the increasingly popular stand-up paddleboarding and its zen cousin, SUP Yoga. While attendees needn’t have any experience in any of these activities, swim skills are required, and participants younger than 18 years of age are asked to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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rbpl football 091014 1rbpl football 091014 2Photos of Red Bank High School football players, coaches and cheerleaders from the 1940s and ’50s give the lobby display case at borough hall a distinctly autumnal feel.

The exhibit, put together by volunteers from the public library, showcases images taken by RBHS photography teacher Anthony Trufolo. The last display, assembled in June, featured prom pix from Trufolo’s collection. Library director Elizabeth McDermott says the next one, scheduled for January, will spotlight theatrical productions at the school, which merged into a regional school district in 1975. 

Do you know any of these folks? (Photos of photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)


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rb accident 091114 2Emergency responders on the scene, above. Below, a State Police helicopter raises a cloud of dust at Count Basie Field while taking off for Neptune with one of the victims onboard. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)


[This article was updated at 8:45 a.m. Friday to include the names and relationship of the victims and the driver, as well as the woman's condition.]

rb accident 091114 1An 85-year-old Red Bank woman was in critical condition after she and her four-year-old great-grandchild were struck by a vehicle while crossing Newman Springs Road Thursday night.

The child, Cashmir Lahsir Hicks, was not seriously injured in the accident, which occurred when the pair jaywalked across the busy four-lane roadway after making a purchase at the Burger King near Shrewsbury Avenue shortly before 8 p.m., said police Chief Darren McConnell.

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rbpl-book-saleAfter a preview party Friday evening, the two-day Red Bank Public Library book sale gets underway Saturday morning. Below, ‘The City and the Shore’ come alive as graphic artist Mike Quon open an exhibit of his works at Middletown Library.

QuonSeptember means time for a shout-out to the Red Bank Public Library — and, rather than shushing some of the more enthusiastic shouters, the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library are encouraging all citizens of the greater Green to come out to support this community resource during a used book sale that stands among the area’s most anticipated such annual events.

Much more than just a casual card-table-and-cashbox affair, the sale kicks off with a special preview party at the library on Friday evening, when, for an admission charge of $25 (free to member Friends), attendees can enjoy first dibs on the selection of books, CDs, DVDs and more — as well as wine, appetizers, raffles and a performance by Red Bank’s own jazz legend trio, the Al Wright Unit.

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Sound SchoolLindsay Wood as Maria joins the Phoenix troupe in bringing ‘The Sound of Music’ to the Basie boards beginning this Friday — while Moliere’s ‘The School for Wives’ receives a bold new production design, as Two River Theater opens an all-new season with a Saturday night preview.

One is that family favorite that you grew up on, the one where “the hills are alive,”while the other is a new take on a theatrical classic that’s nearly old as them thar hills.

While Red Bank’s world-class professional Two River Theater Company and Red Bank’s community players Phoenix Productions would seem to approach their art from totally different places, there’s a common mission to give the audience a production that’s awesome to behold: a show that makes for the centerpiece of a memorable night out.

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vanilla ice kusaA screengrab from KUSA-TV’s report Tuesday showing Vanilla Ice in an ice cream truck of Ben Douglass’ design. Below, a detail of Douglass’ drawing. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)


douglass vanilla iceA Red Bank graphic artist was frosted this week to learn that that the makers of Bud Light used his work without permission at a marketing event featuring rapper Vanilla Ice.

Ben Douglass, art director at the Broad Street design shop Spitball Advertising, said freelance t-shirt artwork he did depicting a fictional “Vanilla Ice Ice Cream Truck” was transformed into an actual ice cream truck used by the beer maker at its “Whatever, USA” event in Crested Butte, Colorado last weekend.

After Douglass accused Anheuser-Busch, on Facebook page and Twitter, of stealing his work, the claim went viral, gaining thousands of shares and comments, many in support of artists citing widespread theft of copyrighted work. It also got attracted a television newscast in Crested Butte as well as pixelated ink on Fortune.com.

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rb trash 091114The impact of a switch on jobs will be considered, borough officials said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)


HOT-TOPIC_03Bids are in, and Red Bank officials will now turn their attention to the question of whether it makes financial sense for the borough to get out of the garbage pickup business, Councilman Mike DuPont said Wednesday night.

Officials said five cartage companies submitted bids late last month in a process authorized by the council last February. The governing body’s finance committee, which DuPont heads, will now evaluate the bids “to see if we can get savings” from a switch to private cartage, he said.

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Memorial07_irRed Bank Elks Lodge #233, 40 West Front Street. will hold a 9/11 memorial event in Riverside Gardens Park at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 13. The public is invited, and light refreshments will be served afterward.


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

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014Alexander Giuriceo, age 19, from Greenfield Way in Belford, NJ, arrested on August 27, 2014 by Patrolman Christian Clark for Disorderly Conduct. He was released pending a court date.

Gary Stone, age 43, from Church Street in Belford, NJ, arrested on August 27, 2014 by Patrolman John Soltysik for Violation of a Court Order. He was held pending a court date.

Valerie Hedlund, age 28, from Sherman Avenue in Belford, NJ, arrested on August 27, 2014 by Patrolman Jason Caruso for Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, Possession of Heroin, Possession of and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was held on $25,000.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

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rbtys madison 2012 1rbtys madison 2014 1Before they get down to the important matter of a block party later that day, at least a dozen homeowners on Madison Avenue and St. Nicholas Place in Red Bank plan to host a group yard sale this Saturday. Bargains will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (File photos. Click to enlarge)


paddle 2 090812Participants of all ages and skill levels are invited to take it to the river on Sunday, when Paddle the Navesink Day returns to cover the Red Bank waterfront. (Photo above by Peter Lindner; below by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

PaddleIt’s called Paddle the Navesink Day — and it’s all about kayaking, canoeing, sailing, rowing, and just generally enjoying Red Bank’s picturesque riverfront from a whole different perspective.

When it returns for its fourth edition on Sunday after taking 2013 off, the rain-or-shine event will show its late-summer colors as “a free community-wide celebration of the Navesink River;” a convergence of local businesses, boating clubs and nonprofit organizations that’s hands-on, oars-in, and all about the history, culture, and ecology of the waterway from which a community took shape.

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The students of the Brookdale Community College Theater Club bring the irreverent black comedy DOG SEES GOD to the stage of BCC’s Performing Arts Center, this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Looking back on it, Charles M. Schulz must have had some pretty well thought-out reasons not to have ever aged his classic Peanuts characters out of their frozen-in-time childhood moment — and with Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, the audience can see for themselves how the neuroses, personality quirks and phobias of Charlie Brown and his friends might have gotten the better of them in young adulthood.

Something of an antidote to You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, the rarely revived play by Bert V. Royal makes itself visible for three free performances at Brookdale Community College, September 11 through 13. A presentation of the school’s Theater Club, the 2004 “unauthorized parody” goes up at BCC’s Performing Arts Center on the Lincroft campus.

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rbpms-walk-zoneDo you walk to school or take the bus? Doesn’t matter. Any child who lives in Red Bank is eligible for a free pair of shoes from Doc Shoppe owner Dean Ross, below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)


dean ross 030714Here’s an offer you don’t see every day: free shoes for kids.

Dean Ross, owner of the Doc Shoppe on Broad Street, is planning to give away hundreds of pairs of shoes to Red Bank children later this month.

Why? Because kids need them, he’s got them, and he wants to help parents in a town he loves.

“This is where I went to school,” says the alumnus of the Mechanic Street School, the River Street School and the old Red Bank High School (’69).

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