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TEMPORARY ROOF FIX DONE AT SUPERMARKET

acme-openA&P in Little Silver reopened early Friday afternoon after the building’s roof partially collapsed this week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The A&P supermarket in Little Silver is back in business after a 48-hour shutdown caused by this week’s blizzard.

Contractors worked since Wednesday to shore up the roof of the building, which partially collapsed under the weight of heavy snow, and the store got permission to reopen its doors at around noon Friday.

Within an hour, shoppers wended through the store loading up carts and baskets, moving around a cordoned off section at the south end where the damage occurred.

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PRE-CHRISTMAS ACCIDENT KILLED WOMAN

river-rd-accidentThe accident occurred on River Road in front of Acme. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

An Eatontown woman died after being struck by a vehicle on River Road in Fair Haven almost two weeks ago, authorities confirmed.

No charges have been filed against the driver, Mohsen Sarraf, of Rumson, who hit 52-year-old Keri Lee on December 20, Assistant Prosecutor Peter Warshaw said.

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STELLA GRANDE

stellaStella, a golden retriever “from New Hampshire,” her owner notes, rests her chin on a snowbank outside the Starbucks on Broad Street in Red Bank Thursday morning. (Click to enlarge)

DOUBLE DUNK TO START ’11

mad-hatterOne of two ocean plunges will take place at the Mad Hatter in Sea Bright Saturday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

So you’re planning your New Year’s morning and thinking you’d like to do something stupid. Look no further.

All you have to do is decide where you’d like to execute your first questionable decision of 2011 — Sea Bright or Asbury Park.

Keeping with tradition sprouted eight years ago at Donovan’s Reef, two separate groups of locals will host New Year’s Day plunges into the Atlantic to raise money for charities.

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SINGLE-LANE REOPENING PLANNED

wfront-122910A towrig pulls a stranded car from the snow while utility crews work on the opposite side of West Front Street at 3:30p Wednesday. (Click to enlarge)

A utility pole replacement job continued to vex motorists traveling through Red Bank Wednesday, adding to woes dominated by icy streets and snowpile-narrowed driving lanes.

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ROOF CRACK FORCES SUPERMARKET CLOSURE

apA crack in the roof forced the closure of the A&P supermarket in Little Silver Wednesday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The A&P in Little Silver was evacuated this morning and will be closed for the foreseeable future as a result of a partial roof collapse.

The structural failure is believed to be caused by the weight of the recent blast of snow, landlord Ben Lucarelli said.

“It’s going to be quite some time before I get it open again,” Lucarelli, who is also a councilman in Fair Haven, told redbankgreen.

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ON CONSIGNMENT: DOUBLETAKE ON BROAD

marci-kessler“My business is recession-proof,” says Doubletake owner Marci Kessler. (Click to enlarge)

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As a handful of employees raced about earlier this month to set up for the next day’s opening of Doubletake Consignment Boutique in Red Bank, owner Marci Kessler appeared the embodiment of calm.

The racks were nearly bare of the high-end clothing and accessories expected to fill the store, located on Broad Street next door to Pizza Fusion. But Kessler, eating a salad at the cash register, was unflustered, and confident the shop would be fully stocked for its first customers.

“We’ve been doing it for 18 years,” she told redbankgreen.

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ON CONSIGNMENT: OWNER GOES FOR SECONDS

eliaAnn Marie Elia arranges the stock at her Fair Haven store. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

When Ann Marie Elia opened her first business, All Things Consignment, in West Long Branch two decades ago, it was a tough start for the self-described “clothes and jewelry junkie.”

“Twenty years ago, people looked down on you for shopping at a consignment shop,” Elia said. “Now, it’s so hip.”

So hip, in fact, that Elia is in the middle of an apparent consignment boom along the Navesink. Elia opened her second All Things Consignment location on River Road, next door to Shutters Cottage Home, in October, and hers is one of two that recently opened in Fair Haven — just a microcosm of a regional trend she’s seen, she said.

“I’ve never seen so many pop up in one year,” Elia, 45, said. “It’s the times.”

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ON CONSIGNMENT: RE-ENTRY JOBS

u-boutiqueU Gallery will feature luxury goods on consignment and works by brain-injured artists. (Click to enlarge) Rcsm2_010508

One of the stores opening as part of a surge in new consignment shops in the Red Bank area has an unusual pedigree.

It’s called U Gallery, and it’s an offshoot of Universal Institute, a player in the healthcare industry specializing in services for brain-injured clients.

Huh?

No, that’s not an egregious misprint. Lisa Lasso, who co-owns the rehab and vocational training facility, says a  consignment shop/art gallery can work, and say she has the track record to prove it.

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ON CONSIGNMENT: GOING HIPPER

kathie-slavinKathie Slavin took over The Attic at the beginning of the month and is rebranding the consignment shop In-Style Vintage. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

There was a point a few months ago when a second-hand staple in Fair Haven, The Attic, was going to get mothballed forever, ending a 40-year run on River Road.

The consignment shop’s owner, Melanie Selick, had suffered a stroke, leaving her incapable of handling the day-to-day duties necessary to run the business.

But Kathie Slavin, who, for years shopped and often dropped off clothing at the shop, simply could not let it go dark. So she took over.

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RUMSON DONE AS SEA BRIGHT DIGS OUT

plowA snow plow on East River Road Monday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

While other towns continue trying to dig out from massive amounts of snow, it’s down to a cleanup effort in Rumson.

Public Works crews worked through the night Monday plowing through the borough’s seven-square-miles, and by Tuesday morning all streets were open, “which, I don’t think, a lot of the neighboring towns can say,” Mayor John Ekdahl said.

No they can’t.

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DETOUR EXPECTED FOR A.M. DRIVE TIME

front-broadWestbound traffic was diverted from West Front Street onto Broad Street Tuesday evening, above, jamming up downtown Red Bank. Below, eastbound vehicles lined up on Monmouth Street. (Click to enlarge)

monouth-trafficWork to replace a busted utility pole on busy West Front Street may not be completed until midday Wednesday, meaning motorists could face another glacial morning crawl through Red Bank.

A shutdown of a portion of West Front to enable JCP&L crews to replace the pole, which shattered during the blizzard Sunday night, led to massive traffic jams Tuesday morning, with inbound traffic backed up onto the Route 35/Cooper Bridge to Middletown.

By the evening commute, a repeat appeared in the making.

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RED BANK SPUTTERS BACK TO A START

On Monday, redbankgreen brought you photos taken on a walking tour of Red Bank shortly after the end of the paralyzing blizzard that walloped parts of the northeastern United States over the previous 24 hours.

Today, we give you the morning after the morning after, in which we retrace our steps to see how much has changed over the subsequent 24.

Photos are in pairs, the first of which was taken Monday morning, and the second, Tuesday morning.

(To enlarge the photo display, start it, then click the embiggen symbol in the lower right corner. To get back to redbankgreen, hit your escape key.)