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redbankgreen was launched on June 1, 2006. Its mission: to capture as fully as possible the vitality of the people and events of the Red Bank, New Jersey area, both for immediate consumption and for posterity.

We refer to our coverage area, which extends from Lincroft due east to Sea Bright, as ‘the Green.’

The name redbankgreen is meant to connote the colonial-era concept of a village green or town square, where neighbors met to exchange news and opinions, and maybe swap a pig for some kale. Hence, our slogan: “a town square for an unsquare town.” Only, this one’s online, and minus the livestock.

We honor the journalistic ideals of fairness and accuracy with neither fear nor favoritism. But sometimes we get a little cheeky.

JTW & TR heads 090313Who’s behind redbankgreen?

Over his three decades in the news business, site founder John T. Ward has worked as a reporter at the Asbury Park Press and the Star-Ledger and as a magazine freelancer. He serves as publisher and editor.

Graphic artist Trish Russoniello is redbankgreen‘s self-styled “picture person,” responsible for site design, graphics and ad creation. A former staffer at Nickelodeon, she also takes most of the photos for the weekly Where Have I Seen This? and the occasional Accidental Photographer.

Ward and Russoniello, who are married, have lived in Red Bank since 1994.

Then there are these folks, who help make redbankgreen what it is:

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Assistant editor Tom Chesek‘s coverage of New Jersey culture and history has appeared in numerous print publications and websites, some of his own invention. A Bayshore native and longtime Red Bank denizen, he now lives in Asbury Park, where he is the director of the historic Stephen Crane House.

Jim Willis writes about food. A former redbankgreen webmaster and ex-chief technology officer of an online classical music retailer, he lives in Red Bank with his wife, Kelly, and their two sons. He plays guitar and sings in the ‘face-melting’ Grateful Dead homage band Dead Bank.

Freelance photographer Peter Lindner went waist-deep into Sea Bright’s flooded streets during Hurricane Sandy, and occasionally pops up to document other colorful events. He lives on a sailboat in Jersey City with his wife, Meredith, and their daughter.

Webmaster Kenny Katzgrau is also the CEO of Broadstreet Ads, an online advertising startup that spun out of redbankgreen in 2012. He and his wife, Katie, met as employees of the Lincroft Acme supermarket when they were in high school. They live in Red Bank.

lion logoredbankgreen is a proud to be a founding member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, a trade group formed in 2012.

Our ads are served by Broadstreet Ads, which is based in Red Bank.

Some legal business:

Our content is copyrighted and may not be used without our permission. Doing so may incur some bad hyperlocal karma.

If we make a mistake, we will correct or clarify it.

We strongly believe that once information is published, it should stay published as-is, unless a correction or clarification is warranted.

We do not edit police blotters before they’re published, and we don’t delete anything from them afterward – no exceptions.  If you have been acquitted after an arrest and would like our archive to reflect this, please send us the court record and we will gladly update the original story. Under no circumstances will we delete the original report.

We do not under any circumstances remove or materially alter stories or images once they have been published.

In keeping with the concept of a village green, we don’t allow anonymous or pseudonymous comments. If you want to say something on redbankgreen, we ask that you not wear a bag over your head. Be accountable.

redbankgreen is in no way responsible for what commenters write.

We use Facebook as our commenting tool. We understand that not everyone wants to be on Facebook, but at present, it’s the most reliable system we’ve tested for keeping trolls off the Green.

Thanks for reading, and please be sure to support our advertisers, without whom this publication would not be possible.

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