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RIVER PLAZA MAN IN HEROIC RESCUE

A Middletown man was among a group of rescuers who pulled a motorist from a submerged car following an accident in Eatontown Sunday night, according to a report by the Asbury Park Press.  

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RED BANK: EYES ON THE ROAD, PLEASE

Put down the cellphone and pay attention: that’s the message to motorists that Red Bank police hope to underline this month as they conduct a special distracted-driving enforcement detail.

Why? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that in 2014, 3,179 people were killed and an estimated 431,000 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving a distracted driver.

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RED BANK: PREPARING FOR THE NEXT ONE

Three days after a raging fire that destroyed a home and injured five people, including four firefighters just one block away, members of the Red Bank volunteer fire and first aid squads conducted a previously scheduled training exercise simulating multiple emergencies Sunday.

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RED BANK: NO INJURIES IN CAR V. BUILDING

Red Bank police said no one was injured when a car drove through a fence and crashed into 116 Broad Street from the adjoining parking lot belonging to St. James Church Sunday morning.

The motorist, an 88-year-old Shrewsbury, left behind the front grille of his vehicle. The foundation of the building, home to oneblowdrybar, was damaged, but the remained structurally sound, said Assistant Construction Official John Drucker. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: BLUE LINE HONORS LAW ENFORCERS

RB blue line 011317 4rb blue line 011317 3A crew from Alert Traffic Lines painted a vivid blue line along Broad Street in downtown Red Bank Friday in support of local law enforcement. The borough-based company, owned by John and Michael Garofalo, paid for the project, which the borough council authorized by resolution in December.

The line was laid between existing double yellow lines in spite of objections voiced elsewhere by the federal Department of Transportation that they’re unsafe because the pavement between the yellow lines is not visible. Councilman and Police Commissioner Mike Whelan told redbankgreen in a statement that he and Chief Darren McConnell disagree with the DOT. 

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RED BANK: PEDESTRIAN STRUCK

rb-ped-hit-121716Emergency personnel at the intersection of Broad Street and Pinckney Road Saturday afternoon. The same spot was the scene of a June, 2015 accident from which a pedestrian later died of her injuries. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03An elderly man was stuck and seriously injured crossing Broad Street in Red Bank Saturday afternoon, police said.

The identity and condition of the victim were not available two hours following the accident, which occurred at about 3 p.m. at Broad Street and Pinckney Road, said police Chief Darren McConnell.

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RED BANK: DeFAZIO TO RETURN AS FIRE CHIEF

lauterwasser defazio 050716donegoodlogoRetired Red Bank police captain Pete DeFazio, at right above, is slated to serve as chief of the borough’s volunteer fire department for 2017, following his election by members Tuesday night.

His swearing-in, scheduled for January 1, will begin DeFazio’s third tour as chief, a post he held in 1987 and 1993. A member of the Relief Engine Company on Drummond Place, DeFazio retired from the police department in 2010, after 35 years on the force. He’ll succeed Chris Soden, of the Union Hose Company, in a tradition that rotates the top job among the borough’s six fire companies.

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RED BANK: GOING TOPLESS, IF NOT BY CHOICE

rb truck v trestle 072516HOT-TOPIC_03Well, there’s one way to cool off in the sweltering heat and humidity: go topless.  And for less-than-attentive truck drivers, the North Jersey Coast Line trestle at Hubbard’s Bridge in Red Bank stands ready to accommodate, as it did yet again early Monday afternoon. It was not immediately known if the man at right was the driver. (Photo by Ken Kalada. Click to enlarge.)

SEA BRIGHT: CLUB LIFEGUARDS ADD TO SKILLS

SB LIFEGUARDS 071316 2Two lifeguards bring in a rescued “victim,” in the form of a weighted mannequin, during a certification drill conducted by Sea Bright lifeguard Captain Mike Hudson, seen at left. Below, Hudson offering final instructions to the class at Surfrider Beach Club. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

SB LIFEGUARDS 071316 1Eleven months after a teenager drowned nearby, nearly two dozen lifeguards from Sea Bright’s private beach clubs completed a training program Tuesday aimed at preventing ocean fatalities.

Guards from all seven of the town’s waterfront clubs spent three nights a week for the past three weeks in a first-ever advanced certification program that concluded with simulated emergencies on the beach at Surfrider Beach Club.

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RED BANK: FACADE REPAIR UNDERWAY

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rb 21 broad 071116 2The sidewalk and parking spots in front of 21 Broad Street in Red Bank remained blocked off Tuesday morning, one day after a 12-foot long section of the facade broke off from above a third-story window and crashed to the sidewalk.

Assistant construction code official John Drucker tells redbankgreen the piece that fell was a plaster-covered cap that broke off after the wood beneath it rotted away. A contractor was on the scene Tuesday morning with a lift to remove the additional capping above the third-floor windows and to check the integrity of the overall facade, he said. The building, which has been vacant since the departure of Agostino Antiques in 2012, is being used temporarily for the shooting of next season’s ‘Comic Book Men’ on AMC. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: PIECE OF FACADE BREAKS OFF

rb 21 broad 071116 1rb 21 broad 071116 2No injuries occurred as a piece of the facade at 21 Broad Street in Red Bank broke off from above a second-story window and crashed to the sidewalk around 10 a.m. Monday.

The long-vacant building, formerly home to Agostino Antiques, is being used temporarily for the shooting of next season’s ‘Comic Book Men’ on AMC. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: VEHICLE CLIPS UTILITY POLE

RB ACCIDENT 062216 2A piece of a utility pole was left dangling in air after the lower portion was struck by a vehicle on Mpale Avenue near Monmouth Street in Red Bank Wednesday afternoon. Information on the crash was not immediately available, but there appeared to be no injuries resulting, said a person on the scene. As of 3:38 p.m., police had closed off northbound Maple Avenue between Chestnut and Monmouth Street to facilitate repairs.  (Reader photo. Click to enlarge)

LINCROFT: MOTORCYCLIST DIES IN CRASH

By JOHN T. WARD

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN-2016-v2[Update, May 17: The victim in this crash was Marc Gardner, 62, of Long Branch, police said.]

A motorcyclist was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Lincroft Sunday afternoon, police said.

The crash occurred on West Front Street just east of Shady Oaks Way at 2:52 p.m., according to Deputy Chief Steve Dollinger.

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RED BANK: CRASH VICTIM EXTRICATED

rb crash 051016 1Firefighters in the process of extricating the victim Tuesday. (Reader photo. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

AUTHORITIES_RB-2016-v2A 53-year-old driver was hospitalized after an accident left her trapped in her car Tuesday afternoon, Red Bank police Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

Catherine Graidl, 53, had to be extricated after her Toyota Corrolla was broadsided on Riverside Avenue at about noon, McConnell said.

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RED BANK: CRASH LEAVES EIGHT DISPLACED

rb crash 042516The stolen vehicle, obscured by darkness at left, traveled up the driveway and struck the side of a house on Drs. Parker Boulevard. The impact tore out the electrical service and caused structural damage to the house, as seen below. (Photo below by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

[Update, 9:30 p.m. Monday: According to Sickles, the damaged house was a two-family. One family is staying with friends or relatives, and the other has gotten housing assistance through the Red Cross.]

By JOHN T. WARD

rb crash 042516 2Eight people were said to have been displaced Monday after a stolen vehicle, fleeing police, crashed into their Red Bank home early Monday morning.

As previously reported by redbankgreen, the unidentified driver fled the scene on foot after racing a stolen sedan south on Bridge Avenue and smashing into the house at 133-135 Drs. Parker Boulevard at about 1:10 a.m.  Middletown and Red Bank police had attempted to intercept the car, but couldn’t catch it, authorities said.

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COUNTY CREATES SPECIAL-NEEDS DATABASE

sb sign 033016Sea Bright is among the towns that have already established voluntary registries for residents with special needs. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Press release Wednesday by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office:

A comprehensive and voluntary program dedicated to serving citizens with special needs was launched today.

Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni was joined by Sheriff Shaun Golden and the Monmouth County Chiefs of Police to introduce the Monmouth County Special Needs Registry.

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RED BANK: PEDESTRIAN OK AFTER HIT & RUN

AUTHORITIES_RB-2016-v2By JOHN T. WARD

A Red Bank pedestrian was taken to the hospital with non-serious injuries after a hit-and-run accident Monday night, said police Chief Darren McConnell.

And a short while later, a motorist walked away from a rollover accident, apparently without injury, he said.

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