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RED BANK: GEM OF A GALA FOR K.HOV KIDS

Daniel_Blumenkrantz_(Ranney_School),_Joseph_Romanowski_(Owner,_Goldtinker®),_and_Christopher_Weiland_(Ranney_School)Since its inception in 1970, Goldtinker Jewelers has made it a policy to be involved in community-based charities — and on February 4, owner Joe Romanowski (pictured at center, between Ranney School students Daniel Blumenkrantz and Christopher Weilan) hosted the first Diamond Heart Gala event in the 47 year history of the business. Romanowski and co-owner son Peter welcomed numerous customers, clients, fellow merchants and professionals from the Red Bank business community to the Valentine’s-themed event, a successful fundraiser for K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital of Neptune City.  Attendees who purchased and/or donated to the cause entered to win an exclusive Goldtinker Diamond Heart necklace, while enjoying specialty cocktails and Greek and Mediterranean hors d’oeuvres catered by Anemos Greek Cuisine of Manalapan. “We are so fortunate to have high quality care so close to home,” said Romanowski of the beneficiary for the first in what will be planned as an annual event. “I am so proud and honored that our Gala can leave a tangible impression on such a trusted organization that really treats each child as their own.” 

RED BANK: BUONA SERA, JIMMY JOHN’S OK’D

21 w front 082614The former Wayne’s Market on West Front Street is slated to open as a Jimmy John’s franchise owned by Gaslight Anthem bassist Alex Levine, at left below, and Matt Schaffert, right. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

levine schaffert 020116The owners of two Red Bank restaurants left Monday night’s planning board meeting with unanimous approvals, one to expand and the other to open.

Buona Sera, at Maple Avenue and Monmouth Street, won an OK for a plan for a 1,200-square foot addition that might accommodate up to 50 standing customers. And Jimmy John’s Deli, a sandwich franchise co-owned by a member of the rock band Gaslight Anthem, got a thumbs-up to open in the former Wayne’s Market space on West Front Street.

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LITTLE SILVER: ARTISTS AND ORCHIDS REPORT

Cafe sign by Nancy EllenAmong the works on display  at Sickles Market Saturday are mixed-media, coastal-themed wall hangings by Yolanda Fleming, above. Orchids fill the greenhouse,on Sunday. (Above photo by Nancy Ellen Photography) 

orchidLocals know the greenhouse area at Sickles Market in Little Silver as a place where the concept of sunnier, greener seasons truly takes a stand against the outside-world onslaught of winter and its slippery discontents.

The warm vibes beneath the bubble of the Sickles greenhouse commence this Saturday with the return of Artists’ Day — an annual event (formerly Artists’ Weekend) that showcases the work of a dozen different creative community members amid the flora of the garden center. Read More »

RED BANK: LOCAL SMOKE BBQ PLANS OPENING

delfini 091615 1Local Smoke BBQ plans to fire up its smoker in a building last rented by Delfini. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Nearly two years after deciding that downtown Red Bank wasn’t for him, a highly regarded barbecue master plans to open a restaurant on the edge of town.

Local Smoke BBQ, which bailed from a possible Broad Street deal in 2014, will now set up its smoker in the former Delfini Gourmet Catering space at the corner of West Front Street and Rector Place/Shrewsbury Avenue, owner Steve Raab tells redbankgreen’s Retail Churn.

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RED BANK: BASIE ISSUES ARTS SCHOLARSHIPS

Press release from Count Basie Theatre

When the red carpet is rolled out for the 11th annual Basie Awards on May 18, the Count Basie Theatre will do more than issue its customary honors for excellence in area high school theater and performing arts. The ceremony will also be the setting for the awarding of four arts impact scholarships — the Moser-Taboada Arts Impact Scholarship, the Monmouth Medical Center – Barnabas Health Arts Impact Scholarship, the Monmouth County Freeholders’ Basie Scholarship for Continuing Education and the new Siciliano Landscape Company Arts Impact Scholarship. 

The Monmouth County Freeholders’ scholarship will be awarded to a student attending a New Jersey-based college in the fall — and Basie board members are urging all interested students to prepare their applications now.

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RED BANK: T&M SERVES UP SERVICE

t&M_Lunch_BreakAs part of a “50 Ways of Giving” community service campaign in observance of its 50th anniversary, executives from Middletown-based engineering firm T&M Associates (including President/CEO Gary Dahms ) joined the staff of Lunch Break in Red Bank on January 20. T&M employees were on site at the Red Bank facility to provide food and clothing to Monmouth County families who need help and supplies during this winter season. The “50 Ways of Giving” initiative continues throughout 2016, with employees encouraged to participate in 50 acts of volunteerism during the firm’s milestone year. 

LITTLE SILVER: A GOOD TURN FOR GREAT CAUSE

TurningPoint_lobster_BenedictThe Turning Point’s lobster benedict is merely one Great Food way in which to support the Great Cause of the Kortney Rose Foundation — as the restaurants’ eleven locations team up to fundraise for the locally based nonprofit on the weekend of February 27 and 28.

Press release from Culinary Communications

From its very first location in downtown Little Silver, to an expanding network of daytime restaurants throughout New Jersey, Turning Point has made itself at home wherever it’s put down roots — and for the seventh consecutive year, Turning Point’s founders are partnering with a grass-roots nonprofit in their home community, for a fundraising initiative entitled “Great Food for a Great Cause.”

Between the hours of 8 am to 3 pm on Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28, all 11 Turning Point locations will invite their dining guests to make a donation to Kortney Rose Foundation, the organization (founded, in memory of their late daughter, by Kristen and Rich Gillette of Oceanport) dedicated to raising funds for pediatric brain tumor research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Guests who donate a minimum of $25 to KRF on either of those two days will receive in return a Turning Point gift card, good for two entrées to be used any time in the future.

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RED BANK: DUXIANA DEPARTS; SUSHI COMING

37 broad 011416The Duxiana store has vacated the building dubbed the Temple of Fashion, built in 1894. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallIn this edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn: a flurry of activity to report from Broad Street in Red Bank, including:

• a new vacancy in a historic building in the center of the downtown

• the recent opening of Red Bank Family Pharmacy

• plans for a new sushi restaurant

Plus, there’s interesting news about a new restaurant coming to the Grove in Shrewsbury.

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FAIR HAVEN CO. IN THE FABRIC OF COMMUNITY

cozmeena_1Press release from Cozmeena Enlightened Living

To Lisa Luckett, founder of Cozmeena Enlightened Living, the Fair Haven-based business is “a metaphor of the beauty and grace my kids and I received after the loss of my husband on 9/11…My children and I have been showered with love and support that continues to this day. Cozmeena is my way of giving back for all we have received.

“I want to share with people tangible, tactile ways to feel better again,” she continues. “Knitting is one of them.”

Described as a “lifestyle brand centered around knitting for those experiencing hardship,” Cozmeena Enlightened Living has expanded its outreach efforts in the local community. This past holiday season, Cozmeena was approached by Cathy Alescio and Marie Noglows, after the Fair Haven residents spent time volunteering at the Asbury Park facility of Covenant House and saw a need to comfort the organization’s homeless, runaway and at-risk youth. More than 30 Cozmeena knitters created “infinity” and straight-fringed scarves for hundreds of children and adults served by Covenant House, and presented the scarf donations to the Covenant House staff on December 11. In addition, the team of knitters created scarves for dozens of people served by the AIDS and homeless shelter The Center in Asbury Park, as well as Mary’s Place by the Sea, the Ocean Grove-based respite center for women undergoing treatment for cancer.

The effort is now being expanded to encourage others in New Jersey to join, and here in 2016 Cozmeena will act as the distribution arm for the seven New Jersey Covenant House programs, with a planned move to the New York programs as the project expands. The organization will serve as a distribution center for knitters and knitting ministries, helping them to organize and connect creators with people in need.

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RED BANK: MEET THE NEW DEPARTMENT HEADS

cliff keen 122315Cliff Keen, above, is the new director of public utilities, and Charlie Hoffmann, below, runs parks and rec. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

charlie hoffmann 122115Recent months have brought some new faces to Red Bank government.

In particular, three departments that residents have regular interaction with, and occasional strong opinions about, are under new leadership: parks and recreation; planning and zoning; and public utilities.

Here’s a quick intro to the new directors.

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RED BANK: PET SHOP CITED FOR NOTICE ISSUES

just_inA Red Bank pet shop was among more than two dozen retailers statewide cited for violating a law aimed at giving consumers more information about animals for sale, the New Jersey Attorney General’s office said Monday.

Bark Avenue Puppies, on East Front Street, was cited for 50 alleged violations of amendments to the Pet Purchase Protection Act that went into effect last year, according to the state.

Gary Hager, who acquired the shop last summer, told redbankgreen that he had been unaware of the law, and “immediately rectified” the problems upon being notified by the Department of Community Affairs in August.

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RED BANK: MR. PIZZA SOLD; SICILIA CLOSES

mr. pizza slice 010116Two downtown restaurateurs have acquired Mr. Pizza Slice on Monmouth Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallA non-nonsense staple from the days before Red Bank became flooded with chic eateries, Mr. Pizza Slice has changed hands for the second time in two years.

This time, the buyers are the owners of two downtown restaurants. They closed the pizzeria last week for what they expect will be a month or so of interior and exterior renovations, one of them told redbankgreen’s Retail Churn Monday.

Also closed last week: Sicilia Cafe, on Broad Street, which was acquired by first-time restaurateurs just six months ago.

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RED BANK: AN INVESTMENT IN WELLNESS

Press release from Investors Savings Bank

donegoodlogoInvestors Bank Foundation recently awarded a two year grant in the amount $15,000 to the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (MHA) in support of its Red Bank Resource Network (RBRN) and Sandy Wellness Program. This funding will help MHA continue to provide local residents and Hurricane Sandy impacted families and individuals with free mental health counseling and expert information plus referral services.

“We are honored to have Investors Bank Foundation as a corporate community partner and truly grateful to have received such a generous grant that will help us with sustainability through 2017,” said MHA Executive Director, Wendy DePedro in a statement. “Thanks to Investors Bank Foundation, the Red Bank community and Monmouth County residents will continue to receive the vital programs and services that are provided daily at the RBRN/Sandy Wellness Program location.”

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RED BANK: POSITIVE CHANGE 1 CENT AT A TIME

penny-arcadeThe West Front Street branch of TD Bank invites customers to help Kick Cancer Overboard this Friday, by donating to a community fundraising initiative through its Penny Arcade coin-counter machine. (TD Bank photo; location pictured is not specified)

From press materials furnished by TD Bank

When it comes to people whose lives have been affected by cancer, there’s no such thing as nickel-and-diming our way to solutions that provide much-needed relief to patients and their families. Every little bit helps — and with that in mind, TD Bank has established a company-wide “Bring Change” campaign, designed to convert loose coins into agents of positive action.

This Friday, December 18, the TD branch at 89 West Front Street in Red Bank joins the campaign, with an invitation to all members of the community to put in their “two cents’ worth” and then some — and with the Penny Arcade coin counter machine serving as designated hub for a fundraising effort to which the bank will match up to $2,000 in coins counted, and donate it to the nonprofit organization known as Kick Cancer Overboard.

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RED BANK: 10TH AVE. BARMAN SMOKES ‘EM

dudley delhagen 080515 2Dudley Delhagen, bar manager at 10th Ave. Burrito Company in Red Bank, was named the winner of a national contest to come up with a new cocktail using DeKuyper’s-brand cordials Monday.

Launched in September, the contest invited bartenders across America to craft a signature cocktail; fans were then asked to vote for their favorite creation online. Delhagen’s employed the company’s JDK & Son Fleur Elderflower Liqueur. A press release announcing Delhagen as DeKuyper’s first-ever “cocktail master” described his concoction as “the perfect balance of sweet and smoky.”

The recipe for Delhagen’s creation, called the Smoked Blossom, is below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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