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FAIR HAVEN: INDIE, BOOKISH, AND LOVING IT

AudreyVernickChildren’s book author Audrey Vernick (above) helps River Road Books celebrate Independent Bookstore Day Saturday afternoon, two days after Aaron Zwas (below) shows us how to ‘Transition to Independence.’

Aaron ZwasIn case you haven’t marked your calendar accordingly, this Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day — a day when we toast the success and spirit of your friendly neighborhood (non-chain, mom and/or pop) purveyor of dreams for lovers of the printed page.

Here on the Greater Red Bank Green, it’s a role that’s been filled for the past decade by River Road Books, the Fair Haven corner shop that’s taken the lead among area booksellers when it comes to meet-and-greet opportunities with authors of all persuasions. And the store has a spring bounty lined up in coming weeks.

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FAIR HAVEN: McGOVERN TO TAKE LEAD AT PD

FHPD Mcgovern 042016 3Joe McGovern, who’s to be sworn in as chief Monday night, has spent his entire career with the borough police department. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

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It’s a cliché, but in terms of police activity, Fair Haven cries out for comparison to Mayberry. Crime is almost nil, and the top two categories of calls involve traffic and residential construction: blocked driveways, dumpster placements and the like.

Still, this bedroom community has undergone a rapid growth spurt. There are hundreds of kids — more than at any time in the town’s 104-year history — and more traffic.

“We’re also one of the only towns left where most of the kids ride bikes to school,” said acting police Chief Joe McGovern, who is scheduled to become chief next week.

Which makes pedestrian safety the number-one issue for police, he said. “It’s our job to make sure they’re safe.”

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RED BANK: TOWN YARD SALE SIGN-UP BEGINS

050215 ydsales11You just never know what must-have items you’ll find. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

RBTYS 2016 flyer

A press release from the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library:

The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library are organizing the 9th Annual Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale for Saturday, May 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Registration is open and will continue until 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 5

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FAIR HAVEN: WHAT RESIDENTS LIKE, OR DON’T

fh river rd 042016 2A survey found general satisfaction with the older, eastern business district, above. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03There are too many street lights on River Road. There aren’t enough on Third Street. New and remodeled homes are too big.

So say some Fair Haven residents in a new and extensive survey of on the physical attributes of the town as it begins mapping out its future.

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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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ON THE GREEN: THE RUST OR THE RASPBERRY?

RB painting 041916 2RB painting 041916 1A crew from Wells Painting of Monmouth Beach was out in downtown Red Bank Tuesday giving 40 Broad Street a new look. The final color will be the rust hue seen at right; the pink is just a primer, says owner Patrick Wells. We kinda like the pink, or as we call it at redbankgreen headquarters, raspberry. Your thoughts?

Wednesday appears to be another beautiful day outdoor work on the Greater Red Bank Green, with ample sunshine and temperatures peaking around 60 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

ON THE GREEN: A GREAT DAY FOR STROLLING

rb weather 041816fh weather 041816Blue skies poured sunshine down on the Greater Red Bank Green Monday, offering ideal conditions for some low-exertion outdoor activity. With temperatures heading into the mid-70s, a walker took it all in on Spring Street in Red Bank, above, while another had some company on River Road in Fair Haven, right.

The outlook through Thursday is for sunny or mostly sunny days, with daytime peaks in the high 50s and 60s, according to the National Weather Service.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RUMSON: SEVEN UP FOR SIGNING DAY

RFH signing dayOn April 13, seven student athletes from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School took part in a National Signing Day event inside the RFH Lower Library, surrounded by proud coaches and family members. The students and their programs are Bram Bruno (University of Pennsylvania, Crew), Brendan Edwards (University of Delaware, Crew), Maren Gierlatowicz (University of Miami, Crew), Jeremy Johnson (Elizabethtown College, Lacrosse), Caroline Kostecky (Gettysburg College, Soccer), Zachary Rataski (Johnson and Wales University-Miami, Track and Field), and Brianna Worobel (Skidmore College, Soccer).

LUNCHTIME RENDEZVOUS FOR FAIR HAVEN PTA

Press release from Fair Haven Parent-Teacher Association

It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for the Fair Haven PTA — and when the organization hosts its annual luncheon event on Saturday, April 30, it will be a “Rendezvous on the River” with a decidedly Parisian flavor.

A benefit in support of the ongoing and future programs that the PTA sponsors and the community have come to love and expect, the luncheon and auction event will be hosted on the beautiful Shrewsbury River, in the elegant setting of the Riverhouse at Rumson Country Club.

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RFH: SOURLIS ENDS 30-YEAR WINNING CAREER

George-Sourlis-610x343 (1)Rumson-Fair Haven girls’ basketball coach George Sourlis, the Shore Conference’s all-time winningest coach, announced his retirement Wednesday. Sourlis ends his 30-year leadership of the Lady Bulldogs after five state championships, 14 sectional titles and a record of 653-198, including a 22-7 tally in his final season.

In an interview with NJ.com, Sourlis credited his players, assistant coaches and school administration for the team’s success, which he said has been “not because of George Sourlis and George Sourlis alone. We’ve been fortunate that we’ve been able to withstand the test of time.” (Photo courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

RFH DOMINATES CBA WITH THREE HAT TRICKS

Robbie Garavente, Griffin Schultz and Henry Sillen each scored three goals to lead Rumson-Fair Haven’s boys’ lacrosse team  to a 10-3 win at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft Tuesday.  Watch the highlights and other high school sports action at Shore Sports Zone.

FAIR HAVEN: A BIG IMPACT ON PHILANTHROPY

Impact_photo_April_4_2016Press release from Impact 100 Jersey Coast (Photo by Cady Metzger)

The bar was set high. The final numbers are in. The goal: 100 local women each give $1,000. The result: 145 women step up to provide a $145,000 transformational grant to one Monmouth County nonprofit.

“Never underestimate the power of women,” said Deidre O’Brien Spiropoulos, President and Cofounder of Impact 100 Jersey Coast. “Not only did we meet our goal of 100 women by March 31st, but we exceeded it with 145 women each contributing $1,000.” One hundred percent of membership funds go directly to the grant which will benefit a local nonprofit.

Impact 100 Jersey Coast was founded by Spiropoulos of Fair Haven and Heather Burke of Middletown. Together they reached out to other local women who made up the founding member team: Kate McMahon of Ocean Township, Bonnie Torcivia of Fair Haven, Rowena Crawford-Phillips of Navesink, Maggie LaRocca of Rumson, Aimee Remey of Locust, Paige Metzger of Little Silver, Paulette Roberts of Little Silver, Bridget Riepl of Oakhurst and Jenny Turner Clarke of Rumson.

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