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RED BANK: BACKYARD BBQ GRILL EXPLODES

rb fire 122215 1A pair of explosions audible from blocks away brought out the Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department shortly after 10 p.m. Tuesday night. Deputy fire chief Pete DeFazio, responding to a report of an explosion in a propane-fueled barbecue grill at 95 South Street, witnessed the second explosion, which he said sent a flame about 15 feet into the air. He put the resulting fire out with an extinguisher, he said.

The owner of the home, Tim Carr, told firefighters he had shut the grill down about two hours earlier, authorities said. An investigation into the cause was underway. 

No one was injured and there was no structural damage, said Chief Joe Lauterwasser. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: CAR HITS HOUSE; DWI CHARGED

rb car v house 120415Residents of 144 Spring Street in Red Bank got a jolt at about 12:15 Friday morning when a vehicle plowed into their house, at the corner of Elm Place, causing extensive structural damage but no injuries. Borough police and fire volunteers responded, getting help from Middletown’s special services in shoring up the foundation, said police Chief Darren McConnell.

The driver, 53-year-old borough resident Don Rotolo, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, said McConnell.  (Reader photo Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: WEEKLY BULK PICKUPS OK’D

delisa 090315Residents will now be able to put their bulk waste out with regular household trash once a week. But there are rules. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Red Bank residents will no longer have to wait weeks — or the entire winter — for so-called bulk waste pickup days.

Under a change approved by the borough council Monday night, those old mattresses, sofas and other large items can go to the curb once a week, rather than once a month between April and November.

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AUTUMN 2015: RED BANK, IN GLORIOUS COLOR

rb flowers 112115rb sunset 112215The trees may be nearly bare of leaves, but there’s no shortage of bold color to be found in nature this time of year.

Some hardy roses added splashes of magenta to the sidewalk along West Front Street in Red Bank Saturday, and Sunday’s sunset, seen from Pinckney Road at right, offered a glorious array of pink, gold, blue and more. 

Speaking of autumn, Thanksgiving week began with temperatures just above freezing Monday morning, with a forecast of sunny skies and a high temperature of only about 43 degrees. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: GARAGE SALE TO BENEFIT KIDS

rb clay st. 111815Ray Rapcavage, developer of 22 proposed townhomes in Red Bank, is planning a charity garage sale this Saturday on the Clay Street side of the site, which also fronts on Harding Road and Hudson Avenue. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Red Bank chapter of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County, Rapcavage tells redbankgreen.

The sale features “hundreds of items” stored in the garages that front on Clay, Rapcavage said, including building supplies — such as windows, barn flooring and columns  as well as bicycles, children’s clothing, and toys. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A hearing on Rapcavage’s building proposal is scheduled resume at the zoning board meeting on December 3. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: BULK PICKUPS MAY GO WEEKLY

bridge-aveHOT-TOPIC_02Mountains of household waste, like this one seen on Bridge Avenue in 2011, may become less common in Red Bank soon.

The borough council, having privatized regular trash pickup two months ago, is now considering a change under which contractor DeLisa Demolition of Tinton Falls would pick up bulk waste on the second collection day of each week, all year long, rather than once a month between April and November.

Officials expect to introduce an ordinance amendment enabling a change to the contract with DeLisa at council meeting scheduled for Monday, November 23. The change won’t increase the borough’s costs, said Administrator Stanley Sickels. “It’s more convenient for residents, and less unsightly,” he said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: FARMERS AND CHEFS ON PUMPKINS

092015farmersmktrb2Michelle O’Connor at the Red Bank Farmers’ Market with pumpkins grown at Brookville Farms.  (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

morsels mediumAutumn has arrived on the Greater Red Bank Green, and that means we’re in for a plethora of pumpkin-flavored options in coffee shops, bakeries and restaurants.

But home cooks use them too, of course. And with that in mind, PieHole popped in at the Red Bank Farmers’ Market and a couple of local eateries to get some insights on choosing and using pumpkins.

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RED BANK: TOUR TOUTS ECO EFFORTS

092714 ecowalk4Michael Paul Raspanti shows off his eco-friendly organic garden during last year’s Green House Tour in Red Bank.  (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge.)

On a first-autumn-weekend that also features Shore Paddle and the Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival, it might be easy to overlook a quiet, grass-roots endeavor that opens some of the town’s “greenest” gardens and homes to public perusal.

But as the borough Environmental Commission points out, the public-welcome happening that’s all about the community’s future has grown by leaps and bounds since last year’s inaugural Green House Tour.

Scheduled for Saturday from 9 a.m.to 6 p.m., the newly rebranded Red Bank Garden and Eco Tour offers a self-guided excursion designed to “educate the local population on the individual and environmental benefits of incorporating sustainable living practices, and to provide residents an opportunity to build and grow together,” in the words of commission chair Frank Corrado.

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RED BANK: GIVE OR TAKE, IT’S ALL FREE

242 Spring st. rbGet a taste of the gift economy on Spring Street in Red Bank Saturday. (Click to enlarge)

free market logoGot stuff lying around the house or workplace that you’d like to give a new home?

Or are you in the market for stuff, and don’t mind if it’s used?

The folks behind a venture called Treasure Circle will hold an event in Red Bank on Saturday that may be of interest.

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RED BANK: PRESERVATION EFFORTS LAUDED

65 wallace 091515The home of Paul and Nancy Cagno, at the corner of Wallace and Mount streets, above, and the circa 1903 mansion that’s now the office of Smallwood Wealth Management, at 199 Broad Street, below, were among the four structures cited. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

199 broad 091515Three Broad Street buildings and a home in the historic district won kudos from the Red Bank Historic Preservation Commission at a ceremony Tuesday night.

Kicking off what members hope to become an annual series, the commission honored property owners in four categories for “adding to the value of Red Bank by adding to the character” of the town, in the words of Chairwoman Michaela Ferrigine.

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RED BANK: SWITCH ADDS COLLECTION DAYS

delisa 090315HOT-TOPIC_03With the switch to private cartage last week, all homes in Red Bank have now had at least one pickup by DeLisa Demolition of Tinton Falls, which won a three-year, $1.49 million contract for collection of trash, recyclables and household bulk waste last month.

The change, borough officials said in advance, would have been all but unnoticed by residents. But there’s a perk or two, including — as some perplexed residents may have noticed on Labor Day holiday pickups.

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RED BANK: LAVENDER-SCENTED MEMORIES

barb randall 083115Barb Randall with a lavender plant in her Red Bank yard. Below, a photo of her late sister, Donna Randall. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

donna randall 083115When her older sister died from a rare form of leukemia three years ago, Barb Randall found some solace in an aroma, and the memories it inspired.

Donna Randall, who worked in the fragrance industry, had created a simple lavender spray for her own use that she applied to linens.

“Whenever she had overnight guests at her Jersey City brownstone, she would spray it on the pillows,” Barb recalled in an interview at her Red Bank home this week. “And when I stayed there, the last thing she would always say to me was, ‘sweet dreams.'”

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RUMSON: BLITHEWALD RAZED

76 buena vista 081815rumson fire 042015 2Five months after a devastating fire, the Rumson mansion known as Blithewald was demolished Monday.

The 132-year-old home, on Buena Vista Avenue, was undergoing extensive redecoration for use as a designer showcase for the monthlong VNA Stately Homes by the Sea when it burned down in April. Investigators ruled the cause of the blaze accidental. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: TRASH PICKUP TO GO PRIVATE

rb trash 092414 1Two of the borough’s four garbage trucks will be sold, and the other two kept for leaf and snow removal, officials said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Red Bank is getting out of the garbage business.

By a 4-0 vote at a special, single-issue meeting Monday night, the borough council approved a three-year, $1.49 million contract for collection of trash, recyclables and household bulk waste with a private hauler, Delisa Demolition of Tinton Falls.

But the change, effective September 1, will be all but unnoticeable to residents and small-business owners, town officials said. And it should generate “significant” savings, they contend.

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RED BANK: PRIVATE TRASH PICKUP NEARS

rb trash 092414 2No borough employees will lose jobs or benefits in the switch, Mayor Pasquale Menna said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03The end of public-sector trash collection in Red Bank could come as soon as September 1, under the terms of a contract that the borough council body discussed in private Wednesday night.

Still not quite at the end of a process it began 18 months ago, the council scheduled a special meeting for next Monday night solely to vote on the deal.

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