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ON THE GREEN: BREAK IN RAIN FORECAST

rb runners 050416 2Young runners charge through the rain on Spring Street in Red Bank Wednesday. 

Thursday’s outlook isn’t as wet, with just a slight chance of precipitation, but rain is forecast to return Friday, when as much as an inch may fall on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

SEA BRIGHT: RUM RUNNER RESURRECTED

rum runner 050316 2The bar in a glass-walled room one patron called “the aquarium” offers panoramic views of the Shrewsbury River. Below right, restaurant principal Tim McLoone with an opening-night guest. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

tim mcloone 050316Three and a half years after the original was damaged beyond repair by Hurricane Sandy, McLoone’s Rum Runner reopened Tuesday night in the form of dazzling behemoth of a “jewel box” beside the Shrewsbury River in Sea Bright.

Above the river, actually. Unlike its modest predecessor, which sat barely above high-tide, the new one is elevated to keep all but the lowest part of a stairwell dry even during the worst storm surge, and provide parking underneath at other times, said its designers.

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ON THE GREEN: GLOOMY SKIES LINGER

turkey vultures 050216turkey vultures 050216 3A half-dozen or so turkey vultures have been visiting Madison Avenue in Red Bank this week, taking turns enjoying the heat emitted by home chimneys when not scavenging for carrion.

Did they bring the gloomy weather we’ve been having this week? Occasional showers Wednesday morning are expected to turn into steady rain in the afternoon, according to the Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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.)

ON THE GREEN: A CLEAR PATH TO SUNSHINE

rb dust cloud 041216Working in a light rain, a man cutting a sidewalk on Madison Avenue in Red Bank raised an enveloping cloud of dust Tuesday morning.

The rain was expected to taper off by early afternoon, giving way to partly cloudy skies and, on Wednesday, lot of sunshine, according to the Weather Underground.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

SEA BRIGHT: JERSEY GIRL’S SHORE FOOD TOUR

deb smith 033016 3Deborah Smith, author of “The Jersey Shore Cookbook,” outside Ama in Sea Bright last week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

morsels mediumThe flavors of the Jersey shore really burst into fullness in the summer, helping to draw millions of visitors to our sun-splashed sands.

Somehow, though, it seems no one had thought to ask the most iconic beachfront restaurants for their top recipes, with the idea of sharing them in book form.

It took a Jersey Girl from Red Bank with an insatiable palate to finally tie it all together.  Read More »

SEA BRIGHT: CAT RESUSCITATED AFTER FIRE

donegoodlogoSea Bright volunteer firefighters revived an unconscious cat at the site of an apartment fire early Tuesday morning, the fire department reported on its Facebook page.

According to the post, stations 43 and 33 were dispatched to a townhouse in the Sea Bright Village for a reported structure fire. There, they encountered a blaze in the second story of a middle unit.

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ON THE GREEN: UMBRELLAS AWAY, COLLARS UP

rb weather 040416A drizzling rain prompted a pedestrian on Pinckney Road in Red BaNk to pop out the umbrella Monday morning.

After several days of grey skies and off-and-on rain, the Greater Red Bank Green is in for partly cloudy skies and chilly air Tuesday, with temperatures peaking at only about 42 degrees, according to the Weather Underground.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

ON THE GREEN: AUTHOR! AUTHOR! AUTHORS!

Jersey Shore CookbookFrom guided tours of the great restaurants, landmark buildings and vivid VIPs in our local communities, to the resting places of the most storied European monarchs, the month of April is a Book Fair of opportunity for anyone interested in a cracking-good nonfiction read — and the days and nights ahead offer readers numerous opportunities to meet and chat with the people who bring you the books, at locations all around the greater Green.

It’s a slate of events that kicks off this Thursday, April 7, in the surprising setting of Sea Bright’s Ama Ristorante — a venue that comes into sharper focus with the revelation that the 6 p.m. event is a cocktail-hour reception for The Jersey Shore Cookbook: Fresh Flavors from the Boardwalk and Beyond. Author (and founder of Jerseybites.com) Deborah Smith will be on hand to sign preview copies of the soon-to-be-released volume, a collection of recipes from some of the Shore’s most popular restaurants and eateries (Ama included). Also featured is an insider’s guide to navigating the local foodscape, as well as “the effects of Superstorm Sandy on nearly every establishment in the book and what it took to come back after the devastation.” Attendees at the two-hour reception will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, a complimentary beverage, a demo by Ama Executive Chef Charles Lesbirel, plus a $15 gift card — and tickets ($50 per person; $75 per couple) can be reserved at (732)530-9760.

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ON THE GREEN: FOWL WEATHER FORECAST

Rooster 040316redbankgreen encountered this cocky fellow Saturday, one of five feeding in the grass outside a home at West Front Street and Hubbard Avenue in the River Plaza section of Middletown.

There’s some foul weather ahead, with showers turning to steady rain Monday afternoon and a freeze warning in effect from 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Weather Underground.  (Photos and GIF by Trish Russoniello.)