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RED BANK: SHADE TO BE MADE IN PARKS

basie shade 081116 3Lunchtime at Count Basie Fields, where a bit of shade is hard to find. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03It was pretty much roasting at Red Bank’s Count Basie Fields last Thursday morning as a dozen or so day campers huddled under a pop-up tent. On site supervisor Rose Sestito’s cellphone, the Weather Channel app registered a “feels like” reading of 100 degrees.

It was even hotter out on the rubberized artificial turf where the kids had just been playing, said a sweat-soaked counselor, cooling his heels inside the snack bar while a bunch of his colleagues crowed beneath the shade of rare tree on the sprawling facility’s grounds.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? SHRIMP, WITH BIG VIEWS

080916rumrunner5The roofed deck at McLoone’s Rum Runner. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

WFL what's for lunch?On a clear day, Tim McLoone‘s newly rebuilt Rum Runner restaurant in Sea Bright offers bird’s-eye views south along the Shrewsbury River past the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge, north toward Sandy Hook Bay, and to the east, beach clubs, interspersed with peeks of the Atlantic Ocean.

Stunning eye-candy aside, PieHole finds another reason to appreciate this back-from-the dead Sandy survivor.

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RED BANK: APARTMENTS & GARAGE PROPOSED

denholtz 080416 16The taxi dispatch office on Oakland Street alongside the train station would be demolished and replaced with a parking garage and some commercial space topped by apartments. The new structure would connect to the office building seen in the background, on Chestnut Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Fourteen months after the debut of a short-lived plan for a brewery next door to the Red Bank train station, a builder has proposed an ambitious mixed-use project with 45 apartments at the site.

Denholtz Associates, a national development and property management firm based in Matawan, also wants to create a 129-car parking garage, along with a small amount of commercial space, on adjoining lots that run from Oakland to Chestnut streets, according to plans filed with the borough.

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SANDY HOOK: ENTRY FEE HIKE PROPOSED

sandy hook 3 052613The per-car fee would jump to $20, from $15, under the proposed hike. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Beachgoers may have to pay 33 percent more to enter the Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook next summer.

A proposed fee increase would boost the daily vehicle rate to $20, from the present $15, and the seasonal rate to $100, from $75.

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ON THE GREEN: RELATIVELY COOLER

rb cupola 072616After a string of days with temperatures in the 90s, things will cool off a bit on the Greater Red Bank Green Wednesday, according to forecasts. Under sunny skies, temperatures will peak at about 88 degrees, according to the Weather Underground, which should make work a bit easier for the crew refurbishing the cupola atop the United Methodist Church on Broad Street in Red Bank. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RUMSON: STORM PROMPTS CANCELLATION

rumson storm 072616 1rumson storm 072616 2Tuesday’s camp activity schedule for Victory Park in Rumson was canceled after high winds and heavy rain tore through town Monday evening, leaving wires downed on Lafayette Street, above, and South Ward Avenue, right. Dozens of homes in Rumson, and hundreds in Middletown, lost electrical power in the storm, but nearly all were back online by dawn Tuesday, according to JCP&L.

Tuesday’s weather outlook is for most sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-90s. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: ICE CREAM STAND OPENS

gracie dudes 070616 1WhatsGoingOnHereFor the first time in its two-decade history, the snack bar in Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park is operating as a regular daily business. 

Gracie and the Dudes Organic Ice Cream of Sea Bright opened in the West Front Street facility without fanfare last weekend under a two-year contract entered with the borough in April following a bid process. For most of its existence, the building was open only sporadically during borough events.

The contract is for two years, with a three-year renewal option. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

SHREWSBURY: VOICES OF INDEPENDENCE

shrews independence 070416 12shrews independence 070416 11Shrewsbury residents and other visitors to the historic Allen House, a circa-1710 tavern at Broad Street and Sycamore Avenue, took turns reading passages from the Declaration of Independence during an Independence Day event that drew several hundred onlookers Monday. Volunteers in Colonial-era clothing added to an air of another time, even if one or two did whip out their cellphones.

We’ve got more photos after the “read more,” below.

An 1880 reprint of the declaration that was on display for the event will now be on permanent display at either the Eastern Branch Library on Route 35 in Shrewsbury, or the county’s Headquarters Library at 125 Symmes Drive in Manalapan. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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ON THE GREEN: JUST DUCKY WEATHER

chop 070416 2Chop, aka “Jimmy,” a month-old pet Orpington duck belonging to Tyler DeScenza of Sea Bright, took in some bocce action along the sea wall there on Monday as the family closed out the Independence Day weekend.

Regular life resumes Tuesday with weather ducks won’t mind: rain(Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: STRAWBERRIES, STARS ‘N STRIPES

hottaters2 copyThe Hot Taters return to First Presbyterian Church on Tower Hill as part of the festivities for the annual Liberty Extravaganza and Strawberry Festival. 

It wasn’t so very long ago that July 3 packed an altogether different vibe than the relatively sleepy pre-holiday interlude we now get in Red Bank. But while the yearly KaBoom fireworks extravaganza last lit things up five years ago, up on Tower Hill, you’ll find another long-running holiday weekend tradition continues to make a glorious noise.

Now in its 28th annual edition,the First Presbyterian Church hosts the yearly Liberty Extravaganza and Strawberry Festival returns Sunday, offering up a selection of delectable homemade desserts and sweet, sweet American music.

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ON THE GREEN: JUICINESS NOT INCLUDED

rb tomato 062816Somebody’s giving away tomato plants on Branch Avenue between East Bergen Place and Brown Place in Red Bank.

Thirsty tomatoes and other plants will like Tuesday’s weather forecast, assuming the stray showers in the forecast come through. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

SHREWSBURY: A VERY SPECIAL JULY 4 EVENT

Press release from Monmouth County Historical Association

allenhouseThe first formal showing of an 1880 reprint of the Declaration of Independence will be on display at The Monmouth County Historical Association’s Allen House, during the reading of the Declaration on Monday, July 4 at 10 a.m.

The Monmouth County Library Commission, chaired by Renee Swartz, has partnered with the Historical Association the Shrewsbury Boy Scout Troop, Christ Church, and Mayor Donald Barden in presenting a Fourth of July celebration at Shrewsbury’s  “Four Corners,” the Historic District of buildings at the intersection of Broad Street (Route 35) and Sycamore Avenue. The special observance celebrates the 240th anniversary of the signing the Declaration at Philadelphia.

Swartz said County Library Director Judi Tolchin will bring the unique document to the Allen House prior to the reading of the Declaration, hosted by the Historical Association. The document will be on display outside, weather permitting, near the entrance to the Allen House at 400 Sycamore Avenue.

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MIDDLETOWN: NANCY’S MUSICAL FIREWORKS

Nancy ScharffVeteran denizens of the greater Red Bank Green may remember Nancy Scharff for the annual Christmas extravaganzas she presented in seasons past at the Count Basie Theatre — some big joyous benefits that found the Middletown-based devotional singer, songwriter, musician, choirmaster, producer, conductor, and educator taking on yet another role: that of shepherdess tending to a flock of choral performers, orchestra members, rock bandmates, kid choirs, bell ringers, event volunteers and interactively inclined audience members that numbered in the hundreds.

While those logistically complex events have taken a hiatus in recent times, Scharff remains very much on the scene; as a faculty member with Red Bank’s Monmouth Conservatory of Music, as a busy music-maker who’s even been known to hit the sidewalks as a Red Bank Street Life performer — and as the long-standing music director at King of Kings Lutheran Church, the New Monmouth landmark that’s served as the globally touring artist’s home base for decades.

Nancy’s Christmas shows have long had a summer-season cousin in the annual God and Country Patriotic Concert, the 2016 edition of which returns to King of Kings this Friday evening, June 24.

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ON THE GREEN: RAIN IN THURSDAY FORECAST

sb seawall 062216 1sb surfers 062216 A cyclist and surfers took advantage of the summery weather on either side of the sea wall in the North Beach section of Sea Bright Wednesday morning.

Thursday’s outlook: a 50-percent chance of showers in the morning and possible scattered thunderstorms in the late afternoon, according to the Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)