Well, there’s one way to cool off in the sweltering heat and humidity: go topless. And for less-than-attentive truck drivers, the North Jersey Coast Line trestle at Hubbard’s Bridge in Red Bank stands ready to accommodate, as it did yet again early Monday afternoon. It was not immediately known if the man at right was the driver. (Photo by Ken Kalada. Click to enlarge.)
Trains didn’t look like this, or run on electricity, when the Red Bank train station was built in 1875. But while technology has evolved over the past 141 years, the station itself has maintained its Victorian charm, thanks to the efforts of preservationists and periodic refurbishment work, as in the four-year, $1.6-million facelift that concluded in 2014, when it was named for late Mayor and Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. O’Hern Sr.
In this week’s Summer Scenes photo, Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado captures the old and the new at the station, as well as the sensation of moving and staying, in beautiful light, both natural and man-made. (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)
Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli says the controversial transmission line may help his town avoid a repeat of the long outage experienced after Hurricane Sandy. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
By JOHN T. WARD
Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli stepped onto a political third rail Tuesday, proclaiming his support for a controversial 10-mile long, high-voltage electricity transmission line that would end in Red Bank.
The 10-mile high-capacity power line would run above the Red Bank train station on new, taller pylons and terminate a few blocks south at a power substation, according to JCP&L. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
By JOHN T. WARD
The Red Bank council tabled a resolution Wednesday night opposing a proposed 10-mile long, high-voltage electricity transmission line that would end in the borough.
Councilman Mark Taylor put the brakes on the measure when he said he hadn’t seen it before the start of the governing body’s semimonthly meeting and wanted a chance to do some research into the issues.
By JOHN T. WARD
Plans for a 10-mile long, high-voltage electricity transmission line terminating in Red Bank drew dozens of concerned residents to an information session in Lincroft Tuesday night.
Dubbed the Monmouth County Reliability Project, the 230-kilovolt transmission line is needed to keep pace with demand for electricity, according to Jersey Central Power & Light.
But residents living along its path — the existing New Jersey Transit right-of-way between existing substations in Aberdeen and Red Bank — said they fear it will have harmful health effects and reduce home values.
After a threatened lawsuit by local business owners was withdrawn, the borough council earlier this month set a $1-per-hour rate for parking in municipal lots. The fees are imposed summer-only, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
A view of the North Jersey Coast Line northward from the Red Bank station in 2014. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
Jersey Central Power & Light is reviving a plan, mothballed 25 years ago, for a high-voltage electricity transmission line to Red Bank, according to a report by NJ.com.
The 230-kilovolt transmission line would run along the existing New Jersey Transit right-of-way between existing substations in Aberdeen and Red Bank. And it’s needed to keep pace with demand for electricity, the company says.
So, how’s the final paving of Hubbard’s Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown going? It’s not, apparently.
Contrary to multiple alerts about overnight closings from Monmouth County, which owns the bridge, as well as from the two towns the bridge connects, paving work that was to have been done this week hasn’t been, with the latest postponement occurring on Thursday.
A county spokeswoman offered no reason for the inactivity, but said the county is on track to complete all work on the new West Front Street span by the end of April. Meantime, the overnight closures for the paving work have not yet been rescheduled, she said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
The paving of Hubbard’s Bridge on West Front Street between Red Bank and Middletown will require an additional night of closure between 8 p.m. Thursday and 6 a.m. Friday, according to an alert from Red Bank borough. Monmouth County officials had previously expected the work to be finished Wednesday night. Motorists are advised to plan alternate routes.
Hubbard’s Bridge on West Front Street between Red Bank and Middletown will be closed for paving from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday, according to an alert from Red Bank borough. Motorists are advised to plan alternate routes. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
A forecast of up to three inches of snow on the Greater Red Bank Green didn’t quite pan out Monday — we got flurries that amounted to zip. But, undeterred, the National Weather Service is now forecasting up that to five inches of snow may fall between Monday night and early Wednesday morning, with the “most likely” snowfall total pegged at about two inches, as seen in the forecast map at right. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)
Commuters on the Greater Red Bank Green could be in for a messy Monday. The National Weather Service has forecast a snowfall between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m, that’s expected to lay one to three inches of snow on the northern New Jersey shore. A coastal flood warning is also in effect for low-lying areas through 10 p.m.
Above, the effects of a snowfall on Friday surrounded a runner on Rumson Road in Fair Haven Saturday afternoon. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)
A soggy blanket of snow on the Greater Red Bank Green made for a pretty scene at the Red Bank train station, above, and some slushy stepping on Chestnut Street Friday morning, right. It also triggered a snow day for many area students, including those at the Red Bank district and charter schools.
The National Weather Service forecasts the snowfall will taper off around 10 a.m., leaving two-to-four inches, as temperatures settle into the mid-30s. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)
Two weeks after a blizzard dropped two feet of snow on the Greater Red Bank Green, the powder is likely to return Friday.
The National Weather Service has issued an advisory that warns over rain turning to snow around 1 a.m. and continuing until about noontime, with accumulations of up to four inches forecast in our area. Meantime, impacts on rush hour commutes are expected. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)