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RED BANK: JCP&L REVIVES POWER LINE PLAN

rb bridge ave 041014A view of the North Jersey Coast Line northward from the Red Bank station in 2014. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

HOT-TOPIC_03Jersey 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.

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RED BANK: POLICE SEEK WITNESSES TO ATTACK

boat club court assaultAUTHORITIES_RB-2016-v2Red Bank police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the assailant in an attack that occurred shortly after midnight Sunday morning on Boat Club Court, between 10th Avenue Burrito and a mixed-used building on West Front Street.

Police Chief Darren tells redbankgreen that the victim, a 23-year-old Middletown man, suffered “significant” injuries in the assault, but police were not notified until long after it happened, and the victim went to a hospital with family members from home. Read More »

RED BANK: BIZ INCUBATOR SEEKS IDEAS

studio red bank 103015 2Studio Red Bank team members Gordon Forsyth, Erin Largey and Rob Arace. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Got an idea for a business, but don’t know how to bring it to life?

Defined Logic, a Red Bank company that specializes in leveraging digital technology for large and medium-sized enterprises, recently launched an incubator to help Monmouth County residents test the viability of their dream businesses, even if they’re barely a gleam in the eye.

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RED BANK: BASIE PLANS MASSIVE EXPANSION

Basie expansion 1 102615An architect’s rendering of the expanded Count Basie Theatre includes additions on the east and west sides of the existing structure. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

just_in1Red Bank’s Vaudeville-era Count Basie Theatre is in for a massive, $20 milion expansion that will turn it into a “creative campus” dedicated to the performing arts in coming years, officials said Monday.

Incorporating adjoining properties acquired in recent years, theater officials plan to “move toward our longtime vision of an entire city block dedicated to the performing arts,” Tom Widener, chairman of the theater’s board of trustees, said in an announcement released Monday morning.

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RED BANK MAN FACES MORALS CHARGE

Holmdel police arrested a Red Bank man earlier this week on charges of impairing the morals of minor, according to a police report.

Kevin Donohue, 60, of Irving Place, was arrested Monday for “purposely showing a 12-year-old girl pornographic material on a small tablet as he approached her while she was shopping,” the police report said.

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RUMSON: ADULT BOOKS PROMPT R-FH DEBATE

siobhan fallon hogan 101315With emergency lights on because of a power outage, parent Siobhan Fallon Hogan urged parental choice in the books read by teens. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

[UPDATE: See a statement from playwright Ariel Dorfman about this controversy appended to the bottom of this article.]

HOT-TOPIC_03It was a dimly lit and slightly damp night as about 150 members of the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School community politely debated a stormy issue Tuesday: the place of two works of fiction in the curriculum.

Taking turns at a non-working microphone in an auditorium lit by emergency lights because of a power outage, a number of parents challenged the inclusion of two books on reading lists for juniors and seniors because of their adult themes and coarse language.

Led by former Saturday Night Live cast member Siobhan Fallon Hogan, the objectors insisted they were not out to ban or censor the books, but instead to call for a policy that would allow parents to choose substitute reading material they consider “age appropriate” for their children.

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RED BANK: WITH LEE’S RETURN, WOMEN RULE

sharon lee 090915Sharon Lee, flanked by Mayor Pasquale Menna and former Councilwoman Juanita Lewis, gets ready to swear the oath of office while Councilman Mike DuPont takes a photo. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03For the first time in Red Bank’s 107-year history, women now outnumber men on the borough council.

Former Councilwoman Sharon Lee returned to the dais Wednesday night, following unanimous approval by the governing body to complete the three-plus months remaining in the term of former Council President Art Murphy, who resigned last month.

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RUMSON, FAIR HAVEN: THEFT SPREE ALLEGED

HOT-TOPIC_01A Red Bank man was indicted Friday for a spending spree financed by credit cards stolen from cars in Rumson and Fair Haven, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office said.

Carl W. Bergen, 53, of 59 William Street, broke into four vehicles in the two towns over the course of a year, beginning in May, 2014, according to the 16-count indictment.

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RED BANK: GOODBYES AND HELLOS

art murphy 061414Councilman Art Murphy, who resigned last week, seen here in 2014. Below, George and Gladys Bowden, who were honored for decades of volunteer work. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

bowden 081215It was a night for farewells and greetings at a packed Red Bank council meeting Wednesday night.

Elected officials and residents bid goodbye to a longtime councilman and a retired couple who put in many years of preservation and beautification work.

And they welcomed a new member of the police department while cheering on on a seven-year veteran of the force on her promotion to sergeant.

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SEA BRIGHT: SWIMMER DIES AFTER RESCUE

just_inA northern New Jersey man died late Monday, hours after he was pulled from the Atlantic Ocean off an unprotected beach in Sea Bright, NJ.com reported Tuesday.

Kevin Searfoss, 18, of Rockaway, died at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch at 11 p.m., borough police Chief John Sorrentino told the publication.

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RUMSON: VEHICLE SINKS AT BOAT RAMP

rumson boat ramp 2 071815rumson boat ramp 071815[POST UPDATED, 4 p.m.] A Ford Expedition SUV wound up in the Navesink River at the Rumson municipal boat ramp and sank shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Lieutenant Christopher York tells redbankgreen that the idling vehicle “somehow got into gear” and backed into the river with a trailer and inflatable vessel attached. No one was in either the boat or the SUV, he said, and no rescue was required. Borough police are investigating the cause of the accident, York said. State Police Marine Patrol responded, and the Department of Environmental Protection was notified.

Police are not identifying the owner of the vehicle, which was towed out of the river, York said. (Rumson PD photo above, reader photo at right. Click to enlarge)

SEA BRIGHT: DONOVAN’S TIKI BAR REOPENS

donovan's 071015 3With new access ramps over the sea wall, the restored tiki bar at Donovan’s was back in business Friday afternoon, as co-owner Chris Bowler announced via the signboard, below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

donovan's 071015 1Thirty-two months after it was knocked cold by Hurricane Sandy, a Sea Bright watering hole stirred back to life in limited form Friday afternoon.

Employees of Donovan’s Reef, which had been a magnet to Wall Street millionaires and Side Street store clerks alike, threw open a fenced gate to its beachfront tiki bar shortly before 3 p.m., marking the end of a long, frustrating struggle, its owners said.

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SPRING 2015: BLINK, AND IT CHANGES

rb dog 040615While enjoying the warmth and sunshine in downtown Red Bank, a bench-sitting dog named Sasha became suddenly camera-shy when approached by redbankgreen Monday afternoon. Tuesday’s weather will be less conducive to parking one’s tail on a bench, with rain in the National Weather Service forecast through Friday.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

SPRING 2015: AIRING IT OUT ON EASTER

rb kite 040515 sb jalopy 040515A warm, blustery Easter Sunday turned out to be a fine day for airing out a kite in Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park, above, or a classic jalopy in Sea Bright, at right. Monday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and peak temperatures in the upper 60s, but the rest of the week looks cloudy and somewhat wet, according to the National Weather Service (Photos by Trish Russoniello and John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN TEENS TOUR ST. JOHN’S

stjohnA group of students from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School — including Katie Eskwitt, John Esposito, Katherine Hill, Campbell Lee, and Julia Mosby — recently learned the stories behind the artwork and architecture of the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City. During the January 15 tour led by the Cathedral’s Docent, the group climbed more than 124 feet through spiral staircases in order to reach the top of the Cathedral, the largest in the U.S. and fourth-largest in the world. Among the highlights were discovering facts about the stained glass windows and sculpture, studying the grand architecture of the Cathedral while standing on a buttress, and enjoying the rooftop view of Manhattan. The students were accompanied by their Advanced Placement (AP) Art History teacher Kate Okeson for the excursion, in which they also viewed a large-scale installation by Chinese contemporary artist Xu Bing.