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RED BANK: A WALK ON THE WINE SIDE

061914 RB dining al frescoNearly 30 Red Bank restaurants, shops and eateries — including  the Front St. Trattoria, above— will participate in a new summer schedule of Food and Wine Walk events, set to launch this Sunday afternoon. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

Between the weekend barbecues, the riverside food fests and the many open-air opportunities for grabbing a bite, it can be a bit difficult to digest all the options available to the free-ranging foodie here in the good old summertime.

If Red Bank Rivercenter and Red Bank Flavour have their way, however, we’ll all just be expected to Walk It Off  — and to let our legs and wheels carry us about the borough’s sidewalks and storefronts, for the first in a new monthly round of Food and Wine Walk events.

A self-guided tasting tour that takes in more than two dozen restaurants, specialty shops, taverns and eateries, the inaugural walk runs from 2 to 6 pm this Sunday, with a strolling smorgasbord of wares and fare, from fine wines and eclectic desserts to tapas, sushi and more.

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RED BANK: SEND IN THE COLLINS

bohoGrammy-winning Renaissance woman Judy Collins returns to Two River Theater in a Friday concert presented by MusicWorks.

She’s made her mark in so many places over the course of some 50 years — as a novelist, children’s book publisher, record label exec, Oscar-nominated filmmaker and spokesperson for mental health/ suicide prevention issues — that to brand her a “singer-songwriter” is akin to calling Superstorm Sandy a “post-tropical cyclone.”

While her own compositions have included a tribute to her father and a one to Che Guevara, it’s as an interpreter (more like owner) of other people’s songs — be it Joni (“Both Sides Now”), Dylan (“Mr. Tambourine Man”), Leonard (“Bird on a Wire”), Lennon-McCartney (“In My Life”), Sondheim (“Send In the Clowns”) or Sunday school (“Amazing Grace”) — that Judy Collins has staked her place in the Village coffeehouses and canyon patios of pop music heaven.

Graced with a voice that hasn’t faltered at the age of 75 — and with an activist edge that hasn’t dulled since her association with Abby Hoffman and the Yippies — Collins returns to the main auditorium of Two River Theater this Friday, July 18, for the latest in what’s shaping up to be a string of regular visits to Red Bank.

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RED BANK: ANOTHER PHARMACY PLANNED

39 e front 071514The owner of 39 East Front Street says he’ll replace what he admits is the “ugliest” facade on the block with the conversion to retail. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallAre prescription drugs and shampoos displacing pizza, frozen yogurt and cupcakes as the hot new thing in downtown Red Bank?

A new pharmacy and convenience store has filed plans to open on East Front Street near Riverview Medical Center, even as two other drugstores – a giant Walgreens and an independent – move ahead elsewhere on the East Side.

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THE GREEN: MORE RAIN LIKELY

rb summer storm 071514Storm clouds rolling in over downtown Red Bank before drenching the region Tuesday afternoon. The Green could be in for yet more rain Wednesday morning and early afternoon, followed by mere cloudiness later on, and ample sunshine on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: MAN ARRESTED AS FIRE BUG

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014A 70-year-old Red Bank man was arrested for an arson spree in which he started four fires in less than an hour last Friday, police alleged.

Gabriel Ramos, of South Pearl Street, had volunteer firefighters responding to small fires at four addresses in the vicinity of the train station, said police Chief Darren McConnell.

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LINCROFT: WINTER WONDERLAND AT BCC

Winters-Tale

The Summer Shakespeare Ensemble returns for its annual plein-air production at Brookdale Community College, as A WINTER’S TALE continues for four more evening performances, July 17 – 20.

Is it a tragedy or a comedy? A breath mint or a candy mint? Scholars refer to William Shakespeare’s late-career play The Winter’s Tale as a “problem” play; a twisted romance that traces a dark and unhappy path for many of its characters (there’s that notorious stage direction “exit, pursued by a bear”), while not being above injecting a dose of magical serendipity in the service of a happy ending. The play, which opened last weekend as the latest in the long-running Summer Shakespeare Ensemble series at Brookdale Community College, continues just the way the Bard meant it — out of doors, under the sun and stars, on the lawn adjacent to Larrison Hall on the Lincroft campus — for four more performances, July 17 through 20.

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RED BANK URGES INTERSECTION UPGRADES

accident-022210Emergency responders working to save a Staten Island woman who was run over at the intersection in 2010. She later died of her injuries. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Red Bank officials are backing a Monmouth County push for safety upgrades to the intersection of Broad Street and East Bergen Place, where a Staten Island woman was run over by an SUV four years ago.

In a July 2 letter to the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, Mayor Pasquale Menna gets behind a request by Monmouth County for funding to improve the intersection, where Menna said there have been at least 34 accidents since 2010.

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FAIR HAVEN CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the period of June, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_FH2_2014June 2: A Woodland Drive resident reported a bike theft from Knollwood School, Sgt. Jesse Dykstra took the report.

June 7: A River Road resident reported that an unknown subject(s) had tampered with the locks on his storage shed, Ptl. William Lagrotteria took the report

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RED BANK: MOCKINGBIRDS GO BY THE BOOK

rbpl bird 071414 4rbpl bird 071414 1A vigilant pair of northern mockingbirds have set up house for their chirping newborns hidden in a bush near the entrance to the Red Bank Public Library. Though library staffers cordoned off the bush with yellow tape, the adult birds – which the National Audubon Society describes as “strongly territorial” occasionally swoop down on  visitors.

“You might experience a flutter of wings on your shoulder or back as they try to protect the nest,” a note taped to the library door explains. “They have startled people, but not harmed them.”

The note includes this passage from Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird:”

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COPS: RED BANK WOMAN ATE COCAINE

HOT-TOPIC_01A Red Bank woman tried to eat some of the cocaine in her possession when she and another woman were stopped on traffic violations in Ocean Township early Saturday, police allege.

Ronda Feacher, 37, of William Street, was charged with possession of heroin and cocaine after she and 26-year-old Natacha Perez of Tinton Falls were stopped on Route 18 at around 4 a.m., according to a police report.

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CLIPPINGS: MAINTAINING A CLEAR VIEW

CLIPPINGS_220Clippings came across window-washer Eric Auerbach doing his thing in downtown Red Bank on July 12, 2014.

Auerbach was also featured in a redbankgreen interview in August, 2006. In the 20 years he’s been cleaning windows, Auerbach says, “not much has changed.” (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

Check out all the Clippings from the Green here.

Gerda Liebmann bio

RED BANK: LATEST POLICE BLOTTER

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of July 3 to July 10, 2014. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Theft reported on 7-3-14. Victim residing at Tilton Ave. reported that unknown person(s) stole wedding band and diamond ring from residence. Ptl. Kristin Altimari

Criminal Mischief occurring on 7-3-14 at Broad Street business. Owner of business reported that unknown person(s) pried open the back door a few inches, but no entry gained. Ptl Kristin Altimari

Theft from vehicle reported on 7-4-14 at Manor Drive residence. Victim reported that unknown person(s) entered and rummaged through parked vehicle. Stolen was GPS unit, cell phone charger and cigarette adaptor port. Ptl. Cevin Albert

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RED BANK: A RIVER’S 11 IN THE PARK

funktionThe eleven-piece showband Funktion 11 crowds the stage of Riverside Gardens Thursday evening as the Jazz in the Park series continues.

Call them a showband — the kind that can rock the roof off any wedding, corporate event or casino lounge. The kind that makes a big sound just by standing there; a band with so many people in it, they don’t even have a name to describe what comes after nonet and dectet.

When Funktion 11 takes the portable stage at Riverside Gardens in Red Bank this Thursday night, it will bring its in-your-face mix of soul classics, Motown milestones and vintage hits (by big horny rock bands like the Ides of March) back to the banks of the Navesink, as the latest in the 2014 Jazz in the Park series.

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RED BANK: A BITTERSWEET RETURN

Sunday’s Doc Holiday Car Show in Red Bank’s White Street lot was bittersweet for the members of the host Liberty Hose fire company, who lost their century-old firehouse in a sale by the borough earlier this year. Fifty-year member Herk Forgione said the company was “very, very sad” to lose its home. But the volunteer firefighters were glad to be back for a few hours Sunday, overseeing an annual fundraising show that attracted some 280 gleaming classics and lots of families. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: SCHOOL PATH MAY BE PAVED

locust trail 073112Locust Place, as seen in 2012, above, links Locust Avenue with the Red Bank Primary School, as seen in the aerial below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb locust pl 070914For years, a narrow dirt path through a stretch of woods has been the best option for many Red Bank children trying to avoid a long walk to the primary school.

The path, snaking alongside the Navesink River from Locust Avenue to the school, has also been eyed by emergency responders as an alternative access route for firetrucks and ambulances, should something go wrong at the school.

“It’s been on the drawing board for 20 years,” said Mayor Pasquale Menna.

Now, the borough hopes to secure funding to make the $207,000 path a reality.

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