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LITTLE SILVER: DEAD-BIRD HIDER SENTENCED

gretchen rell selfieGretchen Rell with a bird she called “Monty” in a selfie posted on her Facebook page in January. (Click to enlarge)

HOT-TOPIC_03A volunteer animal rescuer who stockpiled hundreds of dead birds and other animals in her mother’s Little Silver home was sentenced to five years probation, the Monmouth County Prosecutor announced Friday.

Gretchen Rell, 56, an Ocean Township resident,  had previously admitted to neglecting the birds and being responsible for their deaths.

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RED BANK: OTHER SHOE DROPS SUNDAY

rb doc shoppe 092114 8rb doc shoppe 092114 10The big Red Bank shoe giveaway of 2014, which began last Sunday with the Doc Shoppe handing out 250 pairs of free shoes to borough kids, resumes this Sunday at 8 a.m., when store owner Dean Ross, his employees and a team of volunteers expect an even bigger turnout than this week. “I think maybe people who had reservations about coming will feel less intimidated,” said Ross.

Any borough resident who’s a student is eligible, though last Sunday redbankgreen saw Ross give a pair to a two-year-old, based on her future learning potential. The event wraps up at 11 a.m. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

SHREWSBURY: POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of September 20 to September 25, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY1Report of Burglary in the area of Patterson Avenue on 9/21/14. Victim reports unknown subject(s) entered premise without consent. Ptl. Derek Myers investigating.

Report of Fraud in the area of Sickles Place on 9/22/14. Victim reports unknown subject(s) opened accounts without consent. Ptl. Joseph Barnicle investigating.

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MIDDLETOWN: FOUR CHARGED WITH DWI

Recent crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014Kevin Allen, age 30, from Powell Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on September 11, 2014 by Corporal Felipe Benedit on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Atlantic Highlands, Tinton Falls and Red Bank Municipal Courts. He was held on $2,738.00 bail.

Jacquelin Ermola, age 59, from Gettysburg Lane in Holmdel, NJ, arrested on September 11, 2014 by Patrolman Adam Colfer for Driving While Intoxicated. She was released pending a court date.

Daniel Bailey, age 35, from Brighton Avenue in Long Branch, NJ, arrested on September 11, 2014 by Patrolman Adam Colfer for Disorderly Conduct. He was released pending a court date.

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RED BANK: THIS TOWN IS YOUR OYSTER…FEST

oysterfest-2010-1The Guinness Oysterfest returnS to downtown Red Bank Sunday for an afternoon of sunshine, food, music and eary-fall good spirits.

rb oysterfest 2 092312Although there are those who choose to shun it rather than shuck it, there’s no denying that the oyster has long been celebrated for its aphrodisiac properties. And when the bivalve’s paired with the brackish brew that’s been called “the Irish aphrodisiac” – —Guinness – well, what’s not to love?

Whether you’re a fishy aficionado or strictly landlubber’s menu, there’s much to sink your teeth into this Sunday, when the Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival returns to the White Street municipal parking for for a fifth annual edition. Presented by Red Bank RiverCenter and produced by RUEevents, it’s a seven-hour fleadh of food, music and stout that benefits a pair a pair of regional cancer treatment nonprofits — the Jane H. Booker Cancer Center at  Riverview Medical Center, and the Rutgers Cancer Institute of NJ — in addition to helping fund the ongoing events and programs of the RiverCenter partnership.

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RED BANK: OWNER SEEKS MISSING PARROT

cletus 3Named Cletus, the bird is a year-old green-and-blue Amazon parrot. (Click to enlarge)

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By JOHN T. WARD

cletus 4A Shrewsbury woman is seeking help in finding her year-old parrot, which took off over the Navesink River in Red Bank Wednesday.

Jenn Disney said the bird, named Cletus, was sitting on her shoulder, as usual, as they relaxed on her boat at Irwin’s Marina next to Riverside Gardens Park when something spooked the animal.

“He caught wind,” suddenly found himself over the water and took off toward the Riverside Towers high-rise, Disney tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: RUMSON COP CHARGED WITH DWI

rb crash 092114 2The crash occurred at the eastern end of White Street, where the road narrows at the rear of 46 Broad Street.. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

just_inThe motorist charged with drunk driving after crashing his car into the back of a Red Bank store early Sunday morning is a Rumson police officer, redbankgreen has learned.

Sergeant Damien Brennan, 37, of Howell, was charged with DWI and careless driving after crashing his Chevy Camaro into a dumpster behind Fisher Diamonds, at the corner of White and Broad streets, shortly after midnight, Red Bank police Chief Darren McConnell confirmed.

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RED BANK: MATTRESS MAVEN PICKS UP K9 TAB

michael fux 2 081211Michael Fux, above on Broad Street  in 2011. His donation cleared the way for the addition of Rugger, an 11-month-old German shepherd, to the RBPD. (Rugger photo courtesy of RBPD. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb k9 rugger 092414 3The Red Bank police department has a new, four-legged member, thanks to mattress millionaire Michael Fux.

A fundraising drive launched earlier this month to create a new K9 unit came to an abrupt end Wednesday night when the town council accepted a $38,000 donation from Fux (pronounced ‘fyooks’) and his wife, Gloria Rubin, to cover nearly the entire cost of a police dog, a specially equipped vehicle to transport it and training for the dog and his handler.

The dog has already been acquired. He’s an 11-month-old male German shepherd named Rugger by his new master, Patrolman Stan Balmer. The two are off to 16 weeks of K9 school in Long Branch starting Monday.

“We’re already bonding,” said Balmer, a former rugby player, or “rugger,” as he showed off cellphone photos of his new partner.

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RED BANK: DWI CHARGE FOLLOWS CRASH

rb crash 092114rb crash 092114 1It’s been a rough week for Red Bank landlord Helwar Realty. Last Thursday, roofers accidentally started a fire between its buildings at 48 and 50 Broad Street. Then, shortly after midnight Sunday morning, a motorist traveling east on White Street crashed into the dumpster being used by the roofers, driving it into the rear of 46 Broad, which Helwar also owns.

The structure, home to Alan H. Fisher Diamonds, was not seriously damaged, according to John Drucker, an inspector from the borough building department. The driver, Daniel Brennan, 37, of Howell, was taken to a hospital on a complaint of pain. He was also charged with DWI and careless driving, said police Chief Darren McConnell. (Photo above by Brian Woodward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: ROOK TAKES DOWNTOWN NOOK

10 white st 091814Rook signed a lease for space long occupied by Laurel Tracey Gallery, at 10 White Street. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallRook Coffee Roasters, a rapidly expanding by-the-cup brewer with a rabid fanbase, is opening a shop in Red Bank, redbankgreen has learned.

The five-year-old Ocean Township-based chain plans to open its seventh store at 10 White Street, just a coffee-stirrer away from java behemoth Starbucks, Rook owner Holly Migliaccio tells Retail Churn.

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MIDDLETOWN 350: WITH A BANG AND A BEATLE

mtown-day-500x375That’s one giant step for Middletown, as the Moon-bounces are inflated for a Middletown Day celebration that caps the township’s 350th birthday year. (File photo by Dustin Racioppi)

When the annual Middletown Day celebration returns to the township’s Croydon Hall facility on Leonardville Road this Saturday, September 27, it will arrive with the tried and true trappings: touch-a-truck and petting zoo; food and craft vendors; live rock music and rock-climb walls; hayrides and flea market; soccer shoot-outs and bounce-house activities for the kiddies.

What makes the 2014 edition of the local-favorite fall festival truly special is that it represents the final event in the township’s Middletown 350 observance, a year-long slate of special events that began at the 2013 edition of Middletown Day — reinforcing the fact that Monmouth County’s largest municipality can trace its birthday back as far as the entire State of New Jersey.

Adding extra excitement to the 2014 event will be a couple of extended codas to the rain-or-shine, noon to 6 pm activities. A free concert by The Beatlemania Stage Show — featuring Middletown’s own Lucien Nocelli as John — will take place between 6 and 7:30 pm on the football field of the Croydon complex, HQ of the township’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Middletown 350 is given a slam-bang sendoff with a fireworks display at 7:30 — probably the last pyrotechnics show you’ll see this season — sponsored by Ice World.

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RED BANK: HOME, HOME ON THE GREEN

rb marlow 092414Judy Marlow’s 46-foot-long sidewalk garden on Madison Avenue is among the stops on Saturday’s Red Bank Green Home Tour. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

rb eco tour 2014Just to clarify things, it’s not the redbankgreen Home Tour — it’s the Red Bank Green Home Tour, as in a tour of environmentally forward-thinking dwellings located within the borough of Red Bank.

So while your favorite hyperlocal news source hasn’t gotten into the business of conducting open-house showcases, we can definitely get behind the notion of local homeowners who are rethinking the concept of life in the suburbs. And this Saturday, a select group of people in our community will be opening up their houses, yards and gardens to neighbors who’d like to see how ideas like composting, rain collection and solar power are working in a real-life setting.

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BEACH ALERT: RIP CURRENT THREAT HIGH

sb beach 071813Beachgoers taking advantage of the mild early autumn weather are being warned of a high risk of rip currents Wednesday. The National Weather Service says life-threatening rips are expected to result from east wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour and waves of up to seven feet in advance of rain expected to arrive overnight. The rip warning is in effect through Wednesday evening. For more about rips, click here. (Archive photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)