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RED BANK: ARTIST v. BUD OVER VANILLA ICE

vanilla ice kusaA screengrab from KUSA-TV’s report Tuesday showing Vanilla Ice in an ice cream truck of Ben Douglass’ design. Below, a detail of Douglass’ drawing. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

douglass vanilla iceA Red Bank graphic artist was frosted this week to learn that that the makers of Bud Light used his work without permission at a marketing event featuring rapper Vanilla Ice.

Ben Douglass, art director at the Broad Street design shop Spitball Advertising, said freelance t-shirt artwork he did depicting a fictional “Vanilla Ice Ice Cream Truck” was transformed into an actual ice cream truck used by the beer maker at its “Whatever, USA” event in Crested Butte, Colorado last weekend.

After Douglass accused Anheuser-Busch, on Facebook page and Twitter, of stealing his work, the claim went viral, gaining thousands of shares and comments, many in support of artists citing widespread theft of copyrighted work. It also got attracted a television newscast in Crested Butte as well as pixelated ink on Fortune.com.

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RED BANK: PRIVATE TRASH PICKUP WEIGHED

rb trash 091114The impact of a switch on jobs will be considered, borough officials said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Bids are in, and Red Bank officials will now turn their attention to the question of whether it makes financial sense for the borough to get out of the garbage pickup business, Councilman Mike DuPont said Wednesday night.

Officials said five cartage companies submitted bids late last month in a process authorized by the council last February. The governing body’s finance committee, which DuPont heads, will now evaluate the bids “to see if we can get savings” from a switch to private cartage, he said.

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IN MEMORY

Memorial07_irRed Bank Elks Lodge #233, 40 West Front Street. will hold a 9/11 memorial event in Riverside Gardens Park at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 13. The public is invited, and light refreshments will be served afterward.

MIDDLETOWN: CRIMES & ARRESTS

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

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014Alexander Giuriceo, age 19, from Greenfield Way in Belford, NJ, arrested on August 27, 2014 by Patrolman Christian Clark for Disorderly Conduct. He was released pending a court date.

Gary Stone, age 43, from Church Street in Belford, NJ, arrested on August 27, 2014 by Patrolman John Soltysik for Violation of a Court Order. He was held pending a court date.

Valerie Hedlund, age 28, from Sherman Avenue in Belford, NJ, arrested on August 27, 2014 by Patrolman Jason Caruso for Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, Possession of Heroin, Possession of and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was held on $25,000.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

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RED BANK: NEIGHBORS TO HOST YARD SALE

rbtys madison 2012 1rbtys madison 2014 1Before they get down to the important matter of a block party later that day, at least a dozen homeowners on Madison Avenue and St. Nicholas Place in Red Bank plan to host a group yard sale this Saturday. Bargains will be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (File photos. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: UP THE RIVER, WITH PADDLE

paddle 2 090812Participants of all ages and skill levels are invited to take it to the river on Sunday, when Paddle the Navesink Day returns to cover the Red Bank waterfront. (Photo above by Peter Lindner; below by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

PaddleIt’s called Paddle the Navesink Day — and it’s all about kayaking, canoeing, sailing, rowing, and just generally enjoying Red Bank’s picturesque riverfront from a whole different perspective.

When it returns for its fourth edition on Sunday after taking 2013 off, the rain-or-shine event will show its late-summer colors as “a free community-wide celebration of the Navesink River;” a convergence of local businesses, boating clubs and nonprofit organizations that’s hands-on, oars-in, and all about the history, culture, and ecology of the waterway from which a community took shape.

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LINCROFT: CHARLIE IN THE BOX

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The students of the Brookdale Community College Theater Club bring the irreverent black comedy DOG SEES GOD to the stage of BCC’s Performing Arts Center, this Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Looking back on it, Charles M. Schulz must have had some pretty well thought-out reasons not to have ever aged his classic Peanuts characters out of their frozen-in-time childhood moment — and with Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, the audience can see for themselves how the neuroses, personality quirks and phobias of Charlie Brown and his friends might have gotten the better of them in young adulthood.

Something of an antidote to You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, the rarely revived play by Bert V. Royal makes itself visible for three free performances at Brookdale Community College, September 11 through 13. A presentation of the school’s Theater Club, the 2004 “unauthorized parody” goes up at BCC’s Performing Arts Center on the Lincroft campus.

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RED BANK: FREE SHOES. NO STRINGS.

rbpms-walk-zoneDo you walk to school or take the bus? Doesn’t matter. Any child who lives in Red Bank is eligible for a free pair of shoes from Doc Shoppe owner Dean Ross, below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

dean ross 030714Here’s an offer you don’t see every day: free shoes for kids.

Dean Ross, owner of the Doc Shoppe on Broad Street, is planning to give away hundreds of pairs of shoes to Red Bank children later this month.

Why? Because kids need them, he’s got them, and he wants to help parents in a town he loves.

“This is where I went to school,” says the alumnus of the Mechanic Street School, the River Street School and the old Red Bank High School (’69).

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CLIPPINGS: GETTING SOME AIR ON THE BAY

CLIPPINGS_220Clippings took in some kitesurfing activity on the bay side of Sandy Hook recently. Intrigued by non-motorized watersports? The New Jersey Windsurfing and Watersports Association will host its annual fun fest opposite parking lot C at Sandy Hook from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, offering introductions to windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding for $25, pizza included. For more info, call Tom at 862-268-3033.  (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

Check out all the Clippings from the Green here.

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FAIR HAVEN: ACCIDENTS YIELD DWI CHARGES

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

AUTHORITIES_FH2_201408/08/14- Erick Aviles-Sibrian, 21, Red Bank, was placed under arrest for possession of under 50 grams of Marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Subject was processed and later released pending a Fair Haven Court appearance. Ptl. John Koetzner was the arresting Officer assisted by Sgt. Jesse Dykstra.

8/22/14-Andrew Halper, 18, Eatontown, turned himself in on an active traffic warrant out of Fair Haven. Subject posted bail and was released. Ptl. John Koetzner was the arresting Officer.

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RED BANK: STREET FAIR SHINES AGAIN

LITTLE SILVER: RBR WORKER WAS ’80 ALUM

rbr 090414 3James King had worked at the school for more than 30 years. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Red Bank Regional officials identified the employee who died after a medical issue on campus Thursday as a maintenance worker who was also a graduate of the Little Silver school.

In a statement issued Saturday, the deceased was identified as James King, a Neptune resident a member of the class of 1980.

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MIDDLETOWN: WORD IS BOND AT MTPL

007 BondChristopher Lee and Roger Moore pace it off in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN, as Middletown Township Public Library hosts a month-of-Mondays worth of classic James Bond thrillers.

Even if some of them haven’t quite weathered the years too well, the classic films in the long-running James Bond franchise are never in any danger of going out of style — and with Middletown Township Public Library having decreed that All Things 007 is the theme for September’s series of free film screening events, fans will have their pick of four distinct Bonds.

The series gets underway on Monday, September 8 with a 2:30 pm showing of The Man with the Golden Gun — the second of Roger Moore’s seven turns in the tuxedo, and an entry that casts horror master Christopher Lee as the suave assassin Scaramanga (with a pre-Fantasy Island Herve Villechaize as his sidekick). An improvement on Moore’s Bond debut — even with a tad too much comic relief — the 1974 romp found TV’s former Saint getting comfortable in the role that he’d play over the course of the next decade.

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redbankgreen SPORTS PAGE POWERS UP

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redbankgreen is pleased to introduce a new page. Headed “redbankgreen Sports powered by Shore Sports Zone,” it’s where you’ll find local sports news, much of it in the form of highly polished video reporting by Rich Chrampanis, founder of the independent website Shore Sports Zone, which is also debuting this week.

Chrampanis, who grew up in Middletown and graduated from Christian Brothers Academy (’88), is a veteran at this. After graudating from St. Bonaventure, he spent two decades in television sports coverage as an on-air reporter, anchor and producer. After 14 years at piloting the sports desk at WPDE-TV in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Chrampanis moved his family to Little Silver earlier this year to create Shore Sports Zone. With detailed school pages and timely video coverage, Chrampanis hopes to make the site the top resource for fans of high school sports in Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

We at redbankgreen hope to help him put it across the goal line while offering our readers something we haven’t had in the eight years this site has been around. So tune in here for hyperlocal sports coverage, and get the bigger picture at Shore Sports Zone.

We hope you find both our sports page and Shore Sports Zone informative and entertaining. Let us know what you think.

RED BANK: ALL’S FAIR OUT ON THE STREET

RB St FairStrolling street performers, busking troubadors and “Fair Fare” favorites are under the sun this Sunday, September 7, as the Red Bank Street Fair transforms the downtown district into a merry midway.

Is it a last-tango taste of that warm-weather interlude marked by Riverfests and Sidewalk Sales and music/movies in the park? Or, is it an early harbinger of that autumnal season of Oysterfests and Halloween Parades and Town Lighting singalongs?

The world may truly never get to the bottom of that controversy — but rather than brooding about it, why not enjoy the moment and stroll on over to the Red Bank Street Fair, the annual block party benefit for the Red Bank Fire Department that pitches its tents this Sunday, September 7. Between the hours of 11 am and 5 pm, the northernmost blocks of Broad Street and the easternmost portion of Monmouth Street will be closed to vehicular traffic, and commandeered by an event that promises “over 200 artists, crafters and vendors including many of your favorites.”

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