Emergency medical personnel from MONOC tended to a pedestrian struck as he crossed Front Street at Broad Street in Red Bank around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Police said Joseph Connolly, of Manalapan, was taken to Riverview Medical Center with a leg injury. Motorist Fernanda Oleivera, of Red Bank, who was turning left onto Front from Broad, was issued a summons for failure to stop for a pedestrian, said police Chief Darren McConnell. Their ages were not immediately available. (Reader photo. Click to enlarge)
By JIM WILLIS
- PieHole readers asked for an update on the long-stalled Peruvian restaurant coming on Monmouth Street in Red Bank. You ask, we answer.
- Another burger place opens in Red Bank to cater to late-night diners.
- You won’t believe the size of the sandwich you can get for $5.20 at Atlantic Bagel in Rumson.
Above: Champian Fulton, Bob Tuzzo and Tony Corrao take the bandstand when the Red Bank Jazz Orchestra presents “An Enchanted Evening of Song” at Two River Theater. Below, twentysomething European conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali makes his NJ Symphony debut at the Basie.
Friday, February 28:
RED BANK: While it admittedly ain’t Shakespeare, the interactive “environmental” phenomenon known as Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding can be said to be one of the most influential theatrical offerings in a generation — even indirectly spawning a stroll-through spin on Macbeth at a seedy Manhattan hotel.
Beginning tonight, and continuing for four more performances this weekend, lovebirds Tony Nunzio and Tina Vitale repeatedly renew their vows in a production presented by the Count Basie Theatre — hosted NOT at the venerable Monmouth Street venue, but practically next door, at the nearby Buona Sera Ristorante. It’s there that guests can “eat, drink, dance, converse and get caught up in the festivities” as they stand in for Tony n’ Tina’s various extended family members and frenemies. The comedy and the comedic “drama” unfold with seatings at 7:30 pm Friday, 2 and 7:30 pm Saturday, and 12 and 6 pm. Sunday. Tickets ($100) include the ceremony, reception, baked ziti dinner, champagne toast, wedding cake, music and dancing. A $150 VIP option includes a “classic Italian meal and seat up close to the action.” Check here for reservations, close to selling out as we post this — and toss that bouquet for some more great catches and matches, as we Mach it into March.
Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of February 22 to February 27, 2014.
Mark A. Fontan, male age 46 of Eatontown was arrested on 2/22/14 for Contempt of Court in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue by Ptl. Matthew Clark.
Anthony Zitzman Jr, male age 39 of Keansburg was arrested on 2/23/14 for Contempt of Court in the area of Broad Street by Ptl. Tracy Polk.
Theft occurring on 2-21-14 at Shrewsbury Ave. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) stole her purse from inside of parked vehicle. Purse contained cash, credit card, cell phone, etc. Ptl. Gary Watson.
By JOHN T. WARD
The comeback, approved earlier this week by the borough planning board in a unanimous 8-0 vote, could begin with an the opening of tiki bar as soon as May 15, said Bob Phillips, who co-owns the business with two partners.
“Their mentality is, ‘We need you more than you need us,’” Phillips said of the board’s members.
Councilwoman Cindy Burnham, right, listens as Councilwoman Kathy Horgan reads an Environmental Commission resolution that denounced any move to privatize Red Bank’s water utility. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
New Red Bank Councilwoman Cindy Burnham‘s recent suggestion that the town sell its water utility got a thorough hosing Wednesday night.
Two weeks after discussion of $2.2 million capital improvement bond prompted Burnham to call for privatization of the water system, Burnham sat stone silent through a critique of the idea Wednesday night – and then voted in favor of the bond.
By Thursday morning, though, the council’s lone Republican was talking again, calling opposition to her suggestion an “attack” by the Democratic majority.
Red Bank commuters may encounter a familiar face as they slow to pay a toll on the New Jersey Turnpike one day soon.
Borough Councilman Mike DuPont could be in the tollbooth, making change.
The Asbury Park Press reports that DuPont, a lawyer who wears a third hat as a New Jersey Turnpike Authority commissioner, has accepted a challenge by the tolltaker’s union to walk – or stand still – a mile in their shoes.
Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Little Silver Police Department for the month of January, 2014.
January 1- Markies Wells, 28, of Red Bank, NJ, was arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Seven Bridges Rd. for an active Contempt of Court warrant out of the Ocean Township Municipal Court. P.O. Eric Van Schaack made the arrest.
January 6- A business owner from Oceanport Ave. reported Bad Checks after receiving a check from a customer that had insufficient funds. Sgt. Martin Scherzinger investigated.
January 8- A resident from North Lovett Ave. reported Fraud/Theft by Deception after receiving a phone call from a bogus business and made on-line payments to this company. P.O. Joseph Glynn, Jr. and Det. Greg Oliva investigated.
Sea Bright homes being elevated last June. Officials estimate 80 percent of the town’s homes are still vacant. Below, Chris Wood, flanked by Pete Forlenza and Zack Rosenburg, addresses a gathering in Rumson Tuesday night. (Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
Yes, the business district has seen a welcome comeback. “But 80 percent of the homes on the side streets of Sea Bright are still vacant,” said Wood, a co-founder of Sea Bright Rising, a nonprofit that has raised and distributed close to $1.3 million in donated funds to some 300 families and 17 businesses in town since Hurricane Sandy hit.
Now, though, Sea Bright Rising is partnering with another nonprofit born in the aftermath of a hurricane, with the goal of rebuilding as many as 100 homes in Sea Bright, Rumson and Highlands – at no charge to those homeowners.
Repeatedly frustrated by an inability to clear snow-clogged streets, Red Bank officials are expected Wednesday night to mull an outright ban on overnight parking when it snows.
Also on the agenda for the borough council’s bimonthly meeting: a measure requiring shovelers to clear a path at least 42 inches wide, and banning them from throwing or plowing the snow out into the street.
By TOM CHESEK
Just days after striking the set from Mr. Shakespeare’s fanciful Forest of Arden, the folks at Two River Theater Company got busy realizing another setting where occasional magic, romance, poetry and acts of heroism happen — a little place called Pinkolandia.
Don’t bother checking the map. Take it instead to the “black box” Marion Huber Theater inside Two River’s branded Bridge Avenue artspace, where a couple of young sisters named Gaby (Andrea Morales) and Beny (Maria Helan) have escaped with their family from their native Chile in the days of the Pinochet dictatorship to the cold and alien landscape of Reagan-era Wisconsin.
For playwright Andrea Thome — who grew up in Madison, WI with her Chilean mother and Costa Rican father — Pinkolandia represents a public triumph that’s interlaced with personal family history. An actor, author, dancer and sought-after translator, Thome has forged an eclectic resume of activity that sprawls from the West Coast (where she founded the Red Rocket Theater Company in San Francisco) to the East (where she serves as co-director of the “New York-based satire collective” known as Fulana). The Drama Desk at redbankgreen was pleased to speak with her during a “delightful, peaceful” week of rehearsals in Red Bank. Read on…
A street lamp lies on the sidewalk in front of Fair Haven Borough Hall Tuesday, several weeks after police said it was downed by a Monmouth County snow plow, and just yards east of another pole that also appears to have been clipped by a plow but didn’t fall.
The River Road lamps should be safe Wednesday, as the forecast is for under an inch of snow – probably not enough to plow. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
This edition of Retail Churn reports on the departures from downtown Red Bank of three high-profile businesses:
• Lucky Break Billiards, which was the subject of a bring-your-own-booze enforcement crackdown last year.
• The ARC of Monmouth Thrift Shop, a fixture on Monmouth Street for some three decades.
• Ten Thousand Villages, a Broad Street retailer of fair trade crafts.