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FAIR HAVEN: A PARADE FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES

fh halloween 102614 2fh halloween 102614 3Fair Havenites gathered for their traditional Halloween parade from Knollwood School to the firehouse Sunday as creative costumes drew smiles every step of the way. And the make-believe wasn’t only for kids.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: WEST SIDERS MARCH IN PROTEST

rb march 102514 4rb march 102514 2About three dozen protesters marched through Red Bank Saturday morning to object to rising property taxes, a proposed spray park at Bellhaven Nature Area, borough hiring practices and what they termed police “aggressiveness.”

Organizer Freddie Boynton said the event, spotlighting concerns of West Siders, was not meant to be partisan, though it called for “new leadership” at borough hall.  “There’s a lot of frustration on this side of town,” said Boynton, a retired DPW employee. “We’re not being treated like the rest of the town is.”  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: TRAFFIC NIGHTMARE AVERTED

rb rr xing 102614A shutdown of the North Jersey Coast Line grade crossing at Broad Street in Red Bank that was originally expected to take nearly three and a half days was completed in less than two, officials said, averting anticipated traffic jams on Monday. As of 3:30 p.m. Sunday, the work was completed, and crew members were waiting for asphalt to cure, one said, with an expected reopening at midnight.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

 

CHURN: CABANA 19, BIKE SHOP GO TANDEM

kristen winters 102114Kristen Winters in the expansion space of her store, Cabana 19. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallTwo young Red Bank businesses are in an expansive mood these days, doubling their leasing commitments.

Kristen Winters, who opened women’s clothing boutique Cabana 19 on White Street just 16 months ago, has busted through a wall to take over space vacated this month by Rare Breed Sneakers.

And bike dealer Jonathan Erdelyi is setting up an outpost for his West Front Street-based Red Bicycle Studio in Fair Haven.

Those and more Churnings right after the jump…

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MIDDLETOWN, SANDY HOOK: A GHOSTLY TRIO

FortHancockThe isolated, wind-whipped battlements of Fort Hancock are the setting for a moonlit tour of local lore and legend, (g)hosted by the American Littoral Society on October 30.

Laugh if you will at the tales of haunted places and half-buried secrets that form such a big part of our local cultural heritage. When the ghost stories have all been told, and attention spans wander back to the fast-paced, plugged-in Here and Now, that’s when the real fun begins — the walk outside in the dark; the uneasy trip back home, when sudden sounds encroach from all directions, and unidentifiable things skitter just off the edge of view.

The fun begins during daylight hours on Sunday, October 26, when Middletown Township Public Library welcomes the good people of the New Jersey Ghost Organization for a 2 pm reading that celebrates both the coming of Halloween and the Garden State’s “NJ350″ birthday year. The Ghost Org guests will read from their latest book, Folklore of the New Jersey Shore, with signing copies available for perusal and purchase — and a set of “haunted artifacts” on display. Still, if the sworn-testimony tales of spectral apparitions and other unexplained phenomena fail to set your nerves on edge, stick around Middletown after dark — and take part in a nocturnal tour of one the greater Red Bank Green’s most history- and mystery-shrouded places.

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RED BANK: RR XING TO CLOSE FOR WEEKEND

rb rr xing 102314A three-plus-day shutdown of Broad Street at the North Jersey Coast Line grade crossing begins at 10 p.m. Friday for what New Jersey Transit calls routine inspection and maintenance. The shutdown, lasting until Tuesday morning, is expected to cause traffic havoc throughout the weekend, but particularly on Monday; rail commuters are also being warned to expect delays. Here’s redbankgreen‘s full story on the closure, in case you missed it. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

 

RED BANK: GOING TO THE BIG GAME?

rbc 101014 2rbc 101014 5High school football fans are expected to pack the stands at Count Basie Field in Red Bank as one of the most anticipated Shore Conference matchups in memory plays out under the lights Friday night.

The undefeated Red Bank Catholic Caseys host also-undefeated Manalapan, pitting the conference’s top-ranked defense against the Braves’ powerful offense, anchored by running back Imamu Mayfield.

Kickoff is at 7 p.m. and parking will be at a premium, so arrive early. But if you can’t make it, Shore Sports Zone, Rich Chrampanis’s video-based local sports website, will have live updates on the scoring and a monster highlight reel Saturday morning, which you’ll find here.

SHREWSBURY: AUTUMN ON THE LINE

shrews tree 102014Even with utility lines running through its center, this maple tree on Patterson Avenue in Shrewsbury radiated autumn color earlier this week – and a giant front-yard spider web added a nice Halloween touch.

After a couple of rainy days, the Green is in for a mostly sunny weekend, with temperatures reaching into the mid-60s starting Friday, according to the National Weather Service. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK AND THE GREEN: HOUSE ADVANTAGE

parker-homestead-2007The 17th-century Parker Homestead in Little Silver is just one of the historic homes on the greater Green taking center stage this weekend. The T. Thomas Fortune House, below, is another. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

rb fortune house 100614 1In a season when we’re all a bit more cognizant of old, dark houses, a birthday celebration designed to call attention to one of Red Bank’s most endangered historic structures — the T. Thomas Fortune House — kicks off a weekend that also offers some rare opportunities to step back in time.

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RED BANK: SMOKE ALARM ‘SAVED HER LIFE’

rb fire 102214 9Joan Raymond, at right above, outside her fire-damaged home, and getting a hug from a friend on her neighbor’s heat-blistered porch, below. (Video and photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb fire 102214 8October is National Fire Protection Month, one of those designations meant to save lives that many of us find too easy to tune out.

For Joan Raymond of Red Bank, however, a small piece of fire safety equipment meant the difference between being alive and dead Wednesday morning.

“I’m a heavy sleeper,” Raymond said, hours after fire tore through Madison Avenue house. And if not for a talking smoke alarm chriping the word “fire,” Raymond said, mimicking its voice, “I wouldn’t be here.”

“That smoke alarm saved her life,” said Fire Chief Tommy Welsh. “She’s alive because of that thing, no doubt about it.”

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RED BANK: STAND-UP SEX STUFF

amy-schumerOne of the hottest comics on the scene, Amy Schumer takes it inside the Count Basie Theatre for a Friday night comedy concert.

She’s been noted for her “girl next door” looks — as well as for her “wash your mouth out with soap” language. And when Amy Schumer takes it to the boards of the Count Basie this Friday night, October 24, she’ll do so from the enviable vantage point of one of the top comics on the current stand-up landscape; a sizzling young talent whose star’s very much on the ascendant.

Fueled by massive interest in her Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer — a genuinely superior skit show sparked into being by her hit standup special Mostly Sex Stuff, and some memorable appearances on the cable network’s annual roasts — Schumer’s live gigs have evolved into theater-scale affairs since her first national exposure on NBC’s Last Comic Standing in 2007.

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RED BANK: WOMAN ESCAPES HOUSE FIRE

As firefighters arrived, an electrical line lay sparking in the driveway to the left of the burning house. (Video and photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb fire 102214 2A smoke alarm awoke a Red Bank woman shortly before fire engulfed her house early Wednesday morning.

Joan Raymond, of 23 Madison Avenue, said the smoke alarm, intoning a prerecorded “fire,” went off shortly after midnight, and she went downstairs to find her front porch in flames. She exited through the back door.

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RED BANK: IN FOR A DRENCHING

rb clouds 102114 2rb clouds 102114 1Storm clouds rolling in over downtown Red Bank, above, and South Street, below, before unleashing a brief downpour Tuesday afternoon. The National Weather Service forecasts sporadic showers for the rest of the day. It’ll be wetter on the Green on Wednesday, when there’s a 90 percent chance of rain, with up to half an inch accummulation, according to the forecast. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: MESSIN’ WITH THE KIDS

BluesBrothersPointingI Got Everything I Need, Almost: the glory days of Aykroyd and Belushi live again at the Basie on Thursday night, courtesy of the Blues Brothers Revue and its officially sanctioned stage show.

“Have you ever heard of a wish sandwich? A wish sandwich is the kind of a sandwich where you have two slices of bread and you — heeheehee — wish you had some meat…”

It’s been 35 years since a couple of enthusiastic amateurs named Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi donned black suits, white shirts, hats and shades — and joined up with a band of legendary pros (including Steve Cropper and Donald “Duck” Dunn of Booker T and the MGs) for a little hi-concept side project they branded The Blues Brothers.

Releasing a surprisingly good (and even more surprisingly top-selling) album called Briefcase Full of Blues, the Saturday Night Live co-stars proved themselves ready for rock-radio prime time via canny covers of hits (Sam and Dave’s “Soul Man”) and highlighted obscurities (The Chips’ “Rubber Biscuit”) — a platform that launched them into the Blues Brothers movie, a big budget blockbuster of music and mayhem that also served as the duo’s demolition-derby escape vehicle from the relatively low-paid fame of late-night TV.

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RED BANK: VEHICLE HITS STOREFRONT

rb crash 102114Glass littered the floor at Jersey Mike’s Subs in the City Centre strip mall on Water Street in Red Bank after a vehicle jumped the curb and crashed into the storefront at about 8 a.m. Tuesday. Store manager Steve LaCicero was inside at the time, but the store wasn’t yet open. “If he hadn’t hit the pillar, he would have driven into the store,” LaCicero said. Information on the identity and condition of the driver was not immediately available.

In 2009, a customer at the Cluck U Chicken shop a few doors away was injured when an SUV crashed through the facade.