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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? A SMOOTHIE IN A BOWL

020316freshica4The Acai PB&J bowl from Freshica’s Juice Bar, owned by Jessica Dalmedo, below. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

020316freshica3It might seem counter-intuitive to put a juice bar in the same building as a luncheonette known for its porkroll, egg, and cheese sandwiches, but Jessica Dalmedo, owner of Freshica’s Juice Bar says it works.

Sharing space with Fairwinds Deli on River Road in Fair Haven for almost four years, Freshica’s counter takes up a portion of the dining area. At lunchtime, you’re likely to see a construction worker downing a sub as you are a gray-flannel suit or someone coming from the gym. Less expected: the number of children from the preschool next door taking sippy-cup-sized swigs of kale- and spinach-infused juices.

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE REPORTS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of January, 2016.

AUTHORITIES_FH-2016-v3Fair Haven Police Blotter January 2016

• 1/1/16- Patrol was dispatched to a Hance Road address for reported property damage. Ptl. William Lagrotteria took the report.

• 1/1/16- Patrol was dispatched to a Fair Haven business for vehicle damage by valet staff. Ptl. Eric Patton took the report.

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RUMSON: BATCHLER CUT AS FOOTBALL COACH

Bryan Batchler 120715 1Former Rumson-Fair Haven Regional head football coach Bryan Batchler led the team to its third straight state sectional football championship in December. (Image courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Six weeks after he was put on leave for undisclosed reasons, Bryan Batchler is expected to be replaced as head football coach at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional, redbankgreen has learned.

Batchler, who led the Bulldogs to their third consecutive state sectional title with a win over Red Bank Regional on December 5, was placed on leave by Superintendent Pete Righi just nine days later. Righi has repeatedly declined to say what prompted the suspension or provide any details about the situation, citing the confidentiality of a personnel matter.

Now, however, the school needs to find a coach for the upcoming season, Righi said in a prepared statement Tuesday.

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RFH TOPS RBR AS BARRY LEADS

Rumson-Fair Haven’s Brendan Barry scored 27 points as the Bulldogs used strong defense in the 4th quarter to hold off Ridge Road rival Red Bank Regional in Rumson Saturday. Matt Reardon had 17 for the Bucs and Teddy Sourlis 12 for the Bulldogs, who have now won 12 straight games.  Shore Sports Zone has those highlights and more here.

HOCKEY: RBC GOES THROUGH THE ROOF IN WIN

An unusual pass through the roof trusses sparked a three-goal surge in the final 1:22 of play as Red Bank Catholic topped Rumson-Fair Haven on the ice at the Red Bank Armory Wednesday. After Will Catalono put R-FH in the lead with six minutes to go, Kyle Amato tied things up, and then the Caseys’ Evan Hoey sent a pass that went through the roof supports and fell down to Alec Mintz, who delivered the game winner. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

FAIR HAVEN: POND DEAL ON COUNCIL AGENDA

schwenker's 012315Schwenker’s Pond, on River Road. The long-vacant Doremus house, below, which overlooked the pond, was demolished in late 2013. Two new homes are planned for the site. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

doremus-houseAfter years of limbo, a deal that would transfer ownership of Schwenker’s Pond in Fair Haven to the borough is expected to be sealed Monday night.

On the council’s agenda is a proposed developer’s agreement that Mayor Ben Lucarelli said will add to the town’s waterfront and open-space holdings.

“I’m of the belief that you only get one chance to make a piece of property public,” Lucarelli told redbankgreen last week.

Well, in this case, two.

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RFH WINS AS BARRY SETS NEW BAR

Rumson-Fair Haven’s Brendan Barry scored 23 points, including a three-pointer at the first-half buzzer, to make him the Bulldogs’ all-time leading scorer in a 53-48 home victory over Manasquan.

With the milestone, Barry surged past Palvin Williams, a 1973 Rumson graduate who flew in from the Dominican Republic to witness the shattering of a record that stood for 43 years.

Shore Sports Zone has the thrilling highlights here.

ON THE GREEN: MAJOR STORM NEARS

RB SALT brine 012116 fh ice 012116 2Salt brine markings on Spring Street in Red Bank and dozens of kids on the ice at McCarter Pond in Fair Haven signaled the late arrival of true winter on the Greater Red Bank Green Thursday.

For emphasis, Mother Nature is planning a blizzard that’s expected to bring “extremely dangerous” travel conditions and possible power outages as a result of heavy wet snow, strong wind gusts and flooding, the National Weather Service forecasts. The region is expected to get about a foot of snow between Friday night and early Sunday morning, the NWS says. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN: MIMI AT THE CROSSROADS

mimi cross 2Singer-songwriter-novelist Mimi Cross makes an appearance in Fair Haven Thursday to promote her new work of fiction, “Before Goodbye.”  (Click to enlarge)

By TOM CHESEK

BeforeGoodbye-20232-CV-FT-v5“It was great to see everybody,” says Mimi Cross in reference to her performance last weekend at Asbury Park’s Langosta Lounge, part of the annual Light of Day slate of musically minded benefit events. “I haven’t been playing much the past couple of years, and it was like coming home to family.”

Once a frequently sighted fixture on Shore area club stages — and a two-time Asbury Music Award winner for her self-released albums like Monkey Trap — the singer-songwriter soprano has indeed kept a low public profile since she became a mom. It’s an uncharacteristic stance for an artist who can boast of having shared stages with Bruce, Bon Jovi, Bonnie (Raitt), (Jackson) Browne, Lauryn Hill and Sting.

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R-FH GIRLS WIN SEVENTH STRAIGHT

Rumson-Fair Haven hosted a five-game showcase Sunday, and the Lady Bulldogs, led by Stephanie Lesko’s 18 points, notched an impressive 60-43 win against Saddle River Day for their seventh straight. Shore Sports Zone caught the action.

RED BANK: MEET THE NEW DEPARTMENT HEADS

cliff keen 122315Cliff Keen, above, is the new director of public utilities, and Charlie Hoffmann, below, runs parks and rec. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

charlie hoffmann 122115Recent months have brought some new faces to Red Bank government.

In particular, three departments that residents have regular interaction with, and occasional strong opinions about, are under new leadership: parks and recreation; planning and zoning; and public utilities.

Here’s a quick intro to the new directors.

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RFH CRUISES ON BARRY’S 29

Rumson-Fair Haven’s Brendan Barry delivered 29 points to grab MVP honors for the second straight year as the Bulldogs handed Gill-St. Bernard its first loss of the season, 66-49, in the Hoop Group Boardwalk Showcase in Long Branch Saturday.  Collin McDevitt nailed three straight three pointers in the third quarter to spark a double digit lead. RFH is now 5-1 since Barry has returned from wrist surgery in early December.

Shore Sports Zone has this juicy video highlight and more from all the games here.

HOCKEY: POINT CLAWS BACK TO TIE R-FH

Ryan Carr delivered a hat trick, including the final two goals of the third period, as Point Pleasant came back from a 4-2 deficit in the third to tie Rumson-Fair Haven Tuesday at the Red Bank Armory. Chase Dorworth had two goals for RFH.  Shore Sports Zone was there to bring these highlights.

RUMSON: WRITE-IN CAPTURES R-FH SEAT

rfh vote 020416According to results posted on the Monmouth County Clerk’s website, write-in candidate John M. Caruso was the top vote-getter in a runoff election for a seat on the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional Board of Ed held Monday. On the ballot were Valerie Ferrante and Jada L. Kavanagh, who finished in a tie in voting on November 3. Just 3.4 percent of registered voters came out for the runoff, according to site. (Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN / RUMSON: BIKE LANES AWAIT

fh bike lane 121215Both a bicyclist and an approaching a jogger appeared shy recently about using a new bike lane on the Little Silver side of Harding Road, seen here from Tower Hill in Red Bank. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03To go along with their shiny new Christmas bikes, cyclists on the Greater Red Bank Green have a new riding course: 2.8 miles of freshly minted  bike lanes through Rumson and Fair Haven.

Marked with share-the-road “sharrow” icons, heavy white lines and signage, the lanes call attention to the presence of bikers in an effort to improve safety, says Fair Haven Mayor Ben Lucarelli, who advocated for them.

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