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RED BANK: A TWO-FISTED FOOD FESTIVAL

A Guinness in one hand, a lobster or a lobster roll in the other: this vignette repeated itself as redbankgreen roamed the packed midway of the Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival under sunny skies Sunday. The crowd in the White Street parking lot kept the oyster shuckers and tap-pullers busy. Were you there? (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

RIVERCENTER BUDGET: SAME OLD

rvrcntrRiverCenter got preliminary approval for its 2011 budget Wednesday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Red Bank RiverCenter presented its 2011 budget to the borough council Wednesday night, a perfunctory here-it-is and thank-you-for-coming that took all of two minutes from the governing body’s regular meeting.

“There’s nothing major we have this year,” Executive Director Nancy Adams told redbankgreen.

With the exception of a thousand or two dollars shuffled around to different line items, this year’s $512,120 budget is a replica of the independent agency’s 2010 spending plan: holiday events are still on, capital projects will go forward and the agency will again put an emphasis on marketing the borough throughout the state and beyond.

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A LOCAL FEST, PLUS GUINNESS AND OYSTERS

Scenes from Saturday’s Only One Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival, captured by Peter Lindner. (To enlarge the photo display, start it, then click the embiggen symbol in the lower right corner. To get back to redbankgreen, hit your escape key)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Frank and Amanda Miles, of Tinton Falls, had rave reviews for the fried calamari they munched in the White Street parking lot.

Robin Reilly and Naomi Lebofski, who came from Nutley and Rutherford, had a couple of sandwiches, and said they had a blast.

They washed it down with water and white wine.

At the Only One Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival, something seemed off with the selections of these four people. But that’s OK.

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GUINNESS TO SHUCK UP RED BANK

white-st-lotThe White Street municipal parking lot will be the site of Red Bank’s first Guinness oyster festival in September. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It looks like downtown Red Bank will ring in the fall season by playing host to a daylong ragbag of an aphrodisiacal and Irish bent.

Mirroring the annual oyster festival across the pond, in Galway, Ireland, and other major cities, Red Bank is bringing in brewery giant Guinness to sponsor a spree of beer (ahem, ale), food and music dubbed the Only One Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival on Sunday, September 26.

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