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REPORT: BON JOVI STIFFED M’TOWN ON O.T.

bon jovi 101911Bon Jovi, seen above in Red Bank in 2011. Below, a gate to his home. (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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By JOHN T. WARD

bon jovi house 2008A campaign fundraiser at which pop star Jon Bon Jovi “serenaded” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was held in Red Bank Monday night because Middletown balked at providing police protection for the event at the pop star’s mansion, according to a report.

The conservative Washington Free Beacon claimed Wednesday that the township refused to staff the event at Bon Jovi’s Navesink River Road home because he hasn’t ponied up for $14,000 in police overtime expenses still owed for security provided for a 2008 fundraiser held there for then-Senator and presidential candidate Barack Obama.

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RED BANK: BON JOVI “SERENADES” CLINTON

bon-jovi-101911Bon Jovi, seen here at the opening of Red Bank’s JBJ Soul Kitchen in 2011, was back in town to host the former first lady and secretary of state Monday night. Below, an uncredited photo of Clinton posted on the Twitter feed of former New York Governor David Paterson. (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Hillary Clinton 062915Jon Bon Jovi “serenaded” Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at a $1,000-a-head campaign fundraiser in Red Bank Monday night, according to PolitickerNJ.

Actually, the report says pop-rocker, who has a home on the Navesink River in Middletown, “serenely serenaded” Clinton at the no-media-allowed event, held at the riverfront Molly Pitcher Inn.

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RED BANK: BEST-SELLER LUNCHES FOR AAUW

Beatriz WmsBest-selling author Beatriz Williams is the special guest as the local branch of the American Association of University Women presents its annual scholarship fundraiser luncheon at the Molly Pitcher.

Her series of novels includes the breakout best-seller A Hundred Summers – a 1930’s period romance (hailed as the author’s “historic masterpiece”) of beach-house easy living complicated by secrets from a stormy past, as well as by the imminent arrival of a cataclysmic hurricane.

Although Beatriz Williams has managed to take the summer reading lists by storm in recent seasons through her scrupulously researched conjuring of settings that range from First World War Europe to 1960’s New York, the Connecticut-based mother of four famously hid her first attempts at fiction from public view on her company laptop – later honing her skills “as an at-home producer of small persons.”

On Thursday, the author whose works have been translated into a dozen languages returns to the greater Red Bank Green (where she put in a signing session at Fair Haven’s River Road Books several seasons back), as special guest for the annual Gala Scholarship Luncheon of the AAUW NJ Northern Monmouth County Branch – the state’s largest local chapter of the nationwide nonprofit American Association of University Women.

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RED BANK: A FLAVOUR FAVE AT THE MOLLY

Red Bank Flavour 24The season’s premier culinary showcase returns Thursday as the third annual Holiday Flavour showcase commandeers the Molly Pitcher Inn. (Photo by Jim Willis)

flavour 3 081612It’s described as “a grassroots culinary campaign driven by the borough’s top chefs, restaurateurs and proprietors,”and when the Red Bank Flavour collective hosts the Holiday Flavour event this Thursday, it will honor the great works of anther borough-based institution that’s grown from the grassroots up.

Taking place from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at the Molly Pitcher Inn, the third annual event offers up an array of food and drink from over 20 Red Bank-based restaurants, eateries and purveyors — with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Parker Family Health Center, the community health care facility established 14 years ago in an empty Shrewsbury parking lot with three patients and a donated trailer. Operating now from its own dedicated facility (and through the efforts of countless volunteers and donations), the PFHC serves more than 8,600 Monmouth County residents who lack health insurance or means to pay for healthcare services.

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RED BANK: A FLAVOUR-FAVE FOR FOODIES

Holiday FlavourThe Big Event in small plates returns to Red Bank on December 4, as the third annual Holiday Flavour showcase commandeers the Molly Pitcher Inn. (Photo by Jim Willis)

Press release from Red Bank Flavour

Red Bank Flavour, a grassroots culinary campaign driven by the borough’s top chefs, restaurateurs and proprietors, will tempt foodies to flirt with their senses this holiday season at the third annual Holiday Flavour event.

Slated for December 4, 2014 at The Molly Pitcher Inn, Holiday Flavour will invite guests to sip and sample an array of libations (from Ketel One, Johnny Walker, Baileys, and Rook) and cuisine from more than twenty of Red Bank’s most popular restaurants and eateries. In addition to the tasting, the charitable evening will include live music, a Santa’s grab bag featuring donations from Red Bank retailers, a tree lighting and a fabulous winter wonderland outside on the hotel’s beautiful waterfront promenade.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Parker Family Health Center, a health care facility where Monmouth County residents who do not have medical insurance or ability to pay for medical care can be treated.

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RED BANK: BROADWAY BABIES CATCH A WAVE

THE BROADWAY DOLLS PRESS PIC 1The Broadway Dolls, featuring Hollie Howard (center), bring the musical excitement to the Molly for A Taste of Broadway, a Monday night fundraising gala benefitting a group of Shore-based nonprofits.

It’s like something straight out of a Busby Berkeley musical: farm girl comes to the big city; goes from unknown to Broadway lead, and back to struggling trouper. Takes her career into her own hands by calling up her fellow under-employed ladies of the stage and crafting “an all-female revue with a sexy rock n’ roll twist” — one that becomes an international touring sensation, from here to such faraway whistle-stops as China and Dubai. Call it The Broadway Dolls and you’ve got a surefire hit.

Created by and co-starring former Hairspray lead Hollie Howard, the project known as Broadway’s Original Girl Group brings its mix of vintage showtunes, 60s girl group oldies and 21st century radio pop to Red Bank’s historic Molly Pitcher Inn on Monday, September 22 for  “A Taste of Broadway on the Promenade,” a gala dedicated to the benefit of an array of locally based charities — and spotlighting the wares of several star-quality staples of the Monmouth County culinary landscape.

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BROADWAY ON THE NAVESINK, AT MOLLY GALA

THE BROADWAY DOLLS PRESS PIC 1The Broadway Dolls, featuring Hollie Howard (center), bring the excitement for Waves of Support, a September fundraising gala to benefit a group of ten Shore communities and locally based nonprofits.

Press release from Navesink Business Group

The officers of Navesink Business Group have announced that tickets are on sale for the organization’s annual Waves of Support fundraising gala benefitting locally based charities.

Presented under the theme “A Taste of Broadway on the Promenade,” this year’s event will take place on Monday, September 22, 2014, at the historic Molly Pitcher Inn. The evening begins with cocktails at 6 pm, and includes a silent auction, spectacular entertainment, and a five-course dinner featuring selections from some stars of Monmouth County’s culinary landscape.

Headlining the evening’s entertainment will be a performance by The Broadway Dolls, the dynamic “girl group” founded by Hollie Howard, and featuring cast members from such Broadway hits as Mamma Mia, Rock of Ages and Jersey Boys.

Dinner will include hors d’oeuvres and several courses prepared by some of Monmouth County’s top dining spots, among them Ama Ristorante, Danny’s Steak House, David Burke Fromagerie, Soul Kitchen, Teak, The Bistro, The Cheese Cave and Zoe, in addition the executive chefs from The Molly Pitcher Inn and The Oyster Point Hotel.

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CLIPPINGS: HOTELIER WITH A VIEW

Kevin Barry, operations manager of the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank, gets the once-over from Clippings on June 26, 2014 as he looks out onto the Navesink River from the hotel patio. (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

Check out all the Clippings from the Green here.

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RED BANK: SAY HI TO MARY, AT THE MOLLY

mary-higgins-clarkInternational best-selling novelist and Queen of Suspense Mary Higgins Clark visits the Green on Thursday, as special guest at the AAUW Gala Scholarship Luncheon.

Her nearly four dozen novels, story collections, holiday tales, memoirs and children’s books have sold millions of copies, been translated into a score of languages, adapted to screens of all sizes, and made her one of the world’s wealthiest and most consistently successful wordsmiths in any genre. But it’s as Queen of Suspense that Mary Higgins Clark will forever reign supreme, with a never-out-of-print catalog of crime and mystery page-turners that include A Stranger is Watching, A Cry in the Night, Where Are the Children? and the all-new I’ve Got You Under My Skin. A serial winner of literary prizes, honorary doctorates, lifetime achievement awards and layperson honors from the Pope, the author has even had a major award named for her by the Mystery Writers of America, the organization that she previously served as president.

This Thursday, May 8, the part-time resident of Spring Lake will take lunch overlooking the Navesink at The Molly Pitcher Inn, as the special guest of honor for the annual Gala Scholarship Luncheon of the AAUW NJ Northern Monmouth County Branch — the state’s largest local chapter of the nationwide nonprofit American Association of University Women.

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CROWDSOURCED BAR BURGERS

burgerPieHole recaps some of the better bar burger suggestions from our readers. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumLast week’s What’s For Lunch featured the mighty Globe Burger. Our proposition that it may be the best burger in Red Bank naturally sparked some suggestions from PieHole readers about other great burgers on the Green.

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WEEKEND: RIGHT HERE IN RIVER CITY

MusicManGroup_718x370The cast of THE MUSIC MAN brings the Broadway evergreen to ‘Two River City’ for five concert-style performances this weekend. Below, Jersey music Jedi master Glen Burtnik leads an all-Shore team of guests to the Basie stage on Saturday, for a SUMMER OF LOVE salute to the sounds of the original Woodstock festival. (Above photo courtesy NJPAC)

Friday, March 14:

glenburtnik-4-kurdzukjpg-907ec69606a7eef9RED BANK: “Seventy Six Trombones.” “Marian the Librarian.” “Til There Was You.” “Ya Got Trouble” (right here in River City). If you’ve seen but one golden-age Broadway classic performed by a class of drama-club kids, a community of earnest amateurs or a summer-stock touring troupe, it was probably The Music Man, the 1957 Tony winner in which traveling con man Professor Harold Hill brings an outlandish scheme — and, in the process, a healthy dose of life, love, laughter and music — to the stodgy folk of a circa-1912 Iowa small town. What you probably haven’t seen is a Music Man brought to you by an African American cast and director — and this weekend, Two River Theater Company offers up five chances to catch a talent-packed production that’s being presented in cahoots with Newark’s NJ Performing Arts Center.

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PIEHOLE: TOMATOES, CHEESE AND BEER

balderose (3)Brian Imbriale puts the finishing touches on PieHole‘s curry chicken salad sandwich at Fair Haven’s Balderose Fine Foods. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

PIEHOLE logoredbankgreen’s PieHole is all about local food and drink. If you haven’t liked us on Facebook yet or followed us on Twitter, you may have missed some of these recent stories…

Imported Italian Tomatoes We get an earful from Jimmy DiBartolo of restaurant wholesaler Quick Stop Food & Paper about tomatoes and sauce.

Keep neurotoxins off your plate. We share a few pointers we picked up from Master Gardener Carolyn Heuser’s presentation on organic vegetable gardening.

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RED BANK: BEER & CHEESE PAIR UP AT MOLLY

mollypitcher (1)A serendipitous sandwich order led to an event that will feature Belgian-style brews and cheeses from the Cheese Cave at Red Bank’s Molly Pitcher Inn this month. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

Man’s fortunate discovery of the delicious results of fermentation, e.g. beer, wine and cheese, had a lot to do with luck, good timing and happenstance.

So too, Sunday’s Beer and Cheese tasting event at the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank had everything to do with good timing and a serendipitous sandwich order.

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RB FLAVOUR ANNOUNCES HOLIDAY EVENT

Press release from Red Bank Flavour Culinary Alliance

Red Bank Flavour, a culinary campaign driven by the borough’s top chefs, restaurateurs and proprietors, will tempt foodies to flirt with their senses this holiday season at the second-annual Holiday Flavour event.

Slated for December 5, 2013 at The Molly Pitcher Inn, Holiday Flavour will feature more than twenty of the town’s most-popular restaurants and eateries at an exquisite culinary affair.  A portion of the evening’s proceeds will benefit The Parker Family Health Center , Red Bank PBA Local 39’s McCarthy’s Children Fund and the Red Bank Flavour Culinary Alliance.

This year, in addition to the wonderful samplings from Red Bank eateries, foodies will have a chance to win a special, multi-course tasting menu, curated by award-winning Chef Tom Colicchio, with wine pairings for two in the Main Dining Room at Colicchio & Sons.

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RIVERCENTER AWARDED $20K TOURISM GRANT

scavone-lynn-mass-052313Who’s that behind those Tourism Grants? Left to right, Red Bank RiverCenter’s Jim Scavone and Amanda Lynn are pictured with Visitors Center director Margaret Mass at a May 2013  Red Bank Flavour event. (Click to enlarge) 

Press release from Red Bank RiverCenter

Red Bank RiverCenter, in conjunction with the Red Bank Visitors Center, was awarded a $20,000 Cooperative Marketing Grant for 2014. The grant, available to organizations throughout the entire State of New Jersey, was applied for through the New Jersey Department of Tourism in June 2013, and will be used to expand Red Bank’s award-winning advertising campaign, “Escape for a Little While.”

The ad campaign will reach Washington, D.C., Connecticut, New York State, Pennsylvania, and Canada to encourage tourists and visitors to visit and stay in Red Bank, as well as the entire Jersey Shore.

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