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RED BANK: BUDGET FAILS ON TIEBREAKER VOTE

schwabenbauer menna 052516Mayor Pasquale Menna confers with Councilwoman Linda Schwabenbauer during the council’s budget deliberation Wednesday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

taxesRed Bank’s first Republican-led budget in a generation failed to win approval when Mayor Pasquale Menna cast a tiebreaking vote at Wednesday night’s semimonthly council meeting.

His vote against the spending plan followed a 3-3 deadlock that included a “no” by a member of the budget-crafting finance committee, Democrat Kathy Horgan, whose caught committee chairwoman Linda Schwabenbauer, a Republican, by surprise.

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ON THE GREEN: AN EARLY TASTE OF SUMMER

hot weather 052516The lead-in to the Memorial Day weekend includes several days of peak temperatures in the 80s in the region that includes the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the Weather Underground. It begins under clear skies Wednesday with an anticipated high of 87 degrees.  (Click to enlarge.)

SHREWSBURY CRIME REPORTS

AUTHORITIES_SBURY-2016-v3Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of May 14 to May 20, 2016.

Crime Reports

 Report of Theft in the area of World Jeep, Shrewsbury Avenue on 5/14/16. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed vehicle parts from premise. Damages totaling $3,250.20. Ptl. Mary Ellen Rumola investigating.

Report of Theft in the area of Panera Bread, Broad Street on 5/17/16. Victim reports unknown subject removed wallet, cash and credit cards from purse. Det. Sgt. James Ramsey investigating.

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RED BANK: POLICE BLOTTER

AUTHORITIES_RB-2016-v2Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of May 5 to May 19, 2016.

Crime Reports

Theft: Theft of items from a trailer. On 5-10-16 the victim reported that a male subject was located on his property in the area of S. Pearl St, removing items (copper wiring in the amount of $7,800.00). The accused was arrested at the scene. Ptl. Shane Dengel.

Theft: Theft of a wallet. The victim reported that on May 7, 2016 her wallet was taken by a subject after leaving an establishment located on Broad St. The victim believes that the subject in question picked up her wallet while she was sitting on a curb. The wallet contained approximately $500.00 in currency. Lt. Robert Kennedy.

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RED BANK: STEELWORKERS TOP OFF GALLERY

 Furnari sculpture 052116 2A pickup truck carrying the mobile version of the sculpture, and the newly installed replica atop the Detour Gallery, as seen Saturday. Below, artist Sergio Furnari. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

sergio furnari 052116Sure to prompt double-takes, Red Bank’s newest piece of outdoor art brings an iconic American photograph to three dimensions.

If the image looks familiar, that’s because it’s based on a famous 1932 photograph of steelworkers taking a lunch break on a steel beam 850 feet above the ground at Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center, then under construction. Read More »

RED BANK: SEX ASSAULTS ON CHILD CHARGED

AUTHORITIES_RB-2016-v2Red Bank police arrested a West Side man for alleged sexual assaults on a minor, according to a police report.

Benigno Barrios-Arenas, 50, of Shrewsbury Avenue was arrested Thursday and charged with sexually touching an 8-year-old girl in his charge and masturbating in her presence, the report states.

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RED BANK: LOCAL SMOKE SET TO WAFT

local smoke 051816 1Steve Raab, right, with partners Loren Raab, his wife, and Eric Keating, left, outside their new restaurant Thursday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallEntering a crowded Red Bank restaurant field that seems to grow more packed each week, Local Smoke BBQ stands out.

Why? In part because Steve Raab’s new place is at a highly-trafficked corner, making for a convenient stop. Partly because it has its own parking lot, without a meter in sight.

But mainly because it will be the first purely-barbecue restaurant in Red Bank proper, and is run by a pitmaster with an avid following.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? BODEGA TACOS

051616towncountry2Bistek tacos chosen from the “Spanish” lunch menu at Town and Country Deli, a convenience store selling more than food, seen below. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

051616towncountrypatelInternational cuisine has become ubiquitous in Red Bank, adding to a plentitude of lunch options. But there are still some gems hidden away, and so when PieHole readers tell us about flavors unknown, we listen.

That’s how we wound up at Town and Country Deli in Red Bank.

Tucked away next to a laundromat in a Shrewsbury Avenue strip mall at the corner of Bank Street, this place is more bodega or convenience store than delicatessen, but looks can be deceiving.

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RED BANK: JCP&L REVIVES POWER LINE PLAN

rb bridge ave 041014A view of the North Jersey Coast Line northward from the Red Bank station in 2014. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

HOT-TOPIC_03Jersey Central Power & Light is reviving a plan, mothballed 25 years ago, for a high-voltage electricity transmission line to Red Bank, according to a report by NJ.com.

The 230-kilovolt transmission line would run along the existing New Jersey Transit right-of-way between existing substations in Aberdeen and Red Bank. And it’s needed to keep pace with demand for electricity, the company says.

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RED BANK: TAX INCREASE REDUCED

rb budget q&A 051816 1A half-dozen or so residents, outnumbered by borough employees and officials, attended the budget session. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

[Update, May 20: Visuals from this presentation are now available online here.]

By JOHN T. WARD

taxesA controversial increase in parking fees will trim the local property tax increase to less than half that previously anticipated, Red Bank officials said Wednesday.

At the annual informal budget presentation, held at borough hall, Councilwoman Linda Schwabenbauer said the spending plan scheduled for adoption next week calls for a two-percent tax increase, or about $35 for the year for the owner of a home assessed at the town-average $354,006. Read More »

RUMSON MAN TAPPED AS TRUMP BAGMAN

The driveway to Eisenberg’s West River Road home, as seen in 2012. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Election_2016_PlainLewis Eisenberg of Rumson will lead a joint money-raising effort for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and two other organizations, NJ.com reported Wednesday.

The Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign announced Eisenberg’s involvement in the self-professed billionaire’s pursuit of the White House Tuesday night, according to the report.

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SHREWSBURY POLICE BLOTTER

AUTHORITIES_SBURY-2016-v3Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of May 6 to May 13, 2016.

Crime Reports

Report of Theft in the area of Saks Off Fifth, Broad Street on 5/6/16. Victim reports unknown subject removed merchandise. Damages totaling $399.99. Ptl. Daniel DeCristofaro investigating.

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MIDDLETOWN: EX-FINANCIER EYES TRENTON

phil murphy 051616 3Phil Murphy in a campaign photo, apparently taken at Edie’s Luncheonette in Little Silver. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Middletown resident and former Democratic national finance chairman Phil Murphy has declared his run for New Jersey’s governorship, even though voters won’t cast their ballots for another 18 months.

Murphy declared his expected candidacy in a video released Monday on YouTube.

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RED BANK: ANOTHER RESTAURANT APPROVED

132 broad 040416The Red Lantern restaurant won clearance to open at 132 Broad Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03The dizzying transformation of downtown Red Bank into a place to dine, for those who can find parking, got another boost Monday night.

The borough planning board approved a plan to convert retail space at 132 Broad Street to a restaurant, despite a shortfall of 25 parking spots.

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