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CLIPPINGS: IN THE PINK

CLIPPINGS_220 All over the Green  and beyond, even – towns are highlighting the importance of breast cancer detection by painting themselves pink this month. Here are some snippets from downtown Red Bank’s contribution.  (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

Check out all the Clippings from the Green here.

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PINK LINE: RUMSON SAYS ‘PAINT IT BLACK’

The fading pink stripe on East River Road in Rumson, as seen Wednesday morning. (Click to enlarge)

By CONNOR SOLTAS

As it did in the past in Red Bank, a pink road stripe painted on the main drag through Fair Haven and Rumson in celebration of Pink Week back in May is beginning to lose its charm.

“Rumson wants to know when the pink line is going to go away,” said Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl.

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FADE OUT ON PINK WEEK 2012

A week of pink-themed fun-and-fundraising events in support of breast cancer prevention concluded in Red Bank with the annual Girls’ Night Out party at the Downtown Thursday night.

The final event on the the multi-town Pink Week calendar is a Zumba workout in Holmdel on Saturday. (Click to enlarge)

WEEKEND: PINKHATSYARDSALEFOODFEST

Red Bank becomes a bargainhunter’s paradise on Saturday. On Sunday: food, acres of food. (Click to enlarge)

As the headline suggests, the weekend that awaits is jammed with the potential for good times.

We’ve got the fifth Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale, this one making a migration from fall to spring.

We’ve got one of the inaugural events of this year’s weeklong Paint the Town Pink festivities to raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.

And capping it all off, rain or shine, is the first-ever Red Bank International Flavour Fest, an outdoor celebration of the wide variety of cuisines available year-round at Red Bank restaurants.

And Mother Nature appears to be in a mood to cooperate.

Details, as they used to say when that was still a two-syllable word, are just below.

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PAINTING, AND CLOTHING, THE TOWNS PINK

A profusion of pink explodes from local wardrobes this time of year, as evidenced by these pix from the 2011 Girls’ Night Out party in Pink Bank. (Click to enlarge)

It started six years ago, in a place called Pink Bank.

It quickly caught on in the nearby communities of Pink Haven (Fair Haven, that is) and Pink (Monmouth) Beach. And in 2012, you’ll find it happening everywhere from Pinkbury (Shrewsbury), Pinkson (Rumson) and Little Pink (Little Silver), to Pinkdel (Holmdel), Atlantic Pinklands (Atlantic Highlands) and possibly other coordinates on your G-Pink-S.

Beginning Friday, May 4, and continuing through May 12, Riverview Medical Center invites residents of the greater Green to participate in a campaign that’s designed to encourage women aged 40 and older to schedule an annual mammogram — as well as to fund mammography services to our uninsured and underserved neighbors — with a pledge to Paint the Town Pink.

If, as it’s been said, it takes a village to turn a town pink, then this year’s nine-day campaign promises to be “bigger and pinker than ever,” with a gala reception, celebrity appearances, large-scale public events, and the centerpiece of the schedulE: the mass “pinking” of homes all over this side of the Garden State Pinkway.

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AS PROMISED, RIVERVIEW TO PAINT IT BLACK

line-workerA contractor removed the pink line from the middle of Broad Street Saturday; below, the stripe as it appeared on June 1. (Above photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

pink-stripe-060111The faded-but-still-pink line running down Broad Street in Red Bank has become a sure sign: Paint the Town Pink was here. A long time ago, even.

The pink traffic line, part of Riverview Medical Center and RiverCenter‘s annual campaign to promote breast cancer awareness, has tended to last well beyond the week of PR-heavy activities within the borough. In fact, much of the the stripe from the 2010 edition was still present when a new one was laid down for this year’s event, which concluded almost six weeks ago.

But responding to criticism from towns that participate in the annual event — Red Bank, Fair Haven and Monmouth Beach — Riverview says it’s de-pinking the roads.

In Red Bank, the line is already gone, and Fair Haven’s is soon to follow.

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CLUB AWASH IN PINK ON GIRLS NIGHT OUT

It was Girls Night Out at Red Bank’s Downtown nightclub Wednesday, one of a series of events in the annual Paint the Town Pink celebration to raise awareness about, and funds for treatment of, breast cancer. Proceeds from the $60 tickets went straight into the Pink Fund, which provides free mammography for uninsured women at the Jane H. Booker Women’s Center at Riverview Medical Center.

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NO LONGER JUST THINKING PINK

Actual pinking got underway in downtown Red Bank Saturday with the start of the 2011 Pink Week breast cancer awareness effort. Some photos by Dustin Racioppi.

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PINK WEEK: BACK IN THE BLUSH

pink-spillA window decorator handles a faux paint spill in the window of DoubleTake Consignment in Red Bank earlier this week as part of the store’s Pink Bank display. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Stating the obvious here, but Pink Week is upon us again, that time of year when downtowns go blush and flushed in pink, and awareness is unavoidable.

Pink streets, pink flags, pink bracelets, pink windows, pink parties, redbankgreen‘s pink masthead. You get the idea.

But pretending that you’ve somehow missed what this whole thing is about, or you’re new to town, skip below for an explainer of what it all means, why it’s here and how you can join the cause.

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SPLASHES OF PINK ALL OVER THE DOWNTOWN

Several hundred women indulged in a gals-only cocktail party at Red Bank’s Downtown club Wednesday night, part of the annual breast cancer awareness effort known as Pink Bank. Need we say redbankgreen was there?

The weeklong Pink Bank festivities, put together by Riverview Medical Center and Red Bank RiverCenter, wrap up with a cocktail party and dinner dance at the Oyster Point Hotel Friday night.

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A HINT OF PINK ABOUT TO BURST

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So, what is this ‘Paint the Town Pink‘ that’s suddenly being touted all over downtown Red Bank?

Ah, you must be new to town.

Also known as “Pink Bank,” it’s an annual weeklong series of events, now in its fourth year, that’s organized by Riverview Medical Center and Red Bank RiverCenter to promote breast cancer detection and prevention.

In the process, it’s meant to liven up the retail district and inject some fun into spring. It all kicks off Saturday.

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IS IT MAY ALREADY?

pink-bank-040710Lisa Vitello of Red Bank, a hostess at the Broadway Diner on Monmouth Street, took advantage of Wednesday’s warm weather to paint curbing in anticipation of next month’s Paint the Town Pink breast cancer awareness effort. (Click to enlarge)

The weatherbot says we’re in for another warm, sunny day today.

Thunderstorms are possible tonight, and Friday’s shaping up as cloudy. But the weekend? Back to sunny, with oh-so-mild temps peaking in the low-to-mid 60s.

Here’s the National Weather Service look-ahead:

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COUNCIL NIXES PINK BANK FREE PARKING

Img_6226Mannequins at Backward Glances done up for the 2008 edition of Pink Bank.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A request by Riverview Medical Center for free parking in downtown Red Bank for the week of ‘Pink Bank’ was DOA Monday night.

Except for one member, the borough council wanted no part in the hospital’s proposal, coming just two weeks after the governing body voted to double curb meter rates and and hike permit fees.

“I don’t understand the nexus of this,” Mayor Pasquale Menna said, before moving onto the next agenda item at Monday’s council meeting.

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