This should take the chill out of a rainy March Monday: thoughts of sunny days on the sands of Sea Bright.
Full-season beach badges for the coming summer are still available at half price: $50. The discount ends Thursday. To get yours, visit borough hall, at 1167 Ocean Avenue, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
The borough council on Wednesday night began a process that could lead to the construction of the Element apartments on West Front Street, opposite Riverside Gardens Park, without the developer having to appeal the zoning board’s denial of last Thursday.
And the council was acting, said Mayor Pasquale Menna, on a request made by the developer less than 24 hours after the zoning board rejection.
Commuters who travel between Little Silver and Oceanport via Oceanport Avenue are in for some changes to their routine.
Beginning on or about January 12, the Oceanport Avenue bridge will be closed from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays for several weeks of repairs, according to Oceanport police. Detours via the nearby Goosenck Bridge will be in effect. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
The northbound lane of Bridge Avenue in Red Bank between Chestnut Street and Drs. Parker Boulevard will be closed between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily for the month of October for roadwork, according to borough Engineer Christine Ballard.
As part of the town’s road program, the street is to get new sewers, curbs and asphalt, and paving will necessitate a full closure for a day or two, she said. Motorists are advised to use Shrewsbury Avenue instead. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
Though they’ve been there for years, the turning lanes on Broad Street in downtown Red Bank turn out not to have ever been codified by ordinance, an oversight, according to Mayor Pasquale Menna, that the borough council corrected Wednesday night.
The fix applies to turning lanes at Harding Road, Linden Place, Monmouth Street and East and West Front Streets.
Any lawyers out there want to weigh in on the validity of tickets issued before the change? (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
While passersby tried to corral the mother duck and eight of her ducklings, above, Lauren Dezzi, below, got ready to retrieve four other babies from the sewer. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
Four ducklings that apparently fell into a storm drain in downtown Red Bank were reunited with their mother and eight siblings by a fast-acting office worker Thursday afternoon.
Using a fish net from an aquarium in her office at OceanFirst Bank, Lauren Dezzi of Manchester got down on all fours atop a Broad Street sewer and gently plucked the downy babies to safety shortly after noon.
Both drivers were taken to Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank following a rear-end accident on the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge at 10:12 a.m. Tuesday, according to Rumson police. The extent of their injuries and other information was not immediately available. The bridge was briefly closed to traffic. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
Changes to the structure include the addition of an ADA-accessible wraparound porch along the east side, shown in the bottom illustration. The vacant lot next door is shown below. (Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
The planned restoration of a stately Victorian home in Red Bank for use by a plastic surgeon mostly won praise at a meeting of the borough planning board Monday night.
Neighbors and other residents expressed thanks to Dr. Negin Griffith for proposing to renovate rather than raze the building, at 76 East Front Street. But several claimed that moving the access driveway off East Front and onto an adjoining empty lot at the corner of Washington Street would increase car traffic through the historic district neighborhood.
Arianna Deleks, an employee at Char Steakhouse, shoos a pair of ducks onto the sidewalk on Broad Street in Red Bank Thursday afternoon. Deleks said the ducks showed up two days ago and keep wandering into traffic, and she’s worried they’ll get hit by a car.
“It’s so sad that they’re here,” she said, when they should be down on the nearby Navesink, which is frozen. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
Classic rock legend Dave Mason bears witness to a career’s worth of historic hapenings on the Basie stage Thursday night.
It wasn’t what you might have called a heavy-traffic day in Red Bank on February 10, 2010, when a paralyzing blizzard brought most movement to a snow-hushed halt — with the notable exception of Steve Winwood‘s tour bus, which crept into town so that the rock legend could perform an as-scheduled show for the benefit of what turned out to be a precious few attendees.
While the forecast for Thursday, January 15 calls neither for slammings of snow nor sightings of Steve, there is a Traffic alert being issued for the area in and around the stage of the Count Basie Theatre — where Winwood’s onetime colleague in that jazzy, jammy British band is due to arrive for a career-spanning concert presented under the name Dave Mason‘s Traffic Jam.
Repair work on a leaking natural gas line on Riverside Avenue in Red Bank had northbound traffic on Route 35 backed up nearly to Waverly Place early Tuesday afternoon as vehicles encountered a one-lane bottleneck just past West Front Street. Both southbound lanes were closed for the length of Riverside, though Middletown police report no significant backups from detours. Red Bank police say they’ve been told the work should be completed by about 4 p.m.
Update, 2:45 p.m.: as seen in the photo at right, traffic is backing up onto Cooper Bridge. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
Southbound traffic on Branch Avenue in Little Silver was backed up into Red Bank shortly after 3 p.m. Tuesday. The slow crawl was evident on the northbound side, too, as motorists wended their way around an opening in the road for utility work. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)
A shutdown of the North Jersey Coast Line grade crossing at Broad Street in Red Bank that was originally expected to take nearly three and a half days was completed in less than two, officials said, averting anticipated traffic jams on Monday. As of 3:30 p.m. Sunday, the work was completed, and crew members were waiting for asphalt to cure, one said, with an expected reopening at midnight. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
A three-plus-day shutdown of Broad Street at the North Jersey Coast Line grade crossing begins at 10 p.m. Friday for what New Jersey Transit calls routine inspection and maintenance. The shutdown, lasting until Tuesday morning, is expected to cause traffic havoc throughout the weekend, but particularly on Monday; rail commuters are also being warned to expect delays. Here’s redbankgreen‘s full story on the closure, in case you missed it. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)
Red Bank and neighboring towns could be in for a day or more of truly bad traffic next Monday – and rail commuters may be in for headaches as well.
New Jersey Transit plans to close the heavily traveled railroad crossing at Broad Street/Route 35 to vehicular traffic starting Friday night for an estimated three-plus days of round-the-clock inspections and repairs on its North Jersey Coast Line track, a spokeswoman said.
In addition, rail traffic in both directions will be funneled onto a single track pair near the location, rather than the usual two, a move that is expected to cause mass transit delays, said spokeswoman Nancy Snyder.
Walgreen’s developer Marc Steinberg greets neighborhood supporters after winning plan approval. Below, the revised site plan, at left, called for a smaller structure than the prior proposal, at right. The building was also moved slightly from the property lines along Garfield Place and Broad Street. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
After six months of hearings and a close call with defeat, a proposed Walgreen’s store won approval from the Red Bank planning board Wednesday night.
The 6 to 2 vote came after store developer Marc Steinberg revised his plan by shrinking the proposed building and changing its placement on the site of the former Rassas Buick auto dealership on Broad Street, at the southern gateway in the heart of town.
The vote also followed passionate pleas by neighbors, one of whom said Steinberg had “bent over backwards” to address their concerns, while others called the changes “token” measures.
Walgreen’s developer Marc Steinberg talks with neighbors about the proposed store’s traffic flow at a December hearing. (Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
The builder of a proposed Walgreen’s pharmacy in Red Bank has changed the location of the would-be store, moving it a dozen feet in order to avoid a variance request on one of the plan’s most controversial aspects.
The store would also shrink by about 1,100 square feet, according to revised plans filed with the borough in anticipation of a hearing scheduled for Wednesday night.
With a motion pending to reject the proposed 14,200-square-foot store, the lawyer for the developer Marc Steinberg asked the borough planning board for time to revise the proposal to meet concerns that the building would be too close to the streets at the longtime site of the now-closed Rassas Buick dealership.
“I think I’d feel like I was living in a prison if I had to look at that,” said board member Barbara Boas, referring to a 135-foot-long, 30-foot-high windowless wall that would run along Garfield place, just four feet from a sidewalk.