RED BANK: AFTER BRUTAL HEAT, T-STORMS?

rainfall outlook After a brutally hot weekend, when heat and humidity pushed ‘feels-like’ temperatures to peaks of 111 degrees both Saturday and Sunday, the new week kicks off with the possibility of “excessive rainfall” on the Greater Red Bank Green. (National Weather Service image. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: EXCESSIVELY HOT WEEKEND AHEAD

HEAT MAPredbankgreen hot topicAn excessive heat warning is in effect from noon Friday through Sunday, when heat-index values are expected to reach dangerous levels, according to the National Weather Service. 

Though the Greater Red Bank Green will be cooler relative to nearby areas, “feels-like” combinations of air temperature and humidity are expected to exceed 100 degrees Friday, and could reach 110 Saturday, the NWS forecasts.

Red Bank’s Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the situation and “taking necessary precautions to prepare and respond,” according to an announcement on the borough website. Fair Haven’s OEM plans to open Bicentennial Hall, on Cedar Avenue, as a cooling station for residents who need relief, from noon Friday until 8 a.m. Monday.

Check out the extended forecast, as well as some tips on keeping cool and safe, below.

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RED BANK: HPC AIMS TO SAVE DOOMED HOUSE

red bank 95 east front st.The Victorian structure, now said to have been built before 1868, is slated for demolition. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njFive months after Red Bank’s planning board approved the demolition of a Victorian house owned by Riverview Medical Center, the borough Historic Preservation  Commission is hoping to save it.

Relying on newly assembled information showing the house at 95 East Front Street was older than previously believed — and may have belonged to descendants of a prominent industrialist — the HPC plans to ask the hospital to turn it into a “medical bed & breakfast.”

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RED BANK: BRICK-OVEN CONDITIONS EXPECTED

red bank 7 broad 071619red bank brick 071619With the brickwork of the Urban Outfitters building across the street reflected in glass, workers applied brick to the facade of 7 Broad Street in Red Bank Tuesday. And over on Wallace Street, a mason repointed existing brick above Rocky’s Barber Shop.

The Greater Red Bank Green, along with the entire eastern and central parts of the United States, is expected to feel like a brick oven in coming days. According to the National Weather Service, dangerously hot conditions will arrive Wednesday, with “feels like” temperatures getting as high as 106 degrees. Excessive heat will may return Friday and persist through the weekend. Read the NWS heat advisory for more details.

Wednesday night, there’s also a chance of thunderstorms accompanied by high winds, lightning and flash flooding.

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: SAXUM TRAFFIC Q&A DELAYED

Red bank 176 Riverside saxumA rendering shows one of the two buildings proposed  for the former VNA site, with Riverside Avenue at left and Bodman Place at right. (Rendering by MVMK Architecture. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank nj

It was a night of “hold that thought” as hearings got underway on one of the largest development plans in Red Bank history Monday night.

At a planning board session on a 210-unit apartment complex proposed for a busy stretch of Riverside Avenue, neighbors who packed the room were repeatedly advised to defer their questions and comments on traffic until the developer’s traffic consultant testifies.

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RED BANK: HOT ENOUGH TO FRY/BOIL/POACH…

little silver eggsHot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk? How about poach or boil? This display of fresh eggs on Prospect Avenue in Little Silver may be put to the test in coming days, as heat and thunderstorms threaten the Greater Red Bank Green.

The National Weather Service forecasts peak daytime temperatures near or above 90 degrees through the rest of the week, soaring to 95 by Saturday, with showers and thunderstorms likely Wednesday and Thursday.

Meantime, Tuesday looks to be mostly sunny with highs around 90. Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

shrewsbury, nj, policeCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of June 29 to July 5, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. 

CRIMES

Report of Theft in the area of White Street on 7/1/19. Victim reports unknown subject(s) used fraudulent business to elicit funds. Damages totaling $925.00. Ptl. Daniel DeCristofaro investigating.

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RED BANK: RESTAURANTS FEED THE CHURN

red bank galleria 071119The Galleria is losing two restaurants: West Side Eatery and Siam Garden. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallA salad-bar restaurant and a “general store-slash-coffee bar” prepare to open in Red Bank as two other eateries close their doors.

Read all about those changes and more in this edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.

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RED BANK: NEW TRACK, NEW DEAL FOR BASIE

red bank count basie fields trackWorkers removed the track at Count Basie Fields last week to prepare for the installation of  a new surface. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank Catholic High School will increase its contribution for upgrades at Count Basie Fields under a new cost-sharing arrangement approved by the Red Bank council last month.

Payments by the school, which uses the facility as its home football stadium, will help fund replacement of the cushiony running track, a project that got underway last week.

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FAIR HAVEN: POSTAL SIGN LOST IN THE MAIL?

fair haven NJ post office A flag and two mailboxes out front hint at what’s inside, but the Fair Haven post office hasn’t had identifying signage for about two years. That’s created the mistaken impression that the office is closed, says the frustrated local clerk.

What’s Going On Here? Read on. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: ALTERNATE-SIDE PLAN REVISED

red bank spring street parkingBorough officials say streets with one-side-only parking, including Spring Street, above, will allow parking on the other side during street sweeping.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njAfter a number of complaints were raised, a proposed alternate-side parking ordinance for Red Bank will be revised to make the system monthly rather than weekly.

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

shrewsbury, nj, policeCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of June 8 to June 28, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. 

CRIMES

Report of Shoplifting in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue on 6/5/19. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed merchandise. Damages totaling $73.00. Ptl. Derek Myers investigating.

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RED BANK: FIREFIGHTERS KEEP FREE Y ACCESS

red bank ymcaThe Red Bank nonprofit says no families of kids now in a free membership program will be turned away. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank’s volunteer firefighters will get to keep their free memberships to the local YMCA, the organization announced Wednesday.

Police will still have to pay, though now at a discount, a spokeswoman for the nonprofit said. But there’s no change to the plan unveiled last week to end across-the-board free memberships for borough schoolchildren.

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RED BANK: FORECAST FOR THE FOURTH

red bank stormA brief, powerful storm Tuesday evening damaged a tree on Broad Street in Red Bank, above. Dozens of homes in Red Bank, Shrewsbury, Little Silver and Rumson were without electricity early Wednesday as a result of damage, according to Jersey Central Power & Light’s outage map, at right.

Though there’s a slight chance of thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon, the Greater Red Bank Green will see plenty of sunshine Wednesday and again Thursday, Independence Day, with peak temperatures in the mid-80s both days, according to the National Weather Service

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RED BANK: WHAT’S ON THE COUNCIL AGENDA?

red bank primary access roadWork on the primary school emergency access road, seen here from Locust Avenue, is nearly complete. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njWhile most of America is cracking open its first cold beverages of the July 4 holiday Wednesday evening, the Red Bank council plans to hold a workshop session.

Yep.

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

fair haven nj police fhpdCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of May, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

05/06- A Park Road resident reported several hundred dollar in fraudulent charges on a credit card. Sgt. Jesse Dykstra took the fraud report.

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RED BANK: SUNSET CONCERT PICTURE-PERFECT

red bank new jersey symphony 2019red bank new jersey symphony 2019A golden sunset on the Navesink River, pillow-soft breezes and the soaring sounds of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra combined to create a picture-perfect summer’s evening in Marine Park in Red Bank Sunday.

Were you there? Check out redbankgreen‘s photos below to spot familiar faces, and let us know what you thought of the event, which was organized for the third consecutive year by Red Bank RiverCenter. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: MENNA ‘IRATE’ OVER YMCA ACTION

red bank pasquale mennaRed Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna speaking at the the Memorial Day ceremony last month. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna on Thursday blasted a decision by the Community YMCA to end free memberships for borough schoolchildren and emergency first-responders.

Menna went on the offensive after the Y’s “unilateral” action, which he said was made without any advance notice to or discussion with his administration.

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RED BANK: KIDS, RESPONDERS LOSE FREE YMCA

red bank ymcaThe Red Bank YMCA says affected families can apply for subsidies to replace the free memberships. Below, the letter sent to parents of children in the Healthy Kids program. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank YMCA letter 061919Red Bank’s schoolchildren and emergency first-responders will lose their free access to the borough YMCA in September.

The Maple Avenue nonprofit’s executive director, Katie McAdoo, tells redbankgreen the change was driven by its need to be “accountable” to funders.

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RED BANK: NEW AGENCY EYES TOWN ASSETS

red bank borough hallAmong the ideas the committee may take up: the possible sale of borough hall, above, at 90 Monmouth Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA new municipal body with the potential to exert powerful influence on the future of Red Bank quietly took to the stage Tuesday.

Not quite the hottest ticket in town, the late-afternoon session of the new Redevelopment Agency drew an audience of three: two advisory committee members, who left early, and a reporter. But the ideas being floated, including the possible sale of borough hall, could soon move to the spotlight.

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FAIR HAVEN: DRIVE-THRU, BAG BANS INTRO’D

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njStopping short, for now, of re-banning fast-food restaurants, Fair Haven officials took steps Monday night to instead prohibit drive-thru restaurants.

The borough council also plans to have the town join a rapidly growing list of New Jersey towns that have banned single-use plastic shopping bags.

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