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RED BANK: NEW RIVERCENTER VISION & HQ

scavone menna red bank, nj,RiverCenter executive director Jim Scavone, left, with Mayor Pasquale Menna and Visitors Center executive director Margaret Mass at the office’s opening last week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank RiverCenter embarked on a new mission last week.

The manager of the town’s special improvement district nailed down a fresh set of priorities that calls for greater emphasis on leveraging the town’s Navesink River waterfront as a draw for visitors and investors.

It also opened its new offices to Broad Street.

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RED BANK: HALLOWEEN PARADE BLUSTERS ON

red bank NJ halloween parade 2018A blustery, chilly autumn afternoon provided ideal conditions for the the 71st annual Red Bank Halloween Parade Sunday.

Check out redbankgreen‘s photos from the event below to see who you recognize, or sort-of…

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RED BANK: TACOS, GREEK FOOD, GIFTS & MORE

90 Broad st. red bank nj tacoholicsTacoholics, which started out as a food truck, plans to open its third restaurant next month, this one at 90 Broad Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallWe got tacos. We got Greek food. We got a gift shop and a florist.

All the makings of a heaping autumn update to redbankgreen‘s long-running Retail Churn feature. Read on for details.

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RED BANK: TURTLENECK WEATHER?

middletown nj turtleA turtle making its way along Navesink River Road near the rail crossing in Middletown Thursday afternoon tucked into its shell at the approach of redbankgreen‘s photographer, who moved the animal to the side of the road.

Meantime, it’s on-again, off-again turtleneck weather time. After  overnight temperatures in the 30s, Friday’s forecast calls for sunshine and highs in the low 60s, according to the National Weather Service

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by Trish Russoniello.  Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: RED TANK BUBBLES TO LIFE

red bank, nj, red tank, microbrewery, john arcaraJohn Arcara in the newly completed, 100-seat Red Tank Brewing microbrewery earlier this week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallTwo years from dream to reality, Red Tank Brewing is set to open in the heart of Red Bank Thursday night, the start of a new venture for wedding photographers John and Lovina Arcara.

It may also be the start of a fresh wave of craft suds in town.

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RED BANK: UPDATED ‘RAIL’ ROLLS TO OK

RED BANK, nj, denholtz, railAn architect’s depiction of the proposed Rail multiuse project, as seen from the intersection of Oakland Street and Bridge Avenue, with St. Anthony’s Church at right. (Rendering by Rotwein+Blake. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njAn expanded version of an ambitious mixed-use development proposed alongside the Red Bank train station got the express treatment from the borough planning board Monday night.

 

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

2017_authorities_copcar_sbury2Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of October 6 to October 12, 2018. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Report of Theft in the area of Broad Street on 10/6/18. Victim reports unknown subject(s) passed fraudulent bills. Damages totaling $328.00. Ptl. Tyler Fox investigating.

Report of Theft in the area of Frances Street on 10/5/18. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed property. Damages totaling $100.00. Ptl. Joseph Barnicle investigating.

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RED BANK: WHAT HR HEAD KNEW IN DISPUTE

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njAlmost two months before she filed allegations of harassment by the town’s administrator, Red Bank’s personnel director was told her job was on the line, borough officials claim.

The assertion that human resources manager Eva Biviano had been informed her employment was at risk would appear to contradict statements made by her lawyer, who’s also her brother.

But he says that does not undermine her allegations about “months of abuse” by Business Administrator Ziad Shehady.

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RED BANK: SHEHADY ACCUSED OF HARASSMENT

ziad shehady, red bank, njRed Bank Business Administrator Ziad Shehady at borough hall in June. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

SEE UPDATE BELOW

By JOHN T. WARD

Five months after he took the job, Red Bank’s business administrator is facing a harassment complaint, redbankgreen has learned.

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RED BANK: DEVELOPMENT ISSUES AT THE FORE

downtown red bank njRed Bank RiverCenter’s new strategic plan for the central business district is scheduled for unveiling Monday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

Three issues that could alter the look and feel of Red Bank for generations arrive at key inflection points Monday night.

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RED BANK: TATTOO, MEDICAL POT ZONES OK’D

Under the changes, medical marijuana dispensaries are now allowed in retail zones, and tattoo parlors are permitted in additional zones. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njAs expected, the Red Bank council approved measures on medical marijuana shops and tattoo parlors Wednesday.

Officials also introduced an ordinance to recognize a turn toward do-it-yourself crafts and other forms of “commercial recreation” downtown.

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RED BANK: PEDESTRIAN STRUCK

By JOHN T. WARD

A Red Bank woman was struck by a vehicle while crossing a busy downtown intersection Thursday evening, police Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: REDEVELOPMENT MOVES ADVANCE

red bank nj vna saxum 176 riverside The former VNA headquarters, at Riverside Avenue and Bodman Place, is on track to designation for special redevelopment rights. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Red Bank’s elected officials were in redevelopment mode Wednesday night, advancing two measures that could reshape the landscape.

One tapped a consulting firm to set up a redevelopment agency to oversee downtown projects. The other initiated a process under which the former VNA Health Group headquarters could be replaced with high-density housing.

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FAIR HAVEN: PLAN ELICITS VARIED CONCERNS

Part of the plan calls for a new park-maintenance shed at Fair Haven Fields, just south of the Methodist church. (Image by Google. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njFair Haven residents peppered the borough council Tuesday night with questions about an ambitious plan to build a new town hall, consolidate operations and sell real estate.

The questions appeared to reflect a sense that residents were caught off guard by the scope of the project, which was first reported by redbankgreen Monday.

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RED BANK: REDEVELOPMENT WORK ON AGENDA

Ken DeRoberts, who served as interim borough administrator earlier this year, would oversee redevelopment issues under the proposed contract. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

[UPDATE: See clarification below]

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA consulting firm that earlier this year identified the absence of a redevelopment agency as a competitive problem for Red Bank is expected to be given the job of overseeing redevelopment Wednesday night.

 

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RUMSON: POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Rumson Police Department for August and September, 2018. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

Arrests

8/09/18 – Nicholas Gil, 24, of Port Monmouth was arrested by D/Sgt. Chris Isherwood for Contempt of Court, in the area of East River Road and Lakeside Avenue.

8/12/18 – Luke Schudlick, 32, of Colts Neck was arrested by S/O Michael Volker for DUI, in the area of Bingham Avenue and Bingham Hill Circle.

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RED BANK: MAN WITH KNIFE CAUGHT

From Red Bank police Monday morning:

On Saturday afternoon at approximately 2:30 patrol units responded to multiple reports of a man armed with a knife threatening passerbys on Front Street near Morford Place.

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FAIR HAVEN: NEW TOWN HALL PLANNED

646 RIVER ROAD FAIR HAVEN NJ SUNOCOFair Haven officials hope to acquire the former Sunoco station for redevelopment as part of long-range consolidation of municipal operations. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03A vacant gas station site in Fair Haven could become the home to a new borough hall and police station under a plan up for consideration Tuesday night.

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RED BANK: WEATHER OUTLOOK

A gray autumn morning was a good time to tackle some outdoor work on Grant Place in Red Bank Saturday. Or was that just an eerily realistic Halloween yard display?

With many schools and workplaces closed Monday for Columbus Day (or professional staff days, in the case of local public schools), Monday should be another good day for yard work. Temperatures are expected to peak around 69 degrees, with a slight chance of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service

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

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RBR: CHEERLEADER PUSHUPS REINSTATED

Red Bank Regional cheerleaders, led by Coach Kristy Finck, at left, drop for pushups after the Bucs’ second touchdown Friday night. (Video by John T. Ward.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njAfter a one-week interruption, Red Bank Regional’s cheerleaders were back to doing pushups in support of the football team Friday night.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for September, 2018. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Theft: A male subject wearing a dark colored hat, sky blue long sleeve shirt, dark colored pants, and blue sneakers was seen entering a private back yard and leaving with a tree trimmer on 09/01/18 in the area of W Bergen Pl. Ptl. Milton Gray IV.

Criminal Mischief: A report of eggs being thrown at a parked vehicle and a hand written note left on the windshield was reported in the area of Bank St on 09/04/18. Ptl. Ashon Lovick.

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RBR: REFERENDUM INFO PUSH LAUNCHED

RED BANK REGIONAL RBRRed Bank Regional would get 10 new classrooms, a new roof, a turf field and other upgrades under the $17.3 million proposal. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njThe Red Bank Regional High board of ed kicked off an information campaign Wednesday night with a dire message: if a proposed $17.3 million capital plan fails at the ballot box in December, taxpayers in three towns may be in for a tax shock. Read More »

RBR: CHEERLEADER PUSHUPS AT ISSUE

Red Bank Regional cheerleaders in an undate photo on the school website. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

In the wake of a complaint, Red Bank Regional High has temporarily halted cheerleader pushups after every score by the football team, redbankgreen has learned.

 

 

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RED BANK: ANTI-KAVANAUGH RALLY SLATED

brett kavanaugh, scotus, red bank nj, greater red bank women's initiativeOpponents of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court plan to rally in Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park as part of a “walk-out” movement Thursday afternoon, redbankgreen has learned.

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