RED BANK: FLOWERS & PHONES IN, PIZZA OUT

abby lawal supreme floral 091919Abby Lawal outside Supreme Floral, which she opened with her husband in August. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallDowntown Red Bank has added a new flower shop and lost a longtime restaurant, while another plans to expand.

Read all about them, plus a phone store that’s cloning itself, in this summer-closing edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.

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RED BANK: PARKING SYSTEM TO GET MAKEOVER

red bank tom calu meterInterim parking director Tom Calu with a smart meter at Wednesday’s presentation. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank’s entire inventory of parking meters and kiosks is slated for replacement, borough officials said Wednesday, as they debuted a ‘smart’ meter scheduled for rollout curbside early next year.

Meantime, the search for a parking director, the foremost recommendation of a parking study released in January, has been “disappointing,” the official leading the search told redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: POOL LAWSUIT CLAIMS NEGLIGENCE

red bank riverview towers pool 091319 2Work to replace the Riverview Towers pool was underway last week, as seen from a balcony. The deck of the Atrium at Navesink Harbor is visible at left. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank riverview towers 091319Sixteen months after their swimming pool mysteriously popped out of the ground, residents of the Riverside Towers high-rise in Red Bank are rebuilding their treasured riverfront amenity.

Meantime, they’re also in court against a number of vendors, offering an unusual explanation for the, um, floating pool.

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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  August 17 to September 13, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. 

CRIMES

Report of Theft by Deception in the area of Dartmouth Way on 8/17/19. Victim reports unknown subject(s) posed as federal agent to solicit funds. Damages totaling $1600.00. Ptl. Kyle Ludwig investigating.

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RED BANK: PLAZA FOCUS OF SAXUM HEARING

176 riverside red bank saxumA rendering depicts the Bodman Place side of the proposed apartment project. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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The fate of one of the largest development plans in Red Bank history remained unresolved Monday night.

At the fourth planning board hearing on the 210-unit apartment complex proposed for the site of the former VNA headquarters, attention centered largely on the wisdom of putting a public plaza on busy Riverside Avenue.

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RED BANK: FOURTH-GENERATION BIZ CLOSING

red bank 17-21 west sT.The home of Sanford Auto Body, at the corner of West and Wall streets, will be razed to create parking for the nearby Red Bank Corporate Plaza, the sellers say. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

After almost 80 years banging out dents and straightening frames, a Red Bank auto body shop is headed to the scrap heap.

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ON THE GREEN: WEEKEND OUTLOOK, TWO WAYS

Navesink River Fair Haven 091119For weather geeks who enjoy turgid writing, today’s National Weather Service area forecast discussion is not to be missed, packed as it is with “crashing Rossby waves” and an “invasion of anomalously warm air.”

But for those who like it as clear and plain as Wednesday’s view of the Navesink River from the Fair Haven dock, well, check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.) Read More »

RED BANK: CARRYING THE FLAG TO REMEMBER

red bank mark otto 091119Red Bank resident Mark Otto nears the end of an 11-mile hike from Mount Mitchill in Atlantic Highlands Wednesday morning while carrying an American flag bearing the names of all those who died in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001.

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RED BANK: REMEMBERING VICTIMS OF ‘MALICE’

red bank september 11 2019 darren mcconnellEighteen years after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America, Red Bank Police Chief Darren McConnell led a pledge of allegiance for about two dozen participants in a memorial service held in Riverside Gardens Park Wednesday morning.

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ON THE GREEN: IN MEMORY

September 11 2001 memorial gif

Dozens of residents of the Greater Red Bank Green died in the horrific attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

Let’s not forget those who died, and their families.

FAIR HAVEN: NEW RESTAURANT LAW TABLED

fair haven peters lucarelli 090919Mayor Ben Lucarelli, right, with Council President Jon Peters at Monday’s council meeting. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njSteam continued to rise Monday night from last month’s controversial planning board decision  to allow a Dunkin’ coffee shop to open in Fair Haven.

At issue at the council’s semimonthly meeting was a proposed ordinance that would all but ban fast-food restaurants, even as advocates acknowledged it was no more than a “stopgap” measure.

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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 August, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

08/05/19 Ptl. Robinson took a theft report of two garage door openers taken out of two vehicles from a residence on Pine Cove Rd.

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RED BANK: RUMAGE REFLECTS ON FIVE YEARS

JARED RUMAGE, red bankSuperintendent Jared Rumage wished middle schoolers a nice holiday weekend on the Friday before Memorial Day in May. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank’s school district still faces stiff financial challenges, but is “without question” in all-around better shape than it was when he arrived five years ago, says Superintendent Jared Rumage.

And as he did at a presentation last week, Rumage is hoping to leverage the narrative of that improvement to win voter approval of a $6.75 million referendum in November.

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RED BANK: SUN TO SHINE AS DORIAN PASSES

After causing devastation in the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian was lashing the Carolinas Friday morning and expected to track “well offshore” of the New Jersey coast as it heads northeast toward New England and Canada, according to the National Weather Service

For the Greater Red Bank Green, that means gusty winds, high surf and rip tides along the Atlantic coast, but otherwise no adverse impact. In fact, the forecast shows that after a day of scattered showers Friday, the region will see lots of sun over the weekend.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

red bank nj police crimeThe crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the month of August, 2019. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Theft: An unlocked bicycle described as a black Elektra men’s beach cruiser style with a green stripe was reported stolen on 08/02/19 in the area of Wallace and Broad St. The bike is valued at $350.00. Ptl. Thomas Doremus.

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RED BANK: POOP & MORE DELAY SAXUM VOTE

red bank saxum plan 090419 4A rendering displayed at the planning board depicts a public plaza on the Riverside Avenue side of the proposed apartment project. (Rendering by Arterial. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Unanswered questions held up a planning board vote on one of the largest development plans in Red Bank history Wednesday night.

Among them: where will the poop deposited on the rooftop dog runs go?

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