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RED BANK: SICKELS SENDOFF, H2O ON AGENDA

  1. Stanley Sickels at a planning board meeting in 2013. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank’s most powerful unelected official is slated to get an official sendoff at the semimonthly council meeting Wednesday night.

Also on the agenda: the town’s heaviest water users would be subject to higher minimum charges under a measure slated for introduction.

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RED BANK: SNOW ADDS MAGIC TO LIGHT-UP

The first snowfall of the season added to the magical air of the Christmas tree lighting event at Ralph ‘Johnny Jazz’ Gatta Park in Red Bank Saturday.

The event, organized by the borough Parks & Rec department, featured a visit by Santa Claus, who arrived by fire truck. Were you there? Check out redbankgreen‘s photos from the event below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: PEDESTRIAN STRUCK

By JOHN T. WARD

A Rumson woman suffered a non-traumatic head injury when she was struck by a vehicle while crossing Broad Street in Red Bank on foot Thursday afternoon, according to police Chief Darren McConnell.

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RED BANK: RAID NETS HEROIN, OTHER DRUGS

Police at the scene of Friday’s predawn raid on St. Nicholas Place. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A Red Bank man and woman were arrested on drug manufacturing and dealing charges following a predawn raid on their East Side residence Friday, Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

Executing a knock-and-announce warrant on the house at 20 St. Nicholas Place shortly before 6 a.m., police broke through the front door and confiscated an undetermined quantity of heroin, crack cocaine, ecstasy and a small amount of marijuana, McConnell said.

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RED BANK: EATERIES SPOTLIGHT STRAWS

Kitch Organic on Leighton Avenue, above, is one of eight Red Bank restaurants participating in a monthlong effort to reduce the number of plastic drinking straws that don’t make it into the recycling stream.

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RED BANK: CUBAN, TWO POKE EATERIES SLATED

A poke restaurant plans to open at 26 Monmouth Street by February 1. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallThis edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn comes bearing food: two restaurants offering Hawaiian poke, and a third with a menu of Cuban dishes, plan to open in downtown Red Bank in coming months.

Also in this report: a pilates gym takes a portion of a long-empty former drugstore, and a pop-up holiday shop… pops up for the holiday season downtown.

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RED BANK: JENSEN ELECTED FIRE CHIEF

Chief-elect Stu Jensen arrives at the Navesink Hook & Ladder house on Mechanic Street following his election Tuesday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Amid flashing red lights and sounding horns, Red Bank’s volunteer firefighters marked the election of Stu Jensen as 2018 borough fire chief with a celebration Tuesday 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 the period of November 16 to November 30, 2017. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief:  On 8/17/17 in the area of W Front St it was reported a vehicle parked in the public parking garage sustained a large dent to the left front fender while it was parked. Ptl. George Travostino.

Theft: On 11/21/17 it was reported a brown leather “Bellroy” wallet valued at $60.00 was stolen. The wallet contained several credit cards, health insurance card, College ID and a NJ Driver’s license. Ptl. Shane Dengel.

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RUMSON: POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Rumson Police Department for October and November, 2017. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

Arrests

10/3/17 – Scott Adams, 35, of Atlantic Highlands was arrested by Ptl. Grace Maggiulli for Contempt of Court in the area of Rumson Road and Oakes Road.

10/6/17 – Gregory Gebeline, 25, of Swedesboro was arrested by Ptl. Grace Maggiulli for Possession of CDS and Possession of Paraphernalia.

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RED BANK: PARKING AGENDA IN TRANSITION

A builder may be chosen to redevelop the White Street lot this month, and a parking study could soon follow. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Amid recriminations and calls for a fresh start, Democrats began taking the wheel in the drive for a possible new parking structure in downtown Red Bank last week.

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RED BANK: IMMIGRANTS PROCLAIM EQUALITY

The ‘Awaken Community’ march through downtown Red Bank culminated with a brief rally at Riverside Gardens Park. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Several hundred marchers took to the streets of downtown Red Bank hoping to preserve rights for immigrants that others don’t believe they are entitled to.

Chanting “Up, up with education, down, down with deportation,” waving American flags and carrying banners that read “Immigrants built this nation,” participants gathered around the Christmas tree at Riverside Gardens Park, where they heard an expression of moral support from the borough police department.

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LITTLE SILVER: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

2017_authorities_cherrytop_ls3Crime and arrest reports for the month of October, 2017, as provided by the Little Silver Police Department. This report is published unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

October 5– Michael Perla, 49, of Hoboken, NJ, was arrested on Prospect Ave. for an active Contempt of Court warrants out of the Bayonne and Point Pleasant Municipal Courts in the amount of $475.00. Det. Sgt. Greg Oliva made the arrest.

October 5– Lechelle Hall, 27, of Keansburg, NJ, was arrested on Prospect Ave. for an active Contempt of Court warrant out of the Neptune Township Municipal Court in the amount of $500.00. Sgt. Paul Halpin made the arrest.

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RED BANK: UNDEFEATED SOCCER TEAM LAUDED

Sporting neckties that many of them learned to tie just an hour earlier, the members of the Red Bank Middle School boys’ soccer team appeared at the borough council meeting Wednesday night, when they were lauded for a second consecutive undefeated season.

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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 November 11 to November 24, 2017. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Report of Identity Theft in the area of White Street on 11/21/17. Victim reports unknown subject(s) obtained information to make fraudulent purchases. Damages totaling $651.06. Ptl. Tyler Fox investigating.

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RED BANK: PRESERVATIONISTS CONCERNED

A website posting by the prospective buyer of two Red Bank buildings listed on an inventory of historic properties hints at big changes to come. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank preservationists expressed concern in recent days over the pending sale of two downtown buildings they believe have historic significance.

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FAIR HAVEN: KOCH JOINS COUNCIL AFTER ALL

With an assist from Councilwoman Susan Sorensen, Betsy Koch, right, takes her seat for the first time as a council member during a meeting held at the Knollwood School, where she’s a teacher. Members of the student council were also on the dais. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Less than a three weeks after a narrow loss at the polls, Elizabeth ‘Betsy’ Koch won unanimous appointment to the Fair Haven council Monday.

She replaces Councilman Rowland Wilhelm, who stepped down with two years remaining on his third three-year term.

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RED BANK: LIGHTS UP ON HOLIDAY SEASON

Santa Claus, the Grinch and Holiday Express worked their magic for the 25th time, ushering in the Christmas-and-other-holidays season with music, laughs and a touch of flurries on Broad Street in Red Bank Friday night.

Check out redbankgreen‘s photos below to see if you recognize any smiling faces. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: SUNSET PARK CONCEPT TO DEBUT

The so-called Sunset Park concept plan includes a soccer field, riverfront boardwalk, kayak launch and other amenities. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank residents will get their first look Monday night at a concept plan for a new park on the town’s long-closed landfill site overlooking the Swimming River.

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