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ON THE TABLE: NEW YARD SALE WEBPAGE

SaleitemsYou never know what you’ll find.

From the Navesink River to Newman Springs Road, Red Bank will transform itself into a bazaar on Saturday, September 20, with its first-ever Townwide Yard Sale.

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Today, redbankgreen launches a webpage dedicated to the event, a one-stop information booth we hope you’ll find both entertaining and instructive.

The site includes Q&As on how to participate as a seller, how to make the most of your sale, what this event is all about and more.

You’ll also find redbankgreen‘s first video effort, one we hope will give you a chuckle.

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RED BANK COPS PLAN DWI CHECKS

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Red Bank police will be out on Newman Springs Road Saturday night and Sunday morning looking for drunk drivers.

A press release from the department says the 11p-to-3a stationary crackdown, funded by a state grant, will be supplemented by mobile patrols throughout the weekend.

In New Jersey, two people a day on average die as a result of alcohol related crashes.

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NAH, LET’S GO BACK TO THE OTHER SIGNS

Hudson_parking_red_bankFortunately, we had file art on hand to save us another trip out to Hudson.

Remember those two-hour parking signs that replaced the ones put up just a few months ago? Of course you do; it happened just yesterday.

Well, today those signs were removed and replaced, this time by the signs that were posted last spring. And Public Utilities Director Gary Watson is taking the blame.

“It was my fault,” he says. “I take the hit.” He said he apologizes to the public for the confusion.

Watson declined to specify what impelled him to swap out the signs yesterday, but says he’s been “getting my ass chewed off all day.”

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A SKUNKLESS DAY ON THE ANIMAL CENSUS

Perez_ferret2Paul Ashton and his pet ferret, Flower, greet animal control guy Henry Perez.

By COLLEEN CURRY

Henry Perez doesn’t give up easily. After repeatedly knocking on an unassuming front door on Red Bank’s West Side, he takes an investigative look around and puts his ear to the door.

“I don’t hear barking,” he says, making a note on his clipboard, “but I don’t like the look of that ‘Beware of Dog’ sign.”

Perez waits, playing a game of chicken with whoever or whatever lurks behind the old wooden door. He slyly peers through windows, around porches and up driveways looking for the telltale signs: a wagging tail, a misplaced chew toy, some forgotten droppings.

Concerned neighbor? Scheming burglar? CSI Red Bank?

Nope. Meet Perez, the borough’s Animal Control Officer, midway through a town-wide pet census to license all cats and dogs from the Navesink to Newman Springs Road.

Today, Perez has invited redbankgreen along on the animal beat, and while there’s no answer at this house, he assures us he’ll be back.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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The folks at Dunkin’ Donuts HQ will eat this one up: redbankgreen readers apparently love their DDs.

We received a record 18 responses to last week’s ‘Where,’ and 17 of them were verifiably correct. The image was of the brand-new door pull on the DD at the City Centre shopping center at Water Street, Maple Avenue and West Front Street in Red Bank.

Dan Riordan wrote:

On Sunday morning, my 4 kids stared at that doorknob with dismay: Dunkin’ Donuts closed for renovations.

Heartbreaking, no? Well, the kids will be happy to know if they don’t already that the place is open again.

Robert Clark wrote the picture was from the DD on Route 35 in Middletown. While we personally checked out all the outlets closer to Red Bank, we didn’t make it that far into Middletown, and a woman who answered the phone at that store told us there’s no big D door handle. But we’ve gotten bad info before, so we’ll count that one as ‘undertermined’ for now.

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MAN ARRESTED IN RED BANK ROBBERY

Authorities say they have arrested a suspect in the robbery of the Two Rivers Community Bank in Red Bank two weeks ago and four other area bank robberies.

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And he’s local.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Luis Valentin says in a statement that his office arrested Richard C. Demott, Jr., 56, of Tinton Falls Tuesday and charged him with five counts of first degree armed robbery. He’s being held on $1 million bail in the county lockup.

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2-HOUR, THAT IS, IF YOU DON’T LIVE THERE

Hudson_signNick Piscitelli of the Red Bank DPW re-installs a two-hour parking sign on Hudson Avenue this morning.

Here’s the latest twist in the tug-of-war for parking between Hudson Avenue residents and employees of the nearby Broad Street post office:

The Borough of Red Bank is removing the ‘resident parking’ signs it installed after an ordinance change earlier this year and re-installing the two-hour parking signs that they replaced.

Hudson Avenue, you see, is both a resident-parking street and a two-hour zone, says Public Utilities Director Gary Watson. So if you live there and have a permit, you may park as long as you wish, he says. For all others, it’s two hours and gone or you risk a ticket.

Which could further complicate a lawsuit pending in Freehold on behalf of Tai Truong, a postal worker who says he’s been repeatedly ticketed on Hudson — not for overtime parking but for parking without a permit.

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FAIR HAVEN MIFFED OVER TACKY WORK

River_road_gunk2Merchants say the tarry road gunk is being tracked into their stores.

By SUE MORGAN

Whatever it is that’s holding together the pavement on River Road’s north side, Gourmet Picnic co-owner Michael O’Brien doesn’t like seeing it tracked into his store.

“I personally have gotten down on my hands and knees to clean it up,” O’Brien said of the sticky, tar-like substance that some patrons have imprinted onto the hardwood floor in his coffee shop and bakery at River and Fair Haven roads.

Next store at River Road Books, a few black stains remain on the store’s carpet, even though co-owner Sharon Everett and others have done their best to remove them.

“Some tar has been tracked in. The streaks of tar are really hot,” Everett said. “It’s so annoying.”

Borough officials are no less displeased. Last week, the town’s governing body authorized its attorney to take legal action against Earle Asphalt, the paving contractor responsible for recent road and sidewalk improvements in the historic business district, to get out the gunk.

It’s the latest jab in a yearlong fight with with Earle over the $500,000 streetscape job.

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R-FH, RBR IMPROVE IN STATEWIDE RANKING

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Of 316 public high schools in New Jersey, Rumson-Fair Haven ranks 30th in overall quality and Red Bank Regional is 64th, according to a Monmouth University analysis reported in this month’s issue of New Jersey Monthly magazine.

R-FH moved up three spots, from 33rd, since the magazine’s last ranking in 2006. RBR was ranked 89th at that time. Among Monmouth County schools, only Holmdel High ranked higher than R-FH, at 11th, up from 19th in the 2006 chart.

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REPORT: NO BRUCE IN OBAMA’S JUICE

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Bruce Springsteen’s people are denying the Rumsonian rock star will alight on Denver’s Invesco Field before or after Sen. Barack Obama‘s acceptance speech Thursday night.

The Rocky Mountain News, which cited “multiple sources” in reporting yesterday on Springsteen’s purported plan to play the convention ender with fellow Shorebird Bon Jovi, has followed up that report with a denial from the Springsteen corner.

“He will not attend the acceptance speech in any capacity,” the Rocky says Springsteen’s camp told it.

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COUNCIL STUBS OUT ASHES LIQUOR LICENSE

Ashes2“A disgrace,” Councilman Art Murphy says of the morning-after conditions on the sidewalk alongside Ashes.

Led by Councilman Art Murphy, the Red Bank Borough Council last came down with both feet on Ashes Cigar Club on Broad Street, refusing to renew the restaurant’s liquor license over a host of maintenance and other issues.

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COUNCIL BIZ: LAW STILL NOT IN THE BAG

Giannell_bagJames Giannell took his place at the council table, and a free-range plastic bag blew around out on Monmouth Street.

Notes from last night’s bimonthly meeting of the Red Bank Borough Council:

• An ordinance to ban plastic bags commonly used by supermarkets and small stores is undergoing yet another overhaul. Introduced for at least the second time in a year two weeks ago, the measure is now being tweaked to “specifically delineate the bags we’re trying to eliminate” and will have to be re-introduced next month, says sponsor Councilman Mike DuPont.

Earlier this month, Councilwoman Grace Cangemi questioned whether the proposed ban — which has the support of Foodtown, Whole Foods and other merchants, says DuPont — would have left supermarket bags alone, because it would have banned only non-recyclable plastic bags. Existing bags are now recyclable.

At the time, DuPont termed the question “obstructionist.” After last night’s meeting, he said “what I didn’t like was that I didn’t get any feedback for nine months” and heard Cangemi’s concern only after the bill had been reintroduced.

Mayor Pasquale Menna says the next version of the ordinance will have “some substantial changes, both from the legal and public policy standpoints.”

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‘RELENTLESS’ BURGLAR TAKES PLEA DEAL

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A serial burglar who authorities say preyed on the homes of young women on the East Side of Red Bank and photographed some as they slept has taken a plea deal that could put him in state prison for eight years, the Star-Ledger and the Asbury Park Press report.

Mauro Vasquez-Galvan, a 27-year-old borough resident in whose apartment investigators found some 361 stolen items, pleaded guilty to ten counts of burglary, attempted burglary and invasion of privacy, according to the reports. He’s scheduled to be sentenced October 3 by Super Court Judge Paul Chaiet in Freehold and could be eligible for parole in four years.

Facing trial on a 57-count indictment handed down in April, Vasquez-Galvan “chose to accept full responsibility for his role in the events leading up to his plea,” his attorney, Christopher Campbell, said in a statement emailed to the Press.

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COUNCIL PLANS TO DROP UNENFORCED RULE

Hudson_parking_red_bankHudson Avenue residents won’t have to plead a parking hardship to get permits under an ordinance up for adoption tonight — not that the requirement has ever kept anyone from getting one.

At least one aspect of a pending lawsuit over parking tickets has gotten the attention of Red Bank’s elected officials.

A little-known provision that requires residents of permit-parking streets to prove they don’t have off-street parking in order to qualify for the permits would be eliminated under the terms of an amendment slated for a vote tonight by the borough council.

The action comes a month after attorney Bill McCarter, of the firm McCarter & Higgins on Drs. Parker Boulevard, challenged the permit parking law on behalf of Tai Truong, an employee of the Broad Street post office. The suit claims Truong’s vehicle has been repeatedly ticketed for violating a resident-parking law that McCarter contends doesn’t, in fact, prohibit non-resident parking.

McCarter also alleged that the borough was violating its own ordinances by giving out permits without requiring applicants to prove they had no driveway or other off-street parking on their properties.

McCarter’s suit, filed in state Superior Court in Freehold, asks that a judge order Red Bank to stop issuing tickets. That suit is proceeding, he says.

The amendment on tonight’s agenda would, in theory, make it easier for residents of those streets to acquire parking permits, though there’s no evidence that its ever been enforced.

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CRIME REPORTS & ARRESTS

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From the Red Bank Police Department, covering the week of August 15 to August 22. Entries are unedited.

Criminal Mischief reported on 8-15-08 in parking lot at Bodman Place. Victim reported that parked vehicle had been scratched by unknown subject(s) with sharp object. Ptl. James DePonte.

Criminal Mischief occurring on Oakland St. between 8-14-08 and 8-15-08. A school bus was vandalized by unknown person(S) entering the bus and discharging a fire extinguisher inside the bus. Ptl. James DePonte.

Robbery occurring on Bridge Ave. on 8-16-08. Victim reported that three black unknown males assaulted him while walking and stole cash and a paycheck from him. Ptl. Thomas Doremus.

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BON JOVI, SOME OTHER GUY TO HOST OBAMA

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Prepare for a traffic jam in the vicinity of Navesink River Road next week.

Democratic presidential nominee-apparent Barack Obama will visit Middletown on Friday, September 5 for a two-stop lovefest that wraps up at the riverfront chateau of popstar Bon Jovi, today’s Star-Ledger reports.

The fundraiser for the party coffers begins at the home of Democratic national finance chairman Phil Murphy. Tickets are going for $2,300 per, the Sledger reports.

New Jersey Democratic Chairman Joseph Cryan tells the Sledger he’s

excited that the candidate would be in the Garden State only hours after Republican candidate John McCain formally accepts his party’s nomination in Minnesota.

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SIMPLY SPECTACULAR

Gone_fishinFishing in the Navesink River just east of the Oceanic Bridge Friday morning. Yes, the dolphins are still feeding on the other side of the bridge.

Productivity schmoductivity. Have you opened a window today? It’s gorgeous out there, and the forecast is for more of the same Saturday.

Here’s the weekend outlook from the National Weather Service:

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YOU CAN DANCE IN THERE, OR PAY TAXES

Img_5314Sea Bright’s ready to talk with the seller of 3 Church Street.

By SUE MORGAN

It’s spacious, filled with big windows, move-in ready and now, officially, on Sea Bright’s wish list.

The borough council this week authorized Borough Attorney Scott Arnette to negotiate a possible deal with the owner of 3 Church Street a three-story, red brick structure now housing Tapestry International, TV production company.

If Sea Bright inks a deal, the property would likely be used “as a borough facility,” says Council President Dina Long. Citing legal issues, she would not elaborate.

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YARD SALE FORMS: GET ‘EM HERE!

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OK, early birds. The first-ever Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale, scheduled for September 20, is coming together. And for those who plan ahead, here’s some helpful starter info.

There are some rules. The borough of Red Bank is asking that participating sellers register with the Public Utilities department and pay a fee of $10. Though the usual bulk-waste rules apply — residents must call to schedule pickups, even when the town is slated to pickup on your side of the — part of the fee is to help the town cover any unexpected bulk-waste tipping fees at the county landfill resulting from goods left out on the curb after the sale.

A portion of the fee will go to toward advertising the event. (For the record, redbankgreen is not receiving any of these funds.)

So here’s your starter kit:

Instructions Download rbys_instructions.pdf

Registration form Download rbtys_application.pdf

redbankgreen, courtesy of advertisers Antique Center of Red Bank and Prown’s Home Improvements, will have an entire webpage of information devoted to the yard sale, including answers to nuts-and-bolts questions, tips from an expert on how to make the most of your sale, a video and other fun stuff. We hope to launch it next week, so stay tuned.

Meantime, here’s a local yard sale this weekend you might want to check out:

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POSTAL CUSTOMERS P.O.’D OVER LATE START

RbpoTwo hours of weekday counter service were eliminated.

Here’s a development that seems to be about as popular as junk mail.

Earlier this month, the main Red Bank post office on Broad Street shaved two hours from its weekday-morning window service. Instead of opening at 8a, it now starts conducting business at 10.

The window still closes at 7p on weekdays, and is open from 8a to 2p on Saturdays.

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Darleen Reid-De Meo, a postal service spokeswoman, tells redbankgreen the change is part of a general trend in which offices are modifying their hours to accommodate the lifestyles of consumers. It also reflects the availability of stamps and other materials from lobby machines and other sources, she says.

redbankgreen asked one of the clerks if customers are complaining. “Oh, yeah,” said the clerk. “Lots.”

The newish local postmaster, whose name we have been unable to learn, “would like to get it least moved to 9,” the clerk said, of the opening time. But officials at the postal service “don’t care. They’ll tell you to go buy a stamp at Foodtown.”

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WHAT ON EARTH IS ORGANIC, ANYWAY?

CauliflowerBetter for the environment, and maybe for you, too.

Ever wonder that yourself — what constitutes organic, and who says so? Well, tonight at the Whole Foods Market on Route 35 in Middletown tonight, environmental attorney and mother Kristin McPolin will attempt to offer some guidance.

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TOWER MAY RISE FRIDAY

Cell_tower_sections_2Christ_church_signThe three sections of the tower are ready for assembly on the site leased by the borough from Christ Church United Methodist on Ridge Road. The author of the church’s signs, though, has a higher level of communication in mind. (Click to enlarge)

Less a communications black hole than a large, annoying pothole in space that almost can’t be avoided, a gap in phone service has nettled Fair Haven residents and passersby pretty much since the dawn of the cellular phone service.

But the purported fix is nearing a milestone on a 60-by-60-foot patch of land leased from the United Methodist Christ Church on Ridge Road.

Pending positive results on the hardness of a newly poured concrete base, erection of a 140-foot-tall monopole tower could be complete as soon as the end of the day Friday, says Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, in his private capacity as the borough’s consultant on the project.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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First thing last Thursday, we got an email from one of the Colmorgens guessing that the location of the ‘Where‘ posted that morning was above Mr. Pizza Slice on Monmouth Street.

A short while later, though, sibling Carl Colmorgen was spotted out on the street downtown doing some reconnaissance work. We kid you not: he was carrying a printout of the photo.

Now that is the kind of commitment to a recurring feature publishers like to see.

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