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COPS NAB SUSPECT IN VIOLENT SPREE

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A Monmouth Street man was arrested on kidnapping, assault and other charges early Sunday morning after separate attacks on three women, Red Bank Police report.

Hector Plazas-Sanchez is being held in the Monmouth County lockup on $581,000 bail after the incidents, which all occurred in little more than a one-hour span, according to acting department spokesman Sgt. Eliot Ramos.

The suspect was seen by police caught in the act of the third assault, Ramos said.

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POLICE REPORT HEROIN BUST

Red Bank Police arrested a Leighton Avenue man on heroin possession and other charges last week, they’re reporting today.

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Anthony Dixon, 39, was already under investigation for suspicion of drug distribution when he was stopped for a possible motor vehicle infraction at Clinton Avenue and Newman Springs Road at about 4:30p on Friday, according to Sgt. Eliot Ramos, the department’s acting spokesman.

In the course of the stop, Sgt. Michael Frazee and Det. Robert Clayton found approximately 90 glassine bags of suspected heroin, with an estimated street value of more than $1000, as well as a small amount of marijuana.

In addition, $639.00 in cash was seized, Ramos said.

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TINTON FALLS DEBUTS NEW ‘INFO NUCLEUS’

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Longtime redbankgreen readers may recall our feature some 17 months ago about Tinton Falls Councilman Mike Skudera’s push for better use of the web by municipal governments.

First of all, he wanted those that weren’t on the Internet to build websites. And then he wanted all towns to provide public access to the same categories of information, such as budgets and audits; public notices; permits and licenses; comprehensive information about planning and zoning applications; the master plan; calendars; water quality reports; borough job openings and more.

His aims: throw more sunshine onto the workings of government while reducing its costs.

Now, borough residents and good-gub advocates can see how well Tinton Falls has taken Skudera’s advice. Earlier this month, the township rolled out a new website that Mayor Peter Maclearie describes as “the information nucleus” for borough government, community organizations and events. Download Website_Announcement.pdf

How does it measure up? Readers, of course, will make their own judgments, and we hope they’ll weigh in with comments here.

Meantime, we had some Qs for Skudera. His email replies are below.

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DINING AT A DISCOUNT, IN oRBit

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The timing is favorable, to say the least, what with the end-of-days mood darkening Wall Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, not to mention Main Street.

Red Bank’s annual Dine Downtown promotion kicks off tonight for a month of Tuesday & Wednesday discounts at 18 borough restaurants.

Hey, you still gotta eat, right? And if we’re headed for Hooverville, we might as well have one last, good meal to savor.

Details are in today’s report on our sibling site, Red Bank oRBit. Bon appetite!

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GOOD NEWS FOR MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE

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Ferry commuters to Wall Street, besieged by blowback over the spreading-around-the-globe credit meltdown they helped create, will see a slight dip in the monthly fare charged by SeaStreak beginning tomorrow.

Assuming, of course, that there still is a Wall Street tomorrow.

A 40-trip book of tickets for rides between either Atlantic Highlands or Highlands and Pier 11 at the foot of Wall Street will cost $695 starting tomorrow, SeaStreak announced Friday. That’s down from the current $700, according to an email from company president James Barker.

Off-peak buyers of 40-trippers will also get the $5 drop, to $560. Both reductions are tied to the price of diesel fuel.

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A WHITE-OUT, AS SEEN FROM oRBit

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Talk about “a show about nothing:” Yasmina Reza’s Tony-award winning play Art centers on an all-white painting in which one of the three characters invests a hefty sum.

What ensues, though, is emphatically not nothing — not to these guys. The painting lays bare hidden strains between the men.

The show, a dark comedy, begins a three-week run at Red Bank’s Two River Theater this week. But ticketholders will get more than just a stage production for the price of their ducats. Somebody at TRT had the brilliant idea of hanging a show of artwork in the lobby — all-white artwork, created for the occasion by Laurel Tracy Gallery co-owner Jon Peters.

Who has the story on all this… somethingness? Red Bank oRBit, of course.

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BAVARO SCORES AGAIN

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Fans of former New York Giants tight end Mark Bavaro huddled under a tent in the rain, clutching football jerseys, helmets and, oh yeah, his new novel during a signing event at River Road Books in Fair Haven on Saturday.

Andrew Singleton, 7, above right, got to examine one of Bavaro’s two Super Bowl rings, then asked him, “Can I keep it?” (Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK CRIME REPORTS

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For the week of September 12 to 19. This information, provided by the Red Bank Police Department, is unedited.

Burglary and Criminal Mischief occurring between 9-10-08 and 9-11-08 at Manor Drive apartment complex. Neighbor advised that screen was torn and entry gained into apartment. Sgt. Michael Furlong. Det. Robert Clayton.

Theft occurring between 8-30-08 and 9-2-08 at Branch Ave. Victim reported that unknown person stole a wheelchair from rear of residence outside. Sgt. Michael Furlong.

Burglary, Criminal Mischief and Theft occurring at Oakland St. Restaurant between 9-12-08 and 9-13-08. Owner reported that unknown actor(s) broke into restaurant. Stolen were, two cash registered, an IPOD, several bottle of liquor and several cases of German beer with coolers. Ptl. David Smith and Inv. Errico Vescio.

Shoplifting occurring at Newman Springs Exxon Station on 9-13-08. Two black males shoplifted a can of Amour All Tire Foam and ran. Ptl. David Smith.

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THE PARADE THAT ALMOST WAS…

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A parade that was to have preceded tonight’s football showdown between Red Bank Regional and Red Bank Catholic high schools at Count Basie Field has been called because of rain.

The game is still scheduled for a 7p kickoff, but the bands from the two schools, which were to have converged at Broad Street and East Bergen Place after marching from their respective schools, won’t be after all, even if the rain lets up, says RBR’s new athletic director, Louis Dal Pra. The musical instruments can’t take the moisture, he says.

“We did everything but pull it off,” says Dal Pra. “But at least we know how to put one together for the next time.”

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FORTY DAYS, FOUR CHURCHES, ONE PURPOSE

Liebmann_lenny_70307Purposeful pastor Lenny Liebman working the crowd on Broad Street after the 2007 Red Bank fireworks.

Harnessing the popularity of a longtime best-seller, four Red Bank churches are getting together next month to jointly offer sermons and discussions of ‘The Purpose-Driven Life‘ by Rick Warren.

Dubbed “40 Days of Purpose,” the program, which begins October 4, aims to have congregants and visitors read an excerpt of the book each day and attend one church service and one small-group meeting each week for six weeks.

Participating are the First Baptist Church on Maple Avenue; Red Bank Community Church on Monmouth Street; Trinity Episcopal Church on West Front Street; and Mount Zion House of Prayer on Catherine Street.

Pastor Lenny Liebman of the nondenominational Red Bank Community Church says the joint effort grew out of discussions at the Greater Red Bank Ministers Association, which fosters cooperation and unity among local congregations.

“We’re making history by having four very different congregations do a single cooperative Bible study,” Liebman tells redbankgreen via email. “Congregations have historically gotten together to do good works in the community or put on a special service. But this kind of coordinated campaign to reach an entire community is pretty leading-edge — and it’s something you’re going to start seeing elsewhere in the country in the near future.”

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IN oRBit: A BIT OF THE EVERGLADES & MORE

Infinite_sky‘Infinite Sky,’ from Anthony Almeida’s show of Everglades images at Red Bank’s McKay Gallery.

One of the busiest weekends since mid-summer kicks off tonight with a gallery show of monochromatic photos from the Everglades, in Red Bank; a cadaver-cool punkabilly blast in Asbury Park; some shiny, happy Waggers in Little Silver (weather permitting); and warm-to-steamy vocal jazz, also in Red Bank, among many other offerings.

Red Bank oRBit has the complete rundown…

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DOLPHINS BACK IN THE SHREWSBURY?

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A marine animal advocacy group has dialed up its calls for a forced removal of the visiting dolphin pod from the Navesink River following the death of a young female this week.

Meanwhile, redbankgreen has gotten an unconfirmed report that some of the pod has moved back into the Shrewsbury River, which feeds into Sandy Hook Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.

Bob Calandriello, assistant manager of Rumson’s Oceanic Marina, located opposite the area of the Navesink where the pod has spent the past ten weeks feeding, says a group of the mammals went downriver into the Shrewsbury last week and resumed its pattern of swimming north and south between two bridges — one linking Rumson and Sea Bright and the other linking Sea Bright with Highlands.

Calandriello says he saw the dolphins himself opposite McLoone’s Rum Runner, the Sea Bright restaurant whose parking lot became a popular dolphin-watching spot for three weeks early in the summer before the dolphins took up residence about three miles west on the western side of the Oceanic Bridge, which links Middletown and Rumson.

At least a handful of the dolphins remained in the Navesink yesterday afternoon; the photo above shows three, as seen from the Oceanic Bridge looking toward Rumson.

Despite the death of one dolphin, Calandriello says the others appear healthy and strong.

“The day before yesterday (Tuesday), they were leaping out of the water,” he says. “It was like Sea World.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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Two readers — Mark Molzon and Guy Johnson — recognized last weeks’ Where as the former Interstate Battery garage on West Front St.

We also got two mistaken answers, one of which was “the lighthouse at Sandy Hook,” which we found intriguing. There is that kind of whitewashed look to both, isn’t there?

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DOLPHIN MAY HAVE DIED OF PNEUMONIA

Fair_haven_dolphinsDolphins swimming off Fair Haven on July 9.

Preliminary results of a necropsy performed on the dolphin found dead in Fair Haven yesterday morning indicate the juvenile died of of pneumonia, today’s Asbury Park Press reports.

The death of the young female, which marine experts confirmed was part of the 16-member pod that’s been visiting the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers since mid-June, has brought increased pressure on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to shepherd the animals downriver to Sandy Hook Bay and the open sea.

It also comes amid indications that most of the pod may have left the vicinity of the Oceanic Bridge, where its been feeding since July 7.

From a report in today’s Star-Ledger:

“It’s a wake-up call that time is running out,” said Rep. Frank Pallone (D-6th Dist.), who wrote to NOAA in July urging the development of a strategy. “They clearly can’t survive the winter, so they (NOAA staff) need to come up with a plan of action. And from what I can see, they don’t have one.”

Robert C. Schoelkopf, founding director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine, told the Press:

“Obviously, everybody’s upset about it, because this is something we’ve been predicting will happen if the animals can’t get out of there and won’t get out of there,” Schoelkopf said.

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WIND ADVISORY ISSUED

It’s going to get blustery out there today.

The National Weather Service says a storm system over the Carolinas will bring increased winds to our area today, with the strongest occurring this afternoon and early tonight.

SUSTAINED WINDS WILL INCREASE TO THE 15 TO 25 MPH RANGE
WITH GUSTS UP TO 40 MPH EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON & EVENING.

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STRONGEST WINDS ARE PRIMARILY EXPECTED CLOSE TO THE RARITAN
BAYSHORE AREA, BUT WINDS GUSTY WINDS WILL OCCUR ELSEWHERE AS WELL.

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IN oRBit: BAVARO TACKLES FICTION

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As a tight end for the New York Giants, Mark Bavaro lived up to the team name: he once dragged what seemed to be the entire defensive backfield of the San Francisco 49ers 20 yards downfield after a catch. With his soft hands and ability to take a pummeling, he helped the Giants bag two Super Bowl victories.

Bavaro’s just published a novel about character who bears some resemblance to himself, and he’ll be making his first-ever visit to the Jersey Shore at 1p this Saturday when he stops in at River Road Books in Fair Haven for a signing.

Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit has an interview with Bavaro in which he muses on the relative glories of the gridiron and the printed page. You’ll find it only in oRBit, Giants fans…

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DOLPHIN FOUND DEAD; OTHERS HAVE LEFT

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The Star-Ledger reports that a juvenile bottlenose dolphin was found dead on the Fair Haven bank of the Navesink River this morning.

And wNBC.com says most of the dolphin pod that’s been in the river since July 7 appears to have left the vicinity of the Oceanic Bridge, with only about half a dozen remaining.

From the Sledger:

The young, 4-to-5 foot animal was found rolling in the surf by a worker of a nearby yacht club. Authorities have not confirmed if it was among the dozen dolphins in the Navesink that have drawn national attention.

“We assume it is,” said Robert Schoelkopf, director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine.

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DUB TO DEDICATE ROOM TO LATE HISTORIAN

Tj_mcmahon_roomMcmahon_tjThe first-floor dining room will be named for T.J. McMahon, right, seen in a Danny Sanchez photo.

The Dublin House, housed in a venerable old Monmouth Street structure that’s been going through major rehabilitation over the past several years, will name a newly reopened dining room in memory of the late historian and raconteur T.J. McMahon on Sunday.

The occasion is the annual meeting of Preservation Red Bank, which advocates for the protection of noteworthy homes and other buildings in town.

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IN oRBit: ANCIENT, IN DOG YEARS

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Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit takes a look at the noteworthy durability of a pop-rock band based in Middletown called the Wag.

Given a name they weren’t sure they wanted when they started out a decade ago, the powerpoppy foursome has outlived entire generations in a volatile music scene, building up a bit of a cult following by playing every gig they could land, including — don’t laugh — dog walks and pet fairs.

Sit and give ’em a paw in advance of this Friday night’s open-air show at the Little Silver Gazebo by checking out the feature only on Red Bank oRBit.

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AFTER THE GOLD RUSH: NO FUSS, NO MESS

WallaceThe scene at a house on Wallace Street near McClaren Saturday morning.

The big question leading up to last weekend’s Red Bank Townwide Yard sale — how much trash would be left out afterward — has been answered.

“There were zero problems, from where I’m sitting,” director of Public Utilties Gary Watson told redbankgreen yesterday. “If I saw four spots where there was leftover waste from the yard sale, it was a lot.”

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BOROUGH SEEKS MANAGEMENT PROPOSALS

Img_8386Wanted for a proposed center at this borough-owned building: a management entity.

A task force formed earlier this year to suss out the potential costs of a Red Bank community center got a green light last night from the borough council to move to the next step.

The task force will now solicit proposals from nonprofit organizations, such as the Community YMCA and the Boys & Girls Club of Monmouth County, asking for estimates of the costs to run a center at a borough-owned building at the corner of Drs. James Parker Boulevard and Bridge Avenue.

As outlined by a series of memos, the center would feature programming for “school aged youth and the whole community.” The committee will ask bidders to include in their proposals a game room; instruction in job searching and college prep; classes in drama and other arts; and health-oriented programs and more.

It also asks for both a “quiet area for reading/studying” and a “DJ karaoke room.”

According to a rough estimate prepared by Parks & Rec Director Bob Evans, it would cost the borough $95,000 in the first year if Red Bank were to operate the center itself. But task force head Mike DuPont, a council member, said the group was unable to obtain estimates from third parties without council approval. That was granted last night.

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BUSH VISITS COLTS NECK

Bush_arrives_colts_neckRed Bank’s Manny Carabel got this shot of President Bush debarking Marine One at Cross Farm Park in Holmdel this afternoon.

During a 90-minute visit, Bush attended a closed fundraiser for two Republican Congressional candidates — neither from Monmouth County — at the Colts Neck home of Juan and Marta Gutierrez. Today’s Asbury Park Press had an article about how the couple came to be hosting Bush.

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