HYDRANT FLUSHING UNDERWAY

DripExpect some ‘slight discoloration,’ the borough says.

A program of flushing out the Red Bank water system began last night and will continue through November 7, according to a notice from the borough’s water utility.

The activity will be limited to the hours between 7p and 3a.

From the announcement:

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BASIE ZOOMS IN ON REOPENING

BasiescaffoldAlmost totally obscured by scaffolding all summer, the view from the BasieCam this morning reveals a made-over performance space as it nears completion. (Click to enlarge)

Taking a major step in its against-the-clock interior renovation project, workers at the Count Basie Theatre last week removed the floor-to-ceiling scaffolding that had filled the venerable space all summer.

The move was one of the last major tasks prior to the 82-year-old theater’s reopening on October 30 with the ‘California ‘Dreamin’-themed show by the Jersey Shore Rock-n-Soul Revue.

The pace of the work has surprised even those involved in overseeing it, much as it would anyone who’s ever done so much as a kitchen remodeling.

“We were in a meeting today, and we’re looking at each other saying, ‘Is this really on schedule?'” Basie spokeswoman Diana St. John tells redbankgreen.

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FIRE PREVENTION EXPO SLATED SUNDAY

Elm_fireRed Bank firefighters responded quickly to a house fire on Elm Place fire in April.

The Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department will host its eighth annual fire-prevention expo and barbecue in the White Street municipal lot next Sunday from 11a to 3p.

All food and refreshments will be free.

The department plans a host of safety demonstrations involving various apparatus, including a 40-foot-long “smoke house” trailer on loan from the Monmouth County Fire Prevention and Protection Association.

According to to Deputy Fire Marshall Tommy Welsh, the trainer is “designed to teach children as well as adults fire prevention in the home, everything from kitchen safety to hurricane preparedness.”

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CRIME LOG, SEPT. 26 TO OCT. 3

Unedited entries from the Red Bank Police Department records for last week.

Theft occurring on 9-26-08 at Chestnut St. – Train Station Parking lot. Victim reported that unknown person smashed driver’s side window gaining entry into parked vehicle and stole a Minolta Camera. Ptl. Paul Perez.

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Criminal Mischief occurring at Broad St. on 9-27-08. Report of a broken store glass window by unknown person(s). Sgt. Daniel Bannon.

Criminal Mischief occurring at Tilton Ave. on 9-27-08. Victim reported that unknown person(s) broke first floor window. Lt. Joshua Berbrick.

Theft occurring on 9-25-08 at Shrewsbury Ave. Victim reported that male subject stole scratch off lottery tickets from behind the counter. Ptl. Jorge Torres.

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SKY-HIGH ON SOLAR

HobbymasterssolarAlan Placer on what used be called the roof but he now calls the “third floor” of Hobbymasters — the floor that makes money from the sun.

The solar panels are all in, and by this time next week, Arlene Placer of Hobbymasters on White Street can send JCP&L a condolence card instead of a hefty check each month.

The toy-and-gadget store’s rooftop solar array that redbankgreen broke the story on this summer is just about ready to fire up, says Arlene’s son, Alan. He oversaw the recent installation of what he believes is the biggest solar-power system in Monmouth County: 106 panels generating enough juice to power the equivalent of 10 average-sized homes.

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RED BANK FILM FESTIVAL POSTPONED

ClearviewboxEmpty box: there will be no 2008 edition of the festival — not in 2008, at least. The Freedom Film Society (its logo is below) says the RBIFF will return to Red Bank’s Clearview Cinemas in January.

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Usually at this time of year, the buzz is getting louder about the Red Bank International Film Festival, one of the strongest cultural magnets in a town loaded with them.

So far this year, though, there’s been an odd and somewhat disconcerting silence about the festival. Earlier this week, redbankgreen found out why: it’s been postponed from its normal October run until January.

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IN oRBit:DRAMA, DRAMARAMA & A DYNAMO

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Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit heralds the return to the Shore of loud popsters Dramarama, of ‘Last Cigarette’ fame, and scans the entertainment horizon to also find

• dramatic torment on a local stage (not exactly date night material, unless you’re companion is Wednesday Addams)

• a crack band of Average Joes front by a big-voiced singer

• and a self-described Queermamasapien Spoken Word Dynamo known as Pandora Scooter at a bar that bills itself “The Gay Cheers of the Jersey Shore.”

All explicated and detailed on your source of local entertainment, Red Bank oRBit.

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SAILING INTO THE WEEKEND

NavesinksailingA sailor took advantage of the brilliant sunshine and light breezes for an outing on the Navesink yesterday, as seen from the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank.

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

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 65. West wind between 7 and 14 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 49. West wind between 3 and 5 mph.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 65. North wind between 3 and 8 mph.

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CHILDREN UNINJURED IN BUS INCIDENT

About 20 kids on a school bus making its way through the Society Hill development in Tinton Falls got a scare yesterday when the driver of the slow-moving vehicle passed out.

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The bus jumped a curb and struck a fire hydrant before the driver, whose name wasn’t released, put the vehicle in reverse and stopped it, according to one account.

No children were injured, but the driver was hospitalized, said Tamar Sydney-Gens, business administrator for the borough school district. His condition was not immediately known.

The bus was carrying K thru 3 students at the Mahala F. Atchison Elementary School.

Carrie DeVincens, who lives in the development, said she was at home when a neighbor ran into her house telling her to call the police and report an accident. She then went outside and, unable to pry open the bus door, got the kids to open an emergency window. Other neighbors hoisted her into the bus through the window, she said.

“Two or three kids were crying,” but the rest appeared calm, she said.

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HOW COFFEE CHANGED HIS LIFE, IN oRBit

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Ahh, that first, hot cup of coffee. Not just the first of the day; the first of one’s life.

Bob Henry recalls losing his coffee virginity, and how that experience led, decades later, to his manning the bean counter at Fair Haven’s Java Stop. That’s the lead story in today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit.

Also in oRBit: a pop-in on Quincy Mumford, a 16-year-old singer-songwriter with the voice and outlook of a much older hand. He’s got a show coming up this Saturday in Red Bank.

Only in oRBit, folks….

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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Mike Halfacre thought last week’s shot was taken at the Barefoot Bride accessories shop in Fair Haven, where he’s the mayor.

Mark Molzon guessed Mustillo’s, the landmark bridal gown boutique on Broad Street in Red Bank.

They were last week’s only guessers, and, alas, both were off the mark.

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MOTOR HOME INVOLVED IN GAS LEAK

Cimg7131Little Silver firefighters at the scene of last night’s propane leak on Branch Avenue. Behind the Winnebago and supply tank are the tracks of the North Jersey Coast Line.

The propane leak that shut down NJ Transit rail service south of Red Bank for about 90 minutes yesterday afternoon involved a motor home that was refueling a tank.

According to the Asbury Park Press:

The leak developed as propane was being pumped into a Winnebago at the Citgo Station at 697 Branch Ave., Detective Lt. Joseph Mazza said.

Police were forced to block off streets and New Jersey Transit had to delay train traffic traveling through Little Silver beginning at 3:40 p.m., according to police and NJ Transit.

Firefighters worked to cool the propane tanks as a precaution, and a hazardous materials response team from NJ Transit police also responded to the location, Mazza said.

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CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW???

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OK, we plead guilty to a clunker of a headline.

But we suspect a lot of Fair Havenites may be using that catchphrase in coming days, now that the long-debated cell tower is up and running.

The fact that the slogan belongs to a company whose antenna is not yet on the pole is another matter.

T-Mobile, the first of three wireless carriers expected to install equipment on the tower, has gone live, Mayor Mike Halfacre reports on his blog.

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RAIL & ROAD UPDATE: INCIDENT OVER

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Just_in_2Bridge Avenue in Red Bank at 5:35p. Trains were moving through the station and traffic was clearing after a brief downpour.

We’ll post further updates on the Little Silver propane situation and the resulting rail and traffic tie-ups here.

5:12p: Traffic at the Broad Street rail crossing near Newman Springs Road reported to be a “mess.”

5:14p: train reported to be leaving the station northbound. Crossing at Bergen Place (Drs. Parker Boulevard) is open, according to police radio transmission.

The fire alarm on Shrewsbury Avenue turned out to be a non-event.

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PROPANE LEAK JAMS RAIL, AUTO TRAFFIC

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A leaking propane tank in the vicinity of the Little Silver train station is causing road and rail backups in Red Bank, according police radio transmissions.

A train that’s been reported to have been sitting in the Red Bank station for more than 20 minutes is causing a tie-up at Monmouth Street, according to the report.

The train’s engineer told police he’s sticking to the rules and staying put. Police are talking about issuing a summons to the train.

The crossings at Monmouth and Bridge Avenue and Chestnut Street and Bridge Avenue are closed.

Fire personnel, who are responding to a 4:52p alarm at 106 Shrewsbury Avenue, have been advised of the shutdowns.

NJ Transit has been called and “will attempt to solve the problem,” according to a transmission at 4:43p. A subsequent report said that all passengers are about to be removed from the train, which will be backed up across the Navesink River.

A police report at 4:56p said the train was moving toward Little Silver to clear the gates at Monmouth and Chestnut, but there was concern that the train might then trip the gates at Drs. Parker Boulevard (West Bergen Place) and Maple Avenue.

NJTransit has suspended rail service between Red Bank and Long Branch.

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‘OVERWHELMING GREED’ UNDERLIES CRISIS

Img_952872“It’s something that affects all of us. It’s not just a Wall Street bailout,” says Jan Gardiner, of Locust.

Today’s Washington Post reports the results of a poll that finds voters deeply divided over the terms of the government’s $700 billion economic rescue package, but overwhelmingly in agreement that the House’s rejection of the measure on Monday could deepen the country’s financial woes.

Here in The Green, random interviews with people on the streets of Red Bank and Sea Bright yesterday found New Jerseyans largely share that fear. There’s also a widespread sense that runaway greed got us into this mess, though whose greed depends on one’s point of view.

Read on for our sampling of opinions, and feel free to weigh in with a comment.

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IN oRBit: ONE UGLY DOG SETS TAILS AWAG

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Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit trains its eye-in-the-sky on the grounds of Brookdale Community College, which this weekend plays host to the Monmounth County SPCA’s 15th annual Dog Walk and Pet Fair.

It’s a kind of canine circus that features dog weddings, expert frisbee-catching dogs, dozens of vendor booths, a costume contest, live music (by The Wag) and a guest appearance by Elwood, the World’s Ugliest Dog.

Paw here for all the details.

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PUDDLE OF LIGHT

Img_9560A lone rower glides his scull over the glass-smooth Navesink River at dusk Tuesday, as seen from the foot of Hance Road, Fair Haven. (Click to enlarge)

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