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THANKSGIVING IN STYLE AT LUNCH BREAK

Img_391172A volunteer serves salad at Lunch Break yesterday.

Norma Todd’s Lunch Break, the 25-year-old Red Bank soup kitchen, was transformed into a fine-dining hall yesterday, providing free Thanksgiving meals on linen tablecloths to more than 200 area residents in two seatings.

Another 75 or so meals were delivered to the homes of needy residents by volunteers.

John Lombardo and his crew from Branches Catering in West Long Branch supplied all the food and cooking this year, and area businesses donated decorations and centerpieces.

“It’s amazing how you can pick up the phone to ask them to help and have them say, ‘What can I do?’ said Irma Hughes, practice administrator at the nearby Parker Family Health Center, who helped pull the event together.

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RED BANK A-TWINKLE, AS SEEN FROM oRBit

Noworbiting_iconMrsclausMrs. Claus spreads some cheer, and gets the once-over, at last year’s lighting event. (Click to enlarge)

As it has for the past 15 years, Red Bank kicks off the holiday season in grand style Friday with a full slate of amusements that culminates with the illumination of the downtown and its Christmas/Holiday tree (your choice; please, no arguing) in the Dublin House courtyard, and another tree at the train station.

And it does so to the irresistible, feel-good bounce of Holiday Express, the teeming, go-anywhere-for-a-smile orchestra that keeps the crowd of thousands singing along until its collective breath forms a cloud over Broad Street.

But this being the season of tenor-accompanied shows and shopping, get ready to fill up your concert-going calendar —not to mention your bargain-hunting itinerary — for the season that all those twinkling lights are there for.

We’ve got the full slate of details on what to do and where to do it over on our entertainment site, Red Bank oRBit. Plug in, elves!

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THERE’S CASH IN THOSE ‘STACHES

MustachiosNot-so-stiff upper lips: R-FH Superintendent Pete Righi, far left, with teachers Tom Toohey, Darren Beatty, Zack Wilson and Tom Highton.

It’s crunch time at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High, where five staffers remain in a mustache-growing competition for charity.

The contest started earlier this month, when contenders who already had mustaches were required to shave them off and start over.

Since then, students have been voting for their favorite crumb catchers by depositing cash in designated bottles. Twice a week, contestants with the least cash have been eliminated.

The cultivated results have been mixed. One finalist (guess who, from the photos below) has been teased relentlessly for his meager showing, while others —all male, by pure coincidence — look merely anachronistic, like members of the Village People in schoolhouse mufti.

It’s all for the genuine corrugated-cardboard Tom Selleck belt, below, and the glory of raising money for Parents of Autistic Children. As of Monday, the kitty had grown to more than $1,200. The contest ends today.

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HOT MEALS COMIN’ RIGHT UP

TurkeyA frozen turkey ready for pickup near boxes packed with soup, stuffing, canned fruit, vegetables and pies at the Salvation Army facility on Newman Springs Road yesterday.

The Red Bank Corps of the Salvation Army gave out frozen turkeys and the fixings for complete Thanksgiving suppers to 265 families Tuesday.

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LOCAL MAN WINS INSURANCE CLASS-ACTION

A Fair Haven man whose daughter was denied health insurance coverage for treatment of anorexia was part of a milestone settlement in a federal class-action lawsuit announced yesterday, today’s Star-Ledger reports.

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Ronald Drazin was the lead plaintiff in the case, in which the state’s largest health insurer, Horizon Blue Cross/Blue Shield, has agreed to pay him and parents of 500 more anorexia patients $1.2 million, the Sledger reports.

Bruce H. Nagel, the plaintiffs’ attorney, said the settlement, if approved by the district court in Newark, also means that eating disorders will now be classified as a biologically based mental illness, just as depression is.

“I am extremely pleased that Horizon has agreed to waive coverage limitations and pay for past denied claims,” Nagel said. “What this means is that all New Jersey residents suffering from eating disorders will finally receive the medical care they so desperately need for these terrifying illnesses.”

Nagel estimated the value of Horizon waiving coverage limitations on disorders such as bulimia and anorexia will amount to more than $20 million over the next 15 years.

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LITTLE SILVER WOMAN’S DEATH PROBED

An investigation has been launched in Hunterdon County into the death of a disabled Little Silver woman who died two months after being removed from a state-licensed home for developmentally disabled adults, today’s Star-Ledger reports.

Twenty-six-year-old Tara Leary, who was born with scoliosis, fluid on the brain and cerebral palsy, weighed 48 pounds at the time of her death on November 10. Her death came two months after the state Division of Developmental Disabilities removed her and two housemates from their caretaker’s home in Bloomsbury following a report of mistreatment, the newspaper reports.

From the article:

In a press conference yesterday, O’Leary’s relatives and three Monmouth County lawmakers said the state “hindered” family members’ attempts to visit O’Leary and to play a larger role in the disabled woman’s life.

“We were told she was being well taken care of in a family that loved her,” said O’Leary’s cousin, Eileen Devlin of Little Silver. “Instead she laid in a bed starving and not cared for.”

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SHEEHAN RACE CLEARS ANNUAL HURDLE

FinishlineAll evidence of this year’s race was gone from Broad Street by 10:35a.

It’s a rite of winter.

The organizers of the George Sheehan Classic ask the Red Bank Council to green-light its annual five-mile race and related activities downtown.

A councilmember notes complaints lodged by unnamed business owners about the disruption caused by the event, the main attraction of which is held early on a Saturday in June.

The council nods to those concerns but concludes, on balance, that the race is a boon to the town, and approves it.

The routine was as familiar to attendees of last night’s council meeting as the course run every day by a runner.

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BOAT STORAGE ORDINANCE RUNS AGROUND

By SUE MORGAN

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Rose Greco doesn’t own a boat, but felt it necessary to stand up Monday night for boat owners who might not completely understand the wording of proposed revisions to the Fair Haven’s boat storage ordinance.

“It’s ambivalent,” Greco said of language intended to update the 30-year-old boat storage law. “Does anyone here really understand it?”

In the end, a council majority agreed with Greco — and with Mayor Mike Halfacre — that the wording of the revised ordinance needed to be made clearer and more detailed.

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DRIVER OK AFTER RED BANK CRASH

CrashThe scene at Monmouth and West Streets at 1:30p today.

A motorist avoided serious injury this afternoon when her car veered off Monmouth Street into the onetime waiting room of a long-shuttered service station at the corner of West Street.

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RED BANK FAMILY DONATES HOLIDAY TREE

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Members of the DeFazio family — Luba, Val and their daughter, Lara — watch as a crane lifts the 28-year-old Colorado blue spruce from their front yard on Tower Hill Avenue in Red Bank yesterday. (Click pix to enlarge)

The DeFazios donated the tree for the annual holiday display that kicks off Friday night with a tree-lighting at the Dublin House on Monmouth Street and concert by Holiday Express around the corner on Broad.

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SCALED-BACK BAG LAW ON AGENDA

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After repeated and unsuccessful efforts by Councilman Mike DuPont to ban Red Bank stores from distributing plastic bags, the borough council tonight is scheduled to take up a series of scaled-back measures aimed at fostering recycling and education.

On the agenda is a proposed ordinance requiring any retail business that gives out bags to collect returned bags for recycling, with pickup provided by the borough. Violations carry fines of up to $500. Here’s the language: Download 2008-27.pdf

A pair of related resolutions is also on the table for the 7:30p bimonthly meeting. One would encourage the borough schools and Red Bank Regional High School to “implement educational programs designed to educate their students as to the environmental harm caused by plastic bags of all types and to implement other programs similar to the ‘When You Pack, Use a Sack’ campaign.”

The other calls on the New Jersey Legislature to ban plastic shopping bags statewide.

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PRESS: RIVER LOT PRESERVED

Img_9323Volunteers cleared the lot of debris in June. (Click to enlarge)

The last remaining point of direct public access to the Navesink River in Red Bank has been preserved, capping an effort launched earlier this year by a Fair Haven resident, the Asbury Park Press reported over the weekend.

From an article in Saturday’s edition:

Borough-owned land at the end of Maple Avenue, which community activist Cindy Burnham and others had been lobbying to keep as park land, is preserved, said Larry Hajna, spokesman for the state Department of Environmental Protection.

“Since the parcel is on the open space inventory, it is protected from development and from uses other than open space,” Hajna said in an e-mail.

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IN oRBit: THE ASBURY CIRCUIT, CIRCA ’74

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Red Bank oRBit delivers another carload of entertainment goods today, with a particular focus on actor and Red Bank native Peter Dobson‘s sort-of debut as a filmmaker.

He’ll be showing a 15-minute, compressed version of a yet-to-be-made feature film set on Asbury Park circuit in 1974. oRBit editor Tom Chesek takes a lap or two with Dobson about all the familiar haunts, from Middletown South to the late, lamented Mrs. Jay’s.

Also in the trunk today: the reconstituted The New York Dolls, a Zappa tribute extravaganza, Gary U.S. Bonds and so much more.

Park it head-in at Red Bank oRBit, folks…

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SEA TURTLE REMOVED FROM SHREWSBURY

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While federal wildlife hold off on trying to rescue a pod of dolphins that’s been in the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers for the past five months, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine has rescued a green sea turtle from the lower Shrewsbury, the Associated Press reports today.

The news comes a week after a report of a harbor seal’s appearance in the Shrewsbury near Monmouth Beach.

The AP says the turtle was spotted in the southern end of the river, where it dead-ends into marshland.

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IN THE SPIRIT

TurkeyheadCrossing guard and eternal kid Carl Colmorgen wears a roasted-turkey hat at his post at the corner of Broad Street and Harding Road in Red Bank yesterday. (Click to enlarge)

A roasted poultry hat might be just the thing to keep your head warm today. The National Weather Service is forecasting cold and wet conditions.

Things improve over the weekend though, the climatology mavens at the NWS say.

Today: A chance of rain and snow showers before 4pm, then a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. North wind between 7 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. Northwest wind around 15 mph.

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MANHUNT UPDATE

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The Asbury Park Press has some details on the police search for a burglary suspect redbankgreen reported on yesterday.

The newspaper says that the subject of the search, which involved a helicopter and police dogs, was a 26-year-old man wanted in Ocean County on outstanding warrants and who fled from Middletown police Wednesday.

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GOOCH PILE UNAFFECTED BY ECONO-WINDS

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The U.S. economy may be smashing into a wall, but Rumson’s Mickey Gooch — owner of and columnist at the Two River Times, sometime quarrelsome neighbor and Wall Street billionaire — is still doing just fine, thank you very much, the Wall Street Journal reports today.

In fact, despite the collapse the credit-default-swaps market on which he made his fortune, the British native seems rather in a mood to boast about his bank account.

The founder and controlling shareholder of GFI Group — an “interdealer broker” of the financial instruments many critics say are at the root of the current global credit crisis — is among 15 or so CEOs of homebuilding and financial services companies who the Journal says reaped tens of millions of dollars in personal gains in the past five years.

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MALLET WINS; CURLEY WON’T CHALLENGE

Two weeks after the election, Amy Mallet of Fair Haven has won a seat on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, tipping the majority in favor of Democrats for the first time in a generation, the Asbury Park Press reports.

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The newspaper says Republican contender John Curley, the former Red Bank councilman who now lives in Middletown, conceded Mallet’s win to her in a phone call yesterday.

From the article:

“We had a nice conversation,” Mallet said. “We have something in common because for both of us it was nail-biting for two weeks.”

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SCIENCE SMACKDOWN WITH CELLOS IN oRBit

800pxwearescientistsWe Are Scientists, just one offering on a busy calendar of entertainment options this weekend.

An entertainment cornucopia disgorges its goods this weekend, and Red Bank oRBit has the details on what’s happening where.

Among the offerings:

• Rasputina, a ‘chamber rock’ trio led by (former Nirvana) cellist/vocalist/conceptualizer Melora Creager, tonight at the Wonder Bar in Asbury Park.

• Wrestling for charity with ring stars Kip James, Salvatore Sincere and Smackdown diva Cherry Pie, on the mat at Red Bank Catholic Friday night.

• Arch popsters We Are Scientists set up their lab bench at the Wonder Bar Friday.

The countdown is underway, only at Red Bank oRBit

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MIDDLETOWN MANHUNT

CopterA search helicopter (upper right) flies over Route 35 near Nicholas Restaurant Wednesday afternoon.

Police from Middletown and Red Bank, aided by a helicopter and search dogs, were out in southern Middletown in search of burglary suspect this afternoon.

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SEA BRIGHTERS ICE CHURCH ST. PROPOSAL

3churchThe borough is under the gun to upgrade its court operations, and looking at this building as part of the fix.

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Sea Bright officials were left with narrowed options this week after finding little support for a plan to buy the so-called “Tapestry building” at 3 Church Street and turn it into a new town hall.

About 60 borough residents braved a cold, blustery night Monday to oppose the idea, citing costs, a near-total absence of onsite parking and the likely unavailability of financing.

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