Noworbiting_iconRbappreciationdayOh, and the parking is free all day, even if the meters aren’t bagged.

Economic conditions, to be sure, are not favorable, and they’re markedly worse than when store owners and restaurateurs dreamed up ‘Red Bank Residents’ Appreciation Day’ earlier this year.

But to be a small business owner is to be the embodiment of optimism. So Red Bank merchants and eateries are forging ahead tomorrow with a need-it-more-than-ever promotional push aimed at bringing townies into the marketplace — their marketplace.

The hope is that Red Bankers will do some holiday shopping, grab a bite, and perhaps come away with a fresh warm-and-fuzzy about the downtown that gets high marks statewide as a dining, shopping and arts destination.

Check out the RiverCenter website for the names of participating businesses, and then tab over to today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit for details about what you’ll find in the way of live street entertainment.

Also in oRBit: a comedy festival, the American Boychoir, and what could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see Madonna‘s directorial debut, ‘Filth and Wisdom,’ on the big screen.

Hey, who appreciates you, kiddo?

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