IN oRBit: VOLVOS AND VIOLINS

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Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit has details of a special tribute
being paid this weekend to the memory of a local resident who left us
recently at the age of 87 — the businessman, college athlete and music lover
Leon Knize, founder of the Red Bank Chamber Music Society.

Knize, who was also the former co-owner of Red Bank Volvo, is remembered by
many for the classical music recitals he used to stage inside the
dealership’s showroom on Newman Springs Road.

He’ll be honored this Saturday
with a free concert at the White Street facility of the Monmouth
Conservatory of Music
, an organization on whose board of trustees he served.

All the details, plus Art Around Town, Blues at the Count, and a jump on the
weekend — only on Red Bank oRBit, your one-stop alternative to igloo fever.

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CLINTON KEYS ON LOCAL CUSTODY CASE

Goldmans2David Goldman with his son, Sean, in an undated photo taken before the boy was moved to Brazil four years ago by his mother.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says she is working to resolve the prolonged international custody case involving Sean Goldman, the 8-year-old boy whose father, David Goldman lives in Tinton Falls.

Appearing this morning on NBC’s Today show, Clinton says she is pushing Brazil’s government to return Sean to his father, according to a report by the Associated Press.

From the wire story:

Speaking to NBC’s “Today” show from Jerusalem on Wednesday, Clinton said David Goldman has followed the rules “under every known law of international adoption” and should be granted custody.

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DON’T GET ON THE TRAIN

Notice from New Jersey Transit this morning:

Northeast Corridor, North Jersey Coast Line and MidTOWN DIRECT trains service into and out of New York Penn Station is temporarily suspended.

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SOLAR POWER

Luminous linesUtility lines on River Street in Red Bank looked like limp strands of neon tubing late Monday as they reflected the late afternoon sun. The view was west from Shrewsbury Avenue.

Expect lots of sunshine today, but cold temperatures rising only to about 33 degrees, the National Weather Service forecasts.

And speaking of sunlight, get ready to lose an hour’s sleep this weekend. Sunday — 2a, to be precise — marks the start of Daylight Saving Time, when clocks are set ahead by one hour.

DST ends November 1. Here’s some historical background on DST from the U.S. Naval Observatory’s astronomical applications department:

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POLICE: McKENNA’S CAR HITS PEDESTRIAN

Mckenna1206Then-Mayor Ed McKenna in December, 2006.

Former Red Bank Mayor Ed McKenna's car struck a pedestrian crossing East Front Street outside Riverview Medical Center last night, Red Bank Police report.

According to Capt. Steve McCarthy, 49-year-old borough resident and hospital employee Julia Sternik was hit in the crosswalk in front of the hospital at about 7:30p.

McKenna, 58, was cited by police for failing to yield to a pedestrian, McCarthy says.

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TO DIAMOND MAN, BROAD ST. STILL SHINES

Displaced from his longtime storefront, Alan Fisher plans to take over the space now occupied by Papyrus in the red brick structure visible over his left shoulder.

Alan Fisher got his walking papers in late January.

After 25 years operating A.H. Fisher Diamonds at 10 Broad Street, Fisher was notified with just five days remaining on his lease that it wouldn’t be renewed.

Turns out his landlord, Keith Alliotts of Broad Street Realty Associates, has a client on the line who not only wants the storefront at 2 Broad, at the corner of Broad and West Front streets, but the entire 10,000-square-foot structure that stretches several addresses south on Broad.

Alliotts’ client is widely rumored to be Urban Outfitters, though neither the clothing retailer nor Alliotts responded to redbankgreen messages seeking comment.

Fisher says he knows nothing more than the rest of us about who the tenant will be. But the fact that his landlord told him the mystery tenant wants not just 2 and 8 Broad, but Fisher’s space and the private breezeway it abuts will only heighten interest in the prospective deal.

But that’s a story for another day. Today, our topic is Fisher’s decision, in spite of all the mutterings about Red Bank’s purported slide back to the days of ‘Dead Bank,’ to stick with Broad Street.

“I grew up here in town, so yes, this is a vote of confidence in Red Bank,” says Fisher, who in high school and college had a job that required him to wind the clock atop the former borough hall and police station at 51 Monmouth Street.

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CLOSET STORE CLEARS OUT

Cal closetsCalifornia Closets has vacated its location at 116 Broad Street in Red Bank, opposite Garmany.

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In keeping with its reputation for orderliness, California Closets has packed up and left town, and it seems there’s not a stray hanger left behind.

A notice in the window says the business, a franchised retailer located opposite Red Bank’s mini-Rodeo Drive pairing of Garmany and Tiffany & Co., moved out “due to the sale of this building.”

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POLICE REPORTS

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Red Bank crimes as reported from February 20 to February 27. This information, which is supplied by the police department, is unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring at Broad St. between 2-13-09 and 2-17-09. Victim reported that unknown person(s) punctured a hole in parked vehicle near the lock on driver’s side door. Ptl. Paul Perez.

Burglary occurring on 2-19-09 at Wallace St. Owner reported that unknown subject(s) broke out a window to the rear door of business and gained entry. Stolen was cash from the register. Capt. Darren McConnell.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 2-22-09 at W. Bergen Place. Report of unknown subject(s) smashing windshield and two front windows of parked car. Ptl. Robert Campanella.

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‘SNO BIG DEAL

IMG_148172It’s doubtful anyone had more fun in the snow than these two guys roughhousing on Monmouth Street in Red Bank Monday afternoon.
 
OK, except for maybe the kids sledding on Tower Hill.

Or maybe Euckie, the snow-crazy Bernese mountain dog we met on River Road.

Or, actually, any number of shovelers and snowblower operators we crossed paths with, some of whom, despite the burden of digging out, seemed to be quite enjoying the unexpected snow day.

Whatever folks were doing in the white stuff, redbankgreen was there to capture it in pixels.

Read on, and as always, click to enlarge.

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SOCKED WITH SNOW

Ditchisthatyou?A lone pedestrian makes her way down Waverly Place in Red Bank early Monday morning.  (Click to enlarge)

Winds were driving moderate if freezing temperatures down to the low teens shortly after 4a today, when redbankgreen took a quick spin through downtown Red Bank.

By 5:30, there was water running in the gutters even as snow continued to fall.

Plows and shovelers were out, but many local streets hadn’t yet been cleared of what appeared to be about nine inches of snow.

Here’s what the National Weather Service says is in store today:

Today: Snow before 7am, then snow showers and areas of blowing
snow before noon, then areas of blowing snow and scattered snow showers
after noon. High near 29. Blustery, with a north wind between 21 and 23
mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of
2 to 4 inches possible.

WindblownWind whips snow off rooftops downtown on Broad Street.

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FAIR HAVEN BAGS TODAY’S PICKUP

No surprise here, but just to make it official:

The Borough of Fair Haven will suspend trash collection scheduled for Monday, March 2nd due to severe weather conditions. Trash will be collected from zones 1 and 2 on Thursday, March 5th.

Thank you,

Mary Howell, Administrator

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RED BANK: NO TRASH PICKUPS IN STORM

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Here's an announcement made early Sunday afternoon by the Borough of Red Bank, issued in light of the National Weather Service forecast of a possible 5 to 9 inches of snow overnight:

Garbage pickup suspended during snow emergency

RED BANK—Borough Administrator Stanley Sickels has announced that the Borough will temporarily suspend regular garbage pick up during the snow emergency expected for Monday, March 2 and reminds residents of parking and snow removal procedures during inclement weather.

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