POLICE BLOTTER

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Crime reports provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the
week of May 8 to May 15, 2009. This information appears here
unedited.

Theft occurring
at Broad St. and reported on 5-15-09. Owner reported that two former
employees had stolen numerous items ranging from furniture, blankets
and lamps from the store over the course of months. Ptl. Michael
Campanella. 


Shoplifting occurring
at Maple Ave. on 5-16-09. Owner of business reported that two females
entered business and shoplifted four dresses and left premise without
paying for same. Ptl. Heather Pubylski.

 

Criminal Mischief occurring
between 5-15-09 and 5-16-09 at Gold Street parking lot. Victim reported
that unknown person(s) spray painted her vehicle while it was parked
with green paint. Ptl. David Smith.

Theft occurring
between 5-15-09 and 5-16-09 at Broad St. – Restaurant. Victim reported
that unknown person(s) removed wallet from purse which contained cash,
checkbook and credit cards. Lt. Richard Mangold.

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CARVED IN STONE: THOSE WHO SERVED

Rbr monumentNavy vet Rich Ardolino of West Long Branch cuts new names into the war veteran’s monument at RBR. (Click to enlarge)  

An engraver was busy Friday adding names to a war monument on the grounds of Red Bank Regional High School in preparation for a Memorial Day ceremony Monday. 

The 65 new names are those of vets whose identities became known only after the monument was erected two years ago, says Paul Sniffen of Red Bank Veterans. 

The additions bring the total list, which covers veterans and those killed in action in World War II and later, to about 300. 

Among the names added: Army Spc. Brian Connelly of Union Beach, a 2002 RBR grad who was killed in Iraq in February. (Born Brian Blonske, he later changed his name to his mother’s maiden name.) 

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RUMSON SHOOTING REPORT INVESTIGATED

Hot TopicRumson police and the Monmouth County Prosecutor's office say they are still investigating a report of gunshots on Ridge Road early this morning, but don't have anyone in custody. 

Investigator Richard Incremona of the prosecutor's office tells redbankgreen that he cannot disclose whether the occurrence of a shooting has been confirmed. 

The 2:30a report of shots fired prompted the mustering of a SWAT team and a helicopter to the vicinity of 7 Ridge Road, where the shooting was believed to have occurred. 

It also led to the evacuation of five or six nearby homes, says police Chief Richard Tobias.

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IN oRBit: MEMORIAL DAY MUSIC CLUB

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It’s Memorial Day weekend, in case you haven’t heard, and already the first
tentative notes of the warm-weather music season are wafting out over the
greater Red Bank oRBit

We’re just a couple of weeks from the Red Bank Jazz
& Blues Fest, and it won’t be long at all until the beach bandstands, parks
and seasonal amphitheaters start ringing with the sweet trill of feedback.

ToadiesIn the weekend edition of oRBit, Laura Schneider talks to he Toadies —
a 90s “one-hit wonder” now reunited and well on their way to two-hit wonder
status. On the eve of a Stone Pony gig this Sunday, frontman Vaden Todd
Lewis tells us that, like a bunch of guys worthy of the Toadies tag, “this
band will always play what the fans want to hear.” 

There’s more in store when you’re “going Dinah Shore,” and we’ve got the
weekend roundup — from Jersey music legend Matt Pinfield turning the Pony
property into a friendlier version of Col. Kurtz’s compound to some old
familiar faces baking serious Wonder Bar bread. 

There’s a nocturnal drumbash
in Red Bank, a Dead Milkman reborn in Long Branch, and a moonlighting music
journalist in Asbury Park — and it’s all there for you, circling the square
in Red Bank oRBit.

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POLICE RESPOND TO RUMSON SHOOTING

RumsonshootingPolice on the scene at 7 Ridge Road this morning. 

A SWAT team was mobilized and at least one Rumson home was evacuated this morning after reports of shots being fired in a residential neighborhood of Rumson. 

Authorities aren't yet talking on the record. But sources tell redbankgreen that the alleged shooter is in custody after leaving the scene.

An earlier report said police were checking area hospitals and searching locally for a man with a possible gunshot wound.

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ENVIRO-PIZZA BIZ EYES BROAD STREET

PizzafusionPizza Fusion plans to take over the vacant space at left and the storefront now being vacated by Sole Solution, right. 

A Florida-based organic pizza chain that uses recycled Coke bottles in countertops and makes deliveries by hybrid car is planning to open in Red Bank. 

Pizza Fusion, which uses the slogan “Saving the earth one pizza at a time,” has a deal pending with Downtown Investors LLC to lease 95 Broad Street, opposite St. James Church. 

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PAIR REPORTS GUNPOINT ROBBERY

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Red Bank police are investigating a report by two men who said they were robbed at gunpoint on Shrewsbury Avenue early Wednesday morning.

The victims, borough residents 21 and 17 years old, told police that while walking on Shrewsbury between River Street and Bank Street, they were approached from behind by two men who placed guns to their backs. 


The robbers took cash and a cellular telephone from one of the victims and fled on foot to a waiting cream-colored, four-door sedan.


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MORE SAND, LITERALLY, FOR YOUR BUCK

Here's another video take on the announcement earlier this week of the Top Ten beaches in New Jersey.

This one's by Bill Day, whose work we've posted before — most recently, a look at how the economy is affecting boat sellers and marinas.

Like fellow Red Banker and Ledger Live host Brian Donohue, whose commentary we posted yesterday, Day attended the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium press conference at Sandy Hook at which the winning beaches were identified. 

But realizing that the majority of the winning beaches were too far away for his travel budget, Day decided to get the inside scoop on where he could find the most local sand for his tan this summer.

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IN oRBit: ART IN THE PARK, CRAFT ON STAGE

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If you were planning to see a live stage show this Memorial weekend, today’s
edition of Red Bank oRBit has the details on what we’re not
too timid to call three of the best shows we’ve seen all season.

There’s the tango-tini cocktail of Private Lives at Red Bank’s Two River Theater, a spicy, sexy and sophisticated revival that we branded “ingenious”
and “a first-class ticket.” 

There’s Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore‘s musical High School Reunion: The Musical at Brookdale College, a world premiere romp that we call “a
cheerfully over-the-top entertainment.” 

Then there’s The Housewives of Mannheim at New Jersey Repertory Company in Long Branch, a “superb drama” that’s seen its limited
run extended not once but twice. 

Keeping it Long Branch for the weekend, we take it outside, where the city
prepares to inaugurate the new Broadway Park performance venue with a free
ribbon-cutting concert on Saturday afternoon. 

Then on Sunday, it’s the
annual appearance of the Art in the Park event in West End, one of the
biggest outdoor art fairs in the state and the only one that’s accessible to
both beach and the Windmill. 

Inside, outside, daytime, nighttime, we’re on the case 24-5, right here in Red Bank oRBit.

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URBAN: A PERFECT FIT FOR DOWNTOWN?

 2Broad0209 The future home of Urban Outfitters, as seen in late February. 

In signing Urban Outfitters to take over the ground floor of a prominent Red Bank address, building owner Keith Alliotts has finally bagged what many retailers have long said is most needed downtown: a national chain with just the right amount of name recognition.

That is to say, one that's big without being everywhere you look, yet has the cachet of an out-of-the way boutique.

"You won't have a national that is in every mall in America," says Nancy Adams, executive director of Red Bank RiverCenter, which markets the downtown. "This is one of the few nationals that prefers to be in a downtown."

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RBR STARS SCORE AT BASIE AWARDS

SiobhanYvonneNumaCount Basie Theatre board member (and Basie Awards host) Siobhan Fallon-Hogan, Education Director Yvonne Lamb Scudiery, and CEO Numa Saisselin at April's announcement of this year's nominees. 

By Tom Chesek 

A Romeo, a Juliet and a thoroughly modern Millie were among the characters who had an exceptionally good night on Wednesday as the fourth annual Count Basie Awards honored the best in Monmouth County's high school stage productions.  

Four Red Bank Regional students took home major awards.

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URBAN OUTFITTERS INKS RED BANK DEAL

2-10 BroadWhen the wraps come off, the retailer is expected to occupy all the street-level space formerly divided among four businesses. 

After months of speculation, it’s official: Urban Outfitters is coming to Red Bank, delivering what retailers hope will be a caffeine jolt of foot traffic to an increasingly lethargic downtown scene.

Keith Alliotts, owner of 2-10 Broad Street, confirmed today that the youth-market clothing and apartment-goods retailer has signed a multiyear lease on 10,000 square feet of street-level retail.

He told redbankgreen that Urban would be taking possession of the space in the late summer or early fall, and “they’ll probably have a few months” worth of customizing to do before opening for business.

The deal, which had been said to be pending for months, has been widely viewed as a potential game-changer for the business district, which has seen as many as 40 storefronts vacant in recent months. 

Business owners regard Urban as a powerful magnet able to draw not only large crowds of young, credit-card wielding shoppers and their parents into town, but household starters on a budget. They’re drawn by the store’s offerings of bedding, tableware and other items.

“Wow, that’s wonderful news,” said Margaret Mass, director of the Red Bank Visitors Center. “It couldn’t come at a better time. We’ll be expecting lots of new visitors.”

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IN oRBit: SUDDENLY, NEXT SEASON

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Today's edition of Red Bank oRBit, our always hyper-current arts and entertainment web companion, takes a little quantum leap into the future, with a look to the months ahead at Red Bank's own Two River Theater

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The powers that be at Two River Theater Company have just announced their
next season of comedies, dramas and musicals, and it's a typically eclectic
affair that takes in everyone from Euripides and Shakespeare to Steve Martin
and Quiara Hudes, creator of In the Heights and an artist who will be in
residence at TRTC for her next, highly anticipated project. We've got the
rundown on the new shows, along with the ticket info. 

The performing arts center on Bridge Avenue will also be playing host to a
menu of special events this summer, with guests who range from
Pulitzer prize winning author Joyce Carol Oates to the one and only Joe
"Joey Pants" Pantoliano
(above), who will stop by to screen his first
film as director. 

We've got the skinny on all those bonus features, with the
promise of more — much more — to come, first and foremost in Red Bank oRBit.

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LEDGER LIVE STORMS SEA BRIGHT BEACH

In the latest edition of Ledger Live, vodcaster Brian Donohue turns his lens on Sea Bright, which he nominates the "worst beach in New Jersey" because of access issues.

In an off-the-news take on the announcement yesterday by the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium of the Top Ten beaches in the state (Ocean City came in first), Donohue asked tourism officials and scientists which was the state's worst beach.

They wouldn't play along, so Donohue came up with his own pick.

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IN oRBit: WHY NOT TAKE ALL OF HER?

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LindaEderToday’s edition of Red Bank oRBit features an exclusive interview with  a performer who will play the magnificently made-over Count Basie Theatre with an act that represents a major makeover to her own public persona.

You may know Linda Eder as the coolly competent, gown-clad interpreter
of Broadway and American songbook standards — originator of the female lead
roles in Jekyll & Hyde and other stage extravaganzas.

But as of last year’s album The Other Side of Me, she’s also a bluejeans-and-guitar singer of contemporary country pop — and she’ll be bringing “Both Sides Now” to Red
Bank for a show entitled, appropriately enough, “All of Me.”

It’s all submitted for your approval, on the only local entertainment website
that scouts the stories, reports the inside info, and gets the interviews — Red Bank oRBit.

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SUMMERY NOW, WEEKEND OUTLOOK SPOTTY

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High school rowers from the Navesink River Rowing return a scull to the clubhouse at the foot of Maple Avenue, Red Bank, on Monday following a weekend meet in Massachusetts. (Click to enlarge)

Looks to be smooth sailing weatherwise for the rest of the week, though the Memorial Day weekend is looking iffy.

From the National Weather Service:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 69. Calm wind becoming south between 6 and 9 mph.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 51. Southwest wind around 6 mph.

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IN oRBit: BOBBY’S B’DAY, BASIE’S BEST

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Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit rolls out the red carpet for a preview of
this week’s Count Basie Theatre Awards, the annual event that honors the best of Monmouth
County’s high school performing arts productions.

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We’ll give you the local
color, including the names of the nominees from greater Red Bank area schools
— plus we’ve got an exclusive interview with Siobhan Fallon Hogan, the
TV-movie actress (and Count Basie board member) who should be instantly
recognizable as the bus driver in Forrest Gump, Elaine’s annoying roommate
in Seinfeld, and dozens of other high-profile roles.

But that’s not all: order in the next ten minutes and we’ll throw in,
absolutely free, a look at 2009’s Bobfest, the yearly Bob Dylan
birthday tribute concert organized by and starring favorite Shore saloon
singer Pat Guadagno and his Tired Horses. It’s going on tonight at Two River Theater, and a few tickets are still up for grabs as we post this, so you
know what to do.

Old friends, tomorrow’s talents — they’re all right here, in the pixelated
pages of Red Bank oRBit.

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WORK OUT WHILE WATCHING THE KIDS

Maria rodriguez72Maria Rodriguez of Rumson works out on the new equipment at Meadow Ridge Park.

Here’s a recession-busting idea for people who want to get in better physical shape but don’t want to drop a load of cash at a gym:

Check out the new outdoor gym that Rumson installed recently in Meadow Ridge Park on Ridge Road, opposite Fair Haven Fields.

A dozen or so exercise stations are clustered together under a leafy canopy near the children’s playground. That’s so parents can get in a workout and keep and eye on the kids at the same time, says parks supervisor John Hird.

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