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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. on 5-8-09. Unknown subject(s) stole 6 leather and wood chairs which were outside the rear of the business. Ptl. Nicholas Maletto.

Theft from vehicle occurring at White St. Parking Lot on 5-8-09. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole prescription Ralph Lauren sunglasses from vehicle and small amount of coins. Ptl. Dawn Shields.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 5-8-09 at S. Pearl St. Unknown person(s) threw a brick through front window of house. Sgt. Robert Kennedy.

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ROCK THE BOX III: RBMS VIDEO SCORES

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They’ve done it again.

For the third time in three tries, the students at  Red Bank Middle School have written and performed in a video that’s made it to the finals in a national or international competition.

The first time, in 2007, a hastily-made rap video, “Use Ya Tech,” landed in the final five in a contest for $15,000 classroom equipment.

They repeated the feat in 2008 with “This Year.” Both times, though, they finished out of the money.

Now, out of a field of more than 1,400 entries, an RBMS film is among the top three in contention for a prize of up to fifty grand. And to beat out the competition — two high schools — the kids need lots of viewer votes.

You know what that means, folks: time to stuff the ballot box, pronto. Voting ends on Wednesday, May 20.

To see the movie, click here; ‘2048
is entry number one. In voting, remember that a rating of “3” is the
highest you can give for “technical quality” and “creativity.”

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TO DO: A DAY FOR RED BANKERS

RB Day 2008The event was born of last year’s centennial event and picnic at Count Basie Fields.

What: Second annual Red Bank Day, four hours of food, music and neighborliness, followed Sunday by tours of historic homes in the borough.

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TO DO: REINVIGORATING WOMEN

Sand & danielsCo-authors Candace Sandy,left and Dawn Marie Daniels make an afternoon appearance at Frank Talk Art & Bistro Books.

What: Dawn Marie Daniels and Candace Sandy, co-authors of “Soul of My Sisters: Black Women Break Their Silence, Tell Their Stories and Heal Their Spirit,” present an afternoon of empowering talk for women.

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LIBRARY TO OPEN SATURDAYS IN SUMMER

RBPublicLibraryThe library as seen from the foot of Maple Avenue.

Ending tradition, the Red Bank Public Library will be open on Saturdays this summer, its board of trustees announced Thursday night.

The added hours, from 9a to 1p, will be partly offset by trimming three hours from the Friday schedule, delaying the normal opening until 1p, library director Deborah Griffin-Sadel said in a prepared statement.

The new summer schedule, which runs from June 19 to September 12, “will not require additional funding,” she said.

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TALKING TRASH, POLITELY

WatsonGary Watson, in blue shirt at center, met with residents at the River Street Commons.

About a dozen Red Bankers turned out Thursday night to hear borough public works director Gary Watson discuss the whys and wherefores of rules governing garbage, bulk waste and brush, animal control and parking.

And while those are topics that sometimes generate a good deal of heat in private conversation and in comments posted on redbankgreen, there was no evidence of ire at the River Street Commons as Watson and the residents engaged in a polite exchange over the course of an hour.

In fact, most of the requests Watson fielded called for more enforcement, not less.

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In oRBit: PI AND BIRTHDAY CAKE

Noworbiting_icon Now rubbing elbows in oRBit: a buzz-generating band of twentysomething musical talents and a favorite local artist who marks her 90th birthday this weekend.

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Hailing from Middletown and Highlands, A Love Like Pi celebrates the release of its ambitious debut disc Atlas and the Oyster with a Saturday night in-store concert Jack’s Music Shoppe. We talked to frontman Lief Liebmann about the things that a new band has to do to get heard in today’s collapsing industry — including a tour of shopping mall Hot Topics stores.

Clarageestamatypaulnewland At the other end of the age spectrum, one of the freshest, continually evolving talents on the regional art scene, Clara Gee Stamaty opens a new solo show of sleek, stylish cartoons, classic magazine illustration and word-painting Sunday at the JCC of Monmouth. oRBit‘s Dorothy Creamer found the Elberon resident in her studio, taking a quick look back — before moving forward on a career that approaches the century mark.

It’s fun for kids of all ages, it is — and it’s waiting for you, right here
in Red Bank oRBit.

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STEW MEAT: ‘IT’S NOT GOING TO BITE YOU’

Goldstein, StewLenny, er, Stew Goldstein of Monmouth Meats.

There are only so many old-style, independent butchers left in Red Bank.

Humanbitesrbg There’s Ralph ‘Johnny Jazz‘ Gatta on Shrewsbury Avenue, of course, working the chopping block for some 60 years. The guys at Citarella’s Meats & Deli on Prospect Avenue. And smack in between them, Stew Goldstein of Monmouth Meats, on Monmouth Street opposite the Count Basie Theatre.

A Brooklyn native who now lives in East Brunswick, Goldstein, 53, has been in the trade since he was a teenager. And to revive its long-dormant Human Bites feature, redbankgreen took a few minutes recently to ask Goldstein about a lifetime of swing a meat cleaver.

Did you always know this is what you wanted to do for a living?

Yes. I never had any other jobs. This is what I enjoy. My father had a small family-style neighborhood store in downtown Brooklyn. He was in business for about 45 years.


Do you remember your first interaction with a side of beef?

My first interaction was when I was maybe eight, nine years old. I went to the wholesale market with my father.


What was that experience like for a kid?
You walk into a huge, refrigerated warehouse. The floor was wet and dirty — things weren’t as clean as they are now. You had the carcasses, you got the smells. It was something I said I would never do. But I did. I knew nothing else.


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SKUDERA TAKES TINTON FALLS MAYORALTY

Menna skuderaMayor-elect Mike Skudera, right, with Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna at the KaBoom Fireworks fundraiser last month.

Four years after winning a spot on the borough council, 32-year-old Mike Skudera was elected mayor of Tinton Falls yesterday in an upset of incumbent Mayor Peter Maclearie.

Skudera’s running mates Nancyanne Fama, a supermarket executive, and Scott Larkin, a school administrator, won seats on the borough council, besting non-incumbents
Mike Stanton and Bob Harvey.

Unofficial results posted by the Monmouth County Elections show Skudera won by 159 votes out of 3,177 cast, or 52.4 percent to Maclearie’s 47.4 percent.

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COUNCIL OK’S TAX APPEALS ‘UNDER DURESS’

City centreThe City Centre strip mall at Maple Avenue and West Front Street is one of five properties under common ownership that will see lower tax bills.

The Red Bank Council last night greenlighted settlements of five tax appeal lawsuits, but only after a lengthy closed-door session that left members of the governing body clearly dispirited.

"Yes, under duress," Councilman Ed Zipprich said after a long pause when called on to vote on the first of the batch. He repeated the phrase each time he voted, as did Councilwoman Kathleen Horgan.

The votes represented a win for landlord John Bowers and other stakeholders in the five commercial properties, knocking down the net assessments on the group by $1.6 million, or 8.6 percent.

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ATTORNEY FACES SEVEN YEARS IN PRISON

Call in the authoritiesA now-disbarred Red Bank lawyer faces up to seven years in state prison after pleading guilty yesterday to stealing $300,000 from trust accounts for clients, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor‘s office.

Gary Edelson, 48, formerly of Red Bank, entered his plea to second-degree misapplication of entrusted property in state Superior Court in Freehold yesterday. He is scheduled to be sentenced September 18 by Judge Anthony J. Mellaci Jr.

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IN oRBit: IF IT’S TUESDAY, THIS MUST BE…

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Today's Red Bank oRBit tourbus offers up an exclusive chat — yes, it's a talking bus — with a true
living legend of show business: Uncle Floyd Vivino, fabled farouk of
local cable and UHF broadcasts, and a man who will famously perform
everywhere from a Bar Mitzvah to The Borgata.

Floyd Vivino Everywhere, that is, except
the Red Bank Street Fair — and you'll have to look in to find out his reason
why.

Floyd will be visiting the area this weekend, and we caught up
with the ridiculously hard-working entertainer and father of seven to glean some words of wisdom on showbiz,
television, print media — and some sobering thoughts on the prospects of
making a living on the internet.

It's all here in oRBit, along with a "grand tour" of your guided-excursion
options during this weekend's TriCity Arts Tour. Whether it's a horse and
buggy jaunt through the historic streets of Red Bank, a trolley ride around
the "urban sculpture park" of Long Branch or a creep through the allegedly
haunted corners of Asbury's Paramount, we've got your ticket — along with
more inside info than you'll find in the event's official sponsor, the APP.

Get on the bus, and let us direct your view — to the oRBit side!

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RED BANK DAYWEAR

PascaleAt last night's borough council meeting, Human Relations Committee chairman David Pascale showed off t-shirts that the committee plans to sell at the second annual Red Bank Day celebration this Saturday.

The shirts are available in a handful of designs and will sell for $10 each. Proceeds will be used to fund outreach efforts by the committee, which receives no borough money.

Red Bank Day is scheduled for 11a to 3p at Count Basie Field.

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