HOW TO AVOID THOSE CODE TICKETS

Computer picA public works department database contains photos of violations, like this heap of curbside furniture.

Red Bank residents hoping never to get stung —or restung — with a ticket for violating borough laws governing curbside brush, leaves and bulk items will have a chance to learn how Wednesday night.

Gary Watson, director of the public utilities department, will make one of his periodic appearances at the monthly meeting of the West Side Community Group to explain the rules and answer questions.

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SPOTLIGHT ON SPECIAL-NEEDS STUDENTS

Hot TopicToday's Asbury Park Press takes a look at how some New Jersey school districts, including those of Red Bank and Fair Haven, are responding to the high cost of sending children with special needs out-of-district.

The approach in Red Bank, according to Red Bank Superintendent Laura Morana, is to spend a little more to bring the students back into the local school system rather than spend a lot to hand them off to another district.

New Jersey schools send more students out-of-district than any other state, the Press' Larry Higgs reports. Now, in an effort to counter spiraling costs

Districts use programs including school-within-a-school, self-contained
classes and resource centers, where students are pulled out of regular
classes and sent there for special instruction. Some schools put
students in general education classes with teachers' aides to help them
get mainstreamed into regular classes, education officials said.

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IN oRBit: BILLY AND JANE, BACK IN SCHOOL

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Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit takes a close look at High School Reunion: The Musical, the latest original show by local-kids-made-good Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore.

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They’re the Emmy-nominated TV writers and
producers who return to Monmouth County each year to stage and star in a
world premiere comedy at Brookdale Community College — and they talked to us
about this ambitious project, with some side chat on the state of the modern
sitcom , and, because you didn’t know you asked for it, a couple of off-color
stories about Bea Arthur.

Bea Arthur? Seems that both Milmore and Van Zandt have a connection
to the late TV star, and you’ll likely read about it here and nowhere else.

There’s also more theater talk this Monday as we kick off a week’s worth of
coverage on the TriCity Arts Tour going on this weekend in Red
Bank and sister cities Asbury Park and Long Branch.

We’ve got the inside
scoop and the winning picks for the entire three-day affair, all this week
in Red Bank oRBit.

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SEMI-PRO HOOPSTERS ADOPT RED BANK

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Fans of women’s basketball take note: a semi-pro league has established a new team that will use the Salvation Army gym in Red Bank as its home court.

The Jersey Fusion is one of the latest members of the Women’s Blue, a coast-to-coast organization that aims to promote competitive basketball for
women age 20 and older.

Among the players are former hardcourt stars from college, the National Women’s Basketball League, the WNBA and international teams.

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A DAY OF FOOD, MUSIC & COMMUNITY II

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HotdogScenes from last year’s post-parade picnic on Centennial Day, the precursor to Saturday’s Red Bank Day. (Click to enlarge)

At the picnic that followed the parade for Red Bank’s Centennial last year, Mayor Pasquale Menna was telling everyone he wanted to make the gathering at Count Basie Field an annual event.

And so it shall be, weather permitting. This Saturday, borough residents are invited to return to the sports complex for a couple of hours of food, music and neighborly camaraderie known as Red Bank Day.

A tour of historic homes in the borough is scheduled for Sunday.

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CRIME REPORTS

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Crime reports provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the
week of May 01 to May 8, 2009. This information appears here
unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring at Prospect Ave. on 5-1-09. Unknown subject attempted to gain entry into residence and damaged keyhole and dead bolt on front entrance. Ptl. David Smith.

Theft from motor vehicle occurring on 5-5-09 at Maple Ave. Victim reported the unknown person gained entry into vehicle by removing the lock cylinder from the driver’s side door. Stolen from vehicle was a gym bag, black and white in color which contained tennis balls, hand grips and a pair of sunglasses. Sgt. Robert Kennedy.

Theft occurring on 5-5-09 at Broad St. parking lot. Victim reported that unknown person entered unlocked vehicle and removed a purse from under the seat which contained credit cards. Ptl. Thomas Doremus.

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FARM MARKET RETURNS, AND WILL AGAIN

Lot of plentyAn average 1,000 shoppers stock up on vegetables, fruit, pies and crafts every Sunday at the Red Bank institution, one of the state’s largest farm markets.

Freshly supplied with approvals to build a parking garage/office building, the owners of the Galleria Red Bank complex say the decade-old Farmers Market they host at the site will continue during and after construction, which could begin this year.

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“It’s not going anywhere,” co-owner George Sourlis tells redbankgreen.

Meantime, the market’s 2009 season takes its traditional Mother’s Day bow this Sunday with a fully-booked slate of 30 vendors selling everything to from corn to cheesecake, from picture frames to pickles.

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IN oRBit: CHECK, ONE, TWO, THREE…

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Over on our sib site Red Bank oRBit, a special week of musically minded
coverage climaxes today with a lookahead at three days’ worth of sublime sounds from all
imaginable corners of the local tunescape.

KelleyHeiglBeginning with a big Pink Bank-related Band Together for Survival concert at the Basie (featuring,
among others, Josh Kelley — pictured here with TV/movie star spouse Katherine
Heigl
) and winding down with some fairly fascinating Open Mic activity
(check Wednesday’s edition for a report on the scene over at Jamian’s), the
weekend brings us everything from vintage punk band The Vibrators to
acclaimed classical pianist Gerd Nowacyzk.

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FAIR HAVEN DOCK BACK IN ACTION

FH dockHere’s hoping for less-ominous weather than we’ve had recently when residents gather for the official opening of the borough dock Monday evening.

Fair Haven officials have scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday to mark the reopening of the borough dock on the Navesink River at the foot of Fair Haven Road.

The structure, build in the 1970s and last updated in 1984, features a gazebo and a bait-cutting station for fishermen.

The cost of the overhaul, which also included new decking, rails and a seating area at the entrance, was budgeted at $200,000 before unexpected bulkhead problems arose last summer.

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THE ’70s, BACK IN THE PINK FOR A NIGHT

Here are some scenes from Thursday night’s ‘Soul Sister Party’ at the Children’s Cultural Center in Red Bank, part of the weeklong ‘Paint the Town Pink‘ breast cancer awareness effort.

The center’s second-floor auditorium was transformed into a pink-hued disco lounge for the evening, which had a ’70s music theme.


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COPS NAB BURGLARY SUSPECTS

Just_In Red Bank police arrested two 18-year-old borough men today shortly after a Mechanic Street resident reported she surprised the pair in the midst of burglarizing her home.

The incident unfolded after the 26-year-old resident returned home around 11:06a and noticed a porch window open that had been previously closed, said Capt. Steve McCarthy, who heads up the detective bureau and serves as department spokesman.

She also saw two bicycles in the front yard that didn’t belong there.

As she approached, the woman saw a man inside.

The man spotted the woman and fled out a side door, exiting with a second person, McCarthy said.

The resident called police and “was able to give a pretty good description” of the pair, McCarthy said.

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NOW, FROM KNAB DER, IT’S LEDGER LIVE

 

Ledger Live host Brian Donohue again uses his hometown Red Bank as the backdrop for his daily vidpost, this one featuring him seated outside Zebu Forno as he riffs, bloggerlike, on the friction between GOP gubernatorial contenders Chris Christie and Steve Lonegan.

Among the issues: did Christie mock Lonegan's vision in an ad?
Not his political vision, his literal ability to see. Lonegan is legally blind.

Frankly, though, it's a debate we couldn't focus on, because we were distracted by another vision issue: why is the streetscape in reverse?

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IN oRBit: IT TAKES TWO RIVER TO TANGO

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Today's Red Bank oRBit has a first look at Private Lives, the latest (and
last of the season) production at Two River Theater.

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As you'll see, it's an old warhorse of the British stage — Noel Coward wrote
and originally starred in it in 1930 — that's been taught some new dance
steps by director KJ Sanchez (right), the woman who brought us the Iraq
War oral history project ReEntry a few months back. The sophisticated comedy
of love, remarriage and irrational impulse has been transplanted from its
European setting to 1929 Buenos Aires, with a largely Latino cast and a
touch of the tango.

Also in today's edition, Music Week continues apace, with the return of Lord
of the Lounge Bob Egan to Tim McLoone’s Supper Club. We'll tell you
about the cabaret king's latest Variety Showcase Night going on this
evening, and preview a few of the offbeat and exciting events he's got lined
up for that futurama space atop the old HoJo's flying
saucer.

Whether you're looking back or looking forward, it's always worth a look to
see what's up in oRBit.

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FAIR HAVEN MAN FACES PONZI CHARGES

Hot TopicA Fair Haven investment adviser who is reported to have a villa in France was charged in federal court in Newark today with running a Ponzi scheme, the Star-Ledger is reporting.

The criminal allegations against Maxwell Smith follow earlier allegations in a civil suit that Smith had swindled $9 million from a now 93-year-old client over a decade, and that Smith had admitted to the wrongdoing.

The federal case alleges Smith stole $7 million by selling investments in health care facilities and promising returns of up to 9 percent, the Sledger reports. But instead of investing the money, prosecutors said Smith deposited it into his own bank account, using a small amount to pay interest to clients, the newspaper reports.

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IN oRBit: 15 MINUTES OF FAME, AT JAMIAN’S

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PinkGuitarYou’ve read all those stories about the legendary and long-gone Upstage
club, but do you ever wonder where your favorite Shore musicians get
together these days to talk music, make connections and just jam on whatever
tune comes to mind?

It’s a place right here in Red Bank — and today’s Red Bank oRBit takes a close look at the scene that’s been growing around Jamian’s Food and Drink and the weekly Open Mic Jam Night events that have been hosted
since the beginning of the year by local music man Rob Dye.

Dye, by the by, has his first CD coming out this very week, and on Friday he’ll
be joining another Shore recording artist, Roger Gardella, for a
double-header release party at McLoone’s in Asbury Park. We’ve got the
details on that show — and we’ll be taking you back to Jamian’s for its
latest art exhibit reception, going on Thursday night and spotlighting the
musically inspired work of Red Bank artist Kat Stuart, whose PINK GUITAR is shown here.

All this plus the high-concept conspiracy of VAST and the return of Eddie and the Hot Rods as Music Week rounds the hump here in Red Bank oRBit.

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WET FORECAST FOR OFT-DELAYED CEREMONY

Unity wayThe new Unity Way designation applies to Tilton Avenue between Drs. James Parker Boulevard and West Sunset Avenue.

Red Bank officials and borough residents plan to gather at 5p tonight for a ceremony designating a block of Tilton Avenue as “Unity Way.”

The long-delayed event, originally scheduled for January, faces atmospheric challenges. The National Weather Service forecast calls for more rain today with possible thunderstorms tonight.

The renaming effort, says Mayor Pasquale Menna, was inspired by a candlelight vigil in December, 2007 after a double shooting at the Montgomery Terrace apartments.

The victims, whom authorities have not publicly identified, survived. The suspected shooter, Anthony Sims Jr., is awaiting trial.

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IN oRBit: EVEN THE KITCHEN CINCO

Noworbiting_iconLisabouchelleMusic Week marches on in Red Bank oRBit, as today we rate your chances of soaking up some much-needed tuneshine this Cinco de Mayo.

With options that range from the Latin sounds of Asbury Park’s Xol Azul and Perth Amboy’s Tropical All Stars to the Shorebar surehandedness of Bob Burger and Lisa Bouchelle (right), it’s really always been all about the party, so choose one that suits your style, be it mild, medium or picante.

Also in today’s edition, we take an peek at the forthcoming TriCity Arts Tour, the big-tent event designed to give a grand overview on all that’s happening in arts and entertainment in and around the “TriKe” region of Red Bank, Long Branch and Asbury Park.

It all goes on next weekend, May 15-17, and we’re poised to give you the kind of comprehensive coverage you’ve come to expect — only in Red Bank oRBit.

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GALLERIA PARK OFFICE & DECK GETS OK

GalleriapkelevationsThe developer agreed to redesign the upper floors to incorporate more brickwork than shown in these earlier elevations of the west and east sides of the proposed structure. (Click to englarge)

By LAURA KOSS

The Red Bank planning board last night approved plans for the Galleria Park office building and parking deck after setback and aesthetic concerns were mulled over.

Construction of the addition would nearly double the size of the existing mix of stores, restaurants and offices known as Galleria Red Bank at West Front Street and Bridge Avenue.

Mayor Pasquale Menna saw the multilevel parking deck topped by two floors of office space as appealing.

“A private property owner is willing to take a gamble with no taxpayer money” to fund a parking garage, he said. Members of the Sourlis family own and operate the Galleria and would develop the proposed addition through a company called ET Galleria LLC.

Board vice chairman Dan Mancuso, who continued to raise questions about the nearness of the proposed structure to the property lines, and member Lou DiMento voted against the plan.

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THE RAINCHECK IS IN THE MAIL

WetmailFor unknown reasons, bundles of mail were left out in the rain atop a drop box on Broad Street in Red Bank Monday afternoon.

In today’s mail: a forecast for more rain.

In fact, the soggy weather will dominate through Saturday. So says the National Weather Service:

Today: Rain likely, mainly before 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near
54. Northeast wind between 7 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is
70%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch
possible.

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LOT CLEANUP PROCEEDS UNDER A CLOUD

WidmaiersCraig Widmaier of Red Bank and son Gregory tackle the job of digging out the invasive plant Japanese knotweed at Saturday’s cleanup of the Maple Avenue lot.

For the second year in a row, a crew of volunteers descended on a tiny lot at the foot of Maple Avenue in Red Bank Saturday with the aim of clearing away decades of accumulated debris — and one particularly pernicious plant.

Unlike last year’s event, however, this one occurred under a cloud of criticism that the chief advocate for turning the public parcel into a boat launch was exceeding her authority.

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MODIFIED SEATING PLAN GETS OK

Buona seraBuona Sera’s outdoor dining arrangement on Maple Avenue, as seen from the corner of Monmouth Street.

They’re back, this time with the blessing of the Red Bank mayor and council.

We’re talking about new outdoor tables at Buona Sera Ristorante, a setup that is the target of frequent pedestrian complaints.

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In oRBit: A MUSICAL HANGOVER HELPER

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Don’t look now, but it’s Music Week over at our sister site Red Bank oRBit.
Actually, do look now, because today and every day this week we’ll be
bringing you tips and tweetable tidbits pertaining to what our
editor calls “the Garden State’s most fertile homegrown scene for tuneage.”

It’s a remarkably eclectic selection of events going on right in your back yard —
and sometimes where you least expect it.

JoeMuccioliToday and tonight it’s a Monday night Shore pitstop by an acclaimed
Southern songwriter, a weekend-extending “hair o’ the dog” at the area’s
newest “pre-fab pub,” and the final entry in the Talkin’ Jazz series
produced by Red Bank’s jet-setting conductor, Joe Muccioli (at right).

Stick with us the rest of this week, because we’ll bring you all the info you need and more about some re-energized pioneers from the salad days of British
punk, a sound-art happening at an old canning factory, the most
electrifying in “unplugged” local performers, and what might just be the
single most dynamic Open Mic on the Jersey Shore, going on right here in Red
Bank.

And right here, it goes without saying, in the pixelated pages of Red Bank oRBit.

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CRIME REPORTS

RB police car 2 Crime reports provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the
week of April 24 to May 01, 2009. This information appears here
unedited.

Theft occurring between 4-19-09 and 4-16-09 at West Bergen Place. Victim reported that unknown person stole a Black and Decker push style lawn mower from the rear yard. Ptl. Thomas Doremus.

Theft occurring at Bridge Ave. on 4-26-09. Victim reported that his wallet was stolen from book bag and it contained cash and a cdit card. Ptl. Thomas Doremus.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 4-27-09 at West Front Street park. Unknown subject(s) broke a 12-foot section of metal fencing along the patio of the upper tier in the park. Ptl. David Smith

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