BOROUGH WINS PERMIT-PARKING LAWSUIT

Hudson_parking_red_bankThe ordinance upheld in the case was largely aimed at addressing concerns raised by Hudson Avenue residents about postal workers.

Red Bank has defeated a legal challenge to its authority to create residential permit-parking zones.

Superior Court Judge Lawrence Lawson last week issued a decision that rejected the arguments by a lawyer for Tai Truong, a mail carrier who contended that such a zone on Hudson Avenue was unconstitutional.

The 20-page decision, which follows a one-day trial in Freehold in March, also found that the borough had not improperly conferred special rights on Hudson Avenue residents.

“The courts give a huge amount of deference to everything that municipalities do,” attorney Bill McCarter tells redbankgreen.

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AGENDA: BULKHEAD, GAY RIGHTS, ENERGY

marine-park-bulkhead-webThe bulkhead in the cove at Marine Park, seen earlier this month during the Jazz & Blues Festival, is included in the replacement project.

The agenda for tonight’s bimonthly meeting of the Red Bank mayor and council includes a presentation on the Marine Park bulkhead replacement project that, at last word, was scheduled to begin next month.

Also on the docket: a gay rights resolution; a bid to cut natural gas expenses; a bond increase; and a street renaming.
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POLICE ACTIVITY LOG

rbpd-patrol-webCrime reports provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of June 12 to June 19, 2009. This information appears here unedited.

Shoplifting occurring on 6-12-09 at Monmouth Street. Victim reported that unknown white male in his 50’s shoplifted three pieces of jewelry, a bracelet, ring and necklace Ptl. George Travostino.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 6-12-09 at Wallace St.—residence. Report of door to residence being forced open by unknown person(s) Ptl. Beau Broadley.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 6-13-09 at Marine Park. Victim reported that unknown male subject shattered the rear driver’s side window of parked vehicle with a bottle. Ptl. Heather Pubylski.

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LUAU UNDIMMED BY LEADEN SKIES

Scene’s from Thursday night’s Sunset Luau on the Navesink fundraiser at the Atrium at Navesink Harbor on Riverside Avenue in Red Bank.

The event, formerly known as the Tiki Party, was under a drab sky for the first time in recent memory. But dozens of movers and lei-shakers turned out in island wear to help pay for special events hosted throughout the year by Red Bank RiverCenter, the downtown promotion organization.

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MORANA SEEDS PRESERVATION EFFORT

morana-lauraSuperintendent Laura Morana will give up half her pay raise this year to fund the effort at the Red Bank Primary School.

A push to transform the 17-acre Red Bank Primary School property alongside the upper Navesink River into a nature preserve and learning center is getting financial help from the borough schools superintendent.

Laura Morana has informed the board of education that she’ll to donate half of her scheduled raise in the coming year to the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation, a charitable organization created last fall to pursue the wetland project, according to a foundation press release issued Thursday.

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IN oRBit: PEOPLE FROM YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

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Don’t look now, but some of your neighbors are up to some pretty extraordinary things — and in today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit, we call on a couple of them.
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First, there’s Cara Salimando, a Little Silver resident who’s just finished her junior year at Red Bank Regional and a talented singer-songwriter who’s going to be very visible around area music venues this summer, including two appearances during this weekend’s Wave Gathering festival in Asbury Park. We talk to the 17 year old performer about past influences, future plans — and a little present in the form of a major-label recording contract.

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Next, oRBit docks at River Road Books in Fair Haven, where Rumson resident and veteran sailboat skipper William H. White pays a visit to read from and sign copies of the latest in his series of historical high-sea adventure novels, When Fortune Frowns. It’s a ripping-good read drawn from the controversial circumstances and completely bizarre aftermath of the infamous HMS Bounty mutiny. We chat with the author for a bit of background on Cap’n Bligh and Mr. Christian, an opinionated overview of sailing the Two Rivers, and a tantalizing hint about his next project.

All this plus sexiest TV news anchor Jack Ford, here on the only website that dares to be bullish on bookish people — Red Bank oRBit!

‘O’HERN AVENUE’ COMING TO WEST SIDE

O'hern,danielThe late Daniel J. O’Hern in 2006.

Red Bank’s governing body is expected to vote Monday night on a proposal to add the late Daniel J. O’Hern‘s name to signs marking the street of his upbringing: Locust Avenue.

O’Hern, a former borough mayor and state Supreme Court associate justice, died April 1 at the age of 78.

Mayor Pasquale Menna says town leaders have been searching for an appropriate way to honor O’Hern, and the most obvious was to go to his roots. O’Hern was born on Locust Avenue and spent his formative years there.

He also, Menna says, first won elective office largely on the strength of his neighborhood ties.
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FURLOUGHS UP FOR APPROVAL

menna-052609-2Mayor Pasquale Menna at a council meeting in May.

Red Bank borough employees would be forced to take three unpaid days off by the end of the year under a proposal that’s expected to be discussed at next Monday night’s bimonthly council meeting.

It’s just one in a series of austerity measures being reviewed by officials, says Mayor Pasquale Menna. And it comes just two weeks into a summer program under which most borough employees are being required to work their 40-hour shifts in four days, with Fridays off, in order to save on the costs of cooling borough hall.

“They’re steps that are going to have to be taken,” Menna tells redbankgreen. “Things are not easy.”

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GOLDMAN BOY: ‘I WANT TO STAY IN BRAZIL’

hot-topic1A statement by nine-year-old Sean Goldman to a psychologist has become fodder in the ongoing quest by his biological father to repatriate the boy to his former home in Tinton Falls.

As part of a custody-related examination, Sean told a psychologist on Monday that he wants to stay with his stepfamily in Brazil rather than return to the U.S. with David Goldman, his biological father, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The statement appeared in a transcript of the session that was released yesterday by lawyers for Sean’s stepfather, Joao Paulo Lins e Silva.

In it, Sean tells the psychologist that if he is sent back to New Jersey to be with David Goldman he will “break down totally.”

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WEST SIDE CLEANUP, TOYS FOR SEAN & MORE

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An effort to spruce up the streets of Red Bank’s West Side in April 2008, above, will be reprised this Saturday.

Done3A West Side cleanup effort, a toy drive for a boy at the center of an international custody battle, and several education-related fundraising efforts mark this edition of Done Good.

The cleanup, scheduled for Saturday, June 20, starting at 8a., is the second annual edition of the effort, dubbed “Operation Inasmuch.”
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IN oRBit: NUT IN MY BACK YARD

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Today’s edition of  Red Bank oRBit takes it to Long Branch, a sister city where the backyards of suburbia are being recreated inside the forever-edgy confines of New Jersey Repertory Company.

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Evie’s Waltz is the latest “dark comedy” from the folks on Lower Broadway, and if it’s anything like the other “black comedies” and “comic dramas” we’ve thrilled to there, get ready to check all commonly held preconceptions of “funny” at the door — for this is NJ Rep, a place where killer gags that have ’em rolling in the aisles are often equipped with ample amounts of murder, mayhem and moral turpitude.

We review some of the most potent punch lines in the troupe’s history, and hear from director SuzAnne Barabas as to why this highly anticipated play premiere can be “fun” in its own alienated, sociopathic way.

Kindly set all cell phones to stun and unwrap candies now: it’s showtime over at the smart-set satellite site, Red Bank oRBit!

IN RED BANK, A VIGIL FOR A BOY IN BRAZIL

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A throng of area residents gathered in Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil to express solidarity with David Goldman of Tinton Falls in his quest to repatriate his 9-year-old son Sean from Brazil.

About 125 locals were supplemented by a throng of metro-area media for the informal event, held to mark the fifth anniversary of the day that Sean was taken on vacation by his mother, Bruna, to her native country.

He never returned: she died last year in the midst of a custody battle.

“Obviously, it’s not a joyous day,” Goldman family friend and vigil organizer Mark DeAngelis of Holmdel told the solemn crowd as the sun set over the Navesink River behind him.

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DAL PRA: A FIVE-STAR SEASON

RundownRBR players try to catch a Jackson Liberty player in a rundown in the NJSIAA Group III Central quarterfinal on May 22. The Bucs won and later advanced to the championship game, but came up short of the trophy.

What a season it was for Red Bank Regional sports.

The boy’s baseball team, led by pitching standout Jake Kalish, won the B North division and made it all the way to the NJSIAA Group III Central championship before falling to West Windsor-Plainsboro North. The team also made it to the quarterfinals of the Shore conference tournament. The girls’ softball team also won the B division and made it to the state section semifinals. The girls’ and boys’ lacrosse squads each made it to the state Group III quarterfinals. The boys’ tennis team qualified for both state and Shore conference tournaments for the first time in a long time.

Forty-four-year-old Louis Dal Pra, a Red Bank resident who last fall became the school’s athletic director, isn’t taking the credit. But he wants the local “movers and shakers” to know that RBR, which has had a reputation as something less than a sports powerhouse, is on its game.

redbankgreen bagged del Pra recently for a recap interview. We sat in the golf cart he uses to get around the RBR campus, and which he positioned strategically so he could keep his eye on a baseball game while talking.

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IN oRBit: FUNNY, YOU DON’T LOOK TABOO-ISH

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Today’s edition of  Red Bank oRBit takes it outside the borough borders in search of a certain vibe — a vibe that can pretty much only be experienced inside the storefronts of Asbury Park’s Cookman Avenue “Arts Block.”

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It’s there where the proprietors of The Showroom mini-movie house have joined forces with “Juicy Jenn” Hampton and company at the Parlor Gallery for a weekend’s worth of erotically themed entertainments and enlightenments — highlighted by the opening of the Parlor’s new offering La Petite Mort: A Collection of Erotica.

It’s a weekend that actually begins Wednesday night, as Jenn is your guest-curator host for a special screening of  Passion and Power, a documentary film that connects the history of the handy-dandy vibrator with the ongoing struggle for sexual freedom and personal privacy. Friday sees a sneak preview of the Parlor show, with a special live presentation at The Showroom by two of the most acclaimed photographers of the nude human form — Ellen Stagg (pictured) and Vivienne Maracevic.

From there, we take it over to the Axelrod Performing Arts Center in Deal, where actor, singer and storyteller Avi Hoffman makes a tour de force three-day stand — this Thursday, Friday and Sunday — performing all three of his one-man shows in his Too Jewish series. You don’t have to be Jewish, the entertainer tells Dorothy Creamer, to “get” this marathon mix of music, comedy, personal history and folklore — but there’s lots to love and learn and laugh about in this “total celebration of Jewish culture.”

A little something for everyone, you bet, in the pixelated pages of Red Bank oRBit!

PAW TRAFFIC UP ON MONMOUTH STREET

pawpalaceDana Ujobagy’s Paw Palace has completed its move from Red Bank’s West Front Street to 16 Monmouth Street, the home of art galleries for the past 25 years.

Above, groomer Renee Weber of Aberdeen gives Rocky, a Yorkshire Terrier, a trim in the large grooming area at the back of the food and accessories boutique.

POLICE INVESTIGATING MAN’S DEATH

just_inRed Bank police and Monmouth County authorities are looking into the cause of death of a 32-year-old borough man whose body was found in the White Street municipal parking lot Sunday night.

Homicide has been ruled out as the cause of death of the Leighton Avenue resident, whose name is being withheld out of respect for his family, said Capt. Steve McCarthy.

Authorities have not ruled out suicide, he said.

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A QUICK RACE, THEN A QUICK EXIT

About 2,500 runners, walkers and wheelchair racers participated in a series of events culminating in with the five-mile George Sheehan Classic in Red Bank Saturday morning. That’s up about 200 from last year, race organizer Phil Hinck tells redbankgreen.

And the event keeps getting more efficient. This was the first time that the race used a timing system in which every runner attached a chip to his or her shoe for dead-on accurate timing. That eliminated stacking of runners in finishing chutes; this year, they could breeze through and keep going without having someone swipe the barcodes on their race bibs.

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IN oRBit: FROM BCC TO SALTY SEA

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As promised, today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit has a full interview with Siobhan Fallon Hogan, the familiar film/ TV actress (and Rumson mom) who’s soon to start filming a new project with Jennifer Aniston, at locations that are set to include Monmouth Park Racetrack.

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Before that, however, Siobhan has a little treat in store for hometurf audiences: a first look at The Salty Sea PTA, a one-woman/ ten-characters show that the writer and star will be presenting for just two performances only at Two River Theater this weekend. We talk to the busy parent and performer about the real-life origins of the show — and settle once and for all the burning question of which town Salty Sea is standing in for!

That’s hardly the only piece of original theater drawn from Jersey Shore lore, however. Down at  Brookdale Community College‘s satellite facility in Long Branch, BCC faculty member Darrell Lawrence Willis is getting ready to present the second annual Juneteenth Urban Arts Festival, a six-day celebration of African American words and music that features the contributions of, among many others, Frank Talk‘s Gilda Rogers and the cheerfully ubiquitous Lorraine Stone. Only oRBit brings you the full rundown on the schedule of events — along with a sneak peek at Ivory for Ebony, a new domestic drama (by Kevin Eugene Franklin of Long Branch) set against the Asbury Park riots of 1968.

From city streets on fire to a private-school bake sale, Red Bank oRBit saves you a seat, right on the aisle!

TRUCKIN’ IN FAIR HAVEN

Fair Havenites gathered at the borough firehouse on Saturday for a ‘wetdown,’ the official welcome of Engine 1375, the volunteer fire department‘s first new fire truck since 1981. It’s been in service for 14 months now.

The event drew curious firefighters from around the region, not to mention some delighted kids of various ages.

Here are some pix showing the truck’s assembly.

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WRITER QUESTIONS FUNERAL DETAIL

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Here’s our second winner in this new feature, which aims to spotlight reader comments posted in redbankgreen that say something well, whether or not we agree with the substance of the post.

This week’s selection appeared below an article reporting that Red Bank officials are mulling the possibility of making government employees take three unpaid days off by the end of the year. Posted by ‘notsureanymore,’ it drew a mix of support and rejection, with one poster calling it “petty” and another labeling it “disrepectful.”

I understand belt tightening.  I am living it personally. That said, can someone please explain the need this past weekend for the posting of police on rt 35/Riverside Dr for the viewing of ex mayor McKenna’s departed wife….rest her soul in peace.

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POLICE BLOTTER

call-in-the-authoritiesCrime reports provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of June 5 to June 12, 2009. This information appears here unedited.

Theft occurring at W. Bergen Place on 6-6-09. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole a granite lawn statute from yard. Ptl. Dawn Shields.
Theft reported on 6-9-09 at Morford Place—apartment. Victim reported that a diamond bracelet was stolen from the residence. Ptl. David Hicks.

Criminal Mischief occurring between 6-10-09 and 6-11-09 at Broad St. business. Victim reported unknown person(s) defaced the side of the building with graffiti. Ptl. Thomas Doremus.
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OWNER VOWING TO REBUILD BOWLING ALLEY

img_6246-2Firefighters attach a hose to a hydrant near the corner of Newman Springs Road and Broad Street while the bowling alley burns in the distance.

Memory Bowling owner Alex Melamuduv tells the Asbury Park Press that he intends to rebuild the Shrewsbury facility, which was reduced to ashes in a June 5 fire.

In article published in Sunday’s edition, Melamuduv also recounts how he discovered the fire above a drop ceiling while a birthday party was underway at the alley.

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VIGIL FOR BOY’S RETURN PLANNED

david_sean_230Supporters of David Goldman‘s quest to repatriate his 9-year-old son from Brazil are planning a vigil in Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park Tuesday evening.

The one-hour event is one of four scheduled — the others being in New York, Chicago and Washington — to mark the fifth anniversary of what Goldman backers refer to as Sean Goldman’s “abduction” by his now-dead mother.

In an email, organizers affiliated with the Bring Sean Home website say the vigil is “to commemorate the day and draw attention not only to the Sean Goldman case, but to all of the other cases of international parental child abduction worldwide.”

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FIRE VICTIM CRITICALLY BURNED

shrewsbury-fire-5-061209Firefighters backlighted by the blaze after they broke through the roof to vent this morning’s fire.

A Shrewsbury man is in critical condition at St. Barnabas Medical Center‘s burn treatment unit following an early morning fire Friday, the second to hit the same house and family in 15 years, authorities say.

A family member tells redbankgreen that 28-year-old Matt Accera has burns over 50 percent of his body.

Meanwhile, investigators have ruled out lightning as the cause of the blaze, which was reported at 1:24a, at the height of a thunderstorm, says Shrewsbury Fire Chief Pete Gibson. He said the origin appears to be household in nature, but the investigation is not complete.
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