‘2048’ EQUALS $30,000 FOR RBMS FILMMAKERS

2048-rockA poster in the reception area of the Red Bank Middle School honors the school’s placement in the national competition.

Following up on our story from May 15, we can now report that the Red Bank Middle School video program is $30,000 richer in technology thanks to its third-place finish in a national filmmaking competition.

“We took the bronze, winning over $30,000 in Sony gear and software,” arts & culture instructor Chris Ippolito tells redbankgreen in an email. “Needless to say, we are all ecstatic and can’t wait to put our winnings to work during the next school year.” Read More »

CAB INVOLVED IN ACCIDENT

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A taxicab ended up on the sign island in front of Strollo’s Lighthouse at North Bridge and Shrewsbury avenues in Red Bank Wednesday evening after a two-vehicle accident. Details about the crash and the extent of injuries, if any, were not immediately available from police. (Photo courtesy of Bill Day)

BOROUGH DEMS SNUBBED ON OBAMA VISIT?

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A pair of Marine Corps helicopters rehearsed Tuesday at Holmdel High School for the arrival of President Obama on Thursday. The aircraft are designated as Marine One only when the president is aboard. (Photo courtesy of Manny Carabel)

Red Bank may be a shining beacon for Democrats in heavily Republican Monmouth County, but the party’s most faithful could be stuck at home watching President Obama on television when he appears less than a dozen miles away in Holmdel on Thursday.

redbankgreen has learned that arrangements for two busloads of local Dems who had hoped to be part of the Obama lovefest were canceled earlier this week by the re-election campaign of Gov. Jon Corzine.

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IN oRBit: BLINK, AND YOU’LL MISS IT


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Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit takes a short trip over to the baybreeze-kissed waterfront walkways of the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina, where this Saturday the Bayshore borough plays host to a uniquely arty cultural offering — one that’s nonetheless described by us as “more Mayberry than Manhattan.”

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Presented outdoors with an “old-fashioned hometown party” that features strolling jugglers, free popcorn and contests galore, the first-ever FilmOneFest brings together dozens of film and video works from creative folks based everywhere from Monmouth County to Eastern Europe — the hook being that every one of the featured flicks (such as Blink, a frame of which is pictured at right, by local student Connor Hughes) is no more than sixty seconds in length, “including titles and credits.”

Check Red Bank oRBit for the up-to-the-minute rundown on the fast-film fun, including Sunday’s awards reception and rainy-day contingency plan. Then look to The Orb for daily reminders of free outdoor screenings, library film discussions, special events at area moviehouses and the ongoing events in the Jersey Shore Film Festival. It’s all here, cinemaphiles, from the full-frame aspect ratio to the spaces between the sprockets.

WHALE DOES ANOTHER SEA BRIGHT SWIM-BY

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Children in the surf at the borough’s public beach this morning.

For at least the third time in little more than a week, a whale was sighted off the beach at Sea Bright this morning, witnesses tell redbankgreen.

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STAPLES TO LAND IN RED BANK’S IN-BOX

staples-broad-stThe big-box retailer will lease a space less than a quarter the size of its average store at 137-139 Broad Street.

Rcsm2_010508Staples Inc., the big-box office supply retailer, is coming to Red Bank.

But the giant seller of everything from pens to desktop computers won’t be opening one of its warehouse-sized stores here. Instead, it’ll be trying out a relatively new micro store, dubbed Staples Copy & Print, that will feature the services of the print shops in the big-box Staples plus the top 1,000 items available on their shelves.

Jay Herman, principal of site owner Downtown Investors LLC, tells redbankgreen that Staples has signed a lease for 4,000 square feet at 137-139 Broad Street, three doors up from the intersection of Harding Road.

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FOR O’HERN, A NOMINAL STREET RENAMING

hot-topicRed Bank’s Locust Avenue won’t be legally renamed for the late Daniel J. O’Hern after all.

Instead, under the terms of an ordinance approved by the borough council last night, the street will undergo a ceremonial renaming in honor of the late mayor and state Supreme Court associate justice, who grew up on Locust.

That suits Locust Avenue residents just fine.

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UM, HEY, WAIT…

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redbankgreen‘s accidental photographer came across this little fella, apparently calling out to the kid who left it behind, at the corner of Broad Street (Route 35) and Monroe Avenue in Shrewsbury yesterday.

COUNCIL BIZ, JULY 13, 2009

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Some items from Monday night’s bimonthly meeting of the Red Bank Council:

The council honored this year’s teachers of the year at local schools. They are:

Red Bank Primary School: Karen Gerber

Red Bank Middle School: Damian Medina

Red Bank Regional High: Cassandra Dorn

Red Bank Charter School: Brenda Conni

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IN oRBit: (WAY) OFF, OFF, OFF BROADWAY

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Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit is a  smorgasbord for all of you culture vultures who like to take in a bit of live theater every now and then — with no less than four new shows opening in and around Red Bank this coming weekend, and a couple of others that are offering up their final performances at the same time.

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We’ll take you to the Count Basie Theatre, where the borough’s own Phoenix Productions stages its first-ever production of the Mel Brooks howler The Producers (right) and its infamous show-within-a-show, Springtime for Hitler. Meanwhile, down at the scrappy storefront stage of the Eatontown Playhouse, local impresarios Debby and Mike Schwartz are rolling out a newly made-over version of their original musical, a little item called Diamonds at 22 West.

Over at the Duncan Smith Theatre in Holmdel, comedy specialist Gary Shaffer directs and co-stars in a promising production of the funny play The Foreigner — and down at Monmouth University‘s famously haunted Woods Theatre, the Shadow Lawn Stage series concludes with the fine Irish playwright Conor McPherson‘s drama of ghosts and psychic baggage, Shining City.

Stick with us, kid, and it’ll be aisle seats and hors d’oeuvres all the way — only when you roll with that most discerning arbiter of taste, Red Bank oRBit!

FAIR HAVEN TO SEEK GREEN ACRES FUNDS

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Residents of DeNormandie Avenue have raised traffic and parking concerns about the proposed conversion of the riverfront residence to a park.

In response to concerns raised by neighbors, Fair Haven officials last night put off voting on a plan to fund the $1.2 million purchase of a one-acre parcel on the Navesink River, according to a report in today’s Asbury Park Press.

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REALTOR PLANS RETAIL SHOWCASE

corinthian-cove-from-dock-6Corinthian Cove’s one unsold unit will display merchandise from Red Bank retailers for two months. (Photo courtesy of Susan McLaughlin)

She’s got a big, empty house on the Navesink she’d like to sell.

They’ve got everything from bars of soap to dining room furniture that they’d like to move — not to mention an image of being part of an overpriced downtown they’d like to water down.

Seeing an opportunity, a local real estate agent is pairing her needs with those of Red Bank retailers in the hope that good things happen for all.

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IN oRBit: WRECKLESS IN LOVE & AT WORK


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Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit takes it down to Asbury Park, where later this week the inimitable Asbury Lanes hosts one of the most unexpected personal and professional partnerships to come down the pike in a long time — the delightfully off-center union of Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby.

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Longtime fans of each would be able to peg him as the punk-era UK songwriter best known for his snotnosed romantic anthem “(I’d Go) The Whole Wide World,” and her as the sweetly cynical American singer-songwriter behind such cult-fave albums as Diary of a Mod Housewife. Together they’re teaming up to fight crime, or at least the kind of crime that occurs when music itself grows brittle and fragmented, and artists (plus fans) get mired in old habits and expectations.

Rest assured, our editor finds the duo’s debut disc to be all the defense of marriage you’ll ever need, and we look ahead to Thursday’s local appearance with an exclusive two-fer interview you’ll find nowhere else but here in oRBital space.

TWO WEEKS WORTH OF MISCHIEF

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This installment of our regular Red Bank crime wrapup includes two weeks of police reports instead of the usual one. As always, the information below was supplied by the Red Bank Police Department and appears here unedited.

Week of June 26 to July 3, 2009

Criminal Mischief occurring Riverside Ave. between 6-27-09 and 6-28-09. Victim reported that unknown person(s) broke the windshield wiper arm off of vehicle. Ptl. David Hicks.

Criminal Mischief occurring in Marine Park on 6-28-09. Report of a port-a-john being knocked over on to its side by unknown person(s). Ptl. George Travostino.

Criminal Mischief occurring on Oakland St. on 6-28-09. A Latino male was seen breaking a lamp attached to a restaurant and knocking over temporary stop signs at the intersection and breaking sand bags. Ptl. Paul Perez.

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IN oRBit: THREE GETS YOU FIFTEEN

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What to do this weekend, nightlife-wise?

Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit compiles a sparkling array of choices. Fifteen, in fact — five per day, ranging from an open-air (weather allowing, of course) staging of ‘MacBeth’ in Lincroft to the plugging in of a ‘soundscape collage’ show in an Asbury Park art gallery (seen at right).

In between: classic cars and indoor theater in Long Branch; street music, park music and poetry in Red Bank; back to Asbury for some movies…

We’ve got your weekend mapped out for you right here.

GANNETT PAPERS LAY OFF 125 MORE

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In the latest of a series of staff-shrinking moves, the parent company of the Asbury Park Press has laid off 125 employees at its six New Jersey newspapers.

Virginia-based Gannett Co., the media giant whose flagship is USA Today, did not detail how many workers from each of the satellites were let go beginning late Wednesday and continuing yesterday.

There’s no word yet about the impact on Red Bank-area coverage. The Press, which in decades past had fully-staffed news bureaus in Red Bank and, later, Middletown, has a single reporter, Larry Higgs, who divides his time covering Red Bank, Fair Haven and state transportation isssues.

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IN oRBit: STILL TALKIN’ WITH HIS TONGUE

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Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit takes it to the river, even halfway around the world, to introduce you to a couple of guys — one an old familiar face, the other a creative young upstart — who are delivering some intriguing words and music within borough borders this weekend.

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While most folks know veteran singer-songwriter (and part-time Monmouth County resident) Steve Forbert for his smash 1979 hit “Romeo’s Tune,” the Grammy-nominated folk-rock master has been a favorite of area audiences for decades now. So it makes sense that Brookdale Community College’s listener-supported radio station  90.5 The Night turned to him to kick off their summer series of free Songwriters in the Park concerts in Riverside Gardens. Dorothy Creamer interviewed Forbert in advance of Friday night’s show — an exclusive chat in which we find out, among other things, why he’s taken to writing songs on leaves.

This weekend also marks the inaugural event in the Frank Talk Reading Series — a monthly offering organized by Middletown poet/ Merchant Marine John Petrolino and presented at Gilda Rogers‘ pleasing literary salon on Shrewsbury Avenue. We talk to the veteran ship’s engineer about life on a vessel parked off the western coast of Africa — and why he likens himself to a Death Star contractor.

The quirkiest characters in town are stopping by our table to talk — and you can join us, all week long, in Red Bank oRBit .

TRIO INDICTED IN RED BANK DOUBLE MURDER

SuspectsIndicted in the February 10 slayings were, from left, alleged gunman Antonio  ‘Mingo’ Suarez-Perez; Samson Theodore ‘Freedom’ Hearn; and Eric Joel ‘Pun’ Figueras.

Three men were indicted by a  grand jury Wednesday in the slayings of two others on Red Bank’s Locust Avenue last February, the Monmouth County announced yesterday.

Antonio Suarez-Perez, 21, and Eric Figueras, 25, both of Red Bank, were charged with first degree murder. Samson Hearn, 27, of Fair Haven, was charged with felony murder. All three were charged with armed robbery. Each faces a minimum 30 years in prison if convicted.

Monmouth County Prosecutor Luis Valentin called the slayings of 26-year-old Sidney Wakefield of Long Branch and 23-year-old Joseph Fann — previously identified as a Red Bank resident, and now said to be of Middletown —”senseless acts of violence for which these three men must now face justice.”

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IN oRBit: GETTING JAZZED & FUNNY

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lainiekazanIn today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit, we give our regards to Broad Street, where jazzbo professor  Joe Muccioli has moved his Summer Jazz Café series to the comfy-cozy confines of Bob Guido’s River’s Edge Café. We’ll give you the rundown on what to expect there in the weeks to come (including the “SamBop” stylings of Claudio Roditi this weekend), with our patented insight and savvy musings

Also today, we revisit the folks at ReVision Theatre Company in Asbury Park. The city-based professional stage troupe is getting ready to present its annual benefit show at the Paramount this weekend — and this one-shot production of Funny Girl promises to be a doozy, with a male actor in the Streisand part, a supporting cast of Broadway veterans and the inimitable Lainie Kazan (pictured) as special guest star.

As always, it’s stuff you’ll find only in the way-out precincts of Red Bank oRBit.

KABOOM! BUDGET GAP GONE

kick-in-kaboomersYellow-shirted KaBoom volunteers making their way through the crowd at Riverside Gardens Park last Friday evening. That’s KaBoom vice chairman Charles Moran at left.

Visitors to the latest Kaboom Fireworks on the Navesink show kicked in $12,000 toward the cost of the event Friday night.

Organizers say that sum, collected by volunteers working the Red Bank crowd with bright yellow pails, is just about enough to close the gap of about $15,000 needed to put this year’s edition in the black.

With mail-in and online donations still coming in, “I think we’re there,” event chairman Peter Reinhart tells redbankgreen.

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