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4 SALE: HOUSE WHERE ‘BORN’ WAS BORN

springsteenThe West End cottage where Bruce Springsteen — seen above outside the Count Basie Theatre in 2008 —  wrote ‘Born to Run’ is for sale.

Rbo_3bIt’s tiny little shotgun-style cottage near the beach where a hungry young Bruce Springsteen wrote his career-making third LP, ‘Born to Run.’

Now, a fan with a hungry heart — and a spare $299,000 — can lay claim to the deed.

The storied cottage in the West End section of Long Branch where Springsteen wrote ‘Born to Run,” “Thunder Road” and “Backstreets” is up for sale.

redbankgreen‘s sibling site, Red Bank oRBit, has the exclusive details.

IN oRBit: SOMETHING TO CROW ABOUT

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Perhaps only your cynical pals at Red Bank oRBit can look at something as festive as the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair and call it “summer’s sweetly sadistic endgame,” but there you have it. The ferris wheel of life has cycled back ’round again, and as we remind you in today’s dispatch, one of the surest signifiers of the summertime SADS is making its six-day stand tonight through Saturday.

Also on the agenda in the early contractions of Labor Day Weekend: the second coming of the Counting Crows in their Count Basie fundraiser, re-scheduled from last week when Number One Crow Adam Duritz (above) took ill. This plus what looks to be the premature end of the concert season at PNC Bank Arts Center, plus a jolly new beginning for veteran Jersey radio personality Judi Franco. We’ve got the pertinent details on all these, and more.

Then tune in tomorrow, when we give you a first look at some exciting things going on in the weeks following Labor Day — including the return of a pretty amazing film series, a major celebrity photo retrospective, a visit from Darryl Strawberry and lots more — only, for now, in Red Bank oRBit!

SUMMER MAY END ON SUNNY NOTE

sea-bright-sunriseSunrise over Sea Bright this morning, as seen from Chapel Beach Club. The cheeky message on the lifeguard stand is premature, at best. (Click to enlarge)

Let’s hope the weather forecasters have this one right.

They’re predicting one mild, sunshiney day after another as we head into the final week of unofficial summer. And after the soaking this region took this season, it seems well-earned, doesn’t it?

Here’s the day-by-day outlook from the National Weather Service:

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RED BANK POLICE BLOTTER

patrol-carsCrime reports provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of August 21 to August 28, 2009. This information appears here unedited.

Theft occurring at White Street on 8-19-09. Owner of restaurant reported that unknown person(s) stole cash from register and safe. Ptl. David Smith.

Theft occurring on 8-21-09 at Broad St. parking lot. Victim reported that unknown person(s) entered parked vehicle and took black vinyl bag containing cash and medications. Ptl. David Smith.

Theft occurring at South Pearl St. between 7-22-09 and 8-7-09. Victim reported that unknown person stole a push lawnmower from garage. Ptl. Robert Campanella.

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A VISIT WITH RED BANK’S YARD SALE MAVEN

img_037720090813Lonnie Gordon admires the chandelier in her Leighton Avenue home, one of many treasures found over decades of scouring yard sales.

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Have you visited redbankgreen‘s dedicated web page for the upcoming Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale?

Today we’ve updated the exclusive source of information about the September 12 bargainfest with a feature about Lonnie Gordon, a Red Banker we’ve dubbed the town’s ‘yard sale maven.’

Here’s a taste:

Pay a visit to Gordon’s 17-room house on Leighton Avenue in Red Bank, and prepare to get a curated view of her second-hand treasures. A mahogany writing table ($40). A set of wineglasses ($2). An electric skillet ($7) that she calls “the best damn thing I ever bought.”

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WIRE PROBLEM SNAFUS TRAIN SCHEDULE

just_in[Update: As of 9:23a, NJT reports that the overhead wire problem near Red Bank has been ‘resolved.’]

New Jersey Transit is reporting train delays of up to an hour in both directions on the North Jersey Coast Line this morning.

The cause cited in an online alert is an “overhead wire problem near Red Bank.”

NJT and Academy buses are cross-honoring all coast line tickets and passes this morning, the agency reports.
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FUN HAVEN, IF DANNY STAYS AWAY

fhfair21Views of the setup at the Fair Haven Fire Department for the fair that runs through Saturday, September 5. (Click to enlarge)

Swirling rides and music to match. Chowder. Conviviality.

The annual small-town tradition known as the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair gets underway tonight, staking its usual claim to the week leading up to Labor Day.

Tonight, that is, as long as Danny keeps his distance.

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PRESS: HOLT HAS TIGHT REIN ON TOWN HALL

hot-topic1Congressman Rush Holt‘s town hall meeting on federal health coverage in Middletown Wednesday was a less raucous affair than the one held the night before in Red Bank by his House colleague, Frank Pallone Jr., today’s Asbury Park Press reports.

One reason: Holt held his in the 258-seat Middletown Arts Center. Another: Boy Scouts. The 12-district Democrat refused to take oral questions and instead had people write theirs down and drop them in boxes. Boy Scouts then chose the questions for Holt, according to the Press.

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RED BANK SUMMER CAMP GAINS MOMENTUM

play-ballChildren chasing a ball during summer camp at the Red Bank Middle School last month. (Click to enlarge)

After two years of tweaking, an initiative to keep Red Bank kids active and mentally engaged hit its stride this summer, parents and officials say.

For parents, the Summer Enrichment and Recreational Program that ended August 14 had an added benefit: the price, which dropped this year to $75 per child, from up to $300 last year.

That included a half-day of classwork, recreation, field trips and, for some students, two meals a day. And thanks to the juggling of grant monies, Superintendent Laura Morana says the program, based at the middle school, had zero direct impact on taxpayers.

“It was a matter of being quite creative” with funds from several streams, including the federal No Child Left Behind effort and state 21st Century Community Service grants, she said.

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IN oRBit: BIRTHDAY BOY BLUES

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Just as having a computer makes everyone an expert on everything, so it seems that surviving this far into 2009 makes ’em all think they know what it’s like to Live the Blues.

Well, today’s Red Bank oRBit takes it straight to the source, to a guy who eats Blues for breakfast, brunch — and birthday dinner.

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If you’ve spent any time in and around the upstanding establishments of the local music scene, you know Billy Hector (right) as a veteran of 30-plus years in the bands and barrooms of the Jersey Shore rough and tumble — an affable guitar god who speaks friendly and carries a ferocious axe attack. You’ve seen him play the strong persuader at nightspots like The Downtown, launch fireworks into the night at the Jazz & Blues Festival, and act the musical ambassador at venues up and down the east coast.

This Saturday, Hector celebrates his birthday with a big gig at the equally historic Wonder Bar in Asbury — and we’ve got an exclusive chat with the man, in which he expounds on everything from roots influences and missing friends, to new tricks and Powerpuff Girls.

It’s all there, with more picks to click coming for the weekend, only in Red Bank oRBit.

SLEDGER TOWN HALL VIDEO

Here’s Star-Ledger video reporter Andre Malok’s takeaway from Tuesday night’s town hall meeting of federal healthcare reform, held at the Red Bank Middle School.

An Asbury Park Press video is here.

If you missed it, here’s the redbankgreen article.

IN oRBit: NOT JUST FOR DOG EARS

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Submitted for your approval: today’s Red Bank oRBit brings you one Josh L. Lachowicz, by day a veterinary oncologist at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital, where the families of his patients call him “Dr. Josh.”

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At night, Dr. Josh becomes Joshua Louis (right) — singer, songwriter and keyboard player whose latest CD My Special Friend is a benefit project for the Save U.S. Pets Foundation. The artist is more than happy to offer his original music for human consumption as well, and in coming evenings present two opportunities to hear him showcasing his songs in public, deep in the heart of Red Bank.

We’ve got the details on the Doc’s doings downtown, along with an exclusive interview in which Josh opens up about influences, emotional workdays and personal paths — only here in oRBit.

HOSTILE CROWD SHOUTS DOWN PALLONE

img_1265-2With the auditorium inside already packed, a crowd of more than 1,000 people snaked around the front yard of the Red Bank Middle School awaiting its turn inside. Three consecutive seatings were required to accommodate the turnout, with the final session beginning at around 10:30p.

Some came to yell ‘Get a job’ at their congressman. One came to ask him if he was a communist. Another spent $14 on a cab ride from Middletown to declare her own candidacy for his seat, on the platform of “if everybody gave up meat and chicken, people wouldn’t get sick.”

In the aggregate, most of the 1,300 people who swamped Tuesday night’s forum on a proposed federal health insurance plan came to vent their anger over the plan’s expense and expected impact on their continued access to quality medical services.

Through it all, sixth-district Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., a Democrat, stood his ground on the auditorium stage at the Red Bank Middle School, unwavering in his defense of the plan.

“I don’t believe that the majority are opposed to this,” he said, speaking of his own constituents, prompting one of many cascades of boos heard over the course of three seatings.

img_1515-2Attendees pro and con on health insurance reform tried to out-sing each other on ‘God Bless America’ prior to the start of the second session.
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GROOM TAKES THE CAKE

hot-topic1This just in from the Asbury Park Press: the groom at a wedding reception held over the weekend at McLoone’s Rum Runner in Sea Bright was arrested during the soiree for wigging out on a relative.

Have at it, folks:

Jeffrey Vaccaro, 38, of Chantilly Road in Manalapan, was taken into custody Friday night after he repeatedly threatened and tried to fight his own uncle, Chief William S. Moore said.

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IN oRBit: THREE ON THE FRINGE

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Today’s Red Bank oRBit takes you to the outer-limits fringe of the local orbit — all the way to NYC, where the 13th annual edition of the New York International Fringe Festival is in full effect on a motley panorama of off-off-Broadway stages.

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We’re depositing you on the Fringe because a trio of  creative locals are among the playwrights who’ve worked hard to get their work seen within the forum that gave the world the left-field smash Urinetown. One of them, Middletown’s own Mary Lynn Dobson (right), is directing a new production of her funny 10-person ensemble piece that satirizes the petty egos, blown cues and wardrobe malfunctions of community theater — a little thing called Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van.

Then there are Long Branch guys Brian Breen and Michael Chartier, whom you’ve encountered here before as authors of an entertainment called  Far Out! The New Sci-Fi Musical Comedy. As we explain, it’s a 1950s-style tunefest that involves good girls, bad scientists, greasers, mind-controlling commies from space and the Supreme Eyeball.

Hey, they laughed at Urinetown too. In fact, they still do. That’s kind of the point, and you’ll find the details you need right here, in the Nth dimension of planet oRBit!

TIME TO PUT THE CHAMPAGNE ON ICE?

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Red Bank officials say they’re now about a month away from tearing down the West Sunset Avenue incinerator stack that has stood as a reminder of the town’s garbage-burning past for several decades.

The town council last night approved a $195,342 contract under which a demolition firm, Nacirema Environmental Services, will remove the stack and the incinerator building at its base.

The Bayonne company won the contact after a sealed-bid process, officials said.

Passage of a resolution approving the deal was cause for cheer among members of the governing body at their bimonthly meeting.

“I’m supposed to bring the champagne” to the demolition, said Mayor Pasquale Menna.

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TAPPING SURPLUS HALVES TAX INCREASE

taxesAn increase in Red Bank property taxes for the current fiscal year is expected to be cut in half next month.

The change depends on the outcome of a borough council vote scheduled for September 8, when a proposal to siphon $270,000 in surplus money from the water utility and the general fund will be discussed.

If approved, the move would cut the tax increase on the a borough residence assessed at the average $407,000 to $67 for the year, down from an anticipated $133, borough CFO Frank Mason tells redbankgreen.

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FAIR HAVEN OKS RIVERFRONT LAND BUY

fh-williams-house2The longtime Williams family estate, seen looking north on DeNormandie Avenue toward the river.

As expected, the borough of Fair Haven took a big step toward the water last night, approving the purchase of private property for what is envisioned as a small riverfront park, today’s Asbury Park Press reports.

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TWO VIEWS ON ‘OBAMACARE’

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The national debate on healthcare insurance flooded redbankgreen‘s comments section last week, providing an abundance of strong candidates for this week’s spotlight.

The back-and-forth was spirited and civil, and perhaps surprisingly, not completely partisan. But there was no mistaking the passions on the various sides, including several commenters who called for less partisanship.

We’re splitting the ideological baby by making two selections for this edition of Comment of the Week.

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IN oRBit: PADDLING AROUND MANHATTAN

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Today’s Red Bank oRBit brings you the data on some high-profile midweek concerts, including a benefit for the Count Basie Theatre restoration project starring Counting Crows — in addition to an oddball fundraising event that’s likely taking shape even as you read these words.

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Organized by  Surfers’ Environmental Alliance (SEA) and its exec director, Sea Bright’s Andrew Mencinsky, the third annual SEA Paddle NYC assembles some of the world’s best known surfers, along with an allstar field of waveriding figures from entertainment and business, for a lap around the island of Manhattan — a total distance of 28 miles — on stand-up paddle boards.

It’s a benefit on behalf of autism-awareness organizations like Surfers Healing and Autism Speaks — and this year’s VIPs include SEA board member and Monmouth Beach extreme sports celeb Darian Boyle (pictured), plus SEA veep Darrick Doerner, surf legends Garrett McNamara and Izzy Paskowitz, and Baywatch actor David Chokachi. Then there’s Red Bank restaurateur Jamian LaViola, who offers some thoughts on his participation (and a way for all of us to get involved) right here.

We’re taking the scenic route up the foothills of the midweek hump, in the pixelated pages of Red Bank oRBit.

THEFTS, VANDALISM DOMINATE BLOTTER

rbpd-patchCrime reports provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of August 14, to August 21, 2009. This information appears here unedited.

Theft occurring at E. Newman Springs Rd. on 8-14-09. Victim reported that she left her wallet in shopping cart, came back to retrieve same and it was missing. Wallet contained cash and credit cards. Sgt. Frank Bitsko.

Theft occurring on 8-14-09 at Riverside Ave. Victim reported that unknown subject removed cash from wallet which was in a purse in an office. Ptl. Dawn Shields.

Criminal Mischief occurring at Linden Place on 8-15-09. Victim witnessed an unknown male Hispanic subject walk by parked vehicle and break off rear windshield wiper. Ptl. Thomas Doremus.

Theft occurring on 8-17-09 at Monmouth St. Owner reported that unknown person(s) stole six aluminum empty kegs from outside of business. Ptl. James DePonte.

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BAKED, NOT FRIED, MAKES FOR THE CRABBIEST

red-2Red Bank’s Red restaurant came out on top at the Star-Ledger’s Munchmobile Crab Cake Festival and Shore Chef Cook-Off at Monmouth Park Sunday.

Red’s crab cake was selected as the best by judges at the day-long festival, the paper reports on nj.com, its website.

From the article:

“It’s definitely a surprise,” Dominic Giuliano, corporate chef for Park/South Hospitality, of which Red is one of five restaurants. “We didn’t have the biggest food line all weekend, but we thought all along we had the best crab cake.”

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THREE ARRESTED IN WEST SIDE BEAT-DOWN

just_inRed Bank police have arrested three juveniles on charges they viciously attacked an 18-year-old borough man late Tuesday night.

The suspects — borough residents aged 15, 16 and 17 — are in custody in the Monmouth County Youth Detention Facility, according to police Capt. Steve McCarthy. Their names were not released.

The victim remains hospitalized at Riverview Medical Center with head trauma, McCarthy said.

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