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IN oRBit: BOUNCING INTO NEXT WEEK

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If there’s an extra bounce in our step over at our satellite arts ‘n entertainment site Red Bank oRBit, it might be due to the fact that we’re poised to take a few days off to catch our breath, catch up with some backlogged tasks and otherwise catch grief for having ignored our holiday commitments til the last minute. Or, it could be that we’re pleased to offer you an exclusive feature (accompanied by some fine original images by ace rock photog Mike Black) on The Bouncing Souls, the Brunswick-bred but Shore-based band that’s almost surreptitiously become an exponentially expanding cultural phenom like few others.

With 20 years of punkrock fury under their belts and a hotly anticipated new release about to drop, the band returns to Asbury Park this weekend for its annual Home for the Holidays stand of concerts — an event that’s grown to an unprecedented FOUR sold-out nights at the Stone Pony, plus TWO separate tour documentaries screening at Asbury’s Showroom, AND a pair of after-party blasts at the inimitable Asbury Lanes. It’s the biggest thing (arguably the ONLY thing) happening around these parts in the days and nights between Christmas and New Year’s.

In today’s edition, Dustin Racioppi talks to Bouncing guitarist and all-around Old Soul Pete (The Pete) Steinkopf (above) about the happy and totally unforeseen circumstances that brought the band to its present perch — a Jersey cult following status that, Racioppi says without hyperbole, rivals only that of The Boss and The Misfits. With a run that extends through next Tuesday, December 29, the Souls are a fitting way to bounce ourselves clear into next week, when we’ll return, right back where you found us, in Red Bank oRBit!

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COFFEE & WILDLIFE
RED BANK: The best wildlife show in town can be taken in from a waterfront bench outside the public library, and it's totally free.
FAWNING OVER HER BABY
A mother deer and her fawn were spotted between a row of garages on Hudson Avenue and some trees alongside the Broad Street parking lots. Re ...
EVENING ESCAPE
RED BANK: Sailors in Monmouth Boat Club's weekly racing series found tranquil conditions on the Navesink River Tuesday evening.
PEAK COLOR ON BROAD
RED BANK: A year after they were installed, downtown mini gardens have added to "transformational" improvements, says business owner.
RED BANK: FAIRIES MOVE IN ON WHITE STREET
Red Bank: Girl scouts turns tiny parking lot plot of dirt into a "magical girls sparkle garden."
TRAINING UNDER FIRE
RED BANK: Volunteer firefighters train to cut into pitched roofs under active fire conditions.
“SUPERMOM” WANTS YOUR VOTE
Business owner. Dyed in the wool, lifelong Red Banker. Mother of six. Yup, seems like Anita Pierce does it all. In other words, she’s ...
SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS
RED BANK: Town prepares for Saturday's Pride in the Park celebration with another lawn art design by public works supervisor and Fire Chief ...
MOVIES VIA LIBRARY
RED BANK: Public Library now offers members access to streaming movies via Kanopy, with some 30,000 titles and tons of content for kids.
NEW RAINBOW CROSSWALK ON BROWN PLACE
Kicking off pride month, some Brown Place and Spring Street residents, ages 5 to 11, constructed a rainbow crosswalk with chalk over the wee ...
WHAT TO WEAR?
RED BANK: Dressmakers' mannequins appeared to mull what to wear as they looked down on Monmouth Street last week.
SYMPHONY RETURNS JUNE 29
RED BANK: An annual crowd pleaser returns June 29 with a free concert in Marine Park by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, RiverCenter said ...
Heard on the Green
Heard on the Green
DUCK RESCUE EFFORT
Duckling rescue attempt underway in sewer at East Front and Broad, 10:29 a.m.
HOUSING CRUNCH
Demolition begins for new apartments at Globe Court and Mechanic Street.
FEELING SNAPPY
      Snapping Turtles come ashore to lay their eggs this time of year and are a common site along the Swimming River waterfr ...
TUB TIME
RED BANK: A sparrow waits for the next available dirt tub while two others take their Sunday baths. (Click for video.)
CHECK IT OUT
A bench outside the Red Bank Public Library provided a serene view of our beautiful Navesink River Monday evening.
WAYWARD SLIM JIM
Anybody lose a Slim Jim? A “Sweet Mild O’ Mine” flavor Slim Jim was seen left unattended on this mailbox on Mechanic Stree ...
YAPPY TOGETHER
RED BANK: Look for this cutie pie, named Sacramento, at Yappy Hour on Broadwalk Saturday. He's looking for a new home.