COAT GIVEAWAY SLATED FOR SATURDAY

Rbcc clothingA scene from a clothing giveaway held at the Red Bank train station last March.

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The folks at the Red Bank Community Church will be doing a clothing giveaway in the borough train station parking lot this Saturday, weather permitting.

The emphasis is on getting coats and warm clothing to people who need it, says Pastor Lenny Liebman, whose congregation meets just two blocks east on Monmouth Street.

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IN oRBit: STOP US IF YOU’VE HEARD THIS

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Approaching the war in Afghanistan by the numbers can be a tricky thing. But while our nation debates the scope and scale of our latest troop commitment, over in Long Branch it all boils down to two guys — the last couple of Jews in the last synagogue in Kabul, during the last days of the Taliban. The fact that they hate each other’s guts is just the dusting on the cake, in the new play Two Jews Walk Into A War.

Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit has an interview with James Glossman (right), for whom this is but the latest project he’s done for New Jersey Repertory Company. While he’s not quite a household name, the director regularly works with some of the best in the business — everyone from Ed Asner and Jack Klugman, to Stephen Colbert and Fred Savage — and we’re happy to have him here.

Find out his not-so-secret secret for getting actors to do anything he asks them to do — along with the latest seasonally cool forecast from The Orb — right here in Red Bank oRBit.

CUTE GIRLS. LINGERIE. KISSES. HAPPY HOUR.

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If the above headline, or any two parts of it, pretty much describes your idea of heaven, you might want to make your way to downtown Red Bank Wednesday evening.

Sweetest Sin Boutique, the new lingerie store that’s already raised the temperature on White Street by a few degrees, will host a ‘Naughty or Nice Lingerie Fashion Show’ at at Ashes Cigar Bar on Broad Street.

We’re talking leggy models in nothing more than “holiday-themed” bras and panties — think red, think ermine — strutting down a runaway, and maybe even the staircase.

We’re also talking $1 “mistletoe kisses” available from “some cute girls — friends of ours —and maybe some of the models,” says boutique owner Angie Courtney.

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RUNAWAY CAR SMACKS SUPERMARKET ENTRY

ftown-crashThe vehicle plowed through two parking lots and struck the Foodtown entrance without hitting any cars or pedestrians Friday night. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Maude)

A 19-year-old Middletown man “left a pretty good path of destruction” before crashing his car into an entrance of the Red Bank SuperFoodtown Friday night in an incident police say was a “miracle” in that no pedestrians were struck.

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LADY KNIGHTS TAKE KETTLE AGAIN

img_5822120509Knollwood School’s Lady Knights gather around coach Tara Mattison during a break in Saturday’s play. Below, Julie Anne Krasutsky takes it to the hoop against the Shrewsbury School’s Lady Tigers. (Click to enlarge)

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For the second year in a row, the girls of Fair Haven’s Knollwood School rolled through the Red Kettle Classic tourney, held this weekend at the Salvation Army gym in Red Bank.

They defeated the St. James (Red Bank) Royals, 28 to 21 in the final, held Saturday.

The St. James boys also made it to the final, where they fell to the Shrewsbury Tigers, 31 to 20.

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CALENDAR TAPS RED BANK PHOTO ARCHIVE

dorns-downtown-1951“Wiggie’s Kiddie Center?” A view north on Broad Street in 1951, from the Dorn’s Classic Images archive, is included in the calendar. (Click to enlarge and see Wiggie’s at left)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Two of Red Bank’s most venerable names in commerce have gotten together for a little nostalgia trip into the borough’s past.

It’s a 12-month journey captured in photographs that show Red Bank’s buildings and streetscapes from 1940 to 1979, put into calendar form by David Prown of Prown’s Home Improvement and the husband-wife duo of George Severini and Kathy Dorn Severini oF Dorn’s Classic Images.

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IN oRBit: KEEPING IT LIT, ALL WEEK

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As you probably gathered from our pixelated pages, we at Red Bank oRBit have a thing for words, whether doing it by-the-book or via the noble blurt of the spoken spiel. In today’s edition we run down four worthwhile events going on in and around the greater orbit — all of them linked by nothing less or more than the power of words to compel, cajole, console or confront.

There’s Hungarian-born novelist Joseph Kertes, coming to Red Bank’s Two River Theater on Tuesday to discuss Gratitude, his historical novel of one family’s Holocaust. There are the Dickman Brothers (identical twins Matthew and Michael, above), the enfants terribles of modern American poetry who visit Monmouth University on Wednesday afternoon. There’s E. Benjamin Skinner, the journalist who penetrates the shadowlands of the modern slave trade in A Crime So Monstrous (he’ll be at Brookdale Community College on Wednesday night). And there’s Asbury Park’s homegrown spoken word artist TIGGA, who has some powerful things to say about his city in a special Thursday night program at The Showroom.

We’ve got the deep-dish detail on all these offerings (with way more to come all this week), as we count down to the final rattling breaths of the Naughty Aughties, right here in Red Bank oRBit!

THIS WEEKEND: WESTSIDE TREE LIGHTING

westside-tree-2008A scene from last year’s edition of the Westside Community Group tree lighting. (Click to enlarge)

It doesn’t draw nearly the crowd of its downtown cousin, but what the annual Westside Community Group holiday tree-lighting event lacks in spectacle it more than makes up for in intimacy.

Brevity, too.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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Ever forget what day of the week it is? For the whole day?

We here at redbankgreen experienced a bit of a time-shift yesterday, with the result that we forgot that it was ‘Where Have I Seen This?‘ day.

No doubt, the multitudes were disappointed. Certainly, Jennifer Diodato-Hernandez must have been.

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FOLEY’S WRECK CAUSED SECOND CRASH

foley-suvFoley’s SUV in the Atlantic Highlands wrecking yard where it was towed after the accident. (Photo courtesy of Rumson PD)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A motorist crashed into the telephone pole and wires downed by former Fair Haven Fire Chief Shaun Foley in the November 22 Rumson wreck that led to his being charged with drunken driving, according to records obtained by redbankgreen.

Police reports on the accident also reveal that Foley tried to flee the scene in his heavily damaged fire department vehicle before it conked out just a block away, in front of Rumson’s Borough Hall.

As previously reported, 27-year-old Foley, who worked as a Rumson police dispatcher and part-time policeman, then took off on foot to the Oceanic Bridge, a mile away, where he jumped into the Navesink River, prompting a massive rescue effort involving helicopters and boats.

The 17 pages of reports, though, give the first official indication of the earliest stages of the drama that began unfolding shortly before 6p that Sunday evening.

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IN oRBit: COOKIN’ WITH TUCKERBERRYS

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Who sez print is dead? Certainly not the pixelated pages of Red Bank oRBit, where you’ll probably find more good and interesting stuff about books (and their bookmakers) than in any medium this side of, well, books. They also make a great gift idea!

In just this last week-and-change alone, the oRBit desk brought you news and interviews with rookie novelist Ralph Nader and with Red Bank’s resident star children’s author Elise Primavera — to say nothing of a feature on the wordsmithing wig-out that is the Long Branch Poetry Festival. In today’s edition, we bring you a Q&A with the Tuckerberrys — that’s Jill Eikenberry & Michael Tucker, your TV pals from L.A. Law — as they head to the Shore this weekend for an appearance promoting their new book, Family Meals.

And no, it’s not a cookbook, Twilight Zone fans — rather it’s an inspiring true-life story of how one modern American family came back together (“became more Italian,” as Tucker tells it) when Jill’s elderly mom required round-the-clock care. And if that sounds like a downer, well, you haven’t read the book. Meet the Tuckerberrys — today in Red Bank oRBit!

POLICE THREATEN REPORTER WITH ARREST

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A redbankgreen reporter was threatened with arrest by Fair Haven police today when he tried to photograph the wrecked fire department vehicle of former fire chief Shaun Foley.

The incident occurred at the borough’s public works department facility on Allen Street, where the fire department vehicle was partially covered by a tarp, says reporter Dustin Racioppi.

According to Racioppi, he entered the administrative building at the site in order to get permission from DPW supervisor and borough engineer Rich Gardella to take pictures of the car within the borough property.

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FOLEY CRASH WAS SECOND IN 20 MONTHS

img_5763120109The sheared stump of the utility pole struck by Foley’s car on East River Road was still there Monday, more than a week after the accident.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

[EDITOR’S NOTE: See update below]

Former Fair Haven Fire Chief Shaun Foley had an accident in his fire department vehicle 20 months before a second wreck prompted charges that led to his resignation last week, police records confirm.

A report on the March 16, 2008, accident, which occurred on Ridge Road near Kemp Avenue in Fair Haven, says no test for alcohol was given to Foley.

Foley faces a charge of drunken driving in the more recent incident, which occurred November 22 in Rumson. In that case, police allege that Foley crashed his fire chief’s vehicle into a telephone pole on East River Road shortly before 6p, fled the scene on foot and, after being located a mile away on the Oceanic Bridge, and jumped about 30 feet into the Navesink River, prompting a massive rescue effort. He was uninjured.

In the earlier accident, Foley also smacked a utility pole, according to records obtained by redbankgreen.

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TOY DRIVE, RED KETTLE CLASSIC & MORE

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A high-squeal-factor hoops tourney, a toy drive and a fundraiser for cancer services mark this edition of Done Good, redbankgreen‘s woefully infrequent rundown of good deeds.

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A two-day basketball tourney that packs the gym at the Salvation Army on Newman Springs Road, this year’s fifth annual edition should be no different.

Featuring the boys’ and girls’ teams of area middle schools, the games kick off at 5:30p Friday, December 4 with a doubleheader featuring the Red Bank Middle and Red Bank Charter school teams.

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REGATTA SEEKS QUICK FORMAL APPROVAL

img_5128111409The organizers of the Dad Vail Regatta last night urged elected Rumson officials to give the formal thumbs-up to a plan to host the collegiate rowing event in May, today’s Asbury Park Press reports.

Members of the borough council questioned Dad Vail organizing committee president J.R. Hanna about the logistics of staging the event, which is said to attract some 3,000 athletes and another 12,000 spectators to its present home on the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.

Hanna said it is “urgent” that the council act as early as this month in order for race preparations to begin, the Press reports.

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RUMSON BEGINS READYING FOR ITS REGATTA

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A view of the Navesink River from Victory Park in Rumson, where many spectators will watch the 2010 Dad Vail Regatta. County officials have OK’d viewing from Oceanic Bridge. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Down in Philly, they’re crying a river and pointing fingers over the loss of the Dad Vail Regatta to sleepy little Rumson, New Jersey.

But in Rumson, which snagged the regatta last month from its Schuylkill River home of 56 years, officials are scrambling to organize a weekend-long sporting event that could bring 15,000 people to a town without a single hotel room and no structured seating along its riverfront.

They’re also taking steps to capture as much as possible of the of the millions of dollars in tourism-related spending the event throws off.

They can’t do it without outside help.

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BLOTTER INCLUDES THREE DWI CHARGES

authorities3Crime reports provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the weeks of  November 20 to November 27, 2009. This information appears here unedited.

Criminal Mischief reported on 11-20-09 at Harding Rd.-School. Report of unknown person(s) pulling an exterior lamp off of building on 11-17-09. Ptl. Deron Ilarraza.

Theft occurring on 11-24-09 at Broad Street Restaurant. Owner reported that unknown subject(s) stole a tapestry and two decorative plates from business. Ptl. David Smith.

Burglary occurring on 11-24-09 at Leonard Street residence. Owner reported that unknown person gained entry through window by cutting screen. Once inside stole several pieces of costume jewelry and a gold wedding band with diamonds. Ptl. Heather Pubylski.
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IN oRBit: ONLY SUPER RALPH CAN SAVE US

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Activist. Advocate. Gadfly. Thorn in the side, savior of life and limb, spoiler of presidential elections. Ralph Nader has been called many things in his 75 years, although “novelist” hasn’t been one of them. Until now, that is, with the publication of his first non-nonfiction book.

Promoted as a work of Practical Utopian Fiction, Nader’s new book Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us! is a weighty (700-plus pages) and wild story in which an all-star roster of real-life billionaires (including Warren Buffett, Ted Turner and, um, Yoko Ono?) team up to solve the world’s problems, in Naderesque fashion.

Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit is pleased to bring you an interview with this perennial public figure (currently considering a run for US Senate), as he visits Brookdale Community College this weekend in an appearance hosted by BookMark It! Events.

Fasten your seatbelts — and don’t forget to thank Mr. Nader for that — then get ready to Ralph, right here in Red Bank oRBit!