A LITTLE FRIGID FUNDRAISING

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By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

If a couple hundred people call out sick from work or school this week, it could have something to do with Sea Bright.

Amid whipping winds that intensified the already freezing temperature on the tiny town’s beach, at least 500 people — many with questionable sanity — stripped down to their swimsuits and splashed into the frigid waters of the Atlantic Sunday afternoon.

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POLICE BLOTTER

rbpd2 spotlightCrime reports provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of January 1 to January 7, 2010. This information appears here unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 1-1-10 at East Sunset Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) cracked windshield on parked vehicle in yard. Ptl. Nicholas Maletto.

Criminal Mischief occurring at E. Bergen residence on 1-1-10. Owner reported seeing a male subject unknown in back yard who broke glass window on 1st floor of residence. Subject was apprehended later. Ptl. David Smith.

Theft occurring on 1-1-10 at Shrewsbury Ave. – Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole a full length mink coat which was hanging on back of chair in establishment. Ptl. Jorge Torres.

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LITTLE SILVER COP ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT

LSPD The alleged assault on a borough man occurred at the borough police station, the Press reports.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A Little Silver police officer was arrested Thursday afternoon for allegedly hitting a handcuffed defendant and trying to get a witness lie about it, the Asbury Park Press reported today.

County authorities arrested Steven Solari, 36, and charged him with two counts of official misconduct, one count of aggravated assault, tampering with a witness, obstruction of justice and hindering apprehension, according to the Press.

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HIGH VOLTAGE ROCKERS AIM FOR THE STARS

The video for Six Volt’s ‘Girl Next Door’ features some locations that may be familiar to locals.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

For the last few months, in a nondescript Red Bank rehearsal studio, a group of driven high school kids have been subtly plotting a takeover of the national teenage music scene. And there isn’t a doubt in any one of their minds that it will happen.

Think Miley Cyrus. Think Jonas Brothers.

But there’s something that separates Six Volt from those two mega-acts, says their manager, Granger Whitelaw.

“They’re not backed on stage with professional musicians,” says Whitelaw, also the father of guitarist Granger Whitelaw Jr. “This is a band of musicians who are extremely talented. These guys are so tight it’s unbelievable.”

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ART BAR

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Live music venue; bar; restaurant; art gallery; place for knitters to drink — or should that be, “a place for drinkers to knit?”

Whatever. Continuing its evolution into a kind of one-stop cultural center, Monmouth Street’s Jamian’s Food and Drink last night kicked off its latest monthlong display of artwork.

The show is dominated by the large abstracts of Red Bank painter Medy Quiroz.

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RIVERVIEW HOSTS SLEEP DISORDER SESSION

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That cacophony you’re producing each night could be more than just a simple snore, and the folks at Riverview Medical Center want to get you acquainted with a sleep disorder that millions suffer from.

Members of the hospital’s sleep center will host a presentation, Snore No More, next Tuesday afternoon on the symptoms, health risks and treatment options for sleep apnea.

The pervasive sleep disrupter can do more harm than just wake up your bedmate — it can have serious effects on the brain, heart and lungs, as well as stop your breathing altogether.

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ON ICE

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It’s beginning to look like winter out on the Shrewsbury River.

redbankgreen‘s accidental photographer captured this northward view of a dredge Thursday from the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge, where a bridgetender told us the river has not frozen solid since 1996.

Is it likely to freeze soon?

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LEGALIZATION ADVOCATES TO HOST POT FILM

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Will the pro-pot lobby finally get to exhale next week?

If so, one of their earliest celebrations may be here in Red Bank.

As the state Assembly and Senate prepare for a possible vote Monday on the New Jersey Compassionate Use Marijuana Act, two pro-legalization organizations will be at the borough’s public library Wednesday night to talk all things cannabis.

The international Students for Sensible Drug Policy and marijuana reformist advocates NORML are hosting the screening of “The Union: The Business Behind Getting High,” a documentary film about marijuana legalization at the library.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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Last week’s year-ending ‘Where Have I Seen This?’ was the result of a photographer wandering, camera in hand, through Red Bank.

In fact, all but one of the shots in our fast-paced animation were taken downtown.

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ZULEYKA’S BACK ON THE BLOCK

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Zuleyka Farro has re-opened her Zuleyka’s Kitchen eatery in the West Front Street space that most recently housed Surf Burger Island Grill.

If you’ve found yourself doing a double-take as you pass by the storefront at 17 West Front Street, rest assured that you haven’t slipped into some time-warp vortex.

Zuleyka’s Kitchen, the restaurant that had occupied the space from December 2006 until last summer, has quietly returned to its location on the south side of the block between Broad Street and English Plaza. Situated just around the corner from the newly opened Urban Outfitters store, the space had been leased until a few weeks ago by Surf Burger Island Grill.

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IN oRBit: ReVISION, ON A NEW PAGE

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Over in the pixelated pages of Red Bank oRBit, we dote on the doings of our area’s professional stage troupes — Red Bank’s own Two River Theater Company, and NJ Rep in Long Branch. And, every so often, we like to remind our readers that there’s a third group of passionate pros based in the greater Red Bank orbit — one that’s been nominally “homeless,” although that’s one of the projects they’re working to address right at this moment.

ReVision Theatre Company of Asbury Park is the energetic group of “hermit crabs” that’s made itself at home in such oddball settings as the roundhouse Carousel building and the Bingo hall of the city’s VFW. While we wait on word of their upcoming summer season of shows, the ReVisionaries have put together a tidy little package to provide storytime thrills during the quiet-time interlude of the Jersey Shore winter/spring.

Entitled Readings from Asbury Park, it’s a free monthly series of staged readings, spotlighting new plays and musicals and allowing the audience to weigh in on what they’ve seen. The event kicks off this coming Monday, with a pair of experienced TV actors featured in the Jeff Hughes script In the Jersey City Moonlight. Best of all, it takes place at The Showroom, the nifty little neighborhood nickelodeon that’s really pushed the envelope on what a movie house could be. We’ve got a newsreel with ReVision’s David Leidholdt (above) and your coming attractions of future offerings, with more weekend picks to come on Friday, ONLY in Red Bank oRBit!

BON JOVI BRINGS ‘SOUL’ FOOD TO CHURCH

st-anthonySt. Anthony of Padua transforms into the Soul Kitchen on Friday nights, offering a community restaurant through a partnership with the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

You can add restaurateur to the résumé of Jon Bon Jovi.

Through his non-profit JBJ Soul Foundation, the megapopstar musician has teamed with St. Anthony of Padua to open a “community restaurant” they call the Soul Kitchen to offer fine meals to the indigent. There are no prices posted. If you can afford to make a donation, they’ll take it. If not, then you volunteer at the restaurant to work off your fare.

Operating most Friday nights since November, the innovative eatery has gotten a “phenomenal response,” said Ed Markiewicz, who runs the church’s food pantry.

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IN oRBit: THREE KINGS, BEARING GIFTS

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When you introduce someone to the music of Elvis, it’s like you’re handing them the key to the universe.”

So we’ve been told by Scot Bruce (left), actor, singer, musician, and — particularly around this time of year — a much-in-demand channeler of the look, sound and essence of the young Elvis Presley. With the 75th birthday of the Memphis Flash coming up this weekend, Elvis is Everywhere, as they say — and today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit has the details on a trio of performers who’ll be descending upon our area in a casual contest to prove whose kung foo is King.

On January 15, Bruce returns to Red Bank for the sixth straight year, joined at the Count Basie Theatre by Mike Albert (as the 70s Vegas-era Elvis) in a doubletrouble duet we like to call the Elvis Birthday Bash. Before all that, we welcome back to the Brighton Bar (on the King’s actual January 8 birthdate) that ace of rockabilly aces Robert Gordon, the sixtysomething singing sensation who, while he’s never positioned himself as an Elvis tribute artist, honors the memory of the King in both letter and spirit with his big “smooth fine bourbon of a baritone” and his most recent release It’s Now or Never.

It’s all here, still in the building and Takin’ Care of B, only in Red Bank oRBit!

BASIE WINS NATIONAL HISTORY DESIGNATION

A time-lapse video captured the interior renovation work on the Count Basie Theatre in 2008. Below, a detail of an organ loft grille.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

More than a year after it lifted the curtain on nearly $8 million in improvements, the Count Basie Theatre should have an easier time moving forward with its ongoing spruce job thanks  its latest accomplishment: making it onto the National Register of Historic Places.

The Red Bank landmark was named to the list two days before Christmas, a culmination of at least a year’s worth of work by the theater’s Board of Trustees to get the 83-year-old former Vaudeville and silent film venue added, said Hugh Ward, a trustee.

“Pretty nice Christmas present, huh?” Ward said.

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ALL-DEM COUNCIL PLEDGES ‘ACCOUNTABILITY’

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Entering a year in which the electoral prize will be Red Bank’s mayoralty, the borough’s all-Democratic governing body trumpeted a theme of ‘accountability’ to voters at Sunday’s annual reorganization session.

Councilman Mike DuPont, returning to start his second term, told a packed-house audience that he hoped voters with opposing ideas would continue to challenge him, as they did during his door-to-door re-election campaign, so that compromises might be found.

“I also want you to hold me accountable and keep us in line,” added Councilwoman Juanita Lewis.

“We will focus all of our efforts on fiscal accountability,” said Councilman Ed Zipprich, who, with Lewis, started his second year on the council.

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MEGO EAGER TO STOP FIRES — AND TRAFFIC

img_6635010310First Deputy Fire Chief John Mego with his wife, Betty, and three grandchildren at yesterday’s borough government reorganization meeting. (Click to enlarge)

A little more than three weeks after he was knocked unconscious by a car, John Mego pulled his Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department dress blue jacket over the cast on his broken right arm Sunday to be sworn in as first deputy fire chief.

Bearing a scar from 35 stitches in his scalp, and minus the mustache he cultivated for years, the 65-year-old Spring Street resident said he was eager to get back to his duties as a crossing guard at Maple Avenue and Peters Place, where he was struck by a passing vehicle in a rainstorm on December 9.

“I’ll be back, same corner,” Mego tells redbankgreen. “I don’t remember anything , so it doesn’t scare me.”

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IN oRBit: FOR THE LOVE OF MIC

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OPEN MIC! They just might be among the most dreaded words in the English language, connoting a level of show business just one cut above office-party karaoke.

But for a handful of dedicated souls, the applause of a small but appreciative crowd is worth more than a million viral-video views — and in today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit, we run down the best and most inspired of the amateur-hour action.

We’ll take you to Rumson, where singer and author Carol Barbieri (left) joins guitar great David Crowton for a newly transplanted Monday night event. We’ll revisit Barbieri as she plays guest host to a monthly series in Atlantic Highlands; we’ll show you how you can walk in the footsteps of giants at clubs like the Stone Pony and the Brighton Bar; and we’ll remind you about long-running weekly favorites in Red Bank and Asbury, respectively hosted by Rob Dye and Joe Harvard.

Then tune in tomorrow, when we ring up college guy Harvard as the Big Man on Campus prepares to celebrate his birthday in hi-profile style, this weekend at the Lanes.  Just sign your name, dust off your old accordion and reach for the stars — today, tomorrow and til Last Call comes down, ONLY in Red Bank oRBit!

FAIR HAVEN SWEARS IN NEW CHIEF

cerrutiJim Cerruti was sworn in Friday as Fair Haven’s fire chief, a duty he’s been filling since November. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Although he really took over the job in November, Jim Cerruti is officially Fair Haven’s new fire chief.

Cerruti was sworn in Friday at the borough’s annual reorganization meeting, with his family and many of his firefighting buddies packed into the Town Hall meeting room to give him a raucous ovation.

The former deputy chief was scheduled to succeed Shaun Foley this year anyway, but Foley resigned in November, a day after he hit a utility pole with his chief’s vehicle, allegedly while drunk, and later jumped off the Oceanic Bridge, setting off a massive rescue effort.

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C-C-C-COLD…

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We may see some snow flurries, today as a bone-chilling cold maintains its grip over the coming three or four days, according to the National Weather Service forecast for our area.

Today…Mostly cloudy. A chance of flurries this afternoon. Highs in the lower 30s. Northwest winds around 15 mph with gusts up to 30 mph.

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BRAWL OUTSIDE CLUB ENDS IN THREE ARRESTS

call-in-the-authoritiesA post-party melee outside a Red Bank social club early Saturday morning drew a police response from at least ten local departments and resulted in three arrests, police report.

Captain Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen that borough officers on patrol at 1:26a came upon the scene of a brawl involving an estimated 60 people outside the Elks Bates Lodge 220, at 306 Shrewsbury Avenue.

The cause of the fracas is unknown, McConnell said, but occurred as a private function was letting out at the lodge.

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