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ANOTHER POWER TO BE RECKONED WITH

ripcurrent_083010_irA sign in Sea Bright warns visitors that a hurricane may threaten beachgoers later this week. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

This week’s forecast: hot and sunny with a chance of Earl. A very good chance of Earl, actually.

Be warned, beachgoers: the entire East Coast is on alert for Hurricane Earl, which is expected to hit our area — at least in tropical form — later this week.

The same rip current advisory that was in effect for Hurricane Danielle last weekend is in place for the storm’s successor this Labor Day weekend.

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CHESS CLUB BRINGS YOUNG, OLD TO RED BANK

chessTwo players compete for a grand prize Saturday in Monmouth Chess Club’s annual open championship. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Anyone out there who knew that Red Bank has a chess school and club raise your hand. Anybody who knew Red Bank has a USCF-rated chess school and club keep your hands up.

Anybody who knows what USCF stands for, you need not read any further, because you probably already know that 51 Monmouth Street plays home to Monmouth Chess School and Club, a place where a 40-year-old can match up against a 12-year-old and shake hands after a mind-crunching bout on the board.

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OUTAGE CAUSES TRAFFIC, CLOSURES, BEER

outage-trafficA Fair Haven police officer directed traffic Monday afternoon at a light at the Fair Haven-Little Silver border. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A malfunction at a Tinton Falls substation is believed to be the cause of yesterday’s countywide power outage, according to the Asbury Park Press.

Locally, power started being restored within 75 minutes of the outage, but many homes and businesses also went for hours more in the dark, forcing some closures and snarling traffic on the area’s main roads.

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POWER OUTAGE HITS REGION

hot-topic rightElectrical service went out in much of Monmouth County late Monday afternoon, according to JCP&L’s outage map.

Power appeared to return to portions of Red Bank at around 5:45p after a 75-minute outage. Traffic lights were returning to operation by 6p, according to police.

NYPOST: RUMSON FEELS THE PINCH

for-saleAn abundance of ‘for sale’ signs caught the newspaper’s attention. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The New York Post has been hanging around Rumson, and if you saw Sunday’s edition, you noticed the dispatch wasn’t as cheery as the recent flurry of features on the area.

Instead, New York City’s oldest paper took notice of the higher-than-usual number of ‘for sale’ signs on borough lawns — particularly in front of a “glut of luxury homes,” an indication that writer Hilary Kramer said in her story lends a “surreal quality to the town.”

Or as one unidentified resident quoted in the story says, “There’s a new class of citizens in Rumson: the formerly rich.”

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FORMER R-FH TEACH FILLS SCHUNDLER’S SPOT

hot-topic rightBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A veteran educator with local roots will fill Bret Schundler’s spot as head of the state education department, a post he commanded less than a year before being fired Friday.

Rochelle Hendricks, who got her start teaching in the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional School District, got the nod from Governor Chris Christie to replace Schundler, who was ousted from the administration after failing to secure federal funds for education. Schundler and his cabinet lost out on coveted Race To The Top money because of a budget error, the Star-Ledger reported.

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DAWKINS DROPS PRICE BY 10 MILLION

dawkins-estate-500x375Pete Dawkins reduced the selling price for his Rumson estate, seen here in 2008, from $29.9 million to $19.5. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Seems there is something Pete Dawkins can’t do bigger and better than everybody else on the planet: find a buyer for his mega-estate at a price that could fund a small country.

Well, the Heisman Trophy winner, Rhodes scholar and one-time Republican U.S. Senate contender has re-entered the stratosphere. Kinda.

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JOSEPH: 1 LEGEND, 1 COAT, MANY COLORS

jodyjoJody Joseph — just being Jody in this case — brings her tribute to Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks to the Brookdale PAC stage for an ambitious encore, even as she readies her first concert of inspirational tunes this weekend in Shrewsbury.

By TOM CHESEK

In a 2009 interview that appeared on our satellite site Red Bank oRBit, Jody Joseph described her latest project as “the most insane thing I’ve ever tried to pull off” — an ambitious, three-part concert event involving multiple wardrobe changes, guest dancers and a very real apprehension “that I’ll spin right off the edge of the stage and land in the VIP seats.”

The event, which debuted last year at the Paramount in Asbury Park, was One Legend, One Diva, One Woman, a custom crafted showcase in which the locally legendary singer, songwriter and music teacher — a performer we promptly branded The Hardest Working Woman in Shore Business — augmented a set of her own songs by stepping into bluesy character as Janis Joplin, as well as stepping into the formidable boots of Stevie Nicks.

The diminutive dynamo — whose musical pedigree features direct bloodline links to arena football mogul Jon Bon Jovi AND to ultimate pop heartthrob Mario Lanza — has announced that she’ll be bringing her tour de force triptych back to the boards in September, this time to the Performing Arts Center on the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College. Before all that, of course, she’ll be maintaining her usual busy schedule of gigs — with a little something special offered up to fans old and new this Sunday, at one of the greater Red Bank area’s most historic locales.

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STARTING TONIGHT: FAIR FAIR HAVEN

ferris-wheelFair Haven Firemen’s Fair gets started tonight and runs through September 4. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

For many, it’s the last shot at summer fun — a chance to scarf down cotton candy and hop into a bucket on the Ferris wheel.

For most, though, Andy Schrank says it’s more like a family reunion.

“Time flies,” said Schrank, a 30-year veteran of Fair Haven’s fire department. “A whole year goes by and now, all of a sudden, all these people are coming out of the woodwork.”

They come each year for the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair, and whatever reason brings them out of the woodwork, the area’s spirited summer closeout gets into action tonight.

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WINE TIME

bryant-ralloBasil T’s sommelier Bryant Rallo talks wine at Basil T’s Wednesday night. (Photo courtesy of Preston Porter; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Dan Levine came for the red, but left with the white.

It was worth the trip from Manalapan for Levine, an admitted fan of Victor Rallo’s wines.

“I love his wine,” Levine said.

Showing up to Basil T’s expecting to be wowed by Rallo’s latest vintage, a valpolicella the Red Bank restaurateur and ever-traveling vintner produced from Italy, Levine unexpectedly decided against the “silky, smooth” red and went with the “faint, light and apple-y” white, Rallo Soave.

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M’TOWN WOMAN GETS ANIMAL ABUSE CHARGES

call-in-the-authoritiesBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A woman from the Navesink section of Middletown was charged with animal abuse today, after allegedly dragging her dog down a street with her car, according to the Asbury Park Press.

Stephanie Sciscione, of Locust Avenue, told authorities that her terrier was too dirty to put in her car, so instead dragged the dog, Marlin, by its leash and down her street yesterday afternoon, the Press reports.

She was charged with two counts of animal abuse this morning,  Monmouth County SPCA Chief Law Enforcement Officer Buddy Amato told the Press.

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COPS WANT HELP FINDING BANK JOB SUSPECT

bank-robber1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Police are still looking for the man who robbed a Fair Haven bank last week, and now they’re asking for help from the public to get him.

Details on the wig-wearing suspect, right, are lacking.

Cops say the man is black and in his mid-20s or early-30s, wore jeans, a red zip-up jacket, a hat, sunglasses and a wig. He is “at least six-feet in height” and weighs between 140 and 150 pounds, police said.

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CAT HOLOCAUST IN SEA BRIGHT?

cat1One resident says there’s a cat holocaust in Sea Bright. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Kathleen Kalaf says there’s a cat holocaust happening in Sea Bright.

That is something Webster’s might classify as hyperbole. But in Kalaf’s book, the term fits.

“If you’re poisoning cats and loading them off to die, that reminds me of a holocaust,” she said. “I wanted to get people’s attention. I want people to know about the situation.”

So what exactly is the situation?

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THE ART WALK: BACK TO FRONT

asherneimandesignfrontA scene from last December’s temporary gallery installation on Front Street, with Emily Asher Neiman visible behind the counter.

She didn’t make her pronouncement with the pomp of General Douglas MacArthur or the portent of the Terminator — but when Emily Asher Neiman said she’d be back, well, she was a woman of her word.

After having closed her eponymous art gallery on Monmouth Street late in 2008, Asher Neiman returned to Red Bank in December of last year for a gifting-season Home for the Holidays event that set up temporary shop inside the glass-facaded former home of DesignFront at 21 East Front Street — a bit of planned obsolescence that nonetheless brought some welcome light and life to what had once been one of the borough’s most stylish storefronts.

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A WEEK OF HINDRANCES

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The crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of August 13 to August 20, 2010. The information appears here unedited.

Criminal mischief occurring between 8-13-10 and 8-14-10 on Mechanic Street.

Two victims reported that unknown person(s) threw eggs onto their parked vehicles. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy, Ptl. Ashon Lovick.

Theft occurring on 8-18-10 at Shrewsbury Ave. Victim reported that he heard a car alarm; and when he responded to the vehicle, he witnessed two unknown black male teen subjects running away. Taken from vehicle were screwdrivers, pliers, and money. Ptl. Jorge Torres.

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RB COUNCIL WRAP: NOTHIN’ DOIN’

council-chambersA peek into the Red Bank council chambers, with the reflection of paperwork posted in the hallway. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Ah, summer stagnation.

The Red Bank council met Monday night, and the agenda was L-I-G-H-T light.

Here’s a recap of the evening’s non-titillation:

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MISSING: A LANDMARK MOLAR

harry-mahoneyHarry Mahoney, a River Road dentist, had his landmark tooth sign stolen two weeks ago. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Red Bank’s biggest tooth has been pulled — right out of Harry Mahoney’s front lawn.

A large white sign in the shape of a molar that called attention to Mahoney’s dental practice at the corner of River Road and Prospect Avenue for the last 20 years got yanked right off the pole it was hanging from earlier this month.

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LIBRARY READY TO BRING ‘EM IN

rb-lib-signRed Bank library installed a new, higher-profile sign on its front lawn Thursday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Deborah Griffin-Sadel has long believed that Red Bank library is the borough’s best kept secret.

Maybe not anymore. Which would be a good thing, she says.

“We’re trying to get more visibility and let people use our services,” said Griffin-Sadel, the library’s director.

A marquee sign planted on the lawn, she thinks, might do the trick.

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RIVER’S EDGE OK’D; PLANS PATH TO NEW PARK

rivers-edge21One of the houses to be torn down as part of the River’s Edge condo project, which gained approval to add more units Thursday night. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Just like that, the RW @ River’s Edge condominium project is going to be a little bit bigger than originally approved.

And in gaining the zoning board’s OK, a new detail emerged: there’s a new park planned for Red Bank, not far from where River’s Edge plans to build. And its developers say they want a hand in getting to the park, too.

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POLICE MAKE SHREWSBURY AVE. DRUG ARREST

just_in1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A Shrewsbury Avenue man was arrested on drug charges early this morning, Red Bank police said.

Pierre Gadson, 30, was arrested for possession of crack cocaine, possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute, possession of marijuana and possession of narcotic paraphernalia, according to a statement from the department.

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YARD SALE RETURNS FOR THIRD YEAR

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Registration is now open for the third annual Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale, scheduled for Saturday, September 25.

Event co-sponsor redbankgreen has created a new yard sale website to serve as the clearinghouse for information about the event, which last year drew thousands of visitors to more than 125 homes across town.

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