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MAN IN CRITICAL CONDITION AFTER STABBING

By DUSTIN RACIOPPIjust_in1

A Long Branch man is in critical condition after being stabbed “numerous times” on Red Bank’s West Side early this morning, police said in statement.

No arrests have been made after Ja’Sheem Eyem-Supreme Allah, also known as Sean Stovall, 38, was assaulted and stabbed in an altercation in the parking lot of the Bates Lodge on Shrewsbury Avenue just after midnight, police said.

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MAN FIRES GUN AT ANOTHER, MISSES

authorities3A 54-year-old Red Bank man faces aggravated assault and weapons charges after an acquaintance alleged he’d fired a gun at him at a River Street residence late Thursday night, police said.

Here’s the full statement from Captain Darren McConnell, the police department spokesman:

At 11:20 pm Thursday night, October 28, the Red Bank Police Department responded to a River Street residence for a report of a subject armed with a handgun who had shot at another individual.

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‘IT’S ALL ABOUT COSTUMING’

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By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

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At about six feet tall, with his always-on mascara and mop of jet black hair tousled just-ever-so, Blaise Lucarelli was made to stand out in a crowd.

“My parents named me Blaise, so I was destined to be different,” he tells redbankgreen‘s Human Bites.

Different? How? Well, it can hardly be reduced to words. One must experience Blaise, a larger-than-life Red Bank native and aspiring fashionista now working — and, he’s the first to tell you, performing — at Dor L’Dor, a womenswear shop on Broad Street.

On hiatus from the Laboratory Institute of Merchandising to gain experience in the fashion industry, the Red Bank Catholic alum returned to the borough  after taking a couple years to live in New York, where he says he really started to feel comfortable with who he was. While there, he had a beauty mark tattooed next to his right eye.

“My mother always told me, ‘know your audience,’ ” he says. “I’m never going to change who I am, but I can change the level or degree of who I am.”

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AT HOME AT THE HOSPITAL

gregory-heinsGregory Heins checks the heartbeat of an injured pup at his home veterinary hospital in Fair Haven. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

There isn’t anything about Gregory Heins’s home on River Road in Fair Haven that’s particularly different from those around it.

Until, that is, you head to the western portion of the house and open the door, when you’re instantly transported to Heins’s duality: a veterinary hospital.

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LITTLE SILVER GARDEN NEARING COMPLETION

ls-memorialOrganizers expect Little Silver’s Memorial Garden to be completed by December. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

For the first couple of weeks of October, members of Little Silver’s Shade Tree Commission would gather daily to watch the yellow bucket trucks and fork lifts turn dirt and move materials around the tract opposite Prospect Avenue from the fire department.

“We’d meet there for coffee every morning,” said Linda Goff, the commission’s chairwoman, “just to make sure everything was done right and going smoothly.”

So far so good, Goff reports. And by the beginning of December, she expects the long-awaited Memorial Garden to be unveiled to the public.

“Probably in time for the first snowstorm,” she joked.

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ACCIDENT VICTIM REMAINS IN CRITICAL CARE

A Red Bank woman remained in critical condition Wednesday night following an accident in which she was struck by a truck while crossing West Front Street on foot.

According to police Captain Darren McConnell, Laura Martin, 40, was heading north-to-south at West Front and Maple Avenue at about 2:53p when she was hit by a New Jersey Transit truck.

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CANDIDATE Q&As: RED BANK

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Earlier this month, redbankgreen emailed questionnaires to local candidates for public office in towns with contested elections on November 2.

We began running the replies last Friday, starting with those from Middletown, where four candidates are vying for two seats on the five-member Township Committee.

Today, we conclude the series with Red Bank, where incumbent Mayor Pasquale Menna, a Democrat, is running unopposed, and four candidates vie for a pair of council seats. The candidates’ responses are below, in alphabetical order.

Here’s the Red Bank ballot: red-bank-ballot-2010

Follow these links to see the Q&As for candidates in Rumson and Sea Bright.

HORGAN: ENERGY SAVINGS WOULD HELP

rb_horganNAME: Kathleen A. Horgan

AGE: 65

OCCUPATION: Liaison to the Board of Trustees amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research 120 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005

LENGTH OF RESIDENCE IN TOWN: 11 years

General Questions:

1. WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TOP THREE ISSUES IN TOWN? In walking door-to-door throughout the Borough over the past few months,  residents have spoken to me most often about the following issues:

a. Property taxes
b. Downtown revitalization
c. Pedestrian/bicycle safety

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LEE: DOWNTOWN NEEDS A PARKING GARAGE

rb_leeNAME : Sharon Lee (Democrat, incumbent)

AGE: 55

OCCUPATION:  Asst. Budget Planner

LENGTH OF RESIDENCE IN TOWN:  Life long

General Questions:

1. What do you see as the top three issues in town?

Taxes

Parking

Housing

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LOMBARDI: RESTORE FREE SATURDAY PARKING

rb_lombardi1Name: Robert Lombardi (Republican)

Age: 30

Occupation: Architect

Length of Residence in Town: This question implies who “ cares” more based on length of occupancy. That is impossible to know. Vote for the person who holds the principles that are best for this town.

1. What do you see as the top 3 issues in town?
The top three issues in this town are the same as the top three issues nation wide. Across the board we need to reduce spending, which allows us to
reduce taxes. And we need to elect people to government who at their core
believe in limited government.

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MENNA: WE NEED MORE SHARED SERVICES

rb_menna NAME: Pasquale Menna (Democrat, incumbent mayor, running unopposed)

AGE: 56

OCCUPATION: Attorney

LENGTH OF RESIDENCE IN TOWN: 46 YEARS

1. What do you see as the top three issues in town?

Taxes and Financial Stability;  Quality of Life;  Competitive Leadership as a Center for Region

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MIZZI: ASSESSMENT LEVELS ‘UNREALISTIC’

rb_mizzi NAME: Joseph M. Mizzi (Republican)
AGE: 34
OCCUPATION: Senior Business Analyst and Economics Professor
LENGTH OF RESIDENCE IN TOWN: 4 Years

1. What do you see as the top three issues in town?

Parking enforcement and excessive ticketing, declining foot traffic/empty stores in business district and outdated property assessments.

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A ROOM FULL OF GARBAGE IDEAS

rumson-dpwA public works employee picks up recycling in Rumson last week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

If you ask the residents who filled borough hall Tuesday night, there are plenty of ways to keep Rumson’s half-dozen trash collectors employed in the face of tight budgets.

Make cuts across every department, hold annual fundraisers, reduce collections to once a week, work out a deal to pick up trash in Fair Haven, which plans to outsource its collection.

Or, instead of soliciting bids to demolish the old police headquarters, sell the property as-is and use the money to bankroll public works, said “Uncle” Bob Fazzone.

“Then you get the $200,000 for the boys,” he said.

The input residents gave the council will be part of the borough’s research on whether to privatize its garbage collection, a move that’s anticipated to save between $200,00 and $350,000 a year, Council President Shaun Broderick said.

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LUCKS LEAVING RBR AFTER ONE YEAR

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Howard Lucks, who came to Red Bank Regional around this time last year as superintendent, is leaving the district because of family medical problems, he confirmed today.

He informed the school board Monday night that he will resign from the position as soon as a replacement is hired.

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MIDDLE SCHOOL LEADS THE WAY

pltwRed Bank Middle School teacher Elizabeth Willoughby oversees students doing research in a new program called Project Lead the Way. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Reading from a textbook and writing down answers on a test are all well and good, but at Red Bank Middle School, they’re just two ways to acquaint students hands-on with concepts in math, science and more.

That’s where Project Lead the Way, a national initiative to spark “ingenuity, creativity and innovation” within students, comes in.

“It’s really trying to mold and influence this generation and fill a gap that’s been left in America,” said Chris Ippolito, one of two teachers involved in the program. “This is like a supplement to math, science, engineering, et cetera.”

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TRTC ‘LIKE HOME’ FOR ‘OPUS’ DIRECTOR

matthew-arbour-102310Director Matthew Arbour oversees an ensemble cast that includes a COSBY SHOW veteran as the play OPUS begins its run this week at Two River Theater. (Click to enlarge)

By TOM CHESEK

With its first mainstage production (Intimate Apparel) of the 2010-2011 season, Two River Theater Company managed to hit one out of the park — a feat that set the bar pretty high for everything to follow, but is ultimately just another reason to swing for the fences with its latest, which begins previews tonight.

In Opus, by classical musician-turned-dramatist Michael Hollinger, “personalities clash, tensions rise, and four musicians grapple with how far they will go to achieve excellence,” as the members of a string quartet are forced to scramble to replace a temperamental star player who’s fired just days before the biggest concert of their careers.

Described by its director as “a play about a quartet with five actors,” it’s an ensemble piece that numbers among its players a familiar face from one of the most popular TV shows of the past 25 years — none other than Geoffrey Owens, who played the Huxtables’ son-in-law Elvin on The Cosby Show for seven of the hit sitcom’s eight seasons. The stage/screen actor (son, by the by, of former Congressman Major Owens) is joined onstage by Craig Baldwin, Anjanette Hall, Saxon Palmer, and Kevin Kelly (seen previously in TRTC’s All My Sons).

About that director. He’s named Matthew Arbour, and he’s a local guy “making good” by his own estimation — having grown up in Little Silver, graduated from Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft, and gone on to become a sought-after theater professional whose projects have won acclaim from Manhattan to Missouri. A beyond-busy Arbour planted it for a few minutes during “tech week,” to give redbankgreen the dope on Opus and otherwise.

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CANDIDATE Q&As: RUMSON

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Earlier this month, redbankgreen emailed questionnaires to local candidates for public office in towns with contested elections on November 2. We began running the replies last Friday, starting with those from Middletown, where four candidates are vying for two seats on the five-member Township Committee. We continued on Monday with answers from three of the four candidates for two council seats in Sea Bright.

Today we feature Rumson, where four candidates are seeking two spots on the borough council. Only the two Republicans, however, responded; no reply was received from Democratic challengers Michael Steinhorn and Philip Wagner.

Here’s the Rumson ballot: rumson-ballot-2010

Tomorrow, the series concludes with Red Bank.

DeVOE: TRASH ISSUE REQUIRES RESEARCH

r_devoeName: Joan P. DeVoe (Republican, incumbent)

Age: I feel that age is irrelevant

Occupation: Rumson councilwoman

Length of residence in town: Rumson resident 40 years

General Questions:

1. What do you see as the top three issues in town?

Privatization of Garbage Pick-up, Recreation Dept. and Field Usage, Budget Growth

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HEMPHILL: WE HAVE TO WATCH COSTS

r_hemphillName: Joseph Kelly Hemphill (Republican, incumbent)

Occupation: General contractor

Age: 63

Length of Residence in town: 63 years

General Questions:

1. What do you see as the top three issues in town?

The top 3 issues in town are: Taxes, Wages/Pension Control, The Town’s Infrastructure/Services/Parks

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TAXI LAW CHANGES JUNKED, AGAIN

25Cabbies, mostly in the background, helped fill the council chambers Monday night to oppose proposed changes to local regs. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

As if in a strange time warp to 2008, an overflowing council chambers was the scene for another round of “let’s kill this taxi idea.”

The names and faces at Monday night’s council meeting were familiar, and their cry unchanged from the last time they huddled into the chambers: increasing the number of taxi licenses is bad for business.

And just as before, the second attempt to revise the borough’s taxi ordinance ran into a ditch.

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ICE RINK LOCKER ROOM BURGLARIZED

rbpd3 patrol RIGHTThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of October 15 to October 22, 2010. The information appears here unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring at Catherine St. on 10-15-10. Unknown person(s) spray painted graffiti on building. Ptl. Heather Pubylski.

Theft occurring on 10-16-10 at English Plaza parking lot. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole cash from console of parked car. Ptl. Heather Pubylski.

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