FUNK AND STANDARD GOES TO THE BAR

yum-2Patti Siciliano just hours before opening the latest addition to Funk and Standard, Yummy Yummy Good Stuff juice bar. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

yum-1Patti Siciliano started Red Bank’s Funk and Standard with a clear goal in mind. A lover of food, she always had a dream to branch out beyond clothes and accessories, the main draw at her Broad Street store.

But it wasn’t until now, while wading through a challenging economic wave, that she decided to work toward it.

Today Siciliano unveils Yummy Yummy Good Stuff, a hyperhealthy addition to her downtown shop.

“It’s always been a part of the original plan. That’s why challenges, I find, are gifts. They drive us forward and make us better,” Siciliano said. “In tough times you just say, alright, let’s do it.”

Yummy Yummy — or Yum, as Siciliano calls it, in hopes that it’ll catch on —  is like a mini nutritional center amid Funk and Standard’s assortment of clothes, tchotchkes and gifts. The bar will offer a line of fresh juices and smoothies, soups, desserts from Keyport-based bakery Papa Ganache, vegan pastries from Zaitooni’s Deli and a selection of Adam Sobel’s popular Cinnamon Snail mobile vegan eatery.

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KABOOMERS PROMISE FRESH START

A promotional video for the KaBOOM fireworks show. Below, Tim Hogan, new chairman of KaBoom’s executive committee. (Click to enlarge photo)

hogan-2Coming off two years of financial challenges and crowd-control issues, the 2011 edition of the giant annual fireworks extravaganza known as KaBoomFest will feature a renewed focus on family entertainment and security, organizers say.

While some aspects of the event, including whether to repeat last year’s expansion from one to three days, remain undecided, KaBoom is on track to raise more money from corporate sponsors this year and is paying more attention to the importance of security, said Tim Hogan, president of Riverview Medical Center and chairman of KaBoom’s executive committee.

“We want to make sure that it’s safe and want to make sure that it’s family-friendly,” Hogan said.

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SNOW ADDED TO TOP PED SAFETY CONCERNS

snow-sidewalkIt doesn’t do much good if snow blocks access to a shoveled sidewalk, residents say. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The list of concerns related to pedestrian safety are well-documented. Red Bank needs more traffic lights, better signage, sidewalk improves and more, residents say.

But now, with snow packed into blocks of ice at the end of sidewalks throughout town, fears are heightened that something bad is going to happen.

That concern, along with the usual gripes, were aired at Wednesday night’s monthly West Side Community Group meeting with police and Mayor Pasquale Menna.

“It’s not that the sidewalks are not shoveled. It’s just that the curbing is blocked with snow,” said Carl Colmorgen, a school crossing guard. “The crosswalks are there, but you can’t get to them because of the snow.”

But the problem is going to take time to resolve, officials said.

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TINTON FALLS McDONALD’S ROBBED

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI just_in1

Tinton Falls police are searching for a suspect they say robbed the McDonald’s on Shrewsbury Avenue late Tuesday afternoon.

The male suspect, of whom police didn’t have a full description, entered the fast food chain at about 5:57p, placed an order — then reached over the counter and took money from the register, said Lieutenant David Scrivanic

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CLOWNS AND A MIME IN TRTC’s QUILT

bowersclownsActor, mime and raconteur Bill Bowers speaks up in IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING at Two River Theater  — while Matthew Gumley and Michael Nathanson continue through February 20 in A THOUSAND CLOWNS.

By TOM CHESEK

With winter regrouping for a second-half assault on the senses, the trick is to stay busy into the lamb-y end of March. It’s a point well taken by the folks at Two River Theater, who are seeing February out with a flurry of activity that includes a current mainstage production, the latest in the Flashes of Brilliance series of solo pieces, and an intimately scaled side project presented at a neighboring Red Bank landmark.

That big-stage offering is a revival of A Thousand Clowns, the 1962 comedy by Herb Gardner that was previewed right here in the pixelated pages of redbankgreen last week. The show stars Michael Nathanson as Uncle Murray — a happy-go-lucky, gainfully unemployed case of arrested development, and semi-legal guardian to his nerdish but savvy nephew Nick. Matthew Gumley, a 14-year-old Broadway trouper who we’ll all probably be seeing a lot more of (and who popped up as an answer on a recent telecast of Jeopardy!), co-stars with a solid cast of character players, among them Tony nominee Lou Liberatore.

Employing the jargon of the want-ads, Star-Ledger reviewer (and dean of Jersey theater crits) Peter Filichia called the show “an ‘excInt oppt’y’ to meet one of Broadway’s first nonconformists,” and capped his enthusiastic take on the show with “everyone’s batting a thousand in A Thousand Clowns.” You can read his freshly posted review here — and you can find much more happening on this side of the river, right after the jump.

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SHREWSBURY DOC MUSCLES HER WAY TO FAME

karyn-marshallKaryn Marshall, seen below in competition in the 1980s, will be inducted into the Weightlifting Hall of Fame next month. (Click to enlarge. Photo above by Dustin Racioppi.)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

karyn-marshall1She’s won five world championship gold medals, and was the first woman in history to clean-and-jerk more than 300 pounds over her head. She’s set 60 world and American records. She was, in 1985, dubbed by World Weightlifting Magazine “the World’s Strongest Woman.”

In the world of weightlifting, Karyn Marshall, set just about every standard for her gender.

Now, here’s another superlative she can add to her résumé: Hall of Famer.

Next month, the 54-year-old weightlifter-turned-chiropractor, who has a private practice in Shrewsbury, will be inducted into the Weightlifting Hall of Fame in York, Pennsylvania, capping an illustrious career that started with anything but promise.

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DOWNED WIRES KNOCK OUT POWER

westside-wireDowned utility wires in front of Westside Hose Company in Red Bank knocked out power to a block of homes on Leighton Avenue and forced the closure of the street between Newman Springs Road and W. Westside Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The utility company was on the scene working to restore power at about 2:30p, but it was unknown how long that would take. No further details were available. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

M’TOWN: GET READY TO DIG NEAR SCHOOLS

alexander-drMiddletown is considering heavier enforcement to get sidewalks near schools cleared after a snowfall. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

This winter’s unprecedented snowfalls brought frustration to Middletown, but they also nudged the township to take another look at how it reacts to the weather.

Following a substandard response to the post-Christmas pounding, when streets went days without seeing a plow and cars got stranded all over town, leadership retooled its plan to clear both roadways and lines of communication.

Now they’re focusing on the sidewalks.

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RED BANK POLICE ACTIVITY REPORT

rbpd-patrol-webThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of January 21 to February 04, 2011. The information appears here unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 1-22-11 at W. Front St. Victim reported that unknown person(s) damaged light pole on property. Ptl. Paul Perez.

Theft occurring on 1-24-11 at West St. residence. Victim reported that unknown person(s) entered his room and stole a gold rope bracelet. Lt. Eliot Ramos.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 1-27-11 at Broad St. Victim reported that unknown person(s) spray-painted graffiti on to inside wall of residence. Ptl. Gary Watson

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FAIR HAVEN JOINS THE PINK ARMY

Arnone, markThe traditional pink stripe down the center of Broad Street in honor of Paint the Town Pink might have to make an eastward turn into Fair Haven this year. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

For the second straight year, Riverview Medical Center is taking the pink paintbrush outside Red Bank in a push to spread its message of breast cancer awareness.

In 2011, it’ll be Fair Haven — or Pink Haven? — jumping onboard the hospital’s heavy PR campaign promoting breast cancer detection and prevention.

Expect to see much of the same of what Red Bank has done the last four years: lectures, fundraisers and lots of pink.

The borough and its businesses are ready to get in on the action.

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NEW ON BROAD: HIP, HUMBLE & VINTAGE

danny-weinbergHip And Humble Home co-owner Danny Weinberg inside his Broad Street store, set to open this week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI rcsm2_010508

It took Danny Weinberg a matter of seconds to decide on Red Bank as the newest location for his longtime business, Hip And Humble Home.

Weinberg, a Teaneck resident, had recently closed his New York City shop and was driving through Red Bank about six weeks ago when he spotted a vacancy on Broad Street.

“I just drove down here one day, saw the ‘for lease’ sign and the price was right,” Weinberg, 48, said. “I didn’t look anywhere else.”

Six weeks later, Weinberg’s stock of unique wooden imports, mostly from Indonesia — dining tables, chairs, dressers and bed frames, among others — is packed into 58 Broad, and Weinberg is ready to tap into demand for used furniture.

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JERSEYS FOR JESUS

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altarSunday was ‘Jerseys for Jesus’ day at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Red Bank, where congregants were encouraged to sport their team colors. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

SURF’S UP: TACO CHAIN TO OPEN NEXT MONTH

surf-taco-hiringSurf Taco held open interviews for its Red Bank location Saturday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

rivers-edge-cafeRob Nagel had Red Bank on his wish list for seven years, but few opportunities to expand his wildly successful Surf Taco chain to this end of the Jersey Shore arose.

“It’s always been a goal to get up here,” Nagel told redbankgreen. “It’s high-energy, an urban feel. There’s always something going on in Red Bank, and I think it’d be a great fit for us.”

Nagel’s chance to get into town came when Bob Guido, owner of River’s Edge Cafe, packed it up and moved out to Ocean.

“Once I walked into here, I felt the vibe,” Nagel said. “We knew we had the right location.”

A month after signing a lease for the 3,000-square-foot space at 35 Broad Street, Nagel is shooting for a March 1 opening, and appears to be on track.

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RED BANK EVENT DROPS WISDOM ON WOMEN

career-wiseHigh School girls take notes at Saturday’s Career Wise for Young Women seminar at the Oyster Point Hotel. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Shannon Belforti, a freshman at Red Bank Catholic, had been thinking about her future, wondering what she could do with her interest in math and science. Forensics appealed to her, but when she started asking her mother, Diane, questions about the field, mom couldn’t really help.

“I felt a little limited,” said Diane, who’s background is in marketing.

So she reached out to the Girl Scouts and a long list of other sponsors and put together a daylong agenda of seminars, culling about 50 women from various professions, thinking there were other young women, like her daughter, who had plenty of questions and not enough answers.

She was right.

On Saturday, Belforti hosted a sold-out crash course on breaking into different fields of work, called ‘Career Wise In A Day.’

“Literally, we are sold out,” she said Saturday. “I’ve turned people away.”

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SUV FLIPS IN TWO-CAR RUMSON ACCIDENT

rumson-rd-accOne car flipped in a late-morning accident on Rumson Road Saturday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A two-car accident on Rumson Road sent an unknown number of people to the hospital Saturday morning and left an ugly scene for emergency responders to clean up.

Fire Chief Kevin McCarthy said those involved in the accident, in which a white Lexus sports utility vehicle flipped over on the side of the road, were taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.

“Everybody was out of the area when we got here,” he said at about 11a.

This is the second accident on Rumson Road in two days.

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BROAD STREET CLOCK RESTARTED

reussielles-clockThe Reussille’s clock was back to telling the correct time late Friday afternoon. (Click to enlarge)

Red Bank’s landmark downtown clock is back to telling time, even if its owner has moved on.

The distinctive Reussille’s clock was shut off three weeks ago, when Ballew Jewelers, the successor to Reussille’s, ended a 126-year run in town.

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SAY CHEESE! LOMBARDI GRAVE A SUPER DRAW

lombardiFamed football coach Vince Lombardi’s headstone at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Middletown. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Step into the main office of Middletown’s Mount Olivet Cemetery wielding a camera, and it doesn’t take more than a ‘hello’ for secretary JoAnn Christopher to figure out why you’ve come.

“Here for Lombardi?” she asks.

With a Super Bowl matchup Sunday between the Pittsburgh Steelers and legendary coach Vince Lombardi‘s former team, the Green Bay Packers, Lombardi, who’s buried at Mount Olivet, is more of an attraction than usual.

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RED BANK, OTHERS SECURE STREET AID

peters-plPeters Place is one of two borough streets targeted for improvements. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Red Bank is among four towns on The Green to pull in a share of $6.6 million in state dollars for street and safety improvement projects, the Department of Transportation announced earlier this week.

The borough will use the $200,000 in municipal aid for upgrades on Peters and Drummond Place, two main cut-throughs for motorists traveling on Broad Street and Maple Avenue, said borough enginer Christine Ballard.

But exactly what those improvements will include isn’t clear at this point, Ballard said.

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ART WALK: THE GALOSHES EDITION

leslies_sentinels“Sentinels” by Leslie Backlund whose works will be among those displayed Sunday at Shrewsbury’s Guild of Creative Art.

The virtual Art Walk is back on redbankgreen as February pops from the groundhog-hole with a newfound momentum toward those first gloriously slushy days of the long-awaited Big Thaw. Like charging into a snowdrift and hoping for the best, we proceed apace — and if the walking’s still a bit slippery out there, we did mention that we’re kicking it “virtual” in here.

This weekend brings an annual event that, while it doesn’t claim to compete for attention with the Super Bowl, remains an eagerly anticipated seasonal signifier around the greater ‘green. Hosted at Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft and presented by the CBA Mother’s Club, the 36th Annual CBA Professional Art Show and Sale brings together some 100 pro artists from all over the region for a fundraiser that kicks off with a preview reception tonight. Tickets for the 7p event ($40 in advance, $50 at the door) benefit the school and include hors d’oeuvres, wine/beer open bar, live music, first dibs on all artworks offered for sale, plus unlimited return visits for the duration of the weekend.

The show continues Saturday and Sunday between 10a and 4p, with $5 admission once again dedicated to special event programs at CBA. There’s a 50/50 raffle, drawings for featured art works and refreshments available for purchase from “the unique Artist’s Palette Café.” Take it here for full details — and take it ’round the corner for more arty action.

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RUMSON ACCIDENT SENDS ONE TO HOSPITAL

rumson-accidentAn early afternoon accident on Rumson Road shut down traffic between Kemp Avenue and Sycamore Lane in Rumson Thursday. The single-car accident, involving a Chevrolet sedan bearing Connecticut license plates, occurred around 1p in front of  Rumson Country Club. Police said the driver suffered unknown injuries and was sent to the hospital. Further details were not immediately available. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

ZIPPRICH ADDS TO ‘IT GETS BETTER’ EFFORT

In a video posted on YouTube in support of an outreach effort for gay teenagers who may be considering suicide, Red Bank Councilman Ed Zipprich talks about his own sexuality and the presence of bullies in his youth.

Describing himself as “an out and proud councilman elected by the people of Red Bank, New Jersey,” Zipprich recalls that as a teenager, he knew that “by being different, I wasn’t safe, especially when it came to kids who bullied.”

“It was very painful and very difficult to go to school every day in fear that somebody would find out who you really were,” he says in the video, which is featured on the It Gets Better website among those made by average joes and celebrities such as Keith Strickland of the B-52s and comedian Margaret Cho.

“I buried who I was. I knew that who I was wasn’t safe,” he says.

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RUMSON FIREWORKS STILL UP IN THE AIR

A YouTube video of the fireworks in Rumson last year. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Now that Red Bank has decided to move forward with KaBoom ’11 with a couple of changes, leadership at the other end of the Navesink can start talking about its own fireworks show.

First question: Will there be one?

More than likely, said John Ekdahl, mayor of Rumson — which puts on a scaled-down replica of the same fireworks display Red Bank has, at half the cost and a fraction of the crowd. But a final decision won’t be made until the Rumson Endowment Fund Committee, which helps fund special events in the borough, meets in the middle of February, Ekdahl said.

Before that happens, though, officials want to meet with Kaboom! committee members to untangle the lines of communication between the two boroughs, Ekdahl said.

“We want get the scoop for Kaboom! as far as what they’re up to and whether or not they’re going to have it,” Ekdahl said.

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