FAIR HAVEN MAY TRIM TREE LAW

fh-treesHance Road in Fair Haven. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Councilman Bob Marchese’s got his axe ready, and it looks like changes to Fair Haven’s tree ordinance are imminent.

Marchese is proposing tweaks to the borough’s tree law, which he says infringes upon property owners’ rights.

“I believe our tree ordinance is subject to a constitutional attack, quite honestly,” he said. “I want to get this moving.”

It got moving Monday night, and the revised ordinance is expected to be introduced for a vote next month.

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SMASH & GRAB BURGLARY AT THE INBETWEEN

in-betweenThe Inbetwen Café was burglarized over the weekend. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Not a nice pairing with the Sunday paper and an omelette: a flower pot and an empty cash register.

That’s what the owners of Red Bank mom-and-pop breakfast spot Inbetween Café found Sunday morning.

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HATS THROWN INTO AND HELD FROM RACES

castlemanLittle Silver Mayor Suzanne Castleman is calling it quits. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Monday was the deadline for candidates to file for November’s elections, and in the sleepy towns of Rumson, Little Silver and Fair Haven, where Republicans dominate and election outcomes are all but foregone conclusions, the big news is who’s not running for re-election.

Here’s a rundown of who’s in and who’s out in those towns.

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BRIGHTBILL TAKES PASS ON RE-ELECTION BID

pam-brightbillDeputy Mayor Pamela Brightbill won’t seek re-election this year. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

After six years on the township committee, including a stint as mayor, Deputy Mayor Pamela Brightbill is “passing the baton” and will not run for re-election this year, she says.

Taking her place on the ballot, alongside Mayor Tony Fiore, is zoning board member Stephanie Murray.

Murray and Fiore will run on the Republican ticket against two Democrats who’ve each made unsuccessful runs for the committee.

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WINDSHIELD SMASHED ON RIVER STREET

rbpd4 windowThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of April 1 to April 8 2011. The information appears here unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 4-1-11 at River St-parking lot. Victim reported that unknown person(s) damaged parked vehicle by breaking rear windshield and scratching paint. Ptl. James DePonte.

Auto Theft reported on 4-4-11 but occurring approximately two weeks prior at West Bergen Place. Vehicle stolen from street is described as a 2000 black in color Volvo S80, NJ Reg. ZXN37S. Lt. Michael Clay.

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FAIR HAVEN PUTS QUACKING TO REST

duck-interviewA News 12 reporter interviews Nikki Vuille prior to the Fair Haven council’s vote on her rquest to keep her ducks. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The controversial flock of ducks of South Woodland Drive will get to stay in Fair Haven, the council decided Monday night.

After a heaping of media coverage and a tense meeting full of complaints by neighbors last month, the decision came down in a much more subdued fashion, with no public input except for one woman advocating to let the family keep the ducks in their backyard.

“So, at this point, it looks like the ducks are here,” Mayor Mike Halfacre said, “with conditions.”

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WHO CAN IT BE NOW AT THE RECORD STORE?

colin-hay-aWith a new CD to promote, hard-working singer, songwriter and storyteller Colin Hay visits Jack’s Music Shoppe during Record Store Day on Saturday.

By TOM CHESEK

Do not under any circumstances exile him to the sad but sun-kissed island of the One Hit Wonders. Nor should you rank him with Crocodile Dundee, Aussie Rules Football and other once-trendy pursuits of some long-ago moment. Besides, his 1980s group Men at Work scored not one but two Number One hits (“Who Can It Be Nowand the anthemic “Down Under“), plus a whole slew of other international chartbusters.

Whatever you do, however, never suggest that Colin Hay is a trafficker in nostalgia — at least not the sort of candied nostalgia that comes swaddled in big hair and shoulder pads, and uncomplicated by the emotional currents and dancing reflections that course through his latest release, Gathering Mercury.

This Saturday afternoon, April 16, the Scottish-born Guy From Down Under visits Jack’s Music Shoppe on Broad Street in Red Bank for an in-store appearance that’s slated as the sweet-spot attraction in the annual celebration known as Record Store Day (and yes, it’s a worldwide holiday).
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CAR BREAK-INS REPORTED ALL OVER

just_in1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A rash of car break-ins in Fair Haven has spread to neighboring towns, local departments said Monday.

In addition to break-ins reported in Red Bank and Fair Haven, Rumson, Shrewsbury and Little Silver have reported unlocked vehicles entered over the last few days, and police are putting residents on high alert.

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M’TOWN POLICE MAKE 5 WEEKEND ARRESTS

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By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Middletown police made five arrests over the weekend, with incidents including two failed burglary attempts and somebody allegedly trying to lift candy, socks and lawn care products from a food store.

Two others were picked up on active arrest warrants, police said.

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PIZZA NEWS: A BUSTED DOOR AND A HUSTLE

authorities2bBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Little Silver police are investigating a smash-and-grab at a business Monday morning.

Detective Sergeant Daniel Shaffery told redbankgreen that a New Jersey Transit commuter reported seeing the front door window at Luigi’s Pizza, on Oceanport Avenue, broken.

Shaffery said that sometime overnight, someone threw a rock through the window, broke in and stole an undetermined amount of cash from the store’s register.

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CHECK IT OUT: IT’S LIBRARY WEEK AT RBPL

vanhemmencrawford1Maritime historian Rik van Hemmen and singer/ songwriter Jim Crawford are among the visitors to the Red Bank Public Library in coming days, as the borough bibliotecque celebrates National Library Week.

They’ve continued to make the printed word seem so sexy, long into the age of more pixelated pursuits.

They’ve embraced DVD collections, coffee bars, internet stations, graphic novels, open mics, Wii tournaments, even downloadable reading materials — all of those things, in other words, that we were all so sure were going to spell their demise.

They’re all too often the best things about their respective towns — and from now through April 16, they’ve got a rack of days all their own, as National Library Week gets observed in special places all over this land.

On the banks of the Navesink, that special place is the Red Bank Public Library — the richly pedigreed (and recently renovated) riverside landmark that’s one of the standout public spaces in a town that does public spaces particularly well. The folks at the historic Eisner house on West Front Street have lined up a slate of events and incentives that began yesterday with free Manhattan Bagels — and continues through Saturday with still more goodies, including candy-kitchen creations by Red Bank Chocolate Shoppe.
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LITTLE SILVER KIDS BAG UP EARTH DAY

ls-bagsStudents at the Point Road School decorated bags that will be given to customers at Sickles Market on Earth Day. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Friday at the auditorium of Point Road School in Little Silver, in front of a couple hundred students, was one of Bob Sickles‘s favorite days.

“I get to play hooky from work,” said Sickles, owner of Sickles Market.

He also got a couple armloads to bring back to work with him.

The students, in celebration of Earth Day, decorated 500 brown paper bags that the market will give to shoppers on Friday, April 22 — Mother Nature’s day.

“It’s really cute what they do,” Sickles said. “Some of what they do is absolutely adorable. It’s a lot of work.”

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THE WEEK IN REARVIEW

sb-beach-plowPlowing the sand mounds in Sea Bright. Can summer be far behind? (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Welcome back to another week at redbankgreen. Here’s a glance back at the stories that filled our cyberpages last week.

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PLAY BALL!

rumson-llFollowing a rainy night, the skies cleared to pitch-perfect weather at Rumson Little League’s opening day Saturday. Hundreds of children and parents gathered for an opening day ceremony at Piping Rock Memorial Park to kick off the 2011 season. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

RED BANK LANDS NEW FIRE BOAT – FREE

rb-fire-boatSoon to be churning up the waters of the Navesink: a former U.S. Coast Guard vessel, now getting a sprucing-up at the Red Bank public works garage. (Click to enlarge)

Red Bank’s fleet of emergency vehicles is about to get an addition.

Borough officials earlier this week took possession of a 22-foot SeaArk Marine boat with twin 130-horsepower Honda engines. And they got it for free.

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BROOKDALE TO DISPLAY AXES, ACTS

guitarFans of six-strings will find nirvana at Sunday’s guitar show at Brookdale Community College. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It might be getting hard to tell anymore whether you’re at a daylong music festival with a ton of guitars on display, or a guitar festival with a ton of live music on display.

It’s the latter, but having a mix of live tunes alongside hundreds of axes is what makes the Brookdale Guitar Show one of those increasingly-popular exclusive events without making people feel excluded, the college’s public radio director Tom Brennan said.

“It’s not just about buying strings, buying guitars and buying amps,” he said. “It’s all about performances, too.”

Now in year 14, the radio station’s largest fundraiser to keep its audience’s ears pleased and its DJ’s fed, plugs in this Sunday

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RBFD PUTS OUT FRIDAY MORNING FIRE

mclaren-fire1Red Bank Fire Department put out a McLaren Street fire this morning. The cause of the fire, which was called in at around 11:10a Friday at 105 McLaren, was unknown at the time. “We don’t know what it was,” Chief John Mego said. “We had heavy smoke pouring out the top.” Firefighters quickly had the fire extinguished and were working on cleanup and an investigation by 11:30a. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

NAACP DRAWS ATTENTION TO SCHOOLS

rb-boe-040711About a dozen residents turned out at St. Paul Baptist Church in Red Bank Thursday night for the latest in a series of budget presentations given in recent weeks by schools Superintendent Laura Morana, with mic above. A Q&A with board of ed candidates followed at the event, hosted by the Greater Red Bank Branch of the NAACP.

The $15 million budget would raise the district’s portion of the local tax bill by $40 on a residence assessed at the borough average. Voting on the spending plan, and for board seats, is April 27, when polls are open from 2p to 9p. (Click to enlarge)

BUDGET SHOW NO SRO

rb-budget-040711Borough officials outnumbered residents at the annual Red Bank budget Q&A held at the Senior Citizens’ Center on Shrewsbury Avenue Thursday night. Administrator Stanley Sickels gave a 35-minute overview of the spending plan that was nearly identical to one he delivered at a council meeting last month, and drew only two questions from the audience.

The $19.95 million spending plan, which would raise the local tax on a house assessed at the average $403,696 by $105 for the year, is scheduled for a council vote on April 27. (Click to enlarge)

SEA BRIGHT: BOUNCER NOW OWNS THE JOINT

chris-woodWith a partner, Chris Wood has taken over Ichabod’s and is revamping the space as Woody’s Ocean Grille. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It was hard for Chris Wood to imagine, some 25 years ago as a door man at Ichabod’s, that he’d return to the Sea Bright “institution,” as he calls it, for anything more than a beer and a burger.

“Absolutely not,” said 50-year-old Wood. “I always loved the building, always loved the spot. Never did I think I was going to own the place.”

Wood, who left his post at Ichabod’s door in the mid-80s to become a bond broker on Wall Street, is making an unlikely — and “super, super exciting” — return to his roots on East Church Street, taking over Ichabod’s and rebranding it Woody’s Ocean Grille.

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MIDDLETOWN BAR CRUSH RILES NEIGHBORS

mjsBrisk business at MJ’s Pizza Bar and Grill is causing traffic to jam up a nearby residential area, neighbors say. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Here’s a problem merchants these days might like to have: a business so hopping that the parking lot can’t keep up with demand.

Recently-opened MJ’s Pizza Bar and Grill, on Route 35 north in Middletown, is having such a containment issue. A lack of available real estate isn’t deterring customers, but the parking spaces they’re finding have got neighbors of MJ’s all riled up.

Neighbors say bar patrons are using the area of nearby Rosewood and Melrose terraces as an alternative parking area, making noise late at night and using private driveways as U-turns to get back out onto the highway.

“There’s a major problem with my privacy and my neighbors’ privacy and traffic. You can’t even pull your car out to Route 35,” said Vito Nigro, of Melrose Terrace. “Roseland Terrace is like a parking lot.”

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IN LITTLE SILVER, GARDENS READY TO SPROUT

ls-parkLittle Silver resident John Heidema clears out brush and concrete Wednesday, doing his part to get the borough’s memorial garden into shape. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

John Heidema has put his gardening gloves to the test the last few days.

He was out Saturday and again on Tuesday at Little Silver’s Memorial Garden, pulling away brush and picking through dirt piles to get rid of leftover concrete.

“And I’m doing some now ’til we get things going,” he said Wednesday, waiting for a meeting with other volunteers — who failed to show on time — to help put the finishing touches on the borough’s once-empty patch of grass to a memorial of Little Silver’s deceased. “The idea is to get this manageable.”

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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You can practically hear the echoes and feel the coolness of this space, can’t you? Ah, but do you know Where we are this week? If you recognize the above location, or would like to take a guess, please drop us a note.

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FAIR HAVEN HIT WITH MORE CAR ROBBERIES

just_in1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

For the second straight week, multiple unlocked vehicles were entered into and robbed Monday, Fair Haven police said.

This time, the thefts occurred in the central part of town, closer to the river, said Detective Jesse Dykstra.

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