VICTIM REPORTS GUN DISPLAYED IN ROBBERY

rbpd-patrolcarThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of  May 6 to May 13, 2011. They were provided out of sequence; the May 13  to May 20 entries were previously published here. The information below is unedited.

Theft reported on 5-6-11 at River Road-residence. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole copper piping and a gas boiler from a house that was under construction and not occupied at the time. Ptl. Thomas Doremus.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 5-3-11 at Oakland St. Victim reported that unknown person(s) sliced tire on parked car. Sgt. Robert Kennedy.

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WALKING THE SOGGY WALK FOR A CAUSE

Students at Red Bank Regional held their annual Relay for Life fundraiser for cancer research Friday night into Saturday morning. redbankgreen photog Peter Linder was there to document the smiles and miles on that soggy overnight.

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BILLBOARD & BUILDING GRAFFITI-BOMBED

rbpd-patrol-webThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of May 13  to May 20, 2011. The information appears here unedited.

Theft occurring at Waverly Place on 5-13-11. Victim reported that unknown person(s) entered parked vehicle and stole a Tom Tom GPS unit and cash. Ptl. Michael Campanella.

Theft occurring on Maple Avenue on 5-13-11. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) removed Apple I phone from his locker. Ptl. Michael Campanella.

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THERE’S A NEW M.D. IN THE HOUSE AT TRTC

michaelhurstrbg2By TOM CHESEK

Following a nationwide talent search, Red Bank’s  Two River Theater Company has hired a new managing director — and you read it here Hurst.

Michael Hurst, that is. The Asbury Park resident and Rutgers grad (seen here  in a photo courtesy of Jenelle Kappe Photography) replaces the recently departed Tom Werder as the “nuts ‘n bolts” exec at the Bridge Avenue artspace, and will be taking an active hand in the newly announced 2011-2012 season of entertainments from TRTC.

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GOODS RECYCLED AT TOWNWIDE SALE

fh-yard-saleLauren Shanks, left, tries on a ring at Saturday town-wide yard and sidewalk sale in Fair Haven. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Lauren Shanks scanned jewelry arrayed on a display stand outside Shutters Cottage Home on River Road in Fair Haven Saturday afternoon hoping she’d spot a bargain — the second, perhaps, of the day for the Lincroft resident.

Just minutes earlier, she’d come across an unlikely steal: a birdcage.

“I’m finding a lot of good stuff,” Shanks said.

Down the street in a not-so-conspicuous location, on Lake Avenue, Mike Sena marveled at how well his items were moving as he offloaded a number of vintage rugs, handmade aprons, “tchotchke stuff” and, somewhat surprisingly, birdcages.

“She probably got it here,” Sena said of Shanks’s serendipitous purchase.

In essence, that’s what Fair Haven’s town-wide yard and sidewalk sale was there for: a far-reaching rialto, where residents could set out their extras and others could drop in, hand over cash and move on to the next find in a day-long exercise in small-town retailing.

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ATTEMPTED THEFT OF DIESEL FUEL ALLEGED

authorities2aRecent activity from the Middletown Police Department blotter, appearing here unedited:

• On May 16, 2011 Detective Daniel Sullivan charged Peter Hanvey, age 51, from West Side Avenue in Jersey City, NJ, with Forgery and Obtaining a Controlled Dangerous Substance by Fraud. Hanvey was charged as a result of information provided by Detective Jeff Malone of the Ocean Township Police Department.

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SHIPPING OUT FROM SHREWSBURY

bikesYoung volunteers spent Saturday at The Grove West shopping center in Shrewsbury collecting used bikes for Pedals For Progress, which rehabs and then donates them to developing countries. A group representative said it collected about 15 bikes, which will be among 500 and 600 that will soon be shipped to locations around the world. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

THE WEEK IN REARVIEW: MAY 15-20, 2011

chopper1A helicopter search Thursday was part of an investigation into the whereabouts of missing Red Bank woman. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Busy last week prepping for the rapture?

Whatever you missed is all here, below, waiting for you.

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AUTHORITIES SEARCH FOR RED BANK WOMAN

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

052011aAuthorities have confirmed that Thursday’s “police operation” in the area of the Upper Navesink River in Red Bank was part of an on-going investigation for a Bank Street woman who went missing last week.

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office said it had launched an investigation, along with Red Bank and Eatontown police, into the whereabouts of 26-year-old Viridiana Beltran-Gomez, right.

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HOTEL PLAN CLEARS FIRST HURDLE

hampton-inn-siteThe zoning board’s decision exempts the former filling station site from an ordinance that appeared to limit its use to residences. Planner Roy DeBoer, below, testified for the developer. (Click to enlarge)

deboer-051911A plan for a six-story, 76-room Hampton Inn hotel on the Red Bank anchorage of the Cooper Bridge advanced Thursday night.

Asked solely for an interpretation of a 2009 land use law that allowed only single-family housing along once-stately Rector Place, the borough zoning board unanimously ruled that the ordinance was not intended to apply to the proposed hotel site, long home to a gas station, and had been mistakenly included by the town council.

The plan, however, still faces substantial procedural hurdles, including requests for height and density variances, as well as a glaring question: should a site that the state Department of Environmental Protection says is too contaminated for housing, schools and hospitals have a hotel on it? Read More »

TOP CHEF TAPS RED BANK FOR TOUR STOP

Scenes from an episode of Top Chef, in which chef Hung Huynh prepares a giant clam.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

This one is sure to beat a dirty-water dog on the street.

Bravo channel’s hit show Top Chef is making a stop in Red Bank next week, part of a 21-city traveling show, Top Chef: The Tour.

Contestants — or “cheftestants” as the show calls them — from the last two seasons will hit the grill in an interactive, three-show set at Marine Park on May 26.

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STUDENTS NYC-BOUND, WITH PUBLIC’S HELP

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

You can’t say the students and administrators of Red Bank Middle School aren’t resilient.

After budgetary shortfalls sent after-school sports to the scrap heap, parents banded together to form a non-profit, and are slowly reconstructing the school’s sports program.

Now, staff and students are pushing to fund class trips, which also fell victim to budget cuts.

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COPS, CHOPPER ON SCENE AT RIVER STREET

chopperA helicopter hovered above the water at the foot of River Street Thursday morning as authorities conducted unknown “police operations.” (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

[Editor’s Note: This story is updated with information from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.]

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Red Bank and Monmouth County authorities are conducting “police operations” in the area of River Street, next to the primary school, which include a helicopter and police in a boat where Swimming River meets the upper Navesink River.

One official was overheard saying the efforts are related to a missing person report, but declined to confirm that information, and deferred all questioning to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

First Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni would not comment further on the activity, only saying it’s a “law enforcement operation.”

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DRUG ALLIANCE SPEAKS HARSH TRUTH

drug-alliance1Children and adults packed the auditorium at the Middletown Arts Center for the eighth annual Reaching Out To Prevent Substance Abuse symposium. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Weed’s days as the gateway drug might be numbered.

“Most kids who abuse drugs now, they take their first hit of whatever it is from their parent’s medicine cabinet,” said Middletown police Lieutenant John McGuire.

McGuire, sitting on a panel of law enforcement, government and school officials at Middletown Arts Center Wednesday, said the trend in town over the last decade is children — and he meant children — getting their first exposure to drugs through prescriptions.

Along with the other panelists, McGuire was charged with exposing an auditorium overflowing with middle school-aged children, and some parents, to the dangers of drugs and alcohol, in what former mayor Tom Hall said was a forum meant to be as honest and uncomfortable as possible: Middletown drug alliance‘s eighth annual Reaching Out To Prevent Substance Abuse symposium.

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FIREMEN’S FAIR: SKYLINE VIEW INCLUDED

sb-fairThe rides and games are staged and ready for the Sea Bright Firemens’ Fair. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The Sea Bright Firemen’s Fair, if you haven’t been, is pretty much like any other you’d find in the area. Funnel cakes, games of chance, live music are all on tap.

But what sets this seaside celebration apart from most is one killer view.

“We’ve got a huge Ferris wheel and you can look right out into Manhattan,” said Kathy Morris, the borough’s recreation director.

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18 CAR BREAK-INS REPORTED IN RUMSON

authorities3By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The surge in car break-ins continues.

Rumson police reported 18 cars were broken into and items stolen overnight Tuesday into Wednesday.

And again, it’s the same situation towns all over The Green have experienced.

“Every car that was broken into was unlocked,” Police Chief Richard Tobias said.

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DONE GOOD: WALK, RUN, PUTT, CUT ‘N STRUT

relayforlife2009It’s Friday night lights as Relay for Life returns to RBR this weekend. (File photo. Click to enlarge)

donegoodlogoCancer, as they say, never sleeps — and if you’re among the many thousands of people who’ve spent sleepless nights out of concern for a loved one who’s battling cancer, the American Cancer Society has a constructive, even celebratory, way to “walk the walk” — even in those darkest-before-the-dawn hours.

On Friday evening, May 20, the first of two local events in the ACS Relay for Life campaign commences on the outdoor track at Red Bank Regional High School, when close to 600 fundraising volunteers will gather into teams to run, walk and “celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.” The up-all-night benefit takes place under the lights between the hours of 5 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday — and there’s still time to register, sponsor or participate in the event, by taking it right here.

Check here as well for info about the June 17 Relay for Life event at Mater Dei High School in Middletown — and turn the pixelated page for more Done Good doings in the days and nights to come.

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CHOPSTICKS, WATER PIPES, SCISSORS & MORE

phole-2Vietnamese eatery Pho Le opened on Broad Street last week. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

rcsm2_010508Middle Broad Street in Red Bank appears to be pulling itself from a retail malaise. It wasn’t all that long ago that for every business in the area, one or two storefronts were empty.

More recently, though, there’s been an infusion of new businesses — and diversity — on the blocks between Monmouth Street and Harding Road, with the addition of two new pizzerias, a gourmet Chinese sit-down, a beauty boutique and two upscale consignment shops.

The latest to join the mix is one-of-a-kind. At 90 Broad, Vietnamese restaurant Pho Le set out the chopsticks and noodle bowls late last month.

More info on the recent churning below.

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OCEANIC BRIDGE CLOSED AFTER POWER LOSS

oceanic-stuckMonmouth County and power company employees worked through the late afternoon to try to restore power to the Oceanic Bridge. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The Oceanic Bridge, which connects Rumson and Middletown over the Navesink River, lost power Tuesday afternoon and is closed to traffic until further notice, the Monmouth County Engineering Office said.

The bridge, which has been under a weight restriction since late 2009, lost power while in the upright position at about 3 p.m., a release from the county said.

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BRING BACK THE 4TH. OR THE 3RD. WHATEVER

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By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Red Bank’s  Kaboom Fireworks Committee is asking for the public’s help in landing a grant from Liberty Mutual under the insurance giant’s Bring Back The 4th campaign.

The fireworks organizers could bank up to $10,000 to help pay for the annual fireworks display on the Navesink, which doesn’t actually happen on the Fourth of July, but the 3rd; the fourth is the rain date.

Minor detail.

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DEAL ALLOWS 190 UNITS AT BAMM HOLLOW

bamm-hollow-signMiddletown reached a settlement with Bamm Hollow Country Club last week, effectively ending years of litigation. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Nearly 200 homes may be built on the property of Bamm Hollow Country Club as a result of an affordable housing lawsuit settlement between the town and the country club.

Officials say the deal was the best option for the town. Neighbors say it will crush the area’s quality of life.

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MENNA LOOSENS HIS TIE, SORT OF

menna-meetRed Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna Saturday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

He didn’t share any secret recipes or crack too many jokes, and didn’t even loosen his bright pink tie. But Mayor Pasquale Menna got about as informal as he was going to Saturday.

For Menna, the opening meetup in what’s billed as a series of weekend chats was a chance to let his hair down — in the metaphorical sense, at least — an opportunity he took to pat the borough’s employees on the back, recommend a shred job to the state constitution and ponder his daily reading habits.

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