REEL NICE WEATHER

fishingFair Haven resident Chris Marcelli casts a line into the Navesink River off the town pier at the end of Fair Haven Road Thursday morning. The weatherbot says Friday and Saturday will be smactacular. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

Here’s the local outlook from the National Weather Service:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 78. Northwest wind between 13 and 16 mph.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 52. North wind between 9 and 13 mph.

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FAMILY KEEPS A BIRDS-EYE VIEW ON THE PAST

windmill4The windmill, a Rumson landmark, outside the home at 37 Ward Avenue. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

By now, the Taylor family is used to random knocks on the door and gawkers in the front yard.

After all, there’s this four-story thing jutting out of the Taylors’ lawn that gets passersby wondering: what is that?

“Everybody knows it as a Rumson landmark,” said the home’s owner, Kathryn Taylor. But not many people actually know for sure. “We always have these kids knocking on our door asking, what is that? People always stop and take pictures. We’ve lived here (in Rumson) for 23 years, and people are still asking us about it.”

These days it’s a place for small — and very intimate — cocktail parties and a hangout for Taylor’s children that beats just about any tree house around.

And it happens to be one of the last vestiges of Rumson’s past that hasn’t fallen to development and progress in technology.

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LEANER BECOMES A SPARKER

sparking-leaner-060211Sparking wires attached to a utility pole on Broad Street near East Bergen Place in Red Bank brought out volunteer firefighters and an electricity company crew around 8 p.m. Thursday. The pole is a replacement for one that came under the intense journalistic scrutiny of redbankgreen last year as one of several “leaners” in town. (Click to enlarge)

MAN CHARGED IN BANK INCIDENT

ls-wells-fargo1Authorities say Tuesday’s incident at the Wells Fargo in Little Silver was not a robbery. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Little Silver police have brought criminal charges against an Avenel man following an incident at the Wells Fargo bank on Prospect Avenue that caused police to lock down the bank earlier this week.

Contrary to initial reports, it was not a robbery, said Marc Lemieux, director of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office‘s major crimes bureau.

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RIVERFEST IS BACK AND IN DEMAND

gelato-cartVincenzo Sorriso of Sicilia Café inspects his new gelato cart, which will make its debut at RiverFest this weekend. (Click to enlarge)

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By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It’s unlikely that Riverfest will struggle to reintroduce itself with Red Bank after a decade-long layoff from the banks of the Navesink.

In fact, organizers are practically beating back spot-seeking vendors who want to get in on the action, which starts Friday.

“My phone is ringing off the hook right now with people who want to get in right now,” said Lynda Rose, president of the Eastern Monmouth Area Chamber of Commerce, one of the festival’s organizers. “Next year, they’re going to have to take a number.”

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RODS, REELS & BLUE WATER IN RED BANK

blue-water-seafoodTables are set for a possible Thursday night opening of Blue Water Seafood at 9 Broad Street. (Click to enlarge)

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By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

On Red Bank’s Broad Street, a hustle job is in the works, while over on East Front, they’re fishing for new customers.

Blue Water Seafood Company owner Jimmy Vastardis is hauling it to get his new restaurant, at 9 Broad, open by this evening, he tells redbankgreen. But a boatload of last-minute must-dos from the borough fire inspector may mean the two-story, glass-fronted place won’t open until Friday night, Vastardis says.

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LANDLORDS LOOK TO LOOSEN RENT CONTROL

sbury-manorRed Bank landlords are pressing the borough government to make changes to its rent leveling ordinance. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Red Bank has one of the oldest and most successful rent control measures in the state, Mayor Pasquale Menna says.

But landlords went before Menna and his council counterparts last week to complain that they’re getting squeezed by the stringent standards in the borough’s rent leveling ordinance.

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CODA FOR TWO MUSIC SHOPS ON MONMOUTH

summitSummit Music has cleared out, and across the street, Honey Child Music has shut its doors. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Within days of each other, two Red Bank music education shops shut their doors last week, dealing a double blow to Monmouth Street’s reputation as a place where kids learned the basic chords that might someday land them on the stage of the nearby Count Basie Theatre. rcsm2_010508

Summit Music, which in recent months shifted from instrument sales and drum repairs to kid-focused instruction by joining forces with the national School of Rock chain and Little Rockers, quietly cleared out of its space, at 52 Monmouth Street, just before Memorial Day.

Maureen Tieri, who’s owned Summit the last three years, could not be reached for comment.

Diagonally across the street from Summit, longtime children’s music shop Honey Child Music went dark after losing the lease on the space at 73 Monmouth.

The departures leave Monmouth Music, at 30 Monmouth Street, as the sole instrument and instruction shop on a street that boasted three.

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VOLUNTEERS SOUGHT FOR KABOOM SHOW

lunch-music-11The summerlong Lunch Music series at Riverside Gardens Park kicked off Wednesday. Volunteers are needed at the event to help raise money for Kaboom fireworks. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Lunch Music made its intro overlooking the Navesink River in Red Bank Wednesday, a sweat-inducing afternoon that sent viewers to the few shaded spots available at Riverside Gardens Park.

As they were last year, representatives from RiverCenter were there with a table full of pamphlets of information while the Andreach-Crepta Jazz Duo hit the first notes of the summerlong series.

One aspect missing from the event, though, was a volunteer waving the yellow bucket for the Kaboom Fireworks Committee.

The committee, heading into the home stretch to raise funds for this year’s fireworks show on the Navesink River, is looking for people to get involved to help in the annual appeal from the public.

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BRIEF SNAFU ON BROAD

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stucktruckMaybe it was the torrid heat, who knows? But things seemed to go serially wrong for a brief time in downtown Red Bank Wednesday. First, a sewer lateral gave out on Broad Street. Then, while a borough crew worked to repair it, a lumber company truck trying to navigate a tight turn into White Street around the repair site lost its power steering, spilling slippery fluid onto the asphalt. That led to some pedestrian near-falls and a brief shutdown of the eastern end of White while workers laid down material to absorb the fluid. (Click to enlarge)

DIVERSITY PLEDGE MAKES ROOM FOR ATHEISM

inclusive-signRed Bank has adopted a diversity statement as a “tremendous strength and asset to the community.” (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The Red Bank Human Relations Committee must’ve thought it had all its bases covered when it drafted a diversity statement and sent it along to the borough council for adoption last week.

But even though it was a “wonderful gesture,” said resident Stephen Mitchell, the statement, which highlights the borough’s acceptance of diversity, was missing one contingent to make it fully embracing: non-believers.

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BEATING THE HEAT… IN A DOLLHOUSE?

mtown-cruiserRecent activity involving Middletown police. This report, from the township police department, appears here unedited.

• On May 26, 2011 at approximately 3:30 pm Corporal Bernie Chenoweth responded to a residence on Bray Avenue in reference to an unknown subject standing in a wooden doll house in the backyard. Upon arrival Officer Chenoweth located the subject, identified as Timothy McDougall, age 37, from Route 36 in West Keansburg, NJ, standing inside the doll house.

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STASH PLANS AUDITIONS FOR REALITY SHOW

secret-stashFilmmaker Kevin Smith is casting a pilot show about comic-book fandom this week at his Broad Street comics and memorabilia store. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)\

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Kevin Smith seems to have a Brett Favre-y way of retiring — sans allegations of creepy text messages.smith2006

The cult hero/director/producer/author/schmoozer and SModcaster, who announced earlier this year he’s bowing out of the film scene, isn’t completely leaving the entertainment world.

Smith’s next venture is reality TV  and he’s looking “for real people who live and breath (sic) the comic book lifestyle. Must be funny outgoing and have a knowledge and passion for comics, superheroes, movie memorabilia and everything that goes with it.”

In other words, he’s looking for people a lot like himself.

Smith is set to produce a pilot show billed as a sort of “Pawn Stars for fanboys” at his Red Bank comic and memorabilia Mecca, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash.

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DOING LUNCH (AND LIFE) WITH MUSIC

lunch-music4-499x375The Andreach-Chrepta Jazz Duo returns as opening act for LunchMusic, the plein-air performance series running every Wednesday in June. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

In the week when a newly redux version of Riverfest takes back Marine Park in a three-day blast of cooking, crooning, cruising, crafting and kiddie rides, the Shore’s favorite beach-free destination town sounds an even earlier keynote to the season of outdoor tunes — as early as lunchtime Wednesday.

A welcome way-station on the Everest-like hump of the warm weather working week, the free concert events known as LunchMusic return to Riverside Gardens Park this afternoon with a pair of familiar faces — Red Bank’s Andreach-Chrepta Jazz Duo; the selfsame cats who inaugurated Red Bank Rivercenter‘s every-Wednesday-in-June series last year (redbankgreen, of course, was on the scene). The sax-guitar twosome will be playing for “music lovers and any office workers, childcare givers, moms, dads and just anyone who needs a break” between noon and 2pm, with several local eateries also getting into the act by offering some packed-to-go specials designed for noshing by the Navesink.

New for June 2011 are free lunchtime fitness classes at Riverside Gardens, with John Nies of Red Bank’s Power Center conducting a free East West CHI-Camp session from 12 to 1pm, and Dancing Foot Yoga offering an Introduction to Yoga class from 1 to 2pm (it’s bring your own mat and towel).

LunchMusic resumes on June 8 with Pam McCoy & Familiar Faces, and continues on June 15 with Red Bank’s unofficial musical mayor Chuck Lambert joining Susan Haugenes in A Cool Blues Duo. The Tor Miller Band takes the stand on June 22, and the series concludes on June 29 with Howell teens Alina and Justin Zimmerman, a/k/a Sibling Rivalry — who, despite the name, play very nicely together.

That’ll do for lunchtime; if you’re hungry for more music on Saturday nights, RiverCenter is laying out an impressive spread that begins this weekend — with details on the flipside of the paperless page.

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