Red Bank firefighters returned to the site of Monday’s night’s house fire after a report of smoldering in the attic early Tuesday afternoon. The remaining embers of the South Street blaze, reported to have been started by the homeowner as he sought to remove a wasp’s nest, were quickly extinguished, fire personnel reported. (Click to enlarge)
A rare earthquake, reported to have been centered on Virginia, swept the Red Bank area early Tuesday afternoon, rattling doors and nerves, but apparently causing no damage.
Red Bank fire marshal Stanley Sickels reported fire and police responded to a number of fire alarms tripped either by panicked building occupants or set off by the tremors, but found no damage or injuries.
What was initially described as a partial ceiling collapse at the Sears store on Route 35 in Middletown proved to be just a few tiles from a drop ceiling coming down, a township police spokesman said.
Phone lines were said to be jammed as shoppers, restaurant patrons and office workers swept out into Broad Street by the dozens to compare notes as it became clear that an earthquake was happening.
The event brought on an atmosphere of awe and levity.
Here’s a movin’-on-up story we don’t see many examples of here in Red Bank’s ever-churning downtown.
At an age most retail establishments would kill to attain, Monmouth Street mainstay Readie’s Fine Foods, with roots that go back 54 years, is heading uptown.
Not that the diplomatic owner, Tom Fishkin, who doubles as chairman of Red Bank RiverCenter, would put it that way.
“People have always said Broad Street is better” because of its wider sidewalks and cachet, Fishkin tells redbankgreen. “But if you’re a destination store, it doesn’t matter which street you’re on.”
Except that is, when you’re a destination deli, with no place for customers to eat the sandwiches you make.
The Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair kicks off its traditional week-plus run Friday night.
Touted as the biggest firemen’s fair in New Jersey, the event boasts feel-good qualities galore: brimming bowls of clam chowder, bird’s-eye views from atop a Ferris wheel, dizzying rides and a much-anticipated “super 50-50” drawing. Upwards of 10,000 visitors are expected.
The fair runs from 6 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday nights. It’s closed on Sunday, and wraps up Saturday, September 3.
A slideshow of photos from last year’s fair is here. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)
Two prominent pieces of public infrastructure one, some 140 years old, the other brand-new have officially been renamed for Red Bank-area leaders.
Governor Chris Christie has signed bills naming the century-old Red Bank rail station for the late borough mayor and state Supreme Court Justice Daniel OHern and dubbing a new bridge across the Shrewsbury River for the late Joe Azzolina, the longtime state Assemblyman from Middletown.
State Senator Jennifer Beck, who pushed for both, announced the changes Monday.
The fire, at 96 South, was reported at about 9:45 p.m., and appeared to be out by about 10:20.
On August 21, 2011 at approximately 5:40 pm Patrolman Brady Carr responded to the Shop Rite Store in reference to a report of a Shoplifting. Upon arrival store security advised the officer that they had observed the suspect, identified as John Osman, age 49, from Kupsch Street in Sayreville, NJ, attempt to leave the store without paying for numerous items.
Officer Carr conducted an investigation and arrested Osman for Shoplifitng. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and held on $2,500.00 bail with no 10% option.
Foam-mattress maven Michael Fux, right, has been making the rounds in downtown Red Bank in recent days.
A car collector with tastes so lavish that Rolls Royce named a paint for him, Fux (pronounced ‘fyooks’) has been visiting merchants to drum up support for a charity event he’s bankrolling this Saturday afternoon: an exotic car show and entertainment extravaganza that will close a portion of Broad Street for five hours. [UPDATE: Event rescheduled for Saturday, September 10, because of Tropical Storm Irene]
But he’s also been trying to quash what he says is a mistaken impression: that the event is a grand opening event for two-month-old Blue Water Seafood Company, in which he’s an investor, and outside which some of his favorite toys are often lined up on Friday and Saturday nights.
Criminal Mischief occurring on 8-13-11 at Monmouth Street. Victim reported that unknown person(s) damaged her parked vehicle by spray painting graffiti onto the vehicle. Ptl. Nicholas Maletto
Criminal Mischief occurring between 8-13-11 and 8-15-11 at Monmouth St. Victim reported that three sides of car were vandalized by spray-painting graffiti onto it by unknown person(s). Ptl. Jorge Torres
A volunteer Red Bank firefighter gives a final wet-down to the engine compartment of a van parked behind a house at 232 Bridge Avenue Sunday morning. Information about the cause of the fire, reported at about 8:30 a.m., was not immediately available. A garage just inches away appeared undamaged. (Click to enlarge)
On August 19, 2011 at approximately 2:10 am Patrolman Stephen Greenwood responded to the area of Highway 35 and Cherry Tree Farm Road in reference to a report of a motor vehicle crash. Upon arrival the officer located a vehicle lying on its side after it had rolled over after striking a utility pole. Officer Greenwood assisted the driver, identified as Jennifer Healy, age 41, from Liberty Place in West Keansburg, NJ, out of the vehicle
Officer Greenwood then conducted an investigation which resulted in Healy being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving and Failing to Maintain a Lane of Travel. She was transported to Riverview Hospital for treatment and was released pending a court date.
The 2011 touring edition of the Beach Boys with John Cowsill at far left, plus Bruce Johnston and Mike Love front and center returns (minus John Stamos) to Red Bank on August 23.
By TOM CHESEK
It’s been a long time, longer than the days prior to the passing of Dennis and Carl Wilson, since the original members of The Beach Boys shared a ride or the same side of the conference table at a lawyer’s office.
The American institution that’s fast approaching its golden anniversary in show business split into two factions around the time of the landmark Pet Sounds sessions in 1966 the studio-bound residency of Brian Wilson and the hard-touring, crowdpleasing roadshow skippered by Mike Love. And despite intermittent attempts at reconciling for albums and tours, the dichotomy abides to this day in the more or less separate-but-equal live shows fronted by the first cousins turned frenemies.
When the 2011 touring edition of the Beach Boys rolls into the Count Basie Theatre for a late-summer’s indoor concert on Tuesday, August 23, the core of Mike Love and Bruce Johnston (the successful singer/ songwriter/ producer whose 45-year history with the band hasn’t stopped him from being “the New Guy”) returns to the scene of some well-received sets of recent years as well as memorable nights featuring Brian and his band The Wondermints. The two senior Boys will preside over a pretty awesome cavalcade of canonical hits delivered by a crack team of craftsmen that includes veteran John Cowsill (from the bands that gave us both “867-5309 JENNY” and “The Rain, The Park and Other Things”) although the on-again, off-again stuntcasting of TV star John Stamos as drummer/ vocalist appears not to be in the cards for the Count’s crib.
The story of the Beach Boys is a way-stranger-than-fiction saga that takes in madness, child abuse, mind control, Charles Manson, multi-generational laboratory-level drug use, untimely death and tons of litigation. The story of America, in other words; all set to a soundtrack of the most achingly gorgeous “teenage symphonies” ever devised in a crossfire of inspiration and aspiration.
redbankgreen spoke to Mike Love polarizing figure, energizing frontman, boosterizing flagwaver for environmental causes, transcendental meditation and not-so-gentle politics from the Boys’ tour stop outside Philadelphia; turn the record over for more.
A view of the proposed West Side Lofts, at the southeast corner of West Front Street and Bridge Avenue. Project principal Chris Cole, center below, speaks with Red Bank Antiques Center owner Guy Johnson during a break in the hearing. (Click to enlarge)
Dubbed MW West Side Lofts, the project is slated to include 92 luxury rental apartments, street-level retail, live-and-work artists’ spaces, a parking garage and a Triumph Brewing Company restaurant all configured in a horseshoe around Dannys Grill & Wine Bar, at Bridge Avenue and West Front Street.
Approved by the borough zoning board in 2006, the plan was back before the board Thursday night over proposed changes that would raise the height of the five-story structure cut down the size of the pub. But it would also eliminate 51 parking spaces, raising early concerns among board members.
The home of Elizabeth Lilleston, Fair Haven’s code enforcement officer. Below, her husband, Richard, looks at one of two trees that were to be removed from their Woodland Drive property. (Photos by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
A permit issued by Fair Haven’s code enforcement officer allowing her to remove two trees from her own property has been yanked by the mayor following an outcry from neighbors.
Amid complaints of questionable ethics, and after an inquiry by redbankgreen Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Mike Halfacre rescinded the permit that tree-law enforcer Elizabeth Lilleston issued on her Woodland Drive home, which she and her husband sold to a developer earlier this month.
“That can’t happen,” Halfacre said within minutes of hearing about the permit. “Everyone has to know it can’t happen that way.”
A sailor’s-delight sunset backlit a group of kids on bikes at Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park Wednesday night. But a sailor’s-warning sunrise, and data-reading by the National Weather Service, foretell un-delightful thunderstorms Thursday and over the next few days. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli; click to enlarge)
Classic cars began purring into downtown Red Bank late Wednesday afternoon for a charity car show that’s scheduled to overtake Broad Street and other downtown streets until 10 p.m. Above, a 1956 Packard Caribbean Convertible, as seen through the rear window of a 1937 Packard Limousine. (Click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
From mom-and-pop op to corporate giant, the space is once again open to young shredders, ivory ticklers and timekeepers in the Red Bank area.
School of Rock, the national titan of the music lesson and performance industry, reopened its doors on a once-thriving block of music education late last month.
Space is tight at Lunch Break, the Red Bank soup kitchen.
Because of soaring demand for hot meals and canned goods, the need for pantry space has soared, too. Volunteers handling administrative duties share dining tables with clients who come for the meals. Every Saturday, bundles of clothing stored in the basement of the 25-year-old facility named for co-founder Norma Todd must be carted upstairs, out through a parking lot and back into the ground-floor dining room for distribution to clients in need. When winter approaches, executive director Gwen Love has to clear out of her cramped office so clients can get flu shots in private.
The space shortage is more than just an inconvenience. It impinges on Lunch Break’s mission, says Love: to deliver services to those in need with a measure of dignity and respect.
So the recent donation of two houses adjoining Lunch Break’s home at 121 on Drs. James Parker Boulevard, just as the organization was about to embark on a search for additional space, was something of a “miracle,” says Love.
“Every now and then, it rains down blessings,” she tells redbankgreen.
The late Stu Paer, below whose Red Bank Sleep Shoppe sponsorship could be seen on many cars in competition at Wall Stadium, including his own INSOMNIA funny car is remembered in a special Cruise Night event tonight in downtown Red Bank. (Photos by classicfunnycarboard.com)
They come from all over Monmouth County and parts beyond the rat rods and tuners, the street rods and customs, the competition-class racers, the blue-ribbon show cars, and the weekend works-in-progress from countless suburban garages.
Tonight, they’ll be lining the streets of Red Bank’s business district in remembrance of a good friend, to benefit of a great cause.
Once a semi-regular Friday night occurrence, Red Bank Cruise Night returns for a special edition presented by Red Bank RiverCenter in conjunction with Friends of Stu Paer an organization co-founded by Frank Woods, borough code enforcement officer and, as a classic car owner himself, an organizer of the annual Liberty Hose Car Show.
Puffy clouds lingered after several days of rain, but the view of Sandy Hook and the Manhattan skyline from the Route 36 bridge over the Shrewsbury River was unimpeded Tuesday afternoon.
Wednesday’s forecast by the National Weather Service calls for ample sunshine and temperatures peaking around 84, but rain may return Thursday and Friday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi. Click to enlarge)
No injuries were reported, and no summonses issued, after a car drove through the front window of Crate’s Beverages on Bridge Avenue in Red Bank early Tuesday afternoon. Police said the driver told them the vehicle accelerated unexpectedly as she was parking. (Photo courtesy of Chris Lomazzo. Click to enlarge.)
Planning board member Ed Zipprich and alternates Barbara Boas and Linda Cohen pore over plans for a hotel proposed for the Red Bank end of the Cooper Bridge. A second-story floor plan, below. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Opening testimony by professionals of the Hampton Inn and Suites proposal, prompted some planning board members to balk at the idea of making the current two-opening driveway just one. Expressing concern for motorists trying to get across the “speedway” of Route 35, they pressed the developer to “make things right” at a busy and troublesome intersection.
Officials who will eventually vote on some 20 requested variances for the former filling station site also showed concern about the look of the six-story building so its roof line doesn’t resemble the the deck “of the old Queen Mary.”