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MIDDLETOWN: SEX ASSAULT ALLEGED

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• Keith Monaghan, age 18, from Commonwealth Avenue in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on April 24, 2012 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski for Defiant Trespass. He was released pending a court date.

• Dylan Ralph, age 19, from Nutswamp Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on April 24, 2012 by Patrolman Michael Reuter for Defiant Trespass. He was released pending a court date.

• Laura Frank, age 19, from Cherry Tree Lane in Middletown, NJ, arrested on April 24, 2012 by Patrolman Christopher Dee for Theft. She was released after posting $5,000.00 bail with a 10% option.

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CHAR GETS LIQUORED UP & LANDLORD SCORES

The restaurant is doing an extensive overhaul at 33 Broad Street and plans a September opening, says the landlord. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508You’ll be able to get a bourbon with that porterhouse when Char Steakhouse opens in Red Bank later this year.

And among those who may want to raise a beverage in celebration is landlord Jack Anderson, whose hedge bet on a liquor license has paid off.

“I’d be screwed without it,” he tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: FOODIE TREK AROUND THE WORLD

Like the past two autumn Oysterfests, Red Bank Flavour’s new International Flavour Fest on Sunday will bulge at the belt line of the White Street parking lot. (Click to enlarge)

It’s panning out to be a busy spring for Red Bank Flavour.

The promotional partnership of borough-based bistros, bars, boites, bakeries, breakfast nooks, banquet halls and better take-out vendors heralded the turn of the season with the return of the Dine Downtown campaign in March. Then in April, the culinary alliance presented a special Broadway in Red Bank showcase that reinforced the notion of the town as dinner-and-show destination.

On Sunday, the Flavour pack joins with Red Bank RiverCenter and a host of local and corporate sponsors for an event with a broader, even global, reach: the first annual Red Bank International Flavour Festival.

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TRIO CHARGED IN FAUX-COP ROBBERY

Three men, including one from Middletown, are facing allegations they robbed a man on a Red Bank street when one of them posed as a cop, Red Bank police announced Sunday.

From department spokesman Captain Darren McConnell:

On Saturday, April 28 at approximately 7pm a male subject reported to the Red Bank Police Department that his wallet had been stolen from him by three subjects in a red sport utility vehicle. The victim stated that he had been walking in the area of Monmouth Street and Pearl Street when he was approached by the vehicle and one of the occupants displayed a badge identifying himself as a police officer. The victim was then told to turn over his wallet and when he did the subjects drove off.

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SUV HITS POLE IN LITTLE SILVER

Little Silver police closed Branch Avenue between Pinckney Road and Silverton Avenue after an SUV smashed into a utility pole around 6 p.m. Friday. No information about the accident or injuries was immediately available. (Click to enlarge)

JUDGE TOSSES CONVICTION IN BRAWL CASE

A state Superior Court judge has overturned the harassment conviction of one of three Sea Bright firefighters involved in a firehouse scuffle 18 months ago, redbankgreen has learned.

In an unwritten opinion, Judge Anthony Mellaci ruled from the bench in Freehold Friday that a municipal court judge had given “misplaced” credibility to the accusers of firefighter Justin Hughes, said Hughes’s attorney, Scott Servilla.

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RED BANK COPS IN HIGH-SPEED PURSUIT

Red Bank police abandoned a high-speed chase that took them up the Garden State Parkway nearly to the Raritan River early Friday morning, authorities say.

The  incident began at about 1:30 a.m. when a patrol officer attempted to pull over a vehicle he had seen run a stop sign in the vicinity of Linden Place and Broad Street, Captain Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

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BOMB THREAT EMPTIES BROKERAGE

20120427-120023.jpgRed Bank police and a NJ Transit dog were on the scene as as authorities investigated a report of a bomb left in the underground parking garage of Merrill Lynch on Broad Street around 10:30 a.m. Friday. [UPDATE 12:46 p.m.: Police cleared the garage after inspection and were checking the offices as a precaution, says Captain Darren McConnell.

PAINTING, AND CLOTHING, THE TOWNS PINK

A profusion of pink explodes from local wardrobes this time of year, as evidenced by these pix from the 2011 Girls’ Night Out party in Pink Bank. (Click to enlarge)

It started six years ago, in a place called Pink Bank.

It quickly caught on in the nearby communities of Pink Haven (Fair Haven, that is) and Pink (Monmouth) Beach. And in 2012, you’ll find it happening everywhere from Pinkbury (Shrewsbury), Pinkson (Rumson) and Little Pink (Little Silver), to Pinkdel (Holmdel), Atlantic Pinklands (Atlantic Highlands) and possibly other coordinates on your G-Pink-S.

Beginning Friday, May 4, and continuing through May 12, Riverview Medical Center invites residents of the greater Green to participate in a campaign that’s designed to encourage women aged 40 and older to schedule an annual mammogram — as well as to fund mammography services to our uninsured and underserved neighbors — with a pledge to Paint the Town Pink.

If, as it’s been said, it takes a village to turn a town pink, then this year’s nine-day campaign promises to be “bigger and pinker than ever,” with a gala reception, celebrity appearances, large-scale public events, and the centerpiece of the schedulE: the mass “pinking” of homes all over this side of the Garden State Pinkway.

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GARDENERS ADVISED TO MAKE NICE

Concerns expressed by the proposed garden site’s neighbors must be addressed before any planting can occur, town officials said. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank officials told proponents of a community garden Wednesday that they need to satisfy the concerns of two adjoining neighbors before they can get an all-clear to farm a borough-owned lot on Marion Street.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

A second clue to last week’s Where Have I Seen This? didn’t keep some fans of this feature from going a bit astray.

One guessed it was taken at Prown’s Home Improvement on Monmouth Street. Another suggested “Page Photo Service (Matthew Page) located at 113 West Front Street, Red Bank” and added: “They had purchased the entire facilities of the Camera Shop formerly located in Carlton Theater building,” which is of course now the Count Basie Theatre.

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LITTLE SILVER POLICE BLOTTER

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Little Silver Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• April 8- A Fraud was reported to have taken place at a residence on Winding Way. P.O. Andrew Smith investigated.

• April 9- A business owner from Birch Ave. reported that a Bad Check, in excess of $900.00, had been received from a customer. P.O. Andrew Smith investigated.

• April 10- A resident from Mitchell Pl. reported that her vehicle had been stolen from her driveway sometime during the early morning hours. P.O. Amanda Arnold and Det. Greg Oliva investigated.

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RED BANK AIMS TO BAN OVERNIGHT BUSINESS

The unacknowledged elephant in the room: the Welsh Farms on East Front Street, now seeking to convert to an all-day 7-Eleven. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Without explaining the reason for its haste, the Red Bank Council introduced an ordinance change Thursday night to ban retail businesses from remaining open between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The law, an amendment to the town’s noise ordinance, would not apply to any business that now operates at those hours, said Mayor Pasquale Menna. Nor would it affect bars and restaurants.

Not a word was said, however, about its potential impact on the East Front Street Welsh Farms convenience store, which is in the midst of planning board hearings over cosmetic changes as it prepares to convert to a 7-Eleven and remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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LITTLE SILVER SEARCH YIELDS NOTHING

Police presence was high on the roads bordering the marshland, including Prospect Avenue, above. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

An intensive manhunt for two suspected burglars in Little Silver ended early Wednesday afternoon with no evidence of a crime or suspects, police Chief Dan Shaffery tells redbankgreen.

Having swarmed the area with cops and search dogs from half a dozen jurisdictions, police called off the search at 12:50 p.m., less than two hours after a nearby resident reported a suspicious male in a neighbor’s backyard, Shaffery said.

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MANHUNT UNDERWAY IN LITTLE SILVER

A tracking dog from the Monmouth County Sheriff’s office arriving at a home on Prospect Avenue at noon. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD
Police and tracking dogs from a half-dozen jurisdictions were searching for two men as possible burglars in Little Silver at midday Wednesday.

Police advised officials at the Point Road School not to allow children out for recess, but did not call for a lockdown, as they hunted for the pair in a large area of homes surrounding a marshy woodland.

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READYING RED BANK’S RED CLAY COURTS

It doesn’t look very red now, but the outlook for fans of Red Bank’s red clay courts is rosy. (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

A recent visit to Red Bank’s clay tennis courts in Marine Park found the riverfront facility deserted and unusually quiet. The courts, cracked and faded, looked more like a stretch of beige sand than a popular spot for athletes to brush up on their skills.

Not to worry though, for this is an annual lull. Over the next month or so, the only player working these courts will be court manager Rich Nicoletti, who’s been tending the facility, and its patrons, for decades.

“What you’re looking at here is the wear-and-tear of winter,” says Nicoletti. And its his job to bring the playing surface back to dusty-red glory, he said.

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OPERA AND DANCE TO LIGHT UP RBR STAGE

Rehearsing for this week’s Spring Dance Concerts at Red Bank Regional, VPA dance majors include (front row, left to right) Phoenicia Butler, Jessica Adderly, Dillion Jackson, plus (back row, left to right) Kendall Van Winkle, Bella Caputi and  Samantha Lore.  (Click to enlarge)

When the Visual and Performing Arts program at Red Bank Regional High School puts on a show, it’s like the Big Game.

Beginning Thursday night and carrying over into the middle of the coming week, the students of the VPA –majors in dance, music and visual arts from all over the Shore area — will take center stage in a series of showcase events, starting with a pair of Spring Dance Concert performances and continuing with the first fully staged opera production in the school’s history.

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CONFUSION OVER FAIR HAVEN TIME CAPSULES

Town officials are hoping to determine if a time capsule featured in a 1976 celebration of the nation’s 200th anniversary at Fair Haven’s Bicentennial Hall was buried or misplaced. (Click to enlarge)

Closing in on a celebration of its centennial, Fair Haven is having some trouble tracking historical time capsules, the Asbury Park Press reported Wednesday.

With food, fireworks, music and other details of the June 16 public celebration squared away, borough officials are trying to determine whether to assemble a time capsule for posterity, and wondering past time capsules are accounted for, the Press reports.

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MTOWN: COCAINE CHARGE FOLLOWS ACCIDENT

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• On April 22, 2012 Patrolman Adam Colfer responded to a report of a collision at the intersection of Edward Avenue and Main Street in the Belford section of Middletown where a vehicle had struck a fire hydrant and then left the scene. Officer Colfer recovered pieces of the vehicle at the scene that assisted him in identifying the vehicle. Officer Colfer conducted a follow up investigation and located the vehicle at a residence on Church Street.

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YOUNG RUMSON BAKERS RAISE SOME DOUGH

Sophie Shea, center, and Kristina Taylor, right working their roadside bake sale with friend Willow Nicolaides on Saturday. (Click to enlarge)

By STEPHANIE SCHROEPFER

What began as a curbside nickel-and-dime lemonade stand turned into a fundraising phenomenon in Rumson this past weekend.

Decorated in red, white and blue, homemade goodies sold on Ward Avenue in Rumson Saturday and Sunday raised more than $2,000 for the Great American Bake Sale, a national anti-childhood hunger campaign.

Leading the effort were Kristina Taylor, 12, and Sophie Shea, 11. And they had their families baking all weekend.

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UP AT McKAY’S: LEAVENS GETS LINEAR

This pencil-on-paper self portrait is among the “new and unknown” works by lifelong Red Banker Evelyn Leavens on display in a solo show that opens Friday evening at McKay Imaging Gallery. (Click to enlarge)

During a 2010 visit to the Red Bank house that she’s lived in since before the Great Depression, Evelyn Leavens told redbankgreen: “I’m still painting; I’m always working… I wouldn’t give it up any more than I would move out of my home.”

That particular article (which can be read here in its entirety) advanced a solo show drawn from the remarkable artist’s 60-year career, a display that we viewed as not so much a retrospective, but “a chance for Leavens to pause for one moment — a moment in which the rest of us can struggle to catch up — before sprinting ahead to the next challenge.”

Sure enough, here in 2012 there’s still much that is new, even much that’s yet to be discovered, in the world of Evelyn Leavens. On Friday evening, April 27, McKay Imaging Gallery brings us up to speed on her recent endeavors, with the opening reception of an exhibit that the octogenarian artist has described as being her “last show” (although, as she told the Two River Times, she’s “never convinced about that”).

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RACING SCANDAL SPREADS TO RED BANK

Video purporting to show cars racing to a Ferrari rally in Red Bank in 2010. (Warning: crude language. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

An explosive scandal alleging that New Jersey State Police led a high-speed caravan of luxury cars down the Garden State Parkway to Atlantic City last month took a twist Monday with the revelation of another such excursion in 2010.

That one, according to a report Monday by the Star-Ledger,  involved a caravan of hot cars headed to a Ferrari car show in downtown Red Bank.

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YOUR CHOICE: YELLOW, YELLOW OR YELLOW

Environmental Commission member Lou DiMento speaks with resident Ann Roseman behind the new recycling bins at Sunday’s Earth Day fair at the Red Bank Middle School. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank’s streets are about to be abloom in yellow, and not solely from the spring return of the forsythia.

The town is giving away more than 2,200 bright yellow recycling bins to borough residents in an effort to create some identifiable uniformity to the re-use effort.

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BRINGING A LITTLE EARTH DAY RAIN INDOORS

Dozens of Red Bank residents ignored Sunday’s rain to turn out at an Earth Day fair at the Red Bank Middle School, where a rapt audience of children simulated rainfall with a spray bottle to see the impact of pollutant runoff on waterways. (Click to enlarge)