REPORT OF WASTE OFF FAIR HAVEN DISPUTED

A sewerage authority representative said a line on the Fair Haven beach near the Shrewsbury River Yacht Club, in background, is slated for replacement but is not leaking. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Mark Lockwood spent the night on his boat at the Shrewsbury River Yacht Club in Fair Haven Friday, and woke to the sight of a Navesink River gone brown. The worst kind of brown, he thought.

Though it didn’t smell, it appeared to be human waste, he said.

“It was disgusting,” he told a Fair Haven police officer who’d come to the club to investigate Saturday evening. “I’ve never seen anything like it, and I’ve been on this river all my life.”

Ben Hamilton, whose home abuts the club property, said he had never seen anything like it, either.

But whatever they saw, it wasn’t from the town’s sanitary sewer, said an official with the regional sewerage authority that serves the borough. And it may have been pollen.

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WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS, ADD KALE

Jessica Dalmedo working her new juice bar at Fairwinds Deli Friday. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Two years after losing her teaching job in a budget squeeze, a Rumson woman has reinvented herself as a squeezer of fresh fruits, wheat grass and other healthy ingredients.

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BRIT FARCE JUMPS POND TO CAP TRTC SEASON

Susan Heyward stars as Winnie, the “nearly nine year old” central character in the comedy MY WONDERFUL DAY, by Alan Ayckbourn, below.

By TOM CHESEK

As the author of nearly 80 produced plays, he’s been a magnet for gleaming trophies, plaques and medallions that include the Tony, the Olivier and the Moliere Award, not to mention five honorary doctorates and — what was that other one? Oh yeah, a knighthood.

You’d think then with all of that precious metal clanking about, Sir Alan Ayckbourn might make a healthy amount of noise on this side of the Atlantic. But regrettably, the works of the dramatist best known for the Norman Conquests trilogy and Absurd Person Singular are apparently in no danger of challenging the likes of Nunsense for dominance outside of America’s biggest cities and universities.

Beginning Tuesday, May 15, Two River Theater Company endeavors to change all that — as indeed they’ve worked to change the standard set of expectations for a “suburban” stage operation — when the professional troupe caps its 2011-2012 mainstage season with a new production of the 2009 comedy My Wonderful Day.

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FADE OUT ON PINK WEEK 2012

A week of pink-themed fun-and-fundraising events in support of breast cancer prevention concluded in Red Bank with the annual Girls’ Night Out party at the Downtown Thursday night.

The final event on the the multi-town Pink Week calendar is a Zumba workout in Holmdel on Saturday. (Click to enlarge)

BOROUGH TRIMS A PENNY FROM LOCAL RATE

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank’s property tax won’t rise as much as expected this year.

Councilman Mike DuPont, chair of the council’s finance committee, says a penny has been trimmed from the increase anticipated as recently as two weeks ago.

That means the owner of a residential property assessed at the borough-average $401,000 will pay 1.4 cents more per $100 of value than last year, or a full-year increase of $56.50, DuPont said following the formal introduction of the $20.8 million spending plan Wednesday night.

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SPACE LEAVING WHITE STREET, UM, SPACE

Briggi Brandner plans to relocate her furnishings business to Deal. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508A prominent space on White Street in Red Bank is available for rent with the planned departure of a furniture and design store.

And stay tuned for some possible changes just down the block at Clearview Cinemas, which is up for sale with the rest of the arthouse chain, according to reports.

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LAWYERS SQUARE OFF OVER 24/7 7-ELEVEN

The Welsh Farms store on East Front Street, site of a planned 7-Eleven, would be banned from opening all night under a law passed Wednesday night. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

In a contentious exchange that appeared to foreshadow a lawsuit to come, a lawyer for a Red Bank convenience store challenged the rationale for a new local law that banned all-night businesses Wednesday night.

Squaring off against three lawyers sitting on the council dais, store attorney Philip San Filippo said a revision to a noise ordinance passed by the governing body just moments later was overly broad in scope and designed solely to torpedo his client’s plans, now pending at the borough planning board, to convert the store to a 24-hour 7-Eleven.

The law, cast as an amendment to a noise ordinance, was “absolutely” designed with his client’s plans in mind, San Filippo told reporters afterward.

“It absolutely was not,” insisted Councilman Mike DuPont, even as he touted the hastily enacted law as a “creative” response to a problem.

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AIR PATROL TAKES KIDS UNDER ITS WINGS

Military uniforms on display at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Lincroft, where tonight’s recruiting event takes place. (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

It’s an easily overlooked branch of the military, but the Civil Air Patrol, founded on the eve of Pearl Harbor, is still keeping its eyes to the ground and sky for the safety of Americans on their home turf.

Tonight, potential cadets aged 12 to 20 are invited to get a taste of Civil Air Patrol life at an open house at the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Center in Lincroft.

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RBR STUDENTS WALK TO PREVENT SUICIDES

Thirty members of the Teen Outreach Program at Red Bank Regional High completed a two-day Out of the Darkness track walk in the school gym Wednesday morning to promote awareness of suicide prevention as part of Children’s Mental Health Week. 

The idea for the walk came primarily from two proactive freshmen, Grace Rumph and Adam Canterbury, above, each of whom has lost a friend to suicide within the past two years.

“This is affecting our generation and there’s so much a person can do to help, but maybe they feel afraid to reach out,” said Rumph. “People need to know how important it is.” (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK ART WALK GETS BACK ON ITS FEET

Works by Kathy Polenberg, above, and other local artists are showcased as part of the rejuvenated Red Bank Art Walk event on Friday.  

It looked for a while as if it might never regain its footing — but after sitting out the past couple of years, the Red Bank Art Walk makes its return this Friday, hot on the heels of the borough’s selection (by Smithsonian Magazine) as one of the top three Best Small Towns in the USA for culture and quality of life.

A three-hour, self-guided tour through the downtown Green and points west, the Art Walk is both rejuvenated and reconfigured in its 2012 incarnation, with a new cast of participants joined by several “non-traditional spaces” where Art Happens, from restaurants and retail stores to at least one transformed place of worship.

Going on between the hours of 6pm and 9pm, this first in a projected new series of events is being spearheaded by a relatively recent arrival to town — Gallery U and Boutique, the rather Unique and Unorthodox artspace that opened its doors at 80 Broad Street last year.

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WE’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER TRAILER

The Trailer Park Boys, the Canadian cult cable sensations performing a bit of “community service” this Friday night at the Count Basie Theatre.

By TOM CHESEK

The last time the world heard from the Trailer Park Boys, the trio of petty criminals, backsliding lowlifes and substance abusers was more or less secured within their natural habitat: behind bars, and lashing out against the media attention that helped make their mugshots a household brand in dozens of countries.

It was a fitting valedictory for “Julian” (John Paul Tremblay), “Ricky” (Robb Wells) and “Bubbles” (Mike Smith), the characters who evolved (so to speak) from several low-budget film projects by Canadian writer and director Mike Clattenburg.

Dedicated to the mantra “get rich, get high, and stay out of jail;” navigating life at Nova Scotia’s Sunnyvale Trailer Park with a work ethic, a moral code and an F-bombed vocabulary that made our own Jay and Silent Bob look like Frasier and Niles, the Boys spent seven seasons as the stars of their own “mockumentary” TV series — an international cult hit seen Stateside by DirecTV subscribers.

The series that ended in 2008 — think COPS times Sunny divided by The Office— gave noisy birth to two theatrically released feature films, an all new TV vehicle for the three actors (The Drunk and On Drugs Happy Fun Hour), and several live appearance tours, the latest of which rolls into Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre this Friday night, May 11.

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MIDDLETOWN CITES FOUR FOR DWI

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

call-in-the-authorities• Edward Holtz, age 32, from Second Street in Keyport, NJ, arrested on May 6, 2012 by Corporal Bernie Chenoweth on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Newark Municipal Courts. He was held on $532.00 bail.

• Luis Guallpa, age 29, from Vail Road in Parsippany, NJ, arrested on May 7, 2012 by Patrolman Stephen Keller for Driving Intoxicated. He was released pending a court date.

• Mercedes Bellino, age 51, from Willow Road in Tinton Falls, NJ, arrested on May 7, 2012 by Patrolman Stephen Keller for Simple Assault. She was released on her own recognizance pending a court date.

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THEY GOT GAME, AND SO NOW YOU GOT GAME

Corey Wagner, left, and Patrick Finan are taking on the uncertainty of pickup games with a new web-based scheduling tool. (Click to enlarge)

By MARY ANN BOURBEAU

Looking to form a pickup hoops or softball game, but don’t have enough friends? Try Joinagame, a new social network for pickup sports based right here on the Green.

Launching today, Joinagame was built by Corey Wagner of Rumson and Patrick Finan of Fair Haven to handle all the pesky details, such as finding and reserving an available field or court.

But it also addresses a bigger hurdle: not knowing enough people who might be game for a game.

“Once you leave college, you lose your sports network,” said Wagner.

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GIVING IT UP FOR DUWAYNE

Jon Caputi of Red Bank’s Jonathan Salon trims the hair of borough resident Hannah Ludwikowski, 7, as her father, Scott, looks on Monday night.

The Broad Street salon gave 50 $7 children’s haircuts in four hours to raise funds for the medical care of Duwayne Powell, a 9-year-old Red Bank Primary School student suffering from a heart ailment. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

TRTC: ONCE MORE UNTO THE BREACH

A slew of classic characters from the pens of Shakespeare, Coward and Wilson and more will tread the boards of the Red Bank stage this season.  (Click to enlarge)

By TOM CHESEK

“I feel like I’m having a dream,” the playwright and performance artist Lisa Kron said as she faced a capacity crowd at Two River Theater Monday night.

“In high school, we, the theater people, were like the outcasts,” she said. “This is the pep rally we never had.”

The occasion for the spirited assembly was the annual new-season announcement  by Two River Theater Company — one of the most highly anticipated such events in New Jersey stage circles, and one presided over by John Dias, now in his second season as TRTC’s artistic director.

As introduced by the nationally renowned producer and some celebrated associates, the 2012-2013 schedule builds upon the successful template established in the current 2011-2012 season — a season that climaxes with the production of Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s My Wonderful Day, going up in previews on May 15.

Utilizing both the mainstage Rechnitz auditorium and the “black box” Marion Huber space at TRTC’s branded Bridge Avenue arts center, the new slate of eight shows mixes classics of the English language with new American voices; intimate solos with exquisite ensembles, and new faces with a whole lot of returning favorites — with words from the likes of Noel Coward, August Wilson and a guy by the name of Shakespeare.

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FRAUD COMPLAINTS IN LITTLE SILVER

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

call-in-the-authorities• April 22- Shayla Walker, 29, Tinton Falls, NJ, was arrested for a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Eatontown Municipal Court. Sgt. Martin Scherzinger made the arrest.

• April 23- A Fraud was reported by a resident on Garden Rd. after they hired a chimney sweep company to perform work at their residence. The resident made payment in the amount of $375.00 before the service was rendered. The company kept the money and never returned to complete the job. P.O. Amanda Arnold investigated.

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FLAVOUR FEST FEEDS A HUNGRY FLOCK

Dark clouds broke and thousands of hungry people poured into the Red Bank International Flavour Festival Sunday.

redbankgreen‘s Stacie Fanelli and John T. Ward were there, cameras in hand. Were you?

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UMBRELLAS DUSTED OFF AT TOWN YARD SALES

Off-and-on drizzles and downpours made for a damp day for participants in townwide yard sales in Red Bank and Fair Haven Saturday.

Still, redbankgreen found plenty of plucky sellers and buyers.

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MISCREANTS DAMAGE PARKED CARS

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of APRIL 27, to MAY 04, 2012. This information is unedited.

Theft occurring between April 26 and April 27, 2012 at Pearl Street, residence. Victim reported that unknown person(s) entered her room in boarding house and stole cash from wallet. Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 4-28-12 at Broad Street. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) purposely scratched his auto on sides, trunk and hood while it was parked. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy

Criminal Mischief occurring on 4-29-12 at Maple Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) damaged his parked vehicle by ripping off side view mirror and throwing it onto the ground. Lt. Michael Clay.

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RED BANK RESTAURANTS FIRE UP FLAVOUR

20120506-133122.jpgThe sun is out, the bands are cranking and the enticing aromas of a cornucopia of cuisines are filling the air at the Red Bank International Flavour Fest in the White Street lot. Come on down for a taste or two. (Click to enlarge)