MIDDLETOWN: WARRANT YIELDS POT, WEAPON

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

call-in-the-authorities• On Wednesday, May 2, 2012 the Middletown Police Detective Bureau and Quality of Life Unit arrested Michael Cignarella, age 20, from Woodridge Avenue in Middletown, NJ, after police executed a search warrant on his home. Cignarella was charged with Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (Stun Gun) and Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose as a result of the warrant.

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MAYOR: BRIDGE JOB MAY RE-LIGHT DEBATE


A traffic detour, in purple above, is expected to last at least seven months during the replacement of a bridge on Seven Bridges Road, below.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A bridge-replacement project in Little Silver that’s expected to take up to nine months could jam up a pair of intersections more than a mile away starting in July.

That, in turn, may also reinvigorate a dormant debate over whether those intersections are long overdue for traffic signals, Mayor Bob Neff tells redbankgreen.

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WEEKEND: PINKHATSYARDSALEFOODFEST

Red Bank becomes a bargainhunter’s paradise on Saturday. On Sunday: food, acres of food. (Click to enlarge)

As the headline suggests, the weekend that awaits is jammed with the potential for good times.

We’ve got the fifth Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale, this one making a migration from fall to spring.

We’ve got one of the inaugural events of this year’s weeklong Paint the Town Pink festivities to raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.

And capping it all off, rain or shine, is the first-ever Red Bank International Flavour Fest, an outdoor celebration of the wide variety of cuisines available year-round at Red Bank restaurants.

And Mother Nature appears to be in a mood to cooperate.

Details, as they used to say when that was still a two-syllable word, are just below.

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WHERE’D THE LOVE GO?

The former home of Love Lane Tuxedos is one of downtown Red Bank’s most persistent large vacancies. (Click to enlarge)

By MIKE BARON

Where’s the love for the old Love Lane building?

The prominent storefront on West Front Street, with its distinctive retro signage, has remained stubbornly vacant for eight years, and the exterior is showing its age.

Now, amid  many signs of resurgence on the block, the address is starting to stand out as an eyesore, neighbors say.

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ANTIQUES GALLERY FACES WRECKING BALL

With dealers scattering to new locations, redbankgreen took a final spin through the Monmouth Antique Shoppes Tuesday. (Click embiggen symbol to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The building appears to sigh and lean, as though aware of its fate. Inside, nooks and corners that once teemed with the cast-offs of the decades have begun to empty out.

It’s a sad time at Monmouth Antique Shoppes, one of the anchors of Red Bank’s vaunted Arts & Antiques District. Eviction notice in hand, owner John Gribbin has informed his 23 remaining dealers that they, like he, must be out by the end of the month, ending a 29-year run.

“It’s not the best time for me to talk,” Gribbin told redbankgreen Tuesday, as he had also last week. “I’m trying to find a home for me and my dealers, and it’s not easy going.”

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FIVE CHARGED IN WINDOW-BREAKING SPREE

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• 4/2/12

-Ptl. Lagrotteria arrested Richard P. Devaney, 53, Hazlet and charged him with DWI. Additional motor vehicle complaints were signed against Mr. Devaney. Mr. Devaney was released pending a court date.

• 4/4/12

-Det. Dykstra took a Theft report from a River Rd. business where a subject is refusing to pay for items taken from the victim.

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FOUNDATION ENVISIONS LINK TO RBPS POND


A satellite view of the pond at the Red Bank Primary School, courtesy of Google Maps. Below, Andrew Winning, 10, demonstrates a human sun clock on the school grounds. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Kathie Panepinto was leading a tour of the Red Bank Primary School property and lamenting the heavy growth that hides an adjoining pond Monday when groundhog that had been sunning itself in the grass scooted across her path and into the brush.

“Oh, look at that,” she said said excitedly, noting that up-close sightings of deer and other wildlife are common at the school, which sits on landfill in a former wetlands abutting the Swimming River.

It was the kind of moment that for decades has inspired talk of the school’s potential as natural sciences learning center. And it underscored the value of ongoing efforts by Panepinto and other volunteers in their most ambitious effort to date: creating a permanent physical link between the school and the inaccessible pond.

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RED BANK: 10-YEAR-OLD BUSTED FOR ASSAULT

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of April 20 to April 27, 2012. This information is unedited.

Theft reported on 4-21-12 but occurred on 4-17-12 in the area of Primary School. Victim advised that while at the school picking up child, dropped an envelope containing cash.  Upon return could not find the envelope. Ptl. Jorge Torres.

Criminal Mischief occurring between 4-20-12 and 4-21-12 at  W. Front St. Victim advised that unknown subjects knocked over to large flowerpots in front of business and destroyed the plants. Ptl. Garrett Falco.

Burglary, Theft reported on 4-22-12 at  Hudson Ave.—one car detached garage.  Victim reported that unknown person(s) entered garage and removed auto parts.  Ptl. James Deponte.

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