WATCHING THEM GROW


8:46 a.m.:
Dian Woodroffe, of Shrewsbury, tends to the potted plants and flowers outside Ten Thousand Villages on Broad Street in Red Bank.

A member of the Navesink Garden Club, Woodroffe follows a route around Red Bank once a week that includes 26 pots to trim, and, as she says, “fluff up a bit.” While Red Bank RiverCenter takes care of the watering nearly every day and cares for the hanging baskets high up on street lamps, she likes to walk the beat regularly to make sure everything is growing on schedule.

“It’s such a nice town, and it’s just little things that make it nicer,” she said. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

Read More »

A COFFEE KLATCH THAT WALKS AND TALKS


7:40 a.m.: 
The ladies of the Early Morning Walking and Talking Club toast a member absent because of knee surgery. Two of the women sport pink shirts printed with “R2K,” for “Rita’s two Knees” in support of their friend.

Monday through Friday at 5:30 a.m., year-round, longtime friends from Fair Haven, Rumson, Shrewsbury and Little Silver meet at the Church of the Nativity to begin their four-mile walk, which always ends at a picnic table in front of Gourmet Picnic in Fair Haven with a celebratory coffee over gossip.

Read More »

BUTTING OUT

7:37 a.m.: Leigh Tyluki, a Shrewsbury resident and janitor for the Knights of Columbus Red Bank Council 3187 on Fair Haven Road in Fair Haven, cleaned the building’s parking lot two mornings after the organization’s monthly social meeting.

“There’s pretty much something every night,” said Tyluki, himself a K of C member. “We have so many events. The kids, wives and whole families are involved.”

Among his sweepings: hundreds of cigarettes. “The A.A. meets here, too, and every time, they leave 100 butts for me to clean up.” (Photo by Connor ‘Solstice’ Soltas. Click to enlarge)

Read More »

WAKE UP, SMELL THE COFFEE AND HYDRANTS

6:03 a.m.: Colin Henry, 11, checks out the coffee urns at his father’s Java Stop on River Road in Fair Haven. 6:37 a.m.: Stevie Thompson out for a walk with her dog on the same street, below. (Photos by Connor ‘Soltice’ Soltas. Click to enlarge)

Today, redbankgreen engages in a bit of Sol Searching as we chase the sun across the Green on the longest – thanks to the Summer Solstice – and, by coincidence, so-far-hottest day of the year. Please check in regularly to see where we’ve been. Suggestions? Send ’em here, please.

Today, redbankgreen engages in a bit of Sol Searching as we chase the sun across the Green on the longest – thanks to the Summer Solstice – and, by coincidence, so-far-hottest day of the year. Please check in regularly to see where we’ve been. Suggestions? Send ’em here, please.

LIGHT AT THE END OF THE RACE

6:05 a.m. The frontrunners in Monmouth Boat Club‘s annual solstice race make a U-turn just east of the Oceanic Bridge.  Taking off just before sunrise in Red Bank, they finished in daylight.

The solstice race, once Navesink River Rowing‘s traditional first of the season, is the second race this year in a biweekly series among the “Rowing Fleet” of the MBC. The two rowing organizations are intertwined today as members of both join in the fun.

“Our speeds are so different that there is usually little actual competition,” said Jim Shelton, fleet captain. “Rather, the ‘competition’ is more frequently against our own individual record.”

(Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

Read More »

A SOLSTICE SUNRISE

5:43 a.m.: Sunrise amid gauzy cloud cover, as seen from Sea Bright’s public beach. (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

Today, the Summer of 2012 bares a toothy grin – but watch out for those gnarly incisors.

A heat advisory from the National Weather Service is in effect as temperatures are expected to soar into the mid-90s along the Green.

redbankgreen will be out on the streets of our towns today, chasing the sun – Sol Searching, as we call it – on the longest day of the year, the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. (Be sure to refresh your browser if you haven’t seen our temporary masthead, above).

Read More »

STAYING CLOSE TO THE FIREHOUSE

Vince Sarullo, right, and Colin Seitz on the fire escape of their new office, next door to the Navesink Hook & Ladder on Mechanic Street. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

This was going to be an article about a building.

redbankgreen‘s original impulse on this story was to call attention to the fact that a prominent second-floor space in downtown Red Bank had been filled after a prolonged vacancy – yet another sign of the business district’s robust comeback from the economic woes of recent years.

But things changed when we found out who occupies that space, and what their presence says about their sense of responsibility and commitment to a place they don’t even call home.

Read More »

MIDDLETOWN BUSTS TEEN FOR DWI

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

call-in-the-authorities• Kyle Constanza, age 20, from Wendover Court in Bedminster, NJ, arrested on June 12, 2012 by Corporal James Keenan for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon (switch blade knife) and Unlawful Possession of Suboxone. He was released pending a court date.

• Arthur Deeken, age 29, from Chapin Avenue in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on June 13, 2012 by Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the West Long Branch Municipal Court. He was released after posting $150.00 bail.

Read More »

RED BANK SCORES FIRST IN GAS METER SUIT

New Jersey Natural Gas says it needs to install 88 pressure-relief regulators above ground, and has filed suit to force the borough to issue permits. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank won the first round in a legal battle with a natural gas provider over unsightly valves the utility insists must be installed along storefronts downtown for safety reasons.

In a decision issued in Freehold Monday, state Superior Court Judge Lawrence Lawson rejected New Jersey Natural Gas Company’s request for an order requiring the borough to immediately issue permits for the replacement work.

The ruling comes despite written testimony by NJNG employees that two underground regulators were found to have been leaking beneath sidewalks on Broad Street just last week.

Read More »

CELEBRATING A CENTURY IN AMERICAN STYLE

FAIR HAVEN CENTENNIAL

On a perfect summer day, Fair Haven celebrated its first century as an independent borough in classic American style Saturday: with a parade, a townwide picnic, and a breathtaking fireworks show that capped it all off in electrifying color and sound.

“Eat your heart out, Red Bank,” one man shouted during the finale at Fair Haven Fields.

Here are 100 photos from the daylong event by redbankgreen. And here’s to a great second century, Fair Haven.

A SHORTER, SWIFTER SHEEHAN

Thirteen hundred runners and walkers finished the 19th annual running of the George Sheehan Classic in Red Bank and Little Silver under sunny skies and mild temperatures Saturday morning. It was the first edition in which the race was trimmed to a five-kilometer (3.1-mile) distance, from five miles.

Highlights included a man running up Tower Hill while talking on a cell phone, a drum-pounding Uncle Sam at the top of the hill, and a wayward walker who made a wrong turn and got briefly lost.

Broad Street was reopened to traffic at 10:06 a.m., the earliest ever for the event, though six minutes later than race organizers had set as their new goal.

Race results are here.

DRUNK DRIVER: SEVEN YEARS FOR FATALITY

A 22-year-old Ocean County man was sentenced to seven years in state prison for killing a Middletown father of five in a 2011 Parkway accident, Monmouth County Prosecutor Peter Warshaw announced Friday.

Eric Periera, of Jackson Township, must serve close to six years of that term before becoming eligible for parole after he pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter and other charges in connection with the April, 2011 crash.

Kevin Donnelly, a 43-year-old copy editor at the Staten Island Advance, died in the crash, which occurred when a car driven by Pereira struck the rear of Donnelly’s minivan around 11 p.m. in the southbound local lanes near mile marker 120.

Read More »

CAMPING FOR KIDS, MINUS BUG JUICE

20120615-142059.jpgInto acting out? Try the Two River Summer Theater Camp. (Click to enlarge)

By STACIE FANELLI

Family time sure is valuable when the warm weather hits, but so is kids’ developing well-roundedness. While there’s plenty of tanning, relaxing and idle walking along the beach to do when you live at the Jersey Shore, all parents long for activities that enhance their children’s minds.And if the parents can get a few days of peace out it, too, well, win-win.

Here are some local camps and summer programs to get those little muscles working hard and the gears in their brains cranking up again.

SPORTS AND EXERCISE
Bulldog Basketball Camp is sponsored by Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School, but held at Forrestdale School for grades 2-8. Coaches from both schools will give feedback to players on their game and develop new skills.

Read More »

HISTORY DAY: CENTENNIAL AND ANTIQUES

The crew from Paul Davis Partywares in Shrewsbury setting up the tent and tables at Fair Haven Fields Thursday for Saturday’s celebration of the town’s centennial. Below, Riverbank Antiques in Red Bank, which will host an open house. (Click to enlarge)

After the George Sheehan Classic in Red Bank Saturday morning, there’s plenty for locals and visitors to do hereabouts on the Green. And the weatherbot says Mother Nature will cooperate, providing ample sunshine and temperatures in the mid-70s.

Here are two diversions, one indoors, and one out, both steeped in the richness of the past: Fair Haven’s Centennial, and a celebration of the reconstituted Red Bank Antiques district.

Read More »

FORMER HOOPS PHENOM TO LEAD YMCA

Rhonda Anderson on the hardwood at the Community YMCA in Red Bank this week, above, and in action as a future Cornell Hall-of-Famer, below. (Above photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

By STACIE FANELLI

In 1891, basketball was invented at a YMCA. This August, Rhonda Anderson, who broke 19 scoring and rebounding records in her starring role on the Cornell University women’s team in the early 1980s, will return to her game’s roots when she takes over as president and CEO of the Middletown-based Community YMCA.

It took a while for Anderson to find her niche in basketball. In fact, if her high school basketball coach hadn’t recruited her to try out based on her height, her life might have turned out much differently. She credits the game for many of the traits she says will be vital in her new position.

“To rebound effectively, you have to work to get in the position, and you have to have the desire and the effort, ” Anderson said, “and it’s the same thing in the work environment.”

Read More »

RUMSON PARENTS TEE UP PRIEST OVER FIRING

Tearful students gather around dismissed teacher Bernadette Davis, above. Father Michael Manning taunted sign-waving protesters, below. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Long-simmering tensions at Rumson’s Holy Cross parish boiled over into public Thursday as dozens of parents and children rallied to denounce the dismissal of a beloved teacher and to label their pastor an unchecked “tyrant.”

“He’s cold, he’s heartless,” Locust resident Pat Gross, a 30-year parishoner, said of Father Michael Manning, who has led the church for six years. “He thinks he’s a dictator. He doesn’t like to be challenged or confronted.”

Read More »

SHEEHAN CLASSIC TO CUT IT SHORT

Race organizers are shooting for a record post-race breakdown, thanks to a shortening of the race distance from five miles to five kilometers, below.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

In road racing, it’s all about going for one’s “personal best” time.

And this year’s George Sheehan Classic, scheduled for Saturday in Red Bank and shortened for the first time to a five-kilometer distance, from five-miles, offers organizers a chance to smash their post-race personal-best post-race breakdown time

“My goal is to open Broad Street by 10 a.m., before any of the stores open,” racemaster Phil Hinck tells redbankgreen.

Read More »

VANDALS TARGET LITTLE SILVER MAILBOXES

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

call-in-the-authorities• May 27- A resident from Rumson Rd. reported Harassment after receiving threatening phone calls. P.O. Amanda Arnold and Det. Greg Oliva investigated.

• May 29- Terrill Jones, 29, Red Bank, NJ, was arrested for a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Holmdel Municipal Court. P.O. Eric Van Schaack made the arrest.

Read More »

FLUTTERLY DELIGHTFUL

In this recent video from Sickles Market in Little Silver, gardener and bird lover Fran Waldmann gives a tour of her Red Bank backyard, crafted not only for maximum floral beauty but to serve as a magnet for her beloved hummingbirds.

AN OLD ‘GIRLFRIEND,’ A SWEET RETURN

Electric and eclectic singer-songwriter Matthew Sweet celebrates the 20th anniversary of his smash album GIRLFRIEND, in an Intimate Evenings concert at Two River Theater on Friday, June 15.

By TOM CHESEK

To be sure, Matthew Sweet has a lovely wife and a home studio that’d be the envy of any DIY rocker — not to mention a pleasing professional partnership with the ever-stunning Bangles frontwoman Susanna Hoffs, with whom the Nebraska native has collaborated on two volumes of 1960s and ’70s pop covers.

Still, when the road brings Matthew Sweet to the stage of Two River Theater this Friday, June 15, it’ll be all about a certain 1990s Girlfriend.

The album of that name — a savvy set of plain-spoken power pop songs purveyed with a supercharged, guitar-drunk sensibility — celebrated the 20th anniversary of its release recently. It’s a milestone that sent the 47-year-old Sweet (whose area gigs have included some at the late and lamented Trade Winds Nightclub in Sea Bright) back to the East Coast on a jaunt that brings him to Red Bank for the first time, as part of a renewed summer series of Intimate Evenings events at the Bridge Avenue arts center.

Read More »

HOAX CALL TAB: $330,000 AND COUNTING

An ambulance arriving at Fort Hancock Monday evening, above, joining a growing number at two staging areas. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Calm and collected, the anonymous caller said he was standing in three-and-a-half feet of water on the bridge of an explosion-damaged yacht 17 miles offshore.

In a recording of the mayday call released by the U.S. Coast Guard Tuesday, the male voice goes on to claim “three deceased on board” and 20 “souls” in the water.

The call triggered a massive response that included an intensive air and sea search and an all-hands readiness turnout of emergency first aiders, firefighters and others, most of whom raced to Sandy Hook to help.

But the call, the Coast Guard says, was in all likelihood a hoax. And unless the caller is found and forced to cough up, it will cost taxpayers at least $300,000.

Read More »

ELECTRICAL WOES WON’T SHORT SCHOOL YEAR

Administrators developed a fire-watch system while awaiting the replacement of alarm equipment components. (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

[Editor’s note below]

A busted fire alarm system won’t interrupt the homestretch into summer at Fair Haven’s Knollwood School.

Faced with having to close the school down for several days after water from a burst pipe knocked out the fire alarm, officials instead have adopted a “fire watch” system involving regular monitoring.

Read More »