TEAK PLANS SECOND STORY AND DECK

A portion of the addition would allow for open-air dining overlooking Monmouth Street.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Just over a year after changing hands, Red Bank’s Teak restaurant is blowing through the roof.

The Monmouth Street eatery, with an Asian-fusion menu, has filed a request at the borough planning and zoning office to add a second story with both indoor and outdoor tables.

“My vision is to bring a little bit of Broad Street to Monmouth Street,” says vocal downtown promoter George Lyristis, who with his brothers Taso and Charlie own the Bistro at Red Bank and Zoe in Little Silver. They bought Teak last year with a group that includes Bon Jovi bandmember David Bryan.

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ON THE STREETS OF MIDDLETOWN

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

call-in-the-authorities• William Sullivan, age 29, from Monmouth Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on June 10, 2012 by Sergeant First Class William Colangelo for Driving While Intoxicated. He was released pending a court date.

• Fakasia Porter, age 19, from Myrtle Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on June 8, 2012 by Patrolman Richard Belmonte on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $250.00 bail.

• Adam Stranges, age 20, from Seabreeze Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on June 5, 2012 by Patrolman John Soltysik and Patrolman Anthony Dellatacoma of the Quality of Life Unit on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $1,000.00 bail.

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EDER’S BACK, AND TWO RIVER’S GOT HER

Star of Broadway and bluejeans Linda Eder returns to Red Bank when she performs in concert at Two River Theater, with a salute to her favorite SONGBIRDS Thursday. (Photos by Carolina Palmgren)

By TOM CHESEK

Who knew that there were so many “other sides” to Linda Eder?

The singer and stage actress who made her mark on Broadway as the female lead in Jekyll & Hyde — one of several shows that she did with her then-husband, composer Frank Wildhorn — is arguably no stranger to multiple personalities. Having honed her chops as an Atlantic City lounge singer, she achieved household-name status as an undefeated champion on Star Search, and fronted big-time orchestras as a performer of songbook standards and Tin Pan Alley perennials.

When last we saw Linda Eder here in Red Bank, the footlights diva had traded in her ballgowns for bluejeans, touring in support of her country-pop album The Other Side of Me. And when she comes to Two River Theater this Thursday, June 14, Eder will be putting forth not only All of Me (the name of the show she’s toured with in recent years) but summoning several of her favorite Songbirds for a set that keynotes a renewed summer series of Intimate Evenings concert events at the Bridge Avenue arts center.

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BOAT EXPLOSION HOAX TRIGGERS PROBE

A State Police helicopter, above, and ambulances, below, arriving at Fort Hancock, ready to transport ‘victims’ of Monday’s purported boat explosion.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Ambulances, including a “mass-casualty” vehicle capable of handling more than a dozen injured at a time, manned by dozens of volunteers from across Monmouth County. Fire trucks. A handful of helicopters standing by, and four others aloft, scanning hundreds of square miles of ocean in a desperate race to effort to help.

All mustered, apparently, on a hoax.

Roughly five hours and an estimated hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses after it began, a search for the 21 “victims” of a yacht explosion at sea that purportedly left up to nine people badly burned was suspended by the U.S. Coast Guard Monday night.

Now, the incident is a matter of investigating who set it all  in motion, the Coast Guard says.

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NO YACHT OR VICTIMS FOUND IN POSSIBLE HOAX

No yacht, victims or signs of a sinking have been found at the purported site of a yacht explosion 17 miles off Sandy Hook, according to unconfirmed reports at one of the two staging areas at Fort Hancock.

Emergency responders say the Department of Homeland Security has gotten involved in the matter, sending a helicopter out to the scene, as a massive turnout of EMTs and medevac helicopters stands by at Sandy Hook awaiting the arrival of up to nine “victims” of the alleged blast with burn injuries.

If false, it would be the second such how involving a report of a boat in distress in a year. Last July, a 10-hour search of 600 square miles of ocean water failed to find a purported sinking sailboat or victims.

 

 

UP TO NINE BURNED IN YACHT BLAST OFFSHORE

Dozens of emergency medical technicians and five medevac helicopters were standing by at Fort Hancock on Sandy Hook awaiting the arrival of victims of a yacht explosion 17 miles offshore late Monday afternoon.

All 21 passengers and crew members of the yacht Blind Date were believed to have been accounted for, and seven to nine are expected to arrive by Coast Guard boat with burn injuries, according to Max Ross, captain of Rumson EMS.

SCALY MONSTER ROAMS LIBRARY LAWN

A T-Rex from Field Station: Dinosaurs in Secaucus visited the Red Bank Public Library Saturday morning to the delight of dozens of children and parents, who formed a mob around the scaly, 15-foot-long puppet and courageously ducked its tail as it roamed the library’s West Front Street lawn.

redbankgreen‘s Stacie Fanelli was there, and took a tail to the head for the team, as you can see in her video on our YouTube channel. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

HUMANISTS FIRE BACK IN ‘WAR ON WOMEN’

Pat Barr, a self-described “anti-demonstration demonstrator,” tells fellow humanists about her experiences as pro-choice picketer. (Click to enlarge)

By STACIE FANELLI

In a presentation heavy on how labels are deployed in political battles, Irma Lester wondered aloud whether the term “war” correctly describes what she sees as a recent stripping of reproductive and economic rights from women.

Despite the harsh connotation of a battlefield, she said it “does catch the sense of danger that we’re in today.”

Lester, a professor emeritus of women’s studies at Brookdale Community College women’s, appeared before the Red Bank Humanists on Sunday at the Red Bank Charter School as the special guest speaker for its June forum: “The War on Women: Myth or Reality?”

Whatever terminology backers of women’s rights use to describe themselves and their causes, their conservative opponents are “going to demonize” them, Lester said. “Stick with ‘feminist.’ Stick with ‘abortion.'”

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HELP FOR THE HUNGRY, VETS AND ATHLETES

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TUESDAY: “Family Night Out” to benefit Lunch Break
By dining at any one of 11 participating restaurants on June 12, Red Bank area residents can help take a bite out of hunger. A portion (or bite) of the proceeds from each lunch or dinner will be donated directly to Lunch Break, an organization dedicated to helping community members in need. Mention Lunch Break during the meal and receive complimentary tickets to see “JAWS” at the Count Basie Theater that night at 7 p.m.

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KIDS GET MUCKY FOR A CLEANER NAVESINK

More than a dozen environmentalists, the majority of them children and teens, turned out for Red Bank Riverkeepers’ fourth annual Navesink River cleanup near the Red Bank Marina Saturday. Though they worked for five hours, 16-year-old organizer Amanda Jennings, above with Jack Newsome, said there’s still plenty buried in the mud. Bailey Newsome, right, emptied mud from an oil filter. Below, Alexander Biava with some of the trash collected. River Keepers plans a follow-up effort in August. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge) Read More »

COZY GRAFFITI

Saturday was International Yarn Bombing Day, and a clutch of local knitters and crocheters, including Rachel Griffin of Fair Haven, took the opportunity to execute a pre-dawn hit on a bench outside the Sugarush cupcake shop on East Front Street in Red Bank. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK RESTAURANT BURGLARIZED

The crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of June 1 to June 8, 2012. This information is unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 6-1-12 at East Front St. Victim reported that unknown person(s) removed signs from parking lot, which read, “violators will be towed”. Ptl. Jonathan Quispe.

Criminal Mischief occurring at Clay St. on 6-1-12. Report of a broken garage door panel to building, creating a place to enter building. Ptl. John Camarca

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FAIR HAVEN CHARGES MAN IN BURGLARY TRY

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

call-in-the-authorities• 5/1/12

-A Parker Ave. resident reported receiving several harassing phone calls from an unknown subject. Ptl. Hostrup took the report.

-A Highland Ave. resident reported receiving several harassing phone calls from a private number. Ptl. Hostrup took the report.

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BUILD A BOAT, MAKE IT FLOAT

Scenes from the 2009 edition of the Wooden Boat Festival. (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Since 1999, the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association has been hosting an annual Wooden Boat Festival, a community event that brings together water enthusiasts and amateur carpenters alike.

This weekend, the thirteenth edition of the boatbuilding event takes place behind the Fair Haven Fire House.

The goal: to build a canoe in six hours.

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ACUPUNCTURIST EASES INTO RED BANK SPACE

Heather Poole Smith prepares Rosemary Levine of Manalapan for treatment. Below, a needle goes into another patient’s back. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

By STACIE FANELLI

In a college lecture hall several years ago, Heather Poole Smith’s professor pulled up a picture of a lightning storm on a slideshow. “This is what people think acupuncture feels like,” he said. The next slide showed a serene beach. “This is what it actually is,” he said.

After a decade practicing the traditional Chinese medicine in Middletown, Smith has relocated Ancient Arts Acupuncture to 91 East Front Street in Red Bank, a building she calls a “hidden gem” of Red Bank for its scenic river view.

That’s helpful for her patients, most of whom benefit from a sense of tranquility, she said.

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RED BANK TO GET ALL JURASSIC-ED UP

Field Station: Dinosaur’s Tyrannosaurus Rex, seen here in its native habitat in Secaucus, is coming to Red Bank Saturday.  (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

The Red Bank Public Library is preparing to welcome an unusually old guest this weekend: a disturbingly lifelike – moving, breathing and roaring  – Tyrannosaurus Rex.

While the 15-foot-long puppet is a pipsqueak compared to the 42-foot beasts that roamed the Earth 65 million years ago, it is certainly enough to thrill the pants off the kids who will gather to see it up close Saturday.

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VOLUNTEERING: TWO RIVER CLEANUPS SLATED

Our beautiful Navesink, as seen from Marine Park in Red Bank Wednesday evening. (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Done2This weekend, area residents will take to the water as part of two individual cleanup events in an effort to keep the Navesink River beautiful and litter-free.

Those who are proud to call Red Bank and Rumson home based on the river’s picturesque expanse are asked to give a couple hours’ worth of time and exertion in order to protect it.

Both events are rain or shine, except in the case of thunder and lightning. All volunteers must wear closed-toed shoes; unlike a beach cleanup, volunteers may have to walk through bushes and shallow parts of the river to retrieve garbage.

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LITTLE SILVER POLICE ACTIVITY IN MAY

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

call-in-the-authorities• May 6- A Criminal Mischief report was taken after a vehicle that was parked in the rear of Borough Hall had its front windshield damaged. P.O. Robert Chenoweth investigated.

• May 12- Two residences on Hance Rd. reported Criminal Mischief to their mailboxes.    Incident occurred during the evening hours. P.O. Amanda Arnold investigated.

• May 13- While on patrol, officers located Criminal Mischief to a mailbox which belonged to a Little Silver Point Rd. residence. P.O. Andrew Smith and P.O. Peter Giblin investigated.

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FAIR HAVEN: DOG’S DEATH PROMPTS PROBE

Animal-care enforcement authorities are investigating the death of dog found in a crate on the shore of the Navesink River in Fair Haven Tuesday morning.

Chief Buddy Amato of the Monmouth County SPCA tells redbankgreen that, contrary to earlier reports, the dog was a dachshund hound, not a boxer-type mix, and authorities still don’t know if the dog drowned or was dead before it wound up in the river.

“We don’t know if this was a boating accident or someone dumped the dog in the river on purpose,” he said.

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GIRLS (AND, UM, WOMEN) TO OWN THE NIGHT

Hundreds of women are expected to flock to downtown Red Bank for the inaugural GNO Thursday night. (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Ladies, it’s time to don a pair of fabulous heels and gather up the girlfriends for a night on the town – Red Bank’s first biannual Girls Night Out is here.

Hosted by Red Bank RiverCenter Thursday night, June 7, GNO will offer women the chance to take advantage of shopping discounts, dining and drink specials all over the downtown area. Participation is free.

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HOV STUNNER: A PROFIT

Hov_hq_81206Hovnanian’s Red Bank HQ, as seen from the foot of Maple Avenue.

Hovnanian Enterprises surprised Wall Street with news Wednesday that it’s most recent fiscal quarter was a profitable one.

Bloomberg reports that the Red Bank-based homebuilder’s net profit of $1.8 million, on a 52-percent surge in sales, was “unexpected.”

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SAWTOOTH ADDS CREATIVE BITE TO RED BANK

Sawtooth Group principals Kristie Bridges and Jay Quilty in the firm’s new third-floor space at Corporate Plaza before the move-in last weekend. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank got a double-barreled economic and creative infusion with the opening of Sawtooth Group‘s new headquarters in long-vacant space on West Front Street Monday.

Local officials and merchants expect the ad agency’s wholesale move of 60 employees from Woodbridge to the five-year-old Corporate Plaza complex, at the corner of Pearl Street, will give a jolt to downtown restaurants and stores.

But firm principal Kristie Bridges, of Rumson, tells redbankgreen there’s a third way in which Sawtooth hopes to make its presence felt: through volunteerism.

“We always wanted to be in a culturally rich town, with a sense of community,” she said. “We really feel we could get involved here and be inspired here.”

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GUITAR MAN SOLOS IN SHREWSBURY

Chris Szczerbienski checks in a Gibson Les Paul owned by Paul Bland of the Pearl Jam tribute band No Code. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Chris Szczerbienski was planning to move to Connecticut a few months back to take a job as a technician with a major guitar retailing chain when he stopped in at Heritage Body & Towing in Shrewsbury with his father.

His dad was there to get his truck fixed, but what fixed the younger man’s attention was the vacant storefront out front.

Forget Connecticut! Szczerbienski decided to open his own shop right there, on East Newman Springs Road, in the former Chelsea Home Furnishings space.

“I figured the money I would spend moving and getting set up in Connecticut I could spend starting my own business,” he said.

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