RED BANK GAS SPAT MOVES TO STATEHOUSE

Red Bank wants the regulators, below, enclosed beneath sidewalks, like one outside 26 Monmouth Street, above.  (Click to enlarge)

Three months after Red Bank borough and New Jersey Natural Gas publicly clashed over the gas company’s plan to install pressure-regulating valves in front of more than 80 borough businesses, the fight has moved to Trenton.

After a hearing over proposed legislation that would limit the utility’s ability to unilaterally locate emergency venting equipment was postponed Monday, representatives of the two sides aired their cases on the Statehouse steps, the Asbury Park Press reports.

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RAFFLE TO GIVE RBMS SPORTS AN ASSIST

Gene Horowitz soliciting donations for the Red Bank Middle School Foundation from downtown businesses last month. (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Two years ago, amid some serious belt-tightening, the decision to eliminate all sports funding from the Red Bank Middle School budget came as a shock to Gene Horowitz, whose older son was looking forward to playing baseball that spring.

In order to correct what he saw as an injustice to the kids, Horowitz, of Branch Avenue, reached out to members of the community to brainstorm about what could be done. The result was the creation of the non-profit RBMS Athletics Foundation.

One night last month, Horowitz, an 18-year Red Bank resident who has fourth- and seventh-graders in the school, appeared before the mayor and borough council to recap the success of the foundation and to thank those who helped make it happen.

“This year, we actually had all our teams funded,” Horowitz said. “But we know that’s not a given.”

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SHOOTER FACING LIFE FOR DOUBLE HOMICIDE

SuspectsAntonio ‘Mingo’ Suarez-Perez, left, faces two life terms after co-defendants Samson Theodore ‘Freedom’ Hearn, center, and Eric Joel ‘Pun’ Figueras, right, testified against him.

By JOHN T. WARD

A Red Bank man is expected to be sentenced to two life terms in prison without eligibility for parole after a Monmouth County jury found he was the trigger man in a vicious double homicide in the borough three years ago.

After a two-month trial, Antonio ‘Mingo’ Suarez-Perez was convicted on two counts of first-degree murder in the early-morning killings on Locust Avenue in February, 2009, said Assistant Monmouth County Prosecutor Marc LeMieux.

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MIDDLETOWN: POLICE BLOTTER

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

call-in-the-authorities• On May 23, 2012 Detectives Laurence Schachtel and Daniel Sullivan arrested Samantha Luberto, age 21, from Forest Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, for Possession of Heroin, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Heroin with the Intent to Distribute, Possession of Heroin with the Intent to Distribute within 500 feet of a Public Park and Possession of Heroin with the Intent to Distribute within 1000 feet of a School Zone.

Luberto was arrested as a result of a motor vehicle stop on Thompson Avenue in Middletown. She was released pending a court date.

• Cynthia Siegfried, age 56, from Highway 36 in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on May 28, 2012 by Patrolman Charles Higgins for Criminal Trespass and on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Manchester and Ocean Municipal Courts. She was held on $979.00 bail.

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SCENES FROM THE FOOD FEST

Before it was buffetted by wind and rain Sunday, Riverfest 2012 in Red Bank’s Marine Park had a pretty good three-day run. Some scenes from Friday night and Saturday afternoon, by redbankgreen.

CAR WASH, YEAH…

Nathan J. Williams Craftsmen Club, member Tuiwan Loney of Keansburg, left, washes Tinton Falls resident Carl Bowles’ car Saturday as part of a fundraiser for the club’s parent organization, Celestial Lodge No. 36 in Red Bank.
Money raised from the event will go toward charitable efforts and to renovations of the lodge’s building on Drs. James Parker Boulevard, which has been home to the lodge since 1893. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

THREE CHARGED WITH IMPERSONATING COPS

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of May 25 to June 1, 2012. This information is unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 5-28-12 at Leighton Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) threw eggs at parked vehicle. Ptl. J. Quispe.

Theft occurring at Shrewsbury Avenue gas station on 5-29-12. Report of a female who did not pay for $20.00 worth of gas and also damaged items inside store. Ptl. Michael Zadlock.

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ARMED ROBBER HITS FAIR HAVEN SHOP

By JOHN T. WARD

The owner of a Fair Haven antiques shop was held up at gunpoint by a robber who fled with the contents of a safe, police reported Saturday evening.

Here’s an announcement sent out by the FHPD at 5:18 p.m.:
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FOOD, MUSIC, SUMMER NIGHT ON THE RIVER…

Scenes from the opening night of the three-day Riverfest food and music festival in Red Bank’s Marine Park Friday. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

The National Weather Service forecast for days two and three is encouraging:

Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 74. West wind between 11 and 14 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 58. West wind between 6 and 13 mph.

Sunday: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 78. West wind between 11 and 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

GOING HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH BRAIN DISEASE

Carol Schulte during one of her regular workouts earlier this week.  (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

By STACIE FANELLI

Sixteen years ago, Carol Schulte, an aerobic-dancing instructor and all-around fitness nut, walked into a doctor’s office to get an explanation for her stiff arm and inability to hold a cup of coffee to her lips. She walked out with an incurable, lifelong illness.

Afterward, she took a final run down the ski slopes of Vermont.

“That was a pity party,” she said.

But since then, she’s has had little time to feel sorry for herself.

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YO! WASSUP WITH ALL THE FRO-YO?


The newest entry in Red Bank’s yogurt wars is Yo Mon, above. Below, the self-serve bar at Kravings. (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Pizza counters, costume jewelers, cupcake shops, burgers joints: Red Bank seems to have become a magnet for like-minded business ideas in recent years, with new industry entrants arriving in clusters.

The latest wave: frozen yogurt.

While this may be good news for locals with a hankering for lo-cal frozen desserts, it raises the question of whether or not three yogurt shops can do well for themselves within the same neighborhood.

redbankgreen visited the owners of Frozsürt, which at two years old is Red Bank’s most established; Kravings, which opened in February; and three-week-old Yo Mon to discuss their products and business predictions for the season.

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WOODY’S SURFS OVER TO SNACK SHACK

Customers lined up on Memorial Day, below, at the new Woody’s Ocean Hut in Sea Bright.  (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Where others have tried and wiped out, Chris Wood is diving into the surf.

The owner of Woody’s Ocean Grille in Sea Bright last week opened a satellite business just yards away from his year-old restaurant, creating what he calls “a glorified snack bar” in a beachfront building that has seen a a lot of churn in recent years.

He thinks the pairing is the secret sauce to outlasting his predecessors at the well-hidden stand.

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BUSKING IN THE GLORY OF STREET LIFE

Clockwise from top left: A Cool Blues Duo, Jeff & Elaine, The Al Wright Unit and Peas & Carrots are among the acts taking it to the streets for Red Bank Street Life, the 2012 slate of which kicks off this Saturday evening.

It happens right about the time that Riverfest sounds the keynote to summertime in Red Bank. The sidewalks, storefronts and greens of the Shore’s favorite beach-free destination town ring out with great evening music every Saturday night in the weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Other towns may stake a claim to being Where Music Lives, but when Red Bank StreetLife returns on June 2, it will transform the Borough of Basie into that place where Music greets visitors who arrive by rail; where Music provides an eclectic soundtrack to shopping and dining; and where Music gets mobile on the streets of the downtown and West Side business districts.

Presented by Red Bank Rivercenter (with funding assistance from the Monmouth County Arts Council), Street Life offers up a shuffle-mix that ranges from acoustic Americana to ethnic, and from sweet-Adeline harmonies to a little bit of harmonic dissonance.

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