HOODS UP AT DOC HOLIDAY CAR SHOW

More than 300 eye-catching cars, and a handful of motorcycles, shone under the summer sun on White Street in Red Bank Sunday as the Liberty Hose fire company held its tenth annual Robert ‘Doc’ Holiday Car Show.

The event is a fundraiser for annual college scholarships in the name of the late firefighter name and for the volunteer company itself. (Click to enlarge)

BOATERS MARK RIVER TOWN’S CENTENNIAL

Fair Havenites took took to the beautiful Navesink River for a day of celebratory boat races in honor of the town’s nautical heritage as part of its ongoing centennial Saturday.

Photographer Peter Lindner was out on the water for redbankgreen.

RED BANK: BRIDGE AVE. HOUSE BURGLARIZED

The crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of June 29 to July 6, 2012. This information is unedited.

Theft occurring at Bridge Ave. on 6-28-12. Victim inadvertently left his I pad on table in restaurant, exited the establishment and upon return the I pad was missing. Ptl. Jorge Torres.

Criminal Mischief occurring at Monmouth St.—Train Station Parking Lot on 7-2-12 Victim reported that unknown person(s) broke the rear passenger side window in parked vehicle with a rock. Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.

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SEVEN BRIDGES ROAD DETOURS TO BEGIN

Monmouth County officials were expected to shut down Seven Bridges Road (seen above from Rumson Road) Monday to allow for the $2.7 million reconstruction of a small, timber bridge on Seven Bridges Road just north of the Little Silver Point Road intersection.

The project calls for detours (shown in the map above) that are expected to be in place for up to six months, according the the county engineer’s office. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: SMASH-AND-GRAB AT JEWEL SHOP

Red Bank police are investigating a smash-and-grab burglary at a Broad Street jewelry store shortly before dawn Sunday.

Captain Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen that patrols responded to a 5 a.m. alarm at A.H. Fisher Diamonds, at the corner of White Street to find the front-door glass smashed and the store strewn with glass from broken display cases. The suspects had fled, he said.

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CAR V. POLE AND FENCE IN FAIR HAVEN

A car struck a utility pole and crashed through a fence on Prospect Avenue near Harding Road in Fair Haven at about 9:30 Saturday morning. Neighbors said at least one occupant of the vehicle was transported to the hospital, but no official information was immediately available. (Click to enlarge)

PEDESTRIAN STRUCK ON BROAD

The scene on Broad Street shortly after 3:30 p.m. Friday. (Click to enlarge)

A Red Bank man suffered a head injury of unknown severity when he was struck by a car on Broad Street Friday afternoon, police said.

John Geiger, 30, was transported to Jersey Shore Medical Center after he was struck in a crosswalk at Mechanic Street by a 2012 Toyota, according to department spokesman Captain Darren McConnell.

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MIDDLETOWN ARREST REPORT

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

call-in-the-authorities• On July 5, 2012 the Middletown Police Detective Bureau and Quality of Life Unit executed an arrest warrant at a residence on Evergreen Terrace in Middletown. Police arrested Christopher Newrock, age 23, from Evergreen Terrace on a Contempt of Court warrant. Police say Newrock was also charged with Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Bath Salts, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Disorderly Conduct and Terroristic Threats as a result of the warrant execution.

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KIOSKS: PUNCHED, TWEAKED AND ACCEPTED?

Parking lot greeter Nicholas Wilk instructs a visitor on using a pay station in the English Plaza lot. Below, a screen menu shows that half-hour parking is not an option. Some users complain the ordering of options is counterintuitive. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A backwards time-selection menu. The elimination of half-hour parking. Machines that spit out dollar bills, or don’t alert visitors who’ve opted for text messages to let them know their time is about to expire.

At least three visitors have had their credit cards “eaten” by slots meant for the insertion of paper currency.

Frustrating? Already, one user has kicked or punched a machine, setting off an alarm.

Still, as Red Bank winds down week two of its partial switchover from traditional parking meters to new solar-powered, centralized and computerized pay stations, borough officials say many problems have been worked out, and others are being addressed as they arise.

Just as importantly, parkers are finding that their second and subsequent interactions with the technology goes a lot more smoothly than the first, said parking utility director Gary Watson.

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CENTURY-OLD FAIR HAVEN SETS SAIL

The regatta will feature races with Optimist Prams, which are small one-person sailboats (below), for all junior sailers. (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Sandwiched between the Navesink and the Shrewsbury rivers, residents of the Green can hardly complain that there’s nothing to do during the scorching summer hot months. And in Fair Haven, one of them is Saturday’s Fair Haven Regatta, part of the borough’s year-long centennial celebration and an opportunity for people to get out and take pride in the waterfront heritage of their hometown.

The regatta came about from a desire to “honor Fair Haven’s nautical heritage and spotlight the beautiful Navesink River we all enjoy,” said Joe Malik, a member of the committee that organized the event.

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RED BANK TO GET PERUVIAN RESTAURANT

Marita Lynn describes her native country’s cuisine as a melting pot of international influences. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Upscale fish and Chinese; affordable Vietnamese; gluten-free pizza: Red Bank’s ever-expanding menu is about to make room for yet another type of cuisine not seen here recently, if ever.

Caterer Marita Lynn of Aberdeen plans to open a Peruvian restaurant called Runa sometime next month in the Monmouth Street space recently vacated by the Eurasian Eatery.

In the language of Peru’s indigenous Quechuas, Runa means ‘people,’ Lynn tells redbankgreen. But Runa’s menu, like the food of modern Peru, is transnational, she said.

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A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY, A LITTLE BIT MOBILE

A mobile language lab at RBR will be stocked with iPads when it opens in September, thanks to a donation from the school’s fundraising foundation.  (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

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Come September, Red Bank Regional High School will have a fully operational Apple Mobile classroom for the 2012-2013 school year for its world language classes.

The RBR Education Foundation recently presented the Board of Education with a check for $28,000 to purchase an iPad cart equipped with 35 iPads and three MacBooks with a two-year protection program, as well as a voucher for applications available to “foster the acquisition of foreign language.”

“This level of accessibility into other cultures and languages is completely unprecedented,” said assistant principal Will Smith.

 

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CANCELED FIREWORKS: DO YOU CARE?

Crowds would pack West Front Street opposite Riverside Gardens Park every July 3 for a view of the annual pyrotechnics display. (Click to enlarge)

By CONNOR SOLTAS

Tonight would have been the night.

The annual Red Bank fireworks show, a half-century-old tradition branded as Kaboom for most of the past decade, would have been lofted into the sky above the Navesink River tonight, as always on July 3.

But the event was canceled in February amid fundraising difficulties and security concerns.

redbankgreen took to the streets in recent days to see how locals feel about the change. A sampling of opinion is below.

What do you think about the fizzling of Kaboom? Let us know in a comment.


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FAIR HAVEN SWIMMER HEADING TO LONDON

Fair Haven’s Connor Jaeger landed a spot on the U.S. Olympic swim team roster with a second-place finish in the 1,500-meter freestyle Monday.

Jaeger’s achievement came one day after he gave sports fans a chuckle – and a lesson in dogged determination – when he continued swimming after winning a heat in the 1,500. He explained afterward that he’d lost count of his laps and didn’t hear the bell indicating he’d won.

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A MONTH OF ‘LE JAZZ HOT’ ON THE GREEN

Trumpeter Claudio Roditi sounds a keynote to a month of jazzy happenings in and around Red Bank, with a Weekend in Brazil that kicks off the Summer Jazz Cafe series at Two River Theater.

Red Bankers generally don’t need any reminders that theirs is the borough that birthed the great William ‘Count’ Basie. Still, a recent return visit by Grammy-winning retro pop-jazz harmonizers The Manhattan Transfer served to demonstrate the degree of respect that the hometown of the legendary “Kid from Red Bank” inspires from coast to coast, as LA-based Tim Hauser and company (who actually recorded some sessions with the late great bandleader for their 1985 album Vocalese) shared a set-within-a-set of Basie-related numbers as a special treat for the Count Basie Theatre audience.

As the calendar strikes July, the greater Red Bank green’s reputation as a musical mecca for sophisticated cats and kittens begins to warm up in earnest, with the superheated days and trez-cool nights of the post-Fourth interlude offering up an unparalleled number of opportunities to take in various things jazzy.

It all clicks in this weekend, with the first in the annual Summer Jazz Café series at Two River Theater — a nocturnal excursion complemented by a day-trip whistle stop at the Middletown Jazz & Blues Festival. Then on Thursday the 12th, the waterfront walkways and sculpted terraces of Riverside Gardens reverb with the first in the open-air 2012 Jazz in the Park outings.

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RED BANK WOMAN BURNED IN WAX FIRE

A stove fire involving candle wax left a Red Bank woman with significant burns to both hands Monday morning, borough police report.

Susan Frieri, 51, of Branch Avenue, was transported to Riverview Medical Center by Little Silver volunteer first aiders on the 11:20 a.m. call of a possible house fire, said Captain Darren McConnell.

Red Bank firefighters also responded to the address, at the corner of East Bergen Place, to find that other family members had smothered a stove fire.

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MIDDLETOWN ADJUSTS TO WATER LIMITS

“You don’t realize how much you use water” until the supply is restricted, said Don Cunningham, owner of Junction Bagels & Subs. Below, Charlie Rogers of Middletown’s Office of Emergency Management. (Photos by Anastasia Millicker. Click to enlarge)

By ANASTASIA MILLICKER

Although water service has been restored to all customers and pressure is back to normal, a boil-water advisory imposed by authorities in the aftermath of Friday’s water main break remained in effect Monday morning in Middletown and three other northern Monmouth County towns.

Reports of discolored water were still being received, said Charlie Rogers, co-coordinator of Office of Emergency Management for Middletown, which remained covered by the advisory with Aberdeen, Highlands and Holmdel.

Meantime, some businesses are still absorbing losses associated with the water emergency.

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LITTLE SILVER STATION GOES FOR JAVA REFILL

Rook Coffee Roasters plans to set up shop this autumn in the wood-paneled interior of the borough-owned train station. (Photos by Connor Soltas. Click to enlarge)

By CONNOR SOLTAS

After a nearly two-year vacancy, the Little Silver Train Station is about to get a fresh coffee shop. And the new tenant believes it has a business model that will help it avoid the fate of its short-lived predecessors.

Rook Coffee Roasters announced a plan last Thursday to open its fourth retail store in the borough-owned station’s concession space this fall. Bagels, sandwiches and various baked goods will be for sale in addition to coffee, each cup of which is individually brewed to order, according to co-owner Holly Migliaccio.

Rook’s owners believe the keys to survival at the station lie in making the stand a draw to non-commuting locals and using wireless technology to expedite individual orders.

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SHOWDOWN UPON THE SWAN-Y RIVER

After five days of veterinary care for what was believed to be food poisoning, a mute swan was released back into the Navesink River at Maple Cove in Red Bank Sunday by site activist Cindy Burnham, who found the ailing animal there last week.

The homecoming was not without drama. After swimming around a bit, the swan headed toward two others, one of which proceeded to attack it. Several squawks and hisses later, Burnham was able to shoo the offending swan back into the water.  (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: ROWBOAT REPORTED STOLEN

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of June 22 to June 29, 2012. This information is unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 6-23-12 at Monmouth St. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) broke rear window of parked vehicle. Ptl. Stan Balmer.

Theft occurring at Bodman Place between 6-11-12 and 6-24-12. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole a small white rowboat, which was secured at the rear dock on property. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy.

Burglary occurring at Leighton on 6-27-12. Victim reported that unknown person(s) entered his residence by breaking rear doorframe. Stolen was cash. Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich and Sgt. Mike Frazee.

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