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FAIR HAVEN’S KIDS CELEBRATE WALDO’S 25TH

More than 75 Fair Haven kids came out to play with Waldo in a month-long scavenger hunt that culminated in the beloved character’s birthday party Thursday. (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

As summer winds down, August starts to feel like the longest month. For kids, it’s one giant countdown to back-to-school time.

In an effort to keep local kids’ minds and bodies active during the season’s final leg, the women of Fair Haven’s River Road Books came up with a fun idea – a month-long scavenger hunt of sorts. They brought Where’s Waldo? to life.

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ALL SETTLED AFTER CAR FLIP


A black GMC Envoy overturned in Red Bank on Thursday at about 11:30 a.m. at the intersection of Madison and Branch avenues. Sgt. Mike Furlong was headed to Riverview Medical Center to follow up on the details of the accident by the time it had been cleared, about 12:10 p.m.

Furlong said it appeared that the driver had been turning left onto Branch and skidded, hitting the yellow wire boundary near a telephone pole adjacent to the Molly Pitcher Village Apartments, and flipping over. There was minor damage to the vehicle, which was towed, and the driver sustained minor or no injuries.

“She’s a tough lady,” Furlong said. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge.)

FILM BUFFS LIKE IT HOT

More than 50 people showed up in Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens park Tuesday night for Shore Flicks’ final installment of the summer, “Some Like it Hot” (with Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis).

Since July, six family-friendly movies have been screened in the park free of charge. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge.)

COFFEE WITH A KICK

It’s not often that you see a horse on busy Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank. But when a business is called the Coffee Corral and the back forty is fenced by split rail, well… Owner Russ Crosson’s daughter Courtlyn stopped by for a visit Tuesday with Meet My Hero, her 9-year-old former thoroughbred racer.

By the way…

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WOMAN’S CLUB GETS A SPRUCING-UP

The club recently installed an information display at the Broad Street entrance to the onetime Anthony Reckless homestead, and the rear and sides of the structure are being painted to match the front, below.  (Click to enlarge)

Passersby scurrying to the post office, bank and dry cleaner may have noticed a flurry of fixing-up at the Woman’s Club of Red Bank lately.

The club’s Broad Street home, in the 1870 mansion built by Anthony Reckless and listed on both the national and New Jersey registries of historic places, is getting a new coat of paint on its sides and rear to go with a facade painting of several years ago.

There’s also a new metal plaque in the front yard offering a history of the property, which the club acquired in 1921.

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GETTING DOWN TO WORK

An unidentified contractor gets close to his handiwork in the six-story addition being built at the Atrium at Navesink on Riverside Avenue in Red Bank Tuesday afternoon. (Click to enlarge)

CLASSES KEEP IT FRESH AT LUNCH BREAK


Cooking instructor Roseanne Monroe shows her cooking class the dragon fruit she picked up at the market to use as an artistic element in a dish. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge.)

By STACIE FANELLI

The small serenity garden outside Lunch Break is a quiet place for locals to relax, unwind and sometimes even nap. But Roseanne Monroe knows about a few other gems it holds: basil, garlic, chives, figs and “oodles of tomatoes,” for starters.

In the middle of the Red Bank soup kitchen’s weekly adult cooking demonstration of gazpacho last Thursday, Monroe ran low on a few herbs in the recipe. So she just stepped outside to pick what she needed straight from the ground.

“It doesn’t get fresher than that,” she said. “To me, everything that comes out of the earth that we eat has a benefit.”

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ROWING INTO THEIR FUTURES


Akin Gaddis’s fellow Pool School participants look on as he works on basic rowing techniques using a simulator before heading into the Navesink for the real deal. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge.)

By STACIE FANELLI

About 20 first-time rowers from Red Bank, aged 10 to 13, took to Maple Cove Monday morning to try their hand at squaring and feathering Monday morning.

The lesson, supplemented by a two-mile workout on the ergs at nearby CrossFit Shrewsbury, was a bonus to the summer program at youth advocate David Prown‘s volunteer-based Pool School, sponsored by the Community YMCA and St. Anthony’s Social Concerns Committee. The kids did weight training and learned to swim for three hours every Monday for eight weeks.

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SMITH FANS UNITE, INCHING TOWARD STASH

Fans waited in line as long as 10 hours with Kevin Smith books, films and artwork to be signed by their hero. Below, actor Jason Mewes, trailed by a video crew.  (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge.)

By STACIE FANELLI

North on Broad Street, around the bend at Mechanic, sharp right into an alley, past the “end of line” sign and back around again. That’s the route hundreds of fans took Sunday, inches at a time, as they waited in line to meet director Kevin Smith.

Some came from down the block, others from up to five hours away – all to spend maybe 60 seconds with the Highlands native and owner of Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash in downtown Red Bank. The store is such a haven for comic book fans that it is the focal point of AMC’s reality show “Comic Book Men,” for which Smith’s appearance was a part.

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ROCKING ‘N ROLLING ON THE RIVER


Aboard the Kemosabe, the Moroccan Sheepherders played a concert to an armada of fans bobbing in Blossom Cove on the Middletown side of the Navesink Saturday. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge.)

By STACIE FANELLI

Earlier this summer, a week after the Dockside fired them for drawing more fans than the Sea Bright restaurant could accommodate, the Moroccan Sheepherders took their act – and their fans – to a boat in the Navesink River.

‘Baaaquapalooza’ was born.

On Saturday afternoon, a second installment of the concert, in Blossom Cove on the Middletown side, attracted more than 35 boats for a good,old-fashioned floating rock ‘n roll party. That’s not including the band’s host vessel, Art Natsis’ Kemosabe out of Sea Bright, or the inflatable pool raft tied up to it, which served as a mobile mosh pit for the biggest fans.

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GETTING JAZZY FOR JOHNNY JAZZ


Red Bank’s jazz royalty gathered in an unassuming pocket park at Shrewsbury Avenue and Drs. James Parker Boulevard Friday night as the Al Wright Unit, above, the Chuck Lambert Band and other acts performed for a packed-in crowd of about 100.

The occasion: the third and final of the summer in the Count Basie 365 Cultural Series organized by the borough parks and rec department. The show was a tribute to the late grocer and jazz enthusiast Ralph ‘Johnny Jazz’ Gatta(Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge.)

MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

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

call-in-the-authorities• Robert Dunn, age 21, from Tenth Street in Belford, NJ, arrested on August 21, 2012 by Patrolman Richard Fulham on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court. He was released after posting $80.00 bail.

• Ellen Baicher, age 47, from Lloyd Road in Matawan, NJ, arrested on August 20, 2012 by Patrolman Charles Higgins on a Contempt of Courtwarrant issued by the Monroe Municipal Court. She was released after posting $89.00 bail.

• Jared Roesler, age 32, from Bamm Hollow Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 20, 2012 by Patrolman Ian May for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

• Travis Roesler, age 29, from Parkway Place in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on August 20, 2012 by Patrolman Ian May for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

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FIREHOUSE COLORING BOOK TO LIGHT UP FAIR

Lisa Toohey at the writing desk in which she created her coloring book about the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair, below.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

For Lisa Toohey and her nine-year-old son, Jake, the annual Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair is a captivating marvel of sights, sounds and aromas that never gets old.

“It’s like, a big deal for us,” says Toohey, who used to take off from her Wall Street job the week of the fair so she and Jake could go nightly. “It’s really one of our favorite things about living in Fair Haven.”

But less apparent to a child than the swirling lights and colors is all the work that volunteers put into making the event happen, and that was something Toohey said she wanted her son and other children to appreciate.

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AS EXPECTED, WELSH FARMS HEADS TO COURT

The owner of the store had sought a variance for an expansion and signage, but was derailed by a last-minute change in the noise ordinance.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The Red Bank planning board’s rejection of a proposal to turn a Welsh Farms convenience store into a 24-hour 7-Eleven has triggered a lawsuit.

Dina Enterprises, owner of the East Front Street store, filed suit in state Superior Court in Freehold August 8, claiming the board kowtowed to public opposition and exercised “palpable abuse of its discretionary authority” in rejecting an expansion variance in May.

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MONMOUTH STREET SET TO REOPEN

Contractors prepare to lay down striping on the newly paved Monmouth Street in Red Bank shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday following a two-day closure of the stretch between Broad Street and Maple Avenue.

A “streetscape” overhaul of Monmouth between Maple and Bridge Avenue is scheduled to begin in about three weeks, according to borough engineer Christine Ballard. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: YOUNG ORATORS DEBUT

Twelve-year-old Akin Gaddis, a student at the Ranney School in Tinton Falls, reads Langston Hughes‘ poem titled ‘Negro‘ at the Red Bank council meeting Wednesday night as part of a presentation on the borough chapter of New Jersey Orators, a group that teaches public speaking skills to young African-Americans.

Zuri Mondesir, 10, another member of the eight-month-old chapter, recited a poem by Shel Silverstein.

The Red Bank Orators are coached by borough Councilwoman Juanita Lewis.

BBQ JOINT EYES WEST SIDE; TEMPLE EXPANDS

The former home of Red Bank Pizza, on North Bridge Avenue, has been vacant for nearly two years. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Is it just wishful thinking, or is the tangy aroma of mesquite and beef about to join the pizza-dominated food scene in Red Bank?

Pit Boss Pure Barbecue, which has a restaurant on Route 35 in Middletown, is hoping to take over the former home of Red Bank Pizza on North Bridge Avenue, according to a representative of the landlord.

And in other Retail Churn news, Temple Gourmet Chinese has completed its doubling-down on Broad Street; another Chinese restaurant runs into a snafu; Hip & Humble Home finds a new, humble and possibly hip home, and an antiques business clears out.

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A CHANGE OF SEASON, A HAPPENING WEEKEND

Red Bank musical movers and shakers Chuck Lambert, Joe Muccioli and the Al Wright Unit’s Ruth Wright pay tribute to the late Ralph “Johnny Jazz” Gatta, in a special outdoor concert Friday.

While there’s still technically plenty of summer sand left in the hourglass, the coming of the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair to the greater Red Bank Green adds an ever so slightly melancholy touch to the senior-diet Dog Days of August. We detect a nagging hint of Back to School seriousness; a wrapping up of outdoor entertainments; a change of gears and seasons that’s keynoted by a tuneful tribute, a look ahead to Halloween and a merrily Menopausal musical.

redbankgreen has assembled an even dozen diversions in this pre-Labor Day interlude, starting with a handful of things going on beneath the setting sun and stars.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

Pull up a seat, ponder life’s greatest question  – which is, of course, ‘Where Have I Seen This?’  – and then, having divined the answer, send it here by email, please.

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MONMOUTH STREET SHUT FOR REPAVING

Monmouth Street in Red Bank was closed to vehicular traffic for milling and repaving between Broad Street and Maple Avenue Wednesday. The work is expect to be completed by 4 p.m. Thursday, according to an alert from the borough government. (Click to enlarge)