EX-LITTLE SILVER WORKER BUSTED FOR FRAUD

A former employee of a Little Silver business was being held in jail Wednesday on charges she used pilfered credit-card data to commit identity theft and fraud, borough police say.

Tara Galen, 35, of Brick Township was ordered held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on $60,000 bail, without the option to post 10 percent, following her arrest Tuesday by Detective Gregory Oliva.

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RED BANK: MORE ART, LIVE AND ON THE HOOF

The locator map for Friday’s Art Walk, and one of Gabriela Rusu’s paintings (right) in a show that opens tonight. (Click to enlarge)

Coming off Sunday’s highly successful roll-out of an outdoor art exhibition, Red Bank hosts two more art events this week, starting with one tonight.

That’s the opening of Dynamic Constructions and the Body as a Pretext, a collection of some 50 paintings by Gabriela Rusu. The Romanian artist will be on hand for an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at 25 Bridge Avenue.

Rusu will also greet evening visitors on Thursday and again Friday, during the next edition of Red Bank ArtWalk.

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CONSIGNMENT DEAL MEANS SHORT VACANCY

Greene Street Consignment plans to open its eighth store at 40 Broad Street in Red Bank, former home of Funk and Standard, by mid-September. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

When officials from Greene Street Consignment, a high-end used-clothing shop with seven stores in the greater Philadelphia area, paid her a visit about a month ago, Red Bank RiverCenter executive director Nancy Adams’ immediate reaction, she later said, was, “We’ve gotta get you here. We need retail.”

And with some fast action, Adams helped do just that, in the process heading off what might have been a prolonged and gaping vacancy in the heart of a downtown still struggling to recover.

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FIRED UP FOR THE FAIR HAVEN FAIR


There’s just enough room to squeeze between the rides and booths that pack the grounds of the Fire Haven firehouse for the annual Firemen’s Fair, touted as the largest such event in New Jersey. On Tuesday, volunteers oiled gears on a truck-themed  merry-go-round and hosed down each car of the ferris wheel, which can be seen from far down River Road.

The fair kicks off Friday at 6 p.m. and runs nightly through September 1, except on Sundays. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge.)

FROM WHERE HE STANDS, IT’S A FULL HOUSE

Accompanied only by the sound of passing traffic, Red Bank’s Michael Evans, aka ‘Aizen G,’ polished his pipes and his moves before an imaginary audience at Riverside Gardens Park Sunday shortly before heading to an open-mic night at Jamian’s on Monmouth Street.

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CASH STOLEN FROM CHURCH POOR BOXES

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of August 10 to August 17, 2012. This information is unedited.

Theft of Services occurring on 8-10-12 at Catherine St. Cab driver reported that passenger fled cab without paying fare. Ptl. James DePonte.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 8-11-12 at Riverside Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) threw a rock through rear windshield of parked vehicle breaking the glass. Also ripped both side mirrors off and one windshield wiper. Ptl. Jhonatan Quispe.

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CONTEMPT CASES DOT MIDDLETOWN BLOTTER

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

call-in-the-authorities• Brian Miller, age 22, from Walnut Avenue in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on August 12, 2012 by Patrolman Robert Shannon on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $2,000.00 bail.

• Travis Sherman, age 29, from Ridgewood Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on August 12, 2012 by Patrolman Feleipe Benedit for Criminal Mischief and Defiant Trespass. He was released pending a court date.

• Gregory Decher, age 30, from Laurel Avenue in West Keansburg, NJ, arrested on August 12, 2012 by Patrolman Felipe Benedit for Criminal Mischief and Defiant Trespass. He was released pending a court date.

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METROVATION KILLS ANDERSON PROJECT

The developer has officially abandoned its approval for condos in the former West Side warehouse – temporarily serving as a display location in the ‘Heads’ outdoor art installation – but plans a “creative” repurposing of the site, says a partner. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The Anderson building and the West Side lofts: they were to have been fraternal twins anchoring nearby corners in Red Bank, injecting an instant, upmarket demographic into a part of town that could use a nudge to reach its potential as an arts and nightlife mecca.

Now, however, as one half of that twosome finally nears an official start, the other one has been nixed.

At last Thursday’s meeting of the borough zoning board, developer Metrovation officially abandoned its six-year-old approval for 23 condos and two street-level stores in the former Anderson Brothers Moving and Storage structure at Bridge Avenue and Monmouth Street, citing poor economic conditions.

At the same time, company officials sought, and won, a minor lot-line change that they said would enhance whatever new plan might follow.

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DOLPHIN WATCH 2012: YES, THEY’RE BACK

A dolphin breaks the surface of the Navensink River off Victory Park in Rumson Sunday, above. Right, boaters oohed and aahed at the sight of the sleek animals. Don’t crowd them, though; federal law prohibits interference with the animal’s natural behavior, and harassment is punishable by fines of up to $10,000. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN: AN OLYMPIAN RETURNS HOME

Swimmer and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional grad Connor Jaeger got a loud, loving welcome home from the London Summer Olympics as fire and first aiders paraded him through Rumson and his hometown Fair Haven Friday evening. Above, Jaeger signs the shirt of a young admirer. (Photo above by Fran Waldmann. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: OFF-THE-INTERIOR-WALL ART

Heads,’ an all-outdoor exhibition of more than 50 paintings by Dumitru Gorzo, (right, with Red Bank Councilwoman Sharon Lee), opened with a reception at the Galleria at Red Bank Sunday. Art lovers flocked to the Two River Theater, above, and the public library, below, for their first taste of the widespread show, organized by the New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art. Gorzo’s art will hang remain on display throughout town until October 14. (Click to enlarge)

DOLPHINS BACK IN NAVESINK

Dolphins in the Navesink west of the Oceanic Bridge in 2008. (Click to enlarge)

Dolphins have been seen feeding in the upper Navesink River this weekend, prompting recollections of 2008, when debate raged about what, if anything, should be done to save a pod from the impending start of winter.

Red Bank’s Joe Ruffini reported seeing about six dolphins from his boat off Fair Haven Saturday, and members of the Navesink River Rowing club said four small dolphins were in the water off Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank early Sunday.

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RED BANK COUPLE BURGLARIZED, SHOT AT

A Red Bank couple was assaulted and shot at in an early-morning burglary and pursuit early Thursday Friday morning, police say.

According to Captain Darren McConell, five men, at least two of them carrying handguns, forced their way in through the front door of a condominium on Tower Hill, off Prospect Avenue, at about 2 a.m.

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UP A LAZY RIVER OR TWO WITH LEON REDBONE

Master of back-porch blues, song-sheet pop and hobo-camp folk music Leon Redbone pulls up a stool the Two River Theater Red Bank Sunday.

By TOM CHESEK

The seersucker suit and the straw boater; the smoked glasses and the Groucho-greasepaint ‘stache; the Kentucky-colonel tie and the Walking Stick made famous in song — who else could it have been but Leon Redbone?

Yet, when we happened upon the veteran performer at a Tony Bennett show in Atlantic City — and greeted him with a smooth and sophisticated “Hey, you’re Leon Redbone” — all we got by way of acknowledgment was an “Oh, I don’t know ’bout that…,” delivered in the inimitable drawl that sounds like Al Jolson and Dean Martin knocking back a few Old Fashioneds at the 1919 World Series.

Since he materialized on the national stage in the mid-1970s, serenading Saturday Night Live viewers with songs like “Ain’t Misbehavin” and “Shine On Harvest Moon,” the man of mystery named Leon Redbone has by and large spoken to the world from beneath a vintage hat, behind a novelty-shop nose ‘n glasses, and between the lines of of a bygone era of Tin Pan, back-porch, popular music. Granting few interviews over the years — and remaining purposely vague and contrary on those occasions he did — the master musicologist and ace guitar-picker introduced several new generations of listeners to songs like “The Sheik of Araby” and “In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree,” popping up from time to time in the occasional beer commercial, TV talk show or major motion picture even while pointing the way toward the more stripped-down, laid back rootsy styles that would take hold in the wake of the music industry meltdown.

On Sunday evening, August 19, Redbone brings his timewarp talents and hoary sense of humor to Red Bank as the latest in the summertime series of Intimate Evenings concerts, produced by MusicWorks Entertainment and presented on the stage of Two River Theater. The Americana Desk at redbankgreen was fortunate to get the man on the Ma Bell (following at least one false start); what follows is certainly one of the most cantankerous and curmudgeonly Q&As we’ve ever conducted in this space — but imagine it delivered with a wink, a chuckle and an attitude that’d make W.C. Fields proud, and flip that wax 78 over for more.

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POST: ASHLEY DUPRÉ IS PRÉGGERS

Ashley Dupré on Broad Street, Red Bank in early July. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The post-courtesanship makeover of the once-infamous Ashley Dupré continues.

Confirming for the New York Post a condition she declined to comment on to redbankgreen two months ago, Dupré tells the tabloid she’s almost seven months pregnant and engaged to marry boyfriend TJ Earle, heir to a Monmouth County paving business.

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UPSTAIRS AT BASIE, A LITTLE TOUGH ‘LOVE’

Dunbar Repertory Company presents Gail Wynn Huland El’s “dark comedy” GREEN HONEY LOVE in the Count Basie Theatre’s second-floor rehearsal space beginning tonight.

By TOM CHESEK

In a cubby of culture that’s long been home to some best kept secrets of local life, most interesting things have happened not so much under our collective noses, but just one flight of stairs over street level. We’re thinking here of McKay Imaging Gallery; the makeshift comedy club at the Dub; and Gerda Liebman’s Gallery 135 inside Monmouth Street’s Red Bank Community Church.

Beginning this Friday, August 17, and continuing for eleven more performances through September 2, the Monmouth County-based community stage troupe Dunbar Repertory Company returns with a new offering at the Count Basie Theatre — not the ornate auditorium of the venerable venue, but the second-story rehearsal space that’s often used for the educational programs of the Basie’s Performing Arts Academy.

Produced by Brookdale Community College faculty member (and participant on the Basie board) Darrell Lawrence Willis Sr., the play Green Honey Love comes to local audiences courtesy of the company that’s brought the annual Black Nativity stage show to the Count’s crib in the Christmas season. Here at the tail end of summertime’s dog days, the Dunbar team switches gears, from reverently joyful to raucously joke-filled.

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WOMAN DEFAMED IN DUPRÉ VIDEO WINS $3M

A federal judge in Trenton has ordered the owners of the ‘Girls Gone Wild‘ pixelated-flesh empire to pay $3 million to a 27-year-old woman whose identity was misused in a raunchy video featuring a teenaged Ashley DuPré, according to a report by Cliffview Pilot.

DuPré, also 27, whose paid assignations with Eliot Spitzer five years ago ended his governorship of New York, was not a party to the ruling, though she was a original defendant in the lawsuit, according to federal court records. She now owns Femme By Ashley, a lingerie and swimwear shop in downtown Red Bank.

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MAN ARRESTED FOR FIGHT, HIT & RUN

The unidentified suspect being taken into custody by Little Silver police at Rumson Road and Riverside Drive in Rumson. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Little Silver police arrested a man after he assaulted or was involved in a fight with another individual before getting into a hit-and-run accident, they said Thursday morning.

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LITTLE SILVER: FOUR BURGLARIES REPORTED

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

call-in-the-authoritiesJuly 3- Robert Meyer, 26, of Red Bank, NJ, was arrested following a motor vehicle stop for a Contempt of Court warrant out of the Tinton Falls Municipal Court. P.O. Andrew Smith made the arrest.

July 4– Meryll Newman, 19, of Little Silver, NJ, was arrested following a suspicious vehicle complaint on Lippincott Rd. for Possession of Marijuana Under 50 Grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. P.O. Robert Chenoweth made the arrest.

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NO FARE! CABBIE GETS STIFFED IN FAIR HAVEN

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

call-in-the-authorities• 7/4/12

-Cpl. Waltz and Ptl. Reevey arrested Francis Luby, 19, Rumson, and charged him with Disorderly Conduct. Mr. Luby was released pending a court date.

7/5/12

-Ptl. Patton took a Harassment report from a Fair Haven Rd. resident who reported receiving threatening text messages on her cell phone.

7/6/12

-S.O. Albert arrested Darryl Canfield, 26, Tinton Falls for being in Contempt of Court. Mr. Canfield was released on bail.

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BANDIERA & BAND TAKE ON ‘SOLO’ BEATLES

Bandiera on the Run: Guitarist Bob Bandiera (at right) assembles the Jersey Shore Rock ‘N Soul Revue at the Basie Friday for a tribute to the post-Beatle careers of the Beatles.

By TOM CHESEK

Does guitarist and vocalist Bob Bandiera‘s musical versatility have any limits?

When he’s not busy maintaining a longstanding lieutenancy with Southside Johnny and the Jukes, the veteran of over 40 years’ worth of local barband gigs might be globetrotting as a touring guitarist with Bon Jovi. Back home in Jersey, Bandiera’s been known to plan the occasional holiday-season Hope Concert (a star-studded series that’s boasted the participation of Bruce Springsteen, Southside, JBJ and more), travel with Tim McLoone’s Holiday Express, and, somewhere in there, prosecute a solo career that’s seen him play everywhere from theater-scale venues to the barstool in the corner at your favorite hometown watering hole.

But it’s the intermittent supergroup one-nighters by the Jersey Shore Rock ‘N Soul Revue at the Count Basie Theatre that have remained the best showcases of Bandiera’s virtuosity and encyclopedic mastery of pop music. Fronting a jukebox Justice League of talented friends from the regional bandscape, the guy who cut his teeth in such classic cover combos as Holme and Cats has conceived and performed tributes to favorite artists (Roy Orbison, Eric Clapton, the Bee Gees), as well as a Tribute to Trios, One Hit Wonders, Bands of Brothers and about a half dozen other theme-perfect entertainments.

On Friday, August 17, the-14 piece “Basie House Band” reconvenes at the Monmouth Street landmark for a special salute to the music of the Beatles. Special, because it’s a tribute to their solo careers, a rich vein of material from the years in which the former MopTops continued to write and make guest appearances on each other’s recordings — provided they didn’t all have to be in the same room together. The Legacy Rock Desk at redbankgreen spoke to Bandiera on why the 8 pm event may be even more special than we reckoned. Flip the record over for more.

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