FAIR HAVEN BACKSTOPS OPEN-SPACE BID

Borough officials are eyeing this Third Avenue property as a potential parking lot for Fair Haven Fields, which is accessible via the backyard. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

With the gates about to open for a piece of the $2 million doled out annually in the form of Monmouth County Open Space Grants, Fair Haven officials were preparing two horses Monday night.

Their presumptive entry: a bid to acquire and demolish a home on Third Street to create a parking lot at the northern end of Fair Haven Fields, where two baseball fields are considered hard-to-reach from the main parking lot.

But should a deal not come together in time, town officials plan to seek funding for improvements to the adjoining nature area, where volunteers have fought to curb rampant invasive species in recent years.

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TWO INJURED IN LITTLE SILVER CRASH

Two drivers were injured and traffic around the Little Silver train station was tied up for about an hour after two cars collided at rush hour Monday morning, police said.

The crash, at about 7:44 a.m., involved a 2002 Mercedes-Benz that was heading north on Branch Avenue and attempting to make a left turn onto Sycamore Avenue, and a 2010 Hyundai that was headed south on Branch, said police Chief Dan Shaffery.

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TURNING HEADS, WITH THE TOWN AS CANVAS

Shay Guiod prepared to hang one of  Dumitru Gorzo’s paintings at the Two River Theater on Sunday, above, having installed another at Space Interiors on White Street, below.

By TOM CHESEK

The opening of an exclusive major exhibition of paintings by an internationally acclaimed artist would be a feather in the cap of any town — and an absolute must for a cranny of culture that was ranked third on Smithsonian Magazine’s list of the 20 Best Small Towns in America.

A feather goes to Red Bank, then, for landing HEADS, an ongoing, open-air (and in-your-face) “observation of the individual spirit” that takes to the borough’s exterior walls from these dog-star days of August to the harvest-moon evenings of early autumn.

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VANDALS EPOXY DOOR LOCK, DAMAGE BOAT

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of August 3 to August 10, 2012. This information is unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 8-4-12 at Broad St. Victim reported that unknown person(s) spray-painted graffiti onto door of business. Ptl. Gary Watson.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 8-4-12 at Broad St. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) put epoxy on the door lock rendering lock inoperable. Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 8-4-12 at Mechanic Street Parking Lot. Victim reported that unknown person(s) keyed parked vehicle. Ptl. David Smith.

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OLD FRIENDS ROCK THE BLOCK


Generations of  former and present Red Bank residents gathered on Drs. James Parker Boulevard over Saturday for a block-party style “family reunion,” complete with street fair food, jewelry for sale and a band composed of longtime friends playing together just for the occasion.

“Everybody was really raised by a village when we were younger,” said Patty Lewis, who now lives in Ocean. “That’s what makes this so special.” (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge.)

KILLER OF TWO GETS TWO LIFE TERMS

SuspectsAntonio ‘Mingo’ Suarez-Perez, left, will not be eligible for parole. Co-defendants Samson Theodore ‘Freedom’ Hearn, center, and Eric Joel ‘Pun’ Figueras testified against him.

The triggerman in 2009’s vicious double homicide on Red Bank’s West Side in has been sentenced to two consecutive life sentences, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office announced Friday.

Under a sentence handed down Friday morning by State Superior Court Judge Ronald Reisner, Antonio ‘Mingo’ Suarez-Perez, a 24-year-old borough resident, will not be eligible for parole for his role in the killings February 10, 2009 killings of Sidney Wakefield, 26, of Long Branch  and Joseph Fann, 23, of Middletown.

The sentencing comes two months after a jury in Freehold convicted Suarez-Perez on two counts of first-degree murder.

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MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

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

call-in-the-authorities• JD Rockafellow, age 23, from South Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on August 7, 2012 by Patrolman Richard Fulham on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court. He was released after posting $75.00 bail.

• Thomas Lacey, age 47, from Essex Street in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 7, 2012 by Patrolman Richard Fulham on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court and For Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released after posting $1,329.00 bail.

• Arthur Tanskiy, age 23, from Alta Vista Court in Holmdel, NJ, arrested on July 6, 2012 by Corporal Patricia Colangelo on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

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IN SHREWSBURY, CULTIVATING COMMUNITY

Della Benevides stakes a tomato plant in one of the “Plant a Row” plots designated for the needy. Below, a hot chili pepper. (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Fair Haven’s had one for decades. Tinton Falls has had one since 2009, and Red Bank, after much baring of teeth, appears about to finally get one.

Community gardens have become widespread as places where neighbors can kneel side-by side in the dirt and cultivate homegrown veggies together. Now, Shrewsbury has joined  the trend with a month-old mini-farm that is already yielding eggplant, peppers and more.

“This was our whole point, that it improves the quality of life in the community,” said Maureen Collins, President of the Shrewsbury Garden Club.

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RED BANK TWEAKS KIOSKS FOR SHORT STAYS

One of Red Bank’s new parking pay stations, on Wharf Avenue. (Click to enlarge)

We’ll take credit for this one.

Red Bank parking officials say they have reprogrammed the new kiosk-based parking-pay system to correct a setting that redbankgreen had called out as unfair.

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RED BANK COUNCIL HONORS THREE

Officials commended Doug Lang for helping an 88-year-old woman who’d fallen and hit her head. (Click to enlarge)

Red Bank’s governing body honored three people at its bimonthly meeting Wednesday night: two teachers and a borough employee who went to the aid of an injured elderly woman.

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SUMMER SAIL

Young competitors prepare to drop their sailboats into the Navesink River from the dock at Monmouth Boat Club at the annual Junior Sweeps in Red Bank Wednesday. The two-day event, attracting more then 100 competitors in three classes, wraps up today. (Click to enlarge)

ROMNEY EXPECTED IN RUMSON TONIGHT

The long driveway to the Rumson home of former Port Authority chairman Lewis Eisenberg, where Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is expected to appear at a private fundraising dinner with about 50 guests tonight, according to the Bergen Record. (Click to enlarge)

A NIGHT OUT IN FAIR HAVEN AND RED BANK

Four-year-old Zach Halpern gets airborne for a ring toss at the Fair Haven PD’s National Night Out celebration of police and community relations Tuesday. At the Red Bank edition, teens wore goggles to simulate inebriation as they navigated a course of cones in a lesson about drunken driving. (Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN GEARS UP FOR EARLIER BIKE RACE

A scene from the 2011 edition of the Tour de Fair Haven, above. Below, members of the New Jersey Wheelmen will show-off century-old big-wheel bikes. (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

While bicycling is a casual hobby to some and a childhood pastime to others, there are those who hunger for the wind-in-their-hair feeling and the thrill of participating in a high-exertion race.

For the fourth year in a row, Fair Haven is preparing to host dozens of such enthusiasts with this Sunday’s Tour de Fair Haven. Michel Berger – Frenchman, casual cyclist, organizer and head of the Fair Haven Business Association– said a number of changes this year, including a seasonal switch.

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RED BANK POLICE BLOTTER

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of July 27 to August 3, 2012. This information is unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring between 7-22-12 and 7-27-12 at Marine Park. Victim reported that unknown person(s) cut two ropes, which secured boat to dock, however there was no damage to boat. Ptl. Heather Pubylski.

Attempted Burglary occurring at Shrewsbury Ave. Liquor Store between 7-27-12 and 7-28-12. Owner reported that unknown person(s) broke glass in front door. No entry was gained, however, the door lock had been tampered with. Ptl. Heather Pubylski.

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TRADE YA: SWAPPING HOMEMADE FOODS

Food swap organizer Wendy Weiner (right) samples some of April Lippet-Faczak’s hand-milled oats, which were served with toppings such as molasses, chopped walnuts and fresh bananas. Below, Lois Blake’s chimichurri. (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

There’s a quiet thrill in making something from scratch, a reassuring sense of independence that comes from throwing together homegrown ingredients to produce something tastier and cheaper than store-bought items.

This is one of the underpinnings of food swapping, which has now made its way to Monmouth County.

Wendy Weiner of Little Silver was first introduced to the concept of swapping when she read an article in the summer 2012 issue of Edible Jersey magazine. A group known as the South Jersey Swappers learned it from a group in Brooklyn, and the trail apparently leads all the way to England.

“As soon as I read it, I said, ‘we totally have to do this,’ ” said Weiner.

Swapping is an easy way to foster sustainability and make participants more “dependent on community neighbors rather than the government,” she said.

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TRUCK FIRE DOUSED IN TINTON FALLS

Firefighters quickly doused a fire that sent smoke billowing across Shrewsbury Avenue from a burning car carrier on Gilbert Street West in Tinton Falls Monday afternoon. No information about the cause of the blaze was immediately available. (Photo above by Dianne Patterson. Click to enlarge)

ALL-STARS BODY-CHECK HUNGER

The Monmouth All-Stars beat Ocean 8-5 in a fundraiser for the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties at the Red Bank Armory Sunday. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

By STACIE FANELLI AND DANIELLE TEPPER

One night each summer, Red Bank plays host to a wall of noise at the Red Bank Armory: 42 hockey players from high schools up and down the shore, their friends, family and die-hard fans – all in the name of charity.

Jim Dowd, a “born and raised hockey player” and retired member of the Stanley Cup champion  New Jersey Devils, is the founder of the Shoot for the Stars Foundation, which has been running the charity game, a showdown between Monmouth and Ocean counties’ best high school players, for 15 years.

Approximately 500 action-thirsty supporters came out Sunday evening to watch “All-Star” competitors from 20 different high schools, including Red Bank Regional, Red Bank Catholic and Rumson-Fair Haven.

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MIDDLETOWN COPS BUST MINORS FOR BOOZE

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

call-in-the-authorities• Michael Cacciuttolo, age 34, from Park Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 29, 2012 by Patrolman Adam Vendetti for Aggravated Assault and Unlawful Possession of a Weapon. He was released pending a court date.

• Jacqueline Wiedmeyer, age 22, from Leonardville Road in Belford, NJ, arrested on July 29, 2012 by Patrolman Christian Clark on a Violation of Drug Court warrant. She was being held at the Monmouth County Superior Court.

• Justin Ardine, age 26, from Madison Avenue in Red Bank, NJ, arrested July 29, 2012by Patrolman Robert Shannon for Violation of a Court Order. He was released after posting $2,500.00 bail with a 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

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