FORMER RUMSON MAYOR CALLMAN DEAD AT 95

Charles ‘Chillie’ Callman in at Little Silver Borough Hall in 2008, when he opposed a consolidation of local police departments. (Click to enlarge)

Charles ‘Chillie’ Callman, who served two long stints as Rumson’s mayor in a lifetime filled with volunteerism and public service, died on July 30, according to an obituary published Sunday in the Asbury Park Press.

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BLAZING TRAILS IN LITTLE SILVER

A view of the Little Silver trail, above. Rosemary Brewer points out the location of the newest section on an aerial map, below. (Photo below by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Little Silver residents in need of a scenic walk need look no farther than their own backyards these days.

After a year of planning and on-the-ground clearing, two recent additions to the town’s trail system are now completed, said Rosemary Brewer, chair of the borough’s Environmental Commission.

Snaking their way behind homes on property acquired by the borough under the state Green Acres program back in the 1970s, the trail system now includes a short loop off Branch Avenue and a Y-shaped path that connects South Sunnycrest Drive to both Woodland Street and White Road.

“It sat untouched for more than 30 years, so why not let people use it?” said Brewer.

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SALVATION ARMY FOOD PANTRY RUNS LOW

Major Elizabeth Rogan inspects what’s left on the shelves of the Salvation Army food pantry Thursday. (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

The Red Bank Salvation Army is in “dire” need of immediate donations for its food pantry, according to the officer in charge of the Newman Springs Road facility.

“It came to my attention yesterday,” Major Elizabeth Rogan told redbankgreen Thursday. “It looks like we’re not that empty, but we are, because there’s not a lot of the main staples that we need. I don’t want to be down to absolutely nothing.”

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CHURN: SPA, DRESS SHOP AND BLINDS

With her new spa on Broad Street, Alla Shapiro now has two salons in the Woodhouse Day Spa chain. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508In this edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn, we’ve got news of a spa opening; a window-coverings business moving to a street-level storefront after a decade hidden away in a basement; and a women’s clothing shop slipping in between two other dress shops.

The spa is Woodhouse Day Spa, at 73 Broad Street, directly opposite Monmouth Street. The space, which is below-ground, has been home to two other spas in recent years — Skinprint Day Spa and SkinScience Aesthetic Medical Spa — both of which turned out to be short-lived. But like any entrepreneur, Woodhouse owner Alla Shapiro believes she can break the pattern and massage her salon to profitability.

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TAKING A BITE OUT OF CRIME

Scenes from the Fair Haven National Night Out in 2009, above, and Red Bank’s 2011 edition, below. (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Since 1984, the National Association of Town Watch, a non-profit dedicated to community crime and drug prevention, has been sponsoring one evening a year to promote involvement in local police programs.

National Night Out, held on the first Tuesday in August, is celebrated by more than 15,000 communities nationwide. This year, for the 29th annual event, Red Bank and Fair Haven are among those communities.

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ZEBU OUT, WOOD-FIRED PIZZA IN

Zebu will close next week and a new restaurant will take over its space at 12 Broad Street. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Just five months after a high-profile relocation up Broad Street, Red Bank’s Zebu Forno plans to close next week to make way for a new wood-fired pizza restaurant.

Zebu owner Andrew Gennusa tells redbankgreen he’s partnered with borough resident Biagio Schiano, owner of Mossuto’s Market in Wall Township, to create a new pizzeria at 12 Broad that that they plan to franchise as Biagio Wood-Fired Pizza.

Meantime, Gennusa said he’s hopeful that Zebu itself will reopen elsewhere in town under new ownership, though no buyer has yet been found.

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