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RED BANKER CHARGED IN WEST SIDE MUGGING

A resident of the new Cedar Crossing housing development was arrested and charged with mugging a man on a nearby street corner earlier this month, Red Bank police announced Friday.

Niko Rossano, 20, was arrested Wednesday on charges he struck the victim in the face and stole his wallet in an early morning robbery in the area of Leighton Avenue and Bank Street on September 16, Captain Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

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HAIRCUTS, JUICE, RUGS AND OTHER CHURNAGE

Robinson Hernandez cuts a customer’s hair at Red Bank House of Fades earlier this week. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Some updates from the continual swirl of comings and goings among Red Bank businesses that we like to call Retail Churn:

• After months of dormancy, the conversion of the storefront at 8 Monmouth Street was completed this week. Or half-completed, that is.

With its opening on Monday, barbershop Red Bank House of Fades took over roughly half the space that for more than 50 years was home to Red Bank News and last occupied by Exotic Birds of Red Bank.

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PUB CRAWL? WHY NOT A FITNESS CRAWL?

Synergy Hot Yoga in Fair Haven, above, is among the stops on a “fitness crawl” organized by Jessica Dalmedo, below. (Photo above by Connor Soltas. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Ah yes, the pub crawl: a moveable feast of overindulgence, debauchery and morning-after regret. Jessica Dalmedo of Freshica’s Juice Bar in Fair Haven has turned the concept around, into something that is good for the body and soul.

Her fitness crawl, slated for this Sunday, enables participants to check out specialized gyms and workout facilities without entering into a contract or shelling out big bucks for a membership – and to try them all a single sweep.

Okay, so there may be some morning-after regrets.

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SMOKE EMPTIES SHREWSBURY BUILDING

Shrewsbury volunteer firefighters, joined by others from Eatontown and Oceanport, were on the scene of an electrical fire that filled a warehouse at 1163 Shrewsbury with smoke at around 2:20 p.m Thursday. The warehouse and associated offices were evacuated. No other information was immediately available. (Click to enlarge)

INLAID-GLASS SIDEWALK ENDS LONG RUN

A stretch of glass-embedded sidewalk on Monmouth Street is slated for removal. Below, Teresa Manning with a sample of the original glass. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Easily overlooked by the hundreds of pedestrians who walk on it every day, a distinctive stretch of Red Bank sidewalk is about to vanish.

Running along the front of 37-43 Monmouth Street, the century-old sidewalk is inlaid with hundreds of thick squares of purple-tinged glass arranged in neat grids.

For observant walkers, the sidewalk is curiosity underfoot. For the tenants of the building fronted by it, and whose cellars extend underneath it, the sidewalk has been a source of eerie subterranean illumination.

“The light from outside would come right in,” said Teresa Manning, business manager for Rocar Properties, which owns the building.

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ARTIE LANGE: CRASHING AT THE BASIE

Funnyman Artie Lange, seen at the mic as co-host of the NICK & ARTIE SHOW, returns to the Count Basie Theatre on Saturday in advance of his new book CRASH AND BURN.

By TOM CHESEK

Google the name Artie Lange and you’ll get way too many references to the phrase “train wreck.” Even for a public figure who’s never shied away from candid discussion of his substance abuse issues, on-air meltdowns and multiple stints in rehab, it seems a bit harsh — as if the star of standup stage, screens and satellite is being dogged by a destiny that comes rushing up like the proverbial northbound train on a southbound track.

Still, if you’re one of the famously Too Fat to Fish funnyman’s legion of loyal fans, you cannot look away — and this Saturday night, you’ll get another local look at the Jersey-bred jokester who’s mined genuine gold from pain, substance abuse, self-loathing and suicidal depression, when the boards of  the Count Basie Theatre creak for an encore stand by Lange.

A followup to a sold-out Basie gig of a few seasons back, the show finds the comic (best known for his long tenure on the Howard Stern radio show) at one of his intermittently scheduled career high points: as co-pilot of a new sports-talk vehicle (Nick & Artie with Nick Di Paolo); as a theater-filling Phoenix who keeps flapping back up from a series of personal and professional fails; and as author of a soon-to-be-released memoir entitled, wait for it, Crash and Burn.

The Lively Arts Desk at redbankgreen got the skinny on the Crash and Burn from Lange, and it’s just a flip of a page away.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

Interesting variety in last week’s answers.

One reader thought the hot pink school bus shown in the photo belonged to a locksmith. Another identified it with a farm on McClees Road in Middletown. But two others had the location right: 114 East Front Street in Rumson.

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WAIST-DEEP IN WORK

A workman on an East and West Front Street pedestrian improvement project in Red Bank goes the extra mile to shore up a manhole at the intersection of Broad Street Wednesday. (Click to enlarge)

NO GREEN LIGHT YET FOR RED-LIGHT CAMS

The intersection of Broad Street and Shrewsbury Avenue is one of two under consideration by borough officials for red-light cameras. (Photo by Rebecca Desfosse. Click to enlarge)

By REBECCA DESFOSSE

Despite lingering questions, Shrewsbury officials have not abandoned their pursuit of traffic cameras that would automatically issue summonses to alleged red-light violators, borough Council President Tom Menapace tells redbankgreen.

While borough officials have been talking for more than a year about installing the controversial devices at two heavily traveled intersections, “we have not made a decision, and we want to look at all sides of the issue before we make a decision,” Menapace said. “There is still a lot up in the air.”

Meanwhile, 12th-district Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, of Little Silver, continues to rail against red-light cameras, calling a state Department of Transportation pilot program allowing their use in 25 towns “a disaster since it was initiated.”

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IN ASBURY AND IN PRINT: RATS AND BARFLIES

Cliff Galbraith with his two recent comic books, above, and talking with fan John Hanley on Broad Street, below. (Click to enlarge)

This Saturday, a pair of Red Bank comic book aficionados – dealer and Comic Book Men star Robert Bruce, and author/illustrator Cliff Galbraith – are putting on Asbury Park Comic Con 2, reprising an event they debuted in May. redbankgreen spoke with Galbraith recently about his own relationship with the printed form of his work.

By JOHN T. WARD

It took a kind of SMACK! to the head, but Red Bank’s Cliff Galbraith learned his lesson:

When it comes to comic books, the web isn’t nirvana.

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BAUBLES, BOARDS AND BIKINIS IN AN ALLEY

Ian Yarnell, above, with the balsa wood surfboards he and his brother, Colin, sell in their tiny shop, below. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

It’s one of the more ticklish delights of downtown Red Bank: a 100-or-so-foot-long stretch of alleyway filled with shops and reminiscent of Old Europe.

Tiny, tiny shops. We’re talking 150 square feet or so, in some cases. And the looming proximity of the Dublin House Pub, with its ample courtyard out front and bustling Temple Bar out back, only adds to the fleeting sensation of being transported back in time and space.

So what an additional treat it is now to glance in the window at the former Lee Yarnell Jewelers shop – rebranded as Outside Set –  and see it packed to the gunwales with surfboards.

 

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LITTLE SILVER: A 5K THAT’S READY TO RUN

The leaders near the turn onto Rumson Road during the 2011 edition of the race. Below, race co-organizer Dawn Wilcox at the RBR track. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

All along, even as the higher-profile Sheehan Classic has gradually shortened over the years from a 6.2-miler to half that distance, the Little Silver Classic has always been what it is today: a five-kilometer (3.1-mile) run.

Back when the first edition of the race went off, in 1993, “it was a more realistic distance, and more popular,” said borough resident Dawn Wilcox, who co-directs the event with Karen McCormick..

That’s not only because the shorter event is something more casual runners can tackle, but because it’s more family-friendly, enabling parents to run with their teenagers or even kids as young as nine years old, she said. And that’s in keeping with the atmosphere of the event, a fundraiser for the Little Silver PTO.

But make no mistake, said Wilcox: “It’s a real race. Legitimate racers want to do it.”

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OYSTERS AND GUINESS, GOING DOWN EASY

Judging by the huge crowd and gorgeous weather, Sunday’s Red Bank’s Guinness Oyster Festival was shell-cracking success. Autumnal coolness and the aromas of 25 food borough restaurants drew thousands into the White Street lot consistently throughout the seven hours of tasting, dancing and people-watching. From red’s pulled pork and apple slaw sandwiches to the Cupcake Magician’s selection of sweet creations, locals were not left hungry. Oh, and the oysters and stout flowed, too. redbankgreen was on the scene to capture the fun. (Photos by Danielle Tepper, Trish Russoniello and John T. Ward)

WHO’S ACCUSED OF WHAT IN MIDDLETOWN

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

call-in-the-authorities• Melissa Sieh, age 25, Lakeside Avenue in Locust, NJ, arrested on September 12, 2012 by Patrolman Jason Caruso on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Ocean Municipal Court. He was released after posting $189.00 bail.

• Devanna Dressler, age 31, from Wilson Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on September 12, 2012 by Patrolman Charles Higgins on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court. She was held on $345.00 bail.

• Allen Smith, age 26, from Church Street in Belford, NJ, arrested on September 13, 2012 by Patrolman Adam Colfer and Patrolman James Beirne on the Quality of Life Unit on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Sea Bright Municipal Court and a Failure to Appear warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court. He was held pending a court date.

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VICTIM REPORTS LEIGHTON AVENUE MUGGING

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of September 14 and September 21, 2012. This information is unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 9-14-12 at West Front Street business. Report of glass door having the glass shattered by unknown person(s). Ptl. Heather Pubylski.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 9-15-12 at Bank Street. Unknown subject came up onto porch of residence and threw a chair breaking same. Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.

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RED BANK KIDS TOUCH A TRUCK (OR 16)

Monmouth Day Care Center drew over 200 families to its third annual “Touch a Truck” fundraiser, held at the Red Bank Middle School Saturday. Sixteen vehicles (a fire truck, limo, speedboat, bulldozer and more) were giddily honked and climbed as kids explored the machinery parked throughout Red Bank Middle School’s parking lot. Tickets were $10 per family and went toward  the nonprofit MDCC’s operating costs and a scholarship fund. “We’re all about kids, so we wanted to do something for the kids in our community,” said Heidi Zaentz, the center’s executive director.   (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

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DOLPHINS? THIS GUY HAS THEM ON HIS ROOF

Ahead of this Sunday’s showdown between the Jets and Dolphins, the Star-Ledger’s Brian Donohue, the auteur behind the always-engaging Ledger Live videos, pops in on one of his Red Bank neighbors: Robert Greene, who has got to be considered the most fanatical Miami fans north of the Mason-Dixon. redbankgreen profiled Greene back in 2007.

FOR CONTRACTORS, AN OPEN-DOOR POLICY

Rcsm2_010508On a stroll through downtown Red Bank Thursday, redbankgreen found an unusual amount of renovation work underway.

Some of it, like the conversion of the former Ashes Cigar Bar at 33 Broad Street to a Char Steakhouse, above, has been proceeding for months. But other sites that have long appeared dormant now seem to have stirred back to life.

Click the Read More to take the photo tour yourself. Have we missed any? And do you see a common thread? (Click to enlarge)

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RUNNING FOR THE KIDS

Done3Nicole Corre, seen below running this year’s Boston Marathon, plans to tackle the five boroughs of NYC for the Boys & Girls Club in November. (Photo provided by Nicole Corre. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

When Nicole Corre, a Rumson native, heard about the Monmouth County Boys & Girls Club’s recent struggles, she knew she wanted to do anything she could to help out. So she turned her favorite hobby into a fundraiser.

Corre has done a lot in recent years to connect her free time with helping charities, most notably – as called out by redbankgreen in 2011 – working to start a Jersey Shore chapter of WGirls, a nonprofit network focused on helping women and children. An avid runner, she typically dedicates her races and marathons to local organizations.

This year, she’ll be running her second New York City marathon, her fifth overall, this time for the Boys & Girls of Red Bank and Asbury Park, as well as dedicating her 31st birthday to the cause.

“I don’t need or want much, so I asked my friends to just donate whatever money they would have spent if we had gone out for dinner or drinks,” said Corre. Two days after her birthday is the 26.2-mile marathon, an event Corre said can be “pandemonium.”

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RED BANK CHURN: FOAM AND A FEATHER

Jeff Bonham plans to open the 15th store in his mattress chain in the former Surray Luggage space next month. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508A five-month-old vacancy on middle Broad Street in Red Bank is about to be filled with foam.

And in the heart of downtown, a stigma-beating consignment shop has completed its rapid move-in to the former home of Funk and Standard.

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HIDDEN IN RED BANK, A CHEF’S PARADISE

Jimmy DiBartolo, below, orients his business toward the restaurant trade, but has draws the occasional individual shopper, too. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

In terms of kitchen provisions, it may be Red Bank’s best-kept secret.

Tucked behind the Colorest art supply store on Newman Springs Road, its odd name all but lost on the sign out front, DiBartolo’s Quick Stop Food & Paper sometimes elicits audible gasps when first-timers stumble into its parking lot. Not because of the menacing-looking electrical substation it faces, that is, but the unexpected bins of brightly colored fresh fruits and vegetables on display.

redbankgreen was present recently when a woman entered DiBartolo’s warehouse store through the wind curtain that covers the front door and cooed, to no one in particular, “I had no idea this place was back here.”

“We get that a lot,” says owner Jimmy DiBartolo.

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EMERGENCY RESPONDERS SEEK HELP

The first aiders are looking for help responding to more than 800 EMS calls a year. (Click to enlarge)

This edition of Done Good focuses on appeals for help from two Red Bank organizations that are usually on the receiving end of such calls.

One is the borough’s volunteer First Aid Squad and Rescue Squad, a unit of the volunteer fire department.

The other is the Community Emergency Response Team, an all-volunteer unit of the borough’s Office of Emergency Management.

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