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.
By JOHN T. WARD
Some 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.
By DANIELLE TEPPER
Ah yes, the pub crawl: a moveable feast of overindulgence, debauchery and morning-after regret. Jessica Dalmedo of Freshicas 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.
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)
By JOHN T. WARD
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.
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.
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 OScanlon, 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.”
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.
By JOHN T. WARD
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.
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.”
The intersection of Shrewsbury Avenue and Drs. James Parker Boulevard is slated for $225,000 in pedestrian safety improvements.
One of Red Bank’s busiest intersections has been singled out for a slew of improvements aimed at making it a safer crossing for pedestrians.
From an announcement Monday by the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority:
Judging by the huge crowd and gorgeous weather, Sundays Red Banks 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 reds pulled pork and apple slaw sandwiches to the Cupcake Magicians 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)
Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.
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.
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.
With the crescent sails of kitesurfers filling the sky just to the south, dozens of veteran and first-time windsurfers took to the choppy waters of Sandy Hook Bay on a windy day Saturday, when the New Jersey Windsurfing and Watersports Association put on a clinic. Below, a newbie to the sport takes a plop while struggling to get going. (Click to enlarge)
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 Schools parking lot. Tickets were $10 per family and went toward the nonprofit MDCC’s operating costs and a scholarship fund. Were all about kids, so we wanted to do something for the kids in our community, said Heidi Zaentz, the centers executive director. (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)
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.
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)
By DANIELLE TEPPER
When Nicole Corre, a Rumson native, heard about the Monmouth County Boys & Girls Clubs 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, shell 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 dont 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.
By JOHN T. WARD
A 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.
By JOHN T. WARD
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.
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.