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RED BANK MAY MANDATE GAS-PUMP BACKUPS

By JOE FISHER

With long lines of motorists and generator owners searching for gasoline in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy still a fresh memory, Red Bank officials are taking steps to require filling stations in the borough be equipped with a backup energy source for the next big blackout.

At Wednesday’s borough council meeting, Mayor Pat Menna recommended amending  licensing requirements to mandate that stations have a backup power source by January 1, 2016.

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TWO CHARGED WITH CHILD PORN POSSESSION

Two area men were among 24 men and one juvenile arrested in New Jersey this month on charges of possessing child pornography, including rape videos, the state Attorney General announced Wednesday.

Manuel Sanchez-Olivarez, 37, right, of Red Bank, and Christopher Brondi, 57, below, of Rumson, were charged with possession of multiple sexually explicit videos of young children, which like all the defendants they had made available to others, AG Jeffrey Chiesa said at a press conference near Trenton.

From a press release issued by the AG’s office:

The Digital Technology Investigations Unit of the State Police began the investigation approximately three months ago by searching for New Jersey residents who were making child pornography, including child rape videos, available to others. These files show pre-pubescent boys and girls being sexually molested by being penetrated, or by being coerced into performing sexual acts on themselves, or others.

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RED BANK: SKATEBOARDER CHARGED FOR POT

A routine call about illegal skateboarding at the Globe Court parking garage resulted in the arrest of a 19-year-old Barnegat man, Matthew Velez, for misdemeanor marijuana possession Wednesday afternoon, Red Bank police said. Velez and another man were also cited for illegal skateboarding. (Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN: STARS IN ONE’S EARS

Celluloid earrings featuring James Dean are among the items included in the going-out-of-business sale at Nature’s Emporium. (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Welcome to Window Shopping the Green, a new regular feature for redbankgreen.

The idea here is simply to call out interesting items that catch our eye as we wander the stores of the Green.

We kick off with an ending, though. Fair Haven’s Nature’s Emporium will close its doors March 2 after 40 years of business, but not before hosting a blowout sale.

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RED BANK: MEDICATED PETE GOES BIG TIME

‘Medicated Pete’ McHeffey, below, shows off a frame from the remake of ‘D.O.A.,’ in which he stars as a doomed man. Above, three trailers for the film.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOE FISHER

For some celebrities, it’s hard to get out of the house without being mobbed by overzealous fans and tailed by paparazzi. Simple activities like shopping and dining out can turn into a media circus.

But others – in a tacit pact with their fans – find it easy to walk their hometown streets or saddle up at a favorite bar, left with some breathing room. Think Bruce Springsteen in Asbury Park.

In Red Bank, it’s Pete McHeffey, known better to the world as Medicated Pete, a prime cog among “The Howard Stern Show’s” notorious Wack Pack.

McHeffey’s four-year run with Stern’s TV and radio shows and related promotional appearances have brought the 37-year-old Red Bank native national fame. Now, “Dead On Arrival,” a remake of a classic 1950 film noir “D.O.A.,” is scheduled for online release March 1, with McHeffey in the starring role of a man investigating his own murder. Plans for a TV show are in the works, McHeffey said.
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RED BANK REC GEARS UP FOR SPRING

Installers laid down rubber pellets as the base for the new artificial turf at Count Basie Fields in January. (Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

With the first day of spring less than a month away, Memone Crystian, director of Red Bank’s Parks and Recreation department, knows the throes of winter will soon be replaced by… other types of throws.

Her department has crafted a packed schedule of recreational sports for kids in Kindergarten through 8th grade to enjoy on brand new turf in coming months at Count Basie Fields. And in addition to the traditional baseball, softball and soccer offerings, lacrosse will be on the agenda.

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SEA BRIGHT: OPERATION SHEETROCK TRIMMED

The rebuilding of a public access stairway over the sea wall is among the projects in the scaled-back volunteer outreach, says coordinator Frank Lawrence, below. (Photo below by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

Last month, Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long offered college students an altruistic alternative to the traditional debauchery-laden spring break: come help residents hang wallboard and make other repairs to their storm-battered homes.

Operation Sheetrock,” she dubbed it.

But with spring break now underway or rapidly approaching, few residences are ready for wallboard hanging, and won’t be for at least a few more weeks, according to borough volunteer coordinator Frank Lawrence.

“So many homes don’t have heat or electricity yet,” Lawrence said, “so a lot of the walls inside these houses are holding moisture. If we hang sheetrock over the walls right now, the moisture will be trapped inside, and when the weather warms up, mold will inevitably grow inside the walls. It’s the perfect environment”

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CHARITIES GET BOUNCE FROM PUB CRAWL

A cold rain didn’t throw a damper on Red Bank RiverCenter‘s first-ever Bar Bounce, held Saturday afternoon at 12 borough taverns, including Taste, above, and Jamian’s, at right. The event drew 440 participants and raised $11,589, to be divided among three charities created to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, officials said. Photographer Peter Lindner was there for redbankgreen. See more of his photos on our Flickr page. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: WATER LINE BREAKS ON EAST SIDE

A water main break at Harding Road and Spring Street in Red Bank Monday morning. Spring Street was closed between Harding and Elm Place. (Click to enlarge)

Red Bank’s borough government issued a “boil water” alert following a supply line break on the East Side Monday morning.

Public works director Gary Watson tells redbankgreen that a six-inch line, not a 10-inch main, ruptured at Harding Road and Spring Street at about 6 a.m. Water service was shut to two homes on Spring Street and the Manor Drive condominium complex while a contractor makes repairs, expected to be completed by about 3 p.m., he said.

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SHREWSBURY POLICE BLOTTER

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

call-in-the-authoritiesFebruary 16, 2013 – February 22, 2013

A juvenile resident reports being followed in the area of Frances St on 2/19/13. Unknown actor described as a male, white approximately 40-50 years old with medium length, messy brown hair. Ptl. Jessica Boyd investigating.

Officers were requested to assist state police with a disorderly person in the area of Crawford St in Shrewsbury Township. Male subject was transported to Monmouth Medical Center by Ptl. Tracy Polk.

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LITTLE SILVER TEEN BADLY HURT IN HEAD-ON

Volunteer firefighters peel open the roof of the minivan to extricate its driver. (Click to enlarge)

An 18-year-old Little Silver man was helicoptered to a trauma center after the minivan he was driving collided head-on with a truck along the Red Bank-Tinton Falls border Sunday afternoon, Red Bank police said.

The driver, whose name was not available Sunday night, was flown to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune with serious injuries following the 2:11 p.m. accident, said Captain Darren McConnell.

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LITTLE SILVER: THOSE FLUTES ARE SUITE

The Festive Flutes performing the theme from the ‘Pink Panther’ films Thursday night. (Video by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

The Little Silver Public Library served up a some aural treats Thursday night via the Festive Flutes‘ presentation of its “Suites for the Sweets” program.

“A suite is made up of a group of short, individual pieces that have a relationship with each other and a theme that ties them together,” Marjorie Koharski, founder and director of the Festive Flutes, said, pre-program “So even though we stop playing, please hold your applause till we finish the suite.”

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M’TOWN MAN CHARGED WITH DWI, STALKING

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

call-in-the-authorities• Christian Cofone, age 38, from Clavendon Court in Middletown, NJ, arrested on February 13, 2013 by Patrolman Kent Thornton for Simple Assault, Terroristic Threats and Criminal Restraint. He was held on $12,500.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

• Kerolos Suryil, age 27, from Apple Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on February 14, 2013 by Patrolman Thomas Hughes on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released posting $750.00 bail.

• Justin Duryea, age 22, from Garfield Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on February 15, 2013 by Patrolman David Crenshaw on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $750.00 bail.

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AMPING UP THE ‘RED’ IN RED BANK

Just a week after Valentine’s Day, hearts were celebrated in Red Bank Thursday night not for love or romance, but for health, as Buona Sera Ristorante once again hosted “The Red Dress Event,” presented by Meridian CardioVascular Network to bring awareness to the risk of heart disease.

Women decked in their best little red dresses came out to enjoy cocktails, music and gorgeous designer gowns crafted by Vera Wang, Oscar De la Renta, Marc Jacobs, and Donna Karan, on display directly from New York Fashion Week’s ‘The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection.’ The celebrity fashion show itself played on  flat screens in the background as the dance floor turned into a swirling sea of red skirts and flashing lights.

redbankgreen‘s Danielle Tepper was there to capture the action.

A SHAKING, BOUNCING, OOH-LA-LA WEEKEND

Grace and the Nocturnals bring a bit of ooh-la-la to the Basie tonight. Bar Bounce bops into Red Bank for Hurricane Sandy relief Saturday. (Click to enlarge)

Friday, February 22

RED BANK: Two River Theater continues its presentation of August Wilson’s “Two Trains Running,” with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 3 p.m. matinees Saturday and Sunday. Tickets range from $24 to $42 and are available online. 21 Bridge Avenue.

RED BANK: Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, whose songs have been featured in popular television shows over the years such as Grey’s Anatomy and One Tree Hill, bring their blues, folk, and alternative rock sounds to the Count Basie Theatre at 8 p.m. for a set of tunes off their new album, The Lion The Beast The Beat. Tickets are $29.50, $34.50, and $39.50. 99 Monmouth Street.

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SEA BRIGHT: CHRISTIE WINS DEM’S BACKING

Governor Chris Christie poses with Boondocks Fishery owner Kelly Ryan wearing lobster-claw headgear given out at the Red Bank restaurant. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

Governor Chris Christie returned to Sea Bright Thursday to pick up an early re-election endorsement from Mayor Dina Long, who crossed party lines and called him a “hero to Sea Bright and all across the Jersey shore.”

Long  – a Democrat who once volunteered worked as a paid campaign staffer for governors Jim Florio and Jim McGreevey, presidential candidate Bill Bradley and then-Senator Jon Corzine – said her backing of the Republican incumbent had “nothing to do with” the qualifications, or gender, of presumptive Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Senator Barbara Buono.

“It’s about humanity,” she said.

Christie eagerly accepted the endorsement, calling it, “a powerful symbol of people crossing party lines and working together to get things fixed.”

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STOLEN: iPOD, iPHONE & A KID’S SHOES

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of February 14 to February 21, 2013. This information is unedited.

Theft occurring on 2-17-13 at Riverview Plaza. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) stolen an Apple I pod from room. Ptl. David Smith.

Theft occurring at Chestnut Street—Ice rink on 2-17-13. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole son’s shoes. Ptl. Thomas Doremus.

Theft occurring on 2-18-13 at restaurant located on East Front Street. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole an Apple I Phone from table in establishment. Lt. Richard Mangold.

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LINCROFT: FOUR PONDS PLAN HEADS TO COURT

The Middletown Planning Board last year rejected a proposal for 342 homes on the site of a former Avaya office building. (Photo by Joe Fisher. Click to enlarge)

By JOE FISHER

Organizers of last year’s successful battle in Middletown to stop a 342-unit housing development on a former Avaya corporate offices site are girding for round two: a court appeal by the developer.

In opposing the plan, a group that dubs itself SONIC, for Save Our Neighborhood’s Integrity and Character, hired an attorney and expert witnesses, who argued that Four Ponds Center Associate’s application to the township planning board would adversely impact local traffic, the township school system, and the need to expand sewer capacity at the expense of neighbors.

After a year of hearings, the board rejected the application 9-0 last June, citing testimony of those witnesses as a major factor in the denial.

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RED BANK: BAR BOUNCE BOUNCES INTO TOWN

The Dublin House Pub is one of a dozen Red Bank stops on Saturday’s crawl for post-Sandy charities. (Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

With a cold, drab and possibly wet February weekend in the forecast, isn’t time to break out the beach wear?

It is, say the folks at Red Bank RiverCenter, organizers of Saturday’s Red Bank Bar Bounce, a pub crawl that encourages patrons to wear their favorite beach duds as part of a fundraiser for three charities helping to rebuild Hurricane Sandy-shattered Shore towns.

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RUMSON: TWO NEARBY HOMES BURGLARIZED

A pair of residential break-ins on the same street in Rumson has borough police advising homeowners to take precautions when they go out.

Detective Chris Isherwood tells redbankgreen that two homes on Brookside Drive, off Rumson Road, were burglarized earlier this month, perhaps on the same day and in all likelihood by the same thiefs.

While home burglaries have been a problem throughout Monmouth County in recent months, “we don’t normally get double hits like that,” Isherwood said.

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RED BANK: FIELD OF GIANT DREAMS

EFFU players practicing for tourney action at Eastside Park last week. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

Once banished from a humble neighborhood park, the hardy men of Red Bank’s Eastside Flag Football Union are about to take it Big Time.

As in MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford. Home of the National Football League Giants and Jets. Host gridiron to next year’s Super Bowl.

Ok, so maybe some of those 82,500 seats will be empty. But for these pigskin enthusiasts, the chance to participate in the Giants-sponsored Flag Football Snow Bowl, a charity event that directs all proceeds to the New Jersey Special Olympics, it’s a dream come true.

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RED BANK: QUIET WEEK FOR COPS

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of February 8 to February 14, 2013. This information is unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on West Front St. on 2-11-13. Victim reported that unknown person(s) spray-painted graffiti onto side of building. Ptl. Jorge Torres.

ARRESTS:
Andre Davis, age 46 male of Middletown was arrested on 2-14-13 in the area of Rector Place for DWI by Ptl. Nicholas Maletto.

Edward Gill, age 28 male of Red Bank was arrested on 2-13-13 in the area of E. Newman Springs Rd. for COC [Contempt of Court] by Ptl. James DePonte.

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