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M’TOWN MAN INDICTED IN STORE ATTACK

The man accused of viciously stabbing a shopper at a Bed Bath and Beyond store in Middletown last January has been indicted on an attempted murder charge by a Monmouth County grand jury, authorities reported Friday.

Tyrik Haynes, a 19-year-old township resident, has been held on $1.05 million bail since the attack, in which a 29-year-old Keansburg woman was repeatedly stabbed in the Route 35 housewares store.

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RUMSON: REPORTS SPOTLIGHT DRUNK BARMAN

Parade-watchers at Molly Maguire’s for the Rumson St. Patrick’s celebrations on March 10. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A fight between an intoxicated bartender and a borough employee appears to have led to the negotiated five-day shutdown of Rumson’s Molly Maguire’s Black Point Inn in Rumson that starts next week, police reports suggest.

Larry D’Angelo, 45, a laborer in the public works department, and Chris Moran, 33, a bartender, were arrested after the March 11 incident, which occurred at the tail end of St. Patrick’s celebrations that included a parade.

According to the reports, police responded shortly before 1 a.m. to a call about “an employee out of control and causing a disturbance in the kitchen” at Maguire’s. There, police said they found D’Angelo lying atop Moran and restraining his arms against the floor.

“There was blood on the floor and broken tiles on the floor,” one of two reports filed by responding officers said.

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FAIR HAVEN: COFFEE’S FRESH AT BOOSKERDOO

“I feel like I should sign the wall or something,” said Josh Epstein of Rumson, the first customer in the door when Booskerdoo opened Friday morning. Below, owner Jim Caverly shining up the equipment. (Photos by Jim Willis.)

By JIM WILLIS

Like riding a fixie or putting a bird on it, “micro-roasting coffee beans” sounds like a possible merit badge requirement out of the hipster handbook. So it’s a bit surprising that James Caverly, owner of newly opened Fair Haven micro-roastery Booskerdoo, sports none of the trappings of hipsterism: no tattoo, no handlebar mustache.

“No way,” says Caverly, “that’s not what we’re about. Our logo says, ‘Fresh Roasted Coffee For All.'”

Caverly goes for inclusivity, and gets excited helping coffee drinkers discover how much better the experience can be by drinking coffee brewed with fresh-roasted beans.

“We use the term micro-roaster like you would use the term micro-brewer for beer,” says Caverly. “It’s the same concept. If you mass produce in any business, what ends up happening is efficiency is your number one priority, and quality becomes second. In micro-roasting, you’re working on quality with small batches. We don’t do a ton, we don’t have a warehouse. We roast it and ship it.”

Caverly, 31, is originally from Princeton but after graduating from Rutgers and living in New York City, he’s decided he wants to “live and die in Monmouth County.” He and his wife, Amelia, and their four-month-old daughter, Claire, live in Interlaken.

During pre-opening preparations at the River Road shop – formerly the home to the Java Stop – redbankgreen took the opportunity to talk with Caverly about beans, siphon brews and why there’s no Booskerdoo in Red Bank.

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LAST WEEKEND IN JUNE. DRINK IT ALL IN…

Beer and wine will be sold in a Red Bank park for the first time at this weekend’s Sippin’ On the River food festival at Marine Park. David Byrne and St. Vincent, below, bring a honkin’ big brass band to the Basie. (Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

Friday, July 28:

RED BANK: The Downtown hosts Daddy Pop, an eclectic cover band. Let the octuplet take you back with their renditions of hits by the Jackson 5 and Frankie Valli or leave you tapping your feet to the latest hits from Black Eyed Peas and J Lo. The show starts at 10 p.m. 10 West Front Street.

RED BANK: Co-founder of the Talking Heads, David Byrne returns to the Count Basie Theatre, where the concert film “Between the Teeth” was made. This time, he’s bringing Annie Clark, better known by her stage name St. Vincent, for the release of their collaborative album “Love This Giant.” Tickets are $35, $45, $59.50, and $75. The show starts at 8 p.m. 99 Monmouth Street.

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RED BANK: PITCHER WAS ‘OBNOXIOUS’ @BASIE

Derek Holland gives a goofy interview in this undated YouTube video. (Click to enlarge)

Nearby concertgoers applauded when Texas Ranger Derek Holland was thrown out of Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre Monday night, one witness tells the Asbury Park Press.

Countering Holland’s version of events, narrated in a series of tweets, 40-year-old Amy Sloan of Howell described the lefty pitcher as “being really obnoxious” and ruining the enjoyment of the  Counting Crows fans seated nearby.

From the Press story, published Friday:

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RED BANK: DUPONT TOUTS COMPOSTING

ComposterTim Zebo does some composting at his Red Bank home in 2008. (File photo. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

Red Bank could become the first New Jersey town to recycle food, according to proponent Councilman Mike DuPont.

At Wednesday night’s council meeting, DuPont announced that he is asking the borough Environmental Commission to comment on an informal proposal for a municipal composting program.

Some of his colleagues were amused. DuPont is known for green initiatives – he proposed banning plastic bags in 2008, though the suggestion was never enacted into law.

“You’re really becoming Farmer Brown, huh?” asked Councilwoman Sharon Lee.

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SHREWSBURY: MAN TICKETED FOR DOG-IN-CAR

Police questioning Ralph Prisco after several shoppers reported he’d left his dog in a hot car Monday. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

A Bronx man was issued a summons for leaving a dog in his car outside the Shrewsbury Trader Joe’s store Monday, when temperature approached 90 degrees, authorities tell redbankgreen.

Ralph Prisco, 80, was cited for animal cruelty, an offense carrying a potential $1,000 fine and six-month jail sentence, according to Monmouth County ASPCA Detective Sergeant William Hyer.

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RUMSON: FIVE-DAY SHUTDOWN FOR TAVERN

Violations caught on videotape will result in the temporary suspension of business at Molly Maguire’s Black Point Inn next week. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rumson’s Molly Maguire’s Black Point Inn will be dark for five days of Independence Day week as a penalty for admitted misbehavior in the hours after the borough’s St. Patrick’s celebrations in March.

The temporary shutdown arises from a police complaint alleging one or more employees were drunk, as well as unspecified violations of a state law prohibiting “immoral activities” in places that serve booze, according to borough documents.

At least some of the misbehavior, which occurred around midnight on a Saturday, was caught on videotape, according to Mayor John Ekdahl, who tells redbankgreen he did what he could to keep the matter out of the public spotlight.

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RED BANK PLANS $600K BULKHEAD BOND

Borough officials maintain the language of a 1937 deed requires that the existing bulkhead be maintained. (File photo. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

Though there’s a dirt-cheap alternative that would never need repairs, Red Bank officials plan to spend nearly $600,000 to replace two decrepit Navesink River bulkheads, including one at the public library.

The first hearing on a $596,000 bond ordinance to cover the costs of the work is scheduled for Wednesday night’s council meeting.

The move has been opposed for two years by environmentalists, who have urged elected officials to instead allow for a natural, “living” shoreline to reestablish itself at the library site, on West Front Street.

“It’s so disappointing,” said Kathleen Gasienica. “You can’t get grants for bulkheads, but there are plenty of grants for a living shoreline,” which relies on the stabilizing effects of plant life to minimize erosion.

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RED BANK: PARTIAL WALL COLLAPSE IN PARK

The brick fascia of a retaining wall at Riverside Gardens Park in Red Bank collapsed recently during a heavy rainstorm, eight months after it was undermined by Hurricane Sandy, public works director Gary Watson tells redbankgreen. His department is awaiting borough funding to repair the wall, which is structurally sound, Watson said. “It’s completely cosmetic,” he said of the damage.

Additional fixes to address runoff  from the park may also be needed, he says. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: PITCHER TOSSED FROM BASIE

[See update at bottom of story, 3:27 p.m.]

A major league pitcher was “kicked out” of the Counting Crows concert at the Count Basie Theatre Monday night, according to a published report based on his own tweets.

Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland tweeted, “Did u know that u can get kicked out of a concert for 1 standing up and enjoying the concert an 2 taking to many pictures.Thanks New Jersey,” according to the NBC Sports website.

Though details are hazy, a disruption by a group of concertgoers with Holland may have annoyed others sitting nearby, leading to a dispute that “escalated,” a Basie official tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: CLUB OFFERS KIDS A HAVEN

Children line up for pre-dinner clean-hands inspection at the Boys and Girls Club. (Photos by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

After five p.m. on a recent afternoon, a pair of children in red shirts and khakis set a long table with styrofoam plates laden with tacos. Moments later, a dozen or so kids dressed in the same outfits – the uniform of the Red Bank Primary School – line up for inspection by Natasha Cargill, a teenaged kitchen manager.

It’s clean-hands time at at the Boys and Girls Club of Monmouth County‘s Red Bank unit, a scene that plays out so routinely that some of the kids continue to absently hold their hands above their heads long after they’ve passed Cargill’s inspection.

Looking on, Christy Crank looks pleased. As the facility director, the 38-year-old borough native sets a welcoming but firm tone for all who step through its doors.

“I see a lot of me in these kids,” says Crank. “When I was growing up, we didn’t have a Boys and Girls Club. We provide a safe space, where there’s no bullying, you get the help you need, and everyone is equal.”

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THREE LOCALS ARRESTED IN GAMBLING BUST

Men from Little Silver, Sea Bright and Shrewsbury Township were among 22 arrested in recent days as part of “a well-organized gambling enterprise” that grossed $1 million a week, authorities said Tuesday morning.

An 18-month investigation dubbed “Operation Shore Bet” culminated Monday with the arrest of 22 suspects, the seizure of a dozen vehicles, more than $500,000 in cash, and the freezing of financial accounts used to facilitate the illegal activity, according to an announcement by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.

The enterprise, allegedly run by men in Monmouth Beach and Hillsborough, extended from Monmouth County into New York State, and allegedly used “sophisticated electronic resources – including websites to track illegal wagering and record profits and losses,” as well as money-laundering schemes, Gramiccioni said.

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FAIR HAVEN: REELING IN A WALLET AND KEYS

Michael Frissora, wearing a headcam, recorded his retrieval of a wallet and keys from the spillway at Schwenker’s Pond. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Adept use of a fishing pole enabled a Fair Haven teenager to retrieve a wallet and set a keys from the spillway dam at Schwenker’s Pond Sunday.

Michael Frissora, 15, recorded the incident on a headcam he was using for the first time. He also provided a bit of commentary.

“Wallet and keys down there,” he says on the video, which he posted to YouTube. “I’m getting that.”

And then he does.

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NEIGHBORS OPPOSING RED BANK WALGREEN’S

Melissa Grieves, seated at right, addresses neighbors concerned about the planned redevelopment of the former Rassas car lot, below, into a mega-drugstore.  (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

A proposed Walgreen’s drugstore on Broad Street in Red Bank would be a bitter pill, say nearby homeowners, who’ve begun to organize for a fight.

About 30 residents of the quiet neighborhood between Pinckney Road and Rumson Place gathered in a Little Silver backyard over coffee Saturday morning to strategize a response to the proposed mega-pharmacy, at the site of the recently-closed Rassas auto dealership.

“I was stunned and extremely concerned,” organizer Melissa Grieves of Salem Place said in an email to redbankgreen. “As a neighborhood, we are concerned about not only our property values, but also the potential for additional car traffic through our quiet streets, as well as lighting and noise concerns, amongst other issues.”

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SHREWSBURY: DOG LEFT IN CAR BRINGS COPS

Shrewsbury police questioned an unidentified man outside Trader Joe’s after two witnesses complained that he had left a dog inside his car for a significant length of time as temperature neared 90 degrees early Monday afternoon. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

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

call-in-the-authoritiesJohn Angioletti, age 29, from Tatum Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on June 15, 2013 by Sergeant First Class William Colangelo for Driving While Intoxicated. He was released pending a court date.

Russell Liguari, age 51, from Prospect Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on June 15, 2013 by Patrolman Anthony Dellatacoma for Disorderly Conduct. He was released pending a court date.

Crystal Music, age 28, from Campbell Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on June 15, 2013 by Patrolman Adam Colfer for Shoplifting from the Target Store. She was released pending a court date.

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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 June 13 to June 20, 2013. This information is unedited.

Theft reported on June 14, 2013 at 14 Catherine St. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole a gas can and cordless drill from back of pick up truck, which was parked. Ptl. Heather Pubylski.

ARRESTS:

Romualdo Valdetano male age 49 of Red Bank was arrested on 6-18-13 in the area of Chestnut St. for COC [Contempt of Court] by Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.

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RED BANK: STATION PLACE WORK BEGINS

After years of zoning hearings, lawsuits and aborted plans, shovels finally went into the ground last week for what’s now dubbed Station Place, 45 luxury apartments and 12 affordable units at Monmouth, West and Oakland streets in Red Bank.

Formerly to have been called Courtyards at Monmouth, the project is being built by Roger Mumford, who has replaced substandard housing on Bridge Avenue near Drs. James Parker Boulevard with new homes. Mumford tells redbankgreen he expects tenant move-ins at Station Place to begin in July, 2014. (Photos by Dan Natale. Click to enlarge)

LITTLE SILVER: TWO ARRESTED AFTER DISPUTE

Little Silver police taking the two unidentified men into custody on Grant Place Sunday afternoon. (Click to enlarge)

Two men were arrested on a leafy Little Silver street Sunday afternoon after what appeared to be a dispute over missing money, police said.

According to Chief Dan Shaffery, police responded to an anonymous call reporting a robbery on Grant Place around 4 p.m.

Two men were stopped on Grant Place, where one of them told police that the other had visited him at his home, on nearby Pinckney Road, and that $200 was missing after the visitor left.

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