SEA BRIGHT BEGINS LOOKING TO 2020

Borough residents at Monday night’s 2020 session, where FEMA planner Linda Weber, below, took notes. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The scene: a public brainstorming session at Sea Bright’s borough hall.

The purpose: to begin shaping what’s expected to be a long-range process to address housing and commercial needs both in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and in anticipation of another such walloping.

With the floor opened to observations, one woman raised concerns about vacant homes attracting prowlers.

A man’s suggestion that all the utility poles along Ocean Avenue be removed drew a smattering of applause.

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MIDDLETOWN: TWO FIREFIGHTERS HURT

Two volunteer firefighters suffered minor injuries in an early morning fire that tore through a Middletown beauty spa early Monday morning, according to a report on the Asbury Park Press website.

Police said one firefighter fell through the second floor, and a second was injured in a fall outside the Orange Skye Wellness Spa on Route 35, opposite Pine Street, where the fire was reported at about 3 a.m.  Both firefighters were treated and released from Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, the Press reported.

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RED BANK FIRM SMACKED FOR TRICKERY

A Rumson commodities trader and his Red Bank firm have been slapped with nearly $6 million in fines and paybacks orders by United States and British regulators for an alleged scheme to manipulate prices for oil, agricultural products and more, according to various media reports Monday.

According to a report by Bloomberg News carried on the Star-Ledger website, NJ.com, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission charged Michael Coscia and his firm, Panther Energy Trading, with market ‘spoofing,’ in which bids and offers in futures contracts for crude oil, metals and other commodities were made anD quickly withdrawn to create the illusion of market demand.

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SHREWSBURY POLICE BLOTTER

Activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of July 13 to July 19, 2013.

call-in-the-authoritiesReport of Theft in the area of Yale Drive occurring sometime over the winter months. Victim reports jewelry taken from home by unknown subject(s) sometime between Thanksgiving and March. Damages totaling $5,812.00. Ptl Mary Ellen Jennings investigating.

Report of Forgery in the area of Sycamore Avenue on 7/18/13. Victim reports prescription pad taken and used by unauthorized subject. Ptl. Tracy Polk investigating.

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SEA BRIGHT: DUNESDAY ROCKS THE BEACH

Continuing its bounceback from the walloping it took from Hurricane Sandy, Sea Bright brought its can-do spirit right to the water’s edge Saturday with Dunesday, a fundraiser for the borough fire and first aid squads.

A daylong series of musical acts entertained from a stage on the beach abutting the Mad Hatter bar, with headliners Brian Kirk and the Jirks playing an electrifying set punctuated by lightning over the ocean. (Photos by Sarah Klepner, Trish Russoniello and John T. Ward for redbankgreen.)

RED BANK: NO VOTE YET ON SHELL 7-ELEVEN

Red Bank resident Tracy Khonstam implores the zoning board to reject the planned convenience store on Newman Springs Road. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

All the evidence is finally before the Red Bank zoning board in the matter of a proposed 7-Eleven that would replace a self-serve car wash at Wasseem Chaudhary’s Shell gas station at Shrewsbury Avenue and Newman Springs Road.

But after eight months of hearings, including one Thursday night, there’s been no up-or-down vote on whether to allow the store. The full board is expected to consider the application on August 1.
In the interim, two board members who were not present for concluding testimony and comments are expected to listen to a recording of Thursday’s hearing, said board chair Lauren Nicosia.

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SEA BRIGHT: BROGUE, HEARTH AND PORK ROLL

Alice’s Kitchen takes over  space that was home to downtown fixture Steve’s Breakfast & Lunch. Below, Alice Gaffney with a customer shortly after opening her doors Friday morning. (Photo below by Colby Wilson. Click to enlarge)

By COLBY WILSON

The first time you visit Alice’s Kitchen in Sea Bright, order an Irish breakfast.

That’s on the recommendation of the chef and owner, Alice Gaffney, who’s bringing the food – and an architectural touch – of her homeland to 1100 Ocean Avenue, but doing it Jersey-style.

“We’re going to have Irish soda bread, Irish breakfast, and of course pork roll,” Gaffney tells redbankgreen. After all, “this is the Jersey Shore,” she says.

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WEEKENDER: ON THE GREEN AND ON THE SAND

Contractors building a new staircase over the sea wall at the Mad Hatter in Sea Bright, where thousands of revelers are expected for the daylong Dunesday fundraiser. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

Friday, July 19:

LINCROFT: Royalty graces Brookdale Community College’s Lincroft campus as Shakespeare’s witty early comedy, “Love’s Labor’s Lost,” comes to the Great Lawn. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets (rain site: Performing Arts Center). The performance begins at 7 p.m. Park in lot 2. Lawn outside PAC building/Newman Springs Road/Route 520.

RED BANK: The versatile five-piece cover band Pez Head visits the Walt Street Pub for an invigorating Friday night set. The show pops at 8 p.m. 180 Monmouth Street.

RED BANK: Jazz pianist and pocalist Champian Fulton visits the Summer Jazz Café at Two River Theatre, presented by Jazz Arts Project. The series promises a big city club vibe with coffee and refreshments. The show begins at 8 p.m. and tickets are $22. 21 Bridge Avenue.

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RED BANK: SHAKEUP AT ZONING BOARD

Rosemary Minear was one of two zoning board members who quit in May. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Following two abrupt resignations, some new faces join the Red Bank zoning board when it convenes for its bimonthly meeting Thursday night to decide whether to allow a proposed 7-Eleven on Newman Springs Road.

Alternate members Rosemary Minear and David McGuinness quit May 24 after Mayor Pasquale Menna gave a full membership on the board to Sean Murphy, brother of council President Art Murphy.

Appointing Murphy to fill the vacancy left by Karen Waldman, who resigned to move to Florida, was an “insult” to the time he’d spent as a back-bencher, McGuinness said in his resignation letter.

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SEA BRIGHT: DUNESDAY BACK ON THE BEACH

The patio at the Mad Hatter becomes Dunesday Central for the daylong beach festival Saturday. (Photo by Colby Wilson. Click to enlarge)

By COLBY WILSON

In the months after Hurricane Sandy ripped through Sea Bright last October 29, Brian Kirk knew that keeping Dunesday in town was crucial to lifting its spirit.

But without Donovan’s Reef, which was obliterated by the storm, Kirk and his band, the Jirks, were forced to move their beachside fundraiser, now two decades old, to a new location.

“I was sad about Donovan’s from a nostalgic point of view. It was literally the first bar that hired me. It helped us become who we are,” Kirk tells redbankgreen.

“Dunesday is a brand now. It’s an individual, and it needs a home,” he said.

This year, that home is a few doors away from Donovan’s, at the Mad Hatter.

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RED BANK: ZIMMERMAN VERDICT REACTIONS

redbankgreen‘s Sarah Klepner gathered these reactions on Red Bank’s West Side Monday to the acquittal of George Zimmerman in killing of Trayvon Martin.

George H. Brown, Red Bank: “It speaks for itself. I don’t understand how he could be killed under those conditions. He was unarmed. How did Zimmerman decide to shoot? Did he just assume that if Martin didn’t survive there’d be no repercussions? It shows how far we are from what should be.” (Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: FAMILIAR FACES AT HAMPTON II

Engineer Rich Kenderian testifies for the hotel developer, above. Below, objector Stephen Mitchell reviewing plans. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

Parking and stormwater emerged as early issues when the second round of hearings for a proposed six-storyRed Bank hotel got underway Monday night.

The 76-room Hampton Inn would be built at the foot of the Route 35 Cooper Bridge, at the northern gateway to town, on the former site of an Exxon gas station. A series of combative hearings on the plan that began in August, 2011 ended nearly a year later with a ruling the structure was too tall.

With zoning rules since amended by the borough council to accommodate the building’s height, the start of round two brought out familiar adversaries – and one new one who, if she was present, did not announce herself or her interest.

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FAIR HAVEN: “KIND,” GLUTEN-FREE BURGERS

The hamburgers at Yvette and Anthony Cafaro’s Kind Burgers are certified safe for customers with celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders.  (Photo by Alexis Orlacchio. Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

At the newly opened Kind Burgers on River Road in Fair Haven are names carved into the wooden tables, molding and trim.

“These are the people that helped us clean out of Sea Bright,” said restaurant owner Anthony Cafaro, referring to the the place where Kind Burgers originally set up shop, just 10 weeks before Hurricane Sandy struck. “It’s a tribute to our family, friends, and customers. That’s who this is.”

With the help of the local community, the Carafos were able to reopen their family burger joint six weeks ago. Yvette Cafaro said a family from the Holy Cross community put together a fundraiser to help rebuild Kind Burgers.

“For anyone who did donate, we put their name in the restaurant to make a community feel to it,” said Yvette.

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RED BANK: CONTROVERSIAL HOTEL RETURNS

A Hampton Inn hotel is proposed for the long-vacant Exxon station site at the foot of the Cooper Bridge.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

It’s back.

After a year of dormancy, a controversial proposal for a six-story, 76-room Hampton Inn hotel at the northern gateway to Red Bank returns to the spotlight Monday night, when the borough planning board begins anew with what’s expected to be another series of hearings.

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MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

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

call-in-the-authoritiesMaurice Levy, age 30, from Hollywood Avenue in Long Branch, NJ, arrested on July 7, 2013 by Patrolman Anthony Gigante on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Interlaken and Middletown Municipal Courts. He was released after posting $800.00 bail.

Patricia Dangelis, age 55, from Avenue B in West Keansburg, NJ, arrested on July 6, 2013 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein for Simple Assault. She was released pending a court date.

Kimberly Kauffman, age 28, from Torresdale Avenue in Philadelphia, PA, arrested on July 6, 2013 by Patrolman Albert Scott for Disorderly Conduct, Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer and on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Westampton Municipal Court. She was held on $10,500.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

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RED BANK: CAR SHOW GLEAMS ON WHITE

A couple of Corvairs, a fleet of Corvettes and acres of chrome were among the 328 cars gleaming under the hot summer sun in Red Bank’s White Street parking lot Sunday. The occasion? The 11th annual Doc Holiday Classic Car Show, hosted by the Liberty Hose fire company as a scholarship fundraiser. redbankgreen was there, cameras at the ready. (Click to enlarge)

SHREWSBURY: THREE VEHICLES STOLEN

Activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of July 6 to July 12, 2013.

call-in-the-authoritiesReport of Theft in the area of Broad Street on 7/7/13. Victim reports merchandise taken by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $625.00 Ptl. Tracy Polk investigating.

Report of Harassment in the area of Broad Street on 7/9/13. Victim reports verbal threats made by a known subject. Ptl. Tracy Polk investigating.

Report of Theft in the area of Obre Place on 7/9/13. Victim reports bicycle taken from outdoor rack. Damages totaling $425.00. Ptl. Tracy Polk investigating. Bicycle recovered on 7/11/13.

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RED BANK: TWO WEEKS OF POLICE ACTIVITY

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of June 27 to July 11, 2013. This information is unedited.

Theft reported on 6-27-13 in the area of Shrewsbury Ave. residence. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole 1000 bricks from yard between the dates of the end of
March and currently. Ptl. Jorge Torres

Criminal Mischief occurring between 6-27-13 and 6-28-13 at Arthur Place. Victim reported that unknown person(s) scratched the paint on parked vehicle with unknown sharp object. Ptl. David Hicks.

Robbery occurring on 6-30-13 in the area of Locust Ave. Victim reported that while walking on Locust Ave. an unidentified black male approached her and grabbed her gold necklace from her neck and then fled. Ptl. Jhontan Quispe and Det. Wendy Samis.

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SEA BRIGHT: GROUP TO PAY ANCHORAGE TAB

The Anchorage Apartments, overlooking the Shrewsbury River, would be razed for a park under a DEP plan. (Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

Sea Bright’s borough council voted Thursday night to work with the state Department of Environmental Protection on turning the Anchorage Apartments into open space – after a group volunteered to make up for the town’s lost tax revenue.

The council made clear, though, that it would not support any parking on the property, which is located across Ocean Avenue from an ocean beach owned by the state and maintained by the borough. The governing body also insisted local control in its resolution of support, which is non-binding on the state.

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SEA BRIGHT: CHILLY RECEPTION FOR LNG PLAN

Attendees at the event, held in a tent on the municipal beach, viewed information displays about the project. Below, a rendering of the transfer system. (Photo above by Colby Wilson. Click to enlarge)

By COLBY WILSON

An all-too familiar storm is brewing on the Jersey Shore, as local environmentalists are turning up the heat on Governor Chris Christie to block a liquefied natural gas (LNG) port from being built just miles away from Sea Bright.

Dozens took their frustrations to the Sea Bright beach Thursday night at a “citizen public hearing” held by Sandy Hook-based Clean Ocean Action. At issue: an LNG ocean-transfer terminal, dubbed Port Ambrose. An applicant called Liberty Natural Gas applied last month for federal permits to build the deepwater port 24 miles east of Long Branch in 103 feet of water.

The terminal, handling gas chilled to minus 260 degrees Fahrenheit, would be in different location than one proposed in 2010 and later nixed a year later by Christie.

“Make no mistake, it is déjà vu. You were here before, and this was happening before,” said Clean Ocean Action executive director Cindy Zipf.

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LITTLE SILVER COPS ARREST THREE FOR DWI

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

call-in-the-authoritiesJune 1– Siegfried Pham-Jackel, 19, of Little Silver, NJ, and Katherine Kustera, 20, of Rumson, NJ, were both arrested following an investigation on Mitchell Pl. for Possession of Alcohol Underage. P.O. Eric Van Schaack made the arrest.

June 2– John Lynch, 63, of Monmouth Beach, NJ, was arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Silverside Ave. for Driving While Intoxicated. P.O. Eric Van Schaack made the arrest.

June 3– A Credit Card Fraud was reported at the Walgreen’s on Prospect Ave. after a subject attempted to purchase items with a stolen credit card. The subject fled the scene prior to police arrival. P.O. Andrew Smith and Det. Greg Oliva investigated.

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