A BUSTLING SUMMER WEEKEND AWAITS

Local farmers and craftspeople fill the parking lot at the Galleria every Sunday morning this time of year. Steven Jacobson, the 17-year-old author of “One Last Season,” below, reads from his novel Saturday. (Click to enlarge)

Friday, July 12:

LINCROFT: Royalty graces Lincroft when Shakespeare’s witty early comedy, “Love’s Labor’s Lost,” comes to the Great Lawn at Brookdale Community College.  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 Summer Jazz Café returns to Two River Theatre’s “black box” performance space Friday and Saturday nights. Joe Muccioli and the Jazz Arts Project present jazz innovator, trombonist and seashellist Steve Turre. The night promises a big city club vibe with coffee and refreshments served throughout the performance. Tickets are $22 and the show begins at 8 p.m. 21 Bridge Avenue.

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SHREWSBURY HOME BURGLARIZED

Activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of June 28 to July 5, 2013.

call-in-the-authorities• Report of Theft by Deception in the area of Broad Street on 6/28/13. Known actor sold stolen ring to pawn shop. Ring valued at $17, 815.00. Upon investigation ring recovered and returned to rightful owner by Det. James Ramsey.

• Report of Burglary in the area of Buttonwood Drive on 6/29/13.Victim reports jewelry and electronics taken from home by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $5,190.00. Ptl Mary Ellen Jennings and Det. James Ramsey investigating.

• Report of Theft in the area of Broad Street on 6/30/13. Victim reports merchandise taken by unknown subject(s). Upon review of surveillance footage accused party was identified and returned item without further incident. Ptl. Ralph Latham investigating.

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RED BANK GIRL REELS IN RYAN REYNOLDS

Ten-year-old Red Banker Faith King interviews actor Ryan Reynolds on the red carpet at the premier of his new film, “Turbo,” in New York Tuesday night. The short video, made for KidzVuz, a video channel for kids, had attracted nearly 39,000 views on YouTube by Thursday morning. Philly.com has a story. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: LIVING SHORELINE WINS REPRIEVE

The crumbling library bulkhead, above right, abuts that of the Corinthian Cove condos, at left. Below, resident Tom Labetti of Elm Place makes a point during the public hearing. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

The tide turned abruptly on the Red Bank Eisner Memorial Library bulkhead issue Wednesday.

A $600,000 bond ordinance to pay for a new bulkhead at the site, and one at another Navesink River property, was tabled at the eleventh hour, after having appeared headed to certain approval.

The tabling followed defections by two councilmembers, Kathy Horgan and Ed Zipprich, who said they would side with environmentalists and residents who called for a “living,” or structure-free, shoreline.

“I think we need to explore the issue more,” Horgan said. “During the superstorm, any living shoreline had very little damage and self-repaired itself very quickly.” She also noted that  the Stevens Institute of Technology and the American Littoral Society had previously offered to create the natural shoreline, at no cost to the borough.

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SEA BRIGHT: FAST AUCTION FOR FORMER GYM

Bidders arriving, above, and inspecting the interior of the Ocean Avenue building. (Photo by Colby Wilson. Click to enlarge)

By COLBY WILSON

Things are looking up for Sea Bright. The hurricane-ravaged town isn’t merely rebuilding what was wiped out by the storm – it’s moving forward and attracting investors willing to bet on its future.

Case in point: the former home of Adrenaline Fitness.

On Wednesday morning, a dozen prospective buyers showed up to place bids on the three-story multi-use building at 1054 Ocean Avenue. Within a few minutes, five of them bid up to the property from an opening $500,000 to $700,000.

Rumson resident Christina Galinos walked away with the prize, for $720,000.

“I love the location, and I just think that Sea Bright is a great town that has so much potential,“ Galinos told redbankgreen afterward. “It’s going to come back even stronger. I’d love to be a part of that.”

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RED BANK: TALKIN’ HOT JAZZ IN JULY

He plays seashells by the seashore: trombonist and “seashellist” Steve Turre  brings his quintet to the Two River Theater on Friday and Saturday.

By TOM CHESEK

Whoever coined the phrase “Le Jazz Hot” might well have been thinking of the muddy, muggy banks of the Navesink in the months of July and August, as the borough that birthed Count Basie tends to fill its superheated summer days and trez-cool nights with the sorts of sounds that honor the legacy of the legendary Kid from Red Bank.

The musical fireworks start Thursday, when the waterfront walkways of Riverside Gardens reverb with the first of this year’s open-air Jazz in the Park junkets. Then, on Friday and Saturday, the Marion Huber room at Two River Theater is transformed once more into  a cool cavern of candlelit tables, classic coffeehouse vibes and close-up concert dynamics — when the series known as Summer Jazz Café turns that “black box” space into the area’s best-kept-secret nightspot.

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RED BANK: STEEPLE RISING

The cross atop St. James Church in Red Bank Catholic Church is back after six months of rehabilitation. Among other repairs, the replacement of the old cross, which was damaged by a violent wind storm, should be finished by September, said a church business manager Veronica Alexander. (Photos by Dan Natale. Click to enlarge)

M’TOWN: MAN CHARGED WITH DWI, LEWDNESS

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

call-in-the-authorities• Michael Murphy, age 33, from Brainard Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on June 27, 2013 by Patrolman James Beirne on a Non-Support warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court. He was help pending a court date.

• Stephen Smith, age 45, from Chapel Hill Road in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on June 26, 2013 by Patrolman Ryan Riffert on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Old Bridge Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

• Danny Skinner, 3rd, age 20, from New Street in Toms River, NJ, arrested on June 27, 2013 by Patrolman Thomas Russo on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $1,000.00 bail.

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RED BANK LIBRARY: A LESSON IN LIFESAVING

Felix and and Samantha and Arauz, above left, of Tinton Falls, and Carla Decker of Monmouth Beach practice their techniques for infant CPR at the Red Bank Public Library Monday night. At left, instructor George Cummings demonstrates the proper technique for infant Heimlich maneuver. “This isn’t burping,” he said. “Hit ’em like you know ’em.”

The next CPR class, which is free, is scheduled for September 9. More nformation about upcoming courses is on the Red Bank Public Library website. (Photos by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: SUPERMOM TO ‘COMIC BOOK MEN’

Kimberlee Thornton, self-styled “production mom” for the reality show “Comic Book Men,” rocks a superhero cape on Broad Street in Red Bank Monday to mark the start of taping for the show’s third season. “Comic Book Men,” set in film director Kevin Smith‘s Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, will again run on the AMC cable channel in the fall, having moved last season from Sunday nights to Thursdays. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

SEA BRIGHT: LOCALS SAY KEEP APARTMENTS

The Anchorage Apartments on the Shrewsbury River remain vacant eight months after Hurricane Sandy.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

Sea Bright officials last week shot down a proposal to level a hurricane-ravaged apartment complex for a park after borough residents objected.

At issue was a resolution that that would give the state Department of Environmental Protection the borough’s support in its proposal to acquire the property at 960 Ocean Avenue – the Anchorage Apartment building – under the Green Acres program for an area of “high-public use” –  most likely, a park.

But despite the promise of greener pastures replacing an uninhabitable structure, residents turned out at last Tuesday night’s council meeting to blast the idea.

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FAIR HAVEN BUSTS MAN FOR JEWELRY FRAUD

Activity reports for the month of June, 2013, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• 06/02/13 Ptl. Hostrup took a theft report for a BMW hood ornament from a Woodland Dr resident.

• 6/9/13 S.O. Murray took a fraud report from a Heights Terrace resident.  This involved a check scheme where the victim was defrauded of $2,400. Det. Schneider investigating.

• 06/11/13 Ptl. Reevey took a report for harassing text messages from a Second Street resident.

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WEEKEND: EAT, DRINK, SING, SAIL, AND MORE

A promo video for ‘Eat! Drink! Italy!,’ Red Bank restaurateur Victor Rallo’s new TV show, which gets a launch at the Basie Saturday night. Below, a rousing night of patriotic songs fills the First Presbyterian Church at Tower Hill Sunday. (Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

Friday, July 5:

RED BANK: The Josh Zuckerman Band stops by the Walt Street Pub for an energetic Friday night set. The show beings at 8 p.m. 180 Monmouth Street.

RED BANK: Blues rock  guitarist Matt O’Ree and band perform at Jamians Food & Drink.  The show begins at 8 p.m. 79 Monmouth Street.

SHREWSBURY: Monmouth County Eastern Branch Library hosts a discussion on Treasures of the Monmouth County Parks, including an update on the status of the park system post-Hurricane Sandy for this edition of First Friday for Seniors. The discussion begins at 11 a.m. 1001 Route 35 North.

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SEA BRIGHT PIZZA RETURNS

Sea Bright Pizza five days after the hurricane, above, and back in business, below. (Photo below by Colby Wilson. Click to enlarge)

By COLBY WILSON

Going eight months without the best pizza in town was no easy task, said Sea Bright Pizza customer Wyatt Mulheren.

“I was miserable with out it,” he said.

With each passing month, the hurricane-walloped town of Sea Bright is getting its bite back, as businesses gradually continue to reopen.

Locals are now relishing in the return of their favorite slice of “grandma pie.”

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RED BANK: GARDENERS GIVE TO LUNCH BREAK

Fresh produce is available for the taking at the Red Bank soup kitchen. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

In addition to serving hot meals and opening its food pantry six days a week, Red Bank’s Lunch Break is offering fresh produce for the taking every Tuesday in July and August for the second consecutive year.

Volunteers Martha Young, Betsy Wattley, and Susan Haugenes oversaw a table laden with donated corn, lettuce, nectarines, kale, potatoes, and other fruits and veggies Tuesday morning.

“It varies week to week, but we get a lot from the Red Bank Farmers’ Market,” said Haugenes, a Lunch Break board member. “We also get produce from our garden here at Lunch Break, the Shrewsbury Community Garden, and individual local gardeners.”

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RED BANK: TA-TA, LAYLA

The vessel had to be torn apart in order for it to be removed. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A sailboat that got stuck at Maple Cove in Red Bank during Hurricane Sandy was finally removed Monday, more than eight months later.

Sammy Fitkin, a supervisor with the post-disaster debris management company Crowder Gulf, had hoped to just float the vessel, called the Layla, out on a high tide. But the tide never got high enough, as it did during the storm that brought it in, and the boat lay against the promenade in the mudflats at the foot of Maple Avenue.

“The water wasn’t here to do it,” Fitkin tells redbankgreen. “So this was our only option.”

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TRIO CHARGED IN BREAK-IN BEATING

Two Red Bank men and one from Long Branch broke into a home in Tinton Falls Monday and beat an occupant bloody as payback for some perceived wrong, police reported.

Timothy Johnson, 27, of Leighton Avenue, Larry Johnson, 37, of Montgomery Terrace, and Kwame Johnson, 37, of Long Branch, face multiple charges for the alleged attack in a William Street home that left the victim with a contusions and other injuries.

The relationship of the three, if any, was not immediately available.

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SANDY HOOK: GOT ANY IDEAS?

A committee is seeking proposals that might save three dozen structures at Fort Hancock. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By COLBY WILSON

With the future of 36 historic buildings in the Fort Hancock Historic Landmark District at Sandy Hook at stake, an advisory committee is asking the public for ideas for future uses of the properties.

The Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee, established by the Secretary of the Interior in 2012, met last Friday to discuss a Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) to assess the possibility of saving deteriorated buildings that overlook the Sandy Hook Bay in the Gateway National Recreation Area.

The RFEI, issued by the National Park Service, invites individuals, government agencies, for profit and not-for-profit organizations to submit ideas for the re-use of the buildings in ways that benefit the community, maintain the serenity of Sandy Hook and preserve its rich history.

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SEA BRIGHT: SPIRIT IN THE NIGHT

Two charities – Sea Bright Rising and Ama Ristorante’s Building Permit Relief Fund – with the common mission of helping Sea Bright victims of Hurricane Sandy rebuild their homes and businesses were the beneficiaries of festivities at Driftwood Cabana Club Monday that culminated in a spectacular fireworks show.

Daylong downpours halted, a rainbow appeared, and a pyrotechnics show billed as New Jersey’s largest this Independence Day week lit up the sky above the Atlantic Ocean and Sea Bright as thousands looked on. redbankgreen was at Driftwood to capture the spectacle. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click the embiggen symbolto enlarge)

 

RED BANK: MUSICAL BROTHERS BIKE FOR KIDS

Brothers Roberto and Angelo Giambra pass through Red Bank Monday morning en route to New York City from their home in Wilmington, North Carolina. Italian natives who moved to the United States in 1996, they embarked on June 5 to raise awareness of the charity Save the Children, distributing several thousand flyers along the way.

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RED BANK: GRANDVILLE GETS HALF A LOAF

Grandville Towers resident Jane Manning asks a question of the Rent Leveling Board last Thursday night (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

Red Bank’s Grandville Towers Grandville Towers is getting glass railings, but not a new pool – not at the tenants’ expense, at least.

Thursday night, the Rent Leveling Board went line by line over PRC Management’s proposal for $3 million-plus worth of work at the 10-story apartment building, which the applicant sought to have covered by rent surcharges.

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RED BANK: FIRST SIP OF SUMMER

Red Bank unveiled a new, two-day summer event called Sippin’ on the River over the weekend. redbankgreen was there the first night to capture the sights as thousands flocked to Marine Park for great food, a little beer or wine, and good company beside our beautiful Navesink River. Were you there? See who you might know in our 50 photos.

RED BANK: FLAGPOLE, AND U.S. FLAG, STOLEN

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of June 20 to June 27, 2013. This information is unedited.

Burglary/Theft occurring on 6-20-13 at Cedar Crossing residence. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) gained entry into residence by removing screen and opening window. Once inside proceeded to steal a lap top computer. Lt. Eliot Ramos.

Criminal Mischief reported on 6-20-13 on Marion St.—Community Garden. Report of unknown person(s) pulling up two fence posts and damaging fence surrounding garden. Lt. Michael Clay

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