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FAIR HAVEN: MARKET REOPENING UNCERTAIN

balderose 092113A sign on the front door announces an “intention to re-open October 1,” but that’s not going to happen, says founder Tony Balderose.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The fate of a food market that lasted just three months at Fair Haven’s most prominent intersection remains “up in the air” while a battle for ownership control plays out, one of the principals tells redbankgreen.

Balderose Fine Foods, which opened in mid-May, has been closed since mid-August because of the dispute, said founder and chef Tony Balderose, of Shrewsbury.

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RCDS: SMALL BEGINNINGS, BIG ACHIEVEMENTS

rcdsNick Dawes of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is the celebrity guest auctioneer at a gala for the Rumson Country Day School’s Horizons Rumson program, scheduled for November 2 at Rumson Country Club.

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

On Saturday, November 2, Horizons Rumson will celebrate 18 years of providing local at-risk students with summer academic and recreational enrichment at the Rumson Country Day School (RCDS), thanks to the vision of RCDS Headmaster Chad Small.  Themed Small Beginnings…Broader Horizons, the Gala event, co-chaired by Maggie Riker and Lynn Spector, will honor Chad Small and his wife Susan for his leadership role in founding the program.

Held at the Rumson Country Club, the evening will feature dinner, dancing and a live auction run by celebrity auctioneer Nick Dawes, of PBS’ Antiques Roadshow.  All proceeds will benefit the Horizons Student Enrichment Program, which strives to overcome the educational achievement gap through summer educational opportunities for low-income children, primarily from Red Bank.

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RED BANK: UPS DELIVERY SWIPED

AUTHORITIES_RB1The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of September 19 to September 26, 2013. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:
Criminal Mischief occurring between 9-19-13 and 9-20-13 North Bridge Ave. restaurant. Owner of establishment reported that unknown person(s) attempted to gain entry by removing screen and taking window off track on side of building. No entry gained. Ptl. James DePonte.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 9-22-13 at Wall Street. Victim reported that unknown person(s) keyed her parked vehicle on passenger and driver’s side front quarter panels. Ptl. Nicholas Maletto.

Theft occurring on 9-24-13 at Leroy Place residence. Victim reported that UPS delivered a pair of expensive sunglasses and unknown person(s) stole same from doorstep. Sgt. Robert Gannon.

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CYMCA HOLDS A PLAYGROUND-RAISING

ymca1-500x375A new playground will appear at The Community YMCA’s Family Health and Wellness Center on November 2, courtesy of local sponsors and a crew of community volunteers.

Press release from The Community YMCA

Children at The Community YMCA’s Family Health and Wellness Center in Red Bank will be able to enjoy a new playground this fall, designed with input from kids and built by community volunteers with generous support from the nonprofit  KaBOOM! and Good Neighbor Pharmacy.

“The Y is pleased to have been selected by KaBOOM! and Good Neighbor Pharmacy to receive a new playground,” said The Community YMCA President and CEO Rhonda Anderson. “We are dedicated to nurturing the development of children, and we know how important it is for all children to have a safe place to learn, grow and thrive.”

The new playground will be built by Y volunteers and members of the local community on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Health and Wellness Center, located at 166 Maple Avenue. Approximately 100 community volunteers will be needed at the “Community Build Day” to work alongside organizers from KaBOOM! and employees from Good Neighbor Pharmacy, said Christian Buckman of Oceanport, a member of the Y Board of Management, who is leading the playground Planning Committee.

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CONVICT IN RUMSON MURDER SEEKS RETRIAL

kershaw arrestThe Red Bank Register story reporting the arrest of Albert Erle Kershaw in February, 1988. (Click to enlarge)

From Sunday’s Star-Ledger, a report on the efforts of a convicted killer to get a new trial. The victim, 50-year-old Earl Monroe Shoemaker, was gunned down in the driveway of his home on North Ward Avenue in Rumson on December 15, 1987.

Man convicted in 1987 Rumson murder returns to court seeking a new trial (via NJ.com)

John O’Boyle/The Star Ledger NEW BRUNSWICK — Albert Erle Kershaw was 24 years old in 1989 when he was sentenced to life in prison for the execution-style murder of his boss in Rumson two years earlier. Kershaw’s previous efforts to obtain a new…

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RED BANK: TOWN BIDS McCARTHY FAREWELL

MCCARTHY 2 092713MCCARTHY 1 092713Following a wake that drew hundreds of mourners to Red Bank Thursday night, a procession led by a squadron of motorcycle police carried the casket of the late borough police Chief Steve McCarthy to a funeral mass in Long Branch Friday morning.

Above right, Red Bank Charter School students await the procession in front of the Count Basie Theatre, opposite the police station, where the hearse paused briefly.

Below, the Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department offered a silent farewell in front of St. James Church on Broad Street.

McCarthy, 50, died Monday of anaplastic thyroid cancer. He had served the police department for 27 years, the last three as chief. (Click to enlarge)

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RBR STUDENTS NASHVILLE BOUND FOR GALA

National Honors Band 1065RBR students Patrick Martini (Union Beach) and Matthew Rosen (Little Silver) were recently named to the country’s All-National Honors Ensembles, sponsored by the National Association for Music Education. Both will perform at a gala concert, October 30 in Nashville, TN.  (Click to enlarge)

By MARIANNE KLIGMAN
RBR Community Information Officer

Red Bank Regional High School is honored to announce that two of its Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) students, Patrick Martini of Union Beach and Matthew Rosen of Little Silver, have reached the pinnacle in their high school music careers with their acceptance to the very prestigious All-National Honors Ensembles sponsored by the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).

The RBR students are among 637 top high school music students in the country to earn this honor. Both will perform, Patrick in the mixed chorus and Matt in the concert band, at a gala concert on October 30, 2013, in Nashville Tennessee.

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RED BANK: VIA45 CHEFS GO TO MARKET

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Chef Claudette Herring slices some of the heirloom tomatoes she and partner Lauren Phillips picked up last Sunday at the Red Bank Farmers Market. Below, Herring and Phillips at Via 45, their Broad Street restaurant. (Photos by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

via45 (4)“We’re going to miss the tomatoes. And the corn. The corn was so sweet this year,” chef Claudette Herring of Red Bank’s Via45 says wistfully of the change of seasons. “We’re not going to have corn like that in the winter.”

Herring and Via45 chef Lauren Phillips did some shopping at the Red Bank Farmers Market last Sunday to get a read on what’s available as we teeter from summer into fall.

The chefs suggest keeping an eye out for the last of the season’s heirloom and grape- or cherry-sized tomatoes, and found some large yellow varieties at the market.

“These tomatoes are beautiful, and they won’t be around much longer,” says Herring.

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RED BANK: EDGY, SEXY LIT FOR VIXENS

literary vixens 1‘Literary Vixens’ Jacqueline Tobacco (left) and Melissa Bartolone flank author Suzanne Palmieri during her reading at Red Bank’s Lambs and Wolves salon earlier this month. (Photos by Alexis Orlacchio. Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

literary vixens 2Author Suzanne Palmieri believes in magic.

Not the “pull a rabbit out of a hat” kind of magic. The kind, she told an audience on a recent Friday night in Red Bank, that happened when she learned, while trying to budget her daughter’s college tuition. that an Italian company had bought the foreign rights to her book, ‘The Witch of Little Italy.’ The kind that happens when a fan, who happens to live five minutes away, turns into a close friend.

“I’ve made a lot of friends like that,” she said. “I didn’t know when I wrote the book that it would tap into something bigger.”

Hoping to create that kind of magic for other writers of edgy, sexy fiction is Literary Vixens, a publishing concern that began when friends Jacqueline Tobacco of Middletown and Melissa Bartolone of Red Bank reunited through social media over their love of books.

With Lauren DeVito, Literary Vixens promote, as their tagline says, “smart books for passionate readers.” What started out as a book blog is transforming into a publishing agency, and the ladies hope to hand pick a few marketable authors to work with.

“We knew we wanted [the name] to be a combination of smart and daring,” said Tobacco. “‘Vixen’ means we’re a little bit more edgy in our reading, a little bit more sophisticated.”

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WEEKEND: REGATTA, TEA, A MAN IN A TREE…

on borrowed time 4‘On Borrowed Time’ continues its run at the Two River Theater, above. Judith Krall Russo, below, talks tea and women in history at the Eastern Branch Monmouth County Library Saturday. (Click to enlarge)

Friday, September 27:

SONY DSCSHREWSBURY: Alexander Saulon leads a discussion about social media sites and how to use Skype and Facebook to stay connected with family and friends at the Monmouth County Eastern Branch Library. The discussion begins at 11 a.m. 1001 Route 35 North.

RED BANK: Keep up with the Jonzes at the Walt Street Pub for some Friday night entertainment. The Jonzes are sure to please with their eclectic musical range from heavy metal to reggae, pop, dance, and more. The music begins at 8 p.m. 180 Monmouth Street.

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FIVE + FIVE ADD UP, AT FIRST BAPTIST EVENT

scotthoffDr. Scott Hoffman of Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is among the guest speakers at the annual Jersey Shore Men’s Conference, hosted on October 5 at First Baptist Church in Red Bank. (click to enlarge)

Press release from First Baptist Church of Red Bank

Five seems to be the key number for the 2013 Jersey Shore Men’s Conference.  For five years, First Baptist Church of Red Bank has sponsored the annual event — and this year the event is on Saturday October 5, beginning at 8:30 am inside the church on 84 Maple Avenue. Past conferences have offered top quality speakers, exchanging thoughts with men about where they are in life, and where they want to be.

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RED BANK: STYLE WITH A DASH OF ‘STACHE

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Brian Salvatore, 24, spent his childhood hanging out “on the corner with all the punk kids” on Broad Street in Red Bank, he says.

That’s where Model Citizen found the 24-year-old Middletown resident one recent afternoon, his face decorated with a classic beard-and-handlebar-mustache combo that even the humidity couldn’t wilt.

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RED BANK: CAKE BOSS TO ENTER DESSERT FRAY

cake boss 091813Carlo’s Bakery of ‘Cake Boss’ fame plans to open in time for the Christmas holidays at 84 Broad Street, a company official said. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Make room on the oven rack: Cake Boss is moving in on Red Bank’s sweet tooth.

Carlo’s Bakery, the Hoboken pastry shop that gave rise to cable-TV phenom ‘Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro and his growing empire of  retail bake shops, has rented the former Ricky’s Candy Cones and Chaos space at 84 Broad Street, a company official confirmed to redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.

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A LITTLE SHAKESPEARE, FOR YOUNG PLAYERS

two-river-theater-extTwo River Theater Company invites young actors ages 9 to 12 to audition on October 14 and 15, for a special teen version of Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT to be performed at the theater in February 2014. (click to enlarge)

Press release from Two River Theater Company

Two River Theater, under the leadership of Artistic Director John Dias and Managing Director Michael Hurst, announces the launch of a new program, A Little Shakespeare, as part of its expanded education programming in its 20th Anniversary Season.

In February 2014, during the run of Shakespeare’s As You Like It in the Rechnitz Theater, Two River will present a 75-minute version of the play adapted and directed by Jason McDowell-Green in its black-box Marion Huber Theater. The production will be performed by high-school students for audiences of young people ages 9-12; there will also be three performances open to the general public. Auditions are scheduled for Monday, October 14 and Tuesday, October 15. Actors with musical ability are encouraged to audition. For more information, including the complete rehearsal and performance schedule, visit tworivertheater.org or contact Heidi Schoenenberger at hschoenenberger@trtc.org.

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BASIE OK’s CHORALE PROGRAM FOR AREA KIDS

basie-marquee-3-090213-500x375The Count Basie Theatre and the Red Bank Borough School District are thrilled to announce a new, free children’s choral program, The Central Jersey Youth Chorale, beginning in the Fall of 2013.This free program, open to all Monmouth County students grades 4-8 as of 2013, is scheduled to run from October through June, and will be under the musical direction of Kristopher Zook, local conductor, composer and vocal music educator from Red Bank Regional High School. Rehearsals will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-6 pm at the Red Bank Middle School, 101 Harding Road, Red Bank.

Students wishing to audition for the performing ensemble should prepare a song that reflects their vocal strengths for one of the two audition days, Monday, October 7, or Wednesday, October 9 at 5:00 PM in the Red Bank Middle School Auditorium.

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RED BANK: PLAN FOR CHIEF’S CORTEGE

RB day funeral 092513Southbound Riverside Avenue in Red Bank will be closed for about an hour Friday morning for the funeral of police Chief Steve McCarthy, which begins at the John E. Day Funeral Home, at left above. (Click to enlarge)

Red Bank commuters may encounter delays or detours Friday morning during the funeral cortege for police Chief Steve McCarthy, police said.

With numerous vehicles expected to assemble at the John E. Day Funeral Home on Riverside Avenue for a procession to a church in Long Branch, southbound Route 35 along Riverside Avenue will be closed  for about an hour before the procession gets underway at 9:30 a.m., Captain Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

The procession will also include a brief stop of the hearse outside the police station, at 90 Monmouth Street, and a silent tribute by Red Bank volunteer firefighters outside St. James Church on Broad Street, McConnell said.

Full details below.

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MIDDLETOWN: WHO’S BEEN BUSTED

Recent crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN1•Alexander Giuriceo, age 18, from Greenfield Way in Middletown, NJ, arrested on September 13, 2013 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance.

Amanda Yuhas, age 34, from Seabreeze Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on September 12, 2013 by Patrolman Stephen Keller on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Edison Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance.

Orteste Jimenzez, age 31, from Highway 36 in Leonardo, NJ, arrested September 12, 2013 by Patrolman Anthony Dellatacoma on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Sayreville, Hillside and Elizabeth Municipal Courts. He was held on $2,800.00 bail.

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RED BANK: VENISON TACOS FOR LUNCH

huntfishfeed Volunteers served up a game-meat lunch that included venison tacos at Lunch Break on Tuesday. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

The Sportsman Channel’s Hunt.Fish.Feed outreach program volunteers were at Red Bank’s Lunch Break on Tuesday serving up deer meat.

Scott Leysath, chef and host of the channel’s “Dead Meat” program, prepared ground-venison tacos from game meat donated by hunters.

“A lot of people have misconceptions about what deer meat tastes like,” but tacos are good way to get people to try it because it’s a very forgiving dish, Leysath told redbankgreen‘s PieHole.

“They love it,” he said of the room full of diners, “and if they don’t they haven’t told me.”

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FAIR HAVEN: A FUNGUS AMONG US?

fh fields fungus 092113fh fields fungus 2 092113redbankgreen came upon this intriguingly beautiful semicircular growth on a tree trunk in the Far Haven Fields Natural Area last weekend.

Can someone identify it and tell us something about it? Is is a bracket fungus? (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: SUBWAY LATE, BUT WITH LEGROOM

rb subway 2 092413rb subway 1 092413Two years after it won planning board approval, a new Subway sandwich shop appears to be on track to completion at 60 Broad Street in Red Bank, with a design that calls for an unusual recessed outdoor seating area within the footprint of the building. The alcove was approved for tables with up to 14 seats, with another 14 inside.

There’s no immediate word on when the store will open, joining the week-old Red Bank Sub Shop with its own odd little outdoor seating setup – just around the corner on Monmouth Street, as well as other players in the downtown’s competitive restaurant market. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

R-FH GRADS EMBARK ON AFRICAN ADVENTURE

20130910_185631Leah Small and Olivia Brown, two members of the 2009 RFH Graduating Class, are heading to Burkina Faso in West Africa to provide Health Care services as Peace Corps volunteers. (click to enlarge)

By Mary Ann Kampfe, RFHRHS Public Relations

Two members of the same Rumson-Fair Haven High School graduating class will be among 39 Peace Corps volunteers heading to Africa this October.

Olivia Brown and Leah Small, both 2009 graduates of RFH, will be providing health services counseling to mothers and their children in Burkina Faso. This small landlocked country, located in West Africa, is a rural region encompassing 105,900 miles.

“This was a welcome surprise and a complete coincidence,” said Brown. “We were recruited out of two different places.”

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RED BANK: BRAWL INJURES FIVE NEAR FIXX

By JOHN T. WARD

AUTHORITIES_RB2Three suspects and two Red Bank cops wound up in the emergency room early Sunday morning as a result of another closing-time brawl among patrons of the nightclub Fixx, police said Tuesday.

Multiple fights, which occurred during a downpour around 2 a.m., yielded a host of criminal charges.

Among them: escaping custody, for suspect who fled with his hands cuffed behind him.

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RED BANK: ‘PROPER SENDOFF’ PLANNED

steve mccarthy 091111Chief Steve McCarthy, who died Monday, laying a wreath at the September 11, 2001 memorial in Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park two years ago. (Click to enlarge)

Funeral arrangements have been made for Red Bank police Chief Steve McCarthy, who died Monday at age 50.

A viewing is scheduled for 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at John E. Day Funeral Home on Riverside Avenue, Captain Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: HORNING IN ON BROAD

saxman farrow 092413Saxman David Farrow, a product of Tinton Falls who lives and plays professionally in Atlanta, was out on Broad Street in Red Bank Tuesday, absolutely nailing the ballad ‘My One and Only Love‘ and slipping in a beautiful Coltrane-inspired bridge. Farrow says he’ll be hanging around downtown for the next week or so. Bring your ears. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)