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RED BANK: JOSH BRUCE, STEEPED IN BLOOD

The trailer for Josh Bruce’s film. Below, Bruce in a scene shot near the Red Bank Public Library. (Click to enlarge)

By DAN NATALE

josh bruce 1“Of course, the motto on our crew is, ‘we love blood,'” said Josh Bruce. “We love to put our hands in it, we love to roll around in it, we love to stick our face in it.”

Bruce, a Red Bank resident, said this as he surveyed the property behind the borough’s public library, where a few months prior, he and several other young men had smashed a lifeless body’s head with rocks they had found there. But Bruce showed no signs of remorse. In fact, a smile stretched across his face as he recalled the event.

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FAIR HAVEN: PEACE, GOOGLE WIZARDS


If you look really, really closely, you’ll see there’s a girl in the back seat of the car giving the Google Street View camera a peace sign as it did its thing on Oaklawn Road in Fair Haven. Thanks to the eagle-eyed Katie Katzgrau for spotting her. But did the omniscient Google see her?

The author of this article finds Street View “borderline creepy,” but whoever is behind Funny Google Street Views on Tumblr has a different, um, viewpoint. Your thoughts? (Click to enlarge)

LITTLE SILVER: NEIGHBORHOOD TP’D

LS tp 1 103113LS tp 2 103113Residents of Salem Lane, Alden Terrace and Rumson Place in Little Silver awoke Thursday morning to find their properties had been treated to the old Mischief Night custom of a toilet-paper makeover. (Click to enlarge)

RBPL UNCORKS A TASTEFUL FUNDRAISER

KristiNiroSusanHaugenesCork maven Kristy Niro brings the holiday wines, and Susan Haugenes brings the live music, when Red Bank Public Library hosts a Wine Tasting fundraiser on November 12.

A selection of holiday season wines, live music, a gift auction and hors d’oeuvres make for a memorable night at the Eisner Memorial Library, when the newly established Foundation for the Red Bank Public Library presents a Wine Tasting Benefit on the night of November 12.

Cork maven Kristy Niro, a wine expert who’s been a frequent presence at special tasting events around the greater Red Bank green, will select and present a range of wines suitable for holiday entertaining and other cold-weather occasions.

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RED BANK: STEEPLE CRACK SHUTS CHURCH

tower hill 1 103013The 61-year-old steeple, which rises to 128 feet from the ground, has a failing timber inside, a church official says.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

tower hill 2 103013A cracked timber in the steeple has forced the temporary closure of the landmark First Presbyterian Church at Tower Hill in Red Bank.

Borough officials ordered the church and an adjoining school closed Tuesday morning after structural engineers could not rule out a catastrophic collapse of the 70-foot tall steeple, said construction official Stanley Sickels.

“In these situations, you either get to see it before it collapses or after,” he said. “There’s no way of knowing” what might trigger a failure.

The discovery prompted the shutdown of the Tower Hill School, as well as the relocation of Sunday services and community group meetings that serve hundreds of congregants and visitors each week, church property manager Rob Wallman tells redbankgreen. It could also derail a wedding planned for next week.

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LOCAL DRY CLEANER FINDS WETTER IS BETTER

laura dorf 1 101513Laura Dorf with Lucy, one of two dogs who spend their days at her environmentally safe laundry business, and below with presser Dana Holmes. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

laura dorf dana holmesFor most of her 25-plus years in the laundry business, Laura Dorf bought into the industry gospel that cleaning clothes with a toxic solvent was the only way to go.

So heavy was the industry’s reliance on perchlortethylene, or perc, and so strong its aversion to plain old soap and water that H20 was considered a contaminant, said Dorf.

That thinking, however, has turned out to be all wet, thanks to the development of new detergents and sophisticated machinery. And Dorf, the owner of Bright Star Cleaners on the Tinton Falls side of Shrewsbury Avenue, is now running what she said is the first all- “wet” dry cleaner in the Red Bank area.

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RED BANK: FUR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT’S HOLEY

Red Bank wrapped up its first monthly Dog Days series of canine confabs with a Halloween party for the hounds on Monmouth Street Tuesday night. Check out the slobbering silliness. (Click to enlarge)

SEA BRIGHT CELEBRATES COMMUNITY

Dozens of Sea Bright residents gathered for a potluck supper at the firehouse to mark the first anniversary of Hurricane Sandy Tuesday night. After sunset, with an onshore breeze whipping the flames like like a flag, they gathered around a beach bonfire next to the ocean that had risen to swamp their town. When Governor Chris Christie arrived, they encircled him, posing with him and getting his autograph. And all night long, they took turns writing messages on a ‘Canvas of Hope.’  (Photos by John T. Ward.)

A GREAT EXCUSE TO ‘GO NAKED’

go-naked-1-2011-500x375The third annual Go Naked and Check Yourself event for cancer awareness and prevention returns to Red Bank on November 24, with a “fun and flirty charity event” at Red Restaurant & Lounge.

It’s an annual event that addresses a serious, life-and-death sort of topic: bringing awareness to detectable forms of cancer, and promoting simple self-examination procedures.

It’s also a “fun and flirty” night on the town in which attendees mingle, enjoy drink specials, bid on prizes and share close proximity with “lingerie and boxer clad models…no nudity of course.”

A partnership between two Red Bank retail businesses —  Chris Paseka’s cupcake emporium Sugarush, and Angela Courtney’s lingerie purveyor Sweetest Sin Boutique — with the Two River Times, the fundraiser known as Go Naked and Check Yourself comes to red restaurant & lounge for the first time on the evening of November 24, in the third edition of an event that’s raised more than $20,000 for local and national cancer charities, and which has sold out in each of the past two years.

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RED BANK: SQUASH FOR CHRISTMAS & BEYOND

farmersmarket7Laura Dardi and Lisa Bagwell explain how to store winter squashes and other vegetables. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

With the Red Bank Farmer’s Market 2013 season heading into the home stretch, the last of the year’s opportunities to shop for fresh produce at the Galleria are now on the early-dimming horizon.

Piehole checked in with Lisa Bagwell and Laura Dardi from E.R. And Sons Farm, an organic farm out of Monroe, to get the lowdown on what we can buy now and how best to store it so we can enjoy local produce through the winter.

“Right now we’ve got all types of winter squash: butternut, acorn, spaghetti and pumpkins,” said Bagwell. “Also the potatoes, sweet potatoes, cabbages, beets, leeks and apples — these can all be put away.”

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RED BANK: WATCHFUL EYES AT CROSSING

tiger 102513The blanket draped over the back seat of Red Bank crossing guard Elizabeth Delaney’s SUV is an attention-getter for motorists passing through the intersection of Maple Avenue and Bergen Place.

“This is my corner,” says Delaney, who has worked the location since 1984. “It’s a joy to know the kids are safe.” (Click to enlarge)

LINCROFT: A ‘MASTERS’ IN ACCOUNTING

curchin 1Remember to replace your debits: The eighth annual Curchin Open brings nine holes of competitive mini-golf to the offices of CPA firm Curchin Group. (click to enlarge)

Accepted wisdom has it that accountants, like so many other creatures of the cubicle, tend to “let their hair down” in a major way during the holiday office party season. At one long-established firm on the greater Red Bank green, the first week of November sees the Lincroft headquarters of  the Curchin Group  become a scene that surpasses even the wackiest theme ever cooked up by the Dunder Mifflin Party Committee — all in the spirit of fun, and all for a couple of great causes.

Scheduled for the hours of 4 to 7 pm Wednesday, November 6, the eighth annual Curchin Open transforms the Schultz Drive office suite into a nine-hole miniature golf course, complete with greens, hazards and accounting-themed novelty obstacles. Foursome teams of registered participants will take to the links, beneath the drop ceilings and fluorescent lights, to raise money for two locally based nonprofit organizations — Family & Children’s Service of Long Branch, and the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore.

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MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

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

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2•Jon Morgan, age 23, from Seabreeze Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on October 8, 2013 by Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia for Burglary, Aggravated Assault and Criminal Mischief. He was held $15,000.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Andrew Gill, age 19, from Cherry Tree Farm Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on October 8, 2013 by Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia for Burglary, Aggravated Assault, Possession of Burglary Tools and Criminal Mischief. He was held on $15,000.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Spencer Pitt, age 52, from Highway 35 in Middletown, NJ, arrested on October 8, 2013 by Patrolman Albert Scott on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Manalapan Municipal Court and the Monmouth County Superior Court. He was held on $1,630.06 bail.

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RED BANK: TEENS HOPE TO BE GAME-CHANGERS

creativ 2 101313Tommy Murray, CJ Bevacqua and Evan Leifman at CREATiV MIND headquarters, in Bevacqua’s bedroom. Below, a duct-taped prototype of their mobile gaming device. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

creativ 3 101313Five years from now, if dreams pan out, a handheld gaming device called CREATiV Mind will be as ubiquitous as iPhones.

And just about then, its creators will be turning old enough to vote.

Based in a prototypically messy teenager’s bedroom on Red Bank’s South Street, CREATIiV Mind is the brainchild of three 13-year-olds who count Steve Jobs and Nikola Tesla among their idols. Just a month old, their prototype product is an awkward mix of high technology and duct tape.

But the three – CJ Bevacqua and Evan Leifman of Red Bank and Tommy Murray of Atlantic Highlands – are serious about building a market-changing device.

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SHREWSBURY POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of October 4 to October 25, 2013.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY1Crimes
Report of Credit Card Fraud in the area of Willow Court on 10/18/13. Victim reports multiple credit cards open without consent by unknown subject(s). Ptl. Tracy Polk investigating.

Arrests
Rafael O. Vasquez, male age 28 of Long Branch was arrested on 10/4/13 for Contempt of Court and Possession of Controlled Dangerous Substance in the area of Broad Street by Ptl. Jessica Boyd.

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RED BANK: ASHLEY DUPRÉ WEDS IN PARIS

dupre earle 120612Ashley DuPré and TJ Earle at a lingerie show at her Red Bank shop, Femme by Ashley, last December. (Click to enlarge)

Red Bank lingerie store owner Ashley Dupré married boyfriend TJ Earle in Paris two weeks ago, the New York Daily News reported Sunday.

The “one-time escort who helped sock it to former Gov. Eliot Spitzer” married the “construction honcho” in a private ceremony in a penthouse atop the Four Seasons Hotel George V, the newspaper reported, citing confidential sources.

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RED BANK: PARKED CAR SANDBAGGED

AUTHORITIES_RB2The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of October 17 to October 24, 2013. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:
Theft occurring at Bridge Ave. on 10-17-13. Victim reported that unknown person(s) smashed her car window with brick and stole a laptop, a black day planner and a $150.00 Verizon Wireless air card from parked vehicle. Ptl. Paul Perez.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 10-18-13 at Broad St.—Church. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) broke door of garage, which is on property of Church. Ptl. Ashon Lovick.

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VISIONS OF SERVICE, FOR RBR VOLUNTEER

HannahonePictured (from left to right) are VISIONS volunteers Hannah Burke, RBR student Hannah Haugenes of Little Silver, Anna Weissman (leader), and Dione McClenaghan constructing one of the five dog houses built for the ASPCA in Turkey Creek, Mississippi.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School
Red Bank Regional High School student Hannah Haugenes of Little Silver, a creative writing major in the school’s Academy of Visual & Performing Arts, is fascinated by other cultures and believes in the importance of community service. She is also working toward an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in the high school’s IB program. So when she contemplated how she would spend part of her summer vacation, Hannah was very excited to join a Visions Service Group (VISIONS) for a week of community service in the country’s Gulf Coast region, an area that still bears the scars of Hurricane Katrina.Working with 19 other high school students and guided by five chaperones from around the United States, Hannah helped revitalize community gardens, renovate houses, reinforce a bridge, and even build doghouses for a local animal shelter. She also served meals to the homeless and other people in need, in the historic community of Turkey Creek, Mississippi.Hannah states, “It was cool being in such a different place and learning about its rich history.”

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DALLAS SAYS DI SOMMA IS WARRANT SUBJECT

HOT-TOPIC_01A “capias warrant” for the arrest of Sean Di Somma was issued and is still in effect, a spokesman for the city of Dallas told redbankgreen late Friday afternoon, adding another twist to a bitter back-and-forth between rival Red Bank council candidacies.

City public information officer Jose Luis Torres said Di Somma’s check to pay a fine for running a stop sign in January, 2011 was returned for insufficient funds a year later, and the warrant was issued, he said in an email.

“Mr. DiSomma is currently in capias warrant status,” Torres wrote.

Di Somma called the latest twist in the controversy part of a “bureaucratic nightmare.”

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RED BANK: DEMS GO TO AUDIO ON DI SOMMA

di somma 2 102413Sean Di Somma at the NAACP candidates’ forum Thursday night. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Keeping alive a controversy that ignited Thursday, the head of Monmouth County’s Democratic party released a snippet of audio Friday as purported proof that Red Bank council candidate Sean Di Somma is a wanted man in Texas.

In a statement, party chairman Vin Gopal describes the 25-second recording – made earlier in the day of an automated response from the Dallas Municipal Court – as confirming that an “alias warrant” remains outstanding against the GOP newcomer.

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RED BANK: ZIPPRICH OWNS ‘ASTROTURF’ URL

zipprich 102413Councilman Ed Zipprich, seen at the Red Bank NAACP candidates’ forum at Calvary Baptist Church Thursday night, acknowledged he set up a website that now attacks Republican candidates. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank Councilman Ed Zipprich has admitted having connections to an apparent ‘astroturf‘ website that slams Republican politicians and has boosted his own candidacy for state Assembly.

In response to questions from redbankgreen Friday morning, Zipprich acknowledged that he owns the domain name SayWhatNJ.com and is a former owner of an active website at that address. The site bills itself as a watchdog of “policy makers and the people who influence them.”

Among the site’s activities was a comment posted on redbankgreen Friday morning to bolster a claim by Monmouth County Democrats that GOP council candidate Sean Di Somma was the subject of a three-year-old arrest warrant in Dallas. Di Somma calls the allegation a lie; police in Dallas were not immediately reachable for comment.

Di Somma calls SayWhatNJ’s latest action “a straight-up violation” of state election laws.

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RED BANK: TURN IN YOUR OLD RX DRUGS

rx drugs 102513Got any out-of-date or no-longer-needed prescriptions in your medicine cabinet? Red Bank police will take them off your hands to make sure they don’t fall into the wrong ones, says Captain Darren O’Connell. Drop them off under Operation Take Back for safe disposal at the police station, 90 Monmouth Street, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. (Click to enlarge)

WEEKEND: OLD MASTERS, HISTORIC HAUNTS

mikesuperIllusionist extraordinaire Mike Super materializes for an evening of large-scale prestidigitation at the Basie tonight.

Friday, October 25:

RED BANK: At the Count Basie Theatre — where a “ghost light” is kept burning for passing Lantern Tours and house phantoms — the newly minted tradition of “Harley-ween” is kickstarted with the theater-scale area debut of America’s Favorite Mystifier, illusionist Mike Super. Last seen in an appearance at Brookdale College, the winner of the NBC TV competition Phenomenon materializes on the Basie boards with a spectacular 8 pm show that promises a live murder-mystery round of CLUE, a demonstration of voodoo mind control, and an outright repeal of the law of gravity. Most potentially amazing is the fact that all ticketholders are eligible to ride away with “the vehicle that Mike will make appear on stage” — a little item from Harley-Davidson of Long Branch. Tickets ($39 – $69) right here.

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