WEEKEND: POP-UP CHILLS, TOP-DOWN THRILLS

halloween 2011 1The 66th annual Red Bank Halloween Parade assembles on East Bergen Place Sunday afternoon for its colorful walk downtown. Below, the Ghoul Scouts of Brookdale Haunted Theater commandeer the BCC PAC building for two weekends of wild walk-throughs. (Click to enlarge)

Friday, October 18:

haunted-theater-a-haunted-attraction-nj_4009LINCROFT:  The real-life horrors of Hurricane Sandy’s dark and drear aftermath forced even the ghouls and goblins to take a back seat last year — but undead and undaunted, they rise again for another seasonal go, as Brookdale Haunted Theater takes over the Performing Arts Center for two big weekends, in a presentation created and performed by past and present members of the school’s Theater Club program. For a ticket price of $10 ($8 seniors, $5 kids and students), patrons are ushered into the PAC’s auditorium (parking lot 2 on the Lincroft campus), split into groups of 10 to 15, and guided through a winding corridor that features live-action dioramas, scarifying skits and the dreaded POP-UP, which is to horror as the PUN is to humor. The creepy crew runs tour groups through its backstage maze of interactive fright environments beginning 7 pm, Friday through Sunday nights (October 18 to 20 and 25 to 27), with “Not-So-Haunted” Scareless tours for younger crowds running from 2 pm on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Brookdale staff and students with current ID will be admitted for a bargain-dungeon price of $5, during a special “private screaming” session on Thursday, October 24. Tickets available at the creaking door; more info at (732) 224-2411.

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RED BANK: COUNCIL CONTENDERS FACE OFF

council candidates 2 101713Cindy Burnham, left, addresses the audience as Sean Di Somma, Kathy Horgan and Sharon Lee listen at the Westside Community Group’s annual candidate’s forum Thursday night. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Election_2013_wDebatesThe question of whether to keep or sell Red Bank’s municipal water utility was among a handful of issues that split the four candidates for borough council at a debate Thursday night.

Republican newcomer Sean Di Somma said he’d sell it, one of several moves he’d make to “bring the council into the 21st century” and end the “fuzzy math” surrounding local taxes.

Incumbent Democrats Sharon Lee and Kathy Horgan contended the water system wouldn’t find a buyer willing to take on the debt and expense of upgrading a system, parts of which are 100 years old, and that Red Bank was better off keeping it anyway.

Cindy Burnham, the environmental activist who shares the GOP ticket with Di Somma, suggested that “the water utility could be a moneymaker’ for the town, but what really hits homeowners in the wallet is the sewer portion of their bills.

Differences over that issue, taxes and the fate or a piece of borough-owned waterfront property dominated the 17th annual candidates forum organized by the Westside Community Group at River Street Commons Thursday night.

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MIDDLETOWN: PLAYERS PLAY ON AT LIBRARY

reading roomThe former library, newly rebranded the Navesink Arts Center, is transformed into a spacious reading room and reception area for Monmouth Players productions. Below, Lori Renick (left) co-stars in the current production of Neil Simon’s ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs.’  (Photos by Robert Kern; click to enlarge)

By TOM CHESEK

BrightonBeachIt sits at the relatively quiet corner of Monmouth and Sears Avenues in Middletown Township, on a parcel of land that boasts an ample parking lot and a couple of asphalt tennis courts, a fixture of some hundred years’ standing, in a history-steeped village of Old Stone Churches and Little Red Stores.

And yet, even some longtime residents of the township’s Navesink and Locust neighborhoods might be at a loss to tell you anything about the old Navesink Library.

When Middletown Township Public Library decommissioned its branch locations earlier this year, the library buildings in Lincroft and Port Monmouth were shuttered; their collections and equipment donated, sold or assimilated into the MTPL main branch on New Monmouth Road. Over in Navesink — a tiny one-room facility, with a small but comfortable auditorium in back, that had served as the township’s first library headquarters as far back as 1921 — the books were left to the nonprofit entity that had maintained the historic building for decades, and to the tenant that had called the place home since the 1950s: Monmouth Players.

As the curtain came up on their mind-boggling sixtieth season of productions this fall, the Players found themselves the new stewards of a genuine local landmark — and as theatergoers arrived this past weekend for the opening of Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” they entered a venue that’s been reborn and rebranded as the all-new Navesink Arts Center.

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A MILLION PENNIES EQUALS $10K, FOR RBPL

RBPL-030612Press release from Friends of the Red Bank Public Library

National Friends of the Library Week is October 20-27 this year — and the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library are kicking it off in style, by organizing a “Million Penny Project for the Red Bank Public Library” as a community-wide fundraiser.

The year-long project will raise much needed funds to support the Library (the math: a million pennies equals $10,000). Receptacles will be placed at the Library (84 West Front Street), and at several other locations around Red Bank to collect the change, which will be counted each week by TD Bank on West Front Street.

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NAVESINK RIVER: GRABBING A QUIET BITE

fishing 101713An unidentified fisherman took a rowboat out onto our beautiful Navesink River between Red Bank and Middletown early Thursday afternoon. Using his lunch hour to catch some supper, perhaps? (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK BLOTTER: BREAK-IN AT LUNCH BREAK

AUTHORITIES_RB2The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of October 10 to October 17, 2013. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:

Burglary occurring between 10-9-13 and 10-10-13 at Maple Ave. business. Unknown person(s) broke a window in the building and gained entry. Stolen was $100.00 in cash and loose change. Ptl. Ashon Lovick.

Theft occurring at Maple Ave. on 1-12-13. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole an Apple I Phone from locker. Sgt Robert Gannon.

Criminal Mischief occurring at Oakland Street on 10-12-13. Victim reported that unknown person(s) damaged screen door by ripping the screen and damaging the frame. Ptl. Jorge Torres.

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RED BANK: SOME TRENTON ON THAT BURGER?

trentonburgerStew Goldstein at Monmouth Meats gets ready to slice the “Trenton” for the Trenton Burger. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

Where salty meats are concerned, years – and pounds – of experience have raised your PieHole correspondent’s powers of deduction a few standard deviations above the norm. Still, when Red Bank’s Monmouth Meats ran a lunch special called the “Trenton burger” last month, a visit was in order to verify that it called for the trifecta of beef, pork roll and cheese on a roll.

“Yep, you’re right,” said butcher Stew Goldstein, when asked if the “Trenton” in the Trenton Burger was pork roll. “The Trenton burger is a nine-ounce burger, with two slices of thick American cheese and two slices of thick pork roll, with lettuce, tomato and mayo.”

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BCC GROUP HOSTS 5K FOR CYSTIC FIBROSIS

TPThe trails and pathways of Lincroft’s Thompson Park will be the setting for a 5k race on October 26, to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research.

The Respiratory Care Association at Brookdale Community College  is partnering with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Great Strides National Walk Event program, to host a 5K race benefitting cystic fibrosis research and education. The race will take place at 10 am Saturday, Oct. 26, at Thompson Park, Lincroft. Registration is at the Student Life and Activities ticket window on the lower floor of the college’s Warner Student Life Center, located at 765 Newman Springs Road in Lincroft, or at Thompson Park the day of the event. The fee is $25.

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SEA BRIGHT: ANJELICA’S REOPENS

anJelica's 101113Workers putting finishing touches on the restaurant’s interior last week. Owner Ray Lena, below. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

ray lena 101113Nearly a year after it was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, another of Sea Bright’s stalwart businesses is set to reopen Wednesday night.

“Did I think it would be a year?” said Anjelica‘s owner Ray Lena, while overseeing the installation of a rustic shelf and dealing with a stream of contractors and vendors. “Sometimes, I thought it would be never.”

It was a year of waiting, dealing with the bureaucracies of FEMA and insurance, and four or five months of construction, said Lena, a former sportswriter who opened the restaurant, named for his daughter, 17 years ago.

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CYMCA EXPANDS HEALTHY KIDS PROGRAM

PhtAquaSwimLessonsPre-K children whose families reside in Red Bank can have access to activities such as swim classes, under a newly expanded program at The Community YMCA.

Press release from The Community YMCA

The Community YMCA is expanding their Healthy Kids membership to include pre-kindergarten students. The healthy living initiative gives all Red Bank youth a special free membership and access to family activities at the Family Health and Wellness Center, located at 166 Maple Avenue in Red Bank.

The program provides opportunities for children to stay active and develop healthy habits by spending time at the Y. This marks the fourth year that this no-cost membership has been offered to all Red Bank  schoolchildren up to 8th grade.

“We have had much success with the Healthy Kids Membership for the last four years,” said Rhonda Anderson, The Community YMCA President and CEO.  “Expanding the program to include pre-k is a natural progression, one that I’m sure will help many families feel confident that their children are in a safe place where they can learn, grow and thrive,” she added.

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FALL INTO ACTION FOR 28th BEACH SWEEPS

Trash from Atlantic City Sweeps_April 2012Over 65 coastal and waterfront sites, from Cape May to Middlesex Counties, will be cleaned by teams of volunteers during the annual Fall Beach Sweeps effort this Saturday, October 19.

From press materials furnished by Clean Ocean Action

More than 65 sites — including several in Red Bank, Sea Bright, and neighboring communities — will be descended upon by teams of volunteers this Saturday, October 19, as Clean Ocean Action (COA) invites citizens and organizations to participate in the 28th Annual Fall Beach Sweeps.

“Clean Ocean Action is excited to continue to integrate Beach Sweeps into the Waves of Action program, a year-long initiative to recover and restore the NY/NJ coastline after the devastation of Sandy,” commented Catie Tobin, Clean Ocean Action Ocean Advocacy and Education Fellow.

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RUMSON: REHAB HOUSE FOCUS OF COMPLAINTS

61 so ward rumson 101413The Rumson house where a man was found dead of a suspected drug overdose Sunday quietly became an addiction recovery residence in August, neighbors say. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Nestled in a quiet Rumson neighborhood still recovering from floodwaters that tore through a year ago, the grey house at the corner of South Ward and Washington avenues stands out, towering over its neighbors.

It also stands out as the subject of complaints to the police.

“They party all the time,” a neighbor who asked not to be identified said of the home’s occupants. “They are up all night. Partying on the front porch. Running through the neighborhood.”

Sunday evening, though, the police were at the house for another reason: looking into the death of one of its residents from a purported drug overdose.

To the surprise of many in this affluent community, the house turns be a drug- and alcohol-rehab residence.

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R-FH GIRLS NOTCH BIG VICTORIES THIS FALL

JesseRigbyCarolineHeinsCaroline Heins and Jesse Rigby were announced as winners at the Monmouth County Girls Tennis Tournament on September 21 and 22.

A major first place finish for the girls’ cross country team this past weekend, and a recent doubles victory in the Monmouth County Girls’ Tennis Tournament, brought home the glory to the girls’ athletics program at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

Senior Carolyn Heins and junior Jesse Rigby, who play as number two doubles on the Varsity Tennis Team at Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School, prevailed in the semifinals over Manasquan High School, at the Tournament held September 21 and 22 at Tindall Park in Middletown. Heins and Rigby were down 8-3 in the 10-point tiebreaker of the third set, and came back to win with a score of 10-8.

Also making it into the semifinals of the tournament were freshman Katie Foos and junior Phoebe Short at number one doubles; junior Sophie Pavluk at number two singles; sophomore Katie Kane at number three singles; and Abbey Weis and Tara Sulak at number three doubles. Freshman Camryn Short, a number one singles player, made the quarterfinals.

The RFH tennis team also made an impact with a 3-2 victory over Marlboro in the Shore Conference Girls Tennis Tournament on September 26, which included a first singles victory by Short over Marlboro’s Hayley Barnett with scores of 6-3 and 6-4. The number-five seeded RFH team prevailed over the fourth-seeded Marlboro team to earn a trip to the semifinals, where they faced the top-seeded team from Holmdel High School. Holmdel prevailed in that match where, according to RFH Tennis Coach Maria Manley, “Our girls played tough and I think we gave Holmdel a scare.”

“As the season progresses, I only see us getting better as a team,” said Manley. “Our net game is improving with every match, and that is what will make the difference.”

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LITTLE SILVER: RAIL FATALITY REPORTED

just_in1This just in from New Jersey Transit:

At approximately 5:00 pm, a New York-bound North Jersey Coast Line train struck and fatally injured an adult, male trespasser west of the Little Silver Station.  No injuries were reported on board Train 3266 at the time of the incident.

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RUMSON: REHAB HOUSE DEATH INVESTIGATED

just_in1The death of a person found at a Rumson residence Sunday is under investigation, police Chief Scott Paterson tells redbankgreen.

Kin of the deceased haven’t been notified, so he’s unable to release any information about the matter, including the name or age of the victim, Paterson says.

Oxford House, a nonprofit drug rehab provider, lists the house, at 61 South Ward Avenue, as a residence for up to nine males in rehab. Drug or alcohol use by residents is cause for eviction.

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RED BANK: A LITTLE LIBRARY, ON A POLE

rb free lib 100813Judi Pack’s ‘Little Free Library, decorated for Halloween. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

rb free lib 2 100813Judi Pack wants kids to love books so much that she has installed a permanent, weather-proof bookshelf, known as a Little Free Library, in the front yard of her Red Bank home.

It is indeed a little, free library: passersby and neighbors of all ages can take a book or leave one for others. Even better, there is no obligation to return a book once taken.

It’s a logical step for a woman who has dedicated 40 years to early childhood education, including seven years in Middletown. Pack has taught pre-kindergarten and early primary school, and instructed the teachers of these age groups as well.

“We’ve made a fetish of learning to read, instead of encouraging kids to love books,” Pack said in a recent interview at her home, at 170 Hudson Avenue.

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CANGEMI WEDS AS MENNA DOES THE HONORS

cangemi 2 101313In a ceremony officiated by Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna, former Councilwoman Mary Grace Cangemi married Gerard Ryan on the beach at Surfrider in Sea Bright Sunday afternoon. Though Menna, a Democrat, and Cangemi, a Republican, were once political adversaries, “we were always friends,” Menna told redbankgreen. “She never let those appellations of ‘Republican’ or ‘Democrat’ have anything to do with the decisions she made.”  (Click to enlarge)

GETTING IT RIGHT, FOR DIFFERENT LEARNERS

Accommodations and services are provided in a very different manner in colleges than they are in high schools. For most students, the changes may not be significant — unfortunately, others may find that the services and accommodations they were counting on are not readily available at the colleges they chose to attend.Elizabeth Hamblet

The bottom line is this: when navigating a student with disabilities through the college experience, you always need to be 100 percent certain that you are working with current and correct information.

As she did for an appreciative audience two years ago at RFH, noted expert Elizabeth C. Hamblet (right) will cut through the rumors and hype and deliver the facts at “Getting College Right: Preparing Students with Disabilities for the College World.”  This popular and highly anticipated event will be held in the RFH Lower Library (accessible from the rear entrance of the school building) on October 24, 2013 at 7 p.m.

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RED BANK: BULLET FIRED INTO APARTMENT

AUTHORITIES_RB2A Red Bank man was arrested earlier this week after a loaded gun he was handling discharged, sending a bullet into a vacant apartment at the Atrium senior housing complex, police said.

Ross Marcovitz, 28, was ordered held on $100,000 bail at the Monmouth County Correctional Institution on charges of illegal discharge of a weapon within borough limits and other crimes, said police Captain Darren McConnell.

According to McConnell, Marcovitz, of Riverview Towers on Riverside Avenue, was in his fifth-floor residence “handling a gun – recklessly handling a gun,” when it went off.

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RUMSON: CHARGES FILED IN SANDY SCAM

A Staten Island man was in the Monmouth County lockup following his arrest on charges he scammed a Rumson family impacted by Hurricane Sandy out of $37,000, authorities said Friday afternoon.

From a press release issued by Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni:

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WEEKEND: OF TEA, TIME AND TAG ART

OBT(horiz)COLORTime’s running out: Oakes Fegley and Robert Hogan co-star in director Joel Grey’s staging of ‘On Borrowed Time,’ now in its final weekend at Two River Theater. Below, spraypaint specialist Demer judges taking the Jersey Shore Aerosol Art Battle Against Hunger, at Colorest.

Friday, October 11:

demer_00599RED BANK: Take a late afternoon/ early evening tea break and head upstairs to 135 Monmouth Street in Red Bank, where internationally exhibited multimedia artist (and Red Bank Community Church co-pastor) Gerda Liebmann presents a special opening event at Gallery 135, the must-see space located inside the second-story loft shared by the RBCC. An eclectic array of works in multiple media on the theme of one of the world’s favorite beverages, “Fifty Shades of Tea” spotlights the artistry of Debbie Jencsik, Ellen Martin, Wesley Sumrall, Linnea Tober — and Liebmann, who explains that “the concept of this exhibit is to have the visual reality of art and the multi-sensory reality of tea complement each other to create a truly immersive esthetic experience.” Also offered at the free 6 pm opening event will be a tasting of special-teas from Tea4U of The White House in Oakhurst. Additional exhibit hours will be offered on Saturday (3-5 pm) and Sunday (1-3 pm); call (732)687-3580 for more info.

RED BANK: It’s the final weekend of performances for “On Borrowed Time” at Two River Theater. Broadway legend Joel Grey — who appeared in Paul Osborn’s play as a child back in 1941 — directs this “Americana fantasy that filters big themes of death, devotion and stubborn determination through a Depression-era small town sensibility (and a vague unease over the gathering storm clouds of the Second World War).” Veteran stage-screen character ace Robert Hogan is a refreshingly tart and salty “Gramps” who tragic circumstance has charged with the care of his young grandson, Pud (the impressive young actor Oakes Fegley). Showtimes at 8 pm Friday and Saturday, and 3 pm Saturday and Sunday; take it here for tickets.

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SHREWSBURY: D’JEET HARVESTS THE GROVE

djeet 5Chef/owner of d’jeet Casey Pesce harvesting greens at the Grove. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

When Casey Pesce, chef/owner of d’jeet in the Grove was studying in Italy, he learned about the harmony that eating local brings to food.

“The air you breathe, the water you drink – there’s a harmony with the local food,” he says. “If you drink a Chianti in Chianti, you’re getting everything– you’re breathing the air that the grapes were breathing, the climate. You have a harmony.”

Pesce wants his customers to experience that same harmony when they dine on the kale and herbs that he serves from the gardens at the Grove.

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RED BANK: BOAT MOTOR TAKES A WALK

AUTHORITIES_RB2The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of October 3 to October 10, 2013. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:
Theft occurring at W. Front St. on 10-4-13. Victim reported that unknown person(s) pried open door to shed and stole a boat motor. Det. Joey Fields.

Theft occurring on 10-5-13 at Bridge Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) entered parked vehicle and ransacked the console, taking a wallet, which contained cash and credit cards. Ptl. Jhonatan Quispe.

Theft occurring at Evergreen Terrace on 10-8-13. Unknown male subject stole a bottle of prescription medication from apartment and fled. Ptl. John Camarca.

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SPECIAL GUESTS AND FESTS, AT LOCAL SCHOOLS

australiaChildren’s book author-illlustrator and award winning educator Timothy Bellavia comes to Tower Hill School in Red Bank, as part of a special presentation for students on Friday, October 18.

A discussion of what high school athletes and parents should know about college athletics. An annual autumn festival with an engaging environmental angle. An anti-bullying workshop for young children that employs a unique teaching device. Just a few of the activities presented by and for students in the schooldays to come, all around the greater Green.

LITTLE SILVER: On Thursday, October 17, Red Bank Regional High School invites all parents and athletes from the Shore Conference to a presentation on the college athletic recruitment process, conducted by former high school/ college coach and athletic director Jack Renkens of Recruiting Realities. Scheduled for 7 pm in the RBR auditorium, the free, public-welcome forum is designed to “detail the facts about the college athletic recruitment, while clarifying popular misconceptions and will detail the role that high school coaches, social media and even parents play in the process.”

A former high school, college coach and athletic director, Renkens has written several books on the subject of athletics program recruiting, and has spoken at high schools across the United States for the past 16 years. RBR athletic director Del Dal Pra, who invited Mr. Renkens to speak at the school, states, “This is a great presentation for all parents and athletes to see, particularly as they embark on their high school athletic career. It provides them with helpful information on the possibility of playing sports at the collegiate level and attaining college scholarships.”

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