RED BANK: ITALIAN EATERY EYES 28 BROAD

28 broad 070512Last rented by Primas Home Café furnishings, 28 Broad Street is the intended home Patrizia’s, an Italian restaurant. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Downtown Red Bank could be getting a sizable new restaurant.

Dubbed Patrizia’s, the family-style eatery would take over the space at 28 Broad Street vacated almost two years ago by Primas Home Café, according a fresh filing with the borough planning department.

Retail Churn also has news about plans for a large greengrocer and 20 homes one block east of Broad Street; a planned relo by a downtown florist; and a seller of high-end used cars revving to come back to town… all after the ‘READ MORE.’

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RED BANK: BOOTS ON BROAD STREET

MODEL-CITIZEN_06AIt was one of those boring rainy days in downtown Red Bank when everyone seems to stay put in the office or at home.

But it didn’t stop Tracy Stamer from strolling Broad Street with her two girls, with whom she was shopping. When you have a pair of chic army green and brown rain boots, why not take advantage?

As soon as your Model Citizen correspondent started taking photographs, though, the rain ceased and the sun came out. Tracy appeared visibly disappointed.

“So much for wearing rain boots,” said the 50-year-old Rumson homemaker.

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BORO SCHOOL ENCOURAGES KIDS TO WALK IT

Shrews-boro-schoolStudents who attend Shrewsbury Boro School are encouraged to walk or bike to school with their families on October 16, as part of the nationwide Safe Route to School initiative. (click to enlarge)

Press release from Shrewsbury Safe Routes to School

The greater Shrewsbury community will celebrate “Walk to School Day” on Wednesday, October 16, by encouraging children who attend the Shrewsbury Borough School and their families to walk or bicycle to school.

The first annual Walk to School Day event is being organized by Shrewsbury’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) team, in partnership with the Shrewsbury Borough School, the Shrewsbury Borough Police Department and the Shrewsbury Borough Environmental Commission’s Green Team.  SRTS is a national initiative designed to assist states and communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bicycle to school.

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RED BANK: TRIAL ON FIXX LICENSE SLATED

fixx-ext-082411Fixx faces a possible 40-day suspension for two recent brawls. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank’s governing body is scheduled to decide next month whether to suspend the liquor license of the nightclub Fixx for up to 40 days for two recent closing-time melees, Mayor Pasquale Menna announced Wednesday night.

In addition, the borough was planning to notify the West Front Street bar’s owners on Thursday that they owe the town $33,000 for a tardy response to a fire code violation earlier this year, Administrator Stanley Sickels told redbankgreen.

Because the council will act as the equivalent of a jury at a hearing on alleged violations of state Alcohol and Beverage Control laws relating to brawls on September 22 and October 6, Menna and borough Attorney Dan O’Hern advised council members not to comment on the case.

But that didn’t stop neighbor Tony Busch Sr. from teeing up the bar, which has been the scene of two wide-ranging brawls in the past month. The most recent, early Sunday morning, required 25 cops from towns as far away as Keyport and  Long Branch, as well as eight Red Bank cops, to quell.

“What’s going on here is tantamount to a terrorist attack,” said Busch, one of five homeowners living above the Work Out World gym next door to Fixx. “This is getting worse by the day. And it’s very tough for the town, because we’re not set up for a terrorist attack.”

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RED BANK: TAKEDOWN STREET

rb trees 2 100713The stump of one of four Bradford pear trees taken down Tuesday afternoon. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb trees 3 100813Remember the White Street tree slaughter of 2007?

Well, it happened again Tuesday in Red Bank. And as was the case six years ago. it was necessary and justifiable, tree-care advocates said.

The latest takedown, by the Monmouth County Shade Tree Division, involved four mature Bradford pear trees on Broad Street in front of the Verizon switch building and some nearby stores.

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FORECAST: ‘PROLONGED’ STORM MAY SOAK US

rainfall totalsA slow-moving coastal storm is expected to linger along the Jersey Shore, bringing gale-force winds and minor flooding Wednesday through Saturday, according to a report issued by the National Weather Service.

Monmouth County could get 1.75 to 2 inches of rain, according to the report, issued Tuesday afternoon.

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RED BANK: MAN JUMPS FROM BUILDING ROOF

colony-house-2008The man did not reside at the seven-story apartment building, police said. (Click to enlarge)

A 26-year-old Red Bank man suffered “significant” injuries but was conscious and alert after he jumped from the roof of the Colony House apartment building in Red Bank Tuesday morning, NJ.com reported.

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TOP TAGGERS AIM AEROSOLS AGAINST HUNGER

kasso_burner_character2007Trenton-based Will Kasso is one of the special guest artist-judges taking part in the annual Jersey Shore Aerosol Art Battle Against Hunger, October 13 at Colorest in Red Bank. (click to enlarge)

Twelve aerosol artists and art collectives from all over the region have been invited to take part in the annual Jersey Shore Aerosol Art Battle Against Hunger, a family-friendly afternoon of juried, live-paint graffiti art to benefit the Foodbank of Monmouth & Ocean.

Featuring the participation of three special guest artist-judges — the spraycan specialists known as Demer, Rain and Kasso — the event takes place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Sunday, October 13, at Colorest Art Supplies in Red Bank.

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RED BANK: FIXX MELEE CAUGHT ON VIDEO

A video purporting to be from the Sunday morning melee outside Red Bank’s Fixx nightclub was posted to YouTube Tuesday. WARNING: Coarse language throughout.

Mayor Pasquale Menna tells redbankgreen that the borough council is planning to take strong action against the bar Wednesday night. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: FEW CHANGES FOR MR. PIZZA SLICE

mrpizzasliceAfter a 16-year apprenticeship, Phil Sloan is ready for the title of Mr. Pizza Slice.  (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

It’s been a month since Steve Napolitani retired as Red Bank’s ‘Mr. Pizza Slice.’ So, after a period of respectful mourning, redbankgreen‘s Piehole stopped in at the Monmouth Street institution to see how the new guy, Phil Sloan, was doing filling the shoes that Napolitani wore for 44 years.

“So far, so good,” says Sloan. “Some people may have thought that when Steve [Napolitani] retired, we all retired. But we’re still here.”

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RED BANK POLICE BLOTTER

AUTHORITIES_RB2The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of September 26 to October 03, 2013. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:
Burglary occurring between 9-27-13 and 9-28-13 at East Bergen Place—business. Victim reported that the sliding door frame to rear of business was damaged and entry gained by unknown person(s). This building contained several offices. Stolen were, two laptops, one tablet, five guitars, one yukelalie, and one amplifier. Sgt. Michael Frazee.

Theft occurring on 9-28-13 at McClaren St. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole her ceramic lighthouse with solar light from front lawn. Ptl. David Smith.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 9-30-13 at South Street. Victim reported that unknown person(s) scratched words into side of parked vehicle with sharp implement. Ptl. Heather Pubylski.

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RED BANK: ART SHOW AT SALON CONCRETE

salon concrete 1 100413salon concrete 3 100413Drawing a crowd to Red Bank’s Salon Concrete last Friday night was a show of paintings and other works by Little Silver artist Mike Ciccotello. “Other works’ included customized skateboard decks (see below). One attendee wore Ciccotello sneakers, right.

The show is slated to run through December. Salon Concrete is at 123 Broad Street. (Click to enlarge)

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RBR LATINA GIRLS VISIT THE UN, BY VIDEO

latinaThe RBR Latina Girls Group will have a video showcased in the second annual International Day of the Girl Celebration, which takes place on October 11 at the United Nations.  Pictured left to right are (standing):  Cynthia Gaspar, Pamela Avila, Katherine Hurtado, Jasmine Garcia, (sitting): Karla Williams, RBR SOURCE Clinician and Latina Girls’ Group advisor Marisol Mondaca, Jennifer Gonzalez, Lizsete Santamaria, Lizbeth Menez. All the girls are from Red Bank. (click to enlarge)

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The second annual International Day of the Girl occurs on October 11, 2013 at the United Nations in New York City, with this year’s theme of “Innovating for Girls’ Education.” Red Bank Regional (RBR) is delighted to be part of this year’s celebrations, which will feature a video (which can be viewed here on YouTube) created by the school’s Latina Girls’ Group.

RBR thus joins thousand of other girls from around the globe whose voices will be heard on empowering women to improve their lives through education. The Day of the Girl Summit is sponsored by 50 plus organizations, including UNICEF and UN Women.

The RBR Latina Group was founded six years ago through the school’s School Based Youth Services Program, the Source, to help Latina girls successfully transition from middle school to high school. It became so valuable to the girls, who found a safe place to support one another, that two groups now exist — one for freshman and one for upper classmen.

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MIDDLETOWN: SO MUCH (ALLEGED) CONTEMPT

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

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2•Robert Snyder, age 23, from Brookside Drive in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on September 24, 2013 by Patrolman Ricardo Cruz on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Sayreville Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance.

Dawn Villano, age 30, from Vermont Avenue inPort Monmouth, NJ, arrested on September 24, 2013 by Patrolman Ricardo Cruz on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Shrewsbury Municipal Court. She was released after posting $450.00 bail.

Dino Angelli, age 48, from Broad Street in Matawan, NJ, arrested on September 24, 2013 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Holmdel, Freehold and Tuckerton Municipal Courts. He was held on $2,169.00 bail.

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MENNA: FIXX OWNERS ‘THUMBING THEIR NOSE’ AT RED BANK, WILL FACE SWIFT LEGAL ACTION

dogs-of-pavlov-fixxA 2009 view of the interior at Fixx. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Legal action against Red Bank nightclub Fixx could come as early as Wednesday in the aftermath of the second closing-time melee in two weeks early Sunday morning, Mayor Pasquale Menna tells redbankgreen.

Menna said he had ordered borough departments to report on “all incidents and violations” involving the West Front Street club since January 1, with an eye toward a possible announcement of legal action at Wednesday night’s bimonthly meeting of the mayor and council.

“I’m prepared to take action to ending this completely unacceptable business model,” Menna said Monday. Unruly behavior by bar patrons “is obviously being condoned” its owners, he added.

“The owners have been thumbing their noses at the municipality,” he said. “They can’t control their business. It’s time for the state to step in and control their business.”

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RBR OCTOBER: RESPECT, TOLERANCE, HERITAGE

levarspeaking1Former NFL player turned motivational speaker Levar Fisher is the guest speaker on October 23, during Violence and Vandalism Awareness Week activities at Red Bank Regional High School. (click to enlarge)

From press materials furnished by Red Bank Regional High School

The month of October is a busy one at Red Bank Regional High School, with a full schedule of special programs and celebrations beginning today, October 7, when RBR observes a state-mandated Week of Respect that keynotes each morning with students reading “quotes of respect” over the student P.A., accompanied by “music engendering the same theme.”

The school’s in-house RBRTV will feature student-created videos throughout the week, keyed to the theme of Respect. Other highlights, as outlined by the school’s press office, include:

  • Lunch time (from 10:27 – 11:39 am) will take on a fair-like atmosphere, with tables set up by every club doing outreach to everyone in the school, encouraging their participation.
  • Organizations that advocate against bullying will also be available to talk to students and distribute their brochures.  These include 180 Turning Lives Around, and PFLAG RBR’s VPA, 2nd Floor Hotline.
  • Creative Writer Majors will be performing their original work applicable to a tolerance theme.
  • The Multicultural Club will display greetings in many languages.
  • Police officers from the towns of Little Silver, Red Bank, Shrewsbury and Union Beach will mingle with students in the cafeteria presenting a friendly and helpful dimension of law enforcement in the students community.
  • TOP students will distribute and discuss the results from last year’s climate survey, which they conducted of how the RBR student community embraces the LGTB community.
  • Student to Student Peer Leaders will consult freshmen on respect issues.

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RED BANK: MORE BRAWLS AT FIXX

rb fixx 100613Eatontown police joined cops from as far away as Keyport and Long Branch in backing up Red Bank’s response to the melee at Fixx. (Reader photo. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

AUTHORITIES_RB2For the second time in two weeks, Red Bank nightclub Fixx was the source of a sprawling melee early Sunday, one that required the help of cops from as far away as Keyport and Long Branch to get under control, police said.

Fights that began inside the troubled West Front Street club spilled out into the street at about 1:30 a.m. and spread, said Captain Darren McConnell.

RBPD called in help from numerous northern Monmouth County towns, with about 25 officers from as far away as Keyport and Long Branch racing into town to help the Red Bank force quell the violence, he said.

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WEEKEND: A WALK, A BUMP, A PADDLE, A KRALL

Little Silver artist Mike Ciccotello at work creating a mural at Red Bank’s Salon Concrete, where his paintings will be on display with a show opening Saturday night. Diana Krall, below, returns to the Count Basie on her Glad Rag Doll tour, part of the Jazz at the Basie series. (Click to enlarge)

Friday, October 4:

krall-14b742a60245ed7ab16d252ae50f9da000b154ed-s6-c30RED BANK: Fans who recall Natalie Merchant from her gold- and platinum-plated tenure as frontwoman of the rock band 10,000 Maniacs might be pleasantly surprised by the silvery hair she’s sported on her current tour — as well as by her fronting an ever-changing array of symphony orchestras from town to town. When the singer takes to the Count Basie boards at 8 pm, she’ll be joined by the New Jersey Chamber Symphony for a concert that draws from her recent hit release, ‘Leave Your Sleep’ — a lushly arranged set of literary inspirations and expansive musical visions. Take it here for tickets.

NAVESINK: The bumper crop of Broadway shows in 1938 included not only ‘On Borrowed Time — currently onstage in a splendidly designed, handsomely realized production at Two River Theatre —but another folksy fantasy of life, love and devotion in a small town. Traditionally staged without props or scenery, Thornton Wilder’s classic ‘Our Town’ lends an avant-garde edge to its cross-section slice of sentimental Americana. Beginning tonight, the community troupe Stone Church Players presents the first of six performances at All Saints’ Memorial Church (the historic “Old Stone Church” at the crossroads of Navesink and Monmouth Aves). Michael McClellan directs a cast of 17 players in the show that continues weekends through October 13; take it here to reserve.

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A ‘FIRST’ FOR WEISS, AT LUNCH BREAK GALA

Famed Red Bank area rock photographer Mark Weiss has announced the donation of a series of classic rock and roll portraits from the 1970s and 1980s, to benefit the borough-based nonprofit Lunch Break and its 2013 Gala and Fundraiser event.weissguy-about-me2

The limited edition prints, assembled under the campaign title “Feels Like the First Time,” collect a set of images dating back to the first time that Weiss had photographed each of the subjects — a gallery of luminaries that includes Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Alice Cooper, Cheech & Chong, David Johansen (New York Dolls), Debbie Harry (Blondie), Paul Stanley (Kiss), Sammy Hagar, members of Bon Jovi, Boston, and many more. Prints are signed by the artists as well as by Weiss, and are being auctioned here through October 8, via the online service CharityBuzz.

The fourth annual gala for the charitable organization under the direction of Gwendolyn Love takes place from 6 to 10 pm on Monday, October 21 at Navesink Country Club in Middletown. Tickets ($150 each; the majority tax deductible) include passed hors d’oeuvres, carving stations, music by the Pat Karwan Trio, a silent auction as well as a live auction conducted by Steve Trevelise of New Jersey 101.5. Also offered are a cash bar and and a 50/50 raffle ($30 a chance).

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MEMORIALS FOR A BELOVED BICYCLIST

cole porter 3 10313cole porter 1 100313A bicycle painted pink, said to have been the favorite color of Shrewsbury resident Cole Porter, and a solitary candle were left Thursday night on River Road in Fair Haven at the site of the September 15 racing accident that resulted in Porter’s death Wednesday. At right, the marquee at the Shrewsbury Hose Company, where Porter was a volunteer firefighter.

Services in the form of a three-hour viewing that begins at 9 a.m., followed immediately by a funeral mass, are scheduled for Monday, both at the Church of the Nativity in Fair Haven. (Click to enlarge)

 

WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

Where_100313Except for the trim around the edges, and of course the string and nail, what you see above is an actual, unaltered photo. Do you know where it was taken? Send your best guess to wherehaveiseeenthis@redbankgreen.com.

Last week’s Where Have I Seen This? showed the words “Lamps,” “Shades” and “Repairs” cast as shadows on a floor as sunlight streamed in through an unseen window.

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R-FH FUNDRAISER: “GOOD FUN, GOOD CAUSE”

RFH fundraiserRFH Foundation Vice President Lisa Atallah and President Judi Tavill invite the community to support education programs at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School by attending the Fall Fundraiser.

“Good fun in the name of a good cause” is the unofficial slogan of the annual Fall Fundraiser for the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School  Foundation, slated for 6:30 – 9:30 pm on Saturday, October 5 at Raven and the Peach on River Road in Fair Haven.

“This is a can’t-miss evening for everyone who wants to support RFH education programs,” said Foundation President Judi Tavill.

“We have terrific prizes for the ever-popular “Deal or No Deal” game, a super Silent Auction, and live music,” Tavill noted. “Student musicians from RFH will perform for the opening hour, and then the popular band Strumberry Pie will rock the party.”

The event includes a selection of hors d’oeuvres. A cash bar will also be available.

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