SNOW CARPETS THE GREEN AGAIN

rb snow 121713Snow made for some wheel-spinning and tentative driving on the Red Bank-area Green Tuesday morning, as seen above looking east along Pinckney Road in Little Silver. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Once again,there’s some significant variation in the forecasts:

National Weather Service:
Rain and snow, becoming all rain after 1pm. High near 38. Southeast wind around 7 mph becoming northwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible.

Weather Channel:
Snow this morning will transition to snow showers this afternoon. Some rain may mix in. High 34F. Winds NNE at 5 to 10 mph. Snow accumulating 1 to 3 inches.

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RFH FOOTBALLERS ARE SECTIONAL CHAMPS

Bull Dogs Celebrate 1The gridiron Bulldogs of Rumson-Fair Haven captured their second sectional championship in four years, with a 14-6 victory over Weequahic High School in post-season play.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

In front of a packed stadium at Kean University in Union, the Rumson-Fair Haven High School football team defeated Weequahic High School with a score of 14-6 to capture the NJSIAA Group II State Championship for the second time in four years.

The RFH Bulldogs were also named the Central A Public Champions in the Shore Conference, and finished the season with an overall record of 11-1.

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RFH SENIOR HAS A Q&A WITH EX-COACH RICE

KateShermanIn a local event recorded for the ABC program 20/20, RFH senior Kate Sherman recently participated in an open forum with former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice, who was fired from the program earlier this year for bullying behavior. (click to enlarge)

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

The Central Jersey Chapter of the Gay Straight and Lesbian Education Network (GLSEN) recently presented a unique opportunity to local students. GLSEN planned to host an open conversation between New Jersey students and former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice on November 9, with the forum taking place that morning at Hoops, a recreational basketball facility located in Neptune. The network TV news show 20/20 planned to air segments of the conversation.

Local GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) Advisors were asked by GLSEN to put a clarion call out to their student members. One of these was art teacher Kate Okeson of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

Would any of the students in her organization be willing to make the trip to Neptune and back, early on a Saturday morning, for the possibility of having a face to-face conversation with Rice?

As it turns out, she didn’t have to ask Kate Sherman twice.

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RED BANK: WALGREEN’S AIRS TRAFFIC PITCH

walgreen's 121613Walgreen’s developer Marc Steinberg talks about the proposed store’s traffic flow with nearby resident Mary Todt during a break in Monday night’s planning board hearing. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Traffic would be a lot worse if a convenience store were built at the former Rassas Buick site in Red Bank instead of the Walgreen’s that’s proposed, a consultant for the pharmacy chain says.

Both are permitted uses at the former car dealership property on Broad Street, traffic engineer John Harter testified at the borough planning board Monday night.

Still, nearby residents pressed Harter on how the store could do anything but worsen traffic flow through an junction that the state Department of Transportation has given a failing grade for motorist delays.

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LITTLE SILVER: DOOR TO HISTORY OPENS A BIT

LS parker 121613 2A large hearth, uncovered during recent repairs, is among the historic features on display on a tour of the Parker Homestead on December 22. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

LS parker 121613 1For centuries, it was a family’s home. Nothing more than that.

Starting out in the early 1700s as a single-room domicile, it grew out, and up, outlasting all but a few homes in the nation it preceded. Eight generations of Parkers warmed themselves in rooms framed by hand-hewn timbers – when they weren’t working the surrounding land, or harvesting ice from the pond just off the front porch.

“These people weren’t rich, or aristocrats,” Little Silver resident and preservationist Keith Wells said of the Parkers, who arrived here from Rhode Island in 1665. “They were just farmers.”

That simple fact may be lost to the thousands of motorists who have passed by in recent decades, perhaps aware only that the stately home on Rumson Road in Little Silver was for some reason “historic,” an entry on national and state registers of such structures.

But on Sunday, December 22, for the first time ever, the public will get to see the inside of the Parker Homestead, now entering what Wells and others hope is an era of significant repair and restoration. redbankgreen got a sneak peek, of course.

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RED BANK: SHOP LOCAL EATERS GIFT GUIDE

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PieHole knows that local foraging is the best foraging. For the food lovers on your gift list we have assembled 12 Days of PieHole’s First Annual Shop Local Holiday Food & Drink Gift Guide. This is the 3rd in the series.

Zaitooni Deli on Mechanic Street in Red Bank has a rackful of Middle Eastern foods, including pistachio halawa (or halva, as the Israelis call it). It’s a sweet treat mixture of tahini and pistachio that Zaitooni owner Jamil Hage says he eats right out of the container with a spoon. $5.75

RED BANK: PAY-TO-PLAY RULES IN PLAY

money-full-columnElected officials would be permitted to vote on applications by their campaign contributors under a law change that’s up for a vote in Red Bank this week.

And the upper limits on what contributors can give politicians would soar to more than six times the current cap.

That’s according to an article in Saturday’s Asbury Park Press.

The proposed changes have baffled state Senator Jen Beck, a former Red Bank who favored an ordinance that went into effect after her tenure. That law would be gutted if the proposed changes are approved, she said.

“This only opens the borough to political influence and corruption,” Beck told Press reporter Larry Higgs. “It’s unclear to me why [Mayor Pasquale Menna] would move in that direction, when he supported” the existing ordinance.

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A STONES-Y BIRTHDAY, FOR KEITH AND KEYS

BobbyKeysGimme the Keys: Tenor sax ace (and longtime Rolling Stones lieutenant) Bobby Keys celebrates his 70th birthday — a milestone shared by none other than Keith Richards — with an appearance at the Count Basie Theatre’s FIFTY LICKS concert.

By TOM CHESEK

The first time that Marc Ribler assembled the All-Shore project known as The Fifty Licks Band, it was the eve of a pretty momentous occasion — the 50th anniversary of the debut gig, by a group then going under the name The Rollin’ Stones.

When the Billboard-charting songsmith, commercial jingle composer, and benefit-bash bandleader re-convenes his jukebox Justice League this Wednesday, it will be in honor of a milestone that might conceivably call for twenty more licks. December 18 not only marks the 70th birthday of the irrepressible Keith Richards, but a big Number 70 as well for a man who’s been a cornerstone of the band’s extended family since 1969 — tenor saxophone ace Bobby Keys.

The Texas-born Keys, who’s maintained his end of a forty-year “ax and sax” dialogue with partner (in music and, occasionally, mayhem) Richards, will be spending his special day at the Count Basie Theatre. He’ll be appearing with Ribler and company as the very special guest in an 8 pm event that producer Tony Pallagrosi sums up as “a much different experience than seeing a bar band do a bunch of Stones covers…this really is Stones music, played the way that the Stones play it.”

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RED BANK POLICE REPORTS

AUTHORITIES_RB2The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of December 5 to December 12, 2013. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:

Criminal Mischief reported between 12-5-13 and 12-7-13 at Arthur Place.  Victim reported that unknown subject(s) punctured his left rear driver’s side tire on parked vehicle.  Ptl. David Smith.

ARRESTS:

Daniel Costello, age 35 male of Long Branch was arrested on 12-12-13 in the area of Washington St. for DWI by Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.

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TV HOST SHARES INDIAN CULTURE AT RBR

NishaDuring journalist, actress and TV personality Nisha Mathur’s visit to a class in RBR’s Academy of International & Cultural Studies, sophomore Aliyyah Muhammad volunteered to demonstrate the traditional Sari dress.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Nisha Mathur is a journalist, actress and co-anchor of The Asian Variety Show, which reaches a world-wide TV audience. Most recently, she added to her credits author of an autobiographic book.  My Mango Tango traces Ms. Mathur’s three-generational family’s quest of the American dream and how she balances a life caught between two very different cultures.

Red Bank Regional High School students in the Academy of International & Cultural Studies (AICS) were fortunate to recently welcome her to their Cultural Explorations class as she shared stories of her Indian culture, her American assimilation, and her impressive communication career.

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FIFTH ANNUAL CONTEST LIGHTS UP RED BANK

xmas-lights1-500x375A Shrewsbury Avenue residence is highlighted for the holidays, in a 2010 file image. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

For the fifth consecutive year, the Borough of Red Bank is on the lookout for “the most festive homes of the season,” as the Holiday Home Decorating Contest enters its home stretch. The competition — with awards given for exterior decorations only — will be judged on the evening of Friday, December 20, and awards will be presented during the Council meeting scheduled for January 8, 2014.

To be considered for judging, Red Bank residents must register before Friday via fax at (732)933-4282, via email at recreation@redbanknj.org, or in person at the Parks and Recreation office, on the 2nd floor of 90 Monmouth Street. To register, please include your name, address, phone number and email address.

Winners will receive gift certificates from a number of Red Bank businesses, including Super Foodtown, Teak, Bistro, Prown’s Home Improvements and more.

 

 

 

FAIR HAVEN: SHOP LOCAL EATERS GIFT GUIDE

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PieHole knows that local foraging is the best foraging. For the food lovers on your gift list we have assembled 12 Days of PieHole’s First Annual Shop Local Holiday Food & Drink Gift Guide. This is the 2nd in the series.

For the coffee AND diner lover in your life, ten bucks will get you a 12-ounce bag of fresh-ground “Jersey Diner” coffee at Booskerdoo on River Road in Fair Haven. “It’s a blend of Colombian and Brazilian beans that are typical of American diners,” says the company’s Mike Teti. “It’s like the classic coffee taste.”

PIEHOLE: SOPPRESSATA, CHOWDER & BRISKET

chowda_house3PieHole ate (just) west of the tracks in Red Bank recently, tasting some tacos and chowder. 

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? SOPPRESSATA ‘N CHEESE

whatsforlunch_soprasettaSoppressata from Citarella’s Market paired with some pickled cherry peppers from the garden and a piece cheddar cheese.  (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumCitarella’s Market in Red Bank carries a few different cured dry sausages that they bring in from Pastosa’s in Brooklyn.

PieHole recently picked up a sweet soppressata (approx $15 per pound) from the Prospect Avenue shop. At home, we put together a quick lunch with some pickled hot cherry peppers from this summer’s garden and a piece of cheddar leftover from a recent party.

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WEEKEND: VISIONS OF SUGARPLUMS ABOUND

Danu.ColmHenryjpegAbove: Celtic combo Danú brings “An Nollag in Éirinnis” to Santa Basie’s workshop on Friday…while below, young adult novelist Julie Milillo comes home to Middletown for a Saturday discussion of Immortal Sin.

Friday, December 13:

JulieMililloRED BANK: It’s opening weekend for the annual holiday-season family show at Two River Theater, a newly revamped production of the original musical A Wind in the Willows Christmas that mixes Kenneth Grahame’s classic animal characters with “a lot more holiday spirit,” and redesigned costumes that highlight “ears and tails and fur.” Tonight’s 7 p.m. opening is preceded by a special noontime Scout Day preview that allows scout troops a behind-the-scenes look at the production, with games, snacks, photo ops and more. Performances continue at 12 p.m. and 4 p.m. Sunday; take it here for tickets (adults $20 – $55; ages 18 and under $25) — and keep it tuned to redbankgreen for more on Mr. Toad and friends.

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RED BANK: SHOP LOCAL EATERS GIFT GUIDE

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PIEHOLE-GIFT_MED

PieHole knows that local foraging is the best foraging. For the food lovers on your gift list we have assembled 12 Days of PieHole’s First Annual Shop Local Holiday Food & Drink Gift Guide. This is the 1st in the series.

We stumbled upon this dynamite stocking-stuffer at the olive oil purveyor, Carter & Cavero on Monmouth Street. It’s a hot and spicy Calabrese vegetable spread that you could also use as a marinade. $9.95

RED BANK: NEW LADDER TRUCK IN THE HOUSE

Truck committee chairman Mike Welsh backs the new truck into its home on Mechanic Street Thursday. (Video by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_01Red Bank’s new million-dollar firetruck has arrived.

Borough residents are beginning to see the truck on training runs as volunteer firefighters take it out to get familiar with its high-tech gadgetry and assure themselves that it can navigate all the town’s streets.

“It’s awesome. very maneuverable,” said firefighter Mike Welsh, who headed the committee that selected the truck’s features. He’d just returned from a spin that included narrow, curving Caro Court and Hubbard Park, “and it handled them no problem,” he said.

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RED BANK: A PARISH CELEBRATES

With temperatures in the low 20s, several hundred parishoners of Red Bank’s St. Anthony of Padua Church celebrated the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe with their largest procession in years Thursday night. Starting at the pocket park at Shrewsbury Avenue and Doctors James Parker Boulevard, the procession headed east and then up Bridge Avenue, where marchers joined hundreds of other gathered in the parish auditorium for a Mass. (Photos by John T. Ward.)

FIVE-STAR SERVICE, AT JBJ SOUL KITCHEN

jbj-soul-kitchen-101911-500x375Jon Bon Jovi’s JBJ Soul Kitchen is the site of a local initiative in the YMCA New Jersey Youth and Government Day of Service program, on Saturday, December 14.

From press materials furnished by YMCA New Jersey

For years, the YMCA New Jersey Youth and Government program has existed as a vehicle for promoting teen leadership and civil responsibility, through such experiences as mock legislative and court sessions, as well as exercises in which teens role-play as members of the press or lobby firms.

Last year, the program directors started a new initiative known as the Youth and Government Day of Service, in which volunteer “delegates” visit and assist local soup kitchen and food bank operations throughout the Garden State. As 2013 enters its final weeks, the Y teens make their first trip to Red Bank — with the Day of Service site designated as JBJ Soul Kitchen.

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RED BANK: HOV POSTS STRONG RESULTS

hov-hq-090511Hovnanian Enterprise’s headquarters in Red Bank. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Red Bank-based homebuilder Hovnanian Enterprises reported strong growth in revenue and earnings Thursday.

Revenue rose 21.5 percent in the fourth quarter, to $591.7 million, driving net income for the period to $32.8 million, after a loss of $84.4 million i the year-prior period. At 59 cents per share, the earnings “handily beat analysts’ expectations” of 17 cents per share, the Motley Fool reported.

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SHREWSBURY: SLOW FOOD FOR WINTER

 casey pesce d'jeetCasey Pesce, in the d’jeet? kitchen, tells PieHole that winter is a time to slow things down a bit. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

PieHole reveres the home cook. We know that the most important food is the food you eat everyday, not the occasional expensive plate of vertical food approved by a Michelin Guide.

And so it goes with home cooking in December that we sit here and look at our barren garden, the summer’s herbs buried under a blanket of white, and try to conjure an answer to that daily question: “What’s good to eat?”

PieHole checked in at d’jeet? in Shrewsbury’s Grove shopping center to see if with chef/owner Casey Pesce had any inspiration to offer home cooks around the Green.

“That’s what I love,” says Pesce. “I love eating something that someone has made at home.”

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SHREWSBURY CRIME REPORTS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of November 30 to December 6, 2013.

•AUTHORITIES_SBURY1Report of Theft in the area of Harmon’s Cosmetics, Broad Street on 12/6/13. Victim reports merchandise taken by unknown subjects. Damages totaling $1,949.90. Ptl. Derek Myers investigating.

Arrests

Jodi L. Stavola, female age 37 of Colts Neck was arrested on 12/5/13 for Driving Under the Influence in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue by Sgt. Michael Gallagher.

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RFH SOCCER CAPS HISTORY-MAKING SEASON

RFH soccerThe Boys Soccer squad at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School celebrates their recent Divisional Championship win — a finale to a season that also saw the team netting Player of the Year and Coach of the Year honors. (click to enlarge)

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Eamon Kitson, senior Co-Captain and forward for the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Boys Soccer Team, was recently named “Player of the Year” by the Asbury Park Press, and by the Jersey Shore Sporting Network.

Jersey Shore Sporting Network also named first-year Head Coach Will Gould “All-Division Coach of the Year.”

And that was just the icing on the cake for this year’s team, which ended the school’s best season ever with a record of 19-3-1 and won the 2013 “Central A” Divisional Championship.

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A “FOUR-PEAT” FOR RFH GIRLS FIELD HOCKEY

RFH FHFive players from the Rumson-Fair Haven Field Hockey squad were named to the Press All-Shore teams, as the RFH girls earned their fourth consecutive “Central A” Division championship. (click to enlarge)

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

It’s been said that “the third time is the charm,” but the fourth time was also the charm for the Girls Field Hockey Team at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

They recently captured their fourth consecutive championship in the highly competitive “Central A” Division with undefeated conference play.

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