superbowlTommy’s Coal Fired Pizza in Red Bank’s Galleria has a few specials on tap for Sunday’s game. 


morsels mediumSunday’s big game – Super Bowl XLVIII, in case you’ve been seriously off the grid – will be watched by millions of viewers. But for a spectacle fueled by ads for beer, it’s kind of ironic that relatively few will be taking it in at a bar.

“It’s more of a family and kids event that people like to watch at home” says Tom Ganley, bartender at The Globe in Red Bank.  Unless, of course, the Giants are playing.

“When the Giants play in the Super Bowl, we’re packed,” says Ganley.

Still, if you’re headed out to a local bar on Sunday, besides having some decent elbow room, you can expect some specials. PieHole surveyed a few watering holes that we think are well-suited to football viewing.

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felicia's 012314 2The Little Silver Panino, at Felicia’s & Sam’s. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

morsels mediumThe name “Felicia’s and Sam’s” may not shout “Italian,” but restaurants on the Green don’t get much more Italian than this cozy place in Little Silver.

Tucked away behind the CVS drugstore in the Markham Place strip mall, the place is owned by husband-and-wife Felicia and Sam Zaffiro, who emigrated to the United States separately from the same tiny town near the toe of the Italian boot, Vallefiorita.

And while the location and decor say “American luncheonette,” the menu is infused with the benefits of a culture “where every mother makes sure her daughter knows how to cook,” Felicia tells PieHole.

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snowprojectAbove: Maxine Snow and the Snow Project lend a jazzy chill to the Steamy Nights house party at the Woman’s Club while, below, Quincy Mumford brings a warm and beachy vibe to Jamian’s.

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbHGot anything going on this weekend? Even if your plans don’t include those twin national pastimes (handicapping TV commercials and scanning for wardrobe malfunctions in the hoary halftime air), there are still any number of alternative ways to socialize in the coming days and nights — and we’ve got a few of them right here.

Friday, January 31:

RED BANK: Those of you easily panicked by a Friday night forecast of SNOW should know that this time, the cool chills are localized beneath the roof of the Woman’s Club of Red Bank on Broad Street, where the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation hosts the first in a new 2014 series of Reckless Steamy Nights house party concerts at the old Anthony Reckless estate. The multi-talented visual artist, writer and performer Maxine Snow – co-organizer of the annual Women of Song events at the historic house  – is joined by her bandmates in the Snow Project (keyboardist Kendall Scott, bassman Joseph Peterson, guitarist Mike McKernen, drummer Tony Tomaino) for an unplugged evening that mixes music, spoken word and live art painting to “bring back jazz to the masses.”  It all happens between the hours of 8:30 and 11 pm, and it’s BYOB, with a $10 donation requested at the door (proceeds benefit the JSJBF scholarship programs). Call (732)933-1984 for more info.

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Ocean Township police arrested three Red Bank residents, including a 19-year-old woman, on prostitution-related charges last week, according to a report on NJ.com, the website of the Star-Ledger.

The trio was busted at a motel on Route 35, according to the report.

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rb sofa 013014After a week of frigid temperatures, a sofa left at the curb on West Street in Red Bank appears all set for the first-ever cold-weather Super Bowl Sunday. But the game could turn out to be a rainy affair, as temperatures rise into the high 40s over the next three days, according to the National Weather Service forecast. (Click to enlarge)


RBR fashionLast year’s Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship winners Veronica Perez and Salvador Tecalero Arenas (center) are flanked by scholarship committee member Chris Rumph and SOURCE Director Suzanne Keller. A fashion show and gift auction to benefit the scholarship will take place on Sunday, February 9, at Buona Sera Restaurant in Red Bank.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

As the School-Based Youth Services Program at Red Bank Regional High School, The SOURCE has made it a mission to remove all obstacles that impede students’ academic success, with services that range from quality mental health counseling, to learning support initiatives. The SOURCE also offers scholarship opportunities for all students, and forms alliances with community organizations to garner additional funding for focused scholarships, such as the Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship fund.

Operating under the auspices of The SOURCE, the fund is helping to make dreams come true through their scholarship program. Founded over ten years ago, this program assists qualifying Latino students at RBR in affording their dream of college.

To benefit the scholarship, the foundation is sponsoring a fashion show and gift auction on Sunday, February 9 from 12 to 3 pm at Buona Sera Restaurant. Tickets are $40 for admission, which includes the fashion show and lunch. Fashions are provided by The Sports Spot in Shrewsbury and Posche Boutique in Rumson. The event also features a 50/50 raffle, raffle basket auction, coffee bar, as well as exquisite one-of-a kind jewelry by LeCharme. For tickets, contact Suzanne Keller, the SOURCE Director, at (732)842-8000 ext. 1236, or email skeller@rbrhs.org.


At their first working session on January 8, 2014, the members of the Red Bank Borough Council unanimously passed a resolution declaring February to be T. Thomas Fortune month in the borough.

The resolution was introduced by Cindy Burnham, who was recently elected to the council. February is nationally designated as Black History Month, and the resolution serves as a formal recognition to a great human rights activist.
Born into slavery, Fortune’s trailblazing rise as a firebrand journalist, publisher and writer rebuked the government’s failed attempt at Reconstruction, which led to the rise of Jim Crow and black code laws. Fortune has been credited with being the bridge to the modern day Civil Rights Movement. In 1880, he formed the Afro American League, which was a pre-curser to the NAACP.

From 1901 to 1911, Fortune resided at the home he called Maple Hill, at 94 West Bergen Avenue (now known as Drs. James Parker Boulevard).  While living there, he entertained such black leaders as Booker T. Washington. He also edited the works of Marcus Garvey while living there.

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AUTHORITIES_RB1-2014A Monmouth County grand jury indicted a Red Bank man Thursday on charges related to spate of burglaries and thefts over a three-month period last year, including two in his home town.

In the earliest of the cases, Mario Sciacca, 34, of Drs. James Parker Boulevard, was charged with breaking into a home in Oceanport on August 25, and with stealing a gas-powered leafblower in West Long Branch on September 5.

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AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of January 23 to January 30, 2014. This information is unedited.

Theft occurring on Shrewsbury Ave. on 1-25-14. Victim reported she was approached by male subject who asked to use her cell phone. She handed the phone over and he fled with the phone which was an I phone. Sgt. Robert Clayton.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 1-26-14 at Arthur Place. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) broke glass in 2nd floor window of residence. Ptl. Stanley Balmer.

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Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of January 17 to January 23, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY1-2014Report of Theft in the area of Banana Republic, Broad Street on 1/17/14. Victim reports merchandise taken by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $5,218.85. Ptl. Matthew Clark investigating.

Report of Credit Card Fraud in the area of Queen Anne Drive on 1/20/14. Victim reports unknown subject obtained duplicate credit card without consent. Ptl. Ralph Latham investigating.

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With temperatures in the teens, our beautiful Navesink River was a white wonderland for iceboaters and strollers willing to step out onto hardened water between Red Bank and Middletown Wednesday. Thursday started off with wind-chill temperatures six degrees below zero, and a forecast high of 30 degrees. (Click to enlarge)


Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

RFH womenSpreading awareness of issues affecting women around the globe and making a difference in their lives is the mission of Global Women Empowerment, a new club at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

Three women in developing countries have already benefitted from activities organized by the club, which was founded by RFH juniors Hope Haywood and Alexandra Siwulec, along with Advisor and RFH Social Studies teacher Christie Ferraris.

Their kickoff fundraiser, a screening of the film Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity, raised $149. The funds were loaned to two female entrepreneurs in developing countries through KIVA, a non-profit organization with a mission to connect individuals through lending in order to alleviate poverty.

Recently the club raised $1,054 by selling bracelets with the message “Education is Empowerment.” These funds were used to allow Daisy, a teenager living in Uganda, to attend high school for one year.

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

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014Marvin Towler, age 50, from 23 Ryers Place in Eatontown, NJ, arrested on January 17, 2014 by Patrolman Ricardo Cruz on a Contempt of Court warrants issued by Tinton Falls Municipal Court issued in the of $ 500.00. He was processed and released after posting bail.

Harold Gillingham, age 77, from 23 Lloyd Road in Aberdeen, NJ, arrested on January 17, 2014 by Patrolman Scott Davis and charged with shoplifting from the Sears Department Store. He was processed and released on a summons.

Jessica Klausner, age 25, from Cruise Place, in Middletown, NJ, was arrested on January 17, 2014 by Patrolman Ian May, for Driving While Intoxicated after being involved in a motor vehicle crash on Cherry Tree Farm Rd.  Sgt. Douglas Wiatrak, a Drug Recognition Expert (DRE) assigned to the Traffic Safety Bureau, assisted in the investigation.

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Red-Hot-Chili-Peppers-join-Bruno-Mars-at-Super-Bowl-XLVIII-650x406PieHole wants to hear what kind of Super Bowl menu our readers can put together featuring surf, turf and a side of chili peppers.


morsels mediumFor some of us East Coast football fans, the most exciting bit of this weekend’s Super Bowl matchup between Seattle and Denver will be the halftime pairing of Bruno Mars with the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

But with Washington’s famed salmon and oysters and Colorado’s beef and lamb, a Super Bowl menu pairing of surf and turf could make for yet another interesting matchup.

Moreover, you’ve got Washington State’s great wines to go up against Colorado’s long beer brewing history.

Combine the offerings from these two states with New Jersey’s hosting of the game – which, of course, gives you license to put pork roll on whatever you make – and you’ve got the makings for a historic Super Bowl menu here.

What about you PieHole readers: What will you be serving up for this Sunday’s game?





lombardiVince Lombardi’s headstone at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Middletown, as seen in 2011. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

With the Super Bowl scheduled to be played in New Jersey for the first time ever this weekend, the superintendent of the Middletown cemetery where Vince Lombardi is buried wants the game trophy that’s named for the legendary football coach to pay a graveside visit.

“Bring the trophy here” to Mount Olivet Cemetery, Ed Cardoza told the New York Daily News. “It’s so close now. As far as I know, it’s never been here to his grave. On the hundredth anniversary of his birth last June, there was supposed to be a big memorial that sort of fizzled out. This would be perfect.”

Cardoza plans to be in Manhattan to plead his case Wednesday when the Vince Lombardi Trophy arrives at NFL headquarters by FedEx, the News reports.

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rb icicle 012814A sign of the times at the Galleria at Red Bank on Bridge Avenue Tuesday morning, above. Winter’s fierce grip continued Wednesday as residents of the Green woke to a dusting of snow and a forecast of more biting cold through the day, with temperatures around 12 degrees at dawn promising to get only to about 24 over the course of the day – and wind-chill temperatures remaining in the low teens. Daytime peaks are expected to climb to 47 by Sunday, however, the National Weather Service says. (Click to enlarge)


Senior Thomas Ferrick of Middletown has been named to the Provost’s List at Hofstra University, an achievement for which the Exercise Science major met the eligibility requirement of a 4.0 grade point average.

CLASS-ACT_MIDDLETOWN1-209x220The West Hempstead, NY campus also named sophomore Laura Bellini to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester. The Political Science major became one of more than 2,000 high-achieving students to meet the 3.4 GPA requirement.

Other township natives to make Dean’s List at their respective schools include Jonathan Harmon, a Social Work major at Castleton College in Castleton, VT. Junior Colleen O’ Leary (Providence College in Providence, RI) and fourth-year Biology major Francis Matuszak (St. Bonaventure University in St. Bonaventure, NY) were also honored for their academic achievement.

At James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, no less than five Middletowners made Dean’s List for fall 2013 — Meghan Calabro (sophomore majoring in Health Sciences), Gina Franciosi (sophomore majoring in Comm Sciences and Disorders), Kassie Gesuelli (freshman majoring in Marketing), Alexandra Heidt (sophomore majoring in Health Sciences), and Jaclyn Lino (senior majoring in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies).


Junior Kelly Marie Stevens of Red Bank was named to the President’s List at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA for the fall 2013 semester — an academic achievement for which the major in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies met the eligibility criteria of at least 12 graded credit hours, and a GPA of 3.9 or above.

James Madison University also named two other Red Bank students to the Dean’s List for the fall semester, including Allyson Amato, a senior majoring in Communication Studies, and Kelsey McMahon, a sophomore majoring in Modern Foreign Languages.

Other borough natives who made the fall semester Dean’s List at their respective schools include freshman Jenna Wyatt, who was among the more than 2,000 high-achieving students named to the Dean’s List for Fall 2013 by Hofstra University. The Red Bank resident, a Psychology major at the Hempstead, NY campus, met the requirement of at least a 3.4 grade point average to qualify.

At Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA, undergraduate student Lauren Marron met the eligibility criteria of at least 12 credits, and a minimum grade point average of 3.6. Junior Carolyn Oddo made the list as a Music major at Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, meeting the requirement of a 3.6 GPA or higher.

Two Red Bank students were also named to the Dean’s List at Alvernia University in Reading, PA — Amanda Galanti (senior with a major in Sport Management), and Kelsey Simonson (sophomore with a major in Occupational Therapy).


Margaretmary Falcetano of Rumson graduated recently from Flagler College, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree during a December commencement ceremony at the college campus in St. Augustine, FL. Fellow borough resident and Social Science major Kelsey Robbins was also the recipient of a BA degree, from Castleton College in Castleton, VT.

CLASS-ACT_RUMSON-209x220In other Class Act news involving students from Rumson and Fair Haven, Thomas Belluscio made the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. The Rumson resident achieved the academic requirement of a 3.0 or higher grade point average.

At James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, sophomore Casey Bartel of Rumson made Dean’s List for the semester, with the Health Sciences major joining Fair Haven students Hayley Fox (sophomore majoring in Communication Studies) and Kelsey Kazmac (senior majoring in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies) in the achievement.


Edward Sutphin III of Little Silver graduated recently from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Industrial Design.

In other Class Act news involving Little Silver residents, senior and History major Christian Dilger made the Dean’s List at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, SC, meeting the academic requirement of a 3.5 grade point average. Graphic Design major Alexandra Sidun made the Dean’s List for fall 2013 at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

At Providence College, three borough natives made Dean’s List — Charles Best, Marie Flego, and Colin Scott. All are members of the Class of 2014 at the school in Providence, RI, the only place of higher learning in the United States administered by the Dominican Friars.


catelli 012814The Catelli Brothers slaughterhouse on Broad Street.


HOT-TOPIC_01The shutdown of the Catelli Brothers veal slaughterhouse over allegations of animal abuse “shocked” Shrewsbury officials, Mayor Donald Burden said Tuesday.

The suspension of operations ordered Friday by the United States Department of Agriculture followed a complaint and undercover video purporting to show “egregious inhumane handling of calves in violation of federal law,” according to the Humane Society of the US, which prompted the action.

“It’s operated there for years, and we’ve never had any complaints from neighbors or to the police department,” Burden told redbankgreen.

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Y MLKAt left, Pilgrim Baptist Pastor Terrence K. Porter (center) accepts a proclamation from Red Bank Council members Kathleen Horgan and Edward Zipprich. At right, Middletown HS South senior Aisha Boori (center) displays the Humanitarian Award presented to her during the annual YMCA Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast. Flanking her are essay contest winners Xavier Norman and Sahar Akbarzai.

A Middletown Township teen was the recipient of an annual Humanitarian Award from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, at a January 20 event that also saw a proclamation honoring the pastor of Red Bank’s Pilgrim Baptist Curch.

During the 25th annual YMCA Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast, Aisha Boori was presented with the award given each year to a Monmouth County student who “exemplifies the definition of a humanitarian and conveys the character values of the Y: caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.”

The Middletown High School South senior was recognized for her co-founding of a non-profit organization, Dreamers Without Borders, dedicated to collecting food supplies for Afghan refugees who are housed at an immigration center, as well as Tibetan refugees from a village school in India.The award was presented by First Assistant Prosecutor Marc C. LeMieux.

Pilgrim Baptist Pastor Terrence K. Porter delivered the keynote address to a crowd of approximately 300 people gathered at Branches Catering in West Long Branch.The pastor also received a proclamation from Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna and council, for his dedicated service to the Red Bank community.

Each year, teens enrolled in Monmouth County YMCA programs are invited to submit essays reflecting on Dr. King’s words, on how they can follow in his footsteps to improve the welfare of others and serve their community.This year’s essay winners were Xavier Norman, a freshman at Monmouth Regional High School, and Sahar Akbarzai, a senior at Old Bridge Regional High School. The essay winners were each rewarded with a $500 scholarship.

The annual breakfast was hosted by The Community YMCA and the YMCA of Western Monmouth County, and sponsored by Meridian Health and Sunrise Optimist Club.In addition to presenting the awards, the Ys collected non-perishable food items to support Lunch Break of Red Bank.


Warning: graphic video, which the Humane Society cites as evidence of cruelty at the Broad Street abattoir.


The Catelli Brothers veal slaughterhouse in Shrewsbury has been shut down by federal regulators pending an investigation into allegations of animal abuse, the Humane Society of the United States said Monday.

The shutdown, effective Friday, followed a complaint, accompanied by undercover video, submitted by the society to the United States Department of Agriculture alleging “egregious inhumane handling of calves in violation of federal law,” the society said in a press release.

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