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PIEHOLE: BAGELS, BURGERS AND PERUVIAN

atlantic bagel 022514Why is a bagel sandwich so cheap here? Because they make bagels. They want you to eat bagels. (Photo by John T Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? THIS, IN RUMSON

atlantic bagel 022514 2The Metropolitan, with a side of red potato salad, at Atlantic Bagel in Rumson. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

morsels mediumHonestly, this kind of blew us away.

It’s called the Metropolitan, and it’s hefty sandwich of maple honey ham, provolone, lettuce, tomato and roasted peppers with your choice of dressing – we had the Russian – on a bagel.

Tasted great. All the ingredients obviously fresh. But what knocked us out was the price: $5.20. And it comes with a huge side of potato salad.

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TONY, TINA, BOBBY, SANTTU-MATIAS & MORE

ChampianTuzzoAbove: Champian Fulton, Bob Tuzzo and Tony Corrao take the bandstand when the Red Bank Jazz Orchestra presents “An Enchanted Evening of Song” at Two River Theater. Below, twentysomething European conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali makes his NJ Symphony debut at the Basie. 

Friday, February 28:

SantuRED BANK: While it admittedly ain’t Shakespeare, the interactive “environmental” phenomenon known as Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding can be said to be one of the most influential theatrical offerings in a generation — even indirectly spawning a stroll-through spin on Macbeth at a seedy Manhattan hotel.

Beginning tonight, and continuing for four more performances this weekend, lovebirds Tony Nunzio and Tina Vitale repeatedly renew their vows in a production presented by the Count Basie Theatre — hosted NOT at the venerable Monmouth Street venue, but practically next door, at the nearby Buona Sera Ristorante. It’s there that guests can “eat, drink, dance, converse and get caught up in the festivities” as they stand in for Tony n’ Tina’s various extended family members and frenemies. The comedy and the comedic “drama” unfold with seatings at 7:30 pm Friday, 2 and 7:30 pm Saturday, and 12 and 6 pm. Sunday. Tickets ($100) include the ceremony, reception, baked ziti dinner, champagne toast, wedding cake, music and dancing. A $150 VIP option includes a “classic Italian meal and seat up close to the action.” Check here for reservations, close to selling out as we post this — and toss that bouquet for some more great catches and matches, as we Mach it into March.

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SHREWSBURY POLICE ACTIVITY

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of February 22 to February 27, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY1-2014Arrests

Mark A. Fontan, male age 46 of Eatontown was arrested on 2/22/14  for Contempt of Court in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue by Ptl. Matthew Clark.

Anthony Zitzman Jr, male age 39 of Keansburg was arrested on 2/23/14 for Contempt of Court in the area of Broad Street by Ptl. Tracy Polk.

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RED BANK CRIME AND ARREST REPORTS

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of February 20 to February 27, 2014. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:
Theft occurring on 2-21-14 at Shrewsbury Ave. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) stole her purse from inside of parked vehicle. Purse contained cash, credit card, cell phone, etc. Ptl. Gary Watson.

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RCDS HEADMASTER SALUTED AT GATOR BALL

RCDSaFrom left: RCDS Board President Shawn Reynolds, Christine Reynolds, Headmaster Chad Small, RCDS Board Vice President Danielle Devine Greene ’79 and Gregory Greene.

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

Family and friends of The Rumson Country Day School community came out to celebrate Headmaster Chad B. Small’s last year at the school, during the RCDS Gator Ball on Saturday, February 8.

Gator Ball is the Parent Council’s signature fundraising event of the year, and benefits a wide variety of educational programs for RCDS students. The black-tie event, which was held at the school’s completely transformed Blake Gymnasium, included entertainment by the popular Monmouth County band Brian Kirk & The Jirks, as well as silent auctions and a live auction led by Nick Dawes from the PBS television series Antiques Roadshow. Among the items auctioned was a final chance to serve as RCDS “Headmaster for a Day” with Headmaster Small, before the school year ends.

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TOWER PLAYERS PRESENT ‘EVITA’ IN MARCH

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Eva Perón — the former actress and second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón, who made a meteoric rise from the slums to the Presidential Mansion in the years following the Second World War — once famously said “My biggest fear of all is to be forgotten.”

The late First Lady of Argentina left behind an enduring legacy in those few short years between 1946 and her death in 1952 at the age of 33. Driven by ambition and blessed with intelligence and charisma; she was adored by her people and called a “saint” for her work as a champion of the poor. A the same time, she was also distrusted by her country’s military officers, and reviled by the aristocracy.

The woman called “Evita” became a fighter for women’s rights, and one of the most powerful women in the world — but her own greed, unbridled ambition, and fragile health made her one of history’s most tragic figures. More than thirty years after her death, the Tony award-winning musical Evita introduced a new generation to one of the most endlessly fascinating characters of the 20th century — courtesy of a sweeping, epic score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice that gave the world “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.”

As complex and as full of surprises as Eva Perón herself, Evita comes to the stage of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School in March, as the spring musical production of the RFH Tower Players on March 21, 22, and 23.

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SEA BRIGHT: DONOVAN’S TO REBUILD

donovan's 2 110312Donovan’s Reef as seen five days after Hurricane Sandy, above, and in better days, below. (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Donovan's 10-07 2Smashed to splinters by Hurricane Sandy, Sea Bright’s venerated beachfront bar, Donovan’s Reef, will make it’s return this summer, an  owner tells redbankgreen.

The comeback, approved earlier this week by the borough planning board in a unanimous 8-0 vote, could begin with an the opening of tiki bar as soon as May 15, said Bob Phillips, who co-owns the business with two partners.

“Their mentality is, ‘We need you more than you need us,'” Phillips said of the board’s members.

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RED BANK: BURNHAM REOPENS WATER VALVE

horgan burnham 022614Councilwoman Cindy Burnham, right, listens as Councilwoman Kathy Horgan reads an Environmental Commission resolution that denounced any move to privatize Red Bank’s water utility. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

New Red Bank Councilwoman Cindy Burnham‘s recent suggestion that the town sell its water utility got a thorough hosing Wednesday night.

Two weeks after discussion of $2.2 million capital improvement bond prompted Burnham to call for privatization of the water system, Burnham sat stone silent through a critique of the idea Wednesday night – and then voted in favor of the bond.

By Thursday morning, though, the council’s lone Republican was talking again, calling opposition to her suggestion an “attack” by the Democratic majority.

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RED BANK BULKS UP ON BURGERS

30burgerRed Bank adds another burger business to its roster of patty purveyors. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumThe former Muscle Maker Grill in Red Bank is now 30 Burgers.

The West Front Street burger restaurant is an extension of the 25 Burgers chain, which has seven other locations around New Jersey. Most of its stores have 25 varieties, but like a Spinal Tap amp that goes one higher, the Red Bank store boasts five additional varieties.

It joins a suddenly burgeoning burger market downtown including JR’s across the street and Broadway Fresh Burgers and Fries on Broad Street. 

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RED BANK: DUPONT TO MAN TOLLBOOTH

dupont“I’ll take your offer. You tell me the time and place,” DuPont told a rep for the tolltakers’ union, which is fighting a move to privatize collections. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Red Bank commuters may encounter a familiar face as they slow to pay a toll on the New Jersey Turnpike one day soon.

Borough Councilman Mike DuPont could be in the tollbooth, making change.

The Asbury Park Press reports that DuPont, a lawyer who wears a third hat as a New Jersey Turnpike Authority commissioner, has accepted a challenge by the tolltaker’s union to walk – or stand still – a mile in their shoes.

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RBR’s REARDON SIGNS WITH WAKE FOREST

MeganReardonRBR’s javelin thrower, Megan Reardon recently signed to play for Wake Forrest’s Division I track and field team.  She is pictured with her family and coaches.  Pictured left to right are: (standing) RBR coach Brad Olsen, Megan’s brother Matthew Reardon, RBR Principal Risa Clay, RBR Coach Jeff Mauro; (seated): Megan’s mother Cathy Reardon, Megan Reardon and dad Chris Reardon.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Megan Reardon of Little Silver, a Red Bank Regional High School track and field javelin thrower, will soon be realizing a dream come true: to play on the Division I track and field team at Wake Forest University in North Carolina.

As a sophomore in 2012, Megan clinched the Shore Conference Championship in Javelin with a 125.5” throw. She went on to set a new school record for Javelin at 127.9” in her Junior year. She placed second in the Monmouth County and sectional meets in 2013, and qualified to compete in the Penn Relays and Meet of Champions. She has received varsity letters all her years of competition.

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LITTLE SILVER: THREE DWI ARRESTS REPORTED

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Little Silver Police Department for the month of January, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_LS2-2014January 1– Markies Wells, 28, of Red Bank, NJ, was arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Seven Bridges Rd. for an active Contempt of Court warrant out of the Ocean Township Municipal Court. P.O. Eric Van Schaack made the arrest.

January 6– A business owner from Oceanport Ave. reported Bad Checks after receiving a check from a customer that had insufficient funds. Sgt. Martin Scherzinger investigated.

January 8– A resident from North Lovett Ave. reported Fraud/Theft by Deception after receiving a phone call from a bogus business and made on-line payments to this company. P.O. Joseph Glynn, Jr. and Det. Greg Oliva investigated.

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SEA BRIGHT RISING TO HELP REBUILD HOMES

sb elevations 4 060513Sea Bright homes being elevated last June. Officials estimate 80 percent of the town’s homes are still vacant. Below, Chris Wood, flanked by Pete Forlenza and Zack Rosenburg, addresses a gathering in Rumson Tuesday night. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

sb rising 022514Sixteen months after the churning Atlantic Ocean and the Shrewsbury River met on Sea Bright’s streets in the fury of a hurricane, the borough is still something of a ghost town, said Chris Wood.

Yes, the business district has seen a welcome comeback. “But 80 percent of the homes on the side streets of Sea Bright are still vacant,” said Wood, a co-founder of Sea Bright Rising, a nonprofit that has raised and distributed close to $1.3 million in donated funds to some 300 families and 17 businesses in town since Hurricane Sandy hit.

Now, though, Sea Bright Rising is partnering with another nonprofit born in the aftermath of a hurricane, with the goal of rebuilding as many as 100 homes in Sea Bright, Rumson and Highlands – at no charge to those homeowners.

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RED BANK: COUNCIL DIGS INTO SNOW LAW

rb snow 020314 3An unidentified man shovels snow on English Plaza in Red Bank earlier this month. (Click to enlarge)

Repeatedly frustrated by an inability to clear snow-clogged streets, Red Bank officials are expected Wednesday night to mull an outright ban on overnight parking when it snows.

Also on the agenda for the borough council’s bimonthly meeting: a measure requiring shovelers to clear a path at least 42 inches wide, and banning them from throwing or plowing the snow out into the street.

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A ‘PURIMPALOOZA’ AT CBI RUMSON

PurimPress release from Congregation B’nai Israel

It’s been called “the most enjoyable of all Jewish holidays” — and this March, Congregation B’nai Israel in Rumson is inviting all family, friends and neighbors to “put on a costume or mask, grab a noisemaker, and head to CBI to join in the Purim fun. ”

A festival recorded in the biblical book of Esther, Purim commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people living in the ancient Persian Empire from a plot by Haman, an evil ruler, to destroy them.

On Saturday evening, March 15 at 7:30 pm, Rabbi Jeff Sultar and Cantor Dov Goldberg will be leading a full Purim Service and Megillah Reading. Rabbi Sultar explained, “everyone is welcome to come to this service…and being Purim, it will feature costumes and silliness but it will not specifically be a family service.”

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A LAND OF PURE IMAGINATION, AT TWO RIVER

Pinkolandia2Gaby (Andrea Morales) encounters an inhabitant of PINKOLANDIA in the play of the same name by Andrea Thome at Two River Theater.  (Photo by T.C. Erickson)

By TOM CHESEK

Just days after striking the set from Mr. Shakespeare’s fanciful Forest of Arden, the folks at Two River Theater Company got busy realizing another setting where occasional magic, romance, poetry and acts of heroism happen — a little place called Pinkolandia.

Don’t bother checking the map. Take it instead to the “black box” Marion Huber Theater inside Two River’s branded Bridge Avenue artspace, where a couple of young sisters named Gaby (Andrea Morales) and Beny (Maria Helan) have escaped with their family from their native Chile in the days of the Pinochet dictatorship to the cold and alien landscape of Reagan-era Wisconsin.

For playwright Andrea Thome — who grew up in Madison, WI with her Chilean mother and Costa Rican father — Pinkolandia represents a public triumph that’s interlaced with personal family history. An actor, author, dancer and sought-after translator, Thome has forged an eclectic resume of activity that sprawls from the West Coast (where she founded the Red Rocket Theater Company in San Francisco) to the East (where she serves as co-director of the “New York-based satire collective” known as Fulana). The Drama Desk at redbankgreen was pleased to speak with her during a “delightful, peaceful” week of rehearsals in Red Bank. Read on…

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FIRST BAPTIST OFFERS TEENS AN EDGE

Press release from First Baptist Church of Red Bank

How to get an EDGE? That is what teens in grades 6 to 12 ask every day. Beneath their camouflage of cool confidence is a hunt for an Edge in their classes, activities, sports, friendships, and even their social networks.

The good news is that they can start getting an amazing EDGE by joining other area students in a Youth Hang Out Room at First Baptist Church of Red Bank. The EDGE is a new group that meets on Thursday nights from 7 to 8:30 pm — and for teens who are wanting to find more in their lives, it’s an encouraging place to start.

Each week at 84 Maple Avenue, Junior and Senior High students can hit upon new answers to today’s problems. In that hour and a half, Youth Director Cody Haggard creates a safe place where all make trustworthy friends that get together for lots of games, discussion, and fun.

For information call (732)747-0671 or email Cody.haggard@fbcredbank.com . Even more EDGE information is available right here.

FAIR HAVEN: LAMP POSTS SAFE FOR NOW

fh pole 022514A street lamp lies on the sidewalk in front of Fair Haven Borough Hall Tuesday, several weeks after police said it was downed by a Monmouth County snow plow, and just yards east of another pole that also appears to have been clipped by a plow but didn’t fall.

The River Road lamps should be safe Wednesday, as the forecast is for under an inch of snow – probably not enough to plow. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: PERUVIAN EATERY NEARS OPENING

runa (1)A Runa employee tells PieHole the Peruvian restaurant on Monmouth Street is a few weeks from opening. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumSeveral PieHole readers have asked what’s up with the much-anticipated Peruvian place on Monmouth Street in Red Bank.

The space, vacated by Eurasian Eatery in spring of 2012, began its transformation in the summer of 2012 into the town’s first Peruvian eatery, but appears to have been “under construction” ever since.

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CLIPPINGS: READY FOR SPRING

CLIPPINGS_220They were ready for winter to end in this Vine shot outside Red Bank borough hall on February 25, 2014. (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: GETTING ORGANIC AT LIBRARY

organicWith snow in the forecast, it’ll still be a while before we’re getting our hands dirty. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumSure, your beds may still have some snow cover. But that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start planning this summer’s garden.

The Red Bank Community Garden is kicking off the the growing season with a presentation by Master Gardener Carolyn Heuser, who will speak on “Vegetable Gardening with an Organic Twist” at Red Bank Public Library.

The event is Wednesday at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

Clarification: This event is next Wednesday, March 5th.  

 

CHURN: POOL CUES, THRIFT & CRAFTS EXIT

lucky break 021214•Tuns out Lucky Break could not survive its lengthy shutdown over BYOB issues, its owner says. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508This edition of Retail Churn reports on the departures from downtown Red Bank of three high-profile businesses:

• Lucky Break Billiards, which was the subject of a bring-your-own-booze enforcement crackdown last year.

• The ARC of Monmouth Thrift Shop, a fixture on Monmouth Street for some three decades.

• Ten Thousand Villages, a Broad Street retailer of fair trade crafts.

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RFH STUDENTS VS. FACULTY ON FEB. 27

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Participants await their turn to take the court during last year’s Students vs. Faculty Volleyball Game in support of “Charley’s Fund” and the fight against Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. This year’s event will be held at RFH on Thursday, February 27.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School students and faculty members are once again dedicating their time and their volleyball skills to a worthy cause.

The always-entertaining Student vs. Faculty Volleyball Tournament will be held in the RFH gym on Thursday, February 27. Student teams will play in elimination rounds beginning at 6 p.m. and faculty members will then take to the court to square off against “surviving” student teams at 7 p.m.

An admission fee of $5 per person will be collected in support of Charley’s Fund, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

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