RED BANK: NOT MUCH LEFT OF BOAT TO PROBE

navesink ice 012614 18“Not much of evidentiary value” remains of the icebound boat that burned on the Navesink off Red Bank early Wednesday, State Police spokeswoman Trooper Irina Spies said Thursday. “It burned to the water line.” Still, an investigation continues, and the agency’s marine unit will look into claims reported by redbankgreen that the Fiddler was the scene of a prior fire after the river froze in late January, she said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: PARKING GARAGE BACK ON AGENDA

white-st-lotThe borough plans to hire a consultant to advise it on how to get a garage built, most likely on the site of the White Street municipal lot, says Mayor Menna. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03The odds that a new parking garage might be built in downtown Red Bank rose Wednesday night.

The borough council is expected to have specifications ready for approval in two weeks for the hiring of a parking consultant, Mayor Pasquale Menna said in limited comments on the topic during the bimonthly council meeting.

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RED BANK: NO TICKETS ISSUED OVERNIGHT

rb snow 021314A Red Bank snow plow navigates around parked cars on Madison Avenue shortly before 9 a.m. Thursday. Police Chief Darren McConnell says no tickets were issued for overnight parking violations because “the snow started so late and was lighter than expected,” but two cars that hadn’t moved since the last storm were towed from Locust Avenue. The continuing storm has borough officials warning of summonses and possible towing for vehicles left out on streets Thursday night into Friday morning. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RBR HOSTS ADULT FORUM ON HEROIN EPIDEMIC

TimeToActMonmouth County professionals and citizens involved with the February 20 forum “Time to Talk…Time to Act” include (left to right): Jennifer McCarron, RFH intern; Suzanne Fico, RFH Student Assistance Coordinator (SAC); Jacqueline O’Hara, Nurse Practitioner Intern; Lori Todd, RBR SAC; Kathleen Booth, Red Bank Catholic SAC;  Ben Day, RFH Community Alliance; Enza Massa, RFH Social Worker; Virginia Carreira, Nurse Practitioner, Long Branch High School; Donna DeStefano, RFH Community Alliance; Nikki Barreca, Shrewsbury Community Alliance.

Over the past six months, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office has been sounding the alarm on the insidious heroin epidemic that is addicting and killing our young people, regardless of the community in which they live. As a follow-up to that awareness campaign, area school districts and drug alliance organizations are sponsoring an adult forum “Time to Talk…Time to Act” at Red Bank Regional High School on Thursday, February 20. The 6:30 pm program will take place inside the RBR auditorium .

All parents and adults are encouraged to attend the two-hour presentation, during which information on heroin addiction will be presented by medical professionals. Additionally, the personal stories of young people in recovery and the parents of people whose lives have been impacted by this highly addictive and deadly drug will be featured.  A panel of professionals will then inform the public on the resources and treatment options available to help prevent addiction, identify it and promote recovery. A Q&A session will follow the presentations.

This event is jointly sponsored by the School Districts of Fair Haven, Little Silver, Red Bank, Red Bank Catholic, Red Bank Regional, Rumson, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional, and Shrewsbury, as well as the Rumson-Fair Haven Community Alliance and the Shrewsbury Community Alliance.

BASIE OFFERS ARTS IMPACT SCHOLARSHIP

Press release from Count Basie Theatre

The Count Basie Theatre has announced the establishment of the Moser Taboada Arts Impact Scholarship, generously established and funded by the Moser Taboada Law Firm of Shrewsbury.

The $2500 scholarship is open to all Monmouth County high school seniors whose lives, academic and career choices have been impacted by the arts. The nomination deadline is March 1, and scholarships will be announced and awarded on May 21 at the theatre’s annual Basie Awards ceremony. The Basie Awards honor excellence in Monmouth County high school dramatic and musical theatre.

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RED BANK: WAS THE FIDDLER TORCHED?

fiddler 012614 2The Fiddler last month, above, and during Wednesday’s fire, below, as seen from Maple Cove. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb boat fire 021214 3Did one or more vandals walk several hundred yards out onto the frozen Navesink River in the dead of night – in bitter cold – to torch an icebound boat early Wednesday? Or did the fire start without human assistance?

In the aftermath the predawn blaze that destroyed a vessel dubbed the Fiddler off Red Bank, some redbankgreen readers don’t find the arson scenario such a stretch – because there was another fire on the vessel in the past two weeks, they claim.

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SHREWSBURY: TWO BUSTED FOR DWI

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of January 31 to February 7, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY1-2014Report of Theft in the area of Panera Bread, Broad Street on 2/2/14. Victim reports property taken by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $500.00. Ptl. Ralph Latham investigating.

Report of Credit Card Fraud in the area of White Street on 2/7/14. Victim reports credit card used by unknown subject(s) without knowledge or consent. Ptl. Derek Myers investigating.

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RED BANK: BOAT FIRE VIDEO

The fire that destroyed the Fiddler, at anchor and enclosed in ice on the Navesink River, early Wednesday morning, as seen from Riverside Gardens Park, the Cooper Bridge and Marine Park in Red Bank. As of 9 a.m. the vessel was still smoldering. (Cheesy video by John T. Ward. )

RFH ATHLETES SIGN UP FOR SPORTS

RFHsigningCollege sports-bound RFH seniors Schuyler DeBree and Bridget Miles, left to right in front row, and Eamon Kitson, Donald Bedell, Peter Righi, and Jason Bryan left to right in back row.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Six student-athletes marked a milestone by signing National Letters of Intent at a ceremony on February 5, in the Lower Library of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

The National Letter of Intent serves as a binding agreement between student-athletes and their collegiate sports programs. The letter, signed on what is known as National Signing Day, marks the last step in the recruitment and commitment process.

Donald Bedell, who appears at number 23 in The Star Ledger list of “New Jersey’s Top 50 Senior Recruits”, will be a defensive end for the Rutgers University football team.

Bedell, who stands 6’4″ and weighs 230 pounds, made a verbal commitment to the Scarlet Knights in June 2013.

His RFH teammate Peter Righi, a 6’3″ 285-pound offensive lineman, signed his National Letter of Intent to play for Monmouth University in West Long Branch.

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NEW CLUB COOKING UP FUN AT RFH

RFHcooking5Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

On a recent evening, the aroma of vegetarian dishes filled the kitchen of St. George’s By the River Episcopal Church in Rumson. The clattering of pots and pans and the friendly banter of the students was interrupted by directions of “Mackenzie, check on your rice!,” and “Leela, lower the flame!”

When Leela Srinivasan, Jacquelyn (Jackie) Bruckmann, and Meredith Apicella cooked up the idea last year to begin a new club at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, they dedicated themselves wholeheartedly to publicizing the venture and drumming up interest.

As a result of their hard work, 17 RFH students now participate actively in the creation of delicious meals and the exploration of exciting cuisines.

RFH Head Librarian Linda Wien Murray is the Advisor to the Cooking Club, now in its first year at RFH. Murray, who earned a degree in pastry at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in New York City, also supervised a program of cooking classes for Brookdale Community College from 1998 – 2003.

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RED BANK: LOBSTER BOAT BURNS ON ICE

rb boat fire 021214 1The Fidder seen from the Cooper Bridge as it burned early Wednesday morning. Below, the icebound vessel on January 26. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

navesink ice 012614 2The Fiddler, a mysteriously anchored boat that drew curious skaters, iceboaters and walkers out onto the frozen Navesink River in recent weeks, seemed to defy nature.

How long, people wondered, could it avoid getting crushed in the grip of ice between Red Bank and Middletown?

Well, if the so-called ‘lobster boat’ was doomed, few might have foreseen that it would meet its demise this way.

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RED BANK: SEEKING EQUALITY, THEN AND NOW

rb equality 021014 2On the panel were longtime housing advocate Flo Apy, at left above; former borough Councilwoman Sharon Lee; and Monmouth University history professor Walter Greason. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

rb equality 021014 1Dozens of listeners turned out at the Bates Lodge in Red Bank Monday night for a panel discussion on the continuing struggle for racial equality in America.

With its mixed neighborhoods and ownership of businesses by African-Americans, “Red Bank in the 1950s was a hallmark of what was possible in terms of integration,” said Monmouth University history professor Walter Greason, one of three panelists.

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PESTICIDES MISUSED IN HOUSING UNITS

rbha 021114The Red Bank Housing Authority office at Evergreen Terrace. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection slapped a Neptune pest control business with more than $500,000 in fines and costs last week over its use of dangerous chemicals in homes and restaurants, including public housing apartments in Red Bank.

Zapp Termite and Pest Control was fined $495,000 and had its pesticide applicator licensed yanked for what the DEP said was repeated misuse of chemicals near food; for applying pesticides intended for outdoor use only indoors; and for failing to alert tenants of the presence of the pesticides.

“While we have not received any reports that anyone was directly harmed, the manner in which Zapp misapplied these pesticides had the potential to expose people to harmful levels of these products,” John Giordano, the DEP’s Assistant Commissioner for Compliance and Enforcement, said in a prepared statement dated last Friday. “To make matters worse, the firm repeatedly failed to provide consumers with required safety information that is designed to ensure their safety when these products are used.”

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RED BANK COPS ARREST TWO FOR DWI

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of January 30 to February 06, 2014. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:
Theft reported on 2-2-14 at Shrewsbury Ave. Landlord stated that tenant who moved out of residence stole a couch. Ptl. Jhonatan Quispe.

Burglary occurring o n 2-2-14 at Spring St. Victim reported that unknown person(s) entered parked vehicle and scattered contents inside and outside of vehicle. Nothing reported stolen. Ptl. Stan Balmer.

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RBR SERVES UP HOPE AT SOUL KITCHEN

soul_kitchenmainThe RBR Culinary Club debuts as Guest Chefs for a special fundraiser dinner to support the JBJ Soul Community Kitchen today, February 12.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

This evening, February 12, chef and Red Bank Regional High School culinary teacher Pete Roskowinski and his culinary art students will be making their debut as guest chefs for the JBJ Soul Kitchen, 207 Monmouth Street in Red Bank.

In this special fundraising effort to benefit the Soul Kitchen and its mission, patrons pay $25 for a five-course “Hope is Delicious” gastronomic event. There are two seatings, at 6 and 7:30 pm, and reservations can be obtained by emailing Chef Roskowinski at proskowinski@rbrhs.org.

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‘ZERO LEAKS’ AS ICE DAMAGES FUEL STATION

Bahr's gas 020914 3Contractors remove damaged gasoline dispensers at Bahr’s Landing on Sunday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

No gasoline or diesel fuel leaked into the Shrewsbury River and surrounding waterways when “a real nasty sheet of ice” damaged a boat-fueling dock at Bahr’s Landing Marina in Highlands last month, a representative of the owner tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: WANNA BUY A FIREHOUSE?

liberty hose 120513 1The former firehouse, on White Street was home to the Liberty Hose Company for 103 years. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_01Here’s a once-in-a-century real estate opportunity: a Red Bank firehouse is going up on the auction block.

The former home of the Liberty Hose Company, vacated late last year over needed upgrades that the borough says it cannot afford, is to be auctioned off on March 18.

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FORMER RED BANK MAYOR GUILTY OF DWI

mckenna 110513Former Mayor Ed McKenna, center, with Jesse Garrison, left, and Mayor Pasquale Menna on election night last November. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Former Red Bank Mayor Ed McKenna was convicted of drunken driving in Tinton Falls last week over an incident in which his car was alleged to have ended up facing oncoming traffic on the Garden State Parkway last year, according to a report in the Two River Times.

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RED BANK: SNOW STEPS BACK INTO PICTURE?

rb snow 021014After a dusting of about an inch overnight, the greater Green woke Monday to a snow-free forecast… at least until Wednesday. The Weather Channel puts the chance of snow that night at 30 percent. The strange footprint above was seen outside the Santander (formerly Sovereign) Bank branch on Broad Street in Red Bank Monday morning. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: MAPLE COVE TO RETAIN SAFEGUARD

rbpl-maple-coveMaple Cove and the public library as seen in 2011. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Red Bank officials are abandoning a controversial plan to remove Maple Cove from the town’s inventory of preserved lands, the Asbury Park Press reports.

Instead, the borough council will ask the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to delist only a parking lot adjacent to the nearby public library, the Press reports.

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RBR STUDENTS RING IN YEAR OF THE HORSE

P1210179Red Bank Regional High School Principal Risa Clay tentatively pets the Lion who danced for the RBR students in celebration of the Chinese New Year. The Lion dance was performed by Jersey Shore Chinese School students Steven Yuan and Anthony Lu.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

On January 31, the Day of the Chinese New Year, Red Bank Regional High School was festooned with signature red paper decorations welcoming the multi-talented Jersey Shore Chinese School students to celebrate and educate RBR students on Chinese custom and lore.

The celebration of The Year of the Horse was part of a policy at RBR, where Chinese has been offered as a course for the past six years, to “immerse our students in the culture of the languages they study,” in the words of RBR World Language Supervisor Rob Donohoe.

The program was organized by the RBR World Language Chinese teacher Chinyun Wu, who is also a long-standing teacher at the Jersey Shore Chinese School. During the event, which was aptly emceed by RBR Chinese language students Kobe Miller and Kevin Zheng, an amazingly agile giant paper lion danced upon the auditorium stage with footwork mimicking a prancing beast.

Kevin, who was born in China and took the RBR Chinese class to learn Mandarin, since he speaks the dialect of his small village.  Kevin and his fellow students were incredibly impressed with the Chinese school’s performance and states, “They got the audience really involved and I think it will encourage more students to take Chinese next year.”

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WEEKEND: 60 MORE HOURS OF WINTER FUN

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Above: A cast of local high school students brings A LITTLE SHAKESPEARE: AS YOU LIKE IT to young theatergoers at Two River…while below, Ms. Lauryn Hill appears to have cancelled her (already previously rescheduled) Homecoming appearance at the Count Basie. (cast photo by Ozzie Rodriguez)

laurynFriday, February 7:

RED BANK: If we’ve learned anything from Shakespeare’s As You Like It, it’s that springtime comes in turn to even the bleakest of wintry landscapes. So, with that warming thought in mind — well, that and the caveat that all events described herein are subject to change due to “no enemy but winter and rough weather” — we sally forth once more, where no groundhog dare tread.

While Two River Theater Company carries on with its vibrant and tuneful mainstage production of the Bard’s cross-dressing comedy, a talented troupe of high school performers have put together an intriguing bonus feature inside TRTC’s “black box” Marion Huber space. Adapted and directed by Jason McDowell-Green, A Little Shakespeare: As You Like It is a 75-minute version of the play, aimed at audiences age 9 and up, and designed “to fulfill the not-so-secret grand ambition of Artistic Director John Dias: to have some Shakespeare resonating in every corner of our theater, and to get everyone in our community turned on to the thrill of his exquisite language.” Red Bank Regional students Alicia Moeller and Patrick Monaghan are the lovestruck leads Rosalind and Orlando — and they’re joined in the cast by fellow RBR actors Halle Butler, Raquel Diaz and Alyssa Rogers, plus Michaela Farrell of Red Bank Catholic, and student players from several other Monmouth County high schools. Public performances, for which the actors will also be performing a score of original music by Shanna Jones, are Friday at 7 pm, and Saturday at 12 and 4 pm. Take it here for tickets ($15) and bios of the cast members — or here for tickets to the grownup version of the show that continues this weekend through February 16. 

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? THIS, IN RED BANK

rb diner 013014Grilled chicken wrap with curly fries, at the Red Bank Diner. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

morsels mediumThe seasoning on the grilled chicken in the grilled chicken wrap sandwich at the Red Bank Diner? It’s a secret.

And the dressing? Also a secret, teases owner Loui Kanellos, before allowing that it’s just a simple house concoction.

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