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RED BANK: IT’S ON DOWN BY THE RIVER

rivfest 1 053114It’s a gorgeous day down at Marine Park in Red Bank, where the first full day of Riverfest is shifting into gear. Put on your sauntering footwear and come on down…(Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: HOLOCAUST SAGA COMES TO LIGHT

470221734_640Sunday’s screening of director Jeffrey X. Bonna’s documentary feature ORO MACHT FREI is officially sold out at Two River Theater, but the CHHANGE organization at Brookdale Community College will be announcing an additional date and venue.   

The title translates to “Gold Will Set You Free” — the motto that the Nazis employed during the Roman occupation in the Second World War, when SS commander Kappler insisted that the Jewish families of Rome turn over 50 kilos of gold to the occupiers, or risk the deportation of all heads of household to Germany. A documentary feature by American director (and veteran Ken Burns assistant) Jeffrey X. Bonna, Oro Macht Frei tells the story of the Roman Jews— from the Racial Laws of the Mussolini regime, through the arrival of the Nazis and eventual liberation by Allied forces. Weaving together historical research with the testimony of those who were there, the film also brings up the Vatican’s controversial policy of silence during that pivotal time. It’s being presented this Sunday evening in a special screening with reception at Two River Theater — and while that 6:30 pm event (presented by the Center for Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide Education at Brookdale Community College) is officially sold out, an announcement of a possible second screening is in the works.

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RED BANK: KALE, SEITAN… AND PORK ROLL?

johhny's pork roll truckThe Johnny Pork Roll truck is a new addition at the Red Bank Farmer’s Market in the Galleria parking lot. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumAfter a long winter, Mother Nature is taking her sweet time this spring, making us wait for the vast array of produce we’re accustom to seeing on Sundays at the Red Bank Farmer’s Market.

We will wait an extra week or two for the bounty of beans and other spring crops to make it to the Galleria parking lot. In the meantime, though, a new food truck – Johnny Pork Roll – means that PieHole followers can nosh on nature’s most perfect food: the pork roll, egg and cheese sandwich.

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SEA BRIGHT: PUTTING A BUILDING BACK IN BIZ

christina galinos 052014Christina Galinas outside the Ocean Avenue building she brought back to life. Below, Katy Fraggos, who’s opening a dance-based workout studio on the third floor. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

katy fraggos 052014 2There’s been no shortage of notable comebacks from Hurricane Sandy in Sea Bright, starting with the front-end loaders that tackled six feet of sand on Ocean Avenue a day after the storm.

The recovery marked a milestone six weeks later with the lightning-fast reopening of Bain’s Hardware, which like every other store and restaurant in this oceanfront town was knocked offline by Sandy. And since then, more than a dozen businesses, some of them new, have added to the downtown’s revival.

Nineteen months later, the saga continues, with the reopening in coming weeks of a three-story building that has lined up two tenants brand new to town: a seafood restaurant and a fitness studio.

BONUS: SEE THE PHOTO TOUR OF A BLOCK IN RECOVERY AT THE END OF THIS ARTICLE

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RED BANK: MUSICAL HEROES AND HANDBELLS

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Violinist James Ehnes keynotes a weekend of classical music in Red Bank, when he appears as Saturday night’s guest soloist with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra at the Count Basie.  

It’s been called the kind of music that “musicians dream to play and audiences thrill to hear” — and this Saturday night at 8 pm, the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra brings its season of concerts at the Count Basie Theatre to a close in spectacular fashion, with a performance of A Hero’s Life by Johann Strauss. With Jacques Lacombe at the podium, it’s paired on a program with another special treat — Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, featuring acclaimed guest soloist James Ehnes. As with all NJSO events, tickets for the 8 pm program ($20 – $85) are available NOT from the Count Basie Theatre box office, but by calling 1.800.ALLEGRO — and classical fans should take note that the borough of Red Bank is ringing this weekend with sublime sounds, both down at the Basie and up on Tower Hill.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH: MUNCHING AT MUMFORD’S

mumfordsChicken bruschetta sandwich served on a croissant at Mumford’s Culinary Center.  (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumTucked away down a side street off of Shrewsbury Avenue in Tinton Falls, Mumford’s Culinary Center is not a lunch destination that you would be likely to accidentally stumble across. But it’s absolutely worth seeking out.

As usual, the parking lot at lunchtime Thursday was jammed. We parked on a side street and strolled past the restaurant’s backyard garden beds, bulging with greens and veggie seedlings.

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RED BANK: BON JOVI TALKS UP SOUL KITCHEN

bon jovi 101911Middletown resident Jon Bon Jovi, seen here at the opening of the pay-what-you-can-or-earn-your-meal JBJ Soul Kitchen in 2011, tells USA Today in an interview at the Red Bank eatery he helped create why he doesn’t wash dishes there anymore.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

ARMY CORPS MAPPING NAVESINK RIVER FLOOR

army corp boat 052914Have you noticed a small, two-hulled boat with flashing lights meandering up the Navesink River lately? It’s an Army Corps of Engineers vessel mapping the river bottom, traveling from bank to bank and turning every 50 to 100 feet, an agency employee on the project told redbankgreen Thursday afternoon. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RFH LACROSSE EARNS FIFTH TITLE

lacrossePress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

The Boys Lacrosse team at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School won its fourth consecutive Shore Conference Tournament title, a feat that gives the squad a record-setting total of five SCT championships.

As the tournament’s top-seeded team, they defeated number two seed Southern with a score of 17-10 on May 13 at Monmouth University.

No other team has won as many championships during the 10-year history of the SCT. The RFH Bulldogs also own the greatest number of consecutive SCT championship wins.

High-scoring seniors included midfielder Chris Hubler (four goals, one assist), midfielder Chris Sutphen (three goals), attackman Dominic Padula (three goals, one assist), and attackman Colin Shea (two goals, two assists). RFH senior goalie Bryce Metzger made ten saves.

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SPRING 2014: COOL PADDLING

rumson paddle 052914 1rumson paddle 052914 2 Paddleboarding students enjoying the smactacular weather – just 54 degrees but so sunny, according to the Oceanic Bridge weather site and calm waters of our beautiful Navesink River off Victory Park in Rumson early Thursday afternoon. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: PERFECTING PASTA AT GAETANO’S

Gaetano's class 052014Tom Cappello, second from right, above, with sous chef Miner Barquero, right, and students during a recent cooking class. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

052014gaetanos pastaSchool’s in session at Gaetano’s Restaurant on Wallace Street in Red Bank, and owner Tom Cappello is clearly in charge.

Working a dining room with 15 guests and students gathered around a long table, Cappello and sous chef Miner Barquero demonstrate how to prepare a meal from scratch. Fresh pasta is always included in the menu, this month’s choice being fettucine.

Opening up the monthly class, Cappello mixes history and practical kitchen knowledge in a lighthearted way that puts everyone in attendance at ease, asking where everyone was from, and following up with a surprised, “there are a lot of men here tonight.” One man quipped that they heard there would be food there.

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RED BANK: ANOTHER RIVERFEST REVIVAL

Brian_Kirk_compressedBrian Kirk and the Jirks — the veteran Shore partystarters who’ve never been shy about taking their act outside — headline the slate of live entertainment at Riverfest 2014, the three-day fantasia of food, folks and fun that commandeers Marine Park beginning Friday evening.

It’s a matchup of sounds, sights and savory flavorings that seems a natural fit to a pre-summer’s weekend on the banks of the Navesink. And, when the fourth annual edition of the revived Riverfest pitches its tents and stages at Marine Park for another three-day stay that kicks off Friday night, it’s as if that whole decade-long layoff never happened.

A presentation of the Eastern Monmouth County Chamber of Commerce with Hoboken-based This Is It! Productions — and an event with roots in the modestly scaled Red Bank Food Festivals of yore — Riverfest came rolling back in 2011, having spent most of the Noughties exiled from the park by the Red Bank Jazz & Blues Festival. While that event relied on out-of-town food vendors, however, the present-day ‘fest puts the emphasis primarily on a more local base of restaurants, caterers and purveyors.

It also represents a more diverse sonic smorgasbord of sounds, with live mainstage entertainment spotlighting such party-percolating favorites as JoBonnano & the Godsons, Motor City Revue, and Brian Kirk & The Jirks. There’s also a Rock the River Stage programmed by the Asbury Park-based nonprofit Musicians on a Mission, and featuring a full schedule of regional acoustic acts.

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RED BANK: TENNIS, TRESTLE, PARKING & DOGS

rb tennis 102912The Red Bank clay courts during Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012, above. Below, a truck stuck under the West Front Street railroad trestle last week. (Photos by Peter Lindner and Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb stuck truck 052314 2Tennis enthusiasts pelted the Red Bank council over the lack of progress on rebuilding the town’s cherished clay courts Wednesday night.

At its bimonthly meeting – conducted over the loud hum of temporary air conditioners while the borough hall HVAC system gets an upgrade – the governing body also took up issues ranging from the vexing train trestle on West Front Street to beagle rights.

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LOCAL NILSON OFFICE HOSTS ALEX’S EVENT

Alex'spic2012_026While an unidentified photobomber looks on at left, kids enjoy snow cones at last year’s Alex’s Lemonade Stand event in Shrewsbury. The ninth annual edition comes to the office of Gloria Nilson and Co. this Saturday.

The Shrewsbury office of Gloria Nilson & Co. Real Estate offers up a refreshing roadside treat this Saturday, May 31, when the firm’s sales associates host their ninth annual Alex’s Lemonade Grand Stand Event, to raise money for childhood cancer causes.

Scheduled for the hours between 11 am and 3 pm, the event will benefit the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which was created to honor the spirit and fundraising efforts of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). To date, the foundation has raised more than $50 million, funding more than 150 research projects nationally.

Along with lemonade, hot dogs and potato chips, the Shrewsbury office’s Grand Stand will feature family friendly activities for children of all ages, including music, face painting, Cowboy Larry’s Wild Wild West Show and Covered Wagon, and more.

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SANDY HOOK: LIGHTHOUSE TURNS 250

sandy hook lighthouse 070113Sandy Hook boasts the oldest operating lighthouse in the United States, one that predates and had a role in the American Revolution.

On Saturday, June 11 14, the National Park Service is throwing a birthday party of sorts for the lighthouse, now 250 years old. The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature family-friendly activities, including musket drills for kids, historic reenactments, games and talks by lighthouse experts, including park historian Tom Hoffman. There’s no charge for admission or parking.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: TRANSITIVE NIGHTFALL

DarkStarOrkDark Star Orchestra brings its jamband brand of symphony and scholarship to the Basie stage, this Thursday night. 

While the greater Red Bank green doesn’t lack for savvy channelers of the Grateful Dead (see PieHole’s own Jim Willis and his Dead Bank brethren, appearing Saturday at the Walt St. Pub), there exists an even deeper dimension of obsession — and it’s a plane of existence occupied by Dark Star Orchestra, the septet that ‘s made it their stock in trade to recreate specific concert set lists from the Dead’s thirty-year tour itinerary. Drawing from points on the road that can range from the Great Pyramid to Raceway Park and every pitstop between, the people of the Ork “seek out the unique style and sound of each era while simultaneously offering their own informed improvisations.”

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RED BANK: KICKSTARTING PERUVIAN EATERY

marita lynn 062912Marita Lynn of Red Bank’s Runa is hoping a bit of help will finally get the doors to her Peruvian restaurant opened. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumWe’ve been taunted by the tantalizing prospect of a Peruvian restaurant on Red Bank’s Monmouth Street for almost two years now.  Now, Runa owner Marita Lynn has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help her raise the money she needs to get over the last barriers to opening the doors.

In an Andean language of Peru, runa means “people.” Lynn tells PieHole that when she was in culinary school she dreamed of calling her restaurant Runa, because she enjoyed being around and cooking for people.

Now she’s depending on those people to help her get her doors opened. Lynn tells PieHole that she has simply run out of money.

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ACCIDENTAL PHOTOGRAPHER: PINK SLIPPERED

rb pink slipper 052814This photo, taken on West Front Street in Red Bank Wednesday morning, cries out for a caption. Got one? Go ahead, give it a try. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

BAD BOY COMIC, GOOD CAUSE AT MHS NORTH

Chris_FalzoneChris Falzone was doing what he loves most — playing hockey — when his hip started bothering him. What was first thought of as usual growing pains and overuse, since he was playing for the Red Bank Generals and Middletown High School South JV and Varsity, turned into something much more.

Chris was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Mature B Cell Lymphoma, a bone cancer — and while the 14 year old from Atlantic Highlands was very fortunate that it was found so early, and that the prognosis for a full recovery is promising, he will require months of chemotherapy and surgery to heal.

On the night of Friday, June 13, the Friends of Chris invite the public to “Laugh 4 a Cause,” during a night of family-friendly comedy featuring New Jersey’s own “Bad Boy of Comedy,” Mike Marino.

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CHRISTMAS IN JUNE, AT RUMSON FUNDER

The year-end holiday season — and the Town Lighting concert by Holiday Express that officially flips the switch to CHEER mode — are a long ways off at the moment, but for those who depend upon the good works and good vibes that the Holiday Express organization brings each year, there’s no time like the present to raise awareness and funds for the team’s round-the-calendar operations.

On the evening of Friday, June 13, Michaela and Jamie Wark open their private residence in Rumson to a casual-attire fundraiser event, for which reservations are required by June 6.

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SEA BRIGHT: ARTIST GETS DOWN TO BUSINESS

megan gilhool 1 040214Megan Gilhool with a pair of giant knitting needles at ArtSea, the Sea Bright art gallery that doubles as a getaway for local knitters. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

sb artsea 2 052714She’s known, at least to redbankgreen readers, as the artist who transformed Sea Bright’s downtown bus stop into a trompe l’oeil beach cottage. She’s also been known to help tastefully yarn-bomb locations around town.

Megan Gilhool continues to knit, and said she plans to reprise her bus stop masterpiece, now that the Ocean Avenue enclosure destroyed by Hurricane Sandy has been rebuilt.

In the meantime, though, she’s settled into the life of storefront merchant-slash-curator, running the ArtSea Gallery on Ocean Avenue in a space occupied, pre-Sandy, by a dry-cleaning shop.

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SHREWSBURY POLICE ACTIVITY

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of May 10 to May 22, 2014.

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Report of Theft in the area of The Store From River Road, Broad Street on 5/13/14. Victim reports unknown subject(s) attempted to cash fraudulent checks. Ptl. Ryan Cullinane investigating.

Report of Residential Structure Fire occurring at 165 Spruce Drive on 5/19/14. Fire determined to be accidental. No injuries sustained. Ptl. Tracy Polk investigating.

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RED BANK: RETURN OF THE KINGS

gipsykings0052_2Generations of traditional folk-flavored flamenco sounds take to the Basie stage on Wednesday, when The Gipsy Kings make a 25th Anniversary tour stop in the company of their sons’ new band. 

Hard to believe that it’s the 25th Anniversary tour of the Gipsy Kings; in part because the Grammy winning band’s signature sound is so steeped in the traditions of flamenco, Afro-Cuban rhythms and Romani culture — but also because the performances by the veteran musicians of the Reyes and Baliardo clans have lost none of their “childlike lack of self-consciousness” despite multiple awards, movie and TV exposure, and record sales in excess of 25 million worldwide.

In actual fact, when the celebrated Mediterranean act takes the stage of the Count Basie Theatre on Wednesday, May 28, it will mark the silver jubilee of the Kings’ first US album. It will also spotlight sounds from the group’s most recent release Savor Flamenco — an all-original set that finds the Gipsy Kings writing all their material and producing themselves for the first time since the Reyes brothers first played professionally with their father Jose in the 1970s.

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CHURN: YOGA WEAR, BEACH TOUCHES, HAIR

bebarow 052314 1Phil Barow, owner of Be Barow, with creative designer Bianca Freda. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508This edition of Retail Churn trumpets these new arrivals to downtown Red Bank: a beach-themed home accessories boutique, a women’s workout wear shop, a hair salon and a restaurant.

Opened last month, Candy’s Cottage Coastal Living has settled on Monmouth Street after stays at two locations in Asbury Park and an extended tenancy at Pier Village in Long Branch – two cities that of course compete with Red Bank for foot traffic and consumer spending.

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