CLIPPINGS_220A beach day so nice it’ll make your head spin. Or something like that. A Vine video from the municipal beach in Sea Bright on June 27, 2014. (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

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The vantage points were harder to find, but a  fireworks show on the Navesink River off a Middletown dock Friday night was no less spectacular than the old KaBoom displays in Red Bank, a half-century tradition that ended in 2011.

Now in its second year, the Family Fireworks Show, featuring some 1,500 shells launched from a barge, capped a fundraising party for Riverview Medical Center at the Navesink River Road home of Rose DiPiero.

“The main thing is that we’ve got fireworks back on the Navesink, and it’s good for the community and for a good cause,” said Dominick DiPiero III, one of the event’s hosts. (Photos by John T. Ward and Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)


bon jovi 101911Middletown’s own Jon Bon Jovi and “his local side band,” the Kings of Suburbia, will perform at Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre in a fundraiser for the Parker Family Health Center on July 30. Tickets, priced $50 to $500, go on sale at noon Wednesday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Press release from Count Basie Theatre

Jon Bon Jovi & The Kings of Suburbia have announced a benefit concert to take place on Wednesday, July 30 at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. Net proceeds from the performance will benefit the city’s Parker Family Health Center, a free health care facility.

Tickets, priced at $500, $150, $125, $99 and $50 (plus applicable surcharges), go on sale Wednesday, July 2 at noon ET through, phone charge at 732-842-9000, and the theatre box office, located at 99 Monmouth Street in Red Bank. A limit of two (2) tickets per person will be imposed, and repeat orders will be cancelled. Ticketing information for Jon Bon Jovi fan club and Count Basie Theatre members will be sent to those patrons separately.

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AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of June 19 to June 26, 2014. This information is unedited.


Theft of services on 6-20-14 occurring in Red Bank, Locust Ave. Taxi cab driver drove to unknown subjects from Keyport to Red Bank and upon exiting the cab stated they would return to pay the fare. However, they did not return and the fare was $35.00. Ptl. Garrett Falco.

Theft occurring between 6-19-14 and 6-20-14 at McLaren St. Victim reported that a UPS box, which was delivered containing $100.00 in cash, was stolen by unknown person(s). Ptl. Garrett Falco.

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Scenes from the  first-ever Red Bank Rockin’ Country Music Festival, a two-day food-and-tunes event that raised funds for the Red Bank Public Library Foundation, the Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department, Red Bank Charter School Library and event host Red Bank RiverCenter. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)


The National Park Service is seeking nominations for individuals to be considered for appointment to the Gateway National Recreation Area Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee.

“Since Hurricane Sandy, this committee has helped the park define practical, long-term solutions for preserving Fort Hancock,” said Gateway Superintendent Jennifer T. Nersesian. “A recent Request for Expressions of Interest brought hundreds of possible new leaseholders to the park and generated over 40 written responses. Now the committee is advising the park on an upcoming Request for Proposals, which we expect to issue later this year. We need to keep the committee at full membership so that we can keep this momentum going.”

Since its first meeting in January 2013, the Committee has advised Gateway National Recreation Area concerning the future of the Fort Hancock and Sandy Hook Proving Ground National Historical Landmark. More than 100 historic buildings dating from the U.S. Army era are located within Gateway’s Sandy Hook Unit. Most are vacant, but could be saved through adaptive reuse by other leaseholders.

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international-mud-dayMark your calendars: it’s another opportunity to Dress for Mess, when International Mud Day is observed in style at Middletown Library this Monday.

It started in Australia, just a few years ago — when school-age kids from the Land Down Under collected a mass donation of new clothes, soap and towels to Nepalese orphans. As the story goes, the children of both countries marked their connection with “a Dress for Mess celebration, enjoying art, science, and games involving mud, sand, and more.”

Fast forward to 2014, and International Mud Day is what we in the USA call A Thing — a “celebration of the joys of childhood, and a recognizing that children around the world have many of the same needs.” It’s a celebration that comes to the greater Green for the first time, when Middletown Township Public Library invites kids of all ages to Dress for Mess on the officially designated date of “Mudday,” June 30.

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world cup 062414Red Bank-area soccer fans will be able to watch Tuesday’s World Cup knockout round match between the United States and Belgium on a much larger screen than the one at Red Bank Subs, above. The Count Basie Theatre is hosting a free, live simulcast of the game on its 700-square-foot silver screen, with popcorn and other food available for purchase and a cash bar for patrons 21 and older. Doors open at 3 p.m. for the 4 p.m. game. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)



allsaintsThe Stone Church Players wrap up their production of the Webber-Rice rock opera JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, with two more performances this weekend.

It wasn’t all so very long ago that Jesus Christ Superstar was denounced from pulpits across the Western world, branded as everything from “a witches’ brew” to “an utter blasphemy” — in fact, more than 40 years from its first appearance as a record album, the Webber-Rice rock opera still manages to ruffle the odd feather of the faithful, with its portrayal of Jesus as a quite-human figure racked by self-doubt. But the sandal-songfest has also served to spread the gospel to new generations more effectively than a hundred thousand snoozeworthy sermons — and it’s not uncommon these days to see earnest community productions going up inside houses of worship, as with the musical’s current local revival by the Stone Church Players.

When the Players reconvene at All Saints’ Memorial Church (the historic “Old Stone Church” at the crossroads of Navesink and Monmouth Avenues) this weekend, they’ll be presenting the final performances of the Michael Hazlett-directed show that opened on June 20, and continues through June 29.

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Maggie Rose headlines the first-ever Red Bank Rockin’ Country Music Festival, which kicks off at 1 p.m. Saturday in Marine Park and continues Sunday. Hosted by Red Bank RiverCenter, the event will spotlight the culinary creations of borough restaurants. Profits will benefit the Red Bank Public Library Foundation, the Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department, Red Bank Charter School Library, and RiverCenter. Admission is $5 for anyone over 10 years old. Here’s the full entertainment schedule. (Click to enlarge)



rb photo crawl 062714rb crawl card 2014Two women get into the spirit of the Red Bank Photo Crawl, a business promotion campaign, outside the Fins and Feathers pet store on Monmouth Street Friday. Organized by borough-based web design firm Defined Logic, the crawl is a weekend-long event that encourages visitors to stop in at 15 participating stores, snap photos and post them Instagram and Twitter for a chance to win prizes. A “crawl card” showing the locations is at right. (Photo above by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)


mustard 061214And when the Düsseldorf-style mustard’s gone? Well, a little beer might be nice. (Click to enlarge)

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• Looking for something different and light? Vietnamese summer rolls at Pho Le in Red Bank may hit the spot.

• Mustard in a mini beer stein? Jawohl!

• “Everything tastes better fried,” says the owner of Jamian’s in Red Bank. He’s serving a deep-fried cheesecake. Not kidding.

What’s for Lunch? A zesty tuna panini says “summer” at Undici.

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rb faux brick 062714rb crosswalk 051514State highway workers removed crumbling fake brick crosswalks from two intersections near the north end of Maple Avenue in Red Bank Friday after officials complained about safety concerns. “They said they made a mistake using it,” said Councilwoman Cindy Burnham, referring to state Department of Transportation officials, with whom she met on the issue recently. (Photo above by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)


Maggie Rose GIBudding star Maggie Rose is the headline attraction for the Rockin’ Country Festival that commandeers Marine Park for two days and evenings of family-friendly activities, foodstuffs and freewheelin’ sounds this Saturday and Sunday. 

The folks at Red Bank Rivercenter haven’t exactly “rued the day” they first joined forces with special-events promoter Ruthanne Harrison, producer-proprietor of Asbury Park-based Really Unbelievable Events. From the annual Guinness Oyster Festival to the International Flavour Fest, the RUE brand has been attached to some of the best-received mashups of local/ regional music and cuisine in the borough’s long history of destination attractions. This Saturday and Sunday, they’ll be doing it all with a pronounced twang, as the first-ever Red Bank Rockin’ Country and Food Festival takes over the waterfront walkways and natural amphitheater of Marine Park.

Running between noon and 9 pm on June 28, and from noon to 7 pm on June 29, the weekender promises the participation of 20 Red Bank restaurants (some featuring special BBQ and country-picnic favorites for the occasion) — along with a sonic smorgasbord that offers up homegrown and national acts ranging from mainstream Nashville to Shore-based “seagrass” and tattooed hipster Americana. Toplining the out-of-town entertainers is Margaret Durante, a/k/a Maggie Rose, a Maryland-born vocalist (and former auxiliary member of regional Boss tributeers The B Street Band) whose star has been on the ascendant through a string of solo recordings that have included “I Ain’t Your Mama,” “Better,” and the Comcast SportsNet football anthem “Get Ya Game On.” She’ll be performing the sweet-spot Saturday night set at 7:15 pm — part of a duelling-stages diptych of live music, for which the deep-fried schedule details are available right here.

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undici 062614 3 The tuna panini, at Undici in Rumson. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

morsels mediumHere’s a zesty lunch that conveys the bite of summer.

It’s  the “sette,” or number seven, on the panini menu at Undici (“eleven”) at 11 West River Road in Rumson.

A sturdily built yet somehow light combination, the sette layers Italian tuna in olive oil, fresh arugula, hot peppers and black olive tapenade, which are hot-pressed in house-made wood-oven pizza bread.

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RB boro hall bench 062414A seating area under construction earlier this week at Red Bank borough hall may be named for Mayor Katharine Elkus White, seen below in 1948. (Click to enlarge)


katherine-elkus-white-1948Katharine Elkus White, Red Bank’s first and only female mayor, may finally be getting some overdue recognition in the form of hard civic assets.

Mayor Pasquale Menna wants to name a small plaza now under construction outside borough hall on Monmouth Street for White, who also served as the first chairperson of the New Jersey Highway Authority and four years as America’s ambassador to Denmark, the Asbury Park Press reports.

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fireworks 062614Boaters, motorists on the Oceanic Bridge, patrons of two Rumson restaurants and miscellaneous others are in for a pyrotechnics treat Friday night, when DiPiero family puts on a fireworks show from his home on the Middletown side of the Navesink River. The show, scheduled for 9;15 p.m., caps off a fundraising party for Riverview Medical Center Foundation. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)


It’s Grad Season at colleges and universities across the country, and young people from all over the greater Red Bank Green are among the many thousands of Class of 2014 members who received their degrees in May and June.


Allyson Amato, graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Sarah Babcock, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Individualized Study from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Dennis Chambers, degree in Theater Studies from the School of Humanities and Sciences at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.

Lauren Fisher, Certificate of Advanced Study from The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY.

Alexander Gallo, graduated with a degree from Rider College in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Erin Gaynor, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education from the College of Education, Nursing and Health Professions at the University of Hartford in Hartford, CT.

Kristine Elizabeth Harjes, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics-Mathematics from McDaniel College in Westminster, MD. Harjes also is the recipient of The Alton Dennis Law Award for Excellence in Economics.

Nicole Mastrodomenico, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Art Studio and East Asian Studies from Bucknell University in Lewisburg, PA.

Emily Nolan, graduated with a degree in Graphic Design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Eric Poandl, degree in Television and Radio from the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in Ithaca, NY.

Mark Russoniello, Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology from Saint Joseph’s College in Standish, ME.

Gregory Salvaggio, graduated with a degree from Rider College in Lawrenceville, NJ.

Continue reading for a list of grads from Fair Haven, Little Silver, Middletown, Rumson, and Shrewsbury.

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The Turtles’ Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan — aka “Flo and Eddie” — return to Red Bank at the helm of the hit-packed Happy Together Tour, the 2014 edition of which buses into the Basie on Saturday, June 28.

Set those transistor radios to STUN, and spark up a broad blast of ‘Nam-era nostalgia: the retro-rocking, magic-bus excursion known as the Happy Together Tour returns to the Count Basie Theatre this Saturday night, June 28 — and let no advancing waistline or receding hairline stay them from their course.

Presented by the Light of Day Foundation (the same folks who bring you that January jolt of star-quality benefit concerts in Asbury Park), the annual package production is once again topped by historic headliners The Turtles — that mid-60s “harmonic convergence” who kept the Brits at bay with a series of Beatle-beating classics (“Elenore,” “You Showed Me,” and of course, “Happy Together“) that showed a greater pop genius beyond the bubblegum moment. Co-frontmen Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan would rebrand as Flo & Eddie; doing time with Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention, producing fine albums by The Good Rats and DMZ — and contributing awesome backing vocals on everything from Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart” to the most memorable recordings of Marc Bolan’s T. Rex.

Those “two guys from Westchester” are back on the bus for the 30th anniversary edition of the Happy — and they’re being joined on an especially eclectic bill by a Hollywood-pedigreed popster, a signature voice of soulful 70s singles, and a couple of raucous rockers imported from Detroit.

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sb bridge 052613The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded a $1.8 million contract for the dredging of the Shrewsbury River boating channel, with the spoils to be used to build oceanside dunes in Monmouth Beach.

Getting the 54,000 cubic yards of dredged sand and gravel onto the beach will involve “hydraulically pumping the dredged material .. via pipeline that runs across the peninsula at Seacrest Road from the bay side, under Route 36 by means of directional drilling, over the seawall and directly onto Monmouth Beach,” the agency said in an announcement. The job is expected to start in September and be completed in November.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)


rubber chicken 062514Does a rubber chicken ever really lose its ability to deliver a giggle? Someone from the Red Bank DPW apparently believed this one still had miles of smiles left in it. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)