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RED BANK: CHOCOLATIER SIGNS FOR BROAD

65 broad 073014A Chocolate Works franchise has leased 65 Broad Street. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508The rapid transformation of downtown Red Bank into an epicurean destination continues with the planned addition of another dessert-and-treats option.

A Manalapan woman signed a lease this week to open a Chocolate Works shop at 65 Broad Street, near the corner of Wallace Street.

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RED BANK: WHIZ KIDS BELLY UP TO THE BAR

073014 jamians2 Rick Norman is Jamian’s quizmaster on Tuesday nights.(Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

073014 jamians3For the second week in a row, thirsty brainiacs packed the patio bar at Jamian’s Food and Drink in Red Bank Tuesday night, not only for the cut-rate nachos and Miller Lites but for a chance to show off their smarts.

It’s Trivia Tuesday at the Monmouth Street watering hole, and for those patrons with the answers, it’s fun. For others, it’s more of a delicious groan fest and camaraderie. Nothing, it seems, makes you feel better about defeat than a burger, fries and cold beer.

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NAVESINK RIVER: SHOVE OFF, MATEY

hubbards 073014 1A rowboater used an oar to push off from a floating boom as he struggled to turn a rented boat around underneath the new Hubbards Bridge under construction between Red Bank and Middletown Wednesday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ST. GEORGE’S SHOW BENEFITS AMANDA’S EASEL

Girls_at_art_show_colorAmanda’s Easel Program Coordinator Cindi Westendorf is pictured with volunteers in the children’s art gallery at the 2013 Canterbury Art Show. The locally based art therapy program will once again get an assist from this year’s show, scheduled for Labor Day weekend.

Press release from St. George’s by the River

The organizers of the annual Canterbury Art Show…a Tapestry of the Arts event have announced that a portion of proceeds from the 2014 event will once again benefit the work of Amanda’s Easel, a creative arts therapy program administered through the Monmouth County-based nonprofit 180 Turning Lives Around.

The exhibition and sale of juried and non-juried artwork will take place on Labor Day weekend, August 29-31,at St. George’s by the River Episcopal Church in Rumson.

Amanda’s Easel, the nationally recognized creative arts therapies program, is designed to create a support system to help both children and their non-offending parents cope with the life changes precipitated by violence and abuse. The program provides art, play and music therapy that promotes healing, by encouraging clients to express and understand their feelings and fears in a safe and nurturing environment, through various creative arts intervention and case management services.

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RED BANK: BASIE EXCITES THE APPETITE

basie appetite 2013 16Scenes from the 2013 inaugural ‘Appetite’ event, which returns to the patio and stage of the Basie this weekend. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

basie appetite 2013 10Its famous stage has hosted everything from Hollywood royalty and hall of fame rockers to high school revues — but Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre seems to have hit upon a fresh recipe for success, with the new breed of live shows built around celebrity chefs.

Such culinary cable stars as Bobby Flay, Ina Garten, Robert Irvine and “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro have done boffo box office at the Basie. And with the arrival of this weekend’s ‘Appetite: A Gastronomic Experience,’ casual fans and full-fledged foodies can feast on a two-night/two-day excursion that’s highlighted by two superstars of the video-victuals circuit.

A four-course affair running from Friday night through Sunday afternoon, the second annual edition of Appetite also features tie-ins to the good works of some popular hometown favorites.

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LITTLE SILVER: SPOTLIGHTING H.S. HOOPSTERS

A “different dynamic” than that of the regular season pervades the Maroon & White girls’ basketball team camp now underway at Red Bank Regional High, one of the participating coaches tells Rich Chrampanis of the new video-based website Shore Sports Zone.

With top players from across the state and recruiters from some 30 colleges present in Little Silver, scholarship hopefuls are getting good exposure, and a leg-up from teammates who’ve already committed to particular schools, says RBR girls’ coach James Young, who organized the showcase.

The camp wraps up Thursday. Here’s the lineup:

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RED BANK: EXIT YOGA, ENTER BALLET

ellen gunn 073014Ellen Gunn in the stairwell at 16 Monmouth Street, where her new ballet studio is set to take the space being vacated by Dancing Foot Yoga. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

16 monmouth 072914It sounds counterintintuitive in these yoga-crazed times: a yoga studio calling it quits, only to be replaced by a ballet studio.

But that’s what’s happening on the third floor of 16 Monmouth Street in Red Bank, where pre-yoga-fad stalwart Dancing Foot Yoga is saying ‘namaste’ for the last time while a classically-trained ballerina is moving in – and hoping to revive a tradition of ballet instruction developed just two doors away.

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RED BANK: BIG NIGHT FOR BON JOVIALS

Pop music hearththrob Jon Bon Jovi brings his side project, Kings of Suburbia, to the stage of the Count Basie Theatre in a benefit performance for the  Parker Family Health Center Center on Shrewsbury Avenue Wednesday night. Even the LiveStream proceeds will be donated. Here’s a promo video posted on his Facebook page earlier this week. Will you be there? Watch it from home? (Click to enlarge)

BATTER UP, FOR FREE RB SUMMER CLINICS

From press materials by Red Bank Parks and Recreation 

SUMMER BASEBALL FLYERRed Bank boys and girls who are interested in sharpening their baseball and softball skills still have time to register for a program of free clinics, presented by the borough Parks and Recreation department.

Scheduled to begin this Saturday, August 2, the four-week program will continue weekends through August 31 at Count Basie Fields, and will include a combination of skills work and intra-squad scrimmages. All sessions are offered free of charge, and registration is as easy as signing up at the field, on the day of the clinics.

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RED BANK: THINK GLOBAL, ACT RE-LOCAL

The trailer for ‘In Transition 2.0,’ a documentary screening at Red Bank Public Library Thursday evening.

If you’re the sort of person who’s been looking for a hyper-local way to address some of the truly game-changing issues of the day, the volunteers at Transition Monmouth (aka the Greater Red Bank Transition Mullers) have an illuminating and informative way to spend your Thursday evening.

An independently organized part of a global initiative known as the Transition Network, the Red Bank-based nonprofit is dedicated to the creation of “local, self sufficient, and sustainable communities” — a collection of “re-localized” neighborhoods that respond to the global challenges of climate change, economic hardships and dwindling supplies with attention to renewable energy, locally sourced food supplies, and availability of resources.

Headed by Little Silver resident Sarah Klepner — a community activist who helps program the monthly Social Action Film Series at Lincroft’s Unitarian Meeting House — Transition Monmouth is actively seeking interested neighbors who’d like to learn more about this grass-roots effort, and how it all fits in with the planetary big picture. On July 31, Klepner and company invite all residents of the greater Green to the Red Bank Public Library, for a free screening of the documentary featurette In Transition 2.0.

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SHREWSBURY: THREE CHARGED WITH DUI

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of July 11 to July 25, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY1CRIMES

Report of Theft in the area of The Shadowbrook, Obre Road on 7/12/14. Victim reports property taken from vehicle by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $1200.00. Ptl. Derek Myers investigating.

Report of Theft in the area of Boston Market, Broad Street on 7/13/14. Victim reports property taken by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $80.00. Ptl. Tracy Polk investigating.

Report of Theft in the area of Alameda Court on 7/14/14. Victim reports property taken by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $1000.00. Ptl. Matthew Clark investigating.

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MIDDLETOWN: DINOSAURS OF ROCK RETURN

Walter C Loren FisherPhotographer, naturalist and New Jersey history expert Walter Choroszewski goes looking for fossils — and finds more than one kind of classic rock — when he visits the Middletown Library on Wednesday evening. (photo by Loren Fisher)

It’s an epic saga, etched in rock, that begins with the dinosaurs — and arrives full circle, in a manner of speaking, at the classic-rock era of the Jersey Shore. It’s the history of the Garden State, told as you’ve probably never heard it before, by Walter Choroszewski. When the photographer, author and NJ historian visits Middletown Township Public Library on Wednesday, July 30, he’ll be treating young listeners of ages 6 and up to a “New Jersey Rocks!” presentation that spans the big “Freeze-Out” of the Ice Age, and stands in the footprints of the giants who walked the jungleland of JurAsbury Park.

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RED BANKERS SENTENCED FOR HEROIN IN N.C.

HOT-TOPIC_02Two Red Bank residents were among five New Jerseyans – all said to be members of a gang – who pleaded guilty ad were sentenced for heroin trafficking in North Carolina last week, according to a report by Star News Online.

From the Star News:

The group was arrested March 30, 2012, after a two-month Wilmington Police Department investigation that began with a tip from a confidential informant, according to the release. An investigation revealed that members of the United Blood Nation gang from New Jersey had contacted local members of the gang…

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RBR SUMMER SLAMMERS PREP FOR SEPT.

SummerSlamStudents at Summer Slam, the month-long high school transition program for rising freshmen at RBR, participate in a hula-hoop dance courtesy of the Community YMCA.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The phrase “lazy days of summer” does not apply to Red Bank Regional High School — at least in the mornings when the school is abuzz with various programs to maintain and sharpen student skills for September.

The largest program is Summer Slam, with over 90 students representing all sending towns of the regional school district.  This year marked Summer Slam’s 14th year of operation in preparing incoming freshmen for the very different world of high school. The program runs throughout the month of July, for four mornings a week. It is operated by the Source, RBR’s School-Based Youth Services program, and supervised by the Source Director Suzanne Keller. Ms. Keller is also the director of the RBR Freshman Academy, which provides continuity for the school’s newest students once they begin their high school careers.

Ms. Keller states of the program, “Summer Slam is primarily an academic program to prepare our kids for the rigors of high school and bridge the skill slide that research shows occurs during school vacations. It is also a great opportunity for kids to meet their classmates from other towns, so they will know just a few more faces, including their teachers, when the doors officially open for their first year of high school.”

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LITTLE SILVER: BIRD HOARDER PLEADS GUILTY

gretchen rellGretchen Rell in a 2011 photo on her Facebook page. She described the bird she’s holding as a survivor of a pigeon shoot. (Click to enlarge)

HOT-TOPIC_03A volunteer animal rescuer who kept hundreds of dead birds and other animals in her mother’s Little Silver home pleaded guilty to animal cruelty Monday, according to NJ.com.

At a hearing in Superior Court in Freehold, Gretchen Rell, 56, an Ocean Township resident, admitted she neglected the birds and was responsible for their deaths.

As part of an agreement with the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office, a second charge of cruelty contained in an indictment handed down by a grand jury in May was dismissed, the news site reports.

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MIDDLETOWN: WEDDING NIGHT BROUHAHA

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN1-2014Two guests were arrested late Sunday night following a melee involving an estimated 300 people at a wedding reception in Middletown, police reported.

Here’s an account of the incident prepared by MTPD spokesman Lieutenant Steve Dollinger:

On July 27, 2014 at approximately 10:30 pm a large fight broke out at a wedding reception being held at Jacques Reception Hall located on Palmer Avenue in Middletown. Sergeant First Class William Colangelo and Patrolman Frank Mazza were working the reception as an off-duty assignment when they were alerted to a fight taking place.

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LITTLE SILVER: LETTERS FROM SUMMER CAMP

maroon whiteArea high school athletes play in front of top college coaches, as Red Bank Regional Girls Basketball coach James Young conducts the sixth annual Maroon and White Basketball Camp, beginning this Tuesday at the RBR gymnasium. 

As the home court of the basketball Buccaneers, the gym at Red Bank Regional High School will be seeing plenty of action when the 2014-2015 academic year gets underway this fall. But for three days each summer, the bleachers are filled with coaches representing the women’s athletic programs of more than 50 Division I, II and III colleges — and the court hosts as many as 200 athletes, from high schools throughout New Jersey, as they compete in an event that serves as a showcase for such east coast schools as Rutgers, Fordham and Seton Hall Universities.

Now in its sixth annual edition, the Maroon and White Girls’ Basketball Camp allows high school players to hone their skills in a competitive environment — and we do mean competitive, as this year’s camp boasts the participation of the state Tournament of Champions winners from Newark’s Shabazz High School. As an NCAA certified event, the camp also offers students “exposure for college play and scholarship opportunities,” in the words of RBR girls’ basketball coach and Maroon and White camp supervisor James Young.

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RED BANK CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of July 17 and July 24, 2014. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:

Theft occurring at W. Front Street—park on 7-17-14. Victim reported that unknown
person(s) stole a Cannon Digital Camcorder, which was hanging on fence. Ptl. Benjamin Springer.

Theft occurring at Tower Hill Drive between 7-16-14 and 7-17-14. Unknown person(s) stole a Garmin GPS unit from parked vehicle. Ptl. John Camarca.

Theft occurring at Windward Way between 7-16-14 and 7-17-14. Unknown subject(s) entered parked vehicle and stole a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses and a pair of Kaenon sunglasses. Lt. Robert Kennedy

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RED BANK: BUSKING FOR THE PROGRAM

rb strings 072614Red Bank primary and middle school strings players performing at the borough Sidewalk Sale on Saturday included, from left, Hannah Ludwikowski, Claudia Garcia, Parker Ludwikowski, Mae Woolley, Sarah Perry and Lillian Woolley. 

Parents of strings students have joined forces with the Red Bank Borough Education Foundation to raise the $85,000 required for restoration of the strings program, which was terminated recently over budget issues. (Photo by Wayne Woolley. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: COCKTAIL WEEK? IF YOU INSIST…

dee downtown 072514 2Downtown bartender Dee with some of his output, including a blackbery cosmo, below.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

downtown cocktail 072514 2To watch the one-named bartender Dee when the drink orders are coming in at Red Bank’s Downtown is to a witness unflappability amid a blur of glasses, garnishes, bottles and stainless-steel shakers.

“I have to be very quick,” Dee tells PieHole while rapidly muddling ingredients for a cucumber vodka mojito. Over 10 years of mixing and pouring, “I’ve developed speed,” says Dee. “Not every bartender likes to muddle, but I love the labor of this job.”

Starting August 10, the restaurant promotion group Red Bank Flavour plans to spotlight the town’s watering holes and the bartenders who keep their libations flowing with the first-ever Red Bank Cocktail Week.

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RED BANK: STORMY OR SUNNY?

rb weather 072814 1rb weather 072814 2After an early-morning drenching accompanied by lightning and thunder, two views taken at 8:30 Monday morning from the same spot in Red Bank – one west toward the train station, the other north, across Monmouth Street –  suggest we’re in for a changeable day.

The National Weather Service forecasts a mostly sunny day, with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms, and a high of about 84 degrees. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

LITTLE SILVER: FISTFULS OF BERRIES

072614 Parker berries17072614 Parker berriesThe second of two community blackberry harvests drew dozens of eager pickers to Sickles Farm in Little Silver Saturday including the little one above, who couldn’t wait to get his mitts on his mother’s picks. The event doubled as a fundraiser for the restoration of the Parker Homestead, the historic home and barns that adjoin the blackberry patch. More photos below. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

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