THE GREEN: MORE RAIN LIKELY

rb summer storm 071514Storm clouds rolling in over downtown Red Bank before drenching the region Tuesday afternoon. The Green could be in for yet more rain Wednesday morning and early afternoon, followed by mere cloudiness later on, and ample sunshine on Thursday, according to the National Weather Service. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: MAN ARRESTED AS FIRE BUG

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014A 70-year-old Red Bank man was arrested for an arson spree in which he started four fires in less than an hour last Friday, police alleged.

Gabriel Ramos, of South Pearl Street, had volunteer firefighters responding to small fires at four addresses in the vicinity of the train station, said police Chief Darren McConnell.

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LINCROFT: WINTER WONDERLAND AT BCC

Winters-Tale

The Summer Shakespeare Ensemble returns for its annual plein-air production at Brookdale Community College, as A WINTER’S TALE continues for four more evening performances, July 17 – 20.

Is it a tragedy or a comedy? A breath mint or a candy mint? Scholars refer to William Shakespeare’s late-career play The Winter’s Tale as a “problem” play; a twisted romance that traces a dark and unhappy path for many of its characters (there’s that notorious stage direction “exit, pursued by a bear”), while not being above injecting a dose of magical serendipity in the service of a happy ending. The play, which opened last weekend as the latest in the long-running Summer Shakespeare Ensemble series at Brookdale Community College, continues just the way the Bard meant it — out of doors, under the sun and stars, on the lawn adjacent to Larrison Hall on the Lincroft campus — for four more performances, July 17 through 20.

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RED BANK URGES INTERSECTION UPGRADES

accident-022210Emergency responders working to save a Staten Island woman who was run over at the intersection in 2010. She later died of her injuries. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Red Bank officials are backing a Monmouth County push for safety upgrades to the intersection of Broad Street and East Bergen Place, where a Staten Island woman was run over by an SUV four years ago.

In a July 2 letter to the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, Mayor Pasquale Menna gets behind a request by Monmouth County for funding to improve the intersection, where Menna said there have been at least 34 accidents since 2010.

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FAIR HAVEN CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the period of June, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_FH2_2014June 2: A Woodland Drive resident reported a bike theft from Knollwood School, Sgt. Jesse Dykstra took the report.

June 7: A River Road resident reported that an unknown subject(s) had tampered with the locks on his storage shed, Ptl. William Lagrotteria took the report

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RED BANK: MOCKINGBIRDS GO BY THE BOOK

rbpl bird 071414 4rbpl bird 071414 1A vigilant pair of northern mockingbirds have set up house for their chirping newborns hidden in a bush near the entrance to the Red Bank Public Library. Though library staffers cordoned off the bush with yellow tape, the adult birds – which the National Audubon Society describes as “strongly territorial” occasionally swoop down on  visitors.

“You might experience a flutter of wings on your shoulder or back as they try to protect the nest,” a note taped to the library door explains. “They have startled people, but not harmed them.”

The note includes this passage from Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird:”

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CLASS ACTS, FROM ALL AROUND THE GREEN

Young people from all over the greater Red Bank Green were among the many thousands of Class of 2014 members who received their degrees in May and June — and, with all appropriate pomp and circumstance, here’s a this-just-in roundup of the mortarboarded movers and shakers.

STUDENTS FROM RED BANK

Joseph Ahlemeyer, Master of Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ.

Jessica Asfar, made Dean’s List at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Claire Donohue, Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, NJ.

Lauren Marron, graduated Cum Laude with Bachelor of Science in Education/ Special Education/Visual Impairment/Pre-K to Grade 4 from Kutztown University in Kutztown, PA.

Anwar Roberts, made Dean’s List at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Danielle Sokol, Bachelor of Arts in Communications Studies from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI.

Robert Sweet, Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ.

Andrew Terranova, graduated Cum Laude with a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI.

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

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COPS: RED BANK WOMAN ATE COCAINE

HOT-TOPIC_01A Red Bank woman tried to eat some of the cocaine in her possession when she and another woman were stopped on traffic violations in Ocean Township early Saturday, police allege.

Ronda Feacher, 37, of William Street, was charged with possession of heroin and cocaine after she and 26-year-old Natacha Perez of Tinton Falls were stopped on Route 18 at around 4 a.m., according to a police report.

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CLIPPINGS: MAINTAINING A CLEAR VIEW

CLIPPINGS_220Clippings came across window-washer Eric Auerbach doing his thing in downtown Red Bank on July 12, 2014.

Auerbach was also featured in a redbankgreen interview in August, 2006. In the 20 years he’s been cleaning windows, Auerbach says, “not much has changed.” (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

Check out all the Clippings from the Green here.

Gerda Liebmann bio

RED BANK: LATEST POLICE BLOTTER

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of July 3 to July 10, 2014. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Theft reported on 7-3-14. Victim residing at Tilton Ave. reported that unknown person(s) stole wedding band and diamond ring from residence. Ptl. Kristin Altimari

Criminal Mischief occurring on 7-3-14 at Broad Street business. Owner of business reported that unknown person(s) pried open the back door a few inches, but no entry gained. Ptl Kristin Altimari

Theft from vehicle reported on 7-4-14 at Manor Drive residence. Victim reported that unknown person(s) entered and rummaged through parked vehicle. Stolen was GPS unit, cell phone charger and cigarette adaptor port. Ptl. Cevin Albert

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RED BANK: A RIVER’S 11 IN THE PARK

funktionThe eleven-piece showband Funktion 11 crowds the stage of Riverside Gardens Thursday evening as the Jazz in the Park series continues.

Call them a showband — the kind that can rock the roof off any wedding, corporate event or casino lounge. The kind that makes a big sound just by standing there; a band with so many people in it, they don’t even have a name to describe what comes after nonet and dectet.

When Funktion 11 takes the portable stage at Riverside Gardens in Red Bank this Thursday night, it will bring its in-your-face mix of soul classics, Motown milestones and vintage hits (by big horny rock bands like the Ides of March) back to the banks of the Navesink, as the latest in the 2014 Jazz in the Park series.

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RED BANK: A BITTERSWEET RETURN

Sunday’s Doc Holiday Car Show in Red Bank’s White Street lot was bittersweet for the members of the host Liberty Hose fire company, who lost their century-old firehouse in a sale by the borough earlier this year. Fifty-year member Herk Forgione said the company was “very, very sad” to lose its home. But the volunteer firefighters were glad to be back for a few hours Sunday, overseeing an annual fundraising show that attracted some 280 gleaming classics and lots of families. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: SCHOOL PATH MAY BE PAVED

locust trail 073112Locust Place, as seen in 2012, above, links Locust Avenue with the Red Bank Primary School, as seen in the aerial below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb locust pl 070914For years, a narrow dirt path through a stretch of woods has been the best option for many Red Bank children trying to avoid a long walk to the primary school.

The path, snaking alongside the Navesink River from Locust Avenue to the school, has also been eyed by emergency responders as an alternative access route for firetrucks and ambulances, should something go wrong at the school.

“It’s been on the drawing board for 20 years,” said Mayor Pasquale Menna.

Now, the borough hopes to secure funding to make the $207,000 path a reality.

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MIDDLETOWN: MAN CHARGED IN COP ASSAULT

Recent crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014James Flynn, age 37, from Mason Drive in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on July 3, 2014 by Patrolman Brian Dilworth for Disorderly Conduct. He was released pending a court date.

Paul French, age 24, from Kanes Lane in Middletown, NJ, arrested on July 2, 2014 by Patrolman James Beirne for Being under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Unlawful Possession of Alprazolam. He was released pending a court date.

Henry Dougherty, age 49, from Sturm Lane in Jackson, NJ, arrested on July 1, 2014 by Patrolman Christopher Dee on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Wall Municipal Court. He was released after posting $135.00 bail.

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BROADWAY ON THE NAVESINK, AT MOLLY GALA

THE BROADWAY DOLLS PRESS PIC 1The Broadway Dolls, featuring Hollie Howard (center), bring the excitement for Waves of Support, a September fundraising gala to benefit a group of ten Shore communities and locally based nonprofits.

Press release from Navesink Business Group

The officers of Navesink Business Group have announced that tickets are on sale for the organization’s annual Waves of Support fundraising gala benefitting locally based charities.

Presented under the theme “A Taste of Broadway on the Promenade,” this year’s event will take place on Monday, September 22, 2014, at the historic Molly Pitcher Inn. The evening begins with cocktails at 6 pm, and includes a silent auction, spectacular entertainment, and a five-course dinner featuring selections from some stars of Monmouth County’s culinary landscape.

Headlining the evening’s entertainment will be a performance by The Broadway Dolls, the dynamic “girl group” founded by Hollie Howard, and featuring cast members from such Broadway hits as Mamma Mia, Rock of Ages and Jersey Boys.

Dinner will include hors d’oeuvres and several courses prepared by some of Monmouth County’s top dining spots, among them Ama Ristorante, Danny’s Steak House, David Burke Fromagerie, Soul Kitchen, Teak, The Bistro, The Cheese Cave and Zoe, in addition the executive chefs from The Molly Pitcher Inn and The Oyster Point Hotel.

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RED BANK: SOME BLACK ‘N WHITE NIGHTS

hardThe Fab Four run free-range in A HARD DAY’S NIGHT, with a free screening Wednesday night at the Count Basie as a special 50th anniversary event.

After blowing out the last of winter’s drab watercolors, you’d think the last thing we’d be willing to do is sacrifice summer’s brilliant Roy-G-Biv for another trip to grayscale gardens. But some of the most vividly colorful films in existence are in black and white, and this Tuesday and Wednesday, local audiences will be treated to a couple of favorites that are as free of charge as they are free of hue, tint and saturation.

On July 15, Shore Flicks returns to Riverside Gardens for the latest in a slate of Summer 2014 movies under the setting sun and stars, with Gene Wilder inheriting a retro castle and mad laboratory in Mel Brooks’ laughingly loving horror homage Young Frankenstein. Photographed with the misty glow and sparking electricity of a 1930’s Hollywood soundstage talkie — and packed with shticky gags that were already antiques in the Herbert Hoover administration — the 1974 comedy screens just after sundown, with attendees encouraged to bring nonperishable food items (for Lunch Break and other local charities) along with the folding chairs and beach towels.

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RED BANK: PERSONS OF JAZZY INTEREST

houstonpersonHouston, we have a promenade: soul-bop sax legend Houston Person inaugurates a new session of Summer Jazz Cafe events, Friday and Saturday at Two River Theater.

If it’s the dog-day nights of summer, then it’s surely time to sound the cool-cat keynote for Summer Jazz Cafe, the annual stand of sophisticated entertainments that transforms the “black box” space at Two River Theater into the smartest little speakeasy you’ve ever entered into (although, if you’re making that entrance a little too fashionably late, you won’t see its like again for another whole year). Going on for the next four Friday and Saturday evenings, the series is the seasonal pride and joy of Red Bank’s own Jazz Arts Project and its artistic director, Joe Muccioli. And, as the man called “Mooche” explains, the Cafe events not only offer up intimately scaled and affordably priced evenings with several generations of world-class talent, but “make possible the next generation of musicians, as we fund our education programs through ticket sales to our events.”

This Friday and Saturday, July 11 and 12, sees a rare Red Bank area appearance by a 79 year old tenor sax legend that Muccioli and company “have been wanting to bring here for the longest time” — Houston Person, the specialist in “soulful hard bop” whose 30 year partnership with the late vocalist Etta Jones was but one extended interlude in a long career as bandleader, producer, and ace sideman for Lena Horne, Lou Rawls, Dakota Staton and many others. Described as “a master of popular songs played in a relaxed, highly accessible style reminiscent of the great Ben Webster,” Person brings his quartet to town for a pair of 8 pm sessions.

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RED BANK: COUNTRY FEST IN THE RED

rb country lindner 062814 1 They danced, but they didn’t eat much, at the country music festival last month. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb country lindner 062814 3The music was a hit, but the cash registers rang out a sad song at the Red Bank Rockin’ Country Music Festival last month.

The two-day event in Marine Park drew only 10,000 to 12,000 paying customers, compared to a similar number who typically show up for the single-afternoon International Flavour Festival in the White Street parking lot in April, Red Bank RiverCenter executive director Jim Scavone tells redbankgreen.

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FAIR HAVEN: NEW CHEF, NEW MENU AT RAVEN

062714 raven peach shrimpNew on the menu at the Raven and the Peach, Coconut Shrimp. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

062714 raven peach chef darrylThe elegant Raven and the Peach, a showplace on River Road in Fair Haven, has brought in chef Darryl Harmon to revamp its menu.

Harmon is a busy, ambitious man, splitting his time between this restaurant and several others. Chef/owner of On the Edge Events, a catering company, he’s also the executive chef at Mana Bistro in Jersey City and a “brand ambassador” for Certified Angus Beef.  The American Culinary Federation has named him chef of the year, making him an award-winner, as well.

Taking a few minutes out of his busy schedule, Harmon sat down with PieHole in the upstairs Casablanca Ballroom to discuss his vision for the Raven and the Peach.

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LINCROFT: EMERGING INTO LIGHT

GinaDelia“Ephemeral Light is an observation of light and darkness, and how these two conflicting forces coalesce in a dance of curiosity and emotion,” explains Gina Delia, the Edison-based photographer whose work is now on display as part of the NJ Emerging Artists series at the Monmouth Museum. “Constant themes within my work include perception, identity, the subconscious, dreams, memories and interpreted reality.”

All well and fine, but we prefer to frame the fascinating photocollages of Ms. Delia as sheer wonderment for all those whose idea of a good time is tipping over an old cinder block, to see what lies beneath. It turns out there’s a riot of earthy, buggy life in these crawlspace explorations of the abandoned, overgrown places; all watched over by the artist’s eye and worth every encounter with the odd rusty nail, chipped lead paint, or shard of broken glass. The photographer will be present at the museum’s Nilson Gallery tonight, July 11, during an opening reception that runs from 6 to 8 pm.

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NAVESINK RIVER: ARTIEPALOOZA RETURNS

Pix from the 2013 edition of Artiepalooza, which attracted some 85 vessels at its peak, organizers say. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Among the incomparable delights of life on our beautiful Navesink River is the floating annual bash now known as Artiepalooza.

Centered in Blossom Cove on the Middletown side of the river, roughly opposite Riverview Medical Center, the daylong, boat-based event returns on Saturday bigger than ever, with six musical acts performing on a “raft” of three vessels tied together, as well as this: a pontoon selling Chilangos Restaurant fish tacos that partygoers can preorder by text message.

And it’s all for a good cause.

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ST. GEORGE’S ART FAIR MOVES TO LABOR DAY

sunflowerSUNFLOWER NEST by Avery Brighton was among the prize-winning works displayed at last year’s Canterbury Art Show…A Tapestry of the Arts. The three-day festival returns on Labor Day weekend to St. George’s by the River in Rumson.

Returning to St. George’s by the River Episcopal Church in Rumson for the third consecutive year, the annual Canterbury Art Show…a Tapestry of the Arts event moves to Labor Day weekend for the 2014 edition of the local exhibition and sale of juried and non-juried artwork.

Hundreds of attendees have enjoyed the Canterbury Art Show, at which more than 600 works by artists from all over New Jersey and beyond are displayed and sold. Event times for this year’s show are Friday, August 29 from 11am to 6 pm; Saturday, August 30 from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, August 31 from 12pm to 4pm. A special Meet the Artists reception will be held Friday evening from 7 pm to 9 pm. All proceeds from the Art Show directly benefit St. George’s-by-the-River and its Outreach Grants to more than 30 local agencies serving the needy of Monmouth and Ocean counties, including Lunch Break, Family Promise, HABcore, 180 Turning Lives Around, and more.

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RED BANK: BOONDOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHT

071014 boondocks news2Eyewitness News anchor Lauren Glassberg interviews Boondocks diners  – including Sugarush owner Chris Paseka, at right.  (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

morsels mediumBack from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, Red Bank’s five-year-old Boondocks Fishery is about to get a bit of metro-area exposure.

An ABC Eyewitness News crew led by anchor Lauren Glassberg paid a visit Thursday for a segment on a Boondocks perennial favorite: Spicy Seafood Gumbo..

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RUMSON: “SUP” AT VICTORY PARK

supPaddlers and kayakers of all ability levels are invited to join a Shore Paddle on the Navesink event this Sunday, sponsored by Clean Ocean Action and Surfers Environmental Alliance.

You can do it by stand-up paddling (or, SUP) — you can get down and paddle it “prone” — or you can paddle your way by kayak. Whichever way you choose (and no matter how expert you’ve become at it), you’re invited to spend time with friendly competitors atop the waters of the Navesink River this Sunday, July 13, as a pair of locally based nonprofits team up to present a Shore Paddle event that commences from Rumson’s Victory Park at Lafayette Street.

Hosted by Clean Ocean Action and Surfers’ Environmental Alliance, the event runs two concurrent happenings — an 8-mile race that starts at 9 am, and a 3-mile Fun Paddle shoving off at 9:30 — with prizes awarded to the race winners, plus free SUP and yoga demos, eco-friendly crafts, and other all-ages activities in the park. The event will conclude with a “Beach Sweep” where participants will learn the importance of clean coasts.

It’s all for the benefit of COA and SEA, and it’s kickstarted on Thursday evening with a pre-party at Molly Maguire’s Gastropub in Rumson; a 6 pm soiree (with 10 per cent of proceeds dedicated to the orgs’ efforts to create cleaner, safer beaches throughout the region) that features music, drink specials, raffles of a wake board, paddle gear and more.

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SHREWSBURY POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of June 28 to July 3, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY1Report of Forgery in the area of Famous Footwear, Broad Street on 6/28/14. Victim reports unknown subject attempted to pass fraudulent currency. Ptl. Tracy Polk investigating.

Report of Harassment in the area of Shadowbrook Road on 6/30/14. Victim reports harassing phone calls from unknown subject(s). Ptl. Ralph Latham investigating.

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