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RED BANK: TWO AGAINST NATURE

Steely DanContinuing a triumphal return to the concert stage, Donald Fagen and Walter Becker bring their 2014 edition of Steely Dan back to the Basie for a two-night stand on September 3 and 4. (Photo by Danny Clinch) 

At a top-ticket price of 200 bucks — and that’s without even a meet-and-greet — it’s a premium attraction for even so stately a stage as the Count Basie Theatre. But then, time was you couldn’t buy the thrill of a live show by Steely Dan at any price, since the jazz-rock combine of Donald Fagen and Walter Becker removed themselves from the road at the height of their hitmaking run — a trick usually reserved for, say, The Beatles and no one else.

Having pretty much sat out the 1980s in their entirety, the Fagen-Becker team made a surprising reunion 20 years ago — and an equally surprising about-face, when they became known more for their hard-touring live act than for their ultra-precise studio recordings (including 2000’s Grammy album of the year Two Against Nature). When Steely Dan takes the Basie boards with their accomplished crew of jazz-seasoned players, it will be a two-night midweek stopover on the banks of the Navesink, September 3 and 4.

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RED BANK: DANCER GETS NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT

Nick Mishoe dancing as a member of the two-person Blue Journey in the ‘America’s Got Talent’ quarterfinals earlier this month, and in his Red Bank studio, below. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

nichola mishoe 081814School may just be getting back in session, but the young dancing students of Red Bank’s Academy of Dance Arts will have a good excuse for staying up late on Wednesday night.

Their instructor, Nick Mishoe, is half of a dancing pair called Blue Journey that has made it to the semifinals of NBC’s ‘America’s Got Talent.’

For the uninitiated, AGT is “a giant talent show in which we’re competing against acrobats, magicians, jump-ropers, musical groups” and more for a grand prize of $1 million, Mishoe tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: A LABOR OF LOVE FOR ISAAK

Chris Isaak“Keepin’ a low profile” as ever, retro-rocking crooner Chris Isaak makes another encore appearance at the Count Basie Theatre this SUNday, gigging behind a heartfelt tribute to the million-dollar giants of the legendary Sun Studios stable.

He was marketed in the 1980s as that hunky California-bred crooner with a sensitive, vulnerable side; a sharp-dressed, retro-styled rocker with a smooth Elvissy tone, a championship pout and a perfect poker face for sexy videos — as well as a surreal string of songs about how lonely he was, how his baby’s gone away, even how “I watch your funeral in the rain.”

Fans who flocked to his live shows quickly discovered another whole side of Chris Isaak entirely — a beaming, engaged and energetic entertainer; a musicologist with a sly penchant for the surprise cover tune. A born joker and onstage cut-up, whose considerable comic skills were shown to fine effect in his (unfortunately overlooked) Showtime sitcom of several seasons back.

Still navigating the hairdo-messing currents of the millennial music biz with wisdom and grace, Isaak and his most excellent compadres in Silvertone make another in an ever-growing series of appearances at the Count Basie Theatre this Sunday, August 31 — a show that promises a mix of his own signature songs (including “Baby Did a Bad Bad Thing”) with selections from his most recent release to date, 2011’s Beyond the Sun.

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RED BANK: MOONSHINE REPLACES NEON

rb crate's 082614 2A display of moonshine products at Crate’s Liquor in Red Bank. (Photos by Rachel Weston. Click to enlarge)

By RACHEL WESTON

rb crate's 082614Neon signs may be endangered, but the light of the moon shines more brightly in Red Bank after Crate’s Liquors installed a new window display last week.

Russell Burlew, owner of the North Bridge Avenue bottle shop, was among the retailers who received a confusing letter from borough hall this spring directing them to remove illuminated and neon signs from storefront windows. The signs violated borough ordinances, they were told.

After an outcry by business owners, some of whom have had their signs for decades, enforcement of the orders has been halted by the borough council, which is reviewing the sign ordinance.

Meantime, though, Burlew went ahead and removed 15 signs that advertised beer and other beverages and found a new use for the space: a moonshine display.

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NAVESINK RIVER: DREDGEFUL WORK

currituck 082714redbankgreen reader Michael McMahon snapped this shot of the Army Corps of Engineers dredge Currituck working in our beautiful Navesink River near the Oceanic Bridge earlier this week.

A “hopper” dredge, the ship features a hull that opens along its length to scoop up spoils from the river bottom. It’s working to clear shoals in both the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers, and depositing the spoils on the ocean side of Sandy Hook,  according to a report by Dvids.net, which has more info about the vessel and the project. (Photo by Michael McMahon. Click to enlarge)

WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? JAMIAN’S HAS IT

jamians chick blt 081414morsels mediumPieHole spiced up a recent lunch outing with this sandwich from the specials menu at Jamian’s Food & Drink on Monmouth Street in Red Bank.

It’s a chicken BLT on ciabatta roll with lettuce, tomato and a zesty sriracha mayo. Served with a side of fries and your favorite beverage in the open-air bar, this $7 meal serves as the centerpiece for a nice midday getaway.  

Wondering where to have lunch today? Check out PieHole’s What’s for Lunch archive for some ideas. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

SEA BRIGHT: CHRISTIE PLEDGES SEAWALL FIX

sb seawall 051114Sea Bright will get $8.5 million from the state to repair and fill gaps in its seawall, adding protection from future storms for the downtown, Governor Chris Christie said in a visit to the borough Thursday, according to NJ.com. Financed by the state Department of Environmental Protection’s Shore Protection Fund, the project is scheduled to go out to bid later this year, with construction slated to begin next spring or early next summer, Christie said. Above, a portion of the barrier as it appeared in May. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: PARK CIRCLE MAY HONOR WHITE

rb marine park 082814Under an ordinance proposed by Mayor Pasquale Menna, the circle at Marine Park would be named for late Mayor Katharine Elkus White, seen below in 1948. (Photo above by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

katherine-elkus-white-1948Red Bank’s first and only female mayor, Katharine Elkus White, is up for a drive in the park.

Marine Park, that is. Mayor Pasquale Menna on Wednesday night proposed naming the parking area at the riverfront facility for White, who also served as the first chairperson of the New Jersey Highway Authority and four years as America’s ambassador to Denmark.

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RED BANK: JOAN RIVERS SHOW ON HOLD

joan rivers abcFriday’s show at the Basie was one of 26 appearances the 81-year-old comedian had lined up between now and late November, ABC News reports.  (Click to enlarge)

One day before she was scheduled to appear in Red Bank, comedian Joan Rivers was hospitalized in New York Thursday.

With the the tart-tongued 81-year-old said to be in critical but stable condition, the Count Basie Theatre has postponed a show slated for Friday night.

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IT’S ALL CRICKET, AT LIBRARY FUNDRAISER

Oceanic LibThe Seabright Lawn Tennis and Cricket Club is the setting for a roof-raising fundraiser, on behalf of Rumson’s Oceanic Free Library and scheduled for September 14.

When last we looked in on Rumson’s Oceanic Free Library, the venerable borough landmark was actively prosecuting a “Raise the Roof!” capital campaign — an endeavor dedicated to funding some needed refurbishments and refreshments of the library building, through fundraising vehicles that ranged from a Cupcake Wars challenge, to an afternoon tea with superstar decorator Mario Buatta.

On Sunday, September 14, it’s “anyone for tennis” — or perhaps a spot of cricket — as the Seabright Lawn Tennis and Cricket Club  (Tennis Court Lane in Rumson) hosts an evening benefit event for the library’s cause. Scheduled from 5 to 7:30 pm, it’s an event that promises wine, beer, hors d’oeuvres, plus silent auction, 50/50 and an end-of-summer opportunity to enjoy the scenic setting of the grass-court club founded in 1877.

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LITTLE SILVER: LOCALLY GROWN & LEGENDARY

Sickles tomatoOne of the championship tomatoes grown by two time winner Mike Mansfield of Oceanport is weighed by Sickles Market garden manager Natale Siclare, in a past edition of the annual Biggest Tomato Contest. Top-seeded contestants will attempt to ketchup with the record when the annual event returns to the Little Silver landmark on Saturday, with LEGENDARY LOCALS author Eileen Moon also on premises. (File photo by Peter Lindner) 

The competition is hot and heavy as a Sunday Sauce — and the stakes, it goes without saying, are high — as Sickles Market will once again play host to an event that salutes the end of summer in inimitable Jersey style: the Biggest Tomato Contest. The third annual edition of the popular promotion returns to the Little Silver landmark this Saturday, August 30, with weigh-in time at 1 pm.

Judging will take place in two age groups — adults, and kids aged 5 to 13 — with the winning junior champ awarded a Sickles Market Gardening Kit, and the adult category winner presented with a $100 gift certificate. Contest rules require that a tomato must be presented by the grower, with entries judged by weight only. Mike Mansfield, an Oceanport resident and winner of both previous contests, is the current record holder with a 2012 entry that sagged the scales at 3.26 pounds.

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FAIR HAVEN: FINE DINING, FAIR-STYLE

082214-fhfair steamersSteamers and pitchers of beer dominate the tables at the Fair Haven Fireman’s Fair. Below, volunteers Raquel Falotico and Christina Schrank. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

082214 fh fair aux1It’s time for the first seating in the dining tent at the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair, and the members of the all-volunteer fire department’s Auxiliary are once again organized and ready for the challenge.

It’s 6 p.m., and already there are more people in line for dinner than there are tables and seats. But they patiently wait their turn, some holding plastic cups of beer while chatting with neighbors, many with small children eager to hit the rides. A long line of baby strollers stands parked between the cashier and takeout window.

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RED BANK: MAN GETS 14 YEARS FOR MURDER

9-bank-door2Broken glass littered the porch of the Bank Street house where Larry Yarbrough Jr., below, was murdered in 2011. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

larry-yarbroughA Red Bank man was sentenced to 14 years in state prison for  stabbing death of another borough resident three years ago.

Four months after he pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and aggravated assault, Jose Olivares-Palma, 26, was sentenced Wednesday for killing Larry Yarborough, 39, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni said in a prepared statement released Thursday morning.

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SANDY HOOK: TEEN DROWNS IN OCEAN

sandy hook 061712Sandy Hook as seen from the Azzolina Bridge in 2012. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

A Middlesex County teenager died hours after being pulled unresponsive from the Atlantic Ocean at Sandy Hook Tuesday evening, NJ.com reports.

Sarmad Rizvi, 17, of South Plainfield, “disappeared into the ocean” while swimming with family and friends off an unguarded beach between areas C and D,  the news site reported.

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RMC FOUNDATION NAMES SIX TO BOARD

RMC boardNew foundation board trustees of Riverview Medical Center include (clockwise from top left): Hilary DiPietro, Charels E. Komar, Shawn Reynolds, Benedict J. Torvicia Jr., Danielle Sherwood and Jonathan Schultz.

Press release from Riverview Medical Center

Thomas J. Gravina, chairman of Riverview Medical Center Foundation, is proud to welcome six new members to the Board of Trustees. The newly elected Foundation Board of Trustees include: Hilary DiPiero, Charles E. Komar, Shawn Reynolds, Danielle Sherwood, Jonathan Schultz, and Benedict J. Torcivia, Jr.

“We are thrilled that these individuals have accepted positions on the Riverview Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees,” says Thomas J. Gravina, chairman. “These new trustees will join an elite group of leaders who have chosen to invest their time and skills in Riverview to help make a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.” Read More »

RED BANK: SMUT AND WEED AT THE MARKET

082414 rbfarmers mktCorn smut, or huitlacoche,  for sale at the Twin Pond Farm table.   (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

morsels mediumThe Red Bank Farmers’ Market can be counted on as a great source of fresh-picked tomatoes, corn on the cob and sunflowers, all of which and more PieHole found in abundance last Sunday.

And then there were the oddball items, one of which came with an eyebrow-raising name.

“Corn smut is what it’s called,” said Jen from Twin Pond Farm in Howell,  referring to the strange amalgam on the table between us. We looked from her to the container and back, thinking maybe we didn’t hear her correctly. “Corn smut is a fungus and a delicacy that came from some blue Peruvian corn we are growing,” she added.

Returning home, we found recipes for corn smut in a Mexican cookbook, and it is, indeed, considered a delicacy. Used in a quesadilla with cheese, it isn’t that different from a mushroom.

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RUMSON: ON THE ROAD TO CANTERBURY

St George artistSt. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church takes its place among the works of art on display, with tours offered during the annual Canterbury Art Show that begins on Friday, August 29.

Returning to St. George’s by the River Episcopal Church in Rumson for the third consecutive year — and relocated to Labor Day weekend for the first time — the annual Canterbury Art Show…A Tapestry of the Arts event brings one of the area’s largest exhibitions and sales of juried and non-juried artwork back to the banks of the greater Green — with a grand “new” work of art taking center stage.

According to church Rector Ophelia Laughlin, “The building of St. George’s by-the-River is itself a masterpiece of art and 19th century architecture” — and this Saturday and Sunday, attendees will be able to take guided Architectural Highlight Tours of the church property at 7 Lincoln Avenue; a setting that’s framed by Laughlin as “a beloved venue for local artists to show off their God-given gifts for the rest of us to enjoy.”

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A BUC BACKER BASH ON THE BANKS

BucBackerKim Brockway, Judy Bonanno (both Shrewsbury) and Lu White (Union Beach) are only in it for the Bucs, as the RBR Buc Backer Foundation members get busy planning the annual Buc Backer Bash, scheduled for September 13 at Red Bank’s Monmouth Boat Club.

Time was, a boatload of buccaneers might have been repelled from the shore by a brigade of brave townsfolk. On Saturday, September 13, however, some energetic members of the community will be cheering on the Bucs from the banks of the Navesink, as the RBR Buc Backer Foundation hosts the 2014 edition of the annual Buc Backer Bash.

Between the hours of 7 to 10 pm, the historic Monmouth Boat Club at 31 Union Street in Red Bank will be the scenic setting for an event that offers live music, food and adult beverages — all included in the cost of admission — as well as games and basket raffles. And, as always, proceds from ticket and raffle sales support the programs of the Red Bank Regional School District.

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SUMMER 2014: GONE FISHIN’

rb fishing 082614Under sunny skies, an unidentified boater fished the blue waters of our beautiful Navesink River near the Route 35 Cooper Bridge Tuesday. A boatload of sunshine fills the forecast through Saturday, with Sunday expected to be partly sunny and Labor Day giving summer a mostly cloudy goodbye, according to to the National Weather Service. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

RUMSON: MAN CHARGED IN OXFORD O.D.

oxford rumson 2 011214.JPGThe overdose death of an Oxford House resident has resulted in charges against a man described by authorities as an acquaintance.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

An Avon-by-the-Sea man has been charged for allegedly supplying the heroin that led to the overdose death of a resident of Rumson’s Oxford House rehab facility last October, the Monmouth County Prosecutor announced Tuesday.

Michael Renna, 25, was charged with one count of first degree strict liability for a drug-induced death and one count of third-degree distribution of a controlled dangerous substance, Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni said in a prepared statement.

News about the death of 25-year-old Christopher Pesce was the first that word that nearby residents had that the recovery residence had opened two months earlier in their residential corner of Rumson, and ignited a firestorm of objections.

It also led to a pair of countervailing lawsuits by the borough and Oxford House, litigation that now appears to be close to settlement.

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RED BANK: HOUSE FULL OF UNCLES

UncleFunkyThe men from Uncle Funky commandeer the Red Bank Woman’s Club for a Reckless Steamy Night house party on Friday, August 29.

It’s a house party unlike any other — and a best-kept-secret attraction that’s uniquely Red Bank. Hosted at the historic Woman’s Club on Broad Street and presented by the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation, the long-running series of Reckless Steamy Friday Nights has granted music connoisseurs an intimate audience with American sounds that range from Delta blues, Dixieland and Chicago styles, to West Coast cool and Manhattan cabaret.

For the last-Friday-of-the-month session on August 29, the old Anthony Reckless house welcomes a crew of Red Bank neighbors — Uncle Funky, a five piece combo (Bo Pezzullo on guitar, Mike Bukarica on bass and vocals, Joe Febb on drums and vocals, Jim Beckerman on piano/accordion and vocals and Drew Bolognini on vocals and harmonica) that brings its brand of “bluesy Nawlins rockin’ roots” to the parlor for a visit that offers “roof-raising twists to some of the best songs of all time,” in a manner that “refuses to live in the past…instead, we drag the present down to our level.”

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