ColinandBrad_1000The Two Man Group of Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood flips Red once again when the guys from WHOSE LINE retake the Count Basie stage for another go-round of impishly improv’d interactions.

In an interview that appeared here on redbankgreen some seasons back, improv king Brad Sherwood summed up The Two Man Group — the long-running, high-mileage live comedy show that teams him with fellow make-it-up-as-you-go-along master Colin Mochrie — by telling us, “We have more of a communal, collaborative relationship with the audience than an adversarial one… you’re laughing from a different part of your brain.”

If “different part of your brain” means “seat of your pants,” then you’ll understand exactly where Sherwood (a frequent flyer on various editions of TV’s Whose Line Is It Anyway?) is coming from. The veteran of LA’s Second City troupe met up with Vancouver native Mochrie — himself an alum of the legendary Toronto Second City company, and a permanent fixture/ set furnishing on every Whose Line variation from the BBC to ABC, to Comedy Central and the current CW series — on a local West Coast program. The two have crisscrossed the country with their “full time, part time gig” for more than a decade now — and when they return to the stage of the Count Basie Theatre on Friday, November 7, they’ll be bringing their low-budget/ high-yield unscripted show to the Red Bank audience for an eleventh (maybe more?) annual whistlestop.

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

AUTHORITIES_FH2_201410/04- A River Road business owner reported an attempted break-in at his location. Sgt. Dyksta and Ptl. Koetzner responded and observed what appeared to be pry marks on an outside door. Investigation was forwarded to Det. Stephen Schneider, no losses were reported.

10/06- Douglas Denoia, 25, Ocean, was charged with Possession of Radio Capable of Receiving Police, Fire or Emergency Medical Communications While in the Commission of a Crime. Sgt. Dykstra signed the complaint.

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So U ThinkThe cast of finalists from Season 11 of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE take to the Basie boards for a touring extravaganza this Wednesday, November 5.

The days when audiences balked at paying good money to attend entertainments that they “could see for free on TV” have long since gone the way of rabbit ear antennas and UHF dials — no place more so than at the Count Basie Theatre, where a whole generation of flat-screen favorites have become some of the most consistently popular draws in real-life, real-time 3-D.

This Wednesday, November 5, the Basie boards are due to take a dazzling pounding, when the 2014 touring production of the mega-hit competition series So You Think You Can Dance commandeers the stage for a single 8 pm performance. Highlighted by the participation of Season 11 winner Ricky Ubeda, the show promises to reside several spectacular cuts above the hand-held mics and slideshow presentations of your typical reality-star personal appearance.

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101714 raevisThe  front walkway at the Raevis house in Fair Haven is decorated with pumpkins grown in the community garden. Below, a bountiful harvest of pumpkins grown on a double plot in the garden. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)


091314 fhgardenEven with this second coming of lettuce and spinach, rules must be obeyed, and all forms of inner fencing, weed-control sheeting, rakes, spades, hoses and whirligigs are to be removed from the Fair Haven Community Garden by this weekend, closing out another season.

Opinions on how the season went had a lot to do with what was planted and where. The sunnier plots nearest Ridge Road seemed to have a better tomato crop, while the cruciferous vegetables did better in the shadier back areas.
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Rumson-Fair Haven’s Peyton McCauley tallied a pair of first-half goals and the Bulldawgs defense took care of the rest in a 2-0 win that ended Shore Regional’s remarkable 15-year domination of the Shore Conference Tournament Sunday.  Rich Chrampanis’ new video-based website, Shore Sports Zone, has the highlights.

Both teams will continue in state tournament play, with RFH scheduled to Delran Monday. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)


AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014A 95-year-old pedestrian was struck by a car in a hit-and-run accident in Red Bank Sunday afternoon, according to a report by the Asbury Park Press.

Alphonse Tomaino was taken to Riverview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries after he was hit while crossing Broad Street at Pinckney Road, the Press reported on its website.

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LunchBreakNow that Lunch Break is one step closer to reaching their $5 million goal toward their “Step Up to the Plate” capital campaign for Lunch Break,” the Red Bank-based nonprofit is announcing a $1 Million Challenge.

This past August, an anonymous local philanthropist gave Lunch Break $1 million for their capital campaign and said, “I hope this donation inspires others to give and also step up to the plate.”

Inspire it did — now within $1 million of reaching their goal, Lunch Break announced that a group of local donors has pledged $500,000 as a “challenge” grant. In other words, every dollar donated from today until 11:59 pm on December 31, 2014 will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the donor group, up to a half million dollars.

“This challenge puts us one step closer, literally, to reaching our goal,” said Mark Brahney, president of the Lunch Break Board of Trustees.  “The funds raised to date have ensured the completion of Phase 1 and Phase 2.  The remaining funds are for Phase 3— the purchase of additional property and a capital reserve/endowment fund to sustain Lunch Break for years to come.”

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The Artist and the Model.Aida Foch and Jean Rochefort star in THE ARTIST AND THE MODEL, one of a series of recent foreign films screening for free, Mondays in November at Middletown Library.

The Movie Mondays series of free afternoon film screenings continues at Middletown Township Public Library, where the word for November isn’t spoken out loud, so much as it is subtitled — for it’s a set of recent foreign films that take the spotlight, beginning this Monday, November 3.

Set in Nazi-era occupied France — and sumptuously photographed in black and white — The Artist and the Model details the bond between a renowned (but aging and disillusioned) sculptor and the young muse who enters into his life: a Spanish war refugee, sought-after escapee and possible fighter for the Resistance. Jean Rochefort stars with Aida Foch (and Claudia Cardinale!) in the 2012 drama from director Fernando Trueba. Ages 18 and up only for this one, screening at 2:30 pm.

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garrett sickels 010112[CLARIFICATION: The original version of this story mistakenly reported, in the headline and body of the story, that Garrett Sickels and his three teammates were “arrested.” According to Sickels’ father, Stanley Sickels, they were issued summonses but not taken into custody. Stanley Sickels said all four players maintain their innocence. November 2, 2014]

Red Bank’s Garrett Sickels is among four Penn State football players facing disciplinary action after being charged late Thursday night for egging a campus building.

Sickels, a sophomore defensive end who was a standout at Red Bank Regional, and three teammates were was issued a summons for criminal mischief for throwing eggs at a residential building, according to a report Friday by

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a-chrissieChrissie Hynde and her band take it to the Basie boards on Sunday, for a recreation of the first PRETENDERS album and a full review of her new release, STOCKHOLM.

When she emerged — out of London, by way of Akron — as frontwoman and driving force of The Pretenders in 1979, Chrissie Hynde had already been something of a best-kept-secret player on the nascent Punk scene for several years. And by the time the band’s debut album was released to trans-Atlantic acclaim later that year, it was evident that — maybe more than anyone else — the American expat would fulfill the mission of the New Wave: to take back The Rock from ponderous album/arena bands, and make the world safe for smart, sweet, savvy singles once more.

When the Hall of Fame rocker rolls into Red Bank’s Count Basie this Sunday, November 2, she’ll be doing the elder-stateswoman thing of summoning past glories, in the process of moving forward with some of her freshest new music in years. Billed as the artist’s first-ever solo tour, it’s a full-band affair that finds Hynde performing a lip-to-label spin through that 1979 Pretenders LP; its fab 45s and deep-cut classics (“Brass in Pocket,” “Kid,” “Stop Your Sobbing,” “Mystery Achievement,” “Precious”) — in addition to a crash course in her new release, Stockholm.

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Rumson-Fair Haven quarterback Mike O’Connor streaked 90 yards for a TD and wideout Murray McHeffey pulled in a couple of sensational diving catches as the Dawgs moved to 5-2 on the season with a 27-7 win at home against Raritan Friday night. Shore Sports Zone has the game highlights, as well as a longer  reel of five great games from the evening right here.