RED BANK: NO WINTER DANCE FOR BUDDY

BuddyThe Count Basie Theatre has announced that BUDDY, the touring jukebox musical scheduled to come to town on Tuesday, has been rescheduled to April 4 at 3 pm, with all ticket sales for the January 27 engagement honored.  

It was very nearly 56 years ago that the Winter Dance Party rock and roll tour headlined by Buddy Holly ended in disaster, when the small plane containing the singer-songwriter and two of his chart-topping tourmates — Richie Valens (“La Bamba”) and The Big Bopper (“Chantilly Lace”) — crashed in an Iowa cornfield; a tragedy that came to be known as The Day the Music Died. Since that time, the legend of the bespectacled Texan who reigned so briefly and brightly on the Billboards has only grown — bolstered by a catalog of forward-looking recordings that include “Rave On,” “Peggy Sue” and “That’ll Be the Day.”

Having been paid tribute by nearly every rocker of the past half century (as well as portrayed on screen by Marshall Crenshaw and the inimitable Gary Busey), Charles Hardin Holley was more than just a big-beat pioneer — his life and legacy also inspired what’s widely credited as the first modern “jukebox” stage musical: Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, a UK-spawned hit that’s run nonstop for over 25 years, with a North American touring production that comes to the Count Basie Theatre this Tuesday, January 27 (UPDATE: rescheduled to April 4 at 3 pm).

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RUMSON: PETS WELCOME AT CHURCH SERVICE

100514 beast blessing11Reverend Ophelia Laughlin blesses a dog at St. George’s-by-the-River’s annual St. Francis Day event last October. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

StGeorgeThe Vatican may be fuzzy on whether animals get into heaven, but an Episcopal church in Rumson says they’re certainly welcome at services.

St. George’s-by-the-River will start offering a monthly worship next month at which all pets are welcome, associate pastor Reverend Jeff Roy tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of January 15 to January 22, 2015. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief occurring between 1-15-15 and 1-16-15 at Locust Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) keyed her parked vehicle on both sides entire length. Ptl. Michael Zadlock.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 1-18-15 at Union St. Victim reported that unknown person(s) shattered both the rear window and driver’s side rear window on parked vehicle. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR GETS GRADE OF A+

rbrThe Red Bank Regional School District recently placed in the top 5 percent of all New Jersey districts, in a ranking conducted by the website Niche.com — a survey that also rated neighboring Rumson-Fair Haven as the top district in Monmouth County.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The nationwide education review website Niche recently released its national and state “Best School Districts” ratings, and ranked Red Bank Regional High School as number 31 in New Jersey, out of a total of 561 school districts — a rating that places RBR within the top 5 percent of the state’s districts.

The site also ranked RBR the third best school district in Monmouth County, behind Rumson-Fair Haven Regional (21) and Holmdel (30). Red Bank Regional received an overall school district grade of A+.

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RED BANK: LUNCH BREAK HOSTS ‘SOUPER BOWL’

Press release from Lunch Break Inc.

Did you know that more food is consumed in the United States on Super Bowl Sunday than on any other day of the year — including, believe it or not, Thanksgiving and Christmas?  With a record number of individuals and families in our own neighborhoods throughout  Monmouth and Ocean Counties needing assistance from Lunch Break, there’s never been more of a need to tackle hunger on our home field.

In a 2013 New Jersey Poverty Research Institute study, it was determined that more than two million people in the State of New Jersey struggle to meet their basic needs. That represents an increase of more than 300,000 since the beginning of the economic recession in 2008. Nationally, the poverty line is defined at about $23,000 for a family of four — and the study put New Jersey’s threshold at double that amount, because the cost of living in the Garden State is dramatically higher than the national average.  Increasing numbers of local families continue to struggle with hunger every day. In fact, 85 percent of those who come to Lunch Break for help have at least one full-time job.

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BLIZZARD: CANCELLATIONS AND SUCH…

riverside 122810 2Scenes from the December 26, 2010 blizzard that paralyzed Red Bank for days. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

We’ll update this post at the top as new cancellations come in.

globe ct 122810• Rumson: No trash collection Tuesday. No school, either. And parks are closed at dusk today.

• Red Bank: The Count Basie Theatre presentation of ‘The Buddy Holly Story,’ scheduled for Tuesday night, has been moved to a matinee performance on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at 3pm. All tickets will be honored.

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ON THE GREEN: BRACING FOR A BLIZZARD

bread 012515The bread shelves at the SuperFoodtown in Red Bank were nearly bare Sunday afternoon as locals stocked up in anticipation of a blizzard expected to sock the region Monday and Tuesday.

The National Weather Service expects light snow Monday morning, but has a blizzard warning in effect from noon Monday through 6 p.m. Tuesday, with whiteout conditions and accumulations expected to total 18 to 28 inches, with higher drifts as a result of strong winds.

As of 6 p.m. Sunday, Red Bank had cancelled trash and recycling pickups scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, and was reminding residents to get their vehicles off the street once snow starts falling. Details here.

Be sure to check with redbankgreen and our Facebook page for updates, including closings and reschedulings. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: PLOWING THE NORTH 40

GUBBAY 012415“I’ve been dying for a real snow,” Adrian Gubbay told redbankgreen as he cleared slush in front of a neighbor’s house on Madison Avenue in Red Bank Saturday morning. The overnight snowfall gave Gubbay his first opportunity to use an old family tractor he’d restored in recent months. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

ON THE GREEN: IT GETS UGLY FAST

rb snow 012415 5rb snow 012415 4It looked pretty for a while. But an overnight snowfall – the first significant one of the season – that left two inches of white on the Greater Red Bank Green had been turned by rain into serious slush by 5 a.m. Saturday in downtown Red Bank.

The National Weather Service forecast is for a rain throughout the day Saturday, heavy at times, turning to snow showers overnight but with little or no accumulation. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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LINCROFT: SPEAKING FOR THE FISHES

TimDillinghamAmerican Littoral Society exec director Tim Dillingham (pictured here with piping plover pal) is the special guest speaker, during a public-invited event hosted by the Brookdale Community College Environmental Club on Monday evening.

If Dr. Seuss’s character The Lorax speaks for the trees, then in Tim Dillingham the native species of our coastal waterways have an articulate advocate who’s proud to “represent the fish.”

As Executive Director of the American Littoral Society since 2003, Dillingham has been a vocal and visible steward for the mission of the environmental organization first founded in that pre-Earth Day era of 1961 — whether donning suit and tie as a gubernatorial appointee to high-level advisory councils and panels, or wading into the region’s waters to conserve the ecological connections between horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds. On Monday evening, January 26, the director ventures inland for a visit to the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College, where he’ll assess the health of New Jersey’s ocean environment — and the always-uneasy relationship between inhabited coastlines and uninhibited seas — in a free, public-invited meeting.

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RED BANK: BROTHERS REOPENING DELAYED

brothers 012215A notice on the door at Brothers Thursday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The work required to reopen HOT-TOPIC_03Brothers, damaged earlier this month by a water leak, will keep the Red Bank bar and pizzeria closed for at least another month, an owner tells redbankgreen.

“The good news is we were approved by our insurance company” on a damage claim, Ralph Ventre said Friday. “The bad news is it’s going to take four-to-five weeks to make the repairs.”

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? SAL’S SANDWICH

salsoriginal Boars Head turkey on store-baked bread at Sal’s Original in Shrewsbury. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumAfter running some errands in Shrewsbury to pick up some pens at Staples and frozen mahi mahi at Trader Joe’s (makes for great fish tacos), we noticed it was close enough to lunch time to swing by Sal’s Original for a sandwich.

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ON THE GREEN: SNOW AND RAIN IN FORECAST

rb ice 012215Snow may blanket more than just our beautiful Navesink River, as seen from Maple Avenue in Red Bank Thursday. The National Weather Service says we could get up to three inches between late Friday night and Saturday morning, with the precipitation turning back to rain as temperatures rise to about 38 degrees during the day. (Weather Underground and the Weather Channel put it at up to five inches.) Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny, but there could be more accumulating snow Sunday night and Monday.   (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN BOARD OF ED MEMBERS SWORN IN

FH Board 1It’s official as (left to right) Bruce Padula, Jennifer Halcrow, and Karen Saad participate in the January 7 Fair Haven Board of Education meeting after being sworn in.

Press release from Fair Haven School District

At a reorganization meeting held on January 7, Fair Haven residents Jennifer Halcrow, Bruce Padula, and Karen Saad were sworn in as members of the borough’s Board of Education. The three new members, all of whom were duly elected to full three-year terms, will  serve on the board along with Michael Bernstein, Claudia Brasch (Vice President), Mark Mancuso (President), Tracy Rehder, Jeffrey Spector, and Randi Walker.

The oath of office was administered by Board of Education Attorney Anthony P. Scarrillo. Among those in attendance and offering congratulations and support was former Board member Katy Frissora, who was thanked for her eight years of dedicated service by Mancuso. Frissora and Cathy Alescio, who served one term of three years, both did not seek re-election this year when their terms expired.

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RUMSON: FORRESTDALE MUSICIANS SHINE

Press release from Rumson School District

The Instrumental Music Program at Forrestdale School in Rumson took center stage for the Winter Concert on January 15, when the Intermediate and Advanced Bands and the Jazz Ensemble under the direction of John Lebitsch entertained a large and appreciative audience in the school gymnasium.

The Winter Concert featured selections that allowed various sections of the bands to shine. A crowd favorite, “Percussion Portrait” by Jerry Nowak, was performed by the Advanced Band and showcased the skills of the percussion section on six different instruments.

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RBR POWERS FROM BEHIND TO TOP WALL

Coming back from a 13-point deficit to score more points in the first quarter than in the previous three, the Red Bank Regional Buc grabbed a big win on the road against Wall Township Thursday night. Shore Sports Zone has the thrilling video highlights.

CHURN: A COUNTDOWN CLOCK & A BULL’S EYE

rb blue 011015 2The website of Blu Bistro features a digital clock ticking off the seconds to the opening date. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn small This edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn finds acres of wallboard transforming spaces on the loosely defined West Side of Red Bank these days.

That means lots of new businesses on the horizon in coming months – or in the case of one new restaurant, days, hours, minutes and seconds.

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RED BANK: NEW MOON, NEW WAYS TO HEAL

odetothemoontwoAccording to Eleonora Rachele Zampatti, “All the arts are therapy to heal” — and this Sunday, January 25, the founder of the monthly Ode to the Moon yoga program joins with the Monmouth County-based nonprofit 180 Turning Lives Around for an occasion designed “to celebrate the new moon in the New Year with the benefits of yoga and healing art, in a special event to aid the victims of domestic violence.”

Herself a survivor of domestic violence, Zampatti will present an afternoon of locally sourced art, live music, therapeutic yoga and healthy refreshments — all for the benefit of 180’s programs, and all of it hosted at Renaissance Pilates (8 East Front Street in Red Bank) beginning at 3 pm.

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BARRY SCORES 24 IN R-FH ROMP AT HOME

Brendan Barry scored 24 points in Rumson-Fair Haven’s 67-29 home win against Jackson Memorial Wednesday. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

The Bulldogs, now 10-2 for the season,  hit the road on Friday for an “A” Central game against Manasquan.

RB REGIONAL’S CLAY HONORED ON MLK DAY

risaclayRed Bank Regional principal Risa Clay was honored by the Pilgrim Baptist Church’s Commemorative Celebration Committee with its Community Leadership Award, on Martin Luther King Day.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Risa Clay, principal of Red Bank Regional High School, was honored on January 19 by the Pilgrim Baptist Church Commemorative Celebration Committee with its Community Leadership Award, during its annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Commemorative Celebration.

The event, which also honored Linda Ambis of The Community YMCA, featured the participation of religious leaders from Monmouth Reform Temple and several other area church congregations, in addition to Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna and Police Chief Darren McConnell. Reverend Bernadette Glover from St Paul Baptist Church in Montclair was the event’s special guest speaker, and the Red Bank Regional High School Choir performed throughout the three-hour event along with other area youth groups.

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RBR’S MITCHELL HOLDS SSZ GAME BALL

Red Bank Regional guard Anthony Mitchell captured the second Shore Sports Zone Game Ball after a stellar week for the Bucs. Mitchell averaged 19 points per game in a pair of wins and pulled in a staggering 17,175 votes in just over 48 hours to edge out Southern Regional’s Jack Logue for the honor. 

ON THE GREEN: SNOWFALL LEAVES A DUSTING

rb snow 012215An overnight snow left cars and lawns lightly dusted, but Pinckney Road and other streets in Red Bank were clear shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday.

A more significant snowfall is expected this weekend, however, when up to four inches of snow may accumulate Friday night and Saturday, the National Weather Service forecasts. More accumulation is possible Sunday night and Monday, it says.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: EXPECT SLIPPERY ROADS

rb plows 012115rb snow 012115 1Red Bank borough plows and a salt spreader at the Broad Street post office stand at the ready for expected snow Wednesday afternoon. The National Weather Service puts the likelihood of snow after 5 p.m. at 60 percent, with slippery roadway conditions an accumulation of less than an inch overnight.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

MIDDLETOWN: WINGING IT OVER TO CLAUDIE’S

011715 claudies lowensteinKathy Lowenstein in the kitchen of Claudie’s, a gas-station convenience store/chicken joint. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

011715 claudies1Really good fried chicken in a gas station quick-stop? Working off of a tip from a friend, PieHole made its way over the Cooper Bridge from Red Bank to Middletown, where we found Claudie’s hidden behind the pumps of a former Sunoco station, now selling fuel branded “76.”

Further concealed in the back of the convenience store, Claudie’s is owned by Craig Ford and Kathy Lowenstein and named for Ford’s mother, Claudette. Ford, who also owns the multi-location Sea Breeze Cleaners, partnered with his employee Lowenstein to create this venture about a year ago.

“Craig is the financial background here, and the chicken is mine,” Lowenstein said.

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LITTLE SILVER: BRICKISH IN THE BOROUGH

ls-lego-500x375A unique local tradition returns Saturday when families assemble to “Build Little Silver with LEGOs” at Embury Methodist Church. (File photo by Dustin Racioppi)

Some American municipalities lay claim to their Zombie Walks; their Shad Festivals; their bug-eating, wife-carrying, turkey-bowling, Flax Scutching competitions that serve to distinguish one dot on the map from another.

Here on the greater Green, one seemingly small-scale event looms large enough to serve as a major signifier of community pride and family togetherness — a role that it’s fulfilled for the past five years.

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