HOCKEY: RBC POSTS STRONG COMEBACK

Bouncing back from a 5-3 deficit in the third, Red Bank Catholic finished strong and beat St. Rose, 7-5, at the Red Bank Armory Wednesday. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

And have you seen SSZ’s viral video of the superdekes by a Freehold Township player against Middletown North? It’s must-see SSZ that’s been picked up by sports outlets across multiple time zones.

RFH BARRY GRABS DEBUT SSZ GAME BALL

Rumson-Fair Haven guard Brendan Barry became the first recipient of a Shore Sports Zone Game Ball in high school hoops Wednesday, two days after he set a Boardwalk Showcase record with 34 points against Point Pleasant Beach at Long Branch High School.  Barry captured the voting from fans.  Every Sunday, SSZ lists the top performers from the week and lets the fans choose the most deserving player.

RED BANK: MAN PUNCHED BROTHER, COPS SAY

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014A Red Bank man was charged with busting up a house and popping his brother in the mouth earlier this week, police say.

James P. Williams, 28, of 57 East Sunset Avenue, was reported to have kicked in the door at that address, smashed a TV set on the floor and punched his brother in the face shortly before 3 pm. Tuesday, according to a police report.

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LITTLE SILVER: CAR FLIPS ON RUMSON ROAD

ls crash 011415just_in1The lone occupant of  a 2015 Volvo wagon escaped with what appeared to be minor injuries after the vehicle veered into a utility pole and rolled over on Rumson Road  in Little Silver at about 2:33 Wednesday afternoon, police said. Sara Simpson, of Cary, North Carolina, got out of the wreck under her own power, but was transported by Little Silver First Aid volunteers to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune as a precaution, said police Detective Greg Oliva, who is investigating. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

MIDDLETOWN: ARRESTS

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

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014Christopher Finn, age 52, from Woodland Drive in Lincroft, NJ, arrested on January 2, 2015 by Patrolman Thomas Foster for Harassment and Criminal Mischief. He was released after posting $5,000.00 with a 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Robert Brock, age 35, from New Monmouth Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 2, 2015 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Wall Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

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LINCROFT: SPEAKING LITTORALLY AT BCC

Press release from Brookdale Community College

Tim Dillingham, Executive Director of the American Littoral Society, will discuss the health of New Jersey ocean environment and the uneasy relationship between inhabited coastlines and uninhibited seas on January 26 at Brookdale Community College.

The 6 pm meeting, open to the public, includes members of the BCC Environmental Club and the Jersey Shore (Monmouth) Sierra Group.

Specifically, Mr. Dillingham will focus on the need to restore and protect coastal habitat after Hurricane Sandy, and he will explore several defensive strategies for predicted sea level rise in the future.

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LITTLE SILVER: RELAYING THE CALL TO ACTION

First_lap--Survivors_and_CaregiversCancer survivors and caregivers walk the first lap of last year’s Relay for Life of the Two Rivers fundraiser, the 2015 edition of which returns to Red Bank Regional this May.

Each year, people from Red Bank, Shrewsbury, Little Silver, Fair Haven, Rumson, Oceanport, Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach take part in The Relay for Life of the Two Rivers — a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs for the American Cancer Society.

The locally based arm of the international Relay For Life effort is seeking community volunteers to help organize and plan its signature event, scheduled to take place in May at Red Bank Regional High School in Little Silver.  All proceeds go to the American Cancer Society to aid the fight against cancer.

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RED BANK: THE KING’S THE THING

img_3012Double Trouble: Scot Bruce and Mike Albert ARE the King, as the tenth annual Elvis Birthday Bash returns to the Basie on Friday night.

Hard as it may be to fathom the fact that the son of Gladys and Vernon Presley would have turned 80 years old this past Thursday, it’s even more mind-blowing to consider that our own Count Basie Theatre is home to a Kingly homage that marks a full 10 years of burnin’ love this Friday.

Scheduled for 8 pm, the annual Elvis Birthday Bash teams two masters of Presley-digitation — Scot Bruce and Mike Albert — for a two-act tribute concert that examines the many ages of Elvis, from his early days as a shockingly loose-hipped punk kid out of Memphis (channeled by LA-based actor and theme-park performer Bruce), to the King who reigned supreme over the Vegas strip (as embodied by Albert).

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AT BARNACLE BILL’S, VIEWS, VIBE AND VITTLES

010615 barnaclebills3A busy Tuesday night at Barnacle Bill’s, where the Tilefish Francaise swims in a pool of buttery, lemony sauce. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

010615 barnaclebills7How many years does it take for a saloon in a marina to become legendary? At the dead end of First Street in Rumson, Barnacle Bill’s has been searing burgers on an open grill and filling glasses at the bar for more than 40 years.

With high-top tables, coveted window seats overlooking our beautiful Navesink River and cozy family-sized tables in the slightly more gentrified dining room, it’s no wonder that there’s a waiting list any given night. In warmer weather, groups happily wait outside, taking in views of the river, the boats in the marina and the mansions on the bluff across the way. In frigid January, though, the waiting masses crowd around the fireplace in the bar area, children and adults making small talk with neighbors.
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RUMSON MANSION RAZED

59 w river 101514 159 w river 011315A century-old Rumson mansion has become the latest old structure in town to fall to the wrecking ball. Kelly Builders of Oceanport won borough planning board approval in October to demolish the structure, at the southwest corner of Third Street, and erect three single-family homes on the half-acre site. The brick pillars and fence along West River Road will be retained, according to planning board testimony.

According to Monmouth County property records, the house was built in 1904, and Kelly Builders bought it last year for $1.1 million. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

 

 

LINCROFT: SEEKING SPRING ARTS ENTRIES

mc parks artPress release from Monmouth County Parks System

This May, the Monmouth County Parks System is pleased to announce its first ever Spring Arts Festival. Held inside the Creative Arts Center at the Parks System’s Thompson Park headquarters on Newman Springs Road, this juried arts festival runs from 11 am to 6 pm on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3.

Entry deadline is February 16 for the event, to be judged by Red Bank photographers Robert and Elisabeth Koch-McKay (of McKay Imaging  Photography Studio and Gallery) and Joyce Urbanski of Holmdel. The event is open to artists from all mediums.

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HOCKEY: RFF TOPS PPB/SQUAN AS DOWD SITS

Brendan Ban had four goals and three assists to lead Rumson-Fair Haven to an 11-3 win over Point Pleasant Beach/Manasquan at the Red Bank Armory Monday. Rob Garavante added a hat trick for RFH, who raced out to a 6-0 lead and led 7-1 at the end of two periods. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

Point Pleasant Beach/Manasquan did not have head coach Jim Dowd behind the bench in the game. News 12 New Jersey reported that the former New Jersey Devils great is facing an allegations that he kicked a player in the back during last Wednesday’s game against Red Bank Regional at Jersey Shore Sports Arena. 

RUMSON: A DOC-THRILLER ON THE GREEN

The trailer for “The Green Prince,” screening at Congregation B’nai Israel later this month with a kosher lunch.

It’s preceded by “a delicious, kosher Israeli lunch,” according to a press release — and it’s followed by a discussion of the substantial issues raised within its 101-minute running time. It’s the feature-length documentary The Green Prince, and it’s coming to the greater Green for a single screening hosted at Congregation B’nai Israel in Rumson.

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MASON TO STEER INTO RED BANK TRAFFIC JAM

Dave-Mason_eventClassic rock legend Dave Mason bears witness to a career’s worth of historic hapenings on the Basie stage Thursday night. 

It wasn’t what you might have called a heavy-traffic day in Red Bank on February 10, 2010, when a paralyzing blizzard brought most movement to a snow-hushed halt — with the notable exception of Steve Winwood‘s tour bus, which crept into town so that the rock legend could perform an as-scheduled show for the benefit of what turned out to be a precious few attendees.

While the forecast for Thursday, January 15 calls neither for slammings of snow nor sightings of Steve, there is a Traffic alert being issued for the area in and around the stage of the Count Basie Theatre — where Winwood’s onetime colleague in that jazzy, jammy British band is due to arrive for a career-spanning concert presented under the name Dave Mason‘s Traffic Jam.

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LINCROFT: HONORING AUSCHWITZ LIBERATION

AnnWeiss.Headshot._SKPress release from Brookdale Community College

Community members are invited to take a rare look into the lives of Holocaust victims during a public presentation at Brookdale Community College on Monday, January 26.

Scheduled for 7 pm in the Navesink rooms of the Student Life Center building, the program features researcher and writer Ann Weiss (pictured) in a presentation of some of the more than 2,000 personal photos she uncovered during a trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in 1986.

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LINCROFT: UNINDICTED COW-CONSPIRATORS

Cowspiracy-1The cow-troversial documentary feature COWSPIRACY: THE SUSTAINABILITY SECRET screens for free at the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House in Lincroft, as a Sunday presentation of NJ Farm Animal Save.

It’s been called “the most destructive industry facing the planet today” — and unlike many things that might come to mind, it sits snugly on a sesame seed bun. Large-scale factory farming — particularly the production and process that brings BEEF to the take-out bag or table — is the bogeyman and bugaboo in COWSPIRACY: The Sustainability Secret, the feature-length documentary by Frisco-based filmmaker Kip Andersen that’s been credited with everything from “saving the planet,” to “regurgitating common myths” (this last from Beef Magazine).

Making the case that livestock production is accelerating environmental and public health crises through water and grain consumption, deforestation, soil depletion, methane emissions and obesity rates, the “shocking yet humorous” doc positions Andersen and co-producer Keegan Kuhn as figures caught up in a web of cover-ups and threatened reprisals — not just from Big Cattle, but from trusted “leaders in the environmental movement” as well. The 2014 film, which has been made available to community groups for free screenings nationwide, comes to the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County Meeting House on West Front Street this Sunday, January 11, as part of the ongoing Social Action Film Series.

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RED BANK: SUCH QUACKY WEATHER…

navesink ice 010915The ice on the Navesink – or what used to be called the North Shrewsbury – River “certainly isn’t good” for sport after just a couple of days of bitter cold, according to the ice line at the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club Friday. But following an unexpected snowfall of about an inch in the morning, somebody found it sufficient for walking, as seen from the Cooper Bridge early Friday afternoon.

After soaring into the mid-30s Friday afternoon, overnight temperatures are expected dip into the low teens Friday and Saturday nights, with a daytime peak of only about 22 degrees Fahrenheit Saturday, the National Weather Service forecasts. But expect daytime highs in the mid-30s for most of next week, according to the forecast.  (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: PERSONS ACTING ABSURDLY

Absurd Person (horiz)Broadway veterans Michael Cumpsty, Brooks Ashmanskas and Melissa Van Der Schyff help bring Sir Alan Ayckbourn’s “wildly British” comedy of ill manners ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR to the stage of Two River Theater, beginning in previews this weekend.

The dried-out, needle-shedding Christmas trees of the greater Red Bank (ever)Green may be headed out to the curb as we post this, but for the next several weeks the holiday gatherings are in full force on the stage of Two River Theater — not just “this Christmas,” but “last Christmas” and even “next Christmas,” during the three acts of the ensemble comedy Absurd Person Singular.

If that whirlwind tour through Yuletides both yesteryear and Yet to Come sounds straight out of the Scroogely scrivenings of Charles Dickens, rest assured that the 1972 Singular springs from the electric typewriter of a more modern British observer of class and social mores: the prolific playwright, screenwriter and director Sir Alan Ayckbourn. The Tony- and Olivier Award winning theatrical titan (whose recent play My Wonderful Day was produced on the Two River stage a couple of seasons back) may not have made as big a splash on this side of the pond as in his native UK — but in the words of Brooks Ashmanskas, this “wildly British,” darkly comic 1970s take on all-consuming ambition, strained relationships and the effect of New Money on the Old Order “seems very 1980s from an American point of view…it should be very clear to all of us who’ve lived through the last 30 years.”

A Tony nominee for his work in Martin Short: Fame Becomes Me, Ashmanskas is one of several Broadway veterans sinking their teeth into the play’s sextet of naive, neurotic, alcoholic, ass-kissing, suicidal, snarky, snobbish and altogether comical characters — as Absurd Person Singular begins a round of previews this Saturday, in advance of a limited engagement that runs through February 1.

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A BOWL OF SOUP HEATS IT UP FOR LUNCH

121814 phole1Pho Le’s “S1” soup packs a spicy punch. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

pho le 1 102813In Vietnamese, “pho” means soup. On Broad Street in Red Bank, the enormous bowls of soup at Pho Le are just what you want for lunch in this freezing winter weather.

Wood paneling and artwork on the walls add a level of comfort to the space, where you can grab a quick lunch at the counter or take your time at a table.

When it’s zero degrees outside, sitting down to a steaming bowl of soup has some appeal. At Pho Le, there are 14 varieties of pho on the menu, some bringing serious spicy heat to the bowl.
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CHURN: ART PARTIES, RENT-A-PLATE & SUSHI

dorothy fadell 010714Dorothy Fadell opens her new business, Pinot’s Palette, on Broad Street this Saturday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallThis debut 2015 edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn carries news of:

∗ A new art studio in downtown Red Bank where learning – or re-learning – to paint is a party, whether you’re a kid with a juice box or an adult sipping a glass of pinot noir.

∗ The departure of the town’s only fishing tackle store, and its replacement by a gift shop that will double as a place to buy or rent table linens, flatware and other “tablescaping” items.

∗ A name change for a planned sushi restaurant downtown.

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RED BANK: A DAY OF HEALING ART AND YOGA

OdetoMoon_20141124_204704_294A0186Left to right: Amanda’s Easel program coordinator Cindi Westendorf, yoga teacher Eleonora Rachele Zampatti, vocalist Allison LaRochelle and pianist Samantha La Rochelle will collaborate on a special Healing Art event on January 25 to benefit 180 Turning Lives Around.

Press release from Ode to the Moon Yoga

On Sunday, January 25, Ode to the Moon joins with the Monmouth County-based nonprofit 180 Turning Lives Around in an invitation 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.

Hosted at Renaissance Pilates, the program begins with an art show, featuring the works of local artists as well as participants from 180’s art therapy project Amanda’s Easel, opening at 3 pm. A special one-hour yoga practice — accompanied by live acoustic music, and led by Ode to the Moon yoga teacher and founder Eleonora Rachele Zampatti — follows at 4 pm. A silent auction of the showcased art and other art items follows the yoga class, with refreshments available.

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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 December 18, 2014 to January 8, 2015. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Theft occurring on 12-18-14 at Bridge Ave. Victim reported that he left his bags on sidewalk outside of store and when he returned a minute later they were gone. Bags contained a new black Android phone, gold link bracelet and medication. Ptl. Tanner Shea

Criminal Mischief occurring on 12-23-14 at Basset Place. Victim reported that unknown person(s) damaged her driveway and front steps by throwing orange paint on same. Ptl. Kristin Altimari.

Theft occurring on 12-28-14 at West Front St. restaurant/bar. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole her purse containing credit cards, and an I Phone from the back of a chair. Sgt. Joey Fields

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RED BANK: GOLD STAR FOR TEACHERS

BCC ArtFor the latest in the new season of monthly exhibitions at their Monmouth Street gallery space, the members of The Art Alliance of Monmouth County have issued a challenge to art teachers and other educators from the area’s places of higher learning — by inviting them to put their own works forward for public scrutiny.

Beginning with an opening reception on Saturday, January 10, a total of 40 faculty and staff members from both Brookdale Community College and Monmouth University will take part in a special Invitational Show, curated by BCC professor and painter Colleen Lineberry. The group show spotlights pieces in a variety of media — among them “Blue Furry Cacti on Pink and White Marbled Mountain” (pictured), a gouache painting by Brookdale’s Shaden Mousa.

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RED BANK: MORE TABLES COMING?

12 w front 111114The owners of the Downtown, at right above, hope to expand into the vacant retail space at left for more seating, including a rooftop dining area. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallThe already head-spinning rate at which downtown Red Bank is abandoning retail in favor of restaurants may soon accelerate.

Borough officials are weighing two new change-of-use proposals for eateries in the district.

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