RED BANK: WHAT TO EXPECT AT RIVERFEST

KevinJohnAllen JustinAlinaAmericana troubador Kevin John Allen and sibling act Justin & Alina are among the live and local performers entertaining at Riverfest 2015 beginning Friday evening.

rb rivfest 053114 4More than anything else, it’s about the music; a sonic smorgasbord of local-organic talent that’s every bit as much a source of Jersey pride as the plump and juicy product of our Garden State farms.

When the fifth annual edition of Red Bank Riverfest pitches its tents and stages at Marine Park for another three-day stay starting Friday night, it’ll once again stake the borough’s claim to one of the major keynote events of the season, a tradition with roots in the modestly scaled Red Bank Food Festivals of yesteryear, and the big-league Jazz and Blues events at the century’s switch.

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FAIR HAVEN: THEME FROM A SUMMER PLACE

Mary Kay AndrewsBest-selling author (and summer romance specialist) Mary Kay Andrews returns to Fair Haven on Thursday evening for a reading and signing event at Raven and the Peach, sponsored by River Road Books.

It’s got all the hallmarks of the work that’s made her one of the most popular “beach-read” novelists in the English language — the Southern coastal small-town setting; the strong protagonist whose focus has been on matters of career rather than affairs of the heart; the suspense. Not just the kind of suspense found in her earlier mystery novels, but the sexy tension that occurs when a pair of supercharged opposites set off undeniable sparks.

If it’s the start of summer, it must be time for a new novel by Mary Kay Andrews, the Georgia-based author (of Savannah Blues, Summer Rental and Save the Date) whose book tours in recent seasons have always made sure to include a whistle-stop in one of her favorite pockets of fandom: Fair Haven. This Friday, May 29, borough-based River Road Books once again welcomes back the best-selling scribe for a special appearance keyed to the latest Andrews opus, Beach Town.

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RED BANK: FLEEING MAN PULLED FROM RIVER

AUTHORITIES_RB3A motorcyclist was forcibly pulled from the Swimming River in Red Bank after he sped off from a traffic stop in Little Silver Saturday night, authorities said.

According to Little Silver police Chief Dan Shaffery, a patrol attempted to pull over Armando Cruz, 27, of Red Bank, for a traffic violation on Branch Avenue at 10:36 p.m. when he took off.

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SHREWSBURY: POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of May 16 to May 22, 2015.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY3Crimes

Report of Burglary in the area of Birch Drive on 5/17/15. Victim reports unknown subject(s) entered residence and removed property. Ptl. Derek Myers investigating.

Report of Shoplifting in the area of Victoria Secret, Broad Street on 5/17/15. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed merchandise. Damages totaling $1200.00. Ptl. Derek Myers investigating.

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RFH STUDENTS SHOWCASE ARTS TALENTS

RFH jazz vocalStudents of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School wow the crowd during the recent RFH Jazz Combo and Vocal Concert on May 18. Up next at RFH is a Night of the Arts concert and student art exhibit that takes place this Thursday, May 28.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Hard work, creativity, and abundant talent were driving forces behind the enthralling performances on May 18, as the Jazz Combo and Vocal Concert spotlighted a wide variety of vocal and instrumental talents from the students of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

The year-end talent showcases continue this Thursday, May 28, when RFH presents a “Night of the Arts;” an event that pairs the annual spring concert with a student art exhibit.

The art exhibit, which includes classroom work in a variety of mediums plus portfolios by RFH seniors, will take place from 6 to 8 pm in the RFH Upper Gymnasium. The spring concert, which features performances by the RFH Concert Band, Jazz Band, Chorus, String Ensemble, and solo acts, will begin at 7 pm in the RFH Auditorium. The “Night of the Arts” is free of charge and open to the general public.

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LINCROFT: RARE FLOWERS, REAL HOUSEWIVES

Robin-Fox-Headshot2“Mother of all standup comics” Robin Fox returns to the Monmouth Museum for a Girl’s Night Out evening of “fun, food and drinks.”

We’ve said it before, but You Might Be a Mom If… you can appreciate the inherent humor in topics like long-term marriage, suburban lifes and the glories of being part of the “sandwich generation” between aging parents and growing kids. Also if your idea of a “Girl’s Night Out” is an art gallery excursion that’s over by 9 pm.

That said, there’s a definite appeal to the event that returns for a second annual edition to the Monmouth Museum Wednesday. Billed as an evening of “fun, food and drinks” — and once again spotlighting the standup skills of  Robin Fox, the “real New Jersey housewife” who parlayed her observations on family life into a successful career on the New York area radio, cable and comedy club circuit — the Girl’s Night Out raises funds for the museum’s ongoing slate of programs, in a way that’s infinitely more entertaining than a dry-as-dust lecture or stuffy recital.

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RUMSON HONORS ‘TEACHERS OF THE YEAR’

Rumson teachersEighth Grade ELA teacher Lori Zucker of Forrestdale School, and First Grade teacher Holly Nixon of Deane-Porter School were recently named Teachers of the Year by the Rumson Board of Education.

Press release from Rumson School District

At its April 29 meeting held at Forrestdale School, the Rumson Board of Education honored Holly Nixon and Lori Zucker as its “Teachers of the Year” for 2015. The two educators received accolades from the Board and members of the administration, with family, friends, and colleagues in attendance.

A First Grade teacher at Deane-Porter School, Nixon has taught at both Deane-Porter (Pre-K to Third grades) and Forrestdale (Fourth through Eighth grades) Schools during her 14 years with the Rumson School District. She received her undergraduate degree from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts and attained her M. Ed. from Kean University in Union, New Jersey. A mother of four children — all of whom attended grade school in the district — she has been a resident of Rumson for the past 22 years.

An eighth grade English Language Arts (ELA) teacher, Zucker is a 10-year member of the Forrestdale School faculty. She received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and her M. Ed. from Teachers College/Columbia University in New York City. She began her teaching career at John Adams Elementary School in North Brunswick, New Jersey, and spent 10 years working in educational publishing before returning to the classroom. She lives in Oakhurst with her husband, two children, nephew and dog.

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OCEANIC BRIDGE: CLOSURE BEGINS

oceanic 052515Boaters and kayakers shared the Navesink River with a construction barge at the Oceanic Bridge on Monday, Memorial Day. The 75-year-old span, which links Rumson and Middletown, was scheduled to close to all but marine traffic starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday for repairs to the steel bascule.

During repairs in April, deterioration was discovered in two areas of the bascule not previously accessible, Monmouth County officials said last month. The latest repairs are expected to wrap up with a reopening of the bridge on Saturday, June 13. In the meantime, seasonal rules and scheduling will be in effect for marine traffic. (Photo by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

MEMORIAL DAY 2015 COMMEMORATIONS

rb memorial 052614 5Red Bank, above, and Fair Haven, below, return with traditional Memorial Day events Monday. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK:

Memorial Day Commemoration, Monday, 11 a.m., Veterans’ Monument, 51 Monmouth Street, corner of Drummond Place. The event follows a 10 a.m. ceremony hosted by the volunteer fire and first aid squads at borough hall, 90 Monmouth Street.

FAIR HAVEN

Fair Haven’’s Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday at 9 a.m., beginning at Knollwood School, on Hance Road, and ending at Memorial Park, River Road.

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RFH WINS SOUTH JERSEY GROUP 1 LAX TITLE

The lacrosse squad of Rumson-Fair Haven missed out on a Shore Conference championship this year, but picked up another prize Saturday, topping New Providence, 12-8, for the South Jersey Group 1 sectional championship. Shore Sports Zone has the action and post-game commentary on video.

The Bulldogs, who started the season at 0-4, will now face Mountain Lakes on Wednesday at a neutral site for the Group 1 state championship.

WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? ROAST BEEF ON A ROLL

052115 sickles lunch2A prodigious roast beef sandwich to go made by the experienced counter help at Sickles Market. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

052115 sickles lunch3The range of choices for freshly made sandwiches is wide open on the Greater Red Bank Green. Don’t believe it? Look here. There’s no shortage of delis and sandwich shops, so the competition is pretty fierce. If you’re a sandwich maker, do it right or don’t bother.

In Little Silver, Sickles Market deli department doesn’t disappoint when it comes to house-made takeout products. There wouldn’t be a line of people waiting to place an order if they did, but lunchtime can get hectic in this gourmet food store, so on occasion it becomes necessary to weigh the options of free parking and perfectly roasted mouthwatering meat as opposed to just quick service.

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RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

AUTHORITIES_RB3The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of May 14 to May 21, 2015. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Theft occurring on 5-13-15 at Bridge Ave. parking lot. Victim reported that unknown perpetrator(s) entered parked vehicle and stole a duffle bag containing clothing and prescription pills. Lt. Errico Vescio.

Theft occurring at Monmouth St. parking lot on 5-15-15. Victim reported that unknown person(s) cut the lock on bicycle which was secured to a pole and stole same. Bike described as a Schwinn Mountain Bike, color grey. Sgt. David Hicks

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RED BANK: VIOLINS AND VOLUNTEERS AT GALA

2012-music-topic-miri-ben-ariGrammy winning violinist Miri Ben-Ari is the special performing guest as the annual Hand in Hand Tribute Dinner comes to Two River Theater.

Press release from Hand in Hand 

She’s called herself “The Hip Hop Violinist:” an Israeli-born, Grammy winning recording artist (and Israeli Army veteran) whose numerous artistic, humanitarian and commercial collaborators have ranged from Jay-Z and Kanye West to Michelle Obama and Itzhak Perlman. On the evening of Monday, June 15, Miri Ben-Ari makes her Red Bank performing debut as the special musical guest of Hand in Hand – an organization that sponsors unique recreational and outreach programs for children with special needs – during its annual Tribute Dinner at Two River Theater.

Chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, the buffet dinner fundraiser event will honor the teenagers who volunteer for Hand in Hand, in addition to four community members who have an important stake in the program’s success – Dr. Glenn and Elaine Parker, and Dr. Russell and Ellen Ashinoff.

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RED BANK: CALLING ALL BUDDING BOATERS

mbc 2010Members of the Monmouth Boat Club make an irresistible “sails pitch” on Saturday for all who’d like to learn to sail. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

While the Navesink River has been known to occasionally make itself at home inside the historic Victorian-style structure at the foot of Wharf Avenue, it’s not every day that Red Bank’s Monmouth Boat Club throws open its doors to non-members. But on Saturday,  the 136-year-old clubhouse at the river’s edge welcomes all members of the public for a day of free sailboat rides, complimentary cookout fare, and tours of the landmark building.

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SEA BRIGHT SERVES UP BEACH VOLLEYBALL

sea_bright_volleyball_4Press release from Sea Bright Volleyball

The Sea Bright Beach Volleyball League is serving up notice that the action will be in full swing for summer 2015, with registration open now, and play starting June 1st.

Whether you’re new to the sport or a veteran of many years on the court, Sea Bright Volleyball has something for everyone. Teams can opt to play in either the Monday or Tuesday night “Fun Leagues,” or in the Co-ed 6v6. If you’re looking for something a little more competitive, the Wednesday night Co-ed 4v4 is a great option.

The leagues have been going strong for many years, and league management strives each year to improve the facility itself, as well as the overall experience for players. This is the first year in which teams can register and make payment completely online — and, in collaboration with Sea Bright Recreation, the league has improved court conditions; adding two courts this season for a total of six.

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FAIR HAVEN: HALFACRE QUITS ABC

halfacre-1-01-08Mike Halfacre in 2008. (Click to enlarge)

[Update: On June 30, 2015, the Newark law firm Genova Burns announced that Halfacre was joining it as counsel, doing work on commercial real estate and business transactions, and would be “available for consultation” to the firm’s craft beer, spirits and alcohol practice.]

By JOHN T. WARD

Former Fair Haven Mayor Mike Halfacre has quit his job as head of the state Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control, redbankgreen has confirmed.

Halfacre told redbankgreen that he will leave the agency – the unit of the Attorney General’s office that regulates liquor licenses – effective June 30 to return to the practice of law.

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MIDDLETOWN: RECENT ARRESTS

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

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2Nicole Doherty, age 33, from First Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on May 9, 2015 by Patrolman Nicholas Haines for Simple Assault and on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Shrewsbury Municipal Court. She was released after posting $389.00 bail with a 10% option.

Andrew Melici, age 26, from Stephenville Boulevard in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on May 9, 2015 by Corporal Thomas Meckier on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

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RED BANK: WATER METERS TO GO WIRELESS

rb water meter 120414 1The borough-owned water utility would replace every meter in town – more than 3,800 of them – under the proposal.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

water faucet dripA plan for a wholesale modernization of Red Bank’s water-metering technology is back, as promised, after getting tabled late last year.

A $2.2 million bond to pay for the replacement of every water meter in town is slated for introduction next week.

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RED BANK: CROSSING GUARD NOSE CALENDAR

carl colmorgen 052115If there’s an occasion, count on Red Bank school crossing guard Carl Colmorgen to dress for it. Well known for his seasonal hats, Colmorgen marked Red Nose Day, an effort to combat childhood poverty, as he crossed students of Red Bank Catholic and St. James to school Thursday morning. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

RBR DANCERS PRESENT SPRING EXTRAVAGANZA

springdancePress release from Red Bank Regional High School

On Thursday, May 28, at 7 pm, and Saturday, May 30, at 2 pm, the dance majors from the Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPA) at Red Bank Regional High School will present their “Spring Dance Extravaganza” inside the RBR theatre.

In the words of RBR teacher Cara Scacco explains, the show will highlight “a variety of dancing genres, including jazz, contemporary, hip hop, modern and lyrical  — an expressive form of ballet.”

In all, forty RBR dance majors will perform 26 numbers; all of them choreographed by the students, with the exception of five pieces which were created by guest choreographers and performing artists that include Barbara Vari, Gabrielle Barnett and Dylan Smith, as well as RBR dance major alumni Elycia Richmond and Sarah Goodhue.

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RED BANK: FOCUS ON FOYER WINDOWS

18 broad 040615The foyer of the former If the Shoe Fits store is the last remaining example of Art Deco design downtown, say preservationists. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

[UPDATE: The zoning board meeting on the 18 Broad Street proposal was cancelled. The application was rescheduled for June 18.]

18 broad 010715A proposal to turn a former downtown Red Bank shoe store into a restaurant and replace its distinctive curved-glass entryway is slated for review at Thursday night’s zoning board meeting.

Preservationists have raised concerns about the plan for 18 Broad Street, which is located in the historic district, because, they say, it would eliminate the last remaining example of Art Deco design in the commercial district.

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RBC TOPS COLTS NECK IN SCT QUARTERS

Eighth-seed Red Bank Catholic held off a rally to beat top-seed Colts Neck, 16-8 in the quarterfinals of the Shore Conference Tournament baseball Wednesday. Shore Sports Zone has the highlights.

Next up for the Caseys: Jackson Memoral on Wednesday, May 27 at Count Basie Fields. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

RUMSON: SHINING LIGHT ON LUMINARIES PAST

roberta van anda 051315 2 Roberta Van Anda in her Rumson study, above, and her newly published book, below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rumson legendsRoberta Van Anda is moving out of Rumson soon, capping more than 60 years of borough residence in which she was a longtime school board member, a wife, a mother and writer of a town newsletter.

She’s leaving as a newly published book author. Her “Legendary Locals of Rumson,” one in a nationwide series focused on particular locales, debuted this month. And it fulfills Van Anda’s long-held desire to tell her contemporaries, and perhaps future borough residents, about the contributions made to the community by predecessors whose names may have vanished over the years.

“I’m just so excited to bring some of these people out of the shadows of history,” she told redbankgreen recently.

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RED BANK: FOR THE LOVE OF BOB (AND BAND)

Big Pink PatMusic from BIG PINK (Arne Wendt, Bob Burger, Sal Boyd, Glen Burtnik) is on the bill, as Pat Guadagno (right) saddles up his Tired Horse for the 17th annual Dylan’s birthday celebration concert BOBFEST, Thursday night at the Count Basie. 

They’ll be bringing the Bob – as they have each year since 1999, when Jersey Shore “saloon singer” supreme Pat Guadagno first offered an impromptu birthday toast to his musical hero Bob Dylan, during a set at the old Downtown Café.

When the benefit tribute concert known as Bobfest takes the stage of the Count Basie Theatre for its 17th annual edition Thursday, it’ll also be bringing the Band – the legendary combo that collaborated with Dylan on some of the master’s most epochal recordings and tours, and whose own spun-off career climaxed with the milestone Last Waltz concert and film in the late 1970s. More to the point, they’ll be bringing Big Pink, the Band tribute project that unites globetrotting Jersey rock ambassador Glen Burtnik with frequent collaborators Bob Burger, Arne Wendt and Sal Boyd for a set that conjures the best time-tested tunes from Robbie Robertson, Levon Helm and company.

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RED BANK: CINNAMON SNAIL, IN GLOSSY COLOR

062214 cinnamonsnaildonuts A sample of pastries from Adam Sobel’s Cinnamon Snail food truck and copies of his new cookbook, ‘Street Vegan,’ below. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

051215 sobelstreetveganGet out your aprons, Cinnamon Snail fans: Adam Sobel, four-time winner of the Vendy award for food trucks has penned a collection of recipes and stories that will keep you chained to your stoves.

While awaiting the truck’s expected return to the Red Bank Farmers Market, Snail-starved disciples wondering what just goes into the making of “Mexican Hot Chocolate Glazed Twists” can now take a shot at it themselves.

Sobel shares his secrets in an often-funny, non-preachy way, with chapter after delectable chapter of addictive recipes in “Street Vegan,” all while eschewing animal products.

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