RBC FALLS TO MANALAPAN IN TOURNEY

On the diamond at  Count Basie Fields, the Red Bank Catholic Caseys forced Manalapan into extra innings but fell, 8-6, in the quarterfinals of the Monmouth County Tournament Saturday. Shore Sports Zone has the highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone.)

RED BANK: HUNDREDS PEDAL OFF IN UNITY

rb unity 050915 1rb unity 050915 2Hundreds of cyclists from police departments across New Jersey headed down a misty Broad Street in Red Bank on the first leg of the annual Police Unity Tour Saturday morning. The contingent included 10 current and retired Red Bank police officers.

The ride, to Washington, D.C., honors law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

While his fellow riders got a royal sendoff from the Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department, one rider, at right above, pulled over to fix a flat tire just minutes into the ride. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)rb unity 050915 3

MIDDLETOWN: ‘GYPSY TRAIL’ LEADS TO MTPL

gorillaGorilla Bob and the Champ join The Capo Brothers for a free Monday evening concert at Middletown Township Public Library.  

They describe themselves as Open Mic Gypsies — a group of have-guitar/ will-travel performers whose passion for playing often finds them at such Monmouth County locales as the Belmar Arts Center and Espresso Joe’s in Keyport. On Monday May 11, The Capo Brothers bring their original folk-rock songs (performed “on acoustic guitar in rounds”) to the Community Room of Middletown Township Public Library, in an evening event that finds the trio of Stefan Sartek, Jill Cagney and Patrick “Pat Cat” Taverna sharing the space with some favorite fellow travelers from the local gypsy trail.

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SEA BRIGHT: GOING OVERBOARD AT EVENTIDE

050215 eventide2The pungent Garlic Shrimp, above, and the Drunken Clams, below,are customer favorites.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

050215 eventide4There isn’t a bad seat at the Eventide Grille, tucked away at the Navesink Marina in Sea Bright.

Mesmerized by the sun glinting off the Shrewsbury River, PieHole almost forgot the real reason we were here, until an insistent, growling stomach reminded us: lunch.

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RED BANK: HOOFING IT FOR BREAST CANCER

rb walkers 050115 1The walkers, from left, are: Janice Havay, Sandy Riddle, Beth Hanratty, Jen Shields, Teicia Gaupp, and Jenny Rossano. Missing from the photo is Cristie Ritz King. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

rb walkers 050115 2Seven Red Bank woman, “angry” about the loss of friends and family members to breast cancer, plan to walk 39 miles over two days in October to raise money for research to prevent the disease.

But first comes a party.

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RED BANK: SATURDAYS WITH SINATRA

martocciCrooner Michael Martocci offers up Memories of Frank as the Sinatra-centennial year continues at the Count Basie on Saturday.

It’s not so much that Ol’ Blue Eyes is back: it’s more like he never went away, as the centennial of Frank Sinatra’s first vocalized notes (“I Did It My Waaahhh”) proceeds apace at the Count Basie Theatre, scene of our own Joe Muccioli’s annual Sinatra Birthday Bash concerts in December.

This Saturday night, the latest in a long line of spotlighted Sinatra tribute artists takes the famous stage when singer Michael Martocci brings his tux and baritone pipes to Red Bank for a fully orchestrated showcase entitled Memories of Frank.

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RUMSON GALLERY HOSTS RBR PHOTO SHOW

OliviaMurrayEmilyPlageman“Façade Feeling” by Olivia Murray (Little Silver) and “A Single Occupation” by Emily Plageman (Shrewsbury) are among the original works on exhibit at Canvas Art Studio, as the Rumson gallery hosts  the best of the Red Bank Regional photography majors, beginning with a reception on Friday, May 15.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

The photography majors in the Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPA) at Red Bank Regional High School will be exhibiting their work for their “Senior Photo Show” at the Canvas Art Studio, from May 15 through May 27. Visitors can meet the artists at a May 15 kickoff reception running from 6 to 8 pm at the gallery, located at 126 East River Road.

The students showcasing their work include Jeanne Landers (Interlaken), Olivia Murray (Little Silver), Emily Plageman (Shrewsbury), Victoria Seebeck (Belmar), and Maya Smith (Little Silver). There is no charge to view the show, and all are welcome.

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RED BANK: MENNA RECOVERING FROM SURGERY

menna 022815Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna was reported to be “recovering according to expectations” after more than four hours of open-heart surgery Thursday. Michael Anderson, Menna’s legal assistant, tells redbankgreen that “everything went according to plan” in the procedure at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, where surgeons replaced a bicuspid aortic valve with a bovine specimen.

Menna is expected to be hospitalized for about four days. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

AUTHORITIES_RB3The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of April 30 to May 7, 2015. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Theft occurring between 4-29-15 and 5-4-15 at Riverside Avenue apartment. Report of jewelry missing from night stand, which consisted of a gold ring with diamonds and amethyst and a gold bracelet. Ptl. Cevin Albert

Criminal Mischief occurring on 5-4-15 at Newman Springs Rd. Victim reported that unknown person(s) scratched his parked vehicle on entire length of passenger side. Ptl. Cevin Albert

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RED BANK: ARE THE STARS OUT TONIGHT…

skylinersOriginal lead vocalist Jimmy Beaumont brings the 2015 edition of the Skyliners back to the Basie stage for a Friday night “Stars of Rock and Roll” doo-wop extravaganza.

They’re most often categorized as “oldies” – making them all too often the purview of know-it-all collectors, aging man-cave troglodytes, or that guy in the track suit who wouldn’t cut you a break on that scratched-up single by the Jive Five.

But look past all that and you’ll discover that the slow-dance masterpieces of the doo-wop years – sublime slices of streetcorner soul, in an era of barely restrained passions – can still do the job, some 60 summers after they first blared out of AM radios in the neighborhood candy store or someone’s Dad’s borrowed Desoto.

On Friday night, several of the form’s foremost practitioners assemble on the stage of the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank for a pop-idol package presented as “Stars of Rock and Roll.”

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NO BALONEY: METS SANDWICH A HIT HERE

050315 Atlanticbgl5Atlantic Bagel’s version of the smoked bologna sandwich sold at Citi Field. Below the kitchen of the bagel shop.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

050315 Atlanticbgl4The New York Mets are on top of their division and…

Wait! What?

Yes, it’s true. Fans of the Amazins are once again flocking to Queens in larger-than-normal numbers, which can mean up to 45,000 mouths to feed. And what are those ballpark disciples devouring? Baloney!

Ok, bologna, to be more precise. But it’s no baloney that Ross DiMiceli, owner of Atlantic Bagel Co. in Rumson, pays homage to his favorite team by copying a sandwich he’s had at Citi Field.

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RED BANK: KAYAKER’S DEATH INSPIRES ALERT

maple cove sign 050615david civileA new water-safety sign was installed Wednesday at Red Bank’s Maple Cove, a popular Navesink River put-in spot for kayakers and canoeists.

With the help of Councilwoman Cindy Burnham, the sign was donated by the parents of David Civile, right, a 26-year-old Tinton Falls man who disappeared while kayaking in the Shrewsbury River off Little Silver in November, 2010. His remains were found two years later.

Signs donated by the David P. Civile Foundation for Boating Safety Awareness have also been installed in Little Silver, Fair Haven, Rumson and elsewhere in Monmouth County.

Read  more about the foundation’s efforts here. (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: OPEN HOUSE AT THE BOATHOUSE

mbc 2010Want to learn to sail? Motor on over to the Monmouth Boat Club on May 23. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Red Bank’s Monmouth Boat Club is scheduled to offer an open house event to provide free sailboat rides, and tours of the historic clubhouse on Saturday, May 23.

The event also includes an introduction to the adult sailing program.

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RUMSON KIDS SHINE IN ‘FOLLIES’

20150416_205200The duo of Max Squared — Max Tidalgo (vocals) and Max Connery (piano) — performed “Careless Whisper” by George Michael at the recent Forrestdale Follies.

Press release from Rumson PTO

From soulful ballads by talented vocalists and stirring performances by accomplished pianists, to comedy and dance extravaganzas and even a hard rock performance, there was something for everyone at the Forrestdale Follies talent show.

Presented by the Rumson Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO), the Follies took place on the evening of April 16, in the auditorium of Forrestdale School. Proceeds benefited the Rumson PTO.

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RUMSON: APRIL POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Rumson Police Department for the month of April, 2015.

AUTHORITIES_RUMSON3Arrests and Crime Reports

4/3/15 Paul Dougherty, 50, of Belmar, was arrested on West River Road for COC [Contempt of Court] by Ptl. Lovgren. Mr. Dougherty was released to Belmar Police.

4/6/15 Victoria Hayes, 41, of Union Beach, was arrested on Bingham Avenue for COC by S/O Berger. Ms. Hayes was released after posting $350.00 bail.

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RED BANK: BEST-SELLER LUNCHES FOR AAUW

Beatriz WmsBest-selling author Beatriz Williams is the special guest as the local branch of the American Association of University Women presents its annual scholarship fundraiser luncheon at the Molly Pitcher.

Her series of novels includes the breakout best-seller A Hundred Summers – a 1930’s period romance (hailed as the author’s “historic masterpiece”) of beach-house easy living complicated by secrets from a stormy past, as well as by the imminent arrival of a cataclysmic hurricane.

Although Beatriz Williams has managed to take the summer reading lists by storm in recent seasons through her scrupulously researched conjuring of settings that range from First World War Europe to 1960’s New York, the Connecticut-based mother of four famously hid her first attempts at fiction from public view on her company laptop – later honing her skills “as an at-home producer of small persons.”

On Thursday, the author whose works have been translated into a dozen languages returns to the greater Red Bank Green (where she put in a signing session at Fair Haven’s River Road Books several seasons back), as special guest for the annual Gala Scholarship Luncheon of the AAUW NJ Northern Monmouth County Branch – the state’s largest local chapter of the nationwide nonprofit American Association of University Women.

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RED BANK: LANDMARK BUILDING SOLD

74 broad st. 092713The upper two floors of 74 Broad Street have been vacant for years. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallOne of downtown Red Bank’s most prominent buildings has a new owner, redbankgreen has learned.

The century-old three-story structure at the corner of Broad and Monmouth streets was sold Friday to a local family that’s been on something of a buying spree in the central business district recently.

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RED BANK CATHOLIC HOSTS FUN(D)RAISER

rbc carnival 2015On Saturday May 16, Red Bank Catholic High School hosts a special fundraiser Carnival to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Scheduled for 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at RBC (30 Peters Place, between Broad Street and Maple Avenue) the event offers up an array of games, amusements (including Laser Tag), music, food, a silent auction, and even fire truck rides courtesy of the borough’s volunteer firefighters. What’s more, every penny earned from the event goes directly toward helping grant the wish of a special child.

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RED BANK: BIKE LIGHT GIVEAWAY PLANNED

rb bike 042915 2It’s a mitzvah for local cyclists, says the temple member who dreamed it up. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

donegoodlogoIn an effort to improve pedaling safety, a local Jewish congregation is planning a giveaway of bicycle lamps in Red Bank next week.

As one of two Tikkun Olam, or “repairing the world,” social action events planned for May, members of Monmouth Reform Temple in Tinton Falls plan to install front-and-rear bike lights for all comers on Monday, May 11, at St. Anthony of Padua Church on Bridge Avenue.

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SEA BRIGHT: TO MARKET, TO MARKET

Mrkt_Pic_RadishSome ravishing radishes are among the locally sourced  produce, baked goods, meats, cheeses and other food items on display (and avail. for sale), when the Sea Bright Farmers Market returns for a second season this Thursday, May 7.

Regular readers of redbankgreen know that the people of Sea Bright weren’t about to let a thing like Superstorm Sandy reduce their community to a found-footage footnote in someone’s disaster documentary — and perhaps nothing has signaled the spirit of what we might call Sea Bright Spring than the arrival of the borough’s Farmers Market, the second annual edition of which kicks off this Thursday, May 7.

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RED BANK ON BALLOT FOR MAGAZINE HONOR

broad st rb 2 061512A view down Broad Street from 2012.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Three years after its selection by Smithsonian Magazine as the third-best small town in America, Red Bank is on a ballot seeking to identify America’s “best town ever.”

By “ever,” Outside magazine means “this year.” And among the “towns” the borough is  competing against are New York, Pittsburgh and Las Vegas. But still.

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FAIR HAVEN: A GARDEN OF EDEN SUMMIT

Father_Shecker_&_Rabbi_SultarFather Bob Shecker and Rabbi Jeff Sultar join for an interfaith discussion on “The Garden of Eden – Then and Now,” on the evening of May 20.

Press release from The Church of the Nativity, Fair Haven

On Wednesday, May 20, Father Robert Shecker of the Church of the Nativity in Fair Haven will team up with Rabbi Jeff Sultar of Congregation B’nai Israel (CBI) in Rumson for a special interfaith discussion on the topic of the Garden of Eden – Then and Now.

Hosted at Nativity Parish Hall (180 Ridge Road) and open to all members of the community, the 7:30 pm program is free to attend, with refreshments and a public talk session to follow.

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HUBBARD’S BRIDGE NEARING COMPLETION

hubbard 050415 1 hubbard 050415 2Two weeks before its scheduled completion, the new Hubbard’s Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown showed further signs of advancement Monday, including a sidewalk along part of the northern rim.

Monmouth County officials say the new bridge, which will replace the steel structure that’s been closed since the start of the year, will open May 17. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)