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RED BANK: DOG DAYS DWINDLE, DOGGONE IT

rb dog days 081815 18rb dog days 081815 6[UPDATE, September 1: This event has been canceled due to concerns about heat and air quality and will not be rescheduled.]

In another sign of summer’s fadeout, Red Bank is scheduled to host its final Dog Days of Summer meet-‘n-sniff of 2015 Tuesday evening.  

As usual, pet-product vendors and animal welfare advocates will at the event, which runs from 6 to 9 p.m., weather permitting, on Monmouth Street just east of Broad Street. More info is available here(Photos 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 August 20 to August 27, 2015. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief occurring between 8-19-15 and 8-20-15 at Riverside Gardens. Unknown person(s) damaged the granite patio area in park. Sgt. Heather Pubylski.

Theft occurring at Chestnut St. Ice Rink on 8-20-15. Three individuals reported that unknown person(s) removed their wallets from pants pocket in locker room. Stolen: cash, credit cards, debit cards and driver’s licenses. Ptl. Benjamin Springer

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RED BANK: REC SOCCER GETS A BOOST


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Saturday was shirt pickup day at Count Basie Fields for Red Bank Rec soccer, and players were treated to a clinic put on by players from the national champion Brookdale Community College women’s soccer team. Rec director Tamila Bumback tells redbankgreen that enrollment in the teams for children in grades three through eight has doubled from last fall, to 80 players, and a few spots remain open. The Red Bank teams play in the Northern Monmouth Soccer Association. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

LINCROFT: HOME FROM THE MOUNTAINS

nick_joerling-teapot-2A ceramic teapot by North Carolina artist Nick Joerling is among the items featured in the new “Clay Directions” exhibit beginning Tuesday at Brookdale Community College. 

With the coming of September, activity around the sprawling Lincroft layout of Brookdale Community College centers around a new academic semester. But for one BCC faculty member, thoughts stray to the fall of 2014, and a sabbatical that brought her to the creative enclaves of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

It was there in the arts-friendly communities of Asheville, Spruce Pine and other western North Carolina locales that art professor Lori Uffer fell in love with the region’s “long and extremely rich tradition of fine arts and crafts” — going on to write two books documenting her travels, and creating the online gallery Clay Directions. Beginning Tuesday and continuing through September 17, BCC’s Center for the Visual Arts (CVA) hosts a companion exhibit to the website, showcasing the works of dozens of Blue Ridge creative folk.

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RED BANK: A RED-CARPET, NAME-DROP NIGHT

Drummer_Carmine_Appice_(right)_works_with_Basie_Rockit!_students_in_advance_of_their_Vanguard_Awards_performance_on_August_29th.Legendary rock drummer Carmine Appice, above at right works with members of the Rockit! band in preparation for Saturday’s show, which also honors local music legend Bobby Bandiera, below.

bandieraA lieutenant governor, a captain of industry and a rock ‘n roll field marshal are the honorees — with some music royalty in the house — when the Count Basie Theatre presents its 2015 Vanguard awards in Red Bank Saturday night.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? HOT DOGS IN SEA BRIGHT

rooney hot dogs 082715Hot dogs from the cart of Frances Rooney, below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

mrs rooney 082715It’s noontime on a gorgeous, late-summer day in beautiful downtown Sea Bright, and PieHole is hungry.

What’s for Lunch? Plenty, and more to choose from every month, it seems, on this back-from-the-brink spit of sand. You’ve got pizza, seafood, Japanese and more, at places ranging from beachware casual to near elegance, all within a one-mile stretch of Ocean Avenue.

But it’s not just food we’re craving. We’re nursing a palpable, please-don’t-ever-end yearning to make this day of blue skies and soft breezes just keep going and going. Sitting down indoors just seems… criminal.

So, hello, Mrs. Rooney.

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SEA BRIGHT: MAN OK AFTER FALL FROM ROOF

HOT-TOPIC_03A worker was reported to be OK after he fell from the roof of the McLoone’s Rum Runner restaurant under construction in Sea Bright Thursday, police Chief John Sorrentino tells redbankgreen.

Michael Cruz, whose name and town of residence were not immediately available, fell an estimated 30-to-40 feet in the accident, Sorrentino said.

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RBR VOLLEYBALLER PAYS IT FORWARD

GabbyRed Bank Regional sophomore Gabby Lopez spent her summer vacation as a coach for programs that included Little Silver summer softball, and Red Bank Future Bucs volunteer volleyball. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Prior to participating in the Red Bank Future Bucs youth sports program last summer, Gabriella (Gabby) Lopez of Red Bank was completely unfamiliar with the sport of volleyball. She soon grew to enjoy the high-energy game and became dedicated to mastering it — and when she became a student at Red Bank Regional High School, she tried out for and won a place on the RBR freshmen volleyball team, despite spraining her ankle days before.

The rising RBR sophomore had always taken part in sports through middle school, and always enjoyed working out in the gym doing cardio, weight-training and high-intensity kick-boxing. What Gabby also discovered was that she loved helping others learn and enjoy sports.

Gabby volunteered to coach softball in her town’s recreational league this summer, as well the Little Silver recreational summer softball clinic. She took on a summer job as a camp counselor at the Red Bank Salvation Army, guiding younger children through recreational activities. Despite her busy schedule, on Sunday nights throughout July and August, Gabby coached the Red Bank Future Bucs’ volunteer volleyball program, which is organized by Red Bank Community youth leaders David Prown and Enrico Ciabattoni.

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LITTLE SILVER: VYING FOR TOP TOMATO

tomatoThe stakes are high once again, as three-peat champion (and top-seeded competitor) Michael Mansfield prepares to defend his crown in the 2015 Biggest Tomato Contest, scheduled for Saturday at Sickles Market.

It’s fast becoming one of the most highly anticipated homegrown competitions of the summer season — an annual event that’s been dominated by a single champion whose reign is ripe for a challenge.

This Saturday, August 29 marks the 2015 edition of the Biggest Tomato Contest, sponsored by Sickles Market and hosted for the fourth consecutive year at the garden center of the Little Silver landmark. With weigh-in time at 1 pm, this is scarcely your run-of-the-mill county fair contest, as three-time winner Michael Mansfield is expected to make another bid for dominance and heavyweight bragging rights. The Oceanport resident’s current record holder of 4.4 pounds pasted the competition last year; leaving all other tomato growers to stew for another season (and vow to ketchup this year).

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MIDDLETOWN: CRIMES & ARRESTS

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

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Michael Kiernan, age 61, from Monmouth Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on August 13, 2015 by Patrolman Adam Colfer for Driving While Intoxicated, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Possession of Heroin. He was released pending a court date.

Sean Figaro, age 21, from Garfield Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 16, 2015 by Sergeant Anthony Bagileo for on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the East Orange Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

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RED BANK: GUN REPORT LEADS TO ARREST

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A Red Bank man faces gun- and drug possession charges after a family dispute at the Montgomery Terrace apartments Tuesday morning, police Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

Officers responding to the West Side complex on a disturbance call at 8:35 a.m. were told by witnesses that one of the men involved in the dispute had a handgun in the waist of his pants, McConnell said.

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CHURN: PROWN’S TO LEAVE RED BANK

david prown 042615Prown’s Home Improvements owner David Prown, seen at the Red Bank International Flavour Festival in April. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn small After 90 years in Red Bank, Prown’s is leaving town.

The windows-and-doors dealer, a former five-and-dime that won enduring devotion as a retailer of “everything” needed for household upkeep, plans to move to Middletown, its owner said Wednesday.

More details, and news of a bagel store eyeing a Red Bank location, right around the “read more” corner.

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FAIR HAVEN: ALL’S FAIR AT AUGUST CLASSIC

fair haven fairIt’s that time of year again as the week-long Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair returns for an extended encampment starting Friday.

082214 fhfair18The rides and midway that transform River Road into a festival of lights and happy crowds. The tantalizing aromas that waft forth from the on-site seafood cafe. The fire truck excursions, “Out Back” snack bar, strolling Super 50/50 ticket vendors, and all of the other sights, sounds and smells that have come to define summertime’s grandest hurrah on the Navesink are back — as the annual Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair returns for an incredible 56th consecutive edition this weekend.

Beginning Friday evening and continuing every night (except for August 30) through September 5, the community tradition commandeers the grounds of the borough firehouse for an eight-day extravaganza that’s come to be described as an “iconic” signpost of summer along the Navesink. At the same time, the fair represents one last bittersweet blast against the encroaching season of back-to-school supplies, summer-love goodbyes, and that first sweater-weather breath of breeze through the window.

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SANDY HOOK: SUNKEN VESSEL LOCATED

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Authorities searching for a 40-foot boat reported to have sunk off Sandy Hook Tuesday afternoon have found a sunken vessel, the New Jersey State Police reported Wednesday morning.

But they haven’t confirmed if it’s the “Jefe,” which was reported missing, according to a statement issued by the agency.

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HUBBARD’S BRIDGE REOPENS… MOSTLY

rb w front 082515HOT-TOPIC_03After a two-week closure that slowed traffic to a crawl, the new Hubbards Bridge on West Front Street between Red Bank and Middletown reopened to traffic Wednesday morning.

The closure was required to allow for reconstruction of the intersections on both ends of the spans the Red Bank side is shown above, as seen Tuesday afternoon.

The shutdown was also needed to permit crews to relocate overhead utilities running alongside the old bridge to underneath the new span. That work is still underway, and may require alternating traffic flows Wednesday and Thursday, Red Bank police Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen(Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

LINCROFT: BCC PLANS NEW CAMPUS PATH

2015-LIBRARY_VIEW_shrunkPlanned upgrades for Brookdale’s Lincroft campus include new seating alcoves, landscaping and art installations, as pictured in this design rendering of the college’s Bankier Library. (Photos courtesy of Partner Engineering and Science) 

Press release from Brookdale Community College

Officials of Brookdale Community College have approved a $1,986,000 renovation project that will create a new “pedestrian thoroughfare” on the Lincroft campus.

The project, funded by the state and Monmouth County through the Chapter 12 capital improvement program, will transform the college’s existing rear walkway into the “Campus Gateway Path,” featuring decorative pavement, new landscaping, fencing, seating alcoves, art installations and ornamental lighting. The renovations will stretch from the Performing Arts Center on the north end of the Lincroft campus, to the Collins Arena on the south end. Improvements will also be made to the entrance and walkway of the Monmouth Museum, with all phases of the project expected to be completed by the end of 2015.

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TINTON FALLS: A CARDBOARD-BOX CAUSE

family promiseFrom press materials by Family Promise of Monmouth County

cardboard boxWhile Monmouth County is considered one of the more affluent counties of the Garden State, the issue of family homelessness remains a very real problem here and throughout the area. Beginning on the evening of Friday, September 25, a local place of worship will serve as host location for an interactive fundraising event designed to raise awareness of this often little-discussed cause — by giving participants the opportunity to experience spending the night living inside a cardboard box.

Sponsored by the nonprofit Family Promise of Monmouth County — and presented “rain or shine” on the grounds of Monmouth Church of Christ (312 Hance Avenue in Tinton Falls) — the fundraiser begins at 5 pm, and offers participants an opportunity to raise a minimum of $100 in pledges and contributions, by sleeping overnight as a resident of “Cardboard Box City.”

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SANDY HOOK: SEARCH ON FOR SUNKEN BOAT

sheriff boat 082215The Monmouth County Sheriff’s boat Marine 1, seen here in the Navesink on Saturday, is involved in the search. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

Authorities launched a massive search for a 40-foot boat reported to have sunk off Sandy Hook Tuesday afternoon, according to news reports.

The search, involving Coast Guard and police vessels, divers and helicopters, began with a 4:30 p.m. report of a 40-foot vessel sinking in the Sandy Hook Channel, abc7ny.com reported.

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CHURN: SIGNS OF THE PAST… AND FUTURE

18 broad 082415Builder Mike Rovere uncovered turn-of-the-century signs in gold leaf on either side of the facade at 18 Broad, home to a series of shoe stores dating back to 1883. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallSummer doldrums? Not in this installment of redbankgreen’s Retail Churn, which finds downtown Red Bank abuzz with Churnage, as usual.

We’ve got renovation work uncovering history at the site of a planned restaurant; progress on two other new businesses; and more news, right around the “read more” corner.

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RED BANK: FRANK TALK ABOUT RACE AT RBPL

Gilda RBPLGilda Rogers is your host, as Red Bank Library presents the first in a series of free presentations entitled LET’S TALK ABOUT RACE.

It’s being branded by the Red Bank Public Library as “a dynamic series of discussions exploring race, cultural identity and class in the context of literary works,” and it’s presented under the title Let’s Talk About Race — the kind of call to action that often causes many otherwise well-intentioned souls to want to talk about anything else. But frank talk and community engagement have always been specialties of Gilda Rogers, whose old Frank Talk Art Bistro and Bookstore was the storefront setting for an expansive schedule of activities that ranged from personal appearances by  famous writers, live jazz sets and civic debates, to pie-tastings, yoga classes, hair stylings, and invitations to share your favorite old record albums and dance.

Beginning this Wednesday evening, August 26 and continuing a once-monthly schedule through mid-November, Rogers serves as host, curator and moderator for a slate of free events in which “guest speakers and compelling mixed media will support the theme of these discussions” — offerings for which the author, activist, educator (Brookdale Community College, Red Bank Regional) and founder of Frank Talk Multimedia Network promises an open and honest dialogue.
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RUMSON, FAIR HAVEN: THEFT SPREE ALLEGED

HOT-TOPIC_01A Red Bank man was indicted Friday for a spending spree financed by credit cards stolen from cars in Rumson and Fair Haven, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office said.

Carl W. Bergen, 53, of 59 William Street, broke into four vehicles in the two towns over the course of a year, beginning in May, 2014, according to the 16-count indictment.

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ON THE GREEN: FOG, SUN & THUNDERSTORMS

rb fog 082415Sunrise as seen through heavy fog from the First Presbyterian Church at Tower Hill in Red Bank Monday morning. The National Weather Service forecasts a mostly sunny day, with temperatures topping out in the mid-80s, followed by a 50-percent chance of thunderstorms after 8 p.m. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)