RED BANK: FLAVOR’S ORGANIC FOR KITCH CHEF

110515kichorganic6Kitch Organic chef Jennifer Freeman stirs a mixture of ground turkey and vegetables while Liam Splane cuts down a flat of wheat grass.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

110515kitchorganic8In the exquisite, state-of-the-art kitchen at Kitch Organic on Leighton Avenue in Red Bank, the cooks are busy preparing some extraordinary recipes.

All the food here is gluten-free and certified-organic, but that isn’t what makes it exceptional. Health benefits aside, chef Jenny Freeman is producing meals chock-full of flavor — and she’s doing it with home-grown and carefully sourced ingredients.

The 42-year-old chef went to the Natural Gourmet Institute in New York “to learn how to help heal people through food,” she tells PieHole. “I wanted to learn good nutrition and use it in my cooking.”  Read More »

VETERANS DAY CEREMONIES 2015

vets-111110fh 2 111112The monument to war veterans at Monmouth Street and Drummond Place in Red Bank, above, and Memorial Park in Fair Haven, at right, are once again host sites for  Veterans Day commemorations Wednesday.

Click “read more” for town-by-town events on the Green. (Click photos to enlarge)

RED BANK: TENNIS FANS MUSTER FOR COURTS

rb tennis 111015 2The tennis courts, overgrown with weeds since being swamped by Hurricane Sandy three years ago, got a sprucing-up from the borough last week. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03As expected, the Red Bank council derailed an ambitious plan for $3.5 million worth of private development on the site of the borough-owned red clay tennis courts in Marine Park Monday night.

Still, a roomful of frustrated tennis enthusiasts packed the council chambers, many of them holding paper signs urging the council to now restore the hurricane-damaged riverfront courts to playability.

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FAIR HAVEN: OKTOBERFEST IN NOVEMBER

Oktoberfest_1Rescheduled due to early October’s heavy weather, Fair Haven’s Oktoberfest returns for its fourth annual edition this Saturday evening, November 14.

Revised and re-posted because this event was rescheduled from its originally planned date of October 3 because of rain.

It’s a big-tent happening that exists very much in the autumn moment, from the traditional German food and selection of bier, to the sense of old-world revelry that dares to make merry in the face of the encroaching chill. But at the same time, Fair Haven’s Oktoberfest event is one in which the warm good vibes ripple throughout the calendar year; touching every aspect of the borough’s quality of life.

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RED BANK: MU STUDENTS CO-STAR WITH TRTC

TwoRiverMU1As part of a partnership program between Monmouth University and Two River Theater Company, Student Ambassadors Nick Zaccario, Sheri Anderson, Samantha Myers and Molly Huber are pictured outside the box office with TRTC staffers Courtney Perez, Cassie Galasetti and Angela White.

Press release from Two River Theater Company

In a partnership designed to deepen relationships between Two River Theater and the Music and Theater Arts Department at Monmouth University, the Red Bank performing arts center and the West Long Branch-based university have announced a new Student Ambassador Program, facilitated by Department Chair Joe Rapolla and Professor Sheri Anderson.

Three “Student Ambassadors” — sophomore Molly Huber, senior Samantha Myers, and junior Nick Zaccario — have been selected to lead the program for this inaugural season. The students will work closely with Two River’s marketing team to help create special programs and opportunities for their campus peers, starting with the theater’s upcoming production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, which hosts its first preview on Saturday, November 14. Opportunities being explored include access to backstage tours and technical rehearsals; workshop/Q&A sessions with actors and/or designers, and more.

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RED BANK: GOP CLAIMS WIN IN SQUEAKER

mike whelan 110315 2An apprehensive Mike Whelan watches as election results are posted on election night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank Republicans did in fact oust Democrats for control of the borough council last week, GOP  Chairman Sean Di Somma said following a count of provisional ballots in Freehold Monday morning.

But three-term incumbent Councilman Mike DuPont told redbankgreen that the Democrats will file for a recount.

 

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LITTLE SILVER: THE HOLIDAYS START HERE

reindeerReindeer wrangler Mark Sopko brings his reindeer to a Christmas season kickoff at Sickles Market Friday evening. (Click to enlarge)

Sickles reindeerYou needn’t have lived here for long to deduce that the Greater Red Bank Green is the area’s uncontested, unofficial Capital of Yuletide/ year-end holiday hoopla. And you don’t have to be the poor soul whose job it is to stock the aisles at the chain pharmacy to know that the Season of Santa is here and now, and has been since long before the last unwanted bag of candy Halloween pumpkins hit the remainder rack.

This Friday evening, Santa’s helpers fire their first shot across the boughs of holly, with the opening of the Holiday Open House event at Sickles Market in Little Silver.

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SHREWSBURY: THE SUBJECT IS RACE

GildaKeynotespeakerOn Wednesday, December 9, the League of Women Voters of Greater Red Bank will present an interactive discussion about race relations in America today, with special guest panelist Gilda Rogers (pictured), co-founder of Citizens for a Free and Open Diverse Society. Scheduled for 7 pm at the Monmouth County Library on Route 35 in Shrewsbury, the all-welcome panel looks at racially based discrepancies on how the media describes events, and examines how our feelings, experiences and unconscious reactions affect how we relate to others. Contact madelyngail@gmail.com or call (732)895-3866 for additional information.

RUMSON: ALL WELCOME AT CHANUKAH DINNER

Press release from Congregation B’nai Israel

As the temperature drops and the nights get long, the members of Congregation B’nai Israel are getting ready for the 2015 Chanukah Festival of Lights. The Chanukah Festival, to be held at 4 pm on Sunday, December 6, will feature a community menorah lighting, dinner and lots of activities for all. This event is open to the public and great for all ages.

There will be a variety of activities for children, as well as local vendors, a Jewish book fair, and gifts for purchase from the Sisterhood Gift Shop. A delicious kosher dinner will include crispy potato latkes and traditional donuts for dessert.

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RBR BUCS FINISH SEASON WITHOUT A LOSS

rbr v man 110615 1rbc v jm 110615 2Led by QB Jack Navitsky, above, Red Bank Regional finished the 2015 regular football season undefeated with a 31-14 win at Manchester Friday night. Shore Sports Zone caught all the action, as well as seven other big games across Monmouth and Ocean counties, including a come-from-behind win by Red Bank Catholic (right). Check out all the action right here(Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

BUCS ARE UNDEFEATED; CASEYS RALLY


Red Bank Regional finished the 2015 regular football season undefeated with a 31-14 win at Manchester, and Shore Sports Zone caught all the action, as well as seven other big games across Monmouth and Ocean counties.

But first, at 4:35 of the highlight reel, Red Bank Catholic quarterback Eddie Hahn racked up 284 all-purpose yards and ran for two touchdowns as the Caseys scored 21 unanswered points to beat Jackson Memorial, 21-10, at Count Basie Fields in Red Bank Friday night. RBC closed out the season at 7-2, with one of its two losses having come at the hands of RBR.

Then, at 12:00 in the reel, watch how Alim Godsey, Jack Navitsky, Sadiq Palmer and the rest of the Bucs handled winless Manchester to bring home the eighth win of RBR’s stellar season.

Elsewhere, Rumson-Fair Haven routed Holmdel, 41-0. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

 

MIDDLETOWN: TELL LAURA WE LOVE HER

LauraKelly Cibrian, Jeff Caplan and Bill Lee star, as the Monmouth Players continue their Season of Suspense with the classic mystery of LAURA.

A murdered woman of mystery, who may or may not lie so easy in the grave. A detective obsessed with the memory of someone he never met. A philandering fiancee and a set of acid-tongued, duplicitous friends that you wouldn’t wish upon your worst frenemy. When Hollywood began producing its great run of film noir classics in the 1940s, Vera Caspary’s novel Laura was ready and made to order; forming the foundation of an Otto Preminger production that boasted the otherworldly beauty of Gene Tierney, the square-jawed stoicism of Dana Andrews, the suave snake-oil of Clifton Webb and Vincent Price, plus a haunting title theme for the ages —  the stuff that movieland’s darkest dreams were made of.

Laura was also a stage play, adapted by author Caspary herself in cahoots with George Sklar — and beginning this weekend, the rarely revived drama receives a new airing, courtesy of the Monmouth Players and their incredible-but-true 62nd season as the area’s longest continuously operating theatrical troupe.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? TOAST TOSSED SALAD

110515toastsaladA Chopped Greek salad with grilled shrimp, above, and a plate of hash and eggs, below. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

103115toast1Peace, Love and Pancakes: How can you go wrong with a slogan like that?

The newest foodie haven in Red Bank, Toast is slinging all three, along with hash and other comfort foods, in a glossy retro-American-meets-Scandinavian style luncheonette in the former home of the Broadway Diner on Monmouth Street.
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RED BANK: RAYRAP TRAFFIC PLAN RAPPED

rayrap 110515 1Planning consultant John Jahr addresses a question from Hudson Avenue resident William Hartigan as builder Ray Rapcavage props up an exhibit Thursday night. Below, a view of the six-unit condo building fronting on Harding Road, which was to have been a greenmarket. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rayrap condos 090815For the fifth time, developer Ray Rapcavage has revised his plans for a residential development on the edge of downtown Red Bank, this time to accommodate complaints that eight homes on Hudson Avenue were too close to the street.

But nearby residents voiced concerns at a zoning board hearing Thursday night that the 22-unit project would worsen traffic and parking on an already busy and narrow street.

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GIRLS’ SOCCER: CASEYS ADVANCE ON 1-0 WIN

Jackie Robinson was a brick wall in goal and Sophie Demurjian scored in the 60th minute to give Red Bank Catholic’s girls’ soccer team a 1-0 win against Saint John Vianney Thursday. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights.

The Caseys now advance in the Non-Public South “A” girls soccer state tournament.

LINCROFT: CALLING ALL CREATIVES

art showPress release from Monmouth County Park System

Calling all artists!  From now through January 18, 2016, the Monmouth County Park System is accepting entries into its Creative Arts and Music Festival.  This juried art show and sale is open to artists of all mediums, and those interested in entering are invited to submit images for consideration.

The Festival will run from 11 am to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday, April 30 and May 1, at Thompson Park in Lincroft.  Besides the art show and sale, the event will feature music and food.  Thompson Park is home to the Park System’s Creative Arts Center, which hosts a variety of fine arts and craft classes throughout the year including ceramics, pottery, jewelry and painting.

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THE PLAYERS ARE ON, AT RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

For one weekend in November, the Tower Players at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School return to the stage with their fall dramatic production: The Faerie King’s Daughter, a spellbinding story of what happens when four groups of residents – Fairies, Trolls, Humans, and Elves – interact in an unexpected way that changes life in the Fairy Glen forever. The Players have announced evening performances for 7:30 pm on Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21, with a matinee performance on Sunday, November 22 at 1 pm.

A cast of 28 students (under the direction of Suzanne Sweeney and assistant director Kasi Ann Sweeney) is featured in this compelling performance which includes dancing, singing, and elaborate costumes. Over 50 students are participating behind the scenes in costumes and tech crew. Choreography is by Jen Costa, and costume designs are by Carole Malik. Stefania Flecca is Play Production Coordinator.

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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 October 22 to November 5, 2015. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief occurring between 10-23-15 and 10-24-15 at W. Front Street business. Owner reported that unknown person(s) tipped over metal flower pot damaging flowers and pot. Ptl. Benjamin Springer.

Theft occurring on 10-27-15 at Maple Avenue parking lot. Victim reported that unknown person(s) entered parked vehicle and stole her purse which contained cash and a debit card.   Ptl. George Travostino.

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SHREWSBURY POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of October 23 to October 31, 2015.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY2-2014Crime Reports

Report of Theft in the area of Marshalls, Shrewsbury Plaza on 10/23/2015. Victim reports proceeds taken by 3 males. Damages totaling $964.79. Ptl. Matthew Clark investigating.

Report of Theft in the area of Acme, Shrewsbury Plaza on 10/23/2015. Victim reports the theft of his wallet while shopping the night before. Ptl. Ryan Cullinane investigating.

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RED BANK: PAST, PRESENT, FUTURE CONVERGE

PMJ-PR-shotBandleader-composer (and YouTube-spawned sensation) Scott Bradlee brings his Postmodern Jukebox project to the Count Basie stage this Friday…while soprano Victoria Cannizzo joins Roy Gussman and the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra, in a Saturday night inaugural for the new MSO season.

victoria cannizzoIn between offering happy harbor to a veritable Who’s Who of legendary entertainers from all the classic avenues of show business, our Count Basie Theatre has taken its place as a showcase for the newly minted superstars of that most 21st century of spawning grounds — the viral vaudeville that is YouTube and the social media stage.

This Friday, the Red Bank audience gets its first in-person look at an act that expanded its appeal from a literal living-room setting, to an in-demand touring attraction whose homemade videos have been viewed more than 100 million times.

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RED BANK: PROVISIONALS YET TO BE COUNTED

rb gop 110315 2Republicans Mark Taylor, left, Councilwoman Linda Schwabenbauer and Mike Whelan surround party chairman Sean Di Somma in celebration at the Chowda House Tuesday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank Republican Chairman Sean Di Somma says he’s confident his party’s long-sought takeover of the borough council will stand up to a recount and the sorting-through of provisional ballots.

The still-uncertified vote tallies from Tueday’s election show the GOP won both open council seats to claim their first majority on the governing body in a generation Tuesday.

But with about two dozen provisional ballots yet to be counted, just four votes separate Republican Mike Whelan and three-term incumbent Democrat Mike DuPont, according the Monmouth County Clerk’s website.

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RUMSON: LAST LAUGHS

rumson pumpkins 110515Tossed to the curb but apparently still having a ball, a clutch of pumpkins lay among fallen leaves on Hance Road in Rumson Thursday morning. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: RIDGE ROAD CLOSURES BEGIN

ridge rd 110515Overnight closures of a stretch of Ridge Road in Fair Haven, Little Silver and Rumson got underway Wednesday night to allow for repaving work.

The closures, from Bingham Avenue to west of Prospect Avenue, are expected to recur over six nights, weather permitting, except for the weekend. Residents who access their homes from the road are being allowed through, according to local police. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: RAYRAP PLAN ON ZONING AGENDA

rayrap clay 011515rayrap 090315 2Developer Ray Rapcavage is scheduled to return to the Red Bank zoning board Thursday night with his proposal to build 22 homes on a block bounded by Harding Road, Hudson Avenue and Clay Street. Hearings on the original plan began in August, 2014, with a nine-month interim during which the proposal was revised.

Another project, the proposed 35-unit Element, opposite Riverside Gardens Park at 55 West Front Street, was also to have been heard, but has been rescheduled for December 10, according to a revised board agenda(Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)