MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

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

​​​AUTHORITIES_MTOWN-2016-v2Tara Maier, age 22, from Branch Avenue in Little Silver, NJ, arrested on January 1, 2016 by Patrolman Ricardo Cruz on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Holmdel Municipal Court. She was released after posting $750.00 bail.

Matthew Estrella, age 24, from Memorial Parkway in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on January 1, 2016 by Patrolman Ricardo Cruz on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Oceanport Municipal Court. He was released after posting $190.00 bail.

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RED BANK CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

AUTHORITIES_RB-2016-v2The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of January 14 to January 21, 2016. This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief occurring on 1-15-16 at W. Front St. Owner of business reported that unknown person(s) spray painted graffiti onto side of building. Ptl. Sean Hauschildt.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 1-15-16 at White St, West Front Street and Monmouth Street. Owners of businesses reported that unknown person(s) spray painted graffiti onto side of buildings. Ptl. Sean Hauschildt.

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FAIR HAVEN: POND DEAL ON COUNCIL AGENDA

schwenker's 012315Schwenker’s Pond, on River Road. The long-vacant Doremus house, below, which overlooked the pond, was demolished in late 2013. Two new homes are planned for the site. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

doremus-houseAfter years of limbo, a deal that would transfer ownership of Schwenker’s Pond in Fair Haven to the borough is expected to be sealed Monday night.

On the council’s agenda is a proposed developer’s agreement that Mayor Ben Lucarelli said will add to the town’s waterfront and open-space holdings.

“I’m of the belief that you only get one chance to make a piece of property public,” Lucarelli told redbankgreen last week.

Well, in this case, two.

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SHREWSBURY POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of January 12 to January 19, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY-2016-v3Crime Reports

A report of Criminal Mischief was reported by a male in the area of Broad St. on 1/12/2016. Ptl. Daniel DeCristofaro investigating.

A report of Theft was reported by a male in the area of Shrewsbury Ave. on 1/12/2016. Ptl. Ralph Latham investigating.

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RED BANK: T&M SERVES UP SERVICE

t&M_Lunch_BreakAs part of a “50 Ways of Giving” community service campaign in observance of its 50th anniversary, executives from Middletown-based engineering firm T&M Associates (including President/CEO Gary Dahms ) joined the staff of Lunch Break in Red Bank on January 20. T&M employees were on site at the Red Bank facility to provide food and clothing to Monmouth County families who need help and supplies during this winter season. The “50 Ways of Giving” initiative continues throughout 2016, with employees encouraged to participate in 50 acts of volunteerism during the firm’s milestone year. 

R-FH TEENS HEAR PROS OF LANGUAGE SKILLS

buckley sistito de bonte maitaPanelists Dekker Buckley, Amy Sestito, Claudia De Bonte, and Gianna Maita made a presentation on “World Language in Our Community” at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional on January 12th.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

On January 12, a “standing-room only” crowd of students at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School were treated to an illuminating presentation by the school’s World Language Department.

Students who elected to attend during Study Hall Period were able to share in the insights of four special guest panelists, who spoke on the topic of “World Language in Our Community,” with an emphasis on the many benefits of studying world languages.

Serving as panelists were Dekker Buckley, who serves as Vice President-Director, Latin American Zone, for the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies; Claudia De Bonte, a New Jersey-based attorney who worked in France for Polo Ralph Lauren/Poloco; Gianna Maita, an RFH Class of 2011 graduate with proficiency in French, Italian, Spanish, and Afrikaans, and Amy Sestito, co-founder of the groundbreaking and award-winning parenting magazine The Family Groove.

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ON THE GREEN: DIGGING OUT GETS UNDERWAY

blizzard 012416 3After a daylong blizzard, residents of the Greater Red Bank Green awoke Sunday to about two feet of snow and flooding of low-lying areas, including South Ward Avenue and Grant Avenue in Rumson, above. By noon, the clearing of cars, roads and sidewalks was well underway, aided by cloudless skies and temperatures heading into the low 30s. Click “read more” for additional photos.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: TIME-LAPSE OF VANISHING BREAD

NJ.com video reporter and Red Bank resident Brian Donohue and a colleague set up time-lapse cameras in the bread aisle of two supermarkets, including the SuperFoodtown on Broad Street, to capture a slice of the predictable, pre-blizzard stockup on staples Friday. Enjoy. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RFH WINS AS BARRY SETS NEW BAR

Rumson-Fair Haven’s Brendan Barry scored 23 points, including a three-pointer at the first-half buzzer, to make him the Bulldogs’ all-time leading scorer in a 53-48 home victory over Manasquan.

With the milestone, Barry surged past Palvin Williams, a 1973 Rumson graduate who flew in from the Dominican Republic to witness the shattering of a record that stood for 43 years.

Shore Sports Zone has the thrilling highlights here.

RED BANK: PANEL GETS DISTRICT’S SIDE ONLY

rbcs panel 012216 1Members of the charter school review panel watched a video touting the district schools Friday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

[CORRECTION: The original version of this article misreported data displayed in a chart during Rumage’s presentation. The chart indicated that 40 percent of Red Bank Charter School students are economically disadvantaged, compared to 88 percent of district students, whereas redbankgreen mistakenly reported the charter school figure as 4 percent. Also, the corrected figure reflects only economically disadvantaged children, not include new English learners.]

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03With the first flakes of an anticipated blizzard falling outside, a hearing on a proposed enrollment expansion by the Red Bank Charter School was predictably one-sided Friday night.

As expected, charter school Principal Meredith Pennotti was a no-show, as were the school’s trustees, but not because of the weather. They issued a statement earlier in the day saying they were staying way because the panel that called the hurry-up session should take more time in order to conduct “an in-depth analysis without outside pressure.”

Less expected was district Superintendent Jared Rumage’s strongly worded attack of charter school data, which he said obscured its role in making Red Bank “the most segregated school system in New Jersey.”

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RED BANK: MAD-LIBS ‘N MARX ON MONMOUTH

groucho_with_cigar_1-1Frank Ferrante (pictured with accompanist Jim Furmston) re-channels the spirit of the one, the only, Groucho Marx back to the Basie, in a Sunday matinee edition of his EVENING WITH GROUCHO. 

[UPDATE: Because of the blizzard, the Basie has canceled this show. Refunds will be issued this week, the theater said in an announcement.]

As Frank Ferrante sees it, “We all want to be Groucho… to be that wild, irreverent pulverizer of those in power.”

In the years since the 1977 passing of the celebrated performer, author and game show host, one man above all others has worked tirelessly to keep the spirit of  Groucho Marx alive and kicking before contemporary audiences. And this Sunday, Frank Ferrante returns to the Count Basie Theatre for an encore presentation of his acclaimed stage show, An Evening with Groucho.

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CHRISTIE: BECK-BACKED GUN BILL ‘DOPEY’

sb christie 3 102913Governor Chris Christie in Sea Bright in October, 2013, above, and state Senator Jen Beck in Red Bank last May. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

jen beck 050115Three days after he vetoed a bill that would have prevented convicted carjackers, gang members and other felons from legally obtaining guns, Governor Chris Christie has said why: it’s “dopey,” he claimed, according to a report by the Record, of Bergen County.

The bill, co-sponsored by Red Bank resident and state Senator Jen Beck, is evidence of “stupid stuff” elected officials do to impress their constituents, Christie said at a campaign event Thursday in New Hampshire, where he’s competing in the Republican presidential primary.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? A SUMPTUOUS SOUP

011615kanji1Seafood soup served in a rustic bowl at Kanji. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

011616kanji3Shades of gray and black dominate the tables, slate flooring and walls of Kanji Steakhouse and Sushi Bar, a Japanese restaurant in the Tinton Falls strip mall that was once anchored by an A&P and is now an Acme at the intersection of Shrewsbury Avenue and Route 35.

In this cave-like setting, the well-lit sushi bar takes center stage. Maybe this was a tactical design, because we went in thinking of soup but wound up ordering sushi.
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ON THE GREEN: MAJOR STORM NEARS

RB SALT brine 012116 fh ice 012116 2Salt brine markings on Spring Street in Red Bank and dozens of kids on the ice at McCarter Pond in Fair Haven signaled the late arrival of true winter on the Greater Red Bank Green Thursday.

For emphasis, Mother Nature is planning a blizzard that’s expected to bring “extremely dangerous” travel conditions and possible power outages as a result of heavy wet snow, strong wind gusts and flooding, the National Weather Service forecasts. The region is expected to get about a foot of snow between Friday night and early Sunday morning, the NWS says. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RUMSON MUSICIANS EXCEL AT WINTER SHOW

Forrestdale band concertForrestdale School band director John Lebitsch conducts the Jazz Ensemble during the annual Winter Concert program in the school’s auditorium.

Press release from Rumson School District

The winter blues were kept at bay for one memorable night, as the Forrestdale School Winter Band Concert took place on the evening of January 14. Led by Forrestdale School Band Director John Lebitsch, the Advanced and Intermediate Bands and the Jazz Ensemble played to a packed house, and delighted the crowd.

The evening’s lineup featured Advanced Band performances of “Autumn Fanfare” (composed by Mekel Rogers) and “Train Heading West” (Timothy Broege). The Intermediate Band performed the Brian Balmages composition “Midnight Suite,” and the Combined Advanced and Intermediate Bands teamed up for a performance of the Tchaikovsky favorite “March from the Nutcracker.”

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RED BANK: SUCCESS STEMS FROM CLUBS

Press release from Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County

In an announcement this week, The Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County launched the Building Blocks program, an initiative designed to inspire kids’ curiosity in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and prepare young people for 21st century success.

Through this program — which was implemented in the Red Bank Unit of BGCM late last year, and is set to launch in the Asbury Park Unit this month — the Clubs will receive a customized STEM curriculum and twenty Samsung 4 10.1 tablets from supporting sponsor Samsung Electronics North America.

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RED BANK: CHARTER PANEL HEARING STILL ON

meredith pennotti 012016 1Charter school Principal Meredith Pennotti said she won’t attend Friday’s hearing in part because of hostility directed at her at a recent event. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03A planned hearing on a proposed enrollment expansion by the Red Bank Charter School is still scheduled for Friday night, despite the withdrawal of a key participant and the expected start of a blizzard.

Councilwoman Kathy Horgan, who chairs Mayor Pasquale Menna’s so-called blue-ribbon commission on the proposal, said the event will go ahead because the committee is on a tight deadline, and the storm will be in its earliest hours. Read More »

ON THE GREEN: BLIZZARD WATCH ISSUED

BROAD ST 122810Broad Street in Red Bank following a December, 2010 snowstorm. Below, a forecast map from the National Weather Service indicates a snowfall of 14 inches is “most likely” in on the Greater Red Bank Green this weekend, but could range as high as 22 inches. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

snow forecast 012116The National Weather Service issued a weekend blizzard watch Thursday morning for the region that includes the Greater Red Bank Green.

Late in the morning, crews from the Red Bank public utilities began laying salt brine on every street in town in an effort to keep the roads safe and delay the start of plowing efforts, DPU director Cliff Keen told redbankgreen.

“I think we’re ready,” said Keen, who’s overseeing his first snow challenge since replacing Gary Watson as department head last month. Most of the department’s staff was also on board for the 2010 blizzard, he notes.

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LINCROFT: SNOW DAY IN THE PARK

Snow Park SystemWith a belated blast of white stuff in the forecast — anywhere from an inch to two feet, depending on which social media pal you trust about such things — the folks at the Monmouth County Park System have issued a reminder that our many nearby public facilities are standing by for snowy-weather service over the coming days, “whether you’re looking to fly down the sledding hill, strap on your cross-country skis, or lace up your ice skates.”

The groomed trails at the county’s flagship Thompson Park in Lincroft are open to cross-country skiers as weather permits — and marked, ungroomed trails are available for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing at three county locales in Middletown Township: Hartshorne Woods Park, Huber Woods Park, and Tatum Park.

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RED BANK: CH-CH-CH-CHANGES TO BASIE SKED

bandieraBobbie Bandiera, above, will bump Roy Orbison to pay homage to the changeable David Bowie at the Count Basie Theatre in April. (Click to enlarge.)

Press release from Count Basie Theatre

bowie 1973Two weeks ago, the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank announced a concert event featuring Bobby Bandiera’s Jersey Shore Rock n’ Soul Revue, and its tribute to an artist who’s long loomed as a genuine inspiration for the veteran Shore scene singer and guitarist: Roy Orbison.

And then, the world lost David Bowie.

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HOCKEY: RED BANK CATHOLIC TOPS BRICK

It was senior night at the Red Bank Armory as Evan Hoey and Alec Mintz had one goal and two assists to propel Red Bank Catholic to a 4-3 win against Brick Township  Wednesday night. Hoey scored on a backhand in the final minute of the second period to stake the Caseys to a 4-1 advantage. Shore Sports Zone has the video highlights. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone)

LITTLE SILVER: A GOOD TURN FOR GREAT CAUSE

TurningPoint_lobster_BenedictThe Turning Point’s lobster benedict is merely one Great Food way in which to support the Great Cause of the Kortney Rose Foundation — as the restaurants’ eleven locations team up to fundraise for the locally based nonprofit on the weekend of February 27 and 28.

Press release from Culinary Communications

From its very first location in downtown Little Silver, to an expanding network of daytime restaurants throughout New Jersey, Turning Point has made itself at home wherever it’s put down roots — and for the seventh consecutive year, Turning Point’s founders are partnering with a grass-roots nonprofit in their home community, for a fundraising initiative entitled “Great Food for a Great Cause.”

Between the hours of 8 am to 3 pm on Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28, all 11 Turning Point locations will invite their dining guests to make a donation to Kortney Rose Foundation, the organization (founded, in memory of their late daughter, by Kristen and Rich Gillette of Oceanport) dedicated to raising funds for pediatric brain tumor research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Guests who donate a minimum of $25 to KRF on either of those two days will receive in return a Turning Point gift card, good for two entrées to be used any time in the future.

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RUMSON SCHOOLS JOIN IN HOUR OF CODE

Rumson Schools CodePress release from Rumson School District

Computers are everywhere, touching nearly every aspect of our lives — but surprisingly, fewer schools teach computer science now than were teaching it 10 years ago.

“Teaching kids to code is just as important as teaching them any other language,” stated Apple CEO Tim Cook on December 9th, 2015. “And the younger they start learning it, the better.”

This sentiment is echoed by the Rumson School District. Both Educational Technology teachers, Mark Panas of Deane-Porter (K-3) and Chris Macioch of Forrestdale (4-8) and their students have joined in on the largest education event in history: The Hour of Code.

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RED BANK: CHARTER SCHOOL PLANS OFFENSIVE

rbcs 012016 2Charter school parents at Wednesday night’s meeting in the school’s new STEM lab on Monmouth Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03At their first gathering since a controversial doubling of enrollment was proposed last month, Red Bank Charter School officials sought to enlist the school’s parents in a campaign to push back against opponents of the plan Wednesday night.

About 75 parents crowded into newly rented classroom space for a meeting billed as a “family facts” session that members of the general public were not permitted to attend. But many of those present complained they’d been blindsided by the expansion proposal and poorly informed about how to defend it against sometimes hostile criticism by other borough residents.

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FAIR HAVEN: MIMI AT THE CROSSROADS

mimi cross 2Singer-songwriter-novelist Mimi Cross makes an appearance in Fair Haven Thursday to promote her new work of fiction, “Before Goodbye.”  (Click to enlarge)

By TOM CHESEK

BeforeGoodbye-20232-CV-FT-v5“It was great to see everybody,” says Mimi Cross in reference to her performance last weekend at Asbury Park’s Langosta Lounge, part of the annual Light of Day slate of musically minded benefit events. “I haven’t been playing much the past couple of years, and it was like coming home to family.”

Once a frequently sighted fixture on Shore area club stages — and a two-time Asbury Music Award winner for her self-released albums like Monkey Trap — the singer-songwriter soprano has indeed kept a low public profile since she became a mom. It’s an uncharacteristic stance for an artist who can boast of having shared stages with Bruce, Bon Jovi, Bonnie (Raitt), (Jackson) Browne, Lauryn Hill and Sting.

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