RED BANK: POLICE BLOTTER

AUTHORITIES_RB-2016-v2Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of May 5 to May 19, 2016.

Crime Reports

Theft: Theft of items from a trailer. On 5-10-16 the victim reported that a male subject was located on his property in the area of S. Pearl St, removing items (copper wiring in the amount of $7,800.00). The accused was arrested at the scene. Ptl. Shane Dengel.

Theft: Theft of a wallet. The victim reported that on May 7, 2016 her wallet was taken by a subject after leaving an establishment located on Broad St. The victim believes that the subject in question picked up her wallet while she was sitting on a curb. The wallet contained approximately $500.00 in currency. Lt. Robert Kennedy.

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RED BANK: STEELWORKERS TOP OFF GALLERY

 Furnari sculpture 052116 2A pickup truck carrying the mobile version of the sculpture, and the newly installed replica atop the Detour Gallery, as seen Saturday. Below, artist Sergio Furnari. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

sergio furnari 052116Sure to prompt double-takes, Red Bank’s newest piece of outdoor art brings an iconic American photograph to three dimensions.

If the image looks familiar, that’s because it’s based on a famous 1932 photograph of steelworkers taking a lunch break on a steel beam 850 feet above the ground at Manhattan’s Rockefeller Center, then under construction. Read More »

RED BANK: ZOMBIES AND RASCALS @BASIE

zombiesRod Argent and the 2016 edition of seminal British band the Zombies, above, will be joined on the Basie stage by Felix Cavaliere and his Rascals for a Tuesday two-fer throwback thriller.

Felix CavaliereIt’s a double bill that brings together a seminal British band that experienced its greatest success after breaking up, and a late-60’s hitmaker whose group has been branded by no less an authority than Steven Van Zandt as “the first rock band in the world.”

While you ponder that, make a pilgrimage to the Count Basie Theatre Tuesday night, when the venerable Red Bank venue hosts a pair of acts who regularly scaled the pop-chart heights in that music-mad decade of the 1960’s and have returned to the touring circuit with an inspired vengeance: the moody British Invasion quintet the Zombies, and the Young Rascals ringmaster Felix Cavaliere.

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LINCROFT: BROTHERHOOD FOR BREAKFAST

Interfaith Prayer BreakfastOn May 18, Brookdale Community College was the setting as Red Bank’s Pilgrim Baptist Church and its community partners hosted the Inaugural Shore Region Interfaith Prayer Breakfast, celebrating the rich ethnic, cultural and religious community of the shore region. The event featured music, inspirational messages and prayers from corporate and community leaders, and presented the Community Trailblazer Award to Garden State MOSAIC for its work promoting religious understanding among youth through cross-cultural groups. For further information about the breakfast or the Community Wellness Initiatives of Pilgrim Baptist Church, call (732)757-2257.

SHREWSBURY: GET A READ ON SUMMER

Press release from Monmouth County Library

Registration for the Summer Reading Program at the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library begins this month for the sessions which run from June 1 through August, with a special accent on exciting programs and incentives for young readers.

Separate programs for pre-readers and school age children are offered, with age appropriate selections and reading goals for each age. The Read-to-Me program, geared to non-readers and preschoolers, encourages children to listen to stories.  Children who “read” or listen to twenty or more stories which are logged onto a reading record are rewarded with fun prizes. There are additional prize incentives for those who exceed this goal. Children are invited to bring their relatives and friends to sit with them and enjoy the reading program.

The On Your Mark, Get Set…Read program is geared to independent readers through grade 5, and focuses on sports-themed messages and incentives during the program feature unique prizes from splat balls to paperback books. The Get in the Game program is for readers in grades 6 through 12, and encourages reading goals for the summer. Readers are invited to record the number of pages they have read each time they come to the library, with a goal of reading 800 pages during the summer months. All the recording of time, pages, and books is electronic, with readers setting up a log-in and keeping track on everything online.

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RED BANK: SEX ASSAULTS ON CHILD CHARGED

AUTHORITIES_RB-2016-v2Red Bank police arrested a West Side man for alleged sexual assaults on a minor, according to a police report.

Benigno Barrios-Arenas, 50, of Shrewsbury Avenue was arrested Thursday and charged with sexually touching an 8-year-old girl in his charge and masturbating in her presence, the report states.

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RED BANK: LOCAL SMOKE SET TO WAFT

local smoke 051816 1Steve Raab, right, with partners Loren Raab, his wife, and Eric Keating, left, outside their new restaurant Thursday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallEntering a crowded Red Bank restaurant field that seems to grow more packed each week, Local Smoke BBQ stands out.

Why? In part because Steve Raab’s new place is at a highly-trafficked corner, making for a convenient stop. Partly because it has its own parking lot, without a meter in sight.

But mainly because it will be the first purely-barbecue restaurant in Red Bank proper, and is run by a pitmaster with an avid following.

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SHREWSBURY: “GAS MONEY” GETS HIM HERE

Troy Lewis copyIt’s a journey that begins in a little place called Saluda, Virginia (population 300), a road trip through physical and spiritual territory that’s limited only by our own storytelling abilities and available Gas Money.

In his book of that title, first-time author Troy Lewis delivers what his promo material calls “a heartwarming, honest narrative that shows how everyday people with whom we come in contact on a daily or occasional basis shape our lives forever.”

And on Saturday, Lewis makes his next stop on that journey with a visit to the the Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library in Shrewsbury. Read More »

WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? BODEGA TACOS

051616towncountry2Bistek tacos chosen from the “Spanish” lunch menu at Town and Country Deli, a convenience store selling more than food, seen below. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

051616towncountrypatelInternational cuisine has become ubiquitous in Red Bank, adding to a plentitude of lunch options. But there are still some gems hidden away, and so when PieHole readers tell us about flavors unknown, we listen.

That’s how we wound up at Town and Country Deli in Red Bank.

Tucked away next to a laundromat in a Shrewsbury Avenue strip mall at the corner of Bank Street, this place is more bodega or convenience store than delicatessen, but looks can be deceiving.

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RED BANK: JCP&L REVIVES POWER LINE PLAN

rb bridge ave 041014A view of the North Jersey Coast Line northward from the Red Bank station in 2014. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

HOT-TOPIC_03Jersey Central Power & Light is reviving a plan, mothballed 25 years ago, for a high-voltage electricity transmission line to Red Bank, according to a report by NJ.com.

The 230-kilovolt transmission line would run along the existing New Jersey Transit right-of-way between existing substations in Aberdeen and Red Bank. And it’s needed to keep pace with demand for electricity, the company says.

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LINCROFT: $30K IN SCHOLARSHIPS FROM JOCEF

JOCEF 2016winners10Joe Romanowski Culinary Education Foundation scholarship winners include (back row, left to right) Tyler Berman, Chris Ross, Deandre Forman, Ehrich Ballard, Erin Cotterell, Kendall Szpakowski; (front row) Emily Yasi.

Young residents of Red Bank and Middletown were among the recipients, as the Joe Romanowski Culinary Education Foundation (JOCEF) awarded $30,000 in scholarship funds to seven students currently enrolled at the Culinary Education Center, a collaboration between Brookdale Community College and the Monmouth County Vocational School District.

In an emotional awards ceremony at the Culinary Education Center, students were presented checks by JOCEF board members including Maggie Romanowski, Chris and Debbie Mumford and Karen Farrell.

Proceeds from JOCEF’s third annual “Recipe for Success” gala in March 2016 funded the scholarships. The not-for-profit foundation was established in the memory of Joseph Romanowski, who mentored and nurtured many of the Jersey Shore’s finest up-and coming chefs.

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RUMSON: GOD + SCIENCE, PERFECT TOGETHER

Press release from Monmouth Community Climate Coalition

Rev. DowdThe public is invited to First Presbyterian Church of Rumson on the evening of Monday, June 6, when guest speaker and “Pro-Future Evangelist” Michael Dowd delivers a talk entitled Standing for the Future: Inspiring Science, Evolving Faith, Realistic Hope.

Scheduled for 7 p.m. and presented by The Monmouth Community Climate Coalition, the program, geared for adults and teens, asks the question “How do we stay inspired in the face of changing climate?” — and focuses on points of agreement held by religious and non-religious people across the globe, suggesting how we can transform “The Great Reckoning” into “The Great Homecoming.”

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A RETROSPECTIVE FOR A RED BANK RECLUSE

LEWIS_RUDOLPH_1_THE_FUGITIVETHE FUGITIVE (above) and other paintings by the late Red Bank-based artist Lewis Lanza Rudolph (below) are represented in a major retrospective, opening with a Friday evening reception at Lincroft’s Monmouth Museum.

Lewis Lanza Rudolph low-res“By choice, in the early 1990’s Lewis Lanza Rudolph withdrew from the art scene and into his studio,” reads a press statement for a major retrospective on the work of the lifelong Red Bank resident. “Why he stopped exhibiting his work is a mystery.”

Writing on a website dedicated to the life and work of the late artist (1949-2012), Rudolph’s sister Denise Ecenroad confirms that her older brother was a reclusive type who “never owned a credit card, computer, or cell phone…(he) kept his phone unplugged unless he was anticipating a phone call. This means I would need to write him and mail a letter in advance to ask if I could visit or to arrange a phone call with him.”

But while he made his living as a security guard, Rudolph was first and foremost a passionate and prolific painter who exhibited his work in NYC galleries in the late 1970s and early 80s; who traveled to Paris and other arts-friendly ports of call; who won a New Jersey State Council on the Arts Fellowship in 1983, and whose self-described “Abstractions” will be receiving their first major hometown solo-show exposure, beginning with a public-welcome reception this Friday, May 20 at the Monmouth Museum.

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RED BANK: TAX INCREASE REDUCED

rb budget q&A 051816 1A half-dozen or so residents, outnumbered by borough employees and officials, attended the budget session. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

[Update, May 20: Visuals from this presentation are now available online here.]

By JOHN T. WARD

taxesA controversial increase in parking fees will trim the local property tax increase to less than half that previously anticipated, Red Bank officials said Wednesday.

At the annual informal budget presentation, held at borough hall, Councilwoman Linda Schwabenbauer said the spending plan scheduled for adoption next week calls for a two-percent tax increase, or about $35 for the year for the owner of a home assessed at the town-average $354,006. Read More »

RED BANK AREA SCHOOLS BIG BASIE WINNERS

OPENING-NUMBER-BASIE-AWARDS-2016A multi-school ensemble, led by Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama winner Laura Diorio, opened the Basie ceremony. (Photo by Andrew Musser – Count Basie Theatre)

HOT-TOPIC_03Students and faculty from five Red Bank area schools dominated the balloting in the 11th annual Basie Awards, presented  Wednesday night to honor excellence in Monmouth County high school theatrical productions.

Musicals and dramatic presentations from Red Bank Catholic, Red Bank Regional, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional, Mater Dei Prep and Middletown High School South combined to take or tie for top honors in 17 of 27 categories.

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RED BANK: A TASTY TAKE FOR HABITAT FUNDER

Habitat for Humanity awardsMore than $50,000 was raised for Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County on May 16, when the Oyster Point Hotel hosted the nonprofit’s first-ever “Taste for Homes” food and wine tasting event.

More than two dozen Red Bank area restaurants and vendors offered samplings of their wares, while attendees enjoyed prize raffles, auctions, and the opportunity to help congratulate special honorees T&M Associates of Middletown (Corporate Citizen Award), radio station WRAT 95.9 (Community partner Award) and Beverly Lawrence of Fair Haven (Outstanding Volunteer Award), in addition to celebrating “the many women volunteers that have what it takes to pound nails, frame walls, raise a roof and create HOPE!” (Photo by Mario Marcal Studios. Click to enlarge.)

BESTSELLING AUTHOR VISITS RUMSON SCHOOL

Gordon KormanPress release from Rumson School District

Learning about the creative process of a successful writer and being highly entertained were the orders of the day, as New York Times bestselling author Gordon Korman visited sixth and seventh graders at Forrestdale School on May 13.

Korman’s day-long visit, which was sponsored by the Rumson PTO, included lunch with the author for students chosen in classroom raffles as well as opportunities for photos with Korman and book signings.

The Forrestdale sixth and seventh graders sported tie-dyed clothing in homage to the character of Capricorn “Cap” Anderson in Schooled, who Korman described as “a 13-year-old hippie who is also sort of a hermit.”

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RED BANK: PRIMA BAND COMES TO THE BASIE

Next-generation swing-king Louis Prima Jr. and his Witnesses bring their brand of raucous rhythm and jet-fueled jive to Red Bank Thursday night.

If they know anything at all about the legendary singer, songwriter, jazz trumpeter and popularizer of hepcat slang Louis Prima, most folks might stop at “Just a Gigolo/ I Ain’t Got Nobody,” a rockingly over-the-top medley that was famously revived note-for-note by Van Halen frontman David Lee Roth. Those a bit further in the know could vouch that Prima was the guy who wrote the original version of Benny Goodman’s big-band epic “Sing Sing Sing,” and who provided the voice of King Louie in Disney’s 1960s animated feature The Jungle Book.

While a cerebral hemorrhage silenced the catalyzin’ King of Swing 41 years ago, his spirit is alive and well — and this Thursday night, Louis Prima Jr and the Witnesses testify to that effect, on the Red Bank stage of the Count Basie Theatre.

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RUMSON MAN TAPPED AS TRUMP BAGMAN

The driveway to Eisenberg’s West River Road home, as seen in 2012. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Election_2016_PlainLewis Eisenberg of Rumson will lead a joint money-raising effort for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and two other organizations, NJ.com reported Wednesday.

The Republican National Committee and the Trump campaign announced Eisenberg’s involvement in the self-professed billionaire’s pursuit of the White House Tuesday night, according to the report.

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RUMSON-FAIR HAVEN WELCOMES THERAPY DOG

Violet with VictoriaIt’s late in the school year, but the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School community welcomed its newest member to class this week: a therapy dog named Violet.

A two-month-old golden retriever/poodle mix, Violet will serve primarily as a companion for students in the Multiply Disabled program, which features a self-contained classroom for students who require special education and related services, according to a school announcement.

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SHREWSBURY POLICE BLOTTER

AUTHORITIES_SBURY-2016-v3Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of May 6 to May 13, 2016.

Crime Reports

Report of Theft in the area of Saks Off Fifth, Broad Street on 5/6/16. Victim reports unknown subject removed merchandise. Damages totaling $399.99. Ptl. Daniel DeCristofaro investigating.

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RED BANK CHARTER SCHOOL IS ALL ART

RBCS Evening of ArtsThe talents of an array of  budding artists, writers, dancers, theatrical performers and musicians were spotlighted on May 12, when Red Bank Charter School hosted its annual Evening with the Arts celebration. Designed as both a showcase for the creative abilities of RBCS students — and a demonstration of how the various art forms are integrated within the school’s curriculum — the event was made possible by the good work of faculty members that included art teacher Mrs. Stefankiewicz, music teacher Miss Keeling, and rock band leader Mr. Strippoli.

RBR PHOTO MAJORS TOPS IN CAMERA CONTEST

RBR photo winnersIn early May, photography majors from the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School took part in the Ocean County Camera Club Photo Contest. Among the 50 winners in 450 entries are (left to right) RBR students Bridget Kelly, Cat Ishimasa (Honorable Mention in the Monochromatic category), Sam Havens (First Place in the Photographers Choice/Monochromatic category), Anya Carney, Juliet Slattery, and Kathleen Flynn. Photos by Bridget and Anya (whose entry can be seen at center of picture) will be displayed in a show at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. next October.

MIDDLETOWN: EX-FINANCIER EYES TRENTON

phil murphy 051616 3Phil Murphy in a campaign photo, apparently taken at Edie’s Luncheonette in Little Silver. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Middletown resident and former Democratic national finance chairman Phil Murphy has declared his run for New Jersey’s governorship, even though voters won’t cast their ballots for another 18 months.

Murphy declared his expected candidacy in a video released Monday on YouTube.

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