RED BANK: ANOTHER RESTAURANT APPROVED

132 broad 040416The Red Lantern restaurant won clearance to open at 132 Broad Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03The dizzying transformation of downtown Red Bank into a place to dine, for those who can find parking, got another boost Monday night.

The borough planning board approved a plan to convert retail space at 132 Broad Street to a restaurant, despite a shortfall of 25 parking spots.

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RFH GIRLS TAKE FOURTH STRAIGHT SCT TITLE

Morgan Steinhacker scored back-to-back goals to start the second half to give Rumson-Fair Have a five-goal lead over Shore Regional in the Shore Conference Tournament final at Monmouth University Monday, and the Bulldogs never looked back. Brittany Bruno and Kyra Weiner ended up with three goals apiece for RFH to lead the Lady Bulldogs to their fourth straight SCT title with the 13-5 win. Shore Sports Zone has all the highlights and post-game reaction from Monmouth University on video.

RFH is the top seed in South Jersey Group 2, and will host number 16-seed Paul VI in the first round on Wednesday.  

RFH REGAINS SCT LACROSSE TITLE

Rumson-Fair Haven’s Robbie Garavente posted a “natural” hat trick of three straight goals to lead the Bulldogs to their fifth Shore Conference boys’ lacrosse title in the last six years with an 8-5 victory over Manasquan Monday. Charlie Curran scored the game winner with 4:15 seconds to go in the fourth quarter,a nd Shore Sports Zone was there at Long Branch High to catch it all on video.

The teams could square off again in the South Jersey Group 2 playoffs: Manasquan is the top seed with RFH coming in at number two.  

CURCHIN SEARCHIN’ FOR WAYS TO HELP

curchin open 111015 1Faithful readers of redbankgreen know The Curchin Group as the accounting firm that hosts the annual tradition known as “The Curchin Open;” a nine-hole indoor miniature golf tournament that’s raised more than $136,900 for selected non-profit organizations since its inception in 2005. The firm is now accepting essay submissions to determine the beneficiaries of their 11th Annual Curchin Open, with recognized non-profit charities in Monmouth and Ocean Counties invited to enter by writing a 250-500 word essay detailing the mission of their organization, how the funds will be used for the greater good, and why their organization should be chosen as a beneficiary charity. Essays can be submitted now and will be accepted through Wednesday, June 1. The Curchin Group’s partners will select the beneficiaries by June 30, based on the quality of the essay, the reputation of the organization and the proposed use of Curchin Open proceeds. Eligible groups can go here for more details.

RUMSON: BIKE RODEO THIS SATURDAY

Rumson Bike RodeoRumson kids will get an opportunity to win a new bike and enjoy a day of free fun activities — all while learning the basics of bicycle safety — when the borough presents its third annual Bike Rodeo event this Saturday, May 21. Going on between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Blackpoint Road (between Forrestdale and Deane-Porter Schools), the event is co-sponsored by the Borough of Rumson, the Rumson Police Department, and the Rumson PTO, and is offered free of charge to students in grades K through 8, who attend any of the schools in the borough (Deane-Porter, Forrestdale, Holy Cross, Rumson Country Day School).

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LAST DAY TO REGISTER FOR PRIMARY VOTING

Election_2016_PlainThe deadline to register to vote in the June 7 New Jersey Primary Elections is Tuesday, May 17.

Residents of the Greater Red Bank Green may register at their respective town halls during regular business hours, or at the Monmouth County Voter Registration Office, 300 Halls Mills Road, Freehold Township, which will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. to accommodate last-minute registrations in person. 

MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

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

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Brian Vanlenten, age 35, from West Front Street in Keyport, NJ, arrested on April 11, 2016 by Patrolman Daniel Benbrook on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Holmdel Municipal Courts. He was held on $2,018.00 bail.

Daniel Woods, age 27, from Ohio Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on April 11, 2016 by Patrolman Eric Van Schaack for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

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RUMSON: A BEACON ON THE SHORE

Shore House copyLeft to right: Shore House board members Dr. Lou Storey and Hank Sandlass are pictured with board president Susan Sandlass and Dr. Stephen Theccanat, as the locally based community resource prepares for its Beacon of Hope fundraiser this Sunday, May 22.

Press release from Shore House

The locally based community resource Shore House celebrates five years of building hope for people living with mental illness, during a Beacon of Hope fundraising event on Sunday, May 22.

Scheduled for 5:30 p.m., and hosted in the Riverhouse at Rumson Country Club, the event will honor Susan and David Fowler, as well as The Two River Community Bank, in recognition of their support and dedication to Shore House’s mission since its inception. The program will include cocktails by the river, in addition to a live auction featuring opportunities to support Shore House through purchasing wonderful vacation packages, unique tours and events.

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RED BANK: WHO’S UP FOR BASIE AWARDS?

MHSS American Idiot Ayo OladejiThe Middletown South production of Green Day’s “American Idiot” (above) score big in musical nominations — while RBR’s Patrick Monaghan (at right below, with Davis Bush) earned a dramatic acting nomination for “Amadeus.”  (Photo above by Ayo Oladeji)

Amadeus Davis Bush Pat MonaghanIt’s Red Bank’s own homegrown answer to the Tonys, the Obies, and any other major accolade for live stage performance. What else but the BASIES, the awards that honor tomorrow’s talents today — or rather this Wednesday, May 18, when the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank once again celebrates excellence in dramatic and musical productions among Monmouth County high schools, with the presentation of the 11th annual Basie Awards.

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LITTLE SILVER: RECENT CRIMES AND ARRESTS

AUTHORITIES_LS-2016-v2Crime and arrest reports, unedited, for the month of April, 2016, as provided by the Little Silver Police Department.

April 2- John Sullivan, 18, of Little Silver, NJ, and a male juvenile, 17, of Red Bank, NJ, were arrested following a motor vehicle stop on Seven Bridges Rd. for Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance With Intent To Distribute, Possession of Marijuana Under 50 Grams and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. P.O. Joseph Glynn, Jr. made the arrest.

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RED BANK: HUNDREDS ENJOY OLDTIMERS GAME

rb v lb 0514 10RB V LB 051416 1A running back for Red Bank Regional looked for daylight against Long Branch High in the first-ever alumni matchup of the longtime grid rivals held at Count Basie Fields in Red Bank Saturday.

The full-contact game, complete with veteran cheerleaders, drew a crowd of about 2,000, according to organizer Jeff Mauro, of OT Football, and resulted in no serious injuries, he said. Long Branch won, 24-0. Some of the proceeds are to go to the two schools’ football programs. (Photos by Trish Russoniello and John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: MAN CHARGED IN COPPER THEFT

AUTHORITIES_RB-2016-v3An Eatontown man was arrested in Red Bank last week on charges of copper theft and drug possession, police said.

Joseph Pfeifer, 27, of Third Street, was arrested in the midst of stealing $7,800 worth of copper wiring in front of a home on South Pearl Street at about 10:30 a.m. last Tuesday, said Chief Darren McConnell.

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RED BANK: BURNHAM BEGINS RE-ELECTION BID


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burnham party 051516 1 Having been denied a return spot on the Republican ticket, Red Bank Council President Cindy Burnham, seen at center right, hosted an open party at her Wallace Street home to kick off her re-election campaign as an independent Sunday night.

 “It’s not a fundraiser — it’s a friend-raiser,” Burnham said, quoting one of her daughters, as about two dozen partygoers mingled in chilly weather in her garage and driveway while a live band played. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

A BIG-TENT CELEBRATION ON SANDY HOOK

Brian Kirk and the Jirks 2016Brian Kirk and the Jirks signal the pre-season start of summer on Sandy Hook, as the Jersey Shore Partnership marks a milestone during its gala event on June 6.

Press release from Jersey Shore Partnership

The public is invited to help the Jersey Shore Partnership organization celebrate its 25th anniversary — and kick off summer at the Jersey Shore — at the Partnership’s annual Summer Celebration on Monday, June 6.

Scheduled from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., and hosted in a huge party tent overlooking Sandy Hook Bay at historic Fort Hancock, the event offers attendees an opportunity to promote your business and network in an informal atmosphere with 500 guests from Cape May to North Jersey, who share a mutual goal to preserve the future of the Jersey Shore coastline and economy.

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LINCROFT: MOTORCYCLIST DIES IN CRASH

By JOHN T. WARD

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN-2016-v2[Update, May 17: The victim in this crash was Marc Gardner, 62, of Long Branch, police said.]

A motorcyclist was killed in a one-vehicle crash in Lincroft Sunday afternoon, police said.

The crash occurred on West Front Street just east of Shady Oaks Way at 2:52 p.m., according to Deputy Chief Steve Dollinger.

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RED BANK: FIGHT DISRUPTS SOCIAL EVENT

rb bates 051416 2rb bates 051416 1Police from several towns converged on the Bates Elks Lodge on Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank shortly before midnight Saturday on reports of a large fight. Middletown, Little Silver and Monmouth County Sheriff’s officers responded to a request for help with crowd control, and one Red Bank officer, trying to disperse the crowd, was briefly mistaken for a possible perpetrator without incident, said Chief Darren McConnell.

Police arrested Anthony Smith, 32, of Red Bank, for disorderly conduct and Ernest Phillips, 49, of Eatontown for disorderly conduct and marijuana possession, McConnell said(Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: BUY A BOWL, FEED A SOUL


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An artist at work on a bowl for the event, and a sampling of the bowls available for purchase, below.
 (Photos by Bob McKay. Click to enlarge)

bowls 3For the second year in a row, the Red Bank-based Art Alliance of Monmouth County will host its Empty Bowls Project at JBJ Soul Kitchen this weekend.

A joint fundraiser to benefit Soul Kitchen and the alliance, the event features a sale of one-of-a-kind, locally made ceramic bowls.

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RED BANK: DOWN TO THE RIVER IN SHELLS

nrr-oars1Nrr 3 051212The nonprofit Navesink River Rowing in Red Bank will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, offering site tours, mini-lessons and demonstrations in racing shells and land-based machines.

The club is located at Maple Cove, at the northern terminus of Maple Avenue. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? CREATIVE BAGELRY

051016hotbagel7A bacon cheeseburger deluxe on an everything bagel, above, and a chocolate chip bagel with a schmear of Nutella cream cheese, below, at Hot Bagels Brooklyn’s Finest.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

051016hotbagels1James Beard, “the dean of American cookery” according to the New York Times, once said that “too few people understand a really good sandwich.”

Nikos Zaires and Mike Gambale, owners of Hot Bagels Brooklyn’s Finest in Red Bank, understand, and they’re turning that humble sandwich into a higher art, making creative use of quality ingredients layered on fresh baked bagels and other bread varieties in their month-old deli.
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RED BANK: FILM FEST MURAL GREENLIGHTED

rb IFF Mural 051116A scan from a flyer given out at Wednesday’s council meeting shows a rendering of the proposed mural, at left, and the building it would go on. At bottom right is a 150-foot-tall mural the artist, Misha Tyutyunik, helped create in SoHo. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03A prominent black wall in downtown Red Bank may soon be covered with a two-story-high, somewhat psychedelic mural.

The borough council greenlighted the makeover Wednesday night after an organizer of a film festival scheduled to hit town this summer offered it as what he called a “gift” to the town.

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RFH WIN EARNS SHOT AT SCT TITLE

Rumson-Fair Haven’s Rob Garavente scored three goals and goalie Kyle Knapp had 15 saves as the Bulldogs topped Christian Brothers Academy, 6-4, in Long Branch Thursday advance to the Shore Conference Tournament lacrosse final. Shore Sports Zone was there to catch it all on video as the game went down to the wire.

The top-seeded Bulldogs will now face number-two seed Manasquan for the championship Monday at 6 p.m. at Long Branch High School.

LITTLE SILVER: NEW RBR FITNESS CTR. A HIT

Del Dal Pra RBR fitness ctrPictured with RBR athletic Director Del Dal Pra and Coach Nick Giglio are the RBR athletes who had gathered to work in the new fitness facility after school.  

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

This school year saw the debut of a spacious new 2,700 sq. ft. fitness center at Red Bank Regional High School, a much desired addition that came to fruition through a a financial commitment by the Board of Education to fund the construction, and from community donations to furnish the space. The BUC Backer Foundation and BUC Backer Booster Club fundraised over $75,000 to provide state-of-the art equipment, and the addition cost  of $1,070,000  was funded under the district’s capital improvement fund.

The new facility allows for 60 to 70 students to work out comfortably; since its opening this past fall, its utilization has seen about that number on any given afternoon. During the day, physical education classes visit the facility to instruct students how to use the equipment.  Lesson plans are being written to incorporate use of the facility into next year’s curriculum.

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LINCROFT: CBA HOSTS SCHOLARS SHOWCASE

A prototype breath-powered phone charger.  A self-constructed quadcopter used to shoot video and approximate search and rescue operations. A presentation on how the U.S. electoral system differs from those of England and France. An original comedy play, and an original piano piece composed by a self-taught keyboard artist.

These works of art, engineering and scholarship are actually the doing of five high school students — all of them seniors at Lincroft’s Christian Brothers Academy. And on the evening of Tuesday, May 17, the school will showcase the research projects and findings of these incredibly gifted students, during its first ever Scholars Colloquium. The public is welcome to attend the 7 p.m. event, and details can be obtained by calling the school at (732)747-1959.

RED BANK: COUNCIL OK’S BASIE PARKING DEAL

rb parking 041316 2The Count Basie Theatre, seen at right above, will be allowed to charge patrons park in the Red Bank two areas of the borough hall lot, including the new section, above, with the town getting half the revenue.(Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

LicPlate1It’s a scenario all too familiar to civically minded citizens and, ahem, the occasional reporter: you arrive at Red Bank’s borough hall as much as an hour ahead of a government meeting, and already the parking lot is packed with cars belonging to patrons of the Count Basie Theatre across the street. And good luck finding a space nearby.

But now, borough officials say they’ve resolved the turf war that flares up whenever the Basie has an event at the same time as a municipal meeting.

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RED BANK: TWO NIGHTS OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

Ron LevyPiano virtuoso Ron Levy (above) guests with the Monmouth Symphony in a season-capping event, Saturday night at the Count Basie. Up on Tower Hill, baritone Gerald Metz (below) is among the vocal artists teaming up in HEAVENLY HARMONY for the Monmouth Civic Chorus.

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There are surely worse dilemmas to be had in this world; more difficult choices to be made. But for local lovers of the classical repertory, this weekend poses quite the pickle, with two Red Bank venues hosting must-see events presented by a couple of the best-loved borough-based performing arts organizations.

It begins up on Tower Hill this Friday, when the Monmouth Civic Chorus continues its current season at First Presbyterian Church with a display of Heavenly Harmony that draws from the “visionary and triumphant” work of some choral music masters.

Then, on Saturday, down on Monmouth Street, the Monmouth Symphony Orchestra concludes another successful season at the Count Basie Theatre with an eclectic concert highlighted by an audience favorite that’s been called the ultimate musical marital aid and audio aphrodisiac. Read More »