SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

AUTHORITIES_SBURY-2016-v3Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of May 22 to June 2, 2016.

Crime Reports

Report of Criminal Mischief in the area of Broad Street on 5/27/16. Victim reports unknown subject(s) vandalized vehicle. Ptl. Ralph Latham investigating.

Report of Theft by Deception in the area of White Road on 5/29/16. Victim reports unknown subject(s) utilized credit card numbers to make fraudulent purchases. Damages totaling $433.82. Ptl. Matthew Clark investigating.

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RED BANK: TWEET THIS PHOTO

luis santamaria 060816Red Bank Middle School seventh grader Luis Santamaria shows off his photo of baby birds waiting to be fed in their nest before he was honored by the borough council Wednesday night.

The photo was one of four selected as winners in the latest round of seasonal photo contests sponsored by the borough’s Parks and Recreation Department, and earned Luis a certificate as well as a portfolio review by professional photographers Liz and Bob McKay of McKay Imaging Photography on Monmouth Street.

Luis told redbankgreen he takes lots of photos, and for this one, got as close as he could to the birds without disturbing them and snapped the shot with his cracked-screen cellphone. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: THE ‘WILD THINGS’ ARE US

Where Wild Things AreMaurice Sendak’s Max embarks upon an epic adventure…and the audience is along for the ride…as Vancouver’s Presentation House company brings its interactive adaptation of WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE to Two River Theater for six performances this weekend.

First published back in 1963, “Where the Wild Things Are” quickly took its place as a boomer-generation touchstone; the picture-book tale (of rebellious young Max, and his supperless-bedtime voyage to an island of king-sized fantastical creatures) winning its author-illustrator Maurice Sendak a coveted Caldecott Medal, before going on to be adapted into an animated short, a live-action feature, and even an opera.

Somewhere along the way, Scotland-based TAG Theatre was inspired to turn this classic story of imagination, family ties — and an angry little boy’s exploration of his wild side — into an interactive “guided play experience” that successfully crossed the pond to become a staple touring production of Vancouver’s Presentation House Theatre. Beginning with two days of school-show matinees today and Friday, and continuing for six public performances on June 11 and 12, Two River Theater hosts the Canadian company’s touring troupe in an engagement pitched at kids ages 3 to 7, and their (big and hairy and snaggletoothed?) adult companions.

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RED BANK: TAX HIKE TRIMMED ON A TWEAK

rb parking 041316 2A recent deal allowing the Count Basie Theatre to sell parking spots at borough hall on specified dates paved the way to a new budget.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

taxesThe owner of a typical Red Bank home will pay $35 more in local property taxes this year, rather than $40, following passage of the first Republican-led budget in a generation Wednesday night.

The borough council’s unanimous approval of the 2016 spending plan marked the anticlimax to a brief standoff that began when Democrats raised eleventh-hour objections to  what they later called “‘fluff and ‘slush funds” in the GOP budget.

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COLTS ARE TOPS AGAIN AS DALATRI WINS 35TH

Christian Brothers Academy pitcher Luca Dalatri broke the all-time Shore Conference wins record with a complete-game shutout against Middletown South in Lakewood Wednesday. Shore Sports Zone has full highlights and post-game coverage of the Colts’ 2-0 win  for their third consecutive Shore Conference baseball championship.

The right-handed Dalatri now has 35 victories, and is expected to be selected during the MLB Amateur Draft which begins on Thursday night.   

SUMMIT ENDS RFH GIRLS LACROSSE SEASON

Four days after winning their first ever group championship on Saturday, the girls’ lacrosse squad of Rumson-Fair Haven fell to Summit, 10-4, in the semifinals of the Tournament of Champions at Monmouth University Wednesday.

Kyra Weiner led the Bulldogs with two goals and Jacqueline Littleson and Elizabeth Scarrone accounted for the other RFH tallies, but the Hilltoppers scored six straight goals to break a 4-4 second half tie.  RFH finished an historic season with a 25-2 record.

Watch the highlights and post-game interviews here from Shore Sports Zone.

LITTLE SILVER: PLAYING IT SAFE AT PROM TIME

MockcrashLocal responders staged a mock crash outside Red Bank Regional High School on May 27, as part of Project Prom activities to encourage students to make safe choices during Prom. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Every year, Red Bank Regional High School sends off its seniors to have a wonderful, safe time at the prom. Just prior to that, they try in the most elaborate ways to discourage bad choices of drinking and distracted driving in what is known as the Project Prom Program.

On May 27, a mock crash was conducted on the school’s front campus, with the help of the sending towns’ fire, police and emergency medical services. The Little Silver and Shrewsbury Fire Departments employed their “jaws of life” equipment to extricate the mock student victims from their potential death-trap automobile wrecks.  The New Jersey State Police South Star helicopter crew landed at RBR and simulated a medi-vac flight of one victim to the nearest trauma center, while another went to the neighborhood hospital. A hearse from John Day’s Funeral Home took away one certain fatality.

Project Prom was created 11 years ago by Little Silver Police Officer Peter Gibson, who subsequently served as RBR’s first School Resource Officer (SRO). The present SRO, Robert Chenoweth, coordinates the program at RBR under Officer Gibson’s community leadership.

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LINCROFT: DOUBTS ON JCP&L PLAN REMAIN

JCP&L 060716 2Kyle King, an environmental health consultant to JCP&L, was surrounded by questioners at the event.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Plans for a 10-mile long, high-voltage electricity transmission line terminating in Red Bank drew dozens of concerned residents to an information session in Lincroft Tuesday night.

Dubbed the Monmouth County Reliability Project, the 230-kilovolt transmission line is needed to keep pace with demand for electricity, according to Jersey Central Power & Light.

But residents living along its path — the existing New Jersey Transit right-of-way between existing substations in Aberdeen and Red Bank — said they fear it will have harmful health effects and reduce home values.

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ON THE GREEN: LOCAL OUTCOMES AS EXPECTED

By JOHN T. WARD

Election_2016_PlainThere were no surprises in the local primaries on the Greater Red Bank Green Tuesday, as party-picked candidates won voter endorsements to keep running into November.

In Red Bank, incumbent Councilwoman Kathy Horgan and her newcomer running mate, Erik Yngstrom, were unchallenged on the Democratic ballot. Only 10 of 1,674 party votes cast were write-ins.

Likewise, Republican challengers Kellie O’Bosky Colwell and Brian Hanlon faced no opposition in voting that attracted just 657 ballots, including seven write-ins.

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RED BANK: BUILDER PRESERVES OLD HOME

219 e bergen 042716The newly restored structure at 219 East Bergen Place is believed to date back to 1874, says its new owner. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

WhatsGoingOnHereAn investment by a business owner has secured a future for another one of Red Bank’s older homes.

Mike Villane, owner of Lead Dog Custom Homes, recently completed a gut-job renovation of 219 East Bergen Place, where his young business is now headquartered.

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RED BANK: DEMS TARGET ‘SLUSH FUNDS’

horgan schwabenbauer 101815Council members Kathy Horgan, left, and Linda Schwabenbauer, seen at last year’s Halloween parade, are now at odds over the budget. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

taxesTwo weeks after it was shot down on the mayor’s tiebreaking vote, Red Bank’s first Republican-led budget in a generation faces its next test on Wednesday.

That’s when council members will square off over cuts suggested by Democrats to what they called “‘fluff’ and ‘slush funds.'”

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LITTLE SILVER: A DISPLAY OF SCHERER TALENT

schererTwo of the paintings by Charlotte Scherer that go on display Thursday evening at Gallery Jupiter in Little Silver.

scherer energyIn a 2007 feature that appeared here on redbankgreen, the art dealer and artists’ rep Charlotte Tusch Scherer announced that she was shutting down ArtForms, her long-running gallery space in downtown Red Bank, in favor of the online Artforms Galleries. But as she told us that arctic December’s afternoon, the move away from the brick-and-mortar environment signaled anything but retirement.

“I’m now getting into painting full-force,” she said. “I’ve always done it, but I’ve never given myself credence to do it until recently.”

Nine years later, it’s evident that Scherer’s Woodstock, New York studio has been a place of industry.

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SHREWSBURY: RBR’S PIERCE SCORES A FIRST

Jonathan PierceRed Bank Regional senior Jonathan Pierce of Shrewsbury (pictured above and below) made New Jersey sports history as the only high school athlete to achieve 1000 saves in both ice hockey and lacrosse.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Jon PierceThis year, Red Bank Regional High School senior Jonathan Pierce of Shrewsbury achieved a feat that no other athlete has in New Jersey history: he registered 1000 saves in the two sports of ice hockey and lacrosse.

Jon was subsequently named the New Jersey Sporting News Ice Hockey Player of the Year, in addition to achieving the status of lacrosse saves leader in the Shore Conference. He was also named second team all-division B North. A student in RBR’s Academy of Finance, Jon will go on to attend Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA this fall, on an academic scholarship where he will also play lacrosse.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

AUTHORITIES_RB-2016-v2Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of May 19 to June 6, 2016.

Crime Reports

Theft of a pocketbook occurring on 5-21-16. The item was stolen in the area of Shrewsbury Ave, and West Bergen Pl. the victim reported that the bag contained a small purse that contained numerous credit cards and $50.00 in currency.

Theft of three cushions from a front porch. The victim reported that the cushions were taken between May 20, and May 21.The homeowner resides on North Bridge Ave, The cushions were described as being red and gold in color and valued at approximately $144.00.

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RED BANK: BURGLARY AT MARKET REPORTED

AUTHORITIES_RB-2016-v3Red Bank police are investigating a burglary that occurred late Saturday night or early Sunday morning at Citarella’s Market on Prospect Avenue, Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

McConnell said the burglar or burglars forced their way into the shop through the front door and stole a small amount of cash. An investigation is underway, he said. 

RUMSON: TWO TEENS FACE BOOZE CHARGES

By JOHN T. WARD

AUTHORITIES_RUMSON-2016-v3Two Rumson teens were arrested on booze-related charges after police busted up a party Saturday night.

The arrests followed a complaint to police at about 11 p.m. in which a caller reported a large party underway and multiple juveniles on the caller’s front lawn on Elm Place, said Detective Christopher Isherwood said.

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RED BANK: A ‘PHOTOWALK’ IN MOCO-MOTION

rb station 112514 1The Red Bank train station, named for late Mayor Dan O’Hern Sr., is among the stops for a walk-and-shoot photography outing tonight.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

It’s a late-spring evening’s stroll that takes in some of Red Bank’s most cherished architectural treasures — St. James Church, the Victorian-style train station — as well as the vistas available from the waterfront walkways of Riverside Gardens and Marine Park.

The latest in a new series of “MoCo Artwalks” hosted by the folks at the Monmouth County Arts Council, the Red Bank Photowalk sets sail tonight on a tour designed to give shutterbugs of all experience levels a new perspective on some familiar turf, as guided by Michael S. Miller of Visions Photographic Workshops.

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RED BANK: DOWNTOWN GETS INSTANT MURAL

rb mural 060416 4A team of painters, including 13 students from the visual arts program at Red Bank Regional, worked on the mural throughout the day Saturday and into early Sunday. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb mural 060416 3Racing to finish before an expected rain, a team of artists and volunteers painted a two-story mural in downtown Red Bank over the weekend.

Overlooking the parking lot for Buona Sera restaurant at Monmouth Street and Maple Avenue, the mural promotes a film festival scheduled to light up movie screens in town next month.

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RED BANK: BRINGING MEMORIES TO THE TABLE

backward-glances_LOGO_optLike so many of us, Gilda Rogers had a large collection of family photographs — a chronicle of her family’s history that cried out for something more than being shut away in albums or hidden on hard drives. The solution, according to the writer, educator and cultural preservationist, was to create “Backward Glances,” a line of greeting cards that spotlights her own generational history, sharing her family’s story through some (often artful and compelling) images that have something to offer people of all backgrounds.

On Saturday, June 11, Rogers visits the Red Bank Public Library for a free workshop entitled “Making Memories: Create a Keepsake Placemat from Family Photos.” A tie-in to the current Two River Theater production of I Remember Mama and its themes of family unity, the crafting session offers participants a chance to win two tickets to the play, which continues its engagement through June 26.

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ON THE GREEN: RAINBOWS AND SUNSHINE

rb rainbows 060516Following a brief downpour, a redbankgreen reader with a primo view snapped this photo of a double rainbow over Red Bank and the Navesink River Sunday evening.

The weather outlook for Monday is a pot of gold, if you like it sunny with temperatures in the low 80s. (Reader photo. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: GIFTS FOR RBR ‘A’ STUDENTS

RBR Source Lunch BreakThe Encourage an “A” Program from The SOURCE at Red Bank Regional celebrated its graduating seniors and gifted them with items they can use for college next year.  Pictured (standing, left to right) are Lexi Buffaloe, Olivia Nooney, Cecilia Gunderson, Jazmin Graham, Annmarie Melfi, and (seated, left to right) Dominique Bryan, Aliyyah Muhammad, Vandeka Rodgers, Day-Maris McMillan.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Recently, a newly appointed dining room at Red Bank’s nonprofit Lunch Break facility hosted this year’s Encourage an “A” Program, operated by The SOURCE at Red Bank Regional High School.

Now in its thirteenth year, the program encourages educational excellence in their students, awarding such gifts as flat screen TVs, HP computers, wireless headphones, a GoPro Camera and many gift cards to eligible students who earn from two to eight “A” grades in their third marking period. This year, 63 students qualified for the incentives, with the value of the gifts increasing with the number of As earned.

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RFH GIRLS ARE STATE LACROSSE CHAMPS

On a hot day on the turf at Kean University, the Rumson-Fair Haven girls lacrosse team never gave up the lead in a 14-11 win over Bernards to capture their first-ever Group 2 state championship finals Saturday.

RFH put together a balanced scoring attack. Kyra Weiner had 3 goals and 2 assists and Morgan Steinhacker also had a hat trick to lead the Lady Bulldogs. Bernards got as close as 5-4 in the first half, but RFH pulled away to take an 8-5 lead at the half and scored the first three goals of the second half.  Watch the highlights and post-game interviews here from Shore Sports Zone .

RED BANK: HIPPIES STOKED FOR THE STASH

stockpot kitchen 060316WhatsGoingOnHereA merry band of self-described hippies get ready to reboard their bus, dubbed the Stockpot Kitchen, after a stop in downtown Red Bank Friday.

Traveling America “with the purpose of feeding and supporting everyone, everywhere,” according to their Facebook page, the collective just had to make a stop at Jay and Bob’s Secret Stash, the comic book store on Broad Street, they told redbankgreen. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

COOL INSIDE: GOING FOR FLAVOR AT RYAN’S

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The cone in question, from Ryan’s Homemade.
 (Photos by Sherri Hall. Click to enlarge.)

By SHERRI HALL

ryan's 5In search of the Greater Red Bank Green’s best cold and frozen treats to help you beat the heat, PieHole‘s Cool Inside series returns for a second installment this not-yet-official summer of ’16 with a visit to a place that makes every one of its 48 flavors of ice cream.

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RED BANK: REINVENTING MAMA, AT TWO RIVER

IRememberMama0783Barbara Andres (right) returns in the role she performed in the acclaimed Off Broadway production of I REMEMBER MAMA, when the play goes up this Saturday as the season’s closer at Two River Theater. (Photo by Transport Group).

It’s about family, of course — specifically the Hanson family, Norwegian immigrants struggling to carve out a new life for themselves in San Francisco at the turn of the 20th century. To the extended Hanson brood — Mama, Papa, their four kids, plus three aunts, an uncle and a boarder named Mr. Hyde — the rock-ribbed principles of hard work, education, sacrifice, love, loyalty and thrift sometimes chafe up against a yearning for something else in this new-world setting. But in John Van Druten’s play I Remember Mama, it’s the title character who ultimately keeps the universe in balance for this collection of dreamers, schemers, no-nonsense traditionalists and sensitive souls.

Adapted from the semi-autobiographical novel Mama’s Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes — and subsequently transformed into a hit film, a TV series, and Richard Rodgers’ last musical — the 1944 ensemble piece goes up in previews this Friday, June 3 as the final mainstage offering of the 2015-2016 season at Two River Theater. As re-imagined by NYC’s Transport Group and director Jack Cummings III, the comedy-drama is given a compelling twist, with all of the play’s 20-plus roles — men, women, children and teens — performed by a company of actresses aged 60 and over.

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