WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? TUSCAN OPULENCE

Tortelloni and house-made sausage from Buona Sera’s lunch menu. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

On a warmer-than-expected spring day, the flung-open doors of Buona Sera Italian Ristorante in Red Bank offer a welcoming sight.

At night the restaurant, at the corner of Maple Avenue and Monmouth Street, can be crowded with party-goers and dates trying to impress, but lunchtime is a different, quieter scene.
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RED BANK: COUNCIL MUM ON GARAGE PLANS

A lawsuit claims the redevelopment plan for the White Street parking lot ignores the town’s Master Plan. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

LicPlate1Would-be developers in downtown Red Bank will no longer have to pay fees for failing to provide enough parking, following action by the borough council Wednesday night.

But progress toward a public garage on White Street — a partial solution to what many business owners consider a parking crisis — may have hit a legal speed bump.

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RED BANK: FAMOUS AUTHOR COOKS UP LUNCH

Press release from the Northern Monmouth County Branch of AAUW

On May 11, the Northern Monmouth County Branch of AAUW (American Association of University Women) will hold its Fourth Annual Scholarship Luncheon at the Molly Pitcher Inn.

Members of the community are invited to join in an afternoon filled with fun, good food and the opportunity to hear from the New York Times bestselling author, Mary Kay Andrews. The Georgia-based creator of numerous popular mysteries and other novels set in beach and coastal communities, Ms. Andrews will share stories about how she came to be an author, and how she decided to write her latest book, The Beach House Cookbook.

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RED BANK: MHA PRESENTS ANNUAL DINNER

Press release from Mental Health Association of Monmouth County 

Each May, the Mental Health Association of Monmouth County (MHAMC) hosts an annual dinner to celebrate Mental Health Month, and honor individuals who have made a significant and lasting impact in the lives of Monmouth County residents.

On the evening of Wednesday, May 10, the MHAMC celebrates 67 years of providing a prevention focused support network for all in need of mental health services, when the yearly event returns to The Oyster Point Hotel in Red Bank from 6 to 9 p.m. Included are hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert, cash bar and a robust chance raffle during cocktail hour.

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RED BANK: BASIE TO ABSORB CONSERVATORY

Vladislav Kovalsky, below, plans to fold the Monmouth Conservatory of Music, which he’s headed since 1998, into the Count Basie Theatre.

In a move that further cements its place at the heart of the Greater Red Bank Green’s cultural life, the Count Basie Theatre plans to merge the borough-based Monmouth Conservatory of Music into its existing suite of musical training and performance programs.

In a statement released Wednesday, the theater’s board of directors detailed a plan to assume operations of the 53-year-old MCM as a component of the Basie’s slate of specialized instruction programs in jazz, classic rock and Broadway-style performing arts.

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RED BANK: PRESSED, ATTORNEY APOLOGIZES

Borough Attorney Greg Cannon at Wednesday’s council meeting. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank’s borough attorney apologized Wednesday night for a bizarre episode last month in which he redirected a video camera belonging to former Councilwoman Cindy Burnham.

Attorney Greg Cannon offered the mea culpa after being pressed for it by Locust Avenue resident Ben Forest.
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RED BANK: ‘INCLUSIVE’ MEASURE SQUEAKS BY

Monica Urena speaks to the borough council Wednesday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A resolution that thrust Red Bank into a national debate on illegal immigration won narrow approval by the borough council Wednesday night.

A watered-down version of it, that is.

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RED BANK: A BIG EVENT FOR BIG BROS/SISTERS

Press release from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties

For generations in Monmouth and Middlesex counties, the area chapter of the nationwide nonprofit Big Brothers/ Big Sisters has offered children in our community access to One-to-One Mentoring Programs that have made a tremendous difference in the lives of our young people. And, each spring for much of the past two decades, the BBBSMMC has engineered a very tasteful way for supporters to get involved with these acclaimed programs.

Going up for its 18th edition on Thursday, May 4, the  annual Food and Wine Tasting Event offers an opportunity to “tantalize your taste buds with a selection of wine and cocktails…indulge in hors’ doeuvres, raw bar, pasta, specialty stations and dessert,” and “try your luck at silent and chance auctions.”

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LINCROFT: BCC HOSTS SPRING JOB FAIR

Press release from Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders

If you are seeking a new job or even a career change, you should look no further than Monmouth County’s Spring Job Fair on Friday, April 21. The free admission event will be hosted inside the Robert J. Collins Arena at the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College.

Running from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Spring Job Fair will provide you with access to employers seeking talented candidates in every discipline, from hospitality and health care to finance, education, telecommunications, computer science and everything in between. More than 140 local businesses and resource organizations have made arrangements to participate.

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SANDY HOOK: RAMBLE, ANGLE AND STARGAZE

Jeff Dement of the American Littoral Society invites anglers of all ages and skillsets to a Surf Fishing Clinic, Saturday morning at the northern end of Sandy Hook.

There’s a rare opportunity to see a corner of the local coastline that’s usually off limits to public eyes; a tutorial in recreational surfcasting; opportunities to gaze at some heavenly bodies under cover of night; and a celebration of earthly treasures in creative expression.

And it’s all all happening in the days and evenings to come on the Sandy Hook peninsula.

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RED BANK: DRUG ARREST FOLLOWS SCUFFLE

2017_authorities_cherrytop_rb3A Long Branch man is facing multiple charges after a “violent” scuffle with Red Bank police Monday afternoon.

The incident began when two police detectives, James Deponte and Paul Perez, spotted a suspicious subject in a vehicle on River Street near Bridge Avenue, according to Chief Darren McConnell.

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RED BANK: SPRING SPRINTS AHEAD TO SUMMER

Summer-like temperatures in the low 80s rolled into the Greater Red Bank Green Tuesday, triggering a widely shared urged to pop outdoors.

Wednesday’s forecast, according to the Weather Channel: a 60-percent chance of rain in the morning, followed by cloudy skies and highs in the mid-70s. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

A WEEKEND-LONG “WHALE” AT RUMSON CDS

Press release from Rumson Country Day School

Continuing a springtime tradition that spans the generations, The Rumson Country Day School will host its 48th annual Rummage Sale — popularly known as A Whale of a Sale — on the weekend of April 29 and 30.

Open to the public, the sale is one of the most important fundraisers at RCDS, with proceeds devoted to the financial aid program, which provides tuition assistance to many children who attend the school.  Although the financial aid program is the primary beneficiary of the event, other local charities also benefit including the ASPCA, 180 Turning Lives Around, HABcore and more.

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SHREWSBURY: ‘FOOD FOR FINES’ FORGIVES

Press release from Monmouth County Library

As the Monmouth County Library‘s April Food Drive enters its second full week, those who donate will have the opportunity to get a little something back in recognition of their generosity, when the ‘Food for Fines’ program affords the opportunity for anyone with an outstanding balance for overdue books to have charges forgiven in return for a donation.

Collection bins are in place at the Eastern Branch Library in Shrewsbury and other Monmouth County locations to accept non-perishable product donations. The drive is part of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders partnership with the Foodbank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties to help alleviate hunger.

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RED BANK: PLANTING SEEDS FOR FUTURE PARK

A map showing the extended former landfill site outlined in green. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

We need a skatepark. We need a playgrounds for West Side kids. We need to remember that this is a neighborhood that can’t handle throngs of out-of-town visitors.

Red Bank residents offered those and other suggestions as the process of shaping a new waterfront park out of the former town dump got underway with a community brainstorming session last Thursday night.

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LINCROFT: CBA SAILORS AIM FOR NATIONALS

The Colts of Christian Brothers Academy Sailing used a second place finish at their district championship to advance to the national finals. (photo courtesy of CBA Athletics).

Press release from Christian Brothers Academy 

For the first time since the program was founded in 2007, Christian Brothers Academy Sailing is headed to the High School National Championship.

The Colts finished second overall this past weekend at the Mid-Atlantic District Championship, hosted by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Battling 17 other teams in tough conditions all weekend, CBA was just five points behind first place Severn School of Annapolis, MD. The second place finish is the highest finish ever for CBA at a district final.

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FAIR HAVEN KIDS MEET THE AUTHOR

Children’s author Patricia Polacco with Sickles School third graders during her recent visit to the Fair Haven School District.

Press release from Fair Haven School District

She is the writer and illustrator of over 115 books, including Keeping Quilt, Babushka’s Doll, The Dream Keeper, My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother, Chicken Sunday (a 1994 President’s Commendation Medal winner), and Welcome Comfort. Her Thank You Mr. Falker was awarded the 1999 Best Book Award by the Association of Dyslexic and Learning Disabled Readers — and in 2013, the Library of Congress and the President of the United States recognized her book Pink and Say as one of the best books written for children in the past 100 years.

A wish came true last week, when New York Times bestselling children’s book author Patricia Polacco paid a special two-day visit to the Fair Haven school district.

Students in fourth, fifth, and sixth grades at Knollwood School spent quality time with the author during presentations on April 3, while Polacco’s visit to Viola L. Sickles School on April 4 included lunch with two students chosen by lottery from each third grade class, along with their teachers.

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LINCROFT: GLOBETROTTERS RETURN TO BCC

The Harlem Globetrotters (including female recruits “Hoops” Green and “Swish” Young, foreground) return to Brookdale Community College for two appearances this week. 

As their name suggests, they’ve galavanted around the globe in every kind of (atmospheric and political) climate; played in front of Soviet premiers and princes and presidents and popes; and served as cheerfully anarchic ambassadors for the sweet science of basketball, and by extension the sort of barnstorming spirit that made America famous.

But where the Harlem Globetrotters almost met their match was in the run-up to a certain winter-storm-that-wasn’t-quite-all-that, by the name of Stella.

While the most storied franchise in sports entertainment was forced to postpone its March engagement at Brookdale Community College due to a prudent tilt to the side of caution, the nearly annual matchup of courtside vaudeville and venue couldn’t possibly be held back for too long — and on Wednesday and Thursday, the Globetrotters return to the Robert J. Collins Arena on BCC’s Lincroft campus for a two-night stand of slamdunk sleight o’ hoops on their worldwide Winter Tour.

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RUMSON: POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Rumson Police Department for March, 2017. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

Arrests

3/17/17 – S/O Jessica Caffey arrested Ryan Jacobs, 21, of Fair Haven for Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent to Distribute.

 3/25/17 – Grace Maggiulli arrested Mark Valenzano, 52, of Ocean Township for Contempt of Court.

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RED BANK: ANOTHER FAIR DAY IN STORE

Abundant sunshine and temperatures in the mid-60s made set the mood for an enjoyable Red Bank Street Fair Sunday. Monday’s weather forecast: partly sunny, with highs in the mid-70s.

Click “read more” to see additional fair photos. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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LINCROFT: BCC TO HOST WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

The Student Life Center building at Brookdale Community College (above) is the setting — and plus-size supermodel Emme Aronson (below) is the keynote speaker — as the Women’s Conference returns to the Lincroft campus on April 21.

Press release from Brookdale Community College

Community members are invited to “learn, laugh and lunch” at this year’s edition of A Women’s Conference, going on Friday, April 21 at the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College.

Hosted inside the Warner Student Life Center, and scheduled for the hours 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the one-day conference will feature a keynote address by Emme Aronson, the world’s first plus-size supermodel and an internationally recognized advocate on topics such as body positivity, women’s health, eating disorders, surviving cancer and diversity in fashion.

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