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RED BANK: HIGHER VNA SITE DENSITY URGED

red bank, nj, vna, saxum, 176 riverside aveThe site, at 176 Riverside Avenue, is seen as integral to the borough’s efforts to provide affordable housing. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njThe Red Bank council took steps Wednesday to allow as many as 90 housing units per acre on a key redevelopment site.

But the proposed rezoning of the former Visiting Nurse Association headquarters site would negate a compromise recommendation made by the planning board just last week.

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RED BANK: COUNCIL AGENDA

red bank, nj, borough hall, 90 monmouth st.Borough hall would get a new phone system under a contract up for approval by the council. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Here’s a preview of the Red Bank borough council’s agenda for its semimonthly meeting Wednesday night:

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RED BANK: WINDY DAY IN FORECAST

The Greater Red Bank Green is in for a windy day Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service

West-northwest winds will gust at 40 to 50 miles per hour, especially from late morning through mid-afternoon. Though the strong winds will produce wind chills in the 20’s in the morning, the daytime peak is expected to reach the mid-40s.

Check out the extended forecast below. (NWS image.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: GROWING TOURNEY RAISES $15K

RED BANK, NJ, rivalry series, touch football, flag footballA Fair Haven ball carrier looks for an opening against Rumson, and cheerleaders go airborne, below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK, NJ, rivalry series, touch football, flag footballA flag-football tournament that grew out of a pickup game in Little Silver marked its 17th anniversary last Friday with gridiron contests for kids, women and men from eight towns.

Along the way, the event, now held in Red Bank, raised $15,000 for Lunch Break, the social services organization based just a block away.

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of November 10 to November 16, 2018. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post 

CRIMES

Report of Theft in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue on 11/12/18. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed property. Ptl. Ralph Latham investigating.

Report of Forgery in the area of Newman Spring Road on 11/13/18. Victim reports unknown subject(s) attempted to pass counterfeit bills. Ptl. Ralph Latham investigating.

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RED BANK: BRISK START TO HOLIDAY SEASON

red bank nj holiday express light-up concertred bank nj holiday express light-up concertBrisk weather in Red Bank once again made for an ideal Holiday Express start to the Christmas season Friday night.

With the Tim McLoone-led band working its musical magic for the 26th time, several thousand kids and kids-at-heart crowded a stretch of Broad Street, singing along and counting down to the light-up of downtown trees. 

Check out redbankgreen‘s photos below to see if you recognize any smiling faces underneath all those fun hats. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: DETOUR PLANNED AT RR CROSSING

red bank nj rr xing[UPDATE: New Jersey Transit has rescheduled the start of this project to Thursday, December 6]

Commuter alert: A portion of Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank is slated for closure beginning Monday for work on the North Jersey Coast Line railroad crossing.

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RED BANK: ANOTHER SOAKING IN FORECAST

red bank weather rainAfter a downpour Saturday night and early Sunday that left waterways running high, more rain is headed to the Greater Red Bank Green Monday, according to the National Weather Service

A flood watch is in effect as up to three-quarters of an inch could fall from 1 p.m. into the evening, according to the forecast. Temperatures are expected to peak in the low 50s.

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RED BANK: TATTOO SHOP INKS LEASE

red bank, nj, tattoo shop, 37 east frontFront Street Tattoo plans to take a portion of the space previously used by Sugarush; the cupcake shop remains. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank, nj, retail, retail churnJust a month after the Red Bank council voted to allow tattoo parlors downtown, one has inked a lease in the district.

Also in Retail Churn: a new women’s accessory shop plans to open.

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RED BANK: COLD TURKEY DAY IN FORECAST

The Greater Red Bank Green could experience one of the coldest Thanksgiving Days on record Thursday.

But first, expect a sunny, windy Wednesday, with peak temperatures in the mid-40s, according to the National Weather Service

On Thursday, we’ll get sunshine, more wind and temperatures topping out in the mid-20s, the NWS says.

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RED BANK: PLANNERS CAP VNA SITE DENSITY

red bank nj vna 176 riverside saxumRed Bank is negotiating a deal under which the developer would satisfy a “significant” portion of the town’s affordable housing obligation, a lawyer told the board. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njThe site of a vacant office building in Red Bank is a key element in meeting the borough’s affordable housing obligations, a lawyer told the planning board Monday night.

But a proposal to allow the development of up to 90 units per acre on the 2.7-acre former Visiting Nurse Association headquarters site met continued resistance, despite support from Mayor Pasquale Menna.

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

2017_authorities_copcar_sbury2Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of October 13 to November 10, 2018. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Report of Shoplifting in the area of Broad Street on 10/14/18. Victim reports merchandise taken by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $515.00. Ptl. Kyle Ludwig investigating.

Report of Vehicle Burglary in the area of Broad Street on 10/28/18. Victim reports unknown subject(s) gained entry to vehicle. Sgt. Tracy Polk investigating.

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RED BANK: BON JOVI WARMS UP CENTER

jon bon jovi, red bank, nj, Jon Bon Jovi at the ribbon cutting for the Hope & Comfort Warming Center, at 166 Shrewsbury Avenue, below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank nj warming center 166 shrewsbury avenueWith a surprise snowstorm hinting at the need, a new ‘warming center’ for homeless men opened in Red Bank Thursday.

The warmup act for the ribbon cutting? None other than pop superstar Jon Bon Jovi.

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RUMSON: ALLEGED BURGLARS ARRESTED

rumson nj police crimeA predawn report of three men in a Rumson garage led to an extended pursuit across the Greater Red Bank Green and the capture of the suspects on burglary charges, Rumson police announced Wednesday night. Read More »

RED BANK: STRONG WINDS IN WET FORECAST

The Greater Red Bank Green is in for some wet and windy conditions Thursday, according to the National Weather Service

Rain, driven by wind gusts as strong as 50 miles per hour, is expected to soak the region with up to an inch of precipitation into the early hours of Friday, the NWS forecasts. 

The strong winds may blow down trees, limbs and utility lines, with scattered power outages expected, the agency said in a wind advisory issued early Thursday.

Check out the extended forecast below. (Image by National Weather Service. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: PORK ROLL, ASIAN EATS & BREWS

red bank johnny's pork roll john yarusiJohn Yarusi in the newly opened Johnny’s Pork Roll & Coffee. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallRed Bank’s ever-changing dining scene continued its rotisserie spin in recent days with three restaurant openings.

Read all about them in edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.

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SHREWSBURY: PANTER CLAIMS WIN v. O’REILLY

By JOHN T. WARD

shrewsbury, nj, mike panter, michael panterA Shrewsbury man claimed victory Tuesday in a yearlong legal standoff with former Fox News star Bill O’Reilly.

Former New Jersey Assemblyman Mike Panter, right, said O’Reilly dropped a $5 million defamation suit he’d filed over a Facebook post in which Panter recounted an ex-girlfriend’s allegations of sexual harassment by the combative TV host.

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RED BANK: HUNT FOR GRANTS CONTINUES

red bank, nj, broad streetA grant seeking $821,000 for improvements to Broad Street is among the nearly three dozen applications pending, according to a report. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Six months after hiring a professional contractor to seek out grant funds, the Red Bank council is hopeful that a cash pump has been primed.

Business Administrator Ziad Shehady told the council last week that while no grants have yet been secured under the contract with Millennium Strategies, there is now “several million dollars” worth of potential funding “in the pipeline.”

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RED BANK: CENTENARY OF ARMISTICE MARKED

red bank war monument At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Red Bank area residents gathered Sunday to observe Veterans Day and the centenary of the Armistice that ended World War I in 1918.

Mayor Pasquale Menna and a National Guard officer laid a small memorial at the Veterans Monument at Monmouth Street and Drummond Place to honor the 10 borough “boys” who lost their lives in WWI. 

See redbankgreen’s photos from the event below. . (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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