RED BANK: PASTRY, PIZZA AND MORE

Anthony Campitello, with daughters Cristina, left, and Angie, has opened Alfonso’s Pastry Shop in the Broad Street space that was formerly home to Carlo’s Bake Shop. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallMeet the new boss.

Quickly filling a retail space vacated by famed TV ‘Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro, a new pastry shop opened in Red Bank Wednesday, offering creamy desserts… and some perhaps unexpected savory items. Read More »

RED BANK: VORTEX BRINGS BITTER COLD

red bank, nj, sunsetred bank nj snow deiceWednesday was a day of cold weather that included a breathtaking snow squall and an impressive sunset to the Greater Red Bank Green.

Thursday morning brought bitter cold: at 6:30 a.m., the air was at 3 degrees, and wind made it feel like 16 below zero, according to the National Weather Service.

It’s all courtesy of a polar vortex gripping a large portion of the United States and causing multi-hour flight delays at airports. 

The cold was expected to linger through Friday, prompting Governor Phil Murphy to warn New Jerseyans to “stay inside” for safety.

Check out the extended forecast and some cold-weather safety tips below. (Photos by Trish Russoniello, above, and John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.) Read More »

SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

shrewsbury, nj, policeCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of January 12 to January 25, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post 

CRIMES

Report of Theft by Deception in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue on 1/15/19. Victim reports unknown subject passed fraudulent checks to make purchases. Sgt. Matthew Clark investigating.

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RED BANK: FRESH FASHION ON THE RUNWAY

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Red bank rec fashion 012919Putting a bow on a three-week ‘Fifth Avenue Fashion’ course offered by Red Bank’s Parks & Rec department, 10 young designers showed off their creations at a red-runway fashion show at the Senior Citizens’ Center Tuesday night.

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RED BANK: PARKING REVENUE STILL ON TABLE

pasquale menna, michael ballard, red bank njCouncilman Michael Ballard, center, and Mayor Pasquale Menna on election night 2017. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank’s mayor and council say they’re “hopeful and optimistic” about implementing the recommendations of a bombshell parking study delivered this month.

The assertion was made Tuesday in an unusual press release that appeared to walk back comments made by Mayor Pasquale Menna and Councilman Michael Ballard to redbankgreen last week, when they termed a key recommendation in the report potentially “catastrophic” and a “terrible hit” for taxpayers.

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RED BANK: VICTORIAN IN CROSSHAIRS

red bank 95 east front st.A prominent Victorian structure on East Front Street is on the agenda for the next Red Bank planning board meeting. 

What’s Going On Here? Click ‘read more’ for the answer. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: ‘WEANING’ FROM METERS UNLIKELY

Using meters to fund town operations leaves the parking utility “without adequate financial resources” for maintenance and upgrades, the report found. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank taxesOne of the key recommendations of a bombshell study of Red Bank parking appears unlikely to be adopted by borough officials anytime soon, redbankgreen has learned.

At issue: the council’s annual siphoning of the surplus generated by parking meters and kiosks in order to slow property tax increases. Ending the practice, says Mayor Pasquale Menna, would be “catastrophic” for taxpayers.

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RED BANK: SWAYING POLE CLOSES BLOCK

Swaying perilously in the wind and rain with lines that cross the NJ Transit rail at the Red Bank station, a damaged utility pole forced the closure of Chestnut Street around 9 a.m. Thursday. Emergency personnel were on the scene. (Video by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: TODDLER SCORES AT CEREMONY

red bank nj middle school soccer Derek Castro’s toddler brother just couldn’t wait to congratulate him and the rest of the Red Bank Middle School boys soccer team, dashing into Derek’s arms from the audience as they were honored by the council for their third consecutive Shore Athletic League championship Wednesday night . (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: COUNCIL AGENDA

red bank nj train stationThe council is expected to seek transit village status for the area around the borough train station. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Affordable housing, development around the train station and what was said when a key employee got fired are on the agenda for the Red Bank council’s semimonthly meeting Wednesday night.

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RED BANK: SNOW TOSSERS TO FACE TICKETS

red bank nj snowstorm 2014How it’s done: a snowblower pointed away from Broad Street during a storm in January, 2014. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njYou know who they are: the folks who shovel snow from their property into the street after plows have been through. Hey, maybe you’ve done it yourself.

Red Bank officials say it’s a costly pain in the neck, and plan to make it a violation enforced with “zero tolerance.”

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

shrewsbury, nj, policeCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of January 5 to January 11, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post 

CRIMES

Report of Theft in the area of Broad Street on 1/5/19. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed property. Damages totaling $500.00. Ptl. Tyler Fox investigating

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RBR: FORUM ADDRESSES IMMIGRATION CRISIS

brenda codallos, itzel perez, michele alcaldeImmigrant advocates Brenda Codallos, left, and Itzel Perez listen as attorney Michele Alcalde speaks at RBR Thursday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njThe political conflicts that rage over immigration will eventually be settled by today’s young people, who overwhelmingly believe immigrants are good for America, a guest speaker at Red Bank Regional High said Thursday.

Until then, however, the fears of immigration opponents must be met with data that demonstrates the economic benefits of immigration, he and others said.

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RED BANK: WEATHER OUTLOOK SLIPPERY

RED BANK, nj, navesink river iceSeagulls settled on a patch of ice in the Navesink River off Red Bank Thursday. The weather forecast for coming days on the Greater Green remained unsettled, however.

With a major storm threatening the northeastern United States, here’s what we can expect in coming days, according to the National Weather Service

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RED BANK: DOWNTOWN GETS FIRST TATTOOS

red bank front st tattooMichael Saunders inks a new tat for Red Bank resident Nick Goskowsky on opening day at Front Street Tattoo. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Just three months after the Red Bank council voted to allow tattoo parlors downtown, one has inked its first butterflies and skulls onto biceps and bellies.

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RED BANK: BEGINNING TO FEEL LIKE… WINTER

red bank, nj, christmas tree, disposalPutting the X in Xmas, a Red Bank DPU worker collects Christmas trees along Madison Avenue last week.

Up next: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday. Will the Greater Green see snow for the occasion? The National Weather Service says a “significant winter storm” could impact the region this weekend, though details are uncertain this far in advance. 

Meantime, it just feels like… winter, of all things. Check out the forecast below. (Gif by Trish Russoniello.  Click to enlarge.)

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