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RED BANK: FORTUNE ‘MIRACLE’ COMPLETED

red bank nj t. thomas fortune cultural centerThe restored T. Thomas Fortune House on Drs. James Parker Boulevard plans to formally open as a cultural center in May. Below, restoration supervisor Spencer Foxworth and foundation member Robin Blair examine a chandelier to be installed. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank nj t. thomas fortune cultural center

An against-the-odds, decade-long effort to save a Red Bank house that was once the home of a pioneering civil rights journalist has reached its improbable conclusion, people involved in the effort say.

This weekend, local history lovers will get their first-ever chance to tour the T. Thomas Fortune House, a National Historic Register structure that not long ago was about to be razed.

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RED BANK: ‘SNO PARKING? WAIT AND SEE.

red bank nj snow parkingSnow fell fast and furious in Red Bank beginning late Wednesday morning, and the new signboard at Johnny Jazz Park offered a reminder to residents about moving their cars off streets to allow for plowing.

As of 2 p.m, though, it wasn’t clear how much, if any, plowing would be needed. According to a notice on the borough website, emergency management officials were “monitoring the situation and taking necessary precautions to prepare and respond.”

Meantime, schools closed early as the National Weather Service continued forecasting mixed precipitation with accumulations of up to three inches on the Greater Green.  (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

FAIR HAVEN: DUNKIN’ GETS SPILLOVER CROWD

The shop would occupy newly renovated space formerly home to Laird’s stationery store. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njFair Haven residents steamed over the possibility of a Dunkin’ Donuts opening in town had to keep a lid on it Tuesday night.

Instead, a three-hour planning board hearing that required a change of venue to accommodate a spillover crowd was dominated by occasionally hostile cross-examination of a traffic consultant by lawyers representing two objectors.

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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 February 9 to February 15, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post 

CRIMES

Report of Identity Theft in the area of North Park Avenue on 2/12/19. Victim reports unknown subject posed as federal agency to obtain personal information. Ptl. Tyler Fox investigating.

Report of Shoplifting in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue on 2/12/19. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed merchandise. Damages totaling $65.45. Ptl. Tyler Fox investigating.

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RED BANK: A MIDDLING WEEK, WEATHERWISE

red bank snow forecastWe cannot tell a lie: though the anniversary of George Washington’s birth, in 1732, isn’t until Friday, Washington’s Birthday is observed Monday, a federal and state holiday also called President’s Day. Either way, it’s a holiday for all government offices, with no mail delivery by the U.S. Postal Service.

This year, the day also kicks off a week of middling winter weather, with rain followed by sunshine and temperatures reaching 45 degrees Monday, and then several days of alternating sun, rain and snow, which arrives Wednesday but won’t have much impact, according to the National Weather Service

Check out the extended forecast below.

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RED BANK: PICKUP ROLLS IN CRASH

RED BANK nj accidentA pickup truck wound up on its side and missing a wheel, but no serious injuries occurred in a two-vehicle accident on Maple Avenue at Irving Place at about 2:45 p.m. Friday, said Red Bank police Chief Darren McConnell. Details were not immediately available. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

shrewsbury, nj, policeCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of February 2 to February 8, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post 

CRIMES

Report of Theft in the area of Corn Lane on 2/1/19. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed property. Damages totaling $9,945.00. Ptl. Ralph Latham investigating.

Report of Identity Theft in the area of Brady Road on 2/5/19. Victim reports unknown subject(s) obtained account information to make purchases. Damages totaling $2,500.00. Ptl. Kyle Ludwig investigating.

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RUMSON: POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Rumson Police Department for January, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

rumson police 2019Arrests

01/3/19 – Ryan Neff, 41, of Rumson was arrested by S/O Donald Morse for DUI, in the area of Rumson Road and Buttonwood Lane.

01/5/19 – Lawrence Adams, 63, of Rumson was arrested by Det. Cody Lovgren for Contempt of Court, in the area of East River Road and Park Avenue.

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RUMSON: INCOME & WEALTH RANKINGS SOAR

rumson nj hedge 2015Rumson is now one of America’s top 20 wealthiest towns, Bloomberg reported Wednesday.

In a ranking of average annual household income, the business news organization said the borough had an average of $303,542, and ranked 19th nationally, up from 38th in 2018.

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RED BANK: A SUPERLATIVE COUNCIL SESSION

Red Bank Primary School students, reprising a recent performance at the borough Senior Citizens’ Center, regaled the audience at Wednesday night’s council meeting with four songs, including ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” from the Disney musical ‘Mary Poppins.’

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RED BANK: BELLHAVEN MAKEOVER IN SIGHT

christine ballard red bank nj bellhavenConsulting engineer Christine Ballard details the Bellhaven plan for the council last week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

After years of revisions, and no small amount of controversy, changes to the Bellhaven Natural Area in Red Bank could be completed by this summer, officials said last week.

Once again, the project has been scaled-back from a version of a plan that called for a spray park and triggered loud protests four years ago, they said.

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RED BANK: GIVING PLAY-BY-PLAY A TRY

Would-be sports announcers listen to Monmouth U Eddy Occhipinti, below, in a Parks & Rec class at the borough library last week.

[Red Bank Parks & Rec press release]

Thirteen Red Bank youngsters with dreams of a future in sports broadcasting participated last week in ‘Sports Broadcasting,’ the first part of a two-week workshop produced by the Red Bank Department of Parks and Recreation.

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RED BANK: SUNSHINE FOLLOWS SLUSHY STORM

red bank snowstormred bank snowstormPlows and shovels cleared streets and sidewalks as a snowy, rainy, slush-ugly storm visited the Greater Red Bank Green Tuesday. Rain and above-freezing temperatures took care of the rest overnight, ensuring clear sailing Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service, the region is in for a day of chilly, breezy sunshine.

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photos by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: SMOKING BAN COMING

red bank nj marine parkThe ban would put Marine Park off-limits to smokers, including those who work at Riverview Medical Center, seen at left above. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njFollowing through on a plan first discussed last summer, Red Bank officials are expected to ban smoking in public places in coming weeks.

The move is expected to put a squeeze on smokers from Riverview Medical Center, the town’s largest employer.

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RED BANK: SCHOOLS, SNOW ON DELAYED START

Though school districts on the Greater Red Bank Green began calling delayed starts late Monday, not a flake of anticipated snow had fallen by 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Still, an icy mix of snow and rain, plus strong winds, was expected to arrive in the morning, before turning to all rain in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

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RED BANK: SNOW, ICE & WIND IN FORECAST

The  dusting of snow that denizens of the Greater Red Bank Green awoke to Monday could be followed by another after 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service

Daybreak Tuesday, however, could be a mess, with two to four inches of snow, a glaze of road ice and  winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour in  the outlook. Check out the extended forecast below. (NWS graphic. Click to enlarge.) Read More »

RED BANK: GREEK FOOD, FLOWERS, ART & HAIR

mayflowers red bank njMayflowers of Red Bank took over half the Wharf Avenue space long used by Chetkin Framing, which remains next door. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallA new Greek restaurant opens in Red Bank Friday, joining a flower shop that made its debut last week.

This edition of redbankgreen‘s ever-trawling Retail Churn pops in on each for the story, while serving up a bouquet of news about more planned business openings. Read on for details.

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RED BANK: CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR FOR POT SHOP

red bank galleriaThe Galleria’s application indicated the business would be located in space now occupied by Siam Garden. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njThree months after Red Bank changed its zoning laws to allow sales of medical marijuana, the borough has rejected its first application for a retail pot shop, officials said Wednesday night.

The denial appears to underscore one of the main problems such a business would have to navigate: limitations on their proximity to schools and parks.

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RED BANK: THREE NEW HOMES APPROVED

81 west westside red bank njThe new owner of a corner lot at West Westside Avenue and Clifford Place plans to demolish the existing house and build three new homes. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA proposal to build three new homes on an existing one-house lot won approval from the Red Bank planning board Monday night.

But not without some pushback over whether the builder was “squeezing in” too much development.

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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 26 to February 1, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post 

CRIMES

Report of Criminal Mischief in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue on 1/25/19. Victim reports unknown subject(s) vandalized property. Ptl. Joseph Barnicle investigating.

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