FAIR HAVEN: FAST-FOOD LAW GOES M.I.A.

fair haven bea senaFormer Councilwoman Bea Sena reads minutes from a 2002 council meeting at which she voiced concern that parts of the borough code had gone missing. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njFast food joints in Fair Haven? Why, there oughta be a law, say some residents, angered by a pending proposal for a Dunkin’ coffee shop.

Well, it turns out there is — or was — a borough ordinance explicitly prohibiting fast food restaurants. But it seems to have vanished from the town’s official code book, a resident told the borough council Monday night.

What that means to the most controversial planning board application in recent history, as well as others expected to soon follow, immediately became a lightning rod issue.

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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 April 6 to April 26, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post 

CRIMES

Report of Fraud in the area of Broad Street on 4/14/19. Victim reports unknown subject(s) used fraudulent cards to make purchases. Damages totaling $628.20. Ptl. Daniel DeCristofaro investigating.

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RED BANK: BOROUGH HIRES NEW CFO

peter oreilly cfo red bank njAlmost five months after his predecessor was hastily dumped, a new chief financial officer for the borough of Red Bank was slated to start work Monday.

Peter O’Reilly, right, who literally wrote the book on municipal finance, steps into the post after five years as Jersey City’s treasurer.

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RED BANK: GRAY SKIES FOR MOST OF WEEK

Don’t be alarmed by all those gray squares above. The Greater Red Bank Green probably isn’t in for a weeklong soaking.

According to the National Weather Service, after a sunny start Monday morning, skies will turn cloudy, possibly bringing rain overnight. From Tuesday through most of Thursday, gray skies will linger, but with the likelihood of rain below 50 percent, the NWS forecasts.

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

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RED BANK: POWER SWITCH IN THE WORKS

Sample JCP&L bill aggregationBilling for service would continue to come from JCP&L even for those customers who participate in the aggregation plan. (Image by Concord. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

In an effort to head off shocks to residents about anticipated changes to their electricity bills, Red Bank official kicked off a public outreach effort Thursday.

Driving the effort: the borough’s planned entry into the “energy aggregation” marketplace, where the local government serves as a bundler of customers to obtain better rates than those offered by Jersey Central Power & Light.

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RED BANK: WINDY T-STORMS POSSIBLE

The Greater Red Bank Green lies outside the area of highest risk, but could still be in for a soaking Friday.

According to the National Weather Service, several rounds of showers and thunderstorms will impact the region into the evening. Damaging winds are possible.

The weekend will bring a mix: sun, clouds, wind, and maybe a trace of rain. Check out the extended forecast below. (Image by NWS Mt. Holly. Click to enlarge.) Read More »

LITTLE SILVER: SPOTLIGHT ON NARROW LANE

little silver church lane Church Lane runs alongside the Embury Methodist Church cemetery. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Not for the first time, Little Silver officials have taken up the question of what to do with a short, narrow roadway that’s a vestige of 19th-century life.

Some residents want it turned into a one-way to address the issue of today’s “humongous” family cars.

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RED BANK: HOUSING & MORE PACKS AGENDA

red bank vna 176 riverside aveThe former home of the Visiting Nurse Association is seen as the answer to a chunk of Red Bank’s affordable housing obligation. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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A plan to resolve Red Bank’s so-called Mount Laurel affordable housing obligation is up for resolution Wednesday night.

Also up for votes: a series of small-bore zoning changes, help for motorists at a dicey corner and more. Here’s a look at the busy agenda.

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RED BANK: TOWNHOUSE PLAN APPROVED

red bank southbank The planned Southbank townhomes, seen looking northeast from Boat Club Court. (Rendering by Rotwein+Blake; photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A plan for luxury townhouses overlooking the Navesink River from Red Bank won zoning board approval Thursday night.

And while the board didn’t get the sidewalk it had hoped for on a steep street, the developer did agree to build another stretch of sidewalk.

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FAIR HAVEN, LITTLE SILVER: PAIR CHARGED

fair haven little silver red bank alleged burglarsA security camera in Red Bank helped police in other towns identify the suspects as Jeffrey Smith, left, and Michael D’Autorio, police said. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

little silver nj policeTwo Ocean County men who apparently didn’t get the memo about the widespread use of home surveillance cameras were charged by police in Fair Haven, Little Silver and elsewhere with burglary this week.

 

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RED BANK: CRÊPERIE UPSIZES, LICENSE SELLS

red bank ce la vi erica lieberman nick napoletanoErica Lieberman and Nick Napoletano opened Ce La Vi this week in the Monmouth Street space last occupied by Lil Cutie Pops. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallDemonstrating adaptability in an increasingly competitive dining market, a Red Bank dessert shop has remade itself into a three-meals-a-day restaurant.

Also in this edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn: intriguing news about a downtown liquor license, and the return of a fair-weather gourmet spot.

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RED BANK: HOTEL DELAY REQUEST REJECTED

red bank hampton innA rendering of the proposed Hampton Inn, with the former VNA building at right. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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In a move that could torpedo a hotly debated hotel at the northern entry to Red Bank, the planning board Monday night shot down a request by the would-be developer for more time to get the project in the ground.
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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 March 30 to April 5, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post 

CRIMES

Report of Theft in the area of East End Avenue on 4/2/19. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed property. Ptl. Joseph Barnicle investigating.

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RED BANK: ROADWORK UNDER THE LIGHTS

red bank route 35 maple avenueeNighttime travelers along Route 35 in Red Bank and neighboring towns have encountered lane closures, detours and lots of floodlights in recent weeks.  

What’s Going On Here? Read on. (Photo by John T. Ward.)

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RED BANK: TORNADO WATCH ISSUED

RED BANK STORMSThe Weather Channel app early Monday showed potentially severe storms expected to roll across the Greater Red Bank Green over a two-hour period ending at 7 a.m.

Shortly after 1 a.m., the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for the region that includes eastern Monmouth County, with the threat also expected to end by 7 a.m. (Tornado preparation info is here.)

In addition, the NWS warned of strong winds, with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour, between noon and 10 p.m. “With the ground saturated from previous rain, trees and power lines will be more susceptible to the adverse effects of strong winds,” the NWS warned.

Any way you look at it, the forecast suggested a bumpy start to the workweek. Check out the extended forecast below.

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RED BANK: “TENACIOUS’ INSPECTOR CITED

RED BANK menna woods yassinFire inspector Frank Woods, flanked by Mayor Pasquale Menna and Councilman Hazim Yassin, was honored for averting possible catastrophe at an apartment complex. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A “tenacious” Red Bank employee won recognition from the borough council Wednesday night for efforts that officials said headed off a possible disaster at an apartment complex last month.

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RED BANK: HOOPS, A PARADE, PIRATES & MORE

red bank middle school girls basketballThe Red Bank Middle School girls’ basketball team was honored for an undefeated season. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank, nj, done good,The Red Bank  council’s filled-to-bursting agenda Wednesday night included a ton of feel-good news and event lookaheads.

Here’s a quick recap.

 

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

fair haven nj police fhpdCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of March, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

3/13- Thomas Moriarty, 31, Middletown was placed under arrest subsequent to a motor vehicle stop and charged with DWI. Subject was also found to be in possession of less than 50 grams of Marijuana.  Mr. Moriarty was also received summonses for reckless driving, refusal to submit to breathe testing, operating a vehicle without an interlock device, failure to maintain lane and having a controlled dangerous substance in a motor vehicle. Subject was later released pending a Fair Haven Court Appearance. Ptl. Brooks Robinson was the arresting Officer.

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RED BANK: COUNCIL DROPS REVERSE APPEALS

red bank nj oceanfirst hqThe OceanFirst Bank headquarters was the subject of a reverse appeal case settled Wednesday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njBombarded by criticism from the business community, the Red Bank council on Wednesday dropped a plan to pursue a new round of  “reverse appeals” against commercial properties it believed to be undertaxed.

But first, the council approved the settlement of an older reverse appeal that will boost the taxable value of a downtown building by 69 percent over three years. And battles over cases filed in 2018 continue.

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RED BANK: PETER NOBLE DIES

red bank peter nobleFormer Red Bank Board of Education President Peter Noble died Tuesday night. He was 68 years old, said Mayor Pasquale Menna.

“We lost one of the best last night,” Menna said at the council’s semimonthly meeting Wednesday evening.

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RED BANK: END IN SIGHT FOR ROAD PROJECT

red bank east bergen placeNine months after it began, a road reconstruction project in Red Bank is in its final weeks, an official said last week. 

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

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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 March 16 to March 29, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post 

CRIMES

Report of Theft in the area of Broad Street on 3/16/19. Victim reports unknown subjects removed property. Damages totaling $81.00. Ptl. Daniel DeCristofaro investigating.

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RED BANK: ‘REVERSE’ TAX APPEALS ON AGENDA

8 east front st. red bank njA law firm hired by the borough says 8 East Front Street, which sold last year for $5.68 million, is improperly assessed at just under $3 million. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank taxesA year after authorizing a law firm to go after owners of properties believed to be undertaxed, the Red Bank council is expected to renew its “aggressive” approach this week.
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