RED BANK: MENNA ‘IRATE’ OVER YMCA ACTION

red bank pasquale mennaRed Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna speaking at the the Memorial Day ceremony last month. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna on Thursday blasted a decision by the Community YMCA to end free memberships for borough schoolchildren and emergency first-responders.

Menna went on the offensive after the Y’s “unilateral” action, which he said was made without any advance notice to or discussion with his administration.

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RED BANK: KIDS, RESPONDERS LOSE FREE YMCA

red bank ymcaThe Red Bank YMCA says affected families can apply for subsidies to replace the free memberships. Below, the letter sent to parents of children in the Healthy Kids program. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank YMCA letter 061919Red Bank’s schoolchildren and emergency first-responders will lose their free access to the borough YMCA in September.

The Maple Avenue nonprofit’s executive director, Katie McAdoo, tells redbankgreen the change was driven by its need to be “accountable” to funders.

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RED BANK: NEW AGENCY EYES TOWN ASSETS

red bank borough hallAmong the ideas the committee may take up: the possible sale of borough hall, above, at 90 Monmouth Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA new municipal body with the potential to exert powerful influence on the future of Red Bank quietly took to the stage Tuesday.

Not quite the hottest ticket in town, the late-afternoon session of the new Redevelopment Agency drew an audience of three: two advisory committee members, who left early, and a reporter. But the ideas being floated, including the possible sale of borough hall, could soon move to the spotlight.

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FAIR HAVEN: DRIVE-THRU, BAG BANS INTRO’D

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njStopping short, for now, of re-banning fast-food restaurants, Fair Haven officials took steps Monday night to instead prohibit drive-thru restaurants.

The borough council also plans to have the town join a rapidly growing list of New Jersey towns that have banned single-use plastic shopping bags.

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RED BANK: PAWSING TO KICK OFF SUMMER

red bank dog days 062419 red bank dog daysThe first of two Red Bank Dog Days of Summer scheduled for this season drew several hundred canines and their handlers to  Marine Park on a slightly muggy evening Monday. The next one is slated for August 12.

Speaking of muggy, residents of the Greater Red Bank Green awoke to growling skies Tuesday morning, as a summer rain rolled in for what looked to be a day of scattered showers, according to the National Weather Service. Check out the extended forecast below. (Photos by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: 12 FAMILIES DISPLACED BY BLAZE

red bank oakland square fire The fire began in mulch ignited by a discarded cigarette or match at the 12-unit Oakland Square apartments, officials said. The top of a smoking pole is visible at right. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

this just in redbankgreenA discarded cigarette or match appears to have ignited a blaze that sent two people to the hospital and left 12 families without a home Sunday morning, officials said.

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RED BANK: FIRE AT NEW APARTMENT BUILDING

red bank oakland square fireRed Bank firefighters on the roof of Oakland Square, as seen from the rear parking lot, above, and Oakland Street, below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank oakland square fireFire heavily damaged a two-year-old affordable-housing apartment building in Red Bank Sunday morning.

Ninety minutes after the first alarm at 9:05 a.m., firefighters remained on the scene at Oakland Square, where fire had burned through the roof above the third floor.

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RED BANK: BROAD TO THE RIVER? ‘WE’LL SEE…’

red bank broad street Buildings along Front Street have blocked views of the Navesink River from Broad Street for more than a century. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njIs there, at last, a well-capitalized Broad-to-the-river plan for Red Bank in the works?

Not in his office, says developer Steve Denholtz, whose multi-state empire has been devouring borough properties — including three that would fit in nicely with a project offering panoramic Navesink River views from downtown.

Then again, that doesn’t mean one might not happen, Denholtz tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: SWEEPING CHANGES COMING

red bank spring street parkingRules would be modified for streets where parking is now prohibited on one side, such as Spring Street, to allow for alternate-side parking, officials said. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA pending alternate-side parking law for Red Bank won’t be enforced until the borough has an online streetsweeper-tracker up and running, an official said Wednesday night.

Still, the plan to mandate one-side-only parking throughout the town twice a week ran into objections.

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FAIR HAVEN: DUNKIN’ RETURNS, HOT AS EVER

fair haven dan hughes 061819Shopping center principal Dan Hughes listens as objector Tracy Cole speaks. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njAfter a four-month detour over legal issues, a hearing on a plan to open a Dunkin’ coffee shop in Fair Haven resumed Tuesday night, just as hot as before.

For three hours, opponents predicted traffic and safety problems at the Acme-anchored shopping center on River Road where the shop would operate. The site’s principal owner called that scenario “ridiculous.”

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RED BANK: MORE RAIN FORECAST, BUDDY

red bank flooding 061819A pickup truck plows through the flooded, and newly rebuilt, intersection of East Bergen Place and Hudson Avenue in Red Bank Tuesday evening.

The heavy downpour caused “major” plumbing and drainage issues during the opening act at the Count Basie Basie Center for the Arts, prompting the cancellation of a concert by bluesman Buddy Guy, said a venue spokesman. The show was rescheduled for November 11.

More heavy rain looms as a possibility Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by Trish Russoniello.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: WHAT’S ON THE COUNCIL AGENDA?

red bank basie trackThe track at Count Basie Fields would be replaced under a plan up for adoption by the council. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA proposed alternate-side parking ordinance is up for consideration at the Red Bank council’s only regular session this month.

Also on the agenda as the council moves into its summer meeting schedule: taxes, a new track for Count Basie Fields, the settlement of a disputed records request and more. Read More »

RED BANK: SECOND CLASSIC 5K DRAWS 1,200+

red bank classic 2019Runners and walkers, young and old, completed the 5-kilometer distance. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank classic 2019Much like the first, the second annual edition of the Red Bank Classic 5K once again ran under blue skies Saturday.

Organized by the Red Bank Business Alliance and the Red Family YMCA, the 3.1-mile event attracted more than 1,200 runners, walkers and a smattering of canines.

Were you in it, or do you know someone who was? See our photos below — and check out the guy who put on a great show for redbankgreen as he neared the finish line. Race results are here.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

red bank nj police crimeThe crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the month of May, 2019. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Theft: On 05/14/19 a walk in report was made for a theft that occurred from a locker in the area of W Front St. $280.00 cash was taken from a wallet leaving $40.00 behind. Ptl. Luke Cahill.

Criminal Mischief: Unknown individuals broke a window on a parked vehicle during a scuffle they were having in the area on W Front St during the early morning of 05/18/19. The damage is estimated to be approximately $1000.00. Ptl. Luke Cahill.

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RED BANK: FOOD TRUCKS UP FOR DISCUSSION

johnny's 1 111113John Yarusi risked a summons when he parked his Johnny’s Pork Roll truck on Wallace Street in a short-lived experiment test of borough law in 2013. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njIs Red Bank ready at last to unlock the gates that keep out food trucks?

The idea of easing restrictions on food truck operations came up at last week’s borough council workshop meeting, as it has in the past. But this time, it’s not being summarily rejected by the agency that promotes the downtown business district.

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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 May 25 to June 7, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post 

CRIMES

Report of Shoplifting in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue on 5/27/19. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed merchandise. Ptl. Mary Ellen Rumola investigating.

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RED BANK: A BRIEF BOUT OF ANGLOMANIA

red bank royal visit 1939 2A detail from the front page of the Red Bank Register’s June 15, 1939 edition. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njIt was a day unlike any ever seen before or since in Red Bank, turning hordes of area residents and visitors into Anglophiles, at least for a late-spring morning.

Imagine: an estimated 200,000 people jamming downtown Red Bank and the roadways through Little Silver, Fair Haven, Rumson and Sea Bright to catch a glimpse of king and queen of England.

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