RED BANK: DWI CHARGED AFTER CRASH

red bank policeA Long Branch man faces a drunk-driving charge after crashing into a parked vehicle in Red Bank shortly before dawn Sunday.

Separately, a police pursuit of a vehicle believed stolen in Rumson was terminated early Monday morning, according to Chief Darren McConnell.

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RED BANK: ‘GOTH & GIRLY’ FASHION ON BROAD

Red Bank’s Broad Street “Broadwalk” briefly served as a fashion runway Sunday evening, as models strutted in creations by designer and retailer Emily Natale, at right.

The owner of Pearl Street Consignment and Custom Clothes, at Pearl and Monmouth streets, described the featured outfits as “very Goth chick, effortlessly girly.”

Seated at the edge of Maggie McKenna’s chalk-drawn runway, Charlotte Hand of Rumson said the event had the feel of an event “that you have to be super-exclusive to get into.”

See more photos from the event below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR’S ‘SOURCE’ FACES CUTS

RED BANK REGIONAL HIGHThe Source provides counseling and other services to hundreds of students and families annually, supporters say. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njThe in-school social services program dubbed The Source at Red Bank Regional High School faces extinction if a plan to eliminate state funding is not reversed, supporters said.

Under cuts to 91 school-based support programs statewide, the Source would lose about $277,000 in annual state funding, they said. That’s the full amount provided by the state, and its removal will have “devastating consequences,” Superintendent Lou Moore wrote in an announcement to the RBR community Friday.

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RED BANK: WEEKEND OUTLOOK MIXED

A visitor to Marine Park in Red Bank enjoyed some shade and cool breezes off the Navesink River earlier this week.

The weekend outlook for the Greater Red Bank Green includes mostly sunny skies Friday and a cloudy Saturday, with chances of daytime rain ranging from 30 to 60 percent, according to the National Weather Service. Sunshine abounds Sunday.

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

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RED BANK: SCHOOLS ‘READY TO ROLL’

The traffic flow at the middle school will be reversed to enhance social distancing during student drop-off and pick-up, Rumage said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njWhile some 180 school districts throughout New Jersey are pursuing plans for all-virtual instruction, Red Bank’s is on track to open September 14 under a plan that puts students into classrooms two days a week, Superintendent Jared Rumage said Tuesday.

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RED BANK: COUNCIL PROMOTES SIX COPS

Errico Vescio, right, who was promoted to captain, with former Captain Mike Clay in 2014. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

Six Red Bank police officers are set to step up in rank next week, following promotions approved by the borough council last week.

By custom, the changes would have been an occasion for family and friends to pack the council chamber for swearing-in ceremonies. But with borough hall shut down to visitors, and the council meeting remotely via the Internet, that event could not be held, said Chief Darren McConnell.

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RED BANK: DEMS CLASH OVER BUDGET, PROBE

A screengrab of the council’s session Wednesday night. (Zoom screengrab. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topicRifts among Democrats were on almost nonstop display during a three-hour meeting of the Red Bank council Wednesday night.

While Councilman Ed Zipprich pressed for a probe into an email leak he said had smeared his reputation, at least two of his colleagues were more concerned about his intervention in the bidding for a new trash hauling contract.

But first, the all-Democratic body split over proposed budget cuts pushed by Councilman Michael Ballard that others saw as unwise.

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LITTLE SILVER: SEVEN CHARGED IN ATM SCAM

The Santander branch in Little Silver was one of numerous branches impacted by the scheme Tuesday. (redbankgreen photo. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Little Silver police made seven arrests Tuesday in what authorities allege was a brazen, multistate attempt by more than 100 suspects to exploit a flaw in the ATM system at Santander Bank branches.

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FAIR HAVEN: FACILITIES ON SPECIAL AGENDA

fair haven police station 071520 2The police department has outgrown the former schoolhouse that houses it, officials say. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topicSix weeks after Fair Haven’s council killed a controversial plan for a new borough hall and police station, the question of what to do instead may have an answer.

On Wednesday, officials announced the council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, August 25 “for a borough facilities review and discussion.”

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of August 1 to August 15, 2020. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. 

CRIMES

Report of Identity Theft in the area of Garden Road on 8/6/20. Victim reports unknown subject(s) made fraudulent purchases. Damages totaling $11,387.51. Ptl. Tyler Fox investigating.

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RED BANK: EX-GYMNAST BRINGS THE JUICE

Daniel Ardelan puts the finishing touches on the window sign at GoodVibe Nutrition Tuesday afternoon. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallLying in bed in her New York City apartment on July 16, Irina Popa-Erwin had an insight: she had to open a store selling healthy beverages.

On Wednesday, five weeks later, she and two partners will open their business in Red Bank, a town they had never visited before they went on a mad search for a place to set up shop.

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RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for July, 2020. This information is unedited; see below for additional information.

red bank policeCRIMES

Theft: On 07/06/2020 two unknown males were seen entering a garage in the area of W. Westside Ave. The males proceeded to take a bicycle described as a “Specialized” woman’s bike with teal writing valued at approximately $600.00 and were last seen going towards Leighton Ave. Ptl. Tanner Shea.

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LITTLE SILVER: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Little Silver Police Department for July, 2020. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

July 1– A victim reported Harassment after a subject made threats and called the victim derogatory names when the victim exited a business on Sycamore Ave. P.O. Jack Massaro investigated.

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RED BANK: DELISA TO GET ‘EMERGENCY’ PACT

DeLisa Demolition would continue to pick up waste and recycling under an interim contract that boosts its existing rate by $10,000 per month. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

this just in redbankgreenRed Bank’s elected officials will be asked to authorize an “emergency” trash contract this week after no bids were received for a longterm pact, redbankgreen has learned.

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RED BANK: PROBE, METERS & MORE ON AGENDA

A leak of emails, including correspondence between Councilman Ed Zipprich and a prospective bidder for the trash contract, is the subject of an investigation. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicRed Bank Councilman Ed Zipprich will get the investigation into a leak of emails he requested earlier this month.

Approval of the probe, as well as final adoption of the 2020 budget; extended hours of parking meter enforcement; and a half-dozen police department promotions are all on the council’s busy agenda for Wednesday night.

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FAIR HAVEN: TRAIL FUNDING SOUGHT

The proposed trail would run between the cherry blossom trees lining Fair Haven Road and the eastern edge of Fair Haven Fields. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Fair Haven officials have dusted off a three-year-old proposal that would add a stone-dust trail to the roadside portions of Fair Haven Fields.

It would also cut the cost of removing excess vegetation from McCarter Pond, they said.

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RED BANK: WEEKEND WEATHER MIXED

The weekend weather outlook for the Greater Red Bank includes a mostly sunny Saturday.

That’s the good news. But first, Friday looks to be humid and partly cloudy, and Sunday’s skies will be mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service.

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

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