LITTLE SILVER: RBR REMAINS CLOSED

redbankgreen hot topicCOVID-19 kept Red Bank Regional High closed for at least another day Monday.

The Little Silver school, which had been scheduled to reopen for in-person activity after a nearly two-week interval, instead remained in all-remote mode, per an announcement by the school Sunday night.

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RED BANK: COOLER WEATHER AHEAD

Gusty winds Sunday night largely spared the Greater Red Bank Green of power outages, according to Jersey Central Power & Light. And while it will remain a bit breezy through Monday night, no damaging winds are expected, according to the National Weather Service

Coming in behind the cold front: a string of sunny or partly sunny days and cooler temperatures. Check out the extended forecast below. (Weather.gov image. Click to enlarge.

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RED BANK: THAI FOOD & CLOTHING CHURN IN

Mos Neammanee owns Rice Box with his brother, Khomsun. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallOne step back and two steps forward for Red Bank’s central business district?

A Thai restaurant and a clothing boutique open next door to one another downtown, while a Broad Street business quietly calls it quits. Read all about them in this edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.

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RED BANK: BOROUGH SCHOOLS GO REMOTE

hot topic red bank njRed Bank borough’s two public schools would immediately switch to all-remote instruction Friday in response to “several positive cases of COVID-19 across the district,” Superintendent Jared Rumage wrote in an announcement Thursday night.

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RED BANK: WAWA STORE REMAINS CLOSED

The Wawa convenience store on North Bridge Avenue in Red Bank remained closed Friday, four days after it was temporarily shuttered in response to an employee’s COVID-19 positive test result, according to a notice on the door.

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RED BANK: RAIN AND SUN IN FORECAST

red bank harris park leaves 111220Golden leaves lay across Harris Park in Red Bank during on-and-off rain Thursday evening.

The Greater Green is in for a mix of autumn conditions over the next few days, with more rain early Friday yielding to sunshine in the afternoon and Saturday, with showers possible again Sunday , according to the National Weather Service

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

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RED BANK: CRIME & ARREST REPORTS

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

See UPDATE below.

red bank policeCRIMES

Theft: A locked “Diamond Back” black hybrid mountain bike was reported stolen in the area of Monmouth St on 10/07/2020. The bike is valued at $500.00. Ptl. Kristin Altimari.

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RED BANK: LOCALS HONOR VETERANS

Red Bank Middle School student Aisha Jones, above, and Second Deputy Fire Chief Nick Ferraro were among the participants in the borough’s annual Veterans Day commemoration Wednesday.

Like many other events since March, it was a masked-up gathering because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ON THE GREEN: VETERANS DAY OBSERVATIONS

red bank war monumentWednesday is Veteran’s Day, and two towns on the Greater Red Bank Green plan to hold commemoration services, though one will be virtual, and the other curtailed, to limit the spread of COVID-19. See below for details.

RED BANK: POLICE TRIO TO BE COMMENDED

From left, Patrolman Cevin Albert, Sergeant Matt Ehrenreich and Patrolman Milton Gray all had a hand in saving a bleeding teen. (Red Bank Police Department photos. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank policeThree Red Bank cops are slated for commendation as lifesavers Tuesday night for aiding a seriously injured, and uncooperative, teen earlier this month.

 

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RED BANK: LOCALS CELEBRATE BIDEN VICTORY

For more than five hours Saturday, a small, rotating group gathered in Riverside Gardens Park for a low-key celebration of the election of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

There were no speeches: just virtual hugs, some tears, as well as cheers – punctuated by honking horns and occasional middle fingers from passersby on West Front Street.

Below are some some reflections on the election outcome among participants.

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RED BANK: SUMMERY WEATHER CONTINUES

Expect the past weekend’s sunshine and daytime temperatures in the 70s to continue Monday on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the National Weather Service

But there’s a potential Monday night and Tuesday night for fog, which may be dense Tuesday night. Heavy rainfall is expected on Wednesday and Thursday.

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by Trish Russoniello.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: RBC SHUTDOWN REPORTED

The high school, based on Broad Street, shares a parish campus with St. James School and church. (Photo by  John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

this just in redbankgreenRed Bank Catholic High School has shut down in-person instruction and canceled Friday night’s football game “due to COVID-19 exposure,” according to a published report.

The school has suspended all athletics and extracurricular activities through November 19 and will shift to virtual instruction, according to a report Thursday night by Shore Sports Network.

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LITTLE SILVER: HOLZAPFEL, BRENNAN IN LEAD

Little Silver Republican Mike Holzapfel, an incumbent, and running mate Kevin Brennan appeared to be pulling away from Democrats Stephanie Keenan, also an incumbent, and Joan Gotti in the race for two council seats as of Friday morning.

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RED BANK: ‘SNO GO FOR WINTER BROADWALK

Empty tables and idle heaters on Broadwalk on a chilly Sunday evening in October. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank’s in-street shopping and dining plaza known as ‘Broadwalk’ will go on winter hiatus at the end of November.

Borough council members informally agreed Wednesday night that the prospect of dealing with a snowstorm before winter is over makes keeping the plaza going impractical.

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RED BANK: DISPUTE GOES TO MEDIATION

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topicA messy dispute between Red Bank neighbors is headed to mediation.

At issue is a citizen’s complaint by Bank Street homeowner Lycet Ramos, whose doorbell security video caught two-time council candidate Allison Gregory and her husband, Mark Gregory, dumping trash in her driveway last month.

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RED BANK: TRASH SURVEY SPLITS COUNCIL

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

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topicA trash-and-recycling survey became the latest wedge between two factions of Red Bank’s one-party council Wednesday night.

The dispute included innuendo that Councilman Ed Zipprich could not be trusted to keep information secret from bidders in the pending award of a trash hauling contract.

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LITTLE SILVER: RBR ADDS WEEK TO CLOSURE

Superintendent Lou Moore in March, 2019. (Photo by  John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicRed Bank Regional High will be off-limits to students and staff through next week over concerns about COVID-19, Superintendent Lou Moore announced Wednesday afternoon.

While there continues to be “no evidence of community transmission” of the virus on the Little Silver school’s campus, a defacto closure now in effect is being extended one week “to minimize the risk of possible spread,” Moore wrote on the school’s website.

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RED BANK: NEWCOMER LEADS RBR PRESIDENT

The administration building on the Red Bank Regional campus in Little Silver. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Newcomer Stephanie Albanese appears to have displaced incumbent president John Garofalo from the Red Bank Regional High board of education in Tuesday’s election.

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, the Monmouth County clerk’s incomplete vote tally showed Albanese (seen at right) leading Garofalo, 1,352 votes to 649.

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FAIR HAVEN: DEMOCRATS HOLD WIDE MARGIN

By JOHN T. WARD

Fair Haven Democrats appeared headed to a council majority for the first time in memory Wednesday.

With vote tallies incomplete, incumbent Chris Rodriguez and running mate Laline Neff  held wide margins over incumbent Republican Susan Sorensen, who ran solo in pursuit of a fourth three-year term.

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LITTLE SILVER: RACE TOO CLOSE TO CALL

By JOHN T. WARD

The race for two seats on the Little Silver council remained too close to call early Wednesday.

As of 7:30 a.m., Stephanie Keenan, a Democrat with seven months of council experience, led all candidates with 1,193 votes, and first-term incumbent Republican Mike Holzapfel was only 10 votes behind.

But their running mates were still in the the running as Monmouth County election officials continued counting mail-in and in-person ballots.

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RED BANK: BALLARD, ZIPPRICH SAIL TO WINS

Poll workers wrapping up a 14-hour day Tuesday night at Red Bank borough hall, the town’s only polling station for this year’s election. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

Running unopposed, Red Bank Democrats Ed Zipprich and Michael Ballard were on an unimpeded path to re-election to borough council Tuesday amid a pandemic that depressed in-person turnout.

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RED BANK: NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS? NOT YET

red bank scott broschart 083120.jpgRed Bank First leader Scott Broschart at home on Hudson Avenue in August. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Scott Broschart is on a one-man quest to reform both Red Bank’s government and how people get elected to it.

Neither will happen this year. A referendum Broschart has been pushing for since July is not on the November 3 ballot. But Broschart says he’s perfectly fine with that.

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