Skip to content

A town square for an unsquare town

redbankgreen

Standing for the vitality of Red Bank, its community, and the fun we have together.

RED BANK: BIDEN ZIPS THROUGH TOWN

red-bank-biden-motorcade-100622-1-500x375-4613604A motorcade transporting President Joe Biden briefly passed through Red Bank Thursday afternoon, serenaded by employees of a nearby restaurant.

red-bank-biden-motorcade-100622-4-500x375-1188727Hayley Allen, second from left, and co-workers watched the motorcade pass.   (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

red-bank-biden-motorcade-100622-3-220x165-7224417Enroute to a Democratic fundraiser at Governor Phil Murphy’s mansion on the Navesink River in Middletown, Biden spent less than a minute on Red Bank’s solidly Democratic asphalt without stopping.

His motorcade had traveled the Parkway from Wall Township, where Marine One had landed, and north on Rector Place from the Senator Joe Kyrillos Bridge on West Front Street, according to police Chief Darren McConnell.

With the busy intersection of Route 35, Rector Place, Bridge Avenue and Riverside Avenue shut down to traffic at 4 p.m., Red Bank and nearby towns were gridlocked for miles in multiple directions for about half an hour.

But for a handful of apron-wearing employees at Birravino restaurant, it was an occasion for joy. Waiting in a grubby parking lot for Biden to pass by, they broke into a rendition of “God Bless America.”

“We giggled through a little bit of it, but it was genuine,” said Hayley Allen.

“This is something I’ve wanted all my life, to see a president while he’s in office,” said Allen, of Sayreville. “It’s been one of my goals. And to be at work on a Thursday, and the President drives by… I saw him throw a thumbs-up, and it meant a lot to me.”

A co-worker who declined to give her name said she had been moved by the moment to start off the song, which her colleagues joined in.

The motorcade of several dozen emergency vehicles, watched over by a police helicopter, crossed the Navesink via Cooper’s Bridge, which had been closed to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and turned east on Navesink River Road toward Murphy’s mansion, on Blossom Cove Road.

With his visit, which was expected to last two hours, Biden joined a parade of prominent Democrats who’ve been hosted by Murphy and his wife, First Lady Tammy Murphy.

In 2006, they hosted former Vice President Al Gore for dinner following a reception at the nearby home of pop star Jon Bon Jovi. And two years later, Murphy, as the DNC’s finance chairman, teamed up with Bon Jovi again, hosting a two-stop fundraiser for then-Senator Barack Obama during his first presidential campaign.

If you value the news coverage provided by redbankgreen, please become a financial supporter for as little as $1 per month. Click here to set your own level of monthly or annual contribution.

Remember: Nothing makes a Red Bank friend happier than to hear "I saw you on Red Bank Green!"
Partyline
FEELING SNAPPY
      Snapping Turtles come ashore to lay their eggs this time of year and are a common site along the Swimming River waterfr ...
TUB TIME
RED BANK: A sparrow waits for the next available dirt tub while two others take their Sunday baths. (Click for video.)
CHECK IT OUT
A bench outside the Red Bank Public Library provided a serene view of our beautiful Navesink River Monday evening.
WAYWARD SLIM JIM
Anybody lose a Slim Jim? A “Sweet Mild O’ Mine” flavor Slim Jim was seen left unattended on this mailbox on Mechanic Stree ...
YAPPY TOGETHER
RED BANK: Look for this cutie pie, named Sacramento, at Yappy Hour on Broadwalk Saturday. He's looking for a new home.
YELLOW RAINCOAT DAY
On a rainy May morning, the only golden sight on Broad Street this morning were the matching raincoats of Eileen and her dog Benny.
STOP. JUST STOP.
RED BANK: For those who don't get the meaning of a stop sign, crossing guard Diane Johnson amplifies the message with some colorful outfits. ...
RECORDS SKIP INTO TOWN
RED BANK: Devotees of vinyl records expected to drop needle at Broad and Mechanic Saturday. Here's why.
Feline fortunes on Monmouth Street
Christopher Russell and feline pal Princess take in some fresh air on a warm May night Thursday in the doorway of Gina’s Psychic Bouti ...
GOING UP?
RED BANK: Public Library will be closed Friday for the start of elevator construction. (Click for more.)
TREEBIRTH
RED BANK: Replacement of nine trees gets underway on South Street, where a wholesale removal angered residents last September. (Click for mo ...
RIVERSIDE FLOW
New Jersey Flow Arts brings together jugglers, poi spinners, hoopers and more weekly in Riverside Gardens Park.
Honeybee swarm carted away
Beekeeper Tanya Ptak of Ptak’s Apiary inspects a swarm of honeybees that chose a flower pot in the courtyard of Red Bank Primary Schoo ...
BELOVED POISONED DOG PHOTO SURFACES
   
THREE ON TOUR
RED BANK: Three borough sites will participate in a weekend of self-guided tours of 52 historic locations in Monmouth County May 4 & 5.
VOLUNTEERS GET INTO THE WEEDS
Toting plastic trash bags, 51 volunteers conducted a walking litter cleanup on Red Bank's West Side Saturday.
“IT’S A PARTY AT WAWA!”
You wish you could vibe like Brian, who lives on the other side of Hubbard’s Bridge. He caught redbankgreen’s attention in Red B ...
POPE OKS ORATORY
RED BANK: St. Anthony of Padua obtains papal approval to establish Oratory of St. Philip Neri, a community of priests and brothers devoted t ...
RED BANK: NEW MURAL BRIGHTENS CORNER
RED BANK: Lunch Break founder Norma Todd is depicted in a mural painted this week on the front of the newly renovated social service agency.
TULIPS TOGETHER
Spring tulips taking in the sunset outside the Molly Pitcher Inn in Red Bank Monday evening.