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BUONA SERA LANDS ACCESS TO PRIZED LOT

buona-sera-parking2Buon Sera now has dibs on a primo parking lot in downtown Red Bank. (Click to enlarge)

park_it_021By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A parking lot once coveted by Red Bank officials is doing double duty, but still for the private sector.

Buona Sera restaurant now has nighttime and weekend dibs on a lot at the corner of Monmouth Street and Maple Avenue that’s reserved during school hours for Red Bank Catholic High School.

The popular restaurant and catering hall entered into a contract with property owner Stavola Leasing to use the lot last week, said Buona Sera owner Chris Mariano.

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BUONA SERA TABLES TABLED

Buonasera2 These four tables on the Maple Avenue side of the Buona Sera were expressly rejected by the borough council last September, says resident Carl Colmorgen, who took this photo yesterday.

When Buona Sera Ristorante asked the Red Bank Council last September for five additional tables for it's outdoor seating area on Maple Avenue, the request ran into some flak.

The burgeoning eatery and catering hall situated across Monmouth Street from borough hall has been the subject of frequent complaints from pedestrians who say there isn't enough room between existing tables and the curb to easily pass.

They're often forced into the street, a stretch of busy Route 35 — a point made last night by resident Ben Forest. "It's very narrow there. If there's a waiter taking an order, it's just impossible" to pass without stepping into the thoroughfare, he said.

Additional foot traffic from the nearby Count Basie Theatre makes the problem worse, critics say.

Last night, resident Carl Colmorgen urged the council to look back into its own actions before approving a request by Buona Sera for a renewal of its cafe license.

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VIRUS UPDATE: ‘MASK UP,’ MURPHY ORDERS

red bank BROAD STREET PHIL TAMMY JOSH MURPHY 061820Governor Phil Murphy donned a mask while dining with his wife, Tammy, and son, Josh, at Char in Red Bank last month. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njNew Jerseyans must wear face coverings outdoors when social distancing is not practicable, Governor Phil Murphy ordered Wednesday.

The mandate marked the latest sign of concern about that Murphy labeled “backsliding” from earlier progress against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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RED BANK: TWO QUICK SESSIONS AND A SNAFU

red bank council 010820Would-be honorees Jim Scavone, in blue vest, and Guy Maratta, in brown jacket, arriving at borough hall with supporters Wednesday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank officials kicked off the New Year with a snafu Wednesday night.

After racing through back-to-back workshop and regular meetings in record time, the borough council concluded public business – just as two people who’d been told they’d be honored arrived with their families and colleagues.

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RED BANK: NJDOT OBSTRUCTION REMOVED

One day after redbankgreen reported on the absurd placement of a pedestrian-crossing switch in the middle of a sidewalk on Riverside Avenue in Red Bank, the New Jersey Department of Transportation removed the offending pole Wednesday.

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RED BANK: DOT POLE BLOCKS SIDEWALK

red bank riverside avenue crossingPerhaps there was some logic to installing a pedestrian crossing switch in the middle of a sidewalk, in front of a senior-living complex no less. Because that’s just what the New Jersey Department Transportation did recently on Riverside Avenue in Red Bank as part of its Route 35 makeover project.

What’s Going On Here? Read on. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: BUILDERS BALK AT ‘NET 500’

Roger Mumford unveiled a new version of his development plan, one that calls for a park along Maple Avenue between White and Monmouth streets, seen at right in the rendering above. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The two finalists vying for the right to redevelop Red Bank’s White Street parking lot both raised concerns about their ability to meet a non-negotiable condition set by downtown merchants: that a new garage add no fewer than 500 public parking spaces to the 273-already there.

Moreover, one of the builders insisted that a definitive study to determine the actual parking deficit downtown is needed, a claim that some business owners have dismissed as an unnecessary speed bump en route to what they contend is a decades-overdue parking solution.

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RED BANK: PARKING GARAGE HEARING SLATED

The council will hold a public forum on proposals for the White Street parking site later this month, says Councilman Mike Whelan. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Almost six months after they were submitted and three months after they were the subject of hasty presentations, five proposed plans for the redevelopment of Red Bank’s main downtown parking lot will finally get a public hearing, redbankgreen has learned.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? TUSCAN OPULENCE

Tortelloni and house-made sausage from Buona Sera’s lunch menu. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

On a warmer-than-expected spring day, the flung-open doors of Buona Sera Italian Ristorante in Red Bank offer a welcoming sight.

At night the restaurant, at the corner of Maple Avenue and Monmouth Street, can be crowded with party-goers and dates trying to impress, but lunchtime is a different, quieter scene.
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RED BANK: A BIG EVENT FOR BIG BROS/SISTERS

Press release from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth and Middlesex Counties

For generations in Monmouth and Middlesex counties, the area chapter of the nationwide nonprofit Big Brothers/ Big Sisters has offered children in our community access to One-to-One Mentoring Programs that have made a tremendous difference in the lives of our young people. And, each spring for much of the past two decades, the BBBSMMC has engineered a very tasteful way for supporters to get involved with these acclaimed programs.

Going up for its 18th edition on Thursday, May 4, the  annual Food and Wine Tasting Event offers an opportunity to “tantalize your taste buds with a selection of wine and cocktails…indulge in hors’ doeuvres, raw bar, pasta, specialty stations and dessert,” and “try your luck at silent and chance auctions.”

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ON THE GREEN: WHERE TO WELCOME 2017

SouthsideBasieNewYrsThe champagne corks are poppin’ as Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes continue a Count Basie New Year’s Eve tradition this Saturday night.

HOT-TOPIC_03Here at the tail end of a year that many people are all too anxious to put in the rear view mirror, there’s still sufficient cause to keep the party percolating right up to the last ball-drop. And in the bars, restaurants and performance spaces of the Greater Red Bank Green, revelers have a choice of options that range from an intimate table at a favorite bistro to a big event that’s become the toast of all New Year’s Eve Extravaganzas in the state of New Jersey.

Here’s a sampling from Red Bank, Fair Haven, Rumson and Sea Bright nightspots.

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RED BANK: VAN ZANDTS STAR AT ROCKIT GALA

Van Zandts RockitCount Basie Theatre board members Maureen and Steven Van Zandt (center) are pictured with performers from the Rockit Live music program at a 2014 concert event. The Van Zandts will be guest of honor at Rockit’s inaugural fundraising gala on September 25. (Photo courtesy Rockit Live Foundation)

Press release from Rockit Live Foundation

The Rockit Live Foundation is pleased to announce its inaugural gala, honoring Maureen and Steven Van Zandt for their lifetime devotion and contribution to young artists and music education.

A benefit dinner will be held at Buona Sera Palazzo Banquet Hall in Ocean Township on the afternoon of Sunday, September 25, and will feature livemusical performances from the young Rockit musicians, along with Steven Van Zandt and special guests.

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RED BANK: DOWNTOWN GETS INSTANT MURAL

rb mural 060416 4A team of painters, including 13 students from the visual arts program at Red Bank Regional, worked on the mural throughout the day Saturday and into early Sunday. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb mural 060416 3Racing to finish before an expected rain, a team of artists and volunteers painted a two-story mural in downtown Red Bank over the weekend.

Overlooking the parking lot for Buona Sera restaurant at Monmouth Street and Maple Avenue, the mural promotes a film festival scheduled to light up movie screens in town next month.

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RED BANK: CHARITY BEGINS AT HOME

anderson menna 050115Mayor Pasquale Menna, right, at last year’s inaugural Red Bank Mayor’s Charity Ball. The fundraiser returns to the Oyster Point Hotel on Friday as one of several benefit events around the borough this week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

The month of May flowers into full effect with more than just greenery and colorful scenery — it’s also prime time for charity galas and other fundraising vehicles, dedicated to the benefit of some of our area’s hardest-working nonprofit organizations.

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RED BANK: PERSONS OF JAZZY INTEREST

eric personSaxman-flutist Eric Person brings his quartet to the intimate setting of Buona Sera Ristorante Wednesday night.

His father, Houston Person, had a starring role in 2014’s series of Summer Jazz Cafe events at Red Bank’s Two River Theater — and when St. Louis-born saxman and flutist Eric Person plays his own debut gig next week in the borough that birthed the immortal Count Basie, he’ll be pioneering what just might turn out to be an all new series of cool-cat concerts at a heretofore unexplored venue: Buona Sera Ristorante.

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SEA BRIGHT: A MARTINI RIPE WITH SUMMER

beau keegan 072214Ama mixologist Beau Keegan adds a dash of grenadine to give his white peach martini the look of a peach. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

ama peach martini 072214Kitchens and dining rooms aren’t the only areas of restaurants caught up in the growing interest in locally sourced artisanal food products.

At Ama Ristorante in Sea Bright, the bar has become a place of labor-intensive cocktails prepared with carefully chosen fruits and flavorings, says Beau Keegan, who runs the beverage operation.

“A generation ago, it was all about liqueurs, but there’s been a revolution in the last 10 or 15 years of people making their own purees, syrups, bitters,” he says. Driven by customer interest, “everybody’s kind of pushing each other” to find new, and fresher, ingredients, he says.
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RED BANK: IS THE NIGHTMARE OVER?

rb snow 021814Val DeFazio clears snow from the awning of Buona Sera Ristorante on Monmouth Street in Red Bank Tuesday afternoon, when temperatures rose into the low 40s.

For the first time in what seemed like eons, residents of the Green woke Wednesday to find no snowflake symbols in near-term weather forecasts. The National Weather Service says Wednesday is likely to be rainy, with a high of 47 degrees. (Click to enlarge)

FASHION SHOW BENEFITS LATINO SCHOLARS

RBR fashionLast year’s Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship winners Veronica Perez and Salvador Tecalero Arenas (center) are flanked by scholarship committee member Chris Rumph and SOURCE Director Suzanne Keller. A fashion show and gift auction to benefit the scholarship will take place on Sunday, February 9, at Buona Sera Restaurant in Red Bank.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

As the School-Based Youth Services Program at Red Bank Regional High School, The SOURCE has made it a mission to remove all obstacles that impede students’ academic success, with services that range from quality mental health counseling, to learning support initiatives. The SOURCE also offers scholarship opportunities for all students, and forms alliances with community organizations to garner additional funding for focused scholarships, such as the Andrew Kroon Memorial Scholarship fund.

Operating under the auspices of The SOURCE, the fund is helping to make dreams come true through their scholarship program. Founded over ten years ago, this program assists qualifying Latino students at RBR in affording their dream of college.

To benefit the scholarship, the foundation is sponsoring a fashion show and gift auction on Sunday, February 9 from 12 to 3 pm at Buona Sera Restaurant. Tickets are $40 for admission, which includes the fashion show and lunch. Fashions are provided by The Sports Spot in Shrewsbury and Posche Boutique in Rumson. The event also features a 50/50 raffle, raffle basket auction, coffee bar, as well as exquisite one-of-a kind jewelry by LeCharme. For tickets, contact Suzanne Keller, the SOURCE Director, at (732)842-8000 ext. 1236, or email skeller@rbrhs.org.

AMPING UP THE ‘RED’ IN RED BANK

Just a week after Valentine’s Day, hearts were celebrated in Red Bank Thursday night not for love or romance, but for health, as Buona Sera Ristorante once again hosted “The Red Dress Event,” presented by Meridian CardioVascular Network to bring awareness to the risk of heart disease.

Women decked in their best little red dresses came out to enjoy cocktails, music and gorgeous designer gowns crafted by Vera Wang, Oscar De la Renta, Marc Jacobs, and Donna Karan, on display directly from New York Fashion Week’s ‘The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection.’ The celebrity fashion show itself played on  flat screens in the background as the dance floor turned into a swirling sea of red skirts and flashing lights.

redbankgreen‘s Danielle Tepper was there to capture the action.

AN OCEAN OF RED IN RED BANK

It’s not just Mother Nature’s recent toying with the thermostat that’s giving us a taste of spring in February.

Every year at this time, Red Bank’s temperature rises for a few hours as hundreds of women, most of them bedecked in luscious red, gather for drinks, dancing and a good cause: ‘The Red Dress Event,’ hosted by Meridian Women’s Heart Connection.

Once again, on Thursday night, stunning designer gowns from New York’s Fashion Week were on display at Buona Sera Restaurant, where a ballroom turned into a scarlet ocean and the dance floor was jumping.

redbankgreen was there, natch.

DRESSED TO HEAL AT HEART HEALTH EVENT

heart_truth1Designer creations from the Red Dress Collection at NYC’s Fashion Week will be on display at Buona Sera on February 24, as part of Meridian’s Heart Month fundraiser.

It’s an evening out on the town, at one of the hottest nightspots on the greater Green, and it’s strictly ladies only — but this is one event for which that little black dress is going to have to stay home on the hanger.

When the third annual Red Dress Event returns to Red Bank next Thursday, February 24, the guests of honor will be a selection of six top-designer crimson creations from the Red Dress Collection, seen during Fashion Week  2011 in NYC.

Still, while the evening promises to set any fashionista’s pulse racing, at the heart of the festivities is a serious subject — as serious as the disease that’s been branded the Number One killer of women.

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