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RED BANK: FIRE VICTIMS SEEK HELP

Owen Duncan and Mildred Johnson, below, speaking with acting Fire Marshal Tommy Welsh as firefighters battled the blaze in their home on May 27. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Two Red Bank siblings who lost their lifelong home in a fire last month are seeking the public’s help as they watch their funds dwindle.

Mildred Johnson and Owen Duncan escaped their burning house on Washington Street on May 27.

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RED BANK: CORNER PLAN HEARING RESUMES

red bank 273 shrewsbury aveThe project would replace the existing two-story building with a three-story structure, below. (Rendering by Michael James Monroe Architect. Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A proposal for stores and apartments at a busy Red Bank intersection returned to zoning board after a yearlong pandemic interruption Thursday night.

The new plan is significantly smaller than the original.

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MIDDLETOWN: FUNDRAISER FOR BOWDENS

Family and friends have raised more than $12,000 to help two former Red Bank volunteers injured by a fire in their Middletown home earlier this month.

George Bowden, 91, and his wife, Gladys Bowden, 88, were both injured when their condo in the Shadow Lake Village complex in the River Plaza section of the township was heavily damaged by an electrical fire on December 15.

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RED BANK: NEW HISTORY IN FORTUNE HOUSE

Restoration work on the T. Thomas Fortune house is underway in conjunction with the construction of 31 apartments behind it, where an elevator tower is visible. Below, builder Roger Mumford shows off an original decorative corbel removed from just below the roof line of the house, and, in his left hand, a replica made from mahogany. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

After a decade-long effort to save it from the wrecking ball, Red Bank’s T. Thomas Fortune house is in the midst of a restoration that has served up some additional history.

Part of the Second Empire-style mansion on Drs. James Parker Boulevard may be much older than previously believed, says developer Roger Mumford, who is racing to conserve what he can of the structure even as it crumbles before his eyes.

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RED BANK: GHOSTLY, AND PARTLY TRUE, TALES


dublin-display-092716-2A framed photo in a locked display case at Red Bank’s Dublin House Pub may have been turned around by a ghost, according to Pat Martz Heyer, below.
 (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

pat-martz-heyer-092316In her self-published new book, “13 Ghostly Tales and Yarns of the Navesink River,” Patricia Martz Heyer recounts the history of the house that’s now home to Red Bank’s Dublin House Pub: its origins on the Middletown side of the river and two subsequent relocations over the years.

Along the way, the place seems to have acquired a non-paying tenant, in the form of a generally benign if somewhat mischievous ghost named Mrs. Roberta Patterson. Read More »

RED BANK: KKK FLIERS LEFT ON LAWNS

kkk 011816 3One of the fliers found on McLaren Street Monday morning. (Click to enlarge)

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By JOHN T. WARD

just_inResidents of Red Bank and Fair Haven awoke Monday morning — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day — to find fliers purporting to be from the Ku Klux Klan on their lawns, police said.

The fliers, enclosed in ziploc bags and weighted with small stones, disparage King as a “communist pervert.”

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MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

Recent crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

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Ryan Holfer, age 26, from Rutledge Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 4, 2015 by Patrolman Richard Fulham for Possession of Heroin, Possession of Crack Cocaine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Receiving Stolen Property. He was held on $23,500.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Taylor Hendricks, age 28, from Rutledge Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 4, 2015 by Patrolman Richard Fulham for Possession of Heroin, Possession of Crack Cocaine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was held on $21,000.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

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MIDDLETOWN: ARREST REPORTS

Recent arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014Michael Olski, age 49, from Atlantic Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on February 12, 2015 by Patrolman Kent Thornton for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

Dennis Knapp, age 44, from Highland Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on February 11, 2015 by Police Officer Stephanie Geisel for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Terroristic Threats, Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was held on $67,500.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

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SAVING LIVES, TRANSFORMING THEIR OWN

Karr Mullen, front, and Christopher Faherty at a reunion of former Little Silver EMS Cadets on Saturday. Below, Elizabeth Giblin. (Photos by Connor Soltas. Click to enlarge)

By CONNOR SOLTAS

That Little Silver’s EMS Cadets, the town’s squad of teenaged paramedics-in-training, can manage being on-call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for an an unpaid lifesaving job might paint them as miracle-workers at a time when free time is scarce as ever and seemingly everyone needs extra cash.

And they are, no doubt, to those whose lives they save.

Yet if you ask the cadet program’s graduates, some of them 10 years older than when they began, there’s more to their story than the boilerplate tale of altruism.

Cadet camaraderie, they say, is what compelled them to stick with such a demanding schedule.

“There’s a special connection you make with others that you can’t understand until someone’s, like, dying in front of you,” said 2004 cadet Elizabeth Giblin, who this year became the EMS squad’s second-in-command, as first lieutenant.

The experience transformed the lives of many cadet corps alums, locals who joined in high school – some of whom continue to be involved with EMS work. To get the full scoop, redbankgreen dropped by the home of Kim Ambrose, of Little Silver’s EMS department, for a reunion of former cadets celebrating the corps’ tenth anniversary Saturday.

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RBR ALUM LOVE

people-in-the-newsYou’ve got a former scholar-athlete, a top environmental lawyer, a local councilwoman and a scientist — just a few Red Bank Regional grads to be feted at an alumni dinner this month.

For its ninth annual Distinguished Alumni Dinner on Friday, on April 16, the high school will honor ten former students who graduated between 1950 and 1987. The public is encouraged to attend to celebrate its “local heroes,” said Maryanne Kligman, information coordinator for the high school.

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TOP THAT: ‘MACBETH” BOOSTS TRTC PROFILE

BusesAmong the records broken at the Two River Theater in its smash ‘Macbeth’ run: most students attending one of its plays.

Not in the legions
Of horrid hell can come a devil more damn’d
In evils to top Macbeth.

Well, yeah, as characters go, he is a bit of a homicidal beast. But as a stage production, Shakespeare’s bloodsoaked ‘Macbeth‘ has proven quite the charmer for the Two River Theater Company.

First, there’ve been the fannies in the seats. Final figures aren’t in yet, but theater officials confirm the show, which closes Sunday after an extended run, topped all prior ones in the company’s 14-year history.

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Then there’s the unprecedented attention the show has drawn, mainly thanks to the integration of dazzling magic by Teller, of Penn & Teller fame. National Public Radio did a piece on the production. The Washington Post ran a feature hat was picked up by newspapers across the U.S. The Wall Street Journal called for the show to move on to New York, “which as you can imagine is a regional theater’s dream,” said company founder and executive producer Robert Rechnitz.

And finally, there’s the buzz among patrons and potential converts. Right up until the last, callers have been clamoring for tickets. We’ve even heard that some of the ‘Macbeth’ banners hung from streetlamps around the Red Bank theater got swiped as souvenirs.

It would seem, for this little regional company, that it can’t get much better. But ask managing director Guy Gsell how the TRTC will top itself, and he calmly draws a gradually rising line in the air.

“We’re just hitting our stride,” he says.

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PROFILE: PASQUALE MENNA

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Pat Menna is showing off the first floor of his home, a spacious Dutch Colonial he shares with his five-year-old white Labrador retriever, Bella. It’s on a corner lot in one of Red Bank’s more upmarket neighborhoods, and in contrast to the white exterior trimmed in black, the interior is painted in bold, contemporary colors, yet decorated with Roman and other antiquities.

“I don’t have too many vices, but I love iconography,” the Byzantine tradition of religious images painted on wood and highlighted in gold leaf, says Menna. “Being 100-percent Italian, I have an immense emotional attachment to the place of my birth. I like to be surrounded by things that remind me of my childhood.”

As for the lipsticky color in the stairwell he says, “the red highlights, I think, the icons, which need a dark color to bring them out.”

Just off to the side of where we’ll be talking, however, in what appears to be a solarium, Bella has added her own splash of color to the oatmeal-colored carpeting by puking on it. And somehow, the fastidious and formal Menna either hasn’t noticed this, or is pretending not to.

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