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RUMSON: TEN ESCAPE BOAT FIRE

Ten boaters safely escaped when their vessel caught fire in the Shrewsbury River off Rumson Country Club early Sunday afternoon, according to reports.

According to a report on NJ. com, the boaters jumped into the water when the 19-foot long speedboat, a Sea Doo Speedster 200, caught fire at 2:51 p.m. They climbed aboard a second boat, according to the account, attributed to a New Jersey State Police spokesman.

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RED BANK: A BOATLOAD OF WOOD & HISTORY

ruffini-boat-100616-7Joe Ruffini in the salon of the Naval War College, where a photo of onetime visitor John F. Kennedy hangs. The”admiral’s barge,” below, will be among the wooden boats on display at the Monmouth Boat Club Saturday. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

ruffini-boat-100616-2A year later, Joe Ruffini is still in the “pinch me” phase, not quite able to believe his good luck.

After a brief online bidding war, the Red Bank roofer ended up owning a well-maintained, 50-foot wooden yacht, built for Navy admirals, that has hosted at least two American presidents.

On Saturday, the public will get a chance to step aboard, when Ruffini’s prize goes on display as part of a wooden and classic boat show in Red Bank.

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RED BANK: SWAMPED AT THE BOAT CLUB

RB SWAMPED CAR 020816rb swamped truck 020816It seems someone neglected to check the tide charts when leaving a red pickup truck in the parking lot shared by the Monmouth Boat Club and North Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club in Red Bank. This reader photo, snapped at 7:40 a.m. Monday shows a red vehicle swamped by the Navesink River. The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning (Reader photo above. Photo at right by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: CALLING ALL BUDDING BOATERS

mbc 2010Members of the Monmouth Boat Club make an irresistible “sails pitch” on Saturday for all who’d like to learn to sail. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

While the Navesink River has been known to occasionally make itself at home inside the historic Victorian-style structure at the foot of Wharf Avenue, it’s not every day that Red Bank’s Monmouth Boat Club throws open its doors to non-members. But on Saturday,  the 136-year-old clubhouse at the river’s edge welcomes all members of the public for a day of free sailboat rides, complimentary cookout fare, and tours of the landmark building.

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RED BANK: OPEN HOUSE AT THE BOATHOUSE

mbc 2010Want to learn to sail? Motor on over to the Monmouth Boat Club on May 23. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Red Bank’s Monmouth Boat Club is scheduled to offer an open house event to provide free sailboat rides, and tours of the historic clubhouse on Saturday, May 23.

The event also includes an introduction to the adult sailing program.

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RED BANK: CLASSIC BOATHOUSE PROPOSED

MPAC rendering 041515A rendering of the proposed Marine Park Activity Center shows the existing Monmouth Boat Club at right. (Rendering by Katie Osepchuk. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03One of three proposed plans for the reuse Red Bank’s dormant clay tennis courts calls for the construction of a classic boathouse topped by a catering hall on the Navesink River in Marine Park.

The project, dubbed the Marine Park Activity Center, reflects the traditional river-oriented focus of two groups –  Navesink River Rowing club and the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association – anchored by a structure similar to boathouses in West Windsor and Camden, its proponents said.

redbankgreen detailed another of the three plans, called Red Bank Harbor, on Wednesday. The third proposal consists solely of an individual’s offer to donate $500,000 to the borough for the restoration of the site as a red-clay tennis facility, redbankgreen has learned.

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RED BANK: COME ON DOWN TO OUR BOAT, BABY

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It’s Open House at the Monmouth Boat Club this Saturday, and the members of the MBC have an irresistible “sails pitch” for all who’d like to enjoy life from the river-view perspective this summer.

For some 135 years, it’s stood at the edge of the Navesink River — a fixed point of reference to generations of recreational and commercial boaters, but a place often bypassed by the increasingly auto-centric pace of life at the top of the hill. And, while the river’s been known to occasionally make itself at home inside the historic Victorian-style structure at the foot of Wharf Avenue, it’s not every day that the Monmouth Boat Club throws open its doors to non-members.

This Saturday, May 24, the MBC invites the public to an Open House event that offers complimentary cookout food, an inside look at the Club’s seasonal programs, and — wind and weather permitting — free sail boat rides on the river.

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RED BANK: COLD AND WET AT THE BOAT CLUB

MBC 010314Our beautiful Navesink River floods the Monmouth Boat Club in Red Bank Friday morning – a not uncommon occurrence. (Reader photo. Click to enlarge)

BOAT CLUB RECOVERING FROM SANDY

Monmouth Boat Club was inundated by the Navesink River hours before Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey, and the river rose several feet after this photo was taken. (Photo by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

The home of the Monmouth Boat Club, a Red Bank building that has stood for more than 100 years, is tackling rebuilding post-Hurricane Sandy with a little help from the men who built the place.

“This pine flooring here is the original flooring,” Commodore Leigh ‘Skip’ Bugbee told redbankgreen during a tour of  storied Navesink River clubhouse, which was built in 1895 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. “What’s amazing is that, because there’s no subflooring to it, it can basically withstand any amount of water and let it freely flow back out to the river.”

Even the buckling that was caused will be set back to normal once the heat is turned back on, he said.

“The guys who put it in here really knew what they were doing,” Bugbee said. “We owe them a big thank you.”

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SAILBOAT SMASHED IN RIVER HIT-AND-RUN

Employees at Carriage House Marina in Sea Bright look over the Nonsuch catboat that they say was damaged beyond repair in the crash. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A Sea Bright couple is asking for the public’s help in finding the boater who smashed into their prized sailboat while it was moored in the Navesink River off Red Bank this weekend.

Wendie Elovich and her husband, Tim Slaight, believe their 22-foot Nonsuch catboat, which was anchored in the mooring field off the Monmouth Boat Club, was struck by a fast-moving motorized vessel sometime between Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

“It looks like it washed up on a beach in a hurricane,” said Lance Cunningham, owner of Carriage House Marina in Sea Bright, where the sailboat was towed Monday morning. “It’s a wonder it didn’t sink.”

Elovich says it’s a wonder someone wasn’t killed. In fact, she wonders if someone wasn’t.

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BOATHOUSE STALLED BY HYDRANT ISSUE

foundationGeoff Johnson’s unfinished Boathouse at Red Bank, and a rendering of what it’s to look like, below. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

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While the Red Bank government is working to show that the town is “open for business,” a West Side property owner is among those who say the door still isn’t open wide enough.

“I would have to agree with everyone who’s ever said Red Bank is difficult to do business with,” said Geoff Johnson, who has approved plans to build a kayak and canoe rental and boat club on the banks of the Swimming River, at the north end of Shrewsbury Avenue.

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COUNCIL RUNDOWN: BOATS, AWNINGS…

Img_8646Councilwoman Grace Cangemi says residents should have warnings before nearby hydrants are flushed, resulting in discolored water flowing through taps.

Some highlights from last night’s bimonthly meeting of the Red Bank council:

TEACHERS OF THE YEAR: In addition to primary school teacher Pat Moss, who was spotlighted here yesterday, this year’s honorees were middle school third-grade teacher Stacy Curcio; third-grade teacher Matt Strippoli of the Red Bank Charter School, and social studies teacher (and Red Bank native) Steve Johnson of Red Bank Regional.

AUDIT: Independent auditor Dave Kaplan gave his annual assessment of the borough’s finances and record-keeping, both of which he finds in good shape, though with four “relatively minor” cautions, one of which centers on the timely approval of council minutes. (Until last night, the borough clerk’s office was more than a year behind in getting the minutes of meetings together; now, the most recent minutes approved are from the July 9, 2007 session.)

Kaplan noted also that tax collections last year slipped a tad, to 97.09 percent from 97.99 percent, which he attributed to economic conditions. “People are just a little slower in paying their taxes,” he said.

BOATS AND CARS: There was a discussion of a request regarding parking on Union Street from the Monmouth Boat Club. As is somewhat common at council meetings, the agenda gave no hint of what the boat club had asked for, and nobody on the council bothered to fill the audience in, but it seemed to involve the removal of or deactivation of parking meters.

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WARM WELCOME AT ICE BOAT CLUBHOUSE

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Preservation Red Bank, a private-sector organization that works to allow old buildings to keep getting older, will hold its annual meeting this Sunday in one of the borough’s oldest — a place that all but creaks with character.

The group will meet at 4p at the clubhouse of the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club, next door to the Monmouth Boat Club on Union Street.

For nonmembers, a peek inside the clubhouse is a “somewhat unusual” opportunity, says past Commodore William Comella.

“It’s like going back in time to the 1880s,” adds George Bowden, a PRB officer and chairman of the Red Bank Historic Preservation Committee.

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RED BANK: NORTHEASTER FLOODS PARK

red bank, nj, navesink river, monmouth boat club, flood red bank, nj, marine park, flooding With high tide approaching amid a northeaster, the Monmouth Boat Club and adjoining Marine Park in Red Bank were swamped by the Navesink River late Saturday morning. At right, boats moored in the borough marina floated above the bulkhead and promenade.

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RED BANK: HOTCAKES FOR SEA SCOUTS

mbc-052710Ever have a yen to enjoy a Sunday morning breakfast in a historic setting with a spectacular view of the beautiful Navesink River? Come on down to the Monmouth Boat Club on March 6, when the clubhouse opens its doors to the public for an all-ages flapjacks-and-more fundraiser between the hours of 8 am and noon.

Sponsored by the Navesink Maritime Heritage Association (NMHA), the event is a benefit for Sea Scout Ship #5, the local chapter of the co-ed program of the Boy Scouts of America that teaches maritime skills to young people ages 14 to 21.

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FIREWORKS IN DANGER OF FIZZLING OUT

Kaboomer2A short fireworks display was lofted from Marine Park next to the Monmouth Boat Club Thursday night.

Organizers of KaBoom Fireworks, Red Bank’s largest public event, are asking the public to dig deep for contributions this year.

The event has been struggling to drum up support from corporations and other traditional large donors who in the past have jumpstarted fundraising to cover the cost of the July 3 fireworks show, one of the largest in the United States.

“We are not getting the kind of corporate contributions we have gotten in the past,” event chairman Peter Reinhardt told a gathering of event supporters last night at the Monmouth Boat Club. “Without that, the future of the fireworks is in danger.”

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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Last week’s ‘Where’ showed a pile of big rocks below a guardrail and some bent parking signs.

It’s the riprap on Union Avenue opposite the Monmouth Boat Club. The view is from Boat Club Court.

That slope, behind some businesses on West Front Street, used to be heavily overgrown, we recall. In fact, we weren’t aware that the trees and weeds had been torn out and replaced by rocks until we wandered down there recently for the first time in some months.

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RED BANK: TOWNHOUSE WORK BEGINS

The planned Southbank site, above, with the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club visible at center. Below, a rendering of the planned condos. (Photo by John T. Ward; rendering by Rotwein+Blake. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

After two false starts this century, construction has begun on 10 luxury townhouses overlooking the Navesink River from a bluff in downtown Red Bank.

 

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RED BANK: SAILING INTO WARMER DAYS

With a wintry bite in the wind, sailors from the Monmouth Boat Club took to our beautiful Navesink River for some “winter frostbite racing” off Red Bank Sunday.

The new workweek kicked off early Monday with a feels-like temperature of 15 degrees on the Greater Green. But a warming trend in coming days could bring a peak in the mid-60s Thursday, according to the National Weather Service

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by Allan Bass. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: APARTMENTS AND STORES PLANNED

The project would replace an empty Shrewsbury Avenue office and retail building, as well as the house at far right on Drs. James Parker Boulevard. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A busy intersection on Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank would get 16 apartments and several retail businesses if a development plan up for consideration wins approval.

The project comes with its own underground parking, according to plans filed with the borough.

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