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RED BANK: BROADWALK CONCERNS AIRED

A view of Broadwalk at lunchtime last October. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Red Bank merchants and residents pressed officials with concerns regarding a third season of Broadwalk at a community forum Wednesday night.

With less than a month to go before a disruptive streetscape makeover project wraps up, they called for efforts to address litter, traffic, speeding on residential streets and more.

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RED BANK: MASTER PLAN OUTREACH PLEDGED

Monday night’s planning board meeting was lightly attended. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topicA New York City planning firm will run a series of public sessions and set up a web portal for comments while overhauling Red Bank’s Master Plan, planning board members said Monday night.

The promised outreach effort put the proposal by BFJ Planning “heads and tails above” four other pitches for the contract, said member David Cassidy.

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RED BANK: BOARD NIXES REDEVELOPMENT BID

Saxum owns the former VNA site, viewed here from the former Raceway gas station on Riverside Avenue. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njSaxum Real Estate‘s request for a controversial zoning change in Red Bank hit a solid brick wall Monday night.

At a meeting that lasted just 12 minutes, the borough planning board unanimously rejected a proposal that objectors feared would lead to massive tax breaks for the developer.

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RED BANK: BOARD OKS CANNABIS SITING PLAN

Map indicates areas of town that would be off-limits for cannabis operations and sales with cross-hatching outlined in red. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicA plan to accommodate all levels of cannabis businesses – from growth to retailing – advanced in Red Bank Monday night.

The borough planning board, meeting in person for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, gave the plan its seal of approval, finding no conflicts with the town’s Master Plan.

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RED BANK: MASTER PLAN UPDATE BEGINS

A southward view of Broad Street from 2012. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank embarked on a full-scale rewriting of its Master Plan for the first time in 25 years Monday night.

At a meeting via Zoom that lasted less than 12 minutes, the planning board initiated what could be a two-year process of rethinking the town’s zoning for the next generation.

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RED BANK: ORPHANED RACCOONS GET TLC

For the second day in a row, a wildlife officer was called out to the corner of Brown Place and South Street in Red Bank to care for a raccoon pup that had fallen from a nest about 20 feet above the ground.

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RED BANK: BANK DIMS LIGHTING TO WIN OK

The bank agreed to remove the lights behind the red logo atop its ATM machine, but said the site overall was inadequately lit under state regulations. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njWells Fargo dodged likely planning board rejection when it agreed to dial back an illumination plan for its Red Bank branch Monday night.

The fact that the property is under review as a possible new home for borough government also lit up the conversation.

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RED BANK: ROOFTOP DINING PLAN APPROVED

red bank 3-5 broad st.The former home of the Belmonte and, before that, Red, has been vacant for more than two years. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A long-vacant restaurant space in Red Bank won approval for rooftop dining Monday night, despite objections by the board’s chairman.

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RED BANK: BOARD AIRS SAXUM PLAN HURDLES

red bank saxum plan 090419 4A rendering depicts the proposed plaza at Riverside Avenue and Bodman Place that board members raised safety concerns about. (Rendering by Arterial Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Red Bank planning board members aired numerous misgivings about one of the largest development plans in borough history Monday night.

High on the list that developer Saxum Real Estate is expected to address: traffic and pedestrian safety issues. More →

RED BANK: SAXUM CONFRONTS TRAFFIC ISSUE

red bank 176 riverside 080519 3.jpgA rendering shows the Riverside Avenue facade of the proposed apartment project. (Rendering by MVMK Architecture. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Like many motorists, a traffic engineer for one of the largest development plans in Red Bank history found himself confronting an intersection likened to “Russian roulette” Monday night. More →

RED BANK: OFFICES WITH CAR LIFTS OK’D

red bank 94 98 East FrontA schematic of the proposed structure with the underground vehicle storage racks visible. (Drawing by Bob Van Remoortel. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA proposed office building that would transform a prominent corner of Red Bank’s Washington Street Historic District won planning board approval Monday night.

The project comes with a first for the town: a valet-operated parking system that can store up to 92 cars in underground racks.

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RED BANK: THREE NEW HOMES APPROVED

81 west westside red bank njThe new owner of a corner lot at West Westside Avenue and Clifford Place plans to demolish the existing house and build three new homes. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA proposal to build three new homes on an existing one-house lot won approval from the Red Bank planning board Monday night.

But not without some pushback over whether the builder was “squeezing in” too much development.

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RED BANK: BOARD OKS RAZING OF VICTORIAN

red bank 91 & 95 east front st.Flanked by two office buildings also owned by Meridian, the Victorian home is the only one currently slated for demolition. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njOver the objections of residents who pleaded that it be saved, the Red Bank planning board approved the demolition of a 118-year-old Victorian house owned by Riverview Medical Center Monday night.

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RED BANK: PLANNERS CAP VNA SITE DENSITY

red bank nj vna 176 riverside saxumRed Bank is negotiating a deal under which the developer would satisfy a “significant” portion of the town’s affordable housing obligation, a lawyer told the board. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njThe site of a vacant office building in Red Bank is a key element in meeting the borough’s affordable housing obligations, a lawyer told the planning board Monday night.

But a proposal to allow the development of up to 90 units per acre on the 2.7-acre former Visiting Nurse Association headquarters site met continued resistance, despite support from Mayor Pasquale Menna.

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RED BANK: BOARD RESISTS DENSITY BONUSES

red bank, nj, vna, 176 riverside, saxumThe former VNA building sits on 2.7 acres at the corner of Riverside Avenue and Bodman Place. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA recommended new overlay zone that would allow generous density bonuses won’t be on the Red Bank council’s agenda for its next meeting Wednesday night.

That’s because members of the planning board, which was tasked with reviewing the proposal, think it gives too much away to the affected site’s new owner.

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RED BANK: YES MEN RETURN, BUT NOT AS YES

rick_wakeman-pianoLongtime Yes keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman joins that classic band’s original vocalist Jon Anderson and 80s-era guitarist Trevor Rabin at the Count Basie.

Is it Yes? Actually, no… but then again maybe.

In a week when Yes was nominated (for the third time) for a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Red Bank area fans can get a major reminder of what made that prog-rock institution so special when three of its celebrated veterans take the stage of the Count Basie Theatre Wednesday night.

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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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POLICE SEEK INFO ON SUSPECT HANDYMAN

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

call-in-the-authorities• On September 21, 2011 at approximately 1:55 pm police responded to the Thassian Mechanical Contractors Business located on Highway 36 in reference to a report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival a witness advised officers that they had observed a subject attempting to pry his way into the building with a crow bar. The witness provided the officer with the suspect’s description which was broadcasted to patrols in the area.

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RED BANK: FRAMPTON COMES UNPLUGGED

peterframptonClassic rock legend Peter Frampton comes to Red Bank with an all-acoustic concert at the Count Basie Tuesday night. 

“It’s all gone,” said Peter Frampton during a TV appearance several years ago, indicating the nearly hairless head where once resided one of the most luxurious manes in all of classic rockdom. “And it’s not coming back.”

Fortunately, the platinum-plated guitarist/ singer/ songwriter hasn’t shed his easy rapport with a live audience, and when he comes to the stage of Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre Tuesday night, he’ll be serving up selections from his long career raw, as part of an all-acoustic tour.

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RED BANK: POLICE BLOTTER

AUTHORITIES_RB-2016-v2Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of May 5 to May 19, 2016.

Crime Reports

Theft: Theft of items from a trailer. On 5-10-16 the victim reported that a male subject was located on his property in the area of S. Pearl St, removing items (copper wiring in the amount of $7,800.00). The accused was arrested at the scene. Ptl. Shane Dengel.

Theft: Theft of a wallet. The victim reported that on May 7, 2016 her wallet was taken by a subject after leaving an establishment located on Broad St. The victim believes that the subject in question picked up her wallet while she was sitting on a curb. The wallet contained approximately $500.00 in currency. Lt. Robert Kennedy.

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RED BANK: ANOTHER CATHERINE ST. BURGLARY

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of February 1 to February 8, 2013. This information is unedited.

Attempted theft occurring on 2-3-13 at Chapin Avenue. Victim reported that unknown person(s) cut several locks off of lockers in men’s locker room of nursing home. Unknown what was stolen at this time. Ptl. Paul Perez.

Burglary occurring on 2-5-13 at Catherine St. residence. Victim reported that unknown person(s) gained entry into residence through basement window and stole cash. Ptl. Nicholas Maletto.

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FROM THE POLICE DESK

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Unedited entries from the Red Bank Police Department activity log for the week of March 06, to March 13, 2009.

Criminal Mischief occurring between 3-5-09 and 3-6-09 at Evergreen Terrace. Victim reported that unknown person(s) scratched windshield on parked vehicle. Ptl. Michael Campanella.

Theft occurring on 3-7-09 at Broad St. Victim reported that while dancing unknown subject(s) pick pocketed his wallet from pants pocket, stealing cash. Ptl. Beau Broadley.

Theft occurring at W. Front St. on 3-9-09. Victim reported that entry was gained into residence and stolen was a Mac book Lap Top Computer. Ptl. Michael Campanella.

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