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We here at redbankgreen weren’t the only ones who did a double-take on opening last Sunday’s New York Times Magazine to page 39.

“Is that who we think it is in the full-page patient testimonial for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York?” we asked ourselves.

In fact it was, and is, Wayne Fisler, owner of Wayne’s Market on West Front Street.

Still, some of Fisler’s friends calling from around the country aren’t completely sure it’s him staring back at them from the magazine.

“A lot of people didn’t know it was me right away because I don’t have my glasses on,” Fisler tells us. “It makes me look like an old man.”

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red bank navesink boat 040220A socially-distanced boat heads out onto our beautiful Navesink River off Red Bank Thursday. (Click to enlarge.)

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New Jersey added 182 more deaths to the COVID-19 toll as the number of state residents known to be infected blew past 25,000, Governor Phil Murphy said Thursday.

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SinatraNathan DeDeo is among the singers making like Ol’ Blue Eyes all weekend long when SINATRA “OUR WAY” commandeers the MAC stage for three benefit shows, produced by Middletown’s own David J.V. Meenan (below).

1_David_MeenanMiddletown’s own David J.V. Meenan has hoofed his way into the Guinness Book of World Records as a champion long-distance tap dancer; performed on Broadway in A Chorus Line; and presented many an all-singing/ all-dancing extravaganza at Monmouth University.

Here in Red Bank, he managed his own playhouse (the Royale Theater on Monmouth Street) in the 1990s, and premiered his own original musical (Transatlantic) at the Count Basie.


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rb fortune house 2 061213Timothy_Thomas_FortuneSunday’s edition of the New York Times includes an article on the divergent fates of two historic New Jersey homes, one of them the Red Bank abode of early 20th-century civil rights journalist T. Thomas Fortune.

Fortune’s house, on Dr. James Parker Boulevard, is the subject of an effort by the nonprofit T. Thomas Fortune Project to save it from demolition and turn it into a cultural center. At right, an undated photo of Fortune.  (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)




BernardKlineWiesenfeldPictured left to right are Monmouth Reform Temple’s new Rabbi Marc Kline (center) with his wife Lori Bernard and the MRT President Jay Wiesenfeld of Lincroft. 

Press release from Monmouth Reform Temple

After a year-long search, the Monmouth Reform Temple selected Rabbi Marc Kline to lead the Tinton Falls congregation. Rabbi Kline, who most recently served as the Rabbi at Temple Adath Israel in Lexington, Kentucky, began his tenure at MRT on July 1. Rabbi Bob Ourach served as MRT’s interim spiritual leader for over a year during this search.

A native of Las Vegas, NV, the graduate of the University of Arkansas law school became re-immersed in his faith at a Reform Temple while working at a Little Rock law firm. He began to take on a more involved role in the congregation and was encouraged to become, what he terms, “a second career rabbi.”

Rabbi Kline graduated from the Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion in 1994 with a Masters of Arts in Hebrew Letters, and was ordained as a Rabbi the following year. His first major service in a Jewish Congregation brought him to South Carolina, where he forged a close alliance with interfaith clergy and even co-led the 2000 march on the South Carolina Capital to remove the controversial Confederate flag.

The event was described as the largest march on a Southern capital (with over 40,000 people) since the Civil Rights era. He states of that experience, “I remain deeply indebted to the ministers who became my dear friends and teachers. They taught me what it meant to serve a congregation and a community in a meaningful and relevant way.”

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RFHmusketeersThe Tower Players at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, shown here in THE THREE MUSKETEERS — ALL SWASH AND NO BUCKLE, earned a number of nominations and awards for their 2013/14 season.

From press materials furnished by Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and Fair Haven School District

A banner year for the Rowing team, a trophy case of awards for the Drama troupe, a collection of precious-metal medals for a Fair Haven swimmer, and an early welcome to incoming freshmen — all events that capped another memorable school year, as the 2013-2014 session at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School approached its close.


The RFH rowing community came together at the Ocean Beach Club on Wednesday, June 11, to celebrate the season, recognize outstanding achievements and sadly say goodbye to its graduating seniors. There was much to celebrate, as RFH Rowing captured three First Place and two Second Place finishes at the Saint Andrew’s School in Middletown, Delaware. At the Central New Jersey Rowing Association’s Wagner Cup, held on the Raritan River, the team won eight First Place medals and claimed a First or Second Place in all entered events. The Men’s Junior Quad (Brendan Edwards, Ben Cooper, Matt Bavuso and Sheridan Camarata) won The Bronze Medal in the 2014 New Jersey Garden State Championship, and also qualified for the semi-finals at the Stotesbury Cup Regatta, the largest Scholastic Regatta in the world.

Winning the “Hammer” award for the fastest ERG times were Paul Criscitiello and Ryan Kearney for the men and Maren Gierlatowicz and Emily Kean for the women.  The “Beast Mode” awards for outstanding determination to succeed in physical fitness were Kaitlyn Peitler, Helena Van Hemmen and Dawson Epstein. Claiming the “Most Improved Rowing” award were Greg Nixon and Mariah Parsons.

Finally, RFH Rowing said farewell to its graduating seniors including Madison Bess, (Ithaca College), Evan Callahan (Rutgers University), Mary Clare Condon (Boston College), Kate Edwards (Drexel University), Rayan Heard (Notre Dame), Kaitlin Hill (Rutgers University), Katelyn Kearney (Drexel University), Francisco Orejarena (Rutgers University), Elise Reynolds (Lafayette College) Todd Spencer (Drexel University) and Matt Valko (Delaware University).

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danielle buccellato 042214Danielle Buccellato in her new fitness studio, Renaissance Pilates. Below, the facade of the long-empty Love Lane Tuxedos is about to get a makeover. (Click to enlarge)


25 w front 3 050214Pretty much equidistant from the northern end of Broad Street in Red Bank, two new businesses are revitalizing long-dormant storefronts on East and West Front Streets.

To the east, Renaissance Pilates has taken a chunk of space in what used to be Kislin’s Sporting Goods.

And on West Front, a decade of disuse and dilapidation is being reversed for the Red Bank Design Center, a furniture-and-finishes showcase to serve the interior design trade.

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Video from an intersection in Roselle Park, one of six locations cited by Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon as shortchanging motorists on yellow light time, resulting in more tickets tied to camera systems. (Click to enlarge)

Topics of interest covered in local and regional media today…

Tuesday’s New York Times has a feature article on the fate of the Sea Gull’s Nest on Sandy Hook. The restaurant hasn’t reopened since Hurricane Sandy.

From the story:

For a quarter-century, the ritual never changed.

As the sun began to set over Sandy Hook Bay each summer evening, a man with a white beard grabbed a microphone at a seaside restaurant and began talking about pride and sacrifice, patriotism and service. He invoked the nation’s war dead, welcomed visitors from other countries, asked everyone to stand up, take off their hats, hold hands with the strangers at the next table, and give thanks.

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fh-stores-2007Stores at Fair Haven Road and River Road in 2007. (Click to enlarge)

Fair Haven got quite an effusive plug in the real estate section of the Sunday New York Times, which characterized the borough as a middle-class “small-town USA” with a history of diversity.

From the article:

“You could take Fair Haven, pick it up and plop it down in the middle of Kansas and nobody would bat an eye,” said Mayor Michael Halfacre, a lifelong resident. About two-thirds of the parents at his children’s soccer games, he added, went to high school with him.

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boondocks2The floating dock at Boondocks in 2009. (Click to enlarge)

Boondocks Fishery, which revived riverside dining in Red Bank in 2009, got some short and sweet lovin’ from the New York Times on Sunday.

Kelly Feeney writes in the paper’s Metropolitan section that the “small red shack has an easy, low-key feel.”

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_DSC0003The reviewer from the Times says a visit to the White Street restaurant is “worth it.” (Photo by Peter Lindner; click to enlarge)

Dish, a restaurant on White Street in Red Bank, scored a positive review in the Metropolitan section of the New York Times Sunday.

Food critic Karla Cook, however, had some issues with the ventilation system and a door chime.

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Bob Sickles 2Bob Sickles Jr.

Sickles Farm Market in Little Silver got some lovin’ this weekend as one of four specialty grocers called out in an article in the New Jersey section of Sunday’s New York Times.

Dovetailing off the opening of a Fairway store in Paramus later this month, the Times pops in on that Manhattan refugee and three others: Eden Gourmet in South Orange (which opened last May); Zeytinia in Oakland; and Sickles, now early in its second century of operation as a market.

Sickles, says author Kelly Feeney, has a “country chic feel” under the
stewardship of third-generation owner Bob Sickles, Jr., who began
offering obscure goodies like Marcona almonds from Spain and Madagascar
dark chocolate in the 1990s in response to a growing exurban clientele

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Img_9053Red, at 3 Broad Street.

Restaurant reviewer Karla Cook of the New York Times New Jersey section in found a lot to like, as well as some shortcomings, in a review of Red that ran in yesterday’s edition.

Getting right to it:

As the price of food continues to rise, it’s a comfort to find a restaurant that serves good, well-priced meals in pleasant surroundings. It’s even better when the chef is ambitious, with an instinct for delicious combinations.

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CroninKathi Cronin, Fair Haven schools superintendent and Mets fan.


Kathi Cronin, a Middletown native and Mater Dei grad, has two passions: public education and the New York Mets. “Hope springs eternal,” she says, referring to the latter, though the idea would seem to apply to both.

An English teacher at Rumson’s Forrestdale School for eight years, Cronin later spent four years each as a Rumson curriculum supervisor, Deane Porter School principal and Forrestdale principal. “I’m on the four-year-plan,” she says.

Cronin took the reins as superintendent for the Fair Haven school district in January. She spoke with redbankgreen recently about why classroom teaching is better now than it ever was, why she won’t be cooking breakfast for teachers, and the secret process of declaring a snow day.

You’re the superintendent in a district with just two schools: the Viola L. Sickles School (pre-K-3) and the Knollwood School (4-8). What are the challenges of this job so far?

One thing I really like about being a superintendent instead of a principal is that you can network. You get to go to meetings and be out with other superintendents. Being a principal is really a lonely job.

There’s always the budgetary challenge of trying to meet the needs of every child. Another challenge is we do have really bright children, and it’s important that we meet their needs.

Enrollment’s up to 1,008 students. Bigger families seem to be moving in. It’s very important to keep our class sizes low. We average about 22 in a class, and once you get beyond 24 or 25, it does become difficult. It’s not like in the ’70s, where the teacher stood up in front of the room and did a lecture and dictated some notes. Teaching is so different now. The teacher acts as facilitator very often. We do a lot of differentiation: In a class of six students I recently observed, the teacher actually had three different homework assignments based on the students’ needs. That’s the challenge — doing that within the budget.

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Most days, JoAnn Pileggi’s life is like any suburban mom’s as she runs after her 22-month-old twins, Faith and Francis, and five-year-old, Julian. But on Mondays and Fridays, she’s chasing down fires, accidents, murders and natural catastrophes as a Fox news correspondent for channel 9 and channel 5.

Candid and unpretentious off-camera, the Fair Haven resident met her husband of 12 years, T.J. Foderaro, at a journalism conference. “He was on the print side and I was on the broadcast journalism side, and we met at a dinner and started talking,” she says.

Do people recognize you when you’re in public?

Once in a while people will take a second look or say, ‘I think I’ve met you before.’ Normally, I don’t wear makeup, my hair’s maybe in a ponytail. If I say I’m a journalist, people ask, ‘So who do you write for?’ When I say, ‘It’s TV,’ they say, ‘So you write the news?’ People expect you to look the same as you look on television.

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What’s the difference between racquetball and squash? For starters, says Francis Odeh, “Racquetball chases you all over the place, but in squash, you chase the ball.”

In racquetball, the ball is bouncier and moves faster, and you can play the ball anywhere, all over four walls and the ceiling. In squash, purportedly named for the softness of the ball, there are more boundaries — the ball has to strike the wall at a certain height— so it’s more strategic. Because of its emphasis on ball placement and the “whole-arm swing,” playing squash will make you a better tennis player, says Odeh, who says that Roger Federer, the world’s top-ranked tennis player, also plays squash.

We chatted with Nigerian-American Odeh, coach at the Valkyrie Squash Club in Sea Bright, about why squash is getting hotter, who plays it, and what the 43 American universities that give squash scholarships have to do with it.

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Musician, sports commentator, restaurateur and marathon man Tim McLoone is featured in today’s New York Times, which calls him “the voice of New Jersey.”

Now, before any Sinatra, Springsteen and Jon Bovi fans blow an artery, it’s not meant to be a serious claim. Instead, the story is a riff on McLoone’s near-ubiquity, whether playing with either of his two bands — Holiday Express and the Shirleys — some 150 nights a year, or working as an announcer at basketball games and marathons.

From the story:

You can hear his dulcet tones in venues as cavernous as the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford and as cozy as a bar at the Jersey Shore. Or outdoors at a band shell at the beach or on the grass at Monmouth Park, between horse races.

The Eastern goldfinch might be the state bird, but Mr. McLoone, who lives in Little Silver with his wife and four children, is doing much of the singing in the Garden State.

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Whether they were its customers or not, book lovers of a certain bent had to have been disheartened to learn recently about the planned closing of Princeton’s Micawber Books, a 26-year-old store situated on historic Nassau Street opposite the immensely evocative Princeton University main campus.

As the December 29 story in the New York Times noted:

Independent bookstores, of course, have been under siege for nearly two decades by the megachains and the Web retailers, and have been steadily dropping away, one by one. Now, though, the battle is reaching some of the last redoubts.

Which made us wonder: if an independent book store can’t survive in bookish, high-traffic Princeton, what chance does any bookstore have, let alone one in the somnolent little burg of Fair Haven?

So we decided to drop by for a pulse check at Monmouth County’s only general interest, non-chain bookstore.

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So, after 18 years riding the bench as a member of the borough council, what kind of mayor will Pasquale Menna be?

At his New Year’s Day swearing-in, Menna said his vision “is to continue the progress” of the McKenna era. He reached out to John Curley, his Republican opponent in the mayoral race—and McKenna’s nemesis—saying, “We’re going to work together.” He rolled out a number of initiatives, from public meetings during budget deliberations to online bill-paying for taxes and water fees.

In sum, he gave every indication that he knows what he wants to do, and how.

Still, it’s nice to have the benefit of others’ experience. So redbankgreen asked Red Bank’s four living ex-mayors for any advice they might have for the new guy.

Read on for their replies, followed by a complete list of Red Bank chief executives from the time the borough was carved out of Shrewsbury 99 years ago.

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RocketIn case you missed it…

The New Jersey section of the New York Times had a feature story yesterday on the Rocket, the monster ice boat (shown at right) that’s been restored by members of the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club down on the Navesink River.

From the article, authored by Red Bank’s own Colleen Dee Berry:

The Rocket, a behemoth Class 1 iceboat with a backbone of 50 feet and
900 square feet of sail, is poised to take the ice, after a lengthy and
loving restoration. There hasn’t been an iceboat of this size on the
Navesink in decades. “Pray for ice,” said John Holian, president of the
nonprofit Rocket Ice Yacht Foundation. “We need 10 to 12 inches.”

And speaking of ice…

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Redbankgreen_screenThe name is Italian for ‘eleven,’ as in 11 West River Road, Rumson.

The Jersey section of yesterday’s New York Times dropped in at Undici in Rumson and came away favorably impressed by the new Tuscan-themed eatery.


Actually, reviewer David Corcoran writes that Victor Rallo’s new eatery (he also owns Basil T’s Brewery and Italian Grill in Red Bank) “made us melt.”

In a laudatory piece with a few notes of hesistation, Corcoran says chef Giovanni Atzori, a 45-year-old native of Rome,

delivers solid, straight-ahead, high-priced favorites that don’t break any molds but do go down nicely with the atmosphere

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Chuckprophet_2Chuck Prophet

Chuck Prophet, a member of the seminal ’80s psychedelic country band Green on Red, brings his solo act to the floor of Jack’s Music Shoppe tomorrow.

Critic Robert Palmer of the New York Times proclaimed Green on Red “one of America’s best bands for several years now” back in 1987. But the band didn’t last much beyond that point.

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Here’s an event that comes this close to a naked cry for help: “Record Store Day,” a nationwide effort to call attention to independent retailers of vinyl and CDs.

Rejected slogan: ‘Please Feed the Dinosaur.’

Today’s New York Times cites the key numbers:

Some 3,100 record stores around the country have closed since 2003, according to the Almighty Institute of Music Retail, a market research firm. And that’s not just the big boxes like the 89 Tower Records outlets that closed at the end of 2006; nearly half were independent shops.

And there are few signs that the hard-goods sellers can survive the accelerating shift to the world of the music download. At best, it seems, today’s CD retailers will become much like the sellers of music on vinyl and wax: magnets for a small, devoted market of collectors, eking out money for supermarket sushi.

Still, as anyone who once spent hours perusing the racks of a record shop knows, it’s painful to watch the vanishing act. And so tomorrow’s event, which includes a live set by the Parlor Mob at Jack’s Music Shoppe on Broad Street, has a inarguable pull to it. Call it nostalgia, call it charity. Whatever. Why not just give into it?

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