The Harlem Globetrotters (including female recruits “Hoops” Green and “Swish” Young, foreground) return to Brookdale Community College for two appearances this week.
As their name suggests, they’ve galavanted around the globe in every kind of (atmospheric and political) climate; played in front of Soviet premiers and princes and presidents and popes; and served as cheerfully anarchic ambassadors for the sweet science of basketball, and by extension the sort of barnstorming spirit that made America famous.
But where the Harlem Globetrotters almost met their match was in the run-up to a certain winter-storm-that-wasn’t-quite-all-that, by the name of Stella.
While the most storied franchise in sports entertainment was forced to postpone its March engagement at Brookdale Community College due to a prudent tilt to the side of caution, the nearly annual matchup of courtside vaudeville and venue couldn’t possibly be held back for too long — and on Wednesday and Thursday, the Globetrotters return to the Robert J. Collins Arena on BCC’s Lincroft campus for a two-night stand of slamdunk sleight o’ hoops on their worldwide Winter Tour.
PieHole takes in some March Madness at the Globe. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)
By JIM WILLIS
Ah, the Globe. Home to arguably the best burger in Red Bank and beyond. Moreover, you’ll almost certainly get to enjoy that burger without having to rub elbows at the bar with someone who’s just had his Maserati valet-parked on Broad Street, making the company as good as the food.
An architect’s rendering of The Bank, the proposed sports bar on the present site of Chubby’s.
A Zoning Board hearing on the proposal to raze Chubby’s Waterside Café and replace it with a new sports bar and restaurant catering to family events such as baby showers ended last night without a decision.
The sticking point: parking.
Michael Gilson, the owner of Chubby’s, says his proposed two-story restaurant topped by a pair of apartments covering two more floors wouldn’t increase the footprint of the present building, at 26 West Front Street, and would only marginally increase the parking demand.
He also came in with something that pleasantly surprised at least one member of the board: a letter from the manager of the Globe Court Garage, owned by Riverview Medical Center, saying that the garage has between 200 and 350 empty spaces his customers could use beginning in mid-afternoons most days.
The garage is about 600 feet from Chubby’s, a parking consultant hired by Gilson told the board. Gilson himself said that’s closer to his property than the White Street municipal lot, which twice in the past has been the proposed location for a borough parking garage.
Still, the board wanted more more parking options, more solid commitments.
“I’d like to see something firmer with Riverview guaranteeing a number of spaces” for patrons of the The Bank, as Gilson’s new eatery would be called, board member Kevin Moss said.
Meryl Blinder, a painter from Brookline, Massachussetts, brings a collection of her works to Church Street Garden & Home in Little Silver in a show that opens tonight with a reception from 5 to 8p.
An open house is scheduled for tomorrow, 12 to 5p.
An artist who worked in the past as a courtroom sketch artist and a colorist and designer for the architect Michael Graves, Blinder says her work is “influenced by newspaper images of current events, which are combined with imagined landscapes.”
A video created by a Philadelphia architectural firm shows a vastly expanded Riverview Medical Center campus. (Video by BKT Architects. Click to enlarge.)
By JOHN T. WARD
Over more than a dozen years of amassing Red Bank real estate, officials at Riverview Medical Center have been silent on an obvious question: what do they plan to do with their growing land bank?
They’re still not saying. But someone went to the expense of hiring an architecture and urban planning firm to come up with blue-sky concept plans for Riverview, redbankgreen has learned. And he just made a killing selling the hospital some real estate.
The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the month of October, 2018. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.
Theft: Two cars in the area of Mohawk Dr. were reported to be broken into on 10/01/18. Several items were taken from the vehicles but later recovered behind a bush nearby. The only item not recovered was a black Billabong wallet containing a NJ driver’s license. Ptl. Cevin Albert.
The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of April 1 to April 30, 2018. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.
Criminal Mischief: On 04/09/18 in the area of Marine Park it was reported that damage was done to the stall doors in the restroom facility. Sgt. Beau Broadley.
Theft: On 04/10/18 in the area of W Bergen Pl it was reported a parked trailer was broken into. One of the windows was broken and valued at $250.00, and a green Makita battery operated drill valued at $300.00 was taken. Ptl. Jhonathan Quispe.
The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of March 1 to March 15, 2018. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.
Criminal Mischief: On 03/01/18 in the area of Marine Park it was reported graffiti was spray painted on the Fire Departments Shed. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy.
Emily Heun, age 33 of Middletown was arrested on 03/01/18 in the area of Shrewsbury Ave for Contempt of Court by Sleo Tony Ardon.
The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the month of September, 2017. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.
Criminal Mischief: On 09/02/17 it was reported that all four tires of a vehicle were slashed in the area of Locust Ave. Ptl. Jhonathan Quispe.
Criminal Mischief: On 09/04/17 responding to an alarm at a vacant building in the area of W Front St, it was observed that the front door was ajar and the wood frame partially splintered. Estimated value to replace the door is $800.00. Ptl. Garrett Falco.
RiverCenter’s founding chairman wants the agency to help finance a second garage to go along with the Globe Street facility, above, which is leased to Riverview Medical Center. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
A discussion of Red Bank RiverCenter‘s 2017 budget Wednesday night focused mostly on how much juice the downtown promotion agency is using to address a parking shortfall.
At the borough council’s semimonthly meeting, two past RiverCenter chairmen suggested the answer is “not enough.”
The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of October 17 to October 31, 2016. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.
Robbery: On 10-17-16 in the area of Bridge Ave. the victim reported three black males stole his wallet. The contents of the wallet were $17.00 in cash, a NJ driver’s license and a debit card. Ptl. Kristin Altimari.
Criminal Mischief: On 10-20-16 in the area of Harding Rd. the victim reported a car struck a retaining wall on the property. The estimated cost to repair the damage is between $1, 200.00 – $1,500.00. Ptl. Cevin Albert.
The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of August 13 to August 29, 2016. This information is unedited.
Theft: The victim reported the Theft of sunglasses from a business located on Broad St. The theft occurred on 8-5-16. The glasses were valued at approximately $170.00. They were described as Ray Ban Erica Metal model with polarized lenses. Ptl. Jorge Torres
Theft: The victim reported the theft of his bicycle from the area of Shrewsbury Ave. The theft occurred on 8-22-16. The accused subject forcibly removed the cable lock securing the bicycle to a rack that was located behind a business. Ptl. David Smith
The Independent Engine House on Mechanic Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
For the second time in little more than two years, Red Bank is looking to unload a firehouse.
On Wednesday night, without discussion, the council unanimously agreed to put the home of the Independent Engine Company, at 32 Mechanic Street opposite Globe Court, up for sealed-bid auction on August 30.
As seen from the roof of the Globe Court parking deck in Red Bank: the intersection of East Front Street and Globe Court, awash in summer sunlight.
This photo marks the debut of a summer-long photography internship at redbankgreen for Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado, a Red Bank Middle School student. Luis came to our attention after his photo of baby birds in a nest won the Spring edition of the borough Parks and Rec department’s photo contest. That photo was taken with a cellphone with a cracked screen, but Luis has since graduated to a new SLR, thanks to a birthday gift from his parents.
Tune in every Monday this summer for a new photo by Luis. (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)
Chris Carbone Jr. recently opened a menswear shop at 24 Monmouth Street that blends hip-hop, skating and sports influences. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
This edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn heralds the arrival of a new men’s clothing store in downtown Red Bank; plans for a women’s clothing boutique, also downtown; and another women’s boutique just over the town line in Shrewsbury.
Also spotlighted: a highly unusual new art school that’s tuition-free and for veterans only. More →
The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of March 3 to March 10, 2016.This information is unedited.
Criminal Mischief occurring between 2-29-16 and 3-3-16 at 96 Bank Street residence. Victim reported that unknown person(s) ripped screen and removed window in rear of house in an attempt to gain entry. Nothing reported stolen. Ptl. Jorge Torres
The thunderstorms that were in the forecast didn’t materialize, but the clouds put on a painterly show over Red Bank Tuesday evening, and redbankgreen photographer Trish Russoniello took to the streets, the Globe Court parking deck (as above) and the riverfront (at right) to capture some of the beauty. Click the “read more” below for more photos.
Wednesday should be a beauty of a summer day, by the way, with ample sunshine and temperatures peaking in the mid-80’s, according to the National Weather Service. (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)
Evan Kochav seen in a frame from a promotional video for Marcus Evans. (Click to enlarge)
A financial consultant said to be have been based in Red Bank was indicted Tuesday on charges he stole more than $560,000 from investors.
The indictment of 33-year-old Jersey City resident Evan Kochav, handed down by a grand jury in Trenton on Tuesday, comes five months after the state Bureau of Securities slapped Kochav and his firm with a $2 million civil fine for defrauding investors.