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OPERA AND DANCE TO LIGHT UP RBR STAGE

Rehearsing for this week’s Spring Dance Concerts at Red Bank Regional, VPA dance majors include (front row, left to right) Phoenicia Butler, Jessica Adderly, Dillion Jackson, plus (back row, left to right) Kendall Van Winkle, Bella Caputi and  Samantha Lore.  (Click to enlarge)

When the Visual and Performing Arts program at Red Bank Regional High School puts on a show, it’s like the Big Game.

Beginning Thursday night and carrying over into the middle of the coming week, the students of the VPA –majors in dance, music and visual arts from all over the Shore area — will take center stage in a series of showcase events, starting with a pair of Spring Dance Concert performances and continuing with the first fully staged opera production in the school’s history.

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RED BANK: APARTMENTS WIN BOARD OK

The vacant onetime home of Big Man’s West and the office building at left would be razed to make way for the development, shown in the illustration below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Rendering by SOME Architects. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A plan for 45 apartments on the Red Bank site of a nightclub once owned by saxophonist Clarence Clemons won borough variances to proceed Thursday night.

Developer Michael Salerno told redbankgreen he’s planning to call the project The Sax, in honor of Bruce Springsteen’s late sideman.

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RED BANK: BUDGET, BONDS & A NEW HIRE

By JOHN T. WARD

taxesA first look at this year’s budget, and public confusion over the impact of a series of proposed bonds, dominated Wednesday night’s bimonthly meeting of the Red Bank council.

The governing body also moved toward the creation of a new $90,000-a-year job at borough hall: information technology director.

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COLONY HOUSE RENT COMPLAINTS MOUNT

colony-house-2008A plan to convert the Colony House failed, leading to a return to rentals, and new-tenant complaints about jacked-up rents. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Following a pattern reported on by redbankgreen back in June, the owner of the Colony House apartments has continued to illegally raise rents on tenants, some of whom may be afraid to pursue legal recourse, members of the Red Bank Rent Leveling Board said Thursday.

At their monthly meeting in a nearly empty council chambers, board members said that about eight residents had filed formal complaints in recent months alleging that the landlord, Park Ridge LLC of Lakewood, had rescinded incentive discounts given to new tenants since 2009, and then imposed cost-of-living improvements on the new base rent.

Only the cost-of-living adjustments are permitted under the borough rent ordinance, said board attorney Gene Anthony.

“We had three complaints in September alone,” said board chairman Vincent Light.

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RENT BOARD TABLES CPI DISCUSSION

rent-board-102711Two tenants and two reporters turned out for Thursday night’s monthly meeting of the Red Bank rent board. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

No landlords appeared from the cold rain outside, and only two tenants showed up, one of them to discuss an unrelated matter. Four members of the eight-member board were absent.

But paltry attendance wasn’t the reason Red Bank’s Rent Leveling Board didn’t get far with its review of the borough rent ordinance, which links annual increases to the Consumer Price Index, the nation’s go-to gauge of inflation.

No one on the board knew why the law, which dates to 1978, was structured to permit rent increases of 60 percent of the CPI rise when a tenant pays for heat, and 80 percent when the landlord does.

“I’m on the board 20 years, and I’m not sure of the reason for it,” said board attorney Gene Anthony. “It has never been addressed by this board, and no landlord has ever complained about it, either.

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YO MON, HERE COMES MORE FRO-YO

alphagr-2A self-serve frozen yogurt shop called Yo Mon plans to take over the space used by AlphaGraphics, which plans to move just a block east, to White Street. (Click to enlarge)

By MOLLY MULSHINE

retail churn smallFirst it was cupcakes. Now it’s fro-yo.

Just as three cupcake shops invaded Red Bank in matter of months, two new self-serve frozen yogurt dispensaries are hoping to grab business from Monmouth Street veteran Frozsürt.

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COURTYARDS PROJECT WINS FINAL OK

courtyards-at-monmouthThe development, fronting on Monmouth, West and Oakland streets, calls for a dozen units for low- and moderate-income buyers. (Click to enlarge)

With a last-minute concession to neighbors, a plan to build 57 residences on a vacant lot near the Red Bank train station won final approval Thursday night.

It’s the third such plan for the property, after two earlier ones ran aground. But a lawyer for the property owner, Amboy Bank, pledged that this one, called Courtyards at Monmouth like its immediate predecessor, will actually get built.

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ANOTHER COURTYARDS PLAN WINS VARIANCES

light-mass-marks-070110As Ray Mass (background) and Deborah Marks listened, zoning board member Vincent Light details his objection to granting variances for the proposed Courtyards at Monmouth housing project, below. (Click to enlarge) courtyards-at-monmouth

Less than a year after a new zone was created at Red Bank’s train station to encourage a mix of high-density housing and retail activity, the borough zoning board last night greenlighted a plan that could put even greater density, but no stores, on a vacant Monmouth Street lot.

The move, on a 5-2 vote, was driven by a desire to see something built on a lot frequently described as an eyesore and the belief that adding retail space in a town with numerous store vacancies was the wrong way to go, said board members who favored he plan.

“Yes, it’s a very dense project,” said board chair Lauren Nicosia. “But this is a property that hasn’t been developed and that Red Bank needs to be developed.”

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RED BANK: CLOTHES, CANDLES &… CANNABIS?

Veronica Mogilevich in her new boutique, Another Sunday, on Monmouth Street. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallA clothing boutique debuts; a gift shop and a restaurant plan openings; a would-be cannabis retailer stakes a claim; and a major retail building changes hands.

Read all about the latest business activity in downtown Red Bank in this edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

red bank nj police crimeThe crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the month of October, 2019. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Theft: A 4ft. x 3ft. white frame and black chalk board sign was reported stolen from the front of a restaurant in the area of White St on 10/6/19. The sign is valued at $85.00. Ptl. Gary Watson.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for November, 2018. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief: Two Vending Machines were reported damaged in the area of Riverview Plaza on 11/07/18. The estimated costs for the damage of the machines are $1145.10 for both. Ptl. Ashon Lovick.

Theft: A black (20) speed Schwinn mountain bicycle that was locked to a light post on 11/17/18 in the area of Monmouth St was reported stolen. The Schwinn lettering and the front shocks had a rusted look. Ptl. Michael Zadlock.

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RUMSON: ACTOR HELPS MAKE A BOOK ‘SCENE’

SiobhanFallonHoganSiobhan Fallon Hogan makes a Saturday morning appearance at Oceanic Library, keyed to a new children’s book collaboration with fellow Rumson resident Lori Oakes.

suzy-the-sceneLast we caught up with her in the pixelated pages of redbankgreen, the busy screen actor and Rumson resident Siobhan Fallon Hogan brought us up to date on a pair of exciting new projects — the M. Night Shyamalan-produced sci-fi TV series Wayward Pines (the third season of which begins filming in spring 2017), and her second self-penned solo stage show, a multi-character tour de farce entitled Acting Out.

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MONMOUTH CANDIDATES FORUM SET FOR 10/26

monmouth-county-library-manalapanPress release from The League of Women Voters of Monmouth County

On Wednesday, October 26, The League of Women Voters of Monmouth County will sponsor a Candidates Forum for Monmouth County Freeholder, Sheriff, and Surrogate at 7 p.m. The event will take place at the Monmouth County Library Headquarters located at 125 Symmes Drive in Manalapan. The public is welcome to learn about the candidates and will have an opportunity to ask them questions. Light refreshments will be served.

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RED BANK: CHURN GALORE

red bank r barber 053116 1Marcos Ramirez shows customer Chris Hawkins his haircut at the newly opened Red Bank R Barber Shop on Shrewsbury Avenue. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

[Correction: The original version of this story incorrectly reported that Playa Bowls needs variances to open. The plan has been approved and no variances were needed, according to borough officials.]

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallKicking off its second decade of covering the endless comings and goings of Red Bank merchants, redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn has the scoop on these churnings:

• The debut of  new dance studio

• One barber shop opens, and another relocates

• The departure of a “hippie shop” and plans by a tailor to replace it

• A fruit bowl business plans to open

• RiverCenter puts a bow on 2015

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MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

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

​​​AUTHORITIES_MTOWN-2016-v2Christie Shannon, age 26, from Manchester Court in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on January 21, 2016 by Lieutenant John Kaiser on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Marlboro Municipal Court. She was released on her own recognizance.

John Tufaro, age 28, from Linden Street in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 21, 2016 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski for Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Distribute and Tampering with Physical Evidence. He was held on $55,000.00 bail set by Judge James Berube.

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RED BANK: 10TH AVE. FREES UP LOCAL SOUNDS

ziggy-shock-would-be-johnny-cashVeteran Shore guitar star Siegfried Schock (above) leads the Ziggy Shock band at 10th Ave Burrito Friday night. Virago (below) take the same stage January 29.

ViRAGOReports from the Front Street frontlines here on redbankgreen have detected the presence of national touring music acts — something that the downtown club scene hadn’t seen for close to a generation —  at the recently opened Red Bank branch of 10th Ave. Burrito Company.

In the months since the river-vista restaurant and rockbar made its debut, it’s also become abundantly clear that the venue has offered safe harbor to local purveyors of original music, a welcome policy during a time of year when the off-season winds blow with extra cruelty around those summertime boardwalk haunts.

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RED BANK CRIME & ARREST REPORTS


AUTHORITIES_RB-2016-v2The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of December 10, 2015 to January 7, 2016.
This information is unedited.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief occurring on 12-12-15 at Maple Ave. Store Manager advised that unknown person(s) threw a metal object at store front window breaking same. Ptl. Tanner Shea

Criminal Mischief occurring between 12-11-15 and 12-14-15 at Monmouth Street. Victim reported that unknown person(s) damaged the fence and streetlight in the rear of the building. Ptl. Benjamin Springer

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LINCROFT: ALEO’S MOVEABLE FEAST

121215aleo3The helpful employees at Aleo Italian Specialties get customer orders out quickly. Below, some of the many gourmet takeout options.  (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

121215aleo4Stepping into Aleo Italian Specialties in the Acme shopping center on Newman Springs Road in Lincroft, PieHole was immediately hit with a feeling of deja vu.

The aroma of cheese and garlic surrounds you, calling to mind Arthur Avenue, the famous Little Italy shopping area in the Bronx. Then there’s the sight of food — everywhere. Hanging salami and cheese; shelves filled with rustic fresh breads from Brooklyn; imported dry pasta; and deli counters teeming with house-made delicacies. Your mouth waters and you forget what you came in for.

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RBR TEAM SCORES HIGH IN TECH MEET

TSA_Group_2015_-_CopyA team of Red Bank Regional students competed in this year’s Technology Student Association state conference contests, including (left to right) Elisa Orsini, Vincent Novellino, Jose Ramirez, Erick Camerino, Ricky Wild, Javier Molina and Edwin Castillo (not pictured: Jorge Benavides). 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

A team of eight Red Bank Regional High School students competed in this year’s Technology Student Association (TSA) state conference contests, which were held on May 5 at the College of New Jersey.  More than 1400 students from all over the Garden State competed in over 60 technology-based events.

During the event, RBR senior Elisa Orsini (Shrewsbury) placed second in Flight Endurance, and junior Jose Ramirez (Red Bank) placed third in Transportation modeling. The other students who represented RBR were Jorge Benavides (Red Bank), Erick Camerino (Red Bank), Edwin Castillo (Red Bank), Javier Molina (Deal), Vincent Novellino (Millstone) and Ricky Wild (Belmar). All of the students are members of RBR’s TSA Club, which is advised by RBR Pre-Engineering teacher Kathryn Hawley.

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RED BANK: SATURDAYS WITH SINATRA

martocciCrooner Michael Martocci offers up Memories of Frank as the Sinatra-centennial year continues at the Count Basie on Saturday.

It’s not so much that Ol’ Blue Eyes is back: it’s more like he never went away, as the centennial of Frank Sinatra’s first vocalized notes (“I Did It My Waaahhh”) proceeds apace at the Count Basie Theatre, scene of our own Joe Muccioli’s annual Sinatra Birthday Bash concerts in December.

This Saturday night, the latest in a long line of spotlighted Sinatra tribute artists takes the famous stage when singer Michael Martocci brings his tux and baritone pipes to Red Bank for a fully orchestrated showcase entitled Memories of Frank.

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RUMSON: PUTTIN’ ON THE RITZ AT RFH

YoungFrank_4CPress release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

On March 20 through 22, the Tower Players of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School will present their production of The New Mel Brooks Musical Young Frankenstein, the horror-comedy tunefest based on the laugh-a-minute 1974 comedy film Young Frankenstein, and featuring music and lyrics by Mel Brooks and Thomas Meehan.

Young Frankenstein tells the story of Dr. Frederick Frankenstein (played by Laurence Morales), a professor at a medical school who leaves behind his fiancée Elizabeth (Eli Rallo) and travels to Transylvania to claim the estate of his grandfather – the creator of the famous Frankenstein monster. After years spent rejecting his family name, the doctor is helped by the castle’s current residents – Frau Blucher (Julia Mosby), Igor (Bailie Stypa), and Inga (Jen Andreacchi) — in bringing his own monster (Michael Shaw) to life, with hilarious results.

The RFH production features a cast of 42 students in singing, dancing, and acting roles. It is directed by RFH English teacher Suzanne Sweeney, who tailored the script for the high school-age actors and audience.

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PROSECUTOR: NO WRONGDOING IN ARREST

Video of Jeffrey Michel’s arrest on the Brookdale campus last month. (Video by Vincent Cordero)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03The viral-video pepper-spray arrest of a Brookdale Community College student last month was done in “full compliance” with law enforcement guidelines, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office has concluded.

In fact, the officers involved might have been more aggressive in their arrest of Jeffrey Michel without overstepping guidelines established by the state Attorney General, an official in the professional responsibility unit of the prosecutor’s office wrote in a December 8 letter to Brookdale’s dean.

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RFH, M’TOWN SOUTH WIN BIG AT BASIES

3muskThe Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School staging of THE THREE MUSKETEERS won Outstanding Drama honors at the ninth annual Basie Awards, Wednesday night.

Productions of Evita by Middletown High School South and The Three Musketeers by Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School took top honors at Wednesday evening’s Basie Awards, the ninth annual installment of the Count Basie Theatre’s celebration and recognition of excellence and achievement in high school theatre.

Both Evita and The Three Musketeers nabbed Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production trophies for their respective categories – Evita for musicals and The Three Musketeers for drama. Combined, the productions took home an astounding ten Basies, including The Three Muskeeters’ Christopher Brodsky for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama, Christopher Tuttle for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama and the trophy for Outstanding Lighting Design in a Drama.

In addition to earning hardware for overall production and direction, Evita also earned awards for Outstanding Choreography (Jacqui Mazza) and Outstanding Chorus in a Musical.

The Basies also bestowed its Lifetime Achievement Award to Joan and Robert Rechnitz, who founded the renowned Two River Theater Company two decades ago.

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TOWER PLAYERS PRESENT ‘EVITA’ IN MARCH

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Eva Perón — the former actress and second wife of Argentine President Juan Perón, who made a meteoric rise from the slums to the Presidential Mansion in the years following the Second World War — once famously said “My biggest fear of all is to be forgotten.”

The late First Lady of Argentina left behind an enduring legacy in those few short years between 1946 and her death in 1952 at the age of 33. Driven by ambition and blessed with intelligence and charisma; she was adored by her people and called a “saint” for her work as a champion of the poor. A the same time, she was also distrusted by her country’s military officers, and reviled by the aristocracy.

The woman called “Evita” became a fighter for women’s rights, and one of the most powerful women in the world — but her own greed, unbridled ambition, and fragile health made her one of history’s most tragic figures. More than thirty years after her death, the Tony award-winning musical Evita introduced a new generation to one of the most endlessly fascinating characters of the 20th century — courtesy of a sweeping, epic score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice that gave the world “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina.”

As complex and as full of surprises as Eva Perón herself, Evita comes to the stage of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School in March, as the spring musical production of the RFH Tower Players on March 21, 22, and 23.

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MIDDLETOWN POLICE REPORTS

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

call-in-the-authorities•Peter Christensen, age 21, from Florence Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on August 31, 2013 by Patrolman Daniel Benbrook for Being under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.

Joseph Levy, age 29, from Mills Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on August 31, 2013 by Patrolman Albert Scott for Obstructing a Pubic Passage and Disorderly Conduct. He was released pending a court date.

Michael Ruzzano, age 33, from Beacon Boulevard in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on August 31, 2013 by Patrolman Charles Higgins on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Sayreville Municipal Court. He was held on $247.00 bail.

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