redbankgreen was launched on June 1, 2006. Its mission: to capture as fully as possible the vitality of the people and events of the Red Bank, New Jersey area, both for immediate consumption and for posterity.

We refer to our coverage area, which includes Red Bank, Fair Haven and Little Silver, as ‘the Green.’

The name redbankgreen is meant to connote the colonial-era concept of a village green or town square, a place where neighbors met to exchange news and opinions and do business. Hence, our slogan: “a town square for an unsquare town.” Only, this one’s online.

We honor the journalistic ideals of fairness and accuracy with neither fear nor favoritism. But sometimes we get a little cheeky.

JTW & TR heads 090313Who’s behind redbankgreen?

Over his three decades in the news business, site founder John T. Ward has worked as a reporter at the Home News in his hometown of New Brunswick, the Asbury Park Press and the Star-Ledger, and as a freelance magazine writer. He serves as publisher, editor and sole reporter for redbankgreen.

Graphic artist Trish Russoniello is redbankgreen‘s self-styled “picture person,” responsible for site design, graphics and ad creation. A former staffer at Nickelodeon, she also takes most of the photos for the weekly Where Have I Seen This? and the occasional Accidental Photographer.

Ward and Russoniello, who are married, have lived in Red Bank since 1994.

Broadstreet Ads, a Red Bank-based online ad-server that spun out of redbankgreen in 2012, provides leading-edge ad formats.

Web Publisher Pro, based in Tinton Falls, handles our webmaster services.

Some legal business:

• Our content is copyrighted and may not be used without our permission. Doing so may incur bad karma or worse.

• If we make a mistake, we will correct or clarify it. Just let us know.

We strongly believe that once information is published, it should stay published as-is unless a correction or clarification is warranted.

We do not remove or materially alter stories or images once they have been published.

• We do not withhold or edit information in police blotters before or after they are published. If you have been acquitted or pleaded to a lesser charge after an arrest and would like our archive to reflect this, please send us the court record and we will gladly update the original story.

• In keeping with the concept of a village green, we don’t allow anonymous or pseudonymous comments. If you want to say something on redbankgreen, you must do so through a Facebook account under a verifiable identity. If we have reason to believe a comment is posted under a false name, we will remove it. Under the federal Communications Decency Act of 1996, redbankgreen is in no way responsible for what commenters write.

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