HISTORY DAY: CENTENNIAL AND ANTIQUES

The crew from Paul Davis Partywares in Shrewsbury setting up the tent and tables at Fair Haven Fields Thursday for Saturday’s celebration of the town’s centennial. Below, Riverbank Antiques in Red Bank, which will host an open house. (Click to enlarge)

After the George Sheehan Classic in Red Bank Saturday morning, there’s plenty for locals and visitors to do hereabouts on the Green. And the weatherbot says Mother Nature will cooperate, providing ample sunshine and temperatures in the mid-70s.

Here are two diversions, one indoors, and one out, both steeped in the richness of the past: Fair Haven’s Centennial, and a celebration of the reconstituted Red Bank Antiques district.

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RED BANK TO GET ALL JURASSIC-ED UP

Field Station: Dinosaur’s Tyrannosaurus Rex, seen here in its native habitat in Secaucus, is coming to Red Bank Saturday.  (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

The Red Bank Public Library is preparing to welcome an unusually old guest this weekend: a disturbingly lifelike – moving, breathing and roaring  – Tyrannosaurus Rex.

While the 15-foot-long puppet is a pipsqueak compared to the 42-foot beasts that roamed the Earth 65 million years ago, it is certainly enough to thrill the pants off the kids who will gather to see it up close Saturday.

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ARMED ROBBER HITS FAIR HAVEN SHOP

By JOHN T. WARD

The owner of a Fair Haven antiques shop was held up at gunpoint by a robber who fled with the contents of a safe, police reported Saturday evening.

Here’s an announcement sent out by the FHPD at 5:18 p.m.:
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AGOSTINO, T. BERRY SQUARE PACKING IT IN

Agostino Antique’s home, at 21 Broad, is expected to have a new owner soon. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Downtown Red Bank’s economic recovery is not without its setbacks, as evidenced by two imminent departures from Broad Street.

After months of advertising a clearance sale, Agostino Antiques is planning to pack up its remaining merchandise in the next couple of weeks and shut its doors by the end of June, a principal in the company tells redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.

Just two blocks to the south, Jennifer Quinn Payne is winding down her children’s clothing and furnishings store , T. Berry Square, to devote herself to motherhood.

Meanwhile, two doors away from T. Berry, and under the same roof, Hip & Humble Home has a for-lease sign in the window, but they’re not talking.

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FARM MARKET BACK IN BIZ

One of Red Bank’s culinary gems, the Farmers’ Market at the Galleria at Red Bank, returns for its second outing of the season this Sunday with more vendors than at any time in the past: 45, according to George Sourlis, whose family owns the Galleria.

“We’re packing them in tighter, with some new vendors we hope will be successful, and just hoping for good weather,” Sourlis tells redbankgreen. And no, he says, the market won’t be displaced this season by the family’s plans to erect a parking garage on the site, on West Front Street at Shrewsbury Avenue.

The market is open every Sunday from 9 a.m to 2 p.m. into mid-November and features locally grown produce and flowers. (Click to enlarge)

UMBRELLAS DUSTED OFF AT TOWN YARD SALES

Off-and-on drizzles and downpours made for a damp day for participants in townwide yard sales in Red Bank and Fair Haven Saturday.

Still, redbankgreen found plenty of plucky sellers and buyers.

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WEEKEND: PINKHATSYARDSALEFOODFEST

Red Bank becomes a bargainhunter’s paradise on Saturday. On Sunday: food, acres of food. (Click to enlarge)

As the headline suggests, the weekend that awaits is jammed with the potential for good times.

We’ve got the fifth Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale, this one making a migration from fall to spring.

We’ve got one of the inaugural events of this year’s weeklong Paint the Town Pink festivities to raise awareness about breast cancer and the importance of early detection.

And capping it all off, rain or shine, is the first-ever Red Bank International Flavour Fest, an outdoor celebration of the wide variety of cuisines available year-round at Red Bank restaurants.

And Mother Nature appears to be in a mood to cooperate.

Details, as they used to say when that was still a two-syllable word, are just below.

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ANTIQUES GALLERY FACES WRECKING BALL

With dealers scattering to new locations, redbankgreen took a final spin through the Monmouth Antique Shoppes Tuesday. (Click embiggen symbol to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The building appears to sigh and lean, as though aware of its fate. Inside, nooks and corners that once teemed with the cast-offs of the decades have begun to empty out.

It’s a sad time at Monmouth Antique Shoppes, one of the anchors of Red Bank’s vaunted Arts & Antiques District. Eviction notice in hand, owner John Gribbin has informed his 23 remaining dealers that they, like he, must be out by the end of the month, ending a 29-year run.

“It’s not the best time for me to talk,” Gribbin told redbankgreen Tuesday, as he had also last week. “I’m trying to find a home for me and my dealers, and it’s not easy going.”

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CONFUSION OVER FAIR HAVEN TIME CAPSULES

Town officials are hoping to determine if a time capsule featured in a 1976 celebration of the nation’s 200th anniversary at Fair Haven’s Bicentennial Hall was buried or misplaced. (Click to enlarge)

Closing in on a celebration of its centennial, Fair Haven is having some trouble tracking historical time capsules, the Asbury Park Press reported Wednesday.

With food, fireworks, music and other details of the June 16 public celebration squared away, borough officials are trying to determine whether to assemble a time capsule for posterity, and wondering past time capsules are accounted for, the Press reports.

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LIBRARY TO FETE LIFE OF SIGMUND EISNER

Local-history librarian Elizabeth McDermott, below, with a custom-branded Eisner lightbulb in the second-floor New Jersey Room of the Red Bank Public Library, once the home of industrialist Sigmund Eisner. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

On April 15, 1937, the Red Bank Public Library – for decades an itinerant but growing collection of books and archival material – finally found a permanent home, relocating from a downtown storefront to a mansion at 84 West Front Street.

Three months earlier, the heirs of Sigmund Eisner – mass-manufacturer of uniforms for the Army, the Boy Scouts and other organizations  – had donated their late father’s mansion overlooking the Navesink River to the library.

The shared hope of H. Raymond, Monroe and J. Lester Eisner was that the house would provide a warm and dry place for reading, but also that it would function “as a bit of a museum, too,” says local-history librarian Elizabeth McDermott.

Next month, the library will celebrate its 75th anniversary in the house with museum-like displays that highlight Eisner and his transformative impact on Red Bank as an industrialist and philanthropist.

The event, says McDermott, “is completely about” Eisner.

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TRIO LOADS UP ON ANTIQUES AND FLEES

The crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of February 17 to February 24, 2012. This information is unedited.

Theft occurring between 2-17-12 and 2-18-12 at English Plaza parking lot.  Unknown subjects stole drivers side view mirror from parked vehicle.  Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 2-18-12 at  Spring St.  Victim reported that unknown person(s) broke her side view mirror on parked vehicle.  Ptl. Thomas Doremus.

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PARKER HOMESTEAD GETS HISTORIC SEAL

The Parker house stands at an entrance to what is now the Sickles Market and remnants of the original working farm on Rumson Road. (Click to enlarge)

Five months after securing state Register of Historic Places status, Little Silver’s 347-year-old Parker Homestead has been added to that list’s national counterpart, the Asbury Park Press reports Thursday.

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BON JOVI OPENS CRIB TO TV CREW, AND YOU

Bon Jovi’s mansion on the Navesink River, as seen in 2008. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Person to Person,’ a TV program of bygone days that featured live interviews with – and often, tours of the homes of –  Marilyn Monroe, John F. and Jackie Kennedy, Marlon Brando and other big names of half a century ago, returns to the airwaves next week with a drop-in at the Middletown home of pop rocker Jon Bon Jovi, CBS News announced Thursday.

The comeback episode, to air Wednesday night, also includes tours of homes owned by two other “legends of today:” actor George Clooney and investment sage Warren Buffett.

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CARDS FEATURE OLD RED BANK BUILDINGS

drawingsLine drawings of distinctive structures by Terry McCue, below, are on display at Red Bank’s borough hall. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

terry-mccue-120911Here’s a stocking-stuffer idea that’s as local as they come.

A series of note cards by Red Bank artist Terry McCue honors the borough’s history by preserving, in pen-and-ink,  some of its most noteworthy buildings.

And the proceeds from the sale of the cards go to support an institution that occupies one of those structures: the Red Bank Public Library, which makes its home in the former Sigmund Eisner mansion on West Front Street.

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PARKER HOUSE WINS REGISTER ENTRY

parker-homestead-2007The Parker homestead, seen here in 2007, dates back to (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The Parker House, Little Silver’s oldest surviving homestead, has won addition to the state Register of Historic Places, Mayor Bob Neff tells redbankgreen.

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HOOFING IT ACROSS THE OCEANIC

wagon-2wagon-1While boating on the Navesink River Sunday, Mike McMahon of Little Silver spotted a caravan of six or eight coaches, each drawn by a team of four horses and carrying passengers done up in historical finery, thundering across the Oceanic Bridge from Middletown to Rumson Sunday. McMahon says panels were laid over the open steel grating of the drawbridge section to enable the horses to cross.

Anyone know what this was all about? (Photos by Michael McMahon. Click to enlarge)

FALL CLOSEOUT FOR RED BANK YARD SALE

Goods were moved and cash changed hands as some 120 homes participated in the fourth annual edition of the Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale on Saturday.

redbankgreen was there for the final fall version of this favorite, which moves to Spring next May 7 5.

Meantime, there’s the book sale today at the Red Bank Public Library, where shoppers can fill a bag with reading material for just $5. Like the yard sale, the book sale is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library, which helps pay for enhanced programs at the West Front Street facility.

RAIN DOMINATES FORECAST

yard-sale-091209Sellers and shoppers coped with on-and-off showers during the 2009 edition of the Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale. (Click to enlarge)

You have to scroll pretty far down in the National Weather Service forecast to find mention of the sun today.

It’s not the best outlook for would-be participants in the Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale, the 2011 Rumson Boat Race and the Guinness Oyster Festival, among other outdoor events on the Go On Green calendar.

The Weather Channel says we’re in for 2 to 4 inches of rain from Friday into early next week.

Here’s the NWS outlook:

Today: A chance of rain and thunderstorms, then rain and possibly a thunderstorm after 8am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. High near 75. Calm wind becoming southeast between 5 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New rainfall amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

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TOWNWIDE YARD SALE SET FOR SATURDAY

rbtys-2010-1Scenes from the 2010 edition of the Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale. (Photos by Peter Lindner. (Click to enlarge)

rbtys-2010-2Some 116 residents are registered to participate as sellers in the fourth annual Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale, slated for Saturday.

In conjunction with a used-book sale scheduled for Monday, the event is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library, which helps pay for enhanced programs at the West Front Street facility.

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RED BANK SHOP GETS ‘FANBOY’ REALITY SHOW

secret-stashThe Broad Street store will serve as the setting for an unscripted series. (Click to enlarge)

From ‘Jersey Shore‘ to ‘Jersey Store,’ the reality TV juggernaut continues…

Kevin Smith‘s Red Bank emporium, Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, a magnet for comic book fans and camera-toting devotees of the filmmaker himself, has been greenlighted as the locus of an unscripted series.

Six one-hour episodes of the show, with working title “Secret Stash,” have been ordered by AMC, home of ‘Mad Men,’ ‘Breaking Bad‘ and ‘The Walking Dead,’ according to a post on Smith’s Silent Bob Speaks website.

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EXOTIC CAR SHOW SET FOR SATURDAY

exotic-cars2A taste of vrooms to come, as seen outside Blue Water Seafood Company last Friday night. (Click to enlarge)

michael-fux-2-0812111Foam-mattress maven Michael Fux, right, has been making the rounds in downtown Red Bank in recent days.

A car collector with tastes so lavish that Rolls Royce named a paint for him, Fux (pronounced ‘fyooks’) has been visiting merchants to drum up support for a charity event he’s bankrolling this Saturday afternoon: an exotic car show and entertainment extravaganza that will close a portion of Broad Street for five hours. [UPDATE: Event rescheduled for Saturday, September 10, because of Tropical Storm Irene]

But he’s also been trying to quash what he says is a mistaken impression: that the event is a grand opening event for two-month-old Blue Water Seafood Company, in which he’s an investor, and outside which some of his favorite toys are often lined up on Friday and Saturday nights.

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STOKABOKA, ADAMS IMPORTS GOING UNDER

stokaboka-072811Stokaboka Surf and Skate will likely close its doors for good by the end of the weekend, says owner Mike Boylan. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

rcsm2_010508An outgoing economic wave is claiming two stores on Monmouth Street in Red Bank: Board and beach outfitter Stokaboka Surf and Skate and Polish stoneware boutique Adams Imports.

Stokaboka, a destination for rail-riders and beach bums, cleared out a majority of its merchandise in this past weekend’s sidewalk sale, and will likely lock the doors by the end of this weekend, owner Mike Boylan tells redbankgreen.

“It’s more of an economy and internet thing,” said Boylan, who operated the store for six years with his wife, Kathleen. “There’s just a lot on the internet I just can’t compete with.”

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LOFTS PLAN RETURNS, TRIMMED A SMIDGEN

antiquesThe proposed West Side Lofts development, at the corner of West Front Street and Bridge Avenue, is again moving forward. Below, architectural drawings. (Photos by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

west-side-lofts-sketchDevelopers are blowing the dust off an ambitious plan that would bring retail, residential units and a popular brewery to the Red Bank’s antiques district.

Known as West Side Lofts, the multi-use project has been downsized a bit and resubmitted to the borough’s planning and zoning office for approval.

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FIRE COMPANY CAR SHOW SHINES AGAIN

The ninth annual Bob ‘Doc’ Holiday Classic Car Show, organized by Red Bank’s Liberty Hose Company, motored into the White Street municipal parking lot under a sparkling blue summer sky Sunday.

The event, which raises funds for the volunteer company’s operations, drew a record 350 cars and motorcycles despite competition from two large car shows elsewhere in the Shore region.

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