ON THE GREEN: COASTAL FLOODING CONTINUES

sb flooding 020916LS seven bridge flooding 020916Coastal flooding was widespread on the Greater Red Bank Green Tuesday morning. Trucks and cars powered through deep water on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright, above, and flooding closed Seven Bridge Road just north of Paag Lane in Little Silver, right. And once again, the Navesink River flooded the Monmouth Boat Club in Red Bank, below.

The National Weather Service forecasts tidal inundations won’t be as extensive in the Tuesday night and Wednesday morning high tides.  (Photos above and right by Bob Kern. Photo below by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: SWAMPED AT THE BOAT CLUB

RB SWAMPED CAR 020816rb swamped truck 020816It seems someone neglected to check the tide charts when leaving a red pickup truck in the parking lot shared by the Monmouth Boat Club and North Shrewsbury Ice Boat and Yacht Club in Red Bank. This reader photo, snapped at 7:40 a.m. Monday shows a red vehicle swamped by the Navesink River. The National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood warning (Reader photo above. Photo at right by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

MIDDLETOWN: DRIVER ESCAPES CAR FIRE

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The lone occupant of a car that caught fire on West Front Street in Middletown Wednesday morning escaped safely. Dr. Adel Ibrahim, a hematologist, told redbankgreen he was enroute to Riverview Medical Center in his daughter’s car when smoke started pouring out from under the hood. He pulled into the parking lot of Chris’ Deli, where the vehicle burst into flame, he said. Volunteer firefighters from Middletown and Red Bank responded to the 8 a.m. alarm.  (Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

LINCROFT: BCC HOSTS AUTO TECH SESSION

autotech_workingStudents in Brookdale Community College’s automotive technician program work on a sedan at the college’s Lincroft training facility. (Photos by Brookdale Community College)

Press release from Brookdale Community College. 

Residents interested in a career in automotive service and technology are invited to a free information session on the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College on Monday, August 24.

Scheduled from 1 to 3 pm, the session will offer attendees a chance to learn about growing career opportunities in the automotive technician field, which is expected to add more than 60,000 new jobs by 2022, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Professionally certified Brookdale instructors will be on hand to discuss the college’s wide range of hands-on automotive training programs, including a two-year degree program offered in partnership with General Motors (GM).

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RED BANK: CHURCH CONVERSION COMPLETED

211 broad 072815 5Space beneath the steeple, complete with spiral staircase, is now an office. The new First Church of Christ, Scientist worship space, below, is a fraction of the original size (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb church 072815Red Bank’s First Church of Christ, Scientist has a new home, just off to the side of its former one, and some new neighbors.

This week, and right on schedule, lawyers, healthcare providers, a ribbon manufacturer and a boudoir photographer started moving into 211 Broad Street, the steepled structure that was a church for 62 years. Read More »

RED BANK: WALGREENS NEIGHBORS SEEK HELP

rb walgreens 072315 1Area residents say they’re concerned about the impact of a new Walgreens on local road safety. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Motorists using a shortcut along the Red Bank-Little Silver border may have to find another workaround to congestion soon.

But not quite as soon as area residents had hoped. The Red Bank council tapped the brakes on itself Wednesday night, when two neighbors of a Walgreens store now under construction said a planned order for new stop signs didn’t go far enough.

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RUMSON: VEHICLE SINKS AT BOAT RAMP

rumson boat ramp 2 071815rumson boat ramp 071815[POST UPDATED, 4 p.m.] A Ford Expedition SUV wound up in the Navesink River at the Rumson municipal boat ramp and sank shortly after 1 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Lieutenant Christopher York tells redbankgreen that the idling vehicle “somehow got into gear” and backed into the river with a trailer and inflatable vessel attached. No one was in either the boat or the SUV, he said, and no rescue was required. Borough police are investigating the cause of the accident, York said. State Police Marine Patrol responded, and the Department of Environmental Protection was notified.

Police are not identifying the owner of the vehicle, which was towed out of the river, York said. (Rumson PD photo above, reader photo at right. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: CAR SHOW DRAWS A CROWD

071215carsho31071215carsho49Beach day or not, the 13th annual Doc Holiday Classic Car Show, hosted in Red Bank’s White Street parking lot by the Liberty Hose fire company as a scholarship fundraiser, was a big draw in Sunday. redbankgreen cruised the circuit, camera at the ready. Click the “read more” and check out dozens more snapshots of gleaming grills and smiling faces. (Photos by Susan Ericson)

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RED BANK: SHOWDOWN AT THE OL’ CAR CORRAL

rb firefighter car showMore than a year after a bittersweet move from their hundred-year old firehouse, the members of Liberty Hose Fire Company return to White Street once more this Sunday, for the annual Red Bank Firefighters (a.k.a. Doc Holiday) Car Show. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By TOM CHESEK

It was a center-of-the-street faceoff worthy of the original Old West legend Doc Holliday – one that didn’t play out in favor of Red Bank’s Liberty Hose fire company, which had to “get out of Dodge” when the borough auctioned off its century-old White Street firehouse in 2014 (as reported here on redbankgreen).

Undaunted, the past and present members of Liberty Hose, since relocated to the First Aid building on Spring Street, reconvened in front of their historic headquarters last July for the continuation of a local summertime tradition: the annual Red Bank Firefighters Car Show – also known as the Robert “Doc” Holiday Car Show, in honor of a fondly remembered volunteer responder of bygone decades.

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RED BANK: ACCIDENT VICTIM IN CRITICAL CARE

just_inA 78-year-old woman is in critical condition after being struck by a truck on Broad Street Tuesday morning, police Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

The victim, whose identity was withheld by authorities pending notification of family members, was transported by helicopter to the trauma unit of Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune following the 10:45 a.m. accident, which occurred in front of the Foodtown supermarket, McConnell said.

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RED BANK: PEDESTRIAN STRUCK ON BROAD

rb accident 062315AUTHORITIES_RB3Emergency personnel tend to a pedestrian struck crossing Broad Street near the intersection of Pinckney Road at around 10:45 Tuesday morning. The victim, whose identity has not yet been released, was transported by helicopter to the trauma unit of Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune.

Broad Street in the vicinity of the accident remained closed at 1 p.m. as a Monmouth County Serious Collision Analysis Response Team gathered information, police Chief Darren McConnell told redbankgreen. (Reader photo. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: JAYWALKING PEDESTRIAN STRUCK

AUTHORITIES_RB3A Florida man was struck by a vehicle when he stepped out into traffic from between two parked cars in downtown Red Bank Saturday, police Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

Benjamin Slepian, 41, of Royal Palm Beach, cracked the windshield of a vehicle driven by Georgeanne Mallett, 67, of Saint Simon’s Island, George, at about noon, McConnell said.

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RED BANK: COFFEE, CARS AND CLUCK U

no joe 040615Dan Salazar and his wife, Grisel, at right, with Grisel’s sister, Adela Carrazana, the new owners of No Joe’s Coffee House.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallThis edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn has news about two businesses on Red Bank’s West Side: Cluck U Chicken and Green’s Auto Performance.

But we start downtown with No Joe’s Coffee House, where Churn was surprised to find itself sharing a sidewalk table earlier this week with new owners, who have some pretty ambitious plans.

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SPRING 2015: AIRING IT OUT ON EASTER

rb kite 040515 sb jalopy 040515A warm, blustery Easter Sunday turned out to be a fine day for airing out a kite in Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park, above, or a classic jalopy in Sea Bright, at right. Monday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and peak temperatures in the upper 60s, but the rest of the week looks cloudy and somewhat wet, according to the National Weather Service (Photos by Trish Russoniello and John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: MALL TO INSTALL SAFETY BOLLARDS

rb city centre 040215The City Centre strip mall has seen four incidents in which cars have driven into storefronts in recent years, the latest on March 3, below. (Photos by John T. Ward, above, and Carl Colmorgen, below. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb crash 030315 1The owner of Red Bank’s City Centre strip mall hopes to put an end to unwanted drive-thru service.

After four incidents in recent years in which vehicles jumped the curb and crashed into storefronts, John Bowers will install safety bollards, he tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: SHADES OF BLACK & GREY

rbpd car 032515 2rbpd car 032515Red Bank regulars may have noticed a vaguely menacing addition to the police fleet – or not noticed, which is actually the point. Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen that a black Ford SUV with barely perceptible grey door markings is being used for traffic enforcement because it doesn’t stand out as much as the squad’s white sedans with bold blue lettering. “It’s a little less obvious, but we still wanted it to be identifiable,” he said, adding that there are no plans to replace the fleet with black vehicles.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: MORE PAID PARKING OK’D

rb monmouth st 031015The plan enables the town to charge for parking on parts of Bridge Avenue and Monmouth Street that have long been subject to two-hour parking limits, which merchants say were not enforced. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Over the objections of business owners and nearby residents, the Red Bank council approved a controversial plan to expand the paid parking zone in the central business district Wednesday night.

The go-ahead came on a rare tiebreaker vote by Mayor Pasquale Menna after a 3-3 deadlock among council members, one of whom, Council President Art Murphy, moved and voted in favor of the plan by phone.

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RED BANK: PAID PARKING PLAN TABLED

rb council 031115Business owner David Prown pleads his case to Councilman Art Murphy Wednesday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03The Red Bank council put off a vote on a plan to expand the paid parking zone in the central business district after calls by merchants and residents for enforcement of existing law Wednesday night.

The objections to the expansion plan came despite a move by the council to enable 15-minute parking in the expansion district west of Maple Avenue.

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RED BANK: PARKING PLAN MAY BE TWEAKED

rb monmouth st 031015An ordinance scheduled for a vote Wednesday night would expand paid parking on Monmouth Street and part of Bridge Avenue. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Following objections by merchants, a proposed expansion of Red Bank’s paid parking zone may be modified, said Mayor Pasquale Menna.

The plan, scheduled for an adoption vote Wednesday evening, could be altered to include some short-term parking spaces for customers of stores and other businesses west of Maple Avenue, Menna told redbankgreen Tuesday.

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RED BANK: CAR CRASHES INTO CHICKEN JOINT

rb crash 030315 1Two employees reported non-serious injuries after a car jumped the curb and plowed through the storefront of the Cluck U chicken restaurant on Water Street in Red Bank shortly before noon Tuesday, according to police Chief Darren McConnell. The driver was identified as Liv Wilson, 71, of Holmdel. No summonses were immediately issued, and the crash is under investigation by Patrolman Matthew Ehrenreich of the RBPD traffic safety unit.

The City Centre strip mall, in which the restaurant is located, has seen this type of crash before, including one involving Jersey Mike’s Subs last October and another involving Cluck U in 2009, in which a customer was injured.

The building remains structurally sound, McConnell said. (Photo by Carl Colmorgen. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: PROPOSED LAW EYES DOG NEGLECT

rb dogs 061714 14The ordinance, championed by Mayor Pasquale Menna, below, addresses tethering of dogs and other issues. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

pasquale menna 052614Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna wants to put more teeth into the borough’s protection of dogs.

The mayor, whose canine companion of 14 years died last month, introduced a proposed ordinance Wednesday night that he said would make it easier to prosecute those who neglect dogs by leaving them tied up for hours, or with heavy tethers, or when the weather is “extraordinarily cold or extraordinarily warm.”

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RED BANK AGENDA: CABS, DOGS & PARKING

rb monmouth 022415 2Parking in front of these businesses and others on Monmouth Street and Bridge Avenue would no longer be free if an ordinance up for introduction Wednesday wins approval. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

[This article has been updated since it was originally posted to reflect the contents of proposed ordinances.]

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03The agenda for Wednesday night’s bimonthly meeting of the Red Bank Council is a busy one, with a handful of proposed changes to borough laws.

Here’s what’s on the draft agenda.

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RED BANK: EV CHARGER SWITCHED ON

rb ev space 121614 1park itAfter a false start involving an enabling ordinance, Red Bank’s first  public charging station for electric vehicles is now legally approved and switched on, borough officials said.

Located outside borough hall at 90 Monmouth Street, the station doubles as a parking space for plugged-in cars, at $2 per hour, juice included. As elsewhere in town, however, the parking fee is waived through December 25. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: EV SPACE? HOLD THAT THOUGHT

RB EV CHARGER 110614 2The public charging station, located outside borough hall, remained under wraps Thursday afternoon. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

park itIt seems somebody at Red Bank borough hall was a little premature in telling redbankgreen that the town’s first and only public electric vehicle charging station would go live Thursday.

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RED BANK: EV CHARGING SET AT $2 PER HOUR

rb ev charger 100614park itRed Bank’s first and only electric vehicle charging station, installed on Monmouth Street outside borough hall, will cost users $2 per hour for both a recharge and the use of the parking space under and ordinance approved by the council Wednesday night. That compares to $1 per hour for street parking and $.50 per hour in the lot, both without the juice.

The station was scheduled to be activated Thursday morning. Who will be the first to charge up? (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)