OOH, THAT’S GOTTA BE EMBARRASSING

A pricey Ford GT sports car ended up kissing a tree on Rumson Road near the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge in a one-car crash Sunday afternoon. Police said they don’t know what caused the accident, but that no one was injured. (Photo by Jeff Bratteson. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK KIDS TOUCH A TRUCK (OR 16)

Monmouth Day Care Center drew over 200 families to its third annual “Touch a Truck” fundraiser, held at the Red Bank Middle School Saturday. Sixteen vehicles (a fire truck, limo, speedboat, bulldozer and more) were giddily honked and climbed as kids explored the machinery parked throughout Red Bank Middle School’s parking lot. Tickets were $10 per family and went toward  the nonprofit MDCC’s operating costs and a scholarship fund. “We’re all about kids, so we wanted to do something for the kids in our community,” said Heidi Zaentz, the center’s executive director.   (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

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1.21 JIGAWATTS OF ENERGY IN THE PARK

Back to the Future,” Red Bank Rec’s first free, outdoor movie of the summer, rolled into Riverside Gardens Park Tuesday night with bunch of complementary events in tow.

High humidity didn’t discourage visitors from checking out the “time machines,” like the one at right, brought by the DeLorean Mid-Atlantic Club for the screening. Kick Cancer Overboard gave away a free cruise to a family affected by the disease, and a food drive collected for local food banks such as Lunch Break and RAINE. And a flash mob dance routine from Life Vest Inside, a Brooklyn non-profit that promotes kindness, added to the festivities, above.

Up next in the film series, hosted by Shore Flicks: “The Brady Bunch Movie.” The full schedule is here. (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Video by Stacie Fanelli.)

FAIR HAVEN OPTS FOR ‘COMPLETE STREETS’

The intersection of River Road and Fair Haven Road boasts some key features of “Complete Streets” design, including distinctive crosswalks. (Photo by Connor Soltas. Click to enlarge)

By CONNOR SOLTAS

A crosswalk-ahead sign, a crosswalk sign, a narrowing road, a yield-to-pedestrians sign in the median, a stop sign and a distinctive red crosswalk: all are elements of a “Complete Streets” policy adopted last week by Fair Haven’s borough council.

Echoing the language of a movement that aims to change the concept of streets as existing primarily for motor vehicles, borough engineer Rich Gardella said the policy’s goal is “to provide an attractive and safe access for all users and modes of transportation.”

In particular, that will mean equipping intersections with features like additional crosswalk signs and sand-colored shoulder barriers, all aimed at encouraging motorists to be more cautious around pedestrians, cyclists and the handicapped.

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HOODS UP AT DOC HOLIDAY CAR SHOW

More than 300 eye-catching cars, and a handful of motorcycles, shone under the summer sun on White Street in Red Bank Sunday as the Liberty Hose fire company held its tenth annual Robert ‘Doc’ Holiday Car Show.

The event is a fundraiser for annual college scholarships in the name of the late firefighter name and for the volunteer company itself. (Click to enlarge)

SMASHING INTO TREES BUT KEEPING COOL


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Molly Fallon of Middletown might have be doing little more than crashing into virtual trees in a racing game at Yestercades, but she’s just happy to be keeping cool indoors as the temperature outside pushes past 90 degrees. The retro gaming arcade on Broad Street in Red Bank was the first place Molly’s dad, Vinny, thought to bring her for heatstroke-free entertainment.

“Today, we decided to do something to get out without actually being out,” he said, while trying his own hand at a game of pinball. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

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CAR WASH, YEAH…

Nathan J. Williams Craftsmen Club, member Tuiwan Loney of Keansburg, left, washes Tinton Falls resident Carl Bowles’ car Saturday as part of a fundraiser for the club’s parent organization, Celestial Lodge No. 36 in Red Bank.
Money raised from the event will go toward charitable efforts and to renovations of the lodge’s building on Drs. James Parker Boulevard, which has been home to the lodge since 1893. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

AUTO SHOP SET TO ZOOM INTO SHREWSBURY

A long-empty Shrewsbury garage will soon be revving to the sounds of Lamborghinis and other big-ticket cars.  (Photo below by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

For two years, it’s stood empty and forlorn, with tufts of weeds poking through cracked asphalt out front.

But a two-bay garage on Broad Street in Shrewsbury is set to roar back to life with the with the opening of Massimo Motorworks, the second location of a high-end auto repair shop in Long Branch.

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RUMSON CHARGES MAN IN THREE CAR THEFTS

Rumson police have charged a Newark man with stealing three luxury cars from town in a single night last September, Chief Richard Tobias tells redbankgreen.

Jimmy Nunez, 31, was identified earlier this week by the Essex County Prosecutor’s office as one of 11 members of an alleged car-stealing ring, according to various news reports.

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FIRE DAMAGES AUTO SHOWROOM

The Sunday morning blaze charred the facade and filled a showroom with smoke. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A fire that appeared to start in mulch caused limited damaged to a Red Bank auto dealership Sunday morning.

Volunteer firefighters, responding to an alarm at Red Bank Nissan, on East Newman Springs Road, arrived shortly after 10 a.m. to find a portion of the western wall ablaze beneath metal siding panels, they said.

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CIRCUMSTANCES OF TEEN’S DEATH A MYSTERY

A roadside memorial to Jillian Dinger, below, at the scene of the accident in which she was fatally injured. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A 19-year-old Fair Haven woman home from college for Easter weekend died as a result of a pre-dawn accident on Harding Road in Little Silver last Friday, police said Monday.

Jillian Dinger, of Spruce Drive, died at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune eight hours after being struck by a car driven by another Fair Haven resident at about 3:15 a.m., said police Chief Dan Shaffery.

Authorities are still piecing together the circumstances under which Dinger, a 2011 graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High, was found alone and severely injured near the center line of the road, opposite the entrance to the Alderbrook condo community, he said.

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BACK TO THE ARCHIVE

Stumbling on this scene in downtown Red Bank Monday night was like a trip back into the not-too-distant reaches of the redbankgreen archive, as Chris LoBue of CLB Photography shot photos of Jim Caroll’s Back to the Future car for an ad for Ken Kalada’s Yestercades – three businesses that have been featured in these pixelated pages in recent months. (Click to enlarge)

MENNA: CLOCK TICKING ON PARKING WAIVER

By JOHN T. WARD

A measure to boost business development in downtown Red Bank has had its intended effect and should probably end this summer, Mayor Pasquale Menna tells redbankgreen.

The temporary ordinance repeal, adopted in August, 2010, has helped spark a burst of activity so strong that “we may have a parking deficiency again soon,” Menna said.

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RED BANK PICKS NEW PAY-TO-PARK SYSTEM

A video explaining the multi-space pay technology that will replace single-head meters, like the one below, in the English Plaza lot.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

It’s “time expired” for racing to beat a $38 parking ticket in downtown Red Bank, officials said Wednesday night.

Say hello to “multi-space, revenue controlled” parking technology, complete with cellphone interactivity.

Fulfilling a pledge made by Mayor Pasquale Menna two years back, the borough council awarded a contract for a yet-to-be-determined number of pay stations that will, among other wonders, send visitors texts when they’re in danger of being ticketed and allow them to extend their stays from the comfort of a restaurant.

Oh, and for the town? A sweet spike in parking revenue, with an accompanying drop in enforcement and maintenance costs, says an executive at vendor Integrated Technical Systems of Wallingford, Connecticut.

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MOTORIST, 90, OK AFTER ACCIDENT

A minivan ended up on its side and at least one person had to be mechanically extricated after an accident on Newman Springs Road near Henry Street in Shrewsbury around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

An official account of events was not immediately available, but the vehicle appeared to have struck a fire hydrant, which was knocked off a concrete pad despite being surrounded by steel columns.  (Click to enlarge)

[Update, 11 a.m, December 21: Red Bank police say they have a report of an accident at 5:12 a.m, but that it was handled by Shrewsbury PD. But Shrewsbury Police Chief John Wilson III says his department has no record of the accident.] [Update to the update, 1:21 p.m.: Sergeant Michael Gallagher of the Shrewsbury PD tells redbankgreen that because of miscommunication, we were mistakenly informed that there was no record of this accident. In fact, he says, the Shrewsbury PD did respond and found a single-vehicle accident in which a 90-year-old Tinton Falls man was briefly trapped in his minivan, which had rolled after he swerved to avoid an animal in the road and struck the fire hydrant. The victim, whose identity was not immediately given, was extricated by Shrewsbury fire volunteers and transported to Riverview Medical Center with “very minor injuries,” Gallagher said. No charges were filed and the matter is under investigation, he said.]

FAIR HAVEN SUNOCO CLOSES

The River Road station will be boarded up until Sunoco can find another tenant, says the departing gasoline dealer. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

After 20 years, Rich Bercaw has pulled down the bay doors for the last time at his Sunoco gasoline and service station on River Road in Fair Haven.

Unable to keep up with steep rent and what he described as steadily dropping demand for both fuel and repairs, Bercaw pink-slipped five employees and shut off the lights last Thursday, he tells redbankgreen.

“Sunoco will come in and board it up until they find someone to rent it,” he said, as he loaded equipment into a pickup truck Tuesday. And with a deeply discounted first-year’s rent, “eventually, they’ll get someone,” he said.

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DUBLIN HOUSE HIT FOR $1.1M IN DWI DEATH

hot-topic rightRed Bank’s Dublin House pub is on the hook for more than $1 million of a $3.3 million jury award to the family a man killed by a drunk, off-duty State Trooper in Middletown four years ago, the Asbury Park Press reported Thursday last week.

Also having to pay into the settlement is the defunct Ashes Cigar Bar nightclub on Broad Street. A third Red Bank watering hole that was sued was spared from the judgment.

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TWO CARS STOLEN FROM SAME OWNER

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By JOHN T. WARD

Thieves stole two cars from the same owner Tuesday evening, Fair Haven police say.

A Range Rover and a Mercedes, both parked in a driveway unlocked and with keys inside, were taken sometime between 5 p.m. and 8:30 p,m., Detective Jesse Dykstra tells redbankgreen.

“During dinnertime,” he said. “It was pretty brazen.”

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TWO INJURED IN MULTI-VEHICLE CRASH

chestnut-crash-2One vehicle, a pickup truck, ended up on its side with two occupants briefly trapped inside outside the Armory Ice Rink. Below, one of the injured being strapped to a brace for transport to a hospital. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

chestnut-crash-3An accident involving at least three vehicles left two men injured and a trail of devastation along Chestnut Street in Red Bank Saturday night.

Police and emergency volunteers extricated two men from a black pickup truck that ended up on its left side outside the Red Bank Armor Ice Rink in the crash, which occurred around 10 p.m.

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WRONG-WAY TIX ISSUED DURING CAR SHOW

wallace-st-091011A frame from an amateur video shot during the exotic car show captured at least one vehicle parked facing in the wrong direction on Wallace Street. (Click to enlarge)

[This article was updated with additional information at 5 p.m. Monday, September 20]

By JOHN T. WARD

park_it_021The free exotic car show that drew hundreds of visitors to downtown Red Bank earlier this month may end up costing seven motorists $38 each.

Their vehicles were ticketed for parking faced in the wrong direction on a one-way street.

What led their drivers to think they could do so? A case of follow-the-leader for some, perhaps.

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SHORE TO PLEASE?

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park_it_021redbankgreen spotted this plate on a car parked on Broad Street in downtown Red Bank Wednesday afternoon. Our satirical circuits were immediately overloaded.

LSD – once regarded by some as the ultimate escape from the Establishment – being touted on an uber-Establishment Cadillac? LSD is “Shore to Please?” Was the DMV tripping when the request for this tag came in?

Too many options. So we put it out there for followers of our Facebook page to offer up some captions. Here’s what they came up with:

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SWEET RIDES, AND PAULIE WALNUTS, TOO

Foam-mattress maven Michael Fux (pronounced ‘fyooks’) pulled off his hurricane-delayed exotic car show in downtown Red Bank Saturday afternoon, showcasing 52 cars from his collection of 114 top-end Rolls Royces, Lamborghinis and Ferraris in a bid to raise money for two of his favorite charities.

Owners of another 25 or so exotics supplemented the event, which also featured actor Tony Sirico (‘Paulie Walnuts’ of ‘Sopranos’ fame) posing for photos with anyone who asked. The borough government closed off the north end of Broad Street for six hours for the event.

redbankgreen was there, and grabbed these 25 shots.

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