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RED BANK: THE GIRLS HAVE THEIR NIGHT OUT

101614gno29101614gno22Looking for all the world like the trendiest bag ladies you’ve ever seen, more than 200 women signed up for this year’s edition of Girls Night Out, held Thursday and sponsored by Red Bank RiverCenter and Riverview Medical Center. Discounted food and drink at a long list of restaurants, discounts in many stores and goodie bags were just some of the festive attractions. The warmer-than-usual weather was perfect for the ladies to walk around and enjoy the musical entertainment on the streets. Look below for more pictures. Were you there?   (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: WEDDING WALKERS BRAVE CHILL

rb wed walk 033014 5rb wed walk 033014 2Some 215 soon-to-be-married couples and their attendants endured a wet, chilly few hours Sunday for the latest edition Red Bank Wedding Walk, which puts the services of several dozen wedding vendors on display. A trolly and a hot beverage made the going a bit easier for one participant, above.

The event, the first since a Superior Court ruled last October that New Jersey must recognize same-sex marriage, attracted a number of same-sex couples, including a set of grooms-to-be who won one of the event’s prizes, according to officials at Red Bank RiverCenter, the organizer.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: RICE & BEANS, ITALIAN & TURKEY

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To get a sense of how folks around the greater Red Bank Green will be celebrating Thanksgiving, PieHole checked in with a few area barbers and hair stylists. In this, the fifth and final in the series, we pop in on three barbers.

Art’s Barbershop, Monmouth Street.

Jim Murphy, Monmouth Beach: Go over my mother in law’s, and she just cooks like a madwoman. Three different kinds of meats for about 15 to 20 people. She’ll make a ham, turkey and lamb. And she’ll make meatballs, too.

Barber, Rick Memmola: Going to a friend’s house in Long Branch, and we’ll probably have pasta or a lasagna. I’m not a big fan of turkey. I just plan on eating a lot.

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RED BANK: MOM CAN’T “COOK LITTLE”

thanksgiving barber 1Rocky’s Barbershop. Barber: Michelle Rago. Chair: Anonymous (she played hooky). (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

morsels smallTo get a sense of how folks around the greater Red Bank Green will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week, PieHole checked in with a few area barbers and hair stylists. Here’s number four in the series.

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RED BANK: EVERYTHING MUST GO

rb grauer 110213Rcsm2_010508With a hand truck loaned by neighbor Mona Pollard (center), Red Bank residents Marc Grauer and Nancy Keyes schlepped a sideboard to their Hubbard Park home from the downtown women’s clothing store Emilia, more than half a mile away, on Saturday.

Emilia owner Jessy Krol tells redbankgreen’s Retail Churn that she’s closing her Monmouth Street boutique later this month after just two years because there’s not enough business to justify paying a nearly 30-percent increase in rent. Everything, including the store displays, is for sale. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: CALM AND CASUAL

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MODEL-CITIZEN_07CFormer Rumson resident Kerry Planer was bolting from the Alex and Ani New Age jewelry store on Broad Street in Red Bank on a recent fall afternoon when spied by your Model Citizen correspondent.

For a woman out buying last-minute gifts for the bridesmaids in her wedding just days away, Kerry appeared astonishingly calm.

In fact, everything she wore purred “casual.” Perfectly fitted skinny jeans. Black-and-white striped tee with bright pink shoulders. Nude flats. Classic tortoise-shell, cat’s-eye sunglasses.

“I’m a jean-and-t-shirt kind of woman,” Kerry says.  “I love the minimalist look of throwing on a white shirt, jeans, flats and draping a beautiful scarf around my neck.”

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RED BANK: BOOTS ON BROAD STREET

MODEL-CITIZEN_06AIt was one of those boring rainy days in downtown Red Bank when everyone seems to stay put in the office or at home.

But it didn’t stop Tracy Stamer from strolling Broad Street with her two girls, with whom she was shopping. When you have a pair of chic army green and brown rain boots, why not take advantage?

As soon as your Model Citizen correspondent started taking photographs, though, the rain ceased and the sun came out. Tracy appeared visibly disappointed.

“So much for wearing rain boots,” said the 50-year-old Rumson homemaker.

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RED BANK: EDGY, SEXY LIT FOR VIXENS

literary vixens 1‘Literary Vixens’ Jacqueline Tobacco (left) and Melissa Bartolone flank author Suzanne Palmieri during her reading at Red Bank’s Lambs and Wolves salon earlier this month. (Photos by Alexis Orlacchio. Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

literary vixens 2Author Suzanne Palmieri believes in magic.

Not the “pull a rabbit out of a hat” kind of magic. The kind, she told an audience on a recent Friday night in Red Bank, that happened when she learned, while trying to budget her daughter’s college tuition. that an Italian company had bought the foreign rights to her book, ‘The Witch of Little Italy.’ The kind that happens when a fan, who happens to live five minutes away, turns into a close friend.

“I’ve made a lot of friends like that,” she said. “I didn’t know when I wrote the book that it would tap into something bigger.”

Hoping to create that kind of magic for other writers of edgy, sexy fiction is Literary Vixens, a publishing concern that began when friends Jacqueline Tobacco of Middletown and Melissa Bartolone of Red Bank reunited through social media over their love of books.

With Lauren DeVito, Literary Vixens promote, as their tagline says, “smart books for passionate readers.” What started out as a book blog is transforming into a publishing agency, and the ladies hope to hand pick a few marketable authors to work with.

“We knew we wanted [the name] to be a combination of smart and daring,” said Tobacco. “‘Vixen’ means we’re a little bit more edgy in our reading, a little bit more sophisticated.”

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RED BANK: FROM THE ’70S, A FRESH BREEZE

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MODEL-CITIZEN_04BIt was an unsettled afternoon in downtown Red Bank. A series of pouting, petulant young men and women were hanging out on the corner of Broad and West Front streets, getting on your Model Citizen correspondent’s nerves.

Crossing Broad to escape the negativity, we were immediately distracted by Brandi Coleman’s laid-back look. In cutoff shorts with a white lace throw waving behind her as she strode, she was a breath of fresh air amid the crop tops and t-shirts. Her bag hung freely on her shoulder, its long fringes almost grazing the sidewalk.

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RED BANK: ARTFUL TOUCHES

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MODEL-CITIZEN_03BIt was smoldering summer day, much as it’s been here this week, and Broad Street in Red Bank was swarming with people downing iced coffees, ice cream – anything to keep them cool as they plowed through the thick, humid air.

Sitting on the bench outside Urban Outfitters was Mallory Morgan, 24, lighting her cigarette with such grace – not that we’re endorsing it! – her red lipstick perfectly in place, and wearing a tan and black hat that waved with each sultry breeze.

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RED BANK: DANCING & DRESSING FOR SUCCESS

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Anthony Tiedeman's shoesLooking dapper in his black wing-tipped shoes, rolled-up-to-the-ankle jeans and a button-down shirt, Anthony Tiedeman spends many of his days in sweat pants and dance clothes.

A 20-year-old Red Bank resident and student at the Juilliard School, he has immersed himself in an institution where students nurture their performing-arts dreams. Anthony says he loves all music and theater, but what really sets stands out for him is the art of movement.

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NEW LOOK, NEW FEATURES, RIGHT HERE…

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Welcome to redbankgreen 3.0.

The newest version of this seven-year-old authentically local news and information site comes with changes both cosmetic – as you’ve probably already noticed – and substantive.

The cosmetic is self-evident. The substance is hinted at above: PieHole and All Good are the names of new pages that we hope will satisfy particular needs in your life. And there’s some new fun stuff, too.

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STREET STYLE: WALKING TALL ON BROAD

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MODEL-CITIZEN_02With this article, redbankgreen debuts a new regular feature: Model Citizen, in which we track down individuals on the streets of the Green for impromptu interviews about what they’re wearing – and why.

In a perfect world, we could all power-walk through our days in six-inch Christian Louboutins. But with so much to do and so little tolerance for pain, it’s hard for even a woman of daring style not to settle for a pair of comfortable sneakers or flats.

For Kelly Karagias, though, it’s still more important to be bold in her choice of footwear.

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MIDDLETOWN: TWO FIREFIGHTERS HURT

Two volunteer firefighters suffered minor injuries in an early morning fire that tore through a Middletown beauty spa early Monday morning, according to a report on the Asbury Park Press website.

Police said one firefighter fell through the second floor, and a second was injured in a fall outside the Orange Skye Wellness Spa on Route 35, opposite Pine Street, where the fire was reported at about 3 a.m.  Both firefighters were treated and released from Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank, the Press reported.

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RED BANK: FASHION OPTIONS ABOUND

Denim shorts on display at Dor L’ D’or, above, and a summer dress, below, at Emilia. Further below: a boot at Do L’ Do’r. (Photos by Lola Todman. Click to enlarge)

By LOLA TODMAN
Red Bank Charter School Intern

Women’s fashion is on the rise in downtown Red Bank. It may not be Paris or Milan, but you may have noticed new stores such as Lucki Clover and Bella Chic Boutique joining not-much-older merchants Dor L’ Dor, Rue RoyaleUrban Outfitters and stalwarts Backward Glances and CoCo Pari.

Or you may even be a customer of Emilia, one of three side-by-side women’s clothing stores to open on Monmouth Street in little more than a year.

So the pressing question is: why?

“Options,” said Blaise Lucarelli, manager of Dor L’ D’or, which opened in mid-2010. “When there are different types of women, there need to be options.”

Because of that need, there are also many different stores designed around age ranges, affordability, specialty clothing and other things that may define a specific type of female, said Lucarelli.

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RED BANK: BRIDAL SURGE REPORTED

Once again, brides-to-be, accompanied by female attendants and the occasional fiancé, flooded the streets of Red Bank for the annual Wedding Walk extravaganza Sunday. The RiverCenter-orchestrated event highlights goods and services available in town, from banquet halls to photo framing.

Among the hundreds of participants was Alyssa Hopkins of Piscataway, who said she came away with “lots of ideas” for her big day and was delighted to find a shop that would rent table lanterns for her wedding reception, sparing her a costly purchase. “What am I going to do with 200 lanterns?” she said. (Click the embiggen symbol to enlarge the photo display.)

RED BANK: A PRE-AISLE BRIDAL STROLL

A bride-to-be and her entourage pass a begowned model at Barbizon School of Modeling at the 2012 edition of Wedding Walk, above, and the trolley that makes the walk a bit less, um, pedestrian. (Click to enlarge)

Having hit on a good thing, Red Bank turns into Bridesville once again Sunday, swapping the green of last weekend’s Saint Patrick’s Day for miles of satiny white.

The occasion is Wedding Walk, and the idea is promote the town’s dozens of wedding-related vendors – caterers, liveries, photographers and more – as a one-stop fulfillment center for every bride-to-be’s Big Day needs.

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RED BANK: STORE VACANCY ENDS IN STYLE

Salon Concrete celebrated its first business day after a move Wednesday. (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Red Bank’s Salon Concrete reopened for business Wednesday at a new Broad Street location, a move owner Christine Zilinski says had been a “long time coming.”

The process of occupying the 2,500-square-foot location at 123 Broad – formerly home of Surray Luggage – began almost a full year ago. After signing the lease, it took until October to start renovation work on a space that had been an eyesore vacancy for almost six years.

“Then Sandy hit, and that of course put us back a little bit,” said Zilinski.

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