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RED BANK: FREE HOLIDAY PARKING IN EFFECT

rb-free-parking-121416LicPlate1A merchant we spoke to at the Galleria of Red Bank didn’t know this, so redbankgreen offers this reminder to all would-be shoppers: parking is free in all municipal spots, both on the street and in the lots, through December 25. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN: INVESTORS BANK PLAN STALLS

investors-bank-091316The Investors Bank proposed for River Road would be identical to this branch in Woodbridge, the developer said. (Photo by M&M Realty Partners. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03A proposed drive-thru bank on the site of a former filling station in Fair Haven ran out of gas Tuesday night.

The Investors Bank project encountered continuing objections to a traffic-flow plan that would put two driveways — for an entry and an exit — on River Road, which planning board members said raised child-safety concerns.

Also an issue: the brand-specific look of the one-story building, which called for a shallow glass atrium dome that one resident likened to a “blister.”

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FAIR HAVEN: BANK HEARING DELAYED AGAIN

fh bank plan 051016 1HOT-TOPIC_03For the second time since it began in May, a hearing on a proposed Investors Savings Bank branch on the former site of a Sunoco station on River Road in Fair Haven has been postponed at the applicant’s request. The matter, scheduled for Monday night, is now slated for July 28.

Meantime, the board is expected to continue its review of the town’s Master Plan, among other matters.

For redbankgreen’s prior coverage of the bank plan, click here.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

 

SEA BRIGHT: SEASONAL PARKING FEES DEBUT

sb parking 052616 4sb parking 052616 2With the wraps scheduled to come off new kiosks at the start of the Memorial Day weekend Friday, Sea Bright employees got a primer on the internal workings of the machines from a vendor Thursday.

After a threatened lawsuit by local business owners was withdrawn, the borough council earlier this month set a $1-per-hour rate for parking in municipal lots. The fees are imposed summer-only, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

 

FAIR HAVEN: SKEPTICISM OVER BANK PLAN

fh bank plan 051016 1An architectural rendering of the bank, proposed for the former site of a Sunoco station.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

fh bank plan 051016 2Like a customer at a balky ATM, a regional bank will have to try again after Fair Haven’s planning board raised numerous objections to a proposed bank branch Tuesday night.

Though the matter didn’t go to a vote, all but one board member cited misgivings about Investors Savings Bank’s plan for a branch on the site of a former River Road filling station.

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RED BANK: CRASH VICTIM EXTRICATED

rb crash 051016 1Firefighters in the process of extricating the victim Tuesday. (Reader photo. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

AUTHORITIES_RB-2016-v2A 53-year-old driver was hospitalized after an accident left her trapped in her car Tuesday afternoon, Red Bank police Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

Catherine Graidl, 53, had to be extricated after her Toyota Corrolla was broadsided on Riverside Avenue at about noon, McConnell said.

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RUMSON: IRISH SPIRIT ON PARADE

rumson st pat 031316 40rumson st pat 031316 34Bedecked in silly hats and shamrocks, hundreds of residents of the Greater Red Bank Green lined the route of the fourth annual St. Patrick’s Parade in Rumson Sunday. We’ve got dozens of photos, below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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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)

RUMSON, FAIR HAVEN: THEFT SPREE ALLEGED

HOT-TOPIC_01A Red Bank man was indicted Friday for a spending spree financed by credit cards stolen from cars in Rumson and Fair Haven, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office said.

Carl W. Bergen, 53, of 59 William Street, broke into four vehicles in the two towns over the course of a year, beginning in May, 2014, according to the 16-count indictment.

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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: 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: COPS PUSH PEDESTRIAN SAFETY

rbpd 042915 3rb pedestrian 042915 2Red Bank police were out on Broad Street Wednesday afternoon for a brief pedestrian safety enforcement push. The effort resulted in five summonses issued to motorists and 13 warnings, some to drivers and some to pedestrians, said Chief Darren McConnell.

But the enforcement might easily have gone on for hours, judging by activity seen by redbankgreen. See below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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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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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: CABS, KIDS, COPS & DOGS

rb k9 031115 2Mayor Pasquale Menna offers an official welcome to the RBPD K9 unit of Hunter, a 21-month-old Belgian Malinois, and his handler, Patrolman Stan Balmer. Below, an image used in a presentation on the Bellhaven spray park last August. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb spray park 081314Wednesday night’s bimonthly meeting of the Red Bank council included attention to taxicabs, a controversial proposal for Bellhaven Natural Area, lifesaving cops and a four-legged borough employee.

Details just around the corner…

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