RED BANK: WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST

red bank navesink sailboatAn unidentified boater appeared to do some winterizing work on his sailboat in the Navesink River off Red Bank Thursday.

Seasonal weather will continue through the coming weekend on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the National Weather Service. Expect lots of clouds Friday and Saturday, along with coastal flooding, and sunshine Sunday and Monday, Columbus Day. 

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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FAIR HAVEN: HARVESTFEST DRAWS A CROWD

The pumpkin-painting table at Fair Haven PTA’s HarvestFest.

(Fair Haven PTA press release)

More than 300 people turned out to enjoy HarvestFest on Saturday, Oct. 5. This highly successful, annual fundraiser celebrates autumn and Halloween while raising money to further the mission of the Fair Haven PTA.

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

fair haven nj police fhpdCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of September, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

9/3/19 Anthony J. Valletta, 65, of Middletown was arrested by Det. Reevey for stealing items from the Wash House Laundromat. Anthony was charged theft and was released with a pending court date.

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RED BANK: CLOUDY WEEK AHEAD

forecastThe Greater Red Bank Green is in for a lot of gray in coming days, according to the National Weather Service

Monday may bring showers starting after 1 p.m. And while the chance of rain remains at 50 percent or below from Tuesday onward, we’re not likely to see a great deal of sunshine before Sunday, NWS says.

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ON THE GREEN: WEEKEND WALKING WEATHER

RUMSON SLACKLINEAn unidentified man walking a slackline strung between trees in Meadow Ridge Park in Rumson last Saturday.

The next few days should offer pleasant autumn strolling weather on the Greater Red Bank Green. According to the National Weather Service, we’ll see sunshine Friday, with temperatures expected to peak in the low 70s, and even more on Saturday, with highs only in the low 60s.

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RED BANK: EX-CHEF FOUND NEW WAY TO SERVE

red bank jorge torresWith his son, Aydin, looking on, Jorge Torres embraces his wife, Lauren, after being sworn in as a police sergeant. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA former chef became the newest sergeant on the Red Bank police force Wednesday night.

The promotion of Jorge Torres was one of several ceremonies that led the borough council’s semimonthly meeting Wednesday night.

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RED BANK: SUNNY STRETCH TO CONTINUE

The mild, sunny weather that’s ushered autumn 2019 onto the Greater Red Bank Green will continue through the coming weekend and well into next week, according to the National Weather Service

That sets the stage for one of Red Bank’s biggest festivals, the Guinness Oysterfest, which gets its tenth annual staging Sunday. Temperatures are expected to peak in the mid-70s when headliners Almost U2 and The Weeklings take the stages at the opposite ends of the municipal parking lot.

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FAIR HAVEN: VOTERS TO DECIDE $15.6M PLAN

fair haven knollwood school 052219.Architectural renderings of the proposed additions to the Knollwood School (above) and Sickles School. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

fair haven schools sickles plan 052219Fair Haven residents are scheduled to vote Tuesday on a $15.6 million plan to create classrooms and improve security at the borough’s two schools.

But first, they’ve got to go to the right polling station.

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ON THE GREEN: WEEKEND OUTLOOK, TWO WAYS

Navesink River Fair Haven 091119For weather geeks who enjoy turgid writing, today’s National Weather Service area forecast discussion is not to be missed, packed as it is with “crashing Rossby waves” and an “invasion of anomalously warm air.”

But for those who like it as clear and plain as Wednesday’s view of the Navesink River from the Fair Haven dock, well, check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.) Read More »

FAIR HAVEN: NEW RESTAURANT LAW TABLED

fair haven peters lucarelli 090919Mayor Ben Lucarelli, right, with Council President Jon Peters at Monday’s council meeting. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njSteam continued to rise Monday night from last month’s controversial planning board decision  to allow a Dunkin’ coffee shop to open in Fair Haven.

At issue at the council’s semimonthly meeting was a proposed ordinance that would all but ban fast-food restaurants, even as advocates acknowledged it was no more than a “stopgap” measure.

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

fair haven nj police fhpdCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of August, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

08/05/19 Ptl. Robinson took a theft report of two garage door openers taken out of two vehicles from a residence on Pine Cove Rd.

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RED BANK: RUMAGE REFLECTS ON FIVE YEARS

JARED RUMAGE, red bankSuperintendent Jared Rumage wished middle schoolers a nice holiday weekend on the Friday before Memorial Day in May. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank’s school district still faces stiff financial challenges, but is “without question” in all-around better shape than it was when he arrived five years ago, says Superintendent Jared Rumage.

And as he did at a presentation last week, Rumage is hoping to leverage the narrative of that improvement to win voter approval of a $6.75 million referendum in November.

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RED BANK: SUN TO SHINE AS DORIAN PASSES

After causing devastation in the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian was lashing the Carolinas Friday morning and expected to track “well offshore” of the New Jersey coast as it heads northeast toward New England and Canada, according to the National Weather Service

For the Greater Red Bank Green, that means gusty winds, high surf and rip tides along the Atlantic coast, but otherwise no adverse impact. In fact, the forecast shows that after a day of scattered showers Friday, the region will see lots of sun over the weekend.

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

fair haven nj police fhpdCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of July, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

7/1/19 Caller reported that her vehicle was entered overnight on Maple Ave. The car door was found open, but nothing was taken. William Lagrotteria was the responding Officer.

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ON THE GREEN: HEY, SUMMER’S NOT OVER YET

parker avenue, fair havenA beach chair and cooler left curbside on Parker Avenue in Fair Haven Monday evening appeared to endorse the notion that with Labor Day behind us, summer was over.

Well, unofficially, maybe. But three weeks remain until the start of autumn, and even with some possible effects from Hurricane Dorian in the form of gusty winds later in the week, there’s still plenty of sunshine to be had in coming days, according to the National Weather Service

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FAIR HAVEN: RIVER RATS LOSES TAX CASE

fair haven river rats River Rats’s home at the northern end of Battin Road. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Fair Haven’s River Rats organization is not entitled to a property tax exemption, even though it’s a registered nonprofit run by volunteers, the New Jersey Tax Court ruled last week.

The organization tells redbankgreen it will appeal the decision.

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FAIR HAVEN: DUNKIN’ WINS BOARD APPROVAL

fair haven shopping centerThough turns would still be allowed in both directions on River Road, the shopping center’s eastern driveway will be changed to exit-only, under a condition set by the board. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njMore than a year after it was proposed, a Dunkin’ coffee shop won approval to operate in Fair Haven Monday night.

The 6-2 planning board vote, shortly before 11 p.m. capped months of passionate debate over traffic safety, a fast-food law that went MIA and the shop’s potential impact on the small-town character of the borough.

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RED BANK: ‘GROUNDHOG DAY’ OF MUGGINESS

red bank groundhogsA trio of groundhogs dined on the riverfront lawn outside the Red Bank Public Library last Thursday evening.

Weatherwise, it may feel like ‘Groundhog Day‘ for a stretch of the coming week. According to the National Weather Service, there’s a chance of heavy rains with localized flooding on the afternoons of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. And even when it’s not raining, it’ll be hot and muggy, with peak temperatures in the high 80s.

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RED BANK: SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE TUESDAY

The Greater Red Bank Green could be in for some “severe” weather Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service

Storms arriving after 2 p.m. “will be capable of producing damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, and heavy rainfall that could lead to localized flash flooding,” the agency warned early Monday.

Meantime, after a sunny and relatively cool weekend, the workweek begins Monday with sunshine and a daytime high temperature of 86 degrees. Check out the extended forecast below. (National Weather Service image. Click to enlarge.) Read More »

FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

fair haven nj police fhpdCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of June, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

6/6/19 Patricia Devaney-Westerlind, 46, Fair Haven, was arrested for Contempt of Court and was released after posting bail. Ptl. Brooks Robinson made the arrest.

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FAIR HAVEN: CLUB LANDS HISTORIC LISTINGS

fair haven shrewsbury sailing yacht 080519The Shrewsbury River Yacht Club began in a one-story houseboat acquired by a group of vacationing actors in 1910. Below, an undated photo from the early days of the Players Boat Club. (Photo above by John T. Ward; below, courtesy of SRYC. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Shrewsbury River Yacht Club undated The bawdy entertainment culture that spawned it is long gone. So is the Red Bank houseboat that served as its first home. Even the name of the river on which it sits has changed.

But the Shrewsbury River Yacht Club, founded by a bunch of vaudevillians vacationing in Fair Haven more than a century ago, lives on. And now, the successor to the club’s original Navesink River gathering spot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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FAIR HAVEN: DUNKIN’ TRAFFIC FIXES OFFERED

fair haven shopping centerA consultant to the planning board recommends that left turns from the shopping center’s eastern driveway, above, be prohibited. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njAttempting to address concerns over traffic safety, an engineer for a hotly debated Dunkin’ coffee shop proposed in Fair Haven has offered an idea he says will safeguard pedestrians.

Another traffic engineer, this one hired by the borough planning board, has also made some suggestions, redbankgreen has learned.

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RED BANK: SUNNY START TO AUGUST

red bank rainbow 073119 A rainbow, as seen from the Community YMCA in Red Bank, followed a summer drenching Wednesday afternoon.

August gets underway Thursday mostly sunny, with a high near 83 degrees on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the National Weather Service

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RED BANK: SUMMER STORMS SOAK THE GREEN

red bank stormThunderstorms dropped heavy rain  on the Greater Red Bank Green Wednesday afternoon, setting off fire alarms and leaving wide puddles for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate.

The closing hours of July, 2019, appeared to be equally soggy, with thunderstorms likely through 11 p.m., some of them severe, according to the National Weather Service. Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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