FAIR HAVEN: PD, DPW, PLANS IN REVISION

Borough Engineer Rich Gardella, at upper right, discussed concept plans for the public works yard on Third Street during the council meeting Monday night. Below, a 2019 rendering showing a DPW building repositioned to Third Street. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

fair haven, nj, dpw conceptIt’s back-to-the-drawing board time as Fair Haven officials try once again to advance two significant capital projects.

One is a proposed new police station, which was the driving factor behind two controversial, and failed, property acquisition efforts in recent years.

The other is a public works yard makeover that not long ago appeared on track to yield residential lots the town could sell to fund later projects. That may no longer be the case.

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RED BANK: COOLER TEMPS ARRIVE

With one week of summer left, an early harbinger of autumn has arrived on the Greater Red Bank Green in the form of cool temperatures, according to the National Weather Service

Tuesday promises to be abundantly sunny, with temperatures peaking in the high 60s. Check out the extended forecast below. (National Weather Service image. Click to enlarge.) Read More »

LITTLE SILVER: FOOTBALL WEATHER COMING?

A deer seemed a bit puzzled – as was redbankgreen –  by a Giants helmet left on strange display in the woods off White Road in Little Silver Wednesday.

Speaking of the Giants, the team should take the field under clear skies for their season opener at home in the Meadowlands against the Steelers Monday night, according to the National Weather Service. In the meantime, here the on Greater Red Bank Green, the next few days will alternate between rain and sunshine.

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FAIR HAVEN: ‘TRANSITION’ CUSTOM ROLLS ON

Delayed three months by the COVID-19 pandemic, Fair Haven’s ‘Transition Day’ rolled down Third Street Thursday afternoon.

As per custom in the borough, where an estimated 75 percent of kids regularly bike to school, a group of rising fifth-graders and teachers from the Knollwood Middle School rode across town to Viola Sickles elementary. There, they picked up the incoming fourth-grade class and rode back, parade-style, for an orientation.

Along the way, the riders – including a suit-wearing Superintendent Sean McNeil – were cheered and showered with streamers and confetti.

“It’s the best,” McNeil told redbankgreen. “I think this was exactly what we needed right now, because everybody’s got these tricky school openings, and so it’s nice to get to a place of normalcy and remember what we’re doing this for.”

See more photos below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: WEEKEND OUTLOOK MIXED

A visitor to Marine Park in Red Bank enjoyed some shade and cool breezes off the Navesink River earlier this week.

The weekend outlook for the Greater Red Bank Green includes mostly sunny skies Friday and a cloudy Saturday, with chances of daytime rain ranging from 30 to 60 percent, according to the National Weather Service. Sunshine abounds Sunday.

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

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FAIR HAVEN: FACILITIES ON SPECIAL AGENDA

fair haven police station 071520 2The police department has outgrown the former schoolhouse that houses it, officials say. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topicSix weeks after Fair Haven’s council killed a controversial plan for a new borough hall and police station, the question of what to do instead may have an answer.

On Wednesday, officials announced the council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, August 25 “for a borough facilities review and discussion.”

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FAIR HAVEN: TRAIL FUNDING SOUGHT

The proposed trail would run between the cherry blossom trees lining Fair Haven Road and the eastern edge of Fair Haven Fields. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Fair Haven officials have dusted off a three-year-old proposal that would add a stone-dust trail to the roadside portions of Fair Haven Fields.

It would also cut the cost of removing excess vegetation from McCarter Pond, they said.

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RED BANK: WEEKEND WEATHER MIXED

The weekend weather outlook for the Greater Red Bank includes a mostly sunny Saturday.

That’s the good news. But first, Friday looks to be humid and partly cloudy, and Sunday’s skies will be mostly cloudy with a chance of thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service.

Check out the extended forecast below. (NWS image. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: STORMS MAY BRING FLOODING

The presoaked Greater Red Bank Green may be in for yet another summer drenching Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service.

Some localized flooding could follow slow-moving thunderstorms in the daily forecast. And the phrase “a chance of showers and thunderstorms” dominates the outlook at least through Friday. 

Check out the extended forecast below. (NWS image. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: POWER BACK ON AS HEAT DIALS UP

Six days after Tropical Storm Isaias, electrical service was almost fully restored on the Greater Green early Monday, just in time for some uncomfortably hot weather.

As of 6 a.m., 11 homes and businesses in Fair Haven were awaiting restoration of power from First Energy/JCP&L, down from more than 2,300 at the peak, according to the utility’s outage map. Fewer than 5 each in Red Bank and Little Silver were still without service, the map indicated.

Ambient temperatures and humidity will combine to create feels-like peaks to nearly 100 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. The extended forecast for the Greater Green is below.

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RED BANK: POWER OUTAGES CONTINUE

The effects of Tropical Storm Isaias continued to disrupt life on the Greater Green early Friday, three days after it passed through the region.

As of 6 a.m., 80,411 homes and businesses in Monmouth County did not have electrical service from First Energy/JCP&L, or more than one in four customers, according to the utility’s outage map, shown above.

See details about Red Bank, Fair Haven and Little Silver below.

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ON THE GREEN: OUTAGES & ABUNDANT SUN

An unidentified runner on River Road in Fair Haven soldiered through a downpour during Tropical Storm Isais Tuesday.

The storm left hundreds of customers on the Greater Red Bank Green without power, a condition that continued Wednesday morning. Utility provider JCP&L’s online outage map reported 52 percent of its 291,000 customers in Monmouth County still without electricity as of 6 a.m.

The weather outlook for Wednesday is sunny, with a high of about 87 degrees. Check out the extended forecast by the National Weather Service below.

(Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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ON THE GREEN: OUTAGES FOLLOW STORM

Tropical Storm Isais brought down a tree and electrical wires onto a house on Mechanic Street in Red Bank Tuesday. No one was injured, police said.

The storm swept through the Greater Red Bank Green by mid-afternoon, leaving behind numerous power outages, lots of leafy debris – and bright sunshine.

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RED BANK: TORNADO THREAT AMID OUTAGES

With Tropical Storm Isais moving north through New Jersey, a man on a scooter got caught in a downpour on White Street in downtown Red Bank Tuesday morning.

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RED BANK: ISAIAS MAY SPARE AREA ITS WORST

With about a quarter-inch of rain falling, the Greater Red Bank Green saw only a hint of Tropical Storm Isaias Monday night, according to the National Weather Service. Few JCP&L customers were without power Tuesday morning.

The region may be further spared the drenching worst of the storm Tuesday, according to NWS forecasts, though dangerous winds are still expected.

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RED BANK: TROPICAL STORM WARNING ISSUED

Tropical Storm Isaias could bring heavy rain and dangerous winds to the Greater Red Bank Green Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service

Tracking north along the Atlantic coast early Monday, the storm was expected to bring flash flooding, rip currents and possible wind gusts of 60 to 70 miles per hour, the agency said in a tropical storm warning update early Monday.

Meantime, sunshine is expected in the region Monday. Check out the extended forecast below. (NWS image. Click to enlarge.)

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FAIR HAVEN: BIKE LANE DEBATE CONTINUES

fair haven bike laneUnder the plan, “share the road” sharrows would be painted in both directions through the eastern business district. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03A debate over proposed bike lanes and share-the-road markings along the length of River Road in Fair Haven rolled on Monday night.

One week after he broke a tie to advance the plan, Mayor Ben Lucarelli brought in some “sources of authority” on the issue. But opposition, even among some bikers, continued.

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ON THE GREEN: WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK

A week that began with intense heat brought brief but ferocious rainstorms to the Greater Red Bank Green Thursday night and early Friday.

High winds tore down trees and limbs that knocked out power to hundreds of JCP&L customers. Above, a tree lay toppled in a yard on Seven Bridges Road in Little Silver, where the road was closed between Rumson and Kings roads.

Scattered thunderstorms could drop another quarter-inch or more heavy rain Friday, when temperatures top out in the low 80s, according to the National Weather Service.

But Saturday and Sunday will bring lots of sunshine.  Check out the extended forecast below. (redbankgreen photo. Click to enlarge.)

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VIRUS UPDATE: MONMOUTH TOPS 10K CASES

Case growth in Red Bank, Fair Haven and Little Silver. (Monmouth County data. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njMonmouth County has now surpassed 10,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases, the freeholder board announced Thursday.

But four months into the pandemic, the county’s caseload and fatalities have slowed dramatically from the worst of the crisis in early April.

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RED BANK: FREE COVID-19 TESTS SLATED

Pilgrim Baptist Church is one of six sites in Monmouth County that will offer the tests. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)hot topic

[UPDATE: The COVID-19 testing scheduled for August 7  has been cancelled due to weather.]

Red Bank-area residents will be able to get free, no-appointment COVID-19 tests starting next month under a program co-funded by Monmouth County and a philanthropic organization.

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FAIR HAVEN: COUNCIL SPLITS ON BIKE PLAN

Under the plan, both sides of River Road between Lake Avenue and Hance Road would be marked with bike lanes; sharrows would be painted from Hance east to the Rumson border. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03A plan for bike lanes in Fair Haven hit some potholes last week.

Mayor Ben Lucarelli was forced to break a tie when three council members balked at approving share-the-road markings through the River Road business district.

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