VIRUS: MONMOUTH HOSPITALIZATIONS RISE

hot topic red bank njMonmouth County hospitals were treating 344 COVID-19 patients as of Monday, the county freeholders reported. Of those, 48 patients were in intensive care and 32 were on ventilators.

In its daily news release Tuesday, the county reported an increase of 309 confirmed COVID-19 cases in its 53 municipalities from Monday, for a total 20,626 since the start of the pandemic in March.

Separately, the New Jersey Health Department website indicated that, as of Tuesday, 816 Monmouth County resident deaths had been attributed to COVID-19, up 5 from Monday. Another 92 deaths were considered “probable,” according to the agency’s pandemic dashboard.

Ninety deaths statewide were added to the pandemic’s toll  Tuesday, bringing the total to 15,254, the agency reported.

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RED BANK: DECEMBER WEATHER ARRIVES

After a day of drenching rain, Riverside Gardens Park in Red Bank shone with holiday spirit Monday night.

The final month of 2020 – yes, finally – begins Tuesday with hints of winter: partly sunny skies and temperatures falling by about 10 degrees, to the low 40s, by early evening, according to the National Weather Service

Check out the extended forecast below. (redbankgreen photo. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: PLAYING-IN-THE-PARK WEATHER

New Red Bank resident Andy, who declined to give his last name, passed time playing ‘I Wish You Love‘ on saxophone in Eastside Park while his home aired out after a dishwasher mishap Thursday evening.

The post-Thanksgiving interlude will bring pleasant weather for playing in parks, with partly sunny skies Friday, ample sunshine Saturday and Sunday, and daytime peak temperatures in the mid-50s, according to the National Weather Service.

Check out the extended forecast for the Greater Red Bank Green below. (Video by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

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FAIR HAVEN: DEMS WIN RARE MAJORITY

The Fair Haven vote tally as shown on the Monmouth County Clerk’s website as of Monday evening. (Click to enlarge.)

Fair Haven Democrats have won their first majority on the borough’s governing body in recent memory.

Nearly three weeks after voting closed, official results posted on Monmouth County Clerk’s website late Monday showed incumbent Councilman Chris Rodriguez and running mate Laline Neff won the two open council seats, displacing three-term Republican Susan Sorensen.

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COVID-19 WATCH: HOSPITALIZATIONS CLIMB

Monmouth County hospitalizations of patients with COVID-19 have been rising steeply in recent weeks. (Monmouth County government data. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njWith COVID-19 hospitalizations rising rapidly, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy implored residents to curtail their traditional Thanksgiving gatherings this week.

“We know that there are those who are so yearning for normalcy that they’re willing to risk their family’s health for a big Thanksgiving,” he said at his regular briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic Monday. But “we urge you to think beyond this holiday,” he said.

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RED BANK: THANKSGIVING FORECAST MIXED

Rain continues over the Greater Red Bank Green Monday morning before a cold front passes through the region later in the day, according to the National Weather Service

And skipping ahead to Thursday: what’s the outlook for Thanksgiving? Mixed: morning fog, then showers showers likely before 1 p.m, followed by mostly cloudy skies and temperatures peaking in the low 60s.

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

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RED BANK: COVID-19 CASES EXCEED 500

Hundreds lined up for free virus tests offered by Immediate Care in Red Bank’s White Street parking lot Saturday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations climbing sharply across the United States and around the world, the case total in Red Bank since the start of the pandemic eclipsed 500 Tuesday.

Monmouth County government data show the the latest 100 cases among borough residents were recorded in only 17 days.
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RED BANK: COOLER WEATHER AHEAD

Gusty winds Sunday night largely spared the Greater Red Bank Green of power outages, according to Jersey Central Power & Light. And while it will remain a bit breezy through Monday night, no damaging winds are expected, according to the National Weather Service

Coming in behind the cold front: a string of sunny or partly sunny days and cooler temperatures. Check out the extended forecast below. (Weather.gov image. Click to enlarge.

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RED BANK: RAIN AND SUN IN FORECAST

red bank harris park leaves 111220Golden leaves lay across Harris Park in Red Bank during on-and-off rain Thursday evening.

The Greater Green is in for a mix of autumn conditions over the next few days, with more rain early Friday yielding to sunshine in the afternoon and Saturday, with showers possible again Sunday , according to the National Weather Service

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

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ON THE GREEN: VETERANS DAY OBSERVATIONS

red bank war monumentWednesday is Veteran’s Day, and two towns on the Greater Red Bank Green plan to hold commemoration services, though one will be virtual, and the other curtailed, to limit the spread of COVID-19. See below for details.

RED BANK: SUMMERY WEATHER CONTINUES

Expect the past weekend’s sunshine and daytime temperatures in the 70s to continue Monday on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the National Weather Service

But there’s a potential Monday night and Tuesday night for fog, which may be dense Tuesday night. Heavy rainfall is expected on Wednesday and Thursday.

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by Trish Russoniello.  Click to enlarge.)

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FAIR HAVEN: DEMOCRATS HOLD WIDE MARGIN

By JOHN T. WARD

Fair Haven Democrats appeared headed to a council majority for the first time in memory Wednesday.

With vote tallies incomplete, incumbent Chris Rodriguez and running mate Laline Neff  held wide margins over incumbent Republican Susan Sorensen, who ran solo in pursuit of a fourth three-year term.

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RED BANK: WINDY START TO SUNNY WEEK

The new workweek on the Greater Red Bank Green kicks off with a wintry nip.

Northwest winds of 15 to 20 miles per hour created wind-chill temperatures in the 20s across much of New Jersey Monday morning. And possible gusts up to 45 mph prompted a National Weather Service wind advisory through 3 p.m.

But there’s also lots of sunshine in store throughout the week. Check out the extended forecast below. (NWS image. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: HEAVY RAIN IN FORECAST

A day and a half of rain is expected to soak the Greater Red Bank Green starting Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service

As Tropical Storm Zeta charged northeast through Georgia early Thursday, remnants of the system were expected to bring sometimes-heavy rainfall to our area before tapering off Friday. With fallen leaves clogging sewers, that could create localized flooding and dangerous driving conditions, the NWS cautioned.

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

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FAIR HAVEN: RODRIGUEZ Q&A

Christopher Rodriguez. (Click to enlarge.)

Fair Haven voters will be asked to fill two three-year terms on the borough council in the November 3 election.

On the ballot are three candidates: incumbent Republican Susan Sorensen; incumbent Democrat Christopher Rodriguez; and his running mate, Laline Neff.

Here are Rodriguez’s written responses to questions posed to all three candidates recently by redbankgreen.

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FAIR HAVEN: SORENSEN Q&A

Susan Sorensen. (Click to enlarge.)

Fair Haven voters will be asked to fill two three-year terms on the borough council in the November 3 election.

On the ballot are three candidates: incumbent Republican Susan Sorensen; incumbent Democrat Christopher Rodriguez; and his running mate, Laline Neff.

Here are Sorensen’s written responses to questions posed to all three candidates recently by redbankgreen.

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FAIR HAVEN: NEFF Q&A

Laline Neff. (Click to enlarge.)

Fair Haven voters will be asked to fill two three-year terms on the borough council in the November 3 election.

On the ballot are three candidates: incumbent Republican Susan Sorensen; incumbent Democrat Christopher Rodriguez; and his running mate, Laline Neff.

Here are Neff’s written responses to questions posed to all three candidates recently by redbankgreen.

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FAIR HAVEN: WITCHES’ WHIMSY ON THE WATER

About two dozen witches swapped their brooms for self-propelled watercraft in the Navesink River off Fair Haven Saturday.

The aim of the “somewhat impromptu” coven convening was to “to bring a bit of whimsy and fun to an otherwise tricky (no pun intended) and difficult year,” said Rachel Griffin, who organized the event with Cassie Conley. Inspired by a Witch Paddle that takes place in Mystic, Connecticut, Griffin said she and Conley hope to make it an annual outing for charity.

Check out more photos below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: PARTLY THIS AND MOSTLY THAT

Neither here nor there, the weather outlook for the Greater Red Bank Green includes a  lot of “partly” and “mostly,” according to the National Weather Service

Tuesday, for example, will be mostly cloudy, with light rain possible in the morning. Check out the extended forecast below. (Weather.gov image.  Click to enlarge.)

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FAIR HAVEN: PD, DPW CONCEPTS UNVEILED

fair haven police plan 101320A concept drawing of a new police station on Fisk Street, above; below, an aerial view superimposing the station at top, as well as a new rec center and parking lot. (Visuals by The Goldstein Partnership. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

fair haven police rec center plan 101320Fair Haven residents got their first peek at concept plans for a trio of new borough facilities Tuesday night.

They also got the first hint of what some of it might cost.

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FAIR HAVEN: BUSY COUNCIL AGENDA SLATED

A plan for bike lanes would advance with a parking ban on the north side of River Road between Lake Avenue and Hance Road. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Parking, borough facilities and more will keep Fair Haven’s elected officials busy on their Zoom session Tuesday night.

Also on the agenda: a plan to terminate an “interlocal services” agreement under which Fair Haven disposes of Rumson’s collected yard brush.

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RED BANK: RAIN LANDS ON COLUMBUS DAY

Columbus Day on the Greater Red Bank Green will be a wet and gusty one, according to the National Weather Service

“A long period of widespread showers will impact the region through Tuesday, producing 2 to 3 inches of rain,” the NWS reported in its early morning forecast Monday. “Nuisance flooding” in low lying areas and wind gusts of 30 miles per hour are also possible, it said.

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ON THE GREEN: A WARM AND WINDY DAY

Sunshine and temperatures peaking in the mid-70s are expected in advance of a windy spell Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service

The forecast for the area that includes the Greater Red Bank Green includes winds above 20 miles per hour, with gusts up to 40 in the afternoon. Winds are expected to diminish overnight.

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

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ON THE GREEN: COVID CASES IMPACT SCHOOLS

A student being screened for elevated temperature on September 14. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

[CORRECTION: Red Bank’s action was prompted by a positive test of an adult, not a student, Rumage said.]

By JOHN T. WARD

One person each at the middle schools in Fair Haven and Red Bank have tested positive for COVID-19, the respective district superintendents reported over the weekend.

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