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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ON THE GREEN: TRIPLE-DIGIT TEMPS FORECAST

The temperature reading at the Little Silver firehouse was in triple digits at noontime Sunday.

Regional heat index values for the day topped out at 104 degrees, according to the National Weather Service

‘Feels like’ temperatures are expected to soar to 105 degrees Monday, with the heat wave easing Tuesday. Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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ON THE GREEN: AMPLE SUNSHINE IN FORECAST

little silver paddlers 071620 2Young paddlers on Little Silver Creek under blue skies Thursday, when temperatures peaked in the mid-70s.

Following possible scattered showers Friday, the weekend forecast includes ample sunshine Saturday and Sunday, with highs in the high 80s and low 90s, according to the National Weather Service

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FAIR HAVEN: PURCHASE PLAN SCRAPPED

fair haven 623 river 022120 4The proposal called for a $3.4 million purchase of the office complex at 623 River Road, followed by an estimated $9.6 million in site redevelopment. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topicFair Haven’s council has scrapped a controversial plan to buy a River Road office building for $3.4 million.

Monday’s action marked the second time plans for a proposed home for a new borough hall and police station have fallen through, and left officials turning to plan C.

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RED BANK: LION IN WAIT… FOR A VACCINE?

A homeowner on River Road in Red Bank found an opportunity for humor in the increasingly politicized debate over masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Unlike the similarly masked lions guarding the New York Public Library’s main branch, these porch lions appear to be less than six feet apart, and thus in compliance with Governor Phil Murphy’s order, issued Wednesday, that masks be worn when social distancing is “not practicable.” (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

VIRUS UPDATE: ‘MASK UP,’ MURPHY ORDERS

red bank BROAD STREET PHIL TAMMY JOSH MURPHY 061820Governor Phil Murphy donned a mask while dining with his wife, Tammy, and son, Josh, at Char in Red Bank last month. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njNew Jerseyans must wear face coverings outdoors when social distancing is not practicable, Governor Phil Murphy ordered Wednesday.

The mandate marked the latest sign of concern about that Murphy labeled “backsliding” from earlier progress against the COVID-19 pandemic.

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ON THE GREEN: ONE POLLING PLACE PER TOWN

red bank, nj, voting boothTowns on the Greater Red Bank Green and beyond won’t see much in the way of traditional voting Tuesday.

With the Democratic and Republican primaries occurring during a pandemic, voters have been encouraged by election officials to cast ballots by mail.

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RED BANK: SUNSHINE AND STORMS FORECAST

red bank marine park 070520Sunlight danced on the Navesink River, as seen from Marine Park in Red Bank Sunday afternoon, capping a summery Fourth of July holiday weekend

The workweek gets underway Monday with more sunshine, and temperatures in the low 90s, but followed by possible thunderstorms in the evening, according to the National Weather Service. Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.) Read More »

VIRUS UPDATE: MONMOUTH DEATH TOLL AT 700

Monmouth County COVID-19 Fatalities 062320.pngOne hundred of Monmouth County’s fatalities have been reported since June 1. Below, a map shows the number of COVID-19 deaths per 100,000 population by county; the statewide figure is 147. (New Jersey Health Department data. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

COVID death rate per 100,000 by county 062324.pngOne hundred days after its first reported death from COVID-19, Monmouth County has now seen 700 fatalities in the pandemic, Governor Phil Murphy’s administration reported Tuesday.

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RED BANK: SALONS REOPEN

With the restoration of some personal-care services after three months, hair growers and stylists in Red Bank were eager to get back together Monday.

Gus Carter, owner of Gus’ Barber Shop on Shrewsbury Avenue, took it down to the scalp for customer Jimmy (last name withheld), above, and Tiffany Colelli at Hair & Co. on Monmouth Street, freshened up the color of Tricia Nelson’s locks.

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