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RED BANK: WHELAN FACING ASSAULT CHARGE

Councilman Mike Whelan on his first day on the dais in 2016. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank Councilman Mike Whelan was charged with assault following an incident in the Hamptons last month month, redbankgreen has learned.

The charge stems from a confrontation in which Whelan, 27, claims he was attacked in the men’s room of an oceanfront resort in the upscale town of Montauk.

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RED BANK: GOP ATTACKS RIVAL OVER THREAT

Council candidate Michael Clancy at the Red Bank Classic race in June. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

In the first attack of Red Bank’s 2018 election season, the two Republican council candidates claimed they saw one of their Democratic opponents “cavort” with a man who had made “menacing and threatening gestures” toward one of them at a local government meeting.

 

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RED BANK REGIONAL: $17.9M PLAN ON BALLOT

Frank Neary, who heads RBR’s finance committee, addressing the audience at the council meeting. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Voters in Red Bank, Little Silver and Shrewsbury are scheduled to decide the fate of a $17.9 million capital plan for their shared high school later this year.

On Wednesday night, two Red Bank Regional High officials told an audience at the borough council meeting that a December 11 referendum is, in part, critical to maintaining a cash cow: tuition paid by non-district students.

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RED BANK: KKK FLIERS CROP UP AGAIN

By JOHN T. WARD

For the second time in recent years, the Ku Klux Klan appears to be coming out from beneath its rock in Red Bank.

A Hudson Avenue resident tells redbankgreen he found KKK literature in a plastic bag weighted with candy outside his Hudson Avenue home Tuesday evening.

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RED BANK: COUNCIL AGENDA

The council continues its once-a-month summer meeting schedule Wednesday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

After a month off under its summer schedule, the Red Bank council is slated to meet Wednesday evening.

On the agenda:

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RED BANK: DOWNTOWN ‘VISION’ GAINS FOCUS

Consultant Bill Fontana onstage at the Two River Theater Monday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Downtown Red Bank is safe, clean and friendly, but it’s got problems with parking, store vacancies and its mix of operating businesses.

Those observations, while perhaps glaringly evident to many, were among the findings of a recent survey conducted for business promotion agency Red Bank RiverCenter and revealed Monday night.

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RED BANK: A SECOND CAREER IN OLD JEANS

Kattya Torres at her Union Special sewing machine. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

After her job as a wireless telecom engineer vanished in a merger, a Red Bank businesswoman has found a second career in eradicating crotch rot.

Ahem: that is to say, the holes that frequently develop in the groin of old jeans some people simply cannot part with.

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RUMSON: POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Rumson Police Department for April through June, 2018. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

Arrests

4/15/18 – Dennis Heid, 26, of Long Branch was arrested by Ptl. Grace Maggiulli for Possession of Paraphernalia, in the area of Ridge Road and Harding Lane.

4/26/18 – Rogelio Sanchez, 28, of Tinton Falls was arrested by Ptl. James Fenn for Contempt of Court after turning himself in at HQ.

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RED BANK: MONMOUTH MUSIC TO CLOSE

Monmouth Music owner Mario DiBartolo plans to open the STEM Music Academy in the space. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Even as he was buying Monmouth Music two years ago, Mario DiBartolo knew he was swimming against the current that has swamped so many small retailers in the past two decades.

Yes, he hoped to retain the Red Bank store’s loyal customers and continue selling guitars and other musical instruments, he told redbankgreen last year. But his investment was really in the Monmouth Street real estate that housed the 30-year-old business, he said.

Now, he’s throwing in the towel on retail.

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RED BANK: TWO D.I.Y. SIGN SHOPS OPEN

Joanna Rapuzzi in her newly opened AR Workshop, at 43A Broad Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Do-it-yourself rustic signmaking is now the latest thing in downtown Red Bank, with the recent openings of two franchised workshops downtown.

 

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ON THE GREEN: TEMPS TO FEEL LIKE 100+

It’s gonna be a scorcher on the Greater Red Bank Green Monday afternoon, when peak temperatures in excess of 90 degrees and high humidity combine to push the “feels-like” temperature above 100, according to the National Weather Service.

A heat advisory is in effect from noon until 7 p.m., with cautions to avoid outdoor exertion and consume lots of water. The heat index could reach 104, the NWS warned.

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

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RED BANK: NO DOLDRUMS FOR TASTEBUDS

Abby Nooney prepares cones with chocolate and sprinkles at Coney Waffles & Ice Cream, which opened last week at 18 Broad Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

The doldrums of summer may be upon us, but not in the realm of tastebuds.

The ever-changing food scene in downtown Red Bank continues its evolutionary bustle, as this edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn shows.

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RED BANK: COURT NIXES TAX ACTION

The borough’s attempt to revoke Riverview’s tax exemption for two years amounted to a “fishing expedition” in search of justification, the court ruled.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank can’t retroactively revoke the tax-exemption for Riverview Medical Center, New Jersey’s tax court ruled last week.

In attempting to do so, the borough was improperly hoping that a “fishing expedition” in the form of legal action would turn up evidence that the hospital, owned by Hackensack Meridian Health, was being used as a for-profit facility, the court ruled. Read More »

RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for July, 2018. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Theft: On 07/07/18 a black male subject seen wearing a gray sweatshirt, dark pants and a black baseball cap was seen stealing a carton of cigarettes valued at $94.00 in the area of N. Bridge Ave. Ptl. Shane Dengel.

Criminal Mischief: It was reported on 07/12/18 that all four tires of a vehicle were slashed in the area of Chestnut St. Ptl. Frank Metta.

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RED BANK: ‘CAKE BOSS’ BAKERY CLOSES

Carlo’s Bake Shop posted a small notice of closing on its door Tuesday or early Wednesday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Five years after it was opened by television baking star Buddy Valastro, Carlo’s Bake Shop in Red Bank has closed, redbankgreen has learned.

The unannounced shutdown comes just four months after a new investor in the business said there was no plan to leave town.

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FAIR HAVEN: VIDEO LEADS TO ARREST

Fair Haven police arrested a Keansburg man on car-burglary charges after a surveillance video caught him trying to sell a stolen item, borough police Chief Joe McGovern reported Monday.

Milo Rainey, 39, is suspected of having entered three vehicles in the area of Harding and Harvard roads on the night of July 9 and 10, McGovern said in a press release.

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RED BANK: THIS WEEK’S WEATHER OUTLOOK

A new workweek dawns on the Greater Red Bank Green, as seen from a lofty perch above our beatiful Navesink River Monday morning.

Weatherwise, we’re in for partly sunny skies and a high temperature of about 81 degrees Monday, with a 30-percent chance of rain.

Here’s the forecast for the rest of the week and beyond from the National Weather Service.

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the months of May and June, 2018. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

5-18: Michael P. Fish. 27, Middletown was arrested after a warrant was discovered during a traffic stop for his arrest. Subject was released after posting full cash bail. Ptl. Eric Patton was the arresting Officer.

5-23: Lisa K. Edwards. 46, Red Bank was arrested after a warrant was discovered during a traffic stop for his arrest. Subject was released after posting full cash bail. Ptl. Brooks Robinson was the arresting Officer.

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