RED BANK: FUNDRAISER FLOATS RESCUE BOAT

Red Bank Marine 1 in transit recently for installation of a new motor. (RBFD photo. Click to enlarge.)

Press release from the Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department

red bank, nj, done good,Thanks to the generous support of over 20 local businesses and nearly 80 individual contributors, the Red Bank Fire Department Marine 1 Fundraiser is a success. While contributions are still needed for the installation of the new fire pump, a new motor has already been installed, the GPS unit is ordered, and wiring is underway. The membership of the department continue to go above the call of duty in terms of contributing their time and are grateful for the public support – every contribution was noticed and appreciated.

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RED BANK: COP LEADS FAMILIES TO SAFETY

A Red Bank police officer helped two families  escape from a fire in their attached homes in Middletown last week.

Sergeant Heather Kovar (right) was driving in the township on police business shortly after noon Friday when she noticed gray smoke rising behind a fence alongside what appeared to be a single-family house at 81 Twin Brooks Avenue.

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RED BANK: FIRE DESTROYS DELI MART

Volunteer firefighters on the roof of the Town & Country Deli. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank’s second fire in 36 hours destroyed a Red Bank convenience store and deli early Saturday.

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RED BANK: NO INJURIES IN YACHT BLAZE

Volunteer firefighters battled the blaze in close quarters on a dock and ramp. Below, onlookers at Riverview Medical Center. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

No one was injured in the dramatic waterfront blaze that destroyed and sank a yacht docked at a Navesink River marina Thursday night, Red Bank Fire Chief Nick Ferraro told redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: FIRE DAMAGES TWO-FAMILY HOUSE

A view of the blaze from the backyard of a neighboring property. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Fire tore through the second floor of a Red Bank two-family home early Monday afternoon, displacing its occupants two days after Christmas.

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RED BANK: RESCUE TRUCK ADDED TO FLEET

Red Bank Fire Chief Bobby Holiday, right, and First Deputy Nick Ferraro with the new rescue truck at Union Hose Company last week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank’s volunteer firefighters have a new truck to help them rescue individuals trapped in cars or on the Navesink River.

And though it’s a used, 28-year-old vehicle, its $35,000 acquisition last month is being praised by officials as “huge” bargain.

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RED BANK: CAR STRIKES HOME

[See UPDATE below]

No injuries were reported after a car struck a home on Branch Avenue in Red Bank shortly before 4 a.m Thursday.

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RED BANK: STREET FAIR RETURNS

Sunday’s Street Fair in downtown Red Bank, a fundraiser for the borough’s volunteer fire department, drew thousands of attendees to Monmouth and Broad streets.

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RED BANK: A NEIGHBOR’S 9/11 STORY

John Grandits’ account of his neighbor’s escape from the World Trade Center is for sale at River Road Books for $1, with proceeds going to volunteer fire and first aid. Below, Drew Irving. (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

On the morning of September 11, 2001, Red Bank resident and children’s author John Grandits could see his neighbor Louise Irving in an agitated state on her back porch, her sister’s arms wrapped around her.

Then he learned what was happening in New York City, and immediately remembered: Louise’s husband, Drew, worked at the World Trade Center.

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RED BANK: STORMS TO CLEAR WILDFIRE HAZE

Devastating wildfires in Oregon have cast a blanket of haze that’s impacting even the Greater Red Bank Green, as seen in Tuesday’s unusual sunrise over the Navesink River in Red Bank, above, and sunset viewed from the GooseNeck Bridge over the Shrewsbury, at right.

The haze is expected to linger until about noon Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. “Severe” evening thunderstorms, which may bring damaging wind gusts and large hail, will help further rid the atmosphere of smoke, the agency reported early Wednesday.

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

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RED BANK: MAN & DOG ESCAPE HOUSE FIRE

XFirefighters on scene at 91 Bank Street Thursday. (Photo below by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A Red Bank man and his dog escaped unharmed as a basement fire caused heavy damage to their home early Thursday afternoon.

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RED BANK: AFTER ‘NO-HO-HO,’ CHIMNEY’S A GO

The stainless steel chimney installed at 46-48 Washington Street will be replaced with one the owner says won’t be visible from the street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

It won’t be ready in time for Santa and his reindeer. But an “eyesore” metal pipe chimney on a home in Red Bank’s historic district is slated for replacement following review by the Historic Preservation Commission Tuesday night.

The case illustrated frustrations common among homeowners who live in the district about their absentee counterparts, the HPC’s chairwoman said.

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