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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RED BANK: SPLIT COUNCIL OKS ENGINE DEAL

red bank fire engine 93 102217The Independent Engine Company’s 1994 Seagrave pumper, seen in the 2017 Halloween parade, would be traded in with a second engine. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topicA recurring split within Red Bank’s all-Democratic council was on display again Wednesday night, when a majority approved the purchase of two new fire engines. Read More »

RED BANK: TWO NEW PUMPERS PLANNED

The new apparatus would be stationed at the Independent Engine house, shared with the First Aid Squad on Spring Street at left, and the Westside Hose firehouse on Leighton Avenue. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank’s volunteer fire department will replace two trucks in the coming year under a plan discussed at last Wednesday’s council workshop session.

“It’s been a long-awaited purchase,” fire Chief Scott Calabrese told the council.

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RUMSON: 9-11 MEMORIAL DEDICATED

[Press release]

A 147-pound piece of steel beam from the destroyed World Trade Center was unveiled as the centerpiece of a 9-11 Memorial in Rumson on September 12.

The monument, consisting of what’s identified as “Artifact # I-0004z,” was created by the Rumson Fire Company with the help of borough Boy Scout Griffin Volk for his Eagle Scout project.

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RED BANK: ALL SAFE AS FIRE DAMAGES HOME

Volunteers with the fire department auxiliary transported three cats to an animal hospital. Below, firefighters released smoke from a second-floor window. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A Red Bank couple and their six dogs and cats safely escaped a fire that caused extensive damage to their home early Saturday morning.

The fire may have been caused by a bug-repellent candle.

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RED BANK: EX-FIRE CHIEF MEGO DIES

One arm still in a cast, John Mego was sworn in as first deputy fire chief in January 2010, three weeks after he was struck by a vehicle while working as a school crossing guard. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

[UPDATE: Obituary and service information added below.]

Former Red Bank Fire Chief John Mego has died, Mayor Pasquale Menna said Friday morning.

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