OUTLOOK: SUNNY WEEKEND

NavarroJesus Navarro of Cali Painting, Long Branch, adds some white shine to a picket fence along Fair Haven Road in Fair Haven this morning.

Sun, sun, sun: that’s what the weatherlady is saying the weekend holds in store.

We’ve gotten a jump on it with today’s spectacular conditions, if sunshine and moderate temperatures are your preferences.

From the National Weather Service:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 75. North wind around 8 mph.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 51. South wind around 5 mph becoming north.

Saturday: Sunny, with a high near 70. Northeast wind between 6 and 9 mph.

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PLANNING A YARD SALE?

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Maybe you call it a ‘rummage sale,’ or prefer ‘garage sale.’ Whatever.

If you’re planning one and would like some help getting the word out to local folks, just let redbankgreen know.

We’ll soon be introducing a periodic listing of yard sales scheduled to occur in our coverage area. And until further notice, having your sale included in the listings is absolutely FREE.

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ARTS TOUR IS A BIG-TENT TICKET

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Back in March, redbankgreen was the first to tell you about a nascent project called the Tri-City Arts Tour, a big-tent sort of event under which the artizens of Red Bank, Asbury Park and Long Branch would join forces for a three-day celebration of all that’s innovative, interactive and infotaining here in our corner of America’s artland.

Call it the Axis of Ego if you will, but there’s no denying that the “TriCities” of Monmouth County remain the area’s magnets for anything remotely interesting in the realms of art, music, film, theater and special events. There are occasional exceptions to that rule, but you get the feeling that without this troika, we’d all be logging a lot more hours at the local stripmall (not that we haven’t spent a pleasant Saturday or three sipping coffee and reading magazines for free at Borders).

In recent years, the fertile triangle defined by the TriCities has offered up scenes such as a singing Russell Crowe; Bruce Springsteen jamming with Brian Wilson; and a murderous Macbeth devised by mischievous magic man Teller.

We’ve seen Stephen Colbert performing a dramatic play reading; Joe Piscopo singing for his supper at a downtown restaurant; and Crispin Glover commandeering a mothballed movie house for an evening of weirdness. There was lesbian guerrilla theater in the living room; chamber recitals at a car dealership; variety burlesque and stag films at a bowling alley. All that, plus the return of roller derby.

Anyone who tells you there’s nothing to do hereabouts might as well be saying there’s no place to park in Red Bank. You simply have to look.

This weekend, the lookin’s easier.

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CONVENIENCE, SERVICE, AND PAINT

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Today’s Asbury Park Press pops in at Fair Haven Hardware for a look at what keeps the 55-year-old business going in an era when Home Depot, Lowe’s and and other big-box chains have all but eliminated stores its size.

Owner Harvey Schooman, who was two years old when his parents started the business, tells Press reporter Larry Higgs how the store thrives.

“We’re the 7-Eleven of the hardware industry,” Schooman said. “It’s having what people want when they want it and providing, not good, but superior service.”

In this case, that means no lumber and other large items, but lots small stuff — and paint. Paint sales make up 40 percent of the store’s total, Schooman tells the Press.

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TIFFANY, MEET PIERRE… AND PIERRE…

Img_8344First robin’s-egg-blue nest on the left: the future home of Pierre Deux.

The Red Bank-area home furnishings market is about to get a touch of provincial France — and landlord Larry Garmany is about to make a sweetheart match for his primo tenant, Tiffany & Co.

redbankgreen has learned that Pierre Deux, a rapidly growing 19-store chain, has taken one of the two vacant spaces flanking Tiffany at its six-month-old Broad Street address.

A new Pierre Deux store will be up and running by early September, a company official confirms.

While the news is unlikely to be cheered by those who lament, or even vilify, downtown Red Bank’s continuing climb up the socioeconomic ladder, it stands out as only the latest in a series of gravity-defying feats pulled off by Garmany, a Cuban immigrant who bootstrapped a small haberdashery into an upscale men’s and women’s clothier occupying the district’s largest retail space.

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GET FRESH ON MOTHER’S DAY

Img_1166Flowers, asparagus, cheesecake, pickles and more: the Farmers Market passes the sniff test with flying colors.

A longtime Red Bank institution kicks off another run through summer and into fall with Sunday’s return of the Farmers Market at the Galleria.

Yep, Mother’s Day, the market’s traditional opening day — and a fine opportunity to pick up some great cut flowers, unbeatable Jersey Fresh vegetables, artisanal creations and homemade cheeses on your way over to Mom’s.

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‘SHOW-UP-WITH-HEART’ IN RED BANK

Porter3Rev. Terrence K. Porter of Pilgrim Baptist Church.

In one of the more multifaceted volunteer efforts seen in these parts recently, Pilgrim Baptist Church is organizing a Community Work Day this Saturday that will tackle everything from street cleaning to house painting to the creation of accessories for wheelchair users.

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Focused on Red Bank’s West Side, the daylong effort includes landscaping work at the Evergreen Terrace public housing apartments; the painting of a senior citizen’s home; a car wash in the church parking lot; a sewing klatch to make convenience pouches for use with wheelchairs; and teams of volunteers picking up trash along the lengths of Shrewsbury and Leighton avenues.

Rev. Terrence Porter of Pilgrim Baptist says the response to his call for volunteers has been gratifying, drawing in volunteers from AT&T’s Pioneers Club and kids from the Red Bank Middle School Avid group. So far, he’s got 90 people signed up, and room for more participants, particularly to help with the street sweeps.

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‘YOU WANNA PICTURE OF UGLY?’

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Hey, sometimes, all it takes is a line like that to make it onto redbankgreen.

And so it was on Saturday that we met Richie Brister: lifelong Fair Haven resident, onetime mayoral candidate (1992), ex-chief of the fire department and lawn-service guy ready for his close-up.

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FURNITURE DEALER BOXED IN

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William Neumann, a Fair Haven furniture retailer who’s faced repeated allegations of failing to deliver thousands of dollars worth of paid-for goods, has agreed to be barred from doing business in New Jersey, today’s Star-Ledger reports.

Last week, consumer affairs regulators said they have reached a settlement with Neumann and his companies — for the second time in 2 1/2 years. The consent judgment bars his Fair Haven-based store and internet sites, doing business as The Cabbage Rose, Chelsea Manor Unlimited and Classic House Furniture, from operating in the state.

But it also includes a provision regulating any business Neumann, 61, might open in the future. If he starts another business in New Jersey in the next five years, he must notify the state and post a $500,000 bond for the first year of operation, according to the consent judgment.

“This isn’t a precedent but it doesn’t happen very often,” consumer affairs spokesman Jeff Lamm said Friday, noting Neumann’s history warranted the provision.

Consumer law experts also said such preventive measures aren’t commonplace, but can be effective when dealing with repeat offenders.

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TOWNWIDE YARD SALE ADVANCES ON CURB

Img_2805Yard-sale proponent Audrey Oldoerp.

For a long time, South Street’s Audrey Oldoerp wondered aloud why towns such as Belmar and Atlantic Highlands had annual or even semi-annual yard sales that embraced every street and home, but Red Bank didn’t.

Moreover, with each passing year, Oldoerp saw community calendars spotted with events meant to attract visitors to the downtown — sidewalk sales, jazz festivals, road races and Christmas tree lightings — but litle or nothing designed specifically for the people who live here.

It irked her, and she said so, apparently often enough that her husband, Tim Blankley, suggested that instead of grousing, perhaps she should do something about it.

So for the past year or so, Oldoerp has been on a quest, trying to figure out how a townwide yard sale might happen here and navigating the bureaucracy of local government. And last night, though some possible obstacles were thrown in her path, she moved the idea into the public realm.

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