FRAGILE MONARCHS HEAD SOUTH

monarchs2-081510The release gave children, including the young girl below, a chance to see the butterflies up close. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

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Sickles Market in Little Silver held its annual peach festival and butterfly release Saturday, giving about 100 Monarch and Painted Lady butterflies their freedom.

The Mental Health Association of Monmouth County provided 20 Monarchs as a symbol of hope, transformation and liberation for their metamorphosis from egg to caterpillar to pupa and, finally, adult.

The Monarchs now head south to Mexico. Learn more about their migration here.

RECOVERY FOR A ROOFTOP GARDEN

riverview-garden1Patients are allowed to get their hands dirty at the rejuvenated rooftop garden at Riverview Medical Center. (Photos by Peter Lindner; click to enlarge)

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It sat idle for years, a tangle of ivy and weeds bound by three brick walls and one of glass.

A rooftop deck created on the fifth floor of Red Bank’s Riverview Medical Center had fallen into disuse, and then a state of neglect.

But a recreational therapist, Jo Ellen Ross, saw in it the potential to create an environment conducive to recovery for patients of the hospital’s rehabilitation program, says rehab manager Brian Walch.

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OUTLOOK: A SMATTERING OF SPATTERINGS

sb-flowersThese sun-hungry bloomers sprouting near the sea wall in north Sea Bright Wednesday evening may be in for repeated dousings in coming days, according to forecasts. (Click to enlarge)

The phrases “mostly cloudy” and “chance of thunderstorms” spatter the weather forecast for the next five days in the Red Bank area.

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HIGH TEMPS FORECAST

rivctr-flowers-1Employees of Guaranteed Plants & Florists of Locust distributed flower pots throughout downtown last Friday under contract with Red Bank RiverCenter, the business promotion agency. (Click to enlarge)

After Tuesday’s smactacular mix of sun, temperatures and light breezes, heavy-duty summer announces its intentions today.

The National Weather Service forecasts a high near 83 degrees; weatherforyou.com says it’ll be more like 90.

Here’s the NWS outlook through the Memorial Day weekend:

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LITTLE SILVER MEMORIAL PLAN ADVANCES

ls-memorial-gardenA proposed plan for the memorial park on a parcel of vacant Prospect Avenue land. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

An old idea to memorialize war dead and other notables from Little Silver is finally getting some legs beneath it. All it needs now is a little money to get going.

The borough recently applied for a $180,000 matching Open Space grant from Monmouth County to transform a grassy patch of land opposite the Prospect Avenue fire station into a memorial park and garden.

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ALL PRETTIED UP

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Back in late May, redbankgreen told you about an effort to spruce up a weed-choked traffic island at the intersection of Bridge Avenue and Monmouth Street in Red Bank in time for Memorial Day.

That deadline was missed. But with the Independence Day weekend approaching, we can report that the triangular patch is looking much better, adding a touch of color opposite the train station in time for the extra trainloads of visitors expected for the KaBoom fireworks show Friday night (rain date is Saturday).

The garden is courtesy of Red Bank RiverCenter, the town’s business-promotion entity.

OUTLOOK: RAIN GARDEN MAY GET ITS FILL

Library garden1The garden, the result of work and materials donated by Siciliano Landscaping, Molzon Garden Center and the Navesink Garden Club, is irrigated by the library's rain gutters. 

A new rain garden at the Red Bank Public Library could be in for a good soaking over the next few days.

Library garden2The National Weather Service forecast looks like this:

Today: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 7am,
then a chance of showers and thunderstorms between 7am and noon, then a
chance of thunderstorms after noon. Some of the storms could produce
small hail and gusty winds. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 76. East
wind 5 to 8 mph becoming west. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New
rainfall amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.

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THE OTHER GARDEN TOUR

Fhgarden 2Among the six stops on the tour: Linda Vaccaro’s garden at the corner of Lake Avenue and Harvard Road. (Click photos to enlarge)

As noted below, today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit has a feature about the Two Rivers Garden Tour and its return to its horticultural roots as it shelves a traditional companion antiques show this year because of economic conditions.

Fhgarden 4 But it’s no longer the only flower show in town.

Now in its 59th year of existence, the Garden Club of Fair Haven is holding its first garden tour on Saturday, with stops at five residences and another at the Harding Bird Sanctuary on Ridge Road.

“Let’s up the ante,” says a smiling Dee Sincox, club president.

Taken together, the simultaneous, geographically overlapping events may drive flower lovers to distraction — or nirvana.

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IN oRBit: TWO DIVAS & A GRAND TOUR

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Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit gets a jump on the weekend via an
interview with a performer we call The Hardest Working Woman in
Shore Business.

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That would be Jody Joseph — cousin to both Jon Bon Jovi and  Mario Lanza, and a favorite on the local club scene. She takes it up
a notch this Saturday with her theater-size show entitled ONE LEGEND, ONE
DIVA, ONE WOMAN
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It’s a salute to both Janis Joplin and Stevie Nicks (as well as a showcase
for some Jody Jo originals), and we talk to the star about what these music
icons have in common — while finding out what her cousin had to say about
her greatest onstage fear.

Then, from backstage at the Paramount we go to the backyards of Rumson and Fair
Haven to catch the return of the annual Two Rivers Garden Tour. As Dorothy
Creamer explains, it’s a two-day event that goes without the traditional
Antiques Show this year — but, for most of us, it’ll be the closest view
we’ll get of the Gooch family back yard without having won a Heisman Trophy.

All this plus our weekend recommendations from The Orb, only in Red Bank oRBit.

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FARM MARKET RETURNS, AND WILL AGAIN

Lot of plentyAn average 1,000 shoppers stock up on vegetables, fruit, pies and crafts every Sunday at the Red Bank institution, one of the state’s largest farm markets.

Freshly supplied with approvals to build a parking garage/office building, the owners of the Galleria Red Bank complex say the decade-old Farmers Market they host at the site will continue during and after construction, which could begin this year.

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“It’s not going anywhere,” co-owner George Sourlis tells redbankgreen.

Meantime, the market’s 2009 season takes its traditional Mother’s Day bow this Sunday with a fully-booked slate of 30 vendors selling everything to from corn to cheesecake, from picture frames to pickles.

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DAFFY FOR DAFFS: YOU, TOO, CAN WIN!

DaffodilsDaffodils in bloom a year ago on River Road in Red Bank.

By LAURA KOSS

Nothing welcomes spring like daffodils, those happy yellow fellas that seem to pop up everywhere this time of year.

“They’re
the most cost-effective and pest-resistant perennial there is,” says Pam Sutton, design chairperson at the Navesink Garden Club. Squirrels, gophers, and deer don’t eat daffs, she notes.

Perhaps as a result of its ubiquity, Sutton says, “we take the daffodil for granted, because its been around forever.”

Well, the garden club has a cure for that, with the third annual edition of the Daffodil Flower Show next Tuesday, April 14, at Red Bank’s Trinity Episcopal Church auditorium.

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WELL-ORDERED GARDENS, RANDOMLY LOVED

RandomgardensThe Red Bank yards of, from left, Ruben Gomez, Anne Davis and J.P. Nicolaides and Ed Zipprich, were among those cited by the Navesink Garden Club. (Click to enlarge)

They’re called “random sightings of beauty,” and the idea is to drive around looking for wonderful displays of horticulture.

The searches are conducted by members of the Civic Beautification Committee of the Navesink Garden Club, who travel throughout 12 towns in the greater Red Bank area taking pictures of yards with attractive, well-maintained landscaping and colorful flowers visible to the public.

On Monday night, at the Red Bank Council’s bimonthly meeting, officers of the club doled out awards to owners of three borough residences for their displays. They were:

• Ruben Gomez, of 83 West Sunset Avenue

• Anne Davis, of 153 East Front Street

• J.P. Nicholaides & Ed Zipprich, of 229 River Road

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FLOWER SHOW TO MARK END OF SUMMER

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Shorter days, cooler temperatures, campus-bound cars loaded down like Okie jalopies: the summer, it seems, is hurtling toward the finish line.

Further proof: the Navesink Garden Club is preparing for its 14th annual swan song to summer.

Scheduled for Tuesday, September 16, the ‘Summer’s Last Hurrah’ show will spotlight annuals, perennials, roses and herbs grown by local garden club members.

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