RED BANK: FOOD TRUCK BAN TO CONTINUE

red bank riverside avenue gas stationA proposal would have allowed food trucks to operate on underused property outside the downtown, including the vacant gas station at Riverside and Bridge avenues. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA push to end Red Bank’s ban on food trucks ran out of gas Wednesday night.

Over the objections of one of their colleagues, council members sided with owners of brick-and-mortar restaurants, who say trucks would unfairly undermine them while rewarding other property owners for neglect.

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

shrewsbury, nj, policeCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of July 20 to August 2, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. 

CRIMES

Report of Theft in the area of Broad Street on 7/19/19. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed merchandise. Ptl. Ralph Latham investigating.

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

fair haven nj police fhpdCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of June, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

6/6/19 Patricia Devaney-Westerlind, 46, Fair Haven, was arrested for Contempt of Court and was released after posting bail. Ptl. Brooks Robinson made the arrest.

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RED BANK: SAXUM CONFRONTS TRAFFIC ISSUE

red bank 176 riverside 080519 3.jpgA rendering shows the Riverside Avenue facade of the proposed apartment project. (Rendering by MVMK Architecture. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Like many motorists, a traffic engineer for one of the largest development plans in Red Bank history found himself confronting an intersection likened to “Russian roulette” Monday night. Read More »

RED BANK: TWO MONTHS OF CRIMES & ARRESTS

red bank nj police crimeThe crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for June and July, 2019. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief: A street sign at the intersection of Monmouth St and Drummond Pl was reported to be damaged and is estimated to be $100.00. Ptl. Ashon Lovick.

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RED BANK: FIREFIGHTER’S KILLER SENTENCED

Andrew Hill was a 26-year-old second lieutenant at the Westside Hose Company when he was killed. (Photo from Facebook. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

The admitted killer of Red Bank firefighter Andrew Hill has been sentenced to 13 years in prison for the crime, the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office reported Friday.

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RED BANK: SHELL YANKS DUNKIN’ PLAN

RED BANK NJ SHELLThe plan called for remodeling the gas station and replacing the car wash, at left above, with a drive-thru Dunkin’ shop. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA plan to create a Dunkin’ coffee shop in Red Bank  for Parkway-bound commuters is dead.

A lawyer for the owner of the Shell gas station at Newman Springs Road and Shrewsbury Avenue tells redbankgreen the proposal has been withdrawn.

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RED BANK: INTERPRETERS TO AID POLICE

red bank translator program juan sardoBorough resident Karla Ortega, left, translated remarks by Lieutenant Juan Sardo into Spanish as Councilwoman Kate Triggiano, right, looked on at last week’s council meeting. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njIn what may be a first in New Jersey, Red Bank police will be able to draw on a team of local volunteers to help them bridge language divides in dealing with the public.

A new program championed by first-term Councilwoman Kate Triggiano will make volunteer interpreters available to help police in their normal duties as well as at community events, she said.

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

shrewsbury, nj, policeCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of July 6 to July 19, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. 

CRIMES

Report of Theft in the area of Avenue at the Commons on 7/6/19. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed property. Damages totaling $300.00. Ptl. Ralph Latham investigating.

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RED BANK: REDEV AGENCY INCHES AHEAD

wilson beebe 072319Wilson Beebe recommended some tweaks to the agency’s statement of goals and objectives. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njStill taking small steps, Red Bank’s new Redevelopment Agency advanced on its goal of giving municipal properties some long-overdue attention Tuesday.

In a 20-minute meeting, agency members agreed to begin the process of assessing the condition of borough real estate holdings.

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RED BANK: SAXUM TRAFFIC Q&A DELAYED

Red bank 176 Riverside saxumA rendering shows one of the two buildings proposed  for the former VNA site, with Riverside Avenue at left and Bodman Place at right. (Rendering by MVMK Architecture. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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It was a night of “hold that thought” as hearings got underway on one of the largest development plans in Red Bank history Monday night.

At a planning board session on a 210-unit apartment complex proposed for a busy stretch of Riverside Avenue, neighbors who packed the room were repeatedly advised to defer their questions and comments on traffic until the developer’s traffic consultant testifies.

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

shrewsbury, nj, policeCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of June 29 to July 5, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. 

CRIMES

Report of Theft in the area of White Street on 7/1/19. Victim reports unknown subject(s) used fraudulent business to elicit funds. Damages totaling $925.00. Ptl. Daniel DeCristofaro investigating.

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

shrewsbury, nj, policeCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of June 8 to June 28, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. 

CRIMES

Report of Shoplifting in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue on 6/5/19. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed merchandise. Damages totaling $73.00. Ptl. Derek Myers investigating.

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

fair haven nj police fhpdCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of May, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

05/06- A Park Road resident reported several hundred dollar in fraudulent charges on a credit card. Sgt. Jesse Dykstra took the fraud report.

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RED BANK: NEW AGENCY EYES TOWN ASSETS

red bank borough hallAmong the ideas the committee may take up: the possible sale of borough hall, above, at 90 Monmouth Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA new municipal body with the potential to exert powerful influence on the future of Red Bank quietly took to the stage Tuesday.

Not quite the hottest ticket in town, the late-afternoon session of the new Redevelopment Agency drew an audience of three: two advisory committee members, who left early, and a reporter. But the ideas being floated, including the possible sale of borough hall, could soon move to the spotlight.

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FAIR HAVEN: DRIVE-THRU, BAG BANS INTRO’D

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njStopping short, for now, of re-banning fast-food restaurants, Fair Haven officials took steps Monday night to instead prohibit drive-thru restaurants.

The borough council also plans to have the town join a rapidly growing list of New Jersey towns that have banned single-use plastic shopping bags.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

red bank nj police crimeThe crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the month of May, 2019. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Theft: On 05/14/19 a walk in report was made for a theft that occurred from a locker in the area of W Front St. $280.00 cash was taken from a wallet leaving $40.00 behind. Ptl. Luke Cahill.

Criminal Mischief: Unknown individuals broke a window on a parked vehicle during a scuffle they were having in the area on W Front St during the early morning of 05/18/19. The damage is estimated to be approximately $1000.00. Ptl. Luke Cahill.

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RED BANK: FOOD TRUCKS UP FOR DISCUSSION

johnny's 1 111113John Yarusi risked a summons when he parked his Johnny’s Pork Roll truck on Wallace Street in a short-lived experiment test of borough law in 2013. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njIs Red Bank ready at last to unlock the gates that keep out food trucks?

The idea of easing restrictions on food truck operations came up at last week’s borough council workshop meeting, as it has in the past. But this time, it’s not being summarily rejected by the agency that promotes the downtown business district.

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

shrewsbury, nj, policeCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of May 25 to June 7, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post 

CRIMES

Report of Shoplifting in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue on 5/27/19. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed merchandise. Ptl. Mary Ellen Rumola investigating.

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

fair haven nj police fhpdCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of April, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

04/02- A Lake Ave resident reported that an unknown actor(s) fraudulently purchased several thousand dollars’ worth of watches utilizing her credit card. Ptl. Brook Robinson took the fraud report.

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

shrewsbury, nj, policeCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of May 4 to May 24, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. 

CRIMES

Report of Burglary in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue on 5/6/19. Victim reports unknown subject(s) gained access to building and removed property [three vehicles from an auto dealership]. Damages totaling $169,373.00. Ptl. Daniel DeCristofaro investigating.

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RED BANK: DOWNTOWN APARTMENTS DEBUT

red bank element 55 west front stResidents of all 35 units at the Element will have access to the deck, and five will have balconies that immediately adjoin it. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Finalizing a development process that began a dozen years ago, a new 35-unit apartment building made its debut in downtown Red Bank Wednesday.

The near-completion of the Element, built on a former rubble-strewn West Front Street lot, marks the end of an odyssey that included a market pivot and pitched battles at the borough council.

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RED BANK: DIAMOND SHOP HIT AGAIN

red bank, nj, a.h. fisher diamondsPlywood covered the broken door early Tuesday morning. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Seven years after it was the target of a smash-and-grab burglary, a Red Bank jewelry shop was hit again Monday, police said.

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