MIDDLETOWN: GEORGE BOWDEN DIES

red bank george bowdenGeorge Bowden, right, with Historic Preservation Commission members Charles Nickerson and Michaela Ferrigine in 2016. Below, Bowden spearheaded the borough’s centennial celebration and parade in 2009.(Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank george bowdenGeorge Bowden, once dubbed “the Energizer bunny” of historic preservation in Red Bank, died at home in Middletown Sunday. He was 92 years old.

Galvanized into action in 2001, after the borough allowed the demolition of an old house on West Front Street, Bowden became a champion for old and neglected structures in town.

Not least of those was the T. Thomas Fortune House, which was resurrected from near-oblivion earlier this year, more than a decade after Bowden and others launched a campaign to save it.

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RED BANK: INCH OR SO OF SNOW FORECAST

forecast 121119The second snowfall of the season was underway before dawn Wednesday, but expected to end by midmorning on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the National Weather Service

An inch of accumulation was forecast, though with temperatures heading into the high 30s, it was not expected to have a considerable impact. Check out the extended forecast below. (NWS image. Click to enlarge.) Read More »

RED BANK: FAUX SNOW GIVES WAY TO RAIN

red bank winter on broad streetred bank winter on broad streetFaux snow in a walk-in globe and an artificial-ice skating rink turned a block of downtown Red Bank into a winter wonderland for kids Sunday afternoon.

The nip in the air and the wintry mood, however, will be washed away Monday. Expect rain through most of the day, with temperatures peaking in the mid-50s, according to the National Weather Service

The wet conditions are forecast to continue through Wednesday. Check out the extended forecast below. (Photos by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: SNOW DOG SETS THE PACE

Enjoying the first snowfall of the season, Jack Monroe of Red Bank had his hands full walking his dog, Finn, through the parking lot at Tower Hill Church Tuesday morning.

“He’s loving it,” said Monroe. “A half-hour walking is taking an hour because he keeps laying down in the snow.”

Finn won’t have long to enjoy it. With temperatures heading into the low 40s, by late afternoon, the snow was melting fast. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: STORM WATCHER

Recently returned for its second visit, a giant inflatable elf was in its native element as snow fell on downtown Red Bank Monday.

The 12-foot-tall Santa’s helper is perched atop the vacant former bank building at 55 Broad Street, owned by developer Saxum Real Estate. During the holiday season, the elf will “mysteriously move” among Saxum’s properties around New Jersey, the firm said in a press release.

On Tuesday, the elf will get to watch the two or three inches of accumulated snow melt away, as sunshine returns and temperatures peak in the low 40s, according to the National Weather ServiceCheck out the extended forecast below. (Photos by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: NO-PARKING ALERT ISSUED

Snow falling on Prospect Avenue in Red Bank Monday. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

With up to four inches expected to fall overnight, Red Bank officials issued an alert Monday afternoon reminding residents to move their cars off all streets.

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RED BANK: WINTER STORM IN FORECAST

snow forecast 120219.pngA winter storm that’s expected to begin Monday and continue overnight could have modest effect on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the National Weather Service

Expect morning rain turning to sleet in the afternoon, with snow mixing in starting around 3 p.m. Overnight, the storm is expected to leave between one to four inches locally and end around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Areas to the immediate west and north, however, will see heavier accumulations, with possible impacts on transportation. 

Check out the extended forecast below. (NWS image. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: CHRISTMAS COLOR IN AUTUMN

red bank kristin middleton 111619red bank holiday storefronts 111619 4Getting a jump on the Christmas season, Kristin Middleton of Ani Art Academy and a dozen other artists with Creative Red Bank painted holiday imagery on 48 downtown store windows over the weekend.

Weatherwise, seasonally cool autumn conditions prevail this week, starting with clouds and light rain Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Check out the extended forecast and additional photos below. (Photos by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK

Chilly mornings on the Greater Red Bank appear to be the norm as we reach the midpoint of November. And while we’ll see peak daytime temperatures slightly above 50 degrees Friday, they’ll top out below 40 degrees on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service

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MIDDLETOWN: FIELD OF FLAGS DEDICATED

WPC Field of Flags (WPC Photo Library)

Westminster Presbyterian Church (WPC) of Middletown officially dedicated its 2019 Field of Flags during a special ceremony on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019. The event took place on the WPC Great Lawn where the Field of Flags is located.
The Field of Flags was created in 2012 to honor United States military men and women who have died in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each flag in the field represents a serviceman or woman who has given their life in those conflicts. This year’s striking memorial contains 6,972 flags. The Field of Flags will remain standing until November 16th. The public is welcome and encouraged to visit the field, and invited to be part of the flag take-down event on November 16th.

Speakers Group at Field of Flags Ceremony

The Field of Flags was created in 2012 to honor United States military men and women who have died in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each flag in the field represents a serviceman or woman who has given their life in those conflicts. This year’s striking memorial contains 6,972 flags. The Field of Flags will remain standing until November 16th. The public is welcome and encouraged to visit the field, and invited to be part of the flag take-down event on November 16th.
The dedication ceremony included welcomes from Middletown Township Mayor Anthony S. Perry and Monmouth County Freeholder Gerard P. Scharfenberger. Keynote remarks were offered by Marine mothers, Patricia Malloy and Debbie Dailey, whose sons served in Iraq but who suffered from PTSD upon their return and died shortly after their return. From the two family’s tragedies the group Angel Warriors was born the organization raises money to provide trained service dogs to returning veterans.
The Dedication ceremony also featured the posting and retiring of the colors by the 25 member U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps from across the state; the Pledge of Allegiance from local Boy and Girl Scouts of America and special bagpipe music by Bob Phelan.

RED BANK: WINDY START FOR NOVEMBER

red bank halloween 103119 1red bank halloween 103119A gray afternoon provided an appropriate autumn setting for Halloween trick-or-treating in downtown Red Bank Thursday.

Then came powerful winds overnight, leaving multiple power outages on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to JCP&L’s outage map. A wind advisory issued by the National Weather Service  warned of wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour until noon Friday.

Wind aside, we’ll also see something that’s been missing in recent days: sunshine. Check out the extended forecast below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: WALKING WEATHER

red bank crop walk 2019
red bank crop walk 2019Rain forced a one-week postponement of the Red Bank Halloween parade Sunday. But the 39th annual Red Bank Crop Walk drew hundreds of participants who completed a five-mile circuit that began and ended at Red Bank Regional High.

Monday’s weather looks to be ideal for those who can get out for a stroll, according to the National Weather Service. Check out the extended forecast below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: OUTLOOK FAVORABLE FOR EVENTS

red bank NJ halloween parade 2018red bank NJ halloween parade 2018Weather conditions appear favorable for a pair of Halloween-themed events in Red Bank, according to the National Weather Service. 

The festivities begin 7 p.m. Friday at Count Basie Fields with a Halloween Egg Hunt. Clear skies and cool temperatures are expected.

Sunday’s parade, the 72nd annual, will assemble as it did last year at Irving Place at Arthur Place starting at 1 p.m., with a kickoff an hour later. As of Friday morning, the forecast called for a 40-percent chance of rain after 3 p.m., when the activities will be winding down. 

The rain date for the parade is October 27; get alerts from the borough here or keep an eye on redbankgreen’s Facebook page. Meantime, check out the extended forecast below. (Photos by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.) Read More »

RED BANK: MID-WEEK SOAKING IN FORECAST

An otherwise mild week that begins with Columbus Day could be interrupted Wednesday by a good soaking. The area that includes the Greater Red Bank Green may get an inch or more from a storm that will also bring gusty winds Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Check out the extended forecast below. (National Weather Service graphic.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: WEEKEND WEATHER FORECAST

red bank navesink sailboatAn unidentified boater appeared to do some winterizing work on his sailboat in the Navesink River off Red Bank Thursday.

Seasonal weather will continue through the coming weekend on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the National Weather Service. Expect lots of clouds Friday and Saturday, along with coastal flooding, and sunshine Sunday and Monday, Columbus Day. 

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: CLOUDY WEEK AHEAD

forecastThe Greater Red Bank Green is in for a lot of gray in coming days, according to the National Weather Service

Monday may bring showers starting after 1 p.m. And while the chance of rain remains at 50 percent or below from Tuesday onward, we’re not likely to see a great deal of sunshine before Sunday, NWS says.

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ON THE GREEN: WEEKEND WALKING WEATHER

RUMSON SLACKLINEAn unidentified man walking a slackline strung between trees in Meadow Ridge Park in Rumson last Saturday.

The next few days should offer pleasant autumn strolling weather on the Greater Red Bank Green. According to the National Weather Service, we’ll see sunshine Friday, with temperatures expected to peak in the low 70s, and even more on Saturday, with highs only in the low 60s.

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RED BANK: SUNNY STRETCH TO CONTINUE

The mild, sunny weather that’s ushered autumn 2019 onto the Greater Red Bank Green will continue through the coming weekend and well into next week, according to the National Weather Service

That sets the stage for one of Red Bank’s biggest festivals, the Guinness Oysterfest, which gets its tenth annual staging Sunday. Temperatures are expected to peak in the mid-70s when headliners Almost U2 and The Weeklings take the stages at the opposite ends of the municipal parking lot.

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ON THE GREEN: WEEKEND OUTLOOK, TWO WAYS

Navesink River Fair Haven 091119For weather geeks who enjoy turgid writing, today’s National Weather Service area forecast discussion is not to be missed, packed as it is with “crashing Rossby waves” and an “invasion of anomalously warm air.”

But for those who like it as clear and plain as Wednesday’s view of the Navesink River from the Fair Haven dock, well, check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.) Read More »

ON THE GREEN: IN MEMORY

September 11 2001 memorial gif

Dozens of residents of the Greater Red Bank Green died in the horrific attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

Let’s not forget those who died, and their families.

RED BANK: SUN TO SHINE AS DORIAN PASSES

After causing devastation in the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian was lashing the Carolinas Friday morning and expected to track “well offshore” of the New Jersey coast as it heads northeast toward New England and Canada, according to the National Weather Service

For the Greater Red Bank Green, that means gusty winds, high surf and rip tides along the Atlantic coast, but otherwise no adverse impact. In fact, the forecast shows that after a day of scattered showers Friday, the region will see lots of sun over the weekend.

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