RED BANK: TREAT FOR WELL-TRAINED HUMANS

CesarMillanDon’t tell Spot: Cesar Millan is back in town, as the original “Dog Whisperer” returns to the Count Basie for a Thursday night event that’s strictly for humans only.

As a frequent visitor to the homes of Jada Pinkett Smith, Charlize Theron, Scarlett Johansson, Oprah Winfrey, and Nicolas Cage, he’s said to have worked wonders with some of the most “aggressive, scared, lazy, compulsive and jealous” creatures in Hollywood — by which we mean celebrity-owned dogs.

In the process of becoming the most sought-after canine rehabilitation specialist in the business, Cesar Millan became a major celebrity in his own right — a multiple Emmy-nominated TV personality, a best-selling author, and a man who can sell out a major concert venue without singing, dancing or telling jokes that only dogs can hear.

A repeat attraction at the Count Basie Theatre, the original Dog Whisperer and host of the NatGeo WILD channel’s Cesar 911 returns to Red Bank on Thursday night, October 16, for an informative session that’s guaranteed useful to dogs and humans alike. The only bone to pick? Those who stand to benefit the most —— our four-legged family members —— are once again being asked to sit this one out.

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RUMSON: BLESSING THE FURRY LITTLE ONES

100514 beast blessing3100514 beast blessing7Fifty-five dogs, a cat and a hamster sat obediently through a brief service at St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church in Rumson before individual blessings by Reverend Ophelia Laughlin Sunday. Afterward, they were rewarded with biscuits, some in the shape of a cross. 

“This is one of the most fun days of the year for me,” said Laughlin, the church rector. “Every being is one of God’s creatures.”
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RED BANK: OWNER SEEKS MISSING PARROT

cletus 3Named Cletus, the bird is a year-old green-and-blue Amazon parrot. (Click to enlarge)

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By JOHN T. WARD

cletus 4A Shrewsbury woman is seeking help in finding her year-old parrot, which took off over the Navesink River in Red Bank Wednesday.

Jenn Disney said the bird, named Cletus, was sitting on her shoulder, as usual, as they relaxed on her boat at Irwin’s Marina next to Riverside Gardens Park when something spooked the animal.

“He caught wind,” suddenly found himself over the water and took off toward the Riverside Towers high-rise, Disney tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: A CANINE CARNIVAL CLOSER

DancingNathanNathan shakin’: the fur-challenged but fancy-moving internet sensation Dancing Nathan is the special guest attraction at the final Red Bank Dog Days event of the summer, this Tuesday.

Capping a successful season (well, maybe with one wet-dog rainout) of Dog Day evenings, Red Bank RiverCenter and the Borough of Red Bank close out the series of monthly events with a special Doggie Carnival on Tuesday, August 19 from 6 to 9 pm — and a special celebrity guest star.

It’s Dancing Nathan, the bone-afide internet sensation who danced his way into America’s hearts with his signature moves to “Gangnam Style” in 2013.

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RED BANK: MARKET BEGINS DOG-FREE ERA

rb farm dogs 051213 2A ban on dogs at the Red Bank Farmers’ Market becomes the rule with this Sunday’s edition of the 15-year-old open-air emporium.

After ordering the ban a week ago in response to a report of a dog urinating on food for sale, inspectors from the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission #1 this week informed the owners of the Galleria, which hosts the market, that restricting dogs to areas where food is not displayed would be permitted. But the idea was “deemed not to be workable,” MCRHC director Dave Henry tells redbankgreen. So now, let those puppies… sleep in. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: DOG BAN IRKS FARM MARKETERS

rb farm dogs 061514 2A ban on dogs at the Red Bank Farmers’ Market appears to have been triggered by a complaint about a dog urinating on a watermelon, the mayor says. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03A sudden ban on dogs at the Red Bank Farmers’ Market caught vendors and local officials by surprise Sunday.

The ban, by the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission #1, appears to have outraged some shoppers, who told vendors they would not return unless their dogs were welcome at the market, which is held weekly in a parking lot at the Galleria at Red Bank on West Front Street.

News of the ban came within 24 hours of reports that the health commission warned vendors at the Red Bank Community Block Party on Drs. James Parker Boulevard that they would be shut down if they didn’t comply with agency rules, Mayor Pasquale Menna tells redbankgreen.

In neither case had the borough administration gotten any communication about the actions from the commission, which Menna called “unacceptable behavior.”

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MIDDLETOWN: RABIES COUNT STILL RISING

HOT-TOPIC_01Middletown officials have now confirmed eight cases of rabies in wild animals this year.

The latest case followed a report by a resident in the area of Walnut Avenue between Pine Street and Chestnut Street who saw a raccoon acting sickly in the backyard.

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RED BANK: A NEW BREED OF NETWORKING

RB-DOG-DAYS-073013-8The Dog Days of Summer are back, as the monthly promotion for four-legged visitors (and their human handlers) returns to Monmouth Street on Tuesday evening.

When the idea was first floated last year, Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna called the promotion known as Dog Days of Summer “a great community-building event…I think it’s going to put us on the map.”

Beginning tomorrow, June 17, and continuing on the third Tuesday of July and August, the Dog Days event finds Monmouth Street closed between Broad Street and Drummond Place from 6 to 9 pm. It’s an interlude in which dog-friendly downtown businesses — identified by the pawprint decal in their window — welcome four-legged visitors and their human personal assistants to enjoy tabletop takeout dining, grooming options, and other pet related products and services (doggie wear, treats, pet accessories and more).

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MIDDLETOWN: RABIES CASES ON THE RISE

HOT-TOPIC_01Middletown officials are warning residents to be cautious about sickly wildlife after five confirmed cases of rabid raccoons over the past five weeks.

According to an alert issued by the township health department Wednesday morning, the latest case involved a raccoon that was trapped after a homeowner in the area of Red Hill Road and Dwight Road notified them that the animal was acting sickly in the back yard.

The animal was trapped and euthanized, and a laboratory test confirmed the presence of rabies, the announcement said.

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RUMSON: REWARD OFFERED FOR LOST DOG

sunnySunny, an 11-year-old Westie, has been missing since she got out of her yard during Sandy reconstruction on South Ward Avenue in Rumson Friday night.

She has no collar but is microchipped. Her owners are offering a $500 reward for her return. Call (732) 383-7236.

[UPDATE, February 27:  The owner has boosted the reward to $1,000.]

RED BANK: ICE RETURNS TO THE NAVESINK

After a three-year absence, four-inch ice retuned to our beautiful Navesink River over the weekend, enabling members of the storied North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club to take at least the smallest of their racing toys out for a spin. Larger craft, along the lines of the Rocket, that were more typical in the early decades of the 134-year-old Red Bank club, will have to wait for ice in the eight-inch range.

The ice also enabled skaters and plain old pedestrians to take a stroll on the river and  check out the Fiddler, a lobster boat anchored at mid-river and now hemmed in by hard water.

Club members hope to host a regatta named for longtime club member John Darling next weekend, and the National Weather Service forecast looks favorable for the ice to remain. For word on its condition, call the club’s iceline at (732) 747-5665. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

DAWGS STEP UP FOR DOGS (AND OTHER PETS)

Pet Food Drive...HalfacreSenior Matt Halfacre displays a few of the items collected as a result of the “Dawgs for Dogs … and Other Pets Too,” an initiative now taking place at RFH. Items will be delivered to pet owners in need by the FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties.

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

“Dawgs for Dogs … and Other Pets Too,” a new initiative to provide items for the care and comfort of four-legged friends in the local area, is now taking place at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.

Named in honor of the school’s bulldog mascot, the collection and distribution effort will assist local pet owners who may experience financial hardship in the coming winter months.

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WEEKEND: FOOD, FISHING, AND FUNDRAISING

authorsAuthors May Becker, Susan E. Davis and Lisa Borders appear at libraries and bookstores around the greater Green on Saturday afternoon. Below, Michael Morch, Jennifer Grasso, Laura Gepford and Ian Brown-Gorrell head up the cast in Phoenix Productions’ staging of ‘White Christmas.’

White_Christmas_4bThe days and weeks leading up to Thanks Thursday and Black Friday buy us a little more time to approach the holiday season at our own pace… a chance to chill in the outdoors with a few more hours of autumn sun, or to head home and curl up with some comfort food and a good book.

Friday, November 15:

RED BANK: Or, you could just cut to the chase and surrender to Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the season-closing musical entertainment from Phoenix Productions on the stage of the Count Basie Theatre. Come for tonight’s opening performance at 8 pm, and you’ll get more than just a jaunty romance-in-rhythm packed with Berlin blockbusters like “Happy Holiday,” “Blue Skies” and the title tune — you’ll get a shot at the traditional Phoenix 50/50 raffle and, as is traditional on Opening Night, you’ll get a first look ahead to the borough-based troupe’s 2014 season. Show continues through November 24; take it here to reserve tickets — and here for our feature on some exciting new developments at the Phoenix fun factory.

RUMSON: He’s fronted the 21st century edition of Blood Sweat & Tears; subbed for Belushi in The Original Blues Brothers Band; shared stages with everyone from Boy George to B.B. King, and toured the region’s roadhouses with his own Hudson River Rats (an upstanding organization that boasts legendary drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie). You might recall blues-rock belter and ace harmonicat Rob Paparozzi from those open-air Red Bank Jazz & Blues Fests of yore — but when Rob and Friends take it indoors to Barnacle Bill’s for some Friday night sets, they’ll be tearing the roof from the joint with a harpin’ helpin’ of houseparty hospitality, and the kind of star quality that keeps paparazzi flashbulbs a-poppin’.

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RED BANK: FUR THE LOVE OF ALL THAT’S HOLEY

Red Bank wrapped up its first monthly Dog Days series of canine confabs with a Halloween party for the hounds on Monmouth Street Tuesday night. Check out the slobbering silliness. (Click to enlarge)

VISIONS OF SERVICE, FOR RBR VOLUNTEER

HannahonePictured (from left to right) are VISIONS volunteers Hannah Burke, RBR student Hannah Haugenes of Little Silver, Anna Weissman (leader), and Dione McClenaghan constructing one of the five dog houses built for the ASPCA in Turkey Creek, Mississippi.

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School
Red Bank Regional High School student Hannah Haugenes of Little Silver, a creative writing major in the school’s Academy of Visual & Performing Arts, is fascinated by other cultures and believes in the importance of community service. She is also working toward an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma in the high school’s IB program. So when she contemplated how she would spend part of her summer vacation, Hannah was very excited to join a Visions Service Group (VISIONS) for a week of community service in the country’s Gulf Coast region, an area that still bears the scars of Hurricane Katrina.Working with 19 other high school students and guided by five chaperones from around the United States, Hannah helped revitalize community gardens, renovate houses, reinforce a bridge, and even build doghouses for a local animal shelter. She also served meals to the homeless and other people in need, in the historic community of Turkey Creek, Mississippi.Hannah states, “It was cool being in such a different place and learning about its rich history.”

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WEEKEND: A WALK, A BUMP, A PADDLE, A KRALL

Little Silver artist Mike Ciccotello at work creating a mural at Red Bank’s Salon Concrete, where his paintings will be on display with a show opening Saturday night. Diana Krall, below, returns to the Count Basie on her Glad Rag Doll tour, part of the Jazz at the Basie series. (Click to enlarge)

Friday, October 4:

krall-14b742a60245ed7ab16d252ae50f9da000b154ed-s6-c30RED BANK: Fans who recall Natalie Merchant from her gold- and platinum-plated tenure as frontwoman of the rock band 10,000 Maniacs might be pleasantly surprised by the silvery hair she’s sported on her current tour — as well as by her fronting an ever-changing array of symphony orchestras from town to town. When the singer takes to the Count Basie boards at 8 pm, she’ll be joined by the New Jersey Chamber Symphony for a concert that draws from her recent hit release, ‘Leave Your Sleep’ — a lushly arranged set of literary inspirations and expansive musical visions. Take it here for tickets.

NAVESINK: The bumper crop of Broadway shows in 1938 included not only ‘On Borrowed Time — currently onstage in a splendidly designed, handsomely realized production at Two River Theatre —but another folksy fantasy of life, love and devotion in a small town. Traditionally staged without props or scenery, Thornton Wilder’s classic ‘Our Town’ lends an avant-garde edge to its cross-section slice of sentimental Americana. Beginning tonight, the community troupe Stone Church Players presents the first of six performances at All Saints’ Memorial Church (the historic “Old Stone Church” at the crossroads of Navesink and Monmouth Aves). Michael McClellan directs a cast of 17 players in the show that continues weekends through October 13; take it here to reserve.

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RED BANK: AT 93, STILL WALKING THE DOG

john barnes 3John Barnes and his pooch, Terry, on Linden Place last week. Below, Terry meets Maggie and her owner, Anthony DeGregorio.  (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

JOHN BARNES 1He’s a Red Bank fixture – if the term applies to a seemingly always-on-the-go nonagenarian in a wheelchair.

Anyone who has spent enough time in the vicinity of Broad Street has probably seen John Barnes matter-of-factly walking his dog from a motorized wheelchair, undeterred by heavy traffic, other dogs or health challenges.

So, how does he manage it?

“It’s hard,” said Barnes, a sharp-eyed, 93-year-old Brooklyn native and World War II veteran.  “You gotta work together. You never know what he’s going to do.”

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RED BANK: RABID BAT GETS INTO HOUSE

brown bat 081913A brown bat captured by Red Bank’s animal control officer last month. That one turned out to be rabies-free. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot-topic rightA pregnant Red Bank woman and her husband are facing rabies vaccinations after being exposed to a rabid bat inside their home early last week, redbankgreen has learned.

The bat was the second to get into the Irving Place residence in a matter of days, said the owner, who asked that his name not be published out of concern for privacy. The first, which was also captured, turned out to be disease-free.

The rabid bat was also the third bat to get into a Red Bank home in less than two weeks, says Animal Control Officer Henry. And one got into the Red Bank Charter School less than two weeks ago, too.

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RED BANK: MEET, GREET, GRAB A TREAT

Dozens of dogs and their human pals turned out on a pleasant summer evening Tuesday for the first edition of Red Bank’s Dog Days, and redbankgreen was there to catch the wags, smiles and occasional slobbers. We’ve got lots more photos after the “read more.”

The canine meet-and-greet, held on a closed-to-traffic stretch of Monmouth Street, is scheduled to repeat on the last Tuesday night of August, September and October. (Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK HITS THE PAWS BUTTON TONIGHT

Red Bank rolls out the red carpet for man’s best friend Tuesday night with the first in the series of three planned ‘Dog Days‘ festivals. Monmouth Street between Broad Street and Drummond Place will be closed to traffic from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. as dozens of animal-products vendors set up for an expected turnout of several hundred canines and their homo sapiens. All dogs must be on non-extendable leashes, the borough says. The event, whelped by Mayor Pasquale Menna, is scheduled to recur on the last Tuesday nights of August, September and October. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: A BIRD PAL NAMED AL. OR ALLIE.

Jeff MacPherson and the visitor he calls Al.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A little ornithological help here, please…

For the past month or so, a plump, impeccably white dove has been hanging around on South Street in Red Bank. Homeowner Jeff MacPherson calls the bird “Al,” a name given by his son, Jack. It’s short for “albino.”

redbankgreen came upon MacPherson and Al Thursday night, as the bird not-too-skittishly ate bits of bread MacPherson dropped at his feet.

But Tim & Peggy Carr, who live next door, call him – or her – “Allie.” Obviously, the Carrs think he is a she. Peggy speculates that Allie may be preggers.

So there’s the first order of business for a birder: which is it, Al or Allie?

And then: what on earth is he or she doing there?

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RED BANK: GOING TO THE DOGS, MONTHLY

Monmouth Street between Broad Street and Drummond Place will be closed to automobile traffic one night a month from July through October for ‘Dog Days of Summer.’ (Click to enlarge)

A stretch of Red Bank’s Monmouth Street will become a pedestrian mall for four-legged visitors and their leash-holders on select nights starting in July, Mayor Pasquale Menna announced Wednesday night.

Following through on plans hinted at last month, Menna said an event dubbed ‘Dog Days of Summer’ would begin Tuesday, July 30 and repeat on the final Tuesday nights of August, September and October, concluding with a Halloween party of sorts for domesticated critters.

“This is a special themed event for pets that includes humans,” said Menna, owner of an 11-year-old white Labrador retriever named Bella.

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YOUR WEEKEND OPTIONS, RIGHT HERE

Images of 20th century Red Bank and other Monmouth County locales are featured in a show of photos from the Dorn’s Collection beginning Saturday at Red Bank Frameworks. (Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

Friday, May 10:

RED BANKSandy Hackett’s Rat Pack infests Count Basie Theater. Join faux Frank, Sammy and Dino for performances produced by the legendary Buddy Hackett. Tickets are $19.50, $29.50 and $39.50. 99 Monmouth Street.

RUMSON: The third annual “Gayla!” prom, a fun and safe evening with food and DJ takes place at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School. The Rumson Fair Haven Gay-Straight Alliance partners with Make it Better for Youth to provide support kids ages 13-19 in middle, high, or home school. The prom runs from 7 to 10 p.m. tickets are $20; parental permission required. 74 Ridge Road.

RUMSON: The boys from Madison Avenue are back and will perform at Molly Maguire’s Black Point Inn. The show begins at 9 p.m.132 East River Road.

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RED BANK: THE DOG NIGHTS OF SUMMER?

Dogs at last month’s Red Bank Street Fair. Mayor Pasquale Menna says he’s working on a recurring dog-friendly event for this summer.  (Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

Red Bank’s elected officials had canines on the brain Wednesday night, as dog-related issues came up several times during the course of the bimonthly council meeting.

Mayor Pasquale Menna said that he and Councilwoman Sharon Lee had recently attended a meeting at Red Bank Veterinary Hospital to plan an event he referred to as the “Dog Days of Summer in Red Bank,” a creative endeavor looking to pair downtown nightlife and dog-friendly activities.

“I consider it a very cool, progressive idea, based somewhat off the European model of including pets in life,” Menna said.

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MORE TEETH SOUGHT IN CRUELTY LAWS

By WIL FULTON

Animal cruelty stands as one of the sad realities of life. Every day, our televisions, news sites, and social media feeds carry images and stories of animal neglect, abuse and abandonment. Last week, redbankgreen reported on puppies suspected of having been dumped in Shrewsbury, no owner in sight.

Red Bank’s mayor and council think offenders of cruelty prevention laws need to hear a stronger message of condemnation. Last week, they endorsed a resolution that asks state legislators to rachet up the penalties for those convicted of animal cruelty.

“Unfortunately we live in a society that is showing a great deal of insensitivity for those who don’t have a voice for themselves,” said Mayor Pasquale Menna. “We have regulations and laws in place, but I think that, frankly, the time has come for our legislators in Trenton to look at those bills that deal with cases and incidents of animal cruelty, and ask that they be upgraded.”

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