An historic total eclipse of the sun — well, partial eclipse, in this part of the United States — drew summer vacationers and office workers alike out into cloying heat and humidity across the Greater Red Bank Green Monday.
On sidewalks in downtown Red Bank and the parking lot of the Monmouth County Library’s Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury, among other locales, they donned safety spectacles, craned their necks and oohed and ahhed throughout the slow-motion celestial event, the first coast-to-coast eclipse in America since 1918.
Check out our photos of the skywatchers below. (Photos by John T. Ward and Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
By JOHN T. WARD
Former Red Bank Council President Cindy Burnham blasted borough Attorney Greg Cannon after he redirected a video camera she was using to record the governing body’s semimonthly meeting Wednesday night.
Mid-meeting, while others on the dais were speaking about unrelated matters, Cannon walked from his seat beside Mayor Pasquale Menna to the front row of the audience and re-aimed Burnham’s tripod-mounted camera before returning to his seat.
By JOHN T. WARD
As the son of a singer in a wedding band, Mike Hernandez Jr. says he “grew up in the wedding business.” He was there when the band came to the house for its weekly rehearsals, and when no babysitter was available, he’d be schlepped to gigs, killing time behind the drummer.
That, and much more, he says, makes him well-qualified to create something he doesn’t believe has ever succeeded before: a one-stop market for wedding services. And in doing so, he’s ended one of downtown Red Bank’s most enduring vacancies.
Roughly 200 Red Bank Middle School students gathered on the school’s lawn recently to form a red ribbon in support of the national Red Ribbon contest, which touts the anti-drug message of “YOLO – You Only Live Once.”
The aerial photo, taken by volunteer firefighter Joe Holiday using a drone, has been entered into a contest in which the school is hoping to win $1,000 and an iPad. To vote for the photo, go here. (Photo by Joe Holiday. Click to enlarge)
The final installment of our Summer Scenes series finds photographer Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado down on the banks of the Navesink River once again. He shot this photo through the boat storage racks of Irwin Marine at Union Street and Boat Club Court in Red Bank.
“Yes, I am drawn to the river,” says Luis, who spent part of the summer rowing with Navesink River Rowing. “The river is just an open space, like there’s no trees or, most of the time, people. And sunsets look great because you can kind of see the reflection of the sunset or what’s on the other side of the river on the water.”
redbankgreen thanks Luis for his wonderful photos, and wishes him the best as he enters eighth grade at Red Bank Middle School. His other Summer Scenes photos may be viewed here. (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)
As the lazy days of summer 2016 wind down, Summer Scenes brings you this placid view of the Navesink River lapping softly at the shore at the home of Navesink River Rowing in Red Bank.
The photo is the latest in the Summer Scenes series. The others may be viewed here. (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)
His photo shows the rear of 2 East Front Street — known for its pedestrian passageway linking the downtown with Union Street and Marine Park — and the shingled rear of Seldin’s Trinkets and Jewelry, at 2 West Front. Brick, wood, delicate clouds and a vapor trail combine to create a visually engaging scene.
The photo is the six in the Summer Scenes series. The others may be viewed here. (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)
The latest photo in our Summer Scenes series by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado captures a spectacular interplay of sunlight and clouds above our beautiful Navesink River, as seen from Marine Park in Red Bank.
The photo is the fifth in the series. The others may be viewed here. (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)
“I liked how everything was looking, like how bright it was,” he says. “It seemed to me like it will be a great photo.”
This shot is the fourth in Luis’s series of Summer Scenes. If you missed the others, you can catch up here. (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)
This shot is the third in the series. If you missed the others, you can catch up here. (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)
Trains didn’t look like this, or run on electricity, when the Red Bank train station was built in 1875. But while technology has evolved over the past 141 years, the station itself has maintained its Victorian charm, thanks to the efforts of preservationists and periodic refurbishment work, as in the four-year, $1.6-million facelift that concluded in 2014, when it was named for late Mayor and Supreme Court Justice Daniel J. O’Hern Sr.
In this week’s Summer Scenes photo, Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado captures the old and the new at the station, as well as the sensation of moving and staying, in beautiful light, both natural and man-made. (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)
This photo marks the debut of a summer-long photography internship at redbankgreen for Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado, a Red Bank Middle School student. Luis came to our attention after his photo of baby birds in a nest won the Spring edition of the borough Parks and Rec department’s photo contest. That photo was taken with a cellphone with a cracked screen, but Luis has since graduated to a new SLR, thanks to a birthday gift from his parents.
Tune in every Monday this summer for a new photo by Luis. (Photo by Luis Enrique Santamaria Delgado. Click to enlarge)
The photo was one of four selected as winners in the latest round of seasonal photo contests sponsored by the borough’s Parks and Recreation Department, and earned Luis a certificate as well as a portfolio review by professional photographers Liz and Bob McKay of McKay Imaging Photography on Monmouth Street.
Luis told redbankgreen he takes lots of photos, and for this one, got as close as he could to the birds without disturbing them and snapped the shot with his cracked-screen cellphone. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
It’s a late-spring evening’s stroll that takes in some of Red Bank’s most cherished architectural treasures — St. James Church, the Victorian-style train station — as well as the vistas available from the waterfront walkways of Riverside Gardens and Marine Park.
The latest in a new series of “MoCo Artwalks” hosted by the folks at the Monmouth County Arts Council, the Red Bank Photowalk sets sail tonight on a tour designed to give shutterbugs of all experience levels a new perspective on some familiar turf, as guided by Michael S. Miller of Visions Photographic Workshops.
Like so many of us, Gilda Rogers had a large collection of family photographs — a chronicle of her family’s history that cried out for something more than being shut away in albums or hidden on hard drives. The solution, according to the writer, educator and cultural preservationist, was to create “Backward Glances,” a line of greeting cards that spotlights her own generational history, sharing her family’s story through some (often artful and compelling) images that have something to offer people of all backgrounds.
On Saturday, June 11, Rogers visits the Red Bank Public Library for a free workshop entitled “Making Memories: Create a Keepsake Placemat from Family Photos.” A tie-in to the current Two River Theater production of I Remember Mama and its themes of family unity, the crafting session offers participants a chance to win two tickets to the play, which continues its engagement through June 26.
In early May, photography majors from the Visual and Performing Arts Academy at Red Bank Regional High School took part in the Ocean County Camera Club Photo Contest. Among the 50 winners in 450 entries are (left to right) RBR students Bridget Kelly, Cat Ishimasa (Honorable Mention in the Monochromatic category), Sam Havens (First Place in the Photographers Choice/Monochromatic category), Anya Carney, Juliet Slattery, and Kathleen Flynn. Photos by Bridget and Anya (whose entry can be seen at center of picture) will be displayed in a show at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C. next October.
For prospective brides and grooms (and brides and brides, and grooms and grooms), it’s the most significant set of steps this side of that “walk down the aisle” — the annual Red Bank Wedding Walk, the 2016 edition of which renews its vows on Sunday.
Showcasing the products and services of more than 40 area businesses, it’s a real-world, real-time stroll through all the borough has to offer committed couples, from dress shops, confectioners and florists to salons, jewelers and photographers. And Red Bank, as befits its status as a “one-stop shopping destination,” is ready once again for its close-up on the first day of Spring, 2016.
Photos by a Red Bank Middle School student, Jonathan Balanzar, above, and an adult, Lidia Carranza, right, were the winners in the first of a new series of seasonal photo contests sponsored by the borough’s Parks and Recreation Department, director Charlie Hoffmann announced at Wednesday night’s council meeting.
The photos will hang in the department’s offices at borough hall and be posted on the new version of the town website now under development, he said. The deadline for the spring edition of the contest, which is open to all Red Bank residents, is May 30.
Meantime, here’s a colorful photo op: the annual Easter Egg Hunt, which is scheduled for noon on Saturday, March 19 at Eastside Park on Harrison Avenue. (Click to enlarge)
Press release from Monmouth County Park System
Calling all nature photographers: The Monmouth County Park System is looking for entries for its Weather or Not photography exhibit, to be presented in January 2016 at Deep Cut Gardens, Middletown. The exhibit will look at some of the many ways the weather transforms Deep Cut’s gardens and its elements, whether it be the glistening rays of sunshine or the raindrops falling. Professional and amateur photographers 18 years and older are invited to submit images for consideration into the show. The cost to enter is $10 per person; maximum of two entries (acceptance into the show is not guaranteed, and if selected, only one piece will be exhibited in the show). All entries must be submitted on CD with completed entry form and fee by November 20, 2015. Rules and entry form are available here and at the site.
Animal lovers and book lovers from all around the greater Red Bank Green know Kim Levin as the Little Silver-based picture-book creator (and self-described “phoDOGrapher”) whose many book bylines include Cattitude and Why We Love Dogs. Her images have appeared worldwide on everything from calendars to cocktail napkins; in People magazine and Modern Dog; and on her own line of Molly & Fig greeting cards and gift items.
The professional purr/pooch portraitist — who in 2014 documented her travels across Iditarod country in a Monmouth County Library exhibit entitled Alaska: Landscapes and Dogs from the Last Frontier — is back on her home turf, doing what she does best, and finding time Sunday afternoon to “paws” in Red Bank for an appearance keyed to one of her pet causes.
As an exec with Red Bank-based Apex Fund Services, Colin Seitz keeps himself busy and productive within the four-wall parameters of the office environment. But for the past several years, the avid photographer has used nearly every out-of-office moment to sharpen his shutterbug skills in classic style, and to put what he’s learned to work in settings that have ranged from his native Jersey Shore to the most spectacular vistas of Alaska, Hawaii, and Yosemite National Park.
Following group-show exhibitions with local organizations like the Art Alliance and the Guild of Creative Art, Seitz’s beautifully detailed natural scenes were first seen in a solo context with a December 2014 installation at McKay Imaging. And beginning Friday, the breathtaking work of the constantly exploring lensman will be represented in an all-new and novel setting: the rustic Italian eatery Via45.