RUMSON: SHINING LIGHT ON LUMINARIES PAST

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By JOHN T. WARD

rumson legendsRoberta Van Anda is moving out of Rumson soon, capping more than 60 years of borough residence in which she was a longtime school board member, a wife, a mother and writer of a town newsletter.

She’s leaving as a newly published book author. Her “Legendary Locals of Rumson,” one in a nationwide series focused on particular locales, debuted this month. And it fulfills Van Anda’s long-held desire to tell her contemporaries, and perhaps future borough residents, about the contributions made to the community by predecessors whose names may have vanished over the years.

“I’m just so excited to bring some of these people out of the shadows of history,” she told redbankgreen recently.

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RED BANK: SCONCE IN A BLUE MOON

rb moonrise 030215Or something like that. Hey, we’re just having a little bit of fun with the moonrise over Wallace Street in Red Bank and a lighting fixture on the vacant former Smith Barney building Monday evening… (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: HIGH SCHOOL THESPIANS OF OLD

  rbhs theater 020615 4rbhs theater 020615 3Now playing in the lobby display case at Red Bank borough hall: photos of Red Bank High School thespians, believed to have been taken in the 1950s.

The exhibit, the latest in a series of works by RBHS photography teacher Anthony Trufolo, was assembled by volunteers from the public library, and spotlights kids in rehearsal, getting ready backstage and hitting their marks at showtime.

We’ve got lots more after the ‘read more.’ Do you know any of these folks? (Photos of photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: SETTING SEITZ ON NATURE

Rocks_Beach_Arubarszrsz“Rocks Beach Aruba” is among photographer Colin Seitz’s beautiful scenes of nature — in unnaturally beautiful black and white — on display starting Friday at McKay Imaging Gallery.

“More than one year ago, Colin Seitz walked through our door seeking, among other things, a show in our gallery,” explain Robert McKay and Elisabeth Koch-McKay, the visionary husband-wife photographer team behind downtown Red Bank’s McKay Imaging gallery. “We told him that his work was really quite beautiful, but that we wanted to see a lot more of it!”

Taking that as a cue, Seitz spent much of the next year out-of-doors, building up a body of work centered around the natural landscape, as rendered in richly detailed black and white — a decision that, in the words of the Brick-based lensman, “enables me to emphasize the magnitude of the scene without oversimplifying it with color.”

True to their word, the McKays have given Seitz the wall-space real estate (and the prime-time shopping season scheduling) for his first solo show of silver photographic prints.

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LINCROFT: MUSEUM STOP FOR MODEL TRAINS

Benjamin-Riley-1024x683The traditional holiday train display returns to the Monmouth Museum, in tandem with an ‘All Aboard’ photo display of railroad landscapes. (Photo by Benjamin Riley)

Holiday traditions come and go, but when a longstanding local signifier of the season threatens to drop out of sight, it can upset the equilibrium of community life.

Happily, the annual Model Train Display has returned to the Monmouth Museum right on schedule for the season — complete with new trains and a fully updated network of track — and it’s joined by an exhibit that celebrates the role of the railroad in the development of the United States, as well as the train whistle’s continued siren-call to generations of American artists.

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RED BANK: PHOTOG SHOOTS FROM THE HEART

Kim LevinFrom Meghan at Frame To Please comes word that the shop located inside The Galleria has opened a boutique-gallery kiosk under the name Art from the Heart. Each month, the space will showcase the work of a local artist, with a percentage of sale proceeds dedicated to an “adopted charity” of the featured artist’s choice. For the inaugural display in December, the work of animal photography specialist Kim Levin is on display — and the Little Silver lenswoman has designated a set of her favorite pet rescue organizations as the beneficiary of the collected funds.

SHREWSBURY: SAY CHEESE… AND MUSH!

kim_levin_photoImages of Alaska — and of the people and dogs who call it home — are on display at a reception for Little Silver lenswoman Kim Levin.

Animal lovers and book lovers from the greater Red Bank Green may already know Kim Levin as the Little Silver-based picture-book creator and self-styled “phoDOGrapher” whose many publication credits include Cattitude and Why We Love Dogs — and whose 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.

Back in June, the pet portraitist had the chance to indulge another passion, and spent her summer vacation traveling through Alaska, Vancouver and the Yukon. What she brought back were some stunning images of the Alaskan landscape, its people, and their state treasure: the iconic Huskies that run the 1,049-mile Iditarod race each winter.

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MIDDLETOWN: CALLING ALL NATURE PHOTOGS

Deep Cut PhotoPress release from Monmouth County Parks System

Interested in nature photography? The Monmouth County Parks System is looking for entries for its upcoming photography exhibit,  The Residents of Deep Cut Gardens  and from now through November 21, professional and amateur photographers 18 years and older are invited to submit images for consideration into the show.

The exhibit will be open 10 am to 4 pm daily, January 4 through 31 at the Deep Cut Gardens Horticultural Center on Red Hill Road in Middletown. An opening reception is planned from 1 to 3 pm on Saturday, January 3. During this free event, the public is invited to view the exhibit, meet the photographers, and enjoy light refreshments.

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RED BANK: NAVESINK ON NAVESINK

navesink 1 101314 navesink 2 101314How calm was our beautiful Navesink River when reader Michael McMahon went out for stripers Monday morning? So calm that when you flip his photo, it’s hard to tell which version is the true one. (Photo by Michael McMahon. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: BOULANGERIE OPENS ART SHOW

100214 boulangerie2Exhibit No. 9 gallery owner Tom White, center, discusses the artwork now showing at Antoinette Boulangerie in Red Bank. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

100214 boulangerie5Curated art exhibits that could previously only be seen in Asbury Park at Exhibit No. 9 gallery can now also be enjoyed avec croissants and other treats onMonmouth Street in Red Bank.

Antoinette Boulangerie opened its doors last week to art and pastry lovers alike with in an exhibition titled “Dessert for the Eyes.”  The stylish opening reception, hosted by bakery owners Ayca User and her sister, Zeynep Ozdimer, featured works from around the globe, chosen by Exhibit No. 9 owners Tom and Lois White.

“The art in the gallery will change often, so it won’t always be the same thing on the walls,” User said, while guests snacked on decadent chocolate-covered strawberries and coconut macaroons.

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RED BANK: GRID STARS OF OLD

rbpl football 091014 1rbpl football 091014 2Photos of Red Bank High School football players, coaches and cheerleaders from the 1940s and ’50s give the lobby display case at borough hall a distinctly autumnal feel.

The exhibit, put together by volunteers from the public library, showcases images taken by RBHS photography teacher Anthony Trufolo. The last display, assembled in June, featured prom pix from Trufolo’s collection. Library director Elizabeth McDermott says the next one, scheduled for January, will spotlight theatrical productions at the school, which merged into a regional school district in 1975. 

Do you know any of these folks? (Photos of photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

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RED BANK: SALES SOARING FOR DRONES

Alan Placer of Hobbymasters gives a quick demo of drone flying. Below, a matchbox-sized drone without a camera. (Photo and video by John T. Ward. Click photo to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb drone 070814 2By now, perhaps, you’ve seen the spectacular video shot from within the East River Fourth of July fireworks by a small, remote-controlled helicopter. Or the lovely one of the boardwalk in Ocean Grove and Asbury Park, as seen from a gentle distance above.

Less likely, you’ve seen aerial footage of roof inspections. But Red Bank’s Hobbymasters store is having trouble keeping up with demand for drones from real estate agents and roofers, as well as artists and his customary clientele of hobbyists, he tells redbankgreen.

“They’re outselling remote-controlled planes and cars combined,” he said.

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RED BANK: CRAWL, SNAP, POST, REPEAT

rb photo crawl 062714rb crawl card 2014Two women get into the spirit of the Red Bank Photo Crawl, a business promotion campaign, outside the Fins and Feathers pet store on Monmouth Street Friday. Organized by borough-based web design firm Defined Logic, the crawl is a weekend-long event that encourages visitors to stop in at 15 participating stores, snap photos and post them Instagram and Twitter for a chance to win prizes. A “crawl card” showing the locations is at right. (Photo above by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: PROM PIX POSTED, OLD-SCHOOL

rb proms 060414 2 Photos from Red Bank High School proms of the 1950s in a display at borough hall. (Photos of photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb proms 060414 5“This was when young women wanted to look pretty, instead of sexy,” said Red Bank court clerk Fran Pastoriza, as she studied a newly installed display of photos just outside her office Wednesday.

“They wanted to look like movie stars, not the sexpot-of-the-day,” she said.

“Oh man, she is beautiful,” said Jerome ‘Bird’ Hicks, as he studied an elegant young woman – ignoring the fact that the woman already had a date. “I am in love.”

Their sentiments were prompted by the an array of pictures from Red Bank High School proms from the 1950s now in the lobby display case at borough hall.

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RED BANK: A CALENDAR ABOUT, AND FOR, KIDS

prown's calendar 2014The cover of the 2014 Prown’s calendar features a shot of the attendees on the 1964 Police Athletic League bus trip.  (Click to enlarge)

For five years now, two venerable institutions of the Green, Prown’s Home Improvement and Dorn’s Classic Images have been putting their heads together to create a calendar that keeps the past alive and helps out a charity or two.

The 2014 edition continues the tradition and includes 14 classic black-and-white photos of Red Bank kids. The images were selected from the Dorn’s collection, curated by George and Kathy Dorn Severini.

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RED BANK: STILL GOING NAKED

It was nippy outside Sunday evening, but at Red Bank’s Red lounge, it was a place to Go Naked. Dozens came out to the third annual Go Naked and Check Yourself fundraiser and (ahem) educational event held to raise awareness about skin cancer, breast cancer, testicular cancer and other detectable ailments. Once again, Red Bank’s Sugarush cupcakes and Sweetest Sin lingerie shops put the bounce in the event, which had previously raised more than $20,000 for health-related charities. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

MODEL CITIZEN: STEPHANIE SALOMONSEN

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For 23-year-old Stephanie Salomonsen of Middletown, personal style is contingent in part on what kind of music she’s listening to.

“Come the fall, I love to listen to bluegrass,” she tells Model Citizen. “It’s comfortable, feel-good music, and I will definitely be dressing that way.”

Today, except for berry-colored lipstick, Stephanie’s face is makeup- free. Her large, black-framed eyeglasses give her a nerdy chic touch that compliments her face. The blue beanie hanging low on her head reveals a touch of unkempt hair, which she says is the look she was going for.

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RED BANK: CALM AND CASUAL

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MODEL-CITIZEN_07CFormer Rumson resident Kerry Planer was bolting from the Alex and Ani New Age jewelry store on Broad Street in Red Bank on a recent fall afternoon when spied by your Model Citizen correspondent.

For a woman out buying last-minute gifts for the bridesmaids in her wedding just days away, Kerry appeared astonishingly calm.

In fact, everything she wore purred “casual.” Perfectly fitted skinny jeans. Black-and-white striped tee with bright pink shoulders. Nude flats. Classic tortoise-shell, cat’s-eye sunglasses.

“I’m a jean-and-t-shirt kind of woman,” Kerry says.  “I love the minimalist look of throwing on a white shirt, jeans, flats and draping a beautiful scarf around my neck.”

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A ‘FIRST’ FOR WEISS, AT LUNCH BREAK GALA

Famed Red Bank area rock photographer Mark Weiss has announced the donation of a series of classic rock and roll portraits from the 1970s and 1980s, to benefit the borough-based nonprofit Lunch Break and its 2013 Gala and Fundraiser event.weissguy-about-me2

The limited edition prints, assembled under the campaign title “Feels Like the First Time,” collect a set of images dating back to the first time that Weiss had photographed each of the subjects — a gallery of luminaries that includes Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler, Alice Cooper, Cheech & Chong, David Johansen (New York Dolls), Debbie Harry (Blondie), Paul Stanley (Kiss), Sammy Hagar, members of Bon Jovi, Boston, and many more. Prints are signed by the artists as well as by Weiss, and are being auctioned here through October 8, via the online service CharityBuzz.

The fourth annual gala for the charitable organization under the direction of Gwendolyn Love takes place from 6 to 10 pm on Monday, October 21 at Navesink Country Club in Middletown. Tickets ($150 each; the majority tax deductible) include passed hors d’oeuvres, carving stations, music by the Pat Karwan Trio, a silent auction as well as a live auction conducted by Steve Trevelise of New Jersey 101.5. Also offered are a cash bar and and a 50/50 raffle ($30 a chance).

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WEEKEND EVENTS ON THE GREEN

tour de fair haven 2011Flashing spokes and vivid colors mark the super-competitive Tour de Fair Haven Sunday.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Saturday, September 14:

RED BANK: Scramble up your Saturday night, bring your Scrabble board (and a dictionary) and compete against other Scrabble scrimmagers at the Red Bank Public Library. The Scrabble tournament runs from 2 to 4 p.m. 84 West Front Street.

RED BANK: Musician Bob Burger returns to Red Bank for a Saturday night set at the Walt Street Pub. The show begins at 8 p.m. 180 Monmouth Street.

RUMSON: The Snakes slither into Molly Maguire’s Black Point Inn for some seriously venomous Saturday night entertainment. The Irish music begins at 9:30 p.m. 132 East River Road.

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RED BANK: GALLERY OF ‘LIFE’

diner by d patterson‘Diner,’ above, by Demtrius Patterson, seen below with art appreciator Sharon Bergholm.  (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

patterson bergholmDozens of people passed through Red Bank’s Art Alliance of Monmouth County gallery Saturday night, studying the works on display for the opening of its monthly exhibit.
The monthlong, members-only, non-juried show at the Monmouth Street art space is themed ‘Life.'”I love the variety, ” said Stas Nuke, who has two photographs in the exhibit.  “There are so many styles: cold wax, hot wax, acrylics, oils, collage.” The exhibit also features drawings and sculpture.

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WEEKEND: CARNIVAL, NATURE WALK, TRI…

The Sea Bright Firemen’s Fair brings cheer to the oceanside town this weekend s it works to recover from Hurricane Sandy. Folk musicians the Blind Tellers, below, are at the Red Bank Public Library. (Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

Friday, May 17:

LITTLE SILVER: Come shop the annual Little Silver Springtime Sidewalk Sale hosted by the Little Silver Business & Professional Association. The sale runs through Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Locations vary.

RED BANK: Stores, restaurants and some unexpected places combine to create a townwide art exhibit for Art Walk. Make your own self-guided tour or shadow docents as they guide the crowd through town. The exhibit runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Here’s the map: artwalk_map_only-1

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