SWEATING IT OUT AT RIVERSIDE

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Outdoor Fit, a free, all-ages workout program, returned to Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park for its second year earlier this month.

redbankgreen photo intern Stacie Fanelli was there Wednesday night to catch the  action.

(More photos after the jump. Click pix to enlarge)

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RUMSON, IN A FLASH AND RUMBLE

Shots of Rumson’s 2011 edition of the Independence Day Fireworks, as seen from Victory Park, the Oceanic Bridge and surrounding areas.

As is the custom, the show, by Garden State Fireworks, was synched up with, and identical to (except in the size of the shells) the show upriver, between Red Bank and Middletown.

Photos by Dustin Racioppi. To enlarge the photo display, start it, then click the embiggen symbol in the lower right corner. To return to redbankgreen, hit the escape key.

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DIG IN & SAY ‘CHEESE’

atrium-shovel2-061411As PR agents all over northern Monmouth County know, redbankgreen avoids groundbreakings, ribbon cuttings, presentations of giant checks and other phoney-baloney ‘news’ events. But if more of them yielded delightfully silly images like this one, from Tuesday’s groundbreaking at the Atrium at Navesink Harbor in Red Bank, we might change our policy. Thanks to photographer Manny Carabel, who took the shot from his 10th-floor apartment next door at the Riverview Towers. (Click to enlarge)

BETTER MAKE MINE A TRIPLE

alexs-lemonadeThe 10-year-old Lizzote triplets of Rumson — Michael, Thomas & John, behind the table – set up a lemonade stand Sunday not to add to their piggy banks but for Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a charity that supports childhood cancer research. Joined by neighbors, the trio raised close to $200 through lemonade, candy and cookie sales at their Forrest Avenue home. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

THE COUNT NEEDS A CUT

basie-bust21Attention jazz and history lovers who hate weeds: volunteers are wanted to help clean up the area of the Red Bank train station that’s home to a bust of borough native William ‘Count’ Basie. Councilman Ed Zipprich said the bust, dedicated less than two years ago, has become overgrown with weeds and brush, and plans a cleanup of the area in the near future. For info, call borough hall at 732.530.2740. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

WEEKEND OUTLOOK: CHANCE OF BOOMERS

gooseThis goose statue, which has stood outside a Harding Road home in Red Bank for about a decade, is ready for excessive wetness. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

After Thursday night’s thunderstorms broke the back of a two-day heatwave that saw local temperatures pushing 100 degrees, temps are expected to settle back down into the high 80s Friday.

A chance of rain and boomers will loom throughout the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Here’s the outlook:

Today: A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. North wind between 5 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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WE GOT US ANOTHER LEANER

meter-leanerA parking meter on Globe Court in Red Bank appeared Monday to have had a rough weekend. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

REEL NICE WEATHER

fishingFair Haven resident Chris Marcelli casts a line into the Navesink River off the town pier at the end of Fair Haven Road Thursday morning. The weatherbot says Friday and Saturday will be smactacular. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

Here’s the local outlook from the National Weather Service:

Today: Sunny, with a high near 78. Northwest wind between 13 and 16 mph.

Tonight: Clear, with a low around 52. North wind between 9 and 13 mph.

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THE SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET

sidewalk-sunShannon Langbein, right, and a fellow hairdresser at Red Bank’s Chelsea Morning take advantage of an opening in the appointment book to lie in the sun on the sidewalk of White Street Tuesday. “Can’t miss a day of sun,” Langbein said. (photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

THE WEEK IN REARVIEW: MAY 15-20, 2011

chopper1A helicopter search Thursday was part of an investigation into the whereabouts of missing Red Bank woman. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Busy last week prepping for the rapture?

Whatever you missed is all here, below, waiting for you.

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THE WEEK IN REARVIEW

pink-linePink striping down River Road in Fair Haven in celebration of Pink Week, which continues this week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

You’ll notice the redbankgreen masthead’s looking a more on the red side than green these days. That’s because last week kicked off Pink Week, Riverview Medical Center and Red Bank RiverCenter’s annual push for breast cancer awareness, detection and treatment.

We’re not here just for supportive graphics, but on this Monday morning to keep you abreast (couldn’t help it) of what that’s all about, and other news from the end of April. Click on.

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SPRING 2011: BARGAIN BEVERAGE

lemonadeThe first day of May was perfect for catching some sun and a few bucks. Kristina Taylor, 11, set up a lemonade stand outside her home on Ward Avenue in Rumson Sunday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

SPRING 2011: LAYING DOWN THE LINE

alert-linesA worker from Red Bank-based Alert Traffic Lines, contracted by the borough, does striping to curbs and asphalt downtown Tuesday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

SOMEWHERE, OVER THE NAVESINK

rainbow2Thanks to reader Tom Scriven of Sea Bright for sending us this shot, taken from Marine Park in Red Bank on Sunday at 6 p.m. (Click to enlarge)

SPRING 2011: HELLO YELLOW

flowers1A field of daffodils spotted on an embankment off Navesink River Road in Middletown last week. April showers dominate the weather forecast for the coming week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

READY TO HATCH IN RUMSON

easter-eggs1Residents of a home on River Road in Rumson home are either ready for Easter or have a serious a hankering for omelettes. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

ALL THEY ARE SAYING IS ‘GET IN BED’

mm-give-peace-a-chance-1John Lennon and Yoko Ono duet during their 1969 Bed-In for Peace, the subject of a new installation opening this weekend at the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft. (Photo ©Joan Athey/ Peaceworks Now Productions)

Need a reason to get out of your pajamas and leave the house this weekend? The Monmouth Museum is offering two chances to do just that — and you can even keep the PJs on.

Opening on Sunday afternoon (and previewing with a fun fundraiser on Saturday evening), the exhibit known as Give Peace a Chance recreates those eight days in the late spring of 1969 when the recently married John Lennon and Yoko Ono held court inside Suite 1742 of Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel. Their playfully public Bed-In for Peace resulted in massive media coverage, friendly (and not so) visits by fellow public figures — and a subversively silly, enduringly catchy Top 20 anthem.

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DRUG COMPANY FOCUSES ON FAIR HAVEN

gourmet-picnicPhotographers from New York made a trip to Fair Haven Thursday afternoon for a photo shoot at Gourmet Picnic on River Road. A representative from the company said they came  for a “lifestyle” shot that may be used to publicize a new medication from a New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company. Store owner Suzette O’Brien was flattered her shop was chosen for the shoot. “It’s probably something you’d never see in Fair Haven,” she said. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

NATURE LAYS DOWN ANOTHER WHITE BLANKET

Red Bank before and just after dawn Thursday, beneath a sliver of moon and about ten inches of prettifying snow. To enlarge the photo display, start it, then click the embiggen symbol in the lower right corner. To get back to redbankgreen, hit your escape key.

A WALK AROUND RED BANK

In the aftermath of the blizzard, redbankgreen took a stroll around Red Bank Monday morning.

Everywhere, it seemed, were stranded cars, shovel-toters, pre-plowed streets and balletic wisps of snow dancing on strong gusts of wind. Here’s the documentary evidence.

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‘TIS THE SEASON

As in years past, Tim McLoone’s rolling, feel-good music extravaganza, Holiday Express, kicked off the Christmas season in Red Bank Friday night with a concert for several thousand visitors who braved a post-Thanksgiving chill.

redbankgreen was all over Broad Street to capture it in pixels, as per usual. Here’s a hundred angles on the merriment.

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A COMMENT ON LOOKING BACK IN TIME

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Our Comment of the Week this week is nice and simple: it’s just one resident communicating to another — and the rest of us, of course — while recalling a special moment.

And it’s all in the context of a story about a calendar created to preserve a bit of Red Bank history while raising a few bucks for a local charity.

That’s community, right?

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RIVER WATCH: NO TWO DAYS ARE THE SAME

Several times a week enroute to and from her day job in Eatontown, artist Gerda Liebmann would stop at the northern end of the Oceanic Bridge in Middletown to take photos of the Navesink River.

Time and again over the course of the year, she positioned her camera in pretty much the exact same way and snapped a few frames looking east toward Sea Bright.

“I always said, ‘this is so beautiful,’ until one day I said, ‘I must stop and take pictures,'” Liebmann tells redbankgreen.

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‘AGREE TO DISAGREE’ ON FIRE PHOTO

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This week’s Comment of the Week was posted last Tuesday by “Pat.”

Pat’s comment was part of an exchange about a photo redbangkreeen ran from the wedding of a couple who are members of the Lincroft fire and first aid squads.

The headline over the photo was “LINCROFT PAIR START A FIRE.” Did they ever.

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