A PASSION FOR FASHION & KEEPING IT LOCAL

A crowd that spilled over onto the Monmouth Street sidewalk packed the courtyard of the Dublin House Pub Wednesday night for the second alfresco fashion show held there in three months.

Like the last one, held in April, this one was organized by Rosa Davis of Bella Mystique on Broad Street. It also again featured amateur models from in and around Red Bank, and was supported by local hairdressers, modeling advisors and makeup artists. A series of raffles raised money for Lunch Break, the soup kitchen on the West Side.

But even with the parochial slant, the event had the frisson and throb of its more urbane counterparts. redbankgreen photog Peter Lindner was there with his gear to capture it all in pixels.

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WHILE INLAND WILTS, SEA BRIGHT SPARKLES

Remember the summer of 2009? When it rained the entire month of June?

Or how about the repeated snowstorms that got dumped on us this past winter?

Well, it may be hot now, but for beach lovers and boaters, the summer of 2010 is shaping up as a smactacular bonanza. That was in full evidence in the tiny burg of Sea Bright this weekend.

Photographer Peter Linder wandered the streets and strands of Sea Bright for redbankgreen on Saturday, and this is what he saw. And we get to enjoy it all over again!

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A RANDOM WALK THROUGH A TODDLIN’ TOWN

A hot summer night, dazzling smiles, an irresistible rhythm, a bit of flesh revealed…

Saturday nights have been hopping in downtown Red Bank of late, so redbankgreen dispatched photographer Peter Lindner to the streets and bars last Saturday to capture the post-sundown vibe.

He filed this set of 102 shots, from the couple enjoying a quiet dinner to the guys and gals on the prowl to to the folks who make it all happen in an orderly, law-abiding sort of way. Enjoy!

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KABOOM: BRILLIANCE BEFORE & AFTER DARK

It seems that KaBoomfest is becoming two events in one: a night of drunken rowdiness, largely among teenagers who hang out on Red Bank’s West Front and Broad streets during the fireworks, and the traditional night of family-oriented entertainment.

These photos capture the brighter side of the event, from the smiles of festivalgoers to the gunpowder wizardry of the folks at Garden State Fireworks, who paint the sky so brilliantly.

Thanks to Peter Lindner for the barge pix and shots of the Friday night concert in Marine Park.

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SUMMER ARRIVES ON A TIDE OF SMILES

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Ahhh, hot and sparkling at the Jersey Shore: This is the payoff, isn’t it, for all those blasted snowstorms we endured over the winter?

For those who were otherwise engaged, the summer solstice occurred at 7:28a Monday, marking the start of a season that, for those of an outdoorsish bent, is as important to one’s mental health as it is to the regional economy.

To mark the day, redbankgreen‘s Dustin Racioppi and Trish Russoniello roamed the Green, cameras in hand, and captured some juicy slices of life, from people at play to a high school graduation to some of the many ways folks find to stay cool between Red Bank and Sea Bright.

Enjoy the pix, folks. And here’s to a terrific summer.

BLIZZARD REDUX

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Scenes from Red Bank late Wednesday afternoon, during the second blizzard to hit the region in four days.

It’ll be partly sunny with temperatures well above freezing today to start turning all that purty white stuff into an ugly grey porridge.

Here’s the forecast from the National Weather Service:
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FAKE CRASH PHOTO HITS THE STANDS

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Hey, remember that faux accident that tied up Broad Street in Red Bank for most of a day back in August?

With local government clearance, a photo crew used the intersection of Broad and West Bergen Place to stage what looked like the aftermath of a car crash.

They brought in a couple of banged-up vehicles, positioning one against the base of traffic light and the other across the intersection with fake steam coming out from under the hood.

All this for a print ad for Liberty Mutual Insurance.

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‘FOUR WHITEHEADS ON A BENCH’

4 whiteheads on a bench rbsmPhotographer Bobbie Kingsley spotted this foursome clustered together opposite her Monmouth Street studio last week and “couldn’t resist” taking their picture, she tells redbankgreen. The women asked that they be identified by the headline above. (Photo courtesy of Bobbie Kingsley)

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IN oRBit: TWO LENSWOMEN

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Today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit features  interviews with two photographers, women whose areas of focus could hardly be farther apart. But each is making a book-signing appearance in Red Bank this
Saturday that should stir fans of their subject matter.

Internationally published photojournalist Scout Tufankjian spent two years
covering Barack Obama‘s presidential campaign, from before the official
announcement to the election night victory speech. She’ll be coming to the Two River Theater to discuss and sign copies of Yes We Can, her best-selling
collection of images from the Obama trail.

Little Silver resident Kim Levin, at right, has become known for her pet
portraits, as well as for such books as PhoDOGraphy and Cattitude. Her
latest is Frenemies, an inspirational set of images in which cats and dogs
cohabitate peacefully — and she’ll be signing copies in a late-morning stop
at downtown pet boutique Paw Palace.

Get inside the frame with both shooters, only in Red Bank oRBit.

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EARLY HALLOWEEN ON HUDSON

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Some six months ahead of schedule, a photo crew and stylists made up a house on Hudson Avenue in Red Bank for Halloween yesterday.

Brenda Angelilli, design director for All You magazine, said the setup was for a photo to appear in the October issue of the publication, which targets an audience of women.

“We wanted to find a house that would resonate with readers,” she told redbankgreen. “We felt this one was accessible and warm.”

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PLAYTIME IS PRIMARY

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Students at the Red Bank Primary School getting into the spirit of the day at the unveiling yesterday of new playground equipment. (Click to enlarge. Photos courtesy of Jim Willis)

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SPRUNG AT LAST

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The first weekend of spring 2009 turned out to be a good one for drawing pictures on your friend's jeans, getting the first Italian ice of the season at Strollo's Lighthouse or hauling away on foot what appears to have been the accoutrements of a birthday party, including balloons, a pizza and a bagful of who-knows-what.

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TEEN HOMELESSNESS, IN SHARP FOCUS

Vanhemmen,pimPim Van Hemmen at home in Fair Haven.

By JoANN PILEGGI

Just past the crack of dawn several days a week, Pim Van Hemmen can be seen running at a good clip through Fair Haven. But he's running a little faster than usual these days as he heads back to his third-floor home office.

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"I have a certain amount of anxiety about this," he says. "For about an hour each day, I freak out that I'm not making any money for the first time in my life."

He's not making any money because he recently took a buyout from his 25-year employer, the rapidly shrinking Star-Ledger, where he headed the newsroom photo and online efforts, and hasn't yet turned his full attention to a photography business he plans to launch. 

And what's keeping him from the startup is Do1Thing.org, a national non-profit he co-founded to call attention to teenage homelessness.

Tomorrow, Valentine's Day, dozens of Do1Thing professional photographers, videographers, writers and editors — including a passel of Pulitzer Prize winners — will fan out across America's large cities looking to document, in images and words, the plight of kids who've been kicked to the curb.

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MYSTERY SOLVED, SIS-BOOM-BAH

Connors_juneJune Connors (nee Evans) strikes a familiar pose at the McKay Gallery last month. The original shot is below. (Photo above courtesy Liz & Bob McKay)

She’s frozen eternally in a moment of school-spirit optimism, a girl in cheerleader regalia from another era.

But even after her picture went on public display as part of a Red Bank centennial event in late November, the show’s curators, and the artist who supplied the image, didn’t know for sure who she was.

Now, the mystery has been solved, and the woman who was that girl has been reacquainted with the image. 

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SCENES FROM THE BLACKOUT, 12.09.08

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Donna Natale of Sea Bright was in the Shrewsbury Car Wash when the power went out ever so briefly early Tuesday night.

It came right back on, but then went out again as Natale and her sparkling vehicle emerged into a world missing a large share of its usual blast of candlepower.

So she decided to head to downtown Red Bank to experience what she could of what turned out to be the Most-of-Monmouth-County-Blackout of 2008.

There, she found herself among the sidewalk passersby being entertained by Frank Bressi, on guitar, and Matt Keppler, on upright bass, who also came into town, thinking it a fine occasion to pitch their original tunes on Broad Street.

“This is like the Titanic,” laughed Natale. “They just keep playing.”

All over town, at Red, at the Dublin House, at the Broadway Diner, people went about their business, only now with a narrower focus: the power outage, what had caused it and, most importantly, how long it might last.

The answer, depending on location, was roughly 90 minutes. Here are some views of what went on in the interim.

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JAZZED CROWD LIGHTS UP RED BANK

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Thousands of Red Bankers and visitors packed Broad Street on Friday night for the annual night-after-Thanksgiving gleefest that kicks off the holiday season hereabouts.

Bagpipers led a parade into town from the train station. Holiday Express laid down its R&B-flavored Christmas soundtrack from a stage awash in red. Mayor Pasquale Menna croaked his way through a song verse (“I’m an opera guy,” he said afterward). Santa and the Grinch were caught in a cinch.

And everywhere were kids with their eyes wide and mouths agape at the high-energy spectacle.

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RED BANK LIGHTS UP

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Maybe it was the price of gasoline, but most observers agreed this year’s KaBoom crowd in downtown Red Bank wasn’t quite as teeming as it’s been in recent years.

Still, last night’s fireworks show was a blast, as befits the largest such display in New Jersey, in which some 100,000 shells were lofted skyward.

Here are some photos of the fireworks on the ground before, during and after the show. To see if anyone you know is mugging it up, click to enlarge.

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