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RED BANK: A MIDDLING WEEK, WEATHERWISE

red bank snow forecastWe cannot tell a lie: though the anniversary of George Washington’s birth, in 1732, isn’t until Friday, Washington’s Birthday is observed Monday, a federal and state holiday also called President’s Day. Either way, it’s a holiday for all government offices, with no mail delivery by the U.S. Postal Service.

This year, the day also kicks off a week of middling winter weather, with rain followed by sunshine and temperatures reaching 45 degrees Monday, and then several days of alternating sun, rain and snow, which arrives Wednesday but won’t have much impact, according to the National Weather Service

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RED BANK: PICKUP ROLLS IN CRASH

RED BANK nj accidentA pickup truck wound up on its side and missing a wheel, but no serious injuries occurred in a two-vehicle accident on Maple Avenue at Irving Place at about 2:45 p.m. Friday, said Red Bank police Chief Darren McConnell. Details were not immediately available. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: A SUPERLATIVE COUNCIL SESSION

Red Bank Primary School students, reprising a recent performance at the borough Senior Citizens’ Center, regaled the audience at Wednesday night’s council meeting with four songs, including ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” from the Disney musical ‘Mary Poppins.’

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RED BANK: BELLHAVEN MAKEOVER IN SIGHT

christine ballard red bank nj bellhavenConsulting engineer Christine Ballard details the Bellhaven plan for the council last week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

After years of revisions, and no small amount of controversy, changes to the Bellhaven Natural Area in Red Bank could be completed by this summer, officials said last week.

Once again, the project has been scaled-back from a version of a plan that called for a spray park and triggered loud protests four years ago, they said.

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RED BANK: GIVING PLAY-BY-PLAY A TRY

Would-be sports announcers listen to Monmouth U Eddy Occhipinti, below, in a Parks & Rec class at the borough library last week.

[Red Bank Parks & Rec press release]

Thirteen Red Bank youngsters with dreams of a future in sports broadcasting participated last week in ‘Sports Broadcasting,’ the first part of a two-week workshop produced by the Red Bank Department of Parks and Recreation.

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RED BANK: SUNSHINE FOLLOWS SLUSHY STORM

red bank snowstormred bank snowstormPlows and shovels cleared streets and sidewalks as a snowy, rainy, slush-ugly storm visited the Greater Red Bank Green Tuesday. Rain and above-freezing temperatures took care of the rest overnight, ensuring clear sailing Wednesday.

According to the National Weather Service, the region is in for a day of chilly, breezy sunshine.

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photos by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: SMOKING BAN COMING

red bank nj marine parkThe ban would put Marine Park off-limits to smokers, including those who work at Riverview Medical Center, seen at left above. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njFollowing through on a plan first discussed last summer, Red Bank officials are expected to ban smoking in public places in coming weeks.

The move is expected to put a squeeze on smokers from Riverview Medical Center, the town’s largest employer.

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RED BANK: SCHOOLS, SNOW ON DELAYED START

Though school districts on the Greater Red Bank Green began calling delayed starts late Monday, not a flake of anticipated snow had fallen by 6 a.m. Tuesday.

Still, an icy mix of snow and rain, plus strong winds, was expected to arrive in the morning, before turning to all rain in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

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RED BANK: SNOW, ICE & WIND IN FORECAST

The  dusting of snow that denizens of the Greater Red Bank Green awoke to Monday could be followed by another after 1 p.m., according to the National Weather Service

Daybreak Tuesday, however, could be a mess, with two to four inches of snow, a glaze of road ice and  winds gusting up to 35 miles per hour in  the outlook. Check out the extended forecast below. (NWS graphic. Click to enlarge.) Read More »

RED BANK: GREEK FOOD, FLOWERS, ART & HAIR

mayflowers red bank njMayflowers of Red Bank took over half the Wharf Avenue space long used by Chetkin Framing, which remains next door. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallA new Greek restaurant opens in Red Bank Friday, joining a flower shop that made its debut last week.

This edition of redbankgreen‘s ever-trawling Retail Churn pops in on each for the story, while serving up a bouquet of news about more planned business openings. Read on for details.

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RED BANK: CLOSE BUT NO CIGAR FOR POT SHOP

red bank galleriaThe Galleria’s application indicated the business would be located in space now occupied by Siam Garden. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njThree months after Red Bank changed its zoning laws to allow sales of medical marijuana, the borough has rejected its first application for a retail pot shop, officials said Wednesday night.

The denial appears to underscore one of the main problems such a business would have to navigate: limitations on their proximity to schools and parks.

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RED BANK: THREE NEW HOMES APPROVED

81 west westside red bank njThe new owner of a corner lot at West Westside Avenue and Clifford Place plans to demolish the existing house and build three new homes. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA proposal to build three new homes on an existing one-house lot won approval from the Red Bank planning board Monday night.

But not without some pushback over whether the builder was “squeezing in” too much development.

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RED BANK: KEEP THE COAT HANDY

RED BANK, NJ, BROAD ST.It was a day for light coats or even t-shirts as the Greater Red Bank Green enjoyed a rare day of warmth and sunshine Tuesday, when temperatures peaked around 64 degrees, according to the National Weather Service

Heavier coats will be needed again Wednesday, though, when temperatures are expected to top out in the mid-40s. Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

red bank nj police crimeThe crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the month of January, 2019. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

Theft: A tip jar was reported stolen from a business in the area of Water St. on 01/04/19. The accused are described as a black male approximately 18 years old wearing a red hooded sweatshirt with black and white lettering, dark colored pants and shoes and a white or Hispanic male wearing a white, red and black hooded sweatshirt with dark pants and shoes. Ptl. Thomas Doremus.

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RED BANK: WARMER DAYS RETURN

navesink river ice red bankAfter several days of bone-chilling cold, arctic conditions were replaced by warmer ones Sunday, softening ice in the Red Bank borough marina at Marine Park, above.

The warming trend continues Monday, when temperatures were expected to peak at about 53 degrees, according to the National Weather Service

It’ll be even warmer Tuesday. Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: PASTRY, PIZZA AND MORE

Anthony Campitello, with daughters Cristina, left, and Angie, has opened Alfonso’s Pastry Shop in the Broad Street space that was formerly home to Carlo’s Bake Shop. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallMeet the new boss.

Quickly filling a retail space vacated by famed TV ‘Cake Boss’ Buddy Valastro, a new pastry shop opened in Red Bank Wednesday, offering creamy desserts… and some perhaps unexpected savory items. Read More »

RED BANK: VORTEX BRINGS BITTER COLD

red bank, nj, sunsetred bank nj snow deiceWednesday was a day of cold weather that included a breathtaking snow squall and an impressive sunset to the Greater Red Bank Green.

Thursday morning brought bitter cold: at 6:30 a.m., the air was at 3 degrees, and wind made it feel like 16 below zero, according to the National Weather Service.

It’s all courtesy of a polar vortex gripping a large portion of the United States and causing multi-hour flight delays at airports. 

The cold was expected to linger through Friday, prompting Governor Phil Murphy to warn New Jerseyans to “stay inside” for safety.

Check out the extended forecast and some cold-weather safety tips below. (Photos by Trish Russoniello, above, and John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.) Read More »

RED BANK: FRESH FASHION ON THE RUNWAY

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Red bank rec fashion 012919Putting a bow on a three-week ‘Fifth Avenue Fashion’ course offered by Red Bank’s Parks & Rec department, 10 young designers showed off their creations at a red-runway fashion show at the Senior Citizens’ Center Tuesday night.

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RED BANK: PARKING REVENUE STILL ON TABLE

pasquale menna, michael ballard, red bank njCouncilman Michael Ballard, center, and Mayor Pasquale Menna on election night 2017. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank’s mayor and council say they’re “hopeful and optimistic” about implementing the recommendations of a bombshell parking study delivered this month.

The assertion was made Tuesday in an unusual press release that appeared to walk back comments made by Mayor Pasquale Menna and Councilman Michael Ballard to redbankgreen last week, when they termed a key recommendation in the report potentially “catastrophic” and a “terrible hit” for taxpayers.

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