RED BANK: NORTHEASTER BRINGS HEAVY RAIN

Under a state of emergency declared Monday night by Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey began absorbing heavy rain carried by a northeaster early Tuesday morning.

With winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour, the storm was expected to continue through the day, leaving two or more inches of water on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS graphic above shows the amount of additional rain expected after 8 a.m.

A flash flood watch was issued for the region through 5 p.m.

In his declaration Monday night, Murphy said state residents should stay off the roads, as downed trees and power lines were expected. As of 7:15 a.m., however,  no schools in Red Bank, Fair Haven or Little Silver had announced closings.

JCP&L was reporting no electricity outages.

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FAIR HAVEN: NEW MAYOR FINDS COMPROMISE

Mayor Joshua Halpern, second from left in top row, as seen during Monday’s virtual council meeting. (Screengrab from Zoom. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njFive days into the job, Fair Haven’s new mayor forged a “compromise” Monday night in an effort to preserve funding for a road project that appeared dead a week ago.

“We’re looking for progress here,” Mayor Joshua Halpern said during a 47-minute special council meeting, his first as a public official.

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FAIR HAVEN: NEW MAYOR REVIVES ROAD PLAN

Cooney Terrace, above, and part of Hance Road would remain sidewalk-free, and possibly curb-free, under a proposal up for a vote Monday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA Fair Haven road project that appeared dead Tuesday may have been revived by the man who was named mayor that night.

Mayor Joshua Halpern on Friday called a special meeting of the council for Monday night to consider a plan to repave the northern end of Hance Road – but without sidewalks and maybe without curbs.

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FAIR HAVEN: SIDEWALK PLAN HITS DEAD END

Delivery trucks and tree-removal equipment narrowed a stretch of Hance Road Wednesday morning. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njAfter seven years of planning, and months of intense pushback, Fair Haven’s council killed a plan to install sidewalks and curbs in an area that residents likened to a “country lane” Tuesday night.

The action, on a 3-3 vote without a mayor in place to cast a tiebreaker, left unanswered what to do about streets that still need repaving, and whether to waive a $350,000 grant to pay for it.

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RED BANK: JON STEWART SELLS SECOND HOME

Jon Stewart’s former homes on Alston Court, left, and Fisher Place, right, as seen from the Navesink River in 2010. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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By JOHN T. WARD

Comedian Jon Stewart appears to have ended his time as a Red Bank dual homeowner.

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RED BANK: TOWNHOUSE WORK BEGINS

The planned Southbank site, above, with the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club visible at center. Below, a rendering of the planned condos. (Photo by John T. Ward; rendering by Rotwein+Blake. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

After two false starts this century, construction has begun on 10 luxury townhouses overlooking the Navesink River from a bluff in downtown Red Bank.

 

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RED BANK: SEASONS ON THE WING

Maple Cove in Red Bank provided a summer-ending birder’s bounty Tuesday. Who can identify these feathered friends of our beautiful Navesink River?

Autumn flutters in at 3:21 Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday, according to the Farmers Almanac. The new season will arrive under cloudy skies, and maybe some rain, with temperatures rising to the high 70s, says the National Weather Service

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

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RED BANK: FORECAST IDEAL FOR ‘DOG DAYS’

The weather outlook appears ideal for the 2021 installment of Dogs Days of Summer in Red Bank Saturday.

Organized by the borough’s volunteer Animal Welfare Advisory Committee and Parks and Rec department, the event runs from noon to 4 p.m. in Marine Park, and features live music by the Wag (naturally), as well as contests, pet-care information, vendors and animal welfare organizations.

The Red Rock Tap + Grill on Wharf Avenue, opposite the park, will host a Doggy After Party.

According to the National Weather Service, the event won’t need its rain date (Sunday), with lots of sunshine expected amid temperatures peaking in the mid-70s. Here’s the extended forecast. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: REGION SPARED BY STORM

Though other areas of New Jersey suffered disastrous flooding, the Greater Red Bank Green was spared as Hurricane Ida swept across the state Wednesday.

At 7:30 a.m. Thursday, power utility JCP&L’s outage map showed 90 customers in the area of Silverbrook Road in Shrewsbury without electricity; a handful in Fair Haven; and none in Red Bank.

Police in Red Bank and Fair Haven said they had no damage reports. redbankgreen took a quick drive through Red Bank, Fair Haven and Little Silver and saw no sign of flooding or wind damage.

Above: a view along the Navesink River from Red Bank’s Marine Park shortly after sunrise Thursday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: OPPRESSIVE HEAT SETTLES IN

Oppressive heat and humidity will combine to make it feel like 103 degrees in the region that includes the Greater Red Bank Green starting Wednesday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service

The so-called heat index, a blend of air temperature and humidity, will rise several degrees Thursday, with conditions worst in the afternoon and “little relief at night,” the agency’s Mount Holly office said on Twitter early Wednesday. An excessive heat warning for western Monmouth County has now been extended to Friday night.

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RED BANK: AUGUST BEGINS ON COOL SIDE

With temperatures in the mid-70s, the pier in Red Bank’s Marine Park drew a small crowd for fishing and clamming Saturday afternoon.

The first workday of August, 2021 gets underway Monday with   more cool weather and lots of sunshine Monday morning before temperatures rise to a high of 81 degrees, according to the National Weather Service

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RED BANK: STORMS TO CLEAR WILDFIRE HAZE

Devastating wildfires in Oregon have cast a blanket of haze that’s impacting even the Greater Red Bank Green, as seen in Tuesday’s unusual sunrise over the Navesink River in Red Bank, above, and sunset viewed from the GooseNeck Bridge over the Shrewsbury, at right.

The haze is expected to linger until about noon Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. “Severe” evening thunderstorms, which may bring damaging wind gusts and large hail, will help further rid the atmosphere of smoke, the agency reported early Wednesday.

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photos by Trish Russoniello.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: WEEKEND FORECAST MIXED

A Navesink River Rowing launch boat heads out from Maple Cove in Red Bank Thursday morning.

Heading into the mid-summer weekend, the Greater Red Bank Green is looking at a mix of weather conditions. Heat and humidity will make it feel like 102 degrees Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. Heavy rain may follow a sunshiney day Saturday; Sunday is shaping up as mostly cloudy with rain possible in the afternoon.

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

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RED BANK: STORM KNOCKS HUNDREDS OFFLINE

JCP&L reported 303 Red Bank homes and businesses remained without electrical service Friday morning following a storm Thursday afternoon.

According to police Chief Darren McConnell, winds from Tropical Storm Elsa took down trees on on Leighton Avenue (above) and River, Tilton, Catherine, High and McClaren streets, bringing down power lines. Several landed on homes, but none caused severe damage, he said.

As of 6:30 a.m. Friday, JCP&L estimated all customers in the borough to be back online by 8:30, according to its outage map.

Check out the extended forecast here. (Photo by Ben Forest. Click to enlarge.)

FAIR HAVEN: STORM TO SOAK GREATER GREEN

It was smooth sailing in sultry weather for junior sailers in the Fair Haven-based River Rats program Thursday morning. But Tropical Storm Elsa threatened to keep the vessels docked Friday

In a statement, the National Weather Service warned of heavy rainfall resulting in flash flooding and tropical storm-force winds, especially near the coast. Two to four inches of rainfall are expected Thursday afternoon into Friday morning, with locally higher amounts possible. 

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RED BANK: ‘FEELS LIKE’ TEMPS TO TOP 100

High temperatures and humidity will push feels-like temperatures above 100 degrees Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service

With ample sunshine expected, the heat index value for the region that includes the Greater Red Bank Green could top out as high as 104 Monday, the NWS forecasts. Thunderstorms may arrive in late afternoon.

A heat advisory is in effect until 8 p.m. Wednesday. Check out the extended forecast below. (NWS image.  Click to enlarge.)

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FAIR HAVEN: MARINA, TOWN SETTLE LAWSUIT

fair haven yacht works jim cerrutiFair Haven Yacht Works owner Jim Cerruti in November, 2019, with the disputed dock visible in the distance. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA six-year battle between Fair Haven’s government and one of the town’s oldest businesses has been settled, the two sides announced late Thursday.

The pact requires Fair Haven Yacht Works to relocate boat slips from a thin slice of the Navesink River it had used without challenge for 90 years.

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FAIR HAVEN: SIDEWALK PLAN GETS PUSHBACK

Pedestrians on Grange Avenue Monday evening. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Residents of a Fair Haven neighborhood on the Navesink River told the borough council Monday night they don’t want sidewalks installed on their “bucolic” streets, even if a $350,000 grant has to be abandoned.

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RED BANK: HEAT ADVISORY ISSUED

hot topicUPDATE: On Monday, the borough announced a postponement of the work described below to Thursday and Friday, weather permitting.

 Outdoor work, like the scheduled milling of Hudson Avenue in Red Bank, may be extra uncomfortable this week.

With temperatures and humidity levels high, he National Weather Service has issued heat advisory for seven New Jersey counties, including western Monmouth, from noon Monday through 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Check out the extended forecast through Independence Day below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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LITTLE SILVER: T-STORMS FILL FORECAST

Lightning sheared bark off a tree in Little Silver during a thunderstorm Friday night. The tree, located alongside the borough’s firehouse on Prospect Avenue, did not catch fire, according to reader James Marrin, who took the photo at right (click to enlarge).

According to the National Weather Service. the Greater Red Bank Green is in for possible thunderstorms at some point every day through Saturday. Check out the extended forecast below.

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FAIR HAVEN: BOROUGH EYES RIVER PARCEL

The property, comprising nearly an acre on the Navesink River, adjoins the municipal dock, (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Fair Haven hopes to add to its inventory of small waterfront parks.

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