RED BANK: TOWNHOUSE PLAN APPROVED

red bank southbank The planned Southbank townhomes, seen looking northeast from Boat Club Court. (Rendering by Rotwein+Blake; photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A plan for luxury townhouses overlooking the Navesink River from Red Bank won zoning board approval Thursday night.

And while the board didn’t get the sidewalk it had hoped for on a steep street, the developer did agree to build another stretch of sidewalk.

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RED BANK: TORNADO WATCH ISSUED

RED BANK STORMSThe Weather Channel app early Monday showed potentially severe storms expected to roll across the Greater Red Bank Green over a two-hour period ending at 7 a.m.

Shortly after 1 a.m., the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for the region that includes eastern Monmouth County, with the threat also expected to end by 7 a.m. (Tornado preparation info is here.)

In addition, the NWS warned of strong winds, with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour, between noon and 10 p.m. “With the ground saturated from previous rain, trees and power lines will be more susceptible to the adverse effects of strong winds,” the NWS warned.

Any way you look at it, the forecast suggested a bumpy start to the workweek. Check out the extended forecast below.

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RED BANK: RIVERVIEW WINS RIVER SIGN OK

red bank, nj, riverview medical center, irwin marineRiverview Medical Center as seen from the Navesink River in 2017. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

New signage marking Red Bank’s only hospital as ‘Hackensack Meridian Health Riverview Medical Center’ will include an illuminated sign on the Navesink River side of the facility, under a decision by the zoning board Thursday night.

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RED BANK: SIDEWALK ISSUE SLOWS PROJECT

red bank southbank lance blake 040419 Architect Lance Blake with a rendering of the Southbank project’s river-facing side. Below, a view from Union Street shows the slope of Boat Club Court alongside the proposed building site. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank boat club denholtz southbankQuestions about a hillside sidewalk may force revisions to a plan for luxury townhouses overlooking the Navesink River from Red Bank.

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RED BANK: NICE PLACE YOU GOT HERE…

red bank nj turkey vulturered bank nj turkey vultureAffecting the air of a thuggish gang, a group of vultures loitered outside Les Gertrude apartments on Broad Street in Red Bank Thursday morning. One enjoyed a sidewalk breakfast of fresh kill. 

Any ornithologists out there who can identify these gray-headed birds? (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: TOWNHOMES, SIGNS ON AGENDA

red bank denholtz southbank 16-22 west front stAn architect’s drawing of the townhomes proposed for Boat Club Court, and a view of the site, below. (Rendering by Rotwein+Blake. Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank boat club denholtz southbankA plan for townhouses on a twice-abandoned site and a request for large exterior wall signs at Riverview Medical Center fill up the Red Bank zoning board agenda for Thursday night. Read More »

LITTLE SILVER: BAG & STRAW BAN PENDING

little silver plastic bagsThe Carvel store on Prospect Avenue would be the first in the chain to drop plastic straws and cups, says owner Jessica Newman. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njWith a recycling problem taking hold across America, Little Silver appears set to become the first town on the Greater Red Bank Green to ban plastic straws and store bags.

An ordinance introduced last week has the reluctant support of local retailers, borough officials say.

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RED BANK: (ITALIAN) ICE FORECAST

red bank lighthouse italian iceA sure sign that spring is nigh: Strollo’s Lighthouse in Red Bank opened Friday for another season of serving Italian ice and other frozen treats. A good time to get in line might be 5:58 p.m. Wednesday, the official start of spring.

Meantime, the Greater Red Bank Green is in for some mild weather, according to the National Weather Service.  Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by Trish Russoniello.  Click to enlarge.) Read More »

RED BANK: MARINE PARK PLAN UNVEILED

red bank marine park conceptThe plan calls for a new parking area on the current site of tennis courts, shown at upper left, and a new entry plaza, at lower left. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank’s Marine Park would lose its clay tennis courts to a parking lot in exchange for new green space under a concept plan informally adopted by the council Wednesday night.

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RED BANK: STATE OF EMERGENCE…EH

red bank snowred bank snow 030419 Roads on the Greater Red Bank Green were clear before dawn Monday as a storm left just a fraction of the four-to-seven inches of anticipated snow overnight. Melt-off was well underway with temperatures in the mid-30s.

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RED BANK: TOWNHOMES PLANNED, AGAIN

red bank denholtz southbank 16-22 west front stAn architect’s drawing of the townhomes proposed for Boat Club Court. (Rendering by Rotwein+Blake. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njFifteen years after approvals were granted for a Red Bank townhouse project that never got built, a third builder is taking a shot at a tucked-away plot overlooking the Navesink River.

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RED BANK: WINTRY MIX FOR WEEKEND

Roads on the Greater Red Bank Green could be a bit slippery Friday morning, when about an inch of snow was expected to fall by 10 a.m., according to the National Weather Service

The weekend brings off-and-on chances of rain and sleet, with little accumulation. Check out the extended forecast below. (NWS image. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: WIND WARNING ISSUED

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for the area that includes the Greater Red Bank Green through 6 p.m. Monday.

Wind gusts of up to 60 miles per hour are possible, bringing the possibility of downed trees, limbs and power lines, the NWS said. As of 5:45 a.m., Jersey Central Power & Light was reporting no outages on the Green.

Check out the extended forecast below. (Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: ‘SNO PARKING? WAIT AND SEE.

red bank nj snow parkingSnow fell fast and furious in Red Bank beginning late Wednesday morning, and the new signboard at Johnny Jazz Park offered a reminder to residents about moving their cars off streets to allow for plowing.

As of 2 p.m, though, it wasn’t clear how much, if any, plowing would be needed. According to a notice on the borough website, emergency management officials were “monitoring the situation and taking necessary precautions to prepare and respond.”

Meantime, schools closed early as the National Weather Service continued forecasting mixed precipitation with accumulations of up to three inches on the Greater Green.  (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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

Check out the extended forecast below.

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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: 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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