WHAT’S FOR LUNCH: MUNCHING AT MUMFORD’S

mumfordsChicken bruschetta sandwich served on a croissant at Mumford’s Culinary Center.  (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumTucked away down a side street off of Shrewsbury Avenue in Tinton Falls, Mumford’s Culinary Center is not a lunch destination that you would be likely to accidentally stumble across. But it’s absolutely worth seeking out.

As usual, the parking lot at lunchtime Thursday was jammed. We parked on a side street and strolled past the restaurant’s backyard garden beds, bulging with greens and veggie seedlings.

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FORMER RED BANK MAYOR GUILTY OF DWI

mckenna 110513Former Mayor Ed McKenna, center, with Jesse Garrison, left, and Mayor Pasquale Menna on election night last November. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Former Red Bank Mayor Ed McKenna was convicted of drunken driving in Tinton Falls last week over an incident in which his car was alleged to have ended up facing oncoming traffic on the Garden State Parkway last year, according to a report in the Two River Times.

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REFORM TEMPLE HOSTS STUDENT ART EVENT

Press release from Monmouth Festival of the Arts

The Monmouth Reform Temple in Tinton Falls — site of the Monmouth Festival of the Arts (MFA) — will once more be the setting for a Student Art Competition and Art Workshops on Sunday, February 9.

All junior year student artists from Monmouth and Ocean counties are invited to participate, free of charge, in the annual event. Winners receive first, second and third place prizes of $100, $75 and $50. Art competition judges include professional artists Patricia Hutchinson, Amy Faris, and Bob Mataranglo, and a reception for family and friends will take place between 4 and 5 pm, when the winners are announced.

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CONGRESSWOMAN VISITS REFORM TEMPLE

Press release from Monmouth Reform TempleDebbieWassermanSchultz

Monmouth Reform Temple (MRT), 332 Hance Avenue in Tinton Falls, will welcome the distinguished Congresswoman and Democratic National Committee Chairperson, Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Sunday, December 8 at 10 am.  The public is invited to meet this iconic lady who will discuss “Being a Jewish Woman on the American Political Stage.”

She also recently published her new book, For the Next Generation: A Wake-up Call to Solving Our Nation’s Problems and she will be available to sign books after her presentation. The public is invited and there is no charge for the event.

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RED BANK FIRE HERO IN MORE HOT WATER

robert womble 122111Robert Womble Jr. at Red Bank borough hall in December, 2011, when he was honored for heroism. (Click to enlarge)

just_in1A Red Bank man who was lauded for heroism in a 2011 fire is in legal trouble again.

Robert Womble Jr., 53, of Evergreen Terrace, was arrested by Asbury Park police Saturday and charged with trying to steal a $40 item from a Rite Aid store in that city, according to a police report.

Police said Womble scratched the hands and arms of two employees who tried to stop him.

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LOCAL DRY CLEANER FINDS WETTER IS BETTER

laura dorf 1 101513Laura Dorf with Lucy, one of two dogs who spend their days at her environmentally safe laundry business, and below with presser Dana Holmes. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

laura dorf dana holmesFor most of her 25-plus years in the laundry business, Laura Dorf bought into the industry gospel that cleaning clothes with a toxic solvent was the only way to go.

So heavy was the industry’s reliance on perchlortethylene, or perc, and so strong its aversion to plain old soap and water that H20 was considered a contaminant, said Dorf.

That thinking, however, has turned out to be all wet, thanks to the development of new detergents and sophisticated machinery. And Dorf, the owner of Bright Star Cleaners on the Tinton Falls side of Shrewsbury Avenue, is now running what she said is the first all- “wet” dry cleaner in the Red Bank area.

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IN MEMORY

Memorial07_irBelow are details about local memorial services planned to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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SEA BRIGHT MAN CHARGED IN BREAK-IN

authorities3A Sea Bright man was charged with burglary and theft of $29,000 worth of jewelry from a Tinton Falls residence, according to a police report.

Michael Carter, 22, of East New Street, was charged with climbing through the open rear window of a home on Branford Circle on May 3, according to the report, provided to the media by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office.

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RED BANK LIBRARY: A LESSON IN LIFESAVING

Felix and and Samantha and Arauz, above left, of Tinton Falls, and Carla Decker of Monmouth Beach practice their techniques for infant CPR at the Red Bank Public Library Monday night. At left, instructor George Cummings demonstrates the proper technique for infant Heimlich maneuver. “This isn’t burping,” he said. “Hit ’em like you know ’em.”

The next CPR class, which is free, is scheduled for September 9. More nformation about upcoming courses is on the Red Bank Public Library website. (Photos by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

TRIO CHARGED IN BREAK-IN BEATING

Two Red Bank men and one from Long Branch broke into a home in Tinton Falls Monday and beat an occupant bloody as payback for some perceived wrong, police reported.

Timothy Johnson, 27, of Leighton Avenue, Larry Johnson, 37, of Montgomery Terrace, and Kwame Johnson, 37, of Long Branch, face multiple charges for the alleged attack in a William Street home that left the victim with a contusions and other injuries.

The relationship of the three, if any, was not immediately available.

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TINTON FALLS: McKENNA PLEADS NOT GUILTY

Ed McKenna, putting on headphones at left, with then-Governor Jon Corzine at the Kaboom Fireworks on the Navesink in Marine Park in 2009. (Click to enlarge)

Former Red Bank Mayor Ed McKenna pleaded not guilty Tuesday to drunken driving charges arising from a spin-out on the Garden State Parkway last month, the Asbury Park Press reported.

McKenna was not present for the scheduled first appearance in the matter, the Press reported, and the plea was entered on his behalf by his lawyer and associate, Ed Washburne.

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FORMER RED BANK MAYOR ARRESTED FOR DWI

Former Mayor Ed McKenna tallies election returns at Democratic HQ last November. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Former Red Bank Mayor Ed McKenna was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after a one-car accident on the Garden State Parkway Monday night, State Police said Wednesday.

According to agency spokesman Sergeant Adam Grossman, McKenna was traveling northbound in the express lanes of the highway in Tinton Falls at about 9:50 p.m. when his black 2012 Mercedes sedan “traveled along the guardrail, then stopped in a position facing oncoming traffic in the right lane.”

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TWO SLIGHTLY INJURED IN TINTON FALLS FIRE

Smoke pours from the house at 85 Reeds Road Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

Two Tinton Falls volunteer firefighters were treated for injuries sustained during a noontime fire in Tinton Falls on Thursday, according to a fire official.

Tinton Falls Engine Company #1 Chief Mark Park told redbankgreen that both firefighters were taken to nearby hospitals – one for an unspecified leg injury and the other for heat exhaustion suffered in fighting the blaze, at 85 Reeds Road.

Neither’s injuries were serious, he said, and no one was in the house at the time of the fire, reported at 12:01 p.m.

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TINTON FALLS: HOUSE FIRE ON REEDS ROAD

Firefighters were on the scene of a blaze at 85 Reeds Road in Tinton Falls early Thursday afternoon. No injuries were immediately reported. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: FAMILY CHAIN BUYING CLEARVIEW

The two-screen Red Bank theater was among the assets put on the block a year ago by Cablevision. (Click to enlarge)

Red Bank’s Clearview Cinemas theater may be getting a new owner.

The two-screen White Street arthouse, a favorite of local fans of indie films, is presumably among the assets expected to be acquired by a century-old, family-owned theater chain in a deal announced earlier this week.

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TINTON FALLS MAN CHARGED WITH DOG ABUSE


A Tinton Falls man is facing eight charges of animal cruelty for allegedly wrapping the muzzles of two dogs with duct tape and punching a puppy in the head, law enforcement authorities said Friday morning.

Joseph A. Valentino, 41, of Cherry Street, is alleged to have abused three dogs from September, 2012 through February 2, 2013…

“…when he wrapped the muzzle of Stitches, a one-year-old Bullmastiff, with duct tape and trimmed the nails on the dog’s paws using a power tool despite the animal being fearful of the nail trimming; choking Stitches to the point of the dog’s tongue turning blue and abusing the animal to the point it defecated on itself,”

according to a press release issued by Victor “Buddy” Amato, Chief Humane Law Enforcement Officer at the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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TINTON FALLS: SMOKE REPORTED AT RANNEY

[Update: The Asbury Park Press reports that an electrical fire damaged the roof of the GPA Building, which will be closed for repairs, but the school will open as normal Friday.] Volunteer firefighters were on the scene of a reported fire at the Ranney School on Hope Road in Tinton Falls Thursday evening. No flames were visible at about 8 p.m. The Asbury Park Press reported “smoke showing through the roof” and that no students were believed to be inside at the time of the event. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

TRAFFIC JAM AT THREE-TOWN JUNCTION

Traffic was slowed to a crawl through the intersection of Newman Springs Road and Shrewsbury Avenue, at the junction of Red Bank, Shrewsbury an Tinton Falls, Thursday morning as crews worked on new traffic signals. Delays were epected to continue through the afternoon. (Click to enlarge)

CHAR DESIGNER HEATS UP THE DINING SCENE

Restaurant designer Jeff Cahill at the new Char Steakhouse, below, which opened on Broad Street Wednesday night. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Now rising from the ashes in Red Bank: Char Steakhouse, the most widely anticipated business to debut downtown since Blue Water Seafood landed one block north on Broad Street in June, 2011.

Will it generate the economic oomph to match the dollars – not to mention the expectations of nearby merchants – that have been poured into it? Restaurateur Matteo Ingrao is betting on it: he’s rumored to have dropped $2 million on renovations to the former Ashes Cigar Bar space with hopes of creating a dining mecca.

But also clutching his Sharpie on the sidelines is Jeff Cahill, a soft-spoken, self-taught interior designer who’s gradually transforming the look and feel of dining out on the Green, one dazzling location at a time.

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LITTLE SILVER TEEN BADLY HURT IN HEAD-ON

Volunteer firefighters peel open the roof of the minivan to extricate its driver. (Click to enlarge)

An 18-year-old Little Silver man was helicoptered to a trauma center after the minivan he was driving collided head-on with a truck along the Red Bank-Tinton Falls border Sunday afternoon, Red Bank police said.

The driver, whose name was not available Sunday night, was flown to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune with serious injuries following the 2:11 p.m. accident, said Captain Darren McConnell.

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WEEKEND: CHRISTMAS CONCERTS AND SHOWS

Michael Davidman, who’s now all of 15 years old, comes to the Monmouth Conservatory of Music on Saturday.

With Christmas little more than a week away, there’s a full weekend of holiday events all around the Green…

Friday, December 14

FAIR HAVEN: The First Floors House Tour, put on by the PTA, is both a fundraiser for the Fair Haven School District, as well as a collection for Hurricane Sandy donations by Sandy Family Match. Eight Haven homes will be open to tours between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and will each feature cuisine samplings from local eateries. Tickets ($50) will be available for purchase at 248 Kemp Avenue and 85 Grange Avenue. No children allowed.

RED BANK: Free yoga session at the Red Bank Public Library at 1 p.m. by Amy Richardson. No registration required, bring your own mat. 84 West Front Street.

RED BANK: Two River Theater hosts a preview performance of “A Wind in the Willows Christmas” at 7 p.m. and features Grammy-winning Nashville songsmith (and ex-NFL player) Mike Reid in this new take on the adventures of Mr. Toad, Badger, Mole and company. Adult tickets $50-55, 18 and under $25. Repeat performances Saturday at 12 and 7, Sunday at 12. 21 Bridge Avenue.

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TWO YEARS LATER, KAYAKER’S REMAINS ID’D

Rumson firefighters shine floodlights on the Shrewsbury River from the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge during the November, 2010 search for kayaker David Civile. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The remains of a Tinton Falls man who disappeared while kayaking in the Shrewsbury River two years ago have been found in Little Silver, New Jersey State Police announced Thursday.

David Civile, 26, vanished after launching on a solo excursion on November 17, 2010, a blustery day. He was reported missing that night, when his kayak was found near the uninhabited Sedge Island, which lies between Sea Bright and Rumson on the Shrewsbury River.

The report triggered an extensive, multi-day search that involved state and local police as well as the Coast Guard.

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AREA OFFICIALS ZAP JCP&L OVER STORM FIXES

Howell Mayor Robert Walsh addresses attendees at Monday’s ‘Snow Summit’ to discuss JCP&L’s response to Hurricane Sandy. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

Confusion, anger and frustration, tinged by a bit of hope, permeated the Tinton Falls Municipal Building early Monday afternoon at the third annual ‘Snow Summit’ called to address the region’s relationship with JCP&L and how to improve it.

Co-hosted by Tinton Falls Mayor Michael Skudera and Middletown Mayor Anthony Fiore, the meeting was attended by mayors from across Monmouth County, freeholders, state legislators, as well as members of the media and public. Few were impressed by the electric utility’s handling

“If they gave a damn, they would have already done something about” their outreach to localities following catastrophes, Mayor Adam Schneider of Long Branch said of company officials. Read More »

RUMSON CHIEF-TO-BE: “IT’S NOT ABOUT ME”

Acting Chief Scott Paterson at the Rumson PD’s dispatch desk. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Shrewsbury’s not the only town on the Green to have had a changing of the guard in its police department this week.

On Monday, the same day Lou Ferraro was sworn in as chief in Shrewsbury, Scott Paterson’s elevation to acting chief in Rumson quietly took effect. He’s expected to be sworn in as chief on January 1.

Low-key and unceremonious is fine with Paterson, a lieutenant who’d been serving as “officer in charge,” in the words of a council resolution, since former Chief Rick Tobias stepped away to burn off accumulated vacation time on August 1.

“It’s not about me,” Paterson told redbankgreen in an interview in his small, utilitarian office in the basement of Memorial Hall on Wednesday. “I think the guys who work here need to know that I hold myself no better than the highest or lowest-ranking employee.”

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RED BANK PRE-K: ALL IN, IF NOT ALL IN TOWN

Teacher Kelly Hogan greets a returning four-year-old in her new classroom at RBR Thursday. Below, students gets ready to draw their own portraits.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank crossed an educational milestone Thursday when, for the first time, it opened its doors to 345 three- and four-year-olds, leaving out no children eligible for its pre-K program, officials said.

The fact that only 11 of the  23 classrooms to house the newly-expanded program are actually in Red Bank appears not to be much of an issue to parents, a “really excited” district Superintendent Laura Morana told reporters on a tour of four classes at Red Bank Regional High, in Little Silver, on opening day.

“Parents are simply delighted” that the program, funded with $4.1 million from the state Department of Education, is available to all kids in the three-and-four-year-old cohort, Morana said. “If any are upset, I haven’t heard it.”

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