OUTAGE CAUSES TRAFFIC, CLOSURES, BEER

outage-trafficA Fair Haven police officer directed traffic Monday afternoon at a light at the Fair Haven-Little Silver border. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A malfunction at a Tinton Falls substation is believed to be the cause of yesterday’s countywide power outage, according to the Asbury Park Press.

Locally, power started being restored within 75 minutes of the outage, but many homes and businesses also went for hours more in the dark, forcing some closures and snarling traffic on the area’s main roads.

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FAIR HAVENITE NABBED FOR BREAK-INS

police-blotter-smallA 19-year-old Fair Haven man was in custody after admitting to a spree of burglaries early Tuesday morning in Colts Neck and Tinton Falls, according to the Asbury Park Press.

In addition, Carl Vonpier faces a charge of false reporting after telling Colts Neck police that he’d been forced at gunpoint to participate in a break-in at the Colts Neck Shopping Center, where cops had caught him with tools and a fake gun.

His claim triggered a manhunt — one involving a helicopter and search dogs — for a suspect who, police say did not exist according to the Press account.

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PUMP IT UP FOR A GOOD CAUSE

f2f_charityIn the redbankgreen inbox this week: a fat-burning, muscle-toning, butt-whipping way to help out a charitable effort.

Tomorrow and Sunday, personal trainers from Fat2Fire Bootcamp are donating their time and use of their facility in Tinton Falls for a daylong series of workouts.

All the proceeds of the event, which costs a minimum (tax deductible) donation of $20 to attend, are slated for the American Cancer Society.

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ROWERS RESCUED AFTER SQUALL FLIPS SHELLS

rowing-3-050310One of two shells manned by teen rowers arrives at a residential dock on Fisher Place after flipping in the Navesink. Below, a distraught woman, said to be a coach, recounts the incident for police. (Click to enlarge)

rowing-1-0503101A sudden wind storm that blew through the Red Bank area turned into an ordeal for eight teenaged rowers as two shells flipped in the Navesink River late Tuesday afternoon.

All the rowers, said to be female members of the Ranney School‘s crewing club, were plucked from the water safely, though all were taken by ambulance to Riverview Medical Center for checkups.

“They were all cold and wet,” said Captain Darren McConnell, spokesman for the Red Bank Police Department. He said the girls were roughly 15 years old.

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MONEY MAN ADMITS TO STATE FRAUD CHARGES

authorities3One day after he pleaded guilty to federal charges arising from an $8 million investment scam, Fair Haven resident Maxwell Smith was in state court Wednesday, owning up to more allegations.

The 69-year-old former financial adviser at Cantone Research in Tinton Falls faces up to 15 years on the state charges when he’s sentenced on March 5, according to an announcement from the office of Attorney General AnnE Milgram.

He faces a 20-year sentence on related federal charges, to which he pleaded guilty on Tuesday, and is scheduled for sentencing in that case on February 26. Under a “global resolution” worked out between prosecutors and Smith’s lawer, the sentences will be served concurrently.

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A QUIET LUNCH INTERRUPTED BY FAME

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What’s the story here? There is none, really.

redbankgreen‘s accidental photographer came across this crew of Tinton Falls public works employees having lunch recently at the Mid-Monmouth Industrial Park, and we decided to make them famous just for the hell of it.

Hey, they keep the streets clean, right?

JUDGE: DON’T MAKE THE BOY CHOOSE

hot-topic7A Brazilian Supreme Court judge has rejected a request that 9-year-old Sean Goldman be asked to choose whether he wants to stay in that country or return to Tinton Falls with his natural father, the Associated Press reports today.

The decision marks a victory, if only a partial one, in David Goldman’s years-long custody battle over his only child, who was whisked off to Brazil five years ago by Goldman’s then-wife.

Sean Goldman has not been back to the U.S. since then, and his father’s campaign to bring the boy home has become an international cause celebre, attracting the attention of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama.

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ANOTHER SETBACK FOR GOLDMAN

hot-topic7David Goldman‘s quest for custody of his nine-year-old son, Sean, was dealt another blow late last week when  Brazilian judge ruled that the boy should remain with his Brazilian stepfather until the case is finally resolved, the Star-Ledger reported Sunday.

From the article:

The ruling reverses a previous court decision that allowed Goldman custody of his son for six days a week whenever he visits the 8-year-old boy in Brazil.

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GOLDMAN BOY: ‘I WANT TO STAY IN BRAZIL’

hot-topic1A statement by nine-year-old Sean Goldman to a psychologist has become fodder in the ongoing quest by his biological father to repatriate the boy to his former home in Tinton Falls.

As part of a custody-related examination, Sean told a psychologist on Monday that he wants to stay with his stepfamily in Brazil rather than return to the U.S. with David Goldman, his biological father, according to a report by the Associated Press.

The statement appeared in a transcript of the session that was released yesterday by lawyers for Sean’s stepfather, Joao Paulo Lins e Silva.

In it, Sean tells the psychologist that if he is sent back to New Jersey to be with David Goldman he will “break down totally.”

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VIGIL FOR BOY’S RETURN PLANNED

david_sean_230Supporters of David Goldman‘s quest to repatriate his 9-year-old son from Brazil are planning a vigil in Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park Tuesday evening.

The one-hour event is one of four scheduled — the others being in New York, Chicago and Washington — to mark the fifth anniversary of what Goldman backers refer to as Sean Goldman’s “abduction” by his now-dead mother.

In an email, organizers affiliated with the Bring Sean Home website say the vigil is “to commemorate the day and draw attention not only to the Sean Goldman case, but to all of the other cases of international parental child abduction worldwide.”

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BRAZILIAN JUDGE HALTS BOY’S RETURN

Nine-year-old Sean Goldman won't be returning to his Tinton Falls home today, following a stay issued by a Brazilian Supreme Court justice yesterday, according to multiple news reports.

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The judge suspended a lower court order granting custody of the boy to his father, David Goldman, after an appeal by Sean's Brazilian stepfather and maternal family.

The lower court had ruled Monday that Sean be turned over to the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro to be reunited with his father after a five-year custody battle.

From today's Asbury Park Press:

The decision by Justice Marco Aurelio was in response to a request
by a small Brazilian political party that filed the emergency request
because it believes the boy should stay in Brazil, the supreme court
said on its Web site.

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REPORTS: GOLDMAN WINS CUSTODY CASE

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David Goldman
of Tinton Falls has won court approval to regain custody of his only child, who was taken to Brazil by the boy's mother nearly five years ago, according to published reports.

"They've been ordered to deliver Sean to the U.S. Consulate at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon," Goldman tells columnist Bill Handleman of the Asbury Park Press today. (The undated photo at left shows Goldman, his now-deceased ex-wife, Bruna, and Sean, who is now 9 years old.)

Patricia Apy, the Red Bank attorney who is representing Goldman, tells CNN that she learned on Monday of the Brazilian federal court decision ordering that Sean be turned over turned the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday.

Apy
also said David Goldman was traveling to Brazil and was expected to arrive
in Rio early today.

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SKUDERA TAKES TINTON FALLS MAYORALTY

Menna skuderaMayor-elect Mike Skudera, right, with Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna at the KaBoom Fireworks fundraiser last month.

Four years after winning a spot on the borough council, 32-year-old Mike Skudera was elected mayor of Tinton Falls yesterday in an upset of incumbent Mayor Peter Maclearie.

Skudera’s running mates Nancyanne Fama, a supermarket executive, and Scott Larkin, a school administrator, won seats on the borough council, besting non-incumbents
Mike Stanton and Bob Harvey.

Unofficial results posted by the Monmouth County Elections show Skudera won by 159 votes out of 3,177 cast, or 52.4 percent to Maclearie’s 47.4 percent.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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Last week, we probably got too obscure for our own good.

Hey, it happens when you're trying to strike a balance between the overly obvious and the impossible-to-identify each week. Every once in a while, you tilt too much in one direction.

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BRAZILIAN OFFICIAL: SHARE BOY’S CUSTODY

Goldmans2David Goldman with his son, Sean, before the boy was moved to Brazil four years ago by his mother.

A Brazilian official says a federal court in that nation shouldn't give absolute custody to either party fighting over Sean Goldman, the 8-year-old Tinton Falls boy whose father has waged a four-year battle to return the boy to the U.S.

Instead, "top Brazilian human rights official" Paulo Vannuchi says there should be a negotiated end to the disagreement, according to a report by the Associated Press.

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GOLDMAN GETS CLINTON, TRENTON BACKING

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State legislators yesterday rallied in support of Tinton Falls resident David Goldman‘s efforts to repatriate his 8-year-old son, Sean, from Brazil.

And Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was reported to have phoned Goldman over the weekend in Brazil, where he had gone to voluntarily submit to a psychological examination.

The call followed a meeting between President Barack Obama and Brazilian

President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva at the White House on Saturday at which the topic of the Goldman case was reported to have come up in private discussion.

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GOLDMAN CASE GETS ATTENTION IN D.C.

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Tinton Falls resident David Goldman‘s four-year battle to win the return of his now 8-year-old son, Sean, after an international parental kidnapping moved to the spotlight in Washington yesterday.

The House of Representatives voted 418-0 in favor of a resolution, HR 125, calling on Brazil to honor an international custody convention “as a matter of extreme urgency” and immediately return Sean to his father.

Goldman supporters now hope the case will be a topic of discussion on March 14, when President Obama meets with Brazil’s president, Luis Inácio Lula da Silva, at the White House.

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VINCENT DiMICELLI, CRASH VICTIM

Today’s Asbury Park Press has the obituary for Vincent DiMicelli, 56, who was killed in the Wednesday night crash involving three cars on Newman Springs Road, on the Red Bank-Tinton Falls border.

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Here’s the obit:

Vincent Thomas DiMicelli, of Little Silver, died Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009.

He was born in New York City and was the son of Leonard and Penelope DiMicelli, moving to Red Bank during his childhood, and then residing in Little Silver for more than 25 years.

He graduated from Red Bank High School, where he was a member of the All-Shore Band, on oboe and sax, played varsity football, and was on the chess team.

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CRASH VICTIM WAS LITTLE SILVER MAN

Fatalcrash4An investigator photographs an overturned car involved in Wednesday night's fatal crash.

A Little Silver man died in last night's three-car crash on Newman Springs Road, according to a report by the Asbury Park Press.

Fifty-six-year-old Vincent Dimicelli was pronounced dead on the scene of the accident, which occurred at 6:10p, the Press reports, citing Tinton Falls Police Capt. David Trevena.

The accident occurred after an unidentified 17-year-old Holmdel boy lost control of his eastbound car as he passed the Hance Avenue intersection and veered into oncoming traffic, according the to report.

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THREE-CAR CRASH LEAVES ONE DEAD

Fatalcrash1A sheet covers the body of a victim outside the Salvation Army building.

A horrific multi-car accident on Newman Springs Road left one person dead and an unknown number of others injured Wednesday evening.

Information about the person killed and the sequence of events was unavailable last night. The crash is being investigated by Tinton Falls Police.

The accident occurred at roughly 6:30p, and left three wrecked vehicles and a trail of debris covering 75 to 100 yards.

"I spent 20 years on the streets of Jersey City as a policeman, and I've never seen anything like this," nearby resident Ulysses Scott told redbankgreen as he surveyed the scene.

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BACK HOME, BUT STILL WITHOUT HIS SON

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A Tinton Falls man whose efforts to reclaim his son from a Brazilian man have garnered growing international attention was back home late last week after a visit with the boy in Brasilia.

It was David Goldman‘s first visit with 8-year-old son Sean since Goldman’s late ex-wife spirited him off to her native Brazil on a purported vacation four years ago and never returned.

She died last year in a second childbirth, and her new husband has resisted Goldman’s efforts to gain custody of Sean. (The photo above shows Goldman, his then-wife, Bruna, and Sean.)

But Goldman’s stop at home turned out to be short-lived, as he immediately hit the road again in his quest.

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