RED BANK: DOWN TO THE RIVER IN SHELLS

nrr-oars1Nrr 3 051212The nonprofit Navesink River Rowing in Red Bank will hold an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, offering site tours, mini-lessons and demonstrations in racing shells and land-based machines.

The club is located at Maple Cove, at the northern terminus of Maple Avenue. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

FAIR HAVEN: STUDENTS FLOAT FILTER CONCEPT

lubin tucker 042616R-FH juniors Tyler Lubin, left, and Noah Tucker at the Fair Haven Dock. Below, a map of Navesink River waters showing areas where shellfish harvesting is banned or suspended. (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Navesink suspension acreage 011016Alarmed by an increase in fecal coliform in their beloved Navesink River, two Fair Haven high school students are driving a campaign to head off the pollution.

Noah Tucker and Tyler Lubin, both 17-year-old juniors at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional, are trying to raise funds for the purchase of storm-sewer filters, and to win the right from upstream towns to install them.

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ON THE GREEN: BREAK IN RAIN FORECAST

rb runners 050416 2Young runners charge through the rain on Spring Street in Red Bank Wednesday. 

Thursday’s outlook isn’t as wet, with just a slight chance of precipitation, but rain is forecast to return Friday, when as much as an inch may fall on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

ON THE GREEN: GLOOMY SKIES LINGER

turkey vultures 050216turkey vultures 050216 3A half-dozen or so turkey vultures have been visiting Madison Avenue in Red Bank this week, taking turns enjoying the heat emitted by home chimneys when not scavenging for carrion.

Did they bring the gloomy weather we’ve been having this week? Occasional showers Wednesday morning are expected to turn into steady rain in the afternoon, according to the Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

ON THE GREEN: THE RUST OR THE RASPBERRY?

RB painting 041916 2RB painting 041916 1A crew from Wells Painting of Monmouth Beach was out in downtown Red Bank Tuesday giving 40 Broad Street a new look. The final color will be the rust hue seen at right; the pink is just a primer, says owner Patrick Wells. We kinda like the pink, or as we call it at redbankgreen headquarters, raspberry. Your thoughts?

Wednesday appears to be another beautiful day outdoor work on the Greater Red Bank Green, with ample sunshine and temperatures peaking around 60 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

ON THE GREEN: A GREAT DAY FOR STROLLING

rb weather 041816fh weather 041816Blue skies poured sunshine down on the Greater Red Bank Green Monday, offering ideal conditions for some low-exertion outdoor activity. With temperatures heading into the mid-70s, a walker took it all in on Spring Street in Red Bank, above, while another had some company on River Road in Fair Haven, right.

The outlook through Thursday is for sunny or mostly sunny days, with daytime peaks in the high 50s and 60s, according to the National Weather Service.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

ON THE GREEN: A CLEAR PATH TO SUNSHINE

rb dust cloud 041216Working in a light rain, a man cutting a sidewalk on Madison Avenue in Red Bank raised an enveloping cloud of dust Tuesday morning.

The rain was expected to taper off by early afternoon, giving way to partly cloudy skies and, on Wednesday, lot of sunshine, according to the Weather Underground.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

ON THE GREEN: UMBRELLAS AWAY, COLLARS UP

rb weather 040416A drizzling rain prompted a pedestrian on Pinckney Road in Red BaNk to pop out the umbrella Monday morning.

After several days of grey skies and off-and-on rain, the Greater Red Bank Green is in for partly cloudy skies and chilly air Tuesday, with temperatures peaking at only about 42 degrees, according to the Weather Underground.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

ON THE GREEN: FOWL WEATHER FORECAST

Rooster 040316redbankgreen encountered this cocky fellow Saturday, one of five feeding in the grass outside a home at West Front Street and Hubbard Avenue in the River Plaza section of Middletown.

There’s some foul weather ahead, with showers turning to steady rain Monday afternoon and a freeze warning in effect from 1 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Weather Underground.  (Photos and GIF by Trish Russoniello.)

ON THE GREEN: WARMER, THEN WETTER

sb beach 033016 2With chilly breezes and temperatures in the low 50s Wednesday, shorts and a t-shirt might have been pushing it for most folks, but not this solitary beach walker in Sea Bright.

Thursday, however, promises warmer, if less sunny conditions, with partly cloudy skies and temps nearing 70 degrees, leading into a rainy Friday and Saturday, according to the Weather Underground.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: SPRING COLOR AND SHOWERS

rb bloom 032516Cherry blossoms in Red Bank’s English Plaza parking lot, as seen on Friday.

The Greater Red Bank Green is in for a gray day Monday, with rain falling steadily throughout the morning and into the afternoon, according to the Weather Underground. A wind advisory is in effect from 2 p.m. until midnight, with gusts up to 50 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: SPRING IS IN THE HAIR

Nina schock 032316Colorist Nina Schock of Salon Concrete in Red Bank took advantage of temperatures in the low 70s to style a trio of mannequin heads out on Broad Street Wednesday afternoon.

Thursday’s outlook is for much cooler weather, with temperatures peaking at about 53 degrees on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the Weather Underground. Warmth returns Friday, with highs above 70 again, but come accompanied by an 80-percent chance of rain (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

ON THE GREEN: SNOW’S A NO-SHOW

LS road brine 031816Forecasts for a first-day-of spring northeaster prompted towns across the Greater Red Bank Green to lay down road brine as a precaution, as seen here on Garfield Place late Friday afternoon, But as of early Monday morning, a storm that had been expected to dump up to four inches of snow had barely dusted cars and lawns, leaving roadways a bit slick, but snow-free.

Monday’s forecast: clearing, with a daytime high temperature of about 50 degreess, according to the Weather Underground (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

LINCROFT: WATER ON THE TABLE, AT BCC

Press release from Brookdale Community College

Carleton MontgomeryAccording to a December 2015 report by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), only 55 percent of New Jersey’s waters fully support one of the department’s five designated uses of water resources: water supply, recreation, aquatic life, shellfish harvest and fish consumption. The other forty-five percent support none.

What does this mean to our daily life here in the Garden State? How do watersheds function? What do we need to do to protect our supply of drinking water? And could what happened in Flint, Michigan also occur here?

On the evening of Wednesday, April 13, Brookdale Community College invites all members of the community to hear answers to these and other questions, during a free panel discussion on local drinking water, water quality and the potential risks to statewide water supplies.

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ON THE GREEN: ARRAYED FOR ST. PATRICK’S

rb st pat 031716 10rb st pat 031716 3Accessorized in splashes of green, visitors and regulars marked another St. Patrick’s Day in downtown Red Bank Thursday. Click the “read more” below for additional photos.

And speaking of greenery, more is expected soon as winter turns to spring at 12:30 a.m. Sunday, according to the Weather Channel. In the interim, though, the weather will be seasonally mixed, according to the short-term forecast (Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: MARINE SANCTUARY BLASTED

rb nms 031616 1With the basement meeting room already full, an overflow crowd gathered on the library’s main floor hoping to be allowed in Wednesday night. Below, the sanctuary would include Sandy Hook Bay, the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers and their tributaries. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD 

Sandy Hook Bay National Marine Sanctuary 2The main proponent of a “marine sanctuary” that would include some 12,500 acres of northeastern Monmouth County waters found himself pounded by wave after wave of criticism Wednesday night.

With 75 or so commercial and recreational fishermen, clammers, hunters and others packed into a basement meeting room at the Red Bank Public Library, and a comparable number turned away due to crowding, maritime historian Rik Van Hemmen got a cold reception for his proposal for a Sandy Hook Bay National Marine Sanctuary, which he hopes will win federal approval.

“We’ve got enough layers of bureaucracy,” Jim Donofrio, executive director of the Recreational Fishing Alliance, told Van Hemmen. “This is going down. We’re going to fight it.”

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RED BANK: COUNCIL TAPS METER INSTALLER

rb water meter 120815 1Existing water meters are to be replaced with new technology that includes radio transmitters for remote reading, like one already in use on this new house on Oakland Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Red Bank’s townwide water-meter replacement project, an effort that prompted complaints about unnecessary spending, went from proposal to reality without so much as a peep Wednesday night.

At a semimonthly meeting, the borough council awarded a contract for the work, which calls for replacing some 3,800 residential meters, and hundreds more non-residential devices, with technology that will enable borough officials to get a read on usage without leaving their desks.

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ON THE GREEN: SPRING? KEEP YOUR SHIRT ON

rb maple cove 030916According to the National Weather Service, temperatures were peaking at 81 degrees on the Greater Red Bank Green when we snapped this photo at Maple Cove in Red Bank shortly before 3 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. Someone, apparently, is ready for winter to end.

Thursday’s expected to be not quite as warm, with top temps of about 75 under partly cloudy skies, the Weather Channel says.  (Click to enlarge)

 

ON THE GREEN: SPRING ON THE HORIZON?

strollo's lighthouse 030816A sprucing-up at the seasonally open Strollo’s Lighthouse Italian ice stand in Red Bank in Tuesday’s t-shirt weather would seem to signal the approach of winter’s end. Of course, it’s never over until it’s over. But Wednesday’s forecast of sunny skies and temperatures in the low 70s promises a taste of spring.  (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

ON THE GREEN: MARINE SANCTUARY PROPOSED

Sandy Hook Bay National Marine Sanctuary 2An effort to create a “water-based equivalent of a National Park” covering Sandy Hook Bay, the Shrewsbury and Navesink rivers and their tributaries is the subject of upcoming informational sessions, one of which is scheduled for Monday night.

If enacted by federal authorities, the Sandy Hook Bay National Marine Sanctuary would  add more than 12,500 acres of public-use parkland to eastern Monmouth County, according to proponents. Among them are the Navesink Marine Heritage Association, whose website has extensive information on the proposal.

Tonight’s presentation is slated for 7 p.m. at Crawford House at Tinton Falls. The Red Bank Public Library plans to host another on March 16 at 7 p.m. (Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: RAIN IN FORECAST

sb moon 022216One of those light blobs seen from the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge Monday night is Earth’s moon.

And now, shining a blobby light on the near-term weather outlook… the National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of about 40 degrees and a 40-percent chance of rain on the Greater Red Bank Green Tuesday, with a 100-percent chance of showers Tuesday night. Expect moderate-to-heavy rain late Wednesday possibly accompanied by thunderstorms and wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour, the NWS says in a hazardous weather outlook (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: GOP HOSED ON WATER VOTES

cindy burnham 021016Council President Cindy Burnham, sitting in for the absent mayor for the first time, recused herself from the meter bond vote on advice from borough Attorney Jean Cipriani, right. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Amid criticism by taxpayers, the new Republican-led Red Bank council approved two bonds totaling $3.7 million to pay for a municipal well and water meters for every property in town Wednesday night.

Both bonds won unanimous approval, though Council President Cindy Burnham, who recused herself over what was described as a potential conflict of interest, said she would have voted no on the meter issue.

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