CLIPPINGS: A RITE OF SPRING IN RED BANK

CLIPPINGS_220Vine video shot outside Prown’s Home Improvements on Monmouth Street in Red Bank on March 23, 2014. Prown’s owner and children’s advocate David Prown tells Clippings he gives away donated sports equipment to Red Bank kids every Sunday in spring. In addition, he says, “people bring me lots of things, from clothes to toys to housewares to find good homes for.” Stuff he doesn’t give away directly gets placed on the curb, and “it ALWAYS goes,” he says. Interested in donating or getting something? Call Prown at 908-902-2203. (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to enlarge)

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RBR: MUST-SEE VIDEO

Highly-infectious video posted on YouTube Friday by Amanda Tanai and Natalie Christ, students at Red Bank Regional. High school sure is way more fun than it used to be, huh?

SEA BRIGHT: CELL TOWER GENERATES STATIC

sb muni lot 011014The proposed 160-foot tower would be sited in the municipal parking lot. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

HOT-TOPIC_03Sea Bright is facing an “ultimatum” over it’s long-discussed but never-built solution to spotty cellphone service, NJ.com reports.

Telecom giant Verizon has told the borough it will pull out as a planned user of a proposed cell tower if it doesn’t build it soon, the Star-Ledger’s website says.

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RED BANK: LIBRARY LAYOFFS SPARK OUTRAGE

sira williams 031214Laid-off children’s librarian Sira Williams embraces colleague Jane Eigenrauch after Wednesday night’s council meeting. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_02Hours after more than half the staff of the Red Bank Public Library was laid off, supporters packed a borough council meeting Wednesday night demanding a financial fix that would maintain the 77-year-old institution’s hours, programming and jobs.

Taking turns at a microphone to recall their own childhood days at the library or of watching their children learn to read there, a string of speakers pressed the council on how the library could find itself facing an estimated $131,000 operating deficit this year, and what the governing body planned to do about it.

“I can’t believe a town as wonderful as ours is facing this crisis,” said Sally Gordon or Windward Way, noting that Red Bank’s cultural assets led to its selection by Smithsonian Magazine as the third-best town in America in 2012. “I urge you, because you have the knowledge and the power, to figure out how we can get past this crisis.”

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RED BANK: LIBRARY PUTS STAFF ON NOTICE

rbpl board 022714 2A meeting of the Red Bank library board in the former living room of the Eisner family last month. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rbpl 2 102113The Red Bank Public Library has put its entire staff on notice of possible layoffs in the face of a looming budget shortfall.

Library director Virginia Papandrea confirmed to redbankgreen Tuesday morning that all 10 staffers, including three part-timers, were advised by letter dated Friday that they could be laid off unless the facility can fill an operating budget shortfall estimated at $131,000.

The move comes as the library faces a whopping payout of more than $70,000 in unused sick time to a retiring employee and a drop in the sum that the borough is obligated under state statute to pay into the facility from property tax collections.

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SEA BRIGHT LIGHTS UP NEW WEBSITE

mark pappas 013014Mark Pappas volunteered his company’s resources to build a new website for the borough. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Sea Bright residents and business owners have a new source for information about civic life, and it didn’t cost the town a nickel.

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CLIPPINGS: READY FOR SPRING

CLIPPINGS_220They were ready for winter to end in this Vine shot outside Red Bank borough hall on February 25, 2014. (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to enlarge)

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CLIPPINGS: SIGNS ON MONMOUTH

CLIPPINGS_220Monmouth Street in Red Bank has spice… and soul, and so much more in this Vine made on February 24, 2014. (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: LIBRARY LAUNCHES FUND DRIVE

grandits primavera 111213audrey oldoerp 111213 3Dozens of supporters of the Red Bank Public Library – including children’s authors John Grandits and Elise Primavera, above turned out Tuesday night for a wine-and-cheeser to launch the Foundation for the Red Bank Public Library, an initiative to secure big-dollar support for the facility, which was once the home of uniform manufacturer Sigmund Eisner.

“The Eisners must have entertained a lot here,” said library board member Audrey Oldoerp, at right, “because this place was made for partying.” (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: TOO WARM FOR SNOW?

rb snow 37 111213rb 37 tempThis weather app below – and other sources suggested that it was too warm for snow. And yet, the first flurries of the 2013-’14 season were falling in Red Bank starting around 7:10 Tuesday morning, after temperatures dropped almost 15 degrees in the preceding two hours.

The National Weather Service says skies around here will clear around 1 p.m., yielding to sunshine and a high of around 43 degrees. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ELECTION DAY 2013: GLITCH IN RUMSON

rumson vote 110513A voter arrives at Congregation B’nai Israel, the polling place for Rumson districts 4 and 5, early Tuesday. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Election Day 2013 on the Green began with a computer issue in Rumson.

Borough Administrator Tom Rogers told redbankgreen that Monmouth County election officials sent him a defective computer used to tally votes.

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FAIR HAVEN: PEACE, GOOGLE WIZARDS


If you look really, really closely, you’ll see there’s a girl in the back seat of the car giving the Google Street View camera a peace sign as it did its thing on Oaklawn Road in Fair Haven. Thanks to the eagle-eyed Katie Katzgrau for spotting her. But did the omniscient Google see her?

The author of this article finds Street View “borderline creepy,” but whoever is behind Funny Google Street Views on Tumblr has a different, um, viewpoint. Your thoughts? (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: TEENS HOPE TO BE GAME-CHANGERS

creativ 2 101313Tommy Murray, CJ Bevacqua and Evan Leifman at CREATiV MIND headquarters, in Bevacqua’s bedroom. Below, a duct-taped prototype of their mobile gaming device. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

creativ 3 101313Five years from now, if dreams pan out, a handheld gaming device called CREATiV Mind will be as ubiquitous as iPhones.

And just about then, its creators will be turning old enough to vote.

Based in a prototypically messy teenager’s bedroom on Red Bank’s South Street, CREATIiV Mind is the brainchild of three 13-year-olds who count Steve Jobs and Nikola Tesla among their idols. Just a month old, their prototype product is an awkward mix of high technology and duct tape.

But the three – CJ Bevacqua and Evan Leifman of Red Bank and Tommy Murray of Atlantic Highlands – are serious about building a market-changing device.

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NEW LOOK, NEW FEATURES, RIGHT HERE…

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Welcome to redbankgreen 3.0.

The newest version of this seven-year-old authentically local news and information site comes with changes both cosmetic – as you’ve probably already noticed – and substantive.

The cosmetic is self-evident. The substance is hinted at above: PieHole and All Good are the names of new pages that we hope will satisfy particular needs in your life. And there’s some new fun stuff, too.

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RFH: TECH EXPERT TO ADDRESS TEACHERS

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High

Ian Jukes, who has garnered international acclaim as an expert on educating the “Digital Generation,” will be the featured speaker at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School’s Professional Day on September 3.

His keynote address, titled “Critical Thinking and Effective Question/Discussion Strategies,” will be presented to all RFH staff members in the school’s auditorium. This special presentation will serve as a kick-off for the events of Professional Day, which is designed to help RFH staff effectively prepare for the upcoming school year.

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RED BANK GIRL REELS IN RYAN REYNOLDS

Ten-year-old Red Banker Faith King interviews actor Ryan Reynolds on the red carpet at the premier of his new film, “Turbo,” in New York Tuesday night. The short video, made for KidzVuz, a video channel for kids, had attracted nearly 39,000 views on YouTube by Thursday morning. Philly.com has a story. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: SUPERMOM TO ‘COMIC BOOK MEN’

Kimberlee Thornton, self-styled “production mom” for the reality show “Comic Book Men,” rocks a superhero cape on Broad Street in Red Bank Monday to mark the start of taping for the show’s third season. “Comic Book Men,” set in film director Kevin Smith‘s Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash, will again run on the AMC cable channel in the fall, having moved last season from Sunday nights to Thursdays. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: MING CHEN FLIES WITHOUT A CAPE

Ming Chen, right, talking smod with Michael Zapcic at Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash last month.  (Photos by Dan Natale. Click to enlarge)

By DAN NATALE

Bites2_SmallAMC’s Comic Book Men, a reality TV show set at Red Bank’s Jay and Silent Bob’s Secret Stash that airs its season finale tonight, features a cast renowned for snide and jaded banter on the world of comic books, movies, and television.

Throughout their playful, occasionally ball-busting discussions conducted online on ‘smodcasts‘ that anchor the show, store employee Ming Chen tends to be the brunt of the jokes due to his laid-back, friendly and unassuming disposition.

Chen, 38, started on his path to comic book heaven in 1996, while attending the University of Michigan. There, he studied everything from economics to organic chemistry, until he found himself skipping class to follow his true passion: web design. Chen says he “fell backwards” into his life as a professional nerd after he created a fan website for Kevin Smith’s movie ‘Clerks,’ which prompted Smith to offer him an internship. Since then, Chen has formed lifelong friendships with Smith and the cast, which includes Bryan Johnson, Michael Zapcic, Walt Flanagan, and “Steve-Dave.” This chemistry, Chen says, is what creates the show’s natural feel.

redbankgreen sat down with Chen, who also hosts the show “Puck Nuts” and is often featured on the podcast “Tell ‘em Steve-Dave,” for an installment of our infrequent Human Bites feature, which focuses on people and their passions.

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RED BANK STUDENTS TUNE IN FOR TECH JOBS

Students from Red Bank and elsewhere participating in a four-way conference in a telepresence room at AT&T Labs in Middletown, above. Coolspeak founder Carlos Ojeda Jr. addresses the students, below. (Photos by Lola Todman. Click to enlarge)

By LOLA TODMAN
Red Bank Charter School Intern

It was not a conventional office day for AT&T labs around the country Thursday. Instead of heading to their offices to deal with business matters, AT&T employees got ready for their fifteenth annual High Tech Day.

With more than 1,800 Hispanic students participating in 31 locations nationally, High Tech Day is an opportunity for adolescents to learn about the different jobs available in technology. Four of the schools involved sent a total of about 70 students to AT&T Labs in Middletown labs to participate: Red Bank Middle School, Red Bank Charter School, New Brunswick Middle School, and Matawan-Aberdeen Middle School.

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RED BANK: MEDICATED PETE GOES BIG TIME

‘Medicated Pete’ McHeffey, below, shows off a frame from the remake of ‘D.O.A.,’ in which he stars as a doomed man. Above, three trailers for the film.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOE FISHER

For some celebrities, it’s hard to get out of the house without being mobbed by overzealous fans and tailed by paparazzi. Simple activities like shopping and dining out can turn into a media circus.

But others – in a tacit pact with their fans – find it easy to walk their hometown streets or saddle up at a favorite bar, left with some breathing room. Think Bruce Springsteen in Asbury Park.

In Red Bank, it’s Pete McHeffey, known better to the world as Medicated Pete, a prime cog among “The Howard Stern Show’s” notorious Wack Pack.

McHeffey’s four-year run with Stern’s TV and radio shows and related promotional appearances have brought the 37-year-old Red Bank native national fame. Now, “Dead On Arrival,” a remake of a classic 1950 film noir “D.O.A.,” is scheduled for online release March 1, with McHeffey in the starring role of a man investigating his own murder. Plans for a TV show are in the works, McHeffey said.
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RBR: HOW NOT TO DROP OFF YOUR KID

Red Bank Regional graphics students Damian DeSena and Jessica Olivera produced this video – for parents who “have never gotten that memo” – on morning drop-off no-nos at the Little Silver school. According to the school handbook, students should be dropped off at either the main entrance or the student parking lot near the media center entrances. (Click to enlarge)

SEA BRIGHT: KNITTING AS SANDY THERAPY

Megan Heath Gilhool first picked up her needles in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, when she was in “full panic mode,” she said. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

Move over, yarn spinning and yarn bombing. A new knitting-based activity has entered the region’s post-Sandy lexicon: Yarn Therapy

“I think the whole activity of knitting in itself is extremely therapeutic,” said Megan Heath Gilhool, an artist and prime force behind the newly instated weekly knitting sessions taking place inside Sea Bright’s community center Thursday nights.

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