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The three-D stainless-steel letters spelling out the name of a now-departed business was, perhaps, a dead giveaway for last week’s entry.

Which probably explains why an unusual number of readers got it. But once again, the fleet-fingered Dylan Barlett got it first.

It’s the former Shore Point Distributors building in Little Silver, tucked away near the train station at the corner of Eastview Avenue and Conover Place, now used by Contemporary Motor Cars, a Mercedes dealership.

Shore Point Distributors still exists, by the way. The beer wholesaler is based in Freehold.

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It’s a sad tale, or so we imagine, of a tree limb that grew too close to a wire, and then around the wire, and then became orphaned, clinging to the wire as the tree from which it grew was cut down.

Now, it just hangs there, suspended, immobile, inert as the strands of twisted steel that keep it from falling to the sidewalk below, on Peters Place. We imagine, too, legions of bored schoolchildren catching sight of the lonely limb from their classrooms across the street at St. James Elementary School and wondering, ‘How did it get there?”

We’re talking, of course, about last week’s ‘Where.’ Ken Ameika identified its location, no doubt aided by the fact that he lives on Peters Place. Congrats, Ken.

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We had two readers venture that last week’s image of a brick wall with a spectral silhouette of a house inlaid in it was from the Red Bank Middle School.

Sorry, no. And otherwise, the guess box was devoid of entries. Thus, we have no winners to report this week. Perhaps you detect the note of unspeakable sadness in our words.

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High fives to Peg Riley of Shrewsbury, who was the first to identify last week’s ‘Where.’ It’s a sculpture at the Guild of Creative Art on Broad Street (Route 35) in Shrewsbury, opposite The Grove, and a full view is at left.

The piece is titled “Dancers,” and it’s by Sid Martin, a member of the Guild who died in 1996. His widow, Susan Martin, of Ocean Township, tells us that she and Sid were big fans of the ballet, and that “Dancers” was inspired by Bugaku, the ancient dance and music of the Japanese Imperial Court.

Sid created more than 40 large pieces in a similar style, including a series of geometric forms. The works, which are all fiberglass on styrofoam, can be seen on the grounds of the Monmouth Reformed Temple on Hance Avenue in Tinton Falls.

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This week: a ghostly silhouette in brick, yes. Ahh, but where?

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Guy Johnson of the Antique Center of Red Bank steamrolled the competition and was the first to identify last week’s ‘Where‘ as the railroad trestle that crosses West Front Street near Bridge Avenue.

But the most compelling reply came from ‘Where’ regular Jenn Woods, who told us she recognized the location because…

“I sit under that bridge every day on my way home from work.”

Um, OK

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A man’s home is his castle, but if he’s got a jones for medieval architecture and a lot of ironstone lying around, who’s to say he can’t fill his yard with castles, too?

Last week’s ‘Where‘ featured a pair of stone pylons resembling castle turrets. To our surprise, none of our readers identified them or their location, which is in front of the house at 80 Church Street in Little Silver.

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‘Sue from Fair Haven’ lassoed last week’s ‘Where,’ which turned out to be a bucking bronc that threw a number of readers.

The idyllic image of cows and other livestock in a pasture is from a mural painted on the side of What’s Your Beef restaurant on River Road in Rumson.

“Nice mural, though I don’t necessarily need to be reminded of where my meal comes from right before I eat,” Sue writes. “I also steer (no pun intended) away from restaurants with big steer on the rooftops or comical chickens in their ads.”

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We see your point, Sue. But how do you feel about Charlie the Tuna? See, he wanted to get caught by StarKist, but StarKist wasn’t looking for a hepcat tuna with good taste; they wanted tuna that tasted good. So he was a symbol for what you wouldn’t find in a can of StarKist…

Anyway. Recognize this week’s entry? E-mail your answers, please.

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Last week’s ‘Where’ had barely been up an hour when, just before 1a Thursday, Dylan Barlett emerged from the velvety darkness to claim his latest win. “Lunch Break,” he wrote. “Also, your email links are broken.”

We’ve been known to screw up a link now and then. And yes, the shot was of a corner of the Lunch Break building on Drs. James Parker Boulevard, in Red Bank.

Congratulations to Dylan, a Little Silverian who knows this turf well. He’s a ‘Where’ regular, and this is the third time he’s beaten all comers to the draw. Past winners Dayna Stein of Dueling Steins fame and Jenn Wood also got it, but hours too late for the likes of the quick-draw Dylan.

Round 15: Cows. Maybe a yak. What is that thing? And of course, ‘Where?’ E-mail your answers, please.

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Jenn Woods of Red Bank, who was narrowly edged out by David Prown in the e-mail race of correct answers to ‘Where’ no. 13, is the clear winner of contest no. 14. Having grown up in Little Silver and lived in the area her whole life, Jenn’s probably whistled past the cemetery on Rumson Road thousands of times.

And yes, that’s the answer: the cemetery on Rumson Road, at Conover Lane. According to an entry on the web—and we don’t vouch for the accuracy of this—it’s called the Old Rumson Burying Ground, and there’s a Springsteen somewhere in that spectral tangle of greenery. Daniel, “son of Joseph and Elizabeth, died April 18, 1862, aged 17y 8 m”

We’re not aware of any cemeteries in what is today Red Bank proper. Anybody know if there are or were any? If there weren’t, why not? And if there were, what happened to them? Were the dear departeds disinterred and shipped off to a home for the retired dead in Florida?

The answer box is now open for speculation on this mystery as well as for for entries attempting to solve this week’s ‘Where.’ E-mail ’em if you got ’em.

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David Prown, who is as deserving of the title of Mr. Red Bank as anyone in this town (see Tom Chesek’s profile of him in the current issue of Red Bank Red Hot, if you need more info), is the winner of last week’s Where. He was the first to correctly identify the footprints-in-concrete as being at the intersection of West and Wall streets. Jenn Woods got it, too, but David was there first, so he gets the big attaboy.

Hey, whose footprints are those, anyway?

Now, to this week’s Where. You know you know where this is. Let’s hear your thoughts via e-mail, please.

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Sue Malmi of River Plaza (Middletown) was the first reader to pin down the location of the Doelger’s Antiques sign. It’s on the south side of the East Side Cafe on Broad Street, next to the Verizon building. So close, in fact, that, you can catch a glimpse of it only from just the right angle while walking or motoring by, and slowly at that.

Sue writes:

Weird coincidence—I noticed the “Doelger’s Antiques” for the first time on Monday as I was parking the car to go the Post Office, followed by lunch at (where else?) the East Side Cafe.

Anybody out there know when the Verizon (or presumably, the New Jersey Bell) building went up? Because its construction left Doelger’s announcing its presence to a brick wall just a few feet away. Which may help explain why Doelger’s, as far as we can tell, no longer has any presence at all.

Congrats to Sue. The answer box is now open for guesses about the location of this week’s Where. Send your entries via e-mail, please.

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Last week’s image shows a coat-of-arms painted on the side of a building at 90 West River Road in Rumson. The property is owned by the Tedesco family, and the building, a turn-of-the-century (19th to 20th, that is) structure, is used as a ballroom. Because, well, every house should have one, right? Perhaps you’ve driven by on those nights when the interior chandeliers light the place up like the Tsar’s Winter Palace.

Marjorie Tedesco informs us that the emblem was painted by her son Andrew, a Manhattan artist whose work includes trompe l’oeil murals in the lobby of the Count Basie Theatre. And what does it signify? Nothing particular to the Tedesco clan, Marjorie tells us. “It was just something I found that I liked,” she says.

Dylan Barlett of Little Silver was the first reader to correctly identify the location. Perhaps the Barlett family crest could be updated to include a mention of this wondrous victor. And maybe the Barletts will want to put one on their ballroom!

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Now, to this week’s photo. In all fairness, we should say that the picture is not taken from the angle most passersby would see it from. But that’s all we’re saying.

As usual, please send your guesses via e-mail.

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We have no winners from last week’s ‘Where.’ So no, it wasn’t a window display from the Red Bank Antiques Center, as one reader guessed. It’s a window display from Bain’s Hardware in Sea Bright.
A little off our usual patch of dirt, but we’re trying to broaden our range a bit.

This week’s should be easier, we think. As usual, please send your guesses to us via e-mail.

And feel free to provide an explanation for the image. Make one up, if you like. Why not?

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Maria Ursino of Little Silver was the first to correctly identify the location of last week’s conjoined metal shed and brick building as the Anderson Moving and Storage Warehouse at the corner of Bridge and Monmouth Streets. Maria grew up a few blocks away on Herbert Street, so she may have had a bit of advantage, but no special access or knowledge was required. Still stumped? The view is from Shrewsbury Avenue.

Congratulations, Maria. Wear the ‘Where’ mantel with pride!

Now, to the assemblage of rusted tools and devices shown here. In keeping with some changes redbankgreen implemented this week—more frequent postings, covering a slightly broader geographic area, but you knew that, right?—this week’s ‘Where’ takes us a little way from our usual turf. Not that that constitutes much in the way of a hint. It’s actually more of a warning to readers prone to frustration, hair-pulling and excessive use of question marks in their guesses that this one may trigger an episode. You know who you are, right???

Send your guesses to us via e-mail rather than using the Comments, please. And thanks for playing.

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Dog-walkin’ visual artist Wendy Born Hollander was the only reader to correctly identify last week’s ‘Where,’ which showed the number 61 above the word ‘office’ and a bent arrow. It’s a sign painted on a small building on West Street, opposite Juanito’s Restaurant.

You may recognizae Wendy’s name. She was the subject of a redbankgreen feature story a couple of weeks back. Likewise, Joe Ruffini, who’s building the environmentally ‘green’ roof atop his house on Maple Avenue, is another feature subject and ‘Where’ winner. We know we shouldn’t extrapolate from so little data, but it does seem that if you want to win, your chances are improved if 1.) you’ve been written up here or 2.) you’re a Stein.

This week’s ‘Where’ comes tinged with a sense of the past. Recognize it? Send your guesses to us via e-mail rather than using the Comments, please. And thanks for playing.

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So much for reflexively ascribing virtues to people without first checking our facts. It turns out Dayna Stein of the Dueling Steins hasn’t been sitting out the recent weeks of ‘Where’ simply to give other readers a chance to win, as we supposed in this space last week. Instead, she tells us, we’ve had her flummoxed.

‘The first two shots were easy,’ she says in an e-mail. ‘Now it seems you have raised the bar. I am stumped, not gracious here!’

As much as we hate to be wrong about character, and as much as it pains us to have to take Dayna off the pedestal we hastily constructed for her, we can live with both if it means there’s stumpage out there. Because that’s kind of the point of Where Have I Seen This. It shouldn’t be easy, after all.

Then again, easy is a relative term, and last week, regular travelers through Little Silver were among the least challenged. The winner was Adam E, who nailed the location of those agricultural blue tubes—they’re on Seven Bridge Road, at the intersection of Silverside Avenue—before most of us were out of bed last Thursday. Four other readers also got it right.

Adam and most of the other players surmised that the tubes are sheltering grape vines, and they appear to be correct. The owners of the property weren’t home when we rang the doorbell yesterday, but the endposts on each planted row were marked with labels. We could make out ones for ‘Cabernet Sauvignon,’ ‘Pinot Noir’ and ‘Golden Muscat.’ So if those are tomatoes coming in, somebody’s got a wry sense of humor over there on the Shrewsbury River.

Let’s see if either of Dueling Steins can get back into the competition this week with the little number above. As always, we ask that you e-mail your guesses rather than sending them via Comments. Thanks for playing.

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Leave it to a guy who spends his days tarring roofs and uses the name “hotmop” in his e-mail address to be first to guess the location of last week’s Where, which showed a rusting ladder in a dying tree.

Joe Ruffini, himself the subject of a redbankgreen feature last week (he’s the guy building the evironmentally ‘green’ roof atop his Maple Avenue house), was the first of several readers to accurately identify the location as the southwest corner of Irving Place and Broad Street.

No entries have been received for several weeks now from the dueling Steins, Dayna and Larry. Knowing them both, we suspect they’re being magnanimous and letting others taste the glory of winning. And as always, winning this game is a feat rewarded only with the sense of glory. In other words, no tangible goods.

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Now, onto this week’s picture. Because our knowledge about agriculture is limited to vague memories of ‘Green Acres’ episodes, we’d be as interested in knowing what’s going on here as where it’s going on. Feel free to make stuff up.

As usual, we ask that you e-mail your guesses rather than sending them via Comments.

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It’s official: this game has been liberated from the iron grip of the Dueling Steins, Dayna and Larry. We have a new champion, Dylan Barlett of Little Silver, who correctly identified last week’s image as the giant emblem painted on the side of Little Szechuan in Little Silver.

This week, a rusting ladder in a dying tree. Yes, we know what you’re thinking: Where haven’t I seen this? But who will be the first to answer correctly?

As usual, e-mail your guesses please, Greenies.

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We’re not sure what to make of the responses to last week’s WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS, mainly because, well, there weren’t any. Not a one.

So does that mean we totally stumped everyone, even the dueling Steins, Dayna & Larry, winners of the first two WHERE contests? Has a strain of summer-onset lethargy taken hold of our readers? Has the Stein domination of the game intimidated potential challengers? Is everyone waiting for a tangible prize to be introduced, like an I WON AT WHERE t-shirt? We await your comments.

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Meanwhile, undaunted, we WHERE on. Please send your answers to this week’s contest to us by e-mail, not the comment function, to help us maintain whatever scintilla of suspense this exercise may generate.

And, drum roll… last week’s image, showing a concrete pillar with the words ‘Monmouth Terrace’ embedded in bronze, is located on Spring Street, right at the point where it meets Branch Avenue, in Red Bank LITTLE SILVER. (Corrected June 23. Thanks to Alicia for pointing out the error.)

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The winner of last week’s hotly contested WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS? is Dayna Stein, who correctly identified the face shown as part of the mildly creepy (our words, not hers) statue called “Water’s Edge” at the Monmouth Early Childhood Education Center. The location is Union Street opposite the emergency room at Riverview Medical Center.

Dayna seems to have been eager to win. She submitted two incorrect guesses before getting it right. For those keeping track, the husband-wife team of Larry and Dayna Stein are now the winners of weeks number 1 and 2, setting up a potential Stein Family Smackdown for week 3. Stay tuned.

Again, for this week, we remind participants to submit their entries via e-mail.

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OK, so that was dumb.

Last week, in the premier edition of redbankgreen, we asked readers to tell us where a photo was taken (see below on this page), with answers to be sent via Comments.

But it turns out that having all the answers out in the open meant that as soon as someone got it right, the game was effectively over. And in this case, the first poster, Larry Stein, got it. (The sign shown in the picture is on Clay Street opposite an abandoned gas station, at the corner of Harding Road, in Red Bank.)

The result was that the whole thing lacked… drama. This outcome, of course, was foreseeable. But redbankgreen is still growing its brain, so we appreciate your patience.

For this week’s teaser, we ask that you send your guesses by e-mail instead. Do you know where this picture was taken?

Again, there are no prizes to be won at this point, only bragging rights. And we’ve got to think that Larry Stein is feeling pretty damn good about himself right now…

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Recognize this image? Tell us where you think this picture was taken.

The plan is to regularly feature memory-challenging images in this space. Eventually, we hope to give away prizes for correct guesses, but we’re not set up for that right now. So at this point you’re playing for the simple pleasure of showing off your knowledge of The Green.

Post your answer via Comments, please.