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HORGAN: ENERGY SAVINGS WOULD HELP

rb_horganNAME: Kathleen A. Horgan

AGE: 65

OCCUPATION: Liaison to the Board of Trustees amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research 120 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005

LENGTH OF RESIDENCE IN TOWN: 11 years

General Questions:

1. WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TOP THREE ISSUES IN TOWN? In walking door-to-door throughout the Borough over the past few months,  residents have spoken to me most often about the following issues:

a. Property taxes
b. Downtown revitalization
c. Pedestrian/bicycle safety

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A HEAPING HARVEST OF GOOD DEEDS

roseharrystevenshoganClockwise from top left: Village People chief Felipe Rose, Blondie bombshell Debbie Harry, funk bassmaster TM Stevens and  actress Siobhan Fallon Hogan are the honorees at the Monmouth County Arts Council’s annual Celebration of Excellence on October 29.

There’s a school Halloween party in which the parents are the ones who get to dress up and have all the fun. A gala affair in which the solid-citizen guests of honor are, to put it mildly, NOT the usual old rich guys with their checkbooks. And a hot-ticket sporting event that not only takes place indoors — it barely loses sight of the office water cooler.

Done1Just because something’s Done Good by the community doesn’t mean it has to be done by the stodgy playbook of gowns, tuxes, and hundred-dollar plates of cordon bleu balanced on bony laps. Here in the season of merry mischief, we’re pleased to bring you a roundup of do-gooder public events with an ever so slightly playful bent — a list that begins this Friday, and continues on into the next few eek-ends.

FRIDAY: Oktoberfest at Ye Olde Allen House. The old Allen place, that historic (circa 1710) house on the corner of Broad Street and Sycamore Avenue in Shrewsbury, becomes a Publick House for one night only, in a benefit for  The Monmouth County Historical Association that offers an evening of “beer tasting and tavern fare” in the spirit of the season. Reserve tickets ($50) at (732)462-1466.

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RESIDENTS GIVE THEIR TWO CENTS ON SAFETY

mary-lou-burdenMary Lou Burden, right, shows transportation consultant Dave Cox a problem spot on a map. Below, comments compiled on a street map. (Click to enlarge)

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Mary Lou Burden knows the challenges of trying to cross Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank.

A resident of the Bellhaven Commons condos on Locust Avenue, she’s used to standing in the crosswalk at Chestnut or Oakland street just waiting for passing motorists to take notice, slow to a stop and let her cross.

“If we had citizen’s arrest, I could make a lot of money for Red Bank,” she says. Drivers are “on the phone, rushing, texting, putting on makeup. They don’t even see you.”

Burden was among some 35 borough residents — including bicyclists, walkers, motorists and crossing guards — who  showed up at borough hall Thursday night to offer input on how to improve pedestrian and biker safety in town.

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A DO-GOODER’S GUIDE TO THE WEEKEND

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Images by Shrewsbury resident and official Monmouth Park photographer Bill Denver remain on display this weekend, as the Meridian Health Steeplechase returns the great steeplechase meet tradition to the greater Green on Saturday. (courtesy William Denver/ Equi-Photo)

There’s a chance to give a sick child access to the best available care, or give a talented teen a boost on pursuing her dream. Find a forever home for a rescued stray, or feed a hungry neighbor. Support your community’s volunteer responders, or even Touch a Truck for early education. All you have to do? Enjoy a great concert, take in a pleasant autumn afternoon, or chow down on some of the finest culinary creations from the kitchens of the greater ‘green.

Of course, if you don’t mind getting your fingernails dirty, we’ve got a community cleanup effort you can really sink your ankles into.

Yes, DONE GOOD is back on redbankgreen, and this time out we’ve put together advance word on five “fun”-raising endeavors, going on these final days of September. It’s a look into the feelgood future that almost begs a name change for this feature, from the past tense to something along the lines of “Gonna Do Good” or “The Best is Yet to Come.”

Before we give you the goods on our ten picks, here’s a reminder to revisit some weekend offerings that were written up recently in this space — including Saturday’s Red Bank Townwide Yard Sale, with proceeds from registration fees going to the event’s new host, the Friends of the Red Bank Public Library; cycling events for every style and pace (funds raised for the Count Basie Theatre Foundation and the local cancer support group The Wellness Community); a high-profile Jody Joseph concert on Saturday (proceeds dedicated to the women’s cancer retreat Mary’s Place By The Sea); and Sunday’s Only One Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival (a benefit for the Booker Cancer CenterCancer Institute of NJ and Red Bank RiverCenter’s townwide promotions).

It’s true what they say: you can Do Good and have fun doing it —and it all starts tonight, right around the corner.

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FAIR HAVEN HOUSING PLAN DRAWS BACKLASH

senior-housing1Developer Kevin Hughes, right, watches Fair Haven’s council meeting as neighbors voiced complaints over his proposal to add age-restricted housing in town. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It’s facing kind of a conundrum, says Mayor Mike Halfacre, of the Fair Haven council’s role in weighing an informal proposal for age-restricted housing in the borough.

On the one hand, the council has been asked to create an overlay district to allow higher densities in a neighborhood just off River Road, a move that might in turn fill a longtime need in town for more housing for the borough’s senior population.

But doing so carries the potential of leaving a bad taste in the mouths of neighbors.

Even though the proposal from builder Kevin Hughes is in what Halfacre called “step A, minus one,” some neighbors are already hoping to derail it. At a Tuesday morning meeting specifically relocated to the borough’s youth and senior center in order to accommodate the older population, area residents obliged with a solid half-hour of bristling to the council.

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IN THE ARTY, ARTY MONTH OF MAY

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And they said print was dead: Paper sculptor Riccardo Berlingeri gives new life to yesterday’s news in an ongoing exhibit at the Monmouth Museum.

Grab your plastic tumbler of merlot, and one of those little cellophane-tipped toothpicks of cheese —  today we’re going on an informally structured, yet informatively guided, “ArtWalk” in and around the storefront galleries and public spaces of the Green.

Following are two events to look into this evening — with much more where that came from, right after the break.

• THURSDAY: Paintings by Maxine Snow at Jamian’s. Along with the local-organic music, Jamian LaViola has augmented the cool cuisine at his eponymous Monmouth Street bistro with a featured artshow (curated by the Hopperesque Red Bank painter Travis Radcliffe) that changes monthly. Beginning with a catered reception this evening at 6p, the paintings of “renaissance woman” Maxine Snow are on the walls and above the booths, in an exhibit that continues through June 2.

• THURSDAY: Artists’ Workshop at the Red Bank Public Library. The West Front Street institution hosts a free and informal monthly gathering, at which artists can “find inspiration and motivation” in a space for creative people to draw and paint with others. No registration necessary; bring acrylics, pastels, watercolors, charcoal or pencils (no oils, please) and show up between 7 and 8:30p.
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CORNER TALK WITH CROSSON

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Russ Crosson has submitted early plans to build a small strip mall at the corner of Shrewsbury Avenue and Drs. James Parker Boulevard. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Russ Crosson had reasons to give up on Red Bank’s West Side a long time ago.

Growing up on Chapin Avenue in the ’60s, a period of racial tension and civil unrest, his childhood wasn’t entirely the stuff of warm, fuzzy feelings.

“I used to get beat up almost every day,” he said. “I’d get held against the fence and get my lights punched out. I’d get snowballs shoved down my mouth.”

But some 40 years later, Crosson is still hanging around the West Side, and with plenty of fond memories of the area he grew up in. And it doesn’t appear he’s going anywhere soon.

The 52-year-old building contractor is on track to infuse some life into on one of the most underutilized corners in town: a grassy lot at the intersection of Shrewsbury Avenue and Drs. James Parker Boulevard, not far from where Crosson was force-fed snowballs as a kid.

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ON TUESDAY’S BALLOT: SCHOOL BUDGET BLUES

rbboe-041410Red Bank residents at Wednesday night’s presentation on the borough school district budget, led by Superintendent Laura Morana, below. (Click to enlarge)

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Hoping to whip up support for a spending plan crafted in the midst of what Superintendent Laura Morana called “incredibly devastating” cuts in state aid, Red Bank school officials brought their mini roadshow on this year’s proposed budget to voters again last night.

Appearing at the River Street Commons senior citizens’ center — once, the River Street School — Morana sought to demonstrate that her administration built its $19 million spending plan from the ground up, with an eye toward maintaining the quality of education for the two-school district.

The spending plan goes before voters next Tuesday. Bottom line, for the owner of a home assessed at the borough-average $405,000: a 3.75 percent tax increase of $77.78, or $6.49 per month.

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MTOWN BUDGET OUTLOOK: ‘UG-LY’

scharfenbergerMiddletown Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger talks to several dozen residents  who turned out Thursday night for the year’s first public informational meeting. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The state aid numbers are in to Middletown, and Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger likely couldn’t put it more blunt.

“It is ug-ly,” he said.

Schargenberger was speaking to about two dozen residents, who may have showed up to the Middletown Arts Center with other topics in mind, for the first of three neighborhood meetings scheduled for the year.

But the budget seemed to dominate.

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THE ART OF DECEPTION, AT RBR

rbr_playsilo_ir Matt Dubrow, opposite Madelyn Monaghan and Ray DeLuca, does double duty in RBR’s staging of ‘Is He Dead?’ playing both the artist Millet and (in drag) that  character’s fictional twin sister.

The Red Bank Theatre Company at Red Bank Regional High mixes the contemporary and the past with it’s latest staging, which gets underway Thursday night.

The company will present ‘Is He Dead?’ a farce adapted from a long-lost Mark Twain play of the same name.

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FAIR HAVEN REC HEAD THRIVES, FULL-TIME

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Charlie Hoffman just finished his first year as Fair Haven’s first full-time recreation director. Borough officials think the investment has paid off in spades. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

As mayor of Fair Haven, Michael Halfacre catches a lot of flak for decisions he and the Borough Council make. That was no different last year when the council decided to hire a full-time recreation director; Halfacre says there was a lot of collective grumbling going on.

But once Charlie Hoffman, a fresh-faced 29-year-old, stepped into that full-time role and got to work, the naysayers suddenly got quiet, Halfacre said.

“I’ve not heard a single complaint from anybody,” he said. “His on the job performance has been tremendous.”

Hoffman has been on the job for a little more than a year now, and all one needs to do is take a look at the borough’s existing and new recreation programs to see the impact Hoffman’s had in his inaugural year, his backers say.

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Y EXPANSION STALLED BY FACADE DESIGN

ymca_tree2The YMCA took down some trees along its Maple Avenue frontage last month.

There’s still no decision over an expansion plan by the Community YMCA that includes a facade that some by the Red Bank zoning board members consider too futuristic-looking for the area.

Today’s Asbury Park Press reports that

Board member Rosemary Minear’s position that the design is out of place was backed by Board attorney Marc Leckstein and engineer Christine Ballard. Leckstein and Ballard questioned whether the architecture conforms to an ordinance requiring facades in the that area to have a residential appearance, similar to other buildings on that part of the street.

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SADNESS AND BITTERNESS MARK CLOSING

img_3737100809The church property, which includes adjoining buildings, will be put up for sale, officials say. (Click pix to enlarge)

Among the remains of 45 congregants lying beneath a tree in the memorial garden at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Communion in Fair Haven are those of Ann Dupree’s late husband. She interred them there after his death three years ago.

What to do with his ashes is one of more wrenching decisions to be made by the three dozen or so surviving parishoners of the River Road church as it nears its final mass, on October 24, before the doors are locked and the property goes on the market.

But it is just one element of a winding-down that has left congregants depressed, somewhat lost and more than a little angry, they admit.

“I was married here,” said Dupree, a senior citizen and member of the vestry who’s been attending Holy Communion for some 40 years. “I thought I’d be buried here.”

fh-holy-communion-tri1Pastor Nancy Speck reads from an 1885 entry in the church registry, left; the original church, which was demolished in 1967 because of a termite infestation; and the interior of the present church on the same site. (Click to enlarge)

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ATRIUM GETS A LOT

doris-crissonAtrium resident Doris Crisson, 88, speaks in favor of the valet-parking plan at last night’s hearing. (Click to enlarge)

For the second time in four years, one of Red Bank’s more prominent blights — a triangular, asphalted lot at the fork of West Front Street and Riverside Avenue — has won a makeover.

The first, in 2005, called for an office building to be erected on the site. That never happened. Last night, the borough zoning board greenlighted a new plan to turn the one-acre property into a spruced-up valet-only parking lot to service the Atrium at Navesink Harbor , a luxury senior-citizens’ high-rise and an addition on the opposite side of Riverside Avenue.

The unanimous approval, after a three-hour hearing, was granted over the objections of Sean Byrnes, an attorney for the condo association at the neighboring Riverside Towers high rise. He argued that the Atrium’s owner, PHS Senior Living of Princeton, had underestimated the demand for parking from the site, which he said would add to rush-hour traffic that already rates a failing grade.

“It sounds like a great place to live, but I think they’re bringing their cars,” Byrnes said of the residents. “That lot is going to be a busy place.”

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PARK AT INCINERATOR SITE YEARS AWAY

incinerator-ballard-mennaMayor Pasquale Menna with engineer Christine Ballard of T&M Associates at the incinerator site last Friday. (Click to enlarge)

The work of finally pulverizing Red Bank’s 70-plus-year-old incinerator smokestack to dust could begin as soon as tomorrow.

But replacing the stack and adjoining garbage dump, both long out of service, with a pristine 8.5-acre park overlooking the upper Navesink River may still be years from beginning, borough officials acknowledge.

They don’t know, for starters, if there are drums of waste buried around the incinerator, and will have to x-ray the ground to find out, borough engineer Christin Ballard says.

Even if tests come up clean, though, local officials may face strong objections from neighbors of the West Sunset Avenue property, some of whom envision nothing but trouble at the dead end of their street if a park is created there.

“I’m just afraid that’s going to be a hangout,” Marcelle Seruby, a senior citizen and West Sunset resident for over 50 years, told redbankgreen recently. “I just feel that it’s unsafe for us. The police have enough to do.”

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BOROUGH HALL TO UNDERGO ENERGY AUDIT

rb-borough-hallThe borough acquired and renovated the onetime auto showroom and office building in 1997. (Click to enlarge)

The home of Red Bank’s government is about to get a going-over by a team of energy experts looking for drafts and lights left burning when no one’s around.

Under a $7,947 contract with Steven Winter Associates of East Brunswick, the audit also calls for an evaluation of the Senior Citizens Center on Shrewsbury Avenue.

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PARKING ISSUES DOMINATE YMCA HEARING

hot-topic1Parking and traffic were topics A and B as a plan to bulk up the Community YMCA facility in Red Bank went before the borough zoning board last night, according to today’s Asbury Park Press.

Y officials want to add 40,000 square feet of space to the Maple Avenue facility, which had board members wondering about the adequacy of parking, the Press reports:

Board members and engineers debated with YMCA experts about how much parking would be needed to accommodate daily members and special events at the new building, and if 367 spaces the YMCA plans to provide will do the job.

“We don’t know what (the YMCA) will offer and what it will generate in participation. That’s the unknown,” Borough Engineer Richard Kosenski said.

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PHS PLANS STIRS NEIGHBORS’ RESISTANCE

Atrium riverviewThe extra floors would be tacked onto an addition already approved for the lot between the Atrium at Navesink Harbor, center, and Riverview Towers, right. The lot at left foreground would provide parking for the Atrium.

The six-story six-story addition-to-the addition that PHS Senior Living wants to put on the Atrium at Navesink Harbor in Red Bank isn’t sitting well next door.

Some 50 residents of the luxury Riverside Towers met Monday night to discuss the proposal, and the message was clear, according to board treasurer Fred Gregson: Not in our side yard.

Citing concerns about blocked views, shadows, traffic and the possibility of more high-rises being built nearby on the site of Shrewsbury Manor apartments, residents appeared unanimous in opposing the PHS plan, Gregson tells redbankgreen.

“I don’t see the upside for anybody here, frankly,” he says.

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PHS WANTS MORE AIRSPACE, PLUS PARKING

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The owner of the Atrium at Navesink Harbor, center, wants to add six stories to a planned addition, and to use the lot in the foreground for parking. Riverview Towers is at right; the addition is to go between the two highrises.

Before it has even put a shovel into the ground for a long-delayed six-story addition, PHS Senior Living is asking Red Bank for permission to double the size of the planned project on Riverside Avenue.

If approved, the addition-to-the-addition would boost a portion of the new structure to the same height as the nonprofit's existing 12-story tower of high-end senior apartments, formerly known as Navesink Harbor and recently retagged the Atrium at Navesink Harbor.

To sweeten its request for variances, Princeton-based PHS is promising not to build an approved office building on a triangular site at the intersection of Riverview Avenue and West Front Street, according to Chuck Mooney, PHS's chief operating officer. Instead, the lot would be used for parking.

The plans, though, may meet resistance from residents of neighboring Riverview Towers. Shareholders in the luxury highrise co-op are scheduled to meet tonight to decide whether to give the PHS request their blessing.

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Y PLAN RAISES TRAFFIC CONCERNS

Hot TopicPlans for $8 million in new facilities at the Community YMCA on Maple Avenue in Red Bank have raised concerns about traffic safety, according to today's Asbury Park Press.

The newspaper reports that the Y's expansion project

would add a family-friendly pool and indoor-outdoor sprinkler park; a six-lane lap pool; a modern gym with spectator space and a new indoor track; facilities for a fitness and wellness center; a spinning room; a Wii room; additional parking; a new lobby; and a seniors-only area.

The plan also would renovate the existing teen center, senior citizen and children's program areas and modernize the locker rooms.

In a joint letter, though, residents have called on the borough to link approvals to traffic and parking improvements at the site.

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BOROUGH HALL GOING TO FOUR-DAY WEEK

Hot TopicRed Bank employees who work in borough hall at 90 Monmouth Street will have to start packing their workweeks into four days starting in June as part of an effort to cut utility costs.

The move, approved by the borough council on Monday, is expected to save up to $3,000 a month in air conditioning and heating-related expenses, says borough Administrator Stanley Sickels.

The effort is envisioned as a trial for the summer but may be continued if the savings materialize as expected without adversely affecting the delivery of services, Sickels says.

“If it works out, we’ll keep doing it,” he says.

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ALSO ON THE AGENDA…

IMG_035072Sutton Commons on Branch Avenue is one of two properties on which tax appeal settlements are up for approval by the Red Bank Council tonight.

An ordinance to bar minors from entering liquor stores unless accompanied by an adult is up for introduction by Red Bank’s governing body tonight.

Also on the agenda: settlements of tax appeals by Sovereign Bank on Broad Street and Sutton Commons apartments on Branch Avenue; and the introduction of measures relating to a bond issue to cover improvements at the borough’s two water plants.

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TWO LOCALS TO LEAD COVENANT HOUSE

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Today’s Star-Ledger‘s has a page-one story about the selections of Kevin Ryan and Virginia Bauer to top posts at Covenant House, the New York-based charity for homeless youth.

Ryan, a former head of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families, is a resident of Fair Haven. He was named international president of Covenant House last week.

Bauer, a former Rumsonite who lives in Red Bank, has headed both the state lottery and commerce departments. She starts as senior vice president this week.

The Sledger’s Bob Braun tagged along as Bauers and Ryan toured the organization’s Newark facility. There, they learned a few things they didn’t know about what it takes to survive the streets, Braun writes.

Like the locations of all-night restaurants that will let you crash for
the night. How to score free food when the shift changes in an eatery.
How to sleep in abandoned buildings without attracting unwanted
attention. How to set a garbage fire to keep warm.

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