RED BANK: ANOTHER BOAT ENGINE STOLEN

AUTHORITIES_RB1The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of September 12 to September 19, 2013. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:
Theft occurring at North Bridge Liquor Store on 9-13-13. Victim reported that an unknown black male subject shoplifted a bottle of Vodka and fled from store without paying for same. Det. Juan Sardo.

Burglary occurring on 9-14-13 at E. Front St.—Convenience Store. Report of front window in door being smashed by unknown subject who then entered store and stole several small items. Ptl. David Smith. [See redbankgreen story of September 19 for more info.]

Criminal Mischief occurring on 9-14-13 at Chestnut St. Victim reported that unknown person pried screen door to residence causing damage. No entry gained. Ptl. Paul Perez.

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RED BANK: IF IT MOVES, THEY’RE ON IT

Limousine, ambulance, utility truck, boat: set a bunch of kids loose in a parking lot full of large vehicles, with license to touch them, and they will touch, alright – and clamber and crawl, as the folks from the Monmouth Day Care Center saw on Saturday at their annual on Touch-a-Truck day at the Red Bank Middle School.  (Hover over picture to pause slideshow)

TWO INDICTED FOR RED BANK COP ASSAULTS

AUTHORITIES_RB2A Monmouth County grand jury handed down unrelated indictments this week of two men accused of assaulting Red Bank police officers.

According to documents provided by the county prosecutor’s office, Peter Mullen, 23, of Tallwood Lane in Lincroft, was indicted Wednesday on three counts of aggravated assault on police officers and one count of resisting arrest arising out of an incident on White Street on May 28.

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SHREWSBURY: THEFT AT ANN TAYLOR STORE

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of September 13 to September 19, 2013.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY1Report of Theft in the area of Ann Taylor, Broad Street on 9/13/13. Victim reports merchandise taken by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $2,133.00. Ptl. Ralph Latham investigating

Report of Theft in the area of Marshalls, Broad Street on 9/18/13. Victim reports purse taken from shopping cart by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $310.00. Purse later recovered. Ptl. Frank Neary.

Report of Vehicle Burglary in the area of 55-59 White Road on 9/19/13. Victim reports wallet taken from unlocked vehicle by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $110.00. Sgt. Michael Gallagher investigating.

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RED BANK: A PSYCHIC’S QUEST FOR BELIEF

Lenore Dinger with a client at Earth Spirit in Red Bank last month. (Click to enlarge)

By GRACE GOLDONI

As someone who bills herself as a “spiritual intuitive counselor” and professes to hear angels talking in languages she doesn’t speak, Lenore Dinger might defy expectations.

She looks, quite frankly, like the average mom she is. Seated at a small table in closet-sized room where she counsels clients at Earth Spirit new age store on Monmouth Street in Red Bank, she’s more likely to wear a denim shirt than a peasant dress. Her hair, simply cut, is free of dreamcatchers and swirling silks. There’s no crystal ball on the table.

Nor, she says, does she just make stuff up to seem all-knowing.

“I don’t play that game that a lot of psychics out there play,” said Dinger. “I don’t want it played on me, and I don’t play it on people.”

Meet the seer who admits that she doesn’t always see. When it comes to insights into a client’s past lives, or guidance on the future, Dinger said, “if I don’t know, I’m going to tell you I don’t know.”

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WEEKEND: IDEAS, MUSIC, FOOD, ART & TRUCKS

kirk jirks 2 100211Local faves Brian Kirk and the Jirks, above, return for the fourth Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival on Sunday. Below, Touch-a-Truck parks it at the Red Bank Middle School Saturday in a fundraiser for the Monmouth Day Care Center. (Click to enlarge)

Friday, September 20:

IMG_0008 (745x1024)LINCROFT: Carpe diem at TEDxNavesink, where attendees will get to experience 25 live talks in addition to livecast sessions from the “TEDxCity2.0” conference. TED is a nonprofit organization devoting to sharing “Ideas worth Spreading.” The nine-hour day is filled with sessions on topics like redrawing our oceans, repicturing paradise, remapping the self and more. The sold-out event runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Brookdale Community College Performing Arts Center and is followed by a light reception. Newman Springs Road.

RUMSON: The second annual Canterbury Arts: A Tapestry of the Arts show features works by New Jersey artists, with all proceeds going to Outreach Grants to benefit Lunch Break, Family Promise, HABcore, 180 Turning Lives Around and more.The three-day exhibition kicks off Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Saint George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church. Tickets include a wine, beer, and hors d’oeurves/dessert and admission to all days of the show. Reserve tickets in advance. Tickets are $10 day admission, $40 reception (in advance), $50 at the door. 7 Lincoln Avenue.

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RUMSON: GUN BUYBACK, NO QUESTIONS ASKED

AUTHORITIES_RUMSON2Rumson is one of two Monmouth County towns that will serve as collection sites Friday and Saturday for a gun buyback program.

Weapons may be surrendered anonymously, with no questions asked, at the borough police department and at a site in Asbury Park under a program run by the county prosecutor’s office.

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FAIR HAVEN MAN BUSTED FOR BURGLARY SPREE

AUTHORITIES_FH1A Fair Haven man faces burglary and other charges after a two-town spree early last Saturday in which he allegedly broke into three stores, using an axe to get into at least one.

Jonathan Chapin, 20, of Maple Avenue, was arrested as he rode a stolen bicycle away from the Krauszer’s convenience store on River Road – after taking a sweater-wrapped axe to the front door, police allege.

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RED BANK: FROM THE ’70S, A FRESH BREEZE

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MODEL-CITIZEN_04BIt was an unsettled afternoon in downtown Red Bank. A series of pouting, petulant young men and women were hanging out on the corner of Broad and West Front streets, getting on your Model Citizen correspondent’s nerves.

Crossing Broad to escape the negativity, we were immediately distracted by Brandi Coleman’s laid-back look. In cutoff shorts with a white lace throw waving behind her as she strode, she was a breath of fresh air amid the crop tops and t-shirts. Her bag hung freely on her shoulder, its long fringes almost grazing the sidewalk.

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LUNCH BREAK FACING SEVERE SHORTAGE

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Bare shelves indicate a critical shortage of food items at Lunch Break’s Red Bank facility. The charitable nonprofit that marks 30 years of service in 2013 is putting out the call for more food donations in advance of its October fundraising gala.  (Click to enlarge)

Press release from Lunch Break

Founded in 1983 as the first Monmouth County soup kitchen and pantry by a group of concerned citizens, Lunch Break is currently the largest and most accessible such facility.  Today, Executive Director Gwendolyn Love, her staff, and more than 2,000 volunteers continue that original commitment and so much more — but even as the nonprofit prepares to celebrate 30 years of service to the community, the director points out that “our resources are critically low.”

“With summer vacation over and the push to get kids back to school and the signs of fall popping up everywhere, at Lunch Break the sign of fall is bare shelves in the pantry,” says Love.  “The toughest times of year for us are September and October, as well as February and March, where we face critical shortages. We try to plan for these months, but with the daily increase in demand for our services, when the food is gone, it’s gone.  It’s heart wrenching to plan and not be able to meet the need.”

“Unfortunately, it’s a sign of the times,” said Love.  In a study released last week by the Legal Services of the New Jersey Poverty Research Institute it was concluded that over two million people in New Jersey struggle to meet their basic needs.  This represents a significant increase of over 300,000 since the beginning of the economic recession.

LET THERE BE FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, AT RBR

P1200095The RBR Buccaneer Athletic Foundation members proudly stand before the new lights on the RBR athletic field. Left to right are (back row) foundation members Don Chamberlain, Scott Navitsky, athletic foundation President Cathy Reardon, RBR Athletic Director Del Dal Pra, RBR Superintendent Dr. Jim Stefankiewicz; (front row) Anne Amato, Debbie Juliano, Jody Navitsky and Judy Bonanno. Not pictured are foundation members Diane Davis and Beth Lloyd. (Click to enlarge)

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

After two years of fundraising, The Red Bank Regional Buccaneer Athletic Foundation (RBRBAF) has succeeded in its founding initiative of bringing lights to the Red Bank Regional athletic field in the fruition of their “Let There Be Lights” campaign —and on the evening of September 20, the Friday Night Lights come on for the first time, as the RBR Buccaneers play the Wall Township Crimson Knights in a contest that kicks off at 7 pm.

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SHREWSBURY CRIME REPORTS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of August 31 to September 12, 2013.

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Guilherme Ortiz, male age 24 of Newark was arrested on 8/31/13 for Contempt of Court in the area of Sycamore Avenue by Ptl. Ryan Cullinane.

Jason M. Smith, male age 26 of Newark was arrested on 9/3/13 for Contempt of Court in the area of Sycamore Avenue by Ptl. Ralph Latham.

Taronne R. Ross, male age 39 of Newark was arrested on 9/5/13 for Contempt of Court in the area of Sycamore Avenue by Ptl. Ryan Cullinane.

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RED BANK: SHUCKS, IT’S OYSTER TIME AGAIN

rb oysterfest 1 092312 rb oysterfest 3 092312For the fourth year in a row, autumn kicks off this weekend with the Red Bank Guinness Oyster Festival. Featuring headliner bivalves and brew, the event is also a showcase for dozens of local restaurants, a fundraiser, and an open-air music event that draws thousands of visitors to the White Street municipal parking lot. It runs from noon to 7 p.m., with a rain date of September 29. Admission is  $5 for anyone over 10. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: SOME NIGHT LIFE FOR LUNCH BREAK

lunch break 1 091813lunch break 2 091813Dozens of Lunch Break supporters turned out at Red Bank’s Downtown Wednesday night to help kick off a drive toward a major fundraising gala for the the borough-based food pantry to be held October 21 at the Navesink Country Club. Local musical favorites The Haven were joined onstage by singer and Lunch Break trustee Susan Haugenes, at right with a fan, Mike Rovere. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: GETTIN’ FIGGY WITH IT

dostieChristina Dostie examines the last figs of the season picked from her Italian fig tree, seen to the left in background. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

A recent tweet from Tom Labetti over on Elm Place alerted us to the possibility of a profusion of figs in the Red Bank area.

With senses on high alert for neighbors who might be willing to part with some of their figgy bounty, we came across Christina Dostie over on Mori Place, who is picking some of the last figs of the season off the tree in her backyard.

It turns out her tree is no ordinary black bucket special from Lowe’s, either.

“This tree was a birthday gift from my mother and my sister,” she tells PieHole. They got it from “an Italian guy in Manalapan who grafts them from fig trees from Italy, and they’re sweet as pie.”

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RED BANK: SUPPORT ON TWO WHEELS

cole ride 3 091713cole ride 1 091713Dozens of cyclists, some of them regulars on a Tuesday night ride from the Red Bicycle Studio in Red Bank, assembled for a ride Tuesday evening as a way of pulling for Cole Porter, the Shrewsbury cyclist who suffered serious injuries in an accident during Sunday’s Tour de Fair Haven.

Cindy Arko, right, showed off a t-shirt made up to commemorate the ride, which left from Marine Park and was scheduled to pass by a Porter family gathering in Holmdel. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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TEDx NAVESINK: A NEW WAVE BREAKS AT BCC

kaki-king_detail_feature1-530x281Next-gen guitar god Kaki King is the special musical guest at the first-ever TEDx Navesink: The Next Wave conference coming to Brookdale on Friday.

By TOM CHESEK

The way that Brian Smiga sees things, it’s an idea whose time had come — even before the arrival of a thing called Sandy.

“All of us here on the Shore recently experienced a big event that disrupted our lives,” says the native Rumsonite, software entrepeneur, actor and venture capitalist. “There’s really no time like that, no moment like this one, to plan for the next 20 years and beyond.”

The future of what Smiga calls “the country Shore” — in particular the Bayshore, Atlantic coastline and “Two River” areas of Monmouth County — is the primary topic this Friday, when the first-ever TEDx Navesink event comes to the Performing Arts Center at Brookdale Community College. The daylong ideafest features more than two dozen short lectures by innovators in education, technology, science, sustainability and the arts, who “will give the talks of their lives during 5-to 18 minute presentations that focus on their contributions, thoughts and vision for the future of the New Jersey Shore,” according to the promo lit.

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RED BANK: WALGREEN’S PLANS DRAW CONCERN

rb walgreens 3 091613Red Bank resident Patricia Meenan asks a question as engineer Dan Dougherty and attorney Marty McGann, in white shirt, look on. Below, a rendering of the proposed store. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb walgreens 2 091613A long brick wall, traffic flow and merchandise deliveries emerged as early concerns as the Red Bank Planning Board took up the question of whether to allow a Walgreen’s pharmacy on Broad Street Monday night.

At the first of several expected hearings on the proposal, an engineer for he developer sought to depict the proposed 14,200-square-foot store as an improvement on what was there for decades: the now-closed Rassas Buick showroom, opposite the foot of Maple Avenue.

There will be less impervious ground cover, more greenery and better vehicular access, according to engineer Dan Dougherty.

But questions from board members and the public reflected concerns about the store’s size, placement and more.

“Garfield Place will be 137 feet of brick wall,” said nearby resident Art Ziemanis.

“A 137-foot brick wall standing 37 feet at its peak – it just doesn’t seem to fit the site,” said Monica Boscarino.

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FAIR HAVEN: ‘FAKE DAVE’ GETS REAL, OFFLINE

DaveCicirelliAuthor and Middletown native Dave Cicirelli kicks off the campaign for his just-released ‘Fakebook’ Thursday at River Road Books. 

By TOM CHESEK

His adventures include an attack by a rabid coyote, abduction by an obscure doomsday cult and forced labor on an Amish farm, as a result of his having toilet-papered the farmer’s buggy (he also managed to impregnate and run off with the farmer’s daughter).

He’s Fake Dave Cicirelli, and beginning three years ago, the real Dave Cicirelli chronicled his ersatz odyssey in an epic series of Facebook posts, keynoted by the sudden announcement that he was quitting his job as a successful and award-winning art director in New York in order to embark upon a soul-searching, westbound walking sojourn.

By the time that the Facebook version of Dave returned to Intercourse, Pennsylvania, “to adopt the Amish way of life… leaving the world of Facebook with a heart full of sadness,” he had amassed hundreds of new friends and even a stalker or two — while an increasingly isolated Real Dave was lying low from the world in his former family home.

The River Plaza, Middletown native tells his double-life story with double-edged candor and humor in the memoir Fakebook: A True Story. Based on Actual Lies, to be released Tuesday by Sourcebooks. On Thursday, the first-time author comes to River Road Books in Fair Haven for a 7:30 pm reading and signing appearance that promises to reunite the real-world Dave with several of the Facebook friends who played a part, consciously or not, in the social media saga.

The Local Literary Desk at redbankgreen talked with Cicirelli about playful lies and rippling repercussions, before Oprah or Jon could get to him. Read on…

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RED BANK: BIKERS TO RIDE FOR INJURED PAL

red bicycle 4 053113A ride for injured racer Cole Porter, below, is planned for Tuesday evening, beginning at the Red Bicycle Studio in Red Bank, above. (Click to enlarge)

cole porterFriends of Cole Porter, the Shrewsbury man who was seriously injured in a cycling accident during Sunday’s Tour de Fair Haven, are planning what one called a “suffer fest” bike ride in his honor Tuesday evening.

Dubbed Ride for Cole, the event leaves the Red Bicycle Studio in Red Bank at 5:30 p.m. As of late Monday night, more than 50 riders had indicated they were participating.

Porter, a regular in Tuesday night group rides out of the shop, is said to have suffered a brain injury when he collided with a race official during the first of six scheduled races Sunday.

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RED BANK: SMALL BUT AIRY SUB SHOP OPENS

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rb sub shop 3 091613Canio Paradiso, center, and crew at the Red Bank Sub Shop, which opened Monday morning at 8A Monmouth Street more than two years after Paradiso first filed plans for the business. (He promises redbankgreen the scoop on what took so long.)

At right, a view of the unusual air-shaft seating area we wrote about in July 2011. (Click to enlarge)

LITTLE SILVER: ARRESTS AND CRIME REPORTS

Recent crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Little Silver Police Department.

AUTHORITIES_LS1•August 1– Louis Haynes, 3rd, 24, of Tinton Falls, NJ, was arrested on Prospect Ave. for an active Contempt of Court warrant out of the Union Township Municipal Court. P.O. Peter Giblin made the arrest.

August 1– A resident from Laurelwood Dr. reported Criminal Mischief after discovering that an unknown subject(s) damaged her mailbox during the early morning hours. P.O. Eric Van Schaack investigated.

August 5– A resident from Oakes Rd. reported Burglary after discovering that an unknown subject(s) entered his vehicle sometime during the night. P.O. Amanda Arnold and Det. Greg Oliva investigated.

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RED BANK: FOUR TIRES SLASHED ON VEHICLE

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of September 5 to September 12, 2013. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:
Theft occurring between 8-30-13 and 9-6-13 at Riverside Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole $1,000.00 in cash from bedroom of condo. Ptl. Nicholas Maletto.

Theft from vehicle occurring between 9-6-13 and 9-7-13 at Newman Springs Rd. Victim reported that unknown person(s) took a check from parked vehicle. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 9-8-13 at Locust Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) damaged tire on parked vehicle. Ptl. James DePonte.

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FAIR HAVEN: SERIOUS CRASH AT BIKE RACE

fh tour 091513Racing action at Sunday’s Tour de Fair Haven following the first-race accident. (Click to enlarge)

just_in1A rider in the first race of Sunday’s Tour de Fair Haven series of bike races was seriously injured in a crash, police confirmed to redbankgreen.

The rider, whose identity is not yet being disclosed, was transported by MONOC helicopter to the trauma center at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune following the collision shortly after 7 a.m., according to Sergeant Jesse Dykstra.

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