LITTLE SILVER WOMAN ‘HOARDED DEAD BIRDS’

gretchen rellGretchen Rell in a 2011 photo on her Facebook page. She described the bird she’s holding as a survivor of a pigeon shoot. (Click to enlarge)

HOT-TOPIC_03A volunteer animal rescuer is expected to face animal cruelty charges after authorities found numerous dead birds in a Little Silver home she shared with her parents, NJ.com reports.

Gretchen Rell, 54, a Mitchell Place resident who also has a home in Ocean Township, will be charged with failure to provide proper care to animals, Monmouth County SPCA Chief Law Enforcement Officer Victor “Buddy” Amato told NJ.com.

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SANDY HOOK: FAT, HAPPY SEALS ON THE BEACH

harbor seals 2 030914Reader William Healey spied this pod of seals sunning on the bay side of Sandy Hook Sunday afternoon. Joe Reynolds of the environmental blog Shore11.org reports they’ve been there since December, and will begin migrating north this month. With any luck, lightly clothed human beings will soon replace them.

Meantime, this week looks like we’ll all enjoy moderate pre-spring temperatures during the day and wintry cold at night, according to the National Weather Service. (Photo by William Healey. Click to enlarge)

SHREWSBURY POLICE ACTIVITY

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of February 28 to March 7, 2014
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AUTHORITIES_SBURY1-2014Arrests
Jvaughn Maxwell, male age 22 of Eatontown was arrested for Contempt of Court on 3/4/14 in the area of Sycamore Avenue by Ptl. Tracy Polk.

Jonathan Y. Davies, male age 51 of Long Branch was arrested for Theft on 3/4/14 in the area of Broad Street by Sgt. Michael Gallagher.

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RUMSON GOES VERDANT GREEN AGAIN

Under crisp blue skies, Rumson rolled donned its finest greenery for the town’s second St. Patrick’s Day Parade Sunday.  (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

PIEHOLE: TOMATOES, CHEESE AND BEER

balderose (3)Brian Imbriale puts the finishing touches on PieHole‘s curry chicken salad sandwich at Fair Haven’s Balderose Fine Foods. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

PIEHOLE logoredbankgreen’s PieHole is all about local food and drink. If you haven’t liked us on Facebook yet or followed us on Twitter, you may have missed some of these recent stories…

Imported Italian Tomatoes We get an earful from Jimmy DiBartolo of restaurant wholesaler Quick Stop Food & Paper about tomatoes and sauce.

Keep neurotoxins off your plate. We share a few pointers we picked up from Master Gardener Carolyn Heuser’s presentation on organic vegetable gardening.
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WEEKEND: MOODY BLUE & MINTY GREEN

stPatsThe second annual Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade takes to the borough streets on Sunday. Below, the Moody Blues.

Friday, February 28:

MoodysRED BANK: From the harmonies of their early, raw recordings to the dramatic sweep and ambitious scope of their orchestral masterpieces – to their repeated reunions, and a new century of crowdpleasing tours – one might be tempted to call them the British Beach Boys.

But the Moody Blues have done what they’ve done without all the meltdowns, litigation, and endless appearances on the county fair circuit of their American cohorts. And this weekend, the longtime trio of Justin Hayward (guitar), John Lodge (bass) and Graeme Edge (drums) comes to Red Bank for two consecutive nights (Friday and Saturday, 8 pm) at the Count Basie Theatre, on a Timeless Flight Tour that promises to mix those lush album-era radio classics (“Tuesday Afternoon,” “Question,” “Ride My Seesaw” and the game-changing “Nights in White Satin”) with more recent vintage oldies (“Your Wildest Dreams,” “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere”) and highlights from solo projects past. Leaving the symphony orks at home, the core Moodies are joined by an auxiliary corps of young musicians on keyboards, flute and extra drums. Tickets ($50 – $145) can be reserved right here.

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RETAIL CHURN: BOOTS, FOOD AND FIT KIDS

•dean ross 030714After 14 years in Fair Haven, Dean Ross is ready to take on double the rent to sell shoes in Red Bank. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508This edition of Retail Churn reports on these developments:

• A Fair Haven shoe store specializing in Dr. Martens boots hopes to kick some butt in downtown Red Bank – and keep the lights on after other stores close.

• Two high-profile Broad Street restaurants have quietly gone idle.

• A fitness center for kids plans to open next month on Wallace Street.

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NAVESINK RIVER OSPREY NEST NEEDS TLC

osprey nest 050913 2The osprey nest as seen last May. Below, adult ospreys sunning on a Red Bank dock last April. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ospreys 3 042413Wildlife conservationists are looking for help to save the precariously leaning Navesink River home to an osprey nest before it falls over, according to a report on newsworks.org.

The pole, a decommissioned channel marker between Fair Haven and Middletown, was nearly toppled during Hurricane Sandy, according to the report, based on a blog post by Ben Wurst, habitat program manager for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.

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LITTLE SILVER: COP GETS FIVE YEARS

lspd-1Solari was found guilty of assaulting an arrestee in the borough police station. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

HOT-TOPIC_01Suspended Little Silver police officer Steven Solari was sentenced to five years in prison Thursday in a case in which he was alleged to have attacked a handcuffed man in the borough police station.

Solari, 40, also was ordered to forfeit his $91,000-a-year job and any future prospect for public employment under the sentence handed down by Superior Court Judge Francis J. Vernoia, the Asbury Park Press reports.

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RED BANK POLICE BLOTTER

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of February 28 to March 6, 2014. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:
Criminal Mischief occurring on 3-1-14 at Catherine St. residence. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) attempted to gain entry and broke glass window of door. No entry gained. Ptl. Michael Zadlock.

Criminal Mischief reported on 3-1-14 at West St. Victim reported that during the past three weeks incidents of criminal mischief have been occurring by unknown person(s). Report of fluorescent bulbs being broken and thrown on front lawn, bottom lock of apartment was tampered with and two garbage cans were stolen. Ptl. Jorge Torres.

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RED BANK LEGENDS, PAST & PRESENT

eileen moon 021814Eileen Moon at the Red Bank Public Library, built in the former home of ‘legendary’ industrialist Sigmund Eisner. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Legendary LocalsIn Eileen Moon’s eyes, “personality drives progress.” And as the author of “Legendary Locals of Red Bank,” a newly published book of historical and contemporary profiles, Moon encountered personality galore.

People like Sigmund Eisner, for example, an immigrant who, starting with a single sewing machine, not only built the nation’s largest uniform factory, but helped his employees buy homes, cementing a sense of community.

“It takes a strong personality, and a vision, and a risk-taker sometimes, to change what is into some new evolution of that,” says Moon.

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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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RED BANK: FIREHOUSE AUCTION RESCHEDULED

liberty hose 070612HOT-TOPIC_01The auction of a former firehouse on White Street in Red Bank has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 25, at 10:30 a.m. The original March 18 sale date was changed to meet public notice requirements, borough officials said. Minimum bid is $475,000; bidding requirements are here. For 103 years, the building was home to the Liberty Hose Company, which now shares space with the first aid squad on Spring Street.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: A SWIRL OF SNOW AND SAND

rb snow 030314The snowstorm-that-wasn’t did leave a couple of inches of frozen white stuff on the Green Monday, prompting the need for an application of sand in a parking lot off Clay Street in Red Bank. For Tuesday, expect cloudy skies with a high temperature of about 31 degrees, according to the Weather Channel. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

GIANTS ON ICE, AS ROCKET MEETS JACK FROST

rb rocket 030114The Rocket, above in foreground, with the Jack Frost.  (Photo by John Oakley of Fantastic Signs. Click to enlarge)

The New York Times has a story in Monday’s edition on a rare meeting between two giant iceboats – the Rocket and the Jack Frost – on the foot-thick ice of the Hudson River Saturday.

The Rocket, the prized possession of Red Bank’s North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club, weighs more than a ton, and requires ice a foot thick to support its weight. Ditto for the Jack Frost, which belongs to the Hudson River Ice Yacht Club. There is only one other vessel their size in the world, and it’s in a museum.

Ice that thick being rare, the two 120-plus-year-old behemoths, capable of speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour, rarely sail. And they had not raced head-to-head in a century, the Times reports.

But then right conditions arrived over the weekend, and the members of the NSIB&YC postponed an open-house event scheduled for Saturday and made a beeline to Barrytown, New York.

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SNOWSTORM: IS THAT IT?

RB snow 030314A man works a snowblower on Broad Street in Red Bank Monday morning following a snowfall that started later and ended sooner than forecast, leaving just a couple of inches on the ground, rather than the six-to-eight inches we’d be warned of. The Weather Channel says another inch may fall by afternoon. Then: bitter cold, as temperatures fall to the single digits overnight, according to the National Weather Service.(Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: WOOLY MONMOUTH CLOSING

•dori k 030211Rcsm2_010508Dori Cohen Kershner with a customer at Wooly Monmouth in 2011. Kershner announced the closing of her 10-year-old Red Bank knitting store over the weekend in a post on her website, saying the recent birth of her second child had made her realize she wanted to focus on family life. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK BRACES FOR ANOTHER BLANKETING

rb brine 030114DPW sprayers laid down stripes of ice-inhibiting salt brine throughout Red Bank on Saturday, including Spring Street, above. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Red Bank has suspended trash pickups scheduled for Monday as the borough prepares for yet another extended snowfall beginning Sunday night.

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RED BANK: PEDESTRIAN INJURED DOWNTOWN

rb accident 030114Emergency medical personnel from MONOC tended to a pedestrian struck as he crossed Front Street at Broad Street in Red Bank around 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Police said Joseph Connolly, of Manalapan, was taken to Riverview Medical Center with a leg injury. Motorist Fernanda Oleivera, of Red Bank, who was turning left onto Front from Broad, was issued a summons for failure to stop for a pedestrian, said police Chief Darren McConnell. Their ages were not immediately available. (Reader photo. Click to enlarge)

PIEHOLE: BAGELS, BURGERS AND PERUVIAN

atlantic bagel 022514Why is a bagel sandwich so cheap here? Because they make bagels. They want you to eat bagels. (Photo by John T Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

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TONY, TINA, BOBBY, SANTTU-MATIAS & MORE

ChampianTuzzoAbove: Champian Fulton, Bob Tuzzo and Tony Corrao take the bandstand when the Red Bank Jazz Orchestra presents “An Enchanted Evening of Song” at Two River Theater. Below, twentysomething European conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali makes his NJ Symphony debut at the Basie. 

Friday, February 28:

SantuRED BANK: While it admittedly ain’t Shakespeare, the interactive “environmental” phenomenon known as Tony n’ Tina’s Wedding can be said to be one of the most influential theatrical offerings in a generation — even indirectly spawning a stroll-through spin on Macbeth at a seedy Manhattan hotel.

Beginning tonight, and continuing for four more performances this weekend, lovebirds Tony Nunzio and Tina Vitale repeatedly renew their vows in a production presented by the Count Basie Theatre — hosted NOT at the venerable Monmouth Street venue, but practically next door, at the nearby Buona Sera Ristorante. It’s there that guests can “eat, drink, dance, converse and get caught up in the festivities” as they stand in for Tony n’ Tina’s various extended family members and frenemies. The comedy and the comedic “drama” unfold with seatings at 7:30 pm Friday, 2 and 7:30 pm Saturday, and 12 and 6 pm. Sunday. Tickets ($100) include the ceremony, reception, baked ziti dinner, champagne toast, wedding cake, music and dancing. A $150 VIP option includes a “classic Italian meal and seat up close to the action.” Check here for reservations, close to selling out as we post this — and toss that bouquet for some more great catches and matches, as we Mach it into March.

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SHREWSBURY POLICE ACTIVITY

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of February 22 to February 27, 2014.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY1-2014Arrests

Mark A. Fontan, male age 46 of Eatontown was arrested on 2/22/14  for Contempt of Court in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue by Ptl. Matthew Clark.

Anthony Zitzman Jr, male age 39 of Keansburg was arrested on 2/23/14 for Contempt of Court in the area of Broad Street by Ptl. Tracy Polk.

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RED BANK CRIME AND ARREST REPORTS

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of February 20 to February 27, 2014. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:
Theft occurring on 2-21-14 at Shrewsbury Ave. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) stole her purse from inside of parked vehicle. Purse contained cash, credit card, cell phone, etc. Ptl. Gary Watson.

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SEA BRIGHT: DONOVAN’S TO REBUILD

donovan's 2 110312Donovan’s Reef as seen five days after Hurricane Sandy, above, and in better days, below. (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Donovan's 10-07 2Smashed to splinters by Hurricane Sandy, Sea Bright’s venerated beachfront bar, Donovan’s Reef, will make it’s return this summer, an  owner tells redbankgreen.

The comeback, approved earlier this week by the borough planning board in a unanimous 8-0 vote, could begin with an the opening of tiki bar as soon as May 15, said Bob Phillips, who co-owns the business with two partners.

“Their mentality is, ‘We need you more than you need us,'” Phillips said of the board’s members.

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