Dozens 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)
Christina 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.”
Dozens 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)
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.
By JOHN T. WARD
A 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.
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…
Friends 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.
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.
Canio 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)
Recent crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Little Silver Police Department.
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.
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.
A 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.
Saturday, September 14:
RED BANK: Scramble up your Saturday night, bring your Scrabble board (and a dictionary) and compete against other Scrabble scrimmagers at the Red Bank Public Library. The Scrabble tournament runs from 2 to 4 p.m. 84 West Front Street.
Recent crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.
Peter Christensen, age 21, from Florence Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on August 31, 2013 by Patrolman Daniel Benbrook for Being under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.
Joseph Levy, age 29, from Mills Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on August 31, 2013 by Patrolman Albert Scott for Obstructing a Pubic Passage and Disorderly Conduct. He was released pending a court date.
Michael Ruzzano, age 33, from Beacon Boulevard in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on August 31, 2013 by Patrolman Charles Higgins on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Sayreville Municipal Court. He was held on $247.00 bail.
By TOM CHESEK
It’s a moving pre-war story of life, love, death and devotion, set in small-town America, shot through with a plain-speak wit and eloquence, and featuring an ensemble cast of young and old actors.
It’s not Our Town, but On Borrowed Time, a fantasy that also made its bow in 1938 — and beginning this weekend, Red Bank’s Two River Theater Company celebrates the play’s 75th anniversary with a new production that kicks off the troupe’s own 20th anniversary season. It also marks a homecoming of sorts for a genuine Broadway legend.
The script by playwright and screenwriter Paul Osborn concerns an elderly “Gramps,” whose young grandson “Pud” is left in his care after Death — personified as one Mr. Brink — claims the boy’s parents and grandmother. Wanting to keep Death away from his own doorstep — and seeking to fend off Pud’s money-grubbing aunt Demetria — Gramps employs a little wishing magic and wily wisdom to trick Mr. Brink into becoming trapped in the old man’s apple tree. When Death takes a holiday, what seemed like a victory soon poses its own set of problems.
A hit in its original run, the play was made into a film with Lionel Barrymore in 1939. Two years later, a nine-year-old performer by the name of Joel Grey stepped into the part of Pud, inaugurating a long-playing stage career that would see him win a Tony (and an Oscar, for the same role) as the Master of Ceremonies in Cabaret.
With TRTC’s season-opening production, Grey (whose Broadway roles in recent years have included Wicked and Anything Goes) returns to On Borrowed Time — this time as director.
Café 28 regular Patrick Means says he was never a fan of eggplant until Mohamed Ebery gave him a taste of Ismat Eggplant, named for Ebery’s mom. Below, Ebery dishes up a plate of Mediterranean love. (Photos by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)
By JIM WILLIS
Ever since Mohamed Elbery took over the short-lived Carmine’s Sub Shop on White Street in Red Bank and added Mediterranean foods like gyros and baba ganoush to the menu, it’s been our go-to spot when we get the itch for falafel, always ordered with extra hot sauce.
The thing is though, the sub-shop-meets-Mediterranean menu always seemed a bit Janus-faced. But with a couple years of running Cafe 28 under his belt, Elbery has turned the menu into a coherent vehicle for his creativity, despite the superficial contradictions of a menu that offers turkey subs alongside falafel and stuffed grape leaves.
“Why not?” says Elbery. “We eat turkey in Egypt, too. But here for you, I can put tabouleh on it. It’s all Mediterranean food. To me there is no distinction.”
It was smoldering summer day, much as it’s been here this week, and Broad Street in Red Bank was swarming with people downing iced coffees, ice cream – anything to keep them cool as they plowed through the thick, humid air.
Sitting on the bench outside Urban Outfitters was Mallory Morgan, 24, lighting her cigarette with such grace – not that we’re endorsing it! – her red lipstick perfectly in place, and wearing a tan and black hat that waved with each sultry breeze.
By JOHN T. WARD
Six mornings a week, those with a yen to wet their whistles in Red Bank can do so in a bar as early as 7 a.m.
For decades, though, they’ve had to wait until the ungodly hour of 11 on Sunday – a whole nine hours after closing time, the poor things.
The borough council fixed that injustice Wednesday night.
By JOHN T. WARD
Setting aside opposition by the lawyer for a proposed Walgreen’s pharmacy and by Coffee Corral owner Russ Crosson, the council gave unanimous approval to a zoning change that requires new drive-thrus to be located 100 feet from a residential zone.
The Red Bank area chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society sang ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ and two other tunes at Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park Wednesday evening for a lightly attended twelfth-anniversay memorial to those killed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
“Remember all the victims,” Mayor Pasquale Menna asked those in attendance. “Be kind to their families.” (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
Red Bank schools Superintendent Laura Morana is leaving the district at the end of the month, according to a measure approved at a school board meeting Wednesday night.
According to a late addition to the meeting agenda, the board accepted her resignation “for the purpose of retirement,” effective September 30.
New Jersey Institute of Technology students gather with Dutch designer Paul van Wijk, far right, on the beach in Sea Bright Tuesday morning prior to the second day of H209, a two-day, multilocation forum on how to mitigate flood damage in lower Manhattan, Jamaica Bay and the Jersey Shore.
Representatives of the Dutch government, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, insurance companies and engineering firms are also present at the daylong event, held at borough hall. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)