RED BANK: SCAVONE TO LEAVE RIVERCENTER

scavone menna red bank, nj,Jim Scavone, left, with Mayor Pasquale Menna and Visitors Center director Margaret Mass at the opening of RiverCenter’s offices on Broad Street in October, 2018. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Jim Scavone, who led Red Bank RiverCenter for the past six years, is leaving the downtown promotion organization.

He won’t be going far, though: he’s taking a job at Hackensack Meridian Health at Riverview Medical Center, just on the edge of special improvement district he managed.

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RED BANK: SHELL TO TRY YET AGAIN

RED BANK NJ SHELLThe latest plan calls for replacing the car wash, at left above, with a convenience store. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Five months after yanking a plan to add a Dunkin’ coffee shop, the owner of Red Bank ‘s lone Shell station will once again try for a convenience store.

Station owner Waseem Chaudhary’s proposal is  the third he’s floated in the past seven years.

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RED BANK: APARTMENTS AND STORES PLANNED

The project would replace an empty Shrewsbury Avenue office and retail building, as well as the house at far right on Drs. James Parker Boulevard. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A busy intersection on Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank would get 16 apartments and several retail businesses if a development plan up for consideration wins approval.

The project comes with its own underground parking, according to plans filed with the borough.

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RED BANK: MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT PROPOSED

red bank corporate plaza 122219 Under the plan, 150 apartments would be built above Pazzo MMX restaurant and the parking garage beside it. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA proposed expansion atop an existing restaurant and parking deck would create a nine-story structure with 150 apartments in the center of Red Bank, redbankgreen has learned.

If approved, the project would shatter the borough’s limits on building height, density and more.

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RED BANK: SUN TO RISE AGAIN ON STREET

red bank parker bridge 121819The intersection of Drs. James Parker Boulevard and Bridge Avenue as it appeared this week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njThe sun won’t go down on a “tactical urbanist” experiment undertaken to improve traffic safety at a tricky Red Bank intersection earlier this year, redbankgreen has learned.

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RED BANK: ROOFTOP DINING PLAN APPROVED

red bank 3-5 broad st.The former home of the Belmonte and, before that, Red, has been vacant for more than two years. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A long-vacant restaurant space in Red Bank won approval for rooftop dining Monday night, despite objections by the board’s chairman.

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RED BANK: ROOFTOP DINING PROPOSED

red bank NJ 3-5 broad st.The new owners of 3-5 Broad Street also own the Proving Ground in Highlands. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

The new owners of the former home of the Belmonte restaurant and nightclub in downtown Red Bank hope to add rooftop dining when they reopen the long-vacant space.

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RED BANK: SNOW ACCUMULATION UNLIKELY

While the northwest portion of New Jersey may get a taste of wintry weather Monday and Tuesday, the Greater Green is likely to see little effect, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow and rain may fall Monday night, but with little or no accumulation in the outlook. Check out the extended forecast below. (NWS graphic. Click to enlarge.)

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

shrewsbury, nj, policeCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of   November 23 to December 5, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. 

CRIMES

Report of Shoplifting in the area of Broad Street on 11/23/19. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed property. Damages totaling $356.00. Sgt. Tracy Polk investigating.

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

fair haven nj police fhpdCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of November, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

11/3 Keven Robertson 19, Middletown was arrested by S.O. Perkins for DWI. Robertson also received motor vehicle summonses for failure to use lights, failure to maintain lane, refusal to submit to chemical test, underage driver under the influence, and use of a cell phone while driving. Robertson was released with a pending court date.

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MIDDLETOWN: GEORGE BOWDEN DIES

red bank george bowdenGeorge Bowden, right, with Historic Preservation Commission members Charles Nickerson and Michaela Ferrigine in 2016. Below, Bowden spearheaded the borough’s centennial celebration and parade in 2009.(Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank george bowdenGeorge Bowden, once dubbed “the Energizer bunny” of historic preservation in Red Bank, died at home in Middletown Sunday. He was 92 years old.

Galvanized into action in 2001, after the borough allowed the demolition of an old house on West Front Street, Bowden became a champion for old and neglected structures in town.

Not least of those was the T. Thomas Fortune House, which was resurrected from near-oblivion earlier this year, more than a decade after Bowden and others launched a campaign to save it.

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RED BANK: INCH OR SO OF SNOW FORECAST

forecast 121119The second snowfall of the season was underway before dawn Wednesday, but expected to end by midmorning on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the National Weather Service

An inch of accumulation was forecast, though with temperatures heading into the high 30s, it was not expected to have a considerable impact. Check out the extended forecast below. (NWS image. Click to enlarge.) Read More »

RED BANK: FIVE-MAN OVERDOSE A MYSTERY

Red bank 85 bank streetThe house at 85 Bank Street, where two men died and three others suffered apparent drug overdoses. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank nj police crimeRed Bank police on Monday had little new information to share after two men died and three others were hospitalized for apparent drug overdoses early Sunday.

Chief Darren McConnell said Monday he could not release the names of the victims, who were all found unresponsive in the house at 85 Bank Street. But one deceased victim has been identified to redbankgreen by his brother.

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RED BANK: FAUX SNOW GIVES WAY TO RAIN

red bank winter on broad streetred bank winter on broad streetFaux snow in a walk-in globe and an artificial-ice skating rink turned a block of downtown Red Bank into a winter wonderland for kids Sunday afternoon.

The nip in the air and the wintry mood, however, will be washed away Monday. Expect rain through most of the day, with temperatures peaking in the mid-50s, according to the National Weather Service

The wet conditions are forecast to continue through Wednesday. Check out the extended forecast below. (Photos by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: TWO OF FIVE DEAD AFTER ODs

Red bank 85 bank st 120819.jpgThe deaths occurred at 85 Bank Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank nj police crimeTwo men died and three others were hospitalized after apparently overdosing on opiates together in Red Bank early Sunday morning.

Chief Darren McConnell told redbankgreen that police were still sorting out the victims’ identities and other details of a “chaotic” scene in the small house at 85 Bank Street, where the activity occurred.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

red bank nj police crimeThe crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the month of November, 2019. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief:  In the area of Maple Ave on 11/02/19 it was reported a vehicle parked in a parking lot to a business had damage done to the rear bumper. The victim reported the damage was several hundred dollars. Ptl. Cevin Albert.

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FAIR HAVEN: MARINA LOSES LATEST ROUND

fair haven yacht works jim cerrutiFair Haven Yacht Works owner Jim Cerruti in his boatyard last week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA Fair Haven marina lost the latest round Thursday night in a years-long and increasingly bitter battle with the borough government over property issues.

At a compliance hearing held in Rumson, Judge Thomas J. Smith III found that Fair Haven Yacht Works had not complied with an earlier ruling that it file a zoning application with the town, and upheld a $1,500 fine.

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RED BANK: LOWERY FUNERAL AWASH IN BLUE

red bank monsignor lowery funeral 120519 State Police officers were among the hundreds of worshippers, clerics and law enforcement personnel who packed St. James Church in Red Bank Thursday morning for the funeral mass of Monsignor Philip A. Lowery.

Lowery, who led St. James Church in Red Bank for three decades, died last Thursday. He was 70 years old.

In recognition of his 23 years of service as Head of Chaplains for the New Jersey State Police, the service drew a large contingent of blue uniforms, as well as a giant U.S. flag over Broad Street. Even members of the clergy couldn’t resist the urge to take photos of it.

On Wednesday, Governor Phil Murphy, who was expected to attend the service, ordered flags be lowered to half-staff Thursday in Lowery’s honor. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: SPRING STREET GETS STATE FUNDS

RED BANK Spring StreetThe cost of road rehabilitation work on Spring Street will be partially covered by a state grant. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank will get some of the $161.25 million in Municipal Aid Grants to be doled out for 2020 by the administration of Governor Phil Murphy, his office announced last week.

Other towns on the Greater Red Bank Green will also get slices of the pie.

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RED BANK: SNOW DOG SETS THE PACE

Enjoying the first snowfall of the season, Jack Monroe of Red Bank had his hands full walking his dog, Finn, through the parking lot at Tower Hill Church Tuesday morning.

“He’s loving it,” said Monroe. “A half-hour walking is taking an hour because he keeps laying down in the snow.”

Finn won’t have long to enjoy it. With temperatures heading into the low 40s, by late afternoon, the snow was melting fast. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)