The unofficial end of summer may have passed, but Bain’s Hardware on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright seems to have ignored the memo. Anyway, locals know that there’s still plenty of time left for beach fun, when the sun cooperates. And the National Weather Service says it will today, when we get ample sunshine and temperatures in the low 80s. Which way to the beach? (Click to enlarge)
Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of August 24 to August 30, 2013.
Timothy Telymonde, male age 47 of Cliffwood Beach was arrested on 8/24/13 for Contempt of Court in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue by Ptl. Mary Ellen Jennings.
Anthony M. Pepe, male age 26 of Brooklyn, NY was arrested on 8/25/13 for Contempt of Court in the area of Broad Street by Ptl. Tracy Polk.
By JOHN T. WARD
The bat was the second to get into the Irving Place residence in a matter of days, said the owner, who asked that his name not be published out of concern for privacy. The first, which was also captured, turned out to be disease-free.
Theft occurring between 8-21-13 and 8-23-13 at Shrewsbury Avenue. Victim reported that unknown person(s) took her wallet and checkbook from purse, which contained credit cards, I.D. and cash. Ptl. Heather Pubylski.
Assault, Attempted Robbery in the area of West Bergen Place on 8-24-13. Victim was approached by an unknown white male from behind who punched the victim in the head and demanded money. The perpetrator then entered a black jeep driven by a white female and fled the area. Ptl. James DePonte, Sgt. Michael Frazee.
Sira Williams waved to her daughters Julia, left, and Maya, who entered the fifth and eighth grades, respectively. At right: Look out, RBCS! Here comes kindergartener Matthew Gaupp, his arrival documented by his mother Teicia. (Photos by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)
While most other kids who attend schools on the Green have another week of summer ahead, students at the Red Bank Charter School got back to work first thing Tuesday morning.
redbankgreen‘s Sarah Klepner was there to capture the start of the new school year.
Francois Bertrand Lemay, Ary Meziane, Martin Hetu and Maxime Boon get ready to roll out on the next leg of their ride from Montreal to Miami. Below, some beachgoers turned out despite the gray day. (Click to enlarge)
Thanks to a reader tip, redbankgreen got to meet a group of 25-year old Canadian bicyclists who had stopped to camp in town Saturday night en route from Montreal to Miami, a distance of about 1,700 miles.
“It’s a random trip, we’re just going down south,” Maxime Boon said Sunday morning, as the quartet readied to depart.
All four men expressed strong gratitude for the hospitality of Sea Brighters.
“It was one of the best nights of our trip,” said Francois Bertrand Lemay. He recounted how it started with a half a case of beer from man in town who had biked long-distance when he was younger.
“We’ll be back for sure,” said Martin Hetu. “Keep on living the life, the dream life by the beach.”
Other random views of the day are after the jump…
Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.
Samantha Chew, age 18, from Fox Avenue in Belford, NJ, arrested on August 13, 2013 by Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia for Conspiracy, Robbery, Possession of Marijuana with the Intent to Distribute and Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana.
Alexander Giuriceo, age 18, from Greenfield Way in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 13, 2013 for Theft. He was released pending a court date.
Vivian Tortoriello, age 64, from Beers Street in Keyport, NJ, arrested on August 13, 2013 by Corporal Richard Fusella for Shoplifting from the Kohl’s Store. She was released pending a court date.
Welcome to redbankgreen 3.0.
The newest version of this seven-year-old authentically local news and information site comes with changes both cosmetic – as you’ve probably already noticed – and substantive.
The cosmetic is self-evident. The substance is hinted at above: PieHole and All Good are the names of new pages that we hope will satisfy particular needs in your life. And there’s some new fun stuff, too.
With this article, redbankgreen debuts a new regular feature: Model Citizen, in which we track down individuals on the streets of the Green for impromptu interviews about what they’re wearing – and why.
In a perfect world, we could all power-walk through our days in six-inch Christian Louboutins. But with so much to do and so little tolerance for pain, it’s hard for even a woman of daring style not to settle for a pair of comfortable sneakers or flats.
For Kelly Karagias, though, it’s still more important to be bold in her choice of footwear.
My son Joe’s band, Sunny Gang, performed at this year’s Afropunk Festival in Brooklyn’s Commodore Barry Park on Sunday. Kind of a big deal for him. They even got their picture in Rolling Stone.com along with several other sites.
Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna, seen above at a 2007 primary school function featuring his cooking, faces restaurateur Victor Rallo, below, in a stovetop showdown at the Basie next Saturday. (Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
One’s a municipal chief executive with a “total amateur’s” love of cooking – though he does have a chef’s smock with his name embroidered on the breast.
The other’s a serial restaurateur and wine expert who hosts a TV food show set in lush Italian locales.
The premise: a pasta smackdown cooking event pitting Red Bank Mayor Pasquale Menna against Victor Rallo, owner of Basil T’s in Red Bank, Undici Taverna Rustica in Rumson – and newsboy-cap wearing star of ‘Eat! Drink! Italy‘ on public TV.
The Saturday-night faceoff, on the stage of the venerable Count Basie Theatre, is one of the highlights of a four-day food smorgasbord – dubbed Appetite – that also features wine tastings, Scotch and bourbon swilling, a bevy of food trucks, screenings of food-themed movies and more.
By MARY ANN KAMPFE
RFHRHS Public Relations
“Someday I’ll read a book by Katie Coyle” reads the inscription in a Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School yearbook.
“It was written by my Advanced Placement (AP) English Teacher Jack Shea when I was about to graduate in 2004,” said Ms. Coyle. “I held Mr. Shea in high regard, and that comment really meant a lot to me.”
As it turns out, Mr. Shea was right. And “someday” came about very quickly.
Ms. Coyle’s first book, “Vivian Versus the Apocalypse,” will be published on September 5 by Hot Key Books. The book and its 25-year-old author have already earned high praise from the literary world.
By JIM WILLIS
Labor day weekend is a high point for Jersey produce, and the Red Bank Farmer’s Market this Sunday will be a sure-fire place to get every last bit of flavor a Garden State summer has to offer.
Farmer John Hauser of Hauser Hill Farms in Old Bridge tells redbankgreen it will be a peak weekend for peaches, tomatoes and squash.
“If you haven’t gotten any peaches yet this summer, or if you haven’t gotten any to put away in the freezer, this is the time to do it,” says Hauser. “Don’t wait until September 15th, when they’re scarce and the price is high.”
Friday, August 30:
RED BANK: Halloween returns to Red Bank a little early for the Jersey Shore Ghost Tour season. Take a guided, lantern-lit stroll through the hauntingly historic sites of Red Bank, the perfect event for any paranormal fan. The tour meets in front of the Dublin House and runs every Friday through Halloween, rain or shine. Tickets are $12 ($10 for kids) and reservations are recommended. 30 Monmouth Street.
The 2013 race for Red Bank council went from lukewarm to hot and humid Wednesday night, when the two Republican challengers teed up the all-Democratic council over cash-outs for five retiring borough employees.
Cindy Burham and Sean Di Somma pressed the governing body over what they called a failure to plan for the exits of employees added to the town payroll before 1994, when a borough ordinance capped cash-outs for accrued “sick” days and vacation for new hires at $15,000 per employee.
Their comments came after the council approved, in a 5-0 vote, an emergency bond for $362,000 to cover payouts to five recent retirees who were exempt from the ordinance. And the heated exchanges between Di Somma and the council continued after the meeting concluded.
“I don’t think it’s right to borrow to make these payouts, and I don’t think people do, either,” Burham told Council President Art Murphy, who led the meeting in the absence of Mayor Pasquale Menna.
This triple escutcheon seems to be trying to tell us something, but what? What does it symbolize? And of course, Where is it? (Click for a closer view.)
If you have a guess as to either, please drop us an email.
Last week’s Where Have I Seen This showed the vacant interior of what appeared to be a rather grand home or business.
By JOHN T. WARD
The latest in a handful of visits to the borough since Hurricane Sandy knocked out every one of its commercial establishments, the 90-minute tour gave Christie a chance to tout his administration’s storm recovery efforts, slam a couple of federal agencies, and glad-hand supporters as he runs for a second term.
Though “not everything is perfect by a longshot” with the Shore’s recovery and efforts to attract tourists this summer, “we’re laying the groundwork for next summer, when I know things are going to be significantly better here in Sea Bright and all up and down the Jersey Shore,” Christie said.
Activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of August 17 to August 23, 2013.
Report of Bad Checks on 8/21/13. Naylors Auto Shrewsbury Avenue reports subject knowingly passed bad check for services rendered. Damages totaling $1,143.61. Ptl. Derek Myers investigating.
By SARAH KLEPNER
Shrewsbury’s Christ Church Episcopal, one of the oldest buildings in Monmouth County, got a fresh coat of paint from top to bottom this month.
It took 15 people working six days a week for two weeks, and 30 gallons of paint, to freshen up the historic structure, which was built between 1769 and 1774.
The church, located at the southeast corner of Broad Street (Route 35) and Sycamore Avenue, has withstood abuse at the hands of man and weather from the days of American Revolution.
Stephen Matthews 2nd, 23, was arrested Tuesday and charged with stealing 1,614 tablets of the narcotics hydrocodone and oxycodone, with an estimated street value exceeding $20,000, according to an announcement by Detective Gregory Oliva, who made the arrest with Patrolman Andrew Smith.
Pedestrians passed, above, as prep work and equipment staging for the replacement of the West Front Street Hubbard’s Bridge between Red Bank and the River Plaza section of Middletown got underway this week.
The $12 million, 18-to-24-month project will replace the existing steel bridge with a permanent structure that bows slightly to the north, as shown above right in red. The job will require a shutdown of all traffic across the existing bridge for up to four months when the new span is tied into the approaches at either end, officials at the Monmouth County engineer’s office have said.
The “temporary” steel bridge installed in 2004 it will be reused elsewhere, officials said. (Photo above by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)
Red Bank’s elected officials are expected to vote Wednesday on a measure to borrow $326,000 to pay five retiring employees for unused “sick” and vacation days, the Asbury Park Press reported Tuesday.
It’s the second time in three years that the town has had to borrow to meet its obligations to employees punching out for the final time, writes Press reporter Larry Higgs.