RED BANK: ASPHALT IS ‘VICTORY’ TO PLOWMAN

rb snow 012214 3The view looking south on Leighton Avenue through the windshield of a borough salt truck early Wednesday morning, above. Below, a plow working Monmouth Street. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb snow 012214 1The  plowman got lucky this time.

Tuesday’s fast-moving snowstorm may have caught motorists and school administrators off guard with its blinding swiftness. But it dropped a powdery load, and ended late at night, giving those responsible for clearing it from roadways a leg up.

In Red Bank, it also helped that more residents than usual moved their cars off the streets, said Gary Watson, director of the borough public utilities department.

“That made a huge difference,” he told redbankgreen as he drove a road-salting truck early Wednesday morning.

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RED BANK: STORM SNARLS TRAFFIC

rb traffic 012114 1fh traffic 012114Motorists who failed to get a jump on Tuesday’s fast-moving snowstorm paid the price in slow-moving traffic in the early afternoon, as on East Front Street in Red Bank, above, and River Road in Fair Haven, right.

Red BankPolice Chief Darren McConnell reported the bottlenecks were beginning to clear shortly after 3 p.m. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

DRIVING SNOW BRINGS GREEN TO A CRAWL

sb 012114A pedestrian – or was she a bridge tender? makes her way across the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge shortly after noon, above. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

A driving snowstorm blew into the Red Bank area Tuesday morning, quickly turning roads treacherous, blotting out visibility and slowing traffic to a crawl.

redbankgreen took a lunchtime tour of the Green that turned into a slog. Check out our photos, below.

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RED BANK: PARKING, PLOWING, RECYCLING

rb snowstorm 010314 24With a heavy snow and deep freeze in the forecast for the next 24 hours, Red Bank officials are asking borough residents to get their cars off the streets between midnight and 6 a.m. to facilitate plowing. In addition, the borough is postponing the recycling pickup scheduled for Wednesday on streets west of Broad Street by one day, DPW director Gary Watson tells redbankgreen.

Hey, who wants hot chocolate? Check out PieHole for some interesting recipes on this flavorful, body-warming favorite. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: GETTING READY FOR THE STORM

rb deicing 012114Bike while you can, Red Bank. Borough DPW trucks laid down anti-icing salt brine on streets – that’s Chestnut Street above, looking west toward the train station –  in anticipation of significant snowfall and deep freeze beginning late Tuesday morning. (Click to enlarge)

FORECAST: LOTSA SNOW, BITTER COLD

rb snowstorm 010314 20“Significant snowfall expected today and tonight, followed immediately by bitterly cold air,” the National Weather Service said Tuesday morning, warning of a storm that could drop up to 12 inches of wind-driven snow on our area by late evening. Bitterly cold temperatures, with wind chills to about 5 degrees below zero, are expected to follow, with a wind chill advisory in effect for the early part of Wednesday.

RUMSON: OXFORD HOUSE FILES FEDERAL SUIT

oxford rumson 1 011214Oxford House says in a court filing that the group home at 61 South Ward Avenue is getting new residents. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Oxford House has gone on the legal offensive against Rumson.

The parent organization of the embattled group home for recovering alcoholics and drug addicts filed a federal lawsuit against the borough on Friday, alleging discrimination in violation of fair housing and Americans with Disabilities laws.

The suit claims the town and borough Administrator Tom Rogers “have interfered with operation and occupancy” of the residence in the aftermath of two drug overdoses at the house since it opened in August – one resulting of the death of a 25-year-old Holmdel man in October, and the second in December, in which a resident required emergency treatment.

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MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

Recent crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN1-2014Michele Gaulette, age 35, from Pine Street in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 7, 2014 by Patrolman Adam Colfer for Use of a Stolen Credit Card. She was released pending a court date.

Ana Rossi-Canarte, age 32, from Central Avenue in Aberdeen, NJ, arrested on January 7, 2014 by Patrolman Thomas Hughes for False Reports to a Law Enforcement Officer. She was held on $2,500.00 bail with a 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Matthew Melleby, age 19, from Dogwood Terrace in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 8, 2014 by Patrolman Daniel Benbrook for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Being under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance. He was released pending a court date.

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PIEHOLE: TWO OPENINGS, A RETURN & A MOVE

RB san remo 011514 1Long the home of the Little Kraut, the building at the corner of Bridge Avenue and Oakland Street in Red Bank now hosts a two-story version of the relocated San Remo. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

redbankgreen‘s PieHole is all about local food and drink. Of course, you’re probably hip enough to have already “likedPieHole on Facebook. Still, you’re only getting an amuse-bouche portion of local food and drink news if you rely on Facebook alone for your fix. So if you didn’t have time to fire up PieHole in your browser every day this week, you may have missed these recent stories:

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      RED BANK: DOMINO’S ALLEGES WORKER THEFTS

      AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of December 18, 2013 to January 09, 2014. This information is unedited.

      CRIMES:
      12-21-13 A report of criminal mischief at 261 S Pearl St. Victim reported that the front door was damaged. Ptlm Quispe investigated

      12-18-13 report of a theft from 283 Spring St. Victim reported that his phone was taken from laundry room Ptlw. Dawn Shields investigated

      12-21-13 report of theft from 3 Broad St. Victim reports his Pea coat jacket valued at $659. was stolen. Sgt. Frank Bitsko investigated.

      12-23-13 a report of theft at 301 Spring St. Homeowner stated that $5000.00 in jewelry was taken. Ptlw. Dawn Shields investigated

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      WEEKEND: ARTY CHAIRS, ST. PAT, FLYING ELVI

      IraGlass(StuartMullenberg)Above: Public radio powerhouse Ira Glass brings his broadcast mojo to the stage of the Count Basie while, below, Elvis is back in the building, in the person (or persons) of Scot Bruce and Mike Albert. 

      Friday, January 17:

      ScotBruceMikeAlbertRED BANK: “Red Bank’s a beautiful town,” the professional Elvis Presley tribute artist Scot Bruce told us a few years back. “The King is alive and well around there.”

      Never more so than January, when Scot teams up with fellow Presley-digitator Mike Albert for an Elvis Birthday Bash that comes to the Count Basie Theatre in its ninth annual edition at 8 pm. It’s a Kingly keynote to a weekend of sights, song, story and socializing that follows the tried-and-true template of “Elvi” events past. Bruce opens the show with a hip-shaking evocation of the early-days Elvis;, the stylistic savant who “changed the course of mighty rivers” way more than Superman ever did. He’s followed on the bill by Albert’s spot-on channeling of 1970s Elvis —— he of the rhinestoned jumpsuits, championship belts, oversized shades and jet-black helmet of lacquered hair. Take it here for tickets ($20 – $40) — and flip the record over for more TCB action this weekend.

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      SEA BRIGHT ISSUES: LIBRARY, REDEVELOPMENT

      sb council 011614Engineer Jackie Flor of T&M Associates discusses the impact on a parking lot paving project necessitated by the demolition of the Sea Bright Public Library. The dormant borough school building, below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

      By JOHN T. WARD

      sb school 011614Overlapping concerns about beachfront development, the future of the crumbling former school and the demolition of the public library dominated an issue-heavy meeting of the Sea Bright council Thursday morning.

      Mayor Dina Long, who had opposed tearing down the library until a proposed combination library and bathing pavilion could be built, defended Saturday’s hasty demolition, but acknowledged that “perhaps it could have been handled in a different manner.”

      “it was certainly no secret that that building was going to be abandoned after the last council meeting,” on December 17, she said at a crowded council workshop session. “But my concern going forward is that members of our own community felt there was a lack of transparency” about the timing of the action, which gave rise to conspiracy theories that are now “driving a wedge between” elected officials and residents, she said.

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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 January 9 to January 16, 2014. This information is unedited.

      CRIMES:

      Criminal Mischief occurring on 1-10-14 at 122 Riverside Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) smashed rear window of parked vehicle. Lt. Michael Clay.

      Theft occurring on 1-11-14 at 33 Broad St.—restaurant. Victim reported that his raincoat containing vehicle keys was stolen by unknown person(s). Ptl. Stanley Balmer.

      Theft occurring on 1-15-14 at 18 Wallace St. Cigar Shop. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole an antique large clay ashtray from stand outside of business. Ptl. Dawn
      Shields.

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      SEA BRIGHT: LONG MUM ON CHRISTIE

      sb christie long 082813 3Mayor Dina Long with Governor Chris Christie in Sea Bright last August 28. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

      By JOHN T. WARD

      In the midst of the Bridgegate scandal surrounding Governor Chris Christie over alleged paybacks to Democratic New Jersey mayors who refused to endorse his re-election last year, inquiring minds want to know:

      What about Dina Long?

      The mayor of Sea Bright endorsed Christie’s re-election early in the cycle last February, calling him a “hero,” and shocked fellow Democratic officials.

      Given that the mayors of Fort Lee, Jersey City and Hoboken now say they were pressed for endorsements by the Republican incumbent, and endured some retaliation for not doing so, some natural questions come to mind:

      Who first brought up the idea of Long endorsing Christie? Did she feel there was quid pro quo situation being foisted on her? Does she stand by her endorsement?

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      LITTLE SILVER, LOTTA FOG

      ls fog 011514Heavy fog enveloped the Green as one of the first customers of the day arrived at Grandma’s Bagels on Prospect Avenue in Little Silver early Wednesday morning. The National Weather Service said a dense fog advisory was in effect until about 9 a.m. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

      SEA BRIGHT LIBRARY RAZING SPARKS DEBATE

      sb library 1 011214On Sunday, a backhoe sat on the slab where the library had stood until it was demolished a day earlier. Below, an architect’s rendering of a proposed combination library and bathing pavilion. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

      By JOHN T. WARD

      SB Pavilion & Library westIn 2011, when concept plans for a remodeled Sea Bright municipal parking lot were drawn up, town officials assured residents that the library building had been left off by accident. It’s not going to be torn down, they said.

      Last June, when the council approved spending $70,000 to repair damage to the structure caused by Hurricane Sandy seven months earlier, the action was touted on the borough government’s Resource Center website under the headline, “Sea Bright Library to be Rebuilt.”

      But last month, the borough council abruptly reversed course, deciding the library had to go. And on Saturday, the building was hastily demolished, blindsiding supporters who were racing to save it and triggering a debate on social media about the significance of the simple frame structure.

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      MIDDLETOWN: FAMILY WANTS CRASH CHARGES

      AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2-2014The family of a motorcyclist killed in a crash on West Front Street in Middletown last September is pressing the Monmouth County Prosecutor to bring charges against a motorist, NJ.com reported Tuesday.

      According to a press release issued two days after the September 4 crash by township police, 69-year-old Raymond Depalma was travelling eastbound on West Front Street when he was struck by a westbound vehicle attempting to make a left turn onto Harbor Green Circle.

      Depalma was flown by helicopter to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune, he died five hours after the 3 p.m. crash

      The driver of the other vehicle, Daniella Coccurello, 23, of Lincroft, was not immediately charged, police said at the time.

      But Joel DePalma, one of Robert DePalma’s four sons, told NJ.com that Coccurello was issued a summons for using a phone while driving. He also said it’s undisputed that his father was not violating any traffic laws.

      DePalma tells NJ.com that he and other family members have been asking the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office whether criminal charges will be filed, but aren’t getting answers.

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      RUMSON: ALL QUIET AT OXFORD HOUSE

      oxford rumson 2 011214.JPGThe manager of Oxford Houses for New Jersey says the Rumson group home is still occupied, but declines to say if there’s a proctor on site. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

      By JOHN T. WARD

      Rumson officials failed in their attempt to get a court order forcing a group home for recovering addicts to be vacated. But they appear to have effectively gotten what they wanted:
      an empty Oxford House.

      Or have they?

      Contrary to the impressions of town officials and some neighbors, “it’s not vacant,” according to George Kent, who manages the house, at 61 South Ward Avenue, for the nonprofit Oxford House.

      If it’s not vacant, tid Oxford follow through on a purported plan to change the facility from all-male to one for women and children?

      “All I can say is nothing’s changed,” Kent told redbankgreen last week. “There’s people living there.”

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      SHREWSBURY: $1,400 THEFT AT RADIO SHACK

      Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of January 3 to 10, 2014 .

      AUTHORITIES_SBURY1Report of Credit Card Fraud in the area of Corn Lane on 1/4/14. Victim reports accounts opened and items purchased without consent by unknown subject(s). Ptl. Ralph Latham investigating.

      Report of Criminal Mischief in the area of 166 Patterson Avenue on 1/4/14. Victim reports electrical box to building tampered with by unknown subject(s). Ptl. Tracy Polk investigating.

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      MUCH ADO ABOUT TRTC’S ‘AS YOU LIKE IT’

      muchTonight’s free screening of director Joss Whedon’s 2012 film of MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING kicks off a series of special events, keyed to Two River Theater Company’s upcoming production of Shakespeare’s AS YOU LIKE IT.

      It’s described as “a comedy of cross-dressing heroines and triumphant heroes,” one in which a company of vivid characters “must learn to confront their own fears and limitations — and surrender to romance.”

      When the Two River Theater Company production of William Shakespeare’s As You Like It goes up in previews on January 25, its entrance will have been heralded by a slate of special events designed to spark new interest in the Bard’s 400-year old play across all segments of the audience. It’s a schedule that includes an open rehearsal, informative discussions, a dedicated poetry slam — even a special “Little Shakespeare” adaptation, custom-crafted for school-age theatergoers.

      Before all that, however, TRTC revisits another Shakespearean comedy — one that it staged back in 2011 — when the branded Bridge Avenue performing arts center hosts a free screening of the 2012 cinema adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. Superstar director Joss Whedon took a break from shooting the Avengers blockbuster to assemble a nimble no-star cast (including Marvel’s Agent Coulson himself, Clark Gregg) for this contemporary take on the “merry war” of courtship and marriage, filmed (in black and white) in and around Whedon’s own home. The movie shows at 7:30 pm tonight, with free tickets reserved through the Two River box office — and attendees will have the opportunity to win a Joss Whedon Prize Pack that boasts a bevy of Buffy, Firefly and Marvel superhero collectibles.

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      FAIR HAVEN: GREY ON GREY ON THE NAVESINK

      fh navesink ice 011014Hey, it may be cold, damp and foggy, but it’s still and always our beautiful Navesink River, right? A somewhat icy-slushy version was seen from the Fair Haven town dock Friday afternoon at the start of a weekend that’s expected to be rainy and warm Saturday and sunny and not-so-warm Sunday, according to the National Weather Service. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

      WEEKEND: HOME TURF ADVANTAGE

      lacombe_jacques2Above: Conductor Jacques Lacombe carries the baton to the Basie for the year’s first visit by the NJ Symphony Orchestra, with the internationally acclaimed cellist Daniel Müller-Schott along for the ride…while below, Judith Krall-Russo brings the Downton-y delights of the Edwardian Manor to the MTPL. 

      Friday, January 10:

      krallrussoLINCROFT: You say you’re feeling cabin feverish after being housebound throughout much of our recent epic weather wackiness? You say you’re still unsure about how best to re-assimilate into mainstream society? Fortunately there’s a way to “stay home” while venturing beyond the garden gate, as the 24th annual winter edition of the Jersey Shore Home Show commandeers the Robert J. Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College for the Shore area’s premier expo of home improvement contractors, vendors and manufacturers. Kicking off Friday between the hours of 4 and 8 pm, the event offers up a strolling smorgasbord of product showcases and demos — a brick ‘n mortar bazaar of everything from spas to sponges, bath stalls to burglar alarms, flagpoles to floor coverings, stonework to solar panels, windows to water treatments, and every helpful/ healthful thing between. Whether you’re a diehard DIY’er or a domestic dilettante, you can get pleasantly lost in this midway of merch and services, checking out the latest super-absorbent shammy or water-repellant shingle. You could even get a back rub — and for the first time, you can get your tickets ($8 adults, $6 seniors, free for age 17 and under) online. The Home Show continues Saturday (11 am – 8 pm) and Sunday (11 am – 5 pm), with free parking in BCC’s parking lots 6 and 7.

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