SEA BRIGHT: ENDLESS SUMMER?

bain's 090313The 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)

SHREWSBURY POLICE ARREST THREE

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of August 24 to August 30, 2013.

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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.

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RED BANK: RABID BAT GETS INTO HOUSE

brown bat 081913A brown bat captured by Red Bank’s animal control officer last month. That one turned out to be rabies-free. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot-topic rightA pregnant Red Bank woman and her husband are facing rabies vaccinations after being exposed to a rabid bat inside their home early last week, redbankgreen has learned.

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bat was the second to get into the Irving Place residence in a matter of days, said the owner, who asked that his name not be published out of concern for privacy.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.

The rabid bat was also the third bat to get into a Red Bank home in less than two weeks, says Animal Control Officer Henry. And one got into the Red Bank Charter School less than two weeks ago, too.

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RED BANK: ROCKS THROWN OFF PARKING DECK

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of August 22 to August 29, 2013 This information is unedited.

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.

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RED BANK: CHARTER SCHOOL BEGINS NEW YEAR

rbcs 4 090313rbcs 2 090313Sira 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.

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SEA BRIGHT: A LOW-KEY SAYONARA TO SUMMER

sb bikers 090113Francois 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)

SB 2 090113Summer 2013’s unofficial end was a relatively quiet one in the beach community of Sea Bright, thanks to gray skies.

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…
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MIDDLETOWN: EIGHT CHARGED WITH DWI

Recent activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Middletown Township Police Department.

call-in-the-authoritiesSamantha 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.

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NEW LOOK, NEW FEATURES, RIGHT HERE…

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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.

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STREET STYLE: WALKING TALL ON BROAD

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MODEL-CITIZEN_02With 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.

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RED BANKER FINDS GROOVE IN A SUNNY GANG

Joe Sapienza, center, and Sunny Gang in a brotherly moment. (Click to enlarge)

redbankgreen got this email last week from a proud Red Bank dad, Bill Sapienza, and it’s just too good not to run pretty much verbatim:

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.

Joe is a product of the Red Bank school system, and played piano and percussion in the Middle School band, took piano lessons at the Musician’s Studio, and guitar and bass lessons at Monmouth Music.

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FOODFEST TO SERVE UP A PASTA SMACKDOWN

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.

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RFH: NOT A BAD OUTCOME FOR AN APOCALYPSE

Katie Coyle, whose novel, ‘Vivian Versus the Apocalypse,’   (Click to enlarge)

By MARY ANN KAMPFE
RFHRHS Public Relations

vivian versus the apocalypse“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.

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RED BANK: IT’S BEEN A PEACH OF A SEASON

Caitlyn Hickey and Catherine Lovallo of Hauser Hill Farms in Old Bridge are off to college now, but Farmer John Hauser will be at the table this weekend. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

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.”

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WEEKEND: A RIPE, JUICY SUMMER CLOSEOUT

The final weekend of the fair plays out in Fair Haven, and giant-tomato growers weigh in at Sickles Market. (Photo below by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

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.

RED BANK: Original rock cover band Backbeat puts a modern spin on the old ’60s classics you know and love at the Walt Street Pub. The music begins at 8 p.m. 180 Monmouth Street.

RED BANK: The Black River Band brings its original music and lyrics to Molly Maguire’s Black Point Inn. The show begins at 9 p.m. 132 East River Road.

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RED BANK: SPARKS FLY OVER PAYOUTS

By JOHN T. WARD

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.

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SEA BRIGHT: CHRISTIE STORMS THE TOWN

Governor Chris Christie, accompanied by Mayor Dina Long, heads into Northshore Men’s Wear, above, and meets with Jake O’Donnell of Jake’s Surf Shop, below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The rain that he said with certainty was following him from Cape May held off, long enough at least for Governor Chris Christie to make a whirlwind tour of Sea Bright’s downtown Wednesday.

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.

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SHREWSBURY: DYFS GETS CHILD-IN-CAR CASE

Activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of August 17 to August 23, 2013.

call-in-the-authoritiesReport of Illegal Dumping in the area of Sunnybank Drive on 8/19/13. Victim reports debris from multiple large trees deposited onto property by unknown subject(s). Ptl. Jessica Boyd investigating.

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.

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SHREWSBURY: CUPOLA PAINTERS AT WORK

Rebecca Pruitt and Jorge Hernandez reinstalling one of the louvers for the cupola of Christ Church Episcopal in Shrewsbury.

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.

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LITTLE SILVER: DRUG THEFT CHARGED

call-in-the-authoritiesA Locust man who worked at the CVS pharmacy in Little Silver has been charged with stealing painkillers from the store, borough police said Wednesday.

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.

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BRIDGE REPLACEMENT WORK BEGINS

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: RETIREE PAYOUTS REQUIRE DEBT

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.

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RED BANK: LIMOS, BAGPIPES &… ACE VENTURA

Robert Gavin, left, a driver for V.E.I. Limousine, and Rod MacLeod, of Great Highland Bagpipes, pass the time talking about Jim Carrey films while a wedding was underway inside of St. James Church in Red Bank last Friday. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)