RED BANK: STILL GOING NAKED

It was nippy outside Sunday evening, but at Red Bank’s Red lounge, it was a place to Go Naked. Dozens came out to the third annual Go Naked and Check Yourself fundraiser and (ahem) educational event held to raise awareness about skin cancer, breast cancer, testicular cancer and other detectable ailments. Once again, Red Bank’s Sugarush cupcakes and Sweetest Sin lingerie shops put the bounce in the event, which had previously raised more than $20,000 for health-related charities. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN: FEDS CHARGE $18 MILLION SCAM

just_in1The owner of an investment firm based in Fair Haven was arrested Monday on charges he ran an $18 million Ponzi scheme, federal authorities said.

Louis J. Spina, 56, formerly of Colts Neck, is alleged to have lost $8 million of that amount on stock trades and burned through the rest to pay his clients phony ‘returns,’ as well as for personal expenses, “including car purchases/payments, luxury apartment rental payments, and a $400,000 donation to a private university,” the office of United States Attorney Paul Fishman said in a prepared announcement.

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RED BANK: WELL, SHUCKS, OYSTERS FOR T-DAY

Jamian oyster 112413 2Jamian LaViola of Jamian’s demonstrates how to properly and safely shuck an oyster in a video on redbankgreen‘s PieHole food page.

PIEHOLE logoEver since our conversation a few weeks ago with food history author Karen Schnitzspahn, when she spoke how abundant oysters used to be at Red Bank’s bars and taverns, PieHole has had bivalves on the brain.

So we grabbed a dozen Maryland oysters and headed over to Jamian’s Food & Drink for a lesson in how to shuck an oyster without requiring a trip to the hospital.

Check out the video here.

SHREWSBURY: COUNTERFEIT C-NOTE PASSED

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of November 15 to November 22, 2013.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY1Report of Theft in the area of Shrewsbury Car Wash, Shrewsbury Avenue on 11/15/13. Victim reports property taken by unknown subject(s). Damages totaling $100.00. Ptl. MaryEllen Jennings investigating.

Report of Theft by Deception in the area of Great Clips, Broad Street on 11/21/13. Victim reports unknown subjects passed counterfeit $100.00 bill in exchange for merchandise and cash. Ptl. Ralph Latham investigating.

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RED BANK: SILLY STRING MISCHIEF REPORTED

AUTHORITIES_RB2The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of November 14 to November 21, 2013. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:
Criminal Mischief reported on 11-14-13 in three areas on East Bergen. Report of graffiti spray-painted onto buildings and signs. Ptl. Garrett Falco.

Criminal Mischief occurring between 11-15-13 and 11-17-13 at Red Bank Train Station parking lot. The victim reported that unknown person(s) dented the rear and front passenger doors on vehicle and also shattered the rear window. Ptl. Gary Watson.

Criminal Mischief occurring between 11-16-13 and 11-17-13 at Leighton Ave. parking
lot. Victim reported that unknown person(s) sprayed silly string and shaving cream on parked vehicle. Ptl. Jhonatan Quispe.

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RED BANK: YOUR PHOTOS, IN TILE AND GLASS

Theodoropoulus 112113 3Pete Theodoropoulus in his new Red Bank tile-art gallery, Tesserae, where works sell for $2,500 to $25,000. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Pete Theodoropoulus is still not an artist, though one might say his skills as a businessman are quickly approaching artistry.

As detailed by redbankgreen last summer, he’s a food guy, one who owns multiple Italian-ice stands and restaurants around New Jersey and eastern Pennsylvania. And he’s not yet 30 years old.

But Theodoropoulus believes he’s found a huge opening in the art world: a market for large images assembled from thousands of bits of cut and broken stone and glass. Art that weighs heavy on the walls and heavy on the wallet.

He’s seizing control of it. And his venture, in development for nearly two years, officially got a face this week with the opening of his gallery, called Tesserae – Greek for ‘mosaic’ – in a storefront on Broad Street in Red Bank.

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RED BANK: STATION MANAGER BUSTED FOR POT

rb shell 112113 3State Troopers with the suspect during the search of the station Thursday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

The manager of a Red Bank gas station raided by State Police Thursday night apparently had a sideline selling another kind of high test.

According to charges filed after the raid, Kamleshkumar Chaudhari, 28, was arrested and charged with possession of more than 50 grams of marijuana – how much more, authorities didn’t say – with the intent to distribute.

During the nighttime raid at the Shell station on Newman Springs Road, Chaudhauri was also found holding some $3,000 in cash, according to NJSP spokesman Sergeant Adam Grossman.

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RED BANK: PERKY, FREE-RANGE EGGS, CHEEP

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Hauser Hill Farms eggs are among the best bargains as the Red Bank Farmers’ Market closes out its 2013 season Sunday. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumOne of PieHole‘s favorites at the Red Bank Farmers Market this season was a late discovery: the eggs from Hauser Hill Farms.

These eggs have some of the brightest yolks we’ve seen, a good indication that the chickens are eating good stuff. Crack two into your frying pan for a pair of sunny-side ups, and the yolks tower over the whites with the perkiness of a cheerleader on game day.

They’re also an incredible bargain.

PieHole spoke to farmer John Hauser to make sure he’d have plenty at his table this weekend, and to get some details on his hens. Take it here for all the details.

BTW, if you’re savoring our food coverage, be sure to make friends with our PieHole Facebook page or follow us on Twitter, where you’ll start seeing stuff that may not appear on redbankgreen‘s home page – cuz, you know, our cup do runneth over with culinary goodness.

WEEKEND: FIRST NIGHTERS, FARE-THEE-WELLS

SherMackHeatherMorganLisa Sherman and Sandy Mack bring their all-new Sherman Mack project to the Walt Street Pub Friday night. Below: painter Martin Kammler has the floor at BCC, for a close-up look at his creative process. (Top photo by Heather Morgan; click to enlarge)

Friday, November 22:

martinLINCROFT: He’s spoken of the physicality of his artistic process, which makes sense: when he’s not creating vividly visceral canvases, Martin Kammler approaches his other career as an in-demand personal trainer with equal intensity. The native of Essen, Germany visits the Center for the Visual Arts Gallery at Brookdale Community College to talk about his work and demonstrate his unorthodox, “paint on the floor” method in a presentation that begins at 7 pm. Take it here for details.

Before arriving at CVA, stop in at the Monmouth Museum (adjacent to the Brookdale Performing Arts Center) for the opening reception of Artists Celebrate the Holidays, a group show featuring “a vast representation of holiday celebrations from the traditional to contemporary works and installations.” Reception’s on from 6 to 8 pm, and the show remains on display during regular museum hours through January 5, 2014. It’s a first-nighter as well for the Holiday Gift Gallery, an annual array of handcrafted and other one-of-a-kind gifts (including jewelry, scarves, ceramics, home items and more) from local artists. There’s live music and refreshments also featured at the reception from 6 to 8pm, and the Gift Gallery stays open for business during regular museum hours through January 12.

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RED BANK: TROOPERS MUM ON STATION RAID

rb shell 112113 2A State Trooper peers into boxes removed from a pump island attendant’s booth Thursday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

State Police shut down access to the Shell station in Red Bank Thursday night, but were quiet on the nature of their investigation.

Unaccompanied by Red Bank police, about a dozen troopers descended on the station at about 9 p.m., blocking driveway access on both the Newman Springs Road and Shrewsbury Avenue sides for more than an hour.

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RED BANK: REUSILLES CLOCK TO BE RESTARTED

ballew clock 112113After an outage of more than two years, a Red Bank landmark, the Reussilles’ (later Ballew’s) Jewelers clock on Broad Street is expected to be back in the business of telling accurate time Friday, says Pete Theodoropoulus, who opened his new tile-art gallery called Tesserae in the former jewelry store Wednesday. We’ll have more about the store Friday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: WHERE THEY’LL EAT ON T-DAY

morsels largethanksgiving barber 7You don’t need a PhD in sociology – or a masters in journalism – to know that the best and most scientific demographic sampling takes place in barbershops.

So to get a sense of how folks around the greater Red Bank Green would be celebrating Thanksgiving this year, PieHole, redbankgreen‘s food page, checked in with a few area barbers and hair stylists – and the people in their chairs – to find out what’s for dinner and where.

This is the first entry in a series of quick bites we’re calling ‘Morsels.’ Check them out today and in coming days at PieHole.

RED BANK FIRE HERO IN MORE HOT WATER

robert womble 122111Robert Womble Jr. at Red Bank borough hall in December, 2011, when he was honored for heroism. (Click to enlarge)

just_in1A Red Bank man who was lauded for heroism in a 2011 fire is in legal trouble again.

Robert Womble Jr., 53, of Evergreen Terrace, was arrested by Asbury Park police Saturday and charged with trying to steal a $40 item from a Rite Aid store in that city, according to a police report.

Police said Womble scratched the hands and arms of two employees who tried to stop him.

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RED BANK: PRE-BIRD APPETIZERS, CHEESEWISE

alternate thanksgiving cheeseMike Vaccaro and Stephen Catania of The Cheese Cave prepare a customer’s platter. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

PIEHOLE logoFor the Thanksgiving host, there’s always the question of what snacks to put out for guests while they wait for the big meal – something that won’t spoil their appetites but will keep them conscious enough to feign interest in a Lions or Cowboys game.

PieHole checked in with some cheesemongers from the Green to see if perhaps they could come up with an alternative to the ubiquitous Chex Mix or chips and veggies with sour cream and onion dip combo.

Read their recommendations here at PieHole, redbankgreen‘s food page.

RED BANK: LENNON ART TO SHOW HERE

agostino 051412The vacant former Agostino Antiques space at 21 Broad Street will host a three-day exhibit of John Lennon’s artwork next month. (Click to enlarge)

john lennonThis one’s got to be special for local Beatles fans.

On December 8, the 33rd anniversary of his death, a traveling exhibit of John Lennon‘s artwork and songcraft will be on display in Red Bank.

Imagine that.

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RED BANK: GUILTY PLEA IN WOMAN’S MURDER

viridiana-beltran-gomezThe estranged husband of a Red Bank woman found murdered alongside the Garden State Parkway in 2011 has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter, the Monmouth County Prosecutor announced Tuesday.

Oscar Prior-Ramirez, 33, of Eatontown, admitted in court that he strangled his ex-wife, Viridiana Beltran-Gomez, 26, of Bank Street, during an argument on May 12, 2011, according to a press release from the office of Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni.

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RED BANK: SOUP’S ON

soupmeister alternate Soupmeister Gary Sable, right, unveils new additions to this season’s soup lineup for PieHole. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

PIEHOLE logoDespite the name, it’s the soups that are the real draw at That Hot Dog Place, the diminutive shop tucked away beside the Dublin House in Red Bank.

With colder weather upon us and a yen for hot, satisfying soup, Piehole headed over to see Soupmeister, Gary Sable

Read all about what Sable’s been cooking up here on PieHole, redbankgreen‘s food page.

RED BANK: GOLDTINKER CONSOLIDATING HERE

romanowski bush 2 111513Goldtinker founder Joe Romanowski, left, outside his new building last week with developer Tony Busch.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Deal is done. Rumson, too.

After decades of operating jewelry stores in Deal and Rumson, Goldtinker founder Joe Romanowski is starting over in Red Bank.

He’s shutting down his shop in Deal, where he’s operated for 42 years. The town is “dead” in the off-season, he says. There’s not even a place to get a quick hamburger. His partner in the 32-year-old store on West River Road in Rumson, Penny Viau, is retiring.

Then there’s Romanowski’s Poor Cat Designs store, which he opened last year at 65 Broad Street to appeal to those with funkier tastes. It’s booming, he  tells redbankgreen’s Retail Churn.

So when his friends the Winters family closed their Firehouse Specialty Shop and Jersey Shore Apparel stores at 24 Broad Street and put the building up for sale earlier this year, Romanowski bought it, paying $1.3 million.

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RED BANK: TRANSITION TO A GREENER FUTURE

transition monmouth (2)Transition Monmouth organizer Sarah Klepner discusses local food with a group of gardeners at Earth Pizza. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

PIEHOLE logoWith winter edging nearer, a dozen or so area residents of the Green got together at Earth Pizza in Red Bank last week to discuss this past season’s gardening and brainstorm ways to encourage local food production and consumption.

During the discussion, organized by Transition Monmouth, participants shared their recent gardening experiences, noting what grew well and what didn’t.

Read all about this meetup on PieHole, redbankgreen‘s food page.

MIDDLETOWN POLICE BLOTTER

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

AUTHORITIES_MTOWN2Andrew Rusignuolo, age 22, from Carpenter Street in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on October 24, 2013 by Patrolman Kent Thornton on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Reginald Taylor, age 22, from Summerfield Avenue in Asbury Park, NJ, arrested on October 23, 2013 by Patrolman Anthony Dellatacoma for Violation of a Court Order and Harassment. He was held on $50,000.00 bail set by Judge Joseph Quinn of the Monmouth County Superior Court.

James Fleming, age 20, from Reta Lane in Middletown, NJ, arrested on October 23, 2013 by Patrolman Adam Colfer for Being under the Influence of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of a Hypodermic Syringe, Theft, Burglary, Obtaining Prescription Drugs by Fraud, Possession of Heroin, Unlawful Possession of Dilaudid and Unlawful Possession of Clonazepam. He was held on $27,500.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

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RED BANK: SHOP OWNERS CHRISTEN SPACE

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room 111713Sugarush owners Chris Paseka and Jesse Bello debuted the new party room at their Red Bank cupcake shop by holding their own wedding there Sunday. In attendance was Kathryn Barnett, whose dance studio occupied the East Front Street space for three decades before relocating to Middletown earlier this year.

“I hope they’ll be as happy as I was here for 30 years,” she told redbankgreen. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)