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)

RED BANK: TREE WORK TO REQUIRE DETOURS

detour 1 111813Traffic into an out of downtown Red Bank via lower Broad Street will be impacted Tuesday by a blocklong closure, so if that’s part of your route, find another one or prepare for detours. The shutdown, between Reckless and Leroy places, is to allow for more tree removal work by Monmouth County in the area of the post office, police said. (Click to enlarge)detour 2 111813

RED BANK: LAUNDRY THIEF IN CLEAN GETAWAY

AUTHORITIES_RB2The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of November 7 to November 14, 2013. This information is unedited.

SEE UPDATE concerning Jessica Dominic, below.

CRIMES:
Theft occurring on 11-07-13 at White St. Victim reported that unknown person(s) entered parked vehicle and stole loose change, prescription bottles with pills and a phone charger. Ptl. David Hicks.

Theft occurring on 11-8-13 at Wharf Ave. and Union St. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) entered parked vehicle and stole cash. Ptl. David Hicks.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 11-8-13 at Bridge Ave. Report of graffiti sprayed on street sign by unknown person(s). Ptl. Michael Zadlock.

Criminal Mischief occurring at Monmouth St. on 11-8-13. Graffiti sprayed on rear door of building by unknown person(s). Ptl. Michael Zadlock.

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AT RFH: TIME TO TALK, ON HEROIN EPIDEMIC

Acting MC Prosecutor Christopher GramiccioniMonmouth County Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni will address the area’s heroin epidemic tonight, November 18, during a presentation at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School entitled “It’s Time to Talk.”

Press release from Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

According to local law enforcement officials, “It’s Time to Talk” about the alarming rise in heroin-related deaths in Monmouth County.

The general public is invited to participate in a conversation with Acting Monmouth County prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni, inside the auditorium at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School tonight, November 18.

RFH is sponsoring the  7 pm event, along with Red Bank Regional High School and the elementary school districts of Fair Haven, Little Silver, and Shrewsbury.

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IT’S DANISH FOR ‘SLOW FOOD MARATHON’

Lone Kofod of the Danish Cafe pronounces “Julefrokost” so you can go to Denmark and crash a corporate holiday party or two. Or just go to the one in Red Bank. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click here to play movie if the above doesn’t work.)

By JIM WILLIS

danish cafeWhen Piehole first heard that the Danish Café in Red Bank was hosting a ‘Julefrokost‘ event, we spent about a minute guessing at the meaning and pronunciation before turning to Google to learn that it’s a Danish word for a holiday food marathon of sorts celebrated around the holidays.

We’re not much for running marathons, but food marathons are right up our alley. So we quickly headed to the Galleria Red Bank to check in with Lone Kofod, who owns the café with her husband, Claudi, to get the details on the event.

“It’s a typical holiday thing in Denmark,” says Kofod. “A lot of business have Julefrokost for a Christmas dinner for their employees. They have that during the holidays as a company Christmas party. During the Christmas days, Danish families will also have Julefrokost meal.”

The Danish Cafe will be holding at least two Julefrokost meals at its comfortable Galleria space this season, on Saturday, November 30 and Friday, December 6.  “If we fill up those two dates, which we almost have, we will do a third event,” says Kofod.

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LITTLE SILVER MAN GUILTY IN BID SCHEME

authorities3A Little Silver man who co-owned a paving and heavy construction company in Middlesex County pleaded guilty to plotting to bribe an official at Port Elizabeth, Gannett reported Thursday.

George Chrysanthopoulos, 50, was on trial in federal court in Trenton when he agreed to plead guilty to one of seven counts of an indictment, according to the report.

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SHREWSBURY POLICE ACTIVITY

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of November 8 to November 14, 2013.

AUTHORITIES_SBURY1Report of Criminal Mischief in the area of Foodtown, Newman Springs Road on 11/8/13. Officers arrived to find building defaced by unknown subject(s). Ptl. Ryan Cullinane investigating.

Report of Burglary in the area of 681 Shrewsbury Avenue. Victim reports front seats and rear partition of vehicle removed by unknown subject(s). Ptl. Ralph Latham investigating.

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WEEKEND: FOOD, FISHING, AND FUNDRAISING

authorsAuthors May Becker, Susan E. Davis and Lisa Borders appear at libraries and bookstores around the greater Green on Saturday afternoon. Below, Michael Morch, Jennifer Grasso, Laura Gepford and Ian Brown-Gorrell head up the cast in Phoenix Productions’ staging of ‘White Christmas.’

White_Christmas_4bThe days and weeks leading up to Thanks Thursday and Black Friday buy us a little more time to approach the holiday season at our own pace… a chance to chill in the outdoors with a few more hours of autumn sun, or to head home and curl up with some comfort food and a good book.

Friday, November 15:

RED BANK: Or, you could just cut to the chase and surrender to Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the season-closing musical entertainment from Phoenix Productions on the stage of the Count Basie Theatre. Come for tonight’s opening performance at 8 pm, and you’ll get more than just a jaunty romance-in-rhythm packed with Berlin blockbusters like “Happy Holiday,” “Blue Skies” and the title tune — you’ll get a shot at the traditional Phoenix 50/50 raffle and, as is traditional on Opening Night, you’ll get a first look ahead to the borough-based troupe’s 2014 season. Show continues through November 24; take it here to reserve tickets — and here for our feature on some exciting new developments at the Phoenix fun factory.

RUMSON: He’s fronted the 21st century edition of Blood Sweat & Tears; subbed for Belushi in The Original Blues Brothers Band; shared stages with everyone from Boy George to B.B. King, and toured the region’s roadhouses with his own Hudson River Rats (an upstanding organization that boasts legendary drummer Bernard “Pretty” Purdie). You might recall blues-rock belter and ace harmonicat Rob Paparozzi from those open-air Red Bank Jazz & Blues Fests of yore — but when Rob and Friends take it indoors to Barnacle Bill’s for some Friday night sets, they’ll be tearing the roof from the joint with a harpin’ helpin’ of houseparty hospitality, and the kind of star quality that keeps paparazzi flashbulbs a-poppin’.

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FAIR HAVEN: MOONRISE AT SUNSET

fh moonrise 111413Two views of our beautiful Navesink River: looking east, above, and west, below, from the Fair Haven municipal pier shortly before 5 p.m. Thursday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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Yes, the above image is from somewhere in the wide open world we call the greater Red Bank Green. Do you recognize it? Can you tell us Where you’ve seen it? If so, or you simply want to guess, drop us an email at wherehaveiseenthis@redbankgreen.com, please.

Last week, Where showed you coins lying on a sidewalk. How is that a Where? Well, for starters, they’ve been there for years. Apparently bound in place by some clear epoxy or other adhesive.

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RED BANK: NO JOE’S CAFÉ FLAKES OUT

nojoes (4)Mike Tierney and Michael Finehirsch are taking No Joe’s back to basics with not-so-basic pastry. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

Calling his expansion into the burger business “the biggest business blunder” of his life, Mike Tierney is bringing No Joe’s Café in Red Bank back to its roots.

The owner of the pioneering Broad Street coffeehouse – which opened in depths of the ‘Dead Bank’ days of empty stores and a couple of years ago added ‘Beasty Burgers to the operation – says with burgers no longer in the picture, he wants No Joe’s to return to basics. He’s brought on pastry chef Michael Finehirsch to help him get there.

Tierney says coffee and pastries are a much better fit, and Finehirsch, who studied pastry in France and London and spent time at New York’s Daniel and Bouley before answering an ad from Tierney, is the guy to make it happen.

“We’re building what I like to call a French/American pastry shop,” Finehirsch tells redbangreen’s PieHole. ““If I had my own shop I’d want it to be something like this, so when I saw Mike’s ad we got together.”

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RED BANK: SPICING UP THE CHURN, WITH SUBS

12 monmouth 111213The Spice & Tea Exchange plans to open a store at 12 Monmouth Street. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Some random updates from the ever-changing mix of stores and restaurants in downtown Red Bank that we call the redbankgreen Retail Churn

• From Ice to spice: the Spice & Tea Exchange, a chain of independently owned and operated merchants of gourmet spices, herbs, salts, teas and more, has filed papers with the borough to open at 12 Monmouth Street. The space was last, and briefly, occupied by Ice Jewelry, and before that, Soapmarket.

Landlord Bill Meyer tells Retail Churn that the business is jamming for a pre-Christmas opening. Ambitious.

Jersey Mike’s subs, an ever-expanding franchise operation with New Jersey roots, plans to open a store in the City Centre strip mall at Maple Avenue and Water Street.

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RED BANK: HOW TO HELP THOSE WHO NEED IT

Gwen LoveA challenging economy means more families need help this year, says Gwen Love, Lunch Break’s executive director. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

With Thanksgiving and Christmas on the horizon, Red Bank’s Lunch Break is gearing up to make the holidays special for families in our area. And the current economic climate means more families than ever will need Lunch Break’s help, according to Gwen Love, the soup kitchen and social services nonprofit’s executive director.

In the past 30 days alone, the Lunch Break pantry has served 820 families. “That is a Lunch Break record,” says Love.

“We’ve just started giving out our holiday food bags last week,” says chef Tyrone Burr, “In one week we gave out 365 holiday bags. That’s three times as many as last year.”

Piehole stopped in at Lunch Break to see what neighbors around the Green could do to — as Love puts it — “share their blessings.”

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RUMSON: MAN CHARGED IN STRONG-ARM THEFT

AUTHORITIES_RUMSON1A former Rumson resident faces charges related to a Halloween strong-arm robbery after he turned himself into borough police Tuesday.

Curtis O’Brien, 24, now of Port St. Lucie, Florida, had a warrant out for his arrest after he was identified by witnesses and caught on video in the October 31 robbery of the Buy Rite Liquors store on West River Road, said Detective Chris Ishwerwood.

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RED BANK: LIBRARY LAUNCHES FUND DRIVE

grandits primavera 111213audrey oldoerp 111213 3Dozens of supporters of the Red Bank Public Library – including children’s authors John Grandits and Elise Primavera, above turned out Tuesday night for a wine-and-cheeser to launch the Foundation for the Red Bank Public Library, an initiative to secure big-dollar support for the facility, which was once the home of uniform manufacturer Sigmund Eisner.

“The Eisners must have entertained a lot here,” said library board member Audrey Oldoerp, at right, “because this place was made for partying.” (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: BRIDGE FIX NEARS COMPLETION

NS Rd bridge 110613The rebuilding of twin Route 520/Newman Springs Road bridges over the Swimming River between Red Bank and Middletown, which began in April, is on schedule to wrap up next month, Monmouth County officials said Tuesday. Milling and paving of the roadway approaches was to start Wednesday morning. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: FIXX LICENSE HEARING POSTPONED

fixx 2 102113A pair of melees involving Fixx patrons prompted a borough move to suspend its liquor license. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Troubled Red Bank nightclub Fixx has bought itself a little more time to work on a legal strategy to prevent a suspension of its liquor license.

Borough attorney Dan O’Hern tells redbankgreen that the bar’s lawyer has requested and been given a postponement of a hearing, originally scheduled for Wednesday night, at which the town council is to conduct a trial over charges related to a pair of closing-time melees in September and October involving the club’s patrons.

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RED BANK: A BUSY WINTER FOR PHOENIX

Two_girls_&_a_guy_on_a_pianoMelissa Javorek of Red Bank (left) appears with Ian Brown-Gorrell and Brianna Rosado in the Phoenix Productions recreation of “Irving Berlin’s White Christmas,” opening this weekend at the Count Basie Theatre. (Photos courtesy Phoenix Productions)

By TOM CHESEK

In the words of producer Tom Martini, it’s a project that’s squarely “in our sweet spot… it’s a new show, it’s classic Irving Berlin, and it’s something for which we’re pulling out all the stops.”

When the borough-based community stage troupe Phoenix Productions returns to the Count Basie Theatre this weekend, it’ll be wrapping and capping one of its most successful seasons ever, with a song-and-dance fest that “we’ve been wanting to do for years” — Berlin’s ‘White Christmas.’

Based on the 1954 movie of the same name with Bing Crosby and Danny Kaye, the relatively recent stage adaptation has become a hot property with theater companies across the country — thanks in large part to a score of time-tested Berlin songbook standards.

Commandeering the Basie boards for six performances beginning this Friday, November 15, the show also represents a surprisingly rare foray into holiday-themed fare for the pholx at Phoenix, who look forward to the coming new year with an ambitious production-number of a project.

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RED BANK: LIBRARY UNCORKS FUND DRIVE

wine_cheese_tasting 3Kristy Niro and Stephen Catania finalize the wine and cheese pairings for tonight’s event at the Red Bank Public Library, below. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

rbpl 1 102113Hunting for a few good wines to serve over the holidays can be a challenge, but expert help is available tonight at the Red Bank Public Library.

The Foundation for the Red Bank Public Library is holding a holiday wine tasting benefit from 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the West Front Street facility.

“There are so many things going on on the Thanksgiving table,” says Kristy Niro of Rumson, aka the Cork Maven. “People can have a difficult time finding a wine that’s going to go with the turkey but not going to clash with their wild mushroom barley stuffing or their cranberry dish.”

Guests will be able to sample four holiday wine suggestions and some expertly paired cheeses as well.

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RED BANK: TOO WARM FOR SNOW?

rb snow 37 111213rb 37 tempThis weather app below – and other sources suggested that it was too warm for snow. And yet, the first flurries of the 2013-’14 season were falling in Red Bank starting around 7:10 Tuesday morning, after temperatures dropped almost 15 degrees in the preceding two hours.

The National Weather Service says skies around here will clear around 1 p.m., yielding to sunshine and a high of around 43 degrees. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: GETTING FRESH WITH TURKEY

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The sign outside Citarella’s Market in Red Bank says it all. If you want a fresh turkey, the clock is ticking. Below, Kristian Bauman, meat manager at Sickles Market in Little Silver. (Photos by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

Kristian BaumanThanksgiving is less than three weeks away, and so now is the time to think about where you’re going to get your turkey for the big day.

If possible, you’re going to want to go with a fresh bird, not one that’s been doing hard, cold time frozen away in some industrial freezer.

“Sometimes those turkeys have been in the supermarket’s freezer for a year or so,” says Stew Goldstein, of Monmouth Meats in Red Bank. “The stores buy when the price is low, and then keep the birds in their freezers ’til it’s time to sell them. Who knows really how long it’s been in there?”

One thing dinner tables around the Red Bank Green can be thankful for is the number of options we have for getting fresh turkeys. Piehole checked in with three shops to talk fresh turkey.

 

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