RED BANK: GALLERY OF ‘LIFE’

diner by d patterson‘Diner,’ above, by Demtrius Patterson, seen below with art appreciator Sharon Bergholm.  (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

patterson bergholmDozens of people passed through Red Bank’s Art Alliance of Monmouth County gallery Saturday night, studying the works on display for the opening of its monthly exhibit.
The monthlong, members-only, non-juried show at the Monmouth Street art space is themed ‘Life.'”I love the variety, ” said Stas Nuke, who has two photographs in the exhibit.  “There are so many styles: cold wax, hot wax, acrylics, oils, collage.” The exhibit also features drawings and sculpture.

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LITTLE SILVER: FUNDING ARM FOR HOMESTEAD

parker-homestead-2007A nonprofit organization will serve as the fundraising arm for the historic site, which dates back almost 350 years. (Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

A charitable corporation has been formed to help carry out plans to run Little Silver’s historic Parker Homestead as an educational facility, according to borough officials.

The plan is for a foundation to raise funds to carry out the Parker Homestead mission, said Councilman Dan O’Hern.

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RED BANK: BIKE THEFT CAUGHT ON VIDEO

Recognize this guy? He stole a bike from a porch on Harrison Avenue in Red Bank early Labor Day morning, apparently aware of – but undeterred by the presence of a video camera. If you know him or his funky footwear, give the cops a shout at (732) 5300-2700. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: CHOWING DOWN AT THE COUNT

Bloody Marys, ribs, wine, doughnuts, bourbon, coffee: Red Bank’s Count Basie Theatre had all that and more for hundreds of eaters and drinkers this weekend. Its four-day Appetite festival included a live pasta throwdown between restaurateur Victor Rallo and Mayor Pasquale Menna on Saturday night. Rallo won the cooking contest to see who could make the better dish in 30 minutes, but it was close, requiring a tiebreaking vote. (Photos by Peter Lindner, except for Rallo-Menna.)

RED BANK: MAN AT WORK

Pierro Eliano 0909913Piero Vescio, general maintenance man at the Galleria at Red Bank for 23 years, repairs wooden a structure on the property in beautiful late-summer weather Monday. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

SEA BRIGHT: SKIMMING THE SURF’S EDGE

Scenes from Sunday’s action at the two-day Skimbash 2013 held this weekend in Sea Bright. The competition is considered the premier pro/am skimboarding event on the Jersey Shore. (Photos by Peter Lindner.)

RED BANK POLICE BLOTTER

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of August 29 to September 05, 2013. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:
Shoplifting occurring at Water St.—Drug Store on 8-30-13. An unknown white female shoplifted a bottle of hair spray, left store without paying for same. Ptl. Garrett Falco.

ARRESTS:
Kirby Mishlen, female age 21 of Atlantic Highlands was arrested on 9-4-13 in the area of Pearl St. for Poss. of CDS, Marijuana under 50 grams and Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia by Ptl. David Hicks.

Michael Granados-Campos, age 27 male of Red Bank was arrested on 9-4-13 in the area of Wallace St. of Obstructing Administration of Law by Ptl Ashon Lovick.

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WHAT TO DO THIS WEEKEND? SO MUCH CHOICE

rb street fair 041413The Red Bank Street Fair late summer edition returns Sunday. The Count Basie Theatre, below, is home to a weekend-long food extravaganza called ‘Appetite.’ (Click to enlarge)

Friday, September 6:

basie marquee 1 090213MIDDLETOWN: The first and third Friday’s of the month mean Teen Art Club at the Middletown Public Library. This twice-monthly teen-led art session requires few tools: a drawing pad and pencil. Teen Art Club begins at 4 p.m. 55 New Monmouth Road.

RED BANK: The Count Basie 365 Cultural Series presents some cool Friday night jazz  to cool down the summer heat in the pocket park at Shrewsbury Avenue and Drs. James Parker Boulevard. The concert begins at 7 p.m.

SANDY HOOK: Celebrate the end of summer as the Sandy Hook Foundation presents local caterers, live music and auction items at the End of Summer Party. Proceeds benefit the restoration, maintenance, and education projects of the National Park Service. The farewell to summer runs from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Sandy Hook North Beach.

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MIDDLETOWN CRASH KILLS MOTORCYCLIST

This just in from Middletown PD:

On September 4, 2013 at approximately 3:04pm the Middletown Police Department responded to the area of West Front Street and Harbor Green Circle in reference to a motor vehicle collision. Preliminary investigation revealed Robert Depalma, age 69, from Monroe Township, was operating a motor cycle travelling east bound on West Front Street when he was struck by a vehicle travelling west bound that was attempting to make a left turn onto Harbor Green Circle operated by Daniella Coccurello, age 23, from Lincroft, NJ.

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RUMSON: PREPPING THE GARDEN FOR AUTUMN

Wendy Weiner, aka the Front Yard Farmer, in a garden she maintains in Rumson. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

Think of eating from a Jersey  garden, and tomatoes, squash and eggplant all come to mind. And for good reason, too. Gardening is almost always synonymous with our abundant summer harvests.

But one of the biggest advantages we here on the Green have over other regions isn’t the high heat of our summer growing season, but the length of our fall growing season.

“Our area has one of the greatest climates for growing fall crops, and that is because it’s such a long season.” says Wendy Weiner, of the Front Yard Farmer. “We get a very long fall growing season. Even in New York state, it’s much shorter.”

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RED BANK: INSTANT, ‘FREEZY’ ICE CREAM

Andrew Deming makes ice cream to order with liquid nitrogen. A regular at the Red Bank Farmers Market, the Freezy Freeze truck will have a spot in the food truck court at this week’s Appetite event at Count Basie Theatre. (Video by Alexis Orlacchio. Click to enlarge)

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

freezy freeze 051213Sugar, spice and… liquid nitrogen? Red Bank’s Freezy Freeze is putting a chemistry-class spin on the traditional ice cream truck.

With the help of liquid nitrogen, what starts out as milk, cream and sugar quickly transforms into creamy, dense ice cream. Photographer-turned-ice cream man Andrew Deming, 37, gives his daughter, Molly, credit for his current profession and blossoming food truck.

“This is all her idea,” said Deming, who said he took the now 7-year-old into an ice cream shop that made ice cream with liquid nitrogen. “She said that being an ice cream man would be a great job, because I always get to make people happy.”

The Deming family began to make ice cream in the kitchen of their Red Bank home, and not long after, decided to bring the frozen treat to the Red Bank Farmers Market.

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RED BANK: COOL JAZZ FOR A COOL FEW

nick clemons 7 090513nick clemons 1 090513Turnout was light  for a show by the Nick Clemons Band – seen above from the concesssion stand – for the season-ending Jazz in the Park show at Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park Thursday night.

Friday night should be clear and cool, according to Weather Underground. (Click to enlarge)

INDICTMENT IN SHOOTING, RED BANK HOLDUP

authorities2aA one-man, 24-hour crime spree that included a holdup of a Red Bank gas station and a shooting in Asbury Park got  a Monmouth County man indicted on federal charges Thursday, authorities said.

Quam Wilson, 23, of Neptune Township, started the blitz by shooting an Asbury Park cab driver in the head during a robbery, an indictment handed down by a grand jury in Trenton alleges.

The driver survived.

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RED BANK: WALGREEN’S PLANS OPEN HOUSE

aaron rassas 041013Aaron Rassas, seen at his car dealership shortly before it closed in April, wants the public to examine plans for a Walgreen’s on the site. (Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

Seeking to reverse a tide of opposition, the owner of the Red Bank property slated for a giant Walgreen’s pharmacy is inviting the public to come kick the tires on the plan.

Aaron Rassas, owner of the now-closed Rassas’ Buick – and before that, Pontiac – is inviting neighbors and the public in general to an open house September 10 to inspect plans for the former dealership’s one-acre lot, and to meet the developer behind them.
The parcel, at 395 Broad Street,  is under contract to developer Mark Steinberg, who plans to build a 14,200-square-foot Walgreens on it.

SEA BRIGHT MAN CHARGED IN BREAK-IN

authorities3A Sea Bright man was charged with burglary and theft of $29,000 worth of jewelry from a Tinton Falls residence, according to a police report.

Michael Carter, 22, of East New Street, was charged with climbing through the open rear window of a home on Branford Circle on May 3, according to the report, provided to the media by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office.

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RED BANK: DANCING & DRESSING FOR SUCCESS

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Anthony Tiedeman's shoesLooking dapper in his black wing-tipped shoes, rolled-up-to-the-ankle jeans and a button-down shirt, Anthony Tiedeman spends many of his days in sweat pants and dance clothes.

A 20-year-old Red Bank resident and student at the Juilliard School, he has immersed himself in an institution where students nurture their performing-arts dreams. Anthony says he loves all music and theater, but what really sets stands out for him is the art of movement.

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INTRODUCING: CLASS ACT

CLASS-ACT_MIDDLETOWNToday, redbankgreen introduces a new occasional feature called Class Act.

Class Act reports news about local young people who’ve moved on to college and beyond to continue their education. We’ll be grouping them by town of residence and posting periodically. The first one is about Middletown residents who recently graduated from college, and one who’s still there, doing some esoteric research.

The feature is one of several new ones we’ll be rolling out on our all-new All Good page, which is dedicated to “news from a brighter future,” with special emphasis on the achievements and good works of kids, volunteers, charitable organizations and others who embody the spirit of a better world for all of us.

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RED BANK: GOOD MORNING, GREEN…

navesink sunrise 090513Sunrise on our beautiful Navesink River Thursday, as seen from the Navesink River Rowing Club on Maple Avenue.

Expect a lovely day today, says the Weather Channel: partly sunny, temps in the mid-70s and dropping to the low 50s tonight.

Could be a perfect night for the the Nick Clemons Band show at Riverside Gardens Park in Red Bank, overlooking you-know-which river. Show starts at 7 p.m. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: MR. PIZZA SLICE RETIRES

From Dori Kerschner, owner of Wooly Monmonouth, who shot this video Wedneday: “After 44 years, Steve Napolitani, the owner of Mr. Pizza Slice, sells his iconic pizza shop located in downtown Red Bank, NJ.” The rest speaks for itself.  (Video by Dori Kerschner. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: CUPCAKES, WITH A FRENCH TWIST

Erica Lieberman is jumping into the baked desserts fray with Whipped, A Café and Dessert Bar on Monmouth Street. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Into the ever-changing mix of Red Bank eateries comes a new entry  that aims to compete on several fronts, including cupcakes and coffee.

Dubbed Whipped, A Café and Dessert Bar, the business opening at 6 Monmouth Street also incorporates some offerings of the last tenant there. Chef Marc Fontaine, who briefly offered crepes under the banner of La Patisweet, will be working a section of the space now leased to Whipped owner and first-time retailer Erica Lieberman.

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SEA BRIGHT TO STUDY POSSIBLE MERGER

sea-bright-boro-hallThe move follows inquiries by borough residents concerned about rising costs of government, said town hall officials. (Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

A group of Sea Bright residents has been charged with investigating the big C.

No, it’s not a dread disease, though it has a dramatic aspect. It’s consolidation.
The borough council Tuesday night approved a resolution creating a citizen advisory committee to study a possible consolidation with one or more nearby towns.
But Mayor Dina Long says she’s still not sold on it.