FAIR HAVEN: NEW RESTAURANT LAW TABLED

fair haven peters lucarelli 090919Mayor Ben Lucarelli, right, with Council President Jon Peters at Monday’s council meeting. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njSteam continued to rise Monday night from last month’s controversial planning board decision  to allow a Dunkin’ coffee shop to open in Fair Haven.

At issue at the council’s semimonthly meeting was a proposed ordinance that would all but ban fast-food restaurants, even as advocates acknowledged it was no more than a “stopgap” measure.

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

fair haven nj police fhpdCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of August, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

08/05/19 Ptl. Robinson took a theft report of two garage door openers taken out of two vehicles from a residence on Pine Cove Rd.

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RED BANK: RUMAGE REFLECTS ON FIVE YEARS

JARED RUMAGE, red bankSuperintendent Jared Rumage wished middle schoolers a nice holiday weekend on the Friday before Memorial Day in May. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank’s school district still faces stiff financial challenges, but is “without question” in all-around better shape than it was when he arrived five years ago, says Superintendent Jared Rumage.

And as he did at a presentation last week, Rumage is hoping to leverage the narrative of that improvement to win voter approval of a $6.75 million referendum in November.

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RED BANK: SUN TO SHINE AS DORIAN PASSES

After causing devastation in the Bahamas, Hurricane Dorian was lashing the Carolinas Friday morning and expected to track “well offshore” of the New Jersey coast as it heads northeast toward New England and Canada, according to the National Weather Service

For the Greater Red Bank Green, that means gusty winds, high surf and rip tides along the Atlantic coast, but otherwise no adverse impact. In fact, the forecast shows that after a day of scattered showers Friday, the region will see lots of sun over the weekend.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

red bank nj police crimeThe crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the month of August, 2019. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Theft: An unlocked bicycle described as a black Elektra men’s beach cruiser style with a green stripe was reported stolen on 08/02/19 in the area of Wallace and Broad St. The bike is valued at $350.00. Ptl. Thomas Doremus.

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RED BANK: POOP & MORE DELAY SAXUM VOTE

red bank saxum plan 090419 4A rendering displayed at the planning board depicts a public plaza on the Riverside Avenue side of the proposed apartment project. (Rendering by Arterial. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Unanswered questions held up a planning board vote on one of the largest development plans in Red Bank history Wednesday night.

Among them: where will the poop deposited on the rooftop dog runs go?

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

fair haven nj police fhpdCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of July, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

7/1/19 Caller reported that her vehicle was entered overnight on Maple Ave. The car door was found open, but nothing was taken. William Lagrotteria was the responding Officer.

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ON THE GREEN: HEY, SUMMER’S NOT OVER YET

parker avenue, fair havenA beach chair and cooler left curbside on Parker Avenue in Fair Haven Monday evening appeared to endorse the notion that with Labor Day behind us, summer was over.

Well, unofficially, maybe. But three weeks remain until the start of autumn, and even with some possible effects from Hurricane Dorian in the form of gusty winds later in the week, there’s still plenty of sunshine to be had in coming days, according to the National Weather Service

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RED BANK: THAI, MINI-DRONES, TACOS & MORE

red bank siam garden paradiseThe space vacated by Siam Garden, at the north end of the Galleria Red Bank, will soon get a new Thai restaurant run by a familiar chef. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallFans of Red Bank’s recently closed Siam Gardens will soon have a new Thai restaurant to check out, and won’t have to change their routes to get there.

This edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn has the dish, as well as word about a new indoor, mini-drone-flying course and other business churnage.

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RED BANK: PUSHBACK OVER REDEV CONTRACT

ken deroberts megan masseyCommissioner Megan Massey pressed agency manager Ken DeRoberts on differences in prices quoted for a contract. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank’s new Redevelopment Agency began doling out work to professionals Tueday, and one member immediately tapped the brakes on spending.

At its monthly meeting Tuesday, Commissioner Megan Massey signaled a reluctance to approve a contract that had been recommended by the agency’s manager.

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RED BANK: PLASTIC BAG BAN PASSES

red bank plastic bag banA ban on single-use plastic bags will go into effect in September, 2020. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank stores will be barred from giving customers plastic bags and styrofoam food containers under an ordinance adopted by the council Wednesday night.

The ban was approved without any opposition voiced, though supermarket executive lamented that such laws are being adopted town-by-town, rather than at the state level.

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FAIR HAVEN: RIVER RATS LOSES TAX CASE

fair haven river rats River Rats’s home at the northern end of Battin Road. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Fair Haven’s River Rats organization is not entitled to a property tax exemption, even though it’s a registered nonprofit run by volunteers, the New Jersey Tax Court ruled last week.

The organization tells redbankgreen it will appeal the decision.

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FAIR HAVEN: DUNKIN’ WINS BOARD APPROVAL

fair haven shopping centerThough turns would still be allowed in both directions on River Road, the shopping center’s eastern driveway will be changed to exit-only, under a condition set by the board. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njMore than a year after it was proposed, a Dunkin’ coffee shop won approval to operate in Fair Haven Monday night.

The 6-2 planning board vote, shortly before 11 p.m. capped months of passionate debate over traffic safety, a fast-food law that went MIA and the shop’s potential impact on the small-town character of the borough.

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

shrewsbury, nj, policeCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of August 3 to August 16, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. 

CRIMES

Report of Shoplifting in the area of Broad Street on 8/6/19. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed merchandise. Damages totaling $550.00. Ptl. Mary Ellen Rumola investigating.

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RED BANK: ACCIDENT KNOCKS OUT POWER

JCP&L reported between 100 and 500 customers in Red Bank had no electrical service Monday morning, more than 12 hours after a disruption caused by an accident on Catherine Street.

A report that a tour bus, attempting to turn around on Shrewsbury Avenue, backed into a utility pole could not be immediately confirmed. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: ANGLE SPOTS, NEW KIOSKS COMING

red bank white st.The sidewalk along the south side of White Street, at left, would be removed to allow for head-in angled parking on that side. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njAn old-school approach to parking may soon return to one street in downtown Red Bank: angled parking.

The borough council informally agreed last week to remake a portion of White Street for angled parking on one side.

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