RED BANK: STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED; SEATING AT BARS & RESTAURANTS BANNED

red bank catch 19 031520Customers gathered outside Catch 19 restaurant on Broad Street Sunday afternoon. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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By JOHN T. WARD

this just in redbankgreenRed Bank officials declared a “local state of emergency” Sunday night in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, ordering bars, restaurants and other large facilities to cease operations at the end of the day Monday.

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RED BANK: DISTRICT, CHARTER NOW CLOSED

red bank middle school njRed Bank schools plan to roll out a “home learning” program in lieu of classroom time. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Ending short-lived holdouts, Red Bank’s district and charter schools will be closed Monday as they join the widespread shift to online instruction prompted by the global COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak.

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RED BANK: BOROUGH IN SHUTDOWN MODE

red bank borough hallPublic employees will continue working, but borough hall and other facilities will be closed to the public. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

Public access to Red Bank’s borough government buildings will be halted starting Monday to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

In an announcement posted on the borough website Friday afternoon, the administration said all public employees will continue to work, serving the public by email. telephone and mail.

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VIRUS IMPACTS: COUNTY HALTS ACCESS

monmouth_county_library_eastern_branch_in_shrewsbury_njThe Monmouth County Library Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury will close, but county parks and golf courses will remain open, under the freeholder’s plan.

Monmouth County officials announced an eight-day shutdown of all public buildings starting Saturday to deal with the looming COVID-19 pandemic.

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RED BANK: FOODTOWN STATEMENT

red bank foodtown produce 031220Nearly empty shelves in the produce department at Red Bank Foodtown Thursday night. (Photo by Matt Anderson. Click to enlarge.)

Foodtown in Red Bank is “working hard” to ensure a steady supply of essential products and has intensified its cleaning and sanitizing efforts in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Broad Street supermarket said in a statement issued Friday.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

red bank policeThe crime and arrest reports below for the month of February, 2020, were provided by the Red Bank Police Department. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Theft: Several items were reported stolen from a business in the area of Monmouth St on 02/02/2020. The items taken were a NJ and NY driver’s license, $50.00 cash, Jet Blue Amex card, a real estate license, a black Calvin Klein men’s blazer valued at $500.00, and keys to a vehicle. Ptl. Michael Zadlock.

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VIRUS IMPACTS: CLOSINGS & CANCELLATIONS

red bank foodtown 031220The paper products shelves at Red bank’s Foodtown were nearly bare Thursday evening. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

Here’s a quick look at some impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on local programming on the Greater Red Bank Green.

This list is far from comprehensive and does not include school schedule changes previously reported by redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: SCHOOLS AT ‘LOW RISK,’ STAY OPEN

RED BANK primary schoolRed Bank’s schools provide multiple services to their families and “cannot be compared to neighboring towns,” said Superintendent Jared Rumage. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njWhile Little Silver and Shrewsbury schools quickly abandoned a joint local plan to remain open in the face of the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, Red Bank’s will be open Friday, said Superintendent Jared Rumage.

But the pre-kindergarten-thru-8th-grade district intends to send students home early while administrators await “an official directive” on attendance from Trenton, he said.

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LITTLE SILVER: SCHOOLS CLOSED AFTER ALL

this just in redbankgreenBy JOHN T. WARD

Reportedly prompted by “parent response,” Little Silver closed its two schools Thursday, just a day after announcing it would remain open along with those in the other sending districts for Red Bank Regional High.

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LITTLE SILVER TEEN PRESUMED VIRAL; RBR SENDING SCHOOLS TO REMAIN OPEN

Red Bank and other RBR sending districts have opted to remain open, even as the high school is in shutdown. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA Red Bank Regional High student has a presumed positive case of the COVID-19 coronavirus, becoming the second person on the Greater Red Bank Green directly impacted by the global pandemic.

Still, the pre-kindergarten-to-8th-grade sending districts of Little Silver, Shrewsbury and Red Bank will remain open, even as the high school is on indefinite shutdown, district officials said in a joint statement Wednesday evening.

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RBR GOES ONLINE FOR INDEFINITE SHUTDOWN

red bank regional addition 013020No reopening date has been set for the RBR campus in Little Silver, where some windows are boarded up for a construction project. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank Regional High’s shutdown in the face of  concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus will continue “until further notice,” Superintendent Lou Moore announced Wednesday.

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of February, 2020. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

2/3/20 Gregory Lagana 60, of Fair Haven was arrested by S.O. Perkins for Burglary and Criminal Trespassing. Gregory was released with a pending court date.

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RBR TO REMAIN CLOSED ANOTHER DAY

red bank regional rbr“The more you do the better,” Superintendent Lou Moore said. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

[This post has been updated with additional information from the superintendent.]

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank Regional High will remain closed for a second day Wednesday as it continues an “deep cleaning” to address concerns about the COVID-19 coronavirus, Superintendent Lou Moore said Tuesday.

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VIRUS UPDATE: YMCA SEEKS TO LIMIT SPREAD

red bank ymcaThe organization says its procedures “will continue to evolve” along with news about the coronavirus. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank’s YMCA is asking members whose children attend schools that have closed due to coronavirus concerns not to visit the facility.

Here’s a quick overview of precautionary measures being taken on the Greater Red Bank Green in light of COVID-19:

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RBR CLOSING FOR DAY OVER VIRUS CONCERN

red bank regional rbr The school will take a day to give the facility a “deep cleaning,” the superintendent announced. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank Regional High will be closed Tuesday because of a student’s connection to a Little Silver man reported to be infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus, Superintendent Lou Moore announced Monday.

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LITTLE SILVER: MAN PRESUMED TO HAVE VIRUS

this just in redbankgreen[UPDATE: Subsequent to the publication of this article, Governor Phil Murphy tweeted that New Jersey has “five more presumptive positive cases,” including a 27-year-old male who he says is NOT hospitalized. redbankgreen is seeking clarification on this.]

A 27-year-old Little Silver man is one of two Monmouth County residents presumed to be infected with the COVID-19 coronavirus, officials announced Monday afternoon.

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of February 15 to February 28, 2020. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. 

CRIMES

Report of Theft in the area of Buttonwood Drive on 2/18/20. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed property. Ptl. Michael Zibrin investigating.

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FAIR HAVEN: FACILITIES PLAN ATTACKED

fair haven theresa casagrande 030520Fair Haven Administrator Theresa Casagrande at Thursday night’s event. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Fair Haven residents found a lot to dislike about a proposed $3.4 million purchase of real estate for borough use when they gathered at Bicentennial Hall Thursday night.

They barraged borough Administrator Theresa Casagrande with questions and complaints about the plan’s financial impacts, the displacement of business tenants and more.

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