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RED BANK: RIVERCENTER ‘VISION’ SHARPENS

Bill Fontana speaking at the Two River Theater Monday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

After four months of public meetings, Red Bank RiverCenter‘s effort to redefine its vision began coming into focus Monday night.

Topping a list of six priorities that the downtown promotion agency should focus on is a “reimagined, redeveloped and reinvigorated riverfront,” a consultant told several dozen business owners and borough residents at the Two River Theater.

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RED BANK: FOGGY, SOGGY DAYS AHEAD

Goldfish crackers dropped on West Front Street in Red Bank during Monday’s persistent rains seemed to reflect the soggy mood of this week’s weather.

Expect heavy fog Tuesday morning, followed by a mostly cloudy day, one that could also bring rain and thunderstorms, according to the National Weather Service. That’s pretty much what the extended forecast includes, too; check it out below.

As for Hurricane Florence, it’s now expected to produce a life-threatening storm surge and damaging winds along the coastlines of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia, but “impacts” are still possible in New Jersey, the NWS says. (Photo by Trish Russoniello.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: VAN STRIKES RESTAURANT ENTRY

A van struck a two parked vehicles, sending one about 20 feet down West Front Street, according to a person on the scene, and then smashed into the West Front Street entrance of Brothers Restaurant in Red Bank shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday.

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RED BANK: HURRICANE FLORENCE WATCH

All eyes are on a brewing storm named Florence that threatens to impact the Eastern Seaboard later this week.
“Florence is forecast to become a major hurricane this morning, and is expected to remain an extremely  dangerous major hurricane through Thursday,” the National Weather Service reported early Monday.

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RED BANK: SAN REMO SITE ADDED TO PLAN

Denholtz has acquired the home of San Remo, at right, and the former Racioppi’s restaurant, at left. Both will be demolished and incorporated into a project with apartments and retail. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

An ambitious bid to remake properties alongside the Red Bank train station is about to become more ambitious, redbankgreen has learned.

In the process, a popular Italian restaurant is closing.

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RED BANK: SPORTS SURGE BOOSTS ACADEMICS

Taniaya Morris scoring this season for the Lady Rockets. (Photo by Mark Costa. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Coming off what Superintendent Jared Rumage called “the most successful year ever in the history of Red Bank Middle School sports,” district officials have also harvested some gold about the relationship of athletics and academics, they said recently.

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

2017_authorities_copcar_sbury2Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of August 25 to August 31, 2018. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Report of Burglary in the area of Shrewsbury Avenue on 8/25/18. Victim reports unknown subject(s) gained access to business and removed proceeds. Damages totaling $400.00. Ptl. Joseph Barnicle investigating.

Report of Vehicle Burglary in the area of Shadowbrook Road on 8/25/18. Victims report unknown subject(s) entered multiple vehicles and removed property. Ptl. Joseph Barnicle investigating.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the month of August, 2018. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief:  A Traffic cone was reported to be thrown into a window causing it to break in the area of Shrewsbury Ave on 08/02/18.

Theft:  A parked vehicle whose windows were slightly open was reported to be broken into in the area of W Bergen Pl on 08/17/18. Items missing from the vehicle are a Black Wallet containing $7.00 cash, bank cards and a driver’s license, Insurance card, $100.00 cash from the console and a pack of Newport Cigarettes. Ptl. Michael Baron.

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RED BANK: HEAT INDEX TO TOP 100 AGAIN

Labor Day is past, but summer steamrolls on Tuesday, when heat and humidity are expected to yet again yield a combined index of 100 in the area that includes the Greater Red Bank Green.

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory for the region from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. 

Check out the extended forecast below. (NWS graphic. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: FIRST WORKSHOP’S A MARATHON

Instead of taking their usual places on the dais, the mayor and council members sat around a large conference table for the meeting. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

The Red Bank council’s first-ever workshop-only meeting proved to be a marathon of matters large and small Wednesday night.

Among the topics discussed at the three-and-a-half-hour session: ways to “deal with the issue” of vehicles parked indefinitely outside the home of an unspecified Bank Street resident, though it was widely understood who that was.

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RED BANK: REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY ON TABLE

Seen here at a council meeting in April, Ken DeRoberts, left, and Joe Hartnett of Government Strategy Group managed borough operations on an interim basis earlier this year. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

The authors of a report that called for the creation of a redevelopment agency for downtown Red Bank appear to be on their way to getting a contract to make it happen.

Government Strategy Group would lead the way toward the creation of the agency, chief executive officer Ken DeRoberts said in a presentation at the borough council’s first-ever workshop-only meeting Wednesday night.

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RED BANK: HELLISH CORNER

Heavy dust from road rebuilding work on East Bergen Place in Red Bank combined with a heat index above 100 to make the intersection at Broad Street a particularly hellish spot Wednesday.

Borough public utilities Director Cliff Keen said his department is “working on” mitigating the dust following complaints. And the Greater Green will experience some easing of the heat in coming days, according to the National Weather Service. Unfortunately, rain that’s also forecast could put a damper on the coming Labor Day weekend.

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: O’REE & ROCKIT ROCK OUT SUMMER

The Matt O’Ree Band, above, and a teen band from the Rockit program at the Count Basie Center for the Arts, below, performed for about 1,000 concertgoers in a free show at Riverside Gardens Park Friday night.

Check out the photos below from a delightful late-summer evening beside our beautiful Navesink River. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: RESTAURANT, BOUTIQUE IN CHURN

Jack Pongnoo in the former Readie’s space, where he’s opening a new restaurant. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallSummer doldrums? Not in Red Bank, where storefront turnover continues as busily as ever.

This edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn has the scoops on:

• a new southeast-Asian restaurant coming to Broad Street

• an update on the former Katsin’s Pharmacy space on Shrewsbury Avenue

• a new women’s clothing boutique

• the departure of a vacuum-cleaner shop, and more.

It’s all Churning right around the ‘read more’ corner…

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RED BANK: POKU CLAIMS RACIAL PREJUDICE

An undated drone shot shows the collection of vehicles and trash in Poku’s backyard. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

The owner of a Red Bank residential property packed with rusting vehicles and other junk told a TV news program on Tuesday that he’s a victim of racial prejudice.

William Poku, whose property was the subject of a report by redbankgreen earlier in the day, also denied that he’s hoarding junk.

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RED BANK: WAITING FOR SUN

A lone sunflower looked a bit disappointed under gray skies behind the 7-Eleven store at Maple Avenue and West Front Street in Red Bank Tuesday. (Photo by Alan Placer. Click to enlarge)

After some possible morning rain, our sun-hungry friend can expect partly sunny conditions Wednesday, along with high humidity and temperatures in the mid-80s, before ample sunshine returns Thursday, according to the National Weather Service.

Here’s the forecast through next Tuesday:

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RED BANK: JUNK-FILLED YARD IRKS NEIGHBORS

Clutter fills the front porch at 90 Bank Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The house at 90 Bank Street in Red Bank has been vexing neighbors for years.

It’s surrounded on three sides by a massing of cars, trucks and hard-to-discern clutter. The porch, with collapsing rain gutters, appears to groan under the weight of piled boxes. And the mess continues in the street out front, where neighbors say rusting vehicles have sat for years.

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