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CHURN: YOGA WEAR, BEACH TOUCHES, HAIR

bebarow 052314 1Phil Barow, owner of Be Barow, with creative designer Bianca Freda. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508This edition of Retail Churn trumpets these new arrivals to downtown Red Bank: a beach-themed home accessories boutique, a women’s workout wear shop, a hair salon and a restaurant.

Opened last month, Candy’s Cottage Coastal Living has settled on Monmouth Street after stays at two locations in Asbury Park and an extended tenancy at Pier Village in Long Branch – two cities that of course compete with Red Bank for foot traffic and consumer spending.

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MAC CASTS THE FIRST BRICK FOR M’TOWN’s 350

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Press release from Middletown Arts Council

The Middletown Township Cultural and Arts Council is excited to launch a brick campaign to celebrate Middletown’s 350th Anniversary and raise funds for arts programming. A 50-year time capsule will be buried on the lawn at the Middletown Arts Center, surrounded by an “Anniversary Plaza” designed with personalized  bricks. Donors who purchase a brick will have their special message be part of this beautiful plaza for years to come, and also will help the Arts Council continue its mission of bringing enriching arts programming to the community.

The Arts Center’s Executive Director Maggie O’Brien has been thrilled to receive donations of bricks from several of her volunteers. “These are individuals who have donated their time and now their dollars to express their appreciation for the organization,” said O’Brien. “It’s touching to read their messages and realize just how much the Arts Center means to them. It’s also wonderful to see members of the community express themselves in these bricks.”

Nineteen-year-old CJ Marsini of Middletown stepped up with a brick donation. Marsini, who will be attending Boston’s Berklee College of Music this fall,  performed in the Arts Council’s first talent show at the age of seven. He has grown up on the Middletown Arts Center’s stage and has volunteered at the MAC in numerous capacities from performer to summer camp counselor. His mother, photographer Tammy Marsini, serves on the Board of the non-profit Middletown Township Cultural and Arts Council, which operates the Arts Center.

To Kathy Rauffer and her late husband, Walt Rauffer, a pioneer in television broadcasting and engineering, the Middletown Arts Center meant more to them than just bricks and mortar. Walt donated his expertise and time to create the Art Center’s state-of-the-art theater sound and lighting system and worked the equipment for performances. The Rauffer Family purchased a brick in his honor.

“Walt started volunteering in 2007. He felt the organization was truly community focused and he loved the diversity there,” says Kathy. “With so many threats to the arts, Walt wanted others to see the value the Arts Center offered, and he praised its value every chance he had. He wanted people to embrace it, and get behind everything it offered.”

Walt was Technical Director for the Children’s Television Network’s Sesame Street, The Electric Company, and many other commercial sets. He worked with stars like Big Bird, Jim Henson and the Muppets, Misterodgers and Bill Cosby.  Highlights from Walt’s career include the creation of the first mobile news truck,  the creation of Sesame Street’s first tape room at its 81st Street Theater set, and a 1978 Emmy Win for Christmas Eve on Sesame Street.

According to Kathy,  “Walt told me that when he graduated from RCA Institute and told his father he was getting a job in television, his father said ‘why don’t you get a job in something that will last?’ — Walt just knew when something felt right and had the potential to grow and take off.  That’s the way he felt about the Middletown Arts Center –he knew it would succeed. ”

The Arts Center relies on donor contributions to maintain its affordable, year-round arts and cultural programs. In 2013, the MAC  boasted over 60,000 visits from area residents of  all ages and abilities. Those interested in purchasing a brick can download an order form at www.middletownarts.org or visit the Arts Center.

The public is invited to the Time Capsule Celebration on June 21. This free, family friendly event will feature a parade, the burying of the time capsule, entertainment and more!  Brick donors will be recognized at this event and the “Anniversary Plaza” will be dedicated later in the year.

RED BANK: $1400 IN FILET MIGNON STOLEN

AUTHORITIES_RB2-2014The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of April 17 to April 24, 2014. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:
Criminal Mischief occurring between 4-16-14 and 4-17-14 at Cedar Street. Victim reported that unknown person(s) cracked windshield on parked vehicle. Ptl. Paul Perez.

Theft occurring at Catherine St. on 4-18-14. Victim reported that unknown subject stole medication and cash from residence. Ptl. Sean Hauschildt.

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WEEKEND: ALL YOUR EGGS, MANY BASKETS

TROUBLE_press_1It’s opening weekend for the Two River Theater Company production of TROUBLE IN MIND, above. Below, the kids from Rockit! polish Janis Joplin’s PEARL as part of the annual Brookdale Guitar Festival. (TRTC photo by T. Charles Erickson) 

Friday, April 11 – Sunday, April 13: 

view_image.aspRED BANK: Although the late Alice Childress is known these days primarily as author of the young adult novel A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But a Sandwich, among her many firsts and foremosts was becoming the first African-American woman to have one of her plays produced in New York. She also became the first female playwright to win an Obie Award, for a 1955 play entitled Trouble in Mind.

On Friday night at 8 pm, Two River Theater Company opens a new production of the comedy-drama directed by the acclaimed Jade King Carroll, associate director for the recent Broadway Streetcar Named Desire. It’s a “backstage” portrait of a multi-racial theatrical troupe, a play-within-a-play about a Southern lynching, and the fireworks that fly when the show’s black leading lady (Brenda Pressley of TRTC’s In This House) questions the inaccuracies and stereotypes being perpetuated by her white director (fellow Two River returnee Steven Skybell).

Surprisingly resonant today, the oft-overlooked play costars Tony winner Roger Robinson (Joe Turner’s Come and Gone), with McKinley Belcher III, Jonathan David Martin, Brian Russell, Hayley Treider, Amirah Vann — and Robert Hogan, the octogenarian character ace of stage and screen interviewed here on redbankgreen, when he starred in Two River’s recent On Borrowed Time. The show continues with performances at 3 pm and 8 pm Saturday, as well as 3 pm Sunday; take it here for schedule details and tickets ($20-$65). Then stick around after Sunday’s matinee show (or drop in free of charge at 5:30 pm), when director Carroll is joined by Pressley, TRTC Artistic Director John Dias, and her longtime associate, Tony winning actor-director Ruben Santiago-Hudson, for a panel discussion on “Modern African American Theater (1950s to Today),” presented as part of Two River’s “Exploration of Justice” slate of special events.

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RED BANK: COUNCIL DIGS INTO SNOW LAW

rb snow 020314 3An unidentified man shovels snow on English Plaza in Red Bank earlier this month. (Click to enlarge)

Repeatedly frustrated by an inability to clear snow-clogged streets, Red Bank officials are expected Wednesday night to mull an outright ban on overnight parking when it snows.

Also on the agenda for the borough council’s bimonthly meeting: a measure requiring shovelers to clear a path at least 42 inches wide, and banning them from throwing or plowing the snow out into the street.

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RETRO FASHION OUT, ASIAN EATERY PENDING

43 broad 020414Backward Glances’ owner cited rising rents and diminishing cool as factors in her decision to leave Red Bank. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508After 28 years in Red Bank, vintage clothing and accessories boutique Backward Glances has departed for Asbury Park.

Also in this edition of redbankgreen Retail Churn: an Asian restaurant hopes to open in English Plaza, just a few doors away from a new hair salon that’s readying for its debut.

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RED BANK: MEASURABLE EVIDENCE OF WINTER

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Another fast-falling snow blanketed the Red Bank area Monday morning, covering Broad Street in traffic-slowing slush, above, and putting a shoveler to work in English Plaza, at right.

The forecast: four-to-eight inches by midafternoon, when the snowfall is expected to taper to flurries and temperatures drop toward the mid-20s, according to the National Weather Service . (Click to enlarge)

 

WEEKEND: FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS, AND MORE

jukeJointJonny2Above: Juke Joint Jonny brings the real-deal folk blues to a season-ending Steamy Night at the Woman’s Club…while below, the real live author Dave Cicirelli brings his FAKEBOOK saga home to the M’town Library.  (click to enlarge)

Friday, November 29:

RED BANK: Black Friday is many things to many folks — but here in the area’s capital of Christmas and holiday hootenannies, it’s all about the Friday Night Lights, as the wondrous Wall of Sound that is Holiday Express flips the switch on a new season of events, activities and jinglebell commerce in downtown Red Bank. The annual free outdoor concert commences at 7 pm at Broad and Canal streets; take it here for our feature story with the details on tonight’s festivities (including the return run of the Santa Express train).DaveCicirelli-500x323

RED BANK: If the Town Lighting crowds aren’t your scene, habitual stay-at-homes can be both housebound and social — during the final installment of 2013 for Reckless Steamy Nights, the monthly series of intimate house party concerts presented by the Jersey Shore Jazz and Blues Foundation inside the Woman’s Club of Red Bank (a.k.a. the old Anthony Reckless estate, Broad Street between Reckless and Leroy Place). Tonight between the hours of 8:30 and 11 pm, the JSJBF sends you out into the bracing chill of the holiday season, with warm fuzzy feelings kindled by Juke Joint Jonny, the Newark-native specialist in acoustic folk blues whose whiskey-stinging/ whiskey-smooth style can make an inviting roadhouse out of the most stately old manor. It’s a special “Dennis’ 60th Birthday Party,” and it’s BYOB, with a $10 donation requested at the door (proceeds benefit the JSJBF scholarship programs); call (732)933-1984 for more info.

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CLEARWATER: CLEANUPS, PLANTINGS, PARTIES

UCI-tony-macdonaldTony MacDonald, director of Monmouth University’s Urban Coast Institute, is the guest speaker at a November 25 event hosted at Brookdale Community College, by Red Bank-based NJ Friends of Clearwater.

From press materials furnished by New Jersey Friends of Clearwater

A guest lecture on the challenges facing protectors of coastal life and habitats. An ongoing volunteer cleanup effort at a local brook; a community planting of erosion-inhibiting beach grass — and of course, the annual holiday party.

It’s all on the coming weeks’ schedule for New Jersey Friends of Clearwater, the Red Bank-based grass roots nonprofit best known for its summertime Clearwater Festival of music, vendors, and environmental education. The all-volunteer organization established in 1974 (as Monmouth County Friends of Clearwater) is a year-round endeavor for the people who conduct beach clean-ups, teach sailing skills, deliver presentations at area schools, and help spread the word on controlling pollution, here in a region where extraordinary natural resources have shared space with one of the nation’s most concentrated population centers.

The year-end flurry of activity begins this coming Monday, November 25, when the Environmental Club at Brookdale Community College teams with NJFC and  the Monmouth County chapter of the NJ Sierra Club for a presentation on Environmental Challenges to the World’s Oceans, featuring Tony MacDonald, director of the Urban Coast Institute at Monmouth University.

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RED BANK BLOTTER: BREAK-IN AT LUNCH BREAK

AUTHORITIES_RB2The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of October 10 to October 17, 2013. This information is unedited.

CRIMES:

Burglary occurring between 10-9-13 and 10-10-13 at Maple Ave. business. Unknown person(s) broke a window in the building and gained entry. Stolen was $100.00 in cash and loose change. Ptl. Ashon Lovick.

Theft occurring at Maple Ave. on 1-12-13. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole an Apple I Phone from locker. Sgt Robert Gannon.

Criminal Mischief occurring at Oakland Street on 10-12-13. Victim reported that unknown person(s) damaged screen door by ripping the screen and damaging the frame. Ptl. Jorge Torres.

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RED BANK: MORE BRAWLS AT FIXX

rb fixx 100613Eatontown police joined cops from as far away as Keyport and Long Branch in backing up Red Bank’s response to the melee at Fixx. (Reader photo. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

AUTHORITIES_RB2For the second time in two weeks, Red Bank nightclub Fixx was the source of a sprawling melee early Sunday, one that required the help of cops from as far away as Keyport and Long Branch to get under control, police said.

Fights that began inside the troubled West Front Street club spilled out into the street at about 1:30 a.m. and spread, said Captain Darren McConnell.

RBPD called in help from numerous northern Monmouth County towns, with about 25 officers from as far away as Keyport and Long Branch racing into town to help the Red Bank force quell the violence, he said.

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WEEKEND: A WALK, A BUMP, A PADDLE, A KRALL

Little Silver artist Mike Ciccotello at work creating a mural at Red Bank’s Salon Concrete, where his paintings will be on display with a show opening Saturday night. Diana Krall, below, returns to the Count Basie on her Glad Rag Doll tour, part of the Jazz at the Basie series. (Click to enlarge)

Friday, October 4:

krall-14b742a60245ed7ab16d252ae50f9da000b154ed-s6-c30RED BANK: Fans who recall Natalie Merchant from her gold- and platinum-plated tenure as frontwoman of the rock band 10,000 Maniacs might be pleasantly surprised by the silvery hair she’s sported on her current tour — as well as by her fronting an ever-changing array of symphony orchestras from town to town. When the singer takes to the Count Basie boards at 8 pm, she’ll be joined by the New Jersey Chamber Symphony for a concert that draws from her recent hit release, ‘Leave Your Sleep’ — a lushly arranged set of literary inspirations and expansive musical visions. Take it here for tickets.

NAVESINK: The bumper crop of Broadway shows in 1938 included not only ‘On Borrowed Time — currently onstage in a splendidly designed, handsomely realized production at Two River Theatre —but another folksy fantasy of life, love and devotion in a small town. Traditionally staged without props or scenery, Thornton Wilder’s classic ‘Our Town’ lends an avant-garde edge to its cross-section slice of sentimental Americana. Beginning tonight, the community troupe Stone Church Players presents the first of six performances at All Saints’ Memorial Church (the historic “Old Stone Church” at the crossroads of Navesink and Monmouth Aves). Michael McClellan directs a cast of 17 players in the show that continues weekends through October 13; take it here to reserve.

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RED BANK: THREE CHARGED WITH DWI

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of July 25 to August 01, 2013. This information is unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 7-26-13 at Monmouth Street business. Owner reported that unknown person(s) spray-painted graffiti on to side of building. Ptl. Gary Watson.

Criminal Mischief occurring at Broad St. on 7-26-13. Report of graffiti deployed on side of building. Ptl. Gary Watson.

Theft occurring at Riverview Plaza—Hospital between 7-27-13 and 7-28-13. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole a gold bracelet and gold necklace with medallion. Ptl. Gary Watson

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RED BANK: A DISORDERLY WEEK

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of May 16 to May 23, 2013. This information is unedited.

• Shoplifting occurring on 5-20-13 at Monmouth Street business. Owner reported that unknown male subject shoplifted a gold colored picture frame and left store without paying for same. Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.

• Theft occurring between 5-21-13 and 5-22-13 at East Westside Ave. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) stole from her parked vehicle the following items: cash, GPS—Garman, two flashlights and a ball hitch. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy.

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RED BANK: TIRES SLASHED ON FIVE VEHICLES

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of May 9 to May 16, 2013. This information is unedited.

Criminal Mischief reported on 5-10-13 occurring at Branch Ave. vacant residence. Last time property was checked was in February 2013. Unknown subject(s) pried open the apartment door. Ptl. Michael Zadlock.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 5-12-13 at Riverview Plaza. Report of spray-painted graffiti on garbage cans, lamppost, garage and side of building. Ptl. George Travostino

Criminal Mischief occurring on 5-13-13 at Monmouth Street. Victim reported that unknown person(s) threw small stones inside and on top of air conditioning units in rear of business. Also scattered stones in driveway and parking lot. Ptl. Nicholas Maletto.

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SHREWSBURY: BURGLARY TRY REPORTED

Activity reports for the period of March 16 to March 22, 2013, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department.

call-in-the-authorities• Report of Theft at 1001 Broad Street on 3/19/13.  Victim reports wallet taken by unknown subject(s).  Ptl. Tracy Polk investigating.

• Report of Burglary in the area of Beechwood Drive on 3/19/13.  Resident reports unknown subject(s) entered shed and removed bicycle.  Ptl. Tracy Polk investigating.

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RED BANK: LIQUOR STORE FILLS ‘SPACE’ SPACE

Royal Wines and Spirits, specializing in single-malt liquors, took over the White Street space long held by Space Interiors. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

Rcsm2_010508Downtown Red Bank’s perpetual churn continues as a new liquor store settles in on White Street, trying to stake its claim in an already saturated market.

Royal Wine and Spirits recently took over the spacious red-brick building last occupied by furniture design shop Space Interiors at the corner of English Plaza.

There, partners Bharat Patel and Amritpal Singh are staking out a central location amid three other downtown bottle shops: Heritage Liquors, at Broad and East Front streets; the Wine Cellar, on Monmouth; and Red Bank Liquors, on West Street.

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STOLEN: iPOD, iPHONE & A KID’S SHOES

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of February 14 to February 21, 2013. This information is unedited.

Theft occurring on 2-17-13 at Riverview Plaza. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) stolen an Apple I pod from room. Ptl. David Smith.

Theft occurring at Chestnut Street—Ice rink on 2-17-13. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole son’s shoes. Ptl. Thomas Doremus.

Theft occurring on 2-18-13 at restaurant located on East Front Street. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole an Apple I Phone from table in establishment. Lt. Richard Mangold.

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ANOTHER CATHERINE ST. BURGLARY REPORTED

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of January 18 through January 25, 2013. This information is unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 1-20-13 at 14 West Front Street. Victim reported that bottom of glass door to apartment had been shattered by unknown subject(s). Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.

Burglary occurring at 151 Catherine Street residence on 1-23-13. Victim reported that unknown perpetrator(s) entered residence by prying off storm window. Once inside stole cash from residence. Sgt. Michael Frazee.

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RETAIL CHURN: FUR, BOOZE & YOGURT

Steven Corn Furs plans to nestle in at 21 Broad Street, former showroom for Agostino Antiques. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508In:  a century-old fur retailer and a liquor store.

Out: the oldest of Red Bank’s three frozen yogurt shops.

It’s the never-ending Churn…

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RED BANK: PHARMACY CLOSING TODAY

Tom McGrath wishes Mary Respol well on her final day of 26 years working for the Yura family. A passerby checks out the window display, below. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Sad day at Red Bank’s Professional Pharmacy.

A mainstay for late-night-prescriptions and other medical needs for 61 years, the Broad Street apothecary and gift shop is closing down Tuesday at 10 p.m., and a stream damp-eyed well-wishers and bargain hunters have been flowing through the store to say goodbye to old friends, staffers said.

“We have customers who’ve moved out out town but still come back,” said Mary Respol, the store’s most veteran employee. “It’s family.”

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RED BANK BUSTS SIX FOR SKATEBOARDING

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of November 30 to December 7, 2012. This information is unedited.

Theft reported on 11-30-12 at Spring Street—apartment complex. Employee of landscaping company reported that gas powered hedge clipper was stolen from property. Ptl. Michael Zadlock.

Criminal Mischief occurring at West Front St.—Riverside Gardens Park. Report of smashed slate tiles in park by unknown person(s). Ptl. George Travostino.

Criminal Mischief occurring on Broad St. office building on 12-3-12. Report of glass window to office suite shattered by unknown person. Nothing reported missing. Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.

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RED BANK: AFFORDABLE GIFTS AND GOODIES

What, she doesn’t have a wine purse? We can fix that. Read on. (Photos by Rebecca Desfosse. Click to enlarge)

By REBECCA DESFOSSE

Unsure of what gifts to buy this holiday season? Don’t fret. redbankgreen has been window-shopping downtown Red Bank in search of the perfect gift ideas for everyone on your list.

For example: your fashion-forward wine aficionado? Help her arrive at her next BYOB in style. At Red Ginger Home at 48 Broad Street, the wine purse shown above sells for $39 and includes a corkscrew for on-the-go bottle opening action.

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RED BANK: SIGN STOLEN FROM SIDEWALK

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of November 16 through November 23, 2012. This information is unedited.

Theft occurring on 11-16-12 at Shrewsbury Ave. residence. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole two metal stools and a wooden bench from front porch. Ptl. Garrett Falco.

Criminal Mischief occurring between 11-17-12 and 11-18-12 at Herbert Street. Victim reported that unknown person(s) bent antenna on parked vehicle. Ptl. John Camarca.

Theft occurring on 11-19-12 at Broad St.—business. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole the wooden easel signboard with chalkboard surfaces, which was on sidewalk in front of business. Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.

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