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RED BANK: TWO CHARGED IN HOME BURGLARY

A Red Bank man and a teenager face burglary charges for breaking into a home while its occupants slept early Monday morning, police allege.

According to Chief Darren McConnell, a resident awoke to noise and found two unknown individuals in the living room at about 1:30 a.m.

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RUMSON: POLICE BLOTTER

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Rumson Police Department for October and December, 2017 and January, 2018. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

Arrests

12/12/17 – Michelle Mitchell, 48, of Rumson was arrested by Ptl. Grace Maggiulli for Possession of CDS in the area of Bingham Avenue and Bingham Hill Circle.

12/27/17 – Anagabrielle Atardi, 21, of West Long Branch was arrested by S/O Michael Volker for Possession of CDS and Possession of Paraphernalia.

12/27/17 – James Carden 2nd, 22, of Monmouth Beach was arrested by S/O Michael Volker for Possession of CDS and Possession of Paraphernalia. Read More »

RUMSON: JUDGE ADMITS $500K SCHEME

HOT-TOPIC_03Rumson’s former municipal court judge has pleaded guilty to a five-year scheme in which he diverted to local coffers more than $500,000 that should have gone to Monmouth County, according to an announcement Friday by the county prosecutor.

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RED BANK: WAWA TOUTS TRAFFIC PLAN

A site plan for the proposed project shows the store at center, the fueling area as the yellow rectangle, and center lane left-turn markings on Newman Springs Road, at bottom. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rather than worsening conditions for motorists, a proposed Wawa convenience store and filling station in Red Bank would come with roadway upgrades to improve traffic flow and safety near a busy intersection, witnesses told the borough zoning board Thursday night.

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RED BANK: FOREST LAUNCHES MAYORAL BID

Ben Forest, above, hopes to unseat three-term Mayor Pasquale Menna, below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The 2018 race for Red Bank mayor got underway Wednesday with the announcement by West Side activist Ben Forest that he would challenge incumbent Pasquale Menna for the Democratic party’s endorsement.

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RED BANK: FRAMED & READY FOR DISPLAY

Detour Framing owner Erin Crinigan in her new shop, a former staircase factory. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Seventeen months after Detour Gallery debuted with a splash in downtown Red Bank, a spinoff framing shop has now opened on the West Side, completing the transformation of a former amplifier factory and staircase builder.

And this weekend, Detour Framing kicks things off with an art exhibit of its own.

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RED BANK: SEMI-PROS MAKE BASIE HOME TURF

FC Monmouth plans to play its five home games this spring and summer at the borough stadium. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A newly formed semi-pro soccer team plans to play the home matches of its inaugural season this year at Count Basie Fields in Red Bank, the club announced Tuesday.

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RED BANK: SICKLES ENTERING LIQUOR BIZ

With a ’boutique’ liquor store now part of the plan, Sickles Market Provisions will take the entire first floor of the former Anderson Storage building on Monmouth Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

After a century-plus of operation, Little Silver-based Sickles Market will get into the liquor business when opens its new store in Red Bank, redbankgreen has learned.

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RED BANK: SUPERSIZED WAWA ON AGENDA

The Auto Exotica site on Newman Springs Road would be redeveloped as a combination WaWa convenience store and gas station if approved by the zoning board. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A supersized convenience store and gas station proposed at one of Red Bank’s busiest intersections is scheduled to go before the borough zoning board Thursday night.

With no residential neighbors directly impacted, the board’s consideration of variances may turn on matters related to traffic impact at a crossing where motorists typically sit for three minutes or more waiting for a green light.

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RED BANK: MUMFORD DROPS PARKING BID

Developer Roger Mumford with a rendering of his proposal last June. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

One of the two remaining private-sector contenders to redevelop Red Bank’s White Street parking lot has pulled out, citing frustration in dealing with the borough government.

In the process, he left behind a pair of smoking tire tracks.

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LITTLE SILVER: LAWMAKERS ADDRESS FUNDING

Local residents and school officials, including state Senator Declan O’Scanlon, below, turned out for the event at the Markham Place School. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Dozens of taxpayers and school administrators from the Greater Red Bank Green packed a Little Silver auditorium Wednesday night to press legislators for help with education costs.

 

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RED BANK: SALE PUTS BUILDING ON TAX ROLLS

The former VNA headquarters building on Riverside Avenue has been acquired by an office developer. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03Red Bank’s municipal coffers are about to be bolstered by the addition to the tax rolls of a major office building.

“It is now taxable,” Mayor Pasquale Menna said Wednesday about the former VNA Health Group headquarters, following a report by app.com that the property had been acquired by a private developer for $7.4 million.

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RED BANK: DOWNTOWN GETS SOME RETRO FIZZ

Fizz Soda Fountain opened Wednesday in the Monmouth Street space formerly occupied by Red Bank Sub Shop. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

It took almost a year and a half longer than expected, but Fizz Soda Fountain has finally bubbled to life in Red Bank.

Done up in turquoise and gleaming stainless steel, the tiny burger-and-shake joint is as effervescent as the poppiest tune on a 1950s diner jukebox.

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RED BANK: BROKEN PIPE BLAMED FOR SEWAGE

The house at 251 Drs. Parker Boulevard had human waste spilling into the side yard from a pipe through the basement wall for at least two years, a neighbor said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A routine Red Bank zoning board hearing took disturbing turn last week.

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RED BANK: VAPE SHOP, GROCERY OPEN

 Smoke Theory features display cases filled with water pipes and other smoking products, as well as a walk-in cigar humidor. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallTwo new retail shops opened in Red Bank this week: a neighborhood grocery on the West Side and a smoke shop downtown.

Read all about them in this winter-doldrums edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.

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RED BANK: SUPPORT GROUP’S PLAN APPROVED

Family Resource Associates intends to buy and occupy the former home of Red Bank Veterinary Hospital. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A nonprofit that provides therapeutic services for people with disabilities and their families plans to relocate to Red Bank after clearing technical hurdles in the borough’s zoning laws Thursday night.

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ON THE GREEN: SUNNY DAY FORECAST

A brief snowfall left slush on roads and sidewalks on the Greater Red Bank Green Wednesday morning, including River Road in Fair Haven and Red Bank, seen above.

Motorists should be aware of spotty road ice Thursday morning, when wind-chill temperatures were in the single digits, the National Weather Service warned. But the daytime peak was expected to be about 37 degrees under sunny skies, according to the forecast.

Click ‘read more’ to get the outlook through next Wednesday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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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 period of January 1 to January 15, 2018. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Theft: On 01/07/18 in the area of Broad St it was reported a subject was seen taking items from a store. The subject is described as a white male with slight facial hair wearing a wool hat, approximately 30 years of age and 6 feet tall. He was wearing gray sweat pants and a gray hooded sweatshirt and carrying a back pack. Ptl. Kristin Altimari.

Criminal Mischief: On 01/08/18 in the area of Broad St it was reported a large window to a business was broken. The approximate cost to repair the window is $1500.00. Ptl. Michael Zadlock.

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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 December, 2017. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

12/02- Steven Marlow, 35, United Kingdom, was placed under arrest for Burglary and Criminal Mischief. Subject was transported to MCCI. Ptl. Christian Hostrup was the arresting Officer.

12/04- A Cambridge Ave resident reported the theft of a package from the homes doorstep. Ptl. Dwayne Reevey took the theft report.

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RED BANK: NEW IMPOUND LOT EYED

The lot, on Central Avenue, will allow police to store 15 to 20 vehicles, says Chief Darren McConnell.  (Photo by Google Maps. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Motorists whose cars and trucks are impounded by Red Bank police won’t have to travel as far as in the recent past to recover them, under a lease in the works for a new storage yard location.

The deal would also solve a vexing logistical problem for police, Chief Darren McConnell told the borough council last week.

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