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BLOTTER: INSPECTION STICKER REMOVED

rbpd-patrol-webThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of July 1 to July 8, 2011. This information is unedited.

Theft occurring on 7-1-11 at West Bergen Place-vacant residence. Report of unknown person(s) stealing a washing machine and several radiators from within the house. Lt. Daniel Bannon.

Theft occurring on 7-1-11 at Wallace St.-Restaurant. Report from owner that unknown male and female left restaurant without paying bill for dinner. Ptl. George Travostino.

Theft occurring between 7-1-11 and 7-2-11 at Maple Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) removed two concrete planters from rear patio. Ptl. Thomas Doremus.

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CHILDREN’S VEGETABLE GARDEN BURGLARIZED

authorities3The crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of June 24 to July 1, 2011. This information is unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring between 6-27-11 and 6-28-11 at Monmouth Street-business. Victim reported that unknown person(s) broke window in business. Ptl. Michael Zadlock.

Theft occurring at West Bergen Place between 6-28-11 and 6-29-11. For the past several months’ young children of the Head Start Program have been planting vegetables and maintaining them in an enclosed pad locked area behind the building.

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RIVERCENTER PLANS DOWNTOWN KIOSKS

rivercenter-sandwichRiverCenter’s first kiosk is slated for installation in English Plaza to let visitors know its new location. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Not that it was so easy to find when it was sequestered in a second-story space above Broad Street, but with Red Bank RiverCenter‘s move three months ago, the agency compromised what little visibility it had, taking up residence in an all-but-hidden office in English Plaza.

And if you’re a tourist looking for the Red Bank Visitors Center, which shares space with RiverCenter, well, good luck trying to find it.

But the move presented a fresh reason for RiverCenter, which promotes the downtown and portions of the West Side businesses, to put into action an idea executive director Nancy Adams has harbored since she stepped into her role more than three years ago, she said.

On Wednesday night, Adams presented the borough council with a plan to install information kiosks in English Plaza to alert visitors to the new RiverCenter and the Visitors Center digs.

It would be the first of a handful of kiosks downtown to offer maps and pertinent borough info to people coming into town, Adams said.

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THEFTS REPORTED AT RED BANK EATERIES

call-in-the-authoritiesThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of April 22 to April 29, 2011. The information appears here unedited.

Theft occurring on 4-23-11 at West Front Street-restaurant. Victim reported that her cell phone a Blackberry Torch was stolen while at this establishment. Sgt. Errico Vescio.

Theft reported on 4-23-11 but occurring on 4-16-11 at Monmouth St. restaurant. Victim reported that her jacket was stolen from back of chair. Jacket contained a cell phone and a camera. Sgt Robert Kennedy.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 4-24-11 at Bridge Ave. Victim reported that parked vehicle was damaged and a windowpane was broken on a building near by. Ptl. Ashon Lovick.

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PEDESTRIAN SAFETY MEASURES SLATED


Front Street between English Plaza and Washington Street will get a number upgrades aimed at making pedestrians safer, a Monmouth County official said.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Upgrades to one of Red Bank’s more troubled traffic areas will be in place next year, possibly by this time, Monmouth County officials told the borough council Tuesday.

In an overview of the planned enhancements, Kevin Nugent, of the county engineering office, said about $600,000 worth of work will go into the stretch of East and West Front streets between English Plaza and Washington Street — a highly-traveled section that’s seen more than 100 accidents in recent years.

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RED BANK POLICE BLOTTER

rbpd-patch- rightThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of April 15 to April 22, 2011. The information appears here unedited.

Theft occurring on 4-15-11 at White Street business. Owner reported that unknown person(s) stole cash and three pairs of sneakers from store after business hours. Ptl. Gary Watson.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 4-17-11 at East Sunset Ave. Victim reported that unknown person(s) flattened two tires on parked vehicle. Ptl. Jorge Torres.

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COPS: THIEVES TOOK KITCHEN APPLIANCES

rbpd6 doorThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of April 8 to April 15, 2011. The information appears here unedited.

Theft occurring on 4-8-11 at Newman Springs Rd. Victim reported that unknown person(s) removed several items from her residence while she was gone which included kitchen appliances, couch, dishes and other kitchen items. Ptl. Ashon Lovick.

Burglary occurring at Bank Street residence on 4-9-11. Victim reported that upon returning home found two unknown males inside residence that abruptly fled. Stolen was cash from bedroom. Ptl. Michael Zadlock.

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A DOGGONE GOOD MONTH

jax1“Jax” the Rescue Dog is on tour to local schools this month in a series of speaking/barking engagements for the Purr’n Pooch Foundation. (Photo by Maryann Small)

donegoodlogoThe causes range from humanitarian aid for the countless lives affected by the recent disasters in Japan — to the rescue of a single dog or cat in need of a home. The funds raised can support the good works of our area’s charitable, cultural and educational entities — and the means of “Done Good” support can be as simple as a trip to the library, store or hair salon.

When last we looked in on Small Factory Productions in the paperless pages of redbankgreen, the kid-centric animation studio in Fair Haven (located, in a bit of kartoon-land kismet, at the Acme shopping plaza) had just received an Emmy nomination for its Brooklyn-based public access TV show. This month, Chris Dudick and company have teamed with Monmouth County’s own  Purr’n Pooch Foundation in an endeavor designed to teach young children about the humane treatment of animals.

From now through April 14, Monmouth County kids ages 5 to 10 are invited to submit their “creative, original stories and/or drawings” about their favorite animal friend to the Tails of Love Contest — and on April 15th, a panel of judges will select eight contest winners, each of whom will receive the chance to create an original animated short film based on their entry. Each winner will also get a DVD copy of the film and appear as special guests during a special movie premiere event at the Purr’n Pooch Foundation’s upcoming “Paws for a Cause Day” at Pier Village in Long Branch (date to be announced).

Take it here for details on how to enter the Tails of Love contest — and read more for an April’s worth of Done Good doings.

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RIVERCENTER BUDGET: SAME OLD

rvrcntrRiverCenter got preliminary approval for its 2011 budget Wednesday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Red Bank RiverCenter presented its 2011 budget to the borough council Wednesday night, a perfunctory here-it-is and thank-you-for-coming that took all of two minutes from the governing body’s regular meeting.

“There’s nothing major we have this year,” Executive Director Nancy Adams told redbankgreen.

With the exception of a thousand or two dollars shuffled around to different line items, this year’s $512,120 budget is a replica of the independent agency’s 2010 spending plan: holiday events are still on, capital projects will go forward and the agency will again put an emphasis on marketing the borough throughout the state and beyond.

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DRUG BUST NEAR SCHOOL NABS TWO

rbpd-patch- rightThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of March 4 to March 11, 2011. The information appears here unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring at Broad Street on 3-4-11. Victim reported that unknown person painted graffiti on business sign. Ptl. Jorge Torres.

Attempted Shoplifting occurring at E. Newman Springs Road on 3-4-11. Victim reported that unknown male subject attempted to steal a bottle of liquor without paying for same. Actor fled but without the bottle of liquor. Ptl. Michael Campanella.

Burglary occurring on 3-6-11 at Tower Hill Drive. Victim reported that unknown subject stole an IBM laptop, three silver men’s bracelets and one man’s watch from residence. Ptl. Dawn Shields

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RIVERCENTER AND STORES ON THE MOVE

rivercenter-for-leaseRiverCenter is relocating to English Plaza in mid-March. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

After six years tucked above the bustle of Broad Street in Red Bank, RiverCenter is packing up and moving one block west. rcsm2_010508

In mid-March, the independent agency that promotes the downtown and part of the West Side will make English Plaza its hub of operations. The move, to the same building that houses the Inbetween Cafe, PS Poppyseeds, Urban Dawgs, and Space Interiors,  will create more elbow room for the handful of employees and reduce the rent, said Executive Director Nancy Adams.

“We loved being here,” she said of the offices above Zebu Forno. “But it gives us more space and some separate offices for staff.”

That’s the latest move downtown. There’s more in the rundown right around the Read More corner…

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A WEEK OF BURGLARY AND THIEVERY

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The crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of February 11 to February 18, 2011. The information appears here unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 2-11-11 at Reckless Place. Victim reported that unknown person(s) keyed his parked vehicle on the driver’s side. Ptl. George Travostino.

Theft occurring on 2-11-11 at South St. parking lot. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole purse from vehicle, which contained wallet with cash and debit card. Lt. Daniel Bannon.

Theft occurring on 2-13-11 at Broad St. restaurant. Victim reported that unknown person(s) removed camera from on top of counter. Ptl. Thomas Doremus.

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DOWNTOWN, THE YEAR CHURNS TO AN END

rb-dinerVacant since May, the former East Side Cafe is getting set to reopen as the Red Bank Diner. (Click to enlarge)

rcsm2_010508By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The last time redbankgreen published a rundown of Red Bank’s downtown economy, it was a rather dour picture sprinkled with a sense of optimism.

While clusters of storefronts worked better as mirrors than as shopping destinations, RiverCenter Executive Director Nancy Adams was bullish on the borough’s economy, saying the large number of vacancies in town could be parlayed into new, exciting ventures for businesses to infuse new blood into the heart of Red Bank.

Seems Adams had a bead on the future.

Nearly a dozen new businesses have either moved in or are set to open their doors in the next couple of months, Adams said.

“There’s stuff going on. It’s kind of nice,” she said.

Here’s what’s churning in Red Bank:

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RED ‘N GREEN AND FESTIVE ALL OVER

xmasconcertsSanta Basie: Returning to the stage for Christmas are (clockwise from top left) Tim McLoone and Holiday Express; Nancy Scharff; Glen Burtnik, and Mark Shapiro with the Monmouth Civic Chorus.

It’s official: with a ceremonial flip of the switch last Friday night — and a weathery weekend of holiday-themed activities immediately following — Red Bank once again took the local lead in calling another Season of Lights to luminous life.

With December bringing up the calendar caboose, the borough merely picks up steam, offering up a full complement of Christmas and Chanukah events and activities from now right on up to the doorstep of New Year’s Eve.

Continuing every Saturday through December 18 are the outdoor jinglebell jukebox known as Holiday Harmonies and the clip-clop-and-shop of the Red Bank Horse and Carriage Rides. The Galleria offers Pictures with Santa photo ops each weekend through December 19, and the annual Gingerbread Walk promotion continues at participating borough businesses through December 26.

You can find out more about these ongoing offerings from Red Bank RiverCenter — and continue reading to unwrap our roundup package of holiday concerts, lighting ceremonies, fundraisers, stage shows and other events, in and around the greater Red Bank green.

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HEARING AID/EYEGLASS DROP BOX STOLEN

authorities2bThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of November 5 to November 18, 2010. The information appears here unedited.

Theft occurring on 11-6-10 at Riverview Plaza. Victim reported that a cell phone was stolen from her room. Ptl. Ashon Lovick.

Theft occurring on 11-6-10 at Mechanic St. Victim reported that her cell phone a white Motorola “Cliq” was stolen from her residence. Ptl. Robert Talerico.

Criminal mischief occurring on 11-6-10 at River Road. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) pulled out two lights on front lawn, which were attached to stone pillars. Ptl. Ashon Lovick.

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DINE DOWNTOWN: THE FIXE IS IN, AGAIN

_DSC0003Dish is one of nearly 30 Red Bank restaurants joining in, as the townwide Dine Downtown promotion returns every Tuesday and Wednesday in October. (Photo by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

A quick look at the list reveals a couple of newcomers — so new they hadn’t even opened their doors a year ago.

Then there are the handful of homecoming favorites who’ve made it back to the list after sitting things out for a few years. And of course, there are the perennials; the names who can be sure to appear on the list  each and every time — as surely as they helped make Red Bank the destination for fine dining that it’s been for more than a generation.

We’re talking about the roster of restaurants that are taking part in the semi-annual Dine Downtown promotion, going on every Tuesday and Wednesday evening for the month of October. The brainchild of the folks at Red Bank RiverCenter, it’s a great and proven way for the borough’s bistros, boites, banquet rooms and before-show hangouts to greet friends old and new — by serving up special prix fixe menus that include appetizer, entrée and dessert for a lusciously low price (beverages, tax and gratuities not included).

And, with nearly 30 participating restaurants in the downtown, riverfront and theater/antiques districts — as well as three distinct pricing levels ($15, $25 and $30), there’s probably never been a better range of choices offered to frugal foodies in search of a fixe; a streetside smorgasbord that spans Irish, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, seafood, sushi, contemporary American, vegetarian and European (in addition to some flavorful fusions that you’ll have to triangulate for yourself).

We’re getting peckish just thinking about it, so flip the menu over for more details and a rundown of restaurants.

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FIRE DEPARTMENT BOAT VANDALIZED

rbpd-patrol-webThe crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of September 17 to September 24, 2010. The information appears here unedited.

Criminal Mischief occurring on Bank Street on 9-16-10. Victim reported that unknown subject broke glass window in residence. Ptl. Michael Campanella.

Lost cell phone occurring on 9-19-10 at Maple Ave. Victim reported placing his cell phone described as a grey Samsung Reality phone down and upon returning discovered it was missing. Ptl. Michael Campanella.

Criminal Mischief occurring on 9-20-10 at Rector Place. Victim reported scratches on the paint of parked motor vehicle in the area of the trunk. Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.

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RIVER’S ‘REVELATIONS’ OPEN TO ALL SEPT. 18

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By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Before there was Maple Cove, Jim Crawford didn’t fully appreciate that he lived in a river town.

But not long after the town council designated the undeveloped plot of borough-owned land at the foot of Maple Avenue as an official access to the Navesink River, Crawford became the owner of not one but two kayaks, and is now a river regular.

Same went for Wendy Spencer, who lived for years in Red Bank looking at the river, but not experiencing it. She, too, has a couple kayaks now, and is a frequent paddler.

Recent attention to the little-known river access spot “has opened the eyes of so many people to kayaking and canoeing,” said the American Littoral Society‘s Kathleen Gasienica, a breathing encyclopedia of all things river-related.

But while Maple Cove has begun to attract renewed interest the river, the small beach area will only be one component in a day-long celebration intended to enlighten Red Bankers and others about the natural and recreational wonders of the Navesink.

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THREE ASSAULT & ROB VICTIM AT RR STATION

rbpd-patrolcar 2The crime reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the week of July 23 to July 30, 2010. The information appears here unedited.

Theft occurring at Monmouth Street on 7-23-10. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole his wallet which was left unattended for a few minutes. Contained in the wallet were bankcards and credit cards. Ptl. Thomas Doremus.

Burglary occurring at Prospect Ave. on 7-24-10. Owner reported that unknown person(s) gained entry by prying open rear door to business. Once inside removed cash from register. Ptl. David Smith. Det. Joey Fields.

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TRADER JOE’S PLANS SHREWSBURY STORE


The specialty food store has filed plans to take over more than 12,000 square feet in Treasure Island Plaza, according to a report.

After a brief dalliance with Red Bank three years ago, Trader Joe’s, a foodstore chain with a reverential following, appears to have settled on Shrewsbury instead.

So reports the Asbury Park Press, which says the California-based company has filed plans to take space in the Treasure Island Plaza shopping center on Route 35, next door to Staples.

Plans on file with the borough indicate Trader Joe’s will take over three existing storefronts to create a 12,026-square-foot store, the Press reports. No estimated opening date was reported, and a company spokeswoman told the newspaper she could no confirm the information.

But don’t expect to find bottles of Two-Buck Chuck there. The store won’t have a liquor license, the Press says.

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FIREWORKS FAQ: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

LargemapGet into the zone early, motorists, or get boxed out. (Click to enlarge)

If this is Independence Day weekend, it must be time for redbankgreen‘s annual KaBoom Fireworks on the Navesink Survival Guide: all you need to know about getting into Red Bank, enjoying the fireworks and related entertainments, and getting back out safe and sane on Saturday, July 3.

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BIZ WATCH: WHO’S COMING, WHO’S GOING

dscf3010The lauded Broad Street Filling Station ran out of gas in Red Bank. And it wasn’t alone. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Rcsm2_010508The continuing trend in downtown Red Bank: good news mixed with not-so.

First with the bad: A few more businesses have been picked off by the slumping economy since redbankgreen last took the temperature of downtown businesses.

The good: Potential tenants are looking to snag some of those vacant spaces, we’re told, and a couple of businesses are either opening up or expanding in the borough.

At the north end of Red Bank’s main vein, Broad Street, the Firehouse Specialty Shop is having a what-do-we-do-next moment. Firehouse, customers know, has occupied the back end of 24 Broad for years while the niche boutique The Bee’s Knees filled out the front floor and dressed up the windows with lots of Jersey Shore apparel and women and children’s clothes.

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TWO WEEKS OF POLICE BLOTTER ENTRIES

rbpd1 double patchThe crime reports appearing here were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the two weeks of April 30 to May 14, 2010. This information appears here unedited.

Auto Theft occurring on 4-30-10 at Bridge Ave. – Victim reported that his parked vehicle was stolen. Description of vehicle: 2006 Infiniti SUV. Ptl. Michael Campanella.

Criminal Mischief occurring at Throckmorton Ave. on 5-1-10. Victim reported that unknown person(s) damaged parked vehicle on passenger side of vehicle with a long deep scratch running the entire length of the vehicle. Ptl. Michael Campanella.

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JACK’S PLAYS THE LIVE CARD ON SATURDAY

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Chris Dargis and Laura Monzo are among the well known locals (and mysterious guests) appearing at Jack’s Music Shoppe during Record Store Day this Saturday.

By TOM CHESEK

April 17 is National Record Store Day — a name that, contrary to what you might have heard, is not designed to remind you of some charitable cause, nor to serve as a solemn remembrance of such fallen giants as Tower and Virgin.

Rather, it’s a joyous occasion — one in which hundreds of indie businesses from coast to coast work to celebrate “the culture, and the unique place that they occupy in their local communities.”

In this particular community, that cultural touchstone is of course Jack’s Music Shoppe — and that unique place is the store’s savvy straddling of Broad Street and the English Plaza municipal parking lot.

But before you blow in one end and out the other like a bag of WOW Chips on a prune-juice chaser, consider that with such attractions as a sought-after instrument room, a choice video department, a locally unique sheet music loft and a renewed commitment to polyvinyl platters, Jack Anderson’s duplex diskerie has continued to hold a kingly hand — even as most other indies have folded ‘em, walked away, or even run.

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ITALIAN EATERY TO SET UP AT GATEWAY SITE

myitalian032410A take-out and sit down restaurant called My Italian Kitchen will set up shop in the former Key Motors garage at Broad Street and Maple Avenue.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Looks like a new restaurant is coming to Red Bank. And, no, it’s not a pizza place.

Still, by this time next year, foodies should be able to add My Italian Kitchen to the list of Italian joints saturating Red Bank.

To members of the planning board, which gladly approved the restaurant’s application Monday night, the transformation of one of the most prominent pieces of real estate in town — at its southern gateway, at the corner of Broad Street and Maple Avenue — is a positive move.

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