SKIES CLEAR AND LIGHT UP OVER THE RIVER

Thunderstorms and rain made the Kaboom Fireworks on the Navesink an iffy proposition all day Sunday. But by sunset, the skies had cleared for another terrific pyrotechnics display over our beautiful river.

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RUMSON, IN A FLASH AND RUMBLE

Shots of Rumson’s 2011 edition of the Independence Day Fireworks, as seen from Victory Park, the Oceanic Bridge and surrounding areas.

As is the custom, the show, by Garden State Fireworks, was synched up with, and identical to (except in the size of the shells) the show upriver, between Red Bank and Middletown.

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REGATTA OPENS SAILING SEASON

The Monmouth Boat Club opened its 2011 season last weekend by hosting the the 50th Annual Long John Regatta for Lightning Class sailboats.

redbankgreen lensman Peter Lindner was out on our beautiful Navesink River on Saturday to capture the color and excitement.

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POPPING OFF AT MAPLE COVE

Red Bank’s KaBoomFest kicked off its 2011 fundraising season Thursday night with a tent party on the lawn of Hovnanian Enterprises’ HQ, followed by a sample pyrotechnics show on the Navesink by Garden State Fireworks, which will once again be handling the big show on July 3.

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AT 17, SOCIALIST SEEKS FREEHOLDER SEAT

pat-noble-041211Patrick Noble on Broad Street in his hometown, Red Bank. (Click to enlarge)

Forgive us our presumptions, but when Patrick Noble invited redbankgreen to meet for coffee earlier this week to discuss his Socialist Party candidacy for Monmouth County Freeholder, we imagined someone… different, yes. Offbeat, certainly. Embittered, possibly.

We did not expect to find a pink-cheeked young man with a pleasant demeanor who lost his only prior run for elective office: vice president of his high school’s student government. In the current school year.

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NAACP DRAWS ATTENTION TO SCHOOLS

rb-boe-040711About a dozen residents turned out at St. Paul Baptist Church in Red Bank Thursday night for the latest in a series of budget presentations given in recent weeks by schools Superintendent Laura Morana, with mic above. A Q&A with board of ed candidates followed at the event, hosted by the Greater Red Bank Branch of the NAACP.

The $15 million budget would raise the district’s portion of the local tax bill by $40 on a residence assessed at the borough average. Voting on the spending plan, and for board seats, is April 27, when polls are open from 2p to 9p. (Click to enlarge)

GOING IN FOR THE SHOT

Dozens of celebrants ran into the Atlantic surf  for the annual polar bear plunge at the Mad Hatter in Sea Bright on New Year’s Day.

Among them: redbankgreen‘s Trish Russoniello, who grabbed her point-and-shoot and went in up to her neck. Here are some of her pix.

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