SHEEHAN CLASSIC TO CUT IT SHORT

Race organizers are shooting for a record post-race breakdown, thanks to a shortening of the race distance from five miles to five kilometers, below.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

In road racing, it’s all about going for one’s “personal best” time.

And this year’s George Sheehan Classic, scheduled for Saturday in Red Bank and shortened for the first time to a five-kilometer distance, from five-miles, offers organizers a chance to smash their post-race personal-best post-race breakdown time

“My goal is to open Broad Street by 10 a.m., before any of the stores open,” racemaster Phil Hinck tells redbankgreen.

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SCENES FROM THE FOOD FEST

Before it was buffetted by wind and rain Sunday, Riverfest 2012 in Red Bank’s Marine Park had a pretty good three-day run. Some scenes from Friday night and Saturday afternoon, by redbankgreen.

TURNING THEIR ATTENTION TO SUMMER…

Not everyone’s thinking about the beach. (Click to enlarge)

Summer rolls in this weekend. “Unofficially,” as they say, though there’s no mistaking the change of gears, outerwear and mindsets that accompanies the arrival of Memorial Day and lasts until the first school bus of summer pulls up in September.

redbankgreen intern Stacie Fanelli hit the streets of the Green this week to gather some thoughts of summer.

What’s your favorite local summer hangout?

“Either here [J. Rooster] or Jamian’s in Red Bank.  It’s nice how’s the door’s wide open to street.”

Jeremy Haney (owner of J. Rooster, a new bakery/cafe in Fair Haven, lives in Old Bridge)

 

What’s your favorite local summer hangout?

“I fish a lot, so I’ll be doing a lot of fishing at Sandy Hook and Island Beach State Park.”

Ken Barker, Middletown

Will you be going to the beach?

“I’m not a big sun person and we have a beautiful deck at home, so why do I have to go to the beach?”

Pat Barker, Middletown

What do you look forward to most this summer?

“I look forward to sitting outside eating. This place (Broad Street) has a tendency to be like live theater. I look forward to seeing more action around here.”

Mike Rovere, Red Bank

What do you look forward to most this summer?

“Everyone was looking forward to the fireworks, but those were canceled, so there goes that. Just a lot of people to town would be nice. I sit on the bench almost daily with a cup of coffee and watch people go by.”

Joe Buonacquista, Red Bank

What do you look forward to most this summer?

“I’m looking forward to swimming in the ocean every single day.”

Jimmy Ryan, Sea Bright

 

 

Will you be at the beach in the next few months?

“I’m staying away from the Jersey Shore. It’s the personality of the shore. I love the beach, but I hate the shore.”

-Joe Lamicela, Middletown

Will you be at the beach in the next few months?

“I’ll be off Sandy Hook [in Sea Bright]. The locals call it Via Ripa. There are no Bennys there, so it’s great.”

-Megan Massa, Middletown

 

What’s your favorite local summer hangout?

“Outside at New Corner Restaurant. I don’t have much of a family. They’re like my family. I’ve adopted them; they’ve adopted me.”

John Hutzley, Red Bank

TRI DRAWS 400 COMPETITORS

Nearly 400 athletes gathered in Marine Park bright and early Sunday for the Red Bank Triathlon, a swim-bike-run competition of Olympic and sprint distances that took them down a coned-off West Front Street, up Riverside Avenue and into Middletown and Holmdel.

Jonathan Winter of Highland Park took first place overall, finishing the Olympic race – a 1.5k swim in the Navesink River, a 40k bike ride and a 10k run – in 2 hours, 2 minutes and 13 seconds. Full results are here.

redbankgreen photographer Stacie Fanelli was there.

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FLAVOUR FEST FEEDS A HUNGRY FLOCK

Dark clouds broke and thousands of hungry people poured into the Red Bank International Flavour Festival Sunday.

redbankgreen‘s Stacie Fanelli and John T. Ward were there, cameras in hand. Were you?

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UMBRELLAS DUSTED OFF AT TOWN YARD SALES

Off-and-on drizzles and downpours made for a damp day for participants in townwide yard sales in Red Bank and Fair Haven Saturday.

Still, redbankgreen found plenty of plucky sellers and buyers.

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BRINGING A LITTLE EARTH DAY RAIN INDOORS

Dozens of Red Bank residents ignored Sunday’s rain to turn out at an Earth Day fair at the Red Bank Middle School, where a rapt audience of children simulated rainfall with a spray bottle to see the impact of pollutant runoff on waterways. (Click to enlarge)

WEDDING WALK KICKS UP FOOT TRAFFIC

Models showed off bridal gowns at Sassy Chic Boutique, above, while a passerby did a doubletake at the sight of human mannequin Stephanie Rogers at Barbizon Models during the fourth Wedding Walk in Red Bank Saturday.

Nancy Adams, executive director of event sponsor Red Bank RiverCenter, said the walk attracted about 30 percent more registrants than the March, 2011 edition, with some 600 shoppers thronging the streets in search of dresses, hair styling, DJs, photographers and more wedding-related goods and services. (Click to enlarge)

FOR A GENTLE WINTER, A WARM GOODBYE

Buds were bursting outside the Atrium at Navesink on Riverside Avenue in Red Bank Sunday as the unseasonably warm and nearly snowless winter 2012 wound down.

Monday’s temperatures are expected to hit 71 degrees under partly sunny skies, according to the Weather Channel. Spring debuts Tuesday with highs of about 64. (Click to enlarge)

DON’T JUMP!

20120313-113503.jpgWith just a week to go until the start of spring and temperatures expected to soar into the low 70s, a snowblower continues its long winter of unemployment atop the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge Tuesday morning. (Click to enlarge))

LIBRARY TO FETE LIFE OF SIGMUND EISNER

Local-history librarian Elizabeth McDermott, below, with a custom-branded Eisner lightbulb in the second-floor New Jersey Room of the Red Bank Public Library, once the home of industrialist Sigmund Eisner. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

On April 15, 1937, the Red Bank Public Library – for decades an itinerant but growing collection of books and archival material – finally found a permanent home, relocating from a downtown storefront to a mansion at 84 West Front Street.

Three months earlier, the heirs of Sigmund Eisner – mass-manufacturer of uniforms for the Army, the Boy Scouts and other organizations  – had donated their late father’s mansion overlooking the Navesink River to the library.

The shared hope of H. Raymond, Monroe and J. Lester Eisner was that the house would provide a warm and dry place for reading, but also that it would function “as a bit of a museum, too,” says local-history librarian Elizabeth McDermott.

Next month, the library will celebrate its 75th anniversary in the house with museum-like displays that highlight Eisner and his transformative impact on Red Bank as an industrialist and philanthropist.

The event, says McDermott, “is completely about” Eisner.

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A TASTE OF SPRING IN FEBRUARY

Lunchtime strollers in downtown Red Bank found conditions right for light jackets and shirtsleeves Wednesday. It will be even warmer Thursday and Friday, says the weatherbot. (Click to enlarge)

The fingers-crossed nearly snowless winter of 2012 offered a tantalizing taste of spring on the Green Wednesday, and there’s more to come.

The National Weather Service forecasts local highs of around 58 degrees Thursday – about the same as Wednesday – and 62 on Friday.

Thursday will be mostly sunny, but Friday’s warmth will likely accompany rain, mainly in the morning.

Here’s the extended outloook:

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SLUSHY START TO THE WEEK

The snow left a filigree of ice along a railing at Maple Cove in Red Bank. (Click to enlarge)

The Green’s first snowfall of 2012 on Saturday becomes workaday slush Monday, as temperatures climb into the low 50s and rain begins to fall Monday afternoon.

Here’s the forecast by the National Weather Service:

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