MEMORIAL DAY 2015 COMMEMORATIONS

rb memorial 052614 5Red Bank, above, and Fair Haven, below, return with traditional Memorial Day events Monday. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK:

Memorial Day Commemoration, Monday, 11 a.m., Veterans’ Monument, 51 Monmouth Street, corner of Drummond Place. The event follows a 10 a.m. ceremony hosted by the volunteer fire and first aid squads at borough hall, 90 Monmouth Street.

FAIR HAVEN

Fair Haven’’s Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday at 9 a.m., beginning at Knollwood School, on Hance Road, and ending at Memorial Park, River Road.

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CHAMPS IN 2013, R-FH TRIES TO STAY HUNGRY

How do you top an 11-1 season that ended with a NJSIAA Group II State Championship? After the best football campaign in school history, the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional Bulldogs are starting anew, having lost 32 players to graduation. But the roster still boasts running back Charlie Volker, who steamrolled to more than 2,100 yards and 27 TDs last year, and under Coach Bryan Batchler, the theme this year is “stay hungry.”

Rich Chrampanis’ new video-based website Shore Sports Zone pops in on a Bulldogs practice for this season preview. And stay tuned for a redbankgreen-Sports Zone collaboration starting in September. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone .)

FOR RBR, A FRESH GRIDIRON START

It’s reset time for the Red Bank Regional Buccaneers as they look to improve on last season’s 1-9 record. Coach Nick Giglio’s squad kicks off a fresh campaign under the home lights on September 12 against Wall. Here’s a look-ahead from Rich Chrampanis’ new video-based website Shore Sports Zone, where you’ll find complete coverage of high school sports across Monmouth County and beyond. And stay tuned for a redbankgreen-Sports Zone collaboration starting in September. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone .)

RED BANK CATHOLIC AIMS HIGHER THIS YEAR

What’s the next level of achievement for a football team that went 10-1 last year but failed to get to the big game? An undefeated season and a state championship, say the players at Red Bank Catholic, who open this year’s campaign on September 5 at Wall and then return to Count Basie Field for six straight Friday night home games.

Look for tons more previews like this on sports journo Rich Chrampanis’ new video-based website Shore Sports Zone – and stay tuned for a redbankgreen-Sports Zone collaboration starting in September. (Video courtesy of Shore Sports Zone .)

WEAR A SNUGGIE, BUT BRING AN UMBRELLA

rb sofa 013014After a week of frigid temperatures, a sofa left at the curb on West Street in Red Bank appears all set for the first-ever cold-weather Super Bowl Sunday. But the game could turn out to be a rainy affair, as temperatures rise into the high 40s over the next three days, according to the National Weather Service forecast. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: VIOLENT CRIME DOWN, THEFT UP

AUTHORITIES_RB2Though violent crime declined, a jump in reported thefts boosted Red Bank’s crime rate through the first 11 months of 2013, according to data released last Friday by the New Jersey Attorney General.

The annual Uniform Crime Report data shows a 2.1 percent uptick in overall crime in the borough, largely on the basis of a 16.8 percent increase in larceny.

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WEATHER: THIS IS WINTER?

navesink fog 122313 2Clouds above and clouds below as fog lay like a blanket on our beautiful Navesink River Monday morning, as seen from the home of a redbankgreen reader from Riverside Towers in Red Bank. Expect rain, possibly heavy at times, and temperatures in the mid-50s, according to the National Weather Service. (Click to enlarge)

WEATHER TOYS WITH FORECASTERS

rb snow 121013 1Main roads on the Green were clear at midday Tuesday, as seen here looking east along Harding Road from Tower Hill in Red Bank.

Forecasters, meanwhile, seemed in a scramble for clarity on how bad the storm would be. The National Weather Service has upped its estimated accumulation total to 2 to 4 inches – from 1 to 3 inches earlier today. The Weather Underground, meanwhile, has gone in the other direction, changing its forecast to 1 to 3 inches, from 3 to 5 earlier in the day. The Weather Channel has backed down to 1 to 3, from 2 to 4, and Facebook fave Bob ‘Weatherman’ Burger has eased back to 2 to 4 inches in our region, from 3 to 6. All agree it should be over by Tuesday evening, when temps are expected to drop into the 20s. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: TOO WARM FOR SNOW?

rb snow 37 111213rb 37 tempThis weather app below – and other sources suggested that it was too warm for snow. And yet, the first flurries of the 2013-’14 season were falling in Red Bank starting around 7:10 Tuesday morning, after temperatures dropped almost 15 degrees in the preceding two hours.

The National Weather Service says skies around here will clear around 1 p.m., yielding to sunshine and a high of around 43 degrees. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: BURNHAM BREAKS DEMS’ ‘HOLD’

Election_2013_Plainburnham di somma 110513Cindy Burnham,left, and Sean Di Somma, right, awaiting returns in a downtown office Tuesday night. Below, incumbent Democrat Kathy Horgan, who won another three-year term. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

kathy horgan 110513Activist Cindy Burnham scored an upset victory, emerging as the top vote-getter by a single vote in Tuesday’s election for Red Bank council.

“I’m shocked,” Burnham said at a small gathering of partisans in an office above the Bistro restaurant on Broad Street. “But I’m very happy that we can break the Democrats’ hold” on the governing body, she told redbankgreen.

Incumbent Democrat Kathy Horgan finished second, retaining her seat, while three-termer Sharon Lee lost hers, trailing Horgan by 24 votes, and brash Republican newcomer Sean Di Somma finished fourth.

Mayor Pasquale Menna said that Democrats would ask for a recount because of the close results.

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RUMSON: LATE WRITE-IN PUSH FALLS SHORT

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By JOHN T. WARD

An eleventh-hour write-in campaign for Rumson council ended with a pair of soccer dads missing their goal but feeling they’d scored some points Tuesday.

Tim McCooey and Tom Ridgway, running under the banner of Rumson Family since launching their campaign less than two weeks ago, polled a combined 1,445 votes, compared to incumbent Republican Joe Hemphill, with 1,176, and zoning board member Laura Atwell, also a Republican, with 1,143, according to unofficial tallies posted by the Monmouth County Clerk’s office.

Inspired in part by what they saw as an insufficient response by the current administration to the sudden appearance in town of Oxford House, a drug-and-alcohol recovery home that was the scene of a drug fatality on October 13, McCooey and Ridgway hastily built a campaign that they said would live on, win or lose.

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RED BANK: EARLY TURNOUT MODERATE

rb vote 110513red bank districts mapA voter arrives early Tuesday at the Independent Engine Company on Mechanic Street in Red Bank, voting home to districts 2 and 7. At right, an enlargeable district map of the town.

Turnout appeared moderate in the first hour after polls opened at 6 a.m. Voters are choosing a governor, state legislators, borough council members and school board members, among others, while also deciding two public questions. (Click to enlarge)

ELECTION DAY 2013: GLITCH IN RUMSON

rumson vote 110513A voter arrives at Congregation B’nai Israel, the polling place for Rumson districts 4 and 5, early Tuesday. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Election Day 2013 on the Green began with a computer issue in Rumson.

Borough Administrator Tom Rogers told redbankgreen that Monmouth County election officials sent him a defective computer used to tally votes.

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RED BANK CANDIDATE: CINDY BURNHAM

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CBURNHAMOne of four Q&As with the candidates for two, three-year terms on the Red Bank Borough Council in next weeks election. Kathy Horgan and Sharon Lee, both Democrats, are the incumbents; Cindy Burnham and Sean Di Somma, Republicans, are the challengers. Their answers to redbankgreen‘s questions are unedited.

Name: Cynthia (cindy) Burnham, age 58, grew up in Colts Neck

Age/DOB:

Where did you grow up?

How long have you been a resident of Red Bank?

I lived in RB from 1979 to 1993.  In 1993, I moved to Harrison Ave, which is half RB & half Fair Haven. While I resided in Fair Haven,  I continued to own investment property in RB and persisted in my civic involvement in RB.  Last year, I moved into my investment property that I have owned for 27yrs on Wallace St. and next month will be moving my daughters in who are now in college.

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RED BANK CANDIDATE: SEAN DI SOMMA

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SDSOMMAOne of four Q&As with the candidates for two, three-year terms on the Red Bank Borough Council in next week’s election. Kathy Horgan and Sharon Lee, both Democrats, are the incumbents; Cindy Burnham and Sean Di Somma, Republicans, are the challengers. Their answers to redbankgreen‘s questions are unedited; the links below were provided by Di Somma.

Name: Sean Patrick Di Somma

Age/DOB: 3/3/1982

Where did you grow up? Bergen County, NJ

How long have you been a resident of Red Bank?

Roughly a year and a half. When I moved here, I was appalled at the misinformation and ineptitude of the council. I began speaking out and was recruited to run for this office when there was vacancy.

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RED BANK CANDIDATE: KATHY HORGAN

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KHORGANOne of four Q&As with the candidates for two, three-year terms on the Red Bank Borough Council in next weeks election. Kathy Horgan and Sharon Lee, both Democrats, are the incumbents; Cindy Burnham and Sean Di Somma, Republicans, are the challengers. Their answers to redbankgreen‘s questions are unedited.

Name: Kathleen Horgan

Age: 68

Where did you grow up: Oyster Bay, Long Island, New York

How long have you been a resident of Red Bank: 14  years

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RED BANK CANDIDATE: SHARON LEE

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SLEEOne of four Q&As with the candidates for two, three-year terms on the Red Bank Borough Council in next week’s election. Kathy Horgan and Sharon Lee, both Democrats, are the incumbents; Cindy Burnham and Sean Di Somma, Republicans, are the challengers. Their answers to redbankgreen‘s questions are unedited.

Name: Sharon Lee

Age/DOB: 58

Where did you grow up? Germany, Red Bank

How long have you been a resident of Red Bank?

Life long! With brief absences, being a military dependent (army), college and a beach hideaway 58 years. Red bank has been my address.

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RED BANK: IF IT MOVES, THEY’RE ON IT

Limousine, ambulance, utility truck, boat: set a bunch of kids loose in a parking lot full of large vehicles, with license to touch them, and they will touch, alright – and clamber and crawl, as the folks from the Monmouth Day Care Center saw on Saturday at their annual on Touch-a-Truck day at the Red Bank Middle School.  (Hover over picture to pause slideshow)

RED BANK: BACK TO SCHOOL DAY

rbms 2 090913Raquel Perez escorts her older son, Brendan, at right above, to his first day of fourth grade at Red Bank Middle School on Monday.  (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

SEA BRIGHT: SKIMMING THE SURF’S EDGE

Scenes from Sunday’s action at the two-day Skimbash 2013 held this weekend in Sea Bright. The competition is considered the premier pro/am skimboarding event on the Jersey Shore. (Photos by Peter Lindner.)

SEA BRIGHT: ENDLESS SUMMER?

bain's 090313The unofficial end of summer may have passed, but Bain’s Hardware on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright seems to have ignored the memo. Anyway, locals know that there’s still plenty of time left for beach fun, when the sun cooperates. And the National Weather Service says it will today, when we get ample sunshine and temperatures in the low 80s. Which way to the beach? (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: CHARTER SCHOOL BEGINS NEW YEAR

rbcs 4 090313rbcs 2 090313Sira Williams waved to her daughters  Julia, left, and Maya, who entered the fifth and eighth grades, respectively. At right: Look out, RBCS! Here comes kindergartener Matthew Gaupp, his arrival documented by his mother Teicia. (Photos by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

While most other kids who attend schools on the Green have another week of summer ahead, students at the Red Bank Charter School got back to work first thing Tuesday morning.

redbankgreen‘s Sarah Klepner was there to capture the start of the new school year.

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RED BANK: FIRST SIP OF SUMMER

Red Bank unveiled a new, two-day summer event called Sippin’ on the River over the weekend. redbankgreen was there the first night to capture the sights as thousands flocked to Marine Park for great food, a little beer or wine, and good company beside our beautiful Navesink River. Were you there? See who you might know in our 50 photos.