RED BANK: CRAFT BEER MICROBREWERY OK’D

The plan calls for a craft-beer microbrewery in the former ARC thrift shop space at 77 Monmouth Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

For the second time in recent weeks, a craft beer operation has confirmed plans for a microbrewery in downtown Red Bank.

And according to Google Maps, it’s less than 500 feet away from the first.

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CHURN: RED GOES DARK, SOUTH MOON RISES

red restaurant 030215 1The first-floor restaurant at red, now closed for remodeling, will reopen under a new name in coming months. The upstairs nightclub remains open on Friday and Saturday nights. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508Calling his Red Bank restaurant “red” 12 years ago turned out not to be the smartest choice in the era of the search engine, Dan Lynch admits with a laugh.

But that’s not why he shut down the Broad Street restaurant for a first-floor makeover and rebranding last Saturday, he tells redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.

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RED BANK ELKS HOST PARTY FOR THE ARC

Nearly 100 children and adults with developmental disabilities attended the Red Bank Elks’ holiday party on Decemmber 15, an annual tradition featuring clowns, balloons, singing, food and Santa himself.  The guest list included participants of The Arc of Monmouth’s Recreation programs as well as Elks’ family members with developmental disabilities.

Butch Della PietroThe Arc of Monmouth presented a “thank you” plaque to Butch Della Pietro (pictured right), chairman of the Special Needs Children committee, who has organized this event for the past 25 years.

“We are so grateful to Butch and the Elks for their longtime support of individuals with developmental disabilities”, said Cindy Wiegers, The Arc’s Director of Recreation.  “Social interaction is so critical to the well being of people with disabilities, and the Elks understand that and take pride in this event”.

The Arc of Monmouth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serving more than 1,300 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities through education, vocational training, residential services, health care, supported employment, recreation, individual and family supports, self-directed services and advocacy.