RED BANK: CATCH TO TAKE GOTHAM SPACE

Catch will relocate from its present spot at 9 Broad Street to the home of Gotham, five doors away, and will be replaced by a Mexican restaurant. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

This edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn has a plateful of news from the Red Bank food scene, with two food-related businesses closing, one moving and another opening.

Also: pet acupuncture.

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RUMSON: BLESSING THE FURRY LITTLE ONES

100514 beast blessing3100514 beast blessing7Fifty-five dogs, a cat and a hamster sat obediently through a brief service at St. George’s-by-the-River Episcopal Church in Rumson before individual blessings by Reverend Ophelia Laughlin Sunday. Afterward, they were rewarded with biscuits, some in the shape of a cross. 

“This is one of the most fun days of the year for me,” said Laughlin, the church rector. “Every being is one of God’s creatures.”
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SHREWSBURY: PAIR GUILTY IN WILD CAT CASE

Some of the makeshift housing created for a colony of cats behind a preschool in Shrewsbury, as seen last July. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Two women were found guilty of fostering a “nuisance” colony of feral cats in a Shrewsbury office park Tuesday.

Jeanette Petti of Oceanport and Ruth Rapkin of Tinton Falls say they will appeal the verdict by municipal court Judge James Berube, as well as his order that they each pay $650 in fines and relocate the colony. That, their lawyer said, would be a “death sentence” for five cats the women feed and provide medical care for.

“We should be considered heroes, not criminals,” for ensuring the health of the wild felines and thus, the community, Petti told redbankgreen after a two-and-a-half-hour trial at a special session of the court.

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SHREWSBURY CAT COLONY HEADING TO COURT


The feral cat colony is tucked away in the woods behind a day care center and businesses on Avenue of the Commons. (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Lurking in the woods adjacent to a day care center on Shrewsbury’s Avenue of the Commons is a group of wild animals that may seem out of place in this suburban enclave better known for its burgeoning deer population.

It’s a colony of feral cats that have claimed the wilderness as their own personal scavenging ground – abetted, authorities contend, by two women who feed them at an improvised encampment built several hundred feet into the woods.

Jeanette Petti of Oceanport and Ruth Rapkin of Tinton Falls are scheduled to appear in municipal court Tuesday on charges that they’re illegally harboring the colony in the woods adjacent to the school.

The pair face misdemeanor allegations they failed to obtain vaccinations and licenses for the felines, and that they are maintaining a nuisance on public and private property, according to summonses issued May 8.

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SEA BRIGHT STRAYS YIELD NO KITTENS

A stray peeks out from a hideaway on the Sea Bright beach earlier this week. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A year after it was launched, a pilot trap, neuter and release program appears to have stopped population growth among Sea Bright’s stray cats in its tracks, proponents say.

No kittens are believed to have been born in the past year among the dozens of felines that inhabit the ocean beach and nearby edge of the Shrewsbury River, says Mayor Dina Long.

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THE PAWS BEFORE THE ROUNDUP

sb-cat-011111A cat takes a stretch on an old Buick ragtop at the Chapel Beach Club in Sea Bright Tuesday morning. An ordinance approved late last month created a trap, neuter and release program that will go into effect this year for the borough’s wild and homeless cats. (Click to enlarge)

SEA BRIGHT’S CRACKIN’ DOWN ON CATS

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Felines like the one shown here, near the popular cat club of the Shrewsbury River, are to be rounded up, fixed and tagged in an effort to control the cat population in Sea Bright. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The Monmouth County SPCA is rolling out a new program to bring feral cat populations under control. And is there a better place to start it than Sea Bright, where at times it seems like the number of wild cats rivals the number of residents?

The borough, which got serious about cracking down on its cat problem when it formed a “cat committee” last year, will be the subject of a pilot “trap-neuter-release” program administered by the county SPCA.

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