RED BANK: CONCERNS AIRED OVER LEAD TESTS

red bank community garden 081219Caution tape signaled the closing of the Marion Street garden in August. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njUsers of Red Bank’s community garden questioned the borough government’s sense of urgency Wednesday night about the presence of lead in soil at the town’s only community garden.

 

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RED BANK: FULL-WALL ARTIST AT WORK

deb jellenik 010814 3Deb Jellenik with samples of her custom designs. Above, wallpaper created for a mammography center, and below, work incorporating seashells. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

deb jellenik 010814 2Deb Jellenik won’t be bringing her wallpaper printer to the annual artists’ show at Sickels Market this weekend.

It’s about the size of a compact car, for one thing. And it’s parked in the basement of her Red Bank home.

More than that, though, is the fact that hitting “print” on a custom wallpaper project is among the final steps in a process that requires a painstaking combination of art and craft – not to mention a dash of crazy.

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IN RED BANK’S GARDEN, A GARDENER BLOOMS

Rookie gardener Deb Jellenik shows off her harvest Wednesday morning. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

With backyard gardens around the Green yielding their early-August bounties, redbankgreen stopped by the Red Bank Community Garden to see how its first-year harvest is going. We found Deb Jellenik picking tomatoes and spoke with her about her experience thus far.

“I was a latecomer to the community garden,” says Jellenik, who was one of the last people to reserve a plot at the narrow, borough-owned parcel on Marion Street. But she’d been walking past the garden almost everyday, watching the plots take shape, when her desire for fresh tomatoes for making sauce spurred her to act.

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