RED BANK: GETTING A JUMP ON THE HOLIDAY

A fox dashed across Madison Avenue in Red Bank at the sight of an approaching bicyclist Friday morning. Or was our foxy friend simply getting an early jump on the Memorial Day weekend?

The unofficial start of summer will bring warm-to-hot temperatures and ample sunshine Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Check out the extended forecast below. (Video by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: STILL BREEZY, BUT WARMER

After three days of overcast skies and periodic rain, Red Bank’s weekend wound down under a rainbow Sunday evening, as seen from a high perch along the Navesink River.

A string of sunny or mostly sunny days begins Monday, though the gusty winds that have buffeted the region will continue, according to the National Weather Service

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ON THE GREEN: OFF-AND-ON RAIN IN FORECAST

A Monmouth County crew laid down fresh road striping in front of the Little Silver firehouse on Prospect Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday’s not looking like a great day for outdoor painting, with rain in the forecast for the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the National Weather Service. And the rain will come and go over the next few days, with a 40-percent chance of precipitation on Mother’s Day.

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: WINTER’S LAST GASP?

Winter briefly reasserted itself on the Greater Red Bank Green Saturday in the form of wind-driven snow that left just a dusting on the ground.

Was that the season’s last gasp as we enter its final week? Spring begins Sunday at 11:33 a.m. Here’s what to expect in the interim, according to the National Weather Service. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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FAIR HAVEN: FIRST-EVER APARTMENTS OKAYED

A rendering of the proposed development, as viewed from River Road and Cedar Avenue. (M&M Realty Partners. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njMore than a century into its existence, Fair Haven is on track to get its first-ever apartment project following planning board approval Tuesday night.

The milestone went unmentioned, however, as the board spent three-plus hours reviewing plans for the multiuse development of stores and housing on a former gas station site.

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RED BANK: WIND, RAIN KNOCK OUT POWER

Wind and rain knocked out electrical power to about 254 JCP&L customers in the area of River Road and Harris Park in Red Bank early Monday. Restoration was expected by 5 a.m., according to the company’s outage map.

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FAIR HAVEN: SKATER RESCUED FROM POND

The incident occurred near the center of the pond, the rescued skater said. (Photo by JoAnn Pileggi. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Fast-acting hockey players rescued a Fair Haven woman after she fell through the ice on McCarter Pond Sunday morning.

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RED BANK: WINDY WEEKEND EXPECTED

Strong winds are expected to push ‘feels-like’ temperatures below zero on the Greater Red Bank Green this weekend, according to the National Weather Service

The region may be spared the snow accumulation expected elsewhere in New Jersey. But an “arctic plunge” beginning Friday night combined with potentially damaging winds could create wind-chills of minus 4 degrees Fahrenheit Saturday.

Uncertainty remains about an expected mix of rain and snow Sunday night, but we could see up to two inches of precipitation, the NWS said in the extended forecast below, issued early Friday morning. (NWS graphic. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: DAY OF BITTER COLD FORECAST

Near-zero temperatures gripped the Greater Red Bank Green early Tuesday as Arctic air brought conditions expected to last through the day, according to the National Weather Service.

As seen in the screengrab from the Weather Channel at right, the wind-lowered “feels like” temperature was 4 degrees Fahrenheit shortly before 6:30 a.m. According to NWS, that’s the lowest since February 1, 2019. 

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RED BANK: SNOW DAY? YES… FOR SOME

Students at Red Bank’s primary and middle schools will pivot to remote learning Friday, but not because of the storm that left nearly three inches of the snow by early morning.

Those in two other districts are free to play in the snow, however, as the storm added another variable to pandemic-scrambled district schedules.

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VIRUS UPDATE: RBR ON REMOTE, BOROUGH NOT

Students and staff at Red Bank Regional are scheduled begin 2022 in remote mode Tuesday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank borough schools will be open Tuesday, but the regional high school in Little Silver will go remote as shifting approaches to a surging COVID-19 virus arrived with the new year.

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VIRUS UPDATE: SCHOOLS SCRAMBLE AGAIN

The trend in lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases for three towns since November 1. (redbankgreen chart from Monmouth County data. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njSharp increases in COVID-19 cases scrambled schedules for some Red Bank-area schools as they emerged from their year-end 2021 breaks Monday.

Here’s a rundown.

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FAIR HAVEN: TOWN HALL GOES REMOTE AGAIN

Fair Haven’s borough hall and library share the same building on River Road. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

UPDATE: On Tuesday, Little Silver announced it was closing all borough buildings to public access starting Wednesday and until further notice. Details can be found here.

By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicAmid a steep rise in positive COVID-19 tests, Fair Haven has put its government and public library at arms-length for the second time in the pandemic.

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FAIR HAVEN: MIXED-USE PLAN SCRUTINIZED

A rendering of the proposed development, as viewed from River Road and Cedar Street. (M&M Realty Partners. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njThough its approval might appear preordained, a plan for new stores and apartments on the site of a former gas station in Fair Haven received nearly three hours of close scrutiny by the planning board Tuesday night.

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FAIR HAVEN: MULTIFAMILY PROJECT ON DECK

The project would be built on the former Sunoco site at River Road and Cedar Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA proposal for Fair Haven’s first multifamily development in modern times, if not borough history, is scheduled to go before the planning board Tuesday.

 

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RED BANK: WEATHER TO DANCE TO

With sunshine and temperatures nearing 70 degrees, a passenger turned a pontoon’s deck into a dance floor as it motored the Navesink River past Riverside Gardens Park in Red Bank Wednesday afternoon.

The sunshine will continue Friday, but peak temperatures will return to the more seasonal high 40s, according to the National Weather Service

Check out the extended forecast, with an early look at Thanksgiving, below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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FAIR HAVEN: KOCH, COLE WIN COUNCIL TERMS

Betsy Koch, left, and Tracy Cole. (Candidate-supplied photos. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Incumbent Republican Betsy Koch and running mate Tracy Cole secured seats on the Fair Haven council with convincing wins over two Democrats Tuesday.

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RED BANK: SUNNY START FOR NOVEMBER

Reader Terri Franco captured this image of a rainbow over our beautiful Navesink River as seen from her home on Bodman Place in Red Bank Sunday evening.

And with October, 2021, having ended on that glorious note, November begins Monday with ample sunshine and temperatures topping out in the low 60s, according to the National Weather Service

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by Terri Franco. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: HALLOWEEN OUTLOOK A TREAT

Among the many over-the-top Halloween displays to be found locally this season is an overhead canopy of lights shared by neighbors on Brown Place, above, and the lawn setup on Harrison Avenue, right, both in Red Bank.

The season culminates Sunday, when trick-or-treating conditions should be favorable, with a “slight” chance of rain, according to the National Weather Service

Check out the extended forecast below. (redbankgreen photos.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: NORTHEASTER BRINGS HEAVY RAIN

Under a state of emergency declared Monday night by Governor Phil Murphy, New Jersey began absorbing heavy rain carried by a northeaster early Tuesday morning.

With winds gusting up to 30 miles per hour, the storm was expected to continue through the day, leaving two or more inches of water on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the National Weather Service. The NWS graphic above shows the amount of additional rain expected after 8 a.m.

A flash flood watch was issued for the region through 5 p.m.

In his declaration Monday night, Murphy said state residents should stay off the roads, as downed trees and power lines were expected. As of 7:15 a.m., however,  no schools in Red Bank, Fair Haven or Little Silver had announced closings.

JCP&L was reporting no electricity outages.

Check out the extended forecast below.

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FAIR HAVEN: GASPERINI Q&A

On the ballot November 2: Fair Haven council candidate Bob Gasperini. (Photo provided by candidate. Click to enlarge.)

CORRECTION: ALL borough voters in the November 2 election are to cast in-person ballots at the Church of the Nativity parish center at 180 Ridge Road. An outdated list of polling places was incorrectly included in the original version of this post. Apologies to those who were inconvenienced.

Fair Haven voters will have four candidates to choose from when they elect two council members November 2.

Here’s what candidate Bob Gasperini had to say in response to a questionnaire sent to all four by redbankgreen.

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FAIR HAVEN: KOCH Q&A

On the ballot November 2: Fair Haven council candidate Betsy Koch. (Photo provided by candidate. Click to enlarge.)

CORRECTION: ALL borough voters in the November 2 election are to cast in-person ballots at the Church of the Nativity parish center at 180 Ridge Road. An outdated list of polling places was incorrectly included in the original version of this post. Apologies to those who were inconvenienced.

Fair Haven voters will have four candidates to choose from when they elect two council members November 2.

Here’s what candidate Betsy Koch had to say in response to a questionnaire sent to all four by redbankgreen.

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