FAIR HAVEN: DUNKIN’ WINS BOARD APPROVAL

fair haven shopping centerThough turns would still be allowed in both directions on River Road, the shopping center’s eastern driveway will be changed to exit-only, under a condition set by the board. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njMore than a year after it was proposed, a Dunkin’ coffee shop won approval to operate in Fair Haven Monday night.

The 6-2 planning board vote, shortly before 11 p.m. capped months of passionate debate over traffic safety, a fast-food law that went MIA and the shop’s potential impact on the small-town character of the borough.

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RED BANK: ‘GROUNDHOG DAY’ OF MUGGINESS

red bank groundhogsA trio of groundhogs dined on the riverfront lawn outside the Red Bank Public Library last Thursday evening.

Weatherwise, it may feel like ‘Groundhog Day‘ for a stretch of the coming week. According to the National Weather Service, there’s a chance of heavy rains with localized flooding on the afternoons of Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. And even when it’s not raining, it’ll be hot and muggy, with peak temperatures in the high 80s.

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RED BANK: SEVERE STORMS POSSIBLE TUESDAY

The Greater Red Bank Green could be in for some “severe” weather Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service

Storms arriving after 2 p.m. “will be capable of producing damaging winds, tornadoes, large hail, and heavy rainfall that could lead to localized flash flooding,” the agency warned early Monday.

Meantime, after a sunny and relatively cool weekend, the workweek begins Monday with sunshine and a daytime high temperature of 86 degrees. Check out the extended forecast below. (National Weather Service image. Click to enlarge.) Read More »

FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

fair haven nj police fhpdCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of June, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

6/6/19 Patricia Devaney-Westerlind, 46, Fair Haven, was arrested for Contempt of Court and was released after posting bail. Ptl. Brooks Robinson made the arrest.

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FAIR HAVEN: CLUB LANDS HISTORIC LISTINGS

fair haven shrewsbury sailing yacht 080519The Shrewsbury River Yacht Club began in a one-story houseboat acquired by a group of vacationing actors in 1910. Below, an undated photo from the early days of the Players Boat Club. (Photo above by John T. Ward; below, courtesy of SRYC. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Shrewsbury River Yacht Club undated The bawdy entertainment culture that spawned it is long gone. So is the Red Bank houseboat that served as its first home. Even the name of the river on which it sits has changed.

But the Shrewsbury River Yacht Club, founded by a bunch of vaudevillians vacationing in Fair Haven more than a century ago, lives on. And now, the successor to the club’s original Navesink River gathering spot is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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FAIR HAVEN: DUNKIN’ TRAFFIC FIXES OFFERED

fair haven shopping centerA consultant to the planning board recommends that left turns from the shopping center’s eastern driveway, above, be prohibited. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njAttempting to address concerns over traffic safety, an engineer for a hotly debated Dunkin’ coffee shop proposed in Fair Haven has offered an idea he says will safeguard pedestrians.

Another traffic engineer, this one hired by the borough planning board, has also made some suggestions, redbankgreen has learned.

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RED BANK: SUNNY START TO AUGUST

red bank rainbow 073119 A rainbow, as seen from the Community YMCA in Red Bank, followed a summer drenching Wednesday afternoon.

August gets underway Thursday mostly sunny, with a high near 83 degrees on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the National Weather Service

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RED BANK: SUMMER STORMS SOAK THE GREEN

red bank stormThunderstorms dropped heavy rain  on the Greater Red Bank Green Wednesday afternoon, setting off fire alarms and leaving wide puddles for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate.

The closing hours of July, 2019, appeared to be equally soggy, with thunderstorms likely through 11 p.m., some of them severe, according to the National Weather Service. Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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FAIR HAVEN: OUTAGES LINGER AFTER STORM

fair haven nj trees downFair Haven and other towns on the Greater Red Bank Green were abuzz with the sound of power saws Tuesday morning as residents worked to clear downed trees and limbs following Monday evening’s  brief, intense storm.

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RED BANK: STORM LEAVES POWER OUTAGES

A  brief, intense storm Monday evening blew a tree down onto an apartment building on Spring Street in Red Bank, above, and left numerous power outages across the Greater Green, according to the JCP&L service map, at right.

More thunderstorms, some severe, were possible overnight, according to the National Weather Service(Photo by John Tyler.  Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: AFTER BRUTAL HEAT, T-STORMS?

rainfall outlook After a brutally hot weekend, when heat and humidity pushed ‘feels-like’ temperatures to peaks of 111 degrees both Saturday and Sunday, the new week kicks off with the possibility of “excessive rainfall” on the Greater Red Bank Green. (National Weather Service image. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: EXCESSIVELY HOT WEEKEND AHEAD

HEAT MAPredbankgreen hot topicAn excessive heat warning is in effect from noon Friday through Sunday, when heat-index values are expected to reach dangerous levels, according to the National Weather Service. 

Though the Greater Red Bank Green will be cooler relative to nearby areas, “feels-like” combinations of air temperature and humidity are expected to exceed 100 degrees Friday, and could reach 110 Saturday, the NWS forecasts.

Red Bank’s Office of Emergency Management is monitoring the situation and “taking necessary precautions to prepare and respond,” according to an announcement on the borough website. Fair Haven’s OEM plans to open Bicentennial Hall, on Cedar Avenue, as a cooling station for residents who need relief, from noon Friday until 8 a.m. Monday.

Check out the extended forecast, as well as some tips on keeping cool and safe, below.

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RED BANK: BRICK-OVEN CONDITIONS EXPECTED

red bank 7 broad 071619red bank brick 071619With the brickwork of the Urban Outfitters building across the street reflected in glass, workers applied brick to the facade of 7 Broad Street in Red Bank Tuesday. And over on Wallace Street, a mason repointed existing brick above Rocky’s Barber Shop.

The Greater Red Bank Green, along with the entire eastern and central parts of the United States, is expected to feel like a brick oven in coming days. According to the National Weather Service, dangerously hot conditions will arrive Wednesday, with “feels like” temperatures getting as high as 106 degrees. Excessive heat will may return Friday and persist through the weekend. Read the NWS heat advisory for more details.

Wednesday night, there’s also a chance of thunderstorms accompanied by high winds, lightning and flash flooding.

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

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RED BANK: HOT ENOUGH TO FRY/BOIL/POACH…

little silver eggsHot enough to fry an egg on the sidewalk? How about poach or boil? This display of fresh eggs on Prospect Avenue in Little Silver may be put to the test in coming days, as heat and thunderstorms threaten the Greater Red Bank Green.

The National Weather Service forecasts peak daytime temperatures near or above 90 degrees through the rest of the week, soaring to 95 by Saturday, with showers and thunderstorms likely Wednesday and Thursday.

Meantime, Tuesday looks to be mostly sunny with highs around 90. Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

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FAIR HAVEN: POSTAL SIGN LOST IN THE MAIL?

fair haven NJ post office A flag and two mailboxes out front hint at what’s inside, but the Fair Haven post office hasn’t had identifying signage for about two years. That’s created the mistaken impression that the office is closed, says the frustrated local clerk.

What’s Going On Here? Read on. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: FORECAST FOR THE FOURTH

red bank stormA brief, powerful storm Tuesday evening damaged a tree on Broad Street in Red Bank, above. Dozens of homes in Red Bank, Shrewsbury, Little Silver and Rumson were without electricity early Wednesday as a result of damage, according to Jersey Central Power & Light’s outage map, at right.

Though there’s a slight chance of thunderstorms Wednesday afternoon, the Greater Red Bank Green will see plenty of sunshine Wednesday and again Thursday, Independence Day, with peak temperatures in the mid-80s both days, according to the National Weather Service

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

fair haven nj police fhpdCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of May, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

05/06- A Park Road resident reported several hundred dollar in fraudulent charges on a credit card. Sgt. Jesse Dykstra took the fraud report.

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FAIR HAVEN: DRIVE-THRU, BAG BANS INTRO’D

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njStopping short, for now, of re-banning fast-food restaurants, Fair Haven officials took steps Monday night to instead prohibit drive-thru restaurants.

The borough council also plans to have the town join a rapidly growing list of New Jersey towns that have banned single-use plastic shopping bags.

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RED BANK: PAWSING TO KICK OFF SUMMER

red bank dog days 062419 red bank dog daysThe first of two Red Bank Dog Days of Summer scheduled for this season drew several hundred canines and their handlers to  Marine Park on a slightly muggy evening Monday. The next one is slated for August 12.

Speaking of muggy, residents of the Greater Red Bank Green awoke to growling skies Tuesday morning, as a summer rain rolled in for what looked to be a day of scattered showers, according to the National Weather Service. Check out the extended forecast below. (Photos by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: 12 FAMILIES DISPLACED BY BLAZE

red bank oakland square fire The fire began in mulch ignited by a discarded cigarette or match at the 12-unit Oakland Square apartments, officials said. The top of a smoking pole is visible at right. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

this just in redbankgreenA discarded cigarette or match appears to have ignited a blaze that sent two people to the hospital and left 12 families without a home Sunday morning, officials said.

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FAIR HAVEN: DUNKIN’ RETURNS, HOT AS EVER

fair haven dan hughes 061819Shopping center principal Dan Hughes listens as objector Tracy Cole speaks. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njAfter a four-month detour over legal issues, a hearing on a plan to open a Dunkin’ coffee shop in Fair Haven resumed Tuesday night, just as hot as before.

For three hours, opponents predicted traffic and safety problems at the Acme-anchored shopping center on River Road where the shop would operate. The site’s principal owner called that scenario “ridiculous.”

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RED BANK: MORE RAIN FORECAST, BUDDY

red bank flooding 061819A pickup truck plows through the flooded, and newly rebuilt, intersection of East Bergen Place and Hudson Avenue in Red Bank Tuesday evening.

The heavy downpour caused “major” plumbing and drainage issues during the opening act at the Count Basie Basie Center for the Arts, prompting the cancellation of a concert by bluesman Buddy Guy, said a venue spokesman. The show was rescheduled for November 11.

More heavy rain looms as a possibility Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by Trish Russoniello.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: A BRIEF BOUT OF ANGLOMANIA

red bank royal visit 1939 2A detail from the front page of the Red Bank Register’s June 15, 1939 edition. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njIt was a day unlike any ever seen before or since in Red Bank, turning hordes of area residents and visitors into Anglophiles, at least for a late-spring morning.

Imagine: an estimated 200,000 people jamming downtown Red Bank and the roadways through Little Silver, Fair Haven, Rumson and Sea Bright to catch a glimpse of king and queen of England.

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

fair haven nj police fhpdCrime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of April, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

04/02- A Lake Ave resident reported that an unknown actor(s) fraudulently purchased several thousand dollars’ worth of watches utilizing her credit card. Ptl. Brook Robinson took the fraud report.

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FAIR HAVEN: $15.6M SCHOOLS PLAN UNVEILED

fair haven schools sickles planNew classroom space and other facilities, shown in blue, would be built on a vacant lot adjoining the Sickles School, said Superintendent Sean McNeil, below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

fair haven schools sean mcneil Fair Haven residents would get classrooms to allow for full-day kindergarten as well as improved security under a $15.6 million plan officials unveiled Wednesday.

The typical homeowner would also get a tax increase of as much as $566 per year if a public referendum on the plan passes muster with voters in September.

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