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ON THE GREEN: ECLIPSING EXPECTATIONS

An historic total eclipse of the sun — well, partial eclipse, in this part of the United States — drew summer vacationers and office workers alike out into cloying heat and humidity across the Greater Red Bank Green Monday.

On sidewalks in downtown Red Bank and the parking lot of the Monmouth County Library’s Eastern Branch in Shrewsbury, among other locales, they donned safety spectacles, craned their necks and oohed and ahhed throughout the slow-motion celestial event, the first coast-to-coast eclipse in America since 1918.

Check out our photos of the skywatchers below. (Photos by John T. Ward and Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

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FAIR HAVEN: OUTCRY HALTS TREE CUTDOWN

Sweetgum trees along Third Street and Cedar Avenue were scheduled for removal to make way for a walking path along the perimeter of the Community Center Fields. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Fair Haven’s elected officials faced a storm of criticism by residents Monday night over a plan to cut down 10 mature trees alongside the borough’s main ballfields.

By the end of the semimonthly council meeting, the governing body had decided to put the plan on hold and “go back to square one,” in the words of Mayor Ben Lucarelli.

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ON THE GREEN: ‘TORRENTIAL’ RAIN FORECAST

Up to two inches of rain may fall on the Greater Red Bank Green Monday afternoon, with possible flash flooding in the area in green in the map above, according to the National Weather Service.

“Torrential rain falling in a short period of time will result in rapidly rising water levels along streams and creeks and in areas of poor drainage,” the agency said in a statement issued early Monday. “Significant roadway flooding is possible.” (Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: CLOUDS AND STORMS IN OUTLOOK

After a string of days filled with blue skies and sunshine, clouds over the Atlantic Ocean obscured the sun Wednesday morning, as seen from the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge.

According to the National Weather Service, the Greater Red Bank Green is in for four days of “scattered showers and thunderstorms,” at probabilities of 40 percent or lower, before sunshine returns on Sunday(Photo by Trish Russoniello.  Click to enlarge.)

FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

2017_authorities_cherrytop_fh3Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of June, 2017. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

06/11/17- Paul Mirfield, 33, Hazlet, was arrested for CDS [controlled dangerous substance] following a motor vehicle stop. S/O Michael Volker was the arresting officer.

06/21/17- A Hunting Lane resident reported the theft of an iPad from an unlocked vehicle. Ptl. William Lagrotteria too the report.

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RED BANK: WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK

Friday morning’s commute on the Greater Red Bank Green was a bit damp and clingy, as seen in this view south along Broad Street in Red Bank. And things were expected to get downright soggy, with showers likely in the early afternoon, according to the Weather Channel forecast.

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RED BANK: DEAD BANK, GRATEFUL AT GIG 200

Dead Bank guitarist Jim Willis, left, and bassist Nash Aliaga at Jamian’s, where the band was conceived six years ago. A photo of the late Jerry Garcia has a place of honor on the stage. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

[UPDATE, July 7: Forecast of rain postpones tonight’s Dead Bank show at the Dublin House. The band’s 200th gig will instead be tomorrow night (Friday) at the Dub, weather permitting.]

By JOHN T. WARD

The band’s name, echoing a moniker for Red Bank at its economic low of the 1980s, doesn’t exactly thrill local chamber-of-commerce types, Dead Bank guitarist Jim Willis acknowledges.

“We’ve gotten a lot of crap from the town about it,” Willis said last week. “They’ll never let us play any of their festivals because of it. But I just wanted to see another connotation for ‘Dead Bank,’ a positive one.”

The Grateful Dead cover band is an inarguably local phenomenon, and this week, weather permitting, Dead Bank’s “perpetual tour of of Monmouth Street” brings it to the backyard of the Dublin House Pub for its 200th show.

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE STATION UPGRADES SLATED

The stationhouse hasn’t been updated since its conversion from a schoolhouse in 1983. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Fair Haven’s police station is in for a once-in-a generation makeover in coming months.

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FAIR HAVEN: SCHOOL STARTUP SPINS A PROFIT

Hailey Blum shows off a fidget spinner, joined by Milana Strulowitz and Shane Sullivan. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

It’s a rare business that gets to take the summer off. But a startup run by Fair Haven fifth-and sixth-graders has earned some slack time after landing and delivering on a legit $1,000 manufacturing contract this past school year with San Francisco-based Slack.

And it all revolved around a faddish chill-out device called a fidget spinner.

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE ACTIVITY

2017_authorities_cherrytop_fh3Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the month of May, 2017. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

5/3- A Fair Haven Juvenile was placed under arrest for Possession of CDS paraphernalia after a call was received regarding illegal activity. S/O Michael Volker was the arresting Officer.

5/4- Joseph L. Ruffini, 54, Red Bank was charged with defiant trespass. Ptl. Christian Hostrup was the arresting Officer.

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FAIR HAVEN: TOWN TO HAVE ITS DAY

Fireworks are scheduled to paint the night sky when Fair Haven Day returns for its sixth annual edition. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

It doesn’t have roots as deep as its sister event, the end-of-summer Fireman’s Fair. But when the first annual Fair Haven Day commandeered Fair Haven Fields for an all-ages, all-invited day of food, live music and fireworks in 2012, it felt immediately like the sort of thing that had been part of local life for generations.

The event, organized by the Foundation of Fair Haven to celebrate the borough’s centennial, established itself as a community tradition that continues when it makes its sixth annual stand this Saturday.

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RED BANK: NAVESINK OYSTER STUDY BEGINS

Workers with the American Littoral Society drop a bag of recycled oyster shells into the river from the dock of a Red Bank home Friday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

An effort to restore a once-thriving oyster ecosystem in the Navesink River got off to a small start last week with the help of scraps from restaurant diners’ plates.

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RED BANK: JUNE ARRIVES IN FOG

June rolled into the Greater Red Bank Green in the form of an enveloping fog Thursday morning, as seen is in this view of the Navesink River from North Prospect Avenue in Red Bank.

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ON THE GREEN: MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES

The Veterans Monument on Monmouth Street is the setting for Red Bank’s annual Memorial Day observance, Monday morning at 11 a.m.

[UPDATE: These listings will be updated information is received about changes due to rain forecast for Monday.]

Memorial Day weekend represents the start of the summertime season and, for many longtime residents of our coastal communities, a time to readjust those daily routines and recalculate those normal routes in anticipation of the visiting throngs.

It’s also, of course, a time to remember those who gave their lives in service to our nation, and wherever you happen to make your home here on the Greater Red Bank Green, Monday presents a chance to join the people of your community in honoring their sacrifice. Following is a roundup of Memorial Day observances scheduled for May 29, with rainy-day alternate arrangements listed where available.

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FAIR HAVEN: POLICE REPORTS

2017_authorities_cherrytop_fh3Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Fair Haven Police Department for the months of March and April, 2017. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

3/1- A Maple Ave resident reported that he had received a check from a closed account for a business transaction with a Middletown resident. After being contacted by Ptl. Dwayne Reevey, payment was made in full without incident.

3/4- A Lake Ave resident reported receiving a bill from Sprint in the amount $3,686.34 for a cell phone bill. Resident reported that he nor his family members had been customers of Sprit Mobile. Fraud report was completed by S/O Michael Volker.

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RED BANK: SUNSHINE RETURNS

A rainbow over Red Bank and the Navesink River put a colorful cap on a weekend marked by extended downpours Saturday and an alternating sun and rain on Mother’s Day Sunday.

The workweek begins Monday with mostly sunny skies and lots of wind, with gusts up to 31 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge.)

FAIR HAVEN: THREE MOTORCYCLES HIT

Three people were hospitalized after a motor vehicle collided with three motorcycles in Fair Haven Sunday morning, police said.

According to a statement by borough police, the operator of the vehicle and two motorcyclists were taken to the hospital for treatment after the 11:18 a.m, accident, at River Road and Lincoln Avenue.

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