RED BANK: A HARD RAIN’S GONNA FALL

red bank count basie 012320CEO Adam Philipson led a hard-hat-wearing contingent on tour of new facilities under construction at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank Thursday. Opening dates for the expansion are still under wraps.

Meantime, while rigid headwear may not be needed, a hard rain’s gonna fall on Greater Red Bank Green Saturday. Up to two inches is expected, along with strong winds, before sunshine returns Sunday, according to the National Weather Service

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RED BANK: WEEK BEGINS WITH SUNSHINE

red bank broad st snow 011820A wet snow fell on the Greater Red Bank Green Saturday, but nearly all of the slight accumulation vanished as temperatures rose into the 40s Sunday, according to the National Weather Service

Monday’s outlook is for sunshine and temperatures peaking in the low 30s, and there’s lots of sunshine expected in coming days. Check out the forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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FAIR HAVEN: SIGNS OF WINTER SCENE HERE

fair haven jim fitzmaurice muralfair haven jim fitzmaurice muralAs he does with each change of season, artist Jim Fitzmaurice of Rumson created a mural on the side of Fair Haven Hardware in Fair Haven Thursday afternoon. His latest tableau depicts ice skaters on a pond surrounded by snow.

Nature is expected to deliver its own version of winter to the Greater Red Bank Green in coming days. Though freezing temperatures Friday are unlikely to produce much ice on local waters, the area could get a bit of snow and sleet Saturday.

Here’s the extended forecast. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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FAIR HAVEN: STATION NOW IN HOUSING DEAL

fair haven 626 river rd 011420The former Sunoco property on River Road could get 14 apartments under the plan. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA vacant gas station envisioned as the site of a new Fair Haven borough hall just a year ago would instead get 14 apartments under an affordable housing settlement detailed by officials Monday night.

At a special council session held at Viola Sickles School to address the town’s legal obligation to accommodate low-and moderate-income earners, residents also heard about a plan for a two-family home to be built by Habitat for Humanity in a residential neighborhood.

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FAIR HAVEN: AN ELEGANT ENIGMA ON DISPLAY

red bank what's going on herefair haven haute coutureThe window display at Haute Couture Creations as seen last week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Luminously elegant in her strapless white gown, she swans through a flock of origami doves behind full-length windows in the heart of Fair Haven’s quaint business district.

For more than a decade, that mannequin and another on display at Haute Couture Creations have been something of an enigma for passersby: their outfits never seem to change. But thanks to a Facebook thread, only recently have locals collectively realized something even odder: the boutique itself is never open for business.

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FAIR HAVEN: COUNCIL ADDS TWO DEMOCRATS

meghan chrisner-keefe 010620Joined by her husband, James, and four children, Meghan Chrisner-Keefe recited her oath of office. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Democrats pulled even with Republicans on Fair Haven’s council council for the first time in memory Monday night.

But Meg Chrisner-Keefe and Mike McCue, the two newest members of the six-member governing body, both downplayed partisanship in brief interviews with redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: THIS WEEK’S WEATHER FORECAST

red bank snow 010620The Greater Red Bank Green awoke to a light coating of snow Monday morning, the first of 2020.

The area could see another dusting Tuesday night, according to the National Weather Service. Meantime, Monday’s outlook includes  a gradual return of the sun and peak temperatures in the mid-40s. 

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RED BANK: SNOW ACCUMULATION UNLIKELY

While the northwest portion of New Jersey may get a taste of wintry weather Monday and Tuesday, the Greater Green is likely to see little effect, according to the National Weather Service.

Snow and rain may fall Monday night, but with little or no accumulation in the outlook. Check out the extended forecast below. (NWS graphic. Click to enlarge.)

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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 November, 2019. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

11/3 Keven Robertson 19, Middletown was arrested by S.O. Perkins for DWI. Robertson also received motor vehicle summonses for failure to use lights, failure to maintain lane, refusal to submit to chemical test, underage driver under the influence, and use of a cell phone while driving. Robertson was released with a pending court date.

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RED BANK: INCH OR SO OF SNOW FORECAST

forecast 121119The second snowfall of the season was underway before dawn Wednesday, but expected to end by midmorning on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the National Weather Service

An inch of accumulation was forecast, though with temperatures heading into the high 30s, it was not expected to have a considerable impact. Check out the extended forecast below. (NWS image. Click to enlarge.) Read More »

RED BANK: FAUX SNOW GIVES WAY TO RAIN

red bank winter on broad streetred bank winter on broad streetFaux snow in a walk-in globe and an artificial-ice skating rink turned a block of downtown Red Bank into a winter wonderland for kids Sunday afternoon.

The nip in the air and the wintry mood, however, will be washed away Monday. Expect rain through most of the day, with temperatures peaking in the mid-50s, according to the National Weather Service

The wet conditions are forecast to continue through Wednesday. Check out the extended forecast below. (Photos by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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FAIR HAVEN: MARINA LOSES LATEST ROUND

fair haven yacht works jim cerrutiFair Haven Yacht Works owner Jim Cerruti in his boatyard last week. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njA Fair Haven marina lost the latest round Thursday night in a years-long and increasingly bitter battle with the borough government over property issues.

At a compliance hearing held in Rumson, Judge Thomas J. Smith III found that Fair Haven Yacht Works had not complied with an earlier ruling that it file a zoning application with the town, and upheld a $1,500 fine.

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RED BANK: SPRING STREET GETS STATE FUNDS

RED BANK Spring StreetThe cost of road rehabilitation work on Spring Street will be partially covered by a state grant. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank will get some of the $161.25 million in Municipal Aid Grants to be doled out for 2020 by the administration of Governor Phil Murphy, his office announced last week.

Other towns on the Greater Red Bank Green will also get slices of the pie.

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RED BANK: SNOW DOG SETS THE PACE

Enjoying the first snowfall of the season, Jack Monroe of Red Bank had his hands full walking his dog, Finn, through the parking lot at Tower Hill Church Tuesday morning.

“He’s loving it,” said Monroe. “A half-hour walking is taking an hour because he keeps laying down in the snow.”

Finn won’t have long to enjoy it. With temperatures heading into the low 40s, by late afternoon, the snow was melting fast. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: STORM WATCHER

Recently returned for its second visit, a giant inflatable elf was in its native element as snow fell on downtown Red Bank Monday.

The 12-foot-tall Santa’s helper is perched atop the vacant former bank building at 55 Broad Street, owned by developer Saxum Real Estate. During the holiday season, the elf will “mysteriously move” among Saxum’s properties around New Jersey, the firm said in a press release.

On Tuesday, the elf will get to watch the two or three inches of accumulated snow melt away, as sunshine returns and temperatures peak in the low 40s, according to the National Weather ServiceCheck out the extended forecast below. (Photos by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: WINTER STORM IN FORECAST

snow forecast 120219.pngA winter storm that’s expected to begin Monday and continue overnight could have modest effect on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the National Weather Service

Expect morning rain turning to sleet in the afternoon, with snow mixing in starting around 3 p.m. Overnight, the storm is expected to leave between one to four inches locally and end around 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Areas to the immediate west and north, however, will see heavier accumulations, with possible impacts on transportation. 

Check out the extended forecast below. (NWS image. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: CHRISTMAS COLOR IN AUTUMN

red bank kristin middleton 111619red bank holiday storefronts 111619 4Getting a jump on the Christmas season, Kristin Middleton of Ani Art Academy and a dozen other artists with Creative Red Bank painted holiday imagery on 48 downtown store windows over the weekend.

Weatherwise, seasonally cool autumn conditions prevail this week, starting with clouds and light rain Monday, according to the National Weather Service. Check out the extended forecast and additional photos below. (Photos by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK

Chilly mornings on the Greater Red Bank appear to be the norm as we reach the midpoint of November. And while we’ll see peak daytime temperatures slightly above 50 degrees Friday, they’ll top out below 40 degrees on Saturday, according to the National Weather Service

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FAIR HAVEN: KNOLLWOOD HONORS VETERANS

fair haven wwII veteran ray taylorKnollwood School students line the hallway to welcome special Veterans Day honorees. Ray Taylor, World War II veteran, stops to say thank you. (Fair Haven Public Schools)

(Fair Haven schools press release)

Current students were not enrolled when Knollwood School in Fair Havenb established the Wall of Honor as a way to recognize alumni who joined the Armed Forces. None were alive when the Gulf War broke out. Few students know the origin of the common peace sign, understand the war-related significance of poppies, or deeply appreciate the way “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” evolved to become Veterans Day.

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