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RED BANK: GIVING TUESDAY 2022

This year’s Giving Tuesday is November 29, marking the 10th year of the annual push to “inspire generosity around the world, with a common mission to build a world where generosity is part of everyday life.”

Here are some Red Bank area organizations seeking help – and one that plans to give a boost to others.

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RED BANK: PORCHFEST ROCKS TOWN

Sunshine, cool weather, beach chairs, bikes and guitars… Red Bank’s first-ever Porchfest music festival “went off as flawlessly as it could” Sunday, said lone mayoral candidate Billy Portman

The five-hour festival, which Portman organized with HABcore executive Marta Quinn as a fundraiser for the housing nonprofit, put more than 80 musical acts on 22 porches, lawns and driveways across the borough. Each drew an audience, some in the hundreds.

Traveling around to the various porches, yards and driveways, “I just watched it grow as the hours got later,” Portman told redbankgreen.

The event was nonpolitical, Portman said, though “it is completely aligned with what I hope to do more of as a mayor, and that is bring people together, and focus more on our similarities, and less on our differences.” He also hopes to make Porchfest as an annual occurrence, he said.

redbankgreen stopped in at all 22 venues. Here’s some of what we saw; click photos to enlarge.

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RED BANK: PORCHFEST TO FILL EARS & HEARTS

An interactive map for the event displays the lineup of acts at each location; click on circled numbers to view. Below, Carlotta Schmidt is among the scheduled artists. (Photo from YouTube. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

It was not that long ago that Red Bank was a place of large-scale, outdoor music festivals. One needn’t be ancient to recall the sprawling, weekend-long Jersey Shore Jazz & Blues Festival in Marine Park each summer, or the spring-and-fall festivals in the White Street parking lot, both of which went dark this year.

But this Sunday, live, open-air concerts come roaring back to the borough in a new, decentralized model that’s been road-tested elsewhere: Porchfest, a five-hour eargasm of 70 acts spread across town on 21 residential porches, plus 11 more acts at a previously scheduled music fest behind a dentist’s office.

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RED BANK: HABCORE EXPANSION COMPLETED

The interior of one of the four new HABcore apartments at 119 River Street. (Photo by HABcore. Click to enlarge)

HABcore press release

On Tuesday, September 29, 2020 HABcore celebrated the grand opening of its 4-unit expansion project on River Street in Red Bank. This project was funded through donations by generous community individuals as well as New Jersey Natural Gas, the Lydia Collins deForest Charitable Trust, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ National Housing Trust Fund, and the Jon Bon Jovi Soul Foundation.

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RED BANK: HABCORE EXPANSION APPROVED

HABcore plans to add a four-apartment addition to the rear of the two-family home it owns at 119 River Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank-based nonprofit housing provider HABcore won approval Thursday night for an expansion plan that would triple the size of a home it owns on the West Side.

The zoning board unanimously OKd the plan to add four apartments to what’s now a two-family house on River Street after several borough residents spoke in favor of it and no objections were raised.

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RED BANK: HABCORE PLAN FACES HURDLES

HABcore hopes to win approval to build a four-apartment addition to the rear of the two-family home it owns at 119 River Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A nonprofit housing organization’s proposed expansion of a house it owns on Red Bank’s West Side ran into some resistance at the zoning board last week.

While board members agreed that HABcore’s plan to add four apartments to what’s now a two-family house on River Street is “inherently beneficial” as defined by zoning law, at least one board member expressed concern that it would result in “a huge building for this neighborhood.”

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RED BANK: HABCORE RAISES $55K

Past HABcore presidents Marilyn Pearlman, Rolf Marganeau and Sue Harbison with Board of Trustees President Kathleen Mullarkey and Executive Director Steve Heisman.

Press release from HABcore

On Friday, October 6, over 150 guests attended the HABcore Home Sweet Home Gala held at the beautiful Navesink Country Club in Middletown. HABcore is proud to announce they raised $55,000 at the gala for the services HABcore provides each day to residents in their expanding programs.

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RED BANK: GARAGE CONVERSION NIXED

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank homeowners who long to transform their garages into living space: take note. The borough zoning board  summarily nixed a plan to convert a garage behind a Maple Avenue office building into a single-family home Thursday night.

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RED BANK: HABCORE APARTMENTS ON AGENDA

On the Red Bank zoning board agenda for Thursday night: a proposal to convert a two-family home on River Street to a six-unit apartment building.

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RED BANK: PARKER OFFICE TO GET NEW LIFE

A rendering shows the proposed look of 175 Shrewsbury Avenue as seen along East Leonard Street, at top, and from Shrewsbury Avenue. (Rendering by Michael Monroe. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

After years of neglect, the longtime office of beloved father-and-son Red Bank physicians, Drs. James Parker Sr. and Jr., was cleared for rehabilitation by the zoning board Thursday night.

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RED BANK: APARTMENTS, RETAIL ON AGENDA

The boarded-up house at 175 Shrewsbury Avenue would get first-floor retail space if the owner’s plan is approved. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

[UPDATE: The October 5 zoning board meeting on these two applications has been cancelled.]

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank’s zoning board is scheduled to hear proposals for two West Side properties Thursday night.

One would revive a boarded-up house on Shrewsbury Avenue, and the other would add four apartments to what’s now a two-family house on River Street.

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RED BANK: OYSTERFEST IS PARTY TIME

The soulful vocals of Remember Jones, below, add to to the vibe when Guinness Oysterfest returns for an eighth annual stand Sunday. 

While efforts are underway to restore oyster populations in the local waterways that once boasted them in abundance, Red Bank celebrates the opening of oyster season by, well, opening a few thousand oysters — not to mention a beverage or two.

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RUMSON: ARTISTS RETURN TO CANTERBURY

The annual Canterbury Art Show unfurls its Labor Day weekend “Tapestry of the Arts” festival beginning with a reception and preview sale Friday.

It’s an event that regularly draws the participation of nearly 100 area artists, and a display that boasts an inventory of more than 600 creative works in a myriad of media.

Going up in Rumson this weekend for its sixth annual edition — the fourth since making a well-received move to the Labor Day holiday interlude — the festival known as the Canterbury Art Show…a Tapestry of the Arts is also a forum in which several of the artists put themselves on live-action display, and in which the grandest work of art just might be the host venue itself.

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RUMSON: A CANTERBURY TAIL ON SUMMER

The_Women_by_Ellen_Gavin“The Women” by Ellen Gavin (above) and “Pear Box” by Mary Beth Ober (below) are among the works represented at the annual Canterbury Art Show, the three-day “Tapestry of the Arts” that returns to St. George’s Church this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Pear_Box_by_MaryBeth_OberIt’s a local tradition of relatively recent minting, despite the historic setting and a name that evokes the lore and legend of centuries. But when the Canterbury Art Show…a Tapestry of the Arts event returns to St. George’s by the River Episcopal Church in Rumson for a fifth annual edition (the third since making a well-received move to Labor Day weekend), it will take its place as one of most eagerly anticipated harbingers of “local” summer on the Greater Red Bank Green.

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RED BANK MAYOR’S BALL RETURNS MAY 6

anderson menna 050115Mayor Pasquale Menna, right with Carol and John Anderson at the first Mayor’s Ball, in 2015. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

Press release from Red Bank Mayor’s Ball Committee 

Mayor Pasquale Menna will be the host — and former Mayor Edward J. McKenna Jr. will serve as master of ceremonies — when the Red Bank Mayor’s Charity Ball returns to The Oyster Point Hotel for its second annual edition on Friday, May 6.

The event, which begins at 7 p.m., will honor retired public works supervisor and zoning board member Jesse Garrison (Humanitarian Award), the Count Basie Theatre (Cultural and Arts Award), the Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department (Historical Legacy Award), Philip J. Bowers & Co. (Urban Development Award), and Riverview Medical Center (Manufacturing and Technology Award). Red Bank RiverCenter, the Special Improvement District founded in 1991, will be recognized as it marks its 25th Anniversary.

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RUMSON: ALL ROADS LEAD TO CANTERBURY

canterbury fair 1The annual Canterbury Art Show returns to St. George’s Church this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Works by painter Lee Jamieson, including one below, are included. (Above photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge.)

Lee_Jamieson,_Holy_Canola!Returning to St. George’s by the River Episcopal Church in Rumson for the fourth consecutive year — and making its sophomore stand on Labor Day weekend — the annual Canterbury Art Show… a Tapestry of the Arts event commandeers the historic landmark house of worship for a three day event that’s become something of a best-kept secret among locals, and a harbinger of the season beyond the beach-traffic throngs.

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RUMSON: ON THE ROAD TO CANTERBURY FAIR

The_Ruthie_n'_Junie,_Belford,_NJ_by_Michael_ScherfenMore than 90 artists — including Michael Scherfen, whose award winning painting “The Ruthie ‘n Junie, Belford NJ” is pictured above — are expected to participate in this year’s Canterbury Art Show in Rumson. The annual event returns to St. George’s Church in September, with advance tickets now available.

Returning for the fourth consecutive year to St. George’s by the River Episcopal Church in Rumson — and relocated once more to Labor Day weekend — the annual Canterbury Art Show…A Tapestry of the Arts event brings one of the area’s largest exhibitions and sales of juried and non-juried artwork back to the banks of the greater Green.

Hundreds of attendees and art patrons have enjoyed the show, in which more than 600 works by artists from all over New Jersey and beyond are displayed each year. All proceeds from the Art Show directly benefit St. George’s-by-the-River and its Outreach Grants to more than 30 local agencies serving the needy of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, including Lunch Break, Parker Family Health Clinic, Family Promise, HABcore, The Center in Asbury Park, and more.

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ST. GEORGE’S ART FAIR MOVES TO LABOR DAY

sunflowerSUNFLOWER NEST by Avery Brighton was among the prize-winning works displayed at last year’s Canterbury Art Show…A Tapestry of the Arts. The three-day festival returns on Labor Day weekend to St. George’s by the River in Rumson.

Returning to St. George’s by the River Episcopal Church in Rumson for the third consecutive year, the annual Canterbury Art Show…a Tapestry of the Arts event moves to Labor Day weekend for the 2014 edition of the local exhibition and sale of juried and non-juried artwork.

Hundreds of attendees have enjoyed the Canterbury Art Show, at which more than 600 works by artists from all over New Jersey and beyond are displayed and sold. Event times for this year’s show are Friday, August 29 from 11am to 6 pm; Saturday, August 30 from 10 am to 6 pm, and Sunday, August 31 from 12pm to 4pm. A special Meet the Artists reception will be held Friday evening from 7 pm to 9 pm. All proceeds from the Art Show directly benefit St. George’s-by-the-River and its Outreach Grants to more than 30 local agencies serving the needy of Monmouth and Ocean counties, including Lunch Break, Family Promise, HABcore, 180 Turning Lives Around, and more.

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HABCORE SUPPORTERS BEAT THE HEAT

habcore-062610A brownout curtailed the live jazz (and the air conditioning), but guests at Ed and Laurie McNamee’s home in Rumson had a cool time nonetheless Saturday evening. They also raised funds for Red Bank-based HABcore, which provides temporary and permanent housing to unemployed and disabled persons.

We’ve got more pix from the event, courtesy of Peter Lindner, in a Flickr file.