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RED BANK: LAUNDROMAT TO REOPEN

117 monmouth 040916 1retail churn smallFour months after the Brownstone Dry Cleaner and Laundromat on Monmouth Street in Red Bank was evicted over tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid rent, the self-serve laundromat portion of the operation is expected to reopen soon under new management, one of the building’s owners tells redbankgreen. Nearly all dry-cleaned clothing left behind by the former tenant has been returned to customers, and the storefont at the corner of Pearl Street remains available for lease, the owner said. (Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: MAJOR STORM NEARS

RB SALT brine 012116 fh ice 012116 2Salt brine markings on Spring Street in Red Bank and dozens of kids on the ice at McCarter Pond in Fair Haven signaled the late arrival of true winter on the Greater Red Bank Green Thursday.

For emphasis, Mother Nature is planning a blizzard that’s expected to bring “extremely dangerous” travel conditions and possible power outages as a result of heavy wet snow, strong wind gusts and flooding, the National Weather Service forecasts. The region is expected to get about a foot of snow between Friday night and early Sunday morning, the NWS says. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: FIRST SNOW OF 2016

rb snow 011716 1The Greater Green got its first coating of snow of Winter 2016 Sunday evening, as seen on the fishing pier in Red Bank’s Marine Park.

With temperatures hovering just below 30 degrees, roads and sidewalks were expected to be icy Monday morning. The day’s forecast called for abundant sunshine, but no great rise in temperature through Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service(Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: A FLEETING TOUCH OF ICE

rb ice 010616After a two-day dalliance with winter, seen Wednesday in the form of an icy puddle on Bridge Avenue in Red Bank, the Greater Green returns to relatively warmer weather in the days ahead, according to the National Weather Service.

Over the next five days, nighttime temperatures are expected to be well above freezing, with daytime temps climbing daily until through Monday, according to the NWS forecast.

Looking beyond that, however, we can expect actual winter to hit us “with a vengeance” later this month and next, according to NJ.com (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK READY FOR STORM, SAYS DPU HEAD

rb snow 012115 2Plows will roll out of the borough DPU yard on Chestnut Street starting at about 3 a.m. Thursday, says a borough official. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

As recently as Tuesday morning, “we were begging for salt,” Red Bank utilities head Gary Watson tells redbankgreen.

But by the end of the day, his department obtained a load of salt – just enough, Watson expects, to get the town through the snowstorm forecast for Wednesday night into Thursday, when 6 to 10 inches are expected to fall.

“We’re OK for this event,” Watson said Wednesday afternoon, moments after wrapping a meeting at which plowing assignments were given out.

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RED BANK: RESCUED DEER SAVED – AGAIN

DEER 022815 14The doe allowed caretakers to swaddle it in blankets for several hours Saturday evening, above. Below, the doe struggling to escape the frigid Navesink that afternoon; the deer at left drowned. (Photo above by Stan Balmer, below by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

deer 022815 9A deer saved in a dramatic rescue from the frigid waters of the frozen Navesink River Saturday was released later that night – but only after veterinary professionals suggested it be euthanized, redbankgreen has learned.

Second Deputy Fire Chief Pete DeFazio said personnel at the Red Bank Veterinary Hospital in Tinton Falls told him and other emergency volunteers that the hospital had no facilities for the deer, which while uninjured, was cold and immobile, and would probably be euthanized.

“I said, ‘why, after we went to all this trouble, would you euthanize it?'” DeFazio told redbankgreen Monday evening. “How can you kill this thing after all we went through to save it?”

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RED BANK: DEER RESCUED FROM FROZEN RIVER

Video of the rescue as the boat goes out a second time and brings in a deer. Below, the two deer in the channel they created as they tried to escape. (Video and photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

deer 022815 3One deer was rescued and another drowned after they fell through the ice on the Navesink River off Red Bank Saturday afternoon.

The dramatic rescue of a doe followed an all-out effort by local fire and first aid volunteers assembled on the dock of the Oyster Point Hotel, on the Red Bank side.

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MORE WHITE ON GREEN?

rb green van 013015This delightful vignette seen outside the former Douglass Auto Electric repair shop at the corner of Maple Avenue and Drs. James Parker Boulevard in Red Bank Friday seems the perfect accompaniment to this breaking weather forecast…

The Greater Red Bank Green could be in for a bit more snow accumulation overnight into Monday morning. There appears to be agreement among the National Weather Service, Weather Underground and the Weather Channel that we’ll see less than an inch of snow overnight and again Monday, but that ice as a result of intermittent rain could make the morning commute hazardous. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: BRACING FOR A BLIZZARD

bread 012515The bread shelves at the SuperFoodtown in Red Bank were nearly bare Sunday afternoon as locals stocked up in anticipation of a blizzard expected to sock the region Monday and Tuesday.

The National Weather Service expects light snow Monday morning, but has a blizzard warning in effect from noon Monday through 6 p.m. Tuesday, with whiteout conditions and accumulations expected to total 18 to 28 inches, with higher drifts as a result of strong winds.

As of 6 p.m. Sunday, Red Bank had cancelled trash and recycling pickups scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, and was reminding residents to get their vehicles off the street once snow starts falling. Details here.

Be sure to check with redbankgreen and our Facebook page for updates, including closings and reschedulings. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK: PLOWING THE NORTH 40

GUBBAY 012415“I’ve been dying for a real snow,” Adrian Gubbay told redbankgreen as he cleared slush in front of a neighbor’s house on Madison Avenue in Red Bank Saturday morning. The overnight snowfall gave Gubbay his first opportunity to use an old family tractor he’d restored in recent months. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

ON THE GREEN: IT GETS UGLY FAST

rb snow 012415 5rb snow 012415 4It looked pretty for a while. But an overnight snowfall – the first significant one of the season – that left two inches of white on the Greater Red Bank Green had been turned by rain into serious slush by 5 a.m. Saturday in downtown Red Bank.

The National Weather Service forecast is for a rain throughout the day Saturday, heavy at times, turning to snow showers overnight but with little or no accumulation. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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ON THE GREEN: SNOW AND RAIN IN FORECAST

rb ice 012215Snow may blanket more than just our beautiful Navesink River, as seen from Maple Avenue in Red Bank Thursday. The National Weather Service says we could get up to three inches between late Friday night and Saturday morning, with the precipitation turning back to rain as temperatures rise to about 38 degrees during the day. (Weather Underground and the Weather Channel put it at up to five inches.) Sunday is expected to be mostly sunny, but there could be more accumulating snow Sunday night and Monday.   (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: SNOWFALL LEAVES A DUSTING

rb snow 012215An overnight snow left cars and lawns lightly dusted, but Pinckney Road and other streets in Red Bank were clear shortly after 5 a.m. Thursday.

A more significant snowfall is expected this weekend, however, when up to four inches of snow may accumulate Friday night and Saturday, the National Weather Service forecasts. More accumulation is possible Sunday night and Monday, it says.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: EXPECT SLIPPERY ROADS

rb plows 012115rb snow 012115 1Red Bank borough plows and a salt spreader at the Broad Street post office stand at the ready for expected snow Wednesday afternoon. The National Weather Service puts the likelihood of snow after 5 p.m. at 60 percent, with slippery roadway conditions an accumulation of less than an inch overnight.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: CHANCE OF SNOW WEDNESDAY

rb snowman 020314 3An umbrella, and snow boots, may come in handy Wednesday afternoon. According to the National Weather Service, there’s a 70-percent chance that rain mixed with snow will begin falling on the greater Red Bank Green after 1 p.m., and  change to just snow by 4 p.m., mucking up the evening commute. The snow could continue overnight into Thursday morning, with accumulations of an inch or two. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

WEATHER: MILD FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

rb ice 011715Skaters and ice boaters shared the freeze-hardened Navesink River Saturday, as seen from Cooper’s Bridge between Red Bank and Middletown. Then came Sunday’s daylong deluge of nearly an inch-and-a-half of rain, according to the National Weather Service.

The forecast for Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day: partial sunshine and a high near 41 degrees. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

RED BANK LOADS UP ON POTHOLE FIXER

rb pothole 022114A Red Bank DPW worker fills potholes at East Front Street and Washington Street with cold patch last week. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

It’s white-knuckle driving season in Red Bank as motorist navigate jagged, gaping potholes in the aftermath of several weeks of snowy and icy weather.

Reports of flat tires, busted axles and near-miss accidents are common.

What are the road crews doing about it? Filling holes with a temporary asphalt product called cold patch, DPW supervisor Bobby Holiday tells redbankgreen.

But finding the stuff was a bit nervewracking in itself.

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RED BANK: POTHOLE-NECK ON WHITE STREET

rb potholes 021814Never a joy to negotiate, the narrow east end of White Street at Broad in Red Bank was reduced to a single lane Tuesday morning by orange cones warning of potholes. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: ICE-FILLED CRATERS ABOUND

rb pothole 021714rb pothole 021714 2 Weeks of abuse in the form of heavy snow, thawing and refreezing have left numerous craters in the streets of Red Bank, where orange barrels are now appearing to divert motorists. One is in the middle of the westbound lane on Reckless Place, at Broad Street, above, and another is in the center of East Bergen Place near Hudson Avenue, at right. The borough maintains a hotline to which motorists can report potholes: 732-530-2691. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: NOT MUCH LEFT OF BOAT TO PROBE

navesink ice 012614 18“Not much of evidentiary value” remains of the icebound boat that burned on the Navesink off Red Bank early Wednesday, State Police spokeswoman Trooper Irina Spies said Thursday. “It burned to the water line.” Still, an investigation continues, and the agency’s marine unit will look into claims reported by redbankgreen that the Fiddler was the scene of a prior fire after the river froze in late January, she said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)