ON THE GREEN: A FORTUNE IN HISTORIC VALUE

mumford fortune 072716 2The Eastern Branch of the Monmouth County Library in Shrewsbury hosts an exhibit about Red Bank’s T. Thomas Fortune House, seen here during a student tour in July. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.) 

Press release from T. Thomas Fortune Project Committee

The fourth annual T. Thomas Fortune Birthday Celebration (a fundraiser hosted recently at the Oyster Point Hotel under the title “Fortune . . . Telling the Truth”) kicked off a string of events to highlight the restoration of the T. Thomas Fortune House, a National Historic Landmark, into the T. Thomas Fortune Cultural Center.

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RED BANK: CURLEY, CHRISTIE TRADED F-BOMBS

SB christie long 082813Governor Chris Christie with Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long in August, 2013, just days before lanes to the George Washington Bridge were shut down as part of an alleged campaign of political retaliation. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

WARNING: The F bomb and other profanity appears in this post.

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03The Bridgegate trial underway in federal court in Newark served up some scatological testimony Wednesday about a purported expletive-packed exchange between Governor Chris Christie and former Red Bank Councilman (now Monmouth County Freeholder) John Curley.

According to various reports, a former Christie staffer, Christopher Stark, described a volcanic phone call between the two Republican pols after Curley referred to the governor as a “fat fuck,” an insult Curley acknowledges he leveled, in so many words.

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CURLEY TAKES ON FOOD STAMP DELAYS

Freeholder John Curley (right) of Middletown has declared a “food stamp emergency” after learning that Monmouth County’s government has fallen three months behind on processing food stamp applications from the needy.

Curley, who assumed oversight of the county Department of Human Services last month, said in a press announcement Tuesday that he has ordered an “immediate acceleration” of the review process.

“It is unacceptable in Monmouth County for any of our citizens to go hungry when they are eligible under federal criteria to receive food stamps,” he said.

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CURLEY: OCEANIC DETOUR WILL HIT HARD

oceanic-bridgeThe Oceanic Bridge will be closed for months for repair work this fall. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Long-awaited repairs to the Oceanic Bridge are expected to get started this fall, but the extent of the repairs will cause the bridge, which connects Rumson and Middletown over the Navesink River, to be closed for months, sending a blow to Rumson’s business district.

“It’s going to be devastating to the businesses,” said Monmouth County Freeholder John Curley. “Literally devastating.”

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CURLEY TAKES AIM AT COLLEGE PREXY’S PERKS

curleyMonmouth County Freeholder John Curley, right, has turned his sights on a raft of generous perks being paid to Brookdale Community College President Peter Burnham, according to a report in today’s Asbury Park Press.

It turns out that in addition to his annual $216,000 salary, Burnham gets a country club membership, a housing allowance, a car and up to $40,000 a year of tuition coverage for two his children.

Curley, a Republican who served as a Red Bank council member before moving to Middletown and in 2008, calls the package “an extravagance at a time and place when there’s no room for extravagance,” the Press reports.

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A PLETHORA OF PADDLING

Scenes from Paddle the Navesink Day, captured by Peter Lindner. (To enlarge the photo display, start it, then click the embiggen symbol in the lower right corner. To get back to redbankgreen, hit your escape key.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Bill and Jean Trudell were not friends with Ann Halligan before Saturday. Then, all of a sudden, a couple of kayaks brought them together.

By day’s end they were chatting over burgers at Monmouth Boat Club, retracing their strokes on the Navesink earlier.

The Trudells, of Hazlet, now have a paddle pal in Halligan, who lives in Rumson. All three, thanks to Saturday’s first Paddle the Navesink Day, are now leaning towards buying kayaks and hitting the water more often. None of the three had ventured out on the river that way before Saturday.

By that measure, you can call Paddle Day a success, and Cindy Burnham, who co-founded the river celebration, certainly did.

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