RBR GRABS FIRST NIGHT WIN; RBC ROLLS

After four years of waiting for a home victory under the lights, fans of Red Bank Regional’s varsity football team had their patience rewarded Friday night as the Bucs beat Wall, 21-14, in a game that went down to the final play. Rich Chrampanis of Shore Sports Zone, a new video-based local sports website, has the highlights, including some stellar play by RBR’s Alim Godsey.

Shore Sports Zone’s amazing six-matchup recap also includes highlights of Red Bank Catholic versus Long Branch at Count Basie Field, where the Caseys rolled to their second win of the season.

Take it to Shore Sports Zone for the big picture as Chrampanis and Company bring you live scores from Saturday’s games.

FAIR HAVEN: STARS IN ONE’S EARS

Celluloid earrings featuring James Dean are among the items included in the going-out-of-business sale at Nature’s Emporium. (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Welcome to Window Shopping the Green, a new regular feature for redbankgreen.

The idea here is simply to call out interesting items that catch our eye as we wander the stores of the Green.

We kick off with an ending, though. Fair Haven’s Nature’s Emporium will close its doors March 2 after 40 years of business, but not before hosting a blowout sale.

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FOOD FOR… SPORTS GEAR AND FIELD LIGHTS

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Upcoming: Thursday, August 16

Red Bank Flavour, a culinary campaign driven by the borough’s restaurants and food stores, presents “A Night on the Navesink: A Flavour Summer Soiree” at the Molly Pitcher Inn on Thursday, August 16.

Held at Red Bank’s newly renovated riverfront hotel, the evening, co-sponsored by hotel owner J.P. Barry Hospitality, will offer guests culinary samplings from more than 20 borough eateries, as well as wine samplings, libations and craft beer selections from New Jersey breweries.

A portion of proceeds from “A Night on the Navesink” will benefit Lunch Break and the Red Bank Middle School Athletics Foundation.

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HOOPS UNDER A SLANTING SUN, THEN LIGHTS

boardsblake-hamiltonUnder the aegis of Rumson-Fair Haven boys basketball coach Chris Champeau, ‘Thursday Night Lights‘ hoops action is back at Rumson’s Victory Park for the second summer, with fivesomes that feature top high school, college and even a few pro players.

Jump ball on the first game of four is at 5:45 p.m., admittance is free, and Champeau, who doubles as the announcer, is quick off the dribble with lighthearted humor. (Click to enlarge)

BROTHERS TAKE TOP HOME-DECORATING SWAG

14-catherine First place: 14 Catherine Street, home of Patrick Hussey & Family. (Click to enlarge)

Let the maple syrup flow!

The winners of Red Bank’s annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest have been selected, with winning households taking home half-gallon jugs of maple syrup made in Vermont by Jules Prown, father of event co-sponsor David Prown of Prown’s Home Improvements.

And this year, the top two winners are brothers who own homes on the West Side.

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A YARDFUL OF HOLIDAY SPIRIT

xmas-lights1The holiday decorating at 77 Shrewsbury Avenue isn’t done yet. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

There’s no shortage of Christmas spirit at Natividad Oliveras’s Red Bank home. Just a shortage of real estate.

If you’ve seen her Shrewsbury Avenue residence, you understand.

The front yard is a tightly packed tableau of holiday cheer, with candy canes hanging from her fence and an array of biblical characters, snowmen, Santa Clauses, reindeer and toy soldiers staked in just about every available patch of grass she owns.

“We’re not even done yet,” Oliveras said.

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ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET, PLUG IN

holiday-dec-09Two of last year’s winners: the Philips residence on Reckless Place and the Lauterwasser residence on East Westside Avenue. (Click to enlarge)

OK, lovers of electric light: your season is officially here. It’s time for Red Bank’s annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest.

We’re talking tons of twinkle. We’re talking inflatable, ground-lit Santas. We’re talking wattage.

Oh, and there’s Vermont maple syrup, not to mention bragging rights, at stake.

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MAPLE AVENUE LIGHTS TO BE TWEAKED

hot-topic rightRed Bank police will roll out a portable flashing sign warning motorists not to block intersections at the north end of Route 35/Maple Avenue, Captain Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

But fixing traffic tie-ups in the vicinity of new traffic lights at West Front Street and the West Street/White Street intersection “is less a matter of enforcement than it is about the timing of the lights,” McConnell says.

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LIGHTS UP FOR HOME DECORATING CONTEST

holiday-lightsA house on Drs. James Parker Boulevard done up for the holidays. Below, a Hudson Avenue residence.

For Red Bank homeowners with a taste for holiday season displays, it’s time. Gotta to get out those ladders and tangled strands of twinklers from the cellar this weekend.

The second annual borough-hosted home decorating contest goes into the judge phase starting Monday.

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MAPLE AVENUE LIGHTS STILL DARK

maple-lightsInstallation work is done. Just waiting for the cable guy, er, the utility company. (Click to enlarge)

What’s with the new traffic lights that are supposed to smooth the flow of traffic past the Red Bank bottleneck of Maple Avenue/Route 35, Water, White and West Front Streets?

State Department of Transportation contractors appear to have cleared out after the installation of new traffic signals. But the black plastic covering remains on the lights.

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