RED BANK: PAWSING TO KICK OFF SUMMER

red bank dog days 062419 red bank dog daysThe first of two Red Bank Dog Days of Summer scheduled for this season drew several hundred canines and their handlers to  Marine Park on a slightly muggy evening Monday. The next one is slated for August 12.

Speaking of muggy, residents of the Greater Red Bank Green awoke to growling skies Tuesday morning, as a summer rain rolled in for what looked to be a day of scattered showers, according to the National Weather Service. Check out the extended forecast below. (Photos by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: MORE RAIN FORECAST, BUDDY

red bank flooding 061819A pickup truck plows through the flooded, and newly rebuilt, intersection of East Bergen Place and Hudson Avenue in Red Bank Tuesday evening.

The heavy downpour caused “major” plumbing and drainage issues during the opening act at the Count Basie Basie Center for the Arts, prompting the cancellation of a concert by bluesman Buddy Guy, said a venue spokesman. The show was rescheduled for November 11.

More heavy rain looms as a possibility Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by Trish Russoniello.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: A BRIEF BOUT OF ANGLOMANIA

red bank royal visit 1939 2A detail from the front page of the Red Bank Register’s June 15, 1939 edition. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njIt was a day unlike any ever seen before or since in Red Bank, turning hordes of area residents and visitors into Anglophiles, at least for a late-spring morning.

Imagine: an estimated 200,000 people jamming downtown Red Bank and the roadways through Little Silver, Fair Haven, Rumson and Sea Bright to catch a glimpse of king and queen of England.

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LITTLE SILVER: NEFF TROUNCES BRANDT

bob neff little silverMayor Bob Neff embraces his wife and twin daughters as early results were announced at a backyard party. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

ELECTION 2019Little Silver Mayor Bob Neff easily won the first, not to mention oddest, Republican primary the borough has seen in decades Tuesday.

By more than a 2-1 margin, Neff held off a challenge from first-time candidate Rick Brandt in a race in that saw Brandt banned from firehouses and schools over his campaign’s unauthorized use of photos.

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LITTLE SILVER: CAMPAIGN SIGNS SPARK IRE

Ingrid Garcia says this video she recorded shows Little Silver GOP Chairman Stuart Van Winkle harassing her and her husband in their shop. (Video by Ingrid Garcia. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

ELECTION 2019The mom-and-pop owners of a Little Silver auto detailing shop say they have come under attack by supporters of Mayor Bob Neff in recent days for supporting his challenger in next week’s Republican primary election.

Exhibit A, they say, is a video showing them in a tense confrontation last Thursday with local GOP Chairman Stuart Van Winkle.

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LITTLE SILVER: BRANDT SKIPS GOP FACE-OFF

little silver mayor bob neff Mayor Bob Neff was the sole mayoral candidate at the event at Markham Place School. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

His campaign signs may be everywhere in town, but the challenger in Little Silver’s first mayoral primary in memory was a no-show at the Republican candidates’ forum Tuesday night.

Rick Brandt’s absence occurred less than a week after he was banned from school property for events at which children are present over his unauthorized use of photos, redbankgreen has learned.

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LITTLE SILVER: BRANDT PHOTOBOMBS AGAIN

Rick Brandt during an interview in January. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

ELECTION 2019Already under suspension by the volunteer fire department for improper use of photos in his campaign, the Republican challenger for mayor in Little Silver is in another flap over photos, this time with the school district.

Rick Brandt, who’s up against incumbent Mayor Bob Neff in the GOP primary next month, has also drawn the ire of the organization that manages the town’s most historic property.

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RED BANK: WET START TO MIXED WEEK

After a soggy Mother’s Day, the new workweek starts off Monday with rain, possibly heavy at times, on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the National Weather Service

From there, it’s more of the same of what we’ve seen lots of lately: alternating clouds, sun and rain. Check out the extended forecast below. (Image by NWS.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: SUNNY, WARM START TO WEEK

accidental photo red bankA plastic insect added a bit of color to East Front Street in Red Bank last Thursday afternoon, when sunshine was abundant.

After a gray, rather soggy weekend, the new work week buzzes to life Monday under mostly sunny skies, with peak temperatures in the high 60s, according to the Weather Channel

It’ll be even warmer Tuesday. Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.) Read More »

RED BANK: GRAY SKIES FOR MOST OF WEEK

Don’t be alarmed by all those gray squares above. The Greater Red Bank Green probably isn’t in for a weeklong soaking.

According to the National Weather Service, after a sunny start Monday morning, skies will turn cloudy, possibly bringing rain overnight. From Tuesday through most of Thursday, gray skies will linger, but with the likelihood of rain below 50 percent, the NWS forecasts.

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

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RED BANK: WINDY T-STORMS POSSIBLE

The Greater Red Bank Green lies outside the area of highest risk, but could still be in for a soaking Friday.

According to the National Weather Service, several rounds of showers and thunderstorms will impact the region into the evening. Damaging winds are possible.

The weekend will bring a mix: sun, clouds, wind, and maybe a trace of rain. Check out the extended forecast below. (Image by NWS Mt. Holly. Click to enlarge.) Read More »

LITTLE SILVER: SPOTLIGHT ON NARROW LANE

little silver church lane Church Lane runs alongside the Embury Methodist Church cemetery. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Not for the first time, Little Silver officials have taken up the question of what to do with a short, narrow roadway that’s a vestige of 19th-century life.

Some residents want it turned into a one-way to address the issue of today’s “humongous” family cars.

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FAIR HAVEN, LITTLE SILVER: PAIR CHARGED

fair haven little silver red bank alleged burglarsA security camera in Red Bank helped police in other towns identify the suspects as Jeffrey Smith, left, and Michael D’Autorio, police said. (Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

little silver nj policeTwo Ocean County men who apparently didn’t get the memo about the widespread use of home surveillance cameras were charged by police in Fair Haven, Little Silver and elsewhere with burglary this week.

 

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RED BANK: TORNADO WATCH ISSUED

RED BANK STORMSThe Weather Channel app early Monday showed potentially severe storms expected to roll across the Greater Red Bank Green over a two-hour period ending at 7 a.m.

Shortly after 1 a.m., the National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for the region that includes eastern Monmouth County, with the threat also expected to end by 7 a.m. (Tornado preparation info is here.)

In addition, the NWS warned of strong winds, with gusts of up to 50 miles per hour, between noon and 10 p.m. “With the ground saturated from previous rain, trees and power lines will be more susceptible to the adverse effects of strong winds,” the NWS warned.

Any way you look at it, the forecast suggested a bumpy start to the workweek. Check out the extended forecast below.

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LITTLE SILVER: SPORTS CUTS SPARK OUTRAGE

RED BANK REGIONAL BOE 032019Heavy turnout forced the relocation of the RBR board meeting to the media center, above. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njRed Bank Regional students and parents packed a board of ed meeting Wednesday night in a bid to save the ice hockey and golf programs from a budgetary axe.

With a preliminary spending plan calling for a 6.5-percent tax increase, board members defended the cuts as necessary before parents appeared to coalesce around a plan to save the sports through outside fundraisers.

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LITTLE SIVER: RBR TEACHERS BLAST MOORE

RED BANK REGIONAL LOU MOORESuperintendent Lou Moore at Wednesday’s RBR board meeting. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njThe union representing teachers at Red Bank Regional accused Superintendent Lou Moore Wednesday night of running the three-town high school district with an “authoritarian” approach and a “general lack of integrity.”

The bombshell accusations were made at a board of ed meeting hours after the Red Bank Regional Education Association’s members “overwhelmingly” cast a no-confidence vote against Moore, said math teacher Sunny Lenhard.

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LITTLE SILVER: BAG & STRAW BAN PENDING

little silver plastic bagsThe Carvel store on Prospect Avenue would be the first in the chain to drop plastic straws and cups, says owner Jessica Newman. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njWith a recycling problem taking hold across America, Little Silver appears set to become the first town on the Greater Red Bank Green to ban plastic straws and store bags.

An ordinance introduced last week has the reluctant support of local retailers, borough officials say.

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RED BANK: (ITALIAN) ICE FORECAST

red bank lighthouse italian iceA sure sign that spring is nigh: Strollo’s Lighthouse in Red Bank opened Friday for another season of serving Italian ice and other frozen treats. A good time to get in line might be 5:58 p.m. Wednesday, the official start of spring.

Meantime, the Greater Red Bank Green is in for some mild weather, according to the National Weather Service.  Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by Trish Russoniello.  Click to enlarge.) Read More »

LITTLE SILVER: BRANDT ON THE OUTS WITH FD

rick brandt little silve nj fireRick Brandt on the scene of a June, 2017 condo fire in Little Silver. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

ELECTION 2019A Republican candidate for mayor in Little Silver is in hot water with the volunteer fire department in which he’s a member.

Rick Brandt, who’s challenging incumbent Mayor Bob Neff in the GOP primary, is under suspension by the department for improper use of imagery, redbankgreen has learned.

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RED BANK: STATE OF EMERGENCE…EH

red bank snowred bank snow 030419 Roads on the Greater Red Bank Green were clear before dawn Monday as a storm left just a fraction of the four-to-seven inches of anticipated snow overnight. Melt-off was well underway with temperatures in the mid-30s.

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