The geyser aerator at Mohawk Pond in Red Bank added a refreshing visual touch while helping ensure adequate oxygen for recently stocked trout last week.
The Greater Red Bank Green may see a spritz or two of rain Monday and again later in the week, according to the National Weather Service. Check out the extended forecast below. (redbankgreen photo. Click to enlarge.)
Lunchtime at Count Basie Fields, where a bit of shade is hard to find. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
By JOHN T. WARD
It was pretty much roasting at Red Bank’s Count Basie Fields last Thursday morning as a dozen or so day campers huddled under a pop-up tent. On site supervisor Rose Sestito’s cellphone, the Weather Channel app registered a “feels like” reading of 100 degrees.
It was even hotter out on the rubberized artificial turf where the kids had just been playing, said a sweat-soaked counselor, cooling his heels inside the snack bar while a bunch of his colleagues crowed beneath the shade of rare tree on the sprawling facility’s grounds.
Zack Forest of Red Bank, at right above, got help from 11-year-old Alex Pane, and other members of Boy Scout Troop 67 (Tower Hill) over the past two weekends as he completed a community service project required for certification as an Eagle Scout: refurbishing benches and picnic tables at Mohawk Pond and Eastside Park.
Why work on benches? “Because they needed to be done,” said Forest, a 17-year-old junior at Red Bank Regional, who worked with the borough DPW on the project. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
James Tulley of Asbury Park shows off his catch from the first day of trout fishing at Red Bank’s Mohawk Pond Saturday morning. “All the guys come out and laugh and joke and get in some fishing,” said Tulley, who stops at the pond every year on opening day.
The the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife does an annual restocking of the pond with trout. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
Afterward, participants watched a pair of ospreys soar above the pond and a admired a blue heron, right, as it fed a the pond’s western edge. According to the state, the pond is slated to receive a total 960 rainbow and brown trout this season, which opens Saturday at 8 a.m. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)