ARMY CORPS MAPPING NAVESINK RIVER FLOOR

army corp boat 052914Have you noticed a small, two-hulled boat with flashing lights meandering up the Navesink River lately? It’s an Army Corps of Engineers vessel mapping the river bottom, traveling from bank to bank and turning every 50 to 100 feet, an agency employee on the project told redbankgreen Thursday afternoon. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

CLIPPINGS: IN THE PINK

CLIPPINGS_220 All over the Green  and beyond, even – towns are highlighting the importance of breast cancer detection by painting themselves pink this month. Here are some snippets from downtown Red Bank’s contribution.  (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

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RED BANK: BULKHEAD, BELLHAVEN DEBATED

rb bulkhead 041314The council approved a bond to pay for a bulkhead to halt erosion at North Prospect Avenue, above. A change to another bond, for a possible spray park at Bellhaven Natural Area, below, drew criticism. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

bellhaven-parkNot for the first time and almost certainly not for the last, Red Bankers picked over a pair of big-ticket projects at Wednesday night’s council meeting.

One was a bond ordinance council members were in a hurry to approve in order to save two Navesink River yards from severe erosion.

The other: A possible spray park at Bellhaven Natural Area that has pitted environmental activists against West Siders desperate for a playground.

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CLIPPINGS: LITTLE SILVER SPRINGS TO LIFE

CLIPPINGS_220Signs of spring were abundant in Little Silver last Tuesday. Is it just us, or is everyone expecting a short-lived spring that gives way too quickly to a hot-and-sticky summer? (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

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CLIPPINGS: A DASH OF COLOR AMID THE GRAY

CLIPPINGS_220A jogger added a splash of pink to a gray morning on the Middletown end of the Oceanic Bridge on May 1, 2014. (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

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WHO FIXED THE NAVESINK OSPREY NEST?

OSPREY NEST 1 050214The osprey nest as see Friday morning, above, and a year ago, below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

osprey nest 050913 2A precariously leaning home to ospreys in the Navesink River has been fixed, according to a report on a conservation website.

The pole, a decommissioned channel marker between Fair Haven and Middletown, was nearly toppled during Hurricane Sandy, according to the original report by Ben Wurst, habitat program manager for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.

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CLIPPINGS: HISTORIC CHURCH IN SPRING

CLIPPINGS_220Clippings took a stroll around the grounds of Christ Church in Shrewsbury on April 19, 2014, soaking in some springtime color and some history at the same.  (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

The church, which was built between 1769 and 1774, is one of the oldest structures in Monmouth County. Does a treasure like this make you feel connected to the past? What is the value of that? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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CLIPPINGS: FOREVER FAIR IN FAIR HAVEN

CLIPPINGS_220The historic business district of Fair Haven, as seen on April 16, 2014. It’s one of America’s great little downtowns, don’t you agree? (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

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CLIPPINGS: STAR BRIGHT IN SEA BRIGHT

Stars of Hope adorn utility poles in Sea Bright as the oceanfront community continues its recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Vine shot on February 28. (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

CLIPPINGS_220Please welcome CLIPPINGS, a new weekly video feature here at redbankgreen.

Since the deep of winter, artist Gerda Liebmann has been roaming the Green, iPhone in hand, shooting Vine videos. Her aim has been to capture, in seven seconds of video, a sense of place and vitality, which pretty much describes what redbankgreen hopes to be about.

We’ve got a little starter archive of Gerda’s work here, and we hope you’ll leave comments below those that tickle, aggravate or inspire you.

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NAVESINK RIVER OSPREY NEST NEEDS TLC

osprey nest 050913 2The osprey nest as seen last May. Below, adult ospreys sunning on a Red Bank dock last April. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ospreys 3 042413Wildlife conservationists are looking for help to save the precariously leaning Navesink River home to an osprey nest before it falls over, according to a report on newsworks.org.

The pole, a decommissioned channel marker between Fair Haven and Middletown, was nearly toppled during Hurricane Sandy, according to the report, based on a blog post by Ben Wurst, habitat program manager for the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey.

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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.)

RED BANK: WAS THE FIDDLER TORCHED?

fiddler 012614 2The Fiddler last month, above, and during Wednesday’s fire, below, as seen from Maple Cove. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb boat fire 021214 3Did one or more vandals walk several hundred yards out onto the frozen Navesink River in the dead of night – in bitter cold – to torch an icebound boat early Wednesday? Or did the fire start without human assistance?

In the aftermath the predawn blaze that destroyed a vessel dubbed the Fiddler off Red Bank, some redbankgreen readers don’t find the arson scenario such a stretch – because there was another fire on the vessel in the past two weeks, they claim.

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RED BANK: BOAT FIRE VIDEO

The fire that destroyed the Fiddler, at anchor and enclosed in ice on the Navesink River, early Wednesday morning, as seen from Riverside Gardens Park, the Cooper Bridge and Marine Park in Red Bank. As of 9 a.m. the vessel was still smoldering. (Cheesy video by John T. Ward. )