By WIL FULTON
After two weeks, Red Bank Primary School students were able to finally make their return to school Monday just not their own school.
Displaced students attended a morning session at the middle school, before the middle school students arrived for an afternoon session.
The primary school, adjoining the Swimming River, was built on marshland, and suffered major flood damage as a result of Superstorm Sandy two weeks ago. According to Superintendent Laura Morana, over two-thirds of the schools flooring and carpeting were rendered unusable in Sandys wake.
The school has been in existence for over 40 years, Morana told redbankgreen, and this by far the worst damage weve faced as a result of weather.”
With power on along the west side of Broad Street, Starbucks was packed with laptoppers at noon Thursday. Below, an unidentified man tapped into the grid courtesy of a vacant storefront. (Click to enlarge)
With tens of thousands of homes still without electricity on the Red Bank area, data-starved residents are swarming facilities with electricity, wifi and, ideally, coffee Thursday.
Starbucks in Red Bank was packed at noon, nearly 24 hours after power was restored to parts of the downtown.
Other businesses are encouraging the public to stop by and charge up.
By JOHN T. WARD
Hurricane Sandy devastated Sea Bright Monday, bashing beach clubs and stores from the ocean side, flooding from the river side, and leaving an avenue of deep sand more than a mile long along Ocean Avenue, witnesses said.
As of early Tuesday afternoon, police were still barring entry to the sandbar borough, citing dangers that included downed power lines and natural gas leaks.
But in interviews with redbankgreen, witnesses — including two holdouts who defied a mandatory evacuation order and rode out the storm in their homes — spoke of far-reaching destruction.
“Chapel Beach Club that’s gone,” said weekly Two River Times news photographer Scott Longfeld, who was permitted into town. “Every club except for Surfside is destroyed.”
Just two days ago, it was riding high, towed around on the Navesink by a boater whose identity redbankgreen doesn’t know. By Monday, though, a custom-built anti-Obama floating ad was underwater at a dock in Red Bank.
Should we read anything into this about next week’s presidential election? And if so, who is sunk: Obama or Nobama? (Photo above by Michael McMahon; at right, by Dan Natale. Click to enlarge)
Emergency workers closed a stretch of Sycamore Avenue in Shrewsbury around 2 p.m. Monday after a tree limb took down some wires. An auto accident apparently occurred nearby, with a mistaken initial report of an entrapment, though it was not immediately clear if the two incidents were related, police Chief Lou Ferraro told redbankgreen. (Click to enlarge)
Yestercades owner Ken Kalada shared this shot of Marine Park, Red Bank. (Photo by Ken Kalada. Click to enlarge)
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Wish you were there? Sea Bright beach, around 10:30 Monday morning. (Video by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)
A view of the fast incoming tide on the Shrewsbury River between Rumson and Sea Bright, as seen from Lincoln Avenue in Rumson at about 9 a.m. Monday. Photographer Peter Lindner says the West Park section of Rumson, which was ordered evacuated, has about a foot of water in many places. (Video by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)
Though a mandatory evacuation order was in effect as of 4 p.m. Sunday, redbankgreen saw lots of lights and televisions glowing after 8 p.m. in homes along the streets that Rumson authorities warned are in danger of severe flooding as a result of expected storm surges.
With a mandatory evacuation order in effect and a roaring storm expected to put the town “under water,” in the words of Mayor Dina Long, Sea Bright shut itself to the outside world Sunday evening, barring traffic across the two bridges that provide access. From the south, Ocean Avenue was reported to be flooded in Monmouth Beach as a result of ocean water overtopping the sea wall.
The folks at Sugarush figured a little sweet talk couldn’t hurt. (Click to enlarge)
The looming arrival of Hurricane Sandy lent an eerie vibe to an otherwise ordinary Sunday in autumn yesterday. Businesses in downtown Red Bank taped their windows as a precaution while the whitecapped Navesink River spilled over its banks at high tide, offering a preview of watery destruction yet to come.
Borough government and schools are to be closed Monday and Tuesday, with no sanitation or leaf pickups.
No evacuations were ordered in the riverfront town of Fair Haven, though borough offices and schools are to be closed at least through Monday, and will reopen when conditions “are deemed safe for employees to return,” according to a message on the town website. Also, garbage collection is suspended until further notice.
With flooding “expected to be severe” in low-lying sections of the borough, a voluntary evacuation was suggested by emergency management officials Saturday. Parking was made available to borough residents at the town-owned parking lot at the Little Siver train station.
Borough government and schools, including Red Bank Regional High, are closed Monday and Tuesday. (Click to enlarge)
The above map indicates that the probability of storm surges of six feet or more accompanying Hurricane Sandy are greater along the Navesink River, upper Shrewsbury River, Sandy Hook Bay and New York Harbor than nearly anywhere else along the storm’s path.
The map, created by the Google Crisis Response team, reflects geographic data from a variety of sources, including official information sources and user-generated content.
Residents crowded the downtown bus stop and shopkeepers boarded up windows Sunday afternoon in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy. (Photo by Rebecca Desfosse. Click to enlarge)
By: REBECCA DESFOSSE
Most or all of the Sea Bright residents who were leaving town had complied with a so-called mandatory evacuation order or were in the process of doing so, Mayor Dina Long told redbankgreen shortly before 6 p.m. Sunday.
But among the town’s 1,800 residents are some who refuse to leave, and town officials said they have no legal wherewithal to force them to do so, even with a hurricane expected to inflict historic damage tracking northward.
“That’s what they do they ride out storms,” said Long. “I’m hoping an praying that they don’t have to be rescued.”
Councilman and emergency services liaison Read Murphy said police and volunteers ran a check of the streets in town after a 4 p.m. evacuation horn was sounded, marking the departure deadline.
“We just let them know, if you get in trouble, we’re not going to come get you,” he said of the holdouts.
By JOHN T. WARD
Nick Tracy, 22, of Beachwood, pleaded guilty in state Superior Court in Freehold on September 5 to a monthlong break-in spree that netted him $300,000 worth of jewelry and other valuables from the home of the pop rocker and other well-heeled residents of the Middletown neighborhood.
An SUV disappears into the fog enveloping the Oceanic Bridge between Rumson and Middletown Wednesday morning. The New Jersey Climate & Weather Network, which pulls weather data from monitoring devices on the bridge, forecasts possible thunderstorms after 2 p.m. (Click to enlarge)
The Drexel University men’s rowing squad, above, gets ready to take to the Navesink River for the third annual Rumson Boat Race Saturday morning, where the school’s men’s and women’s teams took the Governor’s Cup against Army, Rutgers and Villanova.
Spectators on the Oceanic Bridge, above left, had the best vantage point on the racing, which featured one-mile sprints along the river’s Middletown side.
By JOHN T. WARD
An Ocean County man faces up to five years in state prison following his guilty plea to breaking into a number of Middletown homes, including the riverfront mansion belonging to pop star Jon Bon Jovi, the Monmouth County Prosecutor announced Wednesday.
Nick Tracy, 22, right, pleaded guilty to swiping more than $300,000 worth of jewelry and other valuables in a series of break-ins over the course of one month in the spring of 2011, according to an announcement by the prosecutor’s office.