Hundreds of ducks took refuge recently in the Navesink, on the northeastern side of the Oceanic Bridge, forming long, snaking lines of bobbers. Blogger Joe Reynolds says they’re mostly Greater Scaups. He’s got more pix, and a fair amount of detail about the birds, at Shore911.org. (Click to enlarge)
A promotional video for the KaBOOM fireworks show. Below, Tim Hogan, new chairman of KaBoom’s executive committee. (Click to enlarge photo)
Coming off two years of financial challenges and crowd-control issues, the 2011 edition of the giant annual fireworks extravaganza known as KaBoomFest will feature a renewed focus on family entertainment and security, organizers say.
While some aspects of the event, including whether to repeat last year’s expansion from one to three days, remain undecided, KaBoom is on track to raise more money from corporate sponsors this year and is paying more attention to the importance of security, said Tim Hogan, president of Riverview Medical Center and chairman of KaBoom’s executive committee.
“We want to make sure that it’s safe and want to make sure that it’s family-friendly,” Hogan said.
It’s a pretty good bet that Punxsutawney Phil won’t see his shadow Wednesday morning.
According to Groundhog Day lore, the failure of Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania’s most famous resident to see his own shadow on February 2 presages an early spring.
A shadow-spotting seemed unlikely as of 5a. It was rainy and misty out there in west central Pee Ay, with an outlook for rain, snow showers and freezing rain, according to the National Weather Service.
An early spring would certainly be welcome in the snow-and-ice-bound Red Bank region, where today’s forecast is also dim and damp, if not as cold.
Temperatures are expected to rise above freezing by 9a, but as we write this, streets and sidewalks are crusted with a dangerous layer of ice, and a freezing rain advisory is in place until at least 8a.
Here’s the forecast for our area:
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
John Crilly made a bold move four years ago. He had a vision, one that was put into focus by his rowing students at Navesink River Rowing, a goal Crilly felt he needed to realize.
“They came up to me and said, ‘Mr. Crilly, what are we going to do in the wintertime, because we want to be competitive in the spring?'” he said.
That’s where the bold move came in. Crilly owned an ergonomic rowing machine, but having students take turns on it wasn’t going to work.
“I went to my wife and asked her if it’d be OK if we could tap into the home equity to buy five more,” he said.
In the first year of Navesink Indoor Rowing, Crilly worked with a dozen students using the six machines. Today, the club has some two dozen machines utilized by more than 60 members from all over Monmouth and Ocean counties most of them high school kids, but with a strong adult contingent mixed in. Crilly says it’s the only indoor rowing club in the area he’s aware of.
And he’s still got a home.
Ice boating is back on the Navesink.
The vessel that serves as the Borough of Red Bank’s official logo image returned to the frozen river for the first time this season, courtesy of a determination by the North Shrewsbury Ice Boat & Yacht Club’s safety committee that sailing was safe.
Jon Stewart’s riverfront houses on Alston Court, left, and Fisher Place, right, represent a combined $7 million investment in Red Bank, not counting major renovations now underway on one house. (Click to enlarge)
The host of Comedy Central’s ‘The Daily Show,” who quietly paid $3.8 million for a riverfront home on Alston Court late last year, has supplemented that buy with the equally hush-hush purchase of the adjoining property one lot to the west, on Fisher Place, redbankgreen has learned.
Property records show Stewart, through an entity called Red Bank River Trust, paid $3.2 million in June for the second property, the former home of Kerri and Pat McGeehan. P.J. Rotchford, manager of the Gloria Nilson Realtors office in Rumson, which was involved in the transaction, confirmed that the trust is Stewart’s.
Time and again over the course of the year, she positioned her camera in pretty much the exact same way and snapped a few frames looking east toward Sea Bright.
“I always said, ‘this is so beautiful,’ until one day I said, ‘I must stop and take pictures,'” Liebmann tells redbankgreen.
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
The first collegiate rowing regatta on the Navesink River in decades was cut short Saturday morning after wind-driven waves swamped sculls in the second race.
In a sport where weather rules, these things happen, said Dan Edwards, who organized the event.
“It’s not unusual,” he said. “It happens all the time. It’s just part of the sport.”
Still, Edwards deemed the regatta a wild success.
A woman from the Navesink section of Middletown was charged with animal abuse today, after allegedly dragging her dog down a street with her car, according to the Asbury Park Press.
Stephanie Sciscione, of Locust Avenue, told authorities that her terrier was too dirty to put in her car, so instead dragged the dog, Marlin, by its leash and down her street yesterday afternoon, the Press reports.
She was charged with two counts of animal abuse this morning, Monmouth County SPCA Chief Law Enforcement Officer Buddy Amato told the Press.
The Sprints on the ‘Sink series of races for quads, doubles and singles drew dozens of racers, including a sculling contingent from Westfield.
Take that, Rumson! Eat our shorts, Navesink section of Middletown!
Red Bank has finally bagged a true celebrity homeowner.
And while he’s no Bruce Springsteen or Bon Jovi, the purchase instantly puts the rubbery-faced Stewart at the top of the heap in terms of star power in the borough, ahead of a couple of children’s book authors and butcher Ralph ‘Johnny Jazz‘ Gatta.
One of two shells manned by teen rowers arrives at a residential dock on Fisher Place after flipping in the Navesink. Below, a distraught woman, said to be a coach, recounts the incident for police. (Click to enlarge)
All the rowers, said to be female members of the Ranney School‘s crewing club, were plucked from the water safely, though all were taken by ambulance to Riverview Medical Center for checkups.
“They were all cold and wet,” said Captain Darren McConnell, spokesman for the Red Bank Police Department. He said the girls were roughly 15 years old.
Let us stipulate right up front that Pete Dawkins does everything on a scale most of us mortals can only gape at in wonder.
Don’t know who he is? Check out his exhaustively comprehensive monument-to-self website, one befitting his numerous achievements: 1958 Heisman Trophy winner. Rhodes scholar. Retired Army brigadier general. Wall Street bigwig. Onetime contender for U.S. Senate.
A decade ago, when Dawkins and his wife, Judith, bought the Rumson estate called Long Point from the widow of an heir to the A&P supermarket fortune, they plunked down $4.5 million and promptly tore down the existing mansion, replacing it with a 20,000-square-foot home on a spit of land jutting out into the Navesink River.
Now, in keeping with his appetite for the biggest and best, Dawkins has put the place up for sale at a price that, if obtained, would crush the previous high price in the region, a knowledgeable broker tells redbankgreen.
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The reception room of the Atrium at Navesink Harbor was packed with river rats and history mavens old and young Thursday night for short program on the history of our beautiful Navesink as a playground for recreational boaters and iceboaters.
“This is AWEsome!”
So proclaimed Fiona Abrahamsen of Rumson as she walked on the Navesink River for the first time ever yesterday afternoon.
Of course, the surface of the river was quite hard, giving Abrahamsen and her family, as well as a smattering of ice boaters, firm support.
But the ice may soon vanish.
No charges have yet been filed against Fair Haven Fire Chief Shaun Foley following an accident and apparent suicide attempt that brought a phalanx of rescuers to the Oceanic Bridge in Rumson Sunday evening, according to Rumson Police Chief Ricky Tobias.
A search-and-rescue operation that entailed three helicopters and a team of divers resulted in Foley being fished safely out of the dark waters of the Navesink River after about 45 minutes, Tobias tells redbankgreen.
Foley, who is also a police dispatcher and special officer in the Rumson police department, is reported to be in fair condition at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune and is expected to be released this afternoon, Tobias says.
The man who jumped into the Navesink River from the Oceanic Bridge in an apparent suicide attempt Sunday night was Shaun Foley, chief of the volunteer fire department in neighboring Fair Haven, that town’s mayor tells redbankgreen.
Mayor Mike Halfacre confirmed the identity after repeated anonymous postings on this site said that the victim was the fire chief.
“This is hard,” Halfacre said. Foley is “a good kid. He’s got some issues. He’s got the town’s full support.”
Officials of the Dad Vail Regatta made it official Monday night: the Philly-based college rowing event will be moving to Rumson for 2010, with the possibility of an extended stay.
That’s according to a report in today’s Philadelphia Daily News, citing regatta spokesman Harry Stinger as its source.
Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl also confirmed the decision by the Dad Vail organizing committee, and told the News he’s “thrilled” at the potential economic jolt the event could bring to the region. Some 3,000 rowers from 120 U.S. and Canadian colleges traditionally participate in about 150 races over the course of the weekend-long event.
Ekdahl also said he believes the event “gives us and the sport instant credibility in the Two River area.” Ekdahl said. A crew program was launched three years ago under the joint auspices of the borough recreation department and Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High.
Monmouth County has effectively banned trucks from the Oceanic Bridge starting today as engineers conduct a review of the 70-year-old span’s condition.
A three-ton weight limit was announced by the office of county Engineer Joe Ettore yesterday. The Asbury Park Press reports that the reduction is the second in a month, and follows recent work on the drawbridge mechanism and inspections the structure, which traverses the Navesink River between Rumson and Middletown.
“We put an inspector over the side (of the bridge) to grease the mechanical components and inspect the bridge,” Ettore said. “As a result of the findings, we feel we need to downpost the weight limit. We need a more detailled look and analysis of the conditions we observed.”
County engineers and an expert on movable bridges will make an inspection of the bridge Friday, Ettore said.
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Less than a week after Mayor Pasquale Menna pledged to make their requests a reality, backers of a plan for modest improvements at Maple Cove returned to the Red Bank council last night to keep the pressure on.
They met some resistance. The session became a forum for disputes, not-so-subtle accusations and pleas, and ended with borough officials vowing to review the matter anew.