RED BANK: REAL ESTATE IN SPOTLIGHT

NYT RE 071316Looking to buy or rent a home in Red Bank? Borough life gets the spotlight in a New York Times real estate feature published online Wednesday. Three married couples who bought homes in recent years talk about the draw of the town, and the story offers an overview of what’s available, with prices ($1,500 to $3,400 a month to rent, and a recent average sale price of $337,165). (Click to enlarge)

LINCROFT: NYT JOURNOS MAKE A ‘PATH’ TO BCC

Kristof-WuDunnPulitzer-winning journalists (and matrimonial partners) Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn visit Brookdale Community College on Wednesday, for a discussion keyed to their latest book (and affiliated PBS documentary), A PATH APPEARS.

They’re most immediately famous as the first husband-and-wife partnership to jointly win the Pulitzer Prize for Journalism; a pair whose achievements in the realms of reporting, media management and business can fill a book — and whose own co-authored books include China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power; Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia; and Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide.

Here in 2015, the team of Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn is back on the bookshelves, with the (just out in paperback) nonfiction study A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity; an affiliated PBS documentary series of the same name, and an itinerary of personal appearances that takes them to the Lincroft campus of Brookdale Community College on Wednesday evening, September 30.

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RED BANK: NYTIMES NOTES FORTUNE EFFORT

rb fortune house 2 061213Timothy_Thomas_FortuneSunday’s edition of the New York Times includes an article on the divergent fates of two historic New Jersey homes, one of them the Red Bank abode of early 20th-century civil rights journalist T. Thomas Fortune.

Fortune’s house, on Dr. James Parker Boulevard, is the subject of an effort by the nonprofit T. Thomas Fortune Project to save it from demolition and turn it into a cultural center. At right, an undated photo of Fortune.  (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

 

 

VIA45: WOWING ‘EM WITH WATERMELON

via45 (4)Claudette Herring and Lauren Phillips at their Broad Street restaurant last September. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

Via45 NYT 040614A food critic at the New York Times gave Red Bank’s Via45 a laudatory review in Sunday’s edition.

En route to a “very good” rating, reviewer David Kocieniewski highlights Via45’s commitment to the slow-food movement and ponders the “audacious” inclusion of watermelon in a late-winter salad.

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DUMPSTER SWIMMING POOLS FOR RED BANK?

dumpster-poolA Macro-Sea Dumpster pool under construction in 2009. (Photo courtesy of Macro-Sea. Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

sharon-leeSharon Lee wants to bring Dumpster diving to a whole new level — a cleaner, cooler level.

And she wants to bring it to Red Bank.

The third-term councilwoman, ripping a page from a two-year-old New York Times article on Dumpsters that were converted to public pools in Brooklyn, suggested to her counterparts on the dais that Red Bank, after the general pant-and-gasp brought on by last week’s heatwave, think outside the box by going inside the box.

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CELEBRATING HERITAGE, TALESE SLAMS MEDIA

gtalese_01Author Gay Talese at the Two River Theater Saturday for a Italian-American heritage event. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi. Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Jersey Shore” is for stupid people.

That’s what best-selling author and  journalist Gay Talese thinks about MTV’s wildly popular show that spotlights all the unsavory behavior of a pack of club-going, fist-pumping “guidos” and “guidettes.” As an American of Italian descent, Talese finds shows like “Jersey Shore” and “The Sopranos” unfair depictions of what it means to be an Italian-American.

On Saturday, when Talese appeared at Red Bank’s Two River Theater as the keynote speaker for the New Jersey Italian American Heritage Commission‘s annual gala, there was no question why, in his opinion, the Italian-American is laughed at rather than respected: the media.

“We should not be proud of the Italians in the media because they’re not there. Why? Because they didn’t educate themselves to be in the media,” he said. “The Italian image in the media today is rotten because there are no Italians to defend them.”

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OLD RUMSON CARRIAGE HOUSE TO BE RAZED

img_0126The last vestige of the Auldwood Estate in Rumson is set to be demolished. (Photo courtesy of Roberta Van Anda; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

For years, the Auldwood Estate — once the sprawling home to 19th-century baking powder giant Joseph Hoagland — has been chipped away at, pieces of Rumson’s history lost at each step.

One of the last vestiges of the landmark, the estate’s carriage house, is soon to be knocked down.

The house, on Edgewood Road, had it’s sewer connections removed Monday, and a demolition permit is “in the works,” said Lynda Doyle, Rumson’s building department assistant.

Watching a piece of history reduced to rubble isn’t sitting well with some locals.

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TIMES CHIMES IN ON DISH

_DSC0003The reviewer from the Times says a visit to the White Street restaurant is “worth it.” (Photo by Peter Lindner; click to enlarge)

Dish, a restaurant on White Street in Red Bank, scored a positive review in the Metropolitan section of the New York Times Sunday.

Food critic Karla Cook, however, had some issues with the ventilation system and a door chime.

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RED BANK EARLY-ED PROGRAM IN SPOTLIGHT

tools-nytmag1The article appears in an education-themed edition of the magazine.

The Red Bank school system‘s cutting-edge early childhood education program known as Tools of the Mind is spotlighted in the New York Times Magazine on newsstands today and tomorrow.

Already a magnet for education theorists who come to town to see it in action, the borough program is used by the magazine as a jumping-off point for a detailed discussion of some fairly arcane research into what works and doesn’t work in equipping pre-K and kindergarten students with the ability to learn.

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