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RED BANK: O BISTRO TAKEOUT? MAIS OUI!

The former Red Bank Pizza storefront on Bridge Avenue has been reincarnated as the to-go counter of O Bistro Francais. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

When chef Marc Fontaine opened O Bistro Francais in Red Bank a year ago, local gourmets rejoiced at the return of top-quality French cooking after a six-year absence from town.

Now, Fontaine has turned the disused former storefront pizzeria end of his Bridge Avenue restaurant into a takeout counter to supplement the linen-napkin dining room. And once again, Francophile eaters are over the moon.

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RED BANK: PARKER OFFICE TO GET NEW LIFE

A rendering shows the proposed look of 175 Shrewsbury Avenue as seen along East Leonard Street, at top, and from Shrewsbury Avenue. (Rendering by Michael Monroe. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

After years of neglect, the longtime office of beloved father-and-son Red Bank physicians, Drs. James Parker Sr. and Jr., was cleared for rehabilitation by the zoning board Thursday night.

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

2017_authorities_copcar_sbury2Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of September 30 to October 13, 2017. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Report of Shoplifting in the area of Broad Street on 10/1/17. Victim reports unknown subject removed merchandise. Ptl. Derek Myers investigating.

Report of Burglary in the area of Broad Street on 10/1/17. Victim reports unknown subject(s) gained entry to building and removed merchandise. Ptl. Angel Marrero and Det. Sgt. James Ramsey investigating.

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RED BANK: SQUEEZING IN NEW PARKING SPOTS

Following through on recent action by the borough council, a crew from Red Bank’s public utilities department created two new parking spots Wednesday on White Street in what was previously a loading zone in front of Sweetest Sin lingerie and other stores along the bottleneck into Broad Street.

Then, just minutes later… 

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PUBLISHER’S APOLOGY

Dear redbankgreen reader:

In haste and without consideration about how it would affect those named, I posted a news article on Sunday that contained information I should have known would cause great pain across the community I cover, and in particular, to a family already suffering an unspeakable shock.

I apologize.

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RED BANK: PARKING, TAXES DOMINATE DEBATE

Council candidates, from left, Dana McArthur, Ed Zipprich, Michael Ballard and Linda Schwabenbauer at Monday’s event at River Street Commons. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The four candidates for two seats on the Red Bank council faced off Monday night in a debate-like forum that focused in large part on parking and tax issues.

The polite exchanges gave residents in attendance a chance to compare a three-term incumbent, a political newcomer, and two candidates who work with numbers all day.

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LITTLE SILVER: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

2017_authorities_cherrytop_ls3Crime and arrest reports for the months of September, 2017, as provided by the Little Silver Police Department. This report is published unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

September 6– A resident from Willow Dr. reported Fraud after discovering that an unknown subject(s) made fraudulent purchases on their debit card account. P.O. Brain Miller and Det. Sgt. Greg Oliva investigated.

September 6– An employee from Walgreen’s reported Shoplifting after a female subject stole merchandise from the store and fled prior to police arrival. Sgt. Kelvin Halpin investigated.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the period of October 1 to October 15, 2017. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Theft: On 10/02/17 a business reported that $5000.00 cash was missing from a safe in the area of E Newman Springs Rd. Ptl. Ashon Lovick.

Theft: A business located in the area of Monmouth St reported on 10/03/17 a white female wearing a dark colored sweatshirt, yellow pants and dark sunglasses took four cans of Enfamil baby formula valued at $95.96. Ptl. Ashon Lovick.

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RED BANK: MENNA AIMS TO CURB BAR CRAWLS

A UCrawl promo video showed scenes from an April, 2012, bar crawl it held in Red Bank. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Mayor Pasquale Menna says he wants Red Bank to adopt procedures for the approval of “bar crawls” after Belmar shut down one billed as “the largest charity bar crawl the town has ever seen” over a failure to obtain permits.

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RUMSON: SUICIDE PROMPTS ARMED RESPONSE

Authorities cordoned off Ridge Road from Bellevue Avenue, above, to Buena Vista Avenue. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A suicide with a firearm prompted a heavy turnout of police and armored vehicles in Rumson Sunday morning, a spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office said.

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RED BANK: PEDESTRIAN STRUCK

By JOHN T. WARD

A 76-year old pedestrian “was apparently in the crosswalk” when he was hit by a car while crossing Broad Street in Red Bank Friday morning, according to police Chief Darren McConnell.

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FAIR HAVEN: GIFTS AND THREADS IN CHURN

Threads Too plans to take over space now occupied by the China Closet, which is relocating to larger space in town. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallThere’s some interesting domino-effect shuffling about to take place among shops in Fair Haven, redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn has learned.

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RED BANK: COUNCIL PRESSES FOR LIGHT

A car, at center, waits for a break in the traffic to turn onto Riverside Avenue from Bodman Place. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Hoping to nudge the New Jersey Department of Transportation to act, the Red Bank council adopted a resolution Wednesday night calling for a traffic light on a curving part of a road that Mayor Pasquale Menna says motorists “zoom” down.

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SEA BRIGHT: RIVER WATER IN THE AIR


Volunteer firefighters from Little Silver and Rumson and Ocean joined their counterparts in Sea Bright for training in the use of a jet siphon Saturday morning.

The equipment enables firefighters to draw from a body of water. A little added pressure turned the flow from the hoses into pretty arcs over the Shrewsbury River at Imbrie Place. (Photos by Sea Bright Fire Rescue, above, and Bill Bergin, right. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: A BREAK IN THE HUMIDITY

Another warm day is expected Tuesday, with temperatures on the Greater Red Bank Green peaking at about 80 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. But drier air should make it more comfortable than its been the last two days, and sunshine will be back, for a day at least. (Click to enlarge.)

Here’s the extended forecast:
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LITTLE SILVER: WIRING BLAMED IN ATTIC FIRE

Volunteer firefighters in Little Silver quickly extinguished a fire in the attic of a home Sunday evening, Chief Nick Hubbard Jr. said Monday.

Emergency responders found black smoke emanating from the attic when they arrived on the scene at 13 Alden Terrace following the 5 p.m. alarm, he said.

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RED BANK: NEW BOUTIQUE OPENS ON BROAD

Maria Elizabeth Diaco in her new Broad Street boutique, the Haute Maven. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallA long vacancy in the heart of downtown Red Bank ended with the opening of a new women’s clothing boutique this week.

redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn also has an update on the long-awaited conversion of the Anderson Building, which has been vacant for more than three decades.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

The crime and arrest reports below were provided by the Red Bank Police Department for the month of September, 2017. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Criminal Mischief: On 09/02/17 it was reported that all four tires of a vehicle were slashed in the area of Locust Ave. Ptl. Jhonathan Quispe.

Criminal Mischief: On 09/04/17 responding to an alarm at a vacant building in the area of W Front St, it was observed that the front door was ajar and the wood frame partially splintered. Estimated value to replace the door is $800.00. Ptl. Garrett Falco.

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

2017_authorities_copcar_sbury2Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of September 23 to September 29, 2017. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Report of Burglary in the area of Silverbrook Road on 9/23/17. Victim reports unknown subject(s) gained entry to residence and removed property. Ptl. Angel Marrero and Det. Sgt. James Ramsey investigating.

Report of Theft in the area of Thornbrook Drive on 9/25/17. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed purse from unlocked vehicle. Ptl. Joseph Barnicle investigating.
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RED BANK: VIGIL SPEAKERS AIM AT GUN LAWS

Held in response to the the sniper attack that killed 59 concertgoers and wounded hundreds more in Las Vegas Sunday night, the event ended with a shared lighting of candles. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Once again, Red Bank area residents gathered for a march and vigil Wednesday night to protest senseless, gun-related violence in America.

This time, the brief event, attended by about 50 participants, had a more consistently political, rather than spiritual, tone.

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RED BANK: APARTMENTS, RETAIL ON AGENDA

The boarded-up house at 175 Shrewsbury Avenue would get first-floor retail space if the owner’s plan is approved. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

[UPDATE: The October 5 zoning board meeting on these two applications has been cancelled.]

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank’s zoning board is scheduled to hear proposals for two West Side properties Thursday night.

One would revive a boarded-up house on Shrewsbury Avenue, and the other would add four apartments to what’s now a two-family house on River Street.

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