RED BANK: BOARD SUED OVER TWO DECISIONS

red bank, nj, vna, 176 riverside, saxumThe owners of the Colony House apartments, at right, claim the plan for the VNA site, at left, violates their property rights. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

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Two months after approving one of the largest development projects in Red Bank history, the borough planning board has been sued over the decision, redbankgreen has learned.

The suit arrives as the board is defending itself in a lawsuit concerning a proposed Hampton Inn just across the street.

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RED BANK: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

red bank policeThe crime and arrest reports below for the month of January, 2020, were provided by the Red Bank Police Department. This information is unedited. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.

CRIMES

Theft: In the area of Monmouth St on 01/05/2020 it was reported an unlocked bicycle was stolen from the rear of a building. The victim described the bike as a black electric bike with large black tires and a red and black seat. The bike is estimated to be worth $1,500.00. Surveillence video shows a white male wearing a plaid shirt in his late 30’s early 40’s and short beard driving away on the bike. Ptl. Taylor Doremus.

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RED BANK: BRUNCH, AND MORE, IN CHURN

red bank 20 broad brunch 020420Brunch opened last week at 20 Broad Street. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallEaters have a fresh new option for breakfast and lunch in downtown Red Bank.

Read all about chef Ray Tutella’s venture and other business comings and goings in this edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.

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RED BANK: BALLOONS, TRAFFIC ON AGENDA

The study is to examine traffic and on-street parking downtown. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Expect the Red Bank council to initiate a proposed ban on mass balloon releases at its next regular meeting Wednesday night.

Also on deck: the award of a contract for a traffic study.

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RED BANK: DAMP START TO WORKWEEK

little silver creek Little Silver Creek at the foot of Prospect Avenue in Little Silver mirrored a painterly sky Sunday afternoon.

Another workweek begins on a damp note, with a high chance of rain Monday and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Check out the extended forecast for the Greater Red Bank Green below. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

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MAN CHARGED IN THREE JOGGER ASSAULTS

By JOHN T. WARD

Little Silver police have charged a Red Bank man with assaulting a female jogger Sunday morning.

Authorities allege he’s the same guy who knocked a Red Bank jogger to the ground last month, and attacked another in a similar manner five months ago.

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RED BANK: APARTMENT REVIEW BEGINS

red bank 121 monmouth stAn elevation showing the Monmouth Street side of the proposed Salerno project. (Rendering by SOME Architects. Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

[UPDATE: The February 20 hearing for this project has been rescheduled at applicant’s request. No new date yet.]

By JOHN T. WARD

A proposed 59-unit apartment project should be allowed to exceed Red Bank’s height and density limits based on the objectives of the borough’s master plan, its architect testified Thursday night.

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RED BANK: DREARY, DAMP, AND NOW, WINDY

A pair of deer seen wandering Locust Avenue in Red Bank near the Bellhaven wetlands Thursday afternoon

A string of wet, dreary days continued with heavy fog Friday morning, along with a National Weather Service warning of possible strong winds through 7 p.m., with gusts up to 60 miles per hour. Sunshine was expected to return Saturday.

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: STOP LEADS TO DRUG BUST

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By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank police found a stash of illegal drugs in an Aberdeen man’s car following a traffic stop Tuesday, redbankgreen has learned.

Separately, a Morris County woman is facing charges she assaulted three borough cops.

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RED BANK: APARTMENT PLAN UP FOR REVIEW

red bank 121 monmouth streetA rendering of the Monmouth Street side of the project proposed for the Monmouth Street site, below. (Rendering by SOME Architects. Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank 121 monmouth streetOn the Red Bank zoning board’s agenda Thursday night: a 59-unit apartment project proposed for the onetime site of Clarence ClemonsBig Man’s West rock venue.

Also up for review: a restaurant instead of a laundromat on Shrewsbury Avenue.

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RED BANK: TRAFFIC STUDY ON AGENDA

red bank broad st snow 011820A proposed study is expected to track traffic at 19 downtown intersections, including Broad and West Front streets, above. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A study of downtown traffic is up for discussion at the Red Bank council’s workshop session Wednesday evening.

The data to be gathered is expected to be useful for future parking, pedestrian and other initiatives, borough Business Administrator Ziad Shehady tells redbankgreen.

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RED BANK: SHELL GETS SHOP OK ON THIRD TRY

red bank shell stationThe car wash at left is to be replaced by a convenience store. (April, 2019 photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

After a favorable zoning change last year, Red Bank’s lone Shell station won approval to add a convenience store Monday night.

A neighbor called the proposal “lipstick on a pig.” The planning board’s chairman called it “a better pig.”

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SHREWSBURY: CRIMES AND ARRESTS

Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of January 18 to January 31, 2020. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post. 

CRIMES

Report of Shoplifting in the area of Broad Street on 1/21/20. Victim reports unknown subject(s) removed merchandise. Damages totaling $1,797.50. Ptl. Ralph Latham investigating.

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RED BANK: GROUNDHOGS SEE EARLY SPRING

punxstawney phil groundhogPunxsutawney Phil may not have the best track record as a forecaster. But he did not see his shadow Sunday, which tradition says is indicative of an early spring.

Closer to the Greater Red Bank Green, Milltown Mel, using an identical forecasting model, came to the same conclusion.

Meantime, the workweek gets off to a spring-ish start Monday, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures peaking in the high 50s, according to the National Weather Service

Check out the extended forecast below. (Visual by Trish Russoniello.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: LIVER TRANSPLANT SCHEDULED

edie rose o'neillEdie Rose O’Neill and her mom’s cousin, Becky O’Neill, were slated for transplant surgery Friday morning. (Click photo to enlarge.)

[UPDATE, February 6: Edie Rose O’Neill continues improve in Philadelphia hospital, grandfather Ed O’Neill tells redbankgreen. Organ donor Becky O’Neill has been released, he says.] [UPDATE, February 3: “Edie & Becky have safely made it through their surgeries and are both resting in hospitals across the street from one another,” Bridget O’Neill wrote on Facebook Friday night.]

A Red Bank couple hope they have found “the perfect, needle-in-a-haystack” organ donor they’ve been seeking for their ailing infant daughter.

And the donor is a member of the family.

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RED BANK: WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK

NWS tweet 013120A tweet from the National Weather Service‘s regional operation in Mount Holly early Friday morning.

What’s to hate? OK, so the outlook for the Greater Red Bank Green includes cloudy skies Friday and Saturday. But sunshine returns for Super Bowl Sunday, and peak temperatures hover in the mid-40s throughout. Could be worse.

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: CRIME RATE DROPPED IN 2019

red bank darren mcconnellFor the sixth straight year, no Red Bank police officer was found to have used unwarranted force in 2019, said Chief Darren McConnell. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank policeRed Bank’s crime rate saw a sharp drop in 2019, police Chief Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

In addition, incidents in which officers used some degree of force in dealing with the public were at an “all-time low,” and none were found unwarranted, he said.

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LITTLE SILVER: CLOUDY START TO WORKWEEK

little silver markham school gazebo fog 012520.JPGFog settles in around Markham Place School in Little Silver Saturday evening, after hours of rain left a reflective layer of water in the gazebo.

The workweek gets off to a cloudy start Monday, with peak daytime temperatures in the mid-40s, according to the National Weather Service.

Check out the extended forecast for the Greater Red Bank Green below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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SHREWSBURY: YMCA URGES ‘TOGETHERHOOD’

YMCA Laurie-GoganzerYMCA President & CEO Laurie Goganzer is encouraging local residents to pitch in and give back to the community through the Y’s Togetherhood program. 

In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the YMCA of Greater Monmouth County is encouraging local residents to help strengthen the community through a new volunteer initiative announced at the organization’s 31st commemorative breakfast honoring the civil rights leader.

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