RED BANK: OUTLOOK FAVORABLE FOR EVENTS

red bank NJ halloween parade 2018red bank NJ halloween parade 2018Weather conditions appear favorable for a pair of Halloween-themed events in Red Bank, according to the National Weather Service. 

The festivities begin 7 p.m. Friday at Count Basie Fields with a Halloween Egg Hunt. Clear skies and cool temperatures are expected.

Sunday’s parade, the 72nd annual, will assemble as it did last year at Irving Place at Arthur Place starting at 1 p.m., with a kickoff an hour later. As of Friday morning, the forecast called for a 40-percent chance of rain after 3 p.m., when the activities will be winding down. 

The rain date for the parade is October 27; get alerts from the borough here or keep an eye on redbankgreen’s Facebook page. Meantime, check out the extended forecast below. (Photos by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.) Read More »

RED BANK: PARADE MARCHES BACK TO LIFE

Red Bank’s Memorial Day Parade, a onetime tradition that halted an indeterminate number of years ago, was back in full force Monday.

Under fabulously sunny skies, the Parks & Rec-organized event saw a stableful of therapy horses leading the way up Broad Street from Irving Place to the Veteran’s Monument on Monmouth Street. There, a short ceremony in commemoration of military victims of foreign wars was held.

Enjoy the 50-photo slideshow from both events below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: MEMORIAL DAY PARADE SET

A shot from the Red Bank Centennial parade held May 17, 2008. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

If it seems like ages since Red Bank had a parade other than its annual Halloween costumefest, well yeah. Was the last civic parade really 11 years ago, to mark the borough’s first century as an independent entity?

The Parks and Rec department hopes to end the dry spell by bringing back a lost tradition two weeks from today: the Memorial Day parade.

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RED BANK: HOOPS, A PARADE, PIRATES & MORE

red bank middle school girls basketballThe Red Bank Middle School girls’ basketball team was honored for an undefeated season. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank, nj, done good,The Red Bank  council’s filled-to-bursting agenda Wednesday night included a ton of feel-good news and event lookaheads.

Here’s a quick recap.

 

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RED BANK: HALLOWEEN PARADE BLUSTERS ON

red bank NJ halloween parade 2018A blustery, chilly autumn afternoon provided ideal conditions for the the 71st annual Red Bank Halloween Parade Sunday.

Check out redbankgreen‘s photos from the event below to see who you recognize, or sort-of…

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ON THE GREEN: MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES

The Veterans Monument on Monmouth Street is the setting for Red Bank’s annual Memorial Day observance, Monday morning at 11 a.m.

Memorial Day weekend represents the start of the summertime season and, for many longtime residents of our coastal communities, a time to readjust those daily routines and recalculate those normal routes in anticipation of the visiting throngs.

It’s also, of course, a time to remember those who gave their lives in service to our nation, and wherever you happen to make your home here on the Greater Red Bank Green, Monday presents a chance to join the people of your community in honoring their sacrifice.

Following is a roundup of Memorial Day observances scheduled for May 28, with rainy-day alternate arrangements listed where available.

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RED BANK: HALLOWEEN PARADE PHOTOS

On a warm and sunny afternoon, a new generation of zombies, princesses, dapper fellows and even a vending machine with legs assembled for the 70th edition of the annual Red Bank Halloween Parade Sunday.

Check out redbankgreen‘s photos from the event below.

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ON THE GREEN: MEMORIAL DAY SERVICES

The Veterans Monument on Monmouth Street is the setting for Red Bank’s annual Memorial Day observance, Monday morning at 11 a.m.

[UPDATE: These listings will be updated information is received about changes due to rain forecast for Monday.]

Memorial Day weekend represents the start of the summertime season and, for many longtime residents of our coastal communities, a time to readjust those daily routines and recalculate those normal routes in anticipation of the visiting throngs.

It’s also, of course, a time to remember those who gave their lives in service to our nation, and wherever you happen to make your home here on the Greater Red Bank Green, Monday presents a chance to join the people of your community in honoring their sacrifice. Following is a roundup of Memorial Day observances scheduled for May 29, with rainy-day alternate arrangements listed where available.

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MEMORIAL DAY 2016 COMMEMORATIONS

rumson memorial 052614 2Rumson, above, and Red Bank, below, are among the towns on the Green with traditional Memorial Day events scheduled for Monday. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

[UPDATE: With possibly heave rain forecast for Memorial Day, several towns have changed their Memorial Day plans. Scroll down to see which ones.

RED BANK

rb memorial 1 052614Memorial Day Commemoration, Monday, 11 a.m., Veterans’ Monument, 51 Monmouth Street, corner of Drummond Place. The featured speaker is U.S. Navy Lieutenant Sean Geary, Command Judge Advocate for Naval Weapons Station Earle and Naval Support Activity Lakehurst.

The event follows a 10 a.m. ceremony hosted by the volunteer fire and first aid squads at borough hall, 90 Monmouth Street.

[Update: This event has been relocated to the Elks Lodge #233, at 40 West Front Street.  Same time and lineup.]

FAIR HAVEN

Fair Haven’’s Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday at 9 a.m., beginning at Knollwood School, up Hance Road to River Road, and ending at Memorial Park, River Road.

A ceremony featuring guest speakers and musical selections is to follow.

[UPDATE: The parade has been canceled, and the Memorial Day observances will now take place at the Knollwood School’s all-purpose room at 9 a.m.]

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MEMORIAL DAY 2015 COMMEMORATIONS

rb memorial 052614 5Red Bank, above, and Fair Haven, below, return with traditional Memorial Day events Monday. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK:

Memorial Day Commemoration, Monday, 11 a.m., Veterans’ Monument, 51 Monmouth Street, corner of Drummond Place. The event follows a 10 a.m. ceremony hosted by the volunteer fire and first aid squads at borough hall, 90 Monmouth Street.

FAIR HAVEN

Fair Haven’’s Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday at 9 a.m., beginning at Knollwood School, on Hance Road, and ending at Memorial Park, River Road.

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RUMSON: ‘TIS A MARCHING ON THE GREEN

Rumson StThe third annual Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade commences this Sunday afternoon, March 8, capping a season of celebrations that extend into the week to come.

Those minty Shamrock Shakes may come and go, but Celtic culture on the greater Red Bank Green is a year-round affair that traces a path through Irish Tenor concerts and Riverdances; Green Christmases and the appearance of Guinness Oysterfest in September.

That said, the recently minted flagship fleadh of the calendar year has got to be the Rumson St. Patricks Day Parade, the third annual edition of which commences this Sunday.

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RUMSON: A LUCKY FIRST IRISH SODA BREAD

013015 Irish soda bread3Debbie Bagnell, the winner of last year’s Irish Soda Bread competition at the Oceanic Public Library in Rumson. Below, a slice of her bread. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

013015 Irish soda bread1“It was so surreal. I felt like it was part of a movie scene. There were men in kilts and bagpipes,” says Debbie Bagnell.

A self-described cooking-and-crafting hobbyist and homemaker says, Bagnell was recalling the day her Irish Soda Bread won first place at Oceanic Public Library‘s first annual baking competition in Rumson.

The win was a bit flukey.

“I had no intention of entering,” she said. “I had never baked an Irish Soda Bread before.”

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FAIR HAVEN: A PARADE FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES

fh halloween 102614 2fh halloween 102614 3Fair Havenites gathered for their traditional Halloween parade from Knollwood School to the firehouse Sunday as creative costumes drew smiles every step of the way. And the make-believe wasn’t only for kids.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: DEMS GET PRICKLY OVER BALLOONS

rb gop balloons 101914Legos with legs were among the parade participants who accepted GOP balloons from candidate Linda Schwabenbauer, below. (Photo above by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

schwabenbauer 101914A Menna Administration official and a Republican council candidate clashed at Sunday’s Red Bank Halloween Parade over campaign balloons.

GOP contender Linda Schwabenbauer said she believed she was exercising a First Amendment right and had borough authorization when she gave away about 200 balloons bearing her name and that of running mate Sean Di Somma to children and adults before the start of the parade.

But Parks and Recrecreation department director Memone Crystian told her to stop, threatening to call the police if she continued, she said.

Administration officials dispute the claim that they’d OK’d a balloon distribution, and contend they have the law on their side in asking Schwabenbauer to stop.

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RED BANK: FACES ON PARADE

hol-72663hol-0087Autumn delivered a gorgeous day and the marchers brought their best scary, funny and pretty faces to Sunday’s annual Red Bank Halloween Parade.

We’ve got close to 100 photos. See anyone you know? You might want to look twice, just to be sure. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

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RUMSON EXTENDS ITS GRATITUDE TO VETS

rumson memorial 052614 3 rumson memorial 052614 7Rumson’s annual Memorial Day parade Monday featured unicyclists, a marching band, antique vehicles and lots of red, white and blue. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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RED BANK: HALLOWEEN PARADE HITS 66

Another perfect autumn day framed Sunday’s 66th annual Red Bank Halloween Parade. Photographer Peter Lindner was there to capture its wide variety of colors and cheer. (Photos by Peter Lindner. Mouse over to pause.)

LITTLE SILVER: SUN SHINES ON PARADE

Chris Valvo and his son, Hudson, enjoy the passing of the Little Silver Memorial Day Parade from the sidewalk of Memorial Park as antique cars, fire trucks and members of Daisies Troop 741, above, passed by on Monday. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN: ANOTHER PARADE FLOATS BY

The Fair Haven River Rats, above, participated in the borough’s annual Memorial Day parade before hosting a hot dog picnic Monday. Below, Randy, left, and Sandy Pangborn welcomed the parade with their sons, Luke and Cole. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

MEMORIAL DAY COMMEMORATIONS

Red Bank, above, and Fair Haven, below, return with traditional Memorial Day events Monday. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK:

Memorial Day Commemoration, Monday, 11 a.m., Veterans’ Monument, 51 Monmouth Street, corner of Drummond Place.

FAIR HAVEN

Fair Haven’s Memorial Day Parade will take place on Monday at 9 a.m., beginning at Knollwood School, on Hance Road, and ending at Memorial Park, River Road.

Afterward, members of the Fair Haven Sailing Club, known as the River Rats, invite local residents to join them for a cookout from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the club’s site at the foot of Batten Road, next to the Fair Haven launching ramp.  Ht dogs, cold drinks and dessert will be provided free of charge by the River Rats.

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RUMSON: WHO’S NOT IRISH?

The first-ever Rumson St. Patrick’s Day Parade drew 10,000 Irish eyes – as estimated by Mayor John Ekdahl – to East River Road Saturday as throngs of borough residents threw on a little green, embraced their inner Celts and celebrated their verdant town.

Still, visitors seemed to be getting into the spirit with just as much vigor as Rumsonites. “It’s great we have another parade now,” said Keith Larkin, of Little Silver. “There are a lot of parades like this around, but really none in our immediate area, so it gives people a chance to come out and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with their neighbors.” (Photos by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge. For more parade photos, please visit redbankgreen‘s Facebook page.)

A FULL SLATE OF WEEKEND DIVERSIONS

Bill Normyle leads a Red Bank Ghost Tour in 2010. See below for details of the current edition.

A quick rundown of things to do this weekend…

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19
Heads Up for 180

October is the time for women’s awareness issues; breast cancer and domestic violence share the month. At 180 Turning Lives Around, volunteers hope to give purple its due in the midst of so much pink.

“Purple is the color that signifies the bruises and shame that come from abuse inflicted by someone that you love and trust,” said Barbara Lovell-Napoli, assistant director of development at 180. Monmouth County has the second-highest incidence of domestic violence in New Jersey, Lovell-Napoli said, and the most effective tool for prevention is awareness.

Each year, former clients put on a gallery show based on 180’s art therapy program. For 2012, it’s called “Heads Up!” and opens tonight at U Gallery. On display through October 24 a will be artwork from survivors and artists who support 180’s mission.

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SPOOKTACULAR TRADITION CONTINUES

A couple of pop stars and a walking pumpkin made cameos at the 2011 edition of the Red Bank Halloween Parade. (Click to enlarge)

By: REBECCA DESFOSSE

Get your costumes ready for Red Bank’s annual Halloween Parade, now in its sixty-fifth year. Set for this Sunday, the parade, hosted by the borough Parks and Rec department, will include costume- and float-judging, with prizes to be awarded.

Last year, the folks from the Red Bank Charter School built a barn and silo for  float. That will be hard to top.

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YOU’RE TWO WEEKS EARLY, SPIDEY

A rather large spider that anchored its web to a lamppost on Broad Street in Red Bank Thursday triggered discussion among passersby about an apparent proliferation of large arachnids this season.

The web’s location, within view of the White Street intersection, would give the spider a bug’s-eye view of the 65th annual Red Bank Halloween Parade. But the parade isn’t until Sunday, October 21, spidey. (Click to enlarge)