RED BANK: BOROUGH SHOWS ITS LGBTQ PRIDE

red bank nj pride lgbtqred bank, nj, pride, lgbtqRed Bank is showing its pride this week, with a repainting of the crosswalk at Broad and Monmouth streets in the colors of the LGBTQ rainbow flag.

On Saturday, the Parks & Rec department hosts a Pride event in Riverside Gardens Park, featuring live music, family activities and more in celebration of LGBTQ pride. Check out details here(Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

LGBT YOUTH MAKE RED BANK PROUD

“The heat of her breath fills the hollows of my bones with helium and lifts my ribcage just long enough to feel again.” That’s how Chris Hennessy, 19, of Oceanport, began her poem ‘Helium’ at Two River Pride, Red Bank’s first celebration of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual youth at the Two River Theater Wednesday night.

“It’s difficult not to get emotional when pouring my rage and confusion and hope out to an audience of strangers, only to realize just by the looks on their faces that they feel that pain too, that none of us are alone anymore,” Hennessy said.

Her poetry was followed by two hours of performances from youth and musical groups, such as the Giving Voice Choir (above). (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

BAIT SHOP LANDS OK; HOTEL PLAN TABLED

pride-bait-tackleThe former Harper’s Copy Center on East Front Street won approval for conversion to a bait and tackle shop. (Click to enlarge)

Neighbors raised a stink about the prospect of rancid fish waste, but a proposal for a bait and tackle shop sailed through the Red Bank zoning board Thursday night.

In other board business, a plan for a six-story, 76-room Hampton Inn hotel at the foot of the Cooper Bridge was tabled for two weeks, and a dentist won approval for an extensive remodeling of a home on Maple Avenue provided he install a sidewalk along one side of his property.

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