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PUBLISHER’S NOTE

hot topicDear redbankgreen reader:

You are no doubt aware that the local-news industry is collapsing, and understand what that might mean for the future of an informed public and for democracy itself.

And yet, redbankgreen has somehow managed to provide original and intensely local coverage of the Red Bank area for 14 years, at no charge.

Yeah, so how’s that work?

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? A ‘RED BANK GREEN.’ YES.

012815 readies rbg paniniThe newest item to hit the menu at Readie’s Fine Foods is this delicious panini called the Red Bank Green. (Photos by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

By SUSAN ERICSON

012815 readiesIt’s an old New York City tradition to name delicatessen sandwiches after celebrities. Both the Carnegie and Stage delis are famous for it. Never complacent, Tom Fishkin, owner of Readies Fine Foods, an old-style eat-in deli on Broad Street in Red Bank, has a menu filled with local flavor and favorites that show his loyalty to patrons by cleverly naming sandwiches for their businesses.

Newly immortalized on the menu is redbankgreen, the eight-year-old parent to PieHole, which is now a panini as well as a pixelated source of news and entertainment. This PieHole correspondent and the Red Bank Greenman himself thought it was time to give the namesake a try.

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TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOYSTICKS

Here’s a video that tracks a couple of Red Bank kids as they explore Yestercades, the retro gaming emporium that’s been the buzz of Broad Street since even before it opened in October.

Niko Porter, a fourth-grader at the Red Bank Middle School, and Patricio Vera, a senior at Red Bank Regional, took a whirlwind tour of the arcade, which features such classics as Pac Man, Frogger, Space Invaders and Tetris.

Niko, by the way, no longer sports that awesome mop of hair. He recently donated it to be made into a wig for a cancer patient.

redbankgreen‘s picture person Trish Russoniello did the edit.

“I’LL HAVE MY CHAIN SAW…”

Locals and visitors in Red Bank, Rumson and Fair Haven, rated their anxiety levels about Hurricane Irene on Friday.

Check out more videos at redbankgreen’s YouTube channel.