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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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RED BANK: OPIOID ADDICTION CITED IN OBIT

The obituary of a former Red Bank man who died of a drug overdose last week includes some unusually frank talk about his addiction.

“A beautiful life cut short way too soon, Carter Armour Stone, passed away on September 26th from a drug overdose,” begins the obit, published Wednesday at app.com. “He was 32 years old.”

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RED BANK: WHAT’S GOING ON HERE?

A concrete block edifice has begun rising on Central Avenue, in the industrial core of Red Bank.

What’s Going On Here? Click ‘read more’ for the answer, and a rendering of what’s coming. (Photo by John T. Ward. Rendering by Richard Arzberger. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: MAN GRAZED BY GUNSHOT

By JOHN T. WARD

A 41-year-old man suffered a superficial wound when a gun was fired during an altercation at a strip mall in Red Bank early Saturday morning, according to police Chief Darren McConnell.

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RED BANK: CRAFTS SHOPS, RESTAURANT OPEN

Anne Hamilton of All Things Local chats last week with Susan Folta, of the Monmouth County Economic Development office’s Made in Monmouth program. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

retail churn smallNot one but two craft shops, both featuring the work of local artisans, plan to open in downtown Red Bank this weekend.

Also in this edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn: a seven-day-a week Mexican restaurant with loco hours opens for business, and a chain sub shop unplugs the meat slicer after just a year in town.

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RED BANK: BUILDERS BALK AT ‘NET 500’

Roger Mumford unveiled a new version of his development plan, one that calls for a park along Maple Avenue between White and Monmouth streets, seen at right in the rendering above. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The two finalists vying for the right to redevelop Red Bank’s White Street parking lot both raised concerns about their ability to meet a non-negotiable condition set by downtown merchants: that a new garage add no fewer than 500 public parking spaces to the 273-already there.

Moreover, one of the builders insisted that a definitive study to determine the actual parking deficit downtown is needed, a claim that some business owners have dismissed as an unnecessary speed bump en route to what they contend is a decades-overdue parking solution.

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RED BANK: ‘RAILS’ PROJECT GETS ROLLING

A former warehouse and taxi stand alongside the Red Bank railroad station was torn down last week.

What’s Going On Here? Click the read more for the answer, and some renderings of what’s coming down the rails. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Renderings by Monteforte Architectural Studio. Click to enlarge.)

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