The Metropolitan section of Sunday’s New York Times gave Gary Sable’s 170-square-foot Red Bank takeout eatery, That Hot Dog Place, some love on Sunday. ‘Soupmeister’ Sable, featured by redbankgreen in 2006, was spotlighted in an article about places in the New York region to get a great bowl of soup. (Click to enlarge).
Accompanied only by the sound of passing traffic, Red Bank’s Michael Evans, aka ‘Aizen G,’ polished his pipes and his moves before an imaginary audience at Riverside Gardens Park Sunday shortly before heading to an open-mic night at Jamian’s on Monmouth Street.
redbankgreen happened to be in the cheap seats…
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Held at Red Banks newly renovated riverfront hotel, the evening, co-sponsored by hotel owner J.P. Barry Hospitality, will offer guests culinary samplings from more than 20 borough eateries, as well as wine samplings, libations and craft beer selections from New Jersey breweries.
Still with the jumping? Well, yeah. After all, this is the first day of summer, and the longest day of the year. Who wouldn’t want to leap at the very thought? Especially with Sol Searching prodding people to jump like youre nine years old and just got out of school for the summer.
(Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge. Jump to feel younger.)
4:50 p.m. Among the dozen or more ice cream junkies seated outside Crazees Institute of Fine Ice Cream and Nuts in Rumson at this hour were Duncan Straine, 6, and his brother, Hugh, 8, of Fair Haven, with a scoop of chocolate chip cookie dough and a milkshake, respectively.
The kids spent the day at their beach club unwinding after a rough school year and running through sprinklers in the park.
A cashier said the West River Road stand was busy, as expected, and that almost 300 people had been served since 11 a.m.
“Today was extra special because it was the last day of school around here, too,” she said. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)
4:31 p.m.: Amelia Liberatore, Sarah Pyne and Vanessa Romano, all of Middletown, head home after six hours at the Anchorage beach in Sea Bright. They stayed in the water most of that time after finding tanning in the mid-90-degree heat uncomfortable to the point of pain.
“It’s annoying once you stay too long,” Romano said. “But I thought it was a good beach day because the water was warm. It was so refreshing, but without the water, it would’ve been bad.” (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)
The one-year-old calf’s name is Violet. But to Pudgie Conroy, a Middletown native turned full-time stable tenant in Rumson, calling her bovine charge “Stinky” not to mention “muddy” and “sweaty” on the year’s hottest afternoon yet works just as well.
Said Conroy, “I feed Violet once a day, but I’ve been cutting her back little-by-little because she’s a year old now and doesn’t need as much.”
Once Violet’s milk bottle is drained, Conroy heads to the stables to shower Buck, a horse.
3:49 p.m. Dave Dries doesn’t like air conditioning, and a day of record heat doesn’t faze him. With temperatures in the mid-90s, Dries, of Lincroft had Red Bank’s Marine Park nearly to himself when Sol Searching visited Wednesday afternoon. Nestled in the shade with the famous Navesink view a glance away, he spent the day reading and relaxing while others tanned and waded elsewhere. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)
More evidence of what happens when Sol Searching asks perfectly normal adults to jump like youre nine years old and just got out of school for the summer.
These photos were taken in Red Bank. See also our jump shots from Little Silver.
(Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge. Jump to feel young.)
Billy Anania, who works at Jack’s Music Shoppe, attributed the lighter traffic to the beach weather, and an employee at Funk and Standard said that he saw only seven customers before noon, compared to 50 during the comparable period Tuesday.
Even cold-dessert purveyor Frozsürt reported a drop in business, probably because people don’t think stepping out into the brutal heat is worth a cone of frozen yogurt, an employee there said. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli, with thanks to Dave Bender for the ride in the cherry picker. Click to enlarge)
12:24 p.m. Molly Fallon of Middletown might have be doing little more than crashing into virtual trees in a racing game at Yestercades, but she’s just happy to be keeping cool indoors as the temperature outside pushes past 90 degrees. The retro gaming arcade on Broad Street in Red Bank was the first place Molly’s dad, Vinny, thought to bring her for heatstroke-free entertainment.
“Today, we decided to do something to get out without actually being out,” he said, while trying his own hand at a game of pinball. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)
11:14 a.m. In an effort to help those without AC in their homes escape the sweltering heat, Lunch Break is staying open an extra three hours past its usual lunch hour Wednesday. Games and television will be provided until 4 p.m. so those who need to can stay cool, said executive assistant Millie Jeter.
“These people are like family to us,” said Jeter. “We want them to be comfortable and hydrated.” (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)
12:00 p.m.: Going by the thermostat in George Laboussis’ hand, the temperature inside the G&G Hot Dog Truck in Red Bank had already edged past 95 degrees by noontime and that was with the air conditioner running.
Laboussis has been manning the truck for the past three months with his wife, Dimi, for his father-in-law, Gus Tangalos, who’s owned the Shrewsbury Avenue institution-on-wheels for 40 years and is recovering from a triple bypass operation. (Click to enlarge)
The borough has been trying to get the sidewalk replacement and repaving job started for a week, but coincidentally, to the dismay of these construction workers, it didn’t begin until the hottest day so far this year.
9:35 a.m.: Bikram Yoga student Robbie Trochia holds the “dandayamana-bibhaktapada-janushirasana” (Sanskrit for “standing separate leg head to knee”) pose at Synergy Hot Yoga on River Road in Fair Haven. (Photo by Connor ‘Solstice’ Soltas. Click to enlarge)
“It actually helps you deal with the heat,” said Portman. “Your body becomes accustomed. It helps your body deal with adversity, really. Hot yoga is a really good thing to do in summer.”
At the “Be a Buc” football camp, run at Red Bank Regional, current members of the RBR football team assist school and league coaches in training the younger players. (Video and photo by Stacie Fanelli)
This is what you get when you go Sol Searching and, encountering willing and eager locals, ask them to “jump like you’re nine years old and just got out of school for the summer.”
(More photos, by Trish Russoniello, below. Click to enlarge. Jump to feel young.)
8:46 a.m.: Dian Woodroffe, of Shrewsbury, tends to the potted plants and flowers outside Ten Thousand Villages on Broad Street in Red Bank.
A member of the Navesink Garden Club, Woodroffe follows a route around Red Bank once a week that includes 26 pots to trim, and, as she says, “fluff up a bit.” While Red Bank RiverCenter takes care of the watering nearly every day and cares for the hanging baskets high up on street lamps, she likes to walk the beat regularly to make sure everything is growing on schedule.
“It’s such a nice town, and it’s just little things that make it nicer,” she said. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)
7:40 a.m.: The ladies of the Early Morning Walking and Talking Club toast a member absent because of knee surgery. Two of the women sport pink shirts printed with “R2K,” for “Rita’s two Knees” in support of their friend.
Monday through Friday at 5:30 a.m., year-round, longtime friends from Fair Haven, Rumson, Shrewsbury and Little Silver meet at the Church of the Nativity to begin their four-mile walk, which always ends at a picnic table in front of Gourmet Picnic in Fair Haven with a celebratory coffee over gossip.
7:37 a.m.: Leigh Tyluki, a Shrewsbury resident and janitor for the Knights of Columbus Red Bank Council 3187 on Fair Haven Road in Fair Haven, cleaned the building’s parking lot two mornings after the organization’s monthly social meeting.
“There’s pretty much something every night,” said Tyluki, himself a K of C member. “We have so many events. The kids, wives and whole families are involved.”
Among his sweepings: hundreds of cigarettes. “The A.A. meets here, too, and every time, they leave 100 butts for me to clean up.” (Photo by Connor ‘Solstice’ Soltas. Click to enlarge)
6:05 a.m. The frontrunners in Monmouth Boat Club‘s annual solstice race make a U-turn just east of the Oceanic Bridge. Taking off just before sunrise in Red Bank, they finished in daylight.
The solstice race, once Navesink River Rowing‘s traditional first of the season, is the second race this year in a biweekly series among the “Rowing Fleet” of the MBC. The two rowing organizations are intertwined today as members of both join in the fun.
“Our speeds are so different that there is usually little actual competition,” said Jim Shelton, fleet captain. “Rather, the ‘competition’ is more frequently against our own individual record.”
(Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)
Twenty-five of the 27 readers who wrote in to identify the four pastel-colored Adirondack chairs shown in last week’s photo got it right.
The mistaken pair might want to take a seat in what several others refer to as the Four Chairs of Wisdom which according to Jim Fitzmaurice, replaced the Bench of Knowledge outside Butler’s Deli in Rumson.
It is there during early morning sessions, that “the problems of the world are discussed and resolved,” Jim writes. “Weather permitting.”