RBC STUDENT DOTH GIVE GOOD REPORT

Olivia Mullen ducked into a Red Bank store to get out of the wind so she could recite a bit of the Bard for redbankgreen earlier this week.

By DANIELLE TEPPER

As Olivia Mullen knows, the works of William Shakespeare are a fundamental component of any acting student’s growth as a performer. The Red Bank Catholic junior has shared passions for drama and music, and to her ear, Shakespeare embodies both.

“Shakespeare’s work is beautiful,” she told redbankgreen this week. “It comes to me almost like a song. I’m not nervous performing it.”

Mullen’s heartfelt appreciation of the Bard of Avon won her a spot in the 29th annual English-Speaking Union‘s National Shakespeare Competition held in New York last month.

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SPITZER CALL GIRL PLANS LINGERIE SHOP

AshleydupreWould-be Red Bank bra and bikini merchant Ashley Dupré in a file photo.

By JOHN T. WARD

Ashley Dupré, the former high-priced courtesan whose romps with Eliot Spitzer torpedoed his career as New York’s governor, plans to open a lingerie and swimwear store in Red Bank, redbankgreen has learned.

Operating under the name Femme by Ashley, Dupré has signed a lease at 15 Broad Street, a stylish storefront recently vacated by children’s boutique Lavish Kids, a source close to Dupré confirms.

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ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK

A parking gate in Red Bank goes a little nutty Tuesday morning. The gate is at a 23-car parking lot at the corner of Hudson Avenue and Linden Place that’s owned by the borough but leased to Downtown Investors for use by employees of the nearby Smith Barney complex. (Click to enlarge)

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.

WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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Carl Colmorgen is a Red Bank guy to the marrow.

Even if you don’t know him, you’ve probably seen him around town. A retiree, he volunteers with the fire police to help keep traffic flowing around emergency scenes. He volunteers with the municipal court, helping steer anxious and sometimes indignant defendants through a crowded room and a crowded docket.

He works as a school crossing guard when school’s in session, as it is now at St. James School and Red Bank Catholic High, whose kids he helps protect as they cross Broad Street at Harding Road/Reckless Place – and amuses them, and passing motorists, with his silly seasonal hats.

He’s also, as one of the Colmorgen Kids (with siblings Kathy Lou, Bob, and Bob’s wife, Debbie) a devoted fan of Where Have I Seen This? It genuinely bugs him when he doesn’t know the answer, particularly if our photo’s from his hometown.

So, boy, is Mr. Red Bank going to kick himself today.

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HELP US REPORT ON IRENE

biker-hitA bicyclist was involved in an accident with a car on Spring Street in Red Bank late Saturday. Details were not immediately available, but police said the bicyclist suffered minor injuries. (Photo by Cliff Galbraith. Click to enlarge)

Help redbankgreen report on the storm (as long as the power stays on) by sending us news tips, photos and links to videos you’ve uploaded to YouTube.

Please be sure to tell us when and where your images were taken, and by whom. Provide as much detail as you can about what’s shown.

Send images, links and tips here.

Thanks, folks, and here’s to a safe Sunday…

KEEPING IT REAL BY KEEPING IT LOCAL

And now, an important message from the home office. Literally.

Authentically Localredbankgreen has joined with some 30 hyperlocal news sites across America in an effort to remind readers and advertisers of the community-enhancing role that independent news sites play.

Dubbed Authentically Local and including sites from Seattle to Tucson to New Haven, the group’s aim is “to remind readers and advertisers of the value that local ownership and local perspective brings to coverage,” says redbankgreen publisher John T. Ward.

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AFTER THE STORM IN FAIR HAVEN & RUMSON

As the wind and snow relented Monday morning, plows, shovels and snowblowers got heavy use in Fair Haven and Rumson.

redbankgreen‘s Dustin Racioppi trudged through the streets to snap shots of residents digging out from the season’s first major storm.

(To enlarge the photo display, start it, then click the embiggen symbol in the lower right corner. To get back to redbankgreen, hit your escape key.)

A CLEAN SLATE FOR redbankgreen COMMENTS

hot-topic rightToday, redbankgreen introduces a new reader-comments system.

Prompted by a rising tide of everything from petty name-calling to outright libel, nearly all of it from anonymous commenters, we’ve flushed our archive of comments posted prior to December 2, when we temporarily halted postings.

We’ve also adopted a registration system in the expectation that it will bring a greater degree of accountability to the commentary. With that, we hope, will be more civil and constructive behavior than we saw in the months leading up to the change.

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TIME FOR SOME FACEBOOK TIME

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Maybe we’re just in a wintry mood, with the furnace burning through the heating budget way earlier in the season than expected.

Or maybe it’s lingering remnants of the frustration that led us to impose radio silence on our comments forum last week.

But none of the comments posted between last Monday and late Thursday jumped out at us as particularly noteworthy. So we’re not spotlighting any this week.

Still, there’s some news about comments. As many readers know, redbankgreen has temporarily shut down its commenting function. For those who missed the announcement, go here.

Commenting will be back, though.

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COMMENTING FUNCTION HALTED

hot-topic rightredbankgreen has temporarily stopped allowing comments on its posts.

This action was taken because we don’t have the resources to adequately moderate multiple threads of around-the-clock commentary which often become, in our view and the view of many readers, abusive.

Coinciding with the biggest growth readership burst in the four-year history of the site was a rising tide of muck.

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A COMMENT ON LOOKING BACK IN TIME

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Our Comment of the Week this week is nice and simple: it’s just one resident communicating to another — and the rest of us, of course — while recalling a special moment.

And it’s all in the context of a story about a calendar created to preserve a bit of Red Bank history while raising a few bucks for a local charity.

That’s community, right?

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BRICKS-AND-MORTAR SUPPORT FOR A TRUCK

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Some weeks, the pickings are better than others, and this past week saw a good number of posts that might merit the Comment of the Week spotlight.

A couple of commenters, for example, made a strong case in calling on the borough of Red Bank to change the name of Drs. James Parker Boulevard back to West Bergen Place, seeing as how the borough government itself isn’t consistent in using the current name. Those appeared beneath our article about a detour on what even redbankgreen called “West Bergen Place” instead of Drs. James Parker Boulevard.

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SPLITTING THE PROFITS, TOO?

aphotographer_111410Spotted by redbankgreen‘s Accidental Photographer on Oceanport Avenue in Little Silver on Sunday, this sign… well, wow. Perhaps a reminder to the folks who took part in Saturday’s Wedding Walk in Red Bank to choose well? Click to enlarge.

CANDIDATE Q&As: RED BANK

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Earlier this month, redbankgreen emailed questionnaires to local candidates for public office in towns with contested elections on November 2.

We began running the replies last Friday, starting with those from Middletown, where four candidates are vying for two seats on the five-member Township Committee.

Today, we conclude the series with Red Bank, where incumbent Mayor Pasquale Menna, a Democrat, is running unopposed, and four candidates vie for a pair of council seats. The candidates’ responses are below, in alphabetical order.

Here’s the Red Bank ballot: red-bank-ballot-2010

Follow these links to see the Q&As for candidates in Rumson and Sea Bright.