CHANCE OF SHOWERS

umbrellaA woman shades herself from hot sunshine on Broad Street in Red Bank Wednesday. Her umbrella may come in handy again today for another purpose. (Click to enlarge)

After a string of hot and humid days, temperatures will moderate today and Friday, with the possibility of showers both days, according to the National Weather Service.

Saturday looks to be sunny and warm, but Sunday appears spotty.

Here’s the forecast:

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SUMMER ARRIVES ON A TIDE OF SMILES

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Ahhh, hot and sparkling at the Jersey Shore: This is the payoff, isn’t it, for all those blasted snowstorms we endured over the winter?

For those who were otherwise engaged, the summer solstice occurred at 7:28a Monday, marking the start of a season that, for those of an outdoorsish bent, is as important to one’s mental health as it is to the regional economy.

To mark the day, redbankgreen‘s Dustin Racioppi and Trish Russoniello roamed the Green, cameras in hand, and captured some juicy slices of life, from people at play to a high school graduation to some of the many ways folks find to stay cool between Red Bank and Sea Bright.

Enjoy the pix, folks. And here’s to a terrific summer.

HOFFMAN’S PUTS THE “OHHHS” IN OREO

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[Editor’s note: this article has been updated to correct a number of mixed-up last names in the original version. redbankgreen apologizes for the errors.]

Cool Inside, a redbankgreen summer series featuring chilled and frozen delectable edibles, gets crunchy this week with a visit to Little Silver for a decadently tasty dessert.

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ACCIDENTAL PHOTOGRAPHER: WEED WHACKER

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Just north of Point Road Elementary School on Seven Bridges Road in Little Silver, the weeds needed a trim. Enter Wayne Elsbree (aka Mohawk Wayne), who struck a pose for redbankgreen’s Accidental Photographer Friday morning as he tamed the roadside overgrowth.

Could Monmouth County have sent a more apt stylist for the job?

‘SHE SHARED THE GIFT OF NATURE’

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We had at least three spirited debates running simultaneously on redbankgreen last week. It was good to see this site being utilized in that way.

The issues included the question, posed by a reader, of whether there should be speed bumps/speed humps on Waverly Place (this debate actually carried over from the prior week); the wisdom of Red Bank having allowed a photo shoot of a staged accident to slow traffic on Broad Street for most of a day; and whether Fair Haven should pay $1.2 million for a piece of waterfront property and turn it into a small park.

In all the back and forth there were at least five or six comments that might have been spotlighted  in this space, which is dedicated to calling out thoughtful and civil commentary. So a big thanks is in order to all those readers who contributed in that vein.

The comment below stands out, we thought, for the sense of history and emotion it evoked.

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COMMENT: POSTER DIDN’T READ OWN LINKS

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Longtime readers of redbankgreen comments may be familiar with the postings of ‘Dan.’

Whether or not one agrees with him, he’s clearly an evidence-driven guy (or maybe a woman — who knows, right?). He looks to outside sources of expertise and often cites it in his comments. And if someone else offers up some documentation in support of an argument, he’s likely to check it out and see how it squares with that person’s characterization of it.

That approach was evident last week, when Dan replied to another commenter, “Just Sayin,” under our story, ‘Alleged West Side Shooter Rejects Plea Deal.’

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