MIXED AFTERMATH AMONG SEA BRIGHT HOMES

Wine lover Kevin Corbett recovered all his wine, as well as his golf clubs, from his riverside house, which is slated for demolition. Two doors away, the year-old home of Beatrix and Paul Patton saw little damage.  Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

With a backhoe in his front yard and an orange “5” spray-painted across the face of his house, Kevin Corbett hustled out from his rear deck, a bottle of ’82 Petrus in hand, attempting to use the little time he had to save the things he values most: wine, golf clubs and clothes.

As the backhoe’s claw yanked at a wire strung from what’s left of his Ocean Avenue house, Corbett seemed surprisingly unfazed about entering a precarious structure Monday afternoon.

“It’s beat up out front,” he said with a laugh, “but it’s fine in the back.”

Hundreds of Sea Bright Residents made a brief return home on Monday afternoon to find varying levels of damage inflicted on their households. In some instances, houses that made it out of the storm relatively unscathed were juxtaposed against a neighbor’s residence lying in ruins.

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UPSTAIRS? NADA. DOWNSTAIRS? UTILITY POLE

It sounded a bit like an urban myth, but redbankgreen can now confirm it: Hurricane Sandy tossed a telephone pole into one of the units at the Anchorage Apartments in Sea Bright last week.

Upstairs tenants Melissa Enna and John Summonte, right, visited their unit Monday morning and found “not even a cracked window,” said Enna. Other than the fact that the lower part of their staircase is gone, “it looks like nothing ever happened,” she said.

Downstairs, not so lucky. Where the pole came from wasn’t yet known, but the apartment, which overlooks the Shrewsbury River, had been badly flooded. (Click to enlarge)

STORM SURGE LAYS WASTE TO LITTLE SILVER

Mountains of sopping wet insulation sat discarded on either side of Lippincott Road in Little Silver Friday. (Click to enlarge)

In Little Silver, numerous homes were badly damaged or left uninhabitable by Hurricane Sandy on Monday night, officials said.

At her future in-laws’ home on Little Silver Point Road, Erica Marsh, of Red Bank, said the furniture had been raised up off the floor before the storm, but a surge of water from the creek in their backyard entered the house and pushed it all to one side, blocking the front door.

“They were ready for some water, but not waves and floating pianos,” she told redbankgreen.

A 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew remains in effect in town, and checkpoints have been set up at Gooseneck Bridge and Seven Bridge Road, as well as entries to flood zone neighborhoods, according to a posting on the borough website.

More Little Silver photos after the jump…

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SEA BRIGHT: A WALK THROUGH THE WRECKAGE

A compilation of photos assembled into a video by someone identified on YouTube as ‘Chris M” documents a walk north into Sea Bright on Tuesday, the day after Hurricane Sandy caused widespread damage in the coastal town. (Click to enlarge)

COLORFUL FUN FOR KIDS ON MONMOUTH


Marissa Porskievies squirts a sampling of primary colors into a palette at her store’s “paint station.”
 (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge.)

By STACIE FANELLI

Rcsm2_010508Marissa Porskievies envisions her new Red Bank shop, Paint a Tee, as a  kid-friendly destination, though there isn’t anything to throw, jump on, slide down or win.

The shop, taking over the former Readies delicatessen location at 18 Monmouth Street when it opens in a few weeks, will sell blank T-shirts, tote bags, puzzles, placemats and more – all to be designed by customers, who might range from 3-year-olds celebrating a birthday to business associates enjoying a ladies’ night out.

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JEWELRY STORE TAKES MONMOUTH SPACE

Ashley Goral will manage Ice, which plans to open soon at 12 Monmouth Street. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

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A primo spot on the sunny side of Monmouth Street in Red Bank is about to get some ice.

Most recently home to Soapmarket, which vacated in January to become an online-only retailer, 12 Monmouth is being outfitted for Ice Costume Jewelry, which hopes to open in just a couple of weeks, store manager Ashely Goral tells redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.

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RED BANK: 7-ELEVEN CHALLENGED OVER 24/7

Planning consultant Rob Freud, representing 7-Eleven, answers a question from resident John Garofalo, left. Below, Freud with the site plan. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

proposal to convert the East Front Street Welsh Farms store into Red Bank’s second 7-Eleven hit a curb Monday night when officials questioned the conditions under which the convenience store was allowed to open in 1975.

Neighbors packed a planning board hearing on the matter, mobilized by concerns that a business that now closes by 10 p.m. will become a garishly lit traffic-and-litter generator operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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MENNA: CLOCK TICKING ON PARKING WAIVER

By JOHN T. WARD

A measure to boost business development in downtown Red Bank has had its intended effect and should probably end this summer, Mayor Pasquale Menna tells redbankgreen.

The temporary ordinance repeal, adopted in August, 2010, has helped spark a burst of activity so strong that “we may have a parking deficiency again soon,” Menna said.

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LONG-VACANT SPACE GETTING YOGURT SHOP

blissberry1Blissberry customers serve themselves and pay by the weight of their purchases, says the shop’s owner. (Click to enlarge)

Rcsm2_010508A Red Bank storefront that’s been vacant for at least four years is finally getting a tenant: Blissberry Frozen Yogurt.

Last occupied by the Internet-forgotten Altamonte Imports, the space at 90 Broad is tucked between Pho Le, a Vietnamese restaurant that opened in May, and Linda Martino’s beauty supply store Lux, which opened last year.

Owner Jill Pecoraro of Colts Neck says her shop is the first of an emerging franchise chain to hit New Jersey.

“There’s nothing like it around here,” she tells redbankgreen.

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MONMOUTH STREET: COCOON EMPTIES OUT

rema-josephRema Joseph closed her Monmouth Street women’s clothing and gift store on Sunday. (Click to enlarge)

Rcsm2_010508Rema Joseph had hoped to hang on until the end of the year.

Then it became a matter of making it at least until the end of month.

But a paucity of customers willing to open their purses  spelled an expedited end of her Red Bank clothing and accessories store, Cocoon.

Joseph shut out the lights one last time on Sunday, ending an eight-year run and joining the continual churn of businesses downtown.

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RARE BREED SQUEAKS INTO TOWN

rarebreedOrlando Dawkins of Tinton Falls checks out a pair of sneaks on opening day at Rare Breed earlier this month. (Click to enlarge)

By WID CONROY

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Newly shuffled into downtown Red Bank is Rare Breed, a sneaker store at 16 White Street.

Owners D.J. Senatore and Stephen Perri, who moved their business here from Brighton Avenue in Long Branch, are counting on what they say is a distinctive  mix of sneakers, T-shirts, caps and accessories to draw customers to their storefront across the street from Nirvana.

“I hate the word ‘streetwear,’ but that’s one way to describe what we sell,” says Senatore.

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SNOW PUTS A LID ON DOWNTOWN ACTIVITY

img_6133121909Santa Claus had few shoppers passing his perch in the window of Primas Home on Broad Street at lunchtime. (Click photos to enlarge)

After a couple of hours with no snowfall, the flakes have resumed falling on Red Bank in what is widely forecast to be a storm with blizzard-like conditions. Meaning wind and lots of white stuff.

Here’s the outlook from the National Weather Service as of 3:40p:

Late Afternoon: Snow. High near 31. Blustery, with a north wind around 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 5 inches possible.

Tonight: Snow and widespread blowing snow. The snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. Low around 25. Windy, with a north wind between 25 and 30 mph, with gusts as high as 43 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 9 to 13 inches possible.

shoppers121909Foot traffic was modest on Monmouth Street during a midday lull in the storm, but singer Bob Jacques of Shrewsbury was committed to playing on from his spot outside Ten Thousand Villages.

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