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RED BANK: DRIVEWAY PLAN IRKS NEIGHBORS

76 e front 031615Changes to the structure include the addition of an ADA-accessible wraparound porch along the east side, shown in the bottom illustration. The vacant lot next door is shown below. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

washington-stThe planned restoration of a stately Victorian home in Red Bank for use by a plastic surgeon mostly won praise at a meeting of the borough planning board Monday night.

Neighbors and other residents expressed thanks to Dr. Negin Griffith for proposing to renovate rather than raze the building, at 76 East Front Street. But several claimed that moving the access driveway off East Front and onto an adjoining empty lot at the corner of Washington Street would increase car traffic through the historic district neighborhood.

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NAVESINK: RIVERVIEW DELIVERS AN EYEFUL

The vantage points were harder to find, but a  fireworks show on the Navesink River off a Middletown dock Friday night was no less spectacular than the old KaBoom displays in Red Bank, a half-century tradition that ended in 2011.

Now in its second year, the Family Fireworks Show, featuring some 1,500 shells launched from a barge, capped a fundraising party for Riverview Medical Center at the Navesink River Road home of Rose DiPiero.

“The main thing is that we’ve got fireworks back on the Navesink, and it’s good for the community and for a good cause,” said Dominick DiPiero III, one of the event’s hosts. (Photos by John T. Ward and Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)

NAVESINK RIVER FIREWORKS SLATED

fireworks 062614Boaters, motorists on the Oceanic Bridge, patrons of two Rumson restaurants and miscellaneous others are in for a pyrotechnics treat Friday night, when DiPiero family puts on a fireworks show from his home on the Middletown side of the Navesink River. The show, scheduled for 9;15 p.m., caps off a fundraising party for Riverview Medical Center Foundation. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: DONORS GIVE RIVERVIEW $5M

The gift is the latest in a series of million-dollar donations to the Red Bank hospital’s foundation. (Click to enlarge)

Spotlight-avoiding donors have dropped $5 million into the coffers of Riverview Medical Center‘s foundation, the latest in a recent series of big-dollar contributions to the Red Bank facility.

Here’s the announcement, issued late Monday afternoon:

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RIVERVIEW DAY-STAY GETS FACELIFT

With the number of surgeries performed up 20 percent in the past three years, Riverview Medical Center opens the doors to phase one of a $15 million upgrade to its surgical facilities Monday.

Located in the third floor of the Blaisdell Pavilion and overlooking the Navesink River, the Red Bank hospital’s new “surgical day-stay” features 21 semi-private and two private rooms for patient recovery from same-day procedures, replacing a dormitory-style setup.

Due in September are two high-tech surgical suites, which will bring the number of operating rooms to 12 and complete the project. Hospital employees themselves contributed $374,000 to a capital campaign for the project, a spokesman said. (Click to enlarge)

CLUB AWASH IN PINK ON GIRLS NIGHT OUT

It was Girls Night Out at Red Bank’s Downtown nightclub Wednesday, one of a series of events in the annual Paint the Town Pink celebration to raise awareness about, and funds for treatment of, breast cancer. Proceeds from the $60 tickets went straight into the Pink Fund, which provides free mammography for uninsured women at the Jane H. Booker Women’s Center at Riverview Medical Center.

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RIVERVIEW PLANS $15M SURGICAL MAKEOVER

red-bank-riverviewRiverview plans to add two surgical suites to handle a growing number of surgeries, officials say. (Click to enlarge)

Red Bank’s Riverview Medical Center is planning a $15 million upgrade to its surgical facilities in coming months to meet rising demand, hospital officials announced Monday.

Expected to start this spring and to take some 16 months to complete, the work calls for the creation of two new high-tech surgical suites, bringing the total number of operating rooms to 12, says Riverview president Tim Hogan.

To make room for the new facilities at the east end of the third floor of the Blaisdell Pavilion, an existing same-day-surgery center will be relocated to the west end and modernized.

“This is a sizeable project for us,” Hogan tells redbankgreen.

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KABOOMERS PROMISE FRESH START

A promotional video for the KaBOOM fireworks show. Below, Tim Hogan, new chairman of KaBoom’s executive committee. (Click to enlarge photo)

hogan-2Coming off two years of financial challenges and crowd-control issues, the 2011 edition of the giant annual fireworks extravaganza known as KaBoomFest will feature a renewed focus on family entertainment and security, organizers say.

While some aspects of the event, including whether to repeat last year’s expansion from one to three days, remain undecided, KaBoom is on track to raise more money from corporate sponsors this year and is paying more attention to the importance of security, said Tim Hogan, president of Riverview Medical Center and chairman of KaBoom’s executive committee.

“We want to make sure that it’s safe and want to make sure that it’s family-friendly,” Hogan said.

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RECOVERY FOR A ROOFTOP GARDEN

riverview-garden1Patients are allowed to get their hands dirty at the rejuvenated rooftop garden at Riverview Medical Center. (Photos by Peter Lindner; click to enlarge)

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It sat idle for years, a tangle of ivy and weeds bound by three brick walls and one of glass.

A rooftop deck created on the fifth floor of Red Bank’s Riverview Medical Center had fallen into disuse, and then a state of neglect.

But a recreational therapist, Jo Ellen Ross, saw in it the potential to create an environment conducive to recovery for patients of the hospital’s rehabilitation program, says rehab manager Brian Walch.

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A HOTEL TAKE ON HOSPITAL CARE

riverview-100409Riverview Medical Center officials hope to bring a touch of the suite life to hospital stays.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

You can get so much accomplished at Riverview Medical Center these days that a patient might be hard pressed to find a reason to go home.

The hospital launched a pilot program last month called Concierge Care, a comprehensive service designed to pamper patients and their visitors. Hospital brass say they spent 18 months investigating and designing the service with people from five-star hotels and resorts. Through a third party, the hospital has worked out deals with local businesses and vendors to offer what it calls hotel perks.

Need to get your car fixed? Want to get tickets to see a show at the Two River Theater? Rather order takeout from one of those pizza places in town than eat in the hospital commisary? The service will get it done for you.

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