By JOHN T. WARD
What should be done about the crumbling Oceanic Bridge between Rumson and Middletown?
Area residents were offered dozens of options Tuesday as Monmouth County officials hit the reset button on an earlier process derailed by a change in federal regulations.
The Oceanic Bridge between Rumson and Middletown is in “critical” condition, according to the Monmouth County Engineer’s office, and officials plan to unveil “conceptual alternatives” for its replacement or repair at meetings slated in each town today.
Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Rumson Police Department for May, 2017. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.
5/5/17 – Lauren Stag, 31, of Red Bank was arrested by Ptl. Michael Berger for Contempt.
5/11/17 – Christopher Kruse, 27, of Keansburg was arrested by Ptl. Grace Maggiulli for Possession of less than 50 grams of Marijuana.
By JOHN T. WARD
An effort to restore a once-thriving oyster ecosystem in the Navesink River got off to a small start last week with the help of scraps from restaurant diners’ plates.
The workweek begins Monday with mostly sunny skies and lots of wind, with gusts up to 31 miles per hour, according to the National Weather Service. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge.)
The median municipal police salary in New Jersey crossed the $100,000 threshhold in 2016, according to a data analysis published Tuesday by NJ Advance Media.
Five of the six towns considered as the core of the Greater Red Bank Green were among those in the six figures, according to the report.
Vegetarian French onion soup with complimentary pimento cheese and crackers at the bar of Russell and Bette’s. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)
By SUSAN ERICSON
Skipping lunch in lieu of a date for early happy hour at Rumson’s charming new Russell and Bette’s on West River Road proves to be smart thinking, as PieHole finds a superabundance of dining choices here.
Pansy-filled window boxes and white stucco give the outside of the restaurant a cheerful veneer. Inside, we find an engaging old-world mood, with dark wood paneling and brick interior walls. Vintage stained glass chandeliers add color, while the bar to the right of the entrance is original to its predecessor, What’s Your Beef.
Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Rumson Police Department for April, 2017. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.
4/2/17 – Christopher Defelice, 26, of Red Bank was arrested for Eluding by Ptl. Michael Berger.
4/6/17 – Daniel Pilszak, 34, of South Amboy was arrested for Credit Card Theft and Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card by D/Sgt. Christopher Isherwood.
Busted sanitary sewer lines in two locations along Marion Street in Red Bank were significant sources of bacteria winding up in the Navesink off Fair Haven, investigators said. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
Environmentalists and government officials have found two culprits, just yards apart in Red Bank, believed to be contributing to a spike in human waste bacteria in the Navesink River, they said Thursday night.
Crime and arrest reports, unedited, as provided by the Rumson Police Department for March, 2017. For additional information, please scroll to the bottom of this post.
3/17/17 – S/O Jessica Caffey arrested Ryan Jacobs, 21, of Fair Haven for Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent to Distribute.
3/25/17 – Grace Maggiulli arrested Mark Valenzano, 52, of Ocean Township for Contempt of Court.
After drenching rains last week, the Greater Red Bank Green is in for more Wednesday night through Thursday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service. As much as two inches of rain is expected. But first: some sunshine and temperatures approaching 60 degrees Wednesday. These plants along River Road in Red Bank won’t mind either way. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)
A boat traveled through fog on the Navesink River off Marine Park in Red Bank Monday morning. The fog was expected to lift by 10 a.m., but alternating rain and cloudy skies were expected to linger until Wednesday, according to the National Weather Service. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)
Wednesday’s outlook was for sunny skies, but temperatures topping out below 40, with gusty winds, according to Weather Underground. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
When Kevin Valerio announced the annual re-opening of his Strollo’s Lighthouse Italian Ice business in Red Bank last week, daytime temperatures were peaking around 70 degrees. So he didn’t expect the stand, at Rector Place and North Bridge Avenue, to be encrusted in American ice and snow that he and his employees would have to hack away at with less than 24 hours to go.
Another blizzard that wasn’t dumped up to two feet of snow in northern New Jersey but skirted the Greater Red Bank Green Tuesday, bringing lots of rain atop an early coating of about three inches of snow. NJ.com talked to forecasters about the bad call.
Meanwhile, a state of emergency declaration by Governor Chris Christie kept would-be motorists off the roads, making traffic control easy easy for Red Bank and Shrewsbury police when traffic lights at the intersection of Broad Street and Newman Springs Road malfunctioned in early evening, above.
Anticipating icy roads, area schools scheduled late starts Wednesday. The National Weather Service forecast showed daytime temperatures peaking at about 29 degrees, with a wind advisory warning of possible gusts of 45 miles per hour until 8 p.m. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
Over the course of an hour’s slog on foot, redbankgreen encountered sleet that changed to moderately heavy rain.
Governor Chris Christie declared a state of emergency Monday evening, meaning that government offices would be closed Tuesday and motorist are urged to stay off the roads for the duration of the storm and immediately afterward.