FAIR HAVEN: BRUSH GRINDING SITE GRATES

Escorted to the transfer site by police, an 18-wheeler needed more than five minutes of maneuvering to back into the tight space last Friday. (Video by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

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A brush-grinding and transfer station tucked into a leafy Fair Haven neighborhood has got to go, neighbors say.

Though Fair Haven officials have touted the operation for years as a model of interlocal sharing and an environmental boon, residents call it a “monstrosity” of noise, dust and dangerous truck traffic.

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RED BANK: THE STORY, WEATHERWISE

red bank riverside story walk 050320With temperatures rising to the mid-70s, masked visitors to newly reopened Riverside Gardens Park in Red Bank strolled the public library’s Story Walk Sunday.

The story for Monday, weatherwise: partly sunny and not as warm, according to the National Weather Service. A good day, perhaps, to read the latest Story Walk installation: ‘The Sun Shines Everywhere,’ by Mary Ann Hoberman.

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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FAIR HAVEN: WEEKEND GOOD AND WET

fair haven navesink fishing 042320 1fair haven navesink fishing 042320 Two fisherman enjoyed some socially distant relaxation on the Navesink River off Grange Avenue in Fair Haven Thursday morning. One, at right, quickly returned a fish he’d caught to the water.

The weather outlook for the Greater Red Bank Green is favorable, if you like it wet.  Expect rain Friday and Sunday, though we should catch some sun Saturday, according to the National Weather Service

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: LEAF-BLOWING STORM FORECAST

fair haven scenes 041220A man working a leaf blower had Cedar Avenue in Fair Haven all to himself Sunday evening.

Nature plans to provide its own leaf blower Monday, with heavy rain and wind gusts up to 65 mile per hour possible, according to the National Weather Service. “Isolated tornadoes are also possible,” NWS warns.

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RED BANK: CHEERS FOR HOSPITAL STAFFERS

red bank thanks riverviewEmergency workers packed the front parking area for the surprise as hospital personnel responded from upper-floor windows. (Photos by Allan Bass. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

red bank thanks riverviewRed Bank-area police and volunteer firefighters delivered a massive surprise cheer to healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle at Riverview Medical Center Friday evening.

The borough’s firetrucks, joined by gear from at least nine surrounding towns, twice sounded their horns in unison as staffers left and arrived for a shift change. Several hundred participants, most wearing protective masks, cheered and blew kisses from the parking lot as hospital employees in surgical masks and gowns acknowledged the love from upper floor windows.

Red Bank Fire Chief Scott Calabrese organized the unannounced event, which drew fire, police and first aiders from Fair Haven, Little Silver, Sea Bright, Shrewsbury, Rumson, Middletown, Tinton Falls, Eatontown and Oceanport.

The aim, he said, was “to say ‘thank you for your courage on the front lines of the battle.'”

(See more photos by Allan Bass and John T. Ward, below.)

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VIRUS UPDATE: DEATHS SOAR AS CASES EASE

red bank elm place 040720A woman with her face covered by a scarf speaks with a motorist on Elm Place in Red Bank Tuesday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicAn awful “paradox” was evident as deaths from COVID-19 soared and the number of new cases continued to ease in New Jersey, Governor Phil Murphy said Wednesday.

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VIRUS UPDATE: ‘FLATTENING’ SIGNS SEEN

murphy mask 040720 1Governor Phil Murphy removes a protective mask at the start of his daily crisis briefing Tuesday. (YouTube screengrab. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicAfter a two-day lull, the deaths of another 232 New Jersey residents have been attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Phil Murphy said Tuesday.

At the same time, recent data suggest a possible “flattening” of new coronavirus cases, he said.

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VIRUS UPDATE: COUNTY DEATH TOLL EASES

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Monmouth County’s COVID-19 death toll nearly tripled last week, but has slowed in recent days. (Graph by Voro.com. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

redbankgreen hot topicNew Jersey’s losses in the COVID-19 pandemic rose again Sunday, when the monthlong death toll surpassed 1,000, Governor Phil Murphy reported Monday.

He and a top law enforcement official also blasted attendees of a Rumson lawn concert held Saturday for alleged “vile” comments directed at police.

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RED BANK: SOCIALLY DISTANT LAX PRACTICE

Red Bank Catholic High boys’ lacrosse players, unable to get together to practice, demonstrate an upbeat way to stay connected.

Another week in the COVID-19 era begins Monday with some cheery spring weather, even if social distances still must be observed. Check out the extended National Weather Service forecast below.(Video courtesy of RBC lacrosse. Click to enlarge.)

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ON THE GREEN: SPRING ARRIVES EARLY

With spring in the air, a couple took a stroll down Markham Place in Little Silver Sunday.

The vernal equinox occured at 11:50 p.m. Thursday, marking the earliest start to spring in 124 years, according to the Farmer’s Almanac. And it debuts with summer-like conditions on the Greater Red Bank Green Friday, with temperatures peaking near 76 degrees, according to the National Weather Service

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RED BANK: WINTER MARCHES TOWARD SPRING

red bank marine park ice 022920A thin layer of ice – an infrequent sight this unseasonably warm and almost snowless winter – covered a puddle in Marine Park in Red Bank Saturday morning.

The first work week of March will bring more springlike conditions, with sunshine and a peak temperature in the high 50s Monday, according to the National Weather Service

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RUMSON: LUNCH BREAKERS BAKE A WINNER

Lunch Break children’s cooking class students Emily and Jack Pearsall with, from left, Oceanic Free Library Board President Carolyn Miller; Cups & Cakes owner Denise Kelleher; and Cups & Cakes pastry chef Maggie Condon.

It wasn’t just the luck o’ the Irish that helped the Lunch Break children’s cooking class take first place in the Oceanic Free Library’s Irish soda bread-making competition.

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RED BANK: FORECAST HAS SPRING IN ITS STEP

Red Bank West front impatiens Impatiens on West Front Street in Red Bank seemed to signal an early spring last week.

This week’s weather on the Greater Red Bank Green will indeed be more springlike than wintry, with warmish temperatures and drizzles in the forecast, according to the National Weather Service. Check it out below. (Photo by Trish Russoniello.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: WEEKEND WEATHER NOT TOO FOUL

A seagulls and waterfowl made the most of foul weather on the Navesink River off Red Bank Thursday.

Beginning Friday, the Greater Red Bank Green is in for a string of partly-to-mostly sunny days through Monday, Washington’s Birthday. Peak daytime temperatures Friday and Saturday will be colder than we’ve seen recently, but rise Sunday and Monday, according to the National Weather Service

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RED BANK: DAMP START TO WORKWEEK

little silver creek Little Silver Creek at the foot of Prospect Avenue in Little Silver mirrored a painterly sky Sunday afternoon.

Another workweek begins on a damp note, with a high chance of rain Monday and Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Check out the extended forecast for the Greater Red Bank Green below. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: DREARY, DAMP, AND NOW, WINDY

A pair of deer seen wandering Locust Avenue in Red Bank near the Bellhaven wetlands Thursday afternoon

A string of wet, dreary days continued with heavy fog Friday morning, along with a National Weather Service warning of possible strong winds through 7 p.m., with gusts up to 60 miles per hour. Sunshine was expected to return Saturday.

Check out the extended forecast below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: GROUNDHOGS SEE EARLY SPRING

punxstawney phil groundhogPunxsutawney Phil may not have the best track record as a forecaster. But he did not see his shadow Sunday, which tradition says is indicative of an early spring.

Closer to the Greater Red Bank Green, Milltown Mel, using an identical forecasting model, came to the same conclusion.

Meantime, the workweek gets off to a spring-ish start Monday, with plenty of sunshine and temperatures peaking in the high 50s, according to the National Weather Service

Check out the extended forecast below. (Visual by Trish Russoniello.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK

NWS tweet 013120A tweet from the National Weather Service‘s regional operation in Mount Holly early Friday morning.

What’s to hate? OK, so the outlook for the Greater Red Bank Green includes cloudy skies Friday and Saturday. But sunshine returns for Super Bowl Sunday, and peak temperatures hover in the mid-40s throughout. Could be worse.

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LITTLE SILVER: CLOUDY START TO WORKWEEK

little silver markham school gazebo fog 012520.JPGFog settles in around Markham Place School in Little Silver Saturday evening, after hours of rain left a reflective layer of water in the gazebo.

The workweek gets off to a cloudy start Monday, with peak daytime temperatures in the mid-40s, according to the National Weather Service.

Check out the extended forecast for the Greater Red Bank Green below. (Photo by John T. Ward.  Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: A HARD RAIN’S GONNA FALL

red bank count basie 012320CEO Adam Philipson led a hard-hat-wearing contingent on tour of new facilities under construction at the Count Basie Center for the Arts in Red Bank Thursday. Opening dates for the expansion are still under wraps.

Meantime, while rigid headwear may not be needed, a hard rain’s gonna fall on Greater Red Bank Green Saturday. Up to two inches is expected, along with strong winds, before sunshine returns Sunday, according to the National Weather Service

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