SEA BRIGHT: IRON COWBOY WRAPS 29TH TRI

iron cowboy 070415 7iron cowboy 070415 9Iron Cowboy” James Lawrence, who’s on a 50-day campaign to do 50 triathlon-length workouts in 50 states to call attention to the obesity epidemic, completed his 29th on Saturday, arriving at the Beachwalk motel in Sea Bright at 10:18 p.m, more than 15 hours after his day began.

“He’s like a machine,” said borough Councilman Charlie Rooney, who escorted Lawrence by boat as the Utah man began his day with a 2.4-mile swim in Sandy Hook Bay. Rooney and other cyclists also accompanied Lawrence on a 112.29-mile bike ride. The day ended with a 26.2-mile marathon-length run for Lawrence and members of the Sandy Hookers Tri Club.

Is he nuts? “I’m very aware of my mind and my body,” Lawrence told redbankgreen. “This is very purposeful.”

 See redbankgreen’s story from earlier this week for full details and information on how to help the cause. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

SANDY HOOK: IRON COWBOY MOTORS ON

iron cowboy 070415 1iron cowboy 070415 2Continuing his quest to complete 50 triathlon distances in 50 states in 50 days, a groggy “Iron Cowboy” James Lawrence got ready to enter Sandy Hook Bay with members of the Sandy Hookers Tri Club Saturday morning, the 29th day of his journey. “Every day, they wake me up, drag me out and throw me in a body of water,” he joked. “This is the worst case of Groundhog Day I’ve ever seen.”

The Utah man, who holds the Guinness Book records for most half- and full tri distances in a year 22 and 30, respectively – is seeking another one to raise awareness about the perils of obesity.

His Independence Day agenda included a 1.2-mile swim, a 112.29-mile bike ride and a total 26.2 miles of running, ending with a jog into downtown Sea Bright at about 7 p.m. See redbankgreen’s story from earlier this week for full details.  (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

SEA BRIGHT: IRON “INSANITY” ON THE GREEN

Now almost halfway through a push to complete 50 triathlon distances in 50 states in 50 days, James Lawrence discusses his aims in the above video.

HOT-TOPIC_03James Lawrence, a record-smashing triathlete who bills himself as the Iron Cowboy, plans to bring his campaign to complete 50 Ironman-distance triathlons in 50 states in 50 days to the Greater Red Bank Green on Saturday, July 4.

Yes, you read that correctly: 50 tris in 50 days in 50 states. Insane, right?

“Yeah, pretty much,” says Doug Rice, founder of the Sandy Hookers Tri Club, which is coordinating the Jersey leg of Lawrence’s epic endurance effort.

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SANDY HOOK: TRUCK IT HERE FOR LUNCH

imageDavid and Rose Rivera of Elizabeth have the right idea: stopping for a bit of barbecue after a bike ride at Sandy Hook. Below, a map showing food truck locations in the park. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

Sh truck mapThe food concessions at Sandy Hook have remained closed since being wiped out by Hurricane Sandy. But food trucks have been filling the void, and the stomachs of park visitors.

A recent Facebook post by Gateway Nation Recreation Area touts 10 food trucks at the national park, peddling everything from brain-freezing ice-cream to “naked empanadas” at the clothing-optional Gunnison Beach, naturally.

Parking Lot D, the largest on the hook, is home to four of these trucks. PieHole stopped by to check out the menus.

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SANDY HOOK: LOST RESORT REVIVED ON VIDEO

Chris Brenner, below, made the above video to shed light on a vanishing piece of Sandy Hook history.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

chris brennerFair Haven resident Chris Brenner was fishing the Shrewsbury River one day last summer when low tide exposed the vestiges of a pier on the western side of Sandy Hook.

Brenner knew what the pier had been: part of a sprawling resort called Highland Beach that thrived for some 80 years years at that location. His mother, Jill, and late father, Ted, had even met there in the 1940s, at a popular bar called the Bamboo Room.

But looking to his right, as a stream of cars brought visitors across the Route 36 Azzolina Bridge to a park that’s now part of the federal Gateway National Recreation Area, Brenner wondered to himself: How many of those people even know what was once here?

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BEACH ALERT: RIP CURRENT THREAT HIGH

sb beach 071813Beachgoers taking advantage of the mild early autumn weather are being warned of a high risk of rip currents Wednesday. The National Weather Service says life-threatening rips are expected to result from east wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour and waves of up to seven feet in advance of rain expected to arrive overnight. The rip warning is in effect through Wednesday evening. For more about rips, click here. (Archive photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

CLIPPINGS: POSTER BOY FOR LUNCH BREAK

CLIPPINGS_220 An online auction of images by rock photographer Mark Weiss of Rumson begins Wednesday to benefit Lunch Break, the Red Bank soup kitchen.

The auction, which includes images of Ted Nugent, Sammy Hagar, Ozzy Osborne and Paul Stanley, as well as 20 others, will be conducted on Charitybuzz through October 15.

Lunch Break’s fifth annual gala, by the way, is October 20 at the Navesink Country Club in Middletown. For more information about the gala or the auctin, contact Petra Vanderven at pvanderven@lunchbreak.org or 732-747-8577, extension 3106. (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause. And check out all the Clippings from the Green here.)

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CLIPPINGS: GETTING SOME AIR ON THE BAY

CLIPPINGS_220Clippings took in some kitesurfing activity on the bay side of Sandy Hook recently. Intrigued by non-motorized watersports? The New Jersey Windsurfing and Watersports Association will host its annual fun fest opposite parking lot C at Sandy Hook from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday, offering introductions to windsurfing and stand-up paddleboarding for $25, pizza included. For more info, call Tom at 862-268-3033.  (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

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SEA BRIGHT: SO LONG, SUMMER THRONGS

sh beaches 090114 2sb surfer 090114 1Beachgoers thronged the sands of Sandy Hook, above, and Sea Bright, right, on a hot, muggy Labor Day that marked the unofficial end of summer Monday. For locals, of course, a new season of free access to wide-open beaches begins.

More photos after the jump… (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

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NAVESINK RIVER: DREDGEFUL WORK

currituck 082714redbankgreen reader Michael McMahon snapped this shot of the Army Corps of Engineers dredge Currituck working in our beautiful Navesink River near the Oceanic Bridge earlier this week.

A “hopper” dredge, the ship features a hull that opens along its length to scoop up spoils from the river bottom. It’s working to clear shoals in both the Navesink and Shrewsbury rivers, and depositing the spoils on the ocean side of Sandy Hook,  according to a report by Dvids.net, which has more info about the vessel and the project. (Photo by Michael McMahon. Click to enlarge)

SANDY HOOK: TEEN DROWNS IN OCEAN

sandy hook 061712Sandy Hook as seen from the Azzolina Bridge in 2012. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

A Middlesex County teenager died hours after being pulled unresponsive from the Atlantic Ocean at Sandy Hook Tuesday evening, NJ.com reports.

Sarmad Rizvi, 17, of South Plainfield, “disappeared into the ocean” while swimming with family and friends off an unguarded beach between areas C and D,  the news site reported.

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SANDY HOOK: A HAVEN FROM WIND AND TIDE

the-havenThe Haven takes it to the Hook Wednesday evening as part of a freebie triple-header bill of bands on the beach.

While the Sandy Hook peninsula has soldiered on through the worst that time and tide have to offer, sometimes you just have to pull the plug on those electrified events — as with the short-notice cancellation of the Brian Kirk and the Jirks concert originally scheduled for July 9. But when the elements align, there are few summer music presentations that can compete with the free Beach Concert Series hosted by The Sandy Hook Foundation at Beach Area E — and this Wednesday, the producers have lined up a special bill that offers three times the bands, as well as an extra 30 minutes of music.
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CLIPPINGS: MAINTAINING A CLEAR VIEW

CLIPPINGS_220Clippings came across window-washer Eric Auerbach doing his thing in downtown Red Bank on July 12, 2014.

Auerbach was also featured in a redbankgreen interview in August, 2006. In the 20 years he’s been cleaning windows, Auerbach says, “not much has changed.” (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

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SOGGY START TO HOLIDAY WEEKEND?

Beachgoers beat a retreat from Beach E at Sandy Hook following the cancellation of a weekly concert because of an approaching storm Wednesday evening.

Forecasts indicate that Hurricane Arthur will veer east of the Jersey Shore, but heavy rains will drench the mid-Atlantic region from Thursday afternoon into Friday, July 4. Mostly sunny skies are expected to follow Saturday and Sunday. (Vine video by Gerda Liebmann.)

SANDY HOOK: CAMS AND PARTY MARK 250TH

SH lighthouse 061114 1National Park Service spokesman John Harlan Warren explains the Fresnel lens used in the Sandy Hook Lighthouse. (Photo by Dan Natale. Click to enlarge)

By DAN NATALE

SH lighthouse 061114 4On the night of June 11, 1764, stonemason Isaac Conro watched his newest creation come to life. Several pounds of whale oil were poured into a copper lamp atop the Sandy Hook lighthouse and lit aflame, offering ships at sea a guide into New York Harbor.

On Wednesday, the 250th anniversary of that milestone, the switch was thrown on the latest additions to the 103-foot-tall lighthouse: a pair of livestream cams.

The structure – the oldest continually operated lighthouse in the United States – “is an example of how you can preserve something if you take care of it,” said John Harlan Warren, a spokesman for the National Park Service’s Gateway National Recreation Area, of which Sandy Hook is part. Read More »

CLIPPINGS: THE VIEW FROM JOE’S BRIDGE

If you’ve never walked or biked out onto the Captain Joe Azzolina Bridge between Highlands and Sea Bright, well… here’s a taste of a magnificent, sweeping panorama that takes in the varied landforms of Sea Bright, Middletown, Highlands and Sandy Hook, as well as Sandy Hook Bay, New York City, the Atlantic Ocean and our beautiful Shrewsbury River – not to mention, a pretty stunning bridge, too. (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

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SANDY HOOK: LIGHTHOUSE TURNS 250

sandy hook lighthouse 070113Sandy Hook boasts the oldest operating lighthouse in the United States, one that predates and had a role in the American Revolution.

On Saturday, June 11 14, the National Park Service is throwing a birthday party of sorts for the lighthouse, now 250 years old. The event, which runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature family-friendly activities, including musket drills for kids, historic reenactments, games and talks by lighthouse experts, including park historian Tom Hoffman. There’s no charge for admission or parking.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

CLIPPINGS: IN THE PINK

CLIPPINGS_220 All over the Green  and beyond, even – towns are highlighting the importance of breast cancer detection by painting themselves pink this month. Here are some snippets from downtown Red Bank’s contribution.  (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

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CLIPPINGS: LITTLE SILVER SPRINGS TO LIFE

CLIPPINGS_220Signs of spring were abundant in Little Silver last Tuesday. Is it just us, or is everyone expecting a short-lived spring that gives way too quickly to a hot-and-sticky summer? (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

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SEAFOOD STARS IN SANDY HOOK CELEBRATION

SandyHookCelebrationMonmouth University and Tim McLoone are among the people and institutions to be honored at the Jersey Shore Partnership Summer Celebration, scheduled for June 9 on Sandy Hook.

Press release from Jersey Shore Partnership

The Jersey Shore Partnership will host its annual friend raising/fundraising Summer Celebration on Monday evening, June 9, in a huge open tent at Fort Hancock, Sandy Hook overlooking Sandy Hook Bay.

Jersey Central Power & Light president Jim Fakult will be the dinner chair, and state Senator Joe Kyrillos and his wife Susan Doctorian are honorary co-chairs of the prestigious event.

Local restaurateur Tim McLoone will be honored with the Tom Gagliano Leadership Award for his commitment to the Jersey Shore. Monmouth University will receive the Outstanding Partnership Award for the University’s collaborative relationship with the Partnership in working toward a more sustainable and resilient coastline. New Jersey American Water will receive the Outstanding Industry Award for the company’s commitment to working with community partners to develop solutions to local environmental issues. The Marine Trades Association of New Jersey will be recognized with the Outstanding Non-profit Industry Award for its ongoing support of its membership in the post-Sandy recovery.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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This week’s Where Have I Seen This? was suggested by loyal redbankgreen reader Bruce Whitaker of Red Bank, who made our never-ending hunt for a visual brainteasers that much easier – so thanks, Bruce.

Can you identify the location? Even if you’re not sure, take a guess! Please send your answer to wherehaveiseenthis@redbankgreen.com.

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CLIPPINGS: A DASH OF COLOR AMID THE GRAY

CLIPPINGS_220A jogger added a splash of pink to a gray morning on the Middletown end of the Oceanic Bridge on May 1, 2014. (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

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