CLIPPINGS: HISTORIC CHURCH IN SPRING

CLIPPINGS_220Clippings took a stroll around the grounds of Christ Church in Shrewsbury on April 19, 2014, soaking in some springtime color and some history at the same.  (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

The church, which was built between 1769 and 1774, is one of the oldest structures in Monmouth County. Does a treasure like this make you feel connected to the past? What is the value of that? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments below.

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CLIPPINGS: FOREVER FAIR IN FAIR HAVEN

CLIPPINGS_220The historic business district of Fair Haven, as seen on April 16, 2014. It’s one of America’s great little downtowns, don’t you agree? (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

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CLIPPINGS: STAR BRIGHT IN SEA BRIGHT

Stars of Hope adorn utility poles in Sea Bright as the oceanfront community continues its recovery from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Vine shot on February 28. (Video by Gerda Liebmann. Click to pause.)

CLIPPINGS_220Please welcome CLIPPINGS, a new weekly video feature here at redbankgreen.

Since the deep of winter, artist Gerda Liebmann has been roaming the Green, iPhone in hand, shooting Vine videos. Her aim has been to capture, in seven seconds of video, a sense of place and vitality, which pretty much describes what redbankgreen hopes to be about.

We’ve got a little starter archive of Gerda’s work here, and we hope you’ll leave comments below those that tickle, aggravate or inspire you.

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SANDY HOOK: FAT, HAPPY SEALS ON THE BEACH

harbor seals 2 030914Reader William Healey spied this pod of seals sunning on the bay side of Sandy Hook Sunday afternoon. Joe Reynolds of the environmental blog Shore11.org reports they’ve been there since December, and will begin migrating north this month. With any luck, lightly clothed human beings will soon replace them.

Meantime, this week looks like we’ll all enjoy moderate pre-spring temperatures during the day and wintry cold at night, according to the National Weather Service. (Photo by William Healey. Click to enlarge)

‘ZERO LEAKS’ AS ICE DAMAGES FUEL STATION

Bahr's gas 020914 3Contractors remove damaged gasoline dispensers at Bahr’s Landing on Sunday. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

No gasoline or diesel fuel leaked into the Shrewsbury River and surrounding waterways when “a real nasty sheet of ice” damaged a boat-fueling dock at Bahr’s Landing Marina in Highlands last month, a representative of the owner tells redbankgreen.

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SEA BRIGHT: CHILLY RECEPTION FOR LNG PLAN

Attendees at the event, held in a tent on the municipal beach, viewed information displays about the project. Below, a rendering of the transfer system. (Photo above by Colby Wilson. Click to enlarge)

By COLBY WILSON

An all-too familiar storm is brewing on the Jersey Shore, as local environmentalists are turning up the heat on Governor Chris Christie to block a liquefied natural gas (LNG) port from being built just miles away from Sea Bright.

Dozens took their frustrations to the Sea Bright beach Thursday night at a “citizen public hearing” held by Sandy Hook-based Clean Ocean Action. At issue: an LNG ocean-transfer terminal, dubbed Port Ambrose. An applicant called Liberty Natural Gas applied last month for federal permits to build the deepwater port 24 miles east of Long Branch in 103 feet of water.

The terminal, handling gas chilled to minus 260 degrees Fahrenheit, would be in different location than one proposed in 2010 and later nixed a year later by Christie.

“Make no mistake, it is déjà vu. You were here before, and this was happening before,” said Clean Ocean Action executive director Cindy Zipf.

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SANDY HOOK: GOT ANY IDEAS?

A committee is seeking proposals that might save three dozen structures at Fort Hancock. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By COLBY WILSON

With the future of 36 historic buildings in the Fort Hancock Historic Landmark District at Sandy Hook at stake, an advisory committee is asking the public for ideas for future uses of the properties.

The Fort Hancock 21st Century Advisory Committee, established by the Secretary of the Interior in 2012, met last Friday to discuss a Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) to assess the possibility of saving deteriorated buildings that overlook the Sandy Hook Bay in the Gateway National Recreation Area.

The RFEI, issued by the National Park Service, invites individuals, government agencies, for profit and not-for-profit organizations to submit ideas for the re-use of the buildings in ways that benefit the community, maintain the serenity of Sandy Hook and preserve its rich history.

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SANDY HOOK TO REOPEN MAY 1

All facilities are expected to be open after Memorial Day, the park service said in an announcement. (Click to enlarge)

Closed to the public since Hurricane Sandy hit on October 29, Sandy Hook is expected to reopen next week, federal officials said Thursday.

And in a change from earlier post-Sandy recovery plans for the battered peninsula, visitors will have access to all six beaches after Memorial Day, according to a press release from the National Park Service.

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HOAX CALL TAB: $330,000 AND COUNTING

An ambulance arriving at Fort Hancock Monday evening, above, joining a growing number at two staging areas. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Calm and collected, the anonymous caller said he was standing in three-and-a-half feet of water on the bridge of an explosion-damaged yacht 17 miles offshore.

In a recording of the mayday call released by the U.S. Coast Guard Tuesday, the male voice goes on to claim “three deceased on board” and 20 “souls” in the water.

The call triggered a massive response that included an intensive air and sea search and an all-hands readiness turnout of emergency first aiders, firefighters and others, most of whom raced to Sandy Hook to help.

But the call, the Coast Guard says, was in all likelihood a hoax. And unless the caller is found and forced to cough up, it will cost taxpayers at least $300,000.

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BOAT EXPLOSION HOAX TRIGGERS PROBE

A State Police helicopter, above, and ambulances, below, arriving at Fort Hancock, ready to transport ‘victims’ of Monday’s purported boat explosion.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Ambulances, including a “mass-casualty” vehicle capable of handling more than a dozen injured at a time, manned by dozens of volunteers from across Monmouth County. Fire trucks. A handful of helicopters standing by, and four others aloft, scanning hundreds of square miles of ocean in a desperate race to effort to help.

All mustered, apparently, on a hoax.

Roughly five hours and an estimated hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses after it began, a search for the 21 “victims” of a yacht explosion at sea that purportedly left up to nine people badly burned was suspended by the U.S. Coast Guard Monday night.

Now, the incident is a matter of investigating who set it all  in motion, the Coast Guard says.

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SUSPECT AT LARGE IN BEACH LEWDNESS CASE

patrolA police car trawls the sidewalk along the sea wall near the entrance to Sandy Hook Sunday night. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot-topic rightA deployment of police, search dogs and two helicopters failed to find a suspect wanted for exposing himself to a woman on the beach at Sandy Hook Sunday night, authorities said.

The case, which was originally described as a sexual assault on police radios, was not a sexual assault because it did not involve intimate contact, said National Park System spokesman John Warren.

The suspect, however, did masturbate over the victim and at one point grabbed her by the jacket, adding a potential assault charge if he is caught.

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REPORT OF SEXUAL ASSAULT AT SANDY HOOK

sh-search-100911A police car searched for a suspect near the entrance to Gateway National Recreation Area at Sandy Hook shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday night after a report of a sexual assault on or near Gunnison Beach several hours earlier. No further information was immediately available. (Click to enlarge)

A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE

nyc-skylinePuffy clouds lingered after several days of rain, but the view of Sandy Hook and the Manhattan skyline from the Route 36 bridge over the Shrewsbury River was unimpeded Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday’s forecast by the National Weather Service calls for ample sunshine and temperatures peaking around 84, but rain may return Thursday and Friday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi. Click to enlarge)

MAN REVIVED AFTER LIGHTNING HIT

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

[Editor’s note: This story contains updated information from Gateway National Park at 11:30 a.m.]

just_in1A man who was struck by lightning in a brief, violent storm on Sandy Hook was resuscitated after prolonged lifesaving efforts late Monday afternoon, authorities said.

An earlier version of this report on redbankgreen said the victim had died.

The unidentified man was at Beach B on the ocean side of the peninsula when he was hit by lightning at about 5:53 p.m., according to Gateway National Park spokesman John Warren.

Family members had tried unsuccessfully to revive the victim, but park emergency personnel were able to, Warren said.

“He was alive when he left Sandy Hook” in a Sea Bright First Aid ambulance, which took him to Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Warren said. “I believe our employees made that possible.”

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COAST GUARD: MISSING BOAT CALL A HOAX

just_in1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended a 10-hour search that started early Tuesday morning for four missing boaters who reported their boat sinking off Sandy Hook Bay, and are now treating the call as a possible hoax, a federal felony.

The call cost Coast Guard assets — and by extension, taxpayers — about $88,000.

Along with state and local agencies that included Sea Bright, Fair Haven and Rumson, the Coast Guard searched about 600 square-miles in the area of Sandy Hook, but found no evidence of the reported-missing sailboat, Courtney Lynn, or its four passengers, a release from the Coast Guard said.

“We were not able to find a sign of persons in distress or any kind of debris,” said Petty Officer Second Class Jetta Disco, who is based in the Coast Guard’s New York City battery.

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BOAT RUNS AGROUND AT SANDY HOOK

beached-boatThe National Park Service reports no injuries as a boat ran aground on the ocean beach at Sandy Hook after losing power late Wednesday afternoon. Details about the incident were not immediately available, a spokesman said. (Click to enlarge)

A VERY DERY WALK AT THE HOOK

dery-bennettBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

When Dery Bennett (left) started the American Littoral Society‘s New Year’s Day Beach Walk in the 1970s, his goal was to stoke public appreciation of coastal marine life and habitat at Sandy Hook.

Also, to demonstrate that there was still such a thing as free lunch.

Bennett’s gone, but the walk goes on, and lunch is still free.

To honor the society’s former executive director, who passed away a year ago this week, the ALS has renamed the annual trek the Dery Bennett New Year’s Day Beach Walk.

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