FIREWORKS PREVIEW: RUMSON

rumson-fireworks-signRumson’s fireworks will take place same time as Red Bank’s on July 3. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

While hundreds of thousands rub elbows to get a view of the Independence Day fireworks in Red Bank Sunday, just a few miles east, there’ll be a more subdued, but pyrotechnically identical, affair going on in Rumson.

For the fourth straight year, the borough will host Rumson’s Fireworks on the Navesink, a duplication of Red Bank’s Kaboom! Fireworks on the Navesink that draws between 12,000 and 14,000 visitors along the eastern banks of the Navesink River.

The borough has put out information to all businesses and residents in advance of the show, warning of parking and traffic expectations, and where to catch the action.

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CABINET CLEAN-OUT SLATED FOR SATURDAY

old-rxLet’s see… almost three years old? Yeah, time to go. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

As you break out the feather duster and crack into the clutter in the attic for your spring cleaning routine, police are reminding residents not to forget about the medicine cabinet.

This weekend, local departments are participating in Operation Take Back, a national effort to collect unused and expired medications from households.

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SEA BRIGHT, M’TOWN ‘STUCK’ ALL OVER

sb-blizzard1Sea Bright residents try to shovel out the side streets of Ocean Avenue Monday afternoon. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Sea Bright and Middletown officials expect cleanup efforts from the overnight blizzard to take all day and well into Monday evening.

In both towns, cars are stranded all over.

“It’s like a war zone out there,” Sea Bright Police Chief John Sorrentino told redbankgreen.

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SEA BRIGHT BACK TO NORMAL AFTER STORM

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI just_in1

With the exception of four homes still without power, Sea Bright has recovered from a wind-driven day of mayhem earlier this week.

“Everything’s all up and ready to go,” Police Chief John Sorrentino told redbankgreen.

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PHONE BACK, OCEAN AVENUE REOPENED

sb-lightA shot from yesterday’s rainstorm in Sea Bright. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright is open to traffic and phone service has been restored following yesterday’s rainstorm that knocked down three utility poles and forced the closure of the borough’s main drag all day and part of the evening.

Police Chief John Sorrentino said power, which is out on New, Front, Surf and Beach streets, may be restored as soon as tonight, but “at the worst, tomorrow.”

“Right now we’re just working with JCP&L to the poles up,” he said. “They’re thinking that they can get the poles up today and get power restored very late today or early tomorrow.”

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POLES DOWN, WOMAN INJURED

downed-poleHigh winds knocked down six utility poles on New Street in Sea Bright, forcing the closure of Ocean Avenue. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

just_in1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A young woman suffered minor injuries in Sea Bright today as high winds knocked down six utility poles on New Street.

The unidentified child suffered an electrical shock inside a residence, said Read Murphy, a councilman and volunteer responder.

A reverse 911 alert also reported that a large amount of fuel oil is running into the borough’s sewer system and the adjacent Shrewsbury River. A Monmouth County hazmat team has been called to the scene. redbankgreen could not immediately confirm that information.

“We’ve got a total mess down here,” said Murphy, whose son, Chad, is the fire chief.

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