‘AS LONG AS WE’RE ALIVE’

Red Bank and Shrewsbury honored the victims of the 9/11 attacks Tuesday night, particularly four of their own. (Video and photos by Stacie Fanelli.)

In Riverside Gardens Park, the Red Bank Elks Lodge #233 hosted a ceremony for the 11th year straight at which at which a rose-laying atop the park’s memorial garden followed Mayor Pat Menna’s words about American courage. The Red Bank area chapter of the Chorus of the Atlantic laid down a memorable version of ‘God Bless America.’

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SHIPPING OUT FROM SHREWSBURY

bikesYoung volunteers spent Saturday at The Grove West shopping center in Shrewsbury collecting used bikes for Pedals For Progress, which rehabs and then donates them to developing countries. A group representative said it collected about 15 bikes, which will be among 500 and 600 that will soon be shipped to locations around the world. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

WEAVING A WEB OF FULFILLMENT, FINALLY

black-widow1Black Widow Bike Works owner Joy Luv Montefusco, left, and her right-hand man, Mike Jastrzemski, are quietly making a name for themselves in the Red Bank area. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It was June of last year, and Joy Luv Montefusco was within a week of moving to Chicago with old art school friends to pursue poetry. She’d had enough.

Montefusco said she’d faced opposition from the moment she graduated the Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Arizona, where she was laughed at for applying for a job at Harley-Davidson because she was a female. But even when she landed a job the company, Montefusco said she didn’t get a workbench to use.

“I worked on the floor, on my hands and knees, for the first four months,” Montefusco, 30, said. “A lot of the guys didn’t even talk to me.” She left the company after she was told she’d never make it as a mechanic, and started her own business, Black Widow Bike Works, in Toms River.

After three years of working long days in a rickety building trying to convince people that she could do top-notch work, Montefusco decided to give up her dream and pack it north. But then her girlfriend pushed her to give it one more shot. Read More »

WHAT TO DO IN WINTER? ROW, OF COURSE

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By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

John Crilly made a bold move four years ago. He had a vision, one that was put into focus by his rowing students at Navesink River Rowing, a goal Crilly felt he needed to realize.

“They came up to me and said, ‘Mr. Crilly, what are we going to do in the wintertime, because we want to be competitive in the spring?'” he said.

That’s where the bold move came in. Crilly owned an ergonomic rowing machine, but having students take turns on it wasn’t going to work.

“I went to my wife and asked her if it’d be OK if we could tap into the home equity to buy five more,” he said.

In the first year of Navesink Indoor Rowing, Crilly worked with a dozen students using the six machines. Today, the club has some two dozen machines utilized by more than 60 members from all over Monmouth and Ocean counties — most of them high school kids, but with a strong adult contingent mixed in. Crilly says it’s the only indoor rowing club in the area he’s aware of.

And he’s still got a home.

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SHREWSBURY: BURDEN OUTPOLLS WRITE-INS

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Donald Burden, the sole candidate to replace Terel Cooperhouse as Shrewsbury Borough’s mayor, fended off 82 write-in votes — nearly eight percent of the total — for other candidates to secure the job, according to the Monmouth County Clerk’s office.

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SHREWSBURY MULLS BOW HUNT FOR DEER

shrewsburydeerDeer on the lawn of an Elm Lane residence earlier this month. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Most mornings, Brian Hall wakes up to find the motion sensor outside his home flashing. He’s gotten accustomed to it, much as his wife, Suzanne, has gotten used to her flower garden doubling as a feeding trough.

In the year-and-a-half that the couple have lived off Sycamore Avenue in Shrewsbury, deer have been as much a part of their neighborhood as the people who live next door.

“There definitely is a lot of deer,” Brian Hall said.

Now, as the ubiquitous artiodactyls appear to be causing a larger threat to public health and safety, the borough council is looking to residents for input on how to bring the increasing deer population under control.

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FANCY FOOTWORK AND A FLOORSHOW

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Meet Perry Jo. When he’s not busy tending to the toes and (ahem) other parts of customers at his pedicure and waxing salon, Estella Nails, on Broad Street in Shrewsbury, the athletic Jo takes it to the hoop.

The hula-hoop, that is.

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ORGANIST CHARGED IN CHILD SEX ASSAULT

just_in1The organist at the Presbyterian Church at Shrewsbury is facing charges arising from an alleged sexual assault of a child, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office.

Kenneth Clayton, 65, of Red Bank, who also serves as the church’s choir director, was arrested September 17 by Red Bank police and charged with second-degree sexual assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor. A Superior Court judge set bail at $100,000, according to first assistant prosecutor Peter Warshaw.

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PAIR CHARGED IN SHREWSBURY BURGLARY

screen-shot-2010-09-24-at-11116-amA Keansburg couple was arrested on charges of burglarizing a Shrewsbury home hours after speaking to the owner about a car she was selling, the Asbury Park Press reports.

Kevin Finucan, 44, right, was found inside the Samara Drive home at about 12:45p Wednesday after the homeowner returned home to find Finucan’s female companion, BillieJo Barbour, 39, outside.

From the Press:

The homeowner recognized Barbour because she was with Finucan earlier in the day when the pair approached her about a car that was for sale in her driveway, according to police Capt. Timothy Spencer.

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M’TOWN MAN CHARGED WITH CHECK FRAUD

call-in-the-authoritiesA Middletown man was arrested yesterday on check-kiting charges that authorities say defrauded a Shrewsbury bank branch of nearly $93,000.

Sandy Masselli, 48, was held on $100,000 bail and ordered to surrender his passport as a condition of being released, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office, which announced the arrest Thursday afternoon.

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‘FUTURE BUCS’ WRAP UP SEASON TWO

saveJose Segura in goal defends against Chris LeFever at the outdoor rink of the Community YMCA Friday night. (Click to enlarge)

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The Future Buccaneers program wrapped up its second summer with basketball and soccer tournaments last week.

The program brings together seventh and eighth-graders from the three Red Bank Regional High sending districts of Little Silver, Red Bank and Shrewsbury for a series of games intended to acquaint future RBR students with one another.

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SYCAMORE AVENUE DETOUR

sycamore_080110A message board outside Shrewsbury’s municipal complex on Sunday.

Motorists who use a busy stretch of Sycamore Avenue in Shrewsbury may encounter a detour Monday.

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AN ARTIST FOREVER AT HOME IN HER WORK

evelyn-leavensEvelyn Leavens with a work-in-progress landscape in her Red Bank studio. (Click to enlarge)

By TOM CHESEK

Parked on an easel in the sunlit second-floor studio on the east end of Red Bank, a painting is taking shape, almost in turn-of-the-seasons real time; brashly delineated trees sprouting like declarative statements from the thrill-ride curves of a crazy quilt countryscape.

What might have been the makings of some plein-air jigsaw puzzle in less imaginative hands is becoming, under the artist’s patient eye and brush, a ruckus of bold shapes and colors — a scene in which Nature’s delightfully messy-thorny-scratchy surprises lurk beneath those curvaceous comforts.

Just don’t ask about a title for the canvas, at least not yet. To Evelyn Leavens, the name “Work in Progress” will suit it just fine. In fact, to hear the 85-year-old painter, photographer and instructor tell it, her 60-year career is still just that — a work in progress.

With a major solo exhibit of her paintings on display now at the Monmouth Museum in Lincroft — as well as a contribution to a much-anticipated group show opening this weekend at Shrewsbury’s Guild of Creative Art — the work of the locally legendary Leavens has never been more visible and accessible. Still, the artist herself would prefer not to call it a “retrospective.” Think of it as a chance for Leavens to pause for one moment — a moment in which the rest of us can struggle to catch up — before sprinting ahead to the next challenge.

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TRADER JOE’S PLANS SHREWSBURY STORE


The specialty food store has filed plans to take over more than 12,000 square feet in Treasure Island Plaza, according to a report.

After a brief dalliance with Red Bank three years ago, Trader Joe’s, a foodstore chain with a reverential following, appears to have settled on Shrewsbury instead.

So reports the Asbury Park Press, which says the California-based company has filed plans to take space in the Treasure Island Plaza shopping center on Route 35, next door to Staples.

Plans on file with the borough indicate Trader Joe’s will take over three existing storefronts to create a 12,026-square-foot store, the Press reports. No estimated opening date was reported, and a company spokeswoman told the newspaper she could no confirm the information.

But don’t expect to find bottles of Two-Buck Chuck there. The store won’t have a liquor license, the Press says.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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Ever forget what day of the week it is? For the whole day?

We here at redbankgreen experienced a bit of a time-shift yesterday, with the result that we forgot that it was ‘Where Have I Seen This?‘ day.

No doubt, the multitudes were disappointed. Certainly, Jennifer Diodato-Hernandez must have been.

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YARD SALE AT SHREWSBURY FIREHOUSE

yardsalesign2Bargain-hunters alert: the 8th-grade class of the Shrewsbury Boro School will hold a yard sale at the Shrewsbury firehouse on Broad Street (Route 35) from 8a to noon Saturday.

Families from the district have donated items for the sale, proceeds from which will go to the class activity fund to help pay for a trip to Washington, DC, and graduation expenses.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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A handful of readers correctly identified the location of last week’s image, which showed a humanoid figure made of welded-together car parts.

We were sorry to learn, though, that Tom Kilgannon, who made the sculpture, died last December. He was 53 years old.

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