Recent activity reports for the period of February 2 to February 7, 2013, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department.
Residential structure fire occurring at 469 Sycamore Ave on 2/4/13. Fire determined to be accidental. No injuries. Sgt. Michael Gallagher and Ptl. James Ramsey investigating.
Harassing phone calls reported by a 55 year old resident on 2/4/13. Ptl. Jessica Boyd investigating.
By JOHN T. WARD
A Sycamore Avenue mansion that its owner said dates back to the 1840s was damaged beyond repair in a fast-moving blaze Monday afternoon. By 9 p.m., even as flames continued to burn in the attic, heavy equipment had begun tearing down the wood-frame structure, ripping open canary yellow clapboard and exposing walls with burned artwork hanging on them.
By JOHN T. WARD
At 3:38 p.m., firefighters reported “heavy fire above the front door.”
By then, the blaze had inflicted major damage on the house, a canary yellow mansion set back from the roadway just east of Samara Drive.
There were reports of “a large amount of ammunition” going off in the house, though the homeowner told firefighters there was no ammunition in the house.
Firefighters were also struggling with inadequate water pressure from hydrants.
Activity reports for the period of January 25 to February 1, 2013, , unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department.
Theft occurring at 20 Obre Pl. on 1/28/13. Victim reports items taken from purse valued at $100.00 by unknown subject(s). Ptl. Jessica Boyd investigating.
Pedestrian struck by motor vehicle occurring at 597 Broad St. on 1/28/13. The victim a 67 year old Long Branch resident was transported to Riverview Medical Center with minor injuries. Ptl. Jessica Boyd investigating.
Friday, February 1
SHREWSBURY: Shrewsburys branch of the Monmouth County Library will host Dr. Janice Thomas from Brookdale Community College at 11 a.m. To kick-off the First Friday for Seniors series, Thomas will put on a presentation outlining her trip to India during which she learned about the culture and education system. 1001 Route 35 North.
MIDDLETOWN: Athlete Kyllian Warman returns to her Middletown roots to discuss how she was able to achieve her 2012 New Years resolution of running 2012 miles and plans to run 2013 miles this year at the Main Library at 2 p.m. Tying into this, she will also share the ways she sets goals and overcomes obstacles. 55 New Monmouth Road.
LINCROFT: Christian Brothers Academy starts its annual art show and sale by hosting a preview celebration from 7 to 11 p.m. The event will feature wine and hors d’oeuvres by Merri Makers, plus live music. The $60 admission also includes reentry to the weekends art and antique show. RSVP online here. Newman Springs Road.
By JOHN T. WARD
A compromise to a widely criticized plan to shut down the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge for three weeks starting
this weekend January 28 was reached Tuesday, town officials said.
Under the compromise, repair work on the bridge will be halted on Friday afternoons and resume on Monday mornings, with the Shrewsbury River span remaining open to traffic throughout the weekends.
“It’s a win-win-win,” said an ecstatic Chris Wood, whose restaurant, Woody’s Ocean Grille, is scheduled to reopen for business Wednesday for the first time since Hurricane Sandy slammed into the shore, wiping out every business in town.
Dance majors in RBR’s Visual and Performing Arts program present ‘A Blast from the Past,’ 23 dances choreographed to the music of the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Queen, Madonna and more. (Click to enlarge)
Friday, January 18
FAIR HAVEN: Fair Haven’s Raven and the Peach is the setting for a special fundraiser dedicated to the animal adoption charity Project Animal Worldwide (PAW), with light fare, desserts, gift basket auctions, jewelry bar and a tasting presented in the restaurant’s wine cellar from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $30, with the wine tasting for an additional $15. Call 732-979-6499 to reserve. 740 River Road.
RED BANK: The Elvii return, for the ninth annual edition of what’s become an unshakably shakin’ Basie tradition, Elvis Birthday Bash. Soaps actor Scot Bruce (as the younger Elvis) and award winning Mike Albert (as the Vegassy jumpsuit Elvis) team up once again for a Count Basie two-fer at 8 p.m. Tickets are $19.50, $29.50, and $39.50. Call 732-842-9000 to reserve. 99 Monmouth Street.
The Daily Show political correspondent John Oliver brings his mordant wit to the Basie, and former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand is at Rumson-Fair Haven Regional to to discuss his book, below. (Click to enlarge)
LINCROFT: The Robert J. Collins Arena at Brookdale Community College hosts the 23rd annual expo of home improvement contractors, vendors and manufacturers, a three-day event showcasing everything from spas to sponges, and every helpful/healthful thing between. Hours are from 1 to 8 p.m. Friday, 11 to 8 Saturday, 11 to 5 Sunday. Tickets are $8 for adults, $5 kids 12-17, under 12 are free. Newman Springs Road/Route 520.
RUMSON: Former Rutgers football player Eric LeGrand, paralyzed in a game, talks about his effort to recover, as described in his book, ‘Believe: My Faith and the Tackle That Changed My Life’ (available at River Road Books). 7 to 10 p.m. 74 Ridge Hill Road.
For the home décor lover, a vase in the hottest color of the season, tangerine, for $32 at the Store from River Road in Shrewsbury. (Photos by Rebecca Desfosse. Click to enlarge)
By REBECCA DESFOSSE
Still have last-minute gifts to buy for the holidays? Look no further than the merchants of Red Bank, Little Silver, Fair Haven, Rumson and Shrewsbury.
There are so many great shops on the Green that it can be hard to know where to start, especially with the countdown to the holidays upon us. So redbankgreen has been scouring the streets and window-shopping for you to make life a easier for harried shoppers. Our latest excursion turned up the following items, priced from under $10 to $20,000 (gulp).
For example, check out In My Tree, above, a children’s book by Sara Gillingham and Lorena Siminovich at Kidegories in Shrewsbury. The book comes complete with its own-finger puppet for $8.99.
At the keyboards, on the radio, coaching runners or in the back room of one of his nine restaurants, Holiday Express founder Tim McLoone is a marvel of achievement. (Photo by Suzy Graham. Click to enlarge)
By DANIELLE TEPPER
Tim McLoone is a man with a dozen hands, all tackling a dozen sizable tasks at once.
He owns McLoones Running Store, his first business, at the Grove in Shrewsbury. He owns nine restaurants, including the Rum Runner in Sea Bright and the recently acquired former CJ Montana in Tinton Falls, rebranded as CJ McLoone’s. Hes a sports announcer for the collegiate basketball games at Newarks Prudential Center. He just launched his own radio show on December 1. He coaches the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School girls cross-country team. And at the heart of it all is his philanthropic brain child, an idea that blossomed from a one-time gig into a full-scale traveling circus: Holiday Express.
The non-profit organization is its own Christmas miracle: a massive effort on behalf of roughly 300 adult volunteers, 700 child and teenage volunteers, 100 musicians, and one man who brought together their desires to bring smiles to those in need of a little comfort and joy.
Tonight, Holiday Express makes its much-anticipated annual station stop at the grand Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.
By REBECCA DESFOSSE
If you dont feel like braving the stores this holiday season, Lori Lane of CallMeLeon will bring the store to you.
Lanes mobile boutique offers clients an opportunity to host parties at their home or business and invite their friends over for any occasion whether its a holiday party, a girls night out, or a birthday party. She brings the merchandise to your doorstep, sets it up and cleans up afterward.
Lane also always has showroom set up at her home in Shrewsbury for those who wish to stop by and browse.
On Black Friday, Lane set up her merchandise at Glen Goldbaums Lambs and Wolves Salon on Bridge Avenue in Red Bank for an event complete with sandwiches, snacks, and bottled water for her guests. Salon manager Heather Lubischer said that when Lane contacted them to host a party for her business, she didnt hesitate to accept. Lori has been our client for years and has become like family, she said.
Red Bank’s governing body put the brakes on pending changes to an ordinance limiting the locations in which porn shops and nude dancing clubs can operate Wednesday.
But the tabling of the changes, until the borough council’s next meeting on December 19, was over technical notification issues, and not in response to concerns raised by officials in Shrewsbury.
Shrewsbury officials are cold to the idea of Red Bank limiting adult-oriented businesses on Newman Springs Road, their shared border. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)
By WIL FULTON
A move by Red Bank to limit sex-oriented businesses to its southern border has Shrewsbury officials hot under the collar.
At their bimonthly meeting earlier this week, members of the Shrewsbury council teed up a pending change in Red Bank’s land use law that would restrict adult entertainment establishments should any ever pop up to Newman Springs Road, the common boundary between the two towns.
I truly think we need to take a hard look at that,” said Councilman Anthony Pellegrino, because it would “push adult entertainment things out of downtown to put it to the outskirts of town, which adversely affects us, because its right along our border.
In case it wasn’t already getting the message, JCP&L will now hear it from the Borough of Shrewsbury: get your act together.
At Monday night’s town council meeting, a resolution that resulted from a recent Snow Summit of Monmouth County town officials won approval. It includes 10 recommendations aimed at getting the power utility to improve communications in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
One council member voted against the measure.
By JOHN T. WARD
Jeanette Petti of Oceanport and Ruth Rapkin of Tinton Falls say they will appeal the verdict by municipal court Judge James Berube, as well as his order that they each pay $650 in fines and relocate the colony. That, their lawyer said, would be a “death sentence” for five cats the women feed and provide medical care for.
“We should be considered heroes, not criminals,” for ensuring the health of the wild felines and thus, the community, Petti told redbankgreen after a two-and-a-half-hour trial at a special session of the court.
By: REBECCA DESFOSSE
Monday nights council meeting, convening at 7:30 p.m., was adjourned in time for attendees to be home to watch the 49ers take on the Bears at 8:30 p.m. or Dancing with the Stars if thats more your taste.
Louis Ferraros contract as police chief was approved unanimously. The specifics of the contract were not discussed at the meeting and were not included in the resolution passed at the meeting.
With power on along the west side of Broad Street, Starbucks was packed with laptoppers at noon Thursday. Below, an unidentified man tapped into the grid courtesy of a vacant storefront. (Click to enlarge)
With tens of thousands of homes still without electricity on the Red Bank area, data-starved residents are swarming facilities with electricity, wifi and, ideally, coffee Thursday.
Starbucks in Red Bank was packed at noon, nearly 24 hours after power was restored to parts of the downtown.
Other businesses are encouraging the public to stop by and charge up.
By JOHN T. WARD
Hurricane Sandy devastated Sea Bright Monday, bashing beach clubs and stores from the ocean side, flooding from the river side, and leaving an avenue of deep sand more than a mile long along Ocean Avenue, witnesses said.
As of early Tuesday afternoon, police were still barring entry to the sandbar borough, citing dangers that included downed power lines and natural gas leaks.
But in interviews with redbankgreen, witnesses — including two holdouts who defied a mandatory evacuation order and rode out the storm in their homes — spoke of far-reaching destruction.
“Chapel Beach Club that’s gone,” said weekly Two River Times news photographer Scott Longfeld, who was permitted into town. “Every club except for Surfside is destroyed.”
Just two days ago, it was riding high, towed around on the Navesink by a boater whose identity redbankgreen doesn’t know. By Monday, though, a custom-built anti-Obama floating ad was underwater at a dock in Red Bank.
Should we read anything into this about next week’s presidential election? And if so, who is sunk: Obama or Nobama? (Photo above by Michael McMahon; at right, by Dan Natale. Click to enlarge)