FERRARO BECOMES SHREWSBURY’S TOP COP

Chief Lou Ferraro and his wife, Eda, gret well-wishers after his swearing-in Monday night. (Photo by Rebecca Desfosse. Click to enlarge)

By REBECCA DESFOSSE

Joined by his family, friends and fellow officers, Lou Ferraro took the oath of office as Shrewsbury’s chief of police at Monday night’s council meeting. He had served as acting police chief since John Wilson announced his retirement early this year.

A 22-year department veteran and lifelong resident of Shrewsbury, Ferraro started his career as a patrolman and worked his way up the ranks as detective, detective sergeant and lieutenant. He assumes the role of top cop with an extensive list of commendations and a broad education in law enforcement under his belt, highlighted by time spent at the FBI National Academy.

About his new job, Ferraro told redbankgreen, “I am honored to be serving the town that I grew up in.”

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SWEATING AND STRETCHING ON A CRAWL

Participants bent to 105-degree heat at Synergy Hot Yoga, one of five stops on Sunday’s fitness crawl. (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

The Green’s first recorded “fitness crawl” was deemed a sweaty success Sunday as local residentss eager to try new forms of exercise packed five stops throughout a moveable workout cycle.

“How awesome is this?” asked Jen Portman, who has run Synergy Hot Yoga in Fair Haven for the past five years. “There’s a hotbed of different things around here that aren’t well-known. It’s the perfect way to discover what works for you,” she said.

Some newcomers were shocked to discover the sweltering temperature in her studio, but luckily no one fainted.

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PUB CRAWL? WHY NOT A FITNESS CRAWL?

Synergy Hot Yoga in Fair Haven, above, is among the stops on a “fitness crawl” organized by Jessica Dalmedo, below. (Photo above by Connor Soltas. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Ah yes, the pub crawl: a moveable feast of overindulgence, debauchery and morning-after regret. Jessica Dalmedo of Freshica’s Juice Bar in Fair Haven has turned the concept around, into something that is good for the body and soul.

Her fitness crawl, slated for this Sunday, enables participants to check out specialized gyms and workout facilities without entering into a contract or shelling out big bucks for a membership – and to try them all a single sweep.

Okay, so there may be some morning-after regrets.

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SMOKE EMPTIES SHREWSBURY BUILDING

Shrewsbury volunteer firefighters, joined by others from Eatontown and Oceanport, were on the scene of an electrical fire that filled a warehouse at 1163 Shrewsbury with smoke at around 2:20 p.m Thursday. The warehouse and associated offices were evacuated. No other information was immediately available. (Click to enlarge)

NO GREEN LIGHT YET FOR RED-LIGHT CAMS

The intersection of Broad Street and Shrewsbury Avenue is one of two under consideration by borough officials for red-light cameras. (Photo by Rebecca Desfosse. Click to enlarge)

By REBECCA DESFOSSE

Despite lingering questions, Shrewsbury officials have not abandoned their pursuit of traffic cameras that would automatically issue summonses to alleged red-light violators, borough Council President Tom Menapace tells redbankgreen.

While borough officials have been talking for more than a year about installing the controversial devices at two heavily traveled intersections, “we have not made a decision, and we want to look at all sides of the issue before we make a decision,” Menapace said. “There is still a lot up in the air.”

Meanwhile, 12th-district Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, of Little Silver, continues to rail against red-light cameras, calling a state Department of Transportation pilot program allowing their use in 25 towns “a disaster since it was initiated.”

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RUNNERS ON A MISSION

Curious about those hordes of runners streaming in and out of Red Bank-area stores and bars after work this summer? It’s highly likely they’re participants in an “adventure run,” held on the second Thursday of each month to promote local businesses. Runners visit as many specified checkpoints as they can in an hour in order to rack up points for a post-race raffle of donated goodies.

The free event starts at Road Runner Sports in Shrewsbury tonight at 6:30 p.m. (Click to enlarge)

IN SHREWSBURY, CULTIVATING COMMUNITY

Della Benevides stakes a tomato plant in one of the “Plant a Row” plots designated for the needy. Below, a hot chili pepper. (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Fair Haven’s had one for decades. Tinton Falls has had one since 2009, and Red Bank, after much baring of teeth, appears about to finally get one.

Community gardens have become widespread as places where neighbors can kneel side-by side in the dirt and cultivate homegrown veggies together. Now, Shrewsbury has joined  the trend with a month-old mini-farm that is already yielding eggplant, peppers and more.

“This was our whole point, that it improves the quality of life in the community,” said Maureen Collins, President of the Shrewsbury Garden Club.

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SHREWSBURY JUMPS ABOARD FOR SUMMER

5:30 p.m.: Rasheen Johnson, left, of Red Bank, with Matthew Huston of Shrewsbury at Patterson Park in Shrewsbury. Johnson said his goals this summer were to “lose weight, get some color, feel good.”

Still with the jumping? Well, yeah. After all, this is the first day of summer, and the longest day of the year. Who wouldn’t want to leap at the very thought? Especially with Sol Searching prodding people to “jump like you’re nine years old and just got out of school for the summer.”

These photos were taken in Shrewsbury. Please check out our jump shots from Little Silver and Red Bank.

(Photos by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge. Jump to feel younger.)

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GUITAR MAN SOLOS IN SHREWSBURY

Chris Szczerbienski checks in a Gibson Les Paul owned by Paul Bland of the Pearl Jam tribute band No Code. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Chris Szczerbienski was planning to move to Connecticut a few months back to take a job as a technician with a major guitar retailing chain when he stopped in at Heritage Body & Towing in Shrewsbury with his father.

His dad was there to get his truck fixed, but what fixed the younger man’s attention was the vacant storefront out front.

Forget Connecticut! Szczerbienski decided to open his own shop right there, on East Newman Springs Road, in the former Chelsea Home Furnishings space.

“I figured the money I would spend moving and getting set up in Connecticut I could spend starting my own business,” he said.

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AUTO SHOP SET TO ZOOM INTO SHREWSBURY

A long-empty Shrewsbury garage will soon be revving to the sounds of Lamborghinis and other big-ticket cars.  (Photo below by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

For two years, it’s stood empty and forlorn, with tufts of weeds poking through cracked asphalt out front.

But a two-bay garage on Broad Street in Shrewsbury is set to roar back to life with the with the opening of Massimo Motorworks, the second location of a high-end auto repair shop in Long Branch.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

Here’s the real story behind this week’s Where: Yes, you’ve seen this iconic sign someplace, but don’t go submitting Wallace Street as your answer.

If you can ID the location, please send us an email.

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PRESS: RED BANK DROPS LOCAL COURT IDEA

Red Bank won’t pursue a proposal floated by Mayor Pasquale Menna to form a regional municipal court with four nearby towns, the Asbury Park Press reports Wednesday.

The reason? The borough’s court is pretty efficient all by itself, bringing in nearly $175,000 more than it spends on salaries and operating costs each year, town Administrator Stanley Sickels tells the Press.

Also, Red Bank “never heard back” from Fair Haven, Little Silver, Rumson and Shrewsbury about the proposal, Sickels said.

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SHREWSBURY WOMAN STRUCK BY CAR

A 67-year-old Shrewsbury woman was seriously injured Friday after she was hit by a car while walking in or near the parking lot of the Trader Joe’s supermarket, police report.

Detective Sergeant Bobby Turner tells redbankgreen that the victim appeared to have been struck in the north end of the store’s parking lot near Avenue of the Commons at about 11:15 a.m.

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WOMAN FACES CHARGES IN THREE TOWNS

A 27-year-old Highlands woman faces a slew of charges arising from an  string of car burglaries in Rumson and Little Silver, police reported Wednesday.

She’s also in trouble in Shrewsbury.

After Highlands police picked her up on a warrant Wednesday, Rumson police charged Kimberly A. Campo with crimes arising from an early-morning car break-in last Thurday, police Chief Rich Tobias tells redbankgreen.

Two days later, Campo is alleged to have broken into five cars in the Sunnycrest and Silverwhite Road neighborhoods of Little Silver last Saturday, said Little Silver Detective Greg Oliva of that town.

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HISTORIC PRESERVATION GRANTS DOLED OUT

The Broad Street home of the Woman’s Club of Red Bank is in line for some spruce-up funds from Freehold. (Click to enlarge)

The Woman’s Club of Red Bank and three historic structures in Shrewsbury are among the local nonprofits set to share in $71,200 in grants awarded by the Monmouth County Historical Commission, the county government announced Friday.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

Last week’s photo was of a scruffy sign that read “QUAKER PARKING” with a bent arrow painted on it.

“Too obvious,” wrote Sandra Talarico, who along with 15 other readers identified its location as the Quaker Meeting House at the historic Four Corners in Shrewsbury – the intersection of Broad Street (Route 35) and Sycamore Avenue. (We had one incorrect answer: Hudson Street in Red Bank.)

“Thank you for an easy one that brings to an end our dry spell,” wrote Wheregulars Carl, Kathy Lou, Bob and Debbie Colmorgen, aka the Colmorgen Kids.

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URBAN OUTFITTERS POSTS SALES GAINS

urban-outfitters-logoUrban Outfitters, a national clothing chain with a presence in downtown Red Bank and Shrewsbury, reported strong revenue gains in its fourth fiscal quarter.

The Philadelphia-based company’s Urban Outfitters brand, which has a store at Broad and West Front streets in Red Bank, saw a 10-percent jump in sales from the comparable period of a year ago, to $356 million, it reported.

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MOTORIST, 90, OK AFTER ACCIDENT

A minivan ended up on its side and at least one person had to be mechanically extricated after an accident on Newman Springs Road near Henry Street in Shrewsbury around 5:30 a.m. Wednesday.

An official account of events was not immediately available, but the vehicle appeared to have struck a fire hydrant, which was knocked off a concrete pad despite being surrounded by steel columns.  (Click to enlarge)

[Update, 11 a.m, December 21: Red Bank police say they have a report of an accident at 5:12 a.m, but that it was handled by Shrewsbury PD. But Shrewsbury Police Chief John Wilson III says his department has no record of the accident.] [Update to the update, 1:21 p.m.: Sergeant Michael Gallagher of the Shrewsbury PD tells redbankgreen that because of miscommunication, we were mistakenly informed that there was no record of this accident. In fact, he says, the Shrewsbury PD did respond and found a single-vehicle accident in which a 90-year-old Tinton Falls man was briefly trapped in his minivan, which had rolled after he swerved to avoid an animal in the road and struck the fire hydrant. The victim, whose identity was not immediately given, was extricated by Shrewsbury fire volunteers and transported to Riverview Medical Center with “very minor injuries,” Gallagher said. No charges were filed and the matter is under investigation, he said.]