TEMPORARY ROOF FIX DONE AT SUPERMARKET

acme-openA&P in Little Silver reopened early Friday afternoon after the building’s roof partially collapsed this week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The A&P supermarket in Little Silver is back in business after a 48-hour shutdown caused by this week’s blizzard.

Contractors worked since Wednesday to shore up the roof of the building, which partially collapsed under the weight of heavy snow, and the store got permission to reopen its doors at around noon Friday.

Within an hour, shoppers wended through the store loading up carts and baskets, moving around a cordoned off section at the south end where the damage occurred.

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STELLA GRANDE

stellaStella, a golden retriever “from New Hampshire,” her owner notes, rests her chin on a snowbank outside the Starbucks on Broad Street in Red Bank Thursday morning. (Click to enlarge)

SINGLE-LANE REOPENING PLANNED

wfront-122910A towrig pulls a stranded car from the snow while utility crews work on the opposite side of West Front Street at 3:30p Wednesday. (Click to enlarge)

A utility pole replacement job continued to vex motorists traveling through Red Bank Wednesday, adding to woes dominated by icy streets and snowpile-narrowed driving lanes.

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RUMSON DONE AS SEA BRIGHT DIGS OUT

plowA snow plow on East River Road Monday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

While other towns continue trying to dig out from massive amounts of snow, it’s down to a cleanup effort in Rumson.

Public Works crews worked through the night Monday plowing through the borough’s seven-square-miles, and by Tuesday morning all streets were open, “which, I don’t think, a lot of the neighboring towns can say,” Mayor John Ekdahl said.

No they can’t.

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RED BANK SPUTTERS BACK TO A START

On Monday, redbankgreen brought you photos taken on a walking tour of Red Bank shortly after the end of the paralyzing blizzard that walloped parts of the northeastern United States over the previous 24 hours.

Today, we give you the morning after the morning after, in which we retrace our steps to see how much has changed over the subsequent 24.

Photos are in pairs, the first of which was taken Monday morning, and the second, Tuesday morning.

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PLOW STUCK ON RIVER STREET 24+ HOURS

Privately owned vehicles stranded in the weekend snowstorm aren’t the only ones hampering the street-clearing effort in Red Bank, it turns out.

redbankgreen came across this municipal truck stuck in snow, engine running, without any borough employees in sight, on River Street Tuesday morning.

Huh?

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POLE FIX JAMS RED BANK TRAFFIC

tieupVehicles backed up along Riverside Avenue earlier today. Below, utility crews working on West Front Street, a portion of which is closed to traffic. (Click to enlarge)

pole-fixSnow-clogged streets and work to replace a snapped utility pole on West Front Street is causing major traffic tie-ups in and around Red Bank Tuesday morning.

Police shut down West Front from Broad Street to Maple Avenue to enable the repair work, which was still underway as of 10:15a with no estimated time of completion yet available, said police Captain Darren McConnell.

Partly as a result of the shutdown, traffic was backed up on northbound Broad, eastbound West Front and southbound Riverside Avenue all the way across the Cooper Bridge into Middletown. A Red Bank municipal employee stuck in the tie-up told redbankgreen he’d been inching along for half an hour.

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AFTER THE STORM IN FAIR HAVEN & RUMSON

As the wind and snow relented Monday morning, plows, shovels and snowblowers got heavy use in Fair Haven and Rumson.

redbankgreen‘s Dustin Racioppi trudged through the streets to snap shots of residents digging out from the season’s first major storm.

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ABANDONED VEHICLES A ‘SEVERE’ PROBLEM

bridge-blockAmong the three vehicles left abandoned on the Red Bank end of the Cooper Bridge were these two, still there at 9:30a Monday. Below, a motorist left a car at West Front Street and Riverside Avenue. (Click to enlarge)

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Officials in Red Bank and nearby towns are asking motorists to stay off the streets while plow crews dig out from the blizzard that socked the region with at least two feet of snow Sunday and early Monday.

Abandoned vehicles and pedestrians walking in streets slowed the start of snow removal efforts, Red Bank officials say. Now, cars mired in deep drifts continue to hamper plowing.

“It’s a severe problem,” said Gary Watson, who heads up the borough’s public utilities department.

Numerous cars left stuck at intersections could still be found at daylight Monday, including three caught in deep snow on Bridge Avenue at the foot of the Cooper Bridge.

“We’re working on getting towtrucks out,” police Captain Darren McConnell told redbankgreen. “They’ve become a hinderance to the plows.”

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BLIZZARD REDUX

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Scenes from Red Bank late Wednesday afternoon, during the second blizzard to hit the region in four days.

It’ll be partly sunny with temperatures well above freezing today to start turning all that purty white stuff into an ugly grey porridge.

Here’s the forecast from the National Weather Service:
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BASIE THROWS A BONE TO SNOWED-OUT FANS

Count Basie Theatre CEO Numa Saisselin.

Hoping to appease Steve Winwood fans who couldn’t make the musician’s concert because of  Wednesday’s blizzard, officials at the  Count Basie Theatre are offering them free seats to one of four upcoming performances by other artists.

They’re also attempting to clarify the position the theater found itself in as weather forecasts grew ominous in the days leading up to the show. Canceling the concert would have meant a “crippling financial loss” approaching $100,000, Basie CEO Numa Saisselin says in a letter to ticketholders posted overnight on the theater’s website.

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MORNING BLIZZARD WHITES OUT THE GREEN

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Mother Nature dropped about a foot of snow on the Red Bank area in a storm that raged early Saturday morning but appeared to have abated by midday.

The redbankgreen was out there to pixelate the event.

Here’s the National Weather Service forecast:

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