RED BANK: AN ICE START TO WINTER

rb-ice-sculpture-122016A passerby snaps a photo of an ice sculpture Foley Prep installed this week outside its office at the corner of Broad Street and Peters Place in Red Bank Tuesday. But even with the official start of winter with the solstice at 5:44 a.m. Wednesday, how long will the sculpture last? The National Weather Service forecasts that daytime temperatures through Sunday, Christmas Day, will be in the mid- to high-40s. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

ON THE GREEN: DA AWNING OF DA NEW SEASON

rb awning 062016 Though the sun was beating down and temperatures were heading to the high 80s, an awning installer from Bayshore Awnings in Middletown wasn’t necessarily looking for shade Monday: he was just doing his job at a home on East Bergen Place in Red Bank.

Tuesday, the first full day of summer, will again feature temperatures in the high 80s, but with isolated thunderstorms in the morning and partly cloudy skies in the afternoon, according to the Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ON THE GREEN: LONGEST DAY ARRIVES

sb sunrise 062016 1 sb sunrise 062016 2A half-dozen or so early risers were drawn to Anchorage Beach in Sea Bright to witness the dawn of the longest day of the year Monday. 

According to NJ.com, the solstice, marking the official start of summer, occurs at 6:34 p.m. today on the East Coast, and will be followed by an unusual “strawberry moon,” or full moon. Meantime, the day will offer plentiful sunshine and temperatures peaking at a summery 84 degrees, says the Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

A SOLSTICE SUNSET

8:24 p.m.Closing out the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun descended over the Navesink River, as seen from Red Bank Marina. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

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A TREE GROWS IN… OH, NEVER MIND


7:24 p.m.:
A dozen readers gathered at a long table in the Red Bank Public Library‘s Eisner Room for a discussion of Betty Smith’s “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,” a novel about childhood poverty set in the early 1900s.

When a question arose of whether stereotypes were present in the story, there was a consensus that the librarian character was unlikable. Librarian Patrice Baldino, who led the discussion, chimed in, laughing: “Yeah, the librarian. What was her problem?”

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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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A BELATED DAD’S DAY GIFT

5:47 p.m.: Father’s Day arrived slightly late for Maria and Kenny Sutherland, brother and sister, who celebrated the occasion on the water Wednesday, instead of Sunday, with both their parents.

After a day on the Navesink River and New York Harbor, dear old dad gave himself a present. He “left us to clean the boat,” Maria said. (Photo by Connor ‘Solstice’ Soltas. Click to enlarge)

Today, redbankgreen engages in a bit of Sol Searching as we chase the sun across the Green on the longest – thanks to the Summer Solstice – and, by coincidence, so-far-hottest day of the year. Please check in regularly to see where we’ve been. Suggestions? Send ’em here, please.

SMASHING INTO TREES BUT KEEPING COOL


12:24 p.m.
Molly Fallon of Middletown might have be doing little more than crashing into virtual trees in a racing game at Yestercades, but she’s just happy to be keeping cool indoors as the temperature outside pushes past 90 degrees. The retro gaming arcade on Broad Street in Red Bank was the first place Molly’s dad, Vinny, thought to bring her for heatstroke-free entertainment.

“Today, we decided to do something to get out without actually being out,” he said, while trying his own hand at a game of pinball. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

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A LONG, COOL LUNCH BREAK

11:14 a.m. In an effort to help those without AC in their homes escape the sweltering heat, Lunch Break is staying open an extra three hours past its usual lunch hour Wednesday. Games and television will be provided until 4 p.m. so those who need to can stay cool, said executive assistant Millie Jeter.

“These people are like family to us,” said Jeter. “We want them to be comfortable – and hydrated.”  (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

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ONE HOT HOT DOG TRUCK

12:00 p.m.: Going by the thermostat in George Laboussis’ hand, the temperature inside the G&G Hot Dog Truck in Red Bank had already edged past 95 degrees by noontime – and that was with the air conditioner running.

Laboussis has been manning the truck for the past three months with his wife, Dimi, for his father-in-law, Gus Tangalos, who’s owned the Shrewsbury Avenue institution-on-wheels for 40 years and is recovering from a triple bypass operation. (Click to enlarge)

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DIGGING FOR ICE CREAM?


11:04 a.m.
A crew hired by the borough digs out the worn curb on Peters Place in Red Bank. (Photos by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

The borough has been trying to get the sidewalk replacement and repaving job started for a week, but coincidentally, to the dismay of these construction workers, it didn’t begin until the hottest day so far this year.

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TWINS GET INTO THE SWING OF SUMMER

10:21 a.m. Mark (left) and Michael (right) Montagu of New York City get a tennis lesson at Victory Park in Rumson. The twins are following in their tennis-loving father’s footsteps at the tender age of 4. (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

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HOT YOGA ON NOT-QUITE-AS-HOT DAY

9:35 a.m.: Bikram Yoga student Robbie Trochia holds the “dandayamana-bibhaktapada-janushirasana” (Sanskrit for “standing separate leg head to knee”) pose at Synergy Hot Yoga on River Road in Fair Haven.  (Photo by Connor ‘Solstice’ Soltas. Click to enlarge)

For Fair Haven yoga teacher and Synergy founder Jen Portman, not even the worst of summer heat is hot enough. In her “Hot 26” Bikram Yoga classes, she sets the thermostat at 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

“It actually helps you deal with the heat,” said Portman. “Your body becomes accustomed. It helps your body deal with adversity, really. Hot yoga is a really good thing to do in summer.”

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BABY BUCS LEARN TO BLOCK


9:34 a.m. Red Bank Pop Warner football commissioner Steve  Turner gives future Buccaneers a lesson in proper stance and blocking techniques.

At the “Be a Buc” football camp, run at Red Bank Regional, current members of the RBR football team assist school and league coaches in training the younger players. (Video and photo by Stacie Fanelli)

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LITTLE SILVER: TAKING IN THE SUMMER AIR

9:19 A.M: “I didn’t even know it was the first day of summer,” said Megan Davis, of Fair Haven, picking up her daughter at camp in Little Silver.

This is what you get when you go Sol Searching and, encountering willing and eager locals, ask them to “jump like you’re nine years old and just got out of school for the summer.”

(More photos, by Trish Russoniello, below. Click to enlarge. Jump to feel young.)

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WATCHING THEM GROW


8:46 a.m.:
Dian Woodroffe, of Shrewsbury, tends to the potted plants and flowers outside Ten Thousand Villages on Broad Street in Red Bank.

A member of the Navesink Garden Club, Woodroffe follows a route around Red Bank once a week that includes 26 pots to trim, and, as she says, “fluff up a bit.” While Red Bank RiverCenter takes care of the watering nearly every day and cares for the hanging baskets high up on street lamps, she likes to walk the beat regularly to make sure everything is growing on schedule.

“It’s such a nice town, and it’s just little things that make it nicer,” she said. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

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BUTTING OUT

7:37 a.m.: Leigh Tyluki, a Shrewsbury resident and janitor for the Knights of Columbus Red Bank Council 3187 on Fair Haven Road in Fair Haven, cleaned the building’s parking lot two mornings after the organization’s monthly social meeting.

“There’s pretty much something every night,” said Tyluki, himself a K of C member. “We have so many events. The kids, wives and whole families are involved.”

Among his sweepings: hundreds of cigarettes. “The A.A. meets here, too, and every time, they leave 100 butts for me to clean up.” (Photo by Connor ‘Solstice’ Soltas. Click to enlarge)

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WAKE UP, SMELL THE COFFEE AND HYDRANTS

6:03 a.m.: Colin Henry, 11, checks out the coffee urns at his father’s Java Stop on River Road in Fair Haven. 6:37 a.m.: Stevie Thompson out for a walk with her dog on the same street, below. (Photos by Connor ‘Soltice’ Soltas. Click to enlarge)

Today, redbankgreen engages in a bit of Sol Searching as we chase the sun across the Green on the longest – thanks to the Summer Solstice – and, by coincidence, so-far-hottest day of the year. Please check in regularly to see where we’ve been. Suggestions? Send ’em here, please.

Today, redbankgreen engages in a bit of Sol Searching as we chase the sun across the Green on the longest – thanks to the Summer Solstice – and, by coincidence, so-far-hottest day of the year. Please check in regularly to see where we’ve been. Suggestions? Send ’em here, please.

LIGHT AT THE END OF THE RACE

6:05 a.m. The frontrunners in Monmouth Boat Club‘s annual solstice race make a U-turn just east of the Oceanic Bridge.  Taking off just before sunrise in Red Bank, they finished in daylight.

The solstice race, once Navesink River Rowing‘s traditional first of the season, is the second race this year in a biweekly series among the “Rowing Fleet” of the MBC. The two rowing organizations are intertwined today as members of both join in the fun.

“Our speeds are so different that there is usually little actual competition,” said Jim Shelton, fleet captain. “Rather, the ‘competition’ is more frequently against our own individual record.”

(Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

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A SOLSTICE SUNRISE

5:43 a.m.: Sunrise amid gauzy cloud cover, as seen from Sea Bright’s public beach. (Photo by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

Today, the Summer of 2012 bares a toothy grin – but watch out for those gnarly incisors.

A heat advisory from the National Weather Service is in effect as temperatures are expected to soar into the mid-90s along the Green.

redbankgreen will be out on the streets of our towns today, chasing the sun – Sol Searching, as we call it – on the longest day of the year, the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. (Be sure to refresh your browser if you haven’t seen our temporary masthead, above).

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