RED BANK: MEASURABLE EVIDENCE OF WINTER

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Another fast-falling snow blanketed the Red Bank area Monday morning, covering Broad Street in traffic-slowing slush, above, and putting a shoveler to work in English Plaza, at right.

The forecast: four-to-eight inches by midafternoon, when the snowfall is expected to taper to flurries and temperatures drop toward the mid-20s, according to the National Weather Service . (Click to enlarge)

 

ARCTIC COLD LINGERS

With temperatures in the teens, our beautiful Navesink River was a white wonderland for iceboaters and strollers willing to step out onto hardened water between Red Bank and Middletown Wednesday. Thursday started off with wind-chill temperatures six degrees below zero, and a forecast high of 30 degrees. (Click to enlarge)

BITING COLD CONTINUES ON THE GREEN

rb icicle 012814A sign of the times at the Galleria at Red Bank on Bridge Avenue Tuesday morning, above. Winter’s fierce grip continued Wednesday as residents of the Green woke to a dusting of snow and a forecast of more biting cold through the day, with temperatures around 12 degrees at dawn promising to get only to about 24 over the course of the day – and wind-chill temperatures remaining in the low teens. Daytime peaks are expected to climb to 47 by Sunday, however, the National Weather Service says. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: ASPHALT IS ‘VICTORY’ TO PLOWMAN

rb snow 012214 3The view looking south on Leighton Avenue through the windshield of a borough salt truck early Wednesday morning, above. Below, a plow working Monmouth Street. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb snow 012214 1The  plowman got lucky this time.

Tuesday’s fast-moving snowstorm may have caught motorists and school administrators off guard with its blinding swiftness. But it dropped a powdery load, and ended late at night, giving those responsible for clearing it from roadways a leg up.

In Red Bank, it also helped that more residents than usual moved their cars off the streets, said Gary Watson, director of the borough public utilities department.

“That made a huge difference,” he told redbankgreen as he drove a road-salting truck early Wednesday morning.

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RED BANK: STORM SNARLS TRAFFIC

rb traffic 012114 1fh traffic 012114Motorists who failed to get a jump on Tuesday’s fast-moving snowstorm paid the price in slow-moving traffic in the early afternoon, as on East Front Street in Red Bank, above, and River Road in Fair Haven, right.

Red BankPolice Chief Darren McConnell reported the bottlenecks were beginning to clear shortly after 3 p.m. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

DRIVING SNOW BRINGS GREEN TO A CRAWL

sb 012114A pedestrian – or was she a bridge tender? makes her way across the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge shortly after noon, above. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

A driving snowstorm blew into the Red Bank area Tuesday morning, quickly turning roads treacherous, blotting out visibility and slowing traffic to a crawl.

redbankgreen took a lunchtime tour of the Green that turned into a slog. Check out our photos, below.

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RED BANK: PARKING, PLOWING, RECYCLING

rb snowstorm 010314 24With a heavy snow and deep freeze in the forecast for the next 24 hours, Red Bank officials are asking borough residents to get their cars off the streets between midnight and 6 a.m. to facilitate plowing. In addition, the borough is postponing the recycling pickup scheduled for Wednesday on streets west of Broad Street by one day, DPW director Gary Watson tells redbankgreen.

Hey, who wants hot chocolate? Check out PieHole for some interesting recipes on this flavorful, body-warming favorite. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: GETTING READY FOR THE STORM

rb deicing 012114Bike while you can, Red Bank. Borough DPW trucks laid down anti-icing salt brine on streets – that’s Chestnut Street above, looking west toward the train station –  in anticipation of significant snowfall and deep freeze beginning late Tuesday morning. (Click to enlarge)

FORECAST: LOTSA SNOW, BITTER COLD

rb snowstorm 010314 20“Significant snowfall expected today and tonight, followed immediately by bitterly cold air,” the National Weather Service said Tuesday morning, warning of a storm that could drop up to 12 inches of wind-driven snow on our area by late evening. Bitterly cold temperatures, with wind chills to about 5 degrees below zero, are expected to follow, with a wind chill advisory in effect for the early part of Wednesday.

SEA BRIGHT: STEAM AND ICE

sb freeze 010714SB FREEZE 2 010714Steam rises from the relatively warm Atlantic Ocean as a dog walker braves the wind-chilled sub-zero temperatures of North Beach in Sea Bright Tuesday morning. Just across Ocean Avenue, the Shrewsbury River had begun to freeze. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: PRE-DAWN IN THE WIND AND SNOW

As is its custom during a heavy snowfall, redbankgreen went for a brisk stroll into downtown Red Bank during Friday’s storm and found a few hardy souls to share the slippery pavement with, including a cross-country skier, a bicyclist and a man running for a bus. Here’s a slideshow of what we saw. (Photos by John T. Ward)

RED BANK: DIGGING OUT FROM THE STORM

Snowblower operators were among a team digging out at an apartment complex on Broad Street in Red Bank Friday morning. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: OUR FEELINGS EXACTLY

rb snowstorm 010314 1A young shoveler in a jacket capturing the mood of many others tackles the snow on Elm Place in Red Bank Friday morning. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: SNOW BLANKETS REGION

Clearing the lot at the Red Bank Foodtown at about 6 a.m. Friday. About 10 inches of snow fell overnight as temperatures dropped into the low teens. Councilman Art Murphy, who toured the town in his truck, said major roads are passable. (Video by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

WEATHER TOYS WITH FORECASTERS

rb snow 121013 1Main roads on the Green were clear at midday Tuesday, as seen here looking east along Harding Road from Tower Hill in Red Bank.

Forecasters, meanwhile, seemed in a scramble for clarity on how bad the storm would be. The National Weather Service has upped its estimated accumulation total to 2 to 4 inches – from 1 to 3 inches earlier today. The Weather Underground, meanwhile, has gone in the other direction, changing its forecast to 1 to 3 inches, from 3 to 5 earlier in the day. The Weather Channel has backed down to 1 to 3, from 2 to 4, and Facebook fave Bob ‘Weatherman’ Burger has eased back to 2 to 4 inches in our region, from 3 to 6. All agree it should be over by Tuesday evening, when temps are expected to drop into the 20s. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

FORECAST: ‘PROLONGED’ STORM MAY SOAK US

rainfall totalsA slow-moving coastal storm is expected to linger along the Jersey Shore, bringing gale-force winds and minor flooding Wednesday through Saturday, according to a report issued by the National Weather Service.

Monmouth County could get 1.75 to 2 inches of rain, according to the report, issued Tuesday afternoon.

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SEA BRIGHT: FOCUS ON STALLED BUSINESSES

A volunteer group wants to help owners of vacant stores spruce up their properties.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By SARAH KLEPNER

A group of Sea Bright residents is asking the borough to reach out to businesses that have stalled in the post-Sandy recovery process.

With a campaign for sand replenishment, a fundraiser to replace lost beach equipment, an open-house on recovery construction and more efforts already under its belt, Seabrighters Embracing Action – a community group that formed in February to help the town and each other recover from Hurricane Sandy – is now turning its attention to matters of appearance.

“We’re asking the town to enforce the codes when it comes to businesses that aren’t cleaning up,” SEA founder Heather Bedenko said Tuesday night after the bimonthly borough council meeting. Closed businesses “are like black eyes on the town. We have businesses opening up between two half-demolished places,” she said.

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RED BANK: STEEPLE RISING

The cross atop St. James Church in Red Bank Catholic Church is back after six months of rehabilitation. Among other repairs, the replacement of the old cross, which was damaged by a violent wind storm, should be finished by September, said a church business manager Veronica Alexander. (Photos by Dan Natale. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: TA-TA, LAYLA

The vessel had to be torn apart in order for it to be removed. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A sailboat that got stuck at Maple Cove in Red Bank during Hurricane Sandy was finally removed Monday, more than eight months later.

Sammy Fitkin, a supervisor with the post-disaster debris management company Crowder Gulf, had hoped to just float the vessel, called the Layla, out on a high tide. But the tide never got high enough, as it did during the storm that brought it in, and the boat lay against the promenade in the mudflats at the foot of Maple Avenue.

“The water wasn’t here to do it,” Fitkin tells redbankgreen. “So this was our only option.”

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RUMSON: AU REVOIR, V-ZONE

A home on Warren Street in Rumson undergoing elevation in February. (Click to enlarge)

By COLBY WILSON

All homes in storm-battered Rumson have been moved out of the most vulnerable flood zone under new flood-elevation maps released by the Federal Emergency Management Agency Monday.

Mayor John Ekdahl says the revised maps are significantly different than the advisory maps released back in December.

“One of the things that becomes apparent as it effects Rumson is that we virtually lost all “V” zones,” Ekdahl said. “Even Barley Point [Island}, where we lost four homes, was removed.”

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SEA BRIGHT: NEW FEMA MAPS OFFER ANSWERS

A pair of homes undergoing elevation on Center Street in Sea Bright earlier this month. (Click to enlarge)

By COLBY WILSON

Changes to the federal government’s flood risk maps are out, and the revisions are providing relief to anxious homeowners in Sea Bright and elsewhere along New Jersey’s coastline.

The new maps, officially unveiled Monday, show that the Federal Emergency Management Agency greatly reduced the scope of areas in the dreaded zone V, in which homes are said to be imperiled not only by flooding but wave action.

On Monday, Sea Bright Mayor Dina Long told redbankgreen the latest maps showed a “V” zone shift, and that it was good news for residents in her town.

“Nearly all of the homes west of Ocean Avenue were moved back to AE zones,” she said.

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SEA BRIGHT: TINY BOARDWALK RETURNS

Just a few hundred feet long, the borough’s rebuilt boardwalk will be supplemented by temporary restrooms. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

Another familiar sight is returning to the recovering beach community of Sea Bright as summer inches closer: the mini-boardwalk.

According to volunteer coordinator Frank Lawrence, the boardwalk, which he described as an” extended deck,” was built in large part by volunteers from the Foundation to Save the Jersey Shore and the New Jersey Firemen’s Mutual Benevolent Association, who donated their manpower in order to complete the project in just a matter of days.

The new boardwalk, just 171 feet long, replicates the one destroyed during Hurricane Sandy, Lawrence said. “We wanted to get the design as close to the original as possible,” he added.

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SEA BRIGHT: SHAKING OFF SANDY

Six months after it was all but obliterated by Hurricane Sandy, Sea Bright is gradually getting back on its feet, as evident in the extensive repair and rebuilding underway.

redbankgreen photographers Peter Lindner and John T. Ward teamed up to create this slideshow of images of the town before, during – Lindner gets the credit for all of those – and after the historic October 29, 2012, storm, with the final shot in each grouping taken over the weekend of April 27 and 28, 2013.