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SPRING 2015: BLINK, AND IT CHANGES

rb dog 040615While enjoying the warmth and sunshine in downtown Red Bank, a bench-sitting dog named Sasha became suddenly camera-shy when approached by redbankgreen Monday afternoon. Tuesday’s weather will be less conducive to parking one’s tail on a bench, with rain in the National Weather Service forecast through Friday.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

SPRING 2015: AIRING IT OUT ON EASTER

rb kite 040515 sb jalopy 040515A warm, blustery Easter Sunday turned out to be a fine day for airing out a kite in Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park, above, or a classic jalopy in Sea Bright, at right. Monday’s forecast calls for mostly sunny skies and peak temperatures in the upper 60s, but the rest of the week looks cloudy and somewhat wet, according to the National Weather Service (Photos by Trish Russoniello and John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

OYSTERS AND GUINESS, GOING DOWN EASY

Judging by the huge crowd and gorgeous weather, Sunday’s Red Bank’s Guinness Oyster Festival was shell-cracking success. Autumnal coolness and the aromas of 25 food borough restaurants drew thousands into the White Street lot consistently throughout the seven hours of tasting, dancing and people-watching. From red’s pulled pork and apple slaw sandwiches to the Cupcake Magician’s selection of sweet creations, locals were not left hungry. Oh, and the oysters and stout flowed, too. redbankgreen was on the scene to capture the fun. (Photos by Danielle Tepper, Trish Russoniello and John T. Ward)

CBS DROPS IN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF JERSEY

roccaMo Rocca interviewed Rumson Mayor John Ekdahl back during shorts weather for an upcoming piece for CBS Sunday Morning. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

New Jersey, it seems, is always on the defensive. There’s the ‘Jersey stinks‘ stigma, and while we have the small luxuries of pork roll sandwiches and not having to pump our own gas, the Garden State can’t quite get past the perception that it’s a dump with mafia ties and is a breeding ground for ultra-tanned, fist-pumping troublemakers.

In reality, all one really has to do is stop looking at photo galleries glamorizing the bronzed figureheads and TV shows celebrating jaw-dropping indulgence and take a trip to a place without a boardwalk or parkway rest stop.

Like, say, Rumson.

CBS News did, and on an upcoming Sunday morning plans to air a piece showcasing all this affluent community has to offer: shoreline tranquility, a bustling business district, horse-and-carriage rides, speed-boating on the Navesink — you know, the typical wintertime stuff.

But the story is not that CBS made this discovery a half-year ago, nor was it interviewer Mo Rocca‘s yacht club-ish outfit, a pink Oxford and baby blue shorts.

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