RED BANK: NOW TAKING TAX PREPAYMENTS

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank has joined Belmar, Jersey City and other New Jersey municipalities in encouraging residents to consider reducing the impact of the newly adopted federal tax plan on their wallets.

How? By prepaying local property taxes before the end of 2018.

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RED BANK: SPARKS FLY OVER BUDGET

Councilwoman Linda Schwabenbauer, seen here last May with GOP colleagues Mark Taylor and Mike Whelan, found herself at odds with them, and Mayor Pasquale Menna, Wednesday night. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank adopted its 2017 budget Wednesday night amid some odd political frictions.

Councilwoman Linda Schwabenbauer, who leads the budget-setting finance committee, took clear umbrage at a last-minute critique of the spending plan by Mayor Pasquale Menna. Then, the only ‘no’ votes when it came up for adoption were cast by her two fellow Republicans on the dais.

And before the night was over, Schwabenbauer’s main adversary in this year’s election, Democrat Ed Zipprich, issued a press release commending her.

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IT’S ‘TAPS’ FOR RED BANK ARMY-NAVY STORE

Vinny Faiella is calling it quits, closing an Army-Navy store that had its roots at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Rcsm2_010508With roots that go back nearly 85 years, a Red Bank shop specializing in military clothing and accessories is closing this month.

Red Bank Surplus owner Vinny Faiella says the three-generation business has reached the end of its run and will close by the end of March.

Whatever merchandise he doesn’t get rid of in a half-off sale will be donated to charity, he tells redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.

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BASIE ECONOMIC IMPACT GROWS

basie-marquee-111411The nonprofit theater reported another year of strong financial results. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

basie-ec-impactTwelve years into a renaissance, the Count Basie Theatre continued to grow its economic impact on the Red Bank area last year, officials said.

Show-related spending on everything from babysitters to gasoline to dinners downtown grew to $12.75 million in the year ended June 30, the nonprofit theater estimates in its latest annual report.

That level, a record for the venue, represents a $1 million increase from the prior year, CEO Numa Saisselin tells redbankgreen.

“That supports a lot of restaurant and bar jobs,” he said, citing an estimate of 300 full-time-equivalent jobs made possible by the theater’s programming.

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RED BANK LANDS NEW FIRE BOAT – FREE

rb-fire-boatSoon to be churning up the waters of the Navesink: a former U.S. Coast Guard vessel, now getting a sprucing-up at the Red Bank public works garage. (Click to enlarge)

Red Bank’s fleet of emergency vehicles is about to get an addition.

Borough officials earlier this week took possession of a 22-foot SeaArk Marine boat with twin 130-horsepower Honda engines. And they got it for free.

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