WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? FOLLOW SMOKE SIGNALS

dom procipioNew owner Dom Procopio grew up working at Dom’s Cherry Street Deli. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumSome deli owners might be content with a few balloons or some bunting to announce their new ownership.

While Dom’s Cherry Street Deli on Shewsbury Avenue in Tinton Falls does indeed sport a small “under new ownership” sign out front, PieHole appreciates that the new owner has chosen to help announce there’s a new guy in town with a smoker out front, wafting plumes of pecan wood smoke down Shrewsbury Avenue.

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COPS: RED BANK WOMAN ATE COCAINE

HOT-TOPIC_01A Red Bank woman tried to eat some of the cocaine in her possession when she and another woman were stopped on traffic violations in Ocean Township early Saturday, police allege.

Ronda Feacher, 37, of William Street, was charged with possession of heroin and cocaine after she and 26-year-old Natacha Perez of Tinton Falls were stopped on Route 18 at around 4 a.m., according to a police report.

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WHAT’S FOR LUNCH: MUNCHING AT MUMFORD’S

mumfordsChicken bruschetta sandwich served on a croissant at Mumford’s Culinary Center.  (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge)

By JIM WILLIS

morsels mediumTucked away down a side street off of Shrewsbury Avenue in Tinton Falls, Mumford’s Culinary Center is not a lunch destination that you would be likely to accidentally stumble across. But it’s absolutely worth seeking out.

As usual, the parking lot at lunchtime Thursday was jammed. We parked on a side street and strolled past the restaurant’s backyard garden beds, bulging with greens and veggie seedlings.

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RED BANK FIRE HERO IN MORE HOT WATER

robert womble 122111Robert Womble Jr. at Red Bank borough hall in December, 2011, when he was honored for heroism. (Click to enlarge)

just_in1A Red Bank man who was lauded for heroism in a 2011 fire is in legal trouble again.

Robert Womble Jr., 53, of Evergreen Terrace, was arrested by Asbury Park police Saturday and charged with trying to steal a $40 item from a Rite Aid store in that city, according to a police report.

Police said Womble scratched the hands and arms of two employees who tried to stop him.

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LOCAL DRY CLEANER FINDS WETTER IS BETTER

laura dorf 1 101513Laura Dorf with Lucy, one of two dogs who spend their days at her environmentally safe laundry business, and below with presser Dana Holmes. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

laura dorf dana holmesFor most of her 25-plus years in the laundry business, Laura Dorf bought into the industry gospel that cleaning clothes with a toxic solvent was the only way to go.

So heavy was the industry’s reliance on perchlortethylene, or perc, and so strong its aversion to plain old soap and water that H20 was considered a contaminant, said Dorf.

That thinking, however, has turned out to be all wet, thanks to the development of new detergents and sophisticated machinery. And Dorf, the owner of Bright Star Cleaners on the Tinton Falls side of Shrewsbury Avenue, is now running what she said is the first all- “wet” dry cleaner in the Red Bank area.

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IN MEMORY

Memorial07_irBelow are details about local memorial services planned to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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SEA BRIGHT MAN CHARGED IN BREAK-IN

authorities3A Sea Bright man was charged with burglary and theft of $29,000 worth of jewelry from a Tinton Falls residence, according to a police report.

Michael Carter, 22, of East New Street, was charged with climbing through the open rear window of a home on Branford Circle on May 3, according to the report, provided to the media by the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s office.

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TRIO CHARGED IN BREAK-IN BEATING

Two Red Bank men and one from Long Branch broke into a home in Tinton Falls Monday and beat an occupant bloody as payback for some perceived wrong, police reported.

Timothy Johnson, 27, of Leighton Avenue, Larry Johnson, 37, of Montgomery Terrace, and Kwame Johnson, 37, of Long Branch, face multiple charges for the alleged attack in a William Street home that left the victim with a contusions and other injuries.

The relationship of the three, if any, was not immediately available.

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TINTON FALLS: McKENNA PLEADS NOT GUILTY

Ed McKenna, putting on headphones at left, with then-Governor Jon Corzine at the Kaboom Fireworks on the Navesink in Marine Park in 2009. (Click to enlarge)

Former Red Bank Mayor Ed McKenna pleaded not guilty Tuesday to drunken driving charges arising from a spin-out on the Garden State Parkway last month, the Asbury Park Press reported.

McKenna was not present for the scheduled first appearance in the matter, the Press reported, and the plea was entered on his behalf by his lawyer and associate, Ed Washburne.

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WEEKEND: EAT, DRINK, LISTEN, REPEAT

Don’t even bother trying to curb your appetite at Red Bank Riverfest, which runs through Sunday in Marine Park. Details in the poster below. (Click to enlarge)

Friday, May 31:

RED BANK: Come sample the savory and sweet flavors at Riverfest, the annual three-day music and food festival in Marine Park. Stroll the “artisan’s alley” for handmade items and artwork, cruise the Navesink River, or dance your butt off in front of the waterfront stage to the likes of Brian Kirk & The Jirks, Woodfish, the Moroccan Sheepherders and the Jazz Lobsters. Free entry; no pets allowed.

MIDDLETOWNThe Middletown Arts Center hosts a Luau Party for kids ages 5 and older, offering crafts, limbo contests and games. Pizza and snacks will be provided. The luau runs from 6 to 9 p.m. 36 Church Street.

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TWO SLIGHTLY INJURED IN TINTON FALLS FIRE

Smoke pours from the house at 85 Reeds Road Thursday afternoon. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

Two Tinton Falls volunteer firefighters were treated for injuries sustained during a noontime fire in Tinton Falls on Thursday, according to a fire official.

Tinton Falls Engine Company #1 Chief Mark Park told redbankgreen that both firefighters were taken to nearby hospitals – one for an unspecified leg injury and the other for heat exhaustion suffered in fighting the blaze, at 85 Reeds Road.

Neither’s injuries were serious, he said, and no one was in the house at the time of the fire, reported at 12:01 p.m.

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TINTON FALLS: HOUSE FIRE ON REEDS ROAD

Firefighters were on the scene of a blaze at 85 Reeds Road in Tinton Falls early Thursday afternoon. No injuries were immediately reported. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

TINTON FALLS MAN CHARGED WITH DOG ABUSE


A Tinton Falls man is facing eight charges of animal cruelty for allegedly wrapping the muzzles of two dogs with duct tape and punching a puppy in the head, law enforcement authorities said Friday morning.

Joseph A. Valentino, 41, of Cherry Street, is alleged to have abused three dogs from September, 2012 through February 2, 2013…

“…when he wrapped the muzzle of Stitches, a one-year-old Bullmastiff, with duct tape and trimmed the nails on the dog’s paws using a power tool despite the animal being fearful of the nail trimming; choking Stitches to the point of the dog’s tongue turning blue and abusing the animal to the point it defecated on itself,”

according to a press release issued by Victor “Buddy” Amato, Chief Humane Law Enforcement Officer at the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

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TINTON FALLS: SMOKE REPORTED AT RANNEY

[Update: The Asbury Park Press reports that an electrical fire damaged the roof of the GPA Building, which will be closed for repairs, but the school will open as normal Friday.] Volunteer firefighters were on the scene of a reported fire at the Ranney School on Hope Road in Tinton Falls Thursday evening. No flames were visible at about 8 p.m. The Asbury Park Press reported “smoke showing through the roof” and that no students were believed to be inside at the time of the event. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

TRAFFIC JAM AT THREE-TOWN JUNCTION

Traffic was slowed to a crawl through the intersection of Newman Springs Road and Shrewsbury Avenue, at the junction of Red Bank, Shrewsbury an Tinton Falls, Thursday morning as crews worked on new traffic signals. Delays were epected to continue through the afternoon. (Click to enlarge)

CHAR DESIGNER HEATS UP THE DINING SCENE

Restaurant designer Jeff Cahill at the new Char Steakhouse, below, which opened on Broad Street Wednesday night. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Now rising from the ashes in Red Bank: Char Steakhouse, the most widely anticipated business to debut downtown since Blue Water Seafood landed one block north on Broad Street in June, 2011.

Will it generate the economic oomph to match the dollars – not to mention the expectations of nearby merchants – that have been poured into it? Restaurateur Matteo Ingrao is betting on it: he’s rumored to have dropped $2 million on renovations to the former Ashes Cigar Bar space with hopes of creating a dining mecca.

But also clutching his Sharpie on the sidelines is Jeff Cahill, a soft-spoken, self-taught interior designer who’s gradually transforming the look and feel of dining out on the Green, one dazzling location at a time.

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LITTLE SILVER TEEN BADLY HURT IN HEAD-ON

Volunteer firefighters peel open the roof of the minivan to extricate its driver. (Click to enlarge)

An 18-year-old Little Silver man was helicoptered to a trauma center after the minivan he was driving collided head-on with a truck along the Red Bank-Tinton Falls border Sunday afternoon, Red Bank police said.

The driver, whose name was not available Sunday night, was flown to Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune with serious injuries following the 2:11 p.m. accident, said Captain Darren McConnell.

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WEEKEND: CHRISTMAS CONCERTS AND SHOWS

Michael Davidman, who’s now all of 15 years old, comes to the Monmouth Conservatory of Music on Saturday.

With Christmas little more than a week away, there’s a full weekend of holiday events all around the Green…

Friday, December 14

FAIR HAVEN: The First Floors House Tour, put on by the PTA, is both a fundraiser for the Fair Haven School District, as well as a collection for Hurricane Sandy donations by Sandy Family Match. Eight Haven homes will be open to tours between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. and will each feature cuisine samplings from local eateries. Tickets ($50) will be available for purchase at 248 Kemp Avenue and 85 Grange Avenue. No children allowed.

RED BANK: Free yoga session at the Red Bank Public Library at 1 p.m. by Amy Richardson. No registration required, bring your own mat. 84 West Front Street.

RED BANK: Two River Theater hosts a preview performance of “A Wind in the Willows Christmas” at 7 p.m. and features Grammy-winning Nashville songsmith (and ex-NFL player) Mike Reid in this new take on the adventures of Mr. Toad, Badger, Mole and company. Adult tickets $50-55, 18 and under $25. Repeat performances Saturday at 12 and 7, Sunday at 12. 21 Bridge Avenue.

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TIM McLOONE, ENGINEER OF A NONSTOP TRAIN

At the keyboards, on the radio, coaching runners or in the back room of one of his nine restaurants, Holiday Express founder Tim McLoone is a marvel of achievement.  (Photo by Suzy Graham. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Tim McLoone is a man with a dozen hands, all tackling a dozen sizable tasks at once.

He owns McLoone’s Running Store, his first business, at the Grove in Shrewsbury. He owns nine restaurants, including the Rum Runner in Sea Bright and the recently acquired former CJ Montana in Tinton Falls, rebranded as CJ McLoone’s. He’s a sports announcer for the collegiate basketball games at Newark’s Prudential Center. He just launched his own radio show on December 1. He coaches the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School girls’ cross-country team.  And at the heart of it all is his philanthropic brain child, an idea that blossomed from a one-time gig into a full-scale traveling circus: Holiday Express.

The non-profit organization is its own Christmas miracle: a massive effort on behalf of roughly 300 adult volunteers, 700 child and teenage volunteers, 100 musicians, and one man who brought together their desires to bring smiles to those in need of a little comfort and joy.

Tonight, Holiday Express makes its much-anticipated annual station stop at the grand Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank.

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TWO YEARS LATER, KAYAKER’S REMAINS ID’D

Rumson firefighters shine floodlights on the Shrewsbury River from the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge during the November, 2010 search for kayaker David Civile. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The remains of a Tinton Falls man who disappeared while kayaking in the Shrewsbury River two years ago have been found in Little Silver, New Jersey State Police announced Thursday.

David Civile, 26, vanished after launching on a solo excursion on November 17, 2010, a blustery day. He was reported missing that night, when his kayak was found near the uninhabited Sedge Island, which lies between Sea Bright and Rumson on the Shrewsbury River.

The report triggered an extensive, multi-day search that involved state and local police as well as the Coast Guard.

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AREA OFFICIALS ZAP JCP&L OVER STORM FIXES

Howell Mayor Robert Walsh addresses attendees at Monday’s ‘Snow Summit’ to discuss JCP&L’s response to Hurricane Sandy. (Photo by Wil Fulton. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

Confusion, anger and frustration, tinged by a bit of hope, permeated the Tinton Falls Municipal Building early Monday afternoon at the third annual ‘Snow Summit’ called to address the region’s relationship with JCP&L and how to improve it.

Co-hosted by Tinton Falls Mayor Michael Skudera and Middletown Mayor Anthony Fiore, the meeting was attended by mayors from across Monmouth County, freeholders, state legislators, as well as members of the media and public. Few were impressed by the electric utility’s handling

“If they gave a damn, they would have already done something about” their outreach to localities following catastrophes, Mayor Adam Schneider of Long Branch said of company officials. Read More »

TRUCK FIRE DOUSED IN TINTON FALLS

Firefighters quickly doused a fire that sent smoke billowing across Shrewsbury Avenue from a burning car carrier on Gilbert Street West in Tinton Falls Monday afternoon. No information about the cause of the blaze was immediately available. (Photo above by Dianne Patterson. Click to enlarge)

TINTON FALLS COUPLE CLAIM $70M PRIZE

The winners of last week’s $70 million Powerball pot are a married couple from Tinton Falls, the Star-Ledger and other news outlets report.

Joseph and Celeste Tamburello claimed the whopping prize at state lottery offices in Trenton Monday, nine days after Celeste bought the winning ticket at the Little Silver Family Pharmacy in Little Silver, the Asbury Park Press reports.

Today, on her fifteenth anniversary working at a food services company, Celeste plans to give her two-week’s notice, according to the reports.

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LAST STOP FOR TOLLBOOTHS: TINTON FALLS

Decommissioned tollbooths in a yard in Tinton Falls, as photographed by the Star-Ledger’s Robert Sciarrino. (Click to enlarge)

Wednesday’s Star-Ledger has a quirky story about what happens to all those New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway tollbooths after they’re decommissioned by E-Z Pass technology.

They’re put out to pasture in a yard near the Asbury Toll Plaza in Tinton Falls, the Sledger reports.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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You know you’ve seen this one out of the corner of your eye, but… where? Where?

It’ll come to you, creeping on ghostly feet in the night. And when it does, send us an email with your answer and the words “Where Have I Seen This?” in the subject line, please.

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