A crane lowered this year’s Red Bank Town Tree into place in Riverside Gardens Park Saturday, as seen in this reader photo taken from the Riverview Towers high-rise.
At right, trimming of the tree got underway Monday morning.
The 30-foot tree was donated by the D’Innocenzio family of Middletown, according to Red Bank RiverCenter, which arranged for the donation and installation. (Photo at right by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)
Got a spare blue spruce in your yard? Yes, temperatures may still be pushing 80 degrees, but Red Bank RiverCenter has put out a call in the hope that, like the Clay family of Holmdel, who donated the 2014 Christmas tree above, someone will pony up one for the coming holiday season.
The ideal tree is an evergreen at least 25 feet tall and accessible for cutting—not too close to buildings or wires. The tree will be moved at no cost to the donor on or about November 22 for installation in Riverside Gardens Park, RiverCenter said in a news release. For more information, call Jim Scavone at 732-842-4244. (Photo by Susan Ericson. Click to enlarge)
Donated by the Clay family of Holmdel, Red Bank’s 2014 Christmas tree arrived at Riverside Gardens Park overlooking the Navesink River on Sunday. Becker’s Tree Service and Powerhouse Signs did the installation. The lights and trimming will go on this week courtesy of Investors Savings. Red Bank RiverCenter, which organized the display, says the tree will be lit and decorated in time for the annual Holiday Express concert and townwide light-up Friday night. (Photo above by Susan Ericson; right photo courtesy of Red Bank RiverCenter. Click to enlarge)
Even with utility lines running through its center, this maple tree on Patterson Avenue in Shrewsbury radiated autumn color earlier this week – and a giant front-yard spider web added a nice Halloween touch.
After a couple of rainy days, the Green is in for a mostly sunny weekend, with temperatures reaching into the mid-60s starting Friday, according to the National Weather Service. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)
Monday’s forecast by the National Weather Service calls for increasing clouds and a 60-percent chance of rain, mainly after 5 p.m. Showers are expected to continue as possible thunderstorms overnight. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
Fair Haven kicks things off Friday evening with something old-school traditional — the 5:30 pm arrival of Santa Claus by firetruck, at Memorial Park (across River Road from Borough Hall), followed at 6 pm by the turn-on of the official tree, accompanied by live music from The Band of the Two Rivers. There’s also something new — a Holiday Stroll promotion in which “stores and businesses will be offering shopping, free food and beverages, attractions, and fun for kids throughout the River Road East business district” between the hours of 5 pm and 7:30.
By JOHN T. WARD
Remember the White Street tree slaughter of 2007?
Well, it happened again Tuesday in Red Bank. And as was the case six years ago. it was necessary and justifiable, tree-care advocates said.
The latest takedown, by the Monmouth County Shade Tree Division, involved four mature Bradford pear trees on Broad Street in front of the Verizon switch building and some nearby stores.
By SARAH KLEPNER
Red Bank Regional’s graduating class gathered in front of the Little Silver school Wednesday to hear classmates and teachers speak in memory of Riyadh’na Farrow and Albert Martin, seniors who both died suddenly last year.
The Class of 2013 planted two trees in honor of their deceased cohorts: a magnolia for Riyadh’na, and a redwood for Albert.
“They’ll always be here. Whether they knew them or not, students, parents, and teachers will know what they stood for: peace, love, understanding, wisdom, and growth,” said senior Zakiyah Godsey, addressing the class.
Ample signs of spring bloomed in Rumson Sunday along Bingham Avenue, above, and at the Linden Hill estate, right, where a yellow magnolia tree was on display as part of a garden tour.
Monday’s forecast is for sunshine and temperatures in the low 50s, according to the National Weather Service. (Click to enlarge)
A large tree fell on Monmouth Street in Red Bank Sunday morning, damaging a fence at the Crossfit Triple Threat gym at the corner of Pearl Street. Winds were light at the time, and it was unclear to redbankgreen if sidewalk- and road-construction work in the Monmouth Street streetscape project now underway was a factor. (Click to enlarge)
After months of arguing that Fair Haven’s tree ordinance is unconstitutional and needs to be put through a chipper, borough Councilman Bob Marchese is now proposing that it be dug up, balled and relocated.
That, he said, would at least begin to address the law’s most problematic elements, as demonstrated by a recent brouhaha over a 100-foot tulip poplar.
By JOHN T. WARD
After nearly a year of controversy, a 100-foot tulip poplar that rallied both supporters and detractors of Fair Haven’s tree preservation law is coming down.
With members saying they were swayed by the “compelling” testimony of an arborist last week, the borough planning board reversed itself Thursday night, giving builder Bob Susser of Rumson an OK to remove the tree on the site of a three-home development on Woodland Drive.
On the grounds of the First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank, atop Tower Hill, is a wonder of a nature: a paper-bark birch throwing off its clothes in paper-thin layers to reveal something purer underneath.
Red Bank arborist Bill Brooks tells redbankgreen that the exfoliation process occurs “pretty much year-round” for the trees, also known as white birch and canoe birch, because Native Americans used the detritus to waterproof their vessels.
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By JOHN T. WARD
An ethics issue, arcane rules about tree removal and the opposition of neighbors have turned a three-house subdivision in Fair Haven that once appeared problem-free into a movable battle of wits and passions.
On Wednesday night, Buttonwood Investors returns to the planning board for yet another go-round over its Woodland Drive property.
This time, however, it has a new plan for dealing with trees.
After almost a year and a half of on-and-off debate, an effort to trim Fair Haven’s tree-protection ordinance failed Monday night, the Asbury Park Press reports.
Mayor Mike Halfacre, who votes only in the event of a council tie, cast the decisive vote, halting amendments pushed by Councilman Bob Marchese that would have made it easier for property owners to remove trees.