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RED BANK: TREE GETS PARKED & TRIMMED

rb christmas tree 112215rb tree 112315A 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)

RED BANK: CHRISTMAS TREE WANTED

112414 tree2Got 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)

RED BANK: TREE ENSHROUDED IN… PLASTIC?

hudson tree 032615Why was there a plastic sheet hanging in a tree on Hudson Avenue in Red Bank Thursday morning? We haven’t the foggiest. So here’s your chance to write your own caption… (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: TREE’S UP

112414 tree2holiday tree 112314Donated 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)

SHREWSBURY: AUTUMN ON THE LINE

shrews tree 102014Even 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)

 

A LITTLE SLIVER OF SPRING IN LITTLE SILVER

ls tree bud 040614Signs of spring abounded over the weekend, including this tree bud about to pop at the corner of South Silverton Drive and Branch Avenue in Little Silver Sunday.

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)

TREE LIGHTINGS TO LIGHT UP THE GREEN

sb-train-4-120512Tree lightings, such as the annual ceremony in Sea Bright, bring light therapy to the Green this weekend. Below, an archived favorite shot from the 2008 Westside tree lighting in Red Bank.

westside-tree-2008Tree lightings! We’ve got ’em, and in such quantities this weekend that you’d think they grew on trees.

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.

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RED BANK: TAKEDOWN STREET

rb trees 2 100713The stump of one of four Bradford pear trees taken down Tuesday afternoon. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb trees 3 100813Remember 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.

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FAIR HAVEN: A FUNGUS AMONG US?

fh fields fungus 092113fh fields fungus 2 092113redbankgreen came upon this intriguingly beautiful semicircular growth on a tree trunk in the Far Haven Fields Natural Area last weekend.

Can someone identify it and tell us something about it? Is is a bracket fungus? (Click to enlarge)

RBR SENIORS HONOR TWO WHO DIED YOUNG

RBR students at the memorial event, above, and others with the redwood tree planted in memory of RBR’s Albert Martin, below. (Photos by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

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.

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RUMSON: SPRING, 2013

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)

RED BANK: TREE DOWN

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)

THE AXEMAN COMETH

An unidentified axe-wielding man, one of two on the scene, chops away at a tree that fell across Harding Road just east of Spring Street in a thunderstorm that blew through the Green Thursday evening. (Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN TREE LAW MAY BE TRANSPLANTED

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.

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BATTLE OVER TREE ENDS WITH REMOVAL OK

The 100-foot tulip poplar, center, became a lightning rod for opinions about Fair Haven’s tree law.  (Click to enlarge)

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.

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UNDRESSING IN THE CHURCHYARD

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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CUT DOWN, BUILDER TRIES NEW TREE PLAN

The health of the tulip poplar at center, above, has been a pivotal issue in the dispute. Below, the developer’s latest tree plan. (Click to enlarge)

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.

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MAYOR’S VOTE HALTS TREE-LAW SAW

hot-topic rightAfter 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.

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