RED BANK: NICE PLACE YOU GOT HERE…

red bank nj turkey vulturered bank nj turkey vultureAffecting the air of a thuggish gang, a group of vultures loitered outside Les Gertrude apartments on Broad Street in Red Bank Thursday morning. One enjoyed a sidewalk breakfast of fresh kill. 

Any ornithologists out there who can identify these gray-headed birds? (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge.)

RED BANK: NEW FOUR-WAY STOP GOES LIVE

RED BANK nj 4-way stopWith the installation of oversized stop signs Wednesday, a new four-way stop is now in effect at East Bergen Place and South Street in Red Bank.

The big signs will also be posted at Oakland and Pearl streets, where the borough council created another four-way stop last year, said public works Director Cliff Keen.

Don’t know how a four-way stop works?

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RED BANK: COUNCIL MULLS STREET ISSUES

red bank snow storm 2014A plow clearing Broad Street during a storm in March, 2014. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Stop signs, snow removal, street sweeping and other road-related issues were on the agenda at the Red Bank borough council’s workshop session Wednesday night.

Some new ordinances are expected to follow.

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FAIR HAVEN: OUTCRY HALTS TREE CUTDOWN

Sweetgum trees along Third Street and Cedar Avenue were scheduled for removal to make way for a walking path along the perimeter of the Community Center Fields. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Fair Haven’s elected officials faced a storm of criticism by residents Monday night over a plan to cut down 10 mature trees alongside the borough’s main ballfields.

By the end of the semimonthly council meeting, the governing body had decided to put the plan on hold and “go back to square one,” in the words of Mayor Ben Lucarelli.

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ON THE GREEN: RAINBOWS AND SUNSHINE

rb rainbows 060516Following a brief downpour, a redbankgreen reader with a primo view snapped this photo of a double rainbow over Red Bank and the Navesink River Sunday evening.

The weather outlook for Monday is a pot of gold, if you like it sunny with temperatures in the low 80s. (Reader photo. Click to enlarge.)

ON THE GREEN: WEATHER OUTLOOK MIXED

rb streetlight 060216rb kayaking 060216 2Though a bit overcast, Thursday was a good day to fix a streetlamp on Monmouth Street in Red Bank, above, or take in a bit of kayaking on the Navesink, at right, as a group led by Northeast Mountain Guiding did out of Maple Cove.

The weather outlook on the Greater Red Bank Green for the coming weekend, like last weekend, is mixed: some showers Friday, mixed sun and clouds Saturday and rain Sunday, according to the Weather Underground(Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

ON THE GREEN: WEEKEND FORECAST MIXED

sb beach 052616 2Sunshine and temperatures in the high 80s made for an ideal beach day in Sea Bright Thursday. But Friday’s lead-in to the Memorial Day weekend will be mostly cloudy, with a chance of showers after 4 p.m., before giving way to two days of mostly sunny conditions, according to the National Weather Service. The forecast for Memorial Day: cloudy, with showers likely, and a thunderstorm possible. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

ON THE GREEN: AN EARLY TASTE OF SUMMER

hot weather 052516The lead-in to the Memorial Day weekend includes several days of peak temperatures in the 80s in the region that includes the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the Weather Underground. It begins under clear skies Wednesday with an anticipated high of 87 degrees.  (Click to enlarge.)

ON THE GREEN: BREAK IN RAIN FORECAST

rb runners 050416 2Young runners charge through the rain on Spring Street in Red Bank Wednesday. 

Thursday’s outlook isn’t as wet, with just a slight chance of precipitation, but rain is forecast to return Friday, when as much as an inch may fall on the Greater Red Bank Green, according to the Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

ON THE GREEN: GLOOMY SKIES LINGER

turkey vultures 050216turkey vultures 050216 3A half-dozen or so turkey vultures have been visiting Madison Avenue in Red Bank this week, taking turns enjoying the heat emitted by home chimneys when not scavenging for carrion.

Did they bring the gloomy weather we’ve been having this week? Occasional showers Wednesday morning are expected to turn into steady rain in the afternoon, according to the Weather Underground. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

FAIR HAVEN: AUTUMN 2014

rumson rd 101514This burst of autumn color is brought to you by the trees along Ridge Road outside the Fair Haven Fields Nature Area, right, and Rumson’s Meadowridge Park, left. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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Where Have I Seen This? wraps up 2013 with… a window on the future? A bit of light in the darkness? A cliché barrel whose bottom has been scraped?

If you know a better description, or – better yet – Where the above photo was taken, please send an email to wherehaveiseenthis@redbankgreen.com.

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FAIR HAVEN: A WALK IN THE WOODS

fh fields tour 1 102313fh fields tour 5 102313Seven-year-old Anna Gredell, above, took careful notes as Jeff Dement (center in photo at right) of the American Littoral Society detailed elements of a holly leaf at the Fair Haven Fields Natural Area Wednesday afternoon.

The occasion was one of several ‘tree walk and talk’ tours that the society, in conjunction with local conservationists, offers each year at the 40-acre borough-owned preserve. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

LITTLE SILVER: WORK STARTS ON CONDOS

Six years after winning its original approvals, construction of the 39-unit Carriage Gate condo project got underway with site-clearance work at Eastview and Oceanport avenues in Little Silver this week.

Developer Patrick Kalian, of Shrewsbury-based Kalian Builders, tells redbankgreen that four acres of the 14-acre site will be cleared, with the balance deeded to the town or another entity for preservation. “It will stay heavily wooded, just as it is now,” he said.

The townhouse-style homes, including eight designated as ‘affordable,’ are expected to become available in June, 2014, Kalian said. A restriction limiting occupancy to residents 55 and older was dropped in 2011. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN: SPRING, 2013

Fair Haven Road alongside Fair Haven Fields offers a flowery feast of pink this time of year, as seen looking south toward Ridge Road on Monday.

Expect Tuesday’s weather to be mostly cloudy, with a high near 58, says the weatherbot. The outlook for Saturday’s Townwide Garage Sale is sunny and mild. (Click to enlarge)

TREE SLAUGHTER, FIVE YEARS LATER

The White Street trees on Thursday, and the scene in April 2007, below. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Heading into a sunny Easter weekend, redbankgreen revisits the scene of the 2007 White Street Tree Slaughter, and finds the update equally sunny.

Five years ago this month, nine mature Bradford pear trees lining the Red Bank municipal parking lot on White Street were cut down by borough workers, prompting some jaw-dropping by passersby.

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AUTUMN SHOWERS EXPECTED

rumson-tree-111311Yummy fall colors were on display on Buena Vista Avenue in Rumson Sunday.(Click to enlarge)

You might want to get those leaves out to the curb while they’re still dry and fluffy, as we’ve got rain in the forecast by midweek, before sunshine returns on Thursday.

Here’s the outlook from the National Weather Service:

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REDUCED TO SAWDUST

20111005-111952.jpgA crew from a tree-trimming company under contract with Jersey Central Power & Light was out on Prospect Avenue in Little Silver for the third consecutive day Wednesday cutting down several trees that a crew member said had grown too close to utility lines. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK TREE PLAN GETS PLANTED

wfrontSpring blooms along West Front Street at the entrance to Riverside Gardens Park last week. (Click to enlarge)

The Red Bank Shade Tree Committee hopes to plant 200 new trees in the borough over the next five years, according to an action plan filed with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection last week.

Also among the objectives of the Community Forestry Management Plan: complete an ongoing inventory of every tree not on private property.

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ABOUT THAT TREE ORDINANCE…

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This week’s spotlight comment comes from Jen Gallagher, posted under an article about the proposed Fair Haven ordinance that would have required property owners who are denied tree-removal permits by the borough arborist to notify their neighbors when an appeal is filed with to the town council.

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BOROUGH ARBORIST AXED

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Arborist Mike Olimpi oversaw the installation of 15 baby trees on White Street in April, 2007.

By JORDAN DeVESTY

The budget axe has fallen on Red Bank’s arborist, who oversaw the planting of some 400 new trees throughout town in recent years.

In a move that Mayor Pasquale Menna said will save the borough about $20,000 a year, the position was eliminated, and so its holder, Mike Olimpi, is out.

The termination was vaguely alluded to at Monday night’s borough council meeting, when Menna gave Olimpi a certificate of appreciation without immediately making clear that Olimpi was leaving the borough payroll.

Afterward, Menna cited shrinking tax and grant receipts as the reason.

“When revenue is down, everything can’t be provided, and unfortunately we don’t have the kind of funding for an arborist as we once did,” he told redbankgreen.

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