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RED BANK: BANDIERA & CO. HONOR BOWIE

basie bowieBobby Bandiera, below, honors the late David Bowie with a special tribute concert in Red Bank Saturday night. (Click to enlarge.)

Bandiera 2016It was originally supposed to go down as a tribute to the pop music legend with the omnipresent shades and the hi-lonesome voice: Mr. Roy Orbison.

But when word got out that David Bowie had passed away on January 10, Bob Bandiera switched strategies as quickly as the late, great “Thin White Duke” himself explored musical personas in a career lasting some 50 years.

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RED BANK: TOWN BIDS McCARTHY FAREWELL

MCCARTHY 2 092713MCCARTHY 1 092713Following a wake that drew hundreds of mourners to Red Bank Thursday night, a procession led by a squadron of motorcycle police carried the casket of the late borough police Chief Steve McCarthy to a funeral mass in Long Branch Friday morning.

Above right, Red Bank Charter School students await the procession in front of the Count Basie Theatre, opposite the police station, where the hearse paused briefly.

Below, the Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department offered a silent farewell in front of St. James Church on Broad Street.

McCarthy, 50, died Monday of anaplastic thyroid cancer. He had served the police department for 27 years, the last three as chief. (Click to enlarge)

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