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RED BANK: BROADWALK CONCERNS AIRED

A view of Broadwalk at lunchtime last October. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.) Red Bank merchants and residents pressed officials with concerns regarding a third season of Broadwalk at a community forum Wednesday night. With less than a month to go before a disruptive streetscape makeover project...
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RED BANK: MARKET CLOSING AFTER 121 YEARS

(Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.) After 121 years of operation, one of Red Bank’s oldest retail businesses plans to close next month. The end for Citarella’s Meats & Deli continues the rapid disappearance of once-common neighborhood butcher shops and grocers. The shop occupies the northeast...
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RED BANK: FAMILIES PACK DRAG READING

With supporters standing on the porch outside, drag queen Harmonica Sunbeam, above, entertained about two dozen families who packed a children’s story time at the Red Bank Public Library Monday evening. Miss Sunbeam, representing the organization “Drag Queen Story Hour,” read stories about a spoon, a goose and kindness...
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RED BANK: LBGTQ PRIDE, IN VIVID COLOR

Red Bank’s third LGBTQ Pride event drew hundreds of colorfully clothed celebrants to Riverside Gardens Park Sunday. Organized by the borough’s Parks and Rec department, the gathering featured health information booths, juggling lessons, hula-hooping and dancing. Check out additional photos below. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)
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RED BANK: SCOTUS DECISION DRAWS PROTEST

About 150 supporters of women’s reproductive rights gathered in downtown Red Bank for a “community speak-out” on the the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that overturned Roe v. Wade Friday evening. Organized by Our Revolution and other groups, the gathering, at Riverside Gardens Park, was one many across...
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RED BANK: FOOTBALL, CHEERLEADING OPEN

Registration is now open for the Red Bank Bucs‘ American Youth Football/American Youth Cheerleading teams. The nonprofit Red Bank AYF AYC accepts children between the ages of 5 and 14 years old as of July 31 of the current season, which begins July 25. Children from Red Bank, Little...
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RED BANK: BROAD STREET PROJECT NEARS END

(Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.) A messy, overdue and over-budget makeover of upper Broad Street in Red Bank is expected to conclude in late July, acting borough Administrator Darren McConnell said Wednesday. The project, which began last November, marked a milestone with the installation this week of...
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RED BANK: RIVER DREDGINGS PLANNED

(Reader photo. Click to enlarge.) The Army Corps of Engineers plans to dredge the Navesink River from Red Bank to Sandy Hook in 2023, according to an announcement by sixth-district Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. Pallone said Wednesday that he has secured $26 million for maintenance dredging of the Navesink and...
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RED BANK: MURPHY UNVEILS TAX BREAK HERE

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy used a private parking lot behind the offices of Red Bank RiverCenter to unveil a short-term sales tax break Wednesday. Murphy announced a nine-day tax “holiday,” starting August 27, on school supplies, including laptop computers, at a press conference held on the Reckless Place side of 140-148 Broad Street.
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RED BANK: SLURS HURLED AT EVENT ATTENDEES

A handful of protesters shouted “pedophile” and other slurs at Red Bank Public Library patrons as they arrived for a childrens’ “Drag Queen Story Hour” event Wednesday morning, library Director Elenyi Glykis told redbankgreen. One library visitor told redbankgreen the protestors called her a “baby...
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RED BANK: BUDGET & TAX ON AGENDA

A chart used in a budget presentation last week shows a tax increase of just $5.03 for the year for the owner of a home assessed at the borough average of $469,876. The owner of a typical Red Bank home would pay just $5 more in local property taxes under the 2022 budget up for adoption Wednesday night, according to Councilwoman Angela Mirandi.
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LITTLE SILVER: FEMINISTS SEEK CLUB STATUS

(Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.) Frustrated by bureaucracy, representatives of a new Young Feminists group pressed the Red Bank Regional High School board of education for clarity on how to achieve club status last week night. Young Feminists founder and president Eden Stein told the board Wednesday...
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RED BANK: CLASSIC 5K BACK ON THE ROAD

The return the Red Bank Classic 5K after a two-year pandemic hiatus brought out a motley mix of nearly 1,100 runners, wheelchair racers, walkers, muscle flexers and two jogglers Saturday. redbankgreen’s photos below to see if you recognize any. The 3.1-mile run/walk, organized by the Red Bank Business Alliance...
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RED BANK: ASSAULT ALLEGED, BUT NOT BIAS

Three men have been charged with assaulting a 16-year-old Red Bank athlete in what he claimed was a racially motivated attack outside a party in Oceanport last month. Among those charged were two Red Bank Catholic High School football players, including Alex Brown, the quarterback who made national headlines for his onfield performance just a day after his mother died last November.
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RED BANK: DONUTS, TOYS AND MORE IN CHURN

(Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge) Need donuts? A vintage camera? Soul-soothing crystals, toys or housewares? Late spring has brought a bouquet of new businesses offering these goodies and more in downtown Red Bank. Read all about them in this cusp-of-summer edition of redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn. (Photo...
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RED BANK: NONPARTISAN ELECTIONS ADVANCE

Ben Forest outside Sickles Market last September. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.) The commission’s other four members informally agreed. They also began sorting through alternatives to the borough form of government in use since the town was carved out of then-sprawling Shrewsbury Township in 1908. Nonpartisan...
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FAIR HAVEN: COUNCIL OKS GUN RESOLUTION

Mayor Josh Halpern speaking during Monday’s council session. (Photo from Zoom. Click to enlarge.) Overriding objections by Mayor Josh Halpern, Fair Haven’s borough council endorsed a resolution calling for common-sense federal gun laws Monday night. The 6-0 vote followed a showdown between Halpern and several council members over...
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RED BANK: BASIE TO HOST JAZZ CAMP

In another example of creative partnerships designed to empower students through the performing arts, the Gia Maione Prima Foundation will sponsor a free music camp in partnership with the Count Basie Center for the Arts and Red Bank’s Jazz Arts Project. Open to current 3-7th grade students in Monmouth...
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RED BANK: STURDIVANT DROPS MAYORAL BID

The first-term council member and Democrat dropped her bid after a challenge by the Monmouth County Democratic organization said it identified 29 ineligible signatories to her petition to run in the November election – as an independent. “Of the 82 signatures obtained for my petition, 28 can be successfully...
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RED BANK: COUNTY DEMS IMPEDE STURDIVANT

(Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.) The move, announced in a blistering press release, bares yet another rift between the county and municipal arms of the party that has dominated Red Bank politics for three decades. In a statement issued Monday afternoon, the county organization, led by Chairman...
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