Scenes from the Fair Haven Fireman’s Fair, which continues through Saturday night. (Click to enlarge)
By JIM WILLIS
Labor day weekend is a high point for Jersey produce, and the Red Bank Farmer’s Market this Sunday will be a sure-fire place to get every last bit of flavor a Garden State summer has to offer.
Farmer John Hauser of Hauser Hill Farms in Old Bridge tells redbankgreen it will be a peak weekend for peaches, tomatoes and squash.
“If you haven’t gotten any peaches yet this summer, or if you haven’t gotten any to put away in the freezer, this is the time to do it,” says Hauser. “Don’t wait until September 15th, when they’re scarce and the price is high.”
Hauser says if you want to stock up, you can slice and freeze the peaches to use them in your cooking all winter long.
“A frozen peach added when you’re cooking is the same as a fresh peach,” he says. Hauser says his truck will be bringing white and yellow flesh peaches to the market.
What else is on the table? Jersey tomatoes, of course.
“It’s a good weekend traditionally for tomatoes,” says Hauser. “A lot of our Italian customers still do some jarring and make their own sauce with the plum tomatoes.”
This weekend, a lot of people will be in canning mode, and it’s not just about plum tomatoes, either.
“Plum tomatoes are the best for the sauce,” Hauser says. “But then we have customers who make another red gravy that’s not quite as thick, and they like to buy the big Jersey tomatoes. But they buy the ones that have blemishes or cracks that we sell at a greatly reduced price.”
Hauser notes that he sold out of tomatoes last weekend, moving more than 10 25-pound cases.
Late August is also a peak time for squash.
“We’ve got our second crop in now. We’ve got goldwater – which is a gold zucchini – green zucchini, meatball zucchini and yellow summer squash.”
So maybe between beers, barbecues and the beach this weekend, you can take some time to make some sauce for winter, or not. Got a favorite red sauce recipe you want to share with us? Leave it in the comments below.
The Red Bank Farmers Market sets up every Sunday from Mother’s Day to mid-November in the parking lot of the Galleria Red Bank, at the corner of West Front Street and Shrewsbury Avenue, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Friday, August 30:
RED BANK: Halloween returns to Red Bank a little early for the Jersey Shore Ghost Tour season. Take a guided, lantern-lit stroll through the hauntingly historic sites of Red Bank, the perfect event for any paranormal fan. The tour meets in front of the Dublin House and runs every Friday through Halloween, rain or shine. Tickets are $12 ($10 for kids) and reservations are recommended. 30 Monmouth Street.
FAIR HAVEN: Things heat up at the River Road Fire House for the second and concluding weekend of the Fair Haven Fireman’s Fair. The firehouse grounds are transformed into a carnival, complete with a Ferris wheel and fire truck rides. The “Out Back” snack bar and seafood kitchen will take care of your culinary needs. The fair runs from 6 to 11 p.m. 645 River Road.
Saturday, August 31:
LITTLE SILVER: The competition gets juicy at Sickles Market Biggest Tomato Contest. Local gardeners weigh in to win a $100 Sickles gift certificate. Kids ages 5 to 13 can also enter in the children’s category. No registration is required, but participants must be present at judging in order to receive their prize. The weigh-in begins at 1 p.m. 1 Harrison Avenue.
RED BANK: Red Bank StreetLife returns to town for the 13th season of musical sidewalk showcases. Performers and locations to be announced. StreetLife runs from 6 to 9 p.m.
MIDDLETOWN: American Sign Language instructors Sarah and Phoebe host a morning workshop on the dexterous language at the Middletown Main Library. All ages are welcome and no registration is required. The session starts at 10 a.m. 55 New Monmouth Road.
MIDDLETOWN: Brush up on your French at the French study group held at the Middletown Main Library. No registration is necessary and the session begins at 11 a.m. 55 New Monmouth Road.
RUMSON: Frank Crow and Karl hit Molly Maguire’s Black Point Inn for a Saturday night set. The music begins at 9 p.m. 132 East River Road.
Sunday, September 1:
RED BANK: The Galleria Red Bank Farmers Market presents fresh produce from local farms and highlights area eateries and unique crafts. Support the community and gain knowledge about local business development. Jewelry, soaps, and china are also sold. The market runs every Sunday through November form 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Corner of Bridge Avenue and West Front Street.
LONG BRANCH: It’s lucky number six for the Holiday Express Sunset Benefit Clambake. Reserve now for the annual fundraiser held on September 13 with Tim McLoone and the band serve as the guests of honor and the night’s entertainment along with open bar, buffet, gift auctions and more. Register online or call 732.554.8010 to reserve in advance. Tickets for the Clambake are $225 and the clambake runs from 5 to 9 p.m. 1 Ocean Avenue.
The 2013 race for Red Bank council went from lukewarm to hot and humid Wednesday night, when the two Republican challengers teed up the all-Democratic council over cash-outs for five retiring borough employees.
Cindy Burham and Sean Di Somma pressed the governing body over what they called a failure to plan for the exits of employees added to the town payroll before 1994, when a borough ordinance capped cash-outs for accrued “sick” days and vacation for new hires at $15,000 per employee.
Their comments came after the council approved, in a 5-0 vote, an emergency bond for $362,000 to cover payouts to five recent retirees who were exempt from the ordinance. And the heated exchanges between Di Somma and the council continued after the meeting concluded.
“I don’t think it’s right to borrow to make these payouts, and I don’t think people do, either,” Burham told Council President Art Murphy, who led the meeting in the absence of Mayor Pasquale Menna.
Murphy said the town has no way of knowing how many sick and vacation days an employee might choose to use before retiring.
Di Somma pressed individual council members on whether they knew the town’s stated liabilities for vacation and sick days, as reflected in the budget. None knew the figure, which Di Somma said was $2.4 million.
“If you don’t understand a budget you passed, how can anybody trust you?” he said.
He said the council should “look at who was hired pre-’94, look at their ages, which is a very good predictor of retirement, then plan, save money.”
Borough Administrator Stanley Sickels defended the borough’s approach. He said including the payout costs in operating expenses would prompt an increase in the tax rate, whereas grouping the obligations in clusters and floating occasional debt avoided that result.
“We do plan,” said Sickels. “The problem is our liabilities exceeded the amount we’d booked.”
Chief Financial Officer Colleen Lapp, who was not present, “felt that this was the best course of action” after consulting with the town auditor, Sickels said.
Di Somma, a relative newcomer to town, first made political waves two months ago with an eleventh-hour robocall campaign opposing a water system bond. He was quickly enlisted by Republicans to fill the ballot vacancy created by Suzanne Viscomi’s departure from the race, which briefly left Cindy Burnham without a running mate.
Burnham and Di Somma are challenging incumbents Sharon Lee and Kathy Horgan.
The issue prompted GOP state Senator Jen Beck of Red Bank to renew her call for an end to what she termed “taxpayer funded jackpots for retiring local public employees who were fortunate enough to be healthy and accumulate hundreds of unused sick days.” Beck said Democratic legislators have blocked reform, leaving the state with $1 billion in liability.
Here’s the bonding ordinance, which was approved, 5-0, with Councilman Mike DuPont absent: RB 2013-19Also absent was Mayor Pasquale Menna, who does not vote except in case of a tie.
This triple escutcheon seems to be trying to tell us something, but what? What does it symbolize? And of course, Where is it? (Click for a closer view.)
If you have a guess as to either, please drop us an email.
Last week’s Where Have I Seen This showed the vacant interior of what appeared to be a rather grand home or business.
Location: the first-floor store space at 32 Monmouth Street in Red Bank. It was last occupied by Stokaboka, which went out of business two years ago.
Thanks for writing in go to Sandy Talarico, Stanley Sickels, Gwen Toline, Jenn Woods, Yvonne MacDonald, and JerseyMermaid – one of whom thought it showed Donovan‘s in Sea Bright, and another who guessed the Downtown in Red Bank. The other four were correct.
By JOHN T. WARD
The latest in a handful of visits to the borough since Hurricane Sandy knocked out every one of its commercial establishments, the 90-minute tour gave Christie a chance to tout his administration’s storm recovery efforts, slam a couple of federal agencies, and glad-hand supporters as he runs for a second term.
Though “not everything is perfect by a longshot” with the Shore’s recovery and efforts to attract tourists this summer, “we’re laying the groundwork for next summer, when I know things are going to be significantly better here in Sea Bright and all up and down the Jersey Shore,” Christie said.
During a parking-lot speech that drew several dozen onlookers and at least as many media members, keen on any signal that he might make a run for president in 2016, Christie took aim at the federal Small Business Administration and the National Flood Insurance program for making recovery efforts harder for business owner and homeowners.
“Basically, the Small Business Administration is a disaster,” he said. “We should send FEMA to the Small Business Administration to clean up after the disaster that is the Small Business Administration and what they did to small-business people in this state.”
He urged business owners to apply for state grants and loans that have drawn few applications: the Stronger New Jersey Business Grant Program, with grants of up to $50,000 each, and the Stronger NJ Business Loan Program, with loans of up to $5 million that are interest-free for the first two years.
After speaking for about 20 minutes and fielding media questions from a from a podium set up outside Woody’s Ocean Grille, Christie stopped at Alice’s Kitchen, which opened recently in the space long occupied by Steve’s Breakfast and Lunch. He then crossed Ocean Avenue to schmooze with Brian George, owner of Northshore Menswear, and popped in briefly at Giglio’s Bait & Tackle shop.
Heading north on foot, followed by a scrum of television and still cameras, Christie met the young owners of Jake’s Surf Shop, ducked into Bain’s Hardware, shook hands with construction workers at Angelica’s restaurant and ended his tour at Cono Trezza’s Sea Bright Pizza.
“He was helpful to me personally,” said Ray Lena, owner of Angelica’s, which is still about three weeks from opening for the first time since Sandy.
Lena, who took Christie inside the restaurant for about five minutes, said he asked for some guidance on financial help, “and he gave me the card of a gal who can help me with those things. So that’s important. It’s important that he came and showed support” for the town’s recovery, he said.
At Sea Bright Pizza, Christie sequestered himself at a front table with Mayor Dina Long for a one-on-one while the cameras waited outside. Long told redbankgreen afterward that she spoke to Christie about beach dunes “and concerns I have about our readiness for the next [storm], that could literally be here in weeks.” She said Christie, with whom she occasionally talks by telephone, was “responsive.”
“Today’s not a closeout,” Long said of the visit. “Today is a check-in, in that he’s really just coming to see where we are and to celebrate the small successes and hear about the challenges.”.
Along his tour, Christie stopped to shake hands with Rumson resident Mark Filipkowski, who – having been advised by security that Christie had an allergy to dogs – held a black Labrador named Star at arm’s length away from the governor. Filipkowski said he just want to thank Christie both for his recovery work and for his support for a favored cause: Wounded Warrior Dogs.
“He’s doing a tremendous job for our communities,” Filipkowski said.
Left in the lurch as Christie exited in his black SUV were the owners of Beach Burgers and Grille and Gracie and the Dudes ice cream, who had gathered outside their stores with employees and others on the expectation of a Christie visit.
Activity reports, unedited, as provided by the Shrewsbury Police Department for the period of August 17 to August 23, 2013.
Report of Bad Checks on 8/21/13. Naylors Auto Shrewsbury Avenue reports subject knowingly passed bad check for services rendered. Damages totaling $1,143.61. Ptl. Derek Myers investigating.
Report of Unattended Child in The Grove, Broad Street on 8/23/13. Officers arrived to find child left alone in vehicle. Case turned over to DYFS for further investigation by Ptl. Jessica Boyd.
Wakeel E. Jones, male age 34 of Roselle was arrested on 8/17/13 for Contempt of Court in the area of Newman Springs Road by Ptl. Ryan Cullinane.
Teeaya N. Smith, female age 20 of Asbury Park was arrested on 8/18/13 for Hindering Apprehension, Contempt of Court and Disorderly Conduct in the area of Broad Street by Ptl. Ryan Cullinane.
Micah Priester, female age 19 of Neptune was arrested on 8/18/13 for Assault and Contempt of Court in the area of Broad Street by Ptl. Adam Cerminaro.
Sharon A. Hradisky, female age 48 of Atlantic Highlands was arrested n 8/19/13 for Theft in the area of Sycamore Avenue by Detective James Ramsey.
Juvenile Male was arrested on 8/19/13 for Criminal Mischief, Underage Possession of Alcohol and Obstruction of Justice in the area of Penbrook Court by Ptl. Tracy Polk. Juvenile later released to guardian.
Jonathan D. Poole, male age 47 of Sea Bright was arrested on 8/20/13 for Contempt of Court in the area of Sycamore Avenue by Ptl. Jessica Boyd.
By SARAH KLEPNER
Shrewsbury’s Christ Church Episcopal, one of the oldest buildings in Monmouth County, got a fresh coat of paint from top to bottom this month.
It took 15 people working six days a week for two weeks, and 30 gallons of paint, to freshen up the historic structure, which was built between 1769 and 1774.
The church, located at the southeast corner of Broad Street (Route 35) and Sycamore Avenue, has withstood abuse at the hands of man and weather from the days of American Revolution.
Soldiers in Washington’s army used a crown – now gone – atop the bell tower for target practice, but a member of the congregation who was prominent in the Revolutionary movement ensured that the building, which served as barracks for the American soldiers, remained safe, said Bob Kelly, parish historian.
The church was added to the National Register of Historic Structures in 1995, and was last painted in 1998, Kelly said.
Since earlier this year, Rebecca Pruitt, chair and sole member of the church’s property committee has overseen, and participated in, an extensive repair and maintenance project. That has included fixing damage from Hurricane Sandy to windows, doors, and the roof, as well as painting the whole exterior, including the bell tower and the removable shutters that protect the bell .
Pruitt, who learned about working on historic buildings from her father, brims with enthusiasm for the work and the people involved.
“It takes a community to keep this place going,” she said last week.
For instance, when funding for the $26,500 project fell short, Pruitt reached out to Benjamin Moore Paints, which agreed to donate $1 from every gallon of paint sold at Monmouth Building Center on Shrewsbury Avenue between now and September 15.
Contractor selection was based on attitude as well as experience. “It’s a subjective matter, there’s no checklist or set of official requirements,” Kelly said. The church needed “someone who is able to think outside the box,” Pruitt added.
The job went to Jorge Hernandez of Red Bank’s JAHC Complete Painting, who came with rope certification and so was able to do the rappelling necessary to reach the whole exterior.
Funds to pay for the work were mainly assembled by parishioners and matching grants from the Monmouth County Historical Commission, though church officials say they’re still several thousand dollars short and hope local residents will help out.
Pruitt also oversees an intervention program that engages youth who have been convicted of minor offenses by putting them to work around the property in lieu of jail time.
Stephen Matthews 2nd, 23, was arrested Tuesday and charged with stealing 1,614 tablets of the narcotics hydrocodone and oxycodone, with an estimated street value exceeding $20,000, according to an announcement by Detective Gregory Oliva, who made the arrest with Patrolman Andrew Smith.
Matthews was employed at the Prospect Avenue store as a technician, Oliva said.
From the LSPD:
The investigation revealed that [Matthews] had taken the pills from the pharmacy stock without authorization dating from September 2012 until August 2013. Matthews was charged with theft, receiving stolen property, possession of prescription legend drugs and obtaining CDS by fraud. Matthews was released on $15,000 bail pending court.
Pedestrians passed, above, as prep work and equipment staging for the replacement of the West Front Street Hubbard’s Bridge between Red Bank and the River Plaza section of Middletown got underway this week.
The $12 million, 18-to-24-month project will replace the existing steel bridge with a permanent structure that bows slightly to the north, as shown above right in red. The job will require a shutdown of all traffic across the existing bridge for up to four months when the new span is tied into the approaches at either end, officials at the Monmouth County engineer’s office have said.
The “temporary” steel bridge installed in 2004 it will be reused elsewhere, officials said. (Photo above by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)
Red Bank’s elected officials are expected to vote Wednesday on a measure to borrow $326,000 to pay five retiring employees for unused “sick” and vacation days, the Asbury Park Press reported Tuesday.
It’s the second time in three years that the town has had to borrow to meet its obligations to employees punching out for the final time, writes Press reporter Larry Higgs.
From the Press:
This is the second time the borough has borrowed money to fund cashouts of unused sick and vacation time. The borough financed $750,000 over five years in November 2010 to fund payouts to 11 retiring borough employees.
Those retirees began working for the borough prior to 1994 when regulations were changed to cap such pay-outs for unused sick time and other benefits for workers hired after that year, Mayor Pasquale “Pat” Menna said in an earlier interview.
The five current retirees are “long-time” employees, [Chief Financial Officer Colleen] Lapp said. Names, titles and years of service were not available from officials on Monday.
The pay-out brought sharp criticism from Republican Council candidates Cindy Burnham and Sean DiSoma [sic: Di Somma].
Here’s the draft agenda for Wednesday’s meeting: RB Council 082813. The debt resolution itself was not posted online Tuesday morning.
Robert Gavin, left, a driver for V.E.I. Limousine, and Rod MacLeod, of Great Highland Bagpipes, pass the time talking about Jim Carrey films while a wedding was underway inside of St. James Church in Red Bank last Friday. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)
Lori Ersolmaz, below, and her new video on the place of the Fair Haven Fire Department in the community it serves. (Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
Through a growing series of short videos clustered online under the umbrella of Engaging People, Ersolmaz is on a mission to spotlight individuals and groups who volunteer to make the world a better place.
Case in point: the above video, which views the Fair Haven Firemen’s Fair – underway now through Saturday – in the rich context of volunteerism and tradition.
The fair video, with footage shot in 2012, is one of several that “tell stories about how model citizens respond, in different ways,” to meeting needs in their communities, Ersolmaz, told redbankgreen over coffee at Booskerdoo, just a few blocks away from the firehouse where the fair is held each year.
“All my work is based on research about civic engagement,” Ersolmaz said. “I look for what people add to civic engagement in their communities.”
The aim, she said, is to inspire others, by spotlighting individuals who demonstrate that in merging their passions with energy, that they can “make an impact.”
Additional videos from Ersolmaz’ company, Voices of Hope Productions, can be found at its website.
By JOHN T. WARD
After two decades, Red Bank’s Broadway Grille is closing this week, a victim of rising rent and declining receipts, owner John Copeland tells redbankgreen‘s Retail Churn.
“Expenses are just getting too high,” Copeland said, citing among other costs his rent, which is set to surpass $10,000 a month starting September 1.
“It seems like for the last two years, I’ve been working for the state of New Jersey and the landlord,” he said.
Not to be confused with the Broadway Diner one block west on Monmouth Street, the Broadway Grille has occupied a portion of what used to be called the Red Bank Mini Mall, at the southwest corner of Monmouth and Broad streets, for 22 years.
Copeland founded the restaurant in 1991, in his hometown of Manasquan, choosing a thematic niche – Broadway shows – between the then-new Planet Hollywood and hard Rock Cafe chains. He opened the 88-seat Red Bank store a year later.
Now a Red Bank resident, Copeland sold the Broad Street restaurant in 2005, but wound up taking it back in 2009, when the buyer defaulted on their agreement. In the interim, he opened a hotel the Inn at Manasquan, which he’s since closed.
Since returning to the restaurant, Copeland has seen steady erosion to his receipts.
“It’s been down five-to-seven percent each year,” he said. “Which doesn’t sound like a lot, but multiply that over five or six years.”
He doesn’t blame the recent proliferation of restaurants downtown, by the way. He thinks that’s a positive, in that it draws visitors.
But the strong growth of Pier Village in Long Branch “really hurt” Red Bank, he said.
Is he melancholy over the closing? He’s past that, Copeland said. In fact, he kind of regrets not closing at the start of the summer, because business has been so bad. But he stayed open just to provide jobs to the 20-plus kitchen and wait staff, many of whom are local high school and college kids.
The good news, though, is that most of those not going back to school have found work elsewhere, he said.
Now, Copeland says, he plans to travel and enjoy his first Thanksgiving in 23 years with family in Florida. Not that Broadway Grille was open that day, but it had to be the next night, for the downtown tree lighting, which meant he couldn’t be away.
He may even open another restaurant or inn somewhere at the Shore, he says.
The building is owned by Atlanta Realty Associates in Oakhurst, according to Monmouth County tax records.
Criminal Mischief occurring on 8-15-13 at Tower Hill Residence. Victim reported that unknown person(s) damaged door handle on front door of residence. Ptl. Heather Pubylski.
Criminal Mischief occurring on 8-16-13 at English Plaza Lot. Victim reported that unknown person(s) damaged parked vehicle by putting a dent into drivers side rear quarter panel. Ptl. Ashon Lovick.
Theft occurring on 8-16-13 at Buena Place residence. Victim reported that unknown subject(s) stole an I Pod from parked vehicle. Sgt. Robert Gannon.
Theft occurring at Chestnut St. on 8-17-13. Victim reported that her I Phone was stolen from her purse while attending a dance class. Sgt. Robert Gannon.
Theft occurring between 8-16-13 and 8-18-13 at West Bergen Place residence. Report of unknown subject(s) stealing cash from dresser drawer. Ptl. Thomas Doremus.
Theft occurring on 8-19-13 at N. Bridge Ave. parking lot. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole a purse from vehicle which contained a large amount of cash. Ptl. Patrick Kennedy
Theft occurring between 8-19-13 and 8-20-13 at Marine Park. Victim reported that unknown person(s) stole a boat engine described as Mercury 9.9 outboard motor. Ptl. David Hicks.
Mark Henderson, age 32 male of Long Branch was arrested on 8-21-13 in the area of Monmouth St. for Poss. of CDS, Marijuana under 50 grams, Obstructing Administration of Law and Resisting arrest by Ptl. John Camarca.
Robert Leverett, age 49 male of Middletown was arrested on 8-21-13 in the area of Monmouth St. for COC [Contempt of Court] by Ptl. Dawn Shields.
Briana Kane, age 22 female of Red Bank was arrested on 8-21-13 in the area of Riverside Ave. for DWI by Ptl. Dawn Shields.
Jivency Georges, age 22 male o Red Bank was arrested on 8-21-13 in the area of Knight St. for COC [Contempt of Court] and Poss. of CDS, Marijuana Under 50 grams. by Ptl. James DePonte.
Richard Tiley, age 57 male of Bradley Beach was arrested on 8-20-13 in the area of Bridge Ave. for COC [Contempt of Court] by Ptl. Ashon Lovick.
William Cohen, age 18 male of Middletown was arrested on 8-20-13 in the area of Shrewsbury Ave. for COC [Contempt of Court] by Ptl. Stan Balmer.
Kelly Reed, age 35 male of Tinton Falls was arrested on 8-20-13 in the area of Shrewsbury Ave. for Prowling Public Places to Obtain CDS by Ptl. Stan Balmer
Dustin Armstrong, age 27 male of Tinton Falls was arrested on 8-19-13 in the area of E. Newman Springs Rd. for Poss. of CDS, Marijuana under 50 grams by Ptl. Stan Balmer.
Marc Pines, age 39 male of Red Bank was arrested on 8-19-13 in the area of W. Bergen Place for COC [Contempt of Court] by Ptl. Jhonatan Quispe.
Dontavais Mitchell, age 29 male of Neptune was arrested o n 8-19-13 in the area of South St. for COC [Contempt of Court] by Ptl. Heather Pubylski.
Alesia Gunter, age 50 female of Manchester was arrested on 8-18-13 in the area of Broad St. for COC [Contempt of Court] by Capt. Darren McConnell.
Alejandro Garcia-Rosas, age 21 male of Red Bank was arrested on 8-19-13 in the area of Shrewsbury Ave. for Unlawful Poss. of Weapon by Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.
Christian Redscher, age 30 male of Red Bank was arrested on 8-18-13 in the area of Broad St. for Simple Assault and Poss. of Prescription Legend Drugs by Ptl. Matthew Ehrenreich.
Charles Kehr, age 53 male of Toms River was arrested on 8-17-13 in the area of Maple Ave. for DWI by Ptl. Stan Balmer.
Devin Flynn-Connolly, age 24 male of Red Bank was arrested on 8-15-13 in the area of Monmouth St. for Poss. of CDS, Marijuana under 50 grams and Poss. of Drug Paraphernalia by Ptl. Jhonatan Quispe.
Jesse Lusardi, age 35 male of West Keansburg was arrested on 8-15-13 in the area of Monmouth St. for COC [Contempt of Court] by Ptl. Stan Balmer.
Jason Randell, age 26 male of Red Bank was arrested on 8-15-13 in the area of Monmouth St. for COC [Contempt of Court] by Ptl. Gary Watson.
With less than two weeks to go before returning to school, Christian Brothers Academy students Matt Smith, 15, right, and Sean Kane, 16, enjoy a round of tennis on the borough courts in their hometown of Little Silver under brilliant blue skies Saturday.
The forecast for Labor Day weekend is encouraging, but the five days until then look somewhat spottier, going by the National Weather Service outlook. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)
Beach-goers and other visitors had an unexpected layover in chilly Red Bank Saturday night when the 10:16 p.m. northbound train lost power. They boarded the next scheduled train, which was brought in on the southbound tracks, around 11:45 p.m.. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)
Sea Bright’s post office, shuttered since Hurricane Sandy, doesn’t look like it’s coming back, Postal Service officials told borough residents Thursday night, according to a report by the Star-Ledger’s NJ.com.
The postal service is planning to relocate all of the borough’s postal operations to neighboring Rumson. The Sea Bright facility was a longtime satellite of the Rumson office, spokesman Ray Daiutolo told a gathering of residents at borough hall Thursday night.
From the Sledger:
“If Superstorm Sandy didn’t happen, we wouldn’t be standing here having this conversation at this time. That was the trigger that said to the district, you must consider all these options, including a discontinuance,” Daituolo said. “So they didn’t single you out, Superstorm Sandy did this to a lot of places.”
Several residents said the closure of the office, which was previously open three hours a day, would be a hardship for seniors and others without transportation available. Others said it contradicted pledges of assistance to the town’s hurricane recovery effort by the Federal Emergency Management Agency:
“One federal agency is telling us one thing, while another one is leaving us behind,” borough resident Serena Smith said. “What they’re doing is completely opposite to what we’re trying to here do in Sea Bright and it’s completely opposite to what we need to do. … It’s distressing.”