Steven Van Zandt to help announce milestone in Count Basie Theatre’s expansion plan

Freeholder Lillian Burry, Steven Van Zandt, Maureen Van Zandt and Mary Eillen Fouratt, Executive Director of Monmouth Arts at Count Basie Theatre, August 22 , 2014 for the presentation of the Vanguard Awards.

Freeholder Lillian Burry, Steven Van Zandt, Maureen Van Zandt and Mary Eillen Fouratt, Executive Director of Monmouth Arts at Count Basie Theatre, August 22, 2014, for the presentation of the Vanguard Awards

RED BANK — Count Basie Theatre officials, including E Street Band guitarist Steven Van Zandt, will gather on Monday morning to announce the historic theater is nearing the halfway point of funding its $20 million expansion plan. The downtown Red Bank theater, named after borough resident and famed jazz musician William James “Count” Basie, announced in… Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted: November 13th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Count Basie Theatre, Monmouth County News, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Steven Van Zandt to help announce milestone in Count Basie Theatre’s expansion plan

Red Bank Republican Council Candidates Blast Dems on Taxes

Red Bank “Tax Queen” Admits She Will Continue to Raise Taxes 

Hanlon and O’Bosky Colwell Pledge to Step Down If They Don’t Deliver

14369864_184385955319344_4016470552767265332_nRED BANK, NJ – The slide into gutter politics and half-truths took a surprising turn from the Red Bank Democrats recently, as they chose to highlight Red Bank’s property taxes in a recent statement.

In an attempt to distance themselves from their party’s failed record on municipal taxes and spending, Democrats Kathy Horgan and Erik Yngstrom stated, “It is very clear that the local Republicans are trying to distract from their failed record of increasing taxes as soon as they took the majority this past January.”

Horgan and Yngstrom’s statement failed to include the fact that Kathy Horgan voted for the recent budget, and that municipal spending has exploded during Kathy Horgan’s tenure on Council – skyrocketing from a $12 million annual budget to a $22 million annual budget. 

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Posted: November 7th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Press Release, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Zipprich denies sexual innuendo in his tweet about Pence’s prayer

Red Bank Councilman and local Democrat Chairman Ed Zipprich denied that his tweet during the Vice Presidential debate contained sexual innuendo.

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Zipprich did not return MMM’s call for comment. In a statement to RedBankGreen he said,

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Posted: November 3rd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Ed Zipprich, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Red Bank Republicans Pledge To Deliver Reforms Or Step Down

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Kelli O’Bosky Colwell and Brian Hanlon

The Republican candidates for Borough Council in Red Bank today unveiled a plan of actions they pledge to take during their first six months in office and promised not to seek reelection if they failed to deliver on their promises.

Brian Hanlon and Kelli O’Bosky Colwell are both running for public office for the first time.  If they win, the Red Bank GOP will have a 5-1 super majority on the council and little justification not to deliver on its promises.  Hanlon and O’Bosky are seeking to unseat incumbents Kathy Horgan, a Democrat and Cindy Burnham, a Republican turned Independent after she was denied renomination by the GOP. Democrat newcomer Erik Yngstrom is also competing for one of the two seats on the Council that voters will choose on November 8.

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Posted: October 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Elections, Monmouth County News, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments »

Red Bank Councilman calls for Zoning Board member’s resignation

Red Bank Councilman Mark Taylor was sworn into office by Sen Jennifer Beck in January

Red Bank Councilman Mark Taylor was sworn into office by Sen Jennifer Beck in January

Red Bank Councilman Mark Taylor today called for the resignation of Erik Yngstrom, a candidate for Borough Council, from the community’s Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Yngstrom spoke against the Mayor and Council’s action regarding a proposed development previously rejected by the Zoning Board at a council meeting on Wednesday night, according to a report on RedBankGreen.  Yngstrom said the council’s introduction of an ordinance authorizing the redevelopment of 55 West Front Street, “feels a little fishy to me,” according to RBG.  Taylor said that Yngstrom also said,  “someone must know someone” and “What good is the zoning board, if you can just go to the Council to override our decision?”

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Posted: September 30th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Red Bank Councilman calls for Zoning Board member’s resignation

DiSomma steps down as Red Bank GOP Chairman

Michael Clancy, left will seek to replace Sean DiSomma as Red Bank GOP Chairman

Michael Clancy, left, will seek to replace Sean DiSomma, right, as Red Bank GOP Chairman

Red Bank Republican Chairman Sean DiSomma announced that he will not seek another term in the office this morning in an email to members of the borough’s Republican County Committee members.

DiSomma, 34, is widely credited with the GOP taking control of Red Bank’s governing body for the first time in 25 years, winning four of six council seats over three elections since 2013.

DiSomma cited his career and family obligations as his reason for stepping down.

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Posted: June 16th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Red Bank | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

Feds: ICE Agent Traded Green Cards For Cash And Sex

ICE badgeNewark– A federal grand jury indicted  a former ICE deportation officer today for accepting cash and sexual favors from undocumented immigrants in exchange  for  employment authorization documents, commonly called green cards, according to an announcement by U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

Seven of the eight immigrants involved in the scheme resided in Monmouth County;  three lived in Red Bank, two lived in Tinton Falls, one lived in Red Bank and Ocean Township, and one resided in Long Branch.  The eighth undocumented immigrant resided in North Plainfield.

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Posted: February 22nd, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Feds: ICE Agent Traded Green Cards For Cash And Sex

Prosecutor seeks additional victims of Middletown con man

Christopher D. Biello. photo via facebook

Christopher D. Biello. photo via facebook

The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office is concerned that a Middletown con man may have fleeced far more people than they already have identified.

Christopher D. Biello, 43, of Coe Place in the Port Monmouth section of the township, was arrested last week and charged with 14 crimes including Theft by Deception, Impersonation, Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, Forgery and Falsifying Records following a year-long investigation.

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Posted: January 28th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County News, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Bobby Bandiera to salute Roy Orbison at Count Basie Theatre concert

BANDIERA (1)Bobby Bandiera’s fans know he has an uncanny ability to sound like Roy Orbison, and he will put that talent to good use on April 23, when he will present a tribute to the late Orbison with his Jersey Shore Rock ‘n’ Soul Revue at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank. Tickets are… Read the rest of this entry »
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Year in review: November 2015

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Jonelle Melton

Three Asbury Park Men were charged with the 2009 murder of Jonelle Melton, a 33 year old Red Bank Middle School teacher.

Democrats Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey defeated Republican Assemblywomen Mary Pat Angelini and Caroline Casagrande in the 11th Legislative District.  A Democratic SuperPac funded largely by the NJEA spent $1.5 million in the race, including television commercials implying that Angelini is inappropriately profiting from the drug abuse prevention non-profit that she leads.

For all the special interest money spent on behalf of the Democrats, Angelini lost to Downey by only 253 votes and the top vote getter, Houghtaling had only 713 votes more than the low vote getter, Casagrande.  Low voter turnout in Republican strongholds Freehold Township and Colts Neck was the difference in the election.

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Posted: January 1st, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Year in review: November 2015