The Week of November 30 - December 7, 1999 (Visit our Archives)
Photo by Scott Longfield
Students from the Bayonne school system climbed aboard the NY/NJ Baykeeper boat on Wednesday for a day of planting oysters in the Navesink River estuary.

This Week's Top Stories

Music To Their Ears Springsteen concert raises $3 million for the Basie
FROM THE PIXILATED mortician who spent the day at the Dublin House in preparation for his umpteenth Bruce concert to the blue-jeaned Mom who flew in from Rhode Island to hear the guy who used to play at her husband's high school dances, the crowd at the Bruce Springsteen concert at the Count Basie Theatre last week were, for the most part, seasoned Bruce veterans who know how to roll with the punches.
For Fern Esposito, A Dream Comes True: First In Real Life, Then In Fiction
Fern Esposito had long dreamed of owning a restaurant, so when that dream came true a few years ago, she named her restaurant "Sogno."
Last Monday, Shore Residents Weathered Rain, Wind, And Water
SEA BRIGHT - April showers may bring May flowers, but this week's May rain brought some high winds and high water.
As Value Rises, Copper Thefts Escalate
MIDDLETOWN - Middletown Police have arrested three men in connection with a string of copper tubing burglaries in Middletown.
It's A Birthday Party For Red Bank!
MAKE WAY FOR the red, white and blue! The Borough of Red Bank will celebrate the hundredth anniversary of its incorporation this weekend with a parade and picnic on Saturday and a Boat parade and maritime exhibition on Sunday - and everyone is invited.
Prostitution A Problem On RB's West Side? Council candidate complains to governing body about streetwalkers on Shrewsbury Ave.
RED BANK - A west side resident who is a running for a seat on the borough council is asking for help in ridding his neighborhood of members of the world's oldest profession. The profession Leighton Avenue resident John Tyler was talking about is not politics.
In Tough Financial Times, Red Bank Seeks To Curb Costs
RED BANK - The borough is facing a tough time over its finances. In the face of a faltering economy, the borough is seeing a decline in revenue from development permits and other sources. The borough also expects a significant reduction in state aid, although it is still required to adhere to state mandates for which there is no funding.
After Heated Discussion, RB Council OKs Purchase Of New Fire-Police Vehicle
RED BANK - Is the purchase of a new fire-police vehicle a necessary expense to ensure public safety or an unaffordable luxury for a municipality facing a precarious financial situation? That question was raised at Monday's Borough Council meeting as members debated the need for a new fire-police vehicle.
Tinton Falls Woman Arrested For Robbery, Impersonating Officer
RED BANK - A Tinton Falls woman was arrested this week for allegedly impersonating a police officer and an immigration officer, and for robbery, according to police. Police arrested Maria Collins, 41, and charged her with two counts of impersonating an officer involving incidents that occurred on April 29-30 and on Sunday.
Klodin, O'Donnell Come Up Big Time As RBC Tops Mater Dei To Win MC Tourney
WALL - Saturday's Monmouth County Softball Tournament championship game between Red Bank Catholic and Mater Dei was one of those games in which both team had much to be proud about. For RBC, it was winning a nine-inning classic, 1-0, on a two-out single by Holly Klodin, but Mater Dei showed that it a small school could compete with the best that the Shore has to offer.
Rumson-FH Girls Edged By Matawan; Bellin, Byrne, Smith, Linnell Have Big Days
NEPTUNE - Usually, when a team loses a championship by a point, there is great disappointment, but that wasn't the case with Rumson-Fair Haven girls track coach Joann Johnson. The Lady Bulldogs were edged out by Matawan, 54-53 Saturday with Colts Neck right behind with 52 points. Rumson, though, had some fine individual performances. In the end, it was Matawan's strength in the field events that made the difference.
A Grand Theft In Long Branch - "Women Who Steal" at New Jersey Repertory Company
One of the two female characters in Women Who Steal, the inventive comedy at New Jersey Repertory Company, refers to herself as being plain; the other claims to be unnervingly alluring.
Sea Bright's Beach Cats
For several years, photographer David Tanen has been photographing the feral cats that call the public beach in Sea Bright their home.
Beside the Point
WHO ARE THE Knights of Columbus? They were running a "toll booth" Wednesday morning on the dock at Atlantic Highlands on the approach to the Seastreak Ferry.
To Be Young And Voting - It looks as if the youth vote is set to increase again
THE EXCITEMENT STARTED to bubble up a couple of election cycles ago.