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RED BANK: LOCALS BID CITARELLA’S FAREWELL
RED BANK: Mayor and heartbroken customers bid family-owned butcher shop farewell after a 121-year run, but a new food shop may replace it.
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RED BANK: SMOKED MEATS, PLUS CLAY, IN CHURN
RED BANK: In this edition of Retail Churn, smoked-meats market takes space of longtime butcher shop; pottery school opens.
RED BANK: More accustomed to presiding over business grand openings, mayor will mark a closing Wednesday: Citarella's Market, after a 121-year run.
RED BANK: MARKET CLOSING AFTER 121 YEARS
RED BANK: Citarella's Meats & Deli, one of the borough's oldest businesses, plans to close for good next month.
RED BANK: WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK
RED BANK: A less-than-flamboyant weekend lies ahead, bringing clouds and a chance of rain. Here's the extended forecast for the Greater Green.
RED BANK: Police investigating burglary at Citarella's Market.
 The Green’s butchers suggest customers get their Thanksgiving orders in by this Thursday. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge) By JIM WILLIS With Thanksgiving just over a week away, ’tis the seasonContinue reading "BUTCHERS TALK TURKEY BREASTS"
LARDER: FOR TRUE BACON, VISIT A BUTCHER
 Kyle Powell at Citarella’s Market in Red Bank shows PieHole some real-deal bacon. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge) By JIM WILLIS No food is more debased than bacon.Continue reading "LARDER: FOR TRUE BACON, VISIT A BUTCHER"
RED BANK: PEPPERS, PICKLED AND PACKED
Stuffing 50 or so pickled cherry peppers with proscuitto and provolone goes faster with an assist from helpful neighbor Marc Dostie. Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge) By JIM WILLISContinue reading "RED BANK: PEPPERS, PICKLED AND PACKED"
WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?
Feeling walled in by Where Have I Seen This? Maybe that’s because last week’s photo also spotlighted a building wall. That one, a long red brick edifice, featured “ghost” signageContinue reading "WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?"
Another tasty pick for your weekend grilling pleasure in our continuing series on cuts you’ll only find at a real butcher shop. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge) By JIM WILLISContinue reading "PIEHOLE: KARMA, CUPCAKES & PAD KRA PROW"
RED BANK: HANGER STEAK FOR YOUR GRILL
Kyle Powell shows of a well-trimmed Hanger Steak at Citarella’s Market in Red Bank. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge) By JIM WILLIS As grilling season heats up, PieHole is checkingContinue reading "RED BANK: HANGER STEAK FOR YOUR GRILL"
RUMSON: CHEFS’ TIPS FOR YOUR CORNED BEEF
Eddie O’Keefe (left) and Molly Maguire’s chef Alfredo Uraga explain to PieHole why brined beef brisket shrinks when cooking. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge) By JIM WILLIS With St.Continue reading "RUMSON: CHEFS’ TIPS FOR YOUR CORNED BEEF"
WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? SOPPRESSATA ‘N CHEESE
Soppressata from Citarella’s Market paired with some pickled cherry peppers from the garden and a piece cheddar cheese.  (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge) By JIM WILLIS Citarella’s Market inContinue reading "WHAT’S FOR LUNCH? SOPPRESSATA ‘N CHEESE"
RED BANK: GETTING FRESH WITH TURKEY
The sign outside Citarella’s Market in Red Bank says it all. If you want a fresh turkey, the clock is ticking. Below, Kristian Bauman, meat manager at Sickles Market inContinue reading "RED BANK: GETTING FRESH WITH TURKEY"
RED BANK: GENERATIONS OF MEATY WISDOM
Fourth-generation butcher Ralph Citarella, right, and long-time employee Kyle Powell carry on more than 113 years of meat-cutting tradition. (Photo by Jim Willis. Click to enlarge) By JIM WILLIS Just asContinue reading "RED BANK: GENERATIONS OF MEATY WISDOM"
WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?
Whoa, easy there, fella. If you smell meat, it’s only because we’ve just come from the butcher shop.
The expanding set of charges against accused burglar Carl VonPier of Fair Haven has grown yet again, this time to include a Red Bank business among his alleged victims. TheContinue reading "COPS: CRIME SPREE INCLUDED BUTCHER SHOP"
Lenny, er, Stew Goldstein of Monmouth Meats. There are only so many old-style, independent butchers left in Red Bank. There's Ralph 'Johnny Jazz' Gatta on Shrewsbury Avenue, of course, working the chopping block for some 60 years. The guys at...
Bob Sickles Sr. riding high on his 1948 John Deere MT tractor. Eighty years old, and with a still-thick crop of hair, Bob Sickles Sr. sits at his son Bob's desk and picks through a boxful of documents in his...
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GOING GREY
Workers painting the stone facade of the PNC Bank at the corner of Broad and Harding Thursday morning. An upgrade? Maybe it’s just pri ...
COFFEE & WILDLIFE
RED BANK: The best wildlife show in town can be taken in from a waterfront bench outside the public library, and it's totally free.
FAWNING OVER HER BABY
A mother deer and her fawn were spotted between a row of garages on Hudson Avenue and some trees alongside the Broad Street parking lots. Re ...
EVENING ESCAPE
RED BANK: Sailors in Monmouth Boat Club's weekly racing series found tranquil conditions on the Navesink River Tuesday evening.
PEAK COLOR ON BROAD
RED BANK: A year after they were installed, downtown mini gardens have added to "transformational" improvements, says business owner.
RED BANK: FAIRIES MOVE IN ON WHITE STREET
Red Bank: Girl scouts turns tiny parking lot plot of dirt into a "magical girls sparkle garden."
TRAINING UNDER FIRE
RED BANK: Volunteer firefighters train to cut into pitched roofs under active fire conditions.
“SUPERMOM” WANTS YOUR VOTE
Business owner. Dyed in the wool, lifelong Red Banker. Mother of six. Yup, seems like Anita Pierce does it all. In other words, she’s ...
SPLENDOR IN THE GRASS
RED BANK: Town prepares for Saturday's Pride in the Park celebration with another lawn art design by public works supervisor and Fire Chief ...
MOVIES VIA LIBRARY
RED BANK: Public Library now offers members access to streaming movies via Kanopy, with some 30,000 titles and tons of content for kids.
NEW RAINBOW CROSSWALK ON BROWN PLACE
Kicking off pride month, some Brown Place and Spring Street residents, ages 5 to 11, constructed a rainbow crosswalk with chalk over the wee ...
WHAT TO WEAR?
RED BANK: Dressmakers' mannequins appeared to mull what to wear as they looked down on Monmouth Street last week.
SYMPHONY RETURNS JUNE 29
RED BANK: An annual crowd pleaser returns June 29 with a free concert in Marine Park by the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, RiverCenter said ...
Heard on the Green
Heard on the Green
DUCK RESCUE EFFORT
Duckling rescue attempt underway in sewer at East Front and Broad, 10:29 a.m.
HOUSING CRUNCH
Demolition begins for new apartments at Globe Court and Mechanic Street.
FEELING SNAPPY
      Snapping Turtles come ashore to lay their eggs this time of year and are a common site along the Swimming River waterfr ...
TUB TIME
RED BANK: A sparrow waits for the next available dirt tub while two others take their Sunday baths. (Click for video.)
CHECK IT OUT
A bench outside the Red Bank Public Library provided a serene view of our beautiful Navesink River Monday evening.
WAYWARD SLIM JIM
Anybody lose a Slim Jim? A “Sweet Mild O’ Mine” flavor Slim Jim was seen left unattended on this mailbox on Mechanic Stree ...