Inside Long Island City's Cheese Caves

On a visit to Murray's cheese caves, no spelunking equipment is required  In a crayon-scribbled children’s book inherited from my older sister a few decades ago, there’s a picture of a little girl running barefoot with a couple of goats on a green hill in Switzerland. In the story, the little girl named Heidi has come to live with her grandfather in a spartan log cabin high in the Alps, where he welcomes her with a bowl of goat milk, bread and cheese: simple food for simple folk, born of what he

Mapping History in Red Bank

RED BANK – Red Bank Public Library was about to celebrate its 80th anniversary in 2017 when Linda Hewitt, the library’s circulation supervisor, outreach and program coordinator, decided it might be fun to conduct a walking tour of the town as part of the celebration. To make it happen, Hewitt enlisted the help of retired teacher, lifelong borough resident and dedicated library volunteer Kathy Lou Colmorgen. Colmorgen, a veteran traveler who taught elementary school in Middletown for 37 years,

For the Severini Family, It’s The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

FAIR HAVEN – Next Monday, with the bustle of holiday chores behind them, George and Kathy Dorn Severini will be doing what they’ve done together on many Christmas Eves. The longtime Fair Haven residents will be leading a Christmas sing-along at the piano in the lounge at Nauvoo Grille. Snow might not be falling. The weather may be warm. But Christmas will be coming anyway, as it has always done, through good times and hard years, bringing with it a few brief hours to celebrate, to count our bl

Gingerbread Neighborhood Rises in Atlantic Highlands

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS – The weather outside was frightful, but inside the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council gallery at 54 First Ave. things were as sweet as – well, gingerbread – as the council hosted its semi-annual Gingerbread House workshop. Sitting amidst an array of candy canes, gumdrops, nonpareils, Tootsie Rolls, marshmallows, sprinkles and cookies, about 15 aspiring gingerbread house makers glued their walls and raised high the roof beams under the expert tutelage of arts council board membe

Patrick Murray - Polling Institute Keeps an Eye on the Public Mind

At this time of year it’s not unusual to receive a call from a polling organization seeking input from registered voters on the upcoming elections. Not a few of us are likely to hang up, annoyed at one more intrusion into our personal lives. But Patrick Murray, founding director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute, would like us to reconsider. After all, it’s the voices of many different Americans that have the power to direct the course of government and influence public policy for m

Claudia Ansorge: A Vision and a Mission

Google the words, “Two River” and you’ll see a slew of businesses by that name: Two River Computer, Two River Realty, Two River Theater and, of course: Two River Times – to name just a few. But like a modern Brigadoon, the Two Rivers didn’t fully come into being as a community until it came alive in the imagination of a woman named Claudia Ansorge. Ansorge is the founder and past publisher of The Two River Times. By the time she published the first issue of this newspaper in 1990, Ansorge had

The Geraldo Years: Investigative and Hard Hitting

Part of the Two River Times 25th Anniversary Commemorative Coverage Fox News television correspondent Geraldo Rivera is in the middle of a phone call in his 17th floor corner office in New York City, speaking rapid fire Spanish to the person on the other end of the phone. As the conversation concludes, the man that just about everyone in America recognizes by his first name alone turns himself to the next task at hand: a trip down the river of time to the days when he was majority owner and man

For Linda Chorney, Grammys Were An ‘Emotional Jukebox’

SHE GOT TO meet her idol, Gregg Allman. And she got to dress to the nines and walk the red carpet, wearing she noted, “gorgeous black diamond earrings” she’d borrowed from the Gold Tinker in Deal, not to mention her $29 boots from Daffy’s. Sea Bright musician Linda Chorney earned her place as a Grammy nominee in the Best Americana category after 30 years on the road and 5 self-produced albums. Her history-making nomination in a category that included Levon Helm, Emmylou Harris, Ry Cooder and

Chef Joe Racioppi Add His Touch At The Pier House

Chef Joe Racioppi is well-known in the two river area as a the former proprietor of Racioppi’s restaurant in Red Bank, where Joe and his family cooked up culinary delights for their patrons for more than 15 years. These days, Racioppi is wearing a different hat (or toque), however – as executive chef of McLoone’s Pier House restaurant in Long Branch. Since joining McLoone’s Racioppi has introduced some of his own specialties to the restaurant rightly famous for its crab cakes while leading the

Legendary Locals of Red Bank

In Legendary Locals of Red Bank (Arcadia, 2014) author Eileen Moon chronicles the lives of a diverse group of men and women who have made Red Bank their home over the past few centuries. Native Americans, immigrants, entrepreneurs, oystermen and ship builders, milliners and seamstresses, farmers and visionaries, entertainers and politicians all converged on the small town of Red Bank, lending their own stories to the river of time here on the banks of the Navesink. In its early years, Red Bank was a place where Sigmund Eisner, a Jewish immigrant from Austria, arrived with empty hands and eventually built a manufacturing empire that served a nation; where a family of watermen founded a boat-building business that continues into its fourth generation; where a young women who failed at her first run for office eventually became the first woman mayor of Red Bank; where a boy whose mother taught him his first piano lessons achieved fame world-wide as the legendary jazz master Count Basie. These are only a few of the legendary locals that author Eileen Moon introduces her readers to in her book, Legendary Locals of Red Bank (Arcadia 2014).

Edible Red Bank

Community spirit is the strong and colorful thread that binds this town on the Navesink. Since the days when the Lenni-Lenape harvested oysters off the banks of the Navesink River, the site of modern-day Red Bank has been a place where people go to feast on the finest foods that nature has to offer. Today, visitors flock to the town to do just that and more, feasting not only on its vibrant food scene but on its eclectic shops, its music, art and theater, and its joyful atmosphere. With well ove