RED BANK, NJ: The Red Bank Business Alliance (RBBA) held its meeting on Thursday at Neapoli Restaurant presided by Sam Jain, Board President and owner of the Bombay River restaurant.

First up was the presentation of an $8,000 check to the representatives of HABcore, a non-profit that provides permanent and supportive housing for homeless veterans, families, and individuals with special needs. 

HABcore was chosen as the beneficiary of the RBBA’s annual New Year, New Flavour event held last January at The Molly Pitcher Inn.

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Marta Quinn, HABcore’s Director of Fund Development and Community Outreach, said, “We’re about our community, we are the Red Bank village.  We take care of our people that live here and need our help.  I am so proud to be a partner with the Red Bank Business Alliance and thank them for their support.”

Dave Johnson and Kristina Bonatakis of the Red Bank Environmental Commission discussed the ordinance that prohibits business, food or grocery establishments from providing single-use plastic bags to customers, food service ware that contains polystyrene/plastic foam, or plastic straws (by request only).  The program start date is September 1st, 2020. 

Bonotakis also leads the Green Business initiative for the Commission.  To learn how to be recognized as a “Red Bank Green Business”, click HERE.

Click HERE to read the full text of the ordinance.  To read what will be enforced and allowed, click HERE.

Red Bank Business Administrator Ziad “Z” Shehady spoke to the members about the upcoming White Street project explaining how it will take several months because of new infrastructure (sewer pipes).  To read a previous TAPinto Red Bank on this project, click HERE.

Shehady also discussed that new parking signage will be installed and upcoming technology upgrades for smart parking meters, saying, “We going to have a mobile app where we can connect to every individual meter on every street,” so that visitors can see where an open parking spaces are.  To read a previous TAPinto Red Bank article on these parking meters (including a video), click HERE

Steve Catania, Chairman of the Red Bank RiverCenter said their search for a new Executive Director and that, “We had over 75 submissions, we whittled that down to about half a dozen of truly qualified candidates and have extended an offer to one.  We hope to have an announcement on that shortly.”

Mark your smartphones for the following Red Bank Business Alliance Signature Events:

The Great Red Bank Egg Hunt, Saturday April 4th  

Food and Wine Walk will kick off Saturday, May 31st

Red Bank Classic 5k Race on Saturday, June 20th

Red Bank Vintage Race Boat Regatta, June 5th thru the 7th

Check out the TAPinto regatta article that includes a very cool video by clicking HERE.

Stay tuned and TAPinto Red Bank will be providing you updates on future events as dates become known.

Red Bank business owners – be part of the fun, be part of the action, be part of the team that will help your business grow!

Submit an application to join the Red Bank Business Alliance by clicking HERE.

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