RED BANK, NJ – Monmouth County author and historian George Joynson will reveal some of the true tales from Wicked Monmouth County, his latest book, when he visits the Red Bank Public Library on Wednesday, October 6, 2010, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

“During the early 1900s, Monmouth County saw more than its fair share of crime.  This book is about local history, law and order, and chaos,” says Joynson, whose first book Murders in Monmouth: Capital Crimes from the Jersey Shore’s Past was published in 2007 by History Press.  Wicked Monmouth County, published by History Press this summer, recounts the lives and careers of three Monmouth County detectives during Prohibition and the Great Depression. Detectives Jacob Rue, William Mustoe, and Harry Crook spent much of their time investigating murders, arresting gangsters, chasing down leads in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, and, sometimes, crossing the line themselves. “There is plenty of intrigue for readers of true crime stories, including several unsolved ‘who-dun-it’ cases that remain open to this day,” Joynson says.  Discussion and a book signing will follow the program.  You can learn more about the book and its author at

On Thursday, October 14, 2010, from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., The al wright Unit jazz trio returns to the Red Bank Public Library for an autumn concert featuring Red Bank’s own Al Wright on drums and Ruth Wright with vocals, along with Greg Murphy on piano.  They will be joined in one of the library’s most popular programs by inspirational speaker and humorist Bob Farley. The performance is free and no reservations are required.

Al Wright taught himself to play drums at the age of twelve and has been performing jazz ever since.  Ruth Wright is a jazz vocalist with rare abilities.  Together the couple traveled with the famed Sun Ra Arkestra for several years.  They have appeared at Red Bank’s Jazz in the Park and StreetLife.  Greg Murphy has played with big bands in Chicago, studied with Ellis Marsalis, Ron Carter, and Jaki Byard, and played with many fine musicians including drummer Rashied Ali.  A composer, he has recorded his own CDs and appears on several others.


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“Money and Your Family” will be the focus of a free community financial forum beginning in October to be held at the Red Bank Public Library presented by Robin Goldberg, a retired business executive, Red Bank resident, and member of the Friends of the Library.  On Wednesday, October 20, 2010, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., Robin will address the topic “Pay Yourself First: Ways to Save.”

An investment professional with thirty years of experience, Robin managed portfolios of bonds, energy investments, and institutional limited partnerships invested in venture capital for a large insurance company.  She has recently assisted individuals with their personal financial concerns.  Robin has an MBA from George Washington University with a concentration in finance and a BA from Georgetown University.   “I grew up learning from my parents that giving back to the community was important, and I look forward to this volunteer opportunity to share my background in financial matters with others,” says Goldberg.

Audience members are invited to bring questions to discuss with Robin and other participants at each forum in the series.  Future monthly topics will include “Where Can I Find Money: Home Equity and Others Ideas” on November 10, 2010, and “Review Your Retirement Plans: Social Security, Portfolios, and Other Sources” on December 8, 2010.  Registration is suggested. Please call the library at 732-842-0690 to save you spot at these informative programs.

“Interviewing for Success” on Wednesday, October 27, 2010, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. will be the third of three career planning programs offered at the Red Bank Public Library conducted by Nancy Anderson of Blackbird Learning Associates, Bound Brook.  Please call the library at 732-842-0690 to register for this program.

Nancy Anderson has over 25 years of human resources and organizational development and training experience in the pharmaceutical, finance, and insurance industries.    Author of the recently published book Job Search for Moms, she is a knowledgeable and enthusiastic speaker who will inform and inspire the participants in the classes and arm them with valuable career resources.  For more information, visit her website and her blog at and  This special career series is arranged by the Adult Department of the Red Bank Public Library and supported by funding from the New Jersey State Library.

The Red Bank Public Library’s Acoustic Saturdays series continues its fall season on October 30 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. in the Eisner New Jersey Room with a performance by guitarist Michael Askin.  Known as the “guitarist with mystique” in the Jersey rock bands Divine Sign and My State of Attraction, Michael is an alternative-country everyman with the unique ability to weave life’s stories into undeniably catchy songs.  You can visit Michael at

The library presents this series featuring acoustic musicians and singer-songwriters on the last Saturday of the month from September to November and January to May.  The Acoustic Saturdays programs at the library are produced and hosted by guitarist Anton Daub, the emcee of the weekly acoustic open microphone on Wednesday nights at Espresso Joe’s coffeehouse in Keyport and a frequent performer at many of the area’s acoustic music venues.  These free performances are supported by funds from the New Jersey State Library.

Free English as a Second Language classes for adults 18 and over are offered regularly at the Red Bank Public Library in partnership with the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County.   Please visit the Literacy Volunteers of Monmouth County on their website at or call them at 732-571-0209 for additional information on ESL classes, volunteer tutor training classes, and English conversation classes available in Monmouth County.

Free computer instruction is available at the Red Bank Public Library by appointment.  Please visit the library or call 732-842-0690 to register for a one hour, one-on-one session with our knowledgeable and patient volunteers.  Learn computer basics or get help with more advanced topics.

The Red Bank Photography Club meets the first Monday of each month at the library from 7:00 to 8:45 p.m.  Participants meet for tips, discussion, and sharing their photographs.  For more information, call John Tyler at 732-768-6432, or e-mail him at [email protected].

Artists seeking inspiration, motivation, and a special time to devote to their work are invited to attend an informal gathering once a month at the Red Bank Public Library. The “Artists’ Workshop” takes place the first Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the library Community Room.  The workshops are free and no registration is required. Participants should bring their own drawing and painting materials, although oils are not permitted because of ventilation concerns.

The library hosts an adult book discussion group, “Reading on the River,” on the third Wednesday of each month from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. For more information and to register, contact the library at 732-842-0690.

The Red Bank Senior Center in cooperation with the Red Bank Public Library hosts a book discussion group on the last Monday of each month at the Senior Center at 1:00 p.m.  Red Bank Borough residents age 60 and over are welcome to join the Center and participate in this or any of its other great programs. Call the Senior Center at 732-747-5204 for more information.

The Friends of the Red Bank Public Library meet monthly in the Eisner New Jersey Room. Please call the library at 732-842-0690 for the next meeting date and more information about this vibrant group and its activities that support the library.

Additional information on these and other free programs in the Adult and Children’s Departments of the Red Bank Public Library will be available at the library, on the library’s website, or by calling the library at 732-842-0690.   Library hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The library is located at 84 West Front Street in Red Bank.

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Allan Dean is editor, publisher, and founder of the Atlantic Highlands Herald. Published since 1999 and selected in 2000 by the Borough of Atlantic Highlands as one of their official newspapers, making...