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LITTLE SILVER: REALLY LICHEN THIS BENCH…

ls bench 092114It looks like it might have spent the last few years tucked away deep in a sunless corner of the woods. But this lichen-covered bench is right on Prospect Avenue in front of Little Silver Borough Hall. Does anyone ever sit on it? Would you? (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: LATE MAYOR MAY GET HONOR

RB boro hall bench 062414A seating area under construction earlier this week at Red Bank borough hall may be named for Mayor Katharine Elkus White, seen below in 1948. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

katherine-elkus-white-1948Katharine Elkus White, Red Bank’s first and only female mayor, may finally be getting some overdue recognition in the form of hard civic assets.

Mayor Pasquale Menna wants to name a small plaza now under construction outside borough hall on Monmouth Street for White, who also served as the first chairperson of the New Jersey Highway Authority and four years as America’s ambassador to Denmark, the Asbury Park Press reports.

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PARK IT: DOWNTOWN BENCHES GET MAKEOVER

Matt DePonti, below, reinstalls a bench on Broad Street in Red Bank last Friday after it was refurbished by his employer, Powerhouse Signworks. Seven benches that had been broken and held in storage were rebuilt, and all the others refinished, bringing the total downtown to about 40, said Powerhouse owner Jim Bruno.

Red Bank RiverCenter paid for the work, which cost just $1,000, said executive director Nancy Adams. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK BENCHES AWAIT SPRING BUTTS

Red Bank has completed the installation of 18 new sponsored benches in Marine Park, says borough Administrator Stanley Sickels. The benches, with plaques commemorating loved ones, were sold for $1,500 each, covering the cost of the benches, so the town booked no surplus, Sickels said. (Click to enlarge)