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UNDRESSING IN THE CHURCHYARD

On the grounds of the First Presbyterian Church at Red Bank, atop Tower Hill, is a wonder of a nature: a paper-bark birch throwing off its clothes in paper-thin layers to reveal something purer underneath.

Red Bank arborist Bill Brooks tells redbankgreen that the exfoliation process occurs “pretty much year-round” for the trees, also known as white birch and canoe birch, because Native Americans used the detritus to waterproof their vessels.

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SIGNS POINT AGAIN TO ‘CONTROVERSY COVE’

img_4119101209 Kathleen Gasienica, left, and Cindy Burham, third from left, speaking with Administrator Stanley Sickels after last night’s council meeting.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Less than a week after Mayor Pasquale Menna pledged to make their requests a reality, backers of a plan for modest improvements at Maple Cove returned to the Red Bank council last night to keep the pressure on.

They met some resistance. The session became a forum for disputes, not-so-subtle accusations and pleas, and ended with borough officials vowing to review the matter anew.

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MENNA PLEDGES END TO COVE CONTROVERSY

maple-cove-kayakersKayakers putting into the Navesink River at the Maple Cove Sunday evening. (Click to enlarge)

An ongoing battle over a couple of benches and sign proposed for installation on public property at Red Bank’s Maple Cove may be headed toward a peaceful conclusion.

Then again, it could be that Mayor Pasquale Menna just thrust himself into the middle of the conflict, which has increasingly pitted the borough administration against a group of kayak and canoe enthusiasts.

Today’s Asbury Park Press reports that Menna “committed to getting the sign and benches installed by the end of the year” after being asked about them by the newspaper.

The pledge would appear to conflict with assertions by the borough administration that it is handcuffed by state Department of Environmental Protection regulations regarding the waterfront site at Navesink River terminus of Maple Avenue.

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