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RED BANK: LONGTIME MUNICIPAL JUDGE DIES

himelman 030316 5Judge William Himelman swearing in a defendant last year.  (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

people-in-the-newsRed Bank municipal court Judge William Himelman died Thursday, according to Mayor Pasquale Menna. He was 85 years old.

The circumstances and place of his death were not immediately available.

Believed to have been New Jersey’s longest-serving local court jurist in modern times, if not state history, Himelman presided on the borough bench for 38 years. Long past the age at which others in his position retired, he doled out justice to everyone from cellphone-gabbing motorists and drunk drivers to a pair of men who squared off while naked.

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FOR O’HERN, A NOMINAL STREET RENAMING

hot-topicRed Bank’s Locust Avenue won’t be legally renamed for the late Daniel J. O’Hern after all.

Instead, under the terms of an ordinance approved by the borough council last night, the street will undergo a ceremonial renaming in honor of the late mayor and state Supreme Court associate justice, who grew up on Locust.

That suits Locust Avenue residents just fine.

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‘O’HERN AVENUE’ COMING TO WEST SIDE

O'hern,danielThe late Daniel J. O’Hern in 2006.

Red Bank’s governing body is expected to vote Monday night on a proposal to add the late Daniel J. O’Hern‘s name to signs marking the street of his upbringing: Locust Avenue.

O’Hern, a former borough mayor and state Supreme Court associate justice, died April 1 at the age of 78.

Mayor Pasquale Menna says town leaders have been searching for an appropriate way to honor O’Hern, and the most obvious was to go to his roots. O’Hern was born on Locust Avenue and spent his formative years there.

He also, Menna says, first won elective office largely on the strength of his neighborhood ties.
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