MENNA GIVES HOV EXEC ‘KABOOM’ HOTSEAT

Mayor Pasquale Menna has picked an executive at Red Bank-based Hovnanian Enterprises to chair the annual KaBoom Fireworks on the Navesink committee.

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His pick: Peter Reinhart, a borough resident who’s senior vice president and general counsel at the publicly traded homebuilding company.

The company’s year-old headquarters is located at the river end of Maple Avenue, a primo fireworks-watching location. The grass amphitheater next to the building is the site of a big-ticket “Light Up the Night” catered party.

While the committee is independent of the borough government, “it has been a long-standing tradition that the chair is appointed by the mayor,” Menna said in a press release.

He said he believes Reinhart will work with the other citizen volunteers to create the best fireworks display in the metropolitan area and a fitting display for Red Bank’s centennial year in 2008.

Reinhart replaces former chairman James Wells, who took a job out of the area, Menna said in a press release.

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