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.
“Dan was larger than life for all of us, but the people who really put him over the top were the people of the West Side,” Menna tells redbankgreen. “So it’s important that we honor that.”
If a resolution calling for the measure is approved, separate street signs designating ‘Justice Daniel J. O’Hern Avenue’ will be added to the poles with Locust Avenue signs. The name of the street won’t be legally changed.