Sea Bright Fire Chief Chad Murphy looks at a mock vehicle accident just before his and two other volunteer departments started extrication drills last week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
Tragedy hit Middletown twice last week, with a man dying in a motorcycle crash and a family perishing in a six-alarm fire.
A roundup of all of last week’s news below.
On Sunday, a Franklin man was killed in a motorcycle accident. In Red Bank on Monday, two car accidents one block and one hour apart occurred on Spring Street in Red Bank; the first sent nine to the hospital. The second sent two away in an ambulance.
In police news, Middletown made a number of arrests, including one of a man accused of waving a gun at another man. The Red Bank police blotter included a report of thieves stealing kitchen appliances from a home. The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office arrested a Rumson man for allegedly possessing child pornography on his computer.
The Red Bank Shade Tree Commission will be busy, as it plans to plant a couple hundred trees in the borough over the next five years.
We previewed a number of events last week, including a major fundraiser for the upcoming lights-in-the-sky display that is Kaboom! Fireworks on the Navesink; Harry Connick Jr’s visit to Red Bank; Billy Van Zandt’s “evening” in Middletown; and Al Pacino’s One Night Only at the Basie.
Sea Bright firefighters flipped over a bunch of cars on purpose. For training, of course. Then the mayor sharpened her focus on “slumlords,” one of them being a former mayor. In other Sea Bright news, the borough, we learned, is still paying a helluva lot more per head than any other town at the high school.
In Rumson, the DPW guys and their elbows have something to look forward to.
We featured Alex Rosen, a Little Silver college student who abhors comics, but draws them, to document his daily life.
We closed out the week on a rather crusty note, video-ing buskers on the street.