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RED BANK: FOUR MAYORS… AND SOME FRIENDS

lee kuo 050115lock menna 050115The first-ever Red Bank Mayor’s Charity Ball brought together three ex-mayors, the current one and some 250 of their friends at the Oyster Point Hotel Friday night. Among those in attendance: former Councilwoman Sharon Lee and restaurateur Victor Kuo, above, and Pastor John Lock, with Mayor Pasquale Menna, at right.

Proceeds from the $125-per-head event were earmarked for the Red Bank Public Library and the Parker Family Health Center.

redbankgreen grabbed dozens of photos during the cocktail hour overlooking our beautiful Navesink River. Click the “read more” to see who else was there. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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RED BANK: A GATHERING OF MAYORS

mayorsThe three living former mayors of Red Bank — Benedict Nicosia, Michael Arnone and Ed McKenna — join Mayor Pasquale Menna as guests of honor at the first annual Mayor’s Charity Ball, going on May 1st.

Press release from Red Bank Mayor’s Ball Committee

Mayor Pat Menna is honoring three of his predecessors — and inviting the community — to the first annual Red Bank Mayor’s Charity Ball, scheduled for May 1st at The Oyster Point Hotel.

“Our committee is planning a great event and a fun evening, celebrating all things Red Bank,” noted the mayor.  “We are fortunate to have three former mayors — Judge Benedict Nicosia, Assemblyman Michael Arnone and Mayor Edward McKenna — still here in the area, and we will be honoring them for their public service.”

Other honorees include Red Bank RiverCenter, which will receive the Outstanding Community Service Award; the Two River Theater, the Cultural and Arts Award; Gerry Eisner, the Historical Legacy Award; Downtown Investors, the Urban Development Award; and Seals Eastern, the Manufacturing and Technology Award.

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A ROOMFUL OF MAYORS

Img_4995Former Mayor Ben Nicosia was among the spotlight guests at a cocktail party Tuesday night at the Molly Pitcher Inn, where he and three other former Red Bank mayors — Dan O’Hern, Mike Arnone and Ed McKenna — were honored by Mayor Pasquale Menna.

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CENTENNIAL COCKTAILS WITH EX-MAYORS

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The big-splash events — the parade, the townwide picnic, the boat parade — may be past but the Red Bank Centennial Committee still has a few items on its dance card.

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One is a cocktail party in honor of the borough’s former mayors scheduled for Tuesday night at the Molly Pitcher Inn.

“We have four living former mayors, and the committee thought it appropriate, in our centennial year, to honor their many years of service,” says Mayor Pasquale Menna.

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The ex-mayors are Judge Benedict R. Nicosia (1963-1966), former state Supreme Court Associate Justice Daniel J. O’Hern (1966; 1969-1978), Dr. Michael J. Arnone (1982-1990), and Edward J. McKenna (1990-2006).

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Tickets to the two-hour event are $125 apiece. Proceeds will be used to fund a smattering of future centennial events to be announced, says Menna.

The event is open to the public and starts at 6p; cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Pamela Borghi at 732.530.2797 or Doreen Hoffmann at 732.530.2748.

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RED BANK: NEW YEAR, FAMILIAR FACES

The young son of new fire department Chief TD Doremus makes a beeline for his dad at Tuesday’s swearing-in. Below, Councilman Mike DuPont takes the oath of office, administered by former mayor Ben Nicosia, left, and joined by his mom, one of his children and former mayor Ed McKenna. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

An air of status quo dominated as Red Bank officials completed their annual reorganization of the borough government on New Year’s Day.

“Art and I ran to continue the progress you’re seeing,” Councilman Mike DuPont told a packed council chambers, referring to fellow council member and 2012 running mate Art Murphy, after each was sworn into office.

Mayor Pasquale Menna, too, spoke of continuing to build on what he characterized as improvements in the town’s economic foundation, arts profile, recreation facilities and more.

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ALL-DEM COUNCIL PLEDGES ‘ACCOUNTABILITY’

menna-murphyMayor Pasquale Menna arrives at Sunday’s reorganization meeting, followed by Council President Art Murphy. (Click to enlarge)

Entering a year in which the electoral prize will be Red Bank’s mayoralty, the borough’s all-Democratic governing body trumpeted a theme of ‘accountability’ to voters at Sunday’s annual reorganization session.

Councilman Mike DuPont, returning to start his second term, told a packed-house audience that he hoped voters with opposing ideas would continue to challenge him, as they did during his door-to-door re-election campaign, so that compromises might be found.

“I also want you to hold me accountable and keep us in line,” added Councilwoman Juanita Lewis.

“We will focus all of our efforts on fiscal accountability,” said Councilman Ed Zipprich, who, with Lewis, started his second year on the council.

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RED BANK: HORGAN BAILS; NEWCOMER RUNS

Councilwoman Kathy Horgan greets Mayor Pasquale Menna at the Mayor’s Ball in 2016. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Yet another Red Bank Democratic official is heading for the exit while decrying “divisiveness” stoked by party leadership.

Councilwoman Kathy Horgan told redbankgreen Tuesday that, “with a heavy heart,” she’s not seeking a sixth three-year term.

Meanwhile, a political newcomer has stepped forward hoping to succeed Pasquale Menna as mayor.

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RED BANK: EARLY SPLIT AT REORGANIZATION

Jacqueline Sturdivant arrives for her swearing-in, with fellow council members Ed Zipprich at left and Erik Yngstrom at right. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njAmid calls for comity, three Red Bank council members tried but failed to derail the appointment of a fourth to a ceremonial post Saturday.

The New Year also began with a resident accusing a council member of “lying” about his place of residence.

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RED BANK: APARTMENTS ON MONMOUTH OK’D

A rendering of the Monmouth Street side of the project, with Pearl Street at right. (Image by S.O.M.E. Architects. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njAmid complaints that it’s too dense, a plan for 32 new apartments on Monmouth Street in Red Bank won zoning board approval Thursday night.

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RED BANK: STATION APARTMENTS OK’D

Architect Nelson Benavides discussing plans for 170 Monmouth Street, seen in in two renderings from the west. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A plan to turn a five-story office building opposite the Red Bank train station into rental apartments cleared its first hurdle at the borough zoning board Thursday night.

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FAMILIAR FACES AT RED BANK SWEARING-IN

nicosia-lee-lewisFormer Red Bank Mayor (1963-’66) and retired Superior Court Judge Ben Nicosia swears in Sharon Lee, center, to her third three-year term as borough councilwoman as council colleague Juanita Lewis looks on.

Also taking office Saturday were Councilwoman Kathleen Horgan, starting her second term, and Mayor Pasquale Menna, embarking on his second four-year term.

The governing body enters its third year comprised solely of Democrats. (Click to enlarge)

BOONDOCKS REVIVES WATERFRONT DINING

boondocks1Scenes from a recent Tuesday night at Boondocks. That’s owner Kelly Ryan at upper left with Mike Harper and Megan Prenderville. At upper right is chef Chris Kelber; lower right, the blackened grouper platter. (Click to enlarge)

Think of it as waterfront access for the rest of us.

Anyone familiar with Red Bank’s northern edge knows that river access is at premium. Hotels, private residences and marinas hog most of the Navesink River shoreline. It’s inaccessible to all but the most adventurous from Riverside Gardens Park. And while one might drop a baited line or crab pot from the pier at Marine Park, there’s no getting one’s feet wet — never mind that the pier and promenade are completely off-limits now for a planned reconstruction.

Hell, there’s even a battle raging over how much access the public should have to about 50 feet of frontage at the foot of Maple Avenue.

So it’s no small thrill to find that, after a two-year interval, waterfront dining is back on the Navesink here. And for many patrons of the new Boondocks restaurant, it’s a double thrill to discover that the simple seafood menu is done with panache.

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COURT CLEARS WAY FOR TWO PROJECTS

Anderson_brosThe former Anderson storage building, seen in a file photo, where Mertrovation has approvals to build 23 condos and two stores.

A pair of large-scale, long-stalled development projects near the Red Bank train station cleared legal hurdles yesterday when a state Appellate Division panel ruled that no conflicts of interest had tainted approvals by the borough zoning board, today’s Asbury Park Press reports.

Both cases pitted Bill Meyer, a downtown property owner and gadfly, against developer Metrovation or its principals and the zoning board.

One decision centered on plans for a mixed retail/brew pub/art studio/condo project called MW West Side Lofts on the southeast corner of West Front Street and Bridge Avenue. The project, owned by principals of Metrovation but not the firm itself, would surround the present location of Danny’s Steakhouse.

The other involves the former Anderson Brothers Moving and Storage building at the northwest corner of Bridge Avenue an Monmouth Street, where Metrovation hopes to create 23 condos and two street-level stores.

From the Press, by reporter Larry Higgs:

In both projects, Meyer challenged the potential conflict of interest of two board members at public meetings and then challenged their participation in lawsuits. Judges upheld the participation of both members, which prompted the appeals and have kept both projects on hold.

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FAME AWAITS THEM

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Former Red Bank Mayor and state Superior Court Judge Benedict R. Nicosia leads a roster of nine graduates of Red Bank High School (or its successor, Red Bank Regional) into the RBR Education Foundation’s Hall of Fame Friday night.

Slated for induction along with Nicosia is a diverse group: a lingerie manufacturer; a fundraiser; a high school science teacher; a past commander of Fort Monmouth; a designer of race-car engines; an active police captain; a military technology specialist; a former RBR teacher of performing arts; and a fire department volunteer.

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ADVICE FOR THE NEW GUY FROM THE EXES

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So, after 18 years riding the bench as a member of the borough council, what kind of mayor will Pasquale Menna be?

At his New Year’s Day swearing-in, Menna said his vision “is to continue the progress” of the McKenna era. He reached out to John Curley, his Republican opponent in the mayoral race—and McKenna’s nemesis—saying, “We’re going to work together.” He rolled out a number of initiatives, from public meetings during budget deliberations to online bill-paying for taxes and water fees.

In sum, he gave every indication that he knows what he wants to do, and how.

Still, it’s nice to have the benefit of others’ experience. So redbankgreen asked Red Bank’s four living ex-mayors for any advice they might have for the new guy.

Read on for their replies, followed by a complete list of Red Bank chief executives from the time the borough was carved out of Shrewsbury 99 years ago.

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