The seasonal headwear sported by Carl Colmorgen is completely optional as the Red Bank police department seeks to hire several crossing guards.
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If there’s an occasion, count on Red Bank school crossing guard Carl Colmorgen to dress for it. Well known for his seasonal hats, Colmorgen marked Red Nose Day, an effort to combat childhood poverty, as he crossed students of Red Bank Catholic and St. James to school Thursday morning. (Photo by Trish Russoniello. Click to enlarge)
Descendants of Katharine Elkus White and local officials at Friday’s dedication of the roadway in Marine Park to the late mayor and ambassador. White, seen below in 1948. (Photo above by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)
By JOHN T. WARD
Amid reminiscences of a “strong-willed” woman countering the casual sexism of the day, Red Bank’s first and only female mayor, Katharine Elkus White, was honored Friday when the road in Marine Park was named for her.
In a brief ceremony on a cold, blustery afternoon, some of White’s descendants joined local officials in unveiling a wooden sign designating the loop road as “Ambassador Katharine Elkus White Circle.”
By JOHN T. WARD
She was Red Bank’s first, and only, female mayor. She also served four years as America’s ambassador to Denmark, was a champion of civil rights and women’s equality, and once frosted political opponents who wanted a peek into her bedroom.
He hopes to change that.
Carl Colmorgen is a Red Bank guy to the marrow.
Even if you don’t know him, you’ve probably seen him around town. A retiree, he volunteers with the fire police to help keep traffic flowing around emergency scenes. He volunteers with the municipal court, helping steer anxious and sometimes indignant defendants through a crowded room and a crowded docket.
He works as a school crossing guard when school’s in session, as it is now at St. James School and Red Bank Catholic High, whose kids he helps protect as they cross Broad Street at Harding Road/Reckless Place and amuses them, and passing motorists, with his silly seasonal hats.
He’s also, as one of the Colmorgen Kids (with siblings Kathy Lou, Bob, and Bob’s wife, Debbie) a devoted fan of Where Have I Seen This? It genuinely bugs him when he doesn’t know the answer, particularly if our photo’s from his hometown.
So, boy, is Mr. Red Bank going to kick himself today.
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
For months, Patrick Hussey has looked out from his Catherine Street home and wished for pavement. The asphalt was torn up as part of the Cedar Crossing construction project, he said, and he’s been told by contractors that there’s no plan to repave the section of road until later this year.
“I’m ready to plant a garden right there in the street in front of my house,” Hussey said.
He hasn’t been able to get a straight answer from local officials about when his street will be repaved, he said, so he took his grievance a couple steps higher up the chain Wednesday night, when State Senator Jen Beck visited the Westside Community Group for her first time since serving on the borough council.
By DUSTIN RACIOPPI
The list of concerns related to pedestrian safety are well-documented. Red Bank needs more traffic lights, better signage, sidewalk improves and more, residents say.
But now, with snow packed into blocks of ice at the end of sidewalks throughout town, fears are heightened that something bad is going to happen.
That concern, along with the usual gripes, were aired at Wednesday night’s monthly West Side Community Group meeting with police and Mayor Pasquale Menna.
“It’s not that the sidewalks are not shoveled. It’s just that the curbing is blocked with snow,” said Carl Colmorgen, a school crossing guard. “The crosswalks are there, but you can’t get to them because of the snow.”
But the problem is going to take time to resolve, officials said.
Red Bank crossing guard Carl Colmorgen, who works the corner of Broad Street at Harding Road/Reckless Place, arrived at his post last Thursday in a spring chapeau garnished with forsythia, courtesy of a neighborhood mom. (Click to enlarge)
Clearly, we’re in the ‘April showers’ phase of that old adage about showers and flowers.
The National Weather Service forecasts a high probability of rainfall today, with a diminishing chance Tuesday and Wednesday. The outlook gets briefly sunnier after that.
Here’s the forecast:
Deputy fire chief John Mego is in critical but stable condition with a concussion and other injuries after being struck by a car while working as a crossing guard in this morning’s downpour.
Sources tell redbankgreen that Mego’s condition is not life-threatening.
A person who asked not to be named and was with Mego at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune this morning says he has a concussion, a broken arm, a spleen injury and facial cuts.
Red Bank crossing guard Carl Colmorgen has been known to get into the spirit of the season with unusual headgear at his post at the corner of Broad Street and Harding Road.
Yesterday, he wore rabbit ears supplemented by a bunny tail and a basketful of candy that he offered to students from Red Bank Catholic and St. James School as they left for the Easter weekend. (Click to enlarge)
Crossing guard and eternal kid Carl Colmorgen wears a roasted-turkey hat at his post at the corner of Broad Street and Harding Road in Red Bank yesterday. (Click to enlarge)
A roasted poultry hat might be just the thing to keep your head warm today. The National Weather Service is forecasting cold and wet conditions.
Things improve over the weekend though, the climatology mavens at the NWS say.
Today: A chance of rain and snow showers before 4pm, then a slight chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 40. North wind between 7 and 14 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.
Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 25. Northwest wind around 15 mph.
Some highlights from last night’s bimonthly meeting of the Red Bank council:
TEACHERS OF THE YEAR: In addition to primary school teacher Pat Moss, who was spotlighted here yesterday, this year’s honorees were middle school third-grade teacher Stacy Curcio; third-grade teacher Matt Strippoli of the Red Bank Charter School, and social studies teacher (and Red Bank native) Steve Johnson of Red Bank Regional.
AUDIT: Independent auditor Dave Kaplan gave his annual assessment of the borough’s finances and record-keeping, both of which he finds in good shape, though with four “relatively minor” cautions, one of which centers on the timely approval of council minutes. (Until last night, the borough clerk’s office was more than a year behind in getting the minutes of meetings together; now, the most recent minutes approved are from the July 9, 2007 session.)
Kaplan noted also that tax collections last year slipped a tad, to 97.09 percent from 97.99 percent, which he attributed to economic conditions. “People are just a little slower in paying their taxes,” he said.
BOATS AND CARS: There was a discussion of a request regarding parking on Union Street from the Monmouth Boat Club. As is somewhat common at council meetings, the agenda gave no hint of what the boat club had asked for, and nobody on the council bothered to fill the audience in, but it seemed to involve the removal of or deactivation of parking meters.
We had just one response to last week’s picture, and damn if it wasn’t yet another correct one from Carl Colmorgen.
That’s five Colmorgens in a row, for those keeping count.
How is it that a guy can return to Red Bank after living for more than three decades in Florida and seemingly know this place like the back of his hand?
Carl, a school crossing guard who refers to this feature as “Where Am I,” explains in an email how he sussed this one out, at least:
In studying the Where Am I, I was looking down my sister said looking
up. On my way to Broad and Harding, I go down to Marine Park while waiting
to get out of Wharf Ave. what to my wandering eyes should appear but the
GLOBE HOTEL, and I just had to send this in.
The famed Globe Hotel on East Front Street.
Not typing in all upper case.
Folks, we have our first ‘Where‘ grand slam, with the fourth Colmorgen family member in a row taking a victory trot around the bases.
Carl Colmorgen of Oakland Street was the first reader to identify last week’s image, which showed a faded (to put it mildly) street sign. The location is Harrison Avenue near Eastside Park. See photo below for reference.
The only other person to nail it was Fran Waldman, a ‘Where’ fan who lives nearby on Mechanic Street.
With his second win in three weeks, Carl rounds out a family four-in-a-row that began with his brother Bob and continued last week with his sister, Kathy Lou.
Big, big turnout for last week’s ‘Where,’ with lots of correct responses.
Answer: Navesink River Road at the corner of Cherry Street, between the North Jersey Coast Line and Poricy Brook Pond.
The photo shows a utility pole dressed up as a candy cane and wrapped in Christmas lights. And not everybody’s a fan, it would seem.
A number of respondents noted, without admiration, that the display stays up year round. One called it “Santa’s Ugliest Holiday Decoration” and said that, after getting spruced up for the big season, it “deteriorates into a disgusting mess for the rest of the year.” Another expressed sympathy for the neighbors, and a third politely asked, “Would anyone care to take it down?”
Wow. Have we got another rusting ladder in a dead tree situation here?
Yeah, we’re feeling a bit postcard-y this week. It may have something to do with last week’s photo, which showed a utility structure of some kind next to a cyclone fence.
Four observant readers correctly identified the building’s location: it’s at Rumson Country Club and just steps from Rumson Road.
For the first ‘Where’ of Spring 2007, we present what could be the final snow scene for the next nine or ten months. Yes, we know how broken up you are about this. Us, too.
But the cold hasn’t kept you indoors so much that you don’t know where this shot was taken. Are we right? Email us your ‘Where’ answers, please.
Now, turning to last week’s photo, which obviously showed a cityscape reflected by glass doors…