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LITTLE SILVER: CELL TOWER DIALS UP OUTRAGE

Many in the overflow crowd voiced concerns about health safety and the tower’s impact on property values. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Hundreds of Little Silver residents packed a school auditorium Monday night to give elected officials an earful about their decision to allow a 95-foot-tall cell tower to be built just 500 feet away.

Few appeared placated by either an account of how the tower came to be or the assurances of a telecom engineer that it’s safe.

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LITTLE SILVER: BRENNAN Q&A

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Little Silver voters will be asked to fill two three-year terms on the borough council in the November 3 election.

On the ballot are four candidates: Democrats Joan Gotti and Stephanie Keenan, and Republicans Kevin Brennan and Michael Holzapfel.

Here are Brennan’s written responses to questions posed to all four candidates recently by redbankgreen.

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LITTLE SILVER: GOTTI Q&A

Joan Gotti. (Click toi enlarge.)

Little Silver voters will be asked to fill two three-year terms on the borough council in the November 3 election.

On the ballot are four candidates: Democrats Joan Gotti and Stephanie Keenan, and Republicans Kevin Brennan and Michael Holzapfel.

Here are Gotti’s written responses to questions posed to all four candidates recently by redbankgreen.

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LITTLE SILVER: HOLZAPFEL Q&A

Michael Holzapfel. (Click to enlarge.)

Little Silver voters will be asked to fill two three-year terms on the borough council in the November 3 election.

On the ballot are four candidates: Democrats Joan Gotti and Stephanie Keenan, and Republicans Kevin Brennan and Michael Holzapfel.

Here are Holzapfel’s written responses to questions posed to all four candidates recently by redbankgreen.

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LITTLE SILVER: KEENAN Q&A

Stephanie Keenan. (Click to enlarge.)

Little Silver voters will be asked to fill two three-year terms on the borough council in the November 3 election.

On the ballot are four candidates: Democrats Joan Gotti and Stephanie Keenan, and Republicans Kevin Brennan and Michael Holzapfel.

Here are Keenan’s written responses to questions posed to all four candidates recently by redbankgreen.

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LITTLE SILVER: BRANDT SKIPS GOP FACE-OFF

little silver mayor bob neff Mayor Bob Neff was the sole mayoral candidate at the event at Markham Place School. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

His campaign signs may be everywhere in town, but the challenger in Little Silver’s first mayoral primary in memory was a no-show at the Republican candidates’ forum Tuesday night.

Rick Brandt’s absence occurred less than a week after he was banned from school property for events at which children are present over his unauthorized use of photos, redbankgreen has learned.

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LITTLE SILVER: LAW TARGETS 5G CELL TECH

The new cell tower in the heart of Little Silver inspired a citizen backlash in 2017. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

A year after a big new cell tower popped up in the middle of Little Silver’s business district, to the shock of many residents, two new borough council members hope to head off any similar, or even smaller, jolts in the future.

They introduced a proposed law Monday night that would give the borough some say over telecom carriers wishing to install new high-speed wireless equipment in town.

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LITTLE SILVER: OATHS AND ‘BAD POETRY’

Chris Healy, above, and Mike Holzapfel, below, were joined by their wives and sons as they were sworn in as council members. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Delayed a few days by last week’s snowstorm, Little Silver residents turned out on an icy night for the annual government reorganization Monday.

For their trouble, they were treated to Mayor Bob Neff’s state-of-the borough message delivered, as is his custom, in verse.

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LITTLE SILVER: HEALY, HOLZAPFEL WIN

Capping a year overshadowed by a widely despised new cell tower in the heart of town, Little Silver voters went with new blood in Tuesday’s election for two council members.

They opted for Democrat Christoper Healy and Republican Michael Holzapfel, dropping Holzapfel running mate, incumbent Dane Mihlon.

Democrat Matthew Cohen finished fourth in the four-way race, in which just 165 votes separated the top and bottom candidates, according to results posted online by the Monmouth County Clerk.

 

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LITTLE SILVER: HEALY Q&A

Christopher Healy. (Click to enlarge.)

Two three-year terms on the Little Silver Borough Council are up for grabs in the November 7 election. On the ballot are four candidates: incumbent Republican Dane Mihlon; his running mate, Michael Holzapfel; and Democrats Christopher Healy and Matthew Cohen,

Here are Healy’s written responses to questions posed to all four candidates recently by redbankgreen.

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LITTLE SILVER: HOLZAPFEL Q&A

Michael Holzapfel. (Click to enlarge.)

Two three-year terms on the Little Silver Borough Council are up for grabs in the November 7 election. On the ballot are four candidates: incumbent Republican Councilman Dane Mihlon; his running mate, Michael Holzapfel; and Democrats Christopher Healy and Matthew Cohen,

Here are Holzapfel’s written responses to questions posed to all four candidates recently by redbankgreen.

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LITTLE SILVER: COHEN Q&A

Matthew Cohen. (Click to enlarge.)

Two three-year terms on the Little Silver Borough Council are up for grabs in the November 7 election. On the ballot are four candidates: incumbent Republican Dane Mihlon; his running mate, Michael Holzapfel; and Democrats Christopher Healy and Matthew Cohen,

Here are Cohen’s written responses to questions posed to all four candidates recently by redbankgreen.

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LITTLE SILVER: MIHLON Q&A

Dane Mihlon. (Click to enlarge.)

Two three-year terms on the Little Silver Borough Council are up for grabs in the November 7 election. On the ballot are four candidates: incumbent Republican Dane Mihlon; his running mate, Michael Holzapfel; and Democrats Christopher Healy and Matthew Cohen,

Here are Mihlon’s written responses to questions posed to all four candidates recently by redbankgreen.

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LITTLE SILVER: TOWN HIRES TOWER LAWYER

The tower looms over homes on Prospect Avenue. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The Little Silver council hired an attorney Monday night to help it determine if it’s stuck with a new a cell tower that’s dialed up widespread anger in the borough.

As special counsel, Kevin Starkey is expected to start out by reviewing some two years worth of correspondence and other records for guidance on how the governing body might proceed in dealing with the tower’s sole user so far: Verizon Wireless.

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LITTLE SILVER: ANTENNA PLAN ADVANCES

ls tower 070615A new tower would be almost 30 feet taller than the existing antenna behind borough hall. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Little Silver officials endorsed a proposal Monday night for the possible construction of a new telecommunications antenna that could rise to 90 feet above the heart of town.

And the plan, which might have generated fierce pushback in the early days of cellphone proliferation, didn’t generate so much as a beep of opposition.

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STATIC OVER O’SCANLON TOWER CONTRACT

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Incumbent 12th-district Assemblyman Mike Panter of Shrewsbury and his running mate, Amy Mallet of Fair Haven, are questioning how Republican challenger Declan O’Scanlon got the contract to negotiate the recently concluded Fair Haven cell tower deal, today’s Asbury Park Press reports.

The Democrats “hinted at cronyism between O’Scanlon and Fair Haven Mayor Michael Halfacre, who has been municipal prosecutor in Little Silver for seven years, where O’Scanlon serves on the Borough Council,” the Press reports.

“We want to make sure this is as transparent as possible and make sure the taxpayers understand the terms of the contract,” Mallet said. “We want to make sure everything is up front.”

In response, Halfacre told the Press that potential conflict-of-interest concerns were raised by O’Scanlon himself. He said the Fair Haven council, after awarding O’Scanlon a professional services contract, which requires no bidding process, put the job up for public bid, which O’Scanlon won in April.

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RED BANK: VIRUS CLAIMS SIX MORE AT ATRIUM

The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, the buildings at center and right, as seen from the Navesink River in 2017. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

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By JOHN T. WARD

Six more residents of an assisted-living facility in Red Bank have died of COVID-19 in recent days, data released by the New Jersey Health Department Monday indicate.

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OH, BABY, ANOTHER TODDLIN’ WEEKEND

A video promo for ‘The Electric Baby,’ which opens tonight at the Two River Theater. Author and motivational speaker Selwyn Collins, below, makes an appearance at the Red Bank Public Library on Saturday.

By ALEXIS ORLACCHIO

Friday, April 19:

LINCROFT:  Presented by Make it Better for Youth and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County, “Breaking the Silence, Celebrating Our Voices” concludes the “Day of Silence,” a national student-led action in honor of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students and their families and friends taking a stand against bullying, harassment, abuse and more. Performances by Kailynn Barbour, poet, blogger and 2012 recipient of the Lionel Cuffie Award for Activism and Excellence, and the New Jersey Gay Men’s Chorus begin at 7 p.m. 1475 West Front Street.

RED BANK:  “The Electric Baby” births at Two River Theatre.  The drama follows three different pairs – a middle-aged couple, ahopelessly devoted lover and the apple of her eye, and a Romanian mother and Nigerian father caring for their child – who discover the ways in which their lives are connected.  The play, by Stefanie Zadravec, runs through May 5. Tickets are $24-$42 and the show begins at 8 p.m. 21 Bridge Avenue.

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A SHORTER, SWIFTER SHEEHAN

Thirteen hundred runners and walkers finished the 19th annual running of the George Sheehan Classic in Red Bank and Little Silver under sunny skies and mild temperatures Saturday morning. It was the first edition in which the race was trimmed to a five-kilometer (3.1-mile) distance, from five miles.

Highlights included a man running up Tower Hill while talking on a cell phone, a drum-pounding Uncle Sam at the top of the hill, and a wayward walker who made a wrong turn and got briefly lost.

Broad Street was reopened to traffic at 10:06 a.m., the earliest ever for the event, though six minutes later than race organizers had set as their new goal.

Race results are here.

O’SCANLON: NO MORE CONTRACTS FOR POLS

Oscanlon_declan_2Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon.

Six months ago, Declan O’Scanlon was a contender for state Assembly fighting political accusations of cronyism for his work on the Fair Haven cell tower deal.

You might think that the last thing O’Scanlon would want to do now is to remind the public of the flap. But yesterday, as a rookie member of the Assembly, O’Scanlon introduced legislation that would ban people in his new shoes from getting the kind of work that led to all the static.

O’Scanlon’s bill, A2585, would prohibit state legislators or companies they own as little as one percent of from entering into contracts with local, county and state government entities in their districts.

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NO DEMS, BUT OOZING SARCASM, IN FH

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In one of the odder entries in the annals of local governance, the Fair Haven Borough Council met yesterday with the stated purpose of blowing off steam.

And vent its members did, giving voice to everything from disappointment to indignation to oozing sarcasm.

The catalyst? Suggestions by 12th-district Assembly Democratic candidates Mike Panter and Amy Mallet that “cronyism” had tainted the town’s recent cell tower deal.

With Panter and Mallet no-shows at a hastily assembled special session held expressly to refute their allegations, Mayor Mike Halfacre at one point pretended that Panter was there, asking and responding to questions that the Dems had told supporters via email they thought needed answering. Download panter_mallet_email_100807

“Let’s move forward with Mr. Panter’s questions, because I know he’s busy and has to get out of here,” Halfacre said, addressing an empty chair.

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SECOND ASSAULT REPORTED

A 25-year-old Red Bank woman walking home on Branch Avenue early Sunday morning was assaulted by an unknown man traveling by bicycle, borough police reported yesterday. It was the second such report in less than a week.

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The woman told police that while walking home from a friend’s house on Maple Avenue, she was approached by a Hispanic male near the intersection of Branch and Tower Hill avenues. She said that had seen the man earlier while walking, and that he had apparently followed her.

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FAIR HAVEN TEES UP PANTER, MALLET

Img_6922_2Showdown at 9a sharp Tuesday, right here.

Incumbent 12th-district Assemblyman Mike Panter and his running mate, Amy Mallet, may have been aiming primarily at one of their Republican opponents last week with their suggestion of cronyism in the Fair Haven cell tower deal.

But the allegation has roused the Fair Haven council, who have come out their corner swinging — not in defense of candidate and telecom consultant Declan O’Scanlon, they say, but of their own good names.

Tomorrow morning, the council will hold a special meeting at which they’ve challenged Panter, of Shrewsbury, and Mallet, of Fair Haven, to publicly make their case that the contract with O’Scanlon, a Little Silver councilman, was somehow tainted by a conflict of interest, as they alleged last week in a letter to the state Attorney General.

“They’re taking a shot at the integrity of the Fair Haven council,” says governing body president Tom Gilmour, who played a lead role in a four-year effort to eliminate a dead-zone in wireless service to the town.

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DEMS WANT O’SCANLON CONTRACT PROBE

The Democrats in the 12th-district Assembly race have asked state Attorney General Anne Milgram to investigate the deal that gave one of their opponents the exclusive right to negotiate the Fair Haven cell tower deal with a church and four wireless carriers, the Asbury Park Press reports today.

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Incumbent Assemblyman Mike Panter of Shrewsbury and his running mate, Amy Mallet of Fair Haven, “are questioning the compensation package for FSD Enterprises LLC of Red Bank, which is owned by Republican Assembly candidate Declan O’Scanlon and was hired by Fair Haven to negotiate a land lease for the tower and with wireless carriers,” the newspaper reports.

In a letter Tuesday to Milgram, the Democratic duo questioned whether borough officials were aware that FSD would receive a percentage of the first year’s revenue from each carrier in addition to a flat fee of $5,000, which was payable in two installments. Panter said the revenue-sharing portion of the deal could reduce Fair Haven’s estimated annual revenue of $81,000 by almost half.

They’ve also raised conflict-of-interest issues arising from Mayor Mike Halfacre’s role as borough prosecutor in Little Silver, where O’Scanlon is a councilman.

Halfacre says no conflict existed, and that the tower deal negotiated by O’Scanlon brought in far more money than borough officials had anticipated, justifying O’Scanlon’s fees.

He’s also posted, on his blog, a statement “carefully crafted… to be as diplomatic as possible” refuting the Panter-Mallet allegations.

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