WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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Last week’s ‘Where,’ we figured, was an easy one. And, in fact, several readers wrote in to correctly identify the image: a fire hydrant wrapped in black plastic on River Road in Fair Haven, near the corner of Lincoln Avenue.

Congrats are in order, by the way, to Susan McLaughlin, a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty, for being the first.

What we did not expect though, was this intriguing reply late yesterday from blogging Fair Haven Mayor-elect Michael Halfacre to our inquiry as to why the hydrant appears to be in mourning:

The wrapping is due to a lack of water pressure to those hydrants from the Red Bank water utility. Our FD chose to wrap them, as they are not up to snuff for fighting fires.

The lack of water pressure to the Fair Haven homes served by RB water is an ongoing problem. We are attempting to address it now. (You may read b/t the lines here.)

Uh-oh.

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HOUSE FIRE

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Smoke pours from a house that was extensively damaged by fire on South Pearl Street late Monday afternoon.

Firefighters quickly brought the blaze under control.

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TWO AREA MEN DIE IN AZ. CRASH

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Two men originally from Lincroft and Tinton Falls were among three killed in a fiery crash in Arizona over the Labor Day weekend, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports.

Dead are Gene Charles Bailey, 26, originally of Tinton Falls; Ryan John Daly, 25, of Lincroft, and Ryan Higgins, 26.

Stephan Schrankel, 26, originally from Tinton Falls, was reported comatose and hospitalized in critical condition.

All four men lived in Pacific Beach, Calif. The identities of two of the the dead were determined by a check of dental records.

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NAVESINK WOMAN DIES IN FIRE

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A 78-year-old Navesink woman was found dead yesterday morning in her Osborne Avenue house following a fire.

Dorothea F. Brooks was already dead as a result of burns when firefighters arrived at the scene of the 11a blaze, Monmouth County Prosecutor Luis A. Valentin told the Asbury Park Press. A neighbor had tried dousing the fire with a garden hose.

The fire is under investigation but does not appear suspicious, authorities told the Press.

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