RUMSON: BOROUGH HALL PLAN ADVANCES

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Preliminary site work for the construction of Rumson’s new borough hall has begun, and the town last night awarded the $5.8 million construction contract for the job, today’s Asbury Park Press reports.

Mayor John Ekdahl told the Press that “The timetable to build a new building is 15 to 18 months, and that’s moving in (at the end of 18 months).”

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PLAN FOR NEW BOROUGH HALL ADVANCES

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Rumson officials last night moved closer toward replacing the town’s Memorial Hall with a contract award for parking lot work, today’s Asbury Park Press reports.

The Borough Council also voted to bond an additional $1 million for the overall project, now forecast to cost $6.5 million, to cover the expense of incorporating the police station into the new complex, the Press reports.

From the story:

The council approved a contract with Lucas Construction Group Inc. of Old Bridge, which had the lowest bid of $375,016 out of 10 companies bidding on a project to relocate the current borough hall parking lot.

The bid came in lower than the engineer’s $411,000 estimate to build a new parking lot and prepare the old lot as a construction site, said Thomas Rogers, borough administrator.

That work could take an estimated four to eight weeks, he said.

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HIGH SCHOOLS TO SHARE CHINESE TEACHER

Following the lead of the Red Bank schools, Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School plans to introduce Chinese language study next fall, and will share a teacher in the effort with Red Bank Regional, the Asbury Park Press reports.

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From the story:

“It wasn’t a matter of “Should we offer another language to kids?’ ” said Superintendent Peter Righi. “It was a matter of (deciding) what language made the most sense.”

The school board voted unanimously Tuesday to appoint a teacher of Chinese. The hire is contingent upon sufficient student enrollment, Righi said.

Righi said the school board for years has discussed adding another language. An informal survey of students determined that there was the most interest for Chinese, he said. The school board made a commitment to offer Chinese for a minimum of two years, he said, and interviewed about a half dozen candidates for the position.

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WHERE HAVE I SEEN THIS?

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Devoted fans of Patricia Mink’s Savoury Fare at 3 West River Road in Rumson have had their taste buds on hold in recent days, waiting for the take-out cuisine business to reopen after a vacation.

And here goes redbankgreen, tempting them for the past week with an image of a neon sign from the popular food emporium.

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‘OMG — IM BNG PLLED OVR!’

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Let it go, people.

Your cellphone that is, while driving.

Until now, the state of New Jersey’s law against holding your cellphone to your ear while operating a motor vehicle has been easy to flout. Police, if they were to cite you for it, first had to find another reason to pull you over, such as a busted tail light.

That changes on Saturday, March 1, when text-messaging or using a cellphone without a hands-free device while driving becomes a “primary” offense. Meaning you can be pulled over and cited for that alone.

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