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CERUTTI: COUNTY DISPATCH LAGS TOO MUCH

hot-topic rightFair Haven Fire Chief Jim Cerutti is pressing town officials to end an emergency dispatch arrangement with Monmouth County because of what he says are chronic delays in relaying service calls, according to the Asbury Park Press.

One year after starting the arrangement with the county Sheriff’s office, Cerutti says that lags in patching calls through to borough fire and fire aid average three minutes, and some have taken as long as 11 minutes.

“A lot can happen in three minutes,” Cerutti is quoted as saying.

Police Chief Darryl Breckenridge, however, says that there have been “no problems” with delays in the relay of calls to his department.

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CHRISTIE PUTS M’TWON MAN AT MVC WHEEL

martinezBy TOM HESTER

Does this mean we’ll be treated like visiting dignitaries when we go to renew our driver’s licenses?

Gov. Chris Christie Monday named Raymond Martinez of Middletown, an attorney experienced in arranging White House visits by foreign leaders, as the new administrator of the state Motor Vehicle Commission.

The action fills one of the three remaining openings in the new governor’s cabinet.

Martinez, who will earn over $137,000 annually in the post, brings a unique background to the agency that draws the most ire from New Jerseyans.

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WE APPROVED WHAT?

RumsonsbbridgeThe Route 520 bridge as seen from the Chapel Beach Club on Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright.

By SUE MORGAN

It’s not too much holiday sugar that has Sea Bright and Rumson officials and residents hopped up about a proposed new Route 520 bridge over the Shrewsbury River.

Rather, it’s a statement contained in a Monmouth County Department of Engineering slide show that indicates officials in both towns have endorsed one of five proposals previously presented to replace the nearly 60-year-old drawbridge at an estimated $30 million to $40 million cost.

No official in Sea Bright has ever sanctioned any of five alternatives first presented at a public forum in town in October, 2006, according to both current Mayor Maria Fernandes and her predecessor, Jo-Anne Kalaka-Adams.

Ditto in Rumson, says Mayor John Ekdahl.

“Absolutely not,” Ekdahl tells redbankgreen. “The county has never asked us for our input.”

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WORKING BLUE IN RED BANK

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By TOM CHESEK

On a weekend in which the Count Basie Theatre is scheduled to host a couple of local-kid dance recitals, the ever-eclectic auditorium also will be sounding a blue note or three, as a trio of standup guys jack the stage for a program that could only be called Comedy on the Edge.

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You’re gonna need a 64-ounce bag of V-chips to shield yourself from the vitriolic vibes Friday, when Patrice O’Neal, Robert Kelly and Mike DeStefano appear in this three-headed monster of a bill, presented by AM Productions and featured under the banner of this weekend’s TriCity Arts Tour.

Call it “art” if you must, but those of us who recall Comedy Central’s long-defunct Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn remember O’Neal and Kelly as just two of the opinionated lugs who made that refreshingly loose roundtable into something like the McLaughlin Group, minus the decorum. Collectively, the comics have logged considerable man-hours on the late-late talkfests, premium cable specials and Opie and Anthony shows. To say nothing of quickie cameos in movies that star their bigger, scarier friends — a sore point, one would have to reckon.

Calling from the L.A. home of his pal Dane Cook — with whom he was about to embark on a road trip that would take them (plus Al Del Bene) from Caesars Las Vegas to the sands of Iraq — Boston-bred Bob Kelly filled redbankoRBit in on the pet peeves of the road-warrior wiseass, and life trouping for the troops in a world without (Bob) Hope.

Warning: F-bombs ahead.

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SCHARFENBERGER SHOWS HIS GREEN SIDE

Scharfenberger_100407Middletown Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger makes the case for environmental conservation last Thursday night.

By LINDA G. RASTELLI

Some political opponents have characterized him as an “environmental wacko,” says Middletown Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger.

He’s initiated a free “Dock & Roll” shuttle bus route between the Bayshore Ferry Terminal and the Middletown train station, with stops at shopping centers. He’s pursuing what he calls a “very aggressive” open space program. He’s overseeing a switch to green cleaning products in town facilities, bringing hybrid vehicles into the town’s fleet, and installed a methane-burning water heater that saves $40,000 a year for the township sewer authority.

And he’s thinking bigger. Scharfenberger says he hopes to put five or six wind turbines in an open area in Belford. “It’s the cleanest energy you can imagine, and it will pay for itself,” he says.

Green and proud of it, Scharfenberger last Thursday hosted a presentation on climate change that attracted a small yet vocal group of about 20 local residents.

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