TEMPORARY ROOF FIX DONE AT SUPERMARKET

acme-openA&P in Little Silver reopened early Friday afternoon after the building’s roof partially collapsed this week. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The A&P supermarket in Little Silver is back in business after a 48-hour shutdown caused by this week’s blizzard.

Contractors worked since Wednesday to shore up the roof of the building, which partially collapsed under the weight of heavy snow, and the store got permission to reopen its doors at around noon Friday.

Within an hour, shoppers wended through the store loading up carts and baskets, moving around a cordoned off section at the south end where the damage occurred.

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STELLA GRANDE

stellaStella, a golden retriever “from New Hampshire,” her owner notes, rests her chin on a snowbank outside the Starbucks on Broad Street in Red Bank Thursday morning. (Click to enlarge)

SINGLE-LANE REOPENING PLANNED

wfront-122910A towrig pulls a stranded car from the snow while utility crews work on the opposite side of West Front Street at 3:30p Wednesday. (Click to enlarge)

A utility pole replacement job continued to vex motorists traveling through Red Bank Wednesday, adding to woes dominated by icy streets and snowpile-narrowed driving lanes.

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RUMSON DONE AS SEA BRIGHT DIGS OUT

plowA snow plow on East River Road Monday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

While other towns continue trying to dig out from massive amounts of snow, it’s down to a cleanup effort in Rumson.

Public Works crews worked through the night Monday plowing through the borough’s seven-square-miles, and by Tuesday morning all streets were open, “which, I don’t think, a lot of the neighboring towns can say,” Mayor John Ekdahl said.

No they can’t.

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RED BANK SPUTTERS BACK TO A START

On Monday, redbankgreen brought you photos taken on a walking tour of Red Bank shortly after the end of the paralyzing blizzard that walloped parts of the northeastern United States over the previous 24 hours.

Today, we give you the morning after the morning after, in which we retrace our steps to see how much has changed over the subsequent 24.

Photos are in pairs, the first of which was taken Monday morning, and the second, Tuesday morning.

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PLOW STUCK ON RIVER STREET 24+ HOURS

Privately owned vehicles stranded in the weekend snowstorm aren’t the only ones hampering the street-clearing effort in Red Bank, it turns out.

redbankgreen came across this municipal truck stuck in snow, engine running, without any borough employees in sight, on River Street Tuesday morning.

Huh?

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AFTER THE STORM IN FAIR HAVEN & RUMSON

As the wind and snow relented Monday morning, plows, shovels and snowblowers got heavy use in Fair Haven and Rumson.

redbankgreen‘s Dustin Racioppi trudged through the streets to snap shots of residents digging out from the season’s first major storm.

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A WALK AROUND RED BANK

In the aftermath of the blizzard, redbankgreen took a stroll around Red Bank Monday morning.

Everywhere, it seemed, were stranded cars, shovel-toters, pre-plowed streets and balletic wisps of snow dancing on strong gusts of wind. Here’s the documentary evidence.

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POLE DOWN ON WEST FRONT

pole-downAuthorities left West Front Street open despite the presence of a fallen utility pole to maintain roadway access to Riverview Medical Center. Below, the aftermath of a train-versus-van accident at the Monmouth Street grade crossing. (Click to enlarge)trainvcar2

A utility pole and a couple of vehicles appear to have been the only victims of a raging blizzard that swept through Red Bank Sunday night.

Police Captain Darren McConnell said the pole, opposite Riverside Gardens Park, snapped sometime overnight, leaving it leaning heavily on connecting wires and blocking the eastbound lane. Officials from Jersey Central Power & light were unable to say when the pole would be replaced, McConnell said.

Meantime, McConnell said, a determination was made that the pole was safe for vehicles to pass.

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AND NOW, WE DIG OUT

shovelerReady for battle, a man armed with a shovel braved the white-out conditions on Branch Avenue in Red Bank Sunday afternoon. (Click to enlarge)

A blizzard that prompted a declaration of a state of emergency left a good two feet of snow in the Red Bank area Sunday and prompted a near-complete shutdown of schools, businesses and government operations on Monday.

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ELEVENTH-HOUR REMEMBRANCE

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At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Red Bank schoolchildren, elected officials and civic groups gathered at Red Bank’s war memorial on Monmouth Street to pay honor to American war veterans. Among the participants were members of the Red Bank Regional High School Choir, right. (Click to enlarge)

SEA BRIGHT: GOP SURFS TO VICTORY

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The future of beachfront development in Sea Bright will stay in the hands of those who started making plans for it.

Incumbent Republicans Brian Kelly and Peggy Bills thwarted a challenge by Democrats  Meg Fisher and Marc Leckstein in Tuesday’s election.

Like Kelly, Fisher made beachfront development a top campaign priority. But it was Kelly, who heads the borough’s Smart Growth Committee and has been involved in drafting plans for a waterfront restaurant and pool club, who voters picked to continue to work toward the goal of bringing more revenue into the borough via the municipal beach.

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RUMSON: SAME FACES

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By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Incumbent Republicans Joan DeVoe and Joe Hemphill maintained the status quo for Rumson by winning another election tonight, securing an all-Republican council.

Democratic challengers Michael Steinhorn and Philip Wagner put up a little fight, but voters seem OK with how things work.

“I feel elated that people have continued to show confidence in me,” DeVoe said. “I’ve heard them, will continue to listen to them and keep their interests in the front of my mind.”

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SHREWSBURY: BURDEN OUTPOLLS WRITE-INS

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Donald Burden, the sole candidate to replace Terel Cooperhouse as Shrewsbury Borough’s mayor, fended off 82 write-in votes — nearly eight percent of the total — for other candidates to secure the job, according to the Monmouth County Clerk’s office.

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MIDDLETOWN: FULLY REPUBLICAN AGAIN

mtown-elexAt Democratic headquarters tonight, the mood went from hopeful to somber as the Republicans won the township committee election. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The Middletown Township Committee will be all-Republican come January 1, as incumbent mayor Gerard Scharfenberger and running mate Kevin Settembrino beat out Sean Byrnes, who was the committee’s only Democrat, and his running mate, Mary Mahoney, in Tuesday’s election.

By 9p, Scharfenberger was confident he and Settembrino had a safe enough lead to declare victory. That was about the same time Byrnes, who had gathered with fellow Dems at the American Legion post in Leonardo, said “it’s over.”

“Naturally I’m very pleased. I thought we ran a really strong campaign,” Scharfenberger said. “We worked very hard and we were rewarded for it.”

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RED BANK: DEMS SWEEP

demsRed Bank Democrats celebrating at campaign headquarters on West Front Street Tuesday night. (Click to enlarge)

Democratic incumbents Kathy Horgan and Sharon Lee coasted to victory in the Red Bank council race Tuesday, extending the party’s domination of the governing body for at least another year.

Mayor Pasquale Menna, who ran unopposed for a second term, capped the slate’s box-out of GOP challengers Rob Lombardi making his second bid for council in two years, and GOP treasurer Joe Mizzi.

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CANDIDATE Q&As: RED BANK

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Earlier this month, redbankgreen emailed questionnaires to local candidates for public office in towns with contested elections on November 2.

We began running the replies last Friday, starting with those from Middletown, where four candidates are vying for two seats on the five-member Township Committee.

Today, we conclude the series with Red Bank, where incumbent Mayor Pasquale Menna, a Democrat, is running unopposed, and four candidates vie for a pair of council seats. The candidates’ responses are below, in alphabetical order.

Here’s the Red Bank ballot: red-bank-ballot-2010

Follow these links to see the Q&As for candidates in Rumson and Sea Bright.

HORGAN: ENERGY SAVINGS WOULD HELP

rb_horganNAME: Kathleen A. Horgan

AGE: 65

OCCUPATION: Liaison to the Board of Trustees amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research 120 Wall Street, New York, NY 10005

LENGTH OF RESIDENCE IN TOWN: 11 years

General Questions:

1. WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE TOP THREE ISSUES IN TOWN? In walking door-to-door throughout the Borough over the past few months,  residents have spoken to me most often about the following issues:

a. Property taxes
b. Downtown revitalization
c. Pedestrian/bicycle safety

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LEE: DOWNTOWN NEEDS A PARKING GARAGE

rb_leeNAME : Sharon Lee (Democrat, incumbent)

AGE: 55

OCCUPATION:  Asst. Budget Planner

LENGTH OF RESIDENCE IN TOWN:  Life long

General Questions:

1. What do you see as the top three issues in town?

Taxes

Parking

Housing

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LOMBARDI: RESTORE FREE SATURDAY PARKING

rb_lombardi1Name: Robert Lombardi (Republican)

Age: 30

Occupation: Architect

Length of Residence in Town: This question implies who “ cares” more based on length of occupancy. That is impossible to know. Vote for the person who holds the principles that are best for this town.

1. What do you see as the top 3 issues in town?
The top three issues in this town are the same as the top three issues nation wide. Across the board we need to reduce spending, which allows us to
reduce taxes. And we need to elect people to government who at their core
believe in limited government.

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MENNA: WE NEED MORE SHARED SERVICES

rb_menna NAME: Pasquale Menna (Democrat, incumbent mayor, running unopposed)

AGE: 56

OCCUPATION: Attorney

LENGTH OF RESIDENCE IN TOWN: 46 YEARS

1. What do you see as the top three issues in town?

Taxes and Financial Stability;  Quality of Life;  Competitive Leadership as a Center for Region

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MIZZI: ASSESSMENT LEVELS ‘UNREALISTIC’

rb_mizzi NAME: Joseph M. Mizzi (Republican)
AGE: 34
OCCUPATION: Senior Business Analyst and Economics Professor
LENGTH OF RESIDENCE IN TOWN: 4 Years

1. What do you see as the top three issues in town?

Parking enforcement and excessive ticketing, declining foot traffic/empty stores in business district and outdated property assessments.

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