SHREWSBURY: ACME EXITING

HOT-TOPIC_03Shrewsbury’s Acme Markets store is expected to close by the end of April, NJ.com reports.

The store is one of three in New Jersey and Pennsylvania that the supermarket chain will close based on a decision not to renew expiring leases, according to spokeswoman Danielle D’Elia.

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FAIR HAVEN ‘FACTORY’ GETS EMMY NOD

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It’s the moment most television producers pine for: a trip to the Big Apple, a walk down the red carpet and a chance to go home with a golden-winged woman holding an atom — a coveted Emmy award.

For Fair Haven’s Chris Dudick, this dream has become reality, as he and two local children will suit up for the Emmy Awards for their nomination in the children’s programming category.

Dudick, who runs Small Factory Productions in Fair Haven, and his two local kids — Molly Siciliano of Red Bank and Kylin Lamar-McCastle of Fair Haven — received the nod last month for their Saturday morning cartoon series, Small Factory Flicks.

“It’s a black-tie event,” Dudick said. “We’re going to show up there and, hopefully, win.”

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BONUS FOR CHIEF, TRASH JOBBED OUT

darryl-breckenridge-010108By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Fair Haven Police Chief Darryl Breckenridge got his annual attaboy from the borough council last night in the form of a $3,000 bonus.

This is not unusual in Fair Haven. Employees do well, they get compensated, Mayor Mike Halfacre said.

And even though Breckenridge is part of the police department, he is not a member of a union, making him eligible for a performance-based bonus, like all other non-union workers, Halfacre said.

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PRE-CHRISTMAS ACCIDENT KILLED WOMAN

river-rd-accidentThe accident occurred on River Road in front of Acme. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

An Eatontown woman died after being struck by a vehicle on River Road in Fair Haven almost two weeks ago, authorities confirmed.

No charges have been filed against the driver, Mohsen Sarraf, of Rumson, who hit 52-year-old Keri Lee on December 20, Assistant Prosecutor Peter Warshaw said.

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FAIR HAVEN MERCHANT MIFFED BY ROADBLOCK

shuttersThe parking lot at Shutters was opened up Monday afternoon, after eight days that put a dent in business. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

If there were a week that the Fair Haven decor shop Shutters Cottage Home needed its parking lot open, it was the one following Thanksgiving.

Unfortunately for owner Christine DeVincens, the start of her Christmas-season shopping rush was muted — a direct result, she says, of construction work being done on River Road.

As contractors take on biting weather while trying to wrap up Fair Haven’s River Road streetscape project, there’s frustration mounting within the business district related to parking and safety.

What’s more frustrating to DeVincens, though, is the lack of communication between the borough and its businesses.

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