RED BANK: WITH LEE’S RETURN, WOMEN RULE

sharon lee 090915Sharon Lee, flanked by Mayor Pasquale Menna and former Councilwoman Juanita Lewis, gets ready to swear the oath of office while Councilman Mike DuPont takes a photo. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_03For the first time in Red Bank’s 107-year history, women now outnumber men on the borough council.

Former Councilwoman Sharon Lee returned to the dais Wednesday night, following unanimous approval by the governing body to complete the three-plus months remaining in the term of former Council President Art Murphy, who resigned last month.

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SEA BRIGHT: TALKING WATER AT ITS EDGE

sb h2O9 1 091013New Jersey Institute of Technology students gather with Dutch designer Paul van Wijk, far right, on the beach in Sea Bright Tuesday morning prior to the second day of H209, a two-day, multilocation forum on how to mitigate flood damage in lower Manhattan, Jamaica Bay and the Jersey Shore.

Representatives of the Dutch government, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, insurance companies and engineering firms are also present at the daylong event, held at borough hall. (Photo by Sarah Klepner. Click to enlarge)

SHREWSBURY: FIFTH DOG RESCUED

A Wheaten Terrier-mix puppy at the Associated Humane Societies facility in Tinton Falls Friday morning, shortly after his rescue in Shrewsbury. (Click to enlarge)

The last of five possibly abandoned young dogs that were on the loose in an industrial area of Shrewsbury was captured Friday morning, Animal Control Officer Henry Perez tells redbankgreen.

The Wheaten Terrier-mix pup, wet and mangy but tail a-wagging, was caught in a humane trap he set Tuesday, after four other dogs were rounded up near the Satellite Self Storage facility on Tuesday.

The first four, originally believed to be all puppies, are now known to be three pups – one a type of Pomeranian –and an adult female, said Perez. It’s unclear if the adult, a Wheaten mix like three of the pups, is the mother.

It’s also unknown, and likely to stay unknown, if the animals,  were born in the wild or dumped there, Perez said. They appear to have been using an exposed drainage pipe for temporary shelter, he said.

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SHREWSBURY: PUPPY DUMPING SUSPECTED

Three of the four puppies captured Tuesday morning took temporary shelter in a drainage pipe. A fifth escaped. (Click to enlarge)

Shrewsbury authorities are searching for the owners of five young dogs that appear to have been abandoned in town, redbankgreen has learned.

Four of the five were captured Tuesday morning and transported to the Humane Society facility in Tinton Falls for examination, said borough Animal Control Officer Henry Perez. The fifth got away, he said.

“They’re all really dirty, with mangled fur,” Perez said.

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COLONY HOUSE RENT COMPLAINTS MOUNT

colony-house-2008A plan to convert the Colony House failed, leading to a return to rentals, and new-tenant complaints about jacked-up rents. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Following a pattern reported on by redbankgreen back in June, the owner of the Colony House apartments has continued to illegally raise rents on tenants, some of whom may be afraid to pursue legal recourse, members of the Red Bank Rent Leveling Board said Thursday.

At their monthly meeting in a nearly empty council chambers, board members said that about eight residents had filed formal complaints in recent months alleging that the landlord, Park Ridge LLC of Lakewood, had rescinded incentive discounts given to new tenants since 2009, and then imposed cost-of-living improvements on the new base rent.

Only the cost-of-living adjustments are permitted under the borough rent ordinance, said board attorney Gene Anthony.

“We had three complaints in September alone,” said board chairman Vincent Light.

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TALKIN’ RATS IN FAIR HAVEN

hot-topic rightBy DUSTIN RACCIOPPI

The days of sticking a piece of cheddar in the basement to bait a rat into a gory, spring-loaded death-by-trap are over. The best way to get rid of rats is slow and agonizing, but the upside is that it’s a community effort that can bring neighbors together.

So say experts from the Monmouth County Regional Health Commission, who came into Fair Haven Wednesday afternoon to give a few tips to concerned residents about the borough’s apparent rat problem. Rats have been seen near a pond on Fair Haven Road and behind the Acme supermarket, and the commission came to speak at the request of the borough government.

According to commission health educator Sophia Jozil, taking away all the things rats like — food, water, shelter — will eventually push the rats out or kill them. Or at least get them out of sight.

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