RED BANK: DUCKLINGS RESCUED FROM SEWER

rb ducks 051415 5While passersby tried to corral the mother duck and eight of her ducklings, above, Lauren Dezzi, below, got ready to retrieve four other babies from the sewer. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb ducks 051415 6Four ducklings that apparently fell into a storm drain in downtown Red Bank were reunited with their mother and eight siblings by a fast-acting office worker Thursday afternoon.

Using a fish net from an aquarium in her office at OceanFirst Bank, Lauren Dezzi of Manchester got down on all fours atop a Broad Street sewer and gently plucked the downy babies to safety shortly after noon.

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RED BANK: DUCK PAIR TAKES TO BROAD STREET

rb fowl 022615 1 rb fowl 022615 2Arianna Deleks, an employee at Char Steakhouse, shoos a pair of ducks onto the sidewalk on Broad Street in Red Bank Thursday afternoon. Deleks said the ducks showed up two days ago and keep wandering into traffic, and she’s worried they’ll get hit by a car.

“It’s so sad that they’re here,” she said, when they should be down on the nearby Navesink, which is frozen. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

UGLY DUCKLING WEATHER

Love snow and ice? You’ll find things just ducky Monday, when the Green could get up to half an inch of accumulated snow, sleet and rain, according to the Weather Channel. Our photos were taken Sunday on East Front Street in Red Bank, above, and from the bridge under reconstruction on Seven Bridge Road in Little Silver on Saturday. (Click to enlarge)

FOG ON THE NAVESINK

As though poured from a decanter, a thick fog filled the air over our beautiful Navesink River shortly before 4 p.m. Monday, as seen here from Riverside Gardens Park. (Click to enlarge)

THE WEEK IN REARVIEW

mittA catcher’s mitt at Rumson Little League’s opening day. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Break-ins were the breaking news that dominated locally last week, topped by word of an arrest of an suspect in a string of high-end residential burglaries that included pop star Bon Jovi among the victims.

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FAIR HAVEN PUTS QUACKING TO REST

duck-interviewA News 12 reporter interviews Nikki Vuille prior to the Fair Haven council’s vote on her rquest to keep her ducks. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The controversial flock of ducks of South Woodland Drive will get to stay in Fair Haven, the council decided Monday night.

After a heaping of media coverage and a tense meeting full of complaints by neighbors last month, the decision came down in a much more subdued fashion, with no public input except for one woman advocating to let the family keep the ducks in their backyard.

“So, at this point, it looks like the ducks are here,” Mayor Mike Halfacre said, “with conditions.”

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IF IT SITS LIKE A DUCK…

duckJoining the Fair Haven Borough Council Monday night was this wooden duck found in a storage closet at borough hall by Mayor Mike Halfacre. “I thought it was serendipitous,” he said, considering the recent attention on the borough over 12-year-old Nicole Stover’s request to keep six ducks as pets. But there was a minor controversy over the table piece. “I think it’s a goose, actually,” Council President Jon Peters said. The council is expected to decide the fate of Nicole’s ducks at its April 11 meeting. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

FAIR HAVEN DUCK FLAP GETS SLEDGERED

A conflict over a 12-year-old resident’s request to keep six pet ducks in her Fair Haven back yard has attracted the probing lens of Ledger Live.

And a critical essay by a columnist.

In a video posted Sunday, Star-Ledger video reporter Brian Donohue ducks his camera under branches and stands stock-still in a driveway in an attempt to verify complaints by South Woodland Drive neighbors that Nicole Stover’s ducks are too loud and their pen unsightly.

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FAIR HAVENITES QUACK OVER PET DUCKS

nicole-dawn-stoverNicole Stover, left, and her mother, Dawn, make their case to the borough council to keep six ducks as pets. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The borough council in Fair Haven is faced with a difficult and unusual decision.

On Monday night, the governing body heard from Nicole and Dawn Stover, who for the last six months have raised six ducks on their South Woodland Drive property — to the chagrin of their neighbors, who have health concerns and complain that the noise from the ducks is irritating.

If the council allows the Stovers to keep the ducks, it will upset the neighbors. If it denies the family’s request, then it will have broken the heart of 12-year-old Nicole, who’s raised the ducks — she’s named them Jeffrey, Delilah, Daisy, Lucifer, Blue and Genie — and says they’re “pretty much like my children.”

This is a touchy subject, especially in Fair Haven, where disruptions to the status quo tend to spin the populace into a tizzy.

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DUCKS MAKE A PIT STOP IN NAVESINK

scaups-2scaups-1Hundreds of ducks took refuge recently in the Navesink, on the northeastern side of the Oceanic Bridge, forming long, snaking lines of bobbers. Blogger Joe Reynolds says they’re mostly Greater Scaups. He’s got more pix, and a fair amount of detail about the birds, at Shore911.org. (Click to enlarge)