RED BANK: MINUTES IN HISTORY

rb records 021115 2rb records 021115 1Workers from the digital archiving company DRS Group roll up old plats on the floor of the planning and zoning office in Red Bank Wednesday afternoon for transfer to a scanning facility in Springfield. At right, Ricardo Peetes rides down in the elevator at borough hall with a palette load of documents.

As part of a digitization project, the minutes of planning and zoning board applications dating back to 1929 – minus a decade’s worth from the 1950s that are believed to have been destroyed in a fire – are being scanned and transferred to both digital files and microfilm, says office director Donna Smith-Barr. Once that’s complete, the borough will apply to the state for permission to destroy the hundreds of site plans, architects’ renderings and other large pieces used as evidence in hearings, she said. (Photos by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

GLOVE, ID LEAD COPS TO ALLEGED BURGLAR

manuel-cortezAn alleged serial burglar who authorities say left a glove behind at one house and used his real ID to sell jewelry taken from another was arrested by Middletown police Tuesday.

Lieutenant Steve Dollinger, the department spokesman, says in a news announcement today that Manuel Cortez, 50, was busted on charges of breaking into three township residences over the course of six months.

Here’s the full text of the statement:

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