BIG GREEN HAT FOR A BIG GREEN DAY

green-hatIn Fair Haven, six-year-old Will Beausoleil gears up for a big St. Patrick’s Day. “We’re going to meet a friend in the woods. We’re having a little parade by ourselves,” his mother, Kathleen Beausoleil, said. “Then corned beef and cabbage tonight.” (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

MORE WILD TURKEYS

fh-turkeys-031611 lincroft-turkeysIs there an ornithologist in the house? Earlier this week, readers sent us photos of five wild turkeys spotted on the streets of Red Bank and Fair Haven. Today, Colleen Donovan saw five in her neighbor’s yard on Harrison Avenue in Fair Haven, above. And Linda Snyder sent us the shot at right, taken on Leedsville Drive in Lincroft on March 10.

Can someone explain the sudden appearance of wild turkeys, and whether this might be the same gaggle on the move? (Click to enlarge)

DRUG COMPANY FOCUSES ON FAIR HAVEN

gourmet-picnicPhotographers from New York made a trip to Fair Haven Thursday afternoon for a photo shoot at Gourmet Picnic on River Road. A representative from the company said they came  for a “lifestyle” shot that may be used to publicize a new medication from a New Jersey-based pharmaceutical company. Store owner Suzette O’Brien was flattered her shop was chosen for the shoot. “It’s probably something you’d never see in Fair Haven,” she said. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

RED BANK MAN COPS TO TWO BANK JOBS

call-in-the-authoritiesA Red Bank man admitted in federal court in Trenton Monday that he robbed a Fair Haven bank last August and another one a week later in Cranford.

Wilfred A. Dunn Jr., no address given, faces up to 20 years for each robbery, according to documents filed in connection with the plea.

According to an FBI agent’s statement in court records, Dunn entered a TD Bank branch on River Road in Fair Haven last August 20 and passed a teller a note that said, “I have a loaded gun in my bag. Just give me the money and nobody gets hurt. 20s, 50s and 100s.”

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MORE SNOW = MORE SNOW PIX

redbankgreen did a tour through Rumson, Fair Haven, Little Silver and Sea Bright Thursday morning to get photos of all the whiteness dumped by the latest winter snowstorm . (Photos by Dustin Racioppi) To enlarge the photo display, start it, then click the embiggen symbol in the lower right corner. To get back to redbankgreen, hit your escape key.

SNOW: ARE WE IN FOR IT OR WHAT?

poblanaDee Patel’s grocery store on Shrewsbury Avenue in Red Bank cleared an early path for customers during the December 26-27 storm. (Click to enlarge)

The too-white winter of 2011 is expected to lay a fresh blanket of snow up to 13 inches thick on the Red Bank region Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, according to the National Weather Service.

It begins around 4p, the forecast says, with light accumulation until about 7p, when the snow dump begins in earnest.

The Red Bank police department has issued a request urging that vehicles not be left parked on-street overnight, to make it easier for plows to do their work.

In addition, there are borough streets for which an ordinance prohibits parking when the road is snow-covered, subjecting vehicles to tickets and towing.

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POLICE PAY IN SLEDGER SPOTLIGHT

hot-topic rightSunday’s Star-Ledger had an eye-opening article on police salaries in New Jersey.

Analyzing 2009 pay data from police departments throughout the state, the Sledger concluded that

the average municipal cop in New Jersey is paid 80 percent more than the average resident, and three of 10 made at least $100,000 last year. In addition, police tend to be paid the best in small towns with little crime.

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HOMES WITHOUT JUICE AS TEMPS SOAR

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Electrical service was out for some customers of First Energy Corp. — parent of JCP&L — in Fair Haven and Rumson this morning as temperatures were expected to crest at nearly 100 degrees.

As of 6:30a, First Energy’s online outage map indicated fewer than 500 homes without power, but doesn’t specify if that’s the total per town or collectively in the region.

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TAX DISCOUNT IDEA BROACHED, PUT ON HOLD

marcheseCouncilman Bob Marchese explains his idea to generate revenue through investing taxes that are paid early, while councilman Ben Lucarelli looks on. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It didn’t take long for rookie Fair Haven Councilman Bob Marchese to start chipping away at ideas he campaigned on.

He formally floated one earlier this week: give a discount on property taxes for those who pay their bills early. The borough would then invest the money paid at a higher rate than the discount given.

The idea appeared to be dead on arrival. Because of economic conditions, the council has decided to hold off on Marchese’s idea. It could be revived at some point in the future, though, officials suggested.

“It’s not the right time to do this, unfortunately,” Mayor Mike Halfacre said. “But we’re always looking for ideas and think outside the box, as they say, to save some money and in this case, make some money.”

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FOLEY’S WRECK CAUSED SECOND CRASH

foley-suvFoley’s SUV in the Atlantic Highlands wrecking yard where it was towed after the accident. (Photo courtesy of Rumson PD)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A motorist crashed into the telephone pole and wires downed by former Fair Haven Fire Chief Shaun Foley in the November 22 Rumson wreck that led to his being charged with drunken driving, according to records obtained by redbankgreen.

Police reports on the accident also reveal that Foley tried to flee the scene in his heavily damaged fire department vehicle before it conked out just a block away, in front of Rumson’s Borough Hall.

As previously reported, 27-year-old Foley, who worked as a Rumson police dispatcher and part-time policeman, then took off on foot to the Oceanic Bridge, a mile away, where he jumped into the Navesink River, prompting a massive rescue effort involving helicopters and boats.

The 17 pages of reports, though, give the first official indication of the earliest stages of the drama that began unfolding shortly before 6p that Sunday evening.

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FIREFIGHTERS MUM ON CHIEF’S PAST, FUTURE

img_5216112209Emergency vehicles on the Oceanic Bridge during the rescue of Fair Haven Fire Chief Shaun Foley Sunday night.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Yesterday had the feel of Black Monday at the Fair Haven firehouse.

Twenty-four hours after borough Fire Chief Shaun Foley plunged from the Oceanic Bridge into the the Navesink River, department members were visibly shaken and reluctant to discuss his drastic actions Sunday night. Only two people within the department, Deputy Chief Jim Cerruti and President Jim Butler, spoke with reporters at Monday night’s Fair Haven Borough Council meeting. But they didn’t say much.

“One of our top concerns is his well being,” Butler said.

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CHIEF TO FACE CHARGES FOR ACCIDENT

img_5243112209A Fair Haven Rescue Squad ambulance carries Fire Chief Shaun Foley  from the scene of his  apparent suicide attempt in Rumson Sunday night. Below, Foley in early 2008.

shaun-foley2-010108No charges have yet been filed against Fair Haven Fire Chief Shaun Foley following an accident and apparent suicide attempt that brought a phalanx of rescuers to the Oceanic Bridge in Rumson Sunday evening, according to Rumson Police Chief Ricky Tobias.

A search-and-rescue operation that entailed three helicopters and a team of divers resulted in Foley being fished safely out of the dark waters of the Navesink River after about 45 minutes, Tobias tells redbankgreen.

Foley, who is also a police dispatcher and special officer in the Rumson police department, is reported to be in fair condition at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune and is expected to be released this afternoon, Tobias says.

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MONEY MAN ADMITS TO STATE FRAUD CHARGES

authorities3One day after he pleaded guilty to federal charges arising from an $8 million investment scam, Fair Haven resident Maxwell Smith was in state court Wednesday, owning up to more allegations.

The 69-year-old former financial adviser at Cantone Research in Tinton Falls faces up to 15 years on the state charges when he’s sentenced on March 5, according to an announcement from the office of Attorney General AnnE Milgram.

He faces a 20-year sentence on related federal charges, to which he pleaded guilty on Tuesday, and is scheduled for sentencing in that case on February 26. Under a “global resolution” worked out between prosecutors and Smith’s lawer, the sentences will be served concurrently.

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FAIR HAVEN REC HEAD THRIVES, FULL-TIME

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Charlie Hoffman just finished his first year as Fair Haven’s first full-time recreation director. Borough officials think the investment has paid off in spades. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

As mayor of Fair Haven, Michael Halfacre catches a lot of flak for decisions he and the Borough Council make. That was no different last year when the council decided to hire a full-time recreation director; Halfacre says there was a lot of collective grumbling going on.

But once Charlie Hoffman, a fresh-faced 29-year-old, stepped into that full-time role and got to work, the naysayers suddenly got quiet, Halfacre said.

“I’ve not heard a single complaint from anybody,” he said. “His on the job performance has been tremendous.”

Hoffman has been on the job for a little more than a year now, and all one needs to do is take a look at the borough’s existing and new recreation programs to see the impact Hoffman’s had in his inaugural year, his backers say.

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FAIR HAVEN SALUTES ITS VETS

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U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Reginald Richardson, left, salutes the flag at Fair Haven’s Veteran’s Day ceremony. Richardson, who’s stationed at Fort Monmouth, was the ceremony’s keynote speaker on Wednesday. (Photos by Dustin Racioppi)

There’s more than one way to give thanks to a military veteran, says U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Reginald Richardson.

The obvious one is simply to say, “Thank you.” But if you truly appreciate the freedom that servicemen and servicewomen afford you, then you have to show it in your everyday life, says Richardson, the keynote speaker at Fair Haven’s Veteran’s Day ceremony.

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