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LITTLE SILVER: STRETCH OF HARDING TO CLOSE

ls harding rd 122814ls harding rd 122814 2Harding Road between Prospect Avenue and Ridge Road in Little Silver was expected to be closed starting at 8 a.m. Monday for sewer work, according to the borough website. The roadway is expected to reopen in the mid-afternoon Wednesday. (Click to enlarge)

RED BANK: WATER LINE BREAKS ON EAST SIDE

A water main break at Harding Road and Spring Street in Red Bank Monday morning. Spring Street was closed between Harding and Elm Place. (Click to enlarge)

Red Bank’s borough government issued a “boil water” alert following a supply line break on the East Side Monday morning.

Public works director Gary Watson tells redbankgreen that a six-inch line, not a 10-inch main, ruptured at Harding Road and Spring Street at about 6 a.m. Water service was shut to two homes on Spring Street and the Manor Drive condominium complex while a contractor makes repairs, expected to be completed by about 3 p.m., he said.

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CIRCUMSTANCES OF TEEN’S DEATH A MYSTERY

A roadside memorial to Jillian Dinger, below, at the scene of the accident in which she was fatally injured. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A 19-year-old Fair Haven woman home from college for Easter weekend died as a result of a pre-dawn accident on Harding Road in Little Silver last Friday, police said Monday.

Jillian Dinger, of Spruce Drive, died at Jersey Shore Medical Center in Neptune eight hours after being struck by a car driven by another Fair Haven resident at about 3:15 a.m., said police Chief Dan Shaffery.

Authorities are still piecing together the circumstances under which Dinger, a 2011 graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High, was found alone and severely injured near the center line of the road, opposite the entrance to the Alderbrook condo community, he said.

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FLOWERS REPLACE FENCE AT STATION SITE

ray-rap-081211The ugly temporary fence that surrounded a former filling station site on Harding Road in Red Bank for the past four years has come down. (Click to enlarge)

A vacant lot that has blighted its Red Bank neighborhood for years has gotten a bit of sprucing-up recently.

There are still no immediate plans to build on the property, its owner tells redbankgreen, but stay-tuned, he says.

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ROAD CLOSED FOR THE DAY

harding-road-pavePaving work on Harding Road is closing off traffic between Harrison and Prospect avenues in the corner area where Red Bank, Fair Haven and Little Silver town lines meet. Only local traffic is allowed access to those roads. The work is expected to last all day. Read a news release on the project here, from Monmouth County. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

OH DEER, THEY’RE EVERYWHERE…

dsc_4059A deer crosses a street in Shrewsbury at dusk last year. Fair Haven officials say they’re watching Shrewsbury’s effort to curtail its deer population. (Photo by Peter Lindner. Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Last year they were eating tree seedlings out of Stephen Knowlton’s yard on Church Street in Fair Haven. This year he’s having a hard time keeping a patch of lilies.

Elizabeth Lilleston, Fair Haven’s code enforcement officer and a resident of Woodland Drive, says she sees them daily roaming the street.

And Mayor Mike Halfacre, who also lives on Church, snapped a picture on his cell phone last week of one chomping on his neighbor’s grass.

If Fair Haven’s deer population isn’t controlled, Knowlton warned, “they’re going to be sleeping on our front lawns.”

Like towns across New Jersey, the borough is now facing a tricky problem: an apparent rise in deer wandering into the residential areas of town, and few options to thin the herds.

“I don’t know what we can do short of a hunt,” Halfacre said.

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WEEKEND OUTLOOK: CHANCE OF BOOMERS

gooseThis goose statue, which has stood outside a Harding Road home in Red Bank for about a decade, is ready for excessive wetness. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

After Thursday night’s thunderstorms broke the back of a two-day heatwave that saw local temperatures pushing 100 degrees, temps are expected to settle back down into the high 80s Friday.

A chance of rain and boomers will loom throughout the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

Here’s the outlook:

Today: A chance of showers and thunderstorms after 2pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 87. North wind between 5 and 8 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

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‘JUST PAINTING A HOUSE’

harding-road-gas-stationProperty owner Ray Rapcavage says he’s not interested in creating a parking lot for postal service employees on the site. But he hasn’t ruled out a farm market.

What’s up with the former filling station property on Harding Road in Red Bank?

A backhoe has appeared in recent days, and the white house next door, which has the same owner, is suddenly forest green.

But owner Ray Rapcavage tells redbankgreen nothing is in the works at the gas station site, which has undergone an environmental cleanup since the pumps and station were removed two years ago.

“I don’t have anything happening there,” he says. “Just painting a house.”

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