RUMSONITES BARK AT TREE TAKEDOWN

doug-spencerShade Tree Commission Chairman Doug Spencer shows residents a piece of a tree Tuesday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Fair Haven officials aren’t quite out of the woods yet when it comes to adapting to changes to the borough’s tree preservation ordinance. And now, they have a little company.

On Tuesday night, Rumson’s council suddenly found itself in the middle of a thorny debate over the efficacy of its tree preservation law after a Navesink Avenue property’s tree population was decimated last week, residents said.

Change to the ordinance and bolstered enforcement are likely, council members said.

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RUMSON: SAME FACES

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By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Incumbent Republicans Joan DeVoe and Joe Hemphill maintained the status quo for Rumson by winning another election tonight, securing an all-Republican council.

Democratic challengers Michael Steinhorn and Philip Wagner put up a little fight, but voters seem OK with how things work.

“I feel elated that people have continued to show confidence in me,” DeVoe said. “I’ve heard them, will continue to listen to them and keep their interests in the front of my mind.”

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DeVOE: TRASH ISSUE REQUIRES RESEARCH

r_devoeName: Joan P. DeVoe (Republican, incumbent)

Age: I feel that age is irrelevant

Occupation: Rumson councilwoman

Length of residence in town: Rumson resident 40 years

General Questions:

1. What do you see as the top three issues in town?

Privatization of Garbage Pick-up, Recreation Dept. and Field Usage, Budget Growth

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