RUMSON HAILS NEW UNIFORMED LEADERS

Mayor John Ekdahl, center, calls the annual reorganization meeting to order at Bingham Hall. Below, Ekdahl swears in Scott Paterson as police chief while Paterson’s wife, Stephanie, and children look on. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The start of the new year signaled changes in command of Rumson’s emergency services Tuesday.

Scott Paterson, a 19-year veteran of the police department, was sworn in as police chief, succeeding Rick Tobias. And Jymm Fenn moved up the ladder at the fire department for a one-year term as fire chief.

The calendar change also saw the departure of the borough’s longtime recreation department head, John Hird.

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RUMSON CUTS FAIR HAVEN FROM REC SPORTS

img_5139111409The change affects kids in the rowing program at Victory Park, above, and a lacrosse program. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Citing capacity issues, Rumson has dropped Fair Haven from its recreation sports partnership, a move that isn’t sitting well with coaches and parents from both riverside towns.

At Tuesday night’s council meeting, Rumson’s governing body caught an earful from miffed residents who accused the borough of making a hasty decision and pleaded for officials to work harder to continue what some called the most successful recreation partnership in the area.

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PARKS & REC HEAD READY TO FILL BIG SHOES

memone-kids1Red Bank Little Leaguers pose with their new parks and rec director Memone Paden Crystian. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The Memone Paden Crystian era has begun in Red Bank’s Parks & Rec Department.

The borough resident and mother of three was named Recreation Director on Monday night, four months after the Menna administration decided, without explanation, not to reappoint longtime director Bob Evans.

Memone, who serves as president of Lunch Break‘s Board of Trustees, had been an alternate member of the Recreation Committee since January. She told redbankgreen that for the last couple years she’d been trying to get onto the committee.

Some leap.

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RUMSON DIRECTOR FILLING IN AT RED BANK

john-hirdJohn Hird at last night’s meeting of the parks & rec committee. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

If you were around Red Bank in 2003, seeing John Hird’s face at Borough Hall these days may seem like deja vu.

Hird is back, and in the same role he was the first time the Red Bank Parks and Recreation Committee was in a bind, as interim director of the department.

This time, the full-time Parks & Rec director for Rumson is stepping in for Bob Evans, who was told a couple weeks ago he wouldn’t be reappointed to the position he’s held since 2004, said Borough Administrator Stanley Sickels. Terms run from January 1 to December 31.

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