FAIR HAVEN MAN BUSTED FOR BURGLARY SPREE

AUTHORITIES_FH1A Fair Haven man faces burglary and other charges after a two-town spree early last Saturday in which he allegedly broke into three stores, using an axe to get into at least one.

Jonathan Chapin, 20, of Maple Avenue, was arrested as he rode a stolen bicycle away from the Krauszer’s convenience store on River Road – after taking a sweater-wrapped axe to the front door, police allege.

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IN FAIR HAVEN, YET ANOTHER ROADBLOCK

rvr-rdMonmouth County unexpectedly shut down a major portion of River Road Tuesday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Once again, a road improvement project along River Road in Fair Haven is causing business disruptions, and a growing number of merchants is voicing frustration over a lack of communication and coordination between the Monmouth County and the borough.

Store owners say they took an unexpected hit in sales when most of River Road was closed to traffic Tuesday, a move made, apparently unannounced, by the county, which is overseeing the $886,000, federally-funded streetscape makeover.

Coming at the peak of a cut-throat holiday season, the timing of the shutdown was “terrible,” said Dean Ross, owner of the Doc Shoppe.

“Four days before Christmas, you count on it,” Ross said. “Retail’s tough enough. You need everything.”

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FAIR HAVEN MERCHANT MIFFED BY ROADBLOCK

shuttersThe parking lot at Shutters was opened up Monday afternoon, after eight days that put a dent in business. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

If there were a week that the Fair Haven decor shop Shutters Cottage Home needed its parking lot open, it was the one following Thanksgiving.

Unfortunately for owner Christine DeVincens, the start of her Christmas-season shopping rush was muted — a direct result, she says, of construction work being done on River Road.

As contractors take on biting weather while trying to wrap up Fair Haven’s River Road streetscape project, there’s frustration mounting within the business district related to parking and safety.

What’s more frustrating to DeVincens, though, is the lack of communication between the borough and its businesses.

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WITHOUT NOTICE, KRAUSZER’S GETS CURBED

tony-akbarKrauszer’s owner Tony Akbar near the curb where there used to be a driveway apron to his store’s parking lot. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

An $886,000 sprucing-up of River Road in Fair Haven has left a convenience store owner feeling mighty inconvenienced.

Krauszer’s owner Tony Akbar says the borough closed off one of the two curb cuts into his busy parking lot without telling him in advance.

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