LITTLE SILVER MEMORIAL SPRINGS TO LIFE

Memorial Park was built on a site where a drive-thru bank was once proposed. (Photos by Danielle Tepper. Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

When the residents of Little Silver conclude their planned Memorial Day parade next Monday, they’ll wind it up at a parcel of land on Prospect Avenue that’s a far cry from the bank that was contemplated for the site more than a dozen years ago.

After more than two years of planning and construction, Little Silver Memorial Park has been transformed into a lush stretch of green, filled with mini Japanese maples and gravel foot paths.

“Residents were pretty adamant about not wanting another commercial, asphalt space,” said Linda Goff, chairperson for the borough Shade Tree Commission of Little Silver. “So that’s where we came in. We really wanted to make it a natural place where people would feel comfortable coming in to walk or sit and relax.”

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LITTLE SILVER MAYOR CASTLEMAN DIES

castlemanLittle Silver Mayor Suzanne Castleman passed away Friday at 76. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Suzanne Castleman, Little Silver’s mayor and a lifelong resident of the borough, passed away at her home Friday night.

Known widely in town as “Mayor Suzie,” Castleman had been ill since the death of her husband in May, said Linda Goff, a friend of the family.

Her death came less than a week before her 77th birthday.

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