LITTLE SILVER: PLAYING IT SAFE AT PROM TIME

MockcrashLocal responders staged a mock crash outside Red Bank Regional High School on May 27, as part of Project Prom activities to encourage students to make safe choices during Prom. 

Press release from Red Bank Regional High School

Every year, Red Bank Regional High School sends off its seniors to have a wonderful, safe time at the prom. Just prior to that, they try in the most elaborate ways to discourage bad choices of drinking and distracted driving in what is known as the Project Prom Program.

On May 27, a mock crash was conducted on the school’s front campus, with the help of the sending towns’ fire, police and emergency medical services. The Little Silver and Shrewsbury Fire Departments employed their “jaws of life” equipment to extricate the mock student victims from their potential death-trap automobile wrecks.  The New Jersey State Police South Star helicopter crew landed at RBR and simulated a medi-vac flight of one victim to the nearest trauma center, while another went to the neighborhood hospital. A hearse from John Day’s Funeral Home took away one certain fatality.

Project Prom was created 11 years ago by Little Silver Police Officer Peter Gibson, who subsequently served as RBR’s first School Resource Officer (SRO). The present SRO, Robert Chenoweth, coordinates the program at RBR under Officer Gibson’s community leadership.

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ON THE GREEN: SAFELY DITCH UNUSED MEDS

old-rxGot Drugs posterThree towns on the Greater Red Bank Green plan to participate in “National PrescriptionDrug Take-Back Day” for safe disposal of unused and expired medications Saturday.

The police departments in Little Silver, Red Bank and Rumson will accept the products from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information can be found on the Drug Enforcement Agency’s website. (Click to enlarge)

 

 

RAIL CROSSING REOPENS AHEAD OF SKED

ls-rrAn anticipated two-week closure of the railroad crossing at Sycamore Avenue in Little Silver wrapped up after just nine days over the weekend. Work on the North Jersey Coast Line of the NJ Transit rail system began July 7, prompting traffic jams that spread to Shrewsbury. By 6:30 a.m. Saturday, the barricades were lifted, Little Silver police Lieutenant Joe Mazza said. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

LITTLE SILVER DOC’S OFFICE BURGLARIZED

just_in1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Little Silver police are investigating a burglary over the weekend at a Little Silver doctor’s office, police said.

Between Saturday night and Monday morning, the office, at 31 Seven Bridges Road, was broken into, said Lieutenant Joseph Mazza. An undetermined amount of cash and electronics were stolen.

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MOTORISTS SWEATING DETOUR IN STRIDE

ls-trafficTraffic at Rumson Road and Branch Avenue in Little Silver was stop and go Friday morning. Below, a detour map from New Jersey Transit. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

ls-detour-mapIt’s the first full day of Little Silver’s traffic shuffle, as work on the New Jersey Transit crossing at the borough train station begins an estimated two-week blockage of a main artery through town and into Shrewsbury.

Amid the vexing backups on area roads in sweltering heat, commuter tempers seem to be cool for now.

“It wasn’t as bad as I thought, which is surprising,” said Elena Acuna, who commutes by rail to New York City three times a week. “We’ll see. It’s just kind of annoying.”

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SPILL PROMPTS LITTLE SILVER DETOURS

ls-spillWorkers on Prospect Avenue in Little Silver spread absorbent material to soak up hydraulic oil spilled earlier this morning. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A hydraulic oil spill from a garbage truck has shutdown some of Little Silver’s heavily traveled roads and prompted multiple detours throughout the borough.

The spill, reported at about 11:10 a.m. Tuesday, came from an M&S Waste Services garbage truck, which was traveling from Fair Haven. It leaked oil through the heart of the business district, all the way from Church Street, onto Prospect Avenue and just past Sycamore Avenue to Hickory Lane, Police Chief Dan Shaffery told redbankgreen.

Those roads are partially closed while local and Monmouth County workers lay down absorbents to dry out the roadways, he said.

“It’s like an ice rink out there,” Shaffery said.

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BREAK-IN SUSPECT CHARGED IN TWO TOWNS

tf-cruiserTinton Falls and Rumson police charged a man in car break-ins that occurred over months. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Tinton Falls and Rumson police have brought close to 75 charges against a Farmingdale teenager for his alleged role in car break-ins that occurred over the course of four months in each town.

Charges from surrounding towns and others in eastern Monmouth County may soon follow, officials said Monday.

The departments made the charges following the arrest of Rodney Tyler, 19, in Wall last Friday.

“It was a good catch for us,” Lieutenant David Scrivanic, of Tinton Falls police, said.

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LITTLE SILVER BRAWL SENDS ONE TO E.R.

authorities2bBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

An early-morning brawl involving eight to 10 teens Saturday in a residential section of Little Silver sent one man to the hospital and led to another being charged with assault, Little Silver police said.

The altercation, which occurred outside a party at a Lippincott Road home at about 1:35 a.m. Saturday and required assistance from neighboring towns, also left others with minor injuries, Police Chief Dan Shaffery said.

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MAN CHARGED IN BANK INCIDENT

ls-wells-fargo1Authorities say Tuesday’s incident at the Wells Fargo in Little Silver was not a robbery. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Little Silver police have brought criminal charges against an Avenel man following an incident at the Wells Fargo bank on Prospect Avenue that caused police to lock down the bank earlier this week.

Contrary to initial reports, it was not a robbery, said Marc Lemieux, director of the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office‘s major crimes bureau.

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COPS PROBE POSSIBLE ROBBERY NEXT DOOR

ls-wells-fargoLittle Silver police and Monmouth County officials on the scene of a possible robbery attempt at the Wells Fargo on Prospect Avenue. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Little Silver police and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office are investigating a possible robbery attempt at the Wells Fargo bank on Prospect Avenue Tuesday afternoon.

As of 5:30 p.m., authorities were still on the scene — next door to the Little Silver Police Department — trying to sort out the details of differing reports in a late-afternoon incident at the bank.

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COPS MUM ON LITTLE SILVER CRIME SCENE

greenfield-ctPolice from Little Silver and Fair Haven established a crime scene at a Greenfield Court home Saturday morning. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

[UPDATE: The Monmouth County Prosecutor is treating the incident reported on below as a suicide, officials said.]

Police are conducting a crime investigation at a home in an upscale community in Little Silver.

Police would not offer any details on why they are at the home, at 84 Greenfield Court in the Alderbrook condominium and townhouse complex off Harding Road. An officer who had just cordoned off the home’s yard with yellow police tape said only that it was an active crime scene.

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‘CRASH’ SENDS MESSAGE IN GORY DETAIL

rbr-mock2Local volunteers ready a mock patient to be removed from a staged car crash and transported via a helicopter. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

With red lights flashing, power tools humming, glass shattered into crystal rocks on the pavement and twisted metal — what just minutes prior had been car roofs and doors —  tossed to the side, the jaws slowly lowered and the cell phones were pointed in ‘capture’ mode.

After firefighters muscled the jaws of life to tear aluminum and carbon fiber from two cars that had become cages to its passengers, EMS volunteers broke out the neck braces and popped the stretchers into position, ready to take away the victims of a head-on collision Friday morning.

Then the hearse arrived, and somebody was being zipped into a white body bag.

This high school tradition, a morbid mise en scene intended to spring the neck hair of prom-going seniors, couldn’t get more real short of somebody’s heart actually stopping.

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CABINET CLEAN-OUT SLATED FOR SATURDAY

old-rxLet’s see… almost three years old? Yeah, time to go. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

As you break out the feather duster and crack into the clutter in the attic for your spring cleaning routine, police are reminding residents not to forget about the medicine cabinet.

This weekend, local departments are participating in Operation Take Back, a national effort to collect unused and expired medications from households.

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THE WEEK IN REARVIEW

mittA catcher’s mitt at Rumson Little League’s opening day. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Break-ins were the breaking news that dominated locally last week, topped by word of an arrest of an suspect in a string of high-end residential burglaries that included pop star Bon Jovi among the victims.

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CAR BREAK-INS REPORTED ALL OVER

just_in1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A rash of car break-ins in Fair Haven has spread to neighboring towns, local departments said Monday.

In addition to break-ins reported in Red Bank and Fair Haven, Rumson, Shrewsbury and Little Silver have reported unlocked vehicles entered over the last few days, and police are putting residents on high alert.

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PIZZA NEWS: A BUSTED DOOR AND A HUSTLE

authorities2bBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Little Silver police are investigating a smash-and-grab at a business Monday morning.

Detective Sergeant Daniel Shaffery told redbankgreen that a New Jersey Transit commuter reported seeing the front door window at Luigi’s Pizza, on Oceanport Avenue, broken.

Shaffery said that sometime overnight, someone threw a rock through the window, broke in and stole an undetermined amount of cash from the store’s register.

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LITTLE SILVER TAXES ON THE RISE

little-silver-boro-hallLittle Silver’s tax rate is going up. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A year after declining, taxes are about to rise in Little Silver.

The borough council introduced its 2011 budget Monday, a $10.1 million spending plan that will boost the tax rate 2.6 percent, or 1.3 cents per $100 of assessed property value. At 51.1 cents, that equates to a $65 annual increase for a home assessed at the town average $500,000, said Chief Financial Officer Laura Geraghty.

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TWO ARRESTED IN SCRAP METAL THEFT

just_in1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Little Silver police arrested two men early Thursday morning on charges of stealing scrap metal from Little Silver and Fair Haven businesses, police said.

They were also charged with other crimes after a joint investigation by the departments.

Paul Kirkstad, of Little Silver, and Nicholas Deluca, of Holmdel, were arrested in the area of Branch Avenue in Little Silver, Detective Sergeant Daniel Shaffery said.

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WOMAN ARRESTED FOR SWIPING CREDIT CARD

just_in1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

An Oceanport woman was arrested for credit card theft and making fraudulent purchases at local stores, Little Silver police said.

On Wednesday, police arrested Ursula Pappas, 36, for her alleged crimes as an employee at a Little Silver business.

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WOMAN CHARGED IN LITTLE SILVER THEFT

just_in1By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

A Red Bank woman was arrested last week for stealing jewelry from a Little Silver home, police said.

Melynda Wilson, 28, of Madison Avenue, was arrested on February 18 and charged with theft.

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INMATE CHARGED FOR LITTLE SILVER CRIME

By DUSTIN RACIOPPIjust_in1

A Red Bank man, already in jail on burglary charges, faces additional charges for his alleged connection in the burglary of a Little Silver home this summer, borough police said.

After Little Silver police collected and compared DNA with the State Police, they charged Tujuane Smith, 36, on Wednesday with burglary and theft for a June 17 burglary at a home on Bennett Lane, Little Silver Detective Sgt. Daniel Shaffery said.

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TAXES DOWN, PAYCHECKS UP IN LITTLE SILVER

little-silver-boro-hallLittle Silver Borough Hall. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

In Little Silver, spending is down. Revenues are down. The workforce, too, is down.

Now the tax rate is following suit.

“Everything is down,” said Administrator Michael Biehl.

Everything, that is, except for paychecks.

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