FAIR HAVEN TAPS POLS’ AUNT FOR ADMIN JOB

cell-phoneTo make a quorum, two Fair Haven council members voted via cell phone to approve a new administrator Monday night. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

In less-than-typical fashion, Fair Haven’s borough council voted Tuesday night to hire a new administrator to replace Mary Howell.

The surname should ring a bell. Theresa Casagrande, aunt to Assemblywoman Caroline Casasgrande, steps into the job today.

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FAIR HAVEN TO NAME NEW ADMINISTRATOR

m-howell1Fair Haven Administrator Mary Howell’s last day is expected to be Tuesday. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It took a little longer than expected, but Fair Haven is ready to appoint borough administrator Mary Howell‘s successor.

The council will hold a special meeting Monday night to vote on a contract for Howell’s replacement, whom Mayor Mike Halfacre would not yet identify.

“We haven’t voted on it yet and the contract terms are not quite finalized yet,” he said, “but we’re very excited to have the search done.”

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FAIR HAVEN: WILHELM IN, HOWELL HANGS IN

fh-reorgThe Fair Haven council held its reorganization meeting Saturday afternoon. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Among the participants when the Fair Haven council held its annual reorganization meeting Saturday afternoon were two people who didn’t really plan on being there a couple months ago.m-howell

On the dais was Rowland Wilhelm, who somewhat unexpectedly found himself on the election ballot in November following the death of Councilman John Lehnert.

And borough Administrator Mary Howell, right, was at her usual seat in front of the dais, taking notes and answering questions from the audience, even though she gave notice in September that her last day on the job was to be December 31.

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HOWELL RESIGNS AS ADMINISTRATOR

mary-howellMary Howell, foreground, and Clerk Allyson Cinquegrana at a council meeting in February (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

Fair Haven business administrator Mary Howell has resigned from her job as the borough’s top non-elected official, the Asbury Park Press reports today.

The borough council accepted Howell’s resignation, submitted last month, on Monday night after officials determined that the town needs a full-time administrator, the Press reports. Howell returned from maternity leave in January asking to go part-time, a move the council accommodated.

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FAIR HAVEN’S ONE-TWO SALES BLITZ

img_8526001Bargains await shoppers at both the townwide yard sale and the sidewalk sales by borough merchants.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Whether you prefer to find your bargains on grass or concrete, Fair Haven’s got a platform for you to root them out this weekend.

Used and new items will be on display this Saturday as the borough puts on its first one-two punch of mass retailing with a town-wide yard and a sidewalk sale.

Remember back in February, when the borough decided to give a borough-wide yard sale a shot, and nobody really knew what kind of interest people would have in it?

The verdict flooded in.

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FAIR HAVEN WEBSITE GETTING MAKEOVER

fh-website-1Fair Haven’s website will get some upgrades. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Fair Haven’s virtual borough hall is getting a little makeover.

The changes won’t necessarily jump off the screen, but the town will soon roll out a more robust, redesigned website with some new features designed to make life easier for users.

Mayor Mike Halfacre says the updated site will be easier to navigate.

“We had a lot of people who couldn’t find things on our website that we know how to find because we’re always on the website,” he said.

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FAIR HAVEN CUTS ADMINISTRATOR’S HOURS

mary-howellAdministrator Mary Howell at Monday’s council meeting, where her hours were cut and some of her duties were handed off to Clerk Allyson Cinquegrana, in background. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

[EDITOR’S NOTE: See update below]

Less than a year after giving a three-year contract with sweet annual raises to borough Administrator Mary Howell, Fair Haven officials have shaken things up at borough hall with what they call a cost-saving “experiment.”

The council yesterday cut Howell’s hours and salary in half.

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