FAIR HAVEN: COVID-19 MEMORIAL PLANNED

Fair Haven will participate in a national memorial to lives lost in the COVID-19 pandemic by lighting up Memorial Park with luminaria Tuesday night.

With its announcement of the event Monday, the borough became the first town on the Greater Red Bank Green to join an inauguration-eve event that calls for a lighting around the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool in Washington DC.

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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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FAIR HAVEN SALUTES ITS VETS

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U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Reginald Richardson, left, salutes the flag at Fair Haven’s Veteran’s Day ceremony. Richardson, who’s stationed at Fort Monmouth, was the ceremony’s keynote speaker on Wednesday. (Photos by Dustin Racioppi)

There’s more than one way to give thanks to a military veteran, says U.S. Army 1st Sgt. Reginald Richardson.

The obvious one is simply to say, “Thank you.” But if you truly appreciate the freedom that servicemen and servicewomen afford you, then you have to show it in your everyday life, says Richardson, the keynote speaker at Fair Haven’s Veteran’s Day ceremony.

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LITTLE SILVER MEMORIAL PLAN ADVANCES

ls-memorial-gardenA proposed plan for the memorial park on a parcel of vacant Prospect Avenue land. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

An old idea to memorialize war dead and other notables from Little Silver is finally getting some legs beneath it. All it needs now is a little money to get going.

The borough recently applied for a $180,000 matching Open Space grant from Monmouth County to transform a grassy patch of land opposite the Prospect Avenue fire station into a memorial park and garden.

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