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RED BANK: NEW LADDER TRUCK IN THE HOUSE

Truck committee chairman Mike Welsh backs the new truck into its home on Mechanic Street Thursday. (Video by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

HOT-TOPIC_01Red Bank’s new million-dollar firetruck has arrived.

Borough residents are beginning to see the truck on training runs as volunteer firefighters take it out to get familiar with its high-tech gadgetry and assure themselves that it can navigate all the town’s streets.

“It’s awesome. very maneuverable,” said firefighter Mike Welsh, who headed the committee that selected the truck’s features. He’d just returned from a spin that included narrow, curving Caro Court and Hubbard Park, “and it handled them no problem,” he said.

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NYPOST: RUMSON FEELS THE PINCH

for-saleAn abundance of ‘for sale’ signs caught the newspaper’s attention. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The New York Post has been hanging around Rumson, and if you saw Sunday’s edition, you noticed the dispatch wasn’t as cheery as the recent flurry of features on the area.

Instead, New York City’s oldest paper took notice of the higher-than-usual number of ‘for sale’ signs on borough lawns — particularly in front of a “glut of luxury homes,” an indication that writer Hilary Kramer said in her story lends a “surreal quality to the town.”

Or as one unidentified resident quoted in the story says, “There’s a new class of citizens in Rumson: the formerly rich.”

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