RED BANK: SCHOOL PATH MAY BE PAVED

locust trail 073112Locust Place, as seen in 2012, above, links Locust Avenue with the Red Bank Primary School, as seen in the aerial below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rb locust pl 070914For years, a narrow dirt path through a stretch of woods has been the best option for many Red Bank children trying to avoid a long walk to the primary school.

The path, snaking alongside the Navesink River from Locust Avenue to the school, has also been eyed by emergency responders as an alternative access route for firetrucks and ambulances, should something go wrong at the school.

“It’s been on the drawing board for 20 years,” said Mayor Pasquale Menna.

Now, the borough hopes to secure funding to make the $207,000 path a reality.

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RED BANK: EARLY TURNOUT MODERATE

rb vote 110513red bank districts mapA voter arrives early Tuesday at the Independent Engine Company on Mechanic Street in Red Bank, voting home to districts 2 and 7. At right, an enlargeable district map of the town.

Turnout appeared moderate in the first hour after polls opened at 6 a.m. Voters are choosing a governor, state legislators, borough council members and school board members, among others, while also deciding two public questions. (Click to enlarge)