RED BANK: PLAN FOR CHIEF’S CORTEGE

RB day funeral 092513Southbound Riverside Avenue in Red Bank will be closed for about an hour Friday morning for the funeral of police Chief Steve McCarthy, which begins at the John E. Day Funeral Home, at left above. (Click to enlarge)

Red Bank commuters may encounter delays or detours Friday morning during the funeral cortege for police Chief Steve McCarthy, police said.

With numerous vehicles expected to assemble at the John E. Day Funeral Home on Riverside Avenue for a procession to a church in Long Branch, southbound Route 35 along Riverside Avenue will be closed  for about an hour before the procession gets underway at 9:30 a.m., Captain Darren McConnell tells redbankgreen.

The procession will also include a brief stop of the hearse outside the police station, at 90 Monmouth Street, and a silent tribute by Red Bank volunteer firefighters outside St. James Church on Broad Street, McConnell said.

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RED BANK CHIEF STEVE MCCARTHY DEAD AT 50

Chief Steve McCarthy at borough hall in November, 2011. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

Red Bank Police Chief Steve McCarthy died Monday morning following an extended battle with cancer. He was 50 years old.

McCarthy died at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where he had been hospitalized in recent weeks, Mayor Pasquale Menna confirmed.

“I have lost a good friend and invaluable partner,” Menna said in a statement released at noontime. “The police department has been deprived of the spirited leadership and unstinted dedication of the most consummate law enforcement professional in the state. His fellow borough employees have lost a colleague who was a true friend. The residents of Red Bank have been deprived of an intelligent, gracious, gentle and efficient public servant.”

“The whole department is beside itself with grief,” police Commissioner and Council President Art Murphy told redbankgreen. “Everybody in [borough hall] is taking it very hard.”

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RUMSON HAILS NEW UNIFORMED LEADERS

Mayor John Ekdahl, center, calls the annual reorganization meeting to order at Bingham Hall. Below, Ekdahl swears in Scott Paterson as police chief while Paterson’s wife, Stephanie, and children look on. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The start of the new year signaled changes in command of Rumson’s emergency services Tuesday.

Scott Paterson, a 19-year veteran of the police department, was sworn in as police chief, succeeding Rick Tobias. And Jymm Fenn moved up the ladder at the fire department for a one-year term as fire chief.

The calendar change also saw the departure of the borough’s longtime recreation department head, John Hird.

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FAIR HAVEN TO SHOW WHO’S IN CHARGE

taxesIn Fair Haven Tuesday night, officials are expected to take up a change to the salary ordinance that at first glance might appear to boost the borough administrator’s salary by $30,000 a year – a whopping 30 percent.

In truth, however, Administrator Theresa Casagrande isn’t getting an extra dime, and the change is all about keeping things in line with “hierarchical” notions of who reports to whom, says Mayor Mike Halfacre.

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