CALENDAR CONFLICT SPURS EVENTS REVIEW

boynton-councilFreddie Boynton and members of the Celestial Lodge had a beef to air about a block party. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

It hadn’t happened in Council President Art Murphy’s seven years sitting on the Special Events Committee, and Mayor Pasquale Menna said he’s never seen it in his two decades in Red Bank government.

But a clogged calendar and miscommunication between two West Side groups is pushing the council to tighten up its processes to grant special event requests.

It came to a head Wednesday night, when members of the two groups locked horns over rights for coveted street space next month, and prompted the council, hat in hand, to ask each for a little help.

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A FAMILY-STYLE BLOCK PARTY, OPEN TO ALL

family-reunionDale Bass-Weems helped organize a family reunion block party on Drs. James Parker Boulevard, shown in the background, on Saturday.

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

When Dale Bass-Weems, Anita Daniels and Jennifer Bennett — three childhood friends — came back to visit Red Bank last year, it was on the worst of terms. A friend had died, and they were reconnecting with a lot of their old pals in a funeral home.

It was a watershed moment for the three women who grew up on the West Side.

“We decided we were tired of coming home for a funeral. Why can’t we come back for better reasons?” Daniels, now of Asbury Park, said.

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