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DRIVING IN THE HOLIDAYS

toy-drive1The Rumson Department of Public Works held its 11th annual toy drive Friday and Saturday. DPW Director Mark Wellner said the department normally collects an average of 700 toys each year, but by Saturday morning was on track to bringing in more toys than ever before. “We’re hoping for a thousand. That’s our goal,” he said. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

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LOCALS TRASH RUMSON GARBAGE PLAN

rumson-garbageMore than 30 people turned out at borough hall Tuesday to speak out against an idea to privatize garbage pickup in Rumson. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The guys who pick up trash on Mondays and Thursdays in Rumson aren’t your average garbagemen, apparently. In fact, the term ‘garbageman’ is one that Lennox Avenue resident Teresa Connor finds unfit for the group of “smart young men” assigned cleanup duty of the borough’s 2,500 or so properties.

They provide security, they know most people by their first name, she said. One woman said they give her dog biscuits in the morning.

After hearing that the six-man crew was on the employment chopping block, about three dozen residents filed into borough hall Tuesday afternoon to give an earful to the council.

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