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ON THE GREEN: SUNSHINE, THEN RAIN

shadow lake 041115Geese at sun-dappled Shadow Lake in Middletown Saturday. The warm temperatures and sunshine of the weekend will continue Monday with partly sunny skies and highs in the mid-60s, the National Weather Service forecasts. Tuesday, there’s a 70-percent chance of rain before mid-afternoon. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

ROAD WASHOUT WIPES OUT TRIATHLON

swimThe bike and run portions of Saturday’s event have been scratched, but 1.2- and 2.4-mile swims in the Navesink will be offered. Below, the planned bike route. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

tri-bike-mapRoad damage from Tropical Storm Irene five weeks ago has prompted organizers to pull the plug on this Saturday’s Red Bank Triathlon, redbankgreen has learned.

The problem is Hubbard Avenue, which was undermined when Shadow Lake overtopped its banks and is still in the process of being repaired, says race organizer Doug Rice.

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TRENTON TROUT HEADED THIS WAY

trout-sign-032011A recent trout stocking notice at Shadow Lake in Middletown. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

If you haven’t gotten the reel ready for spring, now’s the time.

The state Division of Fish & Wildlife has announced its spring stocking schedule, and there’s plenty of trout on the menu.

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M’TOWN SEEKS SHADOW LAKE DREDGE MONEY

shadow-lakeMiddletown is hopeful it can get permission and funds to dredge Shadow Lake. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Austin Canade regularly swims in Shadow Lake, but since the lake is in desperate need of dredging, the experience has become more of a drag for him than anything else.

“When I swim, I feel the growth,” Canade said. “I feel like it’s going to take me under one of these days.”

Before he gets sucked under, the township has what it believes is its best chance in years to dredge the shrinking lake, which has also seen rising contamination levels, and bring it back to a healthier state.

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SCHARFENBERGER BLASTED FOR PAY CLAIM

scharfenbergerBy DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, already on the griddle for not disclosing before this month’s election that he took a state job in August, is getting additional heat for claiming last month that he had foregone his township salary this year.

In an acerbic dressing down of the Republican mayor at Monday night’s township committee meeting, residents — some  of whom have long been critical of Scharfenberger — suggested that he lied about a recent claim that he’d forfeited the stipend that elected officials receive.

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SEEKING A SOLUTION FOR SHADOW LAKE

shadow-lakeMiddletown and DEP officials will meet today to discuss problems at Shadow Lake. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Middletown and state Department of Environmental Protection officials are expected to meet in Senator Joe Kyrilos‘s office today to try and work out an agreement to rectify the township’s longstanding problems at Shadow Lake.

Overgrowth and contamination have built up that last couple years while local and state officials have danced between possible solutions. But with the new state administration, Middletown Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger says he’s hopeful that, with the help of Kyrillos, the two sides can agree on one of two possible solutions that have, in the past, caused a stalemate.

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