SHREWSBURY: SLIGHT LIMP BUT IN OK SHAPE

donald-burdenShrewsbury Mayor Donald Burden in his office at borough hall. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

The theme for Donald Burden the last two years has been ‘falling.’

In 2009, just two months before he was set to retire after 47 years at McGraw-Hill, Burden was cleaning his gutters when he took a fall from the roof, leading to four surgeries on his legs and a slight gimp.

Then, last year, Burden, who was Shrewsbury’s council president, was approached by then-Mayor Terel Cooperhouse, who said he wasn’t running for re-election and asked Burden if he’d like to take the spot on the ticket.

It wasn’t something he expected or envisioned when he moved to town in 1976.

“I just fell into it,” said Burden, a Republican who was elected mayor in an uncontested race in November.

With three months under his belt, Burden can readily declare his borough — and his legs, to a certain degree — in good shape for the future.

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SHREWSBURY MULLS BOW HUNT FOR DEER

shrewsburydeerDeer on the lawn of an Elm Lane residence earlier this month. (Click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Most mornings, Brian Hall wakes up to find the motion sensor outside his home flashing. He’s gotten accustomed to it, much as his wife, Suzanne, has gotten used to her flower garden doubling as a feeding trough.

In the year-and-a-half that the couple have lived off Sycamore Avenue in Shrewsbury, deer have been as much a part of their neighborhood as the people who live next door.

“There definitely is a lot of deer,” Brian Hall said.

Now, as the ubiquitous artiodactyls appear to be causing a larger threat to public health and safety, the borough council is looking to residents for input on how to bring the increasing deer population under control.

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SHREWSBURY, LITTLE SILVER OK RBR BUDGET

shrewsburyHere’s lookin’ at you, Red Bank; Shrewsbury Mayor Terel Cooperhouse. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Red Bank Regional‘s fiscal fate is now in the hands of Red Bank’s governing body, which will be the last of the school’s three sending districts to vote on the high school’s failed $24 million budget.

Both Little Silver and Shrewsbury councils gave unanimous approval to $270,500 in cuts to RBR’s 2010-11 spending plan Monday night, capping off several weeks of discussions aimed at reducing the bottom line after voters rejected the budget.

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