RUMSON: SHINING LIGHT ON LUMINARIES PAST

roberta van anda 051315 2 Roberta Van Anda in her Rumson study, above, and her newly published book, below. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

rumson legendsRoberta Van Anda is moving out of Rumson soon, capping more than 60 years of borough residence in which she was a longtime school board member, a wife, a mother and writer of a town newsletter.

She’s leaving as a newly published book author. Her “Legendary Locals of Rumson,” one in a nationwide series focused on particular locales, debuted this month. And it fulfills Van Anda’s long-held desire to tell her contemporaries, and perhaps future borough residents, about the contributions made to the community by predecessors whose names may have vanished over the years.

“I’m just so excited to bring some of these people out of the shadows of history,” she told redbankgreen recently.

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SLEDGER: FAKE-FARMER LAW NEEDS TEETH

A recently enacted state law aimed at culling ‘fake farmer‘ landowners “will eventually give local tax officials the power to force out fakers,” but doesn’t go far enough, the Star-Ledger says in an editorial published Friday.

Championed by state Senator and Red Bank resident Jen Beck – who won her seat in 2007 after a battling an opponent she tagged as a fake farmer – the reform bill signed by Governor Chris Christie this month goes too easy on wealthy individuals, developers and owners of office parks who took advantage of the old law to duck some $95 million a year in local taxes, the Sledger says.

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WEINBERG AGAIN DRUMS FOR A BUYER

A video listing for the Weinberg estate. Below, Max Weinberg at a Middletown planning board hearing in August. (Photo by Stacie Fanelli. Click to enlarge)

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By JOHN T. WARD

max-weinberg-080311Four months after winning an OK to re-subdivide his estate, Bruce Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg has again put the Middletown spread up for sale.

And he’s dropped his asking price by more than 10 percent from a year ago, according to the Friday’s Wall Street Journal, which first reported the offering.

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IN oRBit: FANS BUY ‘BORN TO RUN’ COTTAGE

Rbo_3bIn an exclusive, today’s edition of Red Bank oRBit reports that three Bruce Springsteen fans, including one from Lincroft, have purchased the Long Branch house where the rocker wrote ‘Born to Run‘ and other songs from his 1975 breakthrough album of the same name.

They paid $280,000 for the 828-square-foot West End cottage just so no one else would buy and tear down what they see as a rock and roll shrine.

“We don’t want it to ever be anything than what it is,” co-buyer Kim McDermott tells oRbit, the entertainment news companion to redbankgreen.