LITTLE SILVER: SPOTLIGHT ON NARROW LANE

little silver church lane Church Lane runs alongside the Embury Methodist Church cemetery. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)

By JOHN T. WARD

Not for the first time, Little Silver officials have taken up the question of what to do with a short, narrow roadway that’s a vestige of 19th-century life.

Some residents want it turned into a one-way to address the issue of today’s “humongous” family cars.

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RED BANK: MEET THE NEW DEPARTMENT HEADS

cliff keen 122315Cliff Keen, above, is the new director of public utilities, and Charlie Hoffmann, below, runs parks and rec. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

charlie hoffmann 122115Recent months have brought some new faces to Red Bank government.

In particular, three departments that residents have regular interaction with, and occasional strong opinions about, are under new leadership: parks and recreation; planning and zoning; and public utilities.

Here’s a quick intro to the new directors.

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RED BANK LIKES THE BRINE

Blacktop shows through on the treated portions of Marion Street, above, and the south end of Worthley Street, below, after last week’s snow.  (Photos by Bobby Holiday. Click to enlarge)

By WIL FULTON

A salt brine pretreatment used to retard the formation of roadway ice passed its first test last week, Red Bank officials say.

“So far, so good,” DPW supervisor Bobby Holiday said of the chemical, following a light snowfall last Friday and Saturday.

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SPEAKING OF DE ICE…

Salt brine laid down in a wavy pattern on Brown Place, near Branch Avenue, above, and bending around the corner at Hudson Avenue and Harding Road, below. (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

In anticipation of the season’s second “snow event,” Red Bank is trying out a new road de-icer, which has left the town’s streets marked with what appears to be parallel chalk lines.

“I’m exposing my new, artistic side,” quips public works department director Gary Watson.

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RED BANK: OFF-THE-INTERIOR-WALL ART

Heads,’ an all-outdoor exhibition of more than 50 paintings by Dumitru Gorzo, (right, with Red Bank Councilwoman Sharon Lee), opened with a reception at the Galleria at Red Bank Sunday. Art lovers flocked to the Two River Theater, above, and the public library, below, for their first taste of the widespread show, organized by the New Jersey Museum of Contemporary Art. Gorzo’s art will hang remain on display throughout town until October 14. (Click to enlarge)

BIKE & WALK PLAN GETS A SHEPHERD

willis-rossanoJenny Rossano, seen here in 2009 with Safe Routes Red Bank co-founder Jim Willis, will help coordinate the integration of a recent bike and pedestrian study with the town’s master plan. (Click to enlarge)

It’s probably a stretch to call her the borough’s bike czar. But Red Bank is about to get an official advocate for safe walking and biking.

Jenny Rossano of Worthley Street is expected to be named as a volunteer liaison to the borough planning and zoning boards to help spot potential conflicts with a recent study of pedestrian and bicyclist safety by Urban Engineers, a Philadelphia planning firm.

“I don’t want to be a czar of anything,” Rossano says with a laugh. “I just don’t want all this work that Urban Engineers did to be pushed under the carpet.”

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DPU HEAD: SNOW WAS ‘NOT PLOWABLE’

In an interview, Red Bank public utilities director Gary Watson and supervisor Bob Holiday discuss the challenges of the December 26-27 blizzard. Below, a jagged glacier of snow dumped by municipal haulers at the Navesink end of Maple Avenue. (Click to enlarge)

glacierA fast-falling, heavy snow, stranded cars and eager-to-dig-out residents combined to make last week’s blizzard a tough clean-up challenge, says the man in charge of Red Bank’s effort.

“This was a significant storm,” public utilities director Gary Watson tells redbankgeen in the video interview above. “You can’t compare this with other storms.”

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NEW TRUCK SUCKS BETTER THAN THE OLD ONE

ls-truckThis pale blue beauty has seen its last days on Little Silver streets. Public Works is getting a brand new one to tend to all the gutter and basin cleaning needed this time of year. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

All the signs were there and Little Silver’s decisionmakers knew that the public works department’s powder blue, rust-spotted baby’s days were numbered in town.

It was old, from 1985, and the problems, most recently a ruptured hose, were becoming more frequent. It was only a question of how much longer the jet and vacuum truck could continue sucking leaves and debris from drains and catch basins throughout town.

Following a thoroughly argued discourse on the topic and a split vote that caused the mayor to tip the scales, the answer has come, as borough finally pulled the trigger to buy a new jet and vacuum truck for its DPW.

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FOR O’HERN, A NOMINAL STREET RENAMING

hot-topicRed Bank’s Locust Avenue won’t be legally renamed for the late Daniel J. O’Hern after all.

Instead, under the terms of an ordinance approved by the borough council last night, the street will undergo a ceremonial renaming in honor of the late mayor and state Supreme Court associate justice, who grew up on Locust.

That suits Locust Avenue residents just fine.

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