FOR RETIRED CARPENTER, IT’S HAMMER TIME

hammersFrank Scordo with one of his favorite conversation pieces, a double-handled hammer. Some 1,200 tools from his collection are on display at the Shrewsbury Historical Society. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

For many retirees, the entry into the golden years is a chance to travel, spend more time on the golf course or play the spoiling grandparent.

But for retired carpenter Frank Scordo, post-employment means keeping up with a hobby that, for most, might just instantly pound the brain’s snooze button: cultivating a collection of hammers.

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TINTON FALLS McDONALD’S ROBBED

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Tinton Falls police are searching for a suspect they say robbed the McDonald’s on Shrewsbury Avenue late Tuesday afternoon.

The male suspect, of whom police didn’t have a full description, entered the fast food chain at about 5:57p, placed an order — then reached over the counter and took money from the register, said Lieutenant David Scrivanic

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POLICE PAY IN SLEDGER SPOTLIGHT

hot-topic rightSunday’s Star-Ledger had an eye-opening article on police salaries in New Jersey.

Analyzing 2009 pay data from police departments throughout the state, the Sledger concluded that

the average municipal cop in New Jersey is paid 80 percent more than the average resident, and three of 10 made at least $100,000 last year. In addition, police tend to be paid the best in small towns with little crime.

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COPS: CRIME SPREE INCLUDED BUTCHER SHOP

hot-topic rightThe expanding set of charges against accused burglar Carl VonPier of Fair Haven has grown yet again, this time to include a Red Bank business among his alleged victims.

The 19-year-old Fair Haven man has now been charged by Red Bank police with burglarizing Citarella’s Market on Prospect Avenue last month.

VonPier was arrested in Colts Neck on July 27 after police apprehended him during an alleged break-in attempt at the Colts Neck Shopping Center.

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PUMP IT UP FOR A GOOD CAUSE

f2f_charityIn the redbankgreen inbox this week: a fat-burning, muscle-toning, butt-whipping way to help out a charitable effort.

Tomorrow and Sunday, personal trainers from Fat2Fire Bootcamp are donating their time and use of their facility in Tinton Falls for a daylong series of workouts.

All the proceeds of the event, which costs a minimum (tax deductible) donation of $20 to attend, are slated for the American Cancer Society.

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REPORT: FATHER & SON REUNITED IN BRAZIL

just_in1The BBC reports this morning that David Goldman of Tinton Falls has been reunited with his 9-year-old son after a half-decade-long international custody battle.

The event occurred at the U.S. consultate in Rio de Janiero following court rulings in the American man’s favor and the decision by the boy’s Brazilian relatives to end their legal opposition to Sean Goldman’s repatriation to the United States, the BBC reports.

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GOLDMAN CLEARS KEY CUSTODY HURDLE

hot-topic rightA ruling late yesterday by Brazil’s top jurist appeared to put Tinton Falls resident David Goldman within legal reach of the son he has been trying to repatriate in a high-profile custody battle, according to news reports this morning.

The Associated Press news service says that Chief Justice Gilmar Mendes ruled David Goldman’s 9-year-old son, Sean, must be delivered to him by the boy’s Brazilian relatives, as a federal court ordered last week. But the time frame for the handover was not clear, the AP says.

The ruling was immediately binding, Goldman’s American lawyer, Patricia E. Apy of Red Bank, told the New York Times.

But relatives of Goldman’s ex-wife, Bruna, who died last year, were exploring legal options that would enable them to keep Sean, the family’s legal adviser told the Times.

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BRAZILIAN COURT BLOCKS BOY’S RETURN

just_in1David Goldman’s latest victory in his long battle to repatriate his 9-year-old son from Brazil was shortlived.

That nation’s top court granted a request by Sean Goldman‘s Brazilian relatives preventing the boy’s removal from Brazil until he has expressed his own will in court, a Supreme Court official told the Reuters news agency today.

David Goldman, of Tinton Falls, had flown to Rio de Janiero earlier today on the hope of bringing his son home as early as tomorrow, under the terms of an appeals court ruling yesterday.

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BRAZILIAN COURT SIDES WITH GOLDMAN

Goldmans2David Goldman with his son, Sean, who was taken to Brazil by his late wife four years ago and never returned.

A Brazilian federal appeals court has ruled that David Goldman of Tinton Falls should have custody of his son, Sean, who has been living in Brazil for five years, the Associated Press reports.

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JUDGE: DON’T MAKE THE BOY CHOOSE

hot-topic7A Brazilian Supreme Court judge has rejected a request that 9-year-old Sean Goldman be asked to choose whether he wants to stay in that country or return to Tinton Falls with his natural father, the Associated Press reports today.

The decision marks a victory, if only a partial one, in David Goldman’s years-long custody battle over his only child, who was whisked off to Brazil five years ago by Goldman’s then-wife.

Sean Goldman has not been back to the U.S. since then, and his father’s campaign to bring the boy home has become an international cause celebre, attracting the attention of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Obama.

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IN RED BANK, A VIGIL FOR A BOY IN BRAZIL

goldmanvigil6One of the youngest participants in the event angles for a better view.

A throng of area residents gathered in Red Bank’s Riverside Gardens Park Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil to express solidarity with David Goldman of Tinton Falls in his quest to repatriate his 9-year-old son Sean from Brazil.

About 125 locals were supplemented by a throng of metro-area media for the informal event, held to mark the fifth anniversary of the day that Sean was taken on vacation by his mother, Bruna, to her native country.

He never returned: she died last year in the midst of a custody battle.

“Obviously, it’s not a joyous day,” Goldman family friend and vigil organizer Mark DeAngelis of Holmdel told the solemn crowd as the sun set over the Navesink River behind him.

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