RED BANK: TAX SETTLEMENT POSTPONED

By JOHN T. WARD

hot topic red bank njThe Red Bank council postponed action Wednesday night on a proposed tax appeal settlement that would slash the assessment on a downtown bank property by almost one-third.

But the delay, requested by Mayor Pasquale Menna, was not motivated by an objection to the terms of the deal, he said.

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DRUG ALLIANCE SPEAKS HARSH TRUTH

drug-alliance1Children and adults packed the auditorium at the Middletown Arts Center for the eighth annual Reaching Out To Prevent Substance Abuse symposium. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Weed’s days as the gateway drug might be numbered.

“Most kids who abuse drugs now, they take their first hit of whatever it is from their parent’s medicine cabinet,” said Middletown police Lieutenant John McGuire.

McGuire, sitting on a panel of law enforcement, government and school officials at Middletown Arts Center Wednesday, said the trend in town over the last decade is children — and he meant children — getting their first exposure to drugs through prescriptions.

Along with the other panelists, McGuire was charged with exposing an auditorium overflowing with middle school-aged children, and some parents, to the dangers of drugs and alcohol, in what former mayor Tom Hall said was a forum meant to be as honest and uncomfortable as possible: Middletown drug alliance‘s eighth annual Reaching Out To Prevent Substance Abuse symposium.

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RED BANK COUNCIL CANS PRINGLE FIRM

Pringle_and_hall_2_72307Former borough attorney Ken Pringle, left, and partner Tom Hall at a Red Bank council meeting in July, 2007. Below, new attorney Dan O’Hern at Saturday’s reorganization meeting. (Click to enlarge)

ohern-010111Red Bank has a new lawyer with a familiar name.

Out is the law firm headed by Belmar Mayor Ken Pringle. In is Daniel O’Hern Jr., a Little Silver councilman and son of late Red Bank mayor and state Supreme Court Justice Daniel O’Hern.

Council members cited economic reasons for the change.

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