RED BANK: SEMI-PROS MAKE BASIE HOME TURF

FC Monmouth plans to play its five home games this spring and summer at the borough stadium. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

A newly formed semi-pro soccer team plans to play the home matches of its inaugural season this year at Count Basie Fields in Red Bank, the club announced Tuesday.

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LITTLE SILVER PIVOTS ON $1.5M TURF PLAN

ls sickles park 080414 4The ballfields at Sickles Farm Park will remain grass for now. Below, audience members passed around a turf sample.  (Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

ls turf 080414Little Silver isn’t ready for artificial turf at Sickles Farm Park, the borough council informally agreed Monday night.

After hearing comments from residents divided over the initiative, the council decided not to pursue a $250,000 Monmouth County Open Spaces grant toward an estimated $1.5 million project cost. Not this year, at least.

“I don’t see the benefit of going to the county with half the community opposed,” said Councilman Donald Galante.

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LITTLE SILVER MULLS ARTIFICIAL TURF

HOT-TOPIC_03Coming up at Monday night’s meeting of the Little Silver borough council: a presentation on the possibility of installing artificial turf at Sickles Field.

The recreation committee is slated to outline the pros and cons of pursing an Open Spaces grant from Monmouth County to cover some of the costs of a such a project, recreation Director Doug Glassmacher tells redbankgreen.

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BACK IN THE GAME

interceptionGeorge Heidelberger heads crossfield on an interception return during Sunday’s flag football game at Red Bank’s Eastside Park. The weekly pickup game returned a week after town officials shut it down over insurance and other issues. (Click to enlarge)