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RED BANK MAN INDICTED IN BREAK-IN SPREE

AUTHORITIES_RB1-2014A Monmouth County grand jury indicted a Red Bank man Thursday on charges related to spate of burglaries and thefts over a three-month period last year, including two in his home town.

In the earliest of the cases, Mario Sciacca, 34, of Drs. James Parker Boulevard, was charged with breaking into a home in Oceanport on August 25, and with stealing a gas-powered leafblower in West Long Branch on September 5.

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SAYING GOODBYE TO HER TOWN

m-smeltzerSea Bright Administrator Maryann Smeltzer will retire at the end of June. (Photo by Dustin Racioppi; click to enlarge)

By DUSTIN RACIOPPI

Maryann Smeltzer was born in Long Branch, and for the last dozen or so, has lived with her husband of 39 years in West Long Branch.

Her allegiance, by logic, would be to one of those towns.

Not so for Smeltzer, who’s spent the last 31 years, with a break, making a daily trip up Ocean Avenue to Sea Bright Borough Hall, working her way up from a part-time secretary to borough administrator.

“Whenever I talk about my town, [husband Richard] thinks I’m talking about West Long Branch, but I’m talking about Sea Bright,” she said. “Sea Bright will always be my town.”

Smeltzer, who turns 60 on June 2, will retire from her town at the end of June.

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