WEST LONG BRANCH: "The weather turned out great. We had 500 people. The two hay rides, The bounce ride, the PTA, the Foundation, JCP&L, Monmouth University, our Police and Fire, the DPW and the wonderful work of the Recreation Committee and their volunteers..."
Councilman Fred Migliaccio was first giving the council member committee reports at the November 4 Council Meeting with those words, a paraphrasing of the report and his excitement for the second year success of the town wide residents opportunity to come together, chat and enjoy the festivities.
His question was "Where do we go from here?" He said he was sure the recreation committee would find the answer with their zeal and commitment. He will leave it up to Rec Chair Joe DeLeonardo and his fantastic team, he added.
The next hot item on the reporting was the fire on Saturday at the Carriage Square shopping center on Monmouth Road at the Highway 38 intersection. It was smoky for the area, and the report had the fire starting in the roof in mid-center. It was a 4-Alarm disaster with help coming from the towns around, Eatontown, Oakhurst and other, a part of the fire departments alliance for such emergencies. No one was hurt, was the most important result. A lot of water damage and construction await attention.
Between the 6:30 Caucus and the regular meeting Council broke for an Executive Session to discuss the Police Dispatch Proposal to move that function to the County. In addition there were contract negotiations (other than the move) and personnel matters. The Whispering Meadows issues are among the continuing Exec Session discussions.
Two residents called attention to problems on the walk-path around Franklin Lake near Shore Regional High School and Mayor Tucci will have the matters checked out for possible repair or referral.
Newly elected Council John Penta (photo) was at the meeting, his first since being appointed to replace Barbara Ruane, who resigned for personal and family reason earlier.
Ruane's borough commitment and achievements have been applauded by council and residents, including her leadership work on the Borough Centennial, the introduction of emergency services to the borough, her many years supporting Shore Regional HS, her high school alma mater. The Monmouth University grad has been a stalwart community supporter for many years, it has been noted.
Councilman Steve Cioffi leaves the council at year end and will be replaced by newly elected Susan Juliano.