Ghost Town… Kastin’s Drugs

This memorial to Kastin’s Drugs stands as a reminder of the time before national chains and when neighbourhoods still had a degree of self-sufficiency and cohesion. Kastin’s succumbed to the invasion of the national drugstore chains in 2004 after 86…

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Ghost Town… Got any gum, chum?

My mother and father were teenagers in a naval city in the south-west of England at the outset of the Second World War. When the US Army eventually arrived in town kids from all over followed the jeeps around yelling,…

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Zoom “Chat”, OPRA and all that…

Just a few days ago I made an OPRA request to the Borough of Red Bank via opramachine.com. It was a fairly simple request which should have been quite easily dealt with. But for some reason, it was a bit…

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Red Bank, We Have A Problem…

An everyday tale of unintended consequences for the Charter Commission Within a few days of holding a public consultation forum to which nobody came (okay, two diligent members of the community answered the call) Red Bank’s Charter Study Commission was…

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Mayor & Council – Workshop: 11 May 2022

Well, another month has passed and it’s another M&C Workshop and Council Meeting. I’m not certain a foreigner like me can actually grasp the difference between a “workshop session” and an actual meeting especially when they’re scheduled simultaneously, but I…

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Charter Commission Inaction: May 4, 2022

Well, two residents turned up and there was a reported but undisclosed number of emails plus one or two off the record phone calls, so the commission at least could continue on hearsay. Which, of course, they did. And Red…

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Red Bank Style: From 1600 to the Present

It’s kind of depressing to see the vision of the current crop of “developers” in Red Bank. From faux Ruritanian to Shed-Modern it’s not often we see a proposal which celebrates the town’s history and the community’s hopes, and fulfils…

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Bigger & Better Buildings

The community of Red Bank and their “consultants” may be working on a new Master Plan, but speculators and investors already have theirs… Cram in as much inappropriate and unsustainable development as possible just in case the new plan isn’t…

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All Comment Is Free… May 2022

When other websites’ “Comments” don’t work, or are hogged by partisan people who think they’re politicians – yes… I know, there will always be a space for you here to make your point. If it’s a good question, who knows,…

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Mayor & Council: April 27, 2022

Let us go in; the fog is rising – Emily Dickinson New councillors, new clerk. Things are starting to look a bit different on Red Bank Borough Council. Whether that is a matter for relief or here we go again…

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