WEST LONG BRANCH: The borough council has signed a "No Knock" ordinance into law.
The purpose is to prohibit persons from approaching residences that have registered with the Borough of West Long Branch to help residences to keep out commercial real property sales people when not wanted and who may be seeking to manipulate sales in the area. It addresses complaints received from residents about unknown visitors and other sales persons.
Residents can register with the borough and outsiders who might want to visit would be precluded. Residents who notice unwanted visitors are encouraged to alert police to remove violators or risk fines. Call Borough Hall for details.
The week of Dec. 17 began with a happy borough gathering at Franklin Lake Park, the annual Holiday Tree Lighting with a singalong hosting 200 residents and visitors. The singing was led by Todd and Tommy Juliano, with many carolers from the borough and towns around joining in.
It was a different site this year, moved from Wooley Park on Cedar and Locust to the larger area at the lake. The Recreation Commission, encouraged by residents at the Fall Festival relocated the event for safety reasons and parking.
At the Wednesday night council meeting the Recreation Committee was recognized for its efforts to make the move happen on a short deadline. Mayor Janet Tucci announced to the attendees at the December 20 meeting of the governing body that she thanked the Rec and the Public Works, Police Department, Fire and First Aid and other borough employees and volunteers.
The night of songs also had treats for the youngsters. For others there Was the 50-foot lighted tree, the play house, and some warmth of wood burning camp fires that helped with the cold temperature. It was a big hit.
The next Council meeting is Monday, Jan. 1 at noon to reorganize for the new year.