WEST LONG BRANCH: With summer officially here on June 21 the West Long Branch Council has announced fireworks at Franklin Lake Park at dusk on Independence Day. No music, but lots of fun, a family and visitors evening with typically ice cream trucks busy for the kids, bog and little. Lawn chairs and blankets add to the annual scene with lake fountains casting a happy cascade of welcome.
The summer music events will be: Beatlemania on July 14 (get there early for a seat on the grass); the Sensational Soul Cruisers on July 28; Dave DeLuca on Aug. 11; and the Tequila Rose Band on Aug. 25. All the shows start at 7 p.m. at the lake.
In more mundane matters, the Council is still struggling with a new ordinance to control commercial vehicles use and parking in residential zones. It is a complex issue with many dimensions of type, commercial plates, length of vehicles, where and how long they park and more. The governing body has a committee to develop possible answers - a long time coming- but the June 21 meeting spent close to an hour trying to get everyone up to speed and in agreement. That was not reached, and the matter goes on to the next meeting.
A proposed bocce court enhancement at Ronan-Shirvanian Park is moving forward with some solvable concerns. The council attitude was positive, subject to details but no show stoppers it seemed.
The Shade Tee Commission has requested tree replacement at the gazebo at Franklin Lake. It needs probable replacement and is raising havoc with adjacent trees. Council seems okay with the tree replacements in the park, the number being up in the air. The value of trees to producing fresh air to breath and clean water, plus beauty, are part of the overall final product decision to be made.
The wooden dock for physically handicapped will be fixed or replaced. The dock allows those special needs folks a way to get near and enjoy the beautiful lake scenes.
The poles around the lake may have banners hung per a Recreation Committee request. It would identify the borough much as it is done with Monmouth University banners on Cedar Avenue, a different color with light poles needing repainting. The banners are mostly for visitors to recognize they are in West Long Branch, a welcoming signal and perhaps other values.
Councilman Stephen Bray was not at the meeting. His daughter was graduating from Eighth Grade, Mayor Tucci smiled as she told the audience.