Drive-up bank lanes planned

By clare MARie celano
Staff Writer

Drive-up bank
lanes planned
By clare MARie celano
Staff Writer

FREEHOLD — Planning Board members have approved a drive-up facility for the Community Bank, East Main Street.

Attorney Mark Williams, representing the bank, said plans for the project call for renovating what was once the Gibson Plumbing Supply warehouse, which lies directly behind what was once Gibson’s office at 34 E. Main St. That building now houses a law firm.

The property is an entrance driveway to the Market Yard parking facility.

Community Bank has a branch office on the other side of Main Street next to the Monmouth County Hall of Records Annex parking lot.

Bank director Arnold Silverman said the project proposes the conversion of an existing garage-type structure to a drive-up banking facility. It calls for a drive-up with three lanes, with the middle lane to have an automatic cash machine. The remainder of the building will house professional offices and bank offices.

Silverman said the hours of operation would be Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A walk-up vestibule is also planned at the rear of the building conversion facing the Market Yard.

Silverman said the offices will be used for credit analysis and other aspects of banking done internally, not retail banking.

There will be no more than 10 bank employees at that location. They will park in the Lafayette Place parking lot, not in the Market Yard. According to the terms of the license agreement with the borough, employees who park in the Market Yard will be fined $500.

Difficulties with the bank’s application surfaced when discussion about signs ensued.

The applicant originally proposed a sign that board member and borough code enforcer Hank Stryker III said did not "match the prototypical sign, nor would it blend in with the design and character of the borough’s older homes."

The sign that elicited that comment was 4 by 6 feet, double-sided and internally illuminated.

"This design is not even close," Stryker said.

He asked the applicant’s representatives if the sign could resemble the carved parking lot signs the borough currently uses.

"This sign is so extremely illuminated that it belongs on Route 9," Stryker said. "There’s not another sign like this in downtown Freehold,"

Williams told Stryker the purpose of the illumination was mainly for safety reasons. He said the applicant would be willing to design a sign more in keeping with the board’s request.

Traffic engineer Henry Ney testified that traffic studies were performed on March 5 and March 9 to assess turning maneuvers into and out of the proposed bank area. The results indicated "excellent sight distance, adequate maneuvering circulation and A levels of service for vehicles exiting the facility into the Market Yard parking lot."

The borough will receive a large free-standing clock as a gift from Community Bank. The clock will be installed in front of the Freehold Public Library on Main Street.



Re/Max of New Jersey has announced that the firm has raised $293,133 for the charity Children’s Miracle Network (CMN), making the New Jersey region the second-highest grossing in North America.

In one fund-raising program, New Jersey associates pledge to donate from their personal funds a specified amount of money to CMN for each closed sales transaction. Other fund-raising events include parties, tournaments, dinner cruises and special events throughout the state.

CMN is a national charity distinguished for improving health care for children by generating funds and awareness programs for 170 hospitals. Locally, funds raised by Re/Max of New Jersey benefit the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Children’s Specialized Hospital with locations in many New Jersey towns, and Bristol-Myers Squibb Children’s Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University in New Brunswick.

Barbara Levine of Marlboro was recently appointed the new dean of students at Atlantis Preparatory School, Wall. In this newly created position, she will oversee daily operation of the two sections of the school — its elementary school, ranging from preschool through fourth grade, and the early learning center, which operates a day care and enrichment programs for children ages 6 months through 3 years.

Levine has a background as an educator and administrator, and served as principal of the elementary school in South River for the past two years. Prior to that assignment, she held the assistant principal position at Drum Point Road Elementary School in Brick for three years. She has taught preschool and elementary school in the Marlboro, Manalapan-Englishtown, and Haworth public school districts.

She received her master’s degree in educational administration, supervision, curriculum development and design with a managerial specialization from Georgian Court College, Lakewood. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck. She holds certification as an elementary school teacher, supervisor, principal, and in student personnel services. She also hold certificates of eligibility for school administrator and school business administrator.

Michael Schneider of Marlboro was named 2002 sales associate of the year at Prudential N.J. Properties’ Manalapan office. Schneider, who works as a team with his wife Sue, has been practicing real estate in New Jersey for more than 20 years. He is a gold level member of the 2002 New Jersey Association of Realtors’ Circle of Excellence, and he ranks among the top 3 percent of Prudential Realtors nationwide. The Schneiders specialize in the communities of Manalapan. Marlboro, Colts Neck, Holmdel, Freehold, Rumson and Old Bridge. They have lived in Marlboro for 22 years.

Scott Brander of Manalapan has joined Buckman Buckman & Reid Inc. as director of the wealth management group. He has more than 10 years experience in financial planning. His office is in Red Bank.

Cheryl Good, a life-long resident of Freehold Township, was promoted to assistant cashier/assistant branch manager of OceanFirst Bank’s Spring Lake Heights branch office.