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RBNPA regroups after hiatus

Every summer from June through October, Red Bank Neighborhood Pride Association typically names a Home of the Month. After the group’s long hiatus, the recipient for June was Brenda Harker, who lives at 4812 Appian Way.

“The Red Bank Neighborhood Pride group takes nominations for homes who set the standards for their neighborhoods,” said RBNPA member Ruth Jeno. “A home is chosen monthly for the honor and bragging rights.”

Harker said her home was purchased by her late husband Ed Harker in the 1960s, and was likely built in the late 1940s or early ’50s. She maintains her immaculate yard by working outside every other day.

One notable piece of the landscaping is a cactus in the middle of the yard. When Brenda and Ed Harker married in 2009, he told her the yard was hers to do with as she wished, but he wanted a cactus, which she got him.

“He was just thrilled to death we had a cactus,” she said.

Ed Harker passed away in December, and she said that even if the cactus dies, she plans to replace it in his memory.

Nominations for Home of the Month can be made by going to chooseredbank.com and clicking on the Red Bank Neighborhood Pride link in the far top right, or on the Red Bank Neighborhood Pride Facebook page. Suggestion boxes are also available at the Red Bank Community Center, City Hall and local businesses.

“We encourage participation from the citizens of Red Bank,” said Jeno.

RBNPA also partners with the city on the Jubilee and New Moon Pie Festival in the spring and the Christmas festival and parade.

New this summer are Music in the Park events the fourth Saturday of the month from June to October. Several other projects are in the planning stages.

“We welcome and encourage new members to participate and help RBNP make our city a better place to live, work and play,” Jeno said.