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The Borough Council in Eatontown has awarded a $109,350 contract to T&M Associates, the borough’s engineering firm, so the company may study an area of the municipality that is affected by flooding.

T&M Associates will perform a flood attenuation study at Wampum Brook. According to a resolution, Eatontown has a serious flooding problem in the Wampum Brook stream corridor, which has a significant impact on residents, businesses and the future redevelopment of property at the former Fort Monmouth military installation.

T&M Associates will investigate and propose solutions to address the issue. The study will identify existing storm water attenuation facilities in the Wampum Brook drainage area; perform hydrologic and hydraulic analyses to evaluate the effectiveness of potential storm water measures to ameliorate the flooding problem; and interface with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and borough officials to review and discuss the feasibility of identified upgrades of existing storm water facilities and the construction of proposed storm water facilities to abate the flooding problem, according to the resolution.

Funding for the T&M Associates contract was provided through the Coronavirus Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (LFRF). Prior to awarding the contract to the firm, the council members approved a measure which moved the $109,350 that was received from the LFRF into the 2021 municipal budget for the Wampum Brook flood study.


Congregation B’nai Israel, Rumson, will host a community blood drive from 12:30-6:30 p.m. Dec. 23 to help replenish the blood supply for local hospitals due to the continued
severe shortage.

Appointments are highly recommended. For an appointment, go to nybc.org/newjerseydrive and use sponsor code 71045, or call 800-933-2566.
Walk-ins will be accepted only if spacing allows, according to a press release.

To give blood, an individual must be in generally good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years of age, or 16 years of age with parental consent. Donors age 76 and older need a doctor’s note. There is no waiting period after COVID vaccinations as long as the donor is feeling well.


McOmber McOmber & Luber, P.C., has welcomed a new associate, Christian Fechter, who will litigate employment and civil litigation matters throughout New Jersey. Fechter will concentrate on representing plaintiffs in employment discrimination, hostile work environment, retaliation and whistleblower cases. He will work out of the firm’s Red Bank location.

Fechter received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Davidson College in 2017. He earned his law degree from Seton Hall University School of Law in 2021 and was admitted to practice law in New Jersey in 2021.

He got his introduction to employment law as a law clerk working for the insurance defense firm Hall Booth Smith, P.C., in Charlotte, N.C., where he assisted attorneys in all aspects of civil litigation.

He later worked as a law clerk for the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office which reinforced his desire to pursue a career in litigation and advocate on behalf of clients. In 2019, Fechter returned to the world of employment law as a law clerk at McOmber McOmber & Luber.

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