Bradley Beach mayor boots tree volunteer | #socialmedia

BRADLEY BEACH – A volunteer bumped from the borough’s tree committeebecause of her Facebook postings said she believes her removal violated her First Amendment rights. 

Bradley Beach resident Jane DeNoble said she hopes Mayor Larry Fox reconsiders his decision not to reappoint her to the Shade Tree Commission, a volunteer board that oversees replanting healthy trees throughout town.

“I just want to plant trees,” she said.

Fox said in an interview with the Asbury Park Press that the issue was not the opinions DeNoble espoused in her social media posts, but that she had been posting inaccurate information at times. Fox said he had addressed his concerns about her social media posts with her before she was appointed to the board and had offered to meet with her privately about the appointment after he returned from vacation.

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“That’s her right to have an opinion. When you are representing the borough, you have to temper and think about what you’re doing. I don’t think that’s an unreasonable request,” he said.

Now Shade Tree Commission and council members  — who described DeNoble as an “incredible asset” and “invaluable” to the board — say they hope the mayor fulfills their request to reappoint DeNoble.

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