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As A Matter Of Fact ….What Do Taxes Pay For? A Better Quality of Life for Our Children

January 25th, 2012, by Jon Whiten Published in NJPP Blog: As a Matter of Fact …


While it’s a well-worn cliché that “nobody likes to pay taxes,” one question isn’t asked often enough: what do those taxes pay for?

According to a new national study, they pay for a higher quality of life for our children.

Investing in Public Programs Matters: How State Policies Impact Children’s Lives, released last week by the Foundation for Child Development (FCD), finds “a strong relationship” between state tax rates and the overall quality of life for children.

The report’s key findings are that “higher state taxes are better for children,” and that “greater investments in government programs are strongly related to better quality-of-life for children in a state.”

The report, along with the annual KIDS COUNT data book that ranks New Jersey fifth — comes as states around the country, including New Jersey, are reacting to fiscal crises with austere, cuts-only spending plan, and it shows the folly of such an approach.

“Although states are currently revenue-starved, this is exactly the wrong time to reduce taxes,” says FCD president Rudy Takanishi. “The revenues generated by taxes should be used to invest more in the education and health of our children. Policymakers must recognize that the cost of shortchanging children today is too high a price to pay in the future.”

There’s good news here for New Jersey: the Garden State ranked first in the nation on the Child Well-Being Index, barely edging out Massachusetts. This finding, based on 2007 data, reaffirms the need to resist further cuts to education and other crucial public programs.

The stakes — our children’s well-being, and our state’s future prosperity – couldn’t be higher.

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Crime Scene Middletown: Out With The Old, Ringing In The New; Police Report Update For 12/28/11 Thru 1/2/12

Written by Middletown Township Police Department
Wednesday,4 January 2012 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

On December 28, 2011 Detective Adam Finck arrested Jose Luciano, age 32, from Reidway Place in Freehold, NJ, as a result of an investigation into a burglary at a residence on Cypress Neck Road in the Lincroft section of Middletown. Police say Luciano was identified after a witness observed him leaving the residence.

Luciano was arrested after police in Middlesex County took him into custody on other charges. He was being held on the Middletown charges at the Middlesex County Jail on $35,000.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.


Gary Brady, age 19, from Dover Court in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on December 27, 2011 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court. He was released after posting $80.00 bail.

William Johannessen, age 34, from Hollie Drive West in Belford, NJ, arrested on December 27, 2011 by Patrolman Carl Roth for Driving While Intoxicated. He was released pending a court date.

Howard Eastmond, age 31, from Church Street in Belford, NJ, arrested on December 27, 2011 by Patrolman Brady Carr on a Non-Support warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court and on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ, on $2,570.00 bail.

Kerry Smith, age 54, from Club House Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 27, 2011 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield for Violating a Court Order. He was released after posting $2,500.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Kristie Lepard, age 21, from Kentucky Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 26, 2011 by Corporal James Keenan for Possession of Heroin. She was released pending a court date.

Erik Nilson, age 20, from South Lake Drive in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on December 26, 2011 by Patrolman Stephen Greenwood and Patrolman Richard Fulham of the Quality of Life Unit for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.

Anders Carlson, age 20, from Riverboork Drive in Lincroft, NJ, arrested on December 26, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Fulham and Patrolman Stephen Greenwood of the Quality of Life Unit for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.

Jorge Lopez, age 27, from Tindall Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 25, 2011 by Patrolman James Beirne for Driving While Intoxicated. He was released pending a court date.

Joan McKee, age 57, from Pedee Place in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 24, 2011 by Corporal James Keenan for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. She was released pending a court date.

Venus Sharick, age 55, from New Brunswick Avenue in Fords, NJ, arrested on December 24, 2011 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield for Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to Submit to Breath Samples and Reckless Driving. She was released pending a court date.

Shawn Fanner, age 45, from Woodland Avenue in Belford, NJ, arrested on December 23, 2011 by Sergeant First Class William Colangelo for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. He was released pending a court date.

John Maynard, age 30, from Knollwood Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested December 23, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Raike on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Tinton Falls Municipal Court. He was released after posting $106.00 bail.

Christopher Danko, age 28, from Sunset Place in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 23, 2011 by Patrolman James Beirne on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Austin Smith, age 27, from Wake Forest Avenue in Toms River, NJ, arrested on December 27, 2011 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

Brandon Lee, age 20, from Rachel Drive in Morganville, NJ, arrested on December 27, 2011 by Patrolman Brady Carr on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $150.00 bail.

Michael MacDonald, age 18, from 10th Street in West Keansburg, NJ, arrested on December 24, 2011 by Patrolman Michael Reuter for Shoplifting from the Target Store. He was released pending a court date.

Daniel Scragg, age 21, from Kenneth Terrace East in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 23, 2011 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski for Theft and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Medication. He was released pending a court date.

On December 23, 2011 Patrolman Carl Roth arrested a 17 year old male juvenile from Middletown, NJ, for Criminal Mischief. He was released pending a court date.

Mirtha Alverez-Arena, age 43, from Hill Road in Lincroft, NJ, arrested on December 28, 2011 by Corporal Patricia Colangelo for Simple Assault. She was released pending a court date.

Rachel Alvarez, age 38, from Baldwin Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 28, 2011 by Patrolman Anthony Dellatacoma on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Neptune City Municipal Court. She was released after posting $164.00 bail.

Michael Vanalstyne, age 26, from Coffey Lane in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on December 28, 2011 by Patrolman Ian May on a Failure to Appear warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ, on $4,160.00 bail.

Raymond Haupt, age 39, from Woodland Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on December 28, 2011 by Corporal Gerald Weimer for Obstructing the Administration of Law. He was released pending a court date.

On December 28, 2011 Sergeant Paul Bailey arrested a 14 year old female juvenile from Red Bank, NJ, for Obstructing the Administration of Law. She was released pending a court date.

Evan Rackiewicz, age 19, from Newman Springs Road in Lincroft, NJ, arrested on December 29, 2011 by Patrolman Christian Clark for Criminal Mischief. He was released pending a court date.

Jessica Swartz, age 27, from Locust Grove in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on December 30, 2011 by Patrolman Christian Clark for Shoplifting from the Sears Store. She was released pending a court date.

Aaron Card, age 34, from East Garfield Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on December 30, 2011 by Detective Daniel Sullivan for Theft by Deception. He was released pending a court date.

Keith Ettis, age 25, from Collins Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on December 30, 2011 by Sergeant First Class William Colangelo on a Contempt of Court warrant issued in Essex County. He was released on his own recognizance.

Steven Nalbach, age 50, from Highway 36 in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on December 30, 2011 by Patrolman Brady Carr on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Newark Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance.

Saeeda Wilson, age 33, from Park Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on January 1, 2011 by Corporal James Keenan for False Reports to a Law Enforcement Officer and Providing False Information to a Police Officer. She was released pending a court date.

Salvatore Amato, age 23, from Zephyr Avenue in Staten Island, NY, arrested on January 1, 2012 by Patrolman James Beirne on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Seaside Heights Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Nicholas Batalla, age 24, from Frog Hollow Road in Forked River, NJ, arrested on January 1, 2012 by Patrolman Raymond Sofiled for Theft by Unlawful Taking. He was released pending a court date.

Nathan Burks, age 29, from Peppercorn Way in Chesapeake, VA, arrested on December 31, 2011 by Patrolman Adam Colfer for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

On December 30, 2011 Patrolman Felipe Benedit arrested a 16 year old male juvenile from Belford, NJ, for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Terroristic Threats and Criminal Mischief. He was released pending a court date.

On December 31, 2011 Patrolman James Beirne arrested a 17 year old male juvenile from Atlantic Highlands, NJ, for Disorderly Conduct and Possession of Alcohol by a Minor. He was released pending a court date.

On December 31, 2011 Corporal Patricia Colangelo arrested a 16 year old male juvenile form Navesink, NJ, for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Alcohol by a Minor. He was released pending a court date.

On December 31, 2011 Corporal Patricia Colangelo arrested a 15 year old male juvenile from Leonardo, NJ, for Possession of Alcohol by a Minor. He was released pending a court date.

On January 1, 2011 Corporal James Keenan arrested a 17 year old male juvenile from Middletown, NJ, for Obstructing an Investigation and Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

Daniel Haggerty, age 44, from Park Street in Staten Island, NY, arrested on January 1, 2012 by Patrolman Antonio Ciccone for Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving and on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Belmar Municipal Court. He was released after posting $372.00 bail.

Melody Taylor, age 29, from Laurel drive in Highlands, NJ, arrested on December 30, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Raike on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Highlands Municipal Courts. She was held on $880.00 bail.

Nicole Eskildsen, age 23, from Louis Circle in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on January 1, 2012 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. She was released pending a court date.

On December 28, 2011 Sergeant Paul Bailey arrested a 14 year old female from Tinton Falls, NJ, for Obstructing an Investigation. She was released pending a court date.

Jennifer Jacques, age 35, from Kings Highway in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 1, 2012 by Corporal Douglas Wiatrak for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. She was released pending a court date.

Isaac Coates, age 46, from Leighton Avenue in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on January 1, 2012 by Patrolman Stephen Keller on a Drug Court warrant. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ.

Ryan Kelty, age 22, from Bray Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on January 2, 2012 by Patrolman James Beirne for Obtaining Prescription Medication by Fraud. He was released pending a court date.

Jess Blechman, age 43, from Center Avenue in Belford, NJ, arrested on January 2, 2012 by Patrolman Felipe Benedit for Simple assault. He was held on $2,500.00 with a 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Rodolpho Mejias, age 48, from Bolton Gordon Road in Commerce, GA, arrested on January 2, 2012 by Patrolman Robert McNair for Unlawful Possession of a Handgun. He was held on $10,000.00 bail with a 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Deborah Vaughn, age 47, from Center Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 2, 2012 by Patrolman Stephen Greenwood on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Matawan Municipal Court. She was released after posting $240.00 bail.

Christopher Malone, age 31, from West County Line Road in Jackson, NJ, arrested on January 2, 2012 by Patrolman Christopher Dee on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $1,453.00 bail.

Wayne Scheuermann, age 24, from Woodshore west in Cliffwood Beach, NJ, arrested on January 2, 2012 by Detective Daniel Sullivan for Theft by Unlawful Taking. He was released pending a court date.

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Crime Scene Middletown: Shoplifting and Marijuana Busts Prevail

Written by Middletown Township Police Department
Tuesday,18 October 2011 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

On October 16, 2011 at approximately 6:40 pm Patrolman Michael Pintilie responded to the Sears Store in reference to a report of a shoplifting. Upon arrival the officer was advised by store security that they had observed Hany Salib, age 46, from Crest Circle in Matawan, NJ, attempt to steal approximately $160.00 worth of tools.

Officer Pintilie conducted an investigation which resulted in Salib being arrested for Shoplifting. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

On October 16, 2011 at approximately 3:50 am Patrolman John Soltysik was on patrol in the area of Oak Hill Road when he stopped a vehicle for having a rear light out. The officer approached the driver, identified as Christopher Aiello, age 24, from Fox Wood Run in Middletown, NJ, at which point he detected the strong odor of raw Marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. The officer also observed a grinder, which is a device used to prepare Marijuana for smoking, in plain view inside the vehicle.

Officer Soltysik conducted an investigation which resulted in Aiello being charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. The officer also determined that there was an outstanding Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Eatontown Municipal Court for Aiello’s arrest. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released after posting $89.00 bail.

On October 15, 2011 at approximately 12:55 am Patrolman Jason Caruso was on patrol in the area of Leonardville Road when he stopped a vehicle for multiple violations. The officer approached the vehicle at which point he observed a Marijuana grinder, which is a device used to process Marijuana for smoking, and a glass pipe used to smoke Marijuana which contained Marijuana residue in plain view in the car.

The officer conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrests of Kathryn Palmer, age 18, from Pointe Circle in Tinton Falls, NJ; Anthony Colacino, age 18, from Crystal Court in Middletown, NJ; Robert Mackie, age 19, from Paul Place in Port Monmouth, NJ, and a 17 year old male juvenile from Middletown, NJ, for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

All subjects were transported to police headquarters where they were processed and released pending a court date. Officer Michael Nolan assisted with the arrests.

On October 15, 2011 at approximately 8:10 pm Police Officer Janine Kennedy responded to the Target Store in reference to a Shoplifting. Upon arrival she was advised by security that they observed two subjects cut the plastic packaging off of a compact disk in an attempt to steal the item without paying for it.

Officer Kennedy conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrests of Anthony Desiderio Jr, age 41, from Cortel You in Staten Island, NY; and Cliff Desiderio, age 36, from Clubhouse Drive in Middletown, NJ, for Shoplifting. Police say the two are brothers. Both subjects were transported to police headquarters where they are processed and released pending a court date.
On October 14, 2011 at approximately 4:35 pm Police Officer Janine Kennedy was on patrol in the area of Highway 36 when she stopped a vehicle for having a broken tail light. Officer Kennedy approached the driver, identified as Colleen Huderwitz, age 46, from 9th Street in Belford, NJ, at which point she detected the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath.

Officer Kennedy conducted an investigation which resulted in Huderwitz being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. She was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released pending a court date.

On October 14, 2011 at approximately 11:20 pm Patrolman Charles Higgins responded to a motor vehicle crash on Patterson Lane. While conducting his investigation, David King, age 20, from Church Street in Belford, NJ, attempted to pick up debris from the crash scene. Officer Higgins issued him numerous warning to stop touching the debris which was still being used in the investigation.

King refused to stop interfering with the investigation at which point he was placed under arrest for Disorderly Conduct. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

On October 14, 2011 Patrolman Anthony Gigante and Patrolman Felipe Benedit of the Quality of Life Unit arrested Michelle Distaulo, age 44, from Beechwood Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, for Obtaining a Controlled Dangerous Substance by Fraud, Forgery and Uttering as a result of investigation after Distaulo attempted to fill a prescription for Oxycodone at the Target Pharmacy.

The pharmacy contacted the police after they realized the prescription blank given to them by Distaulo was of the same series that was stolen from a local doctor’s office. Distaulo was processed and released pending a court date.

On October 13, 2011 at approximately 5:45 pm Patrolman Robert McNair was on patrol in the area of Ideal Beach when he observed a suspicious vehicle parked in the parking lot. Officer McNair approached the vehicle and conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrests of Kyle Clayton, age 19, from Thousand Oaks Drive in Atlantic Highlands, NJ; Christopher Benino, age 19, from Murphy Road in Port Monmouth, NJ, and a 17 year old female juvenile from Middletown, NJ, for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana.

All three subjects were processed and released pending a court date.

On October 13, 2011 at approximately 10:50 am Corporal Thomas Meckier responded to a residence on Washington Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, in reference to a report of a theft of checks. Upon arrival at the residence the officer was advised by the victim that her son, Ryan Davies, age 24, from Washington Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, had stolen and forged some of her checks.

Officer Mecker conducted an investigation which resulted in Davies being charged with Theft, Receiving Stolen Property and Fraud. He was held on $5,000.00 bail with a 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

On October 11, 2011 at approximately 11:25 Sergeant Michael Kenney was on patrol in the area of Highway 35 when he stopped a vehicle for a motor vehicle violation. Officer Kenney approached the driver, identified as Joseph Olaya, age 33, from Donald Boulevard in Holbrook, NY, at which point he detected the odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from his breath.

Sergeant Kenney conducted an investigation which resulted in Olaya being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. He was taken into custody and was searched incident to the arrest at which point Officer Kenney located Marijuana and a pipe used to smoke Marijuana on his person.

Olaya was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with the additional offenses of Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was processed and released pending a court date.

The Middletown Police Department reports the arrests of the following subjects for various offenses:

William Deppisch, age 23, from Ocean Avenue in Sea Bright, NJ, arrested on October 16, 2011 by Police Officer Janine Kennedy on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Eric Greenhouse, age 28, from Geary Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on October 16, 2011 by Sergeant John Werner on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Sayreville Municipal Court. He was released after posting $139.00 bail.

William Chasmer Jr, age 29, from Briar Mills Drive in Brick, NJ, arrested on October 15, 2011 by Patrolman Thomas Russo for Simple Assault. He was held on $2,500.00 with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Jason Venson, age 31, from Knollwood Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on October 16, 2011 by Corporal Ronald Chesek for Violation of a Court Order. He was released pending a court date.

David Depuma, age 32, from Hudson Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on October 14, 2011 by Patrolman Felipe Benedit and Patrolman Anthony Gigante of the Quality of Life Unit for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana. He was released pending a court date.

Theodore Davis, age 87, from Hillside Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on October 14, 2011 by Patrolman Brian Dilworth for Aggravated Assault. He was released on his own recognizance by Judge Richard Thompson pending a court date.

Rudolph Jones, age 56, from Monmouth Parkway in Middletown, NJ, arrested on October 13, 2011 by Patrolman Lawrence Seymour on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

Barry Grasser, age 65, from New Monmouth Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on October 13, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Joseph McCabe, age 26, from Bay Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on October 15, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court. He was turned over to the Keansburg Police Department.

Richard Steinhart, age 29, from Jumping Brook Road in Lincroft, NJ, arrested on October 15, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $349.00 bail.

Allyson Forte, age 40, from Gayle Street in Middletown, NJ, arrested on October 14, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Englishtown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $400.00 bail.

Charlie James, age 23, from Pine Street in Bloomfield, NJ, arrested on October 14, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on two Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and New Brunswick Municipal Courts. He was released after posting $1,250.00 bail.

Thomas Phillips, age 32, from Ocean Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on October 16, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Belmonte for Simple Assault with a Motor Vehicle and Driving While Intoxicated as a result of an investigation conducted by the officer into a motor vehicle crash that occurred at Thompson Avenue and Highway 36. He was released pending a court date.

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Crime Scene Middletown: Attempted Burgalry Suspect Apprehended in Belford

Written by Middletown Township Police Department
Thursday,22 September 2011 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

On September 21, 2011 at approximately 1:55 pm police responded to the Thassian Mechanical Contractors Business located on Highway 36 in reference to a report of a burglary in progress. Upon arrival a witness advised officers that they had observed a subject attempting to pry his way into the building with a crow bar. The witness provided the officer with the suspect’s description which was broadcasted to patrols in the area.

Officers Joseph Glynn, Raymond Sofield and Daniel Murdoch located a subject fitting the description on Wedgewood Drive, a nearby street. The officers conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrest of Tyking Miller, age 18, from Wedgewood Drive in Belford, NJ. Miller was charged with Criminal Trespass, Burglary and Criminal Mischief. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

Detectives Laurence Schachtel and Paul Shanley are handling the follow up investigation.

On September 21, 2011 at approximately 7:10 pm Patrolman Keith Hirschbein was on patrol in the area of Highway 36 when he stopped a vehicle for a view obstruction violation. Officer Hirschbein approached the driver, identified as Ryan Lewis, age 28, from Lily Lane in Freehold, NJ, at which point he observed a baggie containing Marijuana in plain view on the floor of the vehicle.

Officer Hirschbein conducted an investigation which resulted in Lewis being arrested for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

On September 20, 2011 at approximately 4:50 pm Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia and Patrolman Michael Reuter of the Quality of Life Unit responded to the area of the Shore Crest Mini Park in reference to a report of possible drug activity taking place. Upon arrival in the area the officers located a suspicious vehicle parked in the area.

The officers approached the vehicle and conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrest of Christine Dolly, age 21, from Leonardville road in Belford, NJ, and the discovery of a cigar containing Marijuana. Dolly was charged with Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana. She was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released pending a court date.

On September 20, 2011 Detective Daniel Sullivan arrested John Vanliew Jr., age 24, from Beachway Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, for Theft. Police say Vanliew stole jewelry from a residence on Pennybrook Lane in Middletown where he had been hired to perform handyman services. Police located the stolen jewelry in Keansburg.

Detective Jason Lopez of the Keansburg Police Department charged Vanliew with Receiving Stolen Property in Keansburg. Vanliew was released after posting $7,500.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Police believe Vanliew may be responsible for similar thefts from other residences in Monmouth and Middlesex Counties where he had been hired as a handyman and request that anyone with information call Detective Sullivan of the Middletown Police department at (732) 615-2255 or Detective Jason Lopez of the Keansburg Police Department at (732) 787-0799.

On September 19, 2011 at approximately 5:00 pm Sergeant First Class Frederick Deickmann was on patrol in the area of Highway 36 when he stopped a vehicle for a seatbelt violation. The officer approached the vehicle at which point he detected an odor of burnt Marijuana coming from inside the car.

Sergeant Deickmann conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrest of a passenger, identified as Michael Doherty, age 23, from Monmouth Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, and the discovery of a glass bottle containing Marijuana. Doherty was charged with Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.

The Middletown Police Department reports the arrests of the following subjects for various offenses:

Lavar Williams, age 23, from Woodrow Wilson Avenue in Long Branch, NJ, arrested on September 19, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Belmonte on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Long Branch Municipal Court. He was held on bail.

Jeffery Chapman, age 19, from Birchwood Lane in Middletown, NJ, arrested on September 19, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Belmonte on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

John Morea, age 22, from Mosley Avenue in Brooklyn, NY, arrested on September 19, 2011 by Patrolman Thomas Russo on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Sandra Shaw, age 50, from Oceanview Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on September 19, 2011 by Corporal Gerald Weimer on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Long Branch Municipal Court. She was held on $150.00 bail.

Anthony McDonnell, age 21, from Port Monmouth Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on September 20, 2011 by Patrolman James Beirne on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $500.00 bail.

Steven Byrd, age 20, from Clinton Place in Newark, NJ, arrested on September 20, 2011 by Patrolman Donald Coates on a Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $2,000.00 bail.

Daryl Munts, age 50, from Seaview Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on September 20, 2011 by Patrolman Darrin Simon on a Non-Support warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court. He was held on bail.

Kevin Farrell, age 31, from Pacific Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on September 20, 2011 by Patrolman Jason Caruso on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

Markies Wells, age 26, from William Street in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on September 20, 2011 by Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia and Patrolman Michael Reuter of the Quality of Life Unit on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Red Bank Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Richard Garback, age 47, from Clinton Street in Middletown, NJ, arrested on September 21, 2011 by Patrolman Brady Carr on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Sea Bright Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance.

Angela Boden Scotti, age 47, from Shore Boulevard in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on September 21, 2011 by Patrolman Charles Higgins on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Jersey City Municipal Court. She was released after posting $100.00 bail.

David Cassidy, age 51, from Shore Boulevard in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on September 21, 2011 by Patrolman Charles Higgins on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Tinton Falls Municipal Court. He was released after posting $114.00 bail.

Keith Boyd, age 21, from Mallard Road in Bayville, NJ, arrested on September 21, 2011by Patrolman Richard Fulham on a Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Englishtown, Toms River and Eaglewood Municipal Courts. He was held on $2,000.00 bail.

Brian Santos, age 32, from Main Street in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on September 21, 2011 by Patrolman Ian May on Contempt of Courts warrants issued by the Keyport and Woodbridge Municipal Courts. He was held on bail.

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Middletown Cancels Fall Brush Pick-Up; who will pay to have their brush picked up after Hurricane Irene blows through?

Some may have come to hear that Middletown has suspended its fall brush pick-up this year and will levy a hefty fine on any homeowners placing brush in the street curbside. I would bet however that many more haven’t heard about it.

On July 29th, the Township announced that it was suspending the fall brush pick-up through a newsflash and posting on its website.

During the August 1st Township Workshop meeting a further discussion took place amongst Mayor Fiore, Deputy Mayor Brightbill, Committeeman Gerry Scharfenberger and other township professionals that sighted apathy of residents, the cost to pick-up brush, diminished manpower and the fact that the Fall brush pick-up just isn’t that important.


Furthermore a new and improved brush/leaf ordinance was introduced that puts some teeth into the old brush/leaf ordinance by allowing the Police Department and Code Enforcement Officers to issue summonses of some, as yet undetermined sum. In addition, if the Department of Public Works has to cleanup the improperly placed debris, they will charge the homeowner with the costs of removal and disposal of said debris.

But what will happen to homeowners now that the brush pick-up is canceled, when a hurricane like the upcoming Hurricane Irene, blows through and leaves widespread storm debris and broken tree limbs all over the place; will the Township decide that they must reverse it’s decision and collect fallen debris or just leave homeowners to their own recourses? This isn’t right and seems like way to squeeze residents with a hidden tax to clean up fall brush that has always been part of the residents’ taxes to being with. After all, the cost of gasoline and the amount of roads throughout the township hasn’t changed much from last year; how much additional would it really cost? If you look back to just last year, the Township combined the leaf and brush pick-up in many areas and those on the Township Committee almost fell over backwards, patting themselves on the back and heaping praise on the DPW for completing the job before Christmas.

The same could be done this year.

Another possible solution to the cancelling of the fall brush pick-up altogether and then charging/fining residents if they place debris curbside would be to publish scheduled brush pick-up dates as is normally done, but instead of going house to house picking up brush, have residents call the DPW and inform them of the need for pick-up. In this way the collection can be done efficiently in one or two days as opposed to the several or more days currently scheduled. If after that time, it is found that residents in a given zone have left brush at the curbside do you charge them for pick-up service or send them summonses for non-compliance of the new and improved ordinance.

The past few years the Republican majority in Middletown have ran on slogans like “Taxpayers First” and “New Faces/New Ideas” but all Middletown has gotten is higher taxes and less services from a few new faces that have recycled ideas from others as if they were their own.

If a couple of big storms/hurricanes make it our way before the end of the season there will be a need need for a fall brush pick-up, hopefully that need will not be a burden. All ready stressed residents shouldn’t have to pay a hidden tax to have their storm debris collected by the Township when they have become accustomed to this type of public service in the past.

This truly is a “Quality of Life” issue.

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Crime Scene Middletown: Overdose In Leonardo Leads To Arrest For Evidence Tampering

Written by Middletown Township Police Department

Monday, 22 August 2011 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

On August 21, 2011 at approximately 5:40 pm Patrolman Brady Carr responded to the Shop Rite Store in reference to a report of a Shoplifting. Upon arrival store security advised the officer that they had observed the suspect, identified as John Osman, age 49, from Kupsch Street in Sayreville, NJ, attempt to leave the store without paying for numerous items.

Officer Carr conducted an investigation and arrested Osman for Shoplifitng. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and held on $2,500.00 bail with no 10% option.


On August 20, 2011 at approximately 6:00 pm Patrolman Keith Hirschbein responded to the Target Store in reference to a report of a shoplifting. Upon arrival store security advised the officer that they had observed the suspect, identified as Lauren McCrory, age 31, from Aberdeen Road in Aberdeen, NJ, attempt to leave the store with approximately $900.00 worth of merchandise without paying.
Officer Hirschbein conducted an investigation and arrested McCrory for Shoplifting. She was transported to police headquarters where she was processed and released pending a court date.

On August 20, 2011 at approximately 11:55 pm Corporal Douglas Wiatrak responded to the area of Harmony Road and Old Country Road in reference to a report of an intoxicated female attempting to drive a vehicle. Upon arrival the officer located the female, identified as Jessica Meyer, age 22, from Maywood Drive in Marlboro, NJ, sitting in the vehicle. Corporal Wiatrak approached Meyer at which point he detected a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from her breath.



Officer Wiatrak conducted an investigation which resulted in Meyer being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. She was processed and released pending a court date.

On August 19, 2011 at approximately 11:30 am Patrolman James Beirne was on patrol in the area of the Henry Hudson Trail when he observed a suspicious male walking in the area. Officer Beirne approached the subject, identified as Michael Calabrese, age 19, from 9th Street in West Keansburg, NJ, at which point Calabrese immediately grabbed the left, front pocket of his pants.



Officer Beirne conducted an investigation which resulted in the recovery of a baggie containing Marijuana from the pocket. Calabrese was arrested for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.


On August 19, 2011 Patrolman Stephen Keller arrested Joseph Rovinsky, age 23, from Sunset Avenue in Middletown for Harassment and Lewdness as a result of an investigation he conducted into an incident that occurred on August 18, 2011. Rovinsky is accused of confronting a female subject, pulling his pants down and massaging his genitals.


Police say Rovinsky knew the female who came to police headquarters after the incident and made the report. Rovinsky was processed and was held on bail.


On August 17, 2011 at approximately 3:30 pm Patrolman Christopher Dee and Patrolman Raymond Sofield of the Quality of Life Unit responded to the Leonardo Motel in reference to a drug overdose. Upon arrival the officers were advised by witnesses that they had observed a subject, identified as Raymond Haupt, age 39, from Asbury Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, remove pills from the victim’s body and the hotel room where the overdose had occurred and hide them behind the hotel prior to the arrival of the police.


The officers conducted an investigation which resulted in Haupt being arrested for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Tampering with Evidence and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Medication. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and held on bail.


The Middletown Police report the arrests of the following subjects for various offenses:


Carlos Ortega, age 27, from Pacific Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 19, 2011 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield and Patrolman Christopher Dee of the Quality of Life Unit on two Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Tinton Falls and Shrewsbury Municipal Courts. He was held on $385.00 bail.


Clarkson Fisher, age 30, from Gillville Lane in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 19, 2011 by Patrolman Adam Vandetti on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Oceanport Municipal Court. He was released after posting $114.00 bail.


John Engberg, age 39, from Indian Key Drive in Holiday, Florida, arrested on August 19, 2011 by Patrolman Darrin Simon on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Hazlet Municipal Court. He was released after posting $106.00 bail.


Debra Sambino, age 51, from Greenwood Place in Middletown, NJ, arrested on August 20, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Belmonte on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the East Brunswick Municipal Court. She was released after posting $89.00 bail.


Michael Carlucci, age 42, from Burlington Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on August 20, 2011 by Patrolman Robert Shannon on a warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ.


Kristel Roxas, age 26, from Williams Street in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on August 19, 2011 by Patrolman Joseph Ahlemeyer on three Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Aberdeen and Red Bank Municipal Courts. She was held on $490.00 bail.

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>LVGA Issues Statement Concerning Planned Four Ponds Housing Development

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On it’s website, the Lincroft Village Green Association has published the following statement regarding the planned Four Ponds project that is to be located at the Avaya complex on Middletown-Lincroft Road. The proposed site plan is also located on the website so that resident and those that are interested can see the size and scope of the project that will impact the area and the quality of life for those that live in it’s proximity:

Re: Four Ponds Redevelopment Plan


The Lincroft Village Green Association and many of the residents of Lincroft Village are strongly opposed to the Four Ponds Redevelopment plan as is currently proposed. We have serious concerns this large scale housing development will bring negative change to our neighborhoods and adversely affect residents’ safety and quality of life.

Our specific concerns for opposing this development are as follows:

Density and Type of Housing:
The plan proposes to build 270 townhouse and 72 flats, with 68 of the flats being COAH affordable housing rental units. This represents an approximate 16% increase in the number of households in Lincroft Village. This is far too many households for the infrastructure of Lincroft to absorb.

Good planning requires that new construction should be similar in size and character to existing, neighboring homes. The style of homes being built, three story townhouses in clusters of 4, 6 and 8 units, and four 18 unit apartment buildings, is not in keeping with the style of the majority of the homes in Lincroft, which are single family homes on large lots, of 0.5 – 5.0 acres in size. The density and configuration of the proposed Four Ponds Development are more reminiscent of inner city row houses than existing construction in Lincroft. Therefore, this development would have a very negative impact on property values in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Traffic:
The current traffic conditions along CR520 and CR50 make any additional traffic-generating projects in Lincroft completely unacceptable.

• The intersection of CR50 & CR520 is already considered failed because of too much traffic (County Route 520 Corridor Study, 2002).
• Middletown-Lincroft Road is a major route to the following Lincroft establishments: Brookdale Community College (enrollment over 13,000-all commuters), Christian Brothers Academy (enrollment over 900), St. Leo the Great Church and School, Oak Hill Academy, Lincroft Elementary School, Multiple preschools, Lincroft Library, Lincroft business center and professional buildings, Two senior citizen complexes, Four churches, in addition to St. Leo the Great, One county and five township parks, Lincroft Fire and First Aid stations.
• CR50 is a major North-South route for many trash, recycling and construction trucks, and services all of Middletown and towns north.
• Both CR520 and CR50 are major E-W and N-S traffic routes and are used by many to access the GSP (Exit 109) and Red Bank to the east, Holmdel corporate center and residential areas to the west, Monmouth Mall to the south and the remainder of Middletown and other points north.


There is already dangerous cut-through traffic and speeding in surrounding neighborhoods, especially on Turnberry Drive and Leedsville Drive, which will only be worsened by the additional traffic generated by the housing complex, affecting the safety of the residents who walk, bike, and jog and drive on those streets.

Schools:
The Four Ponds development will bring many additional children to our local schools. Two and three bedroom townhouses will be more likely to have families with school-age children.
The Lincroft Elementary School is already filled to capacity. The building is over 50 years old and every classroom and available space inside is being utilized. Families are drawn to Lincroft for the quality of our public school system. By adding children and overburdening our classrooms and teachers, this will have a negative impact on the excellence of our schools.

Safety – Fire, First Aid, Police:
Lincroft and the surrounding neighborhoods are served by our all volunteer Fire Department and First Aid Station. Adding 342 new homes to Lincroft Village, a 16% increase in households, will overburden these services, including the Middletown Police force and Public Works and seriously impact the safety of the entire area.

In closing, as you can undoubtedly see from the above noted points, the Lincroft Village Green Association is extremely concerned, as are the residents who have already contacted us in large numbers, that a development of this size, in this location, would be seriously considered for approval at this time. The impact on the quality of life of current Lincroft residents, the strain on our schools and already diluted resources, and the associated safety concerns, should trump any desire to vote to permit this development.

Consequently, we respectfully request this proposed plan be tabled at the present time, and the current owner be instructed to work with key stakeholders in our community to determine the most appropriate alternative uses of this space. This has simply not taken place to date.
In fact, when this property was rezoned in 2010 to accommodate COAH obligations, the then sitting Township Committee went on record to say they would rezone the site back to either commercial or residential single family homes at the earliest opportunity. We implore you to consider rezoning this property now, and come up with a more thoughtful, rational plan, with more potential for positive impact for Lincroft Village and its residents.

Board of Directors
Lincroft Village Green Association

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Vice President Joe Biden and the Middle Class Task Force

The President created a Middle Class Task Force and asked his right hand man, Vice President Joe Biden, to lead it. The Task Force has one goal — to make sure the recovery doesnt just benefit the wealthy, like past expansions, but improves quality of life for the middle class.

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Vice President Joe Biden and the Middle Class Task Force

The President created a Middle Class Task Force and asked his right hand man, Vice President Joe Biden, to lead it. The Task Force has one goal — to make sure the recovery doesnt just benefit the wealthy, like past expansions, but improves quality of life for the middle class.

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