Daily Archives: July 7, 2008

To the Magic Kingdom and Back Again

     I just returned from a week in the Magic Kingdom down in Orlando, it was a long and tiring week that was full of fun and  just a little aggravation, I am however happy to be back in Middletown.

I have never been to the land of Disney during the summer and was expecting the worst… the crowds, the heat and the cost, as it turned out it wasn’t that bad. 
The weak economy must have started to keep people away, the parks were not full as I was expecting. I never had to wait longer than 30 minutes(most less than 20, some no wait at all) to gain access to any of the major attractions but 1 and that was the newest, Toy Story Mania, at the Disney Hollywood Studios that set me back 70 minutes.  I talked to plenty of park guest and they all had the same opinion as I did, it seemed that all of the parks were slow for a holiday week, maybe a 1/3 off of normal attendance. Off course when I talked to the workers back at Port Orleans Riverside Resort where I was staying about this, they all assured me that they were very busy and that on the 4Th of July you wouldn’t be able to walk around the Magic Kingdom. 
Many of the locals that I spoke to had mentioned that they could not remember a time when Disney advertised so much on their local TV channels. They said that have been swamped with commercials for the past few weeks. 
My family avoided the Magic Kingdom the 4Th and instead went to the Animal Kingdom Park,it was dead! We finished touring the park, seeing and riding all of the attractions before 5 pm, so we left and went back to our resort and waited for that evenings fireworks show, which was spectacular. 
The weather all week was generally overcast gray skies, which kept the temperature down and made the trip bearable. And lucky for us, we only got caught in the rain once. The rest of the time we were indoors waiting on an attraction. Saturday and Sunday turned out the be the hottest and nicest days.
Overall the cost of the trip was very affordable, however if it was not paid for in advance a few months ago, I would have probably stayed home and saved the money.
 I like a lot of other people are worried about the economy and I may have been better off if my family and I stayed home, as it had seemed  others had. 
    

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To the Magic Kingdom and Back Again

     I just returned from a week in the Magic Kingdom down in Orlando, it was a long and tiring week that was full of fun and  just a little aggravation, I am however happy to be back in Middletown.

I have never been to the land of Disney during the summer and was expecting the worst… the crowds, the heat and the cost, as it turned out it wasn’t that bad. 
The weak economy must have started to keep people away, the parks were not full as I was expecting. I never had to wait longer than 30 minutes(most less than 20, some no wait at all) to gain access to any of the major attractions but 1 and that was the newest, Toy Story Mania, at the Disney Hollywood Studios that set me back 70 minutes.  I talked to plenty of park guest and they all had the same opinion as I did, it seemed that all of the parks were slow for a holiday week, maybe a 1/3 off of normal attendance. Off course when I talked to the workers back at Port Orleans Riverside Resort where I was staying about this, they all assured me that they were very busy and that on the 4Th of July you wouldn’t be able to walk around the Magic Kingdom. 
Many of the locals that I spoke to had mentioned that they could not remember a time when Disney advertised so much on their local TV channels. They said that have been swamped with commercials for the past few weeks. 
My family avoided the Magic Kingdom the 4Th and instead went to the Animal Kingdom Park,it was dead! We finished touring the park, seeing and riding all of the attractions before 5 pm, so we left and went back to our resort and waited for that evenings fireworks show, which was spectacular. 
The weather all week was generally overcast gray skies, which kept the temperature down and made the trip bearable. And lucky for us, we only got caught in the rain once. The rest of the time we were indoors waiting on an attraction. Saturday and Sunday turned out the be the hottest and nicest days.
Overall the cost of the trip was very affordable, however if it was not paid for in advance a few months ago, I would have probably stayed home and saved the money.
 I like a lot of other people are worried about the economy and I may have been better off if my family and I stayed home, as it had seemed  others had. 
    

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>Grenafege Stumps for Blue Ribbon Commission

>PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Publication

JULY 7, 2008

POC: James Grenafege
Middletown Democrat for Township Committee
(732) 872-0890
Email: j.grenafege@att.net

GRENAFEGE STUMPS FOR
BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION

MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP (MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ): According to Middletown Democrat for Township Committee Jim Grenafege, the formation of the Middletown Blue Ribbon Budget Commission is an important part of his strategy to repair the municipal budget process.

“One of the things I believe in is that there is tremendous amount of talent in the community: Not just talent from a potential perspective, but talent that has been developed. If appropriately invited to take part in the governmental process, top corporate leaders in this community will participate,” Grenafege said.

The retired human resources executive holds a Master’s Degree in counseling from Montclair State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. After 26 years as a corporate manager, Grenafege said business has taught him that inclusiveness and constructive input from top executives are vital in presiding over any large corporation.

As a result, Grenafege is proposing that an all-volunteer committee be convened comprised of leading corporate CEOs, COOs, Accountants, Engineers and Finance professionals that will lend their experience to the community.

“I want to be a consensus builder, along with fellow elected officials in this township, to create a better, more common sense government that is cost efficient and fiscally responsible,” Grenafege said.

The candidate, “You can look inward for inspiration and for decisions, but being elected on the governing body is really about community. All of this community is not involved in Middletown, and I think that is because it really isn’t invited to do so. I want to invite this community back to its own Town Hall.”

Grenafege said that, at the Committee meetings, it is clear there isn’t the level of receptivity for public participation that could be there. “There are people showing up for very specific reasons to the committee sessions, but there isn’t a wide sense of community,” he said.

Grenafege said he intends to begin the process of re-inviting the community back to its own government with the Blue Ribbon Commission, but the more important work starts after that.

“Creating a common sense, workable and prudent town budget is the most important thing officials do, but the next job is to get back in touch with Middletown and all of its communities and get a firm hold of what the residents of Middletown want – not just a few political leaders. It is time for town officials to stop speaking in the monologue and start listening again.”

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Grenafege Stumps for Blue Ribbon Commission

PRESS RELEASE

For Immediate Publication

JULY 7, 2008

POC: James Grenafege
Middletown Democrat for Township Committee
(732) 872-0890
Email: j.grenafege@att.net

GRENAFEGE STUMPS FOR
BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION

MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP (MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ): According to Middletown Democrat for Township Committee Jim Grenafege, the formation of the Middletown Blue Ribbon Budget Commission is an important part of his strategy to repair the municipal budget process.

“One of the things I believe in is that there is tremendous amount of talent in the community: Not just talent from a potential perspective, but talent that has been developed. If appropriately invited to take part in the governmental process, top corporate leaders in this community will participate,” Grenafege said.

The retired human resources executive holds a Master’s Degree in counseling from Montclair State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Johns Hopkins University. After 26 years as a corporate manager, Grenafege said business has taught him that inclusiveness and constructive input from top executives are vital in presiding over any large corporation.

As a result, Grenafege is proposing that an all-volunteer committee be convened comprised of leading corporate CEOs, COOs, Accountants, Engineers and Finance professionals that will lend their experience to the community.

“I want to be a consensus builder, along with fellow elected officials in this township, to create a better, more common sense government that is cost efficient and fiscally responsible,” Grenafege said.

The candidate, “You can look inward for inspiration and for decisions, but being elected on the governing body is really about community. All of this community is not involved in Middletown, and I think that is because it really isn’t invited to do so. I want to invite this community back to its own Town Hall.”

Grenafege said that, at the Committee meetings, it is clear there isn’t the level of receptivity for public participation that could be there. “There are people showing up for very specific reasons to the committee sessions, but there isn’t a wide sense of community,” he said.

Grenafege said he intends to begin the process of re-inviting the community back to its own government with the Blue Ribbon Commission, but the more important work starts after that.

“Creating a common sense, workable and prudent town budget is the most important thing officials do, but the next job is to get back in touch with Middletown and all of its communities and get a firm hold of what the residents of Middletown want – not just a few political leaders. It is time for town officials to stop speaking in the monologue and start listening again.”

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