Daily Archives: September 22, 2008

Rep. Rush Holt addresses the crowd at the Monmouth County Chairman’s Ball

Congressman Rush Holt was in attendance Friday night for the 19th annual Monmouth County Chairman’s Ball, which was held at the Buttonwood Manor in Matawan.

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Rep. Rush Holt addresses the crowd at the Monmouth County Chairman’s Ball

Congressman Rush Holt was in attendance Friday night for the 19th annual Monmouth County Chairman’s Ball, which was held at the Buttonwood Manor in Matawan.

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Whatshisname? It’s Grenafege and he’s running for Middletown Township Committe


For those who are interested but have problems remembering names, Middletown has two Democratic candidates running for office this year, Pat Walsh and James Grenafege.


The following is his bio, which can be found on the Middletown Democrats website: 
“Jim’s professional experience includes working as a career consultant, human resources manager, and educator in the areas of: career transition management, employee relations and staffing, labor relations, management development and training, and public education.

His business experience as a consultant and manager was acquired over a 30-year career working in the career development, banking, and retail industries. Jim has worked for major corporations which include: Lee Hecht Harrison, The Bank of New York, Bloomingdale’s, R.H. Macy (Bamberger’s) and Radio Shack.

Jim has a Master of Arts in Counseling from Montclair State University, and he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences from The Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the American Counseling Association and is a Diplomate with the American Psychotherapy Association.

While attending Johns Hopkins, Jim played lacrosse, a lifetime passion, and was a member of two United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association national lacrosse championship teams.

Past community volunteer service includes hospice caregiver support, facilitating hospice bereavement support groups and coaching lacrosse at the local level.

Jim is originally from Long Island, New York, and has lived in New Jersey since 1978. He and Cyndi, his wife and native of New Jersey and retired marketing professional, moved to Middletown in 1998.

His recent retirement from the for-profit business sector has provided him the opportunity to focus on contributing his energy, skills, talents, and experience to improving the quality-of-life and serving the interests of the people that share living in the same community.”

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Whatshisname? It’s Grenafege and he’s running for Middletown Township Committe


For those who are interested but have problems remembering names, Middletown has two Democratic candidates running for office this year, Pat Walsh and James Grenafege.


The following is his bio, which can be found on the Middletown Democrats website: 
“Jim’s professional experience includes working as a career consultant, human resources manager, and educator in the areas of: career transition management, employee relations and staffing, labor relations, management development and training, and public education.

His business experience as a consultant and manager was acquired over a 30-year career working in the career development, banking, and retail industries. Jim has worked for major corporations which include: Lee Hecht Harrison, The Bank of New York, Bloomingdale’s, R.H. Macy (Bamberger’s) and Radio Shack.

Jim has a Master of Arts in Counseling from Montclair State University, and he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social and Behavioral Sciences from The Johns Hopkins University. He is a member of the American Counseling Association and is a Diplomate with the American Psychotherapy Association.

While attending Johns Hopkins, Jim played lacrosse, a lifetime passion, and was a member of two United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association national lacrosse championship teams.

Past community volunteer service includes hospice caregiver support, facilitating hospice bereavement support groups and coaching lacrosse at the local level.

Jim is originally from Long Island, New York, and has lived in New Jersey since 1978. He and Cyndi, his wife and native of New Jersey and retired marketing professional, moved to Middletown in 1998.

His recent retirement from the for-profit business sector has provided him the opportunity to focus on contributing his energy, skills, talents, and experience to improving the quality-of-life and serving the interests of the people that share living in the same community.”

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>Holmdel Needs Open Minds on Bell Labs Redevelopment

>Somerset Development, the contract purchaser, has invited Holmdel to hold a conversation about possible future uses of the Bell Labs site. There are many issues to consider.

Citizens for Informed Land Use (CILU) hosted a charrette in April, welcoming a meeting of the brightest minds in architecture, landscape architecture, and engineering, in the belief that it might stimulate ideas useful to the seller, a prospective buyer, and the citizens of Holmdel. CILU also supports further study by Township-hired world-class consultants whose experience would be useful in advising Holmdel on redeveloping the large, beautiful and challenging Bell Labs site.

CILU is being accused of advocating the preservation of the Bell Labs building and/or building high-density housing on the Bell Labs site. Like most citizens, we are still in the fact-finding stage regarding this new developer’s plans. We are looking forward to public hearings on the Lucent Advisory Committee’s report and the developer’s ideas.

Recently, partisan letters to the editor and a website article have appeared, full of misinformation about CILU, attempting to tarnish our good name. We have worked hard to build credibility with our friends and neighbors. We can state unequivocally that CILU has never advocated high-density residential development on the Bell Labs property. After careful study, we strongly opposed last year’s poorly conceived plan by Preferred Real Estate to cover the Bell Labs site with 350 single-family houses.

Anyone interested in encouraging good land use policies in Holmdel is welcome to join CILU’s meetings in the Senior/Community Center, which are open to the public. October’s meeting is on Wednesday the 1st at 7:30 p.m. and features the Township Administrator speaking on Holmdel’s budget. In November we will be hearing about Holmdel’s birds in a talk by a Holmdel High School graduate, Scott Barnes, who now works for the Audubon Society.
Let us all approach Somerset Development’s invitation and the Lucent Advisory Committee’s report with open minds and not with misinformation and partisanship.

Jim McCorkel and Anne Shramko, Co-Presidents, CILU
859 Holmdel Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
(732) 319-9951 (cell) and (732) 946-9565

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Holmdel Needs Open Minds on Bell Labs Redevelopment

Somerset Development, the contract purchaser, has invited Holmdel to hold a conversation about possible future uses of the Bell Labs site. There are many issues to consider.

Citizens for Informed Land Use (CILU) hosted a charrette in April, welcoming a meeting of the brightest minds in architecture, landscape architecture, and engineering, in the belief that it might stimulate ideas useful to the seller, a prospective buyer, and the citizens of Holmdel. CILU also supports further study by Township-hired world-class consultants whose experience would be useful in advising Holmdel on redeveloping the large, beautiful and challenging Bell Labs site.

CILU is being accused of advocating the preservation of the Bell Labs building and/or building high-density housing on the Bell Labs site. Like most citizens, we are still in the fact-finding stage regarding this new developer’s plans. We are looking forward to public hearings on the Lucent Advisory Committee’s report and the developer’s ideas.

Recently, partisan letters to the editor and a website article have appeared, full of misinformation about CILU, attempting to tarnish our good name. We have worked hard to build credibility with our friends and neighbors. We can state unequivocally that CILU has never advocated high-density residential development on the Bell Labs property. After careful study, we strongly opposed last year’s poorly conceived plan by Preferred Real Estate to cover the Bell Labs site with 350 single-family houses.

Anyone interested in encouraging good land use policies in Holmdel is welcome to join CILU’s meetings in the Senior/Community Center, which are open to the public. October’s meeting is on Wednesday the 1st at 7:30 p.m. and features the Township Administrator speaking on Holmdel’s budget. In November we will be hearing about Holmdel’s birds in a talk by a Holmdel High School graduate, Scott Barnes, who now works for the Audubon Society.
Let us all approach Somerset Development’s invitation and the Lucent Advisory Committee’s report with open minds and not with misinformation and partisanship.

Jim McCorkel and Anne Shramko, Co-Presidents, CILU
859 Holmdel Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
(732) 319-9951 (cell) and (732) 946-9565

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>New world on Wall Street

>Federal regulators converted Wall Street’s remaining stand-alone investment banks, Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley, into bank holding companies Sunday night. What that means, reports CNNMoney.com, is the end of the era of the Wall Street investment bank, a storied institution that traded stocks and bonds, advised mergers and showered lavish bonuses on its executives.

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