Daily Archives: May 11, 2010

MTEA Urges It’s Members to Call Town Hall To Tell Mayor To Stop Perpetuating The "Lie"

I received an email from a few people today that originated from Amy M. Johnson M.T.E.A. First Vice-President and Linda Guyer M.T.E.A. President. The email is addressed to members of the Middletown teachers union and it urges them to call Mayor Scharfenberger and other members of the Township Committee to let them know that the lies the mayor has been perpetuating concerning the MTEA not responding to his request for a wage freeze is false, unacceptable, damaging and unproductive.

I happen to agree and I urge all residents that think the same to call the mayor and let him know that you agree also.

Below is the text of the email with links that I inserted:

To all M.T.E.A. members:

It is clear that the Mayor of Middletown wants to perpetuate the lie that the M.T.E.A. did not respond to his letter by the close of business on April 30th as reported in The Atlantic Highlands Herald on May 3rd, The Independent on May 6th, and Asbury Park Press on May 9th. He needs to hear from each M.T.E.A. member about how his dirty politics are damaging and unproductive, and will not change our answer to his question. I strongly urge you to call the Mayor and Township Committee Members about this today! You may also consider calling any of the newspapers about the lies they are so willingly spreading.


Many of the Middletown Township Committee members do not hold regular office hours, but all committee members may be contacted via voice mail at the numbers listed below:

Mayor Gerard Scharfenberger 732615-2024

Deputy Mayor Anthony Fiore 732706-4153

Committeewoman Pamela Brightbill 732706-4150

Committeeman Sean Byrnes 732706-4152

Committeeman Steve Massell 732706-4154

The Atlantic Highlands Herald: 732-872-1957

The Independent: 732-358-5200

Asbury Park Press: 1-800-822-9770

Thanking you in advance for your continued support,

Amy M. Johnson
M.T.E.A. First Vice-President / Grievance Chairperson

Linda Guyer
M.T.E.A. President

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Middletown Seeks Public Comments On School Budget

The Middletown Township Committee lead by Mayor Scharfenberger, seems to have no clue on how to address the defeated school budget after two meetings with members of the Board of Education. Rumor has it that the Township Committee is leaning towards the recommendation that an additional $1M be cut from it.

After stating at last Monday nights workshop meeting that they have no intention on holding public hearings on the matter, which runs contrary to what Middletown School Superintendent Karen Bilbao stated, there now appears on the Township website a link that is asking members of the public for comments on how they should handle the school budget.

That’s pretty rich after all the blustering Scharfenberger has been doing on the subject.

After all, they can’t figure out what to do about the town budget, let alone the school budget but at least the school budget is for the coming year, the Township budget year is almost half over with and we still have no budget.

Maybe Scharfenberger and crew should post a link to the website asking residents for suggestions on the township budget next.

I encourage you all to submit your comments to let them know what to do about our children’s educational dollars. You can find the form at:


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