Daily Archives: August 27, 2010

>Local Finance Board Meets With Middletown; Special Budget Meeting Tentatively Scheduled For Monday

>Yesterday August 26th, Middletown appeared in front of the Department of Community Affairs Local Finance Board, seeking a tax levy wavier which would allow the Township to exceed the State mandated 4% cap on local property taxes.

It has been well reported and is no secret that Middletown’s 2010 proposed budget seeks to increase the local tax burden by nearly 14% (13.87% to be exact), which would be 9.87% above the cap threshold.

How well did Middletown do in the efforts to convince the LFB to allow them to exceed the cap? It’s not exactly known just yet because the Township is keeping a tight lid on the results, not even giving advance word to some committee members, waiting instead for to inform them once they receive their advance “packet” today, for a tentatively scheduled Monday night in which the budget for 2010 will be announced and possibly adopted.

Whatever the outcome was between Middletown and the LFB, it is a good bet that the proposed 13.87% increase was not approved and that big budget cuts are looming.

As a result, don’t be surprised if Gerry Scharfenberger and those in the majority spin the outcome of this meeting by saying that they anticipated the results and had a budget ready in advance to present, making it seem as if the the meeting with the LFB was just a formality like last years budget. Last years budget contained a proposed 12% increase and was cut down 6.2% by the LFB for a increase of some 5.8% to the municipal tax rate.

When more details become available I’ll pass them along, until now we need to wait until Monday night’s meeting to see what residents are in for when they open their 4th quarter tax bills.


Filed under 4% budget cap, Gerry Scharfenberger, Local finance board, Middletown Township Committee, tax increase

>Chicago Blackhawks Coach Mike Haviland Brings Stanley Cup Home to Middletown August 30

For all you Hockey fans out there here’s you chance to see the NHL’s Championship trophy the “Stanely Cup” Monday afternoon.

I saw it in person a number of years ago after the Devils won the NHL Championship, it was pretty cool see the Cup in person and looking at the rings for all for the names and dates of all the teams that had won the NHL Championship in the past.

The following announcement is posted on Middletown’s website:

Chicago Blackhawks Assistant Coach and native Mike Haviland is bringing home the Stanley Cup! Haviland and The Cup will be at the on Monday, August 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Stanley Cup will be on display for photographs. Coach Haviland will sign autographs.

Haviland grew up in Leonardo section of town. He attended , and High School South. Havililand played youth ice hockey for the Monmouth Hawks and Essex County Chiefs. He also played roller hockey in the Middletown Youth AA Roller Hockey League.

Coach Haviland is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Chicago Blackhawks after being named to the coaching staff on July 23, 2008. As part of the Blackhawk’s 2010 Stanley Cup Championship, Haviland came to after spending three seasons as head coach of two of the organization’s American Hockey League affiliates. Haviland began his professional coaching career as an assistant for in 1999 after an injury cut his playing career short. Haviland was a first round pick by the NJ Devils in the 1990 NHL supplemental draft. Haviland also played college hockey for and was named to the 1990 “All America Team” and played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey Association.

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>Don’t Forget the Bush History


Good column below that should remind people of what we are in for if the Republicans once gain control Washington – “Lest We Forget”

By Robert Parry-ConsortiumNews.com

According to almost all media accounts, American voters are on the verge of rewarding the Republican Party for its determined efforts to block Democratic job-creating efforts and President Obama’s other modest reforms.

Amazingly, Wall Street leaders – after getting salvaged by government intervention themselves – are calling for more Republicans in Congress to prevent government initiatives to help other Americans get back on their feet.

There is a strange consensus emerging that, for want of a better phrase, “gridlock is good.”

So, is the United States about to take yet another flyer with “Reagan-Bush-ism,” the “government is bad” ideology that has dominated the nation’s precipitous decline over the past three decades?

Has the Right’s media power left Americans so confused that they have forgotten how the country emerged from the Great Depression and built the great American middle class, with a combination of government infrastructure-building and private enterprise? Have the painful lessons of the George W. Bush administration been forgotten already?

Philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” But he surely didn’t think that the people of a modern nation would forget their own history in less than two years.

That was one of the reasons for publishing the book, Neck Deep: The Disastrous Presidency of George W. Bush, which I wrote with my sons, Sam and Nat, in the final years of Bush’s reign. As difficult as it may be to relive some of that history, it is important to remember – or it will be repeated.

Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. He founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 as the Internet’s first investigative magazine. He saw it as a way to combine modern technology and old-fashioned journalism to counter the increasing triviality of the mainstream U.S. news media.

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>In Case You Missed It: N.J. officials did not provide missing numbers during Race to the Top presentation, video shows

>In cased you missed it, the U.S. Department of Education released a video yesterday of New Jersey’s Race to the Top presentation that was held earlier this month in Washington, D.C.

It clearly show that New Jersey’s delegation was ill prepared and did not respond to questions that were asked of them in the correct fashion even after being given multiple opportunities to do so, which appears to contradict what Gov. Christie had been saying by blaming the Obama Administration for not calling him when they noticed a problem with the application.
The following video was posted at the Newark Star-Ledgers website last night:

Excerpt of N.J.’s Race to the Top interview shows officials with no budget answer

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>Hardball’s Unbelievable Big Number: Clerical Error Costs NJ

>How much loot did the Garden State miss out on because of they submitted the wrong budgetary numbers? Hardball’s Chris Matthews told eveyone on tonight’s edition of Hardball just how much – $400 Million!


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