Daily Archives: March 18, 2011

>Those Horrible, Overpaid Monmouth County Public Employees Donated Over $50,000 From Their Bloated Public Salaries To Charity Since September

>OMG ! I can’t believe it.

Those horrible, good for nothing, overpaid Monmouth County public workers have sooo much money laying around, they can afford to donate over $50,000 from their bloated paychecks in order to give it to charity.

If these workers can afford to give excess dollars from their tax payer supplied pay checks to charity, than maybe their being paid too much in the first place! I think an investigation into this outrage is in order, where are those Tea Partiers, I want my tax dollars returned to their rightful owner, me!

Just kidding there folks, I think it is great that people find it in their hearts to donate to those that are less fortunate then they are and evidently so do our Monmouth County Freeholders.

The County press release below honors the good deed of these employees from the County and several school districts throughout Monmouth.

This is just another reason why people shouldn’t be so fast to demonize and jump on public employees, they’re good people just like the rest of us trying to make ends meet. Hooray to them I say!

FREEHOLD, NJ – Monmouth County workers and several school district employees donated more than $50,000 to support more than 1,300 charitable organizations throughout the United States.

The Public Employees Charitable Campaign, begun last September with bi-weekly payroll deductions administered by the United Way of Monmouth County, raised $53,241, said Luis A. Navarro, who has served as the county’s Charitable Campaign chairman for the last 21 years.

“Charitable giving by county employees is down slightly this year,” Navarro said. “Public employees have demonstrated their generosity by making bi-weekly contributions through voluntary payroll deductions. This money is needed now more than ever due to an economy that is impacting the fundraising abilities of many of the nonprofit agencies located in Monmouth County.”

As “Partners in Giving,” government employees throughout New Jersey were asked to contribute donations through payroll deductions.

To encourage participation in the Monmouth County campaign, employees donating more than $3 per paycheck were included in a drawing for an extra day off. This year’s winners are Leslie Hunt of the Monmouth County Library System, Tara Ruddy of Corrections, and Sarah Bent of the Monmouth County Park System.

Freeholder Director Robert D. Clifton and Freeholders Lillian G. Burry and Amy A. Mallet drew the winners. “I want to thank each and every public employee who was involved in this year’s charitable campaign,” Clifton said. “Even in a tough economy public employees continue to show their compassion by donating part of their income to charity.”

“Public employees in Monmouth County are amazingly generous people who have opened their hearts and their wallets to help others,” Mallet said. “Many of our nonprofits have been hit with funding reductions and have had difficulty raising money at a time when the need is greatest. I want to thank our public employees for their generosity and encourage even better participation next year.”

In addition to county employees, public employees from the Freehold Regional High School District, Brookdale Community College, Lincroft, and the Monmouth County Vocational School system participated in this year’s fund drive.

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>Crime Scene Middletown: Busy Saint Pat’s Day For Middletown Police


The Middletown Police Department reports arresting eight people for various offenses relating to Saint Patrick’s Day festivities.

On March 17, 2011 at approximately 5:46 pm police responded to a report of a fight in progress at the Middletown Train Station. Upon arrival officers found a crowd of approximately fifty people scattered throughout the parking lot. Police began dispersing the crowd when four subjects refused to obey orders to leave the area. Officers issued numerous warnings to leave which were refused by the group who continued to yell obscenities and create a disturbance.

Patrolman Ryan Riffert, Patrolman Kevin Gardiner and Patrolman James Beirne arrested Steven Hewitt, age 20 and Caitlyn Hewitt , age 22, both from Kanes Lane and two seventeen year old juveniles. The subjects were charged with Disorderly Conduct and were transported to police headquarters where they were processed and released.

At approximately 9:15 pm Patrolman Frank Mazza and Detective Lieutenant Stephen Dollinger were assigned to a “Cops in Shops” detail at the Junction Bar and Liquors located on Main Street in Belford when they arrested two subjects for alcohol related offenses.

The “Cops in Shops” program involves assigning officers to a bar in order to enforce alcohol related offenses. The officers arrested Sergio Casal, age 20, from Kentucky Avenue in Hazlet and Joseph Toner, age 21, from Main Street in Belford.

Casal was charged with being under the legal age to possess alcohol and having Toner purchase it for him. Toner was charged with purchasing alcohol for a person under the legal age (Casal). Both subjects were arrested and were transported to police headquarters where they were processed and released on a summons pending a court appearance.

At approximately 10:50 pm Patrolman Stephen Keller was assigned to a DWI roadblock at the intersection of Highway 35 and Navesink River Road when a vehicle entered the checkpoint. Patrolman Keller approached the vehicle at which point he detected a strong odor of burnt marijuana coming from inside the car.

Officer Keller’s investigation resulted in the discovery of a small bag which contained marijuana and a pipe used to smoke it. The driver, identified as Johann Castaneda, age 27, from Shore Drive in Highlands, was arrested and charged with Possession of under 50 grams of marijuana, Possession of drug paraphernalia and Possession of CDS in a motor vehicle. He was transported to police headquarters where he was released on a summons pending a court appearance.

At approximately 12:42 am Patrolman Frank Mazza who was also assigned to the DWI roadblock arrested Timothy Fitzpatrick, age 47, from Main Street in Belford for Driving While Intoxicated after Fitzpatrick was determined to be driving under the influence of alcohol after pulling into the roadblock and being checked by Mazza.

Fitzpatrick was also issued motor vehicle summonses for Reckless Driving and Revoked Driving. He was being held on $2,750.00 bail.

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