Daily Archives: April 22, 2011

>Demand For Social Services in Monouth County have Increased 51% Over The Past Year Due To Economic Woes

>By Freeholder Amy Mallet

Over the last four years, Monmouth County has seen a very significant increase in the demand for Social Services, most notably Food Stamps (now called NJ SNAP) and Family Care Medicaid. Recently, the numbers of people applying for basic welfare programs have also begun to rise.

The steady growth in need is not a surprise given the economic climate and the rate of unemployment. Many of these individuals are our neighbors, families and friends who want nothing more than to be able to return to work and support their families.

Specifically, we have seen a 64 percent increase in the total number of Food Stamp applications from 2007 through 2010. This year, in the month of March alone, we registered 1,245 new Food Stamp applications – up 51 percent from the same time last year. Currently, there are 14,436 families and individuals in Monmouth County receiving a monthly Food Stamp allotment.

The economic woes that have affected the whole nation have taken a toll here in Monmouth County. Despite the fact that the demand for services has increased significantly, the 2011 budget for the Department of Human Services was decreased by 6 percent.

The Monmouth County Department of Human Services is to be commended for continued commitment to providing assistance while facing growing need and shrinking resources. As the direct liaison to this department, I would like to publicly thank our dedicated employees for their perseverance. We are hopeful that everyone impacted by hard times will see their situations improve as the economy recovers. In the meantime, it is reassuring to witness the work being done by our committed county staff.

Amy A. Mallet

Freeholder, Monmouth County

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>Happy Earth Day; You better love it, it is the only one we have!

> Happy Earth Day !

We need to take care of the Earth on which we live on, it is the only planet that we have.

“We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” ~Native American Proverb

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>Crime Scene Middletown: Belford Drug Bust and other Recent Activity


On April 20, 2011 at approximately 2:00 pm the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office Narcotics Task Force Bayshore Unit and the Middletown Township Police Department executed a search warrant at the basement apartment of # 813 Main Street in Belford. The warrant execution was a result of an ongoing investigation into the sale of illegal narcotics from the apartment.

Police arrested Derek Donato, age 21, and Allison Petrilli, age 19, in connection to the investigation. Donato was charged with Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Prescription Medications), Possession with the Intent to Distribute a Controlled Dangerous Substance (Prescription Medications), Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

Petrilli was charged with Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana. Police also recovered a scale, Oxycodone pills, Marijuana, packaging baggies and $2000.00 in US currency.

Petrilli was released on a summons pending a court appearance and Donato was held on $15,000.00 set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Detective Daniel Sullivan and Patrolman Richard Fulham of the Middletown Police Department and Patrolman Joseph VanPelt and his K-9 partner DOG of the Holmdel Police Department assisted the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office with the investigation.

Other Recent Activity:

On April 21, 2011 at approximately 2:17 am Patrolman Kevin Gardiner responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Highway 35 and Cherry Tree Farm Road. The caller reported a vehicle had struck a utility pole.

Patrolman Gardiner conducted an investigation which resulted in the driver, Andrea Perry, age 31, from Tice Avenue in South River, NJ being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. She was also issued summonses for Reckless Driving and Operating an Unregistered Vehicle. She was transported to Riverview Medical Center for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident and was released pending a court date.

The Middletown Police Department reports the arrests of the following people on warrants:

Kimberly Kitzhoffer, age 23, from Coral Place in New Monmouth, arrested by Patrolman Frank Mazza on April 19, 2011, on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Township Municipal Court. She was released after posting $195.00 bail.

Joseph Colasacco, age 32, from Creek Road in Port Monmouth arrested by Patrolman Jason Caruso on April 19, 2011, on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by Keansburg Municipal Court and a Non-Support warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court. He was held on $5,467.00 bail.

Christopher Gallagher, age 38, from East End Avenue in Belford, arrested by Corporal James Keenan on April 20, 2011 on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown, Holmdel, Lakewood and Keansburg Municipal Courts. He was held on $5,100.00 bail.

Michelle Caputo, age 25, from Morris Street in Staten Island, NY, arrested by Patrolman Christopher Dee on April 20, 2011 on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Township Municipal Court. She was processed and released after posting $200.00 bail.

Nicholas Sipsis, age 20, from Bray Ave in Middletown arrested by Patrolman Thomas Meckier on April 20, 2011 on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Township Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

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>Santiago convinced he has a shot in newly configured LD 11

>By Max Pizzaro @ PolitickerNJ

Still reeling from Gov. Chris Christie’s 2009 cannonball that undid their meticulously constructed designs for county control, Monmouth County Democrats are trying to re-inflate enthusiasm around the candidacies of Freeholder Amy Mallet and an 11th District legislative slate that benefits from redistricting.

At the the top of the ticket for the Democrats as they try to unseat state Sen. Jennifer Beck, (R-12), of Red Bank stands Ray Santiago of Freehold Township, a Puerto Rican born success story who grew up in Brooklyn and hung up the law shingle in lush Monmouth County about ten years.

Coming off back to back losses at the local level and deprived of the two years of fundraising he says he, of course, would have preferred, he took the short runway shot at a Senate candidacy based on redistricting and his belief that the district is winnable. Registration in a district composed in part of old 11th District towns, including Asbury Park and Long Branch, favors Democrats: 36,643 to 26,405 Republicans with an additional 68,899 undecided voters, but again, the overall trend lines in Monmouth have been steadily Republican in the Christie era.

Santiago plans to run against Beck in part on a platform of wanting to improve the schools funding formula in order to exert fairness for Monmouth County towns. Part of his argument for election includes the pitch that he will be more independent than Republicans forced into line by the animated Christie.

“I’m not a fan of Governor Christie’s,” Santiago told PolitickerNJ.com. “I don’t like the mannerism in which he makes his case. It’s my way or the highway. Moreover, all of his talk of cuts simply forces the towns to raise taxes at the local level.”

As for Beck, “What positive things has she done?” Santiago wanted to know.

Challenged to explain how he thinks another lawyer in Trenton can make the case to regular voters that he would effectively answer their constituent needs, Santiago said, “As an attorney, I have first-hand knowledge of how these laws impact people. Who better to draft and create legislation? I would say this, too, importantly, my sense of the law – my sense of my profession – is that it is the service of human need. The way I approach the law, it is in service of the disadvantaged.”

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>Friday Morning Funnies: Trump Routs Out Obama’s Birth Certificate

>From FunnyOrDie.com

Donald Trump sits down to talk about Obama’s birth certificate again and what he’s going to do to find out the truth.

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>Audio From April 19th Middletown Board of Education Candidate Forum At Lincroft Inn

>On April 19th 2011, the Middletown Republican Party held a BOE Candidate Forum at the Lincroft Inn.

The first 11 minutes of the meeting consisted of Republican Club business followed by the Candidate Forum. After each candidate was give 2 minutes to introduce themselves the floor was open to questions and answers.

Candidates Leonora Caminitti, Barry Allen Travis and Richard Morrill did not attend but had statements read.

The meeting ran approx. 1.5 hours and can be heard in its entirety below, but I have to admit I haven’t listened to all of it as of yet. I have only gotten through the first hour, I will listen to more as time allows between now and the Board of Education election which will be held next week on April 27th.

My one thought on this meeting is that it wasn’t much different that the one I attended in person over at Harmony School on April 14th which was written about in this weeks edition of the Independent



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