Daily Archives: May 4, 2011
>Tonight’s 6:30 pm meeting of the Middletown Planning Board should be interesting, at tonight’s meeting plans for the controversial Avaya redevelopment project will be discussed.
Middletown’s planning board will meet Wednesday to hear a proposal that’s got neighbors up in arms and township officials grinding their teeth.
The proposed project, submitted by Four Ponds Associates, calls for the demolition of a large office building vacated by telecom giant Avaya and the construction of 342 residential units on 68 acres on Middletown-Lincroft Road.
For locals, the prospect of adding hundreds of homes to the tract is an unwelcome one, as traffic and safety top the concerns, not to mention a serious disruption to the Lincroft section’s quality of life, they say.
For township officials, the proposal represents “archaic and ridiculous” affordable housing laws imposed by the state. But until changes are made in Trenton, they’re handcuffed, they say.
“We oppose this development and every development we’ve been forced into under the guise of affordable housing regulations,” Mayor Tony Fiore said, “especially when they’re not in the best interest of Middletown. And that’s exactly what’s going on here.”
Currently, the property is zoned for office use but is able to add residential units since the town listed the property in its affordable housing plan, which was revised in 2009, Administrator Anthony Mercantante said. No variances are being sought.
A non-profit advocacy group made up of residents, the Lincroft Village Green Association, has called for the town to rezone the property back to residential single-family or commercial use.
But “We have no authority to simply rezone” the property, Fiore said. “We would be steadfast in doing that. Unfortunately, the legislature and the state assembly has given us no relief.”
Of the 342 units proposed, 68 are said in the builder’s application to satisfy the town’s affordable housing obligation, a murky mandate delivered by the state Council On Affordable Housing – which itself is in limbo, as Governor Chris Christie has recommended eliminating COAH and letting local municipalities decide how much affordable housing is necessary within their boundaries….
> PREPARED BY DETECTIVE LIEUTENANT STEPHEN DOLLINGER
On April 22, 2011 Detective Daniel Sullivan received information from Detective Jason Lopez of the Keansburg Police Department that he had arrested two juveniles for committing car burglaries in the Keansburg area and had recovered items that had been stolen in similar type burglaries in Middletown. Detective Lopez also identified the suspects in the Middletown incidents.
Detective Sullivan and Detective Lopez conducted a joint investigation which resulted in the arrests of three subjects for the Middletown burglaries. Middletown police arrested Raymond Pujols, age 19, and Jonathan Pujols, age 18, both from Raritan Avenue in Keansburg and a seventeen year old juvenile from Main Street in Keansburg.
Raymond and Jonathan Pujols were both charged with two counts of Burglary, Theft and Conspiracy and are being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ on $15,000.00 bail each. The juvenile was charged with two counts of Burglary, Theft and Conspiracy and was released pending a court date.
Patrolman Thomas Meckier and Patrolman Richard Fulham advised Burke that he would have to leave the store and were attempting to escort him out when Burke struck Patrolman Meckier with the weed whacker. The officers were able to place Burke under arrest with the help of other officers.
Burke was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Aggravated Assault on a police officer, Unlawful Possession of a weapon (the weed whacker), Possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and Disorderly Conduct. He was held on $17,500.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.
On April 30, 2011 at approximately 1:00am Patrolman Frank Mazza was on patrol in the area of Laurel Avenue when he observed a vehicle swerving in and out of its lane of travel. Officer Mazza stopped the vehicle and conducted an investigation which resulted in the driver, Michael Kiernan, age 45, from Creek Road in Keansburg being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated. He was processed and released pending a court date.
On May 1, 2011 at approximately 1:15 am Patrolman Donald Coates responded to the area of Bray Avenue in reference to a report of a subject passed out on the front lawn of a residence. Upon arrival Officer Coates located Joseph Meehan, age 18, from Lohsen Place in Middletown lying on the lawn.
Patrolman Coates continued his investigation which resulted in Meehan being arrested for Disorderly Conduct. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released on a summons pending a court date.
On May 1, 2011 at approximately 2:35 am Patrolman Frank Mazza was on patrol in the area of Oak Hill Road when he stopped a vehicle for a lamp maintenance violation. Officer Mazza conducted an investigation which resulted in the driver, Justin Sachs, age 20, from Woodland Avenue in Laurence Harbor, being arrested for Driving While Intoxicated.
Sachs was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released pending a court date.
On May 1, 2011 at approximately 3:00 pm Patrolman Keith Hirschbein responded to the area of Wilson Avenue and the Henry Hudson Trail in reference to a report of several juveniles possibly smoking Marijuana.
Upon arrival Officer Hirschbein located the group and conducted an investigation which resulted in a sixteen year old juvenile, from Wilson Avenue in Middletown, being arrested for Possession of under 50 grams of Marijuana. The juvenile was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and released to his mother pending a court date.
On May 1, 2011 at approximately 4:15 pm Patrolman Anthony Bumbico responded to the Wendy’s restaurant in reference to a report of a stolen bike. Approximately one hour later, Patrolman Raymond Sofield was on patrol in the area of Loraine Place when he was flagged down by the owner of the bike who reported seeing a male subject riding the bike in the area and provided the officer with his description.
Patrolman Sofield located the subject a short distance away and engaged in a brief foot pursuit of the subject before being able to place him under arrest. The subject was identified as a sixteen year old juvenile from East Church Street in Keansburg, NJ.
When taken into custody the juvenile was found to be in possession of clothing and shoes that had been stolen from the Sears store in Middletown as well as the Marshalls, Old Navy and Models stores in Holmdel. He was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Theft, Shoplifting, three counts of Receiving Stolen Property and Obstructing the Administration of Law. He was processed and released to his mother pending a court date.
>I am grateful to Howard Birdsall for his service to Monmouth County and Brookdale Community College. I called for his resignation in February and I applaud him for having the good sense to do the right thing. During his term the school realized positive change; but as we are all well aware, problems with accountability also occurred. These problems are largely due to complacency that I believe can be a common consequence of 23 years on the board. This resignation is a start, but in order to realize a new era of accountability more change must take place. I feel that the co-chair, Mr. Elkes, should consider resigning as he has also served for more than 15 years.