Daily Archives: September 26, 2011

Facebook to form its own PAC to back political candidates

According to TheHill.com people at Facebook has have filed paper work to form their own political action committee (PAC), possible calling their PAC either FBPAC.org or FBPAC.us.

In doing so, Facebook wishes to avoid the problems that other tech firms like Google and Microsoft have had in the past lobbying lawmakers.

Facebook confirmed it filed paperwork on Monday to start its own political action committee.

“FB PAC will give our employees a way to make their voice heard in the political process by supporting candidates who share our goals of promoting the value of innovation to our economy while giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected,” said a spokesman via email.

The firm acknowledged the formation of the PAC after reports emerged of Facebook registering the domain names FBPAC.org and FBPAC.us. Creating a PAC is just the latest step in Facebook’s continued expansion of its presence in Washington, but this is the first time the firm will back candidates.

Facebook is likely looking to avoid the type of Washington scrutiny that has affected other firms like Microsoft and Google, which is currently under a Federal Trade Commission antitrust probe. The perception Google was previously sympathetic towards Democrats hasn’t helped with the GOP in charge of the House.

Facebook’s lobbying spending has totalled $550,000 for fiscal 2011, a significant boost over he $350,000 spent in 2010 and $200,000 in 2009.

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Tonight’s Zoning Board Hearing Scheduled For Middletown’s Methadone Clinic Cancelled For Tonight

Just an FYI for those interested in attending tonight’s Middletown Zoning Board meeting concerning the Middletown Medical (Methadone) Clinic, I have been told that it has been postponed until next month so no need to rush out the door to attend.

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Middletown Board Of Education Appoints Ernest Donnelly As New Interim Superintendent

Middletown Board of Education (BoE) has appointed former school board candidate Ernest W. Donnelly to be the new Interim Superintendent of Middletown schools effective immediately, his name has already been printed on the agenda as interim superintendent for tomorrow night’s Board of Education meeting.

If you want to know a little about him below is a profile of him from Middletown Patch that ran back in April when he was seeking to be elected as a member to the BoE.

Ernest Donnelly has more than 40 years experience in the education field. He is a retired superintendent of Millstone Township School District; and, prior to that, he was the Lavalette school district’s superintendent and a school principal.

Though retired, he continues to serve in interim superintendent and principal positions, when called upon, throughout Monmouth County. He is currently the interim superintendent at Roosevelt School District, where he said he is involved in negotiating shared services and the hiring of a new superintendent.

Donnelly said he has a passion for the education process. One volunteer position he has held was serving on the ad hoc committee in Middletown for Buildings and Maintenance. That committee was charged with looking at the schools facilities.

“I feel there is a need in the community to look at the school facilities,” he said. “We need to start fixing them up. If elected, I will bring that to the front page and follow the committee’s recommendations.”

Donnelly explained that the middle and high schools in Middletown are first class facilities, but the elementary schools need work. “We need to be fiscally responsible to put money in the budget to start addressing the problem,” he said.

As for the hiring of a new superintendent in the township, “The Board of Education has the opportunity to bring in a new superintendent,” Donnelly said. “I find that the superintendent is key to education in a community.”

He pointed out that Middletown has been through many superintendents, and needs someone in that position who can “bring about positive change. We need a good communicator, who is talented, who has experience, who can excite the community, and work with the township,” he said. It’s a key decision for the BOE, and he wants to be a part of that decision.

Another issue, according to Donnelly, is implementing more cost savings. In line with that, he believes more shared services can be looked at. “In this time, I would be a positive candidate for the BOE,” he said.

Donnelly explained that he feels having a board made of up people with different backgrounds is important. Someone like him, who as an education background is key, he said. As a superintendent himself, and hiring a superintendent, “I believe that I can help move that forward.” He added the person being replaced on the board, Dan Skelton, had an educational background and he can fill that void.

Voters may notice that there are no political signs by Donnelly posted around town. When asked why, he said he decided to “go green and not spend any money on political signs.” Instead, he said they will make a donation to the Great Race, for the kids in Middletown.

When asked why he is running for just a one-year term, Donnelly said that a one-year term is open and he feels he “has the energy now and the know-how.” He said he will “see how it goes,” and may run for another term next year, “if I am making a difference.”

My thoughts on Donnelly’s appoint are positive at this moment, I meet and spoke to him after the BoE candidate forum at Harmony School back in April and was impressed with his knowledge of and experience in education. He was very personable, soft spoken and warm to those that spoke to him afterwards. I think he will do well until a new full-time superintendent is hired and in place, which more than likely won’t happen until the end of the year.

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Join Assembly Leader Joseph Cryan For LD13 Candidates Cullen,Lavan & Short Fundraiser

Please join
Assemblyman Joseph Cryan
The Majority Leader
for a
Wine & Cheese Reception
in honor of

Mayor Christopher Cullen
Candidate for State Senate

Mayor Kevin M. Lavan
Candidate for State Assembly

Committeeman Patrick Short
Candidate for State Assembly

Wednesday, October 5
Six o’clock to nine o’clock in the evening
Philomena’s Restaurant
344 Ocean Avenue, Sea Bright
A donation of $60 per person or $100 per couple is suggested.
Hors d’oeuvres and a selection of wine will be served. Cash bar available.
Please make checks payable to:
The Committee to Elect Cullen, Lavan & Short 2011
56 Fieldcrest Way
Hazlet, New Jersey 07730
Created in house. Labor donated by the Committee to Elect Cullen, Lavan & Short 2011
56 Fieldcrest Way, Hazlet, New Jersey 07730

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Crime Scene Middletown: Recent Activity For September 9/23/11 – 9/25/11

Written by Middletown Township Police Department
Tuesday,26 September 2011 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

On September 25, 2011 at approximately 8:20 pm Patrolman James Beirne responded to the Shoprite Store in reference to a report of a shoplifting. Upon arrival he was advised by store security that they had observed Gabrielle Santopietro, age 22, from 7th Street in Union Beach, NJ, attempt to steal two packages of cosmetics and leave the store without paying.

Officer Beirne arrested Santopietro for Shoplifting. She was transported to police headquarters for processing and was released pending a court date.
On September 25, 2011 at approximately 8:10 am Lieutenant Ernest Volkland was on patrol in the area of Leedsville Drive when he observed two suspicious subjects, identified as Michael Story, age 19, from Manor Parkway in Lincroft, NJ, and Tyler Triska, age 18, from Park Drive in Middletown, NJ, walking on the side of the road. Lieutenant Volkland approached the subjects at which point he observed Story attempt to conceal a jug containing alcohol from his view
Lieutenant Volkland conducted an investigation which resulted in the arrests of the two subjects for Underage Possession of Alcohol.
Both subjects were transported to police headquarters for processing. While at headquarters Triska became belligerent and spit on Lieutenant John Kaiser who was assisting Lieutenant Volkland with the processing. He was charged with the additional offenses of Throwing Bodily Fluids at a Police Officer and Criminal Mischief for damaging Lieutenant Kaiser’s shirt.
Both subjects were processed and released pending a court date.
On September 23, 2011 at approximately 3:55 pm Patrolman Jason Caruso responded to the Foodtown Store in reference to a report of a shoplifting. Upon arrival the officer was advised by store security that they had observed Shawn Smith, age 39, from Wood Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, leave the store with a case of Coors Lite Beer without paying.
Officer Caruso arrested Smith for Shoplifting. He was transported to police headquarters where he was processed and bail was set at $15,000.00 with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson. Smith was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ.
On September 22, 2011 at approximately 11:10 am Patrolman Frank Mazza was on patrol in the area of Newman Springs Road when he stopped a vehicle for a seatbelt violation. Officer Mazza approached the driver, identified as Rebecca Broome, age 18, from Pine Island Terrace in Cliffwood Beach, NJ, at which point he detected an odor of raw Marijuana coming from inside the car.
Officer Mazza conducted an investigation which resulted in the recovery of Marijuana and a pipe used for smoking Marijuana from the vehicle and the arrest of Broome. Broome was transported to police headquarters where she was charged with Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was processed and released pending a court date.
The Middletown Police Department reports the arrests of the following subjects for various offenses:
John Kilian, age 34, from Ravine Drive in Matawan, NJ, arrested on September 24, 2011 by Corporal Thomas Meckier on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ, on $2,500.00 bail.
Katrina Martinov, age 20, from Lone Oak Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on September 23, 2011 by Patrolman Lawrence Seymour for Simple Assault. She was released pending a court date.
Kenneth Brabant, age 26, from Bayview Avenue in Union Beach, NJ, arrested on September 23, 2011 by Corporal Douglas Wiatrak on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.
Sergio Amoedo, age 23, from Stone Road in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on September 23, 2011 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.
Russell Halbach, age 34, from Drift Road in Belford, NJ, arrested on September 22, 2011 by Corporal Ralph Flannigan on a Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Saddle Brook and Sayreville Municipal Courts. He was released after posting $180.00 bail.
Melissa Moran, age 34, from Creek Road in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on September 22, 2011 by Patrolman Ian May for Criminal Mischief. She was released pending a court date.
Douglas Denoia, age 22, from Brookside Lane in Little Silver, NJ, arrested on September 22, 2011 by Patrolman Ian May on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.
Daniel Hayes, age 28, from Johnson Lane in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on September 22, 2011 by Patrolman Charles Higgins on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Keyport Municipal Court. He was released after posting $150.00 bail.
Kyle Drust, age 19, from Seabreeze Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on September 22, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.
David Mason, age 25, from North Fox Avenue in Belford, NJ, arrested on September 25, 2011 by Patrolman Robert McNair on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Sayreville Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.
Jimmy Tran, age 27, from 54th Street in Brooklyn, NY, arrested on September 25, 2011 by Patrolman James Beirne on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $216.00 bail.
Elyce Tetorka, age 31, from Hogan Lane in Middletown, NJ, arrested on September 25, 2011 by Patrolman Christopher Dee for Possession of Heroin and Possession of Hypodermic Syringes. She was released pending a court date.

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FEMA Aid Deadline for Local Governments Looming

Long Branch, N.J. – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. Friday urged towns and local governments, to submit their application for FEMA Public Assistance if they haven’t already done so. Certain private nonprofit organizations may also receive assistance. The deadline for towns to submit an application for assistance is Friday, September 30, 2011.

“The money is ready and available for towns to put to work on repairs for damage caused by the hurricane, it would be a shame for this assistance to go unused because someone didn’t know about it,” said Pallone.

Projects eligible for assistance may fall under one of the following categories and include debris removal, emergency protective measures, road systems and bridges, water control facilities, public building and utilities and parks.

Last week, FEMA conducted a round of briefings across the state which informed prospective applicants of available assistance and eligibility requirements for obtaining Federal assistance as a result of damage from Hurricane Irene. Pallone’s staff was also present at some of the briefings to assist constituents.

In the days since Hurricane Irene caused significant damage, FEMA has opened 21 disaster recovery centers, provided $76,852,437 in housing assistance and completed 35,416 out of 41,354 house inspection requests.

Individuals who seek federal assistance can register with FEMA through one of the following, going to http://www.disasterassistance.gov, to m.fema.gov or calling FEMA toll-free, 800-621-FEMA (3362). Those with access or functional needs and who use a TTY may call 800-462-7585 or use 711 or Video Relay Service to call 800-621-3362. Telephone lines are open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET; multilingual operators are available.

Federal assistance became available after the president issued a major disaster declaration on Aug. 31. Assistance is provided for eligible damage from the Hurricane Irene and related flooding, Aug. 27 through Sept. 5, 2011.

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