Daily Archives: October 17, 2011

Mtown News Flash 10-17-11

Meet the Mayor Night
October 17 – 4:30-6:30pm
Middletown Library
The first Meet the Mayor Night will be held this Monday, October 17 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 pm at the Middletown Library, 55 New Monmouth Road. Middletown Mayor Anthony P. Fiore also will host Meet the Mayor nights October 24th and November 7th . Residents are invited to stop by to discuss issues related to Township government. Meet the Mayor nights replace regularly scheduled office hours at Town Hall on these dates. Residents can also reach the Mayor by calling his office at 732-615-2024 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 Veterans Affairs Outreach
October 22 – 10am to 1pm
Location: American Legion Post 338
Middletown veterans are invited to a Veterans Health Outreach to learn more about their eligibility for medical benefits. The event, hosted by the Middletown Veterans Affairs Committee, will be held on October 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at American Legion Post 338, Route 36, Leonardo. Veterans Administration personnel will be in attendance to answer questions pertaining to health needs and to assist veterans in applying for medical benefits. Refreshments will be served. 

 Halloween Hullabaloo
October 28, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Come to Poricy Park on Friday, October 28 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for a Halloween Hullabaloo presented by Middletown Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs, the Middletown Arts Center and Poricy Park Conservancy. Free admission.

Costume contests begin at 5:00 p.m. Categories are Ages 2 & Under, Ages 3-5, Ages 6-8, Ages 9-12 and Groups of 2 or More. Haunted Hayrides begin at 5:30 p.m. followed by the awe inspiring Mad Science Show at 6:00 p.m. Don’t miss cartooning with the Doodle Dude and a free candy bag for the kids.

Weather permitting. Poricy Park is located at 345 Oak Hill Road, Middletown, NJ. (use Red Bank for GPS). Call 732-842-5966 for voicemail.

 Fall Recreation Class Registration
The Middletown Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department is currently accepting registration for youth and adult classes offered this fall. Adult classes include computers, karate and volleyball. Youth classes include Computer Explorers, ceramics, bowling and gymnastics. Registrations are accepted on-line, by mail and at the Parks and Recreation Office, 900 Leonardville Road, Leonardo. Call 732-615-2260 for details. Online Registration – https://parkpay.middletownnj.org/vsiwebtrac.html

 Fall Leaf Collection Starts November 7

Zones  Start Date
   A B C D November 7
      F November 16
   E G & K November 21
      J November 28
      I December 1
      L December 5
      H December 13

Emergency Brush Collection is complete.  The next Brush Collection will be scheduled in Spring 2012.

Look up your collection zone by address   -OR- call 732-615-2008 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Collection Updates are posted to www.middletownnj.org/collection, Comcast Channel 20, and Verizon Fios Channel 26. The start dates listed above are approximate.

Please note that Public Works will not pick up material that does not meet collection guidelines and will not return for an unscheduled collection. Do place materials for curbside collection more than one week prior to your scheduled collection date. Violators are subject to fines of up to $2,000, up to 90 days imprisonment and/or community services for improper disposal of these materials.

 Hubbard Avenue Re-opens
Hubbard Avenue has been re-opened to vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Dam and roadway repairs have been completed and project has been completed ahead of schedule. The roadway suffered major damage during Hurricane Irene causing extensive traffic delays and impact on surrounding neighborhoods.

 Holland Road Update
Holland Road is closed between Red Hill Road and Laurel Avenue. There is access to AT&T entrance and Tatum Park from Red Hill Road side of closure. Residences located on Laurel Avenue side of Holland Road up to MT-34 bridge can be accessed from that end of Holland Road. There is currently no timeline available for re-opening of this roadway.

 Oceanic Bridge Closed to all Traffic
Oceanic Bridge spanning the Navesink River between Middletown and Rumson closed on October 17, 2011 for span re-construction and repair. There will be no vehicular, bicyclist or pedestrian access across the bridge. Boat traffic will be able to transit the waterway without restriction. Residents are warned not to enter the bridge as hazardous conditions will exist during the project. 

The detour plan approved by the county is River Road/West Front St to SH 35 to CR 12A ( Navesink River Road). Motorists should use the signed detours and expect travel delays during the project. All motor vehicle traffic on Bingham Avenue between Rumson and Middletown (CR-8) will be detoured. Traffic can either travel west through Fair Haven and Red Bank to Middletown or travel east through Sea Bright and Highlands to Middletown.

Specifically, northbound traffic from Rumson on Bingham Avenue (CR-8) will be directed east through Fair Haven and Red Bank on East River Road (CR-10) to East Front Street to Route 35  North to Navesink River Road (CR-12A) in Middletown. Or, northbound traffic can take Bingham Avenue south, turn left onto Rumson Road (CR-520) to Sea Bright and turn left onto Ocean Avenue (Route 36 North) to Highlands and take the jug handle for Navesink Avenue in Middletown. Follow Navesink Avenue and turn left onto Locust Avenue and left again onto Locust Point Road (CR-8B).

Southbound traffic from Middletown will be directed west on Navesink River Road (CR-12A) to Route 35 South in Red Bank and follow detours signs to travel west on East Front Street (CR10)/ East River Road through Fair Haven and into Rumson.  Or, southbound traffic can follow Navesink River Road(CR-12A)/ Locust Point Road (CR-8B) and turn right onto Locust Avenue, turning right onto Navesink Avenue and then bear right onto Route 36 South through Highlands and into Sea Bright. Turn right onto the Rumson-Sea Bright Bridge and follow Rumson Road (CR-520) west to Bingham Avenue. Turn right onto Bingham Avenue (CR-8) to East River Road (CR-10).

Weather permitting, the work is expected to be completed in time for Memorial Day weekend 2012.

The work will conducted by the Iron Bridge Group, Inc. of North Brunswick. The county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering is overseeing the project. The contract amount of the rehabilitation project is $3,554,380. Additional information about the Oceanic Bridge is available on the county Web site at www.visitmonmouth.com.

 Health Department Temporarily Relocated to Croydon Hall
The Health Department has been temporarily relocated to Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road in Leonardo until further notice. This includes Animal Control, Social Services and Vital Statistics.

Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road, Leonardo, NJ 07737
Phone: 732-615-2095  |Fax: 732-671-8697 | Contact Us
Office Hours – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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Gallagher Issues Statement From Jail

Gee, I hope he didn’t have to waste his one phone call from jail on this post left on his blog a short while ago.

“As I am sure all my readers are now aware I was arrested late Friday evening on a warrant issued out of the State of Delaware. On the advice of my attorney I can not discuss the charges against me at this time other then to say that they are vigorously contested and that I did not commit theft.

Right now I am concentrating on securing my release from jail so that I can properly address these charges through my attorneys.

When I am released I intend to write about my experiences of the last few days.

I thank all of you who have expressed concern for me and my family and I assure you that we are doing fine given these difficult circumstances.”

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MoreMonmouthMusings’s Art Gallagher Arrest; Awaiting Extradition To Delaware On Fraud Charges

According to an online article posted on The Asbury Park Press this evening, Art Gallagher, author of the moremonmouthmusings blog, has been arrest on fraud charges and is being held on $250,000 bail while waiting on extradition to Delaware, at the Monmouth County Jail.

From the APP:

HIGHLANDS — A prominent blogger who is running for a seat on the Highlands Borough Council next month is in Monmouth County Jail awaiting extradition to Delaware, police said.

Art Gallagher, who runs a Republican-leaning political blog and is campaigning as an independent for council, was arrested over the weekend by borough police on a fugitive from justice warrant out of Delaware, Chief Joseph Blewitt said.

Details of Gallagher’s alleged crime across state lines are unclear, but Blewitt said the warrant was theft-related. Detective Nicholas Terranova, the lead investigator in the case for Delaware State Police, could not be reached for comment Sunday.

“That’s what it’s stemming from. It’s regarding a fraud investigation Delaware State Police conducted,” Highlands police Sgt. Joe Rogers said.

Gallagher, 53, who is also a member of the borough’s planning board, is being held on $250,000 bail. Blewitt said on Sunday afternoon “they have informed us they will extradite.”

I don’t want to kick a guy while he’s down but sooner or later everyone needs to answer to a higher authority for what they may have reaped in life. I hope that he and his family will able to cope well during this trying time.
Something like this however was bound to happen sooner or later to Art. I heard rumors last year that Art was going to be the subject of a WPIX News segment of “Help Me Howard “.
For those unfamiliar with “Help Me Howard”, it’s a segment on channel 11 news that features longtime newsman Howard Thompson. Thompson helps those who feel they have suffered injustices or have been wronged in someway.
In a segment that was to feature Art Gallagher but never aired because the incident was allegedly settled before airing, Art was accused by someone who had rented a food vending truck from his business. I don’t remember all the details but the person who rented the truck was upset that the truck didn’t work properly and wanted a refund of some kind. Art of course wouldn’t oblige so the individual contacted Howard Thompson.
Also, Art has fancied himself a “King Maker” of sorts ever since he started MoreMonmouthMusings, blogging first anonymously as William Seward, then as himself, after he and others managed to air all sorts of Republican dirty laundry and the “take down” of Monmouth County Chairman Adam Puharic back in 2008 when he resigned from the position and opened the door for current Chairman Joe Oxley.
Art has since often warned Republican wannabes that if they want to get elected to office in Monmouth County or locally that they need to indulge his blogging and submit comments or columns to it.
Art also got himself in a bit of hot water back in 2008 when he tried to rationalize the use of the “N” word after the Reverend Jesse Jackson was caught on an open mike threatening to cut of then presidential candidate Barack Obama’s “N”nuts. Art wanted to know why it was okay for Jesse Jackson, a black man, to use the “N” word but it was unacceptable for a white man to use the term.
After posting this on his blog, then Middletown Mayor Gerry Scharfenberger, called a special emergency session of the Middletown Human Rights Commission to look into it thinking that his blog posting was actually printed in the Bayshore Courier where Art had at the time wrote a weekly column.
This lead to Art being censored by the local chapter of the NAACP and his column being dropped by the Courier. Afterwards Gallagher started a vendetta against the Middletown Democrats and the Courier’s publisher, blaming them for somehow conspiring against him and having him labeled as a racist.
Since then, Gallagher’s blog has become a the Middletown Republican’s dumping ground for the dirty tricks, mudslinging and slander against Democratic candidates running for office in Middletown.
What will the Middletown Republicans do now? Will they come out and disavow Art Gallagher or will they make excuses for him and their actions.
As I said above, it is easy to kick a guy while he is down. Regardless of Art’s alleged actions in this case or in the past, I do wish him and his family well. We have had a slight adversarial relationship over the past few years but I think we have always been respectful to one another.
I may not always agree with Art or his point of view but that doesn’t mean I wish him any ill will. I wish him a speedy resolve to his problems and a return to his blogging.

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