Daily Archives: December 2, 2011

Mtown News Flash 12-2-11

Annual Trail Run/Walk
Poricy Park Conservancy
Saturday, December 3
The Poricy Park Conservancy, located at 345 Oak Hill Road, will hold its Annual Trail Run/Walk on Saturday, December 3, 2011, in cooperation with the Jersey Shore Running Club. The race will start at 9:30 a.m.; check-in time is 8:30 a.m. at the Nature Center. On-line registration is closed but you can register on-site.

In addition to the 5K Run/Walk and 2K Fun Run for Kids, there will be a 5 Mile Run for the die-hard runner! The Trail Run is open to all ages, whether you run or walk! Enjoy rolling trails, mostly grass and dirt terrain in the scenic Park. The 5 Mile race will wind through the Park, continue outside the Park onto street pavement through the neighboring development, and return to finish in the Park. Following the race, all participants will be treated to a pasta lunch, compliments of Bertucci’s of Hazlet. An awards ceremony will be held at the end of the race with trophies being awarded in different categories.


Holiday Extravaganza
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Middletown Arts Center
5:00-8:00 pm, Free
The "Holiday Extravaganza" will begin at 5:00 p.m. with traditional holiday songs performed by TubaChristmas
, an exciting ensemble of tuba and euphonium players from across the community. The MAC’s TubaChristmas performance, conducted by Joseph Lawlor, is New Jersey’s only TubaChristmas event and one of over 200 concerts across the country. The event is a tribute to the late artist/teacher William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day 1902. Tuba and euphonium players of all ages are invited to perform in TubaChristmas.  

Following TubaChristmas, guests will enjoy caroling and Middletown’s traditional tree lighting on the MAC grounds at 5:30 pm. During the tree lighting, Santa will arrive by fire truck, and then proceed to his secret workshop in the MAC where he will pose for pictures with the children. Parents are requested to bring their own cameras, as a photographer will not be present to take photos. Guests will also enjoy a tap performance by Miss Deena and the MACettes in the theatre and cartooning fun with the Doodle Dude. Tickets to the Middletown Arts Center’s super 50/50 raffle fundraiser will be on sale throughout the evening. Jolly Santa himself will pull the winning ticket at the end of the evening. The winner need not be present to receive his or her winnings.


Get your Holiday Train Ride Tickets 

Train Ride is Saturday, December 10
Tickets are still available for Middletown’s annual Holiday Train Ride. The event will take place on Saturday, December 10. Travelers can choose to ride the 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. train. The train rides, which have become a holiday tradition for many families, will feature visits from Santa and friends, jugglers, Holiday caroling, clowns, magic and goodie bags. Tickets are $15 per person. Free for children younger than 1 year of age, but a ticket is still required. Residents can purchase tickets in-person at Middletown Parks and Recreation, Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville, Leonardo, NJ 07737, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Recreation office until all seats are sold. Registrants will be assigned a specific car on the train at the time of registration. It is highly recommended that if you would like to sit with other families that you all register early and at the same time. Cash, checks, Visa and Mastercard accepted.


Leaf Collection
Fall leaf collection is underway. Get status reports at www.middletownnj.org/collection


Toy Donation Drop-offs
The Middletown Social Services Department is accepting toy donations for Middletown Helps Its Own. The Social Services Office is located at Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road.  Hours are Monday- Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 pm 

The Middletown PBA is accepting toy donations for Middletown Helps Its Own and Jason’s Dreams. Donations can be brought directly to the Police Desk, located at Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway, at any time.


Hurricane Irene – Recovery News from FEMA
Deadline Extended For Flood Insurance Claims
New Jersey policyholders who suffered losses as a result of Hurricane Irene damage (Aug. 27 through Sept. 5, 2011) have been given an extension to file the Proof of Loss (POL) form with the insurance company handling their claim.

National Flood Insurance officials said that New Jersey policyholders now have 150 days from the date of the event that caused the damage to file the POL, or until January 23, 2012.

The claims process starts with the affected policyholder contacting his/her insurance agent, reporting the property damage and meeting with an adjuster. The adjuster may, as a courtesy, provide a POL — which is the statement of the amount claimed under the NFIP policy  — but the property owner is responsible for making sure that it is complete, accurate and filed in a timely manner. It must include a detailed estimate and other supporting documentation to replace or repair the flood-damaged property, and must be signed and witnessed.

If the property owner notices additional damage after the POL is submitted, the owner may file a supplemental Proof of Loss documenting the newly discovered damage. This, too, must be within the time period allowed by the extension.

If the claim for additional damages is presented after the extension period, the insured must request a waiver of the time limitation from NFIP in order to submit the supplemental claim.

Those who wish additional information on flood insurance or who have questions or concerns about their flood insurance should contact their insurance agent or visit www.floodsmart.gov.


NJ Residents Covered Under NFIP May Be Eligible For Up To $30,000 In Extra Assistance
New Jersey residents whose damaged homes or businesses are covered under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) may be eligible for up to $30,000 in additional assistance, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The benefit, called "Increased Cost of Compliance" or ICC coverage, is part of most NFIP policies and may be used to protect properties against risks of future flooding. In other words, it helps pay for the increased cost of complying with local floodplain ordinances.

Only local officials can designate buildings damaged by one or multiple floods as “substantially damaged." The policyholder would then be required to use flood-safe practices when rebuilding, which generally means elevating or moving the structure. Under this scenario, up to $30,000 may be available to pay for mitigation techniques to reduce future flooding risks.

Flood victims seeking ICC assistance should apply on a separate form, which may be obtained from their NFIP agent. The money may be used to elevate, demolish or relocate the damaged structure. The total insurance payout, including ICC coverage, cannot exceed $250,000 for a residence or $500,000 for a non-residential structure. Non-residential structures may use only ICC funds for flood-proofing.

For further information, contact your local flood insurance agent.

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Belleville Councilman Joins Reform Party of NJ



Chairman Jacob Zychick

Reform Party of New Jersey

(201) 248-7525



Belleville, NJ, 12/1/2011— The Reform Party of New Jersey’s Executive Committee announced on Thursday evening that Belleville Township Councilman Kevin Kennedy is now a registered member of the Reform Party, thus making him the first elected official within the Garden State to join the newly founded alternative party.

“I think this is a very positive development,” said Dennis Mikolay, the organization’s co-founder. “It is clear that the Reform Party’s message resonates with people. I look forward to working alongside Councilman Kennedy to help promote the message of political reform.”

Belleville Township, which is located next to Newark, has a population of 35,926.

Councilman Kennedy was first elected to the Township Committee in 1998. After several years as a Councilman-at-large, he was re-elected in 2003, 2006, and 2011. An active member of the community, he was recently named “Man of the Year” by the Belleville Irish-American Association, and currently also serves as the President of the Belleville Historical Society.

The Reform Party of New Jersey was founded by a group of student activists in 2010. While Councilman Kennedy is the party’s first elected official, he is not the first establishment figure to abandon the two major parties. Several months ago, Mark D. Quick resigned his position as a member of Warren County Republican Committee and joined the Reform Party.

“The recent exodus of courageous citizens from the two major parties is inspiring,” said Chairman Jacob Zychick. “The Reform Party leadership has recently been approached by several other elected officials who have expressed an interest in leaving their respective parties in favor of ours.”

Additional information pertaining to the Reform Party of NJ can be found online at www.reformpartynj.org.

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Friday Morning Funnies: Puns for Educated Minds

Here’s a little something to start your day off with a smile, enjoy and have a great day:

1. The fattest knight at King Arthur’s round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

2. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

3. She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.

4. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.

5. No matter how much you push the envelope, it’ll still be stationery.

Hat tip to LB

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