Daily Archives: December 7, 2011

Associated Press: Today in History for December 7th

On this date in 1941, Japanese forces attack the home base of the U.S. Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii – prompting America under President Franklin D. Roosevelt to enter World War II. (Dec. 7)

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Middletown Planning Board And AVAYA, What’s Going On?

On the agenda for tonight’s Middletown Planning Board meeting will be the ongoing discussion, with the possible approval, of the Four Pond redevelopment plan for the Avaya complex. Looking at the agenda, it would seem that the only business to be discussed tonight will be the Four Ponds application, all other planning board business has been pushed back to the new year.
Back in October during his reelection campaign, Tony Fiore was telling every Lincroft area resident which he met, that there was a commercial entity interested in occupying the former Avaya industrial site. He also told them not to worry because the township’s planning board would not approve of the proposed Four Ponds housing redevelopment plan that would be comprised of 342 units with various road and infrastructure upgrades for area. He said that the township favored the commercial alternative for the redevelopment of the site over the housing and that the town would do what it could to ensure that the housing project would not be built.
Now that the election is over and Fiore’s seat on the Township Committee has been secured for another 3 years, it seems that the plan has once again changed.
The commercial entity believed to have been interested in the Avaya site was Commvault, a spin off of Lucent Technologies that specializes in data management and recovery. Their current corporate headquarters is located nearby in Oceanport NJ. Commvault it seems, is no longer interested in moving it’s headquarters to Lincroft and prefers instead to move it’s offices over to the now empty, Fort Monmouth in Eatontown.
Why would they choose Eatontown over Lincroft? More than likely it was some sort of tax abatement issue. I had heard previously, before the name of Commvault was known, that the interested commercial entity was looking for a large multi-million dollar, multi-year property tax break in order to move into Middletown. Supposedly the Township reached out to State Senator Joe Kyrillos for help in securing such a deal with the State, but Kyrillos had reservations and nothing was done. This in turn left the door open for Commvault, who more than likely got the deal they were looking from the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority to moving itself over to the now empty Fort Monmouth.
So where does that leave the Four Ponds development? Rumors are circulating that Four Ponds developers have decided to back out of the housing project altogether and will announce their decision to do so tonight at the Planning Board meeting, leaving no one at present to build the 342 unit housing development, if the Planning Board’s decision was to approve Four Ponds’ application.
Four Pond’s rumored decision to drop its application could put the town in a major bind. The Avaya project is part of the Township’s COAH plan. If Four Ponds or some other builder, doesn’t build some kind of affordable housing there, the town will not be compliant with it’s State COAH plan and will have to find another location to build the affordable units. This would then open the door to builders that could seek “builder remedy” law suits against Middletown that would allow them to build just about anything, anywhere in town.
And for those that say that couldn’t happen because Governor Christie abolished COAH earlier this year, you are wrong. Christie abolished the governing body that presided over COAH not the rulings or decisions that had been already established by it. Middletown is just as bound today to their plans for building affordable housing as they were a year ago, nothing has changed.
Tonight’s meeting should be interesting.
So what’s the next step here? As one person so apply stated “Middletown should keep that COAH attorney on retainer.”

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Crime Scene Middletown: Recent Arrest Updates 12/2/11 – 12/6/11

Written by Middletown Township Police Department
Tuesday, 6 December 2011 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

Keith Johnson, age 19, from Chapel Hill Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 2, 2011 by Patrolman Donald Coates for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.

James Keelen, age 46, from Pineview Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on December 2, 2011 by Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia for Driving While Intoxicated. He was released pending a court date.

Gregory Canova, age 37, from Stephenville Boulevard in Red bank, NJ, arrested on December 2, 2011 by Corporal Patricia Colangelo for Aggravated Assault with a Weapon, Terroristic Threats, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Violation of a Court Order and Harassment. He was held on $102,500.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Matthew Meahan, age 39, from Crestview Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 2, 2011 by Patrolman Anthony Dellatacoma on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Edward Johnson, age 26, from Chapman Terrace in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 2, 2011 by Patrolman Charles Higgins on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Howell Municipal Court. He was released after posting $89.00 bail.

Richard Leli, age 42, from North Street in Rumson, NJ, arrested on December 2, 2011 by Detective Kevin Gardiner for Theft by Deception and on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Lakewood, Tinton Falls and Toms River Municipal Courts. He was held on $57,700.00 bail.

Miguel Rivera, age 24, from Willow Drive in Ocean, NJ, arrested on December 2, 2011 by Patrolman Anthony Bumbico on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

James Breschard, age 42, from Regency Parkway in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 3, 2011 by Patrolman Brady Carr for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

Tracey Kiernan, age 31, from Avenue A in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on December 3, 2011 by Patrolman Donald Coates for Shoplifting from the Target Store. She was released pending a court date.

James Weil, age 23, from Brandywine Way in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 3, 2011 by Patrolman Christopher Dee on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Tinton Falls Municipal Court. He was released after posting $750.00 bail.

Kelly Wahler, age 19, from Locust Terrace in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 3, 2011 by Patrolman James Beirne for Driving While Intoxicated. She was released pending a court date.

Anthony Capella, age 28, from Shore Drive in Highlands, NJ, arrested on December 3, 2011 by Patrolman Adam Colfer for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Driving While Intoxicated. He was released pending a court date.

Sean White, age 26, from West Richard Street in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on December 4, 2011 by Corporal James Keenan for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

Edward McNally, age 25, from Thompson Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 4, 2011 by Patrolman Michael Nolan on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Glen Ridge, Union Beach and Sayreville Municipal Courts. He was released after posting $490.00 bail.

Carrie Schiefer, age 21, from Main Street in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on December 4, 2011 by Patrolman Brian McGrogan for Shoplifting from the Sears Store. She was released pending a court date.

Narissa Mastres, age 20, from Main Street in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on December 4, 2011 by Patrolman Brian McGrogan for Shoplifting from the Sears Store. She was released pending a court date.

Michael Prunty, age 32, from South Bridge Street in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on December 4, 2011 by Patrolman Christopher Dee on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Eatontown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

Jaime Ann Palm, age 24, from Bayview Avenue in Belford, NJ, arrested on December 6, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Raike on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Holmdel Municipal Court. She was released after posting $350.00 bail.

James Oliver, age 32, from Montana Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on December 5, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Hamilton, Middletown and Keansburg Municipal Courts. He was held on $1,020.00 bail.

Bryan Moran, age 26, from Alberta Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 5, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Highlands Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Blaisenic Zito, age 19, from La Jolla Court in Holmdel, NJ, arrested on December 5, 2011 by Patrolman Anthony Bumbico on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Stacy Cook, age 44, from Old Manchester Road in Poughkeesie, NJ, arrested December 5, 2011 by Patrolman Robert McNair on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $1,000.00 bail.

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The Sith who Stole Christmas


Video by OneMinuteGalactica

He has all the tender sweetness of a seasick crocodile.

Hat tip to Pajama Pundit

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