Daily Archives: December 21, 2011

Pallone Announces Over Half a Million Dollars in Fire Grants for Ocean Twp., Middletown Fire Departments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 21, 2011

Middletown Township Fire Department will receive $465,320

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Frank Pallone, Jr. Wednesday announced that two fire departments that serve his constituents in Ocean Township and Middletown have each been awarded Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG). Ocean Township Fire District 1 will receive $175,468 and the Middletown Township Fire Department will receive $465,320. The Ocean Township fire department will spend the grant on a new breathing apparatus which will replace 36 units that are at the end of their useful life. The Middletown Fire Department will purchase new radios to replace radios made obsolete by new Federal Communications Commission standards.

“Christmas has come early this year for these local fire departments, because without this grant it would be difficult to afford this necessary equipment,” said Pallone. “This funding will make a difference locally by making it safer for local firefighters and first responders to do their job and save lives.”

The AFG program is part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Department of Homeland Security and is part of a coordinated effort to improve the nation’s ability to respond to emergency situations.

Over the past year, over one million dollars in grant money has been awarded to fire departments in the sixth Congressional district to improve community emergency services.

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Nor’easter Could Bring White Christmas to Millions

Great, just what we need another Nor’easter to make our holidays bright. That is of course if, JCP&L can keep the lights on, Governor Christie doesn’t go on vacation and Middletown can plow the streets without crying poverty or saying the storm took them by surprise. Now all of that would make a White Christmas special!


By KEVIN DOLAK | Good Morning America – posted @ Yahoo News

While blizzard conditions may have ended over the U.S. for now, a Nor’easter is now a possibility for December 24 – 25, which might mean a white Christmas for major cities along the East Coast from Washington, D.C. to Boston and hectic travel conditions for millions.

Over the last 24 hours some 24 inches of snow fell in New Mexico, with winds gusting over 70 mph in the mountains. Up to a foot of snow from was seen from Colorado to Kansas and Oklahoma, and 10-foot drifts were reported in Colorado.

As the storm crawled across the region it shuttered highways and has been blamed for at least two fatal car accidents, according to The Associated Press and at least six deaths Monday, according to authorities.
“It went from rain to sleet to snow. I slid off into the median and was there for several hours waiting for help,” one motorist told ABC News. “It took me three hours to go 30 miles.”
The storm has weakened as it moves east, and it may mostly be a rainmaker, with thunderstorms along the Gulf Coast. Some of these storms could produce heavy rain with minor flooding, gusty winds and some hail.
The storm will hit the East Coast Wednesday morning with rain from Atlanta to Boston. Some airport delays are expected as rain and low clouds come into the region. Afterwards, a new storm is predicted to form, which could usher in a white Christmas for millions.
Read more …. Here

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Congressman Frank Pallone Calls on Republicans to Stop Efforts to Raise Taxes on the Middle Class

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 20, 2011

WASHINGTON D.C.—Today, Tuesday, December 20, 2011, Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. (NJ-06) stood with Members of the House Democratic Leadership at a press conference calling on Speaker John Boehner and House Republicans to vote for a Senate bill extending the current Payroll Tax cuts and Unemployment Insurance. Both the Payroll Tax cuts, instituted by President Obama in 2009, and Unemployment Insurance for Americans who are out of work to no fault of their own, are set to expire on December 31, 2011 if the House fails to take action.

Earlier in the day in a speech on the Floor of the House of Representatives Congressman Pallone stated that, “The consequence for the American people is that the economy is in a very perilous situation right now, if you take this tax cut and you don’t extend it, then it’s very possible people won’t have money to spend, the economy won’t grow, and this teetering economy could easily fall back into a recession again.”

“They are playing a dangerous game with the lives and livelihoods of all Americans, at a time when we can afford it the least,” said Pallone. Their agenda is clear; end tax breaks to working Americans and the middle class while cutting the lifeline for the unemployed at a time when they can afford it the least.”

If Congress fails to take action and allows the Payroll Tax cuts to expire, Americans can expect to pay an additional $1,500 per year in additional taxes and 2.2 out of work Americans will lose their Unemployment Insurance.

View Congressman Pallone’s full floor statement here.

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Crime Scene Middletown: Police Report For 12/13/11-12/19/11

Written by Middletown Township Police Department
Tuesday, 20 December 2011 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

Michael Dahlquist, age 38, from David Terrace in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on December 13, 2011 by Patrolman Charles Higgins for Criminal Mischief. He was released pending a court date.

Kimberly Rieger, age 20, from Prospect Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested by Corporal Keith MacDonald on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was held on $2,500.00 bail.

Cythina Kaszuba, age 54, from Oakwood Way in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 13, 2011 by Patrolman Lawrence Seymour for Aggravated Assault on a Police Officer, Obstructing the Administration of Law, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct and False Public Alarms. She was released after posting $2,000.00 bail with a 10% option.

Niasia Sweeney, age 19, from Marcy Street in Freehold, NJ, arrested on December 13, 2011 by Detective Kevin Gardiner for Theft. She was released pending a court date.

Sheri Sweeney, age 38, from Marcy Street in Freehold, NJ, arrested on December 13, 2011 by Detective Kevin Gardiner for Theft. She was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ, on $15,000.00 with a 10% option set by Judge James Berube.

Alexander Iverson, age 23, from Abby road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 13, 2011 by Patrolman John Mele for Simple Assault. He was released after posting $2,500.00 bail with a 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Robert Slover, age 26, from Hancock Avenue in Seaside Heights, NJ, arrested on December 14, 2011 by Patrolman Jason Caruso. He was released after posting $300.00 bail.

Kevin Shannon, age 30, from Neptune Street in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 13, 2011 by Patrolman Ian May for Driving While Intoxicated, and Reckless Driving. He was released pending a court date.

Joseph Federico, age 26, from Hopi Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 15, 2011 by Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by Rumson Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Matthew Twigg, age 43, from Passaic Street in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 15, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Fulham and Patrolman Stephen Greenwood of the Quality of Life Unit for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana. He was released pending a court date.

Martha Langer, age 50, from Wall Street in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on December 15, 2011 by Patrolman John Mele for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was released pending a court date.

Jeffrey Johnson, age 49, from Harding Road in Atlantic Highlands, arrested on December 15, 2011 by Patrolman Anthony Gigante on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Freehold Municipal Court. He was held on $1,000.00 bail.

John Osman, age 49, from Willow Street in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on December 14, 2011 by Patrolman Stephen Keller for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

Dennis Carey, age 55, from Washington Road in Sayreville, NJ, arrested on December 14, 2011 by Corporal George Freibott on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

Liberato Iannitelli, age 22, from Renier Court in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 14, 2011 by Sergeant First Class Straniero on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Lisa Rosendo, age 20, age Montana Avenue in Middletown, NJ, on arrested December 14, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Aberdeen and Keansburg Municipal Courts. He was released after posting $340.00 bail.

Luis Rodriguez, age 24, from Easton Avenue in Somerset, NJ, arrested on December 14, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Kayla Fish, age 24, from High Street in Long Branch, NJ, arrested on December 14, 2011 by Corporal George Freibott on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Penny Oliver, age 29, from Cedar Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 14, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Lisa Dematteo, age 44, from Locust Terrace in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 15, 2011 by Patrolman Joseph Ahlemeyer on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $500.00 bail with a 10% option.

Diana Merino, age 24, from Lincoln Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on December 15, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Eatontown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $89.00 bail.

Arthur Sweetman, age 35, from Oak Street in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on December 15, 2011 by Patrolman Stephen Keller for Obstructing the Administration of Law and on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Roselle and Middlesex Municipal Courts. He was held on $2,500.00 bail.

Timothy Domenick, age 25, from Ridge drive in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on December 14, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Fulham and Patrolman Stephen Greenwood of the Quality of Life Unit for Unlawful Possession of Valium and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.

Kerri Rubino, age 22, from Arbordale Drive in Cliffwood Beach, NJ, arrested on December 18, 2011 by Patrolman John Mele for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. She was released pending a court date.

Paul Lavella, age 56, from Marlboro Road in Old Bridge, NJ, arrested on December 18, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein for Driving While Intoxicated. He was released pending a court date.

Ellen McConnell, age 48, from Shore Drive in Highlands, NJ, arrested on December 18, 2011 by Patrolman John Mele for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. She was released pending a court date.

Zoilo Gonzalez, age 22, from Patterson Avenue in Shrewsbury, NJ, arrested on December 18, 2011 by Patrolman Antonio Ciccone for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

Sandra Klovert, age 23, from Navesink River Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 18, 2011 by Corporal Daniel Murdoch for Obstructing the Administration of Law. She was released pending a court date.

Donald Eastmond, age 44, from Church Street in Aberdeen, NJ, arrested on December 18, 2011 by Corporal Thomas Meckier on a Non- Support warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ, on $2,776.00.

Francis Slater, age 34, from Apollo Street in Ocean, NJ, arrested on December 17, 2011 by Police Officer Lisa Vreeland for Shoplifting from the Sears Store. He was released pending a court date.

Holly Hendrickson, age 29, from Whalepond Road in Eatontown, NJ, arrested on December 16, 2011 by Police Officer Janine Kennedy for shoplifting from the Port Monmouth Foodtown. She was released pending a court date.

Amanda Rivera, age 31, from Kanes Lane in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 16, 2011 by Police Officer Patricia Colangelo on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Galloway Township Municipal Court. She was released on her own recognizance pending a court date.

John Osman, age 49, from Kupsch Street in Sayreville, NJ, arrested on December 16, 2011 by Patrolman Albert Scott for Simple Assault and Violation of a Court Order. He was held on $5,000.00 bail set by Judge Thomas Scully of the Monmouth County Superior Court.

Angela Cook, age 23, from Ocean Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested December 16, 2011 by Detective Kimberly Best for Theft. She was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ, on $5,000.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Cynthia Cook, age 52, from Ocean Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 16, 2011 by Patrolman Adam Colfer for Obstructing the Administration of Law. She was released pending a court date.

Nicole Fox, age 25, from Garrett Place in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on December 16, 2011 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

Kevin Kelly, age 31, from Maplewood Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on December 14, 2011 by Detective Laurence Schachtel on a Failure to appear warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ, on $5,000.00 bail.

Glyder Tufariello, age 25, from Twilight Place in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on December 19, 2011 by Patrolman Jason Caruso for Simple Assault and Criminal Mischief. He was held on $4,000.00 bail with a 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Judith Handleman, age 65, from Oxford Way in Neptune, NJ, arrested on December 19, 2011 by Patrolman Anthony Gigante on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Ryan Cahill, age 26, from Twelfth Street in West Keansburg, NJ, arrested on December 19, 2011 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Hillside Municipal Court. He was released after posting $165.00 bail.

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