Daily Archives: January 6, 2012

Mtown News Flash 1-6-12


Christmas Tree Collection Underway

Residents with private garbage collection:

Residents within the garbage district: Put trees curbside the second day of any collection week. Click here for schedule

Residents can also bring trees to the Recycling Center at 52 Kanes Lane free of charge. Call Recycling at 732-615-2008 for more information.

Free Rabies Clinic for Dogs
Saturday, January 21, 2012

The Middletown Health Department will hold a free rabies clinic for dogs on Saturday, January 21st at the Belford Engine Fire Company located at 739 Main St., Belford, NJ 07718. The clinic will run from 9:00 am to 11:30 am. All dog licenses must be renewed by January 31, 2012 as late fees start as of February 1st. Residents can obtain a license during the clinic if they have not done so yet. For more information, please contact Animal Control at 732-615-2097.

Winter Recreation
Poricy Park January & February Camps and Programs
www.poricypark.org

Middletown Arts Center Winter Programs and Classes
www.middletownarts.org

Middletown Senior Center
Special Events

Middletown Organizes for the New Year
As part of Middletown’s annual Organization Day, Committeeman Anthony P. Fiore was selected to serve as Mayor and Committeeman Stephen G. Massell as Deputy Mayor for 2012.

Mayor Fiore noted during his Organization Day comments that priorities and goals this year include: full compliance with the Governor’s property tax cap, enhancing the township’s ability to communicate with residents during emergencies, and establishing an all-volunteer Middletown Day Committee that can bring back the community festival.

The selection of the 2012 Mayor and Deputy Mayor came after Fiore accepted the oath of office to serve his second consecutive 3-year term on the Township Committee. Committeewoman Stephanie Murray accepted the oath to serve her first 3-year term. Murray and Fiore were elected in November 2011. Oaths of office were issued by state Sen. Joseph Kyrillos.

The members of the 2012 Township Committee are:

Middletown’s Fire Chiefs also accepted oaths of office as part of the day’s agenda. They are: Fire Chief Andrew Spears, Deputy Chief Chief John D’Atilio, Sr, First Assistant Chief Peter Laimann, Second Assistant Chief Rick W. Hibell and Third Assistant John Gorsenger, Jr.

Many volunteers turned out to accept oaths of office to serve on the Township’s boards, committees and commissions. There are more nearly 20 township boards, committees and commissions. Each group focuses on different aspects of the community and works to enhance Middletown’s quality of life. Residents are appointed to these positions by the Township Committee.

Police Seeking Witnesses of Fatal Pedestrian Crash
The Middletown Twp. Police Department is investigating a Fatal Pedestrian crash which occurred on January 4, 2012 at 5:48 p.m. The crash occurred on State Highway 36 west at the intersection of Thompson Ave in the Leonardo section of the Township. The preliminary investigation revealed that the pedestrian, William L. Segebush 66 years old from Middletown, was crossing the highway and was struck by a westbound vehicle being operated by a resident of Leonardo. The victim sustained serious injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Leonardo First-Aid & Rescue Squad, MONOC Medics, Middletown Fire Police and the Middletown Emergency Services Field-Com unit responded to the scene. The crash is being investigated by Cpl. Cliff O’Hara and Ptl. Darrin Simon from the Departments Traffic Bureau assisted by Ptl. Nick Caprio and DFC. Peter White. Anyone that witnessed the crash or can provide any additional information on the investigation are asked to contact the Traffic & Safety Bureau at 732-615-2045.

Fire Department Receive Federal Grant for Radios
The Middletown Township Fire Department has received a $465,320 federal matching grant for the purchase of needed radio equipment. New Federal Communications Commission standards slated to go into effect on January 1, 2013 will make older radio equipment obsolete. Without this investment, many of their radios would be unusable. Fire Department members Peter Lucyk and Vern Peterson were instrumental in crafting the grant proposal. Pete and Vern’s dedication and hard work over the past decade have resulted in the department receiving a half dozen Assistance to Firefighter grants totaling more than $2,000,000.

Main Train Station Lot Has Available Parking
The Township Parking Lot on Church Street next to the train station no longer has a wait list! We are at the half year mark and Parking Permits for the Main Lot are now on sale for $200 resident rate and $225 nonresident rate and are good through June 30, 2012. Please take advantage of this special offer and ride the NJ Transit train instead of fighting the traffic! Contact the Office of the Township Clerk 732-615-2015 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday for more information on how to obtain a Parking Permit.

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N.J. Gov. Chris Christie must put politics aside, help needy

If you didn’t catch it this morning former NJ Senate Majority Leader Barbara Buono (D-Middlesex) had an excellent Op-ed piece published over at NJ.Com that emplores Governor Christie to put politics aside and help those that are the most needy by putting the needs of other before personal ambitions by creating a more progressive tax system that will help families that are currently living paycheck to paycheck:

When leaders of political parties in New York state recently agreed to raise the tax rate on the wealthiest to help the middle class, a truly revolutionary concept was born — politicians putting the needs of the people ahead of their own personal ambitions.

In New Jersey, unfortunately, Gov. Chris Christie has set his sights on the national stage and repeatedly refused to consider the democratically led effort to create a more progressive tax rate because it would defy the rules of the conservative playbook.

This same steely denial of the realities of the working class is evident on the conservative side of every major debate taking place in Washington — whether it’s on debt reduction, extending the Social Security payroll tax or the merits of the Occupy movement.

Overlooked is the growing number of Americans now living in, or just above, poverty. In New Jersey, the number of residents receiving food stamps has doubled in the past four years. Recently released Census figures based on a new poverty formula show that nearly 50 million Americans are poor and the number of those living just above the poverty line is far greater than once believed.

What makes this new formula unique is that it takes into account government assistance such as food stamps, housing aid, subsidized lunches and the Earned Income Tax Credit. Once these factors are considered, roughly 3 million people rise above the poverty line, proving government assistance can and does make a difference in the lives of working families.

Sadly, those on the right have no qualms about slashing these assistance programs, proving their empathy extends only to the super rich while the plight of poor and middle-class families is viewed with rote disregard….

Finish reading Senator Buono Op-ed that was posted online at NJ.Com …. Here

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The Playoffs – Giants v. Falcons for Princess

I don’t have to tell everyone what a huge win last weeks victory over the Dallas Cowboys was for the NY Giants, it was huge. The win sealed the division title for the G-men and propelled them into the NFL playoffs. And if you remember back to last week, Princess the Camel predicted the outcome correctly!

For those keeping track thus far of Princess’s prognostications for the year, she finished up the regular season with an impressive 11(W)-5(L)record with last weeks win, she is now looking to extend her winning ways into the playoffs.

In the opening round of this years playoffs, the Giants will be facing the Atlanta Falcons at home on Suday in MetLife Stadium. It will be the very first playoff game held in the Giants the new stadium.

So who does Princess the Camel favor in this historic game? The Giants of course!

“…the Giants defense is finally healthy now. Did you see what they did to Romo last week? I felt bad for him and I feel sorry for the Falcons quarterback. Eli to Cruz unstoppable!!! They ought to call it “The Cruz Missile”.”, said Princess, not at all trying to hide her glee over the resurgent Giants.

Do the Giants and Princess have what it take to continue their winning ways (until at least next week)? I think so, the Falcons are a team built to play indoors and while the weather may not a big factor (temps in the mid 40’s with a chance of rain and possible wind), it may come into play at some point and turn the game in favor of the Giants.

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Amy Mallet Reflects Back On Her Time As Monmouth County Freeholder

The following letter was received from Freeholder Amy Mallet

Far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing.”- Former President Teddy Roosevelt

I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to serve the people of Monmouth County for the past three years. I am proud of my accomplishments which began with promises I made three years ago.

Monmouth County is now a major developer of clean, renewable solar energy at no additional cost to taxpayers. This effort provides environmental and economic benefits now and in the future. User-friendly computers offer the public a chance to learn about our solar savings in real time at four county locations. This initiative has served as a model for other solar projects that are being planned and developed throughout Monmouth County.

A key element in Government must be transparency. I proposed using digital technology so that everyone in the public can hear unedited proceedings of our meetings. Today it is simple from any computer via http://www.visitmonmouth.com. The home page has a button “Listen to Freeholder Meetings”. This is transparency, but only a start.

Our Legal Department was restructured due to past instances of excessive billing. We hired an in-house counsel to serve in a full-time capacity. This brings accountability and efficiency to our legal matters and has saved over 1.3 million dollars in just over two years.

I lead the expansion of the Veterans Interment office to include professional Veterans Services. Through the passion, diligence and long hours of our trained Veterans Service Officers and Veteran volunteers, this office is busy helping veterans in Monmouth County every day.

A comprehensive Aging Advisory Board brings energy and ideas to helping our seniors. We introduced the free Wellness Discount Program for all residents which offers discounts on prescription medication and other health products and services. Through the Office on Aging, we also established the first caregiver respite program in our county.

I called for changes at Brookdale Community College in order to take it in a better direction. This call came after researching and questioning budgets, meeting minutes, policies and procedures. We need to do what is in the best interest of our students, while providing a premier learning environment, quality education and facilities to our college.

The backbone of county government is our staff, taking us through the day-to-day operations. Many are on the front line directly helping residents care for their health and well-being, improving the safety of our roads and bridges, maintaining our justice system, imprisoning criminals at the jails, disposing and recycling our waste, staffing our libraries, parks and many functions residents do not see.

As liaison to Human Services during my tenure, it is my hope that my successor has the passion to serve as a voice in helping our neighbors who are most vulnerable. This requires an understanding of the needs of those who are less fortunate. They are our neighbors, friends, families and constituents. These individuals and families may be homeless, unemployed, hungry, home-bound, emotionally or developmentally disabled, handicapped, seniors, caregivers, troubled youth, drug and alcohol dependents, returning veterans and so many more. Our staff tends to these needs with a case load which has been growing weekly during these difficult economic times. While the demand for services is that much greater, they have still been able to hold the line on their budgets.

I must point out the areas where I believe there is more to accomplish:

Boards and Commissions which are autonomous require Term Limits. Many residents don’t realize that these entities control spending of millions of tax dollars and influence policy. The makeup of the boards should also be diverse. Turnover would make for a healthier environment. Lack of turnover is contrary to the oversight expected from residents.

Continued consolidation of duplicative functions.

Transparency needs much more work. Meeting Minutes of all autonomous boards and commissions need to be online. I already made this request twice. The website is only as good as the information contained within it. In addition, we should list all employees and new hires online (name, position, department, salary, start date)

Ethics reforms are needed. The Democratic majority instituted an Ethics Board in 2009 which was reversed by the Republicans at their first opportunity. This voluntary board would have been quite busy given the questionable situations which have arisen. Government should not be left to police itself, and history tells us there is too much at stake here to be ignored.

Advertising Panels on our bus fleet will serve many purposes including a new revenue stream. My suggestion is that we start by cross-promoting our Care Centers to bring awareness and fill additional beds which will be a revenue source. After testing the program, we can promote this program to outside entities for advertising revenue.

In the words of John Quincy Adams “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” I hope that my leadership will inspire more residents to ask questions, get involved and exercise their right to vote. Let’s never forget that this is a government “of” the people, “by” the people and “for” the people. Anything short of this is unconstitutional.

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Crime Scene Middletown: Out With The Old, Ringing In The New; Police Report Update For 12/28/11 Thru 1/2/12

Written by Middletown Township Police Department
Wednesday,4 January 2012 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

On December 28, 2011 Detective Adam Finck arrested Jose Luciano, age 32, from Reidway Place in Freehold, NJ, as a result of an investigation into a burglary at a residence on Cypress Neck Road in the Lincroft section of Middletown. Police say Luciano was identified after a witness observed him leaving the residence.

Luciano was arrested after police in Middlesex County took him into custody on other charges. He was being held on the Middletown charges at the Middlesex County Jail on $35,000.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.


Gary Brady, age 19, from Dover Court in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on December 27, 2011 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court. He was released after posting $80.00 bail.

William Johannessen, age 34, from Hollie Drive West in Belford, NJ, arrested on December 27, 2011 by Patrolman Carl Roth for Driving While Intoxicated. He was released pending a court date.

Howard Eastmond, age 31, from Church Street in Belford, NJ, arrested on December 27, 2011 by Patrolman Brady Carr on a Non-Support warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court and 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 $2,570.00 bail.

Kerry Smith, age 54, from Club House Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 27, 2011 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield for Violating a Court Order. He was released after posting $2,500.00 bail set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Kristie Lepard, age 21, from Kentucky Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 26, 2011 by Corporal James Keenan for Possession of Heroin. She was released pending a court date.

Erik Nilson, age 20, from South Lake Drive in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on December 26, 2011 by Patrolman Stephen Greenwood and Patrolman Richard Fulham of the Quality of Life Unit for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.

Anders Carlson, age 20, from Riverboork Drive in Lincroft, NJ, arrested on December 26, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Fulham and Patrolman Stephen Greenwood of the Quality of Life Unit for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. He was released pending a court date.

Jorge Lopez, age 27, from Tindall Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 25, 2011 by Patrolman James Beirne for Driving While Intoxicated. He was released pending a court date.

Joan McKee, age 57, from Pedee Place in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 24, 2011 by Corporal James Keenan for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. She was released pending a court date.

Venus Sharick, age 55, from New Brunswick Avenue in Fords, NJ, arrested on December 24, 2011 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield for Driving While Intoxicated, Refusal to Submit to Breath Samples and Reckless Driving. She was released pending a court date.

Shawn Fanner, age 45, from Woodland Avenue in Belford, NJ, arrested on December 23, 2011 by Sergeant First Class William Colangelo for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. He was released pending a court date.

John Maynard, age 30, from Knollwood Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested December 23, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Raike on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Tinton Falls Municipal Court. He was released after posting $106.00 bail.

Christopher Danko, age 28, from Sunset Place in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 23, 2011 by Patrolman James Beirne on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Austin Smith, age 27, from Wake Forest Avenue in Toms River, NJ, arrested on December 27, 2011 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

Brandon Lee, age 20, from Rachel Drive in Morganville, NJ, arrested on December 27, 2011 by Patrolman Brady Carr on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $150.00 bail.

Michael MacDonald, age 18, from 10th Street in West Keansburg, NJ, arrested on December 24, 2011 by Patrolman Michael Reuter for Shoplifting from the Target Store. He was released pending a court date.

Daniel Scragg, age 21, from Kenneth Terrace East in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 23, 2011 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski for Theft and Unlawful Possession of Prescription Medication. He was released pending a court date.

On December 23, 2011 Patrolman Carl Roth arrested a 17 year old male juvenile from Middletown, NJ, for Criminal Mischief. He was released pending a court date.

Mirtha Alverez-Arena, age 43, from Hill Road in Lincroft, NJ, arrested on December 28, 2011 by Corporal Patricia Colangelo for Simple Assault. She was released pending a court date.

Rachel Alvarez, age 38, from Baldwin Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on December 28, 2011 by Patrolman Anthony Dellatacoma on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Neptune City Municipal Court. She was released after posting $164.00 bail.

Michael Vanalstyne, age 26, from Coffey Lane in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on December 28, 2011 by Patrolman Ian May 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 $4,160.00 bail.

Raymond Haupt, age 39, from Woodland Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on December 28, 2011 by Corporal Gerald Weimer for Obstructing the Administration of Law. He was released pending a court date.

On December 28, 2011 Sergeant Paul Bailey arrested a 14 year old female juvenile from Red Bank, NJ, for Obstructing the Administration of Law. She was released pending a court date.

Evan Rackiewicz, age 19, from Newman Springs Road in Lincroft, NJ, arrested on December 29, 2011 by Patrolman Christian Clark for Criminal Mischief. He was released pending a court date.

Jessica Swartz, age 27, from Locust Grove in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on December 30, 2011 by Patrolman Christian Clark for Shoplifting from the Sears Store. She was released pending a court date.

Aaron Card, age 34, from East Garfield Avenue in Atlantic Highlands, NJ, arrested on December 30, 2011 by Detective Daniel Sullivan for Theft by Deception. He was released pending a court date.

Keith Ettis, age 25, from Collins Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on December 30, 2011 by Sergeant First Class William Colangelo on a Contempt of Court warrant issued in Essex County. He was released on his own recognizance.

Steven Nalbach, age 50, from Highway 36 in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on December 30, 2011 by Patrolman Brady Carr on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Newark Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance.

Saeeda Wilson, age 33, from Park Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on January 1, 2011 by Corporal James Keenan for False Reports to a Law Enforcement Officer and Providing False Information to a Police Officer. She was released pending a court date.

Salvatore Amato, age 23, from Zephyr Avenue in Staten Island, NY, arrested on January 1, 2012 by Patrolman James Beirne on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Seaside Heights Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Nicholas Batalla, age 24, from Frog Hollow Road in Forked River, NJ, arrested on January 1, 2012 by Patrolman Raymond Sofiled for Theft by Unlawful Taking. He was released pending a court date.

Nathan Burks, age 29, from Peppercorn Way in Chesapeake, VA, arrested on December 31, 2011 by Patrolman Adam Colfer for Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

On December 30, 2011 Patrolman Felipe Benedit arrested a 16 year old male juvenile from Belford, NJ, for Unlawful Possession of a Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Terroristic Threats and Criminal Mischief. He was released pending a court date.

On December 31, 2011 Patrolman James Beirne arrested a 17 year old male juvenile from Atlantic Highlands, NJ, for Disorderly Conduct and Possession of Alcohol by a Minor. He was released pending a court date.

On December 31, 2011 Corporal Patricia Colangelo arrested a 16 year old male juvenile form Navesink, NJ, for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and Possession of Alcohol by a Minor. He was released pending a court date.

On December 31, 2011 Corporal Patricia Colangelo arrested a 15 year old male juvenile from Leonardo, NJ, for Possession of Alcohol by a Minor. He was released pending a court date.

On January 1, 2011 Corporal James Keenan arrested a 17 year old male juvenile from Middletown, NJ, for Obstructing an Investigation and Simple Assault. He was released pending a court date.

Daniel Haggerty, age 44, from Park Street in Staten Island, NY, arrested on January 1, 2012 by Patrolman Antonio Ciccone for Driving While Intoxicated, Reckless Driving and on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Belmar Municipal Court. He was released after posting $372.00 bail.

Melody Taylor, age 29, from Laurel drive in Highlands, NJ, arrested on December 30, 2011 by Patrolman Richard Raike on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Highlands Municipal Courts. She was held on $880.00 bail.

Nicole Eskildsen, age 23, from Louis Circle in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on January 1, 2012 by Patrolman Raymond Sofield for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. She was released pending a court date.

On December 28, 2011 Sergeant Paul Bailey arrested a 14 year old female from Tinton Falls, NJ, for Obstructing an Investigation. She was released pending a court date.

Jennifer Jacques, age 35, from Kings Highway in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 1, 2012 by Corporal Douglas Wiatrak for Driving While Intoxicated and Reckless Driving. She was released pending a court date.

Isaac Coates, age 46, from Leighton Avenue in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on January 1, 2012 by Patrolman Stephen Keller on a Drug Court warrant. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ.

Ryan Kelty, age 22, from Bray Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on January 2, 2012 by Patrolman James Beirne for Obtaining Prescription Medication by Fraud. He was released pending a court date.

Jess Blechman, age 43, from Center Avenue in Belford, NJ, arrested on January 2, 2012 by Patrolman Felipe Benedit for Simple assault. He was held on $2,500.00 with a 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Rodolpho Mejias, age 48, from Bolton Gordon Road in Commerce, GA, arrested on January 2, 2012 by Patrolman Robert McNair for Unlawful Possession of a Handgun. He was held on $10,000.00 bail with a 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Deborah Vaughn, age 47, from Center Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 2, 2012 by Patrolman Stephen Greenwood on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Matawan Municipal Court. She was released after posting $240.00 bail.

Christopher Malone, age 31, from West County Line Road in Jackson, NJ, arrested on January 2, 2012 by Patrolman Christopher Dee on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $1,453.00 bail.

Wayne Scheuermann, age 24, from Woodshore west in Cliffwood Beach, NJ, arrested on January 2, 2012 by Detective Daniel Sullivan for Theft by Unlawful Taking. He was released pending a court date.

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