Daily Archives: January 25, 2012

What I Learned; Ted Gets An Assistant, Janet Gets A Raise And Gregg Takes The Money

Kevin Penton of the Asbury Park Press had a small article posted online last night about the future of Middletown’s Department of Parks and Recreation.

The article didn’t contain anything that we didn’t already know about how the department will be restructured. Middletown’s Department of Public Works headed by Ted Maloney, will take over the maintance of the township’s parks and Janet Adams, the director of the Tonya Keller Community Center will oversee how township parks and beaches are used by various groups.

What I did learn from the article is that Middletown will be hiring Ted Maloney an assistant director, Janet Adams will get a nice raise and former Director of Parks and Recreaction Gregg Silva, who retired on January 1st while under an unspecified investigation, will walk away with a big fat lump sum payment from the Township for unused sick and vaction days!

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Board of Education Elections Move From April To November This Year

In case you missed it, the NJ Legislature recently passed legislation (Bill A4394) that allows school board elections to be moved to the general election in November. The new law also stipulates that the school budget does not need to be approved by the public if the budget increase is within the 2% cap. However, referendums and supplemental budget items would still require public approval.

At its 1/18/12 meeting, the Middletown Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to move its election, normally held in April, to November. The Board terms that would have expired this April are automatically extended until November. Five spots on the Board are up for election at that time, Joan Minnuies, Michael Donlon and Leonora Caminiti are up for re-election while new members Sue Griffin and James Cody, who filled unexpired terms of resigning board members, will be listed on the November ballot.

For the record, I’m not against moving the Board of Education elections to November per say. I think the more people that come out to vote, for or against, the candidates and school budget the better. Citizen participation is a good thing.

What I worry about however is that these elections will become much more politicized than they are now, which will take away from and could be confused with, real issues that effect local governments and school systems.

Board of Education candidates will align themselves with the political parties and will feel pressure to tow the party line and adhere to the wishes of state and local party bosses, over the best interests of those in the school systems.

To run an effective municipal campaign for Township Committee, campaigns could spend in excess of $100,000 to win an election. In contrast most school board candidates spend less than $7,000.

A town’s Board of Education will essentially be up for sale each year to the special interests that donate the most to the candidates up for election , it could get messy.

Last weeks edition of the Independent has an article about the Middletown Board of Education’s decision to switch it’s election from April to November.

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Crime Scene Middletown; Arrest Warrants Dominate Police Report For 1/20/12 – 1/24/12

Written by Middletown Township Police Department
Tuesday, 17 January 2012 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

Thomas Burgos, age 24, from Piave Avenue in Staten Island, NY, arrested on January 20, 2012 by Patrolman Richard Fulham on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Parsippany Municipal Courts. He was held on $1,215.00 bail.

Christopher Hartman, age 26, from Fairview Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 20, 2012 by Patrolman Adam Colfer for Driving While Intoxicated on Cherry Tree Farm Road. He was released pending a court date.


Aarron Butts, age 25, from Throckmorton Avenue in Eatontown, NJ, arrested on January 21, 2012 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein for Criminal Mischief, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Receiving Stolen Property. He was held on $7,500 bail with a 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Chester Kaczprowicz, age 56, from Lexington Court in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on January 21, 2012 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.
Joseph Lepkoski, age 20, from Gillville Lane in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 21, 2012 by Corporal Keith MacDonald on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

Michael Kelly, age 38, from Southview Terrace in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 21, 2012 by Patrolman Christopher Dee for Disorderly Conduct and Loitering with the Intent to use a Controlled Dangerous Substance. He was released pending a court date.

Robert Ervin, age 24, from Lorillard Avenue in Union Beach, NJ, arrested on January 21, 2012 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein for Disorderly Conduct and Theft. He was released pending a court date.

On January 21, 2012 Corporal Thomas Meckier arrested a 17 year old male juvenile from Middletown, NJ, for Bruglary, Harassment and Criminal Mischief. He was released pending a court date.

Biagio Timoniere, age 46, from Harvard Street in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on January 21, 2012 by Corporal Keith MacDonald on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $407.00 bail.

Deborah Kopacz, age 58, from Wilson Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 20, 2012 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein for Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of Cocaine and Receiving Stolen Property. She was released pending a court date.

James Postiglione, age 47, from Club House Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 20, 2012 by Patrolman Richard Belmonte for Obstructing the Administration of Law, Disorderly Conduct and Resisting Arrest. He was released pending a court date.

John Hegel, age 55, from Montana Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on January 20, 2012 by Patrolman Ryan Riffert for Shoplifting from the Sears Store. He was released after posting $5,000.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Scott Kruse, age 28, from Elyar Terrace in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 20, 2012 by Corporal Keith MacDonald on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Keith Muhlon, age 34, from Glen Avenue in Hazlet, NJ, arrested on January 20, 2012 by patrolman Anthony Bumbico on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Parsippany Municipal Court. He was released after posting $89.00 bail.

Gordon Reiger, age 56, from Florence Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on January 20, 2012 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein 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 $1,000.00 bail.

Kimberly Reiger, age 20, from Prospect Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 20, 2012 by Patrolman Richard Raike on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Westwood Municipal Court. She was held on $1,200.00 bail.

Nicholas Ballard, age 21, from Birchwood Lane in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 20, 2012 by Patrolman Richard Raike for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and on a Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $4,790.00 bail.

Christoph McCleary, age 28, from Maple Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on January 22, 2012 by Patrolman Richard Fulham on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Woodbridge Municipal Court. He was held on $1,303.00 bail.

Charile Brito, age 38, from Newark Avenue in Jersey City, NJ, arrested on January 20, 2012 by Patrolman Joseph Ahlmeyer on a Contempt of Court issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was being held at the Monmouth County Correctional Facility in Freehold, NJ, on $750.00 bail.

Connor Post, age 18, from Linda Street in Belford, NJ, arrested on January 21, 2012 by Patrolman Jason Caruso for Disorderly Conduct, Obstructing the Administration of Law and Resisting Arrest. He was held pending bail.

Adam Stranges, age 20, from Sandy Hook Avenue in Belford, NJ, arrested on January 22, 2012 by Patrolman James Beirne on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Highlands Municipal Court. He was held on $630.00 bail.

Laurie Ruane, age 49, from Roebling Court in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on January 22, 2012 by Patrolman Richard Belmonte for Simple Assault. She was released pending a court date.

Austin Norris, age 24, from Pineview Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on January 22, 2012 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $857.00 bail with a 10% option.

Andrew Diantonio, age 24, from Schanck Road in Holmdel, NJ, arrested on January 24, 2012 by Patrolman Stephen Keller on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by Tinton Falls Municipal Court. He was released after posting $106.00 bail.

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