Monthly Archives: January 2012

President Obama’s Weekly 1/28/12: President’s Blueprint Includes Renewal of American Values

WASHINGTON, DC— In his weekly address, President Obama discusses the blueprint he put forward this week in the State of the Union Address for creating an economy built to last. After focusing on American manufacturing, American energy, and skills for American workers during each of the last three days, he used his weekly address to highlight his commitment to a renewal of American values. The President is challenging leaders in Washington, DC to follow the model set by our men and women in the military, end the gridlock and start tackling the issues that matter – without regard for personal ambition.

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Crime Scene Middletown: Reported Activity For 1/24/12 – 1/26/12

Written by Middletown Township Police Department
Friday, 27 January 2012 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

Alexander Haegney, age 18, from Clay Court in Navesink, NJ, arrested on January 24, 2012 by Patrolman Brian McGrogan for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana. He was released pending a court date.

Justin Grover, age 19, from Washington Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on January 24, 2012 by Patrolman Adam Vendetti on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Jesse Whelan, age 21, from Lembeck Avenue in Jersey City, NJ, arrested on January 25, 2012 by Patrolman Donald Coates for Simple Assault. He was held on bail.

Stephanie Herbert, age 23, from Navesink Avenue in Highlands, NJ, arrested on January 26, 2012 by Patrolman Stephen Greenwood on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Aberdeen Municipal Court. She was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Matthew Many, age 22, from Parsons Road in East Brunswick, NJ, arrested on January 25, 2012 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the East Brunswick Municipal Court. He was released after posting bail.

Amanda Beck, age 23, from Bray Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 25, 2012 by Corporal Thomas Meckier on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $1,000.00 bail.

Francis Liana, age 31, from Oceanview Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on January 25, 2012 by Detective Kimberly Best on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Red Bank Municipal Court. He was released after $100.00 bail.

On January 25, 2012 Patrolman Ryan Riffert arrested a 17 year old male juvenile from Red Bank, NJ, for Criminal Mischief. He was released pending a court date.

On January 25, 2012 Patrolman Antonio Ciccone arrested a 17 year old male juvenile from Red Bank, NJ, for Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana. He was released pending a court date.

James Laberdee, age 25, from Webster Avenue in seaside Heights, NJ, arrested on January 25, 2012 by Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia for Unlawful Possession of a Prescription Legend Drug, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, Possession of under 50 Grams of Marijuana and on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court and a Non- Support warrant issued by the Ocean County Superior Court. He was held on $17,609.00 bail.

Domenic Salvatore, age 37, from Seeley Avenue in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on January 26, 2012 by Patrolman Albert Scott on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $1,000.00 bail.

Seamus McAllister, age 40, from Sylvia Terrace in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 26, 2012 by Corporal Thomas Meckier for Driving While Intoxicated. He was released pending a court date.

Vincent Mielnicki, age 32, from Ash Street in Union Beach, NJ, arrested on January 26, 2012 by Patrolman Ryan Riffert for Shoplifting from the Shop Rite store. He was held on $1,000.00 bail with a 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

On January 26, 2012 Corporal Thomas Meckier arrested a 17 year old male juvenile from Middletown, NJ, for Disorderly Conduct and Obstructing the Administration of Law. He was released pending a court date.

Nicole Kane, age 29, from Crescent Street in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on January 26, 2012 by Patrolman Richard Raike on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released on her own recognizance pending a court date.

Michael Ozelas, age 22, from Campbell Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on January 26, 2012 by Patrolman Nicholas Fenezia for Obstructing the Administration of Law, Simple Assault and Possession of a Controlled Dangerous Substance, “K2”. He was released after posting $100.00 bail.

Corinne Mills, age 33, from Brainard Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on January 26, 2012 by Patrolman Andrew Micalizzi for Driving While Intoxicated and on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Aberdeen and Union Beach Municipal Courts. She was held on $1,402.00 bail.

Stephanie Herbert, age 23, from Navesink Avenue in Highlands, NJ, arrested on January 26, 2012 by Patrolman Stephen Greenwood on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Aberdeen Municipal Court. She was released after posting $250.00 bail.

Thomas Crine, age 18, from Kenwood Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on January 26, 2012 by Patrolman Greg Buhowski for Obstructing the Administration of Law. He was released pending a court date.

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Filed under arrest warrants, Contempt of Court, Criminal Mischief, disorderly conduct, drug paraphernalia, drug possession, DWI, Marijuana, Middletown Police Report, shoplifting, simple assault

Mtown News Flash 1-27-12

Dog License Renewal Reminder
Please be aware that all dog license renewals are due (with rabies vaccination that is valid until October or later)  by  January 31, 2012. Any renewals received in the office on February 1, 2012 or sent in with a post mark of February 1, 2012 or later will incur a $5.00 late fee.  – Application
 
Seasonal Job Expo Coming Feb 4
Middletown’s 2012 Seasonal Job Expo will be held on Saturday, Feb 4th from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center, 900 Leonardville Road, Leonardo, NJ 07737. The township is seeking summer recreation supervisors, counselors and leaders, lifeguards, camp counselors, sports camp instructors and park maintenance workers. Seasonal employees must be 16 years old for recreation programs and 18 years old for Public Works and Park Maintenance positions. Employment runs from May through September and varies depending on the seasonal program. The salary range is $7.25 to $15 per hour depending on the position and experience. Call 732-615-2260 for more information.  – Application
 
Bridge Open
The Park Avenue Bridge is open to the public. It had been closed since May 2011 for a Monmouth County improvement project.  
 
Poricy Park Camps and Programs
www.poricypark.org
Middletown Arts Center Classes and Programs
www.middletownarts.org
Middletown Senior Center
Special Events

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Princess Picks the Super Bowl! – Giants v. Pats

Princess the Camel is all over the news today, it seem that the only time anyone pays much attention to her is when she is making a Super Bowl prediction that involves our beloved NY Giants, which is not the case here. I’ve been covering Princess and her picks all season long on this blog!


As you all know Princess has an outstanding record this season that currently stands at 14-6. Myself and many more Giants fans out there are hoping that her record extends to 15 correct picks after next Sunday’s Super Bowl in Indianapolis where the NY Giants and the NE Patriots will meet in a rematch of Super Bowl XLII.

Princess’s big prediction for Super Bowl XLVI next week is that the Giants will come out victorious once again against the Patriots.

Here’s what she had to say:

“…I know all about Belichick & Brady. I know how good the Patriots can be, but I’ve got a feeling Brady will be on his butt more often than not, the Giants defense is that good!! Eli and the offense will do what it takes to win.”

If you are interested in watching Princess make her pick, Brick Patch has a video posted online showing Princess and her handler John, making the pick.

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Filed under Eli Manning, New England Patriots, NFL picks, NY Giants, Princess the Camel, rematch, Super Bowl XLVI, Tom Brady

Monmouth County Planning Board To Discuss State Strategic Plan; Public Hearing Scheduled

It’s nice to see that one of our locally elected officials is hard at work at the job he was appointed to by our “Rockstar” governor.

For a hint at who that individual might be, take a look at the email address below.

Keep up the good work there Scharfy!


The Monmouth County Planning Board, under the chairmanship of Vincent Domidion, will discuss the Proposed final draft of the State Strategic Plan: New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan, dated October 11, 2011., on February 20, 2012 at 2 p.m., at the Hall of Records Annex, 1 E. Main Street, Freehold, NJ.

STATE PLANNING PUBLIC HEARING

As part of the State Planning Public Hearing, a presentation will be given at Monmouth University on February 28, 2012 at 6 P.M. At 7 p.m. a Public Hearing will be held .

This presentation and public hearing will be held at Bey Hall, Monmouth University, 400 Cedar Avenue, West Long Branch.

To access a copy of the Proposed Final Draft State Strategic Plan: New Jersey State Development and Re-Development Plan you may go online:

www.state.nj.us/state/planning/plan-draft-final.html

Or you may access by phone
609-633-8301
email: gerard..scharfenberger@sos.state.nj.us

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Filed under Freehold NJ, Gerry Scharfenberger, Gov. Chris Christie, Monmouth County Planning Board, Monmouth University, strategic plan

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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