Daily Archives: February 8, 2012

Pallone Announces $12.3 Million for Beach Replenishment in Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Washington DC – Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ) announced Wednesday that $12.3 million will be awarded to fund beach replenishment in Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach thanks to a request Congressman Pallone submitted to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. This funding will allow the Army Corps to begin replenishing the beaches in these towns in Fall 2012.

“This funding is vitally important for the Shore and I commend the Army Corps of Engineers for responding to my funding request for these projects,” said Pallone. “Beach replenishment projects make it possible for millions of people to enjoy the Jersey shore every summer, and come hurricane season, provide a protective barrier to beachfront communities.”

Last month the Army Corps of Engineers completed a contract that replenished a portion of the beach in Monmouth Beach that went forward due to funding secured by Pallone in 2011. The $12.3 million secured by Pallone in 2012 will allow the Army Corps of Engineers to complete the rest of Monmouth Beach and Sea Bright. Significant erosion has occurred in these areas over the last few years which can put homes and businesses in jeopardy when a storm hits the coast.

The money was approved as part of the fiscal year 2012 appropriations legislation passed in late December that funds the government through the end of the year. Pallone worked with the Army Corps of Engineers to request that funding be allocated to this project. The Army Corps of Engineers will begin the beach replenishment project later this year.

In addition to this beach replenishment project, Pallone also secured funding for a number of other projects in the 6th Congressional district. The South River Flood Control Project received $125,000, which will allow the Army Corps of Engineers to continue with the Preconstruction, Engineering and Design phase. The Shark River Inlet maintenance dredging project received $495,000, which will enable the Corps to dredge the river’s inlet this year. The Sandy Hook Bay at Leonardo project will receive $127,710 for future maintenance dredging.

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Middletown Issues iPads To "The governing body and township managers"

Last week Middletown Township issued a press release extolling the virtues of issuing Apple iPads to members of “The governing body and township managers have been using Apple IPads to review meeting documents prepared by the Office of the Township Clerk since November 2011”.

Since this press release has been posted on the Township website many readers have left comments posted here questioning the need to purchase these iPads and distribute they to township personnel. Middletown is in dire financial shape and is robbing Peter to pay Paul. Services, both essential and non-essential, are being cut back are being eliminated to try and balance the budget. So why spend thousands of dollars purchasing iPads?

The press release states that the iPads are justified because the Township is now saving over $5,000 a year in paper costs because monthly meeting “packets” are now being electronically processed and made available to governing body.

Tony Fiore is quoted as saying, “The switch to IPads for meeting documents is a win-win. We’re saving money and reducing Middletown’s carbon footprint since we’re using less paper and energy. This is a great example of how township staff is thinking outside the box to find innovative ways to make everyday tasks and processes more efficient and effective.”


But is it really? The average bottom line price of an iPad is $499 if purchased through it’s maker Apple. You can buy iPads elsewhere but if you’ve ever shopped for an Apple product you know that prices are not significantly discounted, generally only a few dollars.
If all the packet documents are now available electronically to those that run the township, what is the need to purchase iPads, can’t this documents be sent to the governing members through normal emails? Don’t these people have access to their own PC’s, laptops, netbooks or other type of smart devices to view these documents at home or during township meetings?
Yesterday I emailed a list of questions to the powers that be to see if I could get a few answers.

I would like to know:

  1. How many iPads have been purchased by the township and who specifically has been issued them?
  2. What was the purchase price of these iPads?
  3. Was the purchase price for these iPads discounted in anyway, if so by how much?
  4. Who were these iPads purchased from; Did they come directly from Apple Inc. or an authorized Apple vendor (please name)?
  5. Are these iPads considered township property ?
  6. Can they to be used by individuals for personal use (take and store photos, download music or games, ect…)?
  7. What happens to these iPads if Township Committee members step down from office or not relected or if a town manager leaves the employment of the township?
  8. Did the Township purchase any kind of internet access plan over and above the purchase price of the iPads that would enable idividuals to access the internet if WiFi access is not availible to the users?
  9. Is Town Hall wired for WiFi? If so, does the public have access to the WiFi network at Town Hall if they bring their own laptops, iPads or other type of smart device to a meeting at Town Hall?

I was emailed by back by Assistant Township Administrator Jim VanNest who stated that he would forward my questions to others that could better answer them for me and that I should have a response within a reasonable amount of time.

I assume that means a few day, which is fine, I can wait. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if on some of the questions I asked, I am stonewalled and told that I would need to fill out an OPRA request before receiving answers.
I hope that is not the case, as a citizen of Middletown, I think I and others have a right to know about this. I think the questions are straight forward and residents shouldn’t having to jump through hopes to get this information.
Stay tuned…

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Gabrielan’s Resignation Letter

It’s been a couple of days know since Middletown Public Library Board of Trustees President Randall Gabrielan sent his resignation letter to the Township Committee. Both Middletown Patch and the Asbury Park Press have written articles about it appearing online and in print, but neither have made available the actual letter for their readers.

So for the readers of this blog and for all those interested in such things, I have a MiddletownMike exclusive. You can read Randall Gabrielan’s resignation letter ….. Here
The letter is interesting, the tone of the letter is somewhat defiant. Gabrielan now recognizes that there was a conflict of interest in signing the library purchase orders for his own books that the library was adding to it’s collection.
He mentions his dismay over the January 18th proceedings that took place at that night’s library board meeting, where the newly expanded, Township Committee friendly, board of trustees attempted to oust him as president and replace him with one of their own who had no experience whatsoever in the issues that effect library matters. He stated that instead of trying to struggle with the new realities of the currently make up of the library board that he decided to step down.
He thanked several in the letter for their past and present positive contributions to the Middletown Library including the 2002 Township Committee that voted to assume the capital expense of the “…total reconstruction and major expansion of the library…”

Gabrielan concluded his letter by taking a polite swipe at the newcomer trustees by wishing that they will become quick learners in the many issues that have threatened all libraries throughout the state and vowed to continue to follow the progress of the Middletown Library.
It’s unfortunate that Gabrielan felt compelled to resign his position on the Middletown Library Board, his presence and experience will be missed by all.

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Crime Scene Middletown: Recent Arrest Updates 2/3/12 – 2/6/12

Written by Middletown Township Police Department
Tuesday, 7 February 2012 -Arrests do not indicate convictions

Anthany Grant, age 25, from Main Street in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on February 4, 2012 by Patrolman Christopher Dee on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was released after posting $500.00 bail.

James Oliver, age 32, from Montana Avenue in Port Monmouth, NJ, arrested on February 4, 2012 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Keansburg Municipal Court. He was held on $500.00 bail.

Darren Guarino, age 43, from Beechwood Drive in Shrewsbury, NJ, arrested on February 4, 2012 by Patrolman Anthony Bumbico on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $500.00 bail.

Mary Reed, age 34, from Laurel Drive in Highlands, NJ, arrested on February 4, 2012 by Patrolman Richard Belmonte on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $1,314.00 with a 10% option.

George Geiger, age 53, from West Shore Avenue in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on February 4, 2012 by Corporal Thomas Meckier on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. He was held on $1,000.00 bail.

Melissa Kyne, age 23, from Parkview Terrace East in Lincroft, NJ, arrested on February 4, 2012 by Patrolman Andrew Micalizzi on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Loch Arbor Municipal Court. She was released after posting $190.00 bail.

Rachel Coccio, age 23, from Abby Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on February 4, 2012 by Corporal Keith MacDonald on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Middletown and Edison Municipal Courts. She was released after posting $750.00 bail.

Jane Habich, age 53, from Polly Way in Middletown, NJ, arrested on February 4, 2012 by Corporal Keith MacDonald on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $135.00 bail.

Donna Diodato, from Tiensch Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on February 4, 2012 by Corporal Ronald Chesek on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released on her own recognizance pending a court date.

Anthony Pinto, age 22, from Chamone Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on February 4, 2012 by Patrolman Richard Raike on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Court. He was held on $600.00 bail.

Joseph Leokoski, age 20, from Gillville Lane in Middletown, NJ, arrested on February 4, 2012 by Corporal Keith MacDonald on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Holmdel Municipal Court. He was released after posting $2,007.00 bail.

Michael Burke, age 25, from Spruce Run in Spring, TX, arrested on February 3, 2012 by Corporal Douglas Wiatrak on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Marlboro and Lakehurst Municipal Court. He was held on $1,339.00 bail.

Angela Dacosta, age 48, from Campbell Avenue in Belford, NJ, arrested on February 3, 2012 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein for Driving While Intoxicated. She was released pending a court date.

Edward McDermott, age 22, from Koosman Drive in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on February 3, 2012 by Patrolman frank Mazza and Patrolman John Mele of the Quality of Life Unit for Providing Alcohol to Minors. He was released pending a court date.

Dylan Thiel, age 20, from Statesir Place in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on February 3, 2012 by Patrolman Frank Mazza and Patrolman John Mele of the Quality of Life Unit for Possession of Alcohol Underage. He was released pending a court date.

Katherine Canavan, age 45, from Jefferson Street in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on February 3, 2012 by Patrolman Frank Mazza and Patrolman John Mele of the Quality of Life Unit on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Red Bank Municipal Court. She was released after posting bail.

Maureen Mann, age 62, from Niles Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on February 3, 2012 by Corporal Keith MacDonald on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting $500.00 bail.

Cecelia Rand, age 80, from Manchester Court in Red Bank, NJ, arrested on February 3, 2012 by Patrolman Ryan Riffert for Shoplifting from the Whole Foods Store. She was released pending a court date.

Edward Mcnally, age 25, from Thompson Avenue in Middletown, NJ, arrested on February 3, 2012 by Corporal Thomas Meckier on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Montclair, Glen Ridge and Union Beach Municipal Courts. He was released after posting $900.00 bail.

Sean Hanrahan, age 47, from Burlington Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on February 3, 2012 by Corporal Ronald Chesek on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Highlands Municipal Court. He was released on his own recognizance pending a court date.

Thomas Emerson, age 33, from Grove Place in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on February 3, 2012 by Sergeant First Class William Colangelo for Harassment. He was released pending a court date.

Jennifer Smith, age 34, from Grove Place in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on February 3, 2012 by Sergeant First Class William Colangelo on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Brielle/Manasquan and Holmdel Municipal Courts. She was released after posting $1,400.00 bail.

Salvatore Cassaro, age 23, from Charles Street in Keansburg, NJ, arrested on February 3, 2012 by Detective Laurence Schachtel for Burglary, Theft and Criminal Mischief. He was held on $60,000.00 bail with no 10% option set by Judge Richard Thompson.

Donald Eastmond, age 44, from Church Street in Aberdeen, NJ, arrested on February 5, 2012 by Patrolman John Soltysik on a Non-Support warrant issued by the Monmouth County Superior Court. He was released after posting $678.00 bail.

Daniel Sarmento, age 23, from Concord Avenue in Leonardo, NJ, arrested on February 3, 2012 by Sergeant Michael Kenney for Driving While Intoxicated. He was released pending a court date.

Susana Silva, age 33, from 7th Street in Long Branch, NJ, arrested on February 4, 2012 by Patrolman Keith Hirschbein on Contempt of Court warrants issued by the Red Bank and Highlands Municipal Court. She was released after posting $390.00 bail.

Ciara Chaly, age 21, from Stephanie Road in Middletown, NJ, arrested on February 6, 2012 by Patrolman Charles Higgins for Simple Assault. She was released pending a court date.

Maria Rolon, age 50, from Burdge Drive in Middletown, NJ, arrested on February 6, 2012 by Patrolman Robert McNair on a Contempt of Court warrant issued by the Middletown Municipal Court. She was released after posting bail.

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