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An Open Letter to Middletown Residents From Carol Fowler

I am a mother of two whose family goes back four generations in Middletown and whose children were educated in our Middletown schools. For the first time in my family’s history, I see families being priced out of our Township, because of our soaring taxes. As our incomes have remained flat, we have seen steady, significant municipal tax increases exceeding 40% in the last 6 years. If you believe every municipality has experienced these increases, think again. While many of our surrounding towns have had minimal or no increases in taxes, over the last six years, our elected officials have burdened our citizens with a dramatic tax increase unmatched by our surrounding communities. Many members of the next generation of Middletown children cannot afford to live here. Poor management of our local government produced these unnecessary tax hikes. I am running for office to reverse this trend.

We must start by reducing taxes by cutting our debt, which has mushroomed over the last decade under the current regime from $48million to $72 million. Over the last decade, our Township Committee has overspent its way through an $8 million dollar Arts Center, bonded for $2.5 million for turf fields for our kids that disappeared somewhere in the Town’s budget, and paid the same politically connected engineering firm to work on every Township engineering project without competitive bidding for the last 30 years or more.
We must also cut spending, consolidate services with the Board of Education and neighboring towns and look for partnerships with private and non-profit entities. We must continue the trend initiated by the efforts of my Democratic predecessors Sean Byrnes and Patrick Short to privatize more of our brush collection, and open up our professional contract awards to competitive bidding. For the last few decades, I’ve been an executive officer of our volunteer first aid squad. I’ve recorded many business meetings and, when a purchase is necessary, three bids are sought and then voted on. Why can’t our Town do the same for professional services that cost taxpayers well over $1,000,000 per year?
These steps are easy to grasp, but have eluded the current regime, because these steps would threaten the cozy, lucrative relationship enjoyed by the professionals retained by our elected officials to serve this Township. You may not be aware of how your Township is being run, because the Township Committee steadfastly refuses to televise its meetings. If you visit the websites of similar-sized or even smaller municipalities (e.g. East Brunswick, Rahway), you will find complete coverage of their regular meetings, where any citizen who wants to can see how their tax dollars are being spent. What do we have to hide? How come we broadcast events form the Arts Center, concerts in our parks, but not our Town meetings?
Walking our township, I’ve seen with my own eyes that we have seniors who can barely afford to purchase food, as well as victimized homeowners who lose everything when a tropical storm sweeps through, with no solution in place to their long time flooding predicament. Our town’s Senior Center has a very good food program, yet the recreational side of it is not as attractive to seniors, who pay a nominal non-resident fee to attend the more enjoyable Keyport Senior Center. Why can’t we have equally attractive senior programs at our own Center?
I want to restore this town to what it was — a reliable and affordable place to live. But I also insist that we keep in step with what our neighboring communities offer to residents. Our recreational facilities and our overall Recreation Department lag far behind the thoughtfully planned recreational centers available to resident of townships far smaller than Middletown. When elected leaders take your hard-earned money for taxes, you need to know that they will spend it wisely. The current regime has failed miserably, and I hope you will consider a vote for change.
Carol Fowler
Middletown Democratic Candidate for Township Committee

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Filed under Arts Center, bonding debt, Brookdale Democratic Club, Carol Fowler, high taxes, letter to the editor, Middletown Township Committee, Senior Center, televised meetings

Video: Brookdale Democratic Club "Meet the Democratic Candidates" A Great Success

This past Thursday, Oct 15th, The Brookdale Democratic Club held a “Meet the Democratic Candidates For Monmouth County” in the Warner Student Life Building on campus.

The meeting was attended by both students,faculty and a few members of the public. In all approximately 50 people came in and out of the gathering, at various times to listen to what the candidates had to say.

Candidates who were present at the event were:

Former Mayor of Neptune Randy Bishop and Brielle Councilman Rick Bolger, both NJ State Assembly Candidates for District 11.


Former Mayor of Manalapan
Michelle Roth, NJ State Assembly Candidate for District 12.

Bob Brown and Jim Grenafege, NJ State Assembly Candidates for District 13.

Middletown Committeeman
Sean F. Byrnes, Candidate for Monmouth County Freeholder.

The overwhelming theme of the day was to be informed, get involved and be self reliant, don’t rely on others to do for you.

It was very good advice for many in the room. Jim Grenafege mentioned how he did not look at the students in the room as our future, rather they should look at themselves as our the present and that the only difference between them and himself was about 40 years.

Everyone involved thought that the days event went well and was a success.
I videoed all but Bolger’s address to those in attendence ( I had techincal difficulty and appoligise for it) and present the 5 videos below:

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Filed under Bob Brown, Brookdale Community College, Brookdale Democratic Club, Democratic Candidate, Jim Grenafege, Michele Roth, Randy Bishop, Rick Bolger, Sean F. Byrnes

Brookdale Democratic Club To Hold "Meet the Democratic Candidates For Monmouth County"

The Brookdale Community College Democratic Club will be holding a meet and greet for the Democratic Candidates of Monmouth County on Oct. 15,2009 in room NAV III at 11:30 am.

Democratic Candidate for Freeholder Sean F. Byrnes will be joined by:
NJ State Assembly Candidates
Randy Bishop and Rick Bolger – Assembly District 11
Michelle Roth – Assembly District 12
Jim Greanafege and Bob Brown – Assembly District 13
A free lunch will also be provided.

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Filed under Assembly Candidate, Bob Brown, Brookdale Democratic Club, Jim Grenafege, Lincroft, Michele Roth, Monmouth County Democrats, Randy Bishop, Rick Bolger, Sean F. Byrnes

Morehead To Announce Candidacy for 13th District

Matt Morehead, Chairman of the Monmouth County Bayshore Young Democrats, has just announced that he will be seeking the Democratic Party line to challenge Republican Amy Handlin in the 13th NJ Legislative District Assembly race this year.
 The Middletown resident  will be appearing at Brookdale Community College in Lincroft to announce his intent to run for public office.

The press event will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Life Center’s Navesink II Room.

Will he actually get the go ahead from the Monmouth Democrats? It’s hard to say, but I wouldn’t rule it out. After all I haven’t heard of anyone else that is willing to run against Handlin as of yet.
Matt Morehead is a fresh face that has worked very hard over the past couple of years to bring attention to youth issues. He could put up a very good fight if given the chance.
 
 Caption: Matt Morehead with Victory Scudiery and Brookdale Democratic Club President

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Filed under 13th Assembly District, Amy Handlin, Bayshore Young Dems, Brookdale Democratic Club, candidacy announcement., Matt Morehead, Monmouth County Democrats, Victor Scudiery

Bayshore Young Dems and Brookdale Dems Teamup for Fundraiser

                      Monmouth County Bayshore Young Democrat and                     
The Brookdale Democratic Club Fundraiser

Thursday night Oct. 30 2008. 
 Dublin House In Red Bank. 
From 7-9 PM. 
$25 per person.
Includes hors dourves and the great company of each other. 
Cash bar. 
Topics of conversation are youth issues.

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>Bayshore Young Dems and Brookdale Dems Teamup for Fundraiser

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                      Monmouth County Bayshore Young Democrat and                     
The Brookdale Democratic Club Fundraiser

Thursday night Oct. 30 2008. 
 Dublin House In Red Bank. 
From 7-9 PM. 
$25 per person.
Includes hors dourves and the great company of each other. 
Cash bar. 
Topics of conversation are youth issues.

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Filed under Bayshore Young Dems, Brookdale Democratic Club, Dublin House, fundraising, RedBank