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New Robo Call From Concerned Citizens Of Middletown Attacks Sewerage Authority (TOMSA)

The mysterious group calling themselves the Concerned Citizens of Middletown sent out yet another a robo-call earlier today. This time to target of the message was the patronage pit known as the Middletown Sewerage Authority (TOMSA).

TOMSA Commissioners are a who’s who of Middletown Republican cronies that consist of former mayors and Middletown Republican Party officers that receive a $1750 yearly stipend that counts toward State pension credits and medical benefits.

Below the audio player is the transcript of the call

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Have you heard that for 30 years your sewerage fees paid for stipends, a Cadillac health care plan and state pension credits for loyal members of the Middletown Republican party?

Similar abuses existed at the Passaic Valley Sewerage Authority until the squandering of money and the rampant hiring of family and political cronies was stopped by Governor Christie.

Why isn’t Middletown following the Governor’s lead and reforming the Middletown Sewerage Authority?

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Perfect Timing As Latest Robo-Call Counters RedBankGreen Fluff Piece On Bamm Hollow Development

Earlier today I was surfing my favorite website and found a fluff piece on RedBankGreen.com concerning some old news about the redevelopment of the Bamm Hollow Country Club in Lincroft. I was going to post about it but I got dragged away until now, which as circumstances will have it was a good thing, because an hour or so later after reading how Township “OFFICIALS TOUT BAMM HOLLOW OPEN SPACE“, the telephone rang.

On the other end of the phone was another robo-call issued by the group calling themselves “Concerned Citizens of Middletown”. It stated how the addition of 500 homes in and around Lincroft is will be eroding the quality of life of residents in Middletown.

I copied the message off of my answering machine and have it posted below, along with a transcript for anyone interested in hearing it.

It must have been a slow news day for Dustin Racioppi and the RedBankGreen, as I said the story is old and is reporting on what was said in May when the court case was settled.

Middletown, as Township Attorney Brian Nelson (how come Township Administrator Tony Mercantante or Assistant Administrator James Van Nest didn’t talk to RBG about this?) would like everyone to believe, did not win big.
Bam Hollow was originally zoned for 50 homes. The original proposal was to increase it to 200 homes. The Plannig Board said no and Bamm Hollow sued for 1,200. The Township setteld for 190. So who actually won big time here?
Brian Nelson and friends were not going to win the lawsuit, which is why they settled. They spent hundreds of thousands of dollars fighting it, so it is apparent who won big time. The lawyers hired by the Township to fight a losing battle. the open space would have been there
regardless.

(Concerned Citizens Robo-Call #6: Eroding the Quality Of Life)
http://www.archive.org/flow/flowplayer.commercial-3.2.1.swf

Have you heard the quality of life in Middletown, according to Money Magazine, has dropped 39% during the past four years?

Poor planning and dense re-zoning by Middletown politicians led to approval for over 500 new homes in Lincroft and Bamm Hollow.

Increased density will further erode our declining quality of life, and compete with homeowner’s unable to sell their homes in this dismal economy.

It’s time to clean house and throw-out incumbent politicians.

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Middletown News Flash 7-22-11


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Heat Wave Driving High Water Demands in Monmouth County
NJ American Water requests that customers curtail water use

As a stretch of hot, dry weather makes its way to the East Coast, New Jersey American Water is reminding its Monmouth County customers to use water wisely, curtail water use, and limit lawn watering to an “odd/even” schedule at most as the company deals with significantly high water demands.

New Jersey American Water has – since the beginning of the summer season – requested that customers use a schedule of an odd/even outdoor watering and not water lawns daily.

“In the next several days, the temperatures and heat index are expected to reach extremely high levels and there appears to be little chance of sustained rainfall,” said Steve Tambini, New Jersey American Water’s vice president of operations. “During extended periods of hot and dry weather such as this, water use increases significantly, especially outdoors. In order to ensure that New Jersey American Water is able to continue to deliver reliable water service, we are requesting that customers use water wisely both inside and outside the home.”

The suggested odd/even outdoor water use schedule works as follows:

  • Watering your lawn or garden should occur on odd days of the month if your street address is an odd number (i.e., 23 Oak St., 7 Maple Ave.)
  • Watering your lawn or garden should occur on even days of the month if your street address is an even number (i.e., 6 Oak St., 354 Maple Ave.)
  • It is also suggested that watering of lawns be done early or late to minimize evaporation, typically between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The above suggestions would NOT apply to:

  • Watering of sod or newly seeded lawns if daily watering is required (note: it is recommended that any planting of new sod or seed that has not already taken place be delayed until the fall)
  • Use of private wells for lawn irrigation
  • Commercial uses of outdoor water, such as for nurseries, farm stands, power washing, plumbing, and commercial car washes
  • Watering of athletic fields

While New Jersey American Water is encouraging efficient outdoor water use at this time, if water demands continue to significantly increase or supplies continue to significantly decrease, formal and more strict water restrictions may be needed to ensure continued water service.

For more information and more tips on how to conserve water, visit http://www.newjerseyamwater.com. Follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter at www.twitter.com/njamwater.

Grace Period To Be Extended for 3rd Quarter Tax Bills
Final 2011/Preliminary 2012 tax bills have not yet been mailed due to the delay by the State in certifying municipal state aid figures. We anticipate tax bills being mailed by the end of July with a due date of August 1, however, the ten (10) day grace period will be extended. The last day for payment without interest will be printed on the tax bills. You may also access this information on the website once a date has been set.

Middletown Police Offer Child Safety Seat Checkpoint July 30
The Middletown Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau will offer a Child Safety Seat Checkpoint on Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Police Headquarters, 1 Kings Highway. Police officers trained as child passenger safety technicians will be available to assist motorists with proper child safety seat installation as well as proper positioning and harnessing of a child. Free and open to the public. No appointment necessary. In the event of severe weather, rain dates will be announced. The program is funded through a grant from the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Call 732-615-2045 for more information.


Township Welcomes Newest Auxiliary Officers
The Middletown Township Committee welcomed the newest members of the Police Auxiliary to the ranks at the July meeting. The officers are are Philip Paone, John Mania, Matthew Rabinowitz, Kaitlyn Robertson, John Svenda, Catherine Simplot, Gregory Tiven, and Kevin Toomey.

The Auxiliary Officers are recent graduates of the 45th Middlesex County Basic Auxiliary Police Academy. They will also undergo local training in the Middletown Police Auxiliary Field Training Program.

“On behalf of all the residents of Middletown, we appreciate the effort and hard work you put in to help us. We couldn’t do what we do without great volunteers such as you,” said Mayor Anthony P. Fiore. He noted the Police Auxiliary Unit donated more than 8,000 hours to assist the community in 2010.

The Middletown Auxiliary Police is a 100% volunteer organization that falls under the direction of the Middletown Office of Emergency Management. An Auxiliary Police Officer performs general law enforcement functions, which includes street patrol, conducting preliminary police investigations, report writing, traffic control, issuance of citations, and other basic law enforcement functions. They are utilized at special events such as parades, and street fairs, and during weather and other emergencies.


Middletown Soccer Club U17G Team Wins State Cup
The Middletown Soccer Club U17 Girls Soccer Team was recognized by the Township Committee at the July meeting for winning the NJ Youth Soccer U17G State Cup. They also won the prestigious JAGS Invitational, and were semi-finalists in the equally prestigious Needham College Showcase in Boston, Mass. The team has been together since 2003. They’ve competed in tournaments/leagues throughout the years in New Jersey New York, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. The team has been ranked in the NJ top 20 for 3 consecutive years 2009, 2010, and 2011. They won the NJ State Cup Semi-finalist in 2010. Go Team!

4th Annual Fun Scouting Skills Day at Poricy Park
Saturday, September 10, 2011.
Space Limited – Register Today!

Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts are invited to explore Poricy Park and learn some scouting skills while having fun. Exciting activities include Tied Up in Knots, Compass Frisbee, Tracks of the Trade, Bandage A Buddy and more!

This is a popular program and registration closes at 120 scouts, so it’s recommended to reserve early. No registrations will be accepted the day of the event. Staggered start times are 1:30pm-3:45pm and will be assigned in late August. All activities will conclude by 5:00pm.

Paid registration prior to August 1 is $8 per scout, includes special patch and delivery of patch is guaranteed at the event. Paid registration between August 1 to September 1 is $12 per scout, includes special patch, but delivery of patch is not guaranteed at the event. Paid registration between September 1 to September 9 is $15 per scout, $2 additional charge per patch and no guarantee of delivery of patch at the event.

The Nature Center is open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm. To make a reservation or for more information please call the Nature Center at 732-842-5966. For additional information about the program visit http://www.poricypark.org. Programs are held rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.

All summer camp and community programs are run by Poricy Park Conservancy, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, located at 345 Oak Hill Road in Middletown Township. With exceptional ecological resources, the 250 acre historical and nature site makes it one of the largest parks in Monmouth County. The Park offers recreational activities such as magnificent wooded hiking trails, bird watching, pristine pond settings, fishing, and a one-of-a-kind 70 million year-old Cretaceous fossil bed. For more information please visit us at http://www.PoricyPark.org, or call us at 732-842-5966.

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Subject of Latest Robo-Call From Concerned Citizens Deals With AVAYA and COAH

Earlier today I received yet another robo-call from the group calling themselves Concerned Citizens of Middletown.

The content of this robo- call that was left on my answering machine ~1:30 pm, seems to be geared towards what is going on in Lincroft concerning the redevelopment of the AVAYA sight that will consist of 342 units of high density housing if built.

The timing of this latest robo-call seems to have been planned to correspond with the next Middletown Planning Board meeting scheduled for tomorrow night, where according to the agenda for the meeting, approval of the project may be finalized.

I’m sure that this call (the 5th) will be just as controversial as the others that have gone out in the past by the group Concerned Citizens of Middletown.
Tony Fiore and others associated with the Middletown GOP swear that Concerned Citizens of Middletown is nothing more than the a front name used by the Middletown Democrats to stir up trouble and controversy, which as far as I know, is not the case.
I am sure that one day soon the mystery of who is behind the group will be answered, but until then I’m going to sit back and enjoy the speculation. It’s fun to see Fiore and the others squirm a bit and point fingers while trying to explain that the messages being left on answering machines all around town have no merit and shouldn’t be paid attention to.

Below is the message that I recorded again off of my answering machine followed by a transcript of the call:

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Have you heard? Because The Middletown Township Committee failed to fulfill it’s COAH obligations, the Township had to solicit bids to develop housing projects throughout Middletown?

As a result the AVAYA site in Lincroft will become a multi-family housing project that will impact the residents of Lincroft and the Township.

The influx of new residents will have an adverse affect; roads will need to be widened, sewer and water lines will need to be installed and over crowding of local schools will take place, all at a cost to our quality of life.

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>Tony Fiore Respondes to Latest Robo-Call

>Over on his “new” blog provided by Middletown-Patch, Middletown’s acting mayor Tony Fiore, has addressed the latest robo-call that was sent out by the group Concerned Citizens Of Middletown, that talked about the amount of debt the Township is carrying. If you ask me, Fiore’s response just lends credence to the message that went out last Friday.

His answer is the same stock answer that has been given many times before but only this time he providers a true debt number of $72million that so many before him have been reluctant to confirm!


And how is it that Mr. Fiore is so sure who is responsible for these robo-calls when so many (myself included) do not? He blames the Middletown Democrats for placing them, which if that was the case, I think I would know about it. It seems to me that these robo-calls have struck a nerve and seem to be factual based by his response to them.

Also I believe, the point of how much debt the town can borrow itself into, is a silly one; who cares what a towns’ or persons’ credit card limit is when it is already difficult to meet the minimum payments on the balance!

Middletown hasn’t had it debt rating updated in several years, It has been shown recently that credit rating agencies like Moody’s and Standard & Poor aren’t worth much. After the financial meltdown of the past few years, many of the investments that caused the near collapse of the economy were rated A, AA, or AAA from both of these institutions. Knowing that why would anyone want to tout how special they are? They’re not.

On the final point about the blocking of a return phone number, I don’t know what Fiore is talking about, unless he wants to incite others into believing that these messages have no integrity, which I’m sure is his intent, he is living up to him nick-name of the “Fibber”. Every call that I have received by Concerned Citizens of Middletown, including Friday’s, had a return number left on my caller-id.
True it wasn’t a Middletown phone number or one from the immediate area (I think it was Dunellen), but there was in fact a phone number associated with the call.
On a side note – I don’t know how Fiore’s blog on Middletown-Patch works, but this posting was dated Tuesday May 24 at 12:58 PM, right in the middle of a busy work day. Doesn’t Tony have a job that he needs to attend to at 1pm in the afternoon? True, he may have been on his lunch hour but I think not. Working on Township business (which this clearly is), on company time is a No-No as everyone knows.
I wonder what his employer would think????

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>New Robo Call From Concerned Citizens Of Middletown Received Over The Weekend

>A new robo call was issued over the weekend by the group calling themselves Concerned Citizens of Middletown. I received the call Friday when I check my messages on the answering machine.

This latest call talks about whether or not you fell stressed because you can’t make ends meet and have to live within a budget, something that the Middletown Township Committee has a hard time doing. The Township is currently $73 million in debt according to the message and will have to borrow more money to pay for tax appeals.

Listen to it and please comment, I am interested in seeing what readers think of this latest call that went out to residents. If you have a hard time hearing the audio (I tapped it off the answering machine), I transcribed the message below.

http://www.archive.org/flow/flowplayer.commercial-3.2.1.swf

Hello, I am a middletown resident, stressed like you, and needing to cut my budget.

Have you heard the Township Committee cannot live within its budget?

They raise taxes, then borrow more money to cover poor planning.

Our debt level, currently at 73 million will have at least an additional 6 million to cover the tax appeals from the last re-evaluation.

Can your budget survive this kind of borrowing? Mine can’t.

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>Ringing Controversy; Concerned Citizens of Middletown Robocalls Strike A Nerve

>It seems that the latest round of Robocalls that went out yesterday afternoon by the group calling themselves “Concerned Residents of Middletown” have struck a nerve with some sitting on the Township Committee who say that the calls don’t ring true.

In a column published this morning over at Redbankgreen.com, Middletown Mayor Tony Fiore and his Deputy Mayor Pam Brightbill question the legitimacy of the group Concerned Residents of Middletown and it’s message.

It appears to be just another desperate attempt by the Middletown Democrats to spread misinformation to the taxpayers,” Fiore is quoted as saying in reference to who he thinks is behind the calls. He adds “the real truth will come out. The information they’re pointing out is just not accurate,” when referencing that the Townships budget will be introduced next week.

As if that has any real barring on the truthfulness of the messages contained in the robocalls. Remember last year how Mayor Scharfenberger and those sitting on the Committee, other than Democrat Sean Byrnes, insisted that the Township tax increase was only 2.8% when the proposed budget for 2010 was introduced in last June, when in actuality the municipal tax rate increased by 13.9%.
I think the people lacking credibility on budget issues are those that sit on the Township Committee. The real truth behind the budget numbers and any proposed tax increase which will be presented next Monday night, wont really be known until revised tax bills are sent out to residents, after the budget is adopted later in the year, just as it was last year. When residents looked at their tax statements expecting to see only an increase of 2.8% in the municipal rate, they were stunned by the difference.
Before passing judgment on these robocalls, it is important to see if the message included in them pan out as describe. Only then can we tell who was spreading false information to residents.

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