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It’s Time To Pick-Up Sticks After Hurricane Irene

I spent the 36 hour long duration of Hurricane Irene at work. Someone needed to be there to monitor our plant in Newark, so myself and 3 others stuck out the storm and kept an eye on things. Luckily no damage occurred to the plant site and I was able to make it home safe and sound Monday morning at about 9am.

While at work I was able to keep up with what was happening around the area and am thankful for the updates that were posted on Middletown Patch, Asbury Park Press and RedBankGreen, as well as the many friends that called to inform me of what was happening, without them I don’t think I would have been able to stick it out at work for as long as I did.
I stayed in contact with my wife and kids and was glad to here that our power didn’t go out, no trees came down and our basement didn’t flood (some seepage did occur but was easily cleaned up) even though many in the area suffered through such loses. I consider myself lucky that my parents and in-laws live very close by, they where able to stop by and check-in on my family while I was gone and I thank them for it.
So now after sleeping most of yesterday away, it’s time to get outside and finish the clean-up that my wife and sons started yesterday around the yard. There are plenty of sticks, twigs and small branches that need to pick upped and placed curbside for the emergency brush pick-up scheduled by Middletown for later next week.
Now it’s off to work of a different kind, it’s time to pick up a few sticks.

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Road Conditions Update from Monmouth County 8/29/11

Flooding and power outages that were the result of Hurricane Irene continued to plague residents today, particularly with travel along local roads.

The severe flooding from 9 to 12 inches of rainfall over this past weekend caused two earthen dams to fail, and forced county officials to close five bridges that will be in need of major repair. Because those bridges and dams impacted the roads, detours will be necessary until those repairs can be made.

“Even though these closures will cause an inconvenience, residents should be pleased to learn that the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering was well-prepared for the storm and have since committed the necessary resources to minimize the impact on us all.

For example, all of the county’s engineers have been reassigned to inspect the county’s 980 bridges; 34 of the most crucial structures were to be inspected by the end of today. In addition, personnel in several other divisions have been reassigned to assist with those inspections. They will be working 12-hour shifts for the remainder of this week to get the work done.

The earthen dams that failed and subsequent road closures are:

Hubbard Avenue at Shadow Lake in Middletown;

Ravine Drive at Lake Lefferts in Matawan.

The six bridges and roads that will be closed indefinitely include:

Jackson Mills Road over the Manasquan River in Freehold Township;

Allentown-Crosswicks Road over Doctor’s Creek in Upper Freehold Township;

Southard Avenue over the Manasquan River in Howell;

Swimming River Road over the Swimming River in Tinton Falls, and

Lake Drive over Takanassee Lake in Ocean Township.

Holland Road over Mahoras Creek in Middletown Township

“Fortunately, the designs for many of these bridges have already been completed in anticipation of replacing them, so we are that much closer to getting the work done,” said John W. Tobia, director of the county’s Department of Public Works and Engineering. “For the others, our in-house engineers will be working into the night to develop designs to advance these projects.”

“Our in-house engineers already met with Dam Safety officials from the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and contractors in the field to review the scope of the work,” County Engineer Joseph Ettore said. “Work on Ravine Drive will begin in the morning.”

Another concern residents may have is the number of traffic signals that are out due to continued power outages. As of this afternoon, Jersey Central Power & Light Co. has restored service to approximately 248,000 customers with about 346,000 customers still without power in northern and central New Jersey. In total, more than half of JCP&L’s customers have been affected.

JCP& L crews are making progress, but debris from downed trees and limbs and areas of heavy flooding are making restoration efforts challenging. Many of the outages associated with this storm are isolated and will require a significant number of repairs to bring all residents back in service.

JCP&L is focusing its initial repairs on efforts that can bring up the most customers. For example, if one repair can bring back 1,000 customers, that’s near the top of the list. There are thousands of smaller, localized repair requests; this work is labor-intensive and it will take at least several more days.

There are 1,200 FirstEnergy and JCP&L workers in New Jersey working on restoration efforts. In total, more than 4,000 FirstEnergy employees are involved in the effort.

“A number of Monmouth County intersections are on battery backup and they are still working, but there are many other intersections, particularly state intersections, that may have inoperable traffic signals,” Curley said. “Motorists should treat those intersections as a four-way stop.”

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Patch Video Depicts Area Around MiddletownMike’s Neighborhood

This video was posted on Middletown Patch a few hours ago. It depicts the area in my immediate neighborhood. I was stunned, but not surprised to see the small bridge over the Waackaack Creek totally flood and impassable on Middle Rd. off of Palmer Ave and the portion of Palmer Ave., near Target, flooding all the way into Chery Tree Farm Village. Both these areas are notorious flood zones.

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Letter: It Was Patrick Short Who Resolved Flooding Issue In Port Monmouth

I would like to express the appreciation that all of my neighbors have toward Committeeman Patrick Short for reaching out to us and working to resolve the flooding issue that has been present here for more than 40 years, It has grown progressively worse with all the development in the area.

As a resident of Monmouth Avenue who has participated in township meetings and meetings with Rep. Frank Pallone regarding this issue many years ago, working more recently with Short has proven to be the most beneficial. It was he who first embraced the idea of a solution to our problem and reached out to the residents of Monmouth/Brainard/Wilson Avenues of Port Monmouth. His was the first suggestion of the pump station and other possible avenues that he wished to propose to the committee. His idea was quickly endorsed by Committeeman Sean Byrnes and then Anthony Fiore. With that support in place, the mayor and deputy mayor then joined in support.

The committee has just introduced an ordinance funding the first phase construction and engineering work for phase two. Short’s support is what got us where we are today regarding a solution. And now, thankfully, it is finally being realized.

Jeanette Wronka

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Middletown’s Patrick Short Finds Solutions to Problems Where Other Have Failed (And He has Never Raised Your Taxes !)

Middletown’s Democratic Township Committeeman Patrick Short, in this video talks about issues that are effecting residents.

He states that the overall number#1 issue in town is taxes and that the Middletown GOP has consistently raised property taxes over the past 3 years by 16% while he has never supported or voted for any tax increases since being elected in 2006.

Flooding in the Port Monmouth/Bayshore area is also a major concern. Along with fellow Committeeman Sean Byrnes and residents from the area, Patrick Short has lead the way in finding a solution to this problem.

Patrick Short proposed a two part solution that would include a small pumping station be installed in the area, that would control flood waters by sending it back out into the creek nearby and to make improvements drainage pipes while also increasing the size of the berms an additional 16-18 inches, that run along the roadways.

Traffic in Lincroft has also been a major concerns to residents and while others talked about a solution or wished that the County would make road improvements, Patrick Short did something about.

Short fought for and gained approval to make the access road behind the Acme shopping center a two way street rather than a one way street. The street would then be routed behind the Luigi/Subways shopping center and opened to Middletown-Lincroft Rd.

By doing this, traffic congestion on Rt.520 and surrounding area will be alleviated and greater access to the shopping centers will be gained. It is a Win-Win for both the merchants and residents in the area.

Watch the video and hear for yourself What Patrick Short has to say on the subjects:

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Patrick Short Lead Others in Middletown Flood Plans

If you don’t wish to take my word for it on the last post “Lies and Lying Liars who tell Them…”, then read the following letter written by Port Monmouth resident Jeanette Wronka, who along with her neighbors have been fighting and complaining about the flooding in their neighborhood for 20 years years.

Mrs Wronka lives on Monmouth ave and has been one of the most effect homeowners in the neighborhood, often on rainy days during high tide the flood water have reached her front yard or worst:

Dear Editor,
A recent letter to you ( Thursday, August 13 ) praising that the “Middletown Flood Plans are Noteworthy” was indeed correct and an understatement after all these years.

However, as a resident on Monmouth Avenue who has participated in Township meetings and meetings with Congressmen Pallone regarding this issue many years ago, and then most recently with the current Committee for several months, I must set the record straight.

It was Committee member Patrick Short who first embraced the idea of a solution to our problem and reached out to the residents of Monmouth/Brainard/ Wilson Avenues of Port Monmouth. His was the first suggestion of the pump station and other possible avenues that he wished to propose to the Committee. He was quickly endorsed by Sean Byrnes of the Committee and then Anthony Fiore. With that support in place, the Mayor and Deputy mayor then joined in support.

Patrick Short’s support is what got us where we are today regarding a solution and hopefully it will finally be realized. (my emphasise)

Jeanette Wronka
Port Monmouth

Enough Said !!

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Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: Middletown Republicans Are At It Again.

Once again, members of the Middletown Republican party are looking to take credit for something that they had no part in.

I am speaking of a recent letter written by Cathy Rogers, an active member of the Middletown Republican party, who serves as the District 36 Republican Committeewoman in Port Monmouth and who’s husband Charlie, holds prominent positions in Middletown as an appointed member of the Middletown Sewerage Authority and as the OEM Coordinator, for each position Mr. Rogers holds, he is compensated with both salary and pension benefits.

In her letter, Mrs. Roger’s gives undue credit to her fellow Middletown Republicans – Mayor Brightbill and Deputy Mayor Scharfenberger for the recently announced plans to control flooding in Port Monmouth area.

The simple fact of the matter is that not Cathy Rogers, her husband, the Mayor or Deputy Mayor had anything to do with devising the current flood control plan that was approved by the township committee on August 3rd.

The homeowners on Monmouth, Wilson, and Brainard Aves as well as others and along with Democratic Committeeman Patrick Short, who championed the cause, deserve all of the credit for getting this accomplished. Mayor Brightbill and Deputy-mayor Scharfenberger never supported this effort until the time that Patrick Short introduced the solution to the township committee and the 80+ homeowners that reside in the affected flood area showed up in force to demand that action be taken to alleviate the flooding problem.

Republicans in Middletown have always been reactive to problems that concern residents of Middletown, instead of taking a proactive approach to any of their needs.

If Cathy Rogers were any kind of district representative, as she claims, she would have had her Republican colleagues take care of the flooding problem long ago. She says that this was in the making for 10 years.

Actually, it took 10 months worth of effort on the part of Patrick Short and others to indentify the problem and come up with a workable solution, all it took was a little persuasion and a lot of homeowners to rise up and speak out for a return on the investment that they make each and every month by paying their property taxes to Middletown.

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Finally, Residents In Port Monmounth To See Relief From Flooding

Well it’s taken over 30 years for residents in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown to get some much needed action to the flooding problem that exists around the Wilson Ave/ Broadway/Renfrew Place/Pew’s creek section of town, but at last there is relief coming to their neighborhood.

Thanks to efforts of Committeeman Patrick Short and many area residents who have attended township committee meeting over the past few months, the township committee has finally decided to take action against the massive flooding problems in Port Monmouth themselves instead of waiting for the Army Corp of Engineers to come up with $55 million dollars to do it for them.

Middletown’s engineer, Ted Maloney has come up with a 3 phase plan to alleviate the flooding at a fraction of the cost, which is estimated to be $1.1 million.

According to an article in yesterdays Asbury Park Press:

The $77,040 first phase involves building a foot-tall berm along Wilson Avenue, cleaning and repairing all existing pipes, and installing a slide gate, Maloney said. The gate would open during low tide to allow water to seep out of the neighborhood, and close during high tide to keep out water from Pew’s Creek and Raritan Bay, he said.

The $750,000 second phase would add a pump station to help get water out of the neighborhood, a drainage pipe for the water to flow through and a generator to power the system in the event of an outage, according to township documents.

The $315,000 third phase would replace existing pipes and create an underground location for water to settle before draining into the creek, according to township documents. If the first two phases work as planned, the third phase may not be necessary, Maloney said.”

This is an excellent use of township tax dollars that should have gone to allieviating the flooding problem in Port Monmouth years ago. I know that the 80+ households that make up this flooded section of Port Monmouth are extremely happy that something is finally being done for them, instead of having their tax dollars wasted on frivously pet projects of former members of the township committee.


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