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Lincroft Resident Speaks Out Against Sports Complex

The Following letter to the editor appears in this weeks Independent:

Here we go again. It appears that our elected officials haven’t learned their lesson from their last attempt to try and impose a sports complex in Lincroft.


This time their choice of fields is on the corner of West Front Street and Everett Road, right on the border of Holmdel.

For the last 30 years, these fields have been used by various soccer clubs with complete enjoyment and acceptance by the residents. Now Middletown Township, in their desperate attempt to use a $2,300,000 taxpayers’ bond and provide a new home for the Pop Warner Chargers, has decided that this location is the best available.

This plan was proposed on Oct. 19 and approved in December without full disclosure to the public as to the intent and extent of the full use of the fields.

What are they thinking? To build two turf fields with 70-foot lights, public-address system, enlarged parking area, snack bar, and surrounded by a chain-link fence, without informing residents of this change, is insulting. Furthermore, to plan this on a busy county road and dangerous intersection without first doing a traffic study is beyond rational or responsible thinking.

Imposing this sports complex in a peaceful residential area, across the street from a church without the residents’ knowledge is deceptive, deceitful and dishonest. This lack of transparency should be illegal, and our township officials should be ashamed of themselves and be held accountable.

Yes, Pop Warner needs an improved field, but to put one in this location will only lead to more serious problems. The tremendous increase in traffic alone is dangerous for the residents, church members and, most importantly, our children. The disregard shown with respect to how this proposed sports complex would affect our quality of life and decrease our property value speaks volumes about our elected officials and their way of doing business. It is completely unacceptable. Period.

Mary Rodgers-Mahoney

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>Holmdel Needs Open Minds on Bell Labs Redevelopment

>Somerset Development, the contract purchaser, has invited Holmdel to hold a conversation about possible future uses of the Bell Labs site. There are many issues to consider.

Citizens for Informed Land Use (CILU) hosted a charrette in April, welcoming a meeting of the brightest minds in architecture, landscape architecture, and engineering, in the belief that it might stimulate ideas useful to the seller, a prospective buyer, and the citizens of Holmdel. CILU also supports further study by Township-hired world-class consultants whose experience would be useful in advising Holmdel on redeveloping the large, beautiful and challenging Bell Labs site.

CILU is being accused of advocating the preservation of the Bell Labs building and/or building high-density housing on the Bell Labs site. Like most citizens, we are still in the fact-finding stage regarding this new developer’s plans. We are looking forward to public hearings on the Lucent Advisory Committee’s report and the developer’s ideas.

Recently, partisan letters to the editor and a website article have appeared, full of misinformation about CILU, attempting to tarnish our good name. We have worked hard to build credibility with our friends and neighbors. We can state unequivocally that CILU has never advocated high-density residential development on the Bell Labs property. After careful study, we strongly opposed last year’s poorly conceived plan by Preferred Real Estate to cover the Bell Labs site with 350 single-family houses.

Anyone interested in encouraging good land use policies in Holmdel is welcome to join CILU’s meetings in the Senior/Community Center, which are open to the public. October’s meeting is on Wednesday the 1st at 7:30 p.m. and features the Township Administrator speaking on Holmdel’s budget. In November we will be hearing about Holmdel’s birds in a talk by a Holmdel High School graduate, Scott Barnes, who now works for the Audubon Society.
Let us all approach Somerset Development’s invitation and the Lucent Advisory Committee’s report with open minds and not with misinformation and partisanship.

Jim McCorkel and Anne Shramko, Co-Presidents, CILU
859 Holmdel Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
(732) 319-9951 (cell) and (732) 946-9565

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Holmdel Needs Open Minds on Bell Labs Redevelopment

Somerset Development, the contract purchaser, has invited Holmdel to hold a conversation about possible future uses of the Bell Labs site. There are many issues to consider.

Citizens for Informed Land Use (CILU) hosted a charrette in April, welcoming a meeting of the brightest minds in architecture, landscape architecture, and engineering, in the belief that it might stimulate ideas useful to the seller, a prospective buyer, and the citizens of Holmdel. CILU also supports further study by Township-hired world-class consultants whose experience would be useful in advising Holmdel on redeveloping the large, beautiful and challenging Bell Labs site.

CILU is being accused of advocating the preservation of the Bell Labs building and/or building high-density housing on the Bell Labs site. Like most citizens, we are still in the fact-finding stage regarding this new developer’s plans. We are looking forward to public hearings on the Lucent Advisory Committee’s report and the developer’s ideas.

Recently, partisan letters to the editor and a website article have appeared, full of misinformation about CILU, attempting to tarnish our good name. We have worked hard to build credibility with our friends and neighbors. We can state unequivocally that CILU has never advocated high-density residential development on the Bell Labs property. After careful study, we strongly opposed last year’s poorly conceived plan by Preferred Real Estate to cover the Bell Labs site with 350 single-family houses.

Anyone interested in encouraging good land use policies in Holmdel is welcome to join CILU’s meetings in the Senior/Community Center, which are open to the public. October’s meeting is on Wednesday the 1st at 7:30 p.m. and features the Township Administrator speaking on Holmdel’s budget. In November we will be hearing about Holmdel’s birds in a talk by a Holmdel High School graduate, Scott Barnes, who now works for the Audubon Society.
Let us all approach Somerset Development’s invitation and the Lucent Advisory Committee’s report with open minds and not with misinformation and partisanship.

Jim McCorkel and Anne Shramko, Co-Presidents, CILU
859 Holmdel Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
(732) 319-9951 (cell) and (732) 946-9565

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>Gas prices fuel some skipped first aid calls

>The Asbury Park Press is reporting that the high cost of gas is causing some members of the Holmdel First Aid Squad to miss calls for help. It seems that a number of the First Aider’s are on fixed incomes and can not afford to respond to calls.
Officials in town are stating however, that all emergency calls are being responded to and that no one is currently in danger.

This seems like a real problem, how long before the public becomes effected? And is this an isolated situation or are other towns in the Bayshore experiencing the same problems? I would like to know because something needs to be done about it before some one dies.

Is it possible for towns to reimburse some of the fuel costs to their emergency responders, maybe $20-$25 dollars a month or maybe on a per mileage, per call basis ? I don’t know, but this issue needs to be looked at if towns are going to rely on volunteers to provide emergency services.

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Gas prices fuel some skipped first aid calls

The Asbury Park Press is reporting that the high cost of gas is causing some members of the Holmdel First Aid Squad to miss calls for help. It seems that a number of the First Aider’s are on fixed incomes and can not afford to respond to calls.
Officials in town are stating however, that all emergency calls are being responded to and that no one is currently in danger.

This seems like a real problem, how long before the public becomes effected? And is this an isolated situation or are other towns in the Bayshore experiencing the same problems? I would like to know because something needs to be done about it before some one dies.

Is it possible for towns to reimburse some of the fuel costs to their emergency responders, maybe $20-$25 dollars a month or maybe on a per mileage, per call basis ? I don’t know, but this issue needs to be looked at if towns are going to rely on volunteers to provide emergency services.

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