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

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 Director of Parks & Recreation Placed on Administrative Leave By Township

Early last week I received an email from someone that wanted to know if I had heard or knew anything about Middletown’s Director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs, Gregg Silva, being investigated by the Township of Middletown for some wrong doing and as a result of the investigation has been placed on indefinite administrative leave(fired?) by his bosses at Town Hall.

This person also informed me that as a result of Silva being placed on indefinite leave, rumors were running rampant that Middletown’s former mayor/deputy mayor, the soon to be departing Township Committeewoman Pamela Brightbill, be will replacing Silva as the new Director of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs.

I responded by saying I hadn’t heard anything about Silva’s current troubles or the rumor about Brightbill, but I would make a few inquiries and get to the bottom of it as best I could. So I sent out a few emails and made a couple of phone calls to some people that I know to see if they had heard anything themselves.

It didn’t take long to get a response.

From what I have gathered, it seems that Gregg Silva is most definitely on administrative leave and has been for over two weeks. The leave has been technically without pay (he is being allowed to use accumulated sick time) while he is under investigation by the Township.

What did he do wrong that has caused the Township to place him on leave? If you know anything about Gregg Silva, it could be just about anything, he has a long history of engaging in questionable practices. But what seems to have been the last straw was the building of a private memorial, on Township property, on the grounds of Croydon Hall in Leonardo.

A few months back a Township teenager, who grew up in the Leonardo section of Middletown, passed away as a result of a car accident while traveling down Chapel Hill Rd. The teenager, Daniel Piano, by all accounts was a great kid who had a lot of friends and a very loving family.

As a result of his passing, his friends built a makeshift memorial at the site of the accident but it wasn’t a place that Daniel’s mother wanted to go or thought that others should go to either because of the nature of the road, Chapel Hill Road is very busy and is dangerous for people to stand on the side of. So she had the idea to ask the “Township” for permission to build a memorial for Daniel on the grounds of Croydon Hall, seeing how it was a place that her son spent many happy hours of his life playing and hanging out there.

After receiving permission from Gregg Silva to build the memorial, Mrs. Piano went about the business of arranging for the construction of Daniel’s memorial, the building of which was covered by private donations and volunteer labor.

You can read all about it in an article that was posted online at the Two Rivers Times.

So then, why would Gregg Silva be placed on indefinite leave of absence with his job in jeopardy if he received permission from the Township, to allow the construction of the Daniel Piano Memorial on the grounds of Croydon Hall? Well, evidently he never asked his superiors if it was alright for the memorial to be built. He took it upon himself to OK it without the consultation of others and that is where the trouble now lays.

If Gregg Silva would have first spoken to Township Administrator Tony Mercantante first, I am sure that the memorial would not have been allowed to be built. But now that it has been built the Township has to deal with any potential repercussions that might be a result of the memorial being built, namely others that may want to build similar memorials to loved ones that have passed.

As unlikely as that may seem, by giving the go ahead to the Piano family to built the memorial, Gregg Silva inadvertently set a precedent within Middletown that would allow for these types of memorials to be built in other parks throughout the Township. If the Township denies other the right to privately construct such memorials it could lead to lawsuits that would be costly to Middletown taxpayers.

As for the Brightbill taking over for Silva rumor, at this time from what I have been able to gather, it is still just a rumor but could have legs for a variety of reason, which I will save for another post.
In an effort at full disclosure on my part, everything that I have written here I have heard from others. I just want it to be known that I sent Township Administrator Tony Mercantante an email last week seeking comment but I haven’t heard back from him as of yet. From what I understand, I was not the first to try and contact him last week on this subject. Two real, non-blogging journalist (I don’t consider myself a journalist) have either spoken to Tony directly ( I was told the conversation was short, curt and ended with Mercantante stating that Silva was under investigation and the investigation was being handled in-house) or sent him, like myself, and email. If I hear back from Mr. Mercantante later on this subject, I’ll post an update.

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Pallone to Hold U.S. Service Academy Day at Naval Weapons Station Earle

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 13, 2011

Long Branch, NJ – Congressman Frank Pallone Jr. will host a U.S. Service Academy Day on Saturday, October 22, 2011 on Naval Weapons Station Earle, Leonardo Pier Complex. The event will provide a forum for students who are interested in attending one of our nation’s prestigious U.S. Service Academies.

“It is my hope that hosting a U.S. Service Academy Day will inspire such young people of the 6th Congressional District to come out and explore the vast opportunities that our academies have to offer,” said Pallone. “Graduates are selflessly prepared to assume some of the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government. I take these nominations very seriously because our nation’s service academies are some of the highest caliber institutions committed to graduating leaders of character, honor and integrity.”

The event will focus on the admissions process, steps to obtaining a Congressional nomination, and lifestyles as Cadets or Midshipmen at the academies. Interested students will have the opportunity to personally meet with representatives from the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and a local ROTC representative.

Saturday, October 22, 2011
Naval Weapons Station Earle
801 State Route 36
Leonardo, NJ 07737
Doors open at 11:30 a.m. — Presentations to begin promptly at noon
***Reservation required due to space and security restrictions***
Please RSVP by October 7, 2011 to Dawn Rebscher at 732-571-1140

All attendees must present photo ID. Additionally, all drivers must present vehicle registration and auto insurance at the checkpoint on Naval Weapons Station Earle for admittance

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On February 18, 2011 at approximately 1:37 am police responded to a report of an intoxicated person at the WaWa convenience store located on Highway 36 in Leonardo. Upon arrival Patrolman Joseph Ahlemeyer spoke with store employees who advised him that the subject, identified as Shawn Dyson, age 18, from Second Street in Highlands, NJ, had approached the counter to order food but instead began yelling at employees. The manager of the store requested that Dyson leave the store but he refused.

Patrolman Ahlemeyer located Dyson and asked him to exit the store. Once outside Dyson began yelling profanities and flailing his arms. Officer Ahlemeyer asked Dyson to calm down because there were other customers who were entering and exiting the store, but again he refused. Dyson was then placed under arrest.

He was transported to police headquarters where he was charged with Disorderly Conduct. He was processed and released pending a court date.

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>Chicago Blackhawks Coach Mike Haviland Brings Stanley Cup Home to Middletown August 30

For all you Hockey fans out there here’s you chance to see the NHL’s Championship trophy the “Stanely Cup” Monday afternoon.

I saw it in person a number of years ago after the Devils won the NHL Championship, it was pretty cool see the Cup in person and looking at the rings for all for the names and dates of all the teams that had won the NHL Championship in the past.

The following announcement is posted on Middletown’s website:

Chicago Blackhawks Assistant Coach and native Mike Haviland is bringing home the Stanley Cup! Haviland and The Cup will be at the on Monday, August 30th from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Stanley Cup will be on display for photographs. Coach Haviland will sign autographs.

Haviland grew up in Leonardo section of town. He attended , and High School South. Havililand played youth ice hockey for the Monmouth Hawks and Essex County Chiefs. He also played roller hockey in the Middletown Youth AA Roller Hockey League.

Coach Haviland is in his second season as an assistant coach for the Chicago Blackhawks after being named to the coaching staff on July 23, 2008. As part of the Blackhawk’s 2010 Stanley Cup Championship, Haviland came to after spending three seasons as head coach of two of the organization’s American Hockey League affiliates. Haviland began his professional coaching career as an assistant for in 1999 after an injury cut his playing career short. Haviland was a first round pick by the NJ Devils in the 1990 NHL supplemental draft. Haviland also played college hockey for and was named to the 1990 “All America Team” and played junior hockey in the Ontario Hockey Association.

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