Just an FYI for those interested in attending tonight’s Middletown Zoning Board meeting concerning the Middletown Medical (Methadone) Clinic, I have been told that it has been postponed until next month so no need to rush out the door to attend.
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If anyone is interested in voicing an opinion about the new methadone clinic on Rt. 35 at the corner of Apple Farm Rd, the Middletown Zoning Board has scheduled a hearing to be held 9-26 at 7pm in the Court Room at Town Hall.
Below is the public notice that announces the hearing and provides some details of the complaint:
Printed In: Asbury Park Press, Neptune
Printed On: 2011/09/16
TOWNSHIP OF MIDDLETOWN
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING TO
ADJOINING PROPERTY OWNERS ZB #2011-023
IN THE MATTER OF: APPLE BROOK NEIGHBORHOOD ALLIANCE
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THE UNDERSIGNED, APPLE BROOK NEIGHBORHOOD ALLIANCE HAS APPEALED THE ACTION OF THE ZONING OFFICER IN GRANTING A ZONING PERMIT AND CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCY TO THE OWNERS AND OPERATORS OF PROPERTY LOCATED AT 600 STATE HIGHWAY 35 SO AS TO PERMIT THE USE THEREOF FOR PURPOSES OF A METHADONE CLINIC. APPLICANT SUBMITS THAT THE USE AND PROPERTY IS NON-CONFORMING AND REQUIRES VARIANCES FOR PARKING, DRIVE AND AISLE WIDTH AND SIGN IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION(s) 627, ARTICLE 16 AND ANY AND ALL VARIANCES THAT MIGHT BE DEEMED NECESSARY DURING THE COURSE OF THE HEARING, BY THE ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT OF THE TOWNSHIP OF MIDDLETOWN.
THE PROPERTY WHICH IS THE SUBJECT OF THIS APPEAL IS KNOWN AS 600 STATE HIGHWAY 35, BLOCK 872, LOT(S) 2 WHICH IS WITHIN 200 FEET OF PROPERTY OWNED BY YOU.
THIS APPEAL IS NOW ON THE CALENDAR AND A PUBLIC HEARING HAS BEEN SCHEDULED FOR SEPTEMBER 26, 2011 AT 7:00 P.M. IN THE TOWN HALL MAIN MEETING ROOM, 1 KINGS HIGHWAY, MIDDLETOWN, NEW JERSEY AT WHICH TIME YOU MAY APPEAR IN PERSON, OR BY AN ATTORNEY AND PRESENT ANY OBJECTIONS YOU MAY HAVE TO THE GRANTING OF THIS APPEAL OR EVIDENCE RELATING THERETO. ALL PROPOSED EXHIBITS ARE ON FILE WITH THE ZONING BOARD CLERK AND ARE AVAILABLE FOR INSPECTION AT REGULAR BUSINESS HOURS.
THIS NOTICE IS SERVED UPON YOU BY DIRECTION OF THE ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT PURSUANT TO STATUTE.
Have You Witnessed Any News? Have You Heard Any News? Why Not Report The News Here? Send Me Your News Stories
Seeing how Middletown Township has banned me from receiving press releases directly from the source,when and as news happens around town, insisting that I rely on secondary sources of information for posting, I figure why not ask readers, many of whom already provide me with insights of what is happening, to become reporters of news themselves.
If anyone, at anytime, witnesses or hears about anything newsworthy or informative happening in their neighborhoods, around town or the immediate areas surrounding Middletown and wants to pass along the information, I would be glad to post it hear.
After all, you the readers of the MiddletownMike blog, are the true eyes and ears of the Township (I think I heard some sitting Mayor mention the same thing at recent Township Committee meeting in reference to a particular methadone clinic).
Let me know if cars are being broken into or a home burglarized, if a local park or building has been vandalized. Anything that may be of importance to you or your community that you feel has not been adequately addressed in other local media.
The initial reason why I requested to be placed on the direct mailing list for press releases from the Middletown Police Department was because many readers of this blog were upset at not being able to find any “Police Briefs” in local publications that would mention what was happening in Middletown. They were frustrated at not reading about the car break-ins, robberies, burglaries and other incidents that were happening around them and questioned why? They felt it was some grand cover-up in order to make the town look more attractive and safer to the Money Magazines of the world, at the expense of public safety. To some extent, I would have to agree.
Through the issuance of the MTPD press releases I noticed the only information being released was after the fact. Only the names of those arrested and charged with crimes are released for publication. There is seldom if ever, any preemptive informatation or warnings issued by the MTPD to warn residents of crimes being committed in their neighborhoods. Only when the MTPD is at a loss for information or leads is a noticed or warning issued, asking for help or vigilance.
Middletown residents deserve to be better informed. If you see anything out of the ordinary happening in your neck of the woods, or wish to pass along information of an alleged incident, send it to me and I’ll post it here. If enough such posts are made I’m sure that there will be a response of some kind from the MTPD or Township officials.
Remember it’s the residents of Middletown that have their eyes and ears pinned to what’s happening around them, not the other way around.
>My wife ran into a friend of ours while enjoying the evening summer beach concert at Sandy Hook last night. My wife’s friend lives over in the Applebrook development near where the Middletown Methadone Clinic operates on the corner of Apple Farm Rd. and Hwy 35.
>This saturday morning cartoon from 1990 brought together all the most popular cartoon characters of the time, to tell the story of a young man who was hooked on drugs.
After discovering a stash of drugs in Michael’s room, the various cartoon characters proceed to work together and take him on a fantasy journey to teach him the risks and consequences a life of drug-use can bring and save the world.
With recent headlines about methadone clinics and candidates, this seems like an appropriate cartoon to watch and learn from even though it’s a little dated.
>The Independent: Mid’town methadone clinic has neighbors up in arms Twp. attorney: Facility is permitted use in business zone
>I was a little surprised to see that the Independent has chimed in already on the methadone clinic in Middletown. Usually due to the nature of it’s weekly publication it lags behind a week or so of the currentness cycle.
Middletown residents packed town hall on June 20 and demanded that the township revoke the certificate of occupancy (CO) of a methadone clinic, which has been legally operating near Apple Farm Road for several months.
The clinic, Middletown Medical, located on Route 35, which, according to its website, counsels opiate addicts and dispenses methadone to wean them off their dependence, has residents fearing for the integrity of their neighborhood.
“The location of the clinic jeopardizes our safety, the safety of our homes and most importantly, the safety of those who actively walk, run, drive or play in our neighborhood,” resident Diane Mullaney said at the Township Committee meeting.
Mullaney said that the clinic is near a school bus stop, senior center and the neighborhood’s only entrance and exit road. “Ultimately, the township neglected to keep the best interest of our neighborhood in their decision,” she said….
“The [state’s] municipal land use law … was amended a decade ago to specifically designate methadone clinics as business uses, allowing municipalities to only ban them from residential zones,” Township Attorney Brian Nelson advised.
Because the clinic is located on Route 35 in a business district, this law stifles any legal recourse from the township, Nelson said.
“Neither the mayor nor the governing body members were particularly pleased with this answer,” Nelson said.
“If you’re asking for us to pull the CO, which is what it sounds like you’re asking, we can’t legally do it,” Mayor Anthony Fiore said to residents.
“If you’re asking to put the township at risk for amajor lawsuit to do so, I don’t think that’s our fiduciary responsibility when we’re told by legal counsel that we won’t win.”…
“Nobody other than the zoning officer and code officials receive notice of these CO’s.”
Mercantante said that similar transfers happen every day.
“No member of this committee, including myself, had any knowledge that this facility was a methadone clinic,” Fiore said….
“I don’t want this business in Middletown, and I don’t think anyone else wants this business in Middletown. However, Route 35 is a state highway and it is a state business zone,” Fiore said.
“None of the committee is happy about this; in a best-case scenario, it’s terrible,” said Committeeman Steven Massell….
“We can control everything with respect to making sure that they are operating in a legal fashion and that they’re not going to cause those quality-of-life issues that you mention,” Fiore said.
“That’s our job. That’s our priority as a township committee, and we will do that.”…
Fiore said that the township also relies on the vigilance of neighborhood residents to help police.
“This is a huge township. You’re the eyes and ears, and if you see something there, we need to know about it,” he said.
>I briefly attended last nights Middletown Township Committee meeting, I was there for only the first 45 minutes, leaving at 8:45pm. It’ to bad that I did because I could tell from the get go that it was going to be one hell of a night.
The Middletown Medical clinic has been open for approximately 3 weeks distributing methadone to opiate-addicted individuals at the corner of Apple Farm Road and Hwy 35. Local residents are outraged at not being made aware of it and question Township officials excuses about how such a clinic could be allowed to operate at this location.
Supposedly when contacted, Mayor Fiore and others had no clue that this Middletown clinic was distributing methadone to addicts from towns in the surround the area.
It never ceases to amaze me how one hand doesn’t know what the other hand in Middletown is doing.
Neighbors of the clinic are distributing flyers to local residents in Apple Brook, Maguire’s Grove and Twin Brooks developments to warn and inform then of the clinc and urge them to attend Monday night’s Township Committee meeting to voice their concerns over it (below is the text of the flyer)
After thinking about this for a little while, I have to agree with the resident. Even if it is a very small possibility, I wouldn’t want addicts, whether they are in treatment or otherwise, wondering around the neighborhood streets or parking lots of areas businesses waiting for their fix. Who knows what something like that could potentially lead to. Evidently, the Middletown Police department is also concerned about the situation because I was told police presence has increased the area notably.
APPLE BROOK NEIGHBORHOOD ALLIANCE
This letter is to inform you that at the end of Apple Farm Road (blue and white building) there is now a business named Middletown Medical. This facility is located at the corner of Route 35 and Apple Farm Rd. Middletown Medical is a Methadone Clinic, a treatment center for opiate and heroin dependent people.
The center is run by Pinnacle a company located in Pittsburg, PA. The web site for this facility is http://www.middletownmedical.net; more information about the services they provide can be seen there.
A town hall meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 20th at 8pm at the Municipal Building at 1 Kings Hwy (same parking lot as the Police Dept.).
If you have concerns that a Methadone clinic is in our community, please plan to attend the Town Hall meeting Monday June 20th, 8:00pm.