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The Making of a Republican Candidate in Middletown…

1) Plump a bio with appointments 2) Conceal employment


by guest blogger Linda Baum

Stephanie Murray is this year’s new republican candidate for Middletown Township Committee, and, as usual, her bio touts appointments to various boards & commissions, including the Housing Authority and Zoning Board.

You might be wondering what qualifies Ms. Murray for her role on these boards. Probably nothing. She was appointed by our republican-run Town Committee for only one reason, to pad her bio and fool us about her credentials. My guess is that she didn’t even have to bother filling out an application for membership, which I recently learned can be the case for appointees who are hand-picked. Ms. Murray most certainly took the spots deserved by more qualified candidates.

In fact, room was made for her on the Housing Authority in January 2010 by bumping the then Vice Chair of the board, a highly regarded, dedicated individual with a real estate background who, unfortunately, is not a registered republican. The former Vice Chair had also successfully completed the five courses required for Housing Authority board membership. It’s not clear if Ms. Murray has. She had 18 months from the date of her appointment to do so, which means she should have completed the requirements by July 2011. I’ve been told that if the deadline is not met, past practice has been to promptly terminate board membership. However, per the Department of Community Affairs, that decision is left to the discretion of the Housing Authority Chairperson, another member of Middletown’s republican party.

Ms. Murray was added to the Zoning Board in January 2011, but as a 3rd alternate, not a regular member. As a 3rd alternate member, she has voting rights only on those rare occasions when more than one member of the Zoning Board cannot attend a meeting.

Another detail that Ms. Murray has failed to reveal to the public about her background is that she writes fantasies under a pen name and has for many years. Her skill at story-telling should serve her well in toeing the party line.

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Tonight’s Zoning Board Hearing Scheduled For Middletown’s Methadone Clinic Cancelled For Tonight

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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Zoning Board Hearing Scheduled For Middletown’s Methadone Clinic

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.

The hearing is the result of local residents who have challenged the facility location, they have appealed the actions of the Zoning Officer in granting a zoning permit and certificate of occupancy to the owners of Middletown Medical and as a result the zoning board has decided to hold a hearing to hear the grievances of the residents that live in the Apple Brook neighborhood, behind the clinic.

Below is the public notice that announces the hearing and provides some details of the complaint:

County: Monmouth
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.

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