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Middletown News Flash 7-22-11


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Heat Wave Driving High Water Demands in Monmouth County
NJ American Water requests that customers curtail water use

As a stretch of hot, dry weather makes its way to the East Coast, New Jersey American Water is reminding its Monmouth County customers to use water wisely, curtail water use, and limit lawn watering to an “odd/even” schedule at most as the company deals with significantly high water demands.

New Jersey American Water has – since the beginning of the summer season – requested that customers use a schedule of an odd/even outdoor watering and not water lawns daily.

“In the next several days, the temperatures and heat index are expected to reach extremely high levels and there appears to be little chance of sustained rainfall,” said Steve Tambini, New Jersey American Water’s vice president of operations. “During extended periods of hot and dry weather such as this, water use increases significantly, especially outdoors. In order to ensure that New Jersey American Water is able to continue to deliver reliable water service, we are requesting that customers use water wisely both inside and outside the home.”

The suggested odd/even outdoor water use schedule works as follows:

  • Watering your lawn or garden should occur on odd days of the month if your street address is an odd number (i.e., 23 Oak St., 7 Maple Ave.)
  • Watering your lawn or garden should occur on even days of the month if your street address is an even number (i.e., 6 Oak St., 354 Maple Ave.)
  • It is also suggested that watering of lawns be done early or late to minimize evaporation, typically between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The above suggestions would NOT apply to:

  • Watering of sod or newly seeded lawns if daily watering is required (note: it is recommended that any planting of new sod or seed that has not already taken place be delayed until the fall)
  • Use of private wells for lawn irrigation
  • Commercial uses of outdoor water, such as for nurseries, farm stands, power washing, plumbing, and commercial car washes
  • Watering of athletic fields

While New Jersey American Water is encouraging efficient outdoor water use at this time, if water demands continue to significantly increase or supplies continue to significantly decrease, formal and more strict water restrictions may be needed to ensure continued water service.

For more information and more tips on how to conserve water, visit http://www.newjerseyamwater.com. Follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter at www.twitter.com/njamwater.

Grace Period To Be Extended for 3rd Quarter Tax Bills
Final 2011/Preliminary 2012 tax bills have not yet been mailed due to the delay by the State in certifying municipal state aid figures. We anticipate tax bills being mailed by the end of July with a due date of August 1, however, the ten (10) day grace period will be extended. The last day for payment without interest will be printed on the tax bills. You may also access this information on the website once a date has been set.

Middletown Police Offer Child Safety Seat Checkpoint July 30
The Middletown Police Department Traffic Safety Bureau will offer a Child Safety Seat Checkpoint on Saturday, July 30 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Police Headquarters, 1 Kings Highway. Police officers trained as child passenger safety technicians will be available to assist motorists with proper child safety seat installation as well as proper positioning and harnessing of a child. Free and open to the public. No appointment necessary. In the event of severe weather, rain dates will be announced. The program is funded through a grant from the state Division of Highway Traffic Safety. Call 732-615-2045 for more information.


Township Welcomes Newest Auxiliary Officers
The Middletown Township Committee welcomed the newest members of the Police Auxiliary to the ranks at the July meeting. The officers are are Philip Paone, John Mania, Matthew Rabinowitz, Kaitlyn Robertson, John Svenda, Catherine Simplot, Gregory Tiven, and Kevin Toomey.

The Auxiliary Officers are recent graduates of the 45th Middlesex County Basic Auxiliary Police Academy. They will also undergo local training in the Middletown Police Auxiliary Field Training Program.

“On behalf of all the residents of Middletown, we appreciate the effort and hard work you put in to help us. We couldn’t do what we do without great volunteers such as you,” said Mayor Anthony P. Fiore. He noted the Police Auxiliary Unit donated more than 8,000 hours to assist the community in 2010.

The Middletown Auxiliary Police is a 100% volunteer organization that falls under the direction of the Middletown Office of Emergency Management. An Auxiliary Police Officer performs general law enforcement functions, which includes street patrol, conducting preliminary police investigations, report writing, traffic control, issuance of citations, and other basic law enforcement functions. They are utilized at special events such as parades, and street fairs, and during weather and other emergencies.


Middletown Soccer Club U17G Team Wins State Cup
The Middletown Soccer Club U17 Girls Soccer Team was recognized by the Township Committee at the July meeting for winning the NJ Youth Soccer U17G State Cup. They also won the prestigious JAGS Invitational, and were semi-finalists in the equally prestigious Needham College Showcase in Boston, Mass. The team has been together since 2003. They’ve competed in tournaments/leagues throughout the years in New Jersey New York, Maryland, Virginia, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC. The team has been ranked in the NJ top 20 for 3 consecutive years 2009, 2010, and 2011. They won the NJ State Cup Semi-finalist in 2010. Go Team!

4th Annual Fun Scouting Skills Day at Poricy Park
Saturday, September 10, 2011.
Space Limited – Register Today!

Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts are invited to explore Poricy Park and learn some scouting skills while having fun. Exciting activities include Tied Up in Knots, Compass Frisbee, Tracks of the Trade, Bandage A Buddy and more!

This is a popular program and registration closes at 120 scouts, so it’s recommended to reserve early. No registrations will be accepted the day of the event. Staggered start times are 1:30pm-3:45pm and will be assigned in late August. All activities will conclude by 5:00pm.

Paid registration prior to August 1 is $8 per scout, includes special patch and delivery of patch is guaranteed at the event. Paid registration between August 1 to September 1 is $12 per scout, includes special patch, but delivery of patch is not guaranteed at the event. Paid registration between September 1 to September 9 is $15 per scout, $2 additional charge per patch and no guarantee of delivery of patch at the event.

The Nature Center is open Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm. To make a reservation or for more information please call the Nature Center at 732-842-5966. For additional information about the program visit http://www.poricypark.org. Programs are held rain or shine, so please dress accordingly.

All summer camp and community programs are run by Poricy Park Conservancy, a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, located at 345 Oak Hill Road in Middletown Township. With exceptional ecological resources, the 250 acre historical and nature site makes it one of the largest parks in Monmouth County. The Park offers recreational activities such as magnificent wooded hiking trails, bird watching, pristine pond settings, fishing, and a one-of-a-kind 70 million year-old Cretaceous fossil bed. For more information please visit us at http://www.PoricyPark.org, or call us at 732-842-5966.

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>"SoundBites" From Middletown’s Recent Township Committee Meeting

>This past Monday night’s Middletown Township Committee meeting once again did not disappoint those that were in attendance when it came time for comments by Committee members.

I walked into the meeting late and didn’t have the opportunity to witness or hear for myself the introduction of Resolution 10-210, which calls for supporting property tax relief through State assumption of per pupil educational costs that our mayor, Gerry Scharfenberger has been touting recently by suggesting that a “percentage” increase to the State’s sales tax would be the key to lowering property taxes in Middletown.

(Scharfenberger introduces tax resolution)
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Many feel that this resolution is nothing more than an attempt by Sharfenberger and those in the majority, to play a political “shell game” that would divert Middletown resident’s attention away from the proposed 14% increase in the municipal tax rate that is called for in the as yet adopted 2010 Township budget.
After the resolution was passed by a 3-1 vote (Committeeman Sean Byrnes being the lone decenter and Committeeman Steve Massell not present to vote), it was time for committee comments.
In the audio that can be heard below Byrnes explains why he voted against the mayor’s resolution. He stated that it was designed to take the focus off of the Township’s proposed budget that includes a 14% tax increase and clearly shows the lack of planning on the Township’s part on budget issues and finance. After his comments many of those in attendance shows their appreciation for Byrnes’s level-headed and sensible explanation as to why this resolution would do nothing to alleviate taxes in Middletown and why it was nothing more that a distraction a way from the Township’s budget.
(Byrnes’s Comments)
Deputy(dog)-mayor Tony Fiore took offense to much of what Byrnes had to say, stating that terms like consolidation, planning and committees were nothing more that “soundbites” and that indeed the Committee(those in the majority) had a plan to control costs through the use of lay-offs and the reduction of insurance costs once employee contracts were up at the end of the year.
After the Committee comments portion of the meeting was finished and the floor was open to members of the public a handful of those in attendance who had just received their tax bills came up to the podium to question the Committee about the large increases that they saw in them. These people were assured that by the 4th quarter of the billing cycle all would be well and not assume that based on the 3rd quarter bills have any bearing on what their new yearly tax bills were going to be.
A few weren’t feeling very assured and questioned the mayor and deputy-mayor about what their plan actually was because they had been hearing most of the night that a plan was in place to control costs and limit tax increases, but when pushed and prodded they had no answers.
Dustin Racioppi of Redbankgreen.com has an account of what went down Monday night. When reading his column make sure to read the ending comments left by readers, they are fascinating and real eye-openers.
Residents are not as foolish as Scharfenberger and Fiore think they are. They know when they are being made out to be fools and are intelligent enough to tell the difference between being deceived and told the truth.

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Comment of the Week

The following comment was left on the post “Scharfenberger Videos Are Just Another Example Of His Ignorance Of Facts.”, and I nominate it as comment of the week.

Speaking of ignorance,the current shenanigans with the budget and the resulting estimated tax bills is just another example of this man’s arrogance and ignorance.

Speaking of estimated tax bills,what a charade.Wonder if a bill without any breakdowns is legal.Hardly think all the figures are unavailable,only the unresolved municipal portion, Never n the decades that this resident has lived here,can I recall such ridiculous antics.I want to know what I am paying for and to whom.That’s the way of the world when a bill is rendered.

Waiting for the SPIN to start because this man is facing the voters in November.Remember the nonsense surrounding the revaluation in the recent past and the illegal tactics.IS THIS MORE OF THE SAME ??

Whatever happened to his “plan” for the budget ? His egotistical arrogance bars him from admitting he has no aptitude for finance.This town was without a CFO while this bunch of republicans bumbled their way along unsuccessfully in the most difficult times since the Great Depression

In good times he got away with this. It’s not good times now and his incompetence sticks out like “a sore thumb”.

The repeated WILLINGNESS of Scharfenberger and this majority to insult the intelligence of the residents of this township is reason enough TO GET RID OF HIM IN NOVEMBER !!

He is not qualified to serve the public !!

They have been “sticking it to the taxpayers” for years and IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE !!

NOTE; Oh and by the way, if anyone is interested a third part to Scharfenberger’s interview has been posted. you can watch it >>>here

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