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Mtown News Flash 1-27-12

Dog License Renewal Reminder
Please be aware that all dog license renewals are due (with rabies vaccination that is valid until October or later)  by  January 31, 2012. Any renewals received in the office on February 1, 2012 or sent in with a post mark of February 1, 2012 or later will incur a $5.00 late fee.  – Application
 
Seasonal Job Expo Coming Feb 4
Middletown’s 2012 Seasonal Job Expo will be held on Saturday, Feb 4th from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Center, 900 Leonardville Road, Leonardo, NJ 07737. The township is seeking summer recreation supervisors, counselors and leaders, lifeguards, camp counselors, sports camp instructors and park maintenance workers. Seasonal employees must be 16 years old for recreation programs and 18 years old for Public Works and Park Maintenance positions. Employment runs from May through September and varies depending on the seasonal program. The salary range is $7.25 to $15 per hour depending on the position and experience. Call 732-615-2260 for more information.  – Application
 
Bridge Open
The Park Avenue Bridge is open to the public. It had been closed since May 2011 for a Monmouth County improvement project.  
 
Poricy Park Camps and Programs
www.poricypark.org
Middletown Arts Center Classes and Programs
www.middletownarts.org
Middletown Senior Center
Special Events

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Middletown Arts Center Presents EGAN/DEVICO: PHOTOGRAPHS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Middletown Arts Center Contact: Maggie O’Brien, 732-706-4100, mobrien@middletownnj.org


 

MIDDLETOWN ARTS CENTER PRESENTS 
EGAN/DEVICO: PHOTOGRAPHS, A PHOTOGRAPY EXHIBITION FEATURING
THE WORK OF LAURY EGAN AND VICKI DEVICO

On View from February 1st to 25th, 2012

Opening Reception: 

Friday, February 3rd from 7-9 p.m. 

Middletown, NJ (January 17, 2012) – The Middletown Arts Center (MAC) presents Egan/DeVico: Photographs, an exhibition featuring 50 works ranging in subject from architecture to landscape by well-known photographers Laury Egan and Vicki Devico. The show is on view from February 1st through February 25th with an opening reception to be held on Friday, February 3rd,  from 7-9 p.m.  The reception is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The Middletown Arts Center gallery hours are:  Monday & Thursday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.,  Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Sunday by appointment.  The award-winning Arts Center’s beautiful, spacious gallery which is open free of charge to residents, school and community groups and visitors from across the region. The Middletown Arts Center is located at 36 Church Street in Middletown, NJ (next to the Middletown train station). Free parking is available on site with additional free parking available in station metered lot weekday evenings after 6 p.m. and weekends. For more information, please call 732-706-4100

Laury Egan has taught fine arts photography to adult students for over 25 years and has been an instructor at Brookdale College and the Guild of Creative Art, where she served as President of the Board of Directors and is an Exhibiting Member. Laury’s work is in the permanent collections of the Montclair Art Museum, the Metropolitan Opera archives and Princeton University. Her photographs have been exhibited extensively throughout the tri-state area and have been published in books, art journals and on jackets. For many years, she worked as a freelance photographer for Lincoln Center venues, the Opera Company of Philadelphia and McCarter Theatre. Laury received a BFA in graphic design/photography from Carnegie Mellon University and is listed in Who’s Who in American Art. For more information on Laury A. Egan, visit www.lauryaegan.com.

Vicki DeVico is a renowned fine arts photographer, master archival printer and Photoshop instructor who holds a Digital Arts Certificate from Brookdale Community College. Her images have appeared in juried shows at the Belmar Arts Council and the Guild of Creative Art (where she is an Exhibiting Member), as well as in exhibits at McKay Gallery in Red Bank, the Lighthouse Keeper’s residence on Sandy Hook and area libraries. Currently, Vicki is President of the Monmouth Camera Club and has received many inter- and intra-club awards. She holds memberships in the Photographic Society of America, National Association of Photoshop Professionals, NJ Federation of Camera Clubs and the Guild of Creative Art. For more information on Vicki DeVico, visit www.VisionsByVicki.com.  


About the Middletown Arts Center

The Middletown Arts Center (MAC) is an award winning, state-of-the-art facility run by the nonprofit Middletown Township Cultural and Arts Council which is dedicated to bringing quality arts programming and events to Middletown and surrounding communities. The MAC offers enrichment programs and entertainment for all ages and abilities. Visit www.middletownarts.org for more information and to join our mailing list for updates on exhibition opportunities, classes, workshops and events at the MAC.

 

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Healthcare Expert to Speak on Universal Single-Payer Health Care at West Long Branch Public Library Jan. 25th

West Long Branch, N.J. – On January 25, 7:00 p.m., Lynn Petrovich, C.P.A. will give a one-hour presentation on the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA, 2010), and other relevant healthcare topics at the West Long Branch Public Library, 95 Poplar Avenue, West Long Branch.

Petrovich will examine how other countries have lower net healthcare costs, spend less taxpayer money, and provide universal coverage, resulting in healthier citizens.

“After all the debate and political grandstanding about Obama’s healthcare reform, most people don’t realize that the new healthcare law does not provide access to care for some of our most vulnerable citizens, including Vietnam veterans, Iraq war veterans, and 9/11 first responders,” said Petrovich.

“Even in a few years when the law is fully implemented, millions of Americans will remain uninsured or underinsured,” added Petrovich, who authored the book Sticker Shock, a critique of nonprofit hospital accounting practices which, Petrovich argues. rips-off unsuspecting patients with grossly inflated billing.

Petrovich is treasurer of N.J. One Plan One Nation, a coalition advocating for a universal, economical, and humane healthcare delivery system.

This event is sponsored by the Jersey Coast Speakers’ Club. Seating is limited. Please call 732-571-9464 to reserve a seat, or email reservation requests to:

Media Contact: Lynn Petrovich, reddancpa@aol.com; 609-220-5155.
Refreshments will be served.

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Fwd: INVESTIGATION: NJ Prosecutors Employ 125 Double-Dipping ‘Retirees’

  

NEW JERSEY PROSECUTORS EMPLOY 125 DOUBLE-DIPPING 'RETIREES'; THEY TAKE $8.6 MILLION A YEAR IN STATE PENSIONS – PLUS SALARIES

County and state prosecutors in New Jersey employ 125 double-dipping “retired” law enforcement officers, a New Jersey Watchdog investigation revealed. 

The prosecutors’ double-dippers retired at an average age of 49 to collect both pension pay on top of their salaries.   The 125 employees include:

  • 56 retired municipal and county officers who work for county prosecutors;
  • 37 retired state police officers employed by county prosecutors;
  • Nine retired municipal and county officers on the payroll of the state Attorney General’s Division of Criminal Justice; and
  • 23 retired state officers who work as investigators and supervisors for DCJ and the Office of Attorney General, as first reported Dec. 6 by New Jersey Watchdog.

Collectively, they rake in $18.5 million a year — $8.6 million per year in retirement pay plus $9.9 million in salaries.  The average double-dipper currently receives nearly $148,000 per year — $79,000 in salary plus $69,000 in pension pay.

The story, along with New Jersey Watchdog’s list of  “retired” officers working for prosecutors, is online at http://newjersey.watchdog.org/2012/01/02/5314/

New Jersey Watchdog – http://newjersey.watchdog.org – is a news site devoted to investigative reporting and public service journalism.  Editor Mark Lagerkvist can be reached at Mark@Lagerkvist.net

 

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Mtown News Flash 12-22-11

Traffic Advisories
Kings Highway East
Road improvements are being made on Kings Highway East between Sleepy Hollow Road and Chapel Hill Road. This portion of the road is scheduled to be closed between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday until approximately December 30th.  Plan alternate road and/or follow detour signs.
 
Middletown-Lincroft Road and Kings Highway
Water construction on Middletown Lincroft Road and Kings Highway is nearing completion. They are in the remediation (clean-up) phase.  Alternate lane closures may occur periodically but the road is expected to remain passable.
 
Municipal Offices Holiday Schedule
Municipal offices will be closed Monday, December 26 and Monday, January 2, 2012.
 
Main Library Holiday Schedule   www.mtpl.org
Dec 24, 25, 26 – closed
Dec 31– closing at 12:30pm
Jan 1, 2 – closed
 
Holiday Garbage and Recycling Collection Schedule
There will be no garbage collection Monday December 26, 2011. The next collection for residences with a Monday garbage collection will be Thursday December 29, 2011.
There will be no garbage collection on Monday January 2, 2012.  The next collection for residences with a Monday garbage collection will be Thursday January 5, 2012.
There will be no recycling collection on Monday December 26, 2011 and January 2, 2012. Recycling will be scheduled to be collected on the following day.
 
Recycling Center Open Dec 27, 28 & Jan 3,4
The Kanes Lane Recycling Center will be OPEN on Tuesday & Wednesday December 27, 28 and January 3, 4 to accommodate residents who need to recycle cardboard, mixed paper and other items after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
 
The Recycling Center is closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Regular operation hours will resume after January 4th. Hours are Thursday through Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
 
Organization Day 2012
The Township Committee will hold Middletown’s annual Organization Day meeting at noon on Sunday, January 1, 2012 at Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway. On the agenda will be the swearing in of the 2012 Mayor and Deputy Mayor. Under the township’s form of government, the Township Committee designates two members to serve as mayor and deputy mayor for a one-year term. Committeeman Anthony P. Fiore will accept the oath of office to serve his second consecutive term. Committeewoman Elect Stephanie C. Murray will be sworn in as the newest member of the Township Committee. The term for each Committee member is three years.
Scores of volunteers traditionally attend to accept oaths of office to serve on more than a dozen township boards, committees and commissions. Each group focuses on different aspects of the community and works to enhance Middletown’s quality of life. Residents are appointed to these positions by the Township Committee. For more information call the Township Clerk at (732) 615-2014 or visit www.middletownnj.org
 
Leaf Collection
Fall leaf collection is underway. Get status reports at www.middletownnj.org/collection
 
Christmas Tree Collection 2012
Christmas Tree Collection begins January 5, 2012. Click here for schedule. Trees can also be brought to the Kanes Lane Recycling Center, 52, Kanes Lane by Middletown residents only free of charge.
 
Homestead Rebate Update
The Middletown Tax Collection Office advises property owners that the state Homestead Benefit, for property tax year 2010, is being credited to the February 2012 tax quarter for applicable property owners.  Adjusted February 2012 tax bills will be mailed on or before December 30, 2011.  Please pay the adjusted amount shown on the bill by 4:00 pm February 10, 2012 to avoid interest charges.  All questions regarding the homestead credit should be directed to the state Division of Taxation at 1-888-238-1233. 
 
Vote for the MAC in the 2012 NJ Monthly Best of NJ Poll
Please vote for the Middletown Arts Center under the category of “Recreation & Attractions: Live Theater / Arts Venue”. This is the link to cast your vote: http://njmonthly.com/articles/best-of-Jersey/2012-jersey-choice-the-best-of-new-jersey.html. Deadline for voting is January 15, 2012. By winning the poll, the Middletown Arts Center would continue to spread the word statewide about its talented instructors, affordable classes, and free events and programs. It’s a true pleasure to represent an organization that educates and entertains thousands of families year-round.
 
 

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Mtown News Flash 12-9-11

Santa is Coming To Poricy Park

Sunday December 11, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Poricy Park Conservancy located in Middletown, NJ, just heard that Santa is coming to the Park on Sunday, December 11, between 1:30pm and 2:30pm!!

Everyone is so excited and ready for fun!! Preparations are under way to transform the Nature Center into a holiday wonderland. Children can take photos with Santa. Everyone can enjoy candy canes, hot chocolate, holiday music and meet Santa’s Elves!

Sunday will be a full day for holiday events at the Park. It’s the last day for the Annual Holiday Shop, full of handcrafted treasures. The hours for the Holiday Shop are 10am-4pm. At the close of the Shop, the drawing will take place announcing the winner of the handcrafted Queen Size Quilt donated by Rebecca’s Reel Quilters of Poricy Park. All are welcome to participate in Nature’s Wonderful Ornaments program, and create decorations using Mother Nature’s offering and recycled items.

To pre-register for the day’s events, call the Nature Center at 732-842-5966. Recommended donations are $5 per photo; regular program fees apply for the Nature’s Wonderful Ornaments program. Tickets can still be purchased for the quilt drawing for $1 each and are available at the Nature Center.

 

Senior Center Holiday Program
Tues, December 13th 12:30-1:30 pm
Seniors are invited to enjoy a cheery program presented by students from the Leonardo Elementary School that will truly put you in the Christmas Spirit. Middletown’s Senior Center, located at Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road, welcomes residents 60 and older to become members. Special events, trips and weekly activities are offered throughout the year. Transportation is available to registered members by reservation. Events are held in the East Wing unless otherwise noted. Call 732-615-2265 for more information.

 

Leaf Collection
Fall leaf collection is underway. Get status reports at www.middletownnj.org/collection 

 

Recycling Center Open Dec 27, 28 & Jan 3,4
The Kanes Lane Recycling Center will be OPEN on Tuesday & Wednesday December 27, 28 and January 3, 4 to accommodate residents who need to recycle cardboard, mixed paper and and other items after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

The Recycling Center is closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Regular operation hours will resume after January 4th. Hours are Thursday through Monday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

 

Holiday Garbage and Recycling Collection Schedule
There will be no garbage collection Monday December 26, 2011. The next collection for residences with a Monday garbage collection will be Thursday December 29, 2011.

There will be no garbage collection on Monday January 2, 2012.  The next collection for residences with a Monday garbage collection will be Thursday January 5, 2012.

There will be no recycling collection on Monday December 26, 2011 and January 2, 2012. Recycling will be scheduled to be collected on the following day.

 

Holiday Toy Donation Drop-offs
The Middletown Social Services Department is accepting toy donations for Middletown Helps Its Own. The Social Services Office is located at Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road.  Hours are Monday- Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The Middletown PBA is accepting toy donations for Middletown Helps Its Own and Jason’s Dreams. Donations can be brought directly to the Police Desk, located at Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway at any time.

 

Homestead Rebate Update
The Middletown Tax Collection Office advises property owners that the state Homestead Benefit, for property tax year 2010, is being credited to the February 2012 tax quarter for applicable property owners.  Adjusted February 2012 tax bills will be mailed on or before December 30, 2011.  Please pay the adjusted amount shown on the bill by 4:00 pm February 10, 2012 to avoid interest charges.  All questions regarding the homestead credit should be directed to the state Division of Taxation at 1-888-238-1233. 

 

Vote for the MAC in the 2012 NJ Monthly Best of NJ Poll
Please vote for the Middletown Arts Center under the category of “Recreation & Attractions: Live Theater / Arts Venue”. This is the link to cast your vote: http://njmonthly.com/articles/best-of-Jersey/2012-jersey-choice-the-best-of-new-jersey.html. Deadline for voting is January 15, 2012 

By winning the poll, the Middletown Arts Center would continue to spread the word statewide about its talented instructors, affordable classes, and free events and programs. It’s a true pleasure to represent an organization that educates and entertains thousands of families year-round.

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Mtown News Flash 12-2-11

Annual Trail Run/Walk
Poricy Park Conservancy
Saturday, December 3
The Poricy Park Conservancy, located at 345 Oak Hill Road, will hold its Annual Trail Run/Walk on Saturday, December 3, 2011, in cooperation with the Jersey Shore Running Club. The race will start at 9:30 a.m.; check-in time is 8:30 a.m. at the Nature Center. On-line registration is closed but you can register on-site.

In addition to the 5K Run/Walk and 2K Fun Run for Kids, there will be a 5 Mile Run for the die-hard runner! The Trail Run is open to all ages, whether you run or walk! Enjoy rolling trails, mostly grass and dirt terrain in the scenic Park. The 5 Mile race will wind through the Park, continue outside the Park onto street pavement through the neighboring development, and return to finish in the Park. Following the race, all participants will be treated to a pasta lunch, compliments of Bertucci’s of Hazlet. An awards ceremony will be held at the end of the race with trophies being awarded in different categories.

 

Holiday Extravaganza
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Middletown Arts Center
5:00-8:00 pm, Free
The "Holiday Extravaganza" will begin at 5:00 p.m. with traditional holiday songs performed by TubaChristmas
, an exciting ensemble of tuba and euphonium players from across the community. The MAC’s TubaChristmas performance, conducted by Joseph Lawlor, is New Jersey’s only TubaChristmas event and one of over 200 concerts across the country. The event is a tribute to the late artist/teacher William J. Bell, born on Christmas Day 1902. Tuba and euphonium players of all ages are invited to perform in TubaChristmas.  

Following TubaChristmas, guests will enjoy caroling and Middletown’s traditional tree lighting on the MAC grounds at 5:30 pm. During the tree lighting, Santa will arrive by fire truck, and then proceed to his secret workshop in the MAC where he will pose for pictures with the children. Parents are requested to bring their own cameras, as a photographer will not be present to take photos. Guests will also enjoy a tap performance by Miss Deena and the MACettes in the theatre and cartooning fun with the Doodle Dude. Tickets to the Middletown Arts Center’s super 50/50 raffle fundraiser will be on sale throughout the evening. Jolly Santa himself will pull the winning ticket at the end of the evening. The winner need not be present to receive his or her winnings.

 

Get your Holiday Train Ride Tickets 

Train Ride is Saturday, December 10
Tickets are still available for Middletown’s annual Holiday Train Ride. The event will take place on Saturday, December 10. Travelers can choose to ride the 10:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m. train. The train rides, which have become a holiday tradition for many families, will feature visits from Santa and friends, jugglers, Holiday caroling, clowns, magic and goodie bags. Tickets are $15 per person. Free for children younger than 1 year of age, but a ticket is still required. Residents can purchase tickets in-person at Middletown Parks and Recreation, Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville, Leonardo, NJ 07737, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Recreation office until all seats are sold. Registrants will be assigned a specific car on the train at the time of registration. It is highly recommended that if you would like to sit with other families that you all register early and at the same time. Cash, checks, Visa and Mastercard accepted.

 

Leaf Collection
Fall leaf collection is underway. Get status reports at www.middletownnj.org/collection

 

Toy Donation Drop-offs
The Middletown Social Services Department is accepting toy donations for Middletown Helps Its Own. The Social Services Office is located at Croydon Hall, 900 Leonardville Road.  Hours are Monday- Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 pm 

The Middletown PBA is accepting toy donations for Middletown Helps Its Own and Jason’s Dreams. Donations can be brought directly to the Police Desk, located at Town Hall, 1 Kings Highway, at any time.

 

Hurricane Irene – Recovery News from FEMA
Deadline Extended For Flood Insurance Claims
New Jersey policyholders who suffered losses as a result of Hurricane Irene damage (Aug. 27 through Sept. 5, 2011) have been given an extension to file the Proof of Loss (POL) form with the insurance company handling their claim.

National Flood Insurance officials said that New Jersey policyholders now have 150 days from the date of the event that caused the damage to file the POL, or until January 23, 2012.

The claims process starts with the affected policyholder contacting his/her insurance agent, reporting the property damage and meeting with an adjuster. The adjuster may, as a courtesy, provide a POL — which is the statement of the amount claimed under the NFIP policy  — but the property owner is responsible for making sure that it is complete, accurate and filed in a timely manner. It must include a detailed estimate and other supporting documentation to replace or repair the flood-damaged property, and must be signed and witnessed.

If the property owner notices additional damage after the POL is submitted, the owner may file a supplemental Proof of Loss documenting the newly discovered damage. This, too, must be within the time period allowed by the extension.

If the claim for additional damages is presented after the extension period, the insured must request a waiver of the time limitation from NFIP in order to submit the supplemental claim.

Those who wish additional information on flood insurance or who have questions or concerns about their flood insurance should contact their insurance agent or visit www.floodsmart.gov.

 

NJ Residents Covered Under NFIP May Be Eligible For Up To $30,000 In Extra Assistance
New Jersey residents whose damaged homes or businesses are covered under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) may be eligible for up to $30,000 in additional assistance, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The benefit, called "Increased Cost of Compliance" or ICC coverage, is part of most NFIP policies and may be used to protect properties against risks of future flooding. In other words, it helps pay for the increased cost of complying with local floodplain ordinances.

Only local officials can designate buildings damaged by one or multiple floods as “substantially damaged." The policyholder would then be required to use flood-safe practices when rebuilding, which generally means elevating or moving the structure. Under this scenario, up to $30,000 may be available to pay for mitigation techniques to reduce future flooding risks.

Flood victims seeking ICC assistance should apply on a separate form, which may be obtained from their NFIP agent. The money may be used to elevate, demolish or relocate the damaged structure. The total insurance payout, including ICC coverage, cannot exceed $250,000 for a residence or $500,000 for a non-residential structure. Non-residential structures may use only ICC funds for flood-proofing.

For further information, contact your local flood insurance agent.

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