Middletown Calls On Christie, Legislature To Allow Affordable Housing Funds To Assist Sandy Impacted Homeowners

IMG_3871 (640x427)Citing the shortage of federal and state funds available to assist Superstorm Sandy impacted homeowners in rebuilding their homes, the Middletown Township Committtee this week joined Marlboro Mayor Jonathan Hornik and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon in calling on the state legislature and Governor Chris Christie to put the more than $100 million in Affordable Housing Funds that are sitting dormant to work.

With a unanimous 5-0 vote, the committee passed a resolution on Monday, April 21, calling for legislation that would reinstate Regional Contribution Agreements (RCAs) “for the limited purpose of getting victims of Superstorm Sandy back in their homes during this time of need.”

RCAs were created in the original 1985 Fair Housing Act whereby towns with funds raised from developer fees or through bonding could transfer up to half of those funds to another community for the purpose of building affordable housing as required by the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Mt. Laurel decision.

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Posted: April 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: COAH, Declan O'Scanlon, Hurricane Sandy, Jersey Shore, Marlboro, Middletown, Monmouth County, National Flood Insurance Plan, NJ State Legislature, Tony Fiore | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Stronger than the storm?

New Jersey’s economy should be booming with reconstruction. It isn’t.

There should be hundreds of construction workers in Highlands, Union Beach, Sea Bright and other Sandy impacted communities every day.  They are not working and don’t look to be anytime soon.

Short changed by insurance companies/the National Flood Insurance Plan. Arduous applications for aid followed by red tape, bureaucratic incompetence and rules that halt rebuilding.  Expensive and time consuming zoning approvals to rebuild what was there before.  Pleas for help are answered with finger pointing between bureaucrats at different levels of government who are getting paid for their bullshit and going home every night.

“GO, GO, GO, REBUILD, you’ll get reimbursed,” we were told after the storm. We trusted our government. They lied.

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: #STTS, FEMA, National Flood Insurance Plan, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Public Presentation: “Building the New Clearwater Garvey”

On Wednesday, April 23 At Bahrs Landing Restaurant

For over thirty years NJ Friends of Clearwater’s the Adam Hyler has been the mainstay of the summer Environmental Sail Program jointly run with The Navesink Maritime Heritage Association on the Navesink.

On Sunday, March 30, 2014, this wooden boat, well past its prime, was donated to the Tuckerton Museum.

A NEW garvey is being designed and built jointly by NJ Friends and NMHA. Work started in the fall of 2013 and is progressing well, and it is hoped that it will be launched in time for renewing the Environmental Sail Program.

Tom Gibson, a long-time member of NJ Friends of Clearwater and NMHA and an Adam Hyler skipper, will describe the Environmental sail program, the Adam Hyler, and the design and build process for the new garvey.

7:30 PM – Light refreshments. 8:00 PM – Meeting starts
Note: Bahrs is open for dinner, bar snacks before and
after the presentation

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Posted: April 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: BizEturtle | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

Powerful, sobering remarks from Congressman Chris Smith

Rep_Chris_Smith_addressing_House_subcommittee (800x508)Congressman Chris Smith (R-NJ-4), Dean of the New Jersey Congressional Delegation will address the NJ Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Walk to Washington Dinner this evening.  His remarks as prepared for delivery are as follows:

On a myriad of fronts, the number of seemingly insurmountable challenges facing America today demands sober, serious and sustained problem solving by Congress, the President and stakeholders of every stripe.

Thankfully we have highly motivated and informed experts from the private sector including and especially the Chamber of Commerce showing the way forward.

Like you, I’m a big fan of principled bipartisanship.  Working across the aisle for important causes and goals often yields positive results.

However, in both Washington and Trenton, healthy partisanship has a place as well.  A benign adversarial system—with an emphasis on benign—ought to produce well-vetted policies that serve the public.  At least that’s the theory.

But we live in an age of the perpetual political campaign where truth and the common interest often take a hit. Enabled in part by distortion, surface appeal argument,  the 24/7 cable news cycle  and an increase in negative political advertising, the public is increasingly ill served and tackling tough issues with good faith compromise has become more elusive than ever.

On the national debt, the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) a few weeks ago cautioned with understated alarm that our massive current-day debt of $17.5 trillion will skyrocket to $27 trillion in just ten years.  The interest payment alone will be $876 billion in 2024—an amount greater than the combined budgets  this year for Homeland Security, HUD, Justice, Transportation, Agriculture,  all discretionary spending for HHS including the National Institutes of Health, Science agencies and the Department of Defense.

Ballooning annual interest payments as far as the eye can see are unconscionable.

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Posted: April 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

9th Annual 5k Lighthouse Run For the Blind Being Held May 3 On Sandy Hook

100b3ecb6a3055f718c42be00126efefThe Eatontown Lions Club and the Jersey Shore Running Club announce the 9th Annual Sandy Hook Lighthouse 5k Run/Walk for the Blind which will be held on Saturday May 3 on Sandy Hook at 9:30 AM.   Proceeds from the race benefit the New Jersey Blind Citizens Association and Camp Happiness.   The 2014 race marks a return of the event to Sandy Hook after damage from Hurricane Sandy caused last years race to be relocated to Eatontown.

There will be awards for the top three male and female finishers plus age group awards.   Scoring will be posted on the JSRC website.   Special guests will include seeing eye dog puppies and their handlers from various clubs in New Jersey.   A special post-race gathering will also be held.

Race Director Joe Freeman of Eatontown said, “The Eatontown Lions Club started the event to promote the Association and the good work they do. The event is unique in that Seeing Eye Dog groups that include dogs, puppies and handlers come from all across the state to participate.”

Participants can register online at here  or download printable registration forms here.

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Community Announcements | Tags: , , , , | No Comments »

The Arnone Report


Freeholder Director Tom Arone

Freeholder Director Tom Arone

By Monmouth County Freeholder Tom Arnone


For the fourth straight year in a row The Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders has had a 0% tax increase. I am pleased that I have been able to be a part of this budget especially in the hard economic times we are faced with. It has been and always will be a priority of mine as well as the entire Board of Chosen Freeholders to continue this trend of savings to our Monmouth County residents.

Additionally, The Board of Chosen Freeholders is pleased to report we have collected over $1 Million (Actual is $1,022,976.56) in revenues at this early stage in the year from our 911 communications shared service. This amount is based on revenue received from 21 towns. This is a vast increase from prior years where the invoice and revenue collection process typically began in April. This year, the Freeholders in conjunction with the Sheriff through the Office of Shared Services began the process at a much earlier date. The result has been beneficial to all parties as the county has earlier use of funds to help offset our expenses which allows for efficient budgeting for the county as well as for our municipalities. The Board of Chosen Freeholders is extremely pleased with these figures and anticipates the numbers to continue to increase as we receive revenue from the remaining municipalities. The revenue the County receives that is generated through shared services offers relief to the municipalities that translates to lower costs for the services being performed.

April is Autism Awareness Month, and at the last meeting of The Board of Chosen Freeholders a Proclamation was presented to Dr. David Abbott, Superintendent of Schools, for The Shore Center for Students with Autism located in Tinton Falls,. The Proclamation was presented to commemorate Autism Awareness Month in hopes of raising awareness of Autism.

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Posted: April 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Monmouth County Budget, Property Taxes, Taxes, Tom Arnone | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

Christie spends $100 million on cancer research, proposes to spend $18 million more in coming year

Photo by Paul Scharff

Photo by Paul Scharff

Throughout the relative austerity of  the last five state budgets, Governor Chris Christie somehow managed to spend $100 million in cancer research through Rutgers Cancer Institute.  In his current proposed budget for fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015), Christie has proposed funding the program at the same level it was funded in fiscal years 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, $18 million.

Christie proposed spending $18 million in the FY 2014 budget too. In negotiations with the legislature the amount was raised to $28 million for the current year.

Now Rutgers Cancer Institute and their friends at The Star Ledger are spinning the new $18 million proposed for the coming year as a cut of $10 million.

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Posted: April 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Rutgers | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Christie and Prieto negotiating over renewal of key NJ property tax law

Christie and Prieto negotiating over renewal of key NJ property tax law (via NJ.com)

TRENTON — State Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto is negotiating with Gov. Chris Christie on renewing of a law that limits raises to some police and firefighters to help curtail property tax increases. “I am in conversations with the governor and…

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Posted: April 22nd, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Property Tax Tool Kit, Property Taxes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Cooking with Marilyn

Cooking with Marilyn

Jersey Shore restaurateur Marilyn Schlossbach invites foodies
and friends to celebrate sustainable cuisine at a special
Earth Day cooking demonstration tomorrow.

Aptly titled “Sustainable Fish, Fowl, Oysters & Veggies,”
at Langosta Lounge, Ocean Avenue, Asbury Park

Don’t Miss Our Earth Day Edition of
“Cooking with Marilyn” Tomorrow, April 22 at 6:00 p.m.

Forty North Oysters
Honey Tasting Seven Arrows Farm &
Spring Radish, Cream Butter & Sea Salt

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Posted: April 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Asbury Park, BizEturtle | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »

State Testing Sees Growing Movement of Families Planning to Opt Out

State Testing Sees Growing Movement of Families Planning to Opt Out (via NJSpotlight)

It started with a trickle a few years ago, and it may still be only a small stream, but more and more New Jersey families appear intent on opting to have their children not take the state’s standardized tests. Nearly 700 people have signed onto a…

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Posted: April 21st, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Education | Tags: , , , , , | No Comments »