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Meanest red-light cameras in N.J. pumped out thousands of citations in 2013

Meanest red-light cameras in N.J. pumped out thousands of citations in 2013 (via NJ.com)

We have found the meanest red light in New Jersey. It was two years ago when Alice Henry had her first encounter with it and she still tries to avoid the intersection that made her $85 poorer. “I either try to go a different route, or I go and stop…

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Posted: December 23rd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Declan O'Scanlon, Red Light Cameras | Tags: , , , | Comments Off on Meanest red-light cameras in N.J. pumped out thousands of citations in 2013

Short Hills mall shooting: Essex sheriff says mall stopped using his officers for outside security 3 years ago

Short Hills mall shooting: Essex sheriff says mall stopped using his officers for outside security 3 years ago (via NJ.com)

In the wake of last week’s carjacking that left a Hoboken attorney dead outside The Mall at Short Hills, Essex County Sheriff Armando Fontoura said today that it’s time for New Jersey’s shopping complexes to beef up security in parking lots and other…

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Posted: December 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: News, NJNewsCommons | Tags: , , | Comments Off on Short Hills mall shooting: Essex sheriff says mall stopped using his officers for outside security 3 years ago

Short Hills mall carjacking suspects had criminal records ranging from bank robbery to burglary

Short Hills mall carjacking suspects had criminal records ranging from bank robbery to burglary (via NJ.com)

NEWARK — When Basim Henry robbed a Union Township bank in November 2003, it was not hard to connect him to the crime. He had driven his white Pontiac to the bank on Morris Avenue, authorities said, and left it parked illegally on an adjacent side…

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Authorities identify 4 men arrested in connection with deadly Short Hills carjacking

Authorities identify 4 men arrested in connection with deadly Short Hills carjacking (via NJ.com)

By Ted Sherman and James Queally/The Star-Ledger NEWARK — Nearly a week after 30-year-old Hoboken lawyer Dustin Friedland was gunned down in a deadly carjacking while returning to his vehicle in an upper level parking deck of the Mall at Short Hills…

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Posted: December 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: News, NJNewsCommons | Tags: , | 8 Comments »

BREAKING: Arrests made in connection with fatal carjacking outside Short Hills mall

BREAKING: Arrests made in connection with fatal carjacking outside Short Hills mall (via NJ.com)

MILLBURN — Four men have been arrested in the fatal shooting of a Hoboken lawyer during a carjacking outside the Mall at Short Hills on Sunday, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s office. A press conference has been scheduled for 9 a.m. this…

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Posted: December 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: News, NJNewsCommons | Tags: , | Comments Off on BREAKING: Arrests made in connection with fatal carjacking outside Short Hills mall

Gramiccioni And Golden: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Monmouth County Police Departments have been given grants to target drunk or impaired drivers this holiday season as part of a statewide “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative, warned Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni and Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative focuses on mobilizing police departments across the state during the holiday season in an effort to raise awareness about the dangers of drunk and impaired driving through concentrated enforcement activities. The 2012 holiday season “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative resulted in 1,555 Driving While Intoxicated arrests statewide, with 42 of those arrests taking place in Monmouth County, between December 7, 2012 and January 2, 2013.

“The statistics are sobering enough. The holidays are a time to create lasting memories with your family and friends, not destroy family and friends who will be forced to recall the horrific death of a loved one who wasn’t sober and got behind the wheel of a vehicle,” Gramiccioni said.

“No family should have to face the death of another family member during the holiday season, or any time of the year for that matter. The message is clear: ‘Don’t Drink and Drive’, so the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ initiative should simply resonate with anyone who operates any motor vehicle this holiday season,” said Golden.

For the cost of a dinner or another round, get a ride home.  You might be drunker than you think:

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Posted: December 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Prosecutor | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Gramiccioni And Golden: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Christie nominates Cliff Moore to the Monmouth County Tax Board

Cliff Moore

Cliff Moore

Governor Chris Christie has nominated Clifford J. Moore, III of Hazlet to the Monmouth County Board of Taxation.

If confirmed by the State Senate, Moore will replace Daniel M. Kelly of Little Silver on the board.  Kelly resigned last month due to professional commitments.

Moore is the president of the Keyport Bayfront Business Cooperative , past president of the Northern Monmouth Chamber of Commerce, and co-chair of the Hazlet Business Owners Association Economic Development Committee. Moore ran for Hazlet Township Committee, as a Democrat, last November.  He is an owner of seven business in Hazlet and Keyport.

The Monmouth County Board of Taxation is comprised of four Republicans and three Democrats. Moore is taking a Democratic seat. The party of the incumbent governor holds the majority.

Matthew S. Clark, the Monmouth County Tax Administrator, said that the commissioners have a “broader, taller responsibility” than they have had in years past, as Monmouth is the first county in New Jersey to implement the Assessment Demonstration Program signed into law by Governor Christie in March.   The Assessment Demonstration Program is “true property tax reform,” according to Clark, which includes online appeals and creates assessment precision.  The online appeals process is a shared service that the Tax Board is offering to other counties to generate revenue and reduce the tax burden on Monmouth County property owners.

The commissioners hear tax appeal cases, certify property tax rates, certify the county’s equalization table, oversee the administration of county tax assessments, and certify the annual added assessments from Monmouth’s municipalities.

Commissioners on the Tax Board earn a salary of $18,000 per year.  Clark did not know if new commissioners receive health benefits are part of their compensation.   The Governor’s press office as yet to respond to an inquiry regarding health benefits for tax commissioners.

Posted: December 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Taxation | Tags: , , , , | 13 Comments »

Salamat po

By Ernesto Cullari

Ernesto_Cullari_GDA1Over 5,000 people were killed and nearly 2,000 are still missing since Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in early November. We can easily recall the devastation and the loss that occurred on the Jersey Shore following Hurricane Sandy. Many of us are still rebuilding lives, homes and businesses. Haiyan was the most violent storm to ever make landfall and only you can begin to imagine their suffering. On behalf of my mother Lee, my step dad Matt and the 27 orphans living under their care in Bohol, the Philippines, I thank you for recently coming to their aid in such a desperate time of need. Street Kids Philippine Missions will continue to meet the needs of these children because of your generosity.

 

Even before the storm, the Philippines was a place of both beauty and squalor. The Philippine Islands are home to many of the world’s most alluring beaches. Yet not far from the tourist attractions and the luxurious hotels are some of the filthiest shantytowns on earth.StrKids Top300x250

 

Imagine a neighborhood constructed of trash and debris; with walls and roofs made of cardboard, tin and sheetrock. Pirated electricity from neighboring gated enclaves lights the dark and dingy nights, for the few foolish enough to reroute the current into their hand patched shack. Fires often ravage and raze shantytowns.

 

Not everyone who is poor or destitute lives in shantytowns. Entire families live on doorsteps, street benches, inside cardboard boxes erected on sidewalks. Many of these are former sales clerks, teachers or small business owners. In the Philippines, there are only rich and poor. Corruption, addiction, cronyism and the mindset of those who have lived under multi-generational poverty have seen to it that the middle-class does not grow roots and flourish.

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Posted: December 20th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Ernesto Cullari, Typhoon Haiyan | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »

N.J. Assembly approves ban on public release of mugshots before conviction

N.J. Assembly approves ban on public release of mugshots before conviction (via NJ.com)

TRENTON — The state Assembly today passed a bill to ban the public release of mugshots of people who have been arrested in New Jersey, but have not yet been convicted. The bill (A3906), fast-tracked during the Legislature’s lame-duck session, passed…

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Posted: December 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Crime, New Jersey | Tags: , , | Comments Off on N.J. Assembly approves ban on public release of mugshots before conviction

Christie Presser Live At 1PM (or there abouts)

Governor Chris Christie will be announcing some more personnel changes for his coming second term. The press conference is scheduled for 1PM and can be viewed live here:

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Posted: December 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie | Tags: , | Comments Off on Christie Presser Live At 1PM (or there abouts)