Christie’s ‘randomly’ chosen Boy Scout at town hall wasn’t left entirely to chance

IMG_4882 (640x416)TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie’s “randomly” chosen question from a Boy Scout at a town hall meeting last week wasn’t left entirely to chance, though luck did play a small part. In Freehold last Tuesday afternoon, the governor took a question from 12-year-old Zachary Seemar, a Boy Scout from Brick Township whose family lost its home… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 22nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | No Comments »

FEMA will contribute $2 million, 90% of cost to repair County Bridge in Middletown

Funding approved for replacement of bridge over Pews Creek

Middletown Committeman Tony Fiore, Congressman Chris Smith and Middletown Mayor Stephanie Murray inspect the Bay Ave Bridge on the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, October 29, 2014.  MMM file photo

MIDDLETOWN, NJ – Monmouth County was informed that it would be receiving a $2 million reimbursement from Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for the replacement of Bray Avenue Bridge (MT-2) over Pews Creek in the Port Monmouth section of Middletown.

The $2,006,208 allocation represents a 90 percent reimbursement for the rebuilding of the bridge that has been closed since the tidal surge created by Superstorm Sandy overtopped the bridge and advanced the deteriorating condition of the bridge significantly.

“Residents and commuters in the Port Monmouth area will be glad to hear this news,” said Freeholder Thomas A. Arnone. “With the financing in place, the County’s Public Works and Engineering staff can now shift gears and move the Bray Avenue Bridge replacement project forward.”

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Posted: March 18th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Chris Smith, FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Monmouth County Board of Freeholders, Press Release, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Sandy victims forced to pay thousands of dollars or remain in the dark

assetContentIn an area of the Jersey Shore most devastated by Sandy, a power company is forcing many homeowners who rebuilt their houses higher to spend thousands of dollars to also raise the utility poles and electric lines. One homeowner had to pay $20,000, after the stand-off stopped his rebuilding for months, he said. It’s not clear… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 17th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, JCP&L, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Golden Hammer: Naval Weapons Station Earle employees misused funds after Sandy

NWS Earle LeonardoIn the wake of Superstorm Sandy, civilian workers at New Jersey’s Naval Weapons Station Earle used the base’s money to buy ceramic tile, molding and toilet partitions for their personal houses and exploited overtime pay – with some putting in and being approved for 24-hour work shifts during the disaster. In addition, the base’s public works… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

FEMA to review every Sandy flood insurance claim

IMG_3871 (640x427)TRENTON, N.J. (AP) – Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have agreed to reopen and review every flood insurance claim filed by Superstorm Sandy victims. The review will involve approximately 144,000 claims and not limit corrective action to 2,200 that are currently in litigation. The announcement comes following allegations of fraud involving the way some insurance companies… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 13th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez, Cory Booker, FEMA, Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

Why Christie Got RREM’d In Iowa

assetContentIn her last job, Amanda Devecka-Rinear’s office was in an historic brick Georgian mansion on DuPont Circle in Washington D.C., with rooftop views of Embassy Row. Her office now is in a fishing shack on Cedar Bonnet Island, with back porch views of Barnegat Bay and kitchen views of a boarded-up house across the sand-packed street.… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: 2016 Presidential Politics, Chris Christie, Hurricane Sandy, RREM, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Superstorm Sandy victims must pay for taller utility poles

TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) – It just doesn’t seem fair. Bridgewater resident Kathy Gerndt elevated her small one-story summer cottage on Moonrise Lane in Toms River, which was wrecked by Superstorm Sandy, eight feet to bring it into accordance with Federal Emergency Management Agency rules. Now Gerndt has a problem that’s not her fault but will… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, JCP&L, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

Seeking FEMA Money For ‘The Full Universe Of Victims’

assetContent (51)New Jersey’s two U.S. senators say the number of Hurricane Sandy cases currently in federal court doesn’t begin to represent all the victims harmed by the government’s “unfair” process to recover insurance claims after the storm. Those victims, lawmakers say, are entitled to FEMA settlements. On Friday, Democratic Sens. Robert Menendez and Cory Booker wrote to… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: March 1st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Bob Menendez, Cory Booker, FEMA, Flooding, Hurricane Sandy, National Flood Insurance Plan, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off

Better Prepared? What Meteorologists Learned from Hurricane Sandy

0026Sandy devastated most of the homes on Ron Krauss’s block in Union Beach, NJ. October 29, 2012 seemed like just another day for Ron Krauss and his family. The Halloween decorations were up at their Union Beach home, and though Sandy was approaching, Krauss wasn’t terribly worried. “We said we’re going to stay because nobody was… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 24th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Belmar’s “Home By Summer” Campaign Raises $50K in two weeks

The Sperber family hopes to be 'Home by Summer' with the help of Belmar's fundraising efforts

The Sperber family hopes to be ‘Home by Summer’ with the help of Belmar’s fundraising efforts

Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty announced yesterday that the fundraising campaign that he launched two weeks ago to assist the remaining two borough families displaced by Superstorm Sandy move back into their homes by this summer has raised $50,000 of it’s $200,000 goal.

The Keefe and Sperber families sustained significant damage to their homes and have seen the last of the state and federal grant money for Sandy relief programs run out while their home repairs continue to be ongoing and unaffordable.

“The response to this effort has been amazing.  Support for these two families has flooded in from all over the country.  The initial donations are enough to get contractors back working on these homes and more support is coming in every day.  We are building the momentum these families need to get back home by summer.” said Mayor Doherty.

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Posted: February 21st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Belmar, Hurricane Sandy, Matt Doherty, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off