Middletown Reduces Spending By Almost $1 Million

Middletown Mayor Stephanie Murray

Middletown Mayor Stephanie Murray

The Middletown Township Committee is slated to introduce their 2015 budget tonight with a spending decrease of $959,463. The total budget as introduced will be $69,437,466 compared to 2014 spending of $70,396,929.

Decreased non-tax revenues, including parking permits and court fees, of $2.8 million and increases in snow removal costs of $1.3 million and insurance costs of $600,000, were off set by savings from shared services agreements with other municipalities and the Middletown Board of Education, as well as utility cost savings for $223,000.

The tax levy on Township property owners will increase $428,484 to $46,964,220, not including the Township Library.  With the library budget of $3,445,649, the overall tax levy increases by $486,502.

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Posted: March 30th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, Monmouth County News | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Middletown PBA takes negotiations to facebook

11053463_659426564183397_8224175469663770429_nA rant against Mayor Stephanie Murray and the rest of the Middletown Township Committee was posted anonymously on the business facebook page of the Middletown Township PBA Local 124 yesterday afternoon.

Written by “I am a police officer in Middletown Township,” the post alleges that Murray and the Township Committee are not paying police officers salaries and claims that officers are subjected to sub-standard working conditions.  The anonymous officer claims that the Township Committee gave themselves a 20% raise:

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Posted: March 20th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, PBA, Stephanie Murray | Tags: , , , , , , | 17 Comments »

Middletown Man Found Alive and Well in Florida

Anthony TaselloAnthony Tassello, the 55 year old Middletown man reported missing by his family on Monday, was been located alive and well in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida this morning, according to Charles Webster, spokesman for the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

The Proscecutor’s Office and the Middletown Police Department cancelled a press conference schedule for 11 a.m. this morning on the Tassello matter upon his location.  Detectives with the Middletown PD told MMM that the case is still being investigated and that more information will be forthcoming, perhaps this afternoon.

Tassello’s car was one of five burned in a suspicious fire at Tom’s Ford’s Keyport parking lot on Tuesday morning.

According to his facebook page, Tassello has been employed by Trap Rock Industries, a Princeton, NJ asphalt company owned by the Stavola family, since 1984.  Employees at Trap Rock declined to give any information about Tassello.

Posted: February 19th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

Concern for Missing Middletown Man’s Safety Rises After His Car Is Found Burned

Via the Middletown Police Department

Anthony TaselloInvestigators are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Anthony Tassello, a 55-year-old Middletown man, who was reported missing on Monday by family members. Tassello was last seen around 9:15 a.m. on Monday, February 16, 2015.  He is a white male, approximately 6 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 230 pounds.

The vehicle he was driving, a white 2008 Ford Escape, was one of five vehicles burned during a suspicious fire at the Tom’s Ford dealership on Route 35 in Keyport, on Tuesday morning, February 17, 2015.

Police are concerned for Mr. Tassello’s safety. He was last seen wearing a gray tweed hat, a vest and blue jeans and may possibly be in the New York City area,

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Posted: February 18th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Keyport, Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Family drops lawsuit over Mater Dei closing

assetContent (43)MIDDLETOWN —The family suing to prevent the closure of Mater Dei Prep in Middletown is withdrawing its lawsuit. Brian Petrone said he decided to drop the suit, after speaking with school officials and alumni, out of concern that his action would harm his goal of having the Catholic high school become more financially secure. It’s not…

Posted: February 14th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Mater Dei student’s family sues Diocese, school to prevent closure, report says


MIDDLETOWN — The Diocese of Trenton and Mater Dei Prep have reportedly been named in a new lawsuit filed by the family of one of the Catholic high school’s students looking to prevent the school from closing. In a complaint filed in Monmouth County Superior Court on Feb. 5, Brian and Heather Burns and their son,… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off

Oceanic Bridge Maintenance To Start On Monday February 9

Oceanic Bridge1The Oceanic Bridge (S-31), the span that connects Rumson and Middletown over the Navesink River will undergo repairs to the structural steel and concrete deck beginning on Monday morning February 9 at about 9am.  The maintenance project is expected to continue through April 15.

Single lane closures during the mid-day and early evening hours will facilitate the movement of vehicular and pedestrian traffic across the busy span.

A full overnight closure will also be in place from 10:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

The Oceanic Bridge schedule from on or about Feb. 9 to April 15 will be:

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Posted: February 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, Rumson | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

There is still Hope for Mater Dei Prep

Marter Dei logoMater Dei Prep, the Catholic High School in Middletown affiliated with St. Mary Parish has received a two month life line.

On Tuesday, Father Jeff Kegley announced the school would close its doors and stop educating young Catholics in June because after years of financial losses the parish could no longer sustain the school which is on track to lose $1 million this year.

Yesterday, encouraged by “the tremendous outpouring of support from the school and parish community to keep Mater Dei Prep open”, Fr. Kegley announced a two month fund raising campaign, “Save the Seraphs,” to raise the $1 million necessary to keep the school operating another year.

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Posted: February 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , | 2 Comments »

Mater Dei Prep to close in June

Marter Dei PrepMarter Dei Prep, the Catholic High School affiliated with St.Mary Parish in Middletown will close due to financial losses at the conclusion of the current school year, according to a press release issued today by Father Jeff Kegley, Pastor of the parish.

“It is with great sadness that I inform you that Mater Dei Prep will close at the end of this school year, June 2015. Over the many years, Mater Dei Prep has been running large financial deficits. It had been the hope of the Parish Finance Council and myself that these trends could be reversed. However, the 2014-2015 projected loss is close to one million dollars,” Kegley said.

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Posted: February 3rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Education, Middletown, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , | 2 Comments »

Sandy victims home for holidays thanks to volunteer group | Di Ionno

assetContent (9)Katharine Koehler’s big idea began with a simple act of kindness. She brought coffee into Sandy-battered towns on the Raritan Bay for stunned homeowners and the volunteers helping them clean up and, in many cases, clean out. “I remember seeing heaps of people’s belongings – dressers, tables, chairs, all this furniture and household furnishings piled up… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: December 24th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Hurricane Sandy, Middletown, Monmouth County, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »