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 »

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 »

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 »

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

Valentine’s Day-Presidents Day

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Valentine’s Day is this coming Saturday. Monday is Presidents Day.  If you have not taken down your Christmas decorations, it’s time.

For couples who share Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Vin Gopal’s admiration for Essex County, Newark is offering vacant lots for $1000.  Couples (of any gender mix) can show up at City Hall on Saturday from 9am to noon with $500 to secure their plot.  The other $500 is due at closing.   The catch?  The couples have to build a home on the property and live in it for five years.

Ladies, you don’t have to get your guy a present. You are a gift.  But if you want to, a new HD TV is acceptable.  Head over to Airport Plaza in Hazlet and visit IEI for the best selection and pricing.   Guys, don’t even think about getting your love a TV for Valentine’s Day.

At the very least, guys, you must get you lover flowers and/or chocolate.  Good news! You can buy those right now from MMM advertisers InTheGarden in Highlands for flowers and Suzi’s Sweet Shoppe in Middletown for chocolate.

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Posted: February 11th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

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 »