Middletown Township launched its new website this morning. The site, which works well on mobile devices as well as desktop/laptop computers, is sure to win even more accolades than the Township’s previous award winning site which set the standard for municipal governments communicating with residents and businesses.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County News | Tags: Middletown, Middletown's website, Monmouth County News, Stephanie Murray, Steve Massell | Comments Off on Middletown Launches New Website
Monmouth County Republican Chairman Shaun Golden released a statement this morning announcing that his slate of municipal candidates this year included six Young Republican Leaders under the age of 35.
Candidates for local office filed to run with their respective Municipal Clerks all across Monmouth County on Monday. It is clear by the two parties’ selection of nominees, that Republicans in Monmouth County are the only ones offering voters a chance to elect a new generation of leaders with fresh, bold ideas for the future.admin | Filed under: 2015 Elections, Monmouth County, Monmouth GOP | Tags: 2015 Elections, Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Charlie Cocuzza, Congressman Chris Smith, Freehold, Freehold Borough, Hazlet, Jane Fields, Jesus Vega, Mark Taylor, Michael Gill, Mike Whelan, Monmouth GOP, Red Bank, Robert J. Gibbons, Sean DiSomma, Senator Joe Kyrillos, Shaun Golden, Stephanie Murray, Sue Kiley, Thomas Mann, Toby Stark, Tony Fiore, William Shea, Young Republicans | 12 Comments »
A 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:Art Gallagher | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, PBA, Stephanie Murray | Tags: Facebook, Mayor Stephanie Murray, Middletown, Middletown Township, Middletown Township Committee, Middletown Township PBA Local 124, Stephanie Murray | 17 Comments »
For years, many communities, including Middletown, have named streets after fallen heroes. Now in Middletown there will be a commemorative sign under the official street signs that identifies the hero, their branch of service and the conflict in which they were sacrificed.
Wednesday afternoon in Port Monmouth, Congressman Chris Smith joined Mayor Stephanie Murray and Committeeman Tony Fiore joined Veterans Affairs Committee Members James Guerrieri, and Tom Garretson and William Bouw in honoring the life and heroism of Army Sgt Richard Belicose who died as the result of injuries sustained in Vietnam in May of 1967. Sgt Belicose’s brothers Ron and Robert were on hand for the ceremony.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Veterans | Tags: Congressman Chris Smith, James Guerrieri, Middletown, Middletown Street Signs, Middletown Veterans Affairs Committee, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Robert Belicose, Ronald Belicose, Sgt Richard Belicose, Stephanie Murray, Tom Garretson, Tony Fiore, Veterans, William Bouw | 1 Comment »
Middletown Police Chief Robert Oches is getting $249,338 for unused sick and vacation time accumulated over his 40 year career upon his retirement at the end of this month. The payout is at Oches current pay scale, despite the fact that the time accumulated over a 40 year period.
The Township Committee approved the payment, reluctantly because it is required by State Law, at Monday night’s meeting.
Committeeman Tony Fiore said that most Oches’ unused time was accumulated prior to 1996 when the Township Committee passed a 150 day cap on retirement awards.Art Gallagher | Filed under: Middletown, Monmouth County, New Jersey, News | Tags: Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, Boat Checks, Chris Christie, Middletown, Middletown Police Chief, Middletown Police Department, Middletown Township, Robert Oches, Stephanie Murray, Tony Fiore | 23 Comments »
All five members of the Middletown Township Committee have announced that they are backing Monmouth County Sheriff Shaun Golden in his bid to replace John O. Bennett III as Chairman of the Monmouth County Republican Organization.
Mayor Stephanie Murray, Deputy Mayor Kevin Settembrino, and Committee Members Gerry Scharfenberger, Stephen Massell and Tony Fiore, all Republicans, issued a statement through Fiore .
“Sheriff Golden will bring a new energy to our Party and make us even stronger in delivering the best and most efficient county and municipal governments in New Jersey to the people of Monmouth County.
“Shaun has demonstrated a commitment to excellence and innovation while improving the performance of the Sheriff’s Office and controlling costs to the taxpayers on both the county and municipal levels. We believe his leadership and executive skills will greatly serve Monmouth County residents in a political capacity as well.
“Shaun will move our party forward and is the best person to heal any fractures that have occurred over the years.
“We appreciate the good job that Chairman Bennett has done during his term, but now, we face new challenges as elected officials and political leaders. We can’t afford to rest on our laurels, but must move forward with fresh eyes and with a renewed commitment to improve our performance for the people we represent and serve.”
Fiore told MMM that the committee members were speaking for themselves, not for the Middletown Republican Organization. Middletown GOP Chairman Peter Carton is aware of their endorsement, but has yet to speak with Golden or Bennett, Fiore said.
Posted: May 8th, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: John Bennett, Monmouth GOP, Shaun Golden | Tags: Gerry Scharfenberger, John Bennett, John O. Bennett III, Kevin Settembrino, Middletown GOP, Monmouth GOP Chairman's race, Peter Carton, Shaun Golden, Stephanie Murray, Steve Massell, Tony Fiore | 23 Comments »
Middletown Mayor Stephanie Murray and Committeeman Tony Fiore, a former mayor, will be the Republican candidates for Township Committee this fall, according to an announcement on the Middletown Township Republican Organization’s facebook page this weekend. If reelected, Murray will serve her second term; Fiore his third.
The Middletown Democrats have yet to announce their candidates. On Sunday, Party Chairman Don Watson told MMM that he would be filing candidates petitions today, the deadline for candidates seeking a partisan nomination, but declined to name the candidates. Watson indicated it was possible he could change candidates overnight.Posted: March 31st, 2014 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Middletown, Middletown Democrats, Tony Fiore | Tags: Don Watson, Middletown, Middletown Democrats, Middletown GOP, Middletown Township Committee, Stephanie Murray, Tony Fiore | 2 Comments »
MIDDLETOWN – Constituents have told Sen. Robert Menendez that the National Flood Insurance Program is feast or famine – high premiums feast on Jersey Shore residents, while low payouts force tough decisions on homeowners affected by Hurricane Sandy…
Art Gallagher | Filed under: Bob Menendez, FEMA, Middletown, National Flood Insurance Plan, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: Congressman Frank Pallone, FEMA, Middletown, National Flood Insurance Plan, North Middletown, Senator Bob Menendez, Stephanie Murray, Tony Fiore | Comments Off on Menendez calls for hearings into post-Sandy flood insurance ‘low-balling’
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino of MTV’s Jersey Shore fame, and his family opened a tanning salon in Middletown yesterday.
MMM is not in the habit of giving free advertising to people who drive Lamborghinis, and the company did not respond to our ad pitch, so we did not cover the ribbon cutting.
Gerry Scharfenberger is the only member of Middletown’s Township Committee of non-Italian American descent. Gerry did the honors at the ribbon cutting and said the right things.
“The goal is always to fill vacant storefronts, so whenever that happens it is a positive thing,” he said. “And if the star power they have is able to help them and the other businesses here, that’s even better.”
But the expressions on Gerry’s face in the pictures at NJ.com tell another story, which prompted MMM to look further into the situation.
Why wasn’t Mayor Stephanie Murray presiding on the high profile ribbon cutting? She finds the situation offensive.
“While I wish the business success for the sake of the existing businesses in the shopping center, I don’t personally support Mr. Sorrentino as his insensitivity and disrespect toward women (calling women “grenades” for example), is appalling and offensive, Murray said, “Additionally, as an Italian-American who loves and lives at the Jersey shore, the image Mr. Sorrentino projects is equally offensive.”
Committeeman Tony Fiore is also not happy with the situation.
“While Mr. Sorrentino has the right to open a business anywhere he chooses, Mr. Sorrentino has done nothing to help promote a positive image of the Jersey shore or Italians who live or visit the Jersey shore,” Fiore said, “In my view no self respecting Italian who grew up in NJ, lives at or loves the Jersey shore would help promote his business. While I wish him like any other business in Middletown success, he shouldn’t expect Middletown to embrace the circus that he is bringing to the Middletown.”Art Gallagher | Filed under: Middletown | Tags: Gerry Scharfenberger, Jersey Shore, Middletown, Mike Sorrentino, Stephanie Murray, Tanning Salon, The Situation, Tony Fiore | 6 Comments »
Dr. Gerry Scharfenberger, PhD, is slated to become Mayor of Middletown Township on Sunday January 6 when the Township Committee reorganized for 2013. Committeewoman Stephanie Murray will be Deputy Mayor.
Scharfenberger, an archaeologist who teaches at Monmouth University, is the Director of the State Office of Planning Advocacy within the Department of State. A Township Committee Member since 2005, he previously served as mayor in 2007, 2008 and 2010.
Murray, the owner and co-founder of Crescent Moon Press, is serving her first term on the Township Committee.
Under the Township Committee form of government the Mayor and Deputy Mayor are selected annually by the Committee Members.Posted: January 2nd, 2013 | Author: Art Gallagher | Filed under: Gerry Scharfenberger, Middletown | Tags: Gerry Scharfenberger, Middletown, Stephanie Murray | 4 Comments »