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: , , , | No Comments »

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: , , , , , , | No Comments »

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 »

DiMaso: Stender should resign

Monmouth County Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso

Monmouth County Deputy Freeholder Director Serena DiMaso

Monmouth County Deputy Freeholder Director Serena Dimaso today called upon the Democratic leadership of the State Legislature to force Assemblywoman  Linda Stender out of office.

According to numerous published reports, Stender and her husband Richard concocted a scheme to  have their vacation bungalow in Manasquan demolished  and replaced with a half million dollar 5 bedroom home with charitable and government funds dedicated to help Monmouth County residents who lost their homes and possessions to Superstorm Sandy rebuild.  The charity Coastal Habitat for Humanity claims the Stenders have not repaid the $11,000 the organization spent to demolish the bungalow, as they promised they would.

“SHAME ON HER,” exclaimed DisMaso, “There are thousands of people not back in their homes yet and hundreds of people working hard to find resources to take care of those people.  For an elected official to unscrupulously attempt to gain the system is a disgrace.”

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Posted: February 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Press Release, Serena DiMaso | Tags: , , , , , , , | 6 Comments »

State investigating shore home dispute between N.J. lawmaker’s husband, coastal charity

assetContentTRENTON — The state Attorney General’s Office is investigating the dispute between Assemblywoman Linda Stender’s husband and a Monmouth County charity that claims the Stenders tried to take advantage of it to transform a damaged bungalow into a luxury shore home, NJ Advance Media has learned. As part of the investigation, authorities are looking into whether… Read the rest of this entry »

Posted: February 23rd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, New Jersey, News, NJ Democrats, NJ State Legislature | Tags: , , , , , | 5 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: , , , , , , , , | No Comments »

New Jersey’s oyster madness: Reefs rise in NY while N.J. ban continues

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Posted: February 9th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Christie Administration, DEP, Environment, Monmouth County | Tags: , , , , , , | 2 Comments »

Belmar wants its last 2 families displaced by Sandy ‘Home by Summer’

Belamar home by summerBELMAR – For more than two years, after Hurricane Sandy destroyed her family’s 14th Avenue home, Teresa Keefe, her three children and her mother have been living in a Lakewood apartment with relatives. Keefe shares a room with her 14-year-old daughter, Shayla, while her mother, Isabelle, and 9-year-old daughter, Alyssa, sleep in a dining room and… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 6th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Belmar, Hurricane Sandy, Matt Doherty, Monmouth County, New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment »

White House: Construction in Coastal Areas Must Factor in Climate Change

President Barack Obama has issued an executive order directing all government agencies handing out federal aid to incorporate stricter building requirements that take sea-level rise into account. The move is aimed at making residents in coastal areas safer from storms like Sandy, as well as ensuring that taxpayer money is spent wisely. Planners and environmentalists have… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: February 2nd, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Army Corp of Engineers, Barack Obama, FEMA, Flood Maps, Flooding, Hurricane Sandy, Superstorm Sandy | Tags: , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Demolition of Sandy-ravaged Sea Bright apartments clearing way for state land deal

assetContentSEA BRIGHT —One of the most visible reminders of Hurricane Sandy’s destruction in Sea Bright is about to be a footnote in history. Demolition of the Anchorage Apartments, a riverside condominium complex that sat empty behind a chain link fence for two years, began Saturday morning to make way for a park. The site has been… Read the rest of this entry »
Posted: January 31st, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Monmouth County, New Jersey, Sea Bright | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off