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Chamber Event at Martell's Canceled

Martell's changed its mind to allow mayor into event, but some honorees were already cancelling


A decision to cancel the Point Beach Chamber of Commerce installation dinner to honor local first responders and public works employees at Martell's was made Thursday afternoon due to some honorees cancelling, says the chamber president.

"Some of the honorees said it's in their best interest not to attend because of the political climate," said Chamber President Lynne Mahoney, who was to end her tenure as president and turn the reins over to Ed Brannagan, Martell's manager, on Saturday night. She added she did not know the percentage of honorees who had canceled.

"The political climate" involved

Scott Bassinder said the mayor's remarks about his father "hit a nerve," that Barrella owed his father an apology and that he felt compelled to let him know he was not welcome.

Apparently, that made some of the first responders and municipal employees have second thoughts.

"Some of them said they needed to remain neutral and we understand that," said Mahoney, owner of "We didn't know if we would be able to have the mayor read the proclamations honoring first responders."

Barrella had also been scheduled to swear in the new chamber officers and directors.

Only a few hours before the chamber notified Patch, Scott Bassinder emailed Patch saying, "I've changed my mind and will let him in but I feel he still owes my dad an apology."

But apparently some honorees had canceled by the time news began circulating that Bassinder had a change of heart.

Mahoney said she is disappointed that the chamber will not be publicly honoring the first responders and staff Saturday night.

"We really wanted to honor the first responders who did such a great job after Sandy," Mahoney said. "They don't get enough thanks, which they deserve. We'll still give them plaques so they know they're appreciated."

There were many members of the police and Emergency Management departments and volunteers with the Point Pleasant First Aid and Emergency Squad and Fire Department who put themselves in harm's way to rescue residents from flood waters, transport them to hospitals, shelters and temporary homes, feed them and clothe them.

That was despite that many of them saw their own homes and the firehouse on Arnold Avenue flood.

The municipal Public Works Department employees, who were also to be honored Saturday night, have been widely praised by elected officials and many business owners for doing an exemplary job clearing the roads of sand and mountains of debris in Sandy's messy aftermath.

Mahoney said the chamber will have a small installation dinner to install officers and directors within the next week or so.

The time, date and place are still to be determined, said Carol Vaccaro, chamber executive director, who will be setting up the new event.

Mahoney, who has been president for three years, a year longer than the official term of two years, said the chamber had not yet paid Martell's.

The dinner was not to be a fundraiser for the chamber, but an installation dinner dance to honor the first responders and employees and to install new officers and directors.

"We've had this installation dinner for 66 years, it's something we look forward to all year," Mahoney said.

The chamber had a fundraiser, which drew a large crowd, at Europa South on Wednesday night to raise money to advertise the town to help draw tourists this summer.

Vaccaro said anyone who has already paid for an installation dinner ticket can get a full refund at the chamber office at 517A Arnold Avenue. For more information, call the office at (732) 899-2424 or email info@pointpleasantbeachnj.com

Jersey Shore Grinch February 10, 2013 at 02:47 PM
Be careful what you wish for. People who are satisfied with the means justifying the ends are the ones that scream the loudest when they find that their so-called savior overstepped their boundaries well beyond what was initially acceceptable. Everybody thought Ritacco was a financial genious and a tax savior. They tolerated his personal extravagances until they got excessive. Those that praised him the most become his biggest damning critics. As to Lurie doing everything out of his dceep love for the town that is just a lot of sentimental nonsense. His love was deepened by opportunity.
Cindy Lou Who February 10, 2013 at 02:57 PM
But, of course, you still haven't pointed to a single action taken by Mr. Lurie in his many years as a councilman, over two different terms, that was motivated by anything other than what he thought was right for the town, because you can't, can you?
Jersey Shore Grinch February 10, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Be real. Lurie was a giver and a taker. No more. No less. Don't make him out to be Mother Theresa. Has he volunteered to assist the town in the storm aftermath when we really need his engineering genius? I don't think so. Where's the love? As far as being a Barrella fan, you need to awaken from your coma.
Jersey Shore Grinch February 10, 2013 at 03:08 PM
How was him representing the Bassinder's while he was a councilman a positive for the town? Where there's smoke there's usually fire.
Cindy Lou Who February 10, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Right. You can't point to any action he took as a councilman that was motivated by anything other than what he thought was best for the town because the improper motives are all in your imagination because "where there is smoke there is usually fire." Pathetic
Jersey Shore Grinch February 10, 2013 at 03:31 PM
Voting on issues that directly involved his private client is not an issue for you? You are obviously infatuated with him. Send him a Valentine's card if you want but he'll probably only be moved if there is a check or a referral business card in it. Speaking of pathetic.
Mike Corbally February 10, 2013 at 03:49 PM
Part Timer, I said I didn't feel much of the damage Sandy created would have been prevented by berms around the lakes. I am trying to learn as much about mitigation as possible. I have similar elevation, flood insurance, mortgage, non-raisable home issues as many others. Different people with varied levels of knowledge on the subject give different answers. The only concrete example I have seen is to look at the FEMA flood elevations in Sea Girt where dunes are built and where they stop. It clearly goes from an A to V zone where they stop.
Cindy Lou Who February 10, 2013 at 03:56 PM
If there was any substance to any of your musings do you think Barrella would have reported it to the DCA? In a heartbeat! Think he would have told us about his complaint to the DCA? In a New York minute. Give me one vote where you think Lurie voted differently that what he personally thought was right. Bar Closings? Think he WAS right on that. Parking Plan? Ditto. Got one? Didn't think so. I think I hear the Rolling Stones----"Just my imagination running away with me.......
Jersey Shore Grinch February 10, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Oh, I get it. First, you would like me to place myself in the mind of Lurie to determine what his thought process was when he voted in favor of his influential client and family. That's easy to do, isn't it. Only if you are delusional. You really are smitten by him, aren't you? Secondly, your logic that there's no substance to Lurie's actions because, Barrella, the person you loathe, and maybe rightfully so, has not reported the ethical violation to the DCA suggests that no one else has. Initial complaints to the DCA are confidential anyway, I believe. Only confirmed complaints are available to the public. How do you know that a complaint has not already been made by someone else and is pending? Send the guy some flowers, would you please, get together with him and answer your own question of what was/is going on in his own head. With your thought processes you must be a party or club official so maybe you can convince to come back. He's done it before. We do need his engineering smarts. We don't need his poor judgment.
Jersey Shore Grinch February 10, 2013 at 05:52 PM
Hey Vinnie. You probably thought we forgot about you. Not a chance!
Mr. Happy February 10, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Hey ppb1955, you should really consider getting a hobby!
Nick Carraway February 10, 2013 at 07:32 PM
I am so tired of hearing this "conflict of interest" nonsense. We live in a small town. People work for and with one another. People in private industry end up with a whole variety of clients, but that doesn't mean that every time they do something, they have a conflict of interest. Using this logic, the only people who should ever sit on our Governing Body are public employees, retirees, and people who just moved into town. We have one those new transplants on our Council, and he has trouble figuring out where are streets are located. Should we get to see a list of all of the people that Corbally has helped to find homes or sell homes? Give me a break. Now, if, for example, Corbally is helping John Smith to sell his home and, while he has that contract, John Smith comes to the Council to ask for something, that would probably be a conflict of interest. But, if the contract with John Smith is over, then the conflict is over, too. Grinch, if you think that the town could benefit from Lurie's engineering smarts, then ask yourself why Lurie wasn't asked to serve on the Planning Board or Zoning Board or some other ad hoc committee that the Mayor has formed? And, really, why would Lurie agree to do that with people like you who regularly want to accuse him of engaging in a conflict of interest? If the Borough Attorney says that it's not a conflict, then other non-lawyers should stop trying to pervert the law. All of this nonsense is only hurting PPB.
Vince Barrella February 10, 2013 at 08:29 PM
The model ordinance came in less than 24 hours before the council meeting. It was not a suggestion but a directive. I am well aware of the need to refer zoning ordinances to the planning board, which is the reason we pulled the ordinance you mistakenly thought dealt with the adoption of the ABFE map.
Jersey Shore Grinch February 10, 2013 at 10:22 PM
If you have to explain ethics and morals to someone you are wasting your time because they are never going to get it anyway. You either understand it or you don't. You obviously do not. Private people servicing private clients are none of our business but if you can't restrain yourself from peddling influence in a mile square town while actively serving the public then, yes, you should not be an elected or appointed official. That leaves you 500 more towns to peddle in which is plenty and is certainly not a restraint of trade. Lurie peddled his wares while he was on council, not before or after. Show me where the town attorney cleared Lurie of any possible conflict in advance and I'll send him a Valentine's Day card along with Cindy Lou Who. Chances are you are a present or former politico and you don't like the restraint since it is/was an affront to your yearn to personally capitalize on your new found power and influence. You've got it all wrong. People like you are hurting PPB.
Laura February 10, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Opinionated, The article said they wanted to remain neutral. Neutral definition: Not favoring either side. What about that would you like to spin? The volunteer organizations depend on contributions. Some of those contributions come from the businesses and help the town. Those contributions are tax write-offs. I'm sure no one wanted to offend the businesses either. Feeling brave behind your anonymity? Bullying is bullying no matter how it's done.
Nick Carraway February 11, 2013 at 01:03 AM
Jersey Shore Grinch, so then, what is your opinion of Barefoot Realty sending out postcards to PPB homeowners during the past year, offering to sell their houses? Do you feel that is also unethical since Councilman Corbally is a principal of that company? What do you think of the Barefoot Realty website advertising that one of its member is a Councilman? While we're at it, I'm sure you know that, years ago, PPB had a Councilman and then a Mayor who was a local barbershop owner. He cut the hair of many local residents on a regular basis. Was it unethical of him to serve as an elected official considering that so many of his clientele were locals and he was "peddling his wares" locally? Personally, I think that these individuals have the ability to separate their business interests from their official responsibilities, and that perhaps their business relationships at times give them an advantage in making good decisions for our town, as compared to people who simply "drop from the sky" and run for office. I notice that you didn't respond to my comments about whether you'd like to see a list of all of Councilman Corbally's customers. Maybe your real problem is that Lurie had a business relationship with the owner of Martells, not just any business in town, and that because you dislike the boardwalk businesses, you want to create a problem where there isn't one?
Mike Corbally February 11, 2013 at 02:46 AM
I have recused myself when any business client or personal friends have had an issue before the council, planning board when I served, and BOA member when I served.
Steve February 11, 2013 at 04:19 AM
I am not on anyone side..Sometimes divisiveness is deserved on issues...What do you want people to do?... Just lie and go along with something they don't believe in.
Steve February 11, 2013 at 04:34 AM
Why would the Chamber of Commerce have Martell's cater a party when they know there is bad blood between Martell's and Pt. Beach to begin with...They must have been aware of the fact Martell's is suing the town of PPB for the PP that every town has a right to place.
Steve February 11, 2013 at 04:52 AM
Hahaha...Your funny!! Usually the small minded people is those who is connected, motivated by egos, personal vendettas and corruption.
Steve February 11, 2013 at 04:58 AM
Hahaha...This town gets everything they deserve...Clowns, warped people and a bunch of fools rolled together to make the greatest circus and show on earth.
Steve February 11, 2013 at 04:59 AM
Exactly...It comes down to agendas and opportunity.
Steve February 11, 2013 at 05:05 AM
These post are a riot...they get funnier as I continue to read them all.
Steve February 11, 2013 at 05:10 AM
Please, plenty of "conflict of interest" that is going on that shouldn't. Small town... Big town....really no difference. It is what it is....That new transplant is learning from the best. He is in line with all those good ole boys club and acting like one too.
Steve February 11, 2013 at 05:12 AM
Steve February 11, 2013 at 05:15 AM
Right... Separate? I don't think so....More like influence the outcome.
Karl February 11, 2013 at 03:01 PM
The new norm is for towns to rip the residents off. How dare you ask questions and expect honest answers.
Jersey Shore Grinch February 11, 2013 at 07:33 PM
The ethical slide down the slippery slope doesn't start with an elected official's chosen profession or employment but with what he/she does with their elected position to enhance their professional position. Every elected or appointed official has an absolute right to earn a living. Anything wrong with Corbally advertising his business? No. Anything wrong with him advertising that he is a sitting councilman? If that is true, you bet there is a problem and he should stop right away because of the appearance that securing his services may result in a greater benefit to the customer through his official position. Any problem with Jack Pasola servicing his customers? Of course not, especially since his business was/is in Point Pleasant. But, in either case, if, while serving the public in their elected capacity it became apparent that they were being placed in a conflict position by prior business dealings, all of which can happen, what are they supposed to do? Pretty simple even for you to understand. Disclose the conflict to the attorney and council and seek guidance. That's called ethical transparency. Your suggestion that human beings have the ability to separate their business interests from their personal interests is laughable. I don't have a problem with the boardwalk businesses. It just so happens that's where the big money is and where the ethically-strapped vultures circle over until finding a financial carcass to swoop down on.
Jersey Shore Grinch February 11, 2013 at 07:37 PM
Carroway: If Corbally's representation is accurate, that is the way to handle it. I'll leave it to you to decide if he is being truthful. One thing is for certain. Corbally will never be able to maintain that he was unaware of a potential conflict situation in the future because he is direct with his response. Shucks, even Reid is aware of how to handle conflict situations. You can't possibly be suggesting that he is smarter than Lurie, are you? You can love Lurie all you want. That's your prerogative. But, what he did was wrong and trying to justify it in the name of "business as usual" is troubling and dangerous for the community.
Nick Carraway February 11, 2013 at 09:00 PM
I just copied this from the Barefoot Realty website. It's under the tab "Who is Barefoot?" I have omited one paragraph, to comply with Patch posting restraints: "So a councilman, an Italian Ice guy and a film producer walk into an office… …and we end up figuring out that this town could use another Real Estate Agency. And we’re just the trio to do it!... They bring a varied background into the Barefoot office. Kim has built a film production resume that includes work on The Departed, The Interpreter and Public Enemies, among others. Mike has been a successful business owner and is a current PPB councilman. Doug grew up in Long Branch and has worked..."


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