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Point Pleasant Beach's tax map highlights the tract of land on Ocean Avenue that it is close to buying from a bank for $475,000.
Jersey Shore Grinch April 17, 2014 at 07:08 am
With fees and overruns, both expected and unexpected, the Commode Castle, will easily exceed $700kRead More and will likely top $1M. Maybe at the ribbon-cutting ceremony we can outfit council with robes and crowns so they really fit the part when they take their thrones. We have so much money that we can afford to flush a lot of it down the toilet?
grmahigold April 17, 2014 at 09:26 am
I would question why the local gov't is getting involved at all ???? Let the mkt for this propertyRead More play out just like the rest of the town. let the bank auction it off !!!!! There is a price for everything .
Jersey Shore Grinch April 17, 2014 at 10:02 am
Political paybacks, whether positive or negative, often cause unquestionable people to play a roleRead More in questionable decisions. The condo dwellers didn't support the winners because they were the better candidates. They supported them because they were certain they could "convince" them that it was in the best interests of the town to buy the property so that the site of the former building could be moved away from the condos. Unfortunately, we pay for the payback to the tune of $700k+. Rather simple, isn't it, even though council will defend it on other, somewhat, legitimate grounds?
Tax collector Bernadine Pearce is retiring from the borough after approximately 40 years.  Pearce was named in a lawsuit in March by a former employee.
Jack Kennell April 17, 2014 at 08:37 pm
I been reading these blogs since Feb. The common thread is "taxpayer rage", huge taxpayerRead More rage! The time is probably ripe for Alex to run again (last two times were rigged against him). Alex right age of experience and energy, big taxpayer, businessman, conservative mindset, "Italian Stallion", he couldn't lose even as Independent, probably landslide. The main reason is that his opposition of both parties no longer have a defense, they're already sucked in too deep. The "taxpayer rage" is so pervasive that the voters would be chafing at the bit to punish both parties! (Mike Valenti years ago won big as Independent under almost identical circumstances.)
A Palanchi April 17, 2014 at 09:34 pm
The ice cream magnate doesn't have a shot with someone like you in his corner. If he's interested,Read More the first thing he needs to do is to get as far away from you and your philosophies as he possibly can. The second thing he needs to do is to refrain from commenting on this cheesy blog.
FIMF the ll April 17, 2014 at 09:57 pm
Man up, Laura...
The Huey is lowered into place on the plaza.
stewart resmer April 16, 2014 at 02:11 pm
While the sound of the whop whop whop of a Huey's far off blades always meant help or trouble toRead More every one who heard them? That sound always made me stop to discern if I was hearing automatic heavy weapon fire. To this very day that sound gets my attention day or night awake or asleep.
John April 16, 2014 at 02:16 pm
I love the smell of napalm in the morning
country joe April 16, 2014 at 04:57 pm
No matter where I am or what I am doing hearing that sound takes me right back, I know it will hauntRead More me forever. Rest in Peace Brothers, You will never be forgotten..
Sue Martin April 16, 2014 at 09:43 am
Beautiful! Thanks for writing this; the message is for everyone.
Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty April 16, 2014 at 01:26 pm
Thank you Barbara and Sue, that means a lot, he is truly a joy!
Marie Brady Hempsey April 16, 2014 at 02:36 pm
You are a brave and awesome mom!
Megan Huntsman: Credit KLTV screen grab
John April 15, 2014 at 02:23 pm
Well gee officer, I was throwing out some old stinky boxes my wife had in our garage and the nextRead More thing you know......
Geoff Burton April 15, 2014 at 05:05 pm
Nothing new there Black panther o Poetry the human race has been delving the depth of depravity forRead More eons. There are a lot of good people in our world, but unfortunately evil is hyper active
D Penta April 15, 2014 at 05:29 pm
It says Around Town but the headline is UTAH. Utah is not near Natick!! I think everyone should notRead More open an article on Patch unless they see their town's name in the headline. So If it doesn't say Natick, then we all know it is not LOCAL to the Natick Patch. The less clicks these Patch sites get, the fewer advertisers they will get and then perhaps they will realize if we want sensational news from across the country we'd go back to Patch's former owners AOL and the HuffPost! Those here from other Patch sites - I think you should do the same only click on articles that mention your community's name. No name. No click!
John April 17, 2014 at 07:29 am
It's over diagnosed. That's why.
Hookerman April 17, 2014 at 06:12 pm
According to this thread, Autism is caused by; vaccines, environmental chemicals, pre-natal drugs,Read More pre-natal alcohol use, later-age pregnancies, bad air quality, high tension wires, cell phones, computers, foreign kids, and genetically modified food. Is there anything I missed???
Fred Jung April 17, 2014 at 08:53 pm
It's also cause by Aliens.
The northbound travel lanes on the Route 1&9 Pulaski Skyway will be closed for approximately 24 months while the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) rehabilitates the bridge deck.
Linda Maloney April 13, 2014 at 10:09 am
It's about time they started to make repairs on the Pulaski Skyway, it's been literally fallingRead More apart for years! I heard there is even some controversy with the Port of Authority paying for much of this renovation. It is an access road to the Holland Tunnel, but The Port of Authority isn't responsible for The Holland Tunnel roadways because The Holland Tunnel was there before The POA. I guess the gov. and his people do whatever they want with his own little slush fund(POA).
Marlboro Mann April 13, 2014 at 08:50 pm
Lets hear it for the NJDOT. They could have started the work on Christmas, Palm Sunday, or AshRead More wednesday, but they chose instead to begin the chaos on the first day of Passover thus ensuring that the large percentage of Jewish workers arrive late at work but most importantly arrive home long after the sedars are to begin. Anti Semitism? NO Piss Poor Planning? Yes!
Mac April 13, 2014 at 09:07 pm
hey, there's that big whirlybird dropping orange cones on us again - it must be the PassovergateRead More scandal
Rachel Canning in a recent photo posted to her Facebook page. Photo Credit: Facebook
bayway mike April 14, 2014 at 11:47 am
Can't believe that this piece of shit is still having her 15 minutes of fame..
triptakers April 16, 2014 at 07:55 am
Patch, you're selling out. Let this family figure out their junk without gawkers. You can do betterRead More than this - this is NOT news, it's sensationalism.
MissElanyS April 17, 2014 at 08:49 am
@triptakers, what do you expect from the Patch? They are no longer reporting news and have fired allRead More of their professional staff and hired people off the street with no experience or journalism training whatsoever. Even the National Inquirer has more experience on their writing staff than the Patch. What you are reading here is bird cage liner.
ER April 10, 2014 at 01:10 am
@ OE Defending him or merely telling you of my experience in attending 2 Town Halls? My ownRead More experience is that although like others here, I disagree on some political points, I found him surprisingly accessible. After one of the events, he actually chatted with THE PEOPLE afterward in the parking lot, and although I'm a nobody, even I was afforded an opportunity to have a brief exchange with him out there, about an issue I was concerned about. This article in no way resembled my own experience at either of the events I've attended. Just sayin....
ER April 10, 2014 at 01:16 am
p.s. One of the reasons he stayed to chat with THE PEOPLE outside the venue, was that theRead More attendance was so beyond what they had expected, many folks did not get into the building and he felt bad they had come to the event and the place wasn't big enough to hold them all.
grace April 10, 2014 at 08:24 am
has there ever been a teleprompter there @ jools? i bet not! like your statement btw
Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty April 7, 2014 at 12:52 pm
Thanks Barbara, I truly appreciate that!
anonymous April 7, 2014 at 10:32 pm
Your blog always brings back my faith in humanity. Remember --You are braver then youRead More believe----Stronger then you seem and smarter then you think.---- If you ever reach a rough patch just repeat that to yourself and find what truly lies inside. I wish the best for Zach and Justin and know they will be just fine with you at the wheel. ----------anonymous
Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty April 8, 2014 at 12:50 pm
Thank you, I truly appreciate this!
grace April 17, 2014 at 08:48 am
geez @ FIMF maybe we should put implants in people instead ?
grace April 17, 2014 at 08:53 am
@ spooner i am not flirting with said @ failed once@ proud now it seems @ FIMF but i have to say iRead More really like he/she posts. they are witty and quite intelligent usually. ive been a victim of that tongue but thats why i appreciate he/she..hands it out and takes it too. i do not know @ fimf but am sure there is quite a proud ,strong, intelligent human behind those posts. albeit a little cuckoo at times lol just sayin...
FIMF the ll April 17, 2014 at 09:00 am
"What's in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet."
John April 4, 2014 at 10:08 am
Its amazing that we have any kids that do not have any problems....From the foods we eat to theRead More shots we do not get its a huge problem good luck...
TRISH SCHWECKE April 4, 2014 at 01:10 pm
Kimberlee Rutan McCafferty April 4, 2014 at 03:47 pm
Thank you to everyone for reading!
Bill Erikson April 3, 2014 at 01:15 pm
genesko, my heart goes out to you. I've done most of this on my own. Until someone actually has aRead More child with a disability, they will never truly understand. I can respect that. Had my son not had the stroke, and the severity of the Autism did not subside, I don't know how I would of made it. CHOP Neurological never could explain how the severity subsided. Just Luck. A trade off if you will. My Son drives, yes, but sometimes his emotions overwhelm him. He has learned how to recognize that, and he knows to call me first. But the Joys are great. He can read other's clues for social interaction, and he is always improving there. But again, a lot of work at home was required. I know depending on the severity of the situation, it may never improve. Regarding the group homes, you are right. 20 year waiting list. I'm reminded of my Late Dad's best friend who's oldest son is Autistic. He is now about 57, living in a home. He was lucky. His parents were very upper middle class. They were able to afford what was needed and was able to see to it. Unfortunately today, many of us cannot earn the incomes of our parents with the health benefits that they had. The best advice I can give you, which I am certain that you know, is to keep your children close. Raise them to appreciate and love each other. So as we go to the great beyond, we may hope our disabled children will still be loved and looked after by their siblings. A burden their brother's and sisters never asked for. But a love and appreciation of life and for life, that perhaps most in our country today seem to lack.
Theresa White April 4, 2014 at 12:38 am
Yvonne April 4, 2014 at 07:48 am
You continue to shine your special blue light on all with whom you encounter. You've raised 2Read More amazing sons with love and light. I love that you continue to focus on the good and the positive. Shine On Kimberlee!
Point Beach's Council aims the buy a plot near the Manasquan Inlet, where this storm-damaged restaurant stands. Photo from Fusion Ecology Lab.
Mr. Happy April 4, 2014 at 07:51 am
Wow grinchie, sounds like someone needs to get l@*d. Anyway, my point was to attend meetings, longRead More before issues are brought up...
Jersey Shore Grinch April 5, 2014 at 11:18 am
Sorry for the delay, Mr. Happy. I was busy making Mrs. Happy happy. Did you get a chance to headRead More over to the LL Field this morning? Great time. A couple hundred of our children and grandchildren living it up as kids on opening day in America's past time. If we are going to do it, that's where we need to spend our money. On the youth of the community, not on the tourists who are here a day, a week, a month. Portable facilities or a block building where it stood for many years more than does the trick. We don't need a million dollar Crap Shack.
A Resident April 6, 2014 at 10:17 pm
I'll be at the next Council meeting....anyone else?
Council members may subject Martell's to a tough review when it seeks to renew its liquor license.
Rick Ricky April 4, 2014 at 05:04 pm
Benny, No I don't know where everything is. I don't know of the Broadway. That is why I asked. WhereRead More is it? Up by the boardwalk or somewhere else in town. I do know of the train station because I pass it going down 35 on my way to work a few days a week. You are sounding very defensive. I am only in this general area for a few months a year. You can use computers, read news papers or listen to the TV without being in NJ. I don't know much about Martell's or any other bars in the town of point pleasant beach. I go by what I read and have heard on the news. The town has been a hot topic on a few things the past couple of years. They have been in the papers, news and the radio. Bar closing at 12 was the biggest one. No, I don't know if the woman stopped before or after leaving Martells. How would I know that? I wasn't with her. I am going by what was reported by a different police agency. I'll rephrase what I said. I though I read in the paper that she was at Martell's from 11 to 5 or 6 drinking vodka shots and drinks without eating. That is an awful long time. I couldn't tell you how many bar tenders served her. What difference does that make. I wasn't there. All I remember reading is the police did get tapes of the women drinking. I really don't care what happens either way. I am not trying to argue with anyone. I am just stating a fact. There is laws that bars have to go by and if they don't they could be closed down just as Tiffany was and another bar that was also in the paper. As for Ms. Pearl, I only read very little that was reported. It was a few years back. I can't remember everything in the article. It was the star-ledger I think. I remember them saying their was 2 guys in the car at the time of the accident. I was told they were drinking at Frankies by a few. Who knows what is true. It is a shame for all the innocent individuals who keep on getting severely hurt. I will say this. I am not big on suing. But if it came to one of my family member who was serious hurt. I would be suing. Who knows if they will ever go back to normal if ever. It could be years that they will need medical help or their whole life.
Rick Ricky April 4, 2014 at 05:11 pm
Benny, You do know that you don't have to be in NJ to respond to patch articles. You can be out ofRead More the state. NJ and point pleasant beach has been making the news world wide news the last couple of years.
A Resident April 10, 2014 at 10:41 pm
Rick Ricky, let me give you some answers since I actually live in PPB and know more about it thanRead More some news articles written by people who don't live here. The Broadway is a bar located on Broadway and Randall Ave. It is on the south east side of the small bridge on Broadway. Generally a hometown crowd at the place as it's not a "nightclub" atmosphere. The woman that was drinking at Martells was there until late afternoon...and then was in an accident many hours and many miles away. That's why the statement of what she did between Martells and the accident. There was a lot of time and a lot of miles between. Quite possible she was not drunk when she left Martells but did get drunk later elsewhere. The guys that hit Miss Pirl were not at Frankies, but that does not really matter. Going by some newspaper articles written by people not in the area is not a good way to judge a town. No, it's not a perfect place. People run the town and sometimes people make mistakes. There is no mass exodus of residents.
Dame Bridgid April 1, 2014 at 01:52 pm
What is even more scandalous is the 6.6 MILLION DOLLARS NEWARK is getting for AFFORDABLE HOUSINGRead More taken from the US funds to help Sandy victims. The Newark Post articles declared Newark damage to residences was MINIMAL with NO RESIDENTS LOSING POWER for any significant amount of time. This is the REAL scandal!What is our new STATE SENATOR FROM NEWARK doing about this theft of Sandy funds?????
dm2beach April 2, 2014 at 11:03 am
Belmar did a spectacular job with Sandy recovery. I am from another local town. Let's give BelmarRead More mayor free pass this time. I have crossed paths with our *** Governor before he was elected....He is not a nice man...he his a bully...and his silence recently might be a blessing...shame on all who re elected him...and thank the stars maybe just maybe he has hurt himself enough to keep him out of Washington, one can only hope!
The Truth April 2, 2014 at 11:39 am
dm2beach This Time ? wasn't ashritt a pass , wasting towns money on "his " vision of theRead More new pavilons , Missing over $10,000 in shop rite gift cards , please this is just name a few. This is to mayor has had more passes than any mayor in the history of this town. If you could name one thing ( lawsuit) that he has actually been on the winning side I would be shocked.It is these same lawsuits that are they only thing that keeps this guy check.
DD March 31, 2014 at 04:55 pm
We'll get back to you with a full report on the baby's health, Not Domino.
Michael J Walsh April 1, 2014 at 02:24 pm
Boy's name is either "Eden" or "Nails"
Mike April 5, 2014 at 06:38 am
Or "Wang".
Photo via Flickr Creative Commons/flickr.com/photos/tobias-m-eckrich/
Vic Monaco March 30, 2014 at 02:31 pm
During training, editor trainees including myself were told Patch was going to focus onRead More "hyperlocal NEWS." But when some of us heard questions from some trainees such as "what do you mean by a news beat?," we realized they weren't necessarily focused on hiring journalists. Not sure if folks were being conned or Patch was naïve. In any case, hard news was lacking on the sites and then almost disappeared.
DD March 30, 2014 at 03:16 pm
"You were the one who defended a Patch story on zombies, so it seems fair to believe you are aRead More zombie enthusiast who reads Patch." Not sure about what "fair" means, but this is certainly a flawed analysis.
Paul Wolsko March 30, 2014 at 07:57 pm
Good grief - the article was intended to be light humor, unless I am mistaken.
Point Boro's Council approved extending an accounting firm's investigation of theft in the Tax Collection department.
Laura March 29, 2014 at 11:13 am
Jack, So, Alex, is planning on retiring soon?
Alex Viecelli March 29, 2014 at 01:52 pm
Laura what I think Jack is talking about is last year Debby and I did get an offer from anotherRead More Dairy Queen owner to buy us out. I turned him down. I love what I do for a living, For that I feel blessed. If it were 10 years from now I would have given it serious consideration. I would like to stay 20 more years if I can. I promised my wife at 70 that would be my last season.
Jack Kennell March 30, 2014 at 08:50 am
Alex you're probably in a recession-proof type of business, therefore lucky. Things are not good forRead More the majority, and I am starting to realize it may not ever get back to what we thought was normal. By the way, the first $30K of the probe had to be documented or billed, therefore subject to OPRA, even though there could be redactions at this stage. With the bad economy I got a hunch that this was a large embezzlement.
South Hackensack is composed of three non-contiguous portions/Image via njspotlight.com
John Santaella March 25, 2014 at 11:08 am
NJ and YOU Richard Thornton, perfect together.
Politics.man March 25, 2014 at 05:18 pm
Art, if a actual quanatative/qualitative reseach was done on public sector spending vs. productivityRead More and was presented to the public without bias, it would blow your mind. Its all political numbers game rather than actual want vs. need. Things need to be adjusting according to the times. You say cost vs. benefits. I say yea your gonna a few hundred people out of work but put millions back in the tax payers pockets. Yes public jobs are neccessary, but not cause you want it as a luxary but because its strategically caculated by research. So the questions present, are expensive firefightershere for saving lives or for showin up in minutes for services, such as lock outs. are teaching adminastrators neccassary for individual towns or can it be handled by the county. Can cops be utilized in other fields, like ems, many other services that fire depts. handle. Answer is, there needsresearch done to be a standard based on demographics.
Frazure March 26, 2014 at 07:37 am
Someone asked about the number of NJ school districts in existence......the number is around 561 -Read More higher than the number of municipalities, boroughs, townships, cities, etc. in the state.
circus-circus March 21, 2014 at 02:10 pm
Das... You really don't get it and I'll agree that I'm stupid to entertain your logic. I'm aRead More licensed builder in N.J. I've seen homes take 4 years to get 'done'. Many builders take on 100 jobs at one time and then finish the ones that yell loud enough. I hope the next big job comes next to your house, so you'll learn something about construction.
DAS March 21, 2014 at 03:38 pm
@Rick, If my neighbors house was destroyed by a storm, I think I would be a little understanding. IRead More worked in construction for 20yrs, never took us 4yrs to build a house, you must be a real wiz at it.
Rick Ricky March 21, 2014 at 06:16 pm
@Mike Corballly, Voted 5 to 0 and the reason why none of them should be up there on the Dias in theRead More first place. The town of point beach continuous to make big mistakes and problems for the community that lives there and those who visit the community. Politicians are clueless. @Rick, Yes I had to deal with it more than once. Its called be an understanding neighbor and returned to you if you ever have a problem. What homes took 4 years to built? What builder is that? Most of had some money troubles to take that long. This is an entirely different circumstance. Some people who was affected by the storm didn't know what end was up until a year or more after the storm. It took forever to get a permits and a bad winter and now the town and complaining town people are limiting them to certain hours that are on the books. If a homeowner can work after hours and on Sunday why can't a contractor? As far as renters, I am sure they are not going to bed before 8pm and out all day enjoying the beach and sun rather staying in the rental. I am sure most will deal with it or they should have thought of that before renting.
Point Boro Police Chief Lawrence Williams will be able to add three more police officers to the department.
Laura March 23, 2014 at 07:21 pm
Agree, FIMF. In this county the Republicans are in control but in other counties, it's theRead More Democrats. It's all self-interest. It doesn't have anything to do with ideology. Follow the money.
jackson jackson March 25, 2014 at 07:54 pm
Council President Robert Sabosik is not informed about drug usage statistics in this country. TheRead More United States correct? The problem Illinois, New York, New Jersey and a few other Northeastern states are have with heroin is localized and mostly in these states. There's no huge spike in heroin overdoses or trafficking in the rest of the country. Its the local police and government agencies that have not been able to dynamically deal with Mexican and Colombian drug cartels from moving into our backyards. The police can't stop international drug cartels. Especially local law enforcement. They don't even know how these organizations work. Its all a waste of tax dollars.
Jack Kennell March 25, 2014 at 11:17 pm
Being a taxpayer in both towns the Boro and the Beach (which is unusually overstaffed). I myselfRead More naturally have a keen interest in this subject. The recent blog by "Jackson" is particularly insightful and appears to finally refute the local drug premises. (It's possible that "Jackson" may be in a drug enforcement agency.) It looks like the blogger "Laura" after several insightful comments has finally resorted to drawing a picture: This affair could be some kind of political payoff. (Dumb me - I thought it was only about "job seekers".) One blogger a while back expressed concern that they might be writing superfluous tickets to justify their existence which will no doubt occur. Parkinson's Law of bureaucracy has been rampant for several years now in the Beach which is overstaffed by about 9 off-season. Stops many with tickets for the slightest infractions, real or imaginary. Against residents and taxpayers no less because there are not enough strangers to go around off-season. It's counter productive, the harassment of the very people that pay the bills!
Team Dawg March 19, 2014 at 06:39 pm
As children's book authors and elementary school workshop presenters on the subjects of characterRead More education and anti bullying we at Team Dawg salute all those who help to make a difference in these very important areas. Thank you to all involved!