Saturday, June 30, 2007
I was browsing the exhibit at the center and noted there were attractions featuring English writer John Locke ("The Second Treatise of Gov't," 1690) and American writer Thomas Paine ("The Rights of Man," 1792).
This was interesting because I recalled something an anonymous blogger once said on one of the message boards. I brought up that people like John Locke, Thomas Paine and Jean Jacques Rousseau (a French writer who penned "The Social Contract," 1762) were the 'ideas' behind the founders of this country.
This anonymous blogger, defending the administration for the GOP, disagreed with me about my point that government's mission is to adequately serve all residents, all the time, without bias to parties and the like, and without prejudice to responsible criticism of the government by residents. Yes, this was disputed for some reason. Whatever the blogger's point was lost to me by that time, but fascinated me the way one might be looking at a car wreck as they pass by.
Anyway, I made mention of these writers, and this blogger said he heard of Paine, but "looked up" Locke and Rousseau because he had "never heard of them." Well, according to the research by this anonymous GOP blogger, what he did find was that Locke and Rousseau were "early communists" and suspect.
I dismissed the blogger as at least ill-informed but something occurred to me at Yorktown. First, this blogger was probably somehow affiliated with government or politics in the county where I live. Second, he or she knew next to nothing about the sentiments of the Founders and what they considered good ideas and was involved with government and/or politics. Finally, it was a 'knee jerk' reaction for this anonymous blogger, serving in government and/or politics where I live, to freely label writers (regardless of their historical context or work) as somehow terrible if their work disagreed with the party or person the blogger was defending at the moment. So people like Locke, Rousseau and Paine are out of vogue these days, I suppose, in favor of who? Limbaugh, Hannity and Coulter? Is that the best of ideas for this society today? These opinions are so better informed, I guess, then those that formed the imaginations of people like Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson and the like.
Yet, these ideas are what made this country, inspired the people who created this country, who first "conceived of our liberty." Have notions of rights by citizens insofar as safeguards against their government, and about private property rights, become so threatening to warrant venom from members of this county's ruling party? I know that is not the case in the vast majority, but the small minority is concerning.
I wonder what the guys who started this show in the first place would have thought of that, or the fact that the influences that stirred their ideas of the rights of citizens have basically been forgotten or reduced to a one-line glitch term by some (they were "communists").
Well, if anyone is ever interested, there's this great book, called "Keystones of Democracy," which is printed by Barnes & Noble of New York (Introduction Copyright 2005 by Barnes & Noble). I suggest these are not bad ideas for anyone to be familiar with, and probably more so for people involved with things like politics and government. My anonymous blogger, I recall, had used something called "Wikepedia." Maybe that's not the best. Some things still require reading actual books or cannot be reduced to a few moments on the radio.
Friday, June 29, 2007
But in this century, I was struck by the great planning and execution that has gone into a business environment that grows 300 percent in the summer, welcoming several million visitors from around the world in an area that is roughly 10 square miles.
While Williamsburg of the 18th century has volumes to teach us about our freedom, and those who gave it to us, Williamsburg of today has many lessons of its own for us -- mostly economic.
The synergy between the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, the local government, Chamber of Commerce and the fine folks over at William and Mary should serve as a model for communities that succeed.
I spent my last morning in Williamsburg at an IHOP, speaking informally to the manager (originally from Chicago). He said that the business environment in Chicago was bad for small business. "It was take, take and more take and absolutely no cooperation." I asked him what the difference was in Williamsburg. He said, "Government gets out of the way and lets business people do business without any games."
I was compelled by the evidence that he must be right. Failing to plan for economic success is planning to fail, which is basically my argument about the Bayshore and, to a broader extent, the county. Common sense and getting politics out of commerce is always going to be the only way for an economy to succeed. Unfortunately, that doesn't seem to be in the offing anytime soon locally.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Caption: Yet another totally unrelated way to get photos of my Old English bulldogs, Winston and Baxter, onto my blog.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 20, 2007
Afshin Mohamadi (Menendez) 202-224-4744
BUSH VETOES RESEARCH BILL AS NEW JERSEY ADVANCES FUNDS FOR STEM-CELLS
Senator Menendez blasts administration, praises state
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), a staunch supporter of stem cell research, today blasted President Bush for again vetoing legislation for federal support of embryonic stem cell research. Bush vetoed the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act just a day after New Jersey awarded $10 million in stem-cell research grants aimed at avoiding federal restrictions on embryonic stem-cell work.
“Once again, President Bush has used his veto power to advance ideology, ignore the overwhelming public sentiment and play politics with people’s lives. Once again, he has used the stroke of his pen to dash the hopes of millions suffering from debilitating diseases.
“The president continues to choose the certainty of suffering over the possibility of science. That will not stop me or my colleagues in Congress who believe in the hope this research offers from pushing to override the veto.
“I am proud that New Jersey has its priorities intact. The funds approved yesterday by our state will do what the president refuses. States like New Jersey can reignite the flame of hope that the president has sought to extinguish with his actions.”
The Senate, which passed the current bill 63-34, will have the first opportunity at overriding the veto.
Previous Menendez statements on stem cell research:
Floor Statement on Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act of 2007, April 10 2007 http://menendez.senate.gov/newsroom/record.cfm?id=272168&&
CITING PAINFUL CONNECTION TO ALZHEIMERS, SENATOR URGES STEM CELL RESEARCH, April 10, 2007 http://menendez.senate.gov/newsroom/record.cfm?id=272160
SEN. MENENDEZ, A LEADING PROPONENT OF STEM CELL RESEARCH, APPLAUDS PASSAGE OF BILL, April 11, 2007 http://menendez.senate.gov/newsroom/record.cfm?id=272223
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Thursday, June 21, 2007
MIDDLETOWN TOWNSHIP POLICE DEPARTMENT
Prepared by Detective Lt. Joseph C. Capriotti
Officer Best had to travel past the car to turn around to come back and investigate the car and while doing so called for additional police assistance. As she was coming back northbound on the opposite side of the Hwy. 35 to return to the motorcycle dealership she saw a motorcycle operated by a person wearing a baseball hat leave the dealership southbound on Hwy. 35.
When the motorcycle approached the intersection of Hwy. 35 and Apple Farm Road the driver made an illegal U-turn in the southbound lane and began traveling north in the southbound lane until it met up with the silver colored car she originally saw parked off the highway. The motorcycle then made another U-turn in the southbound lane and began following the car south on Hwy. 35. Officer Best radioed the direction of travel of the two suspicious vehicles to other police officers who were coming to assist. As she was broadcasting this information, Middletown Police headquarters received a burglar alarm activation from the motorcycle dealership.
Corporal Ralph Flannigan, who was further south on Hwy. 35 and saw the motorcycle and the car approaching but prior to reaching Cpl. Flannigan, the motorcycle made an illegal U-turn through the barrier at Rt. 35 and
The officers radioed for additional assistance to intercept the motorcycle further north on Rt. 35 as attempts to pursue the motorcycle at such high speed would have been dangerous and futile, especially since it was raining and the roadway was wet. Police officers positioned themselves along Rt. 35 in an attempt to maintain visual contact with the motorcycle as it proceeded north on Rt. 35. Officer Seymour was the last officer to see the motorcycle in the area of
Detective First Class Jeffery Barner was assigned to conduct the follow up investigation. He was able to identify other conspirators involved. At approximately 8:00PM Lucian Acosta, age 25, of Staten Island and John Vaccaro, age 24, also of Staten Island were arrested by DFC. Barner at Middletown Police HQs and charged with conspiracy to commit theft. Vaccaro was released on his own recognizance. There was a warrant for Acosta issued by the Superior Court in
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Resident Janet Moscuzza will replace candidate Patrick O’Keefe on the ballot this fall. She will join newcomer Sean F. Byrnes in the race for two, three-year seats on the governing body.
Moscuzza is a retired educator who has been active in township and youth sports. She is also active in the St. Mary’s community in town.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
It's somehow fitting that the venue involved was and is a $9 million boondoggle, which was supposed to be paid for with the help of donated funds (and wasn't); in a building that was supposed to be "structurally sound" at purchase (and wasn't); and was supposed to earn back the public investment it took (and won't since it's being leased for $1 a year).
Of course, construction delays and poor managerial oversight of the project led to extended costs, and that is pretty much the lighter side of this issue. The drinking on public grounds thing shouldn't go away. It is a poor example that not even self-righteousness from the dais is going to fix.
So, New York CityMayor Mike Bloomberg is an Independent. I guess this was important enough for him. Note: I initially noted he was becoming a Democrat. I didn't read it through well. Thanks for the save, Art. Click on the headline and go there.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Columnists have the rare privilege of being able to put their thoughts out to the world. Most people, including columnists, do not want to be controversial every week, or take on issues every single week (myself included). It's hard...like work.
So, instead of doing anything meaningful, I said to this columnist that I thought he was playing it safe too much, talking about his wife and small kids instead of anything of any real value, as it relates to taxation and the communities his newspaper services. I thought he had defaulted to the "talking about life lessons" mode. I don't think that a little of that is bad. In fact, a little of that is good for a lot of reasons. But too much ketchup can spoil the burger... and too many family values columns makes for a writer who is more amusing than saying anything about the base's core issues.
I said everyone needs a break now and again, but I just thought he'd been on break for a few years and, as a very talented writer, maybe he might want to start writing again. That was about four years ago. I haven't spoken to him since, so I guess he was offended.
I had the great honor and distinct pleasure (no matter how hard he made it with assignments) to getting to write for the late and great Peter Weiss at the Jersey Journal, as a stringer for awhile. The only person I ever really dealt with there was Peter, for about a year or so on and off. That was more than enough. And the only real reason I wanted to strong there was not for the money, but for getting to know the writer I admired most anywhere -- him.
I met him at the VIP Diner in Jersey City a few times to talk newspapers after work. Actually, just sitting around and talking newspapers with Peter was like getting the opportunity to sit around and talk about the New Testament with one of the disciples. It's hard to eat breakfast, drink coffee and read newspapers when you are absolutely in awe of the person in front of you (and trying not to show it at all).
He was a big one on honesty, not in everything in the world (that's being rude), but when it came to writing, "What are you if you're not honest?" he said. It was his opinion that there was too much flattery in news and not enough honesty. Putting him to the test, I asked him what he thought of my writing. He looked at me evenly and said, "You're a good reporter...maybe even a better than good reporter...but not such a good editor. Maybe OK, but that's it."
Well, the upside was that one of the great editors alive at that time, and maybe all time, thought I could write. The downside was that one of the greats also thought I wasn't such a hot editor (he read the Courier). "Good stories. Good ideas. Editors worry about everyone's work and not just their own, though. And you get self-indulgent with your editorials, which are sometimes gibberish and without a point. Now and again, they're good. But you write news well consistently -- and a lot of it."
I asked for honesty...yes...but I thought I needed to be treated by a paramedic after that. My face was blank. He shrugged. He smiled. He raised his cup and said, "Get better."
I thanked him, and proceeded to work my butt off to get better...and still am. Peter died a few years ago, an event that was a loss for this world on a grander scale than just those who knew him. I had it in the back of my mind to improve and then lure him back to the VIP (with the so-so coffee but great omelets) to tell me what he really thought after the work. But later didn't come and the Lord had other ideas for Peter. Maybe I waited too long. I thought I'd improved, but there was something of wanting to get a real good grade from the teacher in me.
But I learned more from that guy in the hours I had with him than I have anyone about anything in my life. He said to take the criticism I thought was valid (being honest with myself) and ignore it when I thought someone had an agenda. He told me that no one will ever believe what you say unless you do. And he told me if you can't be honest and tell someone you do not like when they've put out something good, then you're not really trying to write news. He said it was easy to give a compliment to your friends, hard to give one to someone you don't like. But harder was better.
He said flattering someone who's a friend about their work isn't being a friend. "And what has 'friend' got to do with making a living anyway in this business?" Lots of things could be said about the guy. I'll stick with 'best writer, best editor ever on my all-time list, with No. 2 about three miles behind.'
Saturday, June 16, 2007
So, the point to the lawyers, judges, the police officers, the tax collectors and even the uniformed members of the military was not service to some ridiculous monarch anymore.
The purpose of those people in this new republic became to serve the welfare of those governed. Those people came in service to what was right and not what a few people said was right for whatever agenda an alleged monarch set. It was a more common sense way for things to work.
That brings us to today. These towns in
When my newspaper is able to help facilitate communication in the community, then that is a time when the best outcome occurs and that is special.
But then there are those things that are found when some petty and cruel official oversteps their authority and terrorizes a helpless resident in one of these towns. Indeed, usually those who are terrorized by these personality types are helpless. And it is a specific type of personality who makes the time out of their day to abuse their oath of office in a way that is so unwholesome.
Well, when some taxpayer is made afraid to a certain order then they do not want trouble, like telling their story publicly, because they may fear this government official they are being vexed with (really "the government" to their view) may be back. When a newspaper approaches them about the issue at hand, they may well explain their case and then say that if they do not create public trouble then the rest of the trouble may well go away.
In my opinion, appeasement never did anything to stop troubled personalities given a badge of office. But my reporters and my newspaper will respect the wishes of people and not bring those things to light that are not willingly offered by subjects. Nevertheless, when an egregious use of government authority occurs against the most helpless segments of our society, apparently out of nothing more than a bully's inclination in a school cafeteria, it is more than disturbing. It is actually far more than just troubling.
Residents are paying an all-time high for the services of government. These residents are paying gold-plated prices for these town officials everywhere in this area, and the very least, the absolute rock bottom, they should be able to expect is common courtesy, the everyday respect that one should give anyone, and an environment free of sarcasm and even physical violence.
Personally, bullies are my favorite thing to confront. I am not impressed with them in any way. I have never abided them to date and I cannot see any reason to change that point of view. And in news, there is no story I tell with more zeal than the one about a bully with a state title. But when a subject declines a story for fear's sake, I usually leave my cell number, tell them to call next time (and there's always a next time) and consider appeasement's track record, in general. So it's done for the moment.
Yet, last week, I found the best story I can't tell just yet. With some confidence, I am sure I will be able to tell it one of these days soon.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Contact: Alyson Denzler
May 15, 2007 732-708-9811 / email@example.com
Arts & Crafts Festival
The Atlantic Highlands Historical Society will hold their 35th annual Arts & Crafts Festival on Saturday, August 18, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., in Veteran's Park (across from Borough Hall) and along First Avenue.
This year’s event, sponsored by the Atlantic Highlands Chamber of Commerce, is sure to please many. The rain date for the event is Sunday, August 20, 2006.
Unique jewelry, watercolors, prints, ceramics, woodwork, fabric and floral displays, photography, and other items will be exhibited from local crafters. In addition, many businesses along First Avenue and other members of the Chamber will have their “doors open” for your browsing enjoyment.
Live entertainment, children’s activities, home-baked goods, and other great food will make your day most enjoyable. Other events include a 1920's white open-top touring bus on display, courtesy of the Mulheren family of Rumson and an exciting gift auction.
Crafters still needed. For more information, please contact Alyson Denzler at 732-708-9811 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2007
CONTACTS:Afshin Mohamadi (Menendez) 202-224-4744
Heather Lasher Todd (Pallone) 202-225-4671
GANGS LEGISLATION PASSES OUT OF COMMITTEE
Bill includes provisions authored by legislators
– The Senate Judiciary Committee today voted on and passed gang legislation introduced by (D-CA), which is closely tied to the Fighting Gangs and Empowering Youth Act of 2007(http://menendez.senate.gov/newsroom/record.cfm?id=271326) introduced by Sen. (D-NJ) and (D-NJ) and co-sponsored by Sen. (D-NJ). The legislation also included two specific provisions from the legislators’ bill that would provide demonstration grants for innovative approaches to gang prevention and increase funds for mentoring programs for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
“I am proud that included provisions from our bill in her own, and grateful that the Judiciary Committee has shown a commitment to fighting gang activity,” said Menendez. “Gangs are ravaging our communities, and a comprehensive, national approach to combating this problem is long overdue. We must focus on prevention, empowerment and enforcement in order to stop the scourge of violence in our towns and cities.”
"I believe that overcoming the gang crisis takes more than just law enforcement, it takes an entire community," Pallone said. "That is why I applaud Senator Menendez's work to ensure that key provisions of our Fighting Gangs and Empowering Youth bill were included in 's comprehensive gang legislation. These are encouraging developments, which will only help me press for action in the House."
"Gang violence finds its way into our schools, our neighborhoods and even our homes and we're working to stop it on the street, where it happens most," Lautenberg said. "Our bill would help communities work with at-risk youth to show them the possibilities of a productive life out of gangs and off the streets.
Law enforcement officials recently reported that gang activity in is increasing and becoming more sophisticated and aggressive in recruiting and preying on young people in all communities. According to a survey by the State Police, the number of gang members has nearly doubled to slightly more than 17,000 in 2005, up from about 10,000 in 2000.
Senators Menendez and Lautenberg are both co-sponsors of ’s legislation. For further details on the similarities between the two bills, visit: http://menendez.senate.gov/pdf/MenendezFeinsteinBillProvisions.doc
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Consumer confidence is down overall. But in New Jersey, as of the moment, gasoline prices are not as bad as the national average. So that is a brightspot. Going into the summer tourism season, I'm interested about what that means for the area. Specifically, I'm interested to see what the summer does for Keyport, Keansburg, Highlands and Atlantic Highlands' business districts.
Thursday, June 14, 2007
With that said, individuals taking care of their own 401ks are pretty much the status quo. Click on the headline and go there.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
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Tuesday, June 12, 2007
OK, now the Banfield Cultural Arts Center and drinking: Why? For the couple of dollars the arts center would make off of drinking, the insurance liability this practice would bring is enormous. Yet, the entire idea of serving alcohol at a township facility....for any reason...is at least incredibly bad. This idea is being forwarded by the Middletown Township Committee is ridiculous, it is bad government, it flies in the face of common sense.
The entire Banfield Cultural Center has been a boondoggle. Why the parcel was bought, why public investment was placed into it in the first place, what the mission of the building actually is, how it will make money, how it will earn back the $9 million it cost to build, and to what end are all very good questions. These are questions the township has had scant or bad answers for thus far. But to complicate this issue by adding alcohol service to this multi-ton elephant in the center of the room thoroughly jumps the shark. If anything, I would think the common sense approach by the governing body toward their Frankenstein would be to be as low key, as non-controversial as possible. Instead, for the sake of whatever random desire by the committee majority, they are going to force this issue through, common sense be damned. Smoking may not be permitted on town premises, but I suppose someone can always get a drink at the bar.
The GOP bloggers are an active bunch. If nothing else, they are marked by their individuality in many ways. This is strange, since they are part of a party that patently does not abide with individuality. Click on the headline and go there.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
One thing struck me: If Monmouth County voters voted for change last year, as they did, then probably the newer members on the Board of Freeholders should do something other than what everyone else has always done. It's not what the voters wanted. It's what is wrong with this county. And, Mrs. Walsh is right in her post and, respectively, the Press is right in its editorial.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
June 7, 2007
CONTACTS:Afshin Mohamadi (Menendez) 202-224-4744
Senator reiterates his call for the
President to sign legislation into law
– U.S. (D-NJ), a staunch supporter of stem cell research, applauded the passage of the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act in the United States House of Representatives today.
The bill, which has already passed the Senate, will now be presented to the president to sign into law or veto. Menendez, whose mother suffers from
“Today, Congress voted in favor of hope,” said Menendez. “Now it is time for the President to turn the hopes of millions suffering from debilitating diseases into reality.
“A threat to veto is a promise to kill hope. And for those who insist on playing politics with people’s lives, make no mistake about it: the American people are watching and they will not take kindly to seeing their last flicker of hope being extinguished.
“I urge the president to withdraw his warnings and to embrace the will of the American people and the possibilities of science.”
last year used his first veto in office to strike down similar legislation that passed the Congress., reiterated his call for to retract his veto threats.
Friday, June 08, 2007
June 7, 2007
Ceremony includes first-ever Firefighter II graduates
FREEHOLD – The Monmouth County Fire Academy recently graduated 81 volunteers from Firefighter I Classes #70 and #71 and Firefighter II Class #1. The ceremony was held May 31.
Twenty-three Firefighter II graduates became the first advanced firefighter class to graduate from the Monmouth County Fire Academy after completing course work and more than 100 hours of training in fire rescue and extinguishment that included incident command, specialized search and rescue, communication, and safety procedures. The 58 Firefighter I graduates also attended weekend classes and completed more than 130 hours of course work. They received training in rescue, fire extinguishment, hazardous materials response, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation, electrical safety, and care of hoses and other equipment.
Freeholder Lillian G. Burry, who spoke at the graduation, commended the new and advancing firefighters for their dedication and willingness to serve. “Firefighters, like any emergency responder, must be available all hours of the day and night. They are at times, confronted with life and death situations and their ability to react properly and safely can be attributed to the training program they have just completed at the Monmouth County Fire Academy,” Burry said.
“This new crop of firefighters joins the ranks of 6,000 other local firefighters who serve their neighbors, friends and communities. Volunteer firefighters provide a necessary service and assist in the delivery of quality public services at the local level,” said Freeholder Director William C. Barham who also attended the graduation. “The men and women graduating today will provide a high level of safe and valued service because they have proven themselves throughout this County training program.”
Each firefighter was awarded a certificate of course completion by Freeholder Burry and Monmouth County Fire Academy Training Officer William Itinger.
* Attached are lists of the graduates.
Firefighter I graduates from Class #70
Homan M. Alavi, Oakhurst; Sebastian J. Bianchi, Matawan; Mark T. Biddle, Millstone; Richard C. Brady, Jr., North Centerville; David C. Burns, South Wall; Jenson J. Chundamala, Freehold Township; Robert L. Cole, Allentown; Vincent E. Ernst, Avon; Mike A. Ford, Monmouth Beach; Matthew C. Greimel, Oakhurst; Aubrey J. Guldager, Freewood Acres; Eric A. Halle, Cliffwood Beach; Jason R. Halpern, Freewood Acres; Joshua T. Modlin, Oceanport; Gregory J. Penn, Millstone; Justin N. Penn, Millstone; Wilson Plaisimond, Wayside; Christopher S. Poles, Allentown; Ryan S. Romano, Ramtown; Carmin J. Roth, Gordon’s Corner; Michael A Seaman, Freewood Acres; David A. Shotwell, III, Ocean Grove; Robert E. Taylor, Neptune City;
Richard Trombetta, Robertsville; Michael D. Vollbrecht, Neptune City ; Trevor J. Wellet, South Wall; Donald W. West, Freehold Township
Firefighter I graduates from Class #71
Joseph Barbato, Englishtown;Mark T. Bennett, Holmdel;Thomas J. Butler, Holmdel; Jonathon L. Carter, Matawan; Anthony Castro, Matawan; Matthew J. Clemente, Colts Neck #2; David Vincent Dochnahl, Union Beach; Timothy J. Durkin, Pinebrook; Robert William Eyers, Holmdel; Vincent J. Ferrante, Jr., Matawan; Allen Keene, Glendola; Patrick N. Kesler, Manasquan; Kevin Felix Ketelson, Colts Neck #2; Jason W. Kirkland, Englishtown; John Kruse, Oakhurst; Joey J. Laguna, Keansburg; James A. Lasky, East Freehold; Cody T. Lovgren, East Freehold; Andrew Lydick, Allentown; John P. Mazza, Millstone; Daniel McGaheran, Millstone; Dennis M. Mignone, Spring Lake; Cenildo V. Moreira, Gordon’s Corner; Alfred Louis Mottola, Allentown; Andres J. Paganucci, Holmdel; Anthony Page, Englishtown; Jeremy J. Schulte, Wanamassa; Brian M. Spitzfaden, Keansburg; Christian Stevens, Ocean Grove; Peter A. Thierry, Morganville Vol. ; Ian P. Thompson, Morganville Ind.
Firefighter II graduates from Class #170
Oliver C. Chang, Marlboro; Thomas J. Ditre, Freehold Township; Michael Egnatowicz, Gordon’s Corner; Richard A. Gallo, III, Oceanport; Ryan Howlett, Adelphia; Michael D. Johnson, Freewood Acres; Richard W. Leswing, III, Keyport; Kenneth M. Lucas, Freehold Township; Robert A. MacGeorge, Glendola; Alonzo Meachem, IV, West Keansburg; Sean Polito, Colts Neck # 1; William M. Scanlon, Freehold Borough; Gregory T. Shinn, Spring Lake Heights; Michael Silvani, Squankum; Daniel J. Spicuzza, Jr. Freehold Township; Robert P. Tice, Adelphia; David M. Weir, Long Branch; Thomas G. Weldon, II, Morganville Ind.; Christopher C. Willms, Sea Girt; Robert J. Woodhead, Jr., Union Beach; Douglas Ziemba, Jr. Holmdel; Douglas Ziemba, Sr. Holmdel; Bryan Zuccarelli, Freehold Township
Editor's Note: Congratulations to these volunteers, and thanks for the great work you all do.
For those who are not involved in the newspaper business, perhaps the most pivotal position on any staff is the circulation manager. In addition to his circulation duties, Mike has been very active as a columnist and sports reporter for Courier, a role he will be keeping with his new paper. Mike has done a great job at Courier and, in my opinion, the Peoria Times is getting a great asset.
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
Monday, June 04, 2007
Caption: Yet another shameless way to get my Old English bulldogs, Winston and Baxter, on my blog.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
June 4, 2007
Freeholder Burry, Navy mark the Battle of Midway
COLTS NECK – Monmouth County Freeholder Lillian G. Burry and representatives from Naval Weapons Station Earle marked the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Midway today with an overview of the famous World War II battle and the placing of a wreath.
The battle, fought June 4 through June 7, 1942 near the central Pacific island of Midway, is considered the most decisive single naval battle in U.S. history. It signaled a turning point in the war in the Pacific and helped shape the future of Europe as well. Before this, the Japanese were on the offensive, capturing territory throughout Asia and the Pacific.
The Japanese had planned to capture Midway to use as an advance base, as well as to entrap and destroy the U.S. Pacific Fleet. Because of communication intelligence successes, the U.S. Pacific Fleet surprised the Japanese forces, sinking the four Japanese carriers that had attacked Pearl Harbor only six months before. After Midway, the Americans and their Allies took the offensive in the Pacific.
“The Battle of Midway was the turning point of World War II and the victory signaled the beginning of the end for the Imperial Japanese Navy,” Freeholder Burry said. “We can never forget the ultimate sacrifices that were made by our U.S. Navy seamen and U.S. Marines.”
Following welcoming remarks by Lt. Cmdr. E.M. Prezioso, Master Chief Joseph Eppolito and Cmdr. Richard Valentine presented an overview and interpretation of this important battle.
The Japanese were shaken by an April 1942 air raid led by Lt. Col. James H. Doolittle, in which targets in Tokyo, Yokosuka and a score of other towns were hit. A battle scheme was drawn up by the Japanese to attack the U.S. Pacific Fleet in the waters around Midway in order to move the line of battle away from Japan. However, earlier that year, Americans had broken the Japanese naval code and had been able read at least 10 percent of the Japanese Navy’s radio transmissions.
“The Battle of Midway changed the world forever,” Eppolito said. “The balance of sea power shifted from the Japanese to the United States and set the table for our later successes.”
Valentine said that it was because of Midway that the United States did not have to fight the enemy on its own soil, because the Japanese never got that far. “England had its Battle of London,” he said. “The only reason we didn’t have a Battle of America is because there was a Battle of Midway. The Japanese turned back and their opportunity was lost forever.”
Japan’s loss of four out of its six fleet carriers, plus a large number of their highly trained aircrews, stopped the expansion of the Japanese Empire in the Pacific.
“The Battle of Midway enabled the U.S. Navy to go on the offensive, which is why this battle was so important,” Freeholder Burry said. “Thanks to American signals intelligence, judicious aircraft carrier tactics and some luck, the U.S. Navy inflicted a devastating defeat on the Japanese.”
The wreath-placing ceremony led by Valentine with assistance from Freeholder Burry.
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Nevertheless, if the Democratic Congress has sidestepped rules, that should be examined. There have been enough shortcuts in government in this country for quite some time.
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The Asbury Park Press printed attorney Larry Carton's obituary today. He served as the Middletown Planning Board attorney. He died on June 1, peacefully at home. Sympathies to the family. Click on the headline to go to the obit.
Saturday, June 02, 2007
Friday, June 01, 2007
The event took place at the American Legion, in Middletown, on Route 36.
In attendance was, among others, Monmouth County Democratic Chairman Victor V. Scudiery, Middletown Committeeman Patrick Short, Deocrat for 13th District Assembly Patricia Walsh, Democrat for Monmouth County Freeholder John D'Amico, Democrat for Monmouth County Sheriff Jack Hill and the Chivukula family.
Middletown Democratic Chairman Joe Caliendo lauded Chivukula's work in Trenton on behalf of the state's residents. Meanwhile, Chivukula noted that the work of township Democrats through the years has culminated in an election this year where control of the municipal governing body is being competed for by both parties in town.
Scudiery said he is optimistic about Democratic chances this year, and noted that the determination of the Democratic faithful in the township has been a key part of that optimism in races throughout the county this year.