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John Santaella April 23, 2014 at 05:29 pm
We don't rule by majority in this country. We are explicitly NOT a Christian nation. It is not by myRead More belief. I don't make the rules. Our Constitution clearly states that the government shall not establish a religion. That's what we go by in this country, our Constitution; not what you believe or what I believe. You have no idea what I am. You are grossly ignorant and jump to conclusions. We are a nation of laws. The 1796 Treaty with Tripoli states that the United States was "not in any sense founded on the Christian religion" (see the image on the right). This was not an idle statement meant to satisfy muslims-- they believed it and meant it. This treaty was written under the presidency of George Washington and signed under the presidency of John Adams.
Lee Brewer April 23, 2014 at 05:55 pm
The court casse is about being Patriotic without saying our Pledge of Allegiance. You know I couldRead More shout "under God" even if it would be removed. But that does not demonstrate my Patriotism. We are a Christian or God honoring Nation when it is convenient. What is even more interesting is that a nearby Allah loving Mulsim Mosque sent about 20 of their old youth to help out Sanday damaged homes. That was great. The Southern Baptists sent 50,000 men and women to NJ for more than a year, in order to join in the restoration of the New Jersey Coast. That was also great. Yet sorry to say, I didn't see an Atheist or Humanist Organization although there is a Humanist HQ within 6 miles of the Shore. BTW I did not even see any Red Cross operation at work. I only saw 3 Red Cross Workers dining at a church providing food for workers. Sooo yup, our Nation lives with God in their hearts - at least most do. LOL
SILENT WOLF April 23, 2014 at 05:57 pm
Didn't say we are ruled by the majority simply stating that the majority in this country practiceRead More christian beliefs.Was not implying that you are a Atheist , but if that so happen to be ,you have that right as well.So don't label me as ignorant ,although you have that right....Amen
Parent April 7, 2014 at 06:40 am
Grow up and become an adult!
Edubb April 7, 2014 at 11:43 pm
The real news is if she's going to prom and what her dress looks like...
Mrgrumpass April 16, 2014 at 09:19 am
She will drop out and become a pol dancer!
WMS826 April 23, 2014 at 03:49 pm
So on one hand you liberals tell us skin color means nothing but then OK Chicago teaching from aRead More view point that blacks had a hand in everything that happened in the world. I think if that ever happened here Catholic schools would be flush with enrollment. I do not know why they are not flush now with all this crap going on. Cut out the cable tv, and other things to get the tuition to send your kids private schools. especially if they are European decent and now a target of brainwashing by you liberals.
Brian Hurrel April 23, 2014 at 04:04 pm
Please provide a specific example of brainwashing. School. Curriculum. Texts used. Specific quotesRead More from the lesson.
Lulu's Mom April 23, 2014 at 04:48 pm
Global Warming is not settled nor accepted by all scientists.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk April 22, 2014 at 04:12 pm
Marie, why are you conditioned to think that someone that needs pay more taxes because they have aRead More larger house? Why do you think that is fair? Why do you think that if someone spends money keeping their house nice, they need to be penalized with higher taxes? Shouldn't someone should be allowed to keep their house nice? So according to you, it is fair if I buy a house and let the paint go and let the place degenerate and I can have my taxes lowered. you are brilliant.
John Santaella April 22, 2014 at 04:16 pm
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk it doesn't work that way. Ask your town assessor about that.
Marie Intili April 22, 2014 at 05:49 pm
I didnt say you have to pay more taxes if you have a bigger house! Or a nicer house...you areRead More taking my words out of context! A two family home that is zoned for two families should only have two families living in it! Not 10 families! Thats all I said...I said nothing about letting your paint go or getting penelized with a higher tax because of size.....only what its zoned for!
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Betty Boop March 13, 2014 at 09:34 pm
That is why most colleges award Merit Money based upon SAT scores.
Legion March 13, 2014 at 11:46 pm
If this is true my dog could probably be eligible if he went through the Brick school system.
Rick Ricky March 15, 2014 at 02:05 pm
Schools in general is nothing but fakes. Not even close to accurate. To many reasons to list. YouRead More have to many dishonest people involved in the outcome in changes that shouldn't be. Yes, schools play to make it look one way that is not even close to what it should be. They rig the outcome to make their school look good for certain students who they might have a connection with in some way. You can have students who rank higher in lower level classes that are not even close in comparison that has no business being 2 or 3 in a class.
BAZINGA March 13, 2014 at 09:57 am
Cranky, wouldn't that then make public schools private??? If you didn't agree with the referendumRead More you should have voted against it. I totally agree with Pat...proves how poorly money has been mismanaged.
Johnny Local March 13, 2014 at 11:08 am
I did read what you said Cranky: "A sliding scale could be used per parent based on incomeRead More and number of children-no exclusions." You are suggesting that people without children in our schools should not contribute as much towards the school system as parents with kids in school even though they will benefit from living in a town with a good school system equally. We do have a sliding scale for taxes based on income. People who can afford to live in more expensive homes pay more in taxes. People with one bedroom homes pay less than people with five bedroom homes. "people who use the system who do NOT pay property taxes to directly contribute as we do." If you live in a home in Middletown, the owner of that home pays property taxes. If it's your grandmother's house, she pays the taxes. If you rent, your landlord pays the taxes out of the rent you pay. Who are you talking about that is living here without paying taxes?
JasperRam March 13, 2014 at 11:58 am
Johnny thanks for making sense.
natalie117 March 12, 2014 at 01:29 pm
@commonman, seems you nailed it. BAAAAAAAA :(((
Johnny Local March 13, 2014 at 12:45 pm
Commonman...."Now can we at least get a look at the bidding process involved no chance itRead More wasnt(sp) rigged" . . . . .That's quite an insightful observation Commonman. You do know that the bidding process hasn't begun yet, right?. . . . "thats(sp) fine bob im(sp) ok with that then we can watch as this board figures out to do a budget like the rest of us.". . . . I had to use my Neanderthal to English dictionary but I think you said that the board needs a budget? You mean the one they do every year, vote on and publish? . . . . . "U could slash the pay/bennys of every town worker from police to teachers 20% and I guantee(sp) there will still be a line a mile long wanting those jobs". . . . . Great idea Commonman, that's just one of the perks of living on this little island called Middletown in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. We can treat our employees like crap because there is no other place for them to work within a thousand mile radius, we are not in competition with anyone.. . . . . Thanks for all your astute observations Commonman. I think you epitomize the level of intelligence of most of the people posting here.
Bob English March 13, 2014 at 01:36 pm
As an fyi, Middletown is scheduled to receive over $3 million LESS in school state aide then it didRead More in 2010. Good article at this link which notes that 4 out of every 5 districts in NJ are also scheduled to receive less in 2015 then they did in 2010. http://www.njspotlight.com/stories/14/03/12/is-record-high-state-aid-to-schools-really-just-a-numbers-game/
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 12:22 am
Hey Joe-90% tax rate existed with a number of signifigant loopholes that resulted in a nominal taxRead More rate in the mid 40s for the highest earners...stop getting your talking points from MSNBC and think for yourself. and even if you took every dollar from the top 10% of earners in this nation, we would still have a deficit...spending is the issue, not revenue....do you get that fact or does your hatred for the wealthy cloud your ability to digest reality...
Joe R March 15, 2014 at 08:51 am
Hey SH, in the 1950s, the top marginal tax rate was 91% and the effective tax rate was about 51%Read More after the loopholes. Oh, so we don't have loopholes today??!? Ha, ha, ha. The current top marginal tax rate is 39.6% but that's before all the loopholes. The effective tax rate is even lower than 39.6%. JFK eliminated many of the loopholes and reduced the top marginal tax rate to 74%. That works for me.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 07:02 pm
Joe-I will agree to raise the marginal tax rate to 50%...what programs other than defense do youRead More propose to cut? Exactly none is probably your answer...cutting defense and raising taxes does not get us to a balanced budget...we need to cut spending...you socialists never seem to get that point...and moreover, how about EVERYONE has some skin in the game and has to pay some income tax.... you will never want to cut spending on social programs because then how will you bribe low information voters to win elections?
RC7730 March 3, 2014 at 08:26 am
Really? For an inch? The decisions this winter have been ridiculous. When the days of being able toRead More walk or drive on an inch of snow are out of the question we are doomed.
J.E. O'Brien March 3, 2014 at 09:01 am
why aren't they sanding / salting the roads for the commuters / school buses?
delabruck@gmail.com March 3, 2014 at 10:39 pm
These roads in howell very icy too dangerous for school buses.
SHU March 6, 2014 at 06:41 pm
Sir, I graduated from MD not too long ago. Top 10% in my class, played 3 sports all 4 years, and wasRead More accepted into 10 different colleges all with scholarships. I have a sibling at the school currently. Everyone is treated as an equal at MD. Maybe I am partial, however I definitely have to disagree with you for various reasons. 1- The child was kicked out of the school for bad behavior. The situation was obviously handled. Bullying is a horrible thing, however the school did their job. It is not the school's fault that our child was bullied. 2- YES, Mater Dei is a Christian environment lead by Fr. Jeff, who has been doing an excellent job rehabilitating the faith in the school.. mass on a regular basis and a new teen youth group for the community 3- YES, it is a PRIVATE SCHOOL.. in essence it is a business. A business requires money, that very money you speak of for scholarships In regard to sports, the players on the football team went on to do track, and basketball..as well as various other sports... which by the way also brings in money to the school. It is not just football players that MD recruits. There are several basketball and soccer players that have currently registered… also MD is looking to add new sports based on the requests of incoming students…. It is quite common for students to attend a school based on sports… look at CBA and RBC for instance 4-The school actually does turn children away if their grades are not up to par, and also if they have a troubled record .. there is a strict no bullying policy.. which I am sure you are familiar with due to your personal story Sir, please find me a school that has no drugs, and no kids that have problems.. I guarantee that you will fail. Yes, I was a student at MD… believe me the harder drugs are both by the wealthier students.. and most of those students (lets face it).. do NOT attend MD. Sir, kids are kids… they are the same everywhere you go. I don't mean to bash you or your family, but if you are someone who truly wants to give your children a Catholic education, Mater Dei does just that. We are a tight-knit community that is growing. The experience is what you make of it. On another note, it is unfortunate that your child had a bad experience. I am truly sorry for that. We all want to see our kids and siblings have a safe, enjoyable experience. Aside from your story, I have to say that most other stories I hear of the school are positive ones. The reality is, Mater Dei gives children the opportunity to learn in a Catholic setting, in small classrooms, and with like minded people. They have a 100% college acceptance rate, and more scholarship money goes to Mater Dei graduates than any other private school in the area--- including RBC, which has 4x the amount of students It is what you make of it. Mater Dei is on its way up. And quite honestly, maybe if the community (the Saint Mary's parents) sent their children to Mater Dei, then we would not have to reach out to get students to attend. Recently, the school has gone through some really amazing changes and people see the opportunity and want to send their children. This is the reality. Just because one child wronged your child, I find it offensive for you to place all of these "inner city" children into this category. These kids work harder than most other children to be honest, and why do you care where they come from anyway? One particular student was just accepted into the college of his choice with an ACADEMIC scholarship. This may not have been made possible to him without Mater Dei, and the staff member that work tirelessly to make sure the students are on the right track. Again, I am very sorry for your experience. Regards
7ts April 8, 2014 at 01:04 pm
Sorry I don't buy it. I spent a lot of money on this school only to have my child have to takeRead More remedial courses in English and Math while at college. He was a straight A student in English and did well in Math while attending MD. What does that tell you? Check out the list of colleges these kids attend after graduating, a large portion go to Brookdale (hence the large number of scholarships community colleges tend to give out quite a few) ,number one for the cost, but secondly because they aren't ready for real college yet. I'm glad you had a good experience while there. But I stand by what I said many of these new recruits are disrespectful to their coaches. My son witnessed it first hand as a child came into a locker room late while the coach was speaking to the team, he proceeded to talk over the coach as if he weren't there. Others also talked backed to the coach when he gave them their training assignments as in "I ain't gonna do that, f*** that." Heard with his own ears. Were you there? The school needs money desperately, a few years back it was ready to close. The building needs major renovations and the curriculum needs to be changed to help those who need it. At the time my son left it was not unlike a Tiger Schulmanns where you get a black belt if you go to enough classes.
Bill April 8, 2014 at 05:22 pm
7ts. I w's enjoying the banter between an alum and father of an alum when I read your last statementRead More about Tiger Schulmanns. As the father of two TS students and a student myself, i am interested how you came about this position that is very different than my experience. I think that your point was that TS gives black belts to people that are incapable of defending themselves. I would suggest that you could find a better way to make a point about your sons education than a dated reference to a martial arts school that is no longer valid.
danielle March 6, 2014 at 09:57 pm
I believe this plan is being voted on and "rushed" because if we do not declare ourRead More intention to use the grant to the state by June, we lose it to another district. The deadlines for this grant are a state issue, not a BOE one.
MaverickMom March 7, 2014 at 08:11 pm
Only problem is we don't lose it. We have 18mos so lets' see a real plan
Marguerite Stocker March 11, 2014 at 11:20 am
Again, MaverickMom, you are incorrect. If it doesn't pass, we lose all of the money from the rodRead More grants. Please don't continue to misinform people.
Sissy Strose February 27, 2014 at 10:39 am
Kudos to you, Jacqui, for your letter. I am not a parent but Billy was friends with my nephew. IRead More first saw him as an 8 year old boy and knew that my nephew remained friends with him and even went to Rutgers parties with him. This hits close to home and is very disturbing. Add to that the fact that RU is turning their backs on a former student, a human being, a young promising soul who they were more than happy to accept 3.5 years of tuition from, is disgusting. I live nearby (East Brunswick) and I am very frustrated at what seems to be apathy on the part RU and even students who "may" know what happened to this kid. Maybe the university could have sent out a note urging its students to come forward. Or assure them that their safety is extremely important. How about a condolence to the family? I bet it has occurred to them that the killer(s) could be RU students. I'm sure they don't want any parts of that. This is reminiscent of Penn State who thought it was more important to save face than to protect innocent children. this family deserves the help of RU and all of us in finding who did this to their beloved son. Stop thinking about your wallet RU! Do the right thing!
Dawn Kelly February 27, 2014 at 04:55 pm
It is not just one parent who is upset with Rutgers University's inaction in the wake of Billy'sRead More McCaw's murder. I am also a parent of a senior at Rutgers and my daughter has been a close friend of Billy's since the very first day of their freshman year. I am shocked and disturbed by Rutgers lack of concern and compassion for a student of theirs. I have called Rutgers President Barchi and have sent emails to him, all of which have been ignored. My daughter returned home immediately after hearing about the violent murder of her dear friend. She was looking to us, as her parents, for guidance and assurances that she would be safe returning to campus to finish her senior year. She was also looking for support in dealing with the unexplainable death. We could not give her those assurances since Rutgers has simply decided to ignore the entire situation. This has left so many of Billy's friends and classmates to deal with their feelings of loss, pain, anger, frustration and sadness all on their own. Rutgers was my daughter's "dream school" and her 4 years there are now ending in a nightmare. An abusive basketball coach at the University made national news but the murder of a student on campus is ignored. I live in south Jersey, 90 minutes from the University and not one news station or newspaper has covered the story. Relatives in north Jersey have also not heard anything about Billy's murder. How can this be? Isn't Rutgers a New Jersey state university? Wouldn't it be helpful to the investigation if more people in the area knew about it, perhaps offering tips or clues? I can't even get the President of the University or anyone on his staff to acknowledge my phone call or emails. The entire situation is tragic. My thoughts and prayers are with Billy and his family
Sissy Strose February 28, 2014 at 11:49 am
If Billy had won a gold medal at Soch or an Oscar or donated money to RU, I am assured they wouldRead More have acknowledged his death, former student or not. Kean U., Hillsborough HS and his Tennessee HS have all made public statements and sent condolences to his family. We're not asking for RU to accept blame; it isn't their fault. We'd like to see some compassion, some support, some validation of this kid who loved this school so much and died just yards from it's soil. Be there for your students, this is terrifying! We don't know what happened that night. We aren't asking for a guarantor or goat. Just some words from the pink elephant in the room.
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Bob Roberts April 21, 2014 at 10:30 am
Don't stop at snow days; replace the entire mess with online learning.
Bob Roberts April 21, 2014 at 10:37 am
@ Kristin DiStefano - Your grammar is atrocious and have you heard of paragraphs? P.S. you are aRead More teacher, not a counselor - stay in your own lane. That is the biggest problem with the façade that is today's "teaching profession". Today's schools are nothing but codependent social engineering facilities.
Joseph Mahmah February 18, 2014 at 12:03 pm
delayed lol... what a joke. Eatontown you need to get it together. why every time there is a 90 minRead More delay you never send the school bus to pick my daughter up? its becoming the normal procedure every time there is a delay there is no bus
Bob English February 18, 2014 at 12:28 pm
Joseph...If you have not already, call your daughters school or the board office.
J.E. O'Brien February 18, 2014 at 03:40 pm
the roads are icy and snow on top then melt into each other makes more ice and no sand/ salt thrownRead More on the interior roads. very dangerous. I don't know how NJ can expect people to send their kids into school when the towns do not make it safe. It makes no sense. There are many new drivers on the road and they should take their time and other motorists should have patience. Should be that way even in the best of conditions people.
Janice vee February 14, 2014 at 09:44 am
Why is it never plowed salted or even sanded by the vfw in belford. I go thru this area to carpoolRead More kids to school. You can't even get to 36 without sliding. It's really dangerous for cars and even school buses. everytime it snows it's like that area is forgotten about.
Emily February 14, 2014 at 11:57 am
Who wants to listen to that at 5:a.m. in the morning. I would have hung up. Not cute. Save your soRead More called talent for the school talent show.
anonymous February 15, 2014 at 01:13 am
I thought this was very funny. I even played it back for friends as we danced around the room. IRead More believe it is the quirky stuff in life that makes it all worth it. We all need a giggle every now and then and this passed dumb and went 180 degrees back to funny. If you want to see serious meet us in Washington DC March 16th 2014 for a mass protest against corruption when the mace and flashbangs start being thrown by police you will have a new respect for the little giggles in life. anonymous
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Rick Ricky February 13, 2014 at 09:52 am
Jim, Geez you are the one who can't be that ignorant yourself. You couldn't be more wrong and inRead More denial. Nothing jives with any of these tests. They compare SAT's and some schools average 1535 total and think that is good. I think that score is unacceptable. Just a little over what the state requires. The H.S. do little or just enough to get by. Just passing is good enough for them. You have schools who some considered top schools bragging how great they are getting average sat's at 1545. @Speedz..You are right on and I agree it is hard to figure out what makes sense versus real.
esther March 3, 2014 at 12:02 am
Here's what I measure when considering schools- and this applies directly to Montclair and allRead More districts- Has my child been taught to be an independent thinker, an active problem solver, willing to take on challenges, work as part of a team, and the confidence to work independently? Has my child met a teacher who has motivated him/her to be their best academic self and created a lifelong learner? That's how success is measured. Numbers/statistic can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted, and manipulated. The cold hard facts that your child has the attributes previously listed above is the true measure. That's done here in Montclair and other districts in New Jersey and beyond- or at least it was true before the core curriculum standards and the broads invaded.
ED April 12, 2014 at 11:54 am
esther, You have a few things right. Numbers/Statistics can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted andRead More manipulated. By Who? The same people who are running the schools and handing in these reports. Everything in NJ is corrupted.
Jim Kirk February 5, 2014 at 08:21 pm
Are you for real. These kids need to walk more. So what they might fall, such is life. Stop makingRead More these kids a bunch of wimps"Oh my kid may fall" or "oh they have to have the bus stop at every house" Is this what were teaching kids today. Do this and I'll sue....GET REAL
MaverickMom February 25, 2014 at 01:53 pm
lawsuits don't work like either
barbara dalessio February 25, 2014 at 09:35 pm
I agree they need to walk. It's so sadm
Mike in Leonardo February 4, 2014 at 06:49 am
Still did a crappy job on the bayside of Leonardo curb to curb??? Ha!! Your drivers definition andRead More mine are wide apart. Have a look at Washington ave!!! No cars on the street and the snow is 5' into the street on one side. You call that curb to curb??? Hardly!!!
Belford Bob February 4, 2014 at 08:45 am
They were so close to the curb on my street that the snow was pushed onto my sidewalk. Guess theyRead More are damned if they do damned if they dont. I get a chuckle talking to my neighbors saying they need more men out there. All the government needs is to pay more men to sit around all year for the handful of occasions it snows.
Steve L. February 4, 2014 at 10:44 am
In Middletown, NJ, home owners have to clear snow and ice from sidewalks within 24 hours from theRead More end of the snowfall. Failure to comply with the ordinance can result penalties consisting of fines of up to $2,000, 90 days imprisonment and/or community service. And, I get the reasons why it is important to clear your sidewalk. But, what about the snow plows that come down my street and totally bury my sidewalk and driveway entrance after I have already cleared all the snow from it? Every time we have a major snow, it seems like I have to clear snow and ice from my sidewalk at least two or three times - once after snow and then I have to repeat it again (and again?) after the plows come down the street and cover my sidewalk with just as much snow, if not more, than was there in the first place. Do I get to assess the township with penalties for covering my clean sidewalk with snow?
Politically Incorrect February 3, 2014 at 08:38 am
I also believe there is an opportunity to consolidate schools. If you drive from Ocean to PortRead More Monmouth (a little over a mile) and then Port Monmouth to Harmony is a little over a mile. There is the same thing between Lincroft, Nut Swamp and River Plaza (within 2 miles of each other). This would require some long range planning that no administration seems to have been able to handle. Turf fields were paid by township and BOE. BOE contributed $250,000 for 2 turf fields. The second of which will be put near Thorne I think. Ultimately, I worry we will pay for these repairs anyway. There is no way they can continue as status quo. They also discussed that the geo thermal is deteriorating and wells will have to be fixed (very expensive). The idea of adding boilers was to actually plan ahead and have an option for geothermal. What is going to cost us more as taxpayers - paying for repairs ourselves or getting 40% from state.
MaverickMom February 25, 2014 at 01:57 pm
@politically incorrect....the boilers issue is a result of not properly planning when the geothermalRead More was introduced. I'd rather pay as it comes up and out of the budget, this way our spending is controlled and moderated annually. Also, where does this new spending address several other concerns such as overcrowding? Better yet, where is the plan that lists all of the things that need to be done?????
Deborah February 26, 2014 at 04:55 pm
The reason these repairs have moved to the forefront of the conversation and ahead of overcrowdingRead More is because of the nature of this type of grant. This grant is only available for this type of repair work and MUST be completed within a tight time window. That is why the vote is moved up to March instead of November and ahead of the overcrowding concern that some of you have referred to.
The proposed Trinity Hall all-girls school complex. Chapel Hill Road is located at the top. Credit Gregory Kyriakakis
Tony Dimeglio March 6, 2014 at 07:05 pm
I have lived in Middletown since the early 1980s. i have brought up children and sent them to ourRead More schools. i am so disgusted by this group of NIMBYs claiming to be concerned about some fictitious bird that they care about or that Chapel Hill Rd is "dangerous" so we should not locate a school there. This is the latest group to discriminate against females and Catholics. I have seen this before and I am sure i will see it again. It just makes my skin crawl ..especially when almost every other area in NJ has this option for girls. This property will be developed. Please try and wrap your heads around this fact. Please.
John Chapel Hill March 6, 2014 at 08:08 pm
Tony. Thank you for that post. It was very insightful.
John Chapel Hill March 7, 2014 at 07:42 am
Tony - I was being sarcastic. Your post was not insightful and really adds no value to theRead More conversation. The fact that people oppose a school being built in an area that was not zoned to handle a school and on a road that can barely handle its existing traffic does not make them NIMBYs. I question how that “disgusts” you. Those are strong feelings. Also, wildlife, wetlands, and environmental preservation is not a fictitious issue. Claiming we are discriminating against females and Catholics is silly. This makes your “skin crawl?” This is not a Catholic school. Trinity being built elsewhere still gives an “option for girls.” And, maybe this property will be developed, however, it should be developed as it was zoned: 2 acre single family homes. Please try to wrap your head around these facts. Please!