Wednesday night's Jackson Township Zoning Board agenda includes an application to demolish an existing single family home and a secondary structure, to be replaced by a synagogue and a mikvah.
In November 2021 Jackson Township Code Enforcement Officer Ralph Seda issued a notice of violation to Chana Siegel, owner of a single family home located at 950 Maplehurst Avenue, for operating a school in her home. More specifically the notice of violation cited an illegal change of use, in violation of Jackson Township ordinance 244-23.
Porter's decision and ensuing statement are now being met forcefully by a lawsuit brought by Club members Richard Egan and Shimshon Heller.ackson JJ
Under the leadership of Jackson Township Mayor Michael Reina, major upgrades and improvement projects are now underway at multiple Jackson Township athletic complexes.
The atrocious state of the nursing home industry in our country is no secret, more often than not we are discussing understaffing, unhealthy living conditions or a failure to provide even the most basic services, or in the case of Joseph Schwartz and Skyline Health Care, the financial collapse of over-leveraged facilities and criminal consequences in the aftermath. But it gets far worse.
Folks, the wall we are all backed against is not Mordechai Eichorn and other developers wanting to build schools in Jackson, the wall is the Township Council for failing to do its job and it's high time that residents held all five men to account for their inaction.
I would be less than honest if I said that I wasn't enjoying watching former Asbury Park Press Editorial Editor and current Facebook antagonist Randy Bergmann flip flopping like a fish out of water when it comes to relations between the Orthodox Jewish community and all others.
Years of shocking news from the former Andover Sub-Acute Nursing home that included residents’ bodies stored in on-site morgues and disturbing allegations of resident abuse have culminated in the facility’s imminent closure.
Last night however, a Zoning Board application that began with a wholly inappropriate conversation at the conclusion of the Jackson Township Planning Board meeting on May 16, 2022 that included Planning Board member and Jackson Council President Martin Flemming, Planning Board and Zoning Board attorney Sean Gernter and developer Mordechai Eichorn, ended with a denial by the Zoning Board to allow 48 homes where only 10 would otherwise be permitted and where it is now almost assured that the 4 schools will be built.
An ethically questionable conversation at the conclusion of the Jackson Township Planning Board meeting on May 16, 2022, that included Planning Board member and Jackson Council President Martin Flemming, Planning Board and Zoning Board attorney Sean Gernter and developer Mordechai Eichorn, has resulted in an application for 48 single family homes appearing on the Zoning Board agenda for tonight.
Jackson Township Mayor Michael Reina, considered the front runner to succeed Ron Dancer as Assemblyman in the 12th Legislative District, has withdrawn his name from consideration. Reina offered no endorsement saying only that " There remain many qualified candidates in the race and I hope that all Committee members will give due consideration to each."
Some media outlets (you know who you are Phil Stilton) are trying to whip people into a frenzy by alleging nefarious backroom deals "brokered with the community" by Jackson Mayor Michael Reina, so now seems as good of a time as any to provide a simple lesson in private school busing.
No Mayor Michael Reina did NOT pull off a massive school bus deal that he "brokered with the community", a disgusting reference to the orthodox Jewish families in Jackson, that's yet another concocted, anti-Semitic story brought to you by the hyper-partisan, bullshit riddled Shore New
Ocean County, more specifically Lakewood, Toms River, Jackson and Howell, have a problem that is unique in New Jersey in that the burgeoning private school student population has either already surpassed the public school population (Lakewood), soon will (Jackson), or at least represents a significant percentage of the combined student population (Toms River and Howell).
Here we go again. Yeshiva Chemdas Hatorah secured an educational campus approval back in 2017 but is now proposing to build a total of 250 housing units by way of 62 duplexes with basement apartments and one single family home, also with a basement apartment. Under R40 Zoning this property would otherwise only allow a total of 18 single family homes. All of this at the intersection of Cross Street and James St.
This month, Gov. Chris Sununu signed a bill that could give the church – and others like it – a boost. House Bill 1021, signed by Sununu, overrides any zoning ordinance that is deemed to prohibit, regulate, or restrict land or structures used primarily for religious purposes.TT
Last night the Jackson Township GOP Club met for it's regularly scheduled monthly meeting and it was expected that the screening committee recommendations for November's election would be put forth for a full club vote. At least that was the plan, and most of those who were present showed up to insure that their voices would be heard.Last night the Jackson Township GOP Club met for it's regularly scheduled monthly meeting and it was expected that the screening committee recommendations for November's election would be put forth for a full club vote. At least that was the plan, and most of those who were present showed up to insure that their voices would be heard.
Yesterday Klein was sentenced to four years in federal prison and was ordered to repay $1.14 million for stealing millions of dollars from the federal program designed to provide computer technology to underprivileged school children.Yesterday Klein was sentenced to four years in federal prison and was ordered to repay $1.14 million for stealing millions of dollars from the federal program designed to provide computer technology to underprivileged school children.
The Town of Orangetown could be interested in purchasing the former Nyack College campus if in fact the owners are willing to sell. The town has been negotiating with the Hasidic Yeshiva over a potential purchase of the holdings, offering between $63 million and $70 million, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.
On Wednesday July 20, 2022 Jackson Township Republican Municipal Chairwoman Clara Glory filed a Form D-2 with the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission creating a Joint Candidates Committee in the names of Martin Flemming for Mayor and Alex Sauickie and Andrew Kern for Councilman, a campaign that she apparently intends to bankroll with a questionable Political Action Committee that is now under investigation by the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission.
A plea agreement was reached on June 5, 2022 between the Defendant and the Township Zoning Officer whereby the Defendant agreed to suspend the activities that led to the summonses being issued and also agreed to pay a total of $1,699 in fines and court costs.
Case closed, right? Not so fast.
With each new application before the Jackson Township Zoning Board or Jackson Township Planning Board it seems that frustration grows. Whether it's for schools to be developed in a residential zone, a house of worship to be developed on an undersized lot or commercial development in a residential zone, passions run deep and at times tempers flair.
Martin "Marty" Flemming is no longer the reluctant Councilman, appointed to fill the unexpired term of Rob Nixon, but rather is now an assertive Council President who finds himself embroiled in controversy involving secret meetings with land developers, meetings that included Sean Gertner, the attorney that represents both the Zoning Board and the Planning Board (where Flemming is a member). The allegation; Flemming sought to make a backroom deal to influence the outcome of dueling applications pending before both land use boards, one of which he appoints the members to and the other of which he serves as a member. Literally in the back of a room.
A stubborn applicant, hellbent on using porous pavement as a part of its stormwater management plan, and opponents to that plan including the Planning Board Engineer, the public and the attorney hired by Save Barnegat Bay, squared off for four hours last evening with no decision on the D.R. Horton proposal to build 59 homes on a 30 acre, environmentally sensitive lot.
A change in the ordinance recommended by planning commissioners last Tuesday may head off an appeal of the county’s approval of a synagogue on Kingsbury.
McMinnville Tennessee is reconsidering its stance regarding neighborhood churches. If a measure to change city Zoning Code is approved, no new churches will be built in residential zones.
Once again, in an effort to get Jackson residents frothing at the mouth, wannabe reporter Randy Bergmann has spun a yarn, this time designed to discredit a developer (his name is Mordechai EiChorn Randy), to allege malfeasance on the part of "the town" for "striking a deal" to prevent private religious schools from being built and he even throws in a little conspiracy theory by stating that "it is the board’s reorganization meeting, any changes to the composition of the board have not been made public."
Many of the organizations or individuals filing RLUIPA litigation do so comfortable in the knowledge that should they prevail, in addition to securing the right to a specific land use, they will not only be awarded financial damages but are also entitled to recover their legal fees. As to the Department of Justice, well let's just say that its pockets are deep with your money.Many of the organizations or individuals filing RLUIPA litigation do so comfortable in the knowledge that should they prevail, in addition to securing the right to a specific land use, they will not only be awarded financial damages but are also entitled to recover their legal fees. As to the Department of Justice, well let's just say that its pockets are deep with your money.
Without offering any opinion regarding the credibility of the allegations detailed in a tawdry, 19 page federal lawsuit filed against Ocean County Commissioner Joseph Vicari by a long-standing Ocean County employee, it goes without saying that if the allegations are true, this is a courageous act on the part of a woman who has suffered for over two decades.Without offering any opinion regarding the credibility of the allegations detailed in a tawdry, 19 page federal lawsuit filed against Ocean County Commissioner Joseph Vicari by a long-standing Ocean County employee, it goes without saying that if the allegations are true, this is a courageous act on the part of a woman who has suffered for over two decades.
Yet again a Lakewood developer, this time GM Lanes Mill LLC, will appear before the Lakewood Township Zoning Board seeking a use variance to develop 17.23 acres of land at a density rate of more than four times that which is permitted by current zoning.
Subsequent to the initial filing, an amended complaint was filed in January that alleges that Shore News Network defamed Mr. Mayweather and his business, Coliseum Barbershop and Hair Salon, which was at the time located in Brick. According to the complaint, the business has since been forced to relocate to Lakewood.
The short version is that the GOP in town is in utter disarray and the leadership, more specifically Clara Glory and Todd Porter, are either allowing the Shore News Network fake narrative to go unchallenged or they are conspiring with the editor of Shore News Network, Phil Stilton, to exact revenge against those who have risen up to challenge their leadership. Either way, Glory and Porter are doing irreparable harm to the GOP brand in their "anyone but Reina" campaign against the Mayor and if cooler heads don't prevail soon, the once powerful Jackson GOP will splinter and its influence over local, county and state policy will collapse. Read more
Yesterday the Ocean County Democrat Organization held its reorganization meeting to elect its leadership and in a race between a 16 year incumbent with a horrific record of losing and fresh new blood, the membership chose the incumbent by a margin of 56 votesYesterday the Ocean County Democrat Organization held its reorganization meeting to elect its leadership and in a race between a 16 year incumbent with a horrific record of losing and fresh new blood, the membership chose the incumbent by a margin of 56 votes. Read more
Very soon the Ocean County Sherriff's Department will enter Gilmore's home, inventory his personal belongings and then by court order, sell them off. Kind of like a court ordered garage sale except the best stuff will be sold first and an admitted "hoarder" will be forced to watch some of his most prized possessions get tossed into the back of Billy Bobs pick-up truck for pennies on the dollar. Read more
Frey released a statement following the Court's initial ruling, sharing his disappointment and listing what he considered the ills of the religious institutions named in the lawsuit. According to the AG, the two schools involved in the lawsuit, Temple Academy in Waterville or Bangor Christian Schools, have policies that discriminate against students and staff in terms of sexual orientation or gender identity, preventing their participation in the tuition program. Read more
We knew that the day would come and sure enough it arrived on Sunday when a 7 year old Newark girl died in a rented pool in Teaneck, contracted through the backyard swimming pool rental company Swimply. Perhaps now state officials, particularly Attorney General Matthew Platkin, will finally take action against Swimply's ongoing violation of state law which prohibits these secondary use rentals. Read more.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 6-3 Monday that a football coach had the right to pray on the field after high school football games under the free speech and free exercise clauses of the First Amendment. Read more
A Bill is currently making its way through the State Senate and State Assembly that, as amended, would establish a limited preemption from local zoning regulations for applications to convert certain office parks and retail centers into mixed-use developments. Office parks and retail shopping centers located within suburban parts of the State have been termed “stranded assets” and that one of the problems inhibiting the reuse or redevelopment of these properties is zoning regulations which restrict their development to a single land use. Read more
If someone does live on the property, gatherings for the purpose of prayer services are generally protected under the First Amendment and New Jersey Constitution with the caveat that all other zoning ordinances are adhered to. Read more
Earp sees the writing on the wall with many Turnbach supporters being swept into office on primary day. Earp's response to date has been to try to cheat, twice. Read more
Established case law allows for the use of a home as a place of worship provided that the home is occupied by one or more people on a full-time basis. In other words someone has to actually live there. Read more
I enjoy a good joke as much as the next guy and so I am including this image, recently posted on Facebook, by the malevolent clowns that run our opposition, such as it is. Read more
Smarting from getting whipped in court by the New York Civil Liberties Union and feeling neglected because the East Ramapo Central School District BOE declined to rent school buildings to summer camps, instead choosing to perform critical and time sensitive repairs to the facilities, the Monsey Mafia turned out in droves again yesterday.to punish public school students. Read more
In an extremely important church-and-state decision, the Supreme Court has held that if the state of Maine decides to pay for a child’s private education in lieu of a public one, it must allow its tuition money to be used at religious schools. The 6-3 decision, Carson v. Makin, profoundly undermines existing First Amendment law. Read more
One of the dirty little secrets that has allowed Lakewood Township to continue developing ridiculously high density housing projects is Section 18-900J of Township's Unified Development Ordinance. Section 18-900J allows a landowner, who previously obtained a "planned education campus" designation for his property, to simply change his mind and decide to build housing instead, at the HIGHEST DENSITY ALLOWED in Lakewood Township, R-7.5. Read more
Last year, a group of students and alumni filed a lawsuit, and on Tuesday a state judge ruled in their favor, declaring that Yeshiva is not a religious institution and so must follow the law and recognize the club. Read more
Murphy has insisted as recently as January he has no plans to run for president. But a pair of political groups launched in February could fund possible travel across the country in support of other Democrats and are typically precursors for people seeking a White House bid. Read more
Is the Ocean County Democrat Organization better off today than it was sixteen years ago? If your answer is yes you are delusional, if it's no please read on.
After 10 years, Naftuli Moster, founder and executive director of Young Advocates for Fair Education, or Yaffed, which has fought to improve secular education standards at Orthodox yeshivas, today announced that he is leaving his position. Read more
Tonight we should learn a bit more about where the party is heading as the screening committee, assembled by Todd Porter and Clara Glory, will entertain three individuals hoping to secure the committee's nod for November's Mayoral race. Mayor Michael Reina, Council President Martin Flemming and Council Vice President Alex Sauickie are all scheduled to be interviewed.Tonight we should learn a bit more about where the party is heading as the screening committee, assembled by Todd Porter and Clara Glory, will entertain three individuals hoping to secure the committee's nod for November's Mayoral race. Mayor Michael Reina, Council President Martin Flemming and Council Vice President Alex Sauickie are all scheduled to be interviewed. Read more
Earlier today we received a copy of the settlement in its entirety and are still reviewing it to provide as concise of an explanatory statement as possible. It's going to take a little while. Read more
It doesn't happen often that a Planning Board denies a fully complying application and in what might well be a first, denies an application by citing "peculiar conditions". On Tuesday night, after an at times contentious hearing, the Lakewood Planning Board did exactly that. Read more
There's been a recent spate of anti-Jewish animus coming from Shore News Network's Phil Stilton, this time in a story regarding non-public school transportation in Jackson.
We don't believe that Stilton is himself an anti-Semite per se but recent "news" reports appearing on Shore News Network have sought to exploit tensions between Gentile and Jew in Jackson, for his own political agenda and the political agenda of his enablers. Read mo
Ordinarily motions before the Lakewood Zoning Board are to APPROVE applications and everyone is well rehearsed in saying yes but this time the motion was to deny. It took a few seconds for Halberstam to gather himself, understand that YES meant NO, and in a moment of clarity he...abstained. Read more
"This is a good faith effort to adopt the terms to enter into a Consent Decree with the Department of Justice. It's a formal gesture to signal the DOJ that the Township is prepared to move forward" said one source who is not authorized to comment. Read more
In short it is the Sheriff vs. the Felon, the Cop vs. the Robber, a Law and Order candidate vs. a man who has shown contempt for the law or, if you prefer, Good vs. Evil. Read more
If recent Facebook posts by Bertram are any indication, she is now trying to burn the bridges that we have collectively been building over the last year, no thanks to her. That we cannot abide. Read more
A New York Supreme Court judge has ruled the departments abdicated their responsibility to investigate whether the school — Yeshiva Mesivta Arugath Habosem — offers an education that is “substantially equivalent” to the public school system, court documents show. Read more
"America First" huckster and skinny jean wearing Mike Crispi arrived in Ocean County waving a Trump flag in search of running mates to join him in his quest to unseat Congressman Chris Smith and what he referred to as the "RINO" Ocean County Sheriff and Ocean County Commissioners. Read more
It is always heartening when members of the orthodox Jewish community of Lakewood stand up against development, for far too long residents have allowed themselves to be steamrolled by greed. Read more
We've tried REALLY hard to let our friends in Lakewood know that we are in many of the WhatsApp chat groups and can monitor them in real time. No one here wants to do that, no one here delights in exposing individual users and quite frankly we haven't done so in well over a year. And we won't today. Read more
The $258,944,880 revised 2022-23 budget proposal carries a 1.63% tax levy hike. More than 70% of voters rejected the original spending plan on May 17 that carried a proposed 3.9% tax levy hike. Read more
It was eighteen years ago yesterday that President Ronald Reagan died but if he was still alive today, he would be ashamed of the state of the republican party. And he would be none too pleased that the mantle that he so proudly forged, as the face and father of modern republican conservatism, has fallen into the hands of President Donald Trump and his acolytes, some of whom are seeking office this year in Ocean County. read more
The Jackson Township Council tabled a sign ordinance that many of us consider to be overreaching. The intent of the ordinance is good but the language is borderline unconstitutional and there are far too many casualties (garage sale signs on your own lawn?) included in an effort to add legitimacy to what otherwise appears to be an ordinance targeting real estate agents. Read more
MORDECHAY MALKA and MATITYAU MALKA were convicted in White Plains federal court of kidnapping following a three-week jury trial. The defendants, members of an extremist Jewish sect called Lev Tahor, participated in a scheme to kidnap a 14-year-old girl (“Minor-1”) and a 12-year-old boy (“Minor-2”) from their mother in Woodridge, New York in December 2018. Read more
Although there are indications that Ms. Cipriani had reservations about these ordinances there are no indications that she expressed those reservations in a manner forceful enough so as to influence Council's decision to move forward with their adoption. Read more
This tragic event should serve as the impetus for State legislators to consider the creation of a statewide no-knock registry that includes ALL residents with an opt-out provision. In other words, door-to-door solicitations would be effectively banned statewide unless a resident gives express permission for door-to-door solicitors to visit his/her home. Read more
Prosecutors portrayed Timothy Hale-Cusanelli of New Jersey as an extremist, who hoped for a second "civil war." The government presented evidence of Hale-Cusanelli using racist, antisemitic and anti-gay slurs, yelling obscenities at officers protecting the Capitol, and later enthusiastically boasting about breaching the building to a roommate. As jurors heard at trial, that roommate was secretly wearing a recording device on behalf of investigators with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS). Read more
"I'd like to move for an excused absence for Councilman Lamb, he's uhhh...not feeling well this evening." So said Councilman Dan Rodrick at the onset of the meeting while seeking to excuse Justin Lamb for missing his second meeting since being sworn in in January, 20% of all meetings held thus far. The only Councilman with an equally bad attendance record is Rodrick. Read more
Saying that the operators of one of New Jersey’s largest and most troubled nursing homes continue to place its residents in jeopardy and have failed to provide a safe environment, the state is seeking a court order to take over Woodland Behavioral and Nursing Center at Andover. Read more
The Village of Fleishmanns, NY, with a population of just 314 residents and comprised of less than 500 acres of land, finds itself embroiled in a cloak and dagger tale of voter fraud.
The hamlet that beckons Orthodox Jewish vacationers in the summer is now ground zero for scurrilous allegations contained in a lawsuit after the Village staged a pivotal election this spring that was anything but kosher. Read more
The next time a Jackson resident wants to have a garage sale they will have to bring a copy of their current property survey designating where they will place their garage sale sign, along with $25, to the Zoning Officer to secure a permit.
“The Orthodox Jews have been chopped up into five districts! Don’t chop us up! Don’t sprinkle us around! We matter,” Eichenstein also told The Post on Thursday.
“Is this a coincidence? This is discrimination against Orthodox Jews and it’s outrageous.” Read more
When two orthodox Jewish men were disqualified from running for a seat on the Suffern Central School District Board of Education due to failing to meet residency requirements, the sense at the time was that there would likely be a write in campaign. Sure enough there was. Read more
Mired in controversy and challenged by the pending suspension of Sergeant Justin Lamb, the heretofore likely successor to retiring Chief Colin Grant, pursuant to his authority as Chief Law Enforcement Officer of Ocean County, the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office has assumed full command and control of the Lavallette Police Department. Read more
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