In a circumstance for the ages, a North Jersey town, Teaneck, that is a hub for orthodox Judaism and where the Township government and its land use boards are heavily influenced by the orthodox Jewish community, a Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act has been working it's way through U.S. District Court since 2020.
As you may be aware, many of us have signed up for the "no-knock" list here in Jackson which prohibits solicitors from approaching us while we are enjoying our property. Next time I'm outside with my doggo, kindly refrain from coming over and introducing yourself, business card in hand. Although my doggo doesn't read a newspaper or flip through a smart phone while doing his business (he has no thumbs after all) he does appreciate being left unmolested as he joyously finds 53 places to pee and one place to do pooh.
that just months after being convicted on tax and bank fraud charges, disgraced Ocean County GOP Chairman and still convicted felon George Gilmore arranged for his wife to become a founding member of a new municipal engineering firm formed by Gilmore loyalist Frank Sadeghi. The goal of the firm was and remains to tap into public contracts from which Gilmore was prohibited as a result of his felony convictions.
A man is suing the city of University Heights and Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan in his individual and official capacity in federal court, alleging civil rights violations after he was singled out for selective enforcement of city ordinances and his attempts to hold Jewish prayer services in his home were shut down.
The Board of Directors of Yaffed is pleased to announce the appointment of Beatrice Weber as our incoming executive director, effective October 3rd. Ms. Weber succeeds Yaffed’s founder Naftuli Moster who served in this role since 2012. Mr. Moster is leaving to pursue other endeavors.
"Hale-Cusanelli is, at best, extremely tolerant of violence and death," prosecutors said. "What Hale-Cusanelli was doing on January 6 was not activism, it was the preamble to his civil war."
A Jewish LGBTQ organization announced Tuesday (Sept. 20) that it will step in to provide funding for all student clubs at Yeshiva University after school officials suspended all undergraduate student groups rather than recognize an LGBTQ campus group, the YU Pride Alliance.
In a classic case of "hypocrite thy name is George Gilmore", self-described homemaker, Toms River Board of Education member and likely Toms River Mayoral candidate Lisa Contessa was recently hired to a $95,000/year job as an administrative assistant. Contessa was chosen over the other 310,000 Ocean County residents who are of working age and who may have applied for the job, if only they knew about it.
Yeshiva University on Friday abruptly halted the activities of all its undergraduate clubs while it considers how to respond to a U.S. Supreme Court order compelling the private New York school to recognize an LGBTQ student group.
Amy Doukoure, staff attorney for CAIR-MI, said on Saturday, lawsuits by her organization and the Justice Department remain open and the two sides continue to disagree over monetary damages.
When Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore filed his farfetched and frivolous lawsuit against various Ocean County GOP leaders, he cast a very wide net by including some parties only loosely affiliated with the Ocean County GOP. One of the defendants listed, Norieko Kowalewski, has successfully argued that the case against her be dismissed.
Last night the Mexican community of Lakewood took to the streets in celebration. The largely peaceful crowd enjoyed music and dance, food, drink and the occasional vehicle burnout, ending the evening with a modest fireworks display. Lakewood Police were not only present to maintain crowd control and pedestrian safety, but some officers joined in the celebration. They would later be joined by the Ocean County Sheriff's Department, the Toms River Police Department and the Brick Township Police Department as the crowd continued to grow.
Salvatore Vassallo, 59, of Toms River, New Jersey, is charged in a criminal complaint filed in the District of Columbia with assaulting, resisting, or impeding law enforcement officers with a dangerous weapon and interfering with a law enforcement officer during a civil disorder, both felony charges. He also is charged with five related misdemeanor offenses. Vassallo was arrested on Sept. 14, 2022, in Toms River and made his initial appearance later that day in the District of New Jersey. He was released pending further proceedings in the District of Columbia.
The Henderson Planning Commission on a 4-1 vote last month approved a proposal from the American Hindu Association to construct a temple at Berlin Avenue and North Milan Street near Racetrack Road.
More than $1 billion of PUBLIC MONEY was invested in the education of New York's Hasidic yeshiva students over the last four years, none of whom could pass the state's standardized tests, and the return on that investment generated billions more of PUBLIC MONEY given to Hasidic families to provide housing, food and medical care to those unable to support themselves.
Does Flemming want to be a MINO (Mayor In Name Only) and create yet another political patronage, Clara Glory orchestrated job in town? Aren't there enough of those already?
Not sure whether or not Team Glory got the memo but in Jackson Township's form of government, the Mayor IS the public advocate, 24/7/365.
In a somewhat unique partnership between a public entity and private foundation, Howell Township and Monmouth Conservation Fund found a creative way to preserve 6 acres of land to be added to its Deerfield Park
Trump used his first rally since theTrump used his first rally since the FBI sear Trump used his first rally since the FBI search of Mar-a-Lago to energize his base, railing against President Biden, whom he called an "enemy of the state," the FBI and Justice Department, and only briefly touted Doug Mastriano, running for Governor, and Dr. Mehmet Oz, running for Senate.
Council President Geoghegan made it clear that the newsletter is not intended to be political propaganda but rather an effort to insure that residents unable to access accurate information online, often times due to a lack of internet access or an inadequate skill set, or because news is hidden behind paywalls, can keep up to date with Township affairs. Geoghegan also noted that members of the Council would have an opportunity to contribute.
In the end the Board instructed Pfeffer to produce not only the contract of sale between Rabbi Pruzansky and the developer, Sharon Dachs of Deerfield Holdings, but to have Pruzansky available for questioning when the application next comes before the Board on November 15.
An Orthodox Jewish not-for-profit recently ran an advertisement in a leading Orthodox Jewish publication that uses images from the 9/11 attacks to invoke the horror of orthodox Jewish children being forced to attend public schools because their families lack the ability to pay for tuition.An Orthodox Jewish not-for-profit recently ran an advertisement in a leading Orthodox Jewish publication that uses images from the 9/11 attacks to invoke the horror of orthodox Jewish children being forced to attend public schools because their families lack the ability to pay for tuition.
There are bad ideas and then there are colossally stupid ideas. An application listed on Jackson Township's Zoning Board agenda for September 7 that requests variances to build a solar panel array, at ground level on the front lawn of 59 Mill Pond Rd. in Whispering Hills and then surround it with a six foot fence, all on a corner lot, falls into the latter category.
Homeowners in Fairfield Oval are asking a state judge to block a Ramapo land sale, ostensibly intended to bring a park to the village but that includes a sell-off of extra land for development of a synagogue.
Joseph Schwartz, the disgraced former nursing home owner, must pay $7.7 million to a medical supply company, one of many debtors he owed after the collapse of Skyline HealthcareJoseph Schwartz, the disgraced former nursing home owner, must pay $7.7 million to a medical supply company, one of many debtors he owed after the collapse of Skyline Healthcare
On Tuesday night a secret meeting was held at Casa de Glory, the home of Jackson Township Republican Municipal Chairwoman Clara Glory. In attendance was the hierarchy of the Glory wing of the Jackson GOP including Flemming, Kern, Planning Board member Joe Ricciardi, Club President Todd Porter and Samara Porter O'Neill.
Expanding treatment capacity at Orange County's sewer plant and enlarging the pipe that feeds it to handle looming population growth could cost property owners in the service area $200 million, a sharp price increase in just two years.
Ocean County Prosecutor Brad Billheimer has rightfully refused to comment on a subpoena issued by his office to obtain copies of nominating petitions filed by candidates for Toms River Council during the 2021 election cycle. The subpoena does however give a pretty good indication of the target of the Grand Jury investigation.
From the onset of the segment, when host Jason Chaffetz welcomed Lamb to the show saying "Joining me now is Ashley Lamb, her stepchildren are in a New Jersey school system and she is a member of the Toms River Board of Education", things went awry.
Posts sent out from Ferrara’s “Qnighted” Gab account, an apparent nod to the cultish conspiracy theorist group QAnon that views former President Donald Trump as a hero, were rife with anti-Semitic and homophobic attacks. The most troubling by far is dated Jan. 14 in which Ferrera claimed he was “all for the execution of the marxist/communists Jews” who he derided as belonging to the “synagogue of satan fu**ers.”
Stilton's article relied largely on Bob DiBiase, Chairman of the New Jersey Italian American Heritage Commission. If his name sounds familiar it should, Bob is the former President of the now decertified Toms River GOP club, a fact that Stilton managed to omit from the article. That GOP club has made an artform out of fake outrage, taking advantage of any opportunity it has to disparage those who left the club behind to join Republicans For Toms River, the certified GOP club.
With an approval already granted to construct three schools on Leesville Rd. and another application for four schools all but assured approval just 2 miles north, another school has now popped up in the same corridor, this time on Freehold Rd. The good news is that no trees will fall, no new parking lots will be paved and the delicate ecosystem of Jackson Township will remain unchanged.
Fast forward 40 years and this bucolic area is becoming unrecognizable. Waves of new residents continue to move in demanding services that our small Village of South Blooming Grove cannot provide – whether it’s our fragile infrastructure, or the chronic lack of water to supply the ever-increasing housing developments and commercial buildings
Porter-O'Neill has put herself forth as a candidate for Jackson Township Council, a decision for which we have profound respect and admiration. Lately Jackson Township politics have become a blood sport and anyone willing to stand up against the inevitable attacks shows strength of character. Porter-O'Neill could further demonstrate hers by resigning from the Zoning Board and allowing a truly disinterested, impartial resident of Jackson Township to fill her spot.
The church, which views cannabis and psilocybin mushrooms as "sacrament," has launched a legal fight against the City of Oakland that intertwines local zoning law grievances with constitutional allegations of religious discrimination.
The castle that Glory built, a castle filled with loyal servants and handmaids all of whom had been promised a key to the kingdom, came crumbling down and all that is left now to do is sift through the rubble in the hope of finding survivors.
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.
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