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
Bergmann finds himself in the awkward position of opposing the construction of three orthodox Jewish in his hometown, actually pretty much in his own backyard, and he has taken to Facebook in multiple posts to discuss his opposition. The schools are less than one mile away from Bergmann's home and buses traveling to and fro will likely contribute to already difficult traffic conditions at the intersection nearest his home. Read more
During the vote, a time when Councilmembers are expected to simply say yes or no, both Councilman Dan Rodrick and Councilman Justin Lamb went on long winded diatribes demanding documents that were readily available to them for the last two months, all they had to do was ask for them. Read more
the "Monsey Mafia" that controls all things related to the East Ramapo Central School District, Grossman's prediction came true in stellar fashion. The orthodox Jewish dominated Wards turned out in droves to defeat the budget by a 5-1 margin with 2889 voters voting no and just 576 voting yes. In the Wards not controlled by the orthodox Jewish bloc vote, the budget passed 653-212. Read more
Monsters come in various shapes and sizes. The overwhelming majority are harmless enough, a handful of hurtful words are all they are capable of producing. But every so often, whether fueled by evil in their heart, mental illness, or a combination thereof, they reveal themselves in the most horrific fashion. Read more
When the Washington Township Zoning Board finally gave its blessing to a mosque expansion plan — after turning down two earlier versions — local Muslims celebrated with cheers, tears, and prayers. Read more
Ashley Lamb has repeatedly referred to a "homeless shelter" as cause for concern when in fact Ocean County officials have NEVER PROPOSED a homeless shelter and have made it clear that Ocean County will NOT be getting into the business of housing the homeless. Read more
When he feels so inclined to attend, it becomes increasingly frustrating to watch Toms River Councilman Dan Rodrick's antics at Council meetings. The Councilman with the worst attendance record in the history of Toms River, who has been censured by his peers on three occasions for conduct unbecoming of a Councilman, either doesn't understand the job that he was elected to do or worse yet, doesn't care enough to do it. Read more
When pardoned for his federal criminal convictions by President Donald Trump, being spared 366 days in federal prison wasn't enough, former Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore wanted to get out from under his tax obligations as well. On April 12, 2022 U.S. Tax Court judge David Gustafson ruled that Gilmore, who was convicted on tax charges in 2019 before being pardoned by then-President Donald Trump, still has to pay the more than $1 million he owes in unpaid taxes. Read more
Yesterday the pusillanimous weasels that ostensibly represent our opposition posted a somewhat disgusting and largely false commentary on Facebook regarding "Jewish Money". Disgusting because it calls into question "Jewish Money" when no one else is discussing the topic and largely false because it ignores the outrageously high reliance on social welfare programs. Although many in the orthodox Jewish community are quite successful in their own right, many more are not. Read more
On Wednesday night the Toms River Township Council will hold a public hearing on a $4.3 million bond ordinance to acquire two large and developable lots of land. Read more
Former Ocean County GOP Chairman and still convicted felon (despite Trump's pardon) George Gilmore's worst nightmare has come true, all but derailing Gilmore's hopes of regaining his seat of power. The widely popular former Chief of the Toms River Police Department and current Ocean County Sheriff Michael Mastronardy has made it official, he will seek the OCGOP Chairmanship being vacated by Frank Holman. Read more
On Thursday The Lakewood Scoop featured a video of Schnall urging residents of Jackson (and all around New Jersey) to register to vote. With the deadline to register to vote in this year's primary fast approaching, reminding people to fulfill their civic duty is NEVER a bad thing. Unless you are Phil Stilton and you personally feel threatened by a growing yet heretofore disorganized group of orthodox Jewish voters in Jackson Township. Read more
A D.C. jury will not hear about Timothy Hale-Cusanelli's history of anti-Semitic and pro-Nazi comments later this month when he begins trial on felony charges stemming from the Capitol riot. Read more
This OPRA request was submitted by Phil Stilton, editor of Shore News Network, to Ocean County. Way down at the bottom he states "every time Ciullo mentions my name, there will be 20 OPRA's in Ocean County". Now that's journalism ain't it? Read more
The most recent survey of U.S. Catholics performed by Pew Research Center found 56% of U.S. Catholics believe abortion should be legal in all or most cases. Additionally, 68% said Roe v. Wade should not be overturned.
While most Catholics generally approved of abortion rights overall, a large majority also said there should be restrictions. Read more
When the litmus test to be considered a "patriot" is whether or not you support former President Donald Trump's claims of election fraud and his "call to arms" on January 6th and at a time when conservative constitutionalists such as former Vice President Pence are branded traitors for refusing to attempt to overturn the election, Timothy Hale-Cusanelli's trial is finally scheduled to begin this month. Read more
When it comes to improper land use, the activities at 134 White Rd. in Jackson might take the cake. Read more
In Toms River's form of government Mayor Hill hires all department heads with the advice and consent of the Council. The Mayor is under no obligation to advertise job openings, is free to interview whomever he chooses and hire whomever he believes best suited for a particular position and on Wednesday night Mayor Hill put forth the name of former Councilwoman Maria Maruca to fill Benson's role. Read more
It's not easy to criticize a report published by the Anti-Defamation League documenting a 34% rise in anti-Semitic incidents between 2020 and 2021, especially when you consider the standards used by the ADL in collecting its data. By ADL standards the criticism alone will likely be considered an anti-Semitic incident in the 2022 report. Read more
In the race for Suffern Central School District Board of Education the ballot now shows only two incumbents running for re-election, gone are the two orthodox Jewish men who sought to challenge the incumbents over dissatisfaction with busing and perceived problems with other services to the private-school community. Read more
Lieby Bruer and Chaim Feig have heard about and experienced problems with the Suffern Central School District provided busing for private-school kids. They acknowledge the recent bus driver shortage, but say the district put transportation policies in place years ago that hurt families like them. Read more
If you are not currently following ortraits of the Jersey Shore on Facebook you should be, in the vast wasteland that social media has become it is refreshing to find a destination page where goodness rules the day, a place where inspiration is the primary ingredient in almost all of page founder Gregory Andrus' writings and storytelling. Please, take a moment to join the over 30,000 people who have sought and found refuge there from an otherwise bleak world. Read more
Remember when developer Mordechai Eichorn claimed that the reason Jackson Trails was denied by the Jackson Township planning board was due to "anti-Jewish animus?" Well, if you think that this scenario is unique to Jackson, think again. Read more
In a press release issued by the Crispi campaign this morning, Crispi offends the senses of the orthodox Jewish community in Northern Ocean County by claiming to have been "a vocal advocate for the Jewish constituents in New Jersey's Fourth Congressional District." Many of those constituents that we spoke with today asked two questions: Read more
The resulting development will take Forestburgh from a community of under 1,000 residents to a community of well over 12,000 in the blink of an eye. Almost immediately the Monticello Central School District will begin to feel the pressures and soon after, the government and land use boards will fall. It is a pattern that has been seen repeatedly in nearby Rockland County. Read more
Dion Marsh, the man facing three counts of Attempted Murder, Carjacking, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and three counts of Bias Intimidation arising from his rampage two Fridays ago in Lakewood and Jackson is now facing federal hate crime charges. Four counts of violating the federal Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act and one count of carjacking were filed yesterday by the U.S. Attorney for The State of New Jersey. Read more
On a good day I stand 5'8" tall and weigh 160 lbs., hardly an imposing figure, yet when I approached the microphone at the last Toms River Township Council meeting Councilman Rodrick was heard to say "Oh God, here we go" before snickering like Muttley from the old TV cartoon Dastardly and Muttley In Their Flying Machines. Since the oversized Rodrick couldn't possibly fear me physically, perhaps it was what I was armed with that troubled him? Read more
Developer D.R. Horton's project professionals were once again met by an angry and well-informed crowd last night as the planning board hearing to build 59 single family homes on a 30 acre, of environmentally sensitive lot continued. Read more
"They want me to care about someone else's kids, when they obviously don't care about my kids." Those were not words spoken by a concerned resident of the East Ramapo Central School District but rather by Harry Grossman, one of the majority members of the orthodox Jewish bloc controlled Board of Education in response to the district's decision to move forward with capital improvements to buildings this summer rather than to rent those buildings to orthodox Jewish summer camps. Read more
Disgusting, anonymous cowards that run Twitter and Facebook opposition group wonder who "radicalized" Marsh, implying that Rise Up Ocean County and speakers at Jackson Township Council meetings were behind his rampage. Read more
According to Simcha Lebovitz's LinkedIn profile his company, Current Solutions LLC, provides home Improvements, construction services, and remodeling. Customers of Current Solutions LLC may wish to inquire where Lebovitz sources his materials after he was caught on a Jackson construction site looting dumpsters. Read more
On Monday morning the prosecution was ready to proceed, so too was Judge Grisanti, but when it came time for Pfeffer to address the court he requested ANOTHER adjournment claiming that his witnesses were not available. It seems that it takes five days to prepare for the Passover holiday. Or to travel. Or whatever. No matter, Judge Grisanti was more than understanding and happy to oblige. Read more.
Dion Marsh of Manchester Township was arrested without incident at his Manchester home and was charged with three counts of Attempted Murder, Carjacking, Possession of a Weapon for an Unlawful Purpose, Unlawful Possession of a Weapon and three counts of Bias Intimidation . Read more
Private religious school applications are beginning to pop up like turd blossoms in a cow pasture in Jackson Township and they will continue to, unless or until Jackson Township officials remove their heads from their collective asses and settle the ongoing lawsuits filed against the Township by Agudath Israel and the Department of Justice. Read more
New Labor said that most non-residential domestic workers in Lakewood work 40 to 50 hours a week with wages ranging from $13 to $18 an hour.
There are however other workers who reside in their employer's Lakewood home who work no less than 72 hours a week for $6 an hour or less. Casting aside the room in which they are given to rest, imagine working 72 hours per week and receiving just $432! Read more
Should comments made on social media six years ago disqualify a Howell resident from seeking the office of Township Council? That is the question that GOP primary voters will answer on June 7 when they decide whether or not Michael Jon Bernstein is fit to serve and suitable to carry the GOP banner in the general election in November. Read more
There can at times be a wide gulf between what is legally permissible and what is morally responsible when it comes to development of land. Legislated land use law at the time of the submission of an application to a land use board identifies what is legally permissible, sadly there is no mechanism by which to legislate morality and we rely exclusively on the conscience of the developer to be morally responsible. Read more
In the fall of 2021, a science teacher singled out Florida teen Nicholas Ortiz in front of his fellow students for believing in God, telling him he should not believe the Bible, according to the boy’s parents. Students piled on, regularly mocking his faith — some even threatening to physically harm him. Read more
Turning our attention to 84 Mill Pond Rd., located on the all Hasidic "Jungle Juice" cul-de-sac, Jackson Township inspectors need to step up their game, particularly David Visconi who is responsible for this area of town. Read more
Rabbi Mendel Gurkov and his wife Rivka live in a quiet neighborhood in Rockville Center, NY, adorning the front lawn of their home is an 8 foot tall menorah, not left over from Hanukah but rather as a symbol of Jewish pride. Read more
A coalition that represents more than 2,000 Orthodox Jewish rabbis on American public policy issues condemned The Walt Disney Company's stance against Florida H.B. 1557, a parental rights in education bill that Democrats have branded a "Don't Say Gay" bill (despite the bill not banning the word "gay"). The rabbis said the move represents a betrayal of Disney's historic values. Read more
When we first started Rise Up Ocean County it was the direct result of an interview that former Beth Medrash Govoha CEO Rabbi Aaron Kotler did with the Star Ledger. During the course of the interview Rabbi Kotler, who was at the time known as "the other Mayor of Lakewood", predicted that Lakewood's population would be 230,000 people by the year 2030. Read more
Earlier this evening The Lakewood Scoop falsely reported that the Howell Township Police Department had shut down a children's toy giveaway, sponsored by a LAKEWOOD organization. There are countless parking lots, not on busy highways with concrete dividers, in Lakewood where this event could have been staged, most notably BlueClaws stadium, but the organizers chose this site. Read more
For those of us who are not professional learners bilking the social welfare system for every dime possible and then some, we work. That's not to say that the entirety of the orthodox Jewish community subsists like this, most do not and are hard working families and business owners seeking only to peacefully coexist with their non-orthodox Jewish neighbors. But there is that group so filled with a sense of entitlement that peaceful coexistence is not their goal, dominance is. Read more
"America First" Ocean County Commissioner candidate Ashley Lamb is encouraging friends and family to support Ukrainian refugees, who are 4,800 miles away, while one of her top campaign priorities is to throw Ocean County's homeless community, some of whom are veterans and American heroes, to the wolves. Doesn't seem very "America First" does it? Read more
The last time that lockdown defiant Atilis Gym owner Ian Smith was charged with DUI he was 20 years old. Smith was initially charged with DUI and would eventually plead guilty to vehicular manslaughter, sentenced to 5 1/2 years in state prison. Well, he has been charged again. Read more
The newest addition to the Lakewood Scoop's electronic billboard collection is up and running at one of most dangerous intersections in town. With the Lakewood Police Department recently announcing a crackdown on distracted driving, part of the UDrive, UText, UPay initiative, they may want to start at the corner of Route 9 and East Kennedy Blvd. where the eyesore recently blinked to life in the parking lot of a Shell gas station. Read more
Earlier today the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey announced that he is creating his own Civil Rights Division within New Jersey jurisdiction, whose sole focus will be the enforcement of federal civil rights laws in New Jersey. The new division, which will report directly to the U.S. Attorney and the U.S. Attorney’s front office, will enforce both civil and criminal civil rights laws. Read more
The Lakewood Zoning Board meets at 7pm on April 5th to consider these and other applications for yet more high density housing. Read more
Recently it came to my attention that a malevolent and possibly dangerous man, Manalapan Jewish Connection's "Rabbi" Doctor David Rosenthal, is leading a sixth grade class at Shalom Torah and so I addressed a private letter to Rabbi Pinchos Scharf, the "head of the school". Read more
In our daily travels most of us are happy to provide a few dollars, perhaps a meal or two and then feeling accomplished, we go home to the love of our family, a hot meal, a comfortable bed and a sense of security.
Meanwhile those 366 people will on most nights seek shelter in a tent or folded piece of canvass. Hungry, they'll lay their heads down on an unforgiving earth, close their eyes and likely dream of a day that doesn't include fears of perpetual housing or food insecurity. Read more
Marblehead, Mass. didn’t violate monks’ religious rights when it suspended the building permit issued to them in order to build a facility where they hoped to sell the beer they brew, the First Circuit Court of Appeals said. Read more
Whether or not Lamb hates the elderly is a question best left to voters but on Wednesday night she made it clear that she most definitely is not a fan of Blacks or members of the LGBTQ+ communities. Read mrore
Now then, there are only three possibilities when it comes to Councilman Dan Rodrick voting no to supporting the Toms River Police Department's required upgrade to its communications equipment, and none of them are good. Read more
When you already own one of the lowest rated long term care facilities in New Jersey you should be prohibited from acquiring any additional facilities until you clean up your act. Period. Full stop. Read more.
It seems fitting that George Gilmore, a pardoned felon, would help to orchestrate a local visit by Roger Stone, another felon who had his sentence commuted, in support of rogue republican candidates for the 4th District Congressional seat currently held by Congressman Chris Smith and for two Ocean County Commissioner seats currently held by Ginny Haines and Jack Kelly. Read more
The better part of last night's public hearing on the proposed construction of 59 houses on 30 acres near Breton Woods was consumed by stormwater management discussions, the planning board continued the hearing until April 18 at 7pm, once again to be held at the Brick Township Civic Center. Read more
A federal judge has ruled against the City of Troy in a 2019 lawsuit that alleged discriminatory zoning practices regarding a Muslim group. The decision, handed down March 18, 202 in U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Michigan by Judge Nancy Edmunds, states the City of Troy violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000 by treating places of worship “worse than equivalent nonreligious assemblies,” according to a news release from the Department of Justice.A federal judge has ruled against the City of Troy in a 2019 lawsuit that alleged discriminatory zoning practices regarding a Muslim group. Read more
For those on Facebook fortunate enough to be following Randy Bergmann, a Jackson resident and former editor at The Asbury Park Press, there's hope! Well not really, but there is Randy tooting his horn like a finely tuned clarinet, somewhat reminiscent of the tale about Nero fiddling while Rome burned. Read more
When Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on March 18, 2022, Ocean gate Mayor Paul Kennedy was charged with Official Misconduct in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:30-2a, and Theft in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:20-3a, Lakewood News Network, recently purchased by the owner of The Lakewood Shopper, ran the story with the headline CORRUPTION: Mayor Of Ocean Gate Charged With Official Misconduct and Theft! Read more
On February 14, 2022 the trial for Lakewood's David Gluck was finally due to begin on charges stemming from the illegal occupancy of 91 Hendrickson Avenue in Brick, being used as a dormitory to house students of his illegal school located at 200 Van Zile Rd. The initial complaints were filed on August 24 and September 14 and in both cases Gluck's initial response was, well, not to respond at all. He failed to appear for the first scheduled hearings and has been playing a delay game ever since. Read more
Hanging out in Riggers in Seaside Heights the following joke was recently overheard; What's the difference between Russian President Vladmir Putin and former Ocean County GOP Chairman George Gilmore? The punchline? Putin has never been convicted of a felony. Read more
For a number of reasons, I took it as a personal affront that the attorneys representing Jackson Township in the litigation with Jackson Trails saw fit to blame "outrageous comments" made by members of the public during the public hearings, and elsewhere on found on websites and social media, for opening the door to a Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) claim and for a $700,000 settlement agreement with the developer. Read more
There's no point in rehashing November's election and why we felt that Daniel Rodrick and Justin Lamb were wrong for Toms River, both men won their elections, were duly sworn in back in January and are now ostensibly doing the job of Councilman. Except they're not. Read More
It almost seems as if this application was filed knowing that it was doomed to fail, if not for technical reasons then on the basis of violating fair housing law. It almost seems that someone wanted a test case in the courts. Maybe someone with REALLY deep pockets that wants to push the limits of RLUIPA and in so doing move the goal posts for future development plans. Read more
"I'm very scared right now because I feel a lot of hatred at my back and I have so much love in my heart, " is how she started. Yes there were a few audible moans but the overwhelming majority of people present felt empathy...and sadness...and a little confusion. Read more
For well over a year I have advocated for the settlement of discrimination lawsuits filed by developers/land owners/Department of Justice against Toms River and Jackson. The absolute LAST ONE that I wanted to see settle, Jackson Trails v. Jackson Township, appears on the Jackson Township Council agenda this coming Tuesday night with a resolution of agreement that will settle two lawsuits for millions of dollars and allow an exclusive, orthodox Jewish enclave of nearly 500 homes to proceed. Read more
For the first time in the history of Jackson Township and New Jersey, a NEW, exclusively orthodox Jewish community will be built, complete with a synagogue, this as a result of a settlement agreement to be announced at Tuesday night's Council meeting. The agreement will settle two pending lawsuits against the township, one in federal district court and the other in New Jersey Superior Court, both alleging that "anti-Jewish animus" was the reason for the planning board denial of the project in December 2020. Read more
Last year at about this time Rabbi Avi Schnall, director of the New Jersey Office of Agudath Israel, said that his organization is already marking the calendar to make sure the youth in the yeshiva community know that wearing blackface is derogatory and offensive. Read more
With New Jersey public school students currently taking the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests, the timing of an announcement by the New York State Department of Education regarding substantially equivalent education in private schools is impeccable. Read more
The winds in Jackson have shifted and a lovefest of sorts is now unfolding between orthodox Jew and Gentile. Gone are the days when the "gloves came off", replaced with a kinder and gentler mood. Whether this change has come about as a result of an epiphany or at the tip of a steel blade will be for historians to decide, for now it's let's say that cautious optimism rules the land. Read more
The founding rabbi of a Poway synagogue who rose to national prominence after being wounded in an antisemitic shooting, and was then exposed as the perpetrator of multimillion-dollar fraud schemes, was sentenced Tuesday to 14 months in prison. Read more.
As Joseph Schwartz began a buying spree of nursing homes across the country, prosecutors say he would create companies using the names of people he knew, as part of what officials described as a widespread scheme of fraud. Read more
Labeled one of the worst long-term care facilities in New Jersey, Woodland Behavioral Health in Andover, NJ has just three days to shape up or close. The facility was previously ordered by the health department to curtail all new admissions. Read more
Known to Lakewood residents as a philanthropist and to Jackson residents as a misguided antagonist, Lakewood's Doctor Rich Roberts has decided to invest a small portion of his fortune in building a new synagogue on Whitesville Rd. in Jackson, first stop, the Jackson Township Zoning Board on March 16, 2022. Read more
On Wednesday evening I asked two direct questions to which I received no direct reply; Has Councilman Rodrick yet notified the Township of the lawsuit? Is it appropriate and ethical for Toms River Councilman Justin Lamb to continue to serve as defense counsel for Toms River Councilman Daniel Rodrick in litigation that involves Toms River Township? Read more
For weeks, Rosenthal continued to comment on every tweet of mine re: critique of the Orthodox community. I am a member of this community and often tweet abotu how much I love it and sometimes tweet about the need for reform and change. Rosenthal framed me as an antisemite. Read more
On Wednesday night D.R. Horton's application was scheduled to begin public hearing but was postponed until March 21. The hearing will now take place at the Civic Center due to the enormous turnout of concerned residents and, as a quasi-judicial body, the planning board must accommodate ALL members of the public wishing to participate. BRAVO to everyone who turned out on a job well done. Read more
When Rabbi Hersh Horowitz issued a statement yesterday regarding the recent Lohud story about the $76 million in taxpayer funds that Horowitz and his organization have received over the last ten years, he failed to threaten litigation against Lohud. He wouldn't dare. Read more
On January 12, 2021, the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division filed an amended complaint in United States v. Village of Walthill, NE (D. Neb.) following an order of the court granting their motion for leave to amend, which was entered the same day.
On Monday a settlement was reached. Read more
There are well over 100 articles appearing here on Rise Up Ocean County dealing with the unintended consequences and abuses of the land use provisions of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). To demonstrate the folly of this law however, sometimes it is necessary to visit the Institutionalized Persons provisions. Read more
Toms River's James "Jimmy" Roland, who years ago stood before the Toms River Township Council and announced that he would never miss another meeting but has missed every one since, is once again falsely claiming that somehow Mayor Maurice "Mo" Hill is responsible for a "building orgy" in North Dover, in this case Roland unfairly places blame on Hill for a 9 home sub-division. Read more
After over a year of postponements, updates, tweaks and presentations, the PHowell Township Planning Board has unanimously approved a 319-unit development at Fort Plains and Sunnyside roads.
The Views at Monmouth Manor, will transform an almost entirely undeveloped 100-acre parcel into a brand new neighborhood with 92 condominiums earmarked for low- and moderate-income families alongside 72 market-rate single-family units and 155 market-rate untis.After over a year of postponements, updates, tweaks and presentations, the PHowell Township Planning Board has unanimously approved a 319-unit development at Fort Plains and Sunnyside roadsAfter over a year of postponements, updates, tweaks and presentations, the PHowell Township Planning Board has unanimously approved a 319-unit development at Fort Plains and Sunnyside roAfter over a year of postponements, updates, tweaks and presentations, the PHowell Township Planning Board has unanimously approved a 319-unit development at Fort Plains and Sunnyside roads. Read more
Lately we've spent some time covering the corrupt events in the East Ramapo Central School District that have allowed Rabbi Hersh Horowitz's Community Education Center to control $76 million in taxpayer funds over the last 10 years. Compared to the way that contracts are awarded to two special needs schools in Lakewood, The School For Children With Hidden Intelligence (SCHI) and Special Children's Center, Horowitz looks downright thrifty.Lately we've spent some time covering the corrupt events in the East Ramapo Central School District that have allowed Rabbi Hersh Horowitz's Community Education Center to control $76 million in taxpayer funds over the last 10 years. Compared to the way that contracts are awarded to two special needs schools in Lakewood, The School For Children With Hidden Intelligence (SCHI) and Special Children's Center, Horowitz looks downright thrifty. Read more
For those of us who are fans of The Blacklist and, more specifically Raymond Reddington, we don't believe in coincidences.
Take for instance the arrival of yet another real estate solicitation letter yesterday in the mailboxes of Brick Township residents who live in the area of 200 Van Zile Rd., the site of Congregation Kehilos Yisroel (CKY), the orthodox Jewish boys school that was widely expected to conclude its application before the zoning board and to receive approval last evening. read more
Many of these homes are rented to unsuspecting Hispanic families by "real estate investors" who refuse to invest in or make repairs to the property, most have an eye toward a tear down and new build of duplexes. These landlords don't bother getting a rental certificate of occupancy, fail to register as a landlord as is required by state law, offer no lease and demand cash payments to be made to a "property manager".
In fairness, when Lakewood's code enforcement is called they are VERY responsive but it's rare that such a report is made, members of the Hispanic community fear an unlawful eviction or worse, deportation, and those in the orthodox Jewish community abide by a prohibition against contacting secular authorities. read more
The inflammatory language in the headline might seem a bit harsh but when an influential Rabbi handpicks candidates for the East Ramapo Central School District, secures the support of the bloc vote for those candidates, and then benefits financially from the votes cast by those Board members, how else to say it?
Some might argue that using the word BRIBERY might be more appropriate. read more
With each passing month, adjournment and delay the ongoing saga of an illegal dormitory at 91 Hendrickson Ave and an illegal orthodox Jewish boys school at 200 Van Zile Rd. becomes more infuriating for concerned Brick Township residents. All the while, overzealous real estate agents continue their barrage of solicitations and unscrupulous individuals, real estate investors imitating regular folk, all but beg residents to sell their homes so that they and their family can "get out of a basement in Lakewood." read more
This is pretty exciting, the highly anticipated Marvel superhero series, “Moon Knight,” which is scheduled to debut on the streaming platform Disney+, has sparked a great deal of excitement among comic-book fans and features the first ever superhero who is recognizably Jewish.
The show debuts on March 30, 2022, streaming on Disney +. read more
As our friends and colleagues in Clarkstown find themselves struggling with short term rentals and the deleterious impact that they can have on an otherwise idyllic neighborhood, it's illustrative to share our experiences in Ocean County, Jackson Township more specifically, DESPITE bans already in place on short term rentals. read more
In the absence of a written agreement, the custodial parent may determine the religious training of a child. Consistent with the children's best interests, courts may properly direct noncustodial parents, during periods of parental access, to respect the children's religious beliefs and practices and make reasonable efforts to ensure the children's compliance with their religious requirements. However, … a court oversteps constitutional limitations when it purports to compel a parent to adopt a particular religious lifestyle. read more
If you wondered if strategically the concept of "bloc" voting is deployed as soon as the numbers are in place to influence elections, wonder no more. If you pondered if this is a local or regional issue, wonder no more. It is most definitely deployed as soon as the numbers are in place and it is neither a local or regional issue, it's a global issue.
Welcome to Zurich Switzerland where for the first time, not one but two orthodox Jewish gentleman have been elected to the City Council. read more
You can put lipstick on a pig but it's still a pig. Similarly, change the name of Andover Sub-Acute and Rehabilitation Center to Woodland Behavioral Health and Nursing Center at Andover and it's still one of the worst nursing homes in all of New Jersey. That the facility is owned by the son of Joseph Schwartz, the posterchild for everything that is wrong with long term care facility management, and Lakewood's Chaim “Mutty” Scheinbaum, makes the death of one resident and the neglectful care of countless others all the more appalling. read more
Lakewood's Moshe "Mark" Tress is many things to many different people. When Lakewood residents were caught with their hand in the proverbial cookie jar and 26 were arrested for welfare fraud, a controversial amnesty program was offered by the state that required only that those who broke the law come forward, repay HALF of what they had stolen and all would be forgiven. Tress helped raise the money to pay off debts. read more
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit early this month filed by a Colorado Springs church alleging selective law enforcement and religious freedom violations by the city, its police department, the Fourth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, and officials and officers in those departments.
In a ruling handed down Feb. 4, United States District Judge William Martínez dismissed a case filed by the Colorado Springs Fellowship Church and several of its members. read more
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