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One of several projects bonded at Tuesday's meeting is the construction a new community center on East Bay Avenue.
Mac March 20, 2014 at 03:25 pm
so much for future services - 2% cap - two buildings, much like our schools, built by insiders whoRead More build things to need lots and lots of maintenance and repairs - several years of shrinking population before area rebuilt - grants in question for expanded replacements - higher, higher and higher taxes for sure - but you have some new metal sheds - isn't Republican government priceless?
Mac March 20, 2014 at 03:28 pm
I think the annual barrage of Republican/Gilmore glossy campaign flyers promise you more bang forRead More your bucks. And when it comes to more of your money, Gilmore and his lackeys always deliver as promised.
Mike Mazzucca March 20, 2014 at 04:27 pm
The argument made by our Mayor is that when the storm hit FEMA and Emergency mgmt. had no where toRead More go. Additionally the 5000 sf building going back by the old original community center is intended to bring more traffic to the bay ave business community. The harsh reality is, if you can lower taxes, there's more disposable income for families to go out and enjoy restaurants and stores and spend in your community. Community centers serve one purpose, and that is to provide gathering places for organizations. They do not generate income that sustains them....but they should.
Stafford Township is now accepting sealed bids for a new alcohol consumtion license.
Sean Conneamhe March 19, 2014 at 08:30 pm
"The old Pathmark building would be perfect for a 'Hooters' restaurant..."
Lincoln Osiris March 19, 2014 at 11:04 pm
Isn't it convenient that the township reserves the right to not accept the highest bid and to rejectRead More any and all bids offered??? That leaves the door wide open for political cronyism and back room deals. But isn't that the way things are done in Stafford? Just look at the mayor's legal appointments in town hall... every GOP operative and official in the county has a job here. More $$$ wasted. www.johnspodofora.com
anonymous March 19, 2014 at 11:36 pm
Unfortunately the main street killer aka Walmart is looking into buying the property that PathmarkRead More sits on. I have heard many different stories from storage to a Super-walmart. Only time will really tell what will really happen to this property but I would put my money on walmart. They have more money then god. If it was up to me I would vote in favor of the boobies.-------anonymous
Proposed new pavillion at Mill Creek Park
sandrah March 6, 2014 at 10:48 am
Could someone clarify what exactly a community center will do? Who uses a center like that? WillRead More it not be empty a large majority of the time???? I do not understand this town. Why don't they invest the money in fixing up the town part. I am not sure what is declared "downtown" also, because by the flea market -it is not really considered a quaint area. Even thought I applaud all the businesses there to try and bring a normalcy to Manahawkin. By the library and park, is where the "small town" feel somewhat is, with the older houses and stores and renovation of the old Cranberry Bog bldg. . And even though it has a major highway running through it, it could be fixed up !!!! Look at Point Pleasant downtown, Red Bank, Chester, Madison, and etc. , why cant we get it together and make a town we can be proud to live in. We certainly don't need a community center for that cost and especially when some of us don't even know what it will do or bring to Stafford ?! I do know one thing - It wont bring revenue.!!!!! Come on Manahawkin, get it together and think of the future for our children and families and visitors-- so we can have a town that people don't cringe when they say they are from Manahawkin. Instead people could say - Oh I love that downtown area. So awesome. NO COMMUNITY CENTER NEEDED. !!! Lots more to say but I will zip it.
Mike Mazzucca March 6, 2014 at 11:01 am
Sandrah...bring it on March 18th so the mayor can hear it first hand. You make some excellent pointsRead More regarding "downtown" Manahawkin. I do believe though that many organizations use the community center and it is quite busy, however it doesn't draw revenues, so it is subsidized by our tax dollars. In essence you're paying for others to use it.
NavyE9r March 6, 2014 at 05:48 pm
I'm going to "Crystal Ball" how the March 18th meeting is going to go. The Mayor and hisRead More inept Councilmembers will listed to all of us pouring our hearts out and then do out what they want to do in their best interest not yours. Any objection or intelligent refute will result in the admonishment by the Senator. The Mayor will have pre-staged pro-agenda speakers who will be selected at opportunistic time to praise him as he so desperately needs. Those people will not have to adhere to the five minute time limit, while the others will be counted to the second. The next time you are at the OA School/community center and you happen to pass and read his Bio for his induction into the Stafford Hall of Fame and you find yourself in awe, just know that a good portion of that was fabricated and is false. He's too arrogant and lacks the intestinal fortitude to to fix it himself.
The old town hall and school district building will be demolished once a new community center is constructed in the parking lot behind it.
Lincoln Osiris February 20, 2014 at 08:33 am
so lets get this straight... According to the administrator all of the money for this project mayRead More or may not be coming from insurance, and according to the mayor the bay avenue center will bring business into the downtown area and the town will get a grant from the state. Questions: if all of the money is coming from insurance why is there any need to pursue grants? there is already a community center on bay avenue that is being used right now so exactly how will a 2 million $ one lure more people to downtown? Why is this being bonded for if the bidding process hasnt even started yet? Why are they bonding for anything if insurance will cover the costs? How will insurance cover the cost of rebuilding the bay ave center when it wasnt even damaged? ##### What is so wrong with obtaining all the insurance money, establishing that as your budget, see what you can build with that budget, bond zero dollars, and move forward with the project. This is just one more example of the fiscal incompetence of this administration and their lack of respect for the taxpayers of Manahawkin. www.johnspodofora.com
mr henry February 20, 2014 at 09:24 am
Just something they can say they(GOP) have done since they were Elected and Sandy had destroyed allRead More those homes people use to come and vacation in..Give them a chance to pat each other on the back while the houses are being torn down and lots are being sold off a blow out low prices.
Mac February 20, 2014 at 09:29 am
@LO - this is about Gilmore getting his cut of the bonding fees and keeping the backdoor flow ofRead More money coming into the campaign donation racketeering successes - as long as the local taxpayers are there to pick up the costs of these political spoils who really cares if money comes from other taxpayer funds or not - our American Constitution is working quite well for those that care - one gets the same quality of considerations from one's elected officials as the quality of considerations one gives to one's reasoning to vote for that official in the first place, and this is especially true when reelecting that official again and again - in Ocean County, for sure, if it is Republican, it's a public welfare handout
Mike Mazzucca February 10, 2014 at 04:46 pm
This truly means nothing to a majority of homeowners who actually had claims. If you had a claimRead More from Sandy chances are your carrier dropped you or will drop you. Notice it's for those grandfathered in prior to the storm. Big deal, it's after the storm that matters. Selective Ins. one of the biggest crooks of all time, dropped us without warning. So disappointed in CC and his whole lack of concern for people, the same people that voted him in a second time.
WMS826 February 11, 2014 at 02:44 pm
Ha...but you all voted for Obama...you all thought everything would be free and that the whiteRead More middle class would get some help since he was a man of the people unlike evil Geoorge Bush.....and if you like your doctor you can keep him too.
Mike Mazzucca February 12, 2014 at 08:35 am
Exclude me from that group WMS826..and not for nothing, the only non partisanship effort thatRead More occurred was between Christie and Obama who both lied and promised all that we would need would be provided. So far, one is full of hot air and the other full of something else, you choose which is which.
Southern Regional ribbons, service programs and tissues were available along with prayer and memorial cards.
F.Lee January 29, 2014 at 06:51 pm
Just an absolutely beautiful Memorial for an amazing women. So many attended including teams andRead More coaches from other schools. Thank you to the Southern Regional family for doing a wonderful and compassionate job in a difficult situation. You have all showed us why " We're from Southern and No one Could be Prouder."
Mark Bernstein January 30, 2014 at 05:35 am
RIP Coach Snyder.
Councilwoman Sharon McKenna will serves as Stafford Township's Council President in 2014.
Scott Hughes January 11, 2014 at 08:34 am
I have the proof that he lied. And if this isn't good enough. Fill out a sf-180 & submit it toRead More the NPRC yourself. http://scotty-stolenvaloroffendersexposed.blogspot.com/2012/10/john-r-spodofora-navy-vietnam-vet-poser.html
Elizabeth Cook January 11, 2014 at 10:05 am
It is well known within the Veteran Community that he lied about his service. If he will lie aboutRead More something as simple as his service, what else will he lie about is the question you should be asking yourself. To embellish one's service is a disgrace and Stolen Valor.
Chris Sanders January 11, 2014 at 11:25 am
Why is it that political figures have to inflate their service record thinking it will help theirRead More political career? Your mayor's records prove he did not do the things he said he did in the Navy. No one's records are classified, I would rather see him own up to his lies. Ask yourselves this, if he would lie about what he did in the military, what is he lying to you folks about??
Martha Kremer November 9, 2013 at 07:05 pm
Help keep programs, such as this recital, returning to the Long Beach Island Foundation of Arts andRead More Sciences by making a tax-deductible contribution to the Foundation. Also, consider becoming a member and/or participating in the classes, after school programs or science lectures and activities. Your financial support will help keep the Foundation your local art, science and cultural hub active and vital, all year long! Your contribution, no matter how large or small, will be appreciated. You can contribute by visiting GoFundMe at: http://www.gofundme.com/4xl88s
Tuba players Matt DiGaimo and Matt Lewis at practice.
Mac October 30, 2013 at 10:36 am
Congratulations to all of the Southern Regional Marching Band members for another outstanding seasonRead More of showcasing their talents for the hometown folks and all those who bravely sought to overcome them on their well-earned marching field trips. When it comes to blowing our horns and banging our drums, no one can top Stafford's Southern Regional Rams, for sure.
Charles "Chickie" Mazzella looks around his gutted Beach Haven West home as he prepares to lose it in a short sale to satisfy his mortgage.
H Spensel November 1, 2013 at 05:55 pm
Just let's get all those bums out of office! Theirs not a honest one in the bunch. Allls theyRead More want to do is take credit for stuff they had nothing to do with. Lets get some honest elected politicians next time.
Lagoongram November 13, 2013 at 06:19 pm
We really need people in office that care about BHW residents and the area. They only care aboutRead More getting our tax money. Get a new slate together and I will vote for all of you. Thank God for my family as they done most of the repairs along with a Church group also helping me out. All most done but home can't be raised due to lack of money and being on a waiting list for the grant. Good Luck to you guys!
H Spensel November 13, 2013 at 06:51 pm
And look at the other article posted today. We still have not received any money while other towns,Read More such as Toms river are on their second round of funding. Something is terribly wrong in townhall when we can't get any assistance, yet want to bond $2mil for a recreational facility. There's a high level of arrogance and incompetence with our elected officials and town manager. Vote them out of office soon.
Actor Alec Baldwin donated $250,000 to the township which will be used as the "seed money" for the reconstruction on the Mill Creek Community Center.
Bruno October 17, 2013 at 08:02 pm
link: what you can buy in ocean county for 1.5 million dollarRead More http://www.zillow.com/toms-river-nj/expensive-homes/ and Sopodofora wants spend 2 million for just repairs small little unused shad
Melinda Russell November 1, 2013 at 02:33 pm
so real cost - $600K less $250,000 from Mr. Baldwin less insurance - should be $0 WTH?
John Eric Mangino November 13, 2013 at 04:14 pm
First of all one engineers early findings do not make it so .Second what are the actual numbers ofRead More usage . Third with the huge wide spread, Drug problems in the Area now The obvious infiltration of a bad elements I think Alexs Money should go to a more sustainable cause. Get a second opinion of the building . I would have to say its repairable and if not its the absolutely last thing thats needs to addressed. Fema has not paid this town a dime yet while towns as small as Beach Haven have gotten reimbursed .Why ? Now the have tabled it I tell you why they will vote this thing threw during the holidays . Simple . I watched last weeks town hall meeting you know how many people spoke Two . You how many in the audience three . Think this would give a little hint to how the town feels . This Bond issue should be put to public vote. Still flood mitigation of Railroad ave and bay ave a complete non issue while there Fema money to fix the infrastructure we are blindsided by this ridiculous proposal and waist of resources of a building that was one built inferior two weights very low on the urgent need list And third should not be a Taxpayer's burden. Like our answer to the skate park that was built and because outside elements could not be patrolled or controlled simple answer was close it . Not dealing with the Outside elements . Like the scrap problem in town and the systematic stealing of copper from half the homes in BHW . We caught hwat one two people when any day you see countless trucks driving the roads full of scrap left un checked and unstoppable . I tell you something else Conner read off a 265,000 number we have saved on tipping fees at the dump threw our own recycling of metal . Guess wht that number from six years of doing it . Something is really wrong with this number. Sandy alone should of produced this . The Mayor and some officials downtown did a great job and continue to others need to be shown the door . Its not on mans job to decide what important in this town and its future . The current Town Administer needs to understand hes not god . Its not his money and needs decide to be a team player . Community center in light should be torn down leveled and left for another day . Until our streets roads and homes are protected from the fury of the Bay and Ocean and talk of rebuilding this is Just more mad money being dumped by personal agendas . Signed forgotten on Railroad ave Again .
Dave Taylor speaking at a Stafford Council meeting last year
Sal Sorce October 4, 2013 at 07:26 pm
MORATORIUM MORATORIUM MORATORIUM MORATORIUM MORATORIUM MORATORIUM MORATORIUM MORATORIUM NEVERRead More HAPPEN ... WHEN TOWNSHIPS EXIST ON THE HUGE INCOME TO SUPPORT THESE POORLY MANAGED MASTER PLANS ... WHERE DOES ONE GO ??? TRY MOVING ... MY HOME REALTY TRANSFER FEE WAS $ 5,079 --- JUST FOR SELL MY SURF CITY HOME ... STATE REQUIRED TAX ...
H Spensel October 4, 2013 at 07:39 pm
So, Sal, if your realty transfer fee was as you state, $5079, your home in Surf City sold far belowRead More its assessed value of $638,000. - likely around $599,000.
mr henry October 4, 2013 at 11:21 pm
Sal the citizens did not have a vote when You lead the attack on the Mayor they had voted intoRead More office. By doing so we were saddled with WWW.JOHNSPODOFORA.COM by his followers. Now I'm not saying that what you did was right or wrong ,just you seem to complain about whoever is in power. John Mc did strap the township with Moran so I guess he actually did get the last laugh.
The signs say it all along South Bay Avenue in Beach Haven.
proud August 30, 2013 at 01:00 pm
Chrirtie could afford to pass on the Fudge and Goodies.
Steve Moran August 31, 2013 at 01:49 am
I think his security guys cashed in on the sweeties.
mr henry August 31, 2013 at 11:07 am
They must drive him there with a blindfold on so he dont see all the empty businesses and homesRead More along the way. Im guessing that all the people of Beach Haven West and of Little Egg Harbor were turned away..Nice he has such friends at the Wharf ...
Paddleboard students pass behind the yoga class on the bay in Brant Beach.
Proud Pappa August 18, 2013 at 04:07 pm
GBYP....God Bless Yoga Pants..!!
spaynter12 August 19, 2013 at 07:20 am
South End Surf N Paddle holds SUP Yoga Lessons as well at Bayview Park. www.southendsurfnpaddle.comRead More for details.
swami Param August 19, 2013 at 07:36 am
Divorcing Yoga from Hinduism is dishonest and cruel. This thoughless abuse is like saying Baptism isRead More an underwater therapy. Honest people will simply say they are teaching stretching classes.
Eastbound traffic on Route 72 was backed up beyond the Garden State Parkway on Friday.
John Rogers August 2, 2013 at 06:30 pm
Parkway overpass has taken more time than they spent to build the great wall of China, what a joke,Read More they are using it as a stockyard for their other projects on the Parkway, wake up Stafford officials, really its been about 2 years now !
A Long Beach Township police officer holds one of the bicycles involved in the accident at 30th Street and Central Ave.
Cindy Albaugh August 13, 2013 at 05:26 pm
Sorry for the typos .... "Barnegat Light" and "North Beach".
Steve Moran August 13, 2013 at 06:38 pm
Thanks Cindy was in a hurry to file this and missed that. Fixed now
Bob August 14, 2013 at 01:26 pm
Any more information?