Monday, February 27, 2017

APP EDITORIAL About Lakewood Growth; Mentions Take Back Lakewood Group

For years, we have been urging officials in Lakewood, Ocean County and the state to do something to slow Lakewood’s runaway growth. It has put stress on the schools, public services, roads and other overwhelmed infrastructure.

A drive through Lakewood makes it obvious no one has been listening to us. There is new construction everywhere, and the anything-goes attitude of township zoners and planners doesn’t seem to have changed.

Click here to read more

Developing Story: Cherry Hill Jewish Community Center Evacuated

CHERRY HILL - The Jewish Community Center on Springdale Road was among the JCC to be evacuated today.
Cherry Hill police are on the scene.
A Jewish community center in Delaware also was evacuated Monday morning.
In a tweet, the Katz JCC offered no details but said more information would be released.

Juvenile Responsible For Attempt To Blow Up Mailbox in Plumsted

On Saturday, February 25, 2017, at 10:50 am, the Plumsted Police Department was dispatched to 3 Brookwood Drive in Plumsted Township for a suspicious device inside the mailbox.

Upon arrival, police observed two (2) cylindrical devices taped to a larger cylindrical device. Plumsted PD requested the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department Bomb dog, CIU, the NJSP Bomb Squad, and the Ocean County Prosecutors Office Arson Unit respond.

The scene was cleared by the NJSP Bomb Squad. An examination of the device by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Arson Unit found the device was a futile effort at destroying the mailbox using two small firecrackers taped to an aerosol spray can. The device did not function.

Interviews were conducted and it’s believed a juvenile may be responsible for the device. Plumsted PD Det. AJ Mantz will continue the investigation locally.

There will be no further action by OCPO unless requested.

Traffic Alert

TRAFFIC ALERT: Madison Avenue & 4th st is being closed due to accident with injuries.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Planning Board Live Feed

Click here to watch a live feed from the Planning Board meeting

https://youtu.be/rfBbKoxsVKY

Planning Board Meeting Tonight 6:00 PM

Tonight there will be a Planning Board meeting at 231 3rd St. Starting 6:00PM

LINK TO AGENDA


Areas of interest, where there will be a public hearing.

Netherwood Drive Block Major Subdivision to create 12 lots
Variance requested for minimum lot area on one lot

East County Line Road by the Corner of Apple St Plan for a Shul
Next to the Hatbox - Insufficient parking. 14 spots are required and only 7 are proposed. Applicant was cautioned that he must come up with more parking spots as there is nowhere to park in the area. 

East Seventh Street
E. 7th just east of Nowlan. Variances include: Minimum lot width, minimum side yard setback and combined side yard setback.




Board of Elections Declares A Tie For The Second Fire Commissioner Seat

The Board of Elections has declared a tie for the second seat of the Lakewood Board of Fire Commissioners.

Investigation Team Release Last Weeks Toms River Fatal Fire Findings

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph D. Coronato and Toms River Police Chief Mitch Little today announced that the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Arson Unit/Major Crimes Unit, Toms River Police Department, Toms River Bureau of Fire Prevention, and the Ocean County Sheriff’s CSI have determined the cause of the fatal fire on February 14 at 1911 Fiddlers Run. 

The team, after exhaustive hours examining the fire scene debris, determined that the fire originated near the south wall of the residence basement in a plastic trash can.  The cause of the fire is accidental and improperly discarded smoking material could not be eliminated.

After an autopsy by the Ocean County Medical Examiner, the victim of the fire is identified as Ellen Tanner, 64, a resident of the home.  The manner of death is accidental and cause of death is smoke inhalation and heat related injuries as a result of the house fire.

The fire occurred on February 14th at 11:03 am.  Police, Fire, and EMS units responded to the active structure fire at 1911 Fiddlers Run.  Upon arrival the units observed a heavy smoke condition.  They were advised by witnesses on the scene that a woman was still inside of the home.  Toms River Police Officers Scott Fallano and Raymond Beyerle, who were first to arrive, entered the front door and tried to locate the woman. They were quickly turned back by the thick smoke.  Once outside, they located a 67 year old male resident in the back yard who had escaped the blaze.  He was trying to regain entry to his home to locate the woman. 

The structure was then fully engulfed in flames and the rescue attempt by police officers was not successful. The homeowner, who suffered burns to his hands, was removed to a safe distance.  Once the firefighters arrived, they made a brave secondary attempt to rescue the woman.  The firefighters, who were in full protective gear, entered the home.  As they made their way towards the interior of the house, an unidentified Fireman suffered second degree burns to his neck and ear before having to retreat for safety reasons.  He was treated and released at a local medical facility. Credit: COPO

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Lakewood Democratic Club Meeting Tonight

The Lakewood Democratic Club is meeting tonight - Tuesday, Feb. 21st at 7 pm. The meeting will be in the Municipal Building, 2nd floor, Room "C".


If you want to get involved in Lakewood politics and are a registered Democrat - you can come to the meeting and join.

Here is a list of all of the people in the Lakewood Democratic club.


If you are a registered democrat, come along and bring your friends. If you are not a registered democrat, you can register here.

Reader Submitted: Help Stop Assisted Suicide

Last December, Washington DC’s mayor signed a law allowing assisted suicide which would allow doctors to help poison patients. However, in response to this law, there is currently a bill (H.J.Res.27) in Congress that would stop this law from taking effect. 
 
Right now around the country there is a very strong movement to legitimize assisted suicide.  This movement has already passed such a  law in 5 different states.  The leaders of this movement have shown, time and again, that they don’t care if innocent people get murdered due to this bill. 
 
Every single one of these bills has allowed people who work for the patient’s medical insurance company to act as a witness that everything was being done legitimately. If God forbid they are able to successfully carry out this law in our nation’s capital, that would further legitimize this movement, leading to thousands of people’s death.  Around 40 rabbis paskened that everyone should do whatever they can to stop assisted suicide from happening.
 
Currently there are 67 co-sponsors on H.J.Res.27, which is a bill that would reverse this proposed law and thus help stop assisted suicide in DC.  However only one Congressman who has a substantial Jewish community has co-sponsored the bill thus far, Congressman Chris Smith who represents Lakewood, NJ. 
 
Additionally not a single congressman from New York is a cosponsor.  Therefore I urge everyone to call up the Republican Congressman Dan Donovan, from Flatbush, Bensonhurst and Staten Island, and demand that he add his name as a co-sponsor to this bill. 
 
Dan Donovan can be reached at (202) 225-3371.  Call him and tell him that our community strongly opposes assisted suicide and strongly urge him to become a cosponsor on H.J.Res.27.

Monday, February 20, 2017

JUST IN: Trump Names New National Security Council


President  Trump announced today that Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster is his new national security adviser.
McMaster is a widely respected military strategist. Trump called him “a man of tremendous talent and tremendous experience.” Trump made the announcement at his Mar-a-Lago getaway in Palm Beach, Fla., where he has been interviewing candidates to replace Michael T. Flynn, who was forced out after withholding information from Vice President Mike Pence about a call with Russia’s ambassador.
The announcement comes a week after Flynn resigned the position when he lost the trust of the administration because of his discussions with a Russian ambassador prior to Trump taking office. McMaster, 54, is a career officer in the Army.

New Forum For Lakewood Discussions

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Remember, we are doing it for the Tzibur and its done by the Tzibur to link our community, this is a public service, for free.

Watch: Lakewood Township Committee Meeting 02/15/2017

Committeemen Announced New Lights. Rejected the electronic billboard resolution.

https://youtu.be/azd7SgStU30

NPGS: THIS WEEKS SPECIALS




Sunday, February 19, 2017

Monday: Presidents Day; No Trash Pickup, Township Offices Closed

Tomorrow is Presidents Day, there will be no trash pickup, if your trash pickup day is Monday, then it will be picked up Tuesday, Tuesday's pickup will be on Wednesday.
There will be no recycling pickup this week.
All state and township offices will be closed.
The banks are also closed tomorrow.
There will be no mail delivery.

Lakewood Shuttle: No Westgate routes from 4PM

There will be no Westgate routes from 4:00 today.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

NJ News &Views Reporter Files Claim Against Lakewood Township

Lakewood - Joyce Blay the reporter & editor for NJ News & Views  filed a complaint against Township Officials with the GRC (Government Records Council) in regards to an OPRA request.
Click here for more

Pushkas Stolen From Satmar Shul On Forest Ave

LAKEWOOD - Pushkas were stolen over Shabbos from the Satmer Shul on Forest Ave.
The burglar entered the Shul between midnight to 6:00AM.
No suspects was arrested, the suspect took a minimum of 2 pushkas.

Lakewood Weekly

Click here to view this weeks Lakewood Weekly

Take Back Lakewood article on page 15

Tonight: Elections for Fire Commissioner

Tonight is the elections for Fire Commissioner.
The polling is taking place at the Lakewood Municipal Building, 231 3rd St.
Polls will be open till 10:00PM.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Lakewood Zemanim Shabbos Parshas Yisro

Candle Lighting 5:17
Sunset 5:35
Harav Reb Avrom Katz Shlit"a, son-in-law of the late Tosh'er Rebbe ZY"A will be Shabbos in Lakewood, Davening & the Tish will be in Breslov Beis Medrash 423 6th St.
Bota tonight from 8:45 - 10:45.

APP: How Lakewood allowed a 'shopping mall' at Cedarbridge

LAKEWOOD – At the close of a public hearing in January during which residents criticized a large shopping center proposed for the Cedarbridge development, Committeeman Issac Akerman addressed the crowd and apologized.

It was not the intention of the township committee, he said, to allow a developer affiliated with Lakewood’s largest yeshiva to build a nearly 200,000-square-foot shopping plaza, called Lakewood Shopping Village, in a growing part of town struggling with traffic congestion.
For more read on APP.com

Lakewood Shopper

Click here to view this weeks Lakewood Shopper

Voice of Lakewood

Click here to view this weeks Voice Of Lakewood

Jewish Sales: Local Sales, Plus Win $50

Communicated: We provide the community with as many Local Store sales as possible.

Can be done by text or online.

Either text 'follow @jewishsales' to 40404.
Or follow us throught this link https://twitter.com/jewishsales

All followers get entered into a motnhly $50 gift card raffle.

New Fundraising Drive To Reverse Oak Street Core

This was seen on the electronic board in the Chestnut Shul
 
 

Public Schools Closed Today; No BOE Busses

Lakewood - Public Schools are closed today in observence of Presidents Day weekend.
The School District  bus routes for private schools that are contracted by LSTA will not run today.

Trump to Christie: You Will Get Meatloaf

TRENTON. - Gov. Christie says President Trump made him order meatloaf when they dined together at the White House this week.

Christie and his wife, joined Trump at the White House on Tuesday.

The governor said Thursday that Trump pointed out the menu and told people to get whatever they want. Then he said he and Christie were going to have the meatloaf.

“This is what it’s like to be with Trump,” Christie said. “He says, ‘There’s the menu, you guys order whatever you want.’ And then he says, ‘Chris, you and I are going to have the meatloaf.’”

Trump said “I’m telling you, the meatloaf is fabulous,” according to the Governor.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

BP WEEKLY: This Weeks Issue Online

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Breaking: Judge Says There Is Probable Cause To Charge Gov. Christie In Bridge-Gate Scandal

HACKENSACK - A Bergen County judge has ruled that there is probable cause to charge Gov. Christie with official misconduct connected to the Bridge-Gate scandal.
The same judge previously found there was probable cause to let the case go forward, but a higher court judge reversed that decision. Read more on NEWS12/NJ for the full story

Lakewood Latino Community Participate In The "Day Without Immigrants Protests"


Lakewood - The Latino community in Lakewood were expected to participate in the Nationwide "DAY WITHOUT IMMIGRANTS" protest.

It is hitting particularly hard for the local supermarkets, as Thursday is usually one of the busiest days in the week for grocery shopping.

There was a scheduled protest 9:00 AM at the Town Square.

If you have photos or videos, feel free to share it with us at: thelakewoodlink@gmail.com


Masa U'matan Rental List - 02/16/2017

Click here for this weeks Masa Umatan Rental List

Board of Ed Appointed New Member Moshe Bender

Lakewood - At last nights Board of Ed meeting, the board appointed Moshe Bender, as the new Board of Ed member, filling the spot that was vacated by David Jakobowitz, who resigned.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Township Committee Rejected The Electronic Bill Boards Resolution

Lakewood - At tonight's Township Meeting, the committee denied the resolution to approve the 5 electronic bill boards.

Breaking: Township Committee Anounced New Traffic Lights

The Township Committee  announced tonight that they will install new traffic lights by the following intersections: Oak St. & Vine St, Oak St. & Albert Ave, Martin Luther King Dr. & Pine St. 1st St. & Clifton Ave., 7th & Forest Ave.

Lakewood Township Meeting Live Stream. (Credit FAA)

https://youtu.be/azd7SgStU30

Cedarbridge Devleopment Postponed The Application Hearing For Lakewood Shopping Village

Lakewood - Cedarbridge Development has asked the Planing Board to carry their application to a future date.
This comes after A Beis Din (Rabbinical Court) has issued a Ikkul (stay) against the Lakewood Shopping Village. (Credit www.takebacklakewood.com)

Lakewood Beis Din Issues Hazmana And Ikkul To Cedarbridge Development LLC

Lakewood - A Hazmana and Ikkul was issued by Beis Din Tzedek D'Lakewood to Cedarbridge Development LLC and to the Educational Endowment Fund Inc.
The Hazmana is regarding the upcoming hearing for the new Lakewood Shopping Village, which is scheduled to be heard before the Planing Board on Feb 21.
For more you can see here

AISLE 9: This Weeks Specials

 

Lakewood Township Meeting Tonight 7:30 PM

The Township Committee will hold a public meeting tonight at 7:30PM, at Municipal Town Hall, 231 3rd St.
Tonight's meeting was supposed to be held Last Thursday, but due to the inclement weather it was rescheduled to tonight.
You can see the agenda here

Lakewood Board of Education Meeting Tonight; New Memeber Will Be Appointed

The Lakewood Board of Education will hold a meeting tonight Feb, 15 @ 6:30PM at Lakewood High School, 855 Somerset Avenue.
The Board will appoint a new member to fill the vacant seat, Two candidates Avraham Sharaby & Moshe Bender filed a request for the position.
You can see the Agenda HERE

Baruch Dayan Ha'emes: Petira Of 7 Year Old Girl

With great sadness we report the petirah of Ruchama Malka Breindel Hirth A"H, (Bas Reb Shmuel Fishel & Shaina Shifra) she was niftar this morning after a lengthy illness.
The Levaya will be taking place later today in Lakewood. Levaya details will be published when available.
UPDATE: Levaya will be at 4:00PM At the Shiras Devora School, 555 Oak St.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Statement From Moshe Zeines, Candidate For Lakewood Fire Commissioner

This Motzei Shabbos the Lakewood Fire District will hold its annual election. This year there are 2 seats being vacated by 2 commissioners that will be voted upon. Additionally, as every year, the annual budget will be voted upon. Voting takes place at the municipal building

I, Moshe Zeines, am a candidate in the election and I urge all of you to vote for me. Now is a great opportunity to give the fire department some fresh blood. I have watched the board in action for about a year now and I am confident that I know what the board needs now.

Last Thursday night the current Board of Fire Commissioners approved and adopted an amended budget which will be voted on by the voters during the election. The budget calls for no tax increase at all, contingent on the voters voting “yes” to the referendum question asking to release and use the restricted funds. I urge everyone to vote “yes” to the budget and “yes” to all of the referendum questions so that there will be no tax increase this year.

The Fire Commissioners are responsible for the purchase of trucks, equipment, and insurance. While the chief and his assistants are personally “on scene” fighting the actual fire, the commissioners guarantee that they have the necessary up-to-date resources to combat the flames.

The volunteers are there for us, me and you, 24/7 year-round. I remember being shocked when I first heard from one of the assistant chiefs that all the volunteers are on call at all times. I was sure that they take shifts, saving some time to themselves. But no, all of the volunteers are ready to give their all for the people of Lakewood. Keep in mind that not all the volunteers live in Lakewood, yet they all care so dearly for our town.

In the last 2 years, the commissioners have hosted a brunch to show the volunteers and their families that they are recognized and cared for. This is a great way, at a minimum, to show our volunteers we recognize their dedication and devotion to us year-round.

The commissioners regularly sponsor training for the firefighters, to express they care the firefighters are adequately prepared for their job. Similarly, the commissioners have sponsored numerous pieces of safety equipment for the firefighters thereby ensuring the safety of both the people of the town and the safety of the firefighters.

I believe that the department belongs to the chief and his assistants and that the job of the commissioners is to adequately provide for the needs of the firefighters. Therefore, because I truly care about the safety and productivity of the entire fire department and the safety of people of Lakewood, my pledge to Fire Chief Mike D'elia Jr is that I will not vote "no" to any safety equipment before hearing from him first what's involved.

I believe that a homogeneous board will continue to advance the Lakewood Fire Department and I am running for the Board of Fire Commissioners so I can be that additional positive voice.

Your vote for me, Moshe Zeines, either by mail-in ballot or in person on Election Day, will give me the opportunity to strengthen the entire fire department.
 
Thank You.
 
(Lakewood Link: We welcome a campaign statement from all candidates, we will publish it free of charge if submitted 48 Hours before the Elections. Email submissions to: thelakewoodlink@gmail.com)

Tonights Simchas & Mesibas

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H2 EXPO Till 11:00 At Lakew Terrace, Brought To You By The Voice of Lakewood

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Authorities Investigating Fire That Claimed The Life Of A Woman

Toms River - Police and Fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire that claimed the life of a 64-year-old woman today.

Police, fire and EMS units responded to 1911 Fiddlers Run - near the Lakewood border, right behind Harmony Park (Belz) - shortly after 11 a.m. Witnesses at the scene said a woman was still inside the house, but police who tried to enter were turned back by thick smoke. Other attempts to rescue the woman were unsuccessful as the intense fire consumed the house, police said.

Reader Submitted

On Wednesday Feb 15, 7:30PM the Lakewood Township Committe will pass a resolution to approve and bid 5 digital billboard signs.
I really want everyone to read the studies and understand that in a town like Lakewood that already has a dearth of distracted drivers, allowing electronic billboards on congested streets is irresponsible, and will cause people to die. I am not overreacting.
I know that I speak up against corruption and favoritism that hurts us all, and I may sound like a broken record, but for goodness sakes, this is pikuach nefesh.
Please show up to the meeting on Wednesday. Scream at the committee and tell them if they allow this we will hold them accountable for every injury or death that occurs around these signs.
Please don't sit this one out. This is not about downtown, or the Blue Claws or taxes.
This is a clear and present danger that must be avoided at all costs. Please show up and SCREAM!!!
Don't allow our Committeemen to put our lives in danger more than they have already.
One Committeeman already admitted to me that the incidence of accidents has increased at the New Hampshire/Cedarbridge intersection since the digital sign was installed.
Now we will have 5 more of these signs? This cannot happen.
Please spend an hour Wednesday night to protest this. It will be much less inconvenient than all the funerals and being Menachem Avel all the grieving families in the future.
Wednesday night 7:30PM
Township Municipal building.

(The Lakewood Link welcomes your letters. Submit them to thelakewoodlink@gmail.com)

What Christie, Trump spoke about during lunch meeting

WASHINGTON -- The much-anticipated lunch meeting between Gov. Chris Christie and President Donald Trump on Tuesday centered on "combating drug use" in the U.S., White House spokesman Sean Spicer said.
Christie, a fellow Republican and longtime Trump friend and confidant, and his wife, Mary Pat Christie, met with Trump at the White House in around 12:30 p.m. Trump, had invited the couple to join him for lunch in Washington, D.C. Read more on NJ.com

Monday, February 13, 2017

Cashless Tolls Coming to Bayonne Bridge

BAYONNE - When the new Bayonne Bridge officially opens it will feature cashless tolls only.
The toll plazas have been taken out of service and replaced with overhead E-ZPass readers.
The Port Authority says that more than 90 percent of the drivers who use the bridge use E-ZPass, so the agency decided to do away with cash. For More read on News 12/NJ

BREAKING: Lakewood Republican Club Endorse Kim Guadagno For Governor

The Republican Club at tonight’s meeting unanimously endorsed lieutenant governor Kim Guadagno for Governor, the lieutenant governor addressed the meeting.

The club also endorsed State Senator Bob Singer and Assemblymen Rible and Kean for re-election.

In Case You Wondered Yesterday Night If An Earthquake Happened, Here Is The Answer

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-FORT DIX-LAKEHURST - A National Guard battalion conducted an unannounced firing training on Sunday night that startled residents with explosion noises and vibrations that rippled into surrounding towns.
Employees were supposed to warn local residents of the training ahead of time, but some agencies miscommunicated and notifications weren't posted onto the base's social media accounts, said Senior Airman Lauren Russell in an email to the Press on Monday.
The training, which involved soldiers firing 105 mm howitzers, was originally planned to span Feb. 9 through Feb. 12 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., but a snowstorm blew through the state and upset original training plans, Russell said. As a result, base officials crunched four days of training into two days -- Saturday and Sunday. For More Read on APP

NPGS: THIS WEEKS SPECIALS



New Bus Routes Added For The Non-Public School Students By The Lakewood School District

Lakewood School District will be adding routes to help LSTA transport non-public students for the afternoon routes, the district Superintendent wrote in a letter that approx. 350 Non-Public School students will be added to the routes.

These services are in addition to the 20 morning routes, which the district is already providing.

The district is also in the process of hiring 3 additional drivers.

The district drivers will be receiving 2x the normal rate, which will be paid by the LSTA.

High Winds Till 6PM; Move Away Your Trash Container From The Curb

The NWS has issued a High Wind Warning for the area and it remains in effect until 6PM.
Since there was no trash pickup today as the Lakewood Township Municipality is observing Lincoln's Birthday, if you placed your garbage containers to the curb please be kind and move it away from the curb as its very hazardous, due to the windy weather.