Friday, March 16, 2018

Pallone Calls for Renewed Friendship with Ireland on St. Patrick’s Day

March 16, 2018

Long Branch - Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) made the following statement celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, calling for even stronger ties between the United States and Ireland. Congressman Pallone additionally marks the approaching 20th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
Congressman Pallone at the Belmar St. Patrick’s Day Parade
“I have the great honor of representing thousands of Irish-Americans in my congressional district. I know firsthand that their traditions and culture – shared by over 35 million Americans who trace their heritage to Ireland – lend so much vibrancy to all of our communities. As so many celebrate St. Patrick and their Irish heritage, it is now clearer than ever that his holiday is truly a symbol of the success of Irish-Americans in our nation. The Irish-American experience is a reminder of the role that immigration has played in our nation’s story and it should inform our opinions as we debate our immigration policies today.

“This year is especially important for the Republic of Ireland, for Northern Ireland, and for Irish-Americans as we near the 20th Anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement in April. Even twenty years later, it cannot be overstated how important this historic agreement has been in creating a steady and lasting peace in Ireland. As a member of the Congressional Friends of Ireland Group, I continue to work with my colleagues to ensure the United States upholds its commitment to this agreement. This includes sending letters to the Trump administration urging it to appoint a Northern Ireland Special Envoy and to the Appropriations Committee requesting funding for critical programs dedicated to lasting Irish peace like the International Fund for Ireland.

“Ireland continues to be a beacon of democracy and prosperity in Europe and it is essential that the United States stands with its ally as we confront the 21st century. As Brexit negotiations continue to move forward, they will undoubtedly bring about challenges for the Emerald Isle, but it should be made clear that Americans will stand with it during this uncertain time.

“It is my hope that the U.S.-Irish relationship is not one just celebrated on St. Patrick’s Day, but one that we work to expand and build upon for many years ahead.”

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Irish Philosophy: No Need to Worry

Middletown North Support Parkland Students

One month after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, students of Middletown North High School and thousands of others from around the country, showed their support and solidarity for the victims of Parkland's Marjory Stonemason Douglas High School by walking out of class yesterday.

Students gathered on the MNHS football field at 10 am and observed a 17 minute moment of silence in honor of the 17 people killed in last months shooting.

I'm not sure who took the pictures below, they are making the rounds on various social media pages. I believe the bottom was taken by North student, Spencer Bennett via drone camera.

Our Middletown students are amazing and our heart are with all of their's, honoring those who lost their lives. We see you, hear you and support all of you.

On Saturday, March 24th, we can all show our support by attending the “March for Our Lives” in Red Bank.

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Middletown Board of Education Meetings; 2/20/18 & 2/28/18

I'm not going to lie, I've been trying to get through these videos for quite awhile. But, with 7 hours of video to watch, I've given up. I hope that some of you have better luck.

BOE Voting Meeting - 2/28/18

BOE Workshop Meeting - 2/20/18

To view the Agendas for these meeting you can click >>>> HERE

If you'd like to get caught up by reading the latest Minutes from the 1/16/18 & 1/24/18 meetings, you can do so >>>> HERE

March 5, 2018 Middletown Township Committee Meeting

At the March 5th meeting of the Middletown Township Committee, ordinances were adopted to establish a no knock registry and to establish a CAP Bank. Also An ordinance was introduced to acquire property on Compton St. by purchase or by eminent domain.

Items up for discussion included upgrades to the McLeod-Rice House, improvements to parks using Green Acres Funds including adding cameras to many of the parks to monitor for vandalism and the sale of excess leaf compost by auction.

As always you can download a copy of the Meeting Agenda that contains the discussion items and the proposed resolutions and ordinances that were voted on or presented during the meeting. A box around an item is a link, bringing you further into the document to that resolution or ordinance. At the end of the resolution there will be a link bringing you back to the agenda. Attached to this agenda is also the monthly bill list, so that everyone can see how the Township is spending our tax dollars.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Pallone, Students, and Advocates Call for Action to Reduce Gun Violence & Make our Schools Safe

March 5, 2018

Long Branch, N.J. – Today at Asbury Park High School, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) met with students, administration and advocates to discuss the gun violence epidemic facing our communities every day. According to the Center for Disease Control, New Jersey had 475 firearm deaths in 2015. Just last week, 10-year old Yovanni Banos-Merino was tragically shot outside his home in Asbury Park. The discussion took place as young people throughout the country have demanded change after the tragic shooting in Parkland, FL.

“We cannot accept it as normal when a 10 year old is shot and killed outside his home,” said Pallone. “We cannot accept it as normal that students throughout New Jersey must go to school afraid.”

“I have been inspired by the millions of Americans, many of them young people, who are now calling for action to bring about common sense solutions to reduce gun violence,” said Pallone. “We cannot allow this moment to pass without enacting change and your voice is essential to ensuring that Congress does not look the other way. I want you to know that I will do everything within my power to enact legislation to combat the gun violence epidemic facing our nation.”

Congressman Pauline supports numerous common sense solutions to reduce gun violence and help keep our children safe.

They include:

· An assault weapons ban, which will ban weapons of war like the AR-15, which has been used in mass shootings in places like Las Vegas, Aurora, Newtown, & Parkland.
· Increasing penalties for “straw purchasers” who illegally purchase firearms with the intent to sell or gift them to individuals who should not have them.
· Regulating the sale of firearms at gun shows and online, requiring a background check on all purchases (currently not required by many states).
· Banning high capacity magazines.
· Regulating the online sale of ammunition, conversion kits (to turn into military-style rifles), and large capacity ammunition feeding devices.
· Allowing the CDC and other government agencies to use federal dollars to research gun violence and gun violence prevention – which the gun lobby & @GOP has blocked for more than 20 years.

Middletown Democrats "Breakfast for Dinner" 3/23/18

"Breakfast for Dinner"
$10 per person
Kids 6 and under eat free.
Friday, March 23, 2018
5 PM – 8 PM
American Legion Hall
860 Route 36, Leonardo, NJ

Pancakes and Pajamas!
Kids, feel free to wear your pj’s!

Make checks payable to:
“Middletown Democrats”

** Dinner includes pancakes, sausage, hash browns, orange juice, and tea or coffee. (Gluten-free option available.)
** Fun for the kids also includes crayons for tablecloth coloring, bean bag toss, party favors, and more!
** Adults, join the fun by wearing your most festive “Evening” attire! Door Prizes awarded!

Friday, February 23, 2018

February 20, 2018 Middletown Township Committee Meeting: Hibell Appointed To Fill Unexpired Term

Tuesday night's meeting of the Middletown Township Committee was an interesting. If you couldn't be there (it was very well attended) you should take the time to watch the video below, it is entertaining and informative.

The big news coming out of the meeting was that Middletown Fire Chief, Rick Hibell, was appointed to the Committee to fill Gerry Scharfenberger's unexpired term. Scharfenberger formally resigned from the Township Committee on February 3rd, after being appointed to fill the the seat on the Monmouth County Freeholder Board vacated by former freeholder, Serena Dimaso, who was elected to the State Assemble this past November.

During Public Comments (28:34) a parade of individuals spoke out concerning Middletown's anti- marijuana ordinance. The Asbury Park Press covered this rather well online yesterday. Those that addressed the Committee were well spoken and passionate. Public comments lasted over an hour befor the meeting was adjourned.

As always you can download a copy of the Meeting Agenda that contains the discussion items and the proposed resolutions and ordinances that were voted on or presented during the meeting. A box around an item is a link, bringing you further into the document to that resolution or ordinance. At the end of the resolution there will be a link bringing you back to the agenda. Attached to this agenda is also the monthly bill list, so that everyone can see how the Township is spending our tax dollars.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

PBS News Hour: President Obama Talks About the Second Amendment And Gun Rights

WATCH: During our #POTUSonNewsHour town hall with Barack Obama in 2016, the president stuck around after the broadcast to answer more questions.

When asked about Second Amendment rights and gun control, he said that "there is a way for us to have common sense gun laws." He explained how.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Victor Scudiery Endorses Welle For Congress

For Immediate Release:

Red Bank, NJ – Victor Scudiery, who chaired the Monmouth County Democrats for 23 years, endorsed Josh Welle for Congress in the 4th Congressional seat held by Chris Smith for 37 years.

Josh Welle
In a statement, Scudiery said that “Josh understands the challenges our working families face to pay their mortgages, their bills and their health care. He’s taken the time to listen to our residents’ concerns and has innovative ways and ideas to make Washington work for us again.

“His experience in the Navy and in starting a tech business, give him critical insight into the jobs and careers of the 21st Century. He can help shape a new economy for our region and nation.

“I am particularly struck by Josh’s leadership skills. The Navy taught him well. He has the experience of a Naval Officer who must put service first and protect the rights of all people. We need more people who put service before self in Washington.”

Welle welcomed the support of the chairman, who helped to elect a Democratic majority to Monmouth County government and ended 35 years of Republican rule.

“I’m honored to have the support of such an important leader in politics and business,” Welle said. “Victor’s care and concern for his employees, our party and our institutions is legendary. With his counsel to help guide me, I believe we’re even closer to winning in November.”

The Worst National Anthem Rendition Ever?

Everyone is dissing Fergie for her rendition of the National Anthem at the NBA Allstar Game the other night. But really, was it worse than Roseane Barr's infamous 1990 rendition before a San Diego Padres game? I think not, but you can judge for yourself.

Roseanne Barr sings National Anthem 1990

Fergie Performs The U.S. National Anthem

Worst President Ever

From political wire:

The New York Times surveyed 170 political scientists and found that President Trump is currently ranked as the worst U.S. president in history.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentines Day

If I had a flower for every time I thought of you ...
 I could walk through my garden forever. - Alfred Tennyson

All you need is love.
 But a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt. - Charles M. Schulz

You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep 
because reality is finally better than your dreams. - Dr. Seuss

If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be a hundred minus one day
 so I never have to live without you. - A. A. Milne

Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, 
while loving someone deeply gives you courage. - Lao Tzu

Love doesn't make the world go round. 
Love is what makes the ride worthwhile. - Franklin P. Jones

They invented hugs to let people know you love them
 without saying anything. - Bil Keane

You can't blame gravity for falling in love. 
- Albert Einstein