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AshBritt In New Controversy


contractors hired to remove debris from burned areas in Santa Rosa excavated so much extra material that they damaged driveways, septic systems, wells and other features on hundreds of properties


Given these subcontractors were paid per ton of soil removed, it is probable this over-excavation was an intentional effort to capitalize on this tragedy by defrauding the government


AshBritt, which contracted with the federal government to clean up the disaster, and another company owned by AshBritt chairman Randal Perkins together donated $250,000 to the state Democratic Party on Oct. 4, campaign filings show. Two weeks earlier, AshBritt CEO Brittany Perkins donated $29,200 to Newsom’s campaign, the maximum allowed.



  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Remember the Ocean Avenue”Pyramids of Belmar”? That was condemned back then but Mcdirty covered that gouging up. Nice connections you have Brian!

    Monday, October 15, 2018 at 8:45 am | Permalink
  2. Why? wrote:

    Why is this relevant now ? It’s like, let’s continue making Doherty and his wife look bad. Give it up! He’s gone! Move on! Superstorm Sandy was several years ago. Ash Britt has a problem? So what! While you covered the loan forgiven by FEMA, I didn’t see a huge headline ; no feature article on this blog. Let’s move along to a fair, balanced approach to BELMAR happenings.

    Monday, October 15, 2018 at 9:15 am | Permalink
  3. Average Joe wrote:

    #2 I’ll tell you why. Because the current Belmar democrats were there during Sandy/Ash Britt clean up. Hmmmmmmmmmm???

    Monday, October 15, 2018 at 10:17 am | Permalink
  4. Glad I Left wrote:

    And as long as they’re still in office, the same shady business will continue. The current mayor and business administrator do not care one bit about Belmar, it’s residents or employees.

    Monday, October 15, 2018 at 10:41 am | Permalink
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    While I’m not a big fan of the present administration, making innuendos, as in #2 , you have nothing to stand on as far as what went on/ is going on. I for one was glad that Belmar was cleaned up so quickly after Sandy. Say what you want, but the sitting council members are as honest as the day is long. Brian Magovern doesn’t have a dishonest bone in his body. Do I like him ? No. The word “shady” doesn’t fit here. To make blatant statements such as posted in both 2 and 3 are wrong and don’t do anyone or anything in town any good.

    Monday, October 15, 2018 at 1:40 pm | Permalink
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    The Mcg government was the same rubberstamp during the Doherty Administration. We are and forever in our lifetimes be in debt. Beware of wolves in sheep’s clothing. Kenny was fooled by Doherty and then we were stuck with that power mad team and we are still under their thumb politically.

    Monday, October 15, 2018 at 1:55 pm | Permalink
  7. Interesting wrote:

    Judge Gummer’s Decision citing Connelly’s negative character didn’t stop the Avon Parent’s Association from having her selected as Treasuer.

    Monday, October 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm | Permalink
  8. Average Joe wrote:

    #5 OMG What the hell are you talking about

    Monday, October 15, 2018 at 2:12 pm | Permalink
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    #8-Maybe this line from a poem will help you understand my remarks:
    “By those who wallow in the mud flounder in the past.”
    Barry Conway

    Having reread my remarks, my words are perfectly clear.,

    Monday, October 15, 2018 at 3:58 pm | Permalink
  10. Average Joe wrote:

    #9 Barry Conway/ Tin Conway/Joe Conway Who the hell cares….All BS… The Democrats stink…………………

    Monday, October 15, 2018 at 6:08 pm | Permalink
  11. Anonymous wrote:


    Monday, October 15, 2018 at 6:13 pm | Permalink
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    Thanks Average Joe! Me thinks I struck a nerve! Glad you found my poem entertaining, # 11.

    Monday, October 15, 2018 at 7:07 pm | Permalink
  13. Tulip wrote:

    The PTA either doesn’t read or they

    are a little slow. To bad that is a

    nice school with a board that has a

    lot of interest in what is going on.

    Monday, October 15, 2018 at 7:57 pm | Permalink
  14. Tulip wrote:

    I do nor remember anyone saying Brian

    was not honest or dirty. However the ex

    mayor and the future CFO are still very

    involved in what is going on in town.

    We are in disaster mode at the moment.

    Monday, October 15, 2018 at 8:10 pm | Permalink
  15. Average Joe wrote:

    #11 Idiot

    Monday, October 15, 2018 at 8:36 pm | Permalink
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    Tulip-Read #4 . The “as long as they’re in office” quote. Refers to sitting council members. To me the word shady means not on the right side of things. Brian shouldn’t be placed in this category. He is a very honest person.

    Monday, October 15, 2018 at 9:48 pm | Permalink
  17. ijit wrote:

    The slimy residue from the former administration is still present. It will not go away until there is a drastic change of the form of government or a massive shake up of the council and mayor. Burying the heads in the sand is not moving forward. Pretending that corruption did not happen is not a way to change anything. Brian and some council members may be nice people in their personal lives, but what they were complicit to while in power does not exonerate them. Not at all.

    Monday, October 15, 2018 at 9:58 pm | Permalink
  18. Belmartian wrote:

    Real problems we should be looking at are the changes they will be making before the election. Does anyone know how many resumes they received for the CFO position? Or is it really just being handed down to the Borough Administrator? Is that something we as residents could OPRA? What are the candidates thoughts on the hiring for this position?

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 7:31 am | Permalink
  19. Anonymous wrote:

    #16- Brian=Honesty??? Unfortunately Brian’s past is not debatable on this blog.

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 7:47 am | Permalink
  20. Glad I Left wrote:

    #16…I also think Brian is a very honest person, and I’ve always admired him. However, he can’t and won’t be an honest mayor if Colleen is still involved. I know most readers on here don’t care too much about how boro employees are treated, but it’s an important issue. Just as important as all the other issues in town. As long as Colleen is employed by Belmar, the town will continue on the downward spiral it’s already on, and the employees will continue to be treated like garbage.

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 8:27 am | Permalink
  21. Waiting4him2explode wrote:

    Didn’t Doherty use Brian shamelessly? Knowing he was easily lead is no excuse to allowing Middlesex to run the borough. They were worse than the bent nose crowd! Some say Brian was used as doherty’s mad dog on a leash.

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 10:08 am | Permalink
  22. eugene r creamer wrote:

    Borough hall roof is leaking and Main Street lights are a public safety hazard that can only be discussed in executive session.

    “Mayor of Belmar” is too big for Brian…

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 12:15 pm | Permalink
  23. Democrat wrote:

    10-Democrats are great people. I’m sure, # 10, that you have friends and possibly relatives who are Democrats. Don’t group all with the word “stink. “

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 12:21 pm | Permalink
  24. Glad I Left wrote:

    #22-Not only is the roof leaking, but before I left, there was mold everywhere, missing ceiling tiles everywhere, brown water stains on the remaining ceiling tiles, mice and squirrels in the building, and no heat in the 6th Avenue lobby. I know it hasn’t gotten any better. Every building or yard the borough owns is a dump. I’m so glad I got out of that place. Between the filth and the horrible disrespect for the employees, it’s a miracle that anyone even still works there.

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 3:48 pm | Permalink
  25. Guest wrote:

    The orange crate is gone today from the boardwalk,lease must have been up!

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 6:12 pm | Permalink
  26. Average Joe wrote:

    #23 I’ll say it again. All democrats stinks. FYI I don’t have any friends and all my family is dead.

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 8:03 pm | Permalink
  27. AreYaKiddin? wrote:

    Hey Joe, its not worth arguing with the holier than thou attitude of some of these libs. Some might call them “Below Average”

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 1:13 am | Permalink
  28. Average Joe wrote:

    #27 Yea you are correct.

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 4:52 am | Permalink
  29. Um... wrote:

    Neither the Democrats nor the Republicans have a monopoly on corruption. Both parties have decent, well meaning people trying to make a difference. And both parties have small minded, dishonest, and corrupted individuals that are involved in politics to serve their own selfish needs.

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7:20 am | Permalink
  30. Tulip wrote:

    #16- At no time have I ever referred to

    Brian as shady it isn’t a word I would.

    use. I have known him and watched him

    Reach adulthood. I have also mentioned

    Items in the town that should be looked

    At. Do I think he is shady not at this

    Time. He may be following the wrong

    Leader though.

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 8:23 am | Permalink
  31. Katrina wrote:

    Nice or not, honest or not good guy or not Brian McGoverns voting record speaks for itself.
    He voted for:
    Changing our pay to play laws which led to a lawsuit and forced a special election
    Conbining the Lake Como pipe project with Taylor pavilion which led to a petition drive that forced them to split them.
    Claiming the boardwalk as in need of redevelopment ( lost lawsuit number 1)
    The use of only organized union labor which led to another petition drive against such an ordinance.
    Original multi story mega pavilion buildings that started the whole mess and controversy about our recovery.
    Spending 7 million dollars to rebuild Taylor.
    Approving Colleen Connolly’s wording on ballet question concerning interpretation of the pavilion vote(lostin court) and forced petition drive.
    All 10 ( I’ve lost count) lawsuits that the borough LOST under Matt Dorehty tenure had Brian’s yes vote attached to it. Costing the borough hundreds of thousands in leagal fees. Don’t forget all the appeals still in the works.
    And most offensive was his lack of knowledge of the rules and regulations of the committee he was director of. The Joy DeSanctis tree planting fiasco was the direct responsibility of Brian not knowing his job.
    I know everyone wants to move on and be “positive “ That’s all nice. But using Brian’s own history and voting record is fair and practical when one is deciding on one’s vote.

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 5:35 pm | Permalink
  32. OLD MAN wrote:

    #31 Uh Yea

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 8:58 pm | Permalink
  33. Anonymous wrote:

    Welcome home Katrina. You are a voice of reason who has real life experience having peosonally witnessed Council meeting during the majority of the last 8 to 9 years. Tell it like it is and don’t waste any varnish.

    Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

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