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Broadco Is Back

Broadco re-opens breach of

contract suit against Belmar,

subpoenas Jim Bean

Has reportedly already deposed Doherty,

Deicke, Magovern, Nicolay and Bill Young


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I reported last May that contractor Broadco, which was hired days after Sandy to pump out flooded Silver Lake but was abruptly replaced by union-friendly J.H. Reid, did not provide discovery for the defense quickly enough and saw its breach of contract suit against Belmar dismissed. As I reported though, the action was taken “without prejudice” meaning that if and when they met the discovery requirements they could re-institute the complaint.

They did and they have.

I’m working on getting the most recent documents relating to the case, but this is what I had at the time of the dismissal last May:

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Also ongoing is deRouville’s suit alleging they were fired from their boardwalk demolition job to make room for AshBritt:Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 7.29.21 PM

Then there’s the Harmon Brothers lawsuit, the beach utility lawsuit, Darian Vitello’s lawsuits…….

Is it me or do we get sued a lot?


  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Can’t wait to hear the new testimony at trial. You have been warned they will: see nothing, hear nothing, say nothing and maybe there should be another monkey – DO NOTHING

    Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 9:41 am | Permalink
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    And those depositions are where?

    Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 10:27 am | Permalink
  3. admin wrote:

    Probably can’t get at them until everyone has been deposed.

    Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 10:28 am | Permalink
  4. Belmar Independent wrote:

    Voided Broadco contract, voided check co-signed by Claire all still on Borough website.
    Press Releases: Mayor Proud of Sandy Recovery. I guess we have to wait to see just how proud they are.

    Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 10:54 am | Permalink
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    Remember when pre-apprentice programs used to be industrial arts or woodshop classes in high school. 1 to 2 highly skilled teaching professionals, usually with Masters degrees imparting hands on skills to teenagers?

    In the past… Construction Skills, Inc now in charge.

    Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 10:54 am | Permalink
  6. Resident wrote:

    Now they will hear the truth

    Sunday, October 18, 2015 at 2:55 pm | Permalink
  7. #4-Belmar Independent-Great detective work! I’m assuming that you think the time you spent investigating the situation was well-spent. Important information (not willing to share with you) is relevant to this case. You don’t know all of the facts….yet you choose to make negative insinuations-you just want people involved in local government to be the bad guys. By the way, since I was councilwoman at the time of Sandy, I’m proud of our recovery, too……especially efforts by borough employees,police staff, volunteers, and yes, council members and Mayor Doherty. We were at the center every day for hours seeing to the details of recovery-assisting residents one-by-one as they made their way to our relief station in the gym. We tried to lift their spirits and offer emotional supposrt as well as come up with tangible solutions to the many probelms they were facing as they attempted to recover from the devastation. Residents had to recover emotionally, also. It wasn’t so long ago, so I remember well the great collaboration/coordination of efforts carried out by so many-the relief center, which was in operation for many weeks, proved effective in reaching out to residents who were in great need. Many obstacles were cast in front of us…..such as the destruction of the beachfront (back and running the following summer) homes restored (last two are about ready to be reopened) street and property floodings (town workers worked to get the waters to recede) people in a quandry about what was going on during the recovery (Mayor Doherty sent out daily reports to residents delivered by volunteers on foot who were dispatched throughout town) Our DPW worked tirelessly to bring our town back-your sarcastic remark (“I guess we’ll have to wait and see” remark) undermines the great efforts put forth by local residents (helping each other), volunteers from out of town (some coming from as far away as New York, Pennysylvania, Tennessee, and Connecticut). So, let’s get back to your orignial comment about me co-signing-are you happily musing that I’ll get in trouble? Or put through the wringer by attorneys? Is that why you brought my part in your expose up? Your mockery of the Mayor’s positive remark and your “let’s see” remark couldn’t be lower.

    Monday, October 19, 2015 at 6:37 pm | Permalink
  8. Belmar Independent wrote:

    #7. You insult me. I simply went onto the borough website. The only municipal website that would post a canceled contract and check to the vendor for the Archdiocese of Trenton who had the misfortune of making a contract with Belmar. You have a lot of nerve, like I didn’t suffer from Super Storm Sandy. I am proud of much that was done. I am ashamed by much that was done by public officials. Those volunteers you mentioned from all those States took $9,000 in Shop Rite gift cards given to them from Belmar. I know because they don’t have Shop rites and they went around trying to trade them for cards they could use at home. I would never be happy that you or any other council member would get in trouble. It is just the constant pretense, lying and cover-up. 3 years now and I am sick of it. Stop using all the good people in town who did sacrifice and pitch in, all the time the political types used the tragedy for selfish purposes.
    Now that took 3 years of difficult research not a single minute on the borough website.

    Monday, October 19, 2015 at 8:17 pm | Permalink
  9. Belmar Independent wrote:

    Claire, I can’t let this lay. Speaking of the beachfront, council was in such a hurry if the boardwalk had been moved east 10 feet we could have a safe bike lane. did you notice the ADA ramps are backwards? Instead of the ramp facing close to the handicapped spots they are opposite the spot. The power on my street was not restored by any effort from borough officials but by my neighbors constant calls to JCPL. How about the Ash-Brit fiasco, or all the cop cars destroyed by according to Colleen driving them into salt water or R> Kirk under oath saying they were destroyed in the borough hall parking lot. Or skipping over the boathouse or Jersey BBQ on the T shirts as part of the volunteer help. Secret wire transfers, wedding rings, the list is endless. Oh yeah about those last two homes one of which is 3 times what it was, oh nothing to see there. Really? Do you want to open up that can of worms again. Best to let it lie, Oh yeah how’s the borough doing on lawsuits, about like the Cubs vs Mets winless.

    Monday, October 19, 2015 at 10:29 pm | Permalink
  10. #7-I insult you? I stand strong with my wording-…no politicians used the devastation for selfish purposes-therein, my friend, proves my point……you DO want our leaders to be seen in a bad light-your words give your intentions away….lying and cover-up? What can you be thinking? Now you’re using misinformation to your own advantage-me using the good people that sacfriced? Your reaction demonstrates your lack of understanding…… words of praise for our residents and borough employees were in answer to your”let see.” remark-I think your smear of the public officials during that awful timeframe shows that you ARE GULLIBLE AND UNINFORMED……You are tired of……what? the leadership that oversaw a remarkable recovery after the storm? You have no proof of lies and cover-up…..I insult you? Look deep into your mind and heart and realize that you did, indeed, overlook the totality of our wonderous recovery-you don’t think leadership had anything to do with it? That we were selfish during that time? What can you be thinking? Why didn’t you respond to my breakdown of recovery facts? “I guess we have to wait and see how proud they are…” means, to me, lets see what kind of trouble they’ll be in after this Broadco issue is settled….”others that have read this think as I do with that remark-why would you bring my name into it in the first place? Others wonder that also…..what is your real agenda? what about the council people who virtually lived at that relief center-both night and day? Yet you slam us……..Again, I ask, who is the one insulting others? I think your accusations that “political types used the tragedy for selfish purposes ” are very telling of your intent with your response to me,,,

    Monday, October 19, 2015 at 10:52 pm | Permalink
  11. You have no idea what you’re talking about,#8-Do you really believe that the recovery could have happened without the leadership of the governing body? What unfounded accusations-
    No one used the tragedy of the Sandy devastation for selfish purposes-there you go, believing what you hear-and also feeling sorry for yourself. I never made reference to your situation during that time..if you suffered, so be it-who would go after that fact? And I insult you?? Why did you bring my name up in the first place? What is your agenda? Reread your words-you want us to look like evil people……you just about stated that in your remarks above…your own words did you in…

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 1:25 am | Permalink
  12. Pootsie wrote:

    Mrs. Deicke, you are getting as long winded as Mr. Burke. Maybe you should have your own blog.

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 6:18 am | Permalink
  13. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    The one thing to remember about the storm is that Jim Bean was the only male member of the town leadership to put his hands on actual work. The other two males on the council stood around and did nothing.

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 6:53 am | Permalink
  14. An Observation wrote:

    13 Tom also he was the only one that is/was honest. I think the outcome is up to the insurance company, They are last time i looked NOT on the State approved list, that has nothing to do with Union or not just credibility.

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 9:14 am | Permalink
  15. wrote:

    The orchestra leader led the musicians to keep playing while the Titanic was sinking. I see a direct parallel here.

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 9:59 am | Permalink
  16. An Observation wrote:

    It cracks me up when some people say they are proud of the Mayor and what the Council has done. I guess getting sued and losing is something to be proud of, wasting $$$$$ and the courts’ time. Its like im so proud of my Uncle Dad etc, he’s been in jail 5 times. What are they drinking or smoking???

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 10:00 am | Permalink
  17. Tom-What you posted is so not true-both Matt and Brian were out in the town assisting residents at their homes-moving furniture/items from basements-cleaning up properties-how do I know this? while I spent most of my time in the relief center, I went with them a few times…while Jim Bean did his part, so did the other gentlemen on the council-in fact, Matt had major damage done to his own home-over $80,000 worth…..he never mentioned it-because he didn’t deal with his own situation because he was helping others…he did so after the fact-his wife Maggie told me of the damage to their home-also, the mayor never went hoime during the first two weeks of the devastation..he and borough staff slept at borough hall on cots.-his wife told him he had to come home because his children missed him….Brian, who lives along the lake, had a great deal of damage done to his home as well-but put that aside to serve the residents…both rolled up their sleeves and went to work-that’s what leaders do…..

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 11:53 am | Permalink
  18. #9-Sure, lots went on during that very hectic time post Sandy-the boardwalk was restored for business as usual for the summer…that was of first and foremost importance…you don’t know what actually happened with the police cars-it was a combination of things that destroyed the cars-why is that so hard to accept-with all that was going on-the police cars were all over the place helping out-with the ring situation-that was rectified-although the young officer did lose it in the line of duty..I and other council members were constantly reaching out to JCP&L to restore power…I did so nearly every day during that time frame-why do you wish to minimize all that town leaders did during that period? I don’t understand your comment about the tee shirts… one-including you-has any real information about Asbritt..your suppositions about this are so off base…tying things together on a whim…we as government leaders did what we should have done-we looked after our residents..we put our families’ needs aside to assist our residents in their times of greatest need-to say that we did less is wrong and hurtful-I myself, with an ill mother-in-law and husband who needs me, put family aside-that’s what good leaders do…..that’s why I took the oath of minimize my efforts and those of other council members is not only fair, it borders on being hateful…also, I’m happy that the homes are being restored with our back by summer program-one of those homes one is on my block-you have no idea about what the specs were, or have any actual information about why the homes were rebuilt as they were..or the needs of the individuals who’ll be returning to their homes soon.#14-to state that Jim was the only one being honest is out and out slander-why are you inferring that I was dishonest during that period? Pootsie-if you wish to be taken seriously, change your alias…also, I love being long-winded-it helps me to think and organize my intentions…..remember-The Truth says I have a big ego and big head-that’s really so-I love being me!!

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 12:18 pm | Permalink
  19. The Truth wrote:

    I never said you had a an ego or a big head , if I did I would love to see it. What did this council do that any other town council did before , during or after Sandy ? Besides spend more money, take more PR photos , create more law suits ( haven’t won one yet) , destroy almost all PD fleet of cars , Lose $9,000.00 worth of gift cards ,

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 1:34 pm | Permalink
  20. excuse me wrote:

    And Matt doing so much while he lost his cellphone. His wife “handling” things from another location? How did they stay in touch? Superman and Wonderwoman in action. I love this drama. Tombstone, Arizona, is sounding pretty good to me these days. Or Boot Hill.

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 2:10 pm | Permalink
  21. Say what wrote:

    Claire. You are only concerned about the Home By Summer house on your block because you see that it is 3 times the size hoping that it will raise your proberty value. Thats funny.You should be more concerned about the mayor and council being so sneaky and sloppy. You want to keep pleasing the mayor for some reason but I bet if you need help he won’t be there. He will only help you if it benefits him.

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 4:10 pm | Permalink
  22. excuse me wrote:

    #17 The night of the storm, Magovern was part of the problem by not obeying the mayor’s order to evacuate, putting in danger unnecessarily, himself, his family, and the lives of the first responders who had to rescue him and his unwell wife. Responsible councilman and leader.

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 5:24 pm | Permalink
  23. admin wrote:

    In Brian’s defense, when they said to evacuate during Irene, he did and then he wasn’t there to make sure his sump pump was working and then his basement flooded. And I confess I didn’t evacuate either (although I didn’t need to be rescued.)

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 5:33 pm | Permalink
  24. The Truth-your comment about my ego was on comments about Pat Corea’s letter-I think the commentary is under one of the September council meeting tapes….sorry,The Truth, you’re wrong about other area towns… there were leaders who didn’t have a clue post Sandy-they were contacting us for advice-I’m not making this up-although you would choose to believe I’m not being truthful….I love what the maoyr accomplished during Sandy

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 5:32 pm | Permalink
  25. #21-the value of my property never crossed my mind-why would it? I miss seeing the children who reside there-great kids who are friendly and kind…a pleasure to have as neighbors-I’m happy they have a big, beautiful house to come home to after their long ordeal..with other family members….why would people begrudge them that? Why would anyone with a heart not be happy for that family? I don’t understand it.How does them coming home to a new, big, beautiful home impact your life?..-there you go, #21-like so many people who comment on this blog-assuming something that isn’t so…..assuming something negative about me..-we could care less if our property value increases-what a stupid assumption-do you think we’re all about money??

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 5:46 pm | Permalink
  26. excuse me wrote:

    Noah’s Ark supposedly landed on Mount Ararat, similar to the section of Belmar where you live (elevation) and that did not flood. Those boats moved from Aps Marina to the lots at Fifth and Main made me nervous, though. If the waves came up there, the boats would have been in people’s yards. Good point, however.

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 5:46 pm | Permalink
  27. Also-#21-you couldn’t be more wrong about the mayor-he’s supported my family when my mom passed away in a way that you, as a negative thinker, could never comprehend-and has been there for my family through good and bad times-giving emotional support….but what would you know about that?
    The mayor has also supported many families here in Belmar-a wrong assumption once again #22-I so resent your horrible criticism of Brian Magovern-you have no idea why he stayed-probably for good reason….he was like many homeowners who chose to stay in their homes during the hurricane-why would you choose to criticize someone who has done so much for the community and has lived through such recent sadness? What kind of a person are you?

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 5:56 pm | Permalink
  28. Sorry-The Truth-It wasn’t you who said I had a huge ego and head-it was 007-back in the commentary following the Sept. 2 council meeting-you know-the shaken, not stirred guy….I humbly apologize-(should I say humbly? Maybe I shouldn’t…..that doesn’t go along with my huge ego)

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 6:11 pm | Permalink
  29. Belmar Independent wrote:

    #18 Claire, I have a copy of the transcript of the hearing at Trenton, The Local Finance Board, for a no down payment of refunding bonds 2 @ 3.5 million Sandy related 2013. Robbin Kirk, under oath testified that all the police cars were ruined when the Shark River flooded the municipal parking lot at 601 Main Street. I will mail you a complete copy.

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 6:17 pm | Permalink
  30. excuse me wrote:

    The councilman referred to usually goes along with everything the mayor wants, but he chose to disobey the evacuation order, for whatever reason, maybe thinking that the storm would not be so bad – who knows why, but as a councilman, I think he should have provided a commendable role model for others to follow in this instance. I am a person who sees a lot of monkey business going on in Belmar, duplicity and rule-bending. I do have a heart and feel bad that Magovern lost his wife and precious dog Cam.

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 6:30 pm | Permalink
  31. The Truth wrote:


    No problem, just so you know I know and appreciate everything you have given to this town from your days at BES , both your kids are good kind people with says a lot about you. In regards to politics I just think you head is in the clouds do to speak , and I have to wonder what’s has to happen to at least question some of things going on in this town.

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 7:10 pm | Permalink
  32. #31-Thanks for the compliment-I’m not clear about head in the cloud comment-not clearly expressed-don’t know of anything presently that has to be questioned about town business-Claire

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 8:17 pm | Permalink
  33. Anonymous wrote:

    Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil???

    Diogenes could not find any truth in 5th Avenue pavilion fiasco.

    Build 10th now. No more cheating.

    All good people, come to the aid of BELMAR and Vote NO

    Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 10:25 pm | Permalink
  34. legion wrote:

    …”don’t know of anything presently that has to be questioned about town business-Claire”

    “Presently” is the key word, as, to date, and that is relative, much has been exposed and questioned. Hang on, I would guess more rocks will be overturned and more ugly critters will be revealed to be explored. And these back-and-forths are very tedious and go nowhere.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 10:47 am | Permalink
  35. Presently-or ever-or aniticipated in the future-hopefully, that clarifies my position and negates your point, #34…..I think these back and forths are very worthwhile-as words posted by commenters are often assumptions that can be proven incorrect-I think the back and forths are beneficial to all-and will keep on going whenever my name is posted-whenever someone wishes to position me in a negative way(which is often)-whenever inappropriate remarks appear with no real explanation, except to be negative-if you find that back and forths are tedious and go nowhere, why are you signing on??

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 12:07 pm | Permalink
  36. legion wrote:

    Back-and-forths with YOU are pointless, as you nearly never say anything that enlightens those who challenge you. You say the same old things, maybe with different words. So, with that, I bid YOU adieu.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 12:54 pm | Permalink
  37. Legion-That’s your opinion, but not that of others-if your thinking is such, why do YOU continue to engage me on this blog? YOU make no sense-I’m proud of how I respond, particularly with the information that I posted above about Sandy…..if you continue to call me out (although you state that it’s not worthwhile- I can’t figure that one out!) I’ll continue to answer. Love responding to people like you-my words are all good stuff! Everything is tres bien-(adding French to go with your parting word-adieu). If I say the same old thing, what different would you like me to reflect upon? I really think you’re scanning over my words superficially-otherwise you’d realize my comments respond to what I’m being called on about…

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 3:53 pm | Permalink
  38. Eagle eyes wrote:

    Saturday, 03:23 AM, November 3, 2012, email order for manual void check # 057912, which represented deposit for post Sandy emergency equipment, pumps, generator, etc. The Borough of Belmar tendered this $50,000 check to Broadco on November 1, 2012. Contract signed, sealed by parties 10/31/12.

    Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

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