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Council Meeting Of September 4, 2018

Walsifer wants something done about lifeguard situation.

Brennan wants something done about straws.



  1. Katrina wrote:

    Connolly, when asked by Walsifer why the Pringle bill went from 38 grand to 60 says, and I quote, “It is the final award after various fees”. Various fees??? How about being honest and forthright Ms Connolly? The award increased because Doherty wanted to push back against the original ruling of you all being found to have violated our civil rights by appealing to state court of appeals. Doherty and you were found guilty of that charge again at the state level, costing the borough even more money. And the day of reckoning is still ahead!!!

    Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 7:35 am | Permalink
  2. o wrote:

    #1 OMG It’s going to be ugly. Straws? Lifeguards? Uh I want the lifeguard fiasco corrected first…….Straws ?? Maybe in the year 2030

    Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 9:43 am | Permalink
  3. Average Joe wrote:

    Tom is way below average in citing important topics

    Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 9:59 am | Permalink
  4. Katrina wrote:

    Does Brian Magovern realize that when he says “in 1974” when he was a lifeguard it was OVER 40 years ago!!!!????
    Remember Brian and Tom and Jennifer voted for Doherty and Connolly’s plan to change the lifeguard situation. As usual they accept NO responsibility for the mess they created!
    Mark is the ONLY one who voted NO to that fiasco

    Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 10:22 am | Permalink
  5. I'm New Here wrote:

    When Walsifer is mayor then Magovern can run the beach next year, and we’ll see how that goes. He’s so full of ideas.

    Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 11:06 am | Permalink
  6. OLD MAN wrote:

    #5 He is full of something else

    Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 12:04 pm | Permalink
  7. double duh wrote:

    McGovern is such a dope!

    Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 1:39 pm | Permalink
  8. Resident wrote:

    Really McGovern? Don’t you think lifeguarding has changed in 47 years? Don’t you think Belmar and the beach clientele has changed? I agree, the end of summer always has less guards due to school, athletics, work, etc. But you, Doherty, Acting Chief Huisman, Connolly, Nicolay and Brennan fired the veteran guards because of a stand being down! Now you are condoning it! Those guys dealt with a dwindling squad for years but their experience carried them until the end. You created a toxic atmosphere down there, hiring a guy who doesn’t have a clue how to run a beach. To reiterate the last commenter at the meeting last night. Thank God the water was calm and no one drowned!!

    Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 1:51 pm | Permalink
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    Was there a water rescue emergency yesterday afternoon?

    Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 4:26 pm | Permalink
  10. Duh wrote:

    Oh goody! The new, know nothing head lifeguard is going to recruit new hires at swim meets. That’s a novel idea that’s never been thought of before. Duh!

    Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 5:35 pm | Permalink
  11. Belmartian wrote:

    Everytime McGovern opens his mouth he inserts his foot deeper and deeper. Stands weren’t just down at the end of the year they were down all season long! Dope!

    Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 1:23 am | Permalink
  12. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #10 – I’m in no way standing up for the guy who is in charge of the lifeguards. I’m sure he’ a real dud to go along with the gang of duds running Belmar. But I will say this. It’s getting harder and harder to find young people who want to do anything outdoors. He may find a few lifeguards indoor swimming but once they get outdoors for a few hours many of them will quit I think. It’s an idea of how people are changing, seldom venturing forth into their surrounding physical environment. I call it the [new way of living]. It’s a very interesting subject.

    Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 6:57 am | Permalink
  13. Duh wrote:

    Mr. Dilberger. My point was that recruiting at swim teams, etc has been going on for years. It’s not a new idea.
    I agree, it is harder to get millennials to do physical work these days.

    Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 8:45 am | Permalink
  14. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #13 – Everything is changing so rapidly, few people can see it. I see it only because I’m older and it’s such an extreme change from my knowledge. The world is turned upside down now because of technology. I’ll go out on a limb here and predict the lifeguard situation will not continue to be a problem because people will just discontinue coming to the shore. They will stay home and experience the beach “virtually.” We have no real idea where all this is going other than people will be changed, intellectually, physically and emotionally.

    Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 9:21 am | Permalink
  15. Colleen Has To Go wrote:

    While I detest Colleen and a few others in charge, I will say that I think Kerecman did a great job with what he had to work with. He wasn’t hired because he knew anyone, and he has a lot of experience with water safety. I think that if he had more to work with, there would be a lot less complaints. I am in NO WAY supporting the decision to get rid of the previous lifeguard staff, but I do think that with the change in local government that is going to happen, it’ll be a lot better next summer.

    Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 9:23 am | Permalink
  16. Believe it! wrote:

    #15 You and I both detest Colleen Connolly. I can assure you Kerechman was underqualified for the position. He was definitely a political, friend hire. And his water safety experience is minimal at best. And he no leadership qualities.

    Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 2:23 pm | Permalink
  17. anonymous wrote:

    Bottom line is why did they mess up something that was working? We went from 1 stand down to many stands down all summer. They really blew it. WE had dedicated experienced guards that took jobs elsewhere.We really need a great leader to straighten all these poor decisions that were made encouraging lawsuits one after another.The top decision makers have cost the residents a tremendous amount of money that could have been spent much better.

    Thursday, September 6, 2018 at 11:21 pm | Permalink
  18. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #17 – The answer to your first sentence is easy. They’re inexperienced people who have no idea of the Newtonian maxim, “For every action, there’s an equal and opposite reaction.” So, obviously, 99% of their decisions turn out badly. The 1% that turn out well are complete accidents.

    Friday, September 7, 2018 at 5:32 am | Permalink
  19. Confused wrote:

    I’m confused, did dopey Mayor Magoo just say it’s ok to have lifeguard stands down after firing last years supervisors for having lifeguard stands down?

    Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 6:24 am | Permalink
  20. Sandra Caputo wrote:

    Council meeting June 6, 2018, starting around minute 1:25 – when asked about stands being down this year,
    Mayor Magovern said the lifeguard firings were because of a “personnel issue that we don’t want to make public”.

    Monday, September 10, 2018 at 10:25 am | Permalink

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