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Carmine DeSanctis: “You have intentionally inflicted emotional distress on myself, my children….if that makes you feel good, enjoy the moment.”


“When I asked for the permit they never heard of it!”


Katrina Clapsis crushes it with stirring and powerful speech,

later ejected from meeting

and threatened with arrest!


Fireworks begin at 1:27:40 mark of part 2.

Flashback June 12, 2014!

Outhouse planted in DeSanctis driveway during Seafood Festival!



  1. SEASHELL wrote:

    Brian Magovern…why do you defend this vindictive, conceited, manipulative man? You are better than that. Why are you taking the blame for his attempt at revenge on Joy? Once again, it’s either Doherty’s way or the highway. Well Matt, the highway is coming for you and your cronies. It’s only going to take one or two more elections.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 8:06 am | Permalink
  2. Everyone’s equal wrote:

    Absolutely awful. No words

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 8:36 am | Permalink
  3. Aileen Fahy wrote:

    Always speaking truth to power!

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 8:47 am | Permalink
  4. Aileen Fahy wrote:

    Ditto to you Gene Clapsis!

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 8:53 am | Permalink
  5. ms.nobody wrote:

    Treegate will be Doherty’s Bridgegate.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 9:06 am | Permalink
  6. Lawless wrote:

    Please someone who has the skills copy from 1:28:00 and post the shit out of this on Facebook . What a joke !!!!

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 9:25 am | Permalink
  7. PJ wrote:

    What a disgraceful display and an abuse of political power. Not one single elected official had the courage to stand up and do the right thing. Dave, please let us know when the permit is received. Many of us would like to be present for the planting. My heart and support goes out to Carmine and his family.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 9:30 am | Permalink
  8. Belle wrote:

    Thank you to all the residents who spoke at the meeting and especially to Katrina who called them all out. I was in tears listening to her at the end as I believe she may have been arrested. Was she? My God, such a simple thing to plant a tree in memory of a beloved woman. I’m sick, it seems in Belmar even if you play by all the rules, they change them at the last minute. I believe the Mayor and council are missing their SOULS.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 10:09 am | Permalink
  9. admin wrote:

    She was not arrested.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 10:17 am | Permalink
  10. A Voter 2 wrote:

    This is who the Democrats of today are, arrogant, condescending and narcissistic. Vote Brennan OUT lets clean up our Mayor and council and vote these people out of office!

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 10:48 am | Permalink
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    Why did the “token” Republican say something???? What is he afraid off or is just a RHINO????

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 11:00 am | Permalink
  12. flower power wrote:

    “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke

    To the council members, who should wake up and not be complicit in the mayor’s vendettas and such:

    “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure…”
    Abraham Lincoln

    Back in my day, this would have been more dramatic. Just sayin’.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 11:01 am | Permalink
  13. Katrina wrote:

    The very fact that Brian said something at the end of the meeting that we were trying to make him look bad shows how truly incompetent he really is. He made himself look bad It IS HIS job to know how what his commission operates. What the rules and regulations are. It’s the fact that he doesn’t know which allowed Matt to perpetuate this cruelty

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 11:50 am | Permalink
  14. Katrina wrote:

    PLEASE PEOPLE! Do not make this about party affiliation. It’s NOT about Democrat or Republican. It’s about our Mayor’s vindictiveness

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12:10 pm | Permalink
  15. MM wrote:

    Councilman Walsifer needs to introduce an ordinance at the very next council meeting allowing for the shade tree commission to approve all memorial tree plantings! This was a true showing of the kind of person Matt is, and also the kind of people the council members are, for not even apologizing to Carmine that this happened! Seebeck should not have had to ask Brian to see this through, he should have offered!!! Matt continues to ruin Belmar!!!

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12:18 pm | Permalink
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    Does Belmar still record the meetings?

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12:24 pm | Permalink
  17. flower power wrote:

    And about the Monarch Inn area dedicated to Magovern’s wife? How was that made to occur? Brian should know SOMETHING. Maybe that he is special? Vote the bums out.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 12:33 pm | Permalink
  18. Hmm? wrote:

    What say the other members of The Shade Tree Commission

    Brian Magovern AND

    Rose Degayna,Janet Grosshandler,Sal Circelli, Eileen Giordano & Bob Luethold
    Duties of the Shade Tree Commission:

    a. Exercise full and exclusive control over the regulation, planting and care of shade and ornamental trees and shrubbery now located, or which may hereafter be planted, in any public highway, park or parkway, except such as are excluded pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:64-10 in the Borough, including the planting, trimming, spraying, care and protection thereof;

    Full and exclusive control? Except issuing permits? Except even knowing that permits are required.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 1:09 pm | Permalink
  19. Guest wrote:

    A reporter needs to call each and every council member and ask how they feel about this issue and how it was all handled.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 1:10 pm | Permalink
  20. Guest wrote:

    Joy continues to inspire and bring people together.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 1:12 pm | Permalink
  21. Hmm? wrote:

    31-2.6 Permits Required.

    a. Planting, Maintenance and Removal.

    1. No person shall plant, prune, remove, or otherwise disturb any tree on any street or Borough-owned property without first filing an application and procuring a Permit from the Shade Tree Com-mission. The person receiving the Permit shall abide by the Arboricultural Specifications and Standards of Practice adopted by the Shade Tree Commission.

    2. Application for Permits must be made at the Office of Code Enforcement not less than seventy-two (72) hours in advance of the time the work is to commence.

    b. Standards of Issuance. The Shade Tree Commission or its designated agent shall issue a Permit provided for herein if, in the judgment of the Shade Tree Commission, the proposed work is desirable and the proposed method and workmanship thereof are of a satisfactory nature. Any Permit granted shall contain a definite date of expiration and the work shall be completed in the time allowed on the Permit and the manner as therein described. Any Permit shall be void if its terms are violated. If the Permit is denied, the applicant may appeal in writing to the Borough Council within seven (7) days of the denial.

    A Permit shall finally be issued upon the payment of a fee by the applicant in an amount of ten ($10.00) dollars for each tree affected by the activity as specified in paragraph a.,1. hereof.

    Notice of completion shall be given to the Borough Clerk in writing within five (5) working days to allow for inspection by the Shade Tree Commission or its designated agent.

    c. Planting.

    1. The application shall state the number of trees, location, grade, species, cultivar or variety of each tree, methods of planting; and such other information as the Shade Tree Commission finds necessary to a fair determination as to whether a Permit should be issued.

    2. Whenever any tree shall be planted or set out in conflict with the provisions of this section, it shall be lawful for the Shade Tree Commission or its designated agent to remove or cause removal of the same, and the exact cost thereof shall be assessed to the owner as provided by law in the case of assessments, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:64-8 and 9.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 1:12 pm | Permalink
  22. Hmm? wrote:

    2b states the permit is issued BY the Shade Tree Commission.

    When was the LAST permit issued by CE or the Shade Tree Commission for the planting of ANY tree.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 1:18 pm | Permalink
  23. Hmm? wrote:

    Finally –
    Arbor Day – Belmar School
    ARBOR DAY 2017 
    WHEREAS, In 1872, J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a 
    special day be set aside for the planting of trees; and 
    WHEREAS, this holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more than a 
    million trees in Nebraska; and 
    WHEREAS, Arbor Day is now observed throughout the nation and the world; and 
    WHEREAS, trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil by wind and water, cut heating 
    and cooling costs, moderate the temperature, clean the air, produce life‐giving oxygen, and 
    provide habitat for wildlife; and 
    WHEREAS, trees are a renewable resource giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our 
    fires and countless other wood products; and 
    WHEREAS, trees in our town increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of 
    business areas, and beautify our community; and 
    WHEREAS, trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal. 
    NOW, THEREFORE, the Mayor and Council of the Borough of Belmar do hereby proclaim April 
    28, 2017 as Arbor Day in the Borough of Belmar. And the Mayor and Council hereby urge all 
    citizens to celebrate Arbor Day and support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands and to 
    plant trees to gladden the heart and promote the well‐being of this and future generations.  

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 1:18 pm | Permalink
  24. Hmm? wrote:

    Last line of that Proclamation should read – But don’t forget your PERMIT.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 1:37 pm | Permalink
  25. Teddy Ehmann wrote:

    #1 Seashell, I have some background on this..In 2015 I brought attention to Council President, Brian Magovern a fraudulent check paid to Charlie Cavallo, D’Jais disc jockey for $500. approved by Tourism Commission for entertaining at a senior luncheon at which he never provided the services. Rather than taking it on my email and supporting documents. Not only did he not take care of it, my email and documents ended up in the hands of Belmar Police and criminal charges of “harassment” of Tourism Director were filed against me as Magovern watched me be bled of attorney fees for a year and the prosecutor drop the entire case just before trial. That is your Borough Council President. Joy went secretively around Belmar and raised thousands of dollars and surprised me with a check for my attorney fees. And that is Joy DeSanctis and so will ever be.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 2:50 pm | Permalink
  26. Anonymous wrote:

    I am not an emotional person but this almost made me cry.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 3:09 pm | Permalink
  27. Vote! wrote:

    #treegate Belmar

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 3:21 pm | Permalink
  28. madame.snark wrote:

    The Monarch Inn garden was planted by gnomes, permission granted by the gnome king by otherworldly decree. Magovern had nothing to do with it. Give the guy a break, he is too simple to have concocted that scheme, I mean, lovely tribute.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 4:06 pm | Permalink
  29. ms.nobody wrote:

    #27 I see the political ad already, like Phil Murphy’s reference to Christie’s Bridgegate. Blow it up, use it to take the mayor DOWN! And Brennan and the other stooges, too. (thanks)

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 4:15 pm | Permalink
  30. The Truth wrote:

    Josh you want votes ? You want everyone to know what we have known for years ? Copy and Paste the the last 15 min of last night meeting. Then just sit back and watch ! It’s that easy

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 5:40 pm | Permalink
  31. Anonymous wrote:

    A knowledgeable friend suggested filing OPRA requests for any and all Code Enforcement permit applications pertaining to tree plantings in Belmar during the past five (5) years and, if filed and if each applicant paid $15 for said permits when were said applications approved by Council?

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 6:35 pm | Permalink
  32. admin wrote:

    We’re one step ahead of you

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:01 pm | Permalink
  33. Guest wrote:

    All of those sheep sitting on that dias should be ashamed of themselves. Evil, just downright evil you all are.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:20 pm | Permalink
  34. Vote! wrote:

    #33 Sheep is a good word,embarrassment to women with Cancer.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 8:31 pm | Permalink
  35. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    Born, raised and lives on property without a tree makes the Shade Tree Commission leader a perfect misfit.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 9:02 pm | Permalink
  36. Anonymous wrote:

    Sandy killed his trees, maybe? Or, no trees to block Brian’s view?

    Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 9:59 pm | Permalink
  37. elemental wrote:

    Why keep looking for some redeeming qualities about that guy? He is just tainted and corrupt like the rest of the denizens of the dais. The council members are just following their leader, a puppet-master of manipulation who lacks a moral compass. The Taylor Pavilion blocks Magovern’s view more than any tree would. He knows what is best for Belmar, whether it is legal or not. Don’t forget that he actually said that. Brian does not need anyone to make him look bad; he does a good job doing that all by himself.

    Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8:17 am | Permalink
  38. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    I’m glad that Belmar doesn’t have a cemetery. Otherwise, the mayor would be out there stomping on graves.

    Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8:56 am | Permalink
  39. There’s left and there’s right
    There’s right and there’s wrong
    If we lived by the latter we’d all get along

    Friday, October 20, 2017 at 10:14 am | Permalink
  40. Linen wrote:

    The mayor is an embarrassment to his faith and Irish heritage.

    Friday, October 20, 2017 at 3:21 pm | Permalink
  41. A Voter 2 wrote:

    #40 No, he is a disgrace to the human race. The other cohorts should also be ashamed of themselves! How can they look at themselves in the mirror. Evil people!

    Friday, October 20, 2017 at 4:04 pm | Permalink
  42. alltunedup wrote:

    A few other points here.

    I can’t believe the mayor did this. What does a tree have to do with anything? The Lady is dead. She cannot do him anymore harm. There was absolutely nothing to gain from doing this.
    Brian had a chance to do the right thing and failed badly. All he had to do was go ahead and allow the tree to be planted on his own authority and that would have been the end of it. But he didn’t have what it takes to do the right thing.
    Lastly, the Coast Star reporter must have made the report, but I think her employer[s] squelched it. That newspaper used to be very good but anymore, it stinks.

    Friday, October 20, 2017 at 4:33 pm | Permalink
  43. A Democrat wrote:

    If the Mayor had any brains all he had to do was say sorry for the miscue I will straighten this out first thing tomorrow morning, and sorry for any misunderstanding. Unfortunately this Man has an ego bigger than Belmar.

    Friday, October 20, 2017 at 4:46 pm | Permalink
  44. callmecynical wrote:

    Any Coast Star reporter who reports the nasty details about what goes on here suddenly disappears. Gee, I wonder why? Does the mayor threaten the paper, to withdraw whatever the borough pays them to have public notices printed? As soon as any reporter sniffs out the dirt, poof, gone.

    Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:04 pm | Permalink
  45. Anonymous wrote:

    Hat’s off to Mike Seebeck. Sincerely asked Brian to do the right thing and make this all right. We know Matt will never allow it but at least the attempt was made. To Brian…man up buddy. Last thought, Mike Seebeck would make a great Mayor.

    Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:10 pm | Permalink
  46. Tap wrote:

    What about the mayor’s pet, Kathy from tapinto

    Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7:39 pm | Permalink
  47. anon wrote:

    Our always gracious mayor has shown his colors and they are an ugly hew. Such a shame that one who wishes to lead as a political stalwart has no grace about him but instead corrupts all those [read council] who are chained to him for reasons still unknown. Was Walsifer elected because he would speak out against such foolishness? Well good luck with that. And one suspects Brian would have gotten an earful at home in years past for condoning such vindictiveness.

    Friday, October 20, 2017 at 8:50 pm | Permalink
  48. ms.nobody wrote:

    Mike Seebeck is a gentleman amongst wolves. I thank him for his attempt to establish some good will.

    Friday, October 20, 2017 at 9:02 pm | Permalink
  49. Lawless wrote:

    Still waiting for Clair to defend this petty person. Clair even you can’t defend this . Please don’t respond your silence speaks volumes. Matt will let you know when to speak.

    Friday, October 20, 2017 at 9:21 pm | Permalink
  50. no mercy wrote:

    Claire is irrelevant.

    Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 9:28 am | Permalink
  51. Guest wrote:

    whar happened to people over politics?

    Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 8:11 pm | Permalink

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