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  1. guest 2 wrote:

    I just went on Rockport’s website. They have an entire section devoted to Financial Transparency. Very nice website.

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 8:18 am | Permalink
  2. OLD MAN wrote:

    All working class people? No rich or poor? Jerk

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 8:29 am | Permalink
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    I see another gift card type fiasco. Who is in charge of the money ???

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 8:38 am | Permalink
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Statement could have started with “Belmar will not charge…”
    This is all about Matt.

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 8:40 am | Permalink
  5. Guest wrote:

    There will be a speech tonight at the Borough Council Meeting where Matt Doherty will condemn this blog and all the right wing fanatics who post here. The criticism here Matt is of you and your never ending desire to have your ego stroked and not the good deed of helping the people of Rockport.

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 9:35 am | Permalink
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    Belmar is not a charitable organization and has no business collecting money. Anything for media coverage.

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 9:43 am | Permalink
  7. Guest wrote:

    I highly doubt that the wannabe Imperial Leaders actions are actually legal.

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 9:49 am | Permalink
  8. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    not to be confused with “Belmar Cares” …. a local cancer support group.

    btw- Belmar has 2 other Sister Cities …. Balbriggan, Ireland and Pass Christian, Miss. …. is the family helping?

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 9:51 am | Permalink
  9. Handout for everyone wrote:

    Will we be adopting the working class people of any of the islands about to be ravaged by hurricane Irma. Or how bout the Florida hardworking middle class families about to be effected? While a good natured thought to help people does the borough of belmar have the legal right to stop revenue into the borough or utility to ask people to donate instead. The beach utility whether legal or not off sets the municipal tax base. That police car responding to a call – probably from the beach utility. The DPW truck. Probably a beach utility paid truck. Etc etc. this suspension of “income” seems to be an agreegious abuse of one mans power in town that has once again cost the Borough a lot of money

    The new public safety building could not be more poorly built and leaks like a sieve. Walls and paint already buckling. Doors and windows leaking.

    The borough should have charged for entrance and parking to the beach Monday. The only good weather day of the holiday. They could have had fundraising boxes as well.

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 11:56 am | Permalink
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    About to get blasted with Irma….he needs to speak about that

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 12:09 pm | Permalink
  11. Hmmm? wrote:

    Who were the money counters?

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 12:31 pm | Permalink
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    #11: Probably the same bonded Borough of Belmar Employees who secured the Shop Rite Donation Cards after Sandy.

    Check the Belmar theft claims filed from Sandy for accounting of donations.

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 12:46 pm | Permalink
  13. Guest wrote:

    #11 – The same people who counted the ShopRite Gift Cards!

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 12:47 pm | Permalink
  14. callmecynical wrote:

    I doubt that the gift cards were even counted, just signed for at the first delivery and not logged in by who gets what series of card numbers. “One for you, two for me…”

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 1:54 pm | Permalink
  15. Matt is stupid wrote:

    both towns lost out. we lost income, few if any sent the money to #Harvey. It was a stupid idea. When can we vote him out?

    Wednesday, September 6, 2017 at 8:47 am | Permalink
  16. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #12, 13, 14-Wrong, Wrong, Wrong. I was councilwoman during Sandy and can tell you that the Shop Rite Gift cards were given to individuals/families who were in dire need of them. I can attest to this. The constant harangue about the injustices surrounding the supposed gift-card cheating is hurtful and unending. One for for you? Record-keeping should have happened, but the times were hectic and demanding. Yet You three couldn’t be more off base. The people who received the cards were able to feed their children. They know this, and I know this. Residents who hated my politics received assistance throughout Sandy…..didn’t matter. All who needed help got it…to the best of my ability to serve them. What joy do you get, 12,13, and 14, by continuing to wallow in hate over the cards? Your remarks and insinuations are untrue, and extremely hurtful….especially to those who were in dire need of the cards, and received them. It was a tumultuous time in Belmar’s history-needs of residents coming to us-the council members and Belmar staff-in all directions. Yet you three-12, 13, and 14.,,,continue to perpetuate hate over the matter. There were times when I said to myself…..can we get through this?Can we help all who need help?
    People coming into the relief center crying in distress over their losses-people in need of Shop Rite gift cards to feed their children. Yet you three-12, 13, and 14…cowardly using anonymous titles-continue to post wrongly about the Shop Rite gift cards. You have no souls.

    Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 11:41 am | Permalink
  17. Anonymous wrote:

    16 – You are delusional. Sincerely, Anonymous

    Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 1:01 pm | Permalink
  18. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #17-Delusional? That’s the best hit you can come up with? Not very original… obviously can’t comprehend the written Word: I WAS THERE! CAN’T YOU READ? Delusional about people being upset about their losses? Delusional about parents needing food cards to feed their children? You are weak, stupid,cowardly and heartless…What is it about the gravity of the disaster that you can’t comprehend?

    Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 1:33 pm | Permalink
  19. ALL TRUMPED UP wrote:

    #12, 13, 14 and 17, bravo. #9, you are %100 correct. Where does the Ruler get off deciding what charities our tax revenues should be spent on. How bout ANTIFA or Black Lives Matter or the BSA (Boy Scouts of America). Perhaps I should decide where you spend my money. People, PLEASE, vote these clowns out of office. Enough already with his EGO.

    Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 2:58 pm | Permalink
  20. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #19-Denial of what happened during Sandy……. a coward calling it delusional….and you agreeing with it demonstrates that you just want your opposition to look bad-continuing to wallow in hate…..and changing what actually happened post Sandy…one the most devastating events in borough history …. concocting stories of how the Shop Rite gift cards were distributed without any proof or knowledge. You are shallow with your desire to play along with the position of people in the hate camp….even if the position bears no merit. It’s like peer pressure among teens.

    Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 4:10 pm | Permalink
  21. callmecynical wrote:

    And $10,000 (more or less) of the gift cards that allegedly disappeared during the delivery from Borough Hall to the school down the street went where exactly? A crisis is no excuse for sloppy record keeping, especially for a governmental entity.

    Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 4:48 pm | Permalink
  22. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #21-Missing the point entirely……you’re hopeless…..end of story. Wasn’t $10,000 more or less..not even in the ballpark…way overstated (on purpose, I’m sure) are another person who has no idea of what people endured, what they needed, what others did to help……no excuse for sloppy record keeping? Are you cruel….or also just plain stupid? The bottom line is people who needed food for their families received the Shop Rite gift cards…….regardless of the “sloppy record keeping.” A crisis is no excuse for sloppy record keeping ? Do you know how inane that sounds? Let’s keep going after them ….is your mentality…..people were able to feed their children, but that doesn’t matter to you. Keep thinking that there was cheating going on..what does that do for you? Does that give you pleasure? We don’t know who they are….the masses of residents who were assisted during post Sandy……in many ways…. their names may not have been recorded…..including the gift card recipients..but those who were involved know in their hearts that residents didn’t have to go hungry during that horrific time. ..Can you grasp that concept??

    Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 5:21 pm | Permalink
  23. Guest wrote:

    I think I’ll make some popcorn and sit back and watch since this thread is about to get interesting.

    Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 5:36 pm | Permalink
  24. #dd wrote:

    It all sounds frivolous if ask me. Just like every time he violates a citizen civil rights . Can’t wait to watch the Salt suit take him down. Gift cards will be small patatoes campared to racketeering. Hope good people don’t go down for following the fraud.

    Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 6:59 pm | Permalink
  25. Anonymous wrote:

    Please, please wake up. There is no way you can sit there and say times were hectic and that resulted in crappy book keeping. Let me ask you, at what meeting did you and the mayor discuss the idea to purchase these gift cards and set guidelines for the whole program PRIOR to the purchase of them ? Can’t remember it ever happening. Doherty has one motive for everything… media ! What can he possibly bring to the table in Texas ??? Nothing ! There are plenty of experts down there- they don’t need him. He’s a joke.

    Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 8:04 pm | Permalink
  26. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #23-Great that you find this exchange amusing! Sense of humor is a good thing.Lightens things up!Popcorn is always enjoyable-I like mine with lots of butter!

    Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 8:28 pm | Permalink
  27. Anonymous wrote:

    Anybody wondering if Shop Rite donated any $$$ to doughty for Rockport?

    Thursday, September 7, 2017 at 10:20 pm | Permalink
  28. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #25-You are another one dimensional thinker showing a total lack of understanding. And grasping at straws, I might add. The decision was made early on to distribute Shop Rite gift cards to individuals struggling in the wake of Sandy. Did it require a council vote? No, according to what I investigated after your remarks were posted. Ever hear of using discretion in times of disasters? Were you in the thick of things during Sandy? Did you assist with the recovery in any way? My message is repetitive because it has to be-given comments like yours. Record keeping takes priority over urgency? Skewed thinking, to say the least. What is The mayor bringing to the table in Texas? $60,00 last I heard. Could the money have been sent in another way? Sure-he’s going on a mission of good will and understanding. Your sensitivities are lacking in so many ways. Your mentality is akin to the rest of the anonymous contributors….let’s get the mayor-let’s continue to beat him down even when he does good-let’s make the Shop Rite gift card an issue forever and ever-let’s minimize the many acts of charity this mayor and council have overseen in recent years. Your remarks, and others like them, are all about maintaining a level of hate in our community. What can you, sir or madam, possibly know of the pace of relief during post? Talk about sheep just going along.. You lead the herd!

    Friday, September 8, 2017 at 9:42 am | Permalink
  29. Anonymous wrote:

    Boring balderdash flubberdub.

    Friday, September 8, 2017 at 7:59 pm | Permalink
  30. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #29….Boring ( not beauty) is in the eye of the beholder. About your comment: what a cop out…you can’t respond intelligently, so you make up words . This is your best shot at challenging my thoughts? Brilliant! This time I condone the use of the title of anonymous…who would ever submit such nonsense under their actual name? I understand completely. Why embarrass yourself? Remaining anonymous is the way to go in this situation. At the very least, you could have used rhyming words. Would have shown a modicum of Intelligence .

    Friday, September 8, 2017 at 10:14 pm | Permalink
  31. Kevin Bacon wrote:

    All is well!

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 12:46 am | Permalink
  32. Terry Pierce wrote:

    Claire. I will give you my take of the gift cards. When I was living in Absecon with son and family and you called me when I was down there to see how I was doing. I thought that was very nice of you.That said I want to give you my experience with the gift cards. When I arrived talking to different people I heard my first stories of the gift cards. I asked and was told they were given $500.00 cards
    And they were available at the Boro hall and went to get one. clerk #1 told me I wasn’t on the list and she couldn’t give me one and turned me over to the Boro Clerk who explained I wasn’t on her list and also could’ have one. Who do I talk to next and I was told the Boro Administrator but I would have to make an appointment. So I did.
    I arrived with my accumulated paper electric bills with zero balances and explained why Inwas there in case she missed the original visit. After seeing my bills with 0 usage she informed me that I probably turned the meter off my self. Twice my meters were removed both were returned after an inspection because I was the 3rd house away from the fire that after being turned on we were shut off by JCP&L. Well I have a friend who works there I will call her and get back to you. She never did. My
    Theory was and still is if I supported
    the administration that was in I would have had gift cards and if I had I would have had the same gift cards everyone else around here had. So I didn’t go back to the Boro Administer I
    Took my papers to an attorney to get a second opinion. The bills were good he said it was political he said. You might consider going back with a recorder and tape the next meeting and
    Things might be different. That I didn’t want to do and I left it go. Then I read and hear what happened with the people and the house over on the point and decided that that was not a deal that I would want anything to do with so I let it go. I have been in this house for 54 years with 4 years on the other side of the lake and felt I
    Should have been entitled to a card. This is true and fact with no lies or
    embellishment. Maybe there was a side you were never exposed to. I do not know how you missed the names that those of us that were not supporting and thrilled with our mayor and read about in the papers and heard them at meetings. That is when I stopped going to the meetings. When you are a resident of a town and pay your taxes
    And when you are alone battleing survival in the mess that was up here I
    listened to my oldest child and went south to get away from it. It was wrong
    and the incident never should have happened. But it is done and whether you believe everyone is picking on the mayor it may not necessarily be the case.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:09 am | Permalink
  33. Guest wrote:

    #33 – in Belmar you have to Pay to Play.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:59 am | Permalink
  34. SEASHELL wrote:

    The reason people want to remain anonymous is for fear of repercussions. If you speak out against the mayor and are not a supporter, you’re considered a hater. This blog gives people a forum to express their opinions. Come this November, and next November, the people will have an opportunity to speak out with their votes and will be anonymous no more.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 9:06 am | Permalink
  35. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Terry-So sorry that you endured that horrible experience with the Shop Rite Gift Cards. That said, I was happy to help you. Whatever you asked of me in the line of assistance during post Sandy I delivered. I think there was some issue with the front of your property (?) post Sandy. Jen Nicolay assisted you with a specific concern as well. As I recall, we were going to do lunch, remember? That said, since you and I were in communication at the time, why didn’t you mention the gift card situation to me? I would have ensured you a card. I always deliver-you know me long enough to realize that.Or as Katrina initiated about me in an earlier post, “it’s who ya know”.Does politics enter into the Shop Rite gift card issue as you and your attorney assert? Don’t know. But in all other problem solving during post Sandy it did not. As I mentioned in an earlier post, residents who loathed me and my politics during Sandy were served, as was the case with Jen Nicolay, and as was the case with other council members.
    With regard to the Mayor being “picked on,” as you put it. Even the smallest bit of good will that he has carried out has been criticized and over analyzed . Think what you will about him, but he’s done some good things for Belmar. The criticisms/comments about him on this blog are mind-boggling. True, it’s the right of every American citizen to state their opinions. But his outreaches to residents in need are too many to cite. Matt’s basement suffered thousands of dollars of damage during Sandy. It sat that way for months after… before he even began to deal with it..until he was satisfied that Belmar was well on its way to recovery. I think he had his priorities straight.He lived in the relief center for two weeks-never returning home. He was out in the field helping residents clean up their properties. How do I know this? I witnessed this. Yet all he got was constant badgering and criticism with every decision he made during that time frame.
    I do know that the Shop Rite gift cards were given to those in need… this is factual. Whatever else happened with the cards passed me by. As far as your comment about the meetings-I’m not clear on your meaning. Please clarify. Thanks for your input and response to my commentary.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10:50 am | Permalink
  36. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #34-I was waiting for a response like yours-it’s predictable. Shows weakness. Fearful of repercussions? Laughable. If you’re strong in your convictions, put a face on it-don’t remain faceless. Another way to look at it-faceless people can say any darn thing they want-and get away with it. Child-like. Heed the words of my favorite historical figure-Winston Churchill:
    “You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life.”
    Glad you are exercising your right to vote-good for you! Retaining your identify while voting is a good start… at long last regaining the courage of your convictions! Go down the yellow brick road with the cowardly lion and find courage.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 11:21 am | Permalink
  37. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #34-Seashell.. more thoughts for you. Some of your faceless people post disparaging remarks about the mayor’s character-not caring that the mayor’s children might be exposed to these words. You might say, maybe they don’t see the comments that abase their father. But you never know-someone at school could say,”Hey,I read about your Dad on Common Sense for Belmar.”
    The situation puts me in mind of when the mayor’s house was picketed a year ago August. Horrible words about the mayor were written on those signs. No one cared that his children could have, at any time, come from their house and read them. Our two Florida Friends were almost jumping for joy-gleeful that the demonstration was being pulled off. They could care less about the children. The administrator found out that one of the children wasn’t home at the time, and one was too young to read..he posted this..I guess justifying that all was fine Really? That makes it OK? No one knew this at the time of the protest. When I approached the administrator,face-to-face, the father of two daughters,and asked what he thought about the incident… he had little to say…..but I sensed that he had second thoughts and was sort of sorry.
    I adored my father, and would have been devastated if I experienced this scenario. Dads are idolized by their children. Demonstrations are fine….but keep it on topic…what you disagree with, or what you think is wrong with the mayor’s policies or decisions. And don’t use anonymous to hurt children by hurling “nothing to have do with anything” hateful, personal remarks about anyone.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 2:36 pm | Permalink
  38. admin wrote:

    The mayor brings this all upon himself. If he wants to be a public person, and in his case public to the extreme where every week he has a new stunt to bring attention to himself, he can’t complain about having critics. And if you had the impression I was sorry that was the wrong impression.

    BTW, this is the same mayor who, at a public meeting, accused Mike Seebeck of being a child stalker because he was trying to document campaign violations. You were sitting right next to him so you should remember.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 2:50 pm | Permalink
  39. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Dave-Thanks for posting my comments, even though we don’t see eye-to-eye (usually).I believe you missed my point. It has to do with his children. How are his children to blame? Because he’s a public figure? At the time of the demonstration at his home, his children were 11, 7 and a year old. Sorry about Mr. Seebeck, especially if his children were impacted. But that may have been at a time when parents of under-aged children had to give permission for their children to be photographed . It’s always about the children, and what’s best for them. don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want grandchildren to be photographed unknowinly. Sneaking around with a camera to get proof? I’m sure you’ll agree, as the father of two daughters. And by the way,

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 3:30 pm | Permalink
  40. And by the way, you were sorry about the damning remarks about the mayor at the picket fest…you all but said so, nodding your head in agreement with me when I said that horrific remarks about the mayor were uncalled for in light of his children possibly being at home….that’s why I said “sort of…” you didn’t pay lip service to my thinking…..just nodding in the affirmative.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 3:36 pm | Permalink
  41. A Voter 2 wrote:

    #38 Admin , I agree with you the Mayor brought and brings the criticism due to his own actions.

    The gift cards perhaps were given out legitimately I cant say one way or the other i was not there, however there is no excuse for lack of fiduciary responsibility, and lack of accounting for the cards shows a lack of organization, as well as ethics. The voters were not sued and lost for violating civil rights, the Mayor was. If the Mayor is found guilty on the new federal case what excuse will be given for that?

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 3:41 pm | Permalink
  42. Perhaps parents didn’t care for Mr. Seebeck sneaking around with a camera, taking pictures of their young people. That’s what I got out of the situation. I wouldn’t have wanted my children (when they were young) photographed for political purposes,or for any reason, without my knowledge. How about you? The Mayor brings things on himself? So his children could possibly be witness to character assassinations about their beloved father? How come you didn’t specifically refer to my remarks about the children? See, you do agree with me!Deep down, you’re thinking of your own children…not wanting them ever to be hurt… the mayor’s could be…with public words of attacks on his character.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 3:50 pm | Permalink
  43. admin wrote:

    It was one parent, a Democratic candidate for Council. And the New Jersey Election Enforcement Commission had asked Mike to document what he was complaining to them about.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 4:01 pm | Permalink
  44. #41-If you weren’t there, how can you comment in the negative about the gift cards? you have no idea of the immediate needs of residents at that time. Sure, records should have been kept, but they weren’t. As an insider at the time, there were reasons for this-urgency of needs of residents and their children. I give up-people will stay in the negative no matter what.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 3:57 pm | Permalink
  45. admin wrote:

    The letter telling Jim Bean that $19,000 worth of cards went to the school was a lie.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 4:03 pm | Permalink
  46. A Voter 2 wrote:

    #44 You did not read my comment carefully. You apparently have no idea what fiduciary responsibility or ethics are. Your complaints about negative comments are without merit. You are entitled to your opinions but you cannot make up your own facts. Go to the State of NJ and Municipality Ethics and you will see what Fiduciary responsibility is.The municipalities money must be accounted for, there is no excuse for it.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 4:23 pm | Permalink
  47. ms.perspicacity wrote:

    #46 Bravo! Why drag children into the discussion but to divert and distract. Let’s move on, after all, there is Hurricane Irma to deal with now. Fundraiser, Mr. Mayor?

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 4:45 pm | Permalink
  48. Guest wrote:

    44 — and you will continue to pour & drink the kool-aid!

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 6:01 pm | Permalink
  49. #46-Wonderful commentary! I know what those terms mean-you don’t have an understanding of what I was attempting to point out, Mr or Ms of superior intelligence. No excuses? You have no idea where I’m coming from…..what people endured, and what people/council/mayor did to help those suffering after Sandy. Fiduciary and ethics? Tell that to the people who were hurting..whose needs were immediate.Come down from your high horse….oh ye high and mighty…you sound like a pompous person with no empathy for people. Who said facts? ……I stated that people needed help…is that factual enough for you? To follow your words, you have no understanding of the word “empathy.” (obviously) Great that you’re using a hidden identity-tells me you have little faith in yourself. Afraid of repercussions? Get a backbone with the words fiduciary and ethics on it.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:22 pm | Permalink
  50. #47-My dear friend Ms.Perspicacity….after long last-we meet again! When I was in college I had great fun dancing to the tune,”Twist and Shout..” You must have danced to the same tune. Bringing children into it to distract? Do you have children? If so, would you want to have them exposed to what the mayor’s children have probably already been exposed to? If so, keep twisting and shouting.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:27 pm | Permalink
  51. #45-Gee, administrator-now the amount is $19,000.One of your compatriots recently posted on this blog that it was $10,000. Which is it? Soon we’ll be reading a figure possibly in excess of the #19,000.
    Kool Aid Person#48-you’ve been using the same line since dinosaurs roamed the earth. Use your limited imagination and get a new saying. I can also understand why you use an alias-you realize how dull and boring you sound. I’d use an alias too if I sounded like you.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 7:45 pm | Permalink
  52. admin wrote:

    Jim Bean was told that the Borough sent $19,500 worth of cards to the school when in fact they had gotten only 10,000. About $9000 worth of the cards were never accounted for.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 8:53 pm | Permalink
  53. ms.perspicacity wrote:

    #51: $19,500 minus 10,000 = $9,500. $9,500 is “more or less” of $10,000. I give you credit for your “twist and shout”. You are truly a mistress of the twist. All hail Chubby Checker! Children have nothing to do with the missing gift cards, although you would argue they they do. I saw no beggar children on the street between Borough Hall and the school.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 9:26 pm | Permalink
  54. Claire Deicke wrote:

    I’ll go back and check my saved notes. This matter was tried in court. If I recall correctly, other than a mention of insufficient record-keeping, there were no charges brought Against borough employees. The judge obviously understood what I’ve been stating on this blog over and over again. Guess the judge waved the fiduciary aspect, #44. He got that Super Storm Sandy devastated our town and our residents, and immediate needs had to be met.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 9:50 pm | Permalink
  55. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    I’m thankful for the fruit and nutrition bars available @ borough hall after Sandy. Also, the Red Cross had a food truck in front of BES serving a Dinty Moore type beef stew to the peoples …. the stew was OK and met nutritional needs.
    I was unaware there were Shop Rite gift cards for voters. Otherwise, it would have been Beef Wellington.

    Saturday, September 9, 2017 at 10:23 pm | Permalink
  56. admin wrote:

    To refresh our memories:

    Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 4:26 am | Permalink
  57. ms.perspicacity wrote:

    Thanks, Admin, for posting the link in #56. This provides an opportunity for catching up for anyone who has not kept informed about what is going on in Belmar. The articles at the end of the piece are enlightening and clicking on one leads to more, some different, at the end of each article. Only if this information were available in the Coast Star and Asbury Park Press! How so many can still blindly support this mayor amazes me and confirms that some people are desperate for a leader because they will not think for themselves and analyze the facts. Pure party politics at its worst. Donkey or elephant? Doesn’t matter if the skull is devoid of a brain.

    Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 8:09 am | Permalink
  58. A Voter 2 wrote:

    #44 They were lucky not getting charged. There is no other municipality in NJ that had a problem with accounting for money, nor no other municipality’s Mayor was found guilty of violating civil rights. What does matter is when your buddy Mr. Brennan is voted out of office!

    Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 8:28 am | Permalink
  59. Anonymous wrote:

    Missing, mismanagement of $ is the issue.

    Distracting, wringing of hands does not obviate the theft during a “disaster”.

    Rockport’s personnel probably learned from Belmar’s lack of security.

    Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 9:05 am | Permalink
  60. Guest wrote:

    55 – You were probably “overlooked” because you were already registered to vote.

    Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 9:57 am | Permalink
  61. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Dave-Thanks for posting the link about Shop Rite gift cards. Backs up my earlier comments.
    Ms Perspicacity-Correct-children have nothing to do with gift cards….they have to do with reading words of character assassination about their beloved father. This came up earlier on this blog….I responded that people, with anonymous titles, write horrible things about the mayor-their children, probably, know about and have read them. If you have issues with the mayor’s decisions or politics, then submit those. I also cited the picket demonstration at the mayor’s house last summer. Horrific insults hurled at the mayor by way of picket signs….with his children possibly at home. Administrator thinks this is OK…or so he now says-that the mayor brought these things on himself. Consideration for the children? Don’t they always come first in our lives? Shouldn’t we consider the feelings of children? Maybe not-according to commentators on this blog….not according to those who oppose him-the mayor gets what he deserves, according to Dave-the heck with the kids! They’re collateral damage….these are the messages coming from this blog…I appeal to the administrator to consider his role as a loving father-and not publish insults about the mayor that spew hate on a personal level. Be a mench, Dave….publish what you will about town issues…..leave it at that.

    Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 1:29 pm | Permalink
  62. callmecynical wrote:

    If I had a fundraiser at my house, invited many strangers and knew that, at the time, I had some political opponents who would demonstrate, I would have made a point of not having my children at home. But that’s me. Mr. Doherty, the loving father, apparently did not mind that the demonstrators may have an impact upon his family, because, I believe, that he just wanted to raise a big stink about the protesters by his house. Then get people to complain about the thoughtlessness of the picketers. And, to boot, he and Mr. Gopal used the kid of 17 years of age with the sign to create more publicity. Who does not care about kids? Really.

    Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2:19 pm | Permalink
  63. Guest wrote:

    62 – BINGO!

    Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2:39 pm | Permalink
  64. callmecynical wrote:

    One more thing (sounding like Detective Columbo here), if the Councilwoman with two young children is concerned about protecting children, why does she continue to align herself with a dubious character like Belmar’s lawless mayor and possibly be found complicit in the Harmon mess, among other things? What if she is found guilty in the lawsuit and faces some type of punishment? Gee, kids, these bad people hate mommy and want to hurt her?

    Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 2:55 pm | Permalink
  65. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #62-Your faceless title suits you…I’ll add my own Really?? with two question marks. So let’s get this straight….the kids should be removed from the comfort zone? Perhaps the children weren’t home…who knows? But wouldn’t any one of the picketers who just about bursting with joy and glee over their accomplishments of pulling off insults at a home…couldn’t they stop and think …let’s not be too hurtful/hateful with the children home? I’m guessing your cold remarks occur because you aren’t a parent.By the way, I never heard the mayor complain about the rude remarks of the protesters. I did . Also. that 17 year old you referenced apologized for his behavior…admitting that he was paid off to picket…not sure, but didn’t of the other picketers come forward and state they were paid off with Beer? I’m guessing thatthe two gentlemen who organized the protest who were practically dizzy with happiness that they pulled off the event….conducted the pay-offs. Back up to your statement…”Who does not care about kids? Really? Let ‘s go with picket organizers who used young people for their own gain. You know very well that the Florida gentlemen retained those young people to participate…who cares about the youth?? So it all begin with hiring of young people by your fellow opposition members.,

    Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 3:04 pm | Permalink
  66. admin wrote:

    Totally untrue. The Florida gentlemen had nothing to do with those young people showing up.

    Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 3:09 pm | Permalink
  67. Guest wrote:

    #65 – Like your ilk you continue to toss out untruths and deceit with the hopes that the good folks of Belmar may believe some of it. Fortunately the people here don’t seem to be buying your nonsense.

    Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 6:08 pm | Permalink
  68. callmecynical wrote:

    #67 Unfortunately she has probably misled many with the mayor’s propaganda.

    Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 7:55 pm | Permalink
  69. Claire Deicke wrote:

    The Floridians organized the picket line..were the ones who alerted borough hall to the event….#67-You really don’t believe those things about me..if you did you’d “man up” and use your actual name . Go back to what Winston Churchill said…something like…”You have enemies ? Good. That means you stood for something, sometime in your life.” And I might add.. You are an extremely bitter and unhappy person. Hope you find joy soon!

    Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 8:18 pm | Permalink
  70. Claire Deicke wrote:

    69-Don’t think so…misled people? Not my reputation..people have approached me…residents who are Democrats and Republicans…asking me to run for council.again..not vocal Dem party members…people would be smart enough to figure out if they are being misled.Don’t you have confidence that people can decide for themselves? The only time I spew my beliefs is when I am on this blog. People appreciated my efforts on their behalf when I served on council. Influenced by propaganda? I’m not weak-minded. In the meantime..all of you faceless experts..find some guts and identify yourselves.

    Sunday, September 10, 2017 at 8:27 pm | Permalink
  71. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Thanks, Dave..for continuing to post my thoughts…even though they’re contrary to yours. Best of luck to your daughters as they embark on yet another academic year. I’m signing off now. Done posting on recent topics. Claire

    Monday, September 11, 2017 at 8:15 am | Permalink
  72. An Observation wrote:

    Very comical to see the comments trying to make the Mayor look good meantime, they (liberal Democrats) have said much nastier things about President Trump. Anyone that disagrees with their point of view is faceless, etc, etc. Your hypocritical comments are noted.

    Monday, September 11, 2017 at 9:48 am | Permalink
  73. Claire Deicke wrote:

    I know I said I was done posting-but,much to the chagrin of all of you-I am compelled to respond to the last comment.
    What does Trump have to do with me? You don’t know my thoughts about Trump….although he did not receive my vote for the presidency, I was impressed with his presence in Texas post-Harvey. He and Mrs. Trump were packing cars with supplies. And the President’s conversation with a young boy who suffered from the hurricane.. was sincere. Although the conservation footage was short with no audio, the President’s body language was apparent. He genuinely cared. I like seeing that compassionate side of our President Trump. Boy, you really reached deep into your negative thoughts. I mentioned the following once before. My adored parents were VERY conservative Republicans. I always respected their point of view, although different from mine.(They were great because they raised me to be my own person-they didn’t criticize me for crossing the aisle politically.) And my faceless term refers to individuals who don’t use their real names when posting. We don’t know who they are-ergo, we don’t know their faces. Boy, are you mixed up! But, although not attempting to be funny-glad you used the word “comical” when describing my comments. The laughs you experienced will help you relax, and hopefully put you in a better frame of mind.

    Monday, September 11, 2017 at 12:42 pm | Permalink
  74. An Observation wrote:

    #73 For some reason it really bothers you that people do not use their name when criticizing Matt. As a political figure he will get criticism for his misdeeds, and it is your choice to try to defend him and it is the first amendment that allows people to criticize you. Your last comment proves my point, you will try to demean or deflect any comments.My point was it seems Democrat liberals seem to call people names if they disagree with their point of view.

    Monday, September 11, 2017 at 3:57 pm | Permalink
  75. Anonymous wrote:

    The reason people do not use their names is that the Mayor and Democratic Council Members are not trustworthy. Numerous lawsuits and being found guilty of civil rights, come on is this Russia? They have another very serious lawsuit in Federal Court. Name another town in NJ that the Mayor and Council have been sued??? I guess i am a “faceless” nogoodski. Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.

    Monday, September 11, 2017 at 4:22 pm | Permalink
  76. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #74-nothing bothers me. I’m too old to let trivial matters such as your anger bother me. Why can’t I respond to comments directed at me when they are off base? You assumed ( you know what they say about the word “assume”!) that I’m a liberal who says bad things about Trump…that’s not me. You’re stretching your anger to the limits. #Name calling? Check yourself…you don’t practice what you preach.. Hypocritical? Not moi. #75-Sticks and stones? Faceless , to me, are those who don’t wish to be identified. But make of it what you will! #74-What bothers me is people like you…so full of hate! My wish for you is peace and happiness. You’ll have a better life!

    Monday, September 11, 2017 at 6:31 pm | Permalink
  77. ALL TRUMPED UP wrote:

    You gotta love people that start out their first post on a thread with “your remarks and insinuations are untrue and extremely hurtful”. They then continue on to call others just plain STUPID, COWARD, SHALLOW and HOPELESS, just to name a few. With insinuations such as “you obviously can’t comprehend the written word”. NOW THAT… is both hateful and hypocritical, as expected, no surprises there. Pass the popcorn with butter, PLEASE.

    Monday, September 11, 2017 at 6:58 pm | Permalink
  78. Anonymous wrote:

    #77 You are correct. The best part is people that disagree now have anger issues, most amusing comment so far.

    Monday, September 11, 2017 at 9:53 pm | Permalink
  79. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Hey…I’m just exercising my first amendment rights…isn’t that what is often stated/claimed on this blog? Hate? Go back a bit and examine what prompted my remarks..check out the tone of your blog friends..Congratulations, #77, on your ability to make a list and recite my words!! Bravo!! Single-mindedness is not s becoming feature…broaden your scope. By the way, how many aliases do you use? I’m guessing at least two. Isn’t it more fun to be yourself? Let’s go for 100 comments. We’ll now be up to 79! IM hanging in…going for 100! I’ll match you word-for-word . Hang in there with me..going for the goal of 100 comments! I think we’ll set a new record!!

    Monday, September 11, 2017 at 10:43 pm | Permalink
  80. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #78-happy that I continue to amuse!
    #77-you forgot to add faceless to your list!

    Monday, September 11, 2017 at 11:33 pm | Permalink
  81. Anonymous wrote:

    Lets all Just ignore her, she enjoys the attention.

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 8:48 am | Permalink
  82. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #81-You figured me out! Revel in the attention! That’s why I continue to respond. Does this mean you’re not on board with reaching 100 comments?

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 5:28 pm | Permalink
  83. Claire Deicke wrote:

    82 comments…only 18 to go!

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 5:33 pm | Permalink
  84. admin wrote:

    I have to stop them at 99. Can’t handle 3 digits.

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 6:32 pm | Permalink
  85. Anonymous wrote:

    Oh no, whatever will we do? Can another post be created to allow Claire to continue to bloviate? I believe we would be remiss if she could not continue.

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 7:52 pm | Permalink
  86. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Dave-Sounds great! You get the fun part of my meanderings…or if this is true-about not being able to do three digits (technology?), I’ll settle for 99!

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 8:03 pm | Permalink
  87. Riled up and down wrote:

    Three ring circus minus two. Ho hum, now we must be dumb and behave.

    To be revealed. MIGHT is the operative word in Belmar. Better known as THREAT.

    You’ll all find out soon enough students.

    Tuesday, September 12, 2017 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

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