Skip to content

Is It Just Me?

Or are you uneasy about who the “major sponsors”  for the Mayor’s Ball were?

Gibbons P.C. is the $450/hour law firm defending the Borough and about a dozen Borough officials from the Kapalko and Harmon brothers lawsuits.

Mc Manimon & Scotland is our redevelopment attorney and has also served as our Borough Attorney and as a trial attorney for the Borough.

Maser Consulting is our Borough engineer.

Chefs International.

Coastal Kitchens.  (This one doesn’t make me uneasy….yet.)

IBEW 400

Mark Woszczak is a mechanical  contractor who has done probably millions of dollars of work for the Borough.  Some of it was “emergency” work that required no public bid.

I OPRAed information on how much each of these sponsors gave but was told the Borough government doesn’t have a record of that.  I did, however, obtain a copy of the application to rent the pavilion if you want to see it:


  1. Anonymous wrote:

    So the agreement is between the Mayor’s Ball Committee(who’s that) and the borough. So is the Mayor’s Ball Committee a registered charity ? I would think they must be to be able to collect and distribute money.

    Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 8:57 am | Permalink
  2. G4 wrote:

    Coastal kitchen is owned by Belmar developer Barry DePeppe. Contractors Ball is a better name.

    Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 9:55 am | Permalink
  3. admin wrote:

    Is the business owned by DePeppe or is he just the landlord?
    Update: Coastal Kitchens owned by Barry DePeppe.

    Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 9:59 am | Permalink
  4. Guest wrote:

    Shameless, absolutely and totally shameless. Time to amend the boroughs pay to play laws to includes these activities also.

    Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 11:08 am | Permalink
  5. Guest wrote:

    “The Mayors Pay-to-Play Ball”

    Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 11:10 am | Permalink
  6. Tulip wrote:

    What happened to the 6-10 pm hours they were advertising as the hours for the ball with a Bon fire on the beach and
    Casual dress?

    Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 11:20 am | Permalink
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    Do you honestly think that the host’s attire isn’t casual? He rivals Brennan

    Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 12:02 pm | Permalink
  8. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    New Jersey keeps a searchable database of legit charities…

    Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 12:23 pm | Permalink
  9. elemental wrote:

    If someone who donated big bucks to this event showed up dressed inappropriately, whatever that may be, do you think he or she would be turned away? I think not. It’s all about the money and influence. If someone had arrived on a surf board and walked in, if he donated enough, now that would be beach casual. I hate to admit, but the mayor’s outfit looked pretty nice to me.

    Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 12:37 pm | Permalink
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    Here’s the problem, the mayor can award a borough contract based on how much each of these businesses have given to sponsor the Mayor’s Ball.

    Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 12:53 pm | Permalink
  11. guests wrote:

    I thought the space could only hold 200 people??

    Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 1:02 pm | Permalink
  12. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    #11 …. entire structure occupancy is limited to 121 each sex by plumbing code.

    Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 2:45 pm | Permalink
  13. #dd wrote:

    #9 did you see his shoes ? Looks like a . His underwear comment just shows his lack of class. It’s no wonder his neighboring town want nothing to do with him. Can someone please tell me. What other town in the history of the jersey shore had to do a Val Pak Coupon to get people to the beach ? For everyone that says the town never looked better , I suggest you drive upto Payone Plaza this Saturday anytime after 10am and take a picture . Oh let me know how long it takes you to park. We can discuss afterwards at Benny’s Pizza oh snap no longer there. The Town is Mess , let’s build more units and see how that works out . What harm could another 125 units have on the town.

    Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 6:16 pm | Permalink
  14. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    Is it true there was a table with Kato Kaelin, Paula Jones, Tanya Harding,the billary clinton, Joey Battafuco, Monica Lewinsky and Matt? For a small donation you could have sat with them and had your picture taken with that interesting group.

    Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 6:47 pm | Permalink
  15. Anonymous wrote:

    Take a good look at the application. Colleen was the applicant and she was the person who ok’d the application. The application is incomplete in many ways-including insurance info. It wasn’t even signed by the applicant ! Safe to say that any other applicant would have been denied the use of Taylor Pavilion. Here lies the problem. If Colleen, as the applicant, gave herself special treatment because of her position as BA, she has some serious explaining to do. Using her position to secure Taylor Pavilion would be a huge issue.

    Thursday, July 6, 2017 at 9:51 pm | Permalink
  16. Hired help wrote:

    Did they get borough approved Belmar bartenders who have to be vetted by the police department as is required or did djais “donate” the labor. Any other applicant has to run through hoops to rent this building and incur costs. Be interesting to see if the “committee” followed the same rules as everyone else

    Friday, July 7, 2017 at 6:42 am | Permalink
  17. Anonymous wrote:

    I think that’s what #15 is talking about. If Colleen used her position as BA to garner special treatment, she may have a problem. The funny part is that she made the decision to allow herself to use Taylor Pavilion so how can she not have gotten special treatment. The idiotic world of this administration continues.

    Friday, July 7, 2017 at 7:25 am | Permalink
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    The Belmar BA makes all the nefarious decisions under her name. Would you consider her to take over the chief financial officer job in Belmar or any other town?


    Friday, July 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm | Permalink
  19. Hired help wrote:

    Admin. Are u able to opra the amount of the donations given by each of the large donors to show once again the pay to play violation and I scratch your back you scratch mine ways of this mayor

    Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 12:04 am | Permalink
  20. admin wrote:

    Mayor’s Ball is a private entity and not subject to OPRA

    Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 4:44 am | Permalink
  21. Guest wrote:

    Admin, unpeel the layers of this onion and one will find how much of a private entity it is not.

    Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 8:44 am | Permalink
  22. Eugene Creamer wrote:

    the mayor forgot the real sponsor-


    Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 10:03 am | Permalink
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    Ask Kenny how to pierce that 501c corporate veil and you will see when, where and how. It is subject to oversight.

    Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 11:32 am | Permalink
  24. Guest wrote:

    I will go out on a limb and doubt that this is any type of private entity with any type of private accounting of funds. Under what legal entity are the funds held and who does the accounting for those funds? Mr. Pringle, do you care to help out with those answers?

    Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 4:35 pm | Permalink
  25. shoprite wrote:

    Just another slush fund for friends and family.Just like the 100 missing shoprite gift cards.

    Saturday, July 8, 2017 at 7:58 pm | Permalink
  26. Guest wrote:

    24, I hear crickets.

    Monday, July 10, 2017 at 8:48 am | Permalink

Post a Comment

Your email is never published nor shared.