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Joy’s Posthumous Victory

Appellate Court unanimously shoots down…on all counts…Belmar’s appeal of legal costs in petitioners’ civil rights case.


Already been approved for publication, which means decision can be relied upon as binding authority in other cases.


Pringle: “Let’s celebrate this case in Joy’s memory.”





  1. Belle wrote:

    For those of you who don’t have the time to read the decision, this says it all in my mind.

    Most of the brief interpretive statement was designed to
    sway – not inform – voters in defendants’ attempt to finance
    construction of the pavilion. This was their fourth attempt to
    garner public support for the project.10 Despite knowing that
    FEMA funds were not secured – albeit perhaps obtainable – the
    Borough Administrator’s wording of the interpretive statement
    conveyed to voters a misleading sense that funding was readily
    available. And the intent of the last sentence was a blatant
    attempt to influence voters by presenting a unified front, in
    clear contravention of the interpretive statement statute’s
    10 According to the verified complaint, the Borough attempted to
    finance construction three other times, but the attempts failed
    due to judicial intervention, voter referendum and citizen
    outrage, respectively.

    21 A-1074-16T3
    spirit and letter.11 Lest we forget, defendants submitted the
    interpretive statement without a public vote.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 12:57 pm | Permalink
  2. Guest wrote:

    Frivolous! Oh, he’s long gone already.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 1:04 pm | Permalink
  3. Guest wrote:

    1 – But all along MerriMakers was in the wings awaiting a new catering hall. Fire Colleen imediately and vote out every single member of the council.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 1:06 pm | Permalink
  4. Just read the decision. Can someone please tell me why this incompetent BA Connolly is still employed? She thinks she can do what she wants whenever she wants.She was spanked again by the court.She is nasty, rude, unqualified and totally unprofessional. God forbid her ever returning a residents phone call. As I’ve said, the candidate that vows to get rid of her has my vote.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 1:17 pm | Permalink
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    Don’t forget Mayor McGovern and Councilwoman Nicolay all were party to SELLING Belmar to the highest bidders for that disgraced building at 5th Avenue and Ocean otherwise referred to as the Merrimakers Catering Hall paid for by Belmar’s taxpayers.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 1:30 pm | Permalink
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    Personnel issues cannot be disclosed publicly. The entire Earth knows by now that she’s a manipulative, duplicitous loser.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 1:33 pm | Permalink
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    Take her out in handcuffs

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 1:39 pm | Permalink
  8. anon wrote:

    Too bad there are no financial consequences for the perps. As usual, the taxpayers pay for both sides costs plus suffering the results of the perps actions. People in positions of public trust who abuse their office to the detriment of the public should be kicked out the door with a steel toed boot and then branded with job recommendations that reflect their actions.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 1:58 pm | Permalink
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    The people of Belmar will be paying for the sins of former mayor Doherty and his henchwoman for many years to come. The headlines of the Coast Star should read “The people of Belmar were lied to”. Colleen Connelly knew it. This council should fire her today!

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 2:27 pm | Permalink
  10. excuse me wrote:

    #9 And then fire themselves…or resign in disgrace.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 2:32 pm | Permalink
  11. Resident wrote:

    Judge Gummer immediately saw right through her when she said, “Colleen Connolly is not a credible wutness.”

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 2:43 pm | Permalink
  12. Anonymous wrote:

    No wonder they tried to destroy Joy’s Memorial tree planting.

    Brian, shame on you.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 2:54 pm | Permalink
  13. Guest wrote:

    And she wants the CFO job???

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 2:55 pm | Permalink
  14. ms.perspicacity wrote:

    Yes! Pay Ken Pringle. And the Borough had better not stall under some mealy-mouthed nonsense.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 4:00 pm | Permalink
  15. Anonymous wrote:

    Yes thank you and job well done Former Mayor Pringle. The residents of Belmar were lied to and will pay for this Pavilion for decades to come. Voters should have a say in its use. Being a MerriMakers venue should be made null and void

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 4:24 pm | Permalink
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    Hit the road MerriMakers.

    The pavilion should be used for town activities

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 6:11 pm | Permalink
  17. Anonymous wrote:

    Ken Pringle, Denise O’Hara and their entire staff deserve to take a bow. We the people are the beneficiarys of their hard work.

    The Doherty Administration was and probably still is clearly corrupt. They deliberately and reprehensibly tried to mislead the electorate.

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 6:30 pm | Permalink
  18. Average Joe wrote:

    Well what more can said? The place is run by a bunch of incompetent people. Mr. Magoo >>>exit right please…right out…We have wasted enough money on this type of sh…

    Monday, July 9, 2018 at 6:45 pm | Permalink
  19. Kathleen Ellis wrote:

    From my perspective as a resident of Belmar, it is gratifying that our voices were heard – if not by our elected officials, then at least by the Superior Court trial judge, as well as in the Appellate Division, by a panel of three.

    As important to me, having witnessed the time and human capital that went into the legal representation of the petitioners, who were forced to push on and on – led by Matt, for sure, but abetted by Council members who left their ethics, wisdom and honor (not to mention backbones) at the door – this truly is a Joyous day, indeed.

    Thanks to all who recognize just how professionally, tenaciously and brilliantly PQA’s team defended this “frivolous” suit!

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 11:10 am | Permalink
  20. Anonymous wrote:

    Hear, hear!

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 12:05 pm | Permalink
  21. Anonymous wrote:

    Civil Right’s Act Violations by the Doherty Administration are and have been reprehensible. Their hoodwinking has cost all of us of our dignity and honor.

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 12:38 pm | Permalink
  22. DD wrote:

    Hey where do the other cases stand at this time ? Buy A Board ? Parking Fees ?

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 1:29 pm | Permalink
  23. legion wrote:

    At the next Mayor and Council meeting, people should march up to the microphone and ask the officials upon the dais “what do they have to say for themselves regarding this ruling.” Mr. Frivolous will not be there. Make them squirm.

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 1:49 pm | Permalink
  24. Colleen’s a Liar wrote:

    Nothing will happen to the Queen of Mean…the council knows all of the wrong she has done not only to residents, and business owners but also to her staff. She is obviously untouchable to be able to act in the way she does.

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 2:30 pm | Permalink
  25. Anonymous wrote:

    Shes obviated the truth on record too many times. The Mcgovern Mayor could discharge the BA just like his predecessor did whe he filed the attorney for kept getting mcdirty’s feet dirtier to. Remember he was the guy advising the Doherty Administration with the scarf around his neck at all the meetings.

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at 3:19 pm | Permalink

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