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  1. Anonymous wrote:

    What’s a Mayor? What has he done? She doesn’t say?

    Friday, April 26, 2019 at 6:48 am | Permalink
  2. Guest wrote:

    Just more political stroking of egos and the Belmar taxpayers all know the truth now.

    Friday, April 26, 2019 at 8:05 am | Permalink
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    This is a joke…politics at its finest!

    Friday, April 26, 2019 at 8:26 am | Permalink
  4. Belle wrote:

    Friends don’t let friends vote for Democrats!

    Friday, April 26, 2019 at 10:25 am | Permalink
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    You seem to forget your current champion Kenny is a democratic.

    Friday, April 26, 2019 at 4:07 pm | Permalink
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    Being a Republican, Democrat, Independent, is a person philosophy that doesn’t judge (hopefully). What’s bad is a crook like McCarty conning people who drink his FREE Koolaid. Clearly Ken Pringle loves Belmar and it’s residents. It’s for the greater good that we should aspire not free not anyone who treads on anyone’s civil rights!

    Friday, April 26, 2019 at 8:40 pm | Permalink
  7. Resident wrote:

    Let’s not forget Ken Pringle brought Doherty here. They were buddies and he let Doherty stay at his house. Pringle encouraged Doherty to get into Belmar politics. For whatever reason they had a falling out which made them enemies. That is why Pringle launched all these lawsuits. If they remained buddies he never would have. Pringle did some shady things as mayor. As a resident, I’m glad Pringle disclosed all the dirty deeds of Doherty because I dislike him more than Pringle.

    Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 7:12 am | Permalink
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    #7 put your money where your pie hole is and prove it!

    Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 2:14 pm | Permalink
  9. Guest wrote:

    7 – You have a point there.

    Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 4:52 pm | Permalink
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    Stop crying #8. Everything #7 said is true.

    Saturday, April 27, 2019 at 6:07 pm | Permalink
  11. OLD MAN wrote:

    Oh God I’m taking more aspirins tonight

    Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 5:34 pm | Permalink
  12. Ken Pringle wrote:

    #7 and 10 — I just love it when anonymous people act like they know me and the details of my life, or why I do the things I do.

    I didn’t bring Doherty to Belmar. I will admit that one day when he and Maggie were close to making an offer on a house in Bradley Beach, I told them that I thought Belmar would be a much better long-term investment. (I have made that same point to many dozens of friends, acquaintances and even total strangers over the years). But if I knew then about Doherty what I know today, I would have told them what a great buy that house was.

    Doherty and I were never, ever “buddies.” Our wives were very close friends.

    Doherty and his wife rented our third floor apartment for a year. That was because of my wife, not me.

    Years after Matt and Maggie moved to Belmar, I did suggest he run locally. I knew he would campaign hard — he had run for Assembly twice by then — and I thought he would work hard on the Council, and do what was right for Belmar. It became increasingly clear over the years we served on the Council together, however, that he was focused primarily on advancing his long-term political ambitions.

    I have never sued Doherty because I don’t like him. I have only sued him when I believed he violated the law, and even then only when my firm and I could spare the time to do something about it. For the record, I sued Belmar twice in the late 1980’s when my predecessor as Mayor failed to comply with the law. The first time I sued Doherty wasn’t until nearly two-and-a-half years after he became mayor, and only when he tried to designate the beach and boardwalk as a Redevelopment Area after Sandy. That would have given the Mayor & Council the ability to sell or lease out sections of the beach for development without public bidding. I would have sued my own mother if she had tried to designate our beach and boardwalk as a redevelopment area.

    My firm’s record against him in the suits we’ve brought is 13-0, and that’s not counting the 4 appeals we’ve won against him. That didn’t happen because I don’t like him. We brought and succeeded in all of those lawsuits because he repeatedly broke the law.

    To Mayor Walsifer’s credit, when I pointed out to his Borough Attorney that an ordinance this Mayor & Council were proposing was not in compliance with the law, they promptly fixed it. I had tried that with Doherty Administration early on. But after being ignored several times, I gave up.

    Now, why don’t you explain to the readers what you mean by those “shady things” you say I did as Mayor. And please have the courage and self-respect to use your name, when you do.

    Monday, April 29, 2019 at 6:46 am | Permalink
  13. shirley u. guest wrote:

    Ken, What if you weren’t here to now watch our new Borough Attorney? Shouldn’t he be aware of the law when proposing new ordinances? If not ,maybe he’s not our best choice. We also don’t know how many ordinances Doherty reversed after your efforts to move toward a more family oriented community.

    Monday, April 29, 2019 at 8:13 am | Permalink
  14. Aileen wrote:

    Go Ken!

    I was on vacation and now that I’m back I realize I was inadvertently on vacation from this blog. Although I am grateful for what Dave brings to light, I realized that getting away from my rituals was so great for my mental health.
    What a conundrum to read this blog – to receive both important information and cowardly, ignorant vitriol.
    Another victim is Claire Deike. Claire is no fan of mine, and I totally disagree with her view of Doherty. We are totally at odds. But I was interested in reading that Belmar school contemplated merging with others in the past. We don’t have to believe every word of how those negotiations occured, but it’s information, not propaganda. Yet she was abused for posting it, just as she has been for posting any comment.
    When are people going to scrutinize information rather than people?
    It’s quite pathetic really.

    Monday, April 29, 2019 at 8:33 am | Permalink
  15. OLD MAN wrote:

    #12 Now you know why I consume an inordinate amount of aspirins. Complete BS from that person(s).

    Monday, April 29, 2019 at 3:55 pm | Permalink
  16. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Aileen-Thanks for supporting the notion that I was merely trying to pass along information about the consolidation(s)of local school districts . Doug and I both participated in discussions on this topic during our terms of office as board of education members. I’m now a fan of yours due to your non-partisan observations!

    Monday, April 29, 2019 at 5:02 pm | Permalink
  17. Anonymous wrote:

    It was so evident that Mcdirty wanted BELMAR to be known as Fort Lauderdale North during his tenure. He bragged about and you did everything in his power to contaminate and coerce our residents into drinking his Kool-Aid by turning one resident against one another. He used Sandy Recovery against all our good people for his own aggrandizement and profiteering.

    We will continue to heal and we will overcome the dirtier-Dirty era.

    Monday, April 29, 2019 at 8:38 pm | Permalink
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    “But I was interested in reading that Belmar school contemplated merging with others in the past”
    #14 – All American so-called “schools” are obsolete.

    Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 6:41 am | Permalink
  19. Anonymous wrote:

    #18-The NJ Department of Education has basically taken over schools’ curriculum and testing . The testing drives the curricula. There is no deviation from the way instruction is delivered.

    Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 8:48 am | Permalink
  20. anon wrote:

    If only Bradley Beach had been a better value back when Doherty was ready to buy a house.Sure would have saved Belmar a lot of money and a lot of headaches too.Not to sure how Bradley would have liked it.

    Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 9:54 pm | Permalink
  21. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #19 – Who cares who makes the curriculum? The entire system should be done away with and a new one put in its place. The children learn nothing of value to them. What does it matter if they can read and write if they don’t understand anything and won’t do anything? Get rid of the dumb administrators and teachers and the whole set up as it exists. Possibly come back with a digital concept in a few years and let people opt out of putting their child in any state sponsored system if they want.
    That leads to the question what do we do with the useless administrators who are involved in the system we have? There are only so many jobs available for shopping cart gatherers and they’re mostly filled already.

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 6:24 am | Permalink
  22. Anonymous wrote:

    19-How would professionals such as physicians, who are much needed in our society, be educated without teachers and administrators? Administrators are important to school districts. My children attended schools in a district that was top-notch. The principal oversaw every aspect of every school day. My children, now adults, are both professionals. I credit the teachers and administrators for their successes.

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 12:19 pm | Permalink
  23. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #22 – I’ve often thought of that. My answer is to go back to son’s learning from their fathers in their offices and hospitals. If a boy who doesn’t have a relative to help him is recommended, perhaps a doctor would take him on as an apprentice. Those are good ways of making doctors I think and at the same time would keep him away from the sad sacks who run our “schools.”

    Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 8:41 pm | Permalink
  24. ClaireDeicke wrote:

    Tom-Sounds like a pretty interesting plan. When I was studying to become a teacher, student teaching was the final piece of my preparation . The classroom was truly where I learned my profession. The practicum gave me an opportunity to present daily lessons to a fourth grade class for an entire semester. Paved the way for my 26 years in the classroom. My experiences, obviously, don’t compare with all that is necessary to become a physician, but in some ways very similar.

    Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 12:52 pm | Permalink
  25. Hmmm wrote:

    While preparing for anesthesia, I’m not sure I want to hear a surgeon talking about how he learned to remove an appendix by watching his dad.
    But TD and CD finding common ground gives me hope in humanity.
    So go ahead and operate you uneducated soul! I think the appendix is just to the left of the gallbladder.

    Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 6:16 pm | Permalink
  26. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #25 – My wife who was a nurse says they don’t talk about learning. They tell knock-knock jokes while prepping and then ask geography questions of the nurses once the operation starts. That’s why they leave scalpels in the patient when they’re done.
    Yes Claire, now that children are morphing into a new species right before our eyes, new methods have to be found to educate them. The old concept you knew is defunct – it doesn’t suit these children. Right now we’re only seeing intellectual and emotional differences between these children and us. But at some time in the not too distant future you will start seeing marked physical differences as well between them and us.

    Friday, May 3, 2019 at 6:03 am | Permalink
  27. hmmm wrote:

    Tom, I was merely pointing out that the surgeons require traditional education…aaahhhh…why do I bother? They broke the mold after they made you.

    All those things you want children to be learning- Climbing trees, jump starting cars, changing tires, building tree forts, sewing, baking, reading a map, etc. You realize that that all is the job of the parent or guardian, right? You really want the state teaching all that stuff? You want parents to have no responsibilities at all? I never pegged you for a supporter of the nanny state but, wow, there it is.
    The educational system in this country is for the basics (readin, writin, rithmatic) and more specialized training as you get into higher education. It is to educate our children so that we may compete with other industrialized countries. It is up to parents to expose them to all those other things you’re so hopping mad about, it’s not up to the school. There are plenty of organizations that can help if the parents are too busy- outward bound, boy and girl scouts, americore, peace corps, etc.
    So go out there and volunteer my friend. Pass on some of your anger, fear, and life skills to needy children.

    Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7:14 am | Permalink
  28. All-My-Sons wrote:

    All of Mr. Dilberger’s accomplished, rugged, heterosexual sons must thank him every day for bestowing on them his expertise.

    Right Tom…..You have kids, right? That’s why you know what to tell us people out here in cyberspace, right? That’s why you can look at a group of kids from a distance while on your walk to Rt. 35 and know just what they need in their lives, right?

    Friday, May 3, 2019 at 8:35 am | Permalink
  29. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    It has to be understood that there are many children in NJ who have IQs hovering somewhere in the low to mid eighties. Life will be extremely difficult for them in this technological society we live in. I would think, they will become wards of the state as adults. Some of them already are of course. So to keep up the charade that they are going to be viable citizens is harmful to them at best.

    Friday, May 3, 2019 at 8:42 am | Permalink
  30. Tech-Society wrote:

    Working a computer isn’t rocket science. It only takes one person to create the system and the workers can maintain. Those with IQs in the 80s are incarcerated, making lots of money for the private jail owners.

    Friday, May 3, 2019 at 10:03 am | Permalink
  31. Anonymous wrote:

    #29-I don’t think so. Students learn technology starting in kindergarten . Children of all levels of intelligence can learn technology, then take these skills to the job market as adults. They can make appointments with the computer for medical doctors, work in retail with computer skills, and waiters and waitresses do well using technology. County and state employees can input information into computers. How about gardeners and landscapers? They do well, and manage their businesses with tech skills. For the most, an individual’s IQ doesn’t enter into most areas of the job market with everyday kinds of jobs. Actually, people improve with thinking skills as they mature into adulthood. To summarize: There are many jobs available to individuals with basic computer skills. IQ has nothing to do with it. No geniuses required. In fact, technology has opened doors to those who might have difficulties finding employment in the past before technology existed.

    Friday, May 3, 2019 at 2:34 pm | Permalink
  32. Anonymous wrote:

    How about home/health care workers? They can be brilliant, or not. All that is required is a caring person with kind people skills. How about people in the beauty business? Beauticians and manicurists? They can be brilliant or not. Photographers do well. People who are hired to do housework do well financially. Cooks and food prep people can be brilliant or not. People who are in the car-washing business do pretty well. Dry cleaning business workers do well also. Hostesses in restaurants realize a decent hourly wage. To suggest that children with low IQ’s will become wards of the state in later life is so wrong, # 29.

    Friday, May 3, 2019 at 4:54 pm | Permalink
  33. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    Ladies & Gentlemen, You’re all missing the point. You don’t see in depth. Up at places like MIT and Caltech, there are people sitting around all day long thinking about how to replace all those people you mentioned and they’re going to come up with the ways to do. Those people are so smart, their intellect could provide power to our state for a couple of years. People with normal intellect are at risk, let alone those who have intellectual powers close to an 80 IQ.

    Friday, May 3, 2019 at 5:49 pm | Permalink
  34. Anonymous wrote:

    Doubtful, 33-There will
    Always be jobs that will require the human touch. To make a blanket statement stating jobs will be replaced some how through the creative minds of brilliant individuals is an off-beat presumption. Please state the reference where you found this information. How far along are these brilliant minds in their efforts to do away with jobs? Is this to happen in our lifetime? I really don’t think people living in this day and age have anything to be concerned about. I know of maybe one situation where your theory has been perfected. Ironically, it’s in the area of medicine where bright minds are being replaced, not individuals with low IQs. For some surgeries, doctors are being replaced by robots .

    Friday, May 3, 2019 at 7:31 pm | Permalink
  35. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #34 – Some good points, but I stand by what I said. Children like the ones who’re in BES are pretty much doomed (about 2/3rds low IQ wards of the state). They will go on to HS and “college” and emerge with their worthless pieces of paper that say they’re edumacated and have to settle for a job in some low paying field they’re suited for. Of course with a mountain of “debt” (there is actually no debt because there was no real commodity that changed hands – it’s all a Bernie Madoff sleight of hand) they can’t/won’t pay off.
    Yeah, I have a nephew who invented a heart contraption that he showed doctors how to install in people in the OR – pretty smart kid. Some outfit out on the coast pays him to sit around and doodle all day and then they gather up his doodles and examine them.

    Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 4:48 am | Permalink
  36. Anonymous wrote:

    Not true-schools don’t do IQ testing any more. I know this . How can you assess the intelligence levels of children? Many Belmar students are on the honor rolls of area high schools where competition is tough. Check out the high school honor roll listings. We have students at Manasquan HS, St Rose, red Bank Regional, etc. all doing well. So if schools are putting less emphasis on IQs, why are you? People who are professionals discount the importance of these tests, because they everyone can achieve and lead success lives.

    Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 3:49 pm | Permalink
  37. Anonymous wrote:

    #24 is the biggest partisan hack Belmar has ever seen. Lifelong Dems like Ken and the Faheys had the common sense to see what was going on in this town and to call out the previous administration both then and now.

    Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 7:36 pm | Permalink
  38. Anonymous wrote:

    36-Agree. We have had Belmar School students graduate first in their classes from high schools in the area. A significant number of students who attend Belmar School go-went on to college. How did # 29 come up with idea that 2/3 of the Belmar School population have IQ’s in the 80’s? Truth is, that information isn’t shared with the general public.
    There was a guidance counselor who had a big sign in her office:” It’s not about IQ. It’s about I can and I will.” No one fixates on IQs anymore. No one cares. Students have different natural gifts. Students who have difficulty with one subject often do well in another. A family member wanted to be a nurse, but wasn’t a great student and had difficulty in school. Her parents sought a tutor for her. She studied very hard , went to nursing school, and is presently a well-respected nurse who has received many accolades for her knowledge, professionalism and caring.
    An acquaintance told me he really struggled in school, getting mostly grades of C’s and D’s. He became a plumber, makes tons of money because he does great work, and lives with his family in an exclusive community. No ward of the state. Where there is a will, there’s a way. Parents of today do everything in their power to help their children who have difficulty in school. We have very caring, concerned parents here in Belmar.

    Saturday, May 4, 2019 at 9:39 pm | Permalink
  39. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #s 36&38 – I never said anything about IQ tests. All I said was people with low IQs aren’t going to make it in this technological society. You’re the ones obsessed with the concept of tests. I stand by what I said. The low IQs stem from the 2/3rds population of illegal alien children who make up BES (theft of services). Of course, not all of them have low IQs, but in the main, they do. Obviously, if a teacher or administrator said this out loud, they’d be fired ASAP. The charade is kept alive by segregating the students in BES with the illegal alien student children being “educated” in a foreign language and the American students being educated in English. When the test scores are given out for NJ, we always score way down the list. Of course, it’s the children of the illegal aliens who pull the overall ranking of the school down. They’re future Wards of the state Sir/Madam.

    Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 4:53 am | Permalink
  40. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #28 – No, I have two daughters. I base my assertions having worked with men all my life and I know what has to be done to make them passable men (it’s not being done). I saw this situation developing many years ago and wondered at it. I didn’t know then what was going on but now I do. young men are the way they are because of the new manner of living.
    I don’t only walk on Rt35. The point is you never see boys and young men. They’re invisible. Seldom out unless being taken somewhere.

    Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 5:05 am | Permalink
  41. Anonymous wrote:

    Best students moving forward from Belmar School are students with Hispanic names. Check the names of students from Belmar who have realized great success in high school, and are moving on to college.

    Sunday, May 5, 2019 at 7:41 pm | Permalink
  42. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #41 – and are moving on to college.
    We have to get a grip on ourselves with this idea of college (even very many of our own students have a real ability to make it in real courses in a college – most of them need remedial work when they entire college). The children of illegal aliens aren’t up to our dumb BES and then we have people actually talking about people of sub-normal intellect going to college.
    Sir/ Madam, I’m sure you’re a very nice person but you’ve been tricked. These young children of the illegal aliens are low IQ people and have very little ability to make it in this society.

    Monday, May 6, 2019 at 5:54 am | Permalink
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    Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 9:47 am | Permalink

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