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Porta-Pottys Back In The News

Although it’s not as sensational as the 2014 porta-potty imbroglio, those who frequent Maclearie Park feel that it’s pretty damn scandalous they’re still having to use porta-pottys 3 1/2  years after Sandy irreparably damaged the permanent toilets there.

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Five minutes into Tuesday night’s Borough Council meeting, William “Bill” Strauss of the newly formed Maclearie Park Neighborhood Association presented the Council with a petition with a preposed resolution for the Council to finally built a permanent, ADA compliant, toilet facility on the site using the grant money that had already been committed to by the state.

In what only can be described as an amazing coincidence, the Belmar Democratic Committee announced the following morning that grant money had allowed Belmar to begin refurbishing the park 11:00 that morning:



Apparently Theresa Pringle, who lives near the park and is a member of the association, is unhappy with the way this has all down down with all the broken promises and whatnot.  Better make her go away!


Where’d Theresa go?  Uh, oh..she’s back!


Go away, Theresa!




  1. Belmarguy wrote:

    Sad that a liberal left wing party like the democrats will censor Theresa for stressing the truth. Is the Belmar democrat Facebook ran by the town or is it private? Sick if you ask me by censoring tax payers.

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 9:06 pm | Permalink
  2. South Side wrote:

    Mayor cares about big, showy things (pavilions, marina restaurants) that he can take credit for.
    Public bathrooms and an outflow pipe don’t photograph that well.

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 12:24 am | Permalink
  3. R.I.Pointer wrote:

    Perhaps.if the elected officials would familiarize themselves with the Green Acres Rules NJAC 7:36,Chapter 36 is so easy to read that even Brian Magovern or in this case Claire was Council President,Jan.2013, they would understand that public meetings before plans-legal notices in papers, not a few flyers delivered by patrolman to a few is what is required. To have public hearings for funding after the plans are done and council approved, leads to this!!!!

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 8:30 am | Permalink
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Chronological order? Missing chronology due to lock step requirement deviation. Can you imagine the immersion lessons being taught, brainwashed? No freedom of speech where the wizard rules.

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 8:39 am | Permalink
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    Dave, do you censor comment posts, and if so, how and by what criteria do you use to edit/remove posts, other than what is referenced above the comment box.

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 8:46 am | Permalink
  6. admin wrote:

    Only have had to censor 2 or 3 in the past year or so and they had some sexual connotations I wasn’t comfortable publishing.

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 9:08 am | Permalink
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    So, regardless of political persuasion or philosophy, you publish all comments except the 2 or 3 you referenced above?It appears that You are not afraid of differing opinions on your blog and You’re not afraid of the influence differing content might persuade? You are a proponent of freedom of speech?

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 9:43 am | Permalink
  8. admin wrote:

    Of course

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 9:43 am | Permalink
  9. Planet Belmar wrote:

    #3. The post on the Belmar Democrats facebook, reveals the true intent, then and now, for the Maclearie Park Plans…make the administration look good. That is why its been handled the way it has. Now the facts: The record shows that the mayor and council being thanked never reviewed or discussed the plans Jan. .Making comments on grant applications 8/14 and 9/14 doesn’t not count.Thanking Colleen for the grants-8/14 applied for $7.1 million ( unheard of high amount from Green Acres. Received $825,000.
    Belmar spends 825,000. we get 25% of that in grant.At the same meeting 8/19/14 Colleen gave a resolution for vote. the resolution which passed gave her total authority over the Maclearie Park project PLUS indepted the taxpayers or the balance of the $7.1 million. Later Open Space Phase I, $500,000. Grant at 50%.Phase II just denied, Dec.2015.

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 10:39 am | Permalink
  10. Audio tape of meetin wrote:

    Whoever posted to Dem posting needs to zip it. First 10’s of thousands of folks from all over, NJ, NY and PA use the park every year. What was their input? Second, the plans were presented but no minutes 3/13,2013. The plans were not discussed the following April 2014 meeting if minutes had been taken, you would know that.Extremely revised plans, NOT APPROVED BY GREENACRES OR OPEN SPACE presented 7/30/15 and the feedback was overwhelmingly negative. Again no minutes BUT, thanks to Theresa Pringle we have a complete audio tape, now on disc. We learned from the prior meetings. We have proof that not one thing or change to the Maclearie Park Plans came from residents, but despite what Maser told Monmouth County, they all go back to Colleen and what she decided.

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 10:55 am | Permalink
  11. MM wrote:

    So, the administrator of this site should make sure everyone uses their real name…that’s often a cry from past council members, but on Facebook, where you have to use your real name, they will delete your comment because they don’t like it. Claire Diecke is the Chair of the Dems in Belmar. Class Act!

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 11:34 am | Permalink
  12. admin wrote:

    I will not require commenters to use their names but I do need people who use real names to include their email so I can be sure it’s really them.

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 11:57 am | Permalink
  13. Resident wrote:

    The only troll in town is Claire. So she is the one commenting on the Democratic Committee what a surprise nasty, nasty woman.

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 12:09 pm | Permalink
  14. Teddy Ehmann wrote:

    As long as there will be those attempting to change the subject, there will be folks like me.GO TO,, click on municipal.Click upper left,Belmar Projects.Click on Maclearie Park. Go to page 6-Review of Open Space Grant-Phase I. Phase I was submitted 9/14 and granted 12/14. See the removable bathroom trailer. The project granted was for a permanent bathroom next to a shade structure. My O.P.R.A.of proposal granted shows $325,000 for restrooms. Emails and Plans by Nick Decotiis space April 2015 shows new plans.
    OPRA’s show plans never approved as well as no estimates for changes like a removable bathroom trailer. Estimates would need to include running water and sewer/electric to the remote location. The neighbors were told at a meeting 3 months later. Hence the specifics within the petition/resolution

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 12:30 pm | Permalink
  15. Bill Straus wrote:

    Please everyone keep an eye out as you drive by Maclearie Park now. What you need to look for 1 demolition or repair of the existing bathroom building. 2 Any kind of work in a different area that would indicate utilities being worked on, Electric, Water, Sewer. Remember this is what they want, and why they won’t repair or rebuild the bathroom building as is, they want an L St entrance, a parking lot where the athletic field is and spray park. Listen to them, it’s all about parking, parking, parking. Don’t let them use distraction tactics, and focus on the LAWS and regulations. If anyone wants to know how ALL is Teddy has every single detail and how they are trying to use incorrectly, redevelopment as their guide

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 12:49 pm | Permalink
  16. MPNA wrote:

    Thanks to all who have expressed their interest and support for the efforts of the Maclearie Park Neighborhood Assn. Support has come from as far away as Jersey City ,Hoboken and Philadelphia. Our facebook page is available to all: maclearieparkneighborhoodassociaton. Unlike the Belmar Democrats Facebook, your views will not be “censored”. Please respect that we are a non-partisan, non-political club that has organized as a “public affairs” group to advocate for the preservation and maintenance of Maclearie Park, L-Street Beach and K-Street parkland. Please be respectful that our advocacy includes the tens of thousands of visitors who do not have a voice or say in this matter. Thank you.

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 1:31 pm | Permalink
  17. Anonymous wrote:

    11& 13…I do not post on the Dem Facebook/website…. Never have… Don’t know how to censure….don’t have the technology skills to do so…also the reason that I don’t post…. Check out my personal Facebook page.. If you don’t believe me… It’s bare… anyone who chooses to post on the Dem page can do so… Just like anyone who chooses to can post on this blog…Common Sense For Belmar…. I do believe that folks should

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 1:37 pm | Permalink
  18. Anonymous wrote:

    11 & 13…the recent post on the Dem Facebook page isn’t mine …anyone can post there…just as people are allowed to post on this blog established by Dave. Also, to be honest, I don’t have the technology skills to censure… Not responsible for removal of Thersea’s remarks..not good at posting period…check out my own Facebook if you don’t believe me..I stand by my original thoughts that folks should be made to post comments using their actual names… This would eliminate the venomous remarks … People use aliases because they wish to demean and besmirch the reputations of others… Such as accomplished by #13 ….it’s interesting that people worry about retaliation….apparently they know that calling someone nasty nasty is inappropriate, crude…and demonstrates an inability to use more advanced vocabulary…a person challenged by limited thinking…and poor writing skills… Find a night class for writing and vocabulary development…you need it, #13!

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 1:55 pm | Permalink
  19. Anonymous wrote:

    Also…#11..I’m going into my huge ego routine…commenters on this blog know I have a huge ego… Many Belmar residents think I am a class act… Ta da!

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 1:59 pm | Permalink
  20. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Dave…Please let readers know that it’s me submitting the above comments.. Somehow my name didn’t come up… Also it’s incomplete.. There are two more commentaries coming from me .. A more complete version of the above, and one specifically for commenter 11…told you I am technology challenged! Thanks Claire

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 2:08 pm | Permalink
  21. admin wrote:

    Just to let all of you know, I’m in conferences all day today and tomorrow for my job and can’t do anything with the blog during the day except to approve comments.

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 2:18 pm | Permalink
  22. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Good to know…Claire

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 2:47 pm | Permalink
  23. Bill Straus wrote:

    Claire, the people that demean are to be ignored on either side because it’s disrespectful. So let’s talk about only the issue. You and I both agreed we need the restrooms, we agree we should have had them 2 years ago. We agree we have the funding. The MPNA wants PERMANENT bathrooms not a trailer, do you agree. The MPNA is concerned there is an alterior motive with the bathroom issue, we may not agree here, if not what is correct. Please look at the plans for the Park tell me if there should be concern. Here Claire, let me show you an example, I am wrong sometimes, I can be accusatory, pugilistic, and even angry, you can say these things, but no Democrat ever says anything bad about Matt, NEVER. never says he does anything wrong. We are mad about that. We can’t have dialogue when Mark Levis can’t admit to me s simple misdeed that the mayor does. Or Brendan reed never says he goofed. Or Colleen is answerable to no one other than Matt You see Claire an honest discussion needs integrity. I will start here, tell them they will never put a parking lot in the MP athletic field, I will chain myself to it and die there to stop them. Tell them I don’t fear them, I’ve been on the operating table more than 20 times, Matt couldn’t change my bedpan to stack up, against my suffering. I have nothing to lose, and I will fight them every second. I am done playing games.

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 4:16 pm | Permalink
  24. South Side wrote:

    #15 and #23 Dear Bill,
    They have to pave something there.
    It would not surprise me to see the mini golf go under.

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 5:15 pm | Permalink
  25. Anonymous wrote:

    Grants were in place for the Lake Como outfall pipe. How’s that going ?

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 6:52 pm | Permalink
  26. THERESA PRINGLE wrote:

    Nothing would have to be paved if they didn’t put the bars and golf there. There were already parking problems before they built them-that’s what they should have addressed, how to enhance the marina and keep it just that-a marina!

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:06 pm | Permalink
  27. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Your message is heartfelt and sincere…Bill… Now I will express how I feel… It’s true.. We support our mayor without reservation…. He’s done a fantastic job on many levels including: outreach to residents in need, keeping taxes stable for five years, cutting through red tape so that it’s easier to open a business here in Belmar, setting up programming for residents of all ages, and developing a community system of communications with code reds and blues… To name just a few of his many accomplishments… But the way we came back from Sandy was his (our) greatest accomplishment…hour upon hour, week upon week of seeing to the needs of our constituents during that devastating time… How the opposition was determine to male gh our every deed… Talk about negative (I can recall your blistering comments at the microphone a virtual rant… I was councilwoman at the time.. We were doing everything possible to hold the community together.. It was like… Let’s get them at the lowest time in our town history.. This from your side… )I will not forget the blasting … Sure I support ADA compliant facilities at the park… You’ve spoken from the heart and so have I …,I know what Mayor Doherty puts into the job… And will always support him… Because certain members of the community are constantly attempting to discredit him..

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:59 pm | Permalink
  28. Brian Pringle wrote:

    “I will start here, tell them they will never put a parking lot in the MP athletic field, I will chain myself to it and die there to stop them. Tell them I don’t fear them, I’ve been on the operating table more than 20 times, Matt couldn’t change my bedpan to stack up, against my suffering. I have nothing to lose, and I will fight them every second. I am done playing games.”

    Damn that is conviction…I grew up playing on that field as a child…then soccer in high school…I bring the current St. Rose High School players I coach there at times.

    Bill I will stand by your side…

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 9:04 pm | Permalink
  29. Anonymous wrote:

    2/27 wreck pond progress meeting. SEA and MPNA members might learn something more informative.

    Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 10:56 pm | Permalink
  30. THERESA PRINGLE wrote:

    #23 Bill and #28 Brian-you will be in good company!

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 6:33 am | Permalink
  31. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Correction for my last commentary … Determined to malign our every deed..

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 9:20 am | Permalink
  32. The Truth wrote:

    Claire to put his self serving community outreach in proper prospective its not like he has a full time job. Unless you consider more ways to get union money into our town. I think he parked on Ocean Ave right now waiting for a news van to pull up .

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 11:28 am | Permalink
  33. Bill Straus wrote:

    Claire, not one single admission from you that the mayor and council are human. According to you no mistakes, no misjudgements, no errors of any kind. I admit when I was wrong. This is why there is a fight. When people want to have dialogue it must have input from both sides. One side cannot demean the other. I told the council at one meeting last year I will try to not be pugilistic, but that does not mean I will lay down and take something that is wrong, but rather I will fight hard to be heard. There are so many violations with the Marina and Maclearie park it ‘s hard to fathom. There is such a disregard for regulations, laws, protocol, and respect, that people have had it. But residents can’t get heard so it’s now in the hands of the DEP, EPA, Green Acres, Open Space, and CAFRA. In the dems facebook the mayor thanked everyone he likes, not a word of thanks to the MPNA, or the residents who are concerned about the park. Your deeds are maligned Claire because we the people have no say, please let that sink in, please see our point and maybe we will get somewhere

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 11:49 am | Permalink
  34. Claire Deicke wrote:

    32-Put what in perspective? What do you know of the mayor ‘s comings and goings? Do you have personal knowledge of his every move?None of his charitable work is self-serving… As proven by the fact that you don’t have any idea about how many people he’s helped… What does his work schedule have to do with it? He is committed to his constituents…again… Your remarks are proof positive that you wish to destroy the reputation of the mayor… Your observations are baseless and cruel… It is hard to understand why you would post remarks such as these … Unless your life is so empty that you infer and negative thoughts about someone that you choose to discredit… Hope you find another purpose in life..

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 12:12 pm | Permalink
  35. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Wow! What can you be thinking? What self-serving? How ugly can you get? What do you know about anything? Matt’s work on behalf of residents is beyond your comprehension…your remarks support my thinking that there are those committed to destroying the reputation of the mayor ….never reporting the positive…creating false innuendos…twisting and turning information to make it serve your hateful and those like you would be credible if you acknowledged, at the very least, some of the many good happenings here in town …. Instead of feeding off the wrongfully negative perceptions..

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 1:09 pm | Permalink
  36. Anonymous wrote:

    #34 – Hope you take some grammar lessons!

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 1:40 pm | Permalink
  37. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Bill-conversely…why don’t you ever recognize the good works of the mayor and council ….don’t you think it would behoove you to do so?

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 1:41 pm | Permalink
  38. The Truth wrote:

    If it walks like a duck and quack likes a duck guess what its a duck.

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 2:21 pm | Permalink
  39. Anonymous wrote:

    #37 “good works of the mayor”
    Correct, these people fail to mention the mayor put himself up for election for the office of Monmouth Cty. Freeholder, thus not being able to focus his idiocy 100% on us poor Belmar taxpayers. That works for me. I’m certainly going to vote for him.

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 3:14 pm | Permalink
  40. Teddy Ehmann wrote:

    There she goes again. Never discuss the issue. Simply change the subject. Perhaps we could have Dave’s rule. Stay on topic, or find another revue. The subject for this posting is a petition for permanent restrooms at Maclearie Park.

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 3:53 pm | Permalink
  41. Bill Straus wrote:

    why acknowledge him, he never acknowledged me or Teddy for being the catylist for the Scuba stairs, nothing, nada. Never once did he ever thank Jim Bean for serving on council, never thanked the Boathouse or Jersey Shore BBQ for the free food during Sandy. Never once did he ever thank Dave, or Mike or Joy for only bringing up valued points or asked legit questions. Never did he have a comforting word for Jim when those thieves stole his son’s wagon. Yes he does his job as mayor but no his public relations stink. I’m done I digress.

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 7:26 pm | Permalink
  42. Claire Deicke wrote:


    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 7:58 pm | Permalink
  43. Claire Deicke wrote:

    Ted-do you realize how negative you come off ? Your efforts to undermine local government has been obvious for a long time… She? Is that me? Shows how negative you are … Why would I ever respond to your disrespect? My sense is that you spend hours finding ways discredit all of the good work and progress…Sad…

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 8:08 pm | Permalink
  44. Claire Deicke wrote:

    #39 -good works of the is used as an noun.. Not a verb…your efforts as a grammarian fall to an all-time low …

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 8:24 pm | Permalink
  45. Teddy Ehmann wrote:

    ‘There she goes again. Never discuss the issue. Simply change the subject” The subject of this particular post is?

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 9:06 pm | Permalink
  46. Anonymous wrote:

    How many outhouses are going to be put up for parade day? I remember Fanny working like crazy at 1pm at Ocean Ave & 18th manhole 2013 parade day while staff shirted men were screaming at him to hurry because of the lines to the ladies was getting fouled inside all over the place.

    Friday, February 5, 2016 at 9:58 pm | Permalink
  47. Anonymous wrote:

    #44 – Whatever, this isn’t about grammar. This is about good works. I acknowledged his good work in announcing he’s running for Freeholder. I will definitely be voting for Matt so he will be gone from the daily workings of our town.

    Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 6:46 am | Permalink
  48. The Truth wrote:

    That’s my Belmar Education

    Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 12:37 pm | Permalink
  49. Claire Deicke wrote:

    40 & 45…Dave is pretty flexible about posting comments.. They don’t match the topic he posts… Go back and check..the topic of my last commentary..since you your negativity and determination to spend your waking hours

    Monday, February 8, 2016 at 9:53 pm | Permalink
  50. Neighbor wrote:

    Mr. Ehmann co-authored a letter to Mayor Doherty on September 29,2015 signed by 23 of your neighbors. I suggest you read it since Dave posted it on this blog Tuesday, September, 29th. He is very positive about two things especially. First preserving and maintaining open space in the 6.9 acres of the park. Second, the people’s participation in the process. Please stop with the he’s so negative rant. If you don’t agree with us, fine. Say so and state your reasons. But attacting citizens for a pro-conservation message without particulars is childish bullying.

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 11:35 am | Permalink
  51. #50-Boy, are you off base-I’m not against anything you seek to accomplish at the marina-good luck with everything-I support the idea that facilities at the marina comply with ADA standards….spoke to Bill Straus about this.I was on the harbor commission for 6 years and we accomplished good things during that timeframe..-glad you support Ted-I don’t-since his appearance on the scene a few years ago, his life’s work is to discredit local government with whatever was on the horizon ……..researching, seeking ways to divide the community….my biggest gripe with him was when I was councilwoman during Hurricane Sandy-our team of council members worked day and night to assist our residents in every way possible-he and his group would constantly get up and bash, bash, bash …He did so with anger and contempt..didn’t realize whzt the town was experiencing?..he sent letters (paid for by him) which attempted to destroy the reputations of decent people….since then, he spends time reaching out to the media so that the town gets bad press and finding ways to criticize… I’m the bad guy? your misinterpretation of my words defies belief and common sense-So , neighbor (I chuckle at your use of that word) go ahead-do whatever you wish to do at the marina-you have my blessing!! Glad you’re a fan of Ted’s…..where you got the notion that I’m against preservation is beyond me……you have a vivid imagination….Poor Ted! I promise I’ll stop being a bully…I’ll put my bullying cape away-have you ever listened to how he has approached the council? I’m ranting??

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 1:10 pm | Permalink
  52. Neighbor wrote:

    Ms. Deicki: You once again changed the subject. Maclearie Park, preservation, permament ADA men’s and ladies restrooms NOT the municipal marina.

    Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 8:01 pm | Permalink
  53. #52-No changing the subject-meant the park area.get technical, why don’t you?-Actually am on board with ADA compliant rest rooms throughout the entire site.or did you miss that part of my remarks?..any new construction must be ADA compliant-to clarify…do whatever you want in the area of concern..did you understand that part of my comments?.with #50’s unkind remarks-her assumptions are completely false.she couldn’t come up with with anything better than childish bullying-sad…I know who #50 is..-good luck to all of you who have a plan for the park-not off course was my answer to the neighbor who defends Ted-I didn’t change the subject-some of you don’t read carefully-there’s a false mind set that I change the subject on my commentary-truth be told-readers don’t want to read my thoughts-so they claim I change the subject….comments on this blog often have nothing to do with the subject at hand-many, many commenters change the subject and bring in personal, unkind thoughts about members of the governing body-making accusations that don’t hold water-maybe you should scold them…but that’s OK with you, I suppose-didn’t change the subject-meant the park and the marina areas-whatever is there-by the way-very unique spelling of my last name, #52….and don’t play “follow the leader” and say “once again you changed the subject”-read what’s there ….you need to be more original in your thinking/remarks-no individuality….think for yourself for a change…next time I answer…’s how I’ll spell it out……I will list by number my answers to remarks directed to me on this blog….so that you and others like you can grasp that I’m answering exactly what was asked of me… that you and others won’t use that inane,stupid,incorrect phrase about changing the subject…and go back to previous blogs/comments and realize how many of your “neighbors” do, in fact actually change the subject…or maybe I’ll reference them for you and let you know where you can find them on this blog..

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 12:18 am | Permalink
  54. guardian angel wrote:

    It is not wise, but only frustrating to enter into conversation with one who has sold her soul to a politician.

    Potty stories always get a lot of hits. Funny humans.

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 9:03 am | Permalink
  55. Guardian Angel-The only ones I’ve sold my soul to are my husband, children and grandchildren-you don’t know me…….you haven’t worked with the mayor, you don’t know what he’s accomplished-or you’re unaccepting becuase ouy’re ignorant….I stand by his endeavors on behalf of the residents….I think you’re biased , unknowing, and ill-informed….
    moving along to another topic-for commenters on this particular site who critized me (these comments no longer appear)-for those who claim I go off topic-change the subject-check out Ted’s comments #18 under the heading-“River Road”…..for those of you who defend him-hypocritical of him to write, and I quote, “there she goes agin-getting away from the issue…” not only hypocritical but extremely mean-spirited,,he’s guilty of changing the subject big-time,,for all of you “neighbors”…..that’s OK with you, I suppose-I sold my soul? with your comment, you undermine all of my efforts as councilwoman, all of the great efforts of the mayor, and all of the efforts of council members-past and present-You sit in judgement of my soul-you, guardian angel,have sold your soul to the negative force in this community that undermines all of the good accomplished….go back and read about Faust and German legend-he sold his soul to the devil ….then you’ll have a better understanding of your own words-working closely with Mayor Doherty over a period of several years-and knowing what we accomplished together has nothing to do with selling one’s soul….it has to do with putting the residents first….understanding what is necessary to move the town in a positive direction…your soul, guardian angel, is tainted because you blindly support negativity…

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 9:49 am | Permalink
  56. Disillusioned wrote:

    Claire – having witnessed sample ballots delivered to voters at a false address, voters registered by D’Jais employees, I have little faith in the Mayor. They got away with it. The system is rigged. he knows it, he just smiles and lies to our faces.

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 12:39 pm | Permalink
  57. What Matters wrote:

    The wording of a former councilwoman match the wording of the current Belmar Council. IT IS A FACT via Belmar Maclearie Park revised plans for Maclearie Park, scrapped the permanent restrooms and substituted a portable restroom trailer. Saying you are on board with ADA accessible restrooms without using the adjective is not being technical, it is what this blog post is about specifically.Who is playing games?

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 1:48 pm | Permalink
  58. #3-DJ’s has been on board supporting Democrats here in Belmar long before Mayor Doherty’s administration. I have great faith in the mayor.if you don’t, that’s your choice..#4-playing games? I don’t think so-the information I received is….ADA compliant facilities at the park-what negativity on you part,#4-opposition enjoys twisitng and turning things to suit their beliefs–wishing to put me in a bad light—glad you know what an adjective is!! You obviously enjoy playing games because you don’t use your real name- that’s playing a game of sorts, don’t you think? Hiding your identity? Like a child? You brought up playing games, I didn’t..always poisoning the flow of progress-that’s what the oppostion does-go to it, game player!

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 3:37 pm | Permalink
  59. Disillusioned wrote:

    #5 supporting or committing fraud? I would think he would distance himself from D’Jais, perhaps spend less time in bars.

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 3:59 pm | Permalink
  60. Anonymous wrote:

    Is it me or is there a circuitous route to this dialogue?

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 4:11 pm | Permalink
  61. What Matters wrote:


    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 5:29 pm | Permalink
  62. #6-No fraud here…your remarks are blasphemous..#7-Wow-you know such a big word! Circuitous-that’s to talk in circles…#8 Is the MEOW for me….or for those who speak cat talk, like yourself? Or is it for #8? I guess the truth hurts, What Matters-your response is a feeble one-and you have no courage…ARF …..ARF…..I like dogs better than cats….that’s my answer to you..and the merry-go-round goes “’round and ’round”…on a circuitous route….

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 7:02 pm | Permalink
  63. The Truth wrote:

    Claire let’s be honest without the the hand delivered ballots the make up of this town would be a lot different. He can’t even carry his own district I his own town . I’m sure the people of Avon Sea girt Spring Lake and Manasquan are over joyed with his idea of increasing seasonal liquor license. He has a snow balls chance of winning freeholder

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 9:23 pm | Permalink
  64. Anonymous wrote:

    MACLEARIE PARK, as in Maclearie Park, so it’s a PARK like a beach is a BEACH, right?

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 9:59 pm | Permalink
  65. anibody wrote:

    Is that the same Theresa Pringle who on television the other day? Wasn’t she disraught about the flooding where she lives? It’s terrible to have to worry about your cildren getting to school, your home, your cars, your electricity and potable water twice a month with tides variables.

    Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 10:06 pm | Permalink
  66. Anonymous 68 wrote:

    Mrs. Deicke, Your posts are so very choppy that any points that you may be trying to make are rendered incomprehensible. Perhaps you could take some time to reread the comments that you are about to post so that they can actually be deciphered!

    Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 9:59 am | Permalink
  67. Claire Deicke wrote:

    68-Sorry you can’t understand your native tongue … Is English your first or second language.. I oft times have difficulty transmitting messages due to a technics glitch.. Since you seem to be hyper critical .. And as negative as others who post on this blog … Dave has been assisting me when my computer seems to fail.. What can you be thinking? Wishing to hone your negativity skills?

    Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 10:30 am | Permalink
  68. dizzy wrote:

    #7 She loves to talk in circles. That way she tries to wear everyone out. And she likes to have the last word.

    Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 11:24 am | Permalink
  69. #15-You figured me out! Go to the head of the class! Another circuitous accuser-right on target-and I LOVE having the last word-for you to state the obvious makes you look like a jerk…..join the others on this blog who can’t think for themselves…..and repeat what’s been previously stated about me-get an original thought-you’re boring, dull, old and unoriginal….and your fake name suits you to a “T”.. ..

    Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 11:44 am | Permalink
  70. Anonymous wrote:

    And on and on and on said the rooster to the hen.

    Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 11:44 am | Permalink
  71. Anonymous wrote:

    And the beat goes on….and will go on and on…and will continue as long as I’m referenced..that’s my right..

    Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 1:35 pm | Permalink
  72. Anonymous 68 wrote:

    Negativity was not my aim. For those who care to read your comments, it would be a service to them if you were clear. Also, what was the purpose of your comment about English as my first or second language? That seems uncalled for. Since you “oft times” (to use your “lofty phrase”) are defending yourself to many others who state what I have stated about your talking in circles and your chopped up sentences, you might, again, look over your comments (to determine if they make even a little sense) before you post them.

    Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 2:48 pm | Permalink
  73. Anonymous wrote:

    Gee…One can criticize for a variety of reasons, but not because of my clarity of written thoughts Truth be known,

    Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 7:15 pm | Permalink
  74. Claire Decke wrote:

    Gee-One might criticize me for my opinions, but not for my clarity of written thoughts. My remarks are true.. Technical difficulties have arisen while transmitting messages to this blog… People who read my comments have complimented me on my remarks and thoughts… Not kidding… From both the opposition and those who agree with me… This happens oft times…I like being poetic… I can tell you like my phrase…oft times… No one has ever had s problem reading my thoughts… I wrote an educational column for the Asbury Park Press from ’92-’98.. When I was teaching …write frequent letters to the editor of the Coast Star and the APP…never has there a correction.. Always printed as you see… You are alone in your unfounded criticism…long winded? Circuitous? Maybe…but always understandable…I ask you again… Is English your second language ? What is uncalled for are your remarks, as you have a problem ubderstanding written words.

    Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 7:33 pm | Permalink
  75. Anonymous 68 wrote:

    21 – Enough already about English as my second language. And enough of your babbling. Why don’t you list here all of Dougherty’s accomplishments in working with and for ALL of Belmar’s residents.

    Friday, February 12, 2016 at 8:11 am | Permalink
  76. Anonymous 68 wrote:

    21 – Can you tell us where parking will be permitted for patrons of the new Chef’s complex? Where will parking be permitted for fishing boat owners and patrons? Where will parking be permitted for boat slip owners? When will the promised meeting be held with residents and representatives of Green Acres? Will Mr. Dougherty be present and actually engage with and listen to these residents, or will he walk out as he tends to do for the public portion of meetings?

    Friday, February 12, 2016 at 8:23 am | Permalink
  77. Disillusioned wrote:

    Claire- Blasphemous? I saw the sample ballots with my own eyes..reported them and sent them back marked “not at this address” never were and never will be.. and blasphemous? sorry – you and Doherty are not above truthful criticism. Funny choice of words – the way he acts he does think he is a god.. so do his supporters.. like he commanded the sea not to flood.. piles of unsupported sand will not help with a strong coastal storm.. idiots.. Taxpayers are not being represented.. the votes were bought..

    Friday, February 12, 2016 at 8:37 am | Permalink
  78. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #23 – Bingo, that’s the $64 question. Once the restaurant is complete, where are all the vehicles going to be parked? That’s also Matt’s plan, to be out of the position of mayor of this town once that problem comes to the fore.

    Friday, February 12, 2016 at 8:50 am | Permalink
  79. Matty wrote:

    I wonder if Matty will beg Christie for a one day license for his bar friends on parade day.

    Friday, February 12, 2016 at 9:24 am | Permalink
  80. linlee wrote:

    #25 – I felt like that question was answered at the September 1, 2015 Mayor/Council meeting when I asked that question, said we are overbuilding the marina for parking capacity, and asked if the plans for the overhaul of Maclearie Park was connected to the parking question. What followed? SILENCE (Actually, Ms. Connelly had said at one point Maclearie Park’s lawn could handle overflow parking.) Really?!! Is anyone in doubt what the “redevelopment” of Maclearie is all about. We know the answer, the question is how do we stop it!

    Friday, February 12, 2016 at 9:58 am | Permalink
  81. Anonymous 68 wrote:

    27 – No doubt at all!

    Friday, February 12, 2016 at 10:11 am | Permalink
  82. #3-You proved my point about your limited knowledge of your own language-babbling has to be with verbal-not written expression-poor coice of wording….list of Mayor Doherty’s accomplishments as per your request:
    set up a system of communication with residents-codes red and blue
    cut through red tape so that businesses had an easier time of opening in Belmar
    Established programming for senior residents, children and handcipaaed individauls-cooperating with Circle of Friends
    Downtown has never been more prosperous

    opened communication between residents and himself-with office hours open to the public when he first became mayor
    crossed party lines to get assistance during Hurricane Sandy
    Worked hard to bring the town back from the devastating Hurricane Sandy-better than any other shore towns-under difficult circumstances-with all of the very real problems presented with the hurricane, he had to contend with undue criticism from the opposition at every turn..they had no understanding of the myriad of problems/situations occurring with Sandy-it was constant bashing by the opposition-very hurtful to those of us who were doing our utmost to help people/bring the town back after Sandy

    shows compassion for residents who are ill/homebound-visits them regularly, then assists them in every way possibleis responsile for installing ramps for those individuals with wheelchairs

    kept taxes stable for 5 years
    .Connects with local organizations whenever possible

    Secures grants for the community
    Seeks ways to bring revenue to the community to offset the tax burden on residents

    If I had more time, there would be more reasons to support Mayor Doherty-so at your request this list will be ongoing…
    Remember-you started this-by criticizing my wrriten expression…what, no compliments about my writing career as posted earlier? Also, a while back, the APP ran a contest on memories of growing up in the shore area-maybe 10 years or so ago-out of 300 entries, I won-if you decide you need assistance with written expression, I’d be happy to assist!
    One more thing- the mayor initiated the San Gennaro Festival here in Belmar-honoring my people!!

    Friday, February 12, 2016 at 11:24 am | Permalink
  83. dizzy wrote:

    I guess she told ME off! Heck, I just wanted to make her feel better by doing that. Pointless, as usual.

    Friday, February 12, 2016 at 12:46 pm | Permalink
  84. QUE PASA? wrote:

    Press 1 for English.
    Press 2 for Spanish.
    Press 3 for Bat Sh*t Crazy!

    Friday, February 12, 2016 at 12:47 pm | Permalink
  85. Bill Straus wrote:

    #25. Tom- Unknown to others, Matt gave exclusive use of K-Street ( day boaters lot at end of Marina to Chef’s in the signed lease 12/14,2014. Therefore the question should be where will they go with their trailers. Anyone want to play musical chairs with this administration?

    Friday, February 12, 2016 at 1:05 pm | Permalink
  86. nodee nyall wrote:

    Ding dong the troll is back, the long-winded troll is back. Her comments would be deleted on the Belmar Democrat FB site, I think, as they eliminate those from whomever they judge to be trolls. All hail free speech and fake names.

    Friday, February 12, 2016 at 1:20 pm | Permalink
  87. Bela wrote:

    Will the mayor initiate a Romanian festival in Belmar? How about Israeli? Moroccan? Do I sense local ethnic and religious discrimination? (Sorry, off topic.)

    Potty stories guarantee many comments.

    Friday, February 12, 2016 at 1:43 pm | Permalink
  88. #31-The cleverest commentary ever! While you might think I’m a bit off-center, I hope you appreciate the lengths I go to in order to respond to questions asked of me/comments made about me! I must play “crazy” convincingly …(I’ll admit I’m a little off) . I really try to be thorough..I do believe, #31, you’re one of the few people who understands how I play the one, press 2, press 3 for crazy!.- I go off center to get a reaction out of the people who criticize-#33-Take a lesson from Que Pasa-thst person gets it……you don’t! Love having fun with the people who aren’t clever enough to understand what I’m doing-I’m having such fun! And going on and on….love playing my huge ego gig…….love answering people who think they know it all and assume … taking shots at people who like to insult-#34-I’d love to see festivals for all ethnicities…I’d seek out native costumes and lead the parades! But I do love the San Gennaro Festival… people!! My maiden name is D’Ambrosio….can’t get more Italian than that! If you like, I’ll teach you the tarantella…..

    Friday, February 12, 2016 at 4:17 pm | Permalink
  89. Anonymous wrote:

    #29 – shows compassion for residents
    Correct, he’s running for another office and hopefully he will leave Belmar soon.

    Friday, February 12, 2016 at 5:59 pm | Permalink
  90. shows compassion for residents-more than you can ever imagine… joke…..

    Friday, February 12, 2016 at 6:31 pm | Permalink
  91. Anonymous wrote:

    PNC hosts many ethnic days during the summer and they have parking available. Just a small nightmare in terms of GSP traffic entering and leaving.

    Friday, February 12, 2016 at 8:41 pm | Permalink
  92. Anonymous wrote:

    #37 – You can count on me voting for him.

    Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 5:09 am | Permalink
  93. Better for Belmar wrote:

    what is so sad is how this thread demonstrates how seriously Matt has divided the Town. Matt will walk away when he sees someone on the street who is not one of his yes-people. He is not a unifier. His thin skin and sleazy practices have been bad for Belmar.

    Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 6:59 am | Permalink

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