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Tuesday’s Agenda

Schueler out as prosecutor, Sean Kean in

Court administrator replaced too

Fishy business at Taylor



You may recall that the application to become an officially sanctioned vendor for the Taylor pavilion was so complicated that I was worried nobody would bother with it.


Looks like nobody did except Nick Fuccilli, Brian Katz and of course the Botts.

I’ve OPRAed the applications.

Also, the Botts are getting some different terms for their lease payments:

OPRAed that too.

*Update. Lease amendment was attached to the resolution packet. ( I missed it.)



  1. Anonymous wrote:

    Doherty all over again.

    Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 7:02 am | Permalink
  2. Guest wrote:

    This mayor and council are trying to fix things and making it all a further mess! Or, are they just trying to “fix” things?

    Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 8:28 am | Permalink
  3. Anonymous wrote:

    #1- Close. Actually Doherty with a huge tax increase, with absolutely NO effort to control spending. VOTE THESE PEOPLE OUT AGAIN.

    Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 8:36 am | Permalink
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    meet the new boss, same as the old boss

    Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 2:10 pm | Permalink
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    Doherty 2.0

    Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 8:29 pm | Permalink
  6. eugene creamer wrote:

    Get all the ducks in a row … here comes ‘Consent Agenda’ abuse.

    Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 7:40 am | Permalink
  7. Guest wrote:

    2 – The FIX has been in for years with this latest crew just continuing with the same shady practices, just with some different characters.

    Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 9:04 am | Permalink
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    Are the vendors still allowed to prebook w/o customers for every Spring/Fall weekend?

    Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 12:53 pm | Permalink
  9. Guest wrote:

    This Walsifer is taking us all for fools. 1 term and done for you sir.

    Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 2:22 pm | Permalink
  10. Anonymous wrote:

    Apparently this present regime of Republicans are not aware of history. “Tax and Spend” is a Democratic Party’s tactic. No cuts equals no votes in my book. And to think that Belmar residents are all idiots, they hurt the kids and parents of the kids by cancelling movie on the beach nights and attribute it to saving $17k. Give me a break please. I am not an idiot. Go thru the budget and find some real cuts that won’t hurt so bad. HAHA. Bean and Levis or the two Democratic gals got my family’s votes.

    Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 3:45 pm | Permalink
  11. anon wrote:

    Is there any protection against them agreeing to just divvy up all the dates between themselves to the exclusion of ordinary citizens? and as #8 suggests ,with or without having real customers, just betting on the come?

    Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 6:33 pm | Permalink
  12. anon wrote:

    #10 You are historically correct, tax and spend was and is a democrat staple tactic. Therefore it suggests the current repubs are an historical anomaly and should be ousted at the first opportunity. However on the basis of your comment on democrat tactics it is a bit ludicrous to give the two dem gals any votes. Bean for me and reserve judgment on the second spot

    Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 6:44 pm | Permalink
  13. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    Many of these so-called republicans are very much like their counterparts in the democratic party. So you just don’t know what you’re getting until you give them a try. If these republicans continue to resist the wishes of the people who put them in office, then they’ll have to go just like Matt and Brian.

    Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 8:01 pm | Permalink
  14. Anonymous wrote:

    Does the 10th ave concession get to pay their rent quarterly too?

    I bet you the Bott’s never paid their security. Would someone please OPRA that.
    Is Cruz bay still soliciting in the beach ?

    Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 8:51 pm | Permalink
  15. Hmmmm wrote:

    This blog is the best. All of you with your certainties based on your biases.
    Democrats spend money on social programs for the sick and poor. They also try to pay for it by increasing taxes for the wealthiest among us.
    Republicans spend money on needless weapons the even the pentagon doesn’t want, corporate welfare and industrial subsidies. Then give a massive tax break to the wealthy and try to cut the meager programs for the poor.
    The deficit is higher now than under Obama. Where is the outrage?
    BOTH parties tax and spend. It is, quite frankly, how our form of government operates. Understand that and then start complaining.

    Monday, July 22, 2019 at 8:02 am | Permalink
  16. Anonymous wrote:

    The Cherry Orchard is in our future

    Monday, July 22, 2019 at 8:59 am | Permalink
  17. anon wrote:

    Hmmm, my bias is against this little hamlet on the Jersey Shore being 35/36 million in debt. What goes on in DC is disgusting, they all have their hands in someone elses pocket, but here where supposedly the voters are closest to the ones elected to represent them we should do a whole lot better. But we are not. Would you like to explain that in terms of our ‘biases’?

    Monday, July 22, 2019 at 9:58 am | Permalink
  18. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #15 – Any man who doesn’t have justifiable bias[es] based on logic and reason ain’t worth nothin.

    Monday, July 22, 2019 at 11:44 am | Permalink
  19. Hmmm wrote:

    #17- I agree with you. I think the the little d or the little r after a candidate’s name is mostly irrelevant nationally and totally irrelevant locally. Everyone assumes that because they’re republican they’ll stand for one thing and if they’re a democrat they’ll stand for something else. It is that bias that gets us in trouble.
    Ignore the party politics (it’s designed to divide) and focus on the individual. That’s all I’m saying

    Monday, July 22, 2019 at 11:57 am | Permalink
  20. MM wrote:

    I said this before the last election, and I will say it again, Mark Walsifer only cares about one person, and that’s Mark Walsifer! He is more interested in being buddies with the county Republicans then he is running Belmar! And, honestly, lets face it, he has zero experience running anything…he’s a retired cop!!!

    Monday, July 22, 2019 at 12:00 pm | Permalink
  21. Anonymous wrote:

    #20-Mark Walsifer cares deeply about Belmar and residents. Your remarks are totally unfounded. He sat on the board of education for almost 20 years. This is a non-paying job , by the way. I admire his efforts and his interest in our school and our children. You have it so wrong, # 20. You cares about Belmar. To say that Mark cares only for himself is so wrong. I’m very happy that he is our mayor.

    Monday, July 22, 2019 at 4:29 pm | Permalink
  22. Anonymous wrote:

    #20-What a terrible thing to say about Mark Walsifer! He gave his heart and soul to the town and our children for longer than any other person as a Bd of Ed. Member. As a police officer he was always helpful to people in need. His reputation as a police sgt was golden. Why are you trying to besmirch the reputation of such a good man, # 20?

    Monday, July 22, 2019 at 6:41 pm | Permalink
  23. Anonymous wrote:

    What do you mean #20? Mark never had experience in running anything? He helped to make decisions benefitting our students at the Belmar School for many years. He took part in formulating the school budget. My children attended Belmar school during his tenure, and I was so pleased with the school as were my neighbors who had children attending the school.
    You have no knowledge of Mark Walsifer, his life and what he stands for .

    Monday, July 22, 2019 at 6:51 pm | Permalink
  24. Anonymous wrote:

    Mark has run private, successful businesses since he was 17 years. Do your research. Office holders in Belmar work their tails off for its citizens.

    Monday, July 22, 2019 at 11:24 pm | Permalink
  25. Get Involved wrote:

    #20- You’ve said it before? Mark is pretty accessible if you have some complaints. You can stand up at a council meeting, email him, stop him on his daily boardwalk trek,etc. If you have some issues with the way he’s doing things, you should say something.
    You’ll feel better

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 6:50 am | Permalink
  26. Guest wrote:

    #20 – You could never have been more correct. The last 6 months have been mostly just a continuation of the last 8 years of cronyism. Look around at the Walsifer pals on the payroll.

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 8:00 am | Permalink
  27. Guest wrote:

    20. Looks like Mark Walsifer has his own photographer and videographer following him around at taxpayer expense. Another egomaniac on the loose in Belmar.

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 8:05 am | Permalink
  28. Anonymous wrote:

    Anti Walsifers are no different than Anti Trumpers: fake news

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 9:03 am | Permalink
  29. Guest wrote:

    28, you may be correct in that people were fooled again in Belmar and they are anti-fakes.

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 9:43 am | Permalink
  30. Resident wrote:

    The truth is that Walsifer pulled this crap years ago when he attempted to take over the Republican party. He was Doherty before Doherty was Doherty! But the Republicans were a smart group with a spine back then. They ousted him. Then the party went on to nominate Billy Merkler, who was followed by Richard Wright and then Jim Bean. All great people we could be proud of. Walsifer had been planning on running and becoming mayor for years and waiting for his retirement. Hopefully the committee regains their senses and pushes for their power back. I hear they mean nothing now. They are ignored. Too bad. Walsifer needs to be ousted once again, or at least he needs other people around him to answer to. Choosing Jim Bean for council is a great start. I have not decided yet my other vote.

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 9:48 am | Permalink
  31. Anonymous wrote:

    Mark is a terrific guy and great for the town. He put in lots of years on the board of education .

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 10:12 am | Permalink
  32. Guest wrote:

    30 – Jim Bean and only Jim Bean. Casting a second vote can work against getting Jim Bean elected.

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 11:08 am | Permalink
  33. Anonymous wrote:

    I hope Mark spends as much time as mayor as he did on the board of Ed. He’s an outstanding member of the community.

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 2:25 pm | Permalink
  34. Anonymous wrote:

    #30-Mark Walsifer was never ousted as Republican chairperson . Wrong information. I have great confidence in him as mayor.

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 4:15 pm | Permalink
  35. anon wrote:

    Yes #32 a bullet vote has advantages but runs the risk that your candidate wins and has no companion support. Bill Merkler, Richard Wright and Jim himself all found themselves as a lone voice which is much more easily overridden by the larger majority. So understanding the risks pointed out by #13 a judgement will have to be made and the quality of the candidate asking for the second vote will need to be seriously evaluated and if found wanting it is bullet time.

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 4:34 pm | Permalink
  36. Resident wrote:

    #34 Do not put words in my mouth, I never said Chairperson. My information is one hundred percent correct. And #32 and #35, I agree with you both.

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 5:20 pm | Permalink
  37. Summer Timer wrote:

    #33… Enlighten us… Please list Mark’s accomplishments on the BOE… Also please have the Mayor and Council show the taxpayers a 5 year projection with the tax increase….. What will our debt statement look like at 5 years… That’s where the rubber meets the road… If it’s a good financial plan I am sure the M&C will be more than willing to show us publicly…

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 6:37 pm | Permalink
  38. Anonymous wrote:

    33-As a board of Ed member for nearly 20 years Mark was part of the hiring of excellent teachers, had input into curriculum development, established the yearly budget, and served as Vice President of the board for several years. Mark also worked hand-in-hand with area high schools as Belmar sends students to these high schools .
    I’m sure that our Mayor and Council will answer your questions regarding your financial concerns. Stand up at a council meeting. I’m sure that our CFO will be able to make projections about future tax rates, debt reductions, etc.

    Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 8:30 pm | Permalink
  39. OLD MAN wrote:

    #38 I m so happy you clarified everything. Going to cry while I take my aspirins

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 4:24 am | Permalink
  40. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #s 37&38 – You’re joking right? Best thing that could happen with that dumb school is for it to be used as a training area for surrounding fire depts. where they could practice fighting controlled fires.
    The children could be bused to communities with low enrollments (not enough children of illegal aliens).

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 5:16 am | Permalink
  41. Misplaced aggression wrote:

    #32 #35 #37 etc. Go to a council meeting. Stand up to the mic and say what’s on your mind. #37 Those are all great questions. I look forward to watching the video and see you speak truth to power. I didn’t hear them asked last night so I assume I missed it? You are all setting Jim B up for failure. He’s one person. He needs more support than just your vote. Until you’re all ready to stand up and expose what you see as a problem, you’re just going to be known as the town’s angriest typists. If you really feel that what about Mark then make sure he knows it and that’ll make Jim’s job a lot easier.
    #28- They’re called never-Trupers in the republican party, not anti-Trumpers. And believe me, they aint fake.

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 7:43 am | Permalink
  42. Anonymous wrote:

    Walsifer is a good man. Give him a chance. Belmar School is an excellent place of learning. We’ve had students place first in their high school graduating classes, make the high school honor rolls, and attend prestigious colleges. My children attended Belmar Elementary School along with their friends. All involved received a solid initial education at Belmar School, went on to colleges, and are leading very successful lives. Teachers are superb, and have been through the years.

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 9:56 am | Permalink
  43. Summer Timer wrote:

    #42…. Just review the test scores for the Belmar school system…. That tells the story…. Recently score are trending better, but it is still nowhere near what would be considered good…..

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 10:19 am | Permalink
  44. Summer Timer wrote:

    #41…. I like to use my time wisely… I have not seen a meaningful response to date from M&C… If that changes I will be more than willing to participate…

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 11:54 am | Permalink
  45. Anonymous wrote:

    #43-Doesn’t matter-test scores don’t tell the true story of a school. Success of the students does.

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 2:18 pm | Permalink
  46. Summer Timer wrote:

    #45… Good luck with that thought process…..

    Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 3:00 pm | Permalink
  47. Anonymous wrote:

    #40-Belmar Elementary is a great school . Wonderful students and instructors. While state testing results are important, the real deal is how our students compete academically in high schools in the area. Our students maintain good grades, and those who attend vocational schools do well, also.

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 12:21 am | Permalink
  48. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #47 – C’mon, the administrators and teachers are a bunch of dumb charlatans enriching themselves with the idea of “it’s for the children.” The fact of the matter is these schools are many years obsolete and no amount of bleating will change it. Time to move on and fin a way to educate children other than sending them to these antiquated buildings where nothing of use is being taught.

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 5:59 am | Permalink
  49. Anonymous wrote:

    Much good is happening at Belmar School. Instruction is delivered in a clear and concise way. Students go on to lead successful lives and careers.

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 9:19 am | Permalink
  50. Shaking my Head wrote:

    If the school is so great then why didn’t any of the students pass the entrance exam for the 5 schools this year? And in previous years those who passed still had to do summer school for Algebra since they did not score well on placement test for math.

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 10:51 am | Permalink
  51. Anonymous wrote:

    Belmar Elementary is a great pre-K through 8th grade school . Proof of this is how well our students do in high school and how successful they are in life .No charlatans – just dedicated professionals who want the best for their students.

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 11:11 am | Permalink
  52. Anonymous wrote:

    If the schools are antiquated, why aren’t the students doing poorly in their lives? Truth is our Belmar School students who are now adults are leading successful lives. Nothing antiquated about the school..Students are having success in vo/tech schools also. I have a relative who attended Belmar School who is a plumber. Making big money and has a thriving business. I will keep readers of this blog up to date and will report success stories of Belmar students as I learn of them. Apparently the basics learned at Belmar School serve as a solid foundation for young adult residents. These individuals are proof positive of the great education they received at Belmar Elementary School.

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 11:40 am | Permalink
  53. Misplaced Aggression wrote:

    #44 You use your time wisely? Seems like you spend a lot of time bitching on this blog. If you want to effect change, speak up at a meeting. Civic engagement is never a waste of time. The excuse of waiting for a better response from the M&C is like waiting for shorter lines at the DMV before you renew your license. Just go and take care of it.
    The folks on here bashing the school never had children go through it and never set foot in it. Arm chair quarterbacks all of you. All my children went through that school and loved it. They are doing great in high school and college (partial scholarship). How about talking to the parents of students or attending a BOE meeting? Is that not using your time wisely? It’s easier to just bitch and moan I guess. Mr Dilberger is right, this is the new manner of living I guess. Don’t research anything thoroughly, just complain.

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 12:37 pm | Permalink
  54. Anonymous wrote:

    #53-Agree 100%. My children went through the local school. I was kept informed about children’s progress. I even received phone calls if problems with any of my children arose. We’ve lived in a few different places where my children attended school, and Belmar Elementary School
    Was the best on many levels. The staff is made up of dedicated professionals.

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 3:43 pm | Permalink
  55. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    The point isn’t whether or not a few parents are happy about the school. The point is the taxpayers are being swindled. The administration and teachers all know the children of illegal aliens make up 2/3rds of the student body. That’s known as theft of services. They also know that those children bring down the scores of the entire school (they’re not up to it intellectually). These children are doing really badly and have no future here except as wards of the state (as they actually are now). I’m sure all you people who are happy with the school wouldn’t want an armed robber to point a gun at you and steal your wallet, so why are you so happy to have the govt. steal your money under the phony guise of “education?” Theft is theft, no matter how you slice it.

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 5:34 pm | Permalink
  56. Aileen wrote:

    #52 – Keeping readers of this blog up to date on BES grads is a good idea. I’ll join you.

    Here’s one: Taylor Fowler, Belmar Elementary grad: Youngest Red Band Regional H.S. alumna to receive the school’s Distinguished Alumna Hall of Fame. She graduated Stevens Institute of Technology (a very competitive engineering college) with a degree in music technology. She parlayed her degree into top careers at Disney and Netflix.

    Getting to RBR takes an entrance exam and in most cases, a presentation/audition. Smart kids who were denied a good education wouldn’t pass. How on earth did she gain access from BES? 😉

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 6:19 pm | Permalink
  57. Anonymous wrote:

    #50-not the same information I received.

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 6:24 pm | Permalink
  58. Anonymous wrote:

    #55-Not correct about our Hispanic students. They are bright-learning the English quickly…faster than I can become fluent in Spanish. They receive honor roll status in the high schools they attend. I’ll be getting back on the blog with names of Hispanic students who are on honor rolls in high schools. By the way, the Hispanic students are bi-lingual. How many of us can say the same ? They have the ability to back and forth quickly in both languages without blinking an eye. Grade-wise Hispanic students do well in all subjects. No theft of services . Most of these students are born here . Ergo, Anerican citizens. Parents could be undocumented.

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 8:21 pm | Permalink
  59. Summer Timer wrote:

    To all the BOE cheerleaders… See link attached it’s a list of household income for each town in NJ…. There is a correlation between towns with high earnings and good school systems.. When looking for Belmar on this list hint go to the lower portion of the article…. Poor school systems produce low earners…..

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 8:33 pm | Permalink
  60. Anonymous wrote:

    #55-Hispanic students don’t do poorly. In the 6th,7th and 8th grade-24 students with Hispanic names were on the honor roll. They don’t bring test scores down. In fact, they do well .

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 8:36 pm | Permalink
  61. Anonymous wrote:

    #50-Don’t know about that. Several of Belmar Elementary’s graduating 8th graders were accepted at Red Bank Regional High School .

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 10:16 pm | Permalink
  62. Anonymous wrote:

    Not long ago the person ranked first in the graduating class from Manasquan High School was from Belmar Elementary School. Also, speaking of Hispanic students ( who are American citizens if born here) are pretty smart. To be able to think in Spanish, and speak in that language, and two minutes later can think and speak in English; that’s pretty amazing , and very smart.

    Thursday, July 25, 2019 at 10:29 pm | Permalink
  63. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    From 1880 -1920, the biggest influx of immigrants into the country, the language of instruction in our schools was English. If a child didn’t know a word of English when they got here, they entered the English only class like any other student and learned on the run. These children of illegal aliens must learn in Spanish. That, ladies and gentlemen right there cost the legal taxpayers money
    You can all babble on about how good BES is all you want but more and more people understand they’re being robbed.
    As to the children of illegal aliens who are born here being “citizens.” Give me a break. They broke the law getting here and any issue coming from them after they initially broke the law is as illegal as they are. Nobody can gain from crime. So don’t try running that bunch of baloney by me.

    Friday, July 26, 2019 at 5:24 am | Permalink
  64. shaking my head wrote:

    Should have been clearer – the 5 schools being MAST, High-Tech, Communications, Allied Health and Science and Biotech. What are known as the Specialty High Schools.

    Friday, July 26, 2019 at 5:50 am | Permalink
  65. Misplaced Aggression wrote:

    #55- I think we’ve been through this already but here goes- You CANNOT blame the school for the undocumented immigrant students any more than you can blame a hospital for treating undocumented immigrants. The school must educate the students that enroll. A hospital must treat the people that come in the ER. You, my ill informed friend, need to take your frustrations out on the congress members (both sides of isle) who refuse to take up meaningful immigration reform. And, while you’re at it, be angry at the american business owners that knowingly employ the illegal immigrants (so they can enrich themselves thru cheap labor) and the wealthy landlords who knowingly rent to illegal immigrants (mostly overcrowded in dilapidated houses to keep their property taxes low because they’re such patriots).
    So, they next time you see a landscaper or a roofer or any white business owner that has a large crew of Hispanic workers or an absentee landlord that has three Hispanic families living in a two bedroom house, you can yell at them. Because THEY are the ones ripping you off. The school has no choice but to educate the children that enter it.
    Also- people that are born here are American citizens. It’s literally in the constitution.
    #59- You got it backwards. Poor earners produce poor school systems. Belmar has both ESL students AND poor students, yet they do an amazing job considering. See above: the school doesn’t choose who enrolls. And by the way, from your ivory tower can you not see that the world is filled with, and our economy requires, low earners? The low earner blue collar workers built this country. But you just keep complaining while the Mexican father of three mows your lawn.

    Friday, July 26, 2019 at 7:57 am | Permalink
  66. Aileen wrote:

    Dilberger says “They broke the law coming here” and “nobody can gain from crime”

    Don’t tell that to the Native American’s. I believe we did gain from crime. And that’s precisely why you’re so afraid of newcomers.

    We need immigration reform. We can’t just allow an influx of people. But I direct you to answer #65 if you want to fix the problem.

    As for BES – yes – we’re doing quite well under the circumstances. I’m committed to doing better all the time however.

    Friday, July 26, 2019 at 8:37 am | Permalink
  67. Aileen wrote:

    Oops – I shouldn’t have put an apostrophe in Native Americans. But I went to St. Rose.

    Friday, July 26, 2019 at 9:15 am | Permalink
  68. Anonymous wrote:

    Mr.D. Is wrong. I have it on good authority that the Hispanic students don’t bring down the test scores. Several do quite well. Yes, they are in fact citizens because most were born here. How could these children break the law? The law of the land says if you are born here you are s citizen. No question about it.

    Friday, July 26, 2019 at 9:59 am | Permalink
  69. Anonymous wrote:

    #63-Take your case to the Supreme Court. Ruling is individuals born here are American citizens. You can’t change what is-if you disagree.

    Friday, July 26, 2019 at 12:37 pm | Permalink
  70. Summer Timer wrote:

    #65…. I do believe Belmar has alot of potential, but…. 1.You can blame the teachers for failure to educate… And low test scores…. 2. Many individuals settle as adults in the town they grew up.. Low earnings are a reflection of low education… Belmar is a lower income town…. 3. Belmar is not a very safe town… On all the rankings Belmar is very low…
    All these issues can be fixed but for some reason Belmar does not want to be great…. All the locals say its Belmar not Spring Lake…. That is the kind of attitude which will never allow the town to rise to the top… You have to admit there are issues or they will never be resolved…. ALSO I AM A LAW ABIDING CITIZEN, IN THE BUSINESS WORLD AND MY PRIVATE LIFE I HAVE NEVER HIRED AN INDIVIDUAL THAT WAS UNDOCUMENTED……

    Friday, July 26, 2019 at 1:30 pm | Permalink
  71. Aileen wrote:

    Belmar does want to be great. We do not want to be Spring Lake. Those two can be separate. I love Spring Lake and I could live there if I wanted to (near the tracks of course;). Belmar has a lot of problems but I do love it. You seems like a Trump supporter with your be great statement. What do you think of his latest statement: if you don’t like it you can leave?

    Friday, July 26, 2019 at 2:23 pm | Permalink
  72. Anonymous wrote:

    #55-More than a few parents are satisfied with the education their children receive from
    Belmar Elementary School. I’m an insider and know most parents are generally pleased with the school district. If it’s so terrible ,Mr. Dilberger, why do our students go on to high schools and in life and have success? The Belmar School has more than a little to do with it. No theft of services here. The children born here are citizens. The children of all cultures assimilate , become friends, and learn from each other . I know of Belmar parents with money who could well afford to send their children to private schools. Instead they chose Belmar because they want their children to be exposed to children of different cultures. That’s why I sent my children to Belmar Elementary . I wanted them to meet all kinds of wonderful children.

    Friday, July 26, 2019 at 2:58 pm | Permalink
  73. Summer Timer wrote:

    #71… If Belmar wants to be great we are not doing a very good job… Just review all the poor statistics… As for my Belmar home it will go in the near future as I exit NJ… If an individual purchases a vacation home in Belmar from a realtor do you still considered them a BENNY????

    Friday, July 26, 2019 at 6:01 pm | Permalink
  74. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    I’ll shoot from the hip but take it all in detail. First, there is the letter of the law and the spirit of the law and the illegal aliens broke the letter and spirit of the law. they entered the country illegally and their issue is therefore illegal (Spirit & letter). You don’t build on a defective foundation.
    It doesn’t matter who’s happy with the education of their child. The only thing that matters is the theft of the taxpayers money that goes to edumacate the illegal children.
    None of you confront my assertions. This is not about “education,” it’s about theft and the boe, supt., teachers, etc. being accessories to that theft.
    I know that many of you are good people but obviously extremely inexperienced people as well. Also, you hurt the people you think you’re helping with your twisted thinking. Your argument isn’t with me. Your argument is with basic logic. You are in very dangerous territory when you come out against basic logic. Trust me on this. I know these things. Every time in my life I strayed from basic logic, I ended up in an Emergency Room being stitched up.
    As I said above, you’re good people for the most part, but you’re being used by unscrupulous people who have no love for our nation or culture.

    Friday, July 26, 2019 at 6:33 pm | Permalink
  75. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #69 – I forgot – Oh yeah, bring a case in front of those jackasses on the supreme court – yeah that’s the ticket. I’ll get justice from those jerks. Gett’a grip on yourself fella/madam.

    Friday, July 26, 2019 at 7:06 pm | Permalink
  76. Anonymous wrote:

    74 and 75-The children who are born here are US citizens. No one sees their education as a theft of services. Basic logic for me goes with laws in place in this great country of ours.
    Supreme Court is made up of men who interpret the Constitution in light of cases brought before them. The decision brought down is children born here are citizens. This wise, brilliant men also decided that even if a child isn’t born here. He/she is entitled to free public education .

    Friday, July 26, 2019 at 9:28 pm | Permalink
  77. Anonymous wrote:

    74-75-You’re kidding, right? You can’t be serious. No crimes committed here. No danger here . Comments are far out. There’s no convincing you . It’s obvious you stand by your ideas even if the world in general will never understand your thinking. You keep adding stuff to prove your point, but you don’t want to embrace what really is.

    Friday, July 26, 2019 at 9:57 pm | Permalink
  78. Guest wrote:

    I’m not from Nj but now have the privilege to live in Belmar. I love living here. I graduated from a blue collar school in another state. Graduating class was around 89. I was one of 5 boys that graduated from college from our class. Many of the other boys are doing well but working hard. You folks have no idea how good your schools are in Monmouth county and especially in Belmar. It’s Major leagues compared with some other states very close by.

    Friday, July 26, 2019 at 10:31 pm | Permalink
  79. Summer Timer wrote:

    #78…. That is miss information regarding the NJ schools…. There is NO data that supports NJ is producing a disproportionate number of doctors, lawyers and scientists… Its is just not true…. The teachers union puts all this information out there to make you think you are getting something other than an over priced tax bill…

    Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 5:07 am | Permalink
  80. Summer Timer wrote:

    #76 & 77… Your correct that every child should have an opportunity to be educated…. But just remember NJ has at least 600,000 undocumented individuals living in our state… That is costing NJ big tax dollars… But NJ refuses to help ICE or do anything about…. Our great governor has declared us a sanctuary state…

    Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 5:14 am | Permalink
  81. Anonymous wrote:

    The answer my friends is immigration reform. As it stands now, the system is broken and will lead to the lowering of the standard of living of all Americans. Bring back the days of “stay at home” moms or dads. Bring back the days of having a whole family (mother AND father) raising children. Bring back the days of holding people accountable for their actions and stop the blame game we all see evident in our society. Until then we will all be bogged down with dealing with the worlds’ uneducated, unskilled burdens.

    Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7:42 am | Permalink
  82. Anonymous wrote:

    Bring back the days of Walter Cronkite telling me the news for an hour each nite. There is a wizard of oz (owner of present day media) that has his puppets spew crap, half-truths, lies, selective reporting, slanted stories, partial stories, and yes, fake news to those unknowing ears that are too stupid to realize is not true. Bye-bye channel 7 eye-witness news. And to thpse readers of this blog, please realize not everything you read on the internet or hear on the “news” is true but rather the views of some wizard of oz trying to brainwash you. And please pause and think, before you attempt to repeat to others what you just heard or read as these are called “rumors”, not the truth.

    Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 8:07 am | Permalink
  83. New on the blog wrote:

    I’m a new commenter. Is Mr. Dilberger a serious person, or are his comments written in jest? Hard to think he’s serious.

    Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 1:37 pm | Permalink
  84. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #83 – Sir/Madam, I don’t know why you didn’t ask me but I’ll answer as best I can. Yes, most definitely I’m serious. Is there anything specific you can mention that you don’t understand what I mean? Do you have a difficult time understanding basic logic as so many other people on this blog have? Whatever you want to ask me, I hope I can help you with. Take care sir/Madam and have a nice evening.

    Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 6:19 pm | Permalink
  85. Anonymous wrote:

    #84-Why do you disparage the Supreme Courr? Why do you not believe the law about children born here of undocumented parents-who are entitled to free public education?

    Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7:08 pm | Permalink
  86. Anonymous wrote:

    How is denying children an education basic logic?

    Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 7:19 pm | Permalink
  87. What? wrote:

    Have you ever been inside the Belmar School, Mr.D? Have you ever observed a class? Have you ever talked with one of the teachers? Are you aware that the state department of education drives the curriculum? Your criticism of Belmar Elementary has no basis. Climbing trees and throwing rocks into the water won’t help anyone to secure a good future. We still need reading, writing and math.

    Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 8:59 pm | Permalink
  88. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #85 – I disparage the Supreme court because of their numerous violations of judicial ethics, violations of the Constitution and violations of personal honor. Are you a college graduate?
    #86 – I already explained that (read my prior posts again – you didn’t understand on your first reading obviously). Are you a college graduate?
    #87 – I’ll answer your questions in order, yes, no, yes. Sir, you have little to no idea of what I’m saying (you’re not alone on that). It’s just your manner of living that makes you unable to think in depth on subjects. Two quick questions for you. Are you a college graduate? Do you own and watch TV? If so, how much TV do you watch a day (in hours)?

    Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 6:14 am | Permalink
  89. Go To Confession wrote:

    Print your comments and take them to the priest on Saturday morning Mr. Dilberger. It may take many Saturdays but you’ll work it out. One day (hopefully) before you die, you’ll be able to receive communion again. Meanwhile, please don’t pretend to be a Christian while spouting hatred for immigrants (legal or illegal), women, and anyone you deem to be stupid or ugly. Don’t kid yourself dude.

    Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 10:02 am | Permalink
  90. Anonymous wrote:

    87-I have a master’s degree in English. I might ask the same of you about your academic record. I certainly understand what you claim , but my question to you is why do you think the way you do. I Don’t watch much television. Read two books a week. Your thinking defies basic logic.

    Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 11:47 am | Permalink
  91. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #89 – The only hatred I spout is for traitors to our nation. The alien intruders are not traitors. They’re criminal thieves. Our home grown traitor class is worthy of my hatred.
    #90 – To answer your first question what you think of as thinking is not thought, it is instinctive reaction on my part to treachery. As to your last sentence, “Your thinking defies basic logic.” I cannot defy logic. I live in a world of movement and that world is ruled by logic. One false move on my part would have long ago ended my stay in this life. I doubt very much you move through the physical surroundings I do and have all my life from my earliest childhood. That is the difference between us I think. Keep reading your books.

    Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 6:15 pm | Permalink
  92. Anonymous wrote:

    #91-What makes you think I haven’t moved through life, or experienced life? I’ve moved through life through various environments and experiences. Many were difficult situations and many were joyous times. I surely will continue reading those books. My life’s lessons-like everyone else-are varied and rich-with the good and the bad. Are you saying reading books has isolated me from the real world? Seems like that is the insinuation. Shallow thinking on your part.

    Monday, July 29, 2019 at 9:45 am | Permalink
  93. Question wrote:

    91-you asked a commenter whether that person went to college. Why? Then you never answered that person’s question about your education, why? That person answered your question. Why wouldn’t you respond to the same question put to you? Is it good that the person has a master’s degree, or not, in your opinion? You left it up in the air. Are you putting down the reading of books? “Keep reading your books ” sounding like sarcasm.

    Monday, July 29, 2019 at 1:18 pm | Permalink
  94. legion wrote:

    Seems like Dilberger and Deicke arguing with each other – pointless times two.

    Monday, July 29, 2019 at 2:05 pm | Permalink
  95. Claire Deicke wrote:

    I was getting prepared for my radiation treatments at the Hope Center at Jersey Shore medical Center, -starting soon. Just looking at the blog first time today. After the hospital Then doctors’ appointments. I don’t have a masters degree, and I don’t read two books a week. Lucky to read one a month. I could care less about Tom’s schooling.

    Monday, July 29, 2019 at 5:40 pm | Permalink
  96. Anonymous wrote:

    Wow Claire. Something you said that I can finally agree with. Rest up and prayers to you.

    Monday, July 29, 2019 at 7:34 pm | Permalink
  97. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    #93 – Most of you people should stay in your illusionary worlds and read books. Don’t enter the physical world that surrounds you. It would be a horrifying experience for most of you.
    The children of alien infiltrators must be sent back to mexico with their “parents.” It’s the best thing for all involved.
    My alma-mater is good old PS-92 in the bowels of Brooklyn.

    Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 5:57 am | Permalink
  98. Misplaced Aggression wrote:

    You new comers arguing with Mr Dilberger- You would have a less frustrating experience arguing with a toaster oven. Let it go. He’s not capable of rational thought and that’s ok. He is consistent and there’s something (I guess) to be said for that.

    As for Summer Timer and Mr D’s illegal immigrants rants (just the dark ones- the Canadian illegals and the eastern and western European illegals are fine. They blend) Let’s use an analogy so maybe you two will see things more clearly.
    DRUGS- We all know about drugs, right? In the world of drugs, you have suppliers, users and the drugs themselves. In the world of central american illegal border crossings you also have the supplier (Central American countries with dysfunctional governments [in some cases due directly from American interference], high crime, gang violence, and drought) Then you have the users- American companies and the American consumers(cheap labor etc)And then you have the drugs themselves (the illegal border crosser)
    Now in the world of drugs, we all get very mad the dealers and the users but we don’t get mad at the drugs. You two are angry with the drugs. GET MAD at the suppliers and the users. Change the demand and the supply dries up.
    Hope this helps.

    Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 8:36 am | Permalink

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