Friday, December 26, 2014

Rav Moshe Hilel Hirsch Rosh Yeshivas Slabodka in Lakewood for shabbos


Lakewood cheder boys choir surprise Mr. Rechnitz


Lakewood Cheder Chanukas Habayis

The Lakewood Cheder School will celebrate the Chanukas Habayis celebration of the Rechnitz Building this Sunday. The event, which will take place at the school’s Vasser Avenue campus, at 725 Vasser Avenue, will also include the dedications of the Lipshitz Beis Medrash, the Schron Family Dining Room, and the Heitner & Feldman Lobby, and other classroom and Mezuzah dedications. 

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Traffic traffic will it ever end?

For those driving kids to school the traffic in thr Pine street area was unbearable. No transportation to school plus an accident that knocked out utility poles on rt 9 is a recipe for disaster. How does the planning board keep on approving developments while the congestion problem is not addressed. The Tzibbur is waisting precious time sitting in local traffic. Is anything being done to fix it? 

BD"H tragedy in Lakewood


 Tragic petirah of 2 year old Batsheva Esther Wolfson a”h, who passed away after being struck by a vehicle yesterday. She was named after Rebbetzin Batsheva Esther Kanievsky a”h. Shiva is at the Wolfson home in Forest Park.
 ומחה ה' דמעה מעל כל פנים

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Chanuka is in the air

Chanuka is here! The yom tov brings simcha and kedusha to all mishpachos. Families get together and spend time with each other. Yeshivos hold annual mesibas bringing talmidim together. Friends and neighbors host chanuka parties, special programming for children all over town. Stores add to the flavor with chanuka sales and free donuts. Its a time for the Tzibbur to forget the long winter nights to forget the darkness and let the light of chanukah spread kedusha and lechtikeit to all.

know whats for lunch אם אין קמח אין תורה

Want to know what the yeshiva Bochurim are eating for lunch at BMG follow @lunchbmg on twitter for the daily menu. For the Chanuka mesiba  they served- latkes, fish, donuts, rolls, and cole slaw.

Monday, December 15, 2014

President Obama to visit Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

On Monday the President will visit troops at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey and voice his appreciation in person for their incredible service. Perhaps he can stop by and light the Menorah in Town square. Watch it live http://www.whitehouse.gov/live/president-obama-speaks-troops


Saturday, December 13, 2014

New Twitter account @lakewoodbuffers for Traffic and Lakewood happenings

With the Chanukah shopping in full swing the tzibbur can once again count on twitter for traffic and other information.  Follow @lakewoodbuffers  to get alerts and breaking news. This comes following the  Lakewood Hock Twitter feed @LkwdNews that shut down a few months ago. With daily construction and unfortunately high volumes of MVA's its always good to know ahead of time which roads to avoid.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Benny Friedman at Yapchik

Shigella outbreak - prevention is key

 Yes, Shigella is going around, Shigella are bacteria that can infect the digestive tract and cause a wide range of symptoms, from diarrhea, cramping, vomiting, and nausea, to more serious complications and illnesses. Infections, called shigellosis, sometimes go away on their own; while other times, antibiotics can shorten the course of the illness.  Shigellosis, usually affects kids 2 to 4 years old and rarely infects infants younger than 6 months old.  These infections are very contagious and can be prevented with good hand washing practices.
Prevention
The best way to prevent the spread of Shigella is by frequent and careful hand washing with soap, especially after they use the toilet and before they eat. This is especially important in childcare settings.

If you're caring for a child who has diarrhea, wash your hands before touching other people and before handling food. (Anyone with a diarrhea should not prepare food for others.) Be sure to frequently clean and disinfect any toilet used by someone with shigellosis.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Where is the outrage

A 78 year old Meshulach from Brooklyn, Gregory Mirzakandov Z'L passed away after being struck while crossing Route 9. When Conrail wanted to shut Rt 9 the mayor and politicians were outraged and went all out (at least they pretended) to have it moved to a different time. Where are they now? 3 pedestrians were struck last night one of them fatal r'l. The streets are very dark there is no lighting. Why haven't they done anything about it, this is not a new problem, its been like this for who knows how long. We need more LED lights to light up a bigger area. Many street lights are out and the heavily crossed intersections are not lit up well at all. Its time to fix up the infrastructure, not blame others.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

ASIFAS SHMITAH IN LAKEWOOD

ASIFAS SHMITAH IN LAKEWOOD

TONIGHT, Sunday November 30
Ateres Chana (Bais Faiga Hall) 
Reception: 9pm
Program: 10 pm

GUEST SPEAKER: 
RAV AVROHOM AUSBAND SHLITA
Rosh Yeshiva Telz Riverdale

SPECIAL VIDEO ADDRESS:
MARAN RAV CHAIM KANIEVSKY SHLITA

RAV YAAKOV EIDELSTEIN SHLITA


HOT BUFFET BY GREENWALD CATERERS

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Schools promise to end acceptance process by Rosh Chodesh Adar

No more procrastinating, in an effort to avoid aggravation, agmas nefesh, and tzaar, regarding school registration some mosdos are implementing a new system. They agreed to start registration by December 29th or 7 Teves and send out acceptance letters no later than Rosh Chodesh Adar. The boys and girls schools will than work with a Vaad of asskanim that will make sure each and every Lakewood child is placed in a school. Due to the limited space in Lakewood classrooms, parents are asked to apply to multiple schools. A similar system was put in place previously for the high schools, now lets hope some positive changes will come about to the elementary schools.
Participating schools:
Bais Faiga                               Cheder Bnei Torah
Bais Rivka Rochel                   Lakewood Cheder
Bais Tova                                Bais Hatorah
Bnos Devora                           Yeshiva Ketana
Bnos Melech                            Ohr Hatorah
Orchos Chaim                          Shagas Aryeh 
Bnos Orchos Chaim                 YTT         
Masores Bnos Yisrael             Toras aaron  
Tiferes Bais yaakov                 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Asifa TONIGHT, Thursday, November 20th Harav Yitzchok Sorotzkin Shlita at Khal Zichron yaakov

WE  MUST DO SOMETHING!

TONIGHT,  Thursday, November 20th

Harav Yitzchok Sorotzkin Shlita 
will be speaking at 
9:00 pm  followed by Tehilim and Marriv.

at Khal Zichron Yaakov
(Rav Gissinger's Shul)
175 Sunset Road

FOR MEN ONLY

Additional parking available at the NPGS Shopping Center

L'zchur Refuah Shelaima for  Beruriah Bas Chana

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Local Community Mourns Loss Of Rabbi Killed In Israeli Synagogue Attack

VIDEO
By Cleve Bryan
LAKEWOOD Twp., NJ (CBS) – An Orthodox Jewish community is mourning the loss of a rabbi with ties to Lakewood Township who was killed in an Israeli synagogue attack.
Rabbi Moshe Twersky only lived in Lakewood for a short time but his son Rafael Twersky is a student at the rabbinical college.
Lakewood Committeeman Meir Lichtenstein went to Rafael Twersky’s home early Tuesday morning as names were released of the victims in Jerusalem attack.
“Well I walked into the apartment and he was just crying,” says Lichtenstein who tried to console the younger Twersky and help him make travel arrangements to attend his father’s burial.
Tuesday afternoon he delivered a statement from Rabbi Moshe Twersky’s widowed wife:
“He was a most remarkable, beloved husband, father and grandfather

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Atzeres tefilah Tonight

 In light of this morning’s tragic events in Eretz Yisroel, an Atzeres Tefillah will be held in Lakewood tonight. The event, arranged by Agudah, will take place at 7:50 p.m. in Ateres Riva. ‎500 summer Avenue
Divrei Hisorirus will be he heard from Rav Yeruchim Olshin Shlita
Live hook up from Rav Avraham Schor and Rav Elya Brudny  at Brooklyn Asifa.Maariv and Tehillim at 9:00. 
Call in number: 212-444-1323 ext. 9.  

Terror in Har Nof hits close to home.

NJ12 news Video One of the three Americans that were among those killed in an attack Tuesday at a synagogue in Israel has ties to New Jersey.  U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki identified the three U.S. citizens as Mosheh Twersky, Aryeh Kupinsky and Cary William Levine.
Twersky has a son, Rafael Twersky, that that lives and studies in Lakewood, according to township’s mayor. The victim’s son has reportedly already left for the funeral in Israel.



Monday, November 17, 2014

High taxes forcing rental prices to shoot up, now topping $1300 +utilities

How can a newlywed young couple afford to rent an apartment in Lakewood?. The price for a 3 BR basement is going for $1250. Its not plain greed or supply and demand, rather, the huge tax increases imposed on the tzibbur, is leaving homeowners with no choice but to raise the rent. If we keep going this way, we will price ourselves out of our homes and force couples to look and move elsewhere. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

New school acceptance vaad in formation

A new Vaad is forming to help make sure all Lakewood children are accepted in a school before the next school year. After pressure from gevirim and others, askanim got together to set up a committee that will oversee the school registration process. Time will tell if anything will come of this. For now lets give them a shot.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

School registration season begins

Its the time of year new parents dread, applications for the coming school year.  The registration process usually begins a few weeks after Sukkos. Some schools promised to push it off until after chanukah. The system as is, contributes to the problem resulting in many parents not knowing if they have a school until literally the beginning of the new school year. While parents apply now, they dont always receive an answer and they are strung along for 6- 8 months. Some schools request an immediate answer from parents to reply,  while the more established schools have the luxury of not responding to an application. Parents than find themselves humiliated, at the mercy of school administrators and askanim pleading for their child to be accepted. The path to a child's chinuch should not begin like this. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

בא שבת בא מנוחה

Following a tumultuous election week, non stop campaigning, robo calls, letters, flyers and what not, The olam is looking to put that public battle behind them. The shtut was thrust into a bitter election that was full of divisiveness and machlokes. It is time to focus on how to move forward and take lessons from what was learnt. There are many pressing issues and concerns affecting the tzibbur that must be addressed and can not be ignored. There is no reason to wait again until the next election cycle to bring up the issues with more broken promises pushing it off again and again. 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Bell beats Booker in Ocean county, but not in Lakewood vote

Jeff   BELL       57.41%  78,911
Cory BOOKER 40.28%  55,365
Jeff Bell beat Cory Booker in Ocean county by 17% But in unzer heiliger shtut Booker won by 12%.
Lakewood results 
Cory Booker 55.89%  
 Jeff Bell  43.08% 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

All 43 districts reporting....Coles and Delia win Seats on Township committee, BOE Gonzalez,Weinberger, Friedman

Lakewood results
Cory Booker 55.89%  
Jeff Bell  43.08% 
                                       Percent Votes
Steven LANGERT (REP) 24.95% 6,467
Michael J. D'ELIA (REP) 33.10% 8,579
Raymond COLES (DEM) 27.74% 7,189
Moshe RAITZIK (DEM) 13.81% 3,579
WRITE-IN                           0.39% 101
                                               25,915
BOE

Member of the Board of Ed. Lakewood Twp
                                       Percent Votes
Ada I. GONZALEZ           25.76% 7,621
Carl FINK                          8.59% 2,543
Joshua WEINBERGER 20.73% 6,135
Aasim JOHNSON               5.94% 1,757
Yechezkel M. SEITLER       7.90% 2,337
Menachem FRIEDMAN 19.96% 5,907
Tracey TIFT                     10.53% 3,115
WRITE-IN                           0.58% 173
                                                                                                                     29,588

Monday, November 3, 2014

Other races not getting much attention

With all the noise surrounding the election for township committee, the BOE elections and senate are not getting much attention. It is the BOE who decides how much of  the tax dollars will be spent on education. Lets not forget the recent cuts to busing and the $30 million referendum added to the tax payers.The igud endorsement is without any explanation, do your own research. On the senate race the olam is divided over supporting a pro toaiva candidate.

Vote with your seichel and tax bill

Many are frustrated not knowing who to vote for.  The tzibbur should be allowed to decide on their own what is in their best interest when voting for any candidate. The vaad rightfully can decide what is best for them, while the tzibbur can decide what is best for them. candidate Moishe Raitzik as a newcomer should be a good choice bringing a fresh face to the committee. Many are frustrated with the non stop increases in property taxes and can not afford to live or buy a house in Lakewood. Incumbents have been here for too long to claim this has nothing to do with them. There are many different groups that have personal interests. The only way for a united voice is, if everyone feels equally represented. Until than the olam will vote based on what they believe is in their best interest. Unfortunately the klal has not had an opportunity to hear from all the candidates and make an informed and educated decision on who to vote for.

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Senator Booker Tov eats milchig Melava malka in lakewood

US senator Cory Booker whos a frequent visitor loves the Lakewood food establishments. The senator is here so often, he will soon run for Township committee. The raid is Cory went into Judaica plaza and asked for a certain type of כתובה  for siddur kiddushin which of course they dont carry.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Video: Candidate Langert asks bracha from Gedolim in Eretz yisrael for upcoming election- defends his position


 Can we have an explanation on the current sky rocketing property taxes?

Girls school heads back to court

APP JACKSON – An appeal was filed in state Superior Court, Toms River, to overturn a Jackson Zoning Board denial of a plan to build an all-girls Orthodox Jewish high school in Jackson.

The Zoning Board denied the application in June after eight months of testimony and deliberation. Rabbi Ephraim Birnbaum was seeking a variance to build Oros Bais Yaakov — a two-story, 400-student school — on a 7.5-acre parcel on Cross Street. A variance would be required to build because schools are not permitted uses of land within the residential neighborhood of mostly one-acre lots. More..

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The height of Chutzpah- Not a word on property taxes

 A flyer sent by The Lakewood Vaad, titled "urgent election notice" details their choice candidates for the upcoming election November 4th. When referencing the election for township committee, there is not a single  word about the suffering of Lakewood residents due to property taxes sky rocketing this year alone. Not a word about promising to lower the taxes. The vaad once again seems to ignore the needs and best interests of the Tzibbur while continuing to use the כח הרבים for other favors. Did anyone represent the interests of the tzibbur when choosing the candidates? who was in on these meetings? The tzibbur should have a right to be informed of the issues and standings of the candidates and then make a decision. To blindly be told who to vote for without a shred of information is insulting, degrading and condescending.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Tough choice?

There is lots of backroom dealing and infighting among the askanim both from the Vaad, Igud and others who to endorse this coming election.  The recent election which will cost taxpayers $30 million was simply ignored and information usually publicized prior to a vote, was withheld from the public. While they slug it out among themselves, They must keep in mind the interest of the entire tzibbur is what should count here. NOT developers, NOT, private mosdos, NOT politically connected power brokers, NOT any Yochid. But ONLY of the Tzibbur. The ones that will vote and decide the candidate. Looking back taxes have increased and sky rocketed by the Vaad backed candidates currently in power. We cant afford to elect the same people again and again when all we have is more taxes more referendums and the residents are bleeding with no end in site. 

Friday, October 24, 2014

Gentiles Standing up for the Tzibbur in Lakewood

The NYT article painted the Lakewood olam in a bad light, however some comments deserve a mention for defending the Lakewood community.
 I read 500+ comments in disbelief. This article is about beggars who come to Lakewood. How come a large percentage of the comments have nothing to do with the topic. When the word Lakewood comes up, people feel a license to criticize and attack anything that happens in Lakewood. That is bigotry and prejudice at its highest. And to those who focus on Mr. Ehrlich, he is but one person. There are thousands of people in Lakewood, mostly not wealthy, who are willing to put their hands in their pockets to take out something for someone who may have less than them. That is a beautiful thing regardless of your opinions about what they should be doing with their lives and what a better idea would be. And to those who would discuss the women. Have you met the women of Lakewood? Do they feel deprived and abused? Everyone has an opinion what other women should do, ironically labeling it as a woman's right to choose. They do choose - to ignore all you self-righteous nose-in-the-sky feminists, who kindly make decisions on other people's backs.

Another comment from helene in Virginia 

 This is a beautiful article about kindness and love. The world would be a greater place with more communities where people treat others the way they do. This should be an example for the rest of us on how to treat our family, neighbors and fellow citizens. I wish my upper class neighborhood would be like this. I beg all those that are posting hateful comments about people treating others with kindness and love to please take off your white hood then look in the mirror and see the racist bigot staring at you.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

New York Times magazine profiles meshulachim in Lakewood

 Credit Peter van Agtmael/Magnum, for The New York Times
 The NYT writes up how the tzibbur in Lakewood responds to meshulachim who come collecting for Tzedaka. Once a year, Elimelech Ehrlich travels from Jerusalem to Lakewood, N.J., with a cash box and a wireless credit-card machine. During the three weeks he typically spends in town, Ehrlich — a white-bearded, black-suited, black-skullcapped, wisecracking 51-year-old — haunts the many local yeshivas, schools where Jewish men, mostly in their 20s, study the Talmud and other texts. Sometimes he loiters around the condominium complexes where students live with their young wives and growing families. Some days he hires a driver to take him to the houses of local ashirim, rich men. Throughout town, he greets old friends, asking after marriages made since his last visit and new babies. And at every stop along the way, he asks for money.

Ehrlich is a full-time beggar. His strategy is one part humor, one part not taking no for an answer. He gives you levity; he expects money in return. “I say rhymes,.. read more from the new york times

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Tie down your schach and secure your succah : Very strong winds and rain expected tonight in Ocean county

Severe thunderstorms and strong winds tonight as a cold front cruises through the area, according to the National Weather Service. Strong, possibly severe, storms are expected tonight in the Lakewood area. The primary hazard with any storms will be strong winds. If you have a schach mat its important to tie it down as a wind can blow it right off. Many poskim permit to tie the schach down with a 100% natural string.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Many mishpachos in desperate need for a sukkah

If you will not be home for Yom Tov or getting rid of your old Sukkah there are many families that need one for Yom Tov. Young couples that will be home for Chol Hamoed or others that cant afford a new one can benefit from this. you can contact Chesed of Lakewood sukkah exchange 732-901-0482 ext 4 or email info@chesedoflakewood.org or leave your info in the comment section we will match up those that need one with those who have an extra one. 

Daf Yomi Community wide Siyum on Seder Moed

There will be a community wide siyum on Chagiga and seder Moed, sponsored by the Daf yomi commission of Agudath Israel. Tonight 7:15-8:30 pm at Ateres Riva hall, 500 Summer avenue, Lakewood.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

התורה חסה על ממונם של ישראל

Men darf farshtein, ven men nemt gelt fun dee shtut, nemt men nisht fun a groyseh kupah. Men nemt gelt vuss kumt fun unzereh. Men nemt fun dee shuchen, un der chavruseh. Roiv der missim vus veren getzult iz fun anash. Yeder vuss nemt far zich, uder tzult nisht, un nemt badinungs un programen fun der memshuleh, iz goirem a tzveiter tzu tzulen mer fun zein tahsh. Es iz nit azoy vee anderer pletzer vuss roiv missim kumt arein fun anderer mekoimos. Kimat achtzig prutzent fun duss gelt iz misheloonee. Men darf duss gut batrachten ven men reist gelt fun der regirung. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Politics as usual results in another tax increase

 APP -With all  Lakewood districts reporting, 2,436 residents voted for the proposal and 1,381 voted against it, according to the Ocean County Clerk’s Office. The big scare tactic was, if you vote no, the 5 million dollar bond on an accelerated payment schedule will cost the tax payers $300 a year for the next 3 years. That number is not accurate at all and makes no sense. It would take a one time payment of $300 per household to pay back the bond. last year the tax revenue was $150 million. A 30th of that number is what it would take to pay back the bond. In addition the $30 million estimate is a figure based on union wages three times the price of what it would have cost in the private sector. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

A guest house and sefer Torah to be dedicated in memory of Aaron Sofer Z'L

At the shloshim atzeres for HaBachur Aaron Sofer z'l it was announced the family would like to dedicate a sefer Torah and a guest house, liluy Nishmaso. Lakewood is known for its hospitality and hachnosas Orchim. A guest house can add much, to the many who come by to visit for simchas or other reasons.

Atzeres hisoirerus today Tzom gedalya to commemorate Shloshim of habachur Aaron Sofer Z'L


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Didn't get a free Rimon? you can buy one locally for 99 cents

Pomegranates are on sale at Howell ALDI for 99 cents.

A 13% tax hike and now they ask for more?

Talk about a one two punch, taxpayers just got hit with huge tax increases now they are asking for another tax hike, to maintain the dilapidated schools. Where is all the tax money going? can we see the contract and the bidding that went on for these improvement projects? They cant account for IPODS now they say trust us? why are the politicians silent about all this? 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

L'etoeles harabim Local Gas prices dip below $3 a gallon

Gas prices are falling as the fall driving weather begins. The Costco gas station in Brick township has gas at $2.97 a gallon for regular.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

צרכי עמך מרובים Many unemployed mishpachos before yomim tovim

With three 3 day yomtovs approaching there are many who are struggling to make ends meet. In addition there are many who were laid off from the special ed agencies or were cut from a 30 hour work week to a ten hour work week. Its time to help out the many yechidim who have no where to turn and are too embarrassed to ask. The sky rocketting tax hikes is only making matters worse. Its time to focus all our tzedakas on עניי עירך. Many of these families are not known to the Gaboei tzadaka and are on nobody's list. If you think of a neighbor a relative or friend that has been laid off recently try to help them out in a mechubadiker way.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

One million truck washes pays back for entire DPW complex.

 After ten years DPW truckwash service brings revenue to the Township. The state of the art DPW complex cost the taxpayers $35 million but back then, politicians promised it will generate money by offering its truck wash services to other municipalities. On August 25th Manchester Township entered a shared services agreement with Lakewood Township for Manchester's use of the Lakewood truck wash facility. Manchester will pay $35 per truck. Do the math- One Million truck washes and it pays for itself, plus the politicians look brilliant. :) 
however after you factor in costs such as labor, utilities, insurance and maintenance it will probably cost Lakewood TWP more than $35 to wash a truck. What else is new.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Despite 2 percent tax cap, Lakewood, banks tax cap and taxpayers get a whopping 10 % increase

Although the 2 percent cap imposed in 2010 on increases in the property tax levy has slowed the growth of tax bills, it hasn't halted their rise. In Lakewood politicians and askanim for the last few years had us naively believing they did not raise the property tax. Well in truth they did not raise it back then, what they did was bank it. If a local government doesn't raise property taxes as much as it is permitted to do so, it gets to hold onto the unused amount in a 'cap bank' for three years. Well now we are paying a heavy price for that with a whopping tax bill. In addition to banking there are Some cost increases, that are exempt from the cap. Those exclusions include costs for shared service agreements, health insurance, pension obligations, Length of Service Award Programs (LOSAP) for volunteer firefighters and first aid organizations, capital improvements, debt service and leases, recycling taxes and emergencies.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

NJ Senator Cory Booker in Lakewood says he is not happy with funding crisis in Lakewood

NJ  DEM senator Cory Booker was in Lakewood today at the home of committeeman Mayer Lichtenstein and than at a fundraising event hosted by lakewoods Dr. Rich Roberts who is usually a GOP donor. Booker met with Roshei mosdos who brought the plight of funding for Lakewoods private schools. The senator  reiterated his support for taxpayer relief for private school parents, says not happy with funding crisis in Lakewood. The senator quipped "I cut enough ribbons as mayor, I qualify as a mohel now". When he was shown the Gemachim in the lakewood directory he asked "Do they have a 'goyim shidduch' Gemach in the Lakewood phone book?". He was than presented with a official proclamation thanking him for his support for Lakewood and Israel.



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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Property Taxes go up 10% -not a word from elected officials

Residents were not shocked its unfortunately become the norm but they were not expecting such a huge tax hike. If you did not cut a deal with a township committee member during reassessment, most of  taxpayers saw a huge increase for the new tax year. The average property tax in Lakewood is now in the $7,000-$8,000 range. In the last 10 years taxes went up close to $4,000!. Why do we keep voting in the same people over and over again. Spending is out of control its becoming not affordable to own a home in Lakewood. Where is the money going? with all the new construction why are taxes going up and up. The  Lakewood Vaad insists every election, the minimal raise in taxes is beneficial for the return of services benefiting the tzibbur. Well this minimal tax hike has mushroomed into thousands of dollars with no benefits. Where's the vaad now?????

Friday, September 12, 2014

Hastureh song in Kosher Taco

Residents receive free Hamodia weekly

Dont discard those free weeklies from your front door so quickly.  This week many lakewood neighborhoods received a complimentary copy of the Hamodia weekly magazine. The weekly edition has been redesigned to a new format.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Desperate search for apartments

There is a desperate search and need for Apartments, if anyone knows of any, please let people know about it. Many newlywed couples are looking frantically. In addition, many on the HUD waiting list have now received vouchers for affordable housing they too need HUD approved units to move into. There is new construction that will hopefully free up some units, but till then if you know of something that's opening up let others that are looking know about it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Meetings are not enough its time to take action

The Igud hamosdos is calling on parents to attend the BOE special meeting. What was done here to the private schools is most probably illegal. Its time to take the district to court for what has been done. Denying essential services that are mandated to the schools as retribution and payback. Weakness on the boards part breeds more of this behavior its time to talk turkey and take action.

Traffic, road closures, construction delays as girl schools begin

Talk about planing the Girls schools will be starting today, but construction projects is delaying the opening of some schools. in addition two main roads where schools are located will be closed to traffic. Oak street is closed with complicating detours as well as James street which will be closed for construction. Is anyone in charge of avoiding these unnecessary inconveniences.

Paying a Shiva call at the Sofer home. NJ senator Cory Booker

 Cory Booker Paying a shiva visit

at a local eatery

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Catapult services for special ed tells teachers there are no more jobs

Therapists working through Catapult services were notified not to come in, their jobs will no longer be available due to the loss of Title 1 Funding. They are paying them for September and then they might have to look for a new Job. Same with the special childrens center they are no longer getting funding from the Lakewood BOE for special ed services.

Monday, September 1, 2014

I have to work!!

Lakewood parents are frustrated. The schools and playgroups start in a few days and even then, only have a half day schedule. Mothers and fathers must make arrangements or take off from work/Yeshiva. It is a system that needs to be corrected. If we expect parents to afford the tuition we must make it easy for them to earn a parnassah. The way it is now is just frustrating, inconvinient and not fair. Nothing will happen if children stay an extra hour. Parents can not afford this.

BOE Busing gets underway staggering schedule begins

After much negotiating and hoping the BOE busing rolled out to begin the new school year. Many buses are running their routes at earlier times. The girls schools are starting Wednesday and time will tell how the staggering of start times will help save courtesy busing for Lakewood schools. Bnos Rivka Rochel, Bais Faiga, Bais Tova will start later at 9:15 am.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Sofer family shiva info

Shiva in Lakewood for  Ha'Bachur Aaron Z"L ben Reb Moshe Sofer shlita will take place Sunday morning until Thursday morning at 119 5th street, Lakewood, NJ 732-370-1217

Zmanim for minyanim
Shachris-  K'Vasikin, 2nd minyan 8:00 a.m
Mincha- 1:40 p.m
Maariv - 8:30 p.m.


Thursday, August 28, 2014

Levaya for Aaron Sofer Z""L live hook up in Lakewood

The Levaya for Ha'Bachur Aaron Sofer Z"L will take place tomorrow morning in Yerushalayim at 9:30 am in the Ezras Torah neighborhood. from Even haazel Street (2:30 am Lakewood time) The kevura is in Beit shemesh at the Eitz hachaim cemetery, Lakewood chelka.
There will be a live video hookup in Lakewood 2:30 AM at Yeshivas Ohr Moshe, 21 4th Street, between Princeton and Monmouth.
The conference number to call in, is 
605-562-3131 access number is 715226#
 watch live VIDEO.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Thousands say tehilim -Chesed of Lakewood sets up fund to help with the search efforts on behalf of Aaron ben Chulda Sofer

Thousands came to Toras Aaron hall to hear divrei chizuk and daven for a safe return of Aaron sofer. Chesed of Lakewood in conjunction with Agudas yisrael jointly set up a fund to help pay for the ongoing search effort in eretz yisrael on behalf of aaron ben Chulda. You can donate here or call 732-901-0482 ext. 5

Tonight- Atzeres Tefillah in Lakewood for Aaron Sofer at Ateres Reva hall

There will be a Atzeres Tefillah tonight Wednesday August, 27 in Lakewood for missing yeshiva Bochur Aaron Sofer. It will take place at Ateres Reva hall, 500 Summer avenue Rav Yitzchok Sorotzkin shlita will give divrei Chizuk. Please continue to daven for אהרן בן חולדה.

Lakewood chadorim begin today

 The sounds of הבל פיהם של תינוקות של בית רבן will once again be heard. After lots of summer fun and camp most lakewood chadorim begin today. Lakewood cheder school delayed its opening until next week Monday giving the boys an extended vacation and the parents a headache. Hopefully all boys are accepted and have a yeshiva to go to. Let it be a zechus for us to once again hear the sweet sound of Torah from the yiddisher kinderlach.  

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Lakewood community stands together with family of missing yeshiva bochur

 Lakewood citizens, Politicians, community leaders and family of missing yeshiva bochur Aaron Sofer gathered  together to call attention to the disappearance of Aaron Sofer in Israel. They pleaded to authorities both in the USA and Israel to help in finding him. A local tzedaka set up a fund to help costs associated with the search and award money on information for his return. Donation page daven for אהרן בן חולדה

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Lakewood kinderlach receive bus passes

After much uncertainty, the BOE mailed out the bus passes to the children that will iyh be going back to school this week. Lots of confusion still lies ahead with the new staggered bus schedule, as not everyone will be getting busing there are approximately 1700 students that will not get courtesy busing.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

New busing schedule will give Lakewood boy schools an early start to the day

Lakewood chadorim and yeshivos will have an earlier start to their day due to the new busing schedule. Starting time for some schools will be at 8:30.  Lakewood cheder, Shagas Aryeh, Orchos Chaim and others will have a 8:30 am start time. Breakfast will be served for the boys arriving at 8:30 school start time is at 8:45 am. On the other hand some girls schools will have a later start time beginning at 9:15 am. All this is a pilot project and trial to see how it works out. 

Lakewood Yeshiva Bochur missing in yerushalayim

Please daven for Aron ben Chulda Sofer (23) from Lakewood learning by R' Tzvi Kaplan Yeshiva  in Yerushalayim is missing after going hiking Friday near  forest in Yaar Yerushalayim. Son of Reb Moshe shlita, learns in BMG.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

No shortage of eateries and food establishments

For all those complaining there are not enough eateries near the ballpark let them drive 2 minutes into town there is no shortage at all. B'H as the town continues to grow and mature, so does the business opportunity. It seems every week a new restaurant is opening, not the old mom and pop ones but high end eateries are springing up in town. Who would have thought in Lakewood there would be an option for a steak costing close to $100! at the same time there are those who can not afford to eat out and for them these concepts are foreign. Yet, for the people relocating and  calling Lakewood home, these establishments are helping the local economy and the more people spend, the more everyone else benefits.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Blueclaws fans complain, no eateries near ballpark

 APP Blueclaws fans complain once the game is over there is not much to do. "Township officials hoped the ballpark would spawn commercial development around the park, but that failed to happen. With little but woods around the ballpark, drawing offseason business might be an issue. To the north of the stadium is the township Public Works Department, to the west is a 186-acre wooded parcel, owned by the private Cedarbridge Development Cooperation, that is slated to be the home of a high-tech business park". Well, let them drive in to town and support the local establishments whose taxes went to build the stadium. How about the township provide tours for a fee of the nearby state of the art DPW, that should make a nice family outing.  "But some fans think that more can be done to enhance the experience by luring restaurants, shops and attractions around the ballpark. "Once the game is over, we head home. There is nothing really to do around here "It's something that is really lacking. It's like they dropped the stadium in the middle of the woods." 

Binny, Bina, deja new, and others welcomed in Lakewood

The NYC council voted on a proposal that would allow for quicker removal of illegal Clothing bins and drop boxes. In Lakewood b'h we are a town of tzedaka vachesed we are proud to host these bins as a way to clothe the needy and fund-raise for mosdos. Ashreinu!! we dont see it as an eyesore-  unlike NYC they complain many bins overflow with uncollected items, are misused as trash receptacles and attract garbage pickers and vermin, opponents say. When sanitation inspectors quickly tag them, the bins’ owners take advantage of regulations giving them 30 days to haul them away.The battle of the bins comes as the textile-recycling market has grown into a $1 billion behemoth in the United States. Most donors don’t realize their old garments will never clothe the needy".  

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Stuck in that Temporary Apartment

 There is a new definition of a Temporary apt what used to be 3 months has no turned into a year and counting. True, this world is only temporary but for young newlywed couples starting out a mishpacha in Lakewood, there is no end in sight as they look desperately for suitable housing. Construction has picked up, but can not keep up with the high demand. Many couples are in one room studio apartments with a baby and still can not find an apt. Some couples are simply moving to other out of town locations such as Monsey, Clevland,Chicago and elsewhere. Those towns also have it hard to find but they have a paying Kollel to start off with. We need more housing or people just have to move elsewhere.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Enjoying the quiet streets of Lakewood

 No complaining or honking your horns, the streets can not be quieter than it is now. Are you surprised that you can park your car almost anywhere without driving around looking for a parking spot? If you ever imagined what a well planned thought out properly zoned infrastructure would look like than enjoy these few weeks of bein hazmanim. The bein hazmanim is not just who go away but for those that stay behind there is something to enjoy if only we could always have such calm and quiet all year.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Again- mid summer 75 girls still with no school

Its unfortunately the norm, children in kindergarten can not proudly say where they are going to school next year. They cant even talk about going on the big yellow bus! Parents have to hold back tears and remain tight lipped when their 5 year old asks them who her morah will be next year. Parents themselves are suffering embarrassed to tell people they did not get in or have a place yet. There is much blame to go around, school administrators upset that parents are stubbornly holding out to get into the school of their choice. Parents refusing to change a dress code that is  anathema to the ruach and chinuch they want to inoculate to the talmidos. Parents pointing fingers at schools for not accepting them because they just dont have protekzia or husband is not learning etc..The real issue  is there is a lack of room and classroom space and every year dedicated and trailblazing individuals jump in and continue to open schools for the growing demand. There is One askan a tzadik who makes sure in the end everyone will get in some way or another, but why do we have to have this suffering? why do we have to bring this upon ourselves there is no reason for this game to go on it could have all been taken care of.  Yes I know,easier said than done, just making a point.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Lakewod buisnesses featured in the news

While Lakewood is not mentioned specifically but this law is very important especially to Lakewood businesses, which many already have complied. With young married women, kollel wives of child bearing age, supplying the vast majority of the workforce in town, this law is not only important but can make working much easier. Under the Affordable Care Act, employers must provide time and space for new mothers to express milk for their babies until the child turns one year old. It should be a room, a separate quiet place, not a bathroom, and let the mother express her milk and have a place to store it.

 Another Lakewood, NJ business cardcash.com is featured in Forbes magazine. 





Sunday, August 3, 2014

Lakewood is an inclusive town after all

We get a bad rap in the velt as being a elitist non inclusive society. People say, Lakewood has a holier than thou problem etc.. there is a false premise of Lakewood not being open and accepting people feel intimidated. This can not be further than the truth. A study published in Commentary magazine shows that 20 percent of the students in  Lakewood yeshiva Beth Medrah Govoha come from modern orthodox or non Charedi backgrounds. "Though most of this growth is attributable to large family size, the Haredi population has received a significant influx of recruits from other sectors of the Jewish community, most notably from Modern Orthodox families. As many as 20 percent of students at the Lakewood yeshiva were raised in non-Haredi homes". Even if its not 20 percent this is still good news to disprove the myth of us being an exclusive community. What a better way to go into Tisha bav with a feeling of ahavas chinom and achdus. If only we can take this further and make sure all Lakewood"s children be accepted into schools, both boys and girls who still do not have a school for next year.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

FOUND missing Lakewood Bochur

Update: Bochur has been found B''H earlier this morning walking on 14th street, was sleeping in a Shul all night.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The circus is coming to town!

The circus is coming to town, no, not the BOE or the Township committee its actually the real circus. The Cole brothers circus will be in Lakewood, July 31 through August 3rd. It takes place during the Nine days and week of Tisha B'av, ask your local rabbi regarding attending due to tznius and other issues. Location is in a tent at the corner of Cedarbridge and New Hampshire at first energy park.

Lakewood parents join in the camp spirit

 Vuss tut men nit far der kinder! Look around its color war on wheels. As boys camp season begins the camps are at it again outdoing and competing with each other who can have the best PR and placement on the cars. The shtick changes yearly from the simple bumper sticker to a magnet to a flag a mirror sleeve or perhaps soon a fully painted vehicle. Bright colors catching attention as kids drive with pride ans a badge of honor to the camp they are attending. The parents happily join in despite finding it a bit embarrassing, they join along knowing it makes their children happy. That's real pride thats not needed to be displayed.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Biking fundraiser event moves out of Lakewood

This year the annual Bike4chai which originated in Lakewood has moved elsewhere. The event moved away and the route started in Piscataway NJ. The bikers are heading up to camp Simcha. Perhaps the fact that it takes place during the 9 days they want to keep a low profile and away from the public, unlike the fanfare and publicizing as in previous years.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Reinstatement of busing will give the kinderlach a better breakfast

Reports of the restoration of courtesy busing to the mosdos are good news for the tax payers. While the details have not been finalized, it appears some schools have agreed to share the burden and absorb changes that will benefit the olam overall. Start times have been pushed up for some while in the same time the bus routes will be shorter. The larger mosdos can fill a bus quicker and thereby help reduce the drive time. The kinderlach will also be rewarded for getting up a bit earlier with a healthier hearty breakfast in some schools. By coming earlier, the boys will not only get a snack but a meal that will fill them as they begin the school day.  

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Route 9 in Lakewood shut down due to accident

Emergency services units are on the scene of a motor vehicle collision on Route 9 in Lakewood Thursday evening. The crash, which involves multiple injuries, is at Route 9 and Spruce Street, according to Ocean County Police, Fire, and EMS on Facebook. Multiple ambulances and the Ocean County Sheriff's Office's Crime Scene Investigations have been requested, the report said. PD ESCORTING DRIVER TO JSUMC, SUBJ IS IN CUSTODY 
Route 9 is closed between Oak Street and Prospect Street in Lakewood at 9:15 p.m., according to 511nj.org.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Lakewood Hock Twitter feed to shut down

 Unless it was hacked, the Lakewood Hock Twitter feed @LkwdNews  issued a final tweet saying it will no longer send out alerts. This was the final tweet "Due to requests from Hatzolah and Askanim in Lkwd, @LkwdNews will be shutting down. Thanks for everyone's support for past 4 years." Assuming the account was not hacked this is sad news for the tzibbur. Obviously there were concerns with privacy issues publicizing hatzolah calls and the nature of the call even though it is public information. Despite that, it served a vital service letting people know what is going on especially during hurricane Sandy and other times of emergency, people had no other way of getting information. Its only a matter of time before someone else opens a twitter feed of the same nature. Askanim should worry about more important things like busing instead of censoring some kid with a scanner.


How much do you pay for that watermelon, how to pick one out.

When it comes to watermelon shopping how many of us actually buy it in one of the local frum stores. Unlike other items, watermelon can not be sold close to an expiration date at a cheaper price. The frum Lakewood stores either can not or wont compete with shop rite or other brand name stores. Many would love to shop and patronize local merchants but not at any price. Watermelon this week on sale at ALDI supermarket $3.99, Stop and shop 69¢/lb. with your card. 
To pick a nice watermelon, look for a nice symmetrical shape free of cuts and bruises. The bottom of melon should be a nice yellow color, showing that it laid on the ground as the sun ripened it. Since it is mostly water, it should be heavy in weight so you know it is not yet drying out. There are, of course, certain health risks associated with spoiled watermelon, so always remember to practice food safety and enjoy your fruits and vegetables prior to their eat by date. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Give back to the Doc

DR. Shanik is synonymous to Lakewood like apple pie is to America. Well not really a comparison but you get what were saying here. Doctor Shanik, not only is he Lakewood's pediatrician (no offense to the others) but he and his wife have established Lakewood's original Tzedakah- Ahavas Tzadaka for poor families. Show support and give something back to the doc whose always there for us 24/7 literally. Bais Faiga hall 7:15 pm.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Parking meters coming to downtown?

http://www.app.com/story/money/business/main-street/2014/07/11/lakewood-downtown/12525627/
Who are they fooling here, parking is not the main problem now. Metered parking will not necessarily fix or clean up the mess. You would think there are no other shopping areas in town. Yes many enjoy and would like to shop downtown on main street. Unfortunately, there are still stores and elements that keep people away from shopping there, its not only a parking problem. Although the downtown still seems to be a favorite place to shop for many, more has to be done. Women and children are scared and not comfortable to walk by certain areas of Clifton Avenue. Adding   meters will push customers to shop elsewhere. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Newcomers dont have it easy

With many newcomers to town both young newlyweds or old retirees they both have the same thing in common. Lakewood is not that welcoming or easy breaking in to. Not blaming the olam C''V but there is no system set up helping young couples beginning their journey. What doctor to they use, how does the Mikva system work? where can one shop, what school will take my kids in to? which mechanic can I trust? whose a good cleaners? There are many challenges that the older established population takes advantage of but does not do enough to help the newcomers. People are left to fend for themselves unless you have a existing social network of family and friends you are lost. A few stores offer newly weds and newcomers 3 months of discount pricing but thats just to attract costumers. So many chesed organizations why cant we have a system that teaches the ropes to those that dont have the pull and protekzia at their disposal.

Friday, July 4, 2014

A cry from below

We pass each other a few times a day sometimes ill get a quick nod but other than that we have nothing to do with each other. I only happen to be living here for almost 6 years but as far as your concerned I'm not an upstairs guy I'm a subterranean. I was not even invited to the neighbors kiddush why? am I only there to offset your high property taxes? I'm not looking to join in with the click and the social get togethers of the upstairs neighbors. I understand there is an age gap im still a newlywed and your making Bar Mitvahs and aufrufs. Does that make me not welcome and not count? You can say hello, inquire about my life a little dont worry about being too intrusive we live in a development after all. Yes im in a basement and sometimes its dark but it would be nice if some upstairs neighbors can lighten up a little bit.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Why we need courtesy busing-

Just in case you did not have a good reason for the need to have busing the APP comes up with a new one -
Weisberg compared the prospect of Lakewood's children walking to school in September to that of three Israeli teenagers who were found dead in a pit in late June after they tried to hitchhike home in the West Bank "Let's not think of what could happen to our children if they decided to hitchhike to school," Weisberg said. "We don't buy that this is a luxury. This is for the safety of our children."

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Busing decision must be reached today

According to a report in the APP public and private school leaders must reach a decision by today on whether any agreement can be reached on changes to the township’s courtesy busing program that might enable Lakewood to bus more students, a district official said. Because the public bidding process that private transportation companies will participate in needs to begin shortly so everything is in place for the first day of school. Some have suggested, Staggering the start times of the private schools that use courtesy busing, combining bus routes or minimizing individual house stops, as ways to bring savings to the practice.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Event in the Tent


Busing update

Unfortunately there appears to be no update. There are a few options of staggering starting times but does not seem practical. While the funding for the busing has not been allocated. Askanim involved have secured the necessary funding for their own personal programs and projects. They are strong believers of חייך קודמין. How can they not have a conflict of interest representing the klal when they look out for themselves. They secure and protect funding for themselves such as programs or contracts (many which are not mandated just like courtesy busing) that are funded by the tax payers. Courtesy busing which is a benefit to the entire tzibbur and the only thing tax payers get in return is put up on the chopping block and axed from the budget. Its time for those with negios and personal interests to stop representing the tzibbur. Why are they different then a dayan who is a karov or a pair of eidim that are krovim.

ושבו בנים

Shayn far der velt uber nit unzer derech http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/video/#!/news/local/Shore-Support-for-Kidnapped-Israeli-Teens/264470411

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Nuuuuu?

Its been two weeks since the bus drill yet we have not heard of any progress or update. NUU! we want answers! The Lakewood print media media this week was full of feel good articles about the Achdus and kiddush hashem that was prevalent during the busing protest. The Tzibbur is not looking to feel good, they want answers and results. Askanim just keep on deflecting the issue while talking about the success of the bus drill, how the manipulated the entire gullible tzibbur to carry out their plan. They secure funding for their own projects but the klal as usual is taken advantage of and used for others personal gain.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Build for the future

Ask any newlywed couple or chosson and kallah about their search to find a suitable apartment in Lakewood. You can do a big chesed by helping them. There is currently a shortage of available apartments for rent, the need to add more housing is great. To call for a slowdown in growth and construction does not do any good to the future of a growing town. We need more residential units and living space. Its not only young couples moving in but seniors and others as well are flocking here. The needs and benefit of the tzibbur should be addressed when issuing zoning permits, making sure they have enough space for parking and a shul big enough for all to daven in.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Think about the little guy

 Excerpts from an op-ed in the Yated, article does not pertain to a specific community.
Nevertheless it pays for all askanim and leaders political or otherwise, to understand that even goodwill is not unlimited. Goodwill is squandered when the support of the tzibbur is so taken for granted that not enough is made to truly understand and address their needs and concerns. When the little guy feels there are different standards for those well connected cynicism sets in. The goodwill of our community is not endless we have so many difficult issues to confront, and when asked to toe the line without seeing any return, people eventually loose their enthusiasm lose their focus, become jaded, and in the worst case rebel.
Power comes from the Tzibbur. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Mazel Tov -LCBTF- it has a name now, the Lakewood Community Busing Task Force

Instead of dealing with the real issues, askanim are patting themselves on their back taking credit for the great bus drill they orchestrated. They already named the committee  in charge of dealing with the busing issues. Genug shoin with these Leitzanus. The drill was a diversion to the core issues and they are being ignored.  Its time for The gullible tzibbur to stop trusting these anonymous askanim who are taking advantage of a sad situation.Time to focus on the spending of all the tax monies.

Binny and Bina Buses running despite bus drill

A Robo call went out that the Lakewood Cheder  Binny and Binah school buses are operating despite the bus drill. Clothing can always be dropped off any tinme. A cute marketing idea except for the fact that calls were made early morning, rather than the night before.

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

אלה ברכב ואלה בסוסים

While most parents are driving their kids to school, one adventurous Lakewood parent has decided to take his children to school with a horse and buggy. Lets see if he will actually do it at least it will make an interesting ride. look out for horse drawn wagons be safe...

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Decision to go forth with grid lock traffic hopefully will put pressure on those in power to do something.

After a few meetings among the Igud hamosdos it was decided to go ahead with the planned car pool to school as a show to the state and those in power what it would look like without courtesy busing. Parents will be asked to drive their kids to and fro school later this week. 

However, why should parents be asked to do something that those in a position of power can settle the busing issue if they really want. It is bad enough that we are working hard to cover expenses and are barely making ends meet. Cant this be resolved without having to schlep the parents into it?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Does anyone really care for the תינוקות של בית רבן of Lakewood

 While Lakewood mourns the loss of Mrs. Ziva Krieger A'H, she was a person who devoted her life for the chinuch of all children in Lakewood. She did it for free never charged anyone and her goal was that each child get the best chinuch that was tailored to their need. Unfortunately there are many who are involved in the chinuch of the tashbar of Lakewood but for the wrong reason. Its all about money and power. Therapists and other professionals dont hold a candle to what mrs. Kriger a"h did for the children in town. While there are many moros, Rebbeim and teachers that are dedicating their life to teach the tashbar, there are unfortunately others who only see dollar signs, and children are getting destroyed and neglected as a result of their pursuit of power and greed.  

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Lakewood homeowners receive estimated Tax bills-TAXES RAISED MORE THAN 2%

Something to keep in mind as elections near. The Taxes just keep going up and UP.. where the money is going is anyones guess but for courtsey busing there is not a cent. Not only that but there is a shortfall. This appears to be a rippoff of the Lakewood tax payers. WHERE IS ALL THE MONEY GOING??? New construction is adding more money to the tax rolls. Many seniors are moving in paying high property taxes without using services of the BOE at all. Its time to take back control from those that are in power and year after year all they do is raise our taxes.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Nebach a tragedy- why start the blame game

Nebach a little girl was nifteres A"H in Lakewood in a car accident. A horrible tragedy for all those involved. It could have happened Lo aleinu anywhere to anyone at anytime. Why does TLS allow comments both on the website and Facebook page about the Lakewood community that are disparaging and seemingly anti Semitic. Lakewood does not deserve this. 
Funny the Scoop posted this on their Facebook page  
**LOOK, THIS FORUM, AND THE OTHER SCOOP FORUMS, ARE RUN BY 'JEWS, YES, JEWS'. YOU DON'T LIKE THAT? NO PROBLEM. THAT'S WHY FACEBOOK MADE AN 'UNLIKE' BUTTON.BUT IF DO CHOOSE TO STAY, AND WISH TO CONTINUE RECEIVING OUR FREE AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS ITEMS, THEN EITHER KEEP YOUR IGNORANT AND HATRED-FILLED COMMENTS TO YOURSELF, OR FIND YOURSELF BEING BOOTED FROM OUR FORUMS - LIKE THE OTHERS WHO DON'T BELONG AMONG THE CIVILIZED PEOPLE OF SOCIETY. IT'S TRULY UNFORTUNATE WE NEED TO REMIND PEOPLE OF BASIC DECENCY, BUT APPARENTLY IT'S NO LONGER A BASIC FOR SOME. THANK YOU**



Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Senator Cory Booker visits Lakewood- Did askanim show him the real issues?

NJ senator Cory Booker was in Lakewood he was given a tour of the SCHI school and other places of education among other establishments. He than had a meeting with community leaders and honchos. Did the askanim take the opportunity to show him the many homeowners that are paying taxes through the roof? How about the busing issue as the state representative, was he made aware of the shortfall Lakewood is in. Did they tell him how we are shortchanged by the state formula? Or did they only show him what was in their personal interest and maybe promise him a vote?

Friday, May 16, 2014

Meetings and more meetings

The  roshei hamosdos met last night in an effort to find a solution to the courtesy busing. Different options and ideas were explored including staggering the start times of schools for boys and girls. These savings are minimal, we need our state representatives to fight and advocate for a change to the current formula in state aid otherwise the problems will not go away. Its not only a Lakewood, NJ issue it is effecting other communities in NJ such as fair lawn, Teaneck, Passaic.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

New store will hopefully bring relief to food prices in Lakewood

http://www.ocsignal.com/2014/05/lakewoods-chateau-grand-demolish-kosher-deli-coming/

A trip to NY is not cheap but the price of kosher food is still much cheaper than Lakewood. You cant compare. With many struggling families, hopefully another supermarket will compete with or break the current monopoly of food prices in town and make shopping affordable, saving the trip over the verrazano. 

Will this help the Lakewoood Mikvah issue

http://www.app.com/article/20140514/NJBIZ/305140052/What-s-going-there-Ritual-bathing-facility-coming-Lakewood-Orthodox-Jews?nclick_check=1

Finally a solution to the Mikvah crisis in town. Woman are first getting appointments after 1:00 AM! it is going on for awhile now with no solution in site. Others are traveling to nearby Deal or Manalapan  were they can get earlier appointments. The mikvaos are controlled by a few yechidim and it is up to them when to build and finish up the construction. Its impossible for anyone to schedule an early appointment. There is money available to build. The tzibbur should demand the construction should be completed asap.