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

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.
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



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

Rosh Yeshiva Telz Riverdale




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                 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Divorces, mesira now the norm ?

Comment submitted.
Its no secret, Lakewood is experiencing a very high divorce rate. families are being torn apart, kids are living yesomim, and its only getting worse. Many divorces came about from incompetent therapists, many of them are very young with minimal life experience. Some are woman who do not consult with Daas Torah/older experienced Rabbonim. Even older ones dont have much experience dealing with shalom bayis issues.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

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


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


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

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

Why the silence from community leaders?? when Lakewood is attacked in the media

 Lakewood is getting attack in the media, a report about the Lakewood police acting as a Shabbos goy has generated hundreds of nasty negative comments many of them anti Semitic. The story originally published in the APP has been picked up by the national media, here is one headline "New Jersey police being trained to perform Sabbath tasks for Orthodox community" One comment read "The county and state caters and bends rules for a large and vastly growing voter base … It doesn't go unnoticed,"
from the APP:

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. 

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Frustration and anger from the Tzibbur can not be ignored

Elections always bring out emotions and feelings. The tzibbur awoke, they must be listened to. The reality is, many young couples in Lakewood are struggling, they can not make ends meet. They are being choked with tuition and taxes. There are no brakes. The feeling is there is no one looking out for them or advocating on their behalf. On the contrary, they feel used and abused with taxes going up and up and the askanim who run the town couldn't care less. They are treated like children told who to vote for with no explanation. It is time for a new vaad hair that will be elected and appointed by the taxpayers to fight for the mishpachos in Lakewood who cant afford to live like this anymore.

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

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

Vote with your mind dont vote blind

Who is the kehhilas daas torah? What hapened to hakoras hatov?
 Election day is here the olam is getting bombarded with robo calls flyers mailings, papers on your windshield and what not. Vote based on your own knowledge and feelings. Vote on what is best for you and the tzibbur. Vote for transparency and integrity. Vote against tax and spending. Vote for the youngerman that cant afford to pay his property taxes. Vote for the bnai Torah who want to buy a house but cant afford it. Vote for your wallet. Vote for Torah values. Vote against corruption and deceit. Vote out those who continue to raise your taxes. Vote against those who abuse your vote. Vote against incumbents that have done nothing for the tzibbur. Vote so your voice can be heard. Vote to make a difference. 

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.

Elections take on a nasty turn

It didnt take long but the upcoming elections for township committee is heating up and taking on a nasty turn, as usual. The vaad who endorsed a candidate in the primary elections have decided not to back him in the general. Despite promises to the contrary, this candidate was given the boot. A mailing went out asking what happened between now and June? why the sudden change. More shocking was the vaad always preaches and goes to great lengths supporting incumbents based on the merit of hakoras hatov. Something very dear to the lakewood Rosh yeshiva Rav Shneur Zatzal. Hold tight while it plays itself out. The tzibbur should make their own desicion on who to vote for. Incumbents that are responsible for the current sky rocketing property taxes have alot of explaining to do if they seek  reelection. 

Friday, October 31, 2014

Sorry, you ran out of scare tactics and threats

Prior to an election,  self appointed askanim trot out delivering scare tactics forcing the tzibbur to the polls and vote for their picked candidates. For years the issue of courtesy busing was always raised as a privilege that the tzibbur would loose if they dont vote for the Vaad backed candidates. The familiar calls are, "this is the most crucial elections in recent history" or this vote will decide the future of the kehilla. Other threats as, never has the future of the kehilla been at stake, it will effect each each and every person in Lakewood bla bla bla.. Contrary to the scare tactics the truth came out, we lost courtesy busing, despite having the vaad backed candidates in office. Property taxes shot up 13% with the Vaad backed committeemen in office. This after continuous promises to lower or keep taxes down. The Tzibbur is not fools the game is up.

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. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Candidates must answer up to the Tzibbur not to a select few

The power of the  frum Lakewood vote belongs to the taxpayers who make up the community. For years, the Vaad acted as a official body representative of the needs of the public as a whole. Over the years influential members and other power brokers began to look out for themselves as they had personal interests in many projects in town. Instead of looking out for the needs of the entire tzibbur other interests took over. Property taxes doubled and tripled with no end in sight. Bussing issues came and despite all the talk there is still major problems. Crime is up, housing is scarce, zoning and approvals are out of control with no proper planning. What the politicians dont know is that the Tzibbur is not represented any more. There was never an official body appointed to represent the tax paying tzibbur. Its time that politicians answer up to those who vote for them, not those who make deals with them. the people cant take it anymore they can not afford to live like this.

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.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Important elections coming up in Lakewood

There will be elections for 2 seats on the Township committee as well as seats on the BOE. keep in mind the tax bill that you received when choosing your candidate. Those that have been in office too long are responsible for the taxes going through the roof. They had enough chances to stem the tide and stop out of control spending. Naturally, the Vaad will send out its endorsements prior to the election. The Vaad has not been heard from, while all the previous issues were going on with taxes, Busing, BOE, among many other issues. Its time to elect candidates that have the interest of the entire Tzibbur in mind, not of a select few. Dont be fooled when they reach out to the klal but are only working for a few yechidim.

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

Silence of communal groups prior to referendum vote, is a slap in the face to the Tzibbur.

When its about their own personal interests before any election the public is educated and made aware of what is going on. Not only that, but the frum Politicians, Vaad and other askanim, campaign for months in advance getting the tzibbur to vote for what is good for them. They send mailings, flyer's, non stop robo calls and other means of activism notifying the tzibbur to vote for their candidate. For those who didn't know there was a vote on a referendum to add $30 million to upgrade the HVAC system in the public school buildings. The lack of the public knowing about it was evident by the low voter turnout. There was not a word from any of these communal groups or spokesman educating or notifying the olam of the pending consequences by the referendum. Do they not care about the non stop hikes in property taxes? do they think they will have the trust of the tzibbur come next election when they showed their true colors by ignoring the needs of the tzibbur? They might have gotten away till now, but that game is up.

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 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. 

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Why are the committeemen silent about the taxes

Taxes have doubled since the committeemen have been in office.  It is the biggest story in Lakewood right now. What have they done about it if not cause it to go up and up. Youve been there for too long to blame others. Its time to vote them out for the incompetence and neglect of keeping taxes down. We  can no longer afford to live like this. Taking photo ops and attending press conferences is not enough to hold your job. We need results not action.

Monday, September 29, 2014

The numbers dont add up- do you trust the district documents ?

If you vote NO on tomorrows vote your taxes will go up $300 a year for the next 5 years , voting yes, they argue would be a saving of  $733.71. The tax base last year brought in 150 million dollars. Paying off this 5 million bond would not cost that much to the taxpayers. It would cost an extra $300 over 5 years. The bond they want to refinance is one thirtieth of the revenue. That will not cost taxpayers the projected numbers provided by the district. We just can not afford to spend money or trust the district. This job can be done for 10 million.

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.

Sneaking an election

There are primary elections this coming Tuesday September 30th. In addition, there is also a referendum that can, and will effect your taxes. Following a whopping tax hike, the vaad and others have so far kept mum hoping the seniors will deliver the vote. They campaigned a lot by the senior communities convincing and scaring them to vote for the referendum. The Tzibbur is occupied with yomim tovim and are not aware or educated on the issues. The Lakewood mainstream media carries the water for those in power and decided to ignore and not report about it at all. We must go out and vote with our seichel, not what askanim tell us to do without explaining their positions.

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? 

Can we trust the district? here comes another tax hike

  Here is the threat, if the referendum next Tuesday is rejected, they claim it would cost an additional $733.71 in taxes over 3 years. Lets see what the Vaad says.
first of all why are the lumping the previous bond together with the school building improvements. lets have a separate referendum on the bond.
APP School district officials want the public to give them the authority to borrow nearly $34.7 million to repair the problems in dilapidated public school buildings with leaky roofs and faulty heating systems that are often inadequate during the winter  and to refinance a previous bond.

But the request for more money, to be put to township voters in a Sept. 30 referendum, comes after a series of audits released this year have found ample examples of financial mismanagement in the district. The proposal's annual cost would be $55.49 for a property assessed at $300,000, according to district documents. So should voters approve the proposal, the owners of a $300,000 property would see their property tax bill rise by $166.47 over the next three years, a $733.71 saving from what they are due to pay should the public question be rejected, according to district documents.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Deal with seniors raised the average homeowner property tax by $200

 Property taxes rocketed to 13% for the current tax year. In order to  to get the senior vote, a committeeman cut a deal with the seniors and lowered their taxes by giving them a lower assessment for their development. This, obviously resulted in a direct increase to other Lakewood homeowners who were left to pick up the tab. The average homeowner is now paying close to $200 more because of it. There is no fair even tax rate in Lakewood. Lowering the tax rate for one group will only raise it for another. Its time to hold these  politicians accountable and vote them out. How can we be asked to vote for them again and again when all they do is raise taxes. Notice how they are all hiding now, as the taxpayers who elected them can not afford to live like this. Send them all packing.

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.

There are no community schools in Lakewood

Lakewood used to have a community school, that is no longer the case today. There is no school that will take anyone in even if they have room. The schools are all private and have to answer to no one. Alumni of Lakewood's own former community schools can no longer get their kids in. That is the root of the problem as no one feel any achrayus to the children in town. They pass the blame onto someone else. The acceptance process is done in a way that the schools can control who they take in. Gullible parents are strung along for 6-8 months thinking they will get in to a school of their choice, only to be told they are not in a week after school starts. Not all schools are like this, obviously there is a lack of space which created the mess. But the games that are played as to who gets in, that's where it stinks. When it comes to fundraising however they sing a different tune. They brag how they are there for the community, how they took in many nebach cases etc.. etc.. Its time for this madness to stop, its time for a new committee that will work on preventing the strong arm tactics and games, a committee that will look out for each and every child.

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.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Busing woes continue, adding frustration to new school year.

Not an easy beginning for the kinderlach, if the first week is any indication that's not a good sign, hopefully things will straighten themselves out.  The new staggering system is not making things easy. Children are just not getting picked up,  some buses are showing up an hour late to their routes. Its even worse on the way home, many companies are short staffed with drivers and buses, kids are getting home 2 hours after dismissal. Frustrated parents are directing their anger at school principals and administrators, who are pointing fingers at the bus companies and the BOE. Its always not smooth in the beginning of the year, as drivers get accustomed to their routes but it has never been this bad.
This comes on top of not having textbooks, nursing and special ed services. Hopefully everything will come together but parents are frustrated to say the least.

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.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

BOE meeting- services held up by audits which delayed signing of contracts to provide services- Special ed services to resume today

  Hundreds attended a meeting where the BOE members had questions for the state monitor and school superintendent. Why now at the beginning of the year did the private schools not receive text books, nursing services, and special ed services? the laws did not change.

The state monitor's  job is to cut funding and save money for the state. They are doing  that now by auditing every contract and enforcing previous laws and closing loop holes. In the end they wont cut  much funding but inconvenience many who need essential services. 
The Title 1 special ed services - will resume based on a letter of intent while they wait for a new contract. They are enforcing a state law that services must be supplemental and can not take place during Math or English classes. Kids can not be pulled out during those periods. They can not miss those subjects. It is debatable which subjects they can miss, and that could very well be decided in court as it is up for interpretation. In the classroom they can administer the special ed services during all times.
Regarding the Text books, the hard copy ones, were held up and ordered late due to contracts issues with other type of books that were waiting approval from the state. Nursing services-should work out, the superintendent stated the district was understaffed and slow to get the contracts out. Lakewood’s business office is understaffed, leading to the delays.

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

Partisan politics at the BOE using Lakewood school children as pawns

 The 2014-15 School year started and there is a  lack of text books, a lack of educational services and lack of nursing services in the private schools. The public schools have their text books so should the private schools. As a matter of fact the law requires they both have them equally. Giving one over the other may actually be criminal! There is absolutely no reason for this. The children don't deserve this, neither to the hard working taxpayers. The children are suffering for they are being used and abused in a game of revenge and payback. If the BOE can not urgently deal with this matter they should all be voted out ASAP. This is not only incompetence but it appears to have been deliberately done.

Why such short notice

The termination of much needed funds for special education is shocking, but many are asking why did they first notify the therapists and parents a day before the school sessions begin? This problem was not just discovered yesterday. Hundreds of therapists,teachers can be left looking for a job and were not given ample time or notice of what was to come. This is disgusting and sick. who is behind this? a technicality can be worked out if thats all it is, it seems there is more to this story.

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

Politics at the BOE delays funding to agencies of TITLE 1 funds for special ed services

Forget the busing, now comes the next blow. Agencies administering Title 1 funding for special education services have yet to get the contractd for the coming school year. Catapult, Tree of knowledge, Tender touch and others are awaiting the Lakewood BOE to sign contracts for their services. Hopefully this matter will be resolved quickly and those who are responsible will have some explaining to do.

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.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ocean county, NJ- the most dangerous place to live in the USA

Lakewood, NJ in the Most Dangerous Counties-Time magazine cited data from the storm events database of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Ocean County was considered the most dangerous. Time listed five other New Jersey counties as among the top 15 most dangerous to live in the nation. 
1Ocean CountyNJ223.7576,567
2Orange CountyCA180.83,010,232
3Cape May CountyNJ174.397,265
4Monmouth CountyNJ173.8630,380
5Los Angeles CountyCA171.09,818,605
6Clinton CountyNY156.882,128
7Burlington CountyNJ156.5448,734
8San Diego CountyCA155.83,095,313
9Franklin CountyNY152.651,599
10Riverside CountyCA145.72,189,641
11San Bernardino CountyCA145.42,035,210
12Atlantic CountyNJ143.5274,549
13Chittenden CountyVT143.3156,545
14Grand Isle CountyVT142.36,970
15Camden CountyNJ139.3513,657